The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6751 5537 6408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.99% 11.60% 10.57%
As % of the Vendors category 26.15% 24.66% 23.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3674 2859 3295
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £180 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 534 547 555
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.05
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -0.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £34.60 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
25818 22455 27837
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.86% 47.05% 45.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 14474 11940 14191
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1103 1186 1344
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +1 6159 £350 -0.42% 2565
London -2 2254 £400 - 850
South East +1 1457 £350 +5.26% 521
City of London +2 625 £375 -6.25% 304
South West +2 523 £325 -2.98% 192
East of England -2 432 £340 +13.33% 206
North West +5 426 £295 -0.84% 271
Berkshire 0 387 £365 +4.28% 126
Yorkshire +1 368 £310 -6.06% 209
Hampshire +5 344 £350 -4.10% 95
West Midlands 0 326 £325 +6.55% 154
Scotland +2 305 £329 +1.23% 121
Surrey +1 260 £350 +12.00% 110
East Midlands -2 223 £285 -8.72% 92
Reading +3 203 £375 +2.04% 65
West Yorkshire +3 199 £325 +3.91% 130
Manchester +3 198 £335 +14.23% 159
Buckinghamshire -1 198 £350 +27.27% 40
Leeds -3 148 £325 +4.41% 76
Milton Keynes 0 142 £368 +27.82% 23
Somerset +2 135 £350 +9.37% 26
Wales +3 116 £325 -1.51% 53
Hertfordshire +4 111 £250 -28.57% 51
Cheshire +7 110 £265 -24.28% 57
North East +1 109 £243 -26.51% 46
Cambridgeshire -3 108 £350 +16.66% 56
Wiltshire +2 107 £325 -2.98% 27
Birmingham +1 105 £325 - 68
Essex -4 105 £375 +50.00% 26
Glasgow +9 103 £325 +10.16% 45

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 5122 (41.00%) Windows
2 4182 (33.47%) MS Excel
3 2972 (23.79%) MS Office
4 2726 (21.82%) SQL
5 2722 (21.79%) SQL Server
6 2721 (21.78%) Active Directory
7 2256 (18.06%) .NET
8 2230 (17.85%) Finance
9 1818 (14.55%) C#
10 1752 (14.02%) Windows 7
11 1604 (12.84%) SharePoint
12 1564 (12.52%) ITIL
13 1439 (11.52%) VMware
14 1408 (11.27%) MS Exchange
15 1407 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
16 1382 (11.06%) Security Cleared
17 1270 (10.17%) Citrix
18 1201 (9.61%) Project Management
19 1174 (9.40%) Windows XP
20 1116 (8.93%) Windows Server 2003
21 1055 (8.44%) Microsoft Certification
22 1006 (8.05%) SC Cleared
23 997 (7.98%) ASP.NET
23 997 (7.98%) Migration
24 979 (7.84%) Oracle
25 897 (7.18%) JavaScript
26 890 (7.12%) VMware Infrastructure
27 874 (7.00%) HTML
28 852 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
29 835 (6.68%) CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 1604 (12.84%) SharePoint
2 1408 (11.27%) MS Exchange
3 588 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 474 (3.79%) IIS
5 390 (3.12%) SharePoint 2010
6 337 (2.70%) Lync
7 317 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2003
8 260 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 257 (2.06%) IBM Notes
10 247 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
11 211 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
12 197 (1.58%) SharePoint Server
13 190 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
14 145 (1.16%) CMS
15 144 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
16 119 (0.95%) MS Project Server
17 101 (0.81%) WebSphere
18 91 (0.73%) Apache
19 67 (0.54%) Tomcat
20 54 (0.43%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4182 (33.47%) MS Excel
2 2972 (23.79%) MS Office
3 784 (6.28%) MS Project
4 709 (5.68%) MS PowerPoint
5 447 (3.58%) MS Visio
6 122 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
7 69 (0.55%) Photoshop
8 47 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
9 42 (0.34%) PowerPivot
10 41 (0.33%) InfoPath
11 26 (0.21%) Adobe Captivate
12 25 (0.20%) Fireworks
13 24 (0.19%) Acrobat
14 20 (0.16%) InDesign
15 15 (0.12%) AutoCAD
16 13 (0.10%) OmniGraffle
17 11 (0.088%) PaintShop Pro
17 11 (0.088%) SPSS
18 10 (0.080%) Open Workbench
19 7 (0.056%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 671 (5.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 251 (2.01%) Dynamics AX
3 85 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
4 55 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
5 50 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
6 32 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
7 28 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
8 24 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
9 23 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
10 22 (0.18%) SAP CRM
10 22 (0.18%) Eikon
11 20 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
12 17 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 14 (0.11%) SAP SRM
13 14 (0.11%) SAP HR
13 14 (0.11%) Agresso
14 13 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
14 13 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
14 13 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
15 12 (0.096%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 223 (1.78%) Office 365
2 175 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 82 (0.66%) SaaS
4 49 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
5 29 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
6 16 (0.13%) Google Apps
7 15 (0.12%) PaaS
8 13 (0.10%) SuccessFactors
8 13 (0.10%) IaaS
9 8 (0.064%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.032%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.024%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 664 (5.31%) DNS
2 598 (4.79%) Firewall
3 570 (4.56%) SAN
4 565 (4.52%) TCP/IP
5 476 (3.81%) DHCP
6 460 (3.68%) LAN
7 423 (3.39%) WAN
8 401 (3.21%) VPN
8 401 (3.21%) Internet
9 209 (1.67%) Wireless
10 206 (1.65%) Intranet
11 171 (1.37%) VoIP
12 145 (1.16%) LDAP
13 132 (1.06%) Network Security
14 116 (0.93%) NAS
15 101 (0.81%) HTTP
16 100 (0.80%) SMTP
16 100 (0.80%) NetScaler
17 92 (0.74%) VLAN
18 85 (0.68%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2722 (21.79%) SQL Server
2 852 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 827 (6.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 710 (5.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 573 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
6 494 (3.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 414 (3.31%) SQL Server 2005
8 289 (2.31%) Relational Database
9 273 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
10 239 (1.91%) Oracle Database
11 208 (1.66%) MS Access
12 157 (1.26%) MySQL
13 141 (1.13%) RDBMS
14 119 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
15 109 (0.87%) OLAP
16 107 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
17 105 (0.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 86 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
19 81 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
20 80 (0.64%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 668 (5.35%) Visual Studio
2 467 (3.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 140 (1.12%) Subversion
4 129 (1.03%) MSI
5 112 (0.90%) Git (software)
6 111 (0.89%) Selenium
7 108 (0.86%) NUnit
8 87 (0.70%) JIRA
9 67 (0.54%) Jenkins
10 63 (0.50%) TeamCity
10 63 (0.50%) InstallShield
11 59 (0.47%) SpecFlow
11 59 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 51 (0.41%) QuickTest Pro
13 45 (0.36%) MSBuild
14 43 (0.34%) FitNesse
15 41 (0.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 39 (0.31%) Toad
17 38 (0.30%) Maven
18 37 (0.30%) Dreamweaver
General
1 2230 (17.85%) Finance
2 803 (6.43%) Banking
3 387 (3.10%) Telecoms
4 350 (2.80%) Retail
5 227 (1.82%) Legal
6 206 (1.65%) Marketing
7 203 (1.62%) Investment Banking
8 173 (1.38%) Back Office
9 164 (1.31%) Law
10 158 (1.26%) Manufacturing
11 150 (1.20%) Advertising
12 148 (1.18%) Financial Institution
13 147 (1.18%) Front Office
14 128 (1.02%) Publishing
15 73 (0.58%) French Language
16 70 (0.56%) Local Government
17 62 (0.50%) Games
17 62 (0.50%) Billing
18 56 (0.45%) Retail Banking
19 55 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2578 (20.64%) Analyst
2 2226 (17.82%) Developer
3 843 (6.75%) Consultant
4 738 (5.91%) Support Engineer
5 732 (5.86%) Architect
6 599 (4.79%) .NET Developer
7 582 (4.66%) Project Manager
8 567 (4.54%) Support Analyst
9 456 (3.65%) Administrator
10 454 (3.63%) Business Analyst
11 433 (3.47%) Desktop Support
12 400 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
13 366 (2.93%) Service Analyst
14 362 (2.90%) C# Developer
15 328 (2.63%) Service Desk Analyst
16 279 (2.23%) Desktop Engineer
17 277 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 257 (2.06%) 1st Line Support
19 242 (1.94%) C# .NET Developer
20 231 (1.85%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2256 (18.06%) .NET
2 997 (7.98%) ASP.NET
3 874 (7.00%) HTML
4 672 (5.38%) XML
5 631 (5.05%) CSS
6 531 (4.25%) Web Services
7 502 (4.02%) jQuery
8 488 (3.91%) .NET Framework
9 434 (3.47%) WCF
10 355 (2.84%) ASP.NET MVC
11 258 (2.07%) Ajax
12 234 (1.87%) WPF
13 214 (1.71%) HTML5
14 196 (1.57%) SOAP
15 177 (1.42%) XSLT
16 170 (1.36%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
17 166 (1.33%) REST
18 142 (1.14%) Middleware
19 133 (1.06%) Application Packaging
20 124 (0.99%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 616 (4.93%) Blackberry
2 425 (3.40%) Management Information System
3 313 (2.51%) Clustering
4 254 (2.03%) NHS
5 219 (1.75%) Computer Science
6 197 (1.58%) Replication
7 144 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
8 127 (1.02%) Thin Client
8 127 (1.02%) Fat Client
9 110 (0.88%) Client/Server
10 96 (0.77%) Statistics
10 96 (0.77%) PKI
11 95 (0.76%) N-Tier
12 76 (0.61%) iPhone
13 74 (0.59%) Derivative
13 74 (0.59%) Data Integration
14 73 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
15 71 (0.57%) Open Source
16 70 (0.56%) PMI
17 69 (0.55%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 5122 (41.00%) Windows
2 1752 (14.02%) Windows 7
3 1407 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 1174 (9.40%) Windows XP
5 1116 (8.93%) Windows Server 2003
6 615 (4.92%) Linux
7 484 (3.87%) UNIX
8 400 (3.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 268 (2.15%) Windows 8
10 202 (1.62%) Windows Vista
11 157 (1.26%) Windows 2000
12 138 (1.10%) Solaris
13 113 (0.90%) Apple iOS
14 111 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 109 (0.87%) Android
16 108 (0.86%) AIX
17 74 (0.59%) Mac OS X
17 74 (0.59%) Windows 2000 Server
18 52 (0.42%) NetWare
19 38 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1564 (12.52%) ITIL
2 1201 (9.61%) Project Management
3 997 (7.98%) Migration
4 835 (6.68%) CRM
5 726 (5.81%) Agile Software Development
6 709 (5.68%) Business Intelligence
7 623 (4.99%) PRINCE2
8 615 (4.92%) MVC
9 526 (4.21%) Scrum
10 488 (3.91%) Service Management
11 486 (3.89%) Change Management
12 446 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
13 440 (3.52%) TDD
14 422 (3.38%) Workflow
15 387 (3.10%) Service Delivery
16 374 (2.99%) OO
17 339 (2.71%) ETL
18 326 (2.61%) User Acceptance Testing
19 319 (2.55%) Disaster Recovery
20 313 (2.51%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2726 (21.82%) SQL
2 1818 (14.55%) C#
3 897 (7.18%) JavaScript
4 672 (5.38%) PowerShell
5 597 (4.78%) T-SQL
6 431 (3.45%) Java
7 405 (3.24%) VB
8 263 (2.11%) VBScript
9 238 (1.91%) VB.NET
10 233 (1.87%) VBA
11 212 (1.70%) C
12 180 (1.44%) PL/SQL
13 150 (1.20%) C++
14 113 (0.90%) Perl
15 90 (0.72%) Python
16 79 (0.63%) PHP
17 64 (0.51%) VB6
18 57 (0.46%) Ruby
19 55 (0.44%) Shell Script
20 43 (0.34%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1382 (11.06%) Security Cleared
2 1055 (8.44%) Microsoft Certification
3 1006 (8.05%) SC Cleared
4 825 (6.60%) Degree
5 475 (3.80%) MCSE
6 293 (2.35%) MCP
7 271 (2.17%) DV Cleared
8 219 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
9 217 (1.74%) MCITP
10 201 (1.61%) ISEB
11 188 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
12 144 (1.15%) CCNA
13 140 (1.12%) MCSA
14 134 (1.07%) PMI Certification
15 127 (1.02%) ISTQB
16 123 (0.98%) MCTS
17 97 (0.78%) CISSP
18 96 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 95 (0.76%) PMP
19 95 (0.76%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 487 (3.90%) SLA
2 437 (3.50%) QA
3 91 (0.73%) ISO 9001
4 64 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 38 (0.30%) Data Quality
6 28 (0.22%) PCI DSS
6 28 (0.22%) Basel III
7 26 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 23 (0.18%) EMIR
9 17 (0.14%) P3O
10 16 (0.13%) JSP 440
10 16 (0.13%) TickIT
11 15 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
12 12 (0.096%) HL7
13 10 (0.080%) Solvency II
14 8 (0.064%) WCAG
14 8 (0.064%) ISO 14001
15 6 (0.048%) COBIT
15 6 (0.048%) GxP
16 5 (0.040%) CRD IV
System Software
1 2721 (21.78%) Active Directory
2 890 (7.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 443 (3.55%) XenApp
4 361 (2.89%) Hyper-V
5 317 (2.54%) vSphere
6 282 (2.26%) Microsoft App-V
7 245 (1.96%) XenDesktop
8 198 (1.58%) VMware ESX
9 116 (0.93%) XenServer
10 95 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
11 81 (0.65%) Terminal Services
12 61 (0.49%) ISA Server
13 60 (0.48%) UAG
14 57 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 42 (0.34%) Xen
16 40 (0.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 39 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
17 39 (0.31%) Forefront TMG
18 33 (0.26%) Oracle RMAN
19 31 (0.25%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 754 (6.04%) SCCM
2 316 (2.53%) SCOM
3 146 (1.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 133 (1.06%) WSUS
5 118 (0.94%) Backup Exec
6 109 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
7 105 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 81 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
9 75 (0.60%) NetBackup
10 70 (0.56%) Tivoli
11 63 (0.50%) ServiceCenter
12 61 (0.49%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 51 (0.41%) Puppet
14 46 (0.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 45 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 43 (0.34%) SCSM
17 40 (0.32%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 40 (0.32%) EMC NetWorker
18 39 (0.31%) Netcool
19 36 (0.29%) MAILsweeper
Vendors
1 1439 (11.52%) VMware
2 1270 (10.17%) Citrix
3 979 (7.84%) Oracle
4 829 (6.64%) HP
5 801 (6.41%) Cisco
6 377 (3.02%) SAP
7 319 (2.55%) IBM
8 307 (2.46%) Symantec
9 260 (2.08%) Lotus
10 230 (1.84%) Dell
11 208 (1.66%) Remedy
12 199 (1.59%) NetApp
13 180 (1.44%) Business Objects
14 179 (1.43%) EMC
15 167 (1.34%) Adobe
16 160 (1.28%) Apple
17 157 (1.26%) McAfee
18 151 (1.21%) CheckPoint
19 146 (1.17%) AppSense
20 127 (1.02%) CA
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