Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 months to 20 November 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)
England > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 61 89 195
Rank change year-on-year +28 +106 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 171 155 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.00% 2.28% 0.62%
As % of the Cloud Services category 23.23% 24.45% 12.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 104 23
North West median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +36.17%
10th Percentile £300 £291 £303
90th Percentile £600 £925 £535
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
North West median hourly rate £162.50 - £32.60
10th Percentile £156.25 - £30.42
90th Percentile £168.75 - £36.77
England median hourly rate £37.50 £26.38 £37.50
% change year-on-year +42.18% -29.67% +40.19%

Microsoft 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 736 634 441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.93% 9.34% 5.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 405 241
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £268 £228
90th Percentile £600 £560 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 9
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -44.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £9.60 £11.65 £10.95
90th Percentile £113.05 £15.25 £34.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year +5.26% -12.20% +20.22%

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in the North West

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the North West

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the North West

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the North West

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 91 £450 +5.88% 58
Cheshire +36 54 £483 -22.80% 14
Lancashire +18 8 £383 -15.00% 2
Merseyside +3 7 £410 +17.14% 4
Cumbria - 1 £225 -
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 North West region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 70 (40.94%) Microsoft
2 50 (29.24%) Windows
2 50 (29.24%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (28.07%) Office 365
4 46 (26.90%) Active Directory
5 45 (26.32%) DevOps
6 41 (23.98%) Agile Software Development
7 33 (19.30%) PowerShell
8 32 (18.71%) SQL
9 30 (17.54%) Linux
10 29 (16.96%) Puppet
11 27 (15.79%) Ansible
12 26 (15.20%) SQL Server
13 25 (14.62%) Web Services
13 25 (14.62%) Migration
13 25 (14.62%) Windows Server
14 24 (14.04%) Jenkins
15 22 (12.87%) Windows Server 2012
16 19 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
16 19 (11.11%) Python
16 19 (11.11%) .NET
16 19 (11.11%) Java
16 19 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
16 19 (11.11%) VMware
17 17 (9.94%) MS Exchange
17 17 (9.94%) Configuration Management
17 17 (9.94%) Continuous Delivery
17 17 (9.94%) Azure Active Directory
18 16 (9.36%) Opscode Chef
18 16 (9.36%) SharePoint

Microsoft 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 17 (9.94%) MS Exchange
2 16 (9.36%) SharePoint
3 14 (8.19%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (5.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (4.68%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (4.68%) Skype for Business
6 5 (2.92%) Apache Spark
7 3 (1.75%) IIS
7 3 (1.75%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (1.17%) Mongoose
8 2 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.17%) Umbraco
8 2 (1.17%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.58%) Apache
9 1 (0.58%) Confluence
9 1 (0.58%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 5 (2.92%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (4.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.58%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 50 (29.24%) Amazon AWS
2 48 (28.07%) Office 365
3 17 (9.94%) Azure Active Directory
4 15 (8.77%) PaaS
5 10 (5.85%) SaaS
6 7 (4.09%) OneDrive
7 6 (3.51%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (3.51%) IaaS
8 3 (1.75%) Azure Data Factory
8 3 (1.75%) GitHub
9 2 (1.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (1.17%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.17%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (1.17%) Yammer
10 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.58%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.77%) DNS
2 12 (7.02%) DHCP
3 10 (5.85%) Skype
4 6 (3.51%) SAN
5 5 (2.92%) Firewall
5 5 (2.92%) Network Security
5 5 (2.92%) TCP/IP
6 4 (2.34%) Remote Desktop
7 3 (1.75%) LAN
7 3 (1.75%) NAS
7 3 (1.75%) VPN
7 3 (1.75%) WAN
8 2 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (1.17%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.58%) Fibre Channel
9 1 (0.58%) FTP
9 1 (0.58%) MPLS
9 1 (0.58%) RIP
9 1 (0.58%) SSL
9 1 (0.58%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (15.20%) SQL Server
2 16 (9.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (8.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (5.26%) MongoDB
4 9 (5.26%) Power BI
5 8 (4.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (4.09%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (4.09%) Big Data
7 6 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (3.51%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (2.92%) Hadoop
9 4 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (1.75%) QlikView
10 3 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (1.17%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (1.17%) Star Schema
12 1 (0.58%) OLAP
12 1 (0.58%) OLTP
12 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 24 (14.04%) Jenkins
2 14 (8.19%) TeamCity
3 13 (7.60%) Git (software)
4 7 (4.09%) Visual Studio
5 4 (2.34%) GitLab
5 4 (2.34%) JIRA
5 4 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (1.17%) Artifactory
7 2 (1.17%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.17%) Metasploit
7 2 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (1.17%) SonarQube
7 2 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.58%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.58%) Maven
8 1 (0.58%) NUnit
8 1 (0.58%) Selenium
8 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 15 (8.77%) Finance
2 10 (5.85%) Retail
3 6 (3.51%) Marketing
4 5 (2.92%) Electronics
4 5 (2.92%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.92%) Retail Finance
4 5 (2.92%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.17%) Legal
5 2 (1.17%) Local Government
6 1 (0.58%) Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Billing
6 1 (0.58%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.58%) French Language
6 1 (0.58%) German Language
6 1 (0.58%) Publishing
6 1 (0.58%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 36 (21.05%) Architect
2 30 (17.54%) DevOps Engineer
3 24 (14.04%) Consultant
4 16 (9.36%) Developer
5 12 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (6.43%) Azure Consultant
7 10 (5.85%) Azure Engineer
8 9 (5.26%) Azure DevOps
8 9 (5.26%) Data Architect
9 8 (4.68%) Azure Architect
9 8 (4.68%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 8 (4.68%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (4.68%) Technical Architect
10 7 (4.09%) AWS Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) Office 365 Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) WebOps Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) .NET Developer
11 6 (3.51%) Exchange Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) Security Consultant
11 6 (3.51%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (14.62%) Web Services
2 19 (11.11%) .NET
3 10 (5.85%) ASP.NET
4 8 (4.68%) CSS
5 7 (4.09%) HTML
5 7 (4.09%) jQuery
6 5 (2.92%) JSON
6 5 (2.92%) Node.js
6 5 (2.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (2.34%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (2.34%) CSS3
7 4 (2.34%) HTML5
8 3 (1.75%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.75%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.75%) Spring
8 3 (1.75%) Spring Boot
9 2 (1.17%) Ajax
9 2 (1.17%) Dropwizard
9 2 (1.17%) J2EE
9 2 (1.17%) Nunjucks
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.60%) Data Centre
2 8 (4.68%) Public Cloud
3 4 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.34%) Blackberry
3 4 (2.34%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.34%) Fintech
4 3 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (1.75%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.75%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.17%) EMC VNX
5 2 (1.17%) EMC VNXe
5 2 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.17%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.17%) Reference Data
5 2 (1.17%) Replication
6 1 (0.58%) Clustering
6 1 (0.58%) PMI
6 1 (0.58%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 50 (29.24%) Windows
2 30 (17.54%) Linux
3 25 (14.62%) Windows Server
4 22 (12.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (8.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (5.26%) Windows 10
7 6 (3.51%) Android
7 6 (3.51%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.92%) Apple iOS
9 4 (2.34%) SUSE
9 4 (2.34%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.75%) Kali Linux
10 3 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.75%) Ubuntu
10 3 (1.75%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.17%) CentOS
12 1 (0.58%) Unix
12 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (26.32%) DevOps
2 41 (23.98%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (14.62%) Migration
4 19 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
4 19 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (9.94%) Configuration Management
5 17 (9.94%) Continuous Delivery
6 14 (8.19%) ITIL
7 12 (7.02%) Scrum
8 11 (6.43%) Project Management
8 11 (6.43%) Test Automation
9 9 (5.26%) Service Management
10 8 (4.68%) CRM
10 8 (4.68%) Identity Management
10 8 (4.68%) Open Source
10 8 (4.68%) Task Automation
11 7 (4.09%) Analytics
11 7 (4.09%) ETL
11 7 (4.09%) Presales
11 7 (4.09%) Web Operations
Programming Languages
1 33 (19.30%) PowerShell
2 32 (18.71%) SQL
3 19 (11.11%) Java
3 19 (11.11%) Python
4 14 (8.19%) C#
5 13 (7.60%) Ruby
6 12 (7.02%) Bash Shell
7 11 (6.43%) JavaScript
8 7 (4.09%) T-SQL
9 4 (2.34%) VB
10 3 (1.75%) C
11 1 (0.58%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.58%) Scala
11 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.58%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (6.43%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (4.09%) MCSE
3 6 (3.51%) Security Cleared
4 5 (2.92%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 3 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.75%) Degree
6 3 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.75%) MCSA
7 2 (1.17%) CCNA
7 2 (1.17%) CISM
7 2 (1.17%) CISSP
7 2 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.17%) MCP
7 2 (1.17%) MCSD
8 1 (0.58%) CCDP
8 1 (0.58%) ISEB
8 1 (0.58%) MCITP
8 1 (0.58%) MCTS
8 1 (0.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.68%) Data Quality
2 3 (1.75%) COBIT
2 3 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.58%) GCP
4 1 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.58%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.58%) QA
4 1 (0.58%) SLA
System Software
1 46 (26.90%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.92%) Docker
4 5 (2.92%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.17%) UAG
7 1 (0.58%) NFS
7 1 (0.58%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.58%) Xen
7 1 (0.58%) XenApp
7 1 (0.58%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (16.96%) Puppet
2 27 (15.79%) Ansible
3 16 (9.36%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (7.02%) SCCM
5 5 (2.92%) WSUS
6 4 (2.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 4 (2.34%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.34%) SCOM
6 4 (2.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 4 (2.34%) Terraform
7 3 (1.75%) AirWatch
7 3 (1.75%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.75%) NetBackup
8 2 (1.17%) BladeLogic
8 2 (1.17%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.17%) Nessus
8 2 (1.17%) Nexpose
8 2 (1.17%) Packer
8 2 (1.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 70 (40.94%) Microsoft
2 19 (11.11%) VMware
3 13 (7.60%) Citrix
4 12 (7.02%) Cisco
5 9 (5.26%) SAP
6 8 (4.68%) NetApp
7 7 (4.09%) Google
8 6 (3.51%) HP
8 6 (3.51%) Sitecore
8 6 (3.51%) Symantec
9 5 (2.92%) IronPort
9 5 (2.92%) Lumension
9 5 (2.92%) McAfee
10 4 (2.34%) Clearswift
10 4 (2.34%) Dell
10 4 (2.34%) EMC
10 4 (2.34%) IBM
10 4 (2.34%) Micro Focus
10 4 (2.34%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.34%) Veritas