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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 109 114 136
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 59 44 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.47% 1.13% 0.26%
As % of the Cloud Services category 23.89% 19.30% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 20 4
Average daily rate £435 £450 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £338 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £473 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £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 £80.00 £28.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+185.71% -12.50%
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
247 228 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.14% 5.87% 2.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 138 40
Average daily rate £450 £425 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £275 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £700 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £435 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+8.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 4
Average hourly rate £31.17 £18.75 £20.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.21% -6.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.23 £12.20 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £22.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.61 £25.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +69.49%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 +16 26 £463 +12.12% 25
Cheshire +4 26 £435 -3.33% 9
Lancashire - 3 £370 -
Merseyside -15 2 £375 - 3
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England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 (45.35%) Microsoft
2 33 (38.37%) Amazon AWS
3 31 (36.05%) Active Directory
4 28 (32.56%) Office 365
5 24 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
6 23 (26.74%) Windows
7 22 (25.58%) Migration
8 19 (22.09%) SCCM
9 17 (19.77%) Hyper-V
9 17 (19.77%) Citrix
10 16 (18.60%) MS Excel
10 16 (18.60%) SQL
11 15 (17.44%) Data Centre
12 13 (15.12%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (13.95%) SQL Server
14 11 (12.79%) VMware
14 11 (12.79%) SharePoint
14 11 (12.79%) Linux
14 11 (12.79%) IaaS
15 10 (11.63%) Amazon RDS
15 10 (11.63%) Security Cleared
15 10 (11.63%) PowerShell
15 10 (11.63%) CRM
15 10 (11.63%) ITIL
15 10 (11.63%) .NET
15 10 (11.63%) MS Exchange
15 10 (11.63%) Local Government
15 10 (11.63%) Windows 10
16 9 (10.47%) Azure Active Directory
16 9 (10.47%) Ethical Hacking

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 11 (12.79%) SharePoint
2 10 (11.63%) MS Exchange
3 5 (5.81%) Node.js
3 5 (5.81%) Skype for Business
4 4 (4.65%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (3.49%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (3.49%) Moodle
6 2 (2.33%) Apache
6 2 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.33%) IIS
6 2 (2.33%) nginx
6 2 (2.33%) Tomcat
7 1 (1.16%) CMS
7 1 (1.16%) EPiServer CMS
7 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.16%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.16%) OpenStack
7 1 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 16 (18.60%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.49%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.49%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 33 (38.37%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (32.56%) Office 365
3 11 (12.79%) IaaS
4 9 (10.47%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (10.47%) SaaS
5 8 (9.30%) PaaS
6 7 (8.14%) Amazon S3
7 4 (4.65%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.14%) DHCP
1 7 (8.14%) DNS
2 5 (5.81%) Firewall
3 4 (4.65%) Remote Desktop
3 4 (4.65%) Skype
3 4 (4.65%) Unified Communications
4 3 (3.49%) Internet
5 2 (2.33%) Extranet
5 2 (2.33%) HTTP
5 2 (2.33%) SAN
5 2 (2.33%) SSL
5 2 (2.33%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.33%) VPN
6 1 (1.16%) Intranet
6 1 (1.16%) LAN
6 1 (1.16%) Network Security
6 1 (1.16%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (1.16%) VLAN
6 1 (1.16%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 10 (11.63%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.33%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.16%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.16%) OLAP
5 1 (1.16%) OLAP Cube
5 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 8 (9.30%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (5.81%) Vagrant
3 4 (4.65%) TeamCity
4 2 (2.33%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.33%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (2.33%) Travis CI
5 1 (1.16%) JIRA
5 1 (1.16%) NuGet
General
1 10 (11.63%) Local Government
2 6 (6.98%) Finance
3 5 (5.81%) Marketing
4 4 (4.65%) Retail
5 2 (2.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 25 (29.07%) Architect
2 14 (16.28%) Developer
3 12 (13.95%) Solutions Architect
4 10 (11.63%) Consultant
5 9 (10.47%) Cloud Architect
5 9 (10.47%) Project Manager
6 6 (6.98%) Azure Architect
6 6 (6.98%) Ethical Hacker
7 5 (5.81%) Cloud Engineer
7 5 (5.81%) Security Architect
8 4 (4.65%) Cloud Solutions Architect
8 4 (4.65%) E-Commerce Architect
8 4 (4.65%) Migration Engineer
9 3 (3.49%) .NET Developer
9 3 (3.49%) Moodle Developer
9 3 (3.49%) Node.js Developer
9 3 (3.49%) Senior Architect
9 3 (3.49%) Senior Solutions Architect
9 3 (3.49%) Technical Architect
9 3 (3.49%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.63%) .NET
2 7 (8.14%) Web Services
3 4 (4.65%) .NET Framework
4 3 (3.49%) WCF
5 2 (2.33%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (2.33%) Dapper ORM
5 2 (2.33%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.33%) hapi
5 2 (2.33%) NancyFx
5 2 (2.33%) NHibernate
5 2 (2.33%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (2.33%) RESTful
5 2 (2.33%) StructureMap
6 1 (1.16%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.16%) CSS
6 1 (1.16%) HTML
6 1 (1.16%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (1.16%) OAuth
6 1 (1.16%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 15 (17.44%) Data Centre
2 8 (9.30%) Public Cloud
3 5 (5.81%) PKI
4 4 (4.65%) Fat Client
4 4 (4.65%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (4.65%) Thin Client
5 3 (3.49%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.33%) CESG
6 2 (2.33%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.16%) Clustering
7 1 (1.16%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.16%) Data Integration
7 1 (1.16%) Digital Media
7 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.16%) Replication
7 1 (1.16%) User Experience
7 1 (1.16%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 23 (26.74%) Windows
2 11 (12.79%) Linux
3 10 (11.63%) Windows 10
4 7 (8.14%) Windows Server
4 7 (8.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (3.49%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.16%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (25.58%) Migration
3 13 (15.12%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (11.63%) CRM
4 10 (11.63%) ITIL
5 9 (10.47%) Ethical Hacking
5 9 (10.47%) OWASP
6 8 (9.30%) Cybersecurity
7 7 (8.14%) DevOps
7 7 (8.14%) Identity Management
7 7 (8.14%) Test Automation
8 6 (6.98%) E-Commerce
8 6 (6.98%) Infrastructure Transformation
8 6 (6.98%) TOGAF
9 5 (5.81%) ArchiMate
9 5 (5.81%) Data Migration
9 5 (5.81%) ERP
9 5 (5.81%) Information Architecture
9 5 (5.81%) SOA
9 5 (5.81%) UML
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.60%) SQL
2 10 (11.63%) PowerShell
3 8 (9.30%) C#
4 5 (5.81%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.33%) PHP
6 1 (1.16%) C
6 1 (1.16%) Java
6 1 (1.16%) Python
6 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (8.14%) MCSA
4 6 (6.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 6 (6.98%) MCITP
5 2 (2.33%) CCNA
5 2 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.33%) MCSE
6 1 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.16%) Degree
6 1 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.16%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.65%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 31 (36.05%) Active Directory
2 17 (19.77%) Hyper-V
3 4 (4.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.33%) vCloud
5 1 (1.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (1.16%) Docker
5 1 (1.16%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.16%) VMware Server
5 1 (1.16%) vSphere
5 1 (1.16%) XenApp
5 1 (1.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 19 (22.09%) SCCM
2 7 (8.14%) Puppet
2 7 (8.14%) SCOM
3 5 (5.81%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (5.81%) Windows Intune
4 4 (4.65%) SCOrch
5 3 (3.49%) Ansible
6 2 (2.33%) logstash
6 2 (2.33%) Nagios
6 2 (2.33%) ZABBIX
7 1 (1.16%) Kubernetes
7 1 (1.16%) Mesos
7 1 (1.16%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 39 (45.35%) Microsoft
2 17 (19.77%) Citrix
3 11 (12.79%) VMware
4 5 (5.81%) Oracle
5 4 (4.65%) ATG
5 4 (4.65%) Teradata
6 1 (1.16%) Apple
6 1 (1.16%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.16%) Avaya
6 1 (1.16%) EPiServer
6 1 (1.16%) Rackspace
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