Period
to 24 June 2019

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 24 June 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 12 13
Rank change year-on-year +5 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 832 714 601
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 12.92% 10.30% 9.61%
As % of the Vendors category 33.48% 26.90% 24.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 622 558 433
City of London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £182 £200 £198
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
Central London median daily rate £454 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 29 20
City of London median hourly rate £19.25 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +3.89% -1.37%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.81 £12.02
90th Percentile £23.75 £23.60 £25.29
Central London median hourly rate £19.25 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +10.00% +2.94% -2.86%

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 2,485 2,654 2,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 38.58% 38.27% 39.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,860 1,974 1,789
City of London median daily rate £500 £480 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £305 £275 £281
90th Percentile £650 £654 £638
Central London median daily rate £500 £488 £470
% change year-on-year +2.56% +3.72% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 65 37
City of London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +25.00% -17.95%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.90 £12.51
90th Percentile £48.90 £32.25 £27.17
Central London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% +25.00% -18.99%

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 24 June 2019.

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 24 June 2019.

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 24 June 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
London Bridge -20 15 £525 +16.67%
Moorgate -5 10 £550 -
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 322 (38.70%) Windows
2 288 (34.62%) Finance
3 268 (32.21%) Microsoft Azure
4 257 (30.89%) Active Directory
5 204 (24.52%) Office 365
6 203 (24.40%) SQL
7 186 (22.36%) SQL Server
8 172 (20.67%) Agile Software Development
9 156 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
10 143 (17.19%) SCCM
10 143 (17.19%) PowerShell
11 129 (15.50%) Windows 10
12 121 (14.54%) .NET
12 121 (14.54%) C#
13 107 (12.86%) Windows Server
14 93 (11.18%) Migration
15 91 (10.94%) VMware
16 90 (10.82%) Banking
17 88 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
18 87 (10.46%) ITIL
18 87 (10.46%) Windows 7
19 82 (9.86%) SharePoint
20 81 (9.74%) DNS
21 77 (9.25%) Citrix
22 76 (9.13%) MS Exchange
22 76 (9.13%) DevOps
23 74 (8.89%) CRM
24 71 (8.53%) Microsoft Excel
24 71 (8.53%) Problem-Solving
25 69 (8.29%) Analytical Skills

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 82 (9.86%) SharePoint
2 76 (9.13%) MS Exchange
3 42 (5.05%) Skype for Business
4 26 (3.13%) IIS
5 25 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (1.44%) Confluence
7 9 (1.08%) Apache Spark
8 6 (0.72%) Apache
8 6 (0.72%) SAS
9 5 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.36%) CMS
11 3 (0.36%) MS Project Server
11 3 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.36%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.36%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 156 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
2 71 (8.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (3.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (1.68%) MS Visio
6 10 (1.20%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.24%) Mingle
7 2 (0.24%) SPSS
7 2 (0.24%) Stata
8 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.12%) InVision
8 1 (0.12%) Revit
8 1 (0.12%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 64 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (2.76%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (1.80%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (1.20%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.48%) Carpe Diem
6 3 (0.36%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 3 (0.36%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.12%) Infor CRM
8 1 (0.12%) Line 500
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 1 (0.12%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.12%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.12%) Sage 500
8 1 (0.12%) Sage CRM
8 1 (0.12%) Sage X3
8 1 (0.12%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.12%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 268 (32.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 204 (24.52%) Office 365
3 59 (7.09%) Power Platform
4 55 (6.61%) Dynamics 365
5 54 (6.49%) Amazon AWS
6 47 (5.65%) Azure Active Directory
7 43 (5.17%) PaaS
8 38 (4.57%) IaaS
9 27 (3.25%) Azure Data Factory
10 21 (2.52%) Serverless
11 16 (1.92%) Azure Functions
11 16 (1.92%) SaaS
12 12 (1.44%) Yammer
13 11 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
14 10 (1.20%) OneDrive
15 9 (1.08%) GitHub
16 8 (0.96%) Slack
17 6 (0.72%) Mimecast
18 5 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
18 5 (0.60%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 81 (9.74%) DNS
2 54 (6.49%) DHCP
3 48 (5.77%) Firewall
4 42 (5.05%) Skype
5 37 (4.45%) TCP/IP
6 25 (3.00%) LAN
7 23 (2.76%) WAN
8 20 (2.40%) Internet
9 19 (2.28%) SAN
9 19 (2.28%) VPN
10 18 (2.16%) Wireless
11 10 (1.20%) MPLS
12 8 (0.96%) iSCSI
12 8 (0.96%) Unified Communications
12 8 (0.96%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (0.84%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (0.84%) NAS
14 6 (0.72%) Fibre Channel
14 6 (0.72%) IP Telephony
14 6 (0.72%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 186 (22.36%) SQL Server
2 67 (8.05%) Data Warehouse
3 56 (6.73%) Power BI
4 52 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 51 (6.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 36 (4.33%) Azure SQL Database
7 27 (3.25%) Big Data
8 25 (3.00%) Data Lake
9 24 (2.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 23 (2.76%) SQL Server 2012
11 22 (2.64%) Relational Database
12 21 (2.52%) Cosmos DB
13 18 (2.16%) SQL Server 2014
14 14 (1.68%) NoSQL
14 14 (1.68%) Oracle Database
14 14 (1.68%) SQL Server 2017
15 13 (1.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 13 (1.56%) MySQL
15 13 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
16 12 (1.44%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 44 (5.29%) Git (software)
2 41 (4.93%) Visual Studio
3 35 (4.21%) Visual Studio Team System
4 29 (3.49%) JIRA
5 22 (2.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (2.40%) MSI
7 18 (2.16%) Jenkins
8 12 (1.44%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (1.20%) SpecFlow
9 10 (1.20%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.84%) NUnit
10 7 (0.84%) Selenium
11 5 (0.60%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.48%) JUnit
12 4 (0.48%) Subversion
13 3 (0.36%) Hudson
13 3 (0.36%) JMeter
13 3 (0.36%) Maven
13 3 (0.36%) Mockito
13 3 (0.36%) WiX
General
1 288 (34.62%) Finance
2 90 (10.82%) Banking
3 37 (4.45%) Retail
4 31 (3.73%) Legal
5 29 (3.49%) Law
6 24 (2.88%) Marketing
7 17 (2.04%) Advertising
7 17 (2.04%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.68%) Front Office
9 9 (1.08%) Back Office
9 9 (1.08%) Telecoms
10 8 (0.96%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.84%) German Language
11 7 (0.84%) Russian Language
12 4 (0.48%) Electronics
12 4 (0.48%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.36%) Publishing
13 3 (0.36%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.24%) French Language
14 2 (0.24%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 148 (17.79%) Developer
2 119 (14.30%) Analyst
3 75 (9.01%) Architect
4 48 (5.77%) Support Engineer
5 46 (5.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 42 (5.05%) Windows Engineer
7 41 (4.93%) Consultant
8 40 (4.81%) Desktop Support
9 39 (4.69%) Azure Engineer
9 39 (4.69%) Project Manager
10 37 (4.45%) .NET Developer
11 32 (3.85%) Support Analyst
12 30 (3.61%) 2nd Line Support
13 29 (3.49%) Desktop Engineer
13 29 (3.49%) IT Support
14 27 (3.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 25 (3.00%) DevOps Engineer
16 24 (2.88%) Administrator
16 24 (2.88%) Solutions Architect
17 23 (2.76%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (14.54%) .NET
2 36 (4.33%) ASP.NET
3 30 (3.61%) ASP.NET Web API
4 29 (3.49%) .NET Framework
5 25 (3.00%) HTML
6 21 (2.52%) CSS
7 19 (2.28%) jQuery
8 18 (2.16%) Web Services
9 17 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
9 17 (2.04%) REST
10 16 (1.92%) AngularJS
10 16 (1.92%) WCF
11 14 (1.68%) JSON
12 13 (1.56%) Node.js
12 13 (1.56%) RESTful
13 12 (1.44%) Ajax
13 12 (1.44%) XML
14 11 (1.32%) .NET Core
15 10 (1.20%) Entity Framework
15 10 (1.20%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 69 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.37%) Self-Motivation
3 22 (2.64%) User Experience
4 19 (2.28%) Blackberry
5 18 (2.16%) Public Cloud
6 16 (1.92%) Clustering
6 16 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
6 16 (1.92%) iPad
7 15 (1.80%) Data Centre
7 15 (1.80%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
8 14 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
9 13 (1.56%) iPhone
10 10 (1.20%) Hedge funds
10 10 (1.20%) Mobile App
10 10 (1.20%) Wiki
11 9 (1.08%) Virtual Team
12 8 (0.96%) Replication
12 8 (0.96%) Tandem
13 7 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 322 (38.70%) Windows
2 129 (15.50%) Windows 10
3 107 (12.86%) Windows Server
4 87 (10.46%) Windows 7
5 47 (5.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (4.09%) Linux
7 31 (3.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 22 (2.64%) Apple iOS
9 21 (2.52%) Android
10 18 (2.16%) Windows 8
11 13 (1.56%) Unix
12 12 (1.44%) Mac OS
13 9 (1.08%) Mac OS X
14 8 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 5 (0.60%) Solaris
16 4 (0.48%) Data ONTAP
16 4 (0.48%) VMS
17 3 (0.36%) CentOS
17 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
18 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (20.67%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (11.18%) Migration
3 88 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
4 87 (10.46%) ITIL
5 76 (9.13%) DevOps
6 74 (8.89%) CRM
7 71 (8.53%) Problem-Solving
8 58 (6.97%) Project Management
9 51 (6.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 50 (6.01%) Analytics
11 48 (5.77%) ETL
12 45 (5.41%) Scrum
13 40 (4.81%) Data Modelling
14 39 (4.69%) Change Management
15 37 (4.45%) MVC
16 35 (4.21%) Microservices
16 35 (4.21%) Stakeholder Management
17 34 (4.09%) Test Automation
18 31 (3.73%) Application Packaging
18 31 (3.73%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 203 (24.40%) SQL
2 143 (17.19%) PowerShell
3 121 (14.54%) C#
4 61 (7.33%) T-SQL
5 58 (6.97%) JavaScript
6 34 (4.09%) Java
7 32 (3.85%) Python
8 19 (2.28%) VB
9 17 (2.04%) VBA
10 12 (1.44%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.08%) VBScript
12 8 (0.96%) C
13 7 (0.84%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 7 (0.84%) Perl
13 7 (0.84%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.72%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.48%) C++
15 4 (0.48%) R
15 4 (0.48%) U-SQL
16 3 (0.36%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (6.01%) Degree
2 30 (3.61%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (1.80%) MCSE
3 15 (1.80%) Security Cleared
4 13 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.32%) ISEB
6 10 (1.20%) SC Cleared
7 9 (1.08%) PMI Certification
8 8 (0.96%) MCSA
9 7 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (0.84%) ISTQB
9 7 (0.84%) PMP
10 6 (0.72%) CCNP
10 6 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (0.72%) MCP
11 5 (0.60%) DBS Check
11 5 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (0.60%) TOGAF Certification
12 4 (0.48%) CISSP
12 4 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.68%) Data Quality
2 13 (1.56%) QA
3 12 (1.44%) PMO
4 8 (0.96%) SLA
5 6 (0.72%) GDPR
6 3 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.24%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.12%) Basel III
8 1 (0.12%) ECSS
8 1 (0.12%) IFRS
8 1 (0.12%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 257 (30.89%) Active Directory
2 52 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (4.09%) Hyper-V
4 32 (3.85%) Docker
5 28 (3.37%) XenApp
6 23 (2.76%) XenDesktop
7 22 (2.64%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (2.52%) vSphere
9 20 (2.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (0.96%) Virtual Machines
13 7 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.48%) KVM
14 4 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
15 2 (0.24%) NFS
15 2 (0.24%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 2 (0.24%) Xen
16 1 (0.12%) Firmware
16 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 143 (17.19%) SCCM
2 29 (3.49%) Microsoft Intune
3 20 (2.40%) Kubernetes
4 15 (1.80%) Ansible
5 14 (1.68%) SCOM
5 14 (1.68%) Terraform
6 12 (1.44%) Puppet
7 9 (1.08%) AirWatch
7 9 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
8 8 (0.96%) SCOrch
9 6 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (0.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (0.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 5 (0.60%) SCSM
11 4 (0.48%) vCenter Server
11 4 (0.48%) vMotion
12 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.36%) PingFederate
12 3 (0.36%) QRadar
Vendors
1 91 (10.94%) VMware
2 77 (9.25%) Citrix
3 40 (4.81%) Oracle
4 37 (4.45%) Cisco
5 22 (2.64%) iManage
6 18 (2.16%) Symantec
6 18 (2.16%) Tableau
7 17 (2.04%) Apple
8 16 (1.92%) Google
8 16 (1.92%) HP
8 16 (1.92%) SAP
9 13 (1.56%) Dell
9 13 (1.56%) Ivanti
10 12 (1.44%) NetApp
10 12 (1.44%) ServiceNow
11 11 (1.32%) Splunk
12 10 (1.20%) Meraki
13 9 (1.08%) LexisNexis
13 9 (1.08%) Veritas
14 8 (0.96%) Red Hat