Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 20 49 73
Rank change year-on-year +29 +24 +167
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 7,830 4,033 3,145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.65% 4.22% 2.88%
As % of the Cloud Services category 36.19% 29.29% 28.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,590 2,755 2,174
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +12.43%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 23 17
UK median hourly rate £31.75 £47.50 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.16% +9.20% +24.29%
10th Percentile £15.28 £15.75 £19.65
90th Percentile £55.00 £67.85 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £47.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -60.00% +18.75% +33.33%

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 21,637 13,768 11,115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.14% 14.40% 10.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,855 9,426 7,722
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +12.50%
10th Percentile £305 £275 £286
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +7.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 198 172
UK median hourly rate £18.60 £19.31 £19.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.69% -1.52% -12.84%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.00 £11.52
90th Percentile £71.25 £61.83 £47.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -5.41% +8.82% -15.00%

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 14 August 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 14 August 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 14 August 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 +29 7,315 £475 - 1,902
UK excluding London +32 3,942 £450 +5.88% 1,200
London +29 3,770 £513 +2.50% 816
South East +29 1,321 £450 - 313
North of England +35 752 £420 +5.99% 296
Midlands +18 693 £450 +5.88% 200
South West +52 523 £438 +12.90% 137
West Midlands +13 522 £475 +3.26% 116
North West +50 378 £436 +16.33% 150
Scotland +24 279 £400 +6.67% 74
Yorkshire +38 262 £425 - 97
East of England +14 254 £450 - 134
East Midlands +28 173 £400 +14.29% 84
Wales +56 125 £450 +24.14% 34
North East +6 111 £378 -5.63% 49
Northern Ireland +36 10 £500 +25.00% 9
Channel Islands - 5 - - 3

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 2,920 (37.29%) Amazon AWS
2 2,908 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
3 2,606 (33.28%) Microsoft
4 2,118 (27.05%) .NET
5 1,885 (24.07%) C#
6 1,767 (22.57%) DevOps
7 1,705 (21.78%) SQL
8 1,631 (20.83%) Windows
9 1,486 (18.98%) SQL Server
10 1,307 (16.69%) JavaScript
11 1,185 (15.13%) TDD
12 1,123 (14.34%) Finance
13 1,103 (14.09%) Active Directory
14 1,088 (13.90%) Office 365
15 1,052 (13.44%) Migration
16 1,018 (13.00%) PowerShell
17 1,014 (12.95%) Linux
18 989 (12.63%) Java
19 981 (12.53%) Continuous Integration
20 915 (11.69%) Docker
21 889 (11.35%) Scrum
22 862 (11.01%) MVC
23 859 (10.97%) Git (software)
24 857 (10.95%) ASP.NET
25 846 (10.80%) AngularJS
26 809 (10.33%) Python
27 773 (9.87%) Microservices
28 760 (9.71%) PaaS
29 729 (9.31%) Jenkins
30 725 (9.26%) Ansible

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
1 434 (5.54%) SharePoint
2 212 (2.71%) OpenStack
3 210 (2.68%) Apache Spark
4 185 (2.36%) Tomcat
5 161 (2.06%) WebSphere
6 160 (2.04%) Elasticsearch
7 154 (1.97%) MS Exchange
8 153 (1.95%) Skype for Business
9 151 (1.93%) WebLogic
10 141 (1.80%) CMS
11 140 (1.79%) Apache
11 140 (1.79%) Confluence
12 130 (1.66%) IIS
13 86 (1.10%) NServiceBus
14 79 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
15 73 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
16 61 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
17 58 (0.74%) Cloud Foundry
18 53 (0.68%) nginx
19 43 (0.55%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 191 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 84 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 46 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.20%) Chatbot
6 15 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 10 (0.13%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.11%) InfoPath
10 7 (0.089%) InVision
11 4 (0.051%) HipChat
11 4 (0.051%) SPSS
12 3 (0.038%) Adobe After Effects
12 3 (0.038%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.038%) Adobe Premiere
12 3 (0.038%) Simulink
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.026%) Stata
14 1 (0.013%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.013%) Maya
Business Applications
1 176 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 33 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 10 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 8 (0.10%) Markit EDM
7 5 (0.064%) Distributed Ledger
7 5 (0.064%) ION MarketView
7 5 (0.064%) Payment Gateway
8 4 (0.051%) Magento
8 4 (0.051%) Oracle Financials
8 4 (0.051%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.038%) Eloqua
9 3 (0.038%) Oracle BPM
9 3 (0.038%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.038%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.026%) Relativity
10 2 (0.026%) Remedy ITSM
10 2 (0.026%) SAP ECC
10 2 (0.026%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 2,920 (37.29%) Amazon AWS
2 1,088 (13.90%) Office 365
3 760 (9.71%) PaaS
4 604 (7.71%) IaaS
5 488 (6.23%) Azure Active Directory
6 440 (5.62%) SaaS
7 437 (5.58%) Google Cloud Platform
8 270 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
9 205 (2.62%) GitHub
10 198 (2.53%) Serverless
11 191 (2.44%) Azure Data Factory
12 140 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
13 128 (1.63%) Dynamics 365
14 115 (1.47%) Azure Functions
15 86 (1.10%) OneDrive
16 70 (0.89%) npm
17 64 (0.82%) Datadog
18 58 (0.74%) Yammer
19 55 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
20 54 (0.69%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 453 (5.79%) Firewall
2 290 (3.70%) DNS
3 253 (3.23%) VPN
4 183 (2.34%) Skype
5 182 (2.32%) WAN
6 151 (1.93%) LAN
7 150 (1.92%) DHCP
8 142 (1.81%) SAN
9 131 (1.67%) Network Security
10 124 (1.58%) HTTP
11 120 (1.53%) TCP/IP
12 99 (1.26%) Wireless
13 81 (1.03%) SSL
14 80 (1.02%) Internet
15 68 (0.87%) MPLS
16 64 (0.82%) NetScaler
17 59 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
18 57 (0.73%) NAS
19 46 (0.59%) Software-Defined Networking
20 44 (0.56%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,486 (18.98%) SQL Server
2 480 (6.13%) NoSQL
3 401 (5.12%) Data Warehouse
4 393 (5.02%) Big Data
5 390 (4.98%) Power BI
6 335 (4.28%) Azure SQL Database
7 318 (4.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 300 (3.83%) MySQL
9 287 (3.67%) Hadoop
10 272 (3.47%) Relational Database
11 270 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
12 257 (3.28%) Data Lake
13 235 (3.00%) MongoDB
14 217 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 190 (2.43%) Cosmos DB
16 177 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
17 171 (2.18%) SQL Server 2016
18 162 (2.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 109 (1.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
20 102 (1.30%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 859 (10.97%) Git (software)
2 729 (9.31%) Jenkins
3 469 (5.99%) Visual Studio Team System
4 390 (4.98%) Visual Studio
5 381 (4.87%) Team Foundation Server
6 351 (4.48%) TeamCity
7 327 (4.18%) JIRA
8 272 (3.47%) Selenium
9 270 (3.45%) Octopus Deploy
10 265 (3.38%) NUnit
11 189 (2.41%) MSTest
12 156 (1.99%) Maven
13 155 (1.98%) Subversion
14 145 (1.85%) SpecFlow
15 113 (1.44%) Cucumber
16 111 (1.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 105 (1.34%) GitLab
18 97 (1.24%) Bitbucket
19 84 (1.07%) Artifactory
20 80 (1.02%) webpack
General
1 1,123 (14.34%) Finance
2 283 (3.61%) Banking
3 231 (2.95%) Retail
4 125 (1.60%) Law
5 97 (1.24%) Legal
6 80 (1.02%) Marketing
7 74 (0.95%) Telecoms
8 65 (0.83%) Advertising
9 53 (0.68%) Front Office
10 50 (0.64%) Back Office
11 43 (0.55%) Manufacturing
12 40 (0.51%) Financial Institution
13 36 (0.46%) Games
14 35 (0.45%) Automotive
15 31 (0.40%) Publishing
16 25 (0.32%) Investment Banking
17 20 (0.26%) Electronics
17 20 (0.26%) Retail Banking
18 18 (0.23%) Local Government
19 17 (0.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2,516 (32.13%) Developer
2 1,348 (17.22%) Architect
3 961 (12.27%) .NET Developer
4 754 (9.63%) DevOps Engineer
5 573 (7.32%) C# Developer
6 548 (7.00%) Azure Engineer
7 533 (6.81%) Consultant
8 420 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
9 411 (5.25%) Azure Developer
10 402 (5.13%) Azure Architect
11 378 (4.83%) Senior Developer
12 331 (4.23%) Cloud Architect
13 321 (4.10%) C# .NET Developer
14 297 (3.79%) Azure DevOps
15 271 (3.46%) Cloud Engineer
16 260 (3.32%) Analyst
17 258 (3.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 249 (3.18%) Project Manager
19 239 (3.05%) Java Developer
20 214 (2.73%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,118 (27.05%) .NET
2 857 (10.95%) ASP.NET
3 846 (10.80%) AngularJS
4 714 (9.12%) HTML
5 669 (8.54%) ASP.NET Web API
6 622 (7.94%) CSS
6 622 (7.94%) Web Services
7 534 (6.82%) REST
8 477 (6.09%) Node.js
9 470 (6.00%) ASP.NET MVC
10 433 (5.53%) React
11 431 (5.50%) .NET Framework
12 385 (4.92%) .NET Core
13 372 (4.75%) JSON
14 369 (4.71%) RESTful
15 294 (3.75%) jQuery
16 276 (3.52%) HTML5
17 246 (3.14%) Entity Framework
18 245 (3.13%) WCF
19 223 (2.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 433 (5.53%) Greenfield Project
2 383 (4.89%) Data Centre
3 357 (4.56%) Analytical Skills
4 334 (4.27%) Public Cloud
5 258 (3.30%) User Experience
6 203 (2.59%) Fintech
7 187 (2.39%) Mobile App
8 178 (2.27%) Computer Science
9 169 (2.16%) Enterprise Software
10 163 (2.08%) Private Cloud
11 153 (1.95%) Hybrid Cloud
12 106 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
13 98 (1.25%) Management Information System
14 88 (1.12%) PKI
15 75 (0.96%) Clustering
16 71 (0.91%) Algorithms
17 58 (0.74%) Cloud Native
18 57 (0.73%) Replication
19 51 (0.65%) Data Structures
19 51 (0.65%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,631 (20.83%) Windows
2 1,014 (12.95%) Linux
3 663 (8.47%) Windows Server
4 317 (4.05%) Windows 10
5 251 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 238 (3.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 233 (2.98%) Unix
8 180 (2.30%) Windows Server 2008
9 153 (1.95%) Apple iOS
10 141 (1.80%) Android
11 101 (1.29%) Windows 7
12 86 (1.10%) CentOS
13 67 (0.86%) Ubuntu
14 42 (0.54%) Mac OS
15 40 (0.51%) AIX
16 37 (0.47%) Solaris
17 35 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
18 28 (0.36%) DC/OS
18 28 (0.36%) Windows 8
19 25 (0.32%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,908 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
2 1,767 (22.57%) DevOps
3 1,185 (15.13%) TDD
4 1,052 (13.44%) Migration
5 981 (12.53%) Continuous Integration
6 889 (11.35%) Scrum
7 862 (11.01%) MVC
8 773 (9.87%) Microservices
9 636 (8.12%) Business Intelligence
10 577 (7.37%) Analytics
11 570 (7.28%) Test Automation
12 529 (6.76%) BDD
13 413 (5.27%) Problem-Solving
14 399 (5.10%) ITIL
15 384 (4.90%) OO
16 381 (4.87%) Configuration Management
17 365 (4.66%) Open Source
18 353 (4.51%) Continuous Delivery
19 349 (4.46%) Software Engineering
20 334 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,885 (24.07%) C#
2 1,705 (21.78%) SQL
3 1,307 (16.69%) JavaScript
4 1,018 (13.00%) PowerShell
5 989 (12.63%) Java
6 809 (10.33%) Python
7 322 (4.11%) T-SQL
8 261 (3.33%) Ruby
9 247 (3.15%) Bash Shell
10 227 (2.90%) TypeScript
11 178 (2.27%) Perl
12 141 (1.80%) Go
13 131 (1.67%) Scala
14 127 (1.62%) C++
15 123 (1.57%) Java 8
16 109 (1.39%) C
17 103 (1.32%) R
18 97 (1.24%) PHP
19 92 (1.17%) PL/SQL
20 76 (0.97%) ES6
Qualifications
1 631 (8.06%) Security Cleared
2 482 (6.16%) SC Cleared
3 362 (4.62%) Degree
4 199 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 117 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
6 110 (1.40%) MCSE
7 86 (1.10%) CISSP
8 77 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
9 76 (0.97%) CCNP
10 73 (0.93%) ISEB
11 61 (0.78%) MCSA
12 60 (0.77%) CISM
13 55 (0.70%) AWS Certification
14 48 (0.61%) DV Cleared
15 47 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
16 44 (0.56%) TOGAF Certification
17 39 (0.50%) CCNA
18 38 (0.49%) ISTQB
19 36 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 34 (0.43%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (2.23%) GCP
2 172 (2.20%) QA
3 111 (1.42%) GDPR
4 79 (1.01%) Data Quality
5 77 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 76 (0.97%) SLA
7 54 (0.69%) PCI DSS
8 28 (0.36%) PMO
9 21 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 12 (0.15%) COBIT
11 10 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 19770
12 7 (0.089%) Disclosure Scotland
12 7 (0.089%) NIST 800
13 5 (0.064%) HIPAA
13 5 (0.064%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 5 (0.064%) ISO 9001
13 5 (0.064%) JSP 440
14 4 (0.051%) WCAG
15 3 (0.038%) ISAE 3402
15 3 (0.038%) Solvency II
System Software
1 1,103 (14.09%) Active Directory
2 915 (11.69%) Docker
3 442 (5.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 284 (3.63%) Hyper-V
5 151 (1.93%) Virtual Machines
6 120 (1.53%) vSphere
7 113 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
8 96 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
9 93 (1.19%) XenApp
10 75 (0.96%) XenDesktop
11 30 (0.38%) VMware NSX
12 29 (0.37%) VirtualBox
13 27 (0.34%) HDFS
14 26 (0.33%) NFS
15 25 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
16 21 (0.27%) vCloud
17 20 (0.26%) BitLocker
17 20 (0.26%) XenServer
18 19 (0.24%) Apache Flume
19 18 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 725 (9.26%) Ansible
2 614 (7.84%) Puppet
3 515 (6.58%) Kubernetes
4 513 (6.55%) Opscode Chef
5 449 (5.73%) Terraform
6 357 (4.56%) SCCM
7 241 (3.08%) Microsoft Intune
8 127 (1.62%) Single Sign-On
9 101 (1.29%) SCOM
10 98 (1.25%) Nagios
11 87 (1.11%) Packer
12 68 (0.87%) Docker Swarm
13 64 (0.82%) Salt
14 59 (0.75%) WSUS
15 50 (0.64%) Kibana
16 48 (0.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 35 (0.45%) FortiGate
18 31 (0.40%) logstash
19 28 (0.36%) Rancher
20 27 (0.34%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 2,606 (33.28%) Microsoft
2 715 (9.13%) VMware
3 608 (7.77%) Oracle
4 465 (5.94%) Google
5 318 (4.06%) Cisco
6 281 (3.59%) Citrix
7 207 (2.64%) Red Hat
8 171 (2.18%) Splunk
9 165 (2.11%) SAP
10 149 (1.90%) IBM
11 146 (1.86%) HP
12 124 (1.58%) Tableau
13 121 (1.55%) Sitecore
14 108 (1.38%) CheckPoint
15 89 (1.14%) New Relic
16 79 (1.01%) McAfee
17 72 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
18 63 (0.80%) NetApp
19 60 (0.77%) Atlassian
19 60 (0.77%) Dell