Period
to 27 July 2021

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 6 months to 27 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
England > East of England
6 months to
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 4 5 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 305 231 506
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 13.84% 13.20% 11.69%
As % of the Vendors category 32.11% 30.64% 25.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 130 274
10th Percentile " £135 £125
25th Percentile £120 £214 £220
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £253 £423 £378
Median % change year-on-year -40.24% +11.92% +7.86%
75th Percentile £400 £517 £477
90th Percentile £500 £575 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 23 40
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.31 £10.49
25th Percentile £12.33 £13.63 £11.17
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.25 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.62% +8.33% -6.25%
75th Percentile £21.50 £19.25 £17.50
90th Percentile £26.70 £23.20 £25.87
England median hourly rate £16.70 £16.82 £16.00
% change year-on-year -0.73% +5.13% +0.88%

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 East of England.

All Vendors
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 950 754 1,963
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 43.12% 43.09% 45.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 540 416 1,125
10th Percentile £132 £181 £213
25th Percentile £250 £313 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £425 £450
Median % change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £525 £525 £525
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
England median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 60 91
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.89 £10.58
25th Percentile £12.58 £14.50 £12.25
Median hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £16.21
Median % change year-on-year -25.00% +23.42% -1.79%
75th Percentile £22.06 £45.00 £37.88
90th Percentile £40.00 £59.08 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.83 £19.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -3.42% +4.28% +6.86%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 6 months to 27 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 6 months to 27 July 2021.

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 6 months to 27 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
Essex +21 93 £120 -71.08% 55
Hertfordshire -3 84 £360 -15.29% 102
Cambridgeshire -1 59 £325 -33.33% 87
Bedfordshire -1 35 £419 +8.06% 42
Norfolk -5 14 £338 +12.50% 26
Suffolk -8 12 £275 -29.03% 36
East Anglia -2 8 £400 - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 East of England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 101 (33.11%) Active Directory
2 99 (32.46%) ITIL
3 95 (31.15%) Windows
4 79 (25.90%) Microsoft 365
4 79 (25.90%) Social Skills
5 75 (24.59%) Microsoft Office
6 69 (22.62%) Azure
7 56 (18.36%) NHS
8 45 (14.75%) SQL
9 37 (12.13%) Microsoft Excel
9 37 (12.13%) Degree
10 34 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
11 32 (10.49%) VMware
12 31 (10.16%) Management Information System
12 31 (10.16%) SQL Server
12 31 (10.16%) Security Cleared
13 30 (9.84%) SC Cleared
13 30 (9.84%) Migration
14 29 (9.51%) C#
14 29 (9.51%) Agile Software Development
15 28 (9.18%) Windows 10
16 27 (8.85%) Service Delivery
17 26 (8.52%) Service Management
18 25 (8.20%) JavaScript
18 25 (8.20%) .NET
18 25 (8.20%) Problem Management
19 24 (7.87%) SCCM
19 24 (7.87%) DNS
19 24 (7.87%) Project Management
20 22 (7.21%) Git (software)

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 14 (4.59%) SharePoint
2 8 (2.62%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.97%) Apache
3 6 (1.97%) Apache ServiceMix
3 6 (1.97%) IBM Domino
3 6 (1.97%) IIS
3 6 (1.97%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.97%) WebSphere
3 6 (1.97%) WebSphere Application Server
4 5 (1.64%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.66%) CMS
6 1 (0.33%) Confluence
6 1 (0.33%) SAS
6 1 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 75 (24.59%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (12.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.26%) MS Visio
4 12 (3.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (3.93%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.33%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (1.97%) Magento
1 6 (1.97%) Shopify
2 3 (0.98%) Primavera
3 2 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.33%) HealthRoster
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.33%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 79 (25.90%) Microsoft 365
2 69 (22.62%) Azure
3 20 (6.56%) Power Platform
4 16 (5.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (4.92%) AWS
6 8 (2.62%) OneDrive
7 7 (2.30%) AWS Lambda
7 7 (2.30%) Dynamics 365
7 7 (2.30%) PowerApps
8 6 (1.97%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.97%) GCP
8 6 (1.97%) Power Automate
8 6 (1.97%) Serverless
9 5 (1.64%) Google Workspace
9 5 (1.64%) Mimecast
9 5 (1.64%) PaaS
9 5 (1.64%) SaaS
10 4 (1.31%) Azure Data Factory
11 3 (0.98%) IaaS
12 2 (0.66%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 24 (7.87%) DNS
2 20 (6.56%) Firewall
3 17 (5.57%) WAN
4 14 (4.59%) Remote Desktop
5 12 (3.93%) TCP/IP
5 12 (3.93%) VPN
6 11 (3.61%) Ethernet
7 10 (3.28%) HTTP
7 10 (3.28%) LAN
8 9 (2.95%) DHCP
9 8 (2.62%) FTP
9 8 (2.62%) SD-WAN
9 8 (2.62%) Skype
10 7 (2.30%) Wireless
11 6 (1.97%) SSH
11 6 (1.97%) SSL
12 5 (1.64%) MPLS
12 5 (1.64%) SAN
12 5 (1.64%) VoIP
13 4 (1.31%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (10.16%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.26%) Power BI
2 13 (4.26%) Relational Database
3 12 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (3.93%) MySQL
4 11 (3.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (2.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (0.98%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.98%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (0.66%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.66%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.66%) GIS
8 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.33%) Electronic Patient Records
9 1 (0.33%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 22 (7.21%) Git (software)
2 18 (5.90%) Visual Studio
3 12 (3.93%) Eclipse
4 11 (3.61%) NetBeans
5 9 (2.95%) Jenkins
6 8 (2.62%) JIRA
7 4 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.98%) eggPlant
9 2 (0.66%) Fiddler
9 2 (0.66%) git-flow
9 2 (0.66%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.66%) MSTest
9 2 (0.66%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.66%) Postman
9 2 (0.66%) Selenium
10 1 (0.33%) HP UFT
10 1 (0.33%) InstallShield
10 1 (0.33%) JMeter
10 1 (0.33%) JUnit
10 1 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 79 (25.90%) Social Skills
2 34 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (5.90%) Finance
4 14 (4.59%) Presentation Skills
5 12 (3.93%) Military
5 12 (3.93%) Organisational Skills
6 11 (3.61%) Aerospace
7 9 (2.95%) Retail
8 6 (1.97%) Law
8 6 (1.97%) Legal
9 5 (1.64%) Public Sector
9 5 (1.64%) Spanish Language
10 4 (1.31%) Documentation Skills
10 4 (1.31%) French Language
10 4 (1.31%) German Language
10 4 (1.31%) Italian Language
11 3 (0.98%) Back Office
12 2 (0.66%) Advertising
12 2 (0.66%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 104 (34.10%) Analyst
2 54 (17.70%) Service Analyst
2 54 (17.70%) Service Desk Analyst
3 21 (6.89%) Support Engineer
4 18 (5.90%) 2nd Line Support
4 18 (5.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 18 (5.90%) Support Analyst
5 17 (5.57%) IT Engineer
6 15 (4.92%) Developer
7 13 (4.26%) Report Analyst
8 11 (3.61%) IT Support
8 11 (3.61%) Senior Analyst
8 11 (3.61%) Senior Service Desk Analyst
8 11 (3.61%) Service Desk Engineer
9 10 (3.28%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
9 10 (3.28%) IT Analyst
10 9 (2.95%) Consultant
10 9 (2.95%) Senior IT Engineer
11 8 (2.62%) .NET Developer
11 8 (2.62%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (8.20%) .NET
2 19 (6.23%) Node.js
3 13 (4.26%) Web Services
4 11 (3.61%) Qt
5 10 (3.28%) ActiveX
5 10 (3.28%) DirectX
5 10 (3.28%) MFC
5 10 (3.28%) OpenGL
6 9 (2.95%) ASP.NET
7 8 (2.62%) .NET Core
8 7 (2.30%) JSON
9 6 (1.97%) WebSphere MQ
10 5 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (1.64%) Microsoft Graph
10 5 (1.64%) REST
10 5 (1.64%) XML
11 4 (1.31%) HTML
11 4 (1.31%) WCF
12 3 (0.98%) CSS
12 3 (0.98%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 56 (18.36%) NHS
2 31 (10.16%) Management Information System
3 19 (6.23%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (3.93%) Clustering
5 9 (2.95%) Driving Licence
6 5 (1.64%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.31%) PKI
8 3 (0.98%) CMDB
8 3 (0.98%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (0.98%) Freedom of Information Act
8 3 (0.98%) Microsoft Licensing
9 2 (0.66%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.66%) iPhone
9 2 (0.66%) Social Media
9 2 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.66%) W3C
10 1 (0.33%) FMCG
10 1 (0.33%) iPad
10 1 (0.33%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 95 (31.15%) Windows
2 28 (9.18%) Windows 10
3 21 (6.89%) Windows Server
4 15 (4.92%) Linux
5 8 (2.62%) Windows 7
6 7 (2.30%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (1.97%) Android
7 6 (1.97%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.97%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (1.64%) Unix
8 5 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.64%) Windows XP
9 4 (1.31%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.66%) CentOS
11 1 (0.33%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (32.46%) ITIL
2 30 (9.84%) Migration
3 29 (9.51%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (8.85%) Service Delivery
5 26 (8.52%) Service Management
6 25 (8.20%) Problem Management
7 24 (7.87%) Project Management
8 22 (7.21%) Problem-Solving
9 19 (6.23%) Mathematics
10 18 (5.90%) ITSM
10 18 (5.90%) PRINCE2
11 16 (5.25%) Business Intelligence
11 16 (5.25%) Software Engineering
12 15 (4.92%) Time Management
13 13 (4.26%) Analytics
13 13 (4.26%) Coaching
13 13 (4.26%) DevOps
13 13 (4.26%) Incident Management
13 13 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 13 (4.26%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 45 (14.75%) SQL
2 29 (9.51%) C#
3 25 (8.20%) JavaScript
4 20 (6.56%) Java
5 16 (5.25%) PowerShell
6 14 (4.59%) C++
7 12 (3.93%) Python
8 10 (3.28%) GLSL
8 10 (3.28%) HLSL
9 7 (2.30%) Bash Shell
9 7 (2.30%) PHP
9 7 (2.30%) T-SQL
9 7 (2.30%) TypeScript
10 6 (1.97%) Go
10 6 (1.97%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.97%) VB
11 4 (1.31%) C
11 4 (1.31%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.98%) VBScript
13 2 (0.66%) VBA
Qualifications
1 37 (12.13%) Degree
2 31 (10.16%) Security Cleared
3 30 (9.84%) SC Cleared
4 15 (4.92%) DBS Check
5 12 (3.93%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (3.61%) MCP
7 8 (2.62%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (2.62%) PMP
8 7 (2.30%) CCNP
9 5 (1.64%) ISTQB
10 4 (1.31%) MCITP
10 4 (1.31%) MCSA
10 4 (1.31%) MCSE
10 4 (1.31%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.98%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.98%) ISEB
11 3 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.98%) MCDST
11 3 (0.98%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (0.98%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.56%) SLA
2 7 (2.30%) PMO
3 6 (1.97%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.31%) QA
5 2 (0.66%) Accessibility
5 2 (0.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.66%) ISO 22301
5 2 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.33%) GDPR
6 1 (0.33%) GMP
6 1 (0.33%) JTAG
6 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.33%) PMBOK
System Software
1 101 (33.11%) Active Directory
2 21 (6.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (5.57%) Terminal Services
4 16 (5.25%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.62%) Docker
6 6 (1.97%) Postfix
6 6 (1.97%) qmail
7 4 (1.31%) Firmware
7 4 (1.31%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.31%) XenApp
7 4 (1.31%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.66%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.33%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.33%) NFS
10 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 24 (7.87%) SCCM
2 21 (6.89%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (2.62%) FortiGate
3 8 (2.62%) Terraform
4 6 (1.97%) Kubernetes
4 6 (1.97%) SCOM
5 5 (1.64%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 3 (0.98%) Avamar
6 3 (0.98%) DameWare
6 3 (0.98%) HP ALM
6 3 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.98%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.33%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.33%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.33%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 32 (10.49%) VMware
2 21 (6.89%) Cisco
3 19 (6.23%) Oracle
4 9 (2.95%) Citrix
5 8 (2.62%) NetApp
6 7 (2.30%) Apple
6 7 (2.30%) Fortinet
7 6 (1.97%) Dynatrace
7 6 (1.97%) Google
7 6 (1.97%) HP
7 6 (1.97%) IBM
7 6 (1.97%) New Relic
7 6 (1.97%) Sophos
7 6 (1.97%) Ubiquiti
7 6 (1.97%) Xerox
8 5 (1.64%) SAP
8 5 (1.64%) Sonus
9 4 (1.31%) Snow
9 4 (1.31%) Veeam
9 4 (1.31%) ZyXEL