Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,760 9,893 11,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.64% 10.99% 11.54%
As % of the Vendors category 27.75% 25.26% 25.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,816 6,217 7,441
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £169 £168 £188
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £409 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 779 669 735
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £44.00 £36.30
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%

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 38,775 39,164 44,491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.96% 43.49% 44.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,302 24,331 27,736
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +3.00% +6.19%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £619 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.77% +4.12% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,473 1,268 1,508
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.40 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 0 4,489 £450 - 1,267
South East 0 2,194 £400 +5.12% 801
North of England -3 1,452 £363 +3.57% 875
Midlands 0 1,084 £375 +7.14% 653
North West +4 801 £375 - 434
South West +3 765 £375 +7.14% 402
East of England 0 739 £375 +3.45% 336
West Midlands 0 700 £400 +6.67% 397
Yorkshire -1 506 £350 +2.94% 342
East Midlands -1 376 £340 - 256
North East -2 151 £311 -8.46% 99
South Coast +2 4 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 3,729 (34.66%) Windows
2 2,662 (24.74%) Active Directory
3 2,539 (23.60%) Microsoft Azure
4 2,386 (22.17%) SQL
5 2,223 (20.66%) SQL Server
6 2,153 (20.01%) Agile Software Development
7 2,126 (19.76%) Finance
8 2,096 (19.48%) Microsoft Office
9 1,933 (17.96%) .NET
10 1,754 (16.30%) Office 365
11 1,741 (16.18%) C#
12 1,384 (12.86%) Windows Server
13 1,330 (12.36%) VMware
14 1,274 (11.84%) ITIL
15 1,194 (11.10%) Migration
16 1,177 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
17 1,173 (10.90%) Windows 10
18 1,154 (10.72%) PowerShell
19 1,013 (9.41%) SCCM
20 1,011 (9.40%) Problem-Solving
21 998 (9.28%) Windows 7
22 953 (8.86%) Business Intelligence
23 938 (8.72%) SharePoint
24 932 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
25 918 (8.53%) Security Cleared
26 899 (8.36%) JavaScript
27 848 (7.88%) VMware Infrastructure
28 814 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
29 812 (7.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
30 804 (7.47%) Linux

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
1 938 (8.72%) SharePoint
2 785 (7.30%) MS Exchange
3 447 (4.15%) Skype for Business
4 403 (3.75%) IIS
5 289 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2010
6 163 (1.51%) Apache
7 139 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
8 126 (1.17%) Confluence
9 121 (1.12%) CMS
10 112 (1.04%) SharePoint 2013
11 109 (1.01%) Tomcat
12 103 (0.96%) WebSphere
13 88 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
14 85 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
15 74 (0.69%) Apache Spark
16 68 (0.63%) NServiceBus
17 65 (0.60%) nginx
18 58 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
19 56 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
20 55 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2,096 (19.48%) Microsoft Office
2 1,177 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 549 (5.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 405 (3.76%) Microsoft Project
5 344 (3.20%) MS Visio
6 81 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 18 (0.17%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.11%) AutoCAD
10 11 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.074%) Acrobat
11 8 (0.074%) Adobe Illustrator
12 6 (0.056%) Adobe After Effects
12 6 (0.056%) Adobe Captivate
12 6 (0.056%) Windchill
13 5 (0.046%) Adobe Premiere
13 5 (0.046%) Chatbot
13 5 (0.046%) CINEMA 4D
13 5 (0.046%) InDesign
14 4 (0.037%) InVision
Business Applications
1 465 (4.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 231 (2.15%) Dynamics AX
3 85 (0.79%) Dynamics NAV
4 35 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 29 (0.27%) NetSuite
6 21 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
7 20 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
8 19 (0.18%) Primavera
8 19 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 13 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 13 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
10 12 (0.11%) Markit EDM
11 11 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 10 (0.093%) Endur
12 10 (0.093%) Infor M3
13 9 (0.084%) Eikon
13 9 (0.084%) Oracle Payables
13 9 (0.084%) Remedy ITSM
14 8 (0.074%) Oracle BPM
14 8 (0.074%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 2,539 (23.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,754 (16.30%) Office 365
3 814 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
4 414 (3.85%) Dynamics 365
5 353 (3.28%) IaaS
6 345 (3.21%) PaaS
7 329 (3.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 321 (2.98%) SaaS
9 168 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
9 168 (1.56%) OneDrive
10 114 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
11 100 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
12 96 (0.89%) GitHub
13 82 (0.76%) Yammer
14 70 (0.65%) Serverless
15 53 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
16 52 (0.48%) G Suite
17 43 (0.40%) Mimecast
18 38 (0.35%) Azure Functions
19 37 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 703 (6.53%) DNS
2 594 (5.52%) Firewall
3 478 (4.44%) DHCP
4 420 (3.90%) Skype
5 402 (3.74%) LAN
6 391 (3.63%) TCP/IP
7 374 (3.48%) WAN
8 337 (3.13%) VPN
9 296 (2.75%) SAN
10 266 (2.47%) Internet
11 154 (1.43%) Wireless
12 134 (1.25%) Network Security
13 133 (1.24%) VoIP
14 130 (1.21%) Remote Desktop
15 129 (1.20%) HTTP
16 117 (1.09%) NAS
17 111 (1.03%) SSL
18 88 (0.82%) NetScaler
19 86 (0.80%) VLAN
20 81 (0.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,223 (20.66%) SQL Server
2 812 (7.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 654 (6.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 546 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
5 491 (4.56%) Power BI
6 382 (3.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 245 (2.28%) Relational Database
8 240 (2.23%) SQL Server 2008
9 194 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
10 186 (1.73%) Big Data
11 158 (1.47%) MySQL
11 158 (1.47%) NoSQL
12 150 (1.39%) Data Lake
13 144 (1.34%) Azure SQL Database
14 141 (1.31%) Oracle Database
15 136 (1.26%) Hadoop
16 134 (1.25%) MongoDB
16 134 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
17 116 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
18 84 (0.78%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 528 (4.91%) Visual Studio
2 483 (4.49%) Git (software)
3 469 (4.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 408 (3.79%) JIRA
5 305 (2.83%) Visual Studio Team System
6 257 (2.39%) Jenkins
7 213 (1.98%) Selenium
8 169 (1.57%) TeamCity
9 109 (1.01%) Octopus Deploy
10 98 (0.91%) NUnit
10 98 (0.91%) Subversion
11 86 (0.80%) SpecFlow
12 77 (0.72%) MSI
13 67 (0.62%) Maven
14 58 (0.54%) Cucumber
15 57 (0.53%) Eclipse
16 52 (0.48%) GitLab
17 48 (0.45%) Bitbucket
17 48 (0.45%) WebDriver
18 47 (0.44%) SoapUI
General
1 2,126 (19.76%) Finance
2 624 (5.80%) Banking
3 379 (3.52%) Retail
4 278 (2.58%) Telecoms
5 260 (2.42%) Marketing
6 225 (2.09%) Legal
7 179 (1.66%) Manufacturing
8 162 (1.51%) Law
9 146 (1.36%) Advertising
10 120 (1.12%) Back Office
11 111 (1.03%) Front Office
12 107 (0.99%) Financial Institution
13 104 (0.97%) Investment Banking
14 82 (0.76%) Publishing
15 78 (0.72%) Electronics
16 67 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
17 63 (0.59%) Military
18 53 (0.49%) Automotive
19 42 (0.39%) Billing
20 36 (0.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 2,174 (20.20%) Developer
2 1,782 (16.56%) Analyst
3 909 (8.45%) Architect
4 673 (6.25%) .NET Developer
5 619 (5.75%) Consultant
6 589 (5.47%) C# Developer
7 537 (4.99%) Support Engineer
8 514 (4.78%) Project Manager
9 425 (3.95%) Desktop Support
10 414 (3.85%) Support Analyst
11 411 (3.82%) Service Analyst
12 406 (3.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 366 (3.40%) Service Desk Analyst
14 326 (3.03%) C# .NET Developer
15 324 (3.01%) 2nd Line Support
16 314 (2.92%) SQL Developer
17 303 (2.82%) Solutions Architect
18 292 (2.71%) IT Support
19 285 (2.65%) Administrator
20 279 (2.59%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,933 (17.96%) .NET
2 785 (7.30%) ASP.NET
3 625 (5.81%) HTML
4 539 (5.01%) Web Services
5 516 (4.80%) CSS
6 432 (4.01%) AngularJS
6 432 (4.01%) ASP.NET MVC
7 429 (3.99%) .NET Framework
8 425 (3.95%) ASP.NET Web API
9 340 (3.16%) XML
10 308 (2.86%) WCF
11 297 (2.76%) jQuery
12 275 (2.56%) REST
13 252 (2.34%) JSON
14 248 (2.30%) HTML5
15 188 (1.75%) Entity Framework
16 182 (1.69%) Node.js
17 177 (1.64%) React
18 174 (1.62%) RESTful
19 158 (1.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 932 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
2 411 (3.82%) Data Centre
3 391 (3.63%) Management Information System
4 354 (3.29%) Self-Motivation
5 264 (2.45%) Computer Science
6 224 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
7 219 (2.04%) User Experience
8 180 (1.67%) Clustering
9 173 (1.61%) PKI
10 155 (1.44%) Mobile App
11 151 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
12 141 (1.31%) Public Cloud
13 137 (1.27%) Blackberry
14 136 (1.26%) NHS
15 122 (1.13%) Replication
16 108 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
17 103 (0.96%) Fat Client
17 103 (0.96%) Thin Client
18 102 (0.95%) Virtual Team
19 92 (0.86%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 3,729 (34.66%) Windows
2 1,384 (12.86%) Windows Server
3 1,173 (10.90%) Windows 10
4 998 (9.28%) Windows 7
5 804 (7.47%) Linux
6 611 (5.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 514 (4.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 274 (2.55%) Unix
9 244 (2.27%) Apple iOS
10 226 (2.10%) Android
11 223 (2.07%) Windows XP
12 193 (1.79%) Windows 8
13 184 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 171 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
15 121 (1.12%) Mac OS
16 113 (1.05%) Mac OS X
17 75 (0.70%) CentOS
18 61 (0.57%) Solaris
19 46 (0.43%) Ubuntu
20 36 (0.33%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,153 (20.01%) Agile Software Development
2 1,274 (11.84%) ITIL
3 1,194 (11.10%) Migration
4 1,011 (9.40%) Problem-Solving
5 953 (8.86%) Business Intelligence
6 793 (7.37%) Project Management
7 728 (6.77%) DevOps
8 719 (6.68%) MVC
9 678 (6.30%) Scrum
10 614 (5.71%) CRM
11 564 (5.24%) Analytics
12 540 (5.02%) Stakeholder Management
13 511 (4.75%) TDD
14 498 (4.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 449 (4.17%) Change Management
16 440 (4.09%) PRINCE2
17 434 (4.03%) Continuous Integration
18 411 (3.82%) Test Automation
19 410 (3.81%) Service Management
20 409 (3.80%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 2,386 (22.17%) SQL
2 1,741 (16.18%) C#
3 1,154 (10.72%) PowerShell
4 899 (8.36%) JavaScript
5 576 (5.35%) T-SQL
6 435 (4.04%) Java
7 336 (3.12%) Python
8 164 (1.52%) VB
9 148 (1.38%) C
10 134 (1.25%) VBA
11 120 (1.12%) VBScript
12 105 (0.98%) C++
13 101 (0.94%) Bash Shell
14 96 (0.89%) VB.NET
15 92 (0.86%) TypeScript
16 84 (0.78%) PL/SQL
17 82 (0.76%) Shell Script
18 77 (0.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 74 (0.69%) Perl
20 71 (0.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 918 (8.53%) Security Cleared
2 705 (6.55%) Degree
3 646 (6.00%) SC Cleared
4 639 (5.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 313 (2.91%) MCSE
6 220 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
7 204 (1.90%) DV Cleared
8 183 (1.70%) MCSA
9 156 (1.45%) MCP
10 140 (1.30%) CCNA
11 133 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
12 105 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
13 91 (0.85%) CCNP
14 86 (0.80%) ISEB
15 85 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 84 (0.78%) PMI Certification
17 81 (0.75%) CISSP
18 76 (0.71%) PMP
19 70 (0.65%) MCITP
20 68 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (3.10%) SLA
2 298 (2.77%) QA
3 224 (2.08%) PMO
4 183 (1.70%) GDPR
5 134 (1.25%) Data Quality
6 93 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 54 (0.50%) PCI DSS
8 35 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 29 (0.27%) ISO 9001
10 24 (0.22%) WCAG
11 18 (0.17%) COBIT
12 16 (0.15%) JSP 440
13 15 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
13 15 (0.14%) MiFID
14 14 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
14 14 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 13 (0.12%) ISO 22301
15 13 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 19770
16 12 (0.11%) HL7
17 11 (0.10%) Def Stans
System Software
1 2,662 (24.74%) Active Directory
2 848 (7.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 408 (3.79%) Hyper-V
4 284 (2.64%) XenApp
5 254 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
6 249 (2.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 239 (2.22%) Docker
8 238 (2.21%) vSphere
9 187 (1.74%) XenDesktop
10 124 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
11 91 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
12 68 (0.63%) BitLocker
13 61 (0.57%) XenServer
14 44 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
14 44 (0.41%) Xen
15 37 (0.34%) DFS Replication
16 31 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
17 27 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
17 27 (0.25%) VMware Server
18 26 (0.24%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,013 (9.41%) SCCM
2 270 (2.51%) Microsoft Intune
3 221 (2.05%) SCOM
4 219 (2.04%) Puppet
5 208 (1.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 175 (1.63%) Ansible
7 158 (1.47%) WSUS
8 146 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
9 144 (1.34%) Kubernetes
10 125 (1.16%) Single Sign-On
11 112 (1.04%) Terraform
12 105 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
13 84 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
14 80 (0.74%) AirWatch
14 80 (0.74%) vCenter Server
15 64 (0.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 46 (0.43%) NetBackup
17 45 (0.42%) Backup Exec
18 39 (0.36%) XenMobile
19 37 (0.34%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 1,330 (12.36%) VMware
2 785 (7.30%) Citrix
3 731 (6.79%) Oracle
4 643 (5.98%) Cisco
5 429 (3.99%) HP
6 412 (3.83%) SAP
7 330 (3.07%) Apple
8 232 (2.16%) Google
9 215 (2.00%) Red Hat
10 206 (1.91%) ServiceNow
11 202 (1.88%) NetApp
12 201 (1.87%) McAfee
13 194 (1.80%) IBM
14 185 (1.72%) Ivanti
15 145 (1.35%) Tableau
16 134 (1.25%) Dell
17 114 (1.06%) Remedy
18 101 (0.94%) CheckPoint
18 101 (0.94%) Symantec
19 97 (0.90%) Adobe