Period
to 21 November 2017

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 21 November 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.

Microsoft
England > South East
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 6 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2256 2161 2615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.41% 13.00% 13.57%
As % of the Vendors category 27.88% 26.89% 28.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1354 1295 1521
South East median daily rate £375 £371 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +6.00% -
10th Percentile £150 £166 £163
90th Percentile £538 £526 £488
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 178 228
South East median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £9.25 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £39.80 £43.75 £31.23
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%

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 the South East.

All Vendors
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 8091 8036 9168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 48.08% 48.33% 47.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4651 4621 5123
South East median daily rate £418 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.38% +3.23% +6.16%
10th Percentile £238 £224 £225
90th Percentile £575 £556 £533
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 341 398 432
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -13.51% +19.35%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.00 £44.88
England median hourly rate £17.25 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.47% -2.86% +6.06%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the South East over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the South East over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South East region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
Thames Valley -1 1002 £400 +2.56% 142
Hampshire +1 572 £350 - 88
Berkshire -1 503 £450 +12.50% 55
Surrey -2 349 £375 -1.32% 61
Buckinghamshire 0 340 £388 -3.13% 36
Oxfordshire +2 157 £400 +14.29% 51
West Sussex 0 131 £350 -4.74% 20
East Sussex +15 76 £345 +38.00% 13
Kent -8 70 £350 - 18
Middlesex -9 15 £450 +28.57% 3
Sussex +4 8 £400 -
Isle of Wight 0 2 £157 +15.93%
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 South East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 844 (37.41%) Windows
2 574 (25.44%) Active Directory
3 485 (21.50%) SQL Server
4 446 (19.77%) Microsoft Office
5 441 (19.55%) Agile Software Development
6 386 (17.11%) SQL
7 351 (15.56%) .NET
7 351 (15.56%) Microsoft Azure
8 348 (15.43%) Finance
9 344 (15.25%) C#
10 331 (14.67%) VMware
11 327 (14.49%) Office 365
12 318 (14.10%) Windows Server
13 298 (13.21%) Microsoft Excel
14 290 (12.85%) Security Cleared
15 280 (12.41%) ITIL
16 227 (10.06%) SC Cleared
17 220 (9.75%) PowerShell
18 217 (9.62%) Migration
19 211 (9.35%) Web Services
19 211 (9.35%) Oracle
20 210 (9.31%) Project Management
21 206 (9.13%) SharePoint
22 205 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
23 198 (8.78%) VMware Infrastructure
24 196 (8.69%) Windows Server 2012
25 191 (8.47%) Windows 7
25 191 (8.47%) MS Exchange
26 189 (8.38%) Scrum
27 184 (8.16%) Linux

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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
1 206 (9.13%) SharePoint
2 191 (8.47%) MS Exchange
3 108 (4.79%) Skype for Business
4 85 (3.77%) IIS
5 63 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2010
6 36 (1.60%) Confluence
7 34 (1.51%) CMS
7 34 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
8 30 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
9 27 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2013
10 24 (1.06%) MS Project Server
11 21 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
12 17 (0.75%) JBoss
13 16 (0.71%) SAS
14 15 (0.66%) OpenStack
14 15 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 15 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
15 14 (0.62%) Apache
16 13 (0.58%) Drupal
17 11 (0.49%) Alfresco
Applications
1 446 (19.77%) Microsoft Office
2 298 (13.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 163 (7.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 118 (5.23%) Microsoft Project
5 73 (3.24%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.13%) SPSS
9 2 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.089%) XMetaL
10 1 (0.044%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.044%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 97 (4.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (1.60%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
4 13 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.35%) Primavera
6 6 (0.27%) Eloqua
7 5 (0.22%) Maximo
8 4 (0.18%) Markit EDM
8 4 (0.18%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.18%) SAP SD
9 3 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
9 3 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.13%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 3 (0.13%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.089%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.089%) SAP CO
10 2 (0.089%) SAP FI
10 2 (0.089%) SAP PM
10 2 (0.089%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 351 (15.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 327 (14.49%) Office 365
3 139 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
4 87 (3.86%) IaaS
5 76 (3.37%) PaaS
6 45 (1.99%) SaaS
7 40 (1.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 40 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
8 30 (1.33%) Dynamics 365
9 20 (0.89%) OneDrive
10 10 (0.44%) iPaaS
10 10 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
11 8 (0.35%) Boomi
11 8 (0.35%) GitHub
11 8 (0.35%) Mimecast
12 7 (0.31%) Azure Data Factory
12 7 (0.31%) Slack
13 5 (0.22%) Serverless
14 4 (0.18%) Amazon Glacier
14 4 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 161 (7.14%) DNS
2 128 (5.67%) DHCP
3 121 (5.36%) Firewall
4 112 (4.96%) TCP/IP
5 99 (4.39%) WAN
6 97 (4.30%) LAN
6 97 (4.30%) SAN
7 73 (3.24%) Skype
8 64 (2.84%) VPN
9 52 (2.30%) VoIP
10 45 (1.99%) Internet
11 40 (1.77%) Network Security
12 39 (1.73%) LDAP
12 39 (1.73%) NAS
13 34 (1.51%) NetScaler
14 30 (1.33%) Remote Desktop
15 29 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
16 27 (1.20%) Kerberos
17 25 (1.11%) Fibre Channel
18 23 (1.02%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 485 (21.50%) SQL Server
2 116 (5.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 93 (4.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 68 (3.01%) SQL Server 2008
5 59 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
6 50 (2.22%) Oracle Database
7 49 (2.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 47 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
9 42 (1.86%) SQL Server 2016
10 35 (1.55%) Power BI
11 31 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
12 30 (1.33%) Relational Database
13 23 (1.02%) MySQL
14 22 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
15 21 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
16 20 (0.89%) GIS
16 20 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
17 18 (0.80%) Data Mining
17 18 (0.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 18 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 129 (5.72%) Visual Studio
2 116 (5.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 57 (2.53%) Git (software)
4 55 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
5 47 (2.08%) JIRA
6 44 (1.95%) Selenium
7 26 (1.15%) SoapUI
8 21 (0.93%) Ant
8 21 (0.93%) Eclipse
8 21 (0.93%) Jenkins
8 21 (0.93%) SpecFlow
8 21 (0.93%) Subversion
9 17 (0.75%) Oracle APEX
10 16 (0.71%) LoadRunner
10 16 (0.71%) TeamCity
11 15 (0.66%) HP UFT
12 14 (0.62%) TestNG
13 13 (0.58%) NUnit
14 10 (0.44%) Maven
14 10 (0.44%) WiX
General
1 348 (15.43%) Finance
2 125 (5.54%) Telecoms
3 75 (3.32%) Retail
4 50 (2.22%) Legal
5 49 (2.17%) Marketing
6 48 (2.13%) Advertising
7 46 (2.04%) Banking
8 31 (1.37%) Publishing
9 24 (1.06%) Mandarin Language
10 20 (0.89%) Back Office
10 20 (0.89%) Billing
11 13 (0.58%) Automotive
12 12 (0.53%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.40%) Aerospace
13 9 (0.40%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.31%) German Language
14 7 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.27%) Military
15 6 (0.27%) Spanish Language
16 5 (0.22%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 420 (18.62%) Developer
2 365 (16.18%) Analyst
3 239 (10.59%) Architect
4 167 (7.40%) .NET Developer
5 131 (5.81%) Support Engineer
6 127 (5.63%) Project Manager
7 105 (4.65%) Consultant
8 96 (4.26%) Service Analyst
9 95 (4.21%) C# Developer
10 92 (4.08%) Service Desk Analyst
11 91 (4.03%) SQL Developer
12 79 (3.50%) C# .NET Developer
12 79 (3.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 72 (3.19%) Administrator
14 69 (3.06%) Desktop Support
14 69 (3.06%) Support Analyst
15 66 (2.93%) 1st Line Support
16 63 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
16 63 (2.79%) Solutions Architect
17 60 (2.66%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 351 (15.56%) .NET
2 211 (9.35%) Web Services
3 153 (6.78%) ASP.NET
4 144 (6.38%) HTML
5 133 (5.90%) CSS
6 98 (4.34%) ASP.NET MVC
7 94 (4.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 94 (4.17%) WCF
8 89 (3.95%) XML
9 71 (3.15%) AngularJS
10 70 (3.10%) jQuery
11 69 (3.06%) .NET Framework
11 69 (3.06%) REST
12 68 (3.01%) SOAP
13 44 (1.95%) Ajax
13 44 (1.95%) JSON
14 35 (1.55%) Middleware
15 33 (1.46%) Entity Framework
16 32 (1.42%) RESTful
17 29 (1.29%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 205 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (3.86%) Management Information System
3 55 (2.44%) N-Tier
4 50 (2.22%) Data Centre
5 41 (1.82%) Replication
6 35 (1.55%) Clustering
6 35 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
7 31 (1.37%) Computer Science
8 29 (1.29%) CMDB
8 29 (1.29%) User Experience
9 26 (1.15%) Enterprise Storage
10 23 (1.02%) Mobile App
11 19 (0.84%) Driving Licence
12 18 (0.80%) Client/Server
13 16 (0.71%) PKI
13 16 (0.71%) Social Media
13 16 (0.71%) Virtual Team
14 15 (0.66%) Smartphone
15 14 (0.62%) Blackberry
15 14 (0.62%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 844 (37.41%) Windows
2 318 (14.10%) Windows Server
3 196 (8.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 191 (8.47%) Windows 7
5 184 (8.16%) Linux
6 175 (7.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 156 (6.91%) Windows 10
8 116 (5.14%) Unix
9 72 (3.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 68 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 44 (1.95%) Windows 8
12 41 (1.82%) Windows XP
13 37 (1.64%) Solaris
14 34 (1.51%) Apple iOS
15 29 (1.29%) Android
16 17 (0.75%) Windows Vista
17 9 (0.40%) AIX
17 9 (0.40%) SUSE
17 9 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
18 8 (0.35%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 441 (19.55%) Agile Software Development
2 280 (12.41%) ITIL
3 217 (9.62%) Migration
4 210 (9.31%) Project Management
5 189 (8.38%) Scrum
6 178 (7.89%) MVC
7 141 (6.25%) CRM
8 139 (6.16%) Business Intelligence
9 112 (4.96%) PRINCE2
10 111 (4.92%) Change Management
11 103 (4.57%) Stakeholder Management
12 98 (4.34%) DevOps
13 97 (4.30%) SDLC
14 95 (4.21%) TDD
14 95 (4.21%) Web Development
15 91 (4.03%) Service Delivery
16 88 (3.90%) TOGAF
17 84 (3.72%) Continuous Integration
17 84 (3.72%) ETL
18 76 (3.37%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 386 (17.11%) SQL
2 344 (15.25%) C#
3 220 (9.75%) PowerShell
4 180 (7.98%) JavaScript
5 122 (5.41%) Java
6 94 (4.17%) T-SQL
7 44 (1.95%) Python
8 34 (1.51%) VB.NET
9 26 (1.15%) C
10 25 (1.11%) TypeScript
10 25 (1.11%) VBA
11 24 (1.06%) C++
12 20 (0.89%) VB
13 18 (0.80%) F#
13 18 (0.80%) VBScript
14 13 (0.58%) Perl
15 10 (0.44%) Ruby
16 9 (0.40%) PL/SQL
16 9 (0.40%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.27%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 290 (12.85%) Security Cleared
2 227 (10.06%) SC Cleared
3 172 (7.62%) Microsoft Certification
4 155 (6.87%) Degree
5 98 (4.34%) DV Cleared
5 98 (4.34%) MCSE
6 39 (1.73%) MCSA
7 37 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
8 34 (1.51%) MCP
8 34 (1.51%) PMI Certification
9 31 (1.37%) CCNA
10 29 (1.29%) PMP
11 26 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 24 (1.06%) ISEB
13 21 (0.93%) MCDST
14 18 (0.80%) ISTQB
14 18 (0.80%) MCITP
15 17 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
15 17 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
16 14 (0.62%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (4.34%) SLA
2 58 (2.57%) QA
3 53 (2.35%) PMO
4 25 (1.11%) Data Quality
4 25 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 21 (0.93%) GDPR
6 10 (0.44%) P3O
7 9 (0.40%) ISO 9001
7 9 (0.40%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.27%) JSP 440
8 6 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.22%) COBIT
10 4 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
11 3 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.089%) IEC 62304
12 2 (0.089%) RosettaNet
13 1 (0.044%) GAAP
13 1 (0.044%) GxP
13 1 (0.044%) ISO 8583
13 1 (0.044%) PSD2
System Software
1 574 (25.44%) Active Directory
2 198 (8.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 128 (5.67%) Hyper-V
4 122 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
5 57 (2.53%) vSphere
6 52 (2.30%) XenDesktop
7 48 (2.13%) XenApp
8 45 (1.99%) Virtual Machines
9 38 (1.68%) XenServer
10 35 (1.55%) Docker
11 33 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
12 27 (1.20%) NFS
13 24 (1.06%) BitLocker
13 24 (1.06%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 24 (1.06%) Veritas File System
14 8 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
15 7 (0.31%) Terminal Services
15 7 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
16 5 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
17 4 (0.18%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 149 (6.60%) SCCM
2 63 (2.79%) SCOM
3 58 (2.57%) NetBackup
4 39 (1.73%) McAfee ePO
5 38 (1.68%) Norton AntiVirus
6 30 (1.33%) Microsoft Intune
7 24 (1.06%) WSUS
8 20 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 17 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
9 17 (0.75%) Puppet
10 15 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (0.58%) Ansible
12 12 (0.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 11 (0.49%) AirWatch
13 11 (0.49%) Jamf Pro
13 11 (0.49%) vCenter Server
14 10 (0.44%) Backup Exec
15 8 (0.35%) Nagios
15 8 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 6 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 331 (14.67%) VMware
2 211 (9.35%) Oracle
3 173 (7.67%) Citrix
4 134 (5.94%) Cisco
5 119 (5.27%) HP
6 74 (3.28%) SAP
7 71 (3.15%) NetApp
8 67 (2.97%) Symantec
9 62 (2.75%) IBM
10 60 (2.66%) Red Hat
11 52 (2.30%) McAfee
12 36 (1.60%) Veritas
13 34 (1.51%) Remedy
14 28 (1.24%) Dell
15 26 (1.15%) Brocade
15 26 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
16 25 (1.11%) Apple
17 24 (1.06%) ServiceNow
18 23 (1.02%) EMC
18 23 (1.02%) Tableau