The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Azure skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 106 114 -
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 22 14 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.71% 0.52% -
As % of the Cloud Services category 22.00% 21.88% -
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 0
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £406 £400
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Cloud Services category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Cloud Services Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Cloud Services category
100 64 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.24% 2.37% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 47 16
Average daily rate £420 £456 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.94% +43.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £314 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £623 £675 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 1 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.06 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.16% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.23 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+30.62% -9.34%

Microsoft Azure
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Azure Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015. 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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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
Merseyside -1 12 £283 -37.22%
Manchester - 6 £425 - 10
Lancashire -15 2 £294 -6.74% 2
Cheshire -6 1 £450 +38.46% 6
Microsoft Azure
England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 14 (53.85%) Microsoft
2 11 (42.31%) Windows
3 8 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (26.92%) SCCM
4 7 (26.92%) Hyper-V
4 7 (26.92%) Disaster Recovery
4 7 (26.92%) Active Directory
5 6 (23.08%) HP
5 6 (23.08%) DHCP
5 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
5 6 (23.08%) SharePoint
5 6 (23.08%) .NET
5 6 (23.08%) ITIL
5 6 (23.08%) PowerShell
5 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (19.23%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (19.23%) High Availability
6 5 (19.23%) DFS Replication
6 5 (19.23%) Migration
6 5 (19.23%) SCVMM
6 5 (19.23%) Windows 2000
6 5 (19.23%) DNS
6 5 (19.23%) Dell
6 5 (19.23%) Clustering
6 5 (19.23%) Configuration Management
6 5 (19.23%) Firmware
6 5 (19.23%) DMZ
7 4 (15.38%) SQL
7 4 (15.38%) UNIX

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 6 (23.08%) SharePoint
2 2 (7.69%) CMS
2 2 (7.69%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (7.69%) Lync
3 1 (3.85%) Kentico
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) InfoPath
2 1 (3.85%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (11.54%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (3.85%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Office 365
2 1 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (23.08%) DHCP
1 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
2 5 (19.23%) DNS
2 5 (19.23%) DMZ
3 2 (7.69%) LAN
3 2 (7.69%) WAN
4 1 (3.85%) VPN
4 1 (3.85%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (7.69%) PerformancePoint
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.85%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Hudson
1 1 (3.85%) Jenkins
1 1 (3.85%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (3.85%) TeamCity
1 1 (3.85%) Git (software)
General
1 3 (11.54%) Finance
2 2 (7.69%) Publishing
3 1 (3.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Architect
2 5 (19.23%) Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Solutions Architect
3 4 (15.38%) Wintel Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (7.69%) Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Operations Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 2 (7.69%) C# Developer
5 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Wintel Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) SharePoint Architect
5 2 (7.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 2 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Cloud Architect
6 1 (3.85%) Cloud Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Operations Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) .NET
2 4 (15.38%) ASP.NET
3 3 (11.54%) HTML
4 2 (7.69%) CSS
4 2 (7.69%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.85%) REST
5 1 (3.85%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (3.85%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 5 (19.23%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 11 (42.31%) Windows
2 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (19.23%) Windows 2000
4 4 (15.38%) UNIX
5 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (26.92%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (23.08%) ITIL
4 5 (19.23%) Performance Tuning
4 5 (19.23%) High Availability
4 5 (19.23%) Migration
4 5 (19.23%) Configuration Management
5 4 (15.38%) TOGAF
6 3 (11.54%) ERP
6 3 (11.54%) SOA
6 3 (11.54%) E-business
6 3 (11.54%) CRM
7 2 (7.69%) MVC
7 2 (7.69%) Workflow
7 2 (7.69%) Service Management
7 2 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (7.69%) Data Migration
7 2 (7.69%) People Management
8 1 (3.85%) DevOps
8 1 (3.85%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 6 (23.08%) PowerShell
2 4 (15.38%) SQL
2 4 (15.38%) C#
3 3 (11.54%) AWK
4 1 (3.85%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.85%) Ruby
4 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (7.69%) CCNA
1 2 (7.69%) CCDA
1 2 (7.69%) CCDP
1 2 (7.69%) MCSE
2 1 (3.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
System Software
1 7 (26.92%) Hyper-V
1 7 (26.92%) Active Directory
2 5 (19.23%) DFS Replication
2 5 (19.23%) Firmware
3 2 (7.69%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (26.92%) SCCM
2 5 (19.23%) SCVMM
3 4 (15.38%) SCOrch
4 1 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (3.85%) SCOM
4 1 (3.85%) Puppet
Vendors
1 14 (53.85%) Microsoft
2 6 (23.08%) HP
3 5 (19.23%) Dell
4 3 (11.54%) Oracle
5 2 (7.69%) Remedy
5 2 (7.69%) Cisco
6 1 (3.85%) EMC
6 1 (3.85%) BMC
6 1 (3.85%) NetApp
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