Period
to 20 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 6 months to 20 January 2018 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 (formerly Windows Azure)
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 56 176
Rank change year-on-year +19 +120 +114
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 5,037 3,366 1,443
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.50% 3.74% 1.46%
As % of the Cloud Services category 30.69% 29.51% 20.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,640 2,314 1,045
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £321 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 14 16
England median hourly rate £35.00 £16.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +118.75% -54.29% +34.62%
10th Percentile £15.35 £14.25 £14.86
90th Percentile £48.20 £53.56 £45.75
UK median hourly rate £32.59 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +103.66% -54.29% +34.62%

Microsoft 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 16,415 11,405 7,122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 17.93% 12.68% 7.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,496 7,890 4,901
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £285 £290 £263
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 151 118
England median hourly rate £18.56 £19.00 £21.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.30% -12.20% -3.82%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £57.50 £50.50
UK median hourly rate £18.63 £19.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year -1.97% -12.20% -3.82%

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in England

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in England

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in England over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in England

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Azure in England

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in England over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in England

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure within the England region over the 6 months to 20 January 2018. 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 +23 2,653 £500 +5.26% 741
South East +15 890 £450 - 290
Midlands +17 625 £450 +7.78% 183
North of England +27 453 £475 +18.75% 271
West Midlands +20 427 £450 +9.76% 101
North West +21 245 £500 +17.65% 148
South West +27 232 £413 -1.49% 119
East Midlands +34 193 £458 +1.67% 80
East of England +15 184 £475 +24.59% 127
Yorkshire +13 156 £475 +13.10% 96
North East +42 56 £413 +22.22% 27
Microsoft Azure
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 2,039 (40.48%) Amazon AWS
2 1,675 (33.25%) Agile Software Development
3 1,645 (32.66%) Microsoft
4 1,322 (26.25%) .NET
5 1,285 (25.51%) Windows
6 1,210 (24.02%) DevOps
7 1,119 (22.22%) C#
8 955 (18.96%) SQL Server
9 935 (18.56%) SQL
10 780 (15.49%) Active Directory
11 771 (15.31%) TDD
12 764 (15.17%) Finance
13 760 (15.09%) PowerShell
14 732 (14.53%) Office 365
15 728 (14.45%) Linux
16 686 (13.62%) JavaScript
17 666 (13.22%) Continuous Integration
18 618 (12.27%) Migration
19 615 (12.21%) Java
20 600 (11.91%) MVC
21 560 (11.12%) Git (software)
22 559 (11.10%) Scrum
23 537 (10.66%) ASP.NET
24 528 (10.48%) Ansible
25 523 (10.38%) IaaS
26 520 (10.32%) VMware
27 503 (9.99%) Web Services
28 499 (9.91%) Jenkins
28 499 (9.91%) PaaS
29 498 (9.89%) Windows Server

Microsoft 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
1 296 (5.88%) SharePoint
2 255 (5.06%) OpenStack
3 156 (3.10%) MS Exchange
4 145 (2.88%) Elasticsearch
5 142 (2.82%) Tomcat
6 138 (2.74%) Confluence
7 136 (2.70%) IIS
8 117 (2.32%) Skype for Business
9 112 (2.22%) WebLogic
9 112 (2.22%) WebSphere
10 82 (1.63%) Apache Spark
10 82 (1.63%) CMS
11 78 (1.55%) Apache
12 75 (1.49%) Cloud Foundry
13 54 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
14 52 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
15 35 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
16 34 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
17 31 (0.62%) Mule
18 30 (0.60%) nginx
Applications
1 142 (2.82%) Microsoft Office
2 46 (0.91%) MS Visio
3 40 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
4 19 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (0.24%) HipChat
6 10 (0.20%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 8 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 5 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.099%) InVision
10 4 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.060%) Adobe After Effects
11 3 (0.060%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.040%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.040%) SPSS
13 1 (0.020%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.020%) Stata
Business Applications
1 99 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.099%) Lawson
6 5 (0.099%) Oracle Retail
6 5 (0.099%) SDL Web 8
7 4 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.060%) iTrent
8 3 (0.060%) Oracle CRM
9 1 (0.020%) Magento
9 1 (0.020%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.020%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.020%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.020%) SAP CRM
9 1 (0.020%) SAP HR
9 1 (0.020%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.020%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.020%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 2,039 (40.48%) Amazon AWS
2 732 (14.53%) Office 365
3 523 (10.38%) IaaS
4 499 (9.91%) PaaS
5 338 (6.71%) Azure Active Directory
6 285 (5.66%) SaaS
7 234 (4.65%) Google Cloud Platform
8 169 (3.36%) Cloud Computing
9 121 (2.40%) GitHub
10 78 (1.55%) Dynamics 365
11 66 (1.31%) Serverless
12 58 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
13 56 (1.11%) OpenShift
14 50 (0.99%) OneDrive
15 48 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
16 42 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
17 30 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
18 27 (0.54%) iPaaS
19 22 (0.44%) Bluemix
20 21 (0.42%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 338 (6.71%) Firewall
2 219 (4.35%) DNS
3 178 (3.53%) WAN
4 163 (3.24%) VPN
5 134 (2.66%) TCP/IP
6 122 (2.42%) LAN
7 119 (2.36%) SAN
7 119 (2.36%) Skype
8 105 (2.08%) DHCP
9 90 (1.79%) Internet
10 87 (1.73%) Wireless
11 78 (1.55%) Network Security
12 49 (0.97%) HTTP
12 49 (0.97%) MPLS
13 48 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
14 47 (0.93%) VLAN
15 43 (0.85%) NAS
16 41 (0.81%) SSL
17 36 (0.71%) Intrusion Detection
18 32 (0.64%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 955 (18.96%) SQL Server
2 352 (6.99%) NoSQL
3 240 (4.76%) MySQL
4 201 (3.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 198 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
6 187 (3.71%) Power BI
7 183 (3.63%) Big Data
8 177 (3.51%) MongoDB
9 168 (3.34%) PostgreSQL
10 146 (2.90%) Hadoop
11 143 (2.84%) Azure SQL Database
12 141 (2.80%) SQL Server 2016
13 140 (2.78%) Relational Database
14 129 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 124 (2.46%) SQL Server 2012
16 117 (2.32%) Data Lake
17 92 (1.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 79 (1.57%) SQL Server 2014
19 61 (1.21%) Oracle Database
20 56 (1.11%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 560 (11.12%) Git (software)
2 499 (9.91%) Jenkins
3 353 (7.01%) TeamCity
4 298 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 295 (5.86%) Octopus Deploy
6 237 (4.71%) Visual Studio
7 214 (4.25%) JIRA
8 183 (3.63%) Visual Studio Team System
9 181 (3.59%) NUnit
10 115 (2.28%) Subversion
11 113 (2.24%) MSTest
12 112 (2.22%) Maven
13 97 (1.93%) Selenium
14 85 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 67 (1.33%) SpecFlow
16 64 (1.27%) Bitbucket
17 55 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
18 45 (0.89%) Jasmine
18 45 (0.89%) NuGet
19 42 (0.83%) GitLab
General
1 764 (15.17%) Finance
2 200 (3.97%) Retail
3 194 (3.85%) Banking
4 92 (1.83%) Telecoms
5 90 (1.79%) Marketing
6 64 (1.27%) Law
6 64 (1.27%) Retail Banking
7 52 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 33 (0.66%) Legal
9 32 (0.64%) Electronics
10 31 (0.62%) Advertising
11 27 (0.54%) Games
12 25 (0.50%) Financial Institution
13 21 (0.42%) Billing
14 20 (0.40%) Investment Banking
15 18 (0.36%) Publishing
16 16 (0.32%) Back Office
17 14 (0.28%) Automotive
18 11 (0.22%) German Language
18 11 (0.22%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1,397 (27.73%) Developer
2 888 (17.63%) Architect
3 538 (10.68%) .NET Developer
4 535 (10.62%) DevOps Engineer
5 420 (8.34%) Consultant
6 380 (7.54%) Azure Engineer
7 338 (6.71%) C# Developer
8 296 (5.88%) Azure Architect
9 269 (5.34%) Cloud Architect
10 244 (4.84%) Java Developer
11 219 (4.35%) Azure DevOps
11 219 (4.35%) Senior Developer
12 208 (4.13%) Azure Developer
13 207 (4.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 206 (4.09%) C# .NET Developer
14 206 (4.09%) Cloud Engineer
15 202 (4.01%) Azure Consultant
16 185 (3.67%) Solutions Architect
17 181 (3.59%) Analyst
18 156 (3.10%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,322 (26.25%) .NET
2 537 (10.66%) ASP.NET
3 503 (9.99%) Web Services
4 426 (8.46%) ASP.NET Web API
5 425 (8.44%) HTML
6 408 (8.10%) AngularJS
7 384 (7.62%) CSS
8 322 (6.39%) ASP.NET MVC
9 269 (5.34%) .NET Framework
10 240 (4.76%) REST
11 231 (4.59%) RESTful
12 220 (4.37%) React
13 217 (4.31%) Node.js
14 193 (3.83%) HTML5
15 174 (3.45%) JSON
16 132 (2.62%) jQuery
17 128 (2.54%) WCF
18 127 (2.52%) SOAP
19 123 (2.44%) Entity Framework
20 115 (2.28%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 316 (6.27%) Public Cloud
2 239 (4.74%) Analytical Skills
3 231 (4.59%) Data Centre
4 212 (4.21%) Greenfield Project
5 148 (2.94%) Computer Science
6 136 (2.70%) Hybrid Cloud
7 108 (2.14%) Private Cloud
8 106 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
9 97 (1.93%) Fintech
9 97 (1.93%) Mobile App
9 97 (1.93%) User Experience
10 87 (1.73%) Management Information System
11 61 (1.21%) Virtual Team
12 52 (1.03%) PKI
13 49 (0.97%) Replication
14 38 (0.75%) Clustering
15 36 (0.71%) Enterprise Cloud
16 35 (0.69%) Algorithms
16 35 (0.69%) Blog
17 33 (0.66%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1,285 (25.51%) Windows
2 728 (14.45%) Linux
3 498 (9.89%) Windows Server
4 211 (4.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 186 (3.69%) Windows 10
6 177 (3.51%) Unix
7 165 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 129 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 93 (1.85%) Windows 7
10 68 (1.35%) Android
11 64 (1.27%) Apple iOS
12 60 (1.19%) CentOS
13 43 (0.85%) VMS
14 39 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
15 28 (0.56%) Solaris
16 26 (0.52%) Ubuntu
17 20 (0.40%) Windows 8
18 19 (0.38%) Mac OS
18 19 (0.38%) Mac OS X
19 14 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,675 (33.25%) Agile Software Development
2 1,210 (24.02%) DevOps
3 771 (15.31%) TDD
4 666 (13.22%) Continuous Integration
5 618 (12.27%) Migration
6 600 (11.91%) MVC
7 559 (11.10%) Scrum
8 422 (8.38%) Microservices
9 355 (7.05%) BDD
10 342 (6.79%) Business Intelligence
11 316 (6.27%) Test Automation
12 294 (5.84%) Configuration Management
13 293 (5.82%) Continuous Delivery
14 267 (5.30%) ITIL
15 244 (4.84%) Analytics
15 244 (4.84%) OO
16 238 (4.73%) E-Commerce
17 232 (4.61%) Kanban
18 228 (4.53%) Stakeholder Management
19 225 (4.47%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 1,119 (22.22%) C#
2 935 (18.56%) SQL
3 760 (15.09%) PowerShell
4 686 (13.62%) JavaScript
5 615 (12.21%) Java
6 484 (9.61%) Python
7 178 (3.53%) Ruby
8 167 (3.32%) Bash Shell
9 149 (2.96%) T-SQL
10 98 (1.95%) Scala
11 92 (1.83%) Perl
12 74 (1.47%) PHP
12 74 (1.47%) TypeScript
13 64 (1.27%) Shell Script
14 55 (1.09%) R
15 54 (1.07%) VB.NET
16 53 (1.05%) Go
17 41 (0.81%) C
18 32 (0.64%) C++
19 30 (0.60%) F#
Qualifications
1 279 (5.54%) Security Cleared
2 257 (5.10%) Degree
3 231 (4.59%) SC Cleared
4 208 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 135 (2.68%) MCSE
6 130 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
7 71 (1.41%) CISSP
8 63 (1.25%) CCNP
9 62 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
10 57 (1.13%) CISM
11 55 (1.09%) MCSA
12 51 (1.01%) CCNA
13 44 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 30 (0.60%) CCIE
15 27 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
16 25 (0.50%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 25 (0.50%) DV Cleared
17 24 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
18 23 (0.46%) AWS Certification
18 23 (0.46%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (2.84%) QA
2 79 (1.57%) GCP
3 70 (1.39%) GDPR
4 67 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 53 (1.05%) SLA
6 50 (0.99%) PCI DSS
7 29 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
8 28 (0.56%) Data Quality
9 22 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 20 (0.40%) HIPAA
11 18 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
12 17 (0.34%) PMO
13 16 (0.32%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.20%) GAAP
15 9 (0.18%) COBIT
16 6 (0.12%) WCAG
17 5 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials
18 4 (0.079%) HMG Infosec
18 4 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 4 (0.079%) WAI
System Software
1 780 (15.49%) Active Directory
2 465 (9.23%) Docker
3 292 (5.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 176 (3.49%) Hyper-V
5 138 (2.74%) Virtual Machines
6 65 (1.29%) vSphere
7 63 (1.25%) XenApp
8 54 (1.07%) vCloud
9 42 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
10 35 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
11 24 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
12 19 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 18 (0.36%) BitLocker
14 17 (0.34%) XenDesktop
15 12 (0.24%) Gluster
15 12 (0.24%) VMware NSX
16 10 (0.20%) Apache Flume
17 7 (0.14%) NFS
17 7 (0.14%) Xen
18 6 (0.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 528 (10.48%) Ansible
2 450 (8.93%) Puppet
3 410 (8.14%) Opscode Chef
4 189 (3.75%) SCCM
5 184 (3.65%) Terraform
6 153 (3.04%) Kubernetes
7 93 (1.85%) SCOM
8 85 (1.69%) Microsoft Intune
9 53 (1.05%) Nagios
10 44 (0.87%) FortiGate
11 29 (0.58%) Mesos
11 29 (0.58%) Packer
12 26 (0.52%) WSUS
13 24 (0.48%) Docker Swarm
13 24 (0.48%) Rancher
14 23 (0.46%) AirWatch
15 22 (0.44%) Salt
16 19 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 18 (0.36%) Kibana
17 18 (0.36%) logstash
Vendors
1 1,645 (32.66%) Microsoft
2 520 (10.32%) VMware
3 391 (7.76%) Oracle
4 261 (5.18%) Google
5 253 (5.02%) Cisco
6 192 (3.81%) Citrix
7 143 (2.84%) Red Hat
8 120 (2.38%) CheckPoint
9 105 (2.08%) SAP
10 104 (2.06%) HP
11 79 (1.57%) Sitecore
12 75 (1.49%) Atlassian
13 73 (1.45%) Splunk
14 72 (1.43%) Tableau
15 71 (1.41%) IBM
16 63 (1.25%) McAfee
17 61 (1.21%) F5
18 52 (1.03%) NetApp
18 52 (1.03%) SolarWinds
19 49 (0.97%) Salesforce.com