Period
to 4 July 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 4 July 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 9 24
Rank change year-on-year +4 +15 +28
Contract jobs citing Azure 5,592 10,714 7,604
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 13.54% 11.47% 7.34%
As % of the Cloud Services category 44.32% 40.75% 34.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,932 7,899 5,529
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £340 £350 £325
90th Percentile £675 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £468 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -1.47% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 70 40
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.56% -32.75%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +14.52% -34.74%

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 12,616 26,293 22,207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.55% 28.16% 21.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,351 18,072 15,170
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £308 £313 £306
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 357 318
Median hourly rate £33.61 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.38% +18.42% -
10th Percentile £14.59 £12.75 £11.95
90th Percentile £50.00 £62.25 £56.63
Median hourly rate £23.00 £22.34 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.98% +27.63% +0.63%

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 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 +4 5,136 £500 - 1,592
UK excluding London +1 2,793 £468 -1.47% 1,220
London +4 2,600 £525 - 476
South East -1 746 £475 - 346
North of England +7 677 £450 -4.26% 328
Midlands +2 444 £475 +1.82% 195
Work from Home +2 436 £475 -2.56% 222
South West +6 435 £475 +2.70% 134
West Midlands +1 346 £478 +0.53% 134
North West +4 324 £450 -4.76% 203
Yorkshire +9 254 £475 - 83
Scotland +3 254 £425 - 56
East of England +8 166 £425 -10.53% 109
North East +9 94 £425 -5.56% 42
East Midlands +4 91 £450 +5.88% 61
Wales -2 76 £475 -5.00% 46
Northern Ireland +1 4 £400 -17.95% 10

For the 6 months to 4 July 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 1,972 (35.26%) Agile Software Development
2 1,958 (35.01%) DevOps
3 1,944 (34.76%) AWS
4 1,806 (32.30%) Microsoft
5 1,301 (23.27%) SQL
6 1,146 (20.49%) .NET
7 1,104 (19.74%) C#
8 965 (17.26%) Windows
9 912 (16.31%) Finance
10 880 (15.74%) Java
11 863 (15.43%) SQL Server
12 830 (14.84%) Python
13 829 (14.82%) JavaScript
14 813 (14.54%) Kubernetes
15 812 (14.52%) Docker
16 797 (14.25%) Active Directory
17 769 (13.75%) Microservices
18 726 (12.98%) Office 365
19 718 (12.84%) PowerShell
20 715 (12.79%) GCP
21 699 (12.50%) Migration
22 599 (10.71%) Linux
23 598 (10.69%) Security Cleared
24 592 (10.59%) Business Intelligence
25 555 (9.92%) Test Automation
26 533 (9.53%) Terraform
27 532 (9.51%) Git (software)
28 517 (9.25%) Scrum
29 508 (9.08%) Public Sector
30 504 (9.01%) AngularJS

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
1 365 (6.53%) SharePoint
2 143 (2.56%) Confluence
3 130 (2.32%) Apache Spark
4 124 (2.22%) Apache
5 97 (1.73%) MS Exchange
6 94 (1.68%) Skype for Business
7 75 (1.34%) IIS
8 53 (0.95%) CMS
9 51 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 49 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
11 47 (0.84%) Tomcat
12 45 (0.80%) WebLogic
13 39 (0.70%) SAS
14 35 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
15 31 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
16 27 (0.48%) IBM Notes
17 25 (0.45%) IBM Domino
18 24 (0.43%) nginx
19 23 (0.41%) NServiceBus
19 23 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 107 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
2 97 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 33 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
5 29 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.14%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.11%) Figma
7 6 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.072%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.054%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.054%) LibreOffice
9 3 (0.054%) Sketch
9 3 (0.054%) Zeplin
10 2 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.018%) InVision
Business Applications
1 184 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 16 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 15 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
6 14 (0.25%) NetSuite
7 13 (0.23%) Sentinel
8 12 (0.21%) SAP ERP
9 10 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
10 8 (0.14%) assyst
10 8 (0.14%) FINCAD Analytics
11 4 (0.072%) Elite 3E
11 4 (0.072%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 4 (0.072%) SAP GRC
11 4 (0.072%) SAP Hybris
11 4 (0.072%) SAP PSCD
11 4 (0.072%) Visualfiles
12 3 (0.054%) Payment Gateway
12 3 (0.054%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1,944 (34.76%) AWS
2 726 (12.98%) Office 365
3 715 (12.79%) GCP
4 494 (8.83%) Power Platform
5 434 (7.76%) PaaS
6 422 (7.55%) Azure Active Directory
7 349 (6.24%) IaaS
8 267 (4.77%) SaaS
9 263 (4.70%) Serverless
10 232 (4.15%) Azure Data Factory
11 214 (3.83%) Dynamics 365
12 130 (2.32%) GitHub
13 128 (2.29%) Logic Apps
14 116 (2.07%) Azure Functions
15 114 (2.04%) AWS Lambda
16 100 (1.79%) OneDrive
17 99 (1.77%) OpenShift
18 97 (1.73%) PowerApps
19 84 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
20 72 (1.29%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 248 (4.43%) DNS
2 245 (4.38%) Firewall
3 143 (2.56%) VPN
4 135 (2.41%) Skype
5 131 (2.34%) WAN
6 120 (2.15%) DHCP
7 95 (1.70%) SAN
8 94 (1.68%) TCP/IP
9 87 (1.56%) Internet
10 80 (1.43%) Network Security
11 76 (1.36%) LAN
12 70 (1.25%) HTTP
13 61 (1.09%) SSL
14 51 (0.91%) DMZ
15 50 (0.89%) Wireless
16 42 (0.75%) HTTPS
16 42 (0.75%) VoIP
17 37 (0.66%) Kerberos
18 36 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
19 31 (0.55%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 863 (15.43%) SQL Server
2 404 (7.22%) Power BI
3 379 (6.78%) Data Warehouse
4 295 (5.28%) Data Lake
5 293 (5.24%) Azure SQL Database
5 293 (5.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 292 (5.22%) Big Data
7 238 (4.26%) MongoDB
8 222 (3.97%) MySQL
8 222 (3.97%) NoSQL
9 170 (3.04%) PostgreSQL
10 155 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 143 (2.56%) Hadoop
12 132 (2.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 131 (2.34%) Relational Database
14 110 (1.97%) Cosmos DB
15 100 (1.79%) Amazon Redshift
15 100 (1.79%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 78 (1.39%) Oracle Database
17 76 (1.36%) Redis
Development Applications
1 532 (9.51%) Git (software)
2 490 (8.76%) Jenkins
3 299 (5.35%) JIRA
4 212 (3.79%) Visual Studio
5 158 (2.83%) GitLab
6 157 (2.81%) Team Foundation Server
7 150 (2.68%) Selenium
8 126 (2.25%) Visual Studio Team System
9 116 (2.07%) Artifactory
10 89 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
11 87 (1.56%) SpecFlow
12 85 (1.52%) Mockito
13 82 (1.47%) TeamCity
14 75 (1.34%) Maven
15 57 (1.02%) Sonatype Nexus
16 56 (1.00%) Bitbucket
17 52 (0.93%) RStudio
18 50 (0.89%) webpack
19 48 (0.86%) CircleCI
19 48 (0.86%) JUnit
General
1 912 (16.31%) Finance
2 508 (9.08%) Public Sector
3 288 (5.15%) Banking
4 198 (3.54%) Front Office
5 120 (2.15%) Marketing
6 111 (1.98%) Investment Banking
7 110 (1.97%) Retail
8 96 (1.72%) Telecoms
9 74 (1.32%) Manufacturing
10 66 (1.18%) Law
11 52 (0.93%) Back Office
12 51 (0.91%) Electronics
13 36 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
13 36 (0.64%) Publishing
14 35 (0.63%) Local Government
15 32 (0.57%) Legal
16 24 (0.43%) Advertising
17 22 (0.39%) Games
18 19 (0.34%) Financial Institution
19 18 (0.32%) Police
Job Titles
1 1,699 (30.38%) Developer
2 824 (14.74%) Architect
3 450 (8.05%) DevOps Engineer
4 448 (8.01%) Azure Engineer
5 428 (7.65%) .NET Developer
6 311 (5.56%) Consultant
7 303 (5.42%) Java Developer
8 287 (5.13%) Analyst
9 266 (4.76%) Azure Developer
10 223 (3.99%) Data Engineer
11 219 (3.92%) Solutions Architect
12 214 (3.83%) C# Developer
13 209 (3.74%) Azure Architect
14 198 (3.54%) Senior Developer
15 197 (3.52%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 188 (3.36%) Cloud Architect
17 168 (3.00%) Cloud Engineer
18 166 (2.97%) AWS Engineer
19 165 (2.95%) Azure DevOps
20 155 (2.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,146 (20.49%) .NET
2 504 (9.01%) AngularJS
3 471 (8.42%) Web Services
4 455 (8.14%) React
5 385 (6.88%) .NET Core
6 343 (6.13%) ASP.NET
7 339 (6.06%) HTML
8 329 (5.88%) Node.js
9 263 (4.70%) CSS
10 233 (4.17%) .NET Framework
11 225 (4.02%) REST
12 215 (3.84%) RESTful
13 176 (3.15%) ASP.NET Web API
14 159 (2.84%) Vue.js
15 158 (2.83%) Spring
16 145 (2.59%) JSON
17 142 (2.54%) Kafka
18 140 (2.50%) Entity Framework
19 134 (2.40%) OAuth
20 130 (2.32%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 310 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
2 264 (4.72%) Public Cloud
3 201 (3.59%) Data Centre
4 195 (3.49%) Greenfield Project
5 176 (3.15%) Hedge funds
6 135 (2.41%) Fixed Income
7 133 (2.38%) Derivative
7 133 (2.38%) User Experience
8 122 (2.18%) Management Information System
9 116 (2.07%) Cloud Native
9 116 (2.07%) Equities
10 101 (1.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 85 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
12 77 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
13 69 (1.23%) PKI
14 67 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
14 67 (1.20%) Virtual Team
15 66 (1.18%) Clustering
16 63 (1.13%) Mobile App
17 52 (0.93%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 965 (17.26%) Windows
2 599 (10.71%) Linux
3 416 (7.44%) Windows Server
4 217 (3.88%) Windows 10
5 199 (3.56%) Unix
6 147 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 141 (2.52%) Windows Server 2016
8 116 (2.07%) Windows Server 2008
9 80 (1.43%) Mac OS X
10 66 (1.18%) Apple iOS
10 66 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 64 (1.14%) Android
12 55 (0.98%) Windows Server 2019
13 37 (0.66%) VMS
14 35 (0.63%) Windows 7
15 34 (0.61%) CentOS
16 25 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
17 16 (0.29%) CoreOS
18 15 (0.27%) AIX
19 14 (0.25%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,972 (35.26%) Agile Software Development
2 1,958 (35.01%) DevOps
3 769 (13.75%) Microservices
4 699 (12.50%) Migration
5 592 (10.59%) Business Intelligence
6 555 (9.92%) Test Automation
7 517 (9.25%) Scrum
8 483 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
9 470 (8.40%) Software Engineering
10 456 (8.15%) TDD
11 454 (8.12%) Analytics
12 374 (6.69%) Problem-Solving
13 318 (5.69%) BDD
14 275 (4.92%) ETL
15 266 (4.76%) MVC
16 251 (4.49%) Data Modelling
16 251 (4.49%) ITIL
17 240 (4.29%) CRM
18 238 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
19 230 (4.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1,301 (23.27%) SQL
2 1,104 (19.74%) C#
3 880 (15.74%) Java
4 830 (14.84%) Python
5 829 (14.82%) JavaScript
6 718 (12.84%) PowerShell
7 227 (4.06%) T-SQL
8 168 (3.00%) Java 8
9 156 (2.79%) Bash Shell
10 142 (2.54%) TypeScript
11 106 (1.90%) Scala
12 99 (1.77%) R
13 88 (1.57%) Shell Script
14 81 (1.45%) C
15 79 (1.41%) C++
16 70 (1.25%) PL/SQL
17 60 (1.07%) Go
18 58 (1.04%) Ruby
19 54 (0.97%) PHP
20 53 (0.95%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 598 (10.69%) Security Cleared
2 490 (8.76%) SC Cleared
3 262 (4.69%) Degree
4 122 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 89 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
6 88 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
7 76 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
8 75 (1.34%) CISSP
9 67 (1.20%) DV Cleared
10 51 (0.91%) MCSE
11 45 (0.80%) MCSA
12 38 (0.68%) CCNA
13 30 (0.54%) CCNP
14 28 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
15 27 (0.48%) DBS Check
16 26 (0.46%) Master's Degree
17 24 (0.43%) ISEB
17 24 (0.43%) ISTQB
18 22 (0.39%) AWS Certification
19 21 (0.38%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (3.02%) QA
2 69 (1.23%) GDPR
3 58 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 53 (0.95%) SLA
5 47 (0.84%) Data Quality
6 21 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 18 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
7 18 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 16 (0.29%) NIST
9 14 (0.25%) WCAG
10 13 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 12 (0.21%) PMO
12 10 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 8 (0.14%) GxP
14 7 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 7 (0.13%) NCSC
15 6 (0.11%) HL7
16 5 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 5 (0.089%) HIPAA
17 4 (0.072%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 812 (14.52%) Docker
2 797 (14.25%) Active Directory
3 222 (3.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 112 (2.00%) Hyper-V
5 90 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
6 74 (1.32%) XenApp
7 63 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
8 61 (1.09%) vSphere
9 30 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
10 26 (0.46%) XenDesktop
11 20 (0.36%) VMware NSX
12 19 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
13 17 (0.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 15 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
15 14 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
16 12 (0.21%) OpenAM
17 11 (0.20%) HDFS
18 9 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 8 (0.14%) Terminal Services
20 7 (0.13%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 813 (14.54%) Kubernetes
2 533 (9.53%) Terraform
3 396 (7.08%) Ansible
4 226 (4.04%) Microsoft Intune
5 211 (3.77%) SCCM
6 171 (3.06%) Puppet
7 128 (2.29%) Opscode Chef
8 108 (1.93%) Single Sign-On
9 67 (1.20%) SCOM
10 56 (1.00%) Prometheus
11 36 (0.64%) Grafana
12 33 (0.59%) Rancher
13 32 (0.57%) Salt
14 31 (0.55%) Packer
15 23 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
16 22 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 22 (0.39%) vRealize
16 22 (0.39%) Zipkin
17 21 (0.38%) FortiGate
18 20 (0.36%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1,806 (32.30%) Microsoft
2 447 (7.99%) Google
3 379 (6.78%) VMware
4 303 (5.42%) Oracle
5 208 (3.72%) Databricks
6 192 (3.43%) Cisco
7 185 (3.31%) SAP
8 176 (3.15%) Citrix
9 92 (1.65%) Red Hat
10 87 (1.56%) Cloudera
11 78 (1.39%) IBM
12 77 (1.38%) Splunk
13 72 (1.29%) Tableau
14 69 (1.23%) HP
15 64 (1.14%) Hortonworks
16 57 (1.02%) ServiceNow
17 53 (0.95%) MuleSoft
18 52 (0.93%) NetApp
19 48 (0.86%) Dell
20 47 (0.84%) Salesforce.com