Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 5 5
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 172 509 626
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 11.91% 14.13% 14.13%
As % of the Vendors category 26.96% 31.81% 29.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 311 358
Median daily rate £325 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £120 £130 £130
90th Percentile £525 £538 £544
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 49 60
Median hourly rate £13.65 £17.00 £15.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.71% +8.42% +8.14%
10th Percentile £9.95 £12.86 £10.30
90th Percentile £20.07 £20.30 £19.58
England median hourly rate £17.32 £17.45 £15.30
% change year-on-year -0.77% +14.07% +2.00%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 638 1,600 2,109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 44.18% 44.42% 47.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 966 1,236
Median daily rate £400 £400 £429
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.71% +0.88%
10th Percentile £160 £185 £197
90th Percentile £550 £600 £575
England median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.78% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 117 130
Median hourly rate £22.42 £17.50 £16.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.11% +5.26% +0.76%
10th Percentile £11.94 £12.30 £11.14
90th Percentile £53.25 £52.55 £45.03
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £17.50
% change year-on-year +22.99% +6.89% +2.91%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 0 59 £455 +21.33% 67
Essex -9 38 £263 -19.23% 26
Cambridgeshire -6 28 £330 -8.97% 55
Bedfordshire 0 25 £450 -5.26% 14
Suffolk +2 15 £438 -1.41% 4
Norfolk +2 11 £128 -63.46% 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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 85 (49.42%) Windows
2 64 (37.21%) Active Directory
3 49 (28.49%) Azure
4 37 (21.51%) Microsoft Office
5 34 (19.77%) Office 365
6 32 (18.60%) Security Cleared
7 30 (17.44%) VMware
7 30 (17.44%) Windows Server
8 29 (16.86%) SQL
9 27 (15.70%) Windows 10
10 25 (14.53%) SQL Server
10 25 (14.53%) Microsoft Excel
11 23 (13.37%) Agile Software Development
11 23 (13.37%) PowerShell
12 22 (12.79%) Migration
12 22 (12.79%) ITIL
13 21 (12.21%) SC Cleared
13 21 (12.21%) Public Sector
14 20 (11.63%) VMware Infrastructure
14 20 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
14 20 (11.63%) TCP/IP
15 19 (11.05%) Cisco
15 19 (11.05%) Microsoft Certification
15 19 (11.05%) C#
15 19 (11.05%) SCCM
16 18 (10.47%) Degree
16 18 (10.47%) JavaScript
16 18 (10.47%) Oracle
16 18 (10.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 17 (9.88%) Windows Server 2016

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 12 (6.98%) IIS
2 10 (5.81%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.07%) MS Exchange
4 4 (2.33%) ArcGIS
5 3 (1.74%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.74%) Skype for Business
6 2 (1.16%) Apache
6 2 (1.16%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.58%) Apache ServiceMix
7 1 (0.58%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.58%) Confluence
7 1 (0.58%) Documentum
7 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.58%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.58%) Luigi
7 1 (0.58%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 37 (21.51%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (14.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (5.81%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (5.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (2.33%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.33%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.58%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.58%) Figma
Business Applications
1 4 (2.33%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.16%) SystmOne
3 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.58%) HealthRoster
3 1 (0.58%) Magento
3 1 (0.58%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 49 (28.49%) Azure
2 34 (19.77%) Office 365
3 14 (8.14%) Power Platform
4 9 (5.23%) AWS
5 6 (3.49%) IaaS
6 5 (2.91%) PaaS
7 4 (2.33%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (2.33%) Azure Stack
7 4 (2.33%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.74%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (1.74%) PowerApps
8 3 (1.74%) SaaS
9 2 (1.16%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.16%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (1.16%) Mimecast
9 2 (1.16%) Power Automate
9 2 (1.16%) Route 53
9 2 (1.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (11.63%) TCP/IP
2 14 (8.14%) DNS
2 14 (8.14%) Ethernet
3 11 (6.40%) Firewall
3 11 (6.40%) LAN
4 10 (5.81%) DHCP
5 6 (3.49%) Remote Desktop
5 6 (3.49%) VPN
5 6 (3.49%) WAN
6 5 (2.91%) Internet
6 5 (2.91%) MPLS
7 4 (2.33%) VLAN
8 3 (1.74%) ADSL
8 3 (1.74%) HTTP
8 3 (1.74%) NAS
8 3 (1.74%) SAN
8 3 (1.74%) Skype
8 3 (1.74%) SNMP
9 2 (1.16%) IPsec
9 2 (1.16%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (14.53%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 11 (6.40%) Power BI
3 11 (6.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (5.23%) Relational Database
5 7 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (4.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (3.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 6 (3.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.33%) GIS
8 3 (1.74%) Pentaho
9 2 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (1.16%) Big Data
9 2 (1.16%) Data Lake
9 2 (1.16%) MySQL
9 2 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.58%) Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.58%) MS Access
10 1 (0.58%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 12 (6.98%) Visual Studio
2 11 (6.40%) Eclipse
2 11 (6.40%) NetBeans
3 10 (5.81%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.16%) InstallShield
4 2 (1.16%) JIRA
4 2 (1.16%) MSI
4 2 (1.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.58%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.58%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.58%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.58%) JMeter
5 1 (0.58%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.58%) Moq
5 1 (0.58%) MSTest
5 1 (0.58%) NUnit
5 1 (0.58%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.58%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (0.58%) Subversion
General
1 21 (12.21%) Public Sector
2 11 (6.40%) Aerospace
2 11 (6.40%) Military
3 10 (5.81%) Finance
4 4 (2.33%) Law
4 4 (2.33%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.74%) Back Office
5 3 (1.74%) Marketing
6 2 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.16%) Retail
6 2 (1.16%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.58%) Advertising
7 1 (0.58%) Banking
7 1 (0.58%) Billing
7 1 (0.58%) Electronics
7 1 (0.58%) Games
7 1 (0.58%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.58%) Legal
7 1 (0.58%) Portuguese Language
7 1 (0.58%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 32 (18.60%) Analyst
2 17 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (7.56%) Support Engineer
4 12 (6.98%) Consultant
4 12 (6.98%) Developer
5 11 (6.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 8 (4.65%) Deployment Engineer
7 7 (4.07%) Active Directory Engineer
7 7 (4.07%) IT Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Architect
8 6 (3.49%) Azure Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Desktop Support
8 6 (3.49%) IT Support
8 6 (3.49%) Technical Analyst
9 5 (2.91%) 1st Line Support
9 5 (2.91%) 3rd Line Support
9 5 (2.91%) Business Analyst
9 5 (2.91%) Service Analyst
9 5 (2.91%) Test Analyst
9 5 (2.91%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.88%) .NET
2 14 (8.14%) Web Services
3 12 (6.98%) Node.js
4 11 (6.40%) Qt
5 7 (4.07%) ActiveX
5 7 (4.07%) DirectX
5 7 (4.07%) MFC
5 7 (4.07%) OpenGL
6 3 (1.74%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.74%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.74%) CSS
6 3 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.74%) RESTful
7 2 (1.16%) .NET Core
7 2 (1.16%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.16%) HTML
7 2 (1.16%) HTML5
7 2 (1.16%) jQuery
7 2 (1.16%) Spring
7 2 (1.16%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.14%) NHS
2 13 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (4.65%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.49%) Replication
5 4 (2.33%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.33%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.74%) PKI
7 2 (1.16%) Clustering
7 2 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.58%) CMDB
8 1 (0.58%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.58%) DataPower
8 1 (0.58%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.58%) Fibre Optics
8 1 (0.58%) iPhone
8 1 (0.58%) Reinsurance
8 1 (0.58%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.58%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 85 (49.42%) Windows
2 30 (17.44%) Windows Server
3 27 (15.70%) Windows 10
4 20 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (9.88%) Windows Server 2016
6 16 (9.30%) Linux
7 15 (8.72%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (7.56%) Windows Server 2019
9 11 (6.40%) Windows 7
10 6 (3.49%) Unix
11 4 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.58%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.58%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.58%) Solaris
13 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (13.37%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (12.79%) ITIL
2 22 (12.79%) Migration
3 18 (10.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 15 (8.72%) DevOps
5 14 (8.14%) Change Management
5 14 (8.14%) Software Engineering
6 12 (6.98%) Mathematics
7 11 (6.40%) ITSM
7 11 (6.40%) Project Delivery
7 11 (6.40%) Project Management
7 11 (6.40%) Service Delivery
8 10 (5.81%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (5.81%) Performance Tuning
8 10 (5.81%) Scrum
9 9 (5.23%) Application Packaging
9 9 (5.23%) ETL
9 9 (5.23%) Service Management
10 8 (4.65%) Disaster Recovery
11 7 (4.07%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 29 (16.86%) SQL
2 23 (13.37%) PowerShell
3 19 (11.05%) C#
4 18 (10.47%) JavaScript
5 15 (8.72%) Java
6 13 (7.56%) C++
7 7 (4.07%) GLSL
7 7 (4.07%) HLSL
8 6 (3.49%) VB
9 5 (2.91%) C
10 3 (1.74%) Python
10 3 (1.74%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.16%) VBA
12 1 (0.58%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.58%) Go
12 1 (0.58%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.58%) PHP
12 1 (0.58%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 32 (18.60%) Security Cleared
2 21 (12.21%) SC Cleared
3 19 (11.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (10.47%) Degree
5 11 (6.40%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (6.40%) DV Cleared
6 10 (5.81%) MCSE
7 5 (2.91%) MCP
7 5 (2.91%) MCSA
8 4 (2.33%) CCNA
8 4 (2.33%) CCNP
8 4 (2.33%) ISEB
8 4 (2.33%) ISTQB
8 4 (2.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (1.74%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.16%) A+ Certification
10 2 (1.16%) CISA
10 2 (1.16%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.56%) SLA
2 4 (2.33%) PMO
3 3 (1.74%) GDPR
4 2 (1.16%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.16%) ITGC
4 2 (1.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.58%) QA
System Software
1 64 (37.21%) Active Directory
2 20 (11.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.98%) Hyper-V
4 9 (5.23%) Terminal Services
5 7 (4.07%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (2.91%) VMware NSX
7 4 (2.33%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.74%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 2 (1.16%) vSphere
9 2 (1.16%) XenApp
9 2 (1.16%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.58%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.58%) Docker
10 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.58%) NFS
10 1 (0.58%) Postfix
10 1 (0.58%) qmail
10 1 (0.58%) Samba
10 1 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 19 (11.05%) SCCM
2 7 (4.07%) Ansible
3 6 (3.49%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (2.91%) WSUS
5 4 (2.33%) SCOM
5 4 (2.33%) vRealize
6 3 (1.74%) DameWare
6 3 (1.74%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.74%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.58%) Grafana
7 1 (0.58%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.58%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.58%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.58%) Terraform
7 1 (0.58%) WMI
7 1 (0.58%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 30 (17.44%) VMware
2 19 (11.05%) Cisco
3 18 (10.47%) Oracle
4 9 (5.23%) SAP
5 7 (4.07%) Sophos
6 6 (3.49%) Veeam
7 5 (2.91%) Citrix
8 4 (2.33%) BMC
8 4 (2.33%) ESRI
8 4 (2.33%) HP
8 4 (2.33%) IBM
8 4 (2.33%) Lumension
8 4 (2.33%) Remedy
9 3 (1.74%) Hortonworks
9 3 (1.74%) Lotus
9 3 (1.74%) ServiceNow
9 3 (1.74%) Veritas
10 2 (1.16%) Apple
10 2 (1.16%) Forcepoint
10 2 (1.16%) Salesforce.com