Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,984 10,177 10,749
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.05% 11.02% 11.98%
As % of the Vendors category 28.51% 26.09% 26.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,887 6,528 6,981
England median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £168 £160 £181
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 750 650 695
England median hourly rate £15.40 £15.12 £15.36
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.87% -1.56% -
10th Percentile £10.34 £10.40 £9.73
90th Percentile £35.60 £37.55 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £15.34 £15.23 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.74% +1.53% -3.23%

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 38,528 39,011 40,485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.27% 42.25% 45.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,179 24,839 25,073
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £258 £240 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,383 1,264 1,480
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.49 £17.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.06% +1.77% -1.80%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.00 £45.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.43 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.40% +2.53% -5.56%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 16 January 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 -3 4,370 £450 - 1,225
South East +3 2,326 £413 +6.45% 797
North of England 0 1,624 £389 +7.99% 945
Midlands 0 1,055 £375 +5.63% 684
North West +4 900 £390 +4.00% 484
South West +2 893 £400 +14.29% 393
West Midlands 0 678 £400 +6.67% 421
East of England +1 649 £375 +7.14% 334
Yorkshire +1 575 £375 +7.14% 379
East Midlands +1 365 £350 +4.48% 262
North East -5 149 £406 +8.33% 82
South Coast +2 6 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 3,831 (34.88%) Windows
2 2,858 (26.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 2,713 (24.70%) Active Directory
4 2,318 (21.10%) Agile Software Development
5 2,282 (20.78%) SQL
6 2,081 (18.95%) SQL Server
7 2,074 (18.88%) Finance
8 2,067 (18.82%) Microsoft Office
9 1,807 (16.45%) Office 365
10 1,800 (16.39%) .NET
11 1,647 (14.99%) C#
12 1,335 (12.15%) Windows Server
13 1,293 (11.77%) ITIL
14 1,283 (11.68%) PowerShell
15 1,271 (11.57%) VMware
16 1,211 (11.03%) Windows 10
17 1,193 (10.86%) Microsoft Excel
18 1,163 (10.59%) Migration
19 1,061 (9.66%) Security Cleared
20 1,022 (9.30%) SCCM
21 1,018 (9.27%) Analytical Skills
22 1,001 (9.11%) SharePoint
23 975 (8.88%) DevOps
23 975 (8.88%) Problem-Solving
24 971 (8.84%) Windows 7
25 959 (8.73%) Business Intelligence
26 887 (8.08%) JavaScript
27 857 (7.80%) CRM
28 802 (7.30%) VMware Infrastructure
29 801 (7.29%) Project Management

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 1,001 (9.11%) SharePoint
2 723 (6.58%) MS Exchange
3 375 (3.41%) IIS
4 371 (3.38%) Skype for Business
5 230 (2.09%) Exchange Server 2010
6 186 (1.69%) Confluence
7 159 (1.45%) Apache
8 148 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
9 141 (1.28%) Tomcat
10 107 (0.97%) WebSphere
11 98 (0.89%) CMS
12 86 (0.78%) nginx
13 79 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
14 78 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
15 71 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
16 62 (0.56%) Jetty
17 61 (0.56%) WebLogic
18 58 (0.53%) Mongrel
19 56 (0.51%) NServiceBus
20 53 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2,067 (18.82%) Microsoft Office
2 1,193 (10.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 608 (5.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 420 (3.82%) Microsoft Project
5 311 (2.83%) MS Visio
6 78 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.22%) Chatbot
8 22 (0.20%) Photoshop
9 19 (0.17%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 10 (0.091%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.064%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.064%) AutoCAD
13 6 (0.055%) CATIA
14 5 (0.046%) Acrobat
14 5 (0.046%) Adobe After Effects
14 5 (0.046%) CINEMA 4D
14 5 (0.046%) Siemens NX
15 4 (0.036%) Adobe Premiere
15 4 (0.036%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 713 (6.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 191 (1.74%) Dynamics AX
3 133 (1.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 34 (0.31%) NetSuite
5 24 (0.22%) Eikon
6 18 (0.16%) Primavera
7 16 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
8 12 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
8 12 (0.11%) SAP BPC
9 11 (0.10%) SAP ERP
10 10 (0.091%) Elite 3E
10 10 (0.091%) Endur
11 9 (0.082%) Oracle EBS
12 8 (0.073%) Markit EDM
12 8 (0.073%) SAP GTS
12 8 (0.073%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 7 (0.064%) Infor M3
13 7 (0.064%) Oracle Payables
13 7 (0.064%) SAP CRM
13 7 (0.064%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 2,858 (26.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,807 (16.45%) Office 365
3 797 (7.26%) Amazon AWS
4 554 (5.04%) Dynamics 365
5 442 (4.02%) IaaS
6 431 (3.92%) PaaS
7 404 (3.68%) Azure Active Directory
8 360 (3.28%) SaaS
9 179 (1.63%) OneDrive
10 159 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
11 133 (1.21%) Azure Data Factory
12 128 (1.17%) Google Cloud Platform
13 125 (1.14%) GitHub
14 99 (0.90%) Serverless
15 72 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
16 68 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
17 58 (0.53%) Azure Functions
18 54 (0.49%) Yammer
19 49 (0.45%) OpenShift
20 46 (0.42%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 731 (6.66%) DNS
2 616 (5.61%) Firewall
3 421 (3.83%) TCP/IP
4 419 (3.81%) DHCP
5 408 (3.71%) LAN
6 405 (3.69%) Skype
7 375 (3.41%) VPN
8 371 (3.38%) WAN
9 312 (2.84%) Internet
10 265 (2.41%) SAN
11 167 (1.52%) SSL
12 159 (1.45%) HTTP
13 142 (1.29%) Wireless
14 132 (1.20%) VoIP
15 127 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
16 114 (1.04%) Network Security
17 92 (0.84%) NAS
18 90 (0.82%) IPsec
19 89 (0.81%) VLAN
20 84 (0.76%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,081 (18.95%) SQL Server
2 698 (6.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 511 (4.65%) Power BI
4 497 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
5 490 (4.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 315 (2.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 283 (2.58%) Relational Database
8 213 (1.94%) Azure SQL Database
9 209 (1.90%) SQL Server 2008
10 198 (1.80%) Big Data
11 170 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
12 166 (1.51%) Data Lake
12 166 (1.51%) NoSQL
13 149 (1.36%) MySQL
14 148 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
15 135 (1.23%) Hadoop
16 131 (1.19%) MongoDB
17 128 (1.17%) Oracle Database
18 98 (0.89%) SQL Server 2014
19 96 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 527 (4.80%) Visual Studio
2 516 (4.70%) JIRA
3 513 (4.67%) Git (software)
4 404 (3.68%) Visual Studio Team System
5 384 (3.50%) Jenkins
6 376 (3.42%) Team Foundation Server
7 239 (2.18%) Selenium
8 157 (1.43%) TeamCity
9 126 (1.15%) Octopus Deploy
10 110 (1.00%) Subversion
11 95 (0.86%) MSI
12 85 (0.77%) NUnit
13 84 (0.76%) GitLab
14 70 (0.64%) SpecFlow
15 64 (0.58%) Cucumber
16 58 (0.53%) Travis CI
17 54 (0.49%) Bitbucket
18 53 (0.48%) WebDriver
19 52 (0.47%) SoapUI
20 50 (0.46%) JUnit
General
1 2,074 (18.88%) Finance
2 479 (4.36%) Banking
3 314 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 307 (2.79%) Retail
5 305 (2.78%) Marketing
6 196 (1.78%) Manufacturing
7 180 (1.64%) Legal
8 164 (1.49%) Law
9 114 (1.04%) Electronics
10 105 (0.96%) Front Office
11 104 (0.95%) Advertising
12 102 (0.93%) Back Office
13 92 (0.84%) Publishing
14 90 (0.82%) Financial Institution
15 86 (0.78%) Investment Banking
16 81 (0.74%) Military
17 78 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
18 59 (0.54%) Billing
19 48 (0.44%) Aerospace
20 32 (0.29%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2,096 (19.08%) Developer
2 1,810 (16.48%) Analyst
3 976 (8.89%) Architect
4 658 (5.99%) Consultant
5 581 (5.29%) .NET Developer
6 505 (4.60%) Support Engineer
7 474 (4.32%) C# Developer
8 431 (3.92%) Project Manager
9 406 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 404 (3.68%) Support Analyst
11 392 (3.57%) Service Analyst
12 358 (3.26%) Service Desk Analyst
13 334 (3.04%) Business Analyst
14 322 (2.93%) DevOps Engineer
15 304 (2.77%) 2nd Line Support
16 296 (2.69%) IT Support
17 288 (2.62%) Azure Engineer
18 286 (2.60%) Administrator
19 283 (2.58%) SQL Developer
20 274 (2.49%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,800 (16.39%) .NET
2 665 (6.05%) HTML
3 628 (5.72%) ASP.NET
4 522 (4.75%) CSS
5 520 (4.73%) Web Services
6 423 (3.85%) AngularJS
7 413 (3.76%) ASP.NET Web API
8 387 (3.52%) .NET Framework
9 349 (3.18%) XML
10 329 (3.00%) jQuery
11 315 (2.87%) JSON
12 278 (2.53%) REST
13 270 (2.46%) ASP.NET MVC
14 254 (2.31%) HTML5
15 248 (2.26%) Node.js
16 245 (2.23%) SOAP
17 224 (2.04%) React
18 176 (1.60%) RESTful
19 174 (1.58%) WCF
20 171 (1.56%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 1,018 (9.27%) Analytical Skills
2 395 (3.60%) Data Centre
3 393 (3.58%) Management Information System
4 382 (3.48%) Self-Motivation
5 241 (2.19%) Greenfield Project
6 232 (2.11%) User Experience
7 188 (1.71%) Public Cloud
8 178 (1.62%) PKI
9 177 (1.61%) Mobile App
10 166 (1.51%) Clustering
11 159 (1.45%) NHS
12 130 (1.18%) Blackberry
13 109 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
14 106 (0.97%) iPhone
15 104 (0.95%) Replication
16 99 (0.90%) Fat Client
16 99 (0.90%) Thin Client
16 99 (0.90%) Virtual Team
17 98 (0.89%) Driving Licence
18 92 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3,831 (34.88%) Windows
2 1,335 (12.15%) Windows Server
3 1,211 (11.03%) Windows 10
4 971 (8.84%) Windows 7
5 787 (7.16%) Linux
6 572 (5.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 466 (4.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 319 (2.90%) Unix
9 248 (2.26%) Apple iOS
10 230 (2.09%) Android
11 194 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 191 (1.74%) Windows 8
13 166 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
14 164 (1.49%) Windows XP
15 109 (0.99%) Mac OS
16 95 (0.86%) Mac OS X
17 87 (0.79%) CentOS
18 54 (0.49%) Ubuntu
19 49 (0.45%) Solaris
20 34 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,318 (21.10%) Agile Software Development
2 1,293 (11.77%) ITIL
3 1,163 (10.59%) Migration
4 975 (8.88%) DevOps
4 975 (8.88%) Problem-Solving
5 959 (8.73%) Business Intelligence
6 857 (7.80%) CRM
7 801 (7.29%) Project Management
8 720 (6.55%) Scrum
9 633 (5.76%) Analytics
10 601 (5.47%) MVC
11 555 (5.05%) Stakeholder Management
12 553 (5.03%) Test Automation
13 549 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
14 479 (4.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 477 (4.34%) Service Management
16 459 (4.18%) TDD
17 437 (3.98%) ETL
18 385 (3.51%) Change Management
18 385 (3.51%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 2,282 (20.78%) SQL
2 1,647 (14.99%) C#
3 1,283 (11.68%) PowerShell
4 887 (8.08%) JavaScript
5 527 (4.80%) Java
6 509 (4.63%) T-SQL
7 417 (3.80%) Python
8 161 (1.47%) C
9 150 (1.37%) Bash Shell
10 123 (1.12%) VB
11 121 (1.10%) C++
12 115 (1.05%) VBA
13 113 (1.03%) TypeScript
14 112 (1.02%) VBScript
15 105 (0.96%) R
16 100 (0.91%) Shell Script
17 84 (0.76%) PL/SQL
18 81 (0.74%) Ruby
19 75 (0.68%) Perl
20 69 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,061 (9.66%) Security Cleared
2 711 (6.47%) Degree
3 702 (6.39%) SC Cleared
4 668 (6.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 358 (3.26%) MCSE
6 306 (2.79%) DV Cleared
7 218 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
8 185 (1.68%) MCSA
9 156 (1.42%) MCP
10 153 (1.39%) CCNA
11 117 (1.07%) ISEB
12 105 (0.96%) ISTQB
13 100 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
14 99 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
15 96 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 78 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 76 (0.69%) PMI Certification
18 74 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
18 74 (0.67%) MCITP
19 73 (0.66%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 317 (2.89%) SLA
2 312 (2.84%) QA
3 231 (2.10%) PMO
4 139 (1.27%) GDPR
5 108 (0.98%) Data Quality
6 77 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 39 (0.36%) JSP 440
8 34 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
9 31 (0.28%) PCI DSS
10 30 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 29 (0.26%) ISO 9001
12 28 (0.25%) HMG Infosec
13 24 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 16 (0.15%) WCAG
15 14 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
15 14 (0.13%) MiFID
16 13 (0.12%) COBIT
17 12 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
18 11 (0.10%) HL7
18 11 (0.10%) P3O
System Software
1 2,713 (24.70%) Active Directory
2 802 (7.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 393 (3.58%) Hyper-V
4 286 (2.60%) Docker
5 250 (2.28%) XenApp
6 233 (2.12%) vSphere
7 229 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
8 220 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
9 163 (1.48%) XenDesktop
10 148 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
11 103 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
12 61 (0.56%) Xen
13 54 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
14 50 (0.46%) BitLocker
15 48 (0.44%) XenServer
16 44 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
17 39 (0.36%) DFS Replication
17 39 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 32 (0.29%) NFS
19 30 (0.27%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,022 (9.30%) SCCM
2 252 (2.29%) Puppet
3 242 (2.20%) Microsoft Intune
4 225 (2.05%) Ansible
5 216 (1.97%) Kubernetes
6 196 (1.78%) SCOM
7 163 (1.48%) Terraform
8 134 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
9 124 (1.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 118 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
11 93 (0.85%) WSUS
12 88 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
13 82 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
13 82 (0.75%) vCenter Server
14 71 (0.65%) AirWatch
14 71 (0.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 47 (0.43%) Nagios
16 39 (0.36%) HP ALM
17 38 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
18 36 (0.33%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1,271 (11.57%) VMware
2 730 (6.65%) Oracle
3 727 (6.62%) Citrix
4 627 (5.71%) Cisco
5 393 (3.58%) SAP
6 360 (3.28%) HP
7 315 (2.87%) Apple
8 272 (2.48%) Google
9 234 (2.13%) ServiceNow
10 191 (1.74%) McAfee
11 181 (1.65%) IBM
12 170 (1.55%) Red Hat
13 154 (1.40%) Dell
14 153 (1.39%) Ivanti
15 147 (1.34%) NetApp
16 136 (1.24%) Tableau
17 125 (1.14%) Remedy
18 97 (0.88%) Symantec
19 90 (0.82%) Atlassian
20 88 (0.80%) CA