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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 79 108 119
Rank change year-on-year +29 +11  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 49 50 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.90% 1.29% 0.97%
As % of the Cloud Services category 18.15% 24.15% 19.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 43 17
Median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% +2.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £321 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £545 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £57.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -74.34% +125.49%  

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 270 207 183
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 10.45% 5.35% 5.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 140 106
Median daily rate £425 £463 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.10% -5.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £325 £369
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 7
Median hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +55.55%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.05% -13.35%  

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 29 March 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
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 29 March 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 +24 28 £450 +2.85% 39
Cheshire +20 15 £438 -2.77% 12
Merseyside +5 4 £350 +16.66% 7
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 67 (44.37%) Amazon AWS
2 64 (42.38%) Microsoft
3 47 (31.13%) Windows
4 45 (29.80%) Agile Software Development
5 33 (21.85%) Cisco
6 32 (21.19%) .NET
7 31 (20.53%) C#
8 28 (18.54%) Web Services
8 28 (18.54%) Active Directory
9 26 (17.22%) Linux
9 26 (17.22%) SQL Server
9 26 (17.22%) Firewall
9 26 (17.22%) DevOps
10 24 (15.89%) PowerShell
11 23 (15.23%) Python
11 23 (15.23%) Continuous Integration
12 22 (14.57%) MS Excel
13 21 (13.91%) Java
14 20 (13.25%) SQL
14 20 (13.25%) ASP.NET
14 20 (13.25%) Windows Server
15 19 (12.58%) Git (software)
15 19 (12.58%) Finance
16 18 (11.92%) VMware
16 18 (11.92%) Business Intelligence
16 18 (11.92%) Open Source
16 18 (11.92%) AngularJS
16 18 (11.92%) Continuous Delivery
17 17 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
17 17 (11.26%) LAN

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 10 (6.62%) Apache Spark
2 9 (5.96%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.97%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.31%) CMS
4 5 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2013
4 5 (3.31%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.31%) Umbraco
5 4 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (2.65%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (1.99%) IBM Notes
6 3 (1.99%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (1.99%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.32%) Confluence
8 1 (0.66%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.66%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.66%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.66%) OpenStack
Applications
1 22 (14.57%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.97%) MS Office
3 2 (1.32%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (5.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 67 (44.37%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (10.60%) Azure Active Directory
2 16 (10.60%) Office 365
3 11 (7.28%) Google Cloud Platform
4 8 (5.30%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (4.64%) AWS CloudFormation
5 7 (4.64%) PaaS
6 6 (3.97%) Amazon S3
7 5 (3.31%) Heroku
8 4 (2.65%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (2.65%) IaaS
9 3 (1.99%) SaaS
10 2 (1.32%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.66%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.66%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.66%) Route 53
11 1 (0.66%) Trello
11 1 (0.66%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 26 (17.22%) Firewall
2 17 (11.26%) LAN
2 17 (11.26%) WAN
3 12 (7.95%) TCP/IP
4 9 (5.96%) VLAN
4 9 (5.96%) WebEx
5 8 (5.30%) DHCP
5 8 (5.30%) DNS
6 5 (3.31%) Internet
7 4 (2.65%) MPLS
7 4 (2.65%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (1.99%) NAS
8 3 (1.99%) SAN
8 3 (1.99%) Skype
9 2 (1.32%) Network Security
9 2 (1.32%) VoIP
10 1 (0.66%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (0.66%) HSRP
10 1 (0.66%) HTTP
10 1 (0.66%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (17.22%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.95%) Hadoop
3 10 (6.62%) Big Data
3 10 (6.62%) MongoDB
3 10 (6.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (5.96%) NoSQL
5 6 (3.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 6 (3.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (3.31%) Power BI
6 5 (3.31%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (3.31%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (2.65%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (1.32%) Couchbase
8 2 (1.32%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.32%) Electronic Patient Records
8 2 (1.32%) HDInsight
8 2 (1.32%) KNIME
8 2 (1.32%) RavenDB
8 2 (1.32%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 19 (12.58%) Git (software)
2 9 (5.96%) Jenkins
3 7 (4.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (3.31%) Visual Studio
4 5 (3.31%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.99%) Gradle
5 3 (1.99%) JIRA
5 3 (1.99%) Mercurial
5 3 (1.99%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (1.99%) Rational Application Developer
5 3 (1.99%) Subversion
5 3 (1.99%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
6 2 (1.32%) Ant
6 2 (1.32%) Bitbucket
6 2 (1.32%) Maven
6 2 (1.32%) Selenium
6 2 (1.32%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.66%) GitLab
7 1 (0.66%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.66%) MSBuild
General
1 19 (12.58%) Finance
2 11 (7.28%) Marketing
3 10 (6.62%) Manufacturing
4 9 (5.96%) Electronics
4 9 (5.96%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.65%) Local Government
6 3 (1.99%) Retail
7 2 (1.32%) Advertising
8 1 (0.66%) Back Office
8 1 (0.66%) Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (17.22%) Developer
2 24 (15.89%) Architect
3 21 (13.91%) Consultant
4 18 (11.92%) DevOps Engineer
5 15 (9.93%) .NET Developer
6 14 (9.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (6.62%) IT Consultant
7 10 (6.62%) IT Security Consultant
7 10 (6.62%) Security Consultant
8 8 (5.30%) Data Engineer
9 7 (4.64%) Administrator
9 7 (4.64%) Identity Management Specialist
9 7 (4.64%) Network Architect
10 6 (3.97%) Senior Developer
11 5 (3.31%) Azure Engineer
11 5 (3.31%) C# Developer
11 5 (3.31%) Cloud Architect
11 5 (3.31%) DBA
11 5 (3.31%) Designer
11 5 (3.31%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (21.19%) .NET
2 28 (18.54%) Web Services
3 20 (13.25%) ASP.NET
4 18 (11.92%) AngularJS
5 14 (9.27%) ASP.NET MVC
6 10 (6.62%) Node.js
7 8 (5.30%) .NET Framework
7 8 (5.30%) CSS
7 8 (5.30%) HTML
8 7 (4.64%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (4.64%) REST
9 6 (3.97%) jQuery
9 6 (3.97%) React
9 6 (3.97%) WPF
10 4 (2.65%) SAML
11 3 (1.99%) Durandal
11 3 (1.99%) J2EE
11 3 (1.99%) Middleware
11 3 (1.99%) OAuth2
11 3 (1.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.27%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.96%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.65%) BYOD
4 4 (2.65%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.65%) User Experience
5 3 (1.99%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.99%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.32%) Clustering
6 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) Fintech
6 2 (1.32%) iPad
6 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.32%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.32%) Replication
6 2 (1.32%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.66%) iPhone
7 1 (0.66%) Life Science
7 1 (0.66%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 47 (31.13%) Windows
2 26 (17.22%) Linux
3 20 (13.25%) Windows Server
4 17 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (9.27%) Unix
5 14 (9.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (5.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.65%) Solaris
9 3 (1.99%) Data ONTAP
10 2 (1.32%) Android
11 1 (0.66%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.66%) CentOS
11 1 (0.66%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.66%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.66%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (29.80%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (17.22%) DevOps
3 23 (15.23%) Continuous Integration
4 18 (11.92%) Business Intelligence
4 18 (11.92%) Continuous Delivery
4 18 (11.92%) Open Source
5 15 (9.93%) Migration
5 15 (9.93%) MVC
6 14 (9.27%) Scrum
6 14 (9.27%) TDD
7 11 (7.28%) Automated Testing
7 11 (7.28%) Penetration Testing
8 10 (6.62%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (6.62%) Information Security
8 10 (6.62%) OO
9 9 (5.96%) Digital Marketing
9 9 (5.96%) OOD
9 9 (5.96%) Programme Management
9 9 (5.96%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (5.96%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 31 (20.53%) C#
2 24 (15.89%) PowerShell
3 23 (15.23%) Python
4 21 (13.91%) Java
5 20 (13.25%) SQL
6 17 (11.26%) JavaScript
7 9 (5.96%) Ruby
8 7 (4.64%) Bash Shell
8 7 (4.64%) C
9 6 (3.97%) T-SQL
10 4 (2.65%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.99%) PHP
11 3 (1.99%) TypeScript
12 2 (1.32%) R
12 2 (1.32%) VB
13 1 (0.66%) Perl
13 1 (0.66%) Scala
13 1 (0.66%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.66%) VB6
13 1 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (5.96%) CISMP
1 9 (5.96%) CISSP
2 7 (4.64%) Degree
2 7 (4.64%) Security Cleared
3 6 (3.97%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (1.99%) CCNA
5 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.32%) MCP
6 2 (1.32%) MCSE
7 1 (0.66%) CCIE
7 1 (0.66%) CCNP
7 1 (0.66%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.66%) MCITP
7 1 (0.66%) MCSA
7 1 (0.66%) NCDA
7 1 (0.66%) NCIE
7 1 (0.66%) VCAP
7 1 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (5.96%) COBIT
2 9 (5.96%) ISO27002
3 2 (1.32%) SLA
4 1 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.66%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.66%) QA
System Software
1 28 (18.54%) Active Directory
2 12 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.96%) XenApp
4 8 (5.30%) Docker
4 8 (5.30%) ProxySG
5 4 (2.65%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.66%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.66%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (7.28%) Ansible
1 11 (7.28%) Puppet
2 10 (6.62%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (5.96%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (2.65%) SCCM
5 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (1.99%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (1.32%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 2 (1.32%) SCOM
6 2 (1.32%) SCOrch
6 2 (1.32%) SCSM
7 1 (0.66%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.66%) Dollar Universe
7 1 (0.66%) Kibana
7 1 (0.66%) logstash
7 1 (0.66%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.66%) Packer
7 1 (0.66%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.66%) Terraform
7 1 (0.66%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 64 (42.38%) Microsoft
2 33 (21.85%) Cisco
3 18 (11.92%) VMware
4 11 (7.28%) Citrix
4 11 (7.28%) Google
5 10 (6.62%) NetApp
5 10 (6.62%) SAP
6 8 (5.30%) Blue Coat
6 8 (5.30%) Oracle
7 6 (3.97%) Dell
7 6 (3.97%) F5
7 6 (3.97%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.65%) Siebel
8 4 (2.65%) Sitecore
8 4 (2.65%) Splunk
8 4 (2.65%) Symantec
9 3 (1.99%) Intel Security
9 3 (1.99%) Tableau
9 3 (1.99%) Trustwave
9 3 (1.99%) Xamarin
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