Period
to

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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 8 12 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -4 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8,882 4,928 5,458
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 12.73% 10.64% 12.66%
As % of the Vendors category 32.19% 26.13% 29.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,289 3,232 3,504
10th Percentile £184 £185 £181
25th Percentile £363 £338 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £432
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +4.11% +1.71%
75th Percentile £600 £550 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £609
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 257 385
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.68 £11.22
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.00 £13.07
Median hourly rate £17.56 £17.75 £17.10
Median % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.80% +10.82%
75th Percentile £35.00 £26.25 £21.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.35 £39.31
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £17.14 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.92% -2.04% +12.98%

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 27,594 18,861 18,311
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 39.56% 40.71% 42.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,924 12,230 11,623
10th Percentile £275 £280 £233
25th Percentile £413 £381 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £480 £455
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +5.49% -2.15%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £573
90th Percentile £738 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -2.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 779 615 696
10th Percentile £12.21 £11.25 £11.65
25th Percentile £15.00 £13.75 £14.25
Median hourly rate £21.35 £20.50 £18.60
Median % change year-on-year +4.15% +10.22% +1.92%
75th Percentile £47.50 £42.69 £30.00
90th Percentile £63.30 £55.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.38% +10.53% +5.56%

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London +3 4,185 £538 +11.98% 811
South East +2 1,249 £449 +2.57% 632
North of England +3 1,025 £400 - 741
Midlands +1 831 £425 +6.25% 497
West Midlands +2 557 £425 +3.03% 283
North West +2 557 £413 +3.13% 371
South West +3 500 £425 +6.25% 281
East of England 0 416 £375 +36.36% 280
Yorkshire +2 363 £378 -5.63% 234
East Midlands +3 267 £400 +11.89% 212
North East +4 111 £450 +28.57% 138
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, 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 3,456 (38.91%) Azure
2 2,494 (28.08%) Windows
3 2,442 (27.49%) Social Skills
4 2,124 (23.91%) Agile
5 2,042 (22.99%) Microsoft 365
6 1,957 (22.03%) Active Directory
7 1,756 (19.77%) Finance
8 1,601 (18.03%) SQL
9 1,439 (16.20%) Microsoft Office
10 1,410 (15.87%) DevOps
11 1,170 (13.17%) SQL Server
12 1,017 (11.45%) Problem-Solving
13 1,016 (11.44%) PowerShell
14 1,002 (11.28%) Migration
15 997 (11.22%) Power Platform
16 985 (11.09%) Security Cleared
17 979 (11.02%) Microsoft Excel
18 977 (11.00%) VMware
19 967 (10.89%) ITIL
20 966 (10.88%) .NET
21 959 (10.80%) C#
22 905 (10.19%) Windows 10
23 879 (9.90%) AWS
24 871 (9.81%) Project Management
25 850 (9.57%) Windows Server
26 844 (9.50%) Business Intelligence
27 829 (9.33%) SC Cleared
28 815 (9.18%) SharePoint
29 791 (8.91%) Public Sector
30 782 (8.80%) CI/CD

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
1 815 (9.18%) SharePoint
2 310 (3.49%) MS Exchange
3 218 (2.45%) Confluence
4 123 (1.38%) IIS
5 114 (1.28%) Skype for Business
6 81 (0.91%) CMS
7 77 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
8 71 (0.80%) Apache Spark
9 67 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
10 64 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
11 63 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
12 61 (0.69%) Apache
13 37 (0.42%) WebSphere
14 26 (0.29%) SAS
15 23 (0.26%) OpenStack
16 20 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
16 20 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
16 20 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
16 20 (0.23%) Tomcat
17 17 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1,439 (16.20%) Microsoft Office
2 979 (11.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 439 (4.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 391 (4.40%) Microsoft Project
5 197 (2.22%) MS Visio
6 87 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.26%) Photoshop
8 19 (0.21%) Camtasia
9 16 (0.18%) Stata
10 15 (0.17%) Adobe Captivate
10 15 (0.17%) InDesign
10 15 (0.17%) Snagit
11 13 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
11 13 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
12 12 (0.14%) AutoCAD
13 11 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 8 (0.090%) CATIA
15 6 (0.068%) SPSS
16 5 (0.056%) InfoPath
16 5 (0.056%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 262 (2.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 39 (0.44%) Sentinel
4 21 (0.24%) SAP ERP
5 20 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
6 17 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
6 17 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
7 16 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
8 12 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 11 (0.12%) NetSuite
9 11 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 11 (0.12%) SAP FI
10 10 (0.11%) Misys Midas
11 9 (0.10%) Markit EDM
11 9 (0.10%) SAP CO
12 8 (0.090%) Oracle Applications
12 8 (0.090%) SAP FI/CO
12 8 (0.090%) Teamcenter
12 8 (0.090%) thinkFolio
13 7 (0.079%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 3,456 (38.91%) Azure
2 2,042 (22.99%) Microsoft 365
3 997 (11.22%) Power Platform
4 879 (9.90%) AWS
5 579 (6.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 479 (5.39%) PaaS
7 474 (5.34%) Dynamics 365
8 424 (4.77%) IaaS
9 355 (4.00%) SaaS
10 332 (3.74%) PowerApps
11 261 (2.94%) GCP
12 202 (2.27%) Power Automate
13 197 (2.22%) OneDrive
14 193 (2.17%) Azure Data Factory
15 183 (2.06%) Serverless
16 178 (2.00%) GitHub
17 169 (1.90%) Azure Logic Apps
18 134 (1.51%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 129 (1.45%) Azure Monitor
20 104 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 546 (6.15%) Firewall
2 541 (6.09%) DNS
3 359 (4.04%) DHCP
4 273 (3.07%) VPN
5 269 (3.03%) WAN
6 245 (2.76%) TCP/IP
7 222 (2.50%) LAN
8 171 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
9 133 (1.50%) Network Security
9 133 (1.50%) Skype
10 132 (1.49%) SAN
11 127 (1.43%) Internet
12 119 (1.34%) VoIP
13 117 (1.32%) Wireless
14 81 (0.91%) Remote Desktop
15 78 (0.88%) SSL
16 60 (0.68%) Ethernet
17 53 (0.60%) VLAN
18 51 (0.57%) NetScaler
19 48 (0.54%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,170 (13.17%) SQL Server
2 687 (7.73%) Power BI
3 277 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
4 215 (2.42%) Relational Database
5 199 (2.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 168 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
7 161 (1.81%) Data Lake
8 154 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 130 (1.46%) Big Data
10 128 (1.44%) MySQL
11 108 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 107 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
13 105 (1.18%) Tableau
14 77 (0.87%) NoSQL
15 71 (0.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 67 (0.75%) Metadata
17 63 (0.71%) MongoDB
18 62 (0.70%) Oracle Database
19 56 (0.63%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
20 45 (0.51%) DB2
Development Applications
1 547 (6.16%) JIRA
2 460 (5.18%) Git (software)
3 331 (3.73%) Jenkins
4 219 (2.47%) Visual Studio
5 168 (1.89%) TeamCity
6 115 (1.29%) Maven
7 111 (1.25%) GitLab
8 94 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 91 (1.02%) Selenium
10 89 (1.00%) Gradle
11 88 (0.99%) Visual Studio Team System
12 64 (0.72%) Eclipse
13 61 (0.69%) Cucumber
14 60 (0.68%) Bitbucket
15 58 (0.65%) SonarQube
16 57 (0.64%) Artifactory
17 51 (0.57%) Subversion
18 50 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
18 50 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
19 47 (0.53%) Postman
General
1 2,442 (27.49%) Social Skills
2 1,756 (19.77%) Finance
3 791 (8.91%) Public Sector
4 697 (7.85%) Analytical Skills
5 468 (5.27%) Banking
6 346 (3.90%) Presentation Skills
7 287 (3.23%) Telecoms
8 217 (2.44%) Retail
9 209 (2.35%) Marketing
10 184 (2.07%) Organisational Skills
11 182 (2.05%) Investment Banking
12 158 (1.78%) Legal
13 149 (1.68%) Front Office
14 148 (1.67%) Influencing Skills
14 148 (1.67%) Manufacturing
15 146 (1.64%) Law
16 116 (1.31%) Documentation Skills
17 96 (1.08%) Local Government
18 85 (0.96%) Financial Institution
19 82 (0.92%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,247 (14.04%) Analyst
2 1,129 (12.71%) Developer
3 922 (10.38%) Architect
4 577 (6.50%) Project Manager
5 516 (5.81%) Support Engineer
6 403 (4.54%) Consultant
7 400 (4.50%) Azure Engineer
8 397 (4.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 348 (3.92%) Solutions Architect
10 288 (3.24%) Business Analyst
11 263 (2.96%) DevOps Engineer
12 253 (2.85%) 2nd Line Support
13 245 (2.76%) Service Analyst
14 235 (2.65%) .NET Developer
15 229 (2.58%) IT Support
16 226 (2.54%) Service Desk Analyst
17 211 (2.38%) Desktop Support
17 211 (2.38%) Support Analyst
18 195 (2.20%) Azure Architect
19 185 (2.08%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 966 (10.88%) .NET
2 353 (3.97%) HTML
3 318 (3.58%) CSS
4 247 (2.78%) .NET Framework
5 229 (2.58%) ASP.NET
6 224 (2.52%) .NET Core
7 191 (2.15%) Web Services
8 190 (2.14%) REST
9 187 (2.11%) AngularJS
10 176 (1.98%) React
10 176 (1.98%) XML
11 170 (1.91%) JSON
12 133 (1.50%) Node.js
13 127 (1.43%) HTML5
14 112 (1.26%) ASP.NET MVC
15 103 (1.16%) RESTful
16 96 (1.08%) ARM Templates
16 96 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
17 94 (1.06%) Kafka
18 93 (1.05%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 338 (3.81%) Data Centre
2 280 (3.15%) Management Information System
3 269 (3.03%) Public Cloud
4 246 (2.77%) Self-Motivation
5 234 (2.63%) User Experience
6 185 (2.08%) NHS
7 168 (1.89%) PKI
8 157 (1.77%) Cloud Native
9 152 (1.71%) Replication
10 109 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
11 103 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
12 100 (1.13%) Mobile App
13 99 (1.11%) Virtual Team
14 96 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
15 92 (1.04%) Clustering
16 84 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
17 83 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 79 (0.89%) Smartphone
19 73 (0.82%) Hedge funds
20 71 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2,494 (28.08%) Windows
2 905 (10.19%) Windows 10
3 850 (9.57%) Windows Server
4 657 (7.40%) Linux
5 289 (3.25%) Windows 7
6 254 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 208 (2.34%) Windows Server 2016
8 207 (2.33%) Unix
9 169 (1.90%) Apple iOS
10 158 (1.78%) Windows Server 2019
11 151 (1.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 131 (1.47%) Android
13 104 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 98 (1.10%) Mac OS
15 56 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
16 53 (0.60%) Windows 8
17 47 (0.53%) Ubuntu
18 39 (0.44%) VMS
19 33 (0.37%) Mac OS X
20 31 (0.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,124 (23.91%) Agile
2 1,410 (15.87%) DevOps
3 1,017 (11.45%) Problem-Solving
4 1,002 (11.28%) Migration
5 967 (10.89%) ITIL
6 871 (9.81%) Project Management
7 844 (9.50%) Business Intelligence
8 782 (8.80%) CI/CD
9 714 (8.04%) Scrum
10 652 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
11 595 (6.70%) Analytics
12 554 (6.24%) Project Delivery
13 485 (5.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 451 (5.08%) Change Management
15 397 (4.47%) CRM
16 388 (4.37%) PRINCE2
17 369 (4.15%) Microservices
18 366 (4.12%) Test Automation
19 365 (4.11%) Data Modelling
20 354 (3.99%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,601 (18.03%) SQL
2 1,016 (11.44%) PowerShell
3 959 (10.80%) C#
4 604 (6.80%) Python
5 526 (5.92%) JavaScript
6 447 (5.03%) Java
7 204 (2.30%) T-SQL
8 177 (1.99%) Bash
9 162 (1.82%) C++
10 122 (1.37%) TypeScript
11 120 (1.35%) VBA
12 119 (1.34%) C
13 80 (0.90%) R
14 70 (0.79%) Shell Script
15 57 (0.64%) VBScript
16 50 (0.56%) VB.NET
17 48 (0.54%) Scala
18 47 (0.53%) PL/SQL
19 45 (0.51%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 41 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 985 (11.09%) Security Cleared
2 829 (9.33%) SC Cleared
3 536 (6.03%) Degree
4 363 (4.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 163 (1.84%) MCSE
6 138 (1.55%) PMP
7 131 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
8 121 (1.36%) DV Cleared
9 109 (1.23%) PMI Certification
10 102 (1.15%) MCP
11 92 (1.04%) MCSA
12 88 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
13 85 (0.96%) CCNA
14 77 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 76 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
16 71 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 60 (0.68%) APMP
18 58 (0.65%) ISTQB
18 58 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 56 (0.63%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 468 (5.27%) SLA
2 292 (3.29%) QA
3 245 (2.76%) PMO
4 136 (1.53%) Data Quality
5 111 (1.25%) GDPR
6 107 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 59 (0.66%) Accessibility
8 48 (0.54%) NIST
9 35 (0.39%) PCI DSS
10 27 (0.30%) NCSC
11 24 (0.27%) GRC
11 24 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 19 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
13 16 (0.18%) COBIT
14 14 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 13 (0.15%) WCAG
16 11 (0.12%) JSP 440
17 8 (0.090%) EMIR
17 8 (0.090%) GxP
17 8 (0.090%) MiFID
System Software
1 1,957 (22.03%) Active Directory
2 682 (7.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 391 (4.40%) Docker
4 274 (3.08%) Hyper-V
5 193 (2.17%) vSphere
6 154 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
7 145 (1.63%) Virtual Machines
8 112 (1.26%) Virtual Desktop
9 109 (1.23%) XenApp
10 85 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
10 85 (0.96%) XenDesktop
11 58 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
12 44 (0.50%) VMware NSX
13 41 (0.46%) BitLocker
14 36 (0.41%) Firmware
15 30 (0.34%) NFS
16 24 (0.27%) vCloud
17 23 (0.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 19 (0.21%) Terminal Services
19 18 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 629 (7.08%) SCCM
2 563 (6.34%) Terraform
3 453 (5.10%) Kubernetes
4 421 (4.74%) Microsoft Intune
5 299 (3.37%) Ansible
6 120 (1.35%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 80 (0.90%) Puppet
8 73 (0.82%) SCOM
8 73 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
9 61 (0.69%) AirWatch
10 57 (0.64%) Microsoft Clustering
11 55 (0.62%) vCenter Server
12 53 (0.60%) WSUS
13 49 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
14 47 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
15 45 (0.51%) vRealize
16 41 (0.46%) Prometheus
17 34 (0.38%) Grafana
18 32 (0.36%) NetBackup
19 31 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 977 (11.00%) VMware
2 501 (5.64%) Oracle
3 482 (5.43%) Citrix
4 469 (5.28%) Cisco
5 339 (3.82%) SAP
6 290 (3.27%) Google
7 261 (2.94%) Databricks
8 225 (2.53%) ServiceNow
9 184 (2.07%) Apple
10 152 (1.71%) IBM
11 143 (1.61%) HP
12 118 (1.33%) Red Hat
13 106 (1.19%) Splunk
14 98 (1.10%) Dell
15 96 (1.08%) NetApp
15 96 (1.08%) Remedy
16 91 (1.02%) McAfee
17 88 (0.99%) Veeam
18 83 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
19 82 (0.92%) Adobe