Period
to 22 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Lead DevOps was £625 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 October 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Lead Development Operations
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 623 452 601
Rank change year-on-year -171 +149 +85
Contract jobs requiring a Lead DevOps 196 87 231
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.27% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.30% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 58 162
10th Percentile £479 £446 £500
25th Percentile £545 £500 £538
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £625 £550 £625
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% -12.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £700 £649 £694
90th Percentile £738 £688 £775
UK excluding London median daily rate £565 £563 £600
% change year-on-year +0.44% -6.25% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £75.75 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £75.75 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 78,826 29,352 79,896
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.28% 92.30% 94.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,891 19,803 53,491
10th Percentile £300 £260 £258
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £663 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,085 971 2,743
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.67 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.25
90th Percentile £62.44 £54.00 £51.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.26% +11.43% -

Lead DevOps
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Lead DevOps in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Lead DevOps in the UK

Lead DevOps
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Lead DevOps.

Daily rate trend for Lead DevOps in the UK

Lead DevOps
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Lead DevOps over the 6 months to 22 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Lead DevOps in the UK

Lead DevOps
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Lead DevOps.

Hourly rate trend for Lead DevOps in the UK

Lead DevOps
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead DevOps within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -168 158 £638 +15.91% 67
London -145 110 £650 +18.18% 29
Work from Home -179 61 £624 -0.20% 14
UK excluding London -137 45 £565 +0.44% 42
North of England -68 19 £565 +25.56% 10
North East +3 10 £565 +41.25%
Yorkshire -44 8 £650 +44.44% 6
Scotland -68 8 £450 - 3
South East -99 8 £627 - 11
South West - 6 £550 - 4
North West -60 4 £715 +11.07% 4
West Midlands -71 3 £635 +41.11% 4
Midlands -74 3 £635 +41.11% 5
Northern Ireland - 2 £525 - 1
East of England - 1 £716 - 6

Lead DevOps Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 2021, Lead DevOps contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Lead DevOps in the job title.

1 196 (100.00%) DevOps
2 87 (44.39%) Terraform
3 86 (43.88%) Azure
4 82 (41.84%) Kubernetes
5 75 (38.27%) Agile Software Development
6 74 (37.76%) AWS
7 66 (33.67%) Docker
8 61 (31.12%) Jenkins
8 61 (31.12%) Python
9 51 (26.02%) Ansible
10 48 (24.49%) Java
11 38 (19.39%) Linux
12 37 (18.88%) Finance
13 36 (18.37%) Git (software)
14 32 (16.33%) Test Automation
15 31 (15.82%) GitHub
15 31 (15.82%) Infrastructure as Code
16 30 (15.31%) GitLab
17 29 (14.80%) Microservices
17 29 (14.80%) Social Skills
18 24 (12.24%) Security Cleared
19 23 (11.73%) SC Cleared
20 22 (11.22%) C#
21 21 (10.71%) Puppet
22 20 (10.20%) PowerShell
22 20 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
23 19 (9.69%) Configuration Management
23 19 (9.69%) Grafana
23 19 (9.69%) Site Reliability Engineering
23 19 (9.69%) Amazon EKS

Lead DevOps Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 16 (8.16%) Elasticsearch
2 13 (6.63%) Apache Spark
3 11 (5.61%) Tomcat
4 10 (5.10%) Apache
5 8 (4.08%) Cloud Foundry
6 6 (3.06%) Confluence
7 5 (2.55%) Appian
7 5 (2.55%) JBoss
8 3 (1.53%) nginx
8 3 (1.53%) WebSphere
9 2 (1.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (1.02%) CMS
9 2 (1.02%) IBM Domino
9 2 (1.02%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.51%) Apache Airflow
10 1 (0.51%) IIS
10 1 (0.51%) Mule
10 1 (0.51%) SAS
10 1 (0.51%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.55%) Magento
2 2 (1.02%) NetSuite
2 2 (1.02%) SAP CRM
2 2 (1.02%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 86 (43.88%) Azure
2 74 (37.76%) AWS
3 31 (15.82%) GitHub
4 19 (9.69%) Amazon EKS
5 17 (8.67%) GCP
6 14 (7.14%) Amazon ECS
6 14 (7.14%) PaaS
7 12 (6.12%) SaaS
8 11 (5.61%) IaaS
9 10 (5.10%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (5.10%) Serverless
10 8 (4.08%) Power Platform
11 7 (3.57%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (3.57%) Azure Data Factory
11 7 (3.57%) GitHub Actions
12 6 (3.06%) Amazon EMR
12 6 (3.06%) Azure Functions
12 6 (3.06%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 6 (3.06%) OpenShift
12 6 (3.06%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.08%) Firewall
2 6 (3.06%) DNS
3 5 (2.55%) VPN
4 3 (1.53%) IPsec
4 3 (1.53%) OpenVPN
4 3 (1.53%) VLAN
5 2 (1.02%) DMZ
5 2 (1.02%) DSL
5 2 (1.02%) HTTP
5 2 (1.02%) SSL
6 1 (0.51%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.51%) IPv4
6 1 (0.51%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.65%) Big Data
1 15 (7.65%) Hadoop
2 10 (5.10%) Data Lake
3 8 (4.08%) Power BI
4 7 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (3.06%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (3.06%) Metadata
6 5 (2.55%) Data Vault
6 5 (2.55%) Delta Lake
6 5 (2.55%) MySQL
6 5 (2.55%) Parquet
6 5 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (2.04%) NoSQL
7 4 (2.04%) SQL Server
7 4 (2.04%) Tableau
8 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 2 (1.02%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.02%) Redis
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2017
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 61 (31.12%) Jenkins
2 36 (18.37%) Git (software)
3 30 (15.31%) GitLab
4 16 (8.16%) JIRA
5 13 (6.63%) Maven
5 13 (6.63%) SonarQube
6 11 (5.61%) Selenium
6 11 (5.61%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (4.08%) Artifactory
7 8 (4.08%) Gradle
8 7 (3.57%) TeamCity
9 6 (3.06%) Bitbucket
9 6 (3.06%) JUnit
10 5 (2.55%) Cypress.io
11 4 (2.04%) Cucumber
11 4 (2.04%) Subversion
12 3 (1.53%) JBehave
12 3 (1.53%) SoapUI
12 3 (1.53%) WebDriver
13 2 (1.02%) Jasmine
General
1 37 (18.88%) Finance
2 29 (14.80%) Social Skills
3 16 (8.16%) Banking
4 13 (6.63%) Presentation Skills
5 11 (5.61%) Public Sector
6 5 (2.55%) Retail
7 3 (1.53%) Marketing
8 2 (1.02%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.02%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (1.02%) Law
8 2 (1.02%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.51%) Automotive
9 1 (0.51%) Games
9 1 (0.51%) Legal
9 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (7.65%) Node.js
1 15 (7.65%) Web Services
2 14 (7.14%) Elastic Stack
2 14 (7.14%) Kafka
3 12 (6.12%) JSON
4 10 (5.10%) Spring
5 6 (3.06%) ARM Templates
5 6 (3.06%) YAML
6 5 (2.55%) REST
6 5 (2.55%) XML
7 4 (2.04%) .NET
8 3 (1.53%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.53%) OAuth
8 3 (1.53%) RESTful
8 3 (1.53%) Spring Boot
9 2 (1.02%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.02%) PySpark
9 2 (1.02%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (1.02%) Sensu
9 2 (1.02%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.16%) Public Cloud
2 10 (5.10%) Self-Motivation
3 8 (4.08%) Data Centre
4 6 (3.06%) N-Tier
5 5 (2.55%) Data Protection Act
5 5 (2.55%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.55%) PKI
5 5 (2.55%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.53%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.02%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.02%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.02%) Legacy Systems
8 2 (1.02%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.51%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.51%) DataPower
9 1 (0.51%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.51%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 38 (19.39%) Linux
2 10 (5.10%) Unix
3 5 (2.55%) Windows
4 2 (1.02%) CentOS
4 2 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.02%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (100.00%) DevOps
2 75 (38.27%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (16.33%) Test Automation
4 31 (15.82%) Infrastructure as Code
5 29 (14.80%) Microservices
6 20 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
7 19 (9.69%) Configuration Management
7 19 (9.69%) Site Reliability Engineering
8 17 (8.67%) Continuous Improvement
8 17 (8.67%) Infrastructure Automation
9 16 (8.16%) DevSecOps
9 16 (8.16%) Migration
9 16 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
10 13 (6.63%) Technical Leadership
11 12 (6.12%) Integration Testing
12 11 (5.61%) Open Source
12 11 (5.61%) SDLC
13 9 (4.59%) Analytics
13 9 (4.59%) Data Pipeline
13 9 (4.59%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 61 (31.12%) Python
2 48 (24.49%) Java
3 22 (11.22%) C#
4 20 (10.20%) PowerShell
5 14 (7.14%) Groovy
6 12 (6.12%) Bash Shell
6 12 (6.12%) JavaScript
6 12 (6.12%) SQL
7 10 (5.10%) Go
8 8 (4.08%) Ruby
9 7 (3.57%) PHP
10 6 (3.06%) Perl
11 5 (2.55%) Elixir
11 5 (2.55%) VB
12 4 (2.04%) Scala
12 4 (2.04%) Shell Script
13 3 (1.53%) C
14 1 (0.51%) C++
14 1 (0.51%) REXX
14 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 23 (11.73%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.57%) Degree
4 4 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.51%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.51%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.51%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.55%) Accessibility
2 2 (1.02%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.51%) GDPR
3 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.51%) QA
System Software
1 66 (33.67%) Docker
2 6 (3.06%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.51%) iptables
4 1 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 87 (44.39%) Terraform
2 82 (41.84%) Kubernetes
3 51 (26.02%) Ansible
4 21 (10.71%) Puppet
5 19 (9.69%) Grafana
6 13 (6.63%) Kibana
6 13 (6.63%) Prometheus
7 12 (6.12%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (3.57%) Packer
9 5 (2.55%) Argo
9 5 (2.55%) Docker Swarm
9 5 (2.55%) Istio
9 5 (2.55%) logstash
10 3 (1.53%) Fortio
10 3 (1.53%) Kiali
10 3 (1.53%) Kustomize
10 3 (1.53%) Mesos
10 3 (1.53%) Salt
10 3 (1.53%) Sysdig
11 2 (1.02%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 14 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.12%) MuleSoft
3 11 (5.61%) Google
3 11 (5.61%) Oracle
3 11 (5.61%) Splunk
4 9 (4.59%) Databricks
5 8 (4.08%) Atlassian
5 8 (4.08%) Cloudera
6 6 (3.06%) AppDynamics
7 5 (2.55%) Informatica
7 5 (2.55%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.55%) SAP
8 4 (2.04%) Dynatrace
8 4 (2.04%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.53%) Guidewire
9 3 (1.53%) Hortonworks
9 3 (1.53%) IBM
9 3 (1.53%) Palo Alto
9 3 (1.53%) VMware
10 2 (1.02%) Cisco