Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 8 27
Rank change year-on-year +1 +19 +87
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Azure 633 433 315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.88% 9.17% 5.82%
As % of the Cloud Services category 51.55% 52.17% 53.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 422 321 190
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £450 £411
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +9.42% -13.42%
10th Percentile £331 £313 £305
90th Percentile £620 £600 £582
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.50 £45.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.67% +181.25% -
10th Percentile £17.75 £40.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £21.25 £50.00 £17.70
England median hourly rate £35.00 £32.89 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.43% +105.53% -54.29%

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 1,228 830 592
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 24.98% 17.58% 10.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 781 537 364
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £440 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £313 £237 £250
90th Percentile £605 £575 £575
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 19 10
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.21 £14.00 £17.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.63% -18.25% +26.85%
10th Percentile £10.31 £10.95 £14.96
90th Percentile £21.48 £22.85 £21.47
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.63 £19.00
% change year-on-year -6.04% -1.97% -12.20%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 +6 179 £475 +11.76% 114
Coventry +6 177 £500 +11.11% 32
Shropshire -16 121 £483 +1.58% 9
Warwickshire +5 57 £495 +16.35% 12
Solihull +14 19 £650 +36.84% 17
Staffordshire -6 12 £375 -11.76% 12
Herefordshire -15 7 - - 2
Wolverhampton +3 2 £445 +27.14% 1
Worcestershire -8 1 £363 +45.00% 9
Walsall - 1 - - 2
Microsoft Azure
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 252 (39.81%) Agile Software Development
2 239 (37.76%) Amazon AWS
3 196 (30.96%) .NET
4 194 (30.65%) Microsoft
5 192 (30.33%) C#
6 167 (26.38%) SQL
6 167 (26.38%) DevOps
7 117 (18.48%) SQL Server
8 116 (18.33%) JavaScript
9 112 (17.69%) Continuous Integration
10 93 (14.69%) Migration
11 92 (14.53%) Scrum
11 92 (14.53%) Microservices
12 85 (13.43%) MVC
12 85 (13.43%) Web Services
13 84 (13.27%) ASP.NET
13 84 (13.27%) Windows
14 82 (12.95%) Git (software)
15 81 (12.80%) PowerShell
15 81 (12.80%) PaaS
16 79 (12.48%) HTML
17 76 (12.01%) Jenkins
18 74 (11.69%) SaaS
19 72 (11.37%) TDD
20 69 (10.90%) ASP.NET Web API
21 68 (10.74%) Java
22 64 (10.11%) CSS
22 64 (10.11%) Google
23 63 (9.95%) Office 365
24 61 (9.64%) JSON

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 18 (2.84%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.21%) NServiceBus
3 13 (2.05%) Confluence
4 12 (1.90%) OpenStack
5 8 (1.26%) CMS
5 8 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (1.26%) WordPress
6 7 (1.11%) nginx
6 7 (1.11%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.79%) IIS
8 4 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (0.63%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.63%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.47%) Anypoint
9 3 (0.47%) Apache
9 3 (0.47%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.47%) Mule
9 3 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.47%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.32%) Traefik
Applications
1 14 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 37 (5.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.47%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.47%) SAP BPC
4 2 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 239 (37.76%) Amazon AWS
2 81 (12.80%) PaaS
3 74 (11.69%) SaaS
4 63 (9.95%) Office 365
5 55 (8.69%) IaaS
6 36 (5.69%) Dynamics 365
7 34 (5.37%) Azure Data Factory
8 25 (3.95%) Google Cloud Platform
9 24 (3.79%) Azure Active Directory
9 24 (3.79%) Serverless
10 21 (3.32%) GitHub
11 8 (1.26%) Azure Functions
12 7 (1.11%) Google Tag Manager
13 5 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.79%) OneDrive
13 5 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
14 4 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 4 (0.63%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.63%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 51 (8.06%) Firewall
2 40 (6.32%) Wireless
3 36 (5.69%) WAN
4 30 (4.74%) VPN
5 22 (3.48%) Internet
6 15 (2.37%) DNS
6 15 (2.37%) Intrusion Detection
7 14 (2.21%) HTTP
8 12 (1.90%) VoIP
9 10 (1.58%) 802.11
9 10 (1.58%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (1.58%) SNMP
10 9 (1.42%) MPLS
10 9 (1.42%) Network Security
10 9 (1.42%) SSL
11 8 (1.26%) BGP
11 8 (1.26%) HSRP
11 8 (1.26%) OSPF
11 8 (1.26%) VLAN
12 7 (1.11%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (18.48%) SQL Server
2 43 (6.79%) NoSQL
3 37 (5.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 33 (5.21%) Relational Database
5 31 (4.90%) Data Warehouse
6 30 (4.74%) Hadoop
7 27 (4.27%) Big Data
8 24 (3.79%) Power BI
9 22 (3.48%) Azure SQL Database
10 17 (2.69%) MongoDB
11 15 (2.37%) Oracle Database
12 14 (2.21%) RDBMS
13 13 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
14 11 (1.74%) Cosmos DB
14 11 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
15 10 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 9 (1.42%) MySQL
17 8 (1.26%) Apache Cassandra
17 8 (1.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 8 (1.26%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 82 (12.95%) Git (software)
2 76 (12.01%) Jenkins
3 55 (8.69%) Visual Studio Team System
4 52 (8.21%) Visual Studio
5 43 (6.79%) JIRA
6 39 (6.16%) Team Foundation Server
7 30 (4.74%) Maven
8 27 (4.27%) Selenium
9 18 (2.84%) Ant
10 16 (2.53%) NUnit
11 15 (2.37%) Moq
12 14 (2.21%) Apache Ivy
12 14 (2.21%) Gradle
13 13 (2.05%) Bitbucket
13 13 (2.05%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (1.90%) Burp Suite
14 12 (1.90%) Metasploit
14 12 (1.90%) TeamCity
15 10 (1.58%) Xcode
16 9 (1.42%) Cucumber
General
1 39 (6.16%) Finance
2 17 (2.69%) Retail
3 15 (2.37%) Publishing
4 8 (1.26%) Marketing
5 6 (0.95%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.63%) Aerospace
6 4 (0.63%) Automotive
6 4 (0.63%) Telecoms
7 3 (0.47%) Games
7 3 (0.47%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.32%) Electronics
9 1 (0.16%) Back Office
9 1 (0.16%) Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Military
9 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 182 (28.75%) Developer
2 144 (22.75%) Architect
3 80 (12.64%) .NET Developer
4 66 (10.43%) DevOps Engineer
5 47 (7.42%) Consultant
6 46 (7.27%) Azure Architect
7 44 (6.95%) C# Developer
7 44 (6.95%) Solutions Architect
8 43 (6.79%) Azure Engineer
9 33 (5.21%) Azure Developer
10 32 (5.06%) C# .NET Developer
10 32 (5.06%) Network Engineer
11 30 (4.74%) Cloud Architect
12 27 (4.27%) Analyst
13 23 (3.63%) Azure DevOps
13 23 (3.63%) Technical Architect
14 22 (3.48%) AWS Architect
15 20 (3.16%) Integration Architect
15 20 (3.16%) Senior Network Engineer
16 19 (3.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (30.96%) .NET
2 85 (13.43%) Web Services
3 84 (13.27%) ASP.NET
4 79 (12.48%) HTML
5 69 (10.90%) ASP.NET Web API
6 64 (10.11%) CSS
7 61 (9.64%) JSON
8 58 (9.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 52 (8.21%) .NET Framework
10 42 (6.64%) XML
11 35 (5.53%) SOAP
12 33 (5.21%) Dapper ORM
13 30 (4.74%) .NET Core
13 30 (4.74%) jQuery
13 30 (4.74%) REST
14 27 (4.27%) AngularJS
15 23 (3.63%) Node.js
15 23 (3.63%) RESTful
16 19 (3.00%) HTML5
17 17 (2.69%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 57 (9.00%) Public Cloud
2 40 (6.32%) Data Centre
3 28 (4.42%) Mobile App
4 27 (4.27%) User Experience
5 24 (3.79%) Enterprise Software
6 18 (2.84%) Hybrid Cloud
7 13 (2.05%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (2.05%) SCADA
8 11 (1.74%) Cyberthreat
9 9 (1.42%) iPhone
10 8 (1.26%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.26%) Wiki
11 7 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
12 6 (0.95%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.95%) Fintech
12 6 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (0.95%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.63%) DataPower
13 4 (0.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 4 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 84 (13.27%) Windows
2 50 (7.90%) Linux
3 39 (6.16%) Windows Server
4 18 (2.84%) Apple iOS
5 14 (2.21%) Android
5 14 (2.21%) Windows 10
6 12 (1.90%) Kali Linux
7 11 (1.74%) Unix
8 10 (1.58%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (1.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (1.11%) Solaris
11 5 (0.79%) AIX
12 4 (0.63%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.63%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.47%) CentOS
13 3 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.16%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.16%) VMS
14 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (39.81%) Agile Software Development
2 167 (26.38%) DevOps
3 112 (17.69%) Continuous Integration
4 93 (14.69%) Migration
5 92 (14.53%) Microservices
5 92 (14.53%) Scrum
6 85 (13.43%) MVC
7 72 (11.37%) TDD
8 51 (8.06%) Kanban
8 51 (8.06%) SOLID
9 49 (7.74%) ITIL
10 46 (7.27%) CRM
11 43 (6.79%) Stakeholder Management
12 41 (6.48%) Technical Leadership
13 38 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
13 38 (6.00%) Test Automation
14 37 (5.85%) Identity Management
14 37 (5.85%) Waterfall
15 36 (5.69%) BDD
16 34 (5.37%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 192 (30.33%) C#
2 167 (26.38%) SQL
3 116 (18.33%) JavaScript
4 81 (12.80%) PowerShell
5 68 (10.74%) Java
6 49 (7.74%) Python
7 32 (5.06%) T-SQL
8 24 (3.79%) Bash Shell
9 21 (3.32%) Ruby
10 20 (3.16%) Perl
11 13 (2.05%) C
12 12 (1.90%) Lua
13 10 (1.58%) Apple Swift
13 10 (1.58%) Objective-C
14 8 (1.26%) PL/SQL
15 7 (1.11%) Java 8
15 7 (1.11%) PHP
16 6 (0.95%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.63%) Haskell
17 4 (0.63%) XPath
Qualifications
1 47 (7.42%) SC Cleared
1 47 (7.42%) Security Cleared
2 34 (5.37%) Degree
3 26 (4.11%) CCNP
3 26 (4.11%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (1.74%) CISSP
4 11 (1.74%) OSCE
5 9 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (1.26%) MCSE
6 8 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (1.11%) CCIE
8 6 (0.95%) CCNA
9 5 (0.79%) Check Point Certification
9 5 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.63%) CEH
10 4 (0.63%) CISM
10 4 (0.63%) CITP
10 4 (0.63%) MCITP
11 3 (0.47%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.47%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.05%) GDPR
2 6 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.79%) PMO
4 4 (0.63%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.63%) QA
4 4 (0.63%) SLA
5 3 (0.47%) COBIT
5 3 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.32%) WCAG
7 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.16%) FISMA
7 1 (0.16%) HIPAA
System Software
1 58 (9.16%) Active Directory
1 58 (9.16%) Docker
2 24 (3.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.53%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.95%) XenApp
5 6 (0.95%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 44 (6.95%) Ansible
2 39 (6.16%) Terraform
3 38 (6.00%) Kubernetes
3 38 (6.00%) Puppet
4 24 (3.79%) SCCM
5 21 (3.32%) Salt
6 20 (3.16%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (2.53%) FortiGate
8 14 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
9 13 (2.05%) Microsoft Intune
10 12 (1.90%) Nessus
10 12 (1.90%) Nmap
11 10 (1.58%) HockeyApp
12 6 (0.95%) Grafana
12 6 (0.95%) Kibana
12 6 (0.95%) SCOM
13 5 (0.79%) Nagios
14 4 (0.63%) Docker Swarm
15 3 (0.47%) rkt
15 3 (0.47%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 194 (30.65%) Microsoft
2 64 (10.11%) Google
3 50 (7.90%) Oracle
4 42 (6.64%) VMware
5 40 (6.32%) Cisco
6 36 (5.69%) McAfee
7 32 (5.06%) CheckPoint
8 31 (4.90%) Fortinet
9 24 (3.79%) IBM
9 24 (3.79%) Splunk
10 22 (3.48%) F5
11 21 (3.32%) Aruba
12 19 (3.00%) Blue Coat
13 15 (2.37%) Atlassian
13 15 (2.37%) BMC
14 14 (2.21%) Citrix
15 13 (2.05%) Xamarin
16 12 (1.90%) HP
17 10 (1.58%) Apple
17 10 (1.58%) SAP