Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 28 87
Rank change year-on-year +20 +59 +25
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 455 304 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 9.58% 5.81% 1.99%
As % of the Cloud Services category 53.97% 52.05% 31.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 186 80
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £420 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.10% -4.00% -2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £303 £313
90th Percentile £613 £579 £600
England median daily rate £485 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.67% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £16.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +181.25% - -
England median hourly rate £25.00 £15.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +61.29% -55.71% +34.62%

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 843 584 325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.75% 11.16% 6.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 368 190
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £284 £250 £262
90th Percentile £594 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.63% +18.52% -48.08%
10th Percentile £10.90 £10.58 £12.60
90th Percentile £25.50 £21.47 £14.85
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 19 February 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 19 February 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
Birmingham +3 136 £428 +0.59% 45
Coventry +11 109 £473 +13.86% 19
Shropshire +28 81 £485 +21.10% 1
Warwickshire +41 57 £425 +49.12% 10
Staffordshire +1 10 £425 - 17
Solihull -2 7 £475 +72.73% 6
Herefordshire +10 4 £325 -35.00% 2
Worcestershire +2 2 £250 +85.19%
Wolverhampton - 1 - - 3
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 177 (38.90%) Amazon AWS
2 167 (36.70%) Agile Software Development
3 131 (28.79%) .NET
4 122 (26.81%) Microsoft
5 112 (24.62%) SQL Server
6 107 (23.52%) DevOps
7 105 (23.08%) C#
8 101 (22.20%) Git (software)
9 91 (20.00%) MVC
10 85 (18.68%) Windows
11 84 (18.46%) JavaScript
12 80 (17.58%) Continuous Integration
13 77 (16.92%) SQL
14 75 (16.48%) Oracle
15 74 (16.26%) Linux
15 74 (16.26%) Scrum
16 73 (16.04%) CSS
16 73 (16.04%) HTML
16 73 (16.04%) ASP.NET Web API
17 72 (15.82%) ASP.NET
18 69 (15.16%) TDD
19 65 (14.29%) Web Services
19 65 (14.29%) Firewall
20 63 (13.85%) Cisco
20 63 (13.85%) Kanban
21 62 (13.63%) BDD
22 61 (13.41%) Migration
23 59 (12.97%) Jenkins
24 58 (12.75%) Ansible
24 58 (12.75%) CheckPoint

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 (10.11%) SharePoint
2 18 (3.96%) Elasticsearch
3 14 (3.08%) IIS
4 10 (2.20%) Apache
4 10 (2.20%) JBoss
5 9 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (1.76%) Confluence
6 8 (1.76%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (1.76%) SharePoint 2013
6 8 (1.76%) Skype for Business
7 7 (1.54%) nginx
7 7 (1.54%) Tomcat
8 6 (1.32%) MS Exchange
9 5 (1.10%) OpenStack
9 5 (1.10%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
11 3 (0.66%) CMS
11 3 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.44%) Liferay
12 2 (0.44%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.22%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 30 (6.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.22%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 177 (38.90%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (10.77%) Office 365
3 40 (8.79%) PaaS
4 38 (8.35%) IaaS
5 20 (4.40%) SaaS
6 19 (4.18%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (3.74%) Dynamics 365
8 12 (2.64%) AWS CloudFormation
8 12 (2.64%) GitHub
8 12 (2.64%) Google Cloud Platform
9 11 (2.42%) OneDrive
10 8 (1.76%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
11 4 (0.88%) Cloudflare
12 3 (0.66%) Data Lake Analytics
13 2 (0.44%) Amazon EMR
14 1 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
14 1 (0.22%) Google Compute Engine
14 1 (0.22%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 65 (14.29%) Firewall
2 55 (12.09%) WAN
3 46 (10.11%) Wireless
4 44 (9.67%) VPN
5 26 (5.71%) Cisco ASA
6 20 (4.40%) Internet
7 18 (3.96%) Intrusion Detection
8 10 (2.20%) DNS
8 10 (2.20%) MPLS
8 10 (2.20%) VLAN
9 9 (1.98%) BGP
9 9 (1.98%) OSPF
10 8 (1.76%) HSRP
11 6 (1.32%) LAN
12 4 (0.88%) DHCP
13 3 (0.66%) Network Security
13 3 (0.66%) Reverse Proxy
13 3 (0.66%) Skype
13 3 (0.66%) SSL
14 2 (0.44%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (24.62%) SQL Server
2 22 (4.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (3.30%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.86%) MySQL
4 13 (2.86%) SQL Server 2016
4 13 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (1.98%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.98%) Power BI
6 9 (1.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 8 (1.76%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (1.54%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (1.54%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.54%) SQL Server 2014
9 6 (1.32%) Big Data
9 6 (1.32%) DB2
9 6 (1.32%) NoSQL
9 6 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (1.32%) RDBMS
10 5 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 101 (22.20%) Git (software)
2 59 (12.97%) Jenkins
3 36 (7.91%) Subversion
4 24 (5.27%) Sonatype Nexus
5 20 (4.40%) GitLab
6 17 (3.74%) Visual Studio
7 16 (3.52%) Visual Studio Team System
8 14 (3.08%) Maven
8 14 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
9 13 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 13 (2.86%) Selenium
10 12 (2.64%) JMeter
10 12 (2.64%) TeamCity
11 9 (1.98%) JIRA
12 7 (1.54%) Axure RP
13 6 (1.32%) git-flow
14 4 (0.88%) MSI
15 3 (0.66%) Bitbucket
15 3 (0.66%) Vagrant
15 3 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 39 (8.57%) Finance
2 7 (1.54%) Retail
3 3 (0.66%) Law
3 3 (0.66%) Marketing
4 2 (0.44%) Advertising
4 2 (0.44%) Automotive
4 2 (0.44%) Banking
4 2 (0.44%) French Language
4 2 (0.44%) German Language
4 2 (0.44%) Legal
4 2 (0.44%) Local Government
4 2 (0.44%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 125 (27.47%) Developer
2 68 (14.95%) Architect
3 57 (12.53%) Network Engineer
4 55 (12.09%) .NET Developer
5 49 (10.77%) DevOps Engineer
6 44 (9.67%) Consultant
7 32 (7.03%) Implementation Engineer
7 32 (7.03%) Network Implementation Engineer
8 28 (6.15%) Cloud Engineer
9 27 (5.93%) Azure Engineer
9 27 (5.93%) Design Engineer
9 27 (5.93%) Network Design Engineer
10 26 (5.71%) Azure Developer
11 23 (5.05%) Azure Consultant
11 23 (5.05%) Cisco Engineer
11 23 (5.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 22 (4.84%) Lead DevOps
13 20 (4.40%) Azure Architect
13 20 (4.40%) C# Developer
14 19 (4.18%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (28.79%) .NET
2 73 (16.04%) ASP.NET Web API
2 73 (16.04%) CSS
2 73 (16.04%) HTML
3 72 (15.82%) ASP.NET
4 65 (14.29%) Web Services
5 55 (12.09%) ASP.NET MVC
6 43 (9.45%) .NET Framework
7 40 (8.79%) Dapper ORM
8 32 (7.03%) JSON
9 25 (5.49%) Middleware
10 20 (4.40%) AngularJS
11 12 (2.64%) HTML5
12 11 (2.42%) RESTful
13 10 (2.20%) CSS3
13 10 (2.20%) REST
13 10 (2.20%) Software Packaging
14 9 (1.98%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 8 (1.76%) Node.js
15 8 (1.76%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 49 (10.77%) Enterprise Software
2 34 (7.47%) Data Centre
3 27 (5.93%) Public Cloud
4 21 (4.62%) Greenfield Project
5 19 (4.18%) PKI
6 14 (3.08%) User Experience
7 11 (2.42%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (1.76%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (1.76%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.76%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.32%) DataPower
9 6 (1.32%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.32%) Wiki
10 5 (1.10%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.10%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.88%) Computer Science
12 2 (0.44%) Cloud Native
12 2 (0.44%) Clustering
12 2 (0.44%) Fat Client
12 2 (0.44%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 85 (18.68%) Windows
2 74 (16.26%) Linux
3 28 (6.15%) Windows Server
4 15 (3.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 11 (2.42%) Unix
6 10 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (1.76%) Windows 10
8 7 (1.54%) Android
8 7 (1.54%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.88%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.44%) CentOS
10 2 (0.44%) HPUX
10 2 (0.44%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.22%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.22%) Debian
11 1 (0.22%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (36.70%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (23.52%) DevOps
3 91 (20.00%) MVC
4 80 (17.58%) Continuous Integration
5 74 (16.26%) Scrum
6 69 (15.16%) TDD
7 63 (13.85%) Kanban
8 62 (13.63%) BDD
9 61 (13.41%) Migration
10 49 (10.77%) WAN Optimisation
11 48 (10.55%) ITIL
12 46 (10.11%) SOLID
13 36 (7.91%) Network Design
14 32 (7.03%) CRM
15 30 (6.59%) Digital Transformation Programme
16 29 (6.37%) Test Automation
17 24 (5.27%) Continuous Delivery
18 21 (4.62%) Service Management
19 20 (4.40%) Configuration Management
19 20 (4.40%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 105 (23.08%) C#
2 84 (18.46%) JavaScript
3 77 (16.92%) SQL
4 46 (10.11%) PowerShell
5 30 (6.59%) Python
6 26 (5.71%) Java
7 23 (5.05%) Shell Script
8 15 (3.30%) Perl
9 10 (2.20%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.76%) Ruby
10 8 (1.76%) XAML
11 6 (1.32%) PHP
12 5 (1.10%) Bash Shell
13 4 (0.88%) Scala
14 3 (0.66%) Clojure
14 3 (0.66%) Erlang
14 3 (0.66%) F#
14 3 (0.66%) Go
14 3 (0.66%) Groovy
14 3 (0.66%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 30 (6.59%) SC Cleared
1 30 (6.59%) Security Cleared
2 27 (5.93%) Cisco Certification
3 22 (4.84%) CCNP
4 21 (4.62%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (2.86%) MCSE
6 12 (2.64%) CISSP
6 12 (2.64%) Degree
7 9 (1.98%) CCIE
7 9 (1.98%) MCSA
8 7 (1.54%) MCTS
9 6 (1.32%) Check Point Certification
9 6 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (0.88%) CISM
10 4 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.88%) OCP
10 4 (0.88%) Oracle Certification
11 3 (0.66%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.66%) CCNA
11 3 (0.66%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.20%) GDPR
2 6 (1.32%) QA
3 3 (0.66%) SLA
4 2 (0.44%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.44%) GCP
4 2 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.44%) WAI
4 2 (0.44%) WCAG
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 40 (8.79%) Active Directory
2 34 (7.47%) Docker
3 21 (4.62%) Virtual Machines
4 17 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (2.86%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.44%) vSphere
8 2 (0.44%) XenApp
9 1 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.22%) KVM
9 1 (0.22%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.22%) Xen
9 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 58 (12.75%) Ansible
2 56 (12.31%) Puppet
3 40 (8.79%) FortiGate
4 31 (6.81%) Terraform
5 30 (6.59%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (3.74%) Nagios
7 16 (3.52%) logstash
8 14 (3.08%) Graylog
9 11 (2.42%) SCCM
10 10 (2.20%) Kubernetes
10 10 (2.20%) Rundeck
10 10 (2.20%) Tivoli
11 8 (1.76%) Single Sign-On
12 6 (1.32%) SCOM
13 5 (1.10%) WSUS
14 4 (0.88%) SCVMM
15 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
15 3 (0.66%) ZABBIX
16 2 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
16 2 (0.44%) Packer
Vendors
1 122 (26.81%) Microsoft
2 75 (16.48%) Oracle
3 63 (13.85%) Cisco
4 58 (12.75%) CheckPoint
5 50 (10.99%) Fortinet
6 45 (9.89%) McAfee
7 38 (8.35%) Aruba
8 33 (7.25%) VMware
9 31 (6.81%) IBM
10 26 (5.71%) Nokia
11 22 (4.84%) BMC
12 21 (4.62%) F5
12 21 (4.62%) Google
13 20 (4.40%) Blue Coat
14 18 (3.96%) HP
14 18 (3.96%) Red Hat
15 11 (2.42%) Micro Focus
16 10 (2.20%) CA
16 10 (2.20%) Serena
16 10 (2.20%) Splunk