Period
to 6 April 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 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 6 April 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
South East > Oxfordshire
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 3 15
Rank change year-on-year -1 +12 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 80 164 135
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 16.10% 20.42% 10.66%
As % of the Vendors category 42.55% 50.00% 25.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 133 100
Median daily rate £400 £400 £386
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.56% +3.00%
10th Percentile £200 £135 £145
90th Percentile £538 £525 £575
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 11
Median hourly rate £14.00 - £17.50
10th Percentile £10.75 - £10.00
90th Percentile £26.33 - £19.00
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £14.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +21.43% -20.00% +23.24%

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 Oxfordshire.

All Vendors
Oxfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 188 328 521
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 37.83% 40.85% 41.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 245 377
Median daily rate £425 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £145 £269
90th Percentile £603 £588 £590
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 17
Median hourly rate £17.00 £24.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.17% +54.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.93 £13.19 £11.80
90th Percentile £47.50 £27.00 £18.85
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -2.86% +12.90%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxfordshire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Oxfordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Oxfordshire.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Oxfordshire over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Oxfordshire.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in Oxfordshire over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Oxfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Oxfordshire region over the 6 months to 6 April 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
Oxford -2 35 £425 +13.33% 32
Abingdon +6 12 £375 - 7
Kidlington -2 6 £210 -52.00% 4
Witney +1 5 - - 2
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 6 April 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 Oxfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 39 (48.75%) Azure
2 29 (36.25%) Windows
3 26 (32.50%) Active Directory
4 23 (28.75%) SQL
5 22 (27.50%) Microsoft Office
5 22 (27.50%) Office 365
6 21 (26.25%) C#
7 20 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
8 18 (22.50%) DevOps
9 17 (21.25%) Windows 10
9 17 (21.25%) .NET
10 15 (18.75%) SQL Server
10 15 (18.75%) MVC
11 14 (17.50%) JavaScript
12 12 (15.00%) ASP.NET
12 12 (15.00%) Kubernetes
12 12 (15.00%) Docker
12 12 (15.00%) Windows 7
12 12 (15.00%) Git (software)
12 12 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (13.75%) Degree
13 11 (13.75%) XML
13 11 (13.75%) Migration
14 10 (12.50%) AWS
15 9 (11.25%) Test Automation
15 9 (11.25%) HTML
15 9 (11.25%) T-SQL
15 9 (11.25%) SDLC
16 8 (10.00%) Windows Server
16 8 (10.00%) DHCP

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxfordshire 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 5 (6.25%) Apache
1 5 (6.25%) IIS
1 5 (6.25%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (2.50%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.50%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 22 (27.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (3.75%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 39 (48.75%) Azure
2 22 (27.50%) Office 365
3 10 (12.50%) AWS
4 6 (7.50%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (6.25%) GCP
6 3 (3.75%) Azure Data Factory
6 3 (3.75%) Azure Functions
6 3 (3.75%) Power Platform
6 3 (3.75%) Serverless
7 2 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (2.50%) PowerApps
7 2 (2.50%) Yammer
8 1 (1.25%) Asana
8 1 (1.25%) Azure Stack
8 1 (1.25%) G Suite
8 1 (1.25%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.00%) DHCP
2 6 (7.50%) DNS
3 3 (3.75%) SAN
3 3 (3.75%) VPN
4 2 (2.50%) Firewall
4 2 (2.50%) Skype
4 2 (2.50%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.50%) VoIP
5 1 (1.25%) LAN
5 1 (1.25%) VLAN
5 1 (1.25%) WAN
5 1 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.25%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.75%) Data Lake
3 6 (7.50%) Apache Cassandra
3 6 (7.50%) Big Data
3 6 (7.50%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (7.50%) NoSQL
4 3 (3.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (2.50%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.25%) MySQL
6 1 (1.25%) PolyBase
6 1 (1.25%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 12 (15.00%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 6 (7.50%) Public Sector
2 3 (3.75%) Finance
2 3 (3.75%) Pharmaceutical
2 3 (3.75%) Retail
3 2 (2.50%) Marketing
3 2 (2.50%) Police
4 1 (1.25%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.25%) Avionics
4 1 (1.25%) Electronics
4 1 (1.25%) Games
4 1 (1.25%) Law
4 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (25.00%) Developer
2 13 (16.25%) Analyst
3 11 (13.75%) Support Engineer
4 10 (12.50%) IT Support
5 9 (11.25%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (11.25%) Desktop Support
5 9 (11.25%) Support Analyst
6 8 (10.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 8 (10.00%) Architect
7 7 (8.75%) .NET Developer
7 7 (8.75%) Applications Architect
7 7 (8.75%) DevOps Developer
7 7 (8.75%) IT Engineer
7 7 (8.75%) IT Support Engineer
7 7 (8.75%) Microsoft Developer
7 7 (8.75%) Windows Engineer
8 6 (7.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 6 (7.50%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 6 (7.50%) Integration Architect
8 6 (7.50%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (21.25%) .NET
2 12 (15.00%) ASP.NET
3 11 (13.75%) XML
4 9 (11.25%) HTML
5 8 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 8 (10.00%) CSS
5 8 (10.00%) jQuery
5 8 (10.00%) Kafka
6 7 (8.75%) .NET Framework
6 7 (8.75%) Entity Framework
6 7 (8.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 7 (8.75%) XSLT
7 6 (7.50%) Redux
7 6 (7.50%) Web Services
8 4 (5.00%) SOAP
9 2 (2.50%) LAMP
9 2 (2.50%) REST
9 2 (2.50%) SailPoint
9 2 (2.50%) WCF
9 2 (2.50%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.75%) Self-Motivation
2 5 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (5.00%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.50%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.50%) PKI
5 1 (1.25%) BYOD
5 1 (1.25%) iPhone
5 1 (1.25%) Life Science
5 1 (1.25%) NHS
5 1 (1.25%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 29 (36.25%) Windows
2 17 (21.25%) Windows 10
3 12 (15.00%) Windows 7
4 8 (10.00%) Windows Server
5 6 (7.50%) Windows 8
6 3 (3.75%) Linux
6 3 (3.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.50%) Mac OS X
7 2 (2.50%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.25%) Android
8 1 (1.25%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (22.50%) DevOps
3 15 (18.75%) MVC
4 12 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
5 11 (13.75%) Migration
6 9 (11.25%) SDLC
6 9 (11.25%) Test Automation
7 8 (10.00%) ITIL
8 7 (8.75%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (7.50%) Artificial Intelligence
9 6 (7.50%) Creative Thinking
9 6 (7.50%) CRM
9 6 (7.50%) Deep Learning
9 6 (7.50%) Machine Learning
9 6 (7.50%) SOA
9 6 (7.50%) Software Delivery
9 6 (7.50%) Test Scripting
9 6 (7.50%) Unit Testing
10 5 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (5.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.75%) SQL
2 21 (26.25%) C#
3 14 (17.50%) JavaScript
4 9 (11.25%) T-SQL
5 7 (8.75%) XAML
6 5 (6.25%) Python
7 1 (1.25%) F#
7 1 (1.25%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 11 (13.75%) Degree
2 4 (5.00%) DBS Check
3 2 (2.50%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.25%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.25%) PhD
4 1 (1.25%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.25%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.25%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.00%) QA
2 2 (2.50%) GxP
3 1 (1.25%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.25%) ECSS
3 1 (1.25%) GDPR
System Software
1 26 (32.50%) Active Directory
2 12 (15.00%) Docker
3 5 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.75%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (2.50%) vSphere
6 1 (1.25%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 12 (15.00%) Kubernetes
2 4 (5.00%) SCCM
3 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (2.50%) AirWatch
4 2 (2.50%) Ansible
5 1 (1.25%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 8 (10.00%) VMware
2 7 (8.75%) Xamarin
3 6 (7.50%) Google
4 5 (6.25%) Cisco
5 2 (2.50%) Actuate
5 2 (2.50%) Adobe
5 2 (2.50%) Apple
5 2 (2.50%) CommVault
5 2 (2.50%) Meraki
5 2 (2.50%) Oracle
5 2 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.25%) Dell
6 1 (1.25%) Ruckus Wireless
6 1 (1.25%) SAP
6 1 (1.25%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.25%) SonicWALL
6 1 (1.25%) Sophos
6 1 (1.25%) Tableau
6 1 (1.25%) Veeam
6 1 (1.25%) Veritas