Period
to 23 April 2019

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 6 months to 23 April 2019 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
6 months to
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 3 9
Rank change year-on-year -5 +6 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 73 117 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 15.84% 24.53% 15.21%
As % of the Vendors category 37.82% 49.16% 31.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 60 63
Kent median daily rate £425 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% +3.70% -0.74%
10th Percentile £193 £153 £196
90th Percentile £550 £475 £480
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 4
Kent median hourly rate £15.19 £12.00 £22.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.58% -46.71% +109.88%
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.86 £14.20
% change year-on-year -11.73% +11.69% -5.33%

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 Kent.

All Vendors
Kent
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 193 238 276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 41.87% 49.90% 48.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 144 197
Kent median daily rate £425 £380 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +8.57% -
10th Percentile £201 £140 £201
90th Percentile £573 £596 £538
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 10
Kent median hourly rate £15.19 £12.00 £22.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.58% -46.71% +96.51%
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +12.90% -12.54%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Kent.

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 6 months to 23 April 2019.

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
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 6 months to 23 April 2019. 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
West Malling +2 14 £425 -
Maidstone +2 12 £500 +29.87% 6
Chatham -1 9 £450 - 1
Dartford +1 3 £250 -41.18% 5
Dover -2 2 £383 +9.29%
Tonbridge - 2 £500 -
Aylesford 0 1 - -
Sevenoaks -2 1 £200 -
Folkestone -2 1 - - 1
Tunbridge Wells -11 1 £400 +14.29% 5
Margate - 1 - -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, 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 Kent region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 29 (39.73%) .NET
2 26 (35.62%) Windows
2 26 (35.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (30.14%) C#
4 21 (28.77%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (24.66%) Active Directory
6 17 (23.29%) SQL
6 17 (23.29%) Finance
6 17 (23.29%) Scrum
6 17 (23.29%) PowerShell
7 14 (19.18%) Office 365
7 14 (19.18%) TDD
8 13 (17.81%) Web Services
8 13 (17.81%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (16.44%) .NET Framework
9 12 (16.44%) ASP.NET
10 11 (15.07%) Migration
10 11 (15.07%) Test Automation
10 11 (15.07%) IaaS
10 11 (15.07%) RESTful
10 11 (15.07%) SDLC
10 11 (15.07%) SOLID
11 10 (13.70%) ASP.NET MVC
11 10 (13.70%) MVC
11 10 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
11 10 (13.70%) SQL Server
12 9 (12.33%) Visual Studio
13 8 (10.96%) Software Engineering
13 8 (10.96%) Team Foundation Server
13 8 (10.96%) Relational Database

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 6 (8.22%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.85%) SharePoint
3 3 (4.11%) CMS
3 3 (4.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.74%) IIS
4 2 (2.74%) Skype for Business
4 2 (2.74%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.37%) JBoss
5 1 (1.37%) NServiceBus
5 1 (1.37%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.37%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (4.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.37%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 26 (35.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (19.18%) Office 365
3 11 (15.07%) IaaS
4 7 (9.59%) PaaS
5 6 (8.22%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (5.48%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (5.48%) npm
6 4 (5.48%) NuGet
7 3 (4.11%) Amazon AWS
7 3 (4.11%) Azure Data Factory
7 3 (4.11%) SaaS
8 2 (2.74%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (1.37%) Azure Functions
9 1 (1.37%) Mimecast
9 1 (1.37%) OneDrive
9 1 (1.37%) Serverless
9 1 (1.37%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.96%) Remote Desktop
2 7 (9.59%) DHCP
2 7 (9.59%) DNS
2 7 (9.59%) TCP/IP
3 5 (6.85%) NAS
4 4 (5.48%) Internet
5 3 (4.11%) SAN
5 3 (4.11%) VoIP
6 2 (2.74%) AMQP
6 2 (2.74%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (2.74%) Firewall
6 2 (2.74%) iSCSI
6 2 (2.74%) Skype
6 2 (2.74%) VPN
7 1 (1.37%) DKIM
7 1 (1.37%) DMARC
7 1 (1.37%) IP Telephony
7 1 (1.37%) Network Security
7 1 (1.37%) VLAN
7 1 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.70%) SQL Server
2 8 (10.96%) Relational Database
3 3 (4.11%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (4.11%) Data Lake
4 2 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.74%) Star Schema
5 1 (1.37%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.37%) Redis
5 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (12.33%) Visual Studio
2 8 (10.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (9.59%) JIRA
4 5 (6.85%) NUnit
5 4 (5.48%) Bower
5 4 (5.48%) Git (software)
5 4 (5.48%) Selenium
5 4 (5.48%) Subversion
5 4 (5.48%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (4.11%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 2 (2.74%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.74%) JMeter
7 2 (2.74%) MSTest
7 2 (2.74%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.37%) Hudson
8 1 (1.37%) JUnit
8 1 (1.37%) MSI
8 1 (1.37%) Rational Rose
8 1 (1.37%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.37%) SpecFlow
General
1 17 (23.29%) Finance
2 4 (5.48%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (23.29%) Developer
2 13 (17.81%) .NET Developer
3 9 (12.33%) C# Developer
3 9 (12.33%) Support Engineer
4 7 (9.59%) Analyst
4 7 (9.59%) C# .NET Developer
5 6 (8.22%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Architect
6 5 (6.85%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) IT Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Project Manager
6 5 (6.85%) Service Analyst
6 5 (6.85%) Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (6.85%) Software Engineer
7 4 (5.48%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (5.48%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 4 (5.48%) Infrastructure Architect
7 4 (5.48%) Senior C# .NET Developer
7 4 (5.48%) Senior C# Developer
7 4 (5.48%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (39.73%) .NET
2 13 (17.81%) Web Services
3 12 (16.44%) .NET Framework
3 12 (16.44%) ASP.NET
4 11 (15.07%) RESTful
5 10 (13.70%) ASP.NET MVC
6 8 (10.96%) ASP.NET Web API
7 7 (9.59%) .NET Core
7 7 (9.59%) AngularJS
7 7 (9.59%) REST
8 6 (8.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 5 (6.85%) CSS
9 5 (6.85%) Entity Framework
9 5 (6.85%) Gherkin
9 5 (6.85%) HTML
10 4 (5.48%) ActiveMQ
10 4 (5.48%) HTML5
10 4 (5.48%) NHibernate
10 4 (5.48%) SignalR
10 4 (5.48%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.59%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.22%) Data Centre
3 5 (6.85%) Fat Client
3 5 (6.85%) Thin Client
3 5 (6.85%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (6.85%) Virtual Team
4 4 (5.48%) iPad
4 4 (5.48%) iPhone
5 3 (4.11%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.11%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.74%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.37%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 26 (35.62%) Windows
2 6 (8.22%) Windows 7
2 6 (8.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (5.48%) Windows Phone
4 3 (4.11%) Windows 10
4 3 (4.11%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.37%) Android
5 1 (1.37%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.37%) Linux
5 1 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.37%) VMS
5 1 (1.37%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (28.77%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (23.29%) Scrum
3 14 (19.18%) TDD
4 13 (17.81%) Continuous Integration
5 11 (15.07%) Migration
5 11 (15.07%) SDLC
5 11 (15.07%) SOLID
5 11 (15.07%) Test Automation
6 10 (13.70%) MVC
7 8 (10.96%) Continuous Deployment
7 8 (10.96%) DevOps
7 8 (10.96%) Software Engineering
8 7 (9.59%) SOA
9 6 (8.22%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (6.85%) Microservices
10 5 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
10 5 (6.85%) Virtual Team Management
11 4 (5.48%) Continuous Delivery
11 4 (5.48%) Email Filtering
11 4 (5.48%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 22 (30.14%) C#
2 17 (23.29%) PowerShell
2 17 (23.29%) SQL
3 4 (5.48%) TypeScript
4 3 (4.11%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.74%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.37%) Ruby
6 1 (1.37%) VB
6 1 (1.37%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.37%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (8.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (5.48%) Degree
2 4 (5.48%) MCSA
3 3 (4.11%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.59%) SLA
2 1 (1.37%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.37%) QA
System Software
1 18 (24.66%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.85%) Docker
3 3 (4.11%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.74%) Terminal Server
4 2 (2.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.37%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 5 (6.85%) SCCM
2 4 (5.48%) AirWatch
2 4 (5.48%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (5.48%) Puppet
2 4 (5.48%) WSUS
3 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.37%) SCOM
Vendors
1 7 (9.59%) Apple
1 7 (9.59%) Cisco
2 6 (8.22%) HP
2 6 (8.22%) VMware
3 4 (5.48%) Canon
3 4 (5.48%) IPFX
3 4 (5.48%) Palo Alto
3 4 (5.48%) Sony
3 4 (5.48%) Symantec
3 4 (5.48%) Xerox
4 2 (2.74%) Citrix
4 2 (2.74%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.37%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.37%) Dell
5 1 (1.37%) Forcepoint
5 1 (1.37%) IronPort
5 1 (1.37%) Mitel
5 1 (1.37%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.37%) SimCorp