Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,010 10,599 11,334
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.91% 12.01% 11.43%
As % of the Vendors category 25.95% 26.80% 26.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,384 6,882 7,013
England median daily rate £400 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £160 £180 £173
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 663 686 888
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.77% +2.85%
10th Percentile £10.50 £9.80 £9.39
90th Percentile £39.35 £41.00 £42.09
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.87 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.91% -4.10% +3.33%

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 38,569 39,555 42,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.05% 44.82% 42.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,532 24,544 25,444
England median daily rate £450 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.12% +0.13%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,298 1,454 1,754
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.78% +8.43%
10th Percentile £10.94 £10.29 £10.10
90th Percentile £46.86 £45.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% -5.56% +9.09%

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 18 February 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 18 February 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 18 February 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 -2 4,410 £450 +5.88% 1,201
South East -1 2,149 £388 +3.33% 798
North of England -4 1,250 £363 +0.69% 874
Midlands 0 1,047 £375 +3.45% 608
West Midlands 0 664 £375 - 352
North West -1 586 £375 - 440
East of England +1 578 £350 - 386
South West 0 544 £355 +7.58% 341
Yorkshire -1 491 £350 - 341
East Midlands -1 379 £340 -2.86% 256
North East 0 183 £400 +14.29% 93
South Coast +3 3 £400 -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 3,373 (33.70%) Windows
2 2,364 (23.62%) Active Directory
3 2,063 (20.61%) SQL Server
4 2,058 (20.56%) SQL
5 2,000 (19.98%) Microsoft Office
6 1,970 (19.68%) Finance
7 1,799 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
8 1,760 (17.58%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,652 (16.50%) .NET
10 1,483 (14.82%) C#
11 1,410 (14.09%) Office 365
12 1,228 (12.27%) ITIL
13 1,203 (12.02%) Microsoft Excel
14 1,196 (11.95%) VMware
15 1,182 (11.81%) Windows Server
16 1,065 (10.64%) Migration
17 907 (9.06%) PowerShell
18 892 (8.91%) Security Cleared
19 888 (8.87%) Analytical Skills
20 883 (8.82%) SharePoint
21 879 (8.78%) Business Intelligence
22 864 (8.63%) Project Management
23 856 (8.55%) JavaScript
24 854 (8.53%) Windows 7
25 810 (8.09%) CRM
26 721 (7.20%) SCCM
27 720 (7.19%) Windows 10
28 713 (7.12%) Citrix
29 701 (7.00%) MS Exchange
30 694 (6.93%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 883 (8.82%) SharePoint
2 701 (7.00%) MS Exchange
3 350 (3.50%) Skype for Business
4 287 (2.87%) IIS
5 194 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 129 (1.29%) Confluence
7 128 (1.28%) CMS
7 128 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 109 (1.09%) SharePoint 2013
9 107 (1.07%) Apache
10 99 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
11 74 (0.74%) Apache Spark
11 74 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
12 73 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2007
13 69 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
14 66 (0.66%) WebSphere
15 61 (0.61%) SAS
15 61 (0.61%) Tomcat
16 52 (0.52%) NServiceBus
17 48 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2,000 (19.98%) Microsoft Office
2 1,203 (12.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 539 (5.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 448 (4.48%) Microsoft Project
5 352 (3.52%) MS Visio
6 59 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 35 (0.35%) Photoshop
8 24 (0.24%) InfoPath
9 18 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
10 15 (0.15%) SPSS
11 14 (0.14%) Acrobat
12 13 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 13 (0.13%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.070%) OmniGraffle
14 6 (0.060%) SOLIDWORKS
15 5 (0.050%) RoboHelp
15 5 (0.050%) Snagit
15 5 (0.050%) Vectorworks
16 4 (0.040%) Adobe Captivate
16 4 (0.040%) Revit
Business Applications
1 659 (6.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 301 (3.01%) Dynamics AX
3 72 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 25 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
6 22 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 20 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
8 19 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
9 17 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 17 (0.17%) Markit EDM
10 14 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
11 13 (0.13%) Elite 3E
12 12 (0.12%) Primavera
13 9 (0.090%) ION MarketView
13 9 (0.090%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 9 (0.090%) SAP CO
13 9 (0.090%) SAP FI
13 9 (0.090%) SAP FI/CO
14 8 (0.080%) Eikon
14 8 (0.080%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,760 (17.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,410 (14.09%) Office 365
3 633 (6.32%) Amazon AWS
4 397 (3.97%) Dynamics 365
5 314 (3.14%) PaaS
6 312 (3.12%) IaaS
7 227 (2.27%) SaaS
8 173 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
9 124 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
10 81 (0.81%) OneDrive
11 62 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
12 52 (0.52%) GitHub
13 47 (0.47%) Azure Data Factory
14 38 (0.38%) G Suite
15 27 (0.27%) Serverless
16 25 (0.25%) iPaaS
16 25 (0.25%) Mimecast
17 22 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
18 21 (0.21%) Slack
19 20 (0.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 592 (5.91%) DNS
2 448 (4.48%) Firewall
3 388 (3.88%) DHCP
4 348 (3.48%) TCP/IP
5 336 (3.36%) WAN
6 328 (3.28%) LAN
7 307 (3.07%) Skype
8 290 (2.90%) SAN
9 289 (2.89%) VPN
10 218 (2.18%) Internet
11 127 (1.27%) Network Security
12 126 (1.26%) VoIP
13 98 (0.98%) Wireless
14 93 (0.93%) NAS
15 91 (0.91%) Remote Desktop
16 80 (0.80%) iSCSI
17 75 (0.75%) NetScaler
18 74 (0.74%) Intranet
19 71 (0.71%) VLAN
20 63 (0.63%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,063 (20.61%) SQL Server
2 690 (6.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 566 (5.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 406 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
5 384 (3.84%) Power BI
6 323 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 260 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
8 223 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
9 220 (2.20%) Relational Database
10 205 (2.05%) NoSQL
11 174 (1.74%) SQL Server 2016
12 170 (1.70%) Oracle Database
13 165 (1.65%) Big Data
14 164 (1.64%) MySQL
15 162 (1.62%) SQL Server 2014
16 139 (1.39%) MongoDB
17 118 (1.18%) Hadoop
18 82 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
19 81 (0.81%) Data Lake
20 78 (0.78%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 471 (4.71%) Visual Studio
2 411 (4.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 358 (3.58%) Git (software)
4 279 (2.79%) JIRA
5 197 (1.97%) Jenkins
6 177 (1.77%) TeamCity
7 143 (1.43%) Subversion
8 142 (1.42%) Octopus Deploy
9 141 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
10 105 (1.05%) Selenium
11 96 (0.96%) SpecFlow
12 91 (0.91%) NUnit
13 68 (0.68%) MSI
14 44 (0.44%) MSBuild
15 43 (0.43%) SoapUI
16 42 (0.42%) Bitbucket
16 42 (0.42%) MSTest
17 40 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
18 35 (0.35%) NuGet
19 31 (0.31%) Moq
General
1 1,970 (19.68%) Finance
2 504 (5.03%) Banking
3 340 (3.40%) Retail
4 243 (2.43%) Telecoms
5 240 (2.40%) Legal
6 232 (2.32%) Advertising
7 217 (2.17%) Marketing
8 151 (1.51%) Manufacturing
9 150 (1.50%) Law
10 108 (1.08%) Investment Banking
11 99 (0.99%) Back Office
12 86 (0.86%) Front Office
13 84 (0.84%) Financial Institution
14 79 (0.79%) Publishing
15 69 (0.69%) Billing
16 47 (0.47%) Automotive
16 47 (0.47%) French Language
16 47 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
17 38 (0.38%) Local Government
18 33 (0.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,915 (19.13%) Developer
2 1,699 (16.97%) Analyst
3 859 (8.58%) Architect
4 725 (7.24%) Consultant
5 555 (5.54%) .NET Developer
6 484 (4.84%) C# Developer
7 469 (4.69%) Project Manager
8 465 (4.65%) Support Engineer
9 392 (3.92%) Service Analyst
10 381 (3.81%) Business Analyst
11 360 (3.60%) Service Desk Analyst
12 354 (3.54%) Desktop Support
13 322 (3.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 322 (3.22%) Support Analyst
14 291 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support
14 291 (2.91%) SQL Developer
15 284 (2.84%) C# .NET Developer
16 268 (2.68%) Administrator
17 239 (2.39%) Solutions Architect
18 236 (2.36%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,652 (16.50%) .NET
2 655 (6.54%) ASP.NET
3 606 (6.05%) HTML
4 560 (5.59%) Web Services
5 539 (5.38%) CSS
6 434 (4.34%) AngularJS
7 398 (3.98%) .NET Framework
8 351 (3.51%) ASP.NET Web API
9 341 (3.41%) XML
10 335 (3.35%) ASP.NET MVC
11 303 (3.03%) WCF
12 295 (2.95%) jQuery
13 239 (2.39%) SOAP
14 228 (2.28%) REST
15 227 (2.27%) JSON
16 187 (1.87%) HTML5
17 179 (1.79%) RESTful
18 175 (1.75%) Entity Framework
19 140 (1.40%) Node.js
20 121 (1.21%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 888 (8.87%) Analytical Skills
2 384 (3.84%) Management Information System
3 366 (3.66%) Data Centre
4 210 (2.10%) Computer Science
5 179 (1.79%) User Experience
6 178 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
7 159 (1.59%) Blackberry
8 155 (1.55%) PKI
9 150 (1.50%) Clustering
10 114 (1.14%) Replication
11 113 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
12 107 (1.07%) NHS
13 98 (0.98%) Virtual Team
14 97 (0.97%) Public Cloud
15 96 (0.96%) Smartphone
16 92 (0.92%) Video Conferencing
17 76 (0.76%) N-Tier
18 75 (0.75%) Mobile App
19 74 (0.74%) Data Structures
20 72 (0.72%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3,373 (33.70%) Windows
2 1,182 (11.81%) Windows Server
3 854 (8.53%) Windows 7
4 720 (7.19%) Windows 10
5 668 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 652 (6.51%) Linux
7 567 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 269 (2.69%) Unix
9 226 (2.26%) Windows Server 2003
10 174 (1.74%) Android
10 174 (1.74%) Apple iOS
11 149 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 146 (1.46%) Windows 8
12 146 (1.46%) Windows XP
13 74 (0.74%) Mac OS X
14 69 (0.69%) Mac OS
15 67 (0.67%) Windows Vista
16 44 (0.44%) Solaris
17 40 (0.40%) CentOS
18 35 (0.35%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,799 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
2 1,228 (12.27%) ITIL
3 1,065 (10.64%) Migration
4 879 (8.78%) Business Intelligence
5 864 (8.63%) Project Management
6 810 (8.09%) CRM
7 635 (6.34%) MVC
8 605 (6.04%) Scrum
9 546 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
10 536 (5.35%) DevOps
11 497 (4.97%) Change Management
12 487 (4.87%) PRINCE2
13 415 (4.15%) Analytics
14 413 (4.13%) ETL
15 383 (3.83%) Service Management
16 380 (3.80%) Continuous Integration
17 372 (3.72%) TDD
18 365 (3.65%) SDLC
19 319 (3.19%) Test Automation
20 318 (3.18%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2,058 (20.56%) SQL
2 1,483 (14.82%) C#
3 907 (9.06%) PowerShell
4 856 (8.55%) JavaScript
5 409 (4.09%) T-SQL
6 388 (3.88%) Java
7 287 (2.87%) Python
8 167 (1.67%) C
9 156 (1.56%) VBA
10 152 (1.52%) VBScript
11 103 (1.03%) VB.NET
12 98 (0.98%) PL/SQL
13 96 (0.96%) VB
14 91 (0.91%) TypeScript
15 88 (0.88%) C++
16 82 (0.82%) Ruby
17 81 (0.81%) Shell Script
18 77 (0.77%) PHP
19 67 (0.67%) R
20 53 (0.53%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 892 (8.91%) Security Cleared
2 688 (6.87%) Microsoft Certification
3 645 (6.44%) SC Cleared
4 637 (6.36%) Degree
5 362 (3.62%) MCSE
6 214 (2.14%) DV Cleared
7 197 (1.97%) MCP
8 196 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
9 161 (1.61%) MCSA
10 128 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
11 114 (1.14%) MCITP
12 113 (1.13%) CCNA
13 104 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
14 102 (1.02%) PMI Certification
15 92 (0.92%) ISEB
16 90 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 89 (0.89%) CCNP
18 86 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 84 (0.84%) CISSP
19 84 (0.84%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 315 (3.15%) SLA
2 290 (2.90%) QA
3 216 (2.16%) PMO
4 112 (1.12%) GDPR
5 111 (1.11%) Data Quality
6 108 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 46 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 36 (0.36%) MiFID
9 29 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
10 24 (0.24%) ISO 9001
11 21 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 17 (0.17%) GCP
13 16 (0.16%) COBIT
13 16 (0.16%) Def Stans
14 13 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 10 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.090%) P3O
16 9 (0.090%) PMBOK
17 8 (0.080%) IFRS
17 8 (0.080%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2,364 (23.62%) Active Directory
2 694 (6.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 356 (3.56%) Hyper-V
4 251 (2.51%) vSphere
5 244 (2.44%) XenApp
6 217 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
7 151 (1.51%) Microsoft App-V
8 136 (1.36%) Docker
9 130 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
10 129 (1.29%) XenDesktop
11 78 (0.78%) BitLocker
12 53 (0.53%) NFS
13 42 (0.42%) XenServer
14 40 (0.40%) Terminal Services
15 31 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
15 31 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
16 27 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
17 24 (0.24%) DFS Replication
18 22 (0.22%) Firmware
19 21 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 721 (7.20%) SCCM
2 192 (1.92%) SCOM
3 153 (1.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 124 (1.24%) Puppet
5 118 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
6 111 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
7 109 (1.09%) Ansible
8 105 (1.05%) WSUS
9 72 (0.72%) AirWatch
10 68 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
11 66 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
12 62 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
13 61 (0.61%) Terraform
14 55 (0.55%) NetBackup
15 52 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
15 52 (0.52%) vCenter Server
16 48 (0.48%) Backup Exec
17 34 (0.34%) Nessus
18 31 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
19 28 (0.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1,196 (11.95%) VMware
2 713 (7.12%) Citrix
3 634 (6.33%) Oracle
4 598 (5.97%) Cisco
5 396 (3.96%) HP
6 307 (3.07%) SAP
7 229 (2.29%) IBM
8 215 (2.15%) NetApp
9 193 (1.93%) Google
10 180 (1.80%) Apple
11 168 (1.68%) Ivanti
12 156 (1.56%) Tableau
13 152 (1.52%) McAfee
14 149 (1.49%) Red Hat
15 137 (1.37%) Symantec
16 129 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
17 128 (1.28%) Dell
18 113 (1.13%) SolarWinds
19 92 (0.92%) CheckPoint
20 87 (0.87%) Remedy