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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 28 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 97 139 136
Rank change year-on-year
+42 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 54 21 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.57% 0.49% 0.19%
As % of the Cloud Services category 19.08% 10.71% 7.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 6 4
Median daily rate £425 £338 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% -35.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £303 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £403 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £39.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-54.48% +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
283 196 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.22% 4.60% 2.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 100 35
Median daily rate £425 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.52% +18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £300 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 2
Median hourly rate £14.00 £29.32 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.25% +86.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.16 £17.65 £13.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £33.64 £18.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £23.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-22.82% +31.42%

Microsoft Azure
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft Azure as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 August 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +37 43 £425 +5.59% 24
Cheshire +11 6 £250 -25.92% 6
Merseyside 0 1 - - 3
Microsoft Azure
England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 52 (46.43%) Microsoft
2 36 (32.14%) Amazon AWS
3 33 (29.46%) Active Directory
4 25 (22.32%) Windows
4 25 (22.32%) MS Excel
5 23 (20.54%) PowerShell
6 22 (19.64%) PaaS
6 22 (19.64%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (18.75%) Office 365
8 20 (17.86%) Firewall
8 20 (17.86%) Migration
9 19 (16.96%) SaaS
10 17 (15.18%) IaaS
11 16 (14.29%) Data Centre
11 16 (14.29%) SCCM
11 16 (14.29%) CRM
11 16 (14.29%) SQL Server
12 15 (13.39%) Citrix
12 15 (13.39%) SOA
13 14 (12.50%) .NET
13 14 (12.50%) JavaScript
13 14 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
14 12 (10.71%) DevOps
14 12 (10.71%) C#
14 12 (10.71%) SQL
14 12 (10.71%) ERP
14 12 (10.71%) BizTalk Server
14 12 (10.71%) Hyper-V
15 11 (9.82%) SharePoint
15 11 (9.82%) Windows 10

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 12 (10.71%) BizTalk Server
2 11 (9.82%) SharePoint
3 7 (6.25%) Skype for Business
4 3 (2.68%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (2.68%) Moodle
4 3 (2.68%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.68%) OpenStack
5 2 (1.79%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.79%) CMS
5 2 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.89%) Confluence
6 1 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.89%) SAS
Applications
1 25 (22.32%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.36%) MS Office
3 2 (1.79%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (4.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.89%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.89%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.89%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 36 (32.14%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (19.64%) PaaS
3 21 (18.75%) Office 365
4 19 (16.96%) SaaS
5 17 (15.18%) IaaS
6 14 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.79%) Amazon S3
7 2 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.79%) Engine Yard
7 2 (1.79%) GitHub
7 2 (1.79%) Google App Engine
7 2 (1.79%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (1.79%) Heroku
7 2 (1.79%) IBM Cloud
7 2 (1.79%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (17.86%) Firewall
2 8 (7.14%) SAN
3 7 (6.25%) LAN
3 7 (6.25%) WAN
4 6 (5.36%) DHCP
4 6 (5.36%) DNS
5 5 (4.46%) TCP/IP
6 4 (3.57%) Network Security
6 4 (3.57%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (3.57%) Unified Communications
6 4 (3.57%) VLAN
6 4 (3.57%) VPN
6 4 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (2.68%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (2.68%) Internet
7 3 (2.68%) IPsec
7 3 (2.68%) Skype
8 2 (1.79%) Intrusion Detection
8 2 (1.79%) SSL
8 2 (1.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.93%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.68%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.89%) Big Data
5 1 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (8.04%) Vagrant
2 6 (5.36%) Octopus Deploy
3 5 (4.46%) Jenkins
4 4 (3.57%) Git (software)
4 4 (3.57%) TeamCity
5 3 (2.68%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.79%) NUnit
6 2 (1.79%) Subversion
6 2 (1.79%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.89%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.89%) GitLab
7 1 (0.89%) JIRA
7 1 (0.89%) NuGet
General
1 4 (3.57%) Finance
1 4 (3.57%) Marketing
2 3 (2.68%) Local Government
3 2 (1.79%) Retail
3 2 (1.79%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.89%) Advertising
4 1 (0.89%) Billing
Job Titles
1 37 (33.04%) Architect
2 22 (19.64%) Solutions Architect
3 19 (16.96%) Developer
4 12 (10.71%) Azure Architect
4 12 (10.71%) Consultant
4 12 (10.71%) Project Manager
4 12 (10.71%) Technical Architect
5 8 (7.14%) Azure Engineer
5 8 (7.14%) Cloud Architect
5 8 (7.14%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (6.25%) .NET Developer
7 5 (4.46%) SOA Architect
7 5 (4.46%) Technical Solutions Architect
8 4 (3.57%) C# Developer
8 4 (3.57%) Cloud Solutions Architect
8 4 (3.57%) Microsoft Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
9 3 (2.68%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 3 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM Architect
9 3 (2.68%) Moodle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.50%) .NET
2 7 (6.25%) Web Services
3 6 (5.36%) .NET Framework
3 6 (5.36%) ASP.NET
3 6 (5.36%) CSS
3 6 (5.36%) HTML
4 4 (3.57%) AngularJS
4 4 (3.57%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (3.57%) EDI
4 4 (3.57%) Entity Framework
4 4 (3.57%) Middleware
4 4 (3.57%) WCF
5 3 (2.68%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (2.68%) jQuery
5 3 (2.68%) Node.js
5 3 (2.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (2.68%) WPF
5 3 (2.68%) XML
6 2 (1.79%) Ninject
6 2 (1.79%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 11 (9.82%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (5.36%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (3.57%) CESG
4 4 (3.57%) Clustering
4 4 (3.57%) Fat Client
4 4 (3.57%) PKI
4 4 (3.57%) Thin Client
5 3 (2.68%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.79%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.79%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.79%) Device Driver
6 2 (1.79%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.79%) Inversion of Control
6 2 (1.79%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.79%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.79%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.89%) Fintech
7 1 (0.89%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.89%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 25 (22.32%) Windows
2 11 (9.82%) Windows 10
3 9 (8.04%) Windows Server
4 8 (7.14%) Linux
5 3 (2.68%) CentOS
5 3 (2.68%) Ubuntu
5 3 (2.68%) Unix
6 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.89%) CoreOS
7 1 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.89%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.89%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.89%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (19.64%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (17.86%) Migration
3 16 (14.29%) CRM
4 15 (13.39%) SOA
5 12 (10.71%) DevOps
5 12 (10.71%) ERP
6 10 (8.93%) ITIL
7 8 (7.14%) MVC
8 7 (6.25%) Analytics
8 7 (6.25%) TOGAF
9 6 (5.36%) Data Migration
9 6 (5.36%) Risk Management
9 6 (5.36%) Software Engineering
10 5 (4.46%) ArchiMate
10 5 (4.46%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (4.46%) Information Architecture
10 5 (4.46%) Project Planning
10 5 (4.46%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (4.46%) UML
10 5 (4.46%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 23 (20.54%) PowerShell
2 14 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 12 (10.71%) C#
3 12 (10.71%) SQL
4 5 (4.46%) Python
4 5 (4.46%) Ruby
5 4 (3.57%) Bash Shell
5 4 (3.57%) Java
6 3 (2.68%) PHP
7 2 (1.79%) C
7 2 (1.79%) Perl
7 2 (1.79%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.89%) XAML
Qualifications
1 10 (8.93%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.68%) Degree
3 2 (1.79%) AWS Certification
3 2 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (1.79%) CISM
3 2 (1.79%) CISSP
3 2 (1.79%) MCSE
3 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.89%) CCIE
4 1 (0.89%) CCNA
4 1 (0.89%) MCITP
4 1 (0.89%) MCP
4 1 (0.89%) MCSA
4 1 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.89%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.68%) QA
2 2 (1.79%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 33 (29.46%) Active Directory
2 12 (10.71%) Hyper-V
3 5 (4.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.57%) XenApp
5 3 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.79%) Firmware
6 2 (1.79%) vSphere
7 1 (0.89%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.89%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.89%) Docker
7 1 (0.89%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 16 (14.29%) SCCM
2 9 (8.04%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (8.04%) Puppet
3 7 (6.25%) SCOM
4 5 (4.46%) Ansible
4 5 (4.46%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (3.57%) SCOrch
6 2 (1.79%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (1.79%) Cacti
6 2 (1.79%) Cobbler
6 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.79%) Nagios
6 2 (1.79%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.89%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.89%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.89%) Mesos
Vendors
1 52 (46.43%) Microsoft
2 15 (13.39%) Citrix
3 10 (8.93%) VMware
4 6 (5.36%) Cisco
5 5 (4.46%) Rackspace
6 4 (3.57%) ForgeRock
6 4 (3.57%) Red Hat
6 4 (3.57%) Sitecore
7 2 (1.79%) ATG
7 2 (1.79%) BMC
7 2 (1.79%) Google
7 2 (1.79%) HP
7 2 (1.79%) Oracle
7 2 (1.79%) Polycom
7 2 (1.79%) SaltStack
7 2 (1.79%) Siemens
7 2 (1.79%) Teradata
8 1 (0.89%) Dell
8 1 (0.89%) SolarWinds
8 1 (0.89%) Xamarin
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