As DevOps matures top talent is in demand

The DevOps space still holds substantial potential for growth. Here's how tech talent can get involved, and a host of vacancies to apply for

As a methodology, DevOps didn’t exist before around 2007, and despite its relative newcomer status, DevOps/DevSecOps is now the most common methodology for software development talent globally.

Sitting between IT operations and software development, DevOps professionals use tools and processes such as agile methodologies and continuous integration and delivery, across every phase of a development and operations lifecycle.

Now in use by companies such as Amazon, Netflix, Target and Adobe, only 16 per cent of organisations used DevOps principles in 2014. By 2018 that figure was 27 per cent, and according to Puppet’s State of DevOps Report, it was used by 47 per cent of software development teams in 2022, compared to 35.9 per cent in 2021.

Its market size is expanding rapidly. According to Global Market Insights, the future of the field is bright. In 2019, the size of the DevOps market exceeded $4bn, and it is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 20 per cent to 2026, making it worth $8bn.

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There are a host of reasons why organisations look to adopt a DevOps/DevSecOps approach. It can help with faster time to market, the security and quality of code, and by its nature, encourages improved communication and collaboration among developers.

Additionally, DevOps professionals are vital for digital transformation, something many businesses are currently undertaking. Provisioning and managing cloud resources, they ensure that projects come to fruition.

As a result there is an increasing importance for DevOps engineers, but there remains a skills shortage and 87 per cent of employers are struggling to not only attract but retain top DevOps talent.

That’s good news for those already in the sector, as they can not only pick and choose their employer, but can also dictate their employment terms.

When it comes to work location and flexibility around hours, 52 per cent of tech talent prefers a remote-first working model, and 46 per cent said they would leave their current role if their employer stopped offering the flexibility to work remotely.

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Develop your career

If you’re thinking about a new DevOps role, then the Information Age Jobs Board is an essential first stop. It contains thousands of jobs all across the tech sector, such as the three DevOps roles below.

Microsoft DevOps engineer, Capgemini, United Kingdom

Capgemini is seeking a Microsoft DevOps engineer to work on some of the largest Microsoft projects on the market, delivering enterprise scale projects in a wide range of industries. You will lead project implementations, ensuring solutions are secure, scalable, and fit for purpose, all within the Microsoft technology stack. You’ll be a subject matter expert, and trusted advisor in everything DevOps related, and will build out a continuous integration process married with a solid release strategy. You’ll need at least one modern programming language, such as Java/C#/Java Script/Python/Go/Ruby, as well as scripting languages such as PowerShell/Bash. Apply for this job today.

DevOps engineer, IBM, Manchester

As a DevOps engineer, you will lead IBM into the future by translating system requirements into the design and development of customised systems in an agile environment. You will work with various projects and clients, working towards client specifications. You’ll design and deploy solutions to the cloud which will allow automatic provisioning and management of environments; the capability to continuously integrate; containerisation functionality, and the automation of testing. You’ll need experience in continuous integration, e.g. Jenkins or GitOps, experience with containerisation, source code management tools such as Git, and cloud platforms. See all the requirements here.

DevOps engineer, Accenture, London

Accenture is looking for an experienced DevOps engineer to join its vibrant community of DevOps professionals, based in London, on a full-time, permanent basis. You’ll be an exceptional individual and will deliver specific solutions to clients, working within a high performing delivery team. You will engage directly with clients to build innovative DevOps capabilities, and will require awareness of critical concepts in DevOps and Agile principles to succeed. Additionally, you’ll need cloud computing skills with a working knowledge of various tools, open-source technologies, and cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or Microsoft Azure including respective cloud shell, serverless and other cloud native and offerings. Want to know more? See the full job description here.

Kirstie McDermott works for our job board partner, Jobbio. Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.

If you’re looking for a new DevOps challenge, visit the Information Age Jobs Board today


DevOps vs Agile: distinguishing and combining the twoAgile development means fast, practical delivery of software while DevOps handles its practical rollout to users. Put together, they’re both sides of the same coin.