Period
to 25 January 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 25 January 2020 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
England > North East
6 months to
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 12 3
Rank change year-on-year +8 -9 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 167 154 198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 15.94% 11.27% 16.08%
As % of the Vendors category 37.95% 32.84% 36.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 106 132
North East median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £159 £159 £214
90th Percentile £639 £538 £538
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 13 26
North East median hourly rate £15.79 £12.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.28% - -52.83%
10th Percentile £12.05 £10.75 £8.49
90th Percentile £20.54 £20.65 £46.08
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year +14.38% +2.00% -

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 the North East.

All Vendors
North East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 440 469 544
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 41.98% 34.31% 44.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 315 354
North East median daily rate £400 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £185 £215 £250
90th Percentile £574 £560 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 25 32
North East median hourly rate £15.79 £13.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.93% +8.00% -52.83%
10th Percentile £13.34 £10.60 £8.63
90th Percentile £22.93 £31.26 £45.45
England median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - +2.34%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North East.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in the North East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North East over the 6 months to 25 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North East over the 6 months to 25 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North East region over the 6 months to 25 January 2020. 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
Tyne and Wear +6 126 £375 -6.25% 99
Durham +13 30 £285 -34.10% 33
Teesside - 4 £550 -
Northumberland - 2 - - 3
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 2020, 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 North East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 67 (40.12%) Windows
2 66 (39.52%) Security Cleared
3 63 (37.72%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (33.53%) SC Cleared
5 53 (31.74%) Microsoft Office
5 53 (31.74%) Office 365
6 42 (25.15%) Active Directory
7 37 (22.16%) SharePoint
7 37 (22.16%) Windows Server
8 35 (20.96%) Azure
9 31 (18.56%) Public Sector
10 28 (16.77%) SCCM
11 25 (14.97%) PowerShell
12 24 (14.37%) Microsoft Excel
12 24 (14.37%) Analytical Skills
13 22 (13.17%) Problem-Solving
14 21 (12.57%) Power Platform
14 21 (12.57%) MS Exchange
14 21 (12.57%) Business Intelligence
15 20 (11.98%) Citrix
15 20 (11.98%) Windows Server 2008
15 20 (11.98%) Incident Management
16 18 (10.78%) DNS
16 18 (10.78%) .NET
16 18 (10.78%) SQL
16 18 (10.78%) Finance
16 18 (10.78%) OneDrive
16 18 (10.78%) Power BI
17 17 (10.18%) Project Management
17 17 (10.18%) ITIL

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 37 (22.16%) SharePoint
2 21 (12.57%) MS Exchange
3 15 (8.98%) Exchange Server 2007
3 15 (8.98%) Exchange Server 2013
3 15 (8.98%) SharePoint Server
4 12 (7.19%) Skype for Business
5 8 (4.79%) Apache
5 8 (4.79%) IIS
5 8 (4.79%) Jetty
5 8 (4.79%) Mongrel
5 8 (4.79%) nginx
5 8 (4.79%) Tomcat
5 8 (4.79%) WebSphere
6 6 (3.59%) Confluence
7 2 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 53 (31.74%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (14.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (9.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.20%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 1 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 53 (31.74%) Office 365
2 35 (20.96%) Azure
3 21 (12.57%) Power Platform
4 18 (10.78%) OneDrive
5 16 (9.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (8.98%) PowerApps
7 11 (6.59%) AWS
8 8 (4.79%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (4.19%) GCP
9 7 (4.19%) Google App Engine
10 6 (3.59%) GitHub
11 4 (2.40%) IaaS
11 4 (2.40%) PaaS
12 3 (1.80%) Microsoft Flow
12 3 (1.80%) SaaS
13 1 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.60%) G Suite
13 1 (0.60%) Serverless
13 1 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (10.78%) DNS
2 14 (8.38%) DHCP
2 14 (8.38%) Skype
3 9 (5.39%) TCP/IP
4 8 (4.79%) FTP
4 8 (4.79%) HTTP
4 8 (4.79%) IPsec
4 8 (4.79%) PBX
4 8 (4.79%) SSL
4 8 (4.79%) Unified Communications
5 7 (4.19%) VPN
6 5 (2.99%) WAN
7 4 (2.40%) LAN
8 3 (1.80%) Firewall
9 2 (1.20%) iSCSI
9 2 (1.20%) SAN
9 2 (1.20%) VoIP
10 1 (0.60%) Internet
10 1 (0.60%) MPLS
10 1 (0.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.78%) Power BI
2 8 (4.79%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.20%) DTS
6 1 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.60%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.60%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 14 (8.38%) Jenkins
2 8 (4.79%) Travis CI
3 7 (4.19%) Cucumber
3 7 (4.19%) Selenium
4 6 (3.59%) Gatling
4 6 (3.59%) JIRA
5 3 (1.80%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.60%) GitLab
7 1 (0.60%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.60%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 31 (18.56%) Public Sector
2 18 (10.78%) Finance
3 1 (0.60%) Back Office
3 1 (0.60%) Front Office
3 1 (0.60%) Legal
3 1 (0.60%) Publishing
3 1 (0.60%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (18.56%) Analyst
2 13 (7.78%) IT Support
3 12 (7.19%) Developer
4 11 (6.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 11 (6.59%) Data Analyst
4 11 (6.59%) Support Engineer
5 10 (5.99%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (4.79%) IT Analyst
6 8 (4.79%) Support Officer
6 8 (4.79%) Test Analyst
7 7 (4.19%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 7 (4.19%) Consultant
8 6 (3.59%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (3.59%) Support Analyst
9 5 (2.99%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) Lync Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) SharePoint Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (10.78%) .NET
2 8 (4.79%) J2EE
2 8 (4.79%) Servlets
3 6 (3.59%) XML
4 4 (2.40%) Node.js
5 3 (1.80%) .NET Framework
5 3 (1.80%) AngularJS
5 3 (1.80%) LDAP
6 2 (1.20%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.60%) ADSI
7 1 (0.60%) Apache Cordova
7 1 (0.60%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.60%) CSS
7 1 (0.60%) CSS3
7 1 (0.60%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.60%) HTML
7 1 (0.60%) Ionic Framework
7 1 (0.60%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 24 (14.37%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (9.58%) Management Information System
3 8 (4.79%) Driving Licence
4 6 (3.59%) NHS
5 4 (2.40%) Clustering
6 2 (1.20%) PKI
6 2 (1.20%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.20%) Robotics
7 1 (0.60%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.60%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.60%) Fibre Optics
7 1 (0.60%) iPad
7 1 (0.60%) iPhone
7 1 (0.60%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.60%) Mobile Computing
7 1 (0.60%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.60%) Spread Betting
7 1 (0.60%) User Experience
7 1 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 67 (40.12%) Windows
2 37 (22.16%) Windows Server
3 20 (11.98%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (9.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (5.99%) Windows 10
6 9 (5.39%) Linux
7 8 (4.79%) Windows 7
8 7 (4.19%) Unix
9 3 (1.80%) Android
9 3 (1.80%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.20%) DC/OS
11 1 (0.60%) Amazon Linux
11 1 (0.60%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.60%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (37.72%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (13.17%) Problem-Solving
3 21 (12.57%) Business Intelligence
4 20 (11.98%) Incident Management
5 17 (10.18%) ITIL
5 17 (10.18%) Project Management
6 15 (8.98%) Performance Management
6 15 (8.98%) Software Delivery
6 15 (8.98%) Workflow
6 15 (8.98%) Workflow Management
7 14 (8.38%) Open Source
8 13 (7.78%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (7.19%) Migration
10 11 (6.59%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (5.99%) Data Management
11 10 (5.99%) Test Automation
12 9 (5.39%) Test Scripting
13 8 (4.79%) Configuration Management
13 8 (4.79%) DevOps
13 8 (4.79%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 25 (14.97%) PowerShell
2 18 (10.78%) SQL
3 9 (5.39%) C#
4 8 (4.79%) Java
4 8 (4.79%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.99%) C
6 4 (2.40%) Python
7 2 (1.20%) VBA
8 1 (0.60%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.60%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.60%) VBScript
8 1 (0.60%) XPath
Qualifications
1 66 (39.52%) Security Cleared
2 56 (33.53%) SC Cleared
3 17 (10.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (7.78%) Degree
5 11 (6.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (4.79%) CTC Cleared
7 7 (4.19%) ISEB
7 7 (4.19%) ISTQB
7 7 (4.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (3.59%) CIMA
8 6 (3.59%) CIPFA
9 4 (2.40%) HND
9 4 (2.40%) MCSE
10 2 (1.20%) CCNP
10 2 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (1.20%) CISM
10 2 (1.20%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.60%) AWS Certification
11 1 (0.60%) PMP
11 1 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.79%) QA
2 3 (1.80%) GDPR
2 3 (1.80%) PMO
2 3 (1.80%) SLA
3 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.60%) Data Quality
System Software
1 42 (25.15%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.79%) Xen
3 3 (1.80%) Docker
3 3 (1.80%) XenApp
4 2 (1.20%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.20%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.60%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 1 (0.60%) Firmware
5 1 (0.60%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 28 (16.77%) SCCM
2 12 (7.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 9 (5.39%) Single Sign-On
4 8 (4.79%) Puppet
5 3 (1.80%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.20%) Ansible
6 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.20%) SCOM
6 2 (1.20%) WSUS
7 1 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.60%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (11.98%) Citrix
2 15 (8.98%) Trend Micro
3 10 (5.99%) Google
4 9 (5.39%) VMware
5 7 (4.19%) Oracle
6 6 (3.59%) ServiceNow
7 4 (2.40%) Cisco
8 3 (1.80%) Fujitsu
8 3 (1.80%) Symantec
9 2 (1.20%) Ivanti
9 2 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.20%) Sonus
10 1 (0.60%) Adobe
10 1 (0.60%) Apple
10 1 (0.60%) BT
10 1 (0.60%) HP
10 1 (0.60%) Infor
10 1 (0.60%) Openreach
10 1 (0.60%) Samsung
10 1 (0.60%) SAP