Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 23 40 44
Rank change year-on-year +17 +4 +33
Contract jobs citing Microservices 1,865 4,710 5,231
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.33% 5.35% 5.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.32% 6.17% 5.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,502 3,506 3,986
Median daily rate £525 £525 £510
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +2.00%
10th Percentile £394 £406 £388
90th Percentile £700 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% -2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 4
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £46.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -24.32% +8.82%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year - +2.94% -20.00%

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 25,475 76,387 89,375
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.48% 86.84% 86.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,067 50,073 59,020
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £436 £425
% change year-on-year +3.30% +2.50% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 908 2,290 2,449
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +19.51% -14.58%
10th Percentile £12.68 £11.80 £11.17
90th Percentile £54.21 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £31.39 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +30.79% +20.00% -16.67%

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 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +13 1,694 £525 -1.41% 957
London +6 1,162 £550 - 435
UK excluding London +10 563 £500 +5.26% 588
Work from Home +23 309 £500 -4.76% 174
North of England +6 180 £505 +6.32% 193
South East +21 113 £500 - 127
East of England +43 105 £513 +7.89% 56
North West 0 84 £500 +1.01% 132
Yorkshire +9 74 £525 +10.53% 34
Midlands -2 70 £432 -9.05% 90
West Midlands -1 48 £443 -6.84% 48
Scotland -7 39 £450 -5.26% 51
South West -20 36 £475 - 53
East Midlands +22 22 £315 -23.64% 42
North East +6 22 £520 +15.56% 27
Northern Ireland +12 12 £425 -5.56% 3
Wales +5 8 £255 -49.00% 15

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 1,060 (56.84%) Java
2 1,016 (54.48%) Agile Software Development
3 851 (45.63%) AWS
4 633 (33.94%) Kubernetes
5 632 (33.89%) Azure
6 631 (33.83%) Docker
7 615 (32.98%) DevOps
8 480 (25.74%) Spring
9 453 (24.29%) Finance
10 432 (23.16%) TDD
11 405 (21.72%) Python
12 395 (21.18%) SQL
13 394 (21.13%) Jenkins
14 376 (20.16%) Web Services
15 362 (19.41%) Java 8
16 353 (18.93%) JavaScript
17 346 (18.55%) Spring Boot
18 328 (17.59%) Test Automation
19 320 (17.16%) Git (software)
20 319 (17.10%) BDD
21 314 (16.84%) Software Engineering
22 313 (16.78%) REST
23 311 (16.68%) .NET
24 308 (16.51%) C#
25 279 (14.96%) AngularJS
26 273 (14.64%) Banking
27 272 (14.58%) Security Cleared
28 257 (13.78%) Scrum
29 245 (13.14%) GCP
30 243 (13.03%) React

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 (6.54%) Confluence
2 113 (6.06%) Apache
3 67 (3.59%) Apache Spark
4 54 (2.90%) Elasticsearch
5 30 (1.61%) WebLogic
6 29 (1.55%) JBoss
6 29 (1.55%) SharePoint
7 26 (1.39%) Cloud Foundry
8 23 (1.23%) Mule
9 19 (1.02%) Red Hat Fuse
10 18 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 16 (0.86%) Tomcat
12 15 (0.80%) nginx
13 13 (0.70%) Apache Solr
14 12 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
14 12 (0.64%) WebSphere
15 7 (0.38%) MQSeries
16 6 (0.32%) Headless CMS
16 6 (0.32%) OpenStack
17 5 (0.27%) Anypoint
Applications
1 21 (1.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.21%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.054%) 3ds Max
4 1 (0.054%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.054%) Blender
4 1 (0.054%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.054%) Maya
4 1 (0.054%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.54%) SAP FI-CA
3 6 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.16%) Magento
6 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.11%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
6 2 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.11%) SAP Retail
6 2 (0.11%) Siebel CRM
7 1 (0.054%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.054%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.054%) ResourceLink
7 1 (0.054%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 851 (45.63%) AWS
2 632 (33.89%) Azure
3 245 (13.14%) GCP
4 196 (10.51%) Serverless
5 168 (9.01%) AWS Lambda
6 111 (5.95%) Amazon ECS
7 94 (5.04%) Apigee
8 71 (3.81%) AWS CloudFormation
9 69 (3.70%) Amazon S3
10 65 (3.49%) OpenShift
11 63 (3.38%) GitHub
12 59 (3.16%) PaaS
13 58 (3.11%) Amazon EC2
13 58 (3.11%) SaaS
14 57 (3.06%) Amazon EKS
15 46 (2.47%) IaaS
16 29 (1.55%) Amazon SQS
17 28 (1.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 26 (1.39%) Power Platform
19 23 (1.23%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 46 (2.47%) HTTP
2 41 (2.20%) SSL
3 36 (1.93%) Firewall
4 35 (1.88%) DNS
5 24 (1.29%) HTTPS
6 19 (1.02%) TCP/IP
6 19 (1.02%) VPN
7 17 (0.91%) Reverse Proxy
8 16 (0.86%) SNMP
8 16 (0.86%) VLAN
9 14 (0.75%) Kerberos
9 14 (0.75%) Skype
10 10 (0.54%) Internet
11 7 (0.38%) WAN
11 7 (0.38%) Wireless
12 6 (0.32%) DHCP
12 6 (0.32%) FTP
12 6 (0.32%) SSH
13 5 (0.27%) PBX
13 5 (0.27%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 239 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 215 (11.53%) MySQL
3 197 (10.56%) PostgreSQL
4 187 (10.03%) MongoDB
5 150 (8.04%) NoSQL
6 105 (5.63%) Relational Database
7 93 (4.99%) Amazon Redshift
8 70 (3.75%) Data Warehouse
9 67 (3.59%) Big Data
10 57 (3.06%) Hadoop
11 52 (2.79%) Amazon RDS
12 46 (2.47%) Oracle Database
13 41 (2.20%) Apache Cassandra
14 38 (2.04%) RDBMS
14 38 (2.04%) Redis
15 36 (1.93%) Amazon Aurora
16 31 (1.66%) Cosmos DB
17 25 (1.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 25 (1.34%) Azure SQL Database
18 23 (1.23%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 394 (21.13%) Jenkins
2 320 (17.16%) Git (software)
3 209 (11.21%) JIRA
4 162 (8.69%) GitLab
5 129 (6.92%) Maven
6 119 (6.38%) Cucumber
7 100 (5.36%) Artifactory
8 89 (4.77%) Mockito
9 86 (4.61%) JUnit
10 80 (4.29%) Selenium
11 51 (2.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 48 (2.57%) JMeter
13 47 (2.52%) Gradle
14 41 (2.20%) Subversion
15 40 (2.14%) SonarQube
16 39 (2.09%) SoapUI
17 34 (1.82%) Bitbucket
18 33 (1.77%) Cypress.io
19 31 (1.66%) Jasmine
19 31 (1.66%) REST Assured
General
1 453 (24.29%) Finance
2 273 (14.64%) Banking
3 190 (10.19%) Public Sector
4 113 (6.06%) Front Office
5 48 (2.57%) Back Office
6 32 (1.72%) Telecoms
7 30 (1.61%) Investment Banking
8 21 (1.13%) Manufacturing
8 21 (1.13%) Marketing
9 20 (1.07%) Retail
10 16 (0.86%) Financial Institution
11 12 (0.64%) Electronics
12 10 (0.54%) Games
13 8 (0.43%) Law
14 6 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.27%) Legal
15 5 (0.27%) Retail Banking
16 4 (0.21%) Corporate Banking
16 4 (0.21%) Local Government
17 3 (0.16%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,025 (54.96%) Developer
2 541 (29.01%) Java Developer
3 236 (12.65%) Architect
4 168 (9.01%) AWS Engineer
5 166 (8.90%) AWS Developer
6 164 (8.79%) Senior Developer
7 146 (7.83%) Software Engineer
8 123 (6.60%) Java Engineer
9 104 (5.58%) DevOps Engineer
10 102 (5.47%) .NET Developer
11 99 (5.31%) AWS Software Engineer
12 97 (5.20%) Full Stack Developer
13 92 (4.93%) Senior Java Developer
13 92 (4.93%) Solutions Architect
14 91 (4.88%) Developer/Software Engineer
15 77 (4.13%) Java Software Engineer
16 73 (3.91%) SQL Developer
17 69 (3.70%) C# Developer
18 67 (3.59%) Java Software Developer
19 64 (3.43%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 480 (25.74%) Spring
2 376 (20.16%) Web Services
3 346 (18.55%) Spring Boot
4 313 (16.78%) REST
5 311 (16.68%) .NET
6 279 (14.96%) AngularJS
7 243 (13.03%) React
8 204 (10.94%) RESTful
9 200 (10.72%) Node.js
10 193 (10.35%) Kafka
11 175 (9.38%) .NET Core
12 149 (7.99%) HTML
13 126 (6.76%) gRPC
14 122 (6.54%) SOAP
15 109 (5.84%) CSS
15 109 (5.84%) Swagger
16 101 (5.42%) JSON
16 101 (5.42%) OAuth
16 101 (5.42%) XML
17 84 (4.50%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 156 (8.36%) Greenfield Project
2 148 (7.94%) Hedge funds
3 86 (4.61%) Derivative
3 86 (4.61%) Fixed Income
4 71 (3.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 62 (3.32%) Equities
6 58 (3.11%) Analytical Skills
7 57 (3.06%) Cloud Native
8 44 (2.36%) Mobile App
9 38 (2.04%) Public Cloud
9 38 (2.04%) User Experience
10 29 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
11 23 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
12 21 (1.13%) Data Structures
13 19 (1.02%) Algorithms
14 18 (0.97%) Data Centre
15 17 (0.91%) Management Information System
16 15 (0.80%) PKI
16 15 (0.80%) Private Cloud
16 15 (0.80%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 240 (12.87%) Linux
2 149 (7.99%) Unix
3 83 (4.45%) Windows
4 60 (3.22%) Mac OS X
5 28 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (1.39%) Apple iOS
6 26 (1.39%) CentOS
7 22 (1.18%) Windows Server
8 18 (0.97%) Android
9 14 (0.75%) Windows 10
9 14 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
10 10 (0.54%) Debian
11 9 (0.48%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.27%) CoreOS
13 3 (0.16%) AIX
13 3 (0.16%) VMS
14 2 (0.11%) Fedora
14 2 (0.11%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.054%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,016 (54.48%) Agile Software Development
2 615 (32.98%) DevOps
3 432 (23.16%) TDD
4 328 (17.59%) Test Automation
5 319 (17.10%) BDD
6 314 (16.84%) Software Engineering
7 257 (13.78%) Scrum
8 239 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
9 176 (9.44%) Asset Management
10 167 (8.95%) Continuous Delivery
11 158 (8.47%) Investment Management
12 147 (7.88%) Open Source
13 146 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
14 144 (7.72%) Pair Programming
15 142 (7.61%) Migration
16 129 (6.92%) Mentoring
17 115 (6.17%) Infrastructure as Code
18 114 (6.11%) Fintech
18 114 (6.11%) OO
19 110 (5.90%) Continuous Deployment
Programming Languages
1 1,060 (56.84%) Java
2 405 (21.72%) Python
3 395 (21.18%) SQL
4 362 (19.41%) Java 8
5 353 (18.93%) JavaScript
6 308 (16.51%) C#
7 118 (6.33%) Scala
8 91 (4.88%) TypeScript
9 83 (4.45%) Kotlin
10 80 (4.29%) Bash Shell
11 75 (4.02%) Go
12 50 (2.68%) PowerShell
13 41 (2.20%) PL/SQL
14 34 (1.82%) Ruby
15 31 (1.66%) C++
16 29 (1.55%) T-SQL
17 28 (1.50%) Perl
18 27 (1.45%) PHP
19 23 (1.23%) R
20 19 (1.02%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 272 (14.58%) Security Cleared
2 207 (11.10%) SC Cleared
3 48 (2.57%) Degree
4 45 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
5 37 (1.98%) DV Cleared
6 33 (1.77%) Computer Science Degree
6 33 (1.77%) Sun Certification
7 29 (1.55%) ISTQB
8 26 (1.39%) ISEB
9 24 (1.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 19 (1.02%) Master's Degree
11 15 (0.80%) DBS Check
12 12 (0.64%) AWS Certification
13 8 (0.43%) Novell Certification
13 8 (0.43%) OCPJP
14 4 (0.21%) TOGAF Certification
15 2 (0.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 1 (0.054%) ISEB Practitioner
16 1 (0.054%) OCP
16 1 (0.054%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (4.34%) QA
2 14 (0.75%) Data Quality
3 10 (0.54%) GDPR
4 8 (0.43%) WCAG
5 7 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.32%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.27%) COBIT
8 4 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.21%) SLA
9 3 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.11%) NCSC
10 2 (0.11%) PMO
11 1 (0.054%) Basel III
11 1 (0.054%) HL7
11 1 (0.054%) MiFID
11 1 (0.054%) NIST
11 1 (0.054%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 631 (33.83%) Docker
2 41 (2.20%) Active Directory
3 23 (1.23%) HDFS
4 18 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
5 17 (0.91%) vSphere
6 7 (0.38%) LXC
7 5 (0.27%) Postfix
7 5 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.16%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.11%) KVM
9 2 (0.11%) NDS
9 2 (0.11%) NFS
9 2 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.11%) zsh
10 1 (0.054%) GFS2
10 1 (0.054%) Samba
10 1 (0.054%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 633 (33.94%) Kubernetes
2 218 (11.69%) Terraform
3 133 (7.13%) Ansible
4 68 (3.65%) Prometheus
5 43 (2.31%) Puppet
6 38 (2.04%) Grafana
7 34 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
8 24 (1.29%) Packer
9 19 (1.02%) Kibana
9 19 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
10 16 (0.86%) ZABBIX
10 16 (0.86%) Zipkin
11 11 (0.59%) Istio
12 7 (0.38%) Rancher
13 6 (0.32%) Consul
13 6 (0.32%) PingFederate
13 6 (0.32%) Salt
14 5 (0.27%) logstash
15 4 (0.21%) Data Guard
15 4 (0.21%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 224 (12.01%) Oracle
2 168 (9.01%) Google
3 127 (6.81%) Microsoft
4 64 (3.43%) MuleSoft
5 54 (2.90%) Splunk
6 53 (2.84%) SAP
7 32 (1.72%) Atlassian
8 30 (1.61%) Sybase
9 27 (1.45%) AppDynamics
10 26 (1.39%) Red Hat
11 23 (1.23%) Dell
11 23 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
12 22 (1.18%) IBM
13 21 (1.13%) webMethods
14 20 (1.07%) VMware
15 19 (1.02%) Databricks
16 15 (0.80%) Cloudera
17 14 (0.75%) EMC
18 12 (0.64%) Confluent
19 11 (0.59%) Cisco