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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 41 91
Rank change year-on-year +15 +50  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 123 117 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.02% 3.92% 1.27%
As % of the Cloud Services category 39.55% 53.18% 26.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 95 12
Median daily rate £460 £415 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.84% +17.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £325 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £500 £447
UK excluding London median daily rate £439 £450 £365
% change year-on-year -2.50% +23.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -  

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

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 311 220 114
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.22% 7.37% 4.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 152 60
Median daily rate £475 £415 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.45% +20.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £550 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £390
% change year-on-year - +15.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 1 5
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.53% -27.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £13.00 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.20 £13.00 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £16.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year +75.75% -38.31%  

Microsoft Azure
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 26 June 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 3 months to 26 June 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
Birmingham +15 32 £538 +22.85% 23
Shropshire +21 23 £498 +20.01% 5
Coventry -5 12 £438 +16.66% 6
Warwickshire +14 11 £463 -6.56% 10
Staffordshire -1 6 £325 -3.70% 7
Wolverhampton 0 3 £350 -
Walsall - 2 £550 -
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 115 (48.52%) Amazon AWS
2 87 (36.71%) Microsoft
3 75 (31.65%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (27.00%) Windows
5 63 (26.58%) Linux
5 63 (26.58%) Docker
6 53 (22.36%) Puppet
7 48 (20.25%) Ansible
8 46 (19.41%) Elasticsearch
8 46 (19.41%) Python
8 46 (19.41%) Ruby
8 46 (19.41%) JIRA
9 45 (18.99%) PostgreSQL
9 45 (18.99%) DevOps
9 45 (18.99%) Terraform
10 43 (18.14%) Confluence
11 42 (17.72%) .NET
11 42 (17.72%) SQL Server
12 40 (16.88%) SQL
12 40 (16.88%) Migration
13 38 (16.03%) Bash Shell
13 38 (16.03%) Security Cleared
13 38 (16.03%) CentOS
14 35 (14.77%) SC Cleared
15 34 (14.35%) C#
16 32 (13.50%) Public Cloud
17 31 (13.08%) SharePoint
17 31 (13.08%) TDD
18 29 (12.24%) MVC
19 28 (11.81%) Office 365

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 46 (19.41%) Elasticsearch
2 43 (18.14%) Confluence
3 31 (13.08%) SharePoint
4 14 (5.91%) Cloud Foundry
5 10 (4.22%) SharePoint 2013
6 8 (3.38%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (2.53%) CMS
7 6 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (2.11%) DNN
9 4 (1.69%) NServiceBus
10 3 (1.27%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.84%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.42%) Documentum
12 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
12 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.42%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.42%) Umbraco
12 1 (0.42%) WildFly
12 1 (0.42%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.84%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 23 (9.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (3.80%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 115 (48.52%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (11.81%) IaaS
2 28 (11.81%) Office 365
3 26 (10.97%) PaaS
3 26 (10.97%) SaaS
4 15 (6.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (5.91%) Heroku
5 14 (5.91%) OpenShift
6 10 (4.22%) GitHub
7 5 (2.11%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.42%) Bluemix
9 1 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.42%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.42%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.75%) WAN
2 13 (5.49%) Firewall
3 10 (4.22%) VPN
4 7 (2.95%) Cisco ASA
5 5 (2.11%) LAN
6 4 (1.69%) DNS
7 3 (1.27%) BGP
7 3 (1.27%) MPLS
7 3 (1.27%) OSPF
7 3 (1.27%) Reverse Proxy
7 3 (1.27%) Skype
7 3 (1.27%) Wireless
8 2 (0.84%) DHCP
8 2 (0.84%) SSL
8 2 (0.84%) VoIP
9 1 (0.42%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.42%) NetScaler
9 1 (0.42%) VLAN
9 1 (0.42%) VPLS
9 1 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (18.99%) PostgreSQL
2 42 (17.72%) SQL Server
3 17 (7.17%) SQL Server 2014
4 13 (5.49%) SQL Server 2016
5 12 (5.06%) MongoDB
5 12 (5.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (4.64%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (4.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (4.22%) Power BI
7 10 (4.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (3.80%) NoSQL
8 9 (3.80%) QlikView
9 7 (2.95%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (2.95%) MySQL
10 5 (2.11%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.84%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
12 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 46 (19.41%) JIRA
2 16 (6.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (4.64%) Bitbucket
4 10 (4.22%) GitLab
4 10 (4.22%) Visual Studio
5 9 (3.80%) Jenkins
6 6 (2.53%) SpecFlow
7 5 (2.11%) Git (software)
8 4 (1.69%) MSTest
8 4 (1.69%) NUnit
8 4 (1.69%) ReSharper
8 4 (1.69%) Subversion
9 3 (1.27%) Axure RP
9 3 (1.27%) Cucumber
9 3 (1.27%) Maven
9 3 (1.27%) MSBuild
9 3 (1.27%) NCover
9 3 (1.27%) NDepend
9 3 (1.27%) Selenium
9 3 (1.27%) StyleCop
General
1 12 (5.06%) Billing
2 11 (4.64%) Finance
3 6 (2.53%) Marketing
4 5 (2.11%) Advertising
4 5 (2.11%) Retail
5 4 (1.69%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.84%) Banking
6 2 (0.84%) Local Government
7 1 (0.42%) Publishing
7 1 (0.42%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 80 (33.76%) Architect
2 50 (21.10%) Developer
3 36 (15.19%) Solutions Architect
4 23 (9.70%) DevOps Engineer
5 19 (8.02%) .NET Developer
6 17 (7.17%) Project Manager
6 17 (7.17%) Senior Architect
7 15 (6.33%) Cloud Architect
7 15 (6.33%) Senior Developer
7 15 (6.33%) Senior Solutions Architect
8 14 (5.91%) Technical Architect
9 11 (4.64%) Azure Architect
10 10 (4.22%) Azure Engineer
10 10 (4.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 10 (4.22%) JIRA Engineer
11 9 (3.80%) Administrator
11 9 (3.80%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 9 (3.80%) JavaScript Developer
12 8 (3.38%) Consultant
12 8 (3.38%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (17.72%) .NET
2 27 (11.39%) HTML
3 26 (10.97%) CSS
4 22 (9.28%) REST
4 22 (9.28%) Web Services
5 15 (6.33%) HTML5
6 14 (5.91%) ASP.NET
6 14 (5.91%) ASP.NET Web API
6 14 (5.91%) CSS3
6 14 (5.91%) SOAP
6 14 (5.91%) Spring
6 14 (5.91%) Spring Boot
7 9 (3.80%) .NET Framework
7 9 (3.80%) ASP.NET MVC
7 9 (3.80%) Entity Framework
8 8 (3.38%) Backbone.js
8 8 (3.38%) jQuery
8 8 (3.38%) WCF
9 7 (2.95%) AngularJS
9 7 (2.95%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 32 (13.50%) Public Cloud
2 23 (9.70%) Data Centre
3 16 (6.75%) User Experience
4 5 (2.11%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (1.27%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.27%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.27%) Private Cloud
6 2 (0.84%) Clustering
6 2 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (0.84%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.42%) Blog
7 1 (0.42%) CMDB
7 1 (0.42%) Fintech
7 1 (0.42%) HP Storage
7 1 (0.42%) PMI
7 1 (0.42%) Replication
7 1 (0.42%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 64 (27.00%) Windows
2 63 (26.58%) Linux
3 38 (16.03%) CentOS
4 13 (5.49%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.69%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.27%) Android
7 3 (1.27%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.27%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.84%) VMS
8 2 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.42%) Unix
9 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.42%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (31.65%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (18.99%) DevOps
3 40 (16.88%) Migration
4 31 (13.08%) TDD
5 29 (12.24%) MVC
6 27 (11.39%) Configuration Management
7 26 (10.97%) BDD
7 26 (10.97%) Continuous Integration
7 26 (10.97%) CRM
8 23 (9.70%) Enterprise Architecture
9 20 (8.44%) Microservices
9 20 (8.44%) Scrum
10 18 (7.59%) Mentoring
11 17 (7.17%) TOGAF
12 14 (5.91%) API Design
12 14 (5.91%) API Development
12 14 (5.91%) API Integration
12 14 (5.91%) Business Intelligence
12 14 (5.91%) ITIL
13 13 (5.49%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (19.41%) Python
1 46 (19.41%) Ruby
2 40 (16.88%) SQL
3 38 (16.03%) Bash Shell
4 34 (14.35%) C#
5 27 (11.39%) PowerShell
6 25 (10.55%) JavaScript
7 18 (7.59%) Java
8 12 (5.06%) T-SQL
9 7 (2.95%) Scala
10 4 (1.69%) Perl
11 3 (1.27%) C
11 3 (1.27%) XAML
12 2 (0.84%) PHP
13 1 (0.42%) F#
13 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 38 (16.03%) Security Cleared
2 35 (14.77%) SC Cleared
3 14 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (1.27%) CCNP
4 3 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (1.27%) Degree
5 2 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.84%) CCNA
5 2 (0.84%) ISEB
5 2 (0.84%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.84%) MCSA
5 2 (0.84%) MCSE
6 1 (0.42%) CCA
6 1 (0.42%) CCDA
6 1 (0.42%) CCDP
6 1 (0.42%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.42%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.42%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.42%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.42%) COBIT
2 1 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 63 (26.58%) Docker
2 25 (10.55%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
5 1 (0.42%) vCloud
5 1 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 53 (22.36%) Puppet
2 48 (20.25%) Ansible
3 45 (18.99%) Terraform
4 14 (5.91%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (4.64%) Kubernetes
6 6 (2.53%) SCOM
7 3 (1.27%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.27%) SnapMirror
8 2 (0.84%) logstash
8 2 (0.84%) SCCM
9 1 (0.42%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.42%) Forum Sentry
9 1 (0.42%) Kibana
9 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.42%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.42%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.42%) WSUS
Vendors
1 87 (36.71%) Microsoft
2 21 (8.86%) Oracle
3 18 (7.59%) Cisco
4 13 (5.49%) Red Hat
5 12 (5.06%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (4.64%) VMware
7 10 (4.22%) Apigee
7 10 (4.22%) CheckPoint
7 10 (4.22%) MuleSoft
8 9 (3.80%) Fortinet
9 7 (2.95%) Atlassian
10 6 (2.53%) Google
11 5 (2.11%) Citrix
11 5 (2.11%) NetApp
12 3 (1.27%) Aruba
12 3 (1.27%) Blue Coat
12 3 (1.27%) IBM
12 3 (1.27%) McAfee
12 3 (1.27%) Nokia
12 3 (1.27%) Xamarin
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