Period
to 23 August 2019

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 August 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
23 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 447 671 690
Rank change year-on-year +224 +19 +129
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 423 226 162
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.22% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.50% 0.23% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 150 106
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £499
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.26% +3.37%
10th Percentile £419 £419 £400
90th Percentile £675 £619 £604
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £439
% change year-on-year +11.11% +2.56% +3.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
UK median hourly rate £80.00 £72.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 £42.50 -
% change year-on-year +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 85,208 96,852 91,288
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.29% 94.83% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,908 63,400 59,303
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,915 3,143 2,785
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% -5.26%

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 23 August 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
Top 15 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 23 August 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 +219 404 £550 +4.76% 85
London +132 225 £575 +9.52% 33
UK excluding London +150 195 £500 +11.11% 58
South East +99 80 £525 +20.00% 9
North of England +51 56 £475 +5.56% 23
Midlands +67 37 £510 -0.49% 5
West Midlands +54 31 £512 +1.04% 3
North East +40 20 £416 -
North West +16 19 £475 +5.56% 12
Yorkshire +16 17 £500 +11.11% 11
Scotland +31 12 £513 +13.89% 6
East Midlands +31 6 £500 -2.44% 2
South West -21 6 £550 +25.71% 9
Wales +15 4 £500 +5.26%
East of England - 4 £485 - 6

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 281 (66.43%) DevOps
2 217 (51.30%) Linux
3 206 (48.70%) AWS
4 173 (40.90%) Agile Software Development
5 170 (40.19%) Docker
6 166 (39.24%) Kubernetes
7 150 (35.46%) Ansible
7 150 (35.46%) Terraform
8 124 (29.31%) Jenkins
9 109 (25.77%) Azure
9 109 (25.77%) Git (software)
10 108 (25.53%) Python
11 80 (18.91%) Windows
12 79 (18.68%) Puppet
13 70 (16.55%) Opscode Chef
14 69 (16.31%) Continuous Integration
15 67 (15.84%) JIRA
15 67 (15.84%) OpenShift
16 63 (14.89%) GCP
17 61 (14.42%) Security Cleared
18 57 (13.48%) Finance
19 55 (13.00%) Bash Shell
20 54 (12.77%) SQL
20 54 (12.77%) PowerShell
21 53 (12.53%) Infrastructure as Code
22 51 (12.06%) Red Hat
23 50 (11.82%) Configuration Management
24 49 (11.58%) Scrum
25 47 (11.11%) Google
26 46 (10.87%) Java

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 43 (10.17%) Apache Spark
2 28 (6.62%) Confluence
2 28 (6.62%) OpenStack
3 11 (2.60%) Apache
4 9 (2.13%) Cloud Foundry
4 9 (2.13%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (1.89%) Apache Airflow
5 8 (1.89%) SharePoint
6 6 (1.42%) nginx
7 5 (1.18%) Apache Solr
8 4 (0.95%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.47%) JBoss
9 2 (0.47%) Jupyter
9 2 (0.47%) Mule
10 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.24%) GlassFish
10 1 (0.24%) IIS
10 1 (0.24%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.24%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (0.47%) SPSS
1 2 (0.47%) Stata
2 1 (0.24%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 4 (0.95%) assyst
2 3 (0.71%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.47%) Sonata
4 1 (0.24%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 206 (48.70%) AWS
2 109 (25.77%) Azure
3 67 (15.84%) OpenShift
4 63 (14.89%) GCP
5 39 (9.22%) Serverless
6 36 (8.51%) AWS Lambda
7 34 (8.04%) PaaS
8 33 (7.80%) Amazon S3
9 31 (7.33%) AWS CloudFormation
10 30 (7.09%) IaaS
11 25 (5.91%) Amazon EC2
11 25 (5.91%) GitHub
12 21 (4.96%) Amazon Kinesis
13 17 (4.02%) CloudFront
13 17 (4.02%) Route 53
13 17 (4.02%) SaaS
14 16 (3.78%) Amazon ECS
14 16 (3.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 14 (3.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 12 (2.84%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (6.62%) Firewall
2 21 (4.96%) VPN
3 19 (4.49%) DNS
4 15 (3.55%) Kerberos
5 12 (2.84%) SSL
6 8 (1.89%) Internet
7 6 (1.42%) TCP/IP
7 6 (1.42%) Wireshark
8 5 (1.18%) HTTP
8 5 (1.18%) LAN
8 5 (1.18%) WAN
9 4 (0.95%) BGP
9 4 (0.95%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (0.95%) OSPF
10 3 (0.71%) SAN
11 2 (0.47%) DMZ
11 2 (0.47%) Multicast
12 1 (0.24%) iSCSI
12 1 (0.24%) Network Security
12 1 (0.24%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (9.22%) Big Data
2 28 (6.62%) Hadoop
3 16 (3.78%) SQL Server
4 15 (3.55%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (3.31%) Pentaho
6 13 (3.07%) BigQuery
7 12 (2.84%) Apache Hive
8 11 (2.60%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (2.36%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (2.36%) Impala
9 10 (2.36%) MongoDB
9 10 (2.36%) Relational Database
10 8 (1.89%) HBase
11 7 (1.65%) Oracle Database
12 6 (1.42%) Amazon Athena
12 6 (1.42%) Bigtable
13 5 (1.18%) Amazon RDS
14 4 (0.95%) MySQL
15 3 (0.71%) RDBMS
15 3 (0.71%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 124 (29.31%) Jenkins
2 109 (25.77%) Git (software)
3 67 (15.84%) JIRA
4 35 (8.27%) Visual Studio Team System
5 28 (6.62%) GitLab
6 25 (5.91%) Artifactory
7 23 (5.44%) Bitbucket
8 22 (5.20%) Sonatype Nexus
9 17 (4.02%) Maven
9 17 (4.02%) SonarQube
10 16 (3.78%) Visual Studio
11 15 (3.55%) Vagrant
12 14 (3.31%) Cucumber
12 14 (3.31%) Selenium
13 13 (3.07%) JUnit
13 13 (3.07%) TeamCity
14 11 (2.60%) Octopus Deploy
15 10 (2.36%) CircleCI
16 9 (2.13%) JMeter
17 8 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 57 (13.48%) Finance
2 30 (7.09%) Banking
3 16 (3.78%) Public Sector
4 10 (2.36%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.13%) Retail
6 7 (1.65%) Financial Institution
7 5 (1.18%) Billing
8 3 (0.71%) Marketing
9 2 (0.47%) Automotive
9 2 (0.47%) Law
9 2 (0.47%) Publishing
10 1 (0.24%) Games
10 1 (0.24%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (10.40%) Kafka
2 31 (7.33%) Node.js
3 19 (4.49%) Elastic Stack
4 14 (3.31%) RESTful
5 13 (3.07%) .NET
5 13 (3.07%) Middleware
5 13 (3.07%) Web Services
6 9 (2.13%) JSON
6 9 (2.13%) SAML
7 7 (1.65%) AngularJS
7 7 (1.65%) React
8 6 (1.42%) hapi
8 6 (1.42%) RabbitMQ
9 5 (1.18%) Apache Camel
9 5 (1.18%) Drools
9 5 (1.18%) Redux
9 5 (1.18%) Sensu
9 5 (1.18%) Vue.js
10 4 (0.95%) Laravel
11 3 (0.71%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 24 (5.67%) Private Cloud
2 21 (4.96%) Public Cloud
3 20 (4.73%) Linux Command Line
4 19 (4.49%) Cloud Native
5 12 (2.84%) Hybrid Cloud
6 10 (2.36%) Data Centre
7 9 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.65%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.42%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (1.18%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 3 (0.71%) Wiki
12 2 (0.47%) Clustering
12 2 (0.47%) iPad
12 2 (0.47%) Self-Motivation
13 1 (0.24%) Blog
13 1 (0.24%) Embedded Systems
13 1 (0.24%) Enterprise Cloud
13 1 (0.24%) PKI
13 1 (0.24%) Renewable Energy
13 1 (0.24%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 217 (51.30%) Linux
2 80 (18.91%) Windows
3 35 (8.27%) Unix
4 34 (8.04%) CentOS
5 31 (7.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 22 (5.20%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.65%) CoreOS
8 6 (1.42%) Ubuntu
8 6 (1.42%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.95%) Debian
10 2 (0.47%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.47%) Solaris
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon Linux
11 1 (0.24%) Android
11 1 (0.24%) Fedora
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (66.43%) DevOps
2 173 (40.90%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (16.31%) Continuous Integration
4 53 (12.53%) Infrastructure as Code
5 50 (11.82%) Configuration Management
6 49 (11.58%) Scrum
7 45 (10.64%) Continuous Deployment
7 45 (10.64%) Microservices
8 37 (8.75%) Migration
9 36 (8.51%) High Availability
9 36 (8.51%) Test Automation
10 34 (8.04%) Continuous Improvement
11 31 (7.33%) Deployment Automation
12 30 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
13 23 (5.44%) Continuous Delivery
14 22 (5.20%) OOP
15 21 (4.96%) Kanban
15 21 (4.96%) OO
16 20 (4.73%) Disaster Recovery
16 20 (4.73%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 108 (25.53%) Python
2 55 (13.00%) Bash Shell
3 54 (12.77%) PowerShell
3 54 (12.77%) SQL
4 46 (10.87%) Java
5 32 (7.57%) Ruby
6 20 (4.73%) Go
7 15 (3.55%) C#
7 15 (3.55%) Shell Script
8 13 (3.07%) JavaScript
9 8 (1.89%) R
10 7 (1.65%) Rust
11 6 (1.42%) PHP
12 5 (1.18%) Groovy
12 5 (1.18%) Perl
13 4 (0.95%) C
14 2 (0.47%) COBOL
14 2 (0.47%) Scala
15 1 (0.24%) Apex Code
15 1 (0.24%) Korn
Qualifications
1 61 (14.42%) Security Cleared
2 44 (10.40%) SC Cleared
3 17 (4.02%) AWS Certification
4 6 (1.42%) BPSS Clearance
4 6 (1.42%) Degree
5 5 (1.18%) CCNA
5 5 (1.18%) CCNP
5 5 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (1.18%) DV Cleared
5 5 (1.18%) VCAP
5 5 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (0.71%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.47%) RHCE
8 1 (0.24%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.24%) MCP
8 1 (0.24%) MCSA
8 1 (0.24%) MCSE
8 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.60%) SLA
2 5 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
3 4 (0.95%) QA
4 2 (0.47%) GDPR
5 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 170 (40.19%) Docker
2 30 (7.09%) Active Directory
3 11 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (2.36%) NFS
5 8 (1.89%) HDFS
5 8 (1.89%) Hyper-V
6 7 (1.65%) Gluster
6 7 (1.65%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.71%) KVM
9 3 (0.71%) vSphere
9 3 (0.71%) Xen
10 2 (0.47%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 2 (0.47%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.24%) Samba
11 1 (0.24%) Squid
11 1 (0.24%) Varnish
11 1 (0.24%) vCloud
11 1 (0.24%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 166 (39.24%) Kubernetes
2 150 (35.46%) Ansible
2 150 (35.46%) Terraform
3 79 (18.68%) Puppet
4 70 (16.55%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (6.38%) Packer
6 20 (4.73%) Consul
7 12 (2.84%) Docker Swarm
7 12 (2.84%) Hadoop YARN
7 12 (2.84%) Prometheus
7 12 (2.84%) Salt
8 11 (2.60%) HAProxy
9 9 (2.13%) Avamar
9 9 (2.13%) Grafana
9 9 (2.13%) SCCM
10 7 (1.65%) CloudForms
11 3 (0.71%) Istio
11 3 (0.71%) Rancher
11 3 (0.71%) Sysdig
12 2 (0.47%) linkerd
Vendors
1 51 (12.06%) Red Hat
2 47 (11.11%) Google
3 41 (9.69%) Microsoft
4 23 (5.44%) VMware
5 21 (4.96%) Splunk
6 17 (4.02%) Atlassian
7 15 (3.55%) AppDynamics
7 15 (3.55%) Cloudera
7 15 (3.55%) IBM
7 15 (3.55%) SAP
8 14 (3.31%) IBM Sterling
8 14 (3.31%) Informatica
9 13 (3.07%) Oracle
10 9 (2.13%) EMC
10 9 (2.13%) Veracode
11 8 (1.89%) Cisco
11 8 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (1.65%) Demandware
13 5 (1.18%) Palo Alto
13 5 (1.18%) Remedy