Period
to 17 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Kubernetes Engineer was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 April 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Kubernetes (K8s) Engineer
UK
6 months to
17 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 614 718 859
Rank change year-on-year +104 +141 +238
Permanent jobs requiring a Kubernetes Engineer 255 250 254
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.23% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.24% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 233 211 228
10th Percentile £53,750 £45,000 £50,000
25th Percentile £63,750 £55,000 £56,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £75,000 £74,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.35% -1.33% +7.14%
75th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
90th Percentile £105,000 £105,000 £90,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £58,750 £60,000
% change year-on-year -2.13% -2.08% +2.13%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 78,316 105,975 142,745
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.07% 95.39% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 61,526 86,083 115,021
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,977 £38,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

Kubernetes Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer.

Salary trend for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer over the 6 months to 17 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Kubernetes Engineer in the UK

Kubernetes Engineer
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Kubernetes Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 17 April 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +121 243 £75,000 +1.35% 33
London +144 210 £80,000 +3.23% 30
Work from Home -86 66 £75,000 +25.00% 9
UK excluding London +66 34 £57,500 -2.13% 3
North of England +32 11 £58,500 -2.50%
East of England +61 9 £57,500 +15.00%
Midlands +36 6 £57,500 -4.17% 3
Yorkshire -1 6 £58,750 +11.90%
South West -2 6 £65,000 +30.00%
North West +26 5 £58,500 -2.50%
West Midlands +1 3 £47,500 -20.83% 3
East Midlands - 3 £70,000 -
South East +61 1 £60,000 -17.24%
Northern Ireland - 1 £57,500 -

Kubernetes Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2021, Kubernetes Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Kubernetes Engineer in the job title.

1 255 (100.00%) Kubernetes
2 200 (78.43%) Docker
3 165 (64.71%) DevOps
4 157 (61.57%) Terraform
5 142 (55.69%) AWS
6 116 (45.49%) Python
7 111 (43.53%) Linux
8 102 (40.00%) Azure
9 94 (36.86%) Infrastructure as Code
10 84 (32.94%) Jenkins
11 76 (29.80%) Ansible
12 73 (28.63%) Java
13 62 (24.31%) Go
14 61 (23.92%) GCP
15 56 (21.96%) Agile Software Development
16 52 (20.39%) Finance
17 48 (18.82%) Puppet
18 46 (18.04%) Fintech
19 45 (17.65%) Bash Shell
20 41 (16.08%) C#
20 41 (16.08%) Software Engineering
21 31 (12.16%) Site Reliability Engineering
21 31 (12.16%) .NET
22 29 (11.37%) Continuous Integration
23 27 (10.59%) Grafana
24 26 (10.20%) PostgreSQL
25 25 (9.80%) Windows
25 25 (9.80%) Microservices
25 25 (9.80%) Node.js
25 25 (9.80%) Machine Learning

Kubernetes 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 20 (7.84%) Apache Spark
2 6 (2.35%) Apache
2 6 (2.35%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (2.35%) nginx
3 4 (1.57%) Drupal
3 4 (1.57%) WordPress
4 2 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.39%) Confluence
5 1 (0.39%) IIS
5 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 4 (1.57%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 142 (55.69%) AWS
2 102 (40.00%) Azure
3 61 (23.92%) GCP
4 24 (9.41%) Serverless
5 22 (8.63%) Datadog
6 20 (7.84%) PaaS
7 19 (7.45%) GitHub
8 18 (7.06%) Amazon ECS
8 18 (7.06%) IaaS
9 16 (6.27%) AWS CloudFormation
10 11 (4.31%) SaaS
11 8 (3.14%) AWS Lambda
12 7 (2.75%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 7 (2.75%) Amazon EKS
12 7 (2.75%) Cloud Computing
12 7 (2.75%) Pulumi
13 4 (1.57%) AWS CodeBuild
13 4 (1.57%) AWS CodePipeline
14 3 (1.18%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.78%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.53%) Firewall
2 6 (2.35%) DNS
3 5 (1.96%) HTTP
3 5 (1.96%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.18%) ICMP
5 2 (0.78%) DSL
5 2 (0.78%) Multicast
5 2 (0.78%) Network Security
5 2 (0.78%) SSH
5 2 (0.78%) tcpdump
6 1 (0.39%) DHCP
6 1 (0.39%) Internet
6 1 (0.39%) SSL
6 1 (0.39%) VLAN
6 1 (0.39%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (10.20%) PostgreSQL
2 24 (9.41%) Big Data
3 13 (5.10%) MongoDB
4 11 (4.31%) SQL Server
5 7 (2.75%) Redis
6 6 (2.35%) MySQL
7 5 (1.96%) BigQuery
7 5 (1.96%) NoSQL
7 5 (1.96%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.57%) Blockchain
8 4 (1.57%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.18%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.78%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.39%) Amazon Redshift
11 1 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 84 (32.94%) Jenkins
2 19 (7.45%) Git (software)
3 15 (5.88%) GitLab
4 14 (5.49%) JIRA
5 11 (4.31%) TeamCity
6 9 (3.53%) CircleCI
7 7 (2.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 6 (2.35%) SonarQube
9 4 (1.57%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (1.18%) Gradle
10 3 (1.18%) Maven
10 3 (1.18%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (0.78%) Travis CI
12 1 (0.39%) Bitbucket
12 1 (0.39%) Eclipse
12 1 (0.39%) Mocha
12 1 (0.39%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.39%) webpack
General
1 52 (20.39%) Finance
2 22 (8.63%) Games
3 18 (7.06%) Banking
4 10 (3.92%) Retail
5 7 (2.75%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.96%) Automotive
6 5 (1.96%) Law
7 3 (1.18%) Advertising
8 2 (0.78%) Electronics
8 2 (0.78%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.78%) Marketing
8 2 (0.78%) Public Sector
9 1 (0.39%) Back Office
9 1 (0.39%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (12.16%) .NET
2 25 (9.80%) Node.js
3 13 (5.10%) Elastic Stack
3 13 (5.10%) Web Services
4 12 (4.71%) Kafka
5 7 (2.75%) Lambda Expressions
5 7 (2.75%) React
6 6 (2.35%) REST
6 6 (2.35%) Velocity
7 5 (1.96%) .NET Core
7 5 (1.96%) gRPC
7 5 (1.96%) RESTful
8 3 (1.18%) CSS
8 3 (1.18%) LAMP
8 3 (1.18%) LAPP Stack
9 2 (0.78%) HTML
9 2 (0.78%) HTML5
9 2 (0.78%) Natural Language Processing
9 2 (0.78%) Spring
9 2 (0.78%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.10%) Public Cloud
2 10 (3.92%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (1.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 4 (1.57%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.18%) Algorithms
5 3 (1.18%) Hedge funds
6 2 (0.78%) Cloud Native
6 2 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.39%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.39%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 111 (43.53%) Linux
2 25 (9.80%) Windows
3 8 (3.14%) Windows Server
4 7 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.78%) CentOS
5 2 (0.78%) CoreOS
5 2 (0.78%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.39%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (64.71%) DevOps
2 94 (36.86%) Infrastructure as Code
3 56 (21.96%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (18.04%) Fintech
5 41 (16.08%) Software Engineering
6 31 (12.16%) Site Reliability Engineering
7 29 (11.37%) Continuous Integration
8 25 (9.80%) Machine Learning
8 25 (9.80%) Microservices
9 23 (9.02%) Data Science
10 19 (7.45%) SOA
11 18 (7.06%) TDD
12 16 (6.27%) Configuration Management
12 16 (6.27%) Problem-Solving
13 15 (5.88%) Continuous Delivery
13 15 (5.88%) E-Commerce
14 14 (5.49%) Scrum
15 13 (5.10%) BDD
15 13 (5.10%) Stakeholder Management
16 12 (4.71%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 116 (45.49%) Python
2 73 (28.63%) Java
3 62 (24.31%) Go
4 45 (17.65%) Bash Shell
5 41 (16.08%) C#
6 22 (8.63%) JavaScript
7 21 (8.24%) PowerShell
8 13 (5.10%) C++
9 11 (4.31%) Shell Script
10 9 (3.53%) SQL
11 8 (3.14%) PHP
12 7 (2.75%) Ruby
13 5 (1.96%) Perl
14 4 (1.57%) Clojure
14 4 (1.57%) TypeScript
15 3 (1.18%) AWK
15 3 (1.18%) Rust
15 3 (1.18%) sed
16 2 (0.78%) R
16 2 (0.78%) Scala
Qualifications
1 12 (4.71%) Security Cleared
2 11 (4.31%) Degree
3 8 (3.14%) RHCE
3 8 (3.14%) RHCSA
4 4 (1.57%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.39%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.78%) QA
System Software
1 200 (78.43%) Docker
2 19 (7.45%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (3.53%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
4 5 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.39%) NFS
5 1 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.39%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 255 (100.00%) Kubernetes
2 157 (61.57%) Terraform
3 76 (29.80%) Ansible
4 48 (18.82%) Puppet
5 27 (10.59%) Grafana
6 18 (7.06%) Prometheus
7 16 (6.27%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (1.18%) Consul
8 3 (1.18%) HAProxy
8 3 (1.18%) Istio
8 3 (1.18%) Knative
8 3 (1.18%) Nagios
8 3 (1.18%) systemd
9 2 (0.78%) Argo
9 2 (0.78%) linkerd
10 1 (0.39%) Rancher
10 1 (0.39%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 17 (6.67%) Microsoft
2 16 (6.27%) Red Hat
3 11 (4.31%) Google
4 9 (3.53%) Splunk
5 6 (2.35%) VMware
6 3 (1.18%) SolarWinds
7 2 (0.78%) IBM
7 2 (0.78%) SAP
8 1 (0.39%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.39%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.39%) Facebook
8 1 (0.39%) Fortinet
8 1 (0.39%) New Relic
8 1 (0.39%) Oblix