The table below looks at the statistics for Azure SQL Database skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Azure SQL Database over the 3 months to 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Windows Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)
Rank 574 571 540
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -31
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 21 11 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.021% 0.034%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 0.18% 0.094% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 9
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£363 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £320 £337
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £413 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+46.15% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Database & Business Intelligence category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Database & Business Intelligence Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Database & Business Intelligence category
11571 11749 11016
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.97% 22.77% 22.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 7713 7225 6675
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 267 274
Average hourly rate £33.50 £28.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.64% -8.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £14.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £46.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -8.19%

Azure SQL Database
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Database & Business Intelligence category.

Azure SQL Database Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the UK.

Azure SQL Database Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Azure SQL Database Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 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
England -19 21 £363 -3.33% 3
South East -12 10 £338 -10.00%
London +20 7 £363 -6.45% 1
Surrey 0 6 - -
East of England -14 4 £600 -
City of London +10 3 £350 -12.50% 1
Hampshire - 1 £325 -
Lancashire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 1
Manchester - - - - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Swansea - - - -
Wigan - - - - 1
Devon - - - -
Essex - - - -
Bicester - - - -
Chelmsford - - - -
Egham - - - -
Enfield - - - -
Leatherhead - - - -
Mayfair - - - -
West Wales - - - -
South West - - - - 1
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Wales - - - -

Azure SQL Database
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Azure SQL Database 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 Azure SQL Database.

1 58 (100.00%) SQL
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 48 (82.76%) .NET
3 47 (81.03%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (74.14%) MVC
5 37 (63.79%) Scrum
6 36 (62.07%) Microsoft
7 35 (60.34%) PaaS
8 30 (51.72%) Team Foundation Server
9 28 (48.28%) SQL Server
10 26 (44.83%) WCF
11 25 (43.10%) .NET Framework
11 25 (43.10%) SQL Server 2008
11 25 (43.10%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 24 (41.38%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 24 (41.38%) PL/SQL
12 24 (41.38%) Oracle
12 24 (41.38%) MS Excel
13 23 (39.66%) C#
14 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET
14 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET MVC
15 12 (20.69%) TDD
16 9 (15.52%) HTTP
16 9 (15.52%) CQRS
17 8 (13.79%) Multithreading
17 8 (13.79%) Enterprise Architecture
18 7 (12.07%) iOS Development
19 6 (10.34%) Automation Testing
19 6 (10.34%) REST
19 6 (10.34%) Apple iOS

Azure SQL Database
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Azure SQL Database 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 Azure SQL Database. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (5.17%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.72%) Apache
2 1 (1.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 24 (41.38%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (60.34%) PaaS
3 1 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.52%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (48.28%) SQL Server
2 25 (43.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.45%) CouchDB
3 2 (3.45%) MySQL
3 2 (3.45%) SQLite
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.72%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.72%) Big Data
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 30 (51.72%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (10.34%) Selenium
3 4 (6.90%) Visual Studio
4 3 (5.17%) SpecFlow
5 2 (3.45%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (1.72%) Retail
Job Titles
1 41 (70.69%) Developer
2 23 (39.66%) .NET Developer
3 17 (29.31%) Senior .NET Developer
3 17 (29.31%) Senior Developer
4 8 (13.79%) C# Developer
5 6 (10.34%) Automation Tester
5 6 (10.34%) Tester
6 4 (6.90%) Team Leader
6 4 (6.90%) .NET Team Leader
7 3 (5.17%) Consultant
7 3 (5.17%) C# .NET Developer
8 2 (3.45%) Umbraco Developer
8 2 (3.45%) WPF Developer
8 2 (3.45%) iOS Developer
8 2 (3.45%) Software Developer
8 2 (3.45%) Head of Development
9 1 (1.72%) Delivery Manager
9 1 (1.72%) Senior C# Developer
9 1 (1.72%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (82.76%) .NET
2 26 (44.83%) WCF
3 25 (43.10%) .NET Framework
3 25 (43.10%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 24 (41.38%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET
5 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET MVC
6 6 (10.34%) REST
6 6 (10.34%) CSS
6 6 (10.34%) HTML
7 3 (5.17%) Web Services
8 2 (3.45%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (3.45%) AngularJS
8 2 (3.45%) SOAP
8 2 (3.45%) WPF
9 1 (1.72%) WF
9 1 (1.72%) Silverlight
9 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 1 (1.72%) RESTful
9 1 (1.72%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.17%) User Experience
2 1 (1.72%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.34%) Apple iOS
2 5 (8.62%) Windows
3 1 (1.72%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (81.03%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (74.14%) MVC
3 37 (63.79%) Scrum
4 12 (20.69%) TDD
5 9 (15.52%) CQRS
6 8 (13.79%) Multithreading
6 8 (13.79%) Enterprise Architecture
7 7 (12.07%) iOS Development
8 6 (10.34%) Automation Testing
9 4 (6.90%) Workflow
10 3 (5.17%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (5.17%) Web Development
10 3 (5.17%) E-Commerce
10 3 (5.17%) High Availability
11 2 (3.45%) Progressive Enhancement
11 2 (3.45%) Test Automation
11 2 (3.45%) Software Engineering
11 2 (3.45%) Unit Testing
11 2 (3.45%) Continuous Integration
12 1 (1.72%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 58 (100.00%) SQL
2 24 (41.38%) PL/SQL
3 23 (39.66%) C#
4 5 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.45%) Objective-C
6 1 (1.72%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (3.45%) HND
Vendors
1 36 (62.07%) Microsoft
2 24 (41.38%) Oracle