Period
to 18 August 2019

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 18 August 2019 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
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 8 22
Rank change year-on-year +4 +14 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 662 527 293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.27% 10.32% 6.72%
As % of the Cloud Services category 50.04% 47.39% 42.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 347 216
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +10.09%
10th Percentile £338 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.00% - -
England median hourly rate £44.00 £31.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +41.94% -34.74% +9.20%

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 1,323 1,112 692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 30.53% 21.78% 15.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 903 715 466
West Midlands median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £258 £216
90th Percentile £625 £587 £575
England median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 31 18
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £16.60 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.84% +12.54% -19.73%
10th Percentile £15.20 £11.00 £10.63
90th Percentile £47.00 £23.75 £52.18
England median hourly rate £22.50 £19.25 £21.00
% change year-on-year +16.88% -8.33% +7.09%

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 2019. 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 +13 204 £456 +7.35% 119
Coventry +1 187 £475 -1.55% 19
Shropshire +1 100 £550 +3.77% 14
Warwickshire -3 31 £500 +11.05% 12
Solihull +20 29 £513 +57.69% 14
Staffordshire +8 18 £450 +20.00% 15
Worcestershire +1 12 £450 - 11
Herefordshire +11 1 - - 4
Wolverhampton +6 1 £475 +26.67% 5
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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.

1 265 (40.03%) Agile Software Development
2 219 (33.08%) Microsoft
3 213 (32.18%) DevOps
4 187 (28.25%) C#
5 176 (26.59%) .NET
6 156 (23.56%) Amazon AWS
7 130 (19.64%) SQL
8 117 (17.67%) Scrum
9 110 (16.62%) JavaScript
9 110 (16.62%) PowerShell
10 107 (16.16%) SQL Server
10 107 (16.16%) Migration
11 99 (14.95%) Git (software)
12 88 (13.29%) Windows
13 84 (12.69%) Active Directory
14 82 (12.39%) TDD
14 82 (12.39%) Office 365
15 79 (11.93%) Web Services
16 78 (11.78%) Continuous Integration
16 78 (11.78%) PaaS
17 76 (11.48%) HTML
18 75 (11.33%) MVC
18 75 (11.33%) Jenkins
19 74 (11.18%) Docker
20 71 (10.73%) Kanban
21 69 (10.42%) ASP.NET
22 68 (10.27%) Visual Studio Team System
23 67 (10.12%) Terraform
23 67 (10.12%) Public Sector
24 66 (9.97%) CSS

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 29 (4.38%) SharePoint
2 24 (3.63%) Confluence
3 13 (1.96%) MS Exchange
4 11 (1.66%) Apache Spark
5 7 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (1.06%) SharePoint 2010
5 7 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.76%) IIS
7 5 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
7 5 (0.76%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.60%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.45%) CMS
9 3 (0.45%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.45%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.30%) DNN
10 2 (0.30%) Drupal
10 2 (0.30%) Mongrel
Applications
1 18 (2.72%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 36 (5.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.66%) assyst
3 5 (0.76%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.30%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.30%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 156 (23.56%) Amazon AWS
2 82 (12.39%) Office 365
3 78 (11.78%) PaaS
4 64 (9.67%) IaaS
5 62 (9.37%) Power Platform
6 41 (6.19%) GitHub
7 38 (5.74%) Dynamics 365
8 36 (5.44%) Azure Active Directory
9 31 (4.68%) Google Cloud Platform
10 26 (3.93%) Serverless
11 19 (2.87%) SaaS
12 17 (2.57%) Azure Functions
13 16 (2.42%) Azure Data Factory
13 16 (2.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 12 (1.81%) PowerApps
15 7 (1.06%) OneDrive
16 5 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
16 5 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
16 5 (0.76%) G Suite
16 5 (0.76%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.47%) Firewall
2 21 (3.17%) DNS
3 17 (2.57%) WAN
4 15 (2.27%) LAN
5 13 (1.96%) SSL
5 13 (1.96%) TCP/IP
6 12 (1.81%) Kerberos
6 12 (1.81%) Skype
7 10 (1.51%) Wi-Fi
8 9 (1.36%) Internet
8 9 (1.36%) VPN
9 8 (1.21%) Wireless
10 7 (1.06%) DHCP
10 7 (1.06%) HTTP
10 7 (1.06%) Unified Communications
11 6 (0.91%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (0.76%) BGP
12 5 (0.76%) SAN
13 4 (0.60%) MPLS
13 4 (0.60%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (16.16%) SQL Server
2 54 (8.16%) Data Warehouse
3 53 (8.01%) Power BI
4 41 (6.19%) Azure SQL Database
5 33 (4.98%) Big Data
6 21 (3.17%) NoSQL
7 19 (2.87%) Cosmos DB
7 19 (2.87%) Relational Database
8 16 (2.42%) Data Lake
8 16 (2.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 15 (2.27%) SQL Server 2017
9 15 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 14 (2.11%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 14 (2.11%) SQL Server 2014
11 13 (1.96%) Apache Hive
11 13 (1.96%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 12 (1.81%) Hadoop
13 11 (1.66%) Impala
13 11 (1.66%) Pentaho
14 7 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 99 (14.95%) Git (software)
2 75 (11.33%) Jenkins
3 68 (10.27%) Visual Studio Team System
4 38 (5.74%) Visual Studio
5 33 (4.98%) JIRA
6 21 (3.17%) GitLab
7 16 (2.42%) Selenium
7 16 (2.42%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (2.11%) SpecFlow
9 13 (1.96%) Artifactory
10 12 (1.81%) Ant
10 12 (1.81%) Gradle
10 12 (1.81%) Maven
11 10 (1.51%) Apache Ivy
12 7 (1.06%) Bitbucket
13 5 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
13 5 (0.76%) TeamCity
13 5 (0.76%) webpack
14 4 (0.60%) gulp
14 4 (0.60%) NUnit
General
1 67 (10.12%) Public Sector
2 44 (6.65%) Finance
3 17 (2.57%) Retail
4 11 (1.66%) Marketing
5 9 (1.36%) Law
5 9 (1.36%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.06%) Banking
7 5 (0.76%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.60%) Billing
8 4 (0.60%) Electronics
8 4 (0.60%) Legal
9 3 (0.45%) Automotive
9 3 (0.45%) German Language
9 3 (0.45%) Local Government
10 2 (0.30%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Games
11 1 (0.15%) Military
11 1 (0.15%) Police
Job Titles
1 188 (28.40%) Developer
2 158 (23.87%) Architect
3 100 (15.11%) DevOps Engineer
4 81 (12.24%) Azure Engineer
5 71 (10.73%) .NET Developer
6 58 (8.76%) Azure DevOps
7 51 (7.70%) Azure Developer
7 51 (7.70%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 47 (7.10%) Azure Architect
9 40 (6.04%) Technical Architect
10 36 (5.44%) Cloud Architect
10 36 (5.44%) Consultant
11 28 (4.23%) Analyst
11 28 (4.23%) C# Developer
11 28 (4.23%) Solutions Architect
12 24 (3.63%) Lead Developer
13 22 (3.32%) Security Architect
14 18 (2.72%) C# .NET Developer
15 17 (2.57%) Senior Developer
16 16 (2.42%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (26.59%) .NET
2 79 (11.93%) Web Services
3 76 (11.48%) HTML
4 69 (10.42%) ASP.NET
5 66 (9.97%) CSS
6 62 (9.37%) JSON
7 57 (8.61%) ASP.NET MVC
8 56 (8.46%) .NET Framework
9 52 (7.85%) ASP.NET Web API
10 37 (5.59%) XML
11 36 (5.44%) Dapper ORM
12 30 (4.53%) AngularJS
13 25 (3.78%) .NET Core
14 24 (3.63%) Node.js
15 22 (3.32%) Elastic Stack
16 21 (3.17%) RESTful
17 14 (2.11%) RabbitMQ
18 13 (1.96%) REST
18 13 (1.96%) SOAP
19 12 (1.81%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.29%) Enterprise Software
2 29 (4.38%) Data Centre
3 22 (3.32%) Public Cloud
4 17 (2.57%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (2.11%) Greenfield Project
6 12 (1.81%) User Experience
7 11 (1.66%) Cloud Native
8 9 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (1.36%) SCADA
9 8 (1.21%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.06%) Private Cloud
11 6 (0.91%) CMDB
11 6 (0.91%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.76%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.76%) NHS
12 5 (0.76%) Self-Motivation
12 5 (0.76%) Shadow IT
12 5 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
13 4 (0.60%) PKI
14 3 (0.45%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 88 (13.29%) Windows
2 53 (8.01%) Linux
3 22 (3.32%) Windows 10
4 11 (1.66%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (0.76%) VMS
6 5 (0.76%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.60%) Ubuntu
8 3 (0.45%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.45%) Unix
8 3 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.30%) Android
9 2 (0.30%) CentOS
9 2 (0.30%) CoreOS
9 2 (0.30%) Debian
10 1 (0.15%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 265 (40.03%) Agile Software Development
2 213 (32.18%) DevOps
3 117 (17.67%) Scrum
4 107 (16.16%) Migration
5 82 (12.39%) TDD
6 78 (11.78%) Continuous Integration
7 75 (11.33%) MVC
8 71 (10.73%) Kanban
9 61 (9.21%) Microservices
10 53 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
11 50 (7.55%) BDD
11 50 (7.55%) Test Automation
12 44 (6.65%) Business Intelligence
13 43 (6.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
14 41 (6.19%) CRM
15 39 (5.89%) Continuous Delivery
16 38 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
16 38 (5.74%) Technical Leadership
17 37 (5.59%) Architectural Design
17 37 (5.59%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 187 (28.25%) C#
2 130 (19.64%) SQL
3 110 (16.62%) JavaScript
3 110 (16.62%) PowerShell
4 45 (6.80%) Java
5 29 (4.38%) Python
6 11 (1.66%) Bash Shell
6 11 (1.66%) TypeScript
7 10 (1.51%) C
8 8 (1.21%) T-SQL
9 7 (1.06%) Java 8
10 5 (0.76%) Ruby
11 4 (0.60%) Go
11 4 (0.60%) PHP
11 4 (0.60%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.30%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.30%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.30%) Perl
12 2 (0.30%) Rust
12 2 (0.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 47 (7.10%) Security Cleared
2 42 (6.34%) SC Cleared
3 11 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (1.51%) Degree
4 10 (1.51%) MCSA
5 9 (1.36%) RHCE
6 8 (1.21%) CISSP
6 8 (1.21%) RHCSA
7 6 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (0.76%) CCNA
8 5 (0.76%) CCNP
8 5 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (0.60%) CCSP
9 4 (0.60%) CISM
9 4 (0.60%) ISEB
9 4 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 3 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.51%) NIST
1 10 (1.51%) QA
2 9 (1.36%) GDPR
2 9 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.21%) COBIT
3 8 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 8 (1.21%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.76%) NCSC
4 5 (0.76%) SLA
5 4 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.30%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.30%) PMO
6 2 (0.30%) WCAG
7 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 84 (12.69%) Active Directory
2 74 (11.18%) Docker
3 15 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.96%) Hyper-V
5 12 (1.81%) XenApp
6 9 (1.36%) PowerDNS
7 7 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.91%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.45%) Xen
11 2 (0.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.30%) vSphere
12 1 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 1 (0.15%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.15%) Squid
Systems Management
1 67 (10.12%) Terraform
2 55 (8.31%) Ansible
3 36 (5.44%) Kubernetes
4 27 (4.08%) Puppet
5 24 (3.63%) SCCM
6 23 (3.47%) Microsoft Intune
7 17 (2.57%) Opsview
8 11 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
9 10 (1.51%) Hadoop YARN
10 9 (1.36%) AirWatch
10 9 (1.36%) NetBackup
11 8 (1.21%) CASB
12 5 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.60%) SCOM
14 3 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
15 2 (0.30%) FortiGate
15 2 (0.30%) Kibana
15 2 (0.30%) Red Hat Spacewalk
15 2 (0.30%) Salt
Vendors
1 219 (33.08%) Microsoft
2 40 (6.04%) Google
3 32 (4.83%) VMware
4 20 (3.02%) Cisco
5 19 (2.87%) Tableau
6 18 (2.72%) Splunk
7 16 (2.42%) Databricks
7 16 (2.42%) Oracle
8 14 (2.11%) Citrix
9 13 (1.96%) SAP
10 11 (1.66%) Atlassian
10 11 (1.66%) Cloudera
10 11 (1.66%) PagerDuty
11 9 (1.36%) Forcepoint
11 9 (1.36%) HP
11 9 (1.36%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (1.06%) McAfee
14 6 (0.91%) Zscaler
15 5 (0.76%) LogRhythm