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 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 53 55 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 16.26% 19.10% 15.43%
As % of the Vendors category 31.36% 41.67% 43.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 38 35
Median daily rate £343 £363 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.51% +18.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £184 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £533 £391
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £337
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 3
Median hourly rate £14.50 £12.50 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.00% +8.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £11.30 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.07 £16.50 £12.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 169 132 116
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 51.84% 45.83% 35.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 82 83
Median daily rate £338 £350 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.57% +12.90%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 6
Median hourly rate £16.28 £13.50 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% +17.39%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £12.50 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.64 £19.00 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 42 (46.15%) Windows
2 27 (29.67%) VMware
3 26 (28.57%) .NET
4 25 (27.47%) SQL
4 25 (27.47%) Active Directory
5 24 (26.37%) ITIL
6 21 (23.08%) Cisco
6 21 (23.08%) CCNA
6 21 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (21.98%) Firewall
7 20 (21.98%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (20.88%) HP
8 19 (20.88%) C#
9 18 (19.78%) Oracle
9 18 (19.78%) .NET Framework
9 18 (19.78%) Team Foundation Server
10 17 (18.68%) Unit Testing
10 17 (18.68%) HP Data Protector
10 17 (18.68%) Visual Studio
10 17 (18.68%) RDBMS
10 17 (18.68%) OOP
10 17 (18.68%) Citrix
10 17 (18.68%) Entity Framework
10 17 (18.68%) Relational Database
11 16 (17.58%) Windows Server
11 16 (17.58%) MS Exchange
11 16 (17.58%) LINQ
12 15 (16.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 14 (15.38%) Tivoli
13 14 (15.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager

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 16 (17.58%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.49%) IIS
2 5 (5.49%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.30%) Apache
3 3 (3.30%) Jetty
3 3 (3.30%) Mongrel
3 3 (3.30%) nginx
3 3 (3.30%) Tomcat
3 3 (3.30%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.20%) CMS
4 2 (2.20%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.10%) MS Project Server
5 1 (1.10%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 1 (1.10%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (4.40%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (3.30%) MS Visio
5 2 (2.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (3.30%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.40%) Office 365
2 3 (3.30%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.30%) Amazon EC2
2 3 (3.30%) Amazon S3
2 3 (3.30%) Google App Engine
2 3 (3.30%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (1.10%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (1.10%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.10%) OneDrive
3 1 (1.10%) Route 53
3 1 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (21.98%) Firewall
2 12 (13.19%) Internet
3 3 (3.30%) DHCP
3 3 (3.30%) DNS
3 3 (3.30%) DSL
3 3 (3.30%) FTP
3 3 (3.30%) HTTP
3 3 (3.30%) IPsec
3 3 (3.30%) LAN
3 3 (3.30%) SSL
3 3 (3.30%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.20%) ADSL
4 2 (2.20%) NAS
4 2 (2.20%) SAN
4 2 (2.20%) Wireless
5 1 (1.10%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.10%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (18.68%) RDBMS
1 17 (18.68%) Relational Database
2 12 (13.19%) Oracle Database
2 12 (13.19%) Oracle Database 11g
2 12 (13.19%) Oracle9i Database
3 10 (10.99%) SQL Server
4 5 (5.49%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (4.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (3.30%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (3.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (1.10%) Big Data
8 1 (1.10%) DTS
8 1 (1.10%) MongoDB
8 1 (1.10%) MS Access
8 1 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (1.10%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 18 (19.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (18.68%) Visual Studio
3 12 (13.19%) Oracle Forms
4 9 (9.89%) MSBuild
5 3 (3.30%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.30%) Jenkins
5 3 (3.30%) MSTest
5 3 (3.30%) NUnit
5 3 (3.30%) Travis CI
6 1 (1.10%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.10%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (1.10%) Selenium
6 1 (1.10%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (1.10%) Subversion
6 1 (1.10%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (10.99%) Finance
2 4 (4.40%) Back Office
3 3 (3.30%) French Language
3 3 (3.30%) Retail
4 2 (2.20%) Advertising
4 2 (2.20%) Banking
5 1 (1.10%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 25 (27.47%) Developer
2 17 (18.68%) .NET Developer
3 14 (15.38%) Support Engineer
4 11 (12.09%) Technical Engineer
5 10 (10.99%) Technical Support
6 8 (8.79%) Server Engineer
6 8 (8.79%) Technical Support Engineer
7 7 (7.69%) Analyst
7 7 (7.69%) Network Engineer
7 7 (7.69%) Project Manager
7 7 (7.69%) Server Support
7 7 (7.69%) Software Engineer
8 6 (6.59%) Network Support
8 6 (6.59%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (6.59%) Senior Developer
8 6 (6.59%) Server Support Engineer
8 6 (6.59%) SQL Developer
9 5 (5.49%) Oracle Developer
9 5 (5.49%) Software Developer
10 4 (4.40%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (28.57%) .NET
2 18 (19.78%) .NET Framework
3 17 (18.68%) Entity Framework
4 16 (17.58%) LINQ
5 13 (14.29%) WCF
6 12 (13.19%) Code First Entity Framework
6 12 (13.19%) WinForms
7 10 (10.99%) ASP.NET
8 9 (9.89%) jQuery
9 5 (5.49%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (4.40%) AngularJS
10 4 (4.40%) CSS
10 4 (4.40%) HTML
11 3 (3.30%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 3 (3.30%) J2EE
11 3 (3.30%) Servlets
11 3 (3.30%) SOAP
11 3 (3.30%) Unity DI Container
11 3 (3.30%) Web Services
12 2 (2.20%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (5.49%) Management Information System
1 5 (5.49%) NHS
2 2 (2.20%) iPhone
3 1 (1.10%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.10%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (1.10%) Fintech
3 1 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 42 (46.15%) Windows
2 16 (17.58%) Windows Server
3 7 (7.69%) Linux
4 5 (5.49%) Windows 7
5 4 (4.40%) AIX
6 3 (3.30%) Windows XP
7 2 (2.20%) Android
7 2 (2.20%) Windows 10
7 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.10%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (26.37%) ITIL
2 20 (21.98%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (18.68%) OOP
3 17 (18.68%) Unit Testing
4 12 (13.19%) UML
5 11 (12.09%) Scrum
6 9 (9.89%) Informatics
6 9 (9.89%) MVC
6 9 (9.89%) Software Engineering
6 9 (9.89%) Test Automation
7 8 (8.79%) Migration
8 7 (7.69%) Project Management
9 6 (6.59%) Configuration Management
9 6 (6.59%) Mentoring
9 6 (6.59%) Use Case
10 5 (5.49%) Business Analysis
10 5 (5.49%) Human Factors
10 5 (5.49%) Incident Management
10 5 (5.49%) MVVM
10 5 (5.49%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (27.47%) SQL
2 19 (20.88%) C#
3 12 (13.19%) PL/SQL
4 7 (7.69%) C++
5 6 (6.59%) JavaScript
6 5 (5.49%) T-SQL
7 3 (3.30%) Java
8 2 (2.20%) VB
8 2 (2.20%) VB6
8 2 (2.20%) VBA
9 1 (1.10%) Perl
9 1 (1.10%) PHP
9 1 (1.10%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 21 (23.08%) CCNA
1 21 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (16.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 9 (9.89%) Degree
4 8 (8.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (4.40%) Security Cleared
6 2 (2.20%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (2.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (2.20%) SAP Certification
7 1 (1.10%) CCENT
7 1 (1.10%) MCITP
7 1 (1.10%) MCSA
7 1 (1.10%) MCSE
7 1 (1.10%) MCTS
7 1 (1.10%) MOS
7 1 (1.10%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.99%) SLA
2 2 (2.20%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (2.20%) QA
3 1 (1.10%) MISRA
3 1 (1.10%) MISRA C
System Software
1 25 (27.47%) Active Directory
2 13 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.30%) Xen
4 2 (2.20%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.20%) Terminal Services
5 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.10%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (18.68%) HP Data Protector
2 14 (15.38%) Tivoli
2 14 (15.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 3 (3.30%) Ansible
3 3 (3.30%) Marathon
3 3 (3.30%) Mesos
3 3 (3.30%) Puppet
3 3 (3.30%) Rundeck
3 3 (3.30%) Terraform
4 1 (1.10%) Fluentd
4 1 (1.10%) Grafana
4 1 (1.10%) Kibana
4 1 (1.10%) Prometheus
4 1 (1.10%) SCCM
4 1 (1.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 27 (29.67%) VMware
2 21 (23.08%) Cisco
3 19 (20.88%) HP
4 18 (19.78%) Oracle
5 17 (18.68%) Citrix
6 4 (4.40%) SAP
7 3 (3.30%) Google
8 2 (2.20%) Apple
8 2 (2.20%) NetApp
8 2 (2.20%) Sitecore
9 1 (1.10%) Green Hills
9 1 (1.10%) McAfee
9 1 (1.10%) Remedy
9 1 (1.10%) Sun
9 1 (1.10%) Symantec
9 1 (1.10%) Veritas
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