Demand for engineers with skills relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft's Azure platform has seen the most growth in the IT jobs market over the past year, according to hosting firm Rackspace.
Cloud adoption by organisations of all sizes is picking up pace, and IT professionals who can help companies build a cloud-based services portfolio and integrate these with existing infrastructure are in high demand.
Rackspace said in a research report analysing the IT skills most in demand in the UK that vacancies relating to AWS expertise increased by 53 per cent in the past year, while jobs specifying Microsoft Azure experience increased by 75 per cent.
This rising demand for these skills is a clear indication of the growing value of both platforms, and organisations need experts to help them tailor off-the-shelf solutions and maximise the benefits of migrating to the cloud, Rackspace said.
"I expect the rise in demand for cloud-related jobs to continue as a growing number of businesses adopt a multi-cloud strategy using platforms such as Microsoft Azure, OpenStack and AWS," said Rackspace UK managing director Darren Norfolk.
"The highly competitive recruitment market for skills in these areas means that managing the platforms in-house could become more costly than it has been in the past."
At the same time, the move towards a more agile development model for applications and services is driving demand for skills in areas related to DevOps, and especially to Docker containers for building and deploying applications, Rackspace said.
Demand for professionals with Docker expertise has apparently grown by a remarkable 341 per cent during the past year. This mirrors the results of Rackspace's IT skills analysis from last year, which found that job posts seeking professionals with Docker knowledge increased almost tenfold in the preceding year.
The number of organisations explicitly seeking professionals for DevOps skills rose by 57 per cent between 2014 and 2015, with a further 53 per cent increase over the past year.
This shows that companies understand the value of DevOps and are willing to use budget to hire staff with expertise in this area, according to Rackspace.
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