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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 128 118 115
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 28 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.74% 0.67% 0.52%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.08% 17.80% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 8 7
Average daily rate £425 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £306 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £443 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 -
% change year-on-year
+34.61% -
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
214 118 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.63% 3.75% 2.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 68 50
Average daily rate £425 £375 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £288 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £500 £665
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.55% +23.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £22.50 £16.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £22.50 £19.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £16.86
% change year-on-year
+2.60% +12.67%

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 5 February 2016.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft Azure
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Azure Hourly 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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester -8 14 £375 -11.76% 19
Cheshire +4 10 £463 +2.77% 11
Merseyside -11 2 £400 +6.66% 2
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Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 39 (67.24%) Microsoft
2 25 (43.10%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (29.31%) Active Directory
3 17 (29.31%) Windows
4 16 (27.59%) MS Excel
4 16 (27.59%) Office 365
5 13 (22.41%) Web Services
6 12 (20.69%) SQL
6 12 (20.69%) IaaS
7 11 (18.97%) Hyper-V
7 11 (18.97%) ITIL
7 11 (18.97%) SQL Server
7 11 (18.97%) Migration
7 11 (18.97%) VMware
7 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (17.24%) SOA
8 10 (17.24%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (15.52%) .NET
9 9 (15.52%) SharePoint
9 9 (15.52%) MS Exchange
10 8 (13.79%) C#
10 8 (13.79%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (13.79%) Local Government
10 8 (13.79%) Configuration Management
10 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (12.07%) PaaS
11 7 (12.07%) SCCM
11 7 (12.07%) MCITP
11 7 (12.07%) TOGAF
11 7 (12.07%) BizTalk Server

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

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 9 (15.52%) MS Exchange
1 9 (15.52%) SharePoint
2 7 (12.07%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (6.90%) IIS
4 3 (5.17%) CMS
4 3 (5.17%) EPiServer CMS
4 3 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (5.17%) Node.js
5 2 (3.45%) Apache
5 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (3.45%) Lync
5 2 (3.45%) nginx
5 2 (3.45%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.72%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (1.72%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.72%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 16 (27.59%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.45%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.72%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 25 (43.10%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (27.59%) Office 365
3 12 (20.69%) IaaS
4 7 (12.07%) PaaS
5 6 (10.34%) SaaS
6 3 (5.17%) SoftLayer
7 2 (3.45%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (3.45%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (3.45%) Google App Engine
7 2 (3.45%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (1.72%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 7 (12.07%) DHCP
1 7 (12.07%) DNS
2 6 (10.34%) Extranet
3 4 (6.90%) Firewall
4 2 (3.45%) HTTP
4 2 (3.45%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.72%) Intranet
5 1 (1.72%) LAN
5 1 (1.72%) Network Security
5 1 (1.72%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.72%) Reverse Proxy
5 1 (1.72%) SAN
5 1 (1.72%) SSH
5 1 (1.72%) SSL
5 1 (1.72%) VLAN
5 1 (1.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (18.97%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.45%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.45%) SQLite
4 1 (1.72%) OLAP
4 1 (1.72%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (8.62%) Jenkins
2 4 (6.90%) Git (software)
3 3 (5.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.45%) Bower
4 2 (3.45%) Grunt
4 2 (3.45%) gulp
4 2 (3.45%) JIRA
4 2 (3.45%) Mercurial
4 2 (3.45%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (3.45%) TeamCity
General
1 8 (13.79%) Local Government
2 5 (8.62%) Finance
3 4 (6.90%) Retail
4 2 (3.45%) Advertising
5 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.72%) Marketing
5 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (37.93%) Architect
2 12 (20.69%) Developer
3 9 (15.52%) Azure Architect
4 8 (13.79%) Solutions Architect
5 6 (10.34%) Cloud Architect
6 5 (8.62%) .NET Developer
7 4 (6.90%) AWS Architect
7 4 (6.90%) Cloud Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Cloud Solutions Architect
7 4 (6.90%) Migration Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Consultant
8 3 (5.17%) Security Architect
8 3 (5.17%) SOA Architect
8 3 (5.17%) TOGAF Architect
9 2 (3.45%) C# Developer
9 2 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Operations Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) VMware Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Web Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (22.41%) Web Services
2 9 (15.52%) .NET
3 6 (10.34%) .NET Framework
3 6 (10.34%) CSS
3 6 (10.34%) HTML
4 5 (8.62%) WCF
5 4 (6.90%) AngularJS
6 3 (5.17%) Entity Framework
7 2 (3.45%) Apache Cordova
7 2 (3.45%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (3.45%) CSS3
7 2 (3.45%) Dapper ORM
7 2 (3.45%) HTML5
7 2 (3.45%) NancyFx
7 2 (3.45%) NHibernate
7 2 (3.45%) OAuth
7 2 (3.45%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (3.45%) REST
7 2 (3.45%) RESTful
7 2 (3.45%) StructureMap
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.24%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (6.90%) Data Centre
3 3 (5.17%) Public Cloud
4 2 (3.45%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.72%) Clustering
5 1 (1.72%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.72%) iPad
5 1 (1.72%) iPhone
5 1 (1.72%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.72%) PKI
5 1 (1.72%) Replication
5 1 (1.72%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 17 (29.31%) Windows
2 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (12.07%) Linux
4 6 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (8.62%) Windows Server
6 3 (5.17%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (3.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (18.97%) ITIL
1 11 (18.97%) Migration
2 10 (17.24%) SOA
3 8 (13.79%) Configuration Management
4 7 (12.07%) TOGAF
5 6 (10.34%) Data Modelling
5 6 (10.34%) Process Improvement
5 6 (10.34%) Zachman Framework
6 5 (8.62%) CRM
6 5 (8.62%) E-Commerce
6 5 (8.62%) Scrum
7 4 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (6.90%) DevOps
7 4 (6.90%) ERP
8 3 (5.17%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (5.17%) MVC
8 3 (5.17%) Process Management
8 3 (5.17%) Supplier Management
8 3 (5.17%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 12 (20.69%) SQL
2 8 (13.79%) C#
3 6 (10.34%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.90%) PowerShell
5 2 (3.45%) Bash Shell
5 2 (3.45%) Java
5 2 (3.45%) Objective-C
5 2 (3.45%) Perl
5 2 (3.45%) Python
5 2 (3.45%) Ruby
6 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (13.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (12.07%) MCITP
2 7 (12.07%) MCSA
3 6 (10.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (5.17%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.45%) MCSE
6 1 (1.72%) CCNA
6 1 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.72%) Degree
6 1 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (29.31%) Active Directory
2 11 (18.97%) Hyper-V
3 4 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.45%) vCloud
5 1 (1.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (1.72%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.72%) VMware Server
5 1 (1.72%) vSphere
5 1 (1.72%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (12.07%) SCCM
2 4 (6.90%) Puppet
3 3 (5.17%) Ansible
3 3 (5.17%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (3.45%) logstash
4 2 (3.45%) Nagios
4 2 (3.45%) SCOM
4 2 (3.45%) ZABBIX
5 1 (1.72%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 39 (67.24%) Microsoft
2 11 (18.97%) VMware
3 7 (12.07%) Citrix
4 5 (8.62%) Oracle
5 4 (6.90%) Teradata
6 3 (5.17%) ATG
6 3 (5.17%) EPiServer
7 2 (3.45%) Google
7 2 (3.45%) Xamarin
8 1 (1.72%) Apple
8 1 (1.72%) Avaya
8 1 (1.72%) SAP
8 1 (1.72%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.72%) Tableau
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