Period
to 8 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure over the 6 months to 8 August 2020 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
UK > England
6 months to
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 8 19
Rank change year-on-year +3 +11 +31
Contract jobs citing Azure 4,510 9,885 7,320
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 14.43% 11.90% 7.81%
As % of the Cloud Services category 46.44% 41.01% 34.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,236 7,313 5,358
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £350 £350 £330
90th Percentile £688 £662 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 67 41
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +35.48% -34.74%
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £31.75
% change year-on-year -1.41% +11.81% -33.16%

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 England with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 9,712 24,103 20,960
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 31.08% 29.01% 22.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,495 16,608 14,496
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £308
90th Percentile £688 £656 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 349 295
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.94% +20.51% -7.14%
10th Percentile £16.13 £13.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £51.75 £71.05 £74.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.88 £19.00
% change year-on-year +59.96% +15.16% -

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Azure as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure in England.

Daily rate trend for Azure in England

Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure in England over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure in England.

Hourly rate trend for Azure in England

Azure
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure in England over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure in England

Azure
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure within the England region over the 6 months to 8 August 2020. 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
London +4 2,393 £525 - 509
South East -3 598 £489 +2.89% 327
North of England +6 537 £473 +5.00% 364
South West +7 367 £475 +2.70% 136
Midlands +3 367 £475 +2.15% 219
West Midlands 0 284 £475 - 134
North West +2 250 £450 - 230
Yorkshire +8 222 £475 +5.56% 88
East of England +5 151 £425 -10.53% 115
East Midlands +5 77 £500 +17.65% 85
North East +7 60 £475 +11.24% 46
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Azure.

1 1,702 (37.74%) DevOps
2 1,616 (35.83%) AWS
3 1,608 (35.65%) Agile Software Development
4 1,423 (31.55%) Microsoft
5 1,012 (22.44%) SQL
6 841 (18.65%) .NET
7 827 (18.34%) Java
8 789 (17.49%) Finance
9 787 (17.45%) C#
10 773 (17.14%) Windows
11 757 (16.78%) Python
12 732 (16.23%) Kubernetes
13 716 (15.88%) Docker
14 687 (15.23%) SQL Server
15 684 (15.17%) Microservices
16 664 (14.72%) JavaScript
17 651 (14.43%) GCP
18 610 (13.53%) Active Directory
19 569 (12.62%) Migration
20 532 (11.80%) Security Cleared
21 513 (11.37%) Office 365
22 510 (11.31%) PowerShell
23 493 (10.93%) Linux
24 492 (10.91%) Business Intelligence
25 467 (10.35%) Git (software)
26 463 (10.27%) Scrum
27 457 (10.13%) Terraform
28 453 (10.04%) Test Automation
29 446 (9.89%) Software Engineering
30 444 (9.84%) Jenkins

Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 257 (5.70%) SharePoint
2 133 (2.95%) Confluence
3 122 (2.71%) Apache
4 118 (2.62%) Apache Spark
5 74 (1.64%) Skype for Business
6 66 (1.46%) MS Exchange
7 54 (1.20%) IIS
8 40 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
9 37 (0.82%) Tomcat
10 35 (0.78%) SAS
10 35 (0.78%) WebLogic
11 32 (0.71%) CMS
12 30 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
13 27 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
14 24 (0.53%) NServiceBus
15 21 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
16 18 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 16 (0.35%) Apache Solr
18 14 (0.31%) JBoss
18 14 (0.31%) nginx
Applications
1 84 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 70 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.13%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.13%) Figma
8 4 (0.089%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.067%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.067%) LibreOffice
9 3 (0.067%) Sketch
10 2 (0.044%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.022%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.022%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.022%) InVision
11 1 (0.022%) SPSS
11 1 (0.022%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 114 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.47%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 15 (0.33%) Sentinel
5 12 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
6 11 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.22%) SAP ERP
8 8 (0.18%) assyst
8 8 (0.18%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.13%) Visualfiles
10 5 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
11 4 (0.089%) Magento
11 4 (0.089%) Oracle EBS
11 4 (0.089%) SAP PSCD
12 3 (0.067%) SAP Hybris
13 2 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
13 2 (0.044%) Oracle Applications
13 2 (0.044%) Remedy ITSM
13 2 (0.044%) SAP FI-CA
13 2 (0.044%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 1,616 (35.83%) AWS
2 651 (14.43%) GCP
3 513 (11.37%) Office 365
4 387 (8.58%) Power Platform
5 369 (8.18%) PaaS
6 308 (6.83%) Azure Active Directory
7 285 (6.32%) IaaS
8 244 (5.41%) Serverless
9 227 (5.03%) SaaS
10 186 (4.12%) Azure Data Factory
11 149 (3.30%) Dynamics 365
12 129 (2.86%) GitHub
13 117 (2.59%) AWS Lambda
14 114 (2.53%) Azure Functions
15 108 (2.39%) Logic Apps
16 84 (1.86%) Amazon ECS
17 78 (1.73%) Cloud Computing
18 70 (1.55%) PowerApps
19 65 (1.44%) OpenShift
20 61 (1.35%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 231 (5.12%) Firewall
2 205 (4.55%) DNS
3 129 (2.86%) VPN
4 120 (2.66%) Skype
5 112 (2.48%) WAN
6 103 (2.28%) DHCP
7 79 (1.75%) TCP/IP
8 78 (1.73%) Internet
9 76 (1.69%) Network Security
10 62 (1.37%) SAN
11 59 (1.31%) HTTP
12 55 (1.22%) Wireless
13 53 (1.18%) LAN
14 52 (1.15%) DMZ
14 52 (1.15%) SSL
15 45 (1.00%) VoIP
16 35 (0.78%) HTTPS
17 31 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
18 28 (0.62%) Intranet
19 26 (0.58%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 687 (15.23%) SQL Server
2 334 (7.41%) Power BI
3 328 (7.27%) Data Warehouse
4 246 (5.45%) Data Lake
5 232 (5.14%) Big Data
6 221 (4.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 207 (4.59%) Azure SQL Database
8 186 (4.12%) NoSQL
9 183 (4.06%) MongoDB
10 179 (3.97%) MySQL
11 149 (3.30%) PostgreSQL
12 136 (3.02%) Hadoop
13 115 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 103 (2.28%) Amazon Redshift
15 102 (2.26%) Cosmos DB
16 94 (2.08%) Relational Database
17 90 (2.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 84 (1.86%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 73 (1.62%) Oracle Database
20 46 (1.02%) Redis
Development Applications
1 467 (10.35%) Git (software)
2 444 (9.84%) Jenkins
3 234 (5.19%) JIRA
4 166 (3.68%) GitLab
5 147 (3.26%) Visual Studio
6 132 (2.93%) Selenium
7 117 (2.59%) Team Foundation Server
8 111 (2.46%) Artifactory
9 97 (2.15%) Visual Studio Team System
10 93 (2.06%) Maven
11 75 (1.66%) SpecFlow
12 68 (1.51%) Mockito
13 63 (1.40%) TeamCity
14 57 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
15 53 (1.18%) RStudio
16 50 (1.11%) JUnit
16 50 (1.11%) Sonatype Nexus
17 44 (0.98%) CircleCI
18 43 (0.95%) Cucumber
19 41 (0.91%) SonarQube
General
1 789 (17.49%) Finance
2 394 (8.74%) Public Sector
3 285 (6.32%) Banking
4 188 (4.17%) Front Office
5 111 (2.46%) Marketing
6 102 (2.26%) Investment Banking
7 89 (1.97%) Telecoms
8 77 (1.71%) Retail
9 66 (1.46%) Manufacturing
10 58 (1.29%) Electronics
11 55 (1.22%) Law
12 46 (1.02%) Back Office
13 41 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
14 32 (0.71%) Publishing
15 27 (0.60%) Legal
16 21 (0.47%) Games
17 20 (0.44%) Local Government
18 16 (0.35%) Financial Institution
18 16 (0.35%) Police
19 15 (0.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,414 (31.35%) Developer
2 692 (15.34%) Architect
3 390 (8.65%) DevOps Engineer
4 376 (8.34%) Azure Engineer
5 294 (6.52%) .NET Developer
6 285 (6.32%) Java Developer
7 232 (5.14%) Consultant
8 225 (4.99%) Azure Developer
9 213 (4.72%) Analyst
10 203 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
11 180 (3.99%) Azure Architect
12 179 (3.97%) AWS Engineer
13 178 (3.95%) Data Engineer
14 174 (3.86%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 166 (3.68%) Senior Developer
16 154 (3.41%) Cloud Architect
17 151 (3.35%) C# Developer
18 144 (3.19%) Cloud Engineer
19 142 (3.15%) Software Engineer
20 140 (3.10%) Azure DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 841 (18.65%) .NET
2 427 (9.47%) Web Services
3 419 (9.29%) AngularJS
4 387 (8.58%) React
5 287 (6.36%) Node.js
6 284 (6.30%) .NET Core
6 284 (6.30%) HTML
7 245 (5.43%) ASP.NET
8 198 (4.39%) CSS
9 190 (4.21%) REST
10 189 (4.19%) RESTful
11 171 (3.79%) Vue.js
12 159 (3.53%) .NET Framework
13 153 (3.39%) Spring
14 150 (3.33%) Kafka
15 136 (3.02%) ASP.NET Web API
16 126 (2.79%) HTML5
17 117 (2.59%) JSON
18 116 (2.57%) OAuth
19 99 (2.20%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 232 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
2 218 (4.83%) Public Cloud
3 193 (4.28%) Hedge funds
4 184 (4.08%) Greenfield Project
5 160 (3.55%) Derivative
6 158 (3.50%) Data Centre
7 150 (3.33%) Fixed Income
8 128 (2.84%) Equities
9 117 (2.59%) Management Information System
10 113 (2.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 103 (2.28%) User Experience
12 98 (2.17%) Cloud Native
13 70 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
14 67 (1.49%) PKI
15 65 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
16 58 (1.29%) Clustering
16 58 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
17 57 (1.26%) Virtual Team
18 56 (1.24%) Mobile App
19 43 (0.95%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 773 (17.14%) Windows
2 493 (10.93%) Linux
3 299 (6.63%) Windows Server
4 183 (4.06%) Unix
5 166 (3.68%) Windows 10
6 122 (2.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 103 (2.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 94 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 71 (1.57%) Mac OS X
10 60 (1.33%) Apple iOS
11 56 (1.24%) Android
12 54 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 53 (1.18%) Windows Server 2019
14 35 (0.78%) VMS
15 23 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
16 21 (0.47%) Windows 7
17 19 (0.42%) CentOS
18 18 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
19 15 (0.33%) Ubuntu
20 13 (0.29%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,702 (37.74%) DevOps
2 1,608 (35.65%) Agile Software Development
3 684 (15.17%) Microservices
4 569 (12.62%) Migration
5 492 (10.91%) Business Intelligence
6 463 (10.27%) Scrum
7 453 (10.04%) Test Automation
8 446 (9.89%) Software Engineering
9 405 (8.98%) TDD
10 377 (8.36%) Analytics
11 375 (8.31%) Continuous Integration
12 292 (6.47%) Problem-Solving
13 265 (5.88%) BDD
14 244 (5.41%) Asset Management
15 212 (4.70%) Data Modelling
16 211 (4.68%) Kanban
17 209 (4.63%) ETL
18 201 (4.46%) Continuous Delivery
19 199 (4.41%) Investment Management
19 199 (4.41%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,012 (22.44%) SQL
2 827 (18.34%) Java
3 787 (17.45%) C#
4 757 (16.78%) Python
5 664 (14.72%) JavaScript
6 510 (11.31%) PowerShell
7 169 (3.75%) Java 8
8 161 (3.57%) T-SQL
9 128 (2.84%) Bash Shell
10 107 (2.37%) TypeScript
11 100 (2.22%) Scala
12 89 (1.97%) R
13 82 (1.82%) Shell Script
14 77 (1.71%) C
15 66 (1.46%) C++
16 52 (1.15%) Go
17 51 (1.13%) PHP
18 48 (1.06%) Ruby
19 47 (1.04%) PL/SQL
20 43 (0.95%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 532 (11.80%) Security Cleared
2 436 (9.67%) SC Cleared
3 206 (4.57%) Degree
4 82 (1.82%) CISSP
5 74 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
6 70 (1.55%) DV Cleared
7 67 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
8 66 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
9 64 (1.42%) BPSS Clearance
10 34 (0.75%) MCSE
11 31 (0.69%) ISTQB
12 29 (0.64%) CCNA
13 28 (0.62%) Master's Degree
14 25 (0.55%) DBS Check
15 22 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
16 21 (0.47%) CCNP
16 21 (0.47%) CISM
17 20 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 19 (0.42%) (ISC)2 CCSP
18 19 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (3.15%) QA
2 54 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 47 (1.04%) GDPR
4 45 (1.00%) SLA
5 41 (0.91%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.35%) PCI DSS
7 13 (0.29%) NIST
8 12 (0.27%) WCAG
9 10 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 10 (0.22%) PMO
9 10 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 9 (0.20%) COBIT
11 7 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 6 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
13 5 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
13 5 (0.11%) GxP
13 5 (0.11%) HIPAA
14 3 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 3 (0.067%) NCSC
14 3 (0.067%) NIST 800
System Software
1 716 (15.88%) Docker
2 610 (13.53%) Active Directory
3 177 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 93 (2.06%) Hyper-V
5 68 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
6 46 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
6 46 (1.02%) XenApp
7 45 (1.00%) vSphere
8 22 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
9 21 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (0.38%) XenDesktop
11 15 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 11 (0.24%) OpenAM
13 10 (0.22%) HDFS
13 10 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.20%) VMware NSX
15 5 (0.11%) OpenDJ
16 4 (0.089%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 4 (0.089%) Oracle RAC
16 4 (0.089%) Xen
Systems Management
1 732 (16.23%) Kubernetes
2 457 (10.13%) Terraform
3 324 (7.18%) Ansible
4 181 (4.01%) Microsoft Intune
5 147 (3.26%) Puppet
6 144 (3.19%) SCCM
7 107 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
8 81 (1.80%) Single Sign-On
9 50 (1.11%) Prometheus
10 49 (1.09%) SCOM
11 36 (0.80%) Salt
12 32 (0.71%) Grafana
13 29 (0.64%) Packer
14 22 (0.49%) Zipkin
15 21 (0.47%) FortiGate
16 20 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
17 15 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
17 15 (0.33%) Nessus
17 15 (0.33%) Rancher
18 14 (0.31%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1,423 (31.55%) Microsoft
2 412 (9.14%) Google
3 280 (6.21%) Oracle
4 274 (6.08%) VMware
5 196 (4.35%) Databricks
6 164 (3.64%) Cisco
7 163 (3.61%) SAP
8 126 (2.79%) Citrix
9 79 (1.75%) Cloudera
10 77 (1.71%) Red Hat
11 70 (1.55%) Splunk
12 63 (1.40%) HP
12 63 (1.40%) Tableau
13 56 (1.24%) Hortonworks
14 50 (1.11%) ServiceNow
15 43 (0.95%) Palo Alto
16 41 (0.91%) NetApp
17 40 (0.89%) StreamSets
18 39 (0.86%) Dell
18 39 (0.86%) Salesforce.com