The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 3 August 2015 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 9 11 11
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2505 2435 2408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 10.68% 10.35% 9.92%
As % of the Vendors category 24.47% 23.17% 21.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1689 1608 1497
Average daily rate
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£400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £185 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £333 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +2.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 113 113
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.25 £19.60
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -17.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £12.10 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £22.30 £41.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Microsoft
England

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

Vendors Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
10238 10511 11005
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 43.66% 44.69% 45.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 6729 6581 6980
Average daily rate £425 £420 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 249 219 284
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.53 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £34.33 £48.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -10.16%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the London region over the 3 months to 3 August 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the London region over the 3 months to 3 August 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 3 months to 3 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London +1 702 £425 +7.59% 188
Canary Wharf -3 19 £300 -43.12% 1
Croydon -17 15 £463 +67.42% 7
Uxbridge +3 14 £200 -58.97% 7
Docklands, London -3 12 £575 +51.31%
Bromley +2 11 £253 -6.48% 3
Kingston Upon Thames +3 10 £250 -19.35% 5
Brentford +5 8 £388 +37.65% 4
Chiswick +5 8 £425 - 2
Twickenham 0 7 £300 +9.09%
Wembley - 7 £293 -
Ealing - 6 £750 -
Feltham -3 5 £396 +65.00%
Ilford -3 5 £155 -
Northwood - 3 - -
Hayes +5 2 £425 -
Harrow +1 2 £369 +195.00% 2
Enfield -1 2 - -
Hammersmith -5 2 - -
Paddington -11 2 £450 +150.00%
Teddington - 2 £288 - 1
Woodford Green - 2 £148 -
Greenwich +1 1 £130 -66.16% 1
Sidcup 0 1 £375 -
Wimbledon -2 1 £150 -
Westminster -2 1 £500 +36.05%
Mayfair - 1 £250 -
Southall - 1 - -
West Drayton - 1 £563 -
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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 1656 (34.29%) MS Excel
2 1642 (34.00%) Windows
3 1227 (25.40%) SQL Server
4 1204 (24.93%) Finance
5 1163 (24.08%) SQL
6 1108 (22.94%) MS Office
7 984 (20.37%) Active Directory
8 959 (19.86%) .NET
9 762 (15.78%) C#
10 719 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
11 645 (13.35%) ITIL
12 640 (13.25%) VMware
13 552 (11.43%) SharePoint
14 540 (11.18%) Banking
15 522 (10.81%) Windows 7
16 484 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
17 471 (9.75%) Windows Server 2008
18 470 (9.73%) Business Intelligence
19 462 (9.57%) MS Exchange
20 451 (9.34%) Citrix
21 449 (9.30%) CRM
22 447 (9.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 440 (9.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 433 (8.96%) Project Management
25 404 (8.36%) Microsoft Certification
26 402 (8.32%) Migration
27 400 (8.28%) Oracle
28 380 (7.87%) VMware Infrastructure
29 363 (7.52%) Cisco
30 358 (7.41%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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
1 552 (11.43%) SharePoint
2 462 (9.57%) MS Exchange
3 242 (5.01%) IIS
4 197 (4.08%) Lync
5 153 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 97 (2.01%) BizTalk Server
7 92 (1.90%) SharePoint 2013
8 88 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 86 (1.78%) SharePoint 2010
10 80 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
11 73 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
12 59 (1.22%) WebSphere
13 54 (1.12%) CMS
14 40 (0.83%) IBM Notes
15 39 (0.81%) Tomcat
16 34 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
17 30 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
18 29 (0.60%) OpenStack
19 28 (0.58%) JBoss
20 26 (0.54%) Apache
Applications
1 1656 (34.29%) MS Excel
2 1108 (22.94%) MS Office
3 343 (7.10%) MS PowerPoint
4 285 (5.90%) MS Project
5 267 (5.53%) MS Visio
6 48 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
7 35 (0.72%) PowerPivot
8 22 (0.46%) Photoshop
9 20 (0.41%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.25%) Adobe Captivate
10 12 (0.25%) Acrobat
11 7 (0.14%) SPSS
11 7 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.10%) Maya
13 4 (0.083%) AutoCAD
13 4 (0.083%) Vectorworks
13 4 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 3 (0.062%) FastStats
14 3 (0.062%) Revit
15 2 (0.041%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 340 (7.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 122 (2.53%) Dynamics AX
3 31 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
4 25 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
5 13 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
7 8 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 6 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 6 (0.12%) Agresso
8 6 (0.12%) Primavera
9 5 (0.10%) Cognos TM1
9 5 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
9 5 (0.10%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
10 4 (0.083%) IntelliMatch
10 4 (0.083%) Kondor+
10 4 (0.083%) Misys Midas
10 4 (0.083%) SAP SD
10 4 (0.083%) Maximo
11 3 (0.062%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 242 (5.01%) Office 365
2 229 (4.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 105 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
4 58 (1.20%) SaaS
5 37 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
6 33 (0.68%) IaaS
7 23 (0.48%) PaaS
8 22 (0.46%) Google Apps
9 14 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (0.19%) Google Analytics
11 8 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.17%) Yammer
11 8 (0.17%) Google Drive
12 7 (0.14%) OneDrive
12 7 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.14%) Google App Engine
13 5 (0.10%) Force.com
14 4 (0.083%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.083%) SuccessFactors
15 3 (0.062%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 258 (5.34%) LAN
2 254 (5.26%) DNS
3 245 (5.07%) SAN
4 236 (4.89%) WAN
5 230 (4.76%) Firewall
6 206 (4.27%) TCP/IP
7 191 (3.95%) DHCP
8 172 (3.56%) VPN
9 110 (2.28%) Internet
10 90 (1.86%) NAS
11 84 (1.74%) VLAN
12 80 (1.66%) LDAP
13 72 (1.49%) MPLS
14 64 (1.33%) Intranet
15 59 (1.22%) Network Security
16 53 (1.10%) HTTP
16 53 (1.10%) NetScaler
17 51 (1.06%) SSL
18 49 (1.01%) VoIP
18 49 (1.01%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1227 (25.40%) SQL Server
2 447 (9.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 440 (9.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 324 (6.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 307 (6.36%) SQL Server 2008
6 306 (6.34%) Data Warehouse
7 222 (4.60%) SQL Server 2012
8 159 (3.29%) Relational Database
9 80 (1.66%) MS Access
10 76 (1.57%) OLAP
11 75 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
11 75 (1.55%) SQL Server 2005
11 75 (1.55%) QlikView
12 72 (1.49%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 72 (1.49%) Big Data
12 72 (1.49%) Oracle Database
13 68 (1.41%) MySQL
14 52 (1.08%) RDBMS
15 35 (0.72%) Crystal Reports
16 33 (0.68%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 235 (4.87%) Team Foundation Server
2 204 (4.22%) Visual Studio
3 87 (1.80%) NUnit
4 78 (1.61%) JIRA
5 63 (1.30%) TeamCity
5 63 (1.30%) Jenkins
6 60 (1.24%) Subversion
7 58 (1.20%) Git (software)
8 44 (0.91%) Selenium
9 43 (0.89%) SpecFlow
10 31 (0.64%) MSTest
11 28 (0.58%) Cucumber
12 24 (0.50%) MSI
13 20 (0.41%) ERwin
14 18 (0.37%) ReSharper
15 17 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 17 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 16 (0.33%) FitNesse
17 15 (0.31%) MSBuild
18 14 (0.29%) JUnit
General
1 1204 (24.93%) Finance
2 540 (11.18%) Banking
3 210 (4.35%) Retail
4 200 (4.14%) Investment Banking
5 167 (3.46%) Legal
6 144 (2.98%) Law
7 139 (2.88%) Marketing
8 118 (2.44%) Front Office
9 98 (2.03%) Advertising
10 86 (1.78%) Telecoms
11 70 (1.45%) Back Office
12 68 (1.41%) Financial Institution
13 42 (0.87%) French Language
14 27 (0.56%) Manufacturing
15 26 (0.54%) Publishing
16 23 (0.48%) Billing
17 22 (0.46%) Local Government
18 20 (0.41%) Retail Banking
18 20 (0.41%) Games
19 19 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 1040 (21.53%) Developer
2 1000 (20.70%) Analyst
3 393 (8.14%) Architect
4 273 (5.65%) Consultant
5 260 (5.38%) Project Manager
6 244 (5.05%) Business Analyst
7 217 (4.49%) .NET Developer
8 209 (4.33%) Support Analyst
9 191 (3.95%) Support Engineer
10 165 (3.42%) Desktop Support
11 161 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 156 (3.23%) Administrator
13 154 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
14 146 (3.02%) C# Developer
15 141 (2.92%) Service Analyst
16 140 (2.90%) Senior Developer
16 140 (2.90%) SQL Developer
17 134 (2.77%) Service Desk Analyst
18 131 (2.71%) Business Intelligence Developer
19 112 (2.32%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 959 (19.86%) .NET
2 355 (7.35%) ASP.NET
3 293 (6.07%) HTML
4 281 (5.82%) Web Services
5 243 (5.03%) .NET Framework
6 222 (4.60%) XML
7 214 (4.43%) CSS
8 173 (3.58%) WCF
9 151 (3.13%) jQuery
10 149 (3.08%) ASP.NET MVC
11 121 (2.51%) HTML5
12 95 (1.97%) SOAP
13 93 (1.93%) WPF
14 91 (1.88%) AngularJS
15 90 (1.86%) Middleware
16 89 (1.84%) Entity Framework
17 82 (1.70%) Ajax
18 69 (1.43%) LINQ
19 66 (1.37%) MDX
20 65 (1.35%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 484 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
2 210 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 200 (4.14%) Management Information System
4 173 (3.58%) Blackberry
5 105 (2.17%) Clustering
6 103 (2.13%) NHS
7 102 (2.11%) Computer Science
8 80 (1.66%) Fixed Income
9 60 (1.24%) Replication
10 58 (1.20%) Derivative
11 55 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
12 54 (1.12%) Client/Server
13 53 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
14 52 (1.08%) Mobile App
15 51 (1.06%) iPhone
16 50 (1.04%) N-Tier
17 49 (1.01%) iPad
18 46 (0.95%) User Experience
19 45 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 45 (0.93%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1642 (34.00%) Windows
2 522 (10.81%) Windows 7
3 471 (9.75%) Windows Server 2008
4 337 (6.98%) Windows Server 2012
5 312 (6.46%) Linux
6 289 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 170 (3.52%) Windows XP
8 152 (3.15%) UNIX
9 141 (2.92%) Android
10 132 (2.73%) Windows 8
11 77 (1.59%) Apple iOS
12 74 (1.53%) Mac OS X
13 45 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 34 (0.70%) Solaris
15 24 (0.50%) Mac OS
16 22 (0.46%) Ubuntu
17 17 (0.35%) Data ONTAP
18 16 (0.33%) Windows 2000
19 15 (0.31%) AIX
19 15 (0.31%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 719 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
2 645 (13.35%) ITIL
3 470 (9.73%) Business Intelligence
4 449 (9.30%) CRM
5 433 (8.96%) Project Management
6 402 (8.32%) Migration
7 274 (5.67%) Scrum
8 251 (5.20%) ETL
8 251 (5.20%) PRINCE2
9 236 (4.89%) MVC
10 224 (4.64%) SDLC
11 221 (4.58%) TDD
12 199 (4.12%) Change Management
13 189 (3.91%) Stakeholder Management
13 189 (3.91%) Data Modelling
14 187 (3.87%) Business Analysis
15 178 (3.69%) Service Management
16 174 (3.60%) OO
17 169 (3.50%) Analytics
18 159 (3.29%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1163 (24.08%) SQL
2 762 (15.78%) C#
3 358 (7.41%) JavaScript
4 335 (6.94%) T-SQL
5 293 (6.07%) PowerShell
6 240 (4.97%) Java
7 120 (2.48%) VBA
8 117 (2.42%) VB
9 82 (1.70%) VB.NET
10 80 (1.66%) Python
11 70 (1.45%) C
12 69 (1.43%) Perl
13 68 (1.41%) VBScript
14 47 (0.97%) Shell Script
15 40 (0.83%) PL/SQL
16 35 (0.72%) C++
17 29 (0.60%) Ruby
18 22 (0.46%) PHP
19 19 (0.39%) XAML
19 19 (0.39%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 404 (8.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 352 (7.29%) Degree
3 227 (4.70%) MCSE
4 199 (4.12%) Security Cleared
5 118 (2.44%) SC Cleared
6 114 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
7 94 (1.95%) MCP
8 88 (1.82%) MCSA
9 85 (1.76%) CCNA
10 84 (1.74%) MCITP
11 74 (1.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 66 (1.37%) PMI Certification
13 62 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
14 51 (1.06%) ISEB
15 48 (0.99%) PMP
16 46 (0.95%) CCNP
17 45 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
18 41 (0.85%) DV Cleared
19 40 (0.83%) MCTS
20 37 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (3.64%) SLA
2 159 (3.29%) QA
3 37 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 27 (0.56%) Data Quality
5 18 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 13 (0.27%) COBIT
7 10 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
8 9 (0.19%) COREP
8 9 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.17%) Solvency II
9 8 (0.17%) CRD IV
10 7 (0.14%) HL7
11 6 (0.12%) P3O
12 4 (0.083%) PMBOK
12 4 (0.083%) Basel III
13 3 (0.062%) Basel II
13 3 (0.062%) GAAP
13 3 (0.062%) FATCA
14 2 (0.041%) EMIR
14 2 (0.041%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 984 (20.37%) Active Directory
2 380 (7.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 178 (3.69%) vSphere
4 162 (3.35%) XenApp
5 149 (3.08%) Hyper-V
6 71 (1.47%) XenDesktop
7 68 (1.41%) VMware ESXi
8 66 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
9 53 (1.10%) VMware ESX
10 26 (0.54%) NLBS
11 21 (0.43%) VMware Server
11 21 (0.43%) Xen
12 17 (0.35%) XenServer
12 17 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 17 (0.35%) Terminal Services
12 17 (0.35%) Docker
13 16 (0.33%) vCloud
13 16 (0.33%) NFS
13 16 (0.33%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 13 (0.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 240 (4.97%) SCCM
2 80 (1.66%) SCOM
3 55 (1.14%) Puppet
4 47 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
5 40 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
6 39 (0.81%) WSUS
7 36 (0.75%) NetBackup
8 27 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 21 (0.43%) Tivoli
10 20 (0.41%) Backup Exec
10 20 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
11 19 (0.39%) Vagrant
11 19 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 18 (0.37%) Nagios
13 16 (0.33%) WMI
13 16 (0.33%) AirWatch
14 15 (0.31%) BladeLogic
14 15 (0.31%) Control-M
15 14 (0.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 14 (0.29%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 640 (13.25%) VMware
2 451 (9.34%) Citrix
3 400 (8.28%) Oracle
4 363 (7.52%) Cisco
5 225 (4.66%) HP
6 175 (3.62%) IBM
7 116 (2.40%) SAP
8 113 (2.34%) Apple
9 103 (2.13%) NetApp
10 97 (2.01%) Dell
11 75 (1.55%) Remedy
12 71 (1.47%) Symantec
12 71 (1.47%) Sybase
13 64 (1.33%) Adobe
13 64 (1.33%) CheckPoint
14 62 (1.28%) Google
15 59 (1.22%) Red Hat
16 58 (1.20%) Tableau
17 55 (1.14%) EMC
18 54 (1.12%) Juniper
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