Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 4 7
Rank change year-on-year -9 +3 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3,745 8,865 11,074
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.86% 13.46% 12.13%
As % of the Vendors category 26.03% 31.26% 29.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,005 5,936 7,186
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £173 £170 £169
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 600 748
Median hourly rate £17.29 £17.50 £15.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.23% +14.38% +2.00%
10th Percentile £10.25 £11.26 £10.34
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £33.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year - +14.38% +2.00%

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 14,390 28,357 38,137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.71% 43.04% 41.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,274 18,235 24,213
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - -
10th Percentile £250 £225 £256
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 504 1,120 1,336
Median hourly rate £22.75 £18.70 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.66% +7.41% +2.41%
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.49 £10.75
90th Percentile £59.63 £50.35 £47.09
Median hourly rate £24.00 £18.70 £17.41
% change year-on-year +28.34% +7.41% +2.41%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 -2 1,677 £463 +2.78% 656
South East -3 566 £425 - 390
North of England 0 529 £375 -6.25% 541
Midlands -2 385 £375 -6.25% 372
North West +1 333 £368 -8.13% 323
South West -3 247 £400 -2.74% 181
West Midlands -4 221 £375 -11.76% 227
East of England -2 172 £325 -13.33% 174
East Midlands +3 159 £365 +0.69% 144
Yorkshire -7 144 £413 +3.13% 155
North East -4 53 £350 -0.71% 63
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 1,478 (39.47%) Azure
2 1,180 (31.51%) Windows
3 937 (25.02%) Active Directory
4 769 (20.53%) Office 365
5 742 (19.81%) SQL
6 729 (19.47%) Agile Software Development
7 642 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
8 601 (16.05%) SQL Server
9 584 (15.59%) Finance
10 554 (14.79%) Security Cleared
11 491 (13.11%) Business Intelligence
12 487 (13.00%) DevOps
13 478 (12.76%) Power Platform
14 459 (12.26%) Migration
15 434 (11.59%) Windows 10
16 431 (11.51%) VMware
17 418 (11.16%) Windows Server
18 403 (10.76%) PowerShell
19 397 (10.60%) SC Cleared
19 397 (10.60%) Microsoft Excel
20 387 (10.33%) Public Sector
21 386 (10.31%) SharePoint
22 374 (9.99%) .NET
23 366 (9.77%) ITIL
24 347 (9.27%) Power BI
25 335 (8.95%) AWS
26 327 (8.73%) C#
27 315 (8.41%) VMware Infrastructure
28 311 (8.30%) Problem-Solving
29 288 (7.69%) Analytical Skills

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
1 386 (10.31%) SharePoint
2 138 (3.68%) MS Exchange
3 122 (3.26%) Skype for Business
4 77 (2.06%) IIS
5 69 (1.84%) Confluence
6 37 (0.99%) CMS
7 34 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
8 31 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
9 23 (0.61%) Apache
9 23 (0.61%) Apache Spark
10 21 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
11 20 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
12 19 (0.51%) WebSphere
13 15 (0.40%) WebLogic
14 14 (0.37%) SAS
15 13 (0.35%) NServiceBus
15 13 (0.35%) OpenStack
16 12 (0.32%) nginx
16 12 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
16 12 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 642 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
2 397 (10.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 168 (4.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 160 (4.27%) Microsoft Project
5 91 (2.43%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.35%) Photoshop
7 11 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 10 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.16%) InfoPath
10 5 (0.13%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.13%) Gephi
11 4 (0.11%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.11%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.11%) CATIA
12 3 (0.080%) Camtasia
12 3 (0.080%) SPSS
13 2 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.053%) CINEMA 4D
13 2 (0.053%) Figma
14 1 (0.027%) Stata
Business Applications
1 153 (4.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.21%) SAP ERP
4 8 (0.21%) Sentinel
5 6 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.13%) Infor M3
6 5 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 4 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
7 4 (0.11%) Elite 3E
7 4 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
7 4 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
7 4 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
8 3 (0.080%) Magento
8 3 (0.080%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.080%) SnowdropKCS
9 2 (0.053%) Oracle iSupplier
9 2 (0.053%) Relativity
9 2 (0.053%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1,478 (39.47%) Azure
2 769 (20.53%) Office 365
3 478 (12.76%) Power Platform
4 335 (8.95%) AWS
5 249 (6.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 215 (5.74%) Dynamics 365
7 165 (4.41%) PowerApps
8 151 (4.03%) IaaS
8 151 (4.03%) PaaS
9 110 (2.94%) SaaS
10 108 (2.88%) OneDrive
11 99 (2.64%) Serverless
12 86 (2.30%) Azure Data Factory
13 81 (2.16%) Logic Apps
14 75 (2.00%) GCP
15 72 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
15 72 (1.92%) Power Automate
16 66 (1.76%) Azure Functions
17 43 (1.15%) GitHub
18 39 (1.04%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 263 (7.02%) DNS
2 227 (6.06%) Firewall
3 168 (4.49%) DHCP
4 159 (4.25%) TCP/IP
5 156 (4.17%) Skype
6 151 (4.03%) WAN
7 149 (3.98%) VPN
8 144 (3.85%) LAN
9 82 (2.19%) SAN
9 82 (2.19%) Wi-Fi
10 64 (1.71%) Internet
11 53 (1.42%) Ethernet
12 50 (1.34%) VoIP
12 50 (1.34%) Wireless
13 48 (1.28%) Network Security
14 47 (1.26%) VLAN
15 44 (1.17%) MPLS
16 43 (1.15%) Unified Communications
17 36 (0.96%) 3G
17 36 (0.96%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 601 (16.05%) SQL Server
2 347 (9.27%) Power BI
3 190 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
4 178 (4.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 120 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 112 (2.99%) Data Lake
7 106 (2.83%) Azure SQL Database
8 98 (2.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 71 (1.90%) Relational Database
10 62 (1.66%) Big Data
11 60 (1.60%) MySQL
12 49 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
13 46 (1.23%) Tableau
14 44 (1.17%) Cosmos DB
14 44 (1.17%) Oracle Database
15 43 (1.15%) NoSQL
15 43 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
16 41 (1.09%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 33 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 32 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 136 (3.63%) JIRA
2 124 (3.31%) Git (software)
3 102 (2.72%) Jenkins
4 82 (2.19%) Visual Studio
5 49 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
6 46 (1.23%) Visual Studio Team System
7 40 (1.07%) GitLab
8 31 (0.83%) Selenium
8 31 (0.83%) SonarQube
9 26 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
10 24 (0.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 23 (0.61%) Bitbucket
12 22 (0.59%) Artifactory
13 20 (0.53%) Cucumber
13 20 (0.53%) Maven
14 18 (0.48%) Subversion
15 17 (0.45%) MSI
15 17 (0.45%) NUnit
16 16 (0.43%) SpecFlow
17 15 (0.40%) Toad
General
1 584 (15.59%) Finance
2 387 (10.33%) Public Sector
3 160 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 130 (3.47%) Banking
5 122 (3.26%) Marketing
6 99 (2.64%) Retail
7 95 (2.54%) Manufacturing
8 78 (2.08%) Law
9 62 (1.66%) Legal
10 61 (1.63%) Electronics
11 40 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
12 30 (0.80%) Local Government
13 28 (0.75%) Advertising
14 26 (0.69%) Financial Institution
15 25 (0.67%) Front Office
16 21 (0.56%) Military
17 20 (0.53%) Back Office
17 20 (0.53%) Investment Banking
18 19 (0.51%) Publishing
19 16 (0.43%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 504 (13.46%) Developer
2 479 (12.79%) Analyst
3 415 (11.08%) Architect
4 282 (7.53%) Consultant
5 172 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 161 (4.30%) Azure Engineer
7 158 (4.22%) Support Engineer
8 147 (3.93%) Project Manager
9 112 (2.99%) .NET Developer
10 102 (2.72%) Solutions Architect
11 99 (2.64%) Service Analyst
12 92 (2.46%) DevOps Engineer
13 89 (2.38%) Azure Architect
14 86 (2.30%) Administrator
15 81 (2.16%) Business Analyst
15 81 (2.16%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 79 (2.11%) IT Engineer
17 78 (2.08%) IT Support
18 75 (2.00%) Cloud Engineer
19 72 (1.92%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 374 (9.99%) .NET
2 153 (4.09%) HTML
3 150 (4.01%) Web Services
4 127 (3.39%) ASP.NET
5 126 (3.36%) CSS
6 95 (2.54%) XML
7 89 (2.38%) JSON
8 86 (2.30%) .NET Core
8 86 (2.30%) React
9 73 (1.95%) .NET Framework
10 67 (1.79%) REST
11 64 (1.71%) AngularJS
11 64 (1.71%) HTML5
12 63 (1.68%) ASP.NET Web API
13 58 (1.55%) Node.js
14 49 (1.31%) RESTful
15 45 (1.20%) Kafka
16 39 (1.04%) jQuery
16 39 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
17 37 (0.99%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 288 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 154 (4.11%) Management Information System
3 145 (3.87%) Data Centre
4 101 (2.70%) NHS
5 93 (2.48%) User Experience
6 72 (1.92%) Public Cloud
7 66 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
8 56 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
9 51 (1.36%) Data Structures
10 50 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
10 50 (1.34%) PKI
11 44 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
12 43 (1.15%) Replication
13 38 (1.01%) Clustering
14 35 (0.93%) Private Cloud
15 34 (0.91%) Cloud Native
15 34 (0.91%) Virtual Team
16 24 (0.64%) Mobile App
17 23 (0.61%) Driving Licence
17 23 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1,180 (31.51%) Windows
2 434 (11.59%) Windows 10
3 418 (11.16%) Windows Server
4 259 (6.92%) Linux
5 160 (4.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 141 (3.77%) Windows 7
7 115 (3.07%) Windows Server 2016
8 100 (2.67%) Unix
9 88 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 79 (2.11%) Windows Server 2019
11 66 (1.76%) Apple iOS
12 58 (1.55%) Android
13 38 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 27 (0.72%) Mac OS
15 24 (0.64%) Solaris
16 23 (0.61%) Windows 8
17 22 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
18 20 (0.53%) Ubuntu
19 15 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
20 10 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 729 (19.47%) Agile Software Development
2 491 (13.11%) Business Intelligence
3 487 (13.00%) DevOps
4 459 (12.26%) Migration
5 366 (9.77%) ITIL
6 311 (8.30%) Problem-Solving
7 278 (7.42%) Project Management
8 272 (7.26%) Project Delivery
9 224 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 213 (5.69%) Analytics
11 204 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
12 197 (5.26%) Scrum
13 194 (5.18%) CRM
14 154 (4.11%) Data Modelling
15 153 (4.09%) Change Management
16 142 (3.79%) Service Delivery
17 141 (3.77%) ETL
18 138 (3.68%) Microservices
19 133 (3.55%) PRINCE2
20 126 (3.36%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 742 (19.81%) SQL
2 403 (10.76%) PowerShell
3 327 (8.73%) C#
4 242 (6.46%) JavaScript
5 202 (5.39%) Python
6 157 (4.19%) Java
7 139 (3.71%) T-SQL
8 68 (1.82%) C
9 54 (1.44%) VB
10 46 (1.23%) C++
11 40 (1.07%) Bash Shell
12 34 (0.91%) PL/SQL
13 31 (0.83%) TypeScript
13 31 (0.83%) VB.NET
14 26 (0.69%) VBA
14 26 (0.69%) VBScript
15 25 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 23 (0.61%) R
17 21 (0.56%) Ruby
18 17 (0.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 554 (14.79%) Security Cleared
2 397 (10.60%) SC Cleared
3 209 (5.58%) Degree
4 201 (5.37%) Microsoft Certification
5 128 (3.42%) DV Cleared
6 83 (2.22%) MCSE
7 69 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
8 52 (1.39%) ISTQB
9 49 (1.31%) ISEB
9 49 (1.31%) MCSA
10 42 (1.12%) CCNA
10 42 (1.12%) CISSP
11 40 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
12 39 (1.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 28 (0.75%) CCNP
14 26 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
14 26 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 25 (0.67%) DBS Check
15 25 (0.67%) TOGAF Certification
16 24 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (3.10%) SLA
2 111 (2.96%) QA
3 58 (1.55%) Data Quality
4 56 (1.50%) PMO
5 47 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 43 (1.15%) GDPR
7 19 (0.51%) NIST
8 18 (0.48%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.43%) NCSC
10 11 (0.29%) COBIT
11 10 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 9 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 9 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 7 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.19%) ISO 9001
13 7 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 17025
14 4 (0.11%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.11%) P3O
14 4 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 937 (25.02%) Active Directory
2 315 (8.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 111 (2.96%) Docker
4 95 (2.54%) vSphere
5 94 (2.51%) VMware ESXi
6 86 (2.30%) Hyper-V
7 60 (1.60%) Virtual Machines
8 50 (1.34%) VMware NSX
9 37 (0.99%) XenApp
10 34 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
11 33 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
12 24 (0.64%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 22 (0.59%) XenDesktop
14 21 (0.56%) NFS
15 18 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
16 16 (0.43%) HDFS
17 13 (0.35%) Terminal Services
17 13 (0.35%) VMFS
18 12 (0.32%) Firmware
19 10 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 282 (7.53%) SCCM
2 165 (4.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 148 (3.95%) Terraform
4 110 (2.94%) Kubernetes
5 95 (2.54%) Ansible
6 63 (1.68%) Single Sign-On
7 48 (1.28%) SCOM
7 48 (1.28%) vCenter Server
8 34 (0.91%) vRealize
9 33 (0.88%) WSUS
10 32 (0.85%) Puppet
11 27 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
12 25 (0.67%) AirWatch
13 20 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
14 16 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 16 (0.43%) NetBackup
15 15 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
15 15 (0.40%) PowerCLI
16 11 (0.29%) vMotion
17 10 (0.27%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 431 (11.51%) VMware
2 257 (6.86%) Cisco
3 240 (6.41%) Oracle
4 189 (5.05%) Citrix
5 138 (3.68%) SAP
6 118 (3.15%) Databricks
7 101 (2.70%) Google
8 81 (2.16%) HP
9 71 (1.90%) Dell
10 70 (1.87%) Remedy
11 59 (1.58%) ServiceNow
12 56 (1.50%) Red Hat
13 48 (1.28%) IBM
14 45 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
15 44 (1.17%) Apple
15 44 (1.17%) Veeam
16 43 (1.15%) CheckPoint
16 43 (1.15%) Palo Alto
16 43 (1.15%) Splunk
17 35 (0.93%) F5