Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 6 10
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4 +19
Contract jobs citing Azure 8,880 7,281 10,635
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 16.62% 12.87% 11.13%
As % of the Cloud Services category 47.59% 42.42% 40.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,460 5,088 7,627
10th Percentile £350 £331 £356
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £600 £588 £580
90th Percentile £675 £675 £669
UK excluding London median daily rate £473 £465 £475
% change year-on-year +1.61% -2.11% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 42 34
10th Percentile £21.00 £21.28 £15.53
25th Percentile £27.42 £34.53 £21.84
Median hourly rate £48.00 £54.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.00% +45.16%
75th Percentile £61.00 £70.81 £49.69
90th Percentile £66.00 £78.75 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £50.00 £45.64
% change year-on-year -11.00% +9.57% +61.54%

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 18,659 17,164 26,121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.91% 30.33% 27.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,468 12,015 18,292
10th Percentile £313 £285 £313
25th Percentile £410 £400 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £663 £675 £655
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £457
% change year-on-year - -1.53% +4.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 331 276 261
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.75 £11.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.25 £13.20
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -3.37%
75th Percentile £45.00 £37.20 £26.05
90th Percentile £61.00 £57.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.31 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.97% +13.60% +3.03%

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 21 April 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 21 April 2021.

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 21 April 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 0 6,836 £500 - 3,483
London +1 3,997 £525 - 1,199
Work from Home 0 3,223 £513 +10.81% 766
UK excluding London +1 2,688 £473 +1.61% 2,457
South East +3 714 £475 - 592
North of England +1 613 £475 +5.56% 734
Midlands +2 461 £450 -10.00% 445
South West +1 354 £475 -0.52% 262
North West +3 326 £475 +5.56% 401
Scotland +1 319 £450 +5.88% 104
West Midlands -1 317 £450 -10.00% 303
Yorkshire +2 241 £500 +5.41% 251
East of England +3 145 £475 +11.76% 226
East Midlands +7 133 £450 +5.88% 141
Wales -3 72 £438 -2.78% 69
North East -4 47 £450 +5.88% 82
Northern Ireland +14 14 £450 +12.50% 24

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 3,107 (34.99%) DevOps
2 2,753 (31.00%) AWS
3 2,582 (29.08%) Agile Software Development
4 2,526 (28.45%) Microsoft
5 1,856 (20.90%) SQL
6 1,532 (17.25%) Python
7 1,442 (16.24%) Finance
8 1,437 (16.18%) .NET
9 1,264 (14.23%) Kubernetes
10 1,258 (14.17%) Windows
11 1,248 (14.05%) Terraform
12 1,234 (13.90%) C#
13 1,137 (12.80%) Microsoft 365
14 1,127 (12.69%) Active Directory
15 1,062 (11.96%) Migration
16 1,050 (11.82%) Docker
17 1,047 (11.79%) JavaScript
18 1,041 (11.72%) Microservices
19 1,021 (11.50%) Java
20 1,012 (11.40%) GCP
21 1,002 (11.28%) PowerShell
22 944 (10.63%) SQL Server
23 942 (10.61%) Security Cleared
24 885 (9.97%) Power Platform
25 813 (9.16%) Business Intelligence
26 805 (9.07%) SC Cleared
27 781 (8.80%) Git (software)
28 765 (8.61%) Linux
29 763 (8.59%) Analytics
30 751 (8.46%) Azure Active Directory

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
1 470 (5.29%) SharePoint
2 208 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 178 (2.00%) Confluence
4 127 (1.43%) MS Exchange
5 112 (1.26%) Apache
6 91 (1.02%) IIS
7 82 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
8 76 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
9 73 (0.82%) CMS
10 71 (0.80%) Apache Airflow
11 59 (0.66%) Skype for Business
12 45 (0.51%) OpenStack
13 41 (0.46%) SAS
14 33 (0.37%) Tomcat
14 33 (0.37%) WebSphere
15 31 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
16 27 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
16 27 (0.30%) nginx
17 25 (0.28%) NServiceBus
18 23 (0.26%) JBoss
Applications
1 181 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
2 94 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (0.47%) MS Visio
4 37 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 32 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.090%) Chatbot
6 8 (0.090%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.034%) Gephi
7 3 (0.034%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.023%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.023%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.023%) Autodesk Flame
8 2 (0.023%) CINEMA 4D
8 2 (0.023%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.023%) Maya
8 2 (0.023%) NUKE
8 2 (0.023%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.011%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.011%) InDesign
9 1 (0.011%) iWork
Business Applications
1 168 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.30%) Sentinel
4 17 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
5 16 (0.18%) Magento
6 15 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
7 11 (0.12%) Shopify
8 10 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
8 10 (0.11%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.090%) Oracle EBS
9 8 (0.090%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 7 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 6 (0.068%) Aligne
11 6 (0.068%) assyst
11 6 (0.068%) Dynamics NAV
11 6 (0.068%) Oracle Applications
12 5 (0.056%) SAP CRM
12 5 (0.056%) SAP ERP
12 5 (0.056%) Unit4 Business World
13 4 (0.045%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 2,753 (31.00%) AWS
2 1,137 (12.80%) Microsoft 365
3 1,012 (11.40%) GCP
4 885 (9.97%) Power Platform
5 751 (8.46%) Azure Active Directory
6 706 (7.95%) PaaS
7 573 (6.45%) Serverless
8 510 (5.74%) IaaS
9 487 (5.48%) Azure Data Factory
10 424 (4.77%) SaaS
11 334 (3.76%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 326 (3.67%) Azure Functions
13 291 (3.28%) Azure Logic Apps
14 269 (3.03%) GitHub
15 268 (3.02%) PowerApps
16 250 (2.82%) Dynamics 365
17 240 (2.70%) Azure Service Bus
18 225 (2.53%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 202 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
20 153 (1.72%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 465 (5.24%) Firewall
2 344 (3.87%) DNS
3 178 (2.00%) WAN
4 168 (1.89%) VPN
5 158 (1.78%) Network Security
6 128 (1.44%) DHCP
7 124 (1.40%) LAN
8 89 (1.00%) Internet
9 87 (0.98%) TCP/IP
10 84 (0.95%) SAN
10 84 (0.95%) Skype
11 66 (0.74%) HTTP
12 62 (0.70%) MPLS
12 62 (0.70%) SSL
13 61 (0.69%) Wireless
14 56 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
15 54 (0.61%) VLAN
16 53 (0.60%) SD-WAN
17 33 (0.37%) Unified Communications
17 33 (0.37%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 944 (10.63%) SQL Server
2 661 (7.44%) Power BI
3 550 (6.19%) Data Warehouse
4 509 (5.73%) Azure SQL Database
5 419 (4.72%) Data Lake
6 322 (3.63%) Big Data
7 283 (3.19%) NoSQL
8 276 (3.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 227 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
10 179 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 177 (1.99%) MongoDB
12 165 (1.86%) Relational Database
13 153 (1.72%) MySQL
14 148 (1.67%) Hadoop
15 145 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 125 (1.41%) Tableau
17 118 (1.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 73 (0.82%) Apache Hive
19 64 (0.72%) Redis
20 60 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 781 (8.80%) Git (software)
2 626 (7.05%) Jenkins
3 462 (5.20%) JIRA
4 174 (1.96%) Visual Studio
5 161 (1.81%) Selenium
6 150 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
7 149 (1.68%) GitLab
8 145 (1.63%) Visual Studio Team System
9 113 (1.27%) Maven
10 107 (1.20%) TeamCity
11 83 (0.93%) Bitbucket
12 81 (0.91%) JUnit
13 77 (0.87%) webpack
14 75 (0.84%) Cucumber
14 75 (0.84%) SpecFlow
15 71 (0.80%) Gradle
16 68 (0.77%) SonarQube
17 67 (0.75%) Postman
18 64 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
19 59 (0.66%) Artifactory
General
1 1,442 (16.24%) Finance
2 684 (7.70%) Public Sector
3 366 (4.12%) Banking
4 198 (2.23%) Front Office
5 191 (2.15%) Marketing
6 168 (1.89%) Telecoms
7 154 (1.73%) Retail
8 148 (1.67%) Manufacturing
9 104 (1.17%) Legal
10 95 (1.07%) Electronics
11 92 (1.04%) Law
12 59 (0.66%) Back Office
13 46 (0.52%) Investment Banking
14 39 (0.44%) Publishing
15 37 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
16 36 (0.41%) Billing
17 31 (0.35%) Retail Banking
18 26 (0.29%) Advertising
19 25 (0.28%) Games
20 24 (0.27%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2,130 (23.99%) Developer
2 1,536 (17.30%) Architect
3 1,094 (12.32%) Azure Engineer
4 842 (9.48%) DevOps Engineer
5 546 (6.15%) Consultant
6 508 (5.72%) Analyst
7 499 (5.62%) Azure Architect
8 484 (5.45%) .NET Developer
9 471 (5.30%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 440 (4.95%) Data Engineer
11 398 (4.48%) Solutions Architect
12 380 (4.28%) Azure DevOps
13 338 (3.81%) Azure Developer
14 331 (3.73%) Cloud Engineer
15 308 (3.47%) Cloud Architect
16 265 (2.98%) React Developer
17 258 (2.91%) Full Stack Developer
18 244 (2.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 236 (2.66%) Data Architect
20 225 (2.53%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,437 (16.18%) .NET
2 620 (6.98%) React
3 563 (6.34%) .NET Core
4 535 (6.02%) Node.js
5 514 (5.79%) AngularJS
6 495 (5.57%) Web Services
7 473 (5.33%) HTML
8 454 (5.11%) CSS
9 405 (4.56%) REST
10 314 (3.54%) ASP.NET
11 299 (3.37%) JSON
12 278 (3.13%) Kafka
13 252 (2.84%) RESTful
14 220 (2.48%) .NET Framework
15 194 (2.18%) ASP.NET Web API
16 188 (2.12%) Spring
17 177 (1.99%) HTML5
18 167 (1.88%) GraphQL
19 162 (1.82%) XML
20 138 (1.55%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 464 (5.23%) Greenfield Project
2 442 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
3 333 (3.75%) Cloud Native
4 326 (3.67%) Public Cloud
5 286 (3.22%) Data Centre
6 278 (3.13%) User Experience
7 154 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
8 144 (1.62%) Hybrid Cloud
9 135 (1.52%) Management Information System
10 113 (1.27%) Data Structures
11 112 (1.26%) Algorithms
11 112 (1.26%) Mobile App
12 109 (1.23%) PKI
13 93 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
14 82 (0.92%) Virtual Team
15 81 (0.91%) Fixed Income
16 78 (0.88%) Private Cloud
17 76 (0.86%) Clustering
18 72 (0.81%) NHS
19 68 (0.77%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,258 (14.17%) Windows
2 765 (8.61%) Linux
3 460 (5.18%) Windows Server
4 269 (3.03%) Windows 10
5 160 (1.80%) Unix
6 138 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 124 (1.40%) Windows Server 2016
8 119 (1.34%) Android
9 101 (1.14%) Apple iOS
10 100 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 97 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
12 76 (0.86%) Windows Server 2019
13 41 (0.46%) VMS
14 40 (0.45%) Windows 7
15 38 (0.43%) CentOS
16 35 (0.39%) Ubuntu
17 27 (0.30%) Mac OS X
18 26 (0.29%) AIX
19 23 (0.26%) Windows XP
20 21 (0.24%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,107 (34.99%) DevOps
2 2,582 (29.08%) Agile Software Development
3 1,062 (11.96%) Migration
4 1,041 (11.72%) Microservices
5 813 (9.16%) Business Intelligence
6 763 (8.59%) Analytics
7 739 (8.32%) Software Engineering
8 699 (7.87%) Scrum
9 686 (7.73%) Test Automation
10 647 (7.29%) TDD
11 590 (6.64%) Infrastructure as Code
12 519 (5.84%) Data Modelling
12 519 (5.84%) Stakeholder Management
13 505 (5.69%) Problem-Solving
14 433 (4.88%) ETL
15 411 (4.63%) Continuous Integration
16 359 (4.04%) BDD
17 358 (4.03%) SDLC
18 346 (3.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 322 (3.63%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,856 (20.90%) SQL
2 1,532 (17.25%) Python
3 1,234 (13.90%) C#
4 1,047 (11.79%) JavaScript
5 1,021 (11.50%) Java
6 1,002 (11.28%) PowerShell
7 348 (3.92%) TypeScript
8 300 (3.38%) Bash Shell
9 255 (2.87%) T-SQL
10 202 (2.27%) Scala
11 195 (2.20%) Go
12 163 (1.84%) C++
13 150 (1.69%) Kotlin
14 113 (1.27%) R
15 112 (1.26%) PL/SQL
16 106 (1.19%) Java 8
17 102 (1.15%) Ruby
18 96 (1.08%) C
19 95 (1.07%) PHP
20 74 (0.83%) Perl
Qualifications
1 942 (10.61%) Security Cleared
2 805 (9.07%) SC Cleared
3 377 (4.25%) Degree
4 132 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
5 102 (1.15%) CISSP
6 85 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
7 82 (0.92%) DV Cleared
8 74 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
8 74 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
9 59 (0.66%) CISM
10 44 (0.50%) ISTQB
10 44 (0.50%) PhD
11 41 (0.46%) CCNP
12 39 (0.44%) MCSE
13 36 (0.41%) AWS Certification
14 33 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (0.34%) ISEB
15 30 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 29 (0.33%) Master's Degree
17 28 (0.32%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (3.83%) QA
2 144 (1.62%) Data Quality
3 87 (0.98%) GDPR
4 83 (0.93%) SLA
5 79 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 59 (0.66%) NIST
7 37 (0.42%) WCAG
8 36 (0.41%) PCI DSS
9 28 (0.32%) NCSC
10 25 (0.28%) PMO
11 19 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 16 (0.18%) COBIT
12 16 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 13 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
14 11 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 8 (0.090%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.068%) Actionable Recommendations
16 6 (0.068%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 6 (0.068%) HIPAA
16 6 (0.068%) IFRS
System Software
1 1,127 (12.69%) Active Directory
2 1,050 (11.82%) Docker
3 409 (4.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 160 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 116 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
6 95 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
7 78 (0.88%) vSphere
8 70 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
9 50 (0.56%) XenApp
10 33 (0.37%) HDFS
10 33 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.35%) VMware NSX
12 23 (0.26%) XenDesktop
13 15 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 13 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
15 12 (0.14%) KVM
16 10 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 10 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
16 10 (0.11%) vCloud
16 10 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1,264 (14.23%) Kubernetes
2 1,248 (14.05%) Terraform
3 588 (6.62%) Ansible
4 298 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
5 212 (2.39%) Puppet
6 207 (2.33%) SCCM
7 181 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
8 109 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
9 87 (0.98%) Prometheus
10 82 (0.92%) Grafana
11 50 (0.56%) Istio
12 45 (0.51%) Kibana
13 42 (0.47%) vCenter Server
14 40 (0.45%) Consul
14 40 (0.45%) Rancher
15 39 (0.44%) logstash
15 39 (0.44%) Packer
16 33 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
16 33 (0.37%) vRealize
17 32 (0.36%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2,526 (28.45%) Microsoft
2 607 (6.84%) VMware
3 490 (5.52%) Databricks
4 450 (5.07%) Oracle
5 444 (5.00%) Google
6 330 (3.72%) SAP
7 229 (2.58%) Cisco
8 216 (2.43%) Citrix
9 187 (2.11%) Splunk
10 159 (1.79%) MuleSoft
11 153 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
12 118 (1.33%) Red Hat
13 111 (1.25%) ServiceNow
14 99 (1.11%) IBM
15 87 (0.98%) Dell
16 73 (0.82%) HP
17 68 (0.77%) CheckPoint
17 68 (0.77%) Cloudera
17 68 (0.77%) Informatica
18 65 (0.73%) F5