Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 4 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6 +18
Contract jobs citing Azure 6,648 7,016 10,007
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 15.92% 13.08% 11.33%
As % of the Cloud Services category 46.59% 42.49% 40.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,797 4,994 7,250
10th Percentile £350 £340 £361
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £600 £588 £588
90th Percentile £675 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 39 31
10th Percentile £19.00 £21.18 £15.50
25th Percentile £25.00 £34.82 £20.88
Median hourly rate £46.22 £55.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -15.96% +22.22% +45.70%
75th Percentile £58.56 £78.75 £49.38
90th Percentile £62.25 " £63.75
UK median hourly rate £47.75 £54.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -11.57% +20.00% +45.16%

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 14,269 16,511 24,682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.17% 30.79% 27.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,262 11,735 17,437
10th Percentile £313 £288 £313
25th Percentile £406 £400 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £669 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 255 244
10th Percentile £12.05 £12.50 £11.08
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.50 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.05 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +5.25% +14.29% -7.01%
75th Percentile £38.38 £39.31 £25.00
90th Percentile £59.75 £61.15 £48.40
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -3.06%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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 3,859 £525 - 1,150
South East +2 712 £475 - 507
North of England +2 616 £471 +4.72% 704
Midlands +1 453 £450 -10.00% 433
South West +1 340 £475 - 235
North West +3 338 £450 - 412
West Midlands -2 308 £450 -10.00% 285
Yorkshire +2 232 £500 +5.41% 215
East of England 0 134 £475 +11.76% 205
East Midlands +6 132 £450 +5.88% 147
North East -4 47 £450 +5.88% 78
Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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 2,234 (33.60%) DevOps
2 2,149 (32.33%) AWS
3 2,015 (30.31%) Agile Software Development
4 1,908 (28.70%) Microsoft
5 1,440 (21.66%) SQL
6 1,195 (17.98%) Finance
7 1,174 (17.66%) Python
8 1,161 (17.46%) .NET
9 985 (14.82%) Kubernetes
10 972 (14.62%) Windows
11 960 (14.44%) C#
12 879 (13.22%) Terraform
13 863 (12.98%) Active Directory
14 851 (12.80%) GCP
15 842 (12.67%) Docker
16 837 (12.59%) Microservices
17 836 (12.58%) JavaScript
18 828 (12.45%) Microsoft 365
19 801 (12.05%) Java
20 773 (11.63%) Migration
21 765 (11.51%) SQL Server
22 758 (11.40%) Security Cleared
23 755 (11.36%) PowerShell
24 651 (9.79%) Software Engineering
25 641 (9.64%) Power Platform
26 638 (9.60%) SC Cleared
27 612 (9.21%) Business Intelligence
28 587 (8.83%) Git (software)
29 580 (8.72%) Analytics
30 573 (8.62%) 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
1 356 (5.35%) SharePoint
2 140 (2.11%) Apache Spark
3 125 (1.88%) Confluence
4 100 (1.50%) MS Exchange
5 78 (1.17%) Apache
6 65 (0.98%) IIS
7 63 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
7 63 (0.95%) Skype for Business
8 55 (0.83%) CMS
8 55 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
9 52 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
10 35 (0.53%) OpenStack
11 34 (0.51%) SAS
12 31 (0.47%) WebSphere
13 27 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
14 24 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
14 24 (0.36%) NServiceBus
15 23 (0.35%) Tomcat
16 18 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
16 18 (0.27%) Jupyter
Applications
1 140 (2.11%) Microsoft Office
2 76 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 29 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.15%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.045%) Gephi
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe XD
9 2 (0.030%) Autodesk Flame
9 2 (0.030%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.030%) Figma
9 2 (0.030%) Maya
9 2 (0.030%) NUKE
9 2 (0.030%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.030%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.015%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.015%) iWork
10 1 (0.015%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 111 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.32%) Sentinel
3 15 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.23%) Magento
4 11 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
4 11 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
4 11 (0.17%) Shopify
5 8 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.075%) Aligne
6 5 (0.075%) Distributed Ledger
7 4 (0.060%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.060%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.060%) R3 Corda
7 4 (0.060%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.060%) SAP ERP
7 4 (0.060%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 3 (0.045%) OPENHousing
8 3 (0.045%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.030%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2,149 (32.33%) AWS
2 851 (12.80%) GCP
3 828 (12.45%) Microsoft 365
4 641 (9.64%) Power Platform
5 543 (8.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 540 (8.12%) PaaS
7 407 (6.12%) Serverless
8 377 (5.67%) IaaS
9 321 (4.83%) SaaS
10 306 (4.60%) Azure Data Factory
11 213 (3.20%) Logic Apps
12 207 (3.11%) Azure Functions
13 193 (2.90%) GitHub
14 183 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
15 181 (2.72%) PowerApps
16 179 (2.69%) Cloud Computing
17 111 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
18 105 (1.58%) AWS CloudFormation
19 94 (1.41%) OneDrive
20 84 (1.26%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 370 (5.57%) Firewall
2 246 (3.70%) DNS
3 156 (2.35%) WAN
4 145 (2.18%) VPN
5 115 (1.73%) Network Security
6 108 (1.62%) DHCP
7 102 (1.53%) LAN
8 83 (1.25%) Skype
9 78 (1.17%) TCP/IP
10 75 (1.13%) Internet
11 68 (1.02%) SAN
12 58 (0.87%) MPLS
12 58 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
13 57 (0.86%) Wireless
14 53 (0.80%) HTTP
15 47 (0.71%) SSL
16 45 (0.68%) VLAN
17 41 (0.62%) SD-WAN
18 33 (0.50%) Unified Communications
19 29 (0.44%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 765 (11.51%) SQL Server
2 479 (7.21%) Power BI
3 386 (5.81%) Data Warehouse
4 349 (5.25%) Azure SQL Database
5 297 (4.47%) Data Lake
6 257 (3.87%) Big Data
7 212 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 211 (3.17%) NoSQL
9 184 (2.77%) Cosmos DB
10 167 (2.51%) PostgreSQL
11 138 (2.08%) MongoDB
12 136 (2.05%) Relational Database
13 130 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 126 (1.90%) MySQL
15 111 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 104 (1.56%) Hadoop
17 95 (1.43%) Tableau
18 78 (1.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 54 (0.81%) Apache Hive
20 53 (0.80%) Redis
Development Applications
1 587 (8.83%) Git (software)
2 465 (6.99%) Jenkins
3 337 (5.07%) JIRA
4 132 (1.99%) Selenium
5 124 (1.87%) GitLab
6 120 (1.81%) Visual Studio
7 106 (1.59%) Visual Studio Team System
8 103 (1.55%) Octopus Deploy
9 79 (1.19%) TeamCity
10 74 (1.11%) Maven
11 72 (1.08%) webpack
12 61 (0.92%) Bitbucket
13 59 (0.89%) JUnit
14 55 (0.83%) SonarQube
15 54 (0.81%) SpecFlow
16 50 (0.75%) Cucumber
17 49 (0.74%) Postman
17 49 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
18 45 (0.68%) Gradle
19 42 (0.63%) Artifactory
General
1 1,195 (17.98%) Finance
2 504 (7.58%) Public Sector
3 291 (4.38%) Banking
4 185 (2.78%) Front Office
5 182 (2.74%) Marketing
6 158 (2.38%) Telecoms
7 143 (2.15%) Retail
8 132 (1.99%) Manufacturing
9 93 (1.40%) Law
10 91 (1.37%) Electronics
11 79 (1.19%) Legal
12 55 (0.83%) Back Office
13 37 (0.56%) Investment Banking
14 35 (0.53%) Billing
15 34 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
16 30 (0.45%) Publishing
17 24 (0.36%) Financial Institution
18 23 (0.35%) Games
19 22 (0.33%) Retail Banking
20 21 (0.32%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,658 (24.94%) Developer
2 1,198 (18.02%) Architect
3 709 (10.66%) Azure Engineer
4 551 (8.29%) DevOps Engineer
5 396 (5.96%) Analyst
6 389 (5.85%) .NET Developer
7 379 (5.70%) Azure Architect
8 348 (5.23%) Consultant
9 311 (4.68%) Data Engineer
10 306 (4.60%) Solutions Architect
11 270 (4.06%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 251 (3.78%) Cloud Engineer
13 250 (3.76%) Cloud Architect
14 246 (3.70%) React Developer
15 227 (3.41%) Azure Developer
15 227 (3.41%) Azure DevOps
16 223 (3.35%) Full Stack Developer
17 218 (3.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 193 (2.90%) Data Architect
19 188 (2.83%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,161 (17.46%) .NET
2 555 (8.35%) React
3 476 (7.16%) .NET Core
4 438 (6.59%) Node.js
5 435 (6.54%) Web Services
6 417 (6.27%) AngularJS
7 374 (5.63%) HTML
8 367 (5.52%) CSS
9 301 (4.53%) REST
10 253 (3.81%) ASP.NET
11 228 (3.43%) JSON
12 212 (3.19%) Kafka
13 180 (2.71%) .NET Framework
13 180 (2.71%) RESTful
14 166 (2.50%) ASP.NET Web API
15 155 (2.33%) Spring
16 154 (2.32%) HTML5
17 151 (2.27%) GraphQL
18 127 (1.91%) XML
19 110 (1.65%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 332 (4.99%) Analytical Skills
2 273 (4.11%) Cloud Native
3 266 (4.00%) Public Cloud
4 248 (3.73%) Data Centre
5 244 (3.67%) Greenfield Project
6 242 (3.64%) User Experience
7 113 (1.70%) Management Information System
8 109 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
9 103 (1.55%) Algorithms
10 96 (1.44%) Data Structures
11 91 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
11 91 (1.37%) Mobile App
12 67 (1.01%) Fixed Income
12 67 (1.01%) PKI
13 66 (0.99%) Private Cloud
14 65 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
15 62 (0.93%) Clustering
16 60 (0.90%) Virtual Team
17 56 (0.84%) Blog
18 55 (0.83%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 972 (14.62%) Windows
2 573 (8.62%) Linux
3 370 (5.57%) Windows Server
4 215 (3.23%) Windows 10
5 140 (2.11%) Unix
6 107 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 103 (1.55%) Android
8 95 (1.43%) Apple iOS
9 89 (1.34%) Windows Server 2016
10 70 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 70 (1.05%) Windows Server 2008
11 64 (0.96%) Windows Server 2019
12 36 (0.54%) Windows 7
13 26 (0.39%) Mac OS X
14 25 (0.38%) Ubuntu
15 23 (0.35%) CentOS
16 22 (0.33%) Solaris
16 22 (0.33%) VMS
17 20 (0.30%) AIX
17 20 (0.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,234 (33.60%) DevOps
2 2,015 (30.31%) Agile Software Development
3 837 (12.59%) Microservices
4 773 (11.63%) Migration
5 651 (9.79%) Software Engineering
6 612 (9.21%) Business Intelligence
7 580 (8.72%) Analytics
8 533 (8.02%) TDD
9 529 (7.96%) Scrum
10 503 (7.57%) Test Automation
11 423 (6.36%) Infrastructure as Code
12 398 (5.99%) Data Modelling
13 389 (5.85%) Stakeholder Management
14 388 (5.84%) Problem-Solving
15 338 (5.08%) Continuous Integration
16 314 (4.72%) ETL
17 305 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 290 (4.36%) BDD
19 274 (4.12%) SDLC
20 259 (3.90%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,440 (21.66%) SQL
2 1,174 (17.66%) Python
3 960 (14.44%) C#
4 836 (12.58%) JavaScript
5 801 (12.05%) Java
6 755 (11.36%) PowerShell
7 266 (4.00%) TypeScript
8 216 (3.25%) Bash Shell
9 199 (2.99%) T-SQL
10 168 (2.53%) Go
11 149 (2.24%) Scala
12 141 (2.12%) Kotlin
13 139 (2.09%) C++
14 96 (1.44%) Java 8
15 93 (1.40%) R
16 88 (1.32%) PL/SQL
17 72 (1.08%) Ruby
18 69 (1.04%) PHP
19 66 (0.99%) Perl
20 56 (0.84%) ES6
Qualifications
1 758 (11.40%) Security Cleared
2 638 (9.60%) SC Cleared
3 305 (4.59%) Degree
4 104 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
5 88 (1.32%) CISSP
6 68 (1.02%) DV Cleared
7 65 (0.98%) Cisco Certification
8 63 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
9 53 (0.80%) CISM
10 44 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
11 41 (0.62%) PhD
12 40 (0.60%) MCSE
13 35 (0.53%) ISTQB
13 35 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
14 34 (0.51%) CCNP
15 27 (0.41%) CCNA
16 26 (0.39%) MCSA
17 25 (0.38%) AWS Certification
18 24 (0.36%) ISEB
18 24 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 223 (3.35%) QA
2 116 (1.74%) Data Quality
3 74 (1.11%) SLA
4 64 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 61 (0.92%) GDPR
6 49 (0.74%) NIST
7 29 (0.44%) PCI DSS
8 28 (0.42%) WCAG
9 26 (0.39%) NCSC
10 25 (0.38%) PMO
11 17 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 16 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
13 15 (0.23%) COBIT
14 9 (0.14%) JSP 440
15 8 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 7 (0.11%) HIPAA
17 6 (0.090%) IFRS
17 6 (0.090%) NIST 800
17 6 (0.090%) RMADS
18 5 (0.075%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 863 (12.98%) Active Directory
2 842 (12.67%) Docker
3 316 (4.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 140 (2.11%) Hyper-V
5 75 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
6 60 (0.90%) vSphere
7 59 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
8 48 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
9 41 (0.62%) XenApp
10 33 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
11 30 (0.45%) HDFS
12 26 (0.39%) VMware NSX
13 18 (0.27%) XenDesktop
14 15 (0.23%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 15 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 12 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (0.15%) KVM
16 10 (0.15%) Xen
17 9 (0.14%) Postfix
17 9 (0.14%) qmail
Systems Management
1 985 (14.82%) Kubernetes
2 879 (13.22%) Terraform
3 422 (6.35%) Ansible
4 238 (3.58%) Microsoft Intune
5 172 (2.59%) SCCM
6 155 (2.33%) Puppet
7 123 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
8 87 (1.31%) Single Sign-On
9 70 (1.05%) Prometheus
10 59 (0.89%) Grafana
11 47 (0.71%) Istio
12 38 (0.57%) Kibana
13 36 (0.54%) Consul
13 36 (0.54%) Rancher
14 33 (0.50%) logstash
15 29 (0.44%) vCenter Server
16 28 (0.42%) Packer
16 28 (0.42%) SCOM
17 27 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
18 25 (0.38%) Fluentd
Vendors
1 1,908 (28.70%) Microsoft
2 483 (7.27%) VMware
3 360 (5.42%) Google
4 350 (5.26%) Oracle
5 331 (4.98%) Databricks
6 238 (3.58%) SAP
7 196 (2.95%) Cisco
8 148 (2.23%) Citrix
9 127 (1.91%) MuleSoft
10 123 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
11 117 (1.76%) Splunk
12 89 (1.34%) IBM
12 89 (1.34%) Red Hat
12 89 (1.34%) ServiceNow
13 78 (1.17%) Dell
14 64 (0.96%) HP
15 50 (0.75%) EMC
16 48 (0.72%) Informatica
17 47 (0.71%) CheckPoint
17 47 (0.71%) F5