Period
to 20 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 659 700 836
Rank change year-on-year +41 +136 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 229 160 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.17% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.18% 0.084%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 101 48
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £483
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.63% +20.63%
10th Percentile £419 £400 £367
90th Percentile £620 £606 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £439 £425
% change year-on-year +2.56% +3.24% +30.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 6
UK median hourly rate £72.50 - £45.00
10th Percentile £47.25 - £43.75
90th Percentile £73.75 - £46.25
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 96,973 90,883 103,062
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.99% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,439 59,031 67,193
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.16% +3.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,109 2,785 3,127
UK median hourly rate £17.80 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.81% -1.58% +6.35%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.78 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.57% -6.42% +9.73%

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 20 August 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 20 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Top 14 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 20 August 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 +46 210 £525 +5.00% 54
London +17 141 £525 - 31
UK excluding London -12 79 £450 +2.56% 25
North of England -3 37 £450 +5.26% 14
Yorkshire 0 19 £450 +7.14% 7
South East -19 18 £438 -2.78% 4
North West -3 16 £450 - 7
Scotland -37 11 £450 -5.26% 1
Midlands -16 8 £513 - 2
East Midlands -2 6 £513 - 1
South West -10 4 £444 -1.28% 1
West Midlands - 2 £506 - 1
North East - 2 - -
Wales - 1 £475 -

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 119 (51.97%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (47.16%) Puppet
3 102 (44.54%) Linux
4 98 (42.79%) Amazon AWS
5 97 (42.36%) Continuous Integration
5 97 (42.36%) Ansible
6 90 (39.30%) DevOps
7 88 (38.43%) Jenkins
8 83 (36.24%) Opscode Chef
9 82 (35.81%) Windows
10 75 (32.75%) Python
10 75 (32.75%) Terraform
11 65 (28.38%) PowerShell
11 65 (28.38%) Bash Shell
12 60 (26.20%) SQL
13 57 (24.89%) Microsoft Azure
14 55 (24.02%) Scrum
15 54 (23.58%) Big Data
16 52 (22.71%) Docker
17 50 (21.83%) Kubernetes
17 50 (21.83%) Amazon S3
18 49 (21.40%) Configuration Management
19 48 (20.96%) Unix
19 48 (20.96%) Amazon EC2
19 48 (20.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
20 46 (20.09%) Hadoop
21 45 (19.65%) Build Automation
21 45 (19.65%) Shell Script
22 43 (18.78%) ETL
23 41 (17.90%) Apache Hive

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 (4.80%) IIS
2 10 (4.37%) Apache Spark
3 8 (3.49%) Apache
4 7 (3.06%) Apache Pig
4 7 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (3.06%) nginx
5 6 (2.62%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (1.75%) Confluence
6 4 (1.75%) JBoss
6 4 (1.75%) OpenStack
6 4 (1.75%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.31%) CloudStack
7 3 (1.31%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.87%) Drupal
8 2 (0.87%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.44%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.44%) CMS
9 1 (0.44%) Jetty
9 1 (0.44%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.44%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 36 (15.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 35 (15.28%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (0.44%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 98 (42.79%) Amazon AWS
2 57 (24.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (21.83%) Amazon S3
4 48 (20.96%) Amazon EC2
4 48 (20.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 24 (10.48%) PaaS
6 20 (8.73%) AWS CloudFormation
7 19 (8.30%) OpenShift
8 18 (7.86%) Serverless
9 16 (6.99%) Google Cloud Platform
10 13 (5.68%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 12 (5.24%) AWS Lambda
11 12 (5.24%) IaaS
11 12 (5.24%) Route 53
12 11 (4.80%) Amazon ELB
13 9 (3.93%) CloudFront
14 5 (2.18%) Akamai
14 5 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
14 5 (2.18%) GitHub
14 5 (2.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (6.55%) DNS
2 12 (5.24%) Firewall
3 11 (4.80%) VPN
4 9 (3.93%) TCP/IP
5 5 (2.18%) ICMP
6 3 (1.31%) HTTP
6 3 (1.31%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.87%) BGP
7 2 (0.87%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.87%) DHCP
7 2 (0.87%) EIGRP
7 2 (0.87%) LAN
7 2 (0.87%) OSPF
7 2 (0.87%) SNMP
7 2 (0.87%) Spanning Tree
7 2 (0.87%) VLAN
7 2 (0.87%) VXLAN
7 2 (0.87%) WAN
8 1 (0.44%) Cisco Firepower
8 1 (0.44%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (23.58%) Big Data
2 46 (20.09%) Hadoop
3 41 (17.90%) Apache Hive
4 38 (16.59%) SQL Server
5 34 (14.85%) Impala
5 34 (14.85%) Sqoop
6 17 (7.42%) MongoDB
7 13 (5.68%) MySQL
8 12 (5.24%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (3.93%) Redis
10 8 (3.49%) Flink
11 7 (3.06%) NoSQL
12 6 (2.62%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (2.62%) Neo4j
12 6 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (2.18%) Azure SQL Database
13 5 (2.18%) Data Lake
14 3 (1.31%) Cosmos DB
14 3 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
15 2 (0.87%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 88 (38.43%) Jenkins
2 31 (13.54%) Git (software)
3 12 (5.24%) Artifactory
3 12 (5.24%) TeamCity
4 10 (4.37%) Sonatype Nexus
4 10 (4.37%) Visual Studio Team System
5 9 (3.93%) JIRA
6 8 (3.49%) Bitbucket
6 8 (3.49%) Selenium
7 7 (3.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (3.06%) GoCD
7 7 (3.06%) IBM UrbanCode
7 7 (3.06%) SonarQube
8 5 (2.18%) Cucumber
8 5 (2.18%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (2.18%) Vagrant
9 4 (1.75%) GitLab
9 4 (1.75%) Maven
10 3 (1.31%) Introscope
General
1 38 (16.59%) Finance
2 16 (6.99%) Banking
3 10 (4.37%) Financial Institution
4 4 (1.75%) Retail
5 3 (1.31%) Games
6 2 (0.87%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.87%) Wholesale Banking
7 1 (0.44%) Advertising
7 1 (0.44%) Billing
7 1 (0.44%) International Banking
7 1 (0.44%) Law
7 1 (0.44%) Legal
7 1 (0.44%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.55%) Elastic Stack
2 13 (5.68%) .NET
3 12 (5.24%) X-Windows
4 11 (4.80%) Kafka
5 7 (3.06%) SAML
6 6 (2.62%) Samza
7 5 (2.18%) JSON
8 4 (1.75%) LDAP
8 4 (1.75%) LEMP Stack
8 4 (1.75%) Spring
8 4 (1.75%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.75%) Spring Cloud
8 4 (1.75%) Web Services
9 3 (1.31%) Node.js
9 3 (1.31%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.87%) LAMP
10 2 (0.87%) Middleware
10 2 (0.87%) REST
10 2 (0.87%) Sensu
10 2 (0.87%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 34 (14.85%) Wiki
2 10 (4.37%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (3.93%) Hedge funds
4 7 (3.06%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (3.06%) Public Cloud
5 5 (2.18%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.75%) Cloud Native
7 3 (1.31%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.31%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.31%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.31%) Fintech
8 2 (0.87%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.87%) EMC VNX
8 2 (0.87%) Enterprise Cloud
8 2 (0.87%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.44%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.44%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Online Games
9 1 (0.44%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 102 (44.54%) Linux
2 82 (35.81%) Windows
3 48 (20.96%) Unix
4 35 (15.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 26 (11.35%) Windows Server
6 7 (3.06%) CentOS
7 5 (2.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.87%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.44%) Debian
9 1 (0.44%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.44%) Fedora
9 1 (0.44%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (51.97%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (42.36%) Continuous Integration
3 90 (39.30%) DevOps
4 55 (24.02%) Scrum
5 49 (21.40%) Configuration Management
6 45 (19.65%) Build Automation
7 43 (18.78%) ETL
8 35 (15.28%) Data Analysis
8 35 (15.28%) Deployment Automation
9 34 (14.85%) Data Extraction
9 34 (14.85%) Test Automation
10 25 (10.92%) Continuous Delivery
10 25 (10.92%) Microservices
11 19 (8.30%) Continuous Deployment
11 19 (8.30%) Kanban
12 15 (6.55%) Analytics
13 12 (5.24%) Migration
14 10 (4.37%) Open Source
15 9 (3.93%) Data Modelling
15 9 (3.93%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 75 (32.75%) Python
2 65 (28.38%) Bash Shell
2 65 (28.38%) PowerShell
3 60 (26.20%) SQL
4 45 (19.65%) Shell Script
5 36 (15.72%) Korn
6 32 (13.97%) Ruby
7 28 (12.23%) Java
8 17 (7.42%) Go
9 13 (5.68%) PHP
10 12 (5.24%) Perl
11 10 (4.37%) Scala
12 3 (1.31%) C++
12 3 (1.31%) Groovy
13 2 (0.87%) C#
13 2 (0.87%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.44%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 28 (12.23%) Security Cleared
2 20 (8.73%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.18%) DV Cleared
4 3 (1.31%) AWS Certification
5 2 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.44%) CISMP
6 1 (0.44%) CISSP
6 1 (0.44%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.44%) Degree
6 1 (0.44%) MCSE
6 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.44%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.06%) GCP
1 7 (3.06%) SLA
2 3 (1.31%) QA
3 2 (0.87%) GDPR
4 1 (0.44%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 52 (22.71%) Docker
2 34 (14.85%) HDFS
3 27 (11.79%) Active Directory
4 11 (4.80%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (2.62%) vSphere
6 4 (1.75%) vCloud
6 4 (1.75%) Xen
7 3 (1.31%) Ceph
7 3 (1.31%) Varnish
7 3 (1.31%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.31%) XenServer
8 2 (0.87%) KVM
9 1 (0.44%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.44%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.44%) iptables
9 1 (0.44%) LXC
9 1 (0.44%) NFS
9 1 (0.44%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.44%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 108 (47.16%) Puppet
2 97 (42.36%) Ansible
3 83 (36.24%) Opscode Chef
4 75 (32.75%) Terraform
5 50 (21.83%) Kubernetes
6 40 (17.47%) Hadoop YARN
7 14 (6.11%) Sysdig
8 11 (4.80%) Consul
8 11 (4.80%) Rancher
9 10 (4.37%) Prometheus
10 9 (3.93%) Packer
11 7 (3.06%) Docker Swarm
12 6 (2.62%) Ambari
12 6 (2.62%) HAProxy
13 5 (2.18%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 5 (2.18%) Mesos
13 5 (2.18%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 4 (1.75%) Grafana
14 4 (1.75%) Salt
15 2 (0.87%) Kibana
Vendors
1 40 (17.47%) Oracle
2 35 (15.28%) Cloudera
3 26 (11.35%) Splunk
4 23 (10.04%) Microsoft
5 15 (6.55%) Google
6 12 (5.24%) Red Hat
7 9 (3.93%) AppDynamics
7 9 (3.93%) New Relic
8 8 (3.49%) VMware
9 4 (1.75%) Atlassian
9 4 (1.75%) Micro Focus
10 3 (1.31%) CA
10 3 (1.31%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.31%) Cisco
11 2 (0.87%) Black Duck
11 2 (0.87%) Capita
11 2 (0.87%) Hortonworks
11 2 (0.87%) MuleSoft
11 2 (0.87%) NetApp
12 1 (0.44%) Databricks