The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent 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 3 months to 26 June 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
South East / Kent
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 6 16
Rank change year-on-year -2 +10  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 43 49 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 17.00% 15.12% 12.77%
As % of the Vendors category 32.33% 38.89% 31.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 34 20
Median daily rate £350 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £270 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £496 £471
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 4
Median hourly rate £17.76 £21.75 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.34% +35.93%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Kent.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Kent
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 133 126 112
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 52.57% 38.89% 40.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 80 64
Median daily rate £375 £328 £466
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.50% -29.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £202 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 5
Median hourly rate £22.52 £55.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.05% +243.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.07
% change year-on-year -14.63% +13.44%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Kent

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Kent.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Kent

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Kent over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Kent

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Kent.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Kent

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Kent

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Kent over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Kent

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Kent region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tunbridge Wells +8 8 £350 +8.94%
Maidstone -4 7 £225 -40.00% 3
Dartford - 5 £425 - 1
Stansted - 2 £331 -
West Malling -9 1 - - 1
Dover - 1 - -
Sevenoaks - 1 £150 -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 Kent region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 35 (46.05%) .NET
1 35 (46.05%) SQL Server
2 25 (32.89%) Web Services
3 22 (28.95%) C#
3 22 (28.95%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (26.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (25.00%) Oracle
5 19 (25.00%) ASP.NET
6 17 (22.37%) Windows
7 16 (21.05%) VMware
7 16 (21.05%) WCF
8 15 (19.74%) Active Directory
9 14 (18.42%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (18.42%) Migration
10 13 (17.11%) .NET Framework
11 11 (14.47%) WPF
11 11 (14.47%) Multithreading
11 11 (14.47%) Unit Testing
11 11 (14.47%) RESTful
11 11 (14.47%) Dependency Injection
11 11 (14.47%) MVVM
11 11 (14.47%) Mobile App
11 11 (14.47%) Infragistics
11 11 (14.47%) MCSE
11 11 (14.47%) MCSA
11 11 (14.47%) Virtual Team
11 11 (14.47%) Multithreaded Programming
11 11 (14.47%) Greenfield Project
12 10 (13.16%) Data Warehouse
12 10 (13.16%) Data Migration

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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 4 (5.26%) IIS
1 4 (5.26%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.32%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.32%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.32%) Maximo
2 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.63%) Office 365
3 1 (1.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.89%) DHCP
1 6 (7.89%) DNS
1 6 (7.89%) LAN
1 6 (7.89%) Network Security
2 5 (6.58%) Firewall
2 5 (6.58%) IP Telephony
2 5 (6.58%) IPsec
2 5 (6.58%) MPLS
2 5 (6.58%) WAN
3 4 (5.26%) 802.11
3 4 (5.26%) Cisco IPT
3 4 (5.26%) DPNSS
3 4 (5.26%) QSIG
3 4 (5.26%) SNMP
3 4 (5.26%) Telepresence
3 4 (5.26%) Wireless
3 4 (5.26%) WLAN
4 1 (1.32%) NetScaler
4 1 (1.32%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (46.05%) SQL Server
2 10 (13.16%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (6.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (3.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.63%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.32%) DTS
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 20 (26.32%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (10.53%) Finance
2 5 (6.58%) Advertising
3 1 (1.32%) Banking
3 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (28.95%) Developer
2 19 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 11 (14.47%) WPF Developer
4 9 (11.84%) Tester
5 7 (9.21%) Windows Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Server Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) Support Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Active Directory Technician
8 4 (5.26%) Analyst
8 4 (5.26%) Designer
8 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Project Manager
8 4 (5.26%) Server Technician
8 4 (5.26%) Solutions Designer
8 4 (5.26%) SQL Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Systems Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Windows Systems Engineer
9 3 (3.95%) Network Designer
9 3 (3.95%) Security Designer
10 2 (2.63%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (46.05%) .NET
2 25 (32.89%) Web Services
3 19 (25.00%) ASP.NET
4 16 (21.05%) WCF
5 13 (17.11%) .NET Framework
6 11 (14.47%) RESTful
6 11 (14.47%) WPF
7 6 (7.89%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (6.58%) 802.1X
8 5 (6.58%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (6.58%) HTML
9 4 (5.26%) CSS
10 2 (2.63%) SOAP
11 1 (1.32%) AngularJS
11 1 (1.32%) COM
11 1 (1.32%) EDI
11 1 (1.32%) HTML5
11 1 (1.32%) REST
11 1 (1.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 1 (1.32%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.47%) Greenfield Project
1 11 (14.47%) Mobile App
1 11 (14.47%) Virtual Team
2 9 (11.84%) Algorithms
2 9 (11.84%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (5.26%) N-Tier
4 2 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.63%) NHS
5 1 (1.32%) CMDB
5 1 (1.32%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 17 (22.37%) Windows
2 7 (9.21%) Windows Server
3 5 (6.58%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (3.95%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.32%) Android
6 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.32%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (28.95%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (18.42%) Migration
3 11 (14.47%) Dependency Injection
3 11 (14.47%) Multithreaded Programming
3 11 (14.47%) Multithreading
3 11 (14.47%) MVVM
3 11 (14.47%) Unit Testing
4 10 (13.16%) Data Management
4 10 (13.16%) Data Migration
5 9 (11.84%) API Testing
5 9 (11.84%) Functional Testing
5 9 (11.84%) Requirements Analysis
5 9 (11.84%) Test Automation
5 9 (11.84%) Test Scripting
5 9 (11.84%) Test Strategy
5 9 (11.84%) Web Development
6 8 (10.53%) ITIL
6 8 (10.53%) MVC
7 7 (9.21%) High Availability
7 7 (9.21%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 22 (28.95%) C#
2 8 (10.53%) SQL
3 5 (6.58%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.63%) C
4 2 (2.63%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.32%) LINC
5 1 (1.32%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.32%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 14 (18.42%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (14.47%) MCSA
2 11 (14.47%) MCSE
3 5 (6.58%) CCNP
3 5 (6.58%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (6.58%) CISSP
3 5 (6.58%) MCITP
3 5 (6.58%) MCP
4 4 (5.26%) CCNA
4 4 (5.26%) Degree
5 2 (2.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (1.32%) CNA
6 1 (1.32%) HNC
6 1 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.32%) Novell Certification
6 1 (1.32%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.32%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.53%) Data Quality
2 4 (5.26%) QA
3 3 (3.95%) PMO
System Software
1 15 (19.74%) Active Directory
2 9 (11.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 4 (5.26%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (2.63%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.63%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.32%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (5.26%) Nessus
2 1 (1.32%) SCCM
Vendors
1 19 (25.00%) Oracle
2 16 (21.05%) VMware
3 11 (14.47%) Infragistics
4 6 (7.89%) Cisco
4 6 (7.89%) Mitel
5 5 (6.58%) CheckPoint
5 5 (6.58%) LANDesk
6 4 (5.26%) HP
6 4 (5.26%) Riverbed
6 4 (5.26%) SolarWinds
7 3 (3.95%) Citrix
7 3 (3.95%) Siemens
8 1 (1.32%) IBM
8 1 (1.32%) Meraki
8 1 (1.32%) Polycom
8 1 (1.32%) Sophos