Period
to 4 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Azure skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure over the 6 months to 4 April 2020 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 4 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 +21
Contract jobs citing Azure 513 694 478
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.57% 13.97% 10.02%
As % of the Cloud Services category 60.21% 48.98% 50.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 466 359
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +11.76%
10th Percentile £363 £342 £323
90th Percentile £625 £630 £613
England median daily rate £500 £500 £488
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +5.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 £19.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +79.49% -2.50% +25.00%
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year - +7.69% +116.67%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 852 1,417 948
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 30.84% 28.52% 19.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 537 911 631
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +9.42%
10th Percentile £280 £313 £300
90th Percentile £600 £625 £613
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 17 16
Median hourly rate £35.00 £12.93 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +170.79% -7.68% -8.20%
Median hourly rate £24.20 £18.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year +29.35% -6.48% +5.26%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Azure as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 4 April 2020. 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
Birmingham +2 192 £500 +8.11% 78
Coventry 0 170 £525 +10.53% 16
Shropshire +9 45 £475 -9.52% 21
Solihull +3 24 £513 -18.00% 11
Warwickshire -1 24 £440 -12.00% 26
Wolverhampton +7 13 £550 +18.28% 4
Staffordshire +28 10 £375 -9.09% 22
Worcestershire +23 6 - - 13
Herefordshire -3 4 £475 - 5
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 4 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Azure.

1 189 (36.84%) Microsoft
2 174 (33.92%) DevOps
3 166 (32.36%) Agile Software Development
4 125 (24.37%) SQL
5 119 (23.20%) AWS
6 116 (22.61%) C#
7 104 (20.27%) .NET
8 87 (16.96%) PowerShell
9 84 (16.37%) Migration
10 73 (14.23%) JavaScript
11 72 (14.04%) Windows
12 70 (13.65%) Active Directory
13 69 (13.45%) SQL Server
14 68 (13.26%) Power Platform
15 63 (12.28%) PaaS
16 62 (12.09%) Terraform
17 59 (11.50%) Security Cleared
17 59 (11.50%) Java
17 59 (11.50%) Linux
18 58 (11.31%) Power BI
19 57 (11.11%) Git (software)
20 56 (10.92%) Docker
21 54 (10.53%) Node.js
22 53 (10.33%) Scrum
23 50 (9.75%) OpenID
23 50 (9.75%) SC Cleared
24 49 (9.55%) Office 365
25 48 (9.36%) Continuous Integration
26 46 (8.97%) Test Automation
26 46 (8.97%) Business Intelligence

Azure
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 39 (7.60%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.73%) Confluence
3 12 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 12 (2.34%) SAS
4 5 (0.97%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.78%) Apache
5 4 (0.78%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.58%) ArcGIS
6 3 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (0.58%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.39%) CMS
7 2 (0.39%) IIS
8 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.19%) GlassFish
8 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.19%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 39 (7.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.36%) assyst
3 4 (0.78%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 4 (0.78%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 119 (23.20%) AWS
2 68 (13.26%) Power Platform
3 63 (12.28%) PaaS
4 49 (9.55%) Office 365
5 45 (8.77%) Azure Active Directory
6 40 (7.80%) Dynamics 365
7 37 (7.21%) SaaS
8 31 (6.04%) IaaS
9 23 (4.48%) GCP
10 17 (3.31%) Serverless
11 16 (3.12%) Azure Data Factory
12 13 (2.53%) PowerApps
13 12 (2.34%) Azure Stack
14 10 (1.95%) GitHub
15 9 (1.75%) Azure Functions
16 8 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
17 7 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
18 6 (1.17%) Amazon EKS
18 6 (1.17%) Google Analytics
18 6 (1.17%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.29%) DNS
2 15 (2.92%) Firewall
3 14 (2.73%) VPN
4 12 (2.34%) Kerberos
4 12 (2.34%) WAN
5 9 (1.75%) LAN
5 9 (1.75%) Network Security
5 9 (1.75%) SSL
6 7 (1.36%) Wireless
7 6 (1.17%) VoIP
8 5 (0.97%) BGP
8 5 (0.97%) Cisco ISE
8 5 (0.97%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (0.97%) DMVPN
8 5 (0.97%) EIGRP
8 5 (0.97%) Intranet
8 5 (0.97%) OSPF
9 4 (0.78%) SAN
10 3 (0.58%) Extranet
10 3 (0.58%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (13.45%) SQL Server
2 58 (11.31%) Power BI
3 37 (7.21%) Azure SQL Database
4 25 (4.87%) Data Warehouse
4 25 (4.87%) Oracle Database
5 21 (4.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 20 (3.90%) Big Data
6 20 (3.90%) Hadoop
7 18 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 17 (3.31%) Pentaho
9 15 (2.92%) Amazon Redshift
10 10 (1.95%) Cosmos DB
11 9 (1.75%) Apache Hive
11 9 (1.75%) Data Lake
11 9 (1.75%) Impala
12 8 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (1.36%) SQL Server 2016
14 6 (1.17%) BusinessObjects XI
14 6 (1.17%) MongoDB
14 6 (1.17%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 57 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 35 (6.82%) Jenkins
3 27 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
4 26 (5.07%) Artifactory
4 26 (5.07%) JIRA
5 15 (2.92%) Selenium
6 13 (2.53%) Bitbucket
7 12 (2.34%) Travis CI
8 11 (2.14%) Maven
9 8 (1.56%) Visual Studio
10 7 (1.36%) RStudio
11 6 (1.17%) CircleCI
11 6 (1.17%) Mocha
11 6 (1.17%) MSTest
11 6 (1.17%) NUnit
11 6 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.78%) webpack
13 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 2 (0.39%) GitLab
14 2 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 35 (6.82%) Public Sector
2 31 (6.04%) Finance
3 6 (1.17%) Banking
3 6 (1.17%) Marketing
4 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
4 5 (0.97%) Telecoms
5 4 (0.78%) Automotive
5 4 (0.78%) Back Office
5 4 (0.78%) Law
6 3 (0.58%) Legal
6 3 (0.58%) Retail
7 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
7 2 (0.39%) Publishing
8 1 (0.19%) Electronics
8 1 (0.19%) Local Government
8 1 (0.19%) Police
Job Titles
1 153 (29.82%) Developer
2 104 (20.27%) Architect
3 53 (10.33%) Azure Engineer
4 50 (9.75%) Azure Architect
4 50 (9.75%) Azure Developer
5 48 (9.36%) DevOps Engineer
6 43 (8.38%) Azure DevOps
7 40 (7.80%) Consultant
8 36 (7.02%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 34 (6.63%) .NET Developer
10 29 (5.65%) Technical Architect
11 24 (4.68%) Solutions Architect
12 22 (4.29%) Azure Consultant
12 22 (4.29%) Data Engineer
12 22 (4.29%) Senior Developer
13 21 (4.09%) Lead Developer
14 20 (3.90%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 20 (3.90%) C# Developer
15 19 (3.70%) Full Stack Developer
15 19 (3.70%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (20.27%) .NET
2 54 (10.53%) Node.js
3 50 (9.75%) OpenID
4 45 (8.77%) HTML
5 42 (8.19%) SAML
6 41 (7.99%) CSS
7 35 (6.82%) REST
8 32 (6.24%) XML
9 29 (5.65%) JSON
10 28 (5.46%) ASP.NET
11 26 (5.07%) SOAP
12 24 (4.68%) Web Services
13 23 (4.48%) .NET Framework
14 21 (4.09%) OAuth
15 20 (3.90%) ASP.NET MVC
15 20 (3.90%) LDAP
16 16 (3.12%) HTML5
16 16 (3.12%) jQuery
17 15 (2.92%) ASP.NET Web API
18 13 (2.53%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 22 (4.29%) PKI
2 17 (3.31%) Data Centre
3 16 (3.12%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (2.92%) Public Cloud
5 13 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (2.34%) Cloud Native
6 12 (2.34%) Greenfield Project
7 10 (1.95%) Management Information System
8 9 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
9 8 (1.56%) User Experience
10 7 (1.36%) Private Cloud
11 4 (0.78%) Self-Motivation
12 3 (0.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 2 (0.39%) CCTV
13 2 (0.39%) Clustering
13 2 (0.39%) CMDB
13 2 (0.39%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.39%) MPEG
13 2 (0.39%) Robotics
14 1 (0.19%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 72 (14.04%) Windows
2 59 (11.50%) Linux
3 40 (7.80%) Unix
4 25 (4.87%) Windows Server
5 11 (2.14%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.36%) CentOS
7 7 (1.36%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.17%) CoreOS
8 6 (1.17%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.58%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.39%) HPUX
11 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.19%) Debian
11 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (33.92%) DevOps
2 166 (32.36%) Agile Software Development
3 84 (16.37%) Migration
4 53 (10.33%) Scrum
5 48 (9.36%) Continuous Integration
6 46 (8.97%) Business Intelligence
6 46 (8.97%) Test Automation
7 43 (8.38%) CRM
8 42 (8.19%) Kanban
9 39 (7.60%) ETL
9 39 (7.60%) Stakeholder Management
10 34 (6.63%) Identity Access Management
11 32 (6.24%) Microservices
12 31 (6.04%) Analytics
12 31 (6.04%) TDD
13 30 (5.85%) Data Migration
14 29 (5.65%) MVC
15 22 (4.29%) Infrastructure as Code
15 22 (4.29%) UML
16 21 (4.09%) Architectural Design
Programming Languages
1 125 (24.37%) SQL
2 116 (22.61%) C#
3 87 (16.96%) PowerShell
4 73 (14.23%) JavaScript
5 59 (11.50%) Java
6 45 (8.77%) Python
7 33 (6.43%) Bash Shell
8 11 (2.14%) C
8 11 (2.14%) PL/SQL
8 11 (2.14%) R
9 9 (1.75%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.56%) Go
11 6 (1.17%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 6 (1.17%) Rust
12 4 (0.78%) Ruby
12 4 (0.78%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.58%) Scala
14 2 (0.39%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.19%) Perl
15 1 (0.19%) PHP
Qualifications
1 59 (11.50%) Security Cleared
2 50 (9.75%) SC Cleared
3 15 (2.92%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (2.14%) CCIE
5 8 (1.56%) CCNA
5 8 (1.56%) CISSP
5 8 (1.56%) Degree
6 7 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (1.17%) CCDP
7 6 (1.17%) MCSE
8 5 (0.97%) CCDE
8 5 (0.97%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 5 (0.97%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
9 4 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.58%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.39%) CCNP
11 2 (0.39%) CCSP
11 2 (0.39%) MCSA
11 2 (0.39%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.56%) GDPR
1 8 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (1.36%) QA
3 4 (0.78%) ISO 22301
4 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.19%) NCSC
5 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.19%) SLA
5 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 70 (13.65%) Active Directory
2 56 (10.92%) Docker
3 11 (2.14%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (1.95%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.78%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.58%) OpenIDM
7 2 (0.39%) vCloud
7 2 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.39%) vSphere
7 2 (0.39%) XenApp
8 1 (0.19%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.19%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.19%) OpenDJ
8 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 62 (12.09%) Terraform
2 38 (7.41%) Ansible
3 26 (5.07%) Kubernetes
4 14 (2.73%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (1.56%) Hadoop YARN
5 8 (1.56%) ZABBIX
6 6 (1.17%) Grafana
6 6 (1.17%) SCCM
7 5 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.58%) Puppet
9 2 (0.39%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.39%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.39%) Rancher
9 2 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.19%) Docker Swarm
10 1 (0.19%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.19%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.19%) QRadar
Vendors
1 189 (36.84%) Microsoft
2 38 (7.41%) Oracle
3 21 (4.09%) Cisco
3 21 (4.09%) Cloudera
4 20 (3.90%) Google
5 16 (3.12%) VMware
6 15 (2.92%) SAP
7 10 (1.95%) Databricks
7 10 (1.95%) Dell
8 9 (1.75%) IBM
8 9 (1.75%) Sitecore
9 8 (1.56%) AppDynamics
9 8 (1.56%) ForgeRock
10 7 (1.36%) Dynatrace
10 7 (1.36%) MuleSoft
10 7 (1.36%) Nintex
10 7 (1.36%) Red Hat
10 7 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (1.36%) Splunk
10 7 (1.36%) Tableau