Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +3 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,314 2,088 2,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.93% 12.43% 12.99%
As % of the Vendors category 31.97% 26.81% 26.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,383 1,180 1,138
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +0.67%
10th Percentile £181 £154 £181
90th Percentile £588 £550 £525
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 188 165 190
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.86 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.73% +11.69% -5.33%
10th Percentile £10.61 £10.50 £9.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.53 £15.00
% change year-on-year -0.19% +3.50% -

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 7,238 7,788 7,687
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 46.70% 46.35% 49.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,262 4,443 4,290
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £250
90th Percentile £605 £575 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 290 378
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +12.90% -12.54%
10th Percentile £10.72 £10.49 £9.31
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.77 £47.59
England median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.86% - -6.67%

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 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 +3 1,016 £430 +1.18% 156
Berkshire +3 628 £460 +8.24% 66
Hampshire 0 563 £425 +11.70% 67
Surrey +7 363 £425 - 74
Buckinghamshire +1 234 £435 +2.35% 51
Oxfordshire +9 157 £375 -2.34% 41
West Sussex +6 144 £419 +11.67% 14
East Sussex +9 118 £425 +22.30% 8
Kent -5 73 £425 +21.43% 41
Middlesex +8 17 £463 +23.33% 2
Sussex -2 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 871 (37.64%) Windows
2 772 (33.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 626 (27.05%) Active Directory
4 443 (19.14%) Microsoft Office
4 443 (19.14%) Office 365
5 442 (19.10%) SQL
6 434 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
7 340 (14.69%) PowerShell
8 333 (14.39%) Windows Server
9 329 (14.22%) SQL Server
10 325 (14.04%) Security Cleared
11 320 (13.83%) VMware
12 295 (12.75%) Finance
12 295 (12.75%) ITIL
13 294 (12.71%) .NET
14 289 (12.49%) Migration
15 286 (12.36%) C#
16 279 (12.06%) SCCM
17 278 (12.01%) SharePoint
18 259 (11.19%) DevOps
19 258 (11.15%) Windows 10
20 243 (10.50%) SC Cleared
21 233 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
22 217 (9.38%) Microsoft Excel
23 211 (9.12%) Citrix
24 209 (9.03%) DNS
25 206 (8.90%) Problem-Solving
26 186 (8.04%) IaaS
26 186 (8.04%) Analytics
27 180 (7.78%) Oracle

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
1 278 (12.01%) SharePoint
2 165 (7.13%) MS Exchange
3 122 (5.27%) Skype for Business
4 97 (4.19%) IIS
5 71 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2010
6 45 (1.94%) SharePoint Server
7 44 (1.90%) Confluence
8 36 (1.56%) CMS
9 33 (1.43%) Apache
10 29 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
11 27 (1.17%) WebLogic
12 23 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
13 22 (0.95%) Tomcat
14 18 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
15 15 (0.65%) OpenStack
16 14 (0.61%) Apache Spark
16 14 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
16 14 (0.61%) JBoss
16 14 (0.61%) nginx
17 13 (0.56%) WebSphere
Applications
1 443 (19.14%) Microsoft Office
2 217 (9.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 108 (4.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 79 (3.41%) Microsoft Project
5 44 (1.90%) MS Visio
6 10 (0.43%) Chatbot
7 9 (0.39%) Siemens NX
8 8 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.22%) CATIA
10 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.043%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 112 (4.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (1.17%) Dynamics NAV
3 20 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
4 10 (0.43%) NetSuite
5 5 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.22%) SAP BPC
5 5 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
5 5 (0.22%) Teamcenter
6 4 (0.17%) SAP CRM
6 4 (0.17%) SAP GTS
6 4 (0.17%) SAP Payroll
7 3 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.13%) HFM
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle CRM
7 3 (0.13%) Primavera
7 3 (0.13%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.13%) SAP WM
8 2 (0.086%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.086%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.086%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 772 (33.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 443 (19.14%) Office 365
3 186 (8.04%) IaaS
4 175 (7.56%) PaaS
5 173 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
6 162 (7.00%) Azure Active Directory
7 108 (4.67%) SaaS
8 92 (3.98%) Dynamics 365
9 46 (1.99%) Cloud Computing
10 38 (1.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 34 (1.47%) Google Analytics
12 30 (1.30%) Yammer
13 25 (1.08%) Azure Data Factory
13 25 (1.08%) GitHub
14 24 (1.04%) OneDrive
15 20 (0.86%) Google Cloud Platform
16 16 (0.69%) Serverless
17 15 (0.65%) Azure Functions
18 12 (0.52%) Boomi
19 11 (0.48%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 209 (9.03%) DNS
2 161 (6.96%) Firewall
3 136 (5.88%) Skype
4 111 (4.80%) WAN
5 102 (4.41%) DHCP
6 95 (4.11%) LAN
6 95 (4.11%) VPN
7 93 (4.02%) Internet
8 92 (3.98%) TCP/IP
9 74 (3.20%) SAN
10 44 (1.90%) Unified Communications
11 40 (1.73%) NetScaler
11 40 (1.73%) VoIP
12 39 (1.69%) VLAN
13 34 (1.47%) Network Security
14 31 (1.34%) SSL
14 31 (1.34%) Wireless
15 27 (1.17%) NAS
16 25 (1.08%) Reverse Proxy
17 24 (1.04%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 329 (14.22%) SQL Server
2 106 (4.58%) Power BI
3 99 (4.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 84 (3.63%) Data Lake
5 65 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
6 53 (2.29%) Relational Database
7 50 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 39 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
9 38 (1.64%) HDInsight
10 36 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
11 33 (1.43%) MySQL
11 33 (1.43%) NoSQL
12 31 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
13 30 (1.30%) Oracle Database
14 28 (1.21%) MongoDB
15 27 (1.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 26 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
17 25 (1.08%) Big Data
18 22 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
18 22 (0.95%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 152 (6.57%) Visual Studio
2 105 (4.54%) JIRA
3 95 (4.11%) Visual Studio Team System
4 87 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 85 (3.67%) Git (software)
6 67 (2.90%) Selenium
7 55 (2.38%) Jenkins
8 26 (1.12%) WebDriver
9 25 (1.08%) Subversion
10 21 (0.91%) SonarQube
11 19 (0.82%) Cucumber
11 19 (0.82%) SpecFlow
12 15 (0.65%) NUnit
13 13 (0.56%) JUnit
13 13 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 12 (0.52%) JMeter
15 10 (0.43%) Grunt
15 10 (0.43%) SoapUI
16 9 (0.39%) Karma Test Runner
16 9 (0.39%) Vagrant
General
1 295 (12.75%) Finance
2 112 (4.84%) Telecoms
3 49 (2.12%) Marketing
4 40 (1.73%) Retail
5 30 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 27 (1.17%) French Language
6 27 (1.17%) Publishing
7 26 (1.12%) Back Office
8 24 (1.04%) Legal
9 23 (0.99%) Billing
10 22 (0.95%) German Language
11 15 (0.65%) Advertising
12 14 (0.61%) Aerospace
13 13 (0.56%) Automotive
13 13 (0.56%) Banking
13 13 (0.56%) Electronics
13 13 (0.56%) Military
14 12 (0.52%) Mandarin Language
15 11 (0.48%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 333 (14.39%) Analyst
2 293 (12.66%) Developer
3 277 (11.97%) Architect
4 150 (6.48%) Consultant
5 137 (5.92%) Support Engineer
6 106 (4.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 98 (4.24%) Azure Engineer
8 97 (4.19%) .NET Developer
9 86 (3.72%) Project Manager
10 76 (3.28%) 2nd Line Support
11 75 (3.24%) DevOps Engineer
12 69 (2.98%) IT Support
13 68 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
14 66 (2.85%) Azure Architect
15 63 (2.72%) Infrastructure Architect
16 60 (2.59%) Administrator
16 60 (2.59%) Service Analyst
17 59 (2.55%) C# Developer
18 57 (2.46%) Support Analyst
19 55 (2.38%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 294 (12.71%) .NET
2 121 (5.23%) HTML
3 119 (5.14%) Web Services
4 100 (4.32%) ASP.NET
5 88 (3.80%) CSS
6 82 (3.54%) .NET Framework
7 70 (3.03%) AngularJS
8 68 (2.94%) jQuery
9 66 (2.85%) JSON
10 63 (2.72%) ASP.NET Web API
11 59 (2.55%) REST
12 56 (2.42%) HTML5
13 54 (2.33%) XML
14 52 (2.25%) .NET Core
15 46 (1.99%) ASP.NET MVC
16 44 (1.90%) Middleware
17 42 (1.82%) SOAP
18 40 (1.73%) Entity Framework
19 35 (1.51%) RESTful
20 33 (1.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 233 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
2 145 (6.27%) Self-Motivation
3 108 (4.67%) Data Centre
4 81 (3.50%) Management Information System
4 81 (3.50%) Public Cloud
5 59 (2.55%) Clustering
5 59 (2.55%) PKI
6 35 (1.51%) Hybrid Cloud
7 33 (1.43%) Mobile App
8 32 (1.38%) Driving Licence
9 30 (1.30%) Fat Client
9 30 (1.30%) Thin Client
10 26 (1.12%) Cloud Native
11 25 (1.08%) Replication
11 25 (1.08%) Video Conferencing
12 23 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (0.99%) User Experience
13 21 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
14 19 (0.82%) Virtual Team
15 18 (0.78%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 871 (37.64%) Windows
2 333 (14.39%) Windows Server
3 258 (11.15%) Windows 10
4 178 (7.69%) Linux
5 125 (5.40%) Windows 7
6 117 (5.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 95 (4.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 86 (3.72%) Unix
9 70 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 58 (2.51%) Android
11 56 (2.42%) Apple iOS
12 40 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 25 (1.08%) CentOS
14 24 (1.04%) Mac OS
14 24 (1.04%) Windows 8
15 23 (0.99%) Windows XP
16 12 (0.52%) AIX
17 11 (0.48%) Ubuntu
18 10 (0.43%) Solaris
19 4 (0.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 434 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
2 295 (12.75%) ITIL
3 289 (12.49%) Migration
4 259 (11.19%) DevOps
5 206 (8.90%) Problem-Solving
6 186 (8.04%) Analytics
7 156 (6.74%) Business Intelligence
8 144 (6.22%) Test Automation
9 142 (6.14%) CRM
10 139 (6.01%) Scrum
11 136 (5.88%) Service Management
12 130 (5.62%) Project Management
13 121 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
13 121 (5.23%) MVC
14 119 (5.14%) Stakeholder Management
15 115 (4.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 104 (4.49%) PRINCE2
17 86 (3.72%) Continuous Improvement
18 84 (3.63%) Change Management
19 81 (3.50%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 442 (19.10%) SQL
2 340 (14.69%) PowerShell
3 286 (12.36%) C#
4 160 (6.91%) JavaScript
5 89 (3.85%) Java
6 62 (2.68%) Python
7 46 (1.99%) T-SQL
8 32 (1.38%) Bash Shell
9 26 (1.12%) TypeScript
10 25 (1.08%) C
11 22 (0.95%) R
12 21 (0.91%) Perl
12 21 (0.91%) VBScript
13 20 (0.86%) Ruby
13 20 (0.86%) VB
13 20 (0.86%) VB.NET
14 16 (0.69%) VBA
15 13 (0.56%) PL/SQL
16 12 (0.52%) Shell Script
17 11 (0.48%) C++
Qualifications
1 325 (14.04%) Security Cleared
2 243 (10.50%) SC Cleared
3 177 (7.65%) Microsoft Certification
4 164 (7.09%) Degree
5 124 (5.36%) DV Cleared
6 109 (4.71%) MCSE
7 91 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
8 69 (2.98%) CCNA
9 34 (1.47%) ISTQB
10 32 (1.38%) MCSA
10 32 (1.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 32 (1.38%) TOGAF Certification
11 30 (1.30%) ISEB
12 29 (1.25%) CCNP
12 29 (1.25%) CISSP
13 27 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 26 (1.12%) Citrix Certification
15 25 (1.08%) MCP
16 24 (1.04%) CCA
16 24 (1.04%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (4.11%) QA
2 69 (2.98%) SLA
3 55 (2.38%) PMO
4 35 (1.51%) GDPR
5 31 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.65%) Data Quality
7 13 (0.56%) PCI DSS
8 12 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 10 (0.43%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.39%) ISO 22301
12 8 (0.35%) ISAE 3402
12 8 (0.35%) ISO 31000
13 5 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
14 3 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 3 (0.13%) RMADS
15 2 (0.086%) Disclosure Scotland
15 2 (0.086%) GMP
15 2 (0.086%) JSP 440
15 2 (0.086%) PMBOK
System Software
1 626 (27.05%) Active Directory
2 176 (7.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 127 (5.49%) Hyper-V
4 67 (2.90%) Docker
5 65 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
6 61 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
7 57 (2.46%) VMware ESXi
7 57 (2.46%) vSphere
8 53 (2.29%) XenDesktop
9 50 (2.16%) XenApp
10 29 (1.25%) XenServer
11 11 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
12 9 (0.39%) ISA Server
12 9 (0.39%) Terminal Server
12 9 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (0.30%) KVM
13 7 (0.30%) Xen
14 6 (0.26%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 5 (0.22%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 279 (12.06%) SCCM
2 96 (4.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 60 (2.59%) SCOM
4 45 (1.94%) Kubernetes
5 43 (1.86%) Puppet
6 40 (1.73%) Ansible
7 32 (1.38%) McAfee ePO
8 30 (1.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 25 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
10 21 (0.91%) HP ALM
11 20 (0.86%) Microsoft Clustering
11 20 (0.86%) NetBackup
12 18 (0.78%) AirWatch
12 18 (0.78%) Packer
12 18 (0.78%) Terraform
12 18 (0.78%) WSUS
13 13 (0.56%) Data Guard
13 13 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
14 12 (0.52%) Cisco CUCM
14 12 (0.52%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 320 (13.83%) VMware
2 211 (9.12%) Citrix
3 180 (7.78%) Oracle
4 164 (7.09%) Cisco
5 91 (3.93%) HP
6 83 (3.59%) SAP
7 76 (3.28%) Google
8 65 (2.81%) McAfee
9 52 (2.25%) ServiceNow
10 49 (2.12%) Dell
11 43 (1.86%) IBM
12 39 (1.69%) Red Hat
12 39 (1.69%) Remedy
13 38 (1.64%) Apple
14 33 (1.43%) Splunk
15 27 (1.17%) CheckPoint
16 25 (1.08%) CA
17 24 (1.04%) NetApp
18 23 (0.99%) Atlassian
18 23 (0.99%) Telerik