Period
to 25 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure over the 6 months to 25 January 2021 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
England > South East
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 6 11
Rank change year-on-year -1 +5 +24
Contract jobs citing Azure 526 1,569 1,732
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 12.17% 13.73% 10.86%
As % of the Cloud Services category 47.52% 50.08% 45.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 1,133 1,217
Median daily rate £460 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.16% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £331 £338
90th Percentile £625 £619 £619
England median daily rate £495 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -1.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 12
Median hourly rate £54.00 £80.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.50% +68.42% +26.67%
10th Percentile £17.13 £65.50 £15.50
90th Percentile £61.02 £82.50 £63.75
England median hourly rate £52.00 £72.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year -28.28% +195.92% -2.00%

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 South East with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 1,107 3,133 3,826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 25.61% 27.42% 23.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 748 2,064 2,485
Median daily rate £456 £450 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.39% -3.23% +6.29%
10th Percentile £295 £235 £284
90th Percentile £619 £625 £619
England median daily rate £488 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -2.50% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 71 61
Median hourly rate £21.05 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.24% +20.00% +12.90%
10th Percentile £10.23 £13.50 £12.25
90th Percentile £60.61 £82.50 £60.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -2.78%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Azure as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the South East

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Azure in the South East

Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure in the South East over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Azure in the South East

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Azure in the South East

Azure
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure in the South East over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure in the South East

Azure
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure within the South East region over the 6 months to 25 January 2021. 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
Thames Valley -1 228 £490 +3.16% 161
Berkshire +1 167 £500 +5.26% 88
Hampshire -5 138 £460 -3.16% 92
Surrey -1 53 £413 -13.16% 71
Buckinghamshire +1 49 £425 -2.86% 33
West Sussex +9 46 £378 -16.11% 38
East Sussex +9 27 £463 -2.63% 17
Oxfordshire -8 13 £475 +5.56% 40
Kent -8 9 £375 -13.79% 33
Middlesex +5 4 £300 -31.43% 1
Sussex +1 1 £625 +28.21% 3
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing 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 South East region with a requirement for Azure.

1 200 (38.02%) DevOps
2 164 (31.18%) Microsoft
3 160 (30.42%) Agile Software Development
4 135 (25.67%) Windows
5 131 (24.90%) SQL
6 123 (23.38%) AWS
7 115 (21.86%) Active Directory
8 85 (16.16%) .NET
9 84 (15.97%) C#
9 84 (15.97%) Linux
10 82 (15.59%) Office 365
11 76 (14.45%) Migration
11 76 (14.45%) PowerShell
12 75 (14.26%) Terraform
13 71 (13.50%) Security Cleared
14 69 (13.12%) VMware
15 66 (12.55%) Azure Active Directory
16 62 (11.79%) SQL Server
17 61 (11.60%) Firewall
18 51 (9.70%) VMware Infrastructure
19 50 (9.51%) Power Platform
20 48 (9.13%) SC Cleared
20 48 (9.13%) Test Automation
21 47 (8.94%) PaaS
21 47 (8.94%) JavaScript
22 46 (8.75%) Python
22 46 (8.75%) Ansible
23 44 (8.37%) SharePoint
23 44 (8.37%) Scrum
24 43 (8.17%) Kubernetes

Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 44 (8.37%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.66%) MS Exchange
3 9 (1.71%) Apache Spark
3 9 (1.71%) OpenStack
4 8 (1.52%) Confluence
4 8 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (1.33%) ArcGIS
6 6 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.14%) IIS
7 5 (0.95%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.57%) Apache
8 3 (0.57%) CMS
9 2 (0.38%) Anypoint
9 2 (0.38%) Apache Synapse
9 2 (0.38%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.38%) Predix
9 2 (0.38%) ThingWorx
9 2 (0.38%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.19%) DNN
Applications
1 21 (3.99%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.14%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (2.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.33%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.57%) SAP CRM
3 3 (0.57%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.38%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.19%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 123 (23.38%) AWS
2 82 (15.59%) Office 365
3 66 (12.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 50 (9.51%) Power Platform
5 47 (8.94%) PaaS
6 33 (6.27%) IaaS
7 31 (5.89%) SaaS
8 30 (5.70%) GCP
8 30 (5.70%) Serverless
9 26 (4.94%) Cloud Computing
10 22 (4.18%) OneDrive
11 20 (3.80%) Azure Functions
12 17 (3.23%) Azure Data Factory
13 16 (3.04%) Logic Apps
13 16 (3.04%) PowerApps
14 13 (2.47%) AWS CloudFormation
15 9 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
15 9 (1.71%) GitHub
16 6 (1.14%) Azure Stack
16 6 (1.14%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 61 (11.60%) Firewall
2 37 (7.03%) DNS
3 35 (6.65%) WAN
4 24 (4.56%) DHCP
5 14 (2.66%) LAN
5 14 (2.66%) VPN
6 13 (2.47%) VLAN
7 12 (2.28%) Ethernet
7 12 (2.28%) Network Security
7 12 (2.28%) VSAN
8 9 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (1.52%) Internet
9 8 (1.52%) Intrusion Detection
10 7 (1.33%) SSL
10 7 (1.33%) Wireless
11 6 (1.14%) BGP
11 6 (1.14%) Cisco IOS
11 6 (1.14%) SAN
11 6 (1.14%) Skype
12 5 (0.95%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (11.79%) SQL Server
2 37 (7.03%) Power BI
3 24 (4.56%) Data Lake
3 24 (4.56%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (3.99%) Cosmos DB
5 17 (3.23%) Azure SQL Database
6 16 (3.04%) Hadoop
6 16 (3.04%) NoSQL
7 11 (2.09%) Big Data
7 11 (2.09%) MySQL
7 11 (2.09%) Relational Database
8 9 (1.71%) HBase
9 7 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 6 (1.14%) GIS
10 6 (1.14%) MongoDB
10 6 (1.14%) Redis
11 5 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.76%) SAP BW
12 4 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 28 (5.32%) Git (software)
2 21 (3.99%) Jenkins
2 21 (3.99%) JIRA
3 19 (3.61%) Selenium
4 14 (2.66%) Visual Studio
5 12 (2.28%) ReSharper
5 12 (2.28%) TeamCity
6 11 (2.09%) CA Gen
7 10 (1.90%) JMeter
8 7 (1.33%) Cucumber
9 6 (1.14%) JUnit
9 6 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
9 6 (1.14%) SpecFlow
10 5 (0.95%) Postman
10 5 (0.95%) SonarQube
10 5 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.76%) GitLab
11 4 (0.76%) Subversion
11 4 (0.76%) webpack
12 3 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 31 (5.89%) Finance
2 26 (4.94%) Public Sector
2 26 (4.94%) Telecoms
3 12 (2.28%) Retail
4 7 (1.33%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.14%) Marketing
6 5 (0.95%) Automotive
6 5 (0.95%) Publishing
7 4 (0.76%) Electronics
8 3 (0.57%) Back Office
8 3 (0.57%) Local Government
9 2 (0.38%) Banking
9 2 (0.38%) Brand Awareness
9 2 (0.38%) Games
9 2 (0.38%) German Language
9 2 (0.38%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.19%) French Language
10 1 (0.19%) Front Office
10 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.19%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 113 (21.48%) Developer
2 105 (19.96%) Architect
3 48 (9.13%) Azure Engineer
4 47 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
5 36 (6.84%) Consultant
6 35 (6.65%) .NET Developer
7 34 (6.46%) Azure Architect
8 29 (5.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 28 (5.32%) Analyst
9 28 (5.32%) Azure DevOps
10 27 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
11 25 (4.75%) Cloud Engineer
12 23 (4.37%) Azure Developer
12 23 (4.37%) Cloud Architect
13 22 (4.18%) Azure DevOps Engineer
14 17 (3.23%) Infrastructure Architect
15 14 (2.66%) Data Architect
16 13 (2.47%) Security Architect
17 12 (2.28%) Full Stack Developer
18 11 (2.09%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (16.16%) .NET
2 33 (6.27%) CSS
2 33 (6.27%) REST
3 29 (5.51%) .NET Core
3 29 (5.51%) .NET Framework
4 28 (5.32%) HTML
5 27 (5.13%) React
5 27 (5.13%) RESTful
6 24 (4.56%) ASP.NET
7 21 (3.99%) AngularJS
8 15 (2.85%) ASP.NET Web API
8 15 (2.85%) J2EE
9 14 (2.66%) Web Services
10 13 (2.47%) Middleware
11 12 (2.28%) Node.js
12 10 (1.90%) JSON
12 10 (1.90%) SOAP
13 9 (1.71%) HTML5
13 9 (1.71%) jQuery
13 9 (1.71%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 33 (6.27%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.18%) Cloud Native
3 21 (3.99%) Public Cloud
4 15 (2.85%) Data Centre
4 15 (2.85%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.47%) Enterprise Cloud
5 13 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (2.09%) User Experience
7 10 (1.90%) Data Structures
8 8 (1.52%) CMDB
8 8 (1.52%) Industry 4.0
8 8 (1.52%) Replication
9 7 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.33%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (1.33%) Mobile App
10 6 (1.14%) NHS
10 6 (1.14%) Robotics
11 5 (0.95%) Algorithms
11 5 (0.95%) Digital Signage
11 5 (0.95%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 135 (25.67%) Windows
2 84 (15.97%) Linux
3 37 (7.03%) Windows Server
4 30 (5.70%) Windows 10
5 15 (2.85%) Ubuntu
6 14 (2.66%) Unix
7 12 (2.28%) Oracle Linux
7 12 (2.28%) Windows 7
8 11 (2.09%) SUSE
8 11 (2.09%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (1.90%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.71%) Android
10 9 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (1.52%) Windows Server 2016
12 7 (1.33%) CentOS
13 6 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.95%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.95%) Windows Server 2019
15 3 (0.57%) AIX
15 3 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (38.02%) DevOps
2 160 (30.42%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (14.45%) Migration
4 48 (9.13%) Test Automation
5 44 (8.37%) Scrum
6 38 (7.22%) Business Intelligence
6 38 (7.22%) Microservices
7 37 (7.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 37 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
8 34 (6.46%) Analytics
8 34 (6.46%) Infrastructure as Code
9 31 (5.89%) Continuous Integration
10 30 (5.70%) Project Delivery
11 27 (5.13%) Software Engineering
12 24 (4.56%) CRM
12 24 (4.56%) ITIL
12 24 (4.56%) Test Strategy
13 22 (4.18%) High Availability
14 21 (3.99%) ETL
14 21 (3.99%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 131 (24.90%) SQL
2 84 (15.97%) C#
3 76 (14.45%) PowerShell
4 47 (8.94%) JavaScript
5 46 (8.75%) Python
6 37 (7.03%) Java
7 21 (3.99%) Bash Shell
8 16 (3.04%) TypeScript
9 13 (2.47%) PL/SQL
10 12 (2.28%) T-SQL
11 10 (1.90%) C++
12 7 (1.33%) Go
13 4 (0.76%) U-SQL
14 3 (0.57%) C
14 3 (0.57%) Java 8
14 3 (0.57%) Kotlin
14 3 (0.57%) Perl
14 3 (0.57%) Scala
15 2 (0.38%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 71 (13.50%) Security Cleared
2 48 (9.13%) SC Cleared
3 22 (4.18%) Degree
4 12 (2.28%) CISM
4 12 (2.28%) CISSP
5 11 (2.09%) DV Cleared
5 11 (2.09%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (1.90%) CRISC
7 9 (1.71%) CESG Certified Professional
7 9 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.14%) CCNA
8 6 (1.14%) CCNP
8 6 (1.14%) ISTQB
8 6 (1.14%) MCSE
9 4 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.57%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.57%) PhD
10 3 (0.57%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (3.23%) SLA
3 13 (2.47%) NIST
4 10 (1.90%) NCSC
5 9 (1.71%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (1.71%) Data Quality
6 8 (1.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 8 (1.52%) JSP 440
6 8 (1.52%) QA
7 5 (0.95%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.95%) PMO
7 5 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.57%) GDPR
9 2 (0.38%) RMADS
10 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
System Software
1 115 (21.86%) Active Directory
2 51 (9.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (5.89%) Docker
4 24 (4.56%) Hyper-V
5 20 (3.80%) vSphere
6 19 (3.61%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (2.85%) VMware NSX
8 9 (1.71%) HDFS
9 7 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.38%) XenApp
11 2 (0.38%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.19%) vCloud
12 1 (0.19%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 75 (14.26%) Terraform
2 46 (8.75%) Ansible
3 43 (8.17%) Kubernetes
4 41 (7.79%) Microsoft Intune
5 26 (4.94%) Puppet
6 25 (4.75%) SCCM
7 12 (2.28%) Opscode Chef
8 11 (2.09%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (2.09%) vCenter Server
9 7 (1.33%) Nessus
10 6 (1.14%) AirWatch
11 5 (0.95%) CFEngine
11 5 (0.95%) Docker Swarm
11 5 (0.95%) QRadar
11 5 (0.95%) SCOM
12 3 (0.57%) FortiGate
12 3 (0.57%) IBM BigFix
12 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (0.57%) SolarWinds Orion
12 3 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 164 (31.18%) Microsoft
2 69 (13.12%) VMware
3 39 (7.41%) Cisco
4 36 (6.84%) SAP
5 27 (5.13%) Oracle
6 25 (4.75%) MuleSoft
6 25 (4.75%) Salesforce.com
7 18 (3.42%) Databricks
8 14 (2.66%) Dell
8 14 (2.66%) EMC
8 14 (2.66%) Google
9 11 (2.09%) Citrix
9 11 (2.09%) Palo Alto
10 8 (1.52%) Fortinet
10 8 (1.52%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.33%) McAfee
12 6 (1.14%) Atlassian
12 6 (1.14%) ESRI
12 6 (1.14%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.95%) HP