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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 12 15
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 728 786 709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 12.32% 10.84% 9.18%
As % of the Vendors category 26.72% 23.43% 21.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 537 520 474
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £404
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -0.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £195 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £328 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.78% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 34 33
Average hourly rate £14.50 £20.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.77 £13.50 £12.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.90 £26.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -14.28%
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
2725 3354 3327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 46.13% 46.24% 43.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1951 2328 2269
Average daily rate £425 £425 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 91 91
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.82 £48.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year
- -1.33%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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.

1 498 (36.11%) Windows
2 486 (35.24%) MS Excel
3 376 (27.27%) Finance
4 357 (25.89%) SQL
5 337 (24.44%) SQL Server
6 301 (21.83%) MS Office
7 276 (20.01%) Active Directory
8 257 (18.64%) Banking
9 253 (18.35%) .NET
10 211 (15.30%) C#
11 178 (12.91%) VMware
12 175 (12.69%) Citrix
13 169 (12.26%) Windows 7
14 163 (11.82%) ITIL
15 154 (11.17%) SharePoint
16 148 (10.73%) Windows Server 2008
17 143 (10.37%) Agile Software Development
18 140 (10.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 140 (10.15%) CRM
19 138 (10.01%) MS Exchange
20 134 (9.72%) Business Intelligence
21 127 (9.21%) Migration
22 126 (9.14%) Oracle
23 123 (8.92%) T-SQL
24 120 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
25 118 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 118 (8.56%) Project Management
26 114 (8.27%) Analytical Skills
27 104 (7.54%) Microsoft Certification
28 103 (7.47%) Linux

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

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 (11.17%) SharePoint
2 138 (10.01%) MS Exchange
3 62 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 45 (3.26%) IIS
5 42 (3.05%) Lync
6 39 (2.83%) SharePoint 2010
7 38 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2007
8 35 (2.54%) IBM Notes
8 35 (2.54%) SharePoint 2013
9 33 (2.39%) WebSphere
10 31 (2.25%) BizTalk Server
11 29 (2.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 25 (1.81%) CMS
12 25 (1.81%) WebLogic
12 25 (1.81%) Tomcat
13 23 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
14 18 (1.31%) GlassFish
15 17 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
16 11 (0.80%) Office Communications Server
17 10 (0.73%) Apache
Applications
1 486 (35.24%) MS Excel
2 301 (21.83%) MS Office
3 87 (6.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 69 (5.00%) MS Project
5 61 (4.42%) MS Visio
6 16 (1.16%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.44%) PowerPivot
7 6 (0.44%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.29%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.22%) InDesign
10 2 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
10 2 (0.15%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.15%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.073%) FastStats
11 1 (0.073%) Stata
Business Applications
1 101 (7.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (2.32%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.87%) WebTrends
4 9 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
6 7 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.22%) Google Analytics
8 3 (0.22%) ReMetrica
8 3 (0.22%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.22%) Agresso
9 2 (0.15%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.15%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 2 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 2 (0.15%) IntelliMatch
9 2 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 42 (3.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (1.74%) Office 365
3 13 (0.94%) PaaS
4 8 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.22%) Google Apps
6 3 (0.22%) IaaS
7 2 (0.15%) Heroku
8 1 (0.073%) Taleo
8 1 (0.073%) SaaS
8 1 (0.073%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.073%) Gitorious
8 1 (0.073%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 80 (5.80%) SAN
2 62 (4.50%) DNS
3 47 (3.41%) Firewall
4 46 (3.34%) WAN
5 44 (3.19%) LAN
6 41 (2.97%) DHCP
7 39 (2.83%) TCP/IP
8 30 (2.18%) VPN
9 22 (1.60%) Internet
9 22 (1.60%) Unified Communications
10 21 (1.52%) NetScaler
11 20 (1.45%) Intranet
12 18 (1.31%) VoIP
13 15 (1.09%) HTTP
14 11 (0.80%) MPLS
14 11 (0.80%) Wireless
15 10 (0.73%) BIG-IP
15 10 (0.73%) Broadband
16 9 (0.65%) VLAN
16 9 (0.65%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 337 (24.44%) SQL Server
2 140 (10.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 118 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 102 (7.40%) SQL Server 2008
5 98 (7.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 89 (6.45%) Data Warehouse
7 39 (2.83%) SQL Server 2005
8 34 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
9 33 (2.39%) Oracle Database
10 28 (2.03%) Relational Database
11 24 (1.74%) MS Access
12 23 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 23 (1.67%) QlikView
13 21 (1.52%) OLAP
14 17 (1.23%) Big Data
15 16 (1.16%) Hadoop
16 15 (1.09%) Data Mining
17 14 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
18 13 (0.94%) Data Mart
19 12 (0.87%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 69 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 57 (4.13%) Visual Studio
3 24 (1.74%) JIRA
4 20 (1.45%) Selenium
5 18 (1.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 16 (1.16%) FitNesse
6 16 (1.16%) NUnit
7 11 (0.80%) Subversion
7 11 (0.80%) TeamCity
7 11 (0.80%) Jenkins
8 9 (0.65%) SpecFlow
8 9 (0.65%) MSTest
8 9 (0.65%) ERwin
9 7 (0.51%) QuickTest Pro
9 7 (0.51%) Git (software)
9 7 (0.51%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
10 6 (0.44%) MSI
10 6 (0.44%) JUnit
11 5 (0.36%) CruiseControl
11 5 (0.36%) NCover
General
1 376 (27.27%) Finance
2 257 (18.64%) Banking
3 73 (5.29%) Investment Banking
4 62 (4.50%) Legal
5 60 (4.35%) Advertising
6 47 (3.41%) Retail
7 44 (3.19%) Marketing
8 42 (3.05%) Telecoms
9 37 (2.68%) Law
10 29 (2.10%) Back Office
11 24 (1.74%) Front Office
12 20 (1.45%) Financial Institution
13 15 (1.09%) Publishing
14 12 (0.87%) Games
15 11 (0.80%) Danish Language
16 8 (0.58%) French Language
17 6 (0.44%) Retail Banking
17 6 (0.44%) Automotive
18 5 (0.36%) International Banking
19 4 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 327 (23.71%) Analyst
2 310 (22.48%) Developer
3 84 (6.09%) Consultant
4 82 (5.95%) Architect
5 78 (5.66%) Support Analyst
6 68 (4.93%) Business Analyst
7 67 (4.86%) Project Manager
8 54 (3.92%) Administrator
9 53 (3.84%) C# Developer
10 52 (3.77%) .NET Developer
11 49 (3.55%) Support Engineer
11 49 (3.55%) Service Analyst
12 48 (3.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 46 (3.34%) SQL Developer
14 43 (3.12%) Service Desk Analyst
15 42 (3.05%) Desktop Support
16 40 (2.90%) Microsoft Developer
17 38 (2.76%) 2nd Line Support
18 32 (2.32%) Desktop Engineer
18 32 (2.32%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 253 (18.35%) .NET
2 99 (7.18%) ASP.NET
3 77 (5.58%) HTML
4 68 (4.93%) .NET Framework
5 59 (4.28%) XML
6 58 (4.21%) Web Services
7 49 (3.55%) ASP.NET MVC
8 47 (3.41%) WCF
8 47 (3.41%) CSS
9 42 (3.05%) jQuery
10 34 (2.47%) WPF
11 31 (2.25%) HTML5
12 29 (2.10%) MDX
13 24 (1.74%) Middleware
14 22 (1.60%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 21 (1.52%) JSON
16 18 (1.31%) REST
17 17 (1.23%) WinForms
18 16 (1.16%) XSLT
19 15 (1.09%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 114 (8.27%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (5.37%) Blackberry
3 31 (2.25%) Management Information System
4 30 (2.18%) Computer Science
5 27 (1.96%) Clustering
6 23 (1.67%) Replication
6 23 (1.67%) Client/Server
7 21 (1.52%) NHS
7 21 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
8 20 (1.45%) CMDB
9 19 (1.38%) User Experience
10 18 (1.31%) Social Media
11 17 (1.23%) Fat Client
11 17 (1.23%) iPhone
11 17 (1.23%) Thin Client
12 14 (1.02%) Derivative
12 14 (1.02%) iPad
13 13 (0.94%) Statistics
14 12 (0.87%) PMI
14 12 (0.87%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 498 (36.11%) Windows
2 169 (12.26%) Windows 7
3 148 (10.73%) Windows Server 2008
4 103 (7.47%) Linux
5 99 (7.18%) Windows Server 2003
6 83 (6.02%) Windows XP
7 46 (3.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 42 (3.05%) UNIX
9 29 (2.10%) Android
10 26 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (1.38%) Windows 8
12 11 (0.80%) Apple iOS
13 10 (0.73%) Windows 2000
14 8 (0.58%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.51%) Windows Vista
16 6 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
16 6 (0.44%) Mac OS
17 5 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
18 4 (0.29%) AIX
19 3 (0.22%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (11.82%) ITIL
2 143 (10.37%) Agile Software Development
3 140 (10.15%) CRM
4 134 (9.72%) Business Intelligence
5 127 (9.21%) Migration
6 118 (8.56%) Project Management
7 64 (4.64%) ETL
8 62 (4.50%) PRINCE2
9 61 (4.42%) MVC
10 60 (4.35%) TDD
11 56 (4.06%) Data Modelling
12 46 (3.34%) Stakeholder Management
13 45 (3.26%) User Acceptance Testing
14 43 (3.12%) Workflow
15 42 (3.05%) Analytics
16 39 (2.83%) Scrum
16 39 (2.83%) Asset Management
17 37 (2.68%) Business Analysis
18 36 (2.61%) Disaster Recovery
18 36 (2.61%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 357 (25.89%) SQL
2 211 (15.30%) C#
3 123 (8.92%) T-SQL
4 91 (6.60%) PowerShell
5 74 (5.37%) JavaScript
6 51 (3.70%) Java
7 48 (3.48%) C
8 45 (3.26%) VBA
9 35 (2.54%) VB
10 27 (1.96%) VBScript
10 27 (1.96%) Shell Script
11 13 (0.94%) VB.NET
12 12 (0.87%) C++
13 9 (0.65%) PL/SQL
13 9 (0.65%) Python
14 8 (0.58%) Perl
15 7 (0.51%) XPath
16 5 (0.36%) Ruby
17 4 (0.29%) Objective-C
17 4 (0.29%) Scala
Qualifications
1 104 (7.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 93 (6.74%) Degree
3 59 (4.28%) Security Cleared
4 41 (2.97%) MCSE
5 31 (2.25%) SC Cleared
6 24 (1.74%) MCITP
7 23 (1.67%) Citrix Certification
8 22 (1.60%) PMI Certification
9 21 (1.52%) DV Cleared
10 19 (1.38%) PMP
11 18 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
11 18 (1.31%) MCP
12 16 (1.16%) MCSA
13 15 (1.09%) ISEB
13 15 (1.09%) MOS
14 14 (1.02%) CCNA
14 14 (1.02%) MCTS
15 13 (0.94%) CCEA
15 13 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 12 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (3.77%) QA
2 34 (2.47%) ISO 9001
3 25 (1.81%) SLA
4 12 (0.87%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.36%) COBIT
7 4 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.22%) Basel III
9 2 (0.15%) GPG13
9 2 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.073%) EMIR
System Software
1 276 (20.01%) Active Directory
2 120 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (6.16%) XenApp
4 35 (2.54%) XenServer
4 35 (2.54%) Hyper-V
4 35 (2.54%) Microsoft App-V
5 29 (2.10%) vSphere
6 24 (1.74%) Oracle RMAN
7 23 (1.67%) XenDesktop
8 16 (1.16%) VMware ESX
9 15 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (0.94%) Xen
11 12 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 12 (0.87%) UAG
12 7 (0.51%) NLBS
12 7 (0.51%) Terminal Server
13 6 (0.44%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.36%) ISA Server
14 5 (0.36%) Platform Symphony
15 4 (0.29%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 75 (5.44%) SCCM
2 30 (2.18%) SCOM
3 24 (1.74%) Tivoli
4 14 (1.02%) WSUS
5 13 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
5 13 (0.94%) Backup Exec
6 11 (0.80%) BMC PATROL
7 9 (0.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 8 (0.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 8 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 7 (0.51%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
10 6 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (0.44%) WMI
11 5 (0.36%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.29%) Oozie
12 4 (0.29%) Puppet
12 4 (0.29%) Data Guard
13 3 (0.22%) SCVMM
13 3 (0.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 3 (0.22%) Nagios
Vendors
1 178 (12.91%) VMware
2 175 (12.69%) Citrix
3 126 (9.14%) Oracle
4 84 (6.09%) Cisco
5 53 (3.84%) HP
6 42 (3.05%) IBM
7 36 (2.61%) Lotus
8 29 (2.10%) Cognos
9 27 (1.96%) JBoss
9 27 (1.96%) Apple
10 26 (1.89%) Red Hat
10 26 (1.89%) SAP
11 25 (1.81%) Symantec
12 23 (1.67%) LANDesk
13 22 (1.60%) EMC
14 21 (1.52%) Remedy
14 21 (1.52%) Wyse
15 20 (1.45%) Business Objects
16 19 (1.38%) CheckPoint
16 19 (1.38%) Tableau
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Finshore Partners
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £495 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £160 - £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Incisive Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per day + negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Benedict Cole Limited
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £425 - £525 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Spring Technology
Rate: £8.00 - £10.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Think IT Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago