Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 25 51 94
Rank change year-on-year +26 +43 +151
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 7,158 3,592 2,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.14% 3.93% 2.41%
As % of the Cloud Services category 35.05% 29.09% 26.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,106 2,424 1,786
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +12.50%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £620 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £435
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.30% +16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 19 23
UK median hourly rate £31.95 £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.75% +18.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £16.03 £13.70 £18.48
90th Percentile £55.00 £65.45 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £47.50 £28.75
% change year-on-year -34.74% +65.22% +10.58%

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 20,424 12,350 9,639
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.38% 13.52% 9.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,915 8,502 6,721
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +10.01%
10th Percentile £306 £275 £290
90th Percentile £638 £620 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +7.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 294 172 153
UK median hourly rate £18.95 £19.00 £19.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.29% -3.11% -12.84%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.78 £11.85
90th Percentile £56.25 £59.50 £46.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +6.06% -17.50%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 +26 6,663 £488 +3.50% 1,909
UK excluding London +34 3,573 £450 +5.88% 1,262
London +30 3,510 £513 +2.50% 761
South East +34 1,165 £450 -2.70% 358
Midlands +32 715 £474 +11.47% 197
North of England +30 650 £425 +3.66% 310
West Midlands +18 513 £475 +3.26% 128
South West +48 408 £438 +18.24% 161
North West +40 325 £436 +9.06% 168
Scotland +27 280 £418 +12.84% 79
Yorkshire +26 240 £425 - 116
East of England +12 221 £450 - 119
East Midlands +47 201 £400 +8.84% 69
Wales +67 140 £425 +17.24% 28
North East +1 86 £380 -2.69% 26
Northern Ireland +21 9 £463 +15.63% 10

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 2,758 (38.53%) Amazon AWS
2 2,645 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
3 2,298 (32.10%) Microsoft
4 1,900 (26.54%) .NET
5 1,714 (23.95%) C#
6 1,700 (23.75%) DevOps
7 1,523 (21.28%) Windows
8 1,465 (20.47%) SQL
9 1,404 (19.61%) SQL Server
10 1,146 (16.01%) JavaScript
11 1,038 (14.50%) Finance
12 1,022 (14.28%) TDD
13 994 (13.89%) Linux
14 989 (13.82%) Office 365
15 970 (13.55%) Active Directory
16 926 (12.94%) PowerShell
17 907 (12.67%) Migration
18 902 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
19 866 (12.10%) Java
20 836 (11.68%) Git (software)
21 827 (11.55%) Python
22 822 (11.48%) Docker
23 816 (11.40%) Scrum
24 808 (11.29%) MVC
25 750 (10.48%) ASP.NET
26 726 (10.14%) PaaS
27 717 (10.02%) AngularJS
28 704 (9.84%) Jenkins
29 687 (9.60%) Microservices
30 674 (9.42%) 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
1 378 (5.28%) SharePoint
2 185 (2.58%) Apache Spark
3 170 (2.37%) OpenStack
4 156 (2.18%) Skype for Business
5 151 (2.11%) MS Exchange
6 150 (2.10%) Apache
7 149 (2.08%) Elasticsearch
8 137 (1.91%) Tomcat
9 129 (1.80%) IIS
10 128 (1.79%) CMS
11 105 (1.47%) Confluence
12 104 (1.45%) WebSphere
13 92 (1.29%) WebLogic
14 83 (1.16%) NServiceBus
15 73 (1.02%) Cloud Foundry
16 71 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
17 57 (0.80%) Sitecore CMS
18 56 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
19 52 (0.73%) nginx
20 40 (0.56%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 170 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (0.57%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (0.098%) SPSS
8 5 (0.070%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.070%) HipChat
9 4 (0.056%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.056%) OmniGraffle
10 3 (0.042%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.042%) Simulink
11 2 (0.028%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.028%) InVision
11 2 (0.028%) Stata
12 1 (0.014%) 3ds Max
12 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.014%) Final Cut Pro
12 1 (0.014%) Maya
Business Applications
1 139 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 26 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 7 (0.098%) Distributed Ledger
5 7 (0.098%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.084%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.056%) Infor M3
7 4 (0.056%) ION MarketView
7 4 (0.056%) thinkFolio
8 3 (0.042%) Magento
8 3 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.028%) Concordance
9 2 (0.028%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.028%) Relativity
9 2 (0.028%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.028%) SAP ECC
9 2 (0.028%) SAP Hybris
9 2 (0.028%) SAP SRM
9 2 (0.028%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2,758 (38.53%) Amazon AWS
2 989 (13.82%) Office 365
3 726 (10.14%) PaaS
4 599 (8.37%) IaaS
5 412 (5.76%) Azure Active Directory
6 400 (5.59%) SaaS
7 373 (5.21%) Google Cloud Platform
8 227 (3.17%) Cloud Computing
9 156 (2.18%) GitHub
10 153 (2.14%) Azure Data Factory
11 152 (2.12%) Serverless
12 137 (1.91%) AWS CloudFormation
13 105 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
14 73 (1.02%) OneDrive
15 59 (0.82%) npm
16 56 (0.78%) Datadog
17 49 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
17 49 (0.68%) OpenShift
18 46 (0.64%) IBM Cloud
19 43 (0.60%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 452 (6.31%) Firewall
2 271 (3.79%) DNS
3 263 (3.67%) VPN
4 204 (2.85%) WAN
5 180 (2.51%) Skype
6 157 (2.19%) LAN
7 155 (2.17%) SAN
8 153 (2.14%) DHCP
9 131 (1.83%) Network Security
10 114 (1.59%) TCP/IP
11 113 (1.58%) Wireless
12 111 (1.55%) HTTP
13 73 (1.02%) Cisco ASA
14 68 (0.95%) Internet
15 66 (0.92%) SSL
16 63 (0.88%) MPLS
17 59 (0.82%) NAS
18 52 (0.73%) NetScaler
19 47 (0.66%) VLAN
20 40 (0.56%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,404 (19.61%) SQL Server
2 419 (5.85%) NoSQL
3 364 (5.09%) Big Data
4 353 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
5 340 (4.75%) Power BI
6 293 (4.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 261 (3.65%) Azure SQL Database
8 260 (3.63%) MySQL
9 255 (3.56%) Hadoop
10 249 (3.48%) MongoDB
11 241 (3.37%) Relational Database
12 237 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
13 229 (3.20%) Data Lake
14 213 (2.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 182 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
16 172 (2.40%) SQL Server 2016
17 156 (2.18%) Cosmos DB
18 152 (2.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 124 (1.73%) SQL Server 2014
20 98 (1.37%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 836 (11.68%) Git (software)
2 704 (9.84%) Jenkins
3 382 (5.34%) Team Foundation Server
4 379 (5.29%) TeamCity
5 372 (5.20%) Visual Studio Team System
6 368 (5.14%) Visual Studio
7 291 (4.07%) Octopus Deploy
8 283 (3.95%) JIRA
9 204 (2.85%) NUnit
10 198 (2.77%) Selenium
11 155 (2.17%) Subversion
12 153 (2.14%) Maven
13 130 (1.82%) MSTest
14 119 (1.66%) SpecFlow
15 103 (1.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 91 (1.27%) Sonatype Nexus
17 89 (1.24%) Bitbucket
18 83 (1.16%) Gradle
19 74 (1.03%) webpack
20 71 (0.99%) Artifactory
General
1 1,038 (14.50%) Finance
2 243 (3.39%) Banking
3 215 (3.00%) Retail
4 120 (1.68%) Law
5 100 (1.40%) Legal
6 84 (1.17%) Marketing
7 69 (0.96%) Telecoms
8 56 (0.78%) Advertising
9 49 (0.68%) Manufacturing
10 45 (0.63%) Games
11 43 (0.60%) Front Office
12 41 (0.57%) Back Office
13 32 (0.45%) Financial Institution
14 26 (0.36%) Investment Banking
15 25 (0.35%) Publishing
15 25 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 24 (0.34%) Local Government
17 23 (0.32%) Automotive
18 20 (0.28%) Electronics
19 17 (0.24%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2,112 (29.51%) Developer
2 1,261 (17.62%) Architect
3 836 (11.68%) .NET Developer
4 769 (10.74%) DevOps Engineer
5 506 (7.07%) Azure Engineer
6 503 (7.03%) Consultant
7 489 (6.83%) C# Developer
8 381 (5.32%) Azure Architect
9 370 (5.17%) Solutions Architect
10 345 (4.82%) Cloud Architect
11 342 (4.78%) Senior Developer
12 334 (4.67%) Azure Developer
13 292 (4.08%) Azure DevOps
14 283 (3.95%) C# .NET Developer
15 274 (3.83%) Cloud Engineer
16 270 (3.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 255 (3.56%) Analyst
18 230 (3.21%) Azure Consultant
19 227 (3.17%) Azure DevOps Engineer
20 219 (3.06%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,900 (26.54%) .NET
2 750 (10.48%) ASP.NET
3 717 (10.02%) AngularJS
4 652 (9.11%) HTML
5 624 (8.72%) Web Services
6 609 (8.51%) ASP.NET Web API
7 575 (8.03%) CSS
8 504 (7.04%) REST
9 443 (6.19%) ASP.NET MVC
10 408 (5.70%) Node.js
11 371 (5.18%) .NET Framework
12 368 (5.14%) React
13 361 (5.04%) RESTful
14 348 (4.86%) JSON
15 297 (4.15%) .NET Core
16 260 (3.63%) HTML5
17 245 (3.42%) jQuery
18 210 (2.93%) WCF
19 204 (2.85%) Entity Framework
20 175 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 376 (5.25%) Greenfield Project
2 354 (4.95%) Data Centre
3 331 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
4 312 (4.36%) Public Cloud
5 212 (2.96%) User Experience
6 181 (2.53%) Mobile App
7 176 (2.46%) Private Cloud
8 163 (2.28%) Fintech
9 161 (2.25%) Computer Science
10 153 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
11 136 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
12 98 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
13 87 (1.22%) Management Information System
14 83 (1.16%) PKI
15 79 (1.10%) Clustering
16 51 (0.71%) Algorithms
17 44 (0.61%) Cloud Native
17 44 (0.61%) Replication
18 43 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
19 42 (0.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,523 (21.28%) Windows
2 994 (13.89%) Linux
3 595 (8.31%) Windows Server
4 255 (3.56%) Windows 10
5 240 (3.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 228 (3.19%) Unix
7 214 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 184 (2.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 144 (2.01%) Apple iOS
10 135 (1.89%) Android
11 97 (1.36%) Windows 7
12 94 (1.31%) CentOS
13 55 (0.77%) Ubuntu
14 39 (0.54%) Solaris
15 38 (0.53%) Mac OS
16 37 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
17 36 (0.50%) VMS
18 27 (0.38%) AIX
18 27 (0.38%) DC/OS
19 23 (0.32%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,645 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
2 1,700 (23.75%) DevOps
3 1,022 (14.28%) TDD
4 907 (12.67%) Migration
5 902 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
6 816 (11.40%) Scrum
7 808 (11.29%) MVC
8 687 (9.60%) Microservices
9 580 (8.10%) Business Intelligence
10 517 (7.22%) Test Automation
11 507 (7.08%) Analytics
12 467 (6.52%) BDD
13 393 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
14 383 (5.35%) Configuration Management
15 375 (5.24%) Stakeholder Management
16 361 (5.04%) Continuous Delivery
17 347 (4.85%) Open Source
18 342 (4.78%) ITIL
19 329 (4.60%) Software Engineering
20 314 (4.39%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 1,714 (23.95%) C#
2 1,465 (20.47%) SQL
3 1,146 (16.01%) JavaScript
4 926 (12.94%) PowerShell
5 866 (12.10%) Java
6 827 (11.55%) Python
7 277 (3.87%) Ruby
8 267 (3.73%) T-SQL
9 239 (3.34%) Bash Shell
10 201 (2.81%) TypeScript
11 192 (2.68%) Perl
12 143 (2.00%) Scala
13 125 (1.75%) PHP
14 117 (1.63%) Go
15 113 (1.58%) C++
16 95 (1.33%) C
17 92 (1.29%) R
18 90 (1.26%) Java 8
19 75 (1.05%) PL/SQL
19 75 (1.05%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 604 (8.44%) Security Cleared
2 483 (6.75%) SC Cleared
3 337 (4.71%) Degree
4 193 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 116 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
6 112 (1.56%) MCSE
7 78 (1.09%) CCNP
8 77 (1.08%) CISSP
9 70 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
10 58 (0.81%) ISEB
11 56 (0.78%) CISM
12 52 (0.73%) TOGAF Certification
13 51 (0.71%) MCSA
14 46 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
15 40 (0.56%) AWS Certification
16 32 (0.45%) ISTQB
17 31 (0.43%) CCNA
17 31 (0.43%) ISEB Practitioner
17 31 (0.43%) MCITP
18 30 (0.42%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (2.51%) QA
2 129 (1.80%) GCP
3 103 (1.44%) GDPR
4 76 (1.06%) SLA
5 70 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 62 (0.87%) Data Quality
7 57 (0.80%) PCI DSS
8 24 (0.34%) PMO
9 22 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
10 19 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 14 (0.20%) COBIT
12 10 (0.14%) GAAP
12 10 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 19770
13 7 (0.098%) HIPAA
13 7 (0.098%) ISO 9001
14 5 (0.070%) Cyber Essentials
14 5 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.070%) WCAG
15 4 (0.056%) NIST 800
16 3 (0.042%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 970 (13.55%) Active Directory
2 822 (11.48%) Docker
3 398 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 251 (3.51%) Hyper-V
5 143 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
6 114 (1.59%) vSphere
7 103 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
8 85 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
9 75 (1.05%) XenApp
10 64 (0.89%) XenDesktop
11 30 (0.42%) vCloud
12 29 (0.41%) VMware NSX
13 27 (0.38%) HDFS
13 27 (0.38%) VirtualBox
14 26 (0.36%) NFS
15 23 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
16 22 (0.31%) Apache Flume
17 21 (0.29%) BitLocker
17 21 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
18 12 (0.17%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 670 (9.36%) Ansible
2 559 (7.81%) Puppet
3 447 (6.24%) Opscode Chef
4 431 (6.02%) Kubernetes
5 398 (5.56%) Terraform
6 317 (4.43%) SCCM
7 203 (2.84%) Microsoft Intune
8 107 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
9 93 (1.30%) Packer
10 86 (1.20%) SCOM
11 79 (1.10%) Salt
12 78 (1.09%) Nagios
13 53 (0.74%) Docker Swarm
14 52 (0.73%) FortiGate
15 48 (0.67%) WSUS
16 38 (0.53%) Kibana
17 34 (0.47%) HP ALM
18 31 (0.43%) Mesos
19 27 (0.38%) HAProxy
19 27 (0.38%) logstash
Vendors
1 2,298 (32.10%) Microsoft
2 674 (9.42%) VMware
3 513 (7.17%) Oracle
4 439 (6.13%) Google
5 325 (4.54%) Cisco
6 245 (3.42%) Citrix
7 194 (2.71%) Red Hat
8 155 (2.17%) SAP
9 147 (2.05%) Splunk
10 128 (1.79%) HP
11 127 (1.77%) CheckPoint
12 114 (1.59%) Sitecore
13 106 (1.48%) IBM
14 102 (1.42%) Tableau
15 85 (1.19%) New Relic
16 76 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
17 68 (0.95%) McAfee
18 62 (0.87%) Xamarin
19 58 (0.81%) NetApp
20 56 (0.78%) Dell