Period
to 17 October 2018

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 17 October 2018 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 769 663 703
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 15.09% 13.12% 14.39%
As % of the Vendors category 31.82% 29.85% 29.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 371 398
East of England median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +3.70%
10th Percentile £127 £130 £169
90th Percentile £525 £550 £521
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 74 81
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -9.09% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.51 £10.40 £9.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £34.88 £38.75
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year +2.32% -4.62% +4.84%

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 2,417 2,221 2,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 47.42% 43.95% 48.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,407 1,201 1,296
East of England median daily rate £425 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.68% +2.69%
10th Percentile £178 £213 £205
90th Percentile £586 £575 £539
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 178 138 184
East of England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - -19.51%
10th Percentile £12.03 £10.47 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.00 £41.95 £43.75
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.49 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.06% +2.88% -2.86%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 17 October 2018.

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 6 months to 17 October 2018.

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 6 months to 17 October 2018. 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 +1 237 £325 -10.34% 125
Cambridgeshire +2 200 £425 +17.24% 107
Essex +12 154 £400 -11.11% 60
Bedfordshire +3 83 £360 -1.37% 32
Suffolk -7 50 £375 +1.01% 27
Norfolk +17 45 £251 -19.60% 29
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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.

1 330 (42.91%) Windows
2 230 (29.91%) Active Directory
3 191 (24.84%) Microsoft Office
4 140 (18.21%) Agile Software Development
5 129 (16.78%) SQL Server
6 127 (16.51%) VMware
7 124 (16.12%) SQL
8 120 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
9 119 (15.47%) Office 365
10 100 (13.00%) Windows Server
11 98 (12.74%) C#
12 97 (12.61%) Microsoft Excel
13 95 (12.35%) .NET
14 93 (12.09%) Migration
15 83 (10.79%) Linux
16 82 (10.66%) Windows 7
17 79 (10.27%) ITIL
17 79 (10.27%) Windows 10
18 78 (10.14%) JavaScript
19 77 (10.01%) DNS
20 73 (9.49%) VMware Infrastructure
21 72 (9.36%) Finance
22 70 (9.10%) Project Management
23 69 (8.97%) Microsoft Certification
23 69 (8.97%) PowerShell
24 67 (8.71%) Security Cleared
24 67 (8.71%) Citrix
25 65 (8.45%) Web Services
25 65 (8.45%) SCCM
25 65 (8.45%) Degree

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 (8.06%) MS Exchange
2 44 (5.72%) SharePoint
3 39 (5.07%) IIS
4 28 (3.64%) Apache
5 23 (2.99%) Tomcat
6 22 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
7 19 (2.47%) Skype for Business
8 17 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2013
9 12 (1.56%) WebSphere
10 11 (1.43%) Jetty
10 11 (1.43%) Mongrel
10 11 (1.43%) nginx
11 9 (1.17%) Confluence
12 8 (1.04%) CMS
12 8 (1.04%) WebLogic
13 6 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.65%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.52%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.52%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 191 (24.84%) Microsoft Office
2 97 (12.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (6.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (4.42%) MS Visio
5 31 (4.03%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.65%) Windchill
8 1 (0.13%) CATIA
8 1 (0.13%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.13%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 46 (5.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.04%) Infor M3
3 6 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.26%) BPCS
5 2 (0.26%) Magento
5 2 (0.26%) Movex
5 2 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.26%) Primavera
5 2 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.26%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.26%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.13%) BigMachines
6 1 (0.13%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.13%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
6 1 (0.13%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 120 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 119 (15.47%) Office 365
3 59 (7.67%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (4.03%) Azure Active Directory
5 30 (3.90%) Dynamics 365
6 26 (3.38%) SaaS
7 22 (2.86%) OneDrive
8 17 (2.21%) IaaS
9 14 (1.82%) Google Cloud Platform
10 12 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
11 11 (1.43%) Google App Engine
11 11 (1.43%) PaaS
12 7 (0.91%) Mimecast
13 6 (0.78%) G Suite
14 5 (0.65%) iTunes
15 4 (0.52%) Akamai
15 4 (0.52%) npm
16 3 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Cloud
16 3 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
16 3 (0.39%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 77 (10.01%) DNS
2 60 (7.80%) TCP/IP
3 57 (7.41%) DHCP
4 50 (6.50%) Firewall
5 33 (4.29%) WAN
6 32 (4.16%) LAN
7 30 (3.90%) VPN
8 26 (3.38%) SAN
9 24 (3.12%) Ethernet
9 24 (3.12%) HTTP
9 24 (3.12%) Skype
10 17 (2.21%) SSL
11 16 (2.08%) Wireless
12 15 (1.95%) Internet
13 13 (1.69%) IPsec
13 13 (1.69%) Remote Desktop
14 12 (1.56%) FTP
15 11 (1.43%) NAS
15 11 (1.43%) Network Security
16 10 (1.30%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (16.78%) SQL Server
2 59 (7.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 49 (6.37%) Data Warehouse
4 42 (5.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 37 (4.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 23 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
7 20 (2.60%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (1.82%) Power BI
9 12 (1.56%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.43%) OLAP
11 9 (1.17%) Big Data
11 9 (1.17%) MySQL
12 7 (0.91%) NoSQL
13 6 (0.78%) Endeca
13 6 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (0.78%) SQL Server 2016
14 5 (0.65%) Electronic Patient Records
14 5 (0.65%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.65%) MS Access
15 4 (0.52%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 39 (5.07%) Visual Studio
2 29 (3.77%) Eclipse
3 28 (3.64%) JIRA
4 23 (2.99%) Git (software)
5 22 (2.86%) NetBeans
6 13 (1.69%) Jenkins
7 9 (1.17%) Travis CI
7 9 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (1.04%) Subversion
8 8 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (0.91%) Maven
10 6 (0.78%) Selenium
11 5 (0.65%) Rational Rhapsody
12 4 (0.52%) Bower
12 4 (0.52%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.52%) GitLab
12 4 (0.52%) gulp
12 4 (0.52%) Karma Test Runner
12 4 (0.52%) PhantomJS
13 3 (0.39%) SoapUI
General
1 72 (9.36%) Finance
2 25 (3.25%) Military
3 23 (2.99%) Marketing
3 23 (2.99%) Retail
4 19 (2.47%) Aerospace
5 16 (2.08%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.08%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.56%) Legal
7 10 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.04%) Advertising
9 6 (0.78%) Electronics
10 5 (0.65%) Back Office
10 5 (0.65%) Publishing
11 4 (0.52%) Billing
11 4 (0.52%) Games
12 3 (0.39%) Law
13 1 (0.13%) Automotive
13 1 (0.13%) Banking
13 1 (0.13%) French Language
13 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 155 (20.16%) Analyst
2 107 (13.91%) Developer
3 54 (7.02%) Desktop Support
3 54 (7.02%) Support Engineer
4 44 (5.72%) Service Analyst
5 43 (5.59%) Service Desk Analyst
6 41 (5.33%) Consultant
7 39 (5.07%) Project Manager
8 38 (4.94%) Support Analyst
9 32 (4.16%) Desktop Engineer
10 31 (4.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 30 (3.90%) .NET Developer
12 26 (3.38%) Architect
13 24 (3.12%) Administrator
13 24 (3.12%) IT Support
14 22 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support
14 22 (2.86%) Microsoft Developer
15 20 (2.60%) Business Analyst
16 19 (2.47%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 19 (2.47%) Business Intelligence Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (12.35%) .NET
2 65 (8.45%) Web Services
3 41 (5.33%) HTML
4 40 (5.20%) CSS
5 36 (4.68%) ASP.NET
6 27 (3.51%) Node.js
7 24 (3.12%) jQuery
8 23 (2.99%) Qt
9 21 (2.73%) ASP.NET MVC
9 21 (2.73%) Middleware
10 19 (2.47%) ASP.NET Web API
10 19 (2.47%) XML
11 17 (2.21%) HTML5
12 16 (2.08%) ActiveX
12 16 (2.08%) DirectX
12 16 (2.08%) LDAP
12 16 (2.08%) MFC
12 16 (2.08%) OpenGL
13 15 (1.95%) AngularJS
14 14 (1.82%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 54 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (6.24%) Data Centre
3 29 (3.77%) NHS
4 27 (3.51%) Management Information System
5 24 (3.12%) Clustering
6 14 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (1.43%) Computer Science
8 11 (1.43%) PKI
9 10 (1.30%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.30%) Data Structures
10 9 (1.17%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.04%) CMDB
12 7 (0.91%) Blackberry
13 6 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
13 6 (0.78%) LIMS
13 6 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
13 6 (0.78%) Over-the-Top Content
13 6 (0.78%) Smartphone
13 6 (0.78%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 330 (42.91%) Windows
2 100 (13.00%) Windows Server
3 83 (10.79%) Linux
4 82 (10.66%) Windows 7
5 79 (10.27%) Windows 10
6 46 (5.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 43 (5.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (3.51%) Unix
9 23 (2.99%) Apple iOS
10 22 (2.86%) Windows 8
11 20 (2.60%) Mac OS
11 20 (2.60%) Windows XP
12 18 (2.34%) Windows Server 2003
13 13 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.30%) Data ONTAP
15 7 (0.91%) Android
16 5 (0.65%) Ubuntu
17 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.39%) Windows 2000
18 2 (0.26%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (18.21%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (12.09%) Migration
3 79 (10.27%) ITIL
4 70 (9.10%) Project Management
5 63 (8.19%) Business Intelligence
6 62 (8.06%) CRM
7 51 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
8 49 (6.37%) Scrum
9 41 (5.33%) DevOps
9 41 (5.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 40 (5.20%) Service Delivery
11 39 (5.07%) Stakeholder Management
12 36 (4.68%) ETL
12 36 (4.68%) Mathematics
12 36 (4.68%) PRINCE2
13 35 (4.55%) Incident Management
14 34 (4.42%) Configuration Management
14 34 (4.42%) MVC
15 31 (4.03%) Software Engineering
16 28 (3.64%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 124 (16.12%) SQL
2 98 (12.74%) C#
3 78 (10.14%) JavaScript
4 69 (8.97%) PowerShell
5 60 (7.80%) Java
6 33 (4.29%) T-SQL
7 25 (3.25%) C++
8 16 (2.08%) GLSL
8 16 (2.08%) HLSL
9 12 (1.56%) C
10 11 (1.43%) Python
11 10 (1.30%) VBA
12 9 (1.17%) TypeScript
12 9 (1.17%) VBScript
13 8 (1.04%) Bash Shell
13 8 (1.04%) PHP
14 7 (0.91%) VB.NET
15 6 (0.78%) VB
16 5 (0.65%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.65%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 69 (8.97%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (8.71%) Security Cleared
3 65 (8.45%) Degree
4 50 (6.50%) SC Cleared
5 25 (3.25%) MCSE
6 22 (2.86%) MCSA
7 19 (2.47%) MCP
8 17 (2.21%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (1.17%) A+ Certification
9 9 (1.17%) CCNA
10 8 (1.04%) PMI Certification
11 7 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (0.91%) DBS Check
11 7 (0.91%) PMP
12 6 (0.78%) CCNP
12 6 (0.78%) CISSP
12 6 (0.78%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (0.78%) ISEB
12 6 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.55%) QA
2 29 (3.77%) SLA
3 20 (2.60%) Data Quality
4 13 (1.69%) PMO
5 10 (1.30%) HL7
6 7 (0.91%) GDPR
7 6 (0.78%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.65%) Def Stans
9 3 (0.39%) ISO 9000
9 3 (0.39%) WCAG
10 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 230 (29.91%) Active Directory
2 73 (9.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (4.94%) Hyper-V
4 19 (2.47%) XenApp
5 16 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (1.56%) vSphere
7 11 (1.43%) Xen
8 9 (1.17%) Docker
8 9 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 6 (0.78%) DFS Replication
10 6 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.52%) BitLocker
11 4 (0.52%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.39%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 3 (0.39%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.26%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.26%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 65 (8.45%) SCCM
2 18 (2.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 16 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
3 16 (2.08%) Puppet
4 15 (1.95%) SCOM
5 10 (1.30%) Ansible
5 10 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
5 10 (1.30%) WSUS
6 9 (1.17%) Backup Exec
6 9 (1.17%) Terraform
7 8 (1.04%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 7 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (0.78%) Kubernetes
10 5 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
10 5 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
10 5 (0.65%) FortiGate
11 4 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (0.39%) HP Data Protector
12 3 (0.39%) NetBackup
12 3 (0.39%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 127 (16.51%) VMware
2 67 (8.71%) Citrix
3 54 (7.02%) Cisco
4 38 (4.94%) Apple
5 30 (3.90%) HP
5 30 (3.90%) NetApp
6 28 (3.64%) Dell
7 24 (3.12%) Oracle
8 23 (2.99%) Google
9 20 (2.60%) SAP
10 17 (2.21%) ServiceNow
11 14 (1.82%) IBM
11 14 (1.82%) Red Hat
12 11 (1.43%) McAfee
13 9 (1.17%) Symantec
14 8 (1.04%) Sophos
15 7 (0.91%) Infor
16 6 (0.78%) Juniper
16 6 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
16 6 (0.78%) SolarWinds