Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 7 9
Rank change year-on-year +3 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8,889 11,065 10,124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.45% 12.12% 11.04%
As % of the Vendors category 30.84% 28.64% 26.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,599 6,919 6,457
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £175 £170 £160
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 626 759 649
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.38% +2.00% -
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.34 £10.40
90th Percentile £50.00 £35.70 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year +14.38% +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 England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 28,824 38,637 38,791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 43.61% 42.31% 42.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,084 24,205 24,647
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £225 £260 £238
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,198 1,383 1,275
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% - -
10th Percentile £11.62 £10.75 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £45.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.43
% change year-on-year +8.57% +0.40% +2.53%

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 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 3,365 £450 - 1,140
South East 0 1,927 £425 +2.41% 966
North of England +1 1,338 £395 -1.25% 1,034
Midlands +1 899 £400 +6.67% 681
South West +1 807 £410 +2.50% 431
North West -1 663 £400 - 571
West Midlands +1 592 £425 +6.25% 424
Yorkshire +4 513 £400 +6.67% 338
East of England 0 512 £375 - 403
East Midlands +1 298 £363 +3.57% 256
North East +7 164 £375 -6.25% 125
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 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 3,161 (35.56%) Windows
2 2,918 (32.83%) Azure
3 2,325 (26.16%) Active Directory
4 1,897 (21.34%) SQL
5 1,805 (20.31%) Office 365
6 1,799 (20.24%) Agile Software Development
7 1,703 (19.16%) Microsoft Office
8 1,564 (17.59%) SQL Server
9 1,428 (16.06%) Finance
10 1,282 (14.42%) .NET
11 1,159 (13.04%) C#
12 1,153 (12.97%) Migration
13 1,138 (12.80%) Windows 10
14 1,098 (12.35%) Security Cleared
15 1,045 (11.76%) Windows Server
16 1,021 (11.49%) Business Intelligence
17 1,009 (11.35%) SharePoint
18 987 (11.10%) PowerShell
19 977 (10.99%) ITIL
19 977 (10.99%) VMware
20 954 (10.73%) DevOps
21 935 (10.52%) Power Platform
22 893 (10.05%) SCCM
23 886 (9.97%) Microsoft Excel
24 841 (9.46%) Power BI
25 821 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
26 798 (8.98%) SC Cleared
27 786 (8.84%) Problem-Solving
28 686 (7.72%) Windows 7
28 686 (7.72%) 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 1,009 (11.35%) SharePoint
2 556 (6.25%) MS Exchange
3 345 (3.88%) Skype for Business
4 206 (2.32%) IIS
5 168 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
6 138 (1.55%) Confluence
7 134 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2013
8 83 (0.93%) CMS
9 76 (0.85%) Apache
10 66 (0.74%) Apache Spark
11 56 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
12 51 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
13 47 (0.53%) Tomcat
14 45 (0.51%) WebLogic
15 42 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
16 40 (0.45%) nginx
17 35 (0.39%) WebSphere
18 34 (0.38%) IBM Notes
18 34 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
19 29 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 1,703 (19.16%) Microsoft Office
2 886 (9.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 373 (4.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 267 (3.00%) Microsoft Project
5 204 (2.29%) MS Visio
6 38 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 13 (0.15%) InfoPath
9 12 (0.13%) Sketch
10 10 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.090%) Acrobat
12 7 (0.079%) InVision
13 6 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
13 6 (0.067%) Camtasia
14 5 (0.056%) Chatbot
14 5 (0.056%) SPSS
15 4 (0.045%) Adobe Premiere
15 4 (0.045%) CINEMA 4D
15 4 (0.045%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 594 (6.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 129 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
3 72 (0.81%) Dynamics NAV
4 30 (0.34%) SAP ERP
5 26 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
6 23 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
7 21 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
8 20 (0.22%) NetSuite
8 20 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
9 18 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 17 (0.19%) assyst
10 17 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 13 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
12 12 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
13 11 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
14 10 (0.11%) Endur
15 9 (0.10%) SAP BPC
16 8 (0.090%) Elite 3E
16 8 (0.090%) Eloqua
16 8 (0.090%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 2,918 (32.83%) Azure
2 1,805 (20.31%) Office 365
3 935 (10.52%) Power Platform
4 665 (7.48%) AWS
5 594 (6.68%) Dynamics 365
6 413 (4.65%) Azure Active Directory
7 392 (4.41%) PaaS
8 376 (4.23%) IaaS
9 321 (3.61%) SaaS
10 198 (2.23%) Serverless
11 190 (2.14%) OneDrive
12 188 (2.11%) PowerApps
13 180 (2.02%) Azure Data Factory
14 167 (1.88%) GCP
15 144 (1.62%) Azure Functions
16 109 (1.23%) GitHub
17 106 (1.19%) Microsoft Flow
18 88 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
19 82 (0.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 75 (0.84%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 612 (6.88%) DNS
2 455 (5.12%) Firewall
3 416 (4.68%) DHCP
4 400 (4.50%) Skype
5 332 (3.73%) TCP/IP
6 281 (3.16%) VPN
7 269 (3.03%) LAN
8 266 (2.99%) WAN
9 257 (2.89%) SAN
10 194 (2.18%) Internet
11 113 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
12 110 (1.24%) VoIP
13 104 (1.17%) Wireless
14 86 (0.97%) Network Security
15 85 (0.96%) NAS
16 82 (0.92%) HTTP
17 78 (0.88%) VLAN
18 77 (0.87%) NetScaler
18 77 (0.87%) Unified Communications
19 74 (0.83%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,564 (17.59%) SQL Server
2 841 (9.46%) Power BI
3 650 (7.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 444 (4.99%) Data Warehouse
5 438 (4.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 292 (3.28%) Data Lake
7 269 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 212 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
9 178 (2.00%) Big Data
10 150 (1.69%) Relational Database
11 148 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
12 134 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
13 123 (1.38%) MySQL
14 107 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
15 103 (1.16%) NoSQL
16 99 (1.11%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 80 (0.90%) Cosmos DB
18 76 (0.85%) Oracle Database
19 75 (0.84%) HDInsight
20 74 (0.83%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 414 (4.66%) Git (software)
1 414 (4.66%) Visual Studio
2 287 (3.23%) JIRA
3 259 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 251 (2.82%) Visual Studio Team System
5 209 (2.35%) Jenkins
6 160 (1.80%) Selenium
7 106 (1.19%) TeamCity
8 103 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
9 76 (0.85%) Moq
10 67 (0.75%) Cucumber
11 64 (0.72%) Eclipse
12 57 (0.64%) MSI
13 55 (0.62%) Subversion
14 53 (0.60%) NUnit
15 45 (0.51%) MSTest
15 45 (0.51%) WebDriver
16 44 (0.49%) SpecFlow
17 41 (0.46%) Artifactory
18 38 (0.43%) Travis CI
General
1 1,428 (16.06%) Finance
2 609 (6.85%) Public Sector
3 266 (2.99%) Banking
4 245 (2.76%) Telecoms
5 228 (2.56%) Retail
6 183 (2.06%) Marketing
7 151 (1.70%) Law
8 140 (1.57%) Legal
8 140 (1.57%) Manufacturing
9 89 (1.00%) Front Office
10 66 (0.74%) Advertising
10 66 (0.74%) Publishing
11 65 (0.73%) Electronics
12 64 (0.72%) Back Office
13 55 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
14 54 (0.61%) Military
15 52 (0.58%) Local Government
16 47 (0.53%) Investment Banking
17 42 (0.47%) Billing
18 41 (0.46%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,654 (18.61%) Developer
2 1,327 (14.93%) Analyst
3 885 (9.96%) Architect
4 497 (5.59%) Support Engineer
5 488 (5.49%) Consultant
6 420 (4.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 356 (4.00%) .NET Developer
8 321 (3.61%) Project Manager
9 292 (3.28%) Desktop Support
10 290 (3.26%) Service Analyst
11 278 (3.13%) Support Analyst
12 275 (3.09%) C# Developer
13 266 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support
14 251 (2.82%) Solutions Architect
14 251 (2.82%) Windows Engineer
15 242 (2.72%) Azure Engineer
15 242 (2.72%) Business Analyst
16 231 (2.60%) Desktop Engineer
17 228 (2.56%) IT Support
17 228 (2.56%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,282 (14.42%) .NET
2 453 (5.10%) HTML
3 395 (4.44%) Web Services
4 358 (4.03%) ASP.NET
5 352 (3.96%) CSS
6 289 (3.25%) AngularJS
7 270 (3.04%) .NET Framework
8 266 (2.99%) XML
9 204 (2.29%) React
10 191 (2.15%) ASP.NET Web API
11 180 (2.02%) .NET Core
12 166 (1.87%) JSON
13 164 (1.84%) REST
14 155 (1.74%) jQuery
15 146 (1.64%) RESTful
16 138 (1.55%) ASP.NET MVC
17 131 (1.47%) Node.js
18 107 (1.20%) Entity Framework
18 107 (1.20%) HTML5
19 91 (1.02%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 821 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
2 332 (3.73%) Data Centre
3 310 (3.49%) Management Information System
4 238 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
5 169 (1.90%) User Experience
6 159 (1.79%) Public Cloud
7 156 (1.75%) NHS
8 147 (1.65%) Driving Licence
9 140 (1.57%) PKI
10 133 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
11 115 (1.29%) Replication
12 107 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
13 104 (1.17%) Clustering
14 103 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
15 92 (1.03%) Blackberry
15 92 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
16 88 (0.99%) Smartphone
17 83 (0.93%) Data Structures
18 74 (0.83%) Mobile App
19 65 (0.73%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 3,161 (35.56%) Windows
2 1,138 (12.80%) Windows 10
3 1,045 (11.76%) Windows Server
4 686 (7.72%) Windows 7
5 531 (5.97%) Linux
6 479 (5.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 395 (4.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 250 (2.81%) Android
9 200 (2.25%) Unix
10 195 (2.19%) Apple iOS
11 122 (1.37%) Windows 8
12 112 (1.26%) Windows XP
13 93 (1.05%) Mac OS
13 93 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 89 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
15 55 (0.62%) Mac OS X
16 50 (0.56%) VMS
17 42 (0.47%) CentOS
18 28 (0.31%) Ubuntu
19 18 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,799 (20.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1,153 (12.97%) Migration
3 1,021 (11.49%) Business Intelligence
4 977 (10.99%) ITIL
5 954 (10.73%) DevOps
6 786 (8.84%) Problem-Solving
7 686 (7.72%) CRM
8 590 (6.64%) Analytics
9 570 (6.41%) Project Management
10 565 (6.36%) Scrum
11 549 (6.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 525 (5.91%) Stakeholder Management
13 418 (4.70%) Continuous Integration
14 407 (4.58%) ETL
15 399 (4.49%) Test Automation
16 355 (3.99%) TDD
17 347 (3.90%) Change Management
18 343 (3.86%) Data Modelling
19 317 (3.57%) Service Management
20 310 (3.49%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,897 (21.34%) SQL
2 1,159 (13.04%) C#
3 987 (11.10%) PowerShell
4 682 (7.67%) JavaScript
5 394 (4.43%) Java
6 362 (4.07%) Python
7 308 (3.46%) T-SQL
8 142 (1.60%) C
9 106 (1.19%) Bash Shell
10 99 (1.11%) VB
11 94 (1.06%) C++
12 84 (0.94%) PL/SQL
13 82 (0.92%) R
14 74 (0.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 73 (0.82%) VBA
16 71 (0.80%) VBScript
17 66 (0.74%) PHP
18 57 (0.64%) VB.NET
19 49 (0.55%) TypeScript
20 46 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,098 (12.35%) Security Cleared
2 798 (8.98%) SC Cleared
3 532 (5.98%) Degree
4 528 (5.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 242 (2.72%) MCSE
6 185 (2.08%) DV Cleared
7 139 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
8 120 (1.35%) MCSA
9 108 (1.21%) MCP
10 99 (1.11%) CCNA
10 99 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
11 90 (1.01%) ISEB
12 80 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
13 77 (0.87%) ISTQB
14 68 (0.76%) MCITP
15 63 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
16 58 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
17 55 (0.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 52 (0.58%) PMI Certification
19 51 (0.57%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 280 (3.15%) SLA
2 229 (2.58%) QA
3 128 (1.44%) PMO
4 116 (1.30%) GDPR
5 96 (1.08%) Data Quality
6 67 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 41 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 27 (0.30%) MiFID
8 27 (0.30%) WCAG
9 25 (0.28%) NCSC
10 19 (0.21%) COBIT
10 19 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 19 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 15 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
11 15 (0.17%) NIST
12 12 (0.13%) GxP
13 11 (0.12%) ISO 9001
13 11 (0.12%) P3O
14 10 (0.11%) ISO 20022
14 10 (0.11%) TARGET2
System Software
1 2,325 (26.16%) Active Directory
2 607 (6.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 281 (3.16%) Hyper-V
4 237 (2.67%) Docker
5 195 (2.19%) XenApp
6 171 (1.92%) vSphere
7 158 (1.78%) XenDesktop
8 154 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
9 139 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
10 120 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 63 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 54 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
13 43 (0.48%) DFS Replication
14 39 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 34 (0.38%) Xen
16 32 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 31 (0.35%) Firmware
18 27 (0.30%) BitLocker
19 21 (0.24%) VMware NSX
20 20 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 893 (10.05%) SCCM
2 277 (3.12%) Microsoft Intune
3 173 (1.95%) Kubernetes
4 159 (1.79%) Ansible
5 150 (1.69%) SCOM
6 129 (1.45%) Terraform
7 127 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
8 124 (1.39%) Puppet
9 107 (1.20%) WSUS
10 70 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
11 64 (0.72%) AirWatch
12 56 (0.63%) Jamf Pro
13 52 (0.58%) NetBackup
14 46 (0.52%) Microsoft Clustering
15 44 (0.49%) vCenter Server
16 43 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
17 37 (0.42%) Nagios
18 35 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
19 31 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
19 31 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 977 (10.99%) VMware
2 599 (6.74%) Oracle
3 568 (6.39%) Citrix
4 456 (5.13%) Cisco
5 297 (3.34%) SAP
6 272 (3.06%) HP
7 250 (2.81%) Google
8 188 (2.11%) Apple
9 172 (1.93%) Tableau
10 165 (1.86%) ServiceNow
11 154 (1.73%) Dell
12 123 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
13 122 (1.37%) Databricks
14 121 (1.36%) Remedy
15 108 (1.21%) IBM
16 96 (1.08%) NetApp
17 95 (1.07%) Adobe
18 92 (1.03%) McAfee
19 83 (0.93%) Splunk
20 75 (0.84%) Symantec