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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
London / City of London
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 13 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 -5  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 307 340 694
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 9.30% 10.05% 11.94%
As % of the Vendors category 24.60% 24.85% 28.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 262 517
Median daily rate £425 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £248 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 12 20
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.07% +20.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.14 £12.50 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.86 £19.00 £21.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +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 vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 1248 1368 2455
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 37.82% 40.43% 42.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 910 1050 1825
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £361
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 18 67
Median hourly rate £21.40 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.63% +5.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.92 £26.25 £44.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 195 (32.50%) Finance
2 175 (29.17%) Windows
3 170 (28.33%) SQL
4 160 (26.67%) SQL Server
5 131 (21.83%) Agile Software Development
6 119 (19.83%) C#
7 116 (19.33%) .NET
7 116 (19.33%) Microsoft Azure
8 112 (18.67%) Active Directory
9 102 (17.00%) Microsoft Office
10 97 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
11 96 (16.00%) CRM
12 91 (15.17%) Dynamics CRM
13 82 (13.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 80 (13.33%) Banking
15 73 (12.17%) Office 365
16 63 (10.50%) SharePoint
16 63 (10.50%) Windows Server
17 60 (10.00%) PowerShell
18 59 (9.83%) Team Foundation Server
18 59 (9.83%) Microsoft Excel
19 58 (9.67%) VMware
20 57 (9.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 54 (9.00%) ITIL
21 54 (9.00%) JavaScript
22 52 (8.67%) Citrix
22 52 (8.67%) Scrum
23 47 (7.83%) Web Services
23 47 (7.83%) SQL Server 2008
23 47 (7.83%) SCCM

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 63 (10.50%) SharePoint
2 33 (5.50%) MS Exchange
3 29 (4.83%) IIS
4 21 (3.50%) BizTalk Server
4 21 (3.50%) Skype for Business
5 18 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (1.33%) IBM Notes
9 7 (1.17%) Apache
9 7 (1.17%) Apache Spark
9 7 (1.17%) WebSphere
10 5 (0.83%) Confluence
10 5 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.67%) CMS
11 4 (0.67%) SAS
12 3 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.50%) Drupal
12 3 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.50%) Liferay
Applications
1 102 (17.00%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (9.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (6.83%) MS Visio
4 20 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (3.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.33%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.17%) SPSS
8 1 (0.17%) Stata
Business Applications
1 91 (15.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (5.33%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.50%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (1.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.67%) SimCorp Dimension
6 2 (0.33%) Magento
6 2 (0.33%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.33%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.17%) Cognos Planning
7 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.17%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.17%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.17%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.17%) osCommerce
7 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.17%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.17%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 116 (19.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 73 (12.17%) Office 365
3 43 (7.17%) IaaS
4 29 (4.83%) Amazon AWS
5 28 (4.67%) PaaS
6 18 (3.00%) Dynamics 365
7 13 (2.17%) Azure Active Directory
7 13 (2.17%) SaaS
8 6 (1.00%) GitHub
9 5 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.67%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.67%) Yammer
11 3 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.50%) G Suite
11 3 (0.50%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.33%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 27 (4.50%) LAN
2 25 (4.17%) DNS
2 25 (4.17%) Firewall
3 21 (3.50%) SAN
4 19 (3.17%) WAN
5 18 (3.00%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.83%) VPN
7 10 (1.67%) HTTP
7 10 (1.67%) NAS
8 9 (1.50%) DHCP
8 9 (1.50%) NetScaler
8 9 (1.50%) Network Security
8 9 (1.50%) Remote Desktop
8 9 (1.50%) Skype
8 9 (1.50%) SNMP
8 9 (1.50%) VoIP
8 9 (1.50%) Wi-Fi
8 9 (1.50%) Wireless
9 8 (1.33%) Unified Communications
10 7 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (26.67%) SQL Server
2 82 (13.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 57 (9.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 47 (7.83%) SQL Server 2008
5 42 (7.00%) Data Warehouse
6 37 (6.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 35 (5.83%) Power BI
8 29 (4.83%) SQL Server 2012
9 18 (3.00%) NoSQL
9 18 (3.00%) Relational Database
10 13 (2.17%) Big Data
11 10 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
11 10 (1.67%) Oracle Database
11 10 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
12 9 (1.50%) PowerPivot
13 8 (1.33%) Hadoop
13 8 (1.33%) MySQL
13 8 (1.33%) SQL Server 2014
14 6 (1.00%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 6 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 59 (9.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 41 (6.83%) JIRA
3 36 (6.00%) Visual Studio
4 14 (2.33%) Git (software)
5 13 (2.17%) SpecFlow
6 11 (1.83%) Jenkins
7 9 (1.50%) TeamCity
8 7 (1.17%) NUnit
9 6 (1.00%) Subversion
10 5 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (0.67%) MSI
11 4 (0.67%) Talend Open Studio
11 4 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (0.50%) MSTest
12 3 (0.50%) Oracle Forms
12 3 (0.50%) ReSharper
12 3 (0.50%) Selenium
13 2 (0.33%) Bitbucket
13 2 (0.33%) Moq
General
1 195 (32.50%) Finance
2 80 (13.33%) Banking
3 28 (4.67%) Legal
4 26 (4.33%) Retail
5 21 (3.50%) Advertising
6 20 (3.33%) Marketing
7 19 (3.17%) Financial Institution
8 18 (3.00%) Front Office
9 17 (2.83%) Investment Banking
10 14 (2.33%) Law
11 13 (2.17%) Back Office
12 12 (2.00%) Telecoms
13 7 (1.17%) Manufacturing
14 6 (1.00%) Electronics
15 3 (0.50%) Military
16 2 (0.33%) French Language
16 2 (0.33%) International Banking
16 2 (0.33%) Private Banking
16 2 (0.33%) Publishing
16 2 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 157 (26.17%) Developer
2 121 (20.17%) Analyst
3 53 (8.83%) Architect
4 46 (7.67%) Consultant
5 39 (6.50%) Microsoft Developer
6 34 (5.67%) .NET Developer
7 32 (5.33%) Business Analyst
8 30 (5.00%) SQL Developer
9 28 (4.67%) Support Analyst
10 25 (4.17%) C# Developer
11 24 (4.00%) Desktop Support
11 24 (4.00%) Support Engineer
12 22 (3.67%) CRM Developer
12 22 (3.67%) SQL Analyst
13 21 (3.50%) Dynamics AX Developer
13 21 (3.50%) SSIS Developer
14 20 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
15 19 (3.17%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 18 (3.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 17 (2.83%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (19.33%) .NET
2 47 (7.83%) Web Services
3 39 (6.50%) ASP.NET
4 38 (6.33%) HTML
5 35 (5.83%) CSS
6 31 (5.17%) WCF
7 26 (4.33%) .NET Framework
8 21 (3.50%) jQuery
9 19 (3.17%) AngularJS
9 19 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
10 15 (2.50%) XML
11 14 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
11 14 (2.33%) Entity Framework
12 13 (2.17%) REST
13 10 (1.67%) Ajax
14 9 (1.50%) COM
14 9 (1.50%) HTML5
14 9 (1.50%) JSON
15 8 (1.33%) Middleware
15 8 (1.33%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (4.50%) Management Information System
3 22 (3.67%) Blackberry
4 18 (3.00%) Data Centre
5 15 (2.50%) Computer Science
6 11 (1.83%) Clustering
6 11 (1.83%) Market Risk
6 11 (1.83%) Replication
7 10 (1.67%) Credit Risk
7 10 (1.67%) PKI
7 10 (1.67%) Private Cloud
8 9 (1.50%) Hedge funds
8 9 (1.50%) iPhone
9 8 (1.33%) NHS
9 8 (1.33%) User Experience
10 7 (1.17%) Algorithms
10 7 (1.17%) iPad
11 6 (1.00%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.00%) Contactless
12 5 (0.83%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 175 (29.17%) Windows
2 63 (10.50%) Windows Server
3 45 (7.50%) Windows 7
4 35 (5.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 34 (5.67%) Windows 10
6 32 (5.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (4.00%) Linux
8 18 (3.00%) Windows 8
9 14 (2.33%) Unix
10 9 (1.50%) Windows XP
11 8 (1.33%) Apple iOS
12 7 (1.17%) Android
12 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.50%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.50%) OS/390
13 3 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.33%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.17%) AIX
15 1 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.17%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (21.83%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
3 96 (16.00%) CRM
4 54 (9.00%) ITIL
5 52 (8.67%) Scrum
6 43 (7.17%) ERP
7 41 (6.83%) TDD
8 39 (6.50%) Workflow
9 38 (6.33%) Data Modelling
10 36 (6.00%) SDLC
11 35 (5.83%) Business Analysis
11 35 (5.83%) Stakeholder Management
12 34 (5.67%) Asset Management
13 32 (5.33%) Migration
14 30 (5.00%) Test Automation
15 29 (4.83%) Change Management
15 29 (4.83%) ETL
16 28 (4.67%) Data Analysis
16 28 (4.67%) DevOps
17 27 (4.50%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 170 (28.33%) SQL
2 119 (19.83%) C#
3 60 (10.00%) PowerShell
4 54 (9.00%) JavaScript
5 32 (5.33%) T-SQL
6 23 (3.83%) Java
7 11 (1.83%) Perl
7 11 (1.83%) Python
8 10 (1.67%) C
9 9 (1.50%) VBA
10 8 (1.33%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 8 (1.33%) PL/SQL
11 7 (1.17%) VB
11 7 (1.17%) VBScript
12 6 (1.00%) C++
12 6 (1.00%) R
13 3 (0.50%) Scala
13 3 (0.50%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.50%) X++
14 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 38 (6.33%) Degree
1 38 (6.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (5.33%) Security Cleared
3 21 (3.50%) SC Cleared
4 15 (2.50%) MCSE
5 13 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
5 13 (2.17%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.83%) PMI Certification
7 9 (1.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 8 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (1.33%) MCSA
9 7 (1.17%) CCNA
9 7 (1.17%) PMP
10 6 (1.00%) MCP
11 5 (0.83%) CFA
11 5 (0.83%) MCITP
12 4 (0.67%) CAPM
12 4 (0.67%) CCNP
12 4 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.50%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.83%) SLA
2 13 (2.17%) QA
3 9 (1.50%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.50%) Dodd-Frank
4 7 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.17%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.67%) COBIT
5 4 (0.67%) PMO
6 3 (0.50%) MiFID
7 2 (0.33%) EMIR
7 2 (0.33%) GDPR
7 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.33%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.17%) Basel III
8 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.17%) FATCA
8 1 (0.17%) FINREP
8 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 1 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 112 (18.67%) Active Directory
2 34 (5.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.83%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.33%) XenApp
4 14 (2.33%) XenDesktop
5 12 (2.00%) vSphere
6 9 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 9 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (1.00%) Docker
9 5 (0.83%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 4 (0.67%) DFS Replication
11 3 (0.50%) Firmware
11 3 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (0.50%) vCloud
11 3 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.33%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.33%) Corosync
12 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 47 (7.83%) SCCM
2 18 (3.00%) SCOM
3 13 (2.17%) vCenter Server
4 9 (1.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (1.33%) Tivoli
6 6 (1.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 6 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (0.83%) Backup Exec
7 5 (0.83%) Cisco CUCM
7 5 (0.83%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.83%) WSUS
8 4 (0.67%) Cisco Prime
8 4 (0.67%) SCVMM
8 4 (0.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 3 (0.50%) BMC PATROL
9 3 (0.50%) Dollar Universe
9 3 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.50%) Puppet
9 3 (0.50%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 58 (9.67%) VMware
2 52 (8.67%) Citrix
3 44 (7.33%) Oracle
4 35 (5.83%) Cisco
5 24 (4.00%) HP
6 17 (2.83%) SAP
7 16 (2.67%) IBM
7 16 (2.67%) ServiceNow
8 15 (2.50%) Apple
8 15 (2.50%) Symantec
9 10 (1.67%) Tableau
10 8 (1.33%) Dell
10 8 (1.33%) Google
10 8 (1.33%) Lotus
11 7 (1.17%) AppSense
11 7 (1.17%) Bloomberg
11 7 (1.17%) Palo Alto
11 7 (1.17%) SolarWinds
12 6 (1.00%) CyberArk
12 6 (1.00%) Splunk
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Circa £650 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Reed Technology
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
PBIT Consultants
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
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Oxbridge Answers
Rate: c350 Day Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
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Pioneer Search
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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onezeero.
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
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Michael Page Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £525 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
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Nigel Frank International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
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CPS Group Limited
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 14 days ago