Period
to 19 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 6 months to 19 January 2018 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.

Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 67 98
Rank change year-on-year +50 +31 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 90 25 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.19% 1.94% 0.73%
As % of the Cloud Services category 43.90% 16.56% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 20 7
Cheshire median daily rate £515 £525 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.90% +31.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £350 £250 £290
90th Percentile £633 £753 £576
North West median daily rate £500 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +26.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Cheshire median hourly rate - - £35.00
North West median hourly rate - - £35.00

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

All Cloud Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 205 151 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 16.37% 11.70% 4.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 97 55
Cheshire median daily rate £483 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.53% +3.66% +9.33%
10th Percentile £280 £250 £325
90th Percentile £600 £618 £561
North West median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 5
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £12.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.73% -63.57% -
10th Percentile £13.75 £11.43 £31.75
90th Percentile £15.25 £13.68 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £14.46 £13.00 £33.07
% change year-on-year +11.23% -60.69% +46.98%

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Microsoft Azure as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in Cheshire over the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Azure in Cheshire

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 6 months to 19 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Crewe - 35 £515 - 4
Warrington +13 30 £513 -21.15% 10
Knutsford - 1 - - 3
Runcorn - 1 £375 -
Microsoft Azure
North West

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 46 (51.11%) PowerShell
2 44 (48.89%) Jenkins
3 41 (45.56%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (43.33%) DevOps
5 33 (36.67%) Windows
6 32 (35.56%) Microsoft
7 31 (34.44%) Configuration Management
8 30 (33.33%) Ansible
8 30 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
8 30 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
9 29 (32.22%) Linux
10 27 (30.00%) Puppet
11 26 (28.89%) TeamCity
11 26 (28.89%) Web Services
12 25 (27.78%) PaaS
13 24 (26.67%) Python
13 24 (26.67%) Ruby
14 22 (24.44%) Bash Shell
15 21 (23.33%) Continuous Delivery
15 21 (23.33%) Web Operations
16 17 (18.89%) IaaS
16 17 (18.89%) Visual Studio
17 16 (17.78%) Terraform
18 15 (16.67%) Public Cloud
18 15 (16.67%) Active Directory
19 14 (15.56%) Migration
19 14 (15.56%) Opscode Chef
19 14 (15.56%) Office 365
20 13 (14.44%) Scrum
21 12 (13.33%) VMware

Microsoft Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 4 (4.44%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.22%) CMS
2 2 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (2.22%) IIS
2 2 (2.22%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.33%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (27.78%) PaaS
3 17 (18.89%) IaaS
4 14 (15.56%) Office 365
5 12 (13.33%) SaaS
6 5 (5.56%) GitHub
7 4 (4.44%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (2.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (1.11%) Amazon S3
9 1 (1.11%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (1.11%) Datadog
9 1 (1.11%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.78%) SAN
2 5 (5.56%) DHCP
2 5 (5.56%) DNS
2 5 (5.56%) Firewall
3 4 (4.44%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.44%) VPN
4 3 (3.33%) LAN
4 3 (3.33%) MPLS
4 3 (3.33%) VoIP
4 3 (3.33%) WAN
5 2 (2.22%) Skype
6 1 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.11%) Internet
6 1 (1.11%) IPsec
6 1 (1.11%) NAS
6 1 (1.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.33%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.22%) EDRMS
4 1 (1.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.11%) Big Data
4 1 (1.11%) MySQL
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 44 (48.89%) Jenkins
2 26 (28.89%) TeamCity
3 17 (18.89%) Visual Studio
4 12 (13.33%) Git (software)
5 8 (8.89%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (7.78%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.22%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.22%) GitLab
8 1 (1.11%) Artifactory
8 1 (1.11%) JIRA
8 1 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (1.11%) Selenium
8 1 (1.11%) SonarQube
General
1 4 (4.44%) Finance
2 2 (2.22%) Billing
3 1 (1.11%) Back Office
3 1 (1.11%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (27.78%) Azure DevOps
2 22 (24.44%) DevOps Engineer
3 20 (22.22%) WebOps Engineer
4 16 (17.78%) Architect
5 14 (15.56%) Azure Engineer
5 14 (15.56%) Consultant
6 13 (14.44%) Azure Consultant
7 12 (13.33%) DevOps Consultant
8 11 (12.22%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 8 (8.89%) Technical Architect
10 7 (7.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (6.67%) AWS DevOps
11 6 (6.67%) Azure Architect
12 5 (5.56%) Cloud Engineer
12 5 (5.56%) Developer
12 5 (5.56%) Integration Consultant
12 5 (5.56%) Lead DevOps
13 4 (4.44%) Cloud Architect
13 4 (4.44%) Cloud Consultant
13 4 (4.44%) Linux/Unix DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (28.89%) Web Services
2 11 (12.22%) .NET
3 9 (10.00%) JSON
4 5 (5.56%) .NET Framework
5 3 (3.33%) ASP.NET
5 3 (3.33%) LDAP
5 3 (3.33%) Node.js
6 2 (2.22%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.22%) HTML
6 2 (2.22%) J2EE
7 1 (1.11%) CSS
7 1 (1.11%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (1.11%) MEAN Stack
7 1 (1.11%) React
7 1 (1.11%) SOAP
7 1 (1.11%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (16.67%) Public Cloud
2 4 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.33%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.33%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.33%) Replication
3 3 (3.33%) User Experience
4 2 (2.22%) EMC VNX
4 2 (2.22%) EMC VNXe
4 2 (2.22%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.11%) Clustering
5 1 (1.11%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.11%) Minimum Viable Product
5 1 (1.11%) NHS
5 1 (1.11%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 33 (36.67%) Windows
2 29 (32.22%) Linux
3 7 (7.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (6.67%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.11%) Android
5 1 (1.11%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.11%) CentOS
5 1 (1.11%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.11%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.11%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (45.56%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (43.33%) DevOps
3 31 (34.44%) Configuration Management
4 30 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 21 (23.33%) Continuous Delivery
5 21 (23.33%) Web Operations
6 14 (15.56%) Migration
7 13 (14.44%) Scrum
8 8 (8.89%) ITIL
8 8 (8.89%) Kanban
9 7 (7.78%) Mentoring
10 6 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (5.56%) Capacity Management
11 5 (5.56%) User Stories
12 4 (4.44%) Disaster Recovery
12 4 (4.44%) Open Source
13 3 (3.33%) CRM
13 3 (3.33%) MVC
13 3 (3.33%) Project Management
13 3 (3.33%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 46 (51.11%) PowerShell
2 24 (26.67%) Python
2 24 (26.67%) Ruby
3 22 (24.44%) Bash Shell
4 11 (12.22%) Java
5 7 (7.78%) SQL
6 6 (6.67%) C#
7 3 (3.33%) VB
8 2 (2.22%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.22%) Scala
9 1 (1.11%) Go
9 1 (1.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
1 5 (5.56%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.44%) MCSE
2 4 (4.44%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.33%) MCSA
4 1 (1.11%) CCDP
4 1 (1.11%) CCIE
4 1 (1.11%) CCNP
4 1 (1.11%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.11%) CISM
4 1 (1.11%) CISSP
4 1 (1.11%) Degree
4 1 (1.11%) ISEB
4 1 (1.11%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.22%) GDPR
System Software
1 15 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 8 (8.89%) Hyper-V
2 8 (8.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.33%) Docker
4 1 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 30 (33.33%) Ansible
2 27 (30.00%) Puppet
3 16 (17.78%) Terraform
4 14 (15.56%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (4.44%) SCCM
6 2 (2.22%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.22%) Rundeck
6 2 (2.22%) SCOM
6 2 (2.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (1.11%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.11%) FortiGate
7 1 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 32 (35.56%) Microsoft
2 12 (13.33%) VMware
3 9 (10.00%) Red Hat
4 6 (6.67%) Cisco
5 4 (4.44%) Citrix
5 4 (4.44%) HP
6 3 (3.33%) Dell
6 3 (3.33%) EMC
6 3 (3.33%) EqualLogic
6 3 (3.33%) NetApp
6 3 (3.33%) Veritas
7 2 (2.22%) IBM
7 2 (2.22%) Oracle
8 1 (1.11%) Dell Compellent
8 1 (1.11%) Juniper
8 1 (1.11%) Lumension
8 1 (1.11%) McAfee
8 1 (1.11%) Meraki
8 1 (1.11%) Palo Alto
8 1 (1.11%) Symantec