Period
to 14 May 2021

The median contractor rate for an Azure Engineer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 125 243 261
Rank change year-on-year +118 +18 +209
Contract jobs requiring an Azure Engineer 1,146 530 973
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.01% 1.05% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.16% 1.12% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 932 386 752
10th Percentile £388 £375 £375
25th Percentile £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £525
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% -4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £650 £632 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £485 £500
% change year-on-year -2.06% -3.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 2
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.75 £31.25
Median % change year-on-year -30.07% +14.40% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.75 £12.50
% change year-on-year -30.07% +186.00% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 53,035 47,251 86,298
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.81% 93.70% 94.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,350 31,357 57,939
10th Percentile £290 £235 £273
25th Percentile £388 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £473
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.12% +5.00%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,713 1,753 2,601
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.63 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.58 £14.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £39.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +0.40%

Azure Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Azure Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Azure Engineer in the UK

Azure Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Azure Engineer in the UK

Azure Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure Engineer over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Azure Engineer in the UK

Azure Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Azure Engineer in the UK

Azure Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure Engineer over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure Engineer in the UK

Azure Engineer
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 14 May 2021. 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
England +94 819 £500 - 225
Work from Home +3 517 £525 +7.97% 57
London +60 471 £500 -1.48% 104
UK excluding London +73 303 £475 -2.06% 131
South East +57 105 £495 -1.00% 33
North of England +44 61 £500 +9.29% 50
South West +46 47 £475 -5.00% 8
Midlands -5 42 £438 -12.50% 15
North West +8 29 £500 +1.01% 22
Yorkshire +49 25 £463 +2.78% 21
Scotland -9 20 £450 +2.86% 8
West Midlands -27 20 £438 -10.26% 12
East Midlands +27 18 £431 -17.86% 3
East of England +35 15 £450 -5.26% 15
Wales +10 13 £550 +15.79% 1
North East +20 8 £620 +45.88% 7

Azure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, Azure Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Azure Engineer in the job title.

1 1,142 (99.65%) Azure
2 719 (62.74%) DevOps
3 452 (39.44%) Terraform
4 328 (28.62%) Microsoft
5 310 (27.05%) PowerShell
6 267 (23.30%) Python
7 249 (21.73%) Infrastructure as Code
8 248 (21.64%) SQL
9 240 (20.94%) Kubernetes
10 239 (20.86%) Windows
11 212 (18.50%) Agile Software Development
12 189 (16.49%) Azure Data Factory
13 186 (16.23%) Linux
14 177 (15.45%) Ansible
15 175 (15.27%) Active Directory
15 175 (15.27%) PaaS
16 170 (14.83%) Databricks
17 162 (14.14%) Docker
18 137 (11.95%) AWS
19 135 (11.78%) Azure SQL Database
20 131 (11.43%) Firewall
21 126 (10.99%) Finance
22 125 (10.91%) Social Skills
23 122 (10.65%) Git (software)
24 121 (10.56%) Microsoft 365
25 120 (10.47%) Jenkins
26 118 (10.30%) Security Cleared
27 117 (10.21%) Migration
28 116 (10.12%) Data Warehouse
29 115 (10.03%) Analytics

Azure Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 40 (3.49%) Apache Spark
2 33 (2.88%) SharePoint
3 18 (1.57%) Apache
4 17 (1.48%) MS Exchange
5 10 (0.87%) Apache Airflow
6 9 (0.79%) IIS
7 8 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
7 8 (0.70%) DNN
8 6 (0.52%) Confluence
8 6 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.35%) nginx
9 4 (0.35%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.17%) Luigi
10 2 (0.17%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.087%) Apache Pig
11 1 (0.087%) Apache ServiceMix
11 1 (0.087%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.087%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 16 (1.40%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.35%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.087%) Autodesk Flame
4 1 (0.087%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.087%) Maya
4 1 (0.087%) NUKE
4 1 (0.087%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.70%) Sentinel
3 3 (0.26%) Aligne
4 1 (0.087%) Tesseract
4 1 (0.087%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,142 (99.65%) Azure
2 189 (16.49%) Azure Data Factory
3 175 (15.27%) PaaS
4 137 (11.95%) AWS
5 121 (10.56%) Microsoft 365
6 114 (9.95%) IaaS
7 106 (9.25%) Azure Active Directory
8 105 (9.16%) Power Platform
9 101 (8.81%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 82 (7.16%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 73 (6.37%) Serverless
12 67 (5.85%) Azure Key Vault
13 63 (5.50%) GitHub
14 55 (4.80%) Azure Functions
15 48 (4.19%) Azure Storage
16 45 (3.93%) Azure Logic Apps
16 45 (3.93%) GCP
16 45 (3.93%) SaaS
17 44 (3.84%) Azure Sentinel
18 41 (3.58%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 131 (11.43%) Firewall
2 63 (5.50%) DNS
3 28 (2.44%) Network Security
3 28 (2.44%) VPN
4 17 (1.48%) WAN
5 10 (0.87%) MPLS
6 9 (0.79%) DHCP
6 9 (0.79%) Wireless
7 8 (0.70%) Internet
8 6 (0.52%) DMZ
8 6 (0.52%) Intranet
8 6 (0.52%) SAN
9 5 (0.44%) LAN
9 5 (0.44%) SSL
9 5 (0.44%) Unified Communications
9 5 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (0.35%) NAS
10 4 (0.35%) TCP/IP
11 3 (0.26%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (11.78%) Azure SQL Database
2 116 (10.12%) Data Warehouse
3 113 (9.86%) Data Lake
4 86 (7.50%) SQL Server
5 68 (5.93%) Power BI
6 46 (4.01%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 29 (2.53%) Big Data
8 27 (2.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 25 (2.18%) HDInsight
9 25 (2.18%) MongoDB
10 23 (2.01%) NoSQL
11 22 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 20 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 18 (1.57%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 17 (1.48%) Hadoop
15 15 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
16 13 (1.13%) Relational Database
17 12 (1.05%) Apache Hive
18 11 (0.96%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 10 (0.87%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 122 (10.65%) Git (software)
2 120 (10.47%) Jenkins
3 41 (3.58%) GitLab
4 40 (3.49%) Octopus Deploy
5 26 (2.27%) JIRA
6 24 (2.09%) Visual Studio
7 18 (1.57%) Maven
7 18 (1.57%) TeamCity
8 17 (1.48%) Bitbucket
9 15 (1.31%) Gradle
10 12 (1.05%) SonarQube
11 10 (0.87%) ReSharper
11 10 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
12 9 (0.79%) CircleCI
13 8 (0.70%) Travis CI
13 8 (0.70%) webpack
14 7 (0.61%) Artifactory
15 6 (0.52%) gulp
15 6 (0.52%) Selenium
16 5 (0.44%) Cucumber
General
1 126 (10.99%) Finance
2 125 (10.91%) Social Skills
3 44 (3.84%) Public Sector
4 36 (3.14%) Banking
5 32 (2.79%) Presentation Skills
6 18 (1.57%) Retail
7 16 (1.40%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (0.96%) Influencing Skills
9 10 (0.87%) Financial Institution
10 8 (0.70%) Legal
11 7 (0.61%) Games
12 6 (0.52%) Advertising
12 6 (0.52%) Front Office
12 6 (0.52%) Law
13 5 (0.44%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.44%) Marketing
14 4 (0.35%) Documentation Skills
14 4 (0.35%) Telecoms
15 3 (0.26%) Publishing
16 2 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (7.33%) .NET
2 67 (5.85%) YAML
3 58 (5.06%) JSON
4 41 (3.58%) REST
5 40 (3.49%) Kafka
6 27 (2.36%) Node.js
7 26 (2.27%) PySpark
8 24 (2.09%) .NET Core
9 23 (2.01%) Elastic Stack
10 20 (1.75%) OAuth
11 19 (1.66%) OAuth2
12 18 (1.57%) ADO
13 15 (1.31%) .NET Framework
13 15 (1.31%) CSS
14 12 (1.05%) React
14 12 (1.05%) Spark Streaming
15 11 (0.96%) Web Services
16 10 (0.87%) AngularJS
16 10 (0.87%) RESTful
17 9 (0.79%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 66 (5.76%) Greenfield Project
2 56 (4.89%) Cloud Native
3 41 (3.58%) Data Centre
4 38 (3.32%) Public Cloud
5 28 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
6 21 (1.83%) Self-Motivation
7 19 (1.66%) Management Information System
8 17 (1.48%) User Experience
9 13 (1.13%) iPad
9 13 (1.13%) PKI
10 12 (1.05%) Data Structures
11 10 (0.87%) Algorithms
11 10 (0.87%) Enterprise Cloud
12 9 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
13 8 (0.70%) Augmented Reality
13 8 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
14 7 (0.61%) Linux Command Line
14 7 (0.61%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.52%) Hedge funds
16 5 (0.44%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 239 (20.86%) Windows
2 186 (16.23%) Linux
3 67 (5.85%) Windows Server
4 24 (2.09%) VMS
5 19 (1.66%) Windows 10
6 14 (1.22%) Android
7 9 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (0.70%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.61%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.52%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.52%) CoreOS
11 5 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.44%) Unix
12 4 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
13 3 (0.26%) Debian
14 2 (0.17%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.087%) CentOS
15 1 (0.087%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.087%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 719 (62.74%) DevOps
2 249 (21.73%) Infrastructure as Code
3 212 (18.50%) Agile Software Development
4 117 (10.21%) Migration
5 115 (10.03%) Analytics
6 102 (8.90%) Microservices
7 92 (8.03%) Data Pipeline
8 91 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
8 91 (7.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 69 (6.02%) Test Automation
10 68 (5.93%) Configuration Management
11 67 (5.85%) Scrum
12 63 (5.50%) Software Engineering
13 62 (5.41%) ETL
14 61 (5.32%) Data Engineering
15 53 (4.62%) Data Modelling
16 48 (4.19%) Continuous Integration
17 44 (3.84%) Stakeholder Management
18 41 (3.58%) Continuous Delivery
19 38 (3.32%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 310 (27.05%) PowerShell
2 267 (23.30%) Python
3 248 (21.64%) SQL
4 79 (6.89%) Java
5 75 (6.54%) C#
6 65 (5.67%) Bash Shell
7 39 (3.40%) JavaScript
8 29 (2.53%) T-SQL
9 27 (2.36%) Scala
10 18 (1.57%) C++
11 16 (1.40%) Go
12 14 (1.22%) TypeScript
13 13 (1.13%) PHP
14 11 (0.96%) Groovy
14 11 (0.96%) Ruby
15 10 (0.87%) PL/SQL
16 7 (0.61%) ES6
16 7 (0.61%) Perl
17 6 (0.52%) VB
18 5 (0.44%) C
Qualifications
1 118 (10.30%) Security Cleared
2 113 (9.86%) SC Cleared
3 22 (1.92%) DV Cleared
4 19 (1.66%) Degree
5 10 (0.87%) Novell Certification
6 9 (0.79%) Master's Degree
6 9 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (0.61%) MCSE
9 5 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.35%) CISSP
11 3 (0.26%) CISM
11 3 (0.26%) MCSA
12 2 (0.17%) CCNP
12 2 (0.17%) ISEB
13 1 (0.087%) CCIE
13 1 (0.087%) CCNA
13 1 (0.087%) Check Point Certification
13 1 (0.087%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.22%) QA
2 12 (1.05%) NIST
2 12 (1.05%) SLA
3 7 (0.61%) Data Quality
3 7 (0.61%) GDPR
4 6 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.44%) NCSC
6 2 (0.17%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.17%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.087%) COBIT
7 1 (0.087%) IFRS
System Software
1 175 (15.27%) Active Directory
2 162 (14.14%) Docker
3 34 (2.97%) Virtual Machines
4 29 (2.53%) Virtual Desktop
5 25 (2.18%) Hyper-V
6 22 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.26%) LXC
7 3 (0.26%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.087%) Firmware
8 1 (0.087%) KVM
8 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.087%) OCFS2
8 1 (0.087%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.087%) Samba
8 1 (0.087%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.087%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.087%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.087%) Xen
8 1 (0.087%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 452 (39.44%) Terraform
2 240 (20.94%) Kubernetes
3 177 (15.45%) Ansible
4 42 (3.66%) Puppet
5 33 (2.88%) Microsoft Intune
6 32 (2.79%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.87%) Grafana
8 10 (0.87%) SCCM
9 8 (0.70%) Packer
9 8 (0.70%) Prometheus
10 4 (0.35%) FortiGate
10 4 (0.35%) Istio
10 4 (0.35%) Salt
10 4 (0.35%) SCOM
11 3 (0.26%) Argo
11 3 (0.26%) CASB
11 3 (0.26%) Oozie
11 3 (0.26%) QRadar
12 2 (0.17%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 328 (28.62%) Microsoft
2 170 (14.83%) Databricks
3 40 (3.49%) VMware
4 35 (3.05%) Splunk
5 23 (2.01%) Cisco
6 21 (1.83%) Google
7 20 (1.75%) Oracle
8 13 (1.13%) MuleSoft
9 12 (1.05%) Okta
10 11 (0.96%) Citrix
10 11 (0.96%) Palo Alto
11 9 (0.79%) Atlassian
11 9 (0.79%) Cloudera
12 7 (0.61%) CheckPoint
13 6 (0.52%) F5
13 6 (0.52%) Red Hat
13 6 (0.52%) SAP
14 5 (0.44%) Hortonworks
14 5 (0.44%) IBM
14 5 (0.44%) Salesforce.com