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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 273 385 498
Rank change year-on-year
+112 +113
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 410 196 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.38% 0.14%
As % of the Cloud Services category 20.17% 15.23% 10.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 121 45
Average daily rate
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£425 £378 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.58% -5.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 1
Average hourly rate £26.75 £20.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.48% -31.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £20.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+26.82% -31.66%

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
2033 1287 686
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.63% 2.49% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1343 815 430
Average daily rate £430 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £290 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £415 £375 £394
% change year-on-year
+10.66% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 26 18
Average hourly rate £21.56 £17.23 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.16% -33.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.25 £11.40 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.25 £45.20 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.23 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+4.49% -35.60%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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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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 +124 393 £425 +11.84% 183
London +117 201 £425 +6.25% 70
South East -33 56 £400 +6.66% 33
East of England +40 53 £400 +6.66% 10
City of London +39 37 £363 +3.57% 25
Bedfordshire +19 37 £395 -7.05% 3
West Midlands +18 34 £450 +16.88% 6
Luton - 31 £425 - 3
Coventry - 25 £456 -
Surrey +3 20 £350 -6.66% 8
South West -14 17 £375 - 21
Berkshire -33 17 £425 +21.42% 3
East Midlands +12 15 £400 +33.33% 5
Reading -2 13 £425 +21.42% 3
Hertfordshire - 11 £400 -
North West -11 10 £279 -15.53% 15
South Wales - 10 £363 - 1
Wales - 10 £363 - 2
Cardiff - 10 £363 - 1
Watford - 9 £400 -
Northamptonshire -6 8 £325 -
Guildford -10 8 £350 -6.66% 1
Nottingham +12 7 £550 +83.33% 5
Nottinghamshire +12 7 £550 +83.33% 5
Merseyside -1 6 £279 -30.31% 1
Scotland -6 5 £268 -10.83% 5
Hampshire -20 5 £380 +1.33% 7
Cambridgeshire -10 4 £400 +23.07% 1
Oxfordshire -23 4 £350 -7.59% 13
Devon - 4 £288 - 2

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 November 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.

1 409 (51.45%) Microsoft
2 405 (50.94%) .NET
3 327 (41.13%) Windows
4 286 (35.97%) C#
5 285 (35.85%) Agile Software Development
6 222 (27.92%) SQL Server
7 209 (26.29%) MVC
8 190 (23.90%) ASP.NET
8 190 (23.90%) SQL
9 158 (19.87%) Web Services
10 156 (19.62%) Active Directory
11 148 (18.62%) Scrum
12 136 (17.11%) HTML
13 134 (16.86%) MS Excel
14 131 (16.48%) CSS
15 129 (16.23%) JavaScript
16 128 (16.10%) Amazon AWS
17 123 (15.47%) WCF
18 122 (15.35%) SharePoint
18 122 (15.35%) PowerShell
19 121 (15.22%) IIS
20 115 (14.47%) Team Foundation Server
21 113 (14.21%) VMware
22 112 (14.09%) .NET Framework
23 108 (13.58%) TDD
24 98 (12.33%) DevOps
25 89 (11.19%) Office 365
25 89 (11.19%) DNS
26 86 (10.82%) E-Commerce
26 86 (10.82%) Linux

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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
1 122 (15.35%) SharePoint
2 121 (15.22%) IIS
3 48 (6.04%) SharePoint 2013
4 46 (5.79%) Node.js
5 43 (5.41%) Lync
6 42 (5.28%) OpenStack
7 38 (4.78%) BizTalk Server
8 37 (4.65%) MS Exchange
9 23 (2.89%) CMS
10 22 (2.77%) Exchange Server 2010
10 22 (2.77%) SharePoint 2010
11 20 (2.52%) Confluence
12 16 (2.01%) Office Communications Server
12 16 (2.01%) Apache Solr
13 14 (1.76%) Elasticsearch
14 13 (1.64%) Sitecore CMS
14 13 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
15 12 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
16 10 (1.26%) Apache
17 9 (1.13%) Umbraco
Applications
1 134 (16.86%) MS Excel
2 17 (2.14%) MS Office
3 11 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.01%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.88%) OmniGraffle
6 1 (0.13%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.13%) MS Project
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.13%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 40 (5.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.50%) WebTrends
4 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 128 (16.10%) Amazon AWS
2 89 (11.19%) Office 365
3 82 (10.31%) PaaS
4 43 (5.41%) Amazon EC2
5 33 (4.15%) IaaS
6 22 (2.77%) SaaS
7 12 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.63%) GitHub
9 4 (0.50%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (0.50%) Heroku
10 2 (0.25%) IBM SmartCloud
10 2 (0.25%) Rackspace Cloud
10 2 (0.25%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 89 (11.19%) DNS
2 58 (7.30%) DHCP
3 40 (5.03%) SAN
4 39 (4.91%) Firewall
5 37 (4.65%) TCP/IP
6 36 (4.53%) VPN
7 26 (3.27%) VLAN
8 25 (3.14%) FTP
9 24 (3.02%) HTTP
10 22 (2.77%) WAN
11 19 (2.39%) Internet
12 18 (2.26%) LAN
13 16 (2.01%) SSL
13 16 (2.01%) NAS
14 14 (1.76%) MPLS
15 13 (1.64%) Reverse Proxy
16 12 (1.51%) LDAP
17 11 (1.38%) SNMP
17 11 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
18 9 (1.13%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (27.92%) SQL Server
2 77 (9.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 62 (7.80%) Azure SQL Database
4 33 (4.15%) NoSQL
5 25 (3.14%) Hadoop
6 22 (2.77%) MySQL
6 22 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 22 (2.77%) Big Data
7 16 (2.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 15 (1.89%) MongoDB
8 15 (1.89%) SQL Server 2005
9 13 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 11 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
11 10 (1.26%) Relational Database
12 8 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (1.01%) RavenDB
13 7 (0.88%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 6 (0.75%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 115 (14.47%) Team Foundation Server
2 65 (8.18%) Visual Studio
3 37 (4.65%) Git (software)
4 33 (4.15%) Jenkins
5 30 (3.77%) JIRA
6 28 (3.52%) NUnit
7 24 (3.02%) TeamCity
7 24 (3.02%) MSTest
8 23 (2.89%) SpecFlow
9 22 (2.77%) Subversion
10 19 (2.39%) MSBuild
11 16 (2.01%) Selenium
12 13 (1.64%) ReSharper
13 12 (1.51%) NDepend
13 12 (1.51%) NCover
13 12 (1.51%) StyleCop
14 7 (0.88%) FinalBuilder
15 6 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 6 (0.75%) NuGet
16 5 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 37 (4.65%) Finance
2 17 (2.14%) Retail
3 16 (2.01%) Marketing
4 11 (1.38%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.26%) Banking
6 9 (1.13%) Legal
7 8 (1.01%) Publishing
8 6 (0.75%) Games
9 5 (0.63%) Korean Language
9 5 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
10 4 (0.50%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.38%) Advertising
11 3 (0.38%) Japanese Language
12 2 (0.25%) Billing
12 2 (0.25%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.25%) Electronics
13 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.13%) Front Office
13 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.13%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 318 (40.00%) Developer
2 129 (16.23%) .NET Developer
3 116 (14.59%) Architect
4 68 (8.55%) Consultant
5 63 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 62 (7.80%) C# Developer
7 45 (5.66%) Senior Developer
8 41 (5.16%) DevOps Engineer
9 40 (5.03%) Solutions Architect
10 33 (4.15%) Senior .NET Developer
11 30 (3.77%) C# .NET Developer
11 30 (3.77%) Web Developer
12 27 (3.40%) Analyst
13 25 (3.14%) Web Engineer
14 24 (3.02%) ASP.NET Developer
15 22 (2.77%) Software Developer
15 22 (2.77%) DevOps Consultant
16 21 (2.64%) Senior Consultant
17 19 (2.39%) SharePoint Developer
18 16 (2.01%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 405 (50.94%) .NET
2 190 (23.90%) ASP.NET
3 158 (19.87%) Web Services
4 136 (17.11%) HTML
5 131 (16.48%) CSS
6 123 (15.47%) WCF
7 112 (14.09%) .NET Framework
8 85 (10.69%) jQuery
8 85 (10.69%) ASP.NET MVC
9 78 (9.81%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 76 (9.56%) HTML5
11 65 (8.18%) ASP.NET Web API
12 57 (7.17%) XML
13 45 (5.66%) AngularJS
14 43 (5.41%) REST
15 41 (5.16%) ASP.NET Web Forms
16 39 (4.91%) CSS3
17 30 (3.77%) Ajax
18 29 (3.65%) XSLT
18 29 (3.65%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 31 (3.90%) Open Source
2 29 (3.65%) Computer Science
3 28 (3.52%) User Experience
4 23 (2.89%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.77%) Inversion of Control
6 19 (2.39%) Clustering
7 17 (2.14%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.76%) GIS
8 14 (1.76%) Data Structures
9 13 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
9 13 (1.64%) Replication
10 11 (1.38%) PKI
11 8 (1.01%) Wiki
11 8 (1.01%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.63%) Derivative
13 4 (0.50%) Management Information System
13 4 (0.50%) Social Media
14 3 (0.38%) IPTV
15 2 (0.25%) Online Games
15 2 (0.25%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 327 (41.13%) Windows
2 86 (10.82%) Linux
3 75 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 69 (8.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (3.40%) Windows Server 2003
6 19 (2.39%) Windows 7
7 18 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (1.76%) UNIX
9 13 (1.64%) Windows 8
10 11 (1.38%) Apple iOS
11 8 (1.01%) Windows XP
12 7 (0.88%) Android
13 6 (0.75%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.75%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.50%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.25%) FreeBSD
15 2 (0.25%) Windows CE
15 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.25%) Windows Phone 8
16 1 (0.13%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (35.85%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (26.29%) MVC
3 148 (18.62%) Scrum
4 108 (13.58%) TDD
5 98 (12.33%) DevOps
6 86 (10.82%) E-Commerce
7 71 (8.93%) Configuration Management
8 59 (7.42%) BDD
9 52 (6.54%) Migration
10 50 (6.29%) ITIL
11 48 (6.04%) Continuous Integration
12 47 (5.91%) CRM
12 47 (5.91%) SOA
13 41 (5.16%) Web Development
14 37 (4.65%) Load Balancing
15 33 (4.15%) OO
16 29 (3.65%) Unit Testing
17 27 (3.40%) Workflow
18 25 (3.14%) Mentoring
18 25 (3.14%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 286 (35.97%) C#
2 190 (23.90%) SQL
3 129 (16.23%) JavaScript
4 122 (15.35%) PowerShell
5 81 (10.19%) Java
6 64 (8.05%) Python
7 60 (7.55%) Ruby
8 36 (4.53%) PL/SQL
9 32 (4.03%) C++
10 24 (3.02%) VB
11 19 (2.39%) VBScript
12 18 (2.26%) PHP
13 15 (1.89%) Perl
13 15 (1.89%) T-SQL
13 15 (1.89%) VB.NET
14 14 (1.76%) Shell Script
15 11 (1.38%) C
16 9 (1.13%) PHP5
17 7 (0.88%) Bash Shell
17 7 (0.88%) XAML
Qualifications
1 36 (4.53%) Degree
2 31 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (3.27%) Security Cleared
4 23 (2.89%) MCSE
5 15 (1.89%) MCTS
5 15 (1.89%) MCITP
6 10 (1.26%) SC Cleared
7 9 (1.13%) MCSA
7 9 (1.13%) MCP
8 7 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.88%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (0.63%) CCNP
10 5 (0.63%) CCNA
11 2 (0.25%) PhD
11 2 (0.25%) HND
12 1 (0.13%) VCAP
12 1 (0.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.13%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.76%) SLA
2 9 (1.13%) QA
3 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 156 (19.62%) Active Directory
2 72 (9.06%) Hyper-V
3 67 (8.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (3.27%) vSphere
5 14 (1.76%) XenApp
6 11 (1.38%) UAG
7 8 (1.01%) Platform Symphony
8 5 (0.63%) DFS Replication
8 5 (0.63%) Firmware
9 4 (0.50%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.38%) Xen
11 2 (0.25%) HDFS
11 2 (0.25%) XenServer
12 1 (0.13%) Varnish
12 1 (0.13%) vCloud
12 1 (0.13%) Docker
12 1 (0.13%) KVM
12 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.13%) VMware ESX
12 1 (0.13%) Samba
Systems Management
1 75 (9.43%) Opscode Chef
2 64 (8.05%) Puppet
3 61 (7.67%) SCCM
4 48 (6.04%) SCOM
5 29 (3.65%) Vagrant
6 23 (2.89%) Ansible
6 23 (2.89%) Nagios
7 21 (2.64%) Salt
8 19 (2.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 12 (1.51%) Windows Intune
10 9 (1.13%) SCOrch
10 9 (1.13%) SCVMM
11 8 (1.01%) SCSM
11 8 (1.01%) SCDPM
11 8 (1.01%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (0.50%) SolarWinds Orion
13 3 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
13 3 (0.38%) Oozie
13 3 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 3 (0.38%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 409 (51.45%) Microsoft
2 113 (14.21%) VMware
3 61 (7.67%) Oracle
4 35 (4.40%) HP
5 32 (4.03%) Cisco
6 27 (3.40%) Citrix
7 24 (3.02%) Akamai
8 20 (2.52%) New Relic
9 16 (2.01%) Red Hat
10 15 (1.89%) Rackspace
11 14 (1.76%) Juniper
11 14 (1.76%) Sitecore
12 13 (1.64%) F5
13 12 (1.51%) Dell
14 11 (1.38%) Google
15 9 (1.13%) Sybase
15 9 (1.13%) NetApp
16 8 (1.01%) McAfee
16 8 (1.01%) Symantec
17 7 (0.88%) DataSynapse
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