The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Azure skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 61 68 -
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 3 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.38% 0.55% -
As % of the Cloud Services category 27.27% 20.83% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 0
Average daily rate
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£250 £300 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £335 £400
% change year-on-year
+23.13% -16.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £20.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
- +51.85%
Microsoft Azure
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Cloud Services category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Cloud Services Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Cloud Services category
11 24 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.40% 2.63% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 11 3
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £19.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
-7.31% -26.78%

Microsoft Azure
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Cloud Services category.

Microsoft Azure Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the Cheshire region.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington -9 1 £250 -16.66% 4
Chester - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - - 4
Microsoft Azure
North West

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Azure.

1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) DNS
3 3 (42.86%) SSL
3 3 (42.86%) Internet
3 3 (42.86%) IIS
3 3 (42.86%) JSP
3 3 (42.86%) Firewall
3 3 (42.86%) LAMP
3 3 (42.86%) Information Security
3 3 (42.86%) Data Protection Act
3 3 (42.86%) Computer Science
3 3 (42.86%) Data Protection
3 3 (42.86%) OWASP
3 3 (42.86%) Akamai
3 3 (42.86%) Web Development
4 2 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (28.57%) Lync
5 1 (14.29%) High Availability
5 1 (14.29%) Capacity Management
5 1 (14.29%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (14.29%) Hyper-V
5 1 (14.29%) DFS Replication
5 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (14.29%) WSUS
5 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
5 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (14.29%) SCCM
5 1 (14.29%) SCOM
5 1 (14.29%) SCVMM

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Azure. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (42.86%) IIS
2 2 (28.57%) Lync
Communications & Networking
1 4 (57.14%) DNS
2 3 (42.86%) SSL
2 3 (42.86%) Internet
2 3 (42.86%) Firewall
3 1 (14.29%) DHCP
3 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
3 1 (14.29%) SAN
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Consultant
1 3 (42.86%) Security Consultant
2 1 (14.29%) Wintel Support Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Wintel Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Wintel Support
2 1 (14.29%) Support Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support
2 1 (14.29%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) JSP
1 3 (42.86%) LAMP
2 1 (14.29%) KnockoutJS
2 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET
2 1 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Data Protection Act
1 3 (42.86%) Computer Science
2 1 (14.29%) Clustering
2 1 (14.29%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
1 1 (14.29%) Windows 2000
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Information Security
1 3 (42.86%) Data Protection
1 3 (42.86%) OWASP
1 3 (42.86%) Web Development
2 2 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (14.29%) High Availability
3 1 (14.29%) Capacity Management
3 1 (14.29%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
1 1 (14.29%) C#
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Hyper-V
1 1 (14.29%) DFS Replication
1 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) WSUS
1 1 (14.29%) SCCM
1 1 (14.29%) SCOM
1 1 (14.29%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 3 (42.86%) Akamai
3 1 (14.29%) McAfee
3 1 (14.29%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) Dell