Platform Engineering market in Australia, right now - insights & infographics

Any company who has built their software/platform/infrastructure before the age of the Cloud now has to completely migrate to it – fast.

This has only been accelerated by the “rise of Big Data, increased popularity of microservices, and momentum behind Kubernetes in the container orchestration space” Abby Fuller, principal technologist at Amazon1.

More recently formed companies (Startups/scaleups) have been born in the Cloud era, so they don’t have this same problem – however, they may still require Platform Engineers based on their team structure and because Platform engineering can cause an entire organization’s efficiency to increase.

Transitioning pre-Cloud companies need Platform Engineers who can migrate legacy to cloud systems, have container orchestration skills + ability (or appetite) to wrangle the typical challenges of these larger, Enterprise companies.

This means that demand for these types of engineers has recently skyrocketed, and has been led by Enterprise demand who are struggling to hire & afford these rare skills.

Startups are competing with the bigger end of town, though are affording less-senior or advanced skills since they’re skipping the cloud-migration requirements.

Now, Real Time data

Based on our conversations with our
Kubernetes engineer candidates, here’s what
the market is saying right now:

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We’ve witnessed software engineers at larger organisations without a strong Platform team, are often being “lumped with these new duties overnight” as one candidate put it, and have thus been very happy to be introduced to our more organised and/or ‘modern’ clients.

Companies using Kubernetes as a container orchestration framework are also attracting strong developers too. We’ve learnt that a Platform Engineer is 85% more likely to be attracted to a team using Kubernetes than Docker, many candidates mentioning that it speaks volumes of the technical mindset of a company. 

Hiring Managers

Challenges some hiring managers are currently facing with regards to the performance of their Platform engineers (SREs, DevOps, Cloud, Infra + Kubernetes Engineers (disclaimer – there is debate about who’s in in this but we’ve included them for the meantime) include:

  • Having a software engineering mindset 
  • Being able to achieve a reliable service
  • Having the ability to write + make changes to code
  • Ability to debug in distributed systems 
  • Engineers owning things end-to-end

What’s their price?

Contractors

We have seen a significant rise in candidates preference for contracting over the past 12 months, not only driven by the rise in average day rates though also the versatility of work.

The ‘deeper knowledged & experienced’ engineers are asking between $900 – $1,100 per day.

Permanent

The ‘deeper knowledged & experienced’ full time platform engineers are looking at what the average was for Senior Software Architects 12-18 months ago: roughly between $150k – $180k base, a 10-15% rise.

Looking forward

The demand for these rare engineers to drastically increase throughout 21’ & therefore the importance of having an informed strategy to attract, hire & retain these candidates with real time data is imperative. 

Ellis Taylor has been my main point of contact and I highly recommend him and the team at Real Time Australia for any contracting / special projects hiring needs now & in the future. They have been integral in our clients growth stories, placing close to 100 contractors and standing out as a partner due to their level of responsiveness, knowledge of the talent/legislative landscape & speed of hiring, which has only improved over their 15 year relationship with our clients in Australia.
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Sonal Nagpal
Senior Operations Manager
PRO Unlimited

Real Time Australia have been a supplier of contract resources to Equifax (formerly Veda Advantage) for a number of years. Their performance in sourcing candidates and responsiveness to requests have been excellent. Equifax recently conducted a global cyber security assessment of suppliers to determine downstream risk and compliance. Real Time Australia proved to be exemplary in their responses and attitude towards the technical and people components of cyber security. I would have no hesitation in recommending Real Time Australia if you are seeking a provider of contingent technical resources.
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Sourcing Leader (APAC),
Equifax

WorldStack had recently made the decision to build its internal engineering capability when we found Ellis and the Real Time team,who came in and coached us on how to best attract, interview and assess the developers we needed. Critically, Real Time took the time to understand our culture and values and the unique aspects of our work, so we spent most of our time having really engaging conversations with candidates that were already a great fit. I would highly recommend Ellis and the Real Time team to anyone looking to expand their technical team.
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Dan Holman
Founder
WorldStack

I had the pleasure of working with Sara at A2B while we were building the technology team. Sara effectively acted as our in-house recruiter and did a wonderful job helping us build the team, often having to find very narrow and specific skills on the one hand and also navigating our internal processes without the support of dedicated HR resources. In the end, we always found what we were looking for thanks to Sara. Sara was persistent, always cheerful and great fun to work with. Thank you Sara!

Glenn O’Brien
Chief People & Culture Officer
A2B

Before even graduating high school, Andy found something of interest in my limited Linkedin Profile and reached out to me Andy wanted to discuss a Front End Software Engineering role with Canva. Focusing on my exams, I wasn’t really looking for work, but had just applied to Google Australia for a Software Engineer role and was due in Sydney for interviews. Andy organized an opportunity for me to meet the team from Canva, including one of the co-founders Cliff.Meeting the team and seeing the vibe on Lacey St was very helpful in understanding my options and pathway into the workforce. The whole experience was fantastic and I am happy I made the choice to join Canva after being offered two other positions with a startup and Google. Having never dealt with a recruiter before Andy was informative, knowledgeable, helpful and engaged throughout the entire hiring process.
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Sam Parkinson
Frontend Software Engineer
Canva

I could not be happier with the result of working with Andy, a job at Google Australia. Coming back from London, applying whilst there, Andy targeted me for the right job. A perfect fit!
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Ged. Software Engineer
Google

Real Time Australia introduced me to my dream job at Afterpay in the most professional, caring and insightful way. Everyone at Real Time knew everything about me, the company, the market and all had specialist tech knowledge to a level I hadn’t experienced before.
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Joseph Khalil
Senior BA
Afterpay

Ellis & the Real Time Australia team have been extremely helpful in our expansion in to Sydney, especially within highly competitive software candidate markets. Their technical knowledge & candidate management skills have been the catalyst to securing some critical hires for REA all whilst being a highly professional and personable firm to deal with.
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Adam Richmond
Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner
REA Group

Having worked at Real Time Australia before moving on to Google, I knew the team and what they were capable of.When leading the growth of the Google Australia Software Engineering team I needed 1st class Software Engineers and Real Time Australia was the obvious choice. Andy and his knowledgeable team supported our growth in the Software Engineering and Infrastructure divisions. Leaving Google I Joined Canva and again needed 1st class Software Engineers and I did not hesitate in contacting Andy. When you need a dedicated, knowledgeable, experienced Tech Resource Solutions Provider to help discover your needs, design a solution and secure top talent I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andy and his team at Real Time Australia.
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Rick Goodfellow
Senior Talent Acquisition Lead
Canva

Oracle have been long term partners of Real Time Australia because of their consistent ability to source extremely rare contractors for us; always with speed and precision.The care that Ellis & Eloisa show their contractors, together with their innate efforts to understand of our team, specific requirements & business means that I can highly recommend partnering with them.
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Jimmy Tse
APAC Senior Director
Oracle

Real Time Australia has been with us since the beginning. Leading the design of our successful recruitment processes, guiding us on how to leverage data to effectively interview and really being an extension of the Inspace team, which has allowed us to scale!
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Justin Liang
Co-Founder & CEO
Inspace

At Betfair we’ve had some very large and unique growth projects that Ellis & the team at Real Time Australia expertly designed, managed & delivered for us; all whilst ensuring that our culture was at the forefront of every decision we made together.
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Jessica Howse
Head of People and Culture
Betfair

After landing in Australia Ebury had to grow, fast! We needed a business partner who knew the Fintech market inside out, could connect us with opportunities and who we could trust with our brand – Ellis + the team at Real Time Australia have been that and so much more.
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Rick Roache
Director
Ebury

I had the pleasure of working with Sara at A2B while we were building the technology team. Sara effectively acted as our in-house recruiter and did a wonderful job helping us build the team, often having to find very narrow and specific skills on the one hand and also navigating our internal processes without the support of dedicated HR resources. In the end, we always found what we were looking for thanks to Sara. Sara was persistent, always cheerful and great fun to work with. Thank you Sara!
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Glenn O’Brien
Chief People & Culture Officer
A2B

Sara & Real Time Australia are really good at what they do. They are by far the most successful Lat placing candidates in our organisation, they get the results (candidates I’m looking for. Professional, reliable and produces consistent results
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Deon Ludick
CTO
Cabcharge

Over five years they have consistently delivered a great service. Good to work with and make an effort to really understand what we need. Over a number of years Real Time have provided an excellent contracting service to our business. Responsive and collaborative, their searches consistently result in great candidates.
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Tom Ollsen
Director
Gresham Computing

Sara and her team have successfully placed candidates for us over the past 6 months in both contract and perm positions. We would highly recommend giving Sara an opportunity to find your next candidate, particularly with her knowledge, understanding and expertise within the payments industry specifically within POS. ATM, hosting and switching technologies.
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Paul Stewart
General Manager
EFTEX

Ellis and Real Time were instrumental in a high-volume, critical project for Aconex where they successfully sourced rare Contractors in a very short amount of time. Ellis helped design the project, create our best practice recruitment process and deliver quality candidates who were all delighted to work with him! Ellis thoroughly understood Aconex’s key requirements and was able to execute accordingly, which ultimately led to the success of this project. I personally found Ellis a pleasure to work with. He possesses excellent communication skills and would constantly keep myself and key stakeholders of the business in the loop with respect to the progress of the project. This was extremely important. Overall, the Aconex stakeholders and I were extremely pleased with the excellent work carried out by Ellis and the Real Time team. The project was a real success!

Marie Bernardo
Senior Manager
Aconex

Sara is a great recruiter and an accomplished business women in her own right. Someone I can highly recommend. Her approach is focused, practical and professional. She develops a detailed understanding of the needs of her clients. With years of specialist recruiting experience to offer you. If you are serious about looking for staff who will suit your needs (in a way that achieves results for your business), then Sara will help you find the right person.

Steven Clare
Founder
iemployu.com.au

Matt is by far one of if not the most professional, dedicated and ‘hard working’ recruiter I have ever had the opportunity to work with. His ability to source quality candidates relative to our requirements is second to none, always on-time and as-promised. I highly recommend Matt Kiker and would have no hesitation in leveraging or recommending his services again.
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Mike Rain
Presales Director, APAC
StealthBITS Technologies

Matt is by far one of if not the most professional, dedicated and ‘hard working’ recruiter I have ever had the opportunity to work with. His ability to source quality candidates relative to our requirements is second to none, always on-time and as-promised. I highly recommend Matt Kiker and would have no hesitation in leveraging or recommending his services again.
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Ken Hall
Managing Director
RemoteHQ

Ellis’ & Real Time Australia’s precise knowledge of the startup ecosystem was very helpful & his understanding of the Proptech environment was also impressive. He is someone who I trust and would also highly recommend for any scaleup.

Andrew Colagiuri
CEO & Co-Founder
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