Period
to 26 January 2021

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 26 January 2021 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
26 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 42 37
Rank change year-on-year +17 -5 +30
Contract jobs citing Microservices 2,723 3,640 5,629
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.38% 5.12% 5.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.40% 5.99% 6.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,596 2,743 4,307
Median daily rate £516 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.71% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £390 £406 £400
90th Percentile £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £468 £498 £485
% change year-on-year -6.03% +2.58% +2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 1 3
Median hourly rate £45.00 £52.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.46% +22.35% -5.56%
10th Percentile £27.62 £51.00 £18.05
90th Percentile £68.00 £53.00 £55.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.00 £52.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +11.54% +89.09% -38.89%

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 36,799 60,737 86,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.26% 85.50% 87.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,930 40,627 58,157
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £281 £300
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,199 1,853 2,108
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.95% -4.55% +1.27%
10th Percentile £12.02 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £24.40 £19.71 £21.50
% change year-on-year +23.80% -8.33% -

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 26 January 2021.

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 26 January 2021.

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 26 January 2021. 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 +14 2,225 £525 -2.33% 1,102
London +3 1,527 £538 -2.27% 579
UK excluding London +17 789 £468 -6.03% 597
Work from Home +27 734 £500 -9.09% 241
North of England -6 160 £491 +0.77% 195
South East +39 146 £450 -10.00% 133
Scotland +31 143 £425 -13.49% 44
Midlands +1 120 £435 -8.47% 84
South West +26 97 £500 - 46
North West -3 83 £495 +4.21% 140
East of England +56 82 £500 - 61
West Midlands -3 73 £432 -13.60% 48
East Midlands +19 43 £472 +11.72% 36
Yorkshire -36 39 £500 -0.10% 36
North East +18 38 £475 +10.47% 19
Northern Ireland +14 27 £431 +1.41% 15
Wales -14 15 £532 +6.45% 19

For the 6 months to 26 January 2021, 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 1,391 (51.08%) Agile Software Development
2 1,387 (50.94%) Java
3 1,000 (36.72%) AWS
4 845 (31.03%) DevOps
5 818 (30.04%) Kubernetes
6 773 (28.39%) Azure
7 765 (28.09%) Docker
8 717 (26.33%) Spring
9 614 (22.55%) Jenkins
10 595 (21.85%) TDD
11 576 (21.15%) Python
12 562 (20.64%) Spring Boot
13 556 (20.42%) Finance
14 545 (20.01%) Git (software)
15 523 (19.21%) SQL
16 508 (18.66%) JavaScript
17 505 (18.55%) REST
18 425 (15.61%) Software Engineering
19 398 (14.62%) Java 8
20 389 (14.29%) .NET
21 388 (14.25%) Scrum
22 382 (14.03%) Test Automation
23 378 (13.88%) Node.js
24 371 (13.62%) Banking
25 367 (13.48%) Terraform
26 359 (13.18%) BDD
27 355 (13.04%) Kafka
27 355 (13.04%) C#
28 340 (12.49%) Web Services
29 332 (12.19%) GCP

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
1 122 (4.48%) Confluence
2 112 (4.11%) Apache
3 91 (3.34%) Elasticsearch
4 59 (2.17%) JBoss
5 54 (1.98%) Cloud Foundry
6 43 (1.58%) Red Hat Fuse
7 42 (1.54%) Apache Spark
8 40 (1.47%) WebLogic
9 33 (1.21%) BizTalk Server
10 32 (1.18%) Mule
11 27 (0.99%) WebSphere
12 21 (0.77%) CMS
12 21 (0.77%) nginx
13 19 (0.70%) Camunda
14 18 (0.66%) Tomcat
15 15 (0.55%) SharePoint
16 14 (0.51%) OpenStack
16 14 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 12 (0.44%) Apache Solr
17 12 (0.44%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 10 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.15%) Adobe XD
2 4 (0.15%) Chatbot
2 4 (0.15%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.11%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.073%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.073%) Blender
4 2 (0.073%) Maya
4 2 (0.073%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.073%) Sketch
5 1 (0.037%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (0.37%) SAP FI-CA
2 8 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.18%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
5 4 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
6 3 (0.11%) Loan IQ
6 3 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
6 3 (0.11%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 2 (0.073%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.073%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
7 2 (0.073%) RMDS
7 2 (0.073%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.073%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
7 2 (0.073%) SAP Retail
7 2 (0.073%) Sentinel
7 2 (0.073%) Summit
8 1 (0.037%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.037%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 1,000 (36.72%) AWS
2 773 (28.39%) Azure
3 332 (12.19%) GCP
4 271 (9.95%) Serverless
5 180 (6.61%) AWS Lambda
6 142 (5.21%) GitHub
7 138 (5.07%) OpenShift
8 128 (4.70%) PaaS
9 123 (4.52%) AWS CloudFormation
10 105 (3.86%) Amazon EKS
11 102 (3.75%) Apigee
12 90 (3.31%) Amazon S3
13 87 (3.20%) Amazon ECS
14 82 (3.01%) IaaS
15 81 (2.97%) SaaS
16 69 (2.53%) Amazon EC2
17 64 (2.35%) Logic Apps
18 46 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
19 44 (1.62%) Azure Functions
20 40 (1.47%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 59 (2.17%) HTTP
2 46 (1.69%) Firewall
3 42 (1.54%) DNS
4 32 (1.18%) SSL
5 23 (0.84%) TCP/IP
6 20 (0.73%) Internet
7 18 (0.66%) VPN
8 17 (0.62%) Reverse Proxy
9 15 (0.55%) VLAN
10 14 (0.51%) SNMP
10 14 (0.51%) WAN
11 13 (0.48%) Network Security
12 11 (0.40%) FTP
13 9 (0.33%) Kerberos
13 9 (0.33%) LAN
13 9 (0.33%) VoIP
13 9 (0.33%) Wireless
14 7 (0.26%) Ethernet
14 7 (0.26%) Skype
15 6 (0.22%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 238 (8.74%) NoSQL
2 222 (8.15%) PostgreSQL
3 218 (8.01%) SQL Server
4 199 (7.31%) MongoDB
5 184 (6.76%) MySQL
6 158 (5.80%) Relational Database
7 112 (4.11%) Big Data
8 86 (3.16%) Data Warehouse
9 71 (2.61%) Azure SQL Database
10 58 (2.13%) Hadoop
11 57 (2.09%) Redis
12 54 (1.98%) Apache Cassandra
13 49 (1.80%) Amazon RDS
13 49 (1.80%) RDBMS
14 43 (1.58%) BigQuery
15 41 (1.51%) Cosmos DB
16 37 (1.36%) Amazon Redshift
17 36 (1.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 31 (1.14%) Oracle Database
19 30 (1.10%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 614 (22.55%) Jenkins
2 545 (20.01%) Git (software)
3 266 (9.77%) JIRA
4 236 (8.67%) Maven
5 197 (7.23%) GitLab
6 147 (5.40%) Cucumber
7 120 (4.41%) JUnit
8 103 (3.78%) Selenium
9 82 (3.01%) Artifactory
10 75 (2.75%) SonarQube
11 71 (2.61%) Gradle
12 51 (1.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 50 (1.84%) TeamCity
14 48 (1.76%) Subversion
15 42 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
16 41 (1.51%) Mockito
17 39 (1.43%) JMeter
18 35 (1.29%) CircleCI
19 34 (1.25%) Postman
19 34 (1.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 556 (20.42%) Finance
2 371 (13.62%) Banking
3 212 (7.79%) Public Sector
4 77 (2.83%) Front Office
5 66 (2.42%) Retail
6 59 (2.17%) Telecoms
7 54 (1.98%) Marketing
8 53 (1.95%) Investment Banking
9 34 (1.25%) Back Office
10 33 (1.21%) Manufacturing
11 26 (0.95%) Electronics
11 26 (0.95%) Retail Banking
12 18 (0.66%) Games
13 13 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.40%) Advertising
15 10 (0.37%) Law
15 10 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
16 8 (0.29%) Publishing
17 7 (0.26%) Legal
18 6 (0.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,403 (51.52%) Developer
2 653 (23.98%) Java Developer
3 419 (15.39%) Architect
4 241 (8.85%) Senior Developer
5 185 (6.79%) Software Engineer
6 184 (6.76%) DevOps Engineer
7 174 (6.39%) Solutions Architect
8 165 (6.06%) Full Stack Developer
9 141 (5.18%) AWS Developer
10 139 (5.10%) .NET Developer
11 130 (4.77%) Java Engineer
11 130 (4.77%) Senior Java Developer
12 118 (4.33%) AWS Engineer
13 81 (2.97%) Python Developer
14 77 (2.83%) React Developer
15 75 (2.75%) Scala Developer
16 65 (2.39%) Azure Developer
16 65 (2.39%) Azure Engineer
17 64 (2.35%) Angular Developer
18 61 (2.24%) AWS Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 717 (26.33%) Spring
2 562 (20.64%) Spring Boot
3 505 (18.55%) REST
4 389 (14.29%) .NET
5 378 (13.88%) Node.js
6 355 (13.04%) Kafka
7 340 (12.49%) Web Services
8 326 (11.97%) React
9 319 (11.72%) RESTful
10 282 (10.36%) AngularJS
11 220 (8.08%) JSON
12 216 (7.93%) .NET Core
13 210 (7.71%) HTML
14 190 (6.98%) SOAP
15 171 (6.28%) CSS
16 147 (5.40%) XML
17 126 (4.63%) HTML5
18 114 (4.19%) Swagger
19 111 (4.08%) Hibernate
20 107 (3.93%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 186 (6.83%) Greenfield Project
2 142 (5.21%) Cloud Native
3 108 (3.97%) Mobile App
4 101 (3.71%) Analytical Skills
5 84 (3.08%) User Experience
6 76 (2.79%) Public Cloud
7 70 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
8 47 (1.73%) Hedge funds
9 40 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 38 (1.40%) Derivative
11 37 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
12 36 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
13 35 (1.29%) Clustering
14 34 (1.25%) Data Structures
15 28 (1.03%) Fixed Income
16 27 (0.99%) Equities
16 27 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
17 26 (0.95%) Management Information System
18 25 (0.92%) Algorithms
19 21 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 296 (10.87%) Linux
2 137 (5.03%) Windows
3 133 (4.88%) Unix
4 39 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 33 (1.21%) Android
5 33 (1.21%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.10%) Windows Server
7 21 (0.77%) CentOS
8 17 (0.62%) Mac OS X
9 14 (0.51%) Windows 10
9 14 (0.51%) Windows Server 2016
10 6 (0.22%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.22%) VME
11 4 (0.15%) AIX
11 4 (0.15%) Amazon Linux
12 3 (0.11%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.073%) Fedora
14 1 (0.037%) Debian
14 1 (0.037%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.037%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,391 (51.08%) Agile Software Development
2 845 (31.03%) DevOps
3 595 (21.85%) TDD
4 425 (15.61%) Software Engineering
5 388 (14.25%) Scrum
6 382 (14.03%) Test Automation
7 359 (13.18%) BDD
8 309 (11.35%) Continuous Integration
9 214 (7.86%) Continuous Delivery
10 206 (7.57%) OO
11 204 (7.49%) Infrastructure as Code
12 197 (7.23%) Open Source
13 194 (7.12%) SDLC
14 193 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
15 175 (6.43%) Unit Testing
16 161 (5.91%) Mentoring
17 159 (5.84%) SOA
18 142 (5.21%) Digital Transformation Programme
19 136 (4.99%) Kanban
20 116 (4.26%) Event-Driven Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1,387 (50.94%) Java
2 576 (21.15%) Python
3 523 (19.21%) SQL
4 508 (18.66%) JavaScript
5 398 (14.62%) Java 8
6 355 (13.04%) C#
7 194 (7.12%) Scala
8 165 (6.06%) Go
9 147 (5.40%) TypeScript
10 132 (4.85%) Bash Shell
11 117 (4.30%) Kotlin
12 78 (2.86%) PL/SQL
13 69 (2.53%) PowerShell
14 53 (1.95%) C++
15 49 (1.80%) T-SQL
16 45 (1.65%) Shell Script
17 43 (1.58%) Perl
17 43 (1.58%) PHP
18 36 (1.32%) Ruby
19 31 (1.14%) ES6
Qualifications
1 300 (11.02%) Security Cleared
2 266 (9.77%) SC Cleared
3 86 (3.16%) Degree
4 51 (1.87%) Computer Science Degree
5 42 (1.54%) DV Cleared
6 29 (1.07%) Master's Degree
7 19 (0.70%) AWS Certification
7 19 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
7 19 (0.70%) ISEB
8 18 (0.66%) ISTQB
8 18 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 18 (0.66%) Novell Certification
8 18 (0.66%) Sun Certification
8 18 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
9 7 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
9 7 (0.26%) OCPJP
10 5 (0.18%) SAFe Agilist
11 3 (0.11%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
11 3 (0.11%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (4.19%) QA
2 19 (0.70%) GDPR
3 14 (0.51%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.37%) WCAG
5 9 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 9 (0.33%) PMO
5 9 (0.33%) SLA
6 8 (0.29%) Data Quality
7 7 (0.26%) NIST
8 6 (0.22%) COBIT
8 6 (0.22%) MiFID
9 5 (0.18%) OASIS TOSCA
10 4 (0.15%) ISO 20022
11 3 (0.11%) Basel III
11 3 (0.11%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.11%) NCSC
11 3 (0.11%) RMADS
11 3 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.073%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 765 (28.09%) Docker
2 59 (2.17%) Active Directory
3 24 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.62%) vSphere
5 14 (0.51%) HDFS
6 13 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.22%) LXC
8 4 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 4 (0.15%) KVM
9 3 (0.11%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.11%) Gluster
9 3 (0.11%) GlusterFS
9 3 (0.11%) NFS
9 3 (0.11%) OpenAM
9 3 (0.11%) Postfix
10 2 (0.073%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.037%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.037%) NDS
11 1 (0.037%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 818 (30.04%) Kubernetes
2 367 (13.48%) Terraform
3 201 (7.38%) Ansible
4 112 (4.11%) Prometheus
5 95 (3.49%) Grafana
6 63 (2.31%) Opscode Chef
7 57 (2.09%) Puppet
8 47 (1.73%) Kibana
9 31 (1.14%) Istio
10 25 (0.92%) logstash
11 23 (0.84%) Rancher
12 21 (0.77%) Consul
13 18 (0.66%) Fluentd
14 17 (0.62%) ZABBIX
15 16 (0.59%) Packer
16 10 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
17 8 (0.29%) Salt
18 7 (0.26%) PingFederate
19 6 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
19 6 (0.22%) Mesos
Vendors
1 239 (8.78%) Oracle
2 210 (7.71%) Google
3 185 (6.79%) Microsoft
4 130 (4.77%) MuleSoft
5 105 (3.86%) Splunk
6 69 (2.53%) SAP
7 67 (2.46%) AppDynamics
8 49 (1.80%) Atlassian
9 46 (1.69%) Red Hat
10 44 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
11 42 (1.54%) VMware
12 37 (1.36%) webMethods
13 29 (1.07%) IBM
14 27 (0.99%) Dell
15 22 (0.81%) TIBCO
16 20 (0.73%) Sybase
17 19 (0.70%) WSO2
18 16 (0.59%) BEA
18 16 (0.59%) Confluent
18 16 (0.59%) Informatica