Period
to 22 September 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of 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 22 September 2018 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 11 11
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 725 669 715
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 10.46% 9.86% 10.56%
As % of the Vendors category 27.95% 25.23% 25.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 499 550
City of London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
10th Percentile £163 £198 £225
90th Percentile £638 £608 £563
Central London median daily rate £450 £426 £425
% change year-on-year +5.73% +0.15% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 29 17
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.86% +20.69%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.80 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £29.85 £38.43
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +10.00% +13.33% -1.64%

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 the City of London.

All Vendors
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 2,594 2,652 2,844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 37.44% 39.10% 42.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,918 1,966 2,177
City of London median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £270
90th Percentile £663 £650 £631
Central London median daily rate £488 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 48 35
City of London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -10.53% +11.76%
10th Percentile £13.23 £12.21 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.98 £45.63
Central London median hourly rate £19.25 £18.00 £17.75
% change year-on-year +6.94% +1.41% +1.43%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the City of 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 City of London region over the 6 months to 22 September 2018. 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
Moorgate - 2 - -
London Bridge -39 1 £450 +80.00%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, 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 City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 264 (36.41%) Finance
2 236 (32.55%) Windows
3 185 (25.52%) Active Directory
4 167 (23.03%) SQL Server
5 165 (22.76%) Microsoft Azure
6 153 (21.10%) SQL
7 150 (20.69%) Microsoft Office
7 150 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
8 140 (19.31%) .NET
9 132 (18.21%) Office 365
10 126 (17.38%) C#
11 99 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
12 98 (13.52%) Windows 7
13 96 (13.24%) ITIL
14 95 (13.10%) Windows 10
15 88 (12.14%) Problem-Solving
16 87 (12.00%) PowerShell
17 86 (11.86%) VMware
18 78 (10.76%) SCCM
19 75 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 75 (10.34%) Citrix
20 73 (10.07%) Windows Server
21 70 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
22 69 (9.52%) Migration
23 64 (8.83%) Banking
23 64 (8.83%) Microsoft Excel
24 63 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
25 62 (8.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 61 (8.41%) SharePoint
27 60 (8.28%) Cisco

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of 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 61 (8.41%) SharePoint
2 40 (5.52%) MS Exchange
3 38 (5.24%) Skype for Business
4 21 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (2.90%) IIS
5 14 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (1.93%) NServiceBus
6 11 (1.52%) CMS
7 7 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.83%) Apache
8 6 (0.83%) Apache Spark
8 6 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 6 (0.83%) Confluence
8 6 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.69%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.28%) nginx
Applications
1 150 (20.69%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (8.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (4.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (2.90%) MS Visio
5 18 (2.48%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.55%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.14%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 23 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.07%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.97%) Oracle Financials
3 7 (0.97%) Oracle General Ledger
4 5 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.55%) ReMetrica
5 4 (0.55%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.41%) Infor SunSystems
7 2 (0.28%) Elite 3E
7 2 (0.28%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.28%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.28%) SAP GTS
7 2 (0.28%) thinkFolio
7 2 (0.28%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 1 (0.14%) Carpe Diem
8 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.14%) Eikon
8 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.14%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 165 (22.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 132 (18.21%) Office 365
3 41 (5.66%) Amazon AWS
4 39 (5.38%) IaaS
5 35 (4.83%) PaaS
6 32 (4.41%) Azure Active Directory
7 30 (4.14%) SaaS
8 20 (2.76%) Cloud Computing
9 17 (2.34%) Dynamics 365
10 9 (1.24%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.69%) GitHub
11 5 (0.69%) Mimecast
12 4 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
13 3 (0.41%) G Suite
13 3 (0.41%) Yammer
14 2 (0.28%) AdWords
14 2 (0.28%) Amazon SQS
14 2 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
14 2 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.28%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 53 (7.31%) DNS
2 44 (6.07%) DHCP
2 44 (6.07%) Skype
3 42 (5.79%) Firewall
4 38 (5.24%) TCP/IP
5 32 (4.41%) WAN
6 28 (3.86%) LAN
7 21 (2.90%) VPN
8 18 (2.48%) Cisco IOS
9 15 (2.07%) VoIP
10 12 (1.66%) SAN
11 11 (1.52%) Unified Communications
12 10 (1.38%) Internet
12 10 (1.38%) Telepresence
12 10 (1.38%) Telnet
13 8 (1.10%) Remote Desktop
13 8 (1.10%) WebEx
14 7 (0.97%) MPLS
14 7 (0.97%) SSL
15 6 (0.83%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 167 (23.03%) SQL Server
2 75 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 62 (8.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 52 (7.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 51 (7.03%) Data Warehouse
6 46 (6.34%) Power BI
7 21 (2.90%) Relational Database
8 16 (2.21%) Big Data
9 15 (2.07%) NoSQL
10 14 (1.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 12 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
12 11 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
13 10 (1.38%) MySQL
13 10 (1.38%) SQL Server 2014
14 9 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
14 9 (1.24%) Data Lake
14 9 (1.24%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 9 (1.24%) Hadoop
14 9 (1.24%) PowerPivot
14 9 (1.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 34 (4.69%) Visual Studio
2 28 (3.86%) JIRA
3 26 (3.59%) Git (software)
4 22 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (2.62%) Visual Studio Team System
6 16 (2.21%) Jenkins
7 12 (1.66%) TeamCity
8 10 (1.38%) Octopus Deploy
9 9 (1.24%) MSI
9 9 (1.24%) Selenium
9 9 (1.24%) SpecFlow
10 7 (0.97%) Subversion
11 5 (0.69%) AdminStudio
12 4 (0.55%) FitNesse
12 4 (0.55%) WebDriver
13 3 (0.41%) Jasmine
13 3 (0.41%) Maven
13 3 (0.41%) Mockito
13 3 (0.41%) Moq
13 3 (0.41%) webpack
General
1 264 (36.41%) Finance
2 64 (8.83%) Banking
3 22 (3.03%) Legal
4 21 (2.90%) Front Office
5 19 (2.62%) Law
6 16 (2.21%) Investment Banking
6 16 (2.21%) Retail
7 13 (1.79%) Marketing
8 12 (1.66%) Advertising
8 12 (1.66%) Telecoms
9 10 (1.38%) Back Office
10 7 (0.97%) Financial Institution
10 7 (0.97%) General Ledger
11 6 (0.83%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.41%) Publishing
13 2 (0.28%) International Banking
13 2 (0.28%) Portuguese Language
13 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.14%) French Language
Job Titles
1 170 (23.45%) Developer
2 135 (18.62%) Analyst
3 58 (8.00%) Architect
4 54 (7.45%) Support Engineer
5 50 (6.90%) .NET Developer
6 44 (6.07%) C# Developer
7 41 (5.66%) Desktop Support
7 41 (5.66%) Support Analyst
8 39 (5.38%) Consultant
9 36 (4.97%) 2nd Line Support
10 35 (4.83%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 29 (4.00%) SQL Developer
12 28 (3.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 26 (3.59%) IT Support
13 26 (3.59%) Service Analyst
14 25 (3.45%) Desktop Engineer
14 25 (3.45%) Project Manager
15 21 (2.90%) C# .NET Developer
15 21 (2.90%) Senior Developer
15 21 (2.90%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (19.31%) .NET
2 46 (6.34%) ASP.NET
3 29 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web API
4 28 (3.86%) .NET Framework
5 27 (3.72%) AngularJS
6 25 (3.45%) ASP.NET MVC
6 25 (3.45%) WCF
7 22 (3.03%) HTML
7 22 (3.03%) Web Services
8 20 (2.76%) JSON
9 19 (2.62%) CSS
10 17 (2.34%) RabbitMQ
11 16 (2.21%) Entity Framework
11 16 (2.21%) REST
11 16 (2.21%) WPF
12 15 (2.07%) XML
13 9 (1.24%) jQuery
13 9 (1.24%) Node.js
14 8 (1.10%) RESTful
15 7 (0.97%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 70 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.41%) Blackberry
3 28 (3.86%) User Experience
4 25 (3.45%) Data Centre
4 25 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
5 24 (3.31%) Video Conferencing
6 21 (2.90%) Computer Science
6 21 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
7 19 (2.62%) iPhone
8 18 (2.48%) Reinsurance
9 17 (2.34%) Fixed Income
9 17 (2.34%) Management Information System
10 15 (2.07%) Equities
11 10 (1.38%) Fintech
12 9 (1.24%) iPad
13 8 (1.10%) PKI
13 8 (1.10%) Replication
14 7 (0.97%) Derivative
15 6 (0.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 6 (0.83%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 236 (32.55%) Windows
2 98 (13.52%) Windows 7
3 95 (13.10%) Windows 10
4 73 (10.07%) Windows Server
5 32 (4.41%) Linux
5 32 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 32 (4.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (3.31%) Windows 8
7 20 (2.76%) Mac OS X
8 16 (2.21%) Mac OS
9 12 (1.66%) Android
10 9 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (1.10%) Apple iOS
11 8 (1.10%) Unix
12 7 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.83%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.28%) CentOS
14 2 (0.28%) Mac OS X Server
15 1 (0.14%) Debian
15 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
3 96 (13.24%) ITIL
4 88 (12.14%) Problem-Solving
5 69 (9.52%) Migration
6 52 (7.17%) Analytics
7 51 (7.03%) Project Management
7 51 (7.03%) Scrum
8 50 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
9 47 (6.48%) MVC
10 46 (6.34%) DevOps
11 40 (5.52%) ETL
12 39 (5.38%) TDD
13 35 (4.83%) CRM
13 35 (4.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 35 (4.83%) Unit Testing
14 29 (4.00%) Service Delivery
15 27 (3.72%) SOA
16 26 (3.59%) Continuous Integration
16 26 (3.59%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 153 (21.10%) SQL
2 126 (17.38%) C#
3 87 (12.00%) PowerShell
4 57 (7.86%) T-SQL
5 41 (5.66%) JavaScript
6 22 (3.03%) Java
7 19 (2.62%) Python
8 18 (2.48%) VBA
9 12 (1.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 11 (1.52%) R
10 11 (1.52%) VBScript
11 10 (1.38%) Bash Shell
12 8 (1.10%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.83%) C
14 5 (0.69%) Ruby
14 5 (0.69%) VB
15 4 (0.55%) PHP
15 4 (0.55%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.55%) Scala
15 4 (0.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 60 (8.28%) Degree
2 48 (6.62%) Microsoft Certification
3 24 (3.31%) MCSE
4 16 (2.21%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (2.07%) MCSA
6 13 (1.79%) Security Cleared
7 12 (1.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 12 (1.66%) SC Cleared
8 11 (1.52%) CCNA
8 11 (1.52%) MCP
9 10 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (0.97%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.83%) CCNP
12 5 (0.69%) Master's Degree
12 5 (0.69%) MCTS
12 5 (0.69%) PMP
13 4 (0.55%) CISSP
13 4 (0.55%) MCITP
14 3 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.17%) PMO
2 21 (2.90%) QA
3 14 (1.93%) SLA
4 9 (1.24%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.97%) GDPR
5 7 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.55%) HL7
7 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.28%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.14%) Basel III
8 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.14%) FISMA
8 1 (0.14%) GAAP
8 1 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.14%) MiFID
8 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 185 (25.52%) Active Directory
2 63 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (5.66%) XenApp
4 31 (4.28%) Microsoft App-V
5 26 (3.59%) Hyper-V
5 26 (3.59%) XenDesktop
6 14 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
8 10 (1.38%) Docker
9 8 (1.10%) vSphere
10 7 (0.97%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
12 4 (0.55%) DFS Replication
12 4 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.55%) Xen
13 2 (0.28%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 2 (0.28%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.28%) XenServer
14 1 (0.14%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 78 (10.76%) SCCM
2 22 (3.03%) SCOM
3 15 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
4 11 (1.52%) vCenter Server
5 10 (1.38%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (1.38%) Puppet
6 9 (1.24%) Ansible
6 9 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (1.24%) SCOrch
7 8 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 8 (1.10%) XenMobile
8 6 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
9 5 (0.69%) Cisco CUCM
9 5 (0.69%) WSUS
10 4 (0.55%) AirWatch
10 4 (0.55%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.55%) Terraform
11 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.41%) Perfmon
11 3 (0.41%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 86 (11.86%) VMware
2 75 (10.34%) Citrix
3 60 (8.28%) Cisco
4 44 (6.07%) Apple
5 34 (4.69%) Oracle
6 28 (3.86%) Ivanti
7 17 (2.34%) Wyse
8 15 (2.07%) McAfee
9 14 (1.93%) ServiceNow
10 13 (1.79%) SAP
11 12 (1.66%) Bloomberg
11 12 (1.66%) Polycom
12 11 (1.52%) SolarWinds
12 11 (1.52%) Tableau
13 10 (1.38%) Progress
13 10 (1.38%) Reuters
14 9 (1.24%) Dell
14 9 (1.24%) Red Hat
15 8 (1.10%) HP
15 8 (1.10%) NetApp