Period
to 19 July 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 19 July 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,589 9,614 11,596
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.22% 10.96% 11.41%
As % of the Vendors category 26.94% 25.04% 25.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,743 5,972 7,376
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £175 £178 £188
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 726 706 760
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.02%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £38.88 £44.94 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +5.73% -3.23% -1.71%

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 39,312 38,400 45,170
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.65% 43.79% 44.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,599 23,645 28,147
England median daily rate £450 £438 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +5.42% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £258 £250
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,444 1,301 1,494
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.18 £10.38 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £44.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -

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 July 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 19 July 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 19 July 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 4,575 £450 - 1,022
South East 0 2,248 £400 +6.67% 642
North of England -1 1,371 £358 +2.14% 696
Midlands 0 1,099 £375 +7.14% 473
North West 0 715 £375 - 364
West Midlands +1 693 £400 +6.67% 293
East of England -2 656 £363 +0.69% 285
South West +1 633 £350 - 265
Yorkshire -2 486 £370 +5.71% 264
East Midlands 0 400 £356 +4.78% 180
North East -3 177 £290 -15.94% 68
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 19 July 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 3,580 (33.81%) Windows
2 2,523 (23.83%) Active Directory
3 2,397 (22.64%) SQL
4 2,342 (22.12%) Microsoft Azure
5 2,272 (21.46%) SQL Server
6 2,128 (20.10%) Finance
7 2,116 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
8 1,999 (18.88%) Microsoft Office
9 1,918 (18.11%) .NET
10 1,728 (16.32%) C#
11 1,657 (15.65%) Office 365
12 1,350 (12.75%) Windows Server
13 1,278 (12.07%) VMware
14 1,228 (11.60%) ITIL
15 1,202 (11.35%) Migration
16 1,197 (11.30%) Microsoft Excel
17 1,086 (10.26%) PowerShell
18 1,026 (9.69%) Windows 10
19 989 (9.34%) Security Cleared
20 956 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
21 947 (8.94%) Business Intelligence
22 925 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
23 924 (8.73%) JavaScript
24 922 (8.71%) SCCM
25 886 (8.37%) SharePoint
26 848 (8.01%) Windows 7
27 843 (7.96%) Project Management
28 810 (7.65%) Citrix
29 797 (7.53%) ASP.NET
30 788 (7.44%) Amazon AWS

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
1 886 (8.37%) SharePoint
2 727 (6.87%) MS Exchange
3 403 (3.81%) Skype for Business
4 369 (3.48%) IIS
5 258 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
6 147 (1.39%) Apache
7 122 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
8 117 (1.10%) Confluence
9 111 (1.05%) CMS
10 96 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
11 94 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
12 88 (0.83%) Apache Spark
12 88 (0.83%) Tomcat
13 85 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
13 85 (0.80%) WebSphere
14 71 (0.67%) NServiceBus
15 61 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
16 56 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
17 45 (0.42%) nginx
18 44 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1,999 (18.88%) Microsoft Office
2 1,197 (11.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 512 (4.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 400 (3.78%) Microsoft Project
5 321 (3.03%) MS Visio
6 78 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 12 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 12 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.10%) Acrobat
10 10 (0.094%) AutoCAD
10 10 (0.094%) SPSS
11 9 (0.085%) InDesign
11 9 (0.085%) InfoPath
12 6 (0.057%) Windchill
13 5 (0.047%) SOLIDWORKS
14 4 (0.038%) Chatbot
14 4 (0.038%) NUKE
15 3 (0.028%) InVision
15 3 (0.028%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 510 (4.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 238 (2.25%) Dynamics AX
3 81 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
4 34 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 33 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
6 25 (0.24%) NetSuite
7 18 (0.17%) Elite 3E
7 18 (0.17%) SAP ERP
8 14 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
9 13 (0.12%) Markit EDM
10 12 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
10 12 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
10 12 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
10 12 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
11 11 (0.10%) Primavera
11 11 (0.10%) SAP S/4HANA
12 10 (0.094%) Oracle Financials
12 10 (0.094%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 9 (0.085%) Endur
13 9 (0.085%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,342 (22.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,657 (15.65%) Office 365
3 788 (7.44%) Amazon AWS
4 409 (3.86%) Dynamics 365
5 364 (3.44%) PaaS
6 336 (3.17%) IaaS
7 303 (2.86%) SaaS
8 244 (2.30%) Azure Active Directory
9 151 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
10 134 (1.27%) OneDrive
11 103 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
12 87 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
13 79 (0.75%) Yammer
14 67 (0.63%) GitHub
15 52 (0.49%) Serverless
16 51 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
17 50 (0.47%) G Suite
18 33 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
19 30 (0.28%) Mimecast
20 29 (0.27%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 655 (6.19%) DNS
2 533 (5.03%) Firewall
3 462 (4.36%) DHCP
4 381 (3.60%) Skype
5 354 (3.34%) LAN
6 350 (3.31%) TCP/IP
7 339 (3.20%) WAN
8 320 (3.02%) VPN
9 310 (2.93%) SAN
10 221 (2.09%) Internet
11 128 (1.21%) VoIP
12 121 (1.14%) Network Security
13 119 (1.12%) Wireless
14 115 (1.09%) Remote Desktop
15 110 (1.04%) HTTP
16 102 (0.96%) NAS
17 85 (0.80%) SSL
18 79 (0.75%) VLAN
19 74 (0.70%) Intranet
20 72 (0.68%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,272 (21.46%) SQL Server
2 766 (7.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 667 (6.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 539 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
5 497 (4.69%) Power BI
6 371 (3.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 225 (2.12%) Big Data
8 217 (2.05%) Relational Database
9 209 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
10 203 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
11 195 (1.84%) Oracle Database
12 178 (1.68%) MySQL
13 164 (1.55%) NoSQL
14 156 (1.47%) SQL Server 2016
15 155 (1.46%) Hadoop
16 145 (1.37%) Data Lake
17 139 (1.31%) MongoDB
18 122 (1.15%) SQL Server 2014
19 115 (1.09%) Azure SQL Database
20 84 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 563 (5.32%) Visual Studio
2 473 (4.47%) Team Foundation Server
3 449 (4.24%) Git (software)
4 361 (3.41%) JIRA
5 250 (2.36%) Visual Studio Team System
6 221 (2.09%) Jenkins
7 182 (1.72%) Selenium
8 167 (1.58%) TeamCity
9 127 (1.20%) SpecFlow
10 115 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
11 110 (1.04%) Subversion
12 96 (0.91%) NUnit
13 87 (0.82%) MSI
14 59 (0.56%) Eclipse
15 58 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 52 (0.49%) SoapUI
17 49 (0.46%) Bitbucket
17 49 (0.46%) Maven
18 48 (0.45%) Cucumber
19 45 (0.42%) HP UFT
General
1 2,128 (20.10%) Finance
2 600 (5.67%) Banking
3 416 (3.93%) Retail
4 257 (2.43%) Marketing
5 240 (2.27%) Legal
6 224 (2.12%) Telecoms
7 199 (1.88%) Advertising
8 168 (1.59%) Law
9 159 (1.50%) Manufacturing
10 129 (1.22%) Back Office
11 112 (1.06%) Investment Banking
12 109 (1.03%) Financial Institution
13 95 (0.90%) Front Office
14 79 (0.75%) Publishing
15 56 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
16 54 (0.51%) French Language
17 52 (0.49%) Automotive
17 52 (0.49%) Electronics
17 52 (0.49%) Military
18 48 (0.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2,159 (20.39%) Developer
2 1,765 (16.67%) Analyst
3 936 (8.84%) Architect
4 653 (6.17%) Consultant
5 643 (6.07%) .NET Developer
6 587 (5.54%) C# Developer
7 545 (5.15%) Project Manager
8 538 (5.08%) Support Engineer
9 437 (4.13%) Desktop Support
10 380 (3.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 380 (3.59%) Service Analyst
11 370 (3.49%) Support Analyst
12 337 (3.18%) Service Desk Analyst
13 319 (3.01%) C# .NET Developer
14 314 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
15 308 (2.91%) Business Analyst
16 305 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
17 285 (2.69%) Administrator
18 270 (2.55%) SQL Developer
19 260 (2.46%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,918 (18.11%) .NET
2 797 (7.53%) ASP.NET
3 640 (6.04%) HTML
4 566 (5.35%) Web Services
5 559 (5.28%) CSS
6 454 (4.29%) AngularJS
7 436 (4.12%) ASP.NET MVC
8 429 (4.05%) .NET Framework
9 415 (3.92%) ASP.NET Web API
10 335 (3.16%) XML
11 334 (3.15%) WCF
12 291 (2.75%) REST
13 284 (2.68%) jQuery
14 248 (2.34%) HTML5
15 247 (2.33%) JSON
16 194 (1.83%) RESTful
17 183 (1.73%) Entity Framework
18 181 (1.71%) SOAP
19 169 (1.60%) Node.js
20 156 (1.47%) React
Miscellaneous
1 925 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
2 422 (3.99%) Data Centre
3 398 (3.76%) Management Information System
4 349 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
5 255 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 197 (1.86%) User Experience
7 196 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
8 171 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
9 168 (1.59%) Clustering
10 154 (1.45%) PKI
11 141 (1.33%) Blackberry
11 141 (1.33%) Mobile App
12 114 (1.08%) Public Cloud
13 109 (1.03%) NHS
14 104 (0.98%) Replication
15 96 (0.91%) Virtual Team
16 95 (0.90%) Fat Client
16 95 (0.90%) Thin Client
17 84 (0.79%) Smartphone
18 83 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,580 (33.81%) Windows
2 1,350 (12.75%) Windows Server
3 1,026 (9.69%) Windows 10
4 848 (8.01%) Windows 7
5 776 (7.33%) Linux
6 676 (6.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 560 (5.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 281 (2.65%) Unix
9 246 (2.32%) Apple iOS
10 229 (2.16%) Android
11 214 (2.02%) Windows XP
12 211 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
13 194 (1.83%) Windows 8
14 170 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 110 (1.04%) Mac OS X
16 105 (0.99%) Mac OS
17 80 (0.76%) Solaris
18 49 (0.46%) CentOS
19 43 (0.41%) AIX
20 36 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,116 (19.98%) Agile Software Development
2 1,228 (11.60%) ITIL
3 1,202 (11.35%) Migration
4 956 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
5 947 (8.94%) Business Intelligence
6 843 (7.96%) Project Management
7 699 (6.60%) MVC
8 686 (6.48%) DevOps
9 661 (6.24%) CRM
10 631 (5.96%) Scrum
11 595 (5.62%) Stakeholder Management
12 533 (5.03%) Analytics
13 467 (4.41%) Change Management
14 465 (4.39%) TDD
15 461 (4.35%) PRINCE2
16 408 (3.85%) Service Management
17 394 (3.72%) Continuous Integration
17 394 (3.72%) ETL
18 378 (3.57%) Test Automation
19 335 (3.16%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,397 (22.64%) SQL
2 1,728 (16.32%) C#
3 1,086 (10.26%) PowerShell
4 924 (8.73%) JavaScript
5 523 (4.94%) T-SQL
6 457 (4.32%) Java
7 321 (3.03%) Python
8 169 (1.60%) VB
9 168 (1.59%) VBA
10 152 (1.44%) C
11 140 (1.32%) VBScript
12 119 (1.12%) VB.NET
13 104 (0.98%) C++
14 99 (0.93%) PL/SQL
15 92 (0.87%) TypeScript
16 88 (0.83%) Bash Shell
17 75 (0.71%) R
17 75 (0.71%) Shell Script
18 73 (0.69%) Perl
19 67 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 989 (9.34%) Security Cleared
2 733 (6.92%) SC Cleared
3 684 (6.46%) Degree
4 638 (6.03%) Microsoft Certification
5 300 (2.83%) MCSE
6 229 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
7 186 (1.76%) MCP
8 174 (1.64%) MCSA
9 159 (1.50%) DV Cleared
10 124 (1.17%) CCNA
11 122 (1.15%) CCNP
12 120 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
13 116 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
14 107 (1.01%) ISEB
15 98 (0.93%) PMI Certification
16 88 (0.83%) CISSP
17 87 (0.82%) MCITP
18 80 (0.76%) PMP
18 80 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 79 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 341 (3.22%) SLA
2 272 (2.57%) QA
3 221 (2.09%) PMO
4 180 (1.70%) GDPR
5 120 (1.13%) Data Quality
6 96 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 58 (0.55%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.28%) ISO 9001
8 30 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 25 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
10 23 (0.22%) GCP
11 21 (0.20%) COBIT
12 18 (0.17%) WCAG
13 14 (0.13%) Def Stans
13 14 (0.13%) ISO 22301
14 12 (0.11%) MiFID
15 11 (0.10%) HL7
15 11 (0.10%) ISO 14001
16 10 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 19770
16 10 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 2,523 (23.83%) Active Directory
2 774 (7.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 404 (3.82%) Hyper-V
4 285 (2.69%) XenApp
5 257 (2.43%) VMware ESXi
6 244 (2.30%) vSphere
7 230 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
8 205 (1.94%) Docker
9 181 (1.71%) XenDesktop
10 129 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
11 68 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
12 67 (0.63%) XenServer
13 56 (0.53%) BitLocker
14 44 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
15 37 (0.35%) Xen
16 34 (0.32%) Terminal Services
17 32 (0.30%) VMware NSX
18 27 (0.25%) NFS
19 23 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
20 18 (0.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 922 (8.71%) SCCM
2 236 (2.23%) Microsoft Intune
3 215 (2.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 207 (1.95%) SCOM
5 181 (1.71%) Puppet
6 171 (1.61%) WSUS
7 153 (1.44%) Ansible
8 143 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
9 106 (1.00%) Kubernetes
10 103 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
11 95 (0.90%) Terraform
12 92 (0.87%) AirWatch
13 74 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
14 68 (0.64%) vCenter Server
15 62 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
16 53 (0.50%) HP ALM
17 51 (0.48%) NetBackup
18 47 (0.44%) XenMobile
19 46 (0.43%) Backup Exec
20 44 (0.42%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1,278 (12.07%) VMware
2 810 (7.65%) Citrix
3 768 (7.25%) Oracle
4 645 (6.09%) Cisco
5 424 (4.00%) SAP
6 421 (3.98%) HP
7 280 (2.64%) Apple
8 234 (2.21%) Google
9 202 (1.91%) NetApp
10 201 (1.90%) Ivanti
11 200 (1.89%) IBM
12 196 (1.85%) Red Hat
13 176 (1.66%) McAfee
14 158 (1.49%) ServiceNow
15 136 (1.28%) Dell
16 135 (1.27%) Tableau
17 134 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
18 117 (1.10%) CheckPoint
19 111 (1.05%) SolarWinds
19 111 (1.05%) Symantec