Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 10 9
Rank change year-on-year +7 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 118 87 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 24.63% 15.08% 14.27%
As % of the Vendors category 48.16% 31.29% 35.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 63 83
Kent median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +6.87%
10th Percentile £153 £196 £229
90th Percentile £475 £468 £450
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Kent median hourly rate £12.00 £22.52 £11.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.71% +96.51% +27.33%
10th Percentile £8.74 £10.57 £9.89
90th Percentile £15.80 £24.11 £15.59
South East median hourly rate £15.86 £14.20 £15.00
% change year-on-year +11.69% -5.33% -6.25%

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 245 278 293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 51.15% 48.18% 40.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 199 222
Kent median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £138 £200 £200
90th Percentile £589 £538 £475
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 4
Kent median hourly rate £12.00 £22.52 £13.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.71% +65.53% -8.29%
10th Percentile £9.06 £10.06 £10.09
90th Percentile £33.47 £28.65 £26.69
South East median hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.29% -11.43% +6.06%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 +6 14 £385 +123.19% 12
West Malling +7 8 £425 - 5
Tunbridge Wells +5 7 £350 +27.27% 4
Dartford -4 5 £425 -5.56% 12
Folkestone +9 4 £138 - 4
Dover 0 2 £350 +75.00% 3
Canterbury -3 2 - - 3
Chatham 0 1 - - 5
Aylesford - 1 - -
Rochester - 1 £160 - 4
Sevenoaks - 1 - - 11
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 66 (55.93%) Windows
2 49 (41.53%) .NET
3 46 (38.98%) Active Directory
3 46 (38.98%) Windows Server
4 42 (35.59%) Microsoft Certification
4 42 (35.59%) VMware
5 40 (33.90%) C#
6 37 (31.36%) MCSE
7 36 (30.51%) Microsoft Azure
8 35 (29.66%) MCSA
8 35 (29.66%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (28.81%) Shavlik
9 34 (28.81%) MCP
9 34 (28.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 34 (28.81%) SolarWinds
9 34 (28.81%) MCITP
9 34 (28.81%) Ivanti
10 33 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
11 32 (27.12%) SQL Server
12 29 (24.58%) HTML
12 29 (24.58%) JavaScript
13 28 (23.73%) SQL
13 28 (23.73%) CSS
14 26 (22.03%) MVC
15 25 (21.19%) Nessus
16 24 (20.34%) PowerShell
17 20 (16.95%) ASP.NET
18 19 (16.10%) Finance
18 19 (16.10%) Scrum
19 18 (15.25%) Visual Studio

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 (5.08%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.24%) MS Exchange
3 4 (3.39%) IBM Notes
3 4 (3.39%) Skype for Business
4 3 (2.54%) CMS
5 1 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.85%) IIS
5 1 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (7.63%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.85%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.85%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 36 (30.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (8.47%) IaaS
2 10 (8.47%) PaaS
3 8 (6.78%) Cloud Computing
3 8 (6.78%) npm
3 8 (6.78%) NuGet
3 8 (6.78%) Office 365
4 4 (3.39%) OneDrive
5 3 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.85%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (0.85%) SaaS
6 1 (0.85%) Scribe Online
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.08%) HTTP
1 6 (5.08%) SMTP
1 6 (5.08%) SSL
2 5 (4.24%) AMQP
2 5 (4.24%) Firewall
2 5 (4.24%) Internet
2 5 (4.24%) VPN
3 4 (3.39%) DHCP
3 4 (3.39%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (3.39%) LAN
3 4 (3.39%) Skype
3 4 (3.39%) WAN
3 4 (3.39%) WLAN
4 3 (2.54%) DNS
5 1 (0.85%) SAN
5 1 (0.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (27.12%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.78%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.39%) Big Data
3 4 (3.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.69%) Power BI
5 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.69%) SSDT
6 1 (0.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.85%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.85%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.85%) HDInsight
6 1 (0.85%) QlikView
6 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 18 (15.25%) Visual Studio
2 13 (11.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (7.63%) Visual Studio Team System
4 8 (6.78%) Bower
5 7 (5.93%) Git (software)
6 6 (5.08%) Fiddler
6 6 (5.08%) ReSharper
7 5 (4.24%) NUnit
7 5 (4.24%) Selenium
8 3 (2.54%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.69%) HP UFT
9 2 (1.69%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.69%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.85%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.85%) JMeter
10 1 (0.85%) LoadRunner
10 1 (0.85%) Moq
10 1 (0.85%) Subversion
10 1 (0.85%) TestComplete
10 1 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 19 (16.10%) Finance
2 4 (3.39%) Advertising
3 1 (0.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 37 (31.36%) Windows Engineer
2 33 (27.97%) Developer
3 27 (22.88%) .NET Developer
4 14 (11.86%) Architect
5 12 (10.17%) .NET Web Developer
5 12 (10.17%) Full Stack Developer
5 12 (10.17%) Web Developer
6 11 (9.32%) Full Stack Web Developer
7 10 (8.47%) C# .NET Developer
7 10 (8.47%) C# Developer
7 10 (8.47%) Solutions Architect
7 10 (8.47%) Systems Engineer
7 10 (8.47%) Windows Systems Engineer
8 8 (6.78%) Analyst
8 8 (6.78%) DevOps Engineer
9 7 (5.93%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 7 (5.93%) Desktop Support
9 7 (5.93%) Senior DevOps
9 7 (5.93%) Senior DevOps Engineer
10 6 (5.08%) Senior Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (41.53%) .NET
2 29 (24.58%) HTML
3 28 (23.73%) CSS
4 20 (16.95%) ASP.NET
5 18 (15.25%) .NET Framework
6 16 (13.56%) ASP.NET MVC
7 13 (11.02%) AngularJS
7 13 (11.02%) ASP.NET Web API
7 13 (11.02%) CSS3
7 13 (11.02%) HTML5
7 13 (11.02%) WCF
8 12 (10.17%) Web Services
9 9 (7.63%) ADO.NET
9 9 (7.63%) Entity Framework
9 9 (7.63%) SOAP
10 8 (6.78%) REST
10 8 (6.78%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 6 (5.08%) EDI
11 6 (5.08%) JSON
12 4 (3.39%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.17%) N-Tier
2 7 (5.93%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.39%) iPad
3 4 (3.39%) iPhone
4 3 (2.54%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.85%) Clustering
6 1 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.85%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.85%) PKI
6 1 (0.85%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 66 (55.93%) Windows
2 46 (38.98%) Windows Server
3 35 (29.66%) Windows Server 2012
4 34 (28.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (7.63%) Windows 10
6 7 (5.93%) Windows 7
7 6 (5.08%) Apple iOS
8 3 (2.54%) Windows XP
9 2 (1.69%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.85%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (22.03%) MVC
3 19 (16.10%) Scrum
4 18 (15.25%) Continuous Integration
4 18 (15.25%) Microservices
5 17 (14.41%) Web Development
6 13 (11.02%) TDD
6 13 (11.02%) Test Automation
7 12 (10.17%) DevOps
8 11 (9.32%) Problem-Solving
8 11 (9.32%) Refactoring
9 9 (7.63%) Server Patching
10 8 (6.78%) Information Security
10 8 (6.78%) Migration
10 8 (6.78%) SDLC
10 8 (6.78%) Software Engineering
11 7 (5.93%) Continuous Delivery
11 7 (5.93%) Manual Testing
11 7 (5.93%) SOA
12 6 (5.08%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 40 (33.90%) C#
2 29 (24.58%) JavaScript
3 28 (23.73%) SQL
4 24 (20.34%) PowerShell
5 16 (13.56%) Shell Script
6 9 (7.63%) VB.NET
7 8 (6.78%) T-SQL
8 7 (5.93%) TypeScript
9 2 (1.69%) VB
10 1 (0.85%) C
10 1 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (35.59%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (31.36%) MCSE
3 35 (29.66%) MCSA
4 34 (28.81%) MCITP
4 34 (28.81%) MCP
5 3 (2.54%) DBS Check
6 2 (1.69%) ISEB
6 2 (1.69%) MCSM
6 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Certified Architect
7 1 (0.85%) Degree
7 1 (0.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.08%) QA
2 1 (0.85%) GDPR
System Software
1 46 (38.98%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.78%) Virtual Servers
3 7 (5.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 7 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.69%) Docker
5 1 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.85%) VMware Server
5 1 (0.85%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 25 (21.19%) Nessus
2 9 (7.63%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (7.63%) Puppet
3 1 (0.85%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 42 (35.59%) VMware
2 34 (28.81%) Ivanti
2 34 (28.81%) Shavlik
2 34 (28.81%) SolarWinds
3 16 (13.56%) Oracle
4 6 (5.08%) Cisco
5 5 (4.24%) HP
6 4 (3.39%) Lotus
7 1 (0.85%) Apple
7 1 (0.85%) Barracuda Networks
7 1 (0.85%) Capita
7 1 (0.85%) Citrix
7 1 (0.85%) Clearswift
7 1 (0.85%) DevExpress
7 1 (0.85%) Infragistics
7 1 (0.85%) Symantec
7 1 (0.85%) Xamarin