Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 6 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 +5
Contract jobs citing Azure 14,629 5,439 10,156
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 16.56% 14.54% 12.40%
As % of the Cloud Services category 46.39% 44.63% 41.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,648 3,911 7,260
10th Percentile £375 £340 £331
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £531 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.15% - -
75th Percentile £638 £600 £588
90th Percentile £706 £675 £662
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £450 £465
% change year-on-year +8.89% -3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 47 78
10th Percentile £16.02 £17.50 £21.14
25th Percentile £31.75 £25.26 £39.19
Median hourly rate £55.00 £52.00 £52.75
Median % change year-on-year +5.77% -1.42% +136.31%
75th Percentile £65.13 £60.13 £78.75
90th Percentile £75.33 £67.90 £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £50.00 £52.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +200.00%

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 with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 31,534 12,188 24,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.70% 32.59% 29.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,824 8,556 16,906
10th Percentile £331 £306 £275
25th Percentile £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £495
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.01% +3.13%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £663 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 223 379
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.88 £13.70
25th Percentile £14.35 £16.48 £16.25
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% +12.50% +14.29%
75th Percentile £46.50 £46.00 £36.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £60.00 £71.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.33 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -8.35% +5.26% +8.59%

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 5 December 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 5 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Top 18 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 5 December 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 +1 11,398 £538 +7.55% 4,717
London 0 6,604 £575 +9.52% 1,785
Work from Home 0 4,715 £531 +6.10% 1,000
UK excluding London +2 4,442 £490 +8.89% 3,207
South East +4 1,227 £500 +8.11% 713
North of England 0 1,019 £500 +7.53% 969
Midlands +2 776 £498 +16.37% 627
West Midlands +4 535 £495 +14.58% 438
North West 0 525 £500 +5.26% 549
South West +3 523 £450 - 294
Scotland 0 476 £475 +5.56% 231
Yorkshire +5 432 £475 +5.56% 268
East of England +4 304 £450 +10.77% 290
East Midlands 0 226 £475 +18.75% 188
Wales +3 119 £471 +1.89% 59
North East +1 70 £495 - 153
Northern Ireland - 10 £500 - 26
Isle of Man - 2 £425 -

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 5,582 (38.16%) DevOps
2 4,601 (31.45%) Agile Software Development
3 4,364 (29.83%) AWS
4 4,203 (28.73%) Microsoft
5 3,320 (22.69%) SQL
6 2,594 (17.73%) Finance
7 2,552 (17.44%) Social Skills
8 2,442 (16.69%) .NET
9 2,369 (16.19%) Python
10 2,207 (15.09%) C#
11 2,168 (14.82%) Kubernetes
12 2,062 (14.10%) Windows
13 2,048 (14.00%) Terraform
14 1,832 (12.52%) Active Directory
15 1,758 (12.02%) Docker
16 1,715 (11.72%) Java
17 1,707 (11.67%) Migration
18 1,692 (11.57%) JavaScript
19 1,673 (11.44%) Microsoft 365
20 1,643 (11.23%) Analytics
21 1,639 (11.20%) GCP
22 1,633 (11.16%) PowerShell
23 1,608 (10.99%) SQL Server
24 1,593 (10.89%) Microservices
25 1,553 (10.62%) Business Intelligence
26 1,541 (10.53%) Power Platform
27 1,381 (9.44%) Git (software)
28 1,369 (9.36%) Scrum
29 1,341 (9.17%) Linux
30 1,274 (8.71%) PaaS

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
1 791 (5.41%) SharePoint
2 419 (2.86%) Apache Spark
3 381 (2.60%) Confluence
4 189 (1.29%) Apache
5 158 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
6 157 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
7 133 (0.91%) MS Exchange
8 128 (0.87%) IIS
9 104 (0.71%) CMS
10 87 (0.59%) Tomcat
11 81 (0.55%) SAS
12 65 (0.44%) OpenStack
13 59 (0.40%) nginx
14 53 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
15 42 (0.29%) Skype for Business
16 39 (0.27%) Jupyter
17 35 (0.24%) JBoss
18 33 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
19 32 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2013
20 30 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 241 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 231 (1.58%) Microsoft Office
3 74 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (0.49%) MS Visio
5 61 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 32 (0.22%) Chatbot
7 13 (0.089%) Figma
8 8 (0.055%) Adobe XD
9 7 (0.048%) InfoPath
9 7 (0.048%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.048%) SPSS
10 6 (0.041%) Sketch
11 5 (0.034%) Photoshop
12 4 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.027%) InVision
12 4 (0.027%) Mingle
13 2 (0.014%) Oracle Smart View
14 1 (0.007%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 1 (0.007%) ProjectWise
14 1 (0.007%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 333 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 127 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 59 (0.40%) Sentinel
4 24 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 24 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
5 22 (0.15%) NetSuite
6 18 (0.12%) SAP ERP
7 17 (0.12%) Cloudability
7 17 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
8 15 (0.10%) SAP FSCM
9 14 (0.096%) Magento
9 14 (0.096%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 12 (0.082%) Dynamics NAV
10 12 (0.082%) Oracle ERP
11 10 (0.068%) Oracle BPM
12 8 (0.055%) Maximo
12 8 (0.055%) Payment Gateway
13 7 (0.048%) Distributed Ledger
13 7 (0.048%) Lorenzo
13 7 (0.048%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 4,364 (29.83%) AWS
2 1,673 (11.44%) Microsoft 365
3 1,639 (11.20%) GCP
4 1,541 (10.53%) Power Platform
5 1,274 (8.71%) PaaS
6 1,187 (8.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 1,014 (6.93%) Serverless
8 985 (6.73%) Azure Data Factory
9 947 (6.47%) IaaS
10 831 (5.68%) SaaS
11 641 (4.38%) GitHub
12 577 (3.94%) Azure Functions
13 534 (3.65%) Dynamics 365
14 519 (3.55%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 462 (3.16%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 459 (3.14%) Azure Logic Apps
17 454 (3.10%) Azure Service Bus
18 421 (2.88%) PowerApps
19 385 (2.63%) AWS CloudFormation
20 269 (1.84%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 792 (5.41%) Firewall
2 522 (3.57%) DNS
3 307 (2.10%) VPN
4 302 (2.06%) Network Security
5 300 (2.05%) WAN
6 248 (1.70%) DHCP
7 214 (1.46%) LAN
8 184 (1.26%) Internet
9 162 (1.11%) TCP/IP
10 149 (1.02%) SAN
11 140 (0.96%) HTTP
12 108 (0.74%) BGP
13 99 (0.68%) SSL
13 99 (0.68%) Wireless
14 91 (0.62%) SD-WAN
15 83 (0.57%) Skype
16 71 (0.49%) VLAN
17 65 (0.44%) MPLS
18 63 (0.43%) NetScaler
19 62 (0.42%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,608 (10.99%) SQL Server
2 1,230 (8.41%) Power BI
3 938 (6.41%) Data Warehouse
4 915 (6.25%) Data Lake
5 722 (4.94%) Azure SQL Database
6 613 (4.19%) Big Data
7 484 (3.31%) NoSQL
8 452 (3.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 364 (2.49%) PostgreSQL
10 328 (2.24%) Relational Database
11 295 (2.02%) MongoDB
12 271 (1.85%) MySQL
13 265 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 253 (1.73%) Hadoop
15 244 (1.67%) Tableau
16 222 (1.52%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 217 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 159 (1.09%) Metadata
19 114 (0.78%) Redis
20 107 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,381 (9.44%) Git (software)
2 1,107 (7.57%) Jenkins
3 880 (6.02%) JIRA
4 351 (2.40%) Visual Studio
5 333 (2.28%) Selenium
6 330 (2.26%) TeamCity
7 307 (2.10%) GitLab
8 294 (2.01%) Maven
9 195 (1.33%) Gradle
10 190 (1.30%) SonarQube
11 182 (1.24%) Octopus Deploy
12 178 (1.22%) SpecFlow
13 170 (1.16%) Bitbucket
14 169 (1.16%) Cucumber
15 164 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
16 149 (1.02%) Postman
17 147 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
18 143 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
19 113 (0.77%) JUnit
20 102 (0.70%) Artifactory
General
1 2,594 (17.73%) Finance
2 2,552 (17.44%) Social Skills
3 1,060 (7.25%) Public Sector
4 786 (5.37%) Banking
5 776 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
6 431 (2.95%) Retail
7 399 (2.73%) Presentation Skills
8 359 (2.45%) Marketing
9 264 (1.80%) Legal
10 243 (1.66%) Manufacturing
11 240 (1.64%) Investment Banking
12 227 (1.55%) Telecoms
13 226 (1.54%) Front Office
14 174 (1.19%) Law
15 172 (1.18%) Influencing Skills
16 147 (1.00%) Documentation Skills
17 145 (0.99%) Electronics
18 132 (0.90%) Financial Institution
19 94 (0.64%) Organisational Skills
20 86 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3,361 (22.97%) Developer
2 2,551 (17.44%) Architect
3 1,780 (12.17%) Azure Engineer
4 1,186 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
5 927 (6.34%) Solutions Architect
6 835 (5.71%) .NET Developer
7 823 (5.63%) Azure Architect
8 822 (5.62%) Analyst
9 813 (5.56%) Data Engineer
10 718 (4.91%) Consultant
11 605 (4.14%) Cloud Engineer
12 591 (4.04%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 560 (3.83%) Azure Developer
14 535 (3.66%) Cloud Architect
15 505 (3.45%) Azure DevOps
16 466 (3.19%) C# Developer
17 438 (2.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 433 (2.96%) Project Manager
19 430 (2.94%) Senior Developer
20 403 (2.75%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,442 (16.69%) .NET
2 936 (6.40%) React
3 873 (5.97%) .NET Core
4 772 (5.28%) AngularJS
5 705 (4.82%) HTML
6 696 (4.76%) Node.js
6 696 (4.76%) REST
7 681 (4.66%) CSS
8 640 (4.37%) Web Services
9 556 (3.80%) ASP.NET
10 548 (3.75%) .NET Framework
11 501 (3.42%) Kafka
12 432 (2.95%) JSON
13 417 (2.85%) RESTful
14 358 (2.45%) ARM Templates
15 332 (2.27%) Spring
16 304 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
17 276 (1.89%) Entity Framework
18 274 (1.87%) XML
19 267 (1.83%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 701 (4.79%) Public Cloud
2 527 (3.60%) Cloud Native
3 449 (3.07%) Data Centre
4 389 (2.66%) Greenfield Project
5 366 (2.50%) User Experience
6 282 (1.93%) Data Protection Act
7 256 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
8 234 (1.60%) Hybrid Cloud
9 225 (1.54%) Management Information System
10 187 (1.28%) Hedge funds
11 174 (1.19%) Mobile App
12 162 (1.11%) Virtual Team
13 159 (1.09%) Data Structures
14 157 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
15 156 (1.07%) Private Cloud
16 154 (1.05%) Legacy Systems
17 129 (0.88%) PKI
18 122 (0.83%) Equities
19 113 (0.77%) Fixed Income
20 111 (0.76%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2,062 (14.10%) Windows
2 1,341 (9.17%) Linux
3 777 (5.31%) Windows Server
4 399 (2.73%) Windows 10
5 328 (2.24%) Unix
6 249 (1.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 198 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 186 (1.27%) Windows Server 2016
9 161 (1.10%) Android
10 150 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
11 131 (0.90%) Apple iOS
12 113 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
13 79 (0.54%) Windows 7
14 62 (0.42%) Ubuntu
15 59 (0.40%) VMS
16 49 (0.33%) Mac OS
17 45 (0.31%) CentOS
18 40 (0.27%) AIX
19 30 (0.21%) Solaris
20 23 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,582 (38.16%) DevOps
2 4,601 (31.45%) Agile Software Development
3 1,707 (11.67%) Migration
4 1,643 (11.23%) Analytics
5 1,593 (10.89%) Microservices
6 1,553 (10.62%) Business Intelligence
7 1,369 (9.36%) Scrum
8 1,234 (8.44%) Software Engineering
9 1,165 (7.96%) Infrastructure as Code
10 1,061 (7.25%) Test Automation
11 957 (6.54%) Stakeholder Management
12 939 (6.42%) Problem-Solving
13 910 (6.22%) Full Stack Development
14 891 (6.09%) Data Modelling
15 797 (5.45%) ETL
16 789 (5.39%) TDD
17 702 (4.80%) Continuous Integration
18 683 (4.67%) SDLC
19 612 (4.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 595 (4.07%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 3,320 (22.69%) SQL
2 2,369 (16.19%) Python
3 2,207 (15.09%) C#
4 1,715 (11.72%) Java
5 1,692 (11.57%) JavaScript
6 1,633 (11.16%) PowerShell
7 655 (4.48%) TypeScript
8 616 (4.21%) Bash Shell
9 413 (2.82%) T-SQL
10 338 (2.31%) Scala
11 248 (1.70%) Go
12 228 (1.56%) C++
13 213 (1.46%) R
14 187 (1.28%) PL/SQL
15 184 (1.26%) C
16 147 (1.00%) Java 8
17 143 (0.98%) PHP
18 137 (0.94%) Ruby
19 119 (0.81%) Shell Script
20 116 (0.79%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 1,097 (7.50%) Security Cleared
2 927 (6.34%) SC Cleared
3 588 (4.02%) Degree
4 253 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 206 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
6 191 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
7 168 (1.15%) CISSP
8 146 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
9 110 (0.75%) DV Cleared
10 104 (0.71%) ISTQB
11 87 (0.59%) AWS Certification
12 85 (0.58%) CCNP
12 85 (0.58%) MCSE
13 71 (0.49%) CCNA
14 66 (0.45%) MCSA
15 64 (0.44%) TOGAF Certification
16 56 (0.38%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 52 (0.36%) CISM
17 52 (0.36%) ISEB
18 46 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 467 (3.19%) QA
2 329 (2.25%) GDPR
3 216 (1.48%) Data Quality
4 209 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 182 (1.24%) Accessibility
6 162 (1.11%) SLA
7 111 (0.76%) NIST
8 83 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 83 (0.57%) PMO
9 61 (0.42%) NCSC
10 46 (0.31%) COBIT
11 45 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 35 (0.24%) GRC
13 30 (0.21%) SOC 2
14 28 (0.19%) WCAG
15 27 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
16 22 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
17 21 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 15 (0.10%) HIPAA
19 12 (0.082%) IFRS
System Software
1 1,832 (12.52%) Active Directory
2 1,758 (12.02%) Docker
3 512 (3.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 227 (1.55%) Hyper-V
5 206 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
6 202 (1.38%) Virtual Desktop
7 101 (0.69%) vSphere
8 93 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 58 (0.40%) XenApp
10 52 (0.36%) XenDesktop
11 51 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
12 44 (0.30%) VMware NSX
13 41 (0.28%) HDFS
14 29 (0.20%) NFS
15 28 (0.19%) BitLocker
15 28 (0.19%) OpenAM
16 26 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
17 17 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 16 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
19 14 (0.096%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2,168 (14.82%) Kubernetes
2 2,048 (14.00%) Terraform
3 918 (6.28%) Ansible
4 520 (3.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 347 (2.37%) SCCM
6 263 (1.80%) Puppet
7 206 (1.41%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 201 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
9 182 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
10 159 (1.09%) Prometheus
11 145 (0.99%) Grafana
12 115 (0.79%) Kibana
13 63 (0.43%) Istio
14 59 (0.40%) SCOM
15 58 (0.40%) Packer
16 48 (0.33%) vCenter Server
17 46 (0.31%) Rancher
17 46 (0.31%) vRealize
18 45 (0.31%) Docker Swarm
19 43 (0.29%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 4,203 (28.73%) Microsoft
2 1,076 (7.36%) Databricks
3 853 (5.83%) VMware
4 815 (5.57%) Oracle
5 654 (4.47%) Google
6 522 (3.57%) SAP
7 400 (2.73%) Cisco
8 387 (2.65%) Citrix
9 276 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
10 234 (1.60%) Red Hat
11 211 (1.44%) Splunk
12 179 (1.22%) MuleSoft
13 170 (1.16%) IBM
14 152 (1.04%) ServiceNow
15 150 (1.03%) Atlassian
16 143 (0.98%) Informatica
17 114 (0.78%) Palo Alto
18 111 (0.76%) CheckPoint
19 108 (0.74%) HP
20 104 (0.71%) Dell