Period
to 2 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 2 March 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 61 42 32
Rank change year-on-year -19 -10 +100
Contract jobs citing Microservices 56 141 321
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.00% 4.64% 6.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.63% 5.52% 7.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 97 194
Median daily rate £432 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.60% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £360 £375 £377
90th Percentile £550 £588 £621
England median daily rate £525 £545 £525
% change year-on-year -3.67% +3.81% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £58.00 £58.50 £57.50
% change year-on-year -0.85% +1.74% +27.78%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,544 2,553 4,388
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.61% 83.93% 87.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,124 1,605 2,797
Median daily rate £413 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +3.45% +8.61%
10th Percentile £225 £263 £281
90th Percentile £563 £600 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 100 115
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.41% -9.43% -30.00%
10th Percentile £12.98 £11.24 £10.93
90th Percentile £42.63 £43.75 £45.00
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year +23.81% -5.62% -1.11%

Microservices
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Microservices as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microservices in the West Midlands

Microservices
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microservices in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Microservices in the West Midlands

Microservices
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microservices in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 2 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microservices in the West Midlands

Microservices
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microservices within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 2 March 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
Shropshire -5 27 £428 +5.68% 2
Birmingham -26 13 £400 -20.00% 34
Coventry +30 6 £500 -2.44% 2
Warwickshire +7 1 - - 2
Staffordshire - 1 £275 - 6
Microservices
England

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microservices.

1 36 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (60.71%) Java
3 28 (50.00%) SQL
4 22 (39.29%) JSON
5 19 (33.93%) Oracle
5 19 (33.93%) Unix
6 18 (32.14%) Linux
6 18 (32.14%) WebLogic
6 18 (32.14%) RabbitMQ
7 17 (30.36%) XML
7 17 (30.36%) Spring
8 16 (28.57%) webMethods
8 16 (28.57%) Git (software)
8 16 (28.57%) Public Sector
9 15 (26.79%) Jenkins
10 14 (25.00%) Test Automation
10 14 (25.00%) MongoDB
10 14 (25.00%) DevOps
10 14 (25.00%) PL/SQL
11 13 (23.21%) Spring Boot
12 12 (21.43%) Cucumber
12 12 (21.43%) Azure
12 12 (21.43%) JIRA
13 11 (19.64%) API Testing
14 10 (17.86%) Confluence
14 10 (17.86%) Test Strategy
14 10 (17.86%) TDD
14 10 (17.86%) J2EE
15 9 (16.07%) C#
15 9 (16.07%) Windows

Microservices
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 18 (32.14%) WebLogic
2 10 (17.86%) Confluence
3 2 (3.57%) Apache
3 2 (3.57%) JBoss
3 2 (3.57%) Mule
4 1 (1.79%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.79%) CMS
4 1 (1.79%) Documentum
Applications
1 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (8.93%) SAP FI-CA
2 3 (5.36%) SAP PSCD
3 1 (1.79%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (1.79%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (1.79%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 12 (21.43%) Azure
2 7 (12.50%) Serverless
3 6 (10.71%) AWS
4 5 (8.93%) PaaS
5 4 (7.14%) Tricentis Tosca
6 3 (5.36%) Azure Functions
7 2 (3.57%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (3.57%) GCP
7 2 (3.57%) SaaS
8 1 (1.79%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (1.79%) Firebase
8 1 (1.79%) GitHub
8 1 (1.79%) OpenShift
8 1 (1.79%) Pulumi
8 1 (1.79%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.57%) VoIP
2 1 (1.79%) Internet
2 1 (1.79%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (25.00%) MongoDB
2 6 (10.71%) MySQL
2 6 (10.71%) SQL Server
3 4 (7.14%) NoSQL
4 3 (5.36%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (5.36%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.57%) Apache Hive
5 2 (3.57%) Cosmos DB
5 2 (3.57%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.79%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.79%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 16 (28.57%) Git (software)
2 15 (26.79%) Jenkins
3 12 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 12 (21.43%) JIRA
4 9 (16.07%) Maven
4 9 (16.07%) Postman
5 8 (14.29%) Selenium
5 8 (14.29%) Toad
6 6 (10.71%) SoapUI
7 5 (8.93%) JMeter
8 4 (7.14%) JUnit
9 2 (3.57%) Eclipse
9 2 (3.57%) IntelliJ
9 2 (3.57%) REST Assured
10 1 (1.79%) Ant
10 1 (1.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (1.79%) Cypress.io
10 1 (1.79%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.79%) Jasmine
10 1 (1.79%) LoadRunner
General
1 16 (28.57%) Public Sector
2 2 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (1.79%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 24 (42.86%) Developer
2 12 (21.43%) Architect
3 11 (19.64%) Java Developer
4 7 (12.50%) Analyst
4 7 (12.50%) Test Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) Automation Tester
5 4 (7.14%) Lead Developer
5 4 (7.14%) Software Architect
5 4 (7.14%) Solutions Architect
5 4 (7.14%) Tester
6 3 (5.36%) Scala Developer
6 3 (5.36%) Software Developer
7 2 (3.57%) .NET Developer
7 2 (3.57%) C# Developer
7 2 (3.57%) Integration Architect
7 2 (3.57%) Java Architect
7 2 (3.57%) Python Developer
7 2 (3.57%) QA Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (39.29%) JSON
2 18 (32.14%) RabbitMQ
3 17 (30.36%) Spring
3 17 (30.36%) XML
4 13 (23.21%) Spring Boot
5 10 (17.86%) J2EE
6 9 (16.07%) SOAP
7 8 (14.29%) Apache Camel
7 8 (14.29%) REST
7 8 (14.29%) RESTful
8 6 (10.71%) .NET
9 5 (8.93%) HTML
9 5 (8.93%) Swagger
9 5 (8.93%) Web Services
10 4 (7.14%) .NET Core
10 4 (7.14%) Gherkin
10 4 (7.14%) HTML5
10 4 (7.14%) WireMock
11 3 (5.36%) CSS
11 3 (5.36%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (3.57%) User Experience
3 1 (1.79%) Cloud Native
3 1 (1.79%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.79%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 19 (33.93%) Unix
2 18 (32.14%) Linux
3 9 (16.07%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.00%) DevOps
2 14 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (19.64%) API Testing
4 10 (17.86%) TDD
4 10 (17.86%) Test Strategy
5 9 (16.07%) API Design
5 9 (16.07%) Customer Requirements
5 9 (16.07%) Test Scripting
6 8 (14.29%) BDD
6 8 (14.29%) OO
6 8 (14.29%) Process Improvement
6 8 (14.29%) RUP
7 7 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (10.71%) Continuous Delivery
8 6 (10.71%) Integration Testing
8 6 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
9 5 (8.93%) Open Source
10 4 (7.14%) Defect Management
10 4 (7.14%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 34 (60.71%) Java
2 28 (50.00%) SQL
3 14 (25.00%) PL/SQL
4 9 (16.07%) C#
4 9 (16.07%) Java 8
5 8 (14.29%) Scala
5 8 (14.29%) Shell Script
6 5 (8.93%) Python
7 3 (5.36%) Groovy
7 3 (5.36%) Perl
8 2 (3.57%) Bash Shell
8 2 (3.57%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (16.07%) ISEB
1 9 (16.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 8 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (3.57%) Degree
3 2 (3.57%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.79%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.79%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (16.07%) QA
2 1 (1.79%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (10.71%) Docker
2 2 (3.57%) HDFS
3 1 (1.79%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 8 (14.29%) Ansible
2 5 (8.93%) Kubernetes
3 2 (3.57%) Puppet
Vendors
1 19 (33.93%) Oracle
2 16 (28.57%) webMethods
3 9 (16.07%) BEA
4 8 (14.29%) Informatica
4 8 (14.29%) WSO2
5 7 (12.50%) SAP
6 5 (8.93%) Microsoft
7 2 (3.57%) Pega
8 1 (1.79%) Adobe
8 1 (1.79%) MuleSoft
8 1 (1.79%) New Relic
8 1 (1.79%) Salesforce.com