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 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 224 353 408
Rank change year-on-year
+129 +55
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 457 211 123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 0.43% 0.27%
As % of the Cloud Services category 24.18% 17.45% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 134 83
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £406 £400
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 0 0
Average hourly rate £26.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - -

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
1890 1209 832
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.77% 2.48% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1230 777 544
Average daily rate £438 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 24 19
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.23 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.62% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £43.75 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.23 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+30.62% -9.34%

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 January 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 29 January 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 29 January 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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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 +122 425 £425 - 210
London +129 197 £455 +4.00% 79
South East -8 70 £350 -22.22% 41
City of London +38 41 £450 +28.57% 26
East of England +32 37 £438 +2.94% 18
West Midlands +34 34 £475 +1.06% 15
South West +7 34 £375 -25.00% 18
Hampshire +5 27 £358 -4.66% 10
Bedfordshire +14 25 £438 +2.94% 2
North West +8 22 £325 - 20
Scotland +8 18 £310 -17.33% 1
Southampton - 18 £363 - 2
Wiltshire - 16 £375 - 1
Surrey +6 15 £375 - 6
Luton - 15 £450 - 2
Swindon - 15 £375 - 1
East Midlands +28 14 £325 -13.33% 5
Merseyside -1 12 £283 -37.22%
Yorkshire -27 12 £400 +11.42% 5
South Wales - 12 £425 - 3
Wales - 12 £425 - 4
Birmingham - 12 £475 - 6
Cardiff - 12 £425 - 3
West Yorkshire -19 11 £406 +13.02% 2
Leeds -23 11 £406 +11.16% 2
Glasgow - 11 £310 - 1
Berkshire -38 8 £400 -11.11% 12
Northamptonshire - 8 £325 - 2
Oxfordshire - 8 £475 - 4
Hertfordshire +7 7 £638 +41.66% 1

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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.

1 421 (49.12%) Microsoft
2 390 (45.51%) .NET
3 346 (40.37%) Windows
4 303 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
5 276 (32.21%) C#
6 232 (27.07%) SQL Server
7 199 (23.22%) MVC
8 195 (22.75%) Active Directory
9 172 (20.07%) ASP.NET
10 165 (19.25%) SQL
11 159 (18.55%) Scrum
11 159 (18.55%) PowerShell
12 155 (18.09%) Web Services
13 143 (16.69%) Amazon AWS
14 137 (15.99%) SharePoint
15 128 (14.94%) TDD
16 126 (14.70%) .NET Framework
16 126 (14.70%) HTML
16 126 (14.70%) JavaScript
17 125 (14.59%) MS Excel
18 124 (14.47%) E-Commerce
19 121 (14.12%) CSS
20 114 (13.30%) WCF
21 113 (13.19%) IIS
22 109 (12.72%) Linux
23 107 (12.49%) DevOps
24 103 (12.02%) Team Foundation Server
24 103 (12.02%) Office 365
25 99 (11.55%) VMware
26 97 (11.32%) jQuery

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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
1 137 (15.99%) SharePoint
2 113 (13.19%) IIS
3 55 (6.42%) Lync
4 49 (5.72%) OpenStack
5 47 (5.48%) Node.js
6 43 (5.02%) SharePoint 2013
7 40 (4.67%) BizTalk Server
8 37 (4.32%) MS Exchange
9 29 (3.38%) CMS
10 28 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2010
11 25 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2013
12 21 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2007
13 20 (2.33%) Office Communications Server
13 20 (2.33%) Umbraco
14 18 (2.10%) SharePoint 2010
14 18 (2.10%) Sitecore CMS
15 16 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
16 12 (1.40%) Confluence
17 10 (1.17%) Apache
17 10 (1.17%) Kentico
Applications
1 125 (14.59%) MS Excel
2 21 (2.45%) MS Office
3 14 (1.63%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.05%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.93%) OmniGraffle
6 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.23%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) MS Project
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 45 (5.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.33%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.35%) Maximo
4 3 (0.35%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 143 (16.69%) Amazon AWS
2 103 (12.02%) Office 365
3 62 (7.23%) PaaS
4 43 (5.02%) Amazon EC2
5 35 (4.08%) IaaS
6 25 (2.92%) Cloud Computing
7 21 (2.45%) SaaS
8 18 (2.10%) Heroku
9 9 (1.05%) GitHub
10 4 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.35%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.35%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.35%) Yammer
11 3 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.12%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.12%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.12%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 96 (11.20%) DNS
2 57 (6.65%) DHCP
3 46 (5.37%) SAN
4 37 (4.32%) Firewall
5 34 (3.97%) WAN
6 33 (3.85%) TCP/IP
6 33 (3.85%) VPN
7 31 (3.62%) LAN
8 30 (3.50%) FTP
9 28 (3.27%) VLAN
10 26 (3.03%) NAS
11 22 (2.57%) LDAP
12 16 (1.87%) MPLS
13 14 (1.63%) Internet
14 13 (1.52%) HTTP
15 12 (1.40%) Reverse Proxy
15 12 (1.40%) SSL
16 9 (1.05%) Intranet
16 9 (1.05%) Ethernet
16 9 (1.05%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 232 (27.07%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 49 (5.72%) Azure SQL Database
4 33 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 31 (3.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 29 (3.38%) NoSQL
7 18 (2.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 18 (2.10%) Big Data
7 18 (2.10%) MongoDB
8 17 (1.98%) SQL Server 2012
8 17 (1.98%) MySQL
9 13 (1.52%) Hadoop
10 7 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
11 6 (0.70%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.70%) RavenDB
11 6 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.70%) MarkLogic
12 5 (0.58%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 103 (12.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 69 (8.05%) Jenkins
3 58 (6.77%) Visual Studio
4 45 (5.25%) Git (software)
5 31 (3.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 26 (3.03%) MSTest
6 26 (3.03%) TeamCity
7 25 (2.92%) NUnit
8 24 (2.80%) JIRA
8 24 (2.80%) MSBuild
9 18 (2.10%) SpecFlow
10 16 (1.87%) Selenium
11 12 (1.40%) ReSharper
11 12 (1.40%) Subversion
11 12 (1.40%) NCover
11 12 (1.40%) NDepend
11 12 (1.40%) StyleCop
12 7 (0.82%) CruiseControl
13 6 (0.70%) Rhino Mocks
13 6 (0.70%) Moq
General
1 51 (5.95%) Finance
2 33 (3.85%) Retail
3 11 (1.28%) Publishing
3 11 (1.28%) Legal
3 11 (1.28%) Banking
4 10 (1.17%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.17%) Games
5 9 (1.05%) Marketing
6 4 (0.47%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.47%) Electronics
6 4 (0.47%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.35%) Advertising
7 3 (0.35%) Korean Language
8 2 (0.23%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.12%) Automotive
9 1 (0.12%) Front Office
9 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.12%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 298 (34.77%) Developer
2 151 (17.62%) Architect
3 129 (15.05%) .NET Developer
4 75 (8.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 69 (8.05%) Solutions Architect
6 65 (7.58%) Consultant
7 43 (5.02%) C# Developer
8 40 (4.67%) DevOps Engineer
9 39 (4.55%) Analyst
10 37 (4.32%) Senior Developer
11 35 (4.08%) Web Engineer
12 31 (3.62%) Technical Architect
13 25 (2.92%) DevOps Consultant
14 24 (2.80%) Web Infrastructure Engineer
14 24 (2.80%) Senior Consultant
14 24 (2.80%) C# .NET Developer
15 23 (2.68%) ASP.NET Developer
15 23 (2.68%) Senior .NET Developer
16 22 (2.57%) Software Developer
17 18 (2.10%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 390 (45.51%) .NET
2 172 (20.07%) ASP.NET
3 155 (18.09%) Web Services
4 126 (14.70%) .NET Framework
4 126 (14.70%) HTML
5 121 (14.12%) CSS
6 114 (13.30%) WCF
7 97 (11.32%) jQuery
8 93 (10.85%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 91 (10.62%) ASP.NET MVC
10 71 (8.28%) HTML5
11 70 (8.17%) ASP.NET Web API
12 46 (5.37%) XML
13 42 (4.90%) CSS3
14 41 (4.78%) AngularJS
15 40 (4.67%) LINQ
16 38 (4.43%) REST
17 34 (3.97%) RESTful
17 34 (3.97%) Ajax
18 30 (3.50%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 30 (3.50%) User Experience
2 29 (3.38%) Clustering
3 23 (2.68%) Replication
3 23 (2.68%) Computer Science
4 22 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
5 21 (2.45%) Inversion of Control
6 18 (2.10%) PKI
7 17 (1.98%) Open Source
7 17 (1.98%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.40%) Data Structures
9 11 (1.28%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.93%) GIS
11 7 (0.82%) Analytical Skills
12 4 (0.47%) Derivative
12 4 (0.47%) DTV
13 3 (0.35%) Social Media
13 3 (0.35%) Management Information System
13 3 (0.35%) Blackberry
14 2 (0.23%) Wiki
14 2 (0.23%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 346 (40.37%) Windows
2 109 (12.72%) Linux
3 81 (9.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 74 (8.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 39 (4.55%) UNIX
6 27 (3.15%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (2.33%) Mac OS X
8 17 (1.98%) Apple iOS
9 16 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (1.52%) Android
10 13 (1.52%) Windows 7
11 11 (1.28%) Ubuntu
12 9 (1.05%) Windows 8
13 6 (0.70%) Windows XP
13 6 (0.70%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.47%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.23%) FreeBSD
15 2 (0.23%) Windows CE
15 2 (0.23%) Windows Phone 8
16 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
2 199 (23.22%) MVC
3 159 (18.55%) Scrum
4 128 (14.94%) TDD
5 124 (14.47%) E-Commerce
6 107 (12.49%) DevOps
7 76 (8.87%) BDD
8 75 (8.75%) Configuration Management
9 74 (8.63%) Continuous Integration
10 56 (6.53%) Migration
11 54 (6.30%) CRM
12 53 (6.18%) SOA
13 44 (5.13%) ITIL
14 38 (4.43%) OO
15 33 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
16 30 (3.50%) Mentoring
16 30 (3.50%) Load Balancing
17 28 (3.27%) Web Development
18 27 (3.15%) Unit Testing
19 25 (2.92%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 276 (32.21%) C#
2 165 (19.25%) SQL
3 159 (18.55%) PowerShell
4 126 (14.70%) JavaScript
5 91 (10.62%) Python
6 86 (10.04%) Java
7 83 (9.68%) Ruby
8 30 (3.50%) C++
9 24 (2.80%) PL/SQL
10 22 (2.57%) Shell Script
11 16 (1.87%) VB
11 16 (1.87%) PHP
12 15 (1.75%) T-SQL
13 11 (1.28%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.28%) C
14 10 (1.17%) Bash Shell
15 9 (1.05%) Objective-C
16 7 (0.82%) XAML
17 6 (0.70%) PHP5
17 6 (0.70%) VC++
Qualifications
1 37 (4.32%) Security Cleared
2 33 (3.85%) Degree
3 22 (2.57%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (1.98%) MCSE
5 14 (1.63%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (1.05%) MCITP
7 8 (0.93%) MCTS
8 7 (0.82%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.58%) MCP
10 5 (0.58%) MCSA
10 5 (0.58%) CCNA
11 4 (0.47%) CCNP
12 2 (0.23%) CCDA
12 2 (0.23%) CCDP
12 2 (0.23%) HND
13 1 (0.12%) VCAP
13 1 (0.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.12%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (1.52%) SLA
2 7 (0.82%) QA
3 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 195 (22.75%) Active Directory
2 90 (10.50%) Hyper-V
3 62 (7.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (3.97%) vSphere
5 16 (1.87%) XenApp
6 11 (1.28%) UAG
7 8 (0.93%) Platform Symphony
8 6 (0.70%) DFS Replication
9 5 (0.58%) vCloud
9 5 (0.58%) Firmware
10 4 (0.47%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.35%) Xen
12 2 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.23%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.23%) HDFS
12 2 (0.23%) Docker
12 2 (0.23%) XenServer
13 1 (0.12%) Varnish
13 1 (0.12%) KVM
13 1 (0.12%) Samba
Systems Management
1 93 (10.85%) Puppet
2 83 (9.68%) Opscode Chef
3 73 (8.52%) SCCM
4 68 (7.93%) SCOM
5 34 (3.97%) Vagrant
6 29 (3.38%) Ansible
7 25 (2.92%) Nagios
8 24 (2.80%) Salt
9 17 (1.98%) SCOrch
9 17 (1.98%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 10 (1.17%) Windows Intune
11 9 (1.05%) SCSM
11 9 (1.05%) SCVMM
12 6 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 5 (0.58%) SolarWinds Orion
13 5 (0.58%) NetBackup
14 3 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
14 3 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
14 3 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
14 3 (0.35%) Oozie
Vendors
1 421 (49.12%) Microsoft
2 99 (11.55%) VMware
3 60 (7.00%) Oracle
4 39 (4.55%) HP
5 36 (4.20%) Cisco
6 31 (3.62%) Akamai
7 25 (2.92%) New Relic
8 24 (2.80%) Citrix
9 22 (2.57%) Sitecore
10 19 (2.22%) Google
11 16 (1.87%) Rackspace
11 16 (1.87%) F5
12 15 (1.75%) Dell
12 15 (1.75%) Juniper
13 14 (1.63%) NetApp
13 14 (1.63%) Red Hat
14 10 (1.17%) EPiServer
14 10 (1.17%) Symantec
15 9 (1.05%) Sybase
15 9 (1.05%) IBM
Bristol Area
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £675 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £326 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £425.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £375.00 - £425.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bangor, Gwynedd
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Altrincham
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
TRG
Rate: 250-300 Per Annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Oxbridge Answers
Rate: Excellent market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
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Sanderson
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