Period
to 27 May 2018

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 27 May 2018 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 27 46
Rank change year-on-year +19 +19 +73
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 514 239 201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 10.50% 5.52% 3.70%
As % of the Cloud Services category 51.04% 44.59% 45.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 165 151
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £460 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +10.84% +14.48%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £313
90th Percentile £600 £575 £525
England median daily rate £490 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +3.16% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
10th Percentile £19.00 - £21.25
90th Percentile £21.00 - £23.75
England median hourly rate £31.00 £18.96 £41.75
% change year-on-year +63.50% -54.59% +39.17%

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 1,007 536 446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.57% 12.38% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 644 362 286
West Midlands median daily rate £455 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.67% +0.13% +23.08%
10th Percentile £287 £250 £275
90th Percentile £598 £550 £520
England median daily rate £484 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +5.22% +2.22% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 16 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £13.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -25.68% -19.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £9.75 £12.83
90th Percentile £24.45 £52.63 £26.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% -11.11%

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 27 May 2018.

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 27 May 2018. 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
Coventry +19 138 £463 -11.61% 13
Birmingham +5 118 £425 - 56
Shropshire +10 104 £530 +6.82% 9
Warwickshire +36 61 £451 +12.63% 15
Solihull +5 15 £400 - 6
Staffordshire -2 14 £375 -11.76% 10
Herefordshire +9 5 £325 +18.18% 2
Worcestershire -6 4 £250 +21.21% 6
Wolverhampton - 4 £375 - 6
Walsall -1 2 £363 -34.09% 1
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure.

1 208 (40.47%) Agile Software Development
2 187 (36.38%) Amazon AWS
3 158 (30.74%) .NET
4 155 (30.16%) Microsoft
5 135 (26.26%) SQL Server
6 132 (25.68%) C#
7 131 (25.49%) DevOps
8 112 (21.79%) Windows
9 102 (19.84%) Continuous Integration
10 100 (19.46%) Git (software)
11 94 (18.29%) SQL
12 91 (17.70%) JavaScript
13 84 (16.34%) Linux
14 81 (15.76%) Scrum
15 80 (15.56%) MVC
16 76 (14.79%) CSS
17 75 (14.59%) ASP.NET
17 75 (14.59%) HTML
17 75 (14.59%) Oracle
18 73 (14.20%) ASP.NET Web API
19 71 (13.81%) PowerShell
20 70 (13.62%) Firewall
20 70 (13.62%) IaaS
21 66 (12.84%) Web Services
22 65 (12.65%) Ansible
23 64 (12.45%) PaaS
24 63 (12.26%) ASP.NET MVC
24 63 (12.26%) Enterprise Software
25 62 (12.06%) TDD
26 60 (11.67%) Puppet

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 31 (6.03%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.33%) MS Exchange
3 11 (2.14%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (1.75%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (1.56%) IIS
6 7 (1.36%) CMS
6 7 (1.36%) OpenStack
7 6 (1.17%) JBoss
8 4 (0.78%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.58%) Apache
9 3 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.58%) Confluence
9 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.58%) NetWeaver
9 3 (0.58%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.58%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.39%) GlassFish
10 2 (0.39%) Liferay
10 2 (0.39%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (2.92%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.97%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 15 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.19%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 187 (36.38%) Amazon AWS
2 70 (13.62%) IaaS
3 64 (12.45%) PaaS
4 47 (9.14%) Office 365
5 42 (8.17%) SaaS
6 27 (5.25%) Cloud Computing
7 26 (5.06%) Google Cloud Platform
8 13 (2.53%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (2.14%) AWS CloudFormation
9 11 (2.14%) Azure Active Directory
10 8 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (1.56%) GitHub
10 8 (1.56%) Serverless
11 7 (1.36%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.78%) Cloudflare
12 4 (0.78%) IBM Cloud
12 4 (0.78%) Yammer
13 3 (0.58%) Amazon S3
13 3 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 70 (13.62%) Firewall
2 50 (9.73%) WAN
3 46 (8.95%) Wireless
4 42 (8.17%) VPN
5 37 (7.20%) Cisco ASA
6 13 (2.53%) DNS
7 10 (1.95%) Internet
8 8 (1.56%) DHCP
8 8 (1.56%) Intrusion Detection
9 7 (1.36%) SAN
9 7 (1.36%) Skype
10 6 (1.17%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (0.97%) LAN
11 5 (0.97%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.78%) MPLS
13 3 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
13 3 (0.58%) Network Security
13 3 (0.58%) SNMP
13 3 (0.58%) VLAN
14 2 (0.39%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (26.26%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 19 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 16 (3.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (2.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (2.53%) Relational Database
6 12 (2.33%) MySQL
6 12 (2.33%) NoSQL
7 10 (1.95%) Amazon RDS
7 10 (1.95%) Power BI
7 10 (1.95%) SQL Server 2016
8 9 (1.75%) MongoDB
8 9 (1.75%) SQL Server 2014
9 8 (1.56%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (1.17%) Oracle Database
11 5 (0.97%) DB2
11 5 (0.97%) QlikView
11 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.78%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 100 (19.46%) Git (software)
2 53 (10.31%) Jenkins
3 39 (7.59%) Visual Studio Team System
4 32 (6.23%) Subversion
4 32 (6.23%) Visual Studio
5 30 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
6 27 (5.25%) Sonatype Nexus
7 17 (3.31%) Maven
8 13 (2.53%) GitLab
9 10 (1.95%) TeamCity
10 9 (1.75%) JIRA
11 8 (1.56%) MSI
11 8 (1.56%) Selenium
12 6 (1.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 6 (1.17%) WiX
13 5 (0.97%) Axure RP
13 5 (0.97%) JMeter
14 3 (0.58%) Artifactory
14 3 (0.58%) git-flow
14 3 (0.58%) MSBuild
General
1 48 (9.34%) Finance
2 11 (2.14%) Retail
3 5 (0.97%) Legal
4 3 (0.58%) Banking
4 3 (0.58%) Marketing
5 2 (0.39%) Automotive
5 2 (0.39%) French Language
5 2 (0.39%) German Language
5 2 (0.39%) Law
5 2 (0.39%) Local Government
6 1 (0.19%) Advertising
6 1 (0.19%) Games
6 1 (0.19%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 142 (27.63%) Developer
2 99 (19.26%) Architect
3 71 (13.81%) .NET Developer
4 67 (13.04%) DevOps Engineer
5 47 (9.14%) Network Engineer
6 39 (7.59%) Cloud Engineer
7 37 (7.20%) Azure Architect
7 37 (7.20%) Azure Engineer
7 37 (7.20%) Design Engineer
7 37 (7.20%) Implementation Engineer
7 37 (7.20%) Network Design Engineer
7 37 (7.20%) Network Implementation Engineer
8 35 (6.81%) Consultant
9 29 (5.64%) Azure Developer
10 27 (5.25%) C# Developer
11 26 (5.06%) Cloud Architect
12 23 (4.47%) Cisco Engineer
12 23 (4.47%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 22 (4.28%) C# .NET Developer
13 22 (4.28%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (30.74%) .NET
2 76 (14.79%) CSS
3 75 (14.59%) ASP.NET
3 75 (14.59%) HTML
4 73 (14.20%) ASP.NET Web API
5 66 (12.84%) Web Services
6 63 (12.26%) ASP.NET MVC
7 47 (9.14%) .NET Framework
8 46 (8.95%) Dapper ORM
9 43 (8.37%) JSON
10 29 (5.64%) AngularJS
11 22 (4.28%) Middleware
12 21 (4.09%) .NET Core
13 15 (2.92%) Node.js
14 14 (2.72%) React
14 14 (2.72%) RESTful
15 13 (2.53%) REST
15 13 (2.53%) WPF
16 12 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC 4
17 11 (2.14%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 63 (12.26%) Enterprise Software
2 50 (9.73%) Data Centre
3 39 (7.59%) Public Cloud
4 23 (4.47%) Greenfield Project
5 19 (3.70%) User Experience
6 16 (3.11%) Hybrid Cloud
7 14 (2.72%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (2.33%) PKI
10 11 (2.14%) Mobile App
10 11 (2.14%) Private Cloud
11 5 (0.97%) Clustering
11 5 (0.97%) Enterprise Cloud
11 5 (0.97%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.78%) Computer Science
12 4 (0.78%) Fat Client
12 4 (0.78%) Thin Client
13 3 (0.58%) N-Tier
14 2 (0.39%) Cloud Native
14 2 (0.39%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 112 (21.79%) Windows
2 84 (16.34%) Linux
3 46 (8.95%) Windows Server
4 26 (5.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 18 (3.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (2.14%) Unix
7 8 (1.56%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.17%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.97%) Android
9 5 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.58%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.39%) CentOS
11 2 (0.39%) Debian
11 2 (0.39%) HPUX
11 2 (0.39%) Solaris
11 2 (0.39%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.39%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.39%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (40.47%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (25.49%) DevOps
3 102 (19.84%) Continuous Integration
4 81 (15.76%) Scrum
5 80 (15.56%) MVC
6 62 (12.06%) TDD
7 57 (11.09%) Kanban
8 56 (10.89%) Migration
9 53 (10.31%) BDD
10 43 (8.37%) Network Design
10 43 (8.37%) WAN Optimisation
11 39 (7.59%) SOLID
12 34 (6.61%) ITIL
13 33 (6.42%) Problem-Solving
14 29 (5.64%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 28 (5.45%) Configuration Management
16 26 (5.06%) Test Automation
17 25 (4.86%) Deployment Automation
18 20 (3.89%) Continuous Deployment
19 19 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 132 (25.68%) C#
2 94 (18.29%) SQL
3 91 (17.70%) JavaScript
4 71 (13.81%) PowerShell
5 37 (7.20%) Python
6 28 (5.45%) Java
7 21 (4.09%) T-SQL
8 20 (3.89%) Perl
9 18 (3.50%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.56%) PHP
11 7 (1.36%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.36%) XAML
12 6 (1.17%) PL/SQL
12 6 (1.17%) TypeScript
13 5 (0.97%) Java 8
13 5 (0.97%) Ruby
14 4 (0.78%) Scala
15 3 (0.58%) F#
15 3 (0.58%) Groovy
15 3 (0.58%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 57 (11.09%) Security Cleared
2 54 (10.51%) SC Cleared
3 17 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (3.11%) Degree
5 14 (2.72%) CCNP
6 8 (1.56%) CCIE
7 7 (1.36%) CISSP
7 7 (1.36%) OCP
7 7 (1.36%) Oracle Certification
8 5 (0.97%) AWS Certification
8 5 (0.97%) CISM
9 4 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (0.78%) CEH
9 4 (0.78%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.58%) Master's Degree
10 3 (0.58%) MCSE
11 2 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.39%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.95%) GDPR
2 5 (0.97%) QA
3 3 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.58%) SLA
4 2 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.19%) GCP
5 1 (0.19%) PMO
5 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 40 (7.78%) Active Directory
2 35 (6.81%) Docker
3 26 (5.06%) Hyper-V
3 26 (5.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.36%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.78%) XenApp
8 3 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.58%) vSphere
9 2 (0.39%) NFS
9 2 (0.39%) Samba
9 2 (0.39%) Squid
9 2 (0.39%) Varnish
9 2 (0.39%) Xen
10 1 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 65 (12.65%) Ansible
2 60 (11.67%) Puppet
3 43 (8.37%) FortiGate
4 38 (7.39%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (5.06%) Terraform
6 15 (2.92%) SCCM
7 14 (2.72%) WSUS
8 13 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
9 12 (2.33%) Nagios
10 11 (2.14%) logstash
11 10 (1.95%) Kubernetes
12 9 (1.75%) Graylog
13 7 (1.36%) NetBackup
13 7 (1.36%) SCOM
14 6 (1.17%) Automic
14 6 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
14 6 (1.17%) vCenter Server
15 5 (0.97%) Rundeck
15 5 (0.97%) Tivoli
16 4 (0.78%) Observium
Vendors
1 155 (30.16%) Microsoft
2 75 (14.59%) Oracle
3 59 (11.48%) Cisco
4 52 (10.12%) CheckPoint
5 49 (9.53%) VMware
6 48 (9.34%) McAfee
7 46 (8.95%) Fortinet
8 43 (8.37%) Aruba
9 37 (7.20%) Nokia
10 36 (7.00%) Google
11 30 (5.84%) Red Hat
12 23 (4.47%) HP
13 19 (3.70%) IBM
14 13 (2.53%) Xamarin
15 10 (1.95%) SAP
16 7 (1.36%) F5
16 7 (1.36%) Splunk
17 6 (1.17%) BMC
17 6 (1.17%) Citrix
17 6 (1.17%) Micro Focus