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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 221 340 361
Rank change year-on-year
+119 +21
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 527 267 199
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.94% 0.49% 0.42%
As % of the Cloud Services category 18.84% 14.38% 17.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 192 133
Average daily rate
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£416 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.06% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £321 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 2 0
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £32.00 -
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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
2797 1857 1118
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.00% 3.40% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1756 1184 721
Average daily rate £413 £420 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.78% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £300 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
- +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 34 23
Average hourly rate £26.00 £16.13 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+61.24% -12.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £9.06 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.00 £50.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+85.18% -12.90%

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 5 May 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
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 5 May 2015.

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 5 May 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
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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 +116 495 £418 +4.37% 260
London +104 238 £425 - 119
South East +48 125 £400 -5.32% 36
City of London +39 59 £400 +6.66% 31
Oxfordshire +20 44 £400 -5.88% 4
North West +19 43 £450 +28.57% 20
Berkshire +7 28 £400 - 14
East of England +30 23 £475 +41.89% 17
South West -9 23 £338 -10.00% 20
Surrey +15 22 £350 -14.63% 12
Hampshire +7 21 £438 +8.02% 2
Oxford +6 21 £444 +4.41% 1
West Midlands +2 18 £315 -30.00% 17
Merseyside - 17 £375 - 4
Cheshire +4 16 £450 -10.00% 5
Yorkshire -6 16 £400 +5.26% 15
Wales -4 15 £425 +3.03% 3
Cardiff +14 12 £425 +3.03% 3
Reading +10 12 £413 - 10
South Wales 0 12 £425 +3.03% 3
Bedfordshire +8 10 £638 - 4
Cambridgeshire - 10 £281 - 5
Buckinghamshire - 9 £400 - 2
Staines +12 8 - - 4
Luton +12 8 £638 - 2
Chester +11 8 £450 - 3
Birmingham - 8 £358 - 2
Wiltshire +14 7 £435 +33.84% 1
Coventry +6 7 £303 -32.77% 5
Southampton -8 7 £356 -12.03% 1

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 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.

1 453 (45.25%) Microsoft
2 404 (40.36%) Windows
3 390 (38.96%) Amazon AWS
4 356 (35.56%) .NET
5 342 (34.17%) Agile Software Development
6 284 (28.37%) C#
7 236 (23.58%) SQL Server
8 214 (21.38%) Active Directory
9 194 (19.38%) ASP.NET
10 183 (18.28%) JavaScript
11 182 (18.18%) MVC
12 169 (16.88%) PowerShell
13 163 (16.28%) SQL
14 158 (15.78%) HTML
15 155 (15.48%) SharePoint
16 154 (15.38%) TDD
17 153 (15.28%) Web Services
18 148 (14.79%) CSS
19 145 (14.49%) Linux
20 140 (13.99%) Scrum
21 139 (13.89%) DevOps
22 137 (13.69%) VMware
22 137 (13.69%) jQuery
23 130 (12.99%) Office 365
24 120 (11.99%) IIS
25 119 (11.89%) DNS
26 118 (11.79%) Windows Server 2012
26 118 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
27 116 (11.59%) Puppet
28 115 (11.49%) Python

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 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
1 155 (15.48%) SharePoint
2 120 (11.99%) IIS
3 57 (5.69%) Node.js
4 51 (5.09%) MS Exchange
5 47 (4.70%) Lync
6 46 (4.60%) CMS
6 46 (4.60%) SharePoint 2013
7 45 (4.50%) OpenStack
8 36 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2010
9 35 (3.50%) Umbraco
9 35 (3.50%) BizTalk Server
10 28 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
11 25 (2.50%) Sitecore CMS
12 23 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
13 20 (2.00%) Office Communications Server
13 20 (2.00%) Kentico
14 16 (1.60%) SharePoint 2010
15 11 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
16 10 (1.00%) Apache Solr
17 9 (0.90%) Apache
Applications
1 94 (9.39%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.40%) MS Office
3 10 (1.00%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.80%) OmniGraffle
4 8 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.40%) MS Project
7 2 (0.20%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.100%) HipChat
8 1 (0.100%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 46 (4.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (2.20%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.40%) Maximo
4 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.30%) Tridion
5 1 (0.100%) SAP APO
5 1 (0.100%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 390 (38.96%) Amazon AWS
2 130 (12.99%) Office 365
3 51 (5.09%) IaaS
4 47 (4.70%) Cloud Computing
5 38 (3.80%) PaaS
6 35 (3.50%) Amazon EC2
7 25 (2.50%) Heroku
8 24 (2.40%) SaaS
8 24 (2.40%) AWS CloudFormation
9 21 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
10 10 (1.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 8 (0.80%) Google Cloud Platform
12 6 (0.60%) Yammer
12 6 (0.60%) Amazon S3
12 6 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (0.40%) Google App Engine
13 4 (0.40%) GitHub
14 3 (0.30%) Google Analytics
15 2 (0.20%) SoftLayer
15 2 (0.20%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 119 (11.89%) DNS
2 53 (5.29%) DHCP
3 51 (5.09%) SAN
4 50 (5.00%) Firewall
5 46 (4.60%) WAN
6 39 (3.90%) VPN
7 37 (3.70%) LAN
8 36 (3.60%) TCP/IP
9 32 (3.20%) HTTP
10 26 (2.60%) VLAN
11 22 (2.20%) LDAP
12 21 (2.10%) SSL
13 20 (2.00%) Internet
13 20 (2.00%) Network Security
14 18 (1.80%) NAS
15 17 (1.70%) FTP
16 14 (1.40%) MPLS
17 11 (1.10%) ADSL
18 9 (0.90%) Intranet
18 9 (0.90%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 236 (23.58%) SQL Server
2 57 (5.69%) MongoDB
3 44 (4.40%) NoSQL
4 34 (3.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 34 (3.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 32 (3.20%) SQL Server 2008
6 31 (3.10%) SQL Server 2012
7 23 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (2.30%) MySQL
8 21 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (1.80%) Azure SQL Database
10 17 (1.70%) Apache Cassandra
11 16 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 16 (1.60%) Big Data
12 14 (1.40%) CouchDB
13 12 (1.20%) Hadoop
13 12 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
14 10 (1.00%) Relational Database
15 9 (0.90%) Oracle Database
16 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 94 (9.39%) Jenkins
2 79 (7.89%) Git (software)
3 61 (6.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 47 (4.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 45 (4.50%) Visual Studio
6 25 (2.50%) Subversion
7 20 (2.00%) TeamCity
8 18 (1.80%) Jasmine
9 17 (1.70%) Grunt
9 17 (1.70%) Mercurial
10 16 (1.60%) JIRA
10 16 (1.60%) Selenium
10 16 (1.60%) Mocha
10 16 (1.60%) QUnit
11 15 (1.50%) Bower
11 15 (1.50%) webpack
12 14 (1.40%) MSBuild
13 13 (1.30%) NUnit
14 11 (1.10%) MSTest
15 10 (1.00%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 51 (5.09%) Finance
2 35 (3.50%) Retail
3 32 (3.20%) Games
4 11 (1.10%) Telecoms
4 11 (1.10%) Marketing
5 10 (1.00%) Back Office
5 10 (1.00%) Banking
6 8 (0.80%) Publishing
6 8 (0.80%) Local Government
7 5 (0.50%) Advertising
7 5 (0.50%) Law
7 5 (0.50%) Legal
8 4 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.30%) Electronics
9 3 (0.30%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.30%) Multimedia
9 3 (0.30%) Billing
9 3 (0.30%) Korean Language
10 2 (0.20%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.20%) French Language
Job Titles
1 315 (31.47%) Developer
2 199 (19.88%) Architect
3 138 (13.79%) .NET Developer
4 87 (8.69%) Solutions Architect
5 79 (7.89%) Consultant
6 55 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 55 (5.49%) DevOps Engineer
7 49 (4.90%) Analyst
8 44 (4.40%) C# Developer
9 38 (3.80%) Senior Developer
9 38 (3.80%) Web Engineer
10 37 (3.70%) Cloud Architect
11 35 (3.50%) Technical Architect
12 34 (3.40%) Web Developer
12 34 (3.40%) C# .NET Developer
13 31 (3.10%) Project Manager
14 24 (2.40%) Support Analyst
14 24 (2.40%) Infrastructure Architect
15 22 (2.20%) DevOps Consultant
16 21 (2.10%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 356 (35.56%) .NET
2 194 (19.38%) ASP.NET
3 158 (15.78%) HTML
4 153 (15.28%) Web Services
5 148 (14.79%) CSS
6 137 (13.69%) jQuery
7 112 (11.19%) ASP.NET MVC
8 101 (10.09%) WCF
9 99 (9.89%) .NET Framework
10 89 (8.89%) HTML5
11 88 (8.79%) ASP.NET Web API
12 80 (7.99%) AngularJS
13 77 (7.69%) CSS3
14 70 (6.99%) Entity Framework
15 50 (5.00%) LINQ
16 44 (4.40%) XML
17 37 (3.70%) KnockoutJS
18 33 (3.30%) RESTful
19 32 (3.20%) React
20 29 (2.90%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.49%) User Experience
2 36 (3.60%) Clustering
2 36 (3.60%) Open Source
3 35 (3.50%) PKI
4 34 (3.40%) Mobile App
5 30 (3.00%) Replication
6 29 (2.90%) Public Cloud
7 26 (2.60%) Private Cloud
8 16 (1.60%) Analytical Skills
9 14 (1.40%) iPhone
10 13 (1.30%) Online Games
10 13 (1.30%) Social Media
11 12 (1.20%) Streaming Video
12 11 (1.10%) iPad
13 10 (1.00%) Client/Server
14 9 (0.90%) Computer Science
15 8 (0.80%) Blackberry
16 7 (0.70%) N-Tier
16 7 (0.70%) Digital Media
16 7 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 404 (40.36%) Windows
2 145 (14.49%) Linux
3 118 (11.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 105 (10.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 74 (7.39%) UNIX
6 36 (3.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 32 (3.20%) Mac OS X
8 21 (2.10%) Android
9 18 (1.80%) Apple iOS
10 17 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 13 (1.30%) Ubuntu
12 9 (0.90%) Windows 7
13 7 (0.70%) CentOS
13 7 (0.70%) Windows 8
14 6 (0.60%) Windows Phone
14 6 (0.60%) Windows 2000
15 5 (0.50%) VMS
16 3 (0.30%) Debian
17 2 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
17 2 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 342 (34.17%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (18.18%) MVC
3 154 (15.38%) TDD
4 140 (13.99%) Scrum
5 139 (13.89%) DevOps
6 118 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
7 110 (10.99%) Configuration Management
8 108 (10.79%) E-Commerce
9 82 (8.19%) Migration
10 73 (7.29%) Continuous Delivery
11 72 (7.19%) CRM
12 71 (7.09%) BDD
13 66 (6.59%) ITIL
14 63 (6.29%) SOA
15 46 (4.60%) OO
16 45 (4.50%) Stakeholder Management
17 44 (4.40%) Load Balancing
18 42 (4.20%) Pair Programming
19 38 (3.80%) Business Intelligence
20 36 (3.60%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 284 (28.37%) C#
2 183 (18.28%) JavaScript
3 169 (16.88%) PowerShell
4 163 (16.28%) SQL
5 115 (11.49%) Python
6 110 (10.99%) Ruby
7 88 (8.79%) Java
8 31 (3.10%) Shell Script
8 31 (3.10%) Go
9 18 (1.80%) Bash Shell
10 17 (1.70%) T-SQL
11 16 (1.60%) Scala
12 13 (1.30%) PHP
13 11 (1.10%) TypeScript
14 10 (1.00%) C++
15 8 (0.80%) VB.NET
15 8 (0.80%) Objective-C
16 7 (0.70%) C
16 7 (0.70%) VBScript
16 7 (0.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 49 (4.90%) Security Cleared
2 32 (3.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 22 (2.20%) SC Cleared
4 20 (2.00%) MCSE
5 17 (1.70%) Degree
5 17 (1.70%) MCITP
6 14 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (1.30%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.00%) CCNA
9 8 (0.80%) MCP
9 8 (0.80%) MCSA
10 7 (0.70%) MCTS
11 6 (0.60%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.50%) CCNP
13 3 (0.30%) AWS Certification
14 2 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.20%) MCAD
14 2 (0.20%) MCSD
14 2 (0.20%) HND
15 1 (0.100%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (1.30%) QA
2 9 (0.90%) SLA
3 5 (0.50%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.100%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 214 (21.38%) Active Directory
2 104 (10.39%) Hyper-V
3 77 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 39 (3.90%) vSphere
5 12 (1.20%) XenApp
6 11 (1.10%) Docker
7 10 (1.00%) VMware ESX
8 9 (0.90%) DFS Replication
9 8 (0.80%) UAG
10 6 (0.60%) vCloud
10 6 (0.60%) Firmware
11 4 (0.40%) VMware Server
11 4 (0.40%) XenServer
12 3 (0.30%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.30%) HDFS
13 2 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.20%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.100%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.100%) Samba
14 1 (0.100%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 116 (11.59%) Puppet
2 113 (11.29%) Opscode Chef
3 63 (6.29%) SCCM
4 43 (4.30%) SCOM
5 41 (4.10%) Salt
6 38 (3.80%) Ansible
7 27 (2.70%) Nagios
8 23 (2.30%) Vagrant
9 15 (1.50%) SCOrch
9 15 (1.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 9 (0.90%) SCVMM
11 7 (0.70%) Windows Intune
11 7 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 6 (0.60%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.60%) Icinga
12 6 (0.60%) Graphite
13 5 (0.50%) SCSM
13 5 (0.50%) WSUS
13 5 (0.50%) HAProxy
14 2 (0.20%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 453 (45.25%) Microsoft
2 137 (13.69%) VMware
3 53 (5.29%) Cisco
4 42 (4.20%) HP
5 41 (4.10%) Oracle
6 35 (3.50%) Citrix
6 35 (3.50%) Google
7 31 (3.10%) NetApp
7 31 (3.10%) Sitecore
8 24 (2.40%) New Relic
9 20 (2.00%) EPiServer
9 20 (2.00%) Juniper
10 16 (1.60%) Red Hat
11 15 (1.50%) Dell
11 15 (1.50%) Akamai
11 15 (1.50%) Rackspace
12 11 (1.10%) Barracuda Networks
13 10 (1.00%) F5
13 10 (1.00%) Apple
14 9 (0.90%) EMC
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