Period
to 18 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Observability skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Observability over the 6 months to 18 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Observability
UK
6 months to
18 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 611 869 1086
Rank change year-on-year +258 +217 +130
Permanent jobs citing Observability 239 99 45
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.090% 0.030%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.098% 0.033%
Number of salaries quoted 128 81 34
10th Percentile £50,000 £52,500 "
25th Percentile £62,188 £60,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £75,000 £75,000 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year - +87.50% -55.56%
75th Percentile £102,500 £92,500 £67,500
90th Percentile £105,000 £97,500 £83,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £90,000 £60,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +50.00% +50.00% -

Observability is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 77,836 101,458 137,235
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.47% 92.19% 92.32%
Number of salaries quoted 59,831 81,520 109,029
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.95% +5.56% -

Observability
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Observability in the UK

Observability
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Observability.

Salary trend for Observability in the UK

Observability
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Observability over the 6 months to 18 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Observability in the UK

Observability
Top 10 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Observability within the UK over the 6 months to 18 April 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +244 219 £80,000 +6.67% 32
London +224 181 £77,500 -6.06% 15
UK excluding London +97 46 £90,000 +50.00% 17
Work from Home -89 40 £62,500 +13.64% 5
South West +38 25 £90,000 +5.88% 2
Scotland - 14 - - 1
East of England +53 4 £51,000 -26.09% 1
Midlands +35 3 £47,500 -26.92% 3
East Midlands - 2 - - 2
West Midlands +17 1 £47,500 -26.92% 1

For the 6 months to 18 April 2021, IT jobs citing Observability also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Observability.

1 159 (66.53%) AWS
2 138 (57.74%) DevOps
3 135 (56.49%) Kubernetes
4 118 (49.37%) Microservices
5 107 (44.77%) Docker
5 107 (44.77%) Python
6 98 (41.00%) Terraform
7 89 (37.24%) Infrastructure as Code
8 80 (33.47%) Site Reliability Engineering
9 78 (32.64%) Prometheus
10 71 (29.71%) Finance
11 66 (27.62%) Agile Software Development
12 64 (26.78%) Grafana
13 62 (25.94%) Java
14 59 (24.69%) NoSQL
15 56 (23.43%) Software Engineering
16 55 (23.01%) Cloud Native
17 54 (22.59%) Mentoring
17 54 (22.59%) Linux
18 53 (22.18%) Serverless
19 52 (21.76%) C#
20 51 (21.34%) SQL Server
21 50 (20.92%) .NET
21 50 (20.92%) Kafka
21 50 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
22 47 (19.67%) Azure
22 47 (19.67%) Amazon ECS
23 46 (19.25%) Web Services
24 44 (18.41%) Performance Tuning
25 42 (17.57%) Go

Observability
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 30 (12.55%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (2.09%) Confluence
3 2 (0.84%) SugarCRM
4 1 (0.42%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.42%) WordPress
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 159 (66.53%) AWS
2 53 (22.18%) Serverless
3 47 (19.67%) Amazon ECS
3 47 (19.67%) Azure
4 37 (15.48%) Amazon EKS
5 29 (12.13%) GCP
6 23 (9.62%) SaaS
7 20 (8.37%) AWS CloudFormation
8 14 (5.86%) Datadog
9 13 (5.44%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (4.60%) AWS Fargate
11 10 (4.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 10 (4.18%) GitHub
11 10 (4.18%) PaaS
12 9 (3.77%) IaaS
13 7 (2.93%) AWS Lambda
14 5 (2.09%) Kong
14 5 (2.09%) Slack
15 4 (1.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
16 3 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.09%) DNS
2 4 (1.67%) HTTP
3 3 (1.26%) DSL
4 2 (0.84%) 5G
5 1 (0.42%) AMQP
5 1 (0.42%) SSL
5 1 (0.42%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (24.69%) NoSQL
2 51 (21.34%) SQL Server
3 40 (16.74%) MongoDB
4 29 (12.13%) SQL Server 2017
5 27 (11.30%) PostgreSQL
5 27 (11.30%) Redis
5 27 (11.30%) Relational Database
6 23 (9.62%) MySQL
7 13 (5.44%) OLTP
8 12 (5.02%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (1.26%) Big Data
9 3 (1.26%) BigQuery
9 3 (1.26%) Tableau
10 2 (0.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.84%) InfluxDB
10 2 (0.84%) MariaDB
10 2 (0.84%) ObjectStore
11 1 (0.42%) Bigtable
11 1 (0.42%) Cloud Spanner
Development Applications
1 39 (16.32%) GitLab
2 30 (12.55%) Artifactory
3 25 (10.46%) Jenkins
4 18 (7.53%) Git (software)
5 10 (4.18%) Selenium
6 8 (3.35%) JIRA
7 5 (2.09%) Maven
8 4 (1.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (1.67%) Cucumber
8 4 (1.67%) IBM UrbanCode
8 4 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (1.67%) TeamCity
8 4 (1.67%) Travis CI
9 3 (1.26%) webpack
10 2 (0.84%) Terragrunt
11 1 (0.42%) Gerrit
11 1 (0.42%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 71 (29.71%) Finance
2 16 (6.69%) Marketing
3 14 (5.86%) Banking
4 12 (5.02%) Games
5 11 (4.60%) Retail
6 8 (3.35%) Advertising
7 4 (1.67%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.67%) Legal
7 4 (1.67%) Public Sector
7 4 (1.67%) Retail Banking
7 4 (1.67%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.26%) Law
9 2 (0.84%) Billing
9 2 (0.84%) Electronics
9 2 (0.84%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.42%) Back Office
10 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 67 (28.03%) Site Engineer
1 67 (28.03%) Site Reliability Engineer
2 48 (20.08%) Developer
3 35 (14.64%) DevOps Engineer
4 33 (13.81%) AWS Engineer
5 28 (11.72%) Python Engineer
6 17 (7.11%) C# Developer
7 15 (6.28%) Senior Developer
8 14 (5.86%) DBA
9 13 (5.44%) Administrator
9 13 (5.44%) AWS Administrator
9 13 (5.44%) Cloud Administrator
9 13 (5.44%) Software Engineer
9 13 (5.44%) Systems Engineer
10 12 (5.02%) AWS DevOps
10 12 (5.02%) RF Engineer
11 11 (4.60%) Consultant
11 11 (4.60%) DevOps Administrator
11 11 (4.60%) DevOps Consultant
12 7 (2.93%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (20.92%) .NET
1 50 (20.92%) Kafka
2 46 (19.25%) Web Services
3 31 (12.97%) React
4 29 (12.13%) Node.js
5 24 (10.04%) AngularJS
6 23 (9.62%) WCF
7 21 (8.79%) WPF
8 14 (5.86%) Redux
9 13 (5.44%) RabbitMQ
9 13 (5.44%) REST
10 12 (5.02%) Elastic Stack
11 11 (4.60%) MEAN Stack
11 11 (4.60%) Vue.js
12 10 (4.18%) .NET Core
13 8 (3.35%) .NET Framework
13 8 (3.35%) gRPC
13 8 (3.35%) Protocol Buffers
13 8 (3.35%) Serverless Framework
14 7 (2.93%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 55 (23.01%) Cloud Native
2 33 (13.81%) Greenfield Project
3 25 (10.46%) User Experience
4 19 (7.95%) Public Cloud
5 18 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
6 16 (6.69%) Mobile App
7 14 (5.86%) CMDB
7 14 (5.86%) Data Centre
7 14 (5.86%) EPoS
8 11 (4.60%) Blog
9 8 (3.35%) Digital Media
10 6 (2.51%) Hybrid Cloud
11 5 (2.09%) Self-Motivation
12 4 (1.67%) Fixed Income
12 4 (1.67%) Life Science
12 4 (1.67%) PKI
13 2 (0.84%) Algorithms
13 2 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
14 1 (0.42%) Data Structures
14 1 (0.42%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 54 (22.59%) Linux
2 19 (7.95%) Windows
3 4 (1.67%) Unix
4 1 (0.42%) Android
4 1 (0.42%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.42%) VMS
4 1 (0.42%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (57.74%) DevOps
2 118 (49.37%) Microservices
3 89 (37.24%) Infrastructure as Code
4 80 (33.47%) Site Reliability Engineering
5 66 (27.62%) Agile Software Development
6 56 (23.43%) Software Engineering
7 54 (22.59%) Mentoring
8 50 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
9 44 (18.41%) Performance Tuning
10 41 (17.15%) Deployment Automation
11 38 (15.90%) Continuous Delivery
11 38 (15.90%) Continuous Improvement
12 37 (15.48%) Systems Engineering
13 36 (15.06%) Configuration Management
13 36 (15.06%) Machine Learning
14 30 (12.55%) Infrastructure Automation
15 29 (12.13%) Coaching
15 29 (12.13%) Data Science
15 29 (12.13%) Disaster Recovery
15 29 (12.13%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 107 (44.77%) Python
2 62 (25.94%) Java
3 52 (21.76%) C#
4 42 (17.57%) Go
5 33 (13.81%) Bash Shell
5 33 (13.81%) JavaScript
6 27 (11.30%) SQL
7 20 (8.37%) TypeScript
8 10 (4.18%) C++
9 7 (2.93%) Ruby
10 6 (2.51%) C
10 6 (2.51%) PHP
10 6 (2.51%) Shell Script
11 4 (1.67%) PowerShell
11 4 (1.67%) Rust
12 3 (1.26%) Scala
13 1 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 29 (12.13%) Security Cleared
2 16 (6.69%) DV Cleared
3 13 (5.44%) SC Cleared
4 8 (3.35%) Degree
5 6 (2.51%) AWS Certification
5 6 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.84%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.35%) PSD2
1 8 (3.35%) QA
2 3 (1.26%) SLA
System Software
1 107 (44.77%) Docker
2 4 (1.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.84%) Ceph
3 2 (0.84%) NFS
4 1 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.42%) Xen
Systems Management
1 135 (56.49%) Kubernetes
2 98 (41.00%) Terraform
3 78 (32.64%) Prometheus
4 64 (26.78%) Grafana
5 30 (12.55%) Ansible
6 21 (8.79%) ZABBIX
7 18 (7.53%) Puppet
8 14 (5.86%) Kibana
9 13 (5.44%) Opscode Chef
10 10 (4.18%) logstash
11 7 (2.93%) Nagios
12 5 (2.09%) Rancher
13 4 (1.67%) Istio
14 2 (0.84%) Graylog
14 2 (0.84%) Icinga
15 1 (0.42%) Salt
Vendors
1 25 (10.46%) Charles River
2 19 (7.95%) Microsoft
3 18 (7.53%) PagerDuty
4 15 (6.28%) Google
5 14 (5.86%) Twitter
6 10 (4.18%) AppDynamics
7 8 (3.35%) Atlassian
7 8 (3.35%) Splunk
8 5 (2.09%) VMware
9 4 (1.67%) New Relic
10 2 (0.84%) Cisco
10 2 (0.84%) Dell
10 2 (0.84%) EMC
10 2 (0.84%) HP
10 2 (0.84%) NetApp
10 2 (0.84%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.84%) SAP
11 1 (0.42%) Apple
11 1 (0.42%) Oracle