Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,431 2,208 2,140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.29% 13.17% 13.17%
As % of the Vendors category 30.96% 27.62% 27.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,431 1,323 1,284
South East median daily rate £403 £377 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.76% +0.53% +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £148 £175
90th Percentile £575 £542 £525
England median daily rate £425 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 184 175
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +0.84% -7.03%
10th Percentile £9.64 £9.58 £9.25
90th Percentile £27.25 £38.53 £43.28
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50

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 7,851 7,993 7,870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 46.14% 47.69% 48.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,526 4,618 4,553
South East median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +2.56%
10th Percentile £250 £238 £224
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 328 390
South East median hourly rate £16.38 £17.13 £15.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.38% +13.22% -15.97%
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.40 £9.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £43.08 £48.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year - +2.94% -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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 +3 1,052 £425 +6.25% 344
Hampshire -2 601 £413 +17.86% 187
Berkshire +1 569 £425 -5.56% 167
Surrey +2 425 £390 -2.50% 108
Buckinghamshire +4 319 £388 - 95
West Sussex 0 178 £400 +16.79% 22
Oxfordshire +7 166 £413 +3.13% 82
East Sussex -4 73 £350 - 25
Kent -6 54 £281 -19.64% 67
Middlesex +11 14 £310 -22.50% 3
M4 Corridor +4 5 £450 -
Home Counties - 4 - -
Sussex 0 3 £475 +18.75%
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 13 December 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.

1 932 (38.34%) Windows
2 676 (27.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 674 (27.73%) Active Directory
4 542 (22.30%) Microsoft Office
5 491 (20.20%) SQL
6 487 (20.03%) Agile Software Development
7 430 (17.69%) Office 365
8 423 (17.40%) SQL Server
9 402 (16.54%) Finance
10 370 (15.22%) Windows Server
11 362 (14.89%) .NET
12 342 (14.07%) C#
12 342 (14.07%) VMware
13 335 (13.78%) Security Cleared
14 311 (12.79%) PowerShell
15 303 (12.46%) Microsoft Excel
16 296 (12.18%) ITIL
17 258 (10.61%) Migration
18 256 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
19 252 (10.37%) SharePoint
20 246 (10.12%) SC Cleared
21 243 (10.00%) Oracle
22 232 (9.54%) SCCM
23 224 (9.21%) VMware Infrastructure
24 216 (8.89%) Windows 10
25 212 (8.72%) Project Management
26 201 (8.27%) Problem-Solving
27 192 (7.90%) Citrix
28 188 (7.73%) MS Exchange
29 184 (7.57%) 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
1 252 (10.37%) SharePoint
2 188 (7.73%) MS Exchange
3 107 (4.40%) Skype for Business
4 95 (3.91%) IIS
5 58 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 50 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2013
7 45 (1.85%) Confluence
8 32 (1.32%) Apache
9 29 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2007
10 28 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
11 21 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
12 20 (0.82%) Apache Spark
13 19 (0.78%) CMS
13 19 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
14 18 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
15 17 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
16 16 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
17 15 (0.62%) Apache Solr
18 13 (0.53%) SAP Portal
19 12 (0.49%) WebLogic
Applications
1 542 (22.30%) Microsoft Office
2 303 (12.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 177 (7.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 99 (4.07%) Microsoft Project
5 84 (3.46%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.37%) InfoPath
8 7 (0.29%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.082%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.082%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.082%) CATIA
9 2 (0.082%) NUKE
9 2 (0.082%) Siemens NX
9 2 (0.082%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.041%) Mingle
10 1 (0.041%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 106 (4.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (1.15%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (1.07%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (0.37%) NetSuite
5 5 (0.21%) Eloqua
6 3 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
6 3 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
6 3 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.12%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.12%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.12%) SAP GTS
6 3 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.12%) SAP WM
6 3 (0.12%) TIBCO iProcess
7 2 (0.082%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.082%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.082%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.082%) SAP Payroll
7 2 (0.082%) Teamcenter
7 2 (0.082%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 676 (27.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 430 (17.69%) Office 365
3 159 (6.54%) Amazon AWS
4 128 (5.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 114 (4.69%) IaaS
6 100 (4.11%) SaaS
7 98 (4.03%) PaaS
8 72 (2.96%) Dynamics 365
9 69 (2.84%) Cloud Computing
10 40 (1.65%) Azure Data Factory
11 38 (1.56%) OneDrive
12 35 (1.44%) Yammer
13 26 (1.07%) GitHub
14 14 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
15 13 (0.53%) Serverless
16 12 (0.49%) Azure Machine Learning
16 12 (0.49%) Data Lake Analytics
17 8 (0.33%) Boomi
17 8 (0.33%) Trello
18 7 (0.29%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 175 (7.20%) DNS
2 166 (6.83%) Firewall
3 125 (5.14%) LAN
4 120 (4.94%) WAN
5 107 (4.40%) Skype
6 103 (4.24%) SAN
7 96 (3.95%) Internet
8 91 (3.74%) TCP/IP
9 90 (3.70%) DHCP
10 75 (3.09%) VPN
11 39 (1.60%) Wireless
12 37 (1.52%) Network Security
12 37 (1.52%) VoIP
13 35 (1.44%) HTTP
14 30 (1.23%) Unified Communications
15 28 (1.15%) NAS
15 28 (1.15%) VLAN
16 26 (1.07%) SMTP
16 26 (1.07%) SSL
17 25 (1.03%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 423 (17.40%) SQL Server
2 127 (5.22%) Power BI
3 101 (4.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 75 (3.09%) SQL Server 2008
5 67 (2.76%) Data Warehouse
6 60 (2.47%) Relational Database
6 60 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 55 (2.26%) Data Lake
7 55 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
8 52 (2.14%) Oracle Database
9 47 (1.93%) MongoDB
10 44 (1.81%) NoSQL
11 42 (1.73%) Big Data
12 41 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
13 39 (1.60%) MySQL
14 32 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
15 26 (1.07%) HDInsight
15 26 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 24 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
17 23 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 173 (7.12%) Visual Studio
2 107 (4.40%) JIRA
3 104 (4.28%) Team Foundation Server
4 102 (4.20%) Visual Studio Team System
5 90 (3.70%) Git (software)
6 83 (3.41%) Selenium
7 56 (2.30%) Jenkins
8 28 (1.15%) Subversion
9 26 (1.07%) Cucumber
10 23 (0.95%) WebDriver
11 18 (0.74%) SoapUI
11 18 (0.74%) SonarQube
12 16 (0.66%) GitLab
13 15 (0.62%) JMeter
13 15 (0.62%) TeamCity
14 14 (0.58%) MSI
14 14 (0.58%) NUnit
15 13 (0.53%) JUnit
15 13 (0.53%) SpecFlow
15 13 (0.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 402 (16.54%) Finance
2 108 (4.44%) Telecoms
3 49 (2.02%) Marketing
4 45 (1.85%) Retail
5 43 (1.77%) Banking
6 24 (0.99%) Back Office
6 24 (0.99%) Publishing
7 22 (0.90%) Law
8 21 (0.86%) Financial Institution
9 18 (0.74%) Legal
9 18 (0.74%) Manufacturing
10 17 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
11 16 (0.66%) Advertising
12 15 (0.62%) Automotive
12 15 (0.62%) Military
13 14 (0.58%) Electronics
14 12 (0.49%) Billing
14 12 (0.49%) Mandarin Language
15 9 (0.37%) French Language
16 8 (0.33%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 405 (16.66%) Developer
2 371 (15.26%) Analyst
3 224 (9.21%) Architect
4 144 (5.92%) .NET Developer
5 138 (5.68%) Consultant
6 131 (5.39%) Support Engineer
7 126 (5.18%) Project Manager
8 96 (3.95%) Administrator
9 91 (3.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 90 (3.70%) C# Developer
11 82 (3.37%) Support Analyst
12 74 (3.04%) IT Support
13 73 (3.00%) 2nd Line Support
13 73 (3.00%) Service Analyst
14 69 (2.84%) Service Desk Analyst
14 69 (2.84%) Solutions Architect
15 67 (2.76%) C# .NET Developer
15 67 (2.76%) Desktop Support
16 59 (2.43%) DevOps Engineer
17 53 (2.18%) Azure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 362 (14.89%) .NET
2 162 (6.66%) ASP.NET
3 145 (5.96%) HTML
4 127 (5.22%) .NET Framework
5 113 (4.65%) ASP.NET Web API
5 113 (4.65%) CSS
6 106 (4.36%) Web Services
7 92 (3.78%) jQuery
8 84 (3.46%) XML
9 77 (3.17%) JSON
10 75 (3.09%) AngularJS
10 75 (3.09%) ASP.NET MVC
10 75 (3.09%) REST
11 62 (2.55%) .NET Core
12 57 (2.34%) HTML5
13 52 (2.14%) SOAP
14 50 (2.06%) Entity Framework
15 38 (1.56%) WCF
16 35 (1.44%) Middleware
17 31 (1.28%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 256 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 152 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
3 123 (5.06%) Data Centre
4 102 (4.20%) Management Information System
5 67 (2.76%) PKI
6 61 (2.51%) Mobile App
7 54 (2.22%) Greenfield Project
8 48 (1.97%) Clustering
8 48 (1.97%) Public Cloud
9 38 (1.56%) Replication
10 31 (1.28%) Driving Licence
11 28 (1.15%) Fat Client
11 28 (1.15%) Thin Client
12 27 (1.11%) iPhone
13 25 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
14 23 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
14 23 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
14 23 (0.95%) Virtual Team
15 18 (0.74%) Cloud Native
16 17 (0.70%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 932 (38.34%) Windows
2 370 (15.22%) Windows Server
3 216 (8.89%) Windows 10
4 184 (7.57%) Linux
5 155 (6.38%) Windows 7
6 146 (6.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 121 (4.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 96 (3.95%) Unix
9 62 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 52 (2.14%) Android
10 52 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 44 (1.81%) Windows XP
12 37 (1.52%) CentOS
13 32 (1.32%) Windows 8
14 31 (1.28%) Apple iOS
15 29 (1.19%) Solaris
16 23 (0.95%) AIX
17 13 (0.53%) Ubuntu
18 7 (0.29%) Windows Phone
19 6 (0.25%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 487 (20.03%) Agile Software Development
2 296 (12.18%) ITIL
3 258 (10.61%) Migration
4 212 (8.72%) Project Management
5 201 (8.27%) Problem-Solving
6 184 (7.57%) Business Intelligence
7 177 (7.28%) DevOps
8 171 (7.03%) Scrum
9 153 (6.29%) CRM
10 151 (6.21%) PRINCE2
11 147 (6.05%) MVC
12 146 (6.01%) Analytics
13 133 (5.47%) Test Automation
14 126 (5.18%) Service Management
15 109 (4.48%) Stakeholder Management
16 106 (4.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 97 (3.99%) Change Management
18 87 (3.58%) Continuous Integration
19 81 (3.33%) Continuous Improvement
20 75 (3.09%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 491 (20.20%) SQL
2 342 (14.07%) C#
3 311 (12.79%) PowerShell
4 174 (7.16%) JavaScript
5 94 (3.87%) Java
6 91 (3.74%) T-SQL
7 44 (1.81%) Python
8 41 (1.69%) Shell Script
9 31 (1.28%) VB
10 26 (1.07%) TypeScript
11 25 (1.03%) C
12 23 (0.95%) PL/SQL
12 23 (0.95%) VBA
13 19 (0.78%) Bash Shell
13 19 (0.78%) VB.NET
14 18 (0.74%) C++
15 17 (0.70%) Perl
16 16 (0.66%) R
16 16 (0.66%) VBScript
17 15 (0.62%) PHP
Qualifications
1 335 (13.78%) Security Cleared
2 246 (10.12%) SC Cleared
3 165 (6.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 154 (6.33%) Degree
5 129 (5.31%) DV Cleared
6 81 (3.33%) MCSE
7 41 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
8 36 (1.48%) MCSA
9 35 (1.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 33 (1.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 29 (1.19%) MCP
12 27 (1.11%) CCNA
13 26 (1.07%) ISEB
14 22 (0.90%) PMI Certification
15 21 (0.86%) DBS Check
15 21 (0.86%) ISTQB
16 20 (0.82%) Citrix Certification
16 20 (0.82%) PMP
17 18 (0.74%) CISSP
17 18 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (3.54%) SLA
2 83 (3.41%) QA
3 70 (2.88%) PMO
4 34 (1.40%) GDPR
5 29 (1.19%) Data Quality
6 23 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.95%) PCI DSS
7 11 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
7 11 (0.45%) ISO 22301
8 10 (0.41%) ISAE 3402
8 10 (0.41%) ISO 31000
8 10 (0.41%) ISO 9001
8 10 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 10 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.25%) P3O
10 3 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 3 (0.12%) COBIT
10 3 (0.12%) PMBOK
11 2 (0.082%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.041%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 674 (27.73%) Active Directory
2 224 (9.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 125 (5.14%) Hyper-V
4 87 (3.58%) vSphere
5 67 (2.76%) Docker
6 58 (2.39%) XenApp
7 53 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 48 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
9 40 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
10 37 (1.52%) XenDesktop
11 20 (0.82%) XenServer
12 17 (0.70%) vCloud
13 14 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
14 12 (0.49%) FreeRADIUS
14 12 (0.49%) NFS
15 10 (0.41%) DFS Replication
16 9 (0.37%) ISA Server
17 7 (0.29%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 7 (0.29%) Terminal Server
18 6 (0.25%) KVM
Systems Management
1 232 (9.54%) SCCM
2 70 (2.88%) Puppet
3 64 (2.63%) Microsoft Intune
4 56 (2.30%) Kubernetes
5 49 (2.02%) SCOM
6 47 (1.93%) Ansible
7 46 (1.89%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 32 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
9 25 (1.03%) WSUS
10 23 (0.95%) AirWatch
11 21 (0.86%) Data Guard
12 19 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
12 19 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 18 (0.74%) OVSD
13 18 (0.74%) Packer
13 18 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
14 16 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
15 15 (0.62%) Terraform
16 13 (0.53%) Cisco CUCM
16 13 (0.53%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 342 (14.07%) VMware
2 243 (10.00%) Oracle
3 192 (7.90%) Citrix
4 156 (6.42%) HP
5 152 (6.25%) Cisco
6 101 (4.15%) SAP
7 67 (2.76%) McAfee
8 55 (2.26%) Red Hat
9 54 (2.22%) Apple
10 52 (2.14%) Remedy
11 47 (1.93%) NetApp
12 46 (1.89%) ServiceNow
13 42 (1.73%) Google
14 40 (1.65%) IBM
15 37 (1.52%) Dell
16 28 (1.15%) Atlassian
17 22 (0.90%) 3PAR
18 21 (0.86%) Symantec
18 21 (0.86%) webMethods
19 20 (0.82%) Sony