Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 21 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 29 111
Rank change year-on-year +12 +82 +31
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 373 332 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.71% 5.39% 1.24%
As % of the Cloud Services category 48.95% 53.98% 25.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 202 40
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.76% -3.53% -11.69%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £312
90th Percentile £575 £575 £600
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £16.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +181.25% - -
England median hourly rate £37.50 £26.38 £37.50
% change year-on-year +42.18% -29.67% +40.19%

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 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 762 615 236
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.74% 9.98% 4.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 505 365 137
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £401 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +2.69% +4.00%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £213
90th Percentile £575 £573 £590
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 12 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £16.25 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.77% -20.73% +2.50%
10th Percentile £10.75 £13.07 £14.15
90th Percentile £24.13 £21.47 £23.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year +5.26% -12.20% +20.22%

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands

Microsoft Azure
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Azure in the West Midlands

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 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
Birmingham +8 119 £425 -5.56% 22
Coventry +10 80 £463 +15.63% 18
Shropshire +22 46 £440 +9.86% 5
Warwickshire +29 40 £450 -10.00% 3
Solihull +1 7 £360 +30.91% 4
Walsall - 6 £580 -
Staffordshire +4 5 £500 +23.84% 3
Wolverhampton +1 5 £350 -
Herefordshire +4 4 £325 -35.00%
Worcestershire +7 1 - - 1
Smethwick -1 1 £295 -18.06%
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 21 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Azure.

1 118 (31.64%) .NET
2 115 (30.83%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (28.95%) Amazon AWS
4 105 (28.15%) Microsoft
5 81 (21.72%) C#
6 78 (20.91%) MVC
7 77 (20.64%) Windows
8 76 (20.38%) SQL Server
9 74 (19.84%) DevOps
10 72 (19.30%) Migration
11 63 (16.89%) Office 365
12 59 (15.82%) Git (software)
13 58 (15.55%) JavaScript
14 57 (15.28%) PaaS
14 57 (15.28%) BDD
15 56 (15.01%) PowerShell
16 55 (14.75%) TDD
17 54 (14.48%) Continuous Integration
18 53 (14.21%) SharePoint
19 50 (13.40%) HTML
19 50 (13.40%) CSS
19 50 (13.40%) IaaS
20 49 (13.14%) SQL
20 49 (13.14%) Active Directory
20 49 (13.14%) Scrum
21 47 (12.60%) ASP.NET Web API
22 44 (11.80%) Oracle
22 44 (11.80%) Kanban
23 43 (11.53%) Cisco
24 41 (10.99%) WAN

Microsoft 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 53 (14.21%) SharePoint
2 28 (7.51%) Elasticsearch
3 17 (4.56%) Confluence
4 15 (4.02%) Cloud Foundry
5 12 (3.22%) SharePoint 2010
6 10 (2.68%) CMS
6 10 (2.68%) Skype for Business
7 8 (2.14%) DNN
7 8 (2.14%) IIS
7 8 (2.14%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (1.88%) nginx
9 6 (1.61%) Apache
10 4 (1.07%) MS Exchange
10 4 (1.07%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.80%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.54%) GeoServer
13 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
13 1 (0.27%) Mongrel
13 1 (0.27%) WildFly
Applications
1 17 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 35 (9.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.34%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (1.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 108 (28.95%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (16.89%) Office 365
3 57 (15.28%) PaaS
4 50 (13.40%) IaaS
5 26 (6.97%) SaaS
6 24 (6.43%) Dynamics 365
7 22 (5.90%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (3.75%) Heroku
9 12 (3.22%) OneDrive
10 10 (2.68%) GitHub
11 9 (2.41%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.54%) Data Lake Analytics
12 2 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.54%) Route 53
13 1 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.27%) Google App Engine
13 1 (0.27%) Rackspace Cloud
13 1 (0.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 41 (10.99%) WAN
2 40 (10.72%) Firewall
3 32 (8.58%) VPN
4 30 (8.04%) Wireless
5 18 (4.83%) Cisco ASA
6 14 (3.75%) Internet
7 13 (3.49%) Intrusion Detection
8 11 (2.95%) DNS
9 8 (2.14%) MPLS
10 7 (1.88%) BGP
10 7 (1.88%) HSRP
10 7 (1.88%) OSPF
10 7 (1.88%) VLAN
11 5 (1.34%) LAN
11 5 (1.34%) Reverse Proxy
11 5 (1.34%) Skype
11 5 (1.34%) SSL
11 5 (1.34%) TCP/IP
12 4 (1.07%) DHCP
13 2 (0.54%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (20.38%) SQL Server
2 20 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (3.22%) Azure SQL Database
4 10 (2.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (1.88%) SQL Server 2016
6 5 (1.34%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (1.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.80%) Big Data
8 3 (0.80%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.80%) MySQL
8 3 (0.80%) Power BI
8 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.54%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.54%) GIS
9 2 (0.54%) HDInsight
9 2 (0.54%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 59 (15.82%) Git (software)
2 33 (8.85%) Jenkins
3 23 (6.17%) Subversion
4 20 (5.36%) JIRA
5 14 (3.75%) Visual Studio
5 14 (3.75%) Visual Studio Team System
6 12 (3.22%) Bitbucket
6 12 (3.22%) Maven
6 12 (3.22%) Vagrant
7 11 (2.95%) Sonatype Nexus
8 9 (2.41%) GitLab
9 6 (1.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (1.61%) TeamCity
10 4 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
10 4 (1.07%) Selenium
11 3 (0.80%) Axure RP
11 3 (0.80%) git-flow
11 3 (0.80%) NuGet
11 3 (0.80%) SpecFlow
General
1 23 (6.17%) Finance
2 12 (3.22%) Billing
3 7 (1.88%) Retail
4 6 (1.61%) Marketing
5 4 (1.07%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.80%) Advertising
6 3 (0.80%) Banking
6 3 (0.80%) Law
7 2 (0.54%) General Ledger
7 2 (0.54%) Publishing
7 2 (0.54%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.27%) Automotive
8 1 (0.27%) Back Office
8 1 (0.27%) Legal
8 1 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 101 (27.08%) Developer
2 52 (13.94%) .NET Developer
3 49 (13.14%) Architect
4 37 (9.92%) Consultant
4 37 (9.92%) Network Engineer
5 32 (8.58%) DevOps Engineer
6 30 (8.04%) Azure Developer
6 30 (8.04%) Azure Engineer
7 28 (7.51%) Lead DevOps
8 23 (6.17%) Project Manager
9 22 (5.90%) Implementation Engineer
9 22 (5.90%) Network Implementation Engineer
10 19 (5.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 18 (4.83%) Azure Consultant
12 17 (4.56%) Agile Developer
13 16 (4.29%) Design Engineer
13 16 (4.29%) Network Design Engineer
14 14 (3.75%) Administrator
14 14 (3.75%) Analyst
14 14 (3.75%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (31.64%) .NET
2 50 (13.40%) CSS
2 50 (13.40%) HTML
3 47 (12.60%) ASP.NET Web API
4 41 (10.99%) ASP.NET
5 36 (9.65%) Web Services
6 26 (6.97%) ASP.NET MVC
7 22 (5.90%) .NET Framework
8 18 (4.83%) HTML5
9 17 (4.56%) Backbone.js
9 17 (4.56%) Dapper ORM
9 17 (4.56%) SOAP
10 15 (4.02%) REST
11 14 (3.75%) AngularJS
11 14 (3.75%) CSS3
11 14 (3.75%) Spring
11 14 (3.75%) Spring Boot
12 11 (2.95%) jQuery
12 11 (2.95%) Middleware
12 11 (2.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 27 (7.24%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.63%) Enterprise Software
3 15 (4.02%) User Experience
4 13 (3.49%) Wiki
5 10 (2.68%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (1.88%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.07%) Private Cloud
7 4 (1.07%) Public Cloud
8 3 (0.80%) N-Tier
8 3 (0.80%) PKI
9 2 (0.54%) Analytical Skills
10 1 (0.27%) CESG
10 1 (0.27%) Clustering
10 1 (0.27%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.27%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.27%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.27%) NHS
10 1 (0.27%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 77 (20.64%) Windows
2 39 (10.46%) Linux
3 27 (7.24%) Windows Server
4 21 (5.63%) Windows 10
5 14 (3.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (3.49%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.80%) Android
8 3 (0.80%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.54%) CentOS
9 2 (0.54%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.27%) Debian
10 1 (0.27%) Fedora
10 1 (0.27%) Unix
10 1 (0.27%) VMS
10 1 (0.27%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (30.83%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (20.91%) MVC
3 74 (19.84%) DevOps
4 72 (19.30%) Migration
5 57 (15.28%) BDD
6 55 (14.75%) TDD
7 54 (14.48%) Continuous Integration
8 49 (13.14%) Scrum
9 44 (11.80%) Kanban
10 40 (10.72%) CRM
11 36 (9.65%) WAN Optimisation
12 34 (9.12%) ITIL
13 28 (7.51%) Continuous Delivery
13 28 (7.51%) SOLID
13 28 (7.51%) Test Automation
14 26 (6.97%) Microservices
15 22 (5.90%) Network Design
16 18 (4.83%) Stakeholder Management
17 17 (4.56%) Enterprise Architecture
17 17 (4.56%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 81 (21.72%) C#
2 58 (15.55%) JavaScript
3 56 (15.01%) PowerShell
4 49 (13.14%) SQL
5 26 (6.97%) Java
6 18 (4.83%) Python
7 14 (3.75%) Perl
8 10 (2.68%) T-SQL
9 6 (1.61%) Ruby
9 6 (1.61%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.07%) ES6
11 3 (0.80%) XAML
12 2 (0.54%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.54%) C
12 2 (0.54%) Go
12 2 (0.54%) PHP
12 2 (0.54%) X++
13 1 (0.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 26 (6.97%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (4.56%) Security Cleared
3 16 (4.29%) Cisco Certification
3 16 (4.29%) MCSE
3 16 (4.29%) SC Cleared
4 12 (3.22%) CCNP
5 11 (2.95%) MCSA
6 7 (1.88%) MCTS
7 6 (1.61%) CCIE
7 6 (1.61%) Check Point Certification
7 6 (1.61%) CISSP
8 5 (1.34%) ISEB
8 5 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (1.07%) APMP
9 4 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.07%) Degree
9 4 (1.07%) MCP
10 2 (0.54%) CCNA
10 2 (0.54%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.95%) QA
2 3 (0.80%) COBIT
2 3 (0.80%) WAI
2 3 (0.80%) WCAG
3 2 (0.54%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.54%) GCP
3 2 (0.54%) GDPR
3 2 (0.54%) SLA
4 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.27%) PMO
System Software
1 49 (13.14%) Active Directory
2 33 (8.85%) Docker
3 21 (5.63%) Virtual Machines
4 13 (3.49%) Hyper-V
5 12 (3.22%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.07%) XenApp
8 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.80%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.54%) vSphere
10 1 (0.27%) KVM
10 1 (0.27%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.27%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.27%) Xen
Systems Management
1 28 (7.51%) Ansible
1 28 (7.51%) Puppet
2 25 (6.70%) FortiGate
3 15 (4.02%) SCCM
3 15 (4.02%) Terraform
4 14 (3.75%) Kubernetes
4 14 (3.75%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.61%) SCOM
6 5 (1.34%) Nagios
7 2 (0.54%) logstash
7 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.54%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.27%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.27%) Kibana
8 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.27%) Salt
8 1 (0.27%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.27%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 105 (28.15%) Microsoft
2 44 (11.80%) Oracle
3 43 (11.53%) Cisco
4 37 (9.92%) CheckPoint
5 34 (9.12%) Fortinet
6 28 (7.51%) McAfee
7 23 (6.17%) VMware
8 19 (5.09%) BMC
9 16 (4.29%) IBM
9 16 (4.29%) Nokia
10 15 (4.02%) Aruba
11 14 (3.75%) Atlassian
11 14 (3.75%) Blue Coat
11 14 (3.75%) F5
12 13 (3.49%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (2.95%) Red Hat
14 8 (2.14%) Citrix
15 6 (1.61%) Apigee
15 6 (1.61%) HP
15 6 (1.61%) MuleSoft