Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 18 47
Rank change year-on-year +10 +29 +26
Contract jobs citing Azure 10,405 8,212 4,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.83% 7.99% 4.31%
As % of the Cloud Services category 41.16% 35.38% 27.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,385 5,870 2,921
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £341 £325 £313
90th Percentile £663 £650 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 42 28
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £24.18 £46.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.97% -47.72% +15.63%
10th Percentile £22.75 £13.95 £15.75
90th Percentile £82.50 £55.00 £67.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.64 £18.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +153.53% -60.00% +12.50%

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 25,282 23,209 15,327
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.75% 22.59% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,223 15,967 10,532
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £458
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.83% +1.67%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £656 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 348 223
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £18.13 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.38% -9.38% +6.54%
10th Percentile £13.65 £11.25 £11.05
90th Percentile £78.75 £63.26 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.34 £17.50 £18.96
% change year-on-year +27.63% -7.70% +11.53%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +10 9,807 £500 +3.09% 3,060
UK excluding London +12 5,477 £465 +3.33% 2,230
London +10 4,769 £525 +0.48% 1,052
South East +10 2,005 £475 +5.56% 583
North of England +16 1,126 £450 +5.88% 580
Midlands +8 889 £463 +2.78% 380
South West +2 675 £475 +9.51% 256
West Midlands +3 665 £475 - 231
North West +12 592 £450 +3.15% 327
Yorkshire +27 426 £425 - 215
Scotland +27 360 £450 +12.50% 150
East of England +19 301 £450 - 210
East Midlands +24 210 £425 +4.94% 145
Wales +1 114 £500 +5.26% 52
North East +5 105 £450 +12.50% 38
Northern Ireland +5 14 £488 -7.14% 20
Channel Islands -5 8 £500 -

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 3,431 (32.97%) Microsoft
2 3,400 (32.68%) Agile Software Development
3 3,363 (32.32%) AWS
4 3,180 (30.56%) DevOps
5 2,328 (22.37%) C#
6 2,309 (22.19%) SQL
7 2,268 (21.80%) .NET
8 1,905 (18.31%) Windows
9 1,642 (15.78%) Finance
10 1,601 (15.39%) SQL Server
11 1,577 (15.16%) Active Directory
12 1,456 (13.99%) JavaScript
13 1,398 (13.44%) Office 365
14 1,347 (12.95%) Docker
15 1,343 (12.91%) PowerShell
16 1,338 (12.86%) Migration
17 1,335 (12.83%) Python
18 1,255 (12.06%) Kubernetes
19 1,247 (11.98%) Microservices
20 1,157 (11.12%) Java
21 1,129 (10.85%) Scrum
22 1,068 (10.26%) Linux
23 1,067 (10.25%) Git (software)
24 997 (9.58%) TDD
25 987 (9.49%) GCP
26 935 (8.99%) PaaS
27 913 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
28 896 (8.61%) AngularJS
29 872 (8.38%) Azure Active Directory
30 853 (8.20%) Jenkins

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
1 683 (6.56%) SharePoint
2 317 (3.05%) Apache Spark
3 311 (2.99%) Confluence
4 228 (2.19%) Skype for Business
5 190 (1.83%) IIS
6 185 (1.78%) MS Exchange
7 164 (1.58%) Apache
8 130 (1.25%) OpenStack
9 109 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
10 85 (0.82%) CMS
11 80 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2010
12 68 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
13 62 (0.60%) Tomcat
14 59 (0.57%) WebSphere
15 56 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
15 56 (0.54%) Umbraco
16 48 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
17 44 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
18 41 (0.39%) nginx
19 40 (0.38%) WebLogic
Applications
1 258 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
2 105 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
5 28 (0.27%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.16%) Chatbot
7 15 (0.14%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.096%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.058%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.058%) InVision
10 5 (0.048%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.048%) Sketch
10 5 (0.048%) Zeplin
11 4 (0.038%) Camtasia
12 2 (0.019%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.019%) UXPin
13 1 (0.010%) Adobe XD
13 1 (0.010%) Stata
Business Applications
1 339 (3.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 51 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 35 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 28 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
5 22 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 22 (0.21%) SAP ERP
6 18 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 16 (0.15%) Sonata
8 11 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
8 11 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
9 10 (0.096%) Magento
9 10 (0.096%) SAP CO
9 10 (0.096%) SAP FI
9 10 (0.096%) SAP FI/CO
10 8 (0.077%) Markit EDM
10 8 (0.077%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.077%) Remedy ITSM
11 6 (0.058%) FINCAD Analytics
11 6 (0.058%) Relativity
12 5 (0.048%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 3,363 (32.32%) AWS
2 1,398 (13.44%) Office 365
3 987 (9.49%) GCP
4 935 (8.99%) PaaS
5 872 (8.38%) Azure Active Directory
6 837 (8.04%) IaaS
7 834 (8.02%) Power Platform
8 551 (5.30%) SaaS
9 499 (4.80%) Serverless
10 410 (3.94%) Dynamics 365
11 370 (3.56%) Azure Data Factory
12 318 (3.06%) GitHub
13 260 (2.50%) Azure Functions
14 227 (2.18%) OpenShift
15 208 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
16 125 (1.20%) OneDrive
17 123 (1.18%) PowerApps
18 104 (1.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 103 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
20 102 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 568 (5.46%) Firewall
2 515 (4.95%) DNS
3 275 (2.64%) WAN
4 274 (2.63%) Skype
5 269 (2.59%) VPN
6 214 (2.06%) LAN
7 210 (2.02%) DHCP
8 190 (1.83%) TCP/IP
9 184 (1.77%) SAN
10 182 (1.75%) Internet
11 134 (1.29%) Network Security
12 91 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
13 77 (0.74%) HTTP
14 75 (0.72%) NAS
15 70 (0.67%) Wireless
16 68 (0.65%) VLAN
17 65 (0.62%) MPLS
18 59 (0.57%) NetScaler
19 58 (0.56%) Reverse Proxy
20 53 (0.51%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,601 (15.39%) SQL Server
2 739 (7.10%) Power BI
3 675 (6.49%) Data Warehouse
4 606 (5.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 548 (5.27%) Azure SQL Database
6 540 (5.19%) Big Data
7 441 (4.24%) Data Lake
8 405 (3.89%) NoSQL
9 307 (2.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 298 (2.86%) Cosmos DB
11 296 (2.84%) Relational Database
12 284 (2.73%) MySQL
13 263 (2.53%) MongoDB
14 256 (2.46%) Hadoop
15 244 (2.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 234 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
17 216 (2.08%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 132 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
19 131 (1.26%) Oracle Database
20 114 (1.10%) Redis
Development Applications
1 1,067 (10.25%) Git (software)
2 853 (8.20%) Jenkins
3 635 (6.10%) Visual Studio Team System
4 602 (5.79%) JIRA
5 453 (4.35%) Visual Studio
6 318 (3.06%) TeamCity
7 287 (2.76%) Selenium
8 270 (2.59%) Team Foundation Server
9 210 (2.02%) Octopus Deploy
10 162 (1.56%) Maven
11 150 (1.44%) Cucumber
12 140 (1.35%) SpecFlow
13 121 (1.16%) NUnit
14 120 (1.15%) GitLab
15 114 (1.10%) Mockito
16 111 (1.07%) Jasmine
17 108 (1.04%) JUnit
18 98 (0.94%) Bitbucket
19 96 (0.92%) JMeter
19 96 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,642 (15.78%) Finance
2 580 (5.57%) Public Sector
3 384 (3.69%) Banking
4 279 (2.68%) Retail
5 174 (1.67%) Telecoms
6 138 (1.33%) Marketing
7 132 (1.27%) Law
8 128 (1.23%) Legal
9 112 (1.08%) Front Office
10 103 (0.99%) Manufacturing
11 74 (0.71%) Investment Banking
12 71 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 60 (0.58%) Advertising
14 59 (0.57%) Electronics
15 54 (0.52%) Publishing
16 52 (0.50%) Games
17 49 (0.47%) Local Government
18 48 (0.46%) Billing
19 33 (0.32%) Back Office
20 32 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2,950 (28.35%) Developer
2 1,716 (16.49%) Architect
3 1,096 (10.53%) DevOps Engineer
4 940 (9.03%) Azure Engineer
5 865 (8.31%) .NET Developer
6 576 (5.54%) Consultant
7 568 (5.46%) Azure DevOps
8 525 (5.05%) C# Developer
9 522 (5.02%) Azure Architect
10 489 (4.70%) Analyst
11 469 (4.51%) Azure Developer
12 468 (4.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 453 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
14 427 (4.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 421 (4.05%) Cloud Engineer
16 408 (3.92%) Senior Developer
17 377 (3.62%) Full Stack Developer
18 361 (3.47%) Cloud Architect
19 317 (3.05%) Data Engineer
20 293 (2.82%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,268 (21.80%) .NET
2 896 (8.61%) AngularJS
3 728 (7.00%) .NET Core
4 711 (6.83%) Web Services
5 685 (6.58%) HTML
6 665 (6.39%) ASP.NET
7 649 (6.24%) CSS
8 574 (5.52%) Node.js
9 549 (5.28%) .NET Framework
10 546 (5.25%) ASP.NET Web API
11 545 (5.24%) React
12 519 (4.99%) REST
13 498 (4.79%) RESTful
14 467 (4.49%) JSON
15 305 (2.93%) ASP.NET MVC
16 277 (2.66%) HTML5
16 277 (2.66%) XML
17 264 (2.54%) Spring
18 259 (2.49%) Kafka
19 252 (2.42%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 565 (5.43%) Public Cloud
2 439 (4.22%) Greenfield Project
3 436 (4.19%) Analytical Skills
4 361 (3.47%) Data Centre
5 226 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
6 220 (2.11%) User Experience
7 195 (1.87%) Hybrid Cloud
8 163 (1.57%) Mobile App
9 153 (1.47%) Cloud Native
10 145 (1.39%) Management Information System
11 138 (1.33%) Replication
12 129 (1.24%) Self-Motivation
13 106 (1.02%) Clustering
14 94 (0.90%) PKI
14 94 (0.90%) Private Cloud
15 76 (0.73%) Virtual Team
16 73 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
17 69 (0.66%) Data Structures
18 67 (0.64%) Algorithms
19 48 (0.46%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,905 (18.31%) Windows
2 1,068 (10.26%) Linux
3 717 (6.89%) Windows Server
4 465 (4.47%) Windows 10
5 321 (3.09%) Unix
6 273 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 203 (1.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 190 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 139 (1.34%) Android
10 136 (1.31%) Windows 7
11 134 (1.29%) Apple iOS
12 123 (1.18%) CentOS
13 97 (0.93%) Mac OS X
14 83 (0.80%) Ubuntu
15 81 (0.78%) VMS
16 60 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
17 44 (0.42%) AIX
18 40 (0.38%) Windows 8
19 39 (0.37%) Solaris
20 33 (0.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,400 (32.68%) Agile Software Development
2 3,180 (30.56%) DevOps
3 1,338 (12.86%) Migration
4 1,247 (11.98%) Microservices
5 1,129 (10.85%) Scrum
6 997 (9.58%) TDD
7 913 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
8 841 (8.08%) Test Automation
9 802 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
10 738 (7.09%) Analytics
11 702 (6.75%) MVC
12 560 (5.38%) BDD
13 550 (5.29%) Problem-Solving
14 526 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 500 (4.81%) Stakeholder Management
16 483 (4.64%) ETL
17 459 (4.41%) Software Engineering
18 454 (4.36%) Kanban
19 444 (4.27%) CRM
20 442 (4.25%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 2,328 (22.37%) C#
2 2,309 (22.19%) SQL
3 1,456 (13.99%) JavaScript
4 1,343 (12.91%) PowerShell
5 1,335 (12.83%) Python
6 1,157 (11.12%) Java
7 347 (3.33%) T-SQL
8 336 (3.23%) TypeScript
9 282 (2.71%) Bash Shell
10 178 (1.71%) Java 8
11 163 (1.57%) Ruby
12 160 (1.54%) Go
13 159 (1.53%) Scala
14 135 (1.30%) ES6
15 133 (1.28%) R
16 129 (1.24%) C++
17 110 (1.06%) Perl
18 109 (1.05%) Shell Script
19 102 (0.98%) C
20 90 (0.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 826 (7.94%) Security Cleared
2 638 (6.13%) SC Cleared
3 410 (3.94%) Degree
4 250 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
5 141 (1.36%) CISSP
6 136 (1.31%) MCSE
7 120 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
8 93 (0.89%) MCSA
9 90 (0.86%) DV Cleared
10 85 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
11 84 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
12 68 (0.65%) CISM
13 67 (0.64%) ISTQB
14 61 (0.59%) TOGAF Certification
15 57 (0.55%) CCNA
16 49 (0.47%) CCNP
17 46 (0.44%) ISEB
18 41 (0.39%) AWS Certification
19 40 (0.38%) MCITP
20 38 (0.37%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 319 (3.07%) QA
2 122 (1.17%) GDPR
3 109 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 102 (0.98%) SLA
5 83 (0.80%) Data Quality
6 80 (0.77%) PCI DSS
7 58 (0.56%) NIST
8 43 (0.41%) PMO
9 36 (0.35%) NCSC
10 28 (0.27%) COBIT
11 25 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 20 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 18 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
14 11 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
14 11 (0.11%) NIST 800
15 8 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 6 (0.058%) HL7
16 6 (0.058%) WCAG
17 5 (0.048%) ISO 9000
17 5 (0.048%) PSD2
System Software
1 1,577 (15.16%) Active Directory
2 1,347 (12.95%) Docker
3 456 (4.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 291 (2.80%) Hyper-V
5 185 (1.78%) Virtual Machines
6 122 (1.17%) vSphere
7 116 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 110 (1.06%) XenApp
9 86 (0.83%) XenDesktop
10 38 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
11 37 (0.36%) HDFS
11 37 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
12 36 (0.35%) VMware NSX
13 34 (0.33%) vCloud
13 34 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
14 28 (0.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 17 (0.16%) BitLocker
16 13 (0.12%) LXC
17 12 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 12 (0.12%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,255 (12.06%) Kubernetes
2 804 (7.73%) Terraform
3 801 (7.70%) Ansible
4 449 (4.32%) SCCM
5 417 (4.01%) Puppet
6 356 (3.42%) Opscode Chef
7 345 (3.32%) Microsoft Intune
8 194 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
9 123 (1.18%) SCOM
10 75 (0.72%) Prometheus
11 65 (0.62%) Grafana
12 57 (0.55%) Kibana
13 51 (0.49%) WSUS
14 49 (0.47%) Salt
15 46 (0.44%) Packer
16 39 (0.37%) Consul
16 39 (0.37%) Nagios
17 38 (0.37%) vCenter Server
18 34 (0.33%) AirWatch
19 31 (0.30%) vRealize
Vendors
1 3,431 (32.97%) Microsoft
2 829 (7.97%) VMware
3 696 (6.69%) Google
4 532 (5.11%) Oracle
5 357 (3.43%) Cisco
6 353 (3.39%) Citrix
7 288 (2.77%) Databricks
8 240 (2.31%) SAP
9 181 (1.74%) Splunk
10 177 (1.70%) Red Hat
11 159 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
12 151 (1.45%) Tableau
13 132 (1.27%) IBM
14 112 (1.08%) NetApp
15 110 (1.06%) ServiceNow
16 106 (1.02%) HP
17 102 (0.98%) MuleSoft
18 92 (0.88%) CheckPoint
19 88 (0.85%) Cloudera
19 88 (0.85%) Informatica