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 28 July 2015 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 202 310 415
Rank change year-on-year
+108 +105
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 617 329 173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 0.60% 0.34%
As % of the Cloud Services category 18.78% 14.81% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 223 115
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £254 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £584 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-2.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+128.57% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £17.50 -
% change year-on-year
+122.85% -

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
3285 2222 1367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.76% 4.06% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 2183 1424 932
Average daily rate £415 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 53 35
Average hourly rate £23.00 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.42% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.40 £23.80 £48.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £16.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+30.30% -48.43%

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 28 July 2015.

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 28 July 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +105 586 £400 - 259
London +72 304 £450 +5.88% 102
South East +47 116 £425 +58.87% 40
City of London +25 63 £450 +12.50% 19
East of England +29 45 £400 +10.34% 21
West Midlands +32 40 £375 -25.00% 17
Surrey +33 35 £475 +18.75% 13
South West +3 34 £325 -13.33% 29
Cambridgeshire +17 28 £425 +21.42% 7
North West -1 25 £325 -7.14% 33
Coventry - 22 £335 - 2
Berkshire 0 20 £439 -2.50% 6
East Sussex - 19 £358 - 1
Bristol +4 14 £331 +6.85% 5
Staines +10 13 - - 1
Cambridge +5 13 £340 -2.85% 6
Wales -8 13 £425 +13.33% 2
Brighton - 13 £340 - 1
Oxfordshire -18 12 £444 +99.43% 9
Hampshire - 12 £450 - 6
Birmingham +5 11 £450 -10.00% 10
Yorkshire -18 10 £400 +45.45% 7
Merseyside - 10 £303 - 3
Wiltshire +3 9 £325 - 3
Reading -8 9 £440 -2.22% 4
Swindon +6 8 £325 - 1
Scotland +6 8 £300 - 7
South Wales -10 8 £425 +13.33% 2
Cardiff -15 8 £425 +13.33% 1
Milton Keynes - 8 £450 -

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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.

1 484 (42.46%) Microsoft
2 462 (40.53%) Amazon AWS
3 398 (34.91%) Windows
4 372 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
5 356 (31.23%) .NET
6 293 (25.70%) C#
7 235 (20.61%) SQL Server
8 216 (18.95%) Active Directory
9 208 (18.25%) VMware
10 195 (17.11%) JavaScript
10 195 (17.11%) SQL
11 190 (16.67%) ASP.NET
12 183 (16.05%) MVC
13 172 (15.09%) TDD
14 165 (14.47%) HTML
15 158 (13.86%) DevOps
16 153 (13.42%) PowerShell
16 153 (13.42%) SharePoint
17 151 (13.25%) Office 365
18 149 (13.07%) Web Services
19 147 (12.89%) CSS
20 135 (11.84%) Migration
21 133 (11.67%) Linux
22 128 (11.23%) Scrum
22 128 (11.23%) Windows Server 2008
22 128 (11.23%) Continuous Integration
23 124 (10.88%) DNS
24 115 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
25 114 (10.00%) Java
26 111 (9.74%) jQuery

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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
1 153 (13.42%) SharePoint
2 98 (8.60%) IIS
3 83 (7.28%) MS Exchange
4 66 (5.79%) OpenStack
5 61 (5.35%) Node.js
6 54 (4.74%) SharePoint 2013
7 48 (4.21%) Exchange Server 2010
8 42 (3.68%) Lync
9 38 (3.33%) CMS
10 31 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2007
11 30 (2.63%) Umbraco
11 30 (2.63%) SharePoint 2010
12 29 (2.54%) BizTalk Server
13 20 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
14 18 (1.58%) NServiceBus
14 18 (1.58%) Sitecore CMS
15 13 (1.14%) Kentico
15 13 (1.14%) Apache
16 12 (1.05%) Eucalyptus
17 11 (0.96%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 96 (8.42%) MS Excel
2 30 (2.63%) MS Office
3 14 (1.23%) MS Project
4 12 (1.05%) Photoshop
4 12 (1.05%) Adobe Illustrator
5 9 (0.79%) OmniGraffle
6 3 (0.26%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.26%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.18%) Fireworks
7 2 (0.18%) HipChat
8 1 (0.088%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 33 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.61%) Tridion
4 6 (0.53%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.18%) Maximo
6 1 (0.088%) assyst
6 1 (0.088%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.088%) SAP APO
Cloud Services
1 462 (40.53%) Amazon AWS
2 151 (13.25%) Office 365
3 78 (6.84%) IaaS
4 76 (6.67%) PaaS
5 47 (4.12%) SaaS
6 41 (3.60%) Cloud Computing
7 38 (3.33%) Amazon EC2
8 25 (2.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 18 (1.58%) Google Cloud Platform
9 18 (1.58%) AWS CloudFormation
10 14 (1.23%) Yammer
10 14 (1.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 10 (0.88%) Heroku
12 8 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 6 (0.53%) Amazon S3
14 5 (0.44%) Google Apps
15 4 (0.35%) SoftLayer
15 4 (0.35%) Google Analytics
15 4 (0.35%) Rackspace Cloud
16 2 (0.18%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 124 (10.88%) DNS
2 64 (5.61%) Firewall
3 63 (5.53%) SAN
4 62 (5.44%) DHCP
5 54 (4.74%) HTTP
5 54 (4.74%) TCP/IP
6 42 (3.68%) VLAN
7 41 (3.60%) Network Security
8 37 (3.25%) LAN
9 36 (3.16%) WAN
10 31 (2.72%) SSL
11 24 (2.11%) VPN
12 23 (2.02%) Internet
12 23 (2.02%) NAS
13 22 (1.93%) Fibre Channel
14 12 (1.05%) WLAN
15 11 (0.96%) ADSL
16 10 (0.88%) LDAP
16 10 (0.88%) Software-Defined Networking
17 8 (0.70%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 235 (20.61%) SQL Server
2 79 (6.93%) MongoDB
3 52 (4.56%) NoSQL
4 32 (2.81%) SQL Server 2008
5 31 (2.72%) Data Warehouse
5 31 (2.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 30 (2.63%) Big Data
6 30 (2.63%) MySQL
7 25 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
7 25 (2.19%) Azure SQL Database
8 22 (1.93%) Apache Cassandra
8 22 (1.93%) CouchDB
8 22 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 21 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 19 (1.67%) Hadoop
11 18 (1.58%) Oracle Database
11 18 (1.58%) Relational Database
12 13 (1.14%) RDBMS
13 12 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
14 10 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 100 (8.77%) Git (software)
2 71 (6.23%) Jenkins
3 48 (4.21%) Team Foundation Server
4 43 (3.77%) Subversion
5 35 (3.07%) Visual Studio
6 33 (2.89%) Mercurial
7 27 (2.37%) JIRA
8 25 (2.19%) Grunt
8 25 (2.19%) gulp
9 24 (2.11%) Jasmine
10 21 (1.84%) Octopus Deploy
11 19 (1.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 18 (1.58%) TeamCity
13 16 (1.40%) Mocha
13 16 (1.40%) Selenium
13 16 (1.40%) Maven
13 16 (1.40%) NUnit
13 16 (1.40%) QUnit
14 15 (1.32%) Bower
14 15 (1.32%) webpack
General
1 55 (4.82%) Finance
2 48 (4.21%) Retail
3 41 (3.60%) Games
4 29 (2.54%) Banking
5 17 (1.49%) Telecoms
6 16 (1.40%) Back Office
7 9 (0.79%) French Language
8 8 (0.70%) Local Government
8 8 (0.70%) Marketing
8 8 (0.70%) Publishing
9 7 (0.61%) Advertising
9 7 (0.61%) Law
9 7 (0.61%) Spanish Language
9 7 (0.61%) German Language
9 7 (0.61%) Italian Language
10 5 (0.44%) Multimedia
11 4 (0.35%) Billing
11 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.35%) Front Office
12 3 (0.26%) Legal
Job Titles
1 337 (29.56%) Developer
2 254 (22.28%) Architect
3 153 (13.42%) .NET Developer
4 101 (8.86%) Consultant
5 91 (7.98%) Solutions Architect
6 73 (6.40%) Cloud Architect
7 51 (4.47%) DevOps Engineer
8 48 (4.21%) Analyst
9 47 (4.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 45 (3.95%) C# Developer
11 42 (3.68%) Project Manager
12 40 (3.51%) Web Developer
13 37 (3.25%) Senior Developer
14 33 (2.89%) Technical Architect
14 33 (2.89%) C# .NET Developer
15 30 (2.63%) Web Engineer
16 27 (2.37%) Server Engineer
17 25 (2.19%) ASP.NET Developer
17 25 (2.19%) Administrator
18 24 (2.11%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 356 (31.23%) .NET
2 190 (16.67%) ASP.NET
3 165 (14.47%) HTML
4 149 (13.07%) Web Services
5 147 (12.89%) CSS
6 111 (9.74%) jQuery
6 111 (9.74%) ASP.NET MVC
7 108 (9.47%) ASP.NET Web API
8 106 (9.30%) AngularJS
9 96 (8.42%) HTML5
10 83 (7.28%) .NET Framework
11 81 (7.11%) CSS3
12 79 (6.93%) WCF
13 59 (5.18%) Entity Framework
14 52 (4.56%) REST
15 42 (3.68%) XML
16 40 (3.51%) React
17 35 (3.07%) KnockoutJS
18 34 (2.98%) RESTful
18 34 (2.98%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 94 (8.25%) Data Centre
2 65 (5.70%) User Experience
3 49 (4.30%) Mobile App
4 35 (3.07%) Public Cloud
4 35 (3.07%) PKI
5 30 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (2.54%) Private Cloud
7 25 (2.19%) Replication
8 22 (1.93%) Clustering
9 19 (1.67%) Online Games
9 19 (1.67%) iPad
10 17 (1.49%) Streaming Video
11 16 (1.40%) Hybrid Cloud
12 15 (1.32%) iPhone
13 14 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
14 13 (1.14%) Social Media
14 13 (1.14%) Grid Computing
15 11 (0.96%) Management Information System
16 10 (0.88%) GIS
16 10 (0.88%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 398 (34.91%) Windows
2 133 (11.67%) Linux
3 128 (11.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 107 (9.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 60 (5.26%) UNIX
6 52 (4.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 43 (3.77%) Apple iOS
8 37 (3.25%) Android
9 26 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (1.32%) Mac OS X
11 14 (1.23%) Windows 7
12 10 (0.88%) Windows 8
13 9 (0.79%) Windows Phone
14 6 (0.53%) Data ONTAP
14 6 (0.53%) CentOS
14 6 (0.53%) VMS
15 5 (0.44%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
16 4 (0.35%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.18%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 372 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (16.05%) MVC
3 172 (15.09%) TDD
4 158 (13.86%) DevOps
5 135 (11.84%) Migration
6 128 (11.23%) Scrum
6 128 (11.23%) Continuous Integration
7 100 (8.77%) Configuration Management
8 80 (7.02%) E-Commerce
9 73 (6.40%) Open Source
10 61 (5.35%) CRM
10 61 (5.35%) ITIL
10 61 (5.35%) Continuous Delivery
11 56 (4.91%) SOA
12 55 (4.82%) BDD
13 53 (4.65%) Unit Testing
14 49 (4.30%) Load Balancing
15 48 (4.21%) Business Intelligence
16 44 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
17 42 (3.68%) OO
Programming Languages
1 293 (25.70%) C#
2 195 (17.11%) JavaScript
2 195 (17.11%) SQL
3 153 (13.42%) PowerShell
4 114 (10.00%) Java
5 87 (7.63%) Ruby
6 84 (7.37%) Python
7 29 (2.54%) Go
8 25 (2.19%) Bash Shell
8 25 (2.19%) Scala
8 25 (2.19%) PHP
9 22 (1.93%) TypeScript
10 21 (1.84%) Shell Script
11 16 (1.40%) T-SQL
12 14 (1.23%) Perl
13 11 (0.96%) ECMAScript
13 11 (0.96%) Dart
14 10 (0.88%) VBScript
15 9 (0.79%) C++
15 9 (0.79%) R
Qualifications
1 45 (3.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (3.07%) Security Cleared
3 30 (2.63%) MCSE
4 26 (2.28%) Cisco Certification
5 20 (1.75%) MCITP
6 19 (1.67%) SC Cleared
6 19 (1.67%) CCNA
7 17 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (1.32%) Degree
9 12 (1.05%) CCNP
9 12 (1.05%) Citrix Certification
10 11 (0.96%) MCP
11 10 (0.88%) MCSA
12 8 (0.70%) CCEE
13 7 (0.61%) CISSP
13 7 (0.61%) CISM
14 6 (0.53%) IBM Certification
14 6 (0.53%) DV Cleared
14 6 (0.53%) CCEA
14 6 (0.53%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.23%) QA
2 12 (1.05%) PCI DSS
3 9 (0.79%) SLA
4 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.26%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.088%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 216 (18.95%) Active Directory
2 115 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 78 (6.84%) Hyper-V
4 40 (3.51%) vSphere
5 29 (2.54%) vCloud
6 21 (1.84%) VMware ESX
7 20 (1.75%) XenApp
8 14 (1.23%) Docker
9 7 (0.61%) XenDesktop
9 7 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (0.53%) NFS
10 6 (0.53%) SRDF
10 6 (0.53%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 6 (0.53%) VMware Server
11 4 (0.35%) HDFS
11 4 (0.35%) DFS Replication
12 3 (0.26%) XenServer
12 3 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.18%) UAG
13 2 (0.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 107 (9.39%) Puppet
2 100 (8.77%) Opscode Chef
3 49 (4.30%) Ansible
4 47 (4.12%) Salt
5 44 (3.86%) SCCM
6 32 (2.81%) SCOM
7 29 (2.54%) Vagrant
8 24 (2.11%) Nagios
9 14 (1.23%) vMotion
10 13 (1.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 10 (0.88%) Icinga
11 10 (0.88%) WSUS
12 8 (0.70%) SCOrch
13 7 (0.61%) Tivoli
13 7 (0.61%) NetBackup
13 7 (0.61%) Windows Intune
14 6 (0.53%) SCVMM
14 6 (0.53%) Unicenter
14 6 (0.53%) EMC VPLEX
14 6 (0.53%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 484 (42.46%) Microsoft
2 208 (18.25%) VMware
3 63 (5.53%) Cisco
4 61 (5.35%) Oracle
5 50 (4.39%) Citrix
6 46 (4.04%) Google
7 42 (3.68%) HP
8 37 (3.25%) NetApp
9 30 (2.63%) Red Hat
10 25 (2.19%) Rackspace
11 23 (2.02%) Sitecore
12 20 (1.75%) SolarWinds
13 19 (1.67%) EMC
13 19 (1.67%) IBM
14 18 (1.58%) Dell
15 17 (1.49%) SAP
15 17 (1.49%) New Relic
16 15 (1.32%) Juniper
17 14 (1.23%) EPiServer
18 13 (1.14%) Barracuda Networks
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £450 to £550 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Cambridge
CPS Group
Rate: Market related
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
MA Associates Worldwide
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Montash
Rate: £500 - £750 per day + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Fox IT SM ltd
Rate: £Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £320 - £420 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £330 - £390 Per Day 12 Month Rolling Contract (36 Month potential)
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
Edison Hill Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Edison Hill Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 days ago
Sheffield
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £375 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
England
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £150.00 - £300.00 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago
South East England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 15 days ago
Woking, Surrey
McLaren Racing
Rate: Competitive Salary
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
iKonnect
Rate: £325 - £475 per day + Dependant on XP
Posted: 22 days ago