Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 8 18
Rank change year-on-year +3 +10 +30
Contract jobs citing Azure 4,329 10,289 8,266
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 14.70% 11.83% 8.07%
As % of the Cloud Services category 46.88% 40.99% 35.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,431 7,571 6,050
Median daily rate £500 £500 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.20% +2.00%
10th Percentile £350 £335 £325
90th Percentile £700 £660 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £455 £463 £450
% change year-on-year -1.62% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 88 41
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.25 £28.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.08% +50.62% -32.44%
10th Percentile £19.48 £21.25 £13.80
90th Percentile £52.75 £82.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.64 £18.50
% change year-on-year -23.30% +146.68% -53.75%

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 9,234 25,100 23,280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.36% 28.85% 22.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,078 17,110 16,032
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.40%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £305
90th Percentile £688 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 409 341
Median hourly rate £32.75 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.33% +19.44% -10.00%
10th Percentile £14.37 £13.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £74.75 £64.00
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.46 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.84% +22.63% -6.57%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 28 September 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 +3 3,813 £500 - 2,066
London +5 2,214 £525 - 592
UK excluding London 0 1,709 £455 -1.62% 1,622
Work from Home +1 825 £500 +11.11% 393
North of England +4 434 £474 +5.28% 483
South East -2 404 £475 - 382
South West +5 262 £450 -5.26% 162
Midlands -2 252 £425 -8.11% 293
North West 0 236 £500 +11.11% 291
Scotland +7 208 £425 -5.56% 90
West Midlands -4 177 £450 -5.26% 188
Yorkshire +5 150 £450 +5.88% 150
East of England +10 115 £425 -5.56% 145
East Midlands +7 73 £375 -11.76% 104
North East +2 46 £473 +5.00% 42
Wales -3 35 £500 - 48
Northern Ireland 0 2 £310 -36.41% 19

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 1,590 (36.73%) DevOps
2 1,524 (35.20%) AWS
3 1,506 (34.79%) Agile Software Development
4 1,342 (31.00%) Microsoft
5 931 (21.51%) SQL
6 822 (18.99%) Java
7 793 (18.32%) Python
8 767 (17.72%) Finance
9 707 (16.33%) Kubernetes
10 697 (16.10%) Docker
11 689 (15.92%) .NET
11 689 (15.92%) Windows
12 668 (15.43%) C#
13 631 (14.58%) Microservices
14 618 (14.28%) Active Directory
15 616 (14.23%) GCP
16 602 (13.91%) JavaScript
17 590 (13.63%) SQL Server
18 556 (12.84%) Migration
19 539 (12.45%) Security Cleared
20 507 (11.71%) Office 365
21 496 (11.46%) PowerShell
22 492 (11.37%) Business Intelligence
23 458 (10.58%) Web Services
24 453 (10.46%) Terraform
25 443 (10.23%) Power Platform
25 443 (10.23%) SC Cleared
26 434 (10.03%) Jenkins
27 427 (9.86%) Linux
28 411 (9.49%) 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
1 291 (6.72%) SharePoint
2 127 (2.93%) Apache
3 124 (2.86%) Apache Spark
4 89 (2.06%) Confluence
5 71 (1.64%) Skype for Business
6 60 (1.39%) MS Exchange
7 48 (1.11%) IIS
8 41 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
9 36 (0.83%) Tomcat
10 35 (0.81%) WebLogic
11 30 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
12 28 (0.65%) CMS
13 27 (0.62%) SAS
14 26 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
15 24 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
15 24 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 22 (0.51%) NServiceBus
16 22 (0.51%) Umbraco
17 21 (0.49%) IBM Domino
18 18 (0.42%) JBoss
Applications
1 74 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.12%) Chatbot
6 5 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.092%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.092%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.092%) Sketch
8 3 (0.069%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.069%) Adobe Premiere
8 3 (0.069%) LibreOffice
9 1 (0.023%) EngageOne
9 1 (0.023%) InVision
9 1 (0.023%) SPSS
9 1 (0.023%) Stata
9 1 (0.023%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 107 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.44%) Sentinel
4 14 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
5 8 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 8 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 6 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
6 6 (0.14%) Visualfiles
7 4 (0.092%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.092%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.069%) Avolution ABACUS
8 3 (0.069%) Magento
8 3 (0.069%) SAP FI-CA
8 3 (0.069%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.046%) Adobe Campaign
9 2 (0.046%) Distributed Ledger
9 2 (0.046%) R3 Corda
9 2 (0.046%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.046%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 1,524 (35.20%) AWS
2 616 (14.23%) GCP
3 507 (11.71%) Office 365
4 443 (10.23%) Power Platform
5 362 (8.36%) PaaS
6 329 (7.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 288 (6.65%) Serverless
8 271 (6.26%) IaaS
9 212 (4.90%) Azure Data Factory
10 197 (4.55%) SaaS
11 158 (3.65%) Dynamics 365
12 144 (3.33%) Logic Apps
13 138 (3.19%) AWS Lambda
14 130 (3.00%) Azure Functions
15 117 (2.70%) PowerApps
16 104 (2.40%) Amazon ECS
17 90 (2.08%) GitHub
18 85 (1.96%) OneDrive
19 76 (1.76%) Power Automate
20 74 (1.71%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 235 (5.43%) Firewall
2 191 (4.41%) DNS
3 119 (2.75%) WAN
4 118 (2.73%) VPN
5 111 (2.56%) Skype
6 76 (1.76%) Network Security
7 75 (1.73%) DHCP
8 57 (1.32%) Internet
9 54 (1.25%) LAN
10 50 (1.16%) SSL
10 50 (1.16%) Wireless
11 48 (1.11%) SAN
12 46 (1.06%) DMZ
13 42 (0.97%) VoIP
14 40 (0.92%) HTTP
15 37 (0.85%) TCP/IP
16 34 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
17 32 (0.74%) HTTPS
18 31 (0.72%) MPLS
19 27 (0.62%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 590 (13.63%) SQL Server
2 331 (7.65%) Power BI
3 290 (6.70%) Data Warehouse
4 250 (5.78%) Data Lake
5 224 (5.17%) Azure SQL Database
6 222 (5.13%) Big Data
7 185 (4.27%) MySQL
8 181 (4.18%) PostgreSQL
9 175 (4.04%) MongoDB
10 164 (3.79%) NoSQL
11 147 (3.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 144 (3.33%) Hadoop
13 111 (2.56%) Relational Database
14 107 (2.47%) Cosmos DB
15 101 (2.33%) Amazon Redshift
16 99 (2.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 76 (1.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 70 (1.62%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 38 (0.88%) Apache Hive
20 31 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 434 (10.03%) Jenkins
2 396 (9.15%) Git (software)
3 176 (4.07%) JIRA
4 174 (4.02%) GitLab
5 129 (2.98%) Artifactory
6 108 (2.49%) Visual Studio
7 98 (2.26%) Visual Studio Team System
8 94 (2.17%) Maven
9 86 (1.99%) Selenium
10 85 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
11 80 (1.85%) TeamCity
12 63 (1.46%) Mockito
13 61 (1.41%) Octopus Deploy
14 54 (1.25%) SpecFlow
15 50 (1.16%) RStudio
16 48 (1.11%) Gradle
17 43 (0.99%) SonarQube
18 42 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
19 40 (0.92%) JMeter
20 39 (0.90%) JUnit
General
1 767 (17.72%) Finance
2 387 (8.94%) Public Sector
3 320 (7.39%) Banking
4 192 (4.44%) Front Office
5 107 (2.47%) Marketing
6 105 (2.43%) Investment Banking
7 87 (2.01%) Telecoms
8 76 (1.76%) Retail
9 73 (1.69%) Manufacturing
10 58 (1.34%) Electronics
11 56 (1.29%) Back Office
12 45 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
13 35 (0.81%) Legal
14 34 (0.79%) Law
15 20 (0.46%) Publishing
16 18 (0.42%) Financial Institution
17 15 (0.35%) Local Government
18 14 (0.32%) German Language
18 14 (0.32%) Police
19 13 (0.30%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1,324 (30.58%) Developer
2 732 (16.91%) Architect
3 409 (9.45%) Azure Engineer
4 366 (8.45%) DevOps Engineer
5 275 (6.35%) Java Developer
6 233 (5.38%) .NET Developer
7 226 (5.22%) Azure Developer
8 222 (5.13%) Consultant
9 215 (4.97%) Azure Architect
10 195 (4.50%) Data Engineer
11 194 (4.48%) Cloud Architect
12 191 (4.41%) Solutions Architect
13 181 (4.18%) Azure DevOps Engineer
14 179 (4.13%) AWS Engineer
15 172 (3.97%) Analyst
16 159 (3.67%) Senior Developer
17 148 (3.42%) Cloud Engineer
18 139 (3.21%) Data Architect
19 136 (3.14%) Software Engineer
20 134 (3.10%) Azure DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 689 (15.92%) .NET
2 458 (10.58%) Web Services
3 369 (8.52%) AngularJS
4 351 (8.11%) React
5 252 (5.82%) HTML
6 239 (5.52%) Node.js
7 232 (5.36%) .NET Core
8 204 (4.71%) ASP.NET
9 190 (4.39%) CSS
10 175 (4.04%) RESTful
11 168 (3.88%) REST
12 153 (3.53%) Kafka
13 145 (3.35%) Vue.js
14 137 (3.16%) Spring
15 126 (2.91%) .NET Framework
16 121 (2.80%) HTML5
17 116 (2.68%) OAuth
18 114 (2.63%) JSON
19 111 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
20 92 (2.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 241 (5.57%) Hedge funds
2 223 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
3 197 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
4 194 (4.48%) Public Cloud
5 191 (4.41%) Derivative
6 184 (4.25%) Fixed Income
7 148 (3.42%) Equities
8 136 (3.14%) Data Centre
9 126 (2.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 115 (2.66%) Management Information System
11 88 (2.03%) Cloud Native
12 77 (1.78%) User Experience
13 68 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
14 62 (1.43%) PKI
15 57 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
16 53 (1.22%) Virtual Team
17 47 (1.09%) Blog
18 44 (1.02%) FMCG
18 44 (1.02%) Private Cloud
19 43 (0.99%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 689 (15.92%) Windows
2 427 (9.86%) Linux
3 258 (5.96%) Windows Server
4 161 (3.72%) Windows 10
5 142 (3.28%) Unix
6 101 (2.33%) Windows Server 2016
7 89 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 74 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 66 (1.52%) Mac OS X
10 61 (1.41%) Apple iOS
11 58 (1.34%) Windows Server 2019
12 52 (1.20%) Android
13 46 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 26 (0.60%) VMS
15 25 (0.58%) Windows 7
16 21 (0.49%) CentOS
17 17 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
18 16 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
19 12 (0.28%) Solaris
19 12 (0.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,590 (36.73%) DevOps
2 1,506 (34.79%) Agile Software Development
3 631 (14.58%) Microservices
4 556 (12.84%) Migration
5 492 (11.37%) Business Intelligence
6 411 (9.49%) Software Engineering
7 407 (9.40%) Scrum
8 396 (9.15%) Test Automation
9 384 (8.87%) Analytics
10 382 (8.82%) TDD
11 301 (6.95%) Continuous Integration
12 293 (6.77%) Asset Management
13 266 (6.14%) Problem-Solving
14 248 (5.73%) Investment Management
15 230 (5.31%) BDD
16 213 (4.92%) Data Modelling
17 196 (4.53%) Infrastructure as Code
18 193 (4.46%) Open Source
19 178 (4.11%) Stakeholder Management
20 177 (4.09%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 931 (21.51%) SQL
2 822 (18.99%) Java
3 793 (18.32%) Python
4 668 (15.43%) C#
5 602 (13.91%) JavaScript
6 496 (11.46%) PowerShell
7 171 (3.95%) Java 8
8 147 (3.40%) Bash Shell
9 132 (3.05%) T-SQL
10 123 (2.84%) R
10 123 (2.84%) Scala
11 92 (2.13%) Shell Script
12 82 (1.89%) TypeScript
13 69 (1.59%) C
14 60 (1.39%) Ruby
15 56 (1.29%) Go
16 49 (1.13%) PHP
17 47 (1.09%) C++
17 47 (1.09%) Kotlin
18 40 (0.92%) Perl
Qualifications
1 539 (12.45%) Security Cleared
2 443 (10.23%) SC Cleared
3 154 (3.56%) Degree
4 97 (2.24%) CISSP
5 80 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
5 80 (1.85%) DV Cleared
6 72 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
7 68 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
8 48 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
9 29 (0.67%) CISM
9 29 (0.67%) MCSE
10 28 (0.65%) Master's Degree
11 26 (0.60%) DBS Check
12 25 (0.58%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 25 (0.58%) Sun Certification
13 24 (0.55%) CCNP
14 23 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 23 (0.53%) MCSA
14 23 (0.53%) TOGAF Certification
15 22 (0.51%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (3.26%) QA
2 69 (1.59%) Data Quality
3 53 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 39 (0.90%) GDPR
5 30 (0.69%) NIST
6 28 (0.65%) SLA
7 19 (0.44%) COBIT
8 15 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 15 (0.35%) PMO
9 13 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
9 13 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
10 12 (0.28%) NCSC
11 11 (0.25%) NIST 800
12 10 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 8 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 5 (0.12%) HIPAA
15 4 (0.092%) GxP
15 4 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 3 (0.069%) JSP 440
16 3 (0.069%) Solvency II
System Software
1 697 (16.10%) Docker
2 618 (14.28%) Active Directory
3 181 (4.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 75 (1.73%) Hyper-V
5 68 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
6 37 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (0.81%) vSphere
8 33 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
9 27 (0.62%) XenApp
10 17 (0.39%) VMware NSX
11 15 (0.35%) XenDesktop
12 13 (0.30%) HDFS
13 12 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 12 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
14 8 (0.18%) OpenAM
14 8 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.16%) LXC
15 7 (0.16%) Xen
16 6 (0.14%) Terminal Services
16 6 (0.14%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 707 (16.33%) Kubernetes
2 453 (10.46%) Terraform
3 277 (6.40%) Ansible
4 163 (3.77%) Microsoft Intune
5 152 (3.51%) SCCM
6 137 (3.16%) Puppet
7 91 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
8 72 (1.66%) Single Sign-On
9 49 (1.13%) Prometheus
10 45 (1.04%) SCOM
11 34 (0.79%) Grafana
12 31 (0.72%) Packer
13 21 (0.49%) FortiGate
13 21 (0.49%) Zipkin
14 20 (0.46%) WSUS
15 19 (0.44%) Kibana
15 19 (0.44%) Nessus
16 17 (0.39%) Rancher
17 16 (0.37%) QRadar
18 15 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 1,342 (31.00%) Microsoft
2 363 (8.39%) Google
3 273 (6.31%) Databricks
4 258 (5.96%) VMware
5 252 (5.82%) Oracle
6 141 (3.26%) SAP
7 137 (3.16%) Cisco
8 113 (2.61%) Citrix
9 86 (1.99%) Cloudera
10 81 (1.87%) Splunk
11 61 (1.41%) Hortonworks
12 57 (1.32%) Red Hat
13 55 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
14 50 (1.16%) Tableau
15 48 (1.11%) Palo Alto
16 45 (1.04%) IBM
17 43 (0.99%) Atlassian
18 39 (0.90%) StreamSets
19 38 (0.88%) HP
20 36 (0.83%) MuleSoft