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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 86 236 365
Rank change year-on-year
+150 +129
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 1388 524 271
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.48% 0.94% 0.50%
As % of the Cloud Services category 29.06% 18.36% 14.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 930 307 191
Average daily rate £450 £421 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.82% +5.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £292 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 30 2
Average hourly rate £43.75 £32.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% +1.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £80.00 £28.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+185.71% -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
4777 2854 1895
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.55% 5.12% 3.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3278 1806 1202
Average daily rate £450 £413 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £435 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+8.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 105 34
Average hourly rate £22.50 £26.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.46% +60.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.12 £14.80 £9.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £40.00 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.61 £25.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +69.49%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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 +148 1296 £450 +5.88% 382
London +123 596 £475 +11.76% 143
South East +86 318 £450 +12.50% 70
Berkshire +80 141 £450 +9.09% 11
West Midlands +68 124 £400 +26.98% 31
City of London +71 93 £463 +15.62% 25
Reading +48 88 £425 +3.03% 4
East of England +54 70 £425 -15.00% 27
North West +5 59 £435 -3.33% 36
South West +27 52 £400 +8.47% 23
Scotland +26 50 £450 +52.54% 21
Surrey +10 45 £538 +53.57% 14
Hampshire +20 42 £350 -20.00% 10
Yorkshire +23 38 £333 -16.87% 25
Shropshire - 38 £400 - 1
Kent - 38 £550 - 2
Cambridgeshire +35 37 £438 +59.09% 10
Telford - 37 £400 - 1
Staines +10 30 £600 - 3
Cambridge +16 28 £475 +72.72% 9
Manchester +16 26 £463 +12.12% 22
Cheshire +4 26 £435 -3.33% 9
Bristol +18 24 £400 -20.00% 9
West Yorkshire +12 24 £325 -13.33% 19
Coventry +11 23 £381 +15.53% 6
Birmingham +17 22 £425 +18.88% 14
Edinburgh +10 22 £450 - 5
Leeds +14 21 £325 -11.86% 15
Oxfordshire -13 20 £450 +12.50% 18
Hertfordshire +22 17 £488 -2.50% 3

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 950 (43.38%) Microsoft
2 787 (35.94%) Amazon AWS
3 629 (28.72%) Agile Software Development
4 620 (28.31%) .NET
5 601 (27.44%) Windows
6 511 (23.33%) C#
7 504 (23.01%) SQL
8 481 (21.96%) SQL Server
9 457 (20.87%) DevOps
10 402 (18.36%) Active Directory
11 375 (17.12%) Office 365
12 369 (16.85%) Linux
13 349 (15.94%) PowerShell
14 329 (15.02%) Puppet
15 327 (14.93%) Migration
16 314 (14.34%) Java
17 304 (13.88%) JavaScript
18 290 (13.24%) MVC
19 289 (13.20%) ASP.NET
20 280 (12.79%) TDD
21 273 (12.47%) PaaS
22 268 (12.24%) VMware
23 262 (11.96%) Continuous Integration
24 258 (11.78%) Git (software)
25 250 (11.42%) MS Excel
25 250 (11.42%) Opscode Chef
26 248 (11.32%) SharePoint
27 245 (11.19%) Windows Server
28 238 (10.87%) IaaS
29 227 (10.37%) Ruby

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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
1 248 (11.32%) SharePoint
2 218 (9.95%) OpenStack
3 90 (4.11%) Node.js
4 85 (3.88%) IIS
5 74 (3.38%) MS Exchange
6 72 (3.29%) Skype for Business
7 49 (2.24%) Cloud Foundry
8 40 (1.83%) BizTalk Server
9 39 (1.78%) CMS
10 36 (1.64%) Elasticsearch
11 33 (1.51%) Apache
12 29 (1.32%) Confluence
12 29 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
13 28 (1.28%) Apache Spark
13 28 (1.28%) nginx
14 26 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
14 26 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
15 25 (1.14%) Tomcat
16 24 (1.10%) WebLogic
17 16 (0.73%) WebSphere
Applications
1 250 (11.42%) MS Excel
2 88 (4.02%) MS Office
3 32 (1.46%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (0.68%) MS Project
6 13 (0.59%) OmniGraffle
7 8 (0.37%) Adobe Illustrator
7 8 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.046%) Gliffy
8 1 (0.046%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.046%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 90 (4.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.59%) Payment Gateway
3 10 (0.46%) SDL Web 8
4 8 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.27%) Maximo
6 5 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
6 5 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.091%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 2 (0.091%) Line 500
8 1 (0.046%) BigMachines
8 1 (0.046%) Eloqua
8 1 (0.046%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.046%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.046%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.046%) Summit
8 1 (0.046%) Teamcenter
8 1 (0.046%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 787 (35.94%) Amazon AWS
2 375 (17.12%) Office 365
3 273 (12.47%) PaaS
4 238 (10.87%) IaaS
5 174 (7.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 112 (5.11%) SaaS
7 104 (4.75%) Cloud Computing
8 49 (2.24%) GitHub
9 48 (2.19%) Heroku
10 44 (2.01%) Amazon EC2
10 44 (2.01%) Google Cloud Platform
11 34 (1.55%) Amazon S3
12 29 (1.32%) Yammer
13 17 (0.78%) OneDrive
14 15 (0.68%) SoftLayer
15 14 (0.64%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 13 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
16 13 (0.59%) Google App Engine
17 9 (0.41%) Amazon SQS
17 9 (0.41%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 147 (6.71%) DNS
2 124 (5.66%) Firewall
3 71 (3.24%) WAN
4 70 (3.20%) DHCP
4 70 (3.20%) VPN
5 68 (3.11%) LAN
6 60 (2.74%) TCP/IP
7 58 (2.65%) Skype
8 57 (2.60%) HTTP
9 55 (2.51%) Internet
9 55 (2.51%) SAN
10 46 (2.10%) Network Security
11 40 (1.83%) SSL
12 25 (1.14%) Kerberos
13 16 (0.73%) Intrusion Detection
13 16 (0.73%) Software-Defined Networking
13 16 (0.73%) VLAN
14 15 (0.68%) IPsec
14 15 (0.68%) NAS
14 15 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 481 (21.96%) SQL Server
2 119 (5.43%) Azure SQL Database
3 112 (5.11%) MongoDB
4 111 (5.07%) NoSQL
5 89 (4.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 86 (3.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 84 (3.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 67 (3.06%) Big Data
9 65 (2.97%) SQL Server 2014
10 64 (2.92%) SQL Server 2012
11 63 (2.88%) Hadoop
12 59 (2.69%) Redis
13 58 (2.65%) Relational Database
14 57 (2.60%) Oracle Database
15 56 (2.56%) MySQL
15 56 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
16 52 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
17 51 (2.33%) Apache Cassandra
18 45 (2.05%) Amazon RDS
19 41 (1.87%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 258 (11.78%) Git (software)
2 176 (8.04%) Jenkins
3 116 (5.30%) JIRA
4 114 (5.21%) Team Foundation Server
5 91 (4.16%) Octopus Deploy
6 89 (4.06%) TeamCity
7 64 (2.92%) Vagrant
8 58 (2.65%) Visual Studio
9 53 (2.42%) Maven
10 51 (2.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 51 (2.33%) Subversion
11 47 (2.15%) Selenium
12 44 (2.01%) SpecFlow
13 39 (1.78%) Ant
13 39 (1.78%) MSBuild
14 37 (1.69%) NUnit
15 33 (1.51%) Cucumber
15 33 (1.51%) NuGet
16 31 (1.42%) Hudson
17 26 (1.19%) Artifactory
General
1 221 (10.09%) Finance
2 56 (2.56%) Marketing
3 53 (2.42%) Banking
4 42 (1.92%) Retail
5 29 (1.32%) Advertising
5 29 (1.32%) Back Office
5 29 (1.32%) Games
6 28 (1.28%) Local Government
7 27 (1.23%) Front Office
8 26 (1.19%) Telecoms
9 21 (0.96%) Legal
10 15 (0.68%) Publishing
11 12 (0.55%) German Language
12 10 (0.46%) French Language
12 10 (0.46%) Manufacturing
13 9 (0.41%) Billing
14 8 (0.37%) Spanish Language
15 6 (0.27%) Electronics
15 6 (0.27%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.27%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 569 (25.98%) Developer
2 419 (19.13%) Architect
3 235 (10.73%) .NET Developer
4 206 (9.41%) Consultant
5 204 (9.32%) C# Developer
6 197 (9.00%) DevOps Engineer
7 152 (6.94%) Cloud Architect
8 136 (6.21%) C# .NET Developer
9 132 (6.03%) Solutions Architect
10 128 (5.84%) Cloud Engineer
11 121 (5.53%) Azure Engineer
12 116 (5.30%) Azure Architect
13 107 (4.89%) Azure Developer
14 91 (4.16%) ASP.NET Developer
15 87 (3.97%) Project Manager
16 82 (3.74%) Technical Architect
17 80 (3.65%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
18 78 (3.56%) Senior Developer
19 77 (3.52%) C# ASP.NET Developer
20 75 (3.42%) Azure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 620 (28.31%) .NET
2 289 (13.20%) ASP.NET
3 217 (9.91%) Web Services
4 214 (9.77%) HTML
5 187 (8.54%) ASP.NET MVC
6 177 (8.08%) CSS
7 150 (6.85%) AngularJS
8 145 (6.62%) ASP.NET Web API
9 114 (5.21%) REST
10 104 (4.75%) WCF
11 103 (4.70%) HTML5
12 94 (4.29%) jQuery
13 93 (4.25%) .NET Framework
14 69 (3.15%) RabbitMQ
15 68 (3.11%) XML
16 64 (2.92%) Entity Framework
17 53 (2.42%) RESTful
18 47 (2.15%) JSON
19 46 (2.10%) Sensu
20 38 (1.74%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 173 (7.90%) Data Centre
2 79 (3.61%) Public Cloud
3 71 (3.24%) Hybrid Cloud
4 65 (2.97%) Private Cloud
5 58 (2.65%) Mobile App
6 56 (2.56%) User Experience
7 53 (2.42%) Analytical Skills
8 51 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
9 42 (1.92%) Computer Science
10 32 (1.46%) Clustering
11 31 (1.42%) Management Information System
12 29 (1.32%) PKI
13 26 (1.19%) Fintech
14 24 (1.10%) Replication
15 23 (1.05%) Client/Server
16 17 (0.78%) Blog
16 17 (0.78%) Hedge funds
17 15 (0.68%) Inversion of Control
18 12 (0.55%) Data Integration
18 12 (0.55%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 601 (27.44%) Windows
2 369 (16.85%) Linux
3 245 (11.19%) Windows Server
4 130 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 94 (4.29%) Unix
6 93 (4.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (2.10%) VMS
8 43 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 40 (1.83%) Windows 10
10 32 (1.46%) Android
11 31 (1.42%) Windows 7
12 30 (1.37%) Windows Server 2003
13 28 (1.28%) Apple iOS
14 19 (0.87%) CentOS
15 14 (0.64%) Windows 8
16 11 (0.50%) CoreOS
17 10 (0.46%) Ubuntu
18 7 (0.32%) Solaris
18 7 (0.32%) Windows Phone
19 5 (0.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 629 (28.72%) Agile Software Development
2 457 (20.87%) DevOps
3 327 (14.93%) Migration
4 290 (13.24%) MVC
5 280 (12.79%) TDD
6 262 (11.96%) Continuous Integration
7 187 (8.54%) Configuration Management
8 174 (7.95%) Scrum
9 173 (7.90%) Software Engineering
10 163 (7.44%) Continuous Delivery
11 145 (6.62%) BDD
12 137 (6.26%) CRM
13 125 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
14 113 (5.16%) ITIL
15 111 (5.07%) E-Commerce
16 101 (4.61%) Open Source
17 97 (4.43%) Service Management
18 92 (4.20%) Web Development
19 84 (3.84%) TOGAF
20 73 (3.33%) OO
Programming Languages
1 511 (23.33%) C#
2 504 (23.01%) SQL
3 349 (15.94%) PowerShell
4 314 (14.34%) Java
5 304 (13.88%) JavaScript
6 227 (10.37%) Ruby
7 204 (9.32%) Python
8 95 (4.34%) Perl
9 91 (4.16%) Bash Shell
10 82 (3.74%) T-SQL
11 68 (3.11%) C++
12 61 (2.79%) Shell Script
13 53 (2.42%) Go
13 53 (2.42%) PHP
14 37 (1.69%) C
15 31 (1.42%) VB.NET
16 23 (1.05%) Korn
17 21 (0.96%) Scala
17 21 (0.96%) VB
18 17 (0.78%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 130 (5.94%) Security Cleared
2 92 (4.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 85 (3.88%) Degree
3 85 (3.88%) SC Cleared
4 50 (2.28%) MCSE
5 34 (1.55%) MCITP
6 29 (1.32%) MCSA
7 27 (1.23%) MCTS
8 24 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (0.96%) CISSP
10 18 (0.82%) AWS Certification
11 17 (0.78%) CCNA
12 16 (0.73%) ISEB
13 14 (0.64%) MCSD
14 12 (0.55%) CISM
14 12 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (0.50%) DV Cleared
15 11 (0.50%) ISTQB
16 10 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 9 (0.41%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (2.05%) QA
2 28 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (0.91%) Data Quality
4 13 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.23%) COBIT
6 5 (0.23%) SLA
7 1 (0.046%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.046%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 402 (18.36%) Active Directory
2 181 (8.26%) Docker
3 177 (8.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 128 (5.84%) Hyper-V
5 82 (3.74%) vSphere
6 63 (2.88%) vCloud
7 21 (0.96%) Xen
8 19 (0.87%) VMware ESX
9 18 (0.82%) HDFS
10 16 (0.73%) DFS Replication
11 14 (0.64%) Ceph
12 12 (0.55%) KVM
13 11 (0.50%) UAG
13 11 (0.50%) XenApp
13 11 (0.50%) XenDesktop
14 10 (0.46%) GlusterFS
14 10 (0.46%) XenServer
15 9 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
16 8 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 329 (15.02%) Puppet
2 250 (11.42%) Opscode Chef
3 180 (8.22%) Ansible
4 127 (5.80%) SCCM
5 90 (4.11%) SCOM
6 54 (2.47%) Kubernetes
7 48 (2.19%) Terraform
8 46 (2.10%) Packer
8 46 (2.10%) Uchiwa
9 43 (1.96%) Windows Intune
10 39 (1.78%) Graphite
11 37 (1.69%) Grafana
11 37 (1.69%) Salt
12 33 (1.51%) logstash
13 32 (1.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 30 (1.37%) Kibana
14 30 (1.37%) Nagios
15 29 (1.32%) Mesos
16 28 (1.28%) SCVMM
17 15 (0.68%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 950 (43.38%) Microsoft
2 268 (12.24%) VMware
3 173 (7.90%) Oracle
4 116 (5.30%) Google
5 81 (3.70%) Splunk
6 79 (3.61%) Citrix
7 73 (3.33%) Atlassian
8 67 (3.06%) Cisco
9 51 (2.33%) HP
10 48 (2.19%) Red Hat
11 39 (1.78%) Dell
11 39 (1.78%) SAP
12 38 (1.74%) IBM
12 38 (1.74%) Sitecore
13 35 (1.60%) New Relic
14 34 (1.55%) Rackspace
15 24 (1.10%) ForgeRock
15 24 (1.10%) MuleSoft
16 21 (0.96%) NetApp
17 19 (0.87%) EMC
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £550 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Arrows Group
Posted: 8 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Tiro Partners
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Tiro Partners
Rate: £600 - £750 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
PCR
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Nottinghamshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £650 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
UK
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 19 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
PCR
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum + likely extension
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
zubito Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Epsom, Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £32 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
onezeero.
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £501 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Affinity Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago