The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Cloud Services category.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 298 399 506
Rank change year-on-year
+101 +107
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 325 172 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.34% 0.14%
As % of the Cloud Services category 18.41% 15.02% 11.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 114 41
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £590
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £17.50 - £13.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 - £13.50
Cloud Services Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Cloud Services category
1765 1145 686
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.28% 2.25% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1113 773 432
Average daily rate £413 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £125 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £525 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+29.16% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 31 5
Average hourly rate £16.63 £31.00 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.37% +129.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £12.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £50.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £32.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-50.00% +137.03%

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 23 July 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
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 23 July 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 +86 293 £400 +6.66% 135
London +93 176 £415 +6.41% 57
South East -22 50 £310 -17.33% 17
South West +1 31 £375 -21.05% 14
City of London +34 29 £400 +6.66% 20
Berkshire +1 25 £450 +5.88% 1
Wales - 19 £375 -
South Wales - 19 £375 -
Cardiff - 18 £375 -
Reading +16 15 £450 - 1
East of England -21 14 £363 +28.88% 19
West Sussex - 12 £220 -
Birmingham +6 7 £500 +33.33% 2
Oxfordshire +2 7 £220 - 11
West Midlands -12 7 £500 +33.33% 3
Somerset - 7 £375 -
North West 0 6 £350 +16.66% 14
Wiltshire +6 5 £325 - 8
Luton -14 5 £425 -2.85% 2
Surrey -15 5 £400 +128.57% 2
Bedfordshire -18 5 £425 -2.85% 5
East Midlands +3 4 £400 +68.42% 2
Swindon -1 4 £325 - 3
Suffolk -17 4 £363 - 5
Dorset - 4 £400 - 3
Staines - 4 - -
Gatwick - 4 £220 -
Manchester +2 3 £325 +8.33% 4
Essex 0 3 £350 - 6
Bristol -24 3 £310 -34.73% 2

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 311 (51.75%) .NET
2 291 (48.42%) Windows
3 285 (47.42%) Microsoft
4 267 (44.43%) C#
5 222 (36.94%) SQL Server
6 207 (34.44%) ASP.NET
7 144 (23.96%) MVC
8 142 (23.63%) SQL
9 127 (21.13%) Agile Software Development
10 118 (19.63%) JavaScript
11 116 (19.30%) Web Services
12 106 (17.64%) HTML
13 102 (16.97%) TDD
14 99 (16.47%) Scrum
15 95 (15.81%) CSS
16 92 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
17 91 (15.14%) WCF
18 88 (14.64%) ASP.NET MVC
19 86 (14.31%) Amazon AWS
20 83 (13.81%) .NET Framework
21 82 (13.64%) Office 365
22 80 (13.31%) IIS
22 80 (13.31%) MS Excel
23 79 (13.14%) SharePoint
24 78 (12.98%) Active Directory
25 75 (12.48%) SQL Server 2008
26 71 (11.81%) DevOps
27 70 (11.65%) XML
28 69 (11.48%) VMware
29 66 (10.98%) jQuery

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 80 (13.31%) IIS
2 79 (13.14%) SharePoint
3 43 (7.15%) MS Exchange
4 39 (6.49%) BizTalk Server
5 37 (6.16%) SharePoint 2013
6 26 (4.33%) Node.js
7 25 (4.16%) Lync
8 24 (3.99%) CMS
9 21 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2010
10 18 (3.00%) OpenStack
11 13 (2.16%) nginx
11 13 (2.16%) SharePoint 2010
12 11 (1.83%) Apache Solr
13 8 (1.33%) Confluence
13 8 (1.33%) Sitecore CMS
13 8 (1.33%) Apache
14 6 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
15 5 (0.83%) Umbraco
16 4 (0.67%) Sitefinity
16 4 (0.67%) GlassFish
Applications
1 80 (13.31%) MS Excel
2 10 (1.66%) MS Office
3 7 (1.16%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.33%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.17%) SPSS
5 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 28 (4.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.67%) WebTrends
3 3 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 86 (14.31%) Amazon AWS
2 82 (13.64%) Office 365
3 50 (8.32%) PaaS
4 33 (5.49%) IaaS
4 33 (5.49%) SaaS
5 23 (3.83%) Cloud Computing
6 17 (2.83%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.83%) Heroku
8 3 (0.50%) Jelastic
9 2 (0.33%) IBM SmartCloud
9 2 (0.33%) Rackspace Cloud
10 1 (0.17%) Google Compute Engine
10 1 (0.17%) Gitorious
10 1 (0.17%) CloudFront
10 1 (0.17%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 53 (8.82%) DNS
2 36 (5.99%) DHCP
3 33 (5.49%) HTTP
4 27 (4.49%) Internet
5 26 (4.33%) Firewall
6 22 (3.66%) VPN
7 19 (3.16%) SAN
8 15 (2.50%) SSL
8 15 (2.50%) TCP/IP
8 15 (2.50%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (1.83%) VLAN
9 11 (1.83%) LAN
10 9 (1.50%) WAN
11 7 (1.16%) VoIP
11 7 (1.16%) Wireshark
12 6 (1.00%) SNMP
12 6 (1.00%) MPLS
13 5 (0.83%) Network Security
13 5 (0.83%) NAS
13 5 (0.83%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (36.94%) SQL Server
2 75 (12.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 36 (5.99%) NoSQL
3 36 (5.99%) Azure SQL Database
4 35 (5.82%) SQL Server 2005
5 27 (4.49%) Hadoop
6 24 (3.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 20 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 20 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
8 16 (2.66%) Big Data
8 16 (2.66%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (2.33%) MongoDB
10 13 (2.16%) Relational Database
11 12 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
12 10 (1.66%) RDBMS
12 10 (1.66%) RavenDB
13 9 (1.50%) Oracle Database
14 8 (1.33%) Couchbase
15 7 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
15 7 (1.16%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 92 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
2 63 (10.48%) Visual Studio
3 56 (9.32%) Git (software)
4 36 (5.99%) TeamCity
5 23 (3.83%) Subversion
6 21 (3.49%) Jenkins
7 17 (2.83%) NUnit
8 13 (2.16%) JIRA
9 12 (2.00%) Selenium
10 10 (1.66%) SpecFlow
11 9 (1.50%) Jasmine
12 8 (1.33%) MSTest
12 8 (1.33%) MSBuild
12 8 (1.33%) Artifactory
13 5 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
13 5 (0.83%) Bugzilla
14 4 (0.67%) Fiddler
14 4 (0.67%) JSUnit
14 4 (0.67%) ReSharper
14 4 (0.67%) Mercurial
General
1 35 (5.82%) Finance
2 16 (2.66%) Back Office
3 14 (2.33%) Marketing
4 12 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.33%) Retail
5 8 (1.33%) Publishing
6 7 (1.16%) Billing
7 6 (1.00%) Banking
8 5 (0.83%) Advertising
9 4 (0.67%) Games
10 3 (0.50%) Mandarin Language
10 3 (0.50%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.50%) Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) Japanese Language
10 3 (0.50%) Korean Language
10 3 (0.50%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.33%) French Language
11 2 (0.33%) German Language
11 2 (0.33%) Front Office
11 2 (0.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 262 (43.59%) Developer
2 104 (17.30%) .NET Developer
3 72 (11.98%) Architect
4 64 (10.65%) C# Developer
5 48 (7.99%) Consultant
5 48 (7.99%) Senior Developer
6 45 (7.49%) DevOps Engineer
7 34 (5.66%) Analyst
8 33 (5.49%) C# .NET Developer
9 31 (5.16%) BizTalk Developer
10 26 (4.33%) Web Developer
10 26 (4.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 25 (4.16%) ASP.NET Developer
12 22 (3.66%) Senior .NET Developer
13 21 (3.49%) Technical Architect
14 20 (3.33%) Software Engineer
15 16 (2.66%) Business Analyst
16 13 (2.16%) Solutions Architect
16 13 (2.16%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 12 (2.00%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 311 (51.75%) .NET
2 207 (34.44%) ASP.NET
3 116 (19.30%) Web Services
4 106 (17.64%) HTML
5 95 (15.81%) CSS
6 91 (15.14%) WCF
7 88 (14.64%) ASP.NET MVC
8 83 (13.81%) .NET Framework
9 70 (11.65%) XML
10 66 (10.98%) jQuery
11 53 (8.82%) HTML5
11 53 (8.82%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 37 (6.16%) RabbitMQ
13 36 (5.99%) REST
14 35 (5.82%) AngularJS
15 33 (5.49%) KnockoutJS
15 33 (5.49%) LINQ
16 31 (5.16%) Ajax
17 29 (4.83%) ASP.NET Web API
18 27 (4.49%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.32%) Open Source
2 29 (4.83%) GIS
3 18 (3.00%) CMDB
4 15 (2.50%) Computer Science
5 13 (2.16%) PKI
6 11 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (1.66%) Video on Demand
8 9 (1.50%) Mobile App
8 9 (1.50%) Semantic Web
9 8 (1.33%) Clustering
10 6 (1.00%) Wiki
10 6 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
11 4 (0.67%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.67%) E-Learning
11 4 (0.67%) Management Information System
11 4 (0.67%) Replication
11 4 (0.67%) NHS
12 3 (0.50%) DTV
12 3 (0.50%) Freedom of Information
13 2 (0.33%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 291 (48.42%) Windows
2 63 (10.48%) Linux
3 56 (9.32%) Windows Server 2012
4 46 (7.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 18 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (2.66%) Windows 7
7 15 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (2.50%) Windows 8
7 15 (2.50%) UNIX
8 13 (2.16%) Ubuntu
9 12 (2.00%) Windows Phone 8
9 12 (2.00%) Windows Phone
10 10 (1.66%) Android
11 5 (0.83%) Apple iOS
12 4 (0.67%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.33%) SUSE
14 1 (0.17%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.17%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (23.96%) MVC
2 127 (21.13%) Agile Software Development
3 102 (16.97%) TDD
4 99 (16.47%) Scrum
5 71 (11.81%) DevOps
6 63 (10.48%) SOA
7 51 (8.49%) Configuration Management
8 43 (7.15%) Unit Testing
9 41 (6.82%) Migration
10 40 (6.66%) Continuous Integration
11 39 (6.49%) ITIL
12 38 (6.32%) Workflow
13 35 (5.82%) Web Development
14 34 (5.66%) BDD
14 34 (5.66%) Project Management
15 32 (5.32%) Software Engineering
16 31 (5.16%) CRM
17 28 (4.66%) E-Commerce
18 25 (4.16%) Service Delivery
18 25 (4.16%) MVVM
Programming Languages
1 267 (44.43%) C#
2 142 (23.63%) SQL
3 118 (19.63%) JavaScript
4 63 (10.48%) PowerShell
5 50 (8.32%) Ruby
6 32 (5.32%) Python
7 31 (5.16%) Java
8 25 (4.16%) VB
9 16 (2.66%) T-SQL
10 15 (2.50%) VBScript
10 15 (2.50%) Perl
11 14 (2.33%) Shell Script
12 13 (2.16%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.83%) C
14 10 (1.66%) PHP
14 10 (1.66%) XAML
15 9 (1.50%) VB.NET
15 9 (1.50%) C++
16 7 (1.16%) VB6
17 5 (0.83%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 28 (4.66%) Security Cleared
2 27 (4.49%) Degree
3 24 (3.99%) SC Cleared
4 21 (3.49%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (2.66%) MCSE
6 13 (2.16%) MCP
7 11 (1.83%) MCSA
8 9 (1.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (1.33%) MCTS
9 8 (1.33%) MCITP
10 6 (1.00%) ISEB
11 4 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.50%) CCNA
12 3 (0.50%) ISTQB
13 2 (0.33%) PhD
14 1 (0.17%) CCIE
14 1 (0.17%) CCNP
14 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 1 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.16%) QA
2 7 (1.16%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.83%) SLA
4 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 78 (12.98%) Active Directory
2 37 (6.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.83%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.33%) vSphere
5 12 (2.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 11 (1.83%) UAG
7 7 (1.16%) XenApp
8 5 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.33%) Varnish
9 2 (0.33%) vCloud
9 2 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
10 1 (0.17%) XenServer
10 1 (0.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 55 (9.15%) Opscode Chef
2 35 (5.82%) Puppet
3 28 (4.66%) SCCM
4 11 (1.83%) Ansible
5 10 (1.66%) Salt
6 9 (1.50%) Nagios
6 9 (1.50%) Vagrant
7 7 (1.16%) Capistrano
7 7 (1.16%) HAProxy
8 6 (1.00%) Windows Intune
9 5 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.83%) SCOM
9 5 (0.83%) SCDPM
9 5 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.50%) Foglight
11 2 (0.33%) WSUS
12 1 (0.17%) EMC NetWorker
12 1 (0.17%) SCVMM
12 1 (0.17%) Backup Exec
12 1 (0.17%) WMI
Vendors
1 285 (47.42%) Microsoft
2 69 (11.48%) VMware
3 36 (5.99%) Oracle
4 29 (4.83%) Citrix
5 21 (3.49%) HP
5 21 (3.49%) Cisco
6 17 (2.83%) SAP
6 17 (2.83%) Red Hat
6 17 (2.83%) SolarWinds
7 16 (2.66%) Google
8 14 (2.33%) Rackspace
9 12 (2.00%) Akamai
10 10 (1.66%) Telerik
11 9 (1.50%) Sitecore
12 7 (1.16%) JBoss
13 6 (1.00%) Juniper
13 6 (1.00%) EMC
13 6 (1.00%) McAfee
13 6 (1.00%) Splunk
13 6 (1.00%) New Relic
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