Period
to 25 September 2021

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 25 September 2021 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 6 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 +9
Contract jobs citing Azure 10,366 3,858 9,860
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 16.18% 14.93% 12.21%
As % of the Cloud Services category 45.50% 46.48% 41.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,577 2,783 7,140
10th Percentile £363 £350 £349
25th Percentile £438 £416 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £505 £500
Median % change year-on-year +3.96% +1.00% +3.09%
75th Percentile £625 £625 £588
90th Percentile £700 £700 £669
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 17 57
10th Percentile £17.20 £14.00 £25.75
25th Percentile £35.00 £20.17 £41.25
Median hourly rate £60.00 £42.00 £52.50
Median % change year-on-year +42.86% -20.00% +176.32%
75th Percentile £70.10 £52.50 £78.75
90th Percentile £75.25 £60.75 £82.50
UK median hourly rate £62.00 £46.40 £47.50
% change year-on-year +33.62% -2.32% +150.00%

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 22,782 8,300 23,820
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 35.56% 32.11% 29.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,495 5,928 16,632
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
25th Percentile £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £688 £663
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 389 106 330
10th Percentile £12.25 £14.00 £13.00
25th Percentile £14.13 £16.56 £15.31
Median hourly rate £20.51 £20.92 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.95% -0.39% +20.00%
75th Percentile £46.50 £40.56 £41.94
90th Percentile £65.50 £55.00 £70.00
UK median hourly rate £21.05 £20.92 £20.50
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.04% +17.14%

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 25 September 2021.

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 25 September 2021.

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 25 September 2021. 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 0 5,960 £550 +3.29% 1,673
South East +5 1,155 £500 +2.56% 642
North of England +1 946 £496 -0.80% 916
Midlands +3 739 £475 +9.20% 637
West Midlands +4 505 £483 +7.22% 405
North West +4 493 £500 - 518
South West -2 467 £475 +2.98% 312
Yorkshire 0 394 £475 +5.56% 284
East of England +4 266 £419 -1.47% 324
East Midlands +1 220 £475 +23.78% 229
North East -2 63 £485 +2.11% 114
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 2021, 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 3,929 (37.90%) DevOps
2 3,277 (31.61%) Agile Software Development
3 3,250 (31.35%) AWS
4 2,804 (27.05%) Microsoft
5 2,381 (22.97%) SQL
6 1,849 (17.84%) Social Skills
7 1,827 (17.62%) Finance
8 1,764 (17.02%) Python
9 1,712 (16.52%) .NET
10 1,554 (14.99%) C#
11 1,460 (14.08%) Windows
12 1,448 (13.97%) Kubernetes
13 1,358 (13.10%) Terraform
14 1,327 (12.80%) Active Directory
15 1,255 (12.11%) Java
16 1,229 (11.86%) Docker
17 1,228 (11.85%) Microsoft 365
18 1,223 (11.80%) JavaScript
19 1,193 (11.51%) GCP
20 1,162 (11.21%) Microservices
21 1,161 (11.20%) Analytics
22 1,135 (10.95%) SQL Server
23 1,129 (10.89%) Migration
24 1,064 (10.26%) PowerShell
25 1,044 (10.07%) Business Intelligence
26 986 (9.51%) Power Platform
27 968 (9.34%) Git (software)
28 963 (9.29%) Scrum
29 928 (8.95%) PaaS
30 921 (8.88%) Linux

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
1 551 (5.32%) SharePoint
2 387 (3.73%) Apache Spark
3 241 (2.32%) Confluence
4 162 (1.56%) Apache
5 122 (1.18%) BizTalk Server
6 115 (1.11%) MS Exchange
7 108 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
8 89 (0.86%) CMS
9 88 (0.85%) Apache Airflow
10 75 (0.72%) IIS
11 74 (0.71%) SAS
12 59 (0.57%) Tomcat
13 48 (0.46%) Skype for Business
14 43 (0.41%) OpenStack
15 35 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
16 29 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 28 (0.27%) nginx
18 24 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
18 24 (0.23%) Umbraco
19 23 (0.22%) Luigi
Applications
1 205 (1.98%) Microsoft Office
2 149 (1.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (0.52%) MS Visio
4 51 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 43 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.087%) Chatbot
6 9 (0.087%) InfoPath
7 8 (0.077%) Figma
8 6 (0.058%) Adobe XD
8 6 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.048%) Sketch
9 5 (0.048%) SPSS
10 3 (0.029%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.019%) Mingle
11 2 (0.019%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.019%) Oracle Smart View
12 1 (0.010%) CPLEX
12 1 (0.010%) iWork
12 1 (0.010%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 171 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 33 (0.32%) Sentinel
4 19 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 16 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
6 12 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 12 (0.12%) SAP ERP
7 11 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
8 10 (0.096%) Magento
9 8 (0.077%) assyst
9 8 (0.077%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 7 (0.068%) Lorenzo
10 7 (0.068%) Payment Gateway
10 7 (0.068%) Temenos T24
11 5 (0.048%) Cloudability
11 5 (0.048%) Dynamics NAV
11 5 (0.048%) ION MarketView
11 5 (0.048%) Oracle ERP
11 5 (0.048%) Primavera
11 5 (0.048%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 3,250 (31.35%) AWS
2 1,228 (11.85%) Microsoft 365
3 1,193 (11.51%) GCP
4 986 (9.51%) Power Platform
5 928 (8.95%) PaaS
6 805 (7.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 790 (7.62%) Serverless
8 676 (6.52%) IaaS
9 651 (6.28%) Azure Data Factory
10 577 (5.57%) SaaS
11 463 (4.47%) Azure Functions
12 423 (4.08%) GitHub
13 403 (3.89%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 328 (3.16%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 316 (3.05%) Azure Logic Apps
16 315 (3.04%) Dynamics 365
17 282 (2.72%) Azure Service Bus
18 263 (2.54%) AWS CloudFormation
19 218 (2.10%) PowerApps
20 194 (1.87%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 524 (5.05%) Firewall
2 363 (3.50%) DNS
3 188 (1.81%) DHCP
4 180 (1.74%) VPN
5 174 (1.68%) WAN
6 136 (1.31%) LAN
7 134 (1.29%) Network Security
8 128 (1.23%) Internet
9 120 (1.16%) SAN
10 117 (1.13%) TCP/IP
11 90 (0.87%) HTTP
12 84 (0.81%) Skype
13 81 (0.78%) Wireless
14 78 (0.75%) SSL
15 67 (0.65%) SD-WAN
16 56 (0.54%) BGP
17 55 (0.53%) VLAN
18 53 (0.51%) Wi-Fi
19 50 (0.48%) MPLS
20 48 (0.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,135 (10.95%) SQL Server
2 813 (7.84%) Power BI
3 679 (6.55%) Data Warehouse
4 658 (6.35%) Data Lake
5 554 (5.34%) Azure SQL Database
6 454 (4.38%) Big Data
7 372 (3.59%) NoSQL
8 353 (3.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 297 (2.87%) PostgreSQL
10 247 (2.38%) Relational Database
11 231 (2.23%) MySQL
12 230 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 227 (2.19%) Hadoop
14 223 (2.15%) MongoDB
15 182 (1.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 169 (1.63%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 153 (1.48%) Tableau
18 121 (1.17%) Apache Hive
19 117 (1.13%) Metadata
20 87 (0.84%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 968 (9.34%) Git (software)
2 741 (7.15%) Jenkins
3 570 (5.50%) JIRA
4 248 (2.39%) Visual Studio
5 210 (2.03%) Selenium
6 203 (1.96%) Maven
7 194 (1.87%) GitLab
8 144 (1.39%) TeamCity
9 141 (1.36%) Cucumber
10 135 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
11 123 (1.19%) Gradle
12 112 (1.08%) Bitbucket
13 108 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
13 108 (1.04%) SpecFlow
14 98 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
15 95 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
16 85 (0.82%) SonarQube
17 82 (0.79%) JUnit
18 79 (0.76%) Postman
19 77 (0.74%) Subversion
General
1 1,849 (17.84%) Social Skills
2 1,827 (17.62%) Finance
3 642 (6.19%) Public Sector
4 520 (5.02%) Banking
5 508 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
6 291 (2.81%) Retail
7 280 (2.70%) Presentation Skills
8 248 (2.39%) Marketing
9 219 (2.11%) Front Office
10 179 (1.73%) Telecoms
11 170 (1.64%) Legal
12 169 (1.63%) Investment Banking
12 169 (1.63%) Manufacturing
13 132 (1.27%) Documentation Skills
14 124 (1.20%) Influencing Skills
15 113 (1.09%) Electronics
16 95 (0.92%) Law
17 84 (0.81%) Financial Institution
18 74 (0.71%) Organisational Skills
19 58 (0.56%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 2,466 (23.79%) Developer
2 1,827 (17.62%) Architect
3 1,227 (11.84%) Azure Engineer
4 880 (8.49%) DevOps Engineer
5 620 (5.98%) Solutions Architect
6 619 (5.97%) Azure Architect
7 587 (5.66%) .NET Developer
8 574 (5.54%) Data Engineer
9 566 (5.46%) Analyst
10 480 (4.63%) Consultant
11 418 (4.03%) Azure Developer
12 414 (3.99%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 398 (3.84%) Cloud Engineer
14 375 (3.62%) Cloud Architect
15 347 (3.35%) Azure DevOps
16 343 (3.31%) C# Developer
17 325 (3.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 311 (3.00%) Senior Developer
19 309 (2.98%) Project Manager
20 302 (2.91%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,712 (16.52%) .NET
2 655 (6.32%) React
3 643 (6.20%) AngularJS
4 619 (5.97%) .NET Core
5 544 (5.25%) Node.js
6 495 (4.78%) REST
7 494 (4.77%) HTML
8 475 (4.58%) CSS
9 471 (4.54%) Web Services
10 379 (3.66%) Kafka
11 359 (3.46%) ASP.NET
12 334 (3.22%) JSON
13 319 (3.08%) .NET Framework
14 317 (3.06%) RESTful
15 251 (2.42%) Spring
16 238 (2.30%) ARM Templates
17 208 (2.01%) ASP.NET Web API
18 187 (1.80%) Spring Boot
19 178 (1.72%) HTML5
20 169 (1.63%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 412 (3.97%) Public Cloud
2 377 (3.64%) Cloud Native
3 354 (3.42%) Data Centre
4 256 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
5 235 (2.27%) User Experience
6 204 (1.97%) Data Protection Act
7 185 (1.78%) Management Information System
8 169 (1.63%) Self-Motivation
9 161 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
10 146 (1.41%) Data Structures
11 125 (1.21%) Virtual Team
12 122 (1.18%) Hedge funds
13 119 (1.15%) Mobile App
14 112 (1.08%) Fixed Income
15 109 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
15 109 (1.05%) Legacy Systems
16 105 (1.01%) Algorithms
17 104 (1.00%) NHS
18 101 (0.97%) Derivative
19 87 (0.84%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 1,460 (14.08%) Windows
2 921 (8.88%) Linux
3 530 (5.11%) Windows Server
4 277 (2.67%) Windows 10
5 218 (2.10%) Unix
6 174 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 136 (1.31%) Windows Server 2016
8 117 (1.13%) Windows Server 2019
9 115 (1.11%) Android
10 103 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 90 (0.87%) Apple iOS
12 68 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
13 51 (0.49%) Windows 7
14 33 (0.32%) Ubuntu
15 29 (0.28%) VMS
16 23 (0.22%) Mac OS
16 23 (0.22%) Mac OS X
17 21 (0.20%) AIX
18 17 (0.16%) SUSE
19 16 (0.15%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,929 (37.90%) DevOps
2 3,277 (31.61%) Agile Software Development
3 1,162 (11.21%) Microservices
4 1,161 (11.20%) Analytics
5 1,129 (10.89%) Migration
6 1,044 (10.07%) Business Intelligence
7 963 (9.29%) Scrum
8 869 (8.38%) Software Engineering
9 825 (7.96%) Infrastructure as Code
10 800 (7.72%) Test Automation
11 713 (6.88%) Full Stack Development
12 700 (6.75%) Problem-Solving
13 691 (6.67%) TDD
14 676 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
15 662 (6.39%) Data Modelling
16 576 (5.56%) ETL
17 499 (4.81%) SDLC
18 484 (4.67%) Continuous Integration
19 455 (4.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 450 (4.34%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 2,381 (22.97%) SQL
2 1,764 (17.02%) Python
3 1,554 (14.99%) C#
4 1,255 (12.11%) Java
5 1,223 (11.80%) JavaScript
6 1,064 (10.26%) PowerShell
7 461 (4.45%) TypeScript
8 416 (4.01%) Bash Shell
9 292 (2.82%) T-SQL
10 287 (2.77%) Scala
11 212 (2.05%) C++
12 205 (1.98%) Go
13 139 (1.34%) Kotlin
14 134 (1.29%) PL/SQL
15 133 (1.28%) R
16 132 (1.27%) C
17 125 (1.21%) Java 8
18 123 (1.19%) PHP
19 105 (1.01%) Ruby
20 80 (0.77%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 845 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 709 (6.84%) SC Cleared
3 462 (4.46%) Degree
4 173 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 136 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
6 122 (1.18%) CISSP
7 99 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 97 (0.94%) ISTQB
9 79 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
10 71 (0.68%) DV Cleared
11 57 (0.55%) MCSE
11 57 (0.55%) TOGAF Certification
12 53 (0.51%) CCNA
13 52 (0.50%) CCNP
14 47 (0.45%) CISM
15 46 (0.44%) ISEB
16 43 (0.41%) AWS Certification
17 41 (0.40%) Master's Degree
18 38 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 35 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 269 (2.60%) QA
2 240 (2.32%) GDPR
3 135 (1.30%) Data Quality
4 130 (1.25%) Accessibility
5 114 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 95 (0.92%) NIST
7 89 (0.86%) SLA
8 53 (0.51%) PCI DSS
9 44 (0.42%) PMO
10 36 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 35 (0.34%) NCSC
12 32 (0.31%) COBIT
12 32 (0.31%) SOC 2
13 26 (0.25%) GRC
14 25 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
15 19 (0.18%) WCAG
16 14 (0.14%) NIST 800
17 12 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 10 (0.096%) Disclosure Scotland
19 8 (0.077%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 1,327 (12.80%) Active Directory
2 1,229 (11.86%) Docker
3 404 (3.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 158 (1.52%) Hyper-V
5 108 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
6 97 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
7 74 (0.71%) vSphere
8 66 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 57 (0.55%) XenApp
10 53 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
11 48 (0.46%) HDFS
12 35 (0.34%) XenDesktop
13 33 (0.32%) VMware NSX
14 24 (0.23%) OpenAM
15 18 (0.17%) NFS
15 18 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
16 12 (0.12%) Firmware
17 10 (0.096%) BitLocker
18 8 (0.077%) Terminal Services
18 8 (0.077%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 1,448 (13.97%) Kubernetes
2 1,358 (13.10%) Terraform
3 734 (7.08%) Ansible
4 351 (3.39%) Microsoft Intune
5 282 (2.72%) SCCM
6 223 (2.15%) Puppet
7 174 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
8 151 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
9 134 (1.29%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 107 (1.03%) Prometheus
11 94 (0.91%) Grafana
12 62 (0.60%) Kibana
13 38 (0.37%) Oozie
14 37 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
14 37 (0.36%) Istio
15 36 (0.35%) FortiGate
16 35 (0.34%) Nagios
17 34 (0.33%) SCOM
18 33 (0.32%) Packer
18 33 (0.32%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2,804 (27.05%) Microsoft
2 757 (7.30%) Databricks
3 706 (6.81%) VMware
4 589 (5.68%) Oracle
5 502 (4.84%) Google
6 352 (3.40%) SAP
7 303 (2.92%) Cisco
8 266 (2.57%) Citrix
9 202 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
10 151 (1.46%) MuleSoft
11 136 (1.31%) Splunk
12 134 (1.29%) Red Hat
13 124 (1.20%) IBM
14 118 (1.14%) ServiceNow
15 100 (0.96%) CheckPoint
15 100 (0.96%) HP
16 93 (0.90%) Atlassian
16 93 (0.90%) Informatica
17 86 (0.83%) F5
18 81 (0.78%) Cloudera