Period
to 21 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

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.

Platform Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 612 726 796
Rank change year-on-year +114 +70 +51
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 279 156 94
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.15% 0.090%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.16% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 122 47
UK median daily rate £525 £492 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.71% +9.33% -10.00%
10th Percentile £418 £400 £358
90th Percentile £625 £638 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.06% +5.82% +9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
UK median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 98,623 97,905 99,320
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.92% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,129 64,557 64,752
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,929 3,293
UK median hourly rate £18.44 £18.69 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.31% +3.81% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Platform Engineer over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Platform Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 21 November 2018. 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 +112 253 £525 +5.00% 70
London +121 185 £525 -4.55% 28
UK excluding London +11 91 £450 +0.06% 45
North of England +16 38 £438 +1.74% 18
Yorkshire +2 25 £438 +2.94% 8
Scotland -3 19 £425 - 2
South East -28 15 £605 +31.52% 1
North West -14 12 £438 -0.57% 9
Midlands - 8 £425 - 6
South West -12 6 £450 +0.06% 11
Wales - 5 £588 - 1
West Midlands - 5 £385 - 4
East Midlands - 3 £463 - 2
North East - 1 £490 - 1

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, Platform Engineer 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 Platform Engineer in the job title.

1 148 (53.05%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (51.25%) Puppet
3 138 (49.46%) Ansible
4 134 (48.03%) Amazon AWS
5 131 (46.95%) Jenkins
6 126 (45.16%) Continuous Integration
7 122 (43.73%) Opscode Chef
8 115 (41.22%) DevOps
8 115 (41.22%) Windows
9 109 (39.07%) Python
10 107 (38.35%) Linux
11 98 (35.13%) Bash Shell
12 90 (32.26%) Terraform
13 87 (31.18%) Scrum
14 83 (29.75%) Shell Script
15 82 (29.39%) Unix
16 77 (27.60%) Microsoft Azure
17 71 (25.45%) Test Automation
18 70 (25.09%) Build Automation
19 68 (24.37%) PowerShell
20 66 (23.66%) Korn
20 66 (23.66%) Docker
21 61 (21.86%) SQL
22 58 (20.79%) Amazon EC2
23 56 (20.07%) Amazon S3
24 54 (19.35%) Oracle
25 52 (18.64%) Big Data
26 51 (18.28%) Hadoop
26 51 (18.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
27 49 (17.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Platform 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 14 (5.02%) Apache
1 14 (5.02%) IIS
2 12 (4.30%) Confluence
3 11 (3.94%) Cloud Foundry
4 8 (2.87%) Apache Spark
5 7 (2.51%) nginx
6 5 (1.79%) OpenStack
7 4 (1.43%) Apache Pig
7 4 (1.43%) CloudStack
7 4 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.43%) JBoss
8 3 (1.08%) WebLogic
8 3 (1.08%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.72%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.36%) Anypoint
10 1 (0.36%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.36%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 43 (15.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 42 (15.05%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 134 (48.03%) Amazon AWS
2 77 (27.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 58 (20.79%) Amazon EC2
4 56 (20.07%) Amazon S3
5 51 (18.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 31 (11.11%) IaaS
7 30 (10.75%) PaaS
8 17 (6.09%) AWS CloudFormation
9 14 (5.02%) GitHub
9 14 (5.02%) OpenShift
10 13 (4.66%) Route 53
11 11 (3.94%) Google Cloud Platform
12 9 (3.23%) SaaS
13 6 (2.15%) Serverless
14 5 (1.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 5 (1.79%) Amazon ELB
14 5 (1.79%) Datadog
15 4 (1.43%) AWS Lambda
15 4 (1.43%) Slack
16 3 (1.08%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 26 (9.32%) Firewall
2 13 (4.66%) DNS
3 7 (2.51%) TCP/IP
4 6 (2.15%) VPN
5 4 (1.43%) HTTP
6 3 (1.08%) DHCP
6 3 (1.08%) ICMP
7 2 (0.72%) BGP
7 2 (0.72%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.72%) EIGRP
7 2 (0.72%) Internet
7 2 (0.72%) LAN
7 2 (0.72%) OSPF
7 2 (0.72%) SAN
7 2 (0.72%) SNMP
7 2 (0.72%) Spanning Tree
7 2 (0.72%) SSL
7 2 (0.72%) VLAN
7 2 (0.72%) VXLAN
7 2 (0.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (18.64%) Big Data
2 51 (18.28%) Hadoop
3 47 (16.85%) Apache Hive
4 45 (16.13%) SQL Server
5 40 (14.34%) Impala
5 40 (14.34%) Sqoop
6 11 (3.94%) Amazon RDS
7 10 (3.58%) Redis
8 7 (2.51%) MongoDB
8 7 (2.51%) MySQL
9 5 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (1.43%) Neo4j
11 3 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (1.08%) Bigtable
11 3 (1.08%) Flink
12 2 (0.72%) BigQuery
12 2 (0.72%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.72%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.72%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 131 (46.95%) Jenkins
2 33 (11.83%) Git (software)
3 16 (5.73%) JIRA
4 13 (4.66%) Sonatype Nexus
5 12 (4.30%) Bitbucket
5 12 (4.30%) TeamCity
6 11 (3.94%) Octopus Deploy
7 10 (3.58%) Artifactory
7 10 (3.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (3.58%) Selenium
8 9 (3.23%) Visual Studio Team System
9 7 (2.51%) Cucumber
9 7 (2.51%) GitLab
9 7 (2.51%) IBM UrbanCode
10 6 (2.15%) GoCD
10 6 (2.15%) Maven
10 6 (2.15%) SonarQube
11 5 (1.79%) Subversion
11 5 (1.79%) Vagrant
12 3 (1.08%) Introscope
General
1 39 (13.98%) Finance
2 12 (4.30%) Banking
2 12 (4.30%) Law
3 4 (1.43%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.36%) Advertising
4 1 (0.36%) Billing
4 1 (0.36%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.36%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.38%) .NET
2 14 (5.02%) Elastic Stack
2 14 (5.02%) X-Windows
3 9 (3.23%) Kafka
3 9 (3.23%) Web Services
4 8 (2.87%) Sensu
5 5 (1.79%) Spring
6 4 (1.43%) JSON
6 4 (1.43%) Middleware
6 4 (1.43%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (1.08%) LEMP Stack
7 3 (1.08%) Node.js
7 3 (1.08%) RESTful
7 3 (1.08%) Samza
7 3 (1.08%) Spring Boot
8 2 (0.72%) LDAP
8 2 (0.72%) REST
9 1 (0.36%) SAML
9 1 (0.36%) SAP Business Workflow
9 1 (0.36%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 41 (14.70%) Wiki
2 11 (3.94%) Linux Command Line
3 8 (2.87%) Public Cloud
4 6 (2.15%) Blog
4 6 (2.15%) Fintech
5 5 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.43%) Cloud Native
6 4 (1.43%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.43%) Enterprise Cloud
6 4 (1.43%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.08%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.08%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.72%) EMC VNX
8 2 (0.72%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.72%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.36%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.36%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.36%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 115 (41.22%) Windows
2 107 (38.35%) Linux
3 82 (29.39%) Unix
4 49 (17.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 34 (12.19%) Windows Server
6 17 (6.09%) CentOS
7 7 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.79%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.36%) Amazon Linux
9 1 (0.36%) Debian
9 1 (0.36%) Solaris
9 1 (0.36%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (53.05%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (45.16%) Continuous Integration
3 115 (41.22%) DevOps
4 87 (31.18%) Scrum
5 71 (25.45%) Test Automation
6 70 (25.09%) Build Automation
7 45 (16.13%) Configuration Management
7 45 (16.13%) ETL
8 42 (15.05%) Data Extraction
9 41 (14.70%) Data Analysis
10 31 (11.11%) Kanban
11 27 (9.68%) Deployment Automation
12 22 (7.89%) Microservices
13 19 (6.81%) Continuous Delivery
14 18 (6.45%) Waterfall
15 17 (6.09%) Change Control
16 15 (5.38%) Migration
17 14 (5.02%) Open Source
18 10 (3.58%) Collaborative Working
18 10 (3.58%) Continuous Deployment
Programming Languages
1 109 (39.07%) Python
2 98 (35.13%) Bash Shell
3 83 (29.75%) Shell Script
4 68 (24.37%) PowerShell
5 66 (23.66%) Korn
6 61 (21.86%) SQL
7 35 (12.54%) Java
8 27 (9.68%) Ruby
9 16 (5.73%) Perl
10 14 (5.02%) Go
11 6 (2.15%) Scala
12 4 (1.43%) C#
13 2 (0.72%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.36%) C
14 1 (0.36%) C++
14 1 (0.36%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 17 (6.09%) Security Cleared
2 12 (4.30%) SC Cleared
3 4 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (1.08%) MCSE
5 2 (0.72%) AWS Certification
5 2 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.72%) RHCSA
5 2 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.36%) CISMP
6 1 (0.36%) CISSP
6 1 (0.36%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.36%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.36%) Degree
6 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.36%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.08%) QA
2 1 (0.36%) Data Quality
System Software
1 66 (23.66%) Docker
2 40 (14.34%) HDFS
3 27 (9.68%) Active Directory
4 10 (3.58%) vSphere
5 9 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (2.87%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (1.43%) vCloud
7 4 (1.43%) Xen
7 4 (1.43%) XenServer
8 3 (1.08%) Varnish
9 2 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.36%) Ceph
10 1 (0.36%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.36%) iptables
10 1 (0.36%) NFS
10 1 (0.36%) Squid
10 1 (0.36%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 143 (51.25%) Puppet
2 138 (49.46%) Ansible
3 122 (43.73%) Opscode Chef
4 90 (32.26%) Terraform
5 45 (16.13%) Kubernetes
6 43 (15.41%) Hadoop YARN
7 21 (7.53%) Packer
8 13 (4.66%) Consul
9 11 (3.94%) Salt
10 7 (2.51%) HAProxy
11 6 (2.15%) Docker Swarm
11 6 (2.15%) Grafana
11 6 (2.15%) Prometheus
12 5 (1.79%) Sysdig
13 3 (1.08%) Ambari
13 3 (1.08%) Graphite
13 3 (1.08%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 3 (1.08%) Mesos
13 3 (1.08%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 3 (1.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 54 (19.35%) Oracle
2 41 (14.70%) Cloudera
3 24 (8.60%) Red Hat
4 20 (7.17%) Microsoft
5 16 (5.73%) Splunk
6 14 (5.02%) Google
7 11 (3.94%) VMware
8 10 (3.58%) Atlassian
9 8 (2.87%) AppDynamics
10 7 (2.51%) SAP
11 6 (2.15%) Micro Focus
12 4 (1.43%) IBM
12 4 (1.43%) New Relic
12 4 (1.43%) SaltStack
13 3 (1.08%) Black Duck
13 3 (1.08%) CA
13 3 (1.08%) CheckPoint
13 3 (1.08%) Cisco
13 3 (1.08%) NetApp
13 3 (1.08%) Palo Alto