Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 10 8
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6,135 3,955 10,106
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 10.73% 12.11% 12.10%
As % of the Vendors category 26.27% 28.14% 28.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,085 2,555 6,611
10th Percentile £185 £181 £170
25th Percentile £336 £324 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £445 £425
Median % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
75th Percentile £563 £538 £525
90th Percentile £638 £625 £610
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 258 605
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.77
25th Percentile £13.04 £13.00 £12.04
Median hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.78% +6.25% +0.88%
75th Percentile £23.03 £21.00 £21.76
90th Percentile £44.67 £32.08 £44.30
UK median hourly rate £16.25 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +9.38% +0.88%

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 23,352 14,057 35,061
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 40.85% 43.05% 41.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,300 9,179 22,331
10th Percentile £285 £258 £255
25th Percentile £400 £366 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £690 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £455
% change year-on-year +5.26% +4.40% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 467 1,164
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.15
25th Percentile £13.31 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.90 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -4.52% +6.42% +6.86%
75th Percentile £41.41 £35.75 £37.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% +8.11% +5.71%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -1 2,712 £500 +5.82% 1,144
South East +1 1,002 £438 +2.94% 768
North of England -3 729 £399 +6.33% 890
Midlands -2 633 £400 -11.11% 672
West Midlands -3 417 £425 -10.53% 417
North West 0 408 £400 +14.29% 493
South West -3 371 £413 -2.94% 362
East of England +2 303 £250 -40.48% 365
Yorkshire -4 249 £375 -11.76% 285
East Midlands +2 211 £325 +0.78% 250
North East +7 72 £394 +4.83% 112
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 2,569 (41.87%) Azure
2 1,787 (29.13%) Windows
3 1,630 (26.57%) Social Skills
4 1,497 (24.40%) Active Directory
5 1,447 (23.59%) Microsoft 365
6 1,205 (19.64%) SQL
7 1,203 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
8 1,062 (17.31%) Finance
9 1,008 (16.43%) Microsoft Office
10 990 (16.14%) DevOps
11 865 (14.10%) SQL Server
12 759 (12.37%) Migration
13 754 (12.29%) PowerShell
14 737 (12.01%) Power Platform
15 700 (11.41%) SharePoint
16 699 (11.39%) .NET
17 684 (11.15%) Security Cleared
18 669 (10.90%) ITIL
19 668 (10.89%) Business Intelligence
19 668 (10.89%) VMware
20 643 (10.48%) C#
21 632 (10.30%) Microsoft Excel
21 632 (10.30%) Windows 10
22 614 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
23 602 (9.81%) Windows Server
24 601 (9.80%) AWS
25 558 (9.10%) Power BI
26 499 (8.13%) SC Cleared
27 491 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
28 490 (7.99%) Project Management

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
1 700 (11.41%) SharePoint
2 243 (3.96%) MS Exchange
3 152 (2.48%) Confluence
4 86 (1.40%) Skype for Business
5 85 (1.39%) Apache
6 81 (1.32%) IIS
7 68 (1.11%) Apache Spark
8 61 (0.99%) CMS
9 42 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
9 42 (0.68%) Tomcat
10 34 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
11 32 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
12 31 (0.51%) SAS
13 29 (0.47%) Apache Airflow
13 29 (0.47%) WebSphere
14 25 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 22 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
16 18 (0.29%) nginx
16 18 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
17 17 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1,008 (16.43%) Microsoft Office
2 632 (10.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 268 (4.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 206 (3.36%) Microsoft Project
5 178 (2.90%) MS Visio
6 23 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.11%) Camtasia
9 7 (0.11%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.098%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.098%) Figma
10 6 (0.098%) Stata
11 4 (0.065%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.065%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.065%) CINEMA 4D
11 4 (0.065%) InDesign
11 4 (0.065%) Sketch
11 4 (0.065%) SPSS
12 3 (0.049%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 223 (3.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 68 (1.11%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 21 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 14 (0.23%) Magento
5 13 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
6 12 (0.20%) NetSuite
7 10 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.16%) Primavera
7 10 (0.16%) SAP HCM
8 8 (0.13%) Sentinel
9 7 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 7 (0.11%) SAP ERP
9 7 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
9 7 (0.11%) Workday HCM
10 6 (0.098%) Shopify
11 5 (0.081%) Oracle Payables
11 5 (0.081%) SAP CRM
12 4 (0.065%) Cerner Millennium
12 4 (0.065%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2,569 (41.87%) Azure
2 1,447 (23.59%) Microsoft 365
3 737 (12.01%) Power Platform
4 601 (9.80%) AWS
5 423 (6.89%) Azure Active Directory
6 407 (6.63%) Dynamics 365
7 329 (5.36%) PaaS
8 261 (4.25%) IaaS
9 233 (3.80%) SaaS
10 213 (3.47%) PowerApps
11 200 (3.26%) Azure Data Factory
12 199 (3.24%) GCP
13 171 (2.79%) Serverless
14 150 (2.44%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 150 (2.44%) OneDrive
15 132 (2.15%) Power Automate
16 117 (1.91%) Azure Logic Apps
17 115 (1.87%) GitHub
18 112 (1.83%) Azure Functions
19 87 (1.42%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 367 (5.98%) DNS
2 343 (5.59%) Firewall
3 240 (3.91%) DHCP
4 196 (3.19%) VPN
5 169 (2.75%) LAN
6 168 (2.74%) WAN
7 159 (2.59%) TCP/IP
8 131 (2.14%) Skype
9 116 (1.89%) Internet
10 96 (1.56%) SAN
11 92 (1.50%) VoIP
12 80 (1.30%) Network Security
12 80 (1.30%) Wi-Fi
13 76 (1.24%) Wireless
14 62 (1.01%) Unified Communications
15 57 (0.93%) SSL
16 55 (0.90%) Kerberos
16 55 (0.90%) Remote Desktop
16 55 (0.90%) VLAN
17 43 (0.70%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 865 (14.10%) SQL Server
2 558 (9.10%) Power BI
3 312 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
4 252 (4.11%) Data Lake
5 235 (3.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 179 (2.92%) Azure SQL Database
7 166 (2.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 122 (1.99%) Big Data
8 122 (1.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 117 (1.91%) MySQL
10 107 (1.74%) Relational Database
11 96 (1.56%) Tableau
12 91 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
13 72 (1.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 67 (1.09%) NoSQL
15 60 (0.98%) SQL Server 2016
16 58 (0.95%) Hadoop
17 47 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
18 46 (0.75%) Metadata
19 45 (0.73%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 287 (4.68%) JIRA
2 208 (3.39%) Jenkins
3 205 (3.34%) Git (software)
4 179 (2.92%) Visual Studio
5 82 (1.34%) TeamCity
6 60 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
7 56 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
8 52 (0.85%) Selenium
9 43 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
10 41 (0.67%) Maven
10 41 (0.67%) Subversion
11 40 (0.65%) Bitbucket
12 33 (0.54%) Gradle
13 30 (0.49%) Cucumber
14 29 (0.47%) MSI
15 27 (0.44%) GitLab
16 23 (0.37%) PowerDesigner
17 20 (0.33%) JUnit
17 20 (0.33%) SpecFlow
18 18 (0.29%) Moq
General
1 1,630 (26.57%) Social Skills
2 1,062 (17.31%) Finance
3 491 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
4 370 (6.03%) Public Sector
5 306 (4.99%) Banking
6 193 (3.15%) Presentation Skills
7 177 (2.89%) Marketing
8 146 (2.38%) Organisational Skills
9 145 (2.36%) Retail
10 141 (2.30%) Telecoms
11 127 (2.07%) Legal
12 125 (2.04%) Documentation Skills
13 109 (1.78%) Investment Banking
14 105 (1.71%) Influencing Skills
15 96 (1.56%) Manufacturing
16 89 (1.45%) Front Office
17 70 (1.14%) Law
18 49 (0.80%) Electronics
19 45 (0.73%) Back Office
20 37 (0.60%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 900 (14.67%) Analyst
2 823 (13.41%) Developer
3 796 (12.97%) Architect
4 369 (6.01%) Consultant
5 313 (5.10%) Project Manager
6 309 (5.04%) Azure Engineer
7 271 (4.42%) Support Engineer
8 246 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 235 (3.83%) Solutions Architect
10 229 (3.73%) .NET Developer
11 217 (3.54%) Azure Architect
12 213 (3.47%) Service Analyst
13 192 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
14 171 (2.79%) DevOps Engineer
15 166 (2.71%) Data Engineer
16 156 (2.54%) Cloud Architect
17 150 (2.44%) IT Support
18 145 (2.36%) Business Analyst
19 129 (2.10%) C# Developer
20 127 (2.07%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 699 (11.39%) .NET
2 227 (3.70%) Web Services
3 207 (3.37%) HTML
4 187 (3.05%) ASP.NET
5 182 (2.97%) CSS
6 170 (2.77%) AngularJS
7 166 (2.71%) .NET Core
8 156 (2.54%) .NET Framework
9 135 (2.20%) REST
10 120 (1.96%) RESTful
11 112 (1.83%) React
12 109 (1.78%) JSON
12 109 (1.78%) XML
13 89 (1.45%) Node.js
14 86 (1.40%) SAML
15 85 (1.39%) ASP.NET Web API
16 75 (1.22%) Kafka
17 73 (1.19%) HTML5
18 70 (1.14%) LDAP
19 63 (1.03%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 219 (3.57%) Data Centre
2 214 (3.49%) Management Information System
3 167 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
4 152 (2.48%) NHS
5 148 (2.41%) Public Cloud
6 121 (1.97%) User Experience
7 97 (1.58%) Greenfield Project
8 87 (1.42%) PKI
9 73 (1.19%) Clustering
10 66 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
10 66 (1.08%) Virtual Team
11 65 (1.06%) Mobile App
12 61 (0.99%) Cloud Native
13 58 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
13 58 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
14 57 (0.93%) Legacy Systems
15 54 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
16 51 (0.83%) Replication
17 49 (0.80%) Driving Licence
18 45 (0.73%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1,787 (29.13%) Windows
2 632 (10.30%) Windows 10
3 602 (9.81%) Windows Server
4 402 (6.55%) Linux
5 222 (3.62%) Windows 7
6 207 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 150 (2.44%) Windows Server 2016
8 143 (2.33%) Windows Server 2019
9 128 (2.09%) Apple iOS
10 126 (2.05%) Unix
11 123 (2.00%) Android
12 110 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
13 63 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 45 (0.73%) Windows 8
15 36 (0.59%) Mac OS
16 29 (0.47%) CentOS
17 26 (0.42%) Solaris
18 25 (0.41%) Mac OS X
18 25 (0.41%) Ubuntu
19 24 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,203 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
2 990 (16.14%) DevOps
3 759 (12.37%) Migration
4 669 (10.90%) ITIL
5 668 (10.89%) Business Intelligence
6 614 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
7 490 (7.99%) Project Management
8 460 (7.50%) Scrum
9 429 (6.99%) Analytics
10 411 (6.70%) Stakeholder Management
11 314 (5.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 308 (5.02%) Data Modelling
13 304 (4.96%) CRM
14 290 (4.73%) Project Delivery
15 276 (4.50%) Change Management
16 258 (4.21%) Continuous Integration
17 234 (3.81%) Test Automation
18 229 (3.73%) ETL
19 218 (3.55%) Infrastructure as Code
20 210 (3.42%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1,205 (19.64%) SQL
2 754 (12.29%) PowerShell
3 643 (10.48%) C#
4 414 (6.75%) JavaScript
5 409 (6.67%) Python
6 291 (4.74%) Java
7 197 (3.21%) T-SQL
8 117 (1.91%) TypeScript
9 107 (1.74%) Bash Shell
10 86 (1.40%) C
11 70 (1.14%) VBA
12 66 (1.08%) C++
13 64 (1.04%) VB
14 54 (0.88%) R
15 50 (0.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 46 (0.75%) Shell Script
17 35 (0.57%) VB.NET
18 33 (0.54%) PL/SQL
19 30 (0.49%) PHP
20 28 (0.46%) Scala
Qualifications
1 684 (11.15%) Security Cleared
2 499 (8.13%) SC Cleared
3 381 (6.21%) Degree
4 279 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 122 (1.99%) DV Cleared
6 113 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
7 112 (1.83%) MCSE
8 78 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
9 70 (1.14%) CCNA
10 66 (1.08%) ISTQB
11 61 (0.99%) CISSP
12 56 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
13 55 (0.90%) DBS Check
14 52 (0.85%) PMP
15 50 (0.81%) MCP
16 45 (0.73%) MCSA
17 42 (0.68%) CCNP
17 42 (0.68%) PMI Certification
18 41 (0.67%) ISEB
18 41 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 239 (3.90%) SLA
2 205 (3.34%) QA
3 134 (2.18%) PMO
4 125 (2.04%) GDPR
5 95 (1.55%) Data Quality
6 74 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 35 (0.57%) NIST
8 30 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
9 26 (0.42%) PCI DSS
9 26 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 18 (0.29%) Accessibility
11 17 (0.28%) COBIT
12 16 (0.26%) NCSC
13 9 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 9 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 9 (0.15%) NIST 800
14 8 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.11%) Basel III
16 6 (0.098%) GRC
17 5 (0.081%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,497 (24.40%) Active Directory
2 473 (7.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 218 (3.55%) Docker
4 201 (3.28%) Hyper-V
5 96 (1.56%) vSphere
5 96 (1.56%) XenApp
6 94 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
7 86 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
8 71 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
9 64 (1.04%) XenDesktop
10 62 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
11 28 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (0.39%) VMware NSX
13 23 (0.37%) Terminal Services
14 20 (0.33%) BitLocker
14 20 (0.33%) NFS
14 20 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
15 14 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.21%) Firmware
16 13 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 449 (7.32%) SCCM
2 287 (4.68%) Terraform
3 284 (4.63%) Microsoft Intune
4 263 (4.29%) Kubernetes
5 178 (2.90%) Ansible
6 138 (2.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 93 (1.52%) Puppet
8 89 (1.45%) Single Sign-On
9 58 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
10 55 (0.90%) SCOM
11 43 (0.70%) WSUS
12 35 (0.57%) AirWatch
13 34 (0.55%) vRealize
14 31 (0.51%) FortiGate
15 24 (0.39%) vCenter Server
16 22 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
16 22 (0.36%) Nessus
17 20 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
17 20 (0.33%) Rancher
18 19 (0.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 668 (10.89%) VMware
2 378 (6.16%) Oracle
3 345 (5.62%) Citrix
4 335 (5.46%) Cisco
5 240 (3.91%) Google
6 238 (3.88%) Databricks
7 225 (3.67%) SAP
8 147 (2.40%) ServiceNow
9 116 (1.89%) HP
10 111 (1.81%) Salesforce.com
11 96 (1.56%) Apple
12 95 (1.55%) Dell
13 92 (1.50%) IBM
14 68 (1.11%) EMC
15 67 (1.09%) CheckPoint
16 63 (1.03%) Ivanti
17 62 (1.01%) NetApp
17 62 (1.01%) Red Hat
18 60 (0.98%) Atlassian
19 53 (0.86%) Remedy