Period
to 21 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 2019.

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 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 513 627 735
Rank change year-on-year +114 +108 +72
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 302 279 156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.27% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.28% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 199 122
UK median daily rate £538 £525 £492
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% +6.71% +9.33%
10th Percentile £400 £418 £400
90th Percentile £638 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% +0.06% +5.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 0
UK median hourly rate £80.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 - -

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 78,258 98,672 97,933
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.06% 94.80% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,239 65,159 64,564
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £253 £270 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,925 3,066 2,928
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.47 £18.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.71% -1.08% +3.74%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

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 2019.

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 21 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Top 16 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 2019. 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 +99 259 £550 +4.67% 99
UK excluding London +147 166 £500 +11.11% 69
London +38 135 £550 +4.76% 41
Midlands +86 45 £500 +17.65% 14
West Midlands +78 41 £500 +29.87% 12
Scotland +44 37 £500 +17.65% 11
North of England +34 33 £495 +13.14% 28
South East +56 30 £593 -1.98% 8
North West +22 14 £500 +14.29% 17
South West +5 14 £513 +13.89% 1
Yorkshire +22 10 £403 -8.00% 11
North East +31 9 £495 +1.02%
East Midlands +28 4 £450 -2.70% 2
Wales +27 4 £530 -9.79%
East of England - 4 £455 - 7
Northern Ireland - 1 £238 -

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2019, 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.

1 174 (57.62%) DevOps
2 155 (51.32%) Linux
3 151 (50.00%) AWS
4 111 (36.75%) Python
5 110 (36.42%) Agile Software Development
6 102 (33.77%) Terraform
7 95 (31.46%) Azure
8 89 (29.47%) Kubernetes
9 85 (28.15%) Ansible
10 78 (25.83%) Windows
11 77 (25.50%) Docker
12 71 (23.51%) Git (software)
13 67 (22.19%) Jenkins
14 51 (16.89%) Puppet
14 51 (16.89%) JIRA
15 50 (16.56%) PowerShell
16 47 (15.56%) Infrastructure as Code
17 46 (15.23%) Finance
18 45 (14.90%) Microservices
19 44 (14.57%) GCP
19 44 (14.57%) Unix
20 43 (14.24%) Bash Shell
21 42 (13.91%) Migration
21 42 (13.91%) Security Cleared
21 42 (13.91%) VMware
22 40 (13.25%) Microsoft
22 40 (13.25%) .NET
23 39 (12.91%) SQL
23 39 (12.91%) Scrum
24 38 (12.58%) Kanban

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 31 (10.26%) Apache Spark
2 21 (6.95%) Confluence
3 9 (2.98%) Apache
4 8 (2.65%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (1.66%) Jupyter
5 5 (1.66%) nginx
6 4 (1.32%) IIS
7 3 (0.99%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.99%) Mule
8 2 (0.66%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.66%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.66%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.33%) Jetty
9 1 (0.33%) Mongrel
9 1 (0.33%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.33%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.66%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.33%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 7 (2.32%) assyst
2 3 (0.99%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.66%) Sonata
4 1 (0.33%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 151 (50.00%) AWS
2 95 (31.46%) Azure
3 44 (14.57%) GCP
4 31 (10.26%) Serverless
5 30 (9.93%) AWS Lambda
6 29 (9.60%) AWS CloudFormation
7 27 (8.94%) OpenShift
8 21 (6.95%) PaaS
9 20 (6.62%) IaaS
10 19 (6.29%) Amazon S3
11 18 (5.96%) GitHub
12 15 (4.97%) Amazon EKS
12 15 (4.97%) SaaS
13 14 (4.64%) Amazon Kinesis
14 13 (4.30%) Azure Machine Learning
15 11 (3.64%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (3.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 8 (2.65%) CloudFront
17 7 (2.32%) Amazon EC2
17 7 (2.32%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 34 (11.26%) Firewall
2 21 (6.95%) VPN
3 19 (6.29%) DNS
4 17 (5.63%) SAN
5 13 (4.30%) LAN
5 13 (4.30%) WAN
6 10 (3.31%) TCP/IP
7 9 (2.98%) Internet
7 9 (2.98%) Kerberos
8 8 (2.65%) SSL
9 6 (1.99%) Wireshark
10 4 (1.32%) BGP
10 4 (1.32%) NAS
10 4 (1.32%) OSPF
10 4 (1.32%) Reverse Proxy
11 3 (0.99%) DMZ
11 3 (0.99%) HTTP
11 3 (0.99%) Intrusion Detection
12 2 (0.66%) Cisco Nexus
12 2 (0.66%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (7.95%) Big Data
2 18 (5.96%) Hadoop
3 17 (5.63%) Pentaho
4 13 (4.30%) Apache Hive
5 11 (3.64%) Impala
6 10 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (2.32%) Amazon Athena
7 7 (2.32%) MongoDB
7 7 (2.32%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.99%) BigQuery
9 5 (1.66%) MySQL
10 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database
10 4 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (1.32%) SQL Server
11 3 (0.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.99%) HBase
11 3 (0.99%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.99%) Sqoop
12 2 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
12 2 (0.66%) Bigtable
Development Applications
1 71 (23.51%) Git (software)
2 67 (22.19%) Jenkins
3 51 (16.89%) JIRA
4 27 (8.94%) Artifactory
5 24 (7.95%) Sonatype Nexus
6 19 (6.29%) Bitbucket
7 18 (5.96%) GitLab
8 15 (4.97%) Visual Studio Team System
9 14 (4.64%) CircleCI
10 11 (3.64%) Octopus Deploy
10 11 (3.64%) TeamCity
10 11 (3.64%) Vagrant
11 10 (3.31%) Maven
12 8 (2.65%) Visual Studio
13 7 (2.32%) Eclipse
14 6 (1.99%) Cucumber
14 6 (1.99%) Selenium
14 6 (1.99%) Subversion
15 5 (1.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 4 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 46 (15.23%) Finance
2 27 (8.94%) Banking
3 25 (8.28%) Public Sector
4 14 (4.64%) Retail
5 5 (1.66%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.32%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.99%) Automotive
7 3 (0.99%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.66%) Games
8 2 (0.66%) Law
8 2 (0.66%) Marketing
8 2 (0.66%) Publishing
9 1 (0.33%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.33%) Legal
9 1 (0.33%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.33%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (13.25%) .NET
2 28 (9.27%) Kafka
2 28 (9.27%) Node.js
3 8 (2.65%) Web Services
4 6 (1.99%) JSON
4 6 (1.99%) Laravel
4 6 (1.99%) Vue.js
5 5 (1.66%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (1.32%) Middleware
7 3 (0.99%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.99%) RESTful
8 2 (0.66%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.66%) Hibernate
8 2 (0.66%) PrimeFaces
8 2 (0.66%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (0.66%) React
8 2 (0.66%) Redux
8 2 (0.66%) SAML
8 2 (0.66%) Spark Streaming
8 2 (0.66%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.95%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.63%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 14 (4.64%) Cloud Native
3 14 (4.64%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (2.32%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (2.32%) Private Cloud
4 7 (2.32%) Public Cloud
4 7 (2.32%) Replication
5 5 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (0.99%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.66%) Clustering
8 2 (0.66%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.66%) EMC VNX
8 2 (0.66%) Video\Live Streaming
8 2 (0.66%) Wiki
9 1 (0.33%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.33%) Enterprise Cloud
9 1 (0.33%) Podcast
9 1 (0.33%) Pricing Data
Operating Systems
1 155 (51.32%) Linux
2 78 (25.83%) Windows
3 44 (14.57%) Unix
4 30 (9.93%) CentOS
5 28 (9.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 21 (6.95%) Windows Server
7 12 (3.97%) CoreOS
8 11 (3.64%) Ubuntu
9 6 (1.99%) Solaris
10 5 (1.66%) Debian
11 3 (0.99%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.33%) Amazon Linux
12 1 (0.33%) Android
12 1 (0.33%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.33%) Fedora
12 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.33%) VMS
12 1 (0.33%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (57.62%) DevOps
2 110 (36.42%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (15.56%) Infrastructure as Code
4 45 (14.90%) Microservices
5 42 (13.91%) Migration
6 39 (12.91%) Scrum
7 38 (12.58%) Kanban
8 36 (11.92%) Disaster Recovery
9 32 (10.60%) Configuration Management
10 30 (9.93%) Continuous Integration
11 24 (7.95%) Test Automation
12 20 (6.62%) Computer Science
13 19 (6.29%) Infrastructure Automation
14 18 (5.96%) Analytics
14 18 (5.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 18 (5.96%) Software Engineering
15 17 (5.63%) Continuous Improvement
16 15 (4.97%) Problem-Solving
17 14 (4.64%) Collaborative Working
17 14 (4.64%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 111 (36.75%) Python
2 50 (16.56%) PowerShell
3 43 (14.24%) Bash Shell
4 39 (12.91%) SQL
5 35 (11.59%) Java
6 31 (10.26%) Ruby
7 23 (7.62%) C#
8 20 (6.62%) Go
9 18 (5.96%) JavaScript
10 16 (5.30%) Perl
11 13 (4.30%) Shell Script
12 12 (3.97%) Rust
13 7 (2.32%) PHP
13 7 (2.32%) Scala
14 5 (1.66%) C
15 4 (1.32%) Groovy
16 2 (0.66%) C++
16 2 (0.66%) COBOL
17 1 (0.33%) PHP 5
17 1 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 42 (13.91%) Security Cleared
2 35 (11.59%) SC Cleared
3 14 (4.64%) Degree
4 13 (4.30%) CCNA
4 13 (4.30%) CCNP
4 13 (4.30%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (3.31%) VCAP
5 10 (3.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (2.98%) AWS Certification
7 4 (1.32%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.99%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.99%) RHCE
9 2 (0.66%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.66%) RHCSA
10 1 (0.33%) CCA
10 1 (0.33%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.33%) MCSA
10 1 (0.33%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 17025
2 2 (0.66%) PMO
2 2 (0.66%) SLA
3 1 (0.33%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.33%) QA
System Software
1 77 (25.50%) Docker
2 22 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (5.63%) Active Directory
4 14 (4.64%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (3.64%) VMware NSX
6 8 (2.65%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 5 (1.66%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.66%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.99%) HDFS
8 3 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.66%) Gluster
9 2 (0.66%) vSphere
9 2 (0.66%) Xen
10 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.33%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 102 (33.77%) Terraform
2 89 (29.47%) Kubernetes
3 85 (28.15%) Ansible
4 51 (16.89%) Puppet
5 32 (10.60%) Opscode Chef
6 26 (8.61%) Avamar
7 23 (7.62%) Packer
8 15 (4.97%) Consul
9 13 (4.30%) Hadoop YARN
10 9 (2.98%) PowerCLI
11 5 (1.66%) SCCM
12 4 (1.32%) Docker Swarm
12 4 (1.32%) Grafana
12 4 (1.32%) Istio
12 4 (1.32%) Nagios
12 4 (1.32%) Rancher
12 4 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.99%) Red Hat Satellite
13 3 (0.99%) Salt
13 3 (0.99%) yum
Vendors
1 42 (13.91%) VMware
2 40 (13.25%) Microsoft
3 30 (9.93%) EMC
4 29 (9.60%) Google
5 18 (5.96%) Cloudera
5 18 (5.96%) Splunk
6 17 (5.63%) Cisco
6 17 (5.63%) Oracle
7 15 (4.97%) Red Hat
8 14 (4.64%) Veracode
9 12 (3.97%) Confluent
10 11 (3.64%) AppDynamics
10 11 (3.64%) IBM
11 8 (2.65%) IBM Sterling
11 8 (2.65%) Informatica
11 8 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (2.65%) SAP
12 7 (2.32%) Atlassian
12 7 (2.32%) Demandware
13 5 (1.66%) Palo Alto