Period
to 8 July 2020

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 8 July 2020 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
8 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 34 36 47
Rank change year-on-year +2 +11 +40
Contract jobs citing Microservices 2,373 5,343 4,678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.70% 5.67% 4.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.64% 6.51% 5.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,801 4,063 3,519
Median daily rate £525 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
10th Percentile £400 £402 £380
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 25 4
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £92.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -62.16% +117.65%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -22.35%

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 35,736 82,017 90,743
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.82% 87.09% 86.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,474 53,992 59,813
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £423
% change year-on-year +2.86% +3.55% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,246 2,307 2,462
Median hourly rate £32.37 £24.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.12% +13.95% -14.00%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.85 £11.17
90th Percentile £54.01 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £24.71 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% +20.00% -20.00%

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 8 July 2020.

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 8 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microservices in the UK

Microservices
Top 17 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 8 July 2020. 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
Job
Vacancies
England +4 2,208 £538 +2.38% 706
London +5 1,513 £550 - 325
UK excluding London -5 789 £500 +5.26% 419
North of England -13 215 £500 +5.26% 114
South East -7 163 £500 +5.26% 132
East of England +26 147 £513 +2.50% 39
Work from Home 0 139 £500 +2.56% 117
South West -9 94 £500 -4.76% 38
Yorkshire -1 92 £500 +5.26% 34
North West -23 86 £523 +4.60% 65
Scotland -8 71 £493 +3.68% 18
Midlands -31 63 £435 -5.95% 58
West Midlands -33 42 £435 -6.45% 39
North East +2 37 £500 +5.82% 15
Wales 0 32 £438 -16.67% 14
East Midlands +1 21 £450 - 19
Northern Ireland +3 6 £438 +2.94% 6

For the 6 months to 8 July 2020, 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 1,326 (55.88%) Java
2 1,309 (55.16%) Agile Software Development
3 1,018 (42.90%) AWS
4 855 (36.03%) Docker
5 777 (32.74%) Azure
6 712 (30.00%) Kubernetes
7 684 (28.82%) DevOps
8 641 (27.01%) Spring
9 606 (25.54%) TDD
10 532 (22.42%) Finance
11 506 (21.32%) JavaScript
12 488 (20.56%) Spring Boot
13 479 (20.19%) Java 8
14 466 (19.64%) C#
15 454 (19.13%) Web Services
16 452 (19.05%) .NET
17 440 (18.54%) SQL
18 407 (17.15%) Scrum
19 402 (16.94%) AngularJS
20 401 (16.90%) BDD
21 395 (16.65%) Git (software)
22 393 (16.56%) REST
23 379 (15.97%) Test Automation
23 379 (15.97%) Python
24 360 (15.17%) Jenkins
25 357 (15.04%) React
26 326 (13.74%) Software Engineering
27 310 (13.06%) Continuous Integration
28 304 (12.81%) Linux
29 296 (12.47%) Security Cleared

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
1 151 (6.36%) Confluence
2 146 (6.15%) Elasticsearch
3 80 (3.37%) Apache
4 79 (3.33%) Apache Spark
5 33 (1.39%) WebLogic
6 26 (1.10%) Tomcat
7 22 (0.93%) Cloud Foundry
8 20 (0.84%) CMS
9 19 (0.80%) SharePoint
10 18 (0.76%) nginx
11 17 (0.72%) Apache Solr
12 13 (0.55%) JBoss
12 13 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 12 (0.51%) IIS
14 10 (0.42%) Mule
15 6 (0.25%) Headless CMS
15 6 (0.25%) Red Hat Fuse
16 4 (0.17%) Apache Pig
16 4 (0.17%) NServiceBus
16 4 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 15 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.21%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.042%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.042%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.042%) Sketch
3 1 (0.042%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 8 (0.34%) FINCAD Analytics
2 7 (0.29%) SAP FI-CA
3 6 (0.25%) Magento
4 5 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
5 4 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
7 2 (0.084%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.084%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.084%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.084%) Siebel CRM
8 1 (0.042%) Adobe Campaign
8 1 (0.042%) nopCommerce
8 1 (0.042%) ResourceLink
8 1 (0.042%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.042%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,018 (42.90%) AWS
2 777 (32.74%) Azure
3 285 (12.01%) GCP
4 217 (9.14%) Serverless
5 154 (6.49%) AWS Lambda
6 101 (4.26%) SaaS
7 98 (4.13%) GitHub
8 89 (3.75%) OpenShift
9 84 (3.54%) Amazon ECS
10 71 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
11 63 (2.65%) Amazon S3
12 53 (2.23%) Apigee
13 46 (1.94%) PaaS
14 42 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
14 42 (1.77%) IaaS
15 36 (1.52%) Amazon SQS
16 35 (1.47%) Amazon EKS
17 29 (1.22%) Azure Functions
18 25 (1.05%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 19 (0.80%) AWS Step Functions
Communications & Networking
1 80 (3.37%) HTTP
2 52 (2.19%) SSL
3 33 (1.39%) TCP/IP
4 28 (1.18%) HTTPS
5 26 (1.10%) DNS
6 25 (1.05%) Firewall
7 20 (0.84%) VPN
8 18 (0.76%) Kerberos
9 15 (0.63%) Internet
10 10 (0.42%) FTP
10 10 (0.42%) VLAN
11 9 (0.38%) Reverse Proxy
11 9 (0.38%) SNMP
12 8 (0.34%) AMQP
12 8 (0.34%) Skype
13 6 (0.25%) LAN
14 5 (0.21%) SSH
14 5 (0.21%) WAN
15 4 (0.17%) DHCP
16 3 (0.13%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 277 (11.67%) SQL Server
2 255 (10.75%) MySQL
3 247 (10.41%) MongoDB
4 202 (8.51%) NoSQL
5 180 (7.59%) PostgreSQL
6 129 (5.44%) Relational Database
7 103 (4.34%) Big Data
8 76 (3.20%) Redis
9 68 (2.87%) Amazon RDS
10 63 (2.65%) Amazon Redshift
11 57 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
12 56 (2.36%) RDBMS
13 49 (2.06%) Hadoop
14 46 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 44 (1.85%) Oracle Database
16 43 (1.81%) Apache Cassandra
17 42 (1.77%) Amazon Aurora
18 27 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 27 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 26 (1.10%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 395 (16.65%) Git (software)
2 360 (15.17%) Jenkins
3 241 (10.16%) JIRA
4 164 (6.91%) Maven
5 134 (5.65%) JUnit
6 129 (5.44%) Mockito
7 127 (5.35%) GitLab
8 119 (5.01%) Cucumber
9 115 (4.85%) Selenium
10 97 (4.09%) Gradle
11 81 (3.41%) Artifactory
12 65 (2.74%) Bitbucket
13 57 (2.40%) SonarQube
14 56 (2.36%) TeamCity
15 52 (2.19%) SoapUI
16 50 (2.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 47 (1.98%) Octopus Deploy
18 43 (1.81%) Jasmine
19 42 (1.77%) Subversion
20 41 (1.73%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 532 (22.42%) Finance
2 240 (10.11%) Banking
3 220 (9.27%) Public Sector
4 146 (6.15%) Front Office
5 44 (1.85%) Retail
6 43 (1.81%) Back Office
7 37 (1.56%) Investment Banking
8 29 (1.22%) Marketing
9 28 (1.18%) Telecoms
10 22 (0.93%) Manufacturing
11 21 (0.88%) Games
12 18 (0.76%) Financial Institution
13 13 (0.55%) Electronics
14 10 (0.42%) Law
15 9 (0.38%) Automotive
16 7 (0.29%) Publishing
16 7 (0.29%) Retail Banking
17 6 (0.25%) Advertising
17 6 (0.25%) Local Government
17 6 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,448 (61.02%) Developer
2 770 (32.45%) Java Developer
3 249 (10.49%) Architect
4 206 (8.68%) Senior Developer
5 204 (8.60%) AWS Developer
6 170 (7.16%) .NET Developer
7 146 (6.15%) AWS Engineer
8 143 (6.03%) Software Engineer
9 135 (5.69%) Senior Java Developer
10 130 (5.48%) DevOps Engineer
11 127 (5.35%) C# Developer
12 121 (5.10%) Full Stack Developer
13 96 (4.05%) Solutions Architect
14 91 (3.83%) Java Engineer
15 80 (3.37%) React Developer
16 76 (3.20%) AWS Software Engineer
17 75 (3.16%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
18 72 (3.03%) Backend Developer
19 71 (2.99%) Developer/Software Engineer
20 63 (2.65%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 641 (27.01%) Spring
2 488 (20.56%) Spring Boot
3 454 (19.13%) Web Services
4 452 (19.05%) .NET
5 402 (16.94%) AngularJS
6 393 (16.56%) REST
7 357 (15.04%) React
8 290 (12.22%) RESTful
9 280 (11.80%) Node.js
10 228 (9.61%) .NET Core
11 219 (9.23%) Kafka
12 205 (8.64%) HTML
13 197 (8.30%) CSS
14 151 (6.36%) SOAP
15 129 (5.44%) ASP.NET
16 119 (5.01%) JSON
17 102 (4.30%) Hibernate
18 99 (4.17%) Vue.js
19 97 (4.09%) HTML5
20 96 (4.05%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 203 (8.55%) Greenfield Project
2 122 (5.14%) Hedge funds
3 97 (4.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 95 (4.00%) Fixed Income
5 89 (3.75%) Cloud Native
6 86 (3.62%) Derivative
7 65 (2.74%) Public Cloud
8 62 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
9 61 (2.57%) User Experience
10 55 (2.32%) Equities
11 54 (2.28%) Enterprise Software
12 50 (2.11%) Mobile App
13 30 (1.26%) Virtual Team
14 29 (1.22%) Data Centre
15 26 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
15 26 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
16 25 (1.05%) Management Information System
17 22 (0.93%) Equity Derivative
17 22 (0.93%) Reference Data
18 21 (0.88%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 304 (12.81%) Linux
2 160 (6.74%) Unix
3 75 (3.16%) Mac OS X
4 71 (2.99%) Windows
5 30 (1.26%) Android
5 30 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 29 (1.22%) Apple iOS
7 25 (1.05%) CentOS
8 14 (0.59%) Windows Server
9 13 (0.55%) CoreOS
10 12 (0.51%) Ubuntu
11 10 (0.42%) Windows Server 2016
12 8 (0.34%) Solaris
12 8 (0.34%) Windows 10
13 7 (0.29%) Debian
13 7 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
14 4 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.13%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.084%) SUSE
16 2 (0.084%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,309 (55.16%) Agile Software Development
2 684 (28.82%) DevOps
3 606 (25.54%) TDD
4 407 (17.15%) Scrum
5 401 (16.90%) BDD
6 379 (15.97%) Test Automation
7 326 (13.74%) Software Engineering
8 310 (13.06%) Continuous Integration
9 240 (10.11%) Pair Programming
10 189 (7.96%) Migration
11 178 (7.50%) Open Source
12 156 (6.57%) Asset Management
13 150 (6.32%) Continuous Delivery
13 150 (6.32%) Kanban
14 145 (6.11%) Continuous Deployment
15 137 (5.77%) Fintech
16 131 (5.52%) SDLC
17 128 (5.39%) Mentoring
18 125 (5.27%) Problem-Solving
19 123 (5.18%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 1,326 (55.88%) Java
2 506 (21.32%) JavaScript
3 479 (20.19%) Java 8
4 466 (19.64%) C#
5 440 (18.54%) SQL
6 379 (15.97%) Python
7 159 (6.70%) TypeScript
8 112 (4.72%) Scala
9 87 (3.67%) Bash Shell
10 75 (3.16%) Kotlin
11 74 (3.12%) Go
12 62 (2.61%) Ruby
13 57 (2.40%) PowerShell
14 51 (2.15%) R
15 40 (1.69%) ES6
16 38 (1.60%) C++
17 37 (1.56%) PL/SQL
18 34 (1.43%) Groovy
19 31 (1.31%) PHP
19 31 (1.31%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 296 (12.47%) Security Cleared
2 215 (9.06%) SC Cleared
3 77 (3.24%) Degree
4 50 (2.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 42 (1.77%) Computer Science Degree
6 37 (1.56%) DV Cleared
7 27 (1.14%) ISTQB
8 24 (1.01%) ISEB
9 22 (0.93%) Sun Certification
10 21 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (0.76%) DBS Check
12 11 (0.46%) Master's Degree
13 8 (0.34%) OCPJP
14 7 (0.29%) OCP
14 7 (0.29%) Oracle Certification
15 6 (0.25%) AWS Certification
16 5 (0.21%) SANS
17 3 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
18 2 (0.084%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 2 (0.084%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (3.41%) QA
2 30 (1.26%) Data Quality
3 8 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 8 (0.34%) WCAG
4 7 (0.29%) GDPR
5 6 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.25%) SLA
6 4 (0.17%) MiFID
7 3 (0.13%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.13%) PMO
7 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.084%) ISO 20022
8 2 (0.084%) NIST
9 1 (0.042%) Basel III
9 1 (0.042%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.042%) HL7
9 1 (0.042%) NCSC
9 1 (0.042%) PSD2
System Software
1 855 (36.03%) Docker
2 23 (0.97%) Active Directory
3 20 (0.84%) HDFS
4 11 (0.46%) vSphere
5 10 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
7 7 (0.29%) LXC
7 7 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.25%) Postfix
9 5 (0.21%) Apache Flume
9 5 (0.21%) VirtualBox
10 3 (0.13%) NDS
11 2 (0.084%) BusyBox
11 2 (0.084%) NFS
11 2 (0.084%) zsh
12 1 (0.042%) GFS2
12 1 (0.042%) iptables
12 1 (0.042%) Samba
12 1 (0.042%) Varnish
12 1 (0.042%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 712 (30.00%) Kubernetes
2 260 (10.96%) Terraform
3 172 (7.25%) Ansible
4 54 (2.28%) Prometheus
4 54 (2.28%) Puppet
5 40 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
6 30 (1.26%) Grafana
7 25 (1.05%) Packer
8 24 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
9 18 (0.76%) Kibana
10 16 (0.67%) Zipkin
11 12 (0.51%) Consul
11 12 (0.51%) Docker Swarm
12 10 (0.42%) Data Guard
12 10 (0.42%) Istio
12 10 (0.42%) Mesos
13 9 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
14 8 (0.34%) Hadoop YARN
14 8 (0.34%) Oozie
14 8 (0.34%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 184 (7.75%) Oracle
2 176 (7.42%) Google
3 170 (7.16%) Microsoft
4 43 (1.81%) SAP
5 36 (1.52%) Splunk
6 33 (1.39%) Red Hat
7 29 (1.22%) IBM
8 25 (1.05%) MuleSoft
8 25 (1.05%) Sybase
9 23 (0.97%) Databricks
10 18 (0.76%) AppDynamics
11 17 (0.72%) Cloudera
12 16 (0.67%) Atlassian
12 16 (0.67%) Confluent
13 14 (0.59%) Hortonworks
13 14 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
14 13 (0.55%) Dell
14 13 (0.55%) Veracode
14 13 (0.55%) VMware
14 13 (0.55%) webMethods