Period
to 17 August 2019

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 17 August 2019 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 5 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,199 2,255 2,018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.90% 13.41% 12.64%
As % of the Vendors category 30.89% 28.67% 25.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,378 1,330 1,142
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.19% +1.40%
10th Percentile £190 £175 £160
90th Percentile £588 £544 £538
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 171 187
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £14.43 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.88% -0.48% -3.33%
10th Percentile £10.48 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £63.75 £25.00 £44.55
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%

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 7,119 7,866 7,795
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 48.23% 46.79% 48.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,228 4,522 4,306
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £606 £575 £563
England median daily rate £460 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.22% +2.86% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 341 359
South East median hourly rate £19.73 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.06% +3.03% -5.44%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £60.30 £47.50 £45.00
England median hourly rate £19.31 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +10.34% +2.94% -2.37%

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019. 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 +1 907 £425 +6.25% 432
Hampshire +1 597 £425 +6.25% 246
Berkshire +2 591 £438 +2.94% 207
Surrey +4 341 £443 +7.27% 194
Buckinghamshire -1 199 £438 +20.52% 97
West Sussex +1 131 £400 +6.67% 67
Oxfordshire -1 118 £275 -31.25% 128
Kent +3 87 £400 +18.08% 93
East Sussex +5 81 £425 +21.43% 31
Middlesex +11 25 £475 +26.67%
Sussex +4 5 - - 1
Home Counties - 3 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 2019, 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 South East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 803 (36.52%) Windows
2 774 (35.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 584 (26.56%) Active Directory
4 446 (20.28%) Microsoft Office
5 418 (19.01%) SQL
6 413 (18.78%) Office 365
7 386 (17.55%) SQL Server
8 377 (17.14%) Agile Software Development
9 369 (16.78%) Security Cleared
10 305 (13.87%) VMware
11 299 (13.60%) .NET
12 298 (13.55%) C#
13 290 (13.19%) Windows Server
14 284 (12.91%) Windows 10
14 284 (12.91%) Migration
15 283 (12.87%) Finance
16 274 (12.46%) SharePoint
17 263 (11.96%) SCCM
18 261 (11.87%) SC Cleared
19 254 (11.55%) PowerShell
20 250 (11.37%) Microsoft Excel
21 244 (11.10%) ITIL
22 232 (10.55%) DevOps
23 216 (9.82%) Oracle
24 198 (9.00%) Problem-Solving
25 193 (8.78%) DNS
25 193 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
26 191 (8.69%) PaaS
27 185 (8.41%) Firewall
28 179 (8.14%) IaaS

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
1 274 (12.46%) SharePoint
2 148 (6.73%) MS Exchange
3 123 (5.59%) Skype for Business
4 71 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 69 (3.14%) IIS
6 38 (1.73%) SharePoint Server
7 36 (1.64%) CMS
8 35 (1.59%) Confluence
9 30 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2013
10 25 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
11 24 (1.09%) Apache
12 19 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
13 17 (0.77%) Apache Spark
14 12 (0.55%) Tomcat
15 11 (0.50%) MS Project Server
16 9 (0.41%) WebSphere
17 8 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
17 8 (0.36%) IBM Notes
17 8 (0.36%) WebLogic
18 7 (0.32%) OpenStack
Applications
1 446 (20.28%) Microsoft Office
2 250 (11.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 103 (4.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 79 (3.59%) Microsoft Project
5 51 (2.32%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.091%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.091%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.091%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.045%) CATIA
9 1 (0.045%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 82 (3.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.59%) SAP ERP
4 9 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (0.41%) Primavera
4 9 (0.41%) Sonata
5 7 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.27%) assyst
6 6 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 5 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.18%) Eloqua
9 3 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.14%) HFM
9 3 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.14%) SAP HR
10 2 (0.091%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.091%) Oracle General Ledger
10 2 (0.091%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 774 (35.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 413 (18.78%) Office 365
3 191 (8.69%) PaaS
4 179 (8.14%) IaaS
5 178 (8.09%) Amazon AWS
6 163 (7.41%) SaaS
7 148 (6.73%) Power Platform
8 144 (6.55%) Azure Active Directory
9 107 (4.87%) Dynamics 365
10 41 (1.86%) OneDrive
10 41 (1.86%) Serverless
11 31 (1.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 31 (1.41%) Google Analytics
12 24 (1.09%) Azure Functions
13 23 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
14 20 (0.91%) Azure Data Factory
14 20 (0.91%) GitHub
14 20 (0.91%) OpenShift
15 18 (0.82%) Google Cloud Platform
16 17 (0.77%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 193 (8.78%) DNS
2 185 (8.41%) Firewall
3 140 (6.37%) Skype
4 106 (4.82%) VPN
5 104 (4.73%) TCP/IP
6 96 (4.37%) Internet
6 96 (4.37%) WAN
7 86 (3.91%) DHCP
7 86 (3.91%) SAN
8 85 (3.87%) LAN
9 48 (2.18%) VLAN
10 44 (2.00%) VoIP
11 39 (1.77%) NAS
11 39 (1.77%) Network Security
12 32 (1.46%) NetScaler
13 29 (1.32%) Wireless
14 28 (1.27%) Reverse Proxy
14 28 (1.27%) Unified Communications
15 24 (1.09%) SMTP
16 21 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 386 (17.55%) SQL Server
2 131 (5.96%) Power BI
3 123 (5.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 77 (3.50%) Data Warehouse
5 66 (3.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 64 (2.91%) Data Lake
6 64 (2.91%) Relational Database
7 54 (2.46%) Azure SQL Database
8 46 (2.09%) SQL Server 2016
9 45 (2.05%) SQL Server 2008
9 45 (2.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 38 (1.73%) MongoDB
10 38 (1.73%) MySQL
11 34 (1.55%) Cosmos DB
11 34 (1.55%) Oracle Database
12 33 (1.50%) HDInsight
12 33 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
13 30 (1.36%) RDBMS
14 29 (1.32%) Big Data
15 26 (1.18%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 142 (6.46%) Visual Studio
2 104 (4.73%) Visual Studio Team System
3 74 (3.37%) Git (software)
4 72 (3.27%) JIRA
4 72 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 46 (2.09%) Selenium
6 38 (1.73%) Jenkins
7 31 (1.41%) SpecFlow
8 29 (1.32%) WebDriver
9 23 (1.05%) Cucumber
9 23 (1.05%) Subversion
10 20 (0.91%) Bitbucket
11 16 (0.73%) MSI
11 16 (0.73%) TeamCity
12 14 (0.64%) InstallShield
13 12 (0.55%) MSTest
14 9 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
15 8 (0.36%) MSBuild
16 7 (0.32%) Ranorex
16 7 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 283 (12.87%) Finance
2 99 (4.50%) Telecoms
3 60 (2.73%) Retail
4 46 (2.09%) Legal
5 25 (1.14%) Marketing
6 24 (1.09%) French Language
7 21 (0.95%) German Language
7 21 (0.95%) Military
8 20 (0.91%) Banking
9 17 (0.77%) Billing
9 17 (0.77%) Manufacturing
10 16 (0.73%) Publishing
11 13 (0.59%) Automotive
12 12 (0.55%) Advertising
12 12 (0.55%) Back Office
13 11 (0.50%) Mandarin Language
14 10 (0.45%) Aerospace
14 10 (0.45%) Law
15 8 (0.36%) Electronics
16 5 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 350 (15.92%) Analyst
2 265 (12.05%) Developer
3 260 (11.82%) Architect
4 141 (6.41%) Consultant
5 136 (6.18%) Support Engineer
6 118 (5.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 106 (4.82%) Project Manager
8 92 (4.18%) .NET Developer
9 89 (4.05%) Azure Engineer
10 75 (3.41%) Service Analyst
11 74 (3.37%) Solutions Architect
12 67 (3.05%) Azure Architect
13 66 (3.00%) Service Desk Analyst
14 62 (2.82%) 2nd Line Support
15 61 (2.77%) Business Analyst
16 58 (2.64%) C# Developer
16 58 (2.64%) IT Support
17 56 (2.55%) Desktop Support
18 49 (2.23%) IT Analyst
19 48 (2.18%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 299 (13.60%) .NET
2 126 (5.73%) Web Services
3 117 (5.32%) ASP.NET
4 98 (4.46%) CSS
4 98 (4.46%) HTML
5 85 (3.87%) .NET Framework
6 68 (3.09%) XML
7 66 (3.00%) JSON
8 64 (2.91%) REST
9 62 (2.82%) .NET Core
10 58 (2.64%) ASP.NET Web API
11 54 (2.46%) jQuery
12 53 (2.41%) AngularJS
13 44 (2.00%) SOAP
14 41 (1.86%) Entity Framework
15 37 (1.68%) ASP.NET MVC
16 36 (1.64%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 34 (1.55%) HTML5
18 33 (1.50%) RESTful
19 26 (1.18%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 193 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
2 117 (5.32%) Self-Motivation
3 105 (4.77%) Data Centre
4 100 (4.55%) Management Information System
5 60 (2.73%) Public Cloud
6 48 (2.18%) Clustering
7 47 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
8 39 (1.77%) Replication
9 35 (1.59%) User Experience
10 31 (1.41%) Driving Licence
11 25 (1.14%) Fat Client
11 25 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
11 25 (1.14%) PKI
11 25 (1.14%) Thin Client
12 23 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
13 21 (0.95%) NHS
13 21 (0.95%) Virtual Team
14 17 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
15 16 (0.73%) Client/Server
16 14 (0.64%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 803 (36.52%) Windows
2 290 (13.19%) Windows Server
3 284 (12.91%) Windows 10
4 159 (7.23%) Windows 7
5 122 (5.55%) Linux
6 115 (5.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 108 (4.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 57 (2.59%) Unix
9 53 (2.41%) Windows 8
10 45 (2.05%) Android
10 45 (2.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 45 (2.05%) Windows XP
11 39 (1.77%) Apple iOS
12 32 (1.46%) Mac OS
13 26 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (0.73%) AIX
15 10 (0.45%) Windows Vista
16 8 (0.36%) CentOS
16 8 (0.36%) Solaris
17 7 (0.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 377 (17.14%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (12.91%) Migration
3 244 (11.10%) ITIL
4 232 (10.55%) DevOps
5 198 (9.00%) Problem-Solving
6 178 (8.09%) Project Management
7 173 (7.87%) Business Intelligence
8 133 (6.05%) Analytics
9 130 (5.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 127 (5.78%) Stakeholder Management
10 127 (5.78%) Test Automation
11 113 (5.14%) Scrum
12 112 (5.09%) CRM
13 109 (4.96%) Change Management
14 96 (4.37%) MVC
15 86 (3.91%) Computer Science
16 84 (3.82%) Continuous Integration
17 82 (3.73%) Information Security
18 80 (3.64%) PRINCE2
18 80 (3.64%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 418 (19.01%) SQL
2 298 (13.55%) C#
3 254 (11.55%) PowerShell
4 144 (6.55%) JavaScript
5 75 (3.41%) Python
6 67 (3.05%) Java
7 57 (2.59%) T-SQL
8 34 (1.55%) TypeScript
9 31 (1.41%) C
10 28 (1.27%) VBA
11 27 (1.23%) R
12 21 (0.95%) VB.NET
13 20 (0.91%) VBScript
14 19 (0.86%) PL/SQL
15 18 (0.82%) C++
16 17 (0.77%) Shell Script
17 16 (0.73%) Bash Shell
17 16 (0.73%) VB
18 15 (0.68%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 14 (0.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 369 (16.78%) Security Cleared
2 261 (11.87%) SC Cleared
3 161 (7.32%) Degree
4 151 (6.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 81 (3.68%) MCSE
6 76 (3.46%) DV Cleared
7 72 (3.27%) Cisco Certification
8 55 (2.50%) CCNA
9 35 (1.59%) ISTQB
10 34 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
11 31 (1.41%) CISSP
12 29 (1.32%) MCSA
13 28 (1.27%) TOGAF Certification
14 25 (1.14%) CCNP
15 22 (1.00%) ISEB
15 22 (1.00%) MCITP
15 22 (1.00%) MCP
15 22 (1.00%) PMP
16 21 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 19 (0.86%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (4.27%) QA
2 91 (4.14%) SLA
3 46 (2.09%) PMO
4 41 (1.86%) Data Quality
5 38 (1.73%) GDPR
6 30 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 15 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.64%) NIST
9 13 (0.59%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.45%) COBIT
11 5 (0.23%) P3O
12 4 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
12 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.18%) NCSC
13 3 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.14%) JSP 440
14 2 (0.091%) GMP
14 2 (0.091%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 584 (26.56%) Active Directory
2 161 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 123 (5.59%) Hyper-V
4 60 (2.73%) VMware ESXi
5 59 (2.68%) XenApp
6 52 (2.36%) Docker
7 51 (2.32%) vSphere
8 44 (2.00%) XenDesktop
9 43 (1.96%) Virtual Machines
10 40 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
11 20 (0.91%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 12 (0.55%) DFS Replication
12 12 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
13 11 (0.50%) vCloud
14 8 (0.36%) Terminal Server
14 8 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.32%) LXC
15 7 (0.32%) Terminal Services
16 6 (0.27%) BitLocker
17 4 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 263 (11.96%) SCCM
2 82 (3.73%) Microsoft Intune
3 58 (2.64%) SCOM
4 49 (2.23%) Kubernetes
5 29 (1.32%) WSUS
6 26 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
7 24 (1.09%) Ansible
8 21 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
9 16 (0.73%) SCVMM
10 15 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
10 15 (0.68%) NetBackup
10 15 (0.68%) Puppet
11 14 (0.64%) Data Guard
12 13 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 13 (0.59%) vCenter Server
13 12 (0.55%) Jamf Pro
14 11 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
14 11 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
15 10 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
15 10 (0.45%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 305 (13.87%) VMware
2 216 (9.82%) Oracle
3 167 (7.59%) Cisco
4 159 (7.23%) Citrix
5 77 (3.50%) SAP
6 67 (3.05%) HP
7 60 (2.73%) Dell
7 60 (2.73%) Google
7 60 (2.73%) IBM
8 40 (1.82%) Apple
8 40 (1.82%) Remedy
9 37 (1.68%) Red Hat
10 35 (1.59%) Workday
11 34 (1.55%) NetApp
12 31 (1.41%) McAfee
13 30 (1.36%) Splunk
14 27 (1.23%) F5
14 27 (1.23%) Meraki
15 26 (1.18%) ServiceNow
16 24 (1.09%) Databricks