Period
to 19 February 2019

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 February 2019 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 11 33 56
Rank change year-on-year +22 +23 +107
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 10,065 5,820 3,512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.14% 5.78% 3.72%
As % of the Cloud Services category 41.03% 31.52% 29.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,174 4,212 2,387
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £413
% change year-on-year +5.56% +9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 30 14
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.14 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.40% +81.52% -55.71%
10th Percentile £17.38 £13.95 £14.25
90th Percentile £63.75 £45.95 £53.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.45 £15.00
% change year-on-year +23.04% +89.63% -57.14%

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 24,533 18,462 12,051
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.73% 18.33% 12.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,923 12,801 8,339
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 300 235 166
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £11.48 £11.10 £11.13
90th Percentile £55.25 £52.30 £56.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.88 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% -12.80%

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019.

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 19 February 2019. 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 +23 9,428 £500 +3.20% 3,248
UK excluding London +24 5,164 £475 +5.56% 2,300
London +20 4,743 £525 +5.00% 1,166
South East +25 1,824 £475 +5.56% 611
North of England +31 1,147 £475 - 636
Midlands +2 859 £475 - 417
West Midlands +3 662 £488 +2.63% 253
South West +21 601 £450 +9.09% 242
North West +27 595 £500 - 309
Yorkshire +23 373 £450 - 252
Scotland +17 342 £450 +5.88% 112
East of England +24 243 £450 -2.70% 179
North East +44 179 £475 +15.15% 75
East Midlands +3 173 £450 -8.86% 162
Wales +21 169 £525 +26.51% 71
Northern Ireland +12 12 £465 +32.86% 37
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 19 February 2019, 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 3,605 (35.82%) Agile Software Development
2 3,471 (34.49%) Amazon AWS
3 3,268 (32.47%) Microsoft
4 2,734 (27.16%) DevOps
5 2,527 (25.11%) .NET
6 2,344 (23.29%) C#
7 2,269 (22.54%) SQL
8 1,818 (18.06%) Windows
9 1,708 (16.97%) SQL Server
10 1,630 (16.19%) Finance
11 1,441 (14.32%) Active Directory
12 1,426 (14.17%) JavaScript
13 1,372 (13.63%) PowerShell
14 1,335 (13.26%) Java
15 1,283 (12.75%) Office 365
16 1,269 (12.61%) Migration
17 1,268 (12.60%) Docker
18 1,199 (11.91%) PaaS
19 1,193 (11.85%) TDD
20 1,171 (11.63%) Microservices
21 1,130 (11.23%) Scrum
22 1,114 (11.07%) Jenkins
23 1,094 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
24 1,086 (10.79%) Git (software)
25 1,042 (10.35%) IaaS
26 1,041 (10.34%) Kubernetes
27 1,038 (10.31%) Python
28 1,028 (10.21%) Linux
29 1,022 (10.15%) Ansible
30 904 (8.98%) AngularJS

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
1 569 (5.65%) SharePoint
2 263 (2.61%) Confluence
3 237 (2.35%) Apache Spark
4 222 (2.21%) Skype for Business
5 211 (2.10%) OpenStack
6 200 (1.99%) MS Exchange
7 191 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
8 190 (1.89%) Tomcat
9 183 (1.82%) IIS
10 172 (1.71%) WebSphere
11 156 (1.55%) CMS
11 156 (1.55%) WebLogic
12 143 (1.42%) Apache
13 107 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
14 87 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2010
15 86 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
16 61 (0.61%) Umbraco
17 60 (0.60%) nginx
18 59 (0.59%) NServiceBus
19 47 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 210 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
2 83 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
4 25 (0.25%) Chatbot
4 25 (0.25%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
5 21 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 10 (0.099%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 8 (0.079%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.040%) InVision
9 2 (0.020%) HipChat
9 2 (0.020%) Open Workbench
9 2 (0.020%) SPSS
10 1 (0.010%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.010%) Blender
10 1 (0.010%) CATIA
10 1 (0.010%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.010%) Maya
10 1 (0.010%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.010%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 332 (3.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 48 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 18 (0.18%) Endur
6 8 (0.079%) SAP BPC
7 7 (0.070%) Remedy ITSM
7 7 (0.070%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.070%) SAP Hybris
8 6 (0.060%) NetSuite
8 6 (0.060%) SAP S/4HANA
8 6 (0.060%) Unit4 Business World
9 5 (0.050%) Eloqua
10 4 (0.040%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 4 (0.040%) Markit EDM
10 4 (0.040%) Oracle Cash Management
10 4 (0.040%) SAP CRM
10 4 (0.040%) SAP MM
10 4 (0.040%) SAP Payroll
10 4 (0.040%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 3,471 (34.49%) Amazon AWS
2 1,283 (12.75%) Office 365
3 1,199 (11.91%) PaaS
4 1,042 (10.35%) IaaS
5 795 (7.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 771 (7.66%) Google Cloud Platform
7 620 (6.16%) SaaS
8 410 (4.07%) Serverless
9 345 (3.43%) Azure Data Factory
10 312 (3.10%) GitHub
11 308 (3.06%) Dynamics 365
12 233 (2.31%) Azure Functions
13 229 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
14 156 (1.55%) AWS CloudFormation
15 140 (1.39%) OpenShift
16 102 (1.01%) OneDrive
17 81 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
18 65 (0.65%) npm
19 56 (0.56%) Apigee
19 56 (0.56%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 668 (6.64%) Firewall
2 419 (4.16%) DNS
3 351 (3.49%) VPN
4 262 (2.60%) WAN
5 233 (2.31%) Skype
6 194 (1.93%) LAN
7 188 (1.87%) TCP/IP
8 174 (1.73%) Network Security
8 174 (1.73%) SAN
9 155 (1.54%) DHCP
10 140 (1.39%) Internet
11 113 (1.12%) HTTP
12 102 (1.01%) SSL
13 96 (0.95%) Wireless
14 94 (0.93%) VLAN
15 78 (0.77%) MPLS
16 77 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
17 71 (0.71%) NetScaler
18 67 (0.67%) OSPF
19 63 (0.63%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,708 (16.97%) SQL Server
2 603 (5.99%) Power BI
3 581 (5.77%) NoSQL
4 506 (5.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 498 (4.95%) Azure SQL Database
6 491 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
7 482 (4.79%) Big Data
8 381 (3.79%) Data Lake
9 375 (3.73%) MySQL
10 342 (3.40%) Hadoop
11 314 (3.12%) MongoDB
12 307 (3.05%) PostgreSQL
13 254 (2.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 246 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 241 (2.39%) Relational Database
16 220 (2.19%) Cosmos DB
17 154 (1.53%) Redis
18 151 (1.50%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 118 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
20 114 (1.13%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 1,114 (11.07%) Jenkins
2 1,086 (10.79%) Git (software)
3 805 (8.00%) Visual Studio Team System
4 564 (5.60%) JIRA
5 514 (5.11%) Visual Studio
6 336 (3.34%) Team Foundation Server
7 335 (3.33%) TeamCity
8 306 (3.04%) Selenium
9 292 (2.90%) Octopus Deploy
10 215 (2.14%) NUnit
11 197 (1.96%) Maven
12 180 (1.79%) MSTest
13 164 (1.63%) Cucumber
14 150 (1.49%) GitLab
15 135 (1.34%) SpecFlow
16 125 (1.24%) JMeter
17 118 (1.17%) Subversion
18 117 (1.16%) SonarQube
19 113 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 101 (1.00%) Gradle
General
1 1,630 (16.19%) Finance
2 412 (4.09%) Banking
3 307 (3.05%) Retail
4 164 (1.63%) Telecoms
5 131 (1.30%) Marketing
6 117 (1.16%) Law
7 98 (0.97%) Manufacturing
8 96 (0.95%) Legal
9 90 (0.89%) Front Office
10 71 (0.71%) Investment Banking
11 70 (0.70%) Financial Institution
12 66 (0.66%) Advertising
12 66 (0.66%) Back Office
12 66 (0.66%) Publishing
13 60 (0.60%) Electronics
14 57 (0.57%) Billing
15 30 (0.30%) French Language
16 28 (0.28%) Retail Banking
17 27 (0.27%) Games
18 23 (0.23%) German Language
Job Titles
1 3,016 (29.97%) Developer
2 1,864 (18.52%) Architect
3 1,147 (11.40%) DevOps Engineer
4 1,028 (10.21%) .NET Developer
5 937 (9.31%) Azure Engineer
6 675 (6.71%) C# Developer
7 591 (5.87%) Consultant
8 585 (5.81%) Azure Architect
9 577 (5.73%) Azure Developer
10 573 (5.69%) Azure DevOps
11 481 (4.78%) Solutions Architect
12 437 (4.34%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 423 (4.20%) Cloud Architect
14 393 (3.90%) Senior Developer
15 392 (3.89%) Analyst
16 369 (3.67%) C# .NET Developer
17 357 (3.55%) Java Developer
18 333 (3.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 331 (3.29%) Technical Architect
20 310 (3.08%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,527 (25.11%) .NET
2 904 (8.98%) AngularJS
3 873 (8.67%) ASP.NET
4 792 (7.87%) HTML
5 723 (7.18%) CSS
6 700 (6.95%) ASP.NET Web API
7 634 (6.30%) Node.js
8 609 (6.05%) Web Services
9 592 (5.88%) .NET Core
10 539 (5.36%) React
11 516 (5.13%) JSON
11 516 (5.13%) REST
12 493 (4.90%) .NET Framework
13 489 (4.86%) RESTful
14 406 (4.03%) ASP.NET MVC
15 357 (3.55%) jQuery
16 293 (2.91%) HTML5
17 256 (2.54%) XML
18 244 (2.42%) SOAP
19 231 (2.30%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 503 (5.00%) Public Cloud
2 485 (4.82%) Greenfield Project
3 403 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 394 (3.91%) Data Centre
5 221 (2.20%) Fintech
6 214 (2.13%) User Experience
7 204 (2.03%) Hybrid Cloud
8 184 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
9 179 (1.78%) Management Information System
9 179 (1.78%) Mobile App
10 132 (1.31%) Self-Motivation
11 129 (1.28%) Private Cloud
12 127 (1.26%) Cloud Native
13 118 (1.17%) Hedge funds
14 109 (1.08%) Algorithms
15 92 (0.91%) PKI
16 91 (0.90%) Clustering
17 73 (0.73%) Data Structures
18 67 (0.67%) Virtual Team
19 61 (0.61%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1,818 (18.06%) Windows
2 1,028 (10.21%) Linux
3 746 (7.41%) Windows Server
4 328 (3.26%) Windows 10
5 253 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 227 (2.26%) Unix
7 198 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 179 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 154 (1.53%) Android
10 143 (1.42%) Apple iOS
11 118 (1.17%) Windows 7
12 95 (0.94%) CentOS
13 70 (0.70%) Ubuntu
14 45 (0.45%) VMS
15 43 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
16 38 (0.38%) Solaris
17 28 (0.28%) Windows 8
18 27 (0.27%) AIX
18 27 (0.27%) Mac OS X
19 25 (0.25%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,605 (35.82%) Agile Software Development
2 2,734 (27.16%) DevOps
3 1,269 (12.61%) Migration
4 1,193 (11.85%) TDD
5 1,171 (11.63%) Microservices
6 1,130 (11.23%) Scrum
7 1,094 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
8 853 (8.47%) MVC
9 824 (8.19%) Business Intelligence
10 773 (7.68%) Test Automation
11 739 (7.34%) Analytics
12 623 (6.19%) BDD
13 507 (5.04%) Problem-Solving
14 484 (4.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 476 (4.73%) ITIL
16 470 (4.67%) Continuous Delivery
17 440 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
18 435 (4.32%) Software Engineering
19 410 (4.07%) ETL
20 404 (4.01%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 2,344 (23.29%) C#
2 2,269 (22.54%) SQL
3 1,426 (14.17%) JavaScript
4 1,372 (13.63%) PowerShell
5 1,335 (13.26%) Java
6 1,038 (10.31%) Python
7 360 (3.58%) Bash Shell
8 352 (3.50%) T-SQL
9 233 (2.31%) TypeScript
10 218 (2.17%) Ruby
11 180 (1.79%) Go
12 138 (1.37%) Perl
13 137 (1.36%) Scala
14 122 (1.21%) PHP
15 120 (1.19%) R
16 116 (1.15%) Java 8
17 114 (1.13%) C
18 99 (0.98%) PL/SQL
19 94 (0.93%) Shell Script
20 91 (0.90%) C++
Qualifications
1 770 (7.65%) Security Cleared
2 619 (6.15%) SC Cleared
3 384 (3.82%) Degree
4 229 (2.28%) Microsoft Certification
5 172 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
6 146 (1.45%) MCSE
7 142 (1.41%) CISSP
8 119 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
9 87 (0.86%) CISM
10 85 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
11 80 (0.79%) CCNP
12 67 (0.67%) MCSA
13 65 (0.65%) CCNA
13 65 (0.65%) DV Cleared
14 55 (0.55%) TOGAF Certification
15 54 (0.54%) CISA
16 45 (0.45%) CCIE
16 45 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
17 44 (0.44%) MCITP
18 41 (0.41%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 310 (3.08%) QA
2 120 (1.19%) GDPR
3 90 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 66 (0.66%) SLA
5 53 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 41 (0.41%) Data Quality
7 39 (0.39%) PMO
8 38 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 29 (0.29%) WCAG
10 24 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
11 22 (0.22%) HIPAA
12 12 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
13 11 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 10 (0.099%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.099%) ISO 9001
15 9 (0.089%) Government Security Classifications
15 9 (0.089%) ISAE 3402
15 9 (0.089%) ISO 31000
16 8 (0.079%) FedRAMP
16 8 (0.079%) PSD2
System Software
1 1,441 (14.32%) Active Directory
2 1,268 (12.60%) Docker
3 458 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 307 (3.05%) Hyper-V
5 278 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
6 121 (1.20%) XenApp
7 99 (0.98%) XenDesktop
8 87 (0.86%) vSphere
9 82 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
10 68 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
11 46 (0.46%) HDFS
12 36 (0.36%) XenServer
13 35 (0.35%) Apache Flume
14 32 (0.32%) VMware NSX
15 28 (0.28%) Xen
16 26 (0.26%) vCloud
16 26 (0.26%) VirtualBox
17 25 (0.25%) NFS
18 18 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 18 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1,041 (10.34%) Kubernetes
2 1,022 (10.15%) Ansible
3 868 (8.62%) Terraform
4 708 (7.03%) Puppet
5 641 (6.37%) Opscode Chef
6 343 (3.41%) SCCM
7 224 (2.23%) Microsoft Intune
8 130 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
9 99 (0.98%) SCOM
10 85 (0.84%) Salt
11 62 (0.62%) Kibana
12 54 (0.54%) Nagios
12 54 (0.54%) Packer
13 53 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 52 (0.52%) Prometheus
15 48 (0.48%) FortiGate
15 48 (0.48%) logstash
16 42 (0.42%) Nessus
16 42 (0.42%) SCOrch
17 38 (0.38%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 3,268 (32.47%) Microsoft
2 787 (7.82%) VMware
3 744 (7.39%) Google
4 643 (6.39%) Oracle
5 362 (3.60%) Cisco
6 330 (3.28%) Citrix
7 237 (2.35%) Splunk
8 209 (2.08%) SAP
9 152 (1.51%) Red Hat
10 149 (1.48%) ServiceNow
11 140 (1.39%) Dell
12 130 (1.29%) HP
13 129 (1.28%) Tableau
14 127 (1.26%) Atlassian
15 113 (1.12%) CheckPoint
15 113 (1.12%) IBM
16 111 (1.10%) F5
17 92 (0.91%) McAfee
18 81 (0.80%) NetApp
19 80 (0.79%) Palo Alto