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 21 August 2014 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 126 128 137
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 6 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.19% 0.17% 0.092%
As % of the Cloud Services category 9.09% 15.15% 21.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 0
Average daily rate
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£525 £300 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £410 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+17.14% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 - £13.50
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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
66 33 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.07% 1.15% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 22 6
Average daily rate £400 £388 £460
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -15.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £280 £374
10% offered a daily rate of more than £605 £470 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £15.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £36.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-53.10% +39.42%

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 21 August 2014.

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 21 August 2014. 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
Cheshire +4 3 £250 -16.66% 6
Manchester -10 1 £350 +16.66% 9
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 1
Microsoft Azure
England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, 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 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 7 (43.75%) .NET
3 6 (37.50%) Windows
3 6 (37.50%) MVC
4 5 (31.25%) C#
4 5 (31.25%) SQL
4 5 (31.25%) ASP.NET
5 4 (25.00%) Web Services
5 4 (25.00%) DNS
5 4 (25.00%) Web Development
5 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (18.75%) HTML
6 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
6 3 (18.75%) IIS
6 3 (18.75%) JSP
6 3 (18.75%) SOAP
6 3 (18.75%) CRM
6 3 (18.75%) SharePoint
6 3 (18.75%) SSL
6 3 (18.75%) Internet
6 3 (18.75%) Firewall
6 3 (18.75%) LAMP
6 3 (18.75%) Information Security
6 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (18.75%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
6 3 (18.75%) jQuery
6 3 (18.75%) Data Protection
6 3 (18.75%) OWASP
6 3 (18.75%) Hyper-V

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

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, 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 3 (18.75%) IIS
1 3 (18.75%) SharePoint
2 2 (12.50%) Lync
3 1 (6.25%) Node.js
3 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (12.50%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) DNS
2 3 (18.75%) SSL
2 3 (18.75%) Internet
2 3 (18.75%) Firewall
3 1 (6.25%) SAN
3 1 (6.25%) DHCP
3 1 (6.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (6.25%) NoSQL
2 1 (6.25%) RavenDB
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (6.25%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 1 (6.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (6.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Developer
2 4 (25.00%) Architect
3 3 (18.75%) Consultant
3 3 (18.75%) Security Consultant
4 2 (12.50%) .NET Architect
4 2 (12.50%) Web Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Support Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (6.25%) Wintel Support
5 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Developer
5 1 (6.25%) SharePoint Developer
5 1 (6.25%) SharePoint Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Mobile Applications Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Mobile Developer
5 1 (6.25%) CRM Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Wintel Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) User Experience Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) .NET
2 5 (31.25%) ASP.NET
3 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (25.00%) Web Services
4 3 (18.75%) HTML
4 3 (18.75%) jQuery
4 3 (18.75%) HTML5
4 3 (18.75%) JSP
4 3 (18.75%) SOAP
4 3 (18.75%) LAMP
5 2 (12.50%) NHibernate
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Framework
5 2 (12.50%) WCF
5 2 (12.50%) CSS
5 2 (12.50%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (12.50%) REST
5 2 (12.50%) CSS3
5 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (6.25%) Kendo UI
6 1 (6.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Data Protection Act
1 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
2 1 (6.25%) Social Media
2 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.25%) Firmware
2 1 (6.25%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 6 (37.50%) Windows
2 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (12.50%) Windows 8
3 2 (12.50%) Windows XP
4 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (6.25%) Android
4 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
4 1 (6.25%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) MVC
2 4 (25.00%) Web Development
3 3 (18.75%) Information Security
3 3 (18.75%) CRM
3 3 (18.75%) Data Protection
3 3 (18.75%) OWASP
4 2 (12.50%) Workflow
4 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (12.50%) Stress Testing
5 1 (6.25%) TDD
5 1 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (6.25%) Customer Engagement
5 1 (6.25%) MVVM
5 1 (6.25%) High Availability
5 1 (6.25%) Capacity Management
5 1 (6.25%) Android Development
5 1 (6.25%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) C#
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Hyper-V
2 1 (6.25%) DFS Replication
2 1 (6.25%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) WSUS
1 1 (6.25%) SCCM
1 1 (6.25%) SCOM
1 1 (6.25%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 3 (18.75%) Akamai
3 2 (12.50%) VMware
4 1 (6.25%) HP
4 1 (6.25%) Dell
4 1 (6.25%) McAfee