Period
to 20 April 2021

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 20 April 2021 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 10 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 291 442 822
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 11.71% 11.30% 12.19%
As % of the Vendors category 34.07% 30.21% 31.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 329 607
10th Percentile £327 £213 £163
25th Percentile £413 £363 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% - -2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £538
90th Percentile £625 £625 £638
Central London median daily rate £519 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +15.28% - -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 16 30
10th Percentile £12.38 " £11.25
25th Percentile £12.67 £12.42 £13.07
Median hourly rate £15.79 £16.99 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -7.08% -9.14% +18.54%
75th Percentile £23.57 £21.94 £21.00
90th Percentile £27.34 £29.57 £24.69
Central London median hourly rate £15.79 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year -15.57% - +20.65%

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 854 1,463 2,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 34.37% 37.40% 38.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 574 1,042 1,938
10th Percentile £340 £232 £261
25th Percentile £419 £381 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £600 £582 £588
90th Percentile £688 £653 £660
Central London median daily rate £519 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +9.21% -5.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 27 44
10th Percentile £12.38 £12.42 £11.99
25th Percentile £13.77 £12.63 £14.38
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £19.13
Median % change year-on-year +22.99% -2.22% +0.66%
75th Percentile £26.21 £26.75 £23.91
90th Percentile £27.25 £37.51 £33.68
Central London median hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £19.63
% change year-on-year +22.99% -4.71% -1.88%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the City of London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the City of London over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

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 20 April 2021. 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 -6 1 £385 -14.44%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, 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.

1 156 (53.61%) Azure
2 91 (31.27%) Active Directory
3 88 (30.24%) Finance
4 77 (26.46%) Agile Software Development
5 73 (25.09%) Microsoft 365
6 64 (21.99%) PowerShell
7 62 (21.31%) SQL Server
7 62 (21.31%) Windows
8 59 (20.27%) Power Platform
9 56 (19.24%) SharePoint
10 53 (18.21%) Stakeholder Management
11 52 (17.87%) Power BI
12 50 (17.18%) DevOps
13 48 (16.49%) Business Intelligence
14 46 (15.81%) C#
15 45 (15.46%) .NET
16 42 (14.43%) Azure Active Directory
17 41 (14.09%) SQL
18 40 (13.75%) Microsoft Office
19 39 (13.40%) VMware
19 39 (13.40%) TDD
19 39 (13.40%) Continuous Improvement
19 39 (13.40%) Analytics
20 38 (13.06%) React
21 35 (12.03%) DNS
22 33 (11.34%) QA
23 32 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
23 32 (11.00%) JavaScript
24 31 (10.65%) Citrix
24 31 (10.65%) Software Engineering

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 56 (19.24%) SharePoint
2 16 (5.50%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.41%) WebSphere
4 5 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (1.72%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.03%) CMS
5 3 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.69%) Appian
6 2 (0.69%) Confluence
6 2 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.69%) IBM Notes
6 2 (0.69%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.34%) Apache
7 1 (0.34%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.34%) IIS
7 1 (0.34%) Moodle
7 1 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.34%) Umbraco
Applications
1 40 (13.75%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (9.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (5.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (3.78%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (3.09%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.34%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.34%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.34%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.34%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.34%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.34%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 156 (53.61%) Azure
2 73 (25.09%) Microsoft 365
3 59 (20.27%) Power Platform
4 42 (14.43%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (8.59%) AWS
6 18 (6.19%) IaaS
6 18 (6.19%) PaaS
7 11 (3.78%) Serverless
8 8 (2.75%) Apigee
8 8 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (2.41%) PowerApps
10 6 (2.06%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (2.06%) SaaS
11 5 (1.72%) Azure Functions
11 5 (1.72%) GCP
12 4 (1.37%) Azure Key Vault
12 4 (1.37%) Azure Logic Apps
12 4 (1.37%) Azure Storage
12 4 (1.37%) OneDrive
13 3 (1.03%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 35 (12.03%) DNS
2 18 (6.19%) Firewall
3 16 (5.50%) DHCP
4 14 (4.81%) VPN
5 12 (4.12%) LAN
5 12 (4.12%) WAN
6 11 (3.78%) MPLS
6 11 (3.78%) Wireless
7 10 (3.44%) Unified Communications
8 8 (2.75%) Skype
8 8 (2.75%) TCP/IP
9 6 (2.06%) Internet
10 5 (1.72%) SAN
11 4 (1.37%) Intranet
11 4 (1.37%) Kerberos
11 4 (1.37%) Remote Desktop
12 3 (1.03%) VoIP
12 3 (1.03%) VSAN
13 2 (0.69%) FTP
13 2 (0.69%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (21.31%) SQL Server
2 52 (17.87%) Power BI
3 17 (5.84%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (4.47%) DB2
5 10 (3.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (3.09%) Azure SQL Database
6 9 (3.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 8 (2.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (1.37%) OLTP
9 3 (1.03%) Data Lake
9 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.69%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.69%) Big Data
10 2 (0.69%) OLAP
10 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.69%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.69%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 30 (10.31%) Octopus Deploy
2 12 (4.12%) JIRA
3 7 (2.41%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.03%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.03%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.69%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.69%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.34%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.34%) gulp
6 1 (0.34%) MSI
6 1 (0.34%) MSTest
6 1 (0.34%) NUnit
6 1 (0.34%) Selenium
6 1 (0.34%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.34%) Subversion
6 1 (0.34%) TestLink
6 1 (0.34%) TestRail
6 1 (0.34%) WebDriver
General
1 88 (30.24%) Finance
2 28 (9.62%) Banking
3 13 (4.47%) Legal
4 8 (2.75%) Front Office
4 8 (2.75%) Law
5 6 (2.06%) Public Sector
6 4 (1.37%) Back Office
6 4 (1.37%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.37%) Retail
7 3 (1.03%) International Banking
7 3 (1.03%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.03%) Marketing
7 3 (1.03%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.69%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.34%) German Language
9 1 (0.34%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.34%) Local Government
9 1 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
9 1 (0.34%) Publishing
9 1 (0.34%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 42 (14.43%) Analyst
2 39 (13.40%) Developer
3 36 (12.37%) Architect
4 25 (8.59%) Project Manager
5 22 (7.56%) Technical Leader
6 18 (6.19%) Azure Architect
7 17 (5.84%) Azure Engineer
8 16 (5.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 14 (4.81%) Administrator
10 13 (4.47%) Consultant
10 13 (4.47%) Salesforce Architect
11 12 (4.12%) Cloud Engineer
12 10 (3.44%) Business Analyst
12 10 (3.44%) Infrastructure Architect
12 10 (3.44%) Solutions Architect
13 9 (3.09%) C# Developer
13 9 (3.09%) Delivery Manager
13 9 (3.09%) Delivery Project Manager
13 9 (3.09%) Systems Administrator
13 9 (3.09%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (15.46%) .NET
2 38 (13.06%) React
3 30 (10.31%) ASP.NET
4 28 (9.62%) AngularJS
5 26 (8.93%) ASP.NET Core
6 9 (3.09%) Web Services
7 8 (2.75%) RESTful
7 8 (2.75%) Swagger
8 7 (2.41%) WebSphere MQ
9 6 (2.06%) LDAP
10 5 (1.72%) Node.js
10 5 (1.72%) Spring
10 5 (1.72%) XML
11 4 (1.37%) JSON
11 4 (1.37%) Redux
11 4 (1.37%) SailPoint
12 3 (1.03%) REST
13 2 (0.69%) COM
13 2 (0.69%) jQuery
13 2 (0.69%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.28%) Greenfield Project
2 16 (5.50%) Data Centre
3 13 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.47%) Video Conferencing
4 11 (3.78%) User Experience
5 7 (2.41%) Virtual Team
6 6 (2.06%) iSeries
6 6 (2.06%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.72%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.72%) Replication
8 4 (1.37%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.03%) Clustering
9 3 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (1.03%) iPhone
10 2 (0.69%) Derivative
10 2 (0.69%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.69%) iPad
10 2 (0.69%) Reference Data
10 2 (0.69%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 62 (21.31%) Windows
2 24 (8.25%) Windows Server
3 19 (6.53%) Windows 10
4 17 (5.84%) Linux
5 10 (3.44%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (2.75%) Windows 7
7 8 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (2.41%) Apple iOS
9 5 (1.72%) Unix
9 5 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (1.72%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (1.37%) Android
11 1 (0.34%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (26.46%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (18.21%) Stakeholder Management
3 50 (17.18%) DevOps
4 48 (16.49%) Business Intelligence
5 39 (13.40%) Analytics
5 39 (13.40%) Continuous Improvement
5 39 (13.40%) TDD
6 31 (10.65%) Software Engineering
7 30 (10.31%) Migration
7 30 (10.31%) Scaled Agile Framework
8 29 (9.97%) Mentoring
9 28 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
9 28 (9.62%) ITIL
10 27 (9.28%) Project Delivery
11 26 (8.93%) Change Management
12 25 (8.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 23 (7.90%) Enterprise Architecture
14 22 (7.56%) Information Security
14 22 (7.56%) Problem-Solving
15 19 (6.53%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 64 (21.99%) PowerShell
2 46 (15.81%) C#
3 41 (14.09%) SQL
4 32 (11.00%) JavaScript
5 30 (10.31%) TypeScript
6 20 (6.87%) Python
7 16 (5.50%) Java
8 5 (1.72%) C++
8 5 (1.72%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.37%) VB
9 4 (1.37%) VBScript
10 3 (1.03%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.69%) BeanShell
11 2 (0.69%) Go
11 2 (0.69%) Java 8
11 2 (0.69%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.69%) R
11 2 (0.69%) Rust
12 1 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.34%) Scala
Qualifications
1 22 (7.56%) Degree
2 14 (4.81%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (3.78%) MCSE
4 9 (3.09%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
6 6 (2.06%) Security Cleared
6 6 (2.06%) TOGAF Certification
7 5 (1.72%) MCSA
7 5 (1.72%) RHCA
7 5 (1.72%) SC Cleared
8 4 (1.37%) CISSP
8 4 (1.37%) MCP
8 4 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (1.03%) CISM
9 3 (1.03%) MCTS
9 3 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.69%) ISEB
10 2 (0.69%) MCITP
10 2 (0.69%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (11.34%) QA
2 11 (3.78%) PMO
3 4 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.69%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.69%) GDPR
4 2 (0.69%) SEPA
5 1 (0.34%) Basel III
5 1 (0.34%) COBIT
5 1 (0.34%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.34%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.34%) MiFID
5 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.34%) Solvency II
System Software
1 91 (31.27%) Active Directory
2 32 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (5.84%) vSphere
4 13 (4.47%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (2.41%) Docker
5 7 (2.41%) Hyper-V
6 6 (2.06%) XenApp
7 4 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (1.37%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.69%) NFS
9 2 (0.69%) VMFS
9 2 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.34%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (0.34%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.34%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.34%) Xen
Systems Management
1 16 (5.50%) SCCM
1 16 (5.50%) Terraform
2 14 (4.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (2.41%) Kubernetes
4 6 (2.06%) vCenter Server
5 4 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (1.37%) PowerCLI
5 4 (1.37%) SCOM
6 3 (1.03%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.69%) Ansible
7 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.69%) Nagios
7 2 (0.69%) Packer
8 1 (0.34%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.34%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.34%) Icinga
8 1 (0.34%) QRadar
8 1 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.34%) vRealize
Vendors
1 39 (13.40%) VMware
2 31 (10.65%) Citrix
3 23 (7.90%) Salesforce.com
4 15 (5.15%) Cisco
5 11 (3.78%) Google
5 11 (3.78%) IBM
6 10 (3.44%) MuleSoft
7 9 (3.09%) Red Hat
8 7 (2.41%) HP
8 7 (2.41%) Oracle
8 7 (2.41%) SAP
9 6 (2.06%) CyberArk
9 6 (2.06%) Juniper
10 5 (1.72%) Okta
10 5 (1.72%) SolarWinds
11 4 (1.37%) Cadence
11 4 (1.37%) Ivanti
11 4 (1.37%) ServiceNow
11 4 (1.37%) Symantec
11 4 (1.37%) Veeam