Period
to 23 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 23 January 2020 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
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 7 11 39
Rank change year-on-year +4 +28 +18
Contract jobs citing Azure 9,156 9,625 5,404
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 9.66% 5.37%
As % of the Cloud Services category 42.54% 38.18% 29.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,343 6,876 3,888
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £350 £320
90th Percentile £662 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 44 29
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £35.00 £31.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.57% +11.50% +96.19%
10th Percentile £25.00 £15.50 £15.70
90th Percentile £82.50 £62.06 £46.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £35.00 £33.78
% change year-on-year +31.43% +3.61% +111.13%

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 with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 21,522 25,208 18,466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.72% 25.29% 18.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,581 17,404 12,836
UK median daily rate £490 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.90% +5.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £278 £305 £286
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 323 237
UK median hourly rate £20.75 £17.50 £19.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.57% -10.83% +3.29%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.25 £11.15
90th Percentile £78.75 £57.00 £55.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Azure as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Azure.

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure within the UK over the 6 months to 23 January 2020. 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
England +5 8,555 £500 - 3,613
UK excluding London +3 5,011 £463 -2.63% 2,631
London +6 3,982 £525 - 1,243
South East +5 1,596 £475 - 671
North of England +8 1,230 £450 -1.10% 739
Midlands +4 745 £475 - 433
South West +7 704 £478 +6.11% 288
North West +5 620 £463 -2.63% 438
West Midlands +3 577 £500 +5.26% 278
Yorkshire +17 444 £440 +3.53% 233
Scotland +15 366 £450 - 153
East of England +20 255 £425 -3.95% 239
North East +5 168 £400 -20.00% 68
East Midlands +19 162 £413 -11.53% 152
Wales +3 126 £475 -10.80% 91
Northern Ireland +2 5 £400 -13.51% 20
Channel Islands -9 2 £350 -

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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 with a requirement for Azure.

1 3,148 (34.38%) Microsoft
2 2,865 (31.29%) Agile Software Development
3 2,861 (31.25%) DevOps
4 2,778 (30.34%) AWS
5 2,217 (24.21%) SQL
6 2,014 (22.00%) .NET
7 1,956 (21.36%) C#
8 1,665 (18.18%) Windows
9 1,419 (15.50%) Active Directory
10 1,381 (15.08%) Finance
11 1,358 (14.83%) SQL Server
12 1,291 (14.10%) Office 365
13 1,228 (13.41%) PowerShell
14 1,185 (12.94%) Migration
15 1,174 (12.82%) Python
16 1,152 (12.58%) JavaScript
17 1,095 (11.96%) Docker
18 1,048 (11.45%) Kubernetes
19 1,012 (11.05%) Microservices
20 984 (10.75%) Java
21 903 (9.86%) GCP
22 889 (9.71%) Scrum
23 888 (9.70%) Analytics
24 858 (9.37%) PaaS
25 828 (9.04%) Business Intelligence
26 809 (8.84%) Linux
27 807 (8.81%) Power Platform
28 788 (8.61%) Terraform
29 774 (8.45%) Security Cleared
30 767 (8.38%) Git (software)

Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 657 (7.18%) SharePoint
2 219 (2.39%) Apache Spark
3 199 (2.17%) MS Exchange
4 186 (2.03%) Confluence
5 174 (1.90%) Skype for Business
6 152 (1.66%) IIS
7 113 (1.23%) Apache
8 90 (0.98%) OpenStack
9 88 (0.96%) CMS
9 88 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
10 84 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
11 76 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
12 66 (0.72%) Cloud Foundry
13 64 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
14 56 (0.61%) Tomcat
15 42 (0.46%) nginx
16 41 (0.45%) WebLogic
17 39 (0.43%) JBoss
18 38 (0.42%) Umbraco
19 34 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 251 (2.74%) Microsoft Office
2 145 (1.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 64 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 51 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
5 46 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.11%) Zeplin
7 7 (0.076%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.066%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.044%) SPSS
10 3 (0.033%) Chatbot
10 3 (0.033%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.022%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.022%) Sketch
11 2 (0.022%) UXPin
12 1 (0.011%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.011%) Maya
12 1 (0.011%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 341 (3.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 38 (0.42%) FINCAD Analytics
4 26 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 24 (0.26%) SAP ERP
6 19 (0.21%) NetSuite
7 17 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 15 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
9 14 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
10 12 (0.13%) SAP CO
10 12 (0.13%) SAP FI
10 12 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
12 8 (0.087%) Adobe Campaign
12 8 (0.087%) Oracle BPM
13 7 (0.076%) Aligne
14 6 (0.066%) Oracle Cash Management
14 6 (0.066%) Salesforce.com CRM
15 5 (0.055%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 2,778 (30.34%) AWS
2 1,291 (14.10%) Office 365
3 903 (9.86%) GCP
4 858 (9.37%) PaaS
5 807 (8.81%) Power Platform
6 762 (8.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 695 (7.59%) IaaS
8 529 (5.78%) SaaS
9 475 (5.19%) Serverless
10 396 (4.33%) Azure Data Factory
11 393 (4.29%) Dynamics 365
12 296 (3.23%) Azure Functions
13 246 (2.69%) GitHub
14 182 (1.99%) OpenShift
15 175 (1.91%) Cloud Computing
16 128 (1.40%) PowerApps
17 127 (1.39%) OneDrive
18 102 (1.11%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 102 (1.11%) Azure Stack
19 91 (0.99%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 467 (5.10%) DNS
2 461 (5.03%) Firewall
3 272 (2.97%) VPN
4 207 (2.26%) Skype
5 204 (2.23%) DHCP
6 199 (2.17%) WAN
7 189 (2.06%) SAN
8 178 (1.94%) TCP/IP
9 170 (1.86%) LAN
10 143 (1.56%) Internet
11 131 (1.43%) Network Security
12 68 (0.74%) HTTP
13 67 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
14 65 (0.71%) NAS
15 63 (0.69%) Kerberos
16 58 (0.63%) SSL
17 53 (0.58%) MPLS
17 53 (0.58%) Reverse Proxy
18 50 (0.55%) NetScaler
19 46 (0.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,358 (14.83%) SQL Server
2 737 (8.05%) Power BI
3 605 (6.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 586 (6.40%) Data Warehouse
5 504 (5.50%) Data Lake
6 503 (5.49%) Azure SQL Database
7 457 (4.99%) Big Data
8 369 (4.03%) NoSQL
9 301 (3.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 297 (3.24%) Relational Database
11 269 (2.94%) MongoDB
12 257 (2.81%) MySQL
13 234 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
14 229 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 202 (2.21%) Hadoop
16 195 (2.13%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 188 (2.05%) Cosmos DB
18 151 (1.65%) Redis
19 98 (1.07%) RDBMS
20 95 (1.04%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 767 (8.38%) Git (software)
2 683 (7.46%) Jenkins
3 451 (4.93%) JIRA
4 402 (4.39%) Visual Studio Team System
5 372 (4.06%) Visual Studio
6 269 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 253 (2.76%) TeamCity
8 245 (2.68%) Selenium
9 239 (2.61%) Octopus Deploy
10 118 (1.29%) SpecFlow
11 102 (1.11%) GitLab
12 94 (1.03%) NUnit
13 92 (1.00%) Cucumber
14 86 (0.94%) Artifactory
15 79 (0.86%) Maven
16 73 (0.80%) Bitbucket
16 73 (0.80%) JUnit
16 73 (0.80%) Subversion
17 62 (0.68%) JMeter
18 58 (0.63%) gulp
General
1 1,381 (15.08%) Finance
2 586 (6.40%) Public Sector
3 344 (3.76%) Banking
4 233 (2.54%) Retail
5 218 (2.38%) Front Office
6 142 (1.55%) Marketing
7 109 (1.19%) Telecoms
8 95 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 94 (1.03%) Law
10 90 (0.98%) Legal
11 73 (0.80%) Investment Banking
12 62 (0.68%) Back Office
13 46 (0.50%) Billing
14 44 (0.48%) Publishing
15 43 (0.47%) Local Government
16 39 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
17 38 (0.42%) Electronics
18 33 (0.36%) Advertising
19 30 (0.33%) Financial Institution
20 27 (0.29%) Games
Job Titles
1 2,474 (27.02%) Developer
2 1,539 (16.81%) Architect
3 903 (9.86%) DevOps Engineer
4 812 (8.87%) Azure Engineer
5 738 (8.06%) .NET Developer
6 541 (5.91%) Consultant
7 491 (5.36%) Azure Architect
8 462 (5.05%) Azure Developer
9 428 (4.67%) Analyst
10 393 (4.29%) C# Developer
11 385 (4.20%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 376 (4.11%) Solutions Architect
13 358 (3.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 354 (3.87%) Senior Developer
15 295 (3.22%) Data Engineer
16 291 (3.18%) Cloud Architect
17 265 (2.89%) Cloud Engineer
18 246 (2.69%) Azure DevOps
19 228 (2.49%) C# .NET Developer
20 220 (2.40%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,014 (22.00%) .NET
2 718 (7.84%) AngularJS
3 643 (7.02%) Web Services
4 603 (6.59%) .NET Core
5 527 (5.76%) React
6 514 (5.61%) ASP.NET
7 509 (5.56%) HTML
8 503 (5.49%) CSS
9 482 (5.26%) Node.js
10 351 (3.83%) .NET Framework
11 335 (3.66%) ASP.NET Web API
11 335 (3.66%) JSON
12 313 (3.42%) REST
13 302 (3.30%) RESTful
14 231 (2.52%) XML
15 210 (2.29%) ASP.NET MVC
16 180 (1.97%) Spring
17 174 (1.90%) Kafka
18 152 (1.66%) jQuery
19 148 (1.62%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 493 (5.38%) Public Cloud
2 466 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
3 369 (4.03%) Data Centre
4 362 (3.95%) Greenfield Project
5 193 (2.11%) Enterprise Software
5 193 (2.11%) Hybrid Cloud
6 172 (1.88%) User Experience
7 142 (1.55%) Replication
8 138 (1.51%) Cloud Native
9 119 (1.30%) PKI
10 113 (1.23%) Derivative
10 113 (1.23%) Mobile App
11 110 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
12 108 (1.18%) Fixed Income
12 108 (1.18%) Management Information System
13 106 (1.16%) Clustering
14 97 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 97 (1.06%) Hedge funds
15 92 (1.00%) Private Cloud
16 88 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,665 (18.18%) Windows
2 809 (8.84%) Linux
3 685 (7.48%) Windows Server
4 364 (3.98%) Windows 10
5 271 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 230 (2.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 213 (2.33%) Unix
8 132 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 128 (1.40%) Windows 7
10 111 (1.21%) Android
11 92 (1.00%) CentOS
12 87 (0.95%) Ubuntu
13 85 (0.93%) Apple iOS
14 62 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
15 61 (0.67%) VMS
16 30 (0.33%) Windows XP
17 25 (0.27%) Windows 8
18 24 (0.26%) AIX
18 24 (0.26%) Mac OS X
19 21 (0.23%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,865 (31.29%) Agile Software Development
2 2,861 (31.25%) DevOps
3 1,185 (12.94%) Migration
4 1,012 (11.05%) Microservices
5 889 (9.71%) Scrum
6 888 (9.70%) Analytics
7 828 (9.04%) Business Intelligence
8 719 (7.85%) Test Automation
9 657 (7.18%) Continuous Integration
10 655 (7.15%) TDD
11 541 (5.91%) Software Engineering
12 502 (5.48%) MVC
13 501 (5.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 491 (5.36%) Stakeholder Management
15 467 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
16 446 (4.87%) ETL
16 446 (4.87%) Infrastructure as Code
17 438 (4.78%) CRM
18 417 (4.55%) ITIL
19 392 (4.28%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 2,217 (24.21%) SQL
2 1,956 (21.36%) C#
3 1,228 (13.41%) PowerShell
4 1,174 (12.82%) Python
5 1,152 (12.58%) JavaScript
6 984 (10.75%) Java
7 291 (3.18%) T-SQL
8 261 (2.85%) Bash Shell
9 198 (2.16%) TypeScript
10 161 (1.76%) Scala
11 135 (1.47%) C++
12 131 (1.43%) Go
13 130 (1.42%) Ruby
14 129 (1.41%) R
15 102 (1.11%) C
16 101 (1.10%) PHP
17 87 (0.95%) Shell Script
18 73 (0.80%) Perl
19 67 (0.73%) PL/SQL
20 66 (0.72%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 774 (8.45%) Security Cleared
2 610 (6.66%) SC Cleared
3 374 (4.08%) Degree
4 231 (2.52%) Microsoft Certification
5 134 (1.46%) MCSE
6 100 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
7 92 (1.00%) CISSP
8 89 (0.97%) Cisco Certification
9 85 (0.93%) MCSA
10 81 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
11 66 (0.72%) DV Cleared
12 49 (0.54%) CISM
13 46 (0.50%) ISTQB
14 44 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
15 43 (0.47%) CCNA
16 42 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 38 (0.42%) MCITP
18 37 (0.40%) DBS Check
19 36 (0.39%) Master's Degree
20 30 (0.33%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 303 (3.31%) QA
2 123 (1.34%) GDPR
3 110 (1.20%) SLA
4 106 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 62 (0.68%) PCI DSS
6 61 (0.67%) Data Quality
7 40 (0.44%) NIST
8 35 (0.38%) NCSC
8 35 (0.38%) PMO
9 24 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 20 (0.22%) COBIT
11 19 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 17 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
13 10 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
13 10 (0.11%) ISO 20022
13 10 (0.11%) TARGET2
14 8 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 7 (0.076%) GxP
16 6 (0.066%) HL7
16 6 (0.066%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1,419 (15.50%) Active Directory
2 1,095 (11.96%) Docker
3 418 (4.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 229 (2.50%) Hyper-V
5 173 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
6 137 (1.50%) vSphere
7 94 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
8 93 (1.02%) XenApp
9 63 (0.69%) XenDesktop
10 45 (0.49%) VMware NSX
11 31 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
12 25 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
13 24 (0.26%) HDFS
14 20 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
15 19 (0.21%) BitLocker
16 18 (0.20%) vCloud
17 17 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 13 (0.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 13 (0.14%) Firmware
18 13 (0.14%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,048 (11.45%) Kubernetes
2 788 (8.61%) Terraform
3 675 (7.37%) Ansible
4 406 (4.43%) SCCM
5 341 (3.72%) Puppet
6 256 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
6 256 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
7 170 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
8 99 (1.08%) SCOM
9 60 (0.66%) Nagios
10 57 (0.62%) Grafana
10 57 (0.62%) Prometheus
11 52 (0.57%) WSUS
12 51 (0.56%) Packer
13 36 (0.39%) Kibana
14 34 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
14 34 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
15 33 (0.36%) MIIS
15 33 (0.36%) Rancher
16 32 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 3,148 (34.38%) Microsoft
2 730 (7.97%) VMware
3 497 (5.43%) Google
4 480 (5.24%) Oracle
5 329 (3.59%) Citrix
6 321 (3.51%) Cisco
7 259 (2.83%) Databricks
8 226 (2.47%) SAP
9 161 (1.76%) Tableau
10 137 (1.50%) Splunk
11 128 (1.40%) Red Hat
12 107 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
13 102 (1.11%) IBM
14 95 (1.04%) MuleSoft
15 91 (0.99%) HP
16 87 (0.95%) Cloudera
17 77 (0.84%) Atlassian
17 77 (0.84%) Informatica
17 77 (0.84%) McAfee
17 77 (0.84%) ServiceNow