Period
to 21 May 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 21 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
South Wales > Cardiff
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 165 84 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 20.35% 12.90% 16.23%
As % of the Vendors category 44.12% 27.10% 38.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 65 82
Cardiff median daily rate £396 £343 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.69% +5.38% -
10th Percentile £191 £150 £163
90th Percentile £550 £437 £460
South Wales median daily rate £400 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 3
Cardiff median hourly rate £19.60 £14.50 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.16% +31.82% -4.35%
10th Percentile £11.53 £10.68 £10.30
90th Percentile £21.59 £17.90 £16.50
South Wales median hourly rate £12.74 £15.86 £11.00
% change year-on-year -19.66% +44.18% -8.31%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Cardiff.

All Vendors
Cardiff
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 374 310 313
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 46.12% 47.62% 42.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 228 200
Cardiff median daily rate £400 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +15.38% -7.14%
10th Percentile £256 £177 £185
90th Percentile £538 £538 £460
South Wales median daily rate £400 £375 £345
% change year-on-year +6.67% +8.70% -1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 21 11
Cardiff median hourly rate £19.80 £14.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.55% -17.14% +19.68%
10th Percentile £11.74 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.07 £33.75 £20.00
South Wales median hourly rate £12.74 £14.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.12% -17.14% +11.11%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cardiff.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Cardiff

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Cardiff

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Cardiff over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Cardiff

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 73 (44.24%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (30.30%) SQL
2 50 (30.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (24.85%) Windows
4 40 (24.24%) Migration
5 31 (18.79%) SQL Server
5 31 (18.79%) .NET
6 29 (17.58%) Microsoft Office
7 27 (16.36%) ITIL
7 27 (16.36%) Relational Database
8 26 (15.76%) DevOps
9 23 (13.94%) Coaching
9 23 (13.94%) Active Directory
10 22 (13.33%) C#
10 22 (13.33%) RDBMS
10 22 (13.33%) Test Automation
11 20 (12.12%) .NET Framework
11 20 (12.12%) Unit Testing
11 20 (12.12%) Git (software)
12 19 (11.52%) Security Cleared
12 19 (11.52%) Microservices
12 19 (11.52%) MVC
13 18 (10.91%) ASP.NET
14 17 (10.30%) Project Management
14 17 (10.30%) Scrum
14 17 (10.30%) NUnit
14 17 (10.30%) LINQ
14 17 (10.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 17 (10.30%) Entity Framework
14 17 (10.30%) PowerShell

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (3.03%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.82%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.82%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.21%) IIS
4 1 (0.61%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 29 (17.58%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (6.67%) MS Visio
3 6 (3.64%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (5.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 50 (30.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (9.70%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (4.24%) Office 365
4 5 (3.03%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.21%) IaaS
6 2 (1.21%) PaaS
7 1 (0.61%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.27%) LAN
2 8 (4.85%) Internet
2 8 (4.85%) TCP/IP
3 6 (3.64%) IPv4
3 6 (3.64%) WAN
4 4 (2.42%) DNS
4 4 (2.42%) Kerberos
4 4 (2.42%) Skype
5 3 (1.82%) DHCP
6 2 (1.21%) Firewall
6 2 (1.21%) Wireless
7 1 (0.61%) ADSL
7 1 (0.61%) ATM
7 1 (0.61%) DSL
7 1 (0.61%) H.323
7 1 (0.61%) IP Telephony
7 1 (0.61%) SAN
7 1 (0.61%) Telepresence
7 1 (0.61%) VoIP
7 1 (0.61%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (18.79%) SQL Server
2 27 (16.36%) Relational Database
3 22 (13.33%) RDBMS
4 17 (10.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (4.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (4.24%) MySQL
6 7 (4.24%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (1.82%) Big Data
8 3 (1.82%) Crystal Reports
8 3 (1.82%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.61%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.61%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 20 (12.12%) Git (software)
2 17 (10.30%) MSTest
2 17 (10.30%) NUnit
3 9 (5.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 9 (5.45%) Visual Studio Team System
4 8 (4.85%) Visual Studio
5 6 (3.64%) Rational DOORS
5 6 (3.64%) Rational Quality Manager
5 6 (3.64%) Rational Rhapsody
5 6 (3.64%) Rational Team Concert
5 6 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (3.03%) Selenium
6 5 (3.03%) Subversion
7 4 (2.42%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (2.42%) TeamCity
8 3 (1.82%) Selenium IDE
9 2 (1.21%) Axure RP
9 2 (1.21%) InstallShield
9 2 (1.21%) MSI
10 1 (0.61%) JIRA
General
1 11 (6.67%) Finance
2 6 (3.64%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.03%) Back Office
4 3 (1.82%) Aerospace
4 3 (1.82%) Automotive
4 3 (1.82%) Marketing
5 2 (1.21%) Banking
5 2 (1.21%) Electronics
5 2 (1.21%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.21%) Military
6 1 (0.61%) Advertising
6 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (16.97%) Developer
2 21 (12.73%) Analyst
3 20 (12.12%) Architect
4 18 (10.91%) .NET Developer
5 17 (10.30%) Systems Engineer
6 13 (7.88%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (7.88%) Integration Engineer
6 13 (7.88%) Systems Integration Engineer
7 11 (6.67%) SQL Developer
8 8 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (4.85%) Software Engineer
9 7 (4.24%) Test Analyst
9 7 (4.24%) Test Engineer
10 6 (3.64%) CRM Developer
10 6 (3.64%) Database Architect
10 6 (3.64%) DBA
10 6 (3.64%) IT Support
10 6 (3.64%) Senior Software Engineer
10 6 (3.64%) Software Test Engineer
10 6 (3.64%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (18.79%) .NET
2 20 (12.12%) .NET Framework
3 18 (10.91%) ASP.NET
4 17 (10.30%) ASP.NET MVC
4 17 (10.30%) Entity Framework
4 17 (10.30%) LINQ
5 12 (7.27%) XML
6 11 (6.67%) HTML
7 10 (6.06%) CSS
8 7 (4.24%) jQuery
8 7 (4.24%) RESTful
8 7 (4.24%) Web Services
8 7 (4.24%) XML Schema
8 7 (4.24%) XSD
9 5 (3.03%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 4 (2.42%) AngularJS
11 3 (1.82%) EDI
11 3 (1.82%) EDIFACT
12 2 (1.21%) XSL
12 2 (1.21%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.85%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.03%) Fintech
3 5 (3.03%) NHS
4 4 (2.42%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.42%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.82%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.21%) Clustering
6 2 (1.21%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.21%) User Experience
6 2 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.61%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.61%) EPoS
7 1 (0.61%) PDA
7 1 (0.61%) Renewable Energy
7 1 (0.61%) Tandem
7 1 (0.61%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 41 (24.85%) Windows
2 16 (9.70%) Windows Server 2012
3 13 (7.88%) Linux
3 13 (7.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 11 (6.67%) Windows 7
5 10 (6.06%) Windows Server
6 8 (4.85%) Windows 10
7 4 (2.42%) Scientific Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (44.24%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (24.24%) Migration
3 27 (16.36%) ITIL
4 26 (15.76%) DevOps
5 23 (13.94%) Coaching
6 22 (13.33%) Test Automation
7 20 (12.12%) Unit Testing
8 19 (11.52%) Microservices
8 19 (11.52%) MVC
9 17 (10.30%) Project Management
9 17 (10.30%) Scrum
10 16 (9.70%) Continuous Delivery
10 16 (9.70%) OOP
10 16 (9.70%) Problem-Solving
11 15 (9.09%) Mentoring
12 14 (8.48%) SDLC
12 14 (8.48%) UML
13 13 (7.88%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (7.88%) Data Migration
14 12 (7.27%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 50 (30.30%) SQL
2 22 (13.33%) C#
3 17 (10.30%) PowerShell
4 15 (9.09%) JavaScript
5 14 (8.48%) C++
6 10 (6.06%) Java
6 10 (6.06%) Python
7 8 (4.85%) PHP
8 7 (4.24%) PL/SQL
8 7 (4.24%) Ruby
9 3 (1.82%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.82%) Perl
9 3 (1.82%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.21%) C
10 2 (1.21%) VBScript
10 2 (1.21%) XPath
11 1 (0.61%) Groovy
11 1 (0.61%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.61%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 19 (11.52%) Security Cleared
2 14 (8.48%) Degree
3 12 (7.27%) BPSS Clearance
4 10 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (5.45%) AWS Certification
6 5 (3.03%) ISTQB
6 5 (3.03%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.42%) MCITP
7 4 (2.42%) MCSE
8 2 (1.21%) CCNA
8 2 (1.21%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.21%) CISSP
8 2 (1.21%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.21%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.21%) MCSA
8 2 (1.21%) MCTS
9 1 (0.61%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.67%) Data Quality
2 7 (4.24%) GDPR
3 6 (3.64%) PMO
4 5 (3.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (3.03%) MISRA
4 5 (3.03%) MISRA C
5 2 (1.21%) QA
System Software
1 23 (13.94%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.64%) vSphere
4 4 (2.42%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.21%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.61%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (3.03%) PTC Integrity
1 5 (3.03%) SCCM
2 2 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (1.21%) SCOM
3 1 (0.61%) Ansible
3 1 (0.61%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.61%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 11 (6.67%) IBM
2 10 (6.06%) Oracle
2 10 (6.06%) VMware
3 8 (4.85%) Cisco
4 7 (4.24%) Teradata
5 6 (3.64%) HP
6 5 (3.03%) Citrix
6 5 (3.03%) Green Hills
6 5 (3.03%) PTC
6 5 (3.03%) SAP
7 3 (1.82%) Dell
8 2 (1.21%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.21%) Remedy
9 1 (0.61%) Casewise
9 1 (0.61%) PlateSpin
9 1 (0.61%) Polycom
9 1 (0.61%) SolarWinds
9 1 (0.61%) Veeam