DevOps skills continue to be in high demand, survey shows


A survey from Puppet Labs shows DevOps engineers earn “noticeably higher” salaries than the majority of other job titles.

More than half (55%) of those polled in the 2015 DevOps Salary Report earn $100,000 per year or more, according to the research. The only job role which is more likely to provide greater remuneration is architect, which includes cloud or infrastructure architect and systems architect.

“Now that organisations are learning the benefits of DevOps, we’re seeing additional salary data that reveals just how much demand there is around the world for highly qualified IT and DevOps practitioners,” said Nigel Kersten, CIO at Puppet Labs. “It’s encouraging to see these positions continue to grow, and we look forward to watching the market evolve and adapt to the growing urgency around making IT a competitive advantage.”

The research also revealed a divide between the sexes which still exists, but is not a chasm; even though more men (47%) reported earning $100,000 or more than women (36%), the situation was reversed with regard to the $50,000 to $100,000 bracket (59% of women, 47% of men).

Previous Puppet Labs research, on the state of DevOps implementations, found a ‘pathological, power-oriented culture’ makes employees burn out faster. Managers should be encouraged to incorporate a culture of ‘continuous learning’, as well as implement a blame-free environment, such as post-mortems following outages which don’t exist to point the finger at someone.

Back in October a study from Appvance, conducted by Vanson Bourne, found 91% of CIOs agreeing that executing a DevOps strategy was a top priority for their organisation. Almost nine in 10 (89%) said ensuring confidence in the quality of their releases was key to success, while 87% advocated increasing velocity and productivity as their main priorities.