Period
to 20 March 2019

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 20 March 2019 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
20 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 12 39 74
Rank change year-on-year +27 +35 +90
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 598 284 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.55% 5.07% 2.87%
As % of the Cloud Services category 43.30% 31.66% 25.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 461 212 101
North West median daily rate £475 £479 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.78% +16.06% -2.94%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £291
90th Percentile £700 £597 £600
England median daily rate £500 £488 £450
% change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
North West median hourly rate £28.72 £14.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +105.11% - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% +116.67% -57.14%

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 1,381 897 619
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 24.36% 16.02% 11.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 935 598 410
North West median daily rate £465 £438 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.29% +5.42% -2.35%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £250
90th Percentile £675 £591 £576
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 21 7
North West median hourly rate £17.47 £14.46 £14.29
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.78% +1.19% -59.17%
10th Percentile £12.88 £12.83 £10.45
90th Percentile £24.02 £22.00 £33.77
England median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% -10.00%

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 20 March 2019.

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 20 March 2019. 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 +29 299 £475 +15.15% 214
Cheshire +14 138 £472 -8.30% 47
Lancashire +23 81 £600 +12.15% 30
Merseyside +22 65 £450 +13.21% 30
Cumbria - 1 £325 - 3
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 20 March 2019, 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.

1 234 (39.13%) Microsoft
2 218 (36.45%) Amazon AWS
3 188 (31.44%) Agile Software Development
3 188 (31.44%) DevOps
4 170 (28.43%) .NET
5 162 (27.09%) SQL
6 136 (22.74%) Jenkins
7 130 (21.74%) C#
8 96 (16.05%) Windows
9 90 (15.05%) Java
10 86 (14.38%) Active Directory
11 84 (14.05%) Office 365
12 83 (13.88%) SQL Server
13 79 (13.21%) Docker
14 77 (12.88%) Microservices
14 77 (12.88%) Continuous Integration
15 65 (10.87%) SharePoint
16 64 (10.70%) Puppet
16 64 (10.70%) Terraform
17 62 (10.37%) Node.js
18 61 (10.20%) Dynamics CRM
18 61 (10.20%) CRM
19 60 (10.03%) JavaScript
20 58 (9.70%) PowerShell
20 58 (9.70%) Kubernetes
21 57 (9.53%) PaaS
22 55 (9.20%) Migration
23 54 (9.03%) Git (software)
24 53 (8.86%) Ansible
24 53 (8.86%) Opscode Chef

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 65 (10.87%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.34%) IIS
3 13 (2.17%) MS Exchange
4 12 (2.01%) Cloud Foundry
4 12 (2.01%) CMS
4 12 (2.01%) nginx
5 9 (1.51%) Skype for Business
6 8 (1.34%) Apache Spark
7 7 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (1.00%) Confluence
8 6 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (1.00%) Sitecore CMS
8 6 (1.00%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.84%) Drupal
9 5 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.84%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.67%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.67%) Kentico
10 4 (0.67%) Mule
Applications
1 9 (1.51%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.33%) Fireworks
2 2 (0.33%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.17%) CATIA
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 61 (10.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.33%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 218 (36.45%) Amazon AWS
2 84 (14.05%) Office 365
3 57 (9.53%) PaaS
4 49 (8.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 45 (7.53%) Dynamics 365
6 44 (7.36%) IaaS
7 37 (6.19%) Google Cloud Platform
8 24 (4.01%) Boomi
9 20 (3.34%) SaaS
10 19 (3.18%) AWS CloudFormation
11 18 (3.01%) Serverless
12 17 (2.84%) Cloud Computing
13 16 (2.68%) Azure Functions
13 16 (2.68%) GitHub
14 10 (1.67%) npm
15 8 (1.34%) Azure Data Factory
16 4 (0.67%) Apigee
16 4 (0.67%) OneDrive
17 2 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
17 2 (0.33%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (7.36%) DNS
2 34 (5.69%) TCP/IP
3 31 (5.18%) Firewall
4 30 (5.02%) VPN
5 24 (4.01%) DHCP
6 14 (2.34%) WAN
7 13 (2.17%) Skype
8 12 (2.01%) LAN
8 12 (2.01%) Network Security
9 11 (1.84%) HTTP
10 9 (1.51%) IPsec
11 8 (1.34%) FTP
11 8 (1.34%) SAN
12 6 (1.00%) VLAN
13 4 (0.67%) ICMP
13 4 (0.67%) SSL
14 3 (0.50%) Cisco IOS
14 3 (0.50%) OSPF
14 3 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
15 2 (0.33%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (13.88%) SQL Server
2 45 (7.53%) Azure SQL Database
3 35 (5.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 30 (5.02%) Power BI
5 22 (3.68%) MySQL
6 21 (3.51%) Big Data
6 21 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 20 (3.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (3.18%) Hadoop
8 19 (3.18%) MongoDB
8 19 (3.18%) PostgreSQL
9 14 (2.34%) Data Lake
9 14 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
10 12 (2.01%) NoSQL
11 10 (1.67%) RavenDB
12 8 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (1.17%) Apache Hive
13 7 (1.17%) Impala
13 7 (1.17%) Relational Database
14 6 (1.00%) SQL CLR
Development Applications
1 136 (22.74%) Jenkins
2 54 (9.03%) Git (software)
3 39 (6.52%) Visual Studio Team System
4 36 (6.02%) Maven
4 36 (6.02%) SonarQube
5 29 (4.85%) GitLab
6 28 (4.68%) JMeter
7 24 (4.01%) JUnit
8 22 (3.68%) Visual Studio
9 21 (3.51%) gulp
10 20 (3.34%) Selenium
11 19 (3.18%) Artifactory
11 19 (3.18%) Sonatype Nexus
12 17 (2.84%) TeamCity
13 15 (2.51%) Cucumber
14 12 (2.01%) JIRA
15 11 (1.84%) CircleCI
15 11 (1.84%) Mockito
15 11 (1.84%) Travis CI
16 10 (1.67%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 36 (6.02%) Finance
2 25 (4.18%) Retail
3 12 (2.01%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.51%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.34%) Banking
5 8 (1.34%) Law
6 5 (0.84%) Electronics
6 5 (0.84%) Marketing
7 4 (0.67%) Local Government
8 1 (0.17%) Advertising
8 1 (0.17%) Billing
8 1 (0.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 189 (31.61%) Developer
2 117 (19.57%) Architect
3 70 (11.71%) DevOps Engineer
4 67 (11.20%) .NET Developer
5 47 (7.86%) Consultant
6 40 (6.69%) Java Developer
7 39 (6.52%) Azure Engineer
8 34 (5.69%) Azure Developer
9 32 (5.35%) C# Developer
10 31 (5.18%) Technical Architect
11 28 (4.68%) Solutions Architect
12 27 (4.52%) Azure DevOps
13 24 (4.01%) Azure Architect
14 23 (3.85%) Cloud Architect
15 22 (3.68%) C# .NET Developer
16 20 (3.34%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 20 (3.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 19 (3.18%) Lead Architect
17 19 (3.18%) Senior Developer
17 19 (3.18%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (28.43%) .NET
2 62 (10.37%) Node.js
3 52 (8.70%) AngularJS
4 45 (7.53%) HTML
5 44 (7.36%) CSS
6 39 (6.52%) Spring
7 38 (6.35%) ASP.NET
8 36 (6.02%) RESTful
9 32 (5.35%) Web Services
10 31 (5.18%) Dropwizard
11 30 (5.02%) JSON
12 29 (4.85%) XML
13 26 (4.35%) HTML5
14 23 (3.85%) CSS3
15 22 (3.68%) hapi
15 22 (3.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 21 (3.51%) .NET Core
16 21 (3.51%) Express
16 21 (3.51%) React
16 21 (3.51%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.01%) User Experience
3 20 (3.34%) Public Cloud
4 19 (3.18%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (2.34%) Data Centre
6 12 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (2.01%) Management Information System
6 12 (2.01%) Private Cloud
7 11 (1.84%) Hybrid Cloud
8 10 (1.67%) NHS
9 8 (1.34%) Semantic Web
10 7 (1.17%) Fintech
11 6 (1.00%) Clustering
11 6 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.00%) Replication
11 6 (1.00%) Self-Motivation
12 5 (0.84%) Enterprise Cloud
13 3 (0.50%) Mobile App
14 1 (0.17%) BYOD
14 1 (0.17%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 96 (16.05%) Windows
2 43 (7.19%) Linux
3 33 (5.52%) Windows Server
4 17 (2.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (1.84%) Android
5 11 (1.84%) Unix
6 8 (1.34%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.84%) Solaris
9 4 (0.67%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.33%) AIX
10 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.33%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.17%) VME
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 188 (31.44%) Agile Software Development
1 188 (31.44%) DevOps
2 77 (12.88%) Continuous Integration
2 77 (12.88%) Microservices
3 61 (10.20%) CRM
4 55 (9.20%) Migration
5 51 (8.53%) Business Intelligence
5 51 (8.53%) ITIL
6 42 (7.02%) Problem-Solving
7 40 (6.69%) Test Automation
8 35 (5.85%) TDD
9 33 (5.52%) MVC
10 30 (5.02%) Continuous Deployment
11 29 (4.85%) Scrum
12 27 (4.52%) Continuous Delivery
12 27 (4.52%) Software Engineering
13 26 (4.35%) API Development
13 26 (4.35%) ETL
14 24 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 23 (3.85%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 162 (27.09%) SQL
2 130 (21.74%) C#
3 90 (15.05%) Java
4 60 (10.03%) JavaScript
5 58 (9.70%) PowerShell
6 42 (7.02%) Python
7 28 (4.68%) Bash Shell
8 16 (2.68%) T-SQL
9 11 (1.84%) Groovy
10 10 (1.67%) Java 8
10 10 (1.67%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.00%) R
12 5 (0.84%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.50%) PHP
13 3 (0.50%) Ruby
13 3 (0.50%) Scala
13 3 (0.50%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.33%) C
14 2 (0.33%) ES6
14 2 (0.33%) Go
Qualifications
1 52 (8.70%) Security Cleared
2 37 (6.19%) SC Cleared
3 19 (3.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (3.01%) BPSS Clearance
5 17 (2.84%) Degree
6 13 (2.17%) MCSA
6 13 (2.17%) MCSE
7 10 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (0.67%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.50%) CCIE
9 3 (0.50%) CCNP
9 3 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.50%) CISM
9 3 (0.50%) CISSP
10 2 (0.33%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.33%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.33%) CCDP
10 2 (0.33%) CISA
10 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.33%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.84%) QA
2 6 (1.00%) Data Quality
2 6 (1.00%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.84%) GDPR
4 2 (0.33%) PMO
5 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.17%) SLA
System Software
1 86 (14.38%) Active Directory
2 79 (13.21%) Docker
3 20 (3.34%) Virtual Machines
4 19 (3.18%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (1.51%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (1.34%) Hyper-V
7 7 (1.17%) HDFS
8 4 (0.67%) XenServer
9 3 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.50%) vSphere
9 3 (0.50%) Xen
9 3 (0.50%) XenApp
10 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.33%) vCloud
10 2 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.17%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 64 (10.70%) Puppet
1 64 (10.70%) Terraform
2 58 (9.70%) Kubernetes
3 53 (8.86%) Ansible
3 53 (8.86%) Opscode Chef
4 24 (4.01%) Salt
5 15 (2.51%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (1.84%) logstash
6 11 (1.84%) Prometheus
6 11 (1.84%) SCCM
7 5 (0.84%) Kibana
7 5 (0.84%) Oozie
8 4 (0.67%) Packer
9 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.50%) SCOM
10 2 (0.33%) Forum Sentry
10 2 (0.33%) Hyperic
10 2 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.33%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 234 (39.13%) Microsoft
2 50 (8.36%) VMware
3 48 (8.03%) Google
4 30 (5.02%) Cloudera
5 27 (4.52%) Dell
6 26 (4.35%) Oracle
7 21 (3.51%) Citrix
7 21 (3.51%) Hortonworks
8 14 (2.34%) Cisco
9 13 (2.17%) SAP
10 10 (1.67%) PagerDuty
11 7 (1.17%) Informatica
12 6 (1.00%) Sitecore
12 6 (1.00%) Talend
13 5 (0.84%) Databricks
13 5 (0.84%) MuleSoft
13 5 (0.84%) NetApp
13 5 (0.84%) Splunk
14 4 (0.67%) Apple
14 4 (0.67%) Symantec