The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7011 6058 5766
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.51% 11.71% 11.09%
As % of the Vendors category 28.06% 25.34% 23.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4134 3375 3009
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £160 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £515 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 597 633
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.88 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.15 £30.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%

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

Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
24986 23903 24821
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 44.57% 46.22% 47.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 14755 13590 12768
Average daily rate £385 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.28% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1228 1186 1392
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft within the UK over the 3 months to 26 November 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft within the UK over the 3 months to 26 November 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the UK over the 3 months to 26 November 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
England 0 6511 £360 +1.40% 2690
London 0 2428 £388 -3.12% 815
South East +1 1482 £350 - 485
City of London +3 658 £375 -1.31% 317
South West -4 452 £350 +12.00% 251
East of England -1 447 £335 +11.66% 205
North West +2 441 £320 +16.36% 310
Hampshire +1 383 £315 -3.85% 135
Berkshire +4 355 £395 -7.05% 99
West Midlands +2 333 £350 +9.37% 200
Yorkshire 0 312 £325 +3.17% 237
Scotland -3 273 £331 +1.92% 103
East Midlands 0 261 £346 +39.89% 97
Surrey +4 242 £375 +7.14% 89
Manchester +1 223 £310 +11.21% 177
Buckinghamshire +2 216 £308 -5.38% 47
West Yorkshire -2 196 £315 -3.07% 143
Reading +1 178 £425 - 43
Milton Keynes -1 161 £310 -4.61% 16
Cambridgeshire +5 138 £254 -26.52% 56
North East -2 132 £350 +29.62% 50
Bristol +1 130 £370 +5.71% 63
Wiltshire +1 122 £370 +9.62% 51
Leeds -4 119 £300 -7.69% 94
Cheshire +2 100 £315 +5.00% 65
Wales -8 100 £350 +21.73% 53
Hertfordshire +6 90 £340 -6.20% 55
Birmingham -1 90 £325 +4.83% 81
West Sussex +3 88 £375 -6.30% 17
Bedfordshire 0 88 £363 +31.81% 22

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 5166 (37.35%) Windows
2 4925 (35.61%) MS Excel
3 3216 (23.25%) MS Office
4 2999 (21.68%) Active Directory
5 2829 (20.46%) SQL
6 2687 (19.43%) SQL Server
7 2507 (18.13%) .NET
8 2421 (17.51%) Finance
9 1820 (13.16%) C#
10 1761 (12.73%) ITIL
11 1722 (12.45%) VMware
12 1661 (12.01%) Security Cleared
13 1626 (11.76%) Windows 7
14 1571 (11.36%) SharePoint
15 1560 (11.28%) Agile Software Development
16 1524 (11.02%) Windows Server 2008
17 1423 (10.29%) MS Exchange
18 1413 (10.22%) Microsoft Certification
19 1323 (9.57%) CRM
20 1275 (9.22%) Project Management
21 1261 (9.12%) Citrix
22 1241 (8.97%) SC Cleared
23 1212 (8.76%) Oracle
24 1209 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
25 1179 (8.52%) Migration
26 1141 (8.25%) Windows Server 2003
27 1089 (7.87%) ASP.NET
28 1088 (7.87%) JavaScript
29 1071 (7.74%) HTML
30 1046 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1571 (11.36%) SharePoint
2 1423 (10.29%) MS Exchange
3 656 (4.74%) IIS
4 605 (4.37%) Exchange Server 2010
5 512 (3.70%) Lync
6 365 (2.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 335 (2.42%) SharePoint 2010
8 310 (2.24%) BizTalk Server
9 304 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2003
10 281 (2.03%) SharePoint 2013
11 266 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
12 219 (1.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 215 (1.55%) IBM Notes
14 188 (1.36%) CMS
15 135 (0.98%) WebSphere
16 118 (0.85%) Apache
17 104 (0.75%) SAS
18 98 (0.71%) Tomcat
19 97 (0.70%) MS Project Server
20 82 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 4925 (35.61%) MS Excel
2 3216 (23.25%) MS Office
3 822 (5.94%) MS Project
4 813 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 583 (4.22%) MS Visio
6 194 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
7 68 (0.49%) InfoPath
8 65 (0.47%) Photoshop
9 48 (0.35%) PowerPivot
10 40 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
11 32 (0.23%) SPSS
12 24 (0.17%) AutoCAD
13 22 (0.16%) Acrobat
13 22 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 21 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
15 18 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
16 13 (0.094%) InDesign
17 7 (0.051%) Open Workbench
18 5 (0.036%) Mingle
19 4 (0.029%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 865 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 323 (2.34%) Dynamics AX
3 148 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
4 58 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
5 57 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
6 48 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
7 24 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
8 19 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
8 19 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 18 (0.13%) WebTrends
9 18 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
9 18 (0.13%) CA Clarity
9 18 (0.13%) assyst
10 16 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
10 16 (0.12%) Agresso
10 16 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
11 15 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
12 14 (0.10%) SAP SD
12 14 (0.10%) SAP BPC
13 13 (0.094%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 409 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 322 (2.33%) Office 365
3 98 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
4 90 (0.65%) PaaS
5 79 (0.57%) SaaS
6 70 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
7 39 (0.28%) IaaS
8 32 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
9 26 (0.19%) Google Apps
10 15 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
11 10 (0.072%) GitHub
12 7 (0.051%) Google Cloud Platform
13 6 (0.043%) Google App Engine
14 5 (0.036%) IBM SmartCloud
15 4 (0.029%) Heroku
15 4 (0.029%) MailChimp
15 4 (0.029%) Amazon ELB
16 2 (0.014%) Taleo
16 2 (0.014%) IBM Blueworks
16 2 (0.014%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 853 (6.17%) DNS
2 729 (5.27%) Firewall
3 683 (4.94%) SAN
4 655 (4.74%) TCP/IP
5 630 (4.56%) DHCP
6 512 (3.70%) WAN
7 499 (3.61%) LAN
8 396 (2.86%) Internet
9 353 (2.55%) VPN
10 194 (1.40%) Wireless
11 183 (1.32%) NAS
12 165 (1.19%) Intranet
12 165 (1.19%) VoIP
13 157 (1.14%) VLAN
14 150 (1.08%) HTTP
15 141 (1.02%) FTP
16 124 (0.90%) MPLS
17 116 (0.84%) LDAP
18 115 (0.83%) SSL
19 109 (0.79%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2687 (19.43%) SQL Server
2 841 (6.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 830 (6.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 752 (5.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 468 (3.38%) Data Warehouse
6 429 (3.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 338 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
8 324 (2.34%) SQL Server 2005
9 243 (1.76%) Relational Database
10 206 (1.49%) MS Access
11 205 (1.48%) Oracle Database
12 183 (1.32%) MySQL
13 157 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
14 121 (0.87%) OLAP
15 103 (0.74%) QlikView
16 96 (0.69%) SQL Server 2000
17 93 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 89 (0.64%) RDBMS
19 75 (0.54%) Big Data
20 73 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 658 (4.76%) Visual Studio
2 531 (3.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 144 (1.04%) NUnit
4 141 (1.02%) JIRA
5 138 (1.00%) Git (software)
6 137 (0.99%) Subversion
7 108 (0.78%) Jenkins
8 97 (0.70%) MSI
9 95 (0.69%) Selenium
10 92 (0.67%) SpecFlow
11 87 (0.63%) QuickTest Pro
12 82 (0.59%) TeamCity
13 69 (0.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 66 (0.48%) MSTest
15 64 (0.46%) Maven
16 57 (0.41%) MSBuild
17 50 (0.36%) Rhino Mocks
18 42 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
19 41 (0.30%) Hudson
20 39 (0.28%) Cucumber
General
1 2421 (17.51%) Finance
2 795 (5.75%) Banking
3 555 (4.01%) Telecoms
4 387 (2.80%) Retail
5 334 (2.42%) Advertising
6 269 (1.95%) Marketing
7 267 (1.93%) Legal
8 244 (1.76%) Investment Banking
9 178 (1.29%) Manufacturing
10 159 (1.15%) Law
11 132 (0.95%) Back Office
12 117 (0.85%) Publishing
13 112 (0.81%) Financial Institution
14 107 (0.77%) Front Office
15 67 (0.48%) French Language
16 64 (0.46%) Retail Banking
17 59 (0.43%) Military
18 54 (0.39%) Games
19 52 (0.38%) German Language
20 48 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2838 (20.52%) Analyst
2 2578 (18.64%) Developer
3 884 (6.39%) Architect
4 861 (6.23%) Consultant
5 656 (4.74%) Project Manager
6 649 (4.69%) Support Engineer
7 641 (4.63%) Support Analyst
8 622 (4.50%) .NET Developer
9 510 (3.69%) Service Analyst
10 485 (3.51%) Business Analyst
11 477 (3.45%) Service Desk Analyst
12 453 (3.28%) Administrator
13 425 (3.07%) 2nd Line Support
14 398 (2.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 389 (2.81%) Desktop Support
16 364 (2.63%) C# Developer
17 314 (2.27%) Technical Support
18 276 (2.00%) CRM Developer
19 264 (1.91%) Microsoft Developer
20 256 (1.85%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2507 (18.13%) .NET
2 1089 (7.87%) ASP.NET
3 1071 (7.74%) HTML
4 671 (4.85%) CSS
5 649 (4.69%) Web Services
6 647 (4.68%) XML
7 591 (4.27%) .NET Framework
8 556 (4.02%) jQuery
9 534 (3.86%) WCF
10 356 (2.57%) HTML5
11 342 (2.47%) ASP.NET MVC
12 239 (1.73%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 222 (1.61%) Ajax
14 201 (1.45%) WPF
15 195 (1.41%) SOAP
16 183 (1.32%) Middleware
17 171 (1.24%) JSP
18 164 (1.19%) AngularJS
19 148 (1.07%) CSS3
20 136 (0.98%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1209 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
2 558 (4.03%) Blackberry
3 418 (3.02%) Management Information System
4 373 (2.70%) Clustering
5 245 (1.77%) NHS
6 195 (1.41%) Open Source
7 187 (1.35%) Replication
8 185 (1.34%) Computer Science
9 169 (1.22%) User Experience
10 150 (1.08%) Fat Client
10 150 (1.08%) Thin Client
11 139 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
12 132 (0.95%) PKI
13 123 (0.89%) Client/Server
14 119 (0.86%) iPad
15 113 (0.82%) Video Conferencing
16 105 (0.76%) Mobile App
17 102 (0.74%) E-Learning
18 96 (0.69%) Visualisation
19 87 (0.63%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 5166 (37.35%) Windows
2 1626 (11.76%) Windows 7
3 1524 (11.02%) Windows Server 2008
4 1141 (8.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 925 (6.69%) Windows XP
6 765 (5.53%) Linux
7 715 (5.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 620 (4.48%) UNIX
9 320 (2.31%) Windows 8
10 211 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 187 (1.35%) Windows Vista
12 158 (1.14%) Android
13 135 (0.98%) Apple iOS
14 132 (0.95%) Solaris
15 124 (0.90%) Windows 2000
16 84 (0.61%) AIX
17 68 (0.49%) Mac OS X
18 62 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
19 44 (0.32%) CentOS
20 35 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1761 (12.73%) ITIL
2 1560 (11.28%) Agile Software Development
3 1323 (9.57%) CRM
4 1275 (9.22%) Project Management
5 1179 (8.52%) Migration
6 793 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
7 730 (5.28%) PRINCE2
8 671 (4.85%) MVC
9 589 (4.26%) Scrum
10 556 (4.02%) Change Management
11 546 (3.95%) Stakeholder Management
12 493 (3.56%) TDD
13 461 (3.33%) Service Management
14 428 (3.09%) Workflow
15 389 (2.81%) Configuration Management
15 389 (2.81%) Service Delivery
16 368 (2.66%) OO
17 349 (2.52%) User Acceptance Testing
18 344 (2.49%) ETL
18 344 (2.49%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2829 (20.46%) SQL
2 1820 (13.16%) C#
3 1088 (7.87%) JavaScript
4 715 (5.17%) PowerShell
5 572 (4.14%) T-SQL
6 510 (3.69%) Java
7 347 (2.51%) VBA
8 336 (2.43%) VB
9 300 (2.17%) VBScript
10 211 (1.53%) C
11 197 (1.42%) VB.NET
12 194 (1.40%) C++
13 186 (1.34%) PL/SQL
14 167 (1.21%) Shell Script
15 143 (1.03%) Perl
16 140 (1.01%) Python
17 100 (0.72%) PHP
18 97 (0.70%) Ruby
19 65 (0.47%) Bash Shell
20 38 (0.27%) X++
Qualifications
1 1661 (12.01%) Security Cleared
2 1413 (10.22%) Microsoft Certification
3 1241 (8.97%) SC Cleared
4 765 (5.53%) Degree
5 546 (3.95%) MCSE
6 386 (2.79%) DV Cleared
7 367 (2.65%) MCP
8 302 (2.18%) MCITP
9 246 (1.78%) Cisco Certification
10 235 (1.70%) ISTQB
11 200 (1.45%) ISEB
12 178 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
13 173 (1.25%) MCSA
14 142 (1.03%) MCTS
15 133 (0.96%) CCNA
16 130 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 130 (0.94%) PMI Certification
17 102 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 97 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 96 (0.69%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 556 (4.02%) SLA
2 394 (2.85%) QA
3 77 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 71 (0.51%) ISO 9001
5 48 (0.35%) Data Quality
6 47 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 37 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 20 (0.14%) P3O
9 11 (0.080%) COBIT
10 9 (0.065%) Dodd-Frank
10 9 (0.065%) Solvency II
10 9 (0.065%) HL7
11 8 (0.058%) EMIR
12 6 (0.043%) Basel III
12 6 (0.043%) GPG13
13 5 (0.036%) FATCA
14 3 (0.022%) BS7666
14 3 (0.022%) DICOM
14 3 (0.022%) BS25999
14 3 (0.022%) BS7799
System Software
1 2999 (21.68%) Active Directory
2 1046 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 443 (3.20%) Hyper-V
4 418 (3.02%) XenApp
5 326 (2.36%) vSphere
6 245 (1.77%) VMware ESX
7 212 (1.53%) XenDesktop
8 184 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
9 129 (0.93%) Terminal Services
10 120 (0.87%) XenServer
11 104 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
12 75 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 49 (0.35%) Xen
14 48 (0.35%) ISA Server
15 42 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 42 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
16 41 (0.30%) UAG
16 41 (0.30%) Firmware
17 38 (0.27%) Oracle RMAN
18 34 (0.25%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 845 (6.11%) SCCM
2 371 (2.68%) SCOM
3 142 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 134 (0.97%) Backup Exec
5 127 (0.92%) NetBackup
6 113 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
7 109 (0.79%) WSUS
8 99 (0.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 97 (0.70%) Tivoli
10 85 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
11 77 (0.56%) Puppet
12 75 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
13 70 (0.51%) HP SIM
14 63 (0.46%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 54 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
16 51 (0.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 46 (0.33%) SCVMM
18 43 (0.31%) WMI
19 42 (0.30%) SCOrch
20 40 (0.29%) OpenView
Vendors
1 1722 (12.45%) VMware
2 1261 (9.12%) Citrix
3 1212 (8.76%) Oracle
4 1019 (7.37%) HP
5 854 (6.17%) Cisco
6 447 (3.23%) IBM
7 397 (2.87%) SAP
8 337 (2.44%) Symantec
9 247 (1.79%) Dell
10 230 (1.66%) Lotus
11 228 (1.65%) Red Hat
12 207 (1.50%) Remedy
13 202 (1.46%) EMC
14 197 (1.42%) NetApp
15 192 (1.39%) McAfee
16 184 (1.33%) Apple
17 177 (1.28%) CheckPoint
18 150 (1.08%) Business Objects
19 126 (0.91%) Adobe
20 119 (0.86%) Altiris
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