Period
to 28 February 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 28 February 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
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 7 12 43
Rank change year-on-year +5 +31 +30
Contract jobs citing Azure 577 592 261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.79% 10.27% 4.82%
As % of the Cloud Services category 44.52% 40.08% 30.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 455 190
North West median daily rate £450 £500 £486
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +2.83% +14.41%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £313
90th Percentile £600 £700 £600
England median daily rate £500 £500 £485
% change year-on-year - +3.09% +7.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 2
North West median hourly rate £50.00 £28.72 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +74.13% +105.11% -
10th Percentile £33.42 £23.15 £13.55
90th Percentile £56.25 £54.36 £14.45
England median hourly rate £36.75 £35.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% +37.25% +64.52%

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 1,296 1,477 853
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 28.73% 25.63% 15.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 829 1,005 565
North West median daily rate £440 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £267
90th Percentile £600 £650 £598
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 53 18
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £14.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.14% +21.02% +0.45%
10th Percentile £15.48 £12.88 £12.76
90th Percentile £56.25 £31.49 £30.40
England median hourly rate £22.74 £17.80 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.74% -11.00% +5.26%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Azure as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Azure in the North West

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor 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 28 February 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 +9 350 £450 -10.00% 263
Cheshire +1 100 £491 +9.22% 89
Lancashire +8 45 £568 -12.55% 31
Merseyside -4 38 £400 -12.28% 27
Cumbria -7 11 £500 +53.85% 7
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 28 February 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.

1 249 (43.15%) AWS
2 199 (34.49%) Agile Software Development
3 191 (33.10%) DevOps
4 175 (30.33%) Microsoft
5 141 (24.44%) Windows
6 133 (23.05%) .NET
7 106 (18.37%) Active Directory
8 105 (18.20%) C#
9 95 (16.46%) Office 365
10 90 (15.60%) Migration
11 86 (14.90%) Docker
12 85 (14.73%) Jenkins
12 85 (14.73%) SQL Server
13 84 (14.56%) SQL
14 80 (13.86%) Windows Server
15 78 (13.52%) Terraform
16 77 (13.34%) Public Sector
17 74 (12.82%) Java
18 73 (12.65%) PowerShell
19 70 (12.13%) Kubernetes
20 69 (11.96%) Public Cloud
21 67 (11.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 66 (11.44%) VMware
23 62 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
24 56 (9.71%) Scrum
24 56 (9.71%) Linux
24 56 (9.71%) Power Platform
25 55 (9.53%) JavaScript
26 52 (9.01%) Python
26 52 (9.01%) PaaS

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 41 (7.11%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.33%) MS Exchange
3 16 (2.77%) Skype for Business
4 11 (1.91%) IIS
5 10 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (1.21%) Apache
7 6 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (0.87%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.87%) Umbraco
9 4 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
9 4 (0.69%) K2 blackpearl
9 4 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.52%) Anypoint
10 3 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.52%) SAS
11 2 (0.35%) CMS
11 2 (0.35%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 32 (5.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.87%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 3 (0.52%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.52%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.35%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.17%) SAP IBP
Cloud Services
1 249 (43.15%) AWS
2 95 (16.46%) Office 365
3 56 (9.71%) Power Platform
4 52 (9.01%) PaaS
5 50 (8.67%) GCP
6 45 (7.80%) Azure Active Directory
7 36 (6.24%) IaaS
8 34 (5.89%) Dynamics 365
8 34 (5.89%) Serverless
9 27 (4.68%) Azure Functions
10 17 (2.95%) OneDrive
11 16 (2.77%) SaaS
12 15 (2.60%) AWS CloudFormation
13 12 (2.08%) GitHub
14 11 (1.91%) Azure Data Factory
15 8 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 6 (1.04%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 5 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
17 5 (0.87%) Datadog
17 5 (0.87%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 39 (6.76%) Firewall
2 32 (5.55%) DNS
3 26 (4.51%) VPN
4 19 (3.29%) SAN
5 17 (2.95%) LAN
6 16 (2.77%) DHCP
6 16 (2.77%) WAN
7 13 (2.25%) TCP/IP
8 12 (2.08%) MPLS
9 11 (1.91%) Skype
10 10 (1.73%) Internet
11 7 (1.21%) BGP
11 7 (1.21%) NetScaler
12 6 (1.04%) HTTP
12 6 (1.04%) Network Security
12 6 (1.04%) OSPF
12 6 (1.04%) RIP
12 6 (1.04%) VLAN
12 6 (1.04%) VoIP
13 5 (0.87%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (14.73%) SQL Server
2 44 (7.63%) Power BI
3 43 (7.45%) Big Data
4 41 (7.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (6.41%) MySQL
6 36 (6.24%) MongoDB
7 30 (5.20%) Data Warehouse
7 30 (5.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 25 (4.33%) Azure SQL Database
9 21 (3.64%) Hadoop
10 17 (2.95%) NoSQL
11 12 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 11 (1.91%) Relational Database
13 7 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
13 7 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (1.04%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 6 (1.04%) Data Lake
14 6 (1.04%) Neo4j
15 5 (0.87%) Qlik Sense
15 5 (0.87%) Redis
Development Applications
1 85 (14.73%) Jenkins
2 36 (6.24%) GitLab
3 32 (5.55%) Octopus Deploy
4 30 (5.20%) Git (software)
5 12 (2.08%) JIRA
6 8 (1.39%) Selenium
6 8 (1.39%) Visual Studio
7 7 (1.21%) Bitbucket
7 7 (1.21%) JMeter
7 7 (1.21%) TeamCity
7 7 (1.21%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (1.04%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.87%) Maven
10 4 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.69%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.52%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.52%) Selenium IDE
11 3 (0.52%) SoapUI
12 2 (0.35%) Artifactory
12 2 (0.35%) Zephyr
General
1 77 (13.34%) Public Sector
2 28 (4.85%) Finance
3 12 (2.08%) Local Government
4 8 (1.39%) Law
4 8 (1.39%) Retail
5 5 (0.87%) Banking
5 5 (0.87%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.69%) Automotive
6 4 (0.69%) Legal
7 3 (0.52%) Billing
7 3 (0.52%) Games
8 2 (0.35%) Electronics
8 2 (0.35%) Marketing
8 2 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.35%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.17%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 116 (20.10%) Developer
2 94 (16.29%) Architect
3 64 (11.09%) Consultant
4 63 (10.92%) Azure Engineer
5 50 (8.67%) DevOps Engineer
6 47 (8.15%) .NET Developer
7 39 (6.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 28 (4.85%) Cloud Architect
9 25 (4.33%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 24 (4.16%) WebOps Engineer
11 23 (3.99%) Azure Architect
12 19 (3.29%) Analyst
12 19 (3.29%) Senior Architect
13 17 (2.95%) AWS Architect
13 17 (2.95%) Azure Consultant
13 17 (2.95%) Senior Developer
14 16 (2.77%) Azure DevOps
14 16 (2.77%) Platform Engineer
14 16 (2.77%) Security Architect
15 15 (2.60%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (23.05%) .NET
2 40 (6.93%) ASP.NET
3 33 (5.72%) AngularJS
3 33 (5.72%) Web Services
4 26 (4.51%) .NET Core
5 21 (3.64%) Node.js
6 20 (3.47%) CSS
6 20 (3.47%) HTML
6 20 (3.47%) RESTful
7 14 (2.43%) React
8 13 (2.25%) Spring
9 12 (2.08%) Spring Boot
10 10 (1.73%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (1.73%) JSON
11 9 (1.56%) HTML5
12 8 (1.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 7 (1.21%) Vue.js
14 6 (1.04%) ASP.NET Web API
14 6 (1.04%) Elastic Stack
14 6 (1.04%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 69 (11.96%) Public Cloud
2 42 (7.28%) Data Centre
3 41 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (4.33%) Hybrid Cloud
5 15 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
6 14 (2.43%) Greenfield Project
7 12 (2.08%) PKI
8 11 (1.91%) Clustering
9 9 (1.56%) SWIFT
10 8 (1.39%) Cloud Native
11 7 (1.21%) Management Information System
11 7 (1.21%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.21%) User Experience
12 6 (1.04%) Replication
12 6 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
13 5 (0.87%) VxBlock/Vblock
14 4 (0.69%) NHS
15 3 (0.52%) Enterprise Cloud
15 3 (0.52%) Enterprise Storage
15 3 (0.52%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 141 (24.44%) Windows
2 80 (13.86%) Windows Server
3 56 (9.71%) Linux
4 25 (4.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (3.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (3.47%) Windows 10
7 16 (2.77%) CentOS
8 13 (2.25%) Ubuntu
9 12 (2.08%) Windows 7
10 11 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (1.39%) Unix
11 8 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.52%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.35%) Android
13 2 (0.35%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (34.49%) Agile Software Development
2 191 (33.10%) DevOps
3 90 (15.60%) Migration
4 67 (11.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 62 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
6 56 (9.71%) Scrum
7 48 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
8 42 (7.28%) Microservices
9 40 (6.93%) Business Intelligence
10 38 (6.59%) Infrastructure as Code
11 37 (6.41%) High Availability
12 36 (6.24%) TDD
13 35 (6.07%) CRM
13 35 (6.07%) Digital Transformation Programme
13 35 (6.07%) ITIL
13 35 (6.07%) Kanban
13 35 (6.07%) Stakeholder Management
14 30 (5.20%) Configuration Management
15 28 (4.85%) Workflow
16 27 (4.68%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 105 (18.20%) C#
2 84 (14.56%) SQL
3 74 (12.82%) Java
4 73 (12.65%) PowerShell
5 55 (9.53%) JavaScript
6 52 (9.01%) Python
7 26 (4.51%) Bash Shell
8 23 (3.99%) Shell Script
9 11 (1.91%) Ruby
10 8 (1.39%) T-SQL
11 7 (1.21%) TypeScript
12 6 (1.04%) C
13 4 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 4 (0.69%) PHP
14 3 (0.52%) ES6
14 3 (0.52%) ES7
14 3 (0.52%) ES8
14 3 (0.52%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.52%) Scala
15 1 (0.17%) R
Qualifications
1 40 (6.93%) Security Cleared
2 17 (2.95%) SC Cleared
3 16 (2.77%) BPSS Clearance
4 11 (1.91%) Degree
5 10 (1.73%) DBS Check
6 9 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.87%) CCA
8 5 (0.87%) ISEB
8 5 (0.87%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.69%) CISSP
9 4 (0.69%) MCSA
9 4 (0.69%) MCSE
10 3 (0.52%) MCP
10 3 (0.52%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.35%) CISA
11 2 (0.35%) CISM
11 2 (0.35%) MCITP
11 2 (0.35%) MCTS
12 1 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.47%) QA
2 16 (2.77%) NCSC
3 9 (1.56%) ISO 20022
3 9 (1.56%) TARGET2
4 7 (1.21%) SLA
5 5 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.69%) BS7799
7 3 (0.52%) GDPR
8 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.35%) PMO
9 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.17%) GxP
9 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.17%) NIST
System Software
1 106 (18.37%) Active Directory
2 86 (14.90%) Docker
3 29 (5.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (3.47%) Hyper-V
5 15 (2.60%) XenApp
6 14 (2.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 12 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.56%) BitLocker
9 7 (1.21%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
11 5 (0.87%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.69%) vSphere
13 3 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 78 (13.52%) Terraform
2 70 (12.13%) Kubernetes
3 46 (7.97%) Ansible
4 42 (7.28%) SCCM
5 35 (6.07%) Puppet
6 27 (4.68%) Rancher
7 26 (4.51%) SCOM
8 25 (4.33%) Opscode Chef
9 17 (2.95%) Prometheus
10 16 (2.77%) Grafana
11 15 (2.60%) Nagios
12 12 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
12 12 (2.08%) Packer
13 9 (1.56%) vRealize
14 8 (1.39%) Microsoft Clustering
15 5 (0.87%) NetBackup
15 5 (0.87%) vCenter Server
16 4 (0.69%) SCOrch
16 4 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
16 4 (0.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 175 (30.33%) Microsoft
2 66 (11.44%) VMware
3 42 (7.28%) Oracle
4 35 (6.07%) Citrix
5 32 (5.55%) Cisco
6 28 (4.85%) Cloudera
7 21 (3.64%) Hortonworks
8 19 (3.29%) Google
9 13 (2.25%) IBM
9 13 (2.25%) SAP
10 11 (1.91%) McAfee
10 11 (1.91%) NetApp
11 10 (1.73%) HP
11 10 (1.73%) Ivanti
11 10 (1.73%) SolarWinds
12 9 (1.56%) EnterpriseDB
13 8 (1.39%) Sitecore
13 8 (1.39%) Splunk
13 8 (1.39%) Xamarin
14 7 (1.21%) Pega