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 19 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 275 406 517
Rank change year-on-year
+131 +111
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 404 183 87
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.35% 0.15%
As % of the Cloud Services category 20.32% 14.66% 12.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 115 39
Average daily rate
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£413 £381 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.19% -4.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £275 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £335 £400
% change year-on-year
+23.13% -16.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £20.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +51.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £20.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
- +51.85%

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
1988 1248 724
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.45% 2.37% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1233 836 424
Average daily rate £425 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.97% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £125 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 27 18
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% -28.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.85 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £47.20 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
-7.31% -26.78%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +120 374 £413 +10.00% 145
London +155 207 £425 +2.40% 56
South East +4 76 £416 +11.00% 23
Berkshire +21 43 £425 +13.33% 5
East of England +8 42 £400 +42.22% 7
City of London +43 38 £400 - 18
Bedfordshire +14 29 £425 - 4
Reading +26 26 £425 +13.33% 3
South West -25 22 £350 -26.31% 24
Wales - 20 £390 - 1
South Wales - 20 £390 - 1
Cardiff - 19 £390 -
Luton -1 18 £425 - 3
West Midlands -13 13 £450 +50.00% 9
Oxfordshire -6 12 £225 -50.00% 3
Surrey -5 11 £400 +92.77% 6
Wiltshire -4 7 £400 - 2
Bristol -7 7 £343 -27.89% 16
Hertfordshire -17 7 £400 -20.00% 2
North West -7 6 £525 +75.00% 12
Watford 0 5 £425 -15.00%
Guildford -6 4 £400 +92.77% 3
Hampshire -15 4 £425 +6.25% 4
Cheshire +7 3 £250 -16.66% 8
West Yorkshire +6 3 £325 +18.18% 1
Yorkshire +1 3 £325 +18.18% 7
Birmingham -3 3 - - 3
Witney - 3 £220 -
Poole - 3 £315 - 1
Dorset - 3 £315 - 3

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 358 (49.45%) Microsoft
2 357 (49.31%) .NET
3 334 (46.13%) Windows
4 284 (39.23%) C#
5 262 (36.19%) Agile Software Development
6 234 (32.32%) SQL Server
7 210 (29.01%) ASP.NET
8 194 (26.80%) MVC
9 181 (25.00%) SQL
10 139 (19.20%) Web Services
11 130 (17.96%) JavaScript
11 130 (17.96%) Team Foundation Server
12 128 (17.68%) Scrum
13 122 (16.85%) HTML
14 115 (15.88%) Active Directory
14 115 (15.88%) WCF
15 112 (15.47%) CSS
16 107 (14.78%) IIS
17 106 (14.64%) SharePoint
18 104 (14.36%) Amazon AWS
19 103 (14.23%) MS Excel
20 100 (13.81%) .NET Framework
21 97 (13.40%) TDD
21 97 (13.40%) Office 365
22 95 (13.12%) SQL Server 2008
23 93 (12.85%) ASP.NET MVC
24 91 (12.57%) VMware
25 86 (11.88%) PowerShell
26 85 (11.74%) PaaS
27 79 (10.91%) DevOps

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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
1 107 (14.78%) IIS
2 106 (14.64%) SharePoint
3 47 (6.49%) MS Exchange
4 46 (6.35%) SharePoint 2013
5 40 (5.52%) BizTalk Server
6 38 (5.25%) Lync
7 36 (4.97%) Node.js
8 29 (4.01%) OpenStack
9 24 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
10 23 (3.18%) CMS
11 22 (3.04%) SharePoint 2010
12 21 (2.90%) Confluence
13 12 (1.66%) Sitecore CMS
14 11 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
14 11 (1.52%) Apache Solr
15 8 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
15 8 (1.10%) Apache
15 8 (1.10%) Office Communications Server
16 7 (0.97%) Umbraco
17 6 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 103 (14.23%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.21%) MS Office
3 10 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.41%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 32 (4.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.55%) WebTrends
2 4 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.28%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 104 (14.36%) Amazon AWS
2 97 (13.40%) Office 365
3 85 (11.74%) PaaS
4 34 (4.70%) IaaS
5 30 (4.14%) SaaS
6 25 (3.45%) Amazon EC2
7 12 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.83%) Heroku
9 5 (0.69%) GitHub
10 2 (0.28%) Rackspace Cloud
10 2 (0.28%) IBM SmartCloud
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.14%) Gitorious
11 1 (0.14%) Google Compute Engine
11 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 78 (10.77%) DNS
2 51 (7.04%) DHCP
3 35 (4.83%) SAN
4 32 (4.42%) Internet
5 31 (4.28%) Firewall
6 29 (4.01%) HTTP
6 29 (4.01%) VPN
7 25 (3.45%) TCP/IP
8 19 (2.62%) Wi-Fi
9 16 (2.21%) VLAN
10 15 (2.07%) SSL
11 14 (1.93%) WAN
12 13 (1.80%) LAN
12 13 (1.80%) NAS
13 11 (1.52%) FTP
14 8 (1.10%) VoIP
14 8 (1.10%) Reverse Proxy
15 7 (0.97%) SNMP
15 7 (0.97%) MPLS
16 6 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 234 (32.32%) SQL Server
2 95 (13.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 55 (7.60%) Azure SQL Database
4 32 (4.42%) Hadoop
5 29 (4.01%) NoSQL
5 29 (4.01%) SQL Server 2005
6 23 (3.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 19 (2.62%) Amazon RDS
8 18 (2.49%) Big Data
9 17 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 17 (2.35%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (1.80%) MongoDB
11 12 (1.66%) MySQL
12 11 (1.52%) Relational Database
13 10 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
14 8 (1.10%) Couchbase
14 8 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
15 7 (0.97%) RDBMS
16 6 (0.83%) RavenDB
17 5 (0.69%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 130 (17.96%) Team Foundation Server
2 71 (9.81%) Visual Studio
3 57 (7.87%) Git (software)
4 32 (4.42%) TeamCity
5 24 (3.31%) JIRA
5 24 (3.31%) Subversion
6 22 (3.04%) Jenkins
7 16 (2.21%) NUnit
8 15 (2.07%) SpecFlow
9 13 (1.80%) MSBuild
10 12 (1.66%) MSTest
11 11 (1.52%) Selenium
12 8 (1.10%) Artifactory
13 7 (0.97%) FinalBuilder
14 6 (0.83%) Jasmine
14 6 (0.83%) Log4Net
15 5 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
16 4 (0.55%) WebDriver
16 4 (0.55%) Calabash
16 4 (0.55%) Oracle Forms
General
1 38 (5.25%) Finance
2 19 (2.62%) Marketing
3 15 (2.07%) Telecoms
4 13 (1.80%) Back Office
5 12 (1.66%) Retail
6 11 (1.52%) Banking
7 9 (1.24%) Publishing
8 8 (1.10%) Legal
9 5 (0.69%) Advertising
10 4 (0.55%) Electronics
10 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.55%) Games
10 4 (0.55%) Billing
11 3 (0.41%) Japanese Language
11 3 (0.41%) Korean Language
11 3 (0.41%) Mandarin Language
11 3 (0.41%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.14%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.14%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 309 (42.68%) Developer
2 119 (16.44%) .NET Developer
3 79 (10.91%) Architect
4 65 (8.98%) Senior Developer
5 61 (8.43%) C# Developer
6 59 (8.15%) Consultant
7 45 (6.22%) DevOps Engineer
8 43 (5.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 41 (5.66%) Analyst
10 38 (5.25%) Senior .NET Developer
11 31 (4.28%) Web Developer
12 26 (3.59%) C# .NET Developer
12 26 (3.59%) Software Engineer
13 25 (3.45%) ASP.NET Developer
13 25 (3.45%) BizTalk Developer
14 20 (2.76%) Software Developer
15 19 (2.62%) Solutions Architect
16 18 (2.49%) SharePoint Developer
17 16 (2.21%) Business Analyst
18 15 (2.07%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 357 (49.31%) .NET
2 210 (29.01%) ASP.NET
3 139 (19.20%) Web Services
4 122 (16.85%) HTML
5 115 (15.88%) WCF
6 112 (15.47%) CSS
7 100 (13.81%) .NET Framework
8 93 (12.85%) ASP.NET MVC
9 75 (10.36%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 70 (9.67%) XML
11 65 (8.98%) HTML5
12 64 (8.84%) jQuery
13 41 (5.66%) ASP.NET Web API
14 40 (5.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 37 (5.11%) RabbitMQ
15 37 (5.11%) AngularJS
16 35 (4.83%) Ajax
17 31 (4.28%) REST
17 31 (4.28%) KnockoutJS
18 30 (4.14%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 31 (4.28%) Open Source
2 30 (4.14%) GIS
3 23 (3.18%) Computer Science
4 20 (2.76%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.49%) User Experience
5 18 (2.49%) CMDB
6 15 (2.07%) PKI
7 14 (1.93%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
9 11 (1.52%) Replication
9 11 (1.52%) Inversion of Control
10 8 (1.10%) Clustering
10 8 (1.10%) Wiki
11 6 (0.83%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.55%) Social Media
12 4 (0.55%) DTV
13 3 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
13 3 (0.41%) IPTV
13 3 (0.41%) Derivative
13 3 (0.41%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 334 (46.13%) Windows
2 69 (9.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 67 (9.25%) Linux
4 66 (9.12%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (3.87%) Windows Server 2003
6 23 (3.18%) Windows 7
7 22 (3.04%) Windows 8
8 21 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.24%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.97%) UNIX
10 7 (0.97%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.83%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.69%) Android
13 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone 8
13 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.28%) Windows CE
14 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 262 (36.19%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (26.80%) MVC
3 128 (17.68%) Scrum
4 97 (13.40%) TDD
5 79 (10.91%) DevOps
6 68 (9.39%) Configuration Management
7 52 (7.18%) E-Commerce
8 50 (6.91%) SOA
9 48 (6.63%) ITIL
10 47 (6.49%) Migration
11 43 (5.94%) Workflow
12 40 (5.52%) Unit Testing
13 39 (5.39%) Continuous Integration
13 39 (5.39%) Web Development
14 38 (5.25%) OO
15 36 (4.97%) BDD
16 35 (4.83%) CRM
17 32 (4.42%) Project Management
18 31 (4.28%) Software Engineering
19 27 (3.73%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 284 (39.23%) C#
2 181 (25.00%) SQL
3 130 (17.96%) JavaScript
4 86 (11.88%) PowerShell
5 48 (6.63%) Java
6 45 (6.22%) Ruby
7 43 (5.94%) Python
8 34 (4.70%) PL/SQL
9 33 (4.56%) VB
10 26 (3.59%) C++
11 20 (2.76%) PHP
12 19 (2.62%) VBScript
13 17 (2.35%) Perl
14 16 (2.21%) VB.NET
15 15 (2.07%) T-SQL
16 13 (1.80%) C
16 13 (1.80%) Shell Script
17 9 (1.24%) PHP5
18 7 (0.97%) XAML
19 6 (0.83%) VC++
Qualifications
1 38 (5.25%) Degree
2 36 (4.97%) Security Cleared
3 29 (4.01%) SC Cleared
4 26 (3.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (2.76%) MCSE
6 13 (1.80%) MCP
7 12 (1.66%) MCTS
7 12 (1.66%) MCITP
8 11 (1.52%) MCSA
9 9 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (0.83%) ISEB
11 5 (0.69%) DV Cleared
12 3 (0.41%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.28%) PhD
13 2 (0.28%) CCNP
14 1 (0.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 1 (0.14%) CCNA
14 1 (0.14%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.07%) QA
2 11 (1.52%) SLA
3 8 (1.10%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 115 (15.88%) Active Directory
2 47 (6.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (6.22%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.49%) vSphere
5 15 (2.07%) UAG
6 12 (1.66%) XenApp
7 11 (1.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 7 (0.97%) Platform Symphony
9 6 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.28%) XenServer
10 2 (0.28%) vCloud
10 2 (0.28%) HDFS
11 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.14%) Varnish
11 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 67 (9.25%) Opscode Chef
2 47 (6.49%) SCCM
3 41 (5.66%) Puppet
4 25 (3.45%) SCOM
5 15 (2.07%) Ansible
5 15 (2.07%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 14 (1.93%) Salt
7 12 (1.66%) Vagrant
7 12 (1.66%) Windows Intune
7 12 (1.66%) Nagios
8 8 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
8 8 (1.10%) SCDPM
9 3 (0.41%) SCVMM
9 3 (0.41%) Foglight
9 3 (0.41%) Oozie
9 3 (0.41%) SCOrch
9 3 (0.41%) SCSM
9 3 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.28%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 358 (49.45%) Microsoft
2 91 (12.57%) VMware
3 63 (8.70%) Oracle
4 33 (4.56%) Citrix
5 28 (3.87%) HP
6 27 (3.73%) Cisco
7 23 (3.18%) Red Hat
8 19 (2.62%) SAP
8 19 (2.62%) SolarWinds
9 17 (2.35%) Google
10 16 (2.21%) Rackspace
11 14 (1.93%) Akamai
11 14 (1.93%) Sitecore
12 13 (1.80%) Juniper
13 10 (1.38%) New Relic
14 9 (1.24%) McAfee
15 8 (1.10%) JBoss
16 7 (0.97%) Sybase
16 7 (0.97%) Twitter
17 6 (0.83%) F5
Guildford, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
SEC Recruitment Limited
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £competitive day rate
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £515 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
FPSG Connect
Rate: £260 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedfordshire
Streamline Connections
Rate: £370 - £410 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
West Midlands
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
Ealing
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Basingstoke
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 16 days ago
Warwick
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £400 - 425 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £380.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 18 days ago