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 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
South East / Kent
Rank 13 12 12
Rank change year-on-year -1 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 34 59 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 11.97% 13.23% 13.28%
As % of the Vendors category 26.15% 31.89% 27.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 42 22
Median daily rate £325 £335 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.98% +2.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £270 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £450 £446
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £12.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 130 185 122
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 45.77% 41.48% 47.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 142 75
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £200 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £470 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Median hourly rate £27.38 - £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £17.22
% change year-on-year -16.64% +13.21%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 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 +11 4 - - 1
Dartford - 3 £600 - 1
Maidstone +1 2 £173 +32.69% 1
Canterbury +3 1 £400 +6.66%
Folkestone -2 1 - -
Margate - 1 £280 -
Dover - 1 £200 -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 30 (38.96%) .NET
2 27 (35.06%) SQL Server
3 26 (33.77%) Windows
4 24 (31.17%) Active Directory
4 24 (31.17%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (28.57%) Finance
6 21 (27.27%) VMware
6 21 (27.27%) Windows Server
7 17 (22.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (20.78%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (19.48%) C#
10 14 (18.18%) Advertising
11 13 (16.88%) SQL
11 13 (16.88%) MS Office
11 13 (16.88%) Web Services
12 12 (15.58%) MCSA
12 12 (15.58%) MS Excel
12 12 (15.58%) Data Warehouse
12 12 (15.58%) Microsoft Certification
12 12 (15.58%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (14.29%) Test Scripting
13 11 (14.29%) MCITP
13 11 (14.29%) LANDesk
13 11 (14.29%) SolarWinds
13 11 (14.29%) Test Strategy
13 11 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
13 11 (14.29%) MCSE
13 11 (14.29%) MCP
13 11 (14.29%) Nessus
13 11 (14.29%) Migration

Microsoft
Top Related 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 (5.19%) Skype for Business
2 2 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (2.60%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 13 (16.88%) MS Office
2 12 (15.58%) MS Excel
3 5 (6.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (3.90%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (3.90%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (3.90%) Photoshop
5 2 (2.60%) MS Visio
6 1 (1.30%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (2.60%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.60%) Office 365
3 1 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.30%) IaaS
3 1 (1.30%) Mimecast
3 1 (1.30%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.79%) DNS
2 4 (5.19%) LAN
2 4 (5.19%) WAN
3 3 (3.90%) VPN
4 2 (2.60%) Network Security
5 1 (1.30%) Firewall
5 1 (1.30%) IP Telephony
5 1 (1.30%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (35.06%) SQL Server
2 12 (15.58%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (5.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.90%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (2.60%) Relational Database
6 2 (2.60%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.30%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (1.30%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.30%) DTS
7 1 (1.30%) MS Access
7 1 (1.30%) Power BI
7 1 (1.30%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 16 (20.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (5.19%) Selenium
2 4 (5.19%) SpecFlow
3 3 (3.90%) SoapUI
4 2 (2.60%) HP UFT
4 2 (2.60%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.30%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.30%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 22 (28.57%) Finance
2 14 (18.18%) Advertising
3 2 (2.60%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.30%) Banking
4 1 (1.30%) Retail
4 1 (1.30%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (24.68%) Developer
2 13 (16.88%) .NET Developer
3 12 (15.58%) Tester
4 11 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
4 11 (14.29%) Windows Engineer
4 11 (14.29%) Windows Systems Engineer
5 7 (9.09%) Analyst
6 6 (7.79%) Server Engineer
7 4 (5.19%) Consultant
7 4 (5.19%) Designer
7 4 (5.19%) SQL Developer
7 4 (5.19%) WPF Developer
8 3 (3.90%) Citrix Analyst
8 3 (3.90%) DBA
8 3 (3.90%) Senior Tester
8 3 (3.90%) SQL DBA
8 3 (3.90%) Test Consultant
9 2 (2.60%) C# Developer
9 2 (2.60%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (2.60%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (38.96%) .NET
2 13 (16.88%) Web Services
3 10 (12.99%) ASP.NET
4 8 (10.39%) CSS
4 8 (10.39%) HTML
5 6 (7.79%) .NET Framework
5 6 (7.79%) RESTful
6 4 (5.19%) COM
6 4 (5.19%) WCF
6 4 (5.19%) WPF
7 3 (3.90%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.90%) SOAP
8 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (2.60%) CSS3
8 2 (2.60%) Gherkin
8 2 (2.60%) HTML5
8 2 (2.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.69%) Algorithms
1 9 (11.69%) Management Information System
2 8 (10.39%) Mobile App
3 6 (7.79%) Fat Client
3 6 (7.79%) Thin Client
4 4 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.19%) Virtual Team
5 3 (3.90%) FMCG
6 2 (2.60%) NHS
7 1 (1.30%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 26 (33.77%) Windows
2 21 (27.27%) Windows Server
3 17 (22.08%) Windows Server 2003
4 12 (15.58%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (7.79%) Windows 7
7 2 (2.60%) Windows Vista
7 2 (2.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (31.17%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (14.29%) Migration
2 11 (14.29%) Test Scripting
2 11 (14.29%) Test Strategy
3 10 (12.99%) Automation Testing
4 9 (11.69%) API Testing
4 9 (11.69%) Data Management
4 9 (11.69%) Data Migration
4 9 (11.69%) Functional Testing
4 9 (11.69%) Requirements Analysis
4 9 (11.69%) Web Development
5 8 (10.39%) MVC
6 7 (9.09%) Incident Management
7 6 (7.79%) Application Virtualisation
7 6 (7.79%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (6.49%) Performance Management
8 5 (6.49%) Server Patching
9 4 (5.19%) Dependency Injection
9 4 (5.19%) Multithreading
9 4 (5.19%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (19.48%) C#
2 13 (16.88%) SQL
3 9 (11.69%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.90%) C
5 2 (2.60%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.60%) TypeScript
5 2 (2.60%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.30%) C++
6 1 (1.30%) COBOL
6 1 (1.30%) LINC
6 1 (1.30%) Perl
6 1 (1.30%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.30%) VB
6 1 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (15.58%) MCSA
1 12 (15.58%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (14.29%) MCITP
2 11 (14.29%) MCP
2 11 (14.29%) MCSE
3 1 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.30%) PMI Certification
3 1 (1.30%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.39%) Data Quality
2 7 (9.09%) QA
System Software
1 24 (31.17%) Active Directory
2 7 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (9.09%) XenApp
2 7 (9.09%) XenDesktop
3 6 (7.79%) BitLocker
3 6 (7.79%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (7.79%) VMware ESX
4 2 (2.60%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.30%) vSphere
5 1 (1.30%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 11 (14.29%) Nessus
2 7 (9.09%) SCCM
3 6 (7.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 21 (27.27%) VMware
2 11 (14.29%) LANDesk
2 11 (14.29%) SolarWinds
3 9 (11.69%) Citrix
4 8 (10.39%) Oracle
5 6 (7.79%) AppSense
5 6 (7.79%) CA
5 6 (7.79%) Symantec
5 6 (7.79%) Wyse
6 4 (5.19%) CheckPoint
6 4 (5.19%) Cisco
6 4 (5.19%) Infragistics
7 2 (2.60%) Remedy
7 2 (2.60%) ServiceNow
8 1 (1.30%) Forcepoint
8 1 (1.30%) HP
8 1 (1.30%) IBM
8 1 (1.30%) Mitel