Period
to 4 July 2020

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 4 July 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 10 7 13
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 319 870 733
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 11.64% 13.06% 10.32%
As % of the Vendors category 31.00% 33.51% 26.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 656 575
Median daily rate £464 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.37% +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £227 £188 £198
90th Percentile £613 £638 £625
Central London median daily rate £463 £453 £450
% change year-on-year +2.21% +0.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 35 32
Median hourly rate £14.22 £19.25 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.13% +2.94% +17.80%
10th Percentile £12.42 £11.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £35.87 £23.35 £23.23
Central London median hourly rate £15.49 £19.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -19.53% +10.00% +2.94%

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 1,029 2,596 2,717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 37.55% 38.97% 38.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 676 1,950 2,020
Median daily rate £485 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.00% +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £278 £300 £275
90th Percentile £663 £650 £663
Central London median daily rate £480 £500 £488
% change year-on-year -4.00% +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 57 68
Median hourly rate £26.22 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.86% +5.00% +25.16%
10th Percentile £12.42 £11.25 £11.97
90th Percentile £59.90 £50.98 £26.50
Median hourly rate £26.81 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +30.77% +2.50% +25.16%

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 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
London Bridge +31 1 £450 -14.29%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 4 July 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 City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 130 (40.75%) Azure
2 100 (31.35%) Windows
3 82 (25.71%) Finance
4 79 (24.76%) Active Directory
5 75 (23.51%) SQL
5 75 (23.51%) SQL Server
6 61 (19.12%) C#
7 56 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
8 52 (16.30%) .NET
8 52 (16.30%) Office 365
9 51 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
9 51 (15.99%) Business Intelligence
10 44 (13.79%) Migration
11 42 (13.17%) DevOps
12 41 (12.85%) Microsoft Excel
13 39 (12.23%) PowerShell
14 37 (11.60%) VMware
14 37 (11.60%) Windows 10
15 35 (10.97%) Problem-Solving
15 35 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
16 34 (10.66%) Banking
17 30 (9.40%) SCCM
18 29 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 29 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
19 28 (8.78%) Power Platform
19 28 (8.78%) Power BI
19 28 (8.78%) Windows Server
20 27 (8.46%) ITIL
20 27 (8.46%) Visual Studio
20 27 (8.46%) 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 17 (5.33%) SharePoint
2 13 (4.08%) Skype for Business
3 11 (3.45%) MS Exchange
4 9 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.57%) Apache
7 4 (1.25%) Confluence
8 3 (0.94%) CMS
9 2 (0.63%) IIS
9 2 (0.63%) SAS
10 1 (0.31%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.31%) Moodle
10 1 (0.31%) Mule
10 1 (0.31%) Mule ESB
10 1 (0.31%) nginx
10 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 51 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (12.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (5.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (2.19%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (1.25%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.63%) Adobe After Effects
7 2 (0.63%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.63%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.63%) Figma
8 1 (0.31%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.31%) Camtasia
8 1 (0.31%) InDesign
8 1 (0.31%) Inkscape
8 1 (0.31%) InVision
8 1 (0.31%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 17 (5.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.57%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.63%) Workfront
4 1 (0.31%) Magento
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.31%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 130 (40.75%) Azure
2 52 (16.30%) Office 365
3 28 (8.78%) Power Platform
4 25 (7.84%) AWS
5 21 (6.58%) Dynamics 365
6 13 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (4.08%) GitHub
6 13 (4.08%) IaaS
6 13 (4.08%) SaaS
7 12 (3.76%) GCP
7 12 (3.76%) PaaS
8 8 (2.51%) Azure Data Factory
8 8 (2.51%) OneDrive
9 4 (1.25%) Azure Stack
10 3 (0.94%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.94%) Power Automate
10 3 (0.94%) PowerApps
10 3 (0.94%) Slack
11 2 (0.63%) Amazon EKS
11 2 (0.63%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.02%) DNS
2 13 (4.08%) Skype
3 12 (3.76%) Firewall
4 10 (3.13%) NetScaler
5 9 (2.82%) TCP/IP
6 8 (2.51%) DHCP
7 7 (2.19%) LAN
7 7 (2.19%) SAN
8 5 (1.57%) Intranet
9 4 (1.25%) NAS
9 4 (1.25%) Unified Communications
9 4 (1.25%) VPN
10 3 (0.94%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (0.94%) Network Security
11 2 (0.63%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (0.63%) Internet
11 2 (0.63%) IP Telephony
11 2 (0.63%) Kerberos
11 2 (0.63%) VLAN
11 2 (0.63%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (23.51%) SQL Server
2 29 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
2 29 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 28 (8.78%) Power BI
4 26 (8.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 24 (7.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (3.76%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 10 (3.13%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (2.51%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (2.19%) Big Data
9 7 (2.19%) SSDT
10 6 (1.88%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.88%) MySQL
10 6 (1.88%) PowerPivot
10 6 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (1.57%) Relational Database
11 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2014
11 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (1.25%) OLAP
13 3 (0.94%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 27 (8.46%) Visual Studio
2 16 (5.02%) Git (software)
3 12 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (3.13%) JIRA
5 9 (2.82%) Sonatype Nexus
5 9 (2.82%) TeamCity
6 7 (2.19%) Jenkins
6 7 (2.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (2.19%) Selenium
7 5 (1.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 4 (1.25%) NUnit
9 3 (0.94%) MSI
9 3 (0.94%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.63%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.63%) Spinnaker
10 2 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.31%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.31%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.31%) Subversion
General
1 82 (25.71%) Finance
2 34 (10.66%) Banking
3 25 (7.84%) Public Sector
4 12 (3.76%) Marketing
5 8 (2.51%) International Banking
6 7 (2.19%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.88%) Investment Banking
7 6 (1.88%) Law
8 4 (1.25%) Advertising
8 4 (1.25%) Legal
8 4 (1.25%) Local Government
9 3 (0.94%) Electronics
9 3 (0.94%) French Language
9 3 (0.94%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.94%) Retail
10 2 (0.63%) Back Office
10 2 (0.63%) German Language
10 2 (0.63%) Publishing
11 1 (0.31%) Games
11 1 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 64 (20.06%) Developer
2 58 (18.18%) Analyst
3 32 (10.03%) Architect
4 17 (5.33%) Business Analyst
5 15 (4.70%) Project Manager
6 13 (4.08%) Azure Engineer
7 12 (3.76%) .NET Developer
7 12 (3.76%) Support Analyst
8 11 (3.45%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 11 (3.45%) C# Developer
8 11 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
8 11 (3.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 11 (3.45%) Senior Developer
8 11 (3.45%) SQL Developer
9 10 (3.13%) Consultant
9 10 (3.13%) IT Analyst
9 10 (3.13%) Support Engineer
10 9 (2.82%) IT Support
10 9 (2.82%) Service Analyst
10 9 (2.82%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (16.30%) .NET
2 14 (4.39%) AngularJS
3 12 (3.76%) ASP.NET
3 12 (3.76%) ASP.NET Web API
4 10 (3.13%) .NET Core
4 10 (3.13%) MDX
5 9 (2.82%) jQuery
5 9 (2.82%) Web Services
6 8 (2.51%) XML
7 7 (2.19%) .NET Framework
7 7 (2.19%) Node.js
8 6 (1.88%) CSS
8 6 (1.88%) LDAP
9 5 (1.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (1.57%) COM
9 5 (1.57%) HTML
10 4 (1.25%) LAMP
10 4 (1.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 3 (0.94%) JSON
11 3 (0.94%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 35 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (8.46%) Management Information System
3 12 (3.76%) Blackberry
3 12 (3.76%) Data Centre
4 11 (3.45%) NHS
4 11 (3.45%) User Experience
5 5 (1.57%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.25%) BYOD
6 4 (1.25%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.25%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.94%) Client/Server
7 3 (0.94%) Cloud Native
7 3 (0.94%) iPad
7 3 (0.94%) iPhone
7 3 (0.94%) Market Risk
7 3 (0.94%) PKI
7 3 (0.94%) Reinsurance
7 3 (0.94%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (0.94%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 100 (31.35%) Windows
2 37 (11.60%) Windows 10
3 28 (8.78%) Windows Server
4 25 (7.84%) Windows 7
5 23 (7.21%) Linux
6 19 (5.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (4.08%) Windows Server 2016
9 11 (3.45%) Unix
10 7 (2.19%) Android
11 6 (1.88%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.94%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.63%) HPUX
14 2 (0.63%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.63%) Windows Server 2019
15 1 (0.31%) AIX
15 1 (0.31%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.31%) VMS
15 1 (0.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (15.99%) Business Intelligence
3 44 (13.79%) Migration
4 42 (13.17%) DevOps
5 35 (10.97%) Problem-Solving
6 27 (8.46%) ITIL
7 25 (7.84%) Analytics
8 20 (6.27%) Change Management
8 20 (6.27%) Decision-Making
8 20 (6.27%) ETL
8 20 (6.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 20 (6.27%) Test Automation
9 19 (5.96%) Data Modelling
9 19 (5.96%) SDLC
10 17 (5.33%) CRM
10 17 (5.33%) Information Security
11 16 (5.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 16 (5.02%) Risk Management
12 15 (4.70%) Continuous Integration
12 15 (4.70%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 75 (23.51%) SQL
2 61 (19.12%) C#
3 39 (12.23%) PowerShell
4 26 (8.15%) T-SQL
5 20 (6.27%) Python
6 19 (5.96%) JavaScript
7 16 (5.02%) Java
8 11 (3.45%) R
9 10 (3.13%) VB
10 8 (2.51%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 6 (1.88%) C
11 6 (1.88%) VBScript
12 5 (1.57%) PHP
13 4 (1.25%) Bash Shell
13 4 (1.25%) C++
13 4 (1.25%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.94%) Perl
14 3 (0.94%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.94%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.94%) VBA
Qualifications
1 21 (6.58%) Security Cleared
2 19 (5.96%) SC Cleared
3 15 (4.70%) Degree
4 14 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (2.19%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (1.88%) Citrix Certification
6 6 (1.88%) MCSE
7 5 (1.57%) CCNA
7 5 (1.57%) ISTQB
8 4 (1.25%) MCSA
9 3 (0.94%) A+ Certification
9 3 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.94%) CCA
9 3 (0.94%) CISSP
9 3 (0.94%) CompTIA Security+
9 3 (0.94%) Network+ Certification
9 3 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.63%) CISM
10 2 (0.63%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.13%) QA
2 5 (1.57%) Cyber Essentials
2 5 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 4 (1.25%) GDPR
3 4 (1.25%) SLA
4 3 (0.94%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.63%) PMO
5 2 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.31%) Basel III
6 1 (0.31%) COBIT
6 1 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 1 (0.31%) NCSC
6 1 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.31%) RMADS
6 1 (0.31%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.31%) WCAG
System Software
1 79 (24.76%) Active Directory
2 26 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.02%) Docker
4 12 (3.76%) XenApp
5 11 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (3.13%) XenDesktop
7 8 (2.51%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (1.25%) vSphere
9 3 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.63%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.31%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.31%) UAG
Systems Management
1 30 (9.40%) SCCM
2 16 (5.02%) Kubernetes
3 10 (3.13%) Ansible
3 10 (3.13%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (3.13%) Terraform
4 7 (2.19%) SCOM
5 5 (1.57%) XenMobile
6 3 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.94%) Puppet
7 2 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.63%) DatAdvantage
8 1 (0.31%) EnCase
8 1 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.31%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.31%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.31%) Oozie
8 1 (0.31%) QRadar
8 1 (0.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 37 (11.60%) VMware
2 27 (8.46%) Cisco
3 26 (8.15%) Citrix
4 20 (6.27%) Oracle
5 12 (3.76%) Google
6 9 (2.82%) HP
6 9 (2.82%) Tableau
7 8 (2.51%) McAfee
7 8 (2.51%) SAP
8 7 (2.19%) Dell
8 7 (2.19%) ServiceNow
8 7 (2.19%) Splunk
9 6 (1.88%) Adobe
9 6 (1.88%) Databricks
9 6 (1.88%) EMC
9 6 (1.88%) Sybase
9 6 (1.88%) Symantec
10 5 (1.57%) Bloomberg
10 5 (1.57%) NetApp
10 5 (1.57%) Red Hat