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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 122 113
Rank change year-on-year +63 -9  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 85 43 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.88% 1.15% 1.00%
As % of the Cloud Services category 24.93% 17.55% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 30 17
Median daily rate £375 £430 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.79% +22.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £350 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £530 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £439 £450 £365
% change year-on-year -2.50% +23.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 0
Median hourly rate £65.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -  

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 the North West with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 341 245 202
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 11.57% 6.53% 5.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 160 112
Median daily rate £440 £446 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.40% +11.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £350 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £390
% change year-on-year - +15.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 4
Median hourly rate £65.00 £14.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +364.28% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.20 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £17.30 £17.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £16.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year +75.75% -38.31%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 26 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in the North West over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 3 months to 26 June 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
Manchester +29 38 £450 +5.88% 46
Cheshire +40 31 £317 -27.12% 12
Merseyside -1 7 £306 -31.94% 3
Lancashire - 5 £438 - 2
Cumbria - 2 £363 -
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 59 (44.03%) Microsoft
2 46 (34.33%) Office 365
3 42 (31.34%) Active Directory
4 36 (26.87%) Windows
5 35 (26.12%) Amazon AWS
6 33 (24.63%) Agile Software Development
7 25 (18.66%) SQL Server
8 24 (17.91%) PowerShell
8 24 (17.91%) Windows Server
9 21 (15.67%) DevOps
9 21 (15.67%) MS Exchange
10 19 (14.18%) SQL
10 19 (14.18%) Exchange Server 2013
11 18 (13.43%) Windows Server 2012
11 18 (13.43%) C#
12 17 (12.69%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (12.69%) Azure Active Directory
13 16 (11.94%) Data Centre
13 16 (11.94%) DNS
13 16 (11.94%) .NET
13 16 (11.94%) ITIL
13 16 (11.94%) Finance
14 15 (11.19%) Migration
14 15 (11.19%) Exchange Server 2010
14 15 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
15 14 (10.45%) Identity Access Management
15 14 (10.45%) Cisco
16 13 (9.70%) ASP.NET
16 13 (9.70%) Git (software)
17 12 (8.96%) SC Cleared

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 21 (15.67%) MS Exchange
2 19 (14.18%) Exchange Server 2013
3 15 (11.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (8.21%) SharePoint
5 8 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (5.22%) Apache Spark
7 6 (4.48%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.99%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (2.99%) Tomcat
9 3 (2.24%) IBM Notes
9 3 (2.24%) IIS
9 3 (2.24%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (1.49%) CMS
10 2 (1.49%) Confluence
10 2 (1.49%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.75%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.75%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.75%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (3.73%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.49%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (5.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.99%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 46 (34.33%) Office 365
2 35 (26.12%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (12.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (8.21%) IaaS
4 11 (8.21%) PaaS
5 8 (5.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (3.73%) OneDrive
7 4 (2.99%) SaaS
8 3 (2.24%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (2.24%) Yammer
9 2 (1.49%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.49%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (1.49%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.75%) CloudFront
10 1 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.75%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.75%) SoftLayer
10 1 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.75%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 16 (11.94%) DNS
2 12 (8.96%) Firewall
3 11 (8.21%) DHCP
4 10 (7.46%) LAN
4 10 (7.46%) WAN
5 8 (5.97%) TCP/IP
5 8 (5.97%) VPN
6 7 (5.22%) MPLS
7 5 (3.73%) BGP
7 5 (3.73%) Skype
7 5 (3.73%) SSL
7 5 (3.73%) VoIP
8 4 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.24%) EIGRP
9 3 (2.24%) Intrusion Detection
9 3 (2.24%) Network Security
9 3 (2.24%) Wireless
10 2 (1.49%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.49%) NAS
10 2 (1.49%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (18.66%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (5.97%) Hadoop
3 8 (5.97%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (5.22%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (5.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (5.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (4.48%) Big Data
5 6 (4.48%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (3.73%) Power BI
7 3 (2.24%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (2.24%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (1.49%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.49%) KNIME
8 2 (1.49%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.49%) QlikView
8 2 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.75%) MS Access
9 1 (0.75%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 13 (9.70%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.48%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.99%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (2.24%) Gradle
4 3 (2.24%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (1.49%) Ant
5 2 (1.49%) GitLab
5 2 (1.49%) JIRA
5 2 (1.49%) Maven
6 1 (0.75%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.75%) gulp
6 1 (0.75%) MSTest
6 1 (0.75%) NUnit
6 1 (0.75%) Selenium
6 1 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.75%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.75%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.75%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.75%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (11.94%) Finance
2 8 (5.97%) Manufacturing
2 8 (5.97%) Marketing
2 8 (5.97%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.22%) Electronics
4 4 (2.99%) Local Government
5 3 (2.24%) Legal
5 3 (2.24%) Retail
6 2 (1.49%) Back Office
6 2 (1.49%) Banking
7 1 (0.75%) Advertising
7 1 (0.75%) Billing
7 1 (0.75%) Front Office
7 1 (0.75%) Games
Job Titles
1 26 (19.40%) Architect
2 24 (17.91%) Consultant
3 18 (13.43%) Developer
4 12 (8.96%) Azure Consultant
5 8 (5.97%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (5.22%) Identity and Access Management Engineer
6 7 (5.22%) Network Architect
7 6 (4.48%) Azure Architect
7 6 (4.48%) Technical Architect
7 6 (4.48%) Technical Consultant
8 5 (3.73%) .NET Developer
8 5 (3.73%) Cloud Architect
8 5 (3.73%) Exchange Engineer
8 5 (3.73%) Identity Management Specialist
8 5 (3.73%) Office 365 Engineer
8 5 (3.73%) Security Consultant
8 5 (3.73%) Senior Developer
8 5 (3.73%) SQL Developer
8 5 (3.73%) SQL Server Developer
9 4 (2.99%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (11.94%) .NET
2 13 (9.70%) ASP.NET
3 9 (6.72%) HTML
4 8 (5.97%) AngularJS
4 8 (5.97%) Web Services
5 7 (5.22%) .NET Framework
5 7 (5.22%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (5.22%) CSS
6 5 (3.73%) jQuery
6 5 (3.73%) Node.js
6 5 (3.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (2.99%) Ajax
7 4 (2.99%) JSON
7 4 (2.99%) XML
8 3 (2.24%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (2.24%) CSS3
8 3 (2.24%) HTML5
8 3 (2.24%) WAP
9 2 (1.49%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (1.49%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.94%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.97%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.99%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (2.24%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.49%) BYOD
6 2 (1.49%) Clustering
6 2 (1.49%) iPad
6 2 (1.49%) PMI
6 2 (1.49%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.49%) Replication
7 1 (0.75%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.75%) Life Science
7 1 (0.75%) Online Games
7 1 (0.75%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 36 (26.87%) Windows
2 24 (17.91%) Windows Server
3 18 (13.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 15 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (7.46%) Windows 10
6 6 (4.48%) Linux
7 4 (2.99%) Unix
7 4 (2.99%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.49%) Android
8 2 (1.49%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.75%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (24.63%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (15.67%) DevOps
3 17 (12.69%) Business Intelligence
4 16 (11.94%) ITIL
5 15 (11.19%) Migration
6 14 (10.45%) Identity Access Management
7 11 (8.21%) Project Management
7 11 (8.21%) Service Management
8 10 (7.46%) Cybersecurity
9 9 (6.72%) Test Automation
10 8 (5.97%) MVC
10 8 (5.97%) Network Design
10 8 (5.97%) Scrum
11 7 (5.22%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (5.22%) Digital Marketing
11 7 (5.22%) High Availability
11 7 (5.22%) Load Balancing
11 7 (5.22%) Password Management
11 7 (5.22%) Programme Management
11 7 (5.22%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 24 (17.91%) PowerShell
2 19 (14.18%) SQL
3 18 (13.43%) C#
4 12 (8.96%) JavaScript
5 10 (7.46%) Java
6 7 (5.22%) Python
7 5 (3.73%) C
8 4 (2.99%) Shell Script
8 4 (2.99%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.49%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.49%) R
9 2 (1.49%) Ruby
9 2 (1.49%) VB
10 1 (0.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.75%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (8.96%) SC Cleared
1 12 (8.96%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 8 (5.97%) MCP
4 6 (4.48%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.99%) CCNA
6 3 (2.24%) Degree
6 3 (2.24%) MCSE
7 2 (1.49%) CCNP
7 2 (1.49%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.75%) CCIE
8 1 (0.75%) CISM
8 1 (0.75%) CISSP
8 1 (0.75%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.75%) MCITP
8 1 (0.75%) MCSA
8 1 (0.75%) NCDA
8 1 (0.75%) PMP
8 1 (0.75%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.24%) COBIT
2 2 (1.49%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (1.49%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 2 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.49%) QA
2 2 (1.49%) SLA
3 1 (0.75%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 42 (31.34%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.48%) Docker
4 5 (3.73%) Hyper-V
5 3 (2.24%) UAG
5 3 (2.24%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (6.72%) Puppet
1 9 (6.72%) SCCM
2 8 (5.97%) Ansible
2 8 (5.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 7 (5.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 6 (4.48%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (4.48%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (2.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 2 (1.49%) AirWatch
6 2 (1.49%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.49%) SCOM
7 1 (0.75%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.75%) Dollar Universe
7 1 (0.75%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.75%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.75%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 1 (0.75%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.75%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 59 (44.03%) Microsoft
2 14 (10.45%) Cisco
3 11 (8.21%) VMware
4 8 (5.97%) Google
4 8 (5.97%) SAP
4 8 (5.97%) Symantec
5 4 (2.99%) CheckPoint
5 4 (2.99%) Citrix
5 4 (2.99%) Dell
5 4 (2.99%) Juniper
6 3 (2.24%) Lotus
6 3 (2.24%) McAfee
6 3 (2.24%) Oracle
6 3 (2.24%) Splunk
6 3 (2.24%) Trustwave
7 2 (1.49%) AppDynamics
7 2 (1.49%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.49%) Guidewire
7 2 (1.49%) ServiceNow
7 2 (1.49%) Tableau
Bury, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £375 to £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
NHS Blood And Transplant
Rate: From £47,092 to £58,217 per annum
Posted: 26 days ago