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 23 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 110 114 -
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 22 16 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.70% 0.58% -
As % of the Cloud Services category 22.45% 25.00% -
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 0
Average daily rate
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£315 £325 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - -
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
98 64 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.13% 2.34% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 46 17
Average daily rate £425 £463 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.10% +40.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £323 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £675 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 0 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.23 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+30.62% -11.66%

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 23 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 23 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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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
Merseyside -2 10 £279 -38.05% 1
Manchester - 7 £425 - 7
Cheshire -3 2 £450 +38.46% 9
Lancashire -17 2 £294 -6.74% 2
Microsoft Azure
England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 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 15 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (40.00%) Windows
3 7 (28.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 7 (28.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (28.00%) .NET
3 7 (28.00%) Hyper-V
4 6 (24.00%) SCCM
4 6 (24.00%) PowerShell
4 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (24.00%) ITIL
4 6 (24.00%) Active Directory
4 6 (24.00%) HP
4 6 (24.00%) TCP/IP
4 6 (24.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (20.00%) Clustering
5 5 (20.00%) Configuration Management
5 5 (20.00%) DNS
5 5 (20.00%) Firmware
5 5 (20.00%) DMZ
5 5 (20.00%) DHCP
5 5 (20.00%) Dell
5 5 (20.00%) Windows 2000
5 5 (20.00%) SQL
5 5 (20.00%) High Availability
5 5 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (20.00%) SCVMM
5 5 (20.00%) Migration
5 5 (20.00%) DFS Replication
6 4 (16.00%) Dynamics CRM

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

For the 6 months to 23 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 7 (28.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (8.00%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (8.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (8.00%) Lync
2 2 (8.00%) CMS
3 1 (4.00%) Kentico
Applications
1 2 (8.00%) InfoPath
2 1 (4.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (16.00%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (4.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) Office 365
2 1 (4.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (24.00%) TCP/IP
2 5 (20.00%) DNS
2 5 (20.00%) DMZ
2 5 (20.00%) DHCP
3 2 (8.00%) LAN
3 2 (8.00%) WAN
4 1 (4.00%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (8.00%) PerformancePoint
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (4.00%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Hudson
1 1 (4.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.00%) TeamCity
1 1 (4.00%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (4.00%) Jenkins
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Publishing
3 1 (4.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (36.00%) Architect
2 5 (20.00%) Analyst
3 4 (16.00%) Wintel Analyst
3 4 (16.00%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (12.00%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (8.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 2 (8.00%) Wintel Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) SharePoint Architect
5 2 (8.00%) C# .NET Developer
5 2 (8.00%) Developer
5 2 (8.00%) Operations Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) .NET Developer
5 2 (8.00%) C# Developer
5 2 (8.00%) ASP.NET Developer
6 1 (4.00%) .NET Architect
6 1 (4.00%) Test Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Operations Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Cloud Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (28.00%) .NET
2 4 (16.00%) ASP.NET
3 3 (12.00%) HTML
4 2 (8.00%) .NET Framework
4 2 (8.00%) CSS
5 1 (4.00%) REST
5 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (4.00%) jQuery
5 1 (4.00%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 10 (40.00%) Windows
2 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (20.00%) Windows 2000
3 5 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (12.00%) UNIX
5 1 (4.00%) Windows XP
5 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (28.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (24.00%) ITIL
2 6 (24.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (20.00%) Configuration Management
3 5 (20.00%) High Availability
3 5 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
3 5 (20.00%) Migration
4 4 (16.00%) CRM
4 4 (16.00%) TOGAF
5 3 (12.00%) E-business
5 3 (12.00%) ERP
5 3 (12.00%) SOA
6 2 (8.00%) People Management
6 2 (8.00%) Data Migration
6 2 (8.00%) MVC
6 2 (8.00%) Workflow
6 2 (8.00%) Service Management
6 2 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (4.00%) Scrum
7 1 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (24.00%) PowerShell
2 5 (20.00%) SQL
3 4 (16.00%) C#
4 2 (8.00%) AWK
5 1 (4.00%) Ruby
5 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (4.00%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) MCSE
1 2 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (8.00%) CCNA
1 2 (8.00%) CCDA
1 2 (8.00%) CCDP
2 1 (4.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
System Software
1 7 (28.00%) Hyper-V
2 6 (24.00%) Active Directory
3 5 (20.00%) Firmware
3 5 (20.00%) DFS Replication
4 2 (8.00%) UAG
Systems Management
1 6 (24.00%) SCCM
2 5 (20.00%) SCVMM
3 3 (12.00%) SCOrch
4 1 (4.00%) Puppet
4 1 (4.00%) SCOM
4 1 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 15 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (24.00%) HP
3 5 (20.00%) Dell
4 3 (12.00%) Oracle
5 2 (8.00%) Cisco
5 2 (8.00%) Remedy
6 1 (4.00%) VMware
6 1 (4.00%) BMC
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