Period
to 20 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Engineer was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 811 795 829
Rank change year-on-year -16 +34 -55
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Engineer 86 74 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.084% 0.075% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.088% 0.079% 0.088%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 45 73
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +17.19%
10th Percentile £250 £156 £214
90th Percentile £525 £488 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £350 £366
% change year-on-year +10.00% -4.44% +22.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
UK median hourly rate £14.75 £12.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.92% -61.90% +26.00%
10th Percentile £13.33 £12.00 £29.25
90th Percentile £16.38 £12.00 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 - £31.50

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 97,576 93,827 102,324
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.94% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,061 61,282 66,875
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,176 2,822 3,179
UK median hourly rate £17.87 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.47% -1.58% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 20 September 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 15 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 20 September 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 -26 77 £394 -3.08% 14
London +1 44 £438 -2.78% 3
UK excluding London -19 41 £385 +10.00% 11
South West +6 11 £250 -44.44% 3
South East -23 10 £360 -10.00% 4
North of England -21 6 £500 +72.41% 3
Wales -14 5 £450 +176.92%
Midlands -18 4 £300 -6.25% 1
North West -18 3 £475 +63.79%
Scotland -20 3 £450 +309.09%
Yorkshire -21 3 £500 +217.46% 2
West Midlands -29 3 - - 1
East Midlands +6 1 £300 +7.14%
East of England -5 1 £378 -20.42%
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Microsoft Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 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 86 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 44 (51.16%) Active Directory
3 43 (50.00%) Windows
4 35 (40.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 35 (40.70%) Office 365
5 29 (33.72%) PowerShell
6 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
6 24 (27.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 21 (24.42%) Migration
8 19 (22.09%) Windows Server
9 17 (19.77%) Windows 10
10 15 (17.44%) Microsoft Intune
11 14 (16.28%) SQL Server
12 13 (15.12%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (13.95%) .NET
13 12 (13.95%) DevOps
14 11 (12.79%) Azure Active Directory
14 11 (12.79%) Exchange Server 2010
14 11 (12.79%) Hyper-V
15 10 (11.63%) VMware
16 9 (10.47%) Finance
16 9 (10.47%) Microsoft Office
16 9 (10.47%) Problem-Solving
17 8 (9.30%) SQL
17 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
17 8 (9.30%) PKI
17 8 (9.30%) Windows 7
17 8 (9.30%) Team Foundation Server
17 8 (9.30%) Security Cleared
18 7 (8.14%) SCCM

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 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
2 11 (12.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (6.98%) Exchange Server 2013
3 6 (6.98%) SharePoint
3 6 (6.98%) Skype for Business
4 3 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.33%) IIS
5 2 (2.33%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (1.16%) Apache
6 1 (1.16%) Apache Solr
6 1 (1.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.16%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 9 (10.47%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.16%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 35 (40.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 35 (40.70%) Office 365
2 11 (12.79%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (5.81%) IaaS
3 5 (5.81%) Mimecast
4 4 (4.65%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (4.65%) PaaS
5 3 (3.49%) SaaS
6 2 (2.33%) OneDrive
7 1 (1.16%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.16%) G Suite
7 1 (1.16%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.98%) DNS
2 5 (5.81%) Firewall
2 5 (5.81%) SAN
3 3 (3.49%) Skype
4 2 (2.33%) Kerberos
4 2 (2.33%) SMTP
4 2 (2.33%) SSL
4 2 (2.33%) VPN
5 1 (1.16%) DHCP
5 1 (1.16%) iSCSI
5 1 (1.16%) LAN
5 1 (1.16%) Network Security
5 1 (1.16%) PSTN
5 1 (1.16%) S/MIME
5 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.28%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.33%) Blockchain
2 2 (2.33%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.16%) Big Data
3 1 (1.16%) Data Lake
3 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.16%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.16%) MySQL
3 1 (1.16%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (9.30%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (6.98%) Git (software)
2 6 (6.98%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (5.81%) Jenkins
4 4 (4.65%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.33%) Selenium
5 2 (2.33%) Subversion
5 2 (2.33%) Travis CI
6 1 (1.16%) JIRA
6 1 (1.16%) MSBuild
6 1 (1.16%) MSTest
6 1 (1.16%) NUnit
6 1 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (1.16%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.16%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (1.16%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.16%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (10.47%) Finance
2 4 (4.65%) Banking
2 4 (4.65%) Electronics
3 3 (3.49%) French Language
3 3 (3.49%) German Language
4 2 (2.33%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.33%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.33%) Legal
4 2 (2.33%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.16%) Advertising
5 1 (1.16%) Automotive
5 1 (1.16%) Publishing
5 1 (1.16%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.95%) .NET
2 4 (4.65%) JSON
3 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET 2.0
3 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 1 (1.16%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.16%) LDAP
3 1 (1.16%) Node.js
3 1 (1.16%) REST
3 1 (1.16%) SailPoint
3 1 (1.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.30%) PKI
2 6 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.81%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.65%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.65%) Data Structures
4 4 (4.65%) Fintech
5 3 (3.49%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.16%) Clustering
6 1 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.16%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.16%) Social Media
6 1 (1.16%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 43 (50.00%) Windows
2 19 (22.09%) Windows Server
3 17 (19.77%) Windows 10
4 8 (9.30%) Windows 7
5 6 (6.98%) Mac OS
5 6 (6.98%) Windows 8
6 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (3.49%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.33%) Android
8 2 (2.33%) Linux
8 2 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.16%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.16%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (1.16%) Windows Phone
9 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (27.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 21 (24.42%) Migration
3 13 (15.12%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (13.95%) DevOps
5 9 (10.47%) Problem-Solving
6 7 (8.14%) ITIL
7 6 (6.98%) Data Protection
8 5 (5.81%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (5.81%) Data Migration
8 5 (5.81%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (5.81%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (4.65%) Decision-Making
9 4 (4.65%) Requirements Management
9 4 (4.65%) Server Management
9 4 (4.65%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (3.49%) Runbook
10 3 (3.49%) Scrum
10 3 (3.49%) Software Engineering
11 2 (2.33%) Change Management
11 2 (2.33%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (33.72%) PowerShell
2 8 (9.30%) SQL
3 5 (5.81%) C#
3 5 (5.81%) VB
4 4 (4.65%) VBScript
5 2 (2.33%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.16%) Groovy
6 1 (1.16%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.16%) Python
6 1 (1.16%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.16%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (9.30%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.14%) MCSE
3 6 (6.98%) Degree
3 6 (6.98%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.65%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (4.65%) HNC
5 2 (2.33%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 2 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.33%) CISM
5 2 (2.33%) CISSP
5 2 (2.33%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.33%) GSEC
5 2 (2.33%) MCSA
6 1 (1.16%) VCP6
6 1 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.16%) QA
System Software
1 44 (51.16%) Active Directory
2 11 (12.79%) Hyper-V
3 6 (6.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (4.65%) Forefront TMG
5 2 (2.33%) BitLocker
5 2 (2.33%) vCloud
6 1 (1.16%) Docker
6 1 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.16%) NFS
6 1 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.16%) vSphere
6 1 (1.16%) XenApp
6 1 (1.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (17.44%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (8.14%) SCCM
3 5 (5.81%) BMC PATROL
4 3 (3.49%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (3.49%) Puppet
4 3 (3.49%) Terraform
5 2 (2.33%) CASB
5 2 (2.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (2.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 2 (2.33%) SCOM
6 1 (1.16%) Netcool
6 1 (1.16%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (1.16%) PingFederate
6 1 (1.16%) SCDPM
6 1 (1.16%) SCOrch
6 1 (1.16%) SCSM
6 1 (1.16%) SCVMM
6 1 (1.16%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 86 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (11.63%) VMware
3 4 (4.65%) Citrix
4 3 (3.49%) Apple
4 3 (3.49%) Symantec
5 2 (2.33%) Cisco
5 2 (2.33%) Forcepoint
5 2 (2.33%) MobileIron
5 2 (2.33%) Oracle
6 1 (1.16%) Dell
6 1 (1.16%) EqualLogic
6 1 (1.16%) HP
6 1 (1.16%) Ivanti
6 1 (1.16%) NetIQ
6 1 (1.16%) Samsung
6 1 (1.16%) ServiceNow