Period
to 23 October 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Central London 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 23 October 2020 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
London > Central London
6 months to
23 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 11 8 13
Rank change year-on-year -3 +5 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 231 984 955
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Central London 11.31% 13.02% 10.48%
As % of the Vendors category 30.24% 33.13% 27.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 749 697
Median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £263 £180 £150
90th Percentile £602 £627 £625
London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 35 44
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.74% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £22.20 £24.85 £25.50
London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.97 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.18% +6.76% -

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 Central London.

All Vendors
Central London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 764 2,970 3,421
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 37.41% 39.29% 37.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 2,281 2,466
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £300 £263 £225
90th Percentile £673 £650 £653
London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 62 84
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.25 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.64% +7.26% +2.92%
10th Percentile £13.20 £11.78 £13.09
90th Percentile £78.75 £46.64 £26.73
Median hourly rate £35.00 £20.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +70.73% +7.89% -2.56%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Central London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Central London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Central London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Central London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Central London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Central London over the 6 months to 23 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Central London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Central London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Central London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Central London region over the 6 months to 23 October 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London -3 216 £478 +3.24% 154
West End of London -2 7 £485 +7.78% 1
City of Westminster +2 4 £495 +16.47%
Microsoft
London

For the 6 months to 23 October 2020, 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 Central London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 105 (45.45%) Azure
2 92 (39.83%) Finance
3 62 (26.84%) SQL
4 61 (26.41%) Windows
5 54 (23.38%) Active Directory
6 45 (19.48%) SQL Server
6 45 (19.48%) Power Platform
7 44 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
8 42 (18.18%) Business Intelligence
9 41 (17.75%) Power BI
10 40 (17.32%) Banking
11 38 (16.45%) Office 365
12 34 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
12 34 (14.72%) Microsoft Excel
13 31 (13.42%) Migration
13 31 (13.42%) PowerShell
14 30 (12.99%) C#
15 27 (11.69%) Data Warehouse
15 27 (11.69%) VMware
15 27 (11.69%) DevOps
16 25 (10.82%) Windows Server
17 22 (9.52%) Windows 10
17 22 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
17 22 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
17 22 (9.52%) Change Management
17 22 (9.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 21 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
18 21 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 21 (9.09%) .NET
19 20 (8.66%) ITIL

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Central London 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 11 (4.76%) SharePoint
1 11 (4.76%) Skype for Business
2 5 (2.16%) CMS
2 5 (2.16%) Confluence
2 5 (2.16%) MS Exchange
3 3 (1.30%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.87%) Apache
4 2 (0.87%) nginx
5 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.43%) IBM Domino
5 1 (0.43%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.43%) IIS
5 1 (0.43%) Moodle
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 34 (14.72%) Microsoft Excel
1 34 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (6.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (5.19%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.16%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.87%) Camtasia
5 2 (0.87%) Figma
5 2 (0.87%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.43%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 4 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.87%) Workfront
4 1 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.43%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.43%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 1 (0.43%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 1 (0.43%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 105 (45.45%) Azure
2 45 (19.48%) Power Platform
3 38 (16.45%) Office 365
4 19 (8.23%) AWS
4 19 (8.23%) IaaS
4 19 (8.23%) PaaS
5 16 (6.93%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (5.63%) Dynamics 365
7 12 (5.19%) SaaS
8 9 (3.90%) GitHub
8 9 (3.90%) Power Automate
9 8 (3.46%) Azure Data Factory
10 7 (3.03%) GCP
10 7 (3.03%) Serverless
11 6 (2.60%) PowerApps
12 5 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (1.30%) Logic Apps
13 3 (1.30%) Slack
14 2 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
14 2 (0.87%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.23%) DNS
2 15 (6.49%) Skype
3 10 (4.33%) Firewall
4 9 (3.90%) DHCP
4 9 (3.90%) SAN
5 7 (3.03%) LAN
5 7 (3.03%) WAN
6 6 (2.60%) Kerberos
6 6 (2.60%) TCP/IP
6 6 (2.60%) Unified Communications
6 6 (2.60%) VPN
7 5 (2.16%) Telepresence
8 4 (1.73%) Ethernet
8 4 (1.73%) H.323
8 4 (1.73%) Intranet
8 4 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (1.30%) VLAN
10 2 (0.87%) Internet
10 2 (0.87%) NAS
10 2 (0.87%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (19.48%) SQL Server
2 41 (17.75%) Power BI
3 27 (11.69%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (9.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 21 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (7.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 14 (6.06%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (3.03%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (3.03%) Tableau
9 6 (2.60%) Data Lake
9 6 (2.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 5 (2.16%) MongoDB
10 5 (2.16%) MySQL
10 5 (2.16%) Relational Database
10 5 (2.16%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (1.73%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 4 (1.73%) NoSQL
11 4 (1.73%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (1.73%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (4.76%) Git (software)
2 10 (4.33%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.03%) JIRA
4 6 (2.60%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (1.73%) Jenkins
5 4 (1.73%) Subversion
5 4 (1.73%) TeamCity
6 3 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (1.30%) GitLab
6 3 (1.30%) RStudio
6 3 (1.30%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.87%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.87%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.87%) gulp
7 2 (0.87%) Maven
7 2 (0.87%) MSI
7 2 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.87%) VersionOne
8 1 (0.43%) Moq
8 1 (0.43%) NUnit
General
1 92 (39.83%) Finance
2 40 (17.32%) Banking
3 10 (4.33%) Retail
4 8 (3.46%) Investment Banking
4 8 (3.46%) Legal
5 6 (2.60%) Marketing
6 5 (2.16%) International Banking
7 4 (1.73%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.73%) Front Office
7 4 (1.73%) Public Sector
7 4 (1.73%) Publishing
8 3 (1.30%) French Language
9 2 (0.87%) Advertising
9 2 (0.87%) Automotive
9 2 (0.87%) Electronics
9 2 (0.87%) Local Government
9 2 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.87%) Police
9 2 (0.87%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 46 (19.91%) Developer
2 37 (16.02%) Analyst
3 17 (7.36%) Architect
4 14 (6.06%) Consultant
5 13 (5.63%) Business Analyst
5 13 (5.63%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 10 (4.33%) Support Engineer
7 9 (3.90%) Support Analyst
8 8 (3.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (3.03%) C# Developer
9 7 (3.03%) DBA
9 7 (3.03%) Desktop Support
9 7 (3.03%) DevOps Engineer
9 7 (3.03%) IT Support
9 7 (3.03%) Power BI Developer
10 6 (2.60%) Azure Developer
10 6 (2.60%) Azure Engineer
10 6 (2.60%) IT Engineer
10 6 (2.60%) Systems Engineer
11 5 (2.16%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.09%) .NET
2 9 (3.90%) XML
3 8 (3.46%) React
4 7 (3.03%) Node.js
5 6 (2.60%) .NET Core
5 6 (2.60%) ASP.NET Web API
5 6 (2.60%) CSS
5 6 (2.60%) JSON
6 5 (2.16%) AngularJS
6 5 (2.16%) Entity Framework
6 5 (2.16%) LDAP
6 5 (2.16%) Spring
7 4 (1.73%) .NET Framework
7 4 (1.73%) ASP.NET
7 4 (1.73%) COM
7 4 (1.73%) HTML
7 4 (1.73%) Kafka
7 4 (1.73%) REST
7 4 (1.73%) Web Services
7 4 (1.73%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 22 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (6.49%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.49%) Management Information System
3 9 (3.90%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (3.46%) User Experience
5 5 (2.16%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.73%) BYOD
6 4 (1.73%) Clustering
6 4 (1.73%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.73%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.73%) Tandem
7 3 (1.30%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.30%) iPad
7 3 (1.30%) Market Risk
7 3 (1.30%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.87%) AS400
8 2 (0.87%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 61 (26.41%) Windows
2 25 (10.82%) Windows Server
3 22 (9.52%) Windows 10
4 16 (6.93%) Windows 7
5 13 (5.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (4.76%) Linux
7 9 (3.90%) Windows Server 2016
8 8 (3.46%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (3.03%) Unix
9 7 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (1.73%) Android
10 4 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.30%) Mac OS
11 3 (1.30%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.87%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.87%) HPUX
13 1 (0.43%) AIX
13 1 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (18.18%) Business Intelligence
3 31 (13.42%) Migration
4 27 (11.69%) DevOps
5 22 (9.52%) Change Management
5 22 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
6 20 (8.66%) Analytics
6 20 (8.66%) ITIL
7 17 (7.36%) Data Analysis
8 15 (6.49%) Asset Management
8 15 (6.49%) Information Security
8 15 (6.49%) Software Engineering
9 14 (6.06%) Data Modelling
9 14 (6.06%) ETL
10 13 (5.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 12 (5.19%) Continuous Improvement
11 12 (5.19%) Incident Management
11 12 (5.19%) Project Management
12 11 (4.76%) Microservices
12 11 (4.76%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 62 (26.84%) SQL
2 31 (13.42%) PowerShell
3 30 (12.99%) C#
4 18 (7.79%) JavaScript
5 17 (7.36%) Python
6 15 (6.49%) Java
6 15 (6.49%) T-SQL
7 9 (3.90%) VBScript
8 7 (3.03%) R
9 6 (2.60%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 5 (2.16%) VB
11 4 (1.73%) Bash Shell
11 4 (1.73%) C
12 3 (1.30%) C++
12 3 (1.30%) Korn
12 3 (1.30%) Perl
13 2 (0.87%) Ruby
13 2 (0.87%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.87%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.43%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 11 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (4.33%) Degree
2 10 (4.33%) Security Cleared
3 9 (3.90%) MCSE
4 8 (3.46%) SC Cleared
5 7 (3.03%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (2.60%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (2.16%) CISSP
8 4 (1.73%) CCIE
9 3 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.30%) CCNA
9 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.30%) MCSA
9 3 (1.30%) SSCP
10 2 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.87%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.43%) CISA
11 1 (0.43%) CISM
11 1 (0.43%) CLAS
11 1 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.63%) QA
2 4 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.30%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.30%) GDPR
3 3 (1.30%) MiFID
4 2 (0.87%) COBIT
4 2 (0.87%) PMO
4 2 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.87%) SLA
5 1 (0.43%) EMIR
5 1 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 54 (23.38%) Active Directory
2 21 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.33%) Docker
4 6 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (2.60%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (1.73%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.30%) XenApp
7 2 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.87%) vSphere
8 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.43%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.43%) UAG
8 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 19 (8.23%) SCCM
2 13 (5.63%) Kubernetes
3 11 (4.76%) Terraform
4 9 (3.90%) Ansible
5 7 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (2.60%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (2.60%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.73%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.73%) Puppet
8 3 (1.30%) SCOM
9 2 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.87%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.87%) WSUS
10 1 (0.43%) Control-M
10 1 (0.43%) Demisto
10 1 (0.43%) Jamf Pro
10 1 (0.43%) Nagios
10 1 (0.43%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.43%) QRadar
Vendors
1 27 (11.69%) VMware
2 19 (8.23%) Oracle
3 17 (7.36%) Cisco
4 14 (6.06%) Citrix
5 10 (4.33%) HP
6 9 (3.90%) Splunk
7 8 (3.46%) EMC
8 7 (3.03%) Dell
9 6 (2.60%) Databricks
9 6 (2.60%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.60%) SolarWinds
9 6 (2.60%) Sybase
10 5 (2.16%) Apple
10 5 (2.16%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (1.73%) Adobe
11 4 (1.73%) Google
11 4 (1.73%) NetApp
11 4 (1.73%) Palo Alto
11 4 (1.73%) Polycom
11 4 (1.73%) SaltStack