Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 5 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4 +17
Contract jobs citing Azure 7,999 5,362 9,578
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 16.32% 13.75% 11.57%
As % of the Cloud Services category 47.06% 44.13% 40.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,759 3,836 6,924
10th Percentile £362 £350 £356
25th Percentile £425 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £683 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £515 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +3.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 23 32
10th Percentile £19.00 £21.30 £17.98
25th Percentile £26.75 £25.32 £30.94
Median hourly rate £54.00 £50.00 £45.64
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +9.57% +47.21%
75th Percentile £65.00 £57.50 £54.06
90th Percentile £68.75 £62.60 £78.57
UK median hourly rate £51.50 £50.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +3.00% +11.11% +44.25%

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 16,998 12,151 23,553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.67% 31.16% 28.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,235 8,705 16,524
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £406 £410
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +1.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £681 £688 £663
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 181 259
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.75 £12.25
25th Percentile £14.00 £16.50 £14.93
Median hourly rate £20.94 £20.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.68% - +6.67%
75th Percentile £38.00 £34.75 £36.00
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £21.05 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.25% - +14.29%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 4,631 £536 +2.14% 1,352
South East +5 863 £490 +3.16% 565
North of England +2 714 £478 +6.17% 777
Midlands +1 564 £450 -5.76% 485
South West 0 387 £478 +0.53% 259
West Midlands 0 382 £470 -6.00% 302
North West +3 344 £475 +5.56% 413
Yorkshire +2 312 £499 +5.08% 279
East of England +5 178 £450 +5.88% 268
East Midlands +7 176 £450 - 182
North East -4 58 £475 +11.76% 85
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 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 2,842 (35.53%) DevOps
2 2,603 (32.54%) AWS
3 2,521 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
4 2,241 (28.02%) Microsoft
5 1,767 (22.09%) SQL
6 1,454 (18.18%) Python
7 1,403 (17.54%) Finance
8 1,357 (16.96%) Social Skills
9 1,340 (16.75%) .NET
10 1,168 (14.60%) Kubernetes
11 1,144 (14.30%) Windows
12 1,135 (14.19%) C#
13 1,041 (13.01%) Terraform
14 1,026 (12.83%) Docker
15 1,020 (12.75%) GCP
16 1,011 (12.64%) Active Directory
17 984 (12.30%) Java
18 979 (12.24%) Microservices
19 962 (12.03%) JavaScript
20 936 (11.70%) Microsoft 365
21 910 (11.38%) PowerShell
22 895 (11.19%) Migration
23 857 (10.71%) Analytics
24 812 (10.15%) SQL Server
25 810 (10.13%) Security Cleared
26 749 (9.36%) Business Intelligence
27 748 (9.35%) Git (software)
28 737 (9.21%) Power Platform
29 710 (8.88%) Scrum
30 705 (8.81%) 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
1 418 (5.23%) SharePoint
2 262 (3.28%) Apache Spark
3 174 (2.18%) Confluence
4 119 (1.49%) Apache
5 118 (1.48%) MS Exchange
6 89 (1.11%) Apache Airflow
7 78 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
7 78 (0.98%) CMS
8 67 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
9 63 (0.79%) Skype for Business
10 59 (0.74%) IIS
11 58 (0.73%) SAS
12 35 (0.44%) OpenStack
13 34 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
14 33 (0.41%) Tomcat
15 24 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
16 22 (0.28%) WebSphere
17 20 (0.25%) Jupyter
18 19 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
18 19 (0.24%) nginx
Applications
1 175 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 101 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 40 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 32 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.10%) Chatbot
6 8 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.050%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.038%) Adobe XD
9 2 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.025%) Autodesk Flame
9 2 (0.025%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.025%) Figma
9 2 (0.025%) Maya
9 2 (0.025%) NUKE
9 2 (0.025%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.025%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.025%) Sketch
10 1 (0.013%) Mingle
10 1 (0.013%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 124 (1.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (0.20%) Sentinel
4 15 (0.19%) Magento
5 12 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 12 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
6 11 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.14%) Shopify
7 9 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
7 9 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
8 8 (0.10%) assyst
8 8 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 7 (0.088%) Dynamics NAV
9 7 (0.088%) Oracle EBS
9 7 (0.088%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 6 (0.075%) Cloudability
10 6 (0.075%) Distributed Ledger
11 4 (0.050%) Primavera
11 4 (0.050%) R3 Corda
12 3 (0.038%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,603 (32.54%) AWS
2 1,020 (12.75%) GCP
3 936 (11.70%) Microsoft 365
4 737 (9.21%) Power Platform
5 690 (8.63%) PaaS
6 630 (7.88%) Azure Active Directory
7 547 (6.84%) Serverless
8 495 (6.19%) IaaS
9 421 (5.26%) Azure Data Factory
10 411 (5.14%) SaaS
11 320 (4.00%) Azure Functions
12 314 (3.93%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 260 (3.25%) GitHub
14 258 (3.23%) Azure Logic Apps
15 228 (2.85%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 212 (2.65%) Azure Service Bus
17 200 (2.50%) Dynamics 365
18 185 (2.31%) PowerApps
19 163 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
20 160 (2.00%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 432 (5.40%) Firewall
2 285 (3.56%) DNS
3 153 (1.91%) VPN
4 151 (1.89%) WAN
5 133 (1.66%) DHCP
5 133 (1.66%) Network Security
6 121 (1.51%) LAN
7 94 (1.18%) Internet
8 91 (1.14%) TCP/IP
9 85 (1.06%) Skype
10 75 (0.94%) SAN
11 68 (0.85%) Wireless
12 60 (0.75%) SSL
13 59 (0.74%) HTTP
14 57 (0.71%) Wi-Fi
15 52 (0.65%) VLAN
16 50 (0.63%) MPLS
17 49 (0.61%) SD-WAN
18 42 (0.53%) VoIP
19 40 (0.50%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 812 (10.15%) SQL Server
2 576 (7.20%) Power BI
3 507 (6.34%) Data Warehouse
4 446 (5.58%) Data Lake
5 412 (5.15%) Azure SQL Database
6 316 (3.95%) Big Data
7 269 (3.36%) NoSQL
8 240 (3.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 223 (2.79%) PostgreSQL
10 180 (2.25%) MySQL
11 179 (2.24%) Hadoop
12 169 (2.11%) Relational Database
13 168 (2.10%) MongoDB
14 155 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 133 (1.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 130 (1.63%) Tableau
17 110 (1.38%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 95 (1.19%) Apache Hive
19 68 (0.85%) RDBMS
20 56 (0.70%) DB2
Development Applications
1 748 (9.35%) Git (software)
2 588 (7.35%) Jenkins
3 444 (5.55%) JIRA
4 163 (2.04%) Visual Studio
5 153 (1.91%) GitLab
5 153 (1.91%) Selenium
6 127 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
7 121 (1.51%) Visual Studio Team System
8 109 (1.36%) Maven
9 99 (1.24%) Cucumber
10 87 (1.09%) TeamCity
11 85 (1.06%) Bitbucket
12 77 (0.96%) JUnit
13 72 (0.90%) webpack
14 70 (0.88%) SpecFlow
15 66 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
16 65 (0.81%) Postman
17 63 (0.79%) Gradle
18 60 (0.75%) SonarQube
19 53 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,403 (17.54%) Finance
2 1,357 (16.96%) Social Skills
3 529 (6.61%) Public Sector
4 392 (4.90%) Banking
5 384 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
6 202 (2.53%) Front Office
7 189 (2.36%) Presentation Skills
8 170 (2.13%) Marketing
8 170 (2.13%) Retail
9 151 (1.89%) Telecoms
10 133 (1.66%) Manufacturing
11 99 (1.24%) Influencing Skills
11 99 (1.24%) Legal
12 97 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
13 89 (1.11%) Law
14 85 (1.06%) Electronics
15 83 (1.04%) Investment Banking
16 53 (0.66%) Back Office
17 49 (0.61%) Organisational Skills
18 48 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,937 (24.22%) Developer
2 1,489 (18.61%) Architect
3 896 (11.20%) Azure Engineer
4 682 (8.53%) DevOps Engineer
5 478 (5.98%) Azure Architect
6 445 (5.56%) Analyst
7 441 (5.51%) Solutions Architect
8 439 (5.49%) .NET Developer
9 435 (5.44%) Data Engineer
10 421 (5.26%) Consultant
11 327 (4.09%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 319 (3.99%) Cloud Architect
13 309 (3.86%) Cloud Engineer
14 287 (3.59%) Azure Developer
15 263 (3.29%) Azure DevOps
16 256 (3.20%) Full Stack Developer
17 237 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 233 (2.91%) C# Developer
19 231 (2.89%) Data Architect
20 225 (2.81%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,340 (16.75%) .NET
2 540 (6.75%) React
3 528 (6.60%) AngularJS
4 516 (6.45%) .NET Core
5 506 (6.33%) Node.js
6 457 (5.71%) Web Services
7 413 (5.16%) HTML
8 390 (4.88%) CSS
9 360 (4.50%) REST
10 321 (4.01%) Kafka
11 284 (3.55%) JSON
12 281 (3.51%) ASP.NET
13 239 (2.99%) RESTful
14 208 (2.60%) Spring
15 193 (2.41%) .NET Framework
16 173 (2.16%) GraphQL
17 158 (1.98%) ASP.NET Web API
18 149 (1.86%) XML
19 142 (1.78%) HTML5
20 134 (1.68%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 306 (3.83%) Public Cloud
2 301 (3.76%) Cloud Native
3 289 (3.61%) Data Centre
4 262 (3.28%) Greenfield Project
5 252 (3.15%) User Experience
6 143 (1.79%) Data Structures
7 141 (1.76%) Algorithms
8 139 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
9 138 (1.73%) Management Information System
10 127 (1.59%) Hybrid Cloud
11 92 (1.15%) Fixed Income
12 91 (1.14%) Virtual Team
13 90 (1.13%) Derivative
14 86 (1.08%) Mobile App
15 85 (1.06%) NHS
16 81 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
17 70 (0.88%) Clustering
18 65 (0.81%) Hedge funds
19 63 (0.79%) PKI
20 61 (0.76%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,144 (14.30%) Windows
2 705 (8.81%) Linux
3 438 (5.48%) Windows Server
4 257 (3.21%) Windows 10
5 184 (2.30%) Unix
6 131 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 124 (1.55%) Android
8 112 (1.40%) Windows Server 2016
9 98 (1.23%) Apple iOS
10 94 (1.18%) Windows Server 2019
11 80 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 67 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
13 30 (0.38%) Windows 7
14 28 (0.35%) Solaris
15 27 (0.34%) VMS
16 25 (0.31%) AIX
17 22 (0.28%) Mac OS X
18 20 (0.25%) SUSE
19 19 (0.24%) CentOS
19 19 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,842 (35.53%) DevOps
2 2,521 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
3 979 (12.24%) Microservices
4 895 (11.19%) Migration
5 857 (10.71%) Analytics
6 749 (9.36%) Business Intelligence
7 710 (8.88%) Scrum
8 688 (8.60%) Software Engineering
9 669 (8.36%) TDD
10 645 (8.06%) Test Automation
11 574 (7.18%) Infrastructure as Code
12 527 (6.59%) Problem-Solving
13 505 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
14 499 (6.24%) Data Modelling
15 427 (5.34%) Continuous Integration
16 389 (4.86%) ETL
17 386 (4.83%) SDLC
18 345 (4.31%) BDD
19 342 (4.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 311 (3.89%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1,767 (22.09%) SQL
2 1,454 (18.18%) Python
3 1,135 (14.19%) C#
4 984 (12.30%) Java
5 962 (12.03%) JavaScript
6 910 (11.38%) PowerShell
7 344 (4.30%) TypeScript
8 282 (3.53%) Bash Shell
9 239 (2.99%) Scala
10 221 (2.76%) T-SQL
11 193 (2.41%) Go
12 181 (2.26%) C++
13 152 (1.90%) Kotlin
14 126 (1.58%) R
15 113 (1.41%) PL/SQL
16 111 (1.39%) Java 8
17 91 (1.14%) PHP
18 85 (1.06%) Ruby
19 69 (0.86%) Perl
20 65 (0.81%) C
Qualifications
1 810 (10.13%) Security Cleared
2 677 (8.46%) SC Cleared
3 395 (4.94%) Degree
4 107 (1.34%) Microsoft Certification
5 93 (1.16%) CISSP
6 83 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
7 79 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
8 74 (0.93%) DV Cleared
9 67 (0.84%) ISTQB
10 50 (0.63%) CISM
11 46 (0.58%) ISEB
12 45 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
13 41 (0.51%) PhD
14 40 (0.50%) CCNP
14 40 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
15 39 (0.49%) MCSE
16 36 (0.45%) Master's Degree
16 36 (0.45%) TOGAF Certification
17 34 (0.43%) AWS Certification
18 31 (0.39%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (3.43%) QA
2 130 (1.63%) Data Quality
3 116 (1.45%) GDPR
4 105 (1.31%) Accessibility
5 85 (1.06%) SLA
6 78 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 72 (0.90%) NIST
8 31 (0.39%) PCI DSS
9 25 (0.31%) WCAG
10 24 (0.30%) PMO
11 23 (0.29%) NCSC
12 21 (0.26%) COBIT
13 19 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 18 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
14 18 (0.23%) GRC
15 10 (0.13%) SOC 2
16 9 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
16 9 (0.11%) NIST 800
17 7 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 7 (0.088%) IFRS
System Software
1 1,026 (12.83%) Docker
2 1,011 (12.64%) Active Directory
3 377 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 166 (2.08%) Hyper-V
5 85 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
6 65 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
7 57 (0.71%) XenApp
8 56 (0.70%) vSphere
9 54 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
10 53 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
11 48 (0.60%) HDFS
12 28 (0.35%) XenDesktop
13 19 (0.24%) VMware NSX
14 17 (0.21%) NFS
15 16 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 16 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (0.14%) KVM
17 10 (0.13%) VMware Server
18 9 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
18 9 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1,168 (14.60%) Kubernetes
2 1,041 (13.01%) Terraform
3 578 (7.23%) Ansible
4 272 (3.40%) Microsoft Intune
5 211 (2.64%) SCCM
6 203 (2.54%) Puppet
7 173 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
8 118 (1.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 101 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
10 81 (1.01%) Prometheus
11 66 (0.83%) Grafana
12 49 (0.61%) Istio
13 37 (0.46%) Kibana
14 34 (0.43%) Packer
14 34 (0.43%) Rancher
15 31 (0.39%) Oozie
15 31 (0.39%) SCOM
16 29 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
17 27 (0.34%) Nagios
18 26 (0.33%) logstash
Vendors
1 2,241 (28.02%) Microsoft
2 601 (7.51%) VMware
3 501 (6.26%) Databricks
4 471 (5.89%) Google
5 456 (5.70%) Oracle
6 260 (3.25%) SAP
7 230 (2.88%) Cisco
8 196 (2.45%) Citrix
9 148 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
10 147 (1.84%) MuleSoft
11 142 (1.78%) Splunk
12 107 (1.34%) ServiceNow
13 106 (1.33%) IBM
14 95 (1.19%) Red Hat
15 77 (0.96%) CheckPoint
15 77 (0.96%) F5
15 77 (0.96%) HP
16 67 (0.84%) Dell
17 58 (0.73%) New Relic
18 57 (0.71%) Cloudera