Period
to

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 25 May 2022 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
25 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +6
Contract jobs citing Azure 14,832 9,831 6,334
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 16.94% 16.77% 13.25%
As % of the Cloud Services category 47.69% 47.29% 43.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,852 7,132 4,437
10th Percentile £400 £358 £338
25th Percentile £463 £420 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £505 £500
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £471
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.80% -0.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 87 29
10th Percentile £19.78 £21.00 £20.65
25th Percentile £35.00 £34.38 £26.65
Median hourly rate £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +9.57%
75th Percentile £66.00 £63.00 £57.50
90th Percentile £77.88 £68.75 £61.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.75 £50.00 £49.08
% change year-on-year -10.50% +1.88% +5.17%

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 31,098 20,787 14,635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.52% 35.46% 30.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,630 14,923 10,286
10th Percentile £340 £323 £300
25th Percentile £450 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £738 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 339 227
10th Percentile £13.88 £12.09 £12.58
25th Percentile £15.37 £14.81 £16.15
Median hourly rate £22.00 £21.86 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +0.64% +9.30% +5.26%
75th Percentile £53.94 £45.00 £34.63
90th Percentile £71.04 £63.00 £53.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year +2.56% - +11.43%

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 25 May 2022.

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 25 May 2022.

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 25 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England 0 11,712 £550 +8.91% 3,270
Work from Home -1 8,191 £550 +10.00% 1,446
London -1 6,925 £600 +14.29% 1,222
UK excluding London -1 4,196 £500 +5.26% 2,196
North of England 0 1,062 £500 +4.17% 613
South East -2 1,052 £525 +7.14% 534
Midlands -1 757 £500 +11.11% 434
North West +2 605 £500 +5.26% 324
West Midlands +1 562 £520 +15.56% 257
Scotland +4 448 £485 +7.78% 124
South West -3 447 £513 +7.89% 199
Yorkshire -1 364 £513 +2.68% 189
East of England +4 305 £475 +4.40% 244
East Midlands -1 186 £465 +3.33% 175
North East +11 129 £530 +8.72% 102
Wales +1 123 £545 +28.24% 36
Northern Ireland -3 12 £450 - 15
Isle of Man - 6 £550 - 2

For the 6 months to 25 May 2022, 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 5,540 (37.35%) DevOps
2 4,724 (31.85%) Agile
3 4,478 (30.19%) AWS
4 4,436 (29.91%) Microsoft
5 3,247 (21.89%) CI/CD
6 3,156 (21.28%) SQL
7 2,913 (19.64%) Finance
8 2,695 (18.17%) Python
9 2,536 (17.10%) Social Skills
10 2,368 (15.97%) .NET
11 2,310 (15.57%) Kubernetes
12 2,254 (15.20%) Terraform
13 2,188 (14.75%) C#
14 2,011 (13.56%) Windows
15 1,871 (12.61%) Docker
16 1,842 (12.42%) Migration
17 1,789 (12.06%) GCP
18 1,752 (11.81%) JavaScript
19 1,711 (11.54%) Active Directory
20 1,688 (11.38%) PowerShell
21 1,659 (11.19%) Microservices
22 1,650 (11.12%) Java
23 1,640 (11.06%) Microsoft 365
24 1,592 (10.73%) SQL Server
25 1,563 (10.54%) Analytics
26 1,536 (10.36%) Power Platform
27 1,532 (10.33%) Git (software)
28 1,508 (10.17%) Scrum
29 1,452 (9.79%) Security Cleared
30 1,373 (9.26%) Business Intelligence

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
1 757 (5.10%) SharePoint
2 463 (3.12%) Confluence
3 414 (2.79%) Apache Spark
4 246 (1.66%) Apache
5 167 (1.13%) MS Exchange
6 161 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
6 161 (1.09%) IIS
7 109 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
8 91 (0.61%) Apache Airflow
9 77 (0.52%) CMS
10 72 (0.49%) SAS
11 69 (0.47%) WebSphere
12 66 (0.44%) Skype for Business
13 54 (0.36%) nginx
14 53 (0.36%) OpenStack
14 53 (0.36%) Tomcat
15 47 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
16 43 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
17 41 (0.28%) JBoss
18 32 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 241 (1.62%) Microsoft Office
2 212 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 115 (0.78%) Microsoft Project
4 100 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 93 (0.63%) MS Visio
6 29 (0.20%) Chatbot
7 13 (0.088%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.067%) Sketch
9 7 (0.047%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.034%) Adobe XD
10 5 (0.034%) SPSS
11 3 (0.020%) InVision
12 2 (0.013%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.013%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.007%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.007%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.007%) Autodesk Inventor
13 1 (0.007%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.007%) Maya
Business Applications
1 290 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 93 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
3 71 (0.48%) Sentinel
4 38 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
5 25 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 23 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
7 22 (0.15%) Maximo
8 20 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 17 (0.11%) Primavera
10 13 (0.088%) thinkFolio
11 12 (0.081%) Payment Gateway
12 10 (0.067%) assyst
12 10 (0.067%) Dynamics NAV
12 10 (0.067%) Elite 3E
12 10 (0.067%) Oracle SCM
12 10 (0.067%) SAP ERP
13 9 (0.061%) Carpe Diem
14 8 (0.054%) Oracle BPM
14 8 (0.054%) SAP SD
15 7 (0.047%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 4,478 (30.19%) AWS
2 1,789 (12.06%) GCP
3 1,640 (11.06%) Microsoft 365
4 1,536 (10.36%) Power Platform
5 1,135 (7.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 1,130 (7.62%) PaaS
7 919 (6.20%) Azure Data Factory
8 876 (5.91%) IaaS
9 844 (5.69%) Serverless
10 828 (5.58%) SaaS
11 726 (4.89%) GitHub
12 528 (3.56%) Dynamics 365
13 457 (3.08%) Azure Functions
14 436 (2.94%) PowerApps
15 425 (2.87%) Azure Logic Apps
16 403 (2.72%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 397 (2.68%) Azure Monitor
18 392 (2.64%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 384 (2.59%) Azure Service Bus
20 284 (1.91%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 792 (5.34%) Firewall
2 602 (4.06%) DNS
3 319 (2.15%) DHCP
4 316 (2.13%) Network Security
5 308 (2.08%) VPN
6 286 (1.93%) WAN
7 176 (1.19%) LAN
8 173 (1.17%) Internet
9 164 (1.11%) TCP/IP
10 146 (0.98%) SD-WAN
11 140 (0.94%) HTTP
12 122 (0.82%) SAN
13 115 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
14 105 (0.71%) SSL
15 90 (0.61%) BGP
16 89 (0.60%) MPLS
17 88 (0.59%) Wireless
18 73 (0.49%) Skype
19 68 (0.46%) VLAN
20 67 (0.45%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,592 (10.73%) SQL Server
2 1,102 (7.43%) Power BI
3 762 (5.14%) Data Warehouse
4 725 (4.89%) Data Lake
5 590 (3.98%) Big Data
6 566 (3.82%) Azure SQL Database
7 427 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
8 411 (2.77%) NoSQL
9 379 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 309 (2.08%) MongoDB
11 291 (1.96%) Relational Database
12 288 (1.94%) MySQL
13 237 (1.60%) Hadoop
13 237 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 180 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 158 (1.07%) Oracle Database
16 145 (0.98%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 134 (0.90%) Tableau
18 129 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
19 124 (0.84%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 1,532 (10.33%) Git (software)
2 1,160 (7.82%) Jenkins
3 1,076 (7.25%) JIRA
4 493 (3.32%) GitLab
5 340 (2.29%) Maven
6 319 (2.15%) TeamCity
7 293 (1.98%) Selenium
8 248 (1.67%) Visual Studio
9 213 (1.44%) Gradle
10 180 (1.21%) Bitbucket
11 172 (1.16%) SonarQube
12 164 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
13 159 (1.07%) Cucumber
14 147 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
15 138 (0.93%) Postman
16 119 (0.80%) SpecFlow
17 117 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
17 117 (0.79%) Subversion
18 113 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
19 111 (0.75%) JMeter
General
1 2,913 (19.64%) Finance
2 2,536 (17.10%) Social Skills
3 1,157 (7.80%) Public Sector
4 767 (5.17%) Banking
5 727 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
6 380 (2.56%) Retail
7 321 (2.16%) Marketing
8 320 (2.16%) Presentation Skills
9 309 (2.08%) Front Office
10 249 (1.68%) Telecoms
11 243 (1.64%) Legal
12 225 (1.52%) Investment Banking
13 216 (1.46%) Manufacturing
14 202 (1.36%) Law
15 170 (1.15%) Influencing Skills
16 161 (1.09%) Documentation Skills
17 146 (0.98%) Electronics
18 109 (0.73%) Financial Institution
19 102 (0.69%) Organisational Skills
20 86 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3,462 (23.34%) Developer
2 2,538 (17.11%) Architect
3 1,574 (10.61%) Azure Engineer
4 1,230 (8.29%) DevOps Engineer
5 929 (6.26%) Solutions Architect
6 856 (5.77%) Data Engineer
7 851 (5.74%) Analyst
8 815 (5.49%) .NET Developer
9 745 (5.02%) Azure Architect
10 581 (3.92%) Cloud Engineer
11 575 (3.88%) Consultant
12 550 (3.71%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 516 (3.48%) Project Manager
14 510 (3.44%) Azure DevOps
15 509 (3.43%) Cloud Architect
16 508 (3.43%) Azure Developer
17 498 (3.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 410 (2.76%) Software Engineer
19 381 (2.57%) Full Stack Developer
20 367 (2.47%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,368 (15.97%) .NET
2 1,111 (7.49%) React
3 877 (5.91%) HTML
4 826 (5.57%) CSS
5 737 (4.97%) Node.js
6 721 (4.86%) .NET Core
7 718 (4.84%) AngularJS
8 624 (4.21%) REST
9 535 (3.61%) Kafka
10 514 (3.47%) ASP.NET
11 504 (3.40%) .NET Framework
12 481 (3.24%) RESTful
13 386 (2.60%) JSON
14 382 (2.58%) Spring
15 347 (2.34%) HTML5
16 308 (2.08%) Web Services
17 288 (1.94%) ARM Templates
18 253 (1.71%) Spring Boot
19 249 (1.68%) XML
20 227 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 882 (5.95%) Public Cloud
2 541 (3.65%) Cloud Native
3 539 (3.63%) Data Centre
4 377 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
5 335 (2.26%) User Experience
6 303 (2.04%) Data Protection Act
7 300 (2.02%) Management Information System
8 243 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
9 238 (1.60%) Hybrid Cloud
10 207 (1.40%) Equities
11 202 (1.36%) PKI
11 202 (1.36%) Private Cloud
12 189 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
13 170 (1.15%) Mobile App
14 163 (1.10%) Virtual Team
15 160 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 159 (1.07%) Hedge funds
17 154 (1.04%) Replication
18 150 (1.01%) Data Structures
18 150 (1.01%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 2,011 (13.56%) Windows
2 1,295 (8.73%) Linux
3 820 (5.53%) Windows Server
4 401 (2.70%) Unix
5 364 (2.45%) Windows 10
6 254 (1.71%) Windows Server 2012
7 210 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 189 (1.27%) Windows Server 2016
9 182 (1.23%) Windows Server 2019
10 142 (0.96%) Android
11 124 (0.84%) Apple iOS
12 112 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
13 94 (0.63%) VMS
14 74 (0.50%) Ubuntu
15 67 (0.45%) CentOS
16 61 (0.41%) Solaris
17 43 (0.29%) AIX
17 43 (0.29%) Windows 7
18 27 (0.18%) Mac OS
19 24 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,540 (37.35%) DevOps
2 4,724 (31.85%) Agile
3 3,247 (21.89%) CI/CD
4 1,842 (12.42%) Migration
5 1,659 (11.19%) Microservices
6 1,563 (10.54%) Analytics
7 1,508 (10.17%) Scrum
8 1,373 (9.26%) Business Intelligence
9 1,186 (8.00%) Software Engineering
10 1,113 (7.50%) Test Automation
11 1,037 (6.99%) Infrastructure as Code
12 1,033 (6.96%) Problem-Solving
13 946 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
14 898 (6.05%) Full Stack Development
15 860 (5.80%) TDD
16 787 (5.31%) ETL
17 766 (5.16%) Data Modelling
18 720 (4.85%) SDLC
19 709 (4.78%) Continuous Integration
20 654 (4.41%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 3,156 (21.28%) SQL
2 2,695 (18.17%) Python
3 2,188 (14.75%) C#
4 1,752 (11.81%) JavaScript
5 1,688 (11.38%) PowerShell
6 1,650 (11.12%) Java
7 757 (5.10%) TypeScript
8 622 (4.19%) Bash
9 348 (2.35%) T-SQL
10 324 (2.18%) Scala
11 251 (1.69%) Go
12 199 (1.34%) C
13 192 (1.29%) Shell Script
14 157 (1.06%) PL/SQL
15 148 (1.00%) R
16 144 (0.97%) Ruby
17 123 (0.83%) C++
18 109 (0.73%) Perl
19 106 (0.71%) PHP
20 79 (0.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,452 (9.79%) Security Cleared
2 1,242 (8.37%) SC Cleared
3 528 (3.56%) Degree
4 216 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 212 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
6 207 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
7 181 (1.22%) CISSP
8 146 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
9 124 (0.84%) AWS Certification
10 108 (0.73%) DV Cleared
11 98 (0.66%) ISTQB
12 86 (0.58%) CCNA
13 77 (0.52%) CISM
13 77 (0.52%) MCSE
14 76 (0.51%) CCNP
15 75 (0.51%) PMP
16 72 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
17 67 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
18 57 (0.38%) PMI Certification
19 51 (0.34%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 586 (3.95%) QA
2 250 (1.69%) SLA
3 191 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 183 (1.23%) Data Quality
5 182 (1.23%) GDPR
6 164 (1.11%) NIST
7 149 (1.00%) Accessibility
8 88 (0.59%) PMO
9 76 (0.51%) PCI DSS
10 61 (0.41%) NCSC
11 31 (0.21%) WCAG
12 29 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 27 (0.18%) COBIT
13 27 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
14 25 (0.17%) GLBA
15 24 (0.16%) NIST 800
16 22 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
17 20 (0.13%) GRC
17 20 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 10 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 1,871 (12.61%) Docker
2 1,711 (11.54%) Active Directory
3 635 (4.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 297 (2.00%) Hyper-V
5 254 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
6 156 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
7 147 (0.99%) vSphere
8 84 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 73 (0.49%) XenApp
10 52 (0.35%) HDFS
11 41 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
12 38 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
13 35 (0.24%) NFS
14 33 (0.22%) XenDesktop
15 31 (0.21%) BitLocker
15 31 (0.21%) VMware NSX
16 30 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
17 22 (0.15%) Firmware
18 21 (0.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 16 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 2,310 (15.57%) Kubernetes
2 2,254 (15.20%) Terraform
3 1,017 (6.86%) Ansible
4 531 (3.58%) Microsoft Intune
5 429 (2.89%) SCCM
6 297 (2.00%) Puppet
7 185 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
8 178 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
9 171 (1.15%) Grafana
10 160 (1.08%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 151 (1.02%) Prometheus
12 70 (0.47%) SCOM
13 67 (0.45%) Istio
14 66 (0.44%) Kibana
15 61 (0.41%) Packer
16 53 (0.36%) Nagios
17 48 (0.32%) WSUS
18 47 (0.32%) Nessus
19 45 (0.30%) Consul
20 44 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 4,436 (29.91%) Microsoft
2 1,022 (6.89%) Databricks
3 1,001 (6.75%) VMware
4 841 (5.67%) Oracle
5 709 (4.78%) Google
6 530 (3.57%) SAP
7 429 (2.89%) Citrix
8 407 (2.74%) Cisco
9 299 (2.02%) Red Hat
10 255 (1.72%) Splunk
11 201 (1.36%) ServiceNow
12 198 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
13 173 (1.17%) IBM
14 155 (1.05%) Palo Alto
15 126 (0.85%) Informatica
16 120 (0.81%) F5
17 118 (0.80%) HP
18 116 (0.78%) Sitecore
19 98 (0.66%) MuleSoft
20 96 (0.65%) Atlassian