The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Microsoft Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
East of England / Bedfordshire
Rank 19 35 33
Rank change year-on-year +16 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 18 1 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 6.55% 0.33% 3.30%
As % of the Cloud Services category 39.13% 5.00% 58.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 1 14
Median daily rate £448 £580 £638
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.84% -9.01%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -57.85% +40.00%  

Microsoft Azure is in the cloud computing skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 46 20 24
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 16.73% 6.56% 5.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 12 23
Median daily rate £435 £525 £613
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.14% -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £368 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £580 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -12.79% -13.35%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Microsoft Azure as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Cloud Services category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in Bedfordshire over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bedford - 5 £425 -
Luton +8 1 £525 -9.48%
Microsoft Azure
East of England

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 20 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 13 (46.43%) SQL
3 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (39.29%) JavaScript
4 11 (39.29%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (35.71%) Android
5 10 (35.71%) Ruby
5 10 (35.71%) JIRA
5 10 (35.71%) Selenium
5 10 (35.71%) Cucumber
5 10 (35.71%) Apple iOS
5 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
5 10 (35.71%) Capybara
5 10 (35.71%) Mobile App
5 10 (35.71%) Calabash
5 10 (35.71%) Java
5 10 (35.71%) Python
5 10 (35.71%) API Testing
6 7 (25.00%) E-Commerce
7 6 (21.43%) Windows
8 5 (17.86%) .NET
8 5 (17.86%) QA
8 5 (17.86%) High Availability
9 4 (14.29%) IaaS
9 4 (14.29%) DevOps
9 4 (14.29%) .NET Framework
9 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
9 4 (14.29%) ASP.NET
9 4 (14.29%) Active Directory
9 4 (14.29%) Citrix

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.14%) CMS
1 2 (7.14%) IIS
1 2 (7.14%) Umbraco
2 1 (3.57%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Project
1 2 (7.14%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.57%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (39.29%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (14.29%) IaaS
3 2 (7.14%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (3.57%) Office 365
4 1 (3.57%) PaaS
4 1 (3.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.14%) HTTP
1 2 (7.14%) NetScaler
1 2 (7.14%) Remote Desktop
1 2 (7.14%) VLAN
2 1 (3.57%) DNS
2 1 (3.57%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (35.71%) Calabash
1 10 (35.71%) Capybara
1 10 (35.71%) Cucumber
1 10 (35.71%) JIRA
1 10 (35.71%) Selenium
1 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
2 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
3 2 (7.14%) Appium
3 2 (7.14%) Bower
4 1 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (10.71%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 9 (32.14%) Applications Engineer
1 9 (32.14%) Test Engineer
2 8 (28.57%) Mobile Engineer
3 4 (14.29%) Architect
3 4 (14.29%) AWS Architect
3 4 (14.29%) Cloud Architect
3 4 (14.29%) E-Commerce Architect
4 3 (10.71%) Web Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Citrix Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Citrix Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Cloud Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (7.14%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Provisioning Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Team Leader
5 2 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Web Applications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.86%) .NET
2 4 (14.29%) .NET Framework
2 4 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (7.14%) Entity Framework
4 1 (3.57%) AngularJS
4 1 (3.57%) Middleware
4 1 (3.57%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 10 (35.71%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.14%) User Experience
3 1 (3.57%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.57%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) iPhone
3 1 (3.57%) N-Tier
3 1 (3.57%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Android
1 10 (35.71%) Apple iOS
2 6 (21.43%) Windows
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server
4 2 (7.14%) Linux
4 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (3.57%) AIX
5 1 (3.57%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (35.71%) API Testing
3 7 (25.00%) E-Commerce
4 5 (17.86%) High Availability
5 4 (14.29%) DevOps
5 4 (14.29%) Project Management
6 3 (10.71%) Software Engineering
7 2 (7.14%) Business Analysis
7 2 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (7.14%) Dependency Management
7 2 (7.14%) Load Balancing
7 2 (7.14%) Migration
7 2 (7.14%) MVC
7 2 (7.14%) Open Source
7 2 (7.14%) PRINCE2
7 2 (7.14%) Security Management
7 2 (7.14%) Test Automation
7 2 (7.14%) Unit Testing
7 2 (7.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 13 (46.43%) SQL
2 11 (39.29%) JavaScript
3 10 (35.71%) Java
3 10 (35.71%) Python
3 10 (35.71%) Ruby
4 3 (10.71%) C#
4 3 (10.71%) PowerShell
5 2 (7.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (10.71%) ISEB
1 3 (10.71%) ISTQB
1 3 (10.71%) MCP
2 2 (7.14%) CCEA
2 2 (7.14%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (3.57%) CCIP
3 1 (3.57%) CCNA
3 1 (3.57%) CCNP
3 1 (3.57%) CCSP
3 1 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (3.57%) MCSA
3 1 (3.57%) MCSE
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.86%) QA
2 2 (7.14%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (7.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (14.29%) Citrix
3 3 (10.71%) VMware
4 2 (7.14%) AppSense
4 2 (7.14%) Remedy
5 1 (3.57%) Cisco