Period
to 17 October 2017

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 17 October 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
6 months to
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 7 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 116 76 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 19.08% 13.29% 19.13%
As % of the Vendors category 41.28% 31.28% 39.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 58 123
Cardiff median daily rate £325 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.34% +13.28% -5.19%
10th Percentile £163 £182 £203
90th Percentile £415 £581 £405
South Wales median daily rate £338 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -3.43% +7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 5
Cardiff median hourly rate £18.50 £15.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.46% +26.05% -7.44%
10th Percentile £12.68 £11.75 £10.75
90th Percentile £23.85 £27.88 £19.30
South Wales median hourly rate £19.25 £13.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +42.59% -35.71% +40.00%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 281 243 399
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 46.22% 42.48% 48.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 156 310
Cardiff median daily rate £350 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +15.38% -1.66%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £208
90th Percentile £531 £550 £475
South Wales median daily rate £364 £380 £350
% change year-on-year -4.28% +8.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 13
Cardiff median hourly rate £18.50 £14.75 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.42% -7.00% +7.53%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.35 £10.75
90th Percentile £24.42 £21.13 £21.20
South Wales median hourly rate £19.25 £13.75 £15.93
% change year-on-year +40.00% -13.68% +6.20%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 56 (48.28%) SQL
2 43 (37.07%) Windows
3 41 (35.34%) .NET
4 39 (33.62%) Agile Software Development
5 28 (24.14%) C#
5 28 (24.14%) SQL Server
6 27 (23.28%) Unit Testing
7 26 (22.41%) .NET Framework
7 26 (22.41%) OOP
8 25 (21.55%) LINQ
9 24 (20.69%) Team Foundation Server
9 24 (20.69%) Entity Framework
9 24 (20.69%) Relational Database
10 23 (19.83%) Degree
10 23 (19.83%) RDBMS
10 23 (19.83%) MVC
11 22 (18.97%) Migration
11 22 (18.97%) Citrix
12 20 (17.24%) Windows Server
13 19 (16.38%) ITIL
14 18 (15.52%) NHS
15 17 (14.66%) ASP.NET
16 16 (13.79%) Visual Studio
17 15 (12.93%) Security Cleared
18 14 (12.07%) Finance
18 14 (12.07%) VMware
18 14 (12.07%) Oracle
18 14 (12.07%) XML
18 14 (12.07%) ASP.NET MVC
19 13 (11.21%) Active Directory

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 10 (8.62%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.45%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.72%) Confluence
3 2 (1.72%) IIS
3 2 (1.72%) OpenStack
3 2 (1.72%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.86%) CMS
4 1 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.86%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 11 (9.48%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (8.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.45%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (2.59%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (4.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.45%) IaaS
3 3 (2.59%) Office 365
4 2 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.86%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.86%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.62%) Firewall
2 9 (7.76%) Internet
2 9 (7.76%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (2.59%) LAN
4 2 (1.72%) WAN
5 1 (0.86%) ADSL
5 1 (0.86%) DNS
5 1 (0.86%) NetScaler
5 1 (0.86%) Skype
5 1 (0.86%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.86%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (24.14%) SQL Server
2 24 (20.69%) Relational Database
3 23 (19.83%) RDBMS
4 12 (10.34%) Oracle Database
4 12 (10.34%) Oracle Database 11g
4 12 (10.34%) Oracle9i Database
5 9 (7.76%) SQL Server 2016
6 8 (6.90%) SQL Server 2014
6 8 (6.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (6.03%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (5.17%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (5.17%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (2.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.86%) DTS
11 1 (0.86%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.86%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 24 (20.69%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (13.79%) Visual Studio
3 12 (10.34%) NUnit
3 12 (10.34%) Oracle Forms
4 10 (8.62%) MSTest
5 6 (5.17%) MSBuild
6 4 (3.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (2.59%) JIRA
8 2 (1.72%) Git (software)
8 2 (1.72%) NuGet
8 2 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (1.72%) Selenium
8 2 (1.72%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.72%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.86%) FxCop
9 1 (0.86%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.86%) Rational Rhapsody
9 1 (0.86%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.86%) Subversion
General
1 14 (12.07%) Finance
2 4 (3.45%) Banking
3 2 (1.72%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.72%) Legal
3 2 (1.72%) Retail
4 1 (0.86%) Advertising
4 1 (0.86%) Back Office
4 1 (0.86%) Military
4 1 (0.86%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 45 (38.79%) Developer
2 25 (21.55%) .NET Developer
3 19 (16.38%) Analyst
4 15 (12.93%) Support Engineer
5 10 (8.62%) Architect
5 10 (8.62%) SQL Developer
6 9 (7.76%) Technical Engineer
6 9 (7.76%) Technical Support
6 9 (7.76%) Technical Support Engineer
7 8 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (6.90%) Migration Engineer
8 7 (6.03%) Senior Developer
8 7 (6.03%) Software Developer
9 6 (5.17%) Business Analyst
9 6 (5.17%) Data Analyst
9 6 (5.17%) Data Architect
9 6 (5.17%) Network Engineer
9 6 (5.17%) Network Support
9 6 (5.17%) Server Engineer
9 6 (5.17%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (35.34%) .NET
2 26 (22.41%) .NET Framework
3 25 (21.55%) LINQ
4 24 (20.69%) Entity Framework
5 17 (14.66%) ASP.NET
6 14 (12.07%) ASP.NET MVC
6 14 (12.07%) XML
7 13 (11.21%) WCF
8 12 (10.34%) Code First Entity Framework
8 12 (10.34%) Web Services
8 12 (10.34%) WinForms
9 11 (9.48%) jQuery
10 10 (8.62%) SOAP
11 7 (6.03%) AngularJS
11 7 (6.03%) RESTful
12 6 (5.17%) HTML
13 5 (4.31%) CSS
14 4 (3.45%) XML Schema
14 4 (3.45%) XSD
15 3 (2.59%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.52%) NHS
2 11 (9.48%) Management Information System
3 8 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (6.03%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.59%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.72%) LIMS
6 2 (1.72%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.86%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.86%) Fintech
7 1 (0.86%) iPhone
7 1 (0.86%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 43 (37.07%) Windows
2 20 (17.24%) Windows Server
3 9 (7.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (3.45%) AIX
4 4 (3.45%) Linux
4 4 (3.45%) Windows 7
5 3 (2.59%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.72%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.72%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (33.62%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (23.28%) Unit Testing
3 26 (22.41%) OOP
4 23 (19.83%) MVC
5 22 (18.97%) Migration
6 19 (16.38%) ITIL
7 13 (11.21%) Scrum
8 12 (10.34%) Test Automation
9 11 (9.48%) TOGAF
10 10 (8.62%) Enterprise Architecture
10 10 (8.62%) Mentoring
11 9 (7.76%) Coaching
11 9 (7.76%) Informatics
11 9 (7.76%) SDLC
12 7 (6.03%) ETL
12 7 (6.03%) High Availability
12 7 (6.03%) Requirements Analysis
12 7 (6.03%) Service Management
12 7 (6.03%) UML
13 6 (5.17%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 56 (48.28%) SQL
2 28 (24.14%) C#
3 12 (10.34%) PL/SQL
3 12 (10.34%) T-SQL
4 6 (5.17%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.59%) VB
6 2 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.72%) VB6
7 1 (0.86%) C++
7 1 (0.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 23 (19.83%) Degree
2 15 (12.93%) Security Cleared
3 12 (10.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 11 (9.48%) CCNA
4 11 (9.48%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (8.62%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (6.03%) SC Cleared
7 5 (4.31%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.72%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (1.72%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.72%) MCITP
8 2 (1.72%) MCSE
8 2 (1.72%) SAP Certification
9 1 (0.86%) CCENT
9 1 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.86%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.86%) MCSA
9 1 (0.86%) MCTS
9 1 (0.86%) MOS
9 1 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.03%) Data Quality
1 7 (6.03%) HL7
2 4 (3.45%) QA
2 4 (3.45%) SLA
3 3 (2.59%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.86%) MISRA
4 1 (0.86%) MISRA C
System Software
1 13 (11.21%) Active Directory
2 10 (8.62%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.76%) XenApp
4 7 (6.03%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.72%) Docker
6 1 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.86%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (6.90%) HP Data Protector
1 8 (6.90%) Tivoli
1 8 (6.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 6 (5.17%) NetBackup
2 6 (5.17%) SCOM
3 1 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.86%) SCCM
3 1 (0.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (0.86%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (18.97%) Citrix
2 14 (12.07%) Oracle
2 14 (12.07%) VMware
3 13 (11.21%) HP
4 12 (10.34%) Cisco
5 9 (7.76%) SAP
6 7 (6.03%) RedGate
7 6 (5.17%) Veritas
8 3 (2.59%) Tableau
9 2 (1.72%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.86%) Apple
10 1 (0.86%) AppSense
10 1 (0.86%) Green Hills
10 1 (0.86%) IBM
10 1 (0.86%) McAfee
10 1 (0.86%) Remedy
10 1 (0.86%) Sitecore