Period
to 20 October 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Azure over the 6 months to 20 October 2017 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 (formerly Windows Azure)
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 70 213
Rank change year-on-year +25 +143 +130
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 4510 3417 1349
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.54% 3.22% 1.18%
As % of the Cloud Services category 29.33% 28.47% 18.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3155 2379 880
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £295
90th Percentile £613 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 9 11
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% +21.88%
10th Percentile £15.75 £14.80 £30.19
90th Percentile £67.48 £45.86 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +17.19%

Microsoft 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 15377 12001 7290
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.48% 11.29% 6.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 10600 8273 4869
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +8.43% +0.61%
10th Percentile £269 £273 £255
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 186 112
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -19.10% +23.61%
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £63.75 £56.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 £17.06 £23.00
% change year-on-year +9.91% -25.83% +31.43%

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure over the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure over the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft Azure
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure within the UK over the 6 months to 20 October 2017. 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 +21 4289 £475 +5.56% 640
London +17 2285 £500 +5.26% 270
UK excluding London +21 2145 £438 +2.94% 397
South East +15 786 £450 - 118
Midlands +10 481 £450 +5.88% 76
West Midlands +12 330 £450 +12.36% 38
North of England +37 306 £421 -1.00% 109
East of England +31 234 £463 +19.35% 33
South West +8 192 £405 -10.00% 34
North West +39 168 £425 -5.56% 50
East Midlands +25 151 £423 -23.87% 38
Scotland +50 130 £400 +21.21% 14
Yorkshire -19 94 £433 -4.95% 43
North East +69 45 £375 +7.14% 16
Wales 0 21 £413 -5.71% 10
Northern Ireland -45 8 £400 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 1782 (39.51%) Amazon AWS
2 1620 (35.92%) Microsoft
3 1370 (30.38%) Agile Software Development
4 1188 (26.34%) .NET
5 1159 (25.70%) Windows
6 985 (21.84%) C#
7 977 (21.66%) DevOps
8 866 (19.20%) SQL Server
9 849 (18.82%) SQL
10 766 (16.98%) Active Directory
11 749 (16.61%) Office 365
12 682 (15.12%) Finance
13 662 (14.68%) PowerShell
14 645 (14.30%) Migration
15 638 (14.15%) TDD
16 634 (14.06%) Linux
17 628 (13.92%) JavaScript
18 562 (12.46%) MVC
19 557 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
20 529 (11.73%) Java
21 503 (11.15%) Windows Server
22 501 (11.11%) Ansible
23 485 (10.75%) PaaS
24 475 (10.53%) IaaS
25 470 (10.42%) ASP.NET
26 464 (10.29%) Scrum
27 450 (9.98%) Git (software)
28 441 (9.78%) VMware
29 406 (9.00%) Opscode Chef
30 405 (8.98%) Web Services

Microsoft 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
1 276 (6.12%) SharePoint
2 242 (5.37%) OpenStack
3 195 (4.32%) MS Exchange
4 141 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
5 139 (3.08%) IIS
6 132 (2.93%) Skype for Business
7 120 (2.66%) Tomcat
8 117 (2.59%) Confluence
9 95 (2.11%) Cloud Foundry
10 91 (2.02%) WebSphere
11 90 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
12 89 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
13 83 (1.84%) CMS
13 83 (1.84%) WebLogic
14 71 (1.57%) Apache
15 69 (1.53%) Apache Spark
16 49 (1.09%) BizTalk Server
17 39 (0.86%) nginx
18 37 (0.82%) JBoss
19 33 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 123 (2.73%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (0.89%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.35%) HipChat
6 15 (0.33%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
8 7 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 5 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
10 4 (0.089%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.089%) InVision
11 3 (0.067%) Adobe After Effects
11 3 (0.067%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.044%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.044%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.044%) SPSS
13 1 (0.022%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.022%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.022%) Simulink
13 1 (0.022%) Stata
Business Applications
1 124 (2.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 8 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.18%) SDL Web 8
6 6 (0.13%) iTrent
7 5 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.089%) Lawson
9 3 (0.067%) Eloqua
9 3 (0.067%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.067%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.067%) Sprinklr
9 3 (0.067%) WebTrends
10 2 (0.044%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.044%) Oracle CRM
10 2 (0.044%) SAP HR
10 2 (0.044%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 1 (0.022%) Markit EDM
11 1 (0.022%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1782 (39.51%) Amazon AWS
2 749 (16.61%) Office 365
3 485 (10.75%) PaaS
4 475 (10.53%) IaaS
5 361 (8.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 226 (5.01%) SaaS
7 151 (3.35%) Google Cloud Platform
8 131 (2.90%) Cloud Computing
9 99 (2.20%) GitHub
10 94 (2.08%) OpenShift
11 92 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
12 70 (1.55%) AWS CloudFormation
13 49 (1.09%) OneDrive
14 42 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
15 40 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
16 39 (0.86%) Serverless
17 30 (0.67%) Heroku
18 29 (0.64%) IBM Cloud
19 23 (0.51%) Azure Machine Learning
20 19 (0.42%) Bluemix
Communications & Networking
1 324 (7.18%) Firewall
2 230 (5.10%) DNS
3 157 (3.48%) VPN
4 148 (3.28%) WAN
5 130 (2.88%) Skype
6 125 (2.77%) SAN
7 116 (2.57%) TCP/IP
8 111 (2.46%) LAN
9 93 (2.06%) DHCP
10 83 (1.84%) Network Security
11 69 (1.53%) HTTP
12 55 (1.22%) SSL
13 51 (1.13%) Wi-Fi
13 51 (1.13%) Wireless
14 50 (1.11%) Internet
15 46 (1.02%) NAS
16 42 (0.93%) Cisco ASA
17 39 (0.86%) MPLS
18 37 (0.82%) VLAN
19 29 (0.64%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 866 (19.20%) SQL Server
2 330 (7.32%) NoSQL
3 202 (4.48%) Data Warehouse
4 181 (4.01%) MySQL
5 179 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 161 (3.57%) Big Data
7 154 (3.41%) Power BI
8 152 (3.37%) Azure SQL Database
9 149 (3.30%) PostgreSQL
10 145 (3.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 143 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
12 134 (2.97%) MongoDB
13 124 (2.75%) Hadoop
14 119 (2.64%) SQL Server 2016
15 110 (2.44%) Relational Database
16 99 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 80 (1.77%) SQL Server 2008
18 71 (1.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 71 (1.57%) Data Lake
19 69 (1.53%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 450 (9.98%) Git (software)
2 357 (7.92%) Jenkins
3 288 (6.39%) Team Foundation Server
4 279 (6.19%) TeamCity
5 254 (5.63%) Octopus Deploy
6 214 (4.75%) Visual Studio
7 192 (4.26%) JIRA
8 148 (3.28%) NUnit
9 127 (2.82%) Visual Studio Team System
10 88 (1.95%) Subversion
11 87 (1.93%) Selenium
12 84 (1.86%) Maven
13 83 (1.84%) MSTest
14 66 (1.46%) SpecFlow
15 65 (1.44%) Bitbucket
16 63 (1.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 58 (1.29%) gulp
18 52 (1.15%) Vagrant
19 44 (0.98%) Jasmine
20 41 (0.91%) GitLab
General
1 682 (15.12%) Finance
2 241 (5.34%) Banking
3 150 (3.33%) Retail
4 103 (2.28%) Marketing
5 80 (1.77%) Telecoms
6 71 (1.57%) Retail Banking
7 59 (1.31%) Law
8 49 (1.09%) Manufacturing
9 35 (0.78%) Advertising
10 31 (0.69%) Electronics
10 31 (0.69%) Investment Banking
11 28 (0.62%) Back Office
12 27 (0.60%) Billing
12 27 (0.60%) Legal
13 24 (0.53%) Financial Institution
13 24 (0.53%) Local Government
14 23 (0.51%) Games
15 22 (0.49%) Spanish Language
16 16 (0.35%) Publishing
17 14 (0.31%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 1291 (28.63%) Developer
2 794 (17.61%) Architect
3 517 (11.46%) .NET Developer
4 424 (9.40%) DevOps Engineer
5 406 (9.00%) Consultant
6 325 (7.21%) Azure Engineer
7 294 (6.52%) C# Developer
8 253 (5.61%) Cloud Architect
9 243 (5.39%) Azure Architect
10 214 (4.75%) Azure Developer
11 196 (4.35%) Cloud Engineer
12 189 (4.19%) Java Developer
13 181 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 178 (3.95%) C# .NET Developer
15 176 (3.90%) Azure Consultant
16 161 (3.57%) Senior Developer
17 160 (3.55%) Analyst
18 151 (3.35%) Solutions Architect
19 147 (3.26%) Azure DevOps
20 145 (3.22%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1188 (26.34%) .NET
2 470 (10.42%) ASP.NET
3 405 (8.98%) Web Services
4 393 (8.71%) HTML
5 392 (8.69%) AngularJS
6 360 (7.98%) CSS
7 357 (7.92%) ASP.NET Web API
8 264 (5.85%) ASP.NET MVC
9 241 (5.34%) REST
10 225 (4.99%) RESTful
11 211 (4.68%) .NET Framework
12 192 (4.26%) HTML5
13 172 (3.81%) Node.js
14 161 (3.57%) jQuery
15 150 (3.33%) React
16 147 (3.26%) JSON
17 140 (3.10%) WCF
18 128 (2.84%) SOAP
19 120 (2.66%) XML
20 119 (2.64%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 267 (5.92%) Data Centre
2 242 (5.37%) Public Cloud
3 230 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
4 151 (3.35%) Greenfield Project
5 136 (3.02%) Hybrid Cloud
6 122 (2.71%) Computer Science
7 117 (2.59%) Private Cloud
8 103 (2.28%) User Experience
9 102 (2.26%) Mobile App
10 70 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
11 67 (1.49%) Fintech
12 62 (1.37%) Virtual Team
13 61 (1.35%) Management Information System
14 46 (1.02%) Replication
15 45 (1.00%) Algorithms
16 44 (0.98%) PKI
17 37 (0.82%) Clustering
18 34 (0.75%) Cloud Native
19 27 (0.60%) Blog
20 25 (0.55%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1159 (25.70%) Windows
2 634 (14.06%) Linux
3 503 (11.15%) Windows Server
4 248 (5.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 180 (3.99%) Unix
6 163 (3.61%) Windows 10
7 150 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 145 (3.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 73 (1.62%) Android
10 67 (1.49%) Windows 7
11 61 (1.35%) Apple iOS
12 55 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
13 53 (1.18%) CentOS
14 36 (0.80%) Ubuntu
15 33 (0.73%) Solaris
16 32 (0.71%) VMS
17 18 (0.40%) Mac OS X
18 17 (0.38%) Mac OS
19 16 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
20 14 (0.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1370 (30.38%) Agile Software Development
2 977 (21.66%) DevOps
3 645 (14.30%) Migration
4 638 (14.15%) TDD
5 562 (12.46%) MVC
6 557 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
7 464 (10.29%) Scrum
8 359 (7.96%) Microservices
9 315 (6.98%) Business Intelligence
10 279 (6.19%) Configuration Management
11 269 (5.96%) Test Automation
12 266 (5.90%) BDD
13 228 (5.06%) Software Engineering
14 223 (4.94%) SOA
15 218 (4.83%) ITIL
16 215 (4.77%) Continuous Delivery
17 208 (4.61%) OO
18 206 (4.57%) Stakeholder Management
19 195 (4.32%) Analytics
20 188 (4.17%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 985 (21.84%) C#
2 849 (18.82%) SQL
3 662 (14.68%) PowerShell
4 628 (13.92%) JavaScript
5 529 (11.73%) Java
6 362 (8.03%) Python
7 164 (3.64%) Ruby
8 162 (3.59%) T-SQL
9 106 (2.35%) Bash Shell
10 86 (1.91%) Perl
11 71 (1.57%) TypeScript
12 64 (1.42%) Scala
13 56 (1.24%) Go
14 52 (1.15%) PHP
15 39 (0.86%) R
16 31 (0.69%) C
17 29 (0.64%) C++
17 29 (0.64%) VB.NET
18 27 (0.60%) F#
19 22 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 220 (4.88%) Security Cleared
2 211 (4.68%) Microsoft Certification
3 205 (4.55%) Degree
4 184 (4.08%) SC Cleared
5 140 (3.10%) MCSE
6 92 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
7 57 (1.26%) MCSA
8 56 (1.24%) CISSP
9 55 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
10 43 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 40 (0.89%) CISM
12 38 (0.84%) CCNP
13 37 (0.82%) CCNA
14 30 (0.67%) CCIE
14 30 (0.67%) MCITP
15 25 (0.55%) ISEB
16 24 (0.53%) DV Cleared
17 20 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
17 20 (0.44%) MCP
18 17 (0.38%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (2.71%) QA
2 52 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 48 (1.06%) GCP
4 42 (0.93%) PCI DSS
5 40 (0.89%) GDPR
6 27 (0.60%) COBIT
6 27 (0.60%) Data Quality
6 27 (0.60%) SLA
7 25 (0.55%) PMO
8 20 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 18 (0.40%) HIPAA
10 16 (0.35%) Actionable Recommendations
11 14 (0.31%) WCAG
12 11 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
13 6 (0.13%) FedRAMP
13 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 6 (0.13%) WAI
14 5 (0.11%) HMG Infosec
15 2 (0.044%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 2 (0.044%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 766 (16.98%) Active Directory
2 398 (8.82%) Docker
3 222 (4.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 179 (3.97%) Hyper-V
5 135 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
6 57 (1.26%) vSphere
7 42 (0.93%) XenApp
8 38 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
9 35 (0.78%) vCloud
10 25 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (0.38%) Gluster
13 12 (0.27%) DFS Replication
13 12 (0.27%) XenDesktop
14 10 (0.22%) ProxySG
15 8 (0.18%) Xen
16 6 (0.13%) GPFS
16 6 (0.13%) KVM
16 6 (0.13%) UAG
16 6 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 501 (11.11%) Ansible
2 406 (9.00%) Opscode Chef
3 370 (8.20%) Puppet
4 175 (3.88%) SCCM
5 156 (3.46%) Kubernetes
6 138 (3.06%) Terraform
7 104 (2.31%) Microsoft Intune
8 89 (1.97%) SCOM
9 34 (0.75%) Docker Swarm
9 34 (0.75%) Nagios
10 26 (0.58%) FortiGate
10 26 (0.58%) Rancher
11 24 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 24 (0.53%) Mesos
12 21 (0.47%) Kibana
13 20 (0.44%) vRealize
14 19 (0.42%) ZABBIX
15 18 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
15 18 (0.40%) Salt
16 17 (0.38%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 1620 (35.92%) Microsoft
2 441 (9.78%) VMware
3 297 (6.59%) Oracle
4 202 (4.48%) Cisco
5 177 (3.92%) Google
6 171 (3.79%) Citrix
7 138 (3.06%) Red Hat
8 107 (2.37%) CheckPoint
9 83 (1.84%) HP
10 81 (1.80%) SAP
11 80 (1.77%) Atlassian
12 75 (1.66%) Sitecore
13 72 (1.60%) Splunk
14 64 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
15 59 (1.31%) ServiceNow
16 49 (1.09%) Juniper
16 49 (1.09%) Palo Alto
16 49 (1.09%) Tableau
17 48 (1.06%) EMC
18 44 (0.98%) Dell