Choose from a constant stream of top DevOps jobs while staying flexible as a freelancer.

At Toptal, you get to work on complex DevOps projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a Toptaler, you can design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.
Hiring DevOps engineers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.
  • Grow your career by working with top companies
    At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and J.P. Morgan and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.
  • Never worry about payments
    At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.
  • Design your own lifestyle
    No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.
  • Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses
    Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.
  • Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog
    With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.
  • Speak at conferences and attend events
    Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal DevOps community:

Andrea Villa
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Andrea loves challenges and enjoys learning new concepts. He has more than ten years of experience in the IT field, and he has become an achieved expert in a variety of skills including DevOps, Offensive Security, Development, Startups, and Cryptocurrencies. Read more
Fredrik Håård
Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik is a developer with over ten years of contracting and entrepreneurial experience. He specializes in back-end product development and lifecycle maintenance in everything from cluster implementations in Telcom charging systems to full-stack product development for one-person startups. Read more
Chris Gunawardena
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Chris is a developer/solutions architect with over 12 years of experience working for Accenture, Cricket Australia, RMIT University, and Sportsbet. He is a full-stack developer capable of DevOps and automated testing as well as creating cutting-edge web applications. Read more
Hamada Shather
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hamada has a proven track record designing and developing large scale DevOps capabilities. His core focus is around Azure and the Microsoft stack, but he is also equally comfortable working on Linux and with open source technologies. He is an avid blogger and writes about a range of topics as well as authoring several open source projects. He loves what he does and he invests a lot of time developing his skills and knowledge. Read more
Martin Chikilian
Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Martin has worked as a professional Python developer since 2007, although his career in IT began in 2001. He is a full-stack engineer, having administered operating systems and networks for so many years. His recent interests are web-development and Python (namely with Django). Read more
Enrique Conci
Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Enrique is a Senior Unix System Administrator with extensive experience in Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Solaris. He specializes in task automation and deployment of large applications. He has over 5 years of experience in leading system administration teams and about 12 years working on Unix-based systems. Read more
Mike Stankavich
Aguada, Puerto Rico, United States
Mike is a senior data engineer and freelance architect experienced across the development stack. He has extensive cloud and infrastructure experience, with multiple certifications from Microsoft, ISC2, Powersoft, and more. He currently builds data back-ends for web apps at scale on the RDBMS or NoSQL platforms. Read more
Eduardo Roldan
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
Currently working as DevOps and consultant on various software projects, Eduardo has a technical profile made up of a balanced mixture of UNIX administration, Networking and Data processing. He developed high-level applications that bring together these areas, and fundamental internet technologies. Read more
Diego Ballona
Belo Horizonte - State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Diego is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and technology enthusiast. Over the past 7 years, he has worked in marketing, software architecture, systems administration, software engineering, front-end engineering, and product development. Read more

See 3 typical DevOps jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite DevOps engineers for their mission-critical jobs.
  • DevOps / Deployment Engineer
    Amazon Web Services, Containers, NGINX
    We are looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer who has strong Linux and AWS skills. We primarily use Debian and Ubuntu, but are open to other distributions. Our immediate need is for a skilled developer to work alongside our on-site engineer and set up NGINX deployments using AWS containers for auto-scaling and failover.
  • Docker Expert
    Docker, Amazon Web Services, Amazon RDS, GitHub
    We are looking for a Docker expert who will have full access to our private Docker repository (which pulls from GitHub), and who ensures that builds are automatically deployed into an existing AWS swarm. In addition, this expert will need to validate the database connection to an existing AWS Aurora RDS, ensuring that application updates from Docker containers can efficiently migrate database changes without breaking the application.
  • Cloud Consultant
    Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform
    We are an early stage startup, and we are already facing scalability issues. Customers love the product we have so far. Now, we are looking for someone that can help us decide which cloud provider to use, set up the correct server infrastructure, and handle deployments for the application. We are a small team looking for someone with experience working in startups who can bring a high level of expertise and take our product to the next level.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.
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Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top engineers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.
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Prague
Czech Republic

All current and prospective Toptalers in and around Prague are invited to join us for an End of Year Gathering, on December 12th at Impact Hub.

As 2017 draws to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on what we have achieved, and what can be accomplished in the year ahead. This event will include a Goal Setting workshop, where we’ll identify our wins from the past year and plan new ways to grow in 2018.

The gathering will be a good opportunity to relax in the company of colleagues, and share some productive tips. Feel free to bring a guest if you think they would enjoy meeting the Toptal team.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate head count. For more information on the event, please contact the event organizer, Altaibayar Tseveenbayar.

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Dec
Las Vegas
United States

All current and prospective Toptalers in and around Las Vegas are invited to join us for an End of Year Gathering, on December 12th at South Beach Resort Conference Room.

As 2017 draws to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on what we have achieved, and what can be accomplished in the year ahead. This event will include a Goal Setting workshop, where we’ll identify our wins from the past year and plan new ways to grow in 2018.

The gathering will be a good opportunity to relax in the company of colleagues, and share some productive tips. Feel free to bring a guest if you think they would enjoy meeting the Toptal team.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate head count. For more information on the event, please contact the event organizer, Robb Shecter.

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Dec
Raleigh, NC
United States

All current and prospective Toptalers in and around Raleigh are invited to join us for an End of Year Gathering, on December 12th at The Haymaker.

As 2017 draws to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on what we have achieved, and what can be accomplished in the year ahead. This event will include a Goal Setting workshop, where we’ll identify our wins from the past year and plan new ways to grow in 2018.

The gathering will be a good opportunity to relax in the company of colleagues, and share some productive tips. Feel free to bring a guest if you think they would enjoy meeting the Toptal team.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate head count. For more information on the event, please contact the event organizer, Jason Bradicich.

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Dec
Nashville
United States

All current and prospective Toptalers in and around Nashville are invited to join us for an End of Year Gathering, on December 14th at Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea.

As 2017 draws to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on what we have achieved, and what can be accomplished in the year ahead. This event will include a Goal Setting workshop, where we’ll identify our wins from the past year and plan new ways to grow in 2018.

The gathering will be a good opportunity to relax in the company of colleagues, and share some productive tips. Feel free to bring a guest if you think they would enjoy meeting the Toptal team.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate head count. For more information on the event, please contact the event organizer, Austin Li.

Publish technical papers alongside DevOps engineers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of DevOps engineers.
Luke Sapan
Freelance Software Engineer
Ramping up Software Deployment - A Docker Swarm Tutorial
Docker itself has been around for years and is composed of many inter-operating pieces. One of them is Docker Swarm, which allows you to declare your applications as stacks of services, and let Docker handle the rest. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Luke Sapan explains how to use Docker Swarm to deploy your own self-managing stack, followed by a quick example.
Minhao Zhang
Freelance Software Engineer
Boost Your Productivity With Amazon Web Services
In the rapidly evolving Internet world, getting things done fast is always critical. Still, developers today waste hundreds of hours on tasks not related to programming: setting up databases or caches, deploying projects, monitoring online statistics, and so on. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Minhao Zhang guides us in a step-by-step tutorial on how to reduce waste by setting up your first virtual machine using Amazon Web Services, and introduces the most widely used AWS services that can boost your productivity in minutes.
Lucas Mancini
Freelance Software Engineer
Guide: Software Release Management For Small Teams
Small teams frequently have to compete with bigger, more structured organizations who are capable of allocating more resources to project management, and software release management in particular. This means that small teams, or even individual developers, need to properly organize and execute their release process in order to keep up. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Lucas Mancini focuses specifically on small startups, teams that don't have, or can’t afford, DevOps support, or teams that don't have a formal process defined for releasing new versions of their product. The author provides a suggested checklist method to manage releases, tailored to match his past experience working on different projects, together with some recommended best practices and guidelines.
Goran Prijic
Freelance Software Engineer
Agile, Scrum, and Kanban: What the Heck Do These Words Really Mean?
When a software developer hears news about a "new JavaScript framework" or a "new IDE," he doesn't need to ask more questions to clarify what it's about. But if he hears about a "new agile framework," he will likely do the Homer-Simpsonian nodding, pretending that he knows what it's about, but he will have one, and only one, question: _"What the heck does 'agile framework' mean?"_ In the modern software development environment, we increasingly hear words like "agile," "scrum," and "kanban," and they are often used improperly. In this article, I'll try to explain and to clarify some of these terms.

Why do top DevOps experts join Toptal?

Maxim Fedchyshyn
Senior Systems Engineer
San Francisco, California
Over the years, Maxim has managed the infrastructure of many different levels of companies, from a two-person startup-up to a multi thousand-person corporation. Upon starting a new project, he pushes to adopt industry's best practices while following the motto, "Move fast, think big". He is passionate about containers and the infrastructure-as-a-code paradigm.
Toptal helps to improve a critical personal aspect - my professional growth. Every engagement brings new challenges and new usage scenarios, which ignites new opportunities to find the most efficient solution. On top of that, by contributing to each project, I learn something new from engineers all over the globe. That's fantastic!
Edin Nedzibovic
DevOps/Security Engineer
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Edin is a DevOps/security engineer with over 10 years of experience. He has worked on complex integration projects for banks, ISPs, and telco operators, as well as top startups.
Toptal has made it possible for me to become a part of great stories, extend my areas of expertise, and improve my skills in the fast expanding market of DevOps. Each project is a new and exciting challenge that has proven to be beneficial both for Toptal clients and me.
Oscar Jara
DevOps Engineer
Santa Fe, Argentina
Oscar is a top information systems engineer who has worked as a developer, system administrator, and university professor. He has extensive experience with low-level software development and has worked with client-server, distributed, and fault-tolerant web architectures.
DevOps has really evolved a lot over the last few years, and much of what is happening now is quite exciting. More and more, companies are having to deliver increasingly complex software features to customers faster than ever, with no hiccups. Toptal has made it easy to work with these kinds of top-tier companies, while really boosting my professional growth in the field. Working with Toptal, you can focus on what you love and do best, and not have to worry about the rest.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.