Period
to 10 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 426 463 659
Rank change year-on-year +37 +196 +38
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 124 432 241
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.47% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.50% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 317 158
Median daily rate £525 £545 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.67% +3.81% +5.00%
10th Percentile £363 £419 £419
90th Percentile £739 £675 £629
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £510 £450
% change year-on-year +0.49% +13.33% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
Median hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £72.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.25% +10.34% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -56.25% +88.24% -

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 32,586 86,541 98,091
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.07% 94.34% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,257 56,811 64,213
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.71% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,348 2,963 3,133
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.90% +8.33% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +18.39% +3.77% -1.52%

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Platform Engineer over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Top 17 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 10 August 2020. 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 +47 114 £540 -1.82% 54
London +65 69 £563 +0.99% 21
UK excluding London +85 51 £513 +0.49% 33
South East +96 16 £625 +19.05% 6
North of England +74 16 £513 +7.89% 17
Work from Home -16 14 £500 -4.71% 3
North West +70 9 £525 +10.53% 12
South West +95 6 £500 -9.09% 1
Yorkshire +69 5 £413 -17.50% 4
Midlands +66 5 £484 -5.10% 7
West Midlands +49 4 £484 -5.10% 7
Wales +42 3 £500 +2.56%
Northern Ireland - 3 £383 -
North East +20 2 £375 -9.80% 1
East of England +79 1 - - 2
Scotland +73 1 - -
East Midlands +54 1 - -

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 67 (54.03%) DevOps
2 62 (50.00%) Python
3 56 (45.16%) AWS
4 53 (42.74%) Kubernetes
5 49 (39.52%) Terraform
6 48 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
7 44 (35.48%) Linux
8 43 (34.68%) Ansible
9 40 (32.26%) Azure
10 34 (27.42%) Infrastructure as Code
11 33 (26.61%) Docker
12 27 (21.77%) OpenShift
13 26 (20.97%) Finance
14 24 (19.35%) Jenkins
15 23 (18.55%) Configuration Management
16 22 (17.74%) Java
17 21 (16.94%) Git (software)
17 21 (16.94%) Puppet
18 20 (16.13%) GCP
19 19 (15.32%) Continuous Delivery
20 18 (14.52%) AWS CloudFormation
20 18 (14.52%) Banking
21 17 (13.71%) SQL
21 17 (13.71%) Windows
21 17 (13.71%) Microsoft
21 17 (13.71%) JIRA
22 16 (12.90%) Ruby
22 16 (12.90%) Amazon EC2
22 16 (12.90%) Go
23 15 (12.10%) Red Hat

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 11 (8.87%) Confluence
2 4 (3.23%) Tomcat
3 3 (2.42%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (2.42%) SAS
4 2 (1.61%) Apache
4 2 (1.61%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.81%) IIS
5 1 (0.81%) Jupyter
5 1 (0.81%) Mule
5 1 (0.81%) nginx
5 1 (0.81%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.81%) Predix
5 1 (0.81%) ThingWorx
5 1 (0.81%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 56 (45.16%) AWS
2 40 (32.26%) Azure
3 27 (21.77%) OpenShift
4 20 (16.13%) GCP
5 18 (14.52%) AWS CloudFormation
6 16 (12.90%) Amazon EC2
7 14 (11.29%) Amazon EKS
8 13 (10.48%) Amazon ECS
8 13 (10.48%) PaaS
8 13 (10.48%) Serverless
9 12 (9.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 11 (8.87%) Amazon S3
11 10 (8.06%) AWS Lambda
12 7 (5.65%) AWS CodePipeline
12 7 (5.65%) CloudFront
12 7 (5.65%) GitHub
13 5 (4.03%) Azure Data Factory
14 4 (3.23%) Amazon ELB
14 4 (3.23%) SaaS
14 4 (3.23%) SonarCloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.87%) DNS
2 10 (8.06%) Firewall
3 4 (3.23%) SAN
4 3 (2.42%) DHCP
4 3 (2.42%) iSCSI
4 3 (2.42%) SSL
5 2 (1.61%) 5G
5 2 (1.61%) HTTP
5 2 (1.61%) NAS
5 2 (1.61%) SSH
5 2 (1.61%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.61%) VLAN
5 2 (1.61%) Wireless
6 1 (0.81%) BGP
6 1 (0.81%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.81%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (0.81%) Internet
6 1 (0.81%) OSPF
6 1 (0.81%) VPN
6 1 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.03%) Big Data
3 4 (3.23%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.23%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.42%) Amazon Redshift
4 3 (2.42%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.42%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.42%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.61%) Data Lake
5 2 (1.61%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.61%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2017
6 1 (0.81%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.81%) HBase
6 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle Exadata
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 24 (19.35%) Jenkins
2 21 (16.94%) Git (software)
3 17 (13.71%) JIRA
4 10 (8.06%) Artifactory
4 10 (8.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 10 (8.06%) CircleCI
5 8 (6.45%) Bitbucket
6 7 (5.65%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (4.84%) GitLab
8 4 (3.23%) Maven
8 4 (3.23%) Travis CI
9 3 (2.42%) GoCD
9 3 (2.42%) Snyk
9 3 (2.42%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (1.61%) JUnit
10 2 (1.61%) Selenium
10 2 (1.61%) Subversion
10 2 (1.61%) TeamCity
10 2 (1.61%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.81%) Gradle
General
1 26 (20.97%) Finance
2 18 (14.52%) Banking
3 7 (5.65%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.42%) Legal
4 3 (2.42%) Private Banking
4 3 (2.42%) Public Sector
5 2 (1.61%) Front Office
6 1 (0.81%) Billing
6 1 (0.81%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.81%) Games
6 1 (0.81%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Law
6 1 (0.81%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.87%) Node.js
1 11 (8.87%) Web Services
2 10 (8.06%) .NET
3 8 (6.45%) Lambda Expressions
3 8 (6.45%) REST
4 7 (5.65%) Kafka
5 6 (4.84%) GraphQL
5 6 (4.84%) Swagger
6 3 (2.42%) Middleware
7 2 (1.61%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (1.61%) JSON
7 2 (1.61%) OAuth
7 2 (1.61%) Spring
7 2 (1.61%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.81%) Apache Flex
8 1 (0.81%) Express
8 1 (0.81%) OAuth2
8 1 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.81%) RESTful
8 1 (0.81%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.48%) Cloud Native
2 11 (8.87%) Public Cloud
3 7 (5.65%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (4.84%) Data Centre
5 5 (4.03%) Private Cloud
6 4 (3.23%) Clustering
6 4 (3.23%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (3.23%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (2.42%) Enterprise Cloud
8 2 (1.61%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.61%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (1.61%) Hedge funds
8 2 (1.61%) iPad
8 2 (1.61%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.81%) Equities
9 1 (0.81%) Industry 4.0
9 1 (0.81%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.81%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 44 (35.48%) Linux
2 17 (13.71%) Windows
3 14 (11.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 13 (10.48%) CentOS
5 10 (8.06%) Unix
6 8 (6.45%) CoreOS
7 7 (5.65%) Windows Server
8 4 (3.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (2.42%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.61%) Fedora
10 2 (1.61%) Windows 10
10 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.81%) Android
11 1 (0.81%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.81%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (54.03%) DevOps
2 48 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (27.42%) Infrastructure as Code
4 23 (18.55%) Configuration Management
5 19 (15.32%) Continuous Delivery
6 15 (12.10%) Software Engineering
7 13 (10.48%) Microservices
8 10 (8.06%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (8.06%) High Availability
8 10 (8.06%) Infrastructure Automation
8 10 (8.06%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (7.26%) Migration
9 9 (7.26%) Pair Programming
9 9 (7.26%) Scrum
9 9 (7.26%) Test Automation
10 7 (5.65%) Wealth Management
11 6 (4.84%) BDD
11 6 (4.84%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (4.84%) Event-Driven Architecture
11 6 (4.84%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 62 (50.00%) Python
2 22 (17.74%) Java
3 17 (13.71%) SQL
4 16 (12.90%) Go
4 16 (12.90%) Ruby
5 13 (10.48%) Perl
6 12 (9.68%) Bash Shell
6 12 (9.68%) PowerShell
7 8 (6.45%) Groovy
7 8 (6.45%) JavaScript
8 6 (4.84%) C
8 6 (4.84%) R
8 6 (4.84%) TypeScript
9 5 (4.03%) Rust
10 4 (3.23%) C++
11 3 (2.42%) PHP
11 3 (2.42%) Scala
12 2 (1.61%) C#
12 2 (1.61%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.81%) Korn
Qualifications
1 9 (7.26%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.03%) AWS Certification
2 5 (4.03%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (4.03%) Degree
2 5 (4.03%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (3.23%) CCNA
3 4 (3.23%) DV Cleared
3 4 (3.23%) MCSE
3 4 (3.23%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.42%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.61%) CISSP
5 2 (1.61%) CompTIA Security+
5 2 (1.61%) GIAC
5 2 (1.61%) Linux+ Certification
5 2 (1.61%) Network+ Certification
5 2 (1.61%) SANS
5 2 (1.61%) SSCP
5 2 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.81%) MCITP
6 1 (0.81%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.42%) SLA
2 2 (1.61%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (1.61%) GDPR
2 2 (1.61%) HIPAA
2 2 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.81%) JTAG
3 1 (0.81%) QA
System Software
1 33 (26.61%) Docker
2 8 (6.45%) Active Directory
3 7 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (4.03%) Hyper-V
5 3 (2.42%) Gluster
5 3 (2.42%) OpenAM
5 3 (2.42%) OpenIDM
5 3 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (2.42%) vSphere
6 2 (1.61%) DFS Replication
6 2 (1.61%) NFS
6 2 (1.61%) Samba
6 2 (1.61%) VirtualBox
6 2 (1.61%) Xen
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 53 (42.74%) Kubernetes
2 49 (39.52%) Terraform
3 43 (34.68%) Ansible
4 21 (16.94%) Puppet
5 13 (10.48%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (5.65%) Nagios
7 6 (4.84%) Grafana
8 5 (4.03%) Docker Swarm
8 5 (4.03%) Prometheus
9 4 (3.23%) SCOM
9 4 (3.23%) ZABBIX
10 3 (2.42%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (2.42%) Istio
10 3 (2.42%) Red Hat Satellite
11 2 (1.61%) Graphite
11 2 (1.61%) logstash
11 2 (1.61%) OpenNMS
11 2 (1.61%) Packer
11 2 (1.61%) Rsyslog
11 2 (1.61%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 17 (13.71%) Microsoft
2 15 (12.10%) Red Hat
3 13 (10.48%) Splunk
4 10 (8.06%) Google
5 9 (7.26%) VMware
6 6 (4.84%) Dell
6 6 (4.84%) EMC
7 5 (4.03%) AppDynamics
7 5 (4.03%) Atlassian
7 5 (4.03%) Cisco
7 5 (4.03%) Confluent
7 5 (4.03%) Oracle
7 5 (4.03%) Veracode
8 4 (3.23%) NetApp
9 3 (2.42%) Cloudera
9 3 (2.42%) ForgeRock
9 3 (2.42%) HP
9 3 (2.42%) Infoblox
10 2 (1.61%) EqualLogic
10 2 (1.61%) SAP