Period
to 16 June 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 16 June 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
16 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 10 25 51
Rank change year-on-year +15 +26 +45
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 10,270 7,027 3,581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.34% 7.07% 3.94%
As % of the Cloud Services category 40.78% 33.45% 28.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,286 5,026 2,413
UK median daily rate £500 £476 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.99% +3.53% +2.22%
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £663 £638 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 41 19
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £31.39 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.50% -33.92% +18.75%
10th Percentile £20.26 £14.00 £13.70
90th Percentile £63.35 £55.00 £65.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +12.90% -34.74% +35.71%

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 25,182 21,010 12,780
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.80% 21.13% 14.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,263 14,321 8,822
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £313 £306 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £614
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 332 309 177
UK median hourly rate £22.42 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.99% - -3.11%
10th Percentile £12.74 £12.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £56.25 £58.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.16 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +24.47% -2.86% +6.06%

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 16 June 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 16 June 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 16 June 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 +17 9,576 £500 +2.56% 1,401
UK excluding London +18 5,346 £475 +5.56% 937
London +11 4,764 £525 +2.44% 532
South East +16 1,906 £475 +2.76% 257
North of England +28 1,107 £473 +11.18% 259
Midlands +4 893 £475 - 169
West Midlands +4 669 £475 - 100
South West +7 614 £470 +7.43% 88
North West +26 569 £488 +8.33% 137
Yorkshire +30 394 £450 +5.88% 99
Scotland +20 386 £425 - 60
East of England +16 263 £475 +5.56% 99
East Midlands +12 198 £425 +6.25% 68
Wales +8 180 £525 +23.53% 6
North East +23 139 £450 +14.65% 23
Northern Ireland +16 18 £475 +35.71% 1
Channel Islands - 5 £494 - 1

For the 6 months to 16 June 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 3,537 (34.44%) Amazon AWS
2 3,517 (34.25%) Agile Software Development
3 3,333 (32.45%) Microsoft
4 3,068 (29.87%) DevOps
5 2,392 (23.29%) SQL
6 2,322 (22.61%) .NET
7 2,262 (22.03%) C#
8 1,780 (17.33%) Windows
9 1,690 (16.46%) SQL Server
10 1,655 (16.11%) Finance
11 1,560 (15.19%) Active Directory
12 1,424 (13.87%) JavaScript
13 1,395 (13.58%) PowerShell
14 1,371 (13.35%) Docker
15 1,322 (12.87%) Office 365
16 1,319 (12.84%) Python
17 1,307 (12.73%) Migration
18 1,290 (12.56%) Kubernetes
19 1,285 (12.51%) Microservices
20 1,220 (11.88%) Git (software)
21 1,207 (11.75%) Java
22 1,159 (11.29%) Scrum
23 1,109 (10.80%) PaaS
24 1,097 (10.68%) Linux
25 1,045 (10.18%) TDD
26 997 (9.71%) Jenkins
27 947 (9.22%) Google Cloud Platform
28 939 (9.14%) IaaS
29 937 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
30 893 (8.70%) Business Intelligence

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
1 598 (5.82%) SharePoint
2 355 (3.46%) Apache Spark
3 255 (2.48%) Confluence
4 221 (2.15%) Skype for Business
5 212 (2.06%) Apache
6 195 (1.90%) MS Exchange
7 177 (1.72%) IIS
8 159 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
9 142 (1.38%) CMS
10 101 (0.98%) OpenStack
11 84 (0.82%) Tomcat
12 81 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
12 81 (0.79%) WebSphere
13 79 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
14 77 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
15 76 (0.74%) Umbraco
16 60 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
17 58 (0.56%) WebLogic
18 51 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
19 37 (0.36%) JBoss
Applications
1 226 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
2 71 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (0.20%) Chatbot
4 19 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.16%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (0.15%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.097%) InVision
7 10 (0.097%) Sketch
8 8 (0.078%) InfoPath
9 7 (0.068%) Spreadsheet
10 5 (0.049%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.039%) Camtasia
12 2 (0.019%) Adobe XD
12 2 (0.019%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.019%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.010%) InDesign
13 1 (0.010%) Maya
13 1 (0.010%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.010%) Stata
Business Applications
1 353 (3.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 38 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
4 32 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 17 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 14 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 14 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
7 13 (0.13%) Endur
8 12 (0.12%) assyst
9 10 (0.097%) Remedy ITSM
10 9 (0.088%) Markit EDM
10 9 (0.088%) SAP Hybris
11 7 (0.068%) Magento
12 6 (0.058%) Distributed Ledger
13 5 (0.049%) Oracle BPM
13 5 (0.049%) Relativity
13 5 (0.049%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 4 (0.039%) Fredhopper
14 4 (0.039%) Maximo
14 4 (0.039%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 3,537 (34.44%) Amazon AWS
2 1,322 (12.87%) Office 365
3 1,109 (10.80%) PaaS
4 947 (9.22%) Google Cloud Platform
5 939 (9.14%) IaaS
6 890 (8.67%) Azure Active Directory
7 726 (7.07%) Power Platform
8 509 (4.96%) SaaS
9 500 (4.87%) Serverless
10 360 (3.51%) Dynamics 365
11 340 (3.31%) Azure Data Factory
12 280 (2.73%) Azure Functions
13 276 (2.69%) GitHub
14 207 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
15 200 (1.95%) OpenShift
16 141 (1.37%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 119 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
18 105 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
19 96 (0.93%) OneDrive
20 86 (0.84%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 612 (5.96%) Firewall
2 492 (4.79%) DNS
3 260 (2.53%) VPN
4 253 (2.46%) WAN
5 239 (2.33%) Skype
6 222 (2.16%) DHCP
7 189 (1.84%) SAN
8 181 (1.76%) TCP/IP
9 179 (1.74%) LAN
10 137 (1.33%) Network Security
11 135 (1.31%) Internet
12 100 (0.97%) HTTP
13 96 (0.93%) VLAN
14 81 (0.79%) Wireless
15 76 (0.74%) SSL
16 65 (0.63%) NetScaler
17 62 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
18 59 (0.57%) Cisco ASA
19 56 (0.55%) MPLS
20 50 (0.49%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,690 (16.46%) SQL Server
2 655 (6.38%) Power BI
3 616 (6.00%) Data Warehouse
4 568 (5.53%) Azure SQL Database
5 567 (5.52%) Big Data
6 537 (5.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 485 (4.72%) NoSQL
8 389 (3.79%) Data Lake
9 319 (3.11%) Hadoop
10 304 (2.96%) MongoDB
11 288 (2.80%) Cosmos DB
12 277 (2.70%) MySQL
13 267 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 239 (2.33%) Relational Database
15 231 (2.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 215 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
17 201 (1.96%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 141 (1.37%) Redis
19 113 (1.10%) Oracle Database
20 112 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1,220 (11.88%) Git (software)
2 997 (9.71%) Jenkins
3 745 (7.25%) Visual Studio Team System
4 555 (5.40%) JIRA
5 442 (4.30%) Visual Studio
6 337 (3.28%) TeamCity
7 319 (3.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 260 (2.53%) Selenium
9 238 (2.32%) Octopus Deploy
10 204 (1.99%) Maven
11 181 (1.76%) SpecFlow
12 166 (1.62%) Cucumber
13 157 (1.53%) GitLab
14 136 (1.32%) SonarQube
15 126 (1.23%) Sonatype Nexus
16 119 (1.16%) Artifactory
17 115 (1.12%) NUnit
18 111 (1.08%) Bitbucket
19 108 (1.05%) gulp
20 106 (1.03%) JUnit
General
1 1,655 (16.11%) Finance
2 385 (3.75%) Banking
3 308 (3.00%) Retail
4 145 (1.41%) Telecoms
5 128 (1.25%) Marketing
6 127 (1.24%) Legal
7 112 (1.09%) Law
8 97 (0.94%) Front Office
9 92 (0.90%) Financial Institution
10 91 (0.89%) Manufacturing
11 80 (0.78%) Investment Banking
12 75 (0.73%) Advertising
13 60 (0.58%) Games
14 57 (0.56%) Electronics
15 52 (0.51%) Billing
16 40 (0.39%) Publishing
17 38 (0.37%) Back Office
18 27 (0.26%) Local Government
19 25 (0.24%) Retail Banking
20 16 (0.16%) French Language
Job Titles
1 2,825 (27.51%) Developer
2 1,864 (18.15%) Architect
3 1,131 (11.01%) DevOps Engineer
4 934 (9.09%) Azure Engineer
5 870 (8.47%) .NET Developer
6 594 (5.78%) Azure DevOps
7 579 (5.64%) Consultant
8 553 (5.38%) Azure Architect
9 515 (5.01%) C# Developer
10 499 (4.86%) Solutions Architect
11 465 (4.53%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 463 (4.51%) Azure Developer
13 415 (4.04%) Cloud Architect
14 414 (4.03%) Analyst
15 398 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 387 (3.77%) Cloud Engineer
17 379 (3.69%) Senior Developer
18 355 (3.46%) Full Stack Developer
19 351 (3.42%) Technical Architect
20 337 (3.28%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,322 (22.61%) .NET
2 859 (8.36%) AngularJS
3 736 (7.17%) HTML
4 689 (6.71%) Web Services
5 684 (6.66%) CSS
6 680 (6.62%) ASP.NET
7 673 (6.55%) .NET Core
8 658 (6.41%) Node.js
9 638 (6.21%) ASP.NET Web API
10 568 (5.53%) RESTful
11 518 (5.04%) .NET Framework
12 516 (5.02%) REST
13 472 (4.60%) React
14 460 (4.48%) JSON
15 343 (3.34%) ASP.NET MVC
16 309 (3.01%) Kafka
17 281 (2.74%) HTML5
18 271 (2.64%) jQuery
19 259 (2.52%) Spring
20 253 (2.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 502 (4.89%) Public Cloud
2 466 (4.54%) Analytical Skills
3 437 (4.26%) Greenfield Project
4 416 (4.05%) Data Centre
5 221 (2.15%) User Experience
6 213 (2.07%) Hybrid Cloud
7 195 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
8 172 (1.67%) Mobile App
9 170 (1.66%) Cloud Native
10 123 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
11 116 (1.13%) Private Cloud
12 110 (1.07%) Management Information System
13 105 (1.02%) Clustering
14 102 (0.99%) Replication
15 97 (0.94%) Algorithms
16 94 (0.92%) PKI
17 89 (0.87%) Hedge funds
18 84 (0.82%) Data Structures
19 62 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
20 61 (0.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,780 (17.33%) Windows
2 1,097 (10.68%) Linux
3 682 (6.64%) Windows Server
4 365 (3.55%) Windows 10
5 296 (2.88%) Unix
6 232 (2.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 201 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 167 (1.63%) Windows Server 2008
9 147 (1.43%) Android
10 143 (1.39%) Apple iOS
11 103 (1.00%) CentOS
12 99 (0.96%) Windows 7
13 96 (0.93%) Mac OS X
14 59 (0.57%) Ubuntu
15 58 (0.56%) Solaris
16 56 (0.55%) VMS
17 48 (0.47%) AIX
18 38 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
19 31 (0.30%) Mac OS
20 24 (0.23%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,517 (34.25%) Agile Software Development
2 3,068 (29.87%) DevOps
3 1,307 (12.73%) Migration
4 1,285 (12.51%) Microservices
5 1,159 (11.29%) Scrum
6 1,045 (10.18%) TDD
7 937 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
8 893 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
9 809 (7.88%) Test Automation
10 750 (7.30%) Analytics
11 684 (6.66%) MVC
12 584 (5.69%) BDD
13 533 (5.19%) Problem-Solving
14 508 (4.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 469 (4.57%) ITIL
16 468 (4.56%) Continuous Delivery
17 465 (4.53%) ETL
18 461 (4.49%) Software Engineering
19 443 (4.31%) Kanban
20 441 (4.29%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 2,392 (23.29%) SQL
2 2,262 (22.03%) C#
3 1,424 (13.87%) JavaScript
4 1,395 (13.58%) PowerShell
5 1,319 (12.84%) Python
6 1,207 (11.75%) Java
7 384 (3.74%) T-SQL
8 346 (3.37%) Bash Shell
9 303 (2.95%) TypeScript
10 253 (2.46%) Ruby
11 181 (1.76%) Go
12 172 (1.67%) Scala
13 157 (1.53%) Java 8
14 133 (1.30%) C++
15 130 (1.27%) R
16 126 (1.23%) Perl
17 124 (1.21%) Shell Script
18 121 (1.18%) ES6
19 91 (0.89%) PHP
20 80 (0.78%) C
Qualifications
1 714 (6.95%) Security Cleared
2 518 (5.04%) SC Cleared
3 294 (2.86%) Degree
4 210 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 142 (1.38%) CISSP
6 127 (1.24%) MCSE
7 126 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
8 114 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
9 81 (0.79%) DV Cleared
10 76 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
11 73 (0.71%) CISM
12 60 (0.58%) CCNP
12 60 (0.58%) MCSA
13 59 (0.57%) CCNA
14 54 (0.53%) TOGAF Certification
15 44 (0.43%) AWS Certification
16 42 (0.41%) ISEB
17 40 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
18 36 (0.35%) CISA
19 34 (0.33%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (3.03%) QA
2 137 (1.33%) GDPR
3 116 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 89 (0.87%) Data Quality
5 75 (0.73%) SLA
6 74 (0.72%) PCI DSS
7 66 (0.64%) NIST
8 41 (0.40%) NCSC
9 29 (0.28%) PMO
10 27 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 24 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
12 21 (0.20%) WCAG
13 14 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.12%) COBIT
15 11 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 10 (0.097%) PSD2
17 8 (0.078%) NIST 800
18 7 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 27005
19 6 (0.058%) Government Security Classifications
20 5 (0.049%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,560 (15.19%) Active Directory
2 1,371 (13.35%) Docker
3 430 (4.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 311 (3.03%) Hyper-V
5 233 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
6 136 (1.32%) XenApp
7 109 (1.06%) XenDesktop
8 104 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
8 104 (1.01%) vSphere
9 74 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
10 42 (0.41%) VMware NSX
11 41 (0.40%) HDFS
12 34 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 29 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
14 28 (0.27%) vCloud
14 28 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
15 25 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
16 22 (0.21%) NFS
17 18 (0.18%) BitLocker
18 15 (0.15%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 1,290 (12.56%) Kubernetes
2 867 (8.44%) Terraform
3 851 (8.29%) Ansible
4 537 (5.23%) Puppet
5 459 (4.47%) Opscode Chef
6 432 (4.21%) SCCM
7 278 (2.71%) Microsoft Intune
8 136 (1.32%) SCOM
9 132 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
10 64 (0.62%) Prometheus
11 59 (0.57%) Salt
12 51 (0.50%) Kibana
13 47 (0.46%) Packer
14 44 (0.43%) Grafana
14 44 (0.43%) WSUS
15 38 (0.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 38 (0.37%) vRealize
16 37 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
16 37 (0.36%) vCenter Server
17 33 (0.32%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 3,333 (32.45%) Microsoft
2 800 (7.79%) VMware
3 797 (7.76%) Google
4 498 (4.85%) Oracle
5 350 (3.41%) Citrix
6 332 (3.23%) Cisco
7 221 (2.15%) SAP
8 208 (2.03%) Databricks
9 183 (1.78%) Splunk
10 163 (1.59%) Red Hat
11 157 (1.53%) Dell
12 149 (1.45%) ServiceNow
13 146 (1.42%) IBM
14 129 (1.26%) Tableau
15 127 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
16 122 (1.19%) NetApp
17 116 (1.13%) HP
18 111 (1.08%) CheckPoint
18 111 (1.08%) EMC
19 87 (0.85%) F5