Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 11 8
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 393 212 807
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 10.11% 11.88% 13.60%
As % of the Vendors category 30.28% 32.47% 35.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 151 611
10th Percentile £230 £263 £191
25th Percentile £411 £409 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £463
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +3.78% +3.64%
75th Percentile £600 £550 £543
90th Percentile £688 £613 £634
Central London median daily rate £525 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 30
10th Percentile " £12.75 £11.25
25th Percentile £8.00 £13.88 £12.04
Median hourly rate £12.75 £18.00 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -29.17% +9.09% -11.76%
75th Percentile £18.75 £21.00 £21.00
90th Percentile £23.15 £22.20 £21.92
Central London median hourly rate £12.75 £18.00 £17.60
% change year-on-year -29.17% +2.27% -5.88%

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 1,298 653 2,303
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 33.38% 36.58% 38.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 951 477 1,796
10th Percentile £325 £300 £271
25th Percentile £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £585
90th Percentile £725 £655 £650
Central London median daily rate £530 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +0.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 7 50
10th Percentile £8.00 £12.75 £11.25
25th Percentile £12.16 £13.88 £12.76
Median hourly rate £14.25 £18.00 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -20.83% -12.20% +9.63%
75th Percentile £23.00 £21.00 £23.35
90th Percentile £25.98 £22.20 £45.00
Central London median hourly rate £14.25 £17.97 £20.83
% change year-on-year -20.68% -13.75% +11.39%

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 19 October 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 19 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the City of London

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 186 (47.33%) Azure
2 152 (38.68%) Finance
3 109 (27.74%) Microsoft 365
4 104 (26.46%) Windows
5 90 (22.90%) Active Directory
6 87 (22.14%) SQL
7 86 (21.88%) Agile Software Development
8 80 (20.36%) SQL Server
9 79 (20.10%) Social Skills
10 63 (16.03%) Power Platform
11 62 (15.78%) Business Intelligence
12 60 (15.27%) Power BI
13 59 (15.01%) DevOps
14 58 (14.76%) Analytics
15 55 (13.99%) Microsoft Office
16 53 (13.49%) SharePoint
17 49 (12.47%) ITIL
18 48 (12.21%) Migration
18 48 (12.21%) Problem-Solving
19 45 (11.45%) C#
20 43 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
21 41 (10.43%) Python
21 41 (10.43%) VMware
21 41 (10.43%) Banking
22 40 (10.18%) Data Warehouse
23 37 (9.41%) PowerShell
23 37 (9.41%) Windows 10
23 37 (9.41%) Windows Server
24 35 (8.91%) Citrix
25 34 (8.65%) .NET

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 53 (13.49%) SharePoint
2 15 (3.82%) MS Exchange
3 9 (2.29%) Confluence
3 9 (2.29%) IIS
4 5 (1.27%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.76%) Apache
6 2 (0.51%) CMS
6 2 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.51%) Moodle
6 2 (0.51%) nginx
6 2 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (0.51%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.25%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.25%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.25%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 55 (13.99%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (3.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (2.29%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (2.04%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.51%) Camtasia
6 2 (0.51%) InVision
6 2 (0.51%) Marvel
6 2 (0.51%) Sketch
6 2 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.25%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 18 (4.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.25%) Magento
2 1 (0.25%) Primavera
2 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.25%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 186 (47.33%) Azure
2 109 (27.74%) Microsoft 365
3 63 (16.03%) Power Platform
4 25 (6.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 23 (5.85%) AWS
5 23 (5.85%) PaaS
5 23 (5.85%) Power Automate
5 23 (5.85%) PowerApps
6 20 (5.09%) Dynamics 365
7 16 (4.07%) Azure Data Factory
8 15 (3.82%) IaaS
9 12 (3.05%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 12 (3.05%) SaaS
10 10 (2.54%) GCP
10 10 (2.54%) GitHub
11 9 (2.29%) Collibra
12 8 (2.04%) Azure Logic Apps
13 7 (1.78%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 7 (1.78%) Mimecast
13 7 (1.78%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 32 (8.14%) DNS
2 30 (7.63%) Firewall
3 23 (5.85%) DHCP
4 11 (2.80%) MPLS
4 11 (2.80%) VPN
5 10 (2.54%) WAN
6 9 (2.29%) LAN
6 9 (2.29%) TCP/IP
6 9 (2.29%) Unified Communications
7 8 (2.04%) Wireless
8 7 (1.78%) Remote Desktop
8 7 (1.78%) Skype
9 6 (1.53%) NetScaler
10 5 (1.27%) Internet
10 5 (1.27%) IP Telephony
10 5 (1.27%) IPv4
10 5 (1.27%) Kerberos
11 4 (1.02%) IPv6
11 4 (1.02%) VoIP
11 4 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (20.36%) SQL Server
2 60 (15.27%) Power BI
3 40 (10.18%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (5.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 20 (5.09%) Data Lake
6 17 (4.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 14 (3.56%) QlikView
8 13 (3.31%) Azure SQL Database
8 13 (3.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (2.29%) Relational Database
10 8 (2.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 8 (2.04%) NoSQL
10 8 (2.04%) Qlik Sense
10 8 (2.04%) Tableau
11 6 (1.53%) RDBMS
11 6 (1.53%) SQL Server 2014
12 5 (1.27%) Big Data
12 5 (1.27%) Oracle Database
12 5 (1.27%) SSDT
13 4 (1.02%) Redis
Development Applications
1 28 (7.12%) JIRA
2 18 (4.58%) Git (software)
3 17 (4.33%) Visual Studio
4 12 (3.05%) Jenkins
5 9 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (2.04%) Selenium
7 7 (1.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (1.78%) TeamCity
8 6 (1.53%) Subversion
9 5 (1.27%) SpecFlow
10 4 (1.02%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.76%) Appium
11 3 (0.76%) Maven
11 3 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.76%) TestNG
11 3 (0.76%) Zephyr
12 2 (0.51%) Axure RP
12 2 (0.51%) Bitbucket
12 2 (0.51%) Cucumber
12 2 (0.51%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 152 (38.68%) Finance
2 79 (20.10%) Social Skills
3 41 (10.43%) Banking
4 32 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (5.09%) Legal
6 16 (4.07%) Financial Institution
7 11 (2.80%) Documentation Skills
7 11 (2.80%) Public Sector
8 9 (2.29%) Back Office
8 9 (2.29%) Investment Banking
8 9 (2.29%) Law
9 7 (1.78%) Front Office
9 7 (1.78%) Presentation Skills
10 6 (1.53%) Organisational Skills
11 5 (1.27%) Marketing
11 5 (1.27%) Retail
12 4 (1.02%) French Language
12 4 (1.02%) International Banking
13 3 (0.76%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.76%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 71 (18.07%) Analyst
2 49 (12.47%) Architect
3 44 (11.20%) Developer
4 29 (7.38%) Azure Engineer
5 25 (6.36%) Project Manager
6 22 (5.60%) Consultant
6 22 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 20 (5.09%) Support Engineer
8 19 (4.83%) Solutions Architect
9 17 (4.33%) Business Analyst
10 16 (4.07%) IT Support
11 14 (3.56%) DevOps Engineer
12 13 (3.31%) Azure Architect
13 12 (3.05%) IT Engineer
13 12 (3.05%) Security Engineer
14 11 (2.80%) Business Intelligence Analyst
14 11 (2.80%) Data Engineer
14 11 (2.80%) Desktop Support
14 11 (2.80%) IT Analyst
14 11 (2.80%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (8.65%) .NET
2 15 (3.82%) RESTful
3 11 (2.80%) .NET Framework
4 9 (2.29%) Web Services
5 8 (2.04%) .NET Core
6 7 (1.78%) ASP.NET
6 7 (1.78%) REST
7 6 (1.53%) LDAP
8 5 (1.27%) Swagger
9 4 (1.02%) AngularJS
9 4 (1.02%) ARM Templates
9 4 (1.02%) CSS
9 4 (1.02%) Entity Framework
9 4 (1.02%) JSON
9 4 (1.02%) WinForms
9 4 (1.02%) WPF
10 3 (0.76%) HTML
10 3 (0.76%) SOAP
10 3 (0.76%) Velocity
10 3 (0.76%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 24 (6.11%) Management Information System
2 23 (5.85%) Data Centre
3 11 (2.80%) User Experience
4 10 (2.54%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.29%) Reinsurance
6 8 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (1.78%) Hedge funds
7 7 (1.78%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.53%) Clustering
8 6 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
9 5 (1.27%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.27%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.27%) Replication
9 5 (1.27%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.02%) BYOD
11 3 (0.76%) Analytical Mindset
11 3 (0.76%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.76%) iSeries
11 3 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.51%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 104 (26.46%) Windows
2 37 (9.41%) Windows 10
2 37 (9.41%) Windows Server
3 21 (5.34%) Windows 7
4 18 (4.58%) Linux
5 16 (4.07%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (2.80%) Windows Server 2016
7 7 (1.78%) Unix
7 7 (1.78%) Windows Server 2019
8 6 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (1.27%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.76%) Android
10 3 (0.76%) CentOS
10 3 (0.76%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.51%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.25%) Solaris
12 1 (0.25%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.25%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (21.88%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (15.78%) Business Intelligence
3 59 (15.01%) DevOps
4 58 (14.76%) Analytics
5 49 (12.47%) ITIL
6 48 (12.21%) Migration
6 48 (12.21%) Problem-Solving
7 33 (8.40%) Scrum
7 33 (8.40%) Stakeholder Management
8 30 (7.63%) Project Delivery
9 29 (7.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 28 (7.12%) Change Management
10 28 (7.12%) Project Management
11 27 (6.87%) CRM
12 26 (6.62%) ETL
13 25 (6.36%) Release Management
13 25 (6.36%) Risk Management
14 24 (6.11%) Data Modelling
15 21 (5.34%) Data Management
15 21 (5.34%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 87 (22.14%) SQL
2 45 (11.45%) C#
3 41 (10.43%) Python
4 37 (9.41%) PowerShell
5 17 (4.33%) T-SQL
6 14 (3.56%) Java
7 12 (3.05%) JavaScript
8 9 (2.29%) VBA
9 8 (2.04%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 7 (1.78%) R
11 5 (1.27%) VB.NET
11 5 (1.27%) VBScript
12 4 (1.02%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.76%) C
13 3 (0.76%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.76%) Scala
13 3 (0.76%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.51%) PHP
14 2 (0.51%) VB
15 1 (0.25%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 21 (5.34%) Degree
2 14 (3.56%) Microsoft Certification
3 13 (3.31%) Security Cleared
4 11 (2.80%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
6 7 (1.78%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (1.27%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (1.02%) ISTQB
8 4 (1.02%) MCSE
9 3 (0.76%) CCENT
9 3 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.76%) MCSA
9 3 (0.76%) OCP
9 3 (0.76%) Oracle Certification
9 3 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (0.76%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.51%) APMP
10 2 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.05%) GDPR
2 11 (2.80%) Data Quality
3 10 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (2.29%) SLA
5 7 (1.78%) PMO
6 6 (1.53%) COBIT
7 3 (0.76%) Basel III
7 3 (0.76%) QA
8 2 (0.51%) Accessibility
8 2 (0.51%) CRD IV
8 2 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.51%) IFRS
8 2 (0.51%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.51%) NIST
8 2 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.51%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.25%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 90 (22.90%) Active Directory
2 27 (6.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (5.34%) Docker
4 14 (3.56%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (2.29%) vSphere
6 8 (2.04%) Hyper-V
7 6 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.53%) XenApp
7 6 (1.53%) XenDesktop
8 5 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.76%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.25%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.25%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.25%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 31 (7.89%) SCCM
2 29 (7.38%) Microsoft Intune
3 21 (5.34%) Terraform
4 17 (4.33%) Ansible
5 16 (4.07%) Kubernetes
6 6 (1.53%) Puppet
7 4 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.02%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (0.76%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.76%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.76%) FortiGate
8 3 (0.76%) Jamf Pro
8 3 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.76%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.51%) Control-M
9 2 (0.51%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.51%) Netcool
9 2 (0.51%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 41 (10.43%) VMware
2 35 (8.91%) Citrix
3 26 (6.62%) Cisco
4 19 (4.83%) Databricks
5 16 (4.07%) Oracle
5 16 (4.07%) Salesforce.com
6 14 (3.56%) ServiceNow
7 12 (3.05%) Google
8 10 (2.54%) MuleSoft
9 9 (2.29%) EMC
10 6 (1.53%) SAP
11 5 (1.27%) Apple
11 5 (1.27%) Dell
11 5 (1.27%) Remedy
11 5 (1.27%) Symantec
12 4 (1.02%) HubSpot
12 4 (1.02%) Infoblox
12 4 (1.02%) Meraki
12 4 (1.02%) Polycom
12 4 (1.02%) Qualys