Period
to 20 April 2018

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 20 April 2018 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,145 9,825 11,186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.95% 11.44% 11.39%
As % of the Vendors category 26.16% 25.78% 26.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,415 6,331 7,032
England median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £175 £181 £180
90th Percentile £581 £563 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 691 634 788
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.65 £9.80 £9.42
90th Percentile £38.75 £43.18 £43.98
UK median hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +5.17% -6.45% +0.50%

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 38,777 38,118 42,747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.84% 44.38% 43.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,406 23,633 26,122
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £255 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,335 1,326 1,569
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.17 £47.80
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% -10.53% +11.76%

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 20 April 2018.

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 20 April 2018.

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 20 April 2018. 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 -1 4,583 £450 +5.88% 1,173
South East 0 2,082 £400 +6.67% 957
North of England -1 1,328 £361 +3.04% 1,028
Midlands 0 1,011 £389 +11.07% 723
North West -1 674 £375 +6.92% 521
West Midlands 0 630 £398 +6.28% 431
South West +1 588 £350 +1.45% 381
East of England -1 538 £350 -3.45% 438
Yorkshire -2 460 £350 - 359
East Midlands -2 376 £370 +7.25% 292
North East +3 204 £325 -10.96% 148
South Coast -1 1 £450 -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 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 3,428 (33.79%) Windows
2 2,402 (23.68%) Active Directory
3 2,227 (21.95%) SQL
4 2,125 (20.95%) SQL Server
5 2,099 (20.69%) Finance
6 2,022 (19.93%) Microsoft Office
7 1,965 (19.37%) Microsoft Azure
8 1,944 (19.16%) Agile Software Development
9 1,701 (16.77%) .NET
10 1,503 (14.82%) C#
11 1,439 (14.18%) Office 365
12 1,251 (12.33%) Windows Server
13 1,228 (12.10%) ITIL
14 1,214 (11.97%) Microsoft Excel
15 1,192 (11.75%) VMware
16 1,070 (10.55%) Migration
17 1,018 (10.03%) Security Cleared
18 990 (9.76%) PowerShell
19 952 (9.38%) Business Intelligence
20 945 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
21 919 (9.06%) Problem-Solving
22 860 (8.48%) JavaScript
23 853 (8.41%) Windows 7
24 845 (8.33%) SharePoint
25 843 (8.31%) Project Management
26 834 (8.22%) Windows 10
27 763 (7.52%) SCCM
28 757 (7.46%) Citrix
29 750 (7.39%) SC Cleared
30 746 (7.35%) 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
1 845 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 645 (6.36%) MS Exchange
3 341 (3.36%) Skype for Business
4 318 (3.13%) IIS
5 173 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
6 142 (1.40%) Confluence
7 134 (1.32%) Apache
8 111 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2013
9 103 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
10 98 (0.97%) CMS
11 89 (0.88%) WebSphere
12 86 (0.85%) Tomcat
13 84 (0.83%) Apache Spark
14 72 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
15 69 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
16 65 (0.64%) SAS
17 56 (0.55%) NServiceBus
18 52 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
19 48 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
20 47 (0.46%) nginx
Applications
1 2,022 (19.93%) Microsoft Office
2 1,214 (11.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 525 (5.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 443 (4.37%) Microsoft Project
5 344 (3.39%) MS Visio
6 66 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 36 (0.35%) Photoshop
8 16 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
8 16 (0.16%) InfoPath
9 15 (0.15%) SPSS
10 12 (0.12%) Acrobat
10 12 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 11 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.069%) InDesign
12 7 (0.069%) OmniGraffle
13 5 (0.049%) Revit
14 4 (0.039%) Vectorworks
15 3 (0.030%) Adobe Captivate
15 3 (0.030%) Chatbot
15 3 (0.030%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 604 (5.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 291 (2.87%) Dynamics AX
3 74 (0.73%) Dynamics NAV
4 33 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 31 (0.31%) NetSuite
6 22 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 20 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 20 (0.20%) Elite 3E
8 19 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 19 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
9 17 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
10 16 (0.16%) Markit EDM
10 16 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 14 (0.14%) Primavera
12 12 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
13 11 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
14 9 (0.089%) CA PPM
15 8 (0.079%) Magento
15 8 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
15 8 (0.079%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,965 (19.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,439 (14.18%) Office 365
3 725 (7.15%) Amazon AWS
4 443 (4.37%) Dynamics 365
5 334 (3.29%) PaaS
6 310 (3.06%) IaaS
7 221 (2.18%) SaaS
8 175 (1.72%) Azure Active Directory
9 138 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
10 92 (0.91%) Google Cloud Platform
11 87 (0.86%) OneDrive
12 78 (0.77%) Azure Data Factory
13 54 (0.53%) GitHub
14 48 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
15 36 (0.35%) Serverless
16 35 (0.34%) Yammer
17 34 (0.34%) G Suite
18 32 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
19 28 (0.28%) OpenShift
20 25 (0.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 607 (5.98%) DNS
2 472 (4.65%) Firewall
3 421 (4.15%) DHCP
4 347 (3.42%) TCP/IP
5 327 (3.22%) Skype
6 320 (3.15%) WAN
7 316 (3.11%) LAN
8 310 (3.06%) VPN
9 290 (2.86%) SAN
10 216 (2.13%) Internet
11 113 (1.11%) VoIP
12 107 (1.05%) Network Security
12 107 (1.05%) Remote Desktop
13 100 (0.99%) Wireless
14 86 (0.85%) NAS
15 82 (0.81%) HTTP
16 78 (0.77%) iSCSI
17 72 (0.71%) NetScaler
17 72 (0.71%) VLAN
18 71 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,125 (20.95%) SQL Server
2 703 (6.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 611 (6.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 479 (4.72%) Data Warehouse
5 478 (4.71%) Power BI
6 350 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 222 (2.19%) Relational Database
7 222 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 222 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
8 210 (2.07%) Big Data
9 202 (1.99%) Oracle Database
10 194 (1.91%) NoSQL
11 189 (1.86%) SQL Server 2016
12 183 (1.80%) MySQL
13 147 (1.45%) Hadoop
14 142 (1.40%) MongoDB
15 136 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
16 124 (1.22%) Data Lake
17 100 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
18 93 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 532 (5.24%) Visual Studio
2 419 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 398 (3.92%) Git (software)
4 328 (3.23%) JIRA
5 250 (2.46%) Jenkins
6 180 (1.77%) Visual Studio Team System
7 166 (1.64%) TeamCity
8 137 (1.35%) Selenium
9 127 (1.25%) Subversion
10 125 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
10 125 (1.23%) SpecFlow
11 85 (0.84%) NUnit
12 80 (0.79%) MSI
13 51 (0.50%) SoapUI
14 50 (0.49%) MSBuild
15 48 (0.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 41 (0.40%) Eclipse
17 39 (0.38%) Ant
17 39 (0.38%) Maven
18 37 (0.36%) Bitbucket
General
1 2,099 (20.69%) Finance
2 504 (4.97%) Banking
3 379 (3.74%) Retail
4 259 (2.55%) Legal
5 236 (2.33%) Marketing
6 222 (2.19%) Telecoms
7 212 (2.09%) Advertising
8 179 (1.76%) Law
9 150 (1.48%) Manufacturing
10 105 (1.03%) Investment Banking
11 102 (1.01%) Financial Institution
12 96 (0.95%) Back Office
13 78 (0.77%) Front Office
14 75 (0.74%) Publishing
15 63 (0.62%) Billing
16 56 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
17 53 (0.52%) French Language
18 46 (0.45%) Games
19 44 (0.43%) Military
20 42 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,974 (19.46%) Developer
2 1,720 (16.95%) Analyst
3 881 (8.68%) Architect
4 731 (7.21%) Consultant
5 545 (5.37%) .NET Developer
6 509 (5.02%) Support Engineer
7 496 (4.89%) C# Developer
8 492 (4.85%) Project Manager
9 428 (4.22%) Desktop Support
10 392 (3.86%) Service Analyst
11 366 (3.61%) Service Desk Analyst
12 363 (3.58%) Business Analyst
13 341 (3.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 327 (3.22%) Support Analyst
15 290 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support
16 284 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
17 271 (2.67%) C# .NET Developer
18 254 (2.50%) SQL Developer
19 251 (2.47%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 235 (2.32%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,701 (16.77%) .NET
2 636 (6.27%) ASP.NET
3 606 (5.97%) HTML
4 561 (5.53%) CSS
5 533 (5.25%) Web Services
6 442 (4.36%) AngularJS
7 432 (4.26%) .NET Framework
8 345 (3.40%) XML
9 333 (3.28%) ASP.NET Web API
10 292 (2.88%) ASP.NET MVC
11 288 (2.84%) jQuery
12 261 (2.57%) REST
13 259 (2.55%) JSON
14 252 (2.48%) SOAP
14 252 (2.48%) WCF
15 203 (2.00%) HTML5
16 202 (1.99%) RESTful
17 194 (1.91%) Entity Framework
18 154 (1.52%) Node.js
19 120 (1.18%) React
Miscellaneous
1 945 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
2 406 (4.00%) Management Information System
3 364 (3.59%) Data Centre
4 358 (3.53%) Self-Motivation
5 227 (2.24%) Computer Science
6 210 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
7 207 (2.04%) User Experience
8 164 (1.62%) Clustering
9 149 (1.47%) Blackberry
10 148 (1.46%) PKI
11 129 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
12 105 (1.03%) NHS
13 99 (0.98%) Mobile App
14 98 (0.97%) Replication
15 97 (0.96%) Smartphone
16 87 (0.86%) Virtual Team
17 83 (0.82%) Video Conferencing
18 82 (0.81%) Fat Client
18 82 (0.81%) Thin Client
19 81 (0.80%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,428 (33.79%) Windows
2 1,251 (12.33%) Windows Server
3 853 (8.41%) Windows 7
4 834 (8.22%) Windows 10
5 720 (7.10%) Linux
6 704 (6.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 581 (5.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 283 (2.79%) Unix
9 231 (2.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 195 (1.92%) Windows XP
11 189 (1.86%) Apple iOS
12 186 (1.83%) Android
13 167 (1.65%) Windows 8
14 162 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 74 (0.73%) Mac OS X
16 71 (0.70%) Mac OS
17 66 (0.65%) Solaris
18 57 (0.56%) Windows Vista
19 52 (0.51%) CentOS
20 43 (0.42%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,944 (19.16%) Agile Software Development
2 1,228 (12.10%) ITIL
3 1,070 (10.55%) Migration
4 952 (9.38%) Business Intelligence
5 919 (9.06%) Problem-Solving
6 843 (8.31%) Project Management
7 746 (7.35%) CRM
8 673 (6.63%) DevOps
9 635 (6.26%) Scrum
10 591 (5.83%) MVC
11 561 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
12 498 (4.91%) Change Management
13 484 (4.77%) Analytics
14 477 (4.70%) PRINCE2
15 431 (4.25%) Continuous Integration
16 420 (4.14%) Service Management
17 419 (4.13%) ETL
18 385 (3.79%) TDD
19 353 (3.48%) SDLC
20 350 (3.45%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2,227 (21.95%) SQL
2 1,503 (14.82%) C#
3 990 (9.76%) PowerShell
4 860 (8.48%) JavaScript
5 462 (4.55%) T-SQL
6 444 (4.38%) Java
7 302 (2.98%) Python
8 173 (1.71%) VBA
9 170 (1.68%) C
10 131 (1.29%) VBScript
11 122 (1.20%) VB
12 111 (1.09%) VB.NET
13 104 (1.03%) PL/SQL
14 103 (1.02%) TypeScript
15 99 (0.98%) C++
16 86 (0.85%) Shell Script
17 78 (0.77%) Ruby
18 75 (0.74%) PHP
19 74 (0.73%) Bash Shell
20 69 (0.68%) R
Qualifications
1 1,018 (10.03%) Security Cleared
2 750 (7.39%) SC Cleared
3 641 (6.32%) Degree
4 613 (6.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 301 (2.97%) MCSE
6 215 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
7 206 (2.03%) MCP
8 193 (1.90%) DV Cleared
9 157 (1.55%) MCSA
10 136 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
11 117 (1.15%) CCNA
12 109 (1.07%) CCNP
13 103 (1.02%) MCITP
14 101 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
15 100 (0.99%) PMI Certification
16 94 (0.93%) ISEB
16 94 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 91 (0.90%) CISSP
18 80 (0.79%) PMP
19 74 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 306 (3.02%) SLA
2 270 (2.66%) QA
3 231 (2.28%) PMO
4 149 (1.47%) GDPR
5 112 (1.10%) Data Quality
6 93 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 51 (0.50%) PCI DSS
8 26 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
8 26 (0.26%) MiFID
9 25 (0.25%) GCP
9 25 (0.25%) ISO 9001
10 19 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 18 (0.18%) Def Stans
12 14 (0.14%) COBIT
13 11 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 10 (0.099%) HL7
15 9 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials
16 8 (0.079%) IFRS
16 8 (0.079%) PMBOK
16 8 (0.079%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2,402 (23.68%) Active Directory
2 690 (6.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 357 (3.52%) Hyper-V
4 269 (2.65%) XenApp
5 259 (2.55%) vSphere
6 232 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
7 170 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
8 165 (1.63%) Docker
9 149 (1.47%) XenDesktop
10 102 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
11 68 (0.67%) BitLocker
12 57 (0.56%) XenServer
13 48 (0.47%) NFS
14 43 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
15 40 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
16 33 (0.33%) Terminal Services
16 33 (0.33%) Xen
17 30 (0.30%) DFS Replication
18 28 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
19 22 (0.22%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 763 (7.52%) SCCM
2 196 (1.93%) SCOM
3 173 (1.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 163 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
4 163 (1.61%) Puppet
5 141 (1.39%) Ansible
6 126 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
7 123 (1.21%) WSUS
8 86 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
9 79 (0.78%) AirWatch
10 73 (0.72%) Terraform
11 65 (0.64%) vCenter Server
12 61 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
13 59 (0.58%) Microsoft Clustering
14 58 (0.57%) HP ALM
15 57 (0.56%) Kubernetes
16 42 (0.41%) Backup Exec
17 39 (0.38%) NetBackup
18 35 (0.34%) Nessus
18 35 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 1,192 (11.75%) VMware
2 757 (7.46%) Citrix
3 686 (6.76%) Oracle
4 641 (6.32%) Cisco
5 417 (4.11%) HP
6 361 (3.56%) SAP
7 216 (2.13%) IBM
8 211 (2.08%) Google
9 207 (2.04%) Ivanti
10 205 (2.02%) Apple
11 196 (1.93%) NetApp
12 177 (1.74%) Red Hat
13 153 (1.51%) Tableau
14 147 (1.45%) McAfee
15 126 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
16 123 (1.21%) Symantec
17 121 (1.19%) Dell
17 121 (1.19%) SolarWinds
18 118 (1.16%) ServiceNow
19 109 (1.07%) CheckPoint