The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 3 months to 28 April 2017 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)
North West / Manchester
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 77 93
Rank change year-on-year +11 +16  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 24 26 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.71% 1.43% 0.18%
As % of the Cloud Services category 17.65% 26.53% 5.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 22 2
Median daily rate £500 £463 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +12.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £378 £403
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £525 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.17% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.23 £80.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -58.46% +185.71%  

Microsoft Azure is in the cloud computing skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 136 98 59
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 9.69% 5.39% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 57 33
Median daily rate £450 £463 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +13.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £327 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £433 £400
% change year-on-year +1.15% +8.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £20.20 £15.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.04 £15.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.36 £15.00 £14.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.62% -14.00%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester citing Microsoft Azure as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Cloud Services category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in Manchester

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in Manchester

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in Manchester over the 3 months to 28 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in Manchester

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 28 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport -1 1 £325 -13.33% 3
Altrincham - 1 £350 - 1
Salford - 1 £275 - 1
Microsoft Azure
North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 2017, 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 53 (62.35%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (38.82%) Microsoft
3 30 (35.29%) Windows
4 27 (31.76%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (23.53%) Python
6 18 (21.18%) SQL
6 18 (21.18%) Firewall
7 17 (20.00%) Cisco
7 17 (20.00%) Java
7 17 (20.00%) Web Services
7 17 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
8 16 (18.82%) SQL Server
8 16 (18.82%) Finance
8 16 (18.82%) DevOps
8 16 (18.82%) Continuous Delivery
9 14 (16.47%) VMware
9 14 (16.47%) .NET
9 14 (16.47%) PowerShell
10 13 (15.29%) Puppet
10 13 (15.29%) C#
10 13 (15.29%) Windows Server
11 12 (14.12%) Ansible
11 12 (14.12%) SAP
11 12 (14.12%) Manufacturing
11 12 (14.12%) Hadoop
11 12 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
11 12 (14.12%) Marketing
12 11 (12.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 11 (12.94%) Google
12 11 (12.94%) Digital Marketing

Microsoft Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 10 (11.76%) Apache Spark
2 5 (5.88%) Tomcat
3 3 (3.53%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.18%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (1.18%) Confluence
4 1 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.18%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.18%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.35%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (12.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 53 (62.35%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (12.94%) Google Cloud Platform
3 10 (11.76%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (8.24%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (7.06%) Amazon S3
6 5 (5.88%) Heroku
6 5 (5.88%) Office 365
6 5 (5.88%) PaaS
7 4 (4.71%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (4.71%) IaaS
8 2 (2.35%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (1.18%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (1.18%) Route 53
9 1 (1.18%) SaaS
9 1 (1.18%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 18 (21.18%) Firewall
2 10 (11.76%) TCP/IP
3 6 (7.06%) VLAN
3 6 (7.06%) WebEx
4 4 (4.71%) DHCP
4 4 (4.71%) DNS
4 4 (4.71%) LAN
4 4 (4.71%) WAN
5 3 (3.53%) BGP
5 3 (3.53%) Network Security
6 2 (2.35%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (2.35%) MPLS
6 2 (2.35%) NX-OS
6 2 (2.35%) OSPF
6 2 (2.35%) Spanning Tree
6 2 (2.35%) SSL
6 2 (2.35%) VoIP
6 2 (2.35%) VPN
7 1 (1.18%) SAN
7 1 (1.18%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (18.82%) SQL Server
2 12 (14.12%) Hadoop
3 10 (11.76%) Big Data
4 7 (8.24%) MongoDB
4 7 (8.24%) NoSQL
5 6 (7.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (7.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (5.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (4.71%) SQL Server 2016
8 3 (3.53%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (2.35%) Data Mining
9 2 (2.35%) Electronic Patient Records
9 2 (2.35%) HDInsight
9 2 (2.35%) KNIME
9 2 (2.35%) Power BI
9 2 (2.35%) Spark SQL
9 2 (2.35%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (1.18%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (1.18%) MySQL
10 1 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (11.76%) Git (software)
2 5 (5.88%) Jenkins
2 5 (5.88%) Visual Studio Team System
3 4 (4.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (3.53%) Gradle
5 2 (2.35%) Ant
5 2 (2.35%) Maven
6 1 (1.18%) JIRA
6 1 (1.18%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.18%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.18%) Subversion
6 1 (1.18%) Vagrant
General
1 16 (18.82%) Finance
2 12 (14.12%) Manufacturing
2 12 (14.12%) Marketing
3 11 (12.94%) Electronics
3 11 (12.94%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.35%) Advertising
4 2 (2.35%) Retail
5 1 (1.18%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 12 (14.12%) Consultant
1 12 (14.12%) Developer
2 11 (12.94%) DevOps Engineer
2 11 (12.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (9.41%) .NET Developer
3 8 (9.41%) Architect
3 8 (9.41%) Data Engineer
4 6 (7.06%) Identity Management Specialist
4 6 (7.06%) IT Consultant
4 6 (7.06%) IT Security Consultant
4 6 (7.06%) Security Consultant
5 5 (5.88%) Administrator
5 5 (5.88%) Big Data Engineer
5 5 (5.88%) DBA
5 5 (5.88%) Designer
5 5 (5.88%) Hadoop Engineer
5 5 (5.88%) SQL DBA
6 4 (4.71%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (4.71%) Security Designer
7 3 (3.53%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (20.00%) Web Services
2 14 (16.47%) .NET
3 11 (12.94%) ASP.NET
4 9 (10.59%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (8.24%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (8.24%) REST
6 6 (7.06%) WPF
7 4 (4.71%) .NET Framework
7 4 (4.71%) HTML
7 4 (4.71%) jQuery
8 3 (3.53%) AngularJS
9 2 (2.35%) CSS
9 2 (2.35%) Entity Framework
9 2 (2.35%) Middleware
9 2 (2.35%) React
9 2 (2.35%) Spark Streaming
10 1 (1.18%) Aurelia
10 1 (1.18%) EJS
10 1 (1.18%) Elastic Stack
10 1 (1.18%) Pug
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.06%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.35%) Clustering
3 2 (2.35%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.35%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (2.35%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.35%) Replication
4 1 (1.18%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.18%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.18%) iPad
4 1 (1.18%) Life Science
4 1 (1.18%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 30 (35.29%) Windows
2 13 (15.29%) Windows Server
3 11 (12.94%) Linux
3 11 (12.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (9.41%) Unix
5 8 (9.41%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.18%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (31.76%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
3 16 (18.82%) Continuous Delivery
3 16 (18.82%) DevOps
4 11 (12.94%) Digital Marketing
4 11 (12.94%) Programme Management
5 10 (11.76%) Configuration Management
5 10 (11.76%) Migration
5 10 (11.76%) Open Source
6 9 (10.59%) MVC
7 7 (8.24%) OO
7 7 (8.24%) OOD
7 7 (8.24%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (7.06%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (7.06%) Dependency Injection
8 6 (7.06%) ETL
8 6 (7.06%) Identity Access Management
8 6 (7.06%) Information Security
8 6 (7.06%) Inversion of Control
8 6 (7.06%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 20 (23.53%) Python
2 18 (21.18%) SQL
3 17 (20.00%) Java
4 14 (16.47%) PowerShell
5 13 (15.29%) C#
6 7 (8.24%) Bash Shell
6 7 (8.24%) C
6 7 (8.24%) Ruby
7 6 (7.06%) JavaScript
8 4 (4.71%) Shell Script
9 2 (2.35%) R
9 2 (2.35%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.18%) Perl
10 1 (1.18%) PHP
10 1 (1.18%) Scala
10 1 (1.18%) TypeScript
10 1 (1.18%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (7.06%) CISMP
1 6 (7.06%) CISSP
2 4 (4.71%) Degree
3 2 (2.35%) CCNA
3 2 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (2.35%) MCSE
3 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.18%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.18%) MCITP
4 1 (1.18%) MCP
4 1 (1.18%) MCSA
4 1 (1.18%) NCDA
4 1 (1.18%) NCIE
4 1 (1.18%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.18%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.18%) VCAP
4 1 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (7.06%) COBIT
2 6 (7.06%) ISO27002
3 2 (2.35%) SLA
4 1 (1.18%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (1.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (12.94%) Active Directory
3 10 (11.76%) Docker
4 8 (9.41%) ProxySG
4 8 (9.41%) XenApp
5 3 (3.53%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.35%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (15.29%) Puppet
2 12 (14.12%) Ansible
3 10 (11.76%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (7.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (2.35%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 1 (1.18%) Kibana
6 1 (1.18%) logstash
6 1 (1.18%) Packer
6 1 (1.18%) SCOM
6 1 (1.18%) Terraform
Vendors
1 33 (38.82%) Microsoft
2 17 (20.00%) Cisco
3 14 (16.47%) VMware
4 12 (14.12%) SAP
5 11 (12.94%) Google
6 8 (9.41%) Blue Coat
6 8 (9.41%) Citrix
7 6 (7.06%) NetApp
8 3 (3.53%) Lotus
8 3 (3.53%) Oracle
8 3 (3.53%) Tableau
9 2 (2.35%) AppDynamics
9 2 (2.35%) Fortinet
9 2 (2.35%) Guidewire
9 2 (2.35%) NetIQ
9 2 (2.35%) SaltStack
9 2 (2.35%) ServiceNow
10 1 (1.18%) Atlassian
10 1 (1.18%) F5
10 1 (1.18%) SolarWinds