Period
to 1 April 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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 7 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,215 10,853 10,095
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 12.90% 12.32% 10.84%
As % of the Vendors category 30.07% 28.95% 26.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,520 7,096 6,473
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £170 £178 £175
90th Percentile £603 £613 £581
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 679 685
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.37 £15.57
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.11% -1.25% +3.77%
10th Percentile £11.35 £10.61 £10.75
90th Percentile £43.75 £37.50 £39.80
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £15.30 £15.40
% change year-on-year +17.65% -0.65% +4.51%

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 23,991 37,493 38,777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.89% 42.56% 41.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,605 23,625 24,321
Median daily rate £450 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +1.01% +5.88%
10th Percentile £220 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £640 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,075 1,262 1,321
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.86 £10.92 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% +2.94%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 2,733 £450 -0.88% 804
South East -1 1,480 £425 - 619
North of England +1 1,122 £388 -3.13% 689
Midlands +2 754 £425 +6.25% 486
South West +1 661 £425 +3.03% 324
North West -2 566 £379 -10.88% 364
West Midlands 0 518 £450 +12.50% 328
East of England 0 440 £375 - 278
Yorkshire +3 430 £400 - 236
East Midlands +1 227 £350 -3.05% 157
North East +4 127 £375 -6.25% 89
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 2,616 (36.26%) Windows
2 2,416 (33.49%) Azure
3 1,862 (25.81%) Active Directory
4 1,553 (21.52%) SQL
5 1,503 (20.83%) Office 365
6 1,384 (19.18%) Microsoft Office
7 1,370 (18.99%) Agile Software Development
8 1,218 (16.88%) SQL Server
9 1,062 (14.72%) Finance
10 990 (13.72%) .NET
11 957 (13.26%) Security Cleared
12 953 (13.21%) Migration
13 893 (12.38%) Windows Server
14 884 (12.25%) Windows 10
15 877 (12.16%) Business Intelligence
16 867 (12.02%) C#
17 828 (11.48%) DevOps
18 826 (11.45%) PowerShell
19 818 (11.34%) SharePoint
20 776 (10.76%) VMware
21 759 (10.52%) Power Platform
22 745 (10.33%) ITIL
23 716 (9.92%) Analytical Skills
24 711 (9.85%) Microsoft Excel
25 701 (9.72%) SC Cleared
26 687 (9.52%) SCCM
27 666 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
28 663 (9.19%) Power BI
29 553 (7.66%) Public Sector
30 521 (7.22%) CRM

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
1 818 (11.34%) SharePoint
2 425 (5.89%) MS Exchange
3 283 (3.92%) Skype for Business
4 182 (2.52%) IIS
5 110 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 94 (1.30%) Confluence
6 94 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
7 79 (1.09%) CMS
8 72 (1.00%) Apache
9 43 (0.60%) Tomcat
10 40 (0.55%) Apache Spark
11 38 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
12 36 (0.50%) WebLogic
13 35 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
14 30 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 30 (0.42%) WebSphere
15 27 (0.37%) IBM Notes
16 25 (0.35%) nginx
16 25 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
17 23 (0.32%) SAS
Applications
1 1,384 (19.18%) Microsoft Office
2 711 (9.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 301 (4.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 243 (3.37%) Microsoft Project
5 169 (2.34%) MS Visio
6 37 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.17%) Sketch
8 11 (0.15%) InVision
9 10 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 10 (0.14%) InfoPath
9 10 (0.14%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.11%) Acrobat
11 7 (0.097%) Chatbot
12 6 (0.083%) Camtasia
13 5 (0.069%) Adobe Premiere
14 4 (0.055%) AutoCAD
14 4 (0.055%) SPSS
15 3 (0.042%) Adobe Captivate
15 3 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
16 2 (0.028%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 470 (6.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 104 (1.44%) Dynamics AX
3 38 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 29 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
5 25 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
6 22 (0.30%) SAP ERP
7 19 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 16 (0.22%) assyst
9 13 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (0.17%) Endur
11 11 (0.15%) NetSuite
11 11 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
11 11 (0.15%) SAP BPC
12 9 (0.12%) Elite 3E
12 9 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
13 8 (0.11%) Oracle AML
13 8 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
14 7 (0.097%) Magento
14 7 (0.097%) Oracle Payables
14 7 (0.097%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 2,416 (33.49%) Azure
2 1,503 (20.83%) Office 365
3 759 (10.52%) Power Platform
4 486 (6.74%) AWS
5 456 (6.32%) Dynamics 365
6 341 (4.73%) Azure Active Directory
7 325 (4.50%) PaaS
8 293 (4.06%) IaaS
9 233 (3.23%) SaaS
10 178 (2.47%) OneDrive
11 163 (2.26%) PowerApps
12 156 (2.16%) Azure Data Factory
13 149 (2.07%) GCP
14 111 (1.54%) Serverless
15 91 (1.26%) GitHub
16 86 (1.19%) Microsoft Flow
17 78 (1.08%) Azure Functions
18 56 (0.78%) Yammer
19 54 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
20 52 (0.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 443 (6.14%) DNS
2 338 (4.68%) Firewall
3 333 (4.62%) Skype
4 326 (4.52%) DHCP
5 242 (3.35%) LAN
6 234 (3.24%) TCP/IP
7 221 (3.06%) WAN
8 205 (2.84%) VPN
9 197 (2.73%) SAN
10 129 (1.79%) Internet
11 97 (1.34%) VoIP
12 86 (1.19%) Wireless
13 85 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
14 78 (1.08%) NetScaler
15 73 (1.01%) Unified Communications
16 68 (0.94%) Network Security
17 66 (0.91%) Remote Desktop
18 56 (0.78%) Intranet
19 55 (0.76%) MPLS
20 53 (0.73%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,218 (16.88%) SQL Server
2 663 (9.19%) Power BI
3 443 (6.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 390 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
5 322 (4.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 233 (3.23%) Data Lake
7 201 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 145 (2.01%) Big Data
9 133 (1.84%) Azure SQL Database
10 105 (1.46%) Relational Database
11 104 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
12 102 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
12 102 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
13 86 (1.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 84 (1.16%) MySQL
15 77 (1.07%) NoSQL
16 63 (0.87%) Oracle Database
17 54 (0.75%) HDInsight
17 54 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 51 (0.71%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 351 (4.86%) Git (software)
2 338 (4.68%) Visual Studio
3 230 (3.19%) Team Foundation Server
4 213 (2.95%) JIRA
5 137 (1.90%) Jenkins
6 135 (1.87%) Visual Studio Team System
7 121 (1.68%) Selenium
8 77 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
9 73 (1.01%) TeamCity
10 62 (0.86%) Eclipse
11 53 (0.73%) Subversion
12 48 (0.67%) MSI
13 46 (0.64%) Cucumber
14 40 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 39 (0.54%) Artifactory
15 39 (0.54%) Moq
16 37 (0.51%) SpecFlow
17 34 (0.47%) NetBeans
18 33 (0.46%) WebDriver
19 30 (0.42%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,062 (14.72%) Finance
2 553 (7.66%) Public Sector
3 189 (2.62%) Telecoms
4 170 (2.36%) Retail
5 161 (2.23%) Banking
6 145 (2.01%) Marketing
7 129 (1.79%) Manufacturing
8 112 (1.55%) Legal
9 104 (1.44%) Law
10 84 (1.16%) Front Office
11 62 (0.86%) Military
12 60 (0.83%) Electronics
12 60 (0.83%) Local Government
13 50 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
14 49 (0.68%) Publishing
15 44 (0.61%) Aerospace
16 42 (0.58%) Advertising
17 41 (0.57%) Investment Banking
18 39 (0.54%) Back Office
19 33 (0.46%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,286 (17.82%) Developer
2 1,023 (14.18%) Analyst
3 689 (9.55%) Architect
4 435 (6.03%) Consultant
5 414 (5.74%) Support Engineer
6 320 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 256 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 252 (3.49%) .NET Developer
9 230 (3.19%) 2nd Line Support
10 229 (3.17%) Desktop Support
11 207 (2.87%) Azure Engineer
12 206 (2.86%) Windows Engineer
13 203 (2.81%) Support Analyst
14 197 (2.73%) C# Developer
15 196 (2.72%) Service Analyst
16 193 (2.67%) Business Analyst
17 185 (2.56%) IT Support
18 184 (2.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
19 172 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
20 170 (2.36%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 990 (13.72%) .NET
2 346 (4.80%) HTML
3 266 (3.69%) Web Services
4 231 (3.20%) CSS
5 221 (3.06%) ASP.NET
6 215 (2.98%) XML
7 192 (2.66%) .NET Framework
8 187 (2.59%) AngularJS
9 150 (2.08%) Node.js
10 147 (2.04%) React
11 139 (1.93%) .NET Core
12 129 (1.79%) JSON
13 125 (1.73%) ASP.NET Web API
14 124 (1.72%) REST
15 115 (1.59%) jQuery
16 91 (1.26%) HTML5
17 87 (1.21%) Entity Framework
18 83 (1.15%) RESTful
19 81 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
20 80 (1.11%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 716 (9.92%) Analytical Skills
2 263 (3.65%) Management Information System
3 237 (3.28%) Data Centre
4 186 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
5 163 (2.26%) User Experience
6 139 (1.93%) NHS
7 127 (1.76%) Driving Licence
8 125 (1.73%) PKI
9 91 (1.26%) Clustering
10 90 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
11 81 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
12 80 (1.11%) Public Cloud
13 78 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
14 74 (1.03%) Replication
15 71 (0.98%) Blackberry
16 67 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
17 66 (0.91%) Data Structures
18 55 (0.76%) Mobile App
19 51 (0.71%) iPhone
20 50 (0.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2,616 (36.26%) Windows
2 893 (12.38%) Windows Server
3 884 (12.25%) Windows 10
4 498 (6.90%) Linux
5 470 (6.51%) Windows 7
6 419 (5.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 292 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 259 (3.59%) Windows Server 2016
9 200 (2.77%) Android
10 177 (2.45%) Apple iOS
11 166 (2.30%) Unix
12 82 (1.14%) Mac OS
12 82 (1.14%) Windows XP
13 74 (1.03%) Windows 8
14 65 (0.90%) Windows Server 2019
15 60 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 51 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
17 42 (0.58%) Mac OS X
18 35 (0.49%) VMS
19 31 (0.43%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,370 (18.99%) Agile Software Development
2 953 (13.21%) Migration
3 877 (12.16%) Business Intelligence
4 828 (11.48%) DevOps
5 745 (10.33%) ITIL
6 666 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
7 521 (7.22%) CRM
8 509 (7.05%) Analytics
9 443 (6.14%) Project Management
10 440 (6.10%) Scrum
11 437 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 398 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
13 354 (4.91%) Test Automation
14 347 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
15 339 (4.70%) Data Modelling
16 318 (4.41%) ETL
17 287 (3.98%) Change Management
18 278 (3.85%) Project Delivery
19 254 (3.52%) Service Management
20 237 (3.28%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 1,553 (21.52%) SQL
2 867 (12.02%) C#
3 826 (11.45%) PowerShell
4 483 (6.69%) JavaScript
5 355 (4.92%) Java
6 317 (4.39%) Python
7 264 (3.66%) T-SQL
8 129 (1.79%) Bash Shell
9 115 (1.59%) C
10 99 (1.37%) C++
11 91 (1.26%) VB
12 81 (1.12%) PHP
13 68 (0.94%) VBA
13 68 (0.94%) VBScript
14 60 (0.83%) PL/SQL
15 59 (0.82%) R
16 51 (0.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 45 (0.62%) Ruby
18 43 (0.60%) VB.NET
19 36 (0.50%) Scala
Qualifications
1 957 (13.26%) Security Cleared
2 701 (9.72%) SC Cleared
3 431 (5.97%) Microsoft Certification
4 399 (5.53%) Degree
5 193 (2.67%) MCSE
6 183 (2.54%) DV Cleared
7 112 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
8 91 (1.26%) MCSA
9 85 (1.18%) MCP
10 80 (1.11%) CCNA
11 79 (1.09%) ISEB
12 66 (0.91%) ISTQB
13 61 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
14 58 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
15 57 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
16 55 (0.76%) Citrix Certification
17 53 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 49 (0.68%) A+ Certification
18 49 (0.68%) MCITP
19 39 (0.54%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (3.05%) SLA
2 172 (2.38%) QA
3 101 (1.40%) GDPR
4 98 (1.36%) PMO
5 70 (0.97%) Data Quality
6 43 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 21 (0.29%) WCAG
8 18 (0.25%) PCI DSS
9 17 (0.24%) NCSC
10 13 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
10 13 (0.18%) GxP
10 13 (0.18%) ISO 20022
10 13 (0.18%) P3O
11 12 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.15%) NIST
12 11 (0.15%) TARGET2
13 10 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 8 (0.11%) HL7
14 8 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 6 (0.083%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1,862 (25.81%) Active Directory
2 491 (6.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 226 (3.13%) Hyper-V
4 208 (2.88%) Docker
5 169 (2.34%) XenApp
6 140 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
7 132 (1.83%) vSphere
8 120 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
9 110 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 106 (1.47%) XenDesktop
11 51 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 47 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
13 37 (0.51%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 31 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 22 (0.30%) Xen
16 20 (0.28%) DFS Replication
16 20 (0.28%) Firmware
17 15 (0.21%) Terminal Services
18 14 (0.19%) BitLocker
18 14 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 687 (9.52%) SCCM
2 244 (3.38%) Microsoft Intune
3 162 (2.25%) Kubernetes
4 146 (2.02%) Ansible
5 119 (1.65%) Terraform
6 111 (1.54%) SCOM
7 104 (1.44%) Puppet
8 84 (1.16%) WSUS
9 81 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
10 47 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
10 47 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
11 45 (0.62%) AirWatch
12 41 (0.57%) NetBackup
13 40 (0.55%) Jamf Pro
14 32 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
15 30 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
15 30 (0.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 28 (0.39%) vCenter Server
17 26 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 21 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 776 (10.76%) VMware
2 464 (6.43%) Oracle
3 463 (6.42%) Citrix
4 374 (5.18%) Cisco
5 274 (3.80%) SAP
6 224 (3.10%) HP
7 218 (3.02%) Google
8 164 (2.27%) Dell
9 152 (2.11%) Apple
10 135 (1.87%) Tableau
11 119 (1.65%) ServiceNow
12 104 (1.44%) Remedy
13 97 (1.34%) IBM
14 95 (1.32%) Databricks
15 89 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
16 86 (1.19%) Adobe
17 82 (1.14%) NetApp
18 78 (1.08%) Symantec
19 76 (1.05%) McAfee
19 76 (1.05%) Splunk