Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 6 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,113 1,954 2,424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.63% 12.78% 13.43%
As % of the Vendors category 26.95% 26.09% 27.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,193 1,090 1,428
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £185
90th Percentile £544 £538 £538
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 191 201
South East median hourly rate £15.57 £14.40 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.09% -4.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £10.40 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.76%

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 7,841 7,489 8,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 46.87% 48.96% 48.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,485 4,207 5,171
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £253 £236
90th Percentile £575 £550 £545
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 361 430
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.40 £9.31 £9.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +2.86%

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 23 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 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 +1 907 £413 +10.00% 278
Hampshire 0 566 £400 +6.67% 152
Berkshire -1 445 £425 +13.33% 134
Surrey 0 334 £425 +24.00% 104
Buckinghamshire +3 313 £420 +5.00% 78
Oxfordshire +4 149 £380 +8.57% 66
West Sussex +1 111 £350 -17.65% 32
Kent +7 107 £350 +3.70% 62
East Sussex -7 33 £323 -19.38% 21
Middlesex 0 21 £375 -0.27% 4
M4 Corridor - 10 - -
Sussex +3 5 £419 -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 797 (37.72%) Windows
2 582 (27.54%) Active Directory
3 515 (24.37%) Microsoft Office
4 426 (20.16%) Microsoft Azure
5 371 (17.56%) SQL Server
6 365 (17.27%) VMware
7 360 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
8 342 (16.19%) Security Cleared
9 339 (16.04%) SQL
10 324 (15.33%) Windows Server
11 302 (14.29%) Finance
12 296 (14.01%) .NET
13 293 (13.87%) Office 365
14 264 (12.49%) ITIL
15 262 (12.40%) SC Cleared
16 256 (12.12%) Microsoft Excel
17 251 (11.88%) C#
18 234 (11.07%) PowerShell
19 220 (10.41%) Analytical Skills
20 208 (9.84%) Windows Server 2012
21 207 (9.80%) SharePoint
22 202 (9.56%) Project Management
23 199 (9.42%) Migration
24 198 (9.37%) VMware Infrastructure
25 196 (9.28%) Oracle
26 191 (9.04%) Linux
27 176 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
28 174 (8.23%) Windows 10
29 167 (7.90%) SCCM
30 164 (7.76%) Citrix

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
1 207 (9.80%) SharePoint
2 137 (6.48%) MS Exchange
3 87 (4.12%) IIS
4 81 (3.83%) Skype for Business
5 41 (1.94%) SharePoint Server
6 36 (1.70%) Apache
7 30 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2010
8 26 (1.23%) Confluence
9 20 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
10 17 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
11 14 (0.66%) CMS
11 14 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
12 13 (0.62%) Apache Spark
12 13 (0.62%) SAS
13 12 (0.57%) MS Project Server
13 12 (0.57%) WebSphere
14 8 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
15 7 (0.33%) Apache Pig
15 7 (0.33%) IBM Notes
15 7 (0.33%) Mule
Applications
1 515 (24.37%) Microsoft Office
2 256 (12.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 117 (5.54%) Microsoft Project
4 108 (5.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 77 (3.64%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.28%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.24%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.19%) InDesign
10 3 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.14%) SPSS
11 2 (0.095%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.095%) CATIA
11 2 (0.095%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.095%) NUKE
11 2 (0.095%) SOLIDWORKS
12 1 (0.047%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.047%) Mozilla Thunderbird
12 1 (0.047%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 94 (4.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (1.09%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.28%) assyst
5 6 (0.28%) Oracle Cash Management
5 6 (0.28%) Primavera
5 6 (0.28%) SAP CRM
6 5 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
6 5 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
7 4 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.14%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.14%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.14%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
8 3 (0.14%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.14%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 426 (20.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 293 (13.87%) Office 365
3 143 (6.77%) Amazon AWS
4 63 (2.98%) PaaS
5 62 (2.93%) Dynamics 365
6 59 (2.79%) IaaS
7 53 (2.51%) SaaS
8 49 (2.32%) Azure Active Directory
9 36 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
10 30 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
11 20 (0.95%) Yammer
12 16 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
12 16 (0.76%) OpenShift
13 14 (0.66%) OneDrive
14 11 (0.52%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
15 9 (0.43%) NuGet
15 9 (0.43%) Serverless
16 8 (0.38%) npm
17 7 (0.33%) Azure Machine Learning
17 7 (0.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 135 (6.39%) Firewall
2 133 (6.29%) DNS
3 92 (4.35%) SAN
4 87 (4.12%) DHCP
5 82 (3.88%) Skype
6 69 (3.27%) VPN
7 66 (3.12%) TCP/IP
8 64 (3.03%) WAN
9 61 (2.89%) LAN
10 52 (2.46%) Internet
11 27 (1.28%) Network Security
11 27 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
12 25 (1.18%) Wireless
13 24 (1.14%) VoIP
14 23 (1.09%) PuTTY
14 23 (1.09%) WinSCP
15 20 (0.95%) iSCSI
15 20 (0.95%) NetScaler
16 17 (0.80%) NAS
16 17 (0.80%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (17.56%) SQL Server
2 95 (4.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 89 (4.21%) Power BI
4 73 (3.45%) Oracle Database
5 64 (3.03%) Relational Database
5 64 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 62 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
7 55 (2.60%) Big Data
8 45 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
9 44 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
10 38 (1.80%) MySQL
11 35 (1.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 33 (1.56%) Hadoop
12 33 (1.56%) Oracle Database 11g
13 31 (1.47%) Data Lake
13 31 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
14 29 (1.37%) NoSQL
15 26 (1.23%) Oracle Database 10g
16 24 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
17 23 (1.09%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 108 (5.11%) Visual Studio
2 100 (4.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 58 (2.74%) Git (software)
3 58 (2.74%) Selenium
4 41 (1.94%) SpecFlow
5 38 (1.80%) JIRA
6 37 (1.75%) Jenkins
7 36 (1.70%) SoapUI
7 36 (1.70%) Visual Studio Team System
8 24 (1.14%) HP UFT
8 24 (1.14%) Oracle APEX
9 23 (1.09%) Ant
9 23 (1.09%) Eclipse
9 23 (1.09%) TestNG
10 18 (0.85%) NUnit
10 18 (0.85%) Subversion
11 17 (0.80%) MSI
12 15 (0.71%) LoadRunner
13 14 (0.66%) TeamCity
14 13 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 302 (14.29%) Finance
2 70 (3.31%) Telecoms
3 62 (2.93%) Marketing
4 53 (2.51%) Retail
5 38 (1.80%) Advertising
6 33 (1.56%) Legal
7 31 (1.47%) Banking
8 22 (1.04%) Billing
9 20 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 19 (0.90%) Mandarin Language
11 15 (0.71%) Financial Institution
11 15 (0.71%) French Language
12 14 (0.66%) Publishing
13 13 (0.62%) Back Office
14 12 (0.57%) German Language
15 11 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.43%) Law
17 8 (0.38%) Automotive
18 6 (0.28%) Aerospace
18 6 (0.28%) Games
Job Titles
1 311 (14.72%) Developer
2 306 (14.48%) Analyst
3 214 (10.13%) Architect
4 127 (6.01%) Project Manager
5 108 (5.11%) Consultant
5 108 (5.11%) Support Engineer
6 93 (4.40%) Desktop Support
7 76 (3.60%) Windows Engineer
8 70 (3.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 70 (3.31%) Support Analyst
9 69 (3.27%) .NET Developer
10 67 (3.17%) Solutions Architect
10 67 (3.17%) Technical Architect
11 65 (3.08%) Service Analyst
12 61 (2.89%) IT Support
13 59 (2.79%) Service Desk Analyst
14 58 (2.74%) 1st Line Support
15 57 (2.70%) 2nd Line Support
16 53 (2.51%) C# Developer
16 53 (2.51%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 296 (14.01%) .NET
2 142 (6.72%) HTML
3 139 (6.58%) Web Services
4 107 (5.06%) ASP.NET
4 107 (5.06%) CSS
5 82 (3.88%) .NET Framework
6 77 (3.64%) AngularJS
7 68 (3.22%) jQuery
7 68 (3.22%) REST
7 68 (3.22%) SOAP
8 62 (2.93%) JSON
9 56 (2.65%) HTML5
10 51 (2.41%) XML
11 45 (2.13%) ASP.NET Web API
12 40 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC
13 34 (1.61%) Node.js
13 34 (1.61%) WCF
14 33 (1.56%) CSS3
15 28 (1.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 23 (1.09%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 220 (10.41%) Analytical Skills
2 100 (4.73%) Self-Motivation
3 86 (4.07%) Management Information System
4 66 (3.12%) Data Centre
5 60 (2.84%) Clustering
6 49 (2.32%) Computer Science
7 38 (1.80%) Fat Client
7 38 (1.80%) Thin Client
8 33 (1.56%) Mobile App
9 32 (1.51%) User Experience
10 28 (1.33%) PKI
11 27 (1.28%) Driving Licence
11 27 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
12 24 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
13 23 (1.09%) iPad
14 22 (1.04%) CMDB
15 21 (0.99%) Smartphone
16 18 (0.85%) Data Structures
16 18 (0.85%) Replication
17 17 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 797 (37.72%) Windows
2 324 (15.33%) Windows Server
3 208 (9.84%) Windows Server 2012
4 191 (9.04%) Linux
5 174 (8.23%) Windows 10
6 157 (7.43%) Windows 7
7 126 (5.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 98 (4.64%) Windows Server 2003
9 96 (4.54%) Unix
10 50 (2.37%) Apple iOS
11 47 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 37 (1.75%) Android
13 36 (1.70%) Windows XP
14 34 (1.61%) Solaris
15 26 (1.23%) Mac OS
16 18 (0.85%) Windows 8
17 17 (0.80%) Windows Vista
18 13 (0.62%) Data ONTAP
19 12 (0.57%) AIX
20 10 (0.47%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (17.04%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (12.49%) ITIL
3 202 (9.56%) Project Management
4 199 (9.42%) Migration
5 176 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
6 142 (6.72%) DevOps
7 134 (6.34%) Business Intelligence
8 126 (5.96%) Scrum
9 125 (5.92%) PRINCE2
10 120 (5.68%) CRM
10 120 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management
11 113 (5.35%) Change Management
12 106 (5.02%) Test Automation
13 95 (4.50%) Analytics
14 88 (4.16%) MVC
15 87 (4.12%) Service Management
16 77 (3.64%) Continuous Integration
17 73 (3.45%) Service Delivery
18 66 (3.12%) Time Management
19 62 (2.93%) Collaborative Working
Programming Languages
1 339 (16.04%) SQL
2 251 (11.88%) C#
3 234 (11.07%) PowerShell
4 158 (7.48%) JavaScript
5 107 (5.06%) Java
6 70 (3.31%) T-SQL
7 40 (1.89%) C
8 38 (1.80%) Python
9 31 (1.47%) C++
10 29 (1.37%) VBA
11 27 (1.28%) F#
12 25 (1.18%) Shell Script
12 25 (1.18%) TypeScript
13 24 (1.14%) VB
14 17 (0.80%) Bash Shell
14 17 (0.80%) VB.NET
15 15 (0.71%) PL/SQL
15 15 (0.71%) R
16 14 (0.66%) VBScript
17 12 (0.57%) PHP
Qualifications
1 342 (16.19%) Security Cleared
2 262 (12.40%) SC Cleared
3 152 (7.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 142 (6.72%) Degree
5 96 (4.54%) DV Cleared
6 94 (4.45%) MCSE
7 64 (3.03%) MCP
8 61 (2.89%) MCSA
9 46 (2.18%) MCITP
10 40 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 39 (1.85%) ISEB
12 37 (1.75%) ISTQB
13 32 (1.51%) PMI Certification
14 25 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 23 (1.09%) PMP
16 22 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
17 21 (0.99%) Numerate Degree
18 19 (0.90%) ISEB Practitioner
19 17 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
20 15 (0.71%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (3.03%) QA
2 63 (2.98%) SLA
3 61 (2.89%) PMO
4 46 (2.18%) GDPR
5 19 (0.90%) Data Quality
6 14 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.43%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 3 (0.14%) GxP
11 2 (0.095%) ISAE 3402
11 2 (0.095%) ISO 22301
11 2 (0.095%) ISO 31000
11 2 (0.095%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (0.095%) P3O
12 1 (0.047%) Actionable Recommendations
12 1 (0.047%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.047%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 582 (27.54%) Active Directory
2 198 (9.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 115 (5.44%) Hyper-V
4 88 (4.16%) VMware ESXi
5 72 (3.41%) vSphere
6 49 (2.32%) Virtual Machines
7 38 (1.80%) XenApp
8 37 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
9 34 (1.61%) Docker
10 31 (1.47%) XenDesktop
11 28 (1.33%) XenServer
12 16 (0.76%) NFS
12 16 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
13 15 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
14 11 (0.52%) DFS Replication
15 8 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
17 5 (0.24%) KVM
18 4 (0.19%) Apache Flume
18 4 (0.19%) UAG
Systems Management
1 167 (7.90%) SCCM
2 66 (3.12%) SCOM
3 65 (3.08%) Microsoft Intune
4 41 (1.94%) Puppet
5 38 (1.80%) HP ALM
6 33 (1.56%) WSUS
7 31 (1.47%) Ansible
7 31 (1.47%) Nessus
8 30 (1.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 25 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 25 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
10 19 (0.90%) Terraform
11 18 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
12 16 (0.76%) Kubernetes
13 13 (0.62%) Backup Exec
14 12 (0.57%) AirWatch
15 11 (0.52%) vCenter Server
15 11 (0.52%) vRealize
16 9 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
17 8 (0.38%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 365 (17.27%) VMware
2 196 (9.28%) Oracle
3 164 (7.76%) Citrix
4 152 (7.19%) Cisco
5 142 (6.72%) HP
6 91 (4.31%) SAP
7 78 (3.69%) NetApp
8 61 (2.89%) Red Hat
9 60 (2.84%) SolarWinds
10 52 (2.46%) McAfee
11 51 (2.41%) Ivanti
12 39 (1.85%) Apple
12 39 (1.85%) IBM
13 37 (1.75%) Shavlik
14 36 (1.70%) Google
15 34 (1.61%) Remedy
16 33 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
16 33 (1.56%) Symantec
17 32 (1.51%) ServiceNow
17 32 (1.51%) Veeam