Period
to 16 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 67 108
Rank change year-on-year +50 +41 +83
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 448 161 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.58% 2.86% 1.92%
As % of the Cloud Services category 36.19% 23.68% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 116 96
North West median daily rate £438 £418 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.79% -7.22% +28.57%
10th Percentile £313 £294 £325
90th Percentile £600 £569 £925
England median daily rate £488 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 0
North West median hourly rate £28.72 £65.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.82% - -
England median hourly rate £19.00 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -55.29% +13.33% -3.85%

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 1,238 680 616
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.95% 12.08% 8.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 783 434 397
North West median daily rate £433 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% - +4.29%
10th Percentile £226 £226 £288
90th Percentile £600 £600 £556
England median daily rate £488 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +3.72% +4.44% +7.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 15 14
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £29.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.66% +107.14% -37.78%
10th Percentile £11.28 £10.50 £10.85
90th Percentile £84.20 £67.70 £15.60
England median hourly rate £17.55 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -12.25% +5.26% -18.72%

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 October 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 16 October 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 16 October 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 +44 221 £443 -6.84% 152
Cheshire +31 144 £418 +31.70% 53
Merseyside +36 49 £410 - 27
Lancashire -4 21 £463 +19.35% 13
Cumbria +1 5 - - 2
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 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.

1 161 (35.94%) Microsoft
2 143 (31.92%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (28.13%) SQL
4 111 (24.78%) .NET
5 108 (24.11%) Amazon AWS
6 105 (23.44%) Windows
7 104 (23.21%) Office 365
8 93 (20.76%) Active Directory
9 91 (20.31%) DevOps
10 82 (18.30%) SQL Server
11 71 (15.85%) C#
11 71 (15.85%) Security Cleared
12 66 (14.73%) Java
13 63 (14.06%) VMware
14 62 (13.84%) Migration
15 60 (13.39%) Windows Server
16 58 (12.95%) PowerShell
17 55 (12.28%) SC Cleared
18 47 (10.49%) Azure Active Directory
19 46 (10.27%) JavaScript
20 45 (10.04%) Node.js
20 45 (10.04%) Docker
21 43 (9.60%) TDD
22 41 (9.15%) Problem-Solving
22 41 (9.15%) Web Services
23 40 (8.93%) Visual Studio Team System
24 39 (8.71%) JIRA
24 39 (8.71%) ASP.NET
24 39 (8.71%) Linux
24 39 (8.71%) Firewall

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 25 (5.58%) MS Exchange
2 24 (5.36%) SharePoint
2 24 (5.36%) Skype for Business
3 15 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (2.01%) Confluence
4 9 (2.01%) Drupal
5 7 (1.56%) CMS
5 7 (1.56%) IIS
6 6 (1.34%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (1.12%) ArcGIS
7 5 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (0.89%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.67%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.67%) JBoss
10 2 (0.45%) Apache
10 2 (0.45%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.45%) WebLogic
Applications
1 14 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.67%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 26 (5.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.67%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 108 (24.11%) Amazon AWS
2 104 (23.21%) Office 365
3 47 (10.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 38 (8.48%) PaaS
5 36 (8.04%) IaaS
6 30 (6.70%) SaaS
7 24 (5.36%) Dynamics 365
8 16 (3.57%) Google Cloud Platform
9 11 (2.46%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (1.56%) Azure Data Factory
11 7 (1.56%) Boomi
11 7 (1.56%) GitHub
12 4 (0.89%) iPaaS
13 3 (0.67%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.45%) Amazon ElastiCache
14 2 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.45%) Route 53
14 2 (0.45%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 39 (8.71%) Firewall
2 37 (8.26%) DNS
3 32 (7.14%) VPN
4 30 (6.70%) Skype
5 29 (6.47%) WAN
6 28 (6.25%) LAN
7 27 (6.03%) DHCP
8 21 (4.69%) TCP/IP
9 9 (2.01%) Network Security
9 9 (2.01%) SAN
10 5 (1.12%) HTTP
10 5 (1.12%) MPLS
10 5 (1.12%) VoIP
11 4 (0.89%) DMZ
11 4 (0.89%) iSCSI
11 4 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
12 3 (0.67%) FTP
12 3 (0.67%) IPsec
12 3 (0.67%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (18.30%) SQL Server
2 38 (8.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 34 (7.59%) Azure SQL Database
4 19 (4.24%) Power BI
5 16 (3.57%) NoSQL
5 16 (3.57%) Relational Database
6 15 (3.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (2.46%) DB2
7 11 (2.46%) MongoDB
7 11 (2.46%) Redis
8 10 (2.23%) SQL Server 2016
9 9 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (2.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (1.79%) Big Data
11 6 (1.34%) Hadoop
12 5 (1.12%) GIS
12 5 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (1.12%) QlikView
12 5 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (1.12%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 40 (8.93%) Visual Studio Team System
2 39 (8.71%) JIRA
3 38 (8.48%) Jenkins
4 35 (7.81%) Git (software)
5 30 (6.70%) Selenium
6 27 (6.03%) Octopus Deploy
7 25 (5.58%) Visual Studio
8 16 (3.57%) Cucumber
9 15 (3.35%) Maven
10 12 (2.68%) Team Foundation Server
11 11 (2.46%) GitLab
11 11 (2.46%) JUnit
11 11 (2.46%) SonarQube
12 10 (2.23%) JMeter
13 8 (1.79%) TeamCity
14 7 (1.56%) Bitbucket
14 7 (1.56%) Mockito
14 7 (1.56%) SoapUI
15 6 (1.34%) Sonatype Nexus
16 5 (1.12%) MSBuild
General
1 21 (4.69%) Finance
2 6 (1.34%) Banking
2 6 (1.34%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.12%) Marketing
4 4 (0.89%) Back Office
4 4 (0.89%) Billing
4 4 (0.89%) Investment Banking
4 4 (0.89%) Law
4 4 (0.89%) Manufacturing
4 4 (0.89%) Retail
5 3 (0.67%) Legal
5 3 (0.67%) Local Government
6 2 (0.45%) Electronics
7 1 (0.22%) Advertising
7 1 (0.22%) Automotive
7 1 (0.22%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 132 (29.46%) Developer
2 79 (17.63%) Architect
3 43 (9.60%) .NET Developer
4 42 (9.38%) Azure Engineer
5 36 (8.04%) Azure Architect
5 36 (8.04%) DevOps Engineer
6 32 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 24 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
8 23 (5.13%) Consultant
9 21 (4.69%) Administrator
10 18 (4.02%) Azure Developer
11 16 (3.57%) Java Developer
11 16 (3.57%) Technical Architect
12 15 (3.35%) Full Stack Developer
12 15 (3.35%) Java Engineer
12 15 (3.35%) Lead Developer
13 14 (3.13%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 14 (3.13%) Cloud Architect
13 14 (3.13%) Cloud Engineer
13 14 (3.13%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (24.78%) .NET
2 45 (10.04%) Node.js
3 41 (9.15%) Web Services
4 39 (8.71%) ASP.NET
5 32 (7.14%) JSON
6 31 (6.92%) HTML
7 30 (6.70%) AngularJS
8 27 (6.03%) Spring
9 25 (5.58%) CSS
10 24 (5.36%) REST
11 23 (5.13%) .NET Framework
12 20 (4.46%) RESTful
13 19 (4.24%) .NET Core
14 17 (3.79%) Entity Framework
15 15 (3.35%) SOAP
16 14 (3.13%) XML
17 12 (2.68%) jQuery
17 12 (2.68%) React
17 12 (2.68%) Spring Boot
18 11 (2.46%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.13%) Public Cloud
2 21 (4.69%) Data Centre
3 15 (3.35%) Greenfield Project
4 14 (3.13%) Hybrid Cloud
4 14 (3.13%) Mobile App
5 13 (2.90%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (2.68%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.79%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.56%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.34%) Clustering
9 6 (1.34%) PKI
10 5 (1.12%) Blackberry
10 5 (1.12%) Fat Client
10 5 (1.12%) Thin Client
10 5 (1.12%) YubiKey
11 3 (0.67%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.67%) Fintech
11 3 (0.67%) Self-Motivation
12 2 (0.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 105 (23.44%) Windows
2 60 (13.39%) Windows Server
3 39 (8.71%) Linux
4 17 (3.79%) Windows 10
5 13 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (2.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (2.01%) Windows 7
8 7 (1.56%) Unix
9 5 (1.12%) CentOS
9 5 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.89%) Android
10 4 (0.89%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.45%) Data ONTAP
11 2 (0.45%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.45%) SUSE
12 1 (0.22%) Debian
12 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (31.92%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (20.31%) DevOps
3 62 (13.84%) Migration
4 43 (9.60%) TDD
5 41 (9.15%) Problem-Solving
6 38 (8.48%) Business Intelligence
7 36 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 34 (7.59%) Scrum
9 33 (7.37%) Continuous Integration
10 32 (7.14%) ITIL
11 30 (6.70%) CRM
12 29 (6.47%) MVC
13 26 (5.80%) BDD
13 26 (5.80%) Test Automation
14 25 (5.58%) Microservices
15 24 (5.36%) ETL
16 23 (5.13%) Continuous Delivery
16 23 (5.13%) Software Engineering
17 22 (4.91%) Project Management
18 17 (3.79%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 126 (28.13%) SQL
2 71 (15.85%) C#
3 66 (14.73%) Java
4 58 (12.95%) PowerShell
5 46 (10.27%) JavaScript
6 20 (4.46%) Python
7 16 (3.57%) T-SQL
8 13 (2.90%) Java 8
9 9 (2.01%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.79%) Ruby
10 8 (1.79%) TypeScript
11 5 (1.12%) PHP
12 4 (0.89%) C
13 3 (0.67%) Perl
14 2 (0.45%) C++
14 2 (0.45%) ES6
14 2 (0.45%) LotusScript
14 2 (0.45%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 1 (0.22%) Go
Qualifications
1 71 (15.85%) Security Cleared
2 55 (12.28%) SC Cleared
3 32 (7.14%) Degree
4 23 (5.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (2.90%) MCSE
6 8 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
7 7 (1.56%) MCSA
8 6 (1.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (1.12%) Postgraduate
10 4 (0.89%) CCNP
10 4 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.45%) CCDP
12 2 (0.45%) CCIE
12 2 (0.45%) CCNA
12 2 (0.45%) ISEB
12 2 (0.45%) MCITP
12 2 (0.45%) MCTS
13 1 (0.22%) CISSP
13 1 (0.22%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.13%) QA
2 3 (0.67%) GDPR
2 3 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (0.67%) SLA
3 2 (0.45%) PMO
4 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.22%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.22%) NIST 800
System Software
1 93 (20.76%) Active Directory
2 45 (10.04%) Docker
3 35 (7.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (4.69%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (3.35%) Hyper-V
6 10 (2.23%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.34%) vSphere
8 4 (0.89%) Xen
9 3 (0.67%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.67%) XenServer
10 2 (0.45%) NFS
11 1 (0.22%) Gluster
11 1 (0.22%) iptables
11 1 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.22%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.22%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 28 (6.25%) Microsoft Intune
2 25 (5.58%) Puppet
3 23 (5.13%) Terraform
4 21 (4.69%) SCCM
5 17 (3.79%) Ansible
5 17 (3.79%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (2.68%) SCOM
7 11 (2.46%) Kubernetes
8 9 (2.01%) Single Sign-On
9 8 (1.79%) WSUS
10 5 (1.12%) Salt
10 5 (1.12%) vCenter Server
11 4 (0.89%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.89%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (0.89%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.89%) Packer
11 4 (0.89%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.67%) Nagios
12 3 (0.67%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 161 (35.94%) Microsoft
2 63 (14.06%) VMware
3 24 (5.36%) Oracle
4 23 (5.13%) Cisco
4 23 (5.13%) Citrix
4 23 (5.13%) Google
5 11 (2.46%) Teradata
6 10 (2.23%) Dell
7 9 (2.01%) McAfee
8 8 (1.79%) Clearswift
9 7 (1.56%) Informatica
10 6 (1.34%) HP
10 6 (1.34%) MuleSoft
10 6 (1.34%) NetApp
10 6 (1.34%) Red Hat
10 6 (1.34%) Symantec
10 6 (1.34%) Tableau
11 5 (1.12%) IBM
11 5 (1.12%) Mapbox
11 5 (1.12%) Teradici