Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 7 13
Rank change year-on-year +2 +6 +31
Contract jobs citing Azure 4,117 9,620 8,191
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 14.69% 12.42% 8.66%
As % of the Cloud Services category 45.97% 42.10% 36.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,316 7,121 6,080
Median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £334 £338 £338
90th Percentile £688 £663 £644
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £485
% change year-on-year - +3.09% +2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 81 36
Median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.22% +138.41% -52.81%
10th Percentile £17.35 £35.00 £13.74
90th Percentile £54.20 £82.50 £58.97
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £44.25 £18.88
% change year-on-year -20.90% +134.44% -52.81%

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 8,956 22,851 22,658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 31.95% 29.51% 23.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,963 15,793 15,851
Median daily rate £500 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +2.13%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £306
90th Percentile £675 £662 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £495 £475
% change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 360 312
Median hourly rate £31.50 £22.42 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.53% +28.09% -12.50%
10th Percentile £14.07 £13.99 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.95 £82.50 £56.25
Median hourly rate £31.25 £21.34 £17.50
% change year-on-year +46.44% +21.94% -11.67%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +2 2,369 £525 - 689
North of England +5 496 £463 +2.78% 542
South East -1 440 £475 - 417
Midlands -3 278 £425 -8.11% 314
North West +3 274 £500 +11.11% 325
South West +2 256 £450 -5.26% 186
West Midlands -6 182 £432 -9.05% 194
Yorkshire +3 172 £450 +5.88% 165
East of England +5 116 £425 -5.56% 128
East Midlands +5 90 £393 -7.65% 116
North East -3 50 £458 +1.67% 52
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 1,486 (36.09%) DevOps
2 1,472 (35.75%) AWS
3 1,395 (33.88%) Agile Software Development
4 1,208 (29.34%) Microsoft
5 891 (21.64%) SQL
6 785 (19.07%) Python
7 751 (18.24%) Java
8 735 (17.85%) Finance
9 681 (16.54%) Kubernetes
10 674 (16.37%) .NET
11 663 (16.10%) Docker
12 633 (15.38%) Windows
13 614 (14.91%) Microservices
14 600 (14.57%) C#
15 596 (14.48%) GCP
16 566 (13.75%) SQL Server
17 559 (13.58%) JavaScript
18 556 (13.50%) Active Directory
19 522 (12.68%) Migration
20 496 (12.05%) Security Cleared
21 453 (11.00%) PowerShell
22 446 (10.83%) Business Intelligence
23 441 (10.71%) Terraform
24 438 (10.64%) Office 365
25 427 (10.37%) Web Services
26 410 (9.96%) SC Cleared
27 406 (9.86%) Linux
28 405 (9.84%) Jenkins
29 396 (9.62%) Software Engineering
30 392 (9.52%) Scrum

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
1 234 (5.68%) SharePoint
2 111 (2.70%) Apache
3 90 (2.19%) Apache Spark
4 89 (2.16%) Confluence
5 55 (1.34%) Skype for Business
6 50 (1.21%) MS Exchange
7 44 (1.07%) BizTalk Server
8 43 (1.04%) IIS
9 34 (0.83%) WebLogic
10 23 (0.56%) Tomcat
11 22 (0.53%) NServiceBus
12 20 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
12 20 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 19 (0.46%) CMS
13 19 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
13 19 (0.46%) JBoss
14 16 (0.39%) SAS
15 15 (0.36%) MQSeries
16 14 (0.34%) WebSphere
17 13 (0.32%) Umbraco
Applications
1 63 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 57 (1.38%) Microsoft Office
3 29 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.12%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.097%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.097%) Sketch
8 3 (0.073%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.073%) Adobe Premiere
8 3 (0.073%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.049%) LibreOffice
10 1 (0.024%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.024%) Figma
10 1 (0.024%) InVision
10 1 (0.024%) Simulink
10 1 (0.024%) SPSS
10 1 (0.024%) Stata
10 1 (0.024%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 77 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.29%) Sentinel
3 12 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 10 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
5 9 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
6 8 (0.19%) SAP ERP
7 6 (0.15%) Visualfiles
8 5 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
9 4 (0.097%) Magento
9 4 (0.097%) NetSuite
9 4 (0.097%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 3 (0.073%) Aligne
10 3 (0.073%) Avolution ABACUS
10 3 (0.073%) Remedy ITSM
10 3 (0.073%) SAP FI-CA
11 2 (0.049%) Distributed Ledger
11 2 (0.049%) R3 Corda
11 2 (0.049%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 2 (0.049%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 1,472 (35.75%) AWS
2 596 (14.48%) GCP
3 438 (10.64%) Office 365
4 380 (9.23%) Power Platform
5 312 (7.58%) PaaS
6 302 (7.34%) Azure Active Directory
7 259 (6.29%) Serverless
8 237 (5.76%) IaaS
9 204 (4.96%) Azure Data Factory
10 186 (4.52%) SaaS
11 140 (3.40%) Dynamics 365
12 129 (3.13%) AWS Lambda
13 119 (2.89%) Azure Functions
14 115 (2.79%) Logic Apps
15 104 (2.53%) PowerApps
16 99 (2.40%) Amazon ECS
17 87 (2.11%) GitHub
18 79 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
19 77 (1.87%) Apigee
20 64 (1.55%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 213 (5.17%) Firewall
2 182 (4.42%) DNS
3 132 (3.21%) WAN
4 116 (2.82%) VPN
5 85 (2.06%) Skype
6 82 (1.99%) DHCP
7 74 (1.80%) LAN
8 65 (1.58%) Network Security
9 55 (1.34%) Internet
10 49 (1.19%) SAN
11 48 (1.17%) Wireless
12 45 (1.09%) HTTP
13 44 (1.07%) DMZ
14 42 (1.02%) TCP/IP
15 41 (1.00%) VoIP
16 40 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
17 34 (0.83%) SSL
18 30 (0.73%) MPLS
19 23 (0.56%) Intranet
20 16 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 566 (13.75%) SQL Server
2 298 (7.24%) Power BI
3 280 (6.80%) Data Warehouse
4 215 (5.22%) Azure SQL Database
5 213 (5.17%) Data Lake
6 197 (4.79%) Big Data
7 180 (4.37%) MongoDB
8 170 (4.13%) MySQL
9 165 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
10 161 (3.91%) NoSQL
11 128 (3.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 113 (2.74%) Cosmos DB
13 106 (2.57%) Relational Database
14 102 (2.48%) Hadoop
15 92 (2.23%) Amazon Redshift
16 75 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 73 (1.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 68 (1.65%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 47 (1.14%) Tableau
20 34 (0.83%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 405 (9.84%) Jenkins
2 365 (8.87%) Git (software)
3 170 (4.13%) JIRA
4 156 (3.79%) GitLab
5 117 (2.84%) Artifactory
6 103 (2.50%) Selenium
7 85 (2.06%) Visual Studio Team System
8 79 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 71 (1.72%) Visual Studio
10 63 (1.53%) Maven
11 62 (1.51%) Mockito
12 57 (1.38%) SpecFlow
13 53 (1.29%) Octopus Deploy
14 47 (1.14%) TeamCity
15 45 (1.09%) JMeter
16 44 (1.07%) SonarQube
17 43 (1.04%) RStudio
18 41 (1.00%) Sonatype Nexus
19 38 (0.92%) Cucumber
20 37 (0.90%) JUnit
General
1 735 (17.85%) Finance
2 332 (8.06%) Public Sector
3 314 (7.63%) Banking
4 190 (4.62%) Front Office
5 99 (2.40%) Investment Banking
5 99 (2.40%) Marketing
6 84 (2.04%) Retail
7 78 (1.89%) Telecoms
8 63 (1.53%) Manufacturing
9 54 (1.31%) Back Office
10 48 (1.17%) Electronics
11 47 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
12 41 (1.00%) Law
13 34 (0.83%) Legal
14 19 (0.46%) Financial Institution
15 18 (0.44%) Local Government
16 15 (0.36%) Advertising
16 15 (0.36%) Games
17 14 (0.34%) German Language
18 12 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,240 (30.12%) Developer
2 731 (17.76%) Architect
3 367 (8.91%) Azure Engineer
4 327 (7.94%) DevOps Engineer
5 248 (6.02%) Java Developer
6 227 (5.51%) .NET Developer
7 219 (5.32%) Azure Architect
7 219 (5.32%) Azure Developer
8 210 (5.10%) Consultant
9 190 (4.62%) Cloud Architect
10 181 (4.40%) Solutions Architect
11 177 (4.30%) Analyst
12 175 (4.25%) Data Engineer
13 162 (3.93%) AWS Engineer
14 153 (3.72%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 144 (3.50%) Data Architect
15 144 (3.50%) Software Engineer
16 141 (3.42%) Senior Developer
17 140 (3.40%) Cloud Engineer
18 122 (2.96%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 674 (16.37%) .NET
2 427 (10.37%) Web Services
3 352 (8.55%) React
4 347 (8.43%) AngularJS
5 259 (6.29%) HTML
6 244 (5.93%) Node.js
7 235 (5.71%) .NET Core
8 197 (4.79%) ASP.NET
9 196 (4.76%) CSS
10 181 (4.40%) RESTful
11 175 (4.25%) REST
12 146 (3.55%) Kafka
12 146 (3.55%) Vue.js
13 142 (3.45%) JSON
14 126 (3.06%) .NET Framework
15 121 (2.94%) HTML5
16 113 (2.74%) Spring
17 103 (2.50%) OAuth
18 102 (2.48%) ASP.NET Web API
19 100 (2.43%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 224 (5.44%) Hedge funds
2 185 (4.49%) Derivative
2 185 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
3 180 (4.37%) Analytical Skills
4 177 (4.30%) Fixed Income
5 163 (3.96%) Public Cloud
6 146 (3.55%) Equities
7 128 (3.11%) Data Centre
8 120 (2.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 102 (2.48%) Cloud Native
10 100 (2.43%) Management Information System
11 85 (2.06%) User Experience
12 52 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
13 50 (1.21%) Mobile App
13 50 (1.21%) PKI
14 49 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
15 47 (1.14%) Blog
16 43 (1.04%) Data Structures
16 43 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
17 42 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 633 (15.38%) Windows
2 406 (9.86%) Linux
3 253 (6.15%) Windows Server
4 145 (3.52%) Windows 10
5 134 (3.25%) Unix
6 82 (1.99%) Windows Server 2016
7 72 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 71 (1.72%) Mac OS X
9 68 (1.65%) Apple iOS
10 56 (1.36%) Android
11 54 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 46 (1.12%) Windows Server 2019
13 36 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 30 (0.73%) Windows 7
15 20 (0.49%) Ubuntu
15 20 (0.49%) VMS
16 17 (0.41%) CentOS
17 15 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
18 13 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
19 11 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,486 (36.09%) DevOps
2 1,395 (33.88%) Agile Software Development
3 614 (14.91%) Microservices
4 522 (12.68%) Migration
5 446 (10.83%) Business Intelligence
6 396 (9.62%) Software Engineering
7 392 (9.52%) Scrum
8 349 (8.48%) TDD
9 342 (8.31%) Test Automation
10 340 (8.26%) Analytics
11 270 (6.56%) Asset Management
12 250 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
13 247 (6.00%) BDD
14 234 (5.68%) Investment Management
15 232 (5.64%) Data Modelling
16 209 (5.08%) Continuous Integration
17 200 (4.86%) Infrastructure as Code
18 185 (4.49%) Open Source
19 184 (4.47%) Stakeholder Management
20 172 (4.18%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 891 (21.64%) SQL
2 785 (19.07%) Python
3 751 (18.24%) Java
4 600 (14.57%) C#
5 559 (13.58%) JavaScript
6 453 (11.00%) PowerShell
7 168 (4.08%) Java 8
8 151 (3.67%) Bash Shell
9 102 (2.48%) T-SQL
10 100 (2.43%) R
11 80 (1.94%) Scala
12 79 (1.92%) TypeScript
13 72 (1.75%) C
14 65 (1.58%) Shell Script
15 64 (1.55%) Go
16 53 (1.29%) Ruby
17 50 (1.21%) C++
18 49 (1.19%) PHP
19 42 (1.02%) Perl
20 36 (0.87%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 496 (12.05%) Security Cleared
2 410 (9.96%) SC Cleared
3 126 (3.06%) Degree
4 76 (1.85%) CISSP
5 72 (1.75%) DV Cleared
6 69 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
7 62 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
8 56 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
9 35 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
10 31 (0.75%) MCSE
11 27 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
12 26 (0.63%) DBS Check
13 24 (0.58%) CCNA
13 24 (0.58%) CCNP
13 24 (0.58%) ISTQB
13 24 (0.58%) Sun Certification
14 23 (0.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 23 (0.56%) Master's Degree
15 22 (0.53%) ISEB
16 21 (0.51%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (2.70%) QA
2 54 (1.31%) Data Quality
3 48 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 38 (0.92%) GDPR
5 34 (0.83%) SLA
6 25 (0.61%) PMO
7 23 (0.56%) NIST
8 22 (0.53%) PCI DSS
9 14 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.32%) COBIT
11 12 (0.29%) NCSC
12 7 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 6 (0.15%) JSP 440
14 5 (0.12%) HIPAA
15 4 (0.097%) GxP
16 3 (0.073%) Disclosure Scotland
16 3 (0.073%) ISO 13485
16 3 (0.073%) MiFID
16 3 (0.073%) NIST 800
16 3 (0.073%) WCAG
System Software
1 663 (16.10%) Docker
2 556 (13.50%) Active Directory
3 155 (3.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 70 (1.70%) Hyper-V
5 45 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
6 40 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (0.75%) vSphere
8 22 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (0.32%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 13 (0.32%) HDFS
9 13 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 11 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
10 11 (0.27%) VMware NSX
11 10 (0.24%) XenApp
12 8 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (0.15%) LXC
13 6 (0.15%) OpenAM
13 6 (0.15%) vCloud
13 6 (0.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 681 (16.54%) Kubernetes
2 441 (10.71%) Terraform
3 268 (6.51%) Ansible
4 144 (3.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 130 (3.16%) SCCM
6 123 (2.99%) Puppet
7 90 (2.19%) Opscode Chef
8 81 (1.97%) Single Sign-On
9 49 (1.19%) Prometheus
10 42 (1.02%) Grafana
11 38 (0.92%) SCOM
12 26 (0.63%) Packer
13 24 (0.58%) WSUS
14 23 (0.56%) Rancher
15 16 (0.39%) QRadar
16 15 (0.36%) Kibana
16 15 (0.36%) Nessus
17 13 (0.32%) Nagios
17 13 (0.32%) Salt
18 12 (0.29%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 1,208 (29.34%) Microsoft
2 337 (8.19%) Google
3 256 (6.22%) Oracle
4 237 (5.76%) Databricks
4 237 (5.76%) VMware
5 141 (3.42%) Cisco
5 141 (3.42%) SAP
6 93 (2.26%) Citrix
7 80 (1.94%) Splunk
8 65 (1.58%) Cloudera
9 54 (1.31%) Palo Alto
9 54 (1.31%) Red Hat
9 54 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
10 43 (1.04%) MuleSoft
11 42 (1.02%) Atlassian
12 41 (1.00%) HP
13 38 (0.92%) Dell
14 37 (0.90%) ServiceNow
15 35 (0.85%) StreamSets
16 32 (0.78%) SolarWinds