Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 72 234
Rank change year-on-year +24 +162 +137
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 4056 3167 1188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.21% 2.92% 1.05%
As % of the Cloud Services category 29.84% 28.85% 17.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2771 2199 735
UK median daily rate £471 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.67% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £313 £313 £275
90th Percentile £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 18 31
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £41.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.77% +19.29% +9.38%
10th Percentile £15.75 £16.91 £25.00
90th Percentile £67.78 £58.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £31.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year +52.00% +4.17% -6.25%

Microsoft Azure is in the cloud computing skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 13594 10977 6682
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.10% 10.12% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9287 7608 4338
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +11.11% -0.18%
10th Percentile £271 £287 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £390
% change year-on-year - +8.97% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 173 140
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.61 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.11% -12.84% +32.35%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.53 £11.25
90th Percentile £59.65 £46.98 £42.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% -24.44% +50.00%

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 19 August 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 19 August 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 19 August 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 3860 £475 +5.56% 675
London +31 2057 £500 +5.26% 308
UK excluding London +17 1940 £425 - 401
South East +6 673 £450 - 124
Midlands +10 405 £425 -1.16% 66
North of England +82 334 £393 -7.65% 92
West Midlands +15 293 £450 +10.43% 44
East of England +29 210 £450 +9.09% 44
South West -1 177 £388 -8.82% 39
North West +51 144 £375 -13.99% 54
Scotland +62 128 £375 -1.70% 31
Yorkshire +19 119 £425 -9.09% 37
East Midlands +6 109 £350 -37.78% 22
North East +100 71 £396 +15.19% 1
Wales -6 19 £363 -14.71% 4
Northern Ireland -46 5 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 1604 (39.55%) Amazon AWS
2 1470 (36.24%) Microsoft
3 1257 (30.99%) Agile Software Development
4 1061 (26.16%) Windows
5 1049 (25.86%) .NET
6 906 (22.34%) DevOps
7 842 (20.76%) C#
8 817 (20.14%) SQL Server
9 780 (19.23%) SQL
10 734 (18.10%) Office 365
11 687 (16.94%) Active Directory
12 614 (15.14%) Linux
13 613 (15.11%) Finance
14 596 (14.69%) Migration
15 579 (14.28%) PowerShell
16 561 (13.83%) TDD
17 553 (13.63%) JavaScript
18 541 (13.34%) MVC
19 483 (11.91%) Continuous Integration
20 462 (11.39%) Ansible
21 451 (11.12%) Java
21 451 (11.12%) Windows Server
22 446 (11.00%) ASP.NET
23 429 (10.58%) VMware
24 419 (10.33%) PaaS
25 416 (10.26%) Git (software)
26 403 (9.94%) Scrum
27 391 (9.64%) IaaS
28 380 (9.37%) AngularJS
29 344 (8.48%) Docker

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
1 267 (6.58%) SharePoint
2 211 (5.20%) OpenStack
3 189 (4.66%) MS Exchange
4 156 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
5 146 (3.60%) Skype for Business
6 143 (3.53%) Confluence
7 130 (3.21%) IIS
8 114 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2010
9 108 (2.66%) Tomcat
10 105 (2.59%) Cloud Foundry
11 102 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2013
12 90 (2.22%) WebLogic
13 80 (1.97%) WebSphere
14 76 (1.87%) Apache
15 65 (1.60%) CMS
16 62 (1.53%) BizTalk Server
17 60 (1.48%) Apache Spark
18 45 (1.11%) JBoss
19 39 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
20 37 (0.91%) nginx
Applications
1 128 (3.16%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 36 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.32%) Photoshop
6 11 (0.27%) HipChat
7 8 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
7 8 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
8 7 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 3 (0.074%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.074%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.074%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.049%) Adobe After Effects
10 2 (0.049%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.049%) InVision
11 1 (0.025%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.025%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.025%) Simulink
11 1 (0.025%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.025%) Weka
Business Applications
1 124 (3.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 10 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
6 7 (0.17%) SDL Web 8
7 6 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
7 6 (0.15%) Oracle iRecruitment
8 4 (0.099%) Eloqua
8 4 (0.099%) iTrent
8 4 (0.099%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.074%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.074%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.074%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.074%) Sprinklr
9 3 (0.074%) WebTrends
10 2 (0.049%) Adobe Campaign
10 2 (0.049%) Magento
10 2 (0.049%) SAP ERP
11 1 (0.025%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 1604 (39.55%) Amazon AWS
2 734 (18.10%) Office 365
3 419 (10.33%) PaaS
4 391 (9.64%) IaaS
5 291 (7.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 159 (3.92%) SaaS
7 114 (2.81%) Cloud Computing
8 112 (2.76%) GitHub
9 103 (2.54%) Google Cloud Platform
10 85 (2.10%) OpenShift
11 74 (1.82%) Dynamics 365
12 68 (1.68%) AWS CloudFormation
13 55 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
14 46 (1.13%) OneDrive
15 40 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
16 35 (0.86%) IBM Cloud
17 30 (0.74%) Yammer
18 26 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 25 (0.62%) Heroku
20 22 (0.54%) Bluemix
Communications & Networking
1 296 (7.30%) Firewall
2 201 (4.96%) DNS
3 144 (3.55%) VPN
4 130 (3.21%) Skype
4 130 (3.21%) WAN
5 107 (2.64%) LAN
6 104 (2.56%) SAN
7 87 (2.14%) TCP/IP
8 85 (2.10%) DHCP
9 81 (2.00%) HTTP
10 79 (1.95%) Network Security
11 61 (1.50%) SSL
12 46 (1.13%) Wi-Fi
13 42 (1.04%) Internet
14 40 (0.99%) MPLS
14 40 (0.99%) Wireless
15 38 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
16 34 (0.84%) NAS
17 31 (0.76%) BGP
17 31 (0.76%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 817 (20.14%) SQL Server
2 284 (7.00%) NoSQL
3 170 (4.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 169 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
5 151 (3.72%) Azure SQL Database
6 143 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
6 143 (3.53%) Power BI
7 141 (3.48%) MySQL
7 141 (3.48%) SQL Server 2012
8 133 (3.28%) Big Data
9 126 (3.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 118 (2.91%) MongoDB
11 110 (2.71%) Hadoop
12 108 (2.66%) SQL Server 2008
13 98 (2.42%) Relational Database
14 84 (2.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 81 (2.00%) SQL Server 2016
16 67 (1.65%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 66 (1.63%) SQL Server 2014
18 62 (1.53%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 416 (10.26%) Git (software)
2 316 (7.79%) Jenkins
3 286 (7.05%) Team Foundation Server
4 229 (5.65%) TeamCity
5 226 (5.57%) JIRA
6 211 (5.20%) Octopus Deploy
7 187 (4.61%) Visual Studio
8 108 (2.66%) NUnit
9 98 (2.42%) Selenium
10 78 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
11 63 (1.55%) Bitbucket
12 62 (1.53%) Maven
12 62 (1.53%) MSTest
12 62 (1.53%) SpecFlow
12 62 (1.53%) Subversion
13 58 (1.43%) GitLab
14 48 (1.18%) gulp
15 45 (1.11%) Sonatype Nexus
15 45 (1.11%) Vagrant
16 41 (1.01%) Moq
General
1 613 (15.11%) Finance
2 214 (5.28%) Banking
3 164 (4.04%) Retail
4 94 (2.32%) Marketing
5 70 (1.73%) Telecoms
6 42 (1.04%) Law
6 42 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 40 (0.99%) Advertising
8 34 (0.84%) Financial Institution
9 33 (0.81%) Investment Banking
10 30 (0.74%) Back Office
11 28 (0.69%) Electronics
12 25 (0.62%) Local Government
13 23 (0.57%) Billing
13 23 (0.57%) Legal
14 16 (0.39%) Games
14 16 (0.39%) Publishing
15 14 (0.35%) Front Office
15 14 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1094 (26.97%) Developer
2 750 (18.49%) Architect
3 474 (11.69%) .NET Developer
4 395 (9.74%) DevOps Engineer
5 337 (8.31%) Consultant
6 281 (6.93%) Azure Engineer
7 277 (6.83%) C# Developer
8 259 (6.39%) Cloud Architect
9 207 (5.10%) Azure Architect
10 206 (5.08%) Cloud Engineer
11 196 (4.83%) Azure Developer
12 177 (4.36%) C# .NET Developer
13 174 (4.29%) Solutions Architect
14 144 (3.55%) Analyst
15 141 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 140 (3.45%) Azure Consultant
17 136 (3.35%) Azure DevOps
18 135 (3.33%) Project Manager
19 133 (3.28%) Java Developer
20 122 (3.01%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1049 (25.86%) .NET
2 446 (11.00%) ASP.NET
3 380 (9.37%) AngularJS
4 331 (8.16%) HTML
5 329 (8.11%) ASP.NET Web API
6 314 (7.74%) Web Services
7 306 (7.54%) CSS
8 247 (6.09%) ASP.NET MVC
9 213 (5.25%) REST
10 184 (4.54%) .NET Framework
11 167 (4.12%) RESTful
12 162 (3.99%) HTML5
13 149 (3.67%) jQuery
14 138 (3.40%) Node.js
15 131 (3.23%) WCF
16 127 (3.13%) JSON
17 126 (3.11%) Entity Framework
18 110 (2.71%) React
19 109 (2.69%) XML
20 104 (2.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 239 (5.89%) Data Centre
2 228 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
3 211 (5.20%) Public Cloud
4 147 (3.62%) Greenfield Project
5 123 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
6 112 (2.76%) Private Cloud
7 97 (2.39%) Mobile App
8 93 (2.29%) User Experience
9 81 (2.00%) Computer Science
10 64 (1.58%) Management Information System
11 60 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
12 50 (1.23%) Cloud Native
12 50 (1.23%) Fintech
13 46 (1.13%) Virtual Team
14 43 (1.06%) Replication
15 37 (0.91%) Clustering
16 30 (0.74%) Algorithms
17 28 (0.69%) Blackberry
17 28 (0.69%) Blog
18 26 (0.64%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1061 (26.16%) Windows
2 614 (15.14%) Linux
3 451 (11.12%) Windows Server
4 255 (6.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 193 (4.76%) Unix
6 151 (3.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 148 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 143 (3.53%) Windows 10
9 78 (1.92%) Android
10 76 (1.87%) CentOS
11 63 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
12 60 (1.48%) Windows 7
13 59 (1.45%) Apple iOS
14 43 (1.06%) Solaris
15 36 (0.89%) Ubuntu
16 22 (0.54%) AIX
17 21 (0.52%) VMS
18 19 (0.47%) Mac OS X
19 14 (0.35%) Windows 8
20 13 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1257 (30.99%) Agile Software Development
2 906 (22.34%) DevOps
3 596 (14.69%) Migration
4 561 (13.83%) TDD
5 541 (13.34%) MVC
6 483 (11.91%) Continuous Integration
7 403 (9.94%) Scrum
8 308 (7.59%) Business Intelligence
9 303 (7.47%) Microservices
10 253 (6.24%) BDD
11 238 (5.87%) Configuration Management
12 236 (5.82%) Test Automation
13 190 (4.68%) ITIL
13 190 (4.68%) Software Engineering
14 189 (4.66%) SOA
15 182 (4.49%) Analytics
16 177 (4.36%) Open Source
17 176 (4.34%) Stakeholder Management
18 174 (4.29%) Project Management
19 172 (4.24%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 842 (20.76%) C#
2 780 (19.23%) SQL
3 579 (14.28%) PowerShell
4 553 (13.63%) JavaScript
5 451 (11.12%) Java
6 334 (8.23%) Python
7 181 (4.46%) Ruby
8 153 (3.77%) T-SQL
9 110 (2.71%) Bash Shell
10 91 (2.24%) Perl
11 66 (1.63%) Scala
12 63 (1.55%) PHP
13 60 (1.48%) TypeScript
14 42 (1.04%) Go
15 33 (0.81%) R
16 31 (0.76%) C
17 29 (0.71%) VB
18 27 (0.67%) VB.NET
19 23 (0.57%) C++
20 22 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 225 (5.55%) Security Cleared
2 196 (4.83%) SC Cleared
3 178 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
4 147 (3.62%) Degree
5 126 (3.11%) MCSE
6 81 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
8 38 (0.94%) MCSA
8 38 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 34 (0.84%) CCNA
10 33 (0.81%) CISSP
11 32 (0.79%) ISEB
12 29 (0.71%) CISM
12 29 (0.71%) MCITP
13 28 (0.69%) CCIE
13 28 (0.69%) CCNP
14 23 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
15 19 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 18 (0.44%) DV Cleared
16 18 (0.44%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (2.74%) QA
2 43 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 42 (1.04%) PCI DSS
4 29 (0.71%) GDPR
5 27 (0.67%) SLA
6 25 (0.62%) COBIT
6 25 (0.62%) GCP
7 18 (0.44%) PMO
8 17 (0.42%) Data Quality
9 11 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 11 (0.27%) WCAG
10 8 (0.20%) FedRAMP
11 7 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.12%) HMG Infosec
13 4 (0.099%) PA-DSS
14 3 (0.074%) WAI
15 2 (0.049%) Cyber Essentials
15 2 (0.049%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 1 (0.025%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 1 (0.025%) PMBOK
System Software
1 687 (16.94%) Active Directory
2 344 (8.48%) Docker
3 192 (4.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 168 (4.14%) Hyper-V
5 94 (2.32%) Virtual Machines
6 50 (1.23%) vSphere
7 32 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
8 28 (0.69%) vCloud
8 28 (0.69%) XenApp
9 23 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
10 19 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (0.37%) XenDesktop
12 13 (0.32%) DFS Replication
13 12 (0.30%) Gluster
13 12 (0.30%) ProxySG
14 11 (0.27%) LXC
15 8 (0.20%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.20%) Xen
15 8 (0.20%) XenServer
16 7 (0.17%) Squid
Systems Management
1 462 (11.39%) Ansible
2 340 (8.38%) Opscode Chef
2 340 (8.38%) Puppet
3 153 (3.77%) SCCM
4 128 (3.16%) Terraform
5 125 (3.08%) Kubernetes
6 89 (2.19%) Microsoft Intune
7 87 (2.14%) SCOM
8 42 (1.04%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 32 (0.79%) vRealize
10 29 (0.71%) Nagios
11 24 (0.59%) Kibana
11 24 (0.59%) ZABBIX
12 22 (0.54%) FortiGate
13 21 (0.52%) Dollar Universe
14 20 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
15 19 (0.47%) Docker Swarm
16 18 (0.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
17 17 (0.42%) Rancher
18 16 (0.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 1470 (36.24%) Microsoft
2 429 (10.58%) VMware
3 286 (7.05%) Oracle
4 206 (5.08%) Cisco
5 162 (3.99%) Red Hat
6 154 (3.80%) Google
7 144 (3.55%) Citrix
8 105 (2.59%) HP
9 87 (2.14%) Splunk
10 86 (2.12%) CheckPoint
11 85 (2.10%) Atlassian
12 80 (1.97%) SAP
13 59 (1.45%) ServiceNow
14 56 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
15 53 (1.31%) Juniper
15 53 (1.31%) Sitecore
16 51 (1.26%) Palo Alto
17 49 (1.21%) Dell
18 41 (1.01%) IBM
19 39 (0.96%) NetApp