Period
to 1 October 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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 10 7 12
Rank change year-on-year -3 +5 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 223 828 738
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 12.40% 13.42% 10.65%
As % of the Vendors category 32.94% 34.30% 28.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 634 564
Median daily rate £489 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.13% +4.44% +4.90%
10th Percentile £251 £180 £167
90th Percentile £611 £638 £638
Central London median daily rate £480 £450 £448
% change year-on-year +6.67% +0.56% +5.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 34 42
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -11.76% +10.00%
10th Percentile £14.10 £11.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £27.50 £22.45 £25.50
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +21.21% -11.76% +10.00%

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 677 2,414 2,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 37.63% 39.11% 37.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 453 1,842 1,953
Median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £313 £285 £251
90th Percentile £650 £645 £663
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £488
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 58 69
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.92 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.58% +10.08% +11.76%
10th Percentile £15.00 £11.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £78.75 £54.28 £25.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.83 £19.13
% change year-on-year +8.02% +8.92% +6.25%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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
Moorgate +4 2 £475 -13.64%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 101 (45.29%) Azure
2 92 (41.26%) Finance
3 57 (25.56%) SQL
4 54 (24.22%) Windows
5 47 (21.08%) Active Directory
6 44 (19.73%) Business Intelligence
6 44 (19.73%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (19.73%) Power Platform
7 42 (18.83%) SQL Server
8 40 (17.94%) Power BI
9 36 (16.14%) Office 365
9 36 (16.14%) Microsoft Excel
9 36 (16.14%) Banking
10 33 (14.80%) Microsoft Office
11 31 (13.90%) Migration
12 30 (13.45%) C#
13 27 (12.11%) PowerShell
14 25 (11.21%) Data Warehouse
14 25 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
15 23 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
15 23 (10.31%) VMware
16 22 (9.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 22 (9.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 22 (9.87%) DevOps
16 22 (9.87%) Windows Server
17 21 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
17 21 (9.42%) Information Security
17 21 (9.42%) Change Management
17 21 (9.42%) .NET
18 20 (8.97%) Oracle

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 12 (5.38%) SharePoint
2 11 (4.93%) Skype for Business
3 5 (2.24%) CMS
4 4 (1.79%) Confluence
4 4 (1.79%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.35%) Apache
6 2 (0.90%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.90%) IIS
7 1 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.45%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.45%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.45%) Moodle
7 1 (0.45%) nginx
7 1 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 36 (16.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 33 (14.80%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (7.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (5.38%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.24%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.90%) Camtasia
6 2 (0.90%) Figma
6 2 (0.90%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.45%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 4 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.79%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.90%) Workfront
3 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.45%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.45%) PeopleSoft HCM
3 1 (0.45%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 101 (45.29%) Azure
2 44 (19.73%) Power Platform
3 36 (16.14%) Office 365
4 17 (7.62%) IaaS
5 16 (7.17%) AWS
5 16 (7.17%) PaaS
6 14 (6.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (6.28%) Dynamics 365
7 13 (5.83%) SaaS
8 9 (4.04%) GitHub
9 8 (3.59%) Azure Data Factory
9 8 (3.59%) GCP
9 8 (3.59%) Power Automate
10 6 (2.69%) PowerApps
11 5 (2.24%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.79%) Serverless
13 3 (1.35%) Logic Apps
13 3 (1.35%) Slack
14 2 (0.90%) Azure Stack
14 2 (0.90%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 15 (6.73%) DNS
1 15 (6.73%) Skype
2 9 (4.04%) Firewall
3 7 (3.14%) TCP/IP
4 6 (2.69%) DHCP
4 6 (2.69%) Kerberos
4 6 (2.69%) LAN
4 6 (2.69%) Unified Communications
4 6 (2.69%) WAN
5 5 (2.24%) SAN
5 5 (2.24%) Telepresence
5 5 (2.24%) VPN
6 4 (1.79%) Ethernet
6 4 (1.79%) H.323
6 4 (1.79%) Intranet
7 3 (1.35%) VLAN
7 3 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.90%) NAS
8 2 (0.90%) Network Security
8 2 (0.90%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (18.83%) SQL Server
2 40 (17.94%) Power BI
3 25 (11.21%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (9.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 22 (9.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (8.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (5.83%) Azure SQL Database
7 6 (2.69%) Data Lake
7 6 (2.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 5 (2.24%) Relational Database
8 5 (2.24%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.79%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.79%) Big Data
9 4 (1.79%) MongoDB
9 4 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (1.79%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (1.35%) DB2
10 3 (1.35%) MySQL
10 3 (1.35%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 10 (4.48%) Visual Studio
2 9 (4.04%) Git (software)
3 7 (3.14%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (2.69%) JIRA
4 6 (2.69%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.79%) Subversion
6 3 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (1.35%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.90%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.90%) GitLab
7 2 (0.90%) MSI
7 2 (0.90%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.90%) RStudio
7 2 (0.90%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.90%) VersionOne
8 1 (0.45%) gulp
8 1 (0.45%) Maven
8 1 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.45%) Visual Studio Code
8 1 (0.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 92 (41.26%) Finance
2 36 (16.14%) Banking
3 8 (3.59%) Legal
3 8 (3.59%) Retail
4 7 (3.14%) Investment Banking
4 7 (3.14%) Marketing
4 7 (3.14%) Public Sector
5 5 (2.24%) International Banking
6 4 (1.79%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.79%) French Language
7 3 (1.35%) Advertising
7 3 (1.35%) Electronics
7 3 (1.35%) Front Office
7 3 (1.35%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.90%) Local Government
8 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.45%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.45%) German Language
9 1 (0.45%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 43 (19.28%) Developer
2 41 (18.39%) Analyst
3 18 (8.07%) Architect
4 17 (7.62%) Business Analyst
5 14 (6.28%) Consultant
6 12 (5.38%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 10 (4.48%) Support Analyst
8 9 (4.04%) Desktop Support
8 9 (4.04%) Support Engineer
9 7 (3.14%) IT Support
10 6 (2.69%) Azure Developer
10 6 (2.69%) C# Developer
10 6 (2.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (2.69%) Power BI Developer
10 6 (2.69%) Project Manager
10 6 (2.69%) Security Architect
11 5 (2.24%) Azure Consultant
11 5 (2.24%) Cloud Architect
11 5 (2.24%) Data Warehouse Developer
11 5 (2.24%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.42%) .NET
2 8 (3.59%) XML
3 6 (2.69%) .NET Core
3 6 (2.69%) CSS
3 6 (2.69%) LDAP
4 5 (2.24%) AngularJS
4 5 (2.24%) JSON
4 5 (2.24%) Node.js
4 5 (2.24%) Web Services
5 4 (1.79%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.79%) COM
5 4 (1.79%) REST
5 4 (1.79%) Spring
5 4 (1.79%) WebRTC
6 3 (1.35%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (1.35%) HTML
6 3 (1.35%) Kafka
6 3 (1.35%) Razor View Engine
6 3 (1.35%) React
6 3 (1.35%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 25 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (7.17%) Management Information System
3 14 (6.28%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.59%) User Experience
4 8 (3.59%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.24%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.24%) Tandem
6 4 (1.79%) BYOD
6 4 (1.79%) Clustering
6 4 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.79%) Market Risk
6 4 (1.79%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.35%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.35%) Data Structures
7 3 (1.35%) iPad
7 3 (1.35%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.90%) Analytical Mindset
8 2 (0.90%) iSeries
8 2 (0.90%) Private Cloud
8 2 (0.90%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 54 (24.22%) Windows
2 22 (9.87%) Windows Server
3 20 (8.97%) Windows 10
4 16 (7.17%) Windows 7
5 11 (4.93%) Linux
6 10 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (3.14%) Unix
7 7 (3.14%) Windows Server 2016
7 7 (3.14%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (2.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (1.79%) Android
9 4 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.35%) Mac OS
10 3 (1.35%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.90%) HPUX
12 1 (0.45%) AIX
12 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (19.73%) Agile Software Development
1 44 (19.73%) Business Intelligence
2 31 (13.90%) Migration
3 23 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (9.87%) DevOps
5 21 (9.42%) Change Management
5 21 (9.42%) Information Security
6 18 (8.07%) Analytics
6 18 (8.07%) Data Analysis
7 16 (7.17%) Asset Management
8 15 (6.73%) Continuous Improvement
8 15 (6.73%) ITIL
9 14 (6.28%) Data Modelling
9 14 (6.28%) ETL
9 14 (6.28%) Risk Management
10 13 (5.83%) Decision-Making
10 13 (5.83%) Incident Management
11 12 (5.38%) Project Management
11 12 (5.38%) Software Engineering
11 12 (5.38%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 57 (25.56%) SQL
2 30 (13.45%) C#
3 27 (12.11%) PowerShell
4 16 (7.17%) Java
4 16 (7.17%) JavaScript
5 15 (6.73%) T-SQL
6 13 (5.83%) Python
7 9 (4.04%) VBScript
8 8 (3.59%) R
9 6 (2.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 5 (2.24%) VB
11 4 (1.79%) C
11 4 (1.79%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.35%) Korn
12 3 (1.35%) Perl
12 3 (1.35%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.90%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.90%) C++
14 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (5.38%) Degree
2 11 (4.93%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (4.93%) SC Cleared
2 11 (4.93%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.59%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (3.59%) MCSE
4 6 (2.69%) CISSP
5 4 (1.79%) CCIE
5 4 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.35%) CCNA
6 3 (1.35%) DV Cleared
6 3 (1.35%) MCSA
6 3 (1.35%) SSCP
7 2 (0.90%) CISM
7 2 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.90%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.28%) QA
2 5 (2.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.35%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.35%) MiFID
4 2 (0.90%) COBIT
4 2 (0.90%) GDPR
4 2 (0.90%) PMO
4 2 (0.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.90%) SLA
5 1 (0.45%) EMIR
5 1 (0.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.45%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.45%) RMADS
System Software
1 47 (21.08%) Active Directory
2 21 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.93%) Docker
4 6 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.90%) vSphere
6 1 (0.45%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.45%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.45%) UAG
6 1 (0.45%) XenApp
6 1 (0.45%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (6.73%) SCCM
2 14 (6.28%) Kubernetes
3 10 (4.48%) Terraform
4 7 (3.14%) Ansible
5 6 (2.69%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (2.69%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (2.24%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.79%) Puppet
8 2 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.45%) Control-M
9 1 (0.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.45%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.45%) Nagios
9 1 (0.45%) Oozie
9 1 (0.45%) QRadar
9 1 (0.45%) SCOM
9 1 (0.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 23 (10.31%) VMware
2 20 (8.97%) Oracle
3 18 (8.07%) Cisco
4 11 (4.93%) Citrix
5 10 (4.48%) Splunk
6 9 (4.04%) Tableau
7 8 (3.59%) Databricks
8 6 (2.69%) EMC
8 6 (2.69%) Red Hat
8 6 (2.69%) Sybase
9 5 (2.24%) Apple
9 5 (2.24%) HP
9 5 (2.24%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (2.24%) SAP
10 4 (1.79%) Dell
10 4 (1.79%) Polycom
10 4 (1.79%) SaltStack
10 4 (1.79%) ServiceNow
10 4 (1.79%) SolarWinds
11 3 (1.35%) Palo Alto