Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 790 809 798
Rank change year-on-year +19 -11 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Engineer 86 61 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.086% 0.063% 0.077%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.090% 0.066% 0.081%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 46 48
UK median daily rate £388 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.73% +5.71% +3.70%
10th Percentile £159 £190 £149
90th Percentile £495 £550 £437
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -0.69% +3.57% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £13.38 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +124.30% -66.14% +192.59%
10th Percentile £27.50 £12.19 £21.85
90th Percentile £32.50 £14.56 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £13.38 £39.50
% change year-on-year +124.30% -66.14% +192.59%

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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 +30 82 £388 +6.16% 26
UK excluding London +25 62 £360 -0.69% 23
South East -15 25 £350 -3.78% 8
London -26 24 £388 - 5
North of England +42 10 £400 -7.51% 7
Midlands +13 10 £325 -17.46% 3
East of England -9 7 £175 -47.76% 3
Yorkshire +20 6 £425 +30.77% 4
South West +16 6 £450 +92.10%
West Midlands +12 5 £425 -10.53% 2
East Midlands +8 5 £253 -17.55%
North West +17 4 £425 -2.30% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 - - 2
North East +51 1 £228 -55.83%
Scotland -8 1 £110 -70.67%
Wales - 1 - -

Microsoft Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Microsoft Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Microsoft Engineer in the job title.

1 86 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 33 (38.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (33.72%) PowerShell
3 29 (33.72%) Windows
4 28 (32.56%) Active Directory
5 22 (25.58%) Office 365
6 17 (19.77%) VMware
7 16 (18.60%) SQL Server
7 16 (18.60%) Hyper-V
7 16 (18.60%) Visual Studio Team System
8 14 (16.28%) Microsoft Office
8 14 (16.28%) Python
9 13 (15.12%) Linux
10 12 (13.95%) Windows Server
11 11 (12.79%) SCCM
11 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (11.63%) Citrix
12 10 (11.63%) McAfee
12 10 (11.63%) Information Security
13 9 (10.47%) Service Delivery
13 9 (10.47%) ITIL
13 9 (10.47%) SQL
13 9 (10.47%) CRM
13 9 (10.47%) VMware Infrastructure
14 8 (9.30%) iSCSI
14 8 (9.30%) Test Planning
14 8 (9.30%) FCoE
14 8 (9.30%) Fibre Channel
14 8 (9.30%) MS Exchange
14 8 (9.30%) IBM

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 8 (9.30%) MS Exchange
2 7 (8.14%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 4 (4.65%) Drupal
3 4 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (4.65%) WordPress
4 3 (3.49%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (16.28%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (8.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (8.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.16%) AutoCAD
3 1 (1.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (5.81%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 33 (38.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (25.58%) Office 365
3 6 (6.98%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (5.81%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (5.81%) PaaS
5 3 (3.49%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (3.49%) IaaS
6 2 (2.33%) SaaS
7 1 (1.16%) GitHub
7 1 (1.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.30%) FCoE
1 8 (9.30%) Fibre Channel
1 8 (9.30%) iSCSI
2 5 (5.81%) Firewall
2 5 (5.81%) LAN
2 5 (5.81%) SAN
2 5 (5.81%) WAN
3 4 (4.65%) DNS
3 4 (4.65%) MPLS
3 4 (4.65%) OSPF
3 4 (4.65%) WLAN
4 3 (3.49%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (3.49%) Skype
5 1 (1.16%) DHCP
5 1 (1.16%) ISDN
5 1 (1.16%) PSTN
5 1 (1.16%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.16%) VPN
5 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (18.60%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (4.65%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 16 (18.60%) Visual Studio Team System
2 5 (5.81%) Chocolatey
3 3 (3.49%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (1.16%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.16%) MSI
5 1 (1.16%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (6.98%) Law
2 3 (3.49%) Finance
3 2 (2.33%) Retail
4 1 (1.16%) Electronics
4 1 (1.16%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.16%) Marketing
4 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.98%) .NET
2 5 (5.81%) Web Services
3 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.16%) CSS
3 1 (1.16%) HTML
3 1 (1.16%) jQuery
3 1 (1.16%) JSON
3 1 (1.16%) REST
3 1 (1.16%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.14%) Data Centre
2 4 (4.65%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.49%) PKI
4 2 (2.33%) NHS
5 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.16%) EPoS
5 1 (1.16%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.16%) FMCG
5 1 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.16%) iPhone
5 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.16%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.16%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.16%) SCADA
5 1 (1.16%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 29 (33.72%) Windows
2 13 (15.12%) Linux
3 12 (13.95%) Windows Server
4 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (6.98%) Windows 10
5 6 (6.98%) Windows 7
6 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (4.65%) CentOS
8 2 (2.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.16%) Android
9 1 (1.16%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (11.63%) Information Security
2 9 (10.47%) CRM
2 9 (10.47%) ITIL
2 9 (10.47%) Service Delivery
3 8 (9.30%) Migration
3 8 (9.30%) Test Planning
4 7 (8.14%) Change Management
4 7 (8.14%) Data Loss Prevention
5 6 (6.98%) Data Privacy
5 6 (6.98%) Open Source
5 6 (6.98%) Programme Delivery
6 5 (5.81%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (4.65%) Data Migration
7 4 (4.65%) OWASP
7 4 (4.65%) Problem Management
7 4 (4.65%) SDLC
7 4 (4.65%) SIEM
7 4 (4.65%) Software Engineering
7 4 (4.65%) Validation
7 4 (4.65%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 29 (33.72%) PowerShell
2 14 (16.28%) Python
3 9 (10.47%) SQL
4 1 (1.16%) Java
4 1 (1.16%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.16%) Ruby
4 1 (1.16%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (6.98%) CISSP
1 6 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (5.81%) CCNP
2 5 (5.81%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (5.81%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.65%) CCSE
3 4 (4.65%) CISA
3 4 (4.65%) CISMP
3 4 (4.65%) MCSE
3 4 (4.65%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.49%) Degree
4 3 (3.49%) MCSA
5 1 (1.16%) A+ Certification
5 1 (1.16%) CCDP
5 1 (1.16%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (1.16%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.16%) MCITP
5 1 (1.16%) MCP
5 1 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (4.65%) GDPR
3 2 (2.33%) SLA
4 1 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 28 (32.56%) Active Directory
2 16 (18.60%) Hyper-V
3 9 (10.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (8.14%) vSphere
5 3 (3.49%) BitLocker
5 3 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.49%) VMware NSX
6 2 (2.33%) XenApp
7 1 (1.16%) Docker
7 1 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (12.79%) SCCM
2 5 (5.81%) SCOM
3 4 (4.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 4 (4.65%) Puppet
4 3 (3.49%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (3.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 2 (2.33%) Ansible
5 2 (2.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (2.33%) vCenter Server
5 2 (2.33%) WSUS
6 1 (1.16%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.16%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 86 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 17 (19.77%) VMware
3 10 (11.63%) Citrix
3 10 (11.63%) McAfee
4 8 (9.30%) IBM
5 7 (8.14%) Cisco
6 5 (5.81%) EMC
6 5 (5.81%) NetApp
7 4 (4.65%) Adobe
7 4 (4.65%) CheckPoint
7 4 (4.65%) CommVault
7 4 (4.65%) EqualLogic
7 4 (4.65%) Juniper
7 4 (4.65%) Palo Alto
7 4 (4.65%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (4.65%) Sitecore
7 4 (4.65%) SolarWinds
7 4 (4.65%) Splunk
7 4 (4.65%) Trustwave
7 4 (4.65%) Veeam