Period
to 20 April 2018

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 April 2018 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 53 121
Rank change year-on-year +24 +68 +146
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 6,642 3,556 2,141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.57% 3.84% 2.01%
As % of the Cloud Services category 33.57% 29.33% 24.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,767 2,388 1,503
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £615 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 15 27
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £16.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.75% -57.33% +40.19%
10th Percentile £15.50 £14.25 £16.09
90th Percentile £48.50 £46.55 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £15.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +100.00% -55.71% +34.62%

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 19,786 12,123 8,722
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.56% 13.07% 8.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,498 8,441 6,016
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £305 £281 £290
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 271 153 142
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -16.28% -4.44%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.53 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.20 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year - +1.49% -21.18%

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018. 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 +24 6,191 £488 +5.98% 1,724
UK excluding London +33 3,320 £450 +5.88% 1,110
London +24 3,268 £510 +2.00% 699
South East +29 1,090 £450 -2.70% 294
Midlands +25 725 £460 +5.14% 189
North of England +22 617 £438 +8.36% 286
West Midlands +16 489 £475 +8.57% 108
South West +46 331 £418 +12.84% 116
North West +31 308 £475 +18.75% 147
Scotland +37 266 £425 +14.86% 53
Yorkshire +15 236 £450 +5.88% 106
East Midlands +48 233 £400 -14.80% 80
East of England +8 171 £450 +12.50% 139
Wales +58 120 £425 +6.25% 16
North East +13 75 £404 +9.12% 33
Northern Ireland +2 12 £350 -12.50% 13

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure.

1 2,669 (40.18%) Amazon AWS
2 2,362 (35.56%) Agile Software Development
3 2,151 (32.38%) Microsoft
4 1,721 (25.91%) .NET
5 1,687 (25.40%) DevOps
6 1,560 (23.49%) Windows
7 1,488 (22.40%) C#
8 1,286 (19.36%) SQL
9 1,284 (19.33%) SQL Server
10 991 (14.92%) JavaScript
11 990 (14.91%) Linux
12 982 (14.78%) Finance
13 975 (14.68%) TDD
14 966 (14.54%) PowerShell
15 917 (13.81%) Office 365
16 913 (13.75%) Active Directory
17 901 (13.57%) Continuous Integration
18 802 (12.07%) Java
19 800 (12.04%) Migration
20 764 (11.50%) Git (software)
21 745 (11.22%) Python
22 744 (11.20%) Docker
23 740 (11.14%) MVC
24 731 (11.01%) Scrum
25 709 (10.67%) Jenkins
26 706 (10.63%) Ansible
27 677 (10.19%) ASP.NET
28 660 (9.94%) PaaS
29 625 (9.41%) VMware
30 620 (9.33%) Windows Server

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
1 336 (5.06%) SharePoint
2 235 (3.54%) OpenStack
3 157 (2.36%) Tomcat
4 151 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
5 147 (2.21%) MS Exchange
6 145 (2.18%) IIS
7 142 (2.14%) Apache Spark
8 140 (2.11%) Skype for Business
9 133 (2.00%) Apache
9 133 (2.00%) WebSphere
10 125 (1.88%) WebLogic
11 111 (1.67%) Confluence
12 104 (1.57%) CMS
13 77 (1.16%) Cloud Foundry
14 66 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
15 63 (0.95%) NServiceBus
16 53 (0.80%) nginx
17 49 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
18 48 (0.72%) Mule
19 44 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 179 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (0.65%) MS Visio
4 15 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.15%) InfoPath
5 10 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.11%) SPSS
7 4 (0.060%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.060%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.045%) Simulink
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.030%) HipChat
9 2 (0.030%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.030%) Stata
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.015%) Final Cut Pro
10 1 (0.015%) InVision
Business Applications
1 133 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.12%) SAP ERP
6 7 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.060%) Distributed Ledger
7 4 (0.060%) thinkFolio
8 3 (0.045%) Infor M3
9 2 (0.030%) Concordance
9 2 (0.030%) Magento
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle EBS
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.030%) Relativity
9 2 (0.030%) SAP ECC
9 2 (0.030%) SAP Hybris
9 2 (0.030%) SAP SRM
10 1 (0.015%) Maximo
10 1 (0.015%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 2,669 (40.18%) Amazon AWS
2 917 (13.81%) Office 365
3 660 (9.94%) PaaS
4 607 (9.14%) IaaS
5 377 (5.68%) Azure Active Directory
6 352 (5.30%) SaaS
7 330 (4.97%) Google Cloud Platform
8 223 (3.36%) Cloud Computing
9 168 (2.53%) GitHub
10 127 (1.91%) Azure Data Factory
11 114 (1.72%) Serverless
12 113 (1.70%) AWS CloudFormation
13 74 (1.11%) Dynamics 365
14 70 (1.05%) OneDrive
15 50 (0.75%) OpenShift
16 47 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
17 46 (0.69%) IBM Cloud
18 39 (0.59%) Datadog
19 38 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
20 36 (0.54%) Bluemix
Communications & Networking
1 415 (6.25%) Firewall
2 248 (3.73%) DNS
3 234 (3.52%) VPN
4 219 (3.30%) WAN
5 161 (2.42%) Skype
6 152 (2.29%) LAN
7 143 (2.15%) SAN
8 135 (2.03%) DHCP
9 125 (1.88%) TCP/IP
10 117 (1.76%) Network Security
11 113 (1.70%) Wireless
12 87 (1.31%) Internet
13 82 (1.23%) HTTP
14 67 (1.01%) Cisco ASA
15 60 (0.90%) MPLS
16 50 (0.75%) SSL
16 50 (0.75%) VLAN
17 46 (0.69%) NAS
18 41 (0.62%) NetScaler
19 30 (0.45%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,284 (19.33%) SQL Server
2 435 (6.55%) NoSQL
3 313 (4.71%) Data Warehouse
4 308 (4.64%) Power BI
5 297 (4.47%) Big Data
6 288 (4.34%) MySQL
7 259 (3.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 229 (3.45%) Azure SQL Database
9 228 (3.43%) PostgreSQL
10 227 (3.42%) Hadoop
11 224 (3.37%) MongoDB
12 215 (3.24%) Relational Database
13 203 (3.06%) Data Lake
14 183 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 182 (2.74%) SQL Server 2016
16 167 (2.51%) SQL Server 2012
17 132 (1.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 129 (1.94%) SQL Server 2014
19 96 (1.45%) Cosmos DB
20 90 (1.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 764 (11.50%) Git (software)
2 709 (10.67%) Jenkins
3 418 (6.29%) TeamCity
4 365 (5.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 335 (5.04%) Octopus Deploy
6 328 (4.94%) Visual Studio
7 299 (4.50%) Visual Studio Team System
8 250 (3.76%) JIRA
9 205 (3.09%) NUnit
10 160 (2.41%) Subversion
11 158 (2.38%) Selenium
12 156 (2.35%) MSTest
13 144 (2.17%) Maven
14 102 (1.54%) SpecFlow
15 100 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 80 (1.20%) Sonatype Nexus
17 76 (1.14%) Bitbucket
18 75 (1.13%) GitLab
19 71 (1.07%) Gradle
20 57 (0.86%) Vagrant
General
1 982 (14.78%) Finance
2 232 (3.49%) Retail
3 207 (3.12%) Banking
4 113 (1.70%) Law
5 97 (1.46%) Marketing
6 95 (1.43%) Telecoms
7 85 (1.28%) Legal
8 59 (0.89%) Manufacturing
9 45 (0.68%) Advertising
9 45 (0.68%) Retail Banking
10 38 (0.57%) Games
11 28 (0.42%) Financial Institution
12 26 (0.39%) Billing
12 26 (0.39%) Electronics
13 21 (0.32%) Local Government
14 19 (0.29%) Publishing
15 18 (0.27%) Front Office
16 17 (0.26%) Back Office
16 17 (0.26%) Investment Banking
17 12 (0.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,824 (27.46%) Developer
2 1,224 (18.43%) Architect
3 760 (11.44%) DevOps Engineer
4 714 (10.75%) .NET Developer
5 520 (7.83%) Consultant
6 498 (7.50%) Azure Engineer
7 407 (6.13%) C# Developer
8 366 (5.51%) Azure Architect
9 334 (5.03%) Cloud Architect
10 327 (4.92%) Solutions Architect
11 317 (4.77%) Azure DevOps
12 308 (4.64%) Senior Developer
13 279 (4.20%) Azure Developer
14 265 (3.99%) Azure Consultant
14 265 (3.99%) Cloud Engineer
15 261 (3.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 243 (3.66%) Analyst
17 241 (3.63%) C# .NET Developer
18 239 (3.60%) Azure DevOps Engineer
19 231 (3.48%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,721 (25.91%) .NET
2 677 (10.19%) ASP.NET
3 618 (9.30%) Web Services
4 582 (8.76%) AngularJS
5 579 (8.72%) HTML
6 551 (8.30%) ASP.NET Web API
7 506 (7.62%) CSS
8 394 (5.93%) ASP.NET MVC
9 391 (5.89%) REST
10 355 (5.34%) .NET Framework
11 337 (5.07%) React
12 326 (4.91%) RESTful
13 311 (4.68%) JSON
13 311 (4.68%) Node.js
14 228 (3.43%) HTML5
15 186 (2.80%) jQuery
16 183 (2.76%) Entity Framework
17 178 (2.68%) WCF
18 173 (2.60%) .NET Core
19 172 (2.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 349 (5.25%) Greenfield Project
2 321 (4.83%) Data Centre
3 310 (4.67%) Public Cloud
4 304 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
5 162 (2.44%) Computer Science
6 161 (2.42%) Mobile App
7 155 (2.33%) Private Cloud
8 154 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
9 149 (2.24%) User Experience
10 146 (2.20%) Hybrid Cloud
11 120 (1.81%) Fintech
12 107 (1.61%) Management Information System
13 102 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
14 72 (1.08%) Virtual Team
15 67 (1.01%) Clustering
16 64 (0.96%) PKI
17 54 (0.81%) Data Structures
18 44 (0.66%) Enterprise Cloud
19 43 (0.65%) Algorithms
19 43 (0.65%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1,560 (23.49%) Windows
2 990 (14.91%) Linux
3 620 (9.33%) Windows Server
4 244 (3.67%) Windows 10
5 228 (3.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 218 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 213 (3.21%) Unix
8 175 (2.63%) Windows Server 2008
9 122 (1.84%) Android
10 114 (1.72%) Apple iOS
11 100 (1.51%) CentOS
12 95 (1.43%) Windows 7
13 51 (0.77%) Ubuntu
14 43 (0.65%) VMS
15 40 (0.60%) Solaris
16 31 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (0.38%) Debian
17 25 (0.38%) Mac OS X
18 23 (0.35%) Windows 8
19 22 (0.33%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,362 (35.56%) Agile Software Development
2 1,687 (25.40%) DevOps
3 975 (14.68%) TDD
4 901 (13.57%) Continuous Integration
5 800 (12.04%) Migration
6 740 (11.14%) MVC
7 731 (11.01%) Scrum
8 569 (8.57%) Microservices
9 512 (7.71%) Business Intelligence
10 470 (7.08%) Test Automation
11 448 (6.74%) BDD
12 409 (6.16%) Continuous Delivery
13 405 (6.10%) Analytics
14 387 (5.83%) Problem-Solving
15 371 (5.59%) Configuration Management
16 354 (5.33%) ITIL
17 338 (5.09%) Stakeholder Management
18 300 (4.52%) OO
19 293 (4.41%) Software Engineering
20 290 (4.37%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 1,488 (22.40%) C#
2 1,286 (19.36%) SQL
3 991 (14.92%) JavaScript
4 966 (14.54%) PowerShell
5 802 (12.07%) Java
6 745 (11.22%) Python
7 265 (3.99%) Ruby
8 247 (3.72%) T-SQL
9 230 (3.46%) Bash Shell
10 162 (2.44%) Perl
11 153 (2.30%) Scala
12 140 (2.11%) TypeScript
13 117 (1.76%) PHP
14 95 (1.43%) Shell Script
15 86 (1.29%) Go
16 78 (1.17%) Java 8
17 77 (1.16%) VB.NET
18 76 (1.14%) C++
18 76 (1.14%) R
19 65 (0.98%) C
Qualifications
1 522 (7.86%) Security Cleared
2 430 (6.47%) SC Cleared
3 322 (4.85%) Degree
4 198 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 143 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
6 128 (1.93%) MCSE
7 88 (1.32%) CISSP
8 83 (1.25%) CCNP
9 69 (1.04%) CISM
10 61 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
11 55 (0.83%) TOGAF Certification
12 48 (0.72%) MCSA
13 42 (0.63%) CCNA
13 42 (0.63%) ISEB
14 40 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
15 38 (0.57%) Master's Degree
16 37 (0.56%) AWS Certification
17 35 (0.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 34 (0.51%) CCIE
19 31 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (2.30%) QA
2 116 (1.75%) GDPR
3 109 (1.64%) GCP
4 75 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 69 (1.04%) PCI DSS
6 65 (0.98%) SLA
7 40 (0.60%) Data Quality
7 40 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
8 16 (0.24%) ISO 9001
9 14 (0.21%) PMO
9 14 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.17%) COBIT
11 10 (0.15%) GAAP
12 9 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.14%) HIPAA
13 6 (0.090%) WCAG
14 4 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.060%) PSD2
15 3 (0.045%) HMG Infosec
15 3 (0.045%) NIST 800
System Software
1 913 (13.75%) Active Directory
2 744 (11.20%) Docker
3 332 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 228 (3.43%) Hyper-V
5 114 (1.72%) vSphere
6 111 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
7 77 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
8 65 (0.98%) Microsoft App-V
9 61 (0.92%) XenApp
10 52 (0.78%) XenDesktop
11 44 (0.66%) vCloud
12 40 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
13 26 (0.39%) BitLocker
14 24 (0.36%) VMware NSX
15 21 (0.32%) Apache Flume
15 21 (0.32%) VirtualBox
16 18 (0.27%) HDFS
16 18 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 18 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
17 14 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 706 (10.63%) Ansible
2 579 (8.72%) Puppet
3 496 (7.47%) Opscode Chef
4 328 (4.94%) Kubernetes
5 321 (4.83%) Terraform
6 291 (4.38%) SCCM
7 149 (2.24%) Microsoft Intune
8 93 (1.40%) SCOM
9 91 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
10 79 (1.19%) Nagios
11 77 (1.16%) Packer
12 63 (0.95%) Salt
13 62 (0.93%) FortiGate
14 36 (0.54%) WSUS
15 35 (0.53%) HP ALM
16 34 (0.51%) Docker Swarm
16 34 (0.51%) logstash
17 32 (0.48%) Kibana
18 27 (0.41%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 27 (0.41%) Mesos
Vendors
1 2,151 (32.38%) Microsoft
2 625 (9.41%) VMware
3 511 (7.69%) Oracle
4 390 (5.87%) Google
5 312 (4.70%) Cisco
6 213 (3.21%) Citrix
7 185 (2.79%) Red Hat
8 142 (2.14%) SAP
9 135 (2.03%) CheckPoint
10 129 (1.94%) HP
11 122 (1.84%) Splunk
12 102 (1.54%) IBM
13 97 (1.46%) Tableau
14 83 (1.25%) McAfee
14 83 (1.25%) Sitecore
15 71 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
16 70 (1.05%) F5
17 61 (0.92%) Xamarin
18 59 (0.89%) Fortinet
19 56 (0.84%) NetApp