Period
to 18 December 2018

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 18 December 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
South East > Kent
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 15 9 6
Rank change year-on-year -6 -3 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 54 97 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 13.85% 17.86% 14.76%
As % of the Vendors category 30.00% 39.75% 33.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 63 46
Kent median daily rate £281 £350 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.64% +4.09% -3.93%
10th Percentile £117 £150 £163
90th Percentile £494 £475 £438
South East median daily rate £401 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.55% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
Kent median hourly rate £15.19 £10.38 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.41% -52.30% +38.10%
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.20
% change year-on-year -6.67% +5.63% -11.25%

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 180 244 215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 46.15% 44.94% 44.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 164 151
Kent median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +7.69% -3.70%
10th Percentile £134 £191 £174
90th Percentile £575 £538 £463
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 6
Kent median hourly rate £30.00 £25.69 £13.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.78% +94.25% -6.37%
10th Percentile £11.13 £9.54 £10.63
90th Percentile £35.50 £63.21 £21.63
South East median hourly rate £16.58 £17.25 £15.25
% change year-on-year -3.88% +13.11% -15.28%

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 18 December 2018.

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 18 December 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
Maidstone +11 9 £160 -54.29% 5
West Malling -6 7 £313 -24.24% 1
Chatham +3 3 £400 - 5
Sevenoaks 0 2 - -
Folkestone +1 1 - - 1
Dartford -1 1 £188 -62.50% 12
Tunbridge Wells -10 1 - - 5
Tonbridge - 1 £275 - 5
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 Kent region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 35 (64.81%) Windows
2 22 (40.74%) Active Directory
3 14 (25.93%) Finance
4 13 (24.07%) Microsoft Office
4 13 (24.07%) Microsoft Azure
5 12 (22.22%) Windows 7
5 12 (22.22%) Office 365
6 11 (20.37%) Windows 10
6 11 (20.37%) C#
6 11 (20.37%) .NET
6 11 (20.37%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (18.52%) VMware
7 10 (18.52%) Cisco
8 9 (16.67%) HP
8 9 (16.67%) Thin Client
8 9 (16.67%) .NET Framework
8 9 (16.67%) Fat Client
8 9 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 8 (14.81%) Windows Server
9 8 (14.81%) JIRA
9 8 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
9 8 (14.81%) TDD
10 7 (12.96%) Service Delivery
10 7 (12.96%) Migration
10 7 (12.96%) Citrix
10 7 (12.96%) SLA
10 7 (12.96%) Apple
10 7 (12.96%) SharePoint
10 7 (12.96%) MS Exchange
10 7 (12.96%) LAN

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 7 (12.96%) MS Exchange
1 7 (12.96%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (5.56%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.85%) CMS
4 1 (1.85%) NServiceBus
4 1 (1.85%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.85%) Umbraco
Applications
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (9.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (7.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (22.22%) Office 365
3 3 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (3.70%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.85%) Azure Functions
5 1 (1.85%) Serverless
5 1 (1.85%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (12.96%) LAN
1 7 (12.96%) Remote Desktop
2 6 (11.11%) Internet
3 5 (9.26%) DHCP
3 5 (9.26%) DNS
3 5 (9.26%) Firewall
3 5 (9.26%) NAS
3 5 (9.26%) VPN
3 5 (9.26%) WAN
4 3 (5.56%) HTTP
4 3 (5.56%) SAN
4 3 (5.56%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.70%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (3.70%) iSCSI
5 2 (3.70%) NetScaler
5 2 (3.70%) VLAN
5 2 (3.70%) Wireless
5 2 (3.70%) WLAN
6 1 (1.85%) AMQP
6 1 (1.85%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.85%) Big Data
3 1 (1.85%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.85%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
3 1 (1.85%) Lumira
3 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.85%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.85%) Redis
3 1 (1.85%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.85%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 8 (14.81%) JIRA
2 6 (11.11%) Selenium
3 5 (9.26%) WebDriver
4 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.70%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.70%) JMeter
5 2 (3.70%) MSTest
5 2 (3.70%) NUnit
5 2 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (3.70%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.70%) Visual Studio Coded UI
5 2 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.85%) Appium
6 1 (1.85%) Calabash
6 1 (1.85%) Fiddler
6 1 (1.85%) JUnit
6 1 (1.85%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (1.85%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.85%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.85%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (25.93%) Finance
2 6 (11.11%) Law
3 4 (7.41%) Advertising
4 2 (3.70%) Back Office
4 2 (3.70%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (18.52%) Analyst
2 9 (16.67%) Developer
2 9 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (14.81%) Service Analyst
3 8 (14.81%) Service Desk Analyst
4 7 (12.96%) .NET Developer
5 6 (11.11%) C# .NET Developer
5 6 (11.11%) C# Developer
5 6 (11.11%) Desktop Support
5 6 (11.11%) Support Engineer
6 5 (9.26%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (9.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) 1st/2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Azure Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) IT Support
8 2 (3.70%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Windows Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (20.37%) .NET
2 9 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 5 (9.26%) AngularJS
3 5 (9.26%) ASP.NET
3 5 (9.26%) ASP.NET Web API
3 5 (9.26%) REST
4 4 (7.41%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (7.41%) Web Services
5 3 (5.56%) .NET Core
5 3 (5.56%) Angular 2
5 3 (5.56%) CSS
5 3 (5.56%) HTML
5 3 (5.56%) HTML5
5 3 (5.56%) JSON
6 2 (3.70%) Entity Framework
6 2 (3.70%) LESS
6 2 (3.70%) Middleware
7 1 (1.85%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.85%) OpenID
7 1 (1.85%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.67%) Fat Client
1 9 (16.67%) Thin Client
2 7 (12.96%) iPad
2 7 (12.96%) iPhone
2 7 (12.96%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (11.11%) Data Centre
4 5 (9.26%) Virtual Team
5 4 (7.41%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (5.56%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (5.56%) Replication
7 1 (1.85%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.85%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 35 (64.81%) Windows
2 12 (22.22%) Windows 7
3 11 (20.37%) Windows 10
4 8 (14.81%) Windows Server
5 6 (11.11%) Windows Phone
6 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (7.41%) Windows XP
7 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (3.70%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.85%) Linux
8 1 (1.85%) Mac OS X Server
8 1 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.85%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (20.37%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 8 (14.81%) TDD
4 7 (12.96%) Migration
4 7 (12.96%) Service Delivery
5 6 (11.11%) BDD
5 6 (11.11%) Email Filtering
5 6 (11.11%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (11.11%) Mobile Device Management
5 6 (11.11%) Web Filtering
6 5 (9.26%) ITIL
6 5 (9.26%) ITSM
6 5 (9.26%) MVC
6 5 (9.26%) Virtual Team Management
7 4 (7.41%) Continuous Deployment
7 4 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (7.41%) Scrum
7 4 (7.41%) Service Management
8 3 (5.56%) Customer Requirements
8 3 (5.56%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 11 (20.37%) C#
2 6 (11.11%) SQL
3 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
3 4 (7.41%) PowerShell
4 3 (5.56%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.85%) Java
5 1 (1.85%) Ruby
5 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (7.41%) MCSA
3 3 (5.56%) MCP
3 3 (5.56%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.70%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.85%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (1.85%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.85%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.96%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (40.74%) Active Directory
2 8 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (5.56%) XenApp
4 2 (3.70%) DFS Replication
4 2 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 2 (3.70%) NFS
4 2 (3.70%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.85%) Docker
5 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.85%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (1.85%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (11.11%) AirWatch
2 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (3.70%) SCCM
2 2 (3.70%) WSUS
2 2 (3.70%) XenMobile
3 1 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 10 (18.52%) Cisco
1 10 (18.52%) VMware
2 9 (16.67%) HP
3 7 (12.96%) Apple
3 7 (12.96%) Citrix
4 6 (11.11%) IPFX
4 6 (11.11%) Palo Alto
4 6 (11.11%) Sony
4 6 (11.11%) Symantec
5 4 (7.41%) Canon
5 4 (7.41%) Xerox
6 3 (5.56%) Oracle
6 3 (5.56%) Remedy
6 3 (5.56%) ServiceNow
6 3 (5.56%) Veeam
7 2 (3.70%) Dell
7 2 (3.70%) NetApp
7 2 (3.70%) SAP
7 2 (3.70%) SonicWALL
7 2 (3.70%) Xamarin