Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 6 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,170 2,063 2,377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.03% 13.53% 12.92%
As % of the Vendors category 27.76% 27.64% 27.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,275 1,191 1,322
South East median daily rate £388 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £144 £183 £163
90th Percentile £550 £515 £513
England median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 187 226
South East median hourly rate £15.86 £14.20 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.69% -11.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £39.80 £38.75 £54.47
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £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 7,816 7,463 8,762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 46.95% 48.96% 47.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,557 4,252 4,895
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £234 £238 £220
90th Percentile £575 £553 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 381 456
South East median hourly rate £17.48 £15.36 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.84% -18.65% +17.97%
10th Percentile £10.40 £9.25 £9.38
90th Percentile £44.50 £46.96 £52.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +8.43%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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 19 February 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 -1 923 £418 +4.38% 332
Hampshire +1 553 £375 +7.14% 180
Berkshire -3 472 £450 +12.50% 137
Surrey -2 313 £400 +14.29% 144
Buckinghamshire -1 302 £388 -3.13% 127
Oxfordshire -1 147 £400 +6.67% 68
Kent +1 133 £350 +6.06% 72
West Sussex -5 107 £390 -2.50% 49
East Sussex +2 70 £350 +7.69% 37
Middlesex -7 18 £375 +9.01% 2
Sussex +8 10 £400 -
M4 Corridor - 4 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 866 (39.91%) Windows
2 618 (28.48%) Active Directory
3 456 (21.01%) Microsoft Office
4 408 (18.80%) SQL Server
5 391 (18.02%) Microsoft Azure
6 379 (17.47%) Agile Software Development
7 360 (16.59%) VMware
8 349 (16.08%) SQL
9 336 (15.48%) .NET
10 316 (14.56%) C#
11 315 (14.52%) Office 365
12 314 (14.47%) Windows Server
13 302 (13.92%) ITIL
14 299 (13.78%) Security Cleared
15 285 (13.13%) Finance
16 243 (11.20%) Microsoft Excel
17 238 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
18 225 (10.37%) SC Cleared
19 220 (10.14%) PowerShell
20 204 (9.40%) Migration
20 204 (9.40%) Oracle
21 199 (9.17%) Microsoft Certification
22 196 (9.03%) VMware Infrastructure
23 193 (8.89%) Project Management
23 193 (8.89%) Windows 7
24 192 (8.85%) Windows Server 2012
25 183 (8.43%) Linux
26 182 (8.39%) SharePoint
27 181 (8.34%) Web Services
28 177 (8.16%) MS Exchange

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
1 182 (8.39%) SharePoint
2 177 (8.16%) MS Exchange
3 93 (4.29%) Skype for Business
4 78 (3.59%) IIS
5 57 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 39 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
7 32 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 27 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
9 24 (1.11%) Confluence
10 23 (1.06%) CMS
11 22 (1.01%) Apache
12 21 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
12 21 (0.97%) SAS
13 19 (0.88%) MS Project Server
14 11 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
15 9 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
16 7 (0.32%) IBM Notes
17 5 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
17 5 (0.23%) Office Communications Server
17 5 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 456 (21.01%) Microsoft Office
2 243 (11.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 129 (5.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 112 (5.16%) Microsoft Project
5 74 (3.41%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.28%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.23%) SPSS
10 4 (0.18%) InfoPath
11 3 (0.14%) Acrobat
11 3 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.092%) Adobe Captivate
12 2 (0.092%) InDesign
12 2 (0.092%) XMetaL
13 1 (0.046%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.046%) Adobe After Effects
13 1 (0.046%) Adobe Premiere
13 1 (0.046%) Maya
13 1 (0.046%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 101 (4.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.32%) SAP SD
5 6 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.23%) Markit EDM
7 4 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
7 4 (0.18%) Primavera
7 4 (0.18%) SAP CO
7 4 (0.18%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.18%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.14%) Eloqua
8 3 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.14%) SAP PM
8 3 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.14%) Workfront
9 2 (0.092%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 391 (18.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 315 (14.52%) Office 365
3 126 (5.81%) Amazon AWS
4 86 (3.96%) IaaS
5 70 (3.23%) PaaS
6 53 (2.44%) SaaS
7 52 (2.40%) Dynamics 365
8 49 (2.26%) Cloud Computing
9 44 (2.03%) Azure Active Directory
10 22 (1.01%) OneDrive
11 10 (0.46%) Azure Data Factory
11 10 (0.46%) iPaaS
12 9 (0.41%) GitHub
12 9 (0.41%) OpenShift
13 8 (0.37%) npm
13 8 (0.37%) Slack
13 8 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
14 7 (0.32%) Serverless
15 6 (0.28%) Boomi
15 6 (0.28%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 159 (7.33%) DNS
2 126 (5.81%) Firewall
3 115 (5.30%) DHCP
4 104 (4.79%) TCP/IP
5 89 (4.10%) WAN
6 85 (3.92%) LAN
7 81 (3.73%) SAN
8 80 (3.69%) Skype
9 76 (3.50%) VPN
10 51 (2.35%) Internet
11 47 (2.17%) VoIP
12 38 (1.75%) Network Security
13 29 (1.34%) NAS
14 26 (1.20%) Remote Desktop
15 25 (1.15%) Wireless
16 23 (1.06%) IP Telephony
17 22 (1.01%) NetScaler
18 17 (0.78%) iSCSI
18 17 (0.78%) Kerberos
19 16 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 408 (18.80%) SQL Server
2 83 (3.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 57 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 49 (2.26%) Oracle Database
4 49 (2.26%) Relational Database
5 47 (2.17%) Power BI
6 39 (1.80%) MySQL
7 38 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
8 36 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
8 36 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
9 33 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
10 26 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 24 (1.11%) Big Data
12 21 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
13 20 (0.92%) RDBMS
14 19 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
15 18 (0.83%) Oracle Database 10g
16 16 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
17 15 (0.69%) MongoDB
18 13 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 106 (4.88%) Visual Studio
2 91 (4.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 55 (2.53%) Git (software)
4 45 (2.07%) Selenium
5 43 (1.98%) Visual Studio Team System
6 31 (1.43%) SpecFlow
7 30 (1.38%) SoapUI
8 29 (1.34%) JIRA
9 19 (0.88%) Jenkins
10 18 (0.83%) Eclipse
10 18 (0.83%) Oracle APEX
11 16 (0.74%) HP UFT
11 16 (0.74%) NUnit
11 16 (0.74%) Subversion
12 15 (0.69%) Ant
12 15 (0.69%) TestNG
13 13 (0.60%) LoadRunner
14 12 (0.55%) MSBuild
14 12 (0.55%) MSI
15 11 (0.51%) TeamCity
General
1 285 (13.13%) Finance
2 99 (4.56%) Telecoms
3 63 (2.90%) Retail
4 53 (2.44%) Marketing
5 45 (2.07%) Advertising
6 34 (1.57%) Legal
7 30 (1.38%) Billing
8 21 (0.97%) Mandarin Language
9 20 (0.92%) Banking
9 20 (0.92%) Manufacturing
10 16 (0.74%) Back Office
11 14 (0.65%) Publishing
12 13 (0.60%) Financial Institution
13 11 (0.51%) French Language
13 11 (0.51%) German Language
13 11 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
14 9 (0.41%) Automotive
15 8 (0.37%) Aerospace
16 6 (0.28%) Games
16 6 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 363 (16.73%) Developer
2 320 (14.75%) Analyst
3 233 (10.74%) Architect
4 152 (7.00%) .NET Developer
5 118 (5.44%) Support Engineer
6 116 (5.35%) Project Manager
7 104 (4.79%) Consultant
8 93 (4.29%) C# Developer
9 87 (4.01%) Service Analyst
10 85 (3.92%) Service Desk Analyst
11 84 (3.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 74 (3.41%) 1st Line Support
13 71 (3.27%) Windows Engineer
14 70 (3.23%) C# .NET Developer
15 68 (3.13%) Desktop Support
15 68 (3.13%) SQL Developer
16 67 (3.09%) IT Support
17 66 (3.04%) Support Analyst
18 62 (2.86%) Business Analyst
19 61 (2.81%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 336 (15.48%) .NET
2 181 (8.34%) Web Services
3 153 (7.05%) HTML
4 149 (6.87%) ASP.NET
5 130 (5.99%) CSS
6 88 (4.06%) SOAP
6 88 (4.06%) WCF
7 86 (3.96%) AngularJS
8 85 (3.92%) .NET Framework
8 85 (3.92%) ASP.NET MVC
9 82 (3.78%) ASP.NET Web API
10 78 (3.59%) jQuery
11 72 (3.32%) XML
12 63 (2.90%) REST
13 62 (2.86%) JSON
14 50 (2.30%) HTML5
15 34 (1.57%) CSS3
16 32 (1.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 30 (1.38%) Ajax
18 27 (1.24%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 238 (10.97%) Analytical Skills
2 82 (3.78%) Management Information System
3 58 (2.67%) Data Centre
4 56 (2.58%) Clustering
5 50 (2.30%) N-Tier
6 36 (1.66%) Computer Science
7 31 (1.43%) Replication
8 29 (1.34%) User Experience
9 28 (1.29%) Smartphone
10 26 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
11 25 (1.15%) CMDB
11 25 (1.15%) Driving Licence
12 22 (1.01%) Virtual Team
13 21 (0.97%) PKI
14 19 (0.88%) Derivative
14 19 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
14 19 (0.88%) iPad
15 17 (0.78%) Fat Client
15 17 (0.78%) Mobile App
15 17 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 866 (39.91%) Windows
2 314 (14.47%) Windows Server
3 193 (8.89%) Windows 7
4 192 (8.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 183 (8.43%) Linux
6 152 (7.00%) Windows 10
7 135 (6.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 95 (4.38%) Windows Server 2003
9 82 (3.78%) Unix
10 58 (2.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 35 (1.61%) Windows XP
12 33 (1.52%) Apple iOS
13 32 (1.47%) Windows 8
14 30 (1.38%) Android
15 29 (1.34%) Solaris
16 26 (1.20%) Windows Vista
17 19 (0.88%) SUSE
18 17 (0.78%) Mac OS
19 13 (0.60%) AIX
20 9 (0.41%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 379 (17.47%) Agile Software Development
2 302 (13.92%) ITIL
3 204 (9.40%) Migration
4 193 (8.89%) Project Management
5 156 (7.19%) MVC
6 153 (7.05%) Scrum
7 138 (6.36%) PRINCE2
8 136 (6.27%) CRM
9 128 (5.90%) Change Management
10 117 (5.39%) Business Intelligence
11 107 (4.93%) DevOps
12 105 (4.84%) Continuous Integration
13 102 (4.70%) Stakeholder Management
14 84 (3.87%) TDD
14 84 (3.87%) Test Automation
15 83 (3.82%) Service Delivery
16 79 (3.64%) Web Development
17 71 (3.27%) Analytics
18 68 (3.13%) Service Management
19 65 (3.00%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 349 (16.08%) SQL
2 316 (14.56%) C#
3 220 (10.14%) PowerShell
4 168 (7.74%) JavaScript
5 101 (4.65%) Java
6 72 (3.32%) T-SQL
7 43 (1.98%) Python
8 37 (1.71%) C
9 34 (1.57%) VB.NET
10 29 (1.34%) C++
11 19 (0.88%) Shell Script
11 19 (0.88%) VBA
12 18 (0.83%) F#
12 18 (0.83%) TypeScript
12 18 (0.83%) VB
13 15 (0.69%) Bash Shell
14 13 (0.60%) VBScript
15 11 (0.51%) Perl
16 10 (0.46%) R
17 8 (0.37%) PHP
Qualifications
1 299 (13.78%) Security Cleared
2 225 (10.37%) SC Cleared
3 199 (9.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 133 (6.13%) Degree
5 124 (5.71%) DV Cleared
6 120 (5.53%) MCSE
7 69 (3.18%) MCP
8 62 (2.86%) MCSA
9 48 (2.21%) MCITP
10 40 (1.84%) PMI Certification
11 36 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
12 34 (1.57%) PMP
13 29 (1.34%) ISTQB
14 28 (1.29%) CCNA
15 23 (1.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 21 (0.97%) ISEB
17 17 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 17 (0.78%) MCDST
18 16 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
18 16 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (4.56%) SLA
2 56 (2.58%) QA
3 42 (1.94%) PMO
4 27 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 21 (0.97%) Data Quality
6 17 (0.78%) GDPR
7 10 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.28%) P3O
10 5 (0.23%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.14%) GxP
12 2 (0.092%) COBIT
12 2 (0.092%) IEC 62304
12 2 (0.092%) RosettaNet
13 1 (0.046%) GAAP
13 1 (0.046%) GMP
13 1 (0.046%) Government Security Classifications
13 1 (0.046%) MiFID
13 1 (0.046%) PSD2
System Software
1 618 (28.48%) Active Directory
2 196 (9.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 132 (6.08%) Hyper-V
4 88 (4.06%) VMware ESXi
5 66 (3.04%) vSphere
6 54 (2.49%) Virtual Machines
7 46 (2.12%) XenApp
8 33 (1.52%) XenDesktop
9 26 (1.20%) Docker
10 25 (1.15%) NFS
11 22 (1.01%) XenServer
12 21 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (0.74%) BitLocker
14 13 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
15 11 (0.51%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 11 (0.51%) Veritas File System
16 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.37%) KVM
18 7 (0.32%) Terminal Services
19 6 (0.28%) UAG
Systems Management
1 150 (6.91%) SCCM
2 68 (3.13%) SCOM
3 37 (1.71%) McAfee ePO
4 35 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
5 28 (1.29%) Puppet
5 28 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 27 (1.24%) Nessus
6 27 (1.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 25 (1.15%) NetBackup
8 22 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
9 21 (0.97%) WSUS
10 20 (0.92%) Ansible
11 18 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
11 18 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
12 16 (0.74%) AirWatch
13 11 (0.51%) Backup Exec
14 9 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 8 (0.37%) OVSD
15 8 (0.37%) vRealize
16 7 (0.32%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 360 (16.59%) VMware
2 204 (9.40%) Oracle
3 157 (7.24%) Citrix
4 142 (6.54%) Cisco
5 130 (5.99%) HP
6 79 (3.64%) SAP
7 72 (3.32%) NetApp
8 54 (2.49%) Symantec
9 53 (2.44%) Red Hat
10 52 (2.40%) McAfee
11 48 (2.21%) Ivanti
12 44 (2.03%) SolarWinds
13 43 (1.98%) IBM
14 35 (1.61%) Shavlik
15 29 (1.34%) Salesforce.com
16 28 (1.29%) Apple
17 27 (1.24%) Lumension
18 24 (1.11%) Remedy
19 23 (1.06%) Veeam
20 21 (0.97%) ServiceNow