Period
to 29 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 29 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
England > North West
6 months to
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 7 16
Rank change year-on-year +3 +9 +43
Contract jobs citing Azure 274 620 462
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 13.65% 11.55% 7.77%
As % of the Cloud Services category 42.09% 45.62% 34.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 458 310
Median daily rate £500 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £312
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
England median daily rate £500 £500 £488
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 7
Median hourly rate £28.50 £50.00 £28.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.00% +74.13% -74.92%
10th Percentile £27.25 £45.00 £12.70
90th Percentile £33.95 £55.00 £58.60
England median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -22.22% +140.00% -53.13%

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 the North West with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 651 1,359 1,325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 32.42% 25.31% 22.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 918 847
Median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% -
10th Percentile £280 £275 £230
90th Percentile £600 £594 £600
England median daily rate £500 £500 £480
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +2.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 24 64
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.46% -4.29% +12.90%
10th Percentile £15.35 £12.98 £11.35
90th Percentile £35.00 £49.00 £61.30
Median hourly rate £33.25 £22.33 £17.50
% change year-on-year +48.90% +27.60% -12.50%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Azure as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Azure in the North West

Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure within the North West region over the 6 months to 29 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
Manchester +5 175 £500 +11.11% 192
Cheshire -4 39 £450 - 57
Lancashire +8 27 £500 +25.00% 34
Merseyside -2 13 £438 +9.38% 37
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 North West region with a requirement for Azure.

1 105 (38.32%) Microsoft
2 78 (28.47%) AWS
3 66 (24.09%) DevOps
4 62 (22.63%) Active Directory
4 62 (22.63%) SQL
4 62 (22.63%) Agile Software Development
5 55 (20.07%) Business Intelligence
6 50 (18.25%) Migration
7 47 (17.15%) Windows
8 46 (16.79%) .NET
9 43 (15.69%) Docker
9 43 (15.69%) Kubernetes
10 42 (15.33%) Security Cleared
11 40 (14.60%) SC Cleared
11 40 (14.60%) Azure Active Directory
12 38 (13.87%) SQL Server
13 37 (13.50%) Python
14 33 (12.04%) Office 365
14 33 (12.04%) Terraform
15 32 (11.68%) Big Data
15 32 (11.68%) C#
16 31 (11.31%) Analytics
17 30 (10.95%) PowerShell
17 30 (10.95%) Power Platform
18 29 (10.58%) Power BI
19 26 (9.49%) Jenkins
19 26 (9.49%) Java
19 26 (9.49%) Public Sector
20 25 (9.12%) Windows Server
20 25 (9.12%) Microsoft Intune

Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 21 (7.66%) SharePoint
2 15 (5.47%) BizTalk Server
3 5 (1.82%) Apache
3 5 (1.82%) Confluence
3 5 (1.82%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.09%) Apache Spark
4 3 (1.09%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.09%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (0.73%) CMS
5 2 (0.73%) EPiServer
5 2 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.73%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.73%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.36%) Drupal
6 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.36%) Luigi
6 1 (0.36%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.36%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (2.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 78 (28.47%) AWS
2 40 (14.60%) Azure Active Directory
3 33 (12.04%) Office 365
4 30 (10.95%) Power Platform
5 19 (6.93%) PaaS
6 16 (5.84%) Azure Data Factory
7 11 (4.01%) GCP
8 9 (3.28%) SaaS
9 8 (2.92%) Logic Apps
9 8 (2.92%) PowerApps
10 7 (2.55%) Power Automate
11 6 (2.19%) IaaS
12 5 (1.82%) Boomi
13 4 (1.46%) OneDrive
14 3 (1.09%) Azure Stack
14 3 (1.09%) Dynamics 365
14 3 (1.09%) GitHub
14 3 (1.09%) Serverless
15 2 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
15 2 (0.73%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.47%) Skype
2 12 (4.38%) DNS
3 10 (3.65%) VoIP
4 8 (2.92%) WAN
5 7 (2.55%) Firewall
5 7 (2.55%) SAN
6 6 (2.19%) DHCP
7 4 (1.46%) MPLS
7 4 (1.46%) Network Security
8 3 (1.09%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.73%) LAN
9 2 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.36%) FTP
10 1 (0.36%) HTTP
10 1 (0.36%) IP Telephony
10 1 (0.36%) IPsec
10 1 (0.36%) VLAN
10 1 (0.36%) VPN
10 1 (0.36%) Wireless
10 1 (0.36%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (13.87%) SQL Server
2 32 (11.68%) Big Data
3 29 (10.58%) Power BI
4 21 (7.66%) Data Lake
5 17 (6.20%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (6.20%) Hadoop
6 14 (5.11%) MongoDB
7 13 (4.74%) Azure SQL Database
8 10 (3.65%) Apache Hive
8 10 (3.65%) Relational Database
9 9 (3.28%) HDInsight
9 9 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (2.19%) Impala
10 6 (2.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (1.82%) NoSQL
12 4 (1.46%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 4 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (1.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 2 (0.73%) Cosmos DB
13 2 (0.73%) PolyBase
Development Applications
1 26 (9.49%) Jenkins
2 11 (4.01%) Git (software)
3 9 (3.28%) Mockito
4 8 (2.92%) GitLab
5 7 (2.55%) JIRA
6 5 (1.82%) Bitbucket
6 5 (1.82%) Maven
7 4 (1.46%) git-flow
7 4 (1.46%) JMeter
7 4 (1.46%) JUnit
7 4 (1.46%) SonarQube
7 4 (1.46%) Subversion
8 3 (1.09%) Ant
8 3 (1.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (1.09%) Gradle
8 3 (1.09%) Hudson
8 3 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (1.09%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.73%) TeamCity
General
1 26 (9.49%) Public Sector
2 17 (6.20%) Finance
3 9 (3.28%) Law
4 6 (2.19%) Electronics
4 6 (2.19%) Legal
4 6 (2.19%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.19%) Marketing
5 5 (1.82%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.46%) Retail
7 3 (1.09%) Banking
8 2 (0.73%) Games
8 2 (0.73%) Police
9 1 (0.36%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 73 (26.64%) Architect
2 64 (23.36%) Developer
3 30 (10.95%) DevOps Engineer
4 29 (10.58%) Data Architect
5 27 (9.85%) Azure Architect
6 22 (8.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 19 (6.93%) Azure Engineer
7 19 (6.93%) Cloud Engineer
7 19 (6.93%) Solutions Architect
8 15 (5.47%) .NET Developer
8 15 (5.47%) Java Developer
9 12 (4.38%) Azure Developer
9 12 (4.38%) Cloud Architect
9 12 (4.38%) Enterprise Architect
9 12 (4.38%) Enterprise Data Architect
10 11 (4.01%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 10 (3.65%) Administrator
11 10 (3.65%) Data Engineer
11 10 (3.65%) DevOps Administrator
12 9 (3.28%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (16.79%) .NET
2 15 (5.47%) .NET Core
3 14 (5.11%) .NET Framework
3 14 (5.11%) SAML
4 11 (4.01%) HTML
4 11 (4.01%) Node.js
5 10 (3.65%) AngularJS
5 10 (3.65%) CSS
5 10 (3.65%) Web Services
6 9 (3.28%) ActiveMQ
6 9 (3.28%) JAX-RS
7 8 (2.92%) ASP.NET
7 8 (2.92%) REST
8 7 (2.55%) Middleware
9 5 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (1.82%) jQuery
9 5 (1.82%) React
9 5 (1.82%) SOAP
9 5 (1.82%) Spring
10 4 (1.46%) hapi
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.65%) Smartcard
2 9 (3.28%) Public Cloud
3 8 (2.92%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.46%) Clustering
5 4 (1.46%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.46%) NHS
5 4 (1.46%) Replication
6 3 (1.09%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.09%) Reference Data
7 2 (0.73%) Cloud Native
7 2 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (0.73%) Marketing Technology
7 2 (0.73%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.36%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.36%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.36%) Life Science
8 1 (0.36%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 47 (17.15%) Windows
2 25 (9.12%) Windows Server
3 24 (8.76%) Windows 10
4 20 (7.30%) Linux
5 16 (5.84%) Unix
6 9 (3.28%) Mac OS X
6 9 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (2.92%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (1.46%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.73%) VMS
9 2 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.36%) AIX
10 1 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (24.09%) DevOps
2 62 (22.63%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (20.07%) Business Intelligence
4 50 (18.25%) Migration
5 31 (11.31%) Analytics
6 24 (8.76%) Microservices
7 23 (8.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 21 (7.66%) ITIL
9 19 (6.93%) Data Modelling
9 19 (6.93%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 18 (6.57%) Enterprise Architecture
10 18 (6.57%) Strategic Roadmap
10 18 (6.57%) Test Automation
11 17 (6.20%) Data Architecture
12 16 (5.84%) Continuous Deployment
12 16 (5.84%) TDD
13 15 (5.47%) Identity Access Management
14 14 (5.11%) Data Migration
15 13 (4.74%) BDD
15 13 (4.74%) Data Transformation
Programming Languages
1 62 (22.63%) SQL
2 37 (13.50%) Python
3 32 (11.68%) C#
4 30 (10.95%) PowerShell
5 26 (9.49%) Java
6 18 (6.57%) Java 8
6 18 (6.57%) JavaScript
7 14 (5.11%) Bash Shell
8 7 (2.55%) R
8 7 (2.55%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.46%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.09%) Groovy
10 3 (1.09%) Perl
11 2 (0.73%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.73%) U-SQL
11 2 (0.73%) XAML
11 2 (0.73%) XPath
12 1 (0.36%) C
12 1 (0.36%) Go
12 1 (0.36%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 42 (15.33%) Security Cleared
2 40 (14.60%) SC Cleared
3 16 (5.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (4.01%) TOGAF Certification
5 7 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.46%) CCNA
7 4 (1.46%) Degree
7 4 (1.46%) MCSA
7 4 (1.46%) MCSE
8 3 (1.09%) MCTS
9 2 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (0.73%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.73%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.73%) MCP
9 2 (0.73%) PMP
10 1 (0.36%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.36%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.38%) QA
2 5 (1.82%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.36%) SLA
System Software
1 62 (22.63%) Active Directory
2 43 (15.69%) Docker
3 16 (5.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (4.01%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 7 (2.55%) Hyper-V
6 6 (2.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.36%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 43 (15.69%) Kubernetes
2 33 (12.04%) Terraform
3 25 (9.12%) Microsoft Intune
4 20 (7.30%) Ansible
5 15 (5.47%) SCCM
6 14 (5.11%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.82%) Puppet
7 5 (1.82%) WSUS
8 4 (1.46%) FortiGate
8 4 (1.46%) SCOM
9 2 (0.73%) logstash
9 2 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.36%) Grafana
10 1 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.36%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.36%) Packer
10 1 (0.36%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.36%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 105 (38.32%) Microsoft
2 21 (7.66%) Databricks
2 21 (7.66%) VMware
3 19 (6.93%) Cloudera
4 11 (4.01%) Cisco
4 11 (4.01%) Oracle
5 9 (3.28%) McAfee
6 8 (2.92%) Hortonworks
7 7 (2.55%) Google
7 7 (2.55%) SAP
8 5 (1.82%) Dell
8 5 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.46%) Citrix
9 4 (1.46%) Meraki
10 3 (1.09%) HP
10 3 (1.09%) IBM
10 3 (1.09%) Palo Alto
10 3 (1.09%) Splunk
10 3 (1.09%) Xamarin
11 2 (0.73%) CommVault