Period
to 12 August 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 12 August 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
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 6 8
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3,761 10,121 10,633
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 12.29% 12.22% 11.36%
As % of the Vendors category 27.74% 28.65% 27.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,422 6,671 6,857
Median daily rate £441 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.82% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £175 £169 £175
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 639 733
Median hourly rate £18.46 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.16 £10.79 £10.75
90th Percentile £35.00 £50.00 £37.45
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +15.63% +0.88% +4.00%

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 England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 13,556 35,329 38,952
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 44.28% 42.65% 41.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,297 22,280 24,341
Median daily rate £475 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +2.86%
10th Percentile £257 £256 £250
90th Percentile £675 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 1,254 1,436
Median hourly rate £24.00 £19.14 £17.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.39% +6.42% +5.79%
10th Percentile £12.32 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.28 £47.44
Median hourly rate £24.57 £19.03 £17.50
% change year-on-year +29.09% +8.74% +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 12 August 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 12 August 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 12 August 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 -1 1,519 £475 +5.56% 401
South East -1 651 £425 - 314
North of England +1 534 £375 - 394
Midlands +1 426 £435 +8.75% 292
South West +1 352 £435 +2.37% 180
North West +7 322 £350 -12.50% 224
West Midlands 0 296 £475 +13.10% 162
East of England +1 213 £400 +2.56% 150
Yorkshire -1 175 £405 +11.72% 133
East Midlands +3 124 £264 -27.87% 130
North East -6 37 £375 +15.48% 37
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 12 August 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 1,427 (37.94%) Azure
2 1,281 (34.06%) Windows
3 930 (24.73%) Active Directory
4 793 (21.08%) SQL
5 785 (20.87%) Agile Software Development
6 715 (19.01%) Office 365
7 658 (17.50%) Security Cleared
8 648 (17.23%) Microsoft Office
9 643 (17.10%) SQL Server
10 584 (15.53%) Finance
11 558 (14.84%) DevOps
12 515 (13.69%) Migration
13 512 (13.61%) .NET
14 490 (13.03%) C#
15 489 (13.00%) SC Cleared
16 457 (12.15%) Windows Server
17 440 (11.70%) Business Intelligence
18 428 (11.38%) Windows 10
19 419 (11.14%) Microsoft Excel
19 419 (11.14%) PowerShell
20 409 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
21 408 (10.85%) VMware
21 408 (10.85%) Public Sector
22 385 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
23 383 (10.18%) SharePoint
24 370 (9.84%) ITIL
25 358 (9.52%) Power Platform
26 323 (8.59%) SCCM
27 315 (8.38%) Linux
28 299 (7.95%) Power BI

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
1 383 (10.18%) SharePoint
2 186 (4.95%) MS Exchange
3 166 (4.41%) Skype for Business
4 103 (2.74%) IIS
5 71 (1.89%) Confluence
6 56 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
7 44 (1.17%) CMS
8 33 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
9 32 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
10 27 (0.72%) Apache
11 25 (0.66%) WebLogic
12 18 (0.48%) ArcGIS
12 18 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
13 16 (0.43%) Apache Spark
13 16 (0.43%) NServiceBus
14 15 (0.40%) Tomcat
15 14 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 12 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
17 10 (0.27%) SAS
17 10 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 648 (17.23%) Microsoft Office
2 419 (11.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 162 (4.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 156 (4.15%) Microsoft Project
5 82 (2.18%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.51%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.27%) Camtasia
9 8 (0.21%) Chatbot
10 7 (0.19%) InfoPath
11 5 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.11%) Figma
13 3 (0.080%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.080%) InDesign
13 3 (0.080%) InVision
13 3 (0.080%) LibreOffice
13 3 (0.080%) Sketch
14 2 (0.053%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.053%) Adobe Premiere
15 1 (0.027%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 189 (5.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
5 15 (0.40%) Sentinel
6 10 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
7 9 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
8 7 (0.19%) SAP ERP
9 6 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 5 (0.13%) assyst
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 4 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
11 4 (0.11%) Primavera
11 4 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
11 4 (0.11%) Visualfiles
11 4 (0.11%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,427 (37.94%) Azure
2 715 (19.01%) Office 365
3 358 (9.52%) Power Platform
4 288 (7.66%) AWS
5 190 (5.05%) Dynamics 365
6 185 (4.92%) PaaS
7 184 (4.89%) Azure Active Directory
8 173 (4.60%) IaaS
9 118 (3.14%) SaaS
10 83 (2.21%) OneDrive
10 83 (2.21%) PowerApps
11 72 (1.91%) Azure Data Factory
11 72 (1.91%) GCP
12 58 (1.54%) GitHub
13 56 (1.49%) Serverless
14 49 (1.30%) Logic Apps
14 49 (1.30%) Power Automate
15 32 (0.85%) Yammer
16 29 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
17 28 (0.74%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 227 (6.04%) Skype
2 214 (5.69%) DNS
3 199 (5.29%) Firewall
4 149 (3.96%) DHCP
5 127 (3.38%) LAN
6 125 (3.32%) TCP/IP
7 113 (3.00%) WAN
8 101 (2.69%) VPN
9 100 (2.66%) VoIP
10 75 (1.99%) SAN
11 65 (1.73%) Internet
12 52 (1.38%) Wireless
13 46 (1.22%) Unified Communications
14 41 (1.09%) Ethernet
15 39 (1.04%) Network Security
15 39 (1.04%) Remote Desktop
16 38 (1.01%) PBX
17 33 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
18 30 (0.80%) MPLS
18 30 (0.80%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 643 (17.10%) SQL Server
2 299 (7.95%) Power BI
3 202 (5.37%) Data Warehouse
4 174 (4.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 154 (4.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 120 (3.19%) Data Lake
7 96 (2.55%) Big Data
8 80 (2.13%) Azure SQL Database
9 78 (2.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 70 (1.86%) Relational Database
11 63 (1.68%) Oracle Database
12 62 (1.65%) MySQL
13 55 (1.46%) Cosmos DB
14 50 (1.33%) MongoDB
15 47 (1.25%) Hadoop
15 47 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
15 47 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
16 46 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
17 40 (1.06%) NoSQL
18 39 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 250 (6.65%) Git (software)
2 170 (4.52%) Visual Studio
3 164 (4.36%) JIRA
4 123 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 98 (2.61%) Jenkins
6 94 (2.50%) Selenium
7 49 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
8 48 (1.28%) SpecFlow
9 44 (1.17%) TeamCity
10 38 (1.01%) Subversion
11 37 (0.98%) GitLab
12 33 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
13 32 (0.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 27 (0.72%) Eclipse
14 27 (0.72%) JMeter
15 26 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
15 26 (0.69%) SonarQube
16 25 (0.66%) MSI
17 22 (0.58%) Artifactory
18 21 (0.56%) Bitbucket
General
1 584 (15.53%) Finance
2 408 (10.85%) Public Sector
3 148 (3.94%) Telecoms
4 132 (3.51%) Banking
5 115 (3.06%) Marketing
6 100 (2.66%) Manufacturing
7 78 (2.07%) Retail
8 77 (2.05%) Law
9 60 (1.60%) Electronics
10 53 (1.41%) Front Office
11 48 (1.28%) Legal
12 41 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
13 40 (1.06%) Investment Banking
13 40 (1.06%) Publishing
14 36 (0.96%) Military
15 32 (0.85%) Local Government
16 27 (0.72%) Advertising
17 26 (0.69%) German Language
18 21 (0.56%) French Language
19 19 (0.51%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 648 (17.23%) Developer
2 462 (12.28%) Analyst
3 381 (10.13%) Architect
4 209 (5.56%) Consultant
5 182 (4.84%) Support Engineer
6 140 (3.72%) Azure Engineer
7 138 (3.67%) Project Manager
8 135 (3.59%) .NET Developer
9 134 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 116 (3.08%) C# Developer
11 109 (2.90%) DevOps Engineer
12 103 (2.74%) Desktop Support
13 95 (2.53%) Solutions Architect
14 93 (2.47%) 2nd Line Support
15 82 (2.18%) IT Engineer
15 82 (2.18%) Windows Engineer
16 81 (2.15%) Azure Developer
17 80 (2.13%) IT Support
17 80 (2.13%) Technical Architect
18 79 (2.10%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 512 (13.61%) .NET
2 197 (5.24%) HTML
3 160 (4.25%) Web Services
4 134 (3.56%) ASP.NET
5 128 (3.40%) .NET Framework
6 125 (3.32%) CSS
7 114 (3.03%) XML
8 109 (2.90%) AngularJS
9 99 (2.63%) Node.js
10 87 (2.31%) .NET Core
11 83 (2.21%) REST
12 81 (2.15%) React
13 77 (2.05%) JSON
14 75 (1.99%) jQuery
15 73 (1.94%) HTML5
16 71 (1.89%) SOAP
17 68 (1.81%) Entity Framework
18 60 (1.60%) ASP.NET Web API
19 54 (1.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 49 (1.30%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 409 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
2 178 (4.73%) Management Information System
3 125 (3.32%) Data Centre
4 102 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
5 95 (2.53%) User Experience
6 84 (2.23%) NHS
7 68 (1.81%) Public Cloud
8 63 (1.68%) PKI
9 48 (1.28%) Clustering
10 43 (1.14%) Replication
11 41 (1.09%) Fixed Income
12 36 (0.96%) Cloud Native
12 36 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
13 34 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
14 33 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
15 32 (0.85%) Derivative
16 30 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
17 29 (0.77%) Blackberry
17 29 (0.77%) Social Media
18 27 (0.72%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,281 (34.06%) Windows
2 457 (12.15%) Windows Server
3 428 (11.38%) Windows 10
4 315 (8.38%) Linux
5 220 (5.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 207 (5.50%) Windows 7
7 190 (5.05%) Windows Server 2016
8 150 (3.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 100 (2.66%) Unix
10 77 (2.05%) Apple iOS
11 72 (1.91%) Windows Server 2019
12 60 (1.60%) Android
13 43 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 39 (1.04%) Windows XP
15 33 (0.88%) Windows 8
16 29 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (0.66%) Ubuntu
18 23 (0.61%) VMS
19 21 (0.56%) Mac OS
20 18 (0.48%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 785 (20.87%) Agile Software Development
2 558 (14.84%) DevOps
3 515 (13.69%) Migration
4 440 (11.70%) Business Intelligence
5 385 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
6 370 (9.84%) ITIL
7 276 (7.34%) Project Management
8 265 (7.05%) Analytics
9 250 (6.65%) Scrum
10 219 (5.82%) CRM
11 200 (5.32%) Continuous Integration
11 200 (5.32%) Project Delivery
12 198 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
13 191 (5.08%) Test Automation
14 174 (4.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 173 (4.60%) Change Management
16 152 (4.04%) Microservices
17 149 (3.96%) Data Modelling
17 149 (3.96%) PRINCE2
18 147 (3.91%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 793 (21.08%) SQL
2 490 (13.03%) C#
3 419 (11.14%) PowerShell
4 272 (7.23%) JavaScript
5 206 (5.48%) Java
6 205 (5.45%) Python
7 149 (3.96%) T-SQL
8 83 (2.21%) C
9 73 (1.94%) Bash Shell
9 73 (1.94%) VB
10 60 (1.60%) VBA
11 53 (1.41%) C++
12 47 (1.25%) VBScript
13 44 (1.17%) R
14 41 (1.09%) TypeScript
15 37 (0.98%) PL/SQL
16 35 (0.93%) Shell Script
17 32 (0.85%) PHP
17 32 (0.85%) VB.NET
18 31 (0.82%) Perl
Qualifications
1 658 (17.50%) Security Cleared
2 489 (13.00%) SC Cleared
3 225 (5.98%) Degree
4 216 (5.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 167 (4.44%) DV Cleared
6 96 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
7 80 (2.13%) MCSE
8 65 (1.73%) CISSP
9 58 (1.54%) ISEB
10 54 (1.44%) CCNA
11 53 (1.41%) MCSA
12 48 (1.28%) ISTQB
13 38 (1.01%) CCNP
14 36 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
15 35 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 34 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
17 33 (0.88%) MCP
18 31 (0.82%) PMI Certification
19 27 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 26 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (2.95%) SLA
2 89 (2.37%) QA
3 53 (1.41%) GDPR
4 51 (1.36%) PMO
5 43 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (1.09%) Data Quality
7 20 (0.53%) PCI DSS
7 20 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.45%) COBIT
9 13 (0.35%) WCAG
10 11 (0.29%) NIST
11 9 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 8 (0.21%) ISO 9001
12 8 (0.21%) P3O
13 7 (0.19%) HIPAA
14 6 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 6 (0.16%) HL7
15 5 (0.13%) GxP
15 5 (0.13%) RMADS
System Software
1 930 (24.73%) Active Directory
2 270 (7.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 164 (4.36%) Docker
4 116 (3.08%) Hyper-V
5 85 (2.26%) XenApp
6 76 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
7 75 (1.99%) vSphere
8 64 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
9 56 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
10 41 (1.09%) XenDesktop
11 33 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
12 17 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 16 (0.43%) VMware NSX
14 14 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
15 11 (0.29%) NFS
16 9 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 7 (0.19%) Terminal Server
18 7 (0.19%) vCloud
19 6 (0.16%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 323 (8.59%) SCCM
2 170 (4.52%) Microsoft Intune
3 132 (3.51%) Kubernetes
4 97 (2.58%) Ansible
5 88 (2.34%) Terraform
6 75 (1.99%) SCOM
7 55 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
8 47 (1.25%) WSUS
9 35 (0.93%) Puppet
10 28 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
11 26 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
12 25 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
13 16 (0.43%) AirWatch
14 14 (0.37%) vCenter Server
14 14 (0.37%) vMotion
15 13 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 11 (0.29%) Backup Exec
16 11 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
16 11 (0.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 10 (0.27%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 408 (10.85%) VMware
2 272 (7.23%) Oracle
3 254 (6.75%) Cisco
4 195 (5.18%) Citrix
5 169 (4.49%) SAP
6 107 (2.84%) Google
7 96 (2.55%) HP
8 90 (2.39%) Databricks
9 81 (2.15%) Dell
10 74 (1.97%) Tableau
11 65 (1.73%) ServiceNow
12 62 (1.65%) Splunk
13 61 (1.62%) Apple
14 56 (1.49%) Red Hat
15 55 (1.46%) McAfee
16 50 (1.33%) NetApp
17 49 (1.30%) Remedy
18 47 (1.25%) IBM
19 38 (1.01%) CheckPoint
20 34 (0.90%) SolarWinds