Period
to 7 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Platform Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 7 December 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 120 195 -
Rank change year-on-year +75 - +200
Contract jobs requiring a Platform Engineer 43 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.17% 0.12% -
As % of the Job Titles category 1.22% 0.12% -
Number of daily rates quoted 25 6 0
West Midlands median daily rate £500 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% - -
England median daily rate £538 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% +14.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £80.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 3,537 4,941 4,673
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.98% 95.48% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,292 3,069 2,967
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £190 £244 £209
90th Percentile £575 £575 £539
England median daily rate £463 £458 £450
% change year-on-year +1.09% +1.67% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 194 204
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.78% +15.83%
10th Percentile £11.19 £10.83 £10.30
90th Percentile £35.00 £43.38 £46.83
England median hourly rate £19.31 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +4.38% -1.07% +3.72%

Platform Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Platform Engineer in the West Midlands

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Platform Engineer in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Platform Engineer in the West Midlands

Platform Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Platform Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Platform Engineer in the West Midlands

Platform Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 7 December 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
Shropshire - 29 £460 - 5
Birmingham +10 9 £500 +17.65% 6
Coventry +8 2 £528 +45.02%
Solihull - 2 - -
Platform Engineer
England

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 7 December 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Platform Engineer in the job title.

1 37 (86.05%) Linux
1 37 (86.05%) AWS
2 29 (67.44%) Terraform
3 26 (60.47%) DevOps
4 25 (58.14%) Azure
5 20 (46.51%) Git (software)
6 19 (44.19%) Pentaho
6 19 (44.19%) Cloudera
6 19 (44.19%) Jenkins
6 19 (44.19%) Ansible
7 18 (41.86%) Artifactory
7 18 (41.86%) SQL
8 17 (39.53%) JIRA
8 17 (39.53%) CentOS
9 15 (34.88%) SC Cleared
9 15 (34.88%) Security Cleared
10 14 (32.56%) Microsoft
11 12 (27.91%) Docker
12 11 (25.58%) .NET
12 11 (25.58%) Infrastructure as Code
13 10 (23.26%) DevSecOps
13 10 (23.26%) Kubernetes
13 10 (23.26%) C#
13 10 (23.26%) Active Directory
13 10 (23.26%) Kerberos
13 10 (23.26%) Migration
13 10 (23.26%) Big Data
13 10 (23.26%) Impala
13 10 (23.26%) Apache Spark
13 10 (23.26%) Hadoop YARN

Platform Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 10 (23.26%) Apache Spark
2 8 (18.60%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 8 (18.60%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 37 (86.05%) AWS
2 25 (58.14%) Azure
3 10 (23.26%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (23.26%) GCP
4 8 (18.60%) Amazon EKS
5 2 (4.65%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (2.33%) Serverless
6 1 (2.33%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 10 (23.26%) Kerberos
2 9 (20.93%) DNS
2 9 (20.93%) Firewall
2 9 (20.93%) VPN
3 8 (18.60%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (44.19%) Pentaho
2 10 (23.26%) Apache Hive
2 10 (23.26%) Big Data
2 10 (23.26%) Impala
3 2 (4.65%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 20 (46.51%) Git (software)
2 19 (44.19%) Jenkins
3 18 (41.86%) Artifactory
4 17 (39.53%) JIRA
5 9 (20.93%) GitLab
5 9 (20.93%) Vagrant
6 8 (18.60%) Bitbucket
6 8 (18.60%) CircleCI
6 8 (18.60%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (4.65%) Subversion
8 1 (2.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 8 (18.60%) Banking
2 3 (6.98%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (25.58%) .NET
2 8 (18.60%) Kafka
2 8 (18.60%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 8 (18.60%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 37 (86.05%) Linux
2 17 (39.53%) CentOS
3 9 (20.93%) Unix
4 8 (18.60%) CoreOS
5 1 (2.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (60.47%) DevOps
2 11 (25.58%) Infrastructure as Code
3 10 (23.26%) DevSecOps
3 10 (23.26%) Migration
4 9 (20.93%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (20.93%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (20.93%) Software Engineering
5 8 (18.60%) Infrastructure Automation
5 8 (18.60%) Microservices
5 8 (18.60%) Proactive Monitoring
5 8 (18.60%) The Twelve-Factor App
6 4 (9.30%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (4.65%) Configuration Management
7 2 (4.65%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (4.65%) Systems Engineering
7 2 (4.65%) Task Automation
8 1 (2.33%) Continuous Delivery
8 1 (2.33%) Data Science
8 1 (2.33%) Machine Learning
8 1 (2.33%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 18 (41.86%) SQL
2 10 (23.26%) Bash Shell
2 10 (23.26%) C#
3 9 (20.93%) Python
3 9 (20.93%) Ruby
4 8 (18.60%) Go
4 8 (18.60%) Java
4 8 (18.60%) JavaScript
4 8 (18.60%) Rust
5 4 (9.30%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.33%) Perl
6 1 (2.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (34.88%) SC Cleared
1 15 (34.88%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.33%) DBS Check
System Software
1 12 (27.91%) Docker
2 10 (23.26%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 29 (67.44%) Terraform
2 19 (44.19%) Ansible
3 10 (23.26%) Hadoop YARN
3 10 (23.26%) Kubernetes
3 10 (23.26%) Puppet
4 9 (20.93%) Consul
4 9 (20.93%) Packer
5 2 (4.65%) Grafana
6 1 (2.33%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (2.33%) Rancher
Vendors
1 19 (44.19%) Cloudera
2 14 (32.56%) Microsoft
3 8 (18.60%) Confluent
3 8 (18.60%) Veracode
4 1 (2.33%) Google