Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 46 69
Rank change year-on-year +29 +23 +152
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 8,482 4,487 3,418
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.22% 4.52% 3.20%
As % of the Cloud Services category 37.13% 29.30% 28.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,063 3,130 2,372
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £331 £313 £313
90th Percentile £644 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 28 9
UK median hourly rate £18.88 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.59% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £13.74 £15.75 £14.80
90th Percentile £58.97 £67.48 £45.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -56.25% - +6.67%

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 22,841 15,315 12,028
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.14% 15.42% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,706 10,542 8,303
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £300 £269 £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 324 222 187
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% -21.74%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.66
90th Percentile £62.06 £63.75 £56.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £17.06
% change year-on-year -5.41% +8.44% -25.83%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 +31 7,947 £488 +2.63% 2,656
UK excluding London +32 4,298 £450 +2.86% 1,715
London +28 4,044 £513 +2.50% 1,072
South East +29 1,451 £450 - 446
North of England +52 853 £425 +3.03% 470
Midlands +17 728 £450 +2.27% 314
South West +43 577 £443 +10.63% 187
West Midlands +10 574 £475 +5.56% 203
North West +50 451 £438 +4.17% 258
East of England +12 283 £450 -2.70% 166
Yorkshire +62 275 £411 -4.36% 152
Scotland +33 271 £400 - 74
East Midlands +4 150 £413 -2.37% 111
Wales +52 130 £488 +18.18% 37
North East +43 127 £420 +12.00% 60
Northern Ireland +39 11 £525 +31.25% 20
Channel Islands - 6 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 3,098 (36.52%) Agile Software Development
2 2,984 (35.18%) Amazon AWS
3 2,824 (33.29%) Microsoft
4 2,291 (27.01%) .NET
5 2,089 (24.63%) C#
6 1,881 (22.18%) SQL
7 1,873 (22.08%) DevOps
8 1,702 (20.07%) Windows
9 1,535 (18.10%) SQL Server
10 1,408 (16.60%) JavaScript
11 1,280 (15.09%) Finance
12 1,276 (15.04%) Active Directory
13 1,253 (14.77%) TDD
14 1,191 (14.04%) Office 365
15 1,138 (13.42%) Migration
16 1,133 (13.36%) PowerShell
17 1,094 (12.90%) Java
18 1,036 (12.21%) Docker
19 1,017 (11.99%) Linux
20 961 (11.33%) Scrum
21 959 (11.31%) Continuous Integration
22 946 (11.15%) ASP.NET
23 930 (10.96%) AngularJS
24 924 (10.89%) MVC
25 919 (10.83%) Git (software)
26 874 (10.30%) Microservices
27 834 (9.83%) Python
28 825 (9.73%) Ansible
29 816 (9.62%) Jenkins
30 805 (9.49%) VMware

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
1 477 (5.62%) SharePoint
2 222 (2.62%) Confluence
3 212 (2.50%) OpenStack
4 204 (2.41%) Tomcat
5 185 (2.18%) Apache Spark
6 176 (2.07%) WebSphere
7 168 (1.98%) CMS
8 167 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
8 167 (1.97%) Skype for Business
9 164 (1.93%) MS Exchange
10 158 (1.86%) IIS
11 152 (1.79%) WebLogic
12 141 (1.66%) Apache
13 81 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
14 79 (0.93%) NServiceBus
15 77 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
16 71 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
17 57 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
18 54 (0.64%) Umbraco
19 51 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 188 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 87 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
4 40 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.29%) InfoPath
6 24 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.20%) Chatbot
8 15 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 15 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.094%) InVision
10 5 (0.059%) HipChat
11 4 (0.047%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.047%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.047%) Adobe Premiere
12 3 (0.035%) SPSS
13 1 (0.012%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.012%) Maya
Business Applications
1 218 (2.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 25 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
5 9 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.083%) SAP ERP
7 6 (0.071%) Distributed Ledger
8 5 (0.059%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.059%) Payment Gateway
9 4 (0.047%) ION MarketView
9 4 (0.047%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.047%) SAP MM
9 4 (0.047%) SAP R/3
10 3 (0.035%) Eloqua
10 3 (0.035%) Oracle BPM
10 3 (0.035%) SAP BPC
10 3 (0.035%) Sentinel
10 3 (0.035%) Teamcenter
11 2 (0.024%) Magento
11 2 (0.024%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 2,984 (35.18%) Amazon AWS
2 1,191 (14.04%) Office 365
3 796 (9.38%) PaaS
4 678 (7.99%) IaaS
5 621 (7.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 518 (6.11%) Google Cloud Platform
7 513 (6.05%) SaaS
8 285 (3.36%) Cloud Computing
9 267 (3.15%) Serverless
10 233 (2.75%) GitHub
11 221 (2.61%) Azure Data Factory
12 208 (2.45%) Dynamics 365
13 161 (1.90%) Azure Functions
14 143 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
15 81 (0.95%) npm
16 79 (0.93%) OneDrive
17 72 (0.85%) OpenShift
18 62 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
19 51 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
20 50 (0.59%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 541 (6.38%) Firewall
2 329 (3.88%) DNS
3 280 (3.30%) VPN
4 215 (2.53%) WAN
5 184 (2.17%) Skype
6 181 (2.13%) LAN
7 157 (1.85%) DHCP
8 150 (1.77%) TCP/IP
9 145 (1.71%) Network Security
10 134 (1.58%) SAN
11 129 (1.52%) HTTP
12 115 (1.36%) Wireless
13 108 (1.27%) Internet
14 105 (1.24%) SSL
15 78 (0.92%) NetScaler
16 71 (0.84%) MPLS
17 58 (0.68%) Cisco ASA
18 53 (0.62%) NAS
19 51 (0.60%) AMQP
20 46 (0.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,535 (18.10%) SQL Server
2 499 (5.88%) NoSQL
3 433 (5.10%) Power BI
4 412 (4.86%) Data Warehouse
5 393 (4.63%) Azure SQL Database
6 374 (4.41%) Big Data
7 366 (4.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 348 (4.10%) MySQL
9 281 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
10 277 (3.27%) Hadoop
11 274 (3.23%) Relational Database
12 270 (3.18%) Data Lake
12 270 (3.18%) MongoDB
13 225 (2.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 199 (2.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 198 (2.33%) Cosmos DB
16 146 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
17 129 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
18 112 (1.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 98 (1.16%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 919 (10.83%) Git (software)
2 816 (9.62%) Jenkins
3 570 (6.72%) Visual Studio Team System
4 459 (5.41%) JIRA
5 441 (5.20%) Visual Studio
6 355 (4.19%) Selenium
7 348 (4.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 334 (3.94%) TeamCity
9 268 (3.16%) Octopus Deploy
10 263 (3.10%) NUnit
11 192 (2.26%) Maven
12 184 (2.17%) MSTest
13 171 (2.02%) Cucumber
14 137 (1.62%) Subversion
15 126 (1.49%) GitLab
16 124 (1.46%) SpecFlow
17 122 (1.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 114 (1.34%) Bitbucket
19 104 (1.23%) JMeter
20 93 (1.10%) Gradle
General
1 1,280 (15.09%) Finance
2 336 (3.96%) Banking
3 238 (2.81%) Retail
4 108 (1.27%) Law
5 101 (1.19%) Telecoms
6 81 (0.95%) Marketing
7 75 (0.88%) Legal
8 67 (0.79%) Back Office
9 65 (0.77%) Advertising
10 49 (0.58%) Manufacturing
11 47 (0.55%) Financial Institution
11 47 (0.55%) Front Office
12 43 (0.51%) Publishing
13 34 (0.40%) Automotive
14 33 (0.39%) Investment Banking
15 30 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 26 (0.31%) Games
17 24 (0.28%) Billing
17 24 (0.28%) Electronics
18 20 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2,804 (33.06%) Developer
2 1,380 (16.27%) Architect
3 1,029 (12.13%) .NET Developer
4 855 (10.08%) DevOps Engineer
5 668 (7.88%) C# Developer
6 646 (7.62%) Azure Engineer
7 534 (6.30%) Consultant
8 485 (5.72%) Azure Developer
9 426 (5.02%) Azure Architect
10 408 (4.81%) Solutions Architect
11 379 (4.47%) Senior Developer
12 374 (4.41%) C# .NET Developer
13 339 (4.00%) Azure DevOps
13 339 (4.00%) Cloud Architect
14 306 (3.61%) Analyst
15 298 (3.51%) Java Developer
16 295 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 276 (3.25%) Cloud Engineer
18 263 (3.10%) Azure DevOps Engineer
19 242 (2.85%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,291 (27.01%) .NET
2 946 (11.15%) ASP.NET
3 930 (10.96%) AngularJS
4 740 (8.72%) ASP.NET Web API
5 726 (8.56%) HTML
6 639 (7.53%) CSS
7 541 (6.38%) Node.js
8 532 (6.27%) Web Services
9 522 (6.15%) REST
10 495 (5.84%) ASP.NET MVC
11 491 (5.79%) .NET Core
12 486 (5.73%) React
13 452 (5.33%) .NET Framework
14 408 (4.81%) JSON
15 356 (4.20%) RESTful
16 335 (3.95%) jQuery
17 267 (3.15%) HTML5
18 266 (3.14%) Entity Framework
19 247 (2.91%) WCF
20 219 (2.58%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 495 (5.84%) Greenfield Project
2 416 (4.90%) Public Cloud
3 392 (4.62%) Data Centre
4 383 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 257 (3.03%) User Experience
6 231 (2.72%) Fintech
7 220 (2.59%) Computer Science
8 170 (2.00%) Mobile App
9 169 (1.99%) Hybrid Cloud
10 155 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
11 144 (1.70%) Management Information System
12 142 (1.67%) Private Cloud
13 125 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
14 113 (1.33%) PKI
15 84 (0.99%) Algorithms
16 83 (0.98%) Cloud Native
17 78 (0.92%) Clustering
18 54 (0.64%) Data Structures
19 53 (0.62%) Replication
20 40 (0.47%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1,702 (20.07%) Windows
2 1,017 (11.99%) Linux
3 725 (8.55%) Windows Server
4 336 (3.96%) Windows 10
5 270 (3.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 233 (2.75%) Unix
7 225 (2.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 198 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 138 (1.63%) Apple iOS
9 138 (1.63%) Windows 7
10 131 (1.54%) Android
11 76 (0.90%) CentOS
12 72 (0.85%) Ubuntu
13 41 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
14 36 (0.42%) VMS
15 35 (0.41%) AIX
16 34 (0.40%) Debian
17 33 (0.39%) Mac OS
18 32 (0.38%) Windows 8
19 24 (0.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,098 (36.52%) Agile Software Development
2 1,873 (22.08%) DevOps
3 1,253 (14.77%) TDD
4 1,138 (13.42%) Migration
5 961 (11.33%) Scrum
6 959 (11.31%) Continuous Integration
7 924 (10.89%) MVC
8 874 (10.30%) Microservices
9 671 (7.91%) Business Intelligence
10 651 (7.68%) Test Automation
11 627 (7.39%) Analytics
12 610 (7.19%) BDD
13 443 (5.22%) ITIL
14 426 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
15 405 (4.77%) OO
16 392 (4.62%) Configuration Management
17 389 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 356 (4.20%) Continuous Delivery
19 351 (4.14%) Software Engineering
20 343 (4.04%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 2,089 (24.63%) C#
2 1,881 (22.18%) SQL
3 1,408 (16.60%) JavaScript
4 1,133 (13.36%) PowerShell
5 1,094 (12.90%) Java
6 834 (9.83%) Python
7 327 (3.86%) T-SQL
8 270 (3.18%) Bash Shell
9 258 (3.04%) TypeScript
10 231 (2.72%) Ruby
11 166 (1.96%) Go
12 148 (1.74%) Perl
13 131 (1.54%) Java 8
14 122 (1.44%) C
15 121 (1.43%) Scala
16 115 (1.36%) C++
17 99 (1.17%) PHP
18 95 (1.12%) R
19 94 (1.11%) PL/SQL
20 92 (1.08%) ES6
Qualifications
1 633 (7.46%) Security Cleared
2 505 (5.95%) SC Cleared
3 414 (4.88%) Degree
4 212 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 147 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
6 121 (1.43%) MCSE
7 102 (1.20%) CISSP
8 98 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
9 83 (0.98%) CCNP
10 68 (0.80%) CISM
10 68 (0.80%) MCSA
11 62 (0.73%) CCNA
12 56 (0.66%) DV Cleared
13 52 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
14 49 (0.58%) ISEB
15 44 (0.52%) MCITP
16 43 (0.51%) AWS Certification
16 43 (0.51%) TOGAF Certification
17 40 (0.47%) CISA
18 33 (0.39%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 218 (2.57%) QA
2 93 (1.10%) GDPR
3 79 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 79 (0.93%) SLA
4 75 (0.88%) Data Quality
5 39 (0.46%) PCI DSS
6 35 (0.41%) PMO
7 29 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (0.15%) HIPAA
9 10 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 9 (0.11%) FedRAMP
11 8 (0.094%) Government Security Classifications
11 8 (0.094%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (0.083%) COBIT
12 7 (0.083%) JSP 440
12 7 (0.083%) NIST 800
13 6 (0.071%) ISO 9001
14 5 (0.059%) ISAE 3402
15 4 (0.047%) Disclosure Scotland
15 4 (0.047%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 1,276 (15.04%) Active Directory
2 1,036 (12.21%) Docker
3 512 (6.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 309 (3.64%) Hyper-V
5 157 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
6 107 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
6 107 (1.26%) XenApp
7 105 (1.24%) vSphere
8 76 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
9 62 (0.73%) XenDesktop
10 33 (0.39%) VirtualBox
11 31 (0.37%) HDFS
12 29 (0.34%) NFS
13 24 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
13 24 (0.28%) VMware NSX
14 22 (0.26%) Apache Flume
14 22 (0.26%) vCloud
14 22 (0.26%) XenServer
15 21 (0.25%) Xen
16 19 (0.22%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 825 (9.73%) Ansible
2 658 (7.76%) Kubernetes
3 653 (7.70%) Puppet
4 588 (6.93%) Opscode Chef
5 576 (6.79%) Terraform
6 350 (4.13%) SCCM
7 255 (3.01%) Microsoft Intune
8 138 (1.63%) Single Sign-On
9 109 (1.29%) Nagios
10 108 (1.27%) SCOM
11 79 (0.93%) Packer
12 60 (0.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 60 (0.71%) Salt
13 59 (0.70%) Docker Swarm
13 59 (0.70%) Kibana
14 55 (0.65%) WSUS
15 51 (0.60%) FortiGate
16 40 (0.47%) logstash
17 36 (0.42%) AirWatch
18 35 (0.41%) CASB
Vendors
1 2,824 (33.29%) Microsoft
2 805 (9.49%) VMware
3 604 (7.12%) Oracle
4 530 (6.25%) Google
5 349 (4.11%) Cisco
6 332 (3.91%) Citrix
7 208 (2.45%) Splunk
8 197 (2.32%) Red Hat
9 171 (2.02%) SAP
10 149 (1.76%) IBM
11 141 (1.66%) HP
12 132 (1.56%) Tableau
13 108 (1.27%) CheckPoint
14 107 (1.26%) Sitecore
15 98 (1.16%) McAfee
16 96 (1.13%) Atlassian
17 91 (1.07%) New Relic
18 83 (0.98%) F5
19 66 (0.78%) NetApp
20 63 (0.74%) Salesforce.com