Period
to 20 June 2019

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 June 2019 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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 8 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,011 10,128 9,381
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.07% 11.11% 11.17%
As % of the Vendors category 28.54% 26.87% 25.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,470 6,406 5,885
England median daily rate £425 £409 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.98% +2.19% +6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £175 £185
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 635 685 660
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.73% -6.25%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.59 £9.81
90th Percentile £43.00 £38.75 £44.54
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £14.75
% change year-on-year - +7.53% -7.81%

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 35,080 37,698 36,891
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.31% 41.36% 43.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,035 23,501 22,775
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £258
90th Percentile £643 £625 £601
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,196 1,369 1,261
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -5.56%
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.02 £17.50 £17.13
% change year-on-year +8.66% +2.19% -7.43%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in England over the 6 months to 20 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in England over the 6 months to 20 June 2019.

Contractor 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 June 2019. 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 4,081 £454 +0.89% 555
South East +2 2,127 £425 +6.25% 417
North of England +3 1,347 £400 +10.34% 536
Midlands +2 1,016 £400 +3.23% 323
South West +3 888 £420 +20.00% 185
West Midlands +1 672 £413 +3.13% 212
North West +1 629 £425 +13.33% 258
Yorkshire +8 559 £375 +7.14% 222
East of England 0 511 £400 +14.29% 172
East Midlands +2 342 £365 -2.67% 111
North East +2 159 £350 +16.67% 56
South Coast - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 20 June 2019, 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 3,377 (33.73%) Windows
2 3,101 (30.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 2,552 (25.49%) Active Directory
4 2,066 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
5 2,051 (20.49%) SQL
6 1,926 (19.24%) Office 365
7 1,843 (18.41%) SQL Server
8 1,773 (17.71%) Finance
9 1,738 (17.36%) Microsoft Office
10 1,554 (15.52%) .NET
11 1,503 (15.01%) C#
12 1,217 (12.16%) PowerShell
13 1,204 (12.03%) Windows Server
14 1,202 (12.01%) Windows 10
15 1,181 (11.80%) VMware
16 1,180 (11.79%) Migration
17 1,105 (11.04%) SCCM
18 1,096 (10.95%) ITIL
19 1,069 (10.68%) SharePoint
20 975 (9.74%) DevOps
21 971 (9.70%) Microsoft Excel
22 966 (9.65%) Security Cleared
23 941 (9.40%) Business Intelligence
24 904 (9.03%) Amazon AWS
25 883 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
26 865 (8.64%) JavaScript
27 857 (8.56%) Problem-Solving
28 833 (8.32%) CRM
29 767 (7.66%) Windows 7
30 720 (7.19%) VMware Infrastructure

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 1,069 (10.68%) SharePoint
2 653 (6.52%) MS Exchange
3 445 (4.45%) Skype for Business
4 358 (3.58%) IIS
5 220 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 173 (1.73%) Confluence
7 123 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
8 110 (1.10%) Apache
9 101 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
10 98 (0.98%) CMS
11 77 (0.77%) Apache Spark
12 72 (0.72%) Tomcat
13 66 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
14 65 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
15 61 (0.61%) WebSphere
16 59 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
17 53 (0.53%) WebLogic
18 52 (0.52%) nginx
19 45 (0.45%) OpenStack
20 43 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1,738 (17.36%) Microsoft Office
2 971 (9.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 449 (4.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 303 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
5 180 (1.80%) MS Visio
6 66 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 14 (0.14%) InfoPath
9 13 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 12 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 11 (0.11%) Camtasia
11 11 (0.11%) XMetaL
12 9 (0.090%) Chatbot
13 7 (0.070%) Acrobat
14 6 (0.060%) InDesign
14 6 (0.060%) Siemens NX
14 6 (0.060%) SPSS
15 5 (0.050%) Sketch
16 4 (0.040%) AutoCAD
16 4 (0.040%) Stata
Business Applications
1 708 (7.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 147 (1.47%) Dynamics AX
3 95 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
4 30 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 24 (0.24%) Elite 3E
5 24 (0.24%) Primavera
6 17 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 13 (0.13%) SAP BPC
8 12 (0.12%) SAP ERP
9 9 (0.090%) Oracle EBS
9 9 (0.090%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 9 (0.090%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 8 (0.080%) Carpe Diem
10 8 (0.080%) Oracle Applications
10 8 (0.080%) SAP MM
11 7 (0.070%) Oracle ERP
11 7 (0.070%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 6 (0.060%) SAP S/4HANA
13 5 (0.050%) Relativity
13 5 (0.050%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 3,101 (30.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,926 (19.24%) Office 365
3 904 (9.03%) Amazon AWS
4 663 (6.62%) Dynamics 365
5 655 (6.54%) Power Platform
6 497 (4.96%) Azure Active Directory
7 481 (4.80%) PaaS
8 425 (4.25%) IaaS
9 272 (2.72%) SaaS
10 174 (1.74%) Serverless
11 146 (1.46%) Azure Data Factory
12 144 (1.44%) OneDrive
13 142 (1.42%) Google Cloud Platform
14 131 (1.31%) GitHub
15 123 (1.23%) Azure Functions
16 119 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
17 87 (0.87%) PowerApps
18 58 (0.58%) Yammer
19 57 (0.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 50 (0.50%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 686 (6.85%) DNS
2 587 (5.86%) Firewall
3 471 (4.70%) Skype
4 426 (4.26%) DHCP
5 336 (3.36%) WAN
6 334 (3.34%) LAN
7 323 (3.23%) TCP/IP
8 297 (2.97%) VPN
9 265 (2.65%) SAN
10 238 (2.38%) Internet
11 141 (1.41%) Wireless
12 125 (1.25%) VoIP
13 122 (1.22%) SSL
14 117 (1.17%) Unified Communications
15 111 (1.11%) Network Security
16 100 (1.00%) VLAN
17 99 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
18 83 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
19 75 (0.75%) HTTP
19 75 (0.75%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,843 (18.41%) SQL Server
2 590 (5.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 571 (5.70%) Power BI
4 534 (5.33%) Data Warehouse
5 421 (4.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 244 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 226 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 217 (2.17%) Big Data
9 213 (2.13%) Data Lake
10 209 (2.09%) Azure SQL Database
11 194 (1.94%) MySQL
12 176 (1.76%) NoSQL
13 170 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
14 143 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
15 117 (1.17%) MongoDB
16 116 (1.16%) Oracle Database
17 113 (1.13%) SQL Server 2016
18 112 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
19 101 (1.01%) Hadoop
20 99 (0.99%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 538 (5.37%) Visual Studio
2 528 (5.27%) Git (software)
3 400 (4.00%) JIRA
4 369 (3.69%) Visual Studio Team System
5 339 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 303 (3.03%) Jenkins
7 153 (1.53%) Selenium
8 131 (1.31%) MSI
9 93 (0.93%) TeamCity
10 86 (0.86%) SpecFlow
11 79 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
12 77 (0.77%) Subversion
13 76 (0.76%) Cucumber
14 68 (0.68%) Bitbucket
14 68 (0.68%) GitLab
15 58 (0.58%) Maven
16 57 (0.57%) NUnit
17 56 (0.56%) SonarQube
18 52 (0.52%) Artifactory
19 50 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,773 (17.71%) Finance
2 381 (3.81%) Banking
3 332 (3.32%) Retail
4 265 (2.65%) Telecoms
5 249 (2.49%) Marketing
6 176 (1.76%) Legal
7 143 (1.43%) Law
8 131 (1.31%) Manufacturing
9 100 (1.00%) Advertising
10 98 (0.98%) Front Office
11 93 (0.93%) Back Office
12 88 (0.88%) Financial Institution
13 87 (0.87%) Investment Banking
14 76 (0.76%) Military
15 74 (0.74%) Electronics
16 66 (0.66%) Billing
17 57 (0.57%) Publishing
18 51 (0.51%) French Language
19 50 (0.50%) Aerospace
20 49 (0.49%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,824 (18.22%) Developer
2 1,487 (14.85%) Analyst
3 1,059 (10.58%) Architect
4 627 (6.26%) Consultant
5 510 (5.09%) Support Engineer
6 448 (4.48%) .NET Developer
7 444 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 393 (3.93%) Project Manager
9 359 (3.59%) C# Developer
10 329 (3.29%) Solutions Architect
11 296 (2.96%) Business Analyst
12 290 (2.90%) Support Analyst
13 285 (2.85%) Azure Engineer
14 284 (2.84%) 2nd Line Support
15 270 (2.70%) Service Analyst
16 267 (2.67%) Windows Engineer
17 261 (2.61%) IT Support
18 259 (2.59%) DevOps Engineer
19 243 (2.43%) Desktop Support
20 226 (2.26%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,554 (15.52%) .NET
2 578 (5.77%) HTML
3 514 (5.13%) Web Services
4 489 (4.88%) CSS
5 461 (4.60%) ASP.NET
6 334 (3.34%) ASP.NET Web API
7 319 (3.19%) .NET Framework
8 313 (3.13%) AngularJS
9 279 (2.79%) REST
10 274 (2.74%) XML
11 270 (2.70%) JSON
12 253 (2.53%) jQuery
13 240 (2.40%) Node.js
14 227 (2.27%) RESTful
15 197 (1.97%) ASP.NET MVC
16 187 (1.87%) WCF
17 186 (1.86%) .NET Core
18 153 (1.53%) React
19 151 (1.51%) SOAP
20 146 (1.46%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 883 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 409 (4.09%) Data Centre
3 329 (3.29%) Management Information System
4 325 (3.25%) Self-Motivation
5 221 (2.21%) User Experience
6 171 (1.71%) Public Cloud
7 160 (1.60%) Clustering
8 139 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
9 128 (1.28%) PKI
10 123 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
11 119 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
11 119 (1.19%) Mobile App
12 118 (1.18%) NHS
12 118 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
13 114 (1.14%) Replication
14 110 (1.10%) Blackberry
15 95 (0.95%) Driving Licence
16 83 (0.83%) Virtual Team
17 68 (0.68%) iPhone
18 60 (0.60%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3,377 (33.73%) Windows
2 1,204 (12.03%) Windows Server
3 1,202 (12.01%) Windows 10
4 767 (7.66%) Windows 7
5 673 (6.72%) Linux
6 529 (5.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 414 (4.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 228 (2.28%) Unix
9 218 (2.18%) Android
10 193 (1.93%) Apple iOS
11 133 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 132 (1.32%) Windows 8
13 131 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
14 119 (1.19%) Windows XP
15 93 (0.93%) Mac OS
16 83 (0.83%) Solaris
17 64 (0.64%) Mac OS X
18 49 (0.49%) CentOS
19 42 (0.42%) AIX
20 40 (0.40%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,066 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
2 1,180 (11.79%) Migration
3 1,096 (10.95%) ITIL
4 975 (9.74%) DevOps
5 941 (9.40%) Business Intelligence
6 857 (8.56%) Problem-Solving
7 833 (8.32%) CRM
8 675 (6.74%) Scrum
9 660 (6.59%) Project Management
10 571 (5.70%) Analytics
11 539 (5.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 518 (5.17%) Stakeholder Management
13 437 (4.37%) Continuous Integration
14 428 (4.28%) Test Automation
15 426 (4.26%) MVC
16 403 (4.03%) Service Management
17 390 (3.90%) TDD
18 377 (3.77%) Change Management
19 372 (3.72%) ETL
20 344 (3.44%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,051 (20.49%) SQL
2 1,503 (15.01%) C#
3 1,217 (12.16%) PowerShell
4 865 (8.64%) JavaScript
5 489 (4.88%) Java
6 415 (4.15%) T-SQL
7 398 (3.98%) Python
8 144 (1.44%) VB
9 139 (1.39%) PL/SQL
10 135 (1.35%) Bash Shell
11 134 (1.34%) C
12 133 (1.33%) C++
13 125 (1.25%) VBA
14 101 (1.01%) TypeScript
15 100 (1.00%) VB.NET
16 96 (0.96%) Perl
17 84 (0.84%) VBScript
18 72 (0.72%) R
19 70 (0.70%) Ruby
20 55 (0.55%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 966 (9.65%) Security Cleared
2 635 (6.34%) SC Cleared
3 607 (6.06%) Degree
4 584 (5.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 330 (3.30%) MCSE
6 249 (2.49%) DV Cleared
7 229 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
8 177 (1.77%) CCNA
9 176 (1.76%) MCSA
10 115 (1.15%) MCP
11 104 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
12 94 (0.94%) ISTQB
13 88 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
14 85 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 84 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
16 83 (0.83%) CCNP
16 83 (0.83%) ISEB
17 78 (0.78%) CISSP
18 76 (0.76%) PMI Certification
19 58 (0.58%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 271 (2.71%) SLA
2 258 (2.58%) QA
3 181 (1.81%) PMO
4 134 (1.34%) GDPR
5 103 (1.03%) Data Quality
6 102 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 61 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 24 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
10 22 (0.22%) NIST
11 21 (0.21%) COBIT
11 21 (0.21%) ISO 9001
11 21 (0.21%) NCSC
12 19 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
13 16 (0.16%) HL7
14 11 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
14 11 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 11 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 11 (0.11%) JSP 440
15 8 (0.080%) IFRS
System Software
1 2,552 (25.49%) Active Directory
2 720 (7.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 439 (4.39%) Hyper-V
4 281 (2.81%) Docker
5 239 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
6 231 (2.31%) XenApp
7 202 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
8 187 (1.87%) vSphere
9 182 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
10 166 (1.66%) XenDesktop
11 87 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
12 57 (0.57%) BitLocker
13 43 (0.43%) Xen
14 40 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
15 39 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
16 36 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 31 (0.31%) Firmware
18 30 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
19 28 (0.28%) KVM
20 24 (0.24%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,105 (11.04%) SCCM
2 284 (2.84%) Microsoft Intune
3 227 (2.27%) Kubernetes
4 215 (2.15%) Ansible
5 214 (2.14%) SCOM
6 191 (1.91%) Puppet
7 171 (1.71%) Terraform
8 123 (1.23%) WSUS
9 118 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
10 116 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
11 88 (0.88%) AirWatch
12 83 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
13 64 (0.64%) vCenter Server
14 63 (0.63%) SCVMM
15 54 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
16 46 (0.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 42 (0.42%) Failover Clustering
18 39 (0.39%) NetBackup
19 38 (0.38%) HP ALM
20 37 (0.37%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1,181 (11.80%) VMware
2 653 (6.52%) Oracle
3 651 (6.50%) Cisco
4 638 (6.37%) Citrix
5 319 (3.19%) HP
6 285 (2.85%) Google
7 281 (2.81%) SAP
8 193 (1.93%) Dell
9 182 (1.82%) IBM
10 177 (1.77%) ServiceNow
11 152 (1.52%) Apple
12 135 (1.35%) Red Hat
13 131 (1.31%) NetApp
14 119 (1.19%) Tableau
15 113 (1.13%) Remedy
16 102 (1.02%) McAfee
17 98 (0.98%) Symantec
18 94 (0.94%) Ivanti
19 90 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
20 88 (0.88%) EMC