Period
to 3 April 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 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 10 30
Rank change year-on-year +4 +20 +23
Contract jobs citing Azure 7,811 10,587 6,445
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.68% 10.99% 6.34%
As % of the Cloud Services category 42.18% 40.61% 31.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,429 7,722 4,730
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £335 £356 £325
90th Percentile £663 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 44 41
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.69% +116.67%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.39
% change year-on-year - +11.50% +109.27%

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 18,517 26,068 20,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.07% 27.05% 20.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,371 17,957 14,027
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £281 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 302 270
Median hourly rate £23.67 £18.76 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.21% -3.82% +8.33%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.54 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £61.13 £47.58
Median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +17.14% +2.94% -0.35%

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 3 April 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 3 April 2020.

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 3 April 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 +6 7,227 £500 - 2,645
UK excluding London +3 4,156 £463 -2.63% 1,959
London +4 3,492 £525 - 878
South East -1 1,172 £465 -4.62% 524
North of England +8 993 £450 -5.26% 534
Midlands +2 656 £500 +5.26% 309
South West +7 638 £475 +5.56% 197
West Midlands +1 513 £500 +3.09% 211
North West +6 504 £450 -8.16% 292
Yorkshire +13 344 £474 -0.14% 180
Scotland +7 343 £450 +3.75% 105
Work from Home +4 327 £475 -5.00% 254
East of England +11 241 £425 -5.56% 202
North East +5 144 £390 -15.22% 62
East Midlands +1 133 £425 -5.56% 97
Wales +2 121 £450 -16.28% 74
Northern Ireland +4 7 £400 -11.11% 15
Channel Islands +4 2 £350 - 1

For the 6 months to 3 April 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 2,610 (33.41%) Microsoft
2 2,530 (32.39%) AWS
3 2,474 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
4 2,469 (31.61%) DevOps
5 1,913 (24.49%) SQL
6 1,680 (21.51%) .NET
7 1,599 (20.47%) C#
8 1,394 (17.85%) Windows
9 1,232 (15.77%) SQL Server
10 1,169 (14.97%) Active Directory
11 1,159 (14.84%) Finance
12 1,100 (14.08%) Office 365
13 1,057 (13.53%) Python
14 1,033 (13.22%) JavaScript
15 1,027 (13.15%) Migration
16 1,004 (12.85%) PowerShell
17 965 (12.35%) Docker
18 919 (11.77%) Kubernetes
19 910 (11.65%) Java
20 904 (11.57%) Microservices
21 843 (10.79%) GCP
22 749 (9.59%) Business Intelligence
23 742 (9.50%) Analytics
24 732 (9.37%) Scrum
25 722 (9.24%) Git (software)
26 719 (9.20%) Linux
27 713 (9.13%) Terraform
28 688 (8.81%) Test Automation
29 683 (8.74%) PaaS
30 662 (8.48%) Security Cleared

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
1 519 (6.64%) SharePoint
2 176 (2.25%) Confluence
3 175 (2.24%) Apache Spark
4 158 (2.02%) MS Exchange
5 141 (1.81%) Skype for Business
6 116 (1.49%) IIS
7 99 (1.27%) Apache
8 84 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
9 83 (1.06%) CMS
10 66 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
11 59 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
12 55 (0.70%) Cloud Foundry
13 54 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2010
14 49 (0.63%) OpenStack
15 47 (0.60%) WebLogic
16 46 (0.59%) Tomcat
17 45 (0.58%) SAS
18 43 (0.55%) JBoss
19 35 (0.45%) Red Hat Fuse
20 34 (0.44%) MQSeries
Applications
1 190 (2.43%) Microsoft Office
2 140 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 68 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 55 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.090%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.077%) Figma
8 5 (0.064%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.064%) Zeplin
9 4 (0.051%) SPSS
10 3 (0.038%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.038%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.026%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.026%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.026%) Sketch
12 1 (0.013%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.013%) Adobe Premiere
12 1 (0.013%) Maya
12 1 (0.013%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 273 (3.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
3 35 (0.45%) FINCAD Analytics
4 24 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 22 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 19 (0.24%) NetSuite
6 19 (0.24%) SAP ERP
7 14 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
8 13 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
9 11 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
10 7 (0.090%) assyst
11 6 (0.077%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 5 (0.064%) Dynamics NAV
12 5 (0.064%) Unit4 Business World
13 4 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
13 4 (0.051%) SAP CO
13 4 (0.051%) SAP FI
13 4 (0.051%) SAP FI/CO
13 4 (0.051%) SAP GRC
13 4 (0.051%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 2,530 (32.39%) AWS
2 1,100 (14.08%) Office 365
3 843 (10.79%) GCP
4 683 (8.74%) PaaS
5 640 (8.19%) Power Platform
6 617 (7.90%) Azure Active Directory
7 553 (7.08%) IaaS
8 431 (5.52%) SaaS
9 355 (4.54%) Serverless
10 333 (4.26%) Azure Data Factory
11 302 (3.87%) Dynamics 365
12 208 (2.66%) Azure Functions
13 180 (2.30%) GitHub
14 137 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
15 131 (1.68%) OpenShift
16 120 (1.54%) OneDrive
17 113 (1.45%) PowerApps
18 86 (1.10%) Azure Stack
19 82 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
20 75 (0.96%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 376 (4.81%) DNS
2 366 (4.69%) Firewall
3 208 (2.66%) VPN
4 201 (2.57%) DHCP
5 172 (2.20%) Skype
5 172 (2.20%) WAN
6 144 (1.84%) SAN
7 139 (1.78%) LAN
7 139 (1.78%) TCP/IP
8 110 (1.41%) Network Security
9 96 (1.23%) Internet
10 79 (1.01%) HTTP
11 61 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
12 57 (0.73%) SSL
13 54 (0.69%) Wireless
14 53 (0.68%) Kerberos
15 41 (0.52%) MPLS
16 40 (0.51%) VoIP
17 37 (0.47%) NetScaler
18 30 (0.38%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,232 (15.77%) SQL Server
2 566 (7.25%) Power BI
3 519 (6.64%) Data Warehouse
4 452 (5.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 436 (5.58%) Data Lake
6 427 (5.47%) Azure SQL Database
7 386 (4.94%) Big Data
8 347 (4.44%) NoSQL
9 278 (3.56%) MongoDB
10 252 (3.23%) MySQL
11 229 (2.93%) Relational Database
12 225 (2.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 205 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
14 193 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 174 (2.23%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 174 (2.23%) Hadoop
16 147 (1.88%) Redis
17 121 (1.55%) Cosmos DB
18 103 (1.32%) Oracle Database
19 96 (1.23%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 722 (9.24%) Git (software)
2 589 (7.54%) Jenkins
3 368 (4.71%) JIRA
4 295 (3.78%) Visual Studio
5 252 (3.23%) Visual Studio Team System
6 214 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
7 205 (2.62%) Selenium
8 183 (2.34%) Octopus Deploy
9 174 (2.23%) TeamCity
10 120 (1.54%) GitLab
11 107 (1.37%) SpecFlow
12 88 (1.13%) Artifactory
13 81 (1.04%) Maven
14 74 (0.95%) Cucumber
15 73 (0.93%) Bitbucket
16 72 (0.92%) JUnit
17 66 (0.84%) webpack
18 62 (0.79%) NUnit
19 61 (0.78%) Subversion
20 58 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,159 (14.84%) Finance
2 597 (7.64%) Public Sector
3 277 (3.55%) Banking
4 229 (2.93%) Front Office
5 192 (2.46%) Retail
6 143 (1.83%) Marketing
7 86 (1.10%) Investment Banking
7 86 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 81 (1.04%) Law
9 79 (1.01%) Telecoms
10 62 (0.79%) Legal
11 48 (0.61%) Back Office
12 44 (0.56%) Electronics
13 43 (0.55%) Local Government
14 39 (0.50%) Publishing
15 38 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
16 33 (0.42%) Advertising
17 32 (0.41%) Games
18 24 (0.31%) Billing
19 22 (0.28%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2,186 (27.99%) Developer
2 1,260 (16.13%) Architect
3 698 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
4 658 (8.42%) .NET Developer
5 651 (8.33%) Azure Engineer
6 468 (5.99%) Consultant
7 379 (4.85%) Azure Developer
8 360 (4.61%) Analyst
9 346 (4.43%) Azure Architect
10 308 (3.94%) C# Developer
11 299 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
12 298 (3.82%) Senior Developer
13 295 (3.78%) Azure DevOps Engineer
14 291 (3.73%) Data Engineer
15 278 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 255 (3.26%) Cloud Architect
17 223 (2.85%) Azure DevOps
18 214 (2.74%) Java Developer
19 197 (2.52%) Cloud Engineer
20 177 (2.27%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,680 (21.51%) .NET
2 635 (8.13%) AngularJS
3 569 (7.28%) Web Services
4 533 (6.82%) .NET Core
5 527 (6.75%) React
6 462 (5.91%) Node.js
7 445 (5.70%) HTML
8 437 (5.59%) ASP.NET
9 418 (5.35%) CSS
10 299 (3.83%) .NET Framework
11 287 (3.67%) REST
12 258 (3.30%) ASP.NET Web API
13 256 (3.28%) RESTful
14 223 (2.85%) JSON
15 196 (2.51%) XML
16 186 (2.38%) Spring
17 185 (2.37%) ASP.NET MVC
18 160 (2.05%) Kafka
19 149 (1.91%) jQuery
20 145 (1.86%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 451 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
2 377 (4.83%) Public Cloud
3 331 (4.24%) Data Centre
4 284 (3.64%) Greenfield Project
5 177 (2.27%) User Experience
6 143 (1.83%) Cloud Native
7 142 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
8 131 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
9 124 (1.59%) Derivative
10 123 (1.57%) Fixed Income
11 119 (1.52%) Hedge funds
12 108 (1.38%) PKI
13 107 (1.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 107 (1.37%) Management Information System
14 106 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
15 94 (1.20%) Mobile App
16 92 (1.18%) Data Structures
17 91 (1.17%) Replication
18 90 (1.15%) Clustering
18 90 (1.15%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 1,394 (17.85%) Windows
2 719 (9.20%) Linux
3 608 (7.78%) Windows Server
4 294 (3.76%) Windows 10
5 209 (2.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 195 (2.50%) Unix
7 191 (2.45%) Windows Server 2016
8 188 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 103 (1.32%) Android
10 99 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 85 (1.09%) Windows 7
12 80 (1.02%) Apple iOS
13 78 (1.00%) Windows Server 2019
14 61 (0.78%) CentOS
15 46 (0.59%) Ubuntu
16 38 (0.49%) VMS
17 34 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
18 29 (0.37%) Mac OS X
19 26 (0.33%) Mac OS
20 22 (0.28%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,474 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2,469 (31.61%) DevOps
3 1,027 (13.15%) Migration
4 904 (11.57%) Microservices
5 749 (9.59%) Business Intelligence
6 742 (9.50%) Analytics
7 732 (9.37%) Scrum
8 688 (8.81%) Test Automation
9 617 (7.90%) Continuous Integration
10 566 (7.25%) Software Engineering
11 550 (7.04%) TDD
12 425 (5.44%) Problem-Solving
13 423 (5.42%) MVC
14 420 (5.38%) ETL
15 392 (5.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 384 (4.92%) Stakeholder Management
17 353 (4.52%) CRM
18 352 (4.51%) Data Modelling
19 341 (4.37%) Infrastructure as Code
20 339 (4.34%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1,913 (24.49%) SQL
2 1,599 (20.47%) C#
3 1,057 (13.53%) Python
4 1,033 (13.22%) JavaScript
5 1,004 (12.85%) PowerShell
6 910 (11.65%) Java
7 303 (3.88%) T-SQL
8 230 (2.94%) Bash Shell
9 188 (2.41%) TypeScript
10 130 (1.66%) Scala
11 121 (1.55%) C++
12 105 (1.34%) Ruby
13 100 (1.28%) R
14 94 (1.20%) C
14 94 (1.20%) Go
15 93 (1.19%) PHP
15 93 (1.19%) PL/SQL
16 84 (1.08%) Java 8
17 72 (0.92%) Kotlin
17 72 (0.92%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 662 (8.48%) Security Cleared
2 524 (6.71%) SC Cleared
3 319 (4.08%) Degree
4 185 (2.37%) Microsoft Certification
5 102 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
6 98 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
7 97 (1.24%) MCSE
8 68 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
9 66 (0.84%) CISSP
10 62 (0.79%) MCSA
11 57 (0.73%) CCNA
12 53 (0.68%) DV Cleared
13 38 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
14 32 (0.41%) CCNP
15 30 (0.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 29 (0.37%) Master's Degree
17 28 (0.36%) CISM
18 26 (0.33%) ISTQB
19 24 (0.31%) PhD
20 23 (0.29%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (2.88%) QA
2 108 (1.38%) GDPR
3 94 (1.20%) SLA
4 91 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 50 (0.64%) Data Quality
6 40 (0.51%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.35%) PMO
8 26 (0.33%) NIST
9 19 (0.24%) NCSC
10 17 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 15 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
12 14 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 14 (0.18%) WCAG
13 13 (0.17%) ISO 20022
14 11 (0.14%) TARGET2
15 10 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
16 9 (0.12%) GxP
16 9 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 8 (0.10%) HL7
18 7 (0.090%) COBIT
System Software
1 1,169 (14.97%) Active Directory
2 965 (12.35%) Docker
3 313 (4.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 171 (2.19%) Hyper-V
5 140 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
6 103 (1.32%) vSphere
7 87 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 83 (1.06%) XenApp
9 40 (0.51%) XenDesktop
10 31 (0.40%) VMware NSX
11 28 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
12 22 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
13 20 (0.26%) BitLocker
13 20 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
14 19 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
15 18 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 17 (0.22%) HDFS
17 13 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 11 (0.14%) Terminal Services
19 10 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 919 (11.77%) Kubernetes
2 713 (9.13%) Terraform
3 581 (7.44%) Ansible
4 325 (4.16%) SCCM
5 284 (3.64%) Puppet
6 261 (3.34%) Microsoft Intune
7 206 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
8 100 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
9 86 (1.10%) SCOM
10 55 (0.70%) Prometheus
11 52 (0.67%) Grafana
12 37 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
12 37 (0.47%) Nagios
12 37 (0.47%) Rancher
13 36 (0.46%) Packer
13 36 (0.46%) Salt
14 32 (0.41%) WSUS
15 27 (0.35%) MIIS
15 27 (0.35%) vRealize
16 26 (0.33%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2,610 (33.41%) Microsoft
2 573 (7.34%) VMware
3 479 (6.13%) Google
4 417 (5.34%) Oracle
5 275 (3.52%) Citrix
6 274 (3.51%) Cisco
7 249 (3.19%) SAP
8 225 (2.88%) Databricks
9 140 (1.79%) Tableau
10 123 (1.57%) Red Hat
11 100 (1.28%) Splunk
12 98 (1.25%) IBM
13 87 (1.11%) Cloudera
14 81 (1.04%) MuleSoft
15 78 (1.00%) HP
15 78 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
16 77 (0.99%) ServiceNow
17 68 (0.87%) NetApp
17 68 (0.87%) Sybase
18 66 (0.84%) Sitecore