Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 84 139
Rank change year-on-year +54 +55 +31
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 350 134 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.69% 2.35% 1.38%
As % of the Cloud Services category 32.53% 20.62% 21.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 93 92
North West median daily rate £433 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.33% -16.67% +16.13%
10th Percentile £305 £285 £339
90th Percentile £575 £571 £925
England median daily rate £476 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +0.11% +5.56% +12.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 0
North West median hourly rate £14.00 £65.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -78.46% - -
England median hourly rate £31.00 £47.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year -34.74% +9.20% +24.29%

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 1,076 650 484
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.49% 11.38% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 680 429 313
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £294
90th Percentile £600 £600 £538
England median daily rate £477 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +3.03% +2.78% +9.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 19 13
North West median hourly rate £19.25 £22.90 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.94% +57.93% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.30 £9.85 £11.77
90th Percentile £143.75 £67.40 £27.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.44% +7.89% -15.56%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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 +36 173 £423 -6.11% 120
Cheshire +30 107 £405 +26.17% 31
Merseyside +40 38 £450 +38.46% 12
Lancashire 0 20 £478 +23.23% 9
Cumbria -5 1 - - 1
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 126 (36.00%) Microsoft
2 123 (35.14%) Amazon AWS
3 106 (30.29%) Agile Software Development
4 103 (29.43%) SQL
5 94 (26.86%) .NET
6 79 (22.57%) C#
6 79 (22.57%) Windows
7 73 (20.86%) DevOps
8 71 (20.29%) SQL Server
9 70 (20.00%) Active Directory
10 66 (18.86%) Office 365
11 57 (16.29%) Java
12 51 (14.57%) Node.js
13 48 (13.71%) Linux
14 47 (13.43%) ASP.NET
14 47 (13.43%) JavaScript
14 47 (13.43%) Migration
15 46 (13.14%) Web Services
16 44 (12.57%) Windows Server
17 43 (12.29%) Security Cleared
18 42 (12.00%) VMware
19 41 (11.71%) PowerShell
20 39 (11.14%) Continuous Integration
21 38 (10.86%) Azure Active Directory
22 35 (10.00%) SaaS
22 35 (10.00%) PaaS
23 34 (9.71%) HTML
24 33 (9.43%) TDD
24 33 (9.43%) Docker
25 32 (9.14%) CSS

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 16 (4.57%) MS Exchange
2 15 (4.29%) Skype for Business
3 10 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (2.29%) SharePoint
5 7 (2.00%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (1.71%) Confluence
7 5 (1.43%) Apache Spark
8 4 (1.14%) Mongoose
8 4 (1.14%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.86%) CMS
9 3 (0.86%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.29%) Apache
11 1 (0.29%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.29%) IIS
11 1 (0.29%) SAS
11 1 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (2.29%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (2.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.86%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 123 (35.14%) Amazon AWS
2 66 (18.86%) Office 365
3 38 (10.86%) Azure Active Directory
4 35 (10.00%) PaaS
4 35 (10.00%) SaaS
5 27 (7.71%) IaaS
6 14 (4.00%) GitHub
7 11 (3.14%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (3.14%) Google Cloud Platform
8 8 (2.29%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (2.00%) Azure Data Factory
9 7 (2.00%) iPaaS
10 6 (1.71%) Serverless
11 5 (1.43%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (1.43%) Dynamics 365
12 4 (1.14%) Boomi
12 4 (1.14%) IBM Cloud
13 3 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
13 3 (0.86%) Amazon ElastiCache
14 1 (0.29%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 29 (8.29%) Firewall
2 24 (6.86%) LAN
3 23 (6.57%) WAN
4 21 (6.00%) Skype
5 17 (4.86%) DNS
5 17 (4.86%) VPN
6 15 (4.29%) DHCP
7 11 (3.14%) TCP/IP
8 10 (2.86%) SAN
9 8 (2.29%) Network Security
10 5 (1.43%) MPLS
10 5 (1.43%) VoIP
11 4 (1.14%) Cisco ASA
12 3 (0.86%) DMZ
12 3 (0.86%) FTP
12 3 (0.86%) HTTP
12 3 (0.86%) IPsec
12 3 (0.86%) Software-Defined Networking
12 3 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
13 2 (0.57%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (20.29%) SQL Server
2 31 (8.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (6.00%) Azure SQL Database
3 21 (6.00%) NoSQL
4 16 (4.57%) Redis
4 16 (4.57%) Relational Database
5 14 (4.00%) DB2
6 12 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (3.14%) Big Data
7 11 (3.14%) Power BI
7 11 (3.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (2.29%) RavenDB
10 7 (2.00%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (1.71%) Hadoop
11 6 (1.71%) MongoDB
12 4 (1.14%) MySQL
12 4 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
13 3 (0.86%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 32 (9.14%) Git (software)
1 32 (9.14%) Jenkins
2 30 (8.57%) Visual Studio
3 17 (4.86%) JIRA
4 15 (4.29%) Maven
4 15 (4.29%) Visual Studio Team System
5 8 (2.29%) Cucumber
5 8 (2.29%) Selenium
5 8 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (2.00%) SonarQube
6 7 (2.00%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (1.71%) GitLab
8 5 (1.43%) Bitbucket
8 5 (1.43%) Mockito
8 5 (1.43%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (1.14%) Artifactory
9 4 (1.14%) gulp
9 4 (1.14%) JUnit
9 4 (1.14%) SoapUI
9 4 (1.14%) TestNG
General
1 20 (5.71%) Finance
2 6 (1.71%) Banking
3 5 (1.43%) Law
3 5 (1.43%) Legal
3 5 (1.43%) Marketing
4 4 (1.14%) Back Office
4 4 (1.14%) Investment Banking
5 3 (0.86%) Local Government
5 3 (0.86%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.86%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.57%) Billing
7 1 (0.29%) Advertising
7 1 (0.29%) Automotive
7 1 (0.29%) Front Office
7 1 (0.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 110 (31.43%) Developer
2 64 (18.29%) Architect
3 41 (11.71%) .NET Developer
4 29 (8.29%) Consultant
5 25 (7.14%) Solutions Architect
6 24 (6.86%) Azure Architect
7 23 (6.57%) DevOps Engineer
8 20 (5.71%) C# Developer
9 19 (5.43%) Azure Engineer
10 17 (4.86%) Lead Developer
11 16 (4.57%) Administrator
11 16 (4.57%) Azure Consultant
11 16 (4.57%) C# .NET Developer
12 15 (4.29%) Software Engineer
13 14 (4.00%) Java Engineer
14 12 (3.43%) Cloud Architect
14 12 (3.43%) Java Developer
14 12 (3.43%) Java Software Engineer
14 12 (3.43%) Network Engineer
15 11 (3.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (26.86%) .NET
2 51 (14.57%) Node.js
3 47 (13.43%) ASP.NET
4 46 (13.14%) Web Services
5 34 (9.71%) HTML
6 32 (9.14%) CSS
7 28 (8.00%) .NET Framework
8 26 (7.43%) Spring
9 21 (6.00%) .NET Core
9 21 (6.00%) JSON
10 20 (5.71%) Entity Framework
11 19 (5.43%) AngularJS
11 19 (5.43%) SOAP
12 17 (4.86%) REST
13 16 (4.57%) RESTful
14 15 (4.29%) XML
15 14 (4.00%) React
16 13 (3.71%) jQuery
17 12 (3.43%) ASP.NET Web API
17 12 (3.43%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 23 (6.57%) Public Cloud
2 18 (5.14%) Data Centre
3 12 (3.43%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.43%) Greenfield Project
4 11 (3.14%) Hybrid Cloud
5 8 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (2.29%) Private Cloud
6 7 (2.00%) Fat Client
6 7 (2.00%) Management Information System
6 7 (2.00%) Thin Client
7 5 (1.43%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.14%) User Experience
9 3 (0.86%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.86%) Clustering
9 3 (0.86%) Semantic Web
9 3 (0.86%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.57%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.57%) NHS
10 2 (0.57%) PKI
10 2 (0.57%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 79 (22.57%) Windows
2 48 (13.71%) Linux
3 44 (12.57%) Windows Server
4 15 (4.29%) Windows 10
5 10 (2.86%) CentOS
5 10 (2.86%) Windows 7
6 8 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (2.29%) Unix
6 8 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (2.00%) Android
7 7 (2.00%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.43%) Ubuntu
8 5 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.86%) Debian
9 3 (0.86%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.86%) SUSE
10 1 (0.29%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (30.29%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (20.86%) DevOps
3 47 (13.43%) Migration
4 39 (11.14%) Continuous Integration
5 33 (9.43%) TDD
6 31 (8.86%) Problem-Solving
7 30 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
8 28 (8.00%) MVC
9 27 (7.71%) Microservices
10 23 (6.57%) ITIL
11 21 (6.00%) Continuous Delivery
12 19 (5.43%) SOA
12 19 (5.43%) Software Engineering
13 16 (4.57%) Project Management
14 15 (4.29%) ETL
15 13 (3.71%) BDD
15 13 (3.71%) CRM
15 13 (3.71%) Data Modelling
15 13 (3.71%) IT Strategy
15 13 (3.71%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 103 (29.43%) SQL
2 79 (22.57%) C#
3 57 (16.29%) Java
4 47 (13.43%) JavaScript
5 41 (11.71%) PowerShell
6 20 (5.71%) Python
7 11 (3.14%) Bash Shell
7 11 (3.14%) Java 8
8 10 (2.86%) T-SQL
9 8 (2.29%) PHP
9 8 (2.29%) Ruby
10 6 (1.71%) ES6
10 6 (1.71%) Perl
11 5 (1.43%) C
11 5 (1.43%) Go
11 5 (1.43%) Scala
12 4 (1.14%) R
13 3 (0.86%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.57%) C++
14 2 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 43 (12.29%) Security Cleared
2 24 (6.86%) SC Cleared
3 10 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (2.29%) Degree
5 6 (1.71%) MCSE
6 4 (1.14%) ISEB
7 3 (0.86%) CCNA
7 3 (0.86%) CCNP
7 3 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.57%) MCITP
8 2 (0.57%) MCSA
8 2 (0.57%) MCTS
9 1 (0.29%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.29%) CISSP
9 1 (0.29%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.29%) MCP
9 1 (0.29%) MCSD
9 1 (0.29%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.29%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.43%) GCP
1 5 (1.43%) GDPR
1 5 (1.43%) QA
1 5 (1.43%) SLA
2 4 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.57%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.57%) PMO
4 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.29%) NIST 800
System Software
1 70 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 33 (9.43%) Docker
3 22 (6.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (5.43%) Virtual Machines
5 16 (4.57%) Hyper-V
6 8 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.71%) vSphere
8 3 (0.86%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.57%) NFS
9 2 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.29%) Gluster
10 1 (0.29%) iptables
10 1 (0.29%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (6.86%) Puppet
2 22 (6.29%) Terraform
3 18 (5.14%) Ansible
4 16 (4.57%) Microsoft Intune
5 15 (4.29%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (3.71%) SCCM
7 10 (2.86%) Single Sign-On
8 9 (2.57%) Kubernetes
8 9 (2.57%) SCOM
9 6 (1.71%) WSUS
10 5 (1.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 5 (1.43%) Packer
10 5 (1.43%) Salt
10 5 (1.43%) vCenter Server
11 4 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (1.14%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.86%) Nagios
13 2 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.57%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 126 (36.00%) Microsoft
2 42 (12.00%) VMware
3 21 (6.00%) Cisco
4 14 (4.00%) Oracle
4 14 (4.00%) Teradata
5 13 (3.71%) Citrix
5 13 (3.71%) Google
6 9 (2.57%) Clearswift
7 7 (2.00%) Xamarin
8 6 (1.71%) Red Hat
8 6 (1.71%) Sitecore
9 5 (1.43%) Capita
9 5 (1.43%) IBM
9 5 (1.43%) IronPort
9 5 (1.43%) McAfee
9 5 (1.43%) PeopleSoft
9 5 (1.43%) Teradici
9 5 (1.43%) webMethods
10 4 (1.14%) Cloudera
10 4 (1.14%) SaltStack