Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 2017 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10511 11691 12436
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.09% 11.99% 11.88%
As % of the Vendors category 25.91% 26.51% 27.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 6640 7535 7760
England median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £160 £185 £170
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £368
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.04% +3.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 711 770 970
England median hourly rate £15.07 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.77% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.25 £9.57 £9.25
90th Percentile £41.25 £38.08 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +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 40566 44097 45318
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.79% 45.21% 43.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 25456 27228 27218
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £243 £245 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £432 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.74% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1351 1563 1946
England median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.21% -2.86% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.34
90th Percentile £45.00 £44.75 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017. 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 4429 £450 +5.88% 639
South East 0 2247 £375 +1.08% 319
North of England -1 1399 £360 +2.86% 368
Midlands -1 1073 £350 -6.67% 253
West Midlands 0 670 £380 +1.33% 150
East of England -1 656 £350 - 140
South West 0 649 £350 +1.08% 137
North West -1 629 £375 - 182
Yorkshire +3 596 £350 - 152
East Midlands 0 396 £328 -9.66% 102
North East -2 179 £375 +13.64% 34
South Coast - 4 £400 -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 3432 (32.65%) Windows
2 2350 (22.36%) Active Directory
3 2254 (21.44%) SQL Server
4 2185 (20.79%) SQL
5 2078 (19.77%) Finance
6 2054 (19.54%) Microsoft Office
7 1869 (17.78%) .NET
8 1849 (17.59%) Agile Software Development
9 1613 (15.35%) Microsoft Azure
10 1608 (15.30%) C#
11 1408 (13.40%) Office 365
12 1268 (12.06%) Microsoft Excel
13 1229 (11.69%) VMware
14 1208 (11.49%) ITIL
15 1191 (11.33%) Windows Server
16 1150 (10.94%) Migration
17 951 (9.05%) SharePoint
18 938 (8.92%) JavaScript
19 935 (8.90%) Windows 7
20 922 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
21 918 (8.73%) PowerShell
22 908 (8.64%) Project Management
23 900 (8.56%) CRM
24 897 (8.53%) Business Intelligence
25 878 (8.35%) Security Cleared
26 798 (7.59%) Citrix
27 785 (7.47%) MS Exchange
28 749 (7.13%) Degree
29 741 (7.05%) Dynamics CRM
30 739 (7.03%) ASP.NET

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
1 951 (9.05%) SharePoint
2 785 (7.47%) MS Exchange
3 406 (3.86%) Skype for Business
4 321 (3.05%) IIS
5 248 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 175 (1.66%) CMS
7 158 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
8 141 (1.34%) Confluence
9 135 (1.28%) BizTalk Server
10 133 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
11 107 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2007
12 89 (0.85%) Apache
13 84 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
14 75 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 74 (0.70%) WebSphere
16 64 (0.61%) IBM Notes
17 59 (0.56%) OpenStack
17 59 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
18 57 (0.54%) SAS
19 53 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2054 (19.54%) Microsoft Office
2 1268 (12.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 540 (5.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 441 (4.20%) Microsoft Project
5 387 (3.68%) MS Visio
6 89 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
7 25 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.19%) AutoCAD
9 18 (0.17%) InfoPath
10 15 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
11 12 (0.11%) Acrobat
11 12 (0.11%) SPSS
12 8 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.067%) OmniGraffle
14 5 (0.048%) RoboHelp
14 5 (0.048%) Snagit
15 4 (0.038%) CINEMA 4D
15 4 (0.038%) SOLIDWORKS
15 4 (0.038%) Vectorworks
16 3 (0.029%) Revit
Business Applications
1 741 (7.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 334 (3.18%) Dynamics AX
3 117 (1.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 28 (0.27%) ION MarketView
5 21 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
6 17 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 16 (0.15%) Primavera
8 15 (0.14%) Eikon
8 15 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
9 14 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
10 13 (0.12%) NetSuite
11 10 (0.095%) iTrent
11 10 (0.095%) Oracle EBS R12
12 9 (0.086%) Cognos TM1
12 9 (0.086%) Maximo
12 9 (0.086%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 8 (0.076%) Endur
13 8 (0.076%) SAP CO
13 8 (0.076%) SAP FI
13 8 (0.076%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1613 (15.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 1408 (13.40%) Office 365
3 588 (5.59%) Amazon AWS
4 292 (2.78%) IaaS
5 291 (2.77%) PaaS
6 286 (2.72%) Dynamics 365
7 224 (2.13%) SaaS
8 190 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
9 88 (0.84%) OneDrive
10 84 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
11 76 (0.72%) GitHub
12 45 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
13 31 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
13 31 (0.29%) Mimecast
14 30 (0.29%) G Suite
15 29 (0.28%) Azure Data Factory
16 28 (0.27%) Yammer
17 20 (0.19%) iPaaS
17 20 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
18 19 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 631 (6.00%) DNS
2 491 (4.67%) Firewall
3 418 (3.98%) DHCP
4 394 (3.75%) LAN
5 380 (3.62%) WAN
6 367 (3.49%) TCP/IP
7 334 (3.18%) SAN
8 317 (3.02%) Skype
9 296 (2.82%) VPN
10 235 (2.24%) Internet
11 157 (1.49%) VoIP
12 136 (1.29%) Network Security
13 122 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
14 117 (1.11%) LDAP
14 117 (1.11%) Wireless
15 113 (1.08%) NAS
16 109 (1.04%) Intranet
17 107 (1.02%) NetScaler
18 101 (0.96%) Wi-Fi
19 84 (0.80%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2254 (21.44%) SQL Server
2 704 (6.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 623 (5.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 454 (4.32%) Data Warehouse
5 371 (3.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 329 (3.13%) Power BI
7 309 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
8 253 (2.41%) SQL Server 2012
9 201 (1.91%) NoSQL
10 191 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
11 179 (1.70%) SQL Server 2014
12 175 (1.66%) Relational Database
13 140 (1.33%) Oracle Database
14 126 (1.20%) Big Data
15 124 (1.18%) OLAP
16 121 (1.15%) MongoDB
17 118 (1.12%) MySQL
18 93 (0.88%) Hadoop
19 89 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 82 (0.78%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 480 (4.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 470 (4.47%) Visual Studio
3 348 (3.31%) Git (software)
4 289 (2.75%) JIRA
5 214 (2.04%) TeamCity
6 182 (1.73%) Jenkins
7 161 (1.53%) Subversion
8 152 (1.45%) Octopus Deploy
9 114 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
10 109 (1.04%) SpecFlow
11 107 (1.02%) NUnit
12 90 (0.86%) Selenium
13 64 (0.61%) MSI
14 58 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 55 (0.52%) MSTest
16 49 (0.47%) NuGet
16 49 (0.47%) SoapUI
17 48 (0.46%) Maven
18 31 (0.29%) Bitbucket
18 31 (0.29%) Moq
General
1 2078 (19.77%) Finance
2 674 (6.41%) Banking
3 359 (3.42%) Retail
4 306 (2.91%) Telecoms
5 257 (2.45%) Legal
6 252 (2.40%) Advertising
7 232 (2.21%) Marketing
8 168 (1.60%) Manufacturing
9 158 (1.50%) Front Office
10 137 (1.30%) Investment Banking
11 125 (1.19%) Back Office
11 125 (1.19%) Law
12 95 (0.90%) Publishing
13 92 (0.88%) Financial Institution
14 77 (0.73%) Automotive
15 50 (0.48%) Billing
16 49 (0.47%) Electronics
17 44 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
17 44 (0.42%) Retail Banking
18 35 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2165 (20.60%) Developer
2 1750 (16.65%) Analyst
3 870 (8.28%) Architect
4 713 (6.78%) Consultant
5 633 (6.02%) .NET Developer
6 527 (5.01%) C# Developer
6 527 (5.01%) Support Engineer
7 495 (4.71%) Project Manager
8 389 (3.70%) Desktop Support
9 364 (3.46%) Business Analyst
10 356 (3.39%) Service Analyst
10 356 (3.39%) Support Analyst
11 352 (3.35%) SQL Developer
12 337 (3.21%) Administrator
13 326 (3.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 321 (3.05%) Service Desk Analyst
15 320 (3.04%) C# .NET Developer
16 313 (2.98%) 2nd Line Support
17 254 (2.42%) Solutions Architect
18 253 (2.41%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1869 (17.78%) .NET
2 739 (7.03%) ASP.NET
3 679 (6.46%) HTML
4 611 (5.81%) Web Services
5 546 (5.19%) CSS
6 502 (4.78%) AngularJS
7 429 (4.08%) ASP.NET Web API
8 417 (3.97%) ASP.NET MVC
9 381 (3.62%) .NET Framework
10 361 (3.43%) XML
11 351 (3.34%) WCF
12 327 (3.11%) jQuery
13 312 (2.97%) REST
14 223 (2.12%) SOAP
15 219 (2.08%) HTML5
16 202 (1.92%) RESTful
17 200 (1.90%) JSON
18 191 (1.82%) Entity Framework
19 145 (1.38%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 129 (1.23%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 922 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
2 407 (3.87%) Data Centre
3 392 (3.73%) Management Information System
4 219 (2.08%) Blackberry
5 214 (2.04%) Computer Science
6 166 (1.58%) User Experience
7 157 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
8 149 (1.42%) PKI
9 129 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
10 128 (1.22%) Replication
11 123 (1.17%) Clustering
12 111 (1.06%) Virtual Team
13 108 (1.03%) NHS
14 100 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
15 95 (0.90%) Fixed Income
16 93 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 93 (0.88%) Public Cloud
17 91 (0.87%) Mobile App
18 84 (0.80%) iPhone
19 80 (0.76%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 3432 (32.65%) Windows
2 1191 (11.33%) Windows Server
3 935 (8.90%) Windows 7
4 673 (6.40%) Windows 10
5 637 (6.06%) Linux
6 608 (5.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 565 (5.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 340 (3.23%) Unix
9 198 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
10 188 (1.79%) Android
11 162 (1.54%) Apple iOS
12 154 (1.47%) Windows 8
13 141 (1.34%) Windows XP
14 135 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 77 (0.73%) Mac OS
16 72 (0.68%) Mac OS X
17 61 (0.58%) Solaris
18 46 (0.44%) Windows Vista
19 31 (0.29%) Windows 2000
20 29 (0.28%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1849 (17.59%) Agile Software Development
2 1208 (11.49%) ITIL
3 1150 (10.94%) Migration
4 908 (8.64%) Project Management
5 900 (8.56%) CRM
6 897 (8.53%) Business Intelligence
7 723 (6.88%) MVC
8 659 (6.27%) Scrum
9 493 (4.69%) Stakeholder Management
10 480 (4.57%) DevOps
11 463 (4.40%) ETL
12 462 (4.40%) TDD
13 443 (4.21%) SDLC
14 430 (4.09%) Change Management
15 429 (4.08%) PRINCE2
16 394 (3.75%) Data Modelling
17 386 (3.67%) Continuous Integration
18 365 (3.47%) Analytics
19 349 (3.32%) Test Automation
20 336 (3.20%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2185 (20.79%) SQL
2 1608 (15.30%) C#
3 938 (8.92%) JavaScript
4 918 (8.73%) PowerShell
5 497 (4.73%) T-SQL
6 422 (4.01%) Java
7 316 (3.01%) Python
8 167 (1.59%) VBA
9 156 (1.48%) VBScript
10 134 (1.27%) C
11 112 (1.07%) VB.NET
12 109 (1.04%) VB
13 107 (1.02%) C++
14 105 (1.00%) TypeScript
15 81 (0.77%) Ruby
16 78 (0.74%) PL/SQL
17 76 (0.72%) Perl
18 69 (0.66%) PHP
19 68 (0.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 62 (0.59%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 878 (8.35%) Security Cleared
2 749 (7.13%) Degree
3 717 (6.82%) Microsoft Certification
4 640 (6.09%) SC Cleared
5 347 (3.30%) MCSE
6 224 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
7 177 (1.68%) DV Cleared
8 156 (1.48%) MCP
9 150 (1.43%) MCSA
10 135 (1.28%) CCNA
11 130 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
12 115 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
13 97 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 95 (0.90%) PMI Certification
15 94 (0.89%) ISEB
16 82 (0.78%) MCITP
17 81 (0.77%) CCNP
18 77 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 73 (0.69%) PMP
19 73 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (3.04%) QA
2 313 (2.98%) SLA
3 235 (2.24%) PMO
4 134 (1.27%) Data Quality
5 95 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 74 (0.70%) GDPR
7 62 (0.59%) PCI DSS
8 45 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
9 40 (0.38%) MiFID
10 25 (0.24%) COBIT
11 24 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 22 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 21 (0.20%) ISO 9001
14 13 (0.12%) EMIR
15 12 (0.11%) P3O
16 11 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
17 9 (0.086%) Solvency II
18 8 (0.076%) Def Stans
18 8 (0.076%) GCP
18 8 (0.076%) JSP 440
System Software
1 2350 (22.36%) Active Directory
2 737 (7.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 378 (3.60%) Hyper-V
4 234 (2.23%) XenApp
5 224 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
6 223 (2.12%) vSphere
7 197 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 157 (1.49%) Docker
9 148 (1.41%) XenDesktop
10 115 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
11 77 (0.73%) BitLocker
12 65 (0.62%) XenServer
13 53 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
14 52 (0.49%) Terminal Services
15 47 (0.45%) NFS
16 40 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
17 38 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
18 27 (0.26%) Xen
19 24 (0.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
19 24 (0.23%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 736 (7.00%) SCCM
2 190 (1.81%) SCOM
3 128 (1.22%) Ansible
4 127 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 124 (1.18%) Puppet
6 108 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
7 103 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
8 100 (0.95%) WSUS
9 91 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
10 83 (0.79%) NetBackup
11 71 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
12 65 (0.62%) AirWatch
13 61 (0.58%) Microsoft Clustering
14 51 (0.49%) vCenter Server
15 49 (0.47%) Terraform
16 44 (0.42%) Backup Exec
17 35 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 32 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 27 (0.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
20 26 (0.25%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1229 (11.69%) VMware
2 798 (7.59%) Citrix
3 683 (6.50%) Cisco
4 650 (6.18%) Oracle
5 424 (4.03%) HP
6 296 (2.82%) SAP
7 217 (2.06%) NetApp
8 216 (2.05%) IBM
9 169 (1.61%) Symantec
10 165 (1.57%) Apple
11 164 (1.56%) Google
12 161 (1.53%) Dell
13 158 (1.50%) McAfee
14 153 (1.46%) Red Hat
15 151 (1.44%) Tableau
16 118 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
17 97 (0.92%) Sitecore
18 96 (0.91%) ServiceNow
19 93 (0.88%) CheckPoint
20 92 (0.88%) Bloomberg