Period
to 21 January 2021

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 21 January 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
England > North West
6 months to
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 7 12
Rank change year-on-year +2 +5 +34
Contract jobs citing Azure 304 621 576
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 12.43% 12.59% 10.25%
As % of the Cloud Services category 39.07% 46.14% 39.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 291 483 449
Median daily rate £490 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.89% -5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £325
90th Percentile £625 £600 £700
England median daily rate £495 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -1.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 5
Median hourly rate £57.50 £51.25 £22.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.20% +128.49% -
10th Percentile £27.25 £42.10 £22.24
90th Percentile £61.25 £56.25 £60.40
England median hourly rate £52.00 £69.75 £24.17
% change year-on-year -25.45% +188.61% -11.75%

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 778 1,346 1,463
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 31.81% 27.29% 26.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 911 1,013
Median daily rate £450 £438 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +4.05%
10th Percentile £220 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £600 £650
England median daily rate £488 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -2.50% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 31 58
Median hourly rate £17.43 £19.00 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.26% +9.01% +20.54%
10th Percentile £14.65 £14.00 £11.43
90th Percentile £59.25 £55.00 £21.92
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -2.78%

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 21 January 2021.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 21 January 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
Manchester 0 190 £500 +11.11% 204
Lancashire +2 34 £500 +17.65% 21
Cheshire -6 29 £370 -25.32% 74
Merseyside -2 25 £513 +24.24% 30
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 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 North West region with a requirement for Azure.

1 99 (32.57%) Microsoft
2 86 (28.29%) AWS
3 83 (27.30%) DevOps
4 79 (25.99%) Agile Software Development
5 71 (23.36%) SQL
6 61 (20.07%) Business Intelligence
7 56 (18.42%) Active Directory
8 53 (17.43%) Migration
9 50 (16.45%) .NET
10 47 (15.46%) Security Cleared
11 45 (14.80%) SQL Server
12 44 (14.47%) SC Cleared
13 42 (13.82%) Terraform
14 40 (13.16%) Power Platform
14 40 (13.16%) Python
15 39 (12.83%) Windows
16 37 (12.17%) C#
17 36 (11.84%) Power BI
18 35 (11.51%) Azure Active Directory
18 35 (11.51%) Kubernetes
19 34 (11.18%) Analytics
20 33 (10.86%) Office 365
20 33 (10.86%) Data Lake
21 31 (10.20%) Data Modelling
21 31 (10.20%) Big Data
21 31 (10.20%) Docker
22 29 (9.54%) Databricks
22 29 (9.54%) Public Sector
23 25 (8.22%) Ansible
23 25 (8.22%) PowerShell

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 22 (7.24%) SharePoint
2 14 (4.61%) BizTalk Server
3 9 (2.96%) MS Exchange
4 8 (2.63%) Apache Spark
5 5 (1.64%) Apache
5 5 (1.64%) Apache Airflow
5 5 (1.64%) IIS
6 3 (0.99%) Confluence
6 3 (0.99%) EPiServer
7 2 (0.66%) Apache Synapse
7 2 (0.66%) CMS
7 2 (0.66%) DNN
7 2 (0.66%) Luigi
7 2 (0.66%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.33%) Drupal
8 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.33%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.33%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.33%) Magento
2 1 (0.33%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.33%) Toggl
Cloud Services
1 86 (28.29%) AWS
2 40 (13.16%) Power Platform
3 35 (11.51%) Azure Active Directory
4 33 (10.86%) Office 365
5 23 (7.57%) PaaS
6 22 (7.24%) Azure Data Factory
6 22 (7.24%) GCP
7 12 (3.95%) SaaS
8 11 (3.62%) PowerApps
9 9 (2.96%) Dynamics 365
10 8 (2.63%) IaaS
10 8 (2.63%) Power Automate
11 7 (2.30%) GitHub
12 6 (1.97%) Logic Apps
13 5 (1.64%) Boomi
14 4 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (1.32%) Serverless
15 3 (0.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 3 (0.99%) Amazon SageMaker
15 3 (0.99%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.61%) DNS
2 12 (3.95%) Firewall
3 8 (2.63%) LAN
3 8 (2.63%) WAN
4 7 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (1.97%) DHCP
5 6 (1.97%) Network Security
5 6 (1.97%) SAN
6 5 (1.64%) Unified Communications
6 5 (1.64%) VPN
6 5 (1.64%) WAAS
7 4 (1.32%) MPLS
7 4 (1.32%) VoIP
7 4 (1.32%) Wireless
8 3 (0.99%) Skype
8 3 (0.99%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.33%) Internet
9 1 (0.33%) SMTP
9 1 (0.33%) VLAN
9 1 (0.33%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (14.80%) SQL Server
2 36 (11.84%) Power BI
3 33 (10.86%) Data Lake
4 31 (10.20%) Big Data
5 24 (7.89%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (4.61%) Azure SQL Database
7 13 (4.28%) Hadoop
8 11 (3.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (3.29%) NoSQL
9 10 (3.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (2.96%) Apache Hive
10 9 (2.96%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 9 (2.96%) HDInsight
10 9 (2.96%) Relational Database
10 9 (2.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (2.63%) Spark SQL
12 6 (1.97%) Impala
13 5 (1.64%) BigQuery
13 5 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (1.32%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 24 (7.89%) Jenkins
2 15 (4.93%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.30%) JIRA
4 4 (1.32%) Hudson
4 4 (1.32%) Selenium
5 3 (0.99%) GitLab
6 2 (0.66%) MorphX
6 2 (0.66%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.66%) Sourcetree
6 2 (0.66%) SpecFlow
6 2 (0.66%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.33%) Android Studio
7 1 (0.33%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.33%) CMake
7 1 (0.33%) Gradle
7 1 (0.33%) Maven
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.33%) Subversion
7 1 (0.33%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.33%) Xcode
General
1 29 (9.54%) Public Sector
2 18 (5.92%) Finance
3 7 (2.30%) Legal
3 7 (2.30%) Retail
4 6 (1.97%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.64%) Banking
5 5 (1.64%) Marketing
6 4 (1.32%) Games
7 2 (0.66%) Electronics
7 2 (0.66%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.33%) Advertising
8 1 (0.33%) Back Office
8 1 (0.33%) Law
8 1 (0.33%) Publishing
8 1 (0.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 78 (25.66%) Architect
2 54 (17.76%) Developer
3 34 (11.18%) DevOps Engineer
4 32 (10.53%) Data Architect
5 30 (9.87%) Azure Engineer
6 29 (9.54%) Azure Architect
7 20 (6.58%) Cloud Engineer
7 20 (6.58%) Data Engineer
8 19 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 18 (5.92%) .NET Developer
10 15 (4.93%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 14 (4.61%) Cloud Architect
11 14 (4.61%) Enterprise Architect
12 13 (4.28%) Consultant
13 12 (3.95%) Enterprise Data Architect
14 11 (3.62%) Analyst
14 11 (3.62%) C# Developer
14 11 (3.62%) Technical Architect
15 10 (3.29%) Solutions Architect
16 9 (2.96%) Azure Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (16.45%) .NET
2 16 (5.26%) .NET Core
3 15 (4.93%) SAML
4 13 (4.28%) REST
5 10 (3.29%) React
5 10 (3.29%) Web Services
6 9 (2.96%) HTML
7 8 (2.63%) ASP.NET
7 8 (2.63%) CSS
7 8 (2.63%) Middleware
8 7 (2.30%) .NET Framework
8 7 (2.30%) Node.js
9 6 (1.97%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (1.64%) Kafka
10 5 (1.64%) SOAP
10 5 (1.64%) Spring
11 4 (1.32%) AngularJS
11 4 (1.32%) PySpark
11 4 (1.32%) Spring Boot
12 3 (0.99%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 13 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.29%) Clustering
2 10 (3.29%) Smartcard
3 9 (2.96%) Data Centre
3 9 (2.96%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (2.96%) Public Cloud
4 6 (1.97%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.64%) EMC VNX
5 5 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.32%) Mobile App
6 4 (1.32%) Reference Data
6 4 (1.32%) Replication
7 3 (0.99%) NHS
8 2 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.66%) Marketing Technology
8 2 (0.66%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.66%) User Experience
9 1 (0.33%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.33%) Enterprise Cloud
9 1 (0.33%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 39 (12.83%) Windows
2 22 (7.24%) Windows 10
3 19 (6.25%) Windows Server
4 17 (5.59%) Linux
5 9 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.97%) Windows XP
7 5 (1.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (1.32%) Unix
9 3 (0.99%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.66%) AIX
10 2 (0.66%) Android
10 2 (0.66%) VMS
11 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (27.30%) DevOps
2 79 (25.99%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (20.07%) Business Intelligence
4 53 (17.43%) Migration
5 34 (11.18%) Analytics
6 31 (10.20%) Data Modelling
7 22 (7.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 20 (6.58%) Enterprise Architecture
9 18 (5.92%) Data Management
9 18 (5.92%) ETL
9 18 (5.92%) Identity Access Management
10 16 (5.26%) Data Architecture
10 16 (5.26%) Data Transformation
10 16 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
11 15 (4.93%) Data Engineering
11 15 (4.93%) Microservices
12 14 (4.61%) ITIL
12 14 (4.61%) Machine Learning
12 14 (4.61%) TOGAF
13 12 (3.95%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 71 (23.36%) SQL
2 40 (13.16%) Python
3 37 (12.17%) C#
4 25 (8.22%) PowerShell
5 20 (6.58%) JavaScript
6 15 (4.93%) Java
7 14 (4.61%) Bash Shell
8 9 (2.96%) T-SQL
9 6 (1.97%) R
10 5 (1.64%) Scala
11 4 (1.32%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.99%) Groovy
12 3 (0.99%) Java 8
12 3 (0.99%) PHP
13 2 (0.66%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.66%) U-SQL
13 2 (0.66%) X++
13 2 (0.66%) XAML
14 1 (0.33%) C++
14 1 (0.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 47 (15.46%) Security Cleared
2 44 (14.47%) SC Cleared
3 14 (4.61%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (3.62%) TOGAF Certification
5 4 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.32%) ISTQB
5 4 (1.32%) MCSA
6 3 (0.99%) CCNA
6 3 (0.99%) MCSE
7 2 (0.66%) CISSP
7 2 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (0.66%) Degree
7 2 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.66%) MCTS
8 1 (0.33%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.33%) CISM
8 1 (0.33%) CRISC
8 1 (0.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.33%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.95%) Data Quality
2 9 (2.96%) QA
3 3 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.33%) GDPR
4 1 (0.33%) NCSC
4 1 (0.33%) NIST
4 1 (0.33%) SLA
System Software
1 56 (18.42%) Active Directory
2 31 (10.20%) Docker
3 11 (3.62%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 7 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.97%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.99%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 42 (13.82%) Terraform
2 35 (11.51%) Kubernetes
3 25 (8.22%) Ansible
4 16 (5.26%) Microsoft Intune
5 14 (4.61%) SCCM
6 12 (3.95%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.64%) FortiGate
7 5 (1.64%) IBM BigFix
7 5 (1.64%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (1.32%) Puppet
9 2 (0.66%) Grafana
9 2 (0.66%) Nagios
9 2 (0.66%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.33%) logstash
10 1 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.33%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.33%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 1 (0.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 99 (32.57%) Microsoft
2 29 (9.54%) Databricks
3 18 (5.92%) Cloudera
4 16 (5.26%) Oracle
5 13 (4.28%) VMware
6 9 (2.96%) Cisco
6 9 (2.96%) Red Hat
7 8 (2.63%) SAP
8 7 (2.30%) Google
9 5 (1.64%) Dell
9 5 (1.64%) EMC
9 5 (1.64%) Hortonworks
9 5 (1.64%) Informatica
9 5 (1.64%) Meraki
10 4 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (1.32%) Teradata
11 3 (0.99%) CheckPoint
11 3 (0.99%) CommVault
11 3 (0.99%) JD Edwards
11 3 (0.99%) Xamarin