Period
to 15 January 2021

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 15 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
UK
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 7 11
Rank change year-on-year +3 +4 +29
Contract jobs citing Azure 6,050 9,227 9,434
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 14.80% 12.58% 9.49%
As % of the Cloud Services category 44.77% 42.46% 37.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,807 6,788 7,003
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £350 £325 £350
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £465
% change year-on-year -5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 73 38
Median hourly rate £48.75 £65.00 £23.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +180.99% -26.31%
10th Percentile £18.34 £22.80 £15.50
90th Percentile £66.35 £82.50 £63.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.25 £52.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year +1.43% +169.23% -40.16%

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 13,514 21,732 24,908
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.06% 29.64% 25.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,550 15,147 17,491
Median daily rate £495 £490 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.02% - +3.16%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £300
90th Percentile £650 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 259 320 300
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +11.43% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £60.05 £71.33 £42.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% -

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Top 16 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 15 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
England +2 4,950 £500 - 2,632
London +2 2,925 £505 -3.81% 880
UK excluding London -3 1,994 £450 -5.26% 1,928
Work from Home +1 1,890 £500 +5.26% 434
South East -2 518 £460 -3.16% 390
North of England -1 505 £475 +5.56% 595
Midlands -1 343 £430 -9.47% 356
North West +2 302 £485 +5.43% 333
South West 0 251 £450 -7.69% 207
West Midlands -2 227 £429 -14.25% 223
Scotland 0 216 £450 - 133
Yorkshire -5 159 £450 - 211
East of England +2 114 £400 -5.88% 181
East Midlands +5 104 £405 -1.82% 131
Wales -3 50 £475 -2.56% 47
North East -5 45 £470 +17.50% 51

For the 6 months to 15 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 with a requirement for Azure.

1 2,140 (35.37%) DevOps
2 1,908 (31.54%) AWS
3 1,787 (29.54%) Microsoft
4 1,764 (29.16%) Agile Software Development
5 1,331 (22.00%) SQL
6 1,165 (19.26%) Python
7 979 (16.18%) Finance
8 933 (15.42%) .NET
9 929 (15.36%) Windows
10 907 (14.99%) Kubernetes
11 874 (14.45%) Terraform
12 819 (13.54%) C#
13 806 (13.32%) Java
14 795 (13.14%) Docker
15 792 (13.09%) Active Directory
16 781 (12.91%) SQL Server
17 772 (12.76%) JavaScript
18 734 (12.13%) GCP
19 731 (12.08%) Security Cleared
20 719 (11.88%) Microservices
21 718 (11.87%) Migration
22 668 (11.04%) PowerShell
23 649 (10.73%) Office 365
24 635 (10.50%) Business Intelligence
25 629 (10.40%) Power Platform
26 620 (10.25%) SC Cleared
27 560 (9.26%) Git (software)
28 558 (9.22%) Jenkins
29 552 (9.12%) Linux
30 546 (9.02%) Software Engineering

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
1 342 (5.65%) SharePoint
2 132 (2.18%) Apache Spark
3 127 (2.10%) Confluence
4 90 (1.49%) IIS
5 86 (1.42%) Apache
6 84 (1.39%) MS Exchange
7 69 (1.14%) Skype for Business
8 68 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
9 48 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
10 43 (0.71%) CMS
11 39 (0.64%) SAS
12 31 (0.51%) OpenStack
13 28 (0.46%) JBoss
14 24 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
14 24 (0.40%) WebLogic
15 23 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
16 21 (0.35%) Tomcat
17 20 (0.33%) MQSeries
17 20 (0.33%) NServiceBus
18 19 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 104 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
2 72 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (0.45%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.099%) Gephi
7 5 (0.083%) Chatbot
8 4 (0.066%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.050%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.050%) Adobe Premiere
9 3 (0.050%) Figma
9 3 (0.050%) Sketch
9 3 (0.050%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.017%) Simulink
10 1 (0.017%) SPSS
10 1 (0.017%) Stata
Business Applications
1 134 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (0.26%) Sentinel
3 16 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 13 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
5 11 (0.18%) SAP Hybris
5 11 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
6 10 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 9 (0.15%) SAP ERP
8 6 (0.099%) Magento
9 5 (0.083%) Aligne
9 5 (0.083%) Oracle Applications
9 5 (0.083%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 5 (0.083%) SAP CRM
9 5 (0.083%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.050%) assyst
10 3 (0.050%) Avolution ABACUS
10 3 (0.050%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.050%) SAP FI-CA
10 3 (0.050%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 1,908 (31.54%) AWS
2 734 (12.13%) GCP
3 649 (10.73%) Office 365
4 629 (10.40%) Power Platform
5 458 (7.57%) Azure Active Directory
6 448 (7.40%) PaaS
7 445 (7.36%) Serverless
8 350 (5.79%) IaaS
9 305 (5.04%) Azure Data Factory
10 265 (4.38%) SaaS
11 229 (3.79%) Logic Apps
12 226 (3.74%) Azure Functions
13 213 (3.52%) Dynamics 365
14 181 (2.99%) PowerApps
15 160 (2.64%) GitHub
16 131 (2.17%) Cloud Computing
17 129 (2.13%) AWS Lambda
18 94 (1.55%) Power Automate
19 92 (1.52%) OneDrive
20 79 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 332 (5.49%) Firewall
2 244 (4.03%) DNS
3 160 (2.64%) WAN
4 127 (2.10%) VPN
5 110 (1.82%) Network Security
6 105 (1.74%) LAN
7 91 (1.50%) DHCP
8 87 (1.44%) Skype
9 69 (1.14%) SAN
10 61 (1.01%) HTTP
10 61 (1.01%) Internet
11 60 (0.99%) TCP/IP
12 54 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
13 43 (0.71%) Wireless
14 41 (0.68%) SSL
15 39 (0.64%) MPLS
16 29 (0.48%) VLAN
17 26 (0.43%) VoIP
17 26 (0.43%) VSAN
18 25 (0.41%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 781 (12.91%) SQL Server
2 454 (7.50%) Power BI
3 382 (6.31%) Azure SQL Database
4 377 (6.23%) Data Warehouse
5 302 (4.99%) Data Lake
6 246 (4.07%) Big Data
7 234 (3.87%) NoSQL
8 192 (3.17%) PostgreSQL
8 192 (3.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 171 (2.83%) MySQL
10 166 (2.74%) Cosmos DB
11 159 (2.63%) Relational Database
12 153 (2.53%) MongoDB
13 138 (2.28%) Hadoop
14 129 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 100 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 84 (1.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 62 (1.02%) Tableau
18 57 (0.94%) Amazon Redshift
19 55 (0.91%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 560 (9.26%) Git (software)
2 558 (9.22%) Jenkins
3 285 (4.71%) JIRA
4 188 (3.11%) GitLab
5 140 (2.31%) Selenium
6 131 (2.17%) Visual Studio Team System
7 109 (1.80%) Artifactory
7 109 (1.80%) Visual Studio
8 99 (1.64%) TeamCity
9 94 (1.55%) Maven
10 66 (1.09%) SonarQube
11 65 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
12 63 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
13 62 (1.02%) Bitbucket
14 61 (1.01%) Cucumber
15 59 (0.98%) SpecFlow
16 56 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 54 (0.89%) Gradle
18 53 (0.88%) JMeter
19 50 (0.83%) webpack
General
1 979 (16.18%) Finance
2 520 (8.60%) Public Sector
3 276 (4.56%) Banking
4 177 (2.93%) Front Office
5 151 (2.50%) Marketing
6 123 (2.03%) Retail
7 99 (1.64%) Telecoms
8 92 (1.52%) Manufacturing
9 65 (1.07%) Electronics
10 62 (1.02%) Legal
11 61 (1.01%) Law
12 51 (0.84%) Investment Banking
13 45 (0.74%) Back Office
14 42 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
15 25 (0.41%) Financial Institution
16 24 (0.40%) Billing
17 22 (0.36%) Advertising
17 22 (0.36%) German Language
18 20 (0.33%) Retail Banking
19 19 (0.31%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,495 (24.71%) Developer
2 1,048 (17.32%) Architect
3 743 (12.28%) Azure Engineer
4 630 (10.41%) DevOps Engineer
5 355 (5.87%) Consultant
6 351 (5.80%) Azure DevOps Engineer
7 315 (5.21%) Azure Architect
8 303 (5.01%) Data Engineer
9 302 (4.99%) .NET Developer
10 297 (4.91%) Analyst
11 288 (4.76%) Azure DevOps
12 244 (4.03%) Azure Developer
13 238 (3.93%) Cloud Architect
14 235 (3.88%) Solutions Architect
15 234 (3.87%) Cloud Engineer
16 211 (3.49%) Software Engineer
17 206 (3.40%) React Developer
18 185 (3.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 177 (2.93%) Full Stack Developer
20 170 (2.81%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 933 (15.42%) .NET
2 498 (8.23%) React
3 490 (8.10%) Web Services
4 372 (6.15%) AngularJS
5 366 (6.05%) Node.js
6 339 (5.60%) .NET Core
7 334 (5.52%) HTML
8 317 (5.24%) CSS
9 268 (4.43%) REST
10 212 (3.50%) RESTful
11 207 (3.42%) ASP.NET
12 197 (3.26%) JSON
13 164 (2.71%) Kafka
14 161 (2.66%) .NET Framework
15 156 (2.58%) HTML5
15 156 (2.58%) Spring
16 133 (2.20%) XML
17 131 (2.17%) ASP.NET Web API
18 112 (1.85%) Redux
19 111 (1.83%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 298 (4.93%) Greenfield Project
2 294 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
3 226 (3.74%) Public Cloud
4 198 (3.27%) Data Centre
5 196 (3.24%) Cloud Native
6 185 (3.06%) User Experience
7 120 (1.98%) Hedge funds
8 116 (1.92%) Derivative
9 107 (1.77%) Fixed Income
10 105 (1.74%) Management Information System
11 91 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
12 89 (1.47%) Blog
13 83 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
14 82 (1.36%) Equities
15 80 (1.32%) Mobile App
16 69 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
17 64 (1.06%) PKI
18 62 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 62 (1.02%) Private Cloud
19 55 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 929 (15.36%) Windows
2 552 (9.12%) Linux
3 357 (5.90%) Windows Server
4 204 (3.37%) Windows 10
5 124 (2.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 117 (1.93%) Unix
7 112 (1.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 95 (1.57%) Android
9 93 (1.54%) Apple iOS
10 80 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
11 72 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 60 (0.99%) Windows Server 2019
13 40 (0.66%) CentOS
14 37 (0.61%) Ubuntu
15 36 (0.60%) Windows 7
16 32 (0.53%) VMS
17 30 (0.50%) Mac OS X
18 26 (0.43%) Windows XP
19 20 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
20 13 (0.21%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,140 (35.37%) DevOps
2 1,764 (29.16%) Agile Software Development
3 719 (11.88%) Microservices
4 718 (11.87%) Migration
5 635 (10.50%) Business Intelligence
6 546 (9.02%) Software Engineering
7 500 (8.26%) Test Automation
8 463 (7.65%) Scrum
9 449 (7.42%) Analytics
10 416 (6.88%) TDD
11 378 (6.25%) Infrastructure as Code
12 347 (5.74%) Data Modelling
13 326 (5.39%) Problem-Solving
14 317 (5.24%) ETL
15 294 (4.86%) Continuous Integration
16 281 (4.64%) Stakeholder Management
17 256 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 256 (4.23%) Open Source
18 249 (4.12%) Project Delivery
19 245 (4.05%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1,331 (22.00%) SQL
2 1,165 (19.26%) Python
3 819 (13.54%) C#
4 806 (13.32%) Java
5 772 (12.76%) JavaScript
6 668 (11.04%) PowerShell
7 260 (4.30%) Bash Shell
8 175 (2.89%) T-SQL
9 145 (2.40%) Go
10 137 (2.26%) TypeScript
11 129 (2.13%) Scala
12 103 (1.70%) R
13 101 (1.67%) C++
14 92 (1.52%) Java 8
15 85 (1.40%) Ruby
16 77 (1.27%) PL/SQL
17 69 (1.14%) Kotlin
18 68 (1.12%) Perl
19 63 (1.04%) C
20 56 (0.93%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 731 (12.08%) Security Cleared
2 620 (10.25%) SC Cleared
3 186 (3.07%) Degree
4 99 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 77 (1.27%) CISSP
6 76 (1.26%) DV Cleared
7 69 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
8 64 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
9 48 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
10 43 (0.71%) MCSE
11 39 (0.64%) CISM
12 32 (0.53%) CCNA
13 28 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
14 27 (0.45%) ISTQB
15 25 (0.41%) CCNP
16 22 (0.36%) ISEB
17 20 (0.33%) AWS Certification
17 20 (0.33%) MCSA
17 20 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 19 (0.31%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 214 (3.54%) QA
2 105 (1.74%) Data Quality
3 64 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 57 (0.94%) SLA
5 45 (0.74%) NIST
6 41 (0.68%) GDPR
7 30 (0.50%) PCI DSS
8 29 (0.48%) NCSC
9 24 (0.40%) PMO
10 17 (0.28%) WCAG
11 14 (0.23%) COBIT
12 13 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
13 12 (0.20%) JSP 440
14 11 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 10 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 7 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
17 5 (0.083%) RMADS
18 4 (0.066%) HIPAA
19 3 (0.050%) IFRS
19 3 (0.050%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 795 (13.14%) Docker
2 792 (13.09%) Active Directory
3 259 (4.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 107 (1.77%) Hyper-V
5 84 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
6 69 (1.14%) vSphere
7 64 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
8 46 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
9 33 (0.55%) HDFS
10 30 (0.50%) VMware NSX
11 23 (0.38%) XenApp
12 17 (0.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 17 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 17 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (0.28%) XenDesktop
13 14 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.15%) Xen
15 8 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.12%) KVM
17 6 (0.099%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 907 (14.99%) Kubernetes
2 874 (14.45%) Terraform
3 463 (7.65%) Ansible
4 202 (3.34%) Microsoft Intune
5 195 (3.22%) Puppet
6 184 (3.04%) SCCM
7 150 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
8 83 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
9 69 (1.14%) Prometheus
10 64 (1.06%) Grafana
11 42 (0.69%) Kibana
12 37 (0.61%) SCOM
13 34 (0.56%) logstash
14 33 (0.55%) Rancher
15 32 (0.53%) Packer
16 30 (0.50%) Consul
16 30 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
17 29 (0.48%) vCenter Server
18 22 (0.36%) vRealize
18 22 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,787 (29.54%) Microsoft
2 398 (6.58%) VMware
3 357 (5.90%) Databricks
4 330 (5.45%) Google
5 326 (5.39%) Oracle
6 215 (3.55%) SAP
7 162 (2.68%) Cisco
8 136 (2.25%) Splunk
9 132 (2.18%) Citrix
10 103 (1.70%) Salesforce.com
11 99 (1.64%) MuleSoft
12 91 (1.50%) Red Hat
13 83 (1.37%) Cloudera
14 69 (1.14%) Informatica
15 66 (1.09%) Dell
16 65 (1.07%) ServiceNow
17 56 (0.93%) Palo Alto
18 50 (0.83%) Atlassian
19 45 (0.74%) EMC
20 43 (0.71%) Talend