Period
to 19 October 2017

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 19 October 2017 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
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10124 11619 12529
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.08% 11.79% 12.02%
As % of the Vendors category 25.71% 26.32% 27.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6368 7461 7781
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £163 £185 £175
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +3.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 668 779 1020
England median hourly rate £15.50 £16.15 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.02% +4.19% +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.25 £9.52
90th Percentile £43.75 £38.75 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45% +3.33%

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 39372 44145 45447
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 43.08% 44.81% 43.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 24514 27354 27296
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £250 £245 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1273 1556 2015
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +5.33%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.90 £44.25 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.11 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.28% -2.23% +3.92%

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 19 October 2017.

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 19 October 2017.

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 19 October 2017. 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 4189 £444 +5.65% 383
South East +1 2187 £375 +1.21% 265
North of England 0 1354 £350 +2.94% 261
Midlands +1 1037 £350 -6.67% 169
East of England +1 673 £363 +3.57% 104
West Midlands 0 639 £375 +3.45% 93
South West -1 623 £350 - 90
North West 0 605 £375 - 140
Yorkshire +1 562 £345 -1.43% 98
East Midlands +1 394 £338 -10.00% 76
North East -2 186 £340 +6.25% 23
South Coast - 3 £400 -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 3240 (32.00%) Windows
2 2208 (21.81%) SQL Server
3 2178 (21.51%) Active Directory
4 2108 (20.82%) SQL
5 2010 (19.85%) Finance
6 1972 (19.48%) Microsoft Office
7 1823 (18.01%) .NET
8 1794 (17.72%) Agile Software Development
9 1543 (15.24%) C#
10 1528 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
11 1300 (12.84%) Office 365
12 1259 (12.44%) Microsoft Excel
13 1173 (11.59%) VMware
14 1133 (11.19%) ITIL
15 1117 (11.03%) Windows Server
16 1110 (10.96%) Migration
17 935 (9.24%) SharePoint
18 917 (9.06%) Project Management
19 902 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
20 879 (8.68%) Security Cleared
20 879 (8.68%) PowerShell
21 875 (8.64%) JavaScript
22 870 (8.59%) Business Intelligence
23 869 (8.58%) CRM
24 823 (8.13%) Windows 7
25 765 (7.56%) Citrix
26 760 (7.51%) MS Exchange
27 725 (7.16%) Dynamics CRM
28 710 (7.01%) VMware Infrastructure
28 710 (7.01%) ASP.NET

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
1 935 (9.24%) SharePoint
2 760 (7.51%) MS Exchange
3 415 (4.10%) Skype for Business
4 334 (3.30%) IIS
5 265 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2010
6 190 (1.88%) CMS
7 154 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
8 149 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 124 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
10 105 (1.04%) Confluence
11 100 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
12 99 (0.98%) SharePoint 2010
13 80 (0.79%) Apache
14 79 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 70 (0.69%) IBM Notes
16 69 (0.68%) WebSphere
17 60 (0.59%) OpenStack
17 60 (0.59%) SAS
18 54 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
19 51 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1972 (19.48%) Microsoft Office
2 1259 (12.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 522 (5.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 443 (4.38%) Microsoft Project
5 395 (3.90%) MS Visio
6 101 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 17 (0.17%) AutoCAD
8 17 (0.17%) InfoPath
9 11 (0.11%) SPSS
10 10 (0.099%) Adobe Illustrator
11 8 (0.079%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.069%) Acrobat
13 4 (0.040%) InDesign
14 3 (0.030%) Adobe After Effects
14 3 (0.030%) Adobe Premiere
14 3 (0.030%) RoboHelp
14 3 (0.030%) Simulink
14 3 (0.030%) SOLIDWORKS
14 3 (0.030%) Stata
Business Applications
1 725 (7.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 300 (2.96%) Dynamics AX
3 122 (1.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 29 (0.29%) ION MarketView
5 27 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
6 20 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 19 (0.19%) Primavera
8 16 (0.16%) Eikon
8 16 (0.16%) Markit EDM
9 15 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
10 11 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
10 11 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
11 10 (0.099%) Maximo
11 10 (0.099%) SAP ERP
12 9 (0.089%) iTrent
13 8 (0.079%) Eloqua
13 8 (0.079%) Endur
13 8 (0.079%) SAP CO
13 8 (0.079%) SAP FI
13 8 (0.079%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1528 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 1300 (12.84%) Office 365
3 556 (5.49%) Amazon AWS
4 301 (2.97%) IaaS
5 288 (2.84%) PaaS
6 257 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
7 207 (2.04%) SaaS
8 198 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
9 89 (0.88%) OneDrive
10 70 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
11 65 (0.64%) GitHub
12 37 (0.37%) Yammer
13 34 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
14 33 (0.33%) G Suite
15 25 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
15 25 (0.25%) Google Analytics
15 25 (0.25%) Mimecast
16 22 (0.22%) Azure Data Factory
17 17 (0.17%) Amazon S3
18 16 (0.16%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 574 (5.67%) DNS
2 486 (4.80%) Firewall
3 398 (3.93%) DHCP
4 394 (3.89%) LAN
5 362 (3.58%) WAN
6 324 (3.20%) TCP/IP
7 319 (3.15%) SAN
8 311 (3.07%) Skype
9 264 (2.61%) VPN
10 225 (2.22%) Internet
11 147 (1.45%) VoIP
12 125 (1.23%) Network Security
13 123 (1.21%) LDAP
14 120 (1.19%) Remote Desktop
15 117 (1.16%) Wireless
16 113 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
17 111 (1.10%) Intranet
18 106 (1.05%) NAS
18 106 (1.05%) NetScaler
19 80 (0.79%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2208 (21.81%) SQL Server
2 670 (6.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 600 (5.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 456 (4.50%) Data Warehouse
5 358 (3.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 306 (3.02%) Power BI
7 302 (2.98%) SQL Server 2008
8 261 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
9 183 (1.81%) Relational Database
10 172 (1.70%) NoSQL
11 170 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
12 161 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
13 124 (1.22%) Oracle Database
14 119 (1.18%) Big Data
15 117 (1.16%) MongoDB
16 108 (1.07%) OLAP
17 100 (0.99%) MySQL
18 97 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
19 90 (0.89%) MS Access
20 88 (0.87%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 497 (4.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 467 (4.61%) Visual Studio
3 316 (3.12%) Git (software)
4 258 (2.55%) JIRA
5 215 (2.12%) TeamCity
6 167 (1.65%) Jenkins
7 160 (1.58%) Subversion
8 139 (1.37%) Octopus Deploy
9 127 (1.25%) NUnit
10 108 (1.07%) SpecFlow
11 101 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
12 82 (0.81%) Selenium
13 64 (0.63%) MSI
14 59 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 55 (0.54%) Maven
15 55 (0.54%) MSTest
16 45 (0.44%) NuGet
17 39 (0.39%) SoapUI
18 29 (0.29%) Moq
18 29 (0.29%) MSBuild
General
1 2010 (19.85%) Finance
2 671 (6.63%) Banking
3 340 (3.36%) Retail
4 318 (3.14%) Telecoms
5 266 (2.63%) Advertising
6 258 (2.55%) Marketing
7 236 (2.33%) Legal
8 197 (1.95%) Manufacturing
9 168 (1.66%) Front Office
10 142 (1.40%) Investment Banking
11 130 (1.28%) Back Office
12 111 (1.10%) Law
13 84 (0.83%) Automotive
14 80 (0.79%) Publishing
15 76 (0.75%) Financial Institution
16 69 (0.68%) Electronics
17 55 (0.54%) Local Government
18 41 (0.40%) Billing
19 40 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
20 33 (0.33%) French Language
Job Titles
1 2069 (20.44%) Developer
2 1669 (16.49%) Analyst
3 853 (8.43%) Architect
4 681 (6.73%) Consultant
5 595 (5.88%) .NET Developer
6 487 (4.81%) C# Developer
6 487 (4.81%) Project Manager
7 475 (4.69%) Support Engineer
8 361 (3.57%) Business Analyst
9 358 (3.54%) Desktop Support
10 355 (3.51%) Support Analyst
11 322 (3.18%) SQL Developer
12 311 (3.07%) Administrator
13 302 (2.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 302 (2.98%) Service Analyst
14 295 (2.91%) C# .NET Developer
15 278 (2.75%) 2nd Line Support
16 262 (2.59%) Service Desk Analyst
17 225 (2.22%) Microsoft Developer
18 223 (2.20%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1823 (18.01%) .NET
2 710 (7.01%) ASP.NET
3 621 (6.13%) HTML
4 595 (5.88%) Web Services
5 493 (4.87%) CSS
6 450 (4.44%) AngularJS
7 400 (3.95%) ASP.NET MVC
8 394 (3.89%) ASP.NET Web API
9 381 (3.76%) .NET Framework
10 335 (3.31%) XML
11 331 (3.27%) WCF
12 307 (3.03%) jQuery
13 289 (2.85%) REST
14 216 (2.13%) HTML5
15 204 (2.02%) RESTful
16 190 (1.88%) SOAP
17 170 (1.68%) Entity Framework
18 162 (1.60%) JSON
19 130 (1.28%) WPF
20 128 (1.26%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 902 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
2 425 (4.20%) Data Centre
3 380 (3.75%) Management Information System
4 220 (2.17%) Blackberry
5 193 (1.91%) Computer Science
6 147 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
7 145 (1.43%) User Experience
8 130 (1.28%) PKI
9 128 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
10 120 (1.19%) Clustering
11 119 (1.18%) Replication
12 109 (1.08%) Virtual Team
13 105 (1.04%) Fixed Income
14 102 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
15 101 (1.00%) Private Cloud
16 92 (0.91%) Derivative
16 92 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 92 (0.91%) NHS
17 90 (0.89%) Mobile App
17 90 (0.89%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3240 (32.00%) Windows
2 1117 (11.03%) Windows Server
3 823 (8.13%) Windows 7
4 628 (6.20%) Windows 10
5 583 (5.76%) Linux
6 556 (5.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 524 (5.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 346 (3.42%) Unix
9 214 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
10 194 (1.92%) Android
11 161 (1.59%) Apple iOS
12 144 (1.42%) Windows XP
13 143 (1.41%) Windows 8
14 116 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 90 (0.89%) Mac OS
16 74 (0.73%) Mac OS X
17 61 (0.60%) Solaris
18 40 (0.40%) Windows Vista
19 30 (0.30%) CentOS
20 26 (0.26%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1794 (17.72%) Agile Software Development
2 1133 (11.19%) ITIL
3 1110 (10.96%) Migration
4 917 (9.06%) Project Management
5 870 (8.59%) Business Intelligence
6 869 (8.58%) CRM
7 668 (6.60%) MVC
8 645 (6.37%) Scrum
9 465 (4.59%) Stakeholder Management
10 460 (4.54%) SDLC
11 458 (4.52%) TDD
12 455 (4.49%) DevOps
13 420 (4.15%) ETL
14 407 (4.02%) PRINCE2
15 397 (3.92%) Data Modelling
16 388 (3.83%) Change Management
17 361 (3.57%) Analytics
18 347 (3.43%) Continuous Integration
19 329 (3.25%) Test Automation
20 322 (3.18%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2108 (20.82%) SQL
2 1543 (15.24%) C#
3 879 (8.68%) PowerShell
4 875 (8.64%) JavaScript
5 495 (4.89%) T-SQL
6 408 (4.03%) Java
7 299 (2.95%) Python
8 184 (1.82%) VBA
9 149 (1.47%) VBScript
10 122 (1.21%) C
11 120 (1.19%) VB.NET
12 115 (1.14%) C++
12 115 (1.14%) VB
13 92 (0.91%) TypeScript
14 85 (0.84%) Perl
15 71 (0.70%) Ruby
16 69 (0.68%) PHP
17 60 (0.59%) Bash Shell
18 59 (0.58%) PL/SQL
18 59 (0.58%) R
Qualifications
1 879 (8.68%) Security Cleared
2 705 (6.96%) Degree
3 677 (6.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 646 (6.38%) SC Cleared
5 323 (3.19%) MCSE
6 215 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
7 168 (1.66%) DV Cleared
8 139 (1.37%) MCSA
9 137 (1.35%) MCP
10 124 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
11 122 (1.21%) CCNA
12 107 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
13 106 (1.05%) PMI Certification
14 93 (0.92%) ISEB
15 86 (0.85%) CCNP
16 80 (0.79%) PMP
16 80 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 80 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 73 (0.72%) CISSP
18 71 (0.70%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 287 (2.83%) SLA
2 286 (2.82%) QA
3 244 (2.41%) PMO
4 125 (1.23%) Data Quality
5 88 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 66 (0.65%) GDPR
7 58 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 50 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
9 32 (0.32%) MiFID
10 29 (0.29%) COBIT
11 25 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 22 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 19 (0.19%) ISO 9001
14 14 (0.14%) EMIR
14 14 (0.14%) WCAG
15 12 (0.12%) JSP 440
16 11 (0.11%) P3O
17 8 (0.079%) Actionable Recommendations
17 8 (0.079%) Dodd-Frank
17 8 (0.079%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2178 (21.51%) Active Directory
2 710 (7.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 362 (3.58%) Hyper-V
4 214 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
5 211 (2.08%) XenApp
6 191 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
7 187 (1.85%) vSphere
8 155 (1.53%) Docker
9 139 (1.37%) XenDesktop
10 118 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
11 68 (0.67%) Virtual Desktop
12 64 (0.63%) XenServer
13 57 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
14 51 (0.50%) BitLocker
15 48 (0.47%) Terminal Services
16 36 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 34 (0.34%) NFS
18 29 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
19 24 (0.24%) Veritas File System
19 24 (0.24%) Xen
Systems Management
1 686 (6.78%) SCCM
2 194 (1.92%) SCOM
3 125 (1.23%) Ansible
4 121 (1.20%) Puppet
5 117 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
6 103 (1.02%) Microsoft Intune
7 102 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 92 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
8 92 (0.91%) WSUS
9 83 (0.82%) NetBackup
10 62 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
10 62 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
11 57 (0.56%) AirWatch
12 52 (0.51%) vCenter Server
13 43 (0.42%) Terraform
14 38 (0.38%) Backup Exec
15 37 (0.37%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 34 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 28 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 28 (0.28%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1173 (11.59%) VMware
2 765 (7.56%) Citrix
3 625 (6.17%) Cisco
4 611 (6.04%) Oracle
5 412 (4.07%) HP
6 324 (3.20%) SAP
7 200 (1.98%) NetApp
8 199 (1.97%) IBM
9 189 (1.87%) Symantec
10 167 (1.65%) Apple
11 159 (1.57%) Google
12 153 (1.51%) Dell
13 151 (1.49%) Red Hat
14 147 (1.45%) McAfee
15 128 (1.26%) Tableau
16 100 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
17 97 (0.96%) Sitecore
18 96 (0.95%) CheckPoint
19 91 (0.90%) Remedy
20 87 (0.86%) ServiceNow