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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microservices skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microservices over the 6 months to 23 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microservices
UK
6 months to
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 31 29 41
Rank change year-on-year -2 +12 -2
Contract jobs citing Microservices 5,339 3,619 2,530
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.16% 6.21% 5.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.88% 7.01% 6.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,877 2,662 1,917
10th Percentile £425 £400 £413
25th Percentile £500 £450 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £525 £550
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -4.55% +4.76%
75th Percentile £690 £609 £625
90th Percentile £775 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £532 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +12.00% -5.00% +2.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 35 9
10th Percentile £46.21 £34.55 £54.88
25th Percentile £48.50 £40.00 £58.00
Median hourly rate £60.00 £56.50 £62.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.19% -8.87% +77.14%
75th Percentile £65.65 £65.54 £63.00
90th Percentile £76.54 £70.55 £69.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £56.50 £52.20
% change year-on-year +6.19% +8.24% +286.67%

Microservices is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 77,596 51,659 41,615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.46% 88.59% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,517 35,349 27,685
10th Percentile £350 £313 £299
25th Percentile £435 £400 £382
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £498 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.04% +4.74% -
75th Percentile £640 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £668
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £446 £450
% change year-on-year +9.30% -0.89% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,719 1,503 1,266
10th Percentile £13.10 £12.06 £12.42
25th Percentile £16.25 £15.46 £16.01
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +11.11% -
75th Percentile £51.77 £46.00 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.54 £58.74 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.29 £22.50 £20.11
% change year-on-year -0.93% +11.88% -10.22%

Microservices
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microservices as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microservices.

Daily rate trend for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microservices over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microservices.

Hourly rate trend for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microservices over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microservices within the UK over the 6 months to 23 May 2022. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -3 4,284 £600 +14.29% 1,244
Work from Home +3 2,900 £575 +9.52% 688
London -2 2,820 £625 +13.64% 702
UK excluding London -4 1,355 £532 +12.00% 597
North of England +9 395 £550 +10.00% 190
South East +6 291 £550 +15.79% 146
North West +24 266 £556 +11.25% 123
Scotland -3 229 £520 +22.35% 46
South West -5 182 £550 +10.00% 52
Midlands -17 144 £505 +15.43% 91
West Midlands -5 107 £510 +16.57% 62
Yorkshire +7 99 £525 - 44
East of England -21 89 £550 +4.76% 56
North East -12 37 £580 +12.08% 23
East Midlands -25 35 £495 +16.47% 29
Wales -9 24 £600 +17.65% 10
Northern Ireland -19 6 £540 +20.81% 9
Isle of Man - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Microservices also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Microservices.

1 2,620 (49.07%) Agile
2 2,442 (45.74%) Java
3 1,832 (34.31%) DevOps
4 1,795 (33.62%) AWS
5 1,666 (31.20%) CI/CD
6 1,639 (30.70%) Azure
7 1,593 (29.84%) Kubernetes
8 1,483 (27.78%) Docker
9 1,147 (21.48%) Spring
10 1,141 (21.37%) TDD
11 1,056 (19.78%) Finance
12 1,053 (19.72%) Spring Boot
13 1,027 (19.24%) JavaScript
14 1,025 (19.20%) Software Engineering
15 1,010 (18.92%) .NET
16 970 (18.17%) Jenkins
17 959 (17.96%) Git (software)
18 939 (17.59%) SQL
19 919 (17.21%) React
20 869 (16.28%) Kafka
21 831 (15.56%) C#
22 828 (15.51%) Test Automation
23 808 (15.13%) Scrum
24 790 (14.80%) Python
24 790 (14.80%) Social Skills
25 739 (13.84%) REST
26 711 (13.32%) Node.js
27 709 (13.28%) Full Stack Development
28 667 (12.49%) Serverless
29 663 (12.42%) Continuous Integration

Microservices
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
1 256 (4.79%) Confluence
2 165 (3.09%) Elasticsearch
3 113 (2.12%) Apache Spark
4 91 (1.70%) Apache
5 63 (1.18%) nginx
6 51 (0.96%) WebSphere
7 50 (0.94%) Tomcat
8 47 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
9 45 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
10 42 (0.79%) Camunda
11 41 (0.77%) WebLogic
12 38 (0.71%) IIS
13 34 (0.64%) OpenStack
14 33 (0.62%) JBoss
15 32 (0.60%) CMS
16 27 (0.51%) Apache Airflow
17 23 (0.43%) SharePoint
18 20 (0.37%) Traefik
19 19 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
20 17 (0.32%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 20 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (0.19%) Chatbot
3 6 (0.11%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (0.094%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.075%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.056%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.037%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.019%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 43 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.34%) SAP Hybris
3 15 (0.28%) SAP FI-CA
3 15 (0.28%) SAP PSCD
3 15 (0.28%) Shopify
4 6 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.11%) Temenos T24
5 5 (0.094%) Magento
5 5 (0.094%) Payment Gateway
6 4 (0.075%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.075%) SAP S/4HANA
7 3 (0.056%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.056%) Maximo
7 3 (0.056%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 2 (0.037%) Findur
8 2 (0.037%) Misys Midas
8 2 (0.037%) Oracle BRM
8 2 (0.037%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.037%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.037%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 1,795 (33.62%) AWS
2 1,639 (30.70%) Azure
3 667 (12.49%) Serverless
4 627 (11.74%) GCP
5 404 (7.57%) AWS Lambda
6 303 (5.68%) OpenShift
7 299 (5.60%) GitHub
8 291 (5.45%) PaaS
9 273 (5.11%) SaaS
10 211 (3.95%) IaaS
11 201 (3.76%) Amazon S3
11 201 (3.76%) AWS CloudFormation
12 149 (2.79%) Azure Service Bus
13 148 (2.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 133 (2.49%) Amazon EC2
15 129 (2.42%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 122 (2.29%) Azure Logic Apps
17 116 (2.17%) Amazon SQS
18 101 (1.89%) Amazon EKS
19 92 (1.72%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 83 (1.55%) HTTP
2 62 (1.16%) Firewall
3 44 (0.82%) TCP/IP
4 40 (0.75%) DNS
4 40 (0.75%) Internet
5 33 (0.62%) HTTPS
6 30 (0.56%) Network Security
7 26 (0.49%) MQTT
8 15 (0.28%) SAN
8 15 (0.28%) SSL
9 13 (0.24%) VPN
10 12 (0.22%) FTP
10 12 (0.22%) LAN
11 11 (0.21%) AMQP
12 10 (0.19%) Wireless
13 8 (0.15%) Broadband
13 8 (0.15%) WAN
14 7 (0.13%) LTE
15 6 (0.11%) Intrusion Detection
16 5 (0.094%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 605 (11.33%) NoSQL
2 523 (9.80%) PostgreSQL
3 511 (9.57%) MongoDB
4 392 (7.34%) SQL Server
5 280 (5.24%) Relational Database
6 212 (3.97%) MySQL
7 197 (3.69%) Big Data
8 178 (3.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 170 (3.18%) Redis
10 106 (1.99%) Data Lake
11 95 (1.78%) Oracle Database
12 94 (1.76%) Azure SQL Database
13 88 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
14 79 (1.48%) RDBMS
15 78 (1.46%) Hadoop
16 77 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
17 76 (1.42%) Amazon Aurora
18 64 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
19 38 (0.71%) DB2
20 35 (0.66%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 970 (18.17%) Jenkins
2 959 (17.96%) Git (software)
3 507 (9.50%) JIRA
4 384 (7.19%) Maven
5 377 (7.06%) GitLab
6 252 (4.72%) Cucumber
7 216 (4.05%) Selenium
8 172 (3.22%) Gradle
9 170 (3.18%) JUnit
10 153 (2.87%) Sonatype Nexus
11 147 (2.75%) SonarQube
11 147 (2.75%) TeamCity
12 119 (2.23%) Bitbucket
12 119 (2.23%) Postman
13 107 (2.00%) Artifactory
14 96 (1.80%) Mockito
15 85 (1.59%) NUnit
16 79 (1.48%) JMeter
17 78 (1.46%) Cypress.io
18 65 (1.22%) REST Assured
General
1 1,056 (19.78%) Finance
2 790 (14.80%) Social Skills
3 533 (9.98%) Banking
4 435 (8.15%) Public Sector
5 245 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
6 220 (4.12%) Front Office
7 186 (3.48%) Retail
8 85 (1.59%) Games
9 83 (1.55%) Marketing
10 82 (1.54%) Investment Banking
10 82 (1.54%) Telecoms
11 60 (1.12%) Influencing Skills
12 58 (1.09%) Manufacturing
13 56 (1.05%) Presentation Skills
14 47 (0.88%) Financial Institution
15 46 (0.86%) Electronics
16 45 (0.84%) Retail Banking
17 41 (0.77%) Legal
18 39 (0.73%) Law
19 31 (0.58%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 2,697 (50.52%) Developer
2 1,170 (21.91%) Java Developer
3 807 (15.12%) Architect
4 434 (8.13%) .NET Developer
5 426 (7.98%) Solutions Architect
6 417 (7.81%) Software Engineer
7 404 (7.57%) Senior Developer
8 296 (5.54%) DevOps Engineer
9 282 (5.28%) Java Engineer
10 281 (5.26%) Full Stack Developer
11 258 (4.83%) AWS Engineer
12 200 (3.75%) Senior Java Developer
13 190 (3.56%) C# Developer
14 154 (2.88%) AWS Developer
15 144 (2.70%) React Developer
16 132 (2.47%) Developer/Software Engineer
17 131 (2.45%) Software Developer
18 128 (2.40%) Python Developer
19 127 (2.38%) AWS Software Engineer
20 121 (2.27%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,147 (21.48%) Spring
2 1,053 (19.72%) Spring Boot
3 1,010 (18.92%) .NET
4 919 (17.21%) React
5 869 (16.28%) Kafka
6 739 (13.84%) REST
7 711 (13.32%) Node.js
8 569 (10.66%) RESTful
9 519 (9.72%) AngularJS
10 452 (8.47%) HTML
11 427 (8.00%) .NET Core
12 364 (6.82%) CSS
13 338 (6.33%) JSON
14 335 (6.27%) Web Services
15 291 (5.45%) .NET Framework
16 274 (5.13%) ASP.NET
17 206 (3.86%) HTML5
18 193 (3.61%) SOAP
19 179 (3.35%) GraphQL
20 177 (3.32%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 387 (7.25%) Cloud Native
2 321 (6.01%) Greenfield Project
3 181 (3.39%) Public Cloud
4 177 (3.32%) User Experience
5 122 (2.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 117 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
7 116 (2.17%) Derivative
8 115 (2.15%) Fixed Income
9 113 (2.12%) Legacy Systems
10 107 (2.00%) Hedge funds
11 103 (1.93%) Equities
12 95 (1.78%) iPad
13 94 (1.76%) Data Structures
14 90 (1.69%) Legacy Code
15 89 (1.67%) Mobile App
16 73 (1.37%) Algorithms
16 73 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
17 69 (1.29%) Management Information System
18 65 (1.22%) Virtual Team
19 64 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 442 (8.28%) Linux
2 166 (3.11%) Unix
3 156 (2.92%) Windows
4 92 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 36 (0.67%) CentOS
6 34 (0.64%) Apple iOS
7 33 (0.62%) Android
8 27 (0.51%) Mac OS X
8 27 (0.51%) Windows Server
9 17 (0.32%) Ubuntu
10 12 (0.22%) VMS
11 4 (0.075%) Solaris
12 3 (0.056%) AIX
12 3 (0.056%) Debian
12 3 (0.056%) Mesosphere
12 3 (0.056%) zOS
13 2 (0.037%) Alpine Linux
13 2 (0.037%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.037%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.019%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,620 (49.07%) Agile
2 1,832 (34.31%) DevOps
3 1,666 (31.20%) CI/CD
4 1,141 (21.37%) TDD
5 1,025 (19.20%) Software Engineering
6 828 (15.51%) Test Automation
7 808 (15.13%) Scrum
8 709 (13.28%) Full Stack Development
9 663 (12.42%) Continuous Integration
10 612 (11.46%) BDD
11 495 (9.27%) Event-Driven
12 407 (7.62%) Problem-Solving
13 385 (7.21%) Analytics
14 360 (6.74%) Unit Testing
15 358 (6.71%) Mentoring
16 330 (6.18%) SDLC
17 321 (6.01%) Fintech
18 319 (5.97%) Continuous Delivery
19 295 (5.53%) Migration
20 294 (5.51%) Event-Driven Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2,442 (45.74%) Java
2 1,027 (19.24%) JavaScript
3 939 (17.59%) SQL
4 831 (15.56%) C#
5 790 (14.80%) Python
6 441 (8.26%) TypeScript
7 258 (4.83%) Go
8 246 (4.61%) Scala
9 113 (2.12%) Ruby
10 98 (1.84%) Bash
11 94 (1.76%) PowerShell
12 82 (1.54%) C++
13 81 (1.52%) Kotlin
14 79 (1.48%) Groovy
15 77 (1.44%) Shell Script
16 72 (1.35%) T-SQL
17 64 (1.20%) PL/SQL
18 61 (1.14%) PHP
19 55 (1.03%) ES6
20 43 (0.81%) C
Qualifications
1 560 (10.49%) Security Cleared
2 469 (8.78%) SC Cleared
3 182 (3.41%) Degree
4 89 (1.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 84 (1.57%) DV Cleared
6 75 (1.40%) AWS Certification
7 59 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
8 25 (0.47%) ISTQB
9 23 (0.43%) ISEB
9 23 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 20 (0.37%) Master's Degree
11 15 (0.28%) CISSP
12 12 (0.22%) TOGAF Certification
13 10 (0.19%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 10 (0.19%) CISM
13 10 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
15 5 (0.094%) CEH
15 5 (0.094%) Cisco Certification
16 4 (0.075%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 302 (5.66%) QA
2 100 (1.87%) Accessibility
3 45 (0.84%) Data Quality
4 43 (0.81%) GDPR
5 24 (0.45%) NCSC
6 16 (0.30%) WCAG
7 11 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
7 11 (0.21%) PMO
8 9 (0.17%) ISO 20022
8 9 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 9 (0.17%) SLA
9 7 (0.13%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.13%) SEPA
10 5 (0.094%) HL7
11 4 (0.075%) GMP
11 4 (0.075%) ISO 13485
11 4 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 17025
11 4 (0.075%) NIST
11 4 (0.075%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.037%) FATCA
System Software
1 1,483 (27.78%) Docker
2 60 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (0.94%) Active Directory
4 21 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (0.28%) Apache Flume
6 14 (0.26%) vSphere
7 8 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 6 (0.11%) HDFS
8 6 (0.11%) Postfix
9 5 (0.094%) KVM
10 4 (0.075%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.037%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.037%) OpenAM
11 2 (0.037%) Tivoli Directory Server
11 2 (0.037%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.019%) Ceph
12 1 (0.019%) etcd
12 1 (0.019%) Firmware
12 1 (0.019%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.019%) zsh
Systems Management
1 1,593 (29.84%) Kubernetes
2 631 (11.82%) Terraform
3 334 (6.26%) Ansible
4 190 (3.56%) Grafana
5 189 (3.54%) Prometheus
6 94 (1.76%) Puppet
7 82 (1.54%) Istio
8 61 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
9 56 (1.05%) Kibana
9 56 (1.05%) Packer
10 49 (0.92%) Consul
11 31 (0.58%) logstash
12 23 (0.43%) Docker Swarm
12 23 (0.43%) Graphite
13 22 (0.41%) ZABBIX
14 19 (0.36%) HAProxy
14 19 (0.36%) Podman
15 18 (0.34%) linkerd
16 17 (0.32%) Netcool
17 13 (0.24%) Nagios
Vendors
1 464 (8.69%) Microsoft
2 391 (7.32%) Oracle
3 276 (5.17%) Google
4 138 (2.58%) SAP
5 125 (2.34%) Splunk
6 100 (1.87%) IBM
7 76 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
7 76 (1.42%) VMware
8 69 (1.29%) MuleSoft
9 67 (1.25%) Databricks
10 66 (1.24%) AppDynamics
10 66 (1.24%) Red Hat
11 54 (1.01%) Sitecore
12 46 (0.86%) Pega
13 41 (0.77%) Adobe
14 37 (0.69%) Atlassian
15 34 (0.64%) Dynatrace
16 33 (0.62%) Confluent
17 30 (0.56%) TIBCO
18 29 (0.54%) New Relic