Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 13 45 74
Rank change year-on-year +32 +29 +119
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 529 209 174
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 8.79% 3.68% 2.68%
As % of the Cloud Services category 37.60% 27.39% 26.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 384 150 104
North West median daily rate £450 £494 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.86% +16.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £322 £291
90th Percentile £650 £614 £600
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
North West median hourly rate £28.72 £162.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -82.33% - -
England median hourly rate £28.72 £37.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -22.39% +131.25% -55.86%

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 1,407 763 666
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 23.37% 13.42% 10.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 926 504 420
North West median daily rate £450 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £240 £257 £289
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 5 8
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £12.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +56.86% -57.77%
10th Percentile £11.46 £12.75 £10.88
90th Percentile £42.50 £113.05 £15.40
England median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +5.26% -11.63%

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 11 December 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in the North West over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

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 6 months to 11 December 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 +39 273 £450 -5.26% 163
Cheshire +17 155 £410 -20.39% 44
Merseyside +34 57 £433 +5.49% 14
Lancashire +4 34 £475 +35.71% 14
Cumbria - 4 - - 1
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure.

1 192 (36.29%) Microsoft
2 165 (31.19%) Agile Software Development
3 146 (27.60%) Amazon AWS
4 134 (25.33%) DevOps
5 133 (25.14%) .NET
6 130 (24.57%) SQL
7 114 (21.55%) Windows
8 103 (19.47%) Office 365
9 97 (18.34%) Active Directory
10 85 (16.07%) Java
10 85 (16.07%) SQL Server
11 83 (15.69%) C#
12 78 (14.74%) Jenkins
13 69 (13.04%) Security Cleared
14 66 (12.48%) PowerShell
15 62 (11.72%) TDD
16 61 (11.53%) VMware
17 60 (11.34%) Migration
17 60 (11.34%) SC Cleared
17 60 (11.34%) Windows Server
18 55 (10.40%) Continuous Integration
19 54 (10.21%) Azure Active Directory
20 53 (10.02%) JavaScript
21 49 (9.26%) Docker
22 47 (8.88%) DNS
22 47 (8.88%) PaaS
23 46 (8.70%) Visual Studio Team System
23 46 (8.70%) HTML
24 45 (8.51%) Terraform
25 44 (8.32%) Problem-Solving

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 38 (7.18%) SharePoint
2 28 (5.29%) MS Exchange
3 21 (3.97%) Skype for Business
4 20 (3.78%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (2.27%) nginx
6 10 (1.89%) Cloud Foundry
6 10 (1.89%) Drupal
6 10 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
6 10 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.70%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.70%) CMS
7 9 (1.70%) Confluence
7 9 (1.70%) IIS
8 8 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (1.13%) Apache Solr
9 6 (1.13%) Mule
10 5 (0.95%) JBoss
11 4 (0.76%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.38%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.38%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.57%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.19%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 30 (5.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.57%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 146 (27.60%) Amazon AWS
2 103 (19.47%) Office 365
3 54 (10.21%) Azure Active Directory
4 47 (8.88%) PaaS
5 37 (6.99%) IaaS
6 26 (4.91%) Google Cloud Platform
7 22 (4.16%) Dynamics 365
8 21 (3.97%) AWS CloudFormation
9 19 (3.59%) GitHub
9 19 (3.59%) SaaS
10 16 (3.02%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (2.08%) npm
12 9 (1.70%) Boomi
13 7 (1.32%) Azure Data Factory
14 6 (1.13%) Apigee
15 4 (0.76%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.76%) Serverless
16 2 (0.38%) Amazon ElastiCache
16 2 (0.38%) iPaaS
16 2 (0.38%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 47 (8.88%) DNS
2 35 (6.62%) Firewall
3 31 (5.86%) DHCP
4 30 (5.67%) VPN
5 27 (5.10%) WAN
6 24 (4.54%) LAN
6 24 (4.54%) Skype
7 22 (4.16%) TCP/IP
8 14 (2.65%) Network Security
9 8 (1.51%) HTTP
10 6 (1.13%) SAN
11 5 (0.95%) FTP
11 5 (0.95%) IPsec
11 5 (0.95%) iSCSI
11 5 (0.95%) OSPF
12 4 (0.76%) BGP
12 4 (0.76%) BIG-IP
12 4 (0.76%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (0.76%) DMZ
12 4 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (16.07%) SQL Server
2 39 (7.37%) Azure SQL Database
3 34 (6.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (4.16%) Power BI
5 19 (3.59%) Big Data
5 19 (3.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 16 (3.02%) MongoDB
6 16 (3.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 12 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (1.89%) Data Lake
8 10 (1.89%) MySQL
8 10 (1.89%) RavenDB
9 9 (1.70%) Hadoop
9 9 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (1.51%) Relational Database
10 8 (1.51%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (1.51%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (1.13%) Apache Hive
11 6 (1.13%) Impala
11 6 (1.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 78 (14.74%) Jenkins
2 46 (8.70%) Visual Studio Team System
3 40 (7.56%) Git (software)
4 37 (6.99%) Selenium
5 35 (6.62%) JIRA
6 30 (5.67%) Octopus Deploy
7 29 (5.48%) Visual Studio
8 25 (4.73%) JMeter
9 22 (4.16%) JUnit
10 21 (3.97%) Maven
11 18 (3.40%) Cucumber
12 14 (2.65%) TeamCity
13 13 (2.46%) gulp
14 12 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
15 11 (2.08%) GitLab
15 11 (2.08%) SoapUI
16 10 (1.89%) CircleCI
16 10 (1.89%) Gradle
16 10 (1.89%) IBM UrbanCode
16 10 (1.89%) Travis CI
General
1 30 (5.67%) Finance
2 14 (2.65%) Retail
3 7 (1.32%) Banking
3 7 (1.32%) Law
3 7 (1.32%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.13%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.95%) Marketing
6 4 (0.76%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.57%) Back Office
7 3 (0.57%) Electronics
7 3 (0.57%) Legal
7 3 (0.57%) Local Government
8 2 (0.38%) Billing
9 1 (0.19%) Advertising
9 1 (0.19%) Automotive
9 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 158 (29.87%) Developer
2 75 (14.18%) Architect
3 59 (11.15%) DevOps Engineer
4 55 (10.40%) .NET Developer
5 45 (8.51%) Azure Engineer
6 40 (7.56%) Consultant
7 33 (6.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 31 (5.86%) Java Developer
9 29 (5.48%) Azure Architect
10 24 (4.54%) Azure Developer
11 23 (4.35%) Administrator
12 22 (4.16%) Azure DevOps
13 18 (3.40%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 18 (3.40%) Cloud Architect
14 17 (3.21%) Cloud Engineer
14 17 (3.21%) Technical Architect
15 16 (3.02%) Full Stack Developer
15 16 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
16 15 (2.84%) SQL Developer
17 14 (2.65%) Azure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (25.14%) .NET
2 46 (8.70%) HTML
3 44 (8.32%) Node.js
4 42 (7.94%) CSS
4 42 (7.94%) RESTful
4 42 (7.94%) Web Services
5 38 (7.18%) ASP.NET
5 38 (7.18%) JSON
6 37 (6.99%) AngularJS
7 30 (5.67%) XML
8 24 (4.54%) SOAP
9 23 (4.35%) jQuery
9 23 (4.35%) Spring
10 21 (3.97%) REST
11 19 (3.59%) HTML5
12 17 (3.21%) .NET Framework
12 17 (3.21%) hapi
13 16 (3.02%) .NET Core
14 14 (2.65%) CSS3
15 13 (2.46%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 22 (4.16%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.97%) Greenfield Project
3 15 (2.84%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.65%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.65%) Mobile App
4 14 (2.65%) Public Cloud
5 12 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
6 10 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
6 10 (1.89%) Private Cloud
7 8 (1.51%) Semantic Web
8 6 (1.13%) Clustering
8 6 (1.13%) Fat Client
8 6 (1.13%) NHS
8 6 (1.13%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.95%) PKI
9 5 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (0.95%) YubiKey
10 4 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
10 4 (0.76%) User Experience
11 3 (0.57%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 114 (21.55%) Windows
2 60 (11.34%) Windows Server
3 39 (7.37%) Linux
4 18 (3.40%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (3.21%) Windows 10
6 14 (2.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (2.08%) Unix
8 7 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (1.32%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.95%) Android
9 5 (0.95%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.95%) CentOS
10 2 (0.38%) Data ONTAP
10 2 (0.38%) Solaris
10 2 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.19%) AIX
11 1 (0.19%) Debian
11 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (31.19%) Agile Software Development
2 134 (25.33%) DevOps
3 62 (11.72%) TDD
4 60 (11.34%) Migration
5 55 (10.40%) Continuous Integration
6 44 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
7 42 (7.94%) Scrum
8 40 (7.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 37 (6.99%) Business Intelligence
9 37 (6.99%) MVC
10 36 (6.81%) Test Automation
11 34 (6.43%) CRM
11 34 (6.43%) Microservices
12 33 (6.24%) Continuous Delivery
13 30 (5.67%) BDD
13 30 (5.67%) ITIL
14 27 (5.10%) ETL
15 21 (3.97%) Analytics
16 19 (3.59%) Continuous Deployment
16 19 (3.59%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 130 (24.57%) SQL
2 85 (16.07%) Java
3 83 (15.69%) C#
4 66 (12.48%) PowerShell
5 53 (10.02%) JavaScript
6 34 (6.43%) Python
7 20 (3.78%) T-SQL
8 14 (2.65%) Java 8
9 11 (2.08%) Bash Shell
9 11 (2.08%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.89%) Groovy
11 9 (1.70%) TypeScript
12 7 (1.32%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.13%) PHP
13 6 (1.13%) R
14 3 (0.57%) Ruby
15 2 (0.38%) ES6
15 2 (0.38%) Go
16 1 (0.19%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 1 (0.19%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 69 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 60 (11.34%) SC Cleared
3 33 (6.24%) Degree
4 29 (5.48%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (3.21%) MCSE
6 12 (2.27%) MCSA
7 10 (1.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.95%) CCIE
9 5 (0.95%) CCNP
9 5 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.76%) CCDP
10 4 (0.76%) Postgraduate
11 3 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.57%) MCITP
11 3 (0.57%) MCTS
12 2 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.38%) MCP
13 1 (0.19%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.19%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.84%) QA
2 3 (0.57%) SLA
3 2 (0.38%) GDPR
3 2 (0.38%) PMO
4 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 97 (18.34%) Active Directory
2 49 (9.26%) Docker
3 34 (6.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (4.73%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (1.70%) Hyper-V
7 6 (1.13%) HDFS
8 5 (0.95%) Xen
9 3 (0.57%) vSphere
9 3 (0.57%) XenServer
10 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.19%) NFS
10 1 (0.19%) vCloud
10 1 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.19%) XenApp
10 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 45 (8.51%) Terraform
2 42 (7.94%) Puppet
3 37 (6.99%) Opscode Chef
4 35 (6.62%) Ansible
5 21 (3.97%) Microsoft Intune
6 18 (3.40%) Kubernetes
6 18 (3.40%) SCCM
7 11 (2.08%) SCOM
8 10 (1.89%) Salt
9 8 (1.51%) WSUS
10 7 (1.32%) Kibana
10 7 (1.32%) logstash
11 5 (0.95%) Oozie
11 5 (0.95%) vCenter Server
12 4 (0.76%) AirWatch
12 4 (0.76%) Forum Sentry
12 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
12 4 (0.76%) Packer
12 4 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 192 (36.29%) Microsoft
2 61 (11.53%) VMware
3 41 (7.75%) Google
4 33 (6.24%) Oracle
5 20 (3.78%) Citrix
6 15 (2.84%) Cisco
6 15 (2.84%) Cloudera
7 13 (2.46%) Dell
8 9 (1.70%) McAfee
9 8 (1.51%) Informatica
10 7 (1.32%) MuleSoft
10 7 (1.32%) Red Hat
10 7 (1.32%) SAP
11 6 (1.13%) F5
11 6 (1.13%) Hortonworks
11 6 (1.13%) HP
11 6 (1.13%) Splunk
11 6 (1.13%) Symantec
11 6 (1.13%) Talend
12 5 (0.95%) NetApp