Period
to 21 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 695 736 827
Rank change year-on-year +41 +91 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 180 110 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.11% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.12% 0.048%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 60 39
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £411 £385 £313
90th Percentile £675 £603 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £430 £380
% change year-on-year +6.40% +13.16% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
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 96,268 90,980 101,049
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,959 59,313 64,684
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.71% +1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,851 3,247 3,676
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.17 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 February 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 11 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 February 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 +49 171 £525 +10.53% 63
London +26 103 £575 +15.00% 36
UK excluding London +16 75 £458 +6.40% 28
South East +16 31 £484 +17.33% 4
North of England +35 26 £450 +4.65% 14
Yorkshire +2 17 £450 -5.26% 9
South West +10 9 £475 +43.94% 6
North West +15 8 £450 +4.65% 5
Scotland -16 7 £525 +10.53% 1
East of England -16 2 £375 - 1
North East - 1 £225 -

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 101 (56.11%) DevOps
2 87 (48.33%) Linux
3 75 (41.67%) Amazon AWS
4 65 (36.11%) Docker
5 62 (34.44%) Python
6 61 (33.89%) Ansible
7 60 (33.33%) Opscode Chef
8 59 (32.78%) Puppet
9 57 (31.67%) Continuous Integration
10 55 (30.56%) Agile Software Development
11 51 (28.33%) Microsoft Azure
11 51 (28.33%) Kubernetes
12 46 (25.56%) Git (software)
12 46 (25.56%) Windows
13 45 (25.00%) Bash Shell
14 41 (22.78%) Jenkins
15 39 (21.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 35 (19.44%) Ruby
17 34 (18.89%) PowerShell
18 33 (18.33%) Team Foundation Server
19 32 (17.78%) Configuration Management
20 31 (17.22%) Microservices
20 31 (17.22%) Java
21 30 (16.67%) Scrum
22 28 (15.56%) Terraform
23 26 (14.44%) Continuous Delivery
24 23 (12.78%) Red Hat
25 22 (12.22%) Finance
25 22 (12.22%) TeamCity
25 22 (12.22%) Octopus Deploy

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 (6.11%) Apache
2 10 (5.56%) Confluence
3 9 (5.00%) Tomcat
4 8 (4.44%) Apache Spark
5 7 (3.89%) OpenStack
6 5 (2.78%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (2.78%) nginx
7 4 (2.22%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (1.67%) Anypoint
8 3 (1.67%) CloudStack
8 3 (1.67%) Mule
9 2 (1.11%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (1.11%) IIS
9 2 (1.11%) JBoss
9 2 (1.11%) Mule ESB
9 2 (1.11%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.56%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.56%) Jupyter
Applications
1 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 75 (41.67%) Amazon AWS
2 51 (28.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (12.22%) OpenShift
4 18 (10.00%) Amazon EC2
5 17 (9.44%) Amazon S3
6 16 (8.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 11 (6.11%) PaaS
8 10 (5.56%) GitHub
9 9 (5.00%) IaaS
10 8 (4.44%) npm
10 8 (4.44%) Serverless
11 6 (3.33%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (2.78%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (2.78%) AWS Lambda
12 5 (2.78%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (2.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (1.67%) AWS CloudTrail
14 3 (1.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 1 (0.56%) AWS OpsWorks
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.44%) DNS
2 5 (2.78%) Firewall
3 4 (2.22%) OpenLDAP
3 4 (2.22%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.67%) BIG-IP
4 3 (1.67%) DHCP
4 3 (1.67%) NetScaler
5 2 (1.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 2 (1.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 2 (1.11%) LAN
5 2 (1.11%) SNMP
5 2 (1.11%) SSL
5 2 (1.11%) WAN
6 1 (0.56%) HTTP
6 1 (0.56%) Network Security
6 1 (0.56%) OpenVPN
6 1 (0.56%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.11%) MySQL
2 10 (5.56%) Big Data
2 10 (5.56%) Hadoop
3 9 (5.00%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.33%) NoSQL
4 6 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (3.33%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.33%) SQL Server
5 5 (2.78%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (2.78%) DB2
5 5 (2.78%) Redis
6 4 (2.22%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.56%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.56%) HBase
7 1 (0.56%) InfluxDB
7 1 (0.56%) OpenTSDB
7 1 (0.56%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.56%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.56%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 46 (25.56%) Git (software)
2 41 (22.78%) Jenkins
3 33 (18.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 22 (12.22%) Octopus Deploy
4 22 (12.22%) TeamCity
5 13 (7.22%) JIRA
6 11 (6.11%) Artifactory
7 9 (5.00%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (4.44%) Bower
9 7 (3.89%) Visual Studio
10 6 (3.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (3.33%) NuGet
11 5 (2.78%) Cucumber
11 5 (2.78%) Maven
11 5 (2.78%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (2.22%) Bitbucket
12 4 (2.22%) Selenium
13 3 (1.67%) Ant
13 3 (1.67%) JMeter
13 3 (1.67%) JUnit
General
1 22 (12.22%) Finance
2 15 (8.33%) Banking
3 8 (4.44%) Retail
4 2 (1.11%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.11%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.56%) French Language
5 1 (0.56%) Games
5 1 (0.56%) Publishing
5 1 (0.56%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.22%) Elastic Stack
2 11 (6.11%) Node.js
3 9 (5.00%) Web Services
4 6 (3.33%) .NET
4 6 (3.33%) .NET Framework
4 6 (3.33%) Kafka
4 6 (3.33%) LAMP
4 6 (3.33%) Spring
4 6 (3.33%) Spring Boot
5 4 (2.22%) RabbitMQ
6 3 (1.67%) HTML
6 3 (1.67%) Java EE
6 3 (1.67%) LAPP Stack
6 3 (1.67%) LDAP
6 3 (1.67%) LEMP Stack
6 3 (1.67%) REST
6 3 (1.67%) RESTful
6 3 (1.67%) Spring Cloud
6 3 (1.67%) Ultra Messaging
7 2 (1.11%) Akka
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.56%) Linux Command Line
2 8 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.89%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (3.33%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.78%) FlexPod
6 3 (1.67%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.67%) Mobile Banking
6 3 (1.67%) User Experience
7 2 (1.11%) Clustering
7 2 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.11%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.11%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.56%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.56%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.56%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.56%) PKI
8 1 (0.56%) RIA
8 1 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 87 (48.33%) Linux
2 46 (25.56%) Windows
3 39 (21.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (11.67%) Unix
5 10 (5.56%) CentOS
6 5 (2.78%) CoreOS
7 4 (2.22%) Windows Server
8 2 (1.11%) Data ONTAP
8 2 (1.11%) Mac OS
8 2 (1.11%) Solaris
8 2 (1.11%) Windows 10
8 2 (1.11%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.56%) Gentoo
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (56.11%) DevOps
2 57 (31.67%) Continuous Integration
3 55 (30.56%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (17.78%) Configuration Management
5 31 (17.22%) Microservices
6 30 (16.67%) Scrum
7 26 (14.44%) Continuous Delivery
8 16 (8.89%) Test Automation
9 14 (7.78%) Kanban
10 13 (7.22%) Continuous Deployment
11 11 (6.11%) TDD
12 10 (5.56%) SDLC
13 9 (5.00%) Software Engineering
13 9 (5.00%) Use Case
14 8 (4.44%) E-Commerce
14 8 (4.44%) Load Balancing
15 7 (3.89%) Analytics
15 7 (3.89%) ETL
15 7 (3.89%) High Availability
15 7 (3.89%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 62 (34.44%) Python
2 45 (25.00%) Bash Shell
3 35 (19.44%) Ruby
4 34 (18.89%) PowerShell
5 31 (17.22%) Java
6 14 (7.78%) Perl
6 14 (7.78%) SQL
7 11 (6.11%) PHP
7 11 (6.11%) Shell Script
8 7 (3.89%) C
9 6 (3.33%) Go
10 4 (2.22%) C#
11 3 (1.67%) C++
11 3 (1.67%) Groovy
11 3 (1.67%) Scala
12 2 (1.11%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.11%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.56%) Korn
13 1 (0.56%) VB
13 1 (0.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 18 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.67%) DV Cleared
4 2 (1.11%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.56%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.56%) NCDA
5 1 (0.56%) NCIE
5 1 (0.56%) VCP6
5 1 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.33%) SLA
2 4 (2.22%) GCP
3 2 (1.11%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.56%) PMO
4 1 (0.56%) QA
System Software
1 65 (36.11%) Docker
2 19 (10.56%) vCloud
3 9 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (4.44%) vSphere
5 6 (3.33%) Gluster
5 6 (3.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (3.33%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (2.22%) NFS
6 4 (2.22%) Squid
7 3 (1.67%) Active Directory
7 3 (1.67%) HDFS
7 3 (1.67%) Xen
7 3 (1.67%) XenServer
8 2 (1.11%) Ceph
8 2 (1.11%) OpenAM
8 2 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.56%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.56%) Platform Symphony
9 1 (0.56%) Postfix
9 1 (0.56%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 61 (33.89%) Ansible
2 60 (33.33%) Opscode Chef
3 59 (32.78%) Puppet
4 51 (28.33%) Kubernetes
5 28 (15.56%) Terraform
6 14 (7.78%) Mesos
7 12 (6.67%) Consul
8 10 (5.56%) Packer
9 6 (3.33%) Rancher
10 5 (2.78%) Docker Swarm
10 5 (2.78%) Nagios
11 4 (2.22%) Kibana
11 4 (2.22%) logstash
11 4 (2.22%) Prometheus
11 4 (2.22%) Salt
11 4 (2.22%) Sysdig
11 4 (2.22%) ZABBIX
12 3 (1.67%) Hadoop YARN
12 3 (1.67%) HAProxy
12 3 (1.67%) rkt
Vendors
1 23 (12.78%) Red Hat
2 16 (8.89%) VMware
3 14 (7.78%) Splunk
4 13 (7.22%) Microsoft
5 7 (3.89%) Atlassian
5 7 (3.89%) Oracle
6 6 (3.33%) Cisco
6 6 (3.33%) Citrix
7 5 (2.78%) NetApp
7 5 (2.78%) SaltStack
8 4 (2.22%) AppDynamics
8 4 (2.22%) Google
8 4 (2.22%) MuleSoft
9 3 (1.67%) EnterpriseDB
9 3 (1.67%) F5
9 3 (1.67%) ForgeRock
9 3 (1.67%) New Relic
10 2 (1.11%) Black Duck
10 2 (1.11%) Cloudera
10 2 (1.11%) Hortonworks