Period
to 16 January 2018

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 16 January 2018 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 69 190
Rank change year-on-year +23 +121 -11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 238 186 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.38% 3.04% 0.68%
As % of the Cloud Services category 31.27% 27.89% 12.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 113 29
North West median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +23.08%
10th Percentile £322 £291 £307
90th Percentile £607 £600 £528
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
North West median hourly rate - - £35.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +118.75% -54.29% +34.62%

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 761 667 461
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.00% 10.89% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 421 272
North West median daily rate £433 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £267 £293 £234
90th Percentile £600 £588 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 12
North West median hourly rate £14.46 £13.00 £33.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.23% -60.69% +46.98%
10th Percentile £13.06 £10.50 £11.55
90th Percentile £16.26 £15.48 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.63 £19.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year -1.97% -12.20% -3.82%

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 16 January 2018.

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 16 January 2018. 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 +3 113 £475 +18.75% 96
Cheshire +44 85 £525 - 32
Lancashire +20 11 £428 -5.00% 7
Merseyside -5 9 £410 +17.14% 10
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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.

1 102 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 96 (40.34%) Amazon AWS
3 92 (38.66%) DevOps
4 73 (30.67%) Windows
5 68 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
6 67 (28.15%) PowerShell
7 54 (22.69%) Linux
7 54 (22.69%) Active Directory
8 52 (21.85%) Jenkins
9 49 (20.59%) Web Services
10 44 (18.49%) Ansible
10 44 (18.49%) .NET
11 41 (17.23%) SQL Server
11 41 (17.23%) SQL
11 41 (17.23%) PaaS
12 40 (16.81%) Continuous Integration
12 40 (16.81%) Puppet
12 40 (16.81%) Python
13 35 (14.71%) Continuous Delivery
14 34 (14.29%) Office 365
14 34 (14.29%) Configuration Management
14 34 (14.29%) VMware
15 33 (13.87%) Migration
16 30 (12.61%) C#
16 30 (12.61%) Windows Server
17 29 (12.18%) Java
18 28 (11.76%) IaaS
18 28 (11.76%) Ruby
18 28 (11.76%) Bash Shell
18 28 (11.76%) TeamCity

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 9 (3.78%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.94%) Skype for Business
3 6 (2.52%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.10%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.26%) CMS
6 3 (1.26%) IIS
7 2 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.84%) Mongoose
7 2 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.84%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.42%) Apache
8 1 (0.42%) Confluence
8 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.42%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (1.68%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 96 (40.34%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (17.23%) PaaS
3 34 (14.29%) Office 365
4 28 (11.76%) IaaS
5 17 (7.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (7.14%) SaaS
6 14 (5.88%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (2.10%) GitHub
7 5 (2.10%) iPaaS
8 4 (1.68%) Boomi
9 3 (1.26%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.84%) Serverless
11 1 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.42%) Datadog
11 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.42%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 18 (7.56%) DNS
2 15 (6.30%) SAN
3 14 (5.88%) DHCP
4 9 (3.78%) Skype
5 7 (2.94%) Firewall
6 6 (2.52%) LAN
6 6 (2.52%) WAN
7 5 (2.10%) Network Security
7 5 (2.10%) Remote Desktop
7 5 (2.10%) VPN
8 4 (1.68%) TCP/IP
9 3 (1.26%) MPLS
10 2 (0.84%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (0.84%) iSCSI
10 2 (0.84%) LDAP
10 2 (0.84%) NAS
10 2 (0.84%) VoIP
11 1 (0.42%) Fibre Channel
11 1 (0.42%) RIP
11 1 (0.42%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (17.23%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (5.88%) Azure SQL Database
4 13 (5.46%) Big Data
5 11 (4.62%) MongoDB
5 11 (4.62%) Power BI
6 8 (3.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (2.52%) Hadoop
8 5 (2.10%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (1.68%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 4 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.84%) EDRMS
10 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.84%) Star Schema
11 1 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.42%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 52 (21.85%) Jenkins
2 28 (11.76%) TeamCity
3 25 (10.50%) Visual Studio
4 20 (8.40%) Git (software)
5 10 (4.20%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (2.10%) Cucumber
7 5 (2.10%) JIRA
8 4 (1.68%) GitLab
9 3 (1.26%) Artifactory
9 3 (1.26%) SonarQube
9 3 (1.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.84%) Metasploit
10 2 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.84%) Selenium
10 2 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.42%) Bitbucket
11 1 (0.42%) Maven
11 1 (0.42%) NUnit
General
1 19 (7.98%) Finance
2 11 (4.62%) Retail
3 7 (2.94%) Marketing
3 7 (2.94%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.52%) Electronics
4 6 (2.52%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.10%) Retail Finance
6 2 (0.84%) Banking
6 2 (0.84%) Billing
7 1 (0.42%) Back Office
7 1 (0.42%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.42%) French Language
7 1 (0.42%) German Language
7 1 (0.42%) Publishing
7 1 (0.42%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (22.69%) Architect
2 45 (18.91%) DevOps Engineer
3 38 (15.97%) Consultant
4 29 (12.18%) Azure DevOps
5 25 (10.50%) Developer
6 21 (8.82%) Azure Consultant
7 19 (7.98%) Azure Engineer
7 19 (7.98%) WebOps Engineer
8 15 (6.30%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 15 (6.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (5.04%) Cloud Architect
9 12 (5.04%) DevOps Consultant
10 11 (4.62%) .NET Developer
10 11 (4.62%) Azure Architect
10 11 (4.62%) Technical Architect
11 10 (4.20%) AWS DevOps
11 10 (4.20%) Solutions Architect
12 9 (3.78%) Data Architect
13 8 (3.36%) Cloud Engineer
14 7 (2.94%) Cloud Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (20.59%) Web Services
2 44 (18.49%) .NET
3 16 (6.72%) ASP.NET
3 16 (6.72%) JSON
4 12 (5.04%) Node.js
5 11 (4.62%) ASP.NET Web API
6 10 (4.20%) .NET Framework
7 8 (3.36%) HTML
8 6 (2.52%) RESTful
8 6 (2.52%) XML
9 5 (2.10%) .NET Core
9 5 (2.10%) AngularJS
9 5 (2.10%) LINQ
9 5 (2.10%) Spring Boot
10 4 (1.68%) ADO.NET
10 4 (1.68%) CSS
10 4 (1.68%) jQuery
10 4 (1.68%) React
10 4 (1.68%) SOAP
11 3 (1.26%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.40%) Public Cloud
2 10 (4.20%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.20%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.36%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (2.52%) Private Cloud
6 5 (2.10%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.68%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.68%) Fintech
8 3 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.26%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.26%) User Experience
9 2 (0.84%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.84%) EMC VNX
9 2 (0.84%) EMC VNXe
9 2 (0.84%) Replication
10 1 (0.42%) Cloud Native
10 1 (0.42%) Clustering
10 1 (0.42%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.42%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 73 (30.67%) Windows
2 54 (22.69%) Linux
3 30 (12.61%) Windows Server
4 17 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (3.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (3.36%) Android
6 8 (3.36%) Apple iOS
7 6 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (2.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (2.10%) CentOS
8 5 (2.10%) SUSE
8 5 (2.10%) Windows 10
9 4 (1.68%) Ubuntu
10 3 (1.26%) Kali Linux
11 2 (0.84%) Unix
11 2 (0.84%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.42%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (38.66%) DevOps
2 68 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (16.81%) Continuous Integration
4 35 (14.71%) Continuous Delivery
5 34 (14.29%) Configuration Management
6 33 (13.87%) Migration
7 21 (8.82%) Scrum
8 20 (8.40%) Business Intelligence
8 20 (8.40%) Web Operations
9 19 (7.98%) MVC
10 16 (6.72%) ITIL
11 13 (5.46%) Test Automation
12 12 (5.04%) TDD
13 11 (4.62%) Microservices
14 10 (4.20%) Data Modelling
14 10 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (4.20%) Kanban
14 10 (4.20%) Service Management
15 9 (3.78%) Programme Management
15 9 (3.78%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 67 (28.15%) PowerShell
2 41 (17.23%) SQL
3 40 (16.81%) Python
4 30 (12.61%) C#
5 29 (12.18%) Java
6 28 (11.76%) Bash Shell
6 28 (11.76%) Ruby
7 9 (3.78%) JavaScript
8 7 (2.94%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.68%) PHP
9 4 (1.68%) Scala
9 4 (1.68%) VB
10 3 (1.26%) C
10 3 (1.26%) Go
10 3 (1.26%) Perl
11 1 (0.42%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.42%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (6.72%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (4.62%) MCSE
3 10 (4.20%) Security Cleared
4 8 (3.36%) MCSA
4 8 (3.36%) SC Cleared
5 4 (1.68%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (1.68%) MCSD
6 3 (1.26%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.26%) Degree
6 3 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.84%) CCNA
7 2 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.42%) CCDP
8 1 (0.42%) CCIE
8 1 (0.42%) CCNP
8 1 (0.42%) CISM
8 1 (0.42%) CISSP
8 1 (0.42%) ISEB
8 1 (0.42%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.52%) Data Quality
2 5 (2.10%) SLA
3 3 (1.26%) GCP
3 3 (1.26%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.84%) GDPR
4 2 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.42%) COBIT
5 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.42%) QA
System Software
1 54 (22.69%) Active Directory
2 19 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (5.04%) Docker
4 11 (4.62%) Hyper-V
5 9 (3.78%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (2.52%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.42%) NFS
7 1 (0.42%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.42%) Xen
7 1 (0.42%) XenApp
7 1 (0.42%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 44 (18.49%) Ansible
2 40 (16.81%) Puppet
3 20 (8.40%) Terraform
4 19 (7.98%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (5.46%) SCCM
6 6 (2.52%) Kubernetes
6 6 (2.52%) WSUS
7 5 (2.10%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 5 (2.10%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (2.10%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (1.68%) Packer
8 4 (1.68%) SCOM
9 3 (1.26%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.84%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.84%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.84%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.84%) Nessus
10 2 (0.84%) Nexpose
10 2 (0.84%) Rundeck
10 2 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 102 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 34 (14.29%) VMware
3 15 (6.30%) Cisco
4 13 (5.46%) Citrix
4 13 (5.46%) Red Hat
5 12 (5.04%) Google
6 11 (4.62%) NetApp
6 11 (4.62%) Oracle
6 11 (4.62%) SAP
7 7 (2.94%) HP
7 7 (2.94%) MuleSoft
7 7 (2.94%) Sitecore
8 6 (2.52%) IronPort
8 6 (2.52%) Lumension
8 6 (2.52%) McAfee
9 5 (2.10%) Capita
9 5 (2.10%) Clearswift
9 5 (2.10%) IBM
9 5 (2.10%) Micro Focus
9 5 (2.10%) Xamarin