Period
to 10 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 780 814 816
Rank change year-on-year +34 +2 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Engineer 102 85 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.097% 0.083% 0.070%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.087% 0.074%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 45 59
UK median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £250 £178 £212
90th Percentile £530 £515 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £363
% change year-on-year -6.25% +10.34% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
UK median hourly rate £26.11 £30.00 £13.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.98% +124.30% -46.50%
10th Percentile £18.93 £27.50 £12.19
90th Percentile £45.71 £32.50 £14.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.11 £30.00 £13.38
% change year-on-year -12.98% +124.30% -53.48%

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 99,545 97,274 97,328
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.93% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,895 64,435 63,507
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,076 2,850 3,288
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.79 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -

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 10 December 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Engineer over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 10 December 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 -19 93 £378 -5.50% 17
UK excluding London -30 60 £375 -6.25% 15
London +29 39 £488 +25.81% 2
South East -26 19 £375 -6.25% 4
Midlands -7 11 £300 -20.00% 1
North of England -15 10 £379 -5.31% 3
South West -29 9 £250 -44.44% 3
West Midlands -16 6 - -
Wales - 6 £450 -
North West -11 5 £383 -4.38% 1
Yorkshire -14 4 £425 - 1
East of England -15 4 £378 +12.00% 4
East Midlands +6 1 £300 +7.14% 1
Scotland -17 1 - -
North East - 1 £225 - 1

Microsoft Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 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.

1 102 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 57 (55.88%) Windows
3 43 (42.16%) Microsoft Azure
4 42 (41.18%) Active Directory
5 36 (35.29%) Windows Server
6 33 (32.35%) Office 365
7 27 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
8 26 (25.49%) PowerShell
9 24 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 18 (17.65%) VMware
10 18 (17.65%) MS Exchange
10 18 (17.65%) SQL Server
11 16 (15.69%) DevOps
12 15 (14.71%) .NET
13 14 (13.73%) VMware Infrastructure
13 14 (13.73%) Hyper-V
13 14 (13.73%) Windows 10
14 13 (12.75%) IaaS
14 13 (12.75%) SQL
14 13 (12.75%) Migration
15 12 (11.76%) DNS
15 12 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
15 12 (11.76%) Visual Studio Team System
15 12 (11.76%) Microsoft Intune
16 11 (10.78%) Problem-Solving
16 11 (10.78%) Security Cleared
16 11 (10.78%) SCCM
16 11 (10.78%) Cisco
16 11 (10.78%) C#
17 9 (8.82%) Windows 7

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 18 (17.65%) MS Exchange
2 9 (8.82%) SharePoint
3 7 (6.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (4.90%) IIS
6 4 (3.92%) Apache
7 3 (2.94%) Skype for Business
8 2 (1.96%) Apache Pig
8 2 (1.96%) Apache Spark
8 2 (1.96%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.98%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.98%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.98%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.98%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.98%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.98%) Umbraco
Applications
1 8 (7.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.96%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.98%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 43 (42.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (32.35%) Office 365
3 13 (12.75%) IaaS
4 9 (8.82%) SaaS
5 8 (7.84%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (5.88%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (3.92%) Mimecast
8 3 (2.94%) Serverless
9 2 (1.96%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (1.96%) Azure Functions
9 2 (1.96%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
9 2 (1.96%) G Suite
9 2 (1.96%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.76%) DNS
2 7 (6.86%) DHCP
2 7 (6.86%) Firewall
3 3 (2.94%) SAN
3 3 (2.94%) SSL
3 3 (2.94%) VLAN
3 3 (2.94%) VPN
4 2 (1.96%) Kerberos
4 2 (1.96%) LAN
4 2 (1.96%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.96%) VSAN
5 1 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (0.98%) HTTP
5 1 (0.98%) iSCSI
5 1 (0.98%) Network Security
5 1 (0.98%) Skype
5 1 (0.98%) SMTP
5 1 (0.98%) SNMP
5 1 (0.98%) VoIP
5 1 (0.98%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (17.65%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.92%) Azure SQL Database
3 4 (3.92%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.94%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (2.94%) Big Data
4 3 (2.94%) Data Lake
4 3 (2.94%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.94%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.94%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.96%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.96%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.96%) Cosmos DB
5 2 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.96%) Geospatial Data
5 2 (1.96%) Impala
5 2 (1.96%) Spatial Data
5 2 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (11.76%) Visual Studio Team System
2 7 (6.86%) Octopus Deploy
2 7 (6.86%) TeamCity
3 4 (3.92%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.94%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.96%) Selenium
6 1 (0.98%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.98%) MSBuild
6 1 (0.98%) MSI
6 1 (0.98%) MSTest
6 1 (0.98%) NUnit
6 1 (0.98%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.98%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.98%) Subversion
6 1 (0.98%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 1 (0.98%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (8.82%) Finance
2 3 (2.94%) Legal
2 3 (2.94%) Retail
3 2 (1.96%) Electronics
3 2 (1.96%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.98%) Advertising
4 1 (0.98%) Automotive
4 1 (0.98%) Back Office
4 1 (0.98%) Banking
4 1 (0.98%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.98%) German Language
4 1 (0.98%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.71%) .NET
2 2 (1.96%) Apache Axis
2 2 (1.96%) JSON
2 2 (1.96%) SAP PI
3 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET 2.0
3 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 1 (0.98%) Gherkin
3 1 (0.98%) LDAP
3 1 (0.98%) Node.js
3 1 (0.98%) OAuth
3 1 (0.98%) OpenID
3 1 (0.98%) REST
3 1 (0.98%) SailPoint
3 1 (0.98%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.82%) PKI
2 8 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.88%) Fintech
4 4 (3.92%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.92%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (3.92%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.96%) CESG
5 2 (1.96%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.96%) Replication
5 2 (1.96%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.98%) HP Storage
6 1 (0.98%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.98%) NHS
6 1 (0.98%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.98%) User Experience
6 1 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 57 (55.88%) Windows
2 36 (35.29%) Windows Server
3 14 (13.73%) Windows 10
4 9 (8.82%) Windows 7
5 6 (5.88%) Windows 8
5 6 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (4.90%) Mac OS
6 5 (4.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (3.92%) Linux
8 2 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.98%) Android
9 1 (0.98%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.98%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 16 (15.69%) DevOps
4 13 (12.75%) Migration
5 11 (10.78%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (8.82%) ITIL
7 7 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (5.88%) Case Management
8 6 (5.88%) Data Protection
8 6 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (5.88%) Scrum
9 5 (4.90%) Computer Science
9 5 (4.90%) Continuous Delivery
10 4 (3.92%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (2.94%) Analytics
11 3 (2.94%) Continuous Improvement
11 3 (2.94%) Data Migration
11 3 (2.94%) ITIL V3
11 3 (2.94%) Open Source
11 3 (2.94%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 26 (25.49%) PowerShell
2 13 (12.75%) SQL
3 11 (10.78%) C#
4 4 (3.92%) Python
5 3 (2.94%) VB
6 2 (1.96%) Java
6 2 (1.96%) VBScript
7 1 (0.98%) C
7 1 (0.98%) Groovy
7 1 (0.98%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.98%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.98%) VB6
Qualifications
1 12 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (10.78%) Security Cleared
3 8 (7.84%) Degree
3 8 (7.84%) MCSE
3 8 (7.84%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.92%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (3.92%) HNC
5 3 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.94%) MCSA
6 2 (1.96%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 2 (1.96%) AWS Certification
6 2 (1.96%) CISM
6 2 (1.96%) CISSP
6 2 (1.96%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.96%) GSEC
7 1 (0.98%) CCIE
7 1 (0.98%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.98%) VCP6
7 1 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.94%) QA
2 1 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 42 (41.18%) Active Directory
2 14 (13.73%) Hyper-V
2 14 (13.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.88%) vSphere
4 3 (2.94%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.96%) Forefront TMG
5 2 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.96%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (1.96%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (1.96%) XenApp
6 1 (0.98%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.98%) Docker
6 1 (0.98%) NFS
6 1 (0.98%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 12 (11.76%) Microsoft Intune
2 11 (10.78%) SCCM
3 5 (4.90%) BMC PATROL
3 5 (4.90%) Terraform
3 5 (4.90%) WSUS
4 4 (3.92%) SCOM
5 3 (2.94%) Backup Exec
5 3 (2.94%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.94%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.96%) CASB
6 2 (1.96%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 2 (1.96%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.96%) Puppet
6 2 (1.96%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.98%) PingFederate
7 1 (0.98%) SCSM
7 1 (0.98%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.98%) vRealize
Vendors
1 102 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 18 (17.65%) VMware
3 11 (10.78%) Cisco
4 6 (5.88%) Citrix
5 4 (3.92%) Symantec
6 3 (2.94%) HP
6 3 (2.94%) Ivanti
6 3 (2.94%) ServiceNow
7 2 (1.96%) Dell
7 2 (1.96%) McAfee
7 2 (1.96%) NetIQ
7 2 (1.96%) New Relic
7 2 (1.96%) Palo Alto
7 2 (1.96%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.96%) SAP
8 1 (0.98%) Apple
8 1 (0.98%) Avaya
8 1 (0.98%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.98%) Forcepoint
8 1 (0.98%) Lotus