Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

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
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 448 402 427
Rank change year-on-year -46 +25 +56
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 427 348 178
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.54% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.58% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 270 123
10th Percentile £450 £439 £409
25th Percentile £506 £506 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% -
75th Percentile £663 £600 £656
90th Percentile £738 £700 £748
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £513 £500
% change year-on-year +7.32% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £57.50 - -
Median hourly rate £60.00 £55.00 -
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - -
75th Percentile £62.50 - -
90th Percentile - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £55.00 -

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 81,749 59,523 38,255
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.10% 92.99% 93.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,596 40,748 25,452
10th Percentile £313 £300 £256
25th Percentile £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £435
% change year-on-year +8.57% +0.57% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,902 1,835 1,319
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.29 £11.55
25th Percentile £15.90 £14.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.05 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.76% +5.25% +6.95%
75th Percentile £50.00 £44.50 £40.15
90th Percentile £65.75 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.44 £18.50
% change year-on-year +8.47% -0.34% +5.56%

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Platform Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Platform Engineer over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the UK

Platform Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Platform Engineer.

Hourly rate trend 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 27 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -11 328 £575 +6.48% 111
Work from Home -52 257 £563 -0.22% 53
London -39 177 £600 +6.67% 54
UK excluding London -12 125 £550 +7.32% 62
North of England -64 36 £563 +12.50% 23
South East -18 27 £550 +7.32% 7
East of England -6 26 £563 +87.50% 11
Yorkshire -30 23 £540 +4.10% 6
Scotland +5 21 £500 +14.29% 4
South West -13 9 £563 +12.50% 4
North West -63 9 £600 +20.00% 15
Midlands -48 5 £614 +13.65% 10
North East -2 4 £700 +69.70% 2
West Midlands -34 4 £653 +20.93% 9
East Midlands -20 1 £553 -2.21% 1
Wales - 1 - - 1

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, Platform Engineer contract jobs required the following 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.

1 397 (92.97%) Platform Engineering
2 236 (55.27%) DevOps
3 214 (50.12%) Terraform
4 186 (43.56%) Azure
5 168 (39.34%) Linux
6 160 (37.47%) Python
7 158 (37.00%) Kubernetes
8 152 (35.60%) AWS
9 146 (34.19%) CI/CD
10 121 (28.34%) Docker
11 116 (27.17%) Ansible
12 100 (23.42%) Jenkins
12 100 (23.42%) Agile
13 92 (21.55%) Infrastructure as Code
14 84 (19.67%) PowerShell
15 83 (19.44%) Security Cleared
16 82 (19.20%) Azure DevOps
17 81 (18.97%) Social Skills
18 80 (18.74%) Puppet
19 76 (17.80%) Java
20 73 (17.10%) Finance
20 73 (17.10%) SC Cleared
21 70 (16.39%) Bash
22 62 (14.52%) SQL
23 58 (13.58%) Configuration Management
24 52 (12.18%) Microsoft
24 52 (12.18%) Git (software)
24 52 (12.18%) AWS CloudFormation
25 50 (11.71%) Windows
26 48 (11.24%) GitLab

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 (3.98%) Confluence
2 14 (3.28%) Apache Spark
3 13 (3.04%) nginx
4 10 (2.34%) Apache
5 8 (1.87%) IIS
5 8 (1.87%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.94%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.70%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.47%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.47%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.23%) CMS
9 1 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.23%) SAS
9 1 (0.23%) Traefik
9 1 (0.23%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.47%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.23%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 1 (0.23%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 186 (43.56%) Azure
2 152 (35.60%) AWS
3 82 (19.20%) Azure DevOps
4 52 (12.18%) AWS CloudFormation
5 48 (11.24%) GitHub
6 41 (9.60%) OpenShift
7 40 (9.37%) PaaS
8 36 (8.43%) Serverless
9 33 (7.73%) GCP
10 30 (7.03%) Amazon S3
11 26 (6.09%) Amazon ECS
11 26 (6.09%) Azure AKS
12 25 (5.85%) Amazon EC2
13 24 (5.62%) Amazon EKS
14 23 (5.39%) AWS Lambda
14 23 (5.39%) Power Platform
15 21 (4.92%) Azure Monitor
16 20 (4.68%) Azure Data Factory
17 15 (3.51%) IaaS
18 14 (3.28%) Azure Key Vault
Communications & Networking
1 32 (7.49%) Firewall
2 16 (3.75%) DNS
2 16 (3.75%) VPN
3 7 (1.64%) Network Security
4 4 (0.94%) Fibre Channel
4 4 (0.94%) HTTP
4 4 (0.94%) SSL
5 3 (0.70%) DHCP
5 3 (0.70%) FTP
5 3 (0.70%) OpenLDAP
6 2 (0.47%) AMQP
6 2 (0.47%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.47%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.47%) SAN
6 2 (0.47%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.47%) VoIP
7 1 (0.23%) MQTT
7 1 (0.23%) NAS
7 1 (0.23%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.23%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.15%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.45%) Elasticsearch
2 19 (4.45%) Power BI
3 18 (4.22%) Oracle Database
4 17 (3.98%) Data Lake
5 15 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (3.28%) MySQL
7 13 (3.04%) Azure SQL Database
8 12 (2.81%) Hadoop
8 12 (2.81%) NoSQL
9 11 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
9 11 (2.58%) DynamoDB
10 10 (2.34%) MongoDB
10 10 (2.34%) Relational Database
11 9 (2.11%) Amazon RDS
11 9 (2.11%) Couchbase
11 9 (2.11%) Redis
12 6 (1.41%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (1.41%) Big Data
12 6 (1.41%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 100 (23.42%) Jenkins
2 52 (12.18%) Git (software)
3 48 (11.24%) GitLab
4 38 (8.90%) JIRA
5 29 (6.79%) Artifactory
6 15 (3.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 14 (3.28%) SonarQube
8 13 (3.04%) Bitbucket
9 12 (2.81%) Octopus Deploy
10 11 (2.58%) TeamCity
11 9 (2.11%) Selenium
11 9 (2.11%) Sonatype Nexus
12 8 (1.87%) GoCD
13 7 (1.64%) Cucumber
14 6 (1.41%) Zephyr
15 4 (0.94%) git-flow
15 4 (0.94%) Visual Studio
16 3 (0.70%) Gradle
16 3 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
16 3 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 81 (18.97%) Social Skills
2 73 (17.10%) Finance
3 38 (8.90%) Public Sector
4 26 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (3.75%) Retail
6 12 (2.81%) Banking
7 8 (1.87%) Telecoms
8 7 (1.64%) Financial Institution
9 5 (1.17%) Games
9 5 (1.17%) Legal
10 4 (0.94%) Law
11 3 (0.70%) Documentation Skills
12 2 (0.47%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.47%) Arabic Language
12 2 (0.47%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.47%) Marketing
12 2 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.47%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.23%) Local Government
13 1 (0.23%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.96%) Kafka
2 27 (6.32%) .NET
3 24 (5.62%) YAML
4 21 (4.92%) Elastic Stack
5 16 (3.75%) Django
5 16 (3.75%) Flask
6 15 (3.51%) ARM Templates
6 15 (3.51%) FastAPI
6 15 (3.51%) RabbitMQ
7 13 (3.04%) JSON
8 11 (2.58%) RESTful
9 9 (2.11%) ASP.NET
9 9 (2.11%) Spring
10 8 (1.87%) Keycloak
11 7 (1.64%) Node.js
12 5 (1.17%) ADO
12 5 (1.17%) Apache NiFi
12 5 (1.17%) LDAP
12 5 (1.17%) Sensu
13 4 (0.94%) Lucene
Miscellaneous
1 21 (4.92%) Greenfield Project
1 21 (4.92%) Public Cloud
2 14 (3.28%) Linux Command Line
3 13 (3.04%) Data Centre
4 12 (2.81%) Cloud Native
5 7 (1.64%) NHS
5 7 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.17%) Hedge funds
6 5 (1.17%) Wiki
7 4 (0.94%) Clustering
8 3 (0.70%) Algorithms
8 3 (0.70%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (0.70%) Life Science
8 3 (0.70%) Renewable Energy
9 2 (0.47%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (0.47%) Low-Code
9 2 (0.47%) Mobile Computing
9 2 (0.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 168 (39.34%) Linux
2 50 (11.71%) Windows
3 48 (11.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 23 (5.39%) CentOS
5 16 (3.75%) Windows Server
6 15 (3.51%) Ubuntu
7 13 (3.04%) Unix
8 6 (1.41%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.94%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (0.94%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.70%) VMS
11 1 (0.23%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (92.97%) Platform Engineering
2 236 (55.27%) DevOps
3 146 (34.19%) CI/CD
4 100 (23.42%) Agile
5 92 (21.55%) Infrastructure as Code
6 58 (13.58%) Configuration Management
7 41 (9.60%) Microservices
8 39 (9.13%) Software Engineering
9 38 (8.90%) Analytics
10 36 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
11 35 (8.20%) Task Automation
12 33 (7.73%) Kanban
13 31 (7.26%) Scrum
14 27 (6.32%) Cybersecurity
15 25 (5.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 22 (5.15%) Migration
16 22 (5.15%) Test Automation
17 21 (4.92%) Continuous Integration
17 21 (4.92%) Project Delivery
18 19 (4.45%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 160 (37.47%) Python
2 84 (19.67%) PowerShell
3 76 (17.80%) Java
4 70 (16.39%) Bash
5 62 (14.52%) SQL
6 30 (7.03%) Groovy
7 28 (6.56%) Perl
8 25 (5.85%) Ruby
9 23 (5.39%) C#
10 21 (4.92%) Go
11 20 (4.68%) JavaScript
12 18 (4.22%) C++
13 17 (3.98%) Scala
13 17 (3.98%) TypeScript
14 6 (1.41%) Bicep
15 5 (1.17%) Shell Script
15 5 (1.17%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.94%) PHP
17 3 (0.70%) C
18 1 (0.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 83 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 73 (17.10%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.75%) Degree
4 15 (3.51%) DV Cleared
5 11 (2.58%) Computer Science Degree
6 10 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (0.94%) Master's Degree
8 3 (0.70%) NCDA
8 3 (0.70%) Oracle Certification
8 3 (0.70%) VCAP
8 3 (0.70%) VCP6
8 3 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.47%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.47%) OCP
10 1 (0.23%) CCIE
10 1 (0.23%) CCNP
10 1 (0.23%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.23%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.23%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.81%) QA
2 7 (1.64%) SLA
3 5 (1.17%) GDPR
4 3 (0.70%) NIST
5 2 (0.47%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.47%) NCSC
6 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.23%) GLBA
6 1 (0.23%) GxP
6 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 121 (28.34%) Docker
2 17 (3.98%) Virtual Machines
3 16 (3.75%) Active Directory
4 15 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (1.87%) Ceph
6 6 (1.41%) VMware NSX
7 5 (1.17%) vSphere
8 3 (0.70%) Firmware
8 3 (0.70%) LXC
9 2 (0.47%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.47%) NFS
9 2 (0.47%) XenApp
9 2 (0.47%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.23%) Platform Symphony
10 1 (0.23%) Samba
Systems Management
1 214 (50.12%) Terraform
2 158 (37.00%) Kubernetes
3 116 (27.17%) Ansible
4 80 (18.74%) Puppet
5 30 (7.03%) Grafana
5 30 (7.03%) Prometheus
6 29 (6.79%) Opscode Chef
7 21 (4.92%) Docker Swarm
8 16 (3.75%) Packer
9 13 (3.04%) Red Hat Satellite
10 12 (2.81%) Istio
11 11 (2.58%) Kibana
12 10 (2.34%) Consul
12 10 (2.34%) Rancher
13 7 (1.64%) Salt
14 6 (1.41%) Argo
14 6 (1.41%) Dollar Universe
14 6 (1.41%) Marathon
14 6 (1.41%) Mesos
15 5 (1.17%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 52 (12.18%) Microsoft
2 35 (8.20%) Red Hat
3 30 (7.03%) Oracle
4 25 (5.85%) Splunk
5 20 (4.68%) Databricks
5 20 (4.68%) Google
5 20 (4.68%) VMware
6 12 (2.81%) Cisco
7 8 (1.87%) Atlassian
7 8 (1.87%) NetApp
8 7 (1.64%) Informatica
8 7 (1.64%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.41%) Commvault
10 4 (0.94%) Brocade
10 4 (0.94%) Checkmarx
10 4 (0.94%) IBM
10 4 (0.94%) Micro Focus
10 4 (0.94%) PagerDuty
11 3 (0.70%) New Relic
11 3 (0.70%) SaltStack