Period
to 12 June 2021

The median annual salary for an Operations Engineer was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

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

Operations Engineer
UK
6 months to
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 732 610 760
Rank change year-on-year -122 +150 +91
Permanent jobs requiring an Operations Engineer 212 275 362
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.33% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.34% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 144 204 253
10th Percentile £28,750 £30,750 £30,050
25th Percentile £36,250 £41,250 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £54,500 £47,501
Median % change year-on-year -3.67% +14.73% -1.04%
75th Percentile £70,000 £65,313 £65,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £78,375 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,000 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.22% +12.50% -11.11%

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 92,086 80,353 137,903
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.03% 95.16% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 67,086 65,175 110,873
10th Percentile £31,750 £30,750 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £39,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £54,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% -
75th Percentile £73,250 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Operations Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Operations Engineer over the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

Salary histogram for Operations Engineer in the UK

Operations Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Operations Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 12 June 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 -97 190 £52,500 -4.55% 39
UK excluding London -95 108 £46,000 +2.22% 28
London -62 84 £65,000 +4.00% 16
South East -4 52 £46,000 -8.00% 8
Work from Home -178 34 £60,250 +4.78% 6
North of England -43 20 £50,000 +25.00% 7
Midlands -49 13 £37,500 -14.29% 5
Yorkshire -46 10 £47,500 +21.79% 5
South West -63 10 £35,000 +16.67% 2
North West -23 8 £50,000 +11.11% 2
East Midlands -27 8 £51,000 +16.57% 1
East of England -20 7 £40,000 -23.81% 1
West Midlands -37 5 £34,998 -14.64% 4
Scotland -42 5 £40,000 +46.79% 5
North East - 2 £80,000 -
Wales -5 1 £45,000 -10.00%

Operations Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 June 2021, Operations 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 Operations Engineer in the job title.

1 96 (45.28%) Linux
2 84 (39.62%) AWS
3 79 (37.26%) DevOps
4 77 (36.32%) Python
5 65 (30.66%) Terraform
6 64 (30.19%) Firewall
7 57 (26.89%) Windows
8 56 (26.42%) Social Skills
9 55 (25.94%) Docker
10 53 (25.00%) Kubernetes
11 52 (24.53%) Infrastructure as Code
12 47 (22.17%) Azure
13 46 (21.70%) SQL
14 41 (19.34%) DNS
14 41 (19.34%) Microsoft
15 40 (18.87%) Ansible
16 33 (15.57%) Windows Server
16 33 (15.57%) Agile Software Development
17 31 (14.62%) Finance
18 30 (14.15%) Active Directory
18 30 (14.15%) Linux Command Line
19 28 (13.21%) Problem-Solving
19 28 (13.21%) VPN
19 28 (13.21%) PowerShell
20 27 (12.74%) SQL Server
21 26 (12.26%) Cloud Operations
21 26 (12.26%) GCP
22 25 (11.79%) Cisco
23 24 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
23 24 (11.32%) Machine Learning

Operations 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 19 (8.96%) Apache Airflow
2 15 (7.08%) nginx
3 11 (5.19%) IIS
4 6 (2.83%) Apache
5 4 (1.89%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.94%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.94%) Confluence
6 2 (0.94%) WordPress
7 1 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.47%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.47%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (3.30%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 6 (2.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.47%) Postilion
Cloud Services
1 84 (39.62%) AWS
2 47 (22.17%) Azure
3 26 (12.26%) GCP
4 16 (7.55%) Amazon ECS
4 16 (7.55%) AWS CloudFormation
4 16 (7.55%) AWS Lambda
4 16 (7.55%) Serverless
5 15 (7.08%) Amazon EC2
5 15 (7.08%) Amazon S3
6 14 (6.60%) Microsoft 365
7 13 (6.13%) IaaS
8 11 (5.19%) PaaS
9 10 (4.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 10 (4.72%) Amazon EKS
9 10 (4.72%) SaaS
9 10 (4.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 8 (3.77%) Power Platform
11 7 (3.30%) Route 53
12 6 (2.83%) AWS Fargate
13 5 (2.36%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 64 (30.19%) Firewall
2 41 (19.34%) DNS
3 28 (13.21%) VPN
4 18 (8.49%) TCP/IP
5 16 (7.55%) Wireless
6 15 (7.08%) BGP
6 15 (7.08%) Cisco ASA
6 15 (7.08%) DHCP
6 15 (7.08%) Reverse Proxy
7 13 (6.13%) Asterisk PBX
7 13 (6.13%) Internet
7 13 (6.13%) Remote Desktop
8 10 (4.72%) OSPF
9 9 (4.25%) EIGRP
9 9 (4.25%) LAN
9 9 (4.25%) WAN
10 7 (3.30%) HTTP
10 7 (3.30%) Multicast
10 7 (3.30%) SD-WAN
10 7 (3.30%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (12.74%) SQL Server
2 22 (10.38%) Big Data
3 19 (8.96%) MySQL
4 12 (5.66%) Amazon RDS
5 10 (4.72%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (3.77%) NoSQL
7 6 (2.83%) Relational Database
8 5 (2.36%) Power BI
9 3 (1.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 3 (1.42%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.94%) CouchDB
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon Athena
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon QuickSight
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon Redshift
11 1 (0.47%) Data Lake
11 1 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.47%) Presto
11 1 (0.47%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.47%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 17 (8.02%) Git (software)
2 15 (7.08%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.36%) JIRA
4 3 (1.42%) Artifactory
4 3 (1.42%) Cypress.io
5 2 (0.94%) Chocolatey
5 2 (0.94%) GitLab
6 1 (0.47%) CircleCI
6 1 (0.47%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.47%) Gatling
6 1 (0.47%) Gradle
6 1 (0.47%) IBM UrbanCode
6 1 (0.47%) JUnit
6 1 (0.47%) Maven
6 1 (0.47%) Mockito
6 1 (0.47%) Selenium
6 1 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.47%) Subversion
6 1 (0.47%) Travis CI
6 1 (0.47%) Visual Studio
General
1 56 (26.42%) Social Skills
2 31 (14.62%) Finance
3 20 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.19%) Banking
5 6 (2.83%) Electronics
5 6 (2.83%) Financial Institution
5 6 (2.83%) Legal
6 5 (2.36%) Games
7 4 (1.89%) Public Sector
8 3 (1.42%) Law
8 3 (1.42%) Retail
9 2 (0.94%) Advertising
9 2 (0.94%) Publishing
9 2 (0.94%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.47%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.47%) Mandarin Language
10 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.47%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.96%) Velocity
2 13 (6.13%) .NET
3 12 (5.66%) HTML
4 5 (2.36%) Elastic Stack
4 5 (2.36%) LAMP
4 5 (2.36%) Middleware
5 4 (1.89%) React
6 3 (1.42%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.42%) CSS
6 3 (1.42%) OAuth
6 3 (1.42%) OAuth2
6 3 (1.42%) Web Services
7 2 (0.94%) LAPP Stack
7 2 (0.94%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (0.94%) Node.js
8 1 (0.47%) Flask
8 1 (0.47%) LDAP
8 1 (0.47%) PySpark
8 1 (0.47%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.15%) Linux Command Line
2 13 (6.13%) Data Centre
3 12 (5.66%) Public Cloud
4 10 (4.72%) Management Information System
5 8 (3.77%) Cloud Native
5 8 (3.77%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.36%) Algorithms
6 5 (2.36%) Clustering
6 5 (2.36%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (1.42%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.94%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 1 (0.47%) BYOD
9 1 (0.47%) EPoS
9 1 (0.47%) iPad
9 1 (0.47%) NHS
9 1 (0.47%) Online Banking
9 1 (0.47%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.47%) Social Media
9 1 (0.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 96 (45.28%) Linux
2 57 (26.89%) Windows
3 33 (15.57%) Windows Server
4 15 (7.08%) Windows 10
5 14 (6.60%) Windows 7
5 14 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (5.66%) Windows 8
6 12 (5.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (3.30%) Unix
8 6 (2.83%) CentOS
9 5 (2.36%) Data ONTAP
9 5 (2.36%) Windows Server 2016
9 5 (2.36%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (1.89%) Debian
10 4 (1.89%) Ubuntu
11 3 (1.42%) Robot Operating System
12 2 (0.94%) Amazon Linux
12 2 (0.94%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (37.26%) DevOps
2 52 (24.53%) Infrastructure as Code
3 33 (15.57%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (13.21%) Problem-Solving
5 26 (12.26%) Cloud Operations
6 24 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
6 24 (11.32%) Data Science
6 24 (11.32%) Machine Learning
7 22 (10.38%) ITIL
8 21 (9.91%) Analytics
8 21 (9.91%) Information Security
9 20 (9.43%) Continuous Delivery
9 20 (9.43%) Workflow
10 19 (8.96%) MLOps
11 18 (8.49%) Microservices
12 16 (7.55%) Fintech
13 14 (6.60%) Security Operations
14 13 (6.13%) Incident Management
14 13 (6.13%) ITSM
14 13 (6.13%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 77 (36.32%) Python
2 46 (21.70%) SQL
3 28 (13.21%) PowerShell
4 23 (10.85%) Java
5 21 (9.91%) Bash Shell
6 11 (5.19%) PHP
6 11 (5.19%) RPG
6 11 (5.19%) RPG IV
7 9 (4.25%) C#
8 7 (3.30%) JavaScript
9 5 (2.36%) C
9 5 (2.36%) C++
9 5 (2.36%) Perl
9 5 (2.36%) Ruby
10 4 (1.89%) Go
10 4 (1.89%) Groovy
10 4 (1.89%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.47%) Scala
11 1 (0.47%) Tcl
11 1 (0.47%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (9.43%) Cisco Certification
1 20 (9.43%) Degree
2 14 (6.60%) CCNP
3 12 (5.66%) CCNA
4 5 (2.36%) AWS Certification
4 5 (2.36%) CCIE
4 5 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.42%) CISSP
5 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.42%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.42%) Security Cleared
6 2 (0.94%) CISA
6 2 (0.94%) CISM
6 2 (0.94%) CRISC
6 2 (0.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (0.94%) MCSA
7 1 (0.47%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (0.47%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.47%) HNC
7 1 (0.47%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.02%) SLA
2 7 (3.30%) QA
3 5 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.36%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.89%) COBIT
5 2 (0.94%) GDPR
5 2 (0.94%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.47%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.47%) NIST
6 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 55 (25.94%) Docker
2 30 (14.15%) Active Directory
3 9 (4.25%) Firmware
4 8 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.94%) KVM
5 2 (0.94%) Samba
5 2 (0.94%) Xen
6 1 (0.47%) Gluster
6 1 (0.47%) NFS
6 1 (0.47%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 65 (30.66%) Terraform
2 53 (25.00%) Kubernetes
3 40 (18.87%) Ansible
4 17 (8.02%) Nagios
5 15 (7.08%) HAProxy
5 15 (7.08%) SCCM
6 10 (4.72%) Prometheus
7 9 (4.25%) Puppet
8 6 (2.83%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (2.36%) Grafana
10 4 (1.89%) Docker Swarm
10 4 (1.89%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.89%) systemd
11 3 (1.42%) Graphite
12 2 (0.94%) Check_MK
12 2 (0.94%) Kibana
12 2 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.94%) SCOM
12 2 (0.94%) yum
Vendors
1 41 (19.34%) Microsoft
2 25 (11.79%) Cisco
3 21 (9.91%) Google
4 18 (8.49%) ServiceNow
5 16 (7.55%) CheckPoint
5 16 (7.55%) Palo Alto
6 15 (7.08%) Oracle
7 10 (4.72%) McAfee
8 9 (4.25%) Juniper
9 8 (3.77%) Blue Coat
9 8 (3.77%) F5
9 8 (3.77%) VMware
10 6 (2.83%) Zscaler
11 5 (2.36%) BroadSoft
11 5 (2.36%) LogicMonitor
11 5 (2.36%) NetApp
11 5 (2.36%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.36%) Splunk
12 4 (1.89%) Apple
12 4 (1.89%) SolarWinds