Period
to 27 October 2021

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 27 October 2021 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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 13 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 -7 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,549 3,129 9,857
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 11.07% 11.28% 12.81%
As % of the Vendors category 27.96% 26.13% 30.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,161 2,072 6,453
10th Percentile £166 £170 £169
25th Percentile £325 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £432 £425
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.65% +3.03%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £650 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 183 607
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.80 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.66 £16.25 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year +2.52% -1.52% +4.76%
75th Percentile £23.00 £22.95 £23.45
90th Percentile £44.69 £45.00 £45.71
UK median hourly rate £16.83 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +1.97% - +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 26,998 11,975 32,746
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 39.57% 43.17% 42.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,077 7,944 21,161
10th Percentile £263 £256 £243
25th Percentile £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £601 £575 £560
90th Percentile £700 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 846 362 1,176
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.78 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.20 £20.81 £18.90
Median % change year-on-year -7.74% +10.11% +9.06%
75th Percentile £41.69 £45.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £55.00 £51.61
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -13.33% +18.42% +11.76%

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 27 October 2021.

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 27 October 2021.

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 27 October 2021. 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 0 3,277 £515 +8.42% 1,292
South East -1 1,131 £435 +2.35% 724
North of England +1 985 £400 +10.34% 1,039
Midlands 0 865 £400 +6.67% 680
West Midlands +4 562 £420 +1.82% 395
North West -1 536 £404 +11.31% 572
South West -1 462 £400 -7.55% 316
Yorkshire +3 362 £375 - 308
East of England +4 360 £303 -13.57% 343
East Midlands 0 298 £375 +7.14% 282
North East +14 90 £375 +7.14% 159
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, 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 2,979 (39.46%) Azure
2 2,265 (30.00%) Windows
3 2,100 (27.82%) Social Skills
4 1,882 (24.93%) Active Directory
5 1,880 (24.90%) Microsoft 365
6 1,644 (21.78%) Agile Software Development
7 1,468 (19.45%) Finance
8 1,408 (18.65%) SQL
9 1,294 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
10 1,163 (15.41%) DevOps
11 1,045 (13.84%) SQL Server
12 956 (12.66%) Migration
13 894 (11.84%) Power Platform
14 878 (11.63%) C#
15 874 (11.58%) Problem-Solving
16 862 (11.42%) SharePoint
17 845 (11.19%) PowerShell
18 840 (11.13%) Microsoft Excel
19 834 (11.05%) Business Intelligence
20 827 (10.96%) .NET
21 818 (10.84%) ITIL
22 807 (10.69%) Windows 10
23 766 (10.15%) Security Cleared
24 726 (9.62%) VMware
25 714 (9.46%) Windows Server
26 673 (8.92%) Power BI
27 667 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
28 640 (8.48%) AWS
29 610 (8.08%) Project Management
30 607 (8.04%) SCCM

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
1 862 (11.42%) SharePoint
2 269 (3.56%) MS Exchange
3 184 (2.44%) Confluence
4 116 (1.54%) IIS
5 85 (1.13%) Skype for Business
6 64 (0.85%) Apache Spark
6 64 (0.85%) CMS
7 60 (0.79%) Apache
8 55 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
9 39 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
10 37 (0.49%) SAS
11 31 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
12 26 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
13 25 (0.33%) WebLogic
14 24 (0.32%) Tomcat
15 23 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 21 (0.28%) WebSphere
17 20 (0.26%) Drupal
18 18 (0.24%) OpenStack
19 16 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 1,294 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
2 840 (11.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 318 (4.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 245 (3.25%) Microsoft Project
5 186 (2.46%) MS Visio
6 40 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 19 (0.25%) Photoshop
9 18 (0.24%) Stata
10 11 (0.15%) Chatbot
10 11 (0.15%) Figma
11 6 (0.079%) Adobe Premiere
11 6 (0.079%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.079%) Siemens NX
11 6 (0.079%) SPSS
12 5 (0.066%) Adobe After Effects
12 5 (0.066%) InDesign
12 5 (0.066%) Sketch
13 4 (0.053%) Open Workbench
14 3 (0.040%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 270 (3.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 88 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
4 20 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
5 17 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 15 (0.20%) SAP ERP
6 15 (0.20%) SAP FSCM
6 15 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
7 14 (0.19%) assyst
7 14 (0.19%) Sentinel
8 13 (0.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 10 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
9 10 (0.13%) SAP HCM
10 8 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.11%) Primavera
11 7 (0.093%) Markit EDM
11 7 (0.093%) Oracle General Ledger
11 7 (0.093%) Teamcenter
12 6 (0.079%) Magento
12 6 (0.079%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 2,979 (39.46%) Azure
2 1,880 (24.90%) Microsoft 365
3 894 (11.84%) Power Platform
4 640 (8.48%) AWS
5 527 (6.98%) Dynamics 365
6 515 (6.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 380 (5.03%) PaaS
8 304 (4.03%) IaaS
9 284 (3.76%) SaaS
10 266 (3.52%) PowerApps
11 222 (2.94%) Azure Data Factory
12 204 (2.70%) GCP
13 191 (2.53%) OneDrive
14 183 (2.42%) Serverless
15 175 (2.32%) Power Automate
16 154 (2.04%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 153 (2.03%) Azure Logic Apps
18 152 (2.01%) GitHub
19 125 (1.66%) Azure Functions
20 115 (1.52%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 415 (5.50%) Firewall
2 404 (5.35%) DNS
3 279 (3.70%) DHCP
4 273 (3.62%) VPN
5 243 (3.22%) LAN
6 231 (3.06%) WAN
7 180 (2.38%) TCP/IP
8 147 (1.95%) Skype
9 124 (1.64%) Internet
10 115 (1.52%) SAN
11 106 (1.40%) Network Security
12 104 (1.38%) Wireless
13 103 (1.36%) VoIP
14 101 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
15 69 (0.91%) SSL
16 63 (0.83%) Unified Communications
17 55 (0.73%) Kerberos
17 55 (0.73%) Remote Desktop
18 52 (0.69%) Intranet
18 52 (0.69%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,045 (13.84%) SQL Server
2 673 (8.92%) Power BI
3 389 (5.15%) Data Warehouse
4 285 (3.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 281 (3.72%) Data Lake
6 206 (2.73%) Azure SQL Database
7 191 (2.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 159 (2.11%) Relational Database
8 159 (2.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 136 (1.80%) Big Data
10 135 (1.79%) Tableau
11 122 (1.62%) MySQL
12 102 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
13 86 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 80 (1.06%) NoSQL
15 75 (0.99%) QlikView
16 67 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
17 64 (0.85%) MongoDB
18 59 (0.78%) Metadata
19 57 (0.76%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 337 (4.46%) JIRA
2 264 (3.50%) Git (software)
3 235 (3.11%) Jenkins
4 215 (2.85%) Visual Studio
5 117 (1.55%) TeamCity
6 93 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 90 (1.19%) Selenium
8 87 (1.15%) Maven
9 70 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
10 69 (0.91%) Gradle
11 47 (0.62%) SpecFlow
12 46 (0.61%) Subversion
13 44 (0.58%) Cucumber
14 35 (0.46%) Bitbucket
14 35 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
15 31 (0.41%) Postman
16 29 (0.38%) MSI
16 29 (0.38%) NUnit
17 28 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
18 27 (0.36%) SonarQube
General
1 2,100 (27.82%) Social Skills
2 1,468 (19.45%) Finance
3 667 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
4 545 (7.22%) Public Sector
5 371 (4.91%) Banking
6 267 (3.54%) Marketing
7 250 (3.31%) Presentation Skills
8 227 (3.01%) Organisational Skills
9 196 (2.60%) Telecoms
10 172 (2.28%) Retail
11 154 (2.04%) Documentation Skills
12 149 (1.97%) Legal
13 136 (1.80%) Manufacturing
14 133 (1.76%) Investment Banking
15 116 (1.54%) Influencing Skills
16 96 (1.27%) Front Office
17 81 (1.07%) Electronics
18 75 (0.99%) Law
19 71 (0.94%) Financial Institution
20 64 (0.85%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,164 (15.42%) Analyst
2 996 (13.19%) Developer
3 884 (11.71%) Architect
4 442 (5.86%) Consultant
5 434 (5.75%) Support Engineer
6 361 (4.78%) Project Manager
7 356 (4.72%) Azure Engineer
8 306 (4.05%) Solutions Architect
9 293 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 275 (3.64%) .NET Developer
11 264 (3.50%) Service Analyst
12 243 (3.22%) IT Support
13 238 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
14 222 (2.94%) Azure Architect
15 211 (2.80%) Business Analyst
16 203 (2.69%) DevOps Engineer
17 189 (2.50%) IT Engineer
18 187 (2.48%) 2nd Line Support
19 183 (2.42%) Support Analyst
20 182 (2.41%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 827 (10.96%) .NET
2 298 (3.95%) HTML
3 276 (3.66%) Web Services
4 266 (3.52%) CSS
5 212 (2.81%) ASP.NET
6 203 (2.69%) .NET Framework
7 195 (2.58%) .NET Core
8 161 (2.13%) AngularJS
9 152 (2.01%) REST
10 144 (1.91%) JSON
11 134 (1.78%) RESTful
12 128 (1.70%) ASP.NET Web API
13 120 (1.59%) XML
14 108 (1.43%) React
15 107 (1.42%) Node.js
16 105 (1.39%) HTML5
17 97 (1.28%) SAML
18 94 (1.25%) ARM Templates
19 82 (1.09%) Entity Framework
19 82 (1.09%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 270 (3.58%) Data Centre
2 219 (2.90%) Management Information System
3 203 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
4 170 (2.25%) NHS
5 150 (1.99%) Public Cloud
6 134 (1.78%) User Experience
7 108 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
8 97 (1.28%) PKI
9 92 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
10 91 (1.21%) Mobile App
11 90 (1.19%) Virtual Team
12 81 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
13 79 (1.05%) Driving Licence
14 75 (0.99%) Cloud Native
14 75 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
15 67 (0.89%) Legacy Systems
16 64 (0.85%) Clustering
17 60 (0.79%) Private Cloud
17 60 (0.79%) Replication
18 57 (0.76%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 2,265 (30.00%) Windows
2 807 (10.69%) Windows 10
3 714 (9.46%) Windows Server
4 443 (5.87%) Linux
5 273 (3.62%) Windows 7
6 262 (3.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 182 (2.41%) Windows Server 2019
8 175 (2.32%) Windows Server 2016
9 166 (2.20%) Apple iOS
10 164 (2.17%) Android
11 152 (2.01%) Unix
12 140 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
13 97 (1.28%) Mac OS
14 88 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 50 (0.66%) Windows 8
16 36 (0.48%) CentOS
17 34 (0.45%) Windows XP
18 33 (0.44%) Mac OS X
19 26 (0.34%) AIX
19 26 (0.34%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,644 (21.78%) Agile Software Development
2 1,163 (15.41%) DevOps
3 956 (12.66%) Migration
4 874 (11.58%) Problem-Solving
5 834 (11.05%) Business Intelligence
6 818 (10.84%) ITIL
7 610 (8.08%) Project Management
8 559 (7.40%) Analytics
9 543 (7.19%) Scrum
10 476 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
11 381 (5.05%) CRM
11 381 (5.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 379 (5.02%) Project Delivery
13 373 (4.94%) Data Modelling
14 359 (4.76%) Change Management
15 328 (4.34%) Test Automation
16 300 (3.97%) ETL
17 297 (3.93%) Infrastructure as Code
18 277 (3.67%) Microservices
19 265 (3.51%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1,408 (18.65%) SQL
2 878 (11.63%) C#
3 845 (11.19%) PowerShell
4 526 (6.97%) JavaScript
5 414 (5.48%) Python
6 330 (4.37%) Java
7 245 (3.25%) T-SQL
8 125 (1.66%) TypeScript
9 111 (1.47%) Bash Shell
10 97 (1.28%) R
11 92 (1.22%) C
11 92 (1.22%) VBA
12 74 (0.98%) C++
13 70 (0.93%) VB
14 60 (0.79%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 49 (0.65%) VB.NET
16 38 (0.50%) VBScript
17 34 (0.45%) PL/SQL
18 29 (0.38%) Perl
19 28 (0.37%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 766 (10.15%) Security Cleared
2 582 (7.71%) SC Cleared
3 454 (6.01%) Degree
4 378 (5.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 141 (1.87%) DV Cleared
6 138 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
7 137 (1.81%) MCSE
8 81 (1.07%) ISTQB
9 80 (1.06%) CCNA
10 71 (0.94%) MCP
11 70 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
12 66 (0.87%) MCSA
13 62 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
14 58 (0.77%) DBS Check
15 52 (0.69%) CISSP
16 48 (0.64%) PMP
17 47 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
18 45 (0.60%) PMI Certification
19 42 (0.56%) ISEB
20 41 (0.54%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 345 (4.57%) SLA
2 219 (2.90%) QA
3 183 (2.42%) PMO
4 179 (2.37%) GDPR
5 145 (1.92%) Data Quality
6 83 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 39 (0.52%) Accessibility
8 36 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 32 (0.42%) PCI DSS
10 31 (0.41%) NIST
11 24 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
11 24 (0.32%) NCSC
12 20 (0.26%) COBIT
13 12 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 12 (0.16%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
14 10 (0.13%) GRC
14 10 (0.13%) NIST 800
15 9 (0.12%) ISO 9001
16 8 (0.11%) Basel III
System Software
1 1,882 (24.93%) Active Directory
2 499 (6.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 308 (4.08%) Docker
4 174 (2.30%) Hyper-V
5 121 (1.60%) vSphere
6 100 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
7 88 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
8 83 (1.10%) XenApp
9 79 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
10 63 (0.83%) XenDesktop
11 61 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
12 43 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
13 34 (0.45%) BitLocker
13 34 (0.45%) VMware NSX
14 26 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
15 25 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 20 (0.26%) OpenAM
17 19 (0.25%) NFS
18 18 (0.24%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
19 16 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 607 (8.04%) SCCM
2 374 (4.95%) Microsoft Intune
3 370 (4.90%) Kubernetes
4 356 (4.72%) Terraform
5 210 (2.78%) Ansible
6 156 (2.07%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 108 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
8 89 (1.18%) Puppet
9 55 (0.73%) SCOM
10 51 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
11 48 (0.64%) AirWatch
12 45 (0.60%) WSUS
13 38 (0.50%) Jamf Pro
14 29 (0.38%) FortiGate
15 28 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
15 28 (0.37%) vRealize
16 25 (0.33%) vCenter Server
17 24 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
18 21 (0.28%) Rancher
19 19 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 726 (9.62%) VMware
2 436 (5.78%) Oracle
3 392 (5.19%) Citrix
4 391 (5.18%) Cisco
5 298 (3.95%) SAP
6 275 (3.64%) Databricks
7 238 (3.15%) Google
8 224 (2.97%) ServiceNow
9 153 (2.03%) HP
10 152 (2.01%) Apple
11 129 (1.71%) Salesforce.com
12 110 (1.46%) Dell
13 95 (1.26%) Red Hat
14 86 (1.14%) IBM
15 78 (1.03%) CheckPoint
15 78 (1.03%) Ivanti
16 67 (0.89%) Atlassian
17 66 (0.87%) Adobe
18 64 (0.85%) EMC
18 64 (0.85%) Veeam