Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 14 47
Rank change year-on-year +6 +33 +25
Contract jobs citing Azure 10,143 8,634 4,566
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.98% 8.35% 4.56%
As % of the Cloud Services category 41.39% 35.82% 28.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,235 6,191 3,199
UK median daily rate £500 £485 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £336 £331 £313
90th Percentile £662 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 35 28
UK median hourly rate £44.75 £18.75 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +138.67% -58.33% +20.00%
10th Percentile £25.00 £13.73 £15.75
90th Percentile £82.50 £59.77 £67.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £17.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +168.57% -61.11% +20.00%

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 24,507 24,106 16,207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.94% 23.30% 16.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,798 16,643 11,199
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £291 £303 £275
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 338 231
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.86% -12.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £73.75 £58.25 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.76 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +24.34% -5.41% +8.82%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Azure.

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Azure in the UK

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor 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 23 October 2019. 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 +6 9,566 £500 +2.56% 3,307
UK excluding London +7 5,380 £463 +2.78% 2,396
London +9 4,596 £525 +2.44% 1,170
South East +6 1,948 £475 +5.56% 578
North of England +14 1,175 £450 +5.88% 693
Midlands +5 827 £463 - 397
South West 0 679 £475 +7.95% 279
West Midlands +3 620 £475 - 242
North West +9 611 £450 +2.86% 390
Yorkshire +27 444 £425 +3.03% 230
Scotland +20 338 £450 +12.50% 160
East of England +18 304 £450 - 195
East Midlands +23 193 £425 -2.86% 153
North East +8 118 £444 +1.43% 73
Wales +3 110 £500 - 75
Northern Ireland +6 12 £488 -4.88% 27
Channel Islands -5 6 £500 -

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 3,309 (32.62%) Microsoft
2 3,247 (32.01%) AWS
3 3,224 (31.79%) Agile Software Development
4 3,111 (30.67%) DevOps
5 2,291 (22.59%) SQL
6 2,246 (22.14%) C#
7 2,182 (21.51%) .NET
8 1,841 (18.15%) Windows
9 1,563 (15.41%) Finance
10 1,540 (15.18%) SQL Server
11 1,491 (14.70%) Active Directory
12 1,437 (14.17%) Office 365
13 1,362 (13.43%) Python
14 1,352 (13.33%) JavaScript
15 1,312 (12.94%) Docker
16 1,265 (12.47%) Migration
16 1,265 (12.47%) PowerShell
17 1,211 (11.94%) Kubernetes
18 1,182 (11.65%) Microservices
19 1,121 (11.05%) Java
20 1,059 (10.44%) Scrum
21 1,000 (9.86%) GCP
22 980 (9.66%) Linux
23 962 (9.48%) Git (software)
24 942 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
25 923 (9.10%) TDD
26 898 (8.85%) PaaS
27 882 (8.70%) Power Platform
28 839 (8.27%) Security Cleared
29 836 (8.24%) 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
1 674 (6.64%) SharePoint
2 299 (2.95%) Confluence
3 293 (2.89%) Apache Spark
4 222 (2.19%) Skype for Business
5 174 (1.72%) IIS
6 169 (1.67%) MS Exchange
7 152 (1.50%) Apache
8 115 (1.13%) OpenStack
9 108 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 76 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
11 71 (0.70%) CMS
12 69 (0.68%) Tomcat
13 68 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
14 62 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
15 55 (0.54%) WebLogic
16 51 (0.50%) WebSphere
17 46 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
18 43 (0.42%) nginx
19 42 (0.41%) Umbraco
20 41 (0.40%) JBoss
Applications
1 268 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
2 114 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 33 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.13%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.069%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.059%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.049%) Zeplin
11 4 (0.039%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.039%) Sketch
12 2 (0.020%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.020%) SPSS
12 2 (0.020%) UXPin
13 1 (0.010%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.010%) Adobe XD
13 1 (0.010%) InVision
Business Applications
1 324 (3.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 40 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 25 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
5 24 (0.24%) SAP ERP
6 23 (0.23%) NetSuite
7 21 (0.21%) FINCAD Analytics
8 20 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 16 (0.16%) Sonata
10 14 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
11 10 (0.099%) Oracle EBS
11 10 (0.099%) SAP CO
11 10 (0.099%) SAP FI
11 10 (0.099%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.099%) SAP S/4HANA
12 8 (0.079%) Markit EDM
13 7 (0.069%) Magento
13 7 (0.069%) Oracle Cash Management
14 6 (0.059%) Unit4 Business World
15 5 (0.049%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 3,247 (32.01%) AWS
2 1,437 (14.17%) Office 365
3 1,000 (9.86%) GCP
4 898 (8.85%) PaaS
5 882 (8.70%) Power Platform
6 836 (8.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 774 (7.63%) IaaS
8 562 (5.54%) SaaS
9 524 (5.17%) Serverless
10 419 (4.13%) Azure Data Factory
11 404 (3.98%) Dynamics 365
12 313 (3.09%) GitHub
13 292 (2.88%) Azure Functions
14 241 (2.38%) OpenShift
15 191 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
16 131 (1.29%) PowerApps
17 129 (1.27%) OneDrive
18 112 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 105 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
20 102 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 556 (5.48%) Firewall
2 451 (4.45%) DNS
3 267 (2.63%) VPN
4 264 (2.60%) Skype
5 242 (2.39%) WAN
6 203 (2.00%) LAN
7 197 (1.94%) SAN
8 188 (1.85%) TCP/IP
9 183 (1.80%) DHCP
10 180 (1.77%) Internet
11 140 (1.38%) Network Security
12 93 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
13 76 (0.75%) NAS
14 70 (0.69%) HTTP
15 68 (0.67%) Reverse Proxy
16 64 (0.63%) VLAN
17 62 (0.61%) Wireless
18 58 (0.57%) MPLS
19 56 (0.55%) NetScaler
20 52 (0.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,540 (15.18%) SQL Server
2 791 (7.80%) Power BI
3 653 (6.44%) Data Warehouse
4 636 (6.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 528 (5.21%) Azure SQL Database
6 513 (5.06%) Big Data
7 462 (4.55%) Data Lake
8 397 (3.91%) NoSQL
9 335 (3.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 294 (2.90%) Relational Database
11 272 (2.68%) MySQL
12 266 (2.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 260 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
14 257 (2.53%) Cosmos DB
15 229 (2.26%) MongoDB
16 228 (2.25%) Hadoop
17 209 (2.06%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 140 (1.38%) Oracle Database
19 121 (1.19%) Redis
20 111 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 962 (9.48%) Git (software)
2 800 (7.89%) Jenkins
3 582 (5.74%) JIRA
4 556 (5.48%) Visual Studio Team System
5 430 (4.24%) Visual Studio
6 289 (2.85%) Selenium
7 287 (2.83%) TeamCity
8 260 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 213 (2.10%) Octopus Deploy
10 152 (1.50%) Cucumber
11 135 (1.33%) Maven
12 132 (1.30%) SpecFlow
13 119 (1.17%) GitLab
14 102 (1.01%) NUnit
15 100 (0.99%) Jasmine
16 97 (0.96%) JMeter
16 97 (0.96%) JUnit
17 86 (0.85%) Bitbucket
18 79 (0.78%) Subversion
19 77 (0.76%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,563 (15.41%) Finance
2 554 (5.46%) Public Sector
3 389 (3.84%) Banking
4 272 (2.68%) Retail
5 157 (1.55%) Telecoms
6 150 (1.48%) Front Office
7 135 (1.33%) Marketing
8 122 (1.20%) Legal
9 115 (1.13%) Law
10 94 (0.93%) Manufacturing
11 78 (0.77%) Investment Banking
12 53 (0.52%) Financial Institution
13 52 (0.51%) Publishing
14 48 (0.47%) Local Government
15 47 (0.46%) Electronics
16 45 (0.44%) Billing
17 44 (0.43%) Advertising
18 43 (0.42%) Games
19 39 (0.38%) Back Office
20 35 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2,837 (27.97%) Developer
2 1,707 (16.83%) Architect
3 1,056 (10.41%) DevOps Engineer
4 898 (8.85%) Azure Engineer
5 843 (8.31%) .NET Developer
6 570 (5.62%) Consultant
7 556 (5.48%) Azure DevOps
8 526 (5.19%) Azure Architect
9 513 (5.06%) C# Developer
10 475 (4.68%) Azure Developer
11 464 (4.57%) Analyst
12 452 (4.46%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 429 (4.23%) Solutions Architect
14 408 (4.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 396 (3.90%) Senior Developer
16 375 (3.70%) Cloud Engineer
17 342 (3.37%) Cloud Architect
18 319 (3.15%) Full Stack Developer
19 296 (2.92%) Data Engineer
20 292 (2.88%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,182 (21.51%) .NET
2 836 (8.24%) AngularJS
3 699 (6.89%) .NET Core
4 695 (6.85%) Web Services
5 641 (6.32%) ASP.NET
6 609 (6.00%) HTML
7 595 (5.87%) CSS
8 557 (5.49%) React
9 545 (5.37%) Node.js
10 500 (4.93%) .NET Framework
11 495 (4.88%) ASP.NET Web API
12 482 (4.75%) REST
13 457 (4.51%) JSON
14 442 (4.36%) RESTful
15 291 (2.87%) XML
16 273 (2.69%) ASP.NET MVC
17 253 (2.49%) HTML5
18 250 (2.46%) Spring
19 246 (2.43%) Kafka
20 222 (2.19%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 531 (5.24%) Public Cloud
2 433 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
3 431 (4.25%) Greenfield Project
4 351 (3.46%) Data Centre
5 254 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
6 208 (2.05%) User Experience
7 189 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
8 151 (1.49%) Mobile App
9 147 (1.45%) Replication
10 145 (1.43%) Management Information System
11 135 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
12 128 (1.26%) Cloud Native
13 124 (1.22%) Clustering
14 100 (0.99%) PKI
15 79 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
16 78 (0.77%) Private Cloud
16 78 (0.77%) Virtual Team
17 76 (0.75%) Data Structures
18 73 (0.72%) Algorithms
19 60 (0.59%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,841 (18.15%) Windows
2 980 (9.66%) Linux
3 704 (6.94%) Windows Server
4 449 (4.43%) Windows 10
5 283 (2.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 273 (2.69%) Unix
7 223 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 189 (1.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 143 (1.41%) Windows 7
10 140 (1.38%) Android
11 123 (1.21%) Apple iOS
12 117 (1.15%) CentOS
13 89 (0.88%) Ubuntu
14 79 (0.78%) VMS
15 68 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
16 46 (0.45%) Mac OS X
17 42 (0.41%) AIX
18 37 (0.36%) Windows 8
19 31 (0.31%) Windows XP
20 30 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,224 (31.79%) Agile Software Development
2 3,111 (30.67%) DevOps
3 1,265 (12.47%) Migration
4 1,182 (11.65%) Microservices
5 1,059 (10.44%) Scrum
6 942 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
7 923 (9.10%) TDD
8 812 (8.01%) Test Automation
9 783 (7.72%) Continuous Integration
10 762 (7.51%) Analytics
11 628 (6.19%) MVC
12 522 (5.15%) BDD
13 518 (5.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 517 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
15 507 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
16 499 (4.92%) Software Engineering
17 466 (4.59%) ETL
18 465 (4.58%) Infrastructure as Code
19 463 (4.56%) Kanban
20 432 (4.26%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 2,291 (22.59%) SQL
2 2,246 (22.14%) C#
3 1,362 (13.43%) Python
4 1,352 (13.33%) JavaScript
5 1,265 (12.47%) PowerShell
6 1,121 (11.05%) Java
7 324 (3.19%) T-SQL
8 294 (2.90%) TypeScript
9 255 (2.51%) Bash Shell
10 177 (1.75%) Scala
11 156 (1.54%) Go
12 154 (1.52%) C++
13 146 (1.44%) Ruby
14 140 (1.38%) R
15 123 (1.21%) Java 8
16 117 (1.15%) ES6
17 114 (1.12%) Shell Script
18 105 (1.04%) C
19 91 (0.90%) Perl
20 82 (0.81%) PHP
Qualifications
1 839 (8.27%) Security Cleared
2 647 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 421 (4.15%) Degree
4 243 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
5 147 (1.45%) CISSP
6 131 (1.29%) MCSE
7 101 (1.00%) Cisco Certification
8 98 (0.97%) MCSA
9 84 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
10 82 (0.81%) DV Cleared
11 79 (0.78%) Computer Science Degree
12 74 (0.73%) CISM
13 67 (0.66%) ISTQB
14 57 (0.56%) TOGAF Certification
15 47 (0.46%) CCNA
16 44 (0.43%) ISEB
17 41 (0.40%) Master's Degree
18 40 (0.39%) AWS Certification
19 39 (0.38%) MCITP
20 38 (0.37%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 344 (3.39%) QA
2 108 (1.06%) SLA
3 106 (1.05%) GDPR
4 98 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 74 (0.73%) Data Quality
6 69 (0.68%) PCI DSS
7 58 (0.57%) NIST
8 41 (0.40%) PMO
9 35 (0.35%) NCSC
10 30 (0.30%) COBIT
11 25 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 20 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 13 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.12%) NIST 800
15 11 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
16 8 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 7 (0.069%) WCAG
18 6 (0.059%) ISO 9000
19 5 (0.049%) HL7
20 4 (0.039%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 1,491 (14.70%) Active Directory
2 1,312 (12.94%) Docker
3 475 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
4 275 (2.71%) Hyper-V
5 175 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
6 139 (1.37%) vSphere
7 116 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
8 106 (1.05%) XenApp
9 79 (0.78%) XenDesktop
10 32 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
10 32 (0.32%) VMware NSX
11 31 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
12 29 (0.29%) HDFS
12 29 (0.29%) vCloud
13 23 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 16 (0.16%) BitLocker
15 13 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 12 (0.12%) LXC
17 11 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 1,211 (11.94%) Kubernetes
2 816 (8.04%) Terraform
3 793 (7.82%) Ansible
4 425 (4.19%) SCCM
5 392 (3.86%) Puppet
6 311 (3.07%) Microsoft Intune
7 302 (2.98%) Opscode Chef
8 187 (1.84%) Single Sign-On
9 117 (1.15%) SCOM
10 79 (0.78%) Prometheus
11 67 (0.66%) Grafana
12 56 (0.55%) Kibana
13 51 (0.50%) Packer
14 47 (0.46%) Nagios
15 44 (0.43%) WSUS
16 42 (0.41%) Consul
16 42 (0.41%) Salt
16 42 (0.41%) vCenter Server
17 31 (0.31%) CASB
17 31 (0.31%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 3,309 (32.62%) Microsoft
2 816 (8.04%) VMware
3 633 (6.24%) Google
4 539 (5.31%) Oracle
5 349 (3.44%) Citrix
6 345 (3.40%) Cisco
7 312 (3.08%) Databricks
8 236 (2.33%) SAP
9 179 (1.76%) Splunk
10 177 (1.75%) Red Hat
11 154 (1.52%) Tableau
12 141 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
13 122 (1.20%) IBM
14 116 (1.14%) HP
15 101 (1.00%) MuleSoft
16 96 (0.95%) NetApp
16 96 (0.95%) ServiceNow
17 83 (0.82%) CheckPoint
18 82 (0.81%) Dell
19 81 (0.80%) Cloudera