Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 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
England > South East
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,237 1,995 2,475
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.38% 12.51% 13.50%
As % of the Vendors category 28.43% 25.65% 27.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,314 1,125 1,489
South East median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £173 £160 £175
90th Percentile £544 £538 £538
England median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 185 179
South East median hourly rate £14.29 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.47% -3.33% -4.76%
10th Percentile £10.03 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £25.11 £44.05 £42.50
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.38 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.07% -3.91% +0.13%

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 7,869 7,777 8,912
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 47.06% 48.77% 48.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,534 4,317 5,306
South East median daily rate £425 £417 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.83% +4.34% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £233
90th Percentile £575 £558 £545
England median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 342 355 406
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -4.00% -1.79%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.00 £46.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.45
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.58% -0.29%

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 15 August 2018.

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 15 August 2018.

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 15 August 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
Thames Valley 0 937 £400 - 268
Hampshire 0 607 £400 +6.67% 144
Berkshire -1 458 £425 +6.25% 131
Surrey 0 397 £425 +13.33% 86
Buckinghamshire +4 300 £361 -9.69% 68
Oxfordshire +10 179 £400 +14.29% 69
West Sussex -1 138 £375 -3.54% 28
Kent +2 54 £353 +0.71% 30
East Sussex +1 49 £350 -9.68% 21
Middlesex +10 18 £375 -21.05% 5
M4 Corridor - 9 £450 -
Sussex +4 4 £538 +10.26%
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 South East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 784 (35.05%) Windows
2 616 (27.54%) Active Directory
3 559 (24.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 532 (23.78%) Microsoft Office
5 450 (20.12%) SQL Server
6 445 (19.89%) Agile Software Development
7 426 (19.04%) SQL
8 371 (16.58%) Finance
9 364 (16.27%) Office 365
10 358 (16.00%) .NET
11 353 (15.78%) VMware
12 352 (15.74%) Windows Server
13 328 (14.66%) C#
14 320 (14.30%) Security Cleared
15 301 (13.46%) Microsoft Excel
16 276 (12.34%) ITIL
17 271 (12.11%) Oracle
18 255 (11.40%) SharePoint
19 251 (11.22%) SC Cleared
20 244 (10.91%) PowerShell
21 240 (10.73%) Analytical Skills
22 234 (10.46%) Migration
23 221 (9.88%) VMware Infrastructure
24 213 (9.52%) Project Management
25 212 (9.48%) SCCM
26 211 (9.43%) Windows 10
27 202 (9.03%) Citrix
28 187 (8.36%) Windows Server 2012
29 179 (8.00%) JavaScript
30 177 (7.91%) 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
1 255 (11.40%) SharePoint
2 129 (5.77%) MS Exchange
3 108 (4.83%) IIS
4 89 (3.98%) Skype for Business
5 40 (1.79%) SharePoint 2013
6 35 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2010
7 34 (1.52%) Apache
8 26 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
8 26 (1.16%) SharePoint Server
9 25 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
10 24 (1.07%) Apache Spark
11 22 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
11 22 (0.98%) Confluence
12 19 (0.85%) CMS
13 17 (0.76%) WebSphere
14 15 (0.67%) Apache Solr
15 12 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
16 10 (0.45%) Umbraco
17 9 (0.40%) JBoss
18 8 (0.36%) Tomcat
Applications
1 532 (23.78%) Microsoft Office
2 301 (13.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 140 (6.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 115 (5.14%) Microsoft Project
5 97 (4.34%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.36%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.22%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.13%) InDesign
9 3 (0.13%) NUKE
9 3 (0.13%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.13%) SOLIDWORKS
10 2 (0.089%) CATIA
10 2 (0.089%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.089%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.045%) Revit
11 1 (0.045%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.045%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 85 (3.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
5 6 (0.27%) assyst
6 5 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.22%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.18%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.18%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.18%) Scribe Insight
8 3 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.13%) Eloqua
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.13%) Primavera
8 3 (0.13%) SAP HR
8 3 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
8 3 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.089%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 559 (24.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 364 (16.27%) Office 365
3 165 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
4 84 (3.76%) SaaS
5 80 (3.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 68 (3.04%) PaaS
7 59 (2.64%) IaaS
8 48 (2.15%) Dynamics 365
9 44 (1.97%) Azure Data Factory
10 40 (1.79%) Yammer
11 33 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
12 23 (1.03%) OneDrive
13 19 (0.85%) Azure Machine Learning
13 19 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
14 13 (0.58%) Data Lake Analytics
15 12 (0.54%) Serverless
16 11 (0.49%) OpenShift
17 10 (0.45%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
18 9 (0.40%) Azure Functions
19 8 (0.36%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 155 (6.93%) DNS
2 131 (5.86%) Firewall
3 111 (4.96%) SAN
4 90 (4.02%) DHCP
5 85 (3.80%) Skype
6 84 (3.76%) LAN
7 77 (3.44%) WAN
8 73 (3.26%) TCP/IP
9 71 (3.17%) Internet
10 61 (2.73%) VPN
11 35 (1.56%) Network Security
12 29 (1.30%) VoIP
13 28 (1.25%) Remote Desktop
14 25 (1.12%) NetScaler
15 23 (1.03%) PuTTY
15 23 (1.03%) VLAN
15 23 (1.03%) WinSCP
15 23 (1.03%) Wireless
16 20 (0.89%) iSCSI
17 19 (0.85%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 450 (20.12%) SQL Server
2 113 (5.05%) Power BI
3 112 (5.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 79 (3.53%) Oracle Database
5 77 (3.44%) Data Warehouse
5 77 (3.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 68 (3.04%) Relational Database
7 58 (2.59%) SQL Server 2012
8 56 (2.50%) Big Data
9 51 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
10 49 (2.19%) Data Lake
11 46 (2.06%) NoSQL
12 43 (1.92%) Hadoop
13 42 (1.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 40 (1.79%) SQL Server 2016
15 33 (1.48%) Oracle Database 11g
16 31 (1.39%) MongoDB
16 31 (1.39%) MySQL
17 29 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
17 29 (1.30%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 156 (6.97%) Visual Studio
2 149 (6.66%) Team Foundation Server
3 63 (2.82%) Selenium
3 63 (2.82%) Visual Studio Team System
4 55 (2.46%) JIRA
5 51 (2.28%) Git (software)
6 35 (1.56%) Jenkins
7 33 (1.48%) SpecFlow
8 31 (1.39%) SoapUI
9 28 (1.25%) HP UFT
10 25 (1.12%) Oracle APEX
11 22 (0.98%) Ant
12 21 (0.94%) Eclipse
12 21 (0.94%) TestNG
13 18 (0.80%) NUnit
13 18 (0.80%) TeamCity
14 17 (0.76%) Cucumber
14 17 (0.76%) LoadRunner
15 15 (0.67%) Subversion
16 14 (0.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 371 (16.58%) Finance
2 89 (3.98%) Telecoms
3 63 (2.82%) Marketing
4 59 (2.64%) Retail
5 58 (2.59%) Banking
6 33 (1.48%) Advertising
7 31 (1.39%) Legal
8 22 (0.98%) Financial Institution
8 22 (0.98%) Publishing
9 21 (0.94%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.67%) Mandarin Language
11 11 (0.49%) Automotive
11 11 (0.49%) Back Office
11 11 (0.49%) Billing
11 11 (0.49%) Law
12 10 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
13 9 (0.40%) Electronics
14 7 (0.31%) French Language
15 6 (0.27%) Local Government
15 6 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 387 (17.30%) Developer
2 366 (16.36%) Analyst
3 216 (9.66%) Architect
4 148 (6.62%) Project Manager
5 122 (5.45%) Consultant
6 118 (5.27%) Support Engineer
7 109 (4.87%) .NET Developer
8 105 (4.69%) Desktop Support
9 82 (3.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 75 (3.35%) C# Developer
11 72 (3.22%) Support Analyst
12 67 (3.00%) Administrator
13 63 (2.82%) Solutions Architect
14 62 (2.77%) 2nd Line Support
15 61 (2.73%) IT Support
15 61 (2.73%) Service Analyst
16 60 (2.68%) Desktop Engineer
17 55 (2.46%) Service Desk Analyst
18 54 (2.41%) Full Stack Developer
19 53 (2.37%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 358 (16.00%) .NET
2 159 (7.11%) ASP.NET
2 159 (7.11%) HTML
3 153 (6.84%) Web Services
4 118 (5.27%) CSS
5 97 (4.34%) .NET Framework
6 96 (4.29%) jQuery
7 89 (3.98%) ASP.NET Web API
8 79 (3.53%) REST
8 79 (3.53%) XML
9 74 (3.31%) ASP.NET MVC
10 68 (3.04%) AngularJS
11 63 (2.82%) JSON
12 52 (2.32%) Entity Framework
12 52 (2.32%) HTML5
13 50 (2.24%) WCF
14 49 (2.19%) SOAP
15 44 (1.97%) Middleware
16 30 (1.34%) CSS3
17 25 (1.12%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 240 (10.73%) Analytical Skills
2 104 (4.65%) Self-Motivation
3 102 (4.56%) Management Information System
4 68 (3.04%) Data Centre
5 56 (2.50%) Computer Science
6 47 (2.10%) PKI
7 44 (1.97%) Greenfield Project
8 39 (1.74%) Clustering
9 38 (1.70%) Fat Client
9 38 (1.70%) Thin Client
10 34 (1.52%) Mobile App
11 30 (1.34%) User Experience
12 27 (1.21%) Driving Licence
12 27 (1.21%) Replication
13 25 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
14 22 (0.98%) Public Cloud
14 22 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
15 21 (0.94%) Client/Server
15 21 (0.94%) Data Structures
15 21 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 784 (35.05%) Windows
2 352 (15.74%) Windows Server
3 211 (9.43%) Windows 10
4 187 (8.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 177 (7.91%) Linux
6 150 (6.71%) Windows 7
7 117 (5.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 106 (4.74%) Unix
9 58 (2.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (2.24%) Windows Server 2003
11 47 (2.10%) Windows XP
12 45 (2.01%) Solaris
13 40 (1.79%) Apple iOS
14 35 (1.56%) Android
15 26 (1.16%) AIX
16 25 (1.12%) Windows 8
17 19 (0.85%) Mac OS
18 7 (0.31%) CentOS
19 6 (0.27%) Mac OS X
19 6 (0.27%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (19.89%) Agile Software Development
2 276 (12.34%) ITIL
3 234 (10.46%) Migration
4 213 (9.52%) Project Management
5 156 (6.97%) Business Intelligence
6 147 (6.57%) Scrum
7 135 (6.03%) PRINCE2
8 131 (5.86%) Problem-Solving
9 129 (5.77%) DevOps
10 127 (5.68%) MVC
11 123 (5.50%) Stakeholder Management
12 119 (5.32%) CRM
13 112 (5.01%) Change Management
14 111 (4.96%) Analytics
15 103 (4.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 96 (4.29%) Test Automation
17 93 (4.16%) Service Management
18 75 (3.35%) Service Delivery
19 67 (3.00%) Workflow
20 65 (2.91%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 426 (19.04%) SQL
2 328 (14.66%) C#
3 244 (10.91%) PowerShell
4 179 (8.00%) JavaScript
5 106 (4.74%) Java
6 94 (4.20%) T-SQL
7 41 (1.83%) Python
8 38 (1.70%) VB
9 29 (1.30%) C
9 29 (1.30%) VBA
10 27 (1.21%) C++
11 26 (1.16%) PL/SQL
12 24 (1.07%) F#
13 20 (0.89%) VBScript
14 19 (0.85%) Shell Script
15 18 (0.80%) TypeScript
15 18 (0.80%) VB.NET
16 14 (0.63%) R
17 11 (0.49%) Go
17 11 (0.49%) PHP
Qualifications
1 320 (14.30%) Security Cleared
2 251 (11.22%) SC Cleared
3 154 (6.88%) Degree
4 131 (5.86%) Microsoft Certification
5 93 (4.16%) DV Cleared
6 65 (2.91%) MCSE
7 45 (2.01%) ISEB
8 42 (1.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 38 (1.70%) MCSA
10 34 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 30 (1.34%) ISTQB
12 28 (1.25%) MCP
13 25 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
14 23 (1.03%) PMI Certification
15 22 (0.98%) ISEB Practitioner
16 21 (0.94%) PMP
17 17 (0.76%) DBS Check
17 17 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 16 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
19 14 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (3.58%) QA
2 71 (3.17%) PMO
3 61 (2.73%) GDPR
4 57 (2.55%) SLA
5 36 (1.61%) Data Quality
6 21 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 19 (0.85%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 8 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.31%) ISAE 3402
9 7 (0.31%) ISO 22301
9 7 (0.31%) ISO 31000
9 7 (0.31%) ISO 9001
9 7 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 6 (0.27%) P3O
11 3 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.089%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.045%) GAAP
13 1 (0.045%) GCP
13 1 (0.045%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 616 (27.54%) Active Directory
2 221 (9.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 121 (5.41%) Hyper-V
4 86 (3.84%) vSphere
5 83 (3.71%) VMware ESXi
6 65 (2.91%) Microsoft App-V
7 63 (2.82%) XenApp
8 45 (2.01%) XenDesktop
9 39 (1.74%) Docker
10 34 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
11 31 (1.39%) XenServer
12 18 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
13 15 (0.67%) DFS Replication
14 14 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
15 12 (0.54%) NFS
16 9 (0.40%) BitLocker
17 6 (0.27%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 5 (0.22%) vCloud
19 4 (0.18%) Terminal Services
19 4 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 212 (9.48%) SCCM
2 82 (3.67%) Microsoft Intune
3 53 (2.37%) SCOM
4 44 (1.97%) WSUS
5 38 (1.70%) HP ALM
6 30 (1.34%) Puppet
7 29 (1.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 29 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 25 (1.12%) Ansible
9 21 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
9 21 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (0.89%) Data Guard
10 20 (0.89%) Kubernetes
11 17 (0.76%) NetBackup
12 15 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
13 14 (0.63%) Terraform
13 14 (0.63%) vRealize
14 13 (0.58%) AirWatch
14 13 (0.58%) vCenter Server
15 11 (0.49%) Nessus
Vendors
1 353 (15.78%) VMware
2 271 (12.11%) Oracle
3 202 (9.03%) Citrix
4 162 (7.24%) HP
5 134 (5.99%) Cisco
6 103 (4.60%) SAP
7 71 (3.17%) NetApp
8 70 (3.13%) Red Hat
9 62 (2.77%) McAfee
10 50 (2.24%) IBM
10 50 (2.24%) Remedy
11 46 (2.06%) Google
12 41 (1.83%) ServiceNow
13 38 (1.70%) Apple
14 30 (1.34%) SolarWinds
15 28 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
16 26 (1.16%) CheckPoint
17 25 (1.12%) Software AG
17 25 (1.12%) webMethods
18 24 (1.07%) Veeam