The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Azure skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
Rank 82 96 107
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 32 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.38% 0.14% 0.049%
As % of the Cloud Services category 51.61% 11.11% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 1 1
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£469 £470 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.26% +88.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Average hourly rate £26.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Cloud Services category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Cloud Services Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Cloud Services category
62 27 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.66% 1.27% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 13 8
Average daily rate £375 £288 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -9.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £176 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £467 £508
UK excluding London average daily rate £415 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
+10.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 1
Average hourly rate £26.00 £11.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+136.36% -45.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.18% -9.93%

Microsoft Azure
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Cloud Services category.

Microsoft Azure Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the West Midlands region.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Azure Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Microsoft Azure
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure across the West Midlands region.

Microsoft Azure Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 December 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
Coventry - 18 £491 - 3
Birmingham -1 4 £450 - 6
Solihull - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Microsoft Azure
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Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 41 (91.11%) Microsoft
2 31 (68.89%) .NET
2 31 (68.89%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (48.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (42.22%) WCF
5 18 (40.00%) .NET Framework
6 17 (37.78%) CRM
6 17 (37.78%) Dynamics CRM
7 15 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
8 14 (31.11%) Python
8 14 (31.11%) Java
8 14 (31.11%) Windows
8 14 (31.11%) PowerShell
9 13 (28.89%) MSBuild
9 13 (28.89%) Web Services
9 13 (28.89%) Scrum
10 12 (26.67%) TDD
10 12 (26.67%) MS Excel
10 12 (26.67%) ATDD
10 12 (26.67%) Ruby
10 12 (26.67%) Ruby on Rails
11 11 (24.44%) ReSharper
11 11 (24.44%) Domain-Driven Design
11 11 (24.44%) SpecFlow
11 11 (24.44%) Inversion of Control
11 11 (24.44%) NCover
11 11 (24.44%) StyleCop
11 11 (24.44%) MSTest
11 11 (24.44%) NDepend
11 11 (24.44%) BDD

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 15 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (6.67%) SharePoint
3 2 (4.44%) OpenStack
4 1 (2.22%) Node.js
Applications
1 12 (26.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 17 (37.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.44%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.44%) GitHub
1 2 (4.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.11%) LAN
1 5 (11.11%) WAN
2 2 (4.44%) DHCP
2 2 (4.44%) DNS
2 2 (4.44%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (24.44%) SQL Server
2 6 (13.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 22 (48.89%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (28.89%) MSBuild
3 11 (24.44%) ReSharper
3 11 (24.44%) SpecFlow
3 11 (24.44%) NCover
3 11 (24.44%) StyleCop
3 11 (24.44%) MSTest
3 11 (24.44%) NDepend
3 11 (24.44%) NUnit
4 8 (17.78%) Visual Studio
5 5 (11.11%) NuGet
6 2 (4.44%) Subversion
General
1 2 (4.44%) Finance
2 1 (2.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 18 (40.00%) Developer
2 12 (26.67%) Architect
3 10 (22.22%) .NET Developer
4 7 (15.56%) Lead Developer
5 5 (11.11%) CRM Architect
5 5 (11.11%) Server Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Server Support Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Server Support
6 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.67%) Technical Architect
6 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) Build Engineer
6 3 (6.67%) Lead .NET Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Agile .NET Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Integration Architect
7 2 (4.44%) Project Manager
7 2 (4.44%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (68.89%) .NET
2 19 (42.22%) WCF
3 18 (40.00%) .NET Framework
4 13 (28.89%) Web Services
5 12 (26.67%) Ruby on Rails
6 6 (13.33%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 5 (11.11%) NHibernate
8 3 (6.67%) XSLT
8 3 (6.67%) WF
8 3 (6.67%) REST
9 2 (4.44%) HTML
9 2 (4.44%) ASP.NET
10 1 (2.22%) CSS
10 1 (2.22%) SOAP
10 1 (2.22%) XML
10 1 (2.22%) Ajax
10 1 (2.22%) LINQ
10 1 (2.22%) jQuery
10 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (2.22%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 11 (24.44%) Inversion of Control
2 8 (17.78%) Open Source
3 5 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (4.44%) PKI
4 2 (4.44%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 14 (31.11%) Windows
2 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (6.67%) Windows XP
3 3 (6.67%) Windows 7
3 3 (6.67%) Windows 8
3 3 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.44%) Linux
5 1 (2.22%) Android
5 1 (2.22%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (68.89%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (37.78%) CRM
3 13 (28.89%) Scrum
4 12 (26.67%) TDD
4 12 (26.67%) ATDD
5 11 (24.44%) Domain-Driven Design
5 11 (24.44%) BDD
6 8 (17.78%) Kanban
7 5 (11.11%) Test Scripting
7 5 (11.11%) Web Development
7 5 (11.11%) Pair Programming
8 4 (8.89%) DevOps
8 4 (8.89%) Workflow
9 3 (6.67%) ITIL
10 2 (4.44%) Validation
10 2 (4.44%) Migration
10 2 (4.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 1 (2.22%) Mentoring
11 1 (2.22%) Coaching
11 1 (2.22%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 14 (31.11%) Python
1 14 (31.11%) Java
1 14 (31.11%) PowerShell
2 12 (26.67%) Ruby
3 10 (22.22%) C#
4 5 (11.11%) SQL
5 2 (4.44%) JavaScript
5 2 (4.44%) Perl
5 2 (4.44%) PHP
5 2 (4.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) QA
System Software
1 9 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (17.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (6.67%) Puppet
2 2 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.44%) SCOM
2 2 (4.44%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.44%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 41 (91.11%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.89%) HP
3 3 (6.67%) Rackspace
4 2 (4.44%) Perforce
4 2 (4.44%) VMware
5 1 (2.22%) SaltStack
5 1 (2.22%) CODA