Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 10 7 12
Rank change year-on-year -3 +5 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 242 658 743
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 11.84% 13.21% 10.93%
As % of the Vendors category 34.47% 33.45% 29.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 190 501 552
Median daily rate £500 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £260 £200 £156
90th Percentile £626 £613 £622
Central London median daily rate £491 £450 £431
% change year-on-year +9.18% +4.41% -4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 24 38
Median hourly rate £16.04 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.81% +6.95% +20.65%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.52 £12.93
90th Percentile £22.25 £25.76 £25.50
Central London median hourly rate £16.04 £19.75 £18.70
% change year-on-year -18.80% +5.61% +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 702 1,967 2,545
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 34.34% 39.48% 37.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 498 1,512 1,896
Median daily rate £500 £488 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +1.56% -1.23%
10th Percentile £263 £246 £225
90th Percentile £650 £656 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £488
% change year-on-year +5.26% -2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 34 59
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.95% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.15 £13.00
90th Percentile £23.43 £26.63 £25.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +6.95% +3.89%

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 16 January 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
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 16 January 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
Moorgate +4 2 £475 -5.00%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 16 January 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.

1 113 (46.69%) Azure
2 80 (33.06%) Finance
3 64 (26.45%) Windows
4 59 (24.38%) Active Directory
5 55 (22.73%) SQL
6 52 (21.49%) Office 365
7 46 (19.01%) Agile Software Development
8 45 (18.60%) Microsoft Office
9 37 (15.29%) Power Platform
10 36 (14.88%) Banking
11 33 (13.64%) SQL Server
11 33 (13.64%) VMware
12 30 (12.40%) PowerShell
12 30 (12.40%) Power BI
13 29 (11.98%) AWS
13 29 (11.98%) Business Intelligence
14 28 (11.57%) Microsoft Excel
14 28 (11.57%) VMware Infrastructure
15 27 (11.16%) DNS
16 25 (10.33%) Windows Server
17 24 (9.92%) Data Warehouse
17 24 (9.92%) C#
17 24 (9.92%) Migration
18 23 (9.50%) SharePoint
18 23 (9.50%) Citrix
18 23 (9.50%) IaaS
18 23 (9.50%) DevOps
19 22 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
19 22 (9.09%) SCCM
19 22 (9.09%) PaaS

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 23 (9.50%) SharePoint
2 9 (3.72%) Skype for Business
3 4 (1.65%) CMS
3 4 (1.65%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.65%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.24%) Confluence
4 3 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.83%) Appian
5 2 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.41%) IIS
6 1 (0.41%) nginx
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 45 (18.60%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (11.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (5.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (3.72%) MS Visio
5 8 (3.31%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.41%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.41%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.41%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.41%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 7 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.24%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.83%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.41%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 1 (0.41%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 1 (0.41%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 113 (46.69%) Azure
2 52 (21.49%) Office 365
3 37 (15.29%) Power Platform
4 29 (11.98%) AWS
5 23 (9.50%) IaaS
6 22 (9.09%) PaaS
7 15 (6.20%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (5.37%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (4.55%) Azure Data Factory
9 11 (4.55%) Serverless
10 9 (3.72%) SaaS
11 8 (3.31%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (3.31%) GCP
12 6 (2.48%) GitHub
12 6 (2.48%) Power Automate
13 5 (2.07%) PowerApps
14 4 (1.65%) Logic Apps
15 2 (0.83%) Amazon ECS
15 2 (0.83%) Azure Functions
15 2 (0.83%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (11.16%) DNS
2 17 (7.02%) Firewall
2 17 (7.02%) Skype
3 14 (5.79%) WAN
4 13 (5.37%) LAN
5 12 (4.96%) Unified Communications
5 12 (4.96%) VPN
6 9 (3.72%) DHCP
7 7 (2.89%) TCP/IP
8 6 (2.48%) Kerberos
8 6 (2.48%) Wireless
9 5 (2.07%) MPLS
9 5 (2.07%) SAN
10 4 (1.65%) Ethernet
10 4 (1.65%) H.323
10 4 (1.65%) Telepresence
10 4 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.24%) Intranet
11 3 (1.24%) VSAN
12 2 (0.83%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (13.64%) SQL Server
2 30 (12.40%) Power BI
3 24 (9.92%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (6.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (5.79%) Azure SQL Database
5 14 (5.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (4.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (2.48%) DB2
8 5 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (2.07%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (1.65%) Data Lake
10 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (1.24%) MySQL
10 3 (1.24%) NoSQL
10 3 (1.24%) Tableau
11 2 (0.83%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.83%) GIS
11 2 (0.83%) OLAP
11 2 (0.83%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 7 (2.89%) JIRA
2 6 (2.48%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.65%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.24%) Octopus Deploy
4 3 (1.24%) RStudio
4 3 (1.24%) Subversion
4 3 (1.24%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.83%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.83%) MSI
5 2 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.83%) VersionOne
6 1 (0.41%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.41%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.41%) GitLab
6 1 (0.41%) Maven
6 1 (0.41%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
General
1 80 (33.06%) Finance
2 36 (14.88%) Banking
3 11 (4.55%) Retail
4 9 (3.72%) Front Office
4 9 (3.72%) Legal
5 7 (2.89%) Financial Institution
6 5 (2.07%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.65%) Public Sector
8 3 (1.24%) French Language
8 3 (1.24%) Law
8 3 (1.24%) Marketing
8 3 (1.24%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.83%) Back Office
9 2 (0.83%) International Banking
9 2 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.83%) Police
9 2 (0.83%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.41%) German Language
10 1 (0.41%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.41%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 39 (16.12%) Developer
2 34 (14.05%) Analyst
3 25 (10.33%) Architect
4 19 (7.85%) Consultant
5 12 (4.96%) Administrator
5 12 (4.96%) Business Analyst
6 11 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
7 10 (4.13%) C# Developer
8 9 (3.72%) Desktop Support
8 9 (3.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (3.72%) Support Engineer
9 8 (3.31%) Infrastructure Architect
9 8 (3.31%) Support Analyst
10 7 (2.89%) Business Intelligence Consultant
10 7 (2.89%) IT Support
10 7 (2.89%) Power BI Consultant
10 7 (2.89%) Systems Administrator
11 6 (2.48%) Applications Packager
11 6 (2.48%) Cloud Architect
11 6 (2.48%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.44%) .NET
2 9 (3.72%) XML
3 8 (3.31%) JSON
3 8 (3.31%) React
3 8 (3.31%) Spring
4 7 (2.89%) LDAP
5 6 (2.48%) REST
5 6 (2.48%) Web Services
6 4 (1.65%) Node.js
6 4 (1.65%) SailPoint
6 4 (1.65%) Task Parallel Library
6 4 (1.65%) WebRTC
6 4 (1.65%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (1.24%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.24%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.24%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.24%) Kafka
7 3 (1.24%) Razor View Engine
8 2 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (0.83%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (8.26%) Data Centre
3 16 (6.61%) Video Conferencing
4 7 (2.89%) Hybrid Cloud
4 7 (2.89%) User Experience
5 6 (2.48%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.48%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.65%) Clustering
6 4 (1.65%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.65%) Tandem
7 3 (1.24%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.24%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.83%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.83%) e-Learning
8 2 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (0.83%) iSeries
8 2 (0.83%) Reference Data
8 2 (0.83%) SWIFT
8 2 (0.83%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 64 (26.45%) Windows
2 25 (10.33%) Windows Server
3 20 (8.26%) Windows 10
4 14 (5.79%) Windows Server 2016
5 13 (5.37%) Linux
6 11 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (4.13%) Windows 7
7 10 (4.13%) Windows Server 2019
8 7 (2.89%) Apple iOS
8 7 (2.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (2.48%) Unix
10 5 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (1.65%) Android
12 2 (0.83%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.83%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (19.01%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (11.98%) Business Intelligence
3 24 (9.92%) Migration
4 23 (9.50%) DevOps
5 22 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
6 21 (8.68%) Service Delivery
7 19 (7.85%) Change Management
7 19 (7.85%) Data Modelling
7 19 (7.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 17 (7.02%) Data Analysis
8 17 (7.02%) ETL
8 17 (7.02%) ITIL
9 15 (6.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 15 (6.20%) Project Delivery
9 15 (6.20%) Project Management
10 14 (5.79%) Enterprise Architecture
10 14 (5.79%) Time Management
11 12 (4.96%) Analytics
11 12 (4.96%) Information Security
12 11 (4.55%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 55 (22.73%) SQL
2 30 (12.40%) PowerShell
3 24 (9.92%) C#
4 21 (8.68%) Python
5 17 (7.02%) Java
6 11 (4.55%) JavaScript
7 10 (4.13%) T-SQL
7 10 (4.13%) VBScript
8 6 (2.48%) R
9 5 (2.07%) C++
9 5 (2.07%) VB
10 4 (1.65%) C
11 3 (1.24%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.24%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.83%) BeanShell
12 2 (0.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 2 (0.83%) Go
12 2 (0.83%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.83%) Ruby
12 2 (0.83%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (5.37%) Degree
2 9 (3.72%) MCSE
2 9 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (3.72%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.31%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.07%) CCIE
4 5 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.65%) CISSP
5 4 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (1.65%) MCP
5 4 (1.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (1.65%) SSCP
5 4 (1.65%) TOGAF Certification
6 3 (1.24%) MCTS
6 3 (1.24%) RHCA
7 2 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.83%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.83%) ISEB
7 2 (0.83%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.83%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.72%) QA
2 5 (2.07%) PMO
3 3 (1.24%) MiFID
3 3 (1.24%) SLA
4 2 (0.83%) COBIT
4 2 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.83%) GDPR
5 1 (0.41%) EMIR
5 1 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.41%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.41%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.41%) SEPA
System Software
1 59 (24.38%) Active Directory
2 28 (11.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (5.37%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (4.55%) vSphere
5 9 (3.72%) Docker
6 8 (3.31%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (2.07%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.83%) VMFS
8 2 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.83%) XenApp
9 1 (0.41%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (0.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.41%) NFS
9 1 (0.41%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.41%) UAG
9 1 (0.41%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.41%) Xen
9 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (9.09%) SCCM
2 19 (7.85%) Terraform
3 11 (4.55%) Kubernetes
3 11 (4.55%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (3.72%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.07%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (1.65%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (1.65%) vCenter Server
7 3 (1.24%) Ansible
7 3 (1.24%) PowerCLI
7 3 (1.24%) Puppet
8 2 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.83%) Nagios
8 2 (0.83%) Packer
8 2 (0.83%) SCOM
8 2 (0.83%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.41%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.41%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.41%) WSUS
Vendors
1 33 (13.64%) VMware
2 23 (9.50%) Citrix
3 17 (7.02%) Cisco
4 15 (6.20%) Oracle
5 8 (3.31%) HP
5 8 (3.31%) SolarWinds
6 7 (2.89%) IBM
6 7 (2.89%) Red Hat
6 7 (2.89%) SAP
7 6 (2.48%) Dell
8 5 (2.07%) Juniper
8 5 (2.07%) Okta
8 5 (2.07%) Palo Alto
8 5 (2.07%) ServiceNow
8 5 (2.07%) Splunk
9 4 (1.65%) CyberArk
9 4 (1.65%) Databricks
9 4 (1.65%) Ivanti
9 4 (1.65%) Polycom
9 4 (1.65%) Veeam