Period
to 14 October 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 14 October 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
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 9,917 10,926 10,034
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.71% 11.70% 11.09%
As % of the Vendors category 29.51% 27.81% 25.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,392 6,850 6,301
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £165 £164 £163
90th Percentile £610 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 606 788 665
England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.04% +2.32% -4.02%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.59 £10.00
90th Percentile £51.71 £33.90 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +6.45% - -6.06%

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 33,601 39,286 39,147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 43.05% 42.07% 43.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,296 24,594 24,337
England median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £630 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,216 1,495 1,267
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £46.75 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

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 14 October 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 14 October 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 14 October 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 0 3,891 £450 - 1,309
South East +2 2,253 £425 +6.25% 1,049
North of England +4 1,293 £375 +1.35% 1,064
Midlands +2 1,019 £400 +6.67% 717
South West +2 911 £419 +11.67% 470
West Midlands +2 683 £413 +3.13% 433
North West -3 618 £375 - 614
Yorkshire +4 535 £375 +7.14% 359
East of England 0 509 £375 - 375
East Midlands +3 326 £370 +8.82% 280
North East +6 141 £350 - 91
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 14 October 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 3,539 (35.69%) Windows
2 3,115 (31.41%) Azure
3 2,577 (25.99%) Active Directory
4 2,045 (20.62%) Office 365
5 2,005 (20.22%) SQL
6 1,951 (19.67%) Agile Software Development
7 1,854 (18.70%) SQL Server
8 1,830 (18.45%) Microsoft Office
9 1,758 (17.73%) Finance
10 1,422 (14.34%) .NET
11 1,402 (14.14%) C#
12 1,344 (13.55%) Windows 10
13 1,234 (12.44%) Migration
14 1,161 (11.71%) ITIL
15 1,150 (11.60%) Windows Server
16 1,126 (11.35%) VMware
17 1,123 (11.32%) SCCM
18 1,118 (11.27%) Security Cleared
19 1,092 (11.01%) SharePoint
20 1,083 (10.92%) PowerShell
21 1,062 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
22 1,040 (10.49%) Business Intelligence
23 947 (9.55%) DevOps
24 889 (8.96%) Problem-Solving
25 873 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
26 864 (8.71%) Windows 7
27 858 (8.65%) Power Platform
28 816 (8.23%) JavaScript
29 783 (7.90%) CRM
30 774 (7.80%) 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 1,092 (11.01%) SharePoint
2 667 (6.73%) MS Exchange
3 429 (4.33%) Skype for Business
4 246 (2.48%) IIS
5 239 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 176 (1.77%) Confluence
7 127 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 84 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
9 81 (0.82%) Apache Spark
10 79 (0.80%) CMS
11 76 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
12 54 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
13 50 (0.50%) Apache
14 48 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
15 40 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
16 39 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
17 38 (0.38%) OpenStack
17 38 (0.38%) WebLogic
18 31 (0.31%) IBM Notes
18 31 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1,830 (18.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1,062 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 472 (4.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 284 (2.86%) Microsoft Project
5 230 (2.32%) MS Visio
6 61 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 18 (0.18%) InfoPath
9 13 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 13 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 12 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 7 (0.071%) SPSS
12 6 (0.061%) Acrobat
12 6 (0.061%) Camtasia
12 6 (0.061%) XMetaL
13 5 (0.050%) CINEMA 4D
13 5 (0.050%) Sketch
14 4 (0.040%) Adobe Captivate
15 3 (0.030%) InDesign
15 3 (0.030%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 652 (6.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 136 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
3 103 (1.04%) Dynamics NAV
4 32 (0.32%) Elite 3E
5 27 (0.27%) NetSuite
6 26 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
7 21 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
8 19 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
8 19 (0.19%) SAP ERP
8 19 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 17 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
10 14 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 13 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
11 13 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
11 13 (0.13%) Primavera
12 11 (0.11%) assyst
12 11 (0.11%) Eloqua
13 10 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
14 9 (0.091%) SAP S/4HANA
14 9 (0.091%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 3,115 (31.41%) Azure
2 2,045 (20.62%) Office 365
3 858 (8.65%) Power Platform
4 774 (7.80%) AWS
5 660 (6.66%) Dynamics 365
6 441 (4.45%) Azure Active Directory
7 424 (4.28%) IaaS
8 420 (4.24%) PaaS
9 339 (3.42%) SaaS
10 213 (2.15%) Serverless
11 198 (2.00%) OneDrive
12 178 (1.79%) Azure Data Factory
13 152 (1.53%) GCP
14 146 (1.47%) Azure Functions
15 143 (1.44%) PowerApps
16 120 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
16 120 (1.21%) GitHub
17 74 (0.75%) Microsoft Flow
18 67 (0.68%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 64 (0.65%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 657 (6.62%) DNS
2 558 (5.63%) Firewall
3 487 (4.91%) Skype
4 395 (3.98%) DHCP
5 370 (3.73%) TCP/IP
6 335 (3.38%) VPN
7 331 (3.34%) WAN
8 314 (3.17%) LAN
9 277 (2.79%) SAN
10 243 (2.45%) Internet
11 142 (1.43%) VoIP
12 129 (1.30%) Wireless
13 109 (1.10%) Unified Communications
13 109 (1.10%) VLAN
14 108 (1.09%) Wi-Fi
15 102 (1.03%) NAS
16 99 (1.00%) Network Security
17 82 (0.83%) Intranet
18 80 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
19 79 (0.80%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,854 (18.70%) SQL Server
2 749 (7.55%) Power BI
3 691 (6.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 529 (5.33%) Data Warehouse
5 520 (5.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 321 (3.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 230 (2.32%) Data Lake
8 229 (2.31%) Azure SQL Database
9 206 (2.08%) Big Data
10 200 (2.02%) Relational Database
11 165 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
12 158 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
13 157 (1.58%) MySQL
14 136 (1.37%) NoSQL
15 116 (1.17%) Cosmos DB
16 115 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
17 102 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
18 100 (1.01%) SQL Server 2014
19 98 (0.99%) MongoDB
20 91 (0.92%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 491 (4.95%) Visual Studio
2 463 (4.67%) Git (software)
3 373 (3.76%) JIRA
4 357 (3.60%) Visual Studio Team System
5 252 (2.54%) Team Foundation Server
6 234 (2.36%) Jenkins
7 164 (1.65%) Selenium
8 119 (1.20%) TeamCity
9 115 (1.16%) MSI
10 88 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
11 73 (0.74%) Subversion
12 68 (0.69%) Cucumber
12 68 (0.69%) SpecFlow
13 62 (0.63%) Eclipse
14 56 (0.56%) Moq
15 54 (0.54%) Bitbucket
16 53 (0.53%) NUnit
17 50 (0.50%) WebDriver
18 48 (0.48%) InstallShield
19 46 (0.46%) MSTest
General
1 1,758 (17.73%) Finance
2 634 (6.39%) Public Sector
3 389 (3.92%) Banking
4 308 (3.11%) Telecoms
5 307 (3.10%) Retail
6 241 (2.43%) Marketing
7 210 (2.12%) Legal
8 176 (1.77%) Law
9 141 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 98 (0.99%) Front Office
11 85 (0.86%) Advertising
12 84 (0.85%) Back Office
13 82 (0.83%) Publishing
14 74 (0.75%) Electronics
15 71 (0.72%) Investment Banking
16 68 (0.69%) Military
17 62 (0.63%) Billing
18 58 (0.58%) Local Government
19 57 (0.57%) Aerospace
20 52 (0.52%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,764 (17.79%) Developer
2 1,552 (15.65%) Analyst
3 971 (9.79%) Architect
4 567 (5.72%) Consultant
5 533 (5.37%) Support Engineer
6 472 (4.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 410 (4.13%) .NET Developer
8 384 (3.87%) Project Manager
9 332 (3.35%) C# Developer
10 329 (3.32%) Service Analyst
11 325 (3.28%) Support Analyst
12 306 (3.09%) Solutions Architect
13 299 (3.02%) Desktop Support
14 294 (2.96%) Azure Engineer
15 285 (2.87%) Windows Engineer
16 279 (2.81%) 2nd Line Support
17 277 (2.79%) Business Analyst
18 267 (2.69%) Service Desk Analyst
19 248 (2.50%) Desktop Engineer
20 247 (2.49%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,422 (14.34%) .NET
2 525 (5.29%) HTML
3 524 (5.28%) Web Services
4 460 (4.64%) ASP.NET
5 438 (4.42%) CSS
6 336 (3.39%) .NET Framework
7 335 (3.38%) AngularJS
8 298 (3.00%) XML
9 253 (2.55%) JSON
10 243 (2.45%) ASP.NET Web API
11 230 (2.32%) REST
12 222 (2.24%) .NET Core
13 218 (2.20%) jQuery
14 201 (2.03%) React
14 201 (2.03%) RESTful
15 189 (1.91%) ASP.NET MVC
16 143 (1.44%) HTML5
17 142 (1.43%) Node.js
18 122 (1.23%) Entity Framework
19 115 (1.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 873 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
2 381 (3.84%) Management Information System
3 369 (3.72%) Data Centre
4 327 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
5 200 (2.02%) Public Cloud
6 180 (1.82%) User Experience
7 156 (1.57%) Clustering
7 156 (1.57%) Enterprise Software
8 141 (1.42%) NHS
9 139 (1.40%) Replication
10 127 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
11 118 (1.19%) PKI
12 112 (1.13%) Driving Licence
13 110 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
14 98 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
15 96 (0.97%) Blackberry
16 89 (0.90%) Smartphone
17 86 (0.87%) Mobile App
18 61 (0.62%) Virtual Team
19 60 (0.61%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 3,539 (35.69%) Windows
2 1,344 (13.55%) Windows 10
3 1,150 (11.60%) Windows Server
4 864 (8.71%) Windows 7
5 586 (5.91%) Linux
6 527 (5.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 453 (4.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 224 (2.26%) Android
9 198 (2.00%) Unix
10 182 (1.84%) Apple iOS
11 157 (1.58%) Windows 8
12 121 (1.22%) Windows XP
13 120 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 119 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
15 97 (0.98%) Mac OS
16 71 (0.72%) Mac OS X
17 64 (0.65%) CentOS
18 47 (0.47%) VMS
19 40 (0.40%) Ubuntu
20 38 (0.38%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,951 (19.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1,234 (12.44%) Migration
3 1,161 (11.71%) ITIL
4 1,040 (10.49%) Business Intelligence
5 947 (9.55%) DevOps
6 889 (8.96%) Problem-Solving
7 783 (7.90%) CRM
8 722 (7.28%) Project Management
9 604 (6.09%) Scrum
10 591 (5.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 523 (5.27%) Stakeholder Management
12 506 (5.10%) Analytics
13 445 (4.49%) ETL
14 431 (4.35%) Test Automation
15 400 (4.03%) Continuous Integration
15 400 (4.03%) TDD
16 389 (3.92%) Change Management
17 373 (3.76%) Service Management
18 371 (3.74%) MVC
19 358 (3.61%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2,005 (20.22%) SQL
2 1,402 (14.14%) C#
3 1,083 (10.92%) PowerShell
4 816 (8.23%) JavaScript
5 453 (4.57%) Python
6 406 (4.09%) Java
7 390 (3.93%) T-SQL
8 177 (1.78%) C
9 130 (1.31%) C++
10 119 (1.20%) VBA
11 117 (1.18%) VB
12 107 (1.08%) PL/SQL
13 100 (1.01%) Bash Shell
14 98 (0.99%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 88 (0.89%) VBScript
16 87 (0.88%) TypeScript
17 80 (0.81%) R
18 78 (0.79%) VB.NET
19 70 (0.71%) Perl
20 36 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,118 (11.27%) Security Cleared
2 764 (7.70%) SC Cleared
3 641 (6.46%) Degree
4 574 (5.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 290 (2.92%) MCSE
6 228 (2.30%) DV Cleared
7 208 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
8 154 (1.55%) MCSA
9 146 (1.47%) CCNA
10 135 (1.36%) MCP
11 118 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
12 92 (0.93%) ISEB
13 87 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
14 79 (0.80%) CCNP
15 78 (0.79%) ISTQB
15 78 (0.79%) PMI Certification
16 76 (0.77%) CISSP
17 70 (0.71%) MCITP
18 66 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
19 60 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 358 (3.61%) SLA
2 271 (2.73%) QA
3 168 (1.69%) PMO
4 111 (1.12%) Data Quality
5 104 (1.05%) GDPR
6 81 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 67 (0.68%) PCI DSS
8 32 (0.32%) COBIT
9 29 (0.29%) MiFID
10 27 (0.27%) WCAG
11 25 (0.25%) NIST
12 22 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 21 (0.21%) ISO 9001
14 20 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 18 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
16 16 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 16 (0.16%) NCSC
17 14 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 12 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
19 10 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 19770
System Software
1 2,577 (25.99%) Active Directory
2 682 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 391 (3.94%) Hyper-V
4 263 (2.65%) XenApp
5 259 (2.61%) Docker
6 227 (2.29%) vSphere
7 215 (2.17%) XenDesktop
8 204 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
9 177 (1.78%) Virtual Machines
10 167 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
11 88 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
12 50 (0.50%) BitLocker
13 41 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
14 36 (0.36%) DFS Replication
15 32 (0.32%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 28 (0.28%) Firmware
17 23 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
17 23 (0.23%) Xen
18 22 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 22 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1,123 (11.32%) SCCM
2 344 (3.47%) Microsoft Intune
3 234 (2.36%) Kubernetes
4 193 (1.95%) SCOM
5 187 (1.89%) Ansible
6 145 (1.46%) Terraform
7 137 (1.38%) Puppet
8 129 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
9 127 (1.28%) WSUS
10 91 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
11 90 (0.91%) AirWatch
12 71 (0.72%) vCenter Server
13 62 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
14 48 (0.48%) Jamf Pro
15 44 (0.44%) SCVMM
16 43 (0.43%) NetBackup
17 42 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
18 39 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
19 32 (0.32%) CASB
19 32 (0.32%) Kibana
Vendors
1 1,126 (11.35%) VMware
2 665 (6.71%) Citrix
3 661 (6.67%) Oracle
4 604 (6.09%) Cisco
5 304 (3.07%) HP
6 289 (2.91%) SAP
7 258 (2.60%) Google
8 201 (2.03%) Apple
9 181 (1.83%) Tableau
10 174 (1.75%) ServiceNow
11 166 (1.67%) Dell
12 151 (1.52%) IBM
13 141 (1.42%) Databricks
14 127 (1.28%) NetApp
15 116 (1.17%) Remedy
16 104 (1.05%) Ivanti
16 104 (1.05%) McAfee
16 104 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
17 99 (1.00%) Adobe
17 99 (1.00%) Red Hat