Period
to 16 April 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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 5 7
Rank change year-on-year -6 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 4,519 6,795 10,789
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.71% 12.91% 12.26%
As % of the Vendors category 26.44% 30.34% 29.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,955 4,344 7,074
10th Percentile £181 £170 £177
25th Percentile £325 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.12%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £525
90th Percentile £613 £606 £613
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 505 657
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.26 £10.58
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.49 £12.00
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £15.25
Median % change year-on-year +5.71% +14.75% +0.99%
75th Percentile £27.25 £21.50 £21.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £41.12 £37.00
UK median hourly rate £17.60 £17.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year +0.57% +14.75% +1.67%

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 17,094 22,394 36,901
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 40.53% 42.53% 41.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,077 14,187 23,655
10th Percentile £263 £221 £263
25th Percentile £369 £353 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +2.22%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £563
90th Percentile £656 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 597 936 1,201
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.75 £10.92
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +18.92% +5.71% +0.40%
75th Percentile £43.75 £29.02 £34.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.90 £17.50
% change year-on-year +19.05% +8.00% +2.94%

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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 -4 2,056 £475 +5.56% 804
South East 0 725 £425 - 481
North of England -3 554 £372 -0.80% 645
Midlands -3 418 £375 -11.76% 452
North West -1 320 £368 -1.80% 376
South West -6 274 £378 -11.18% 245
West Midlands -5 270 £388 -13.89% 294
East of England +1 216 £268 -28.53% 206
Yorkshire -5 180 £380 -5.00% 175
East Midlands 0 143 £358 +2.14% 156
North East 0 54 £306 -18.33% 94
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 1,934 (42.80%) Azure
2 1,342 (29.70%) Windows
3 1,107 (24.50%) Active Directory
4 1,023 (22.64%) Microsoft 365
5 883 (19.54%) Agile Software Development
6 839 (18.57%) SQL
7 750 (16.60%) Finance
8 717 (15.87%) Microsoft Office
9 666 (14.74%) SQL Server
10 661 (14.63%) DevOps
11 600 (13.28%) Security Cleared
12 553 (12.24%) Power Platform
13 550 (12.17%) Migration
14 530 (11.73%) Business Intelligence
15 525 (11.62%) VMware
16 524 (11.60%) PowerShell
17 493 (10.91%) Windows Server
18 484 (10.71%) Windows 10
19 474 (10.49%) .NET
20 460 (10.18%) ITIL
21 454 (10.05%) AWS
22 440 (9.74%) SharePoint
23 437 (9.67%) Microsoft Excel
24 429 (9.49%) SC Cleared
25 404 (8.94%) Power BI
26 398 (8.81%) C#
27 391 (8.65%) VMware Infrastructure
28 376 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
29 370 (8.19%) Public Sector
30 348 (7.70%) Linux

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
1 440 (9.74%) SharePoint
2 177 (3.92%) MS Exchange
3 88 (1.95%) Skype for Business
4 85 (1.88%) Confluence
5 58 (1.28%) IIS
6 56 (1.24%) Apache
7 45 (1.00%) CMS
8 44 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
9 38 (0.84%) Apache Spark
10 33 (0.73%) WebSphere
11 30 (0.66%) Tomcat
12 26 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
13 20 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
13 20 (0.44%) OpenStack
14 18 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
15 15 (0.33%) NServiceBus
16 14 (0.31%) ArcGIS
16 14 (0.31%) SAS
16 14 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
16 14 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 717 (15.87%) Microsoft Office
2 437 (9.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 193 (4.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 187 (4.14%) Microsoft Project
5 105 (2.32%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.35%) Photoshop
7 15 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 13 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
9 8 (0.18%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.13%) Camtasia
11 5 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.089%) Adobe After Effects
12 4 (0.089%) Adobe Premiere
12 4 (0.089%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.089%) CINEMA 4D
12 4 (0.089%) Figma
13 3 (0.066%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.066%) Gephi
13 3 (0.066%) InDesign
14 2 (0.044%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 166 (3.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.27%) Magento
4 12 (0.27%) Sentinel
5 8 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.18%) SAP HCM
6 7 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
6 7 (0.15%) Shopify
7 6 (0.13%) NetSuite
7 6 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 5 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
8 5 (0.11%) Infor M3
8 5 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
9 4 (0.089%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.089%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.066%) Aligne
10 3 (0.066%) Elite 3E
10 3 (0.066%) Oracle ERP
10 3 (0.066%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 1,934 (42.80%) Azure
2 1,023 (22.64%) Microsoft 365
3 553 (12.24%) Power Platform
4 454 (10.05%) AWS
5 325 (7.19%) Azure Active Directory
6 265 (5.86%) Dynamics 365
7 209 (4.62%) PaaS
8 178 (3.94%) PowerApps
9 167 (3.70%) IaaS
10 155 (3.43%) SaaS
11 116 (2.57%) GCP
12 110 (2.43%) Azure Data Factory
13 109 (2.41%) Serverless
14 107 (2.37%) OneDrive
15 92 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
16 91 (2.01%) Power Automate
17 87 (1.93%) Logic Apps
18 67 (1.48%) GitHub
19 61 (1.35%) Azure Functions
20 31 (0.69%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 313 (6.93%) DNS
2 298 (6.59%) Firewall
3 188 (4.16%) VPN
4 181 (4.01%) DHCP
5 168 (3.72%) WAN
6 143 (3.16%) LAN
7 141 (3.12%) TCP/IP
8 111 (2.46%) Skype
9 83 (1.84%) Internet
10 80 (1.77%) SAN
11 79 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
12 71 (1.57%) VLAN
13 64 (1.42%) Wireless
14 62 (1.37%) Network Security
15 52 (1.15%) MPLS
16 48 (1.06%) VoIP
17 46 (1.02%) HTTP
18 41 (0.91%) SMTP
19 40 (0.89%) Unified Communications
20 39 (0.86%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 666 (14.74%) SQL Server
2 404 (8.94%) Power BI
3 217 (4.80%) Data Warehouse
4 187 (4.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 128 (2.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 123 (2.72%) Data Lake
7 107 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 99 (2.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 83 (1.84%) MySQL
10 82 (1.81%) Big Data
10 82 (1.81%) Relational Database
11 55 (1.22%) Cosmos DB
12 53 (1.17%) NoSQL
13 52 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
14 50 (1.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 43 (0.95%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 43 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
16 41 (0.91%) Tableau
17 40 (0.89%) Hadoop
18 35 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 200 (4.43%) JIRA
2 143 (3.16%) Git (software)
3 124 (2.74%) Jenkins
4 122 (2.70%) Visual Studio
5 44 (0.97%) Octopus Deploy
5 44 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
6 42 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
7 31 (0.69%) Bitbucket
7 31 (0.69%) Selenium
8 30 (0.66%) TeamCity
9 27 (0.60%) GitLab
10 22 (0.49%) SonarQube
11 21 (0.46%) Maven
12 19 (0.42%) Subversion
13 18 (0.40%) Cucumber
13 18 (0.40%) MSI
14 17 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
15 15 (0.33%) Eclipse
15 15 (0.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 13 (0.29%) JUnit
General
1 750 (16.60%) Finance
2 370 (8.19%) Public Sector
3 179 (3.96%) Banking
4 170 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 126 (2.79%) Marketing
6 109 (2.41%) Manufacturing
7 104 (2.30%) Law
8 88 (1.95%) Retail
9 87 (1.93%) Legal
10 61 (1.35%) Electronics
11 41 (0.91%) Investment Banking
12 37 (0.82%) Front Office
13 33 (0.73%) Billing
14 31 (0.69%) Back Office
15 30 (0.66%) Publishing
16 26 (0.58%) Local Government
17 23 (0.51%) Advertising
18 22 (0.49%) Games
19 21 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
20 19 (0.42%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 616 (13.63%) Developer
2 578 (12.79%) Analyst
3 575 (12.72%) Architect
4 344 (7.61%) Consultant
5 238 (5.27%) Azure Engineer
6 227 (5.02%) Project Manager
7 205 (4.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 165 (3.65%) Support Engineer
9 159 (3.52%) .NET Developer
10 148 (3.28%) Azure Architect
11 143 (3.16%) Solutions Architect
12 142 (3.14%) Service Analyst
13 121 (2.68%) Service Desk Analyst
14 120 (2.66%) DevOps Engineer
15 109 (2.41%) Data Engineer
16 104 (2.30%) Administrator
17 102 (2.26%) Cloud Engineer
18 95 (2.10%) Business Analyst
19 93 (2.06%) Cloud Architect
20 81 (1.79%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 474 (10.49%) .NET
2 196 (4.34%) Web Services
3 165 (3.65%) HTML
4 161 (3.56%) ASP.NET
5 137 (3.03%) .NET Core
6 134 (2.97%) AngularJS
6 134 (2.97%) CSS
7 108 (2.39%) React
8 101 (2.24%) XML
9 100 (2.21%) .NET Framework
10 98 (2.17%) JSON
11 94 (2.08%) REST
12 74 (1.64%) RESTful
13 71 (1.57%) Node.js
14 70 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web API
15 66 (1.46%) HTML5
16 58 (1.28%) ASP.NET Core
17 53 (1.17%) jQuery
18 46 (1.02%) Kafka
18 46 (1.02%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 325 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
2 189 (4.18%) Management Information System
3 172 (3.81%) Data Centre
4 131 (2.90%) NHS
5 122 (2.70%) User Experience
6 106 (2.35%) Public Cloud
7 95 (2.10%) Self-Motivation
8 84 (1.86%) Greenfield Project
9 59 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
10 55 (1.22%) PKI
11 48 (1.06%) Cloud Native
12 47 (1.04%) Clustering
12 47 (1.04%) Data Structures
13 46 (1.02%) Replication
14 44 (0.97%) Virtual Team
15 38 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
16 33 (0.73%) Mobile App
17 32 (0.71%) Social Media
17 32 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
18 30 (0.66%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,342 (29.70%) Windows
2 493 (10.91%) Windows Server
3 484 (10.71%) Windows 10
4 348 (7.70%) Linux
5 170 (3.76%) Windows 7
6 162 (3.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 125 (2.77%) Windows Server 2016
8 106 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
9 103 (2.28%) Unix
10 82 (1.81%) Windows Server 2019
11 71 (1.57%) Android
12 59 (1.31%) Apple iOS
13 45 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 32 (0.71%) Windows 8
15 25 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
16 23 (0.51%) CentOS
17 21 (0.46%) Mac OS
18 16 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
19 15 (0.33%) Ubuntu
19 15 (0.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 883 (19.54%) Agile Software Development
2 661 (14.63%) DevOps
3 550 (12.17%) Migration
4 530 (11.73%) Business Intelligence
5 460 (10.18%) ITIL
6 376 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
7 338 (7.48%) Project Management
8 293 (6.48%) Stakeholder Management
9 281 (6.22%) Project Delivery
9 281 (6.22%) Scrum
10 269 (5.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 262 (5.80%) Analytics
12 209 (4.62%) CRM
13 206 (4.56%) Change Management
14 192 (4.25%) Continuous Integration
15 183 (4.05%) Data Modelling
16 174 (3.85%) TDD
17 156 (3.45%) Microservices
18 155 (3.43%) Continuous Improvement
19 154 (3.41%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 839 (18.57%) SQL
2 524 (11.60%) PowerShell
3 398 (8.81%) C#
4 291 (6.44%) JavaScript
5 277 (6.13%) Python
6 203 (4.49%) Java
7 143 (3.16%) T-SQL
8 87 (1.93%) TypeScript
9 70 (1.55%) Bash Shell
10 63 (1.39%) C
11 61 (1.35%) VB
12 57 (1.26%) C++
13 35 (0.77%) Shell Script
13 35 (0.77%) VBA
14 34 (0.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 28 (0.62%) PL/SQL
15 28 (0.62%) Ruby
16 25 (0.55%) PHP
17 24 (0.53%) Perl
17 24 (0.53%) R
Qualifications
1 600 (13.28%) Security Cleared
2 429 (9.49%) SC Cleared
3 301 (6.66%) Degree
4 234 (5.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 125 (2.77%) DV Cleared
6 88 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
7 84 (1.86%) MCSE
8 62 (1.37%) Computer Science Degree
8 62 (1.37%) ISTQB
9 51 (1.13%) ISEB
10 50 (1.11%) CCNA
10 50 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
11 48 (1.06%) CISSP
12 46 (1.02%) MCSA
13 45 (1.00%) CCNP
14 38 (0.84%) DBS Check
15 37 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 34 (0.75%) PMP
17 32 (0.71%) CISM
18 30 (0.66%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (3.25%) SLA
2 145 (3.21%) QA
3 85 (1.88%) PMO
4 65 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 61 (1.35%) GDPR
6 54 (1.19%) Data Quality
7 32 (0.71%) NIST
8 18 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
9 17 (0.38%) NCSC
10 16 (0.35%) COBIT
11 15 (0.33%) PCI DSS
12 12 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 10 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 8 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 6 (0.13%) GRC
15 6 (0.13%) NIST 800
16 4 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 4 (0.089%) IFRS
16 4 (0.089%) ISO/IEC 17025
16 4 (0.089%) P3O
System Software
1 1,107 (24.50%) Active Directory
2 391 (8.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 147 (3.25%) Hyper-V
4 141 (3.12%) Docker
5 94 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
6 87 (1.93%) vSphere
7 62 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
8 55 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
8 55 (1.22%) XenApp
9 43 (0.95%) VMware NSX
10 40 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
11 32 (0.71%) XenDesktop
12 28 (0.62%) Terminal Services
13 27 (0.60%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 19 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
15 15 (0.33%) NFS
16 14 (0.31%) Firmware
17 13 (0.29%) HDFS
18 12 (0.27%) BitLocker
19 11 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 298 (6.59%) SCCM
2 214 (4.74%) Terraform
3 204 (4.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 165 (3.65%) Kubernetes
5 134 (2.97%) Ansible
6 68 (1.50%) Single Sign-On
7 63 (1.39%) Puppet
8 49 (1.08%) SCOM
9 48 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
10 42 (0.93%) vCenter Server
11 36 (0.80%) vRealize
12 35 (0.77%) AirWatch
13 33 (0.73%) WSUS
14 20 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
14 20 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
15 19 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
16 17 (0.38%) Nessus
16 17 (0.38%) NetBackup
17 13 (0.29%) Istio
18 12 (0.27%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 525 (11.62%) VMware
2 273 (6.04%) Oracle
3 262 (5.80%) Cisco
4 247 (5.47%) Citrix
5 178 (3.94%) SAP
6 157 (3.47%) Google
7 123 (2.72%) Databricks
8 90 (1.99%) HP
9 83 (1.84%) Salesforce.com
10 80 (1.77%) Dell
10 80 (1.77%) IBM
11 71 (1.57%) Remedy
12 65 (1.44%) ServiceNow
13 63 (1.39%) Apple
14 60 (1.33%) CheckPoint
15 57 (1.26%) Red Hat
16 47 (1.04%) Veeam
17 44 (0.97%) McAfee
18 43 (0.95%) NetApp
19 42 (0.93%) EMC