Period
to 24 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 802 782 797
Rank change year-on-year -20 +15 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Engineer 81 59 97
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.081% 0.064% 0.091%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.085% 0.068% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 39 69
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +9.68% +17.42%
10th Percentile £266 £156 £243
90th Percentile £525 £508 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £335 £370
% change year-on-year +34.33% -9.46% +23.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
UK median hourly rate £14.75 £31.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.42% -1.59% +152.00%
10th Percentile £13.33 £15.55 £16.65
90th Percentile £16.38 £48.45 £57.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £50.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year -74.00% +58.73% +152.00%

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 95,076 86,968 101,571
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,247 56,247 65,952
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,875 3,102
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.14 £50.00 £48.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year -0.74% -11.85% +18.96%

Microsoft Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Engineer in the UK

Microsoft Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Engineer in the UK

Microsoft Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Engineer over the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Engineer in the UK

Microsoft Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Engineer in the UK

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 24 June 2018. 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 -31 73 £450 +5.88% 19
London -29 47 £450 - 6
UK excluding London -28 34 £450 +34.33% 13
South East -23 12 £375 -3.23% 4
North of England -15 7 £463 +106.70% 2
Wales -8 4 £450 +176.92%
North West -16 4 £500 +72.41%
Midlands -20 4 £300 -17.81% 2
South West +8 3 £538 - 2
West Midlands -19 3 - -
Yorkshire -19 2 - - 1
Scotland -40 2 £450 -
East Midlands -1 1 £300 - 2
North East - 1 £228 - 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £313 -

Microsoft Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, Microsoft 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 Microsoft Engineer in the job title.

1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 50 (61.73%) Active Directory
3 36 (44.44%) Windows
4 30 (37.04%) PowerShell
4 30 (37.04%) Microsoft Azure
4 30 (37.04%) Office 365
5 18 (22.22%) Migration
6 17 (20.99%) Windows Server
7 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
8 15 (18.52%) VMware
9 14 (17.28%) Azure Active Directory
10 12 (14.81%) Hyper-V
11 11 (13.58%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (13.58%) Skype for Business
11 11 (13.58%) SQL
12 10 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
12 10 (12.35%) Windows 10
13 9 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
14 8 (9.88%) DevOps
14 8 (9.88%) Skype
14 8 (9.88%) Finance
14 8 (9.88%) SQL Server
14 8 (9.88%) ITIL
14 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
15 7 (8.64%) SCCM
16 6 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
16 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
16 6 (7.41%) .NET
16 6 (7.41%) PSTN

Microsoft 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 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
2 11 (13.58%) Skype for Business
3 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (6.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (4.94%) SharePoint
6 3 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (3.70%) IIS
7 2 (2.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 30 (37.04%) Microsoft Azure
1 30 (37.04%) Office 365
2 14 (17.28%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (4.94%) Mimecast
4 4 (4.94%) PaaS
5 3 (3.70%) IaaS
6 2 (2.47%) OneDrive
6 2 (2.47%) SaaS
7 1 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.23%) G Suite
7 1 (1.23%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.88%) Skype
2 6 (7.41%) PSTN
3 5 (6.17%) DNS
4 3 (3.70%) VPN
5 2 (2.47%) FCoE
5 2 (2.47%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (2.47%) Firewall
5 2 (2.47%) iSCSI
5 2 (2.47%) Kerberos
5 2 (2.47%) SAN
5 2 (2.47%) SMTP
5 2 (2.47%) SSL
6 1 (1.23%) DHCP
6 1 (1.23%) Internet
6 1 (1.23%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.88%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.47%) Blockchain
3 2 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Git (software)
1 4 (4.94%) Jenkins
1 4 (4.94%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (4.94%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (2.47%) Travis CI
3 1 (1.23%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.23%) JIRA
3 1 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.23%) Subversion
3 1 (1.23%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (9.88%) Finance
2 4 (4.94%) Banking
2 4 (4.94%) French Language
2 4 (4.94%) German Language
3 2 (2.47%) Electronics
3 2 (2.47%) Financial Institution
3 2 (2.47%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.47%) Marketing
3 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.23%) Automotive
4 1 (1.23%) Publishing
4 1 (1.23%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.41%) .NET
2 4 (4.94%) JSON
3 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.23%) LDAP
3 1 (1.23%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) PKI
2 4 (4.94%) Data Centre
2 4 (4.94%) Fintech
3 3 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.47%) Clustering
4 2 (2.47%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.47%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.23%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.23%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.23%) iPhone
5 1 (1.23%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.23%) Replication
5 1 (1.23%) Social Media
5 1 (1.23%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 36 (44.44%) Windows
2 17 (20.99%) Windows Server
3 10 (12.35%) Windows 10
4 9 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (6.17%) Linux
6 4 (4.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.47%) Android
7 2 (2.47%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.47%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.23%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.23%) Unix
8 1 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (22.22%) Migration
2 8 (9.88%) DevOps
2 8 (9.88%) ITIL
3 6 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (7.41%) Workload Management
4 5 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (6.17%) Mobile Device Management
4 5 (6.17%) Problem-Solving
5 3 (3.70%) Build Automation
5 3 (3.70%) Capacity Management
5 3 (3.70%) Change Management
5 3 (3.70%) Decision-Making
5 3 (3.70%) Service Delivery
5 3 (3.70%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 2 (2.47%) Data Migration
6 2 (2.47%) Deployment Automation
6 2 (2.47%) Desktop Virtualisation
6 2 (2.47%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (2.47%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (2.47%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (37.04%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.58%) SQL
3 4 (4.94%) C#
4 3 (3.70%) VB
5 2 (2.47%) VBScript
6 1 (1.23%) Java
6 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.23%) Python
6 1 (1.23%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.23%) VB6
Qualifications
1 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (6.17%) MCSE
4 4 (4.94%) DV Cleared
4 4 (4.94%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.70%) Degree
5 3 (3.70%) MCSA
6 2 (2.47%) HNC
7 1 (1.23%) A+ Certification
7 1 (1.23%) CISSP
7 1 (1.23%) MCITP
7 1 (1.23%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.23%) QA
1 1 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 50 (61.73%) Active Directory
2 12 (14.81%) Hyper-V
3 10 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (4.94%) vSphere
5 3 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.47%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (1.23%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.23%) Docker
7 1 (1.23%) vCloud
7 1 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.23%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (13.58%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (8.64%) SCCM
3 4 (4.94%) WSUS
4 3 (3.70%) vCenter Server
5 2 (2.47%) AirWatch
5 2 (2.47%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.23%) AppManager
6 1 (1.23%) Control-M
6 1 (1.23%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.23%) Nessus
6 1 (1.23%) Netcool
6 1 (1.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (1.23%) Puppet
6 1 (1.23%) SCOM
6 1 (1.23%) SCVMM
6 1 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.23%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (18.52%) VMware
3 3 (3.70%) Citrix
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle
4 2 (2.47%) Apple
4 2 (2.47%) Forcepoint
4 2 (2.47%) IBM
4 2 (2.47%) MobileIron
4 2 (2.47%) Symantec
5 1 (1.23%) Altiris
5 1 (1.23%) HP
5 1 (1.23%) Ivanti
5 1 (1.23%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.23%) Samsung
5 1 (1.23%) Shavlik
5 1 (1.23%) Sun