Many organisations are looking to build a more cloud-centric foundation. Companies are looking to adopt multi-cloud approaches and support cloud-agnostic applications. While AWS is still the market leader, Azure and GCP are witnessing major growth.

There is strong demand for engineers with more than one cloud experience. Migrating from a monolithic architecture to microservices and containerized architecture is a major trend. Many businesses are undergoing digital transformation/ greenfield migration projects. Docker and Kubernetes are key skills in this area.

As companies move towards multi-cloud environments, management of these systems becomes more complex and fully automated configuration management tools like Ansible, Chef, Salt, Kickstart and Puppet are key. Ansible and Terraform are the main automation tools that companies look for.

Companies look for candidates with deep knowledge and experience of DevOps and CI/CD best practices. Contract roles are huge in the market at the moment (mainly focusing on digital transformation or cloud migration projects). Many companies are also looking to establish tech centres of excellence with DevOps consultant type roles becoming more common.

The demand for Azure as a cloud tech has grown massively. It is a very competitive space overall with candidates becoming more comfortable making moves now than in Q1.

Passive candidates who have been in their current role for 3+ years are more open to making a change and hearing about new opportunities. This is very much a candidate-driven market.

Salaries have stayed the same as that observed in 2020.

All types of companies are hiring – small, midsize and large. The larger companies have a slight advantage at attracting candidates as they generally offer substantial packages and benefits.

The move towards multi-cloud approaches and the growth in demand for cloud experience other than AWS (particularly Azure) stands out this quarter.


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