Period
to 25 January 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 January 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 6 11
Rank change year-on-year +2 +5 +27
Contract jobs citing Azure 5,149 8,438 9,053
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 14.85% 12.96% 9.92%
As % of the Cloud Services category 44.97% 42.89% 38.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,692 6,282 6,792
Median daily rate £495 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £338 £325 £350
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 62 33
Median hourly rate £52.00 £72.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.28% +195.92% -2.00%
10th Percentile £16.90 £25.63 £15.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £82.50 £63.59
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £72.00 £23.84
% change year-on-year -34.03% +202.08% -23.31%

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 11,451 19,673 23,615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 33.03% 30.22% 25.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,169 13,862 16,785
Median daily rate £488 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £304 £281 £306
90th Percentile £663 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £495 £490 £500
% change year-on-year +1.02% -2.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 286 269
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.00 £11.20
90th Percentile £60.00 £73.75 £42.10
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year +13.92% +12.86% -4.38%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 +2 3,055 £500 -4.76% 995
South East -1 526 £460 -3.16% 449
North of England -2 509 £475 +5.56% 680
Midlands -1 358 £432 -9.05% 387
North West +2 305 £485 +7.78% 397
South West 0 260 £450 -7.69% 195
West Midlands -2 239 £430 -14.00% 251
Yorkshire -4 162 £450 - 209
East of England +4 121 £400 -5.88% 169
East Midlands +5 107 £405 -1.82% 135
North East -5 43 £465 +24.00% 74
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 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 1,733 (33.66%) AWS
2 1,713 (33.27%) DevOps
3 1,582 (30.72%) Agile Software Development
4 1,498 (29.09%) Microsoft
5 1,147 (22.28%) SQL
6 977 (18.97%) Python
7 926 (17.98%) Finance
8 836 (16.24%) .NET
9 783 (15.21%) Windows
10 775 (15.05%) Kubernetes
11 725 (14.08%) C#
12 708 (13.75%) Docker
13 700 (13.59%) Java
13 700 (13.59%) JavaScript
14 695 (13.50%) Terraform
15 694 (13.48%) GCP
16 681 (13.23%) Active Directory
17 669 (12.99%) SQL Server
18 651 (12.64%) Microservices
19 607 (11.79%) Security Cleared
20 597 (11.59%) Migration
21 569 (11.05%) Office 365
22 546 (10.60%) PowerShell
23 542 (10.53%) Software Engineering
24 522 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
25 520 (10.10%) SC Cleared
26 508 (9.87%) Power Platform
27 472 (9.17%) React
28 468 (9.09%) Linux
29 464 (9.01%) Git (software)

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
1 281 (5.46%) SharePoint
2 98 (1.90%) Apache Spark
3 96 (1.86%) Confluence
4 80 (1.55%) MS Exchange
5 72 (1.40%) Apache
5 72 (1.40%) Skype for Business
6 70 (1.36%) IIS
7 60 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
8 43 (0.84%) CMS
9 31 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (0.50%) OpenStack
11 24 (0.47%) SAS
12 23 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
13 22 (0.43%) NServiceBus
14 20 (0.39%) Apache Airflow
14 20 (0.39%) WebSphere
15 16 (0.31%) JBoss
16 15 (0.29%) Jupyter
17 14 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 13 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 92 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 26 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 24 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.097%) Gephi
6 4 (0.078%) Chatbot
6 4 (0.078%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.058%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.058%) Adobe Premiere
7 3 (0.058%) Sketch
7 3 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.019%) Figma
8 1 (0.019%) Simulink
8 1 (0.019%) SPSS
8 1 (0.019%) Stata
Business Applications
1 97 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.23%) Sentinel
5 10 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
6 9 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 8 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 7 (0.14%) Magento
9 6 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
10 5 (0.097%) Aligne
10 5 (0.097%) NetSuite
10 5 (0.097%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 4 (0.078%) R3 Corda
11 4 (0.078%) SAP CRM
12 3 (0.058%) Avolution ABACUS
12 3 (0.058%) Distributed Ledger
12 3 (0.058%) Oracle Applications
12 3 (0.058%) Oracle EBS
12 3 (0.058%) Oracle ERP
12 3 (0.058%) SAP FI-CA
Cloud Services
1 1,733 (33.66%) AWS
2 694 (13.48%) GCP
3 569 (11.05%) Office 365
4 508 (9.87%) Power Platform
5 387 (7.52%) PaaS
6 381 (7.40%) Azure Active Directory
7 373 (7.24%) Serverless
8 297 (5.77%) IaaS
9 225 (4.37%) SaaS
10 218 (4.23%) Azure Data Factory
11 174 (3.38%) Azure Functions
12 166 (3.22%) Logic Apps
13 165 (3.20%) Dynamics 365
14 155 (3.01%) PowerApps
15 136 (2.64%) Cloud Computing
16 131 (2.54%) GitHub
17 112 (2.18%) AWS Lambda
18 86 (1.67%) OneDrive
19 71 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
20 65 (1.26%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 305 (5.92%) Firewall
2 217 (4.21%) DNS
3 153 (2.97%) WAN
4 115 (2.23%) VPN
5 96 (1.86%) Network Security
6 95 (1.85%) LAN
7 88 (1.71%) DHCP
8 86 (1.67%) Skype
9 59 (1.15%) Internet
10 57 (1.11%) SAN
11 55 (1.07%) TCP/IP
12 53 (1.03%) HTTP
12 53 (1.03%) Wi-Fi
13 50 (0.97%) Wireless
14 45 (0.87%) MPLS
15 31 (0.60%) SSL
16 28 (0.54%) DMZ
17 26 (0.50%) VLAN
17 26 (0.50%) VoIP
18 23 (0.45%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 669 (12.99%) SQL Server
2 370 (7.19%) Power BI
3 301 (5.85%) Data Warehouse
4 290 (5.63%) Azure SQL Database
5 243 (4.72%) Data Lake
6 208 (4.04%) Big Data
7 207 (4.02%) NoSQL
8 174 (3.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 158 (3.07%) PostgreSQL
10 151 (2.93%) MySQL
11 139 (2.70%) Cosmos DB
12 132 (2.56%) Relational Database
13 125 (2.43%) MongoDB
14 99 (1.92%) Hadoop
15 97 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 89 (1.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 68 (1.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 57 (1.11%) Tableau
19 50 (0.97%) Amazon Redshift
20 46 (0.89%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 464 (9.01%) Git (software)
2 453 (8.80%) Jenkins
3 231 (4.49%) JIRA
4 152 (2.95%) GitLab
5 117 (2.27%) Selenium
6 109 (2.12%) Visual Studio Team System
7 88 (1.71%) Artifactory
8 81 (1.57%) Visual Studio
9 66 (1.28%) TeamCity
10 65 (1.26%) Maven
11 61 (1.18%) SonarQube
12 54 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
13 52 (1.01%) Octopus Deploy
14 51 (0.99%) webpack
15 50 (0.97%) Bitbucket
16 47 (0.91%) SpecFlow
17 45 (0.87%) Cucumber
18 42 (0.82%) Postman
19 41 (0.80%) JUnit
20 38 (0.74%) JMeter
General
1 926 (17.98%) Finance
2 399 (7.75%) Public Sector
3 257 (4.99%) Banking
4 176 (3.42%) Front Office
5 148 (2.87%) Marketing
6 112 (2.18%) Retail
7 101 (1.96%) Telecoms
8 92 (1.79%) Manufacturing
9 64 (1.24%) Law
10 63 (1.22%) Electronics
11 55 (1.07%) Legal
12 51 (0.99%) Investment Banking
13 41 (0.80%) Back Office
13 41 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
14 25 (0.49%) Financial Institution
15 24 (0.47%) Billing
16 20 (0.39%) Games
17 19 (0.37%) Advertising
18 17 (0.33%) German Language
19 16 (0.31%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,328 (25.79%) Developer
2 911 (17.69%) Architect
3 507 (9.85%) Azure Engineer
4 452 (8.78%) DevOps Engineer
5 275 (5.34%) .NET Developer
5 275 (5.34%) Analyst
6 274 (5.32%) Consultant
7 253 (4.91%) Azure Architect
8 223 (4.33%) Data Engineer
9 214 (4.16%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 214 (4.16%) Solutions Architect
10 205 (3.98%) Cloud Architect
10 205 (3.98%) React Developer
11 200 (3.88%) Software Engineer
12 198 (3.85%) Azure Developer
13 195 (3.79%) Cloud Engineer
14 180 (3.50%) Azure DevOps
15 169 (3.28%) Full Stack Developer
16 165 (3.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 157 (3.05%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 836 (16.24%) .NET
2 472 (9.17%) React
3 454 (8.82%) Web Services
4 342 (6.64%) AngularJS
5 336 (6.53%) Node.js
6 303 (5.88%) .NET Core
7 296 (5.75%) HTML
8 293 (5.69%) CSS
9 243 (4.72%) REST
10 181 (3.52%) ASP.NET
11 177 (3.44%) JSON
11 177 (3.44%) RESTful
12 156 (3.03%) Kafka
13 141 (2.74%) .NET Framework
14 138 (2.68%) HTML5
15 131 (2.54%) Spring
16 121 (2.35%) ASP.NET Web API
17 117 (2.27%) XML
18 105 (2.04%) Vue.js
19 100 (1.94%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 255 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
2 201 (3.90%) Greenfield Project
3 199 (3.86%) Public Cloud
4 189 (3.67%) Data Centre
5 180 (3.50%) Cloud Native
6 166 (3.22%) User Experience
7 110 (2.14%) Hedge funds
8 100 (1.94%) Fixed Income
9 98 (1.90%) Management Information System
10 97 (1.88%) Derivative
11 89 (1.73%) Blog
12 77 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
13 76 (1.48%) Equities
14 66 (1.28%) Mobile App
14 66 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
15 58 (1.13%) Private Cloud
16 55 (1.07%) Data Structures
17 54 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 52 (1.01%) PKI
19 48 (0.93%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 783 (15.21%) Windows
2 468 (9.09%) Linux
3 296 (5.75%) Windows Server
4 174 (3.38%) Windows 10
5 113 (2.19%) Unix
6 99 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 90 (1.75%) Apple iOS
8 89 (1.73%) Android
9 84 (1.63%) Windows Server 2016
10 63 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
11 50 (0.97%) Windows Server 2019
12 46 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 35 (0.68%) Windows 7
14 27 (0.52%) Ubuntu
15 22 (0.43%) Windows XP
16 20 (0.39%) Mac OS X
16 20 (0.39%) VMS
17 18 (0.35%) CentOS
17 18 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
18 17 (0.33%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,713 (33.27%) DevOps
2 1,582 (30.72%) Agile Software Development
3 651 (12.64%) Microservices
4 597 (11.59%) Migration
5 542 (10.53%) Software Engineering
6 522 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
7 391 (7.59%) Scrum
7 391 (7.59%) Test Automation
8 390 (7.57%) Analytics
9 356 (6.91%) TDD
10 300 (5.83%) Data Modelling
11 293 (5.69%) Problem-Solving
12 287 (5.57%) Infrastructure as Code
13 254 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
14 244 (4.74%) ETL
15 233 (4.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 231 (4.49%) Open Source
17 225 (4.37%) Asset Management
17 225 (4.37%) Continuous Integration
18 224 (4.35%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,147 (22.28%) SQL
2 977 (18.97%) Python
3 725 (14.08%) C#
4 700 (13.59%) Java
4 700 (13.59%) JavaScript
5 546 (10.60%) PowerShell
6 182 (3.53%) Bash Shell
7 149 (2.89%) T-SQL
8 132 (2.56%) Go
9 127 (2.47%) TypeScript
10 89 (1.73%) C++
10 89 (1.73%) Scala
11 84 (1.63%) Java 8
12 82 (1.59%) R
13 80 (1.55%) Kotlin
14 69 (1.34%) PL/SQL
15 67 (1.30%) Ruby
16 59 (1.15%) Perl
17 52 (1.01%) PHP
17 52 (1.01%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 607 (11.79%) Security Cleared
2 520 (10.10%) SC Cleared
3 187 (3.63%) Degree
4 94 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 71 (1.38%) CISSP
6 60 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
7 53 (1.03%) DV Cleared
8 49 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
9 43 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
10 42 (0.82%) MCSE
11 35 (0.68%) CISM
12 28 (0.54%) CCNA
12 28 (0.54%) TOGAF Certification
13 27 (0.52%) ISTQB
14 26 (0.50%) CCNP
15 22 (0.43%) ISEB
16 21 (0.41%) MCSA
17 18 (0.35%) AWS Certification
17 18 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
18 17 (0.33%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (2.84%) QA
2 85 (1.65%) Data Quality
3 56 (1.09%) SLA
4 55 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 40 (0.78%) GDPR
6 39 (0.76%) NIST
7 28 (0.54%) PCI DSS
8 24 (0.47%) NCSC
9 23 (0.45%) PMO
10 15 (0.29%) COBIT
11 13 (0.25%) WCAG
12 12 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
13 11 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 9 (0.17%) JSP 440
15 8 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 5 (0.097%) RMADS
17 3 (0.058%) HIPAA
17 3 (0.058%) IFRS
17 3 (0.058%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 2 (0.039%) NIST 800
System Software
1 708 (13.75%) Docker
2 681 (13.23%) Active Directory
3 221 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 95 (1.85%) Hyper-V
5 63 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
6 52 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
7 50 (0.97%) vSphere
8 32 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
9 29 (0.56%) HDFS
10 26 (0.50%) VMware NSX
11 17 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 16 (0.31%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 16 (0.31%) XenApp
13 15 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
14 13 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
15 10 (0.19%) XenDesktop
16 9 (0.17%) KVM
16 9 (0.17%) Xen
17 8 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 6 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 775 (15.05%) Kubernetes
2 695 (13.50%) Terraform
3 371 (7.21%) Ansible
4 184 (3.57%) Microsoft Intune
5 158 (3.07%) SCCM
6 145 (2.82%) Puppet
7 111 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
8 73 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
9 54 (1.05%) Prometheus
10 51 (0.99%) Grafana
11 34 (0.66%) Kibana
12 33 (0.64%) Rancher
13 30 (0.58%) SCOM
14 29 (0.56%) Consul
15 28 (0.54%) logstash
16 25 (0.49%) Istio
16 25 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
17 24 (0.47%) vCenter Server
18 23 (0.45%) Packer
19 22 (0.43%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,498 (29.09%) Microsoft
2 350 (6.80%) VMware
3 293 (5.69%) Google
4 280 (5.44%) Oracle
5 255 (4.95%) Databricks
6 191 (3.71%) SAP
7 171 (3.32%) Cisco
8 122 (2.37%) Citrix
9 99 (1.92%) Splunk
10 96 (1.86%) Salesforce.com
11 86 (1.67%) MuleSoft
12 72 (1.40%) Red Hat
13 61 (1.18%) Dell
14 59 (1.15%) ServiceNow
15 57 (1.11%) Palo Alto
16 56 (1.09%) Cloudera
17 54 (1.05%) Informatica
18 42 (0.82%) HP
19 39 (0.76%) EMC
19 39 (0.76%) Talend