The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Azure skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 17 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 252 365 472
Rank change year-on-year
+113 +107
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 432 213 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.41% 0.18%
As % of the Cloud Services category 21.54% 16.73% 12.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 130 60
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 0
Average hourly rate £26.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Cloud Services category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Cloud Services Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Cloud Services category
2006 1273 721
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.62% 2.46% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1341 811 479
Average daily rate £438 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 24 13
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.00 £21.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.82% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.45 £11.25 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £43.75 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.11 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.18% -14.43%

Microsoft Azure
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Cloud Services category.

Microsoft Azure Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the UK over the 3 months to 17 December 2014.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the UK.

Microsoft Azure Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the UK over the 3 months to 17 December 2014.

Microsoft Azure Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 17 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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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
England +108 407 £425 +6.25% 165
London +118 204 £450 +10.76% 68
East of England +43 54 £425 - 15
South East -70 53 £350 -17.64% 20
City of London +42 42 £425 +21.42% 29
Bedfordshire +17 41 £444 +4.41% 5
Luton - 35 £475 - 4
West Midlands +23 32 £469 -0.26% 9
South West - 23 £375 - 15
Surrey +3 20 £375 - 5
Coventry - 18 £491 - 3
East Midlands +18 16 £363 -9.37% 3
Scotland -1 12 £310 -17.33% 1
North West -10 12 £283 -16.29% 19
South Wales - 11 £400 - 5
Wales - 11 £400 - 5
Cardiff - 11 £400 - 3
Berkshire -51 10 £400 -11.11% 3
Glasgow - 10 £310 -
Hampshire -18 9 £344 -8.33% 3
Nottinghamshire +9 8 £550 +37.50% 2
Nottingham +7 8 £550 +37.50% 2
Northamptonshire - 8 £325 - 1
Hertfordshire +9 7 £388 -13.88% 4
Guildford -7 7 £400 +6.66% 1
Reading -12 7 £400 +14.28% 1
Swindon - 7 £413 - 1
Wiltshire - 7 £413 - 2
Merseyside -1 6 £279 -30.31%
North East -22 5 £375 -18.91% 2

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 433 (52.17%) Microsoft
2 425 (51.20%) .NET
3 347 (41.81%) Windows
4 295 (35.54%) Agile Software Development
5 291 (35.06%) C#
6 228 (27.47%) SQL Server
7 210 (25.30%) MVC
8 188 (22.65%) SQL
9 186 (22.41%) ASP.NET
10 179 (21.57%) Active Directory
11 174 (20.96%) Web Services
12 156 (18.80%) Scrum
13 147 (17.71%) MS Excel
13 147 (17.71%) PowerShell
13 147 (17.71%) Amazon AWS
14 133 (16.02%) HTML
15 131 (15.78%) IIS
15 131 (15.78%) CSS
16 130 (15.66%) JavaScript
17 129 (15.54%) SharePoint
18 123 (14.82%) WCF
19 120 (14.46%) .NET Framework
20 118 (14.22%) Team Foundation Server
21 116 (13.98%) VMware
22 115 (13.86%) DevOps
23 110 (13.25%) TDD
24 99 (11.93%) E-Commerce
25 97 (11.69%) DNS
25 97 (11.69%) Linux
26 90 (10.84%) jQuery

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 131 (15.78%) IIS
2 129 (15.54%) SharePoint
3 54 (6.51%) Lync
4 48 (5.78%) Node.js
5 43 (5.18%) SharePoint 2013
5 43 (5.18%) OpenStack
6 37 (4.46%) BizTalk Server
7 36 (4.34%) MS Exchange
8 27 (3.25%) CMS
9 21 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
9 21 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
10 20 (2.41%) Office Communications Server
10 20 (2.41%) Confluence
11 16 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2013
11 16 (1.93%) Apache Solr
12 15 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
12 15 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2007
13 14 (1.69%) Sitecore CMS
14 12 (1.45%) Umbraco
15 10 (1.20%) Apache
Applications
1 147 (17.71%) MS Excel
2 19 (2.29%) MS Office
3 13 (1.57%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.08%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.96%) OmniGraffle
6 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.12%) MS Project
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 42 (5.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.33%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.36%) WebTrends
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 147 (17.71%) Amazon AWS
2 89 (10.72%) Office 365
3 81 (9.76%) PaaS
4 39 (4.70%) Amazon EC2
5 35 (4.22%) IaaS
6 26 (3.13%) SaaS
7 12 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
8 11 (1.33%) Heroku
9 8 (0.96%) GitHub
10 4 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.36%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.36%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.24%) IBM SmartCloud
13 1 (0.12%) Rackspace Cloud
13 1 (0.12%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 97 (11.69%) DNS
2 57 (6.87%) DHCP
3 48 (5.78%) SAN
4 41 (4.94%) Firewall
5 40 (4.82%) VPN
6 36 (4.34%) TCP/IP
7 31 (3.73%) VLAN
7 31 (3.73%) FTP
8 27 (3.25%) WAN
9 23 (2.77%) NAS
9 23 (2.77%) LAN
10 21 (2.53%) HTTP
11 20 (2.41%) MPLS
12 18 (2.17%) LDAP
13 17 (2.05%) SSL
14 16 (1.93%) Internet
15 15 (1.81%) Reverse Proxy
16 12 (1.45%) VPLS
17 11 (1.33%) PBX
18 9 (1.08%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (27.47%) SQL Server
2 75 (9.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 58 (6.99%) Azure SQL Database
4 34 (4.10%) NoSQL
5 27 (3.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 23 (2.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (2.65%) MySQL
8 19 (2.29%) MongoDB
9 18 (2.17%) Big Data
10 16 (1.93%) Hadoop
11 13 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
12 12 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
13 11 (1.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 8 (0.96%) Relational Database
14 8 (0.96%) RavenDB
15 7 (0.84%) Oracle Database
15 7 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
16 6 (0.72%) MarkLogic
17 5 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
17 5 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 118 (14.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 61 (7.35%) Visual Studio
3 44 (5.30%) Jenkins
4 39 (4.70%) Git (software)
5 31 (3.73%) JIRA
6 29 (3.49%) NUnit
7 28 (3.37%) TeamCity
8 26 (3.13%) MSTest
9 23 (2.77%) Subversion
10 22 (2.65%) SpecFlow
11 20 (2.41%) MSBuild
12 16 (1.93%) Selenium
13 14 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 13 (1.57%) ReSharper
15 12 (1.45%) NCover
15 12 (1.45%) NDepend
15 12 (1.45%) StyleCop
16 7 (0.84%) FinalBuilder
17 6 (0.72%) NuGet
18 5 (0.60%) Axure RP
General
1 47 (5.66%) Finance
2 22 (2.65%) Retail
3 17 (2.05%) Marketing
4 12 (1.45%) Telecoms
4 12 (1.45%) Publishing
5 11 (1.33%) Banking
6 10 (1.20%) Legal
7 8 (0.96%) Games
8 5 (0.60%) Mandarin Language
8 5 (0.60%) Korean Language
8 5 (0.60%) Electronics
8 5 (0.60%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.48%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.36%) Japanese Language
10 3 (0.36%) Advertising
11 2 (0.24%) Billing
12 1 (0.12%) Local Government
12 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.12%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 314 (37.83%) Developer
2 133 (16.02%) .NET Developer
3 130 (15.66%) Architect
4 74 (8.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 63 (7.59%) Consultant
6 58 (6.99%) C# Developer
7 50 (6.02%) Solutions Architect
8 49 (5.90%) DevOps Engineer
9 46 (5.54%) Senior Developer
10 35 (4.22%) Web Engineer
11 33 (3.98%) Senior .NET Developer
12 31 (3.73%) C# .NET Developer
12 31 (3.73%) Analyst
13 27 (3.25%) Web Developer
14 24 (2.89%) ASP.NET Developer
14 24 (2.89%) Software Developer
14 24 (2.89%) Technical Architect
15 22 (2.65%) Web Infrastructure Engineer
16 20 (2.41%) DevOps Consultant
17 18 (2.17%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 425 (51.20%) .NET
2 186 (22.41%) ASP.NET
3 174 (20.96%) Web Services
4 133 (16.02%) HTML
5 131 (15.78%) CSS
6 123 (14.82%) WCF
7 120 (14.46%) .NET Framework
8 90 (10.84%) jQuery
9 84 (10.12%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 83 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
11 76 (9.16%) HTML5
12 66 (7.95%) ASP.NET Web API
13 58 (6.99%) XML
14 45 (5.42%) AngularJS
15 43 (5.18%) REST
16 41 (4.94%) CSS3
16 41 (4.94%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 34 (4.10%) Ajax
18 32 (3.86%) RESTful
19 28 (3.37%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 31 (3.73%) Open Source
2 30 (3.61%) User Experience
3 29 (3.49%) Clustering
3 29 (3.49%) Computer Science
4 24 (2.89%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.65%) Inversion of Control
6 17 (2.05%) Mobile App
7 15 (1.81%) Data Structures
8 14 (1.69%) Replication
9 11 (1.33%) PKI
9 11 (1.33%) Client/Server
10 10 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
11 9 (1.08%) GIS
12 7 (0.84%) Wiki
13 5 (0.60%) DTV
14 4 (0.48%) Derivative
14 4 (0.48%) Social Media
15 3 (0.36%) IPTV
15 3 (0.36%) Management Information System
15 3 (0.36%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 347 (41.81%) Windows
2 97 (11.69%) Linux
3 77 (9.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 73 (8.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (3.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 20 (2.41%) UNIX
7 16 (1.93%) Windows 7
8 14 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (1.45%) Windows 8
10 11 (1.33%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.96%) Windows XP
12 7 (0.84%) Android
13 6 (0.72%) Windows 2000
13 6 (0.72%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.48%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.48%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.24%) FreeBSD
15 2 (0.24%) Windows CE
15 2 (0.24%) Windows Phone 8
16 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 295 (35.54%) Agile Software Development
2 210 (25.30%) MVC
3 156 (18.80%) Scrum
4 115 (13.86%) DevOps
5 110 (13.25%) TDD
6 99 (11.93%) E-Commerce
7 68 (8.19%) Configuration Management
8 61 (7.35%) Continuous Integration
8 61 (7.35%) BDD
9 57 (6.87%) Migration
10 49 (5.90%) CRM
10 49 (5.90%) SOA
11 45 (5.42%) ITIL
12 40 (4.82%) Web Development
12 40 (4.82%) Load Balancing
13 36 (4.34%) OO
14 30 (3.61%) Project Management
15 26 (3.13%) Unit Testing
16 23 (2.77%) Workflow
17 22 (2.65%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 291 (35.06%) C#
2 188 (22.65%) SQL
3 147 (17.71%) PowerShell
4 130 (15.66%) JavaScript
5 78 (9.40%) Java
6 74 (8.92%) Python
7 70 (8.43%) Ruby
8 36 (4.34%) PL/SQL
9 31 (3.73%) C++
10 24 (2.89%) VB
11 19 (2.29%) VBScript
11 19 (2.29%) PHP
12 18 (2.17%) Shell Script
13 16 (1.93%) T-SQL
14 15 (1.81%) VB.NET
14 15 (1.81%) Perl
15 13 (1.57%) C
16 9 (1.08%) PHP5
17 7 (0.84%) Bash Shell
17 7 (0.84%) XAML
Qualifications
1 35 (4.22%) Degree
2 26 (3.13%) Security Cleared
3 21 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.05%) MCSE
5 10 (1.20%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.08%) MCITP
6 9 (1.08%) MCTS
6 9 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 8 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.84%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.72%) CCNA
10 5 (0.60%) CCNP
10 5 (0.60%) MCSA
11 4 (0.48%) MCP
12 2 (0.24%) HND
12 2 (0.24%) CCDA
12 2 (0.24%) CCDP
12 2 (0.24%) PhD
13 1 (0.12%) VCAP
13 1 (0.12%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.69%) SLA
2 7 (0.84%) QA
3 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 179 (21.57%) Active Directory
2 85 (10.24%) Hyper-V
3 72 (8.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 36 (4.34%) vSphere
5 14 (1.69%) XenApp
6 10 (1.20%) UAG
7 8 (0.96%) Platform Symphony
8 6 (0.72%) DFS Replication
9 5 (0.60%) vCloud
9 5 (0.60%) Firmware
10 4 (0.48%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.36%) Xen
12 2 (0.24%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.24%) HDFS
12 2 (0.24%) XenServer
13 1 (0.12%) Varnish
13 1 (0.12%) Docker
13 1 (0.12%) KVM
13 1 (0.12%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 82 (9.88%) Opscode Chef
2 75 (9.04%) Puppet
3 72 (8.67%) SCCM
4 63 (7.59%) SCOM
5 27 (3.25%) Vagrant
6 23 (2.77%) Ansible
7 20 (2.41%) Nagios
8 19 (2.29%) Salt
9 14 (1.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 11 (1.33%) Windows Intune
10 11 (1.33%) SCOrch
11 9 (1.08%) SCSM
11 9 (1.08%) SCVMM
12 5 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.60%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 5 (0.60%) SCDPM
12 5 (0.60%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.48%) SolarWinds Orion
14 3 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
14 3 (0.36%) Oozie
Vendors
1 433 (52.17%) Microsoft
2 116 (13.98%) VMware
3 66 (7.95%) Oracle
4 40 (4.82%) HP
5 38 (4.58%) Cisco
6 30 (3.61%) Akamai
7 23 (2.77%) Citrix
8 19 (2.29%) Rackspace
9 17 (2.05%) New Relic
10 15 (1.81%) Sitecore
10 15 (1.81%) F5
10 15 (1.81%) Dell
10 15 (1.81%) Juniper
11 13 (1.57%) Google
12 12 (1.45%) NetApp
12 12 (1.45%) Red Hat
13 9 (1.08%) Symantec
13 9 (1.08%) Sybase
13 9 (1.08%) IBM
14 8 (0.96%) SAP
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