Period
to 17 October 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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 17 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
England > East Midlands
6 months to
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 1 2 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 +3 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 290 128 329
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East Midlands 20.18% 21.23% 17.54%
As % of the Vendors category 44.96% 41.83% 38.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 76 184
10th Percentile £94 £120 £140
25th Percentile £165 £162 £273
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £338 £375
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% +10.29%
75th Percentile £498 £400 £463
90th Percentile £600 £485 £550
England median daily rate £450 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +4.15% +1.66% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 13 42
10th Percentile £9.00 £9.52 £9.57
25th Percentile £9.32 £11.00 £10.72
Median hourly rate £14.00 £12.24 £13.38
Median % change year-on-year +14.43% -8.52% -9.37%
75th Percentile £16.93 £16.50 £14.82
90th Percentile £20.00 £17.80 £17.00
England median hourly rate £16.25 £16.47 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.34% -0.18% +5.10%

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 East Midlands.

All Vendors
East Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 645 306 848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 44.89% 50.75% 45.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 191 497
10th Percentile £128 £155 £175
25th Percentile £275 £278 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +3.23%
75th Percentile £495 £459 £500
90th Percentile £585 £525 £575
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 21 61
10th Percentile £9.00 £9.52 £10.06
25th Percentile £10.95 £11.07 £11.24
Median hourly rate £15.25 £14.00 £14.28
Median % change year-on-year +8.93% -1.96% -4.42%
75th Percentile £24.08 £22.50 £17.50
90th Percentile £56.85 £37.50 £45.00
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year -6.17% +6.58% +9.70%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 17 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 17 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the East Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the East Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 October 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
Nottinghamshire -4 96 £500 +198.51% 79
Leicestershire +4 84 £185 -50.67% 57
Derbyshire +10 55 £306 +85.61% 47
Northamptonshire +1 45 £380 +10.55% 49
Lincolnshire -9 4 £330 +94.12% 29
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 118 (40.69%) Active Directory
2 109 (37.59%) Windows
3 106 (36.55%) Social Skills
4 94 (32.41%) Microsoft 365
5 90 (31.03%) Azure
6 76 (26.21%) Microsoft Office
7 60 (20.69%) Windows 10
8 47 (16.21%) .NET
9 45 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
10 44 (15.17%) ITIL
11 43 (14.83%) Microsoft Excel
12 42 (14.48%) C#
13 41 (14.14%) SQL
14 40 (13.79%) SLA
15 39 (13.45%) VMware
16 38 (13.10%) Finance
16 38 (13.10%) SQL Server
17 36 (12.41%) Windows Server
18 30 (10.34%) SharePoint
18 30 (10.34%) Firewall
18 30 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
19 29 (10.00%) Migration
20 27 (9.31%) Problem-Solving
21 26 (8.97%) Citrix
21 26 (8.97%) PowerShell
22 25 (8.62%) Linux
22 25 (8.62%) JavaScript
22 25 (8.62%) DevOps
23 24 (8.28%) HTML
23 24 (8.28%) CSS

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands 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 30 (10.34%) SharePoint
2 13 (4.48%) Confluence
3 10 (3.45%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.07%) WebSphere
5 5 (1.72%) JBoss
5 5 (1.72%) NetWeaver
5 5 (1.72%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.38%) Apache Spark
6 4 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.03%) IIS
8 2 (0.69%) Apache
8 2 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.34%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.34%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.34%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.34%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 76 (26.21%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (14.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (3.79%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (1.72%) Siemens NX
6 2 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.34%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 5 (1.72%) Teamcenter
2 3 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.03%) Exchequer
3 2 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 94 (32.41%) Microsoft 365
2 90 (31.03%) Azure
3 21 (7.24%) Power Platform
4 18 (6.21%) AWS
4 18 (6.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (5.17%) IaaS
5 15 (5.17%) SaaS
6 14 (4.83%) PaaS
7 13 (4.48%) Dynamics 365
8 11 (3.79%) OneDrive
8 11 (3.79%) OpenShift
9 7 (2.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 6 (2.07%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 5 (1.72%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (1.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 5 (1.72%) GCP
11 5 (1.72%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.38%) PowerApps
13 3 (1.03%) Azure Stack
13 3 (1.03%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 30 (10.34%) Firewall
2 19 (6.55%) WAN
3 14 (4.83%) VPN
4 11 (3.79%) SAN
5 10 (3.45%) PBX
6 9 (3.10%) DNS
7 8 (2.76%) DHCP
7 8 (2.76%) LAN
8 7 (2.41%) Network Security
8 7 (2.41%) VoIP
9 6 (2.07%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (2.07%) Internet
9 6 (2.07%) SD-WAN
9 6 (2.07%) Skype
9 6 (2.07%) Wireless
10 5 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (1.72%) MPLS
10 5 (1.72%) TCP/IP
11 4 (1.38%) NetScaler
12 2 (0.69%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (13.10%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.86%) Power BI
3 14 (4.83%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (4.48%) Azure SQL Database
5 11 (3.79%) Data Lake
6 8 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (2.41%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 6 (2.07%) MySQL
8 6 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (1.72%) Big Data
9 5 (1.72%) DB2
9 5 (1.72%) SAP HANA
10 4 (1.38%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (1.03%) Crystal Reports
11 3 (1.03%) Event Store
11 3 (1.03%) NoSQL
11 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
12 2 (0.69%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.69%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 18 (6.21%) JIRA
2 14 (4.83%) Git (software)
3 11 (3.79%) NUnit
4 9 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (1.72%) Visual Studio
6 4 (1.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (1.03%) Chocolatey
7 3 (1.03%) Subversion
7 3 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.34%) Gatling
8 1 (0.34%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.34%) JMeter
8 1 (0.34%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.34%) NeoLoad
8 1 (0.34%) TestComplete
8 1 (0.34%) WebPageTest
General
1 106 (36.55%) Social Skills
2 38 (13.10%) Finance
3 21 (7.24%) Public Sector
4 18 (6.21%) Retail
5 14 (4.83%) Manufacturing
6 10 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (2.76%) Banking
8 7 (2.41%) Aerospace
8 7 (2.41%) Law
9 6 (2.07%) Documentation Skills
10 5 (1.72%) Local Government
11 3 (1.03%) Legal
11 3 (1.03%) Organisational Skills
11 3 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.69%) Advertising
12 2 (0.69%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.69%) Telecoms
13 1 (0.34%) Automotive
13 1 (0.34%) Billing
13 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (23.45%) Analyst
2 41 (14.14%) Developer
3 24 (8.28%) .NET Developer
3 24 (8.28%) Architect
4 23 (7.93%) Support Engineer
5 22 (7.59%) Service Analyst
5 22 (7.59%) Service Desk Analyst
6 20 (6.90%) Support Analyst
7 18 (6.21%) 2nd Line Support
7 18 (6.21%) IT Support
8 17 (5.86%) C# Developer
9 16 (5.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 16 (5.52%) Project Manager
10 12 (4.14%) 1st Line Support
10 12 (4.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 12 (4.14%) Administrator
11 11 (3.79%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 11 (3.79%) C# .NET Developer
11 11 (3.79%) Desktop Support
12 10 (3.45%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (16.21%) .NET
2 24 (8.28%) CSS
2 24 (8.28%) HTML
3 18 (6.21%) .NET Core
4 17 (5.86%) WCF
5 15 (5.17%) .NET Framework
5 15 (5.17%) ASP.NET Web API
6 13 (4.48%) RESTful
7 12 (4.14%) Vue.js
8 9 (3.10%) AngularJS
9 8 (2.76%) ASP.NET
9 8 (2.76%) jQuery
9 8 (2.76%) Web Services
10 6 (2.07%) Middleware
11 5 (1.72%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 5 (1.72%) COM
11 5 (1.72%) Entity Framework
11 5 (1.72%) SAP Basis
12 4 (1.38%) REST
12 4 (1.38%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (4.83%) Greenfield Project
2 12 (4.14%) Driving Licence
3 11 (3.79%) Data Centre
4 7 (2.41%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.41%) Public Cloud
4 7 (2.41%) SCADA
5 6 (2.07%) Data Protection Act
5 6 (2.07%) NHS
5 6 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.72%) PKI
7 4 (1.38%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.03%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.69%) e-Learning
9 2 (0.69%) Fat Client
9 2 (0.69%) Learning Management System
9 2 (0.69%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.69%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.69%) User Experience
9 2 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.69%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 109 (37.59%) Windows
2 60 (20.69%) Windows 10
3 36 (12.41%) Windows Server
4 25 (8.62%) Linux
5 17 (5.86%) Unix
6 13 (4.48%) Android
7 9 (3.10%) Apple iOS
7 9 (3.10%) Windows 7
8 8 (2.76%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (2.07%) Windows 8
9 6 (2.07%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (1.72%) AIX
10 5 (1.72%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (1.03%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.34%) CentOS
13 1 (0.34%) VMS
13 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (15.17%) ITIL
3 29 (10.00%) Migration
4 27 (9.31%) Problem-Solving
5 25 (8.62%) DevOps
6 23 (7.93%) MVC
7 22 (7.59%) Project Management
8 21 (7.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 19 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
9 19 (6.55%) Clean Code
9 19 (6.55%) Microservices
10 17 (5.86%) OOP
10 17 (5.86%) SDLC
11 16 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
12 15 (5.17%) Service Management
13 14 (4.83%) Full Stack Development
13 14 (4.83%) Process Improvement
14 13 (4.48%) OO
14 13 (4.48%) Test Automation
15 12 (4.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 42 (14.48%) C#
2 41 (14.14%) SQL
3 26 (8.97%) PowerShell
4 25 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 12 (4.14%) T-SQL
6 7 (2.41%) Python
7 5 (1.72%) Bash Shell
7 5 (1.72%) VBScript
8 4 (1.38%) C
9 2 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (0.69%) Java
9 2 (0.69%) PHP
9 2 (0.69%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.69%) VB
10 1 (0.34%) Korn
10 1 (0.34%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.34%) R
10 1 (0.34%) Scala
10 1 (0.34%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (5.86%) Degree
2 12 (4.14%) CCNA
2 12 (4.14%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (3.10%) MCP
3 9 (3.10%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (3.10%) Security Cleared
4 6 (2.07%) SC Cleared
5 5 (1.72%) MCSE
6 4 (1.38%) CCNP
7 3 (1.03%) A+ Certification
7 3 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (1.03%) ECDL
7 3 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (1.03%) MOS
7 3 (1.03%) PMI Certification
7 3 (1.03%) PMP
8 2 (0.69%) TOGAF Certification
9 1 (0.34%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.34%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (13.79%) SLA
2 9 (3.10%) GDPR
3 8 (2.76%) Data Quality
3 8 (2.76%) QA
4 7 (2.41%) PCI DSS
5 5 (1.72%) COBIT
6 2 (0.69%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.69%) PMO
6 2 (0.69%) SOC 1
6 2 (0.69%) SOC 2
7 1 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 118 (40.69%) Active Directory
2 30 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.76%) Docker
3 8 (2.76%) Hyper-V
3 8 (2.76%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (2.41%) vSphere
5 4 (1.38%) XenApp
5 4 (1.38%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.34%) Firmware
6 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 19 (6.55%) Kubernetes
1 19 (6.55%) SCCM
2 7 (2.41%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 7 (2.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (1.72%) Nessus
4 4 (1.38%) Puppet
5 3 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (1.03%) Terraform
5 3 (1.03%) WSUS
6 2 (0.69%) Ansible
6 2 (0.69%) Control-M
6 2 (0.69%) SCOM
7 1 (0.34%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.34%) Grafana
7 1 (0.34%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.34%) Kibana
7 1 (0.34%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.34%) Sysdig
7 1 (0.34%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 39 (13.45%) VMware
2 26 (8.97%) Citrix
3 23 (7.93%) HP
4 21 (7.24%) Cisco
5 13 (4.48%) Oracle
5 13 (4.48%) SAP
6 11 (3.79%) Remedy
7 8 (2.76%) Aruba
7 8 (2.76%) Databricks
7 8 (2.76%) Palo Alto
8 7 (2.41%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.07%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.72%) Cognos
10 5 (1.72%) Siemens
10 5 (1.72%) Software AG
10 5 (1.72%) Veeam
11 4 (1.38%) Ivanti
11 4 (1.38%) SolarWinds
12 3 (1.03%) Sophos
12 3 (1.03%) UiPath