Period
to 11 December 2019

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 11 December 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
11 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 8 14
Rank change year-on-year +4 +6 +18
Contract jobs citing Azure 630 612 397
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.11% 11.77% 8.08%
As % of the Cloud Services category 54.78% 48.34% 46.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 423 301
West Midlands median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +9.76%
10th Percentile £349 £333 £313
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate £41.00 - £45.00
10th Percentile £36.20 - £40.00
90th Percentile £45.80 - £50.00
England median hourly rate £50.00 £28.72 £37.00
% change year-on-year +74.13% -22.39% +131.25%

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 1,150 1,266 848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 31.23% 24.35% 17.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 797 831 569
West Midlands median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.12%
10th Percentile £258 £300 £219
90th Percentile £600 £600 £559
England median daily rate £500 £492 £475
% change year-on-year +1.60% +3.61% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 26 14
West Midlands median hourly rate £27.88 £14.50 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +92.24% +1.75% -12.31%
10th Percentile £15.18 £10.56 £10.83
90th Percentile £103.73 £21.50 £24.98
England median hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +22.86% -12.50% +5.26%

Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Azure as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 11 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure in the West Midlands

Azure
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure in the West Midlands.

Contractor 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 11 December 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
Birmingham +5 244 £500 +5.26% 123
Coventry 0 189 £475 -5.00% 22
Shropshire +5 57 £528 +11.16% 16
Warwickshire -14 22 £440 -12.00% 11
Solihull +7 20 £533 -13.06% 13
Staffordshire +21 14 £450 +20.00% 15
Worcestershire +12 10 £488 +34.48% 19
Wolverhampton +11 4 £515 +21.12% 5
Walsall +4 2 £285 -45.71% 3
Herefordshire +1 1 - - 10
Azure
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 2019, 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.

1 236 (37.46%) Microsoft
2 235 (37.30%) Agile Software Development
3 174 (27.62%) DevOps
4 148 (23.49%) C#
5 147 (23.33%) SQL
6 135 (21.43%) AWS
7 132 (20.95%) .NET
8 126 (20.00%) Migration
9 110 (17.46%) PowerShell
10 99 (15.71%) Windows
11 89 (14.13%) SQL Server
11 89 (14.13%) Power Platform
12 83 (13.17%) Active Directory
12 83 (13.17%) Stakeholder Management
13 82 (13.02%) Office 365
14 80 (12.70%) Scrum
15 76 (12.06%) PaaS
16 75 (11.90%) JavaScript
17 73 (11.59%) Continuous Integration
18 72 (11.43%) Power BI
19 71 (11.27%) Git (software)
20 69 (10.95%) TDD
21 67 (10.63%) CRM
22 66 (10.48%) Kanban
22 66 (10.48%) Docker
23 64 (10.16%) Microservices
24 62 (9.84%) Terraform
25 59 (9.37%) Web Services
26 58 (9.21%) Linux
27 56 (8.89%) JSON

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 46 (7.30%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.86%) Apache Spark
3 12 (1.90%) Confluence
4 11 (1.75%) MS Exchange
5 7 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.79%) Apache
6 5 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.79%) IIS
7 4 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
7 4 (0.63%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.48%) Apache Airflow
8 3 (0.48%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.32%) Jetty
9 2 (0.32%) Mongrel
9 2 (0.32%) nginx
9 2 (0.32%) SAS
9 2 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 16 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 52 (8.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 7 (1.11%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.16%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 135 (21.43%) AWS
2 89 (14.13%) Power Platform
3 82 (13.02%) Office 365
4 76 (12.06%) PaaS
5 51 (8.10%) Azure Active Directory
6 49 (7.78%) Dynamics 365
7 42 (6.67%) SaaS
8 39 (6.19%) IaaS
9 36 (5.71%) GitHub
10 28 (4.44%) GCP
11 27 (4.29%) Serverless
12 19 (3.02%) Azure Data Factory
13 18 (2.86%) PowerApps
14 15 (2.38%) Azure Stack
15 14 (2.22%) OneDrive
16 13 (2.06%) Azure Functions
17 10 (1.59%) Mimecast
18 9 (1.43%) AWS CloudFormation
18 9 (1.43%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 8 (1.27%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.65%) DNS
2 17 (2.70%) Firewall
3 15 (2.38%) WAN
4 14 (2.22%) Kerberos
4 14 (2.22%) SSL
5 13 (2.06%) VPN
6 11 (1.75%) DHCP
6 11 (1.75%) Skype
7 10 (1.59%) SAN
8 9 (1.43%) LAN
9 8 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (1.27%) Internet
9 8 (1.27%) TCP/IP
10 6 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (0.79%) HTTP
11 5 (0.79%) Intranet
11 5 (0.79%) Wireless
12 4 (0.63%) FTP
12 4 (0.63%) IPsec
12 4 (0.63%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (14.13%) SQL Server
2 72 (11.43%) Power BI
3 46 (7.30%) Data Warehouse
4 44 (6.98%) Azure SQL Database
5 28 (4.44%) Relational Database
6 25 (3.97%) Big Data
7 23 (3.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 19 (3.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 17 (2.70%) Data Lake
10 15 (2.38%) Pentaho
11 13 (2.06%) Apache Hive
11 13 (2.06%) Cosmos DB
11 13 (2.06%) Impala
12 12 (1.90%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 12 (1.90%) SQL Server 2017
12 12 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 9 (1.43%) Amazon Redshift
14 8 (1.27%) NoSQL
14 8 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
15 7 (1.11%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 71 (11.27%) Git (software)
2 54 (8.57%) Jenkins
3 33 (5.24%) Visual Studio Team System
4 25 (3.97%) Artifactory
5 22 (3.49%) JIRA
6 17 (2.70%) GitLab
7 14 (2.22%) Travis CI
7 14 (2.22%) Visual Studio
8 9 (1.43%) Selenium
9 8 (1.27%) CircleCI
9 8 (1.27%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (0.79%) Mocha
10 5 (0.79%) NUnit
10 5 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (0.79%) RStudio
10 5 (0.79%) SpecFlow
11 4 (0.63%) Jasmine
11 4 (0.63%) MSTest
11 4 (0.63%) TeamCity
12 3 (0.48%) SonarQube
General
1 54 (8.57%) Public Sector
2 35 (5.56%) Finance
3 17 (2.70%) Marketing
4 11 (1.75%) Retail
5 10 (1.59%) Banking
5 10 (1.59%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.27%) Automotive
6 8 (1.27%) Back Office
6 8 (1.27%) Telecoms
7 6 (0.95%) Billing
8 4 (0.63%) Electronics
9 3 (0.48%) German Language
9 3 (0.48%) Law
10 2 (0.32%) Legal
10 2 (0.32%) Local Government
11 1 (0.16%) Police
Job Titles
1 186 (29.52%) Developer
2 141 (22.38%) Architect
3 71 (11.27%) Azure Developer
4 58 (9.21%) Azure Engineer
5 57 (9.05%) DevOps Engineer
6 54 (8.57%) Azure Architect
7 51 (8.10%) .NET Developer
8 45 (7.14%) Azure DevOps
9 43 (6.83%) Solutions Architect
10 41 (6.51%) Consultant
11 35 (5.56%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 35 (5.56%) Technical Architect
12 27 (4.29%) Senior Developer
13 26 (4.13%) Platform Engineer
14 25 (3.97%) Analyst
14 25 (3.97%) Lead Developer
15 24 (3.81%) Cloud Architect
16 23 (3.65%) C# Developer
16 23 (3.65%) Security Architect
17 22 (3.49%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (20.95%) .NET
2 59 (9.37%) Web Services
3 56 (8.89%) JSON
4 55 (8.73%) ASP.NET
4 55 (8.73%) HTML
5 53 (8.41%) Node.js
6 50 (7.94%) CSS
7 49 (7.78%) XML
8 37 (5.87%) OpenID
9 35 (5.56%) ASP.NET MVC
10 34 (5.40%) ASP.NET Web API
11 32 (5.08%) .NET Framework
12 29 (4.60%) REST
13 25 (3.97%) SAML
14 24 (3.81%) SOAP
15 19 (3.02%) Dapper ORM
16 16 (2.54%) Kafka
16 16 (2.54%) LDAP
17 15 (2.38%) .NET Core
17 15 (2.38%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 34 (5.40%) Data Centre
2 23 (3.65%) Enterprise Software
3 19 (3.02%) Cloud Native
3 19 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
4 16 (2.54%) Hybrid Cloud
5 15 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (2.38%) PKI
5 15 (2.38%) Public Cloud
6 14 (2.22%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.43%) Private Cloud
7 9 (1.43%) SCADA
8 7 (1.11%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
8 7 (1.11%) User Experience
9 6 (0.95%) Shadow IT
10 4 (0.63%) CMDB
10 4 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.48%) Robotics
11 3 (0.48%) Tandem
11 3 (0.48%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 99 (15.71%) Windows
2 58 (9.21%) Linux
3 33 (5.24%) Windows 10
4 21 (3.33%) Unix
5 16 (2.54%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.43%) CentOS
7 8 (1.27%) CoreOS
8 4 (0.63%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.48%) VMS
9 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.32%) HPUX
10 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.16%) Debian
11 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 235 (37.30%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (27.62%) DevOps
3 126 (20.00%) Migration
4 83 (13.17%) Stakeholder Management
5 80 (12.70%) Scrum
6 73 (11.59%) Continuous Integration
7 69 (10.95%) TDD
8 67 (10.63%) CRM
9 66 (10.48%) Kanban
10 64 (10.16%) Microservices
11 47 (7.46%) Business Intelligence
12 45 (7.14%) MVC
12 45 (7.14%) Test Automation
13 41 (6.51%) Continuous Delivery
14 39 (6.19%) ITIL
15 35 (5.56%) Identity Access Management
16 34 (5.40%) Digital Transformation Programme
17 33 (5.24%) ETL
18 30 (4.76%) Data Migration
19 29 (4.60%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 148 (23.49%) C#
2 147 (23.33%) SQL
3 110 (17.46%) PowerShell
4 75 (11.90%) JavaScript
5 44 (6.98%) Java
6 35 (5.56%) Python
7 30 (4.76%) Bash Shell
8 9 (1.43%) C
9 8 (1.27%) Go
9 8 (1.27%) Rust
10 5 (0.79%) R
10 5 (0.79%) TypeScript
11 4 (0.63%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.63%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.48%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.48%) Ruby
13 2 (0.32%) Perl
13 2 (0.32%) Scala
13 2 (0.32%) VBScript
13 2 (0.32%) X++
Qualifications
1 34 (5.40%) Security Cleared
2 29 (4.60%) SC Cleared
3 19 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (2.38%) CISSP
5 13 (2.06%) MCSA
6 11 (1.75%) RHCE
7 10 (1.59%) RHCSA
8 9 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.27%) CCIE
9 8 (1.27%) MCSE
10 7 (1.11%) CISM
11 5 (0.79%) TOGAF Certification
11 5 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 4 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.63%) Degree
12 4 (0.63%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.63%) MCSD
13 3 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.32%) ISEB
14 2 (0.32%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.22%) GDPR
2 12 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.43%) COBIT
3 9 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 9 (1.43%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.43%) QA
4 8 (1.27%) NIST
4 8 (1.27%) SLA
5 4 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (0.63%) NCSC
6 3 (0.48%) ISO 22301
7 2 (0.32%) PMO
7 2 (0.32%) WCAG
8 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 83 (13.17%) Active Directory
2 66 (10.48%) Docker
3 20 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.75%) XenApp
5 10 (1.59%) PowerDNS
6 8 (1.27%) Hyper-V
7 7 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.79%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.63%) vCloud
11 3 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.48%) vSphere
11 3 (0.48%) Xen
12 2 (0.32%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.32%) ISA Server
12 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.32%) OpenIDM
12 2 (0.32%) Squid
13 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
13 1 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 62 (9.84%) Terraform
2 55 (8.73%) Ansible
3 36 (5.71%) Kubernetes
4 17 (2.70%) SCCM
5 15 (2.38%) Microsoft Intune
6 12 (1.90%) Hadoop YARN
7 11 (1.75%) NetBackup
8 9 (1.43%) AirWatch
8 9 (1.43%) CASB
8 9 (1.43%) Puppet
9 8 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
10 7 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.79%) FortiGate
11 5 (0.79%) Grafana
12 2 (0.32%) CloudForms
12 2 (0.32%) HP Data Protector
12 2 (0.32%) Kibana
12 2 (0.32%) MIIS
13 1 (0.16%) Nessus
13 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 236 (37.46%) Microsoft
2 34 (5.40%) VMware
3 22 (3.49%) Cisco
4 20 (3.17%) Google
4 20 (3.17%) Oracle
5 19 (3.02%) SAP
6 18 (2.86%) Citrix
6 18 (2.86%) Tableau
7 16 (2.54%) Cloudera
7 16 (2.54%) Databricks
7 16 (2.54%) Red Hat
8 14 (2.22%) Sparx
8 14 (2.22%) Splunk
9 10 (1.59%) MuleSoft
9 10 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (1.43%) Forcepoint
10 9 (1.43%) Zscaler
11 8 (1.27%) Confluent
11 8 (1.27%) Veracode
12 7 (1.11%) ServiceNow