The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 22 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
England / East of England
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +3 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 374 441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 15.73% 14.65% 14.30%
As % of the Vendors category 34.43% 30.76% 28.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 212 241
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £140 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £337
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 45 64
Median hourly rate £13.75 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.00 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.76 £32.80 £40.00
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 East of England.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 1060 1216 1533
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 45.69% 47.63% 49.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 634 870
Median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £245 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £491
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 101 130
Median hourly rate £14.84 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.20% +2.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.30 £40.00 £42.50
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 East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 of England region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cambridgeshire +1 114 £338 -3.57% 33
Hertfordshire +3 88 £355 -5.33% 48
Bedfordshire -1 61 £400 -5.88% 18
Essex -9 60 £500 +56.25% 17
Suffolk +4 39 £317 -31.56% 10
Norfolk -10 12 £363 -1.69% 8
East Anglia -3 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 East of England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 216 (32.63%) Windows
2 172 (25.98%) Microsoft Office
3 141 (21.30%) SQL Server
4 139 (21.00%) Active Directory
5 132 (19.94%) SQL
6 115 (17.37%) .NET
7 108 (16.31%) Office 365
8 105 (15.86%) ITIL
9 95 (14.35%) Microsoft Azure
10 85 (12.84%) Project Management
11 84 (12.69%) Agile Software Development
12 81 (12.24%) C#
12 81 (12.24%) Microsoft Excel
13 76 (11.48%) Finance
14 73 (11.03%) Migration
15 70 (10.57%) VMware
15 70 (10.57%) Microsoft Certification
16 67 (10.12%) CRM
17 65 (9.82%) Windows Server
18 62 (9.37%) SharePoint
19 60 (9.06%) Windows 7
20 59 (8.91%) Dynamics CRM
21 56 (8.46%) JavaScript
22 53 (8.01%) Business Intelligence
23 52 (7.85%) Stakeholder Management
24 50 (7.55%) Citrix
25 49 (7.40%) ASP.NET
26 48 (7.25%) VMware Infrastructure
27 47 (7.10%) Windows 10
28 46 (6.95%) SCCM

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 62 (9.37%) SharePoint
2 46 (6.95%) MS Exchange
3 39 (5.89%) Skype for Business
4 31 (4.68%) BizTalk Server
5 23 (3.47%) IIS
6 18 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (1.81%) WebSphere
8 9 (1.36%) CMS
9 8 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.21%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (1.06%) Confluence
11 6 (0.91%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.91%) MS Project Server
11 6 (0.91%) SharePoint Server
12 5 (0.76%) IBM Transformation Extender
12 5 (0.76%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.76%) WebSphere Application Server
13 4 (0.60%) Apache
13 4 (0.60%) JBoss
13 4 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 172 (25.98%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (12.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (6.04%) MS Visio
4 32 (4.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 25 (3.78%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.60%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.45%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.15%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 59 (8.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (4.38%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (2.27%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (1.51%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.76%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.60%) Adobe Campaign
6 4 (0.60%) Unica
7 3 (0.45%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.30%) Teamcenter
8 2 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.15%) Changepoint
9 1 (0.15%) JDE EnterpriseOne
9 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.15%) Odoo
9 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
9 1 (0.15%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 108 (16.31%) Office 365
2 95 (14.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (3.32%) Dynamics 365
4 17 (2.57%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (2.57%) OneDrive
4 17 (2.57%) PaaS
5 16 (2.42%) IaaS
6 12 (1.81%) Yammer
7 11 (1.66%) SaaS
8 8 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (1.21%) IBM Blueworks
9 7 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.60%) Adobe Analytics
10 4 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.45%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.45%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 1 (0.15%) GitHub
12 1 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 33 (4.98%) DNS
2 30 (4.53%) Firewall
3 27 (4.08%) LAN
3 27 (4.08%) Skype
4 26 (3.93%) DHCP
5 21 (3.17%) VPN
6 20 (3.02%) WAN
7 16 (2.42%) SAN
8 14 (2.11%) Internet
8 14 (2.11%) WebEx
9 12 (1.81%) NetScaler
10 9 (1.36%) TCP/IP
10 9 (1.36%) VoIP
11 8 (1.21%) HTTP
11 8 (1.21%) Remote Desktop
12 7 (1.06%) Ethernet
12 7 (1.06%) SMTP
13 6 (0.91%) NAS
13 6 (0.91%) Unified Communications
13 6 (0.91%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 141 (21.30%) SQL Server
2 39 (5.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 36 (5.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (3.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 20 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 18 (2.72%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (1.96%) QlikView
8 12 (1.81%) SQL Server 2014
9 10 (1.51%) Relational Database
10 7 (1.06%) Power BI
11 6 (0.91%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (0.91%) OLAP
12 5 (0.76%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.76%) MySQL
12 5 (0.76%) OLTP
13 4 (0.60%) Big Data
13 4 (0.60%) Crystal Reports
13 4 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
14 3 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 46 (6.95%) Visual Studio
2 32 (4.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (3.47%) JIRA
4 15 (2.27%) Cucumber
5 13 (1.96%) Git (software)
5 13 (1.96%) Selenium
6 9 (1.36%) Calabash
6 9 (1.36%) Capybara
6 9 (1.36%) MorphX
6 9 (1.36%) SoapUI
7 8 (1.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 7 (1.06%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.91%) MSTest
9 6 (0.91%) Rational Rhapsody
9 6 (0.91%) Subversion
10 5 (0.76%) NUnit
11 4 (0.60%) Rational DOORS
12 3 (0.45%) Eclipse
12 3 (0.45%) NetBeans
12 3 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 76 (11.48%) Finance
2 27 (4.08%) Retail
3 18 (2.72%) Local Government
4 16 (2.42%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.11%) Advertising
5 14 (2.11%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.96%) Legal
7 12 (1.81%) Banking
8 9 (1.36%) Marketing
9 8 (1.21%) Back Office
10 7 (1.06%) French Language
10 7 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.76%) Automotive
12 4 (0.60%) German Language
12 4 (0.60%) Law
13 3 (0.45%) Billing
13 3 (0.45%) Military
13 3 (0.45%) Publishing
14 2 (0.30%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.30%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 121 (18.28%) Developer
2 89 (13.44%) Analyst
3 64 (9.67%) Architect
4 53 (8.01%) Consultant
5 36 (5.44%) Project Manager
6 35 (5.29%) Support Engineer
7 34 (5.14%) .NET Developer
8 30 (4.53%) Desktop Support
9 27 (4.08%) Support Analyst
10 25 (3.78%) Administrator
10 25 (3.78%) CRM Developer
10 25 (3.78%) SQL Developer
11 21 (3.17%) C# Developer
12 20 (3.02%) Technical Architect
13 17 (2.57%) IT Analyst
13 17 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
14 16 (2.42%) Desktop Engineer
14 16 (2.42%) Service Analyst
15 15 (2.27%) 2nd Line Support
15 15 (2.27%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (17.37%) .NET
2 49 (7.40%) ASP.NET
3 41 (6.19%) HTML
4 34 (5.14%) CSS
4 34 (5.14%) XML
5 32 (4.83%) WCF
6 26 (3.93%) .NET Framework
7 24 (3.63%) jQuery
8 22 (3.32%) Web Services
9 21 (3.17%) ASP.NET MVC
10 18 (2.72%) ASP.NET Web API
11 17 (2.57%) RESTful
12 15 (2.27%) JSON
12 15 (2.27%) Middleware
13 14 (2.11%) AngularJS
13 14 (2.11%) WPF
14 13 (1.96%) COM
15 12 (1.81%) LINQ
15 12 (1.81%) XSLT
16 11 (1.66%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (4.53%) Data Centre
3 25 (3.78%) Management Information System
4 21 (3.17%) Mobile App
5 15 (2.27%) User Experience
6 11 (1.66%) Driving Licence
6 11 (1.66%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (1.66%) Private Cloud
7 10 (1.51%) Computer Science
8 9 (1.36%) Clustering
8 9 (1.36%) Smartphone
9 8 (1.21%) Data Protection Act
9 8 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (0.91%) Blackberry
10 6 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (0.91%) NHS
11 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
11 5 (0.76%) iPhone
11 5 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.60%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 216 (32.63%) Windows
2 65 (9.82%) Windows Server
3 60 (9.06%) Windows 7
4 47 (7.10%) Windows 10
5 33 (4.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (4.53%) Linux
7 29 (4.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 19 (2.87%) Unix
9 18 (2.72%) Android
10 17 (2.57%) Apple iOS
10 17 (2.57%) Windows 8
10 17 (2.57%) Windows XP
11 15 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
12 11 (1.66%) Mac OS
13 8 (1.21%) Mac OS X
13 8 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.45%) Solaris
14 3 (0.45%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.30%) VxWorks
15 2 (0.30%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (15.86%) ITIL
2 85 (12.84%) Project Management
3 84 (12.69%) Agile Software Development
4 73 (11.03%) Migration
5 67 (10.12%) CRM
6 53 (8.01%) Business Intelligence
7 52 (7.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 37 (5.59%) Service Management
9 35 (5.29%) PRINCE2
10 33 (4.98%) SDLC
11 32 (4.83%) MVC
12 30 (4.53%) ERP
13 29 (4.38%) Change Management
14 28 (4.23%) ITSM
15 26 (3.93%) DevOps
16 25 (3.78%) Service Delivery
17 22 (3.32%) TDD
18 20 (3.02%) Test Automation
19 19 (2.87%) Data Protection
19 19 (2.87%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 132 (19.94%) SQL
2 81 (12.24%) C#
3 56 (8.46%) JavaScript
4 44 (6.65%) PowerShell
5 41 (6.19%) Java
6 29 (4.38%) T-SQL
7 19 (2.87%) Python
8 17 (2.57%) VBScript
9 15 (2.27%) VB.NET
10 11 (1.66%) C
11 10 (1.51%) Ruby
11 10 (1.51%) VB
11 10 (1.51%) X++
12 9 (1.36%) C++
12 9 (1.36%) PHP
12 9 (1.36%) VBA
13 8 (1.21%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.60%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.60%) Perl
15 2 (0.30%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 70 (10.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (6.04%) Degree
3 39 (5.89%) MCSE
3 39 (5.89%) Security Cleared
4 18 (2.72%) SC Cleared
5 16 (2.42%) MCSA
5 16 (2.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 12 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (1.66%) Citrix Certification
7 11 (1.66%) MCP
8 10 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (1.36%) CCNA
10 8 (1.21%) A+ Certification
11 7 (1.06%) ISTQB
12 6 (0.91%) CCNP
12 6 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.76%) ISEB
13 5 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (0.76%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.44%) SLA
2 16 (2.42%) PMO
3 14 (2.11%) QA
4 12 (1.81%) GDPR
5 10 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (1.21%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.60%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (0.30%) ECSS
9 2 (0.30%) IFRS
9 2 (0.30%) IFRS 9
9 2 (0.30%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.15%) GPG13
10 1 (0.15%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.15%) MiFID
10 1 (0.15%) P3O
10 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 139 (21.00%) Active Directory
2 48 (7.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.63%) Hyper-V
4 23 (3.47%) Microsoft App-V
5 21 (3.17%) XenApp
6 11 (1.66%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (1.51%) XenDesktop
8 9 (1.36%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.21%) Terminal Services
10 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 7 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.76%) vSphere
12 4 (0.60%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.60%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.45%) Xen
14 2 (0.30%) Cygwin
14 2 (0.30%) NFS
14 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
15 1 (0.15%) Firmware
15 1 (0.15%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 46 (6.95%) SCCM
2 17 (2.57%) SCOM
3 13 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.21%) DameWare
5 6 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (0.76%) Puppet
7 4 (0.60%) AppDNA
7 4 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 4 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (0.60%) vCenter Server
8 3 (0.45%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.45%) Ansible
8 3 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.45%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.30%) Salt
9 2 (0.30%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 70 (10.57%) VMware
2 50 (7.55%) Citrix
3 45 (6.80%) Oracle
4 38 (5.74%) Cisco
5 26 (3.93%) Apple
6 23 (3.47%) SAP
7 21 (3.17%) HP
8 19 (2.87%) IBM
9 17 (2.57%) Dell
9 17 (2.57%) Remedy
10 14 (2.11%) Google
11 12 (1.81%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (1.21%) Palo Alto
13 8 (1.21%) Symantec
14 7 (1.06%) Adobe
14 7 (1.06%) AppSense
14 7 (1.06%) EMC
14 7 (1.06%) Infor
14 7 (1.06%) McAfee
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