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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 275 422 520
Rank change year-on-year
+147 +98
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 398 173 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.33% 0.14%
As % of the Cloud Services category 20.17% 13.75% 12.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 111 37
Average daily rate
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£425 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £275 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £405 £316 £375
% change year-on-year
+28.06% -15.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £20.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +51.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £20.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
- +51.85%

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
1973 1258 657
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.45% 2.39% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1229 831 389
Average daily rate £425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £125 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £345 £388
% change year-on-year
+15.94% -10.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 27 19
Average hourly rate £21.56 £18.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.77% -35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £12.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.30 £47.20 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.25 £19.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-9.21% -36.66%

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 1 October 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
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 1 October 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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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 +131 375 £425 +13.33% 152
London +143 200 £425 +1.19% 56
South East -10 73 £416 +11.00% 20
East of England +13 46 £400 +45.45% 12
City of London +52 42 £400 +6.66% 15
Berkshire +32 41 £425 +21.42% 5
Bedfordshire - 34 £413 - 2
Reading +30 24 £425 +30.76% 1
South West -11 22 £340 -28.42% 18
Luton - 22 £413 - 1
West Midlands -5 19 £500 +117.39% 7
Wales - 18 £390 - 2
South Wales - 18 £390 - 2
Cardiff - 17 £390 - 2
Surrey +4 14 £400 +92.77% 6
Coventry - 10 £500 - 2
Oxfordshire -11 9 £225 -47.05% 2
Hertfordshire -16 9 £400 -20.00% 6
Bristol -7 8 £325 -31.57% 11
Watford +2 6 £400 -20.00% 3
Wiltshire -2 6 £400 - 2
Guildford -5 6 £400 +92.77% 3
North West -11 6 £525 +75.00% 18
Hampshire -12 4 £425 +6.25% 2
Cheshire +3 3 £250 -16.66% 9
Yorkshire 0 3 £325 +18.18% 11
West Yorkshire -5 3 £325 +18.18% 2
Birmingham -6 3 - - 2
Farnham - 3 - - 1
Poole - 3 £315 - 1

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 371 (51.60%) Microsoft
2 357 (49.65%) .NET
3 327 (45.48%) Windows
4 270 (37.55%) C#
5 264 (36.72%) Agile Software Development
6 218 (30.32%) SQL Server
7 198 (27.54%) ASP.NET
8 192 (26.70%) MVC
9 183 (25.45%) SQL
10 147 (20.45%) Web Services
11 129 (17.94%) JavaScript
12 128 (17.80%) Scrum
13 127 (17.66%) Team Foundation Server
14 125 (17.39%) Active Directory
15 120 (16.69%) HTML
16 114 (15.86%) WCF
17 113 (15.72%) Amazon AWS
18 110 (15.30%) CSS
19 109 (15.16%) IIS
20 104 (14.46%) SharePoint
21 101 (14.05%) MS Excel
22 100 (13.91%) TDD
23 99 (13.77%) Office 365
24 97 (13.49%) .NET Framework
25 92 (12.80%) PowerShell
26 91 (12.66%) VMware
27 90 (12.52%) SQL Server 2008
28 89 (12.38%) PaaS
29 84 (11.68%) ASP.NET MVC
30 80 (11.13%) DevOps

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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
1 109 (15.16%) IIS
2 104 (14.46%) SharePoint
3 45 (6.26%) MS Exchange
3 45 (6.26%) SharePoint 2013
4 38 (5.29%) Lync
5 37 (5.15%) Node.js
5 37 (5.15%) BizTalk Server
6 28 (3.89%) OpenStack
7 22 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2010
8 21 (2.92%) Confluence
9 20 (2.78%) SharePoint 2010
10 18 (2.50%) CMS
11 15 (2.09%) Apache Solr
12 11 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2003
13 10 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
14 9 (1.25%) Sitecore CMS
14 9 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
15 8 (1.11%) Office Communications Server
16 6 (0.83%) Apache
16 6 (0.83%) Umbraco
Applications
1 101 (14.05%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.23%) MS Office
3 9 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.42%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 32 (4.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.56%) WebTrends
4 3 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 113 (15.72%) Amazon AWS
2 99 (13.77%) Office 365
3 89 (12.38%) PaaS
4 36 (5.01%) IaaS
5 25 (3.48%) Amazon EC2
6 24 (3.34%) SaaS
7 12 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.83%) Heroku
9 5 (0.70%) GitHub
10 3 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
11 2 (0.28%) Rackspace Cloud
11 2 (0.28%) IBM SmartCloud
12 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.14%) Gitorious
12 1 (0.14%) Google Compute Engine
12 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 79 (10.99%) DNS
2 55 (7.65%) DHCP
3 36 (5.01%) SAN
4 33 (4.59%) Firewall
5 32 (4.45%) HTTP
6 31 (4.31%) VPN
7 30 (4.17%) Internet
8 26 (3.62%) TCP/IP
9 19 (2.64%) VLAN
9 19 (2.64%) Wi-Fi
10 15 (2.09%) FTP
11 14 (1.95%) SSL
11 14 (1.95%) WAN
11 14 (1.95%) NAS
12 13 (1.81%) LAN
13 11 (1.53%) SNMP
14 8 (1.11%) VoIP
14 8 (1.11%) Reverse Proxy
15 7 (0.97%) MPLS
16 6 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 218 (30.32%) SQL Server
2 90 (12.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 58 (8.07%) Azure SQL Database
4 29 (4.03%) Hadoop
5 28 (3.89%) NoSQL
6 26 (3.62%) SQL Server 2005
7 23 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (2.64%) Amazon RDS
9 18 (2.50%) Big Data
10 17 (2.36%) MongoDB
11 16 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
12 14 (1.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 13 (1.81%) MySQL
14 10 (1.39%) Relational Database
14 10 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
15 8 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
16 7 (0.97%) RDBMS
17 6 (0.83%) Couchbase
18 5 (0.70%) RavenDB
18 5 (0.70%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 127 (17.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 56 (7.79%) Visual Studio
3 50 (6.95%) Git (software)
4 32 (4.45%) TeamCity
5 25 (3.48%) JIRA
6 23 (3.20%) Subversion
7 21 (2.92%) NUnit
8 20 (2.78%) MSTest
8 20 (2.78%) MSBuild
8 20 (2.78%) Jenkins
9 18 (2.50%) SpecFlow
10 16 (2.23%) Selenium
11 10 (1.39%) ReSharper
12 8 (1.11%) Artifactory
13 7 (0.97%) NDepend
13 7 (0.97%) StyleCop
13 7 (0.97%) NCover
13 7 (0.97%) FinalBuilder
14 6 (0.83%) Log4Net
15 5 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 40 (5.56%) Finance
2 18 (2.50%) Marketing
3 15 (2.09%) Telecoms
4 11 (1.53%) Banking
4 11 (1.53%) Retail
5 9 (1.25%) Back Office
5 9 (1.25%) Publishing
6 8 (1.11%) Legal
7 4 (0.56%) Games
7 4 (0.56%) Billing
8 3 (0.42%) Japanese Language
8 3 (0.42%) Korean Language
8 3 (0.42%) Mandarin Language
8 3 (0.42%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.42%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.42%) Advertising
8 3 (0.42%) Electronics
9 1 (0.14%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.14%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 293 (40.75%) Developer
2 110 (15.30%) .NET Developer
3 90 (12.52%) Architect
4 55 (7.65%) Consultant
5 54 (7.51%) C# Developer
6 50 (6.95%) Senior Developer
7 48 (6.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 45 (6.26%) DevOps Engineer
9 37 (5.15%) Analyst
10 31 (4.31%) Senior .NET Developer
11 30 (4.17%) Web Developer
12 26 (3.62%) Solutions Architect
12 26 (3.62%) Software Engineer
12 26 (3.62%) ASP.NET Developer
13 23 (3.20%) C# .NET Developer
14 20 (2.78%) Software Developer
14 20 (2.78%) BizTalk Developer
15 17 (2.36%) SharePoint Developer
16 15 (2.09%) Infrastructure Architect
16 15 (2.09%) Configuration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 357 (49.65%) .NET
2 198 (27.54%) ASP.NET
3 147 (20.45%) Web Services
4 120 (16.69%) HTML
5 114 (15.86%) WCF
6 110 (15.30%) CSS
7 97 (13.49%) .NET Framework
8 84 (11.68%) ASP.NET MVC
9 68 (9.46%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 66 (9.18%) HTML5
11 64 (8.90%) XML
12 63 (8.76%) jQuery
13 44 (6.12%) ASP.NET Web API
14 43 (5.98%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 41 (5.70%) AngularJS
16 33 (4.59%) REST
17 31 (4.31%) Ajax
18 28 (3.89%) CSS3
19 27 (3.76%) KnockoutJS
19 27 (3.76%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 29 (4.03%) GIS
1 29 (4.03%) Open Source
2 25 (3.48%) Computer Science
3 20 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
4 18 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (2.50%) CMDB
5 17 (2.36%) PKI
5 17 (2.36%) User Experience
5 17 (2.36%) Inversion of Control
6 14 (1.95%) Mobile App
7 11 (1.53%) Replication
8 10 (1.39%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.11%) Clustering
9 8 (1.11%) Wiki
10 6 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 5 (0.70%) Derivative
12 4 (0.56%) Social Media
12 4 (0.56%) Management Information System
13 3 (0.42%) IPTV
13 3 (0.42%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 327 (45.48%) Windows
2 72 (10.01%) Windows Server 2008
3 71 (9.87%) Linux
4 67 (9.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (3.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (3.06%) Windows 7
6 22 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (2.36%) Windows 8
8 9 (1.25%) Apple iOS
9 8 (1.11%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.97%) UNIX
11 6 (0.83%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.70%) Android
13 2 (0.28%) Windows CE
13 2 (0.28%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (36.72%) Agile Software Development
2 192 (26.70%) MVC
3 128 (17.80%) Scrum
4 100 (13.91%) TDD
5 80 (11.13%) DevOps
6 68 (9.46%) Configuration Management
7 54 (7.51%) E-Commerce
8 50 (6.95%) ITIL
9 48 (6.68%) Migration
10 41 (5.70%) BDD
10 41 (5.70%) SOA
11 38 (5.29%) Continuous Integration
12 35 (4.87%) Workflow
13 34 (4.73%) CRM
14 33 (4.59%) OO
15 32 (4.45%) Project Management
16 31 (4.31%) Web Development
17 30 (4.17%) Unit Testing
17 30 (4.17%) Load Balancing
18 29 (4.03%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 270 (37.55%) C#
2 183 (25.45%) SQL
3 129 (17.94%) JavaScript
4 92 (12.80%) PowerShell
5 50 (6.95%) Java
6 41 (5.70%) Ruby
7 39 (5.42%) Python
8 36 (5.01%) PL/SQL
9 29 (4.03%) VB
10 27 (3.76%) C++
11 19 (2.64%) VBScript
12 18 (2.50%) PHP
13 16 (2.23%) VB.NET
14 15 (2.09%) T-SQL
14 15 (2.09%) Perl
15 14 (1.95%) C
16 13 (1.81%) Shell Script
17 9 (1.25%) PHP5
18 6 (0.83%) VC++
19 3 (0.42%) XAML
Qualifications
1 37 (5.15%) Security Cleared
2 35 (4.87%) Degree
3 29 (4.03%) SC Cleared
4 27 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.92%) MCSE
6 13 (1.81%) MCITP
6 13 (1.81%) MCTS
6 13 (1.81%) MCP
7 12 (1.67%) MCSA
8 9 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (0.83%) ISEB
10 5 (0.70%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.42%) ISTQB
11 3 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.28%) CCNP
12 2 (0.28%) PhD
13 1 (0.14%) CCNA
13 1 (0.14%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.95%) QA
2 11 (1.53%) SLA
3 8 (1.11%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 125 (17.39%) Active Directory
2 50 (6.95%) Hyper-V
3 45 (6.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (2.64%) vSphere
5 15 (2.09%) UAG
6 12 (1.67%) XenApp
7 11 (1.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 8 (1.11%) Platform Symphony
9 6 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.28%) vCloud
10 2 (0.28%) HDFS
10 2 (0.28%) XenServer
11 1 (0.14%) Firmware
11 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.14%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 65 (9.04%) Opscode Chef
2 53 (7.37%) SCCM
3 43 (5.98%) Puppet
4 30 (4.17%) SCOM
5 17 (2.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 14 (1.95%) Vagrant
7 12 (1.67%) Ansible
7 12 (1.67%) Windows Intune
8 11 (1.53%) Nagios
8 11 (1.53%) Salt
9 8 (1.11%) SCDPM
9 8 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.56%) SCOrch
10 4 (0.56%) SCSM
11 3 (0.42%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
11 3 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (0.42%) Oozie
12 2 (0.28%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 371 (51.60%) Microsoft
2 91 (12.66%) VMware
3 64 (8.90%) Oracle
4 33 (4.59%) Citrix
5 32 (4.45%) HP
6 25 (3.48%) Cisco
7 24 (3.34%) Red Hat
8 19 (2.64%) SolarWinds
8 19 (2.64%) Akamai
9 18 (2.50%) SAP
10 17 (2.36%) Google
11 16 (2.23%) Rackspace
12 13 (1.81%) Juniper
13 10 (1.39%) Sitecore
14 9 (1.25%) McAfee
14 9 (1.25%) New Relic
15 8 (1.11%) Twitter
15 8 (1.11%) Sybase
16 7 (0.97%) DataSynapse
16 7 (0.97%) F5
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
City of London
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Rate: £500 per day
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City, London
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 9 hours ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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London
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 14 hours ago
West Midlands
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £301 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
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Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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Rate: competitive
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London
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