The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure)
North West / Merseyside
Rank 34 40 18
Rank change year-on-year +6 -22  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 4 1 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 1.23% 0.30% 6.00%
As % of the Cloud Services category 17.39% 7.14% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 7
Median daily rate £350 £300 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £300 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £300 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -57.85% +40.00%  

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 Merseyside with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 23 14 35
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 7.10% 4.15% 10.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 7 13
Median daily rate £313 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £199 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £375 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -12.79% -13.35%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in Merseyside

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in Merseyside over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in Merseyside

Microsoft Azure
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
Liverpool - 3 £438 - 6
Microsoft Azure
North West

Microsoft Azure
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 9 (37.50%) Linux
1 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (33.33%) .NET
3 7 (29.17%) Microsoft
3 7 (29.17%) Data Centre
4 6 (25.00%) AngularJS
4 6 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (25.00%) Scrum
5 5 (20.83%) MVC
5 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
5 5 (20.83%) C#
5 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
5 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET
5 5 (20.83%) Office 365
5 5 (20.83%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (20.83%) Open Source
5 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
6 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
6 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (16.67%) Automated Testing
6 4 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (16.67%) Node.js
6 4 (16.67%) F5
6 4 (16.67%) Jenkins
6 4 (16.67%) Data Centre Operations
6 4 (16.67%) DevOps
6 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
6 4 (16.67%) Unix

Microsoft Azure
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside 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 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
2 3 (12.50%) WebSphere
3 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
4 1 (4.17%) CMS
4 1 (4.17%) EPiServer
4 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.17%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (4.17%) Skype for Business
4 1 (4.17%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (20.83%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (20.83%) Office 365
2 1 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) Firewall
1 4 (16.67%) LAN
1 4 (16.67%) WAN
2 3 (12.50%) NAS
2 3 (12.50%) SAN
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (4.17%) DHCP
3 1 (4.17%) DNS
3 1 (4.17%) VLAN
3 1 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (8.33%) MongoDB
2 2 (8.33%) Power BI
2 2 (8.33%) RavenDB
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Jenkins
2 3 (12.50%) Rational Application Developer
2 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 3 (12.50%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
3 1 (4.17%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 3 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (20.83%) .NET Developer
1 5 (20.83%) Architect
1 5 (20.83%) Developer
2 4 (16.67%) Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) Cloud Architect
3 3 (12.50%) CRM Manager
3 3 (12.50%) CRM Project Manager
3 3 (12.50%) NetApp Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Project Manager
3 3 (12.50%) Storage Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Citrix Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) DevOps Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Support
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) IT Manager
4 2 (8.33%) IT Project Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Storage Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (33.33%) .NET
2 6 (25.00%) AngularJS
3 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET
3 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (16.67%) Node.js
5 3 (12.50%) J2EE
5 3 (12.50%) Middleware
5 3 (12.50%) Web Services
6 2 (8.33%) .NET Framework
6 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 2 (8.33%) CSS
6 2 (8.33%) CSS3
6 2 (8.33%) HTML
6 2 (8.33%) HTML5
6 2 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (4.17%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Data Centre
2 3 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 2 (8.33%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 9 (37.50%) Linux
2 4 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 4 (16.67%) Solaris
2 4 (16.67%) Unix
2 4 (16.67%) Windows
2 4 (16.67%) Windows Server
2 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (12.50%) Data ONTAP
4 1 (4.17%) Android
4 1 (4.17%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.17%) Windows 10
4 1 (4.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (25.00%) Scrum
2 6 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (20.83%) MVC
3 5 (20.83%) Open Source
4 4 (16.67%) Automated Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (16.67%) Data Centre Operations
4 4 (16.67%) DevOps
5 3 (12.50%) CRM
5 3 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (12.50%) Enterprise Architecture
5 3 (12.50%) SOA
5 3 (12.50%) UML
6 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (8.33%) Data Modelling
6 2 (8.33%) Data Visualisation
6 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
6 2 (8.33%) ETL
6 2 (8.33%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.83%) C#
1 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
2 2 (8.33%) Java
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
2 2 (8.33%) T-SQL
3 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.50%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Hyper-V
2 2 (8.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (4.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (4.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) AirWatch
1 1 (4.17%) Nagios
1 1 (4.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (29.17%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) Cisco
2 4 (16.67%) F5
2 4 (16.67%) NetApp
2 4 (16.67%) Red Hat
3 3 (12.50%) Dell
3 3 (12.50%) EMC
3 3 (12.50%) Oracle
3 3 (12.50%) Siebel
4 2 (8.33%) Citrix
5 1 (4.17%) Sitecore
5 1 (4.17%) SolarWinds
5 1 (4.17%) Sourcefire
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