Period
to 3 March 2021

The median contractor rate for an Azure Engineer was £515 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 March 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 128 245 277
Rank change year-on-year +117 +32 +208
Contract jobs requiring an Azure Engineer 974 705 939
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.02% 1.05% 0.96%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.18% 1.12% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,229 550 719
Median daily rate £515 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.00% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £387 £375 £381
90th Percentile £625 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £485 £500
% change year-on-year -5.15% -3.00% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Median hourly rate £33.75 £59.25 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.04% +18.50% +177.78%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £59.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year -57.81% +374.00% -30.56%

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 44,777 62,865 92,243
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.74% 93.91% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,417 41,936 62,142
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £269
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,610 2,311 2,764
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.62% +4.64% -1.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £10.93
90th Percentile £58.00 £51.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £18.78 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.29% - -

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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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 +72 634 £475 -5.00% 255
Work from Home +24 495 £550 +15.79% 48
London +63 373 £500 -6.98% 92
UK excluding London +56 227 £460 -5.15% 173
South East +58 69 £465 -4.12% 42
North of England +39 57 £481 +1.32% 58
South West +52 39 £425 -15.00% 10
Midlands +27 32 £431 -13.75% 43
North West +14 31 £500 +2.04% 28
Yorkshire +50 23 £438 -2.78% 20
West Midlands +13 21 £438 -12.50% 32
Scotland +24 14 £400 -17.95% 8
East Midlands +29 9 £400 - 10
East of England +60 8 £450 -3.74% 8
Wales +12 8 £531 +11.84% 2
North East +25 4 £450 -2.70% 10

Azure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 971 (99.69%) Azure
2 649 (66.63%) DevOps
3 411 (42.20%) Terraform
4 306 (31.42%) Microsoft
5 279 (28.64%) PowerShell
6 250 (25.67%) Infrastructure as Code
7 218 (22.38%) Windows
8 215 (22.07%) SQL
9 213 (21.87%) Kubernetes
10 208 (21.36%) Python
11 175 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
12 154 (15.81%) Active Directory
13 141 (14.48%) Linux
14 140 (14.37%) Azure SQL Database
15 133 (13.66%) Azure Data Factory
16 130 (13.35%) Git (software)
17 128 (13.14%) PaaS
18 126 (12.94%) Docker
19 124 (12.73%) Ansible
20 113 (11.60%) Security Cleared
21 111 (11.40%) SC Cleared
22 109 (11.19%) Test Automation
23 107 (10.99%) Microsoft 365
23 107 (10.99%) Firewall
24 106 (10.88%) Finance
25 101 (10.37%) Databricks
26 100 (10.27%) Migration
27 98 (10.06%) Jenkins
27 98 (10.06%) AWS
28 97 (9.96%) Azure Active Directory

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 19 (1.95%) SharePoint
2 17 (1.75%) MS Exchange
3 15 (1.54%) Apache Spark
4 6 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.51%) DNN
5 5 (0.51%) Skype for Business
6 4 (0.41%) Apache
6 4 (0.41%) Apache Airflow
6 4 (0.41%) Confluence
6 4 (0.41%) IIS
6 4 (0.41%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.21%) Luigi
8 2 (0.21%) nginx
8 2 (0.21%) Predix
8 2 (0.21%) SAS
8 2 (0.21%) ThingWorx
8 2 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (1.13%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.51%) Sentinel
2 4 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.21%) Aligne
4 1 (0.10%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 971 (99.69%) Azure
2 133 (13.66%) Azure Data Factory
3 128 (13.14%) PaaS
4 107 (10.99%) Microsoft 365
5 98 (10.06%) AWS
6 97 (9.96%) Azure Active Directory
7 95 (9.75%) Power Platform
8 90 (9.24%) Serverless
9 85 (8.73%) IaaS
10 75 (7.70%) Azure Functions
11 55 (5.65%) Logic Apps
12 48 (4.93%) GitHub
13 43 (4.41%) PowerApps
14 30 (3.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 26 (2.67%) Power Automate
16 25 (2.57%) GCP
17 21 (2.16%) SaaS
18 20 (2.05%) OpenShift
19 19 (1.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 13 (1.33%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 107 (10.99%) Firewall
2 64 (6.57%) DNS
3 33 (3.39%) VPN
4 27 (2.77%) Network Security
5 20 (2.05%) WAN
6 10 (1.03%) DHCP
6 10 (1.03%) Internet
7 9 (0.92%) MPLS
7 9 (0.92%) SAN
8 8 (0.82%) Reverse Proxy
8 8 (0.82%) Wireless
9 7 (0.72%) DMZ
9 7 (0.72%) Intranet
9 7 (0.72%) LAN
9 7 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (0.62%) SNMP
11 5 (0.51%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (0.51%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.41%) NAS
12 4 (0.41%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (14.37%) Azure SQL Database
2 96 (9.86%) SQL Server
3 88 (9.03%) Data Warehouse
4 75 (7.70%) Data Lake
5 63 (6.47%) Cosmos DB
6 51 (5.24%) Power BI
7 35 (3.59%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 34 (3.49%) Big Data
9 25 (2.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 23 (2.36%) OLTP
11 20 (2.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 18 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 15 (1.54%) NoSQL
13 15 (1.54%) Relational Database
14 13 (1.33%) Hadoop
15 11 (1.13%) MongoDB
16 10 (1.03%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
16 10 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
16 10 (1.03%) Redis
17 8 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 130 (13.35%) Git (software)
2 98 (10.06%) Jenkins
3 50 (5.13%) Octopus Deploy
4 38 (3.90%) Visual Studio Team System
5 32 (3.29%) GitLab
6 28 (2.87%) TeamCity
6 28 (2.87%) Visual Studio
7 19 (1.95%) Gradle
8 17 (1.75%) JIRA
9 16 (1.64%) Maven
9 16 (1.64%) ReSharper
10 14 (1.44%) Bitbucket
11 8 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 8 (0.82%) SonarQube
11 8 (0.82%) webpack
12 5 (0.51%) Gerrit
12 5 (0.51%) Selenium
13 4 (0.41%) CMake
13 4 (0.41%) JUnit
14 3 (0.31%) Subversion
General
1 106 (10.88%) Finance
2 32 (3.29%) Public Sector
3 24 (2.46%) Banking
4 14 (1.44%) Retail
5 8 (0.82%) Front Office
5 8 (0.82%) Manufacturing
6 6 (0.62%) Advertising
7 5 (0.51%) Marketing
8 4 (0.41%) Law
9 3 (0.31%) Back Office
9 3 (0.31%) Legal
9 3 (0.31%) Publishing
9 3 (0.31%) Retail Finance
9 3 (0.31%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.21%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.10%) Electronics
11 1 (0.10%) Games
11 1 (0.10%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.10%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (9.34%) .NET
2 44 (4.52%) YAML
3 39 (4.00%) Elastic Stack
4 32 (3.29%) REST
5 31 (3.18%) JSON
6 26 (2.67%) Node.js
7 23 (2.36%) .NET Framework
8 22 (2.26%) OAuth
9 21 (2.16%) .NET Core
9 21 (2.16%) OAuth2
10 18 (1.85%) PySpark
11 17 (1.75%) ADO
12 13 (1.33%) Kafka
12 13 (1.33%) Web Services
13 11 (1.13%) CSS
13 11 (1.13%) RESTful
14 10 (1.03%) React
15 9 (0.92%) XML
16 8 (0.82%) GraphQL
16 8 (0.82%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 91 (9.34%) Greenfield Project
2 52 (5.34%) Cloud Native
3 35 (3.59%) Data Centre
4 30 (3.08%) Hybrid Cloud
5 26 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
6 18 (1.85%) User Experience
7 17 (1.75%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (1.75%) Enterprise Cloud
7 17 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
8 13 (1.33%) Public Cloud
9 12 (1.23%) PKI
9 12 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.03%) Management Information System
11 8 (0.82%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.62%) Mobile App
13 5 (0.51%) Algorithms
13 5 (0.51%) Augmented Reality
14 4 (0.41%) NHS
14 4 (0.41%) Reinsurance
15 3 (0.31%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 218 (22.38%) Windows
2 141 (14.48%) Linux
3 84 (8.62%) Windows Server
4 25 (2.57%) Windows 10
5 19 (1.95%) Windows Server 2016
6 17 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.13%) VMS
9 10 (1.03%) Android
9 10 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.92%) CentOS
11 8 (0.82%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.51%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.41%) Unix
14 4 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.21%) Windows 7
16 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 649 (66.63%) DevOps
2 250 (25.67%) Infrastructure as Code
3 175 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
4 109 (11.19%) Test Automation
5 100 (10.27%) Migration
6 91 (9.34%) Microservices
7 89 (9.14%) Analytics
8 76 (7.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 75 (7.70%) Business Intelligence
10 56 (5.75%) Configuration Management
10 56 (5.75%) Deployment Automation
11 55 (5.65%) Scrum
12 54 (5.54%) Data Engineering
13 49 (5.03%) Continuous Integration
14 46 (4.72%) ETL
14 46 (4.72%) Network Virtualisation
15 45 (4.62%) Continuous Delivery
16 39 (4.00%) Release Management
17 36 (3.70%) Architectural Design
18 33 (3.39%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 279 (28.64%) PowerShell
2 215 (22.07%) SQL
3 208 (21.36%) Python
4 85 (8.73%) C#
5 61 (6.26%) Java
6 58 (5.95%) Bash Shell
7 26 (2.67%) JavaScript
8 20 (2.05%) Scala
9 18 (1.85%) C++
10 17 (1.75%) T-SQL
11 16 (1.64%) Go
12 11 (1.13%) R
12 11 (1.13%) TypeScript
13 9 (0.92%) Ruby
14 7 (0.72%) Groovy
15 6 (0.62%) ES6
15 6 (0.62%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.51%) PHP
17 4 (0.41%) VB
18 3 (0.31%) C
Qualifications
1 113 (11.60%) Security Cleared
2 111 (11.40%) SC Cleared
3 27 (2.77%) Novell Certification
4 20 (2.05%) DV Cleared
5 17 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (1.33%) Degree
7 11 (1.13%) MCSE
8 8 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.51%) Master's Degree
9 5 (0.51%) MCSA
10 4 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.31%) CCNP
11 3 (0.31%) CISSP
12 2 (0.21%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.21%) CCNA
12 2 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.21%) Network+ Certification
12 2 (0.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.10%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.21%) QA
2 17 (1.75%) NIST
3 5 (0.51%) SLA
4 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.31%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.21%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.21%) GDPR
6 2 (0.21%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.21%) NCSC
7 1 (0.10%) IFRS
7 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 154 (15.81%) Active Directory
2 126 (12.94%) Docker
3 31 (3.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (2.46%) Hyper-V
4 24 (2.46%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (1.13%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (0.62%) vSphere
7 5 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.41%) LXC
9 3 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.21%) HDFS
11 1 (0.10%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.10%) Postfix
11 1 (0.10%) qmail
11 1 (0.10%) Sendmail
11 1 (0.10%) vCloud
11 1 (0.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.10%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 1 (0.10%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 411 (42.20%) Terraform
2 213 (21.87%) Kubernetes
3 124 (12.73%) Ansible
4 43 (4.41%) Opscode Chef
5 37 (3.80%) Puppet
6 35 (3.59%) Microsoft Intune
7 15 (1.54%) Prometheus
8 14 (1.44%) Grafana
8 14 (1.44%) Packer
9 13 (1.33%) SCCM
10 8 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.62%) ZABBIX
12 5 (0.51%) Salt
13 4 (0.41%) FortiGate
13 4 (0.41%) SCOM
14 3 (0.31%) CASB
14 3 (0.31%) QRadar
15 2 (0.21%) EMC VPLEX
15 2 (0.21%) Istio
15 2 (0.21%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 306 (31.42%) Microsoft
2 101 (10.37%) Databricks
3 46 (4.72%) VMware
4 44 (4.52%) Splunk
5 28 (2.87%) Cisco
6 12 (1.23%) Dell
6 12 (1.23%) Google
6 12 (1.23%) Okta
7 11 (1.13%) Atlassian
7 11 (1.13%) MuleSoft
7 11 (1.13%) Oracle
8 9 (0.92%) Citrix
9 8 (0.82%) F5
9 8 (0.82%) Palo Alto
10 6 (0.62%) CheckPoint
10 6 (0.62%) EMC
10 6 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (0.51%) NetApp
11 5 (0.51%) Zscaler
12 4 (0.41%) Samsung