Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 11 34
Rank change year-on-year +6 +23 +23
Contract jobs citing Azure 8,088 9,438 5,526
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.05% 10.40% 5.92%
As % of the Cloud Services category 42.61% 39.41% 30.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,651 6,782 4,025
England median daily rate £500 £500 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.09% +7.78%
10th Percentile £325 £356 £325
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £495 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -0.96% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 42 29
England median hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +37.25% +64.52%
10th Percentile £25.00 £15.78 £13.90
90th Percentile £82.50 £63.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £41.75 £35.00 £31.08
% change year-on-year +19.29% +12.61% +100.52%

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 18,981 23,951 18,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 30.62% 26.39% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,997 16,676 12,762
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £281 £312 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £490 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 326 293 220
England median hourly rate £22.17 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.66% -12.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £72.88 £49.96 £55.38
UK median hourly rate £21.30 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +21.69% -12.50% +6.67%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Azure in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure in England over the 6 months to 21 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Azure in England

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure in England over the 6 months to 21 February 2020.

Contractor 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 21 February 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 +5 3,857 £525 - 1,385
South East +2 1,444 £469 -1.32% 685
North of England +7 1,120 £450 -5.26% 809
Midlands +3 716 £475 - 473
South West +8 683 £475 +5.56% 287
North West +5 576 £450 -10.00% 465
West Midlands +1 556 £500 +3.63% 304
Yorkshire +16 388 £440 -2.22% 267
East of England +17 238 £425 -5.56% 244
North East +1 158 £400 -15.57% 77
East Midlands +14 154 £425 -3.41% 166
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 2,673 (33.05%) Microsoft
2 2,575 (31.84%) Agile Software Development
3 2,549 (31.52%) DevOps
4 2,467 (30.50%) AWS
5 2,034 (25.15%) SQL
6 1,764 (21.81%) .NET
7 1,724 (21.32%) C#
8 1,433 (17.72%) Windows
9 1,243 (15.37%) SQL Server
10 1,209 (14.95%) Finance
11 1,198 (14.81%) Active Directory
12 1,101 (13.61%) Office 365
13 1,098 (13.58%) PowerShell
14 1,063 (13.14%) Migration
15 1,056 (13.06%) Python
16 1,019 (12.60%) Docker
17 1,010 (12.49%) JavaScript
18 942 (11.65%) Kubernetes
19 907 (11.21%) Java
20 906 (11.20%) Microservices
21 820 (10.14%) GCP
22 815 (10.08%) Analytics
23 798 (9.87%) Scrum
24 764 (9.45%) Business Intelligence
25 747 (9.24%) PaaS
26 739 (9.14%) Terraform
27 728 (9.00%) Linux
28 720 (8.90%) Power Platform
29 696 (8.61%) Test Automation
30 675 (8.35%) 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
1 538 (6.65%) SharePoint
2 198 (2.45%) Apache Spark
3 172 (2.13%) Confluence
4 164 (2.03%) MS Exchange
5 144 (1.78%) Skype for Business
6 126 (1.56%) IIS
7 100 (1.24%) Apache
8 81 (1.00%) CMS
9 69 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
10 67 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
11 66 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
12 65 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
13 64 (0.79%) OpenStack
14 50 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
15 49 (0.61%) Tomcat
16 46 (0.57%) WebLogic
17 45 (0.56%) JBoss
18 40 (0.49%) SAS
19 35 (0.43%) Jupyter
20 34 (0.42%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 199 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 141 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 48 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 35 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.087%) Zeplin
7 6 (0.074%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.062%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.049%) SPSS
10 3 (0.037%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.025%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.012%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.012%) Maya
12 1 (0.012%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.012%) Sketch
12 1 (0.012%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 302 (3.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 57 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
3 45 (0.56%) FINCAD Analytics
4 27 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 23 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 17 (0.21%) NetSuite
6 17 (0.21%) SAP ERP
7 14 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
8 13 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 10 (0.12%) SAP CO
9 10 (0.12%) SAP FI
9 10 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
9 10 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
10 8 (0.099%) Adobe Campaign
11 7 (0.087%) Aligne
12 6 (0.074%) assyst
12 6 (0.074%) Dynamics NAV
12 6 (0.074%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 4 (0.049%) Elite 3E
13 4 (0.049%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2,467 (30.50%) AWS
2 1,101 (13.61%) Office 365
3 820 (10.14%) GCP
4 747 (9.24%) PaaS
5 720 (8.90%) Power Platform
6 617 (7.63%) Azure Active Directory
7 598 (7.39%) IaaS
8 447 (5.53%) SaaS
9 436 (5.39%) Serverless
10 370 (4.57%) Azure Data Factory
11 333 (4.12%) Dynamics 365
12 256 (3.17%) Azure Functions
13 197 (2.44%) GitHub
14 157 (1.94%) OpenShift
15 147 (1.82%) Cloud Computing
16 110 (1.36%) PowerApps
17 98 (1.21%) Azure Stack
17 98 (1.21%) OneDrive
18 94 (1.16%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 88 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 384 (4.75%) DNS
2 373 (4.61%) Firewall
3 213 (2.63%) VPN
4 183 (2.26%) DHCP
5 168 (2.08%) Skype
6 166 (2.05%) SAN
7 155 (1.92%) WAN
8 147 (1.82%) TCP/IP
9 134 (1.66%) LAN
10 117 (1.45%) Network Security
11 96 (1.19%) Internet
12 64 (0.79%) Kerberos
13 59 (0.73%) HTTP
14 55 (0.68%) SSL
15 54 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
16 48 (0.59%) NAS
17 45 (0.56%) VoIP
18 43 (0.53%) Wireless
19 40 (0.49%) MPLS
20 39 (0.48%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,243 (15.37%) SQL Server
2 655 (8.10%) Power BI
3 541 (6.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 535 (6.61%) Data Warehouse
5 480 (5.93%) Data Lake
6 468 (5.79%) Azure SQL Database
7 428 (5.29%) Big Data
8 349 (4.32%) NoSQL
9 268 (3.31%) MongoDB
10 259 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 253 (3.13%) MySQL
12 240 (2.97%) Relational Database
13 222 (2.74%) PostgreSQL
14 215 (2.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 192 (2.37%) Hadoop
16 182 (2.25%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 154 (1.90%) Redis
18 139 (1.72%) Cosmos DB
19 96 (1.19%) RDBMS
20 93 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 675 (8.35%) Git (software)
2 597 (7.38%) Jenkins
3 395 (4.88%) JIRA
4 340 (4.20%) Visual Studio Team System
5 307 (3.80%) Visual Studio
6 219 (2.71%) Selenium
7 217 (2.68%) Team Foundation Server
8 210 (2.60%) Octopus Deploy
9 205 (2.53%) TeamCity
10 115 (1.42%) GitLab
10 115 (1.42%) SpecFlow
11 83 (1.03%) NUnit
12 82 (1.01%) Artifactory
13 78 (0.96%) Cucumber
14 73 (0.90%) JUnit
15 72 (0.89%) Maven
16 65 (0.80%) Bitbucket
17 60 (0.74%) Subversion
18 52 (0.64%) gulp
19 50 (0.62%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,209 (14.95%) Finance
2 504 (6.23%) Public Sector
3 300 (3.71%) Banking
4 238 (2.94%) Front Office
5 219 (2.71%) Retail
6 129 (1.59%) Marketing
7 86 (1.06%) Telecoms
8 83 (1.03%) Law
9 77 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 75 (0.93%) Investment Banking
10 75 (0.93%) Legal
11 55 (0.68%) Back Office
12 45 (0.56%) Local Government
13 40 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
14 38 (0.47%) Billing
15 33 (0.41%) Publishing
16 30 (0.37%) Advertising
16 30 (0.37%) Electronics
17 28 (0.35%) Games
18 24 (0.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2,235 (27.63%) Developer
2 1,366 (16.89%) Architect
3 783 (9.68%) DevOps Engineer
4 707 (8.74%) Azure Engineer
5 669 (8.27%) .NET Developer
6 457 (5.65%) Consultant
7 418 (5.17%) Analyst
8 410 (5.07%) Azure Developer
9 405 (5.01%) Azure Architect
10 350 (4.33%) C# Developer
11 327 (4.04%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 310 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
13 300 (3.71%) Senior Developer
14 287 (3.55%) Data Engineer
15 282 (3.49%) Cloud Architect
15 282 (3.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 230 (2.84%) Azure DevOps
17 213 (2.63%) Cloud Engineer
18 210 (2.60%) C# .NET Developer
19 202 (2.50%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,764 (21.81%) .NET
2 645 (7.97%) AngularJS
3 592 (7.32%) Web Services
4 543 (6.71%) .NET Core
5 477 (5.90%) ASP.NET
6 474 (5.86%) React
7 444 (5.49%) HTML
8 422 (5.22%) Node.js
9 414 (5.12%) CSS
10 309 (3.82%) JSON
11 307 (3.80%) ASP.NET Web API
12 299 (3.70%) .NET Framework
13 291 (3.60%) REST
14 270 (3.34%) RESTful
15 219 (2.71%) XML
16 198 (2.45%) ASP.NET MVC
17 166 (2.05%) Spring
18 148 (1.83%) jQuery
19 146 (1.81%) Kafka
20 132 (1.63%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 448 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
1 448 (5.54%) Public Cloud
2 356 (4.40%) Data Centre
3 315 (3.89%) Greenfield Project
4 164 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
4 164 (2.03%) User Experience
5 163 (2.02%) Hybrid Cloud
6 127 (1.57%) Derivative
7 126 (1.56%) Fixed Income
8 123 (1.52%) Cloud Native
8 123 (1.52%) Replication
9 113 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 113 (1.40%) Hedge funds
10 102 (1.26%) PKI
11 97 (1.20%) Virtual Team
12 96 (1.19%) Mobile App
12 96 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
13 92 (1.14%) Equities
13 92 (1.14%) Management Information System
14 85 (1.05%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 1,433 (17.72%) Windows
2 728 (9.00%) Linux
3 590 (7.29%) Windows Server
4 298 (3.68%) Windows 10
5 202 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 195 (2.41%) Unix
7 181 (2.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 120 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 107 (1.32%) Android
10 91 (1.13%) Windows 7
11 79 (0.98%) Apple iOS
12 72 (0.89%) CentOS
13 69 (0.85%) Ubuntu
14 42 (0.52%) VMS
15 31 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
16 26 (0.32%) Mac OS X
17 20 (0.25%) Mac OS
18 14 (0.17%) Solaris
19 13 (0.16%) CoreOS
20 11 (0.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,575 (31.84%) Agile Software Development
2 2,549 (31.52%) DevOps
3 1,063 (13.14%) Migration
4 906 (11.20%) Microservices
5 815 (10.08%) Analytics
6 798 (9.87%) Scrum
7 764 (9.45%) Business Intelligence
8 696 (8.61%) Test Automation
9 622 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
10 581 (7.18%) TDD
11 529 (6.54%) Software Engineering
12 449 (5.55%) MVC
13 424 (5.24%) Problem-Solving
14 423 (5.23%) ETL
15 420 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 420 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
16 410 (5.07%) Infrastructure as Code
17 393 (4.86%) CRM
18 369 (4.56%) BDD
19 355 (4.39%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 2,034 (25.15%) SQL
2 1,724 (21.32%) C#
3 1,098 (13.58%) PowerShell
4 1,056 (13.06%) Python
5 1,010 (12.49%) JavaScript
6 907 (11.21%) Java
7 297 (3.67%) T-SQL
8 245 (3.03%) Bash Shell
9 170 (2.10%) TypeScript
10 153 (1.89%) Scala
11 141 (1.74%) C++
12 121 (1.50%) Ruby
13 115 (1.42%) Go
14 103 (1.27%) R
15 97 (1.20%) C
16 92 (1.14%) PHP
17 82 (1.01%) Shell Script
18 75 (0.93%) PL/SQL
19 72 (0.89%) Kotlin
20 69 (0.85%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 661 (8.17%) Security Cleared
2 528 (6.53%) SC Cleared
3 322 (3.98%) Degree
4 195 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 102 (1.26%) MCSE
6 92 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
7 82 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
8 77 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
9 76 (0.94%) CISSP
10 68 (0.84%) MCSA
11 53 (0.66%) DV Cleared
12 50 (0.62%) CCNA
13 39 (0.48%) CISM
14 37 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 30 (0.37%) Master's Degree
16 26 (0.32%) DBS Check
17 25 (0.31%) ISEB
17 25 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
18 24 (0.30%) PhD
19 23 (0.28%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 247 (3.05%) QA
2 112 (1.38%) GDPR
3 91 (1.13%) SLA
4 86 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 62 (0.77%) Data Quality
6 40 (0.49%) PCI DSS
7 36 (0.45%) PMO
8 30 (0.37%) NCSC
8 30 (0.37%) NIST
9 21 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.16%) ISO 20022
11 11 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 11 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 11 (0.14%) TARGET2
12 10 (0.12%) COBIT
13 9 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
14 7 (0.087%) Disclosure Scotland
14 7 (0.087%) GxP
15 6 (0.074%) HL7
15 6 (0.074%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,198 (14.81%) Active Directory
2 1,019 (12.60%) Docker
3 346 (4.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 186 (2.30%) Hyper-V
5 159 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
6 137 (1.69%) vSphere
7 84 (1.04%) XenApp
8 75 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
9 50 (0.62%) XenDesktop
10 40 (0.49%) VMware NSX
11 23 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (0.27%) HDFS
12 22 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
13 20 (0.25%) BitLocker
14 15 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 12 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
15 12 (0.15%) Terminal Services
15 12 (0.15%) VirtualBox
16 11 (0.14%) vCloud
16 11 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 942 (11.65%) Kubernetes
2 739 (9.14%) Terraform
3 610 (7.54%) Ansible
4 341 (4.22%) SCCM
5 308 (3.81%) Puppet
6 228 (2.82%) Microsoft Intune
7 216 (2.67%) Opscode Chef
8 140 (1.73%) Single Sign-On
9 86 (1.06%) SCOM
10 54 (0.67%) Prometheus
11 50 (0.62%) Packer
12 49 (0.61%) Grafana
13 45 (0.56%) Nagios
14 40 (0.49%) Rancher
15 37 (0.46%) WSUS
16 34 (0.42%) MIIS
17 33 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
17 33 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
18 31 (0.38%) Kibana
19 30 (0.37%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2,673 (33.05%) Microsoft
2 628 (7.76%) VMware
3 454 (5.61%) Google
4 428 (5.29%) Oracle
5 273 (3.38%) Citrix
6 271 (3.35%) Cisco
7 236 (2.92%) Databricks
8 213 (2.63%) SAP
9 140 (1.73%) Tableau
10 123 (1.52%) Splunk
11 119 (1.47%) Red Hat
12 95 (1.17%) Cloudera
13 82 (1.01%) HP
13 82 (1.01%) Salesforce.com
14 74 (0.91%) IBM
15 71 (0.88%) Informatica
16 67 (0.83%) ServiceNow
16 67 (0.83%) Sybase
17 63 (0.78%) MuleSoft
17 63 (0.78%) Sitecore