Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Operations Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 664 618 679
Rank change year-on-year -46 +61 -19
Contract jobs requiring an Operations Engineer 234 276 215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.26% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.28% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 195 143
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -11.76% -
10th Percentile £274 £281 £290
90th Percentile £625 £533 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 13
UK median hourly rate £55.25 £41.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.76% +51.85% +29.75%
10th Percentile £45.33 £25.65 £20.00
90th Percentile £66.18 £47.50 £49.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.25 £41.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year +34.76% +51.85% +11.94%

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 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Operations Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Operations Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 24 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Operations Engineer over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
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 Operations Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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 -44 219 £425 +6.25% 25
UK excluding London -21 121 £400 +6.67% 17
London +4 109 £500 +6.38% 11
South East +22 44 £310 -24.85% 6
South West +7 22 £413 -2.94%
Midlands +32 20 £425 +6.25%
North of England -14 19 £434 +24.00% 7
East Midlands +8 14 £425 +21.43%
North West -2 12 £449 +28.29% 2
Scotland +11 10 £475 +20.63% 3
West Midlands +12 6 £375 -6.19%
East of England -14 5 £400 +14.29% 1
Yorkshire +20 4 £475 +57.68% 5
North East +28 3 £300 -11.76%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Operations Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 132 (56.41%) DevOps
2 122 (52.14%) Linux
3 78 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
4 76 (32.48%) Windows
5 67 (28.63%) Jenkins
6 52 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
7 50 (21.37%) Ansible
8 49 (20.94%) Puppet
8 49 (20.94%) Python
9 48 (20.51%) Firewall
10 46 (19.66%) Configuration Management
11 45 (19.23%) VMware
11 45 (19.23%) Opscode Chef
12 44 (18.80%) Bash Shell
13 41 (17.52%) Continuous Integration
14 40 (17.09%) Finance
14 40 (17.09%) Unix
14 40 (17.09%) Java
15 39 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 39 (16.67%) Git (software)
16 38 (16.24%) Docker
16 38 (16.24%) ITIL
17 37 (15.81%) Cisco
17 37 (15.81%) Migration
18 35 (14.96%) Red Hat
19 32 (13.68%) Analytical Skills
20 31 (13.25%) Windows Server 2012
21 30 (12.82%) Oracle
22 29 (12.39%) DNS
22 29 (12.39%) Open Source

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 21 (8.97%) Elasticsearch
2 13 (5.56%) Tomcat
3 11 (4.70%) Apache
4 10 (4.27%) Confluence
5 9 (3.85%) JBoss
5 9 (3.85%) PowerExchange
6 8 (3.42%) nginx
7 7 (2.99%) IIS
8 4 (1.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (1.71%) Cloud Foundry
8 4 (1.71%) CMS
8 4 (1.71%) Mule
8 4 (1.71%) Mule ESB
8 4 (1.71%) OpenStack
8 4 (1.71%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.28%) Jetty
9 3 (1.28%) Mongrel
9 3 (1.28%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.85%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.71%) Bloomberg TOMS
1 4 (1.71%) ION MarketView
2 3 (1.28%) Temenos T24
3 2 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.43%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 1 (0.43%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 78 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (6.84%) Amazon EC2
3 13 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (3.85%) Amazon S3
4 9 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (3.85%) GitHub
5 8 (3.42%) PaaS
6 6 (2.56%) Google Cloud Platform
6 6 (2.56%) OpenShift
6 6 (2.56%) Serverless
7 4 (1.71%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (1.71%) Google App Engine
7 4 (1.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (1.28%) Office 365
9 2 (0.85%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.43%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.43%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.43%) CloudBees
10 1 (0.43%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 48 (20.51%) Firewall
2 29 (12.39%) DNS
3 24 (10.26%) DHCP
4 22 (9.40%) TCP/IP
4 22 (9.40%) WAN
5 21 (8.97%) LAN
6 17 (7.26%) SAN
7 15 (6.41%) Network Security
8 13 (5.56%) DSL
8 13 (5.56%) SSL
8 13 (5.56%) VPN
9 11 (4.70%) MPLS
9 11 (4.70%) VoIP
10 10 (4.27%) HTTP
11 8 (3.42%) Cisco Nexus
12 7 (2.99%) FTP
12 7 (2.99%) Wireless
13 6 (2.56%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (2.14%) IPsec
14 5 (2.14%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.70%) MySQL
2 10 (4.27%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (3.85%) PowerCenter
3 9 (3.85%) SQL Server
4 8 (3.42%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.56%) Hadoop
6 5 (2.14%) Data Mining
6 5 (2.14%) DB2
6 5 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.71%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (1.71%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.71%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.71%) Redis
8 3 (1.28%) HBase
9 2 (0.85%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.85%) HDInsight
9 2 (0.85%) Kalido
9 2 (0.85%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.85%) Riak
Development Applications
1 67 (28.63%) Jenkins
2 39 (16.67%) Git (software)
3 15 (6.41%) Maven
4 14 (5.98%) JIRA
5 8 (3.42%) GitLab
6 7 (2.99%) Selenium
6 7 (2.99%) Subversion
7 6 (2.56%) Artifactory
7 6 (2.56%) Gradle
7 6 (2.56%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (2.56%) Vagrant
8 5 (2.14%) JMeter
9 4 (1.71%) Ant
9 4 (1.71%) Burp Suite
10 3 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (1.28%) Cucumber
10 3 (1.28%) Metasploit
10 3 (1.28%) Travis CI
11 2 (0.85%) Visual Studio
12 1 (0.43%) ClearCase
General
1 40 (17.09%) Finance
2 25 (10.68%) Telecoms
3 13 (5.56%) Banking
4 6 (2.56%) Marketing
5 3 (1.28%) Billing
5 3 (1.28%) Electronics
5 3 (1.28%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.28%) Retail
5 3 (1.28%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.43%) Front Office
6 1 (0.43%) German Language
6 1 (0.43%) Hindi Language
6 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.43%) Japanese Language
6 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.55%) Elastic Stack
2 13 (5.56%) Web Services
3 12 (5.13%) Middleware
4 6 (2.56%) Spring Boot
5 5 (2.14%) .NET
5 5 (2.14%) J2EE
5 5 (2.14%) JSON
5 5 (2.14%) Node.js
5 5 (2.14%) RESTful
6 4 (1.71%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (1.71%) Spring
6 4 (1.71%) Spring Cloud
6 4 (1.71%) XML
7 3 (1.28%) IBM Integration Bus
7 3 (1.28%) Kafka
7 3 (1.28%) Sensu
7 3 (1.28%) Servlets
8 2 (0.85%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.85%) HTML
9 1 (0.43%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 32 (13.68%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (10.68%) Data Centre
3 10 (4.27%) Clustering
3 10 (4.27%) Replication
4 5 (2.14%) Blog
4 5 (2.14%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.14%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.71%) AS400
5 4 (1.71%) BYOD
5 4 (1.71%) Fixed Income
5 4 (1.71%) Virtual Team
6 3 (1.28%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.28%) Enterprise Cloud
6 3 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.28%) Private Cloud
6 3 (1.28%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (0.85%) Mobile Banking
7 2 (0.85%) PKI
7 2 (0.85%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.85%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 122 (52.14%) Linux
2 76 (32.48%) Windows
3 40 (17.09%) Unix
4 39 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 31 (13.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (11.97%) Windows Server
7 22 (9.40%) CentOS
8 20 (8.55%) Windows 7
8 20 (8.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 17 (7.26%) Windows 10
10 7 (2.99%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (2.14%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.28%) AIX
12 3 (1.28%) Solaris
12 3 (1.28%) Ubuntu
12 3 (1.28%) VMS
13 1 (0.43%) CoreOS
13 1 (0.43%) Debian
13 1 (0.43%) MVS
13 1 (0.43%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (56.41%) DevOps
2 52 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (19.66%) Configuration Management
4 41 (17.52%) Continuous Integration
5 38 (16.24%) ITIL
6 37 (15.81%) Migration
7 29 (12.39%) Open Source
8 28 (11.97%) Root Cause Analysis
9 19 (8.12%) Continuous Improvement
9 19 (8.12%) Security Operations
10 18 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
11 16 (6.84%) Problem Management
11 16 (6.84%) Runbook
11 16 (6.84%) Vulnerability Management
12 15 (6.41%) Software Engineering
13 14 (5.98%) Code Optimisation
13 14 (5.98%) ETL
14 13 (5.56%) Load Balancing
15 12 (5.13%) Cybersecurity
15 12 (5.13%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 49 (20.94%) Python
2 44 (18.80%) Bash Shell
3 40 (17.09%) Java
4 25 (10.68%) Ruby
5 24 (10.26%) PowerShell
6 20 (8.55%) Perl
7 12 (5.13%) SQL
8 7 (2.99%) Shell Script
9 6 (2.56%) Go
10 4 (1.71%) RPG
10 4 (1.71%) RPG IV
11 3 (1.28%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.85%) C#
12 2 (0.85%) PHP
13 1 (0.43%) C
13 1 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (10.68%) Security Cleared
2 18 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (7.26%) SC Cleared
4 10 (4.27%) CISSP
5 8 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (2.99%) CCNP
6 7 (2.99%) Degree
7 5 (2.14%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (2.14%) CCNA
7 5 (2.14%) CEH
7 5 (2.14%) CSSLP
8 4 (1.71%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 4 (1.71%) CCSP
8 4 (1.71%) CREST Certified
8 4 (1.71%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.85%) MCP
9 2 (0.85%) MCSE
10 1 (0.43%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.14%) QA
2 4 (1.71%) GPG13
2 4 (1.71%) MiFID
2 4 (1.71%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.28%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.85%) SLA
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 38 (16.24%) Docker
2 23 (9.83%) Active Directory
3 20 (8.55%) Hyper-V
3 20 (8.55%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (4.27%) Samba
6 5 (2.14%) vSphere
6 5 (2.14%) Xen
7 4 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.28%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.28%) XenServer
9 2 (0.85%) KVM
9 2 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.85%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.43%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.43%) Firmware
10 1 (0.43%) HDFS
10 1 (0.43%) LXC
10 1 (0.43%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.43%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 50 (21.37%) Ansible
2 49 (20.94%) Puppet
3 45 (19.23%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (6.84%) Terraform
5 14 (5.98%) WMI
6 13 (5.56%) Kubernetes
7 12 (5.13%) logstash
8 8 (3.42%) Kibana
8 8 (3.42%) NetBackup
9 6 (2.56%) Nagios
9 6 (2.56%) Packer
10 5 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (1.71%) Cisco Prime
11 4 (1.71%) Grafana
11 4 (1.71%) Nessus
11 4 (1.71%) SCCM
12 3 (1.28%) Cisco CUCM
12 3 (1.28%) Mesos
12 3 (1.28%) Netcool
12 3 (1.28%) vRealize
Vendors
1 45 (19.23%) VMware
2 37 (15.81%) Cisco
3 35 (14.96%) Red Hat
4 30 (12.82%) Oracle
5 27 (11.54%) Splunk
6 22 (9.40%) Microsoft
7 20 (8.55%) SolarWinds
8 19 (8.12%) IBM
9 15 (6.41%) CheckPoint
10 13 (5.56%) Juniper
10 13 (5.56%) Palo Alto
11 12 (5.13%) Fortinet
11 12 (5.13%) HP
12 10 (4.27%) Informatica
12 10 (4.27%) Mitel
12 10 (4.27%) Symantec
13 9 (3.85%) Citrix
13 9 (3.85%) NetApp
13 9 (3.85%) New Relic
14 7 (2.99%) Qualys