Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 7 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 347 166 514
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 13.63% 12.48% 13.37%
As % of the Vendors category 33.82% 28.38% 30.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 104 308
10th Percentile £117 £157 £125
25th Percentile £150 £258 £213
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £338 £350 £375
Median % change year-on-year -3.57% -6.67% +1.35%
75th Percentile £432 £488 £450
90th Percentile £525 £538 £527
England median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 17 39
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.08 £11.17
25th Percentile £12.25 £12.30 £13.87
Median hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.86
Median % change year-on-year - -8.58% -3.88%
75th Percentile £20.81 £18.13 £18.00
90th Percentile £29.88 £18.68 £20.13
England median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.95
% change year-on-year - +0.29% +9.35%

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 1,026 585 1,704
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 40.30% 43.98% 44.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 601 349 1,041
10th Percentile £150 £181 £190
25th Percentile £300 £288 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £427 £400 £410
Median % change year-on-year +6.75% -2.44% -3.53%
75th Percentile £530 £488 £500
90th Percentile £600 £545 £600
England median daily rate £500 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 57 105
10th Percentile £11.93 £12.28 £11.14
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £15.00 £43.00 £16.20
Median % change year-on-year -65.12% +165.43% -1.82%
75th Percentile £22.26 £47.50 £22.25
90th Percentile £39.50 £53.00 £53.75
England median hourly rate £19.20 £23.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year -16.52% +22.99% +7.97%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 5 December 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
Hertfordshire -4 106 £350 -10.54% 125
Cambridgeshire +1 85 £425 +25.37% 80
Essex +9 68 £187 -39.84% 39
Norfolk +3 37 £180 +40.76% 29
Bedfordshire -8 33 £350 +7.54% 30
Suffolk -16 9 £218 -51.67% 27
East Anglia - 8 £400 - 9
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 154 (44.38%) Windows
2 137 (39.48%) Social Skills
3 117 (33.72%) Active Directory
4 91 (26.22%) Microsoft Office
5 87 (25.07%) Azure
6 84 (24.21%) Microsoft 365
7 63 (18.16%) Agile Software Development
8 58 (16.71%) ITIL
9 52 (14.99%) SQL
10 51 (14.70%) Security Cleared
11 46 (13.26%) SQL Server
12 43 (12.39%) SC Cleared
13 42 (12.10%) Migration
13 42 (12.10%) Windows 10
14 41 (11.82%) Microsoft Excel
15 40 (11.53%) C#
15 40 (11.53%) Service Delivery
15 40 (11.53%) Degree
16 39 (11.24%) VMware
17 38 (10.95%) Dynamics 365
18 36 (10.37%) Windows Server
18 36 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
18 36 (10.37%) NHS
19 35 (10.09%) DNS
20 34 (9.80%) Finance
20 34 (9.80%) SCCM
21 33 (9.51%) .NET
22 32 (9.22%) JavaScript
22 32 (9.22%) DHCP
22 32 (9.22%) Mathematics

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 19 (5.48%) SharePoint
2 13 (3.75%) IIS
2 13 (3.75%) MS Exchange
3 11 (3.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (2.59%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.73%) ArcGIS
5 6 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (1.73%) WebLogic
6 5 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.15%) Confluence
7 4 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.58%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.29%) CMS
9 1 (0.29%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.29%) SAS
Applications
1 91 (26.22%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (11.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.59%) Microsoft Project
3 9 (2.59%) MS Visio
4 8 (2.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.73%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (4.61%) Dynamics AX
2 11 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.86%) Primavera
3 3 (0.86%) SAP HCM
4 2 (0.58%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.29%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 87 (25.07%) Azure
2 84 (24.21%) Microsoft 365
3 38 (10.95%) Dynamics 365
4 28 (8.07%) Power Platform
5 25 (7.20%) AWS
6 16 (4.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 14 (4.03%) Amazon EC2
8 12 (3.46%) OneDrive
9 11 (3.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 7 (2.02%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 7 (2.02%) PowerApps
11 6 (1.73%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (1.73%) Amazon S3
11 6 (1.73%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (1.73%) Azure Logic Apps
11 6 (1.73%) GCP
11 6 (1.73%) PaaS
12 5 (1.44%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 5 (1.44%) Route 53
12 5 (1.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (10.09%) DNS
2 32 (9.22%) DHCP
3 21 (6.05%) TCP/IP
4 14 (4.03%) Ethernet
4 14 (4.03%) Firewall
5 12 (3.46%) VPN
6 11 (3.17%) SAN
6 11 (3.17%) WAN
6 11 (3.17%) Wireless
7 9 (2.59%) LAN
8 8 (2.31%) Remote Desktop
8 8 (2.31%) Skype
9 7 (2.02%) Network Security
9 7 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (1.73%) VoIP
11 5 (1.44%) IPv4
11 5 (1.44%) SD-WAN
12 4 (1.15%) HTTP
12 4 (1.15%) Internet
12 4 (1.15%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (13.26%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 18 (5.19%) Power BI
4 16 (4.61%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (3.75%) Relational Database
6 12 (3.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (2.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (2.59%) SQL Server 2008
9 8 (2.31%) GIS
10 7 (2.02%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (2.02%) Data Lake
10 7 (2.02%) Oracle Database
11 4 (1.15%) PerformancePoint
11 4 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
12 3 (0.86%) MySQL
12 3 (0.86%) Qlik Sense
12 3 (0.86%) QlikView
13 2 (0.58%) Electronic Patient Records
13 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 18 (5.19%) Git (software)
2 16 (4.61%) Visual Studio
3 13 (3.75%) Eclipse
3 13 (3.75%) NetBeans
4 5 (1.44%) JIRA
4 5 (1.44%) MorphX
4 5 (1.44%) Postman
4 5 (1.44%) Selenium
5 4 (1.15%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.86%) Cucumber
6 3 (0.86%) Fiddler
6 3 (0.86%) Gatling
6 3 (0.86%) git-flow
6 3 (0.86%) MSTest
6 3 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.58%) gulp
7 2 (0.58%) JMeter
7 2 (0.58%) MSI
7 2 (0.58%) ReSharper
8 1 (0.29%) Ranorex
General
1 137 (39.48%) Social Skills
2 34 (9.80%) Finance
3 27 (7.78%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (7.49%) Documentation Skills
4 26 (7.49%) Public Sector
5 22 (6.34%) Presentation Skills
6 15 (4.32%) Marketing
6 15 (4.32%) Military
6 15 (4.32%) Retail
7 13 (3.75%) Aerospace
7 13 (3.75%) Organisational Skills
8 8 (2.31%) Law
9 5 (1.44%) Manufacturing
10 4 (1.15%) Banking
10 4 (1.15%) General Ledger
10 4 (1.15%) Influencing Skills
10 4 (1.15%) Legal
10 4 (1.15%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.86%) Advertising
12 2 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 95 (27.38%) Analyst
2 39 (11.24%) Service Analyst
2 39 (11.24%) Service Desk Analyst
3 31 (8.93%) Support Engineer
4 23 (6.63%) 2nd Line Support
5 22 (6.34%) Developer
5 22 (6.34%) IT Engineer
6 20 (5.76%) Consultant
7 18 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 17 (4.90%) Support Analyst
9 16 (4.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 13 (3.75%) Architect
11 12 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 12 (3.46%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 11 (3.17%) Report Analyst
12 11 (3.17%) Technical Analyst
13 10 (2.88%) Functional Consultant
13 10 (2.88%) IT Support
13 10 (2.88%) Service Desk Engineer
13 10 (2.88%) Technical Services Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (9.51%) .NET
2 20 (5.76%) Web Services
3 17 (4.90%) Node.js
4 13 (3.75%) ActiveX
4 13 (3.75%) DirectX
4 13 (3.75%) MFC
4 13 (3.75%) OpenGL
4 13 (3.75%) Qt
5 12 (3.46%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.59%) .NET Core
6 9 (2.59%) HTML
6 9 (2.59%) REST
7 7 (2.02%) .NET Framework
7 7 (2.02%) ASP.NET Web API
7 7 (2.02%) CSS
7 7 (2.02%) WCF
8 6 (1.73%) XML
9 4 (1.15%) Ajax
9 4 (1.15%) JSON
9 4 (1.15%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.37%) NHS
2 16 (4.61%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (4.03%) iPhone
4 13 (3.75%) Driving Licence
4 13 (3.75%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.88%) Blackberry
6 9 (2.59%) Clustering
7 8 (2.31%) Replication
8 6 (1.73%) Data Centre
9 5 (1.44%) Virtual Team
10 4 (1.15%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.15%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.15%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.15%) User Experience
11 3 (0.86%) CMDB
11 3 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
11 3 (0.86%) Freedom of Information Act
11 3 (0.86%) Legacy Applications
11 3 (0.86%) Microsoft Licensing
11 3 (0.86%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 154 (44.38%) Windows
2 42 (12.10%) Windows 10
3 36 (10.37%) Windows Server
4 28 (8.07%) Windows Server 2016
5 25 (7.20%) Linux
6 24 (6.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 23 (6.63%) Windows Server 2019
8 20 (5.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (3.46%) Windows 7
10 8 (2.31%) Android
10 8 (2.31%) Unix
11 7 (2.02%) Apple iOS
11 7 (2.02%) CentOS
12 6 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (1.15%) Solaris
14 2 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (0.58%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.29%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.29%) VMS
15 1 (0.29%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (18.16%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (16.71%) ITIL
3 42 (12.10%) Migration
4 40 (11.53%) Service Delivery
5 36 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
6 32 (9.22%) Mathematics
7 30 (8.65%) Project Management
8 29 (8.36%) DevOps
9 26 (7.49%) Business Intelligence
10 25 (7.20%) Data Migration
11 21 (6.05%) Incident Management
12 19 (5.48%) Problem Management
12 19 (5.48%) User Acceptance Testing
13 18 (5.19%) Scrum
14 16 (4.61%) CRM
14 16 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 15 (4.32%) Change Management
15 15 (4.32%) Patch Management
15 15 (4.32%) PRINCE2
15 15 (4.32%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 52 (14.99%) SQL
2 40 (11.53%) C#
3 32 (9.22%) JavaScript
4 31 (8.93%) PowerShell
5 17 (4.90%) Java
6 14 (4.03%) C++
7 13 (3.75%) GLSL
7 13 (3.75%) HLSL
8 9 (2.59%) T-SQL
9 8 (2.31%) C
10 7 (2.02%) VB
11 5 (1.44%) X++
12 4 (1.15%) VBScript
13 3 (0.86%) ES6
13 3 (0.86%) Python
13 3 (0.86%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.58%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.58%) VBA
15 1 (0.29%) Go
Qualifications
1 51 (14.70%) Security Cleared
2 43 (12.39%) SC Cleared
3 40 (11.53%) Degree
4 30 (8.65%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (4.90%) MCP
6 12 (3.46%) DBS Check
7 10 (2.88%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (2.59%) DV Cleared
9 7 (2.02%) MCSE
10 6 (1.73%) ISTQB
11 5 (1.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (1.15%) ISEB
12 4 (1.15%) PMP
13 3 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 3 (0.86%) MCITP
14 2 (0.58%) CCNP
14 2 (0.58%) CISSP
14 2 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
14 2 (0.58%) ECDL
14 2 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (7.20%) SLA
2 8 (2.31%) PMO
2 8 (2.31%) QA
3 5 (1.44%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.15%) Accessibility
5 2 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.58%) NCSC
5 2 (0.58%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.58%) WCAG
6 1 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.29%) GMP
6 1 (0.29%) GRC
6 1 (0.29%) GxP
6 1 (0.29%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.29%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.29%) NIST
6 1 (0.29%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.29%) SOC 2
System Software
1 117 (33.72%) Active Directory
2 28 (8.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (4.32%) Hyper-V
4 12 (3.46%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (3.17%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (2.88%) XenDesktop
7 9 (2.59%) XenApp
8 8 (2.31%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (2.31%) vSphere
9 7 (2.02%) VMware NSX
10 6 (1.73%) Oracle RAC
11 5 (1.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 5 (1.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (1.15%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.86%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 3 (0.86%) Firmware
13 3 (0.86%) NFS
14 2 (0.58%) Docker
14 2 (0.58%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 34 (9.80%) SCCM
2 25 (7.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (4.03%) AirWatch
4 10 (2.88%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 10 (2.88%) SCOM
5 8 (2.31%) Ansible
6 7 (2.02%) FortiGate
7 6 (1.73%) Terraform
8 5 (1.44%) NetBackup
9 4 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (1.15%) WSUS
10 3 (0.86%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.58%) Kubernetes
11 2 (0.58%) PaperCut
11 2 (0.58%) Puppet
11 2 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
11 2 (0.58%) SmoothWall
12 1 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.29%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 39 (11.24%) VMware
2 27 (7.78%) Citrix
3 24 (6.92%) Cisco
4 20 (5.76%) Oracle
5 14 (4.03%) HP
6 12 (3.46%) Google
6 12 (3.46%) Sophos
7 10 (2.88%) SAP
8 9 (2.59%) Apple
8 9 (2.59%) Dell
9 8 (2.31%) NetApp
10 7 (2.02%) Ivanti
10 7 (2.02%) Shavlik
11 6 (1.73%) ESRI
11 6 (1.73%) Fortinet
11 6 (1.73%) Lumension
11 6 (1.73%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.44%) CloudEndure
12 5 (1.44%) McAfee
12 5 (1.44%) MuleSoft