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DevOps – enterprises embracing collaborative culture as demand for engineers soars

24/05/2016 by Sharon Shahzad

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DevOps and the practice of adopting an agile relationship between Development and IT Operations to improve communication and collaboration while driving business value is becoming increasingly popular among leading enterprises. A study by 451 Research shows that 40 per cent of infrastructure firms are already making use of DevOps in their organisations, while demand for talented IT technicians with this skillset is soaring in the UK and across Europe.

DevOps is fast becoming a core component of digital transformation and IT architecture due to its focus on bringing IT operations and software developers closer so they can build, test and release products in harmony in a more reliable, cost effective and quicker way. Corporations that are embracing DevOps, and building a culture centred on it, are seeing huge benefits, including more stable operating environments, optimised delivery of software features – and ultimately better quality products. This is also improving the end-user experience as the DevOps model supports faster problem solving and a conveyor belt of software delivery.

In order to implement DevOps, organisations need business-wide attention and investment from standard IT workers to top-rank executives. They should also focus on the three pillars of DevOps, culture, automation and measurement. Cloud-based development platform Wix.com has revealed that its decision to move to DevOps six years ago was revelatory and has enabled them to deploy at much faster rates, implement changes rapidly and create an environment where both developers and IT workers grow and flourish.

The rise of DevOps is also providing both permanent employees and contractors with a wealth of opportunities. In the UK, the demand for DevOps engineers has been an upward curve since the middle of 2015 and has grown by more than 1.5 per cent each month from January 2016. Engineers are now demanding a median hourly rate of £55, which is significantly up on the £42.50 rate for the three months leading up to May in 2014. Kent has the highest median contractor daily rate at £650, ahead of Northampton (£525), East Midlands (£525) Sheffield (£513), London (£513) and Surrey (£500). For permanent employees, London and Berkshire lead the way with a £65,000 and £56,250 median salary, respectively. The market looks encouraging for workers in London during the next twelve months as demand reached a record high of 3.25 per cent in May 2016, and there are no signs of it slowing as more corporations take on DevOps.

This article has been written by Harry Glover - DevOps & Cloud Consultant. Should you wish to discuss your DevOps & Cloud recruitment requirements for 2016, please contact Harry Glover on: +44 (0)20 7014 0231 or send an email to harryg@montash.com

Montash is a multi-award winning global technology recruitment business. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

DevOps & Cloud Recruitment, BI & Data Recruitment, Information Security Recruitment, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy Recruitment , Energy Technology Recruitment, Demand IT and Business Engagement Recruitment, Digital and E-commerce Recruitment, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery Recruitment, Project and Programme Delivery Recruitment.

Montash is headquartered in Old Street, London, in the heart of the technology hub. Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid management in permanent and contract roles.


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