Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 26 35
Rank change year-on-year +18 +9 +93
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 541 270 254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 10.40% 6.08% 4.24%
As % of the Cloud Services category 49.63% 42.93% 52.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 192 183
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £460 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +15.00% +4.58%
10th Percentile £315 £319 £313
90th Percentile £587 £575 £513
England median daily rate £480 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +10.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 - £18.25
10th Percentile £19.00 - £13.83
90th Percentile £21.00 - £22.88
England median hourly rate £31.00 £47.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year -34.74% +9.20% +24.29%

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 1,090 629 481
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.96% 14.17% 8.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 697 424 304
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £258 £228 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £513
England median daily rate £479 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +3.51% +2.78% +9.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 17 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 £13.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.85% -28.77% -10.98%
10th Percentile £11.00 £9.45 £13.00
90th Percentile £27.83 £52.40 £26.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.44% +7.89% -15.56%

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 July 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 21 July 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 +17 151 £475 -1.30% 9
Shropshire +11 119 £530 +6.82% 6
Birmingham +3 115 £400 -8.57% 65
Warwickshire +18 49 £451 -6.15% 14
Staffordshire 0 16 £375 +7.14% 12
Solihull -2 12 £325 - 4
Herefordshire +13 5 £390 +41.82% 5
Walsall -4 4 £400 -31.03%
Wolverhampton -7 3 £375 +7.14% 2
Worcestershire - 3 - - 3
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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.

1 222 (41.04%) Agile Software Development
2 189 (34.94%) Microsoft
3 176 (32.53%) .NET
4 167 (30.87%) Amazon AWS
5 163 (30.13%) DevOps
6 139 (25.69%) C#
7 133 (24.58%) SQL Server
7 133 (24.58%) Windows
8 112 (20.70%) Continuous Integration
9 99 (18.30%) Git (software)
10 98 (18.11%) SQL
11 86 (15.90%) Scrum
11 86 (15.90%) PowerShell
12 84 (15.53%) JavaScript
13 79 (14.60%) MVC
14 78 (14.42%) PaaS
14 78 (14.42%) IaaS
15 77 (14.23%) ASP.NET
16 74 (13.68%) Web Services
16 74 (13.68%) Linux
17 71 (13.12%) HTML
18 70 (12.94%) CSS
19 67 (12.38%) Ansible
20 65 (12.01%) Oracle
21 63 (11.65%) Security Cleared
22 62 (11.46%) ASP.NET Web API
23 61 (11.28%) Enterprise Software
24 60 (11.09%) Office 365
25 59 (10.91%) ASP.NET MVC
26 57 (10.54%) 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 34 (6.28%) SharePoint
2 17 (3.14%) Elasticsearch
3 15 (2.77%) Confluence
4 12 (2.22%) MS Exchange
5 8 (1.48%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (1.29%) Apache
6 7 (1.29%) IIS
7 6 (1.11%) CMS
7 6 (1.11%) nginx
7 6 (1.11%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.55%) NetWeaver
9 3 (0.55%) Sitefinity
9 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.37%) GlassFish
10 2 (0.37%) JBoss
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.37%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 17 (3.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.18%) Movex
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 167 (30.87%) Amazon AWS
2 78 (14.42%) IaaS
2 78 (14.42%) PaaS
3 60 (11.09%) Office 365
4 53 (9.80%) SaaS
5 37 (6.84%) Cloud Computing
6 22 (4.07%) Dynamics 365
7 21 (3.88%) Google Cloud Platform
8 13 (2.40%) Serverless
9 12 (2.22%) Azure Active Directory
10 8 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (1.29%) OneDrive
12 6 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.74%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.74%) Cloudflare
13 4 (0.74%) GitHub
13 4 (0.74%) Yammer
14 3 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 55 (10.17%) Firewall
2 38 (7.02%) WAN
3 37 (6.84%) Wireless
4 34 (6.28%) VPN
5 30 (5.55%) Cisco ASA
6 17 (3.14%) DNS
7 10 (1.85%) DHCP
8 8 (1.48%) Remote Desktop
9 7 (1.29%) Internet
9 7 (1.29%) SAN
10 6 (1.11%) Skype
11 5 (0.92%) Intrusion Detection
11 5 (0.92%) Reverse Proxy
11 5 (0.92%) SSL
11 5 (0.92%) Unified Communications
12 3 (0.55%) Cisco Nexus
12 3 (0.55%) Intranet
12 3 (0.55%) LAN
12 3 (0.55%) MPLS
13 2 (0.37%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (24.58%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 16 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (2.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (2.40%) Azure SQL Database
5 13 (2.40%) NoSQL
5 13 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (1.85%) Oracle Database
7 9 (1.66%) Relational Database
7 9 (1.66%) SQL Server 2014
7 9 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
8 7 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (1.11%) MySQL
9 6 (1.11%) Power BI
9 6 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.92%) Big Data
10 5 (0.92%) QlikView
10 5 (0.92%) Redis
10 5 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 99 (18.30%) Git (software)
2 57 (10.54%) Visual Studio Team System
3 53 (9.80%) Jenkins
4 42 (7.76%) Visual Studio
5 40 (7.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 34 (6.28%) Subversion
7 26 (4.81%) Sonatype Nexus
8 22 (4.07%) JIRA
9 21 (3.88%) Maven
10 12 (2.22%) TeamCity
11 11 (2.03%) Bitbucket
12 9 (1.66%) GitLab
13 8 (1.48%) MSI
13 8 (1.48%) Selenium
14 7 (1.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 6 (1.11%) Grunt
15 6 (1.11%) gulp
15 6 (1.11%) HP UFT
15 6 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
15 6 (1.11%) Vagrant
General
1 49 (9.06%) Finance
2 9 (1.66%) Retail
3 6 (1.11%) Legal
3 6 (1.11%) Marketing
4 4 (0.74%) Banking
5 3 (0.55%) Local Government
6 1 (0.18%) Advertising
6 1 (0.18%) Electronics
6 1 (0.18%) French Language
6 1 (0.18%) Games
6 1 (0.18%) German Language
6 1 (0.18%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.18%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 137 (25.32%) Developer
2 95 (17.56%) Architect
3 87 (16.08%) DevOps Engineer
4 79 (14.60%) .NET Developer
5 53 (9.80%) Azure Engineer
6 43 (7.95%) Azure Architect
7 41 (7.58%) Azure DevOps
7 41 (7.58%) Cloud Engineer
8 35 (6.47%) Azure Developer
8 35 (6.47%) Network Engineer
9 33 (6.10%) Consultant
10 32 (5.91%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 31 (5.73%) AWS DevOps
12 30 (5.55%) Design Engineer
12 30 (5.55%) Implementation Engineer
12 30 (5.55%) Network Design Engineer
12 30 (5.55%) Network Implementation Engineer
13 29 (5.36%) C# Developer
14 28 (5.18%) Cloud Architect
15 24 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (32.53%) .NET
2 77 (14.23%) ASP.NET
3 74 (13.68%) Web Services
4 71 (13.12%) HTML
5 70 (12.94%) CSS
6 62 (11.46%) ASP.NET Web API
7 59 (10.91%) ASP.NET MVC
8 52 (9.61%) .NET Framework
9 45 (8.32%) JSON
10 41 (7.58%) Dapper ORM
11 29 (5.36%) .NET Core
12 24 (4.44%) AngularJS
13 22 (4.07%) Middleware
13 22 (4.07%) Node.js
14 15 (2.77%) Entity Framework
15 14 (2.59%) jQuery
15 14 (2.59%) RESTful
16 13 (2.40%) React
16 13 (2.40%) REST
16 13 (2.40%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 61 (11.28%) Enterprise Software
2 49 (9.06%) Data Centre
3 40 (7.39%) Public Cloud
4 28 (5.18%) User Experience
5 15 (2.77%) Greenfield Project
6 14 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (2.03%) Mobile App
9 10 (1.85%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.11%) Management Information System
11 4 (0.74%) Clustering
11 4 (0.74%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.55%) Wiki
13 2 (0.37%) Fat Client
13 2 (0.37%) PKI
13 2 (0.37%) Thin Client
14 1 (0.18%) Digital Media
14 1 (0.18%) Enterprise Storage
14 1 (0.18%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 133 (24.58%) Windows
2 74 (13.68%) Linux
3 57 (10.54%) Windows Server
4 26 (4.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (4.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (2.03%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.29%) Unix
8 5 (0.92%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.74%) Android
10 3 (0.55%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.37%) CentOS
11 2 (0.37%) Debian
11 2 (0.37%) Solaris
11 2 (0.37%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.37%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.37%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.37%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.18%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 222 (41.04%) Agile Software Development
2 163 (30.13%) DevOps
3 112 (20.70%) Continuous Integration
4 86 (15.90%) Scrum
5 79 (14.60%) MVC
6 57 (10.54%) TDD
7 55 (10.17%) BDD
7 55 (10.17%) Kanban
7 55 (10.17%) Migration
8 36 (6.65%) Configuration Management
9 33 (6.10%) Network Design
9 33 (6.10%) WAN Optimisation
10 32 (5.91%) SOLID
11 30 (5.55%) Deployment Automation
11 30 (5.55%) Test Automation
12 26 (4.81%) ITIL
12 26 (4.81%) Problem-Solving
13 25 (4.62%) Business Intelligence
13 25 (4.62%) CRM
14 24 (4.44%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 139 (25.69%) C#
2 98 (18.11%) SQL
3 86 (15.90%) PowerShell
4 84 (15.53%) JavaScript
5 40 (7.39%) Python
6 30 (5.55%) T-SQL
7 23 (4.25%) Perl
8 22 (4.07%) Java
9 12 (2.22%) Bash Shell
10 9 (1.66%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.48%) PHP
11 8 (1.48%) PL/SQL
12 5 (0.92%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.92%) XAML
13 4 (0.74%) Java 8
14 3 (0.55%) C
15 2 (0.37%) C++
15 2 (0.37%) Go
15 2 (0.37%) Ruby
16 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 63 (11.65%) Security Cleared
2 54 (9.98%) SC Cleared
3 13 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (2.03%) CCNP
4 11 (2.03%) Degree
5 8 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
5 8 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (1.29%) CCIE
6 7 (1.29%) MCSE
7 5 (0.92%) BC Cleared
7 5 (0.92%) DBS Check
7 5 (0.92%) Oracle Certification
8 4 (0.74%) AWS Certification
8 4 (0.74%) CCNA
8 4 (0.74%) CISSP
8 4 (0.74%) OCP
8 4 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.37%) Check Point Certification
10 2 (0.37%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.11%) GDPR
1 6 (1.11%) QA
2 3 (0.55%) GCP
2 3 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (0.55%) SLA
3 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.18%) PMO
4 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 52 (9.61%) Active Directory
2 42 (7.76%) Docker
3 31 (5.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (4.25%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (0.92%) XenApp
8 4 (0.74%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (0.74%) vSphere
9 2 (0.37%) NFS
9 2 (0.37%) Samba
9 2 (0.37%) Squid
9 2 (0.37%) Varnish
9 2 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.37%) Xen
10 1 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 67 (12.38%) Ansible
2 57 (10.54%) Puppet
3 40 (7.39%) Opscode Chef
4 31 (5.73%) FortiGate
5 23 (4.25%) Terraform
6 21 (3.88%) WSUS
7 17 (3.14%) SCCM
8 15 (2.77%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (2.40%) Kubernetes
10 12 (2.22%) Nagios
11 9 (1.66%) logstash
12 7 (1.29%) NetBackup
13 6 (1.11%) vCenter Server
14 5 (0.92%) Kibana
14 5 (0.92%) Rundeck
14 5 (0.92%) SCOM
15 4 (0.74%) Graylog
15 4 (0.74%) Observium
15 4 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
16 3 (0.55%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 189 (34.94%) Microsoft
2 65 (12.01%) Oracle
3 53 (9.80%) VMware
4 45 (8.32%) Cisco
5 39 (7.21%) McAfee
6 38 (7.02%) CheckPoint
7 36 (6.65%) Fortinet
8 31 (5.73%) Aruba
9 30 (5.55%) Nokia
10 28 (5.18%) Google
11 24 (4.44%) Red Hat
12 20 (3.70%) IBM
13 14 (2.59%) HP
14 10 (1.85%) Xamarin
15 8 (1.48%) Capita
15 8 (1.48%) SAP
16 7 (1.29%) Citrix
17 6 (1.11%) Atlassian
17 6 (1.11%) NetApp
18 5 (0.92%) Veritas