Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 8 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,262 10,503 11,794
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.94% 11.11% 11.98%
As % of the Vendors category 28.32% 25.92% 26.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,028 6,618 7,619
England median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £165 £161 £185
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 813 720 775
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.04 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.49% -3.00% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.24 £9.27
90th Percentile £35.00 £41.38 £37.80
UK median hourly rate £15.70 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.67% -3.23% -

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 39,760 40,522 44,497
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 42.16% 42.86% 45.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,967 25,380 27,492
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £420
% change year-on-year +4.65% +2.38% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,501 1,360 1,569
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% +4.55% -5.71%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.66 £10.22
90th Percentile £47.00 £45.03 £44.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.72% +5.30% -5.71%

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 17 November 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 +1 4,630 £450 - 1,302
South East +2 2,314 £400 +6.67% 814
North of England 0 1,585 £375 +3.95% 1,126
Midlands +1 1,122 £375 +7.14% 793
North West +4 892 £385 -0.65% 583
South West +1 809 £389 +11.00% 442
East of England +1 743 £375 +7.14% 426
West Midlands -1 731 £400 +3.56% 510
Yorkshire -4 555 £358 +2.29% 418
East Midlands +1 379 £340 +3.82% 283
North East -8 142 £375 +0.67% 125
South Coast +3 6 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 3,975 (35.30%) Windows
2 2,804 (24.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 2,790 (24.77%) Active Directory
4 2,382 (21.15%) SQL
5 2,317 (20.57%) Agile Software Development
6 2,192 (19.46%) SQL Server
7 2,160 (19.18%) Finance
8 2,153 (19.12%) Microsoft Office
9 1,942 (17.24%) .NET
10 1,866 (16.57%) Office 365
11 1,799 (15.97%) C#
12 1,425 (12.65%) Windows Server
13 1,337 (11.87%) VMware
14 1,325 (11.77%) ITIL
15 1,282 (11.38%) PowerShell
16 1,252 (11.12%) Microsoft Excel
17 1,244 (11.05%) Migration
18 1,235 (10.97%) Windows 10
19 1,064 (9.45%) SCCM
20 1,037 (9.21%) Windows 7
21 1,026 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
22 1,010 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
23 1,001 (8.89%) SharePoint
24 984 (8.74%) Security Cleared
25 974 (8.65%) JavaScript
26 963 (8.55%) Business Intelligence
27 847 (7.52%) Project Management
28 846 (7.51%) VMware Infrastructure
29 831 (7.38%) DevOps
30 827 (7.34%) MS Exchange

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 1,001 (8.89%) SharePoint
2 827 (7.34%) MS Exchange
3 396 (3.52%) Skype for Business
4 383 (3.40%) IIS
5 291 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2010
6 166 (1.47%) Confluence
6 166 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
7 154 (1.37%) Apache
8 141 (1.25%) CMS
9 119 (1.06%) Tomcat
10 109 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
11 95 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
12 94 (0.83%) WebSphere
13 85 (0.75%) NServiceBus
14 79 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
15 76 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
16 65 (0.58%) nginx
17 58 (0.52%) Apache Spark
17 58 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
18 54 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 2,153 (19.12%) Microsoft Office
2 1,252 (11.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 606 (5.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 410 (3.64%) Microsoft Project
5 336 (2.98%) MS Visio
6 79 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 22 (0.20%) InfoPath
9 15 (0.13%) Chatbot
10 12 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 10 (0.089%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 10 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
12 9 (0.080%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.062%) Acrobat
14 6 (0.053%) CINEMA 4D
15 5 (0.044%) Adobe After Effects
16 4 (0.036%) Adobe Premiere
16 4 (0.036%) InVision
16 4 (0.036%) SPSS
17 3 (0.027%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 652 (5.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 190 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
3 119 (1.06%) Dynamics NAV
4 30 (0.27%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
6 21 (0.19%) Primavera
7 20 (0.18%) Eikon
8 18 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 15 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 14 (0.12%) SAP ERP
11 13 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
12 12 (0.11%) Elite 3E
12 12 (0.11%) Markit EDM
13 10 (0.089%) Infor M3
13 10 (0.089%) Oracle General Ledger
14 9 (0.080%) Visualfiles
15 8 (0.071%) Endur
15 8 (0.071%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
15 8 (0.071%) Oracle Retail
16 7 (0.062%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2,804 (24.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,866 (16.57%) Office 365
3 804 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
4 531 (4.71%) Dynamics 365
5 417 (3.70%) IaaS
6 400 (3.55%) PaaS
7 385 (3.42%) SaaS
8 377 (3.35%) Azure Active Directory
9 203 (1.80%) OneDrive
10 189 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
11 118 (1.05%) GitHub
11 118 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
12 108 (0.96%) Azure Data Factory
13 83 (0.74%) Serverless
14 66 (0.59%) Yammer
15 57 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
16 52 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
17 48 (0.43%) G Suite
18 46 (0.41%) Mimecast
19 43 (0.38%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 736 (6.54%) DNS
2 618 (5.49%) Firewall
3 443 (3.93%) DHCP
4 414 (3.68%) TCP/IP
5 406 (3.61%) LAN
6 398 (3.53%) Skype
7 373 (3.31%) WAN
8 360 (3.20%) VPN
9 311 (2.76%) Internet
10 285 (2.53%) SAN
11 161 (1.43%) Wireless
12 147 (1.31%) HTTP
13 136 (1.21%) VoIP
14 134 (1.19%) SSL
15 124 (1.10%) Network Security
16 115 (1.02%) Remote Desktop
17 102 (0.91%) NAS
18 92 (0.82%) Intranet
19 76 (0.67%) Unified Communications
20 75 (0.67%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,192 (19.46%) SQL Server
2 770 (6.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 588 (5.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 505 (4.48%) Data Warehouse
5 476 (4.23%) Power BI
6 355 (3.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 266 (2.36%) Relational Database
8 247 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
9 181 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
10 178 (1.58%) SQL Server 2012
11 175 (1.55%) Big Data
12 156 (1.39%) Data Lake
13 152 (1.35%) NoSQL
14 151 (1.34%) MySQL
15 143 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
16 126 (1.12%) Oracle Database
17 123 (1.09%) MongoDB
18 121 (1.07%) Hadoop
19 100 (0.89%) SQL Server 2014
20 84 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 556 (4.94%) Visual Studio
2 497 (4.41%) Git (software)
3 487 (4.32%) JIRA
4 434 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 389 (3.45%) Visual Studio Team System
6 304 (2.70%) Jenkins
7 262 (2.33%) Selenium
8 182 (1.62%) TeamCity
9 140 (1.24%) Octopus Deploy
10 111 (0.99%) Subversion
11 94 (0.83%) NUnit
12 81 (0.72%) MSI
13 71 (0.63%) SpecFlow
14 69 (0.61%) GitLab
15 67 (0.59%) Bitbucket
15 67 (0.59%) Cucumber
16 61 (0.54%) WebDriver
17 58 (0.52%) Eclipse
18 54 (0.48%) SoapUI
19 52 (0.46%) Maven
General
1 2,160 (19.18%) Finance
2 571 (5.07%) Banking
3 343 (3.05%) Retail
4 322 (2.86%) Telecoms
5 305 (2.71%) Marketing
6 193 (1.71%) Legal
6 193 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 165 (1.47%) Law
8 126 (1.12%) Advertising
9 125 (1.11%) Back Office
10 110 (0.98%) Front Office
11 106 (0.94%) Electronics
12 101 (0.90%) Publishing
13 96 (0.85%) Financial Institution
14 93 (0.83%) Investment Banking
15 74 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
16 68 (0.60%) Military
17 45 (0.40%) Billing
18 40 (0.36%) Aerospace
19 38 (0.34%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2,242 (19.91%) Developer
2 1,870 (16.60%) Analyst
3 896 (7.96%) Architect
4 694 (6.16%) Consultant
5 673 (5.98%) .NET Developer
6 561 (4.98%) C# Developer
7 514 (4.56%) Support Engineer
8 491 (4.36%) Project Manager
9 438 (3.89%) Support Analyst
10 400 (3.55%) Desktop Support
11 396 (3.52%) Service Analyst
12 393 (3.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 361 (3.21%) Service Desk Analyst
14 335 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
15 330 (2.93%) Business Analyst
16 325 (2.89%) C# .NET Developer
17 303 (2.69%) Administrator
18 297 (2.64%) IT Support
18 297 (2.64%) SQL Developer
19 284 (2.52%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,942 (17.24%) .NET
2 754 (6.70%) ASP.NET
3 683 (6.06%) HTML
4 556 (4.94%) Web Services
5 549 (4.87%) CSS
6 451 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web API
7 434 (3.85%) .NET Framework
8 424 (3.76%) AngularJS
9 391 (3.47%) ASP.NET MVC
10 382 (3.39%) XML
11 322 (2.86%) jQuery
12 301 (2.67%) REST
13 288 (2.56%) JSON
14 270 (2.40%) HTML5
15 260 (2.31%) WCF
16 223 (1.98%) Node.js
16 223 (1.98%) React
17 196 (1.74%) SOAP
18 168 (1.49%) .NET Core
19 166 (1.47%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 1,010 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 441 (3.92%) Data Centre
3 404 (3.59%) Management Information System
4 393 (3.49%) Self-Motivation
5 278 (2.47%) Computer Science
6 249 (2.21%) User Experience
7 238 (2.11%) Greenfield Project
8 184 (1.63%) Public Cloud
9 177 (1.57%) Mobile App
10 173 (1.54%) PKI
11 154 (1.37%) Clustering
12 152 (1.35%) NHS
13 139 (1.23%) Blackberry
14 122 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
15 111 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
16 100 (0.89%) iPhone
17 94 (0.83%) Fat Client
17 94 (0.83%) Thin Client
18 93 (0.83%) Fintech
18 93 (0.83%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3,975 (35.30%) Windows
2 1,425 (12.65%) Windows Server
3 1,235 (10.97%) Windows 10
4 1,037 (9.21%) Windows 7
5 783 (6.95%) Linux
6 622 (5.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 522 (4.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 300 (2.66%) Unix
9 248 (2.20%) Apple iOS
10 230 (2.04%) Android
11 196 (1.74%) Windows 8
12 190 (1.69%) Windows XP
13 187 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
14 186 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 115 (1.02%) Mac OS
16 99 (0.88%) Mac OS X
17 74 (0.66%) CentOS
18 43 (0.38%) Solaris
19 41 (0.36%) Ubuntu
20 35 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,317 (20.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1,325 (11.77%) ITIL
3 1,244 (11.05%) Migration
4 1,026 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
5 963 (8.55%) Business Intelligence
6 847 (7.52%) Project Management
7 831 (7.38%) DevOps
8 806 (7.16%) CRM
9 743 (6.60%) Scrum
10 701 (6.22%) MVC
11 562 (4.99%) Analytics
12 551 (4.89%) Stakeholder Management
13 526 (4.67%) Test Automation
14 517 (4.59%) TDD
15 502 (4.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 479 (4.25%) Continuous Integration
17 442 (3.92%) Change Management
18 441 (3.92%) Service Management
19 433 (3.84%) PRINCE2
20 431 (3.83%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 2,382 (21.15%) SQL
2 1,799 (15.97%) C#
3 1,282 (11.38%) PowerShell
4 974 (8.65%) JavaScript
5 545 (4.84%) T-SQL
6 490 (4.35%) Java
7 393 (3.49%) Python
8 154 (1.37%) VB
9 149 (1.32%) C
10 134 (1.19%) Bash Shell
11 132 (1.17%) VBScript
12 129 (1.15%) VBA
13 117 (1.04%) C++
14 106 (0.94%) Shell Script
15 103 (0.91%) TypeScript
16 83 (0.74%) Perl
16 83 (0.74%) R
17 79 (0.70%) Ruby
18 77 (0.68%) VB.NET
19 70 (0.62%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 984 (8.74%) Security Cleared
2 757 (6.72%) Degree
3 712 (6.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 669 (5.94%) SC Cleared
5 367 (3.26%) MCSE
6 255 (2.26%) DV Cleared
7 209 (1.86%) MCSA
8 208 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
9 167 (1.48%) MCP
10 147 (1.31%) CCNA
11 124 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
12 117 (1.04%) ISEB
13 109 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
14 103 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 96 (0.85%) ISTQB
16 84 (0.75%) MCITP
17 79 (0.70%) PMI Certification
18 78 (0.69%) CISSP
19 75 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 68 (0.60%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 343 (3.05%) SLA
2 335 (2.97%) QA
3 231 (2.05%) PMO
4 148 (1.31%) GDPR
5 118 (1.05%) Data Quality
6 87 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 47 (0.42%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 26 (0.23%) ISO 9001
10 25 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
10 25 (0.22%) JSP 440
10 25 (0.22%) WCAG
11 21 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 15 (0.13%) HMG Infosec
13 14 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
14 13 (0.12%) Actionable Recommendations
14 13 (0.12%) HL7
14 13 (0.12%) MiFID
15 11 (0.098%) HIPAA
15 11 (0.098%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 2,790 (24.77%) Active Directory
2 846 (7.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 437 (3.88%) Hyper-V
4 269 (2.39%) Docker
5 267 (2.37%) XenApp
6 259 (2.30%) vSphere
7 232 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
8 223 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
9 174 (1.55%) XenDesktop
10 122 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
11 105 (0.93%) Virtual Desktop
12 61 (0.54%) BitLocker
13 51 (0.45%) XenServer
14 50 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
15 45 (0.40%) Xen
16 39 (0.35%) DFS Replication
17 38 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
18 32 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
19 31 (0.28%) VMware Server
20 30 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,064 (9.45%) SCCM
2 247 (2.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 227 (2.02%) Puppet
4 215 (1.91%) SCOM
5 212 (1.88%) Ansible
6 188 (1.67%) Kubernetes
7 175 (1.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 139 (1.23%) WSUS
9 134 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
10 131 (1.16%) Terraform
11 127 (1.13%) Single Sign-On
12 97 (0.86%) Microsoft Clustering
13 86 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
14 82 (0.73%) AirWatch
15 80 (0.71%) vCenter Server
16 71 (0.63%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 45 (0.40%) NetBackup
18 40 (0.36%) Backup Exec
19 36 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
20 35 (0.31%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 1,337 (11.87%) VMware
2 756 (6.71%) Citrix
3 753 (6.69%) Oracle
4 651 (5.78%) Cisco
5 414 (3.68%) SAP
6 412 (3.66%) HP
7 359 (3.19%) Apple
8 251 (2.23%) Google
9 224 (1.99%) ServiceNow
10 200 (1.78%) McAfee
11 189 (1.68%) Red Hat
12 180 (1.60%) IBM
13 178 (1.58%) NetApp
14 159 (1.41%) Ivanti
15 147 (1.31%) Tableau
16 135 (1.20%) Dell
17 122 (1.08%) Remedy
18 100 (0.89%) Adobe
19 98 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
19 98 (0.87%) Symantec