Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 10 8
Rank change year-on-year -4 -2 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 339 304 902
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 9.99% 12.54% 13.60%
As % of the Vendors category 29.10% 33.04% 35.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 217 674
10th Percentile £291 £228 £167
25th Percentile £411 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £550
90th Percentile £653 £615 £638
Central London median daily rate £525 £458 £471
% change year-on-year +14.57% -2.71% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 33
10th Percentile " " £11.25
25th Percentile £8.00 £12.42 £12.04
Median hourly rate £13.88 £13.44 £16.60
Median % change year-on-year +3.24% -19.04% -11.23%
75th Percentile £23.19 £16.99 £21.00
90th Percentile £25.03 £24.74 £21.45
Central London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £16.95
% change year-on-year -3.33% -11.50% -9.36%

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 1,165 920 2,537
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 34.33% 37.95% 38.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 805 644 1,948
10th Percentile £363 £286 £283
25th Percentile £432 £406 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £488 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.77% -2.50% +2.56%
75th Percentile £628 £575 £588
90th Percentile £713 £661 £650
Central London median daily rate £530 £488 £500
% change year-on-year +8.72% -2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 16 54
10th Percentile £8.00 £12.42 £11.25
25th Percentile £12.16 £12.48 £12.76
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.34 £20.25
Median % change year-on-year -15.66% -14.37% +4.52%
75th Percentile £24.11 £27.52 £22.89
90th Percentile £27.33 £45.73 £44.80
Central London median hourly rate £15.00 £19.35 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.48% -3.25% +1.27%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 - 1 £385 -
Microsoft
Central London

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 178 (52.51%) Azure
2 123 (36.28%) Finance
3 89 (26.25%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (25.66%) Microsoft 365
5 85 (25.07%) Social Skills
6 84 (24.78%) Active Directory
7 71 (20.94%) Windows
8 70 (20.65%) SQL Server
9 64 (18.88%) PowerShell
10 62 (18.29%) Power Platform
11 61 (17.99%) DevOps
12 59 (17.40%) Business Intelligence
13 58 (17.11%) SharePoint
13 58 (17.11%) Power BI
14 56 (16.52%) Stakeholder Management
15 54 (15.93%) SQL
16 52 (15.34%) Analytics
17 46 (13.57%) Microsoft Office
18 41 (12.09%) C#
19 39 (11.50%) Salesforce.com
19 39 (11.50%) Migration
19 39 (11.50%) VMware
20 38 (11.21%) Microsoft Excel
20 38 (11.21%) Continuous Improvement
20 38 (11.21%) Azure Active Directory
21 37 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
22 36 (10.62%) .NET
22 36 (10.62%) ITIL
23 35 (10.32%) DNS
24 33 (9.73%) Change 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 58 (17.11%) SharePoint
2 19 (5.60%) MS Exchange
3 8 (2.36%) Confluence
4 5 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (0.88%) Apache
5 3 (0.88%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.88%) CMS
5 3 (0.88%) IBM Notes
5 3 (0.88%) IIS
5 3 (0.88%) Moodle
5 3 (0.88%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.59%) IBM Domino
6 2 (0.59%) nginx
6 2 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.59%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.29%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.29%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 46 (13.57%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (11.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (5.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (4.13%) MS Visio
5 10 (2.95%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.88%) Camtasia
7 2 (0.59%) InVision
7 2 (0.59%) Marvel
7 2 (0.59%) Sketch
8 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (2.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.29%) CA PPM
2 1 (0.29%) Magento
2 1 (0.29%) Primavera
2 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.29%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 178 (52.51%) Azure
2 87 (25.66%) Microsoft 365
3 62 (18.29%) Power Platform
4 38 (11.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 26 (7.67%) AWS
5 26 (7.67%) PaaS
6 18 (5.31%) IaaS
7 14 (4.13%) Apigee
8 13 (3.83%) Azure Data Factory
9 11 (3.24%) Power Automate
9 11 (3.24%) SaaS
10 10 (2.95%) Dynamics 365
10 10 (2.95%) GCP
11 9 (2.65%) PowerApps
12 7 (2.06%) Azure Logic Apps
12 7 (2.06%) Mimecast
12 7 (2.06%) Serverless
13 6 (1.77%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 6 (1.77%) GitHub
13 6 (1.77%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 35 (10.32%) DNS
2 23 (6.78%) Firewall
3 22 (6.49%) DHCP
4 12 (3.54%) TCP/IP
5 10 (2.95%) LAN
6 9 (2.65%) MPLS
6 9 (2.65%) Unified Communications
6 9 (2.65%) VPN
6 9 (2.65%) WAN
7 7 (2.06%) Remote Desktop
8 6 (1.77%) Internet
8 6 (1.77%) WebEx
8 6 (1.77%) Wireless
9 5 (1.47%) Skype
10 4 (1.18%) Kerberos
10 4 (1.18%) NetScaler
10 4 (1.18%) SAN
10 4 (1.18%) VoIP
11 3 (0.88%) Intranet
11 3 (0.88%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (20.65%) SQL Server
2 58 (17.11%) Power BI
3 27 (7.96%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (5.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (3.83%) Data Lake
6 12 (3.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (3.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (2.95%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (2.36%) DB2
9 5 (1.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (1.18%) Electronic Patient Records
10 4 (1.18%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.18%) QlikView
11 3 (0.88%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.88%) Big Data
11 3 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
11 3 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.88%) Redis
11 3 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.59%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 24 (7.08%) JIRA
2 23 (6.78%) Octopus Deploy
3 9 (2.65%) Git (software)
4 5 (1.47%) TeamCity
4 5 (1.47%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.18%) Jenkins
5 4 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.88%) Selenium
6 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (0.88%) Subversion
6 3 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.59%) Axure RP
7 2 (0.59%) Bugzilla
7 2 (0.59%) SpecFlow
7 2 (0.59%) TestLink
7 2 (0.59%) TestRail
8 1 (0.29%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.29%) GoCD
8 1 (0.29%) Terragrunt
General
1 123 (36.28%) Finance
2 85 (25.07%) Social Skills
3 32 (9.44%) Banking
4 18 (5.31%) Legal
5 14 (4.13%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (3.54%) Documentation Skills
7 10 (2.95%) Law
8 8 (2.36%) Financial Institution
9 7 (2.06%) Back Office
10 6 (1.77%) Marketing
10 6 (1.77%) Presentation Skills
10 6 (1.77%) Public Sector
11 5 (1.47%) Front Office
11 5 (1.47%) Investment Banking
12 4 (1.18%) French Language
12 4 (1.18%) International Banking
12 4 (1.18%) Organisational Skills
12 4 (1.18%) Retail
12 4 (1.18%) Telecoms
13 3 (0.88%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 52 (15.34%) Architect
2 45 (13.27%) Analyst
3 33 (9.73%) Project Manager
4 27 (7.96%) Developer
5 25 (7.37%) Azure Engineer
6 24 (7.08%) Azure Architect
7 21 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 21 (6.19%) Technical Leader
8 18 (5.31%) Salesforce Architect
8 18 (5.31%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (4.72%) Integration Architect
10 14 (4.13%) Support Engineer
11 12 (3.54%) Business Analyst
11 12 (3.54%) Cloud Engineer
11 12 (3.54%) DevOps Engineer
12 11 (3.24%) Technical Manager
13 9 (2.65%) Consultant
13 9 (2.65%) Delivery Project Manager
13 9 (2.65%) Desktop Support
13 9 (2.65%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (10.62%) .NET
2 27 (7.96%) React
3 25 (7.37%) ASP.NET
4 23 (6.78%) AngularJS
5 22 (6.49%) ASP.NET Core
6 18 (5.31%) RESTful
7 13 (3.83%) Swagger
8 8 (2.36%) Web Services
9 6 (1.77%) .NET Core
9 6 (1.77%) LDAP
10 5 (1.47%) REST
11 4 (1.18%) .NET Framework
11 4 (1.18%) Redux
12 3 (0.88%) Node.js
12 3 (0.88%) PySpark
13 2 (0.59%) Enzyme
13 2 (0.59%) Express
13 2 (0.59%) Jest
13 2 (0.59%) Material-UI
13 2 (0.59%) MobX
Miscellaneous
1 23 (6.78%) Greenfield Project
2 17 (5.01%) Management Information System
3 15 (4.42%) Data Centre
4 10 (2.95%) User Experience
5 9 (2.65%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.36%) Virtual Team
7 6 (1.77%) iSeries
7 6 (1.77%) Replication
7 6 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.47%) Clustering
8 5 (1.47%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.18%) BYOD
9 4 (1.18%) Derivative
10 3 (0.88%) Blackberry
10 3 (0.88%) Data Structures
10 3 (0.88%) Learning Management System
10 3 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.88%) Reinsurance
11 2 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.59%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 71 (20.94%) Windows
2 27 (7.96%) Windows Server
3 25 (7.37%) Windows 10
4 15 (4.42%) Windows 7
5 14 (4.13%) Linux
6 11 (3.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (2.06%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (0.88%) Android
9 3 (0.88%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.88%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.59%) Unix
11 1 (0.29%) CentOS
11 1 (0.29%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.29%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.29%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (26.25%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (17.99%) DevOps
3 59 (17.40%) Business Intelligence
4 56 (16.52%) Stakeholder Management
5 52 (15.34%) Analytics
6 39 (11.50%) Migration
7 38 (11.21%) Continuous Improvement
8 37 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
9 36 (10.62%) ITIL
10 33 (9.73%) Change Management
11 31 (9.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 30 (8.85%) Project Delivery
13 29 (8.55%) Enterprise Architecture
13 29 (8.55%) Scrum
14 28 (8.26%) Software Engineering
15 27 (7.96%) Continuous Integration
15 27 (7.96%) TDD
16 26 (7.67%) Project Management
16 26 (7.67%) Scaled Agile Framework
17 23 (6.78%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 64 (18.88%) PowerShell
2 54 (15.93%) SQL
3 41 (12.09%) C#
4 31 (9.14%) JavaScript
4 31 (9.14%) Python
5 25 (7.37%) TypeScript
6 12 (3.54%) T-SQL
7 11 (3.24%) Java
8 8 (2.36%) VBA
9 4 (1.18%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.88%) R
10 3 (0.88%) Scala
11 2 (0.59%) C
11 2 (0.59%) VBScript
12 1 (0.29%) C++
12 1 (0.29%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.29%) VB
12 1 (0.29%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 21 (6.19%) Degree
2 15 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (2.95%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (2.06%) MCSE
6 5 (1.47%) CISSP
6 5 (1.47%) MCSA
7 4 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (1.18%) Numerate Degree
7 4 (1.18%) Security Cleared
8 3 (0.88%) MOS
8 3 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 2 (0.59%) APMP
9 2 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.59%) CISM
9 2 (0.59%) CompTIA Security+
9 2 (0.59%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.59%) SC Cleared
9 2 (0.59%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (8.26%) QA
2 11 (3.24%) PMO
3 5 (1.47%) GDPR
3 5 (1.47%) SLA
4 4 (1.18%) Basel III
4 4 (1.18%) COBIT
4 4 (1.18%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.88%) CRD IV
5 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.59%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.59%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.29%) Accessibility
7 1 (0.29%) IFRS
7 1 (0.29%) MiFID
7 1 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.29%) SEPA
System Software
1 84 (24.78%) Active Directory
2 23 (6.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.24%) vSphere
4 9 (2.65%) Docker
4 9 (2.65%) Virtual Desktop
4 9 (2.65%) XenApp
5 8 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (2.36%) XenDesktop
6 6 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.18%) Hyper-V
7 4 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.29%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.29%) NFS
9 1 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.29%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 21 (6.19%) SCCM
2 16 (4.72%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (3.54%) Terraform
4 8 (2.36%) Ansible
4 8 (2.36%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.18%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 4 (1.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 4 (1.18%) vCenter Server
6 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (0.88%) SCOM
6 3 (0.88%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (0.59%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.59%) Control-M
7 2 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (0.59%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.59%) Netcool
7 2 (0.59%) QRadar
7 2 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.59%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.29%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 39 (11.50%) Salesforce.com
1 39 (11.50%) VMware
2 32 (9.44%) Citrix
3 18 (5.31%) Google
4 17 (5.01%) Cisco
5 16 (4.72%) MuleSoft
6 13 (3.83%) Databricks
7 10 (2.95%) Oracle
8 8 (2.36%) EMC
9 6 (1.77%) IBM
9 6 (1.77%) Symantec
10 5 (1.47%) Remedy
10 5 (1.47%) SAP
11 4 (1.18%) Avaya
11 4 (1.18%) BMC
11 4 (1.18%) HubSpot
11 4 (1.18%) ServiceNow
12 3 (0.88%) Alteryx
12 3 (0.88%) Meraki
12 3 (0.88%) Splunk