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 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 101 241
Rank change year-on-year +50 +140  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 1742 1179 506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.85% 2.19% 0.95%
As % of the Cloud Services category 30.44% 27.44% 18.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1175 805 315
Median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £581 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 15 24
Median hourly rate £14.75 £37.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.66% +44.23%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £57.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -74.34% +125.49%  

Microsoft Azure is in the cloud computing skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 5722 4296 2694
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 12.65% 7.98% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4004 2983 1718
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £325 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 77 101
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.55% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.94 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £47.47 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.05% -13.35%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Azure as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Cloud Services category.

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 3 months to 29 March 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +47 1666 £470 +4.44% 567
London +47 921 £500 +5.26% 229
South East +10 270 £450 - 100
City of London +32 137 £475 +2.70% 69
West Midlands +8 110 £450 +12.50% 33
Yorkshire +40 75 £430 +17.80% 38
Berkshire +8 75 £475 +11.76% 21
South West +23 71 £350 -6.66% 49
East of England +14 71 £400 -5.88% 29
Hampshire +25 66 £425 +6.25% 31
North East +46 61 £410 +22.38% 10
Scotland +42 53 £370 -17.77% 17
Newcastle upon Tyne +35 51 £410 +36.66% 5
Tyne and Wear +35 51 £410 +36.66% 6
North West +29 49 £450 +3.44% 57
West Yorkshire +36 48 £450 +35.33% 23
Surrey +12 48 £425 -5.55% 14
Birmingham +21 42 £400 +8.10% 11
Reading -11 33 £469 +10.29% 10
Southampton +29 30 £307 +0.24% 4
Oxfordshire +12 29 £463 +40.15% 16
Leeds +9 29 £450 +38.46% 20
Manchester +24 28 £450 +2.85% 38
Glasgow +21 27 £350 +16.66% 9
East Midlands +8 27 £400 -16.88% 21
Coventry +9 23 £525 +16.66%
Edinburgh +15 22 £450 - 4
Shropshire +23 21 £491 +22.62% 1
West Sussex +23 21 £500 +51.51% 5
Telford +26 20 £491 +22.62%

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 1459 (41.59%) Microsoft
2 1340 (38.20%) Amazon AWS
3 1111 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
4 979 (27.91%) Windows
5 880 (25.09%) .NET
6 802 (22.86%) SQL Server
7 764 (21.78%) DevOps
8 727 (20.72%) C#
9 706 (20.13%) SQL
10 620 (17.67%) Office 365
11 614 (17.50%) Active Directory
12 528 (15.05%) Linux
13 523 (14.91%) Migration
14 506 (14.42%) PowerShell
15 497 (14.17%) JavaScript
16 467 (13.31%) Finance
17 429 (12.23%) VMware
18 411 (11.72%) Continuous Integration
19 408 (11.63%) ASP.NET
20 407 (11.60%) Git (software)
21 404 (11.52%) TDD
22 402 (11.46%) MVC
23 398 (11.35%) Web Services
24 396 (11.29%) Windows Server
25 388 (11.06%) MS Excel
26 382 (10.89%) IaaS
27 364 (10.38%) SharePoint
28 363 (10.35%) Java
29 353 (10.06%) HTML
30 336 (9.58%) PaaS

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
1 364 (10.38%) SharePoint
2 173 (4.93%) Skype for Business
3 166 (4.73%) IIS
4 144 (4.10%) Elasticsearch
5 131 (3.73%) Confluence
6 127 (3.62%) MS Exchange
7 123 (3.51%) BizTalk Server
8 117 (3.34%) OpenStack
9 74 (2.11%) Apache Spark
10 66 (1.88%) WebLogic
11 64 (1.82%) Apache
12 63 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
13 60 (1.71%) Tomcat
14 59 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
15 47 (1.34%) Cloud Foundry
15 47 (1.34%) CMS
16 37 (1.05%) WebSphere
17 36 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
18 33 (0.94%) nginx
19 29 (0.83%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 388 (11.06%) MS Excel
2 123 (3.51%) MS Office
3 19 (0.54%) MS Project
4 13 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
7 6 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.17%) SPSS
8 5 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
9 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.11%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.057%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.029%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 222 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (2.00%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 11 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
5 7 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
5 7 (0.20%) Oracle Retail
6 6 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
6 6 (0.17%) Oracle iRecruitment
6 6 (0.17%) Unica
7 4 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
8 3 (0.086%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.086%) SAP HCM
8 3 (0.086%) Workday HCM
9 2 (0.057%) Magento
9 2 (0.057%) Markit EDM
10 1 (0.029%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 1 (0.029%) NetSuite
10 1 (0.029%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.029%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1340 (38.20%) Amazon AWS
2 620 (17.67%) Office 365
3 382 (10.89%) IaaS
4 336 (9.58%) PaaS
5 220 (6.27%) Azure Active Directory
6 138 (3.93%) SaaS
7 111 (3.16%) GitHub
8 68 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
9 65 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
10 61 (1.74%) Yammer
11 60 (1.71%) Google Cloud Platform
12 55 (1.57%) AWS CloudFormation
13 46 (1.31%) OneDrive
14 36 (1.03%) Amazon S3
15 33 (0.94%) IBM Cloud
16 31 (0.88%) OpenShift
17 27 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 23 (0.66%) Trello
19 15 (0.43%) Heroku
19 15 (0.43%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 257 (7.33%) Firewall
2 215 (6.13%) DNS
3 156 (4.45%) WAN
4 147 (4.19%) VPN
5 127 (3.62%) LAN
6 111 (3.16%) Skype
7 106 (3.02%) HTTP
8 102 (2.91%) DHCP
9 90 (2.57%) TCP/IP
10 86 (2.45%) SAN
11 71 (2.02%) Network Security
12 51 (1.45%) SSL
13 50 (1.43%) Internet
13 50 (1.43%) MPLS
14 46 (1.31%) VLAN
15 39 (1.11%) LDAP
16 36 (1.03%) VoIP
17 34 (0.97%) Wireless
18 33 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
18 33 (0.94%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 802 (22.86%) SQL Server
2 206 (5.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 175 (4.99%) NoSQL
4 149 (4.25%) Azure SQL Database
5 144 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
6 143 (4.08%) MongoDB
7 141 (4.02%) SQL Server 2012
8 129 (3.68%) Big Data
9 124 (3.53%) Hadoop
10 116 (3.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 114 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
12 106 (3.02%) Power BI
13 100 (2.85%) MySQL
14 95 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
15 90 (2.57%) SQL Server 2014
16 86 (2.45%) Relational Database
17 75 (2.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 56 (1.60%) Apache Cassandra
18 56 (1.60%) BusinessObjects
18 56 (1.60%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 407 (11.60%) Git (software)
2 324 (9.24%) Jenkins
3 264 (7.53%) Team Foundation Server
4 229 (6.53%) JIRA
5 143 (4.08%) Visual Studio
6 134 (3.82%) TeamCity
7 116 (3.31%) Octopus Deploy
8 94 (2.68%) Selenium
9 77 (2.19%) Subversion
10 64 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
11 60 (1.71%) Cucumber
12 54 (1.54%) SpecFlow
13 43 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 43 (1.23%) Vagrant
14 35 (1.00%) MSTest
14 35 (1.00%) NUnit
15 32 (0.91%) GitLab
16 30 (0.86%) Bitbucket
17 29 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
18 28 (0.80%) Oracle APEX
General
1 467 (13.31%) Finance
2 164 (4.68%) Retail
3 104 (2.96%) Banking
4 82 (2.34%) Advertising
5 79 (2.25%) Marketing
6 61 (1.74%) Telecoms
7 48 (1.37%) Legal
8 44 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 27 (0.77%) Electronics
10 20 (0.57%) Law
11 17 (0.48%) Games
12 16 (0.46%) Publishing
13 12 (0.34%) Investment Banking
14 10 (0.29%) Aerospace
14 10 (0.29%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.29%) Local Government
14 10 (0.29%) Retail Banking
15 9 (0.26%) German Language
16 8 (0.23%) Automotive
16 8 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 878 (25.03%) Developer
2 792 (22.58%) Architect
3 357 (10.18%) DevOps Engineer
4 341 (9.72%) .NET Developer
5 309 (8.81%) Consultant
6 244 (6.96%) Cloud Architect
7 242 (6.90%) Azure Architect
8 234 (6.67%) Azure Engineer
9 225 (6.41%) C# Developer
10 196 (5.59%) Solutions Architect
11 174 (4.96%) Azure Developer
12 149 (4.25%) Cloud Engineer
13 147 (4.19%) C# .NET Developer
14 139 (3.96%) Azure DevOps
15 130 (3.71%) Azure Consultant
15 130 (3.71%) Senior Developer
16 126 (3.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 126 (3.59%) Technical Architect
17 103 (2.94%) Analyst
17 103 (2.94%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 880 (25.09%) .NET
2 408 (11.63%) ASP.NET
3 398 (11.35%) Web Services
4 353 (10.06%) HTML
5 303 (8.64%) AngularJS
6 284 (8.10%) CSS
7 256 (7.30%) ASP.NET Web API
8 221 (6.30%) ASP.NET MVC
9 179 (5.10%) REST
10 158 (4.50%) .NET Framework
11 152 (4.33%) HTML5
12 142 (4.05%) WCF
13 126 (3.59%) Node.js
14 125 (3.56%) JSON
15 118 (3.36%) jQuery
16 117 (3.34%) XML
17 109 (3.11%) Entity Framework
18 94 (2.68%) RESTful
19 91 (2.59%) React
20 87 (2.48%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 232 (6.61%) Analytical Skills
2 224 (6.39%) Data Centre
3 185 (5.27%) Public Cloud
4 99 (2.82%) Hybrid Cloud
5 96 (2.74%) Mobile App
6 78 (2.22%) User Experience
7 71 (2.02%) Management Information System
8 62 (1.77%) Private Cloud
9 57 (1.62%) Replication
10 52 (1.48%) PKI
11 47 (1.34%) Computer Science
12 45 (1.28%) Clustering
13 38 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
14 33 (0.94%) Fintech
15 23 (0.66%) Cloud Native
15 23 (0.66%) CMDB
15 23 (0.66%) Virtual Team
16 20 (0.57%) Blog
17 17 (0.48%) NHS
18 16 (0.46%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 979 (27.91%) Windows
2 528 (15.05%) Linux
3 396 (11.29%) Windows Server
4 220 (6.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 168 (4.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 141 (4.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 137 (3.91%) Unix
8 116 (3.31%) Windows 10
9 78 (2.22%) Windows Server 2003
10 73 (2.08%) Windows 7
11 61 (1.74%) CentOS
12 57 (1.62%) Apple iOS
13 53 (1.51%) Android
14 48 (1.37%) Ubuntu
15 26 (0.74%) Solaris
16 15 (0.43%) Windows XP
17 13 (0.37%) Windows 8
18 12 (0.34%) SUSE
19 11 (0.31%) HPUX
20 10 (0.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1111 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
2 764 (21.78%) DevOps
3 523 (14.91%) Migration
4 411 (11.72%) Continuous Integration
5 404 (11.52%) TDD
6 402 (11.46%) MVC
7 325 (9.26%) Scrum
8 294 (8.38%) Business Intelligence
9 279 (7.95%) CRM
10 244 (6.96%) Configuration Management
11 219 (6.24%) BDD
12 198 (5.64%) ITIL
13 197 (5.62%) Microservices
14 184 (5.25%) Open Source
15 161 (4.59%) E-Commerce
16 152 (4.33%) High Availability
17 151 (4.30%) TOGAF
18 146 (4.16%) Stakeholder Management
19 140 (3.99%) Continuous Delivery
19 140 (3.99%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 727 (20.72%) C#
2 706 (20.13%) SQL
3 506 (14.42%) PowerShell
4 497 (14.17%) JavaScript
5 363 (10.35%) Java
6 333 (9.49%) Python
7 203 (5.79%) Ruby
8 144 (4.10%) T-SQL
9 122 (3.48%) Bash Shell
10 86 (2.45%) Perl
11 83 (2.37%) Scala
12 73 (2.08%) PHP
13 61 (1.74%) C
14 43 (1.23%) TypeScript
15 40 (1.14%) VB
16 35 (1.00%) R
17 33 (0.94%) Go
18 30 (0.86%) Shell Script
19 29 (0.83%) VB.NET
20 23 (0.66%) C++
Qualifications
1 257 (7.33%) Security Cleared
2 206 (5.87%) SC Cleared
3 127 (3.62%) Microsoft Certification
4 120 (3.42%) Degree
5 87 (2.48%) MCSE
6 76 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
7 42 (1.20%) CISSP
8 37 (1.05%) CCNA
9 30 (0.86%) CCNP
10 29 (0.83%) CCIE
11 28 (0.80%) AWS Certification
12 27 (0.77%) MCITP
13 25 (0.71%) ISEB
13 25 (0.71%) MCP
14 24 (0.68%) CISM
14 24 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 23 (0.66%) PMI Certification
16 19 (0.54%) PMP
17 15 (0.43%) MCSA
18 13 (0.37%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (2.68%) QA
2 45 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 38 (1.08%) PCI DSS
4 36 (1.03%) SLA
5 23 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
6 20 (0.57%) PMO
7 19 (0.54%) COBIT
8 12 (0.34%) GDPR
9 11 (0.31%) ISO27002
10 10 (0.29%) Data Quality
11 9 (0.26%) Dodd-Frank
11 9 (0.26%) EMIR
11 9 (0.26%) MiFID
12 5 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
12 5 (0.14%) FedRAMP
12 5 (0.14%) ISO 14001
12 5 (0.14%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.11%) SDET
14 3 (0.086%) GCP
15 2 (0.057%) HIPAA
System Software
1 614 (17.50%) Active Directory
2 289 (8.24%) Docker
3 257 (7.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 175 (4.99%) Hyper-V
5 82 (2.34%) Virtual Machines
6 69 (1.97%) vSphere
7 45 (1.28%) XenApp
8 32 (0.91%) vCloud
9 29 (0.83%) VMware ESX
10 28 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
11 19 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
12 16 (0.46%) XenDesktop
13 15 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
14 11 (0.31%) ProxySG
15 9 (0.26%) Terminal Services
15 9 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
16 8 (0.23%) Apache Flume
16 8 (0.23%) Gluster
16 8 (0.23%) LXC
17 7 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 298 (8.49%) Ansible
2 285 (8.12%) Puppet
3 270 (7.70%) Opscode Chef
4 127 (3.62%) SCCM
5 126 (3.59%) SCOM
6 72 (2.05%) Terraform
7 57 (1.62%) Microsoft Intune
8 56 (1.60%) Kibana
8 56 (1.60%) logstash
9 50 (1.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 49 (1.40%) Kubernetes
11 33 (0.94%) Dollar Universe
12 31 (0.88%) Salt
13 30 (0.86%) Nagios
14 23 (0.66%) vRealize
15 21 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
16 20 (0.57%) Consul
17 18 (0.51%) WSUS
18 17 (0.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 17 (0.48%) WMI
Vendors
1 1459 (41.59%) Microsoft
2 429 (12.23%) VMware
3 293 (8.35%) Oracle
4 205 (5.84%) Cisco
5 145 (4.13%) Red Hat
6 136 (3.88%) Citrix
7 114 (3.25%) Google
7 114 (3.25%) SAP
8 93 (2.65%) HP
9 91 (2.59%) Splunk
10 80 (2.28%) Atlassian
11 64 (1.82%) CheckPoint
12 57 (1.62%) F5
13 54 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
14 49 (1.40%) TIBCO
15 48 (1.37%) IBM
16 46 (1.31%) ServiceNow
17 42 (1.20%) Dell
17 42 (1.20%) Tableau
18 37 (1.05%) NetApp
Surrey
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Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Flexible Work
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 23 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
County Durham
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lewis Paige
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Claremont Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
NCC Group
Rate: Competitive rates
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
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West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £500 Per Day
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
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London
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Flexi Working (Some WFH)
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
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UK
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Rate: £550 - £650 per day
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South West London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
Venn Group
Rate: £400 - £500 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ebury
Rate: £454.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago