Microsoft recently conducted a survey of 1,100 partners and customers tracks compensation in Azure environments. Survey results : EAs and developers own the space.
There are a range of jobs being spun up with Microsoft Azure instances, many with attractive salaries. The Azure-related position for which companies are paying the most is that of enterprise architect.
In the United States, companies report allocating $125,000 a year for their Azure architects, on average. Developers and sales and marketing specialists adept in Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-based infrastructure offering, follow at $100,000 a piece. These are the results of a recent survey of cloud development practices, sponsored and released by Microsoft. (Thanks to my friend Scott Bekker at Redmond Channel.
The survey covered 1,136 Azure enterprises, of which one-quarter were US-based. Nearly all enterprises offer Azure-based services, while about three quarters offer Office 365-based applications. About half are Microsoft partners, and therefore likely to be directly involved in selling Azure-based services to enterprises.
Here are average annual “costs” for key positions in Azure environments (in US dollars):
- Architect: $125,000 (in US), $80,000 (worldwide)
- Developer: $100,000 (US), $60,000 (worldwide)
- Sales and marketing: $100,000 (US), $60,000 (worldwide)
- Project services delivery: $90,000 (US), $65,000 (worldwide)
- UI/UX designer: $82,500 (US), $40,000 (worldwide)
- Managed services delivery: $77,500 (US), $50,000 (worldwide)
- Tester/QA: $75,000 (US), $40,000 (worldwide)
Where do these companies go for Azure talent? Referrals and LinkedIn are top sources for identifying skilled labor, managers state. Once a candidate is identified, work history, cultural fit, and years of experience become important considerations. Roles associated with cloud practices typically have at least three years’ experience.
Here is where these organizations go in search of Azure talent:
- Referrals: 70%
- LinkedIn: 59%
- Website: 47%
- Local universities: 38%
- Local tech groups: 36%
- Recruit from competitors: 30%
Ongoing training and learning is crucial in this fast-changing industry. In addition, most companies engage in at least annual ongoing staff learning efforts such as conferences, events and online training. Overall, a median of 8.5% of technical resources time is spent on training, the Microsoft survey finds.
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