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 27 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6844 6391 5362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.40% 12.12% 11.55%
As % of the Vendors category 27.60% 26.97% 24.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 4029 3588 2799
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £163 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 530 496
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.12 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £27.50 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%

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
24797 23698 21741
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 44.94% 44.94% 46.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 14353 13470 11558
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1130 1055 1174
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £11.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.49 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

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 27 May 2015.

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 27 May 2015.

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 27 May 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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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 6231 £360 +2.85% 2753
London +1 2433 £400 +2.56% 891
South East 0 1366 £350 - 562
City of London +2 640 £425 +13.33% 352
North West 0 502 £338 +12.50% 350
Yorkshire +4 446 £318 +5.83% 181
East of England +1 392 £350 +3.70% 178
South West -2 388 £350 +7.69% 183
West Midlands 0 365 £350 +11.11% 216
Berkshire +2 351 £350 -6.66% 119
Hampshire 0 338 £349 -0.28% 123
Scotland -2 316 £325 -0.11% 99
West Yorkshire +4 298 £325 - 106
Leeds +7 218 £325 - 70
East Midlands +2 198 £333 +16.76% 94
Reading +1 191 £375 - 55
Surrey 0 189 £400 +14.28% 132
Manchester 0 185 £320 -4.76% 194
Buckinghamshire +1 178 £300 -11.11% 53
Wales -3 136 £325 -7.14% 33
Milton Keynes +2 129 £305 -13.00% 24
North East +5 120 £288 +16.16% 61
Edinburgh +4 120 £325 -13.33% 35
Birmingham +1 116 £350 +16.66% 83
Oxfordshire -2 109 £370 +13.84% 47
Cambridgeshire -4 109 £325 -3.70% 46
South Wales -3 104 £325 -7.14% 29
Cheshire -8 103 £400 +49.53% 72
Wiltshire 0 101 £350 +7.69% 35
West Sussex -2 101 £395 +8.96% 30

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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 4623 (35.67%) Windows
2 4259 (32.86%) MS Excel
3 2927 (22.58%) MS Office
4 2926 (22.58%) SQL
5 2918 (22.51%) SQL Server
6 2840 (21.91%) Active Directory
7 2400 (18.52%) .NET
8 2306 (17.79%) Finance
9 1873 (14.45%) ITIL
10 1779 (13.73%) C#
11 1777 (13.71%) VMware
12 1656 (12.78%) Agile Software Development
13 1531 (11.81%) Security Cleared
14 1467 (11.32%) SharePoint
15 1432 (11.05%) Windows 7
16 1319 (10.18%) Windows Server 2008
17 1187 (9.16%) MS Exchange
18 1164 (8.98%) Project Management
19 1135 (8.76%) Microsoft Certification
20 1134 (8.75%) Citrix
21 1118 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
22 1096 (8.46%) Migration
23 1088 (8.39%) CRM
24 1080 (8.33%) Oracle
25 1070 (8.26%) SC Cleared
26 1056 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
27 996 (7.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 972 (7.50%) JavaScript
29 968 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
29 968 (7.47%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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 1467 (11.32%) SharePoint
2 1187 (9.16%) MS Exchange
3 636 (4.91%) IIS
4 450 (3.47%) Lync
5 425 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2010
6 304 (2.35%) BizTalk Server
7 245 (1.89%) SharePoint 2013
8 219 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
9 215 (1.66%) SharePoint 2010
10 198 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
11 184 (1.42%) IBM Notes
12 154 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2003
13 139 (1.07%) CMS
14 119 (0.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 107 (0.83%) Apache
15 107 (0.83%) WebSphere
16 95 (0.73%) SAS
17 92 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
18 83 (0.64%) Tomcat
19 70 (0.54%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 4259 (32.86%) MS Excel
2 2927 (22.58%) MS Office
3 755 (5.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 721 (5.56%) MS Project
5 602 (4.64%) MS Visio
6 79 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
7 62 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 50 (0.39%) PowerPivot
9 45 (0.35%) InfoPath
10 41 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
11 21 (0.16%) SPSS
11 21 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 20 (0.15%) InDesign
12 20 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
12 20 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
13 17 (0.13%) Acrobat
14 13 (0.10%) AutoCAD
15 11 (0.085%) Mingle
16 5 (0.039%) Vectorworks
17 4 (0.031%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 834 (6.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 280 (2.16%) Dynamics AX
3 85 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
4 70 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
5 68 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
6 28 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 24 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
8 23 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
9 22 (0.17%) Primavera
10 20 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
11 17 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
12 16 (0.12%) Maximo
12 16 (0.12%) SAP SRM
13 12 (0.093%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 12 (0.093%) ResourceLink
14 11 (0.085%) SAP ERP
14 11 (0.085%) Agresso
15 10 (0.077%) Tridion
15 10 (0.077%) Oracle Applications
15 10 (0.077%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 456 (3.52%) Office 365
2 439 (3.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 156 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
4 95 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
5 93 (0.72%) SaaS
6 53 (0.41%) IaaS
7 49 (0.38%) PaaS
8 37 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
9 31 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
10 29 (0.22%) Google App Engine
11 28 (0.22%) Google Apps
12 22 (0.17%) Google Analytics
13 16 (0.12%) Mimecast
14 15 (0.12%) OneDrive
15 9 (0.069%) Yammer
15 9 (0.069%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 9 (0.069%) SuccessFactors
16 5 (0.039%) AWS CloudFormation
16 5 (0.039%) Google Drive
16 5 (0.039%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 714 (5.51%) DNS
2 593 (4.58%) Firewall
3 583 (4.50%) SAN
4 523 (4.04%) LAN
5 503 (3.88%) TCP/IP
6 501 (3.87%) DHCP
7 486 (3.75%) WAN
8 371 (2.86%) VPN
9 318 (2.45%) Internet
10 186 (1.44%) NAS
11 175 (1.35%) SSL
12 168 (1.30%) HTTP
13 167 (1.29%) Wireless
14 164 (1.27%) VoIP
15 144 (1.11%) VLAN
16 143 (1.10%) Intranet
17 137 (1.06%) LDAP
18 125 (0.96%) Network Security
19 113 (0.87%) MPLS
20 108 (0.83%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2918 (22.51%) SQL Server
2 996 (7.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 968 (7.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 689 (5.32%) SQL Server 2008
5 617 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
6 552 (4.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 436 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
8 311 (2.40%) Relational Database
9 258 (1.99%) Oracle Database
10 221 (1.71%) SQL Server 2005
11 208 (1.60%) MS Access
12 170 (1.31%) MySQL
13 144 (1.11%) OLAP
14 128 (0.99%) QlikView
15 115 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
16 114 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 113 (0.87%) RDBMS
18 105 (0.81%) SQL Server 2000
19 102 (0.79%) Oracle Database 11g
20 80 (0.62%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 644 (4.97%) Visual Studio
2 554 (4.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 156 (1.20%) Selenium
4 135 (1.04%) Git (software)
5 133 (1.03%) JIRA
6 128 (0.99%) NUnit
7 127 (0.98%) Jenkins
8 118 (0.91%) Subversion
9 85 (0.66%) MSI
10 84 (0.65%) SpecFlow
11 64 (0.49%) TeamCity
12 62 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 46 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 44 (0.34%) Cucumber
15 43 (0.33%) QuickTest Pro
16 42 (0.32%) SoapUI
17 40 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
18 36 (0.28%) WebDriver
18 36 (0.28%) Maven
18 36 (0.28%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 2306 (17.79%) Finance
2 643 (4.96%) Banking
3 451 (3.48%) Telecoms
4 441 (3.40%) Retail
5 260 (2.01%) Marketing
6 229 (1.77%) Legal
7 212 (1.64%) Advertising
8 210 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 198 (1.53%) Investment Banking
10 146 (1.13%) Law
11 124 (0.96%) Back Office
12 123 (0.95%) Front Office
13 107 (0.83%) Financial Institution
14 75 (0.58%) Publishing
15 61 (0.47%) Local Government
16 58 (0.45%) French Language
17 43 (0.33%) Billing
18 40 (0.31%) German Language
19 39 (0.30%) Automotive
20 38 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2884 (22.25%) Analyst
2 2358 (18.19%) Developer
3 984 (7.59%) Architect
4 710 (5.48%) Consultant
5 653 (5.04%) Project Manager
6 616 (4.75%) Support Analyst
7 604 (4.66%) Support Engineer
8 537 (4.14%) .NET Developer
9 516 (3.98%) Service Analyst
10 512 (3.95%) Business Analyst
11 490 (3.78%) Service Desk Analyst
12 450 (3.47%) Administrator
13 395 (3.05%) Desktop Support
14 385 (2.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 373 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
16 346 (2.67%) SQL Developer
17 324 (2.50%) Solutions Architect
18 291 (2.25%) C# Developer
19 284 (2.19%) 1st Line Support
20 263 (2.03%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2400 (18.52%) .NET
2 964 (7.44%) ASP.NET
3 901 (6.95%) HTML
4 686 (5.29%) XML
5 659 (5.08%) .NET Framework
6 642 (4.95%) Web Services
7 627 (4.84%) CSS
8 460 (3.55%) jQuery
9 401 (3.09%) WCF
10 303 (2.34%) ASP.NET MVC
11 281 (2.17%) HTML5
12 245 (1.89%) Entity Framework
13 195 (1.50%) SOAP
14 184 (1.42%) AngularJS
15 179 (1.38%) Ajax
16 174 (1.34%) Middleware
17 173 (1.33%) ASP.NET Web API
18 163 (1.26%) CSS3
19 149 (1.15%) WPF
20 148 (1.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1118 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
2 528 (4.07%) Data Centre
3 503 (3.88%) Management Information System
4 337 (2.60%) NHS
5 320 (2.47%) Clustering
6 318 (2.45%) Blackberry
7 223 (1.72%) Computer Science
8 181 (1.40%) Replication
9 180 (1.39%) User Experience
10 134 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
11 128 (0.99%) Client/Server
11 128 (0.99%) PKI
12 113 (0.87%) Visualisation
13 96 (0.74%) Data Structures
14 93 (0.72%) Fat Client
14 93 (0.72%) Thin Client
15 91 (0.70%) Data Integration
16 89 (0.69%) Mobile App
17 88 (0.68%) iPhone
18 86 (0.66%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4623 (35.67%) Windows
2 1432 (11.05%) Windows 7
3 1319 (10.18%) Windows Server 2008
4 921 (7.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 824 (6.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 782 (6.03%) Linux
7 697 (5.38%) Windows XP
8 491 (3.79%) UNIX
9 312 (2.41%) Windows 8
10 194 (1.50%) Android
11 154 (1.19%) Apple iOS
12 146 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 124 (0.96%) Solaris
14 86 (0.66%) AIX
15 82 (0.63%) Mac OS X
15 82 (0.63%) Windows Vista
16 78 (0.60%) Windows 2000
17 73 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
18 45 (0.35%) Ubuntu
19 43 (0.33%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1873 (14.45%) ITIL
2 1656 (12.78%) Agile Software Development
3 1164 (8.98%) Project Management
4 1096 (8.46%) Migration
5 1088 (8.39%) CRM
6 968 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
7 695 (5.36%) PRINCE2
8 623 (4.81%) Scrum
9 586 (4.52%) MVC
10 558 (4.31%) Stakeholder Management
11 524 (4.04%) Change Management
12 508 (3.92%) Service Management
13 482 (3.72%) ETL
14 419 (3.23%) SDLC
15 408 (3.15%) Data Modelling
16 401 (3.09%) TDD
17 363 (2.80%) Business Analysis
18 360 (2.78%) OO
19 356 (2.75%) Service Delivery
20 352 (2.72%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2926 (22.58%) SQL
2 1779 (13.73%) C#
3 972 (7.50%) JavaScript
4 709 (5.47%) T-SQL
5 700 (5.40%) PowerShell
6 519 (4.00%) Java
7 357 (2.75%) VB
8 322 (2.48%) VBA
9 256 (1.98%) VBScript
10 176 (1.36%) VB.NET
10 176 (1.36%) C
11 148 (1.14%) C++
12 141 (1.09%) PL/SQL
13 140 (1.08%) Python
14 105 (0.81%) Perl
14 105 (0.81%) Ruby
15 100 (0.77%) Shell Script
16 73 (0.56%) PHP
17 67 (0.52%) X++
18 60 (0.46%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1531 (11.81%) Security Cleared
2 1135 (8.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 1070 (8.26%) SC Cleared
4 831 (6.41%) Degree
5 516 (3.98%) MCSE
6 370 (2.85%) DV Cleared
7 329 (2.54%) MCITP
8 301 (2.32%) Cisco Certification
9 297 (2.29%) MCP
10 234 (1.81%) ISEB
11 209 (1.61%) CCNA
12 205 (1.58%) MCSA
13 151 (1.17%) ISTQB
14 146 (1.13%) MCTS
15 138 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
16 130 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 117 (0.90%) PMI Certification
18 100 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 95 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 95 (0.73%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 438 (3.38%) SLA
2 354 (2.73%) QA
3 81 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 62 (0.48%) Data Quality
5 45 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 36 (0.28%) ISO 9001
7 32 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 30 (0.23%) Solvency II
9 23 (0.18%) COBIT
10 21 (0.16%) ISO 9000
11 20 (0.15%) P3O
12 14 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
13 12 (0.093%) HL7
14 6 (0.046%) EMIR
14 6 (0.046%) JSP 440
14 6 (0.046%) PMBOK
14 6 (0.046%) MiFID
15 5 (0.039%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 5 (0.039%) GxP
15 5 (0.039%) COREP
System Software
1 2840 (21.91%) Active Directory
2 1056 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 555 (4.28%) Hyper-V
4 365 (2.82%) vSphere
5 328 (2.53%) XenApp
6 222 (1.71%) VMware ESX
7 201 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
8 177 (1.37%) XenDesktop
9 103 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
10 81 (0.62%) Terminal Services
11 66 (0.51%) XenServer
12 60 (0.46%) Xen
13 53 (0.41%) ISA Server
14 46 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 45 (0.35%) NFS
16 41 (0.32%) VMware Server
17 34 (0.26%) Terminal Server
17 34 (0.26%) vCloud
18 33 (0.25%) Forefront TMG
19 31 (0.24%) UAG
Systems Management
1 776 (5.99%) SCCM
2 295 (2.28%) SCOM
3 150 (1.16%) HP Quality Center
4 112 (0.86%) WSUS
5 105 (0.81%) Puppet
6 86 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 85 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 85 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
8 75 (0.58%) Backup Exec
9 61 (0.47%) NetBackup
10 57 (0.44%) SCOrch
11 56 (0.43%) SCVMM
12 55 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
13 47 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
13 47 (0.36%) SCSM
14 45 (0.35%) Tivoli
15 39 (0.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 38 (0.29%) WMI
17 33 (0.25%) HP Data Protector
17 33 (0.25%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 1777 (13.71%) VMware
2 1134 (8.75%) Citrix
3 1080 (8.33%) Oracle
4 866 (6.68%) Cisco
5 842 (6.50%) HP
6 402 (3.10%) SAP
7 303 (2.34%) IBM
8 265 (2.04%) NetApp
9 240 (1.85%) Dell
10 225 (1.74%) Symantec
11 203 (1.57%) Remedy
12 195 (1.50%) Lotus
13 191 (1.47%) Red Hat
14 188 (1.45%) McAfee
15 163 (1.26%) Apple
16 161 (1.24%) Adobe
17 152 (1.17%) Business Objects
17 152 (1.17%) EMC
18 128 (0.99%) CheckPoint
19 117 (0.90%) Google
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