Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 2017 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 63 201
Rank change year-on-year +20 +138 +124
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 4931 3585 1458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.83% 3.39% 1.27%
As % of the Cloud Services category 29.81% 28.81% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3517 2475 996
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £300
90th Percentile £613 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 11 12
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +44.23%
10th Percentile £16.53 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.25 £43.25 £43.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +44.23%

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 16541 12442 7472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.20% 11.77% 6.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11473 8558 5038
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £269 £275 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 221 187 115
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.55 £21.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.45% -14.30% +20.22%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.72 £10.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £56.75 £39.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.28 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.27% -23.20% +28.57%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 4670 £475 +5.56% 648
London +17 2487 £500 +5.26% 254
UK excluding London +23 2366 £430 +1.18% 427
South East +16 870 £450 - 118
Midlands +8 542 £440 +1.44% 75
West Midlands +14 369 £450 +9.76% 43
North of England +47 352 £425 - 118
South West +7 209 £405 -10.00% 43
East of England +16 207 £458 +20.00% 39
East Midlands +34 171 £400 -21.95% 31
North West +32 171 £450 +5.88% 62
Scotland +52 160 £400 +17.65% 18
Yorkshire -4 124 £450 -10.00% 45
North East +85 59 £400 +14.29% 11
Wales +10 30 £406 -14.47% 15
Northern Ireland -41 8 £375 -6.25% 1

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Azure also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 1955 (39.65%) Amazon AWS
2 1687 (34.21%) Microsoft
3 1506 (30.54%) Agile Software Development
4 1323 (26.83%) .NET
5 1299 (26.34%) Windows
6 1102 (22.35%) DevOps
7 1083 (21.96%) C#
8 936 (18.98%) SQL Server
9 919 (18.64%) SQL
10 822 (16.67%) Active Directory
11 774 (15.70%) Office 365
12 752 (15.25%) Finance
13 751 (15.23%) PowerShell
14 738 (14.97%) Linux
15 728 (14.76%) TDD
16 704 (14.28%) Migration
17 703 (14.26%) JavaScript
18 647 (13.12%) Continuous Integration
19 593 (12.03%) MVC
20 578 (11.72%) Java
21 568 (11.52%) Windows Server
22 543 (11.01%) Ansible
23 527 (10.69%) Scrum
24 511 (10.36%) ASP.NET
25 507 (10.28%) VMware
26 497 (10.08%) IaaS
27 486 (9.86%) PaaS
28 482 (9.77%) Git (software)
29 457 (9.27%) Web Services
30 441 (8.94%) Docker

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
1 292 (5.92%) SharePoint
2 281 (5.70%) OpenStack
3 180 (3.65%) MS Exchange
4 146 (2.96%) IIS
5 143 (2.90%) Elasticsearch
6 141 (2.86%) Confluence
7 133 (2.70%) Tomcat
8 123 (2.49%) Skype for Business
9 102 (2.07%) WebSphere
10 96 (1.95%) WebLogic
11 92 (1.87%) Cloud Foundry
12 88 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
13 83 (1.68%) CMS
14 80 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2010
15 74 (1.50%) Apache
16 73 (1.48%) Apache Spark
17 44 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
18 39 (0.79%) nginx
19 34 (0.69%) JBoss
20 32 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 126 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 43 (0.87%) MS Visio
3 20 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
4 15 (0.30%) HipChat
5 14 (0.28%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.081%) InVision
9 3 (0.061%) Adobe After Effects
9 3 (0.061%) Adobe Premiere
9 3 (0.061%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.041%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.041%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.041%) SPSS
11 1 (0.020%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.020%) Simulink
11 1 (0.020%) Stata
11 1 (0.020%) Weka
Business Applications
1 125 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 10 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
6 7 (0.14%) SDL Web 8
7 6 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
8 5 (0.10%) iTrent
8 5 (0.10%) Lawson
9 3 (0.061%) Eloqua
9 3 (0.061%) Oracle CRM
10 2 (0.041%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.041%) SAP HR
10 2 (0.041%) Sprinklr
10 2 (0.041%) WebTrends
11 1 (0.020%) Payment Gateway
11 1 (0.020%) SAP CRM
11 1 (0.020%) SAP Hybris
11 1 (0.020%) Unit4 Business World
11 1 (0.020%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1955 (39.65%) Amazon AWS
2 774 (15.70%) Office 365
3 497 (10.08%) IaaS
4 486 (9.86%) PaaS
5 365 (7.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 248 (5.03%) SaaS
7 180 (3.65%) Google Cloud Platform
8 175 (3.55%) Cloud Computing
9 124 (2.51%) GitHub
10 87 (1.76%) OpenShift
11 80 (1.62%) Dynamics 365
12 60 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
13 49 (0.99%) Serverless
14 45 (0.91%) Azure Data Factory
14 45 (0.91%) OneDrive
15 44 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
16 28 (0.57%) IBM Cloud
17 24 (0.49%) Azure Machine Learning
17 24 (0.49%) Heroku
18 22 (0.45%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 315 (6.39%) Firewall
2 241 (4.89%) DNS
3 164 (3.33%) WAN
4 150 (3.04%) VPN
5 134 (2.72%) SAN
6 128 (2.60%) Skype
7 121 (2.45%) TCP/IP
8 110 (2.23%) LAN
9 103 (2.09%) DHCP
10 88 (1.78%) Network Security
11 72 (1.46%) Internet
12 63 (1.28%) HTTP
13 62 (1.26%) Wireless
14 58 (1.18%) SSL
15 49 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
16 47 (0.95%) NAS
16 47 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
17 46 (0.93%) VLAN
18 39 (0.79%) MPLS
19 30 (0.61%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 936 (18.98%) SQL Server
2 365 (7.40%) NoSQL
3 206 (4.18%) MySQL
4 188 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
5 187 (3.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 156 (3.16%) PostgreSQL
7 154 (3.12%) Big Data
7 154 (3.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 149 (3.02%) Power BI
9 145 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
10 144 (2.92%) Azure SQL Database
11 138 (2.80%) SQL Server 2016
12 134 (2.72%) MongoDB
13 126 (2.56%) Hadoop
14 125 (2.53%) Relational Database
15 105 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 76 (1.54%) SQL Server 2014
17 75 (1.52%) Data Lake
18 73 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
19 52 (1.05%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 482 (9.77%) Git (software)
2 426 (8.64%) Jenkins
3 316 (6.41%) TeamCity
4 288 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 278 (5.64%) Octopus Deploy
6 236 (4.79%) Visual Studio
7 207 (4.20%) JIRA
8 173 (3.51%) NUnit
9 156 (3.16%) Visual Studio Team System
10 103 (2.09%) MSTest
11 101 (2.05%) Selenium
12 100 (2.03%) Subversion
13 95 (1.93%) Maven
14 77 (1.56%) SpecFlow
15 68 (1.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 54 (1.10%) Bitbucket
17 53 (1.07%) Vagrant
18 51 (1.03%) Jasmine
19 46 (0.93%) SoapUI
20 45 (0.91%) gulp
General
1 752 (15.25%) Finance
2 244 (4.95%) Banking
3 174 (3.53%) Retail
4 93 (1.89%) Marketing
5 91 (1.85%) Telecoms
6 68 (1.38%) Retail Banking
7 59 (1.20%) Law
8 49 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 37 (0.75%) Advertising
10 31 (0.63%) Electronics
11 29 (0.59%) Investment Banking
12 28 (0.57%) Legal
13 26 (0.53%) Financial Institution
14 25 (0.51%) Billing
15 23 (0.47%) Back Office
15 23 (0.47%) Games
16 22 (0.45%) Spanish Language
17 20 (0.41%) Publishing
18 13 (0.26%) Automotive
18 13 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1409 (28.57%) Developer
2 827 (16.77%) Architect
3 570 (11.56%) .NET Developer
4 494 (10.02%) DevOps Engineer
5 412 (8.36%) Consultant
6 371 (7.52%) Azure Engineer
7 333 (6.75%) C# Developer
8 265 (5.37%) Cloud Architect
9 264 (5.35%) Azure Architect
10 229 (4.64%) Azure Developer
11 218 (4.42%) Cloud Engineer
12 217 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 209 (4.24%) C# .NET Developer
14 200 (4.06%) Java Developer
15 192 (3.89%) Azure Consultant
16 189 (3.83%) Azure DevOps
16 189 (3.83%) Senior Developer
17 186 (3.77%) Analyst
18 167 (3.39%) Solutions Architect
19 160 (3.24%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1323 (26.83%) .NET
2 511 (10.36%) ASP.NET
3 457 (9.27%) Web Services
4 439 (8.90%) AngularJS
5 426 (8.64%) HTML
6 408 (8.27%) ASP.NET Web API
7 386 (7.83%) CSS
8 305 (6.19%) ASP.NET MVC
9 256 (5.19%) REST
10 239 (4.85%) RESTful
11 229 (4.64%) .NET Framework
12 209 (4.24%) HTML5
13 200 (4.06%) Node.js
14 185 (3.75%) React
15 165 (3.35%) JSON
16 153 (3.10%) SOAP
17 150 (3.04%) jQuery
18 146 (2.96%) WCF
19 123 (2.49%) CSS3
19 123 (2.49%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 271 (5.50%) Public Cloud
2 268 (5.44%) Data Centre
3 228 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
4 170 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
5 140 (2.84%) Computer Science
5 140 (2.84%) Hybrid Cloud
6 109 (2.21%) Mobile App
6 109 (2.21%) User Experience
7 92 (1.87%) Private Cloud
8 87 (1.76%) Fintech
9 82 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
10 74 (1.50%) Virtual Team
11 61 (1.24%) Management Information System
12 54 (1.10%) Replication
13 49 (0.99%) PKI
14 43 (0.87%) Algorithms
15 37 (0.75%) Blog
16 34 (0.69%) Clustering
17 30 (0.61%) Data Structures
17 30 (0.61%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1299 (26.34%) Windows
2 738 (14.97%) Linux
3 568 (11.52%) Windows Server
4 260 (5.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 202 (4.10%) Unix
6 185 (3.75%) Windows 10
7 171 (3.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 156 (3.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 86 (1.74%) Windows 7
10 73 (1.48%) Android
11 64 (1.30%) Apple iOS
12 48 (0.97%) CentOS
13 46 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
14 38 (0.77%) Solaris
15 33 (0.67%) Ubuntu
15 33 (0.67%) VMS
16 19 (0.39%) Mac OS X
17 17 (0.34%) Mac OS
17 17 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
18 15 (0.30%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1506 (30.54%) Agile Software Development
2 1102 (22.35%) DevOps
3 728 (14.76%) TDD
4 704 (14.28%) Migration
5 647 (13.12%) Continuous Integration
6 593 (12.03%) MVC
7 527 (10.69%) Scrum
8 394 (7.99%) Microservices
9 326 (6.61%) Configuration Management
10 322 (6.53%) Test Automation
11 316 (6.41%) BDD
12 314 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
13 274 (5.56%) Continuous Delivery
14 262 (5.31%) Software Engineering
15 248 (5.03%) ITIL
16 233 (4.73%) OO
17 232 (4.70%) SOA
18 215 (4.36%) Stakeholder Management
19 202 (4.10%) E-Commerce
20 192 (3.89%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 1083 (21.96%) C#
2 919 (18.64%) SQL
3 751 (15.23%) PowerShell
4 703 (14.26%) JavaScript
5 578 (11.72%) Java
6 412 (8.36%) Python
7 185 (3.75%) Ruby
8 170 (3.45%) T-SQL
9 124 (2.51%) Bash Shell
10 85 (1.72%) Scala
11 83 (1.68%) Perl
12 76 (1.54%) TypeScript
13 58 (1.18%) Go
13 58 (1.18%) PHP
14 46 (0.93%) VB.NET
15 44 (0.89%) R
16 34 (0.69%) C++
17 32 (0.65%) C
17 32 (0.65%) F#
18 30 (0.61%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 239 (4.85%) Degree
2 228 (4.62%) Microsoft Certification
3 221 (4.48%) Security Cleared
4 185 (3.75%) SC Cleared
5 150 (3.04%) MCSE
6 106 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
7 65 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
8 61 (1.24%) MCSA
9 59 (1.20%) CISSP
10 46 (0.93%) CCNA
10 46 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 45 (0.91%) CISM
12 43 (0.87%) CCNP
13 30 (0.61%) MCITP
14 27 (0.55%) ISEB
15 25 (0.51%) CCIE
16 24 (0.49%) MCP
17 23 (0.47%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 23 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
18 21 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (2.90%) QA
2 58 (1.18%) GCP
3 53 (1.07%) GDPR
4 52 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 48 (0.97%) PCI DSS
6 33 (0.67%) SLA
7 30 (0.61%) Data Quality
8 24 (0.49%) COBIT
9 22 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 20 (0.41%) HIPAA
10 20 (0.41%) PMO
11 18 (0.37%) Actionable Recommendations
12 17 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
13 7 (0.14%) WCAG
14 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 6 (0.12%) WAI
15 5 (0.10%) FedRAMP
15 5 (0.10%) HMG Infosec
16 4 (0.081%) Cyber Essentials
17 2 (0.041%) PSD2
System Software
1 822 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 441 (8.94%) Docker
3 253 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 194 (3.93%) Hyper-V
5 134 (2.72%) Virtual Machines
6 79 (1.60%) vSphere
7 56 (1.14%) XenApp
8 46 (0.93%) vCloud
9 42 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
10 31 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
11 22 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (0.34%) Gluster
13 16 (0.32%) BitLocker
13 16 (0.32%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.24%) DFS Replication
15 11 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.14%) Xen
17 6 (0.12%) GPFS
17 6 (0.12%) ISA Server
17 6 (0.12%) LXC
Systems Management
1 543 (11.01%) Ansible
2 404 (8.19%) Puppet
3 401 (8.13%) Opscode Chef
4 186 (3.77%) SCCM
5 152 (3.08%) Kubernetes
6 138 (2.80%) Terraform
7 107 (2.17%) Microsoft Intune
8 93 (1.89%) SCOM
9 43 (0.87%) Nagios
10 34 (0.69%) FortiGate
11 33 (0.67%) Docker Swarm
12 32 (0.65%) Rancher
13 26 (0.53%) WSUS
14 23 (0.47%) Packer
15 22 (0.45%) AirWatch
16 21 (0.43%) vRealize
17 19 (0.39%) Mesos
18 18 (0.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 18 (0.37%) NetBackup
19 17 (0.34%) Kibana
Vendors
1 1687 (34.21%) Microsoft
2 507 (10.28%) VMware
3 337 (6.83%) Oracle
4 229 (4.64%) Cisco
5 196 (3.97%) Google
6 186 (3.77%) Citrix
7 154 (3.12%) Red Hat
8 110 (2.23%) CheckPoint
9 105 (2.13%) HP
10 85 (1.72%) Atlassian
11 84 (1.70%) Sitecore
12 81 (1.64%) SAP
13 71 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
14 63 (1.28%) Splunk
15 59 (1.20%) IBM
16 57 (1.16%) ServiceNow
17 54 (1.10%) NetApp
18 52 (1.05%) Tableau
19 50 (1.01%) McAfee
20 49 (0.99%) EMC