Period
to 21 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Middleware skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Middleware over the 6 months to 21 January 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.

Middleware
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 291 180 208
Rank change year-on-year -111 +28 -23
Contract jobs citing Middleware 615 1,531 1,328
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 1.55% 1.34%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 2.80% 4.53% 4.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 932 909
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.44% +10.81%
10th Percentile £363 £360 £365
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 21 8
UK median hourly rate £48.42 £58.75 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.58% +34.29% -2.78%
10th Percentile £31.25 £43.00 £38.85
90th Percentile £55.00 £68.75 £56.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.41 £58.75 £42.50
% change year-on-year -19.30% +38.24% -15.00%

Middleware is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 21,933 33,768 31,684
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.09% 34.17% 32.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,081 23,763 22,616
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £461
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.16% +3.04% +8.47%
10th Percentile £330 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 293 328
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.53 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% +3.83% -
10th Percentile £18.78 £17.70 £18.50
90th Percentile £78.75 £60.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £41.53 £40.00
% change year-on-year -1.28% +3.83% +5.26%

Middleware
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Middleware as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Middleware.

Contractor daily rate trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Middleware over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Middleware.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Middleware over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Middleware within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 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 -117 565 £525 - 199
UK excluding London -115 357 £500 - 125
London -61 245 £536 -2.64% 86
South East -59 114 £500 +1.27% 45
North of England -3 80 £468 +1.08% 26
South West -50 71 £525 +5.00% 18
North West -6 49 £490 +5.95% 21
East of England -52 31 £610 +16.19% 11
Scotland +11 30 £450 - 6
Yorkshire +34 29 £425 -15.00% 5
Midlands -91 22 £423 -15.50% 13
East Midlands -1 16 £400 -23.08% 4
Wales +11 6 £500 +5.26% 6
West Midlands -80 6 £600 +20.30% 9
Northern Ireland +5 4 £425 +30.77%
North East 0 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Middleware 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 Middleware.

1 189 (30.73%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (28.62%) Java
3 154 (25.04%) Oracle
4 146 (23.74%) SQL
5 139 (22.60%) Linux
6 137 (22.28%) Finance
7 118 (19.19%) Security Cleared
8 108 (17.56%) Windows
9 105 (17.07%) SOA
9 105 (17.07%) DevOps
10 93 (15.12%) SC Cleared
11 89 (14.47%) Web Services
12 85 (13.82%) Python
13 78 (12.68%) Unix
14 77 (12.52%) .NET
14 77 (12.52%) Microsoft
14 77 (12.52%) Migration
15 74 (12.03%) REST
16 72 (11.71%) Jenkins
16 72 (11.71%) SQL Server
17 69 (11.22%) XML
17 69 (11.22%) AWS
18 66 (10.73%) Oracle Fusion
19 65 (10.57%) JSON
19 65 (10.57%) TDD
20 64 (10.41%) Microservices
21 63 (10.24%) Azure
21 63 (10.24%) JavaScript
22 62 (10.08%) SOAP
22 62 (10.08%) Analytical Skills

Middleware
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 60 (9.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 47 (7.64%) WebLogic
3 36 (5.85%) Apache
3 36 (5.85%) JBoss
4 35 (5.69%) Oracle Service Bus
4 35 (5.69%) Tomcat
5 30 (4.88%) WebSphere
6 22 (3.58%) Mule
7 20 (3.25%) Confluence
8 19 (3.09%) Red Hat Fuse
9 16 (2.60%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (1.79%) Oracle Workflow
10 11 (1.79%) WebSphere Application Server
11 9 (1.46%) nginx
12 8 (1.30%) IIS
13 6 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
14 5 (0.81%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 3 (0.49%) Apache ServiceMix
15 3 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
15 3 (0.49%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 18 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.65%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 13 (2.11%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (1.79%) Oracle BPM
3 10 (1.63%) ION MarketView
4 7 (1.14%) Oracle Financials
4 7 (1.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 5 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.81%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.65%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.65%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.49%) BusinessWorks
7 3 (0.49%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.49%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.33%) Oracle Assets
8 2 (0.33%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.33%) Oracle FAH
8 2 (0.33%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 2 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.33%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 69 (11.22%) AWS
2 63 (10.24%) Azure
3 35 (5.69%) GitHub
4 25 (4.07%) PaaS
5 15 (2.44%) OpenShift
5 15 (2.44%) SaaS
6 13 (2.11%) Serverless
7 10 (1.63%) AWS Lambda
7 10 (1.63%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (1.46%) IaaS
9 8 (1.30%) GCP
10 7 (1.14%) Amazon S3
10 7 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
10 7 (1.14%) Power Platform
11 5 (0.81%) Office 365
12 4 (0.65%) Boomi
12 4 (0.65%) iPaaS
12 4 (0.65%) Twilio
13 3 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.49%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 25 (4.07%) HTTP
2 18 (2.93%) Firewall
2 18 (2.93%) TCP/IP
3 15 (2.44%) FTP
3 15 (2.44%) SAN
3 15 (2.44%) SSL
4 13 (2.11%) AMQP
5 10 (1.63%) DNS
6 9 (1.46%) LAN
7 8 (1.30%) DHCP
7 8 (1.30%) WAN
8 5 (0.81%) HTTPS
8 5 (0.81%) VoIP
9 4 (0.65%) CTI
9 4 (0.65%) DMZ
9 4 (0.65%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.65%) Internet
9 4 (0.65%) SMTP
9 4 (0.65%) Unified Communications
10 3 (0.49%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (11.71%) SQL Server
2 45 (7.32%) Oracle Database
3 31 (5.04%) PostgreSQL
4 27 (4.39%) NoSQL
5 25 (4.07%) Big Data
6 22 (3.58%) Relational Database
7 21 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
8 17 (2.76%) Oracle Database 11g
9 16 (2.60%) Oracle ODI
9 16 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 12 (1.95%) DB2
10 12 (1.95%) MySQL
11 10 (1.63%) Oracle Database 12c
11 10 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
12 9 (1.46%) DataStage
12 9 (1.46%) Informix
12 9 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
12 9 (1.46%) QualityStage
13 8 (1.30%) IBM InfoSphere
14 7 (1.14%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 72 (11.71%) Jenkins
2 57 (9.27%) Git (software)
3 52 (8.46%) JIRA
4 23 (3.74%) NUnit
5 21 (3.41%) Cucumber
6 20 (3.25%) JUnit
7 15 (2.44%) Eclipse
8 14 (2.28%) GitLab
8 14 (2.28%) Selenium
8 14 (2.28%) SpecFlow
9 13 (2.11%) Maven
10 10 (1.63%) IntelliJ
10 10 (1.63%) Oracle Forms
11 9 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (1.30%) Subversion
12 8 (1.30%) Vagrant
13 6 (0.98%) JBehave
13 6 (0.98%) SoapUI
13 6 (0.98%) WebDriver
14 5 (0.81%) Jasmine
General
1 137 (22.28%) Finance
2 49 (7.97%) Public Sector
3 46 (7.48%) Banking
4 33 (5.37%) Telecoms
5 25 (4.07%) Manufacturing
5 25 (4.07%) Retail
6 22 (3.58%) Electronics
6 22 (3.58%) Marketing
7 15 (2.44%) Front Office
8 6 (0.98%) Back Office
8 6 (0.98%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.81%) Law
10 4 (0.65%) Automotive
10 4 (0.65%) Legal
11 3 (0.49%) French Language
11 3 (0.49%) German Language
11 3 (0.49%) Publishing
11 3 (0.49%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.49%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.33%) Military
Job Titles
1 210 (34.15%) Developer
2 125 (20.33%) Architect
3 62 (10.08%) Java Developer
4 38 (6.18%) Solutions Architect
5 34 (5.53%) Administrator
6 28 (4.55%) Analyst
7 27 (4.39%) Oracle Developer
8 25 (4.07%) Integration Developer
9 22 (3.58%) Technical Architect
10 19 (3.09%) .NET Developer
11 18 (2.93%) Consultant
12 17 (2.76%) Senior Developer
13 16 (2.60%) Middleware Developer
13 16 (2.60%) Middleware Engineer
14 15 (2.44%) C# Developer
14 15 (2.44%) Integration Architect
15 13 (2.11%) DevOps Engineer
15 13 (2.11%) Infrastructure Architect
15 13 (2.11%) Tester
16 12 (1.95%) NoSQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (14.47%) Web Services
2 77 (12.52%) .NET
3 74 (12.03%) REST
4 69 (11.22%) XML
5 66 (10.73%) Oracle Fusion
6 65 (10.57%) JSON
7 62 (10.08%) SOAP
8 41 (6.67%) RabbitMQ
9 40 (6.50%) AngularJS
9 40 (6.50%) Node.js
10 39 (6.34%) Spring
11 36 (5.85%) RESTful
12 25 (4.07%) Kafka
13 24 (3.90%) Apache Camel
13 24 (3.90%) React
14 23 (3.74%) JMS
15 22 (3.58%) Express
16 21 (3.41%) HTML
16 21 (3.41%) J2EE
17 16 (2.60%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 62 (10.08%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.58%) Management Information System
3 20 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
4 17 (2.76%) Virtual Team
5 16 (2.60%) Derivative
5 16 (2.60%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (2.44%) Data Centre
7 14 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.95%) Clustering
8 12 (1.95%) Linux Command Line
9 11 (1.79%) PKI
10 10 (1.63%) IVR
10 10 (1.63%) Mobile Banking
11 9 (1.46%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.46%) Mobile App
12 8 (1.30%) EPoS
12 8 (1.30%) Private Cloud
13 7 (1.14%) Data Structures
13 7 (1.14%) DataPower
13 7 (1.14%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 139 (22.60%) Linux
2 108 (17.56%) Windows
3 78 (12.68%) Unix
4 39 (6.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 35 (5.69%) Windows Server
6 7 (1.14%) Solaris
6 7 (1.14%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.81%) Android
8 4 (0.65%) AIX
8 4 (0.65%) CentOS
9 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.33%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.33%) HPUX
10 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Linux
10 2 (0.33%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.33%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.16%) MVS
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (30.73%) Agile Software Development
2 105 (17.07%) DevOps
2 105 (17.07%) SOA
3 77 (12.52%) Migration
4 65 (10.57%) TDD
5 64 (10.41%) Microservices
6 58 (9.43%) Scrum
7 57 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
8 54 (8.78%) Problem-Solving
9 51 (8.29%) ITIL
10 50 (8.13%) Test Automation
11 48 (7.80%) SDLC
12 43 (6.99%) Performance Tuning
13 42 (6.83%) Project Management
14 41 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
14 41 (6.67%) Project Delivery
15 37 (6.02%) Enterprise Architecture
16 36 (5.85%) Data Integration
17 34 (5.53%) High Availability
17 34 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 176 (28.62%) Java
2 146 (23.74%) SQL
3 85 (13.82%) Python
4 63 (10.24%) JavaScript
5 61 (9.92%) C#
6 31 (5.04%) Shell Script
7 29 (4.72%) C
8 28 (4.55%) C++
9 24 (3.90%) PL/SQL
10 23 (3.74%) Bash Shell
11 22 (3.58%) PowerShell
12 21 (3.41%) Perl
13 16 (2.60%) T-SQL
14 12 (1.95%) Java 8
14 12 (1.95%) Ruby
15 11 (1.79%) F#
16 8 (1.30%) TypeScript
17 6 (0.98%) Groovy
17 6 (0.98%) Korn
18 5 (0.81%) XPath
Qualifications
1 118 (19.19%) Security Cleared
2 93 (15.12%) SC Cleared
3 34 (5.53%) Degree
4 25 (4.07%) DV Cleared
5 12 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (0.98%) CISM
7 6 (0.98%) CISSP
7 6 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (0.81%) HNC
8 5 (0.81%) Numerate Degree
9 4 (0.65%) AWS Certification
9 4 (0.65%) CISA
9 4 (0.65%) PMP
9 4 (0.65%) SANS
10 3 (0.49%) CCNA
10 3 (0.49%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.33%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.79%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 6 (0.98%) GDPR
3 6 (0.98%) QA
4 5 (0.81%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.81%) SLA
5 3 (0.49%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.49%) RMADS
6 2 (0.33%) HL7
7 1 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.16%) BS7799
7 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.16%) GAMP
7 1 (0.16%) GxP
7 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 51 (8.29%) Docker
2 39 (6.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (3.58%) Active Directory
4 12 (1.95%) Oracle RAC
4 12 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (1.46%) NFS
6 8 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.98%) XenApp
8 4 (0.65%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.65%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 4 (0.65%) VirtualBox
9 3 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.49%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.33%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 2 (0.33%) vSphere
10 2 (0.33%) Xen
11 1 (0.16%) HDFS
11 1 (0.16%) iptables
11 1 (0.16%) KVM
Systems Management
1 52 (8.46%) Ansible
2 28 (4.55%) Puppet
3 26 (4.23%) Kubernetes
4 18 (2.93%) Terraform
5 16 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (1.95%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 11 (1.79%) Data Guard
8 9 (1.46%) Oracle RMAN
9 8 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.98%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
10 6 (0.98%) logstash
11 5 (0.81%) Packer
11 5 (0.81%) Tivoli
12 4 (0.65%) Consul
12 4 (0.65%) Grafana
12 4 (0.65%) Oracle Identity Management
12 4 (0.65%) Red Hat Satellite
12 4 (0.65%) vRealize
12 4 (0.65%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 3 (0.49%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 154 (25.04%) Oracle
2 77 (12.52%) Microsoft
3 54 (8.78%) IBM
4 46 (7.48%) VMware
5 45 (7.32%) Red Hat
6 32 (5.20%) SAP
7 24 (3.90%) TIBCO
8 22 (3.58%) MuleSoft
9 21 (3.41%) Citrix
10 19 (3.09%) HP
11 15 (2.44%) Google
12 14 (2.28%) Cisco
13 13 (2.11%) Teradata
14 12 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
14 12 (1.95%) WSO2
15 10 (1.63%) ION Trading
16 8 (1.30%) Sparx
17 6 (0.98%) Ab Initio
17 6 (0.98%) Axway
17 6 (0.98%) F5