Period
to 28 November 2021

The median contractor rate for an Azure Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 November 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
28 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 129 159 247
Rank change year-on-year +30 +88 +111
Contract jobs requiring an Azure Engineer 1,756 617 904
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.71% 1.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.14% 1.85% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,315 493 688
10th Percentile £413 £375 £400
25th Percentile £475 £425 £457
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £523 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% -0.48% +5.00%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £613
90th Percentile £700 £638 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £465 £500
% change year-on-year +12.90% -7.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 8
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £73.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £80.00

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 82,080 33,365 76,938
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.44% 92.44% 94.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,480 22,635 51,416
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,139 1,200 2,742
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £13.94
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.89 £45.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.55 £57.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.61 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.74% +12.03% -

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 28 November 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
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 28 November 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 +52 1,292 £550 +10.00% 322
London +49 821 £550 +10.00% 149
Work from Home -17 733 £550 - 76
UK excluding London +3 393 £525 +12.90% 178
South East -14 132 £525 +10.53% 36
North of England -14 109 £525 +5.00% 51
Midlands -25 75 £513 +18.84% 54
North West -18 65 £525 - 23
South West -28 48 £525 +19.32% 9
West Midlands -34 46 £525 +17.98% 44
Yorkshire -26 36 £475 -2.56% 19
East Midlands -8 29 £500 +27.39% 10
Scotland -65 13 £513 +28.13% 10
East of England -46 11 £425 -1.45% 16
North East -7 8 £550 +15.79% 9
Wales -29 8 £510 -2.86% 2

Azure Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 1,756 (100.00%) Azure
2 1,050 (59.79%) DevOps
3 582 (33.14%) Terraform
4 518 (29.50%) Microsoft
5 488 (27.79%) SQL
6 469 (26.71%) Python
7 432 (24.60%) PowerShell
8 422 (24.03%) Kubernetes
9 399 (22.72%) Databricks
10 394 (22.44%) Infrastructure as Code
11 368 (20.96%) Agile Software Development
12 330 (18.79%) Azure Data Factory
13 313 (17.82%) PaaS
14 293 (16.69%) Windows
15 262 (14.92%) Data Lake
16 254 (14.46%) Analytics
17 252 (14.35%) Finance
18 239 (13.61%) IaaS
19 236 (13.44%) Active Directory
20 235 (13.38%) Docker
21 220 (12.53%) AWS
22 215 (12.24%) Linux
23 211 (12.02%) Social Skills
24 209 (11.90%) Ansible
25 197 (11.22%) Migration
26 195 (11.10%) Jenkins
27 190 (10.82%) Azure Active Directory
28 182 (10.36%) Azure SQL Database
29 173 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
30 171 (9.74%) Azure Synapse 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 83 (4.73%) Apache Spark
2 43 (2.45%) Confluence
3 39 (2.22%) SharePoint
4 22 (1.25%) Apache
5 20 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
6 17 (0.97%) Apache Airflow
7 15 (0.85%) Luigi
8 13 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.68%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.34%) Jupyter
10 6 (0.34%) SAS
11 5 (0.28%) IIS
11 5 (0.28%) nginx
12 3 (0.17%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.11%) CMS
13 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
13 2 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
13 2 (0.11%) Skype for Business
14 1 (0.057%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 1 (0.057%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.11%) SPSS
5 1 (0.057%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 16 (0.91%) Sentinel
2 9 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.057%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.057%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.057%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.057%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.057%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1,756 (100.00%) Azure
2 330 (18.79%) Azure Data Factory
3 313 (17.82%) PaaS
4 239 (13.61%) IaaS
5 220 (12.53%) AWS
6 190 (10.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 171 (9.74%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 148 (8.43%) Serverless
9 133 (7.57%) Power Platform
10 130 (7.40%) GitHub
11 121 (6.89%) Microsoft 365
12 116 (6.61%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 114 (6.49%) Azure Functions
14 97 (5.52%) SaaS
15 86 (4.90%) Azure Storage
16 69 (3.93%) Azure Key Vault
17 62 (3.53%) Azure Logic Apps
18 51 (2.90%) GCP
19 43 (2.45%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 41 (2.33%) GitHub Actions
Communications & Networking
1 124 (7.06%) Firewall
2 73 (4.16%) DNS
3 72 (4.10%) Network Security
4 46 (2.62%) VPN
5 31 (1.77%) WAN
6 18 (1.03%) DHCP
7 16 (0.91%) LAN
8 14 (0.80%) Internet
9 13 (0.74%) SSL
10 11 (0.63%) HTTPS
10 11 (0.63%) SAN
11 10 (0.57%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (0.57%) Reverse Proxy
12 9 (0.51%) HTTP
12 9 (0.51%) Software-Defined Networking
13 8 (0.46%) BGP
14 7 (0.40%) SD-WAN
14 7 (0.40%) VLAN
15 6 (0.34%) MPLS
16 5 (0.28%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 262 (14.92%) Data Lake
2 182 (10.36%) Azure SQL Database
3 166 (9.45%) Data Warehouse
4 138 (7.86%) SQL Server
5 119 (6.78%) Power BI
6 79 (4.50%) Big Data
7 74 (4.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 60 (3.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 36 (2.05%) Hadoop
10 32 (1.82%) NoSQL
10 32 (1.82%) Relational Database
11 28 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 28 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 27 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
13 24 (1.37%) HDInsight
13 24 (1.37%) Star Schema
14 21 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
15 20 (1.14%) Delta Lake
15 20 (1.14%) Metadata
16 19 (1.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 195 (11.10%) Jenkins
2 170 (9.68%) Git (software)
3 71 (4.04%) JIRA
4 64 (3.64%) TeamCity
5 52 (2.96%) Octopus Deploy
6 49 (2.79%) GitLab
7 43 (2.45%) Visual Studio
8 33 (1.88%) Maven
9 29 (1.65%) Gradle
9 29 (1.65%) SonarQube
10 27 (1.54%) Artifactory
11 23 (1.31%) Bitbucket
12 22 (1.25%) Visual Studio Team System
13 21 (1.20%) Selenium
14 19 (1.08%) Subversion
15 15 (0.85%) Postman
16 14 (0.80%) MSBuild
17 13 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
18 12 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 11 (0.63%) Terragrunt
General
1 252 (14.35%) Finance
2 211 (12.02%) Social Skills
3 93 (5.30%) Public Sector
4 66 (3.76%) Analytical Skills
5 56 (3.19%) Banking
6 54 (3.08%) Retail
7 44 (2.51%) Presentation Skills
8 27 (1.54%) Marketing
9 22 (1.25%) Electronics
9 22 (1.25%) Financial Institution
9 22 (1.25%) Legal
9 22 (1.25%) Manufacturing
10 21 (1.20%) Telecoms
11 17 (0.97%) Law
11 17 (0.97%) Organisational Skills
12 14 (0.80%) Advertising
12 14 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
13 12 (0.68%) Investment Banking
14 10 (0.57%) Billing
15 9 (0.51%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (9.40%) ARM Templates
2 144 (8.20%) .NET
3 78 (4.44%) Kafka
4 58 (3.30%) YAML
5 53 (3.02%) .NET Core
6 52 (2.96%) PySpark
7 41 (2.33%) JSON
8 34 (1.94%) .NET Framework
9 29 (1.65%) Web Services
10 28 (1.59%) ASP.NET
10 28 (1.59%) Elastic Stack
11 22 (1.25%) AngularJS
11 22 (1.25%) ASP.NET Web API
11 22 (1.25%) CSS
11 22 (1.25%) Spark Streaming
12 20 (1.14%) HTML
12 20 (1.14%) Node.js
12 20 (1.14%) React
13 15 (0.85%) REST
14 14 (0.80%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 82 (4.67%) Public Cloud
2 77 (4.38%) Data Protection Act
3 74 (4.21%) Cloud Native
4 55 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
5 46 (2.62%) Data Centre
6 36 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
7 31 (1.77%) Linux Command Line
8 28 (1.59%) Hybrid Cloud
9 24 (1.37%) Management Information System
10 20 (1.14%) Hedge funds
11 19 (1.08%) Data Structures
12 17 (0.97%) Clustering
12 17 (0.97%) Enterprise Cloud
13 15 (0.85%) User Experience
14 14 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
15 12 (0.68%) Legacy Systems
16 11 (0.63%) Replication
17 10 (0.57%) Legacy Applications
18 9 (0.51%) PKI
19 8 (0.46%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 293 (16.69%) Windows
2 215 (12.24%) Linux
3 83 (4.73%) Windows Server
4 29 (1.65%) VMS
5 22 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (0.97%) Windows Server 2016
7 15 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (0.68%) Unix
9 11 (0.63%) Windows 10
10 10 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (0.51%) CoreOS
11 9 (0.51%) Windows Server 2019
12 4 (0.23%) Android
12 4 (0.23%) Apple iOS
12 4 (0.23%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.17%) CentOS
14 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
15 1 (0.057%) AIX
15 1 (0.057%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.057%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,050 (59.79%) DevOps
2 394 (22.44%) Infrastructure as Code
3 368 (20.96%) Agile Software Development
4 254 (14.46%) Analytics
5 197 (11.22%) Migration
6 173 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
7 157 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 132 (7.52%) Scrum
9 127 (7.23%) Data Pipeline
10 116 (6.61%) ETL
11 109 (6.21%) Data Engineering
12 107 (6.09%) Data Protection
13 106 (6.04%) Test Automation
14 99 (5.64%) Data Modelling
14 99 (5.64%) Microservices
15 96 (5.47%) Continuous Delivery
16 86 (4.90%) Problem-Solving
17 79 (4.50%) Configuration Management
18 76 (4.33%) Software Engineering
19 73 (4.16%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 488 (27.79%) SQL
2 469 (26.71%) Python
3 432 (24.60%) PowerShell
4 163 (9.28%) Bash Shell
5 128 (7.29%) C#
6 90 (5.13%) Java
7 66 (3.76%) Scala
8 53 (3.02%) JavaScript
9 49 (2.79%) T-SQL
10 18 (1.03%) TypeScript
11 15 (0.85%) R
12 14 (0.80%) Groovy
13 13 (0.74%) PL/SQL
14 12 (0.68%) Ruby
15 11 (0.63%) C
15 11 (0.63%) C++
16 10 (0.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 10 (0.57%) Go
16 10 (0.57%) Shell Script
17 7 (0.40%) Bicep
Qualifications
1 137 (7.80%) Security Cleared
2 119 (6.78%) SC Cleared
3 60 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (1.77%) Degree
5 26 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
6 17 (0.97%) MCSE
7 16 (0.91%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.57%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (0.51%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (0.34%) MCSA
11 5 (0.28%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 5 (0.28%) CCNA
12 4 (0.23%) CISSP
12 4 (0.23%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.17%) DBS Check
13 3 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 2 (0.11%) AWS Certification
14 2 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (2.05%) QA
1 36 (2.05%) SLA
2 27 (1.54%) GDPR
3 21 (1.20%) Data Quality
4 12 (0.68%) NIST
5 11 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.28%) SOC 2
7 3 (0.17%) COBIT
7 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.11%) Accessibility
8 2 (0.11%) NCSC
9 1 (0.057%) GLBA
9 1 (0.057%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 236 (13.44%) Active Directory
2 235 (13.38%) Docker
3 70 (3.99%) Virtual Machines
4 57 (3.25%) Virtual Desktop
5 35 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
6 29 (1.65%) Hyper-V
7 16 (0.91%) OpenAM
8 9 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 6 (0.34%) LXC
9 6 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (0.23%) vCloud
12 3 (0.17%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.17%) Firmware
13 2 (0.11%) vSphere
13 2 (0.11%) XenDesktop
14 1 (0.057%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 1 (0.057%) HDFS
14 1 (0.057%) NFS
Systems Management
1 582 (33.14%) Terraform
2 422 (24.03%) Kubernetes
3 209 (11.90%) Ansible
4 45 (2.56%) Puppet
5 34 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
6 29 (1.65%) Prometheus
6 29 (1.65%) SCCM
7 28 (1.59%) Microsoft Intune
8 26 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
9 22 (1.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 17 (0.97%) Istio
11 13 (0.74%) Grafana
11 13 (0.74%) Kibana
12 10 (0.57%) Rancher
13 7 (0.40%) FortiGate
13 7 (0.40%) Packer
13 7 (0.40%) vRealize
14 6 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
14 6 (0.34%) PowerCLI
15 5 (0.28%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 518 (29.50%) Microsoft
2 399 (22.72%) Databricks
3 74 (4.21%) VMware
4 33 (1.88%) Google
4 33 (1.88%) SAP
5 31 (1.77%) Atlassian
6 29 (1.65%) Splunk
7 28 (1.59%) Cisco
8 25 (1.42%) Citrix
9 24 (1.37%) Oracle
10 16 (0.91%) ForgeRock
11 13 (0.74%) Red Hat
12 10 (0.57%) Cloudera
12 10 (0.57%) Informatica
13 9 (0.51%) ServiceNow
14 8 (0.46%) CheckPoint
14 8 (0.46%) CommVault
14 8 (0.46%) Nimble Storage
14 8 (0.46%) Palo Alto
14 8 (0.46%) Zscaler