As a specialist contract recruiter within DevOps, the most common question I get from candidates is "What is the market like?" 

Fortunately, my response hasn't changed in the 4 years i've been a specialist in this space - the market is good, especially within Devops. 

However, it is a market currently saturated with job seekers. HMRC are really having a clamp down on IR35 in the public sector which means that the commercial market is being flooded with more candidates than ever before.

https://www.contractoruk.com/public_sector_contracting

What this means to contractors is that rates are being driven down across the board so being able to separate yourself from the masses in terms of what you can offer is imperative to staying in contract.

"How can I do that?" I hear you ask. Well... actually, it's pretty simple.

Have a think about what you have achieved in your devops career...

Have you saved a company time and money? 

Have you made processes and departments more efficient? 

Have you added real value to the companies that you are delivering services to? 

As recruiters we understand these achievements and it's our job to draw out the tangibles and talk to our clients about you. But first, you need to think about what it is that separates you from the rest...