Period
to 22 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 667 696 816
Rank change year-on-year +29 +120 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 217 130 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.14% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.15% 0.084%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 64 61
UK median daily rate £500 £508 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.48% +6.84% +18.75%
10th Percentile £419 £415 £350
90th Percentile £663 £621 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £435 £380
% change year-on-year +3.45% +14.47% +16.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
UK median hourly rate £72.50 £45.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +61.11% - +28.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 - -

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 95,507 85,547 100,376
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 94.90% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,687 55,526 65,025
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,993 2,897 3,147
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.97% -6.28% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.76 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +18.18%

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 22 May 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Platform Engineer over the 6 months to 22 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Top 13 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 22 May 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 +4 201 £500 -1.48% 80
London -24 117 £550 +4.76% 50
UK excluding London +26 92 £450 +3.45% 32
North of England +13 42 £450 - 15
South East -5 27 £525 +20.00% 1
North West -10 20 £450 +4.65% 8
Yorkshire +3 19 £450 -5.26% 7
Scotland -30 10 £563 - 2
South West - 8 £488 - 3
Midlands -14 5 £550 - 5
East Midlands 0 4 £550 - 1
North East - 3 £225 -
West Midlands - 1 £650 - 4

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 113 (52.07%) DevOps
2 106 (48.85%) Linux
3 98 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (41.01%) Puppet
5 87 (40.09%) Ansible
6 79 (36.41%) Python
7 78 (35.94%) Continuous Integration
7 78 (35.94%) Amazon AWS
8 75 (34.56%) Docker
9 66 (30.41%) Opscode Chef
10 58 (26.73%) Kubernetes
10 58 (26.73%) Bash Shell
11 57 (26.27%) Jenkins
11 57 (26.27%) Deployment Automation
12 50 (23.04%) Terraform
13 49 (22.58%) Microsoft Azure
14 48 (22.12%) Ruby
15 45 (20.74%) Windows
15 45 (20.74%) Configuration Management
15 45 (20.74%) Git (software)
16 40 (18.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 38 (17.51%) Scrum
18 37 (17.05%) PowerShell
19 35 (16.13%) Security Cleared
20 33 (15.21%) Java
20 33 (15.21%) Microservices
21 32 (14.75%) SQL
22 31 (14.29%) Big Data
23 30 (13.82%) Continuous Delivery
23 30 (13.82%) SC Cleared

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 17 (7.83%) Apache Spark
2 11 (5.07%) Elasticsearch
3 10 (4.61%) nginx
4 8 (3.69%) Apache
4 8 (3.69%) OpenStack
5 6 (2.76%) Apache Pig
5 6 (2.76%) Cloud Foundry
5 6 (2.76%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.84%) Confluence
7 3 (1.38%) CloudStack
7 3 (1.38%) IIS
8 2 (0.92%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.92%) Drupal
8 2 (0.92%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.46%) Anypoint
9 1 (0.46%) Jetty
9 1 (0.46%) Jupyter
9 1 (0.46%) Mongrel
9 1 (0.46%) Mule
9 1 (0.46%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 6 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 78 (35.94%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (22.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (11.98%) Amazon S3
4 24 (11.06%) Amazon EC2
5 22 (10.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 20 (9.22%) OpenShift
6 20 (9.22%) PaaS
7 19 (8.76%) Serverless
8 16 (7.37%) AWS CloudFormation
8 16 (7.37%) Google Cloud Platform
9 13 (5.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 13 (5.99%) AWS Lambda
10 11 (5.07%) Amazon ELB
10 11 (5.07%) IaaS
11 7 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (3.23%) CloudFront
11 7 (3.23%) Route 53
12 6 (2.76%) GitHub
12 6 (2.76%) npm
12 6 (2.76%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.07%) DNS
2 8 (3.69%) VPN
3 7 (3.23%) TCP/IP
4 5 (2.30%) ICMP
5 4 (1.84%) Firewall
5 4 (1.84%) OpenLDAP
6 3 (1.38%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.92%) BIG-IP
7 2 (0.92%) DHCP
7 2 (0.92%) HTTP
7 2 (0.92%) NetScaler
7 2 (0.92%) Network Security
7 2 (0.92%) OpenVPN
8 1 (0.46%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 1 (0.46%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 1 (0.46%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (0.46%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (14.29%) Big Data
2 23 (10.60%) Hadoop
3 19 (8.76%) MongoDB
3 19 (8.76%) MySQL
4 12 (5.53%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (5.53%) SQL Server
5 11 (5.07%) Amazon RDS
5 11 (5.07%) Apache Hive
6 10 (4.61%) NoSQL
7 9 (4.15%) Apache Cassandra
8 8 (3.69%) Flink
8 8 (3.69%) Redis
9 7 (3.23%) Relational Database
10 6 (2.76%) Data Lake
11 5 (2.30%) Impala
11 5 (2.30%) Neo4j
11 5 (2.30%) Sqoop
12 4 (1.84%) Cosmos DB
13 3 (1.38%) DB2
13 3 (1.38%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 57 (26.27%) Jenkins
2 45 (20.74%) Git (software)
3 21 (9.68%) Team Foundation Server
4 17 (7.83%) TeamCity
5 14 (6.45%) Octopus Deploy
6 11 (5.07%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (4.61%) Artifactory
7 10 (4.61%) Sonatype Nexus
8 8 (3.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 7 (3.23%) JIRA
9 7 (3.23%) Visual Studio
10 6 (2.76%) Bower
10 6 (2.76%) GoCD
10 6 (2.76%) Maven
10 6 (2.76%) SonarQube
11 5 (2.30%) Bitbucket
12 3 (1.38%) Vagrant
13 2 (0.92%) Cucumber
13 2 (0.92%) IBM UrbanCode
13 2 (0.92%) Selenium
General
1 28 (12.90%) Finance
2 16 (7.37%) Banking
3 9 (4.15%) Retail
4 6 (2.76%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.84%) Games
6 3 (1.38%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.92%) Wholesale Banking
8 1 (0.46%) International Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Legal
8 1 (0.46%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (7.83%) Elastic Stack
2 13 (5.99%) Kafka
3 11 (5.07%) .NET
4 8 (3.69%) Spring
4 8 (3.69%) Web Services
5 7 (3.23%) LEMP Stack
5 7 (3.23%) SAML
6 6 (2.76%) .NET Framework
6 6 (2.76%) LAMP
6 6 (2.76%) Samza
7 5 (2.30%) JSON
7 5 (2.30%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (2.30%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.84%) Node.js
8 4 (1.84%) Spring Cloud
8 4 (1.84%) Ultra Messaging
9 3 (1.38%) LAPP Stack
9 3 (1.38%) RESTful
10 2 (0.92%) Akka
10 2 (0.92%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.53%) Linux Command Line
2 8 (3.69%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (3.69%) Hedge funds
2 8 (3.69%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (2.76%) Management Information System
3 6 (2.76%) Public Cloud
4 5 (2.30%) Wiki
5 3 (1.38%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.38%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.38%) Digital Media
6 2 (0.92%) Clustering
6 2 (0.92%) Renewable Energy
6 2 (0.92%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.46%) Cloud Native
7 1 (0.46%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.46%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.46%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.46%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.46%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 106 (48.85%) Linux
2 45 (20.74%) Windows
3 40 (18.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (9.68%) Unix
5 12 (5.53%) CentOS
6 5 (2.30%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.84%) CoreOS
8 1 (0.46%) Debian
8 1 (0.46%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.46%) Fedora
8 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.46%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.46%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (52.07%) DevOps
2 98 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
3 78 (35.94%) Continuous Integration
4 57 (26.27%) Deployment Automation
5 45 (20.74%) Configuration Management
6 38 (17.51%) Scrum
7 33 (15.21%) Microservices
8 30 (13.82%) Continuous Delivery
9 28 (12.90%) Continuous Deployment
10 23 (10.60%) Kanban
11 21 (9.68%) ETL
12 19 (8.76%) Problem-Solving
13 17 (7.83%) Test Automation
14 16 (7.37%) Build Automation
15 13 (5.99%) Analytics
16 12 (5.53%) SDLC
17 11 (5.07%) TDD
18 10 (4.61%) Extreme Programming
18 10 (4.61%) Open Source
19 9 (4.15%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 79 (36.41%) Python
2 58 (26.73%) Bash Shell
3 48 (22.12%) Ruby
4 37 (17.05%) PowerShell
5 33 (15.21%) Java
6 32 (14.75%) SQL
7 20 (9.22%) PHP
7 20 (9.22%) Shell Script
8 17 (7.83%) Perl
9 15 (6.91%) Go
10 9 (4.15%) Scala
11 8 (3.69%) Korn
12 4 (1.84%) C
12 4 (1.84%) Groovy
13 3 (1.38%) Java 8
14 2 (0.92%) C#
14 2 (0.92%) C++
14 2 (0.92%) JavaScript
15 1 (0.46%) VB
15 1 (0.46%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 35 (16.13%) Security Cleared
2 30 (13.82%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.23%) DV Cleared
4 3 (1.38%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.46%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.46%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.61%) SLA
2 8 (3.69%) GCP
3 2 (0.92%) GDPR
3 2 (0.92%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.46%) QA
System Software
1 75 (34.56%) Docker
2 14 (6.45%) vCloud
3 9 (4.15%) Active Directory
3 9 (4.15%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (4.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (3.69%) HDFS
5 6 (2.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (2.76%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (2.30%) Ceph
7 4 (1.84%) Squid
7 4 (1.84%) Xen
8 3 (1.38%) vSphere
8 3 (1.38%) XenServer
9 2 (0.92%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.92%) KVM
9 2 (0.92%) Varnish
10 1 (0.46%) Postfix
10 1 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.46%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 89 (41.01%) Puppet
2 87 (40.09%) Ansible
3 66 (30.41%) Opscode Chef
4 58 (26.73%) Kubernetes
5 50 (23.04%) Terraform
6 16 (7.37%) Sysdig
7 14 (6.45%) Hadoop YARN
8 13 (5.99%) Consul
8 13 (5.99%) Rancher
9 11 (5.07%) Prometheus
10 10 (4.61%) Mesos
10 10 (4.61%) Packer
11 8 (3.69%) Docker Swarm
12 7 (3.23%) HAProxy
13 6 (2.76%) Ambari
13 6 (2.76%) Kibana
14 5 (2.30%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 5 (2.30%) logstash
14 5 (2.30%) Network Intrusion Detection System
15 4 (1.84%) Salt
Vendors
1 22 (10.14%) Red Hat
1 22 (10.14%) Splunk
2 17 (7.83%) Microsoft
3 13 (5.99%) Google
3 13 (5.99%) Oracle
4 10 (4.61%) VMware
5 8 (3.69%) New Relic
6 6 (2.76%) Cloudera
7 4 (1.84%) AppDynamics
7 4 (1.84%) Atlassian
7 4 (1.84%) SaltStack
8 3 (1.38%) Citrix
8 3 (1.38%) EnterpriseDB
8 3 (1.38%) ForgeRock
8 3 (1.38%) MuleSoft
9 2 (0.92%) F5
10 1 (0.46%) Alteryx
10 1 (0.46%) Hortonworks
10 1 (0.46%) Rackspace
10 1 (0.46%) WorldPay