The median contractor rate for an Operations Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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.

Operations Engineer
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 483 511 539
Rank change year-on-year +28 +28  
Contract jobs requiring an Operations Engineer 118 133 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.25% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.26% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 95 84
Median daily rate £475 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £295 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £340
% change year-on-year +3.12% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £28.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.27%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +27.27%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Operations Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Operations Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Operations Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Operations Engineer over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Operations Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Operations Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +37 113 £480 +12.94% 49
London +28 62 £500 +8.10% 27
South East +29 16 £370 -12.94% 2
South West +17 16 £400 +14.28% 1
Hampshire +17 11 £241 -44.85% 1
Hook - 10 £240 - 1
East of England +2 8 £500 +5.26% 4
City of London +1 7 £500 +21.21% 8
Essex - 7 £500 -
Plymouth - 6 £400 -
Devon - 6 £400 -
Bristol 0 5 £370 +7.24% 1
Southend-on-Sea - 5 £500 -
Scotland +45 4 £400 -
North West +6 4 £490 +22.50% 4
Berkshire +22 3 £475 -
Edinburgh +20 3 £400 -
West Yorkshire +10 3 £400 -11.11% 3
Yorkshire +6 3 £400 -8.57% 5
Cheshire +15 2 £500 +25.00% 1
Manchester +10 2 £464 -1.27% 3
East Midlands -9 2 £650 +132.14% 2
Somerset - 2 £375 -
Gloucestershire - 2 - -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £650 - 1
Macclesfield - 2 £500 -
West Midlands +25 1 £525 +13.51% 4
Winchester +8 1 £526 +5.10%
Leeds +6 1 - -
Wiltshire +3 1 £413 -2.94%

Operations Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Operations Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Operations Engineer in the job title.

1 123 (56.42%) DevOps
2 98 (44.95%) Linux
3 78 (35.78%) Amazon AWS
4 74 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
5 67 (30.73%) Jenkins
6 59 (27.06%) Puppet
6 59 (27.06%) Java
7 49 (22.48%) Python
7 49 (22.48%) Configuration Management
8 43 (19.72%) Microsoft Azure
8 43 (19.72%) Ansible
9 42 (19.27%) Opscode Chef
9 42 (19.27%) Git (software)
9 42 (19.27%) Security Cleared
10 39 (17.89%) Continuous Integration
11 38 (17.43%) VMware
12 35 (16.06%) SC Cleared
13 34 (15.60%) Docker
13 34 (15.60%) Unix
14 33 (15.14%) ITIL
15 31 (14.22%) Finance
15 31 (14.22%) PaaS
16 30 (13.76%) VMware Infrastructure
17 29 (13.30%) Open Source
17 29 (13.30%) HTTP
18 28 (12.84%) TCP/IP
18 28 (12.84%) Windows
18 28 (12.84%) Microservices
19 27 (12.39%) Firewall
19 27 (12.39%) Ruby

Operations Engineer 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 24 (11.01%) Cloud Foundry
2 19 (8.72%) Confluence
3 16 (7.34%) Apache
4 11 (5.05%) IIS
5 9 (4.13%) Anypoint
5 9 (4.13%) JBoss
5 9 (4.13%) SharePoint
5 9 (4.13%) Tomcat
6 8 (3.67%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (3.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 7 (3.21%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (3.21%) nginx
8 6 (2.75%) Jetty
8 6 (2.75%) WebLogic
9 5 (2.29%) Apache Spark
9 5 (2.29%) OpenStack
9 5 (2.29%) Tuxedo
9 5 (2.29%) WebSphere
10 4 (1.83%) WildFly
11 3 (1.38%) PowerExchange
Applications
1 4 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 78 (35.78%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (19.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (14.22%) PaaS
4 21 (9.63%) GitHub
5 18 (8.26%) IaaS
6 7 (3.21%) Datadog
7 6 (2.75%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (2.75%) OpenShift
7 6 (2.75%) SaaS
8 5 (2.29%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (2.29%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.38%) Amazon S3
9 3 (1.38%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.92%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.46%) Amazon Kinesis
11 1 (0.46%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.46%) Heroku
11 1 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (13.30%) HTTP
2 28 (12.84%) TCP/IP
3 27 (12.39%) Firewall
4 17 (7.80%) SSL
5 15 (6.88%) Network Security
6 13 (5.96%) DNS
7 11 (5.05%) HTTPS
8 10 (4.59%) Internet
8 10 (4.59%) IPsec
9 9 (4.13%) WAN
10 8 (3.67%) LAN
10 8 (3.67%) MPLS
11 7 (3.21%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (2.75%) BGP
12 6 (2.75%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (2.29%) SAN
14 4 (1.83%) EIGRP
14 4 (1.83%) Kerberos
14 4 (1.83%) OSPF
14 4 (1.83%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.34%) MongoDB
1 16 (7.34%) Redis
2 15 (6.88%) Relational Database
3 13 (5.96%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (5.50%) MySQL
5 10 (4.59%) SQL Server
6 9 (4.13%) Hadoop
7 6 (2.75%) DB2
7 6 (2.75%) NoSQL
8 5 (2.29%) Data Mining
9 4 (1.83%) Apache Hive
9 4 (1.83%) Big Data
9 4 (1.83%) HBase
9 4 (1.83%) Oracle Database
10 3 (1.38%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (1.38%) PowerCenter
11 2 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.92%) Kalido
Development Applications
1 67 (30.73%) Jenkins
2 42 (19.27%) Git (software)
3 22 (10.09%) JIRA
4 20 (9.17%) Maven
5 16 (7.34%) Selenium
6 15 (6.88%) Cucumber
6 15 (6.88%) JMeter
7 14 (6.42%) Sonatype Nexus
7 14 (6.42%) Subversion
8 11 (5.05%) Gradle
9 5 (2.29%) Artifactory
9 5 (2.29%) Bitbucket
10 4 (1.83%) Ant
10 4 (1.83%) GitLab
11 3 (1.38%) SonarQube
11 3 (1.38%) Spock
11 3 (1.38%) Travis CI
11 3 (1.38%) Vagrant
12 2 (0.92%) Gatling
12 2 (0.92%) JBehave
General
1 31 (14.22%) Finance
2 16 (7.34%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.05%) Banking
4 4 (1.83%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.38%) Marketing
6 2 (0.92%) Electronics
6 2 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.46%) French Language
7 1 (0.46%) German Language
7 1 (0.46%) Local Government
7 1 (0.46%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.34%) Spring
2 15 (6.88%) J2EE
2 15 (6.88%) Node.js
2 15 (6.88%) Web Services
3 14 (6.42%) Spring Boot
4 10 (4.59%) .NET
4 10 (4.59%) Middleware
4 10 (4.59%) Spring Cloud
5 5 (2.29%) LAMP
5 5 (2.29%) REST
6 4 (1.83%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (1.83%) JSON
6 4 (1.83%) Kafka
6 4 (1.83%) React
6 4 (1.83%) Software Packaging
7 3 (1.38%) SOAP
8 2 (0.92%) HTML
8 2 (0.92%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (0.92%) Servlets
8 2 (0.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.96%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.21%) Public Cloud
4 6 (2.75%) Mobile Banking
5 5 (2.29%) Blog
6 4 (1.83%) AS400
7 3 (1.38%) Clustering
7 3 (1.38%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.38%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.92%) BYOD
8 2 (0.92%) EMC VNX
8 2 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.92%) PKI
8 2 (0.92%) User Experience
9 1 (0.46%) EMC VMAX
9 1 (0.46%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.46%) IPTV
9 1 (0.46%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.46%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.46%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 98 (44.95%) Linux
2 34 (15.60%) Unix
3 28 (12.84%) Windows
4 23 (10.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (4.59%) Ubuntu
6 8 (3.67%) CentOS
6 8 (3.67%) Windows 7
7 7 (3.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (2.75%) Windows Server
9 5 (2.29%) Mac OS X
9 5 (2.29%) Solaris
9 5 (2.29%) VME
9 5 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (1.38%) AIX
11 3 (1.38%) CoreOS
12 2 (0.92%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.46%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.46%) VMS
13 1 (0.46%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (56.42%) DevOps
2 74 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (22.48%) Configuration Management
4 39 (17.89%) Continuous Integration
5 33 (15.14%) ITIL
6 29 (13.30%) Open Source
7 28 (12.84%) Microservices
8 22 (10.09%) Continuous Delivery
9 20 (9.17%) Continuous Improvement
9 20 (9.17%) Security Operations
10 18 (8.26%) Test Automation
11 17 (7.80%) Web Operations
12 16 (7.34%) Scrum
12 16 (7.34%) TDD
13 15 (6.88%) Mentoring
14 14 (6.42%) Migration
15 12 (5.50%) ITSM
15 12 (5.50%) Software Engineering
16 11 (5.05%) Data Management
16 11 (5.05%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 59 (27.06%) Java
2 49 (22.48%) Python
3 27 (12.39%) Ruby
4 23 (10.55%) SQL
5 18 (8.26%) Bash Shell
6 14 (6.42%) Perl
7 8 (3.67%) C-shell
7 8 (3.67%) Korn
8 5 (2.29%) COBOL
8 5 (2.29%) PowerShell
8 5 (2.29%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.83%) C
9 4 (1.83%) Go
9 4 (1.83%) JavaScript
9 4 (1.83%) RPG
9 4 (1.83%) RPG IV
10 3 (1.38%) C#
11 2 (0.92%) Groovy
11 2 (0.92%) PHP
11 2 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (19.27%) Security Cleared
2 35 (16.06%) SC Cleared
3 10 (4.59%) BPSS Clearance
4 8 (3.67%) CCNP
4 8 (3.67%) CEH
4 8 (3.67%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (3.67%) CISSP
4 8 (3.67%) CREST Certified
4 8 (3.67%) GIAC
4 8 (3.67%) SANS
5 7 (3.21%) CCNA
6 4 (1.83%) Degree
7 3 (1.38%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.46%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.46%) CCDA
9 1 (0.46%) CCIE
9 1 (0.46%) CCIP
9 1 (0.46%) CCSA
9 1 (0.46%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.83%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.38%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.92%) QA
3 2 (0.92%) SLA
4 1 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 34 (15.60%) Docker
2 30 (13.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.21%) Active Directory
3 7 (3.21%) Virtual Desktop
3 7 (3.21%) VMware ESXi
3 7 (3.21%) Xen
4 6 (2.75%) HDFS
4 6 (2.75%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.83%) vSphere
6 3 (1.38%) GFS2
6 3 (1.38%) GlusterFS
6 3 (1.38%) OCFS2
7 2 (0.92%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.92%) pfSense
8 1 (0.46%) Gluster
8 1 (0.46%) KVM
8 1 (0.46%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.46%) SRDF
8 1 (0.46%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 59 (27.06%) Puppet
2 43 (19.72%) Ansible
3 42 (19.27%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (5.05%) Terraform
5 7 (3.21%) Kubernetes
6 6 (2.75%) logstash
7 5 (2.29%) Salt
8 4 (1.83%) HAProxy
8 4 (1.83%) Kibana
8 4 (1.83%) Nagios
8 4 (1.83%) SELinux
9 3 (1.38%) CFEngine
9 3 (1.38%) Cisco Prime
9 3 (1.38%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (1.38%) Grafana
9 3 (1.38%) Graphite
9 3 (1.38%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (1.38%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.92%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.92%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 38 (17.43%) VMware
2 25 (11.47%) Oracle
2 25 (11.47%) Red Hat
3 22 (10.09%) Cisco
4 20 (9.17%) Splunk
5 18 (8.26%) AppDynamics
6 15 (6.88%) Microsoft
7 14 (6.42%) MuleSoft
7 14 (6.42%) New Relic
8 11 (5.05%) IBM
9 9 (4.13%) Avaya
9 9 (4.13%) Informatica
9 9 (4.13%) Juniper
10 7 (3.21%) F5
10 7 (3.21%) WSO2
11 6 (2.75%) Epicor
11 6 (2.75%) HP
11 6 (2.75%) SolarWinds
12 5 (2.29%) CheckPoint
12 5 (2.29%) Google
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