The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 9 11 13
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 611 693 638
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 10.93% 10.42% 10.64%
As % of the Vendors category 25.25% 23.47% 24.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 472 512 443
Average daily rate
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£388 £378 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.58% -2.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £215 £207
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 28 44
Average hourly rate £14.50 £17.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.94% -13.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.58 £11.63 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.05 £21.20 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.65 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.89% -17.27%
Microsoft
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Vendors Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
2420 2953 2584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 43.29% 44.41% 43.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1792 2108 1854
Average daily rate £420 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.17% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £613 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 73 79
Average hourly rate £17.87 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.67% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.93 £12.50 £14.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.78 £30.83 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the City of London region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the City of London region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the City of London region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the City of London region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 461 (34.90%) MS Excel
2 460 (34.82%) Windows
3 363 (27.48%) Finance
4 354 (26.80%) SQL
5 306 (23.16%) MS Office
6 302 (22.86%) SQL Server
7 270 (20.44%) .NET
8 260 (19.68%) Active Directory
9 218 (16.50%) Banking
10 212 (16.05%) C#
11 157 (11.88%) CRM
12 156 (11.81%) VMware
13 154 (11.66%) SharePoint
14 145 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
14 145 (10.98%) Windows 7
15 138 (10.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 134 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
17 133 (10.07%) MS Exchange
18 132 (9.99%) ITIL
19 130 (9.84%) Citrix
20 124 (9.39%) Migration
21 122 (9.24%) Dynamics CRM
22 120 (9.08%) Windows Server 2008
23 117 (8.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 117 (8.86%) T-SQL
24 106 (8.02%) Project Management
25 102 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
26 101 (7.65%) ASP.NET
27 99 (7.49%) SQL Server 2008
27 99 (7.49%) Analytical Skills

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 154 (11.66%) SharePoint
2 133 (10.07%) MS Exchange
3 60 (4.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 53 (4.01%) IIS
5 42 (3.18%) Lync
6 39 (2.95%) SharePoint 2010
7 38 (2.88%) SharePoint 2013
8 30 (2.27%) IBM Notes
8 30 (2.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 25 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
10 23 (1.74%) JBoss
11 22 (1.67%) WebSphere
12 21 (1.59%) WebLogic
13 20 (1.51%) Tomcat
14 19 (1.44%) CMS
14 19 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
15 18 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
16 14 (1.06%) GlassFish
17 10 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
17 10 (0.76%) Apache
Applications
1 461 (34.90%) MS Excel
2 306 (23.16%) MS Office
3 81 (6.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 64 (4.84%) MS Project
5 55 (4.16%) MS Visio
6 16 (1.21%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.53%) PowerPivot
7 7 (0.53%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.30%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.23%) InDesign
9 3 (0.23%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.076%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.076%) ProjectWise
11 1 (0.076%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.076%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 122 (9.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.53%) WebTrends
6 5 (0.38%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.15%) ReMetrica
8 2 (0.15%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
9 1 (0.076%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.076%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.076%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.076%) ION MarketView
9 1 (0.076%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
9 1 (0.076%) SAP BPC
9 1 (0.076%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 35 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (2.50%) Office 365
3 9 (0.68%) Google Apps
4 8 (0.61%) PaaS
4 8 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.30%) IaaS
6 3 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.15%) SaaS
7 2 (0.15%) Heroku
8 1 (0.076%) Taleo
8 1 (0.076%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 59 (4.47%) DNS
1 59 (4.47%) SAN
2 45 (3.41%) DHCP
3 36 (2.73%) TCP/IP
3 36 (2.73%) Firewall
4 32 (2.42%) VPN
5 30 (2.27%) LAN
6 26 (1.97%) WAN
7 22 (1.67%) Wireless
8 19 (1.44%) Internet
9 18 (1.36%) Intranet
10 15 (1.14%) FTP
11 14 (1.06%) Unified Communications
12 13 (0.98%) HTTP
12 13 (0.98%) VoIP
13 12 (0.91%) Network Security
14 11 (0.83%) VLAN
15 10 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
16 9 (0.68%) IP Telephony
16 9 (0.68%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 302 (22.86%) SQL Server
2 138 (10.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 117 (8.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 99 (7.49%) SQL Server 2008
5 81 (6.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 80 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
7 37 (2.80%) SQL Server 2005
8 36 (2.73%) SQL Server 2012
9 30 (2.27%) OLAP
10 28 (2.12%) Relational Database
11 26 (1.97%) QlikView
12 22 (1.67%) MS Access
13 18 (1.36%) Oracle Database
14 17 (1.29%) Big Data
15 16 (1.21%) RDBMS
15 16 (1.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 12 (0.91%) MySQL
17 10 (0.76%) Hadoop
18 9 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
18 9 (0.68%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 60 (4.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 55 (4.16%) Visual Studio
3 20 (1.51%) JIRA
4 14 (1.06%) Selenium
5 11 (0.83%) Subversion
6 10 (0.76%) FitNesse
6 10 (0.76%) NUnit
6 10 (0.76%) MSTest
6 10 (0.76%) SpecFlow
7 9 (0.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 8 (0.61%) JUnit
8 8 (0.61%) ERwin
8 8 (0.61%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.53%) CruiseControl
9 7 (0.53%) Jenkins
9 7 (0.53%) Mockito
10 6 (0.45%) Cucumber
11 5 (0.38%) MSI
11 5 (0.38%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
12 4 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 363 (27.48%) Finance
2 218 (16.50%) Banking
3 81 (6.13%) Advertising
4 69 (5.22%) Investment Banking
5 48 (3.63%) Legal
6 47 (3.56%) Telecoms
7 43 (3.26%) Retail
8 34 (2.57%) Marketing
9 29 (2.20%) Law
9 29 (2.20%) Front Office
10 20 (1.51%) Financial Institution
10 20 (1.51%) Publishing
11 19 (1.44%) Back Office
12 9 (0.68%) French Language
13 7 (0.53%) Games
14 6 (0.45%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.38%) Danish Language
15 5 (0.38%) Billing
15 5 (0.38%) Spanish Language
15 5 (0.38%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 327 (24.75%) Analyst
2 312 (23.62%) Developer
3 91 (6.89%) Consultant
4 77 (5.83%) Support Analyst
5 72 (5.45%) Business Analyst
6 70 (5.30%) Architect
7 60 (4.54%) Support Engineer
8 58 (4.39%) Service Analyst
8 58 (4.39%) SQL Developer
9 57 (4.31%) Project Manager
10 53 (4.01%) Desktop Support
11 50 (3.79%) Service Desk Analyst
12 47 (3.56%) Microsoft Developer
13 46 (3.48%) CRM Developer
14 43 (3.26%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 41 (3.10%) Administrator
15 41 (3.10%) Dynamics CRM Developer
16 39 (2.95%) .NET Developer
17 34 (2.57%) 2nd Line Support
18 33 (2.50%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 270 (20.44%) .NET
2 101 (7.65%) ASP.NET
3 88 (6.66%) HTML
4 62 (4.69%) XML
4 62 (4.69%) .NET Framework
5 55 (4.16%) Web Services
6 50 (3.79%) WCF
7 44 (3.33%) CSS
8 41 (3.10%) jQuery
9 39 (2.95%) ASP.NET MVC
10 35 (2.65%) HTML5
11 29 (2.20%) WPF
12 25 (1.89%) MDX
13 22 (1.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 20 (1.51%) Middleware
15 16 (1.21%) LINQ
15 16 (1.21%) Spring
16 15 (1.14%) Ajax
16 15 (1.14%) JSON
17 14 (1.06%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 99 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (5.60%) Blackberry
3 37 (2.80%) NHS
4 33 (2.50%) Management Information System
5 28 (2.12%) Computer Science
6 23 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
7 22 (1.67%) Clustering
8 19 (1.44%) Replication
9 17 (1.29%) Mobile App
9 17 (1.29%) User Experience
10 15 (1.14%) Thin Client
10 15 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
10 15 (1.14%) Fat Client
11 14 (1.06%) iPad
12 13 (0.98%) iPhone
12 13 (0.98%) Client/Server
12 13 (0.98%) Social Media
13 12 (0.91%) CMDB
14 11 (0.83%) Data Integration
14 11 (0.83%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 460 (34.82%) Windows
2 145 (10.98%) Windows 7
3 120 (9.08%) Windows Server 2008
4 82 (6.21%) Linux
5 80 (6.06%) Windows XP
6 67 (5.07%) Windows Server 2003
7 41 (3.10%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (3.03%) UNIX
9 28 (2.12%) Android
10 22 (1.67%) Apple iOS
11 20 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (1.06%) Windows 8
13 12 (0.91%) Mac OS X
14 11 (0.83%) Windows Vista
14 11 (0.83%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.38%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
17 3 (0.23%) Solaris
18 2 (0.15%) Fedora
18 2 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (11.88%) CRM
2 145 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
3 134 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
4 132 (9.99%) ITIL
5 124 (9.39%) Migration
6 106 (8.02%) Project Management
7 72 (5.45%) ETL
8 64 (4.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 55 (4.16%) MVC
10 48 (3.63%) TDD
10 48 (3.63%) PRINCE2
11 45 (3.41%) Data Modelling
12 44 (3.33%) Business Analysis
13 39 (2.95%) Scrum
14 38 (2.88%) Analytics
15 37 (2.80%) OO
15 37 (2.80%) User Acceptance Testing
16 36 (2.73%) Asset Management
17 35 (2.65%) Change Management
18 31 (2.35%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 354 (26.80%) SQL
2 212 (16.05%) C#
3 117 (8.86%) T-SQL
4 87 (6.59%) PowerShell
5 82 (6.21%) JavaScript
6 61 (4.62%) VBA
7 49 (3.71%) Java
8 41 (3.10%) VB
9 35 (2.65%) C
10 26 (1.97%) VBScript
11 23 (1.74%) Shell Script
12 20 (1.51%) C++
13 13 (0.98%) Perl
14 12 (0.91%) PL/SQL
14 12 (0.91%) VB.NET
15 7 (0.53%) Python
16 6 (0.45%) Ruby
17 5 (0.38%) XPath
17 5 (0.38%) VB6
17 5 (0.38%) R
Qualifications
1 84 (6.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 72 (5.45%) Degree
3 46 (3.48%) Security Cleared
4 24 (1.82%) MCSE
5 22 (1.67%) SC Cleared
6 16 (1.21%) MCITP
6 16 (1.21%) MCP
7 15 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (1.06%) Citrix Certification
8 14 (1.06%) MCSA
9 12 (0.91%) ISEB
9 12 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
9 12 (0.91%) DV Cleared
10 11 (0.83%) MCTS
10 11 (0.83%) PMI Certification
10 11 (0.83%) MCT
11 10 (0.76%) MOS
12 9 (0.68%) PMP
12 9 (0.68%) CCA
12 9 (0.68%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.80%) QA
2 28 (2.12%) SLA
3 25 (1.89%) ISO 9001
4 10 (0.76%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.38%) COBIT
7 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.15%) GPG13
9 2 (0.15%) Basel III
10 1 (0.076%) WCAG
10 1 (0.076%) WAI
System Software
1 260 (19.68%) Active Directory
2 102 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (4.39%) XenApp
4 27 (2.04%) vSphere
5 26 (1.97%) Hyper-V
6 23 (1.74%) XenDesktop
7 20 (1.51%) XenServer
8 19 (1.44%) Oracle RMAN
8 19 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 12 (0.91%) Xen
9 12 (0.91%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 11 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
10 11 (0.83%) VMware ESX
11 9 (0.68%) UAG
12 6 (0.45%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.38%) Firmware
14 4 (0.30%) ISA Server
14 4 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.30%) Platform Symphony
14 4 (0.30%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 56 (4.24%) SCCM
2 27 (2.04%) SCOM
3 16 (1.21%) Tivoli
4 10 (0.76%) WSUS
5 9 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.68%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 9 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 9 (0.68%) Backup Exec
6 8 (0.61%) SCOrch
7 7 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 7 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (0.45%) SCVMM
9 5 (0.38%) BMC PATROL
9 5 (0.38%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
10 4 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.30%) XenMobile
10 4 (0.30%) WMI
10 4 (0.30%) Cisco IPCC
11 3 (0.23%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 156 (11.81%) VMware
2 130 (9.84%) Citrix
3 86 (6.51%) Oracle
4 66 (5.00%) Cisco
5 36 (2.73%) HP
6 30 (2.27%) Lotus
7 28 (2.12%) IBM
8 26 (1.97%) Apple
8 26 (1.97%) Tableau
9 21 (1.59%) Red Hat
9 21 (1.59%) Symantec
9 21 (1.59%) Sybase
9 21 (1.59%) SAP
10 19 (1.44%) Altiris
11 18 (1.36%) Cognos
12 17 (1.29%) LANDesk
13 16 (1.21%) Business Objects
13 16 (1.21%) EMC
14 15 (1.14%) NetApp
14 15 (1.14%) Remedy
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Thebes IT
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £11.00 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £450 - £490 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 10 days ago