Period
to 20 October 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 20 October 2020 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
UK > England
6 months to
20 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 12 5 9
Rank change year-on-year -7 +4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3,073 9,824 10,966
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 11.34% 12.74% 11.72%
As % of the Vendors category 25.87% 29.60% 27.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,158 6,484 6,965
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £166 £175 £163
90th Percentile £613 £610 £600
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +1.18% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 211 612 785
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +1.61%
10th Percentile £11.07 £10.96 £10.75
90th Percentile £45.25 £50.00 £34.05
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +12.12% +6.45% -

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 England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 11,877 33,193 39,401
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 43.85% 43.06% 42.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,321 21,064 24,681
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £250
90th Percentile £675 £638 £631
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.78% - +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 1,217 1,480
Median hourly rate £31.50 £19.71 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.82% +12.63% -
10th Percentile £12.18 £11.17 £11.03
90th Percentile £53.85 £53.30 £45.91
Median hourly rate £32.00 £20.00 £17.42
% change year-on-year +60.00% +14.83% -0.47%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in England over the 6 months to 20 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in England over the 6 months to 20 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 20 October 2020. 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
London -2 1,301 £475 +5.56% 455
South East -1 481 £410 -3.53% 338
North of England -1 420 £363 -3.33% 447
Midlands +1 345 £375 -6.25% 313
South West 0 282 £433 +3.02% 168
North West +3 270 £350 -6.67% 258
West Midlands -1 213 £413 - 192
East of England -1 145 £350 -8.20% 147
East Midlands +2 129 £331 -11.67% 119
Yorkshire -4 121 £400 +6.67% 133
North East -13 30 £376 +7.32% 56
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 2020, 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 England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 1,176 (38.27%) Azure
2 968 (31.50%) Windows
3 753 (24.50%) Active Directory
4 673 (21.90%) Agile Software Development
5 624 (20.31%) SQL
6 610 (19.85%) Office 365
7 531 (17.28%) Microsoft Office
8 528 (17.18%) Security Cleared
9 508 (16.53%) Finance
10 500 (16.27%) SQL Server
11 442 (14.38%) DevOps
12 425 (13.83%) Migration
13 385 (12.53%) SC Cleared
14 379 (12.33%) Business Intelligence
15 377 (12.27%) .NET
16 371 (12.07%) C#
17 362 (11.78%) Windows 10
18 360 (11.71%) Power Platform
19 357 (11.62%) PowerShell
20 349 (11.36%) Microsoft Excel
21 336 (10.93%) VMware
22 330 (10.74%) Public Sector
23 328 (10.67%) Windows Server
24 327 (10.64%) SharePoint
25 299 (9.73%) ITIL
26 280 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
27 276 (8.98%) Power BI
27 276 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
28 257 (8.36%) SCCM
29 254 (8.27%) AWS

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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
1 327 (10.64%) SharePoint
2 139 (4.52%) Skype for Business
3 113 (3.68%) MS Exchange
4 77 (2.51%) IIS
5 67 (2.18%) Confluence
6 37 (1.20%) CMS
7 35 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
8 29 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
9 22 (0.72%) WebLogic
10 19 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
11 18 (0.59%) Apache
12 17 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
13 16 (0.52%) NServiceBus
14 15 (0.49%) ArcGIS
15 14 (0.46%) nginx
15 14 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
16 11 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
16 11 (0.36%) JBoss
16 11 (0.36%) SAS
17 10 (0.33%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 531 (17.28%) Microsoft Office
2 349 (11.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 130 (4.23%) Microsoft Project
4 129 (4.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 79 (2.57%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.46%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.29%) Camtasia
9 8 (0.26%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.20%) InfoPath
11 4 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.13%) CATIA
11 4 (0.13%) Figma
12 3 (0.098%) SPSS
13 2 (0.065%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.065%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.065%) InDesign
13 2 (0.065%) LibreOffice
14 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.033%) Blender
Business Applications
1 129 (4.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 14 (0.46%) Sentinel
5 11 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
6 8 (0.26%) SAP ERP
6 8 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 6 (0.20%) SAP FI-CA
8 5 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
8 5 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
8 5 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
9 4 (0.13%) Visualfiles
9 4 (0.13%) Workfront
10 3 (0.098%) assyst
10 3 (0.098%) Dynamics GP
10 3 (0.098%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
10 3 (0.098%) Siebel CRM
10 3 (0.098%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 1,176 (38.27%) Azure
2 610 (19.85%) Office 365
3 360 (11.71%) Power Platform
4 254 (8.27%) AWS
5 176 (5.73%) Azure Active Directory
6 171 (5.56%) Dynamics 365
7 125 (4.07%) IaaS
8 121 (3.94%) PaaS
9 120 (3.90%) PowerApps
10 101 (3.29%) SaaS
11 91 (2.96%) OneDrive
12 81 (2.64%) Serverless
13 69 (2.25%) Azure Data Factory
14 58 (1.89%) Power Automate
15 57 (1.85%) Logic Apps
16 53 (1.72%) GCP
17 47 (1.53%) Azure Functions
18 45 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
19 42 (1.37%) Yammer
20 37 (1.20%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 195 (6.35%) DNS
2 192 (6.25%) Skype
3 157 (5.11%) Firewall
4 138 (4.49%) DHCP
5 111 (3.61%) LAN
6 106 (3.45%) TCP/IP
7 105 (3.42%) WAN
8 85 (2.77%) VPN
9 77 (2.51%) VoIP
10 60 (1.95%) SAN
11 48 (1.56%) Internet
11 48 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
12 46 (1.50%) Unified Communications
13 42 (1.37%) Ethernet
14 31 (1.01%) Wireless
15 29 (0.94%) VLAN
16 28 (0.91%) Network Security
17 26 (0.85%) MPLS
18 24 (0.78%) PBX
18 24 (0.78%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 500 (16.27%) SQL Server
2 276 (8.98%) Power BI
3 161 (5.24%) Data Warehouse
4 118 (3.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 110 (3.58%) Data Lake
6 106 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 89 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
8 75 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 71 (2.31%) Big Data
10 69 (2.25%) Relational Database
11 56 (1.82%) Oracle Database
12 48 (1.56%) MongoDB
12 48 (1.56%) MySQL
13 45 (1.46%) Cosmos DB
14 41 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
15 37 (1.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 33 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
17 32 (1.04%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 29 (0.94%) NoSQL
18 29 (0.94%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 177 (5.76%) Git (software)
2 122 (3.97%) JIRA
3 108 (3.51%) Jenkins
4 87 (2.83%) Visual Studio
5 81 (2.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 67 (2.18%) Selenium
7 48 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
8 42 (1.37%) SpecFlow
9 37 (1.20%) GitLab
10 30 (0.98%) SonarQube
11 28 (0.91%) Sonatype Nexus
12 27 (0.88%) Bitbucket
13 25 (0.81%) TeamCity
14 23 (0.75%) Subversion
15 21 (0.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 20 (0.65%) Cucumber
17 19 (0.62%) MSI
17 19 (0.62%) NUnit
18 17 (0.55%) Maven
18 17 (0.55%) Toad
General
1 508 (16.53%) Finance
2 330 (10.74%) Public Sector
3 128 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 121 (3.94%) Banking
5 107 (3.48%) Marketing
6 84 (2.73%) Manufacturing
7 79 (2.57%) Retail
8 55 (1.79%) Electronics
9 54 (1.76%) Pharmaceutical
10 51 (1.66%) Law
11 43 (1.40%) Legal
12 42 (1.37%) Front Office
13 30 (0.98%) Advertising
13 30 (0.98%) Local Government
14 27 (0.88%) Military
15 26 (0.85%) Investment Banking
16 23 (0.75%) French Language
17 19 (0.62%) Publishing
18 18 (0.59%) Financial Institution
19 17 (0.55%) German Language
Job Titles
1 475 (15.46%) Developer
2 379 (12.33%) Analyst
3 369 (12.01%) Architect
4 179 (5.82%) Consultant
5 144 (4.69%) Support Engineer
6 115 (3.74%) Azure Engineer
7 109 (3.55%) .NET Developer
8 107 (3.48%) Project Manager
9 105 (3.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 92 (2.99%) Solutions Architect
11 81 (2.64%) Administrator
12 80 (2.60%) Azure Architect
13 75 (2.44%) Desktop Support
14 73 (2.38%) Business Analyst
15 71 (2.31%) C# Developer
16 68 (2.21%) DevOps Engineer
17 66 (2.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 65 (2.12%) 2nd Line Support
19 64 (2.08%) Azure Developer
20 63 (2.05%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 377 (12.27%) .NET
2 143 (4.65%) HTML
3 125 (4.07%) Web Services
4 119 (3.87%) ASP.NET
5 109 (3.55%) CSS
6 90 (2.93%) .NET Framework
6 90 (2.93%) XML
7 77 (2.51%) JSON
8 75 (2.44%) React
9 72 (2.34%) AngularJS
10 69 (2.25%) REST
11 65 (2.12%) .NET Core
12 57 (1.85%) Node.js
13 55 (1.79%) HTML5
14 52 (1.69%) Kafka
15 48 (1.56%) ASP.NET Web API
16 46 (1.50%) SOAP
17 45 (1.46%) jQuery
17 45 (1.46%) RESTful
18 43 (1.40%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 276 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
2 145 (4.72%) Management Information System
3 117 (3.81%) Data Centre
4 86 (2.80%) NHS
5 70 (2.28%) Public Cloud
6 67 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
7 63 (2.05%) User Experience
8 56 (1.82%) PKI
9 38 (1.24%) Replication
9 38 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
10 37 (1.20%) Private Cloud
11 35 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
12 34 (1.11%) Clustering
12 34 (1.11%) Data Structures
13 32 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
14 25 (0.81%) Cloud Native
14 25 (0.81%) Hedge funds
14 25 (0.81%) Virtual Team
15 24 (0.78%) Fixed Income
16 23 (0.75%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 968 (31.50%) Windows
2 362 (11.78%) Windows 10
3 328 (10.67%) Windows Server
4 202 (6.57%) Linux
5 148 (4.82%) Windows 7
6 133 (4.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 119 (3.87%) Windows Server 2016
8 93 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
9 88 (2.86%) Unix
10 74 (2.41%) Windows Server 2019
11 69 (2.25%) Apple iOS
12 45 (1.46%) Android
13 42 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 27 (0.88%) Windows 8
15 24 (0.78%) Solaris
16 18 (0.59%) VMS
16 18 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
17 17 (0.55%) Mac OS
18 15 (0.49%) Windows XP
19 14 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 673 (21.90%) Agile Software Development
2 442 (14.38%) DevOps
3 425 (13.83%) Migration
4 379 (12.33%) Business Intelligence
5 299 (9.73%) ITIL
6 280 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
7 245 (7.97%) Project Management
8 216 (7.03%) Scrum
9 215 (7.00%) Analytics
10 210 (6.83%) Project Delivery
11 169 (5.50%) Stakeholder Management
12 165 (5.37%) CRM
13 141 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 138 (4.49%) Change Management
15 129 (4.20%) Data Modelling
16 128 (4.17%) Continuous Integration
17 124 (4.04%) Microservices
18 123 (4.00%) Service Management
19 117 (3.81%) Test Automation
20 116 (3.77%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 624 (20.31%) SQL
2 371 (12.07%) C#
3 357 (11.62%) PowerShell
4 214 (6.96%) JavaScript
5 181 (5.89%) Python
6 136 (4.43%) Java
7 109 (3.55%) T-SQL
8 62 (2.02%) C
9 55 (1.79%) Bash Shell
10 52 (1.69%) VB
11 43 (1.40%) VBA
12 37 (1.20%) VBScript
13 35 (1.14%) R
14 34 (1.11%) PL/SQL
14 34 (1.11%) VB.NET
15 32 (1.04%) C++
16 30 (0.98%) TypeScript
17 23 (0.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 20 (0.65%) Perl
19 18 (0.59%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 528 (17.18%) Security Cleared
2 385 (12.53%) SC Cleared
3 159 (5.17%) Degree
3 159 (5.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 149 (4.85%) DV Cleared
5 73 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
6 67 (2.18%) CISSP
7 52 (1.69%) MCSE
8 43 (1.40%) ISEB
9 38 (1.24%) ISTQB
10 36 (1.17%) CCNA
11 34 (1.11%) MCSA
12 27 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
13 25 (0.81%) CCNP
13 25 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
14 24 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 23 (0.75%) Master's Degree
16 22 (0.72%) CCIE
17 21 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 21 (0.68%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (2.96%) SLA
2 79 (2.57%) QA
3 51 (1.66%) Data Quality
4 43 (1.40%) GDPR
4 43 (1.40%) PMO
5 37 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.78%) PCI DSS
7 23 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 18 (0.59%) COBIT
9 15 (0.49%) NIST
10 10 (0.33%) ISO 9001
11 7 (0.23%) HIPAA
11 7 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 6 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.20%) NCSC
13 5 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
14 4 (0.13%) GxP
14 4 (0.13%) ITGC
15 3 (0.098%) GMP
System Software
1 753 (24.50%) Active Directory
2 238 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 123 (4.00%) Docker
4 80 (2.60%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.99%) VMware ESXi
5 61 (1.99%) vSphere
6 44 (1.43%) XenApp
7 42 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
8 37 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
9 31 (1.01%) Virtual Desktop
10 27 (0.88%) VMware NSX
11 20 (0.65%) XenDesktop
12 15 (0.49%) NFS
13 13 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (0.33%) Firmware
15 8 (0.26%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
17 6 (0.20%) HDFS
17 6 (0.20%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 257 (8.36%) SCCM
2 140 (4.56%) Microsoft Intune
3 94 (3.06%) Kubernetes
4 88 (2.86%) Terraform
5 81 (2.64%) Ansible
6 55 (1.79%) SCOM
7 47 (1.53%) Single Sign-On
8 39 (1.27%) WSUS
9 32 (1.04%) Puppet
10 23 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
11 19 (0.62%) vCenter Server
12 18 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
13 17 (0.55%) AirWatch
13 17 (0.55%) vRealize
14 13 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
14 13 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
15 12 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
16 10 (0.33%) Nagios
16 10 (0.33%) vMotion
17 9 (0.29%) Nessus
Vendors
1 336 (10.93%) VMware
2 226 (7.35%) Cisco
3 222 (7.22%) Oracle
4 141 (4.59%) Citrix
5 123 (4.00%) SAP
6 117 (3.81%) Databricks
7 72 (2.34%) Google
8 70 (2.28%) HP
9 62 (2.02%) Tableau
10 58 (1.89%) Splunk
11 53 (1.72%) Red Hat
12 49 (1.59%) Remedy
13 48 (1.56%) ServiceNow
14 43 (1.40%) Dell
15 40 (1.30%) McAfee
16 37 (1.20%) Apple
17 34 (1.11%) CheckPoint
18 33 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
19 31 (1.01%) SolarWinds
20 28 (0.91%) Palo Alto