The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 22 June 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.

Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
London / City of London
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 75 154
Rank change year-on-year +18 +79  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 126 100 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 3.82% 2.94% 1.00%
As % of the Cloud Services category 28.19% 25.77% 15.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 92 50
Median daily rate £500 £463 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +15.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £398 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £575 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £450 £375
% change year-on-year -2.77% +20.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £44.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -  

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 the City of London with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 447 388 380
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 13.56% 11.40% 6.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 326 279
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £339 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £615 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £400
% change year-on-year - +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 4
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.00 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.54% -14.56%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.11 £19.00 £16.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £81.96 £36.80 £36.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £17.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year +70.58% -36.44%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the City of London

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in the City of London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the City of London

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 115 (45.10%) Microsoft
2 97 (38.04%) Amazon AWS
3 92 (36.08%) Windows
4 77 (30.20%) Finance
5 76 (29.80%) Agile Software Development
6 72 (28.24%) .NET
7 69 (27.06%) C#
8 59 (23.14%) SQL
8 59 (23.14%) SQL Server
9 58 (22.75%) Active Directory
10 57 (22.35%) TDD
11 56 (21.96%) DevOps
12 46 (18.04%) IaaS
13 45 (17.65%) Office 365
14 43 (16.86%) Continuous Integration
15 42 (16.47%) Web Services
16 41 (16.08%) Business Intelligence
16 41 (16.08%) Scrum
17 40 (15.69%) PowerShell
18 39 (15.29%) MVC
19 38 (14.90%) NoSQL
19 38 (14.90%) Windows Server
20 34 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
21 33 (12.94%) VMware
21 33 (12.94%) Migration
22 32 (12.55%) PaaS
23 31 (12.16%) Git (software)
23 31 (12.16%) Linux
23 31 (12.16%) ASP.NET Web API
24 29 (11.37%) IIS

Microsoft Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 29 (11.37%) IIS
2 27 (10.59%) SharePoint
3 18 (7.06%) BizTalk Server
4 8 (3.14%) Apache Spark
5 7 (2.75%) Confluence
6 6 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (2.35%) MS Exchange
7 5 (1.96%) Apache
7 5 (1.96%) Skype for Business
8 4 (1.57%) CMS
8 4 (1.57%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (1.18%) EPiServer
9 3 (1.18%) Liferay
9 3 (1.18%) nginx
9 3 (1.18%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (1.18%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.78%) Drupal
10 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 8 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.18%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.78%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 24 (9.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (9.02%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (1.18%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (1.18%) Eloqua
5 2 (0.78%) Magento
6 1 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.39%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 97 (38.04%) Amazon AWS
2 46 (18.04%) IaaS
3 45 (17.65%) Office 365
4 32 (12.55%) PaaS
5 24 (9.41%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (2.75%) SaaS
7 6 (2.35%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (2.35%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (1.57%) Amazon S3
9 4 (1.57%) GitHub
9 4 (1.57%) OpenShift
9 4 (1.57%) TestFlight
10 3 (1.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (1.18%) Heroku
11 2 (0.78%) Akamai
11 2 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.78%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.67%) DNS
1 17 (6.67%) HTTP
2 13 (5.10%) Firewall
3 8 (3.14%) SAN
3 8 (3.14%) WAN
4 7 (2.75%) TCP/IP
5 6 (2.35%) VPN
6 5 (1.96%) FTP
6 5 (1.96%) LAN
6 5 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (1.57%) Ethernet
7 4 (1.57%) NAS
7 4 (1.57%) Skype
8 3 (1.18%) DMZ
8 3 (1.18%) Internet
8 3 (1.18%) MPLS
8 3 (1.18%) Network Security
8 3 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (1.18%) SSL
9 2 (0.78%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (23.14%) SQL Server
2 38 (14.90%) NoSQL
3 27 (10.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (7.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (6.67%) MongoDB
6 15 (5.88%) Azure SQL Database
7 14 (5.49%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (5.49%) Power BI
8 13 (5.10%) Relational Database
9 7 (2.75%) Big Data
9 7 (2.75%) CouchDB
9 7 (2.75%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (2.35%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 6 (2.35%) Hadoop
10 6 (2.35%) MySQL
11 5 (1.96%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (1.96%) Data Lake
11 5 (1.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (1.57%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 34 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 31 (12.16%) Git (software)
3 24 (9.41%) JIRA
4 19 (7.45%) Jenkins
5 11 (4.31%) Visual Studio
6 10 (3.92%) TeamCity
7 6 (2.35%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (2.35%) Selenium
8 5 (1.96%) Axure RP
8 5 (1.96%) gulp
8 5 (1.96%) NUnit
8 5 (1.96%) Subversion
9 4 (1.57%) MSTest
9 4 (1.57%) webpack
10 3 (1.18%) Bitbucket
10 3 (1.18%) Bower
10 3 (1.18%) GitLab
10 3 (1.18%) Gradle
10 3 (1.18%) Karma Test Runner
10 3 (1.18%) Sinon.JS
General
1 77 (30.20%) Finance
2 18 (7.06%) Banking
3 11 (4.31%) Retail
4 10 (3.92%) Advertising
5 8 (3.14%) Marketing
6 4 (1.57%) Electronics
6 4 (1.57%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.57%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.57%) Retail Banking
6 4 (1.57%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.78%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.78%) Law
7 2 (0.78%) Legal
8 1 (0.39%) Military
Job Titles
1 80 (31.37%) Developer
2 38 (14.90%) Architect
3 33 (12.94%) Azure Engineer
4 21 (8.24%) DevOps Engineer
5 20 (7.84%) .NET Developer
5 20 (7.84%) Dynamics AX Developer
6 18 (7.06%) Cloud Engineer
6 18 (7.06%) Consultant
7 17 (6.67%) AWS Engineer
7 17 (6.67%) Microsoft Developer
8 14 (5.49%) Cloud Architect
9 13 (5.10%) Azure Architect
10 11 (4.31%) Analyst
11 10 (3.92%) C# Developer
11 10 (3.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (3.92%) Solutions Architect
12 9 (3.53%) Azure Developer
12 9 (3.53%) Senior Developer
13 8 (3.14%) Azure Consultant
14 7 (2.75%) Azure DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (28.24%) .NET
2 42 (16.47%) Web Services
3 31 (12.16%) ASP.NET Web API
4 29 (11.37%) HTML
5 28 (10.98%) ASP.NET
6 27 (10.59%) CSS
7 25 (9.80%) REST
7 25 (9.80%) WCF
8 22 (8.63%) AngularJS
9 20 (7.84%) ASP.NET MVC
10 15 (5.88%) RESTful
11 12 (4.71%) HTML5
11 12 (4.71%) JSON
11 12 (4.71%) XML
12 11 (4.31%) SOAP
13 10 (3.92%) .NET Framework
13 10 (3.92%) jQuery
14 9 (3.53%) Node.js
14 9 (3.53%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 7 (2.75%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.06%) Public Cloud
2 13 (5.10%) Data Centre
3 12 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.31%) User Experience
5 9 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 9 (3.53%) Private Cloud
6 8 (3.14%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (2.75%) Algorithms
8 6 (2.35%) Blackberry
8 6 (2.35%) Cloud Native
8 6 (2.35%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.96%) Clustering
9 5 (1.96%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.96%) Replication
10 4 (1.57%) Hedge funds
10 4 (1.57%) NHS
10 4 (1.57%) PKI
11 3 (1.18%) BYOD
12 2 (0.78%) EPoS
12 2 (0.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 92 (36.08%) Windows
2 38 (14.90%) Windows Server
3 31 (12.16%) Linux
4 17 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (6.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (5.88%) Android
7 13 (5.10%) Apple iOS
8 11 (4.31%) Unix
8 11 (4.31%) Windows 10
9 4 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.57%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.18%) CentOS
10 3 (1.18%) CoreOS
10 3 (1.18%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (29.80%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (22.35%) TDD
3 56 (21.96%) DevOps
4 43 (16.86%) Continuous Integration
5 41 (16.08%) Business Intelligence
5 41 (16.08%) Scrum
6 39 (15.29%) MVC
7 33 (12.94%) Migration
8 24 (9.41%) CRM
9 23 (9.02%) Microservices
10 20 (7.84%) E-Commerce
10 20 (7.84%) ERP
11 19 (7.45%) Logistics
12 17 (6.67%) BDD
13 15 (5.88%) ITIL
13 15 (5.88%) Software Engineering
14 14 (5.49%) High Availability
15 13 (5.10%) Open Source
15 13 (5.10%) Test Automation
15 13 (5.10%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 69 (27.06%) C#
2 59 (23.14%) SQL
3 40 (15.69%) PowerShell
4 28 (10.98%) JavaScript
5 27 (10.59%) Java
6 18 (7.06%) Python
7 9 (3.53%) T-SQL
8 8 (3.14%) Ruby
9 7 (2.75%) Perl
10 6 (2.35%) Apple Swift
10 6 (2.35%) Bash Shell
10 6 (2.35%) Objective-C
11 5 (1.96%) Scala
11 5 (1.96%) XAML
12 4 (1.57%) VBScript
13 3 (1.18%) C
13 3 (1.18%) Groovy
13 3 (1.18%) PHP
14 2 (0.78%) GraphQL
14 2 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (5.88%) Degree
2 11 (4.31%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (3.53%) SC Cleared
3 9 (3.53%) Security Cleared
4 7 (2.75%) MCSE
5 6 (2.35%) AWS Certification
6 3 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.18%) MCITP
7 2 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.78%) MCSA
7 2 (0.78%) PhD
7 2 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.39%) CCA
8 1 (0.39%) CCIE
8 1 (0.39%) CCNP
8 1 (0.39%) CFA
8 1 (0.39%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.39%) MCP
8 1 (0.39%) MCTS
8 1 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.53%) QA
2 2 (0.78%) SLA
3 1 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.39%) WCAG
System Software
1 58 (22.75%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.49%) Docker
3 12 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (3.92%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.35%) XenApp
6 3 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.78%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.78%) LXC
7 2 (0.78%) vCloud
7 2 (0.78%) vSphere
8 1 (0.39%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.39%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.39%) HDFS
8 1 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.39%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (6.27%) Ansible
2 14 (5.49%) SCCM
3 13 (5.10%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (5.10%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (4.31%) SCOM
5 7 (2.75%) Puppet
5 7 (2.75%) Terraform
6 4 (1.57%) Docker Swarm
7 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.78%) Dollar Universe
8 2 (0.78%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.78%) Nagios
8 2 (0.78%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.78%) SCSM
8 2 (0.78%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.78%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.78%) vRealize
8 2 (0.78%) WSUS
8 2 (0.78%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 115 (45.10%) Microsoft
2 33 (12.94%) VMware
3 14 (5.49%) Citrix
4 10 (3.92%) Google
5 9 (3.53%) Oracle
6 7 (2.75%) Atlassian
6 7 (2.75%) Splunk
7 6 (2.35%) Red Hat
7 6 (2.35%) SAP
7 6 (2.35%) Xamarin
8 5 (1.96%) Cisco
9 4 (1.57%) New Relic
10 3 (1.18%) AppSense
10 3 (1.18%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.18%) IBM
10 3 (1.18%) Marketo
10 3 (1.18%) Sitecore
10 3 (1.18%) Tableau
10 3 (1.18%) Talend
11 2 (0.78%) TSYS
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