Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 5 13
Rank change year-on-year -2 +8 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 112 75 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 20.93% 16.23% 13.70%
As % of the Vendors category 42.59% 34.25% 34.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 55 58
Kent median daily rate £350 £335 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.48% -4.29% +6.06%
10th Percentile £138 £186 £196
90th Percentile £471 £465 £475
South East median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Kent median hourly rate £10.38 - £15.75
10th Percentile £8.21 - £10.28
90th Percentile £13.24 - £18.80
South East median hourly rate £15.37 £14.20 £17.00
% change year-on-year +8.20% -16.47% +13.33%

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 263 219 209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 49.16% 47.40% 39.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 155 151
Kent median daily rate £350 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% -9.33%
10th Percentile £160 £187 £203
90th Percentile £531 £488 £488
South East median daily rate £420 £400 £392
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.98% +4.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 8
Kent median hourly rate £19.10 £12.00 £14.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.13% -15.04% -19.29%
10th Percentile £9.06 £10.45 £10.87
90th Percentile £25.69 £18.68 £23.30
South East median hourly rate £17.50 £15.43 £19.50
% change year-on-year +13.43% -20.86% +21.84%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -4 17 £350 -30.00% 9
West Malling -3 8 £413 +10.00% 8
Tunbridge Wells 0 5 £350 +7.69% 4
Folkestone - 4 £138 - 1
Dover - 2 £350 -
Chatham 0 1 - - 3
Dartford -2 1 £500 +233.33% 5
Canterbury -3 1 - - 2
Aylesford - 1 - -
Sevenoaks - 1 - - 5
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 61 (54.46%) .NET
2 49 (43.75%) Windows
3 48 (42.86%) C#
4 45 (40.18%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (35.71%) MVC
5 40 (35.71%) SQL Server
6 35 (31.25%) Scrum
7 34 (30.36%) Active Directory
8 30 (26.79%) Continuous Integration
8 30 (26.79%) Microsoft Azure
9 29 (25.89%) ASP.NET MVC
9 29 (25.89%) ASP.NET
9 29 (25.89%) VMware
10 28 (25.00%) CSS
10 28 (25.00%) HTML
10 28 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
10 28 (25.00%) Windows Server
11 27 (24.11%) Oracle
11 27 (24.11%) TDD
11 27 (24.11%) Web Development
12 26 (23.21%) JavaScript
12 26 (23.21%) SQL
12 26 (23.21%) Microsoft Certification
13 25 (22.32%) Web Services
14 23 (20.54%) N-Tier
15 22 (19.64%) Refactoring
16 21 (18.75%) MCSE
17 20 (17.86%) .NET Framework
17 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2012
18 19 (16.96%) SolarWinds

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 8 (7.14%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.46%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (3.57%) IBM Notes
3 4 (3.57%) Skype for Business
4 3 (2.68%) Confluence
4 3 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (2.68%) IIS
5 2 (1.79%) CMS
6 1 (0.89%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.89%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 30 (26.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (8.04%) IaaS
2 9 (8.04%) PaaS
3 8 (7.14%) Cloud Computing
3 8 (7.14%) npm
4 7 (6.25%) Office 365
5 4 (3.57%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.36%) DHCP
1 6 (5.36%) DNS
2 5 (4.46%) WAN
3 4 (3.57%) Firewall
3 4 (3.57%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (3.57%) LAN
3 4 (3.57%) Skype
3 4 (3.57%) VPN
3 4 (3.57%) WLAN
4 3 (2.68%) HTTP
4 3 (2.68%) Internet
4 3 (2.68%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (2.68%) SMTP
4 3 (2.68%) SSL
5 2 (1.79%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (35.71%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.14%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.79%) Power BI
5 1 (0.89%) Big Data
5 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.89%) QlikView
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 18 (16.07%) Visual Studio
2 11 (9.82%) Git (software)
2 11 (9.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (7.14%) Bower
3 8 (7.14%) NuGet
4 7 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
5 6 (5.36%) Fiddler
6 4 (3.57%) Selenium
6 4 (3.57%) SoapUI
7 3 (2.68%) Firebug
7 3 (2.68%) JIRA
7 3 (2.68%) NUnit
7 3 (2.68%) ReSharper
7 3 (2.68%) Subversion
8 2 (1.79%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.89%) Appium
9 1 (0.89%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.89%) JMeter
9 1 (0.89%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.89%) WebDriver
General
1 16 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (0.89%) Advertising
2 1 (0.89%) Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (39.29%) Developer
2 41 (36.61%) .NET Developer
3 20 (17.86%) Windows Engineer
4 13 (11.61%) Full Stack Developer
5 12 (10.71%) .NET Web Developer
5 12 (10.71%) Full Stack Web Developer
5 12 (10.71%) Web Developer
6 11 (9.82%) C# Developer
7 10 (8.93%) Architect
7 10 (8.93%) C# .NET Developer
8 9 (8.04%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (7.14%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 7 (6.25%) Senior DevOps
10 7 (6.25%) Senior DevOps Engineer
11 6 (5.36%) Platform Engineer
11 6 (5.36%) QA Engineer
11 6 (5.36%) Senior Platform Engineer
11 6 (5.36%) Senior QA Engineer
12 5 (4.46%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (54.46%) .NET
2 29 (25.89%) ASP.NET
2 29 (25.89%) ASP.NET MVC
3 28 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
3 28 (25.00%) CSS
3 28 (25.00%) HTML
4 25 (22.32%) Web Services
5 20 (17.86%) .NET Framework
6 18 (16.07%) WCF
7 13 (11.61%) AngularJS
8 12 (10.71%) Entity Framework
9 10 (8.93%) CSS3
9 10 (8.93%) HTML5
10 9 (8.04%) ADO.NET
11 6 (5.36%) jQuery
11 6 (5.36%) SOAP
11 6 (5.36%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 3 (2.68%) JSON
12 3 (2.68%) KnockoutJS
12 3 (2.68%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 23 (20.54%) N-Tier
2 7 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.57%) Driving Licence
3 4 (3.57%) iPad
3 4 (3.57%) iPhone
4 3 (2.68%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.68%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.68%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.89%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.89%) Clustering
5 1 (0.89%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.89%) NHS
5 1 (0.89%) Smartcard
5 1 (0.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 49 (43.75%) Windows
2 28 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (16.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (9.82%) Windows 7
6 7 (6.25%) Windows 10
7 5 (4.46%) Apple iOS
8 3 (2.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (1.79%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.89%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (40.18%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (35.71%) MVC
3 35 (31.25%) Scrum
4 30 (26.79%) Continuous Integration
5 27 (24.11%) TDD
5 27 (24.11%) Web Development
6 22 (19.64%) Refactoring
7 14 (12.50%) Change Control
8 13 (11.61%) Microservices
9 12 (10.71%) Test Automation
10 11 (9.82%) SDLC
11 9 (8.04%) DevOps
12 8 (7.14%) Manual Testing
13 7 (6.25%) Continuous Delivery
13 7 (6.25%) Information Security
13 7 (6.25%) ITIL
13 7 (6.25%) OOP
14 6 (5.36%) Migration
14 6 (5.36%) Task Automation
15 5 (4.46%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (42.86%) C#
2 26 (23.21%) JavaScript
2 26 (23.21%) SQL
3 13 (11.61%) PowerShell
4 7 (6.25%) VB.NET
5 5 (4.46%) Shell Script
5 5 (4.46%) T-SQL
6 3 (2.68%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (23.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (18.75%) MCSE
3 19 (16.96%) MCITP
3 19 (16.96%) MCP
3 19 (16.96%) MCSA
4 3 (2.68%) CCNA
4 3 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.79%) ISEB
5 2 (1.79%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.79%) MCSM
5 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Certified Architect
6 1 (0.89%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.14%) QA
2 3 (2.68%) SLA
3 1 (0.89%) PSD2
System Software
1 34 (30.36%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (6.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 7 (6.25%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.89%) Docker
4 1 (0.89%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 14 (12.50%) Nessus
2 8 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (7.14%) Puppet
3 1 (0.89%) SCCM
3 1 (0.89%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (25.89%) VMware
2 27 (24.11%) Oracle
3 19 (16.96%) Ivanti
3 19 (16.96%) SolarWinds
4 8 (7.14%) Cisco
5 7 (6.25%) HP
6 4 (3.57%) Lotus
7 2 (1.79%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.89%) Capita