Period
to 16 November 2018

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 November 2018 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 11 10
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 773 736 749
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 10.99% 10.33% 11.15%
As % of the Vendors category 28.84% 26.86% 26.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 570 562 566
City of London median daily rate £436 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.06% +4.05% +5.17%
10th Percentile £158 £200 £233
90th Percentile £625 £638 £575
Central London median daily rate £425 £445 £425
% change year-on-year -4.49% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 29 23
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £16.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.88% -15.79% +15.15%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.70 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £27.72 £39.75
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% -2.94% +3.03%

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 2,680 2,740 2,871
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 38.09% 38.44% 42.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,007 2,058 2,153
City of London median daily rate £483 £483 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.22% +3.45%
10th Percentile £225 £274 £275
90th Percentile £650 £675 £638
Central London median daily rate £485 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 59 48
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.15 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.75 £55.00
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.23
% change year-on-year +3.89% -1.23% +4.14%

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 16 November 2018.

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 16 November 2018.

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 16 November 2018. 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 - 7 - -
London Bridge -54 2 £450 +80.00%
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 16 November 2018, 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.

1 298 (38.55%) Finance
2 279 (36.09%) Windows
3 205 (26.52%) Microsoft Azure
4 196 (25.36%) Active Directory
5 177 (22.90%) Microsoft Office
6 172 (22.25%) SQL Server
7 168 (21.73%) SQL
8 152 (19.66%) Agile Software Development
9 146 (18.89%) Office 365
10 127 (16.43%) .NET
10 127 (16.43%) ITIL
11 115 (14.88%) C#
12 108 (13.97%) Windows 7
13 107 (13.84%) VMware
14 105 (13.58%) PowerShell
15 104 (13.45%) Windows 10
16 92 (11.90%) SCCM
16 92 (11.90%) Business Intelligence
17 87 (11.25%) Banking
17 87 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
18 83 (10.74%) Problem-Solving
19 82 (10.61%) Migration
19 82 (10.61%) Citrix
20 79 (10.22%) SharePoint
21 77 (9.96%) VMware Infrastructure
22 76 (9.83%) Windows Server
23 74 (9.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 68 (8.80%) Cisco
25 64 (8.28%) Microsoft Excel
26 63 (8.15%) Project Management

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 79 (10.22%) SharePoint
2 52 (6.73%) MS Exchange
3 39 (5.05%) Skype for Business
4 22 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (2.46%) IIS
6 11 (1.42%) NServiceBus
7 10 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (1.16%) CMS
9 8 (1.03%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (0.91%) Confluence
10 7 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.78%) Apache
11 6 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.52%) Apache Spark
14 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
14 3 (0.39%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
14 3 (0.39%) Umbraco
Applications
1 177 (22.90%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (8.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (4.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (3.23%) MS Visio
5 16 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.52%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.13%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 33 (4.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (2.46%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.03%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (0.91%) Oracle Financials
4 7 (0.91%) Oracle General Ledger
5 4 (0.52%) ReMetrica
5 4 (0.52%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.39%) Elite 3E
6 3 (0.39%) SAP GTS
7 2 (0.26%) Eikon
7 2 (0.26%) Infor SunSystems
7 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.26%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 1 (0.13%) ION MarketView
8 1 (0.13%) Loan IQ
8 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.13%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.13%) SAP MM
8 1 (0.13%) SAP R/3
8 1 (0.13%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 205 (26.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 146 (18.89%) Office 365
3 45 (5.82%) PaaS
4 42 (5.43%) IaaS
5 34 (4.40%) Amazon AWS
5 34 (4.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 32 (4.14%) Dynamics 365
7 23 (2.98%) SaaS
8 15 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (1.55%) OneDrive
10 7 (0.91%) GitHub
11 4 (0.52%) Azure Data Factory
11 4 (0.52%) GoToWebinar
11 4 (0.52%) Yammer
12 3 (0.39%) AdWords
12 3 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
12 3 (0.39%) Apigee
12 3 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.39%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.26%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 56 (7.24%) DNS
2 49 (6.34%) Skype
3 43 (5.56%) DHCP
4 42 (5.43%) Firewall
5 40 (5.17%) WAN
6 34 (4.40%) LAN
7 30 (3.88%) TCP/IP
8 24 (3.10%) VPN
9 20 (2.59%) Internet
10 17 (2.20%) Cisco IOS
10 17 (2.20%) VoIP
11 14 (1.81%) SAN
12 13 (1.68%) Wireless
13 11 (1.42%) SMTP
13 11 (1.42%) Telepresence
14 10 (1.29%) Intranet
15 9 (1.16%) MPLS
15 9 (1.16%) Unified Communications
16 8 (1.03%) HTTP
16 8 (1.03%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (22.25%) SQL Server
2 74 (9.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 57 (7.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 56 (7.24%) Data Warehouse
5 50 (6.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 44 (5.69%) Power BI
7 29 (3.75%) Relational Database
8 20 (2.59%) Big Data
9 18 (2.33%) NoSQL
10 14 (1.81%) Azure SQL Database
10 14 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (1.55%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 11 (1.42%) SQL Server 2016
13 10 (1.29%) Data Lake
13 10 (1.29%) Hadoop
13 10 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
13 10 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
14 9 (1.16%) MySQL
14 9 (1.16%) RDBMS
15 7 (0.91%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 38 (4.92%) Visual Studio
2 27 (3.49%) Git (software)
3 25 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 24 (3.10%) JIRA
5 19 (2.46%) TeamCity
6 18 (2.33%) Visual Studio Team System
7 17 (2.20%) Jenkins
8 16 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
9 11 (1.42%) Selenium
9 11 (1.42%) SpecFlow
10 9 (1.16%) Subversion
11 8 (1.03%) MSI
12 5 (0.65%) Visual Studio Coded UI
12 5 (0.65%) WebDriver
13 4 (0.52%) AdminStudio
13 4 (0.52%) FitNesse
14 3 (0.39%) Jasmine
14 3 (0.39%) Mockito
14 3 (0.39%) Moq
14 3 (0.39%) NUnit
General
1 298 (38.55%) Finance
2 87 (11.25%) Banking
3 22 (2.85%) Legal
4 20 (2.59%) Front Office
5 18 (2.33%) Law
6 16 (2.07%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.81%) Retail
8 13 (1.68%) Telecoms
9 12 (1.55%) Back Office
9 12 (1.55%) Financial Institution
10 11 (1.42%) Advertising
10 11 (1.42%) Marketing
11 8 (1.03%) General Ledger
12 6 (0.78%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.52%) International Banking
14 3 (0.39%) Publishing
15 2 (0.26%) Portuguese Language
15 2 (0.26%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.13%) French Language
16 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 165 (21.35%) Analyst
2 160 (20.70%) Developer
3 70 (9.06%) Architect
4 60 (7.76%) Support Engineer
5 49 (6.34%) Desktop Support
5 49 (6.34%) Support Analyst
6 43 (5.56%) .NET Developer
7 39 (5.05%) 2nd Line Support
8 38 (4.92%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 38 (4.92%) Consultant
9 36 (4.66%) Service Analyst
10 33 (4.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 33 (4.27%) IT Support
11 32 (4.14%) Desktop Engineer
11 32 (4.14%) Project Manager
12 31 (4.01%) Business Analyst
12 31 (4.01%) Service Desk Analyst
13 27 (3.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 27 (3.49%) SQL Developer
14 26 (3.36%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (16.43%) .NET
2 44 (5.69%) ASP.NET
3 28 (3.62%) ASP.NET Web API
4 27 (3.49%) .NET Framework
5 26 (3.36%) AngularJS
6 24 (3.10%) ASP.NET MVC
7 20 (2.59%) HTML
7 20 (2.59%) Web Services
8 19 (2.46%) WCF
9 18 (2.33%) CSS
10 15 (1.94%) JSON
10 15 (1.94%) XML
11 14 (1.81%) Entity Framework
11 14 (1.81%) RabbitMQ
12 13 (1.68%) jQuery
13 12 (1.55%) REST
14 10 (1.29%) React
14 10 (1.29%) RESTful
14 10 (1.29%) WPF
15 9 (1.16%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 87 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.14%) User Experience
3 29 (3.75%) Blackberry
4 27 (3.49%) iPhone
5 26 (3.36%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (3.23%) Data Centre
7 23 (2.98%) Management Information System
8 22 (2.85%) Computer Science
9 21 (2.72%) Fixed Income
10 20 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
11 18 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (2.20%) Equities
13 13 (1.68%) iPad
13 13 (1.68%) Reinsurance
14 10 (1.29%) Tandem
15 9 (1.16%) Fintech
15 9 (1.16%) PKI
16 8 (1.03%) BYOD
16 8 (1.03%) Data Structures
16 8 (1.03%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 279 (36.09%) Windows
2 108 (13.97%) Windows 7
3 104 (13.45%) Windows 10
4 76 (9.83%) Windows Server
5 42 (5.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (5.30%) Windows 8
7 34 (4.40%) Linux
8 30 (3.88%) Windows Server 2012
9 20 (2.59%) Mac OS
10 18 (2.33%) Mac OS X
11 16 (2.07%) Apple iOS
12 15 (1.94%) Android
13 12 (1.55%) Unix
14 9 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.39%) CentOS
16 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X Server
17 2 (0.26%) Windows XP
18 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (19.66%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (16.43%) ITIL
3 92 (11.90%) Business Intelligence
4 83 (10.74%) Problem-Solving
5 82 (10.61%) Migration
6 63 (8.15%) Project Management
7 49 (6.34%) DevOps
7 49 (6.34%) Stakeholder Management
8 47 (6.08%) Scrum
9 46 (5.95%) Analytics
10 44 (5.69%) MVC
11 42 (5.43%) CRM
12 41 (5.30%) ETL
13 39 (5.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 38 (4.92%) TDD
15 32 (4.14%) Test Automation
16 31 (4.01%) Service Management
17 30 (3.88%) SDLC
18 28 (3.62%) Unit Testing
19 26 (3.36%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 168 (21.73%) SQL
2 115 (14.88%) C#
3 105 (13.58%) PowerShell
4 54 (6.99%) T-SQL
5 51 (6.60%) JavaScript
6 25 (3.23%) Python
7 20 (2.59%) Java
7 20 (2.59%) VBA
8 10 (1.29%) R
9 9 (1.16%) VBScript
10 8 (1.03%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.91%) PHP
12 6 (0.78%) C
12 6 (0.78%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.65%) Perl
14 4 (0.52%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 4 (0.52%) VB
15 3 (0.39%) Ruby
15 3 (0.39%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.39%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 59 (7.63%) Degree
2 54 (6.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 25 (3.23%) MCSE
4 17 (2.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 17 (2.20%) MCSA
5 15 (1.94%) MCP
6 13 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (1.42%) CCNA
7 11 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (1.42%) Security Cleared
8 10 (1.29%) SC Cleared
9 7 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (0.91%) ISTQB
10 6 (0.78%) MCTS
11 5 (0.65%) CISSP
12 4 (0.52%) ACSP
12 4 (0.52%) ACTC
12 4 (0.52%) ISEB
12 4 (0.52%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.52%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.72%) PMO
2 16 (2.07%) QA
3 13 (1.68%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.42%) SLA
5 5 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.52%) GDPR
7 3 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.26%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.13%) Basel III
9 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.13%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.13%) GAAP
9 1 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.13%) MiFID
9 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.13%) PSD2
9 1 (0.13%) Solvency II
System Software
1 196 (25.36%) Active Directory
2 77 (9.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (3.88%) XenApp
4 27 (3.49%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (3.10%) XenDesktop
6 23 (2.98%) Hyper-V
7 17 (2.20%) Virtual Desktop
8 16 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.94%) vSphere
10 12 (1.55%) Docker
11 7 (0.91%) BitLocker
11 7 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
12 6 (0.78%) DFS Replication
12 6 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
13 4 (0.52%) XenServer
14 2 (0.26%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 2 (0.26%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.26%) VMware NSX
14 2 (0.26%) Xen
Systems Management
1 92 (11.90%) SCCM
2 21 (2.72%) SCOM
3 18 (2.33%) vCenter Server
4 12 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 9 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
5 9 (1.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (1.03%) Kubernetes
6 8 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.91%) Ansible
7 7 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (0.91%) SCOrch
7 7 (0.91%) XenMobile
8 6 (0.78%) Puppet
9 5 (0.65%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.65%) WSUS
10 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.39%) Perfmon
11 3 (0.39%) SafeCom
11 3 (0.39%) Terraform
11 3 (0.39%) vRealize
Vendors
1 107 (13.84%) VMware
2 82 (10.61%) Citrix
3 68 (8.80%) Cisco
4 52 (6.73%) Apple
5 34 (4.40%) Oracle
6 27 (3.49%) Ivanti
7 25 (3.23%) Wyse
8 17 (2.20%) HP
9 16 (2.07%) Bloomberg
9 16 (2.07%) Tableau
10 14 (1.81%) McAfee
11 13 (1.68%) Polycom
12 12 (1.55%) Dell
12 12 (1.55%) Reuters
13 11 (1.42%) SAP
14 10 (1.29%) SolarWinds
15 9 (1.16%) EMC
15 9 (1.16%) NetApp
15 9 (1.16%) Red Hat
16 8 (1.03%) IBM