Period
to 16 September 2019

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 16 September 2019 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
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 9 14 11
Rank change year-on-year +5 -3 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1,011 910 803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 12.66% 10.12% 10.08%
As % of the Vendors category 32.49% 26.95% 25.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 746 675 582
Central London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £164 £156 £198
90th Percentile £638 £638 £606
London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 45 38
Central London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.70 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +10.00% +13.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £13.00 £12.77
90th Percentile £21.95 £25.50 £29.96
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +8.57%

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 3,112 3,376 3,101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 38.98% 37.54% 38.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,360 2,404 2,255
Central London median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £281 £242 £268
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 83 63
Central London median hourly rate £20.83 £19.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.21% +6.94% -2.44%
10th Percentile £11.25 £13.31 £11.70
90th Percentile £53.75 £29.10 £31.35
London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.62%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Central London

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Central London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Central London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Central London over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Central London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Central London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Central London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Central London over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 16 September 2019. 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 +5 841 £475 +5.56% 274
Southwark +19 32 £500 +11.11%
West End of London 0 27 £450 -10.00%
Camden +5 9 £381 -15.28% 1
City of Westminster -18 9 £405 -19.00%
Kensington and Chelsea - 6 £118 -
Lambeth - 1 - -
Microsoft
London

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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.

1 408 (40.36%) Windows
2 313 (30.96%) Finance
3 309 (30.56%) Azure
4 292 (28.88%) Active Directory
5 253 (25.02%) Office 365
6 206 (20.38%) Microsoft Office
7 204 (20.18%) SQL Server
8 203 (20.08%) SQL
9 168 (16.62%) Agile Software Development
10 158 (15.63%) Windows 10
11 154 (15.23%) SCCM
12 143 (14.14%) .NET
13 134 (13.25%) PowerShell
14 132 (13.06%) ITIL
15 129 (12.76%) C#
16 114 (11.28%) Business Intelligence
17 109 (10.78%) Migration
18 106 (10.48%) Windows Server
19 105 (10.39%) SharePoint
20 98 (9.69%) CRM
20 98 (9.69%) VMware
20 98 (9.69%) Windows 7
21 97 (9.59%) Citrix
22 94 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
23 93 (9.20%) Microsoft Excel
24 90 (8.90%) Banking
25 89 (8.80%) DevOps
26 86 (8.51%) Dynamics CRM
27 83 (8.21%) MS Exchange
28 82 (8.11%) Power Platform

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
1 105 (10.39%) SharePoint
2 83 (8.21%) MS Exchange
3 39 (3.86%) IIS
4 38 (3.76%) Skype for Business
5 23 (2.27%) Confluence
6 21 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (0.89%) Apache Spark
8 8 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (0.79%) WebLogic
9 7 (0.69%) Apache
10 6 (0.59%) SAS
10 6 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
10 6 (0.59%) WebLogic Integration
11 4 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.40%) CMS
11 4 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
11 4 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.40%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.30%) Jupyter
Applications
1 206 (20.38%) Microsoft Office
2 93 (9.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (4.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (1.68%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.20%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.099%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.099%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.099%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.099%) Mingle
8 1 (0.099%) SPSS
8 1 (0.099%) Stata
Business Applications
1 86 (8.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (2.37%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (1.98%) Dynamics NAV
4 14 (1.38%) Elite 3E
5 8 (0.79%) Oracle Financials
6 6 (0.59%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) Primavera
7 2 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.099%) Bloomberg AIM
8 1 (0.099%) Carpe Diem
8 1 (0.099%) Distributed Ledger
8 1 (0.099%) Infor CRM
8 1 (0.099%) Line 500
8 1 (0.099%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 1 (0.099%) R3 Corda
8 1 (0.099%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.099%) Sage 500
8 1 (0.099%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 309 (30.56%) Azure
2 253 (25.02%) Office 365
3 82 (8.11%) Power Platform
4 66 (6.53%) Dynamics 365
5 65 (6.43%) AWS
6 52 (5.14%) Azure Active Directory
7 44 (4.35%) IaaS
7 44 (4.35%) PaaS
8 38 (3.76%) Azure Data Factory
9 23 (2.27%) SaaS
10 16 (1.58%) Serverless
11 14 (1.38%) Azure Functions
11 14 (1.38%) GCP
11 14 (1.38%) OneDrive
12 12 (1.19%) G Suite
12 12 (1.19%) PowerApps
13 11 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (0.89%) Data Lake Analytics
14 9 (0.89%) Microsoft Flow
14 9 (0.89%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 74 (7.32%) DNS
2 50 (4.95%) DHCP
2 50 (4.95%) Firewall
3 42 (4.15%) Skype
3 42 (4.15%) VPN
4 38 (3.76%) TCP/IP
5 30 (2.97%) LAN
5 30 (2.97%) WAN
6 26 (2.57%) Wireless
7 24 (2.37%) Internet
8 20 (1.98%) SAN
9 18 (1.78%) VoIP
10 17 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
11 15 (1.48%) Unified Communications
12 13 (1.29%) Cisco IOS
12 13 (1.29%) MPLS
13 12 (1.19%) IP Telephony
14 11 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
15 10 (0.99%) NetScaler
15 10 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (20.18%) SQL Server
2 72 (7.12%) Power BI
2 72 (7.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 65 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
4 64 (6.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 38 (3.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 32 (3.17%) Data Lake
7 29 (2.87%) Azure SQL Database
8 24 (2.37%) Big Data
9 23 (2.27%) SQL Server 2014
10 22 (2.18%) MySQL
10 22 (2.18%) SQL Server 2012
11 21 (2.08%) Relational Database
11 21 (2.08%) SQL Server 2017
12 18 (1.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 18 (1.78%) NoSQL
13 15 (1.48%) Cosmos DB
13 15 (1.48%) SQL Server 2016
14 14 (1.38%) MongoDB
14 14 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 44 (4.35%) JIRA
2 41 (4.06%) Visual Studio
3 40 (3.96%) Git (software)
4 30 (2.97%) Visual Studio Team System
5 23 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
6 19 (1.88%) TeamCity
7 17 (1.68%) Jenkins
8 11 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (0.99%) Eclipse
9 10 (0.99%) MSI
10 8 (0.79%) Selenium
11 6 (0.59%) Maven
11 6 (0.59%) SpecFlow
12 5 (0.49%) CruiseControl
12 5 (0.49%) NUnit
12 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 4 (0.40%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.40%) Cucumber
13 4 (0.40%) Gradle
13 4 (0.40%) Subversion
General
1 313 (30.96%) Finance
2 90 (8.90%) Banking
3 61 (6.03%) Public Sector
4 44 (4.35%) Law
5 42 (4.15%) Retail
6 33 (3.26%) Marketing
7 31 (3.07%) Front Office
8 30 (2.97%) Legal
9 24 (2.37%) Telecoms
10 18 (1.78%) Investment Banking
10 18 (1.78%) Manufacturing
11 15 (1.48%) Advertising
11 15 (1.48%) Electronics
11 15 (1.48%) German Language
12 13 (1.29%) Russian Language
13 9 (0.89%) Publishing
14 8 (0.79%) Back Office
14 8 (0.79%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.40%) Environmental Health
15 4 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 160 (15.83%) Analyst
2 150 (14.84%) Developer
3 96 (9.50%) Architect
4 87 (8.61%) Support Engineer
5 56 (5.54%) Azure Engineer
5 56 (5.54%) Consultant
6 53 (5.24%) Desktop Support
7 50 (4.95%) Desktop Engineer
8 45 (4.45%) IT Support
9 44 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
9 44 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 44 (4.35%) Service Analyst
10 43 (4.25%) Windows Engineer
11 41 (4.06%) Project Manager
11 41 (4.06%) Support Analyst
12 39 (3.86%) Administrator
13 37 (3.66%) Service Desk Analyst
14 35 (3.46%) DevOps Engineer
15 34 (3.36%) Business Analyst
16 33 (3.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (14.14%) .NET
2 43 (4.25%) Web Services
3 41 (4.06%) HTML
4 39 (3.86%) .NET Framework
5 28 (2.77%) ASP.NET
5 28 (2.77%) CSS
6 27 (2.67%) XML
7 24 (2.37%) AngularJS
7 24 (2.37%) ASP.NET Web API
8 20 (1.98%) JSON
9 19 (1.88%) .NET Core
9 19 (1.88%) RESTful
10 18 (1.78%) React
11 17 (1.68%) jQuery
12 16 (1.58%) Node.js
13 14 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (1.29%) HTML5
14 13 (1.29%) WCF
15 12 (1.19%) Middleware
16 11 (1.09%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 60 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (4.75%) Self-Motivation
3 41 (4.06%) Management Information System
4 26 (2.57%) Data Centre
5 24 (2.37%) User Experience
6 22 (2.18%) Video Conferencing
7 20 (1.98%) Public Cloud
8 19 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
9 16 (1.58%) Hybrid Cloud
10 13 (1.29%) Blackberry
10 13 (1.29%) Replication
11 12 (1.19%) iPad
12 10 (0.99%) Data Structures
12 10 (0.99%) Driving Licence
13 9 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (0.89%) Fixed Income
13 9 (0.89%) iPhone
13 9 (0.89%) Tandem
14 8 (0.79%) Derivative
14 8 (0.79%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 408 (40.36%) Windows
2 158 (15.63%) Windows 10
3 106 (10.48%) Windows Server
4 98 (9.69%) Windows 7
5 56 (5.54%) Linux
6 50 (4.95%) Windows Server 2012
7 36 (3.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 29 (2.87%) Apple iOS
9 25 (2.47%) Android
10 24 (2.37%) Mac OS X
11 23 (2.27%) Unix
12 19 (1.88%) Windows 8
13 18 (1.78%) Mac OS
14 10 (0.99%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.89%) CentOS
15 9 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (0.59%) Solaris
16 6 (0.59%) VMS
17 5 (0.49%) Mac OS X Server
17 5 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (16.62%) Agile Software Development
2 132 (13.06%) ITIL
3 114 (11.28%) Business Intelligence
4 109 (10.78%) Migration
5 98 (9.69%) CRM
6 94 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
7 89 (8.80%) DevOps
8 68 (6.73%) ETL
9 62 (6.13%) Project Management
10 55 (5.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 52 (5.14%) Data Modelling
12 43 (4.25%) Analytics
12 43 (4.25%) Scrum
13 40 (3.96%) Microservices
14 38 (3.76%) Mobile Device Management
14 38 (3.76%) Time Management
15 36 (3.56%) Service Delivery
15 36 (3.56%) TDD
15 36 (3.56%) Test Automation
16 35 (3.46%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 203 (20.08%) SQL
2 134 (13.25%) PowerShell
3 129 (12.76%) C#
4 66 (6.53%) JavaScript
5 65 (6.43%) T-SQL
6 56 (5.54%) Python
7 45 (4.45%) Java
8 22 (2.18%) VB
8 22 (2.18%) VBA
9 18 (1.78%) Bash Shell
10 16 (1.58%) C
11 12 (1.19%) Perl
12 10 (0.99%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 8 (0.79%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.69%) R
14 7 (0.69%) Ruby
15 6 (0.59%) TypeScript
15 6 (0.59%) VB.NET
16 5 (0.49%) C++
16 5 (0.49%) Scala
Qualifications
1 59 (5.84%) Degree
2 44 (4.35%) Security Cleared
3 43 (4.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 35 (3.46%) SC Cleared
5 25 (2.47%) ITIL Certification
6 24 (2.37%) MCSE
7 14 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (1.38%) MCP
8 13 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (0.99%) CCNP
9 10 (0.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 9 (0.89%) MCSA
11 7 (0.69%) A+ Certification
11 7 (0.69%) HND
11 7 (0.69%) PMI Certification
12 6 (0.59%) CCIE
13 5 (0.49%) CCNA
13 5 (0.49%) PMP
14 3 (0.30%) CISSP
14 3 (0.30%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (2.37%) SLA
2 17 (1.68%) PMO
3 11 (1.09%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.79%) QA
5 7 (0.69%) GDPR
6 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.30%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.099%) ECSS
8 1 (0.099%) P3O
8 1 (0.099%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.099%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 292 (28.88%) Active Directory
2 56 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (4.35%) XenApp
4 41 (4.06%) XenDesktop
5 34 (3.36%) Hyper-V
6 33 (3.26%) Docker
7 23 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (2.18%) vSphere
9 21 (2.08%) Virtual Desktop
10 18 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
12 7 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.40%) KVM
14 4 (0.40%) NFS
14 4 (0.40%) VMware NSX
15 3 (0.30%) Firmware
15 3 (0.30%) Shibboleth
15 3 (0.30%) VMware Server
16 2 (0.20%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 154 (15.23%) SCCM
2 46 (4.55%) Microsoft Intune
3 24 (2.37%) Kubernetes
4 22 (2.18%) Terraform
5 20 (1.98%) Single Sign-On
6 17 (1.68%) AirWatch
7 13 (1.29%) Puppet
8 12 (1.19%) Ansible
9 10 (0.99%) WSUS
10 8 (0.79%) Jamf Pro
11 7 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (0.69%) SCOM
12 5 (0.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 4 (0.40%) FortiGate
13 4 (0.40%) Iperf
13 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
13 4 (0.40%) PingFederate
13 4 (0.40%) Salt
13 4 (0.40%) SCOrch
14 3 (0.30%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 98 (9.69%) VMware
2 97 (9.59%) Citrix
3 47 (4.65%) Cisco
4 41 (4.06%) Oracle
5 31 (3.07%) Apple
6 28 (2.77%) Google
7 27 (2.67%) SAP
7 27 (2.67%) Tableau
8 25 (2.47%) HP
9 22 (2.18%) Sony
10 19 (1.88%) iManage
10 19 (1.88%) Ivanti
11 17 (1.68%) Meraki
12 14 (1.38%) Dell
13 13 (1.29%) LexisNexis
14 12 (1.19%) Databricks
15 11 (1.09%) NetApp
15 11 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
15 11 (1.09%) ServiceNow
15 11 (1.09%) Symantec