Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 56 180
Rank change year-on-year +19 +124 +109
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 5,307 3,485 1,552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.37% 3.63% 1.44%
As % of the Cloud Services category 30.62% 29.10% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,817 2,398 1,114
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £320 £312 £308
90th Percentile £625 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £405
% change year-on-year +9.09% +1.85% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 14 18
UK median hourly rate £32.59 £16.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +103.66% -54.29% +34.62%
10th Percentile £15.61 £14.25 £16.31
90th Percentile £46.85 £53.56 £45.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.78 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +111.13% -54.29% +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 17,330 11,974 7,522
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.55% 12.47% 6.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,032 8,236 5,125
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £285 £281 £263
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 164 119
UK median hourly rate £18.63 £18.88 £21.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.32% -12.78% -3.82%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.33 £10.90
90th Percentile £54.55 £56.87 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year - -26.32% +11.76%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +19 5,009 £475 +5.56% 1,728
London +20 2,636 £500 +5.26% 733
UK excluding London +24 2,611 £450 +9.09% 1,083
South East +17 884 £450 - 290
Midlands +19 625 £450 +7.78% 184
North of England +27 451 £475 +18.75% 268
West Midlands +18 427 £450 +9.76% 100
North West +21 243 £500 +17.65% 145
South West +31 232 £413 -1.49% 119
East Midlands +35 193 £458 +1.67% 82
East of England +10 181 £475 +24.59% 128
Scotland +43 174 £425 +28.79% 57
Yorkshire +14 156 £475 +13.10% 96
Wales +41 60 £385 -14.44% 25
North East +39 56 £413 +22.22% 27
Northern Ireland -21 11 £350 -12.50% 13

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 2,135 (40.23%) Amazon AWS
2 1,760 (33.16%) Microsoft
3 1,737 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
4 1,398 (26.34%) .NET
5 1,378 (25.97%) Windows
6 1,273 (23.99%) DevOps
7 1,172 (22.08%) C#
8 1,023 (19.28%) SQL Server
9 985 (18.56%) SQL
10 844 (15.90%) Active Directory
11 814 (15.34%) Finance
12 812 (15.30%) PowerShell
13 792 (14.92%) TDD
14 786 (14.81%) Linux
15 774 (14.58%) Office 365
16 733 (13.81%) JavaScript
17 702 (13.23%) Continuous Integration
18 651 (12.27%) Migration
19 637 (12.00%) Java
20 630 (11.87%) MVC
21 584 (11.00%) Git (software)
22 579 (10.91%) Ansible
23 578 (10.89%) Scrum
24 564 (10.63%) VMware
25 561 (10.57%) Windows Server
26 556 (10.48%) ASP.NET
27 544 (10.25%) IaaS
28 531 (10.01%) Jenkins
29 530 (9.99%) Web Services
30 522 (9.84%) PaaS

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
1 311 (5.86%) SharePoint
2 259 (4.88%) OpenStack
3 159 (3.00%) MS Exchange
4 147 (2.77%) Elasticsearch
5 143 (2.69%) IIS
6 142 (2.68%) Tomcat
7 138 (2.60%) Confluence
8 126 (2.37%) Skype for Business
9 115 (2.17%) WebSphere
10 111 (2.09%) WebLogic
11 85 (1.60%) CMS
12 83 (1.56%) Apache
12 83 (1.56%) Apache Spark
13 77 (1.45%) Cloud Foundry
14 56 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
15 54 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
16 40 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
17 36 (0.68%) Sitecore CMS
18 31 (0.58%) Mule
19 30 (0.57%) nginx
Applications
1 145 (2.73%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (0.90%) MS Visio
3 41 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 19 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.19%) HipChat
5 10 (0.19%) InfoPath
5 10 (0.19%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 5 (0.094%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.094%) InVision
8 4 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.057%) Adobe After Effects
9 3 (0.057%) Adobe Premiere
9 3 (0.057%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.038%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.038%) SPSS
11 1 (0.019%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.019%) Stata
Business Applications
1 117 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
3 13 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.094%) Lawson
5 5 (0.094%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.094%) SDL Web 8
6 4 (0.075%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.057%) iTrent
7 3 (0.057%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.019%) Infor M3
8 1 (0.019%) Magento
8 1 (0.019%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle EBS
8 1 (0.019%) SAP CRM
8 1 (0.019%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.019%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.019%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 2,135 (40.23%) Amazon AWS
2 774 (14.58%) Office 365
3 544 (10.25%) IaaS
4 522 (9.84%) PaaS
5 369 (6.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 292 (5.50%) SaaS
7 238 (4.48%) Google Cloud Platform
8 187 (3.52%) Cloud Computing
9 125 (2.36%) GitHub
10 78 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
11 68 (1.28%) Serverless
12 58 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
12 58 (1.09%) OpenShift
13 56 (1.06%) OneDrive
14 51 (0.96%) Azure Data Factory
15 43 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
16 31 (0.58%) IBM Cloud
17 27 (0.51%) iPaaS
18 23 (0.43%) Bluemix
19 21 (0.40%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 357 (6.73%) Firewall
2 225 (4.24%) DNS
3 190 (3.58%) WAN
4 169 (3.18%) VPN
5 146 (2.75%) TCP/IP
6 134 (2.52%) LAN
6 134 (2.52%) SAN
7 129 (2.43%) Skype
8 110 (2.07%) DHCP
9 96 (1.81%) Internet
10 89 (1.68%) Wireless
11 83 (1.56%) Network Security
12 54 (1.02%) Cisco ASA
13 51 (0.96%) HTTP
13 51 (0.96%) MPLS
14 46 (0.87%) VLAN
15 43 (0.81%) NAS
15 43 (0.81%) SSL
16 36 (0.68%) Intrusion Detection
17 32 (0.60%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,023 (19.28%) SQL Server
2 357 (6.73%) NoSQL
3 245 (4.62%) MySQL
4 214 (4.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 211 (3.98%) Data Warehouse
6 196 (3.69%) Power BI
7 184 (3.47%) Big Data
8 179 (3.37%) MongoDB
9 166 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
10 149 (2.81%) Azure SQL Database
10 149 (2.81%) Relational Database
11 148 (2.79%) Hadoop
12 146 (2.75%) SQL Server 2016
13 140 (2.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 132 (2.49%) SQL Server 2012
15 120 (2.26%) Data Lake
16 100 (1.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 86 (1.62%) SQL Server 2014
18 64 (1.21%) Oracle Database
19 57 (1.07%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 584 (11.00%) Git (software)
2 531 (10.01%) Jenkins
3 361 (6.80%) TeamCity
4 311 (5.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 304 (5.73%) Octopus Deploy
6 253 (4.77%) Visual Studio
7 218 (4.11%) JIRA
8 196 (3.69%) Visual Studio Team System
9 185 (3.49%) NUnit
10 124 (2.34%) Subversion
11 118 (2.22%) Maven
12 112 (2.11%) MSTest
13 100 (1.88%) Selenium
14 88 (1.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 69 (1.30%) SpecFlow
16 64 (1.21%) Bitbucket
17 55 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
18 47 (0.89%) NuGet
19 46 (0.87%) Jasmine
20 42 (0.79%) GitLab
General
1 814 (15.34%) Finance
2 205 (3.86%) Banking
3 200 (3.77%) Retail
4 106 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 92 (1.73%) Marketing
6 68 (1.28%) Law
7 65 (1.22%) Retail Banking
8 53 (1.00%) Manufacturing
9 33 (0.62%) Legal
10 32 (0.60%) Electronics
11 31 (0.58%) Advertising
12 27 (0.51%) Games
13 25 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 21 (0.40%) Billing
15 19 (0.36%) Investment Banking
16 17 (0.32%) Publishing
17 15 (0.28%) Back Office
18 14 (0.26%) Automotive
19 11 (0.21%) German Language
19 11 (0.21%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1,451 (27.34%) Developer
2 930 (17.52%) Architect
3 580 (10.93%) DevOps Engineer
4 569 (10.72%) .NET Developer
5 439 (8.27%) Consultant
6 389 (7.33%) Azure Engineer
7 342 (6.44%) C# Developer
8 298 (5.62%) Azure Architect
9 280 (5.28%) Cloud Architect
10 243 (4.58%) Java Developer
11 236 (4.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 228 (4.30%) Senior Developer
13 224 (4.22%) Azure DevOps
14 216 (4.07%) Azure Developer
15 213 (4.01%) Cloud Engineer
16 209 (3.94%) Azure Consultant
17 208 (3.92%) C# .NET Developer
18 189 (3.56%) Solutions Architect
19 188 (3.54%) Analyst
20 159 (3.00%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,398 (26.34%) .NET
2 556 (10.48%) ASP.NET
3 530 (9.99%) Web Services
4 453 (8.54%) ASP.NET Web API
5 447 (8.42%) HTML
6 427 (8.05%) AngularJS
7 403 (7.59%) CSS
8 329 (6.20%) ASP.NET MVC
9 292 (5.50%) .NET Framework
10 249 (4.69%) REST
11 238 (4.48%) RESTful
12 226 (4.26%) React
13 222 (4.18%) Node.js
14 198 (3.73%) HTML5
15 183 (3.45%) JSON
16 143 (2.69%) jQuery
17 142 (2.68%) Entity Framework
18 141 (2.66%) WCF
19 136 (2.56%) SOAP
20 121 (2.28%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 322 (6.07%) Public Cloud
2 252 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
3 237 (4.47%) Data Centre
4 218 (4.11%) Greenfield Project
5 154 (2.90%) Computer Science
6 141 (2.66%) Hybrid Cloud
7 116 (2.19%) Private Cloud
8 110 (2.07%) Enterprise Software
9 101 (1.90%) User Experience
10 99 (1.87%) Fintech
10 99 (1.87%) Mobile App
11 91 (1.71%) Management Information System
12 79 (1.49%) Virtual Team
13 59 (1.11%) PKI
14 54 (1.02%) Replication
15 46 (0.87%) Clustering
16 39 (0.73%) Algorithms
17 38 (0.72%) Blog
17 38 (0.72%) Enterprise Cloud
18 35 (0.66%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1,378 (25.97%) Windows
2 786 (14.81%) Linux
3 561 (10.57%) Windows Server
4 236 (4.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 202 (3.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 196 (3.69%) Windows 10
7 190 (3.58%) Unix
8 158 (2.98%) Windows Server 2008
9 96 (1.81%) Windows 7
10 67 (1.26%) Android
11 64 (1.21%) CentOS
12 63 (1.19%) Apple iOS
13 43 (0.81%) VMS
14 40 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (0.51%) Solaris
15 27 (0.51%) Ubuntu
16 20 (0.38%) Mac OS X
16 20 (0.38%) Windows 8
17 19 (0.36%) Mac OS
18 14 (0.26%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,737 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
2 1,273 (23.99%) DevOps
3 792 (14.92%) TDD
4 702 (13.23%) Continuous Integration
5 651 (12.27%) Migration
6 630 (11.87%) MVC
7 578 (10.89%) Scrum
8 426 (8.03%) Microservices
9 358 (6.75%) BDD
10 356 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
11 331 (6.24%) Test Automation
12 328 (6.18%) Configuration Management
13 319 (6.01%) Continuous Delivery
14 305 (5.75%) ITIL
15 249 (4.69%) Analytics
16 244 (4.60%) OO
17 242 (4.56%) E-Commerce
18 237 (4.47%) SOA
19 233 (4.39%) Kanban
20 232 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,172 (22.08%) C#
2 985 (18.56%) SQL
3 812 (15.30%) PowerShell
4 733 (13.81%) JavaScript
5 637 (12.00%) Java
6 496 (9.35%) Python
7 203 (3.83%) Ruby
8 178 (3.35%) Bash Shell
9 167 (3.15%) T-SQL
10 101 (1.90%) Perl
11 99 (1.87%) Scala
12 81 (1.53%) TypeScript
13 77 (1.45%) PHP
14 65 (1.22%) Shell Script
15 57 (1.07%) R
16 56 (1.06%) Go
17 54 (1.02%) VB.NET
18 43 (0.81%) C
19 33 (0.62%) C++
20 30 (0.57%) F#
Qualifications
1 307 (5.78%) Security Cleared
2 281 (5.29%) Degree
3 257 (4.84%) SC Cleared
4 220 (4.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 144 (2.71%) MCSE
6 132 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
7 77 (1.45%) CISSP
8 67 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
9 65 (1.22%) CCNP
10 60 (1.13%) CISM
10 60 (1.13%) MCSA
11 54 (1.02%) CCNA
12 46 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 30 (0.57%) CCIE
14 28 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
15 26 (0.49%) MCITP
16 25 (0.47%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 25 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
16 25 (0.47%) DV Cleared
17 24 (0.45%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (2.88%) QA
2 78 (1.47%) GCP
3 72 (1.36%) GDPR
4 68 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 52 (0.98%) PCI DSS
5 52 (0.98%) SLA
6 33 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
7 29 (0.55%) Data Quality
8 22 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 20 (0.38%) HIPAA
10 18 (0.34%) Actionable Recommendations
11 17 (0.32%) PMO
12 16 (0.30%) ISO 9001
13 10 (0.19%) GAAP
14 9 (0.17%) COBIT
15 6 (0.11%) WCAG
16 5 (0.094%) Cyber Essentials
17 4 (0.075%) HMG Infosec
17 4 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 4 (0.075%) WAI
System Software
1 844 (15.90%) Active Directory
2 497 (9.36%) Docker
3 306 (5.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 190 (3.58%) Hyper-V
5 141 (2.66%) Virtual Machines
6 91 (1.71%) vSphere
7 66 (1.24%) XenApp
8 55 (1.04%) vCloud
9 48 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
10 35 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
11 30 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
12 19 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 19 (0.36%) XenDesktop
13 18 (0.34%) BitLocker
14 12 (0.23%) Gluster
14 12 (0.23%) VMware NSX
15 11 (0.21%) Apache Flume
16 7 (0.13%) NFS
16 7 (0.13%) Xen
17 6 (0.11%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 579 (10.91%) Ansible
2 494 (9.31%) Puppet
3 452 (8.52%) Opscode Chef
4 207 (3.90%) SCCM
5 193 (3.64%) Terraform
6 162 (3.05%) Kubernetes
7 96 (1.81%) SCOM
8 92 (1.73%) Microsoft Intune
9 54 (1.02%) Nagios
10 45 (0.85%) FortiGate
11 38 (0.72%) Packer
12 28 (0.53%) WSUS
13 27 (0.51%) Mesos
14 25 (0.47%) Docker Swarm
14 25 (0.47%) Salt
15 23 (0.43%) Rancher
16 21 (0.40%) AirWatch
17 19 (0.36%) Rundeck
17 19 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 18 (0.34%) logstash
Vendors
1 1,760 (33.16%) Microsoft
2 564 (10.63%) VMware
3 400 (7.54%) Oracle
4 267 (5.03%) Google
5 265 (4.99%) Cisco
6 202 (3.81%) Citrix
7 156 (2.94%) Red Hat
8 126 (2.37%) CheckPoint
9 110 (2.07%) SAP
10 108 (2.04%) HP
11 78 (1.47%) IBM
12 77 (1.45%) Sitecore
13 76 (1.43%) Splunk
14 75 (1.41%) Atlassian
15 73 (1.38%) Tableau
16 67 (1.26%) F5
17 64 (1.21%) McAfee
18 58 (1.09%) NetApp
19 54 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
20 53 (1.00%) SolarWinds