Period
to 27 February 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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 13 11
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 724 998 960
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 12.32% 11.12% 10.65%
As % of the Vendors category 30.85% 28.82% 28.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 519 722 737
Central London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £200 £158 £200
90th Percentile £613 £613 £613
London median daily rate £450 £454 £450
% change year-on-year -0.88% +0.89% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 34 28
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.78 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.23% +11.83% -21.05%
10th Percentile £12.42 £12.40 £11.28
90th Percentile £33.75 £24.21 £27.90
London median hourly rate £20.86 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.55% - -

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 2,347 3,463 3,423
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 39.93% 38.58% 37.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,722 2,504 2,573
Central London median daily rate £475 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £250 £230 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £663
London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 64 82
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -7.65% +6.58%
10th Percentile £12.45 £12.83 £11.25
90th Percentile £33.76 £35.00 £37.50
London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +15.00% -6.98% +4.88%

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 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 +2 578 £450 - 361
City of Westminster +2 33 £445 +3.49% 1
Southwark +53 24 £450 -
West End of London +11 22 £445 +41.27% 2
Camden +3 3 £435 +171.88% 2
Kensington and Chelsea - 3 £209 -
Lambeth - 1 £95 -
Microsoft
London

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 250 (34.53%) Azure
2 229 (31.63%) Windows
3 197 (27.21%) Finance
4 180 (24.86%) Active Directory
5 175 (24.17%) SQL
5 175 (24.17%) Office 365
6 147 (20.30%) SQL Server
7 134 (18.51%) Agile Software Development
8 119 (16.44%) .NET
9 109 (15.06%) C#
9 109 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
10 104 (14.36%) Business Intelligence
11 95 (13.12%) Migration
11 95 (13.12%) Windows 10
12 92 (12.71%) PowerShell
13 85 (11.74%) SharePoint
14 84 (11.60%) VMware
15 81 (11.19%) DevOps
16 76 (10.50%) CRM
17 74 (10.22%) SCCM
17 74 (10.22%) Power Platform
18 73 (10.08%) Microsoft Excel
19 72 (9.94%) ITIL
20 70 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
20 70 (9.67%) Power BI
20 70 (9.67%) Windows Server
21 69 (9.53%) Problem-Solving
22 68 (9.39%) Dynamics CRM
23 63 (8.70%) Analytics
24 60 (8.29%) Dynamics 365

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 85 (11.74%) SharePoint
2 35 (4.83%) MS Exchange
3 17 (2.35%) IIS
4 16 (2.21%) Skype for Business
5 13 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.38%) Confluence
8 7 (0.97%) CMS
9 5 (0.69%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.55%) Apache
10 4 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.55%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.41%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.28%) Cloud Foundry
12 2 (0.28%) DataSynapse
12 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.28%) Mule
12 2 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.28%) SAS
Applications
1 109 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (10.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (3.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (1.80%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe After Effects
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.28%) InVision
6 2 (0.28%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.28%) Sketch
7 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.14%) InDesign
7 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.14%) Inkscape
Business Applications
1 68 (9.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (2.21%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.41%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.28%) Distributed Ledger
5 2 (0.28%) HFM
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle FAH
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.28%) R3 Corda
5 2 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.14%) Bloomberg AIM
Cloud Services
1 250 (34.53%) Azure
2 175 (24.17%) Office 365
3 74 (10.22%) Power Platform
4 60 (8.29%) Dynamics 365
5 52 (7.18%) AWS
6 29 (4.01%) Azure Active Directory
6 29 (4.01%) PaaS
7 27 (3.73%) Azure Data Factory
8 26 (3.59%) SaaS
9 20 (2.76%) IaaS
9 20 (2.76%) OneDrive
10 19 (2.62%) GCP
11 18 (2.49%) PowerApps
12 14 (1.93%) OpenShift
13 11 (1.52%) Amazon EKS
13 11 (1.52%) Microsoft Flow
14 8 (1.10%) Azure Stack
14 8 (1.10%) Mimecast
15 7 (0.97%) G Suite
16 6 (0.83%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 41 (5.66%) DNS
2 37 (5.11%) LAN
3 31 (4.28%) Firewall
3 31 (4.28%) WAN
4 28 (3.87%) DHCP
5 23 (3.18%) Skype
6 22 (3.04%) TCP/IP
7 21 (2.90%) SAN
8 20 (2.76%) VPN
9 16 (2.21%) NetScaler
9 16 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
10 14 (1.93%) Internet
11 11 (1.52%) MPLS
12 10 (1.38%) VoIP
13 9 (1.24%) Remote Desktop
13 9 (1.24%) Wireless
14 8 (1.10%) NAS
15 7 (0.97%) Cisco IOS
15 7 (0.97%) IP Telephony
15 7 (0.97%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (20.30%) SQL Server
2 70 (9.67%) Power BI
3 51 (7.04%) Data Warehouse
3 51 (7.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (5.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 32 (4.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 26 (3.59%) Data Lake
7 24 (3.31%) Azure SQL Database
8 19 (2.62%) Big Data
9 16 (2.21%) SQL Server 2016
10 15 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
11 14 (1.93%) SQL Server 2012
12 11 (1.52%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 9 (1.24%) PowerPivot
14 8 (1.10%) NoSQL
14 8 (1.10%) Relational Database
15 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 6 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
17 5 (0.69%) MS Access
17 5 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 38 (5.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 37 (5.11%) Visual Studio
3 26 (3.59%) JIRA
4 22 (3.04%) Git (software)
5 17 (2.35%) TeamCity
6 13 (1.80%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (1.38%) Moq
8 10 (1.38%) MSTest
9 9 (1.24%) Jenkins
9 9 (1.24%) Selenium
10 6 (0.83%) MSI
11 5 (0.69%) NUnit
11 5 (0.69%) SpecFlow
11 5 (0.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.55%) Grunt
12 4 (0.55%) gulp
12 4 (0.55%) InstallShield
12 4 (0.55%) Subversion
12 4 (0.55%) WinDbg
General
1 197 (27.21%) Finance
2 51 (7.04%) Public Sector
3 49 (6.77%) Banking
4 25 (3.45%) Telecoms
5 23 (3.18%) Marketing
6 17 (2.35%) Law
7 13 (1.80%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.52%) Back Office
8 11 (1.52%) Retail
9 10 (1.38%) Electronics
9 10 (1.38%) Front Office
10 7 (0.97%) Financial Institution
10 7 (0.97%) Legal
11 4 (0.55%) General Ledger
11 4 (0.55%) International Banking
11 4 (0.55%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.41%) Games
12 3 (0.41%) Local Government
12 3 (0.41%) Police
12 3 (0.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 153 (21.13%) Developer
2 106 (14.64%) Analyst
3 69 (9.53%) Architect
4 38 (5.25%) Project Manager
5 36 (4.97%) .NET Developer
6 33 (4.56%) Azure Engineer
7 32 (4.42%) Support Engineer
8 31 (4.28%) C# Developer
8 31 (4.28%) SQL Developer
9 30 (4.14%) Business Analyst
10 29 (4.01%) IT Support
11 26 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
12 25 (3.45%) Administrator
12 25 (3.45%) Consultant
13 24 (3.31%) Support Analyst
14 22 (3.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 20 (2.76%) Desktop Support
16 18 (2.49%) C# .NET Developer
16 18 (2.49%) IT Analyst
17 17 (2.35%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (16.44%) .NET
2 52 (7.18%) HTML
3 32 (4.42%) ASP.NET
4 23 (3.18%) AngularJS
4 23 (3.18%) CSS
5 22 (3.04%) ASP.NET MVC
6 20 (2.76%) .NET Framework
7 17 (2.35%) jQuery
7 17 (2.35%) XML
8 16 (2.21%) ASP.NET Web API
9 14 (1.93%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 14 (1.93%) Web Services
10 13 (1.80%) .NET Core
10 13 (1.80%) MDX
10 13 (1.80%) Razor View Engine
11 11 (1.52%) React
12 9 (1.24%) Fluent NHibernate
12 9 (1.24%) NHibernate
12 9 (1.24%) REST
13 7 (0.97%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 70 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.59%) User Experience
3 24 (3.31%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.76%) Video Conferencing
5 16 (2.21%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (2.07%) Blackberry
6 15 (2.07%) Data Centre
7 11 (1.52%) NHS
7 11 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
8 7 (0.97%) Data Structures
8 7 (0.97%) Reinsurance
8 7 (0.97%) W3C
9 6 (0.83%) iPhone
9 6 (0.83%) Security Operations Centre
10 5 (0.69%) EPoS
10 5 (0.69%) iPad
10 5 (0.69%) Mobile App
10 5 (0.69%) Mobile Computing
10 5 (0.69%) N-Tier
10 5 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 229 (31.63%) Windows
2 95 (13.12%) Windows 10
3 70 (9.67%) Windows Server
4 52 (7.18%) Windows 7
5 41 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (5.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (5.25%) Linux
8 28 (3.87%) Android
9 18 (2.49%) Unix
10 15 (2.07%) Apple iOS
11 14 (1.93%) Mac OS
12 8 (1.10%) Mac OS X
13 7 (0.97%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.69%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.28%) CentOS
16 2 (0.28%) VMS
17 1 (0.14%) Debian
17 1 (0.14%) Solaris
17 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (18.51%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (14.36%) Business Intelligence
3 95 (13.12%) Migration
4 81 (11.19%) DevOps
5 76 (10.50%) CRM
6 72 (9.94%) ITIL
7 69 (9.53%) Problem-Solving
8 63 (8.70%) Analytics
9 48 (6.63%) Scrum
10 43 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
11 41 (5.66%) MVC
12 38 (5.25%) Project Management
13 35 (4.83%) Data Modelling
13 35 (4.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 33 (4.56%) ETL
15 28 (3.87%) Mentoring
16 27 (3.73%) Decision-Making
16 27 (3.73%) TDD
16 27 (3.73%) Visualisation
17 24 (3.31%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 175 (24.17%) SQL
2 109 (15.06%) C#
3 92 (12.71%) PowerShell
4 45 (6.22%) T-SQL
5 44 (6.08%) JavaScript
5 44 (6.08%) Python
6 39 (5.39%) Java
7 19 (2.62%) PHP
8 18 (2.49%) VB
9 13 (1.80%) Bash Shell
10 12 (1.66%) C
11 11 (1.52%) VB.NET
12 10 (1.38%) C++
12 10 (1.38%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.38%) VBScript
13 9 (1.24%) VBA
14 8 (1.10%) Ruby
15 7 (0.97%) Scala
16 6 (0.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 5 (0.69%) R
Qualifications
1 46 (6.35%) Security Cleared
2 40 (5.52%) SC Cleared
3 30 (4.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 25 (3.45%) Degree
5 15 (2.07%) MCSE
6 11 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.24%) MCSA
8 8 (1.10%) CCNA
8 8 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
9 7 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (0.97%) MCP
10 6 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.69%) A+ Certification
11 5 (0.69%) MCITP
11 5 (0.69%) PMP
12 4 (0.55%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.55%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.55%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.76%) SLA
2 10 (1.38%) Data Quality
2 10 (1.38%) QA
3 7 (0.97%) GDPR
3 7 (0.97%) PMO
3 7 (0.97%) WCAG
4 5 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (0.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 4 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.28%) COREP
6 2 (0.28%) FINREP
6 2 (0.28%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 1 (0.14%) DICOM
7 1 (0.14%) HL7
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.14%) MiFID
7 1 (0.14%) NCSC
7 1 (0.14%) P3O
7 1 (0.14%) Solvency II
System Software
1 180 (24.86%) Active Directory
2 49 (6.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.87%) Docker
3 28 (3.87%) XenApp
4 23 (3.18%) XenDesktop
5 20 (2.76%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (2.35%) Hyper-V
7 12 (1.66%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.38%) vSphere
9 6 (0.83%) Oracle RAC
10 5 (0.69%) DFS Replication
10 5 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.55%) Xen
12 3 (0.41%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.28%) HDFS
13 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 74 (10.22%) SCCM
2 24 (3.31%) Microsoft Intune
3 19 (2.62%) Ansible
4 13 (1.80%) Kubernetes
5 12 (1.66%) Puppet
5 12 (1.66%) SCOM
6 10 (1.38%) Single Sign-On
7 9 (1.24%) Terraform
8 8 (1.10%) Backup Exec
8 8 (1.10%) Jamf Pro
8 8 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.10%) WSUS
8 8 (1.10%) XenMobile
9 7 (0.97%) AirWatch
10 5 (0.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (0.55%) CFEngine
11 4 (0.55%) DatAdvantage
11 4 (0.55%) HP SiteScope
11 4 (0.55%) Nagios
11 4 (0.55%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 84 (11.60%) VMware
2 55 (7.60%) Citrix
3 43 (5.94%) Cisco
4 32 (4.42%) Google
4 32 (4.42%) Oracle
5 27 (3.73%) SAP
6 24 (3.31%) Salesforce.com
7 21 (2.90%) Adobe
8 19 (2.62%) HP
9 18 (2.49%) Symantec
10 17 (2.35%) Databricks
10 17 (2.35%) Dell
11 14 (1.93%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.80%) McAfee
13 10 (1.38%) Apple
13 10 (1.38%) Splunk
13 10 (1.38%) Tableau
14 9 (1.24%) Ivanti
14 9 (1.24%) Meraki
14 9 (1.24%) Remedy