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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 11 10 9
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2050 2186 2106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 9.77% 10.01% 10.74%
As % of the Vendors category 21.50% 22.11% 23.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1467 1426 1361
Average daily rate
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£388 £388 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £193 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 112 127
Average hourly rate £17.38 £18.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.47% -3.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £24.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.72 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+9.36% -14.28%
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
9537 9889 8903
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 45.44% 45.28% 45.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 6350 6402 5638
Average daily rate £425 £423 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.59% +5.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 224 285
Average hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.88% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.88 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.15 £33.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.22 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.36% -13.15%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +3 553 £400 +6.66% 359
Croydon 0 25 £375 -6.36% 3
Canary Wharf +12 10 £400 +1.26%
Kingston Upon Thames -3 10 £314 +38.13% 5
Feltham 0 8 £280 -12.90% 1
Uxbridge -4 5 £238 +3.26% 4
Ilford - 4 - -
Bromley +6 3 £207 -55.86%
Twickenham +2 3 £350 +400.00%
Westminster -5 3 £425 +13.33% 1
Wembley - 3 £500 - 2
Chessington - 3 £150 - 3
Chiswick +8 2 £150 -60.00% 1
Wimbledon +2 2 £168 -68.09% 6
Docklands, London -2 2 £600 +9.09%
Hounslow -2 2 £310 +106.66%
Enfield -4 2 - -
Greenwich +5 1 £165 -58.22%
Ealing -1 1 £225 -
Hillingdon - 1 - -
Harrow - 1 £300 - 3
Hayes - - - - 6
Hornchurch - - - -
Grays - - - -
Greenford - - - - 1
Morden - - - - 1
Romford - - - - 2
Sidcup - - - - 1
Surbiton - - - - 1
Teddington - - - - 1
Coulsdon - - - -
Carshalton - - - -
Barnet - - - -
Beckenham - - - -
Bexley - - - -
Southwark - - - -
Hammersmith - - - - 1
Mayfair - - - -
Upminster - - - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 1681 (35.92%) Windows
2 1614 (34.49%) MS Excel
3 1128 (24.10%) SQL Server
4 1120 (23.93%) SQL
5 1098 (23.46%) MS Office
6 1087 (23.23%) Finance
7 1016 (21.71%) .NET
8 983 (21.00%) Active Directory
9 767 (16.39%) C#
10 703 (15.02%) Agile Software Development
11 611 (13.06%) VMware
12 587 (12.54%) ITIL
13 580 (12.39%) SharePoint
14 533 (11.39%) Windows 7
15 532 (11.37%) Banking
16 497 (10.62%) Windows Server 2008
17 491 (10.49%) MS Exchange
18 475 (10.15%) CRM
19 453 (9.68%) Project Management
20 449 (9.59%) Citrix
21 424 (9.06%) Oracle
22 416 (8.89%) Migration
23 412 (8.80%) JavaScript
24 411 (8.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 396 (8.46%) HTML
26 394 (8.42%) ASP.NET
27 386 (8.25%) VMware Infrastructure
28 385 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
29 377 (8.06%) Dynamics CRM
30 361 (7.71%) Microsoft Certification

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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
1 580 (12.39%) SharePoint
2 491 (10.49%) MS Exchange
3 262 (5.60%) Exchange Server 2010
4 235 (5.02%) IIS
5 212 (4.53%) Lync
6 136 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2007
7 113 (2.41%) SharePoint 2010
8 112 (2.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 103 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2013
10 100 (2.14%) SharePoint 2013
11 79 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
12 76 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2003
13 75 (1.60%) IBM Notes
14 70 (1.50%) CMS
15 49 (1.05%) Tomcat
16 48 (1.03%) Apache
17 47 (1.00%) Office Communications Server
17 47 (1.00%) WebSphere
18 33 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
19 31 (0.66%) JBoss
Applications
1 1614 (34.49%) MS Excel
2 1098 (23.46%) MS Office
3 312 (6.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 268 (5.73%) MS Project
5 226 (4.83%) MS Visio
6 42 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.47%) PowerPivot
8 20 (0.43%) InfoPath
9 19 (0.41%) Photoshop
10 16 (0.34%) Acrobat
10 16 (0.34%) SPSS
11 14 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 4 (0.085%) Mingle
13 4 (0.085%) InDesign
13 4 (0.085%) AutoCAD
14 3 (0.064%) ProjectWise
15 2 (0.043%) FrameMaker
16 1 (0.021%) Shockwave
16 1 (0.021%) Stata
Business Applications
1 377 (8.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 84 (1.79%) Dynamics AX
3 57 (1.22%) Oracle EBS
4 49 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
5 45 (0.96%) Dynamics NAV
6 12 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
7 11 (0.24%) SAP BPC
8 10 (0.21%) Markit EDM
8 10 (0.21%) assyst
9 9 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
10 7 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
11 6 (0.13%) CA Clarity
11 6 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
11 6 (0.13%) Agresso
12 5 (0.11%) WebTrends
12 5 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
12 5 (0.11%) Summit
12 5 (0.11%) Magento
12 5 (0.11%) SAP ERP
13 4 (0.085%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 172 (3.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 147 (3.14%) Office 365
3 65 (1.39%) PaaS
4 35 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
5 28 (0.60%) SaaS
6 22 (0.47%) IaaS
7 20 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
8 17 (0.36%) Google Apps
9 13 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.11%) Trello
11 4 (0.085%) IBM SmartCloud
11 4 (0.085%) MailChimp
11 4 (0.085%) GitHub
12 3 (0.064%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.043%) SoftLayer
13 2 (0.043%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.043%) Google App Engine
13 2 (0.043%) Taleo
14 1 (0.021%) SuccessFactors
14 1 (0.021%) LucidChart
Communications & Networking
1 266 (5.68%) DNS
2 249 (5.32%) Firewall
3 243 (5.19%) SAN
4 207 (4.42%) TCP/IP
5 187 (4.00%) WAN
6 183 (3.91%) VPN
7 178 (3.80%) LAN
8 172 (3.68%) DHCP
9 91 (1.94%) Internet
10 83 (1.77%) NAS
11 77 (1.65%) VLAN
12 74 (1.58%) HTTP
13 73 (1.56%) NetScaler
14 70 (1.50%) Wireless
15 64 (1.37%) Intranet
16 63 (1.35%) Network Security
17 62 (1.32%) VoIP
18 60 (1.28%) SSL
19 58 (1.24%) MPLS
20 52 (1.11%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1128 (24.10%) SQL Server
2 411 (8.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 360 (7.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 335 (7.16%) SQL Server 2008
5 219 (4.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 212 (4.53%) Data Warehouse
7 142 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
8 107 (2.29%) Relational Database
9 104 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
10 86 (1.84%) MS Access
11 75 (1.60%) OLAP
12 73 (1.56%) Oracle Database
13 71 (1.52%) MySQL
14 52 (1.11%) QlikView
15 47 (1.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 46 (0.98%) Big Data
17 45 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
18 41 (0.88%) RDBMS
19 34 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
20 32 (0.68%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 206 (4.40%) Visual Studio
2 194 (4.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 88 (1.88%) NUnit
4 69 (1.47%) JIRA
5 49 (1.05%) SpecFlow
6 48 (1.03%) Selenium
7 45 (0.96%) Jenkins
8 41 (0.88%) Git (software)
9 38 (0.81%) Rhino Mocks
10 35 (0.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 34 (0.73%) TeamCity
12 31 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 30 (0.64%) Subversion
13 30 (0.64%) Maven
13 30 (0.64%) MSI
14 27 (0.58%) MSTest
15 24 (0.51%) Cucumber
16 20 (0.43%) JUnit
17 19 (0.41%) Moq
18 18 (0.38%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 1087 (23.23%) Finance
2 532 (11.37%) Banking
3 218 (4.66%) Investment Banking
4 177 (3.78%) Retail
5 154 (3.29%) Telecoms
6 141 (3.01%) Legal
7 120 (2.56%) Advertising
8 111 (2.37%) Law
9 101 (2.16%) Marketing
10 87 (1.86%) Front Office
11 70 (1.50%) Back Office
12 44 (0.94%) Publishing
13 42 (0.90%) Financial Institution
14 40 (0.85%) Manufacturing
15 31 (0.66%) French Language
16 22 (0.47%) Games
17 21 (0.45%) Retail Banking
18 18 (0.38%) Local Government
19 17 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
19 17 (0.36%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1027 (21.94%) Developer
2 992 (21.20%) Analyst
3 335 (7.16%) Consultant
4 331 (7.07%) Architect
5 247 (5.28%) Support Analyst
6 222 (4.74%) .NET Developer
7 216 (4.62%) Business Analyst
8 210 (4.49%) Project Manager
9 200 (4.27%) Support Engineer
10 167 (3.57%) Senior Developer
11 163 (3.48%) Service Analyst
12 162 (3.46%) C# Developer
13 161 (3.44%) Desktop Support
14 156 (3.33%) Service Desk Analyst
15 124 (2.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 121 (2.59%) Administrator
17 120 (2.56%) 2nd Line Support
18 118 (2.52%) SQL Developer
19 116 (2.48%) Microsoft Developer
20 111 (2.37%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1016 (21.71%) .NET
2 396 (8.46%) HTML
3 394 (8.42%) ASP.NET
4 240 (5.13%) CSS
5 237 (5.06%) Web Services
6 232 (4.96%) .NET Framework
7 222 (4.74%) XML
8 202 (4.32%) jQuery
9 201 (4.29%) WCF
10 164 (3.50%) HTML5
11 155 (3.31%) ASP.NET MVC
12 117 (2.50%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 97 (2.07%) Ajax
14 84 (1.79%) WPF
15 77 (1.65%) Middleware
16 74 (1.58%) SOAP
16 74 (1.58%) AngularJS
17 70 (1.50%) REST
18 68 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
19 58 (1.24%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 385 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
2 248 (5.30%) Blackberry
3 143 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 110 (2.35%) Computer Science
5 106 (2.26%) Clustering
6 103 (2.20%) NHS
7 75 (1.60%) Replication
8 67 (1.43%) User Experience
9 66 (1.41%) Thin Client
9 66 (1.41%) Fat Client
10 55 (1.18%) Visualisation
11 53 (1.13%) Open Source
12 52 (1.11%) Mobile App
12 52 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
13 51 (1.09%) Fixed Income
14 47 (1.00%) Derivative
15 44 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
16 43 (0.92%) CMDB
17 42 (0.90%) iPad
18 40 (0.85%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1681 (35.92%) Windows
2 533 (11.39%) Windows 7
3 497 (10.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 307 (6.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 303 (6.47%) Windows XP
6 269 (5.75%) Linux
7 259 (5.53%) Windows Server 2012
8 163 (3.48%) UNIX
9 109 (2.33%) Windows 8
10 88 (1.88%) Android
11 87 (1.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 73 (1.56%) Apple iOS
13 69 (1.47%) Windows Vista
14 48 (1.03%) Mac OS X
15 34 (0.73%) CentOS
16 33 (0.71%) Ubuntu
17 28 (0.60%) Windows 2000
18 26 (0.56%) Solaris
19 24 (0.51%) AIX
20 23 (0.49%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 703 (15.02%) Agile Software Development
2 587 (12.54%) ITIL
3 475 (10.15%) CRM
4 453 (9.68%) Project Management
5 416 (8.89%) Migration
6 342 (7.31%) Business Intelligence
7 279 (5.96%) Scrum
8 271 (5.79%) MVC
9 250 (5.34%) TDD
10 234 (5.00%) Change Management
11 228 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
12 219 (4.68%) PRINCE2
13 206 (4.40%) OO
14 176 (3.76%) ETL
15 153 (3.27%) Service Delivery
16 148 (3.16%) Workflow
17 147 (3.14%) User Acceptance Testing
18 140 (2.99%) Service Management
18 140 (2.99%) Business Analysis
19 133 (2.84%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 1120 (23.93%) SQL
2 767 (16.39%) C#
3 412 (8.80%) JavaScript
4 294 (6.28%) T-SQL
5 272 (5.81%) PowerShell
6 240 (5.13%) Java
7 149 (3.18%) VBA
8 109 (2.33%) VB
9 92 (1.97%) VBScript
10 87 (1.86%) C++
11 83 (1.77%) C
12 73 (1.56%) Python
13 70 (1.50%) PL/SQL
14 63 (1.35%) Ruby
15 59 (1.26%) Bash Shell
16 57 (1.22%) Shell Script
17 56 (1.20%) VB.NET
18 47 (1.00%) Perl
19 26 (0.56%) Korn
20 22 (0.47%) F#
Qualifications
1 361 (7.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 296 (6.32%) Degree
3 271 (5.79%) Security Cleared
4 192 (4.10%) SC Cleared
5 143 (3.06%) MCSE
6 91 (1.94%) MCITP
7 88 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
8 84 (1.79%) MCP
9 71 (1.52%) ISEB
10 59 (1.26%) CCNA
10 59 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
11 51 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 47 (1.00%) MCSA
13 45 (0.96%) DV Cleared
14 43 (0.92%) PMI Certification
15 42 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 42 (0.90%) A+ Certification
16 39 (0.83%) ISTQB
17 38 (0.81%) MCTS
18 34 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (3.18%) SLA
2 121 (2.59%) QA
3 27 (0.58%) ISO 9001
3 27 (0.58%) Data Quality
4 16 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
5 15 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 14 (0.30%) COBIT
7 9 (0.19%) P3O
8 8 (0.17%) EMIR
9 6 (0.13%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.11%) FATCA
11 3 (0.064%) ISO 9000
11 3 (0.064%) BS7666
11 3 (0.064%) GPG13
11 3 (0.064%) MiFID
12 2 (0.043%) WCAG
12 2 (0.043%) WAI
12 2 (0.043%) HL7
12 2 (0.043%) Solvency II
System Software
1 983 (21.00%) Active Directory
2 386 (8.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 189 (4.04%) XenApp
4 166 (3.55%) Hyper-V
5 136 (2.91%) vSphere
6 91 (1.94%) VMware ESX
6 91 (1.94%) XenDesktop
7 64 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
8 49 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
9 35 (0.75%) XenServer
10 33 (0.71%) Xen
11 30 (0.64%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 29 (0.62%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.43%) UAG
14 19 (0.41%) NFS
15 17 (0.36%) Terminal Server
15 17 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
15 17 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 13 (0.28%) vCloud
16 13 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 225 (4.81%) SCCM
2 90 (1.92%) SCOM
3 46 (0.98%) Puppet
4 44 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
4 44 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
5 42 (0.90%) WSUS
6 39 (0.83%) Backup Exec
7 29 (0.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 28 (0.60%) Ansible
9 27 (0.58%) SCVMM
10 26 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
10 26 (0.56%) EdgeSight
11 25 (0.53%) HP SIM
11 25 (0.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 23 (0.49%) SCOrch
13 22 (0.47%) NetBackup
14 17 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
15 16 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 14 (0.30%) Nagios
17 13 (0.28%) Control-M
Vendors
1 611 (13.06%) VMware
2 449 (9.59%) Citrix
3 424 (9.06%) Oracle
4 336 (7.18%) Cisco
5 276 (5.90%) HP
6 132 (2.82%) IBM
7 106 (2.26%) SAP
8 98 (2.09%) Dell
9 93 (1.99%) Symantec
10 85 (1.82%) Apple
11 82 (1.75%) NetApp
12 80 (1.71%) Red Hat
13 77 (1.65%) Tableau
14 75 (1.60%) Lotus
14 75 (1.60%) Remedy
15 67 (1.43%) EMC
16 59 (1.26%) CheckPoint
17 55 (1.18%) Bloomberg
17 55 (1.18%) F5
18 53 (1.13%) ServiceNow
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