Period
to 19 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 19 33
Rank change year-on-year +12 +14 +80
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 570 317 284
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.09% 7.02% 4.61%
As % of the Cloud Services category 49.83% 44.77% 53.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 232 195
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £450 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +10.43% +10.14%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
England median daily rate £488 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +9.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
West Midlands median hourly rate - £45.00 £15.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +183.46% -
England median hourly rate £24.18 £46.25 £41.75
% change year-on-year -47.72% +10.78% +12.84%

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 1,144 708 532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 22.26% 15.68% 8.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 736 454 336
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £250 £214 £250
90th Percentile £577 £575 £538
England median daily rate £486 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.21% +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 22 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.75 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% +5.36% -22.22%
10th Percentile £10.55 £11.03 £13.00
90th Percentile £21.50 £51.50 £18.85
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.71 £19.00
% change year-on-year -8.23% +8.97% -17.39%

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 September 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 September 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 +8 143 £450 +12.50% 64
Coventry +14 140 £500 +8.70% 14
Shropshire +12 133 £530 +12.77% 11
Warwickshire +14 50 £473 +3.28% 11
Staffordshire +4 20 £375 +7.14% 10
Solihull -3 11 £325 -9.72% 2
Herefordshire -2 6 £390 +13.45% 4
Walsall -4 3 £525 -9.48%
Worcestershire - 3 - - 5
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 237 (41.58%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (36.32%) .NET
3 201 (35.26%) Microsoft
4 180 (31.58%) Amazon AWS
5 166 (29.12%) C#
6 159 (27.89%) DevOps
7 132 (23.16%) SQL Server
8 131 (22.98%) Continuous Integration
9 128 (22.46%) SQL
10 122 (21.40%) Windows
11 100 (17.54%) JavaScript
12 95 (16.67%) ASP.NET
12 95 (16.67%) Scrum
13 94 (16.49%) Git (software)
14 93 (16.32%) MVC
15 78 (13.68%) HTML
16 76 (13.33%) Web Services
17 73 (12.81%) TDD
18 71 (12.46%) Migration
19 70 (12.28%) PaaS
20 69 (12.11%) CSS
21 64 (11.23%) PowerShell
21 64 (11.23%) Docker
22 63 (11.05%) IaaS
23 62 (10.88%) Office 365
23 62 (10.88%) Visual Studio Team System
24 61 (10.70%) Linux
24 61 (10.70%) Jenkins
25 60 (10.53%) ASP.NET MVC
26 57 (10.00%) Windows Server

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 32 (5.61%) SharePoint
2 24 (4.21%) Confluence
3 14 (2.46%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (2.11%) nginx
5 10 (1.75%) Apache
6 8 (1.40%) MS Exchange
7 7 (1.23%) CMS
7 7 (1.23%) IIS
7 7 (1.23%) WordPress
8 6 (1.05%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.88%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.53%) NetWeaver
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.53%) Sitefinity
11 3 (0.53%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.35%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 26 (4.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.53%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.35%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.18%) Movex
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 180 (31.58%) Amazon AWS
2 70 (12.28%) PaaS
3 63 (11.05%) IaaS
4 62 (10.88%) Office 365
5 52 (9.12%) SaaS
6 40 (7.02%) Dynamics 365
7 29 (5.09%) Cloud Computing
8 23 (4.04%) Google Cloud Platform
9 19 (3.33%) Serverless
10 14 (2.46%) Azure Active Directory
11 13 (2.28%) GitHub
12 10 (1.75%) Azure Functions
13 8 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
13 8 (1.40%) Azure Data Factory
13 8 (1.40%) OneDrive
14 7 (1.23%) Google Tag Manager
15 4 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
15 4 (0.70%) Google Analytics
16 3 (0.53%) Amazon S3
16 3 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 55 (9.65%) Firewall
2 35 (6.14%) Wireless
3 34 (5.96%) WAN
4 22 (3.86%) VPN
5 21 (3.68%) DNS
6 18 (3.16%) Cisco ASA
7 16 (2.81%) Internet
8 15 (2.63%) Intrusion Detection
9 13 (2.28%) SSL
10 11 (1.93%) DHCP
11 8 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
11 8 (1.40%) Reverse Proxy
12 7 (1.23%) Network Security
13 6 (1.05%) Skype
13 6 (1.05%) TCP/IP
14 5 (0.88%) HTTP
15 4 (0.70%) LAN
15 4 (0.70%) MPLS
16 3 (0.53%) SAN
16 3 (0.53%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 132 (23.16%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.74%) NoSQL
3 26 (4.56%) Azure SQL Database
4 24 (4.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (3.68%) Relational Database
6 15 (2.63%) Oracle Database
7 13 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
7 13 (2.28%) Redis
8 12 (2.11%) MySQL
9 11 (1.93%) DB2
10 10 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
10 10 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
11 9 (1.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 8 (1.40%) MongoDB
12 8 (1.40%) Power BI
13 7 (1.23%) Big Data
13 7 (1.23%) SQLite
14 6 (1.05%) Hadoop
14 6 (1.05%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 94 (16.49%) Git (software)
2 62 (10.88%) Visual Studio Team System
3 61 (10.70%) Jenkins
4 50 (8.77%) JIRA
5 47 (8.25%) Visual Studio
6 44 (7.72%) Team Foundation Server
7 32 (5.61%) Selenium
7 32 (5.61%) Subversion
8 21 (3.68%) Bitbucket
9 19 (3.33%) Maven
10 17 (2.98%) TeamCity
11 16 (2.81%) NUnit
12 15 (2.63%) GitLab
13 14 (2.46%) Sonatype Nexus
14 13 (2.28%) Moq
15 10 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 10 (1.75%) Grunt
15 10 (1.75%) gulp
15 10 (1.75%) HP UFT
15 10 (1.75%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 45 (7.89%) Finance
2 10 (1.75%) Marketing
3 9 (1.58%) Retail
4 5 (0.88%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.70%) Aerospace
5 4 (0.70%) Legal
6 3 (0.53%) Games
6 3 (0.53%) Multimedia
6 3 (0.53%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.18%) Automotive
7 1 (0.18%) Banking
7 1 (0.18%) Electronics
7 1 (0.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 175 (30.70%) Developer
2 110 (19.30%) Architect
3 88 (15.44%) .NET Developer
4 69 (12.11%) DevOps Engineer
5 48 (8.42%) Azure Engineer
6 44 (7.72%) Azure Architect
7 42 (7.37%) Azure Developer
8 39 (6.84%) C# Developer
9 36 (6.32%) Azure DevOps
10 35 (6.14%) Network Engineer
11 31 (5.44%) Solutions Architect
12 29 (5.09%) C# .NET Developer
12 29 (5.09%) Cloud Architect
12 29 (5.09%) Consultant
13 28 (4.91%) AWS DevOps
13 28 (4.91%) Technical Architect
14 27 (4.74%) Azure DevOps Engineer
14 27 (4.74%) Cloud Engineer
15 22 (3.86%) AWS Engineer
16 19 (3.33%) AWS DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (36.32%) .NET
2 95 (16.67%) ASP.NET
3 78 (13.68%) HTML
4 76 (13.33%) Web Services
5 69 (12.11%) CSS
6 60 (10.53%) ASP.NET MVC
7 56 (9.82%) ASP.NET Web API
8 55 (9.65%) .NET Framework
9 47 (8.25%) JSON
10 38 (6.67%) AngularJS
10 38 (6.67%) Node.js
11 34 (5.96%) .NET Core
12 32 (5.61%) Dapper ORM
13 31 (5.44%) jQuery
14 21 (3.68%) HTML5
15 20 (3.51%) Entity Framework
15 20 (3.51%) REST
16 19 (3.33%) React
17 18 (3.16%) RESTful
18 17 (2.98%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 48 (8.42%) Enterprise Software
2 46 (8.07%) Public Cloud
3 34 (5.96%) Data Centre
4 32 (5.61%) User Experience
5 27 (4.74%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (1.58%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (1.58%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (1.58%) Private Cloud
9 7 (1.23%) iPhone
9 7 (1.23%) Management Information System
10 5 (0.88%) PKI
11 4 (0.70%) Clustering
11 4 (0.70%) Computer Science
11 4 (0.70%) DataPower
11 4 (0.70%) Taxonomies
12 3 (0.53%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.53%) Wiki
13 2 (0.35%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 122 (21.40%) Windows
2 61 (10.70%) Linux
3 57 (10.00%) Windows Server
4 26 (4.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (2.46%) Apple iOS
5 14 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (2.28%) Android
7 10 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.58%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.23%) Unix
10 6 (1.05%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.53%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.35%) CentOS
12 2 (0.35%) Debian
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.18%) Solaris
13 1 (0.18%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (41.58%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (27.89%) DevOps
3 131 (22.98%) Continuous Integration
4 95 (16.67%) Scrum
5 93 (16.32%) MVC
6 73 (12.81%) TDD
7 71 (12.46%) Migration
8 54 (9.47%) Microservices
9 51 (8.95%) Kanban
10 50 (8.77%) BDD
11 46 (8.07%) Test Automation
12 40 (7.02%) ITIL
13 36 (6.32%) SOLID
14 35 (6.14%) Configuration Management
14 35 (6.14%) CRM
15 34 (5.96%) Business Intelligence
16 33 (5.79%) Continuous Deployment
17 31 (5.44%) SDLC
17 31 (5.44%) WAN Optimisation
17 31 (5.44%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 166 (29.12%) C#
2 128 (22.46%) SQL
3 100 (17.54%) JavaScript
4 64 (11.23%) PowerShell
5 37 (6.49%) Java
6 32 (5.61%) Python
7 28 (4.91%) T-SQL
8 20 (3.51%) Perl
9 11 (1.93%) Java 8
9 11 (1.93%) PL/SQL
10 9 (1.58%) Bash Shell
10 9 (1.58%) TypeScript
11 8 (1.40%) Apple Swift
11 8 (1.40%) Objective-C
12 6 (1.05%) PHP
12 6 (1.05%) XAML
13 5 (0.88%) Ruby
14 4 (0.70%) Groovy
14 4 (0.70%) Haskell
14 4 (0.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 56 (9.82%) Security Cleared
2 49 (8.60%) SC Cleared
3 27 (4.74%) Cisco Certification
4 26 (4.56%) CCNP
5 16 (2.81%) Degree
6 12 (2.11%) CISSP
7 11 (1.93%) CCIE
8 9 (1.58%) MCSE
8 9 (1.58%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (1.23%) Oracle Certification
10 6 (1.05%) Check Point Certification
11 5 (0.88%) CEH
11 5 (0.88%) CISM
11 5 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.70%) CCNA
12 4 (0.70%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.70%) OCP
13 3 (0.53%) AWS Certification
13 3 (0.53%) OCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.75%) GDPR
2 7 (1.23%) QA
3 6 (1.05%) GCP
4 3 (0.53%) SLA
5 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) PMO
6 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 64 (11.23%) Docker
2 47 (8.25%) Active Directory
3 34 (5.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (2.98%) Hyper-V
5 12 (2.11%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (1.05%) XenApp
7 4 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.70%) vSphere
8 3 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.35%) NFS
9 2 (0.35%) Samba
9 2 (0.35%) Squid
9 2 (0.35%) Varnish
9 2 (0.35%) Xen
9 2 (0.35%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (8.95%) Ansible
2 43 (7.54%) Puppet
3 35 (6.14%) Opscode Chef
4 26 (4.56%) FortiGate
5 20 (3.51%) Kubernetes
6 18 (3.16%) Terraform
6 18 (3.16%) WSUS
7 16 (2.81%) Microsoft Intune
7 16 (2.81%) SCCM
8 11 (1.93%) Nagios
9 8 (1.40%) HockeyApp
9 8 (1.40%) Kibana
9 8 (1.40%) Rundeck
10 7 (1.23%) SCOM
11 5 (0.88%) Grafana
12 4 (0.70%) logstash
12 4 (0.70%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.70%) vCenter Server
13 3 (0.53%) NetBackup
14 2 (0.35%) WMI
Vendors
1 201 (35.26%) Microsoft
2 53 (9.30%) Oracle
3 48 (8.42%) VMware
4 45 (7.89%) Google
5 41 (7.19%) Cisco
6 36 (6.32%) McAfee
7 35 (6.14%) CheckPoint
8 33 (5.79%) Fortinet
9 29 (5.09%) IBM
10 27 (4.74%) Aruba
11 19 (3.33%) Atlassian
11 19 (3.33%) Xamarin
12 18 (3.16%) Nokia
13 16 (2.81%) Red Hat
14 15 (2.63%) F5
15 13 (2.28%) Blue Coat
15 13 (2.28%) BMC
15 13 (2.28%) HP
16 11 (1.93%) Teradata
17 10 (1.75%) SAP