Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 6 10
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 +12
Contract jobs citing Azure 11,948 5,152 10,733
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 16.82% 13.73% 11.61%
As % of the Cloud Services category 47.62% 44.78% 40.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,705 3,604 7,718
10th Percentile £363 £350 £350
25th Percentile £425 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £587
90th Percentile £688 £688 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £476 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +0.29% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 26 50
10th Percentile £19.00 £22.00 £20.24
25th Percentile £29.63 £34.53 £27.81
Median hourly rate £55.00 £50.00 £45.64
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +9.57% +47.21%
75th Percentile £66.21 £57.50 £69.69
90th Percentile £75.33 £62.00 £82.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £50.00 £47.69
% change year-on-year +20.00% +4.84% +152.46%

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 25,089 11,504 26,424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.32% 30.66% 28.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,985 8,127 18,364
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
25th Percentile £419 £406 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +3.40% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £577
90th Percentile £688 £679 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 392 164 324
10th Percentile £12.18 £13.25 £12.74
25th Percentile £14.13 £16.44 £15.25
Median hourly rate £21.03 £20.00 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +5.13% -2.44% +17.14%
75th Percentile £44.44 £35.19 £36.00
90th Percentile £65.48 £54.63 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.69 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.50% -1.55% +17.65%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 +1 9,228 £525 +5.00% 4,329
London +2 5,315 £550 +4.76% 1,586
Work from Home +1 4,052 £525 +10.53% 952
UK excluding London 0 3,676 £476 +0.29% 2,935
South East +6 1,015 £500 +1.27% 716
North of England +2 865 £500 +5.26% 844
Midlands 0 638 £475 -5.00% 565
South West 0 442 £488 +2.63% 303
West Midlands 0 439 £483 -3.50% 359
North West +8 433 £495 +10.00% 499
Scotland -4 376 £450 +5.88% 137
Yorkshire 0 362 £500 +5.26% 251
East of England +2 223 £450 +5.88% 283
East Midlands +2 190 £450 - 204
Wales +8 109 £425 - 63
North East -4 70 £480 -4.00% 94
Northern Ireland +8 14 £400 -6.98% 26

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 4,403 (36.85%) DevOps
2 3,786 (31.69%) AWS
3 3,602 (30.15%) Agile Software Development
4 3,374 (28.24%) Microsoft
5 2,642 (22.11%) SQL
6 2,082 (17.43%) Social Skills
7 2,036 (17.04%) Python
8 1,928 (16.14%) .NET
9 1,916 (16.04%) Finance
10 1,697 (14.20%) C#
11 1,669 (13.97%) Windows
12 1,657 (13.87%) Kubernetes
13 1,580 (13.22%) Terraform
14 1,519 (12.71%) Active Directory
15 1,458 (12.20%) Microsoft 365
16 1,432 (11.99%) Java
17 1,417 (11.86%) Migration
18 1,410 (11.80%) GCP
19 1,383 (11.58%) Docker
20 1,350 (11.30%) Microservices
21 1,340 (11.22%) JavaScript
22 1,327 (11.11%) PowerShell
23 1,276 (10.68%) Analytics
24 1,237 (10.35%) SQL Server
25 1,218 (10.19%) Power Platform
26 1,215 (10.17%) Business Intelligence
27 1,103 (9.23%) Git (software)
28 1,101 (9.21%) PaaS
29 1,079 (9.03%) Linux
30 1,044 (8.74%) Scrum

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
1 722 (6.04%) SharePoint
2 373 (3.12%) Apache Spark
3 247 (2.07%) Confluence
4 179 (1.50%) Apache
5 177 (1.48%) MS Exchange
6 131 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
7 117 (0.98%) Apache Airflow
8 112 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
9 109 (0.91%) CMS
10 80 (0.67%) IIS
11 76 (0.64%) SAS
12 69 (0.58%) Skype for Business
13 62 (0.52%) Tomcat
14 44 (0.37%) OpenStack
15 42 (0.35%) nginx
16 39 (0.33%) Umbraco
17 38 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
18 32 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2010
18 32 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 31 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 264 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
2 137 (1.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 71 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 58 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.084%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.075%) Chatbot
8 8 (0.067%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.050%) Figma
10 4 (0.033%) Adobe XD
10 4 (0.033%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.033%) Sketch
11 2 (0.017%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.017%) Autodesk Flame
11 2 (0.017%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.017%) Maya
11 2 (0.017%) Mingle
11 2 (0.017%) NUKE
11 2 (0.017%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.017%) Oracle Smart View
Business Applications
1 271 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 100 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
3 31 (0.26%) Sentinel
4 25 (0.21%) Cloudability
5 23 (0.19%) Magento
6 18 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 17 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
8 15 (0.13%) NetSuite
8 15 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 13 (0.11%) SAP ERP
9 13 (0.11%) Shopify
10 10 (0.084%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 9 (0.075%) assyst
11 9 (0.075%) Dynamics NAV
11 9 (0.075%) Payment Gateway
11 9 (0.075%) SAP Hybris
12 6 (0.050%) Maximo
13 5 (0.042%) Distributed Ledger
13 5 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 3,786 (31.69%) AWS
2 1,458 (12.20%) Microsoft 365
3 1,410 (11.80%) GCP
4 1,218 (10.19%) Power Platform
5 1,101 (9.21%) PaaS
6 979 (8.19%) Azure Active Directory
7 847 (7.09%) IaaS
8 818 (6.85%) Serverless
9 750 (6.28%) Azure Data Factory
10 689 (5.77%) SaaS
11 502 (4.20%) Azure Functions
12 423 (3.54%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 410 (3.43%) GitHub
14 409 (3.42%) Dynamics 365
15 408 (3.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 352 (2.95%) PowerApps
17 345 (2.89%) Azure Logic Apps
18 282 (2.36%) Azure Service Bus
19 221 (1.85%) Azure Storage
20 214 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 634 (5.31%) Firewall
2 454 (3.80%) DNS
3 224 (1.87%) WAN
4 210 (1.76%) VPN
5 202 (1.69%) DHCP
6 183 (1.53%) Network Security
7 177 (1.48%) LAN
8 131 (1.10%) TCP/IP
9 125 (1.05%) Internet
10 121 (1.01%) SAN
11 99 (0.83%) Skype
12 97 (0.81%) HTTP
13 83 (0.69%) SSL
14 82 (0.69%) Wireless
15 79 (0.66%) SD-WAN
16 68 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
17 63 (0.53%) VLAN
18 54 (0.45%) VoIP
19 52 (0.44%) NAS
20 51 (0.43%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,237 (10.35%) SQL Server
2 945 (7.91%) Power BI
3 770 (6.44%) Data Warehouse
4 733 (6.13%) Data Lake
5 653 (5.47%) Azure SQL Database
6 484 (4.05%) Big Data
7 432 (3.62%) NoSQL
8 366 (3.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 329 (2.75%) PostgreSQL
10 279 (2.34%) Relational Database
11 263 (2.20%) MongoDB
12 257 (2.15%) MySQL
13 254 (2.13%) Hadoop
14 250 (2.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 223 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 185 (1.55%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 181 (1.51%) Tableau
18 130 (1.09%) Apache Hive
19 129 (1.08%) Metadata
20 105 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,103 (9.23%) Git (software)
2 883 (7.39%) Jenkins
3 614 (5.14%) JIRA
4 274 (2.29%) Visual Studio
5 221 (1.85%) Selenium
6 200 (1.67%) GitLab
7 190 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
8 181 (1.51%) Maven
9 165 (1.38%) TeamCity
10 147 (1.23%) Visual Studio Team System
11 139 (1.16%) Cucumber
12 122 (1.02%) Bitbucket
13 113 (0.95%) JUnit
14 109 (0.91%) SpecFlow
15 101 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
16 99 (0.83%) Postman
17 98 (0.82%) Gradle
18 90 (0.75%) SonarQube
19 85 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
20 78 (0.65%) JMeter
General
1 2,082 (17.43%) Social Skills
2 1,916 (16.04%) Finance
3 766 (6.41%) Public Sector
4 593 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
5 572 (4.79%) Banking
6 287 (2.40%) Presentation Skills
7 265 (2.22%) Retail
8 226 (1.89%) Marketing
9 213 (1.78%) Front Office
10 190 (1.59%) Telecoms
11 158 (1.32%) Manufacturing
12 149 (1.25%) Influencing Skills
13 147 (1.23%) Legal
14 142 (1.19%) Documentation Skills
15 125 (1.05%) Investment Banking
16 97 (0.81%) Electronics
17 95 (0.80%) Law
18 69 (0.58%) Back Office
19 66 (0.55%) Organisational Skills
20 57 (0.48%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2,755 (23.06%) Developer
2 2,192 (18.35%) Architect
3 1,481 (12.40%) Azure Engineer
4 1,033 (8.65%) DevOps Engineer
5 777 (6.50%) Azure Architect
6 706 (5.91%) Consultant
7 660 (5.52%) Solutions Architect
8 657 (5.50%) Analyst
9 652 (5.46%) Data Engineer
10 628 (5.26%) .NET Developer
11 561 (4.70%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 471 (3.94%) Cloud Architect
13 470 (3.93%) Azure DevOps
14 436 (3.65%) Cloud Engineer
15 431 (3.61%) Azure Developer
16 375 (3.14%) C# Developer
17 341 (2.85%) Data Architect
18 329 (2.75%) Full Stack Developer
19 318 (2.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
20 306 (2.56%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,928 (16.14%) .NET
2 747 (6.25%) AngularJS
3 736 (6.16%) React
4 704 (5.89%) .NET Core
5 681 (5.70%) Node.js
6 579 (4.85%) HTML
7 555 (4.65%) CSS
8 532 (4.45%) REST
9 531 (4.44%) Web Services
10 465 (3.89%) Kafka
11 433 (3.62%) ASP.NET
12 394 (3.30%) JSON
13 349 (2.92%) RESTful
14 332 (2.78%) .NET Framework
15 278 (2.33%) Spring
16 258 (2.16%) ASP.NET Web API
17 209 (1.75%) Spring Boot
18 208 (1.74%) OAuth
19 204 (1.71%) XML
20 198 (1.66%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 503 (4.21%) Public Cloud
2 440 (3.68%) Cloud Native
3 425 (3.56%) Greenfield Project
4 374 (3.13%) Data Centre
5 317 (2.65%) User Experience
6 208 (1.74%) Management Information System
7 204 (1.71%) Hybrid Cloud
8 197 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
9 182 (1.52%) Data Structures
10 148 (1.24%) Algorithms
11 135 (1.13%) Virtual Team
12 130 (1.09%) Legacy Systems
13 126 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
14 124 (1.04%) Mobile App
15 121 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
16 113 (0.95%) NHS
17 109 (0.91%) Fixed Income
18 102 (0.85%) PKI
19 96 (0.80%) Derivative
20 94 (0.79%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,669 (13.97%) Windows
2 1,079 (9.03%) Linux
3 586 (4.90%) Windows Server
4 334 (2.80%) Windows 10
5 242 (2.03%) Unix
6 190 (1.59%) Windows Server 2012
7 156 (1.31%) Windows Server 2016
8 135 (1.13%) Windows Server 2019
9 133 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 127 (1.06%) Android
11 106 (0.89%) Apple iOS
12 92 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
13 69 (0.58%) VMS
14 67 (0.56%) Windows 7
15 45 (0.38%) Ubuntu
16 33 (0.28%) AIX
17 31 (0.26%) CentOS
18 29 (0.24%) CoreOS
19 27 (0.23%) Solaris
20 22 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,403 (36.85%) DevOps
2 3,602 (30.15%) Agile Software Development
3 1,417 (11.86%) Migration
4 1,350 (11.30%) Microservices
5 1,276 (10.68%) Analytics
6 1,215 (10.17%) Business Intelligence
7 1,044 (8.74%) Scrum
8 919 (7.69%) Software Engineering
9 900 (7.53%) Infrastructure as Code
10 885 (7.41%) Test Automation
11 845 (7.07%) TDD
12 791 (6.62%) Stakeholder Management
13 758 (6.34%) Problem-Solving
14 753 (6.30%) Data Modelling
15 594 (4.97%) ETL
16 581 (4.86%) Continuous Integration
17 527 (4.41%) SDLC
18 465 (3.89%) ITIL
19 459 (3.84%) Cybersecurity
20 448 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2,642 (22.11%) SQL
2 2,036 (17.04%) Python
3 1,697 (14.20%) C#
4 1,432 (11.99%) Java
5 1,340 (11.22%) JavaScript
6 1,327 (11.11%) PowerShell
7 490 (4.10%) TypeScript
8 444 (3.72%) Bash Shell
9 335 (2.80%) Scala
10 333 (2.79%) T-SQL
11 240 (2.01%) Go
12 217 (1.82%) C++
13 181 (1.51%) C
14 167 (1.40%) Kotlin
15 157 (1.31%) R
16 143 (1.20%) PL/SQL
17 142 (1.19%) PHP
18 138 (1.16%) Java 8
19 135 (1.13%) Ruby
20 91 (0.76%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,024 (8.57%) Security Cleared
2 863 (7.22%) SC Cleared
3 536 (4.49%) Degree
4 171 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 146 (1.22%) CISSP
6 126 (1.05%) Cisco Certification
7 120 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
8 91 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
9 88 (0.74%) ISTQB
10 87 (0.73%) DV Cleared
11 65 (0.54%) CISM
12 59 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
13 56 (0.47%) CCNP
14 53 (0.44%) MCSE
15 52 (0.44%) ISEB
16 51 (0.43%) AWS Certification
17 47 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
18 46 (0.39%) CCNA
19 44 (0.37%) PhD
20 41 (0.34%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 413 (3.46%) QA
2 196 (1.64%) GDPR
3 164 (1.37%) Data Quality
4 125 (1.05%) Accessibility
5 113 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 103 (0.86%) NIST
6 103 (0.86%) SLA
7 68 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 47 (0.39%) PMO
9 42 (0.35%) NCSC
10 35 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 30 (0.25%) COBIT
12 27 (0.23%) WCAG
13 22 (0.18%) GRC
14 21 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
15 19 (0.16%) SOC 2
16 18 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
17 13 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 13 (0.11%) NIST 800
18 9 (0.075%) HIPAA
System Software
1 1,519 (12.71%) Active Directory
2 1,383 (11.58%) Docker
3 526 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 217 (1.82%) Hyper-V
5 178 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
6 146 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
7 96 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
8 85 (0.71%) XenApp
9 75 (0.63%) vSphere
10 68 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
11 51 (0.43%) HDFS
12 48 (0.40%) XenDesktop
13 33 (0.28%) VMware NSX
14 23 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
15 19 (0.16%) NFS
16 14 (0.12%) KVM
17 12 (0.10%) Firmware
17 12 (0.10%) OpenAM
18 11 (0.092%) Xen
19 10 (0.084%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1,657 (13.87%) Kubernetes
2 1,580 (13.22%) Terraform
3 866 (7.25%) Ansible
4 398 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
5 292 (2.44%) SCCM
6 260 (2.18%) Puppet
7 233 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
8 181 (1.51%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 149 (1.25%) Single Sign-On
10 105 (0.88%) Prometheus
11 92 (0.77%) Grafana
12 71 (0.59%) Istio
13 66 (0.55%) Kibana
14 48 (0.40%) SCOM
15 46 (0.39%) Oozie
16 42 (0.35%) Packer
16 42 (0.35%) vCenter Server
17 40 (0.33%) Rancher
18 35 (0.29%) FortiGate
19 33 (0.28%) Nagios
Vendors
1 3,374 (28.24%) Microsoft
2 836 (7.00%) Databricks
3 820 (6.86%) VMware
4 734 (6.14%) Oracle
5 615 (5.15%) Google
6 436 (3.65%) SAP
7 329 (2.75%) Cisco
8 322 (2.70%) Citrix
9 208 (1.74%) Splunk
10 200 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
11 177 (1.48%) MuleSoft
12 156 (1.31%) IBM
13 142 (1.19%) ServiceNow
14 139 (1.16%) Red Hat
15 116 (0.97%) HP
16 108 (0.90%) F5
17 101 (0.85%) CheckPoint
18 98 (0.82%) Dell
19 92 (0.77%) Informatica
20 89 (0.74%) Atlassian