Period
to 9 December 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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 42 60
Rank change year-on-year +30 +18 +131
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 9,388 5,147 3,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 9.00% 5.02% 3.51%
As % of the Cloud Services category 38.33% 30.10% 28.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,744 3,674 2,503
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £350 £315 £313
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 26 16
UK median hourly rate £28.72 £37.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.39% +131.25% -55.86%
10th Percentile £15.48 £16.37 £13.63
90th Percentile £63.02 £54.38 £42.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £37.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -48.65% +131.25% -57.33%

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 24,493 17,101 12,543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.47% 16.69% 12.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,983 11,864 8,610
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £306 £275 £275
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 318 219 190
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% -16.55%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.48
90th Percentile £63.18 £58.75 £56.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -5.41% +8.82% -24.44%

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 9 December 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 9 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the UK

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure within the UK over the 6 months to 9 December 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 +28 8,805 £500 +5.26% 2,653
UK excluding London +26 4,680 £450 +2.86% 1,805
London +25 4,539 £525 +5.00% 1,035
South East +25 1,677 £473 +5.11% 455
North of England +38 953 £438 -2.78% 504
Midlands +10 774 £475 +5.56% 316
West Midlands +6 608 £475 +6.74% 204
South West +33 581 £425 +6.25% 181
North West +36 524 £450 -7.22% 241
Scotland +26 300 £413 -2.94% 108
Yorkshire +40 298 £425 -10.53% 192
East of England +13 267 £425 -10.38% 165
East Midlands 0 151 £475 +5.56% 110
Wales +33 133 £525 +27.27% 42
North East +31 131 £450 +9.09% 71
Northern Ireland +29 13 £500 +42.86% 37
Channel Islands - 7 - -

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 3,357 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
2 3,243 (34.54%) Amazon AWS
3 3,088 (32.89%) Microsoft
4 2,461 (26.21%) .NET
5 2,267 (24.15%) DevOps
6 2,215 (23.59%) C#
7 2,102 (22.39%) SQL
8 1,808 (19.26%) Windows
9 1,621 (17.27%) SQL Server
10 1,433 (15.26%) Finance
11 1,412 (15.04%) JavaScript
12 1,372 (14.61%) Active Directory
13 1,309 (13.94%) TDD
14 1,298 (13.83%) PowerShell
15 1,273 (13.56%) Migration
16 1,260 (13.42%) Java
17 1,240 (13.21%) Office 365
18 1,163 (12.39%) Docker
19 1,028 (10.95%) Scrum
20 1,002 (10.67%) Linux
21 1,001 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
21 1,001 (10.66%) Microservices
22 995 (10.60%) Ansible
23 982 (10.46%) PaaS
24 978 (10.42%) ASP.NET
25 957 (10.19%) Jenkins
26 952 (10.14%) MVC
27 943 (10.04%) Git (software)
28 913 (9.73%) AngularJS
29 872 (9.29%) Python

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
1 539 (5.74%) SharePoint
2 269 (2.87%) OpenStack
3 256 (2.73%) Confluence
4 246 (2.62%) Tomcat
5 234 (2.49%) WebSphere
6 204 (2.17%) WebLogic
7 195 (2.08%) Apache Spark
8 190 (2.02%) MS Exchange
9 185 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
10 176 (1.87%) Skype for Business
11 163 (1.74%) IIS
12 159 (1.69%) CMS
13 122 (1.30%) Apache
14 92 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
15 85 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
16 76 (0.81%) NServiceBus
17 70 (0.75%) nginx
18 69 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
19 59 (0.63%) Umbraco
20 58 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 192 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
2 89 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
4 41 (0.44%) MS Visio
5 32 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
6 29 (0.31%) InfoPath
7 28 (0.30%) Chatbot
8 15 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 13 (0.14%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.075%) InVision
11 4 (0.043%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.043%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.043%) SPSS
12 3 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.021%) HipChat
14 1 (0.011%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 255 (2.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 35 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
4 22 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.075%) Eloqua
6 6 (0.064%) Markit EDM
7 5 (0.053%) Endur
7 5 (0.053%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.053%) Oracle Cash Management
7 5 (0.053%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.053%) SAP BPC
8 4 (0.043%) Distributed Ledger
8 4 (0.043%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
8 4 (0.043%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.043%) Oracle Financials
8 4 (0.043%) Payment Gateway
8 4 (0.043%) SAP MM
8 4 (0.043%) SAP R/3
9 3 (0.032%) SAP Hybris
9 3 (0.032%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3,243 (34.54%) Amazon AWS
2 1,240 (13.21%) Office 365
3 982 (10.46%) PaaS
4 863 (9.19%) IaaS
5 720 (7.67%) Azure Active Directory
6 624 (6.65%) Google Cloud Platform
7 591 (6.30%) SaaS
8 314 (3.34%) Serverless
9 298 (3.17%) GitHub
10 285 (3.04%) Azure Data Factory
11 269 (2.87%) Cloud Computing
12 239 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
13 171 (1.82%) Azure Functions
14 152 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
15 104 (1.11%) OpenShift
16 98 (1.04%) OneDrive
17 65 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
17 65 (0.69%) npm
18 53 (0.56%) Data Lake Analytics
19 49 (0.52%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 573 (6.10%) Firewall
2 356 (3.79%) DNS
3 295 (3.14%) VPN
4 239 (2.55%) WAN
5 202 (2.15%) Skype
6 197 (2.10%) LAN
7 151 (1.61%) Network Security
8 150 (1.60%) TCP/IP
9 135 (1.44%) SAN
10 129 (1.37%) DHCP
11 122 (1.30%) HTTP
12 120 (1.28%) Internet
13 105 (1.12%) Wireless
14 96 (1.02%) SSL
15 74 (0.79%) MPLS
16 68 (0.72%) NetScaler
17 58 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
18 53 (0.56%) OSPF
19 52 (0.55%) BGP
19 52 (0.55%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,621 (17.27%) SQL Server
2 580 (6.18%) NoSQL
3 544 (5.79%) Power BI
4 466 (4.96%) Azure SQL Database
5 457 (4.87%) Data Warehouse
6 438 (4.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 421 (4.48%) Big Data
8 407 (4.34%) MySQL
9 348 (3.71%) Data Lake
10 329 (3.50%) PostgreSQL
11 310 (3.30%) Hadoop
12 294 (3.13%) MongoDB
13 246 (2.62%) Relational Database
14 242 (2.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 231 (2.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 208 (2.22%) Cosmos DB
17 131 (1.40%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 124 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
19 117 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
20 115 (1.22%) Redis
Development Applications
1 957 (10.19%) Jenkins
2 943 (10.04%) Git (software)
3 728 (7.75%) Visual Studio Team System
4 514 (5.48%) JIRA
5 477 (5.08%) Visual Studio
6 356 (3.79%) Selenium
7 340 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
8 339 (3.61%) TeamCity
9 296 (3.15%) Octopus Deploy
10 283 (3.01%) NUnit
11 235 (2.50%) MSTest
12 181 (1.93%) Maven
13 172 (1.83%) Cucumber
14 140 (1.49%) GitLab
15 120 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 119 (1.27%) Subversion
17 118 (1.26%) JMeter
18 115 (1.22%) SpecFlow
19 114 (1.21%) Bitbucket
20 94 (1.00%) Gradle
General
1 1,433 (15.26%) Finance
2 377 (4.02%) Banking
3 286 (3.05%) Retail
4 134 (1.43%) Telecoms
5 126 (1.34%) Law
6 94 (1.00%) Marketing
7 79 (0.84%) Legal
8 72 (0.77%) Back Office
9 71 (0.76%) Manufacturing
10 62 (0.66%) Advertising
10 62 (0.66%) Front Office
11 59 (0.63%) Financial Institution
11 59 (0.63%) Publishing
12 50 (0.53%) Investment Banking
13 37 (0.39%) Electronics
14 36 (0.38%) Billing
15 32 (0.34%) Automotive
16 30 (0.32%) Retail Banking
17 22 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
18 21 (0.22%) French Language
Job Titles
1 3,036 (32.34%) Developer
2 1,582 (16.85%) Architect
3 1,074 (11.44%) .NET Developer
4 1,031 (10.98%) DevOps Engineer
5 815 (8.68%) Azure Engineer
6 711 (7.57%) C# Developer
7 588 (6.26%) Consultant
8 580 (6.18%) Azure Developer
9 512 (5.45%) Azure Architect
10 471 (5.02%) Azure DevOps
11 417 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
12 409 (4.36%) Java Developer
13 408 (4.35%) Senior Developer
14 381 (4.06%) C# .NET Developer
15 376 (4.01%) Analyst
16 372 (3.96%) Cloud Architect
17 363 (3.87%) Azure DevOps Engineer
18 299 (3.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 287 (3.06%) Cloud Engineer
20 240 (2.56%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,461 (26.21%) .NET
2 978 (10.42%) ASP.NET
3 913 (9.73%) AngularJS
4 761 (8.11%) HTML
5 731 (7.79%) ASP.NET Web API
6 677 (7.21%) CSS
7 557 (5.93%) Node.js
8 554 (5.90%) React
9 550 (5.86%) Web Services
10 547 (5.83%) .NET Core
11 510 (5.43%) .NET Framework
12 505 (5.38%) REST
13 474 (5.05%) ASP.NET MVC
14 466 (4.96%) JSON
15 410 (4.37%) RESTful
16 361 (3.85%) jQuery
17 281 (2.99%) Entity Framework
18 272 (2.90%) HTML5
19 260 (2.77%) XML
20 228 (2.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 506 (5.39%) Greenfield Project
2 440 (4.69%) Public Cloud
3 404 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
4 376 (4.01%) Data Centre
5 232 (2.47%) Fintech
6 221 (2.35%) User Experience
7 202 (2.15%) Hybrid Cloud
8 177 (1.89%) Management Information System
9 174 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
10 163 (1.74%) Mobile App
11 126 (1.34%) Private Cloud
12 122 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
13 114 (1.21%) Algorithms
14 106 (1.13%) Cloud Native
15 96 (1.02%) PKI
16 79 (0.84%) Hedge funds
17 66 (0.70%) Data Structures
18 61 (0.65%) Clustering
19 51 (0.54%) Replication
20 49 (0.52%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,808 (19.26%) Windows
2 1,002 (10.67%) Linux
3 794 (8.46%) Windows Server
4 340 (3.62%) Windows 10
5 269 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
6 225 (2.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 218 (2.32%) Unix
8 183 (1.95%) Windows Server 2008
9 134 (1.43%) Android
10 133 (1.42%) Windows 7
11 127 (1.35%) Apple iOS
12 86 (0.92%) CentOS
13 78 (0.83%) Ubuntu
14 41 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
15 35 (0.37%) VMS
16 32 (0.34%) AIX
17 31 (0.33%) Debian
17 31 (0.33%) Windows 8
18 21 (0.22%) Solaris
19 16 (0.17%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,357 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
2 2,267 (24.15%) DevOps
3 1,309 (13.94%) TDD
4 1,273 (13.56%) Migration
5 1,028 (10.95%) Scrum
6 1,001 (10.66%) Continuous Integration
6 1,001 (10.66%) Microservices
7 952 (10.14%) MVC
8 773 (8.23%) Business Intelligence
9 711 (7.57%) Analytics
10 697 (7.42%) Test Automation
11 649 (6.91%) BDD
12 480 (5.11%) OO
13 458 (4.88%) ITIL
14 441 (4.70%) Problem-Solving
15 419 (4.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 414 (4.41%) ETL
17 382 (4.07%) Configuration Management
18 370 (3.94%) CRM
18 370 (3.94%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2,215 (23.59%) C#
2 2,102 (22.39%) SQL
3 1,412 (15.04%) JavaScript
4 1,298 (13.83%) PowerShell
5 1,260 (13.42%) Java
6 872 (9.29%) Python
7 355 (3.78%) T-SQL
8 302 (3.22%) Bash Shell
9 230 (2.45%) TypeScript
10 205 (2.18%) Ruby
11 164 (1.75%) Go
12 140 (1.49%) Java 8
13 133 (1.42%) C
14 126 (1.34%) Scala
15 122 (1.30%) Perl
16 112 (1.19%) R
17 104 (1.11%) PHP
18 94 (1.00%) Shell Script
19 91 (0.97%) PL/SQL
20 90 (0.96%) C++
Qualifications
1 713 (7.59%) Security Cleared
2 581 (6.19%) SC Cleared
3 419 (4.46%) Degree
4 219 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 158 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
6 138 (1.47%) MCSE
7 120 (1.28%) CISSP
8 105 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
9 77 (0.82%) CCNP
10 75 (0.80%) CISM
10 75 (0.80%) MCSA
11 64 (0.68%) CCNA
12 63 (0.67%) DV Cleared
13 62 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
14 51 (0.54%) MCITP
15 48 (0.51%) CISA
15 48 (0.51%) TOGAF Certification
16 42 (0.45%) AWS Certification
17 38 (0.40%) ISEB
18 35 (0.37%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 230 (2.45%) QA
2 104 (1.11%) GDPR
3 82 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 80 (0.85%) SLA
5 58 (0.62%) Data Quality
6 43 (0.46%) PCI DSS
7 40 (0.43%) PMO
8 32 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 22 (0.23%) HIPAA
10 13 (0.14%) WCAG
11 10 (0.11%) FedRAMP
11 10 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
12 9 (0.096%) ISO 9001
13 8 (0.085%) Disclosure Scotland
13 8 (0.085%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 8 (0.085%) ISAE 3402
13 8 (0.085%) ISO 22301
13 8 (0.085%) ISO 31000
13 8 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 7 (0.075%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,372 (14.61%) Active Directory
2 1,163 (12.39%) Docker
3 463 (4.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 301 (3.21%) Hyper-V
5 205 (2.18%) Virtual Machines
6 105 (1.12%) XenApp
7 87 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
8 83 (0.88%) vSphere
9 62 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
10 59 (0.63%) XenDesktop
11 43 (0.46%) HDFS
12 37 (0.39%) Apache Flume
13 32 (0.34%) VirtualBox
14 28 (0.30%) Xen
15 27 (0.29%) vCloud
15 27 (0.29%) XenServer
16 26 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
17 19 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
18 17 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 17 (0.18%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 995 (10.60%) Ansible
2 822 (8.76%) Kubernetes
3 714 (7.61%) Puppet
4 713 (7.59%) Terraform
5 674 (7.18%) Opscode Chef
6 347 (3.70%) SCCM
7 240 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
8 134 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
9 104 (1.11%) SCOM
10 92 (0.98%) Nagios
11 68 (0.72%) Salt
12 67 (0.71%) Kibana
13 63 (0.67%) Packer
14 61 (0.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 51 (0.54%) FortiGate
16 48 (0.51%) Docker Swarm
16 48 (0.51%) logstash
17 38 (0.40%) Prometheus
18 37 (0.39%) Oozie
18 37 (0.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 3,088 (32.89%) Microsoft
2 745 (7.94%) VMware
3 708 (7.54%) Oracle
4 628 (6.69%) Google
5 342 (3.64%) Cisco
6 313 (3.33%) Citrix
7 225 (2.40%) Splunk
8 194 (2.07%) SAP
9 190 (2.02%) Red Hat
10 155 (1.65%) Tableau
11 149 (1.59%) HP
12 139 (1.48%) IBM
13 129 (1.37%) Atlassian
14 103 (1.10%) McAfee
15 101 (1.08%) CheckPoint
16 99 (1.05%) F5
17 93 (0.99%) ServiceNow
18 81 (0.86%) Sitecore
19 76 (0.81%) New Relic
20 73 (0.78%) Salesforce.com