Period
to 1 October 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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 174 258 175
Rank change year-on-year +84 -83 +5
Contract jobs citing Middleware 475 938 1,651
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.59% 1.07% 1.62%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 5.13% 3.42% 4.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 346 555 1,059
Median daily rate £500 £513 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% -2.38% +2.44%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £375
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £473 £490 £500
% change year-on-year -3.57% -2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 14
Median hourly rate £42.50 £46.20 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.01% +7.44% -6.52%
10th Percentile £35.00 £34.00 £32.47
90th Percentile £66.00 £59.78 £69.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £46.20 £43.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +7.44% -1.71%

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 9,256 27,419 35,745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.98% 31.30% 35.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,158 19,042 25,244
Median daily rate £495 £494 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.30% +3.89% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £338 £325
90th Percentile £688 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 306 332
Median hourly rate £35.00 £44.00 £41.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% +5.25% +4.51%
10th Percentile £23.80 £20.26 £15.24
90th Percentile £57.00 £63.75 £58.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -18.60% +4.88% +2.50%

Middleware
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Middleware over the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Middleware over the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Middleware in the UK

Middleware
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 Middleware within the UK over the 6 months to 1 October 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 +87 423 £515 -1.90% 108
London +131 242 £538 -2.27% 34
UK excluding London +58 196 £473 -3.57% 80
Work from Home -15 69 £450 -12.20% 13
South East +93 59 £477 +0.49% 19
South West +68 45 £525 -3.45% 11
East of England +32 25 £525 +2.44% 2
Midlands +58 19 £432 -17.32% 13
North of England +61 17 £395 -12.22% 29
Scotland +32 16 £425 -1.16% 3
North West +51 11 £425 -1.16% 12
West Midlands +62 10 £432 -23.20% 4
Wales +36 9 £420 -16.00% 1
East Midlands +32 9 £275 -38.89% 9
Northern Ireland +14 6 £450 - 2
Yorkshire +58 5 - - 7
North East +39 1 £300 -36.51% 10

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 210 (44.21%) Java
2 196 (41.26%) Oracle
3 162 (34.11%) Agile Software Development
4 132 (27.79%) Linux
5 124 (26.11%) SOA
6 117 (24.63%) Finance
7 107 (22.53%) Web Services
8 96 (20.21%) Unix
9 93 (19.58%) DevOps
10 92 (19.37%) SQL
11 90 (18.95%) Banking
12 86 (18.11%) Spring
13 85 (17.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 82 (17.26%) Apache Camel
15 81 (17.05%) Oracle Fusion
16 76 (16.00%) REST
17 74 (15.58%) SOAP
17 74 (15.58%) XML
18 70 (14.74%) Windows
19 67 (14.11%) Security Cleared
20 64 (13.47%) Mule
20 64 (13.47%) Public Sector
21 63 (13.26%) Azure
22 62 (13.05%) SQL Server
22 62 (13.05%) Red Hat Fuse
23 59 (12.42%) SAP
23 59 (12.42%) SC Cleared
23 59 (12.42%) Oracle Database
23 59 (12.42%) Microservices
23 59 (12.42%) Kubernetes

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 85 (17.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 64 (13.47%) Mule
3 62 (13.05%) Red Hat Fuse
4 45 (9.47%) JBoss
5 43 (9.05%) WebSphere
6 42 (8.84%) WebLogic
7 41 (8.63%) Apache
7 41 (8.63%) Oracle Service Bus
8 37 (7.79%) Confluence
9 25 (5.26%) Tomcat
10 22 (4.63%) WebSphere Application Server
11 14 (2.95%) IIS
12 10 (2.11%) BizTalk Server
13 8 (1.68%) Apache ServiceMix
13 8 (1.68%) Tuxedo
14 7 (1.47%) CMS
14 7 (1.47%) MQSeries
14 7 (1.47%) nginx
15 6 (1.26%) IBM HTTP Server
16 5 (1.05%) TPMS
Applications
1 9 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (3.37%) Oracle Applications
2 10 (2.11%) Oracle BPM
3 8 (1.68%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (1.68%) Oracle ERP
4 7 (1.47%) Documaker
5 5 (1.05%) Lawson
6 2 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.42%) Siebel CRM
6 2 (0.42%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 1 (0.21%) assyst
7 1 (0.21%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.21%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.21%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 63 (13.26%) Azure
2 54 (11.37%) AWS
3 29 (6.11%) PaaS
4 25 (5.26%) SaaS
5 24 (5.05%) Apigee
6 20 (4.21%) OpenShift
7 18 (3.79%) Boomi
8 16 (3.37%) IaaS
9 14 (2.95%) Power Platform
10 10 (2.11%) GCP
10 10 (2.11%) SuccessFactors
11 9 (1.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 9 (1.89%) iPaaS
11 9 (1.89%) Logic Apps
12 8 (1.68%) GitHub
12 8 (1.68%) Office 365
13 6 (1.26%) BlazeMeter
13 6 (1.26%) PowerApps
14 5 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 31 (6.53%) HTTP
2 30 (6.32%) Firewall
3 16 (3.37%) SSL
4 15 (3.16%) DNS
5 14 (2.95%) TCP/IP
6 9 (1.89%) Network Security
6 9 (1.89%) VPN
7 6 (1.26%) MPLS
7 6 (1.26%) WAN
8 5 (1.05%) DHCP
8 5 (1.05%) Internet
8 5 (1.05%) PBX
8 5 (1.05%) Skype
8 5 (1.05%) VoIP
8 5 (1.05%) Wireless
9 4 (0.84%) SAN
10 3 (0.63%) HTTPS
10 3 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (0.42%) Ethernet
11 2 (0.42%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (13.05%) SQL Server
2 59 (12.42%) Oracle Database
3 54 (11.37%) Relational Database
4 38 (8.00%) MySQL
5 33 (6.95%) Oracle Database 12c
6 24 (5.05%) Oracle Database 11g
7 14 (2.95%) NoSQL
8 13 (2.74%) MongoDB
9 11 (2.32%) Oracle BI EE
9 11 (2.32%) PostgreSQL
10 9 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
10 9 (1.89%) Power BI
11 8 (1.68%) Cosmos DB
11 8 (1.68%) DB2
12 7 (1.47%) Hazelcast
12 7 (1.47%) RDBMS
13 6 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
14 5 (1.05%) SAP HANA
15 4 (0.84%) Oracle Database 10g
15 4 (0.84%) Redis
Development Applications
1 52 (10.95%) Maven
2 51 (10.74%) JIRA
3 49 (10.32%) Git (software)
4 48 (10.11%) Jenkins
5 30 (6.32%) Subversion
6 20 (4.21%) Ant
7 18 (3.79%) JUnit
8 17 (3.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 14 (2.95%) Hudson
10 12 (2.53%) Cucumber
10 12 (2.53%) SoapUI
10 12 (2.53%) SonarQube
11 11 (2.32%) JMeter
12 10 (2.11%) jMock
12 10 (2.11%) LoadRunner
13 9 (1.89%) FishEye
13 9 (1.89%) TeamCity
13 9 (1.89%) Zephyr
14 8 (1.68%) Artifactory
14 8 (1.68%) Visual Studio
General
1 117 (24.63%) Finance
2 90 (18.95%) Banking
3 64 (13.47%) Public Sector
4 55 (11.58%) Front Office
5 53 (11.16%) Investment Banking
6 37 (7.79%) Telecoms
7 36 (7.58%) Manufacturing
7 36 (7.58%) Marketing
8 33 (6.95%) Electronics
9 8 (1.68%) Aerospace
10 6 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (1.05%) Advertising
11 5 (1.05%) Back Office
12 4 (0.84%) Automotive
12 4 (0.84%) Legal
12 4 (0.84%) Retail
13 2 (0.42%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.42%) French Language
13 2 (0.42%) Police
14 1 (0.21%) Games
Job Titles
1 170 (35.79%) Developer
2 111 (23.37%) Java Developer
3 86 (18.11%) Architect
4 50 (10.53%) Integration Developer
5 47 (9.89%) Senior Developer
6 43 (9.05%) Senior Java Developer
7 34 (7.16%) Solutions Architect
8 31 (6.53%) Consultant
9 30 (6.32%) Analyst
10 25 (5.26%) Administrator
11 24 (5.05%) DBA
11 24 (5.05%) Middleware Engineer
12 20 (4.21%) Senior Integration Developer
13 19 (4.00%) Oracle DBA
14 15 (3.16%) Middleware Developer
15 14 (2.95%) Business Analyst
15 14 (2.95%) Lead Developer
16 13 (2.74%) Technical Architect
17 12 (2.53%) Oracle Specialist
18 11 (2.32%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (22.53%) Web Services
2 86 (18.11%) Spring
3 82 (17.26%) Apache Camel
4 81 (17.05%) Oracle Fusion
5 76 (16.00%) REST
6 74 (15.58%) SOAP
6 74 (15.58%) XML
7 56 (11.79%) RESTful
8 50 (10.53%) JSON
9 46 (9.68%) XSLT
10 42 (8.84%) JMS
11 38 (8.00%) Spring Integration
12 28 (5.89%) HTML
12 28 (5.89%) Swagger
13 25 (5.26%) Java EE
14 24 (5.05%) .NET
15 23 (4.84%) Hibernate
15 23 (4.84%) WireMock
16 21 (4.42%) J2EE
17 18 (3.79%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 28 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (4.21%) Fixed Income
3 18 (3.79%) Enterprise Software
4 16 (3.37%) Clustering
4 16 (3.37%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.95%) DataPower
6 12 (2.53%) Data Centre
7 10 (2.11%) PKI
8 8 (1.68%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.26%) Equities
9 6 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.26%) Public Cloud
10 5 (1.05%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.05%) Cloud Native
11 4 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (0.84%) Reference Data
12 3 (0.63%) CMDB
12 3 (0.63%) Derivative
12 3 (0.63%) Replication
12 3 (0.63%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 132 (27.79%) Linux
2 96 (20.21%) Unix
3 70 (14.74%) Windows
4 20 (4.21%) Windows Server
5 14 (2.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.47%) AIX
7 6 (1.26%) Oracle Linux
7 6 (1.26%) Solaris
7 6 (1.26%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (1.05%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.63%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.42%) Android
10 2 (0.42%) CentOS
10 2 (0.42%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.42%) VME
10 2 (0.42%) VMS
11 1 (0.21%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.21%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.21%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (34.11%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (26.11%) SOA
3 93 (19.58%) DevOps
4 59 (12.42%) Microservices
5 58 (12.21%) TDD
6 57 (12.00%) Business Intelligence
7 48 (10.11%) Migration
8 46 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
8 46 (9.68%) SDLC
9 45 (9.47%) OO
9 45 (9.47%) Scrum
10 40 (8.42%) High Availability
11 39 (8.21%) Test Automation
12 38 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
13 36 (7.58%) Performance Tuning
14 35 (7.37%) Programme Management
15 33 (6.95%) Digital Marketing
16 32 (6.74%) Stakeholder Management
17 31 (6.53%) Unit Testing
18 30 (6.32%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 210 (44.21%) Java
2 92 (19.37%) SQL
3 34 (7.16%) Shell Script
4 32 (6.74%) Python
5 31 (6.53%) PL/SQL
6 27 (5.68%) XPath
7 25 (5.26%) Perl
8 22 (4.63%) JavaScript
9 20 (4.21%) C#
9 20 (4.21%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
10 18 (3.79%) Java 8
11 17 (3.58%) C++
11 17 (3.58%) PowerShell
12 12 (2.53%) Groovy
13 11 (2.32%) C
14 10 (2.11%) Bash Shell
15 9 (1.89%) COBOL
16 5 (1.05%) VBScript
17 4 (0.84%) AWK
17 4 (0.84%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 67 (14.11%) Security Cleared
2 59 (12.42%) SC Cleared
3 22 (4.63%) Degree
4 10 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (1.89%) DV Cleared
6 7 (1.47%) ISEB
6 7 (1.47%) ISTQB
7 5 (1.05%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.05%) CISSP
7 5 (1.05%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.84%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 4 (0.84%) CCSP
8 4 (0.84%) GCED
8 4 (0.84%) GCIA
8 4 (0.84%) GCIH
8 4 (0.84%) GIAC
8 4 (0.84%) GISF
8 4 (0.84%) GPPA
8 4 (0.84%) GSEC
8 4 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.79%) QA
2 6 (1.26%) GDPR
2 6 (1.26%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.05%) COBIT
3 5 (1.05%) NCSC
4 4 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (0.63%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.63%) PMO
5 3 (0.63%) SLA
6 2 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.21%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.21%) MiFID
System Software
1 52 (10.95%) Docker
2 30 (6.32%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.47%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.26%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.84%) Firmware
5 4 (0.84%) NFS
5 4 (0.84%) vSphere
6 2 (0.42%) Varnish
6 2 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.21%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.21%) XenApp
7 1 (0.21%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 59 (12.42%) Kubernetes
2 20 (4.21%) Ansible
3 15 (3.16%) Data Guard
3 15 (3.16%) Puppet
4 10 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.47%) Oracle RMAN
6 5 (1.05%) Grafana
6 5 (1.05%) Terraform
7 4 (0.84%) Consul
7 4 (0.84%) logstash
7 4 (0.84%) Nagios
7 4 (0.84%) Nessus
7 4 (0.84%) Nmap
7 4 (0.84%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 4 (0.84%) Oracle ZFS
7 4 (0.84%) QRadar
8 3 (0.63%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.63%) Forum Sentry
8 3 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
8 3 (0.63%) Kibana
Vendors
1 196 (41.26%) Oracle
2 59 (12.42%) SAP
3 40 (8.42%) IBM
4 34 (7.16%) Microsoft
5 32 (6.74%) MuleSoft
5 32 (6.74%) WSO2
6 28 (5.89%) Talend
7 23 (4.84%) Splunk
8 20 (4.21%) Dell
8 20 (4.21%) Sybase
9 18 (3.79%) Red Hat
10 14 (2.95%) Atlassian
10 14 (2.95%) TIBCO
11 12 (2.53%) Google
11 12 (2.53%) Salesforce.com
12 11 (2.32%) VMware
13 10 (2.11%) Cisco
13 10 (2.11%) webMethods
14 9 (1.89%) Axway
14 9 (1.89%) Murex