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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 145 130 132
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 22 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.51% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Cloud Services category 11.58% 7.32% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 4
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£338 £525 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.71% +75.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £403 £363
% change year-on-year
-4.34% +11.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £17.50 -
% change year-on-year
+122.85% -
Microsoft Azure
England

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
190 82 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.39% 2.66% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 35 30
Average daily rate £475 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £323 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £605 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +29.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
Average hourly rate £29.32 £15.75 £17.69
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+86.15% -10.96%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £17.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+41.17% -48.48%

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
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 August 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 - 10 £303 - 2
Manchester -14 6 £403 +15.00% 15
Cheshire -7 4 £338 +35.00% 6
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
Microsoft Azure
England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 41 (71.93%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (38.60%) Microsoft
3 14 (24.56%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (22.81%) Active Directory
5 12 (21.05%) Windows
5 12 (21.05%) Web Services
6 11 (19.30%) Linux
7 8 (14.04%) CSS
7 8 (14.04%) Google
8 7 (12.28%) Ruby
8 7 (12.28%) Perl
8 7 (12.28%) Bash Shell
8 7 (12.28%) CSS3
8 7 (12.28%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (10.53%) Mobile App
9 6 (10.53%) VMware
10 5 (8.77%) Local Government
10 5 (8.77%) TOGAF
10 5 (8.77%) OAuth
10 5 (8.77%) Citrix
10 5 (8.77%) SAML
10 5 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (8.77%) .NET
10 5 (8.77%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (8.77%) E-Commerce
10 5 (8.77%) SOA
10 5 (8.77%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (8.77%) Jenkins
10 5 (8.77%) Open Source
10 5 (8.77%) Puppet

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 4 (7.02%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (3.51%) IIS
2 2 (3.51%) Apache
2 2 (3.51%) Tomcat
2 2 (3.51%) nginx
3 1 (1.75%) Lync
3 1 (1.75%) Node.js
3 1 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.75%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.75%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (5.26%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (7.02%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.75%) SAP APO
Cloud Services
1 41 (71.93%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (12.28%) Google Cloud Platform
3 4 (7.02%) IaaS
4 3 (5.26%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (5.26%) Google App Engine
4 3 (5.26%) Office 365
5 2 (3.51%) SaaS
5 2 (3.51%) PaaS
6 1 (1.75%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (1.75%) CloudFront
6 1 (1.75%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.75%) SoftLayer
6 1 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.26%) Network Security
2 2 (3.51%) Firewall
2 2 (3.51%) DNS
2 2 (3.51%) LAN
2 2 (3.51%) WAN
2 2 (3.51%) DHCP
2 2 (3.51%) HTTP
3 1 (1.75%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.75%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.77%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (5.26%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (3.51%) SQLite
4 1 (1.75%) SAP BW
4 1 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Jenkins
2 3 (5.26%) Git (software)
3 2 (3.51%) Mercurial
3 2 (3.51%) JIRA
4 1 (1.75%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.75%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 5 (8.77%) Local Government
2 3 (5.26%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (3.51%) Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (50.88%) Architect
2 7 (12.28%) Developer
3 6 (10.53%) Administrator
4 5 (8.77%) Systems Administrator
4 5 (8.77%) Cloud Architect
5 4 (7.02%) DevOps Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Linux Systems Administrator
5 4 (7.02%) Linux Administrator
5 4 (7.02%) Applications Architect
6 3 (5.26%) Consultant
6 3 (5.26%) Wintel Architect
6 3 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (5.26%) .NET Developer
6 3 (5.26%) Infrastructure Architect
7 2 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.51%) Cloud Consultant
7 2 (3.51%) iOS Developer
7 2 (3.51%) Web Engineer
8 1 (1.75%) Active Directory Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.05%) Web Services
2 8 (14.04%) CSS
3 7 (12.28%) CSS3
4 5 (8.77%) .NET
4 5 (8.77%) SAML
4 5 (8.77%) OAuth
5 4 (7.02%) AngularJS
6 3 (5.26%) HTML
6 3 (5.26%) ASP.NET
7 2 (3.51%) SOAP
7 2 (3.51%) jQuery
7 2 (3.51%) REST
7 2 (3.51%) HTML5
7 2 (3.51%) Apache Cordova
7 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.75%) iOS SDK
8 1 (1.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (1.75%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (1.75%) RESTful
8 1 (1.75%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.53%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.51%) Computer Science
2 2 (3.51%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.75%) Clustering
3 1 (1.75%) iPhone
3 1 (1.75%) iPad
3 1 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (1.75%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 12 (21.05%) Windows
2 11 (19.30%) Linux
3 4 (7.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (7.02%) UNIX
4 3 (5.26%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.75%) Android
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (24.56%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (8.77%) TOGAF
2 5 (8.77%) E-Commerce
2 5 (8.77%) SOA
2 5 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
2 5 (8.77%) Open Source
3 4 (7.02%) Load Balancing
3 4 (7.02%) DevOps
4 3 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (5.26%) Process Architecture
4 3 (5.26%) Configuration Management
4 3 (5.26%) ITIL
4 3 (5.26%) Migration
4 3 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (5.26%) iOS Development
5 2 (3.51%) Scrum
5 2 (3.51%) Programme Management
5 2 (3.51%) Automated Testing
5 2 (3.51%) UML
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.28%) Perl
1 7 (12.28%) Ruby
1 7 (12.28%) Bash Shell
2 4 (7.02%) JavaScript
2 4 (7.02%) PowerShell
3 3 (5.26%) C#
3 3 (5.26%) Java
3 3 (5.26%) SQL
3 3 (5.26%) Python
4 2 (3.51%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.75%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (7.02%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.51%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.75%) QA
System Software
1 13 (22.81%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.51%) Hyper-V
2 2 (3.51%) vCloud
3 1 (1.75%) Firmware
3 1 (1.75%) VMware ESX
3 1 (1.75%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) Puppet
1 5 (8.77%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (5.26%) Ansible
3 2 (3.51%) logstash
3 2 (3.51%) Nagios
3 2 (3.51%) ZABBIX
4 1 (1.75%) SCCM
4 1 (1.75%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 22 (38.60%) Microsoft
2 8 (14.04%) Google
3 6 (10.53%) VMware
4 5 (8.77%) Citrix
5 4 (7.02%) Red Hat
6 3 (5.26%) Xamarin
7 2 (3.51%) SAP
8 1 (1.75%) Oracle
8 1 (1.75%) HP
8 1 (1.75%) Twitter
8 1 (1.75%) Rackspace
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