Period
to 18 January 2021

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 18 January 2021 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 6 3 3
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 572 1,930 2,358
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 13.37% 16.61% 14.73%
As % of the Vendors category 25.66% 33.79% 31.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 1,255 1,442
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £166 £185 £163
90th Percentile £600 £580 £580
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 153 178
Median hourly rate £15.30 £16.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.30% +17.86% -7.38%
10th Percentile £10.00 £11.21 £9.64
90th Percentile £57.50 £73.40 £33.49
England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.16 £15.32
% change year-on-year -3.85% +12.05% +2.10%

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 2,229 5,712 7,406
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 52.09% 49.15% 46.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,349 3,347 4,317
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £250 £217 £232
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
England median daily rate £460 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.22% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 297 299
Median hourly rate £19.25 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +6.06% -5.32%
10th Percentile £10.00 £11.35 £10.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £17.43
% change year-on-year +22.99% +7.32% +2.50%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the South East over the 6 months to 18 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the South East over the 6 months to 18 January 2021.

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 18 January 2021. 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 -3 229 £445 +5.95% 143
Hampshire -1 193 £425 -2.86% 90
Berkshire 0 171 £463 +8.82% 61
Surrey 0 56 £400 -11.11% 57
West Sussex -1 52 £375 -10.71% 23
Buckinghamshire -13 42 £495 +23.75% 40
Oxfordshire -4 20 £500 +100.00% 42
East Sussex +4 17 £463 -15.91% 11
Kent -1 14 £418 -2.91% 42
Middlesex +3 2 £300 +130.77% 2
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2021, 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.

1 219 (38.29%) Windows
2 198 (34.62%) Active Directory
3 162 (28.32%) Azure
4 134 (23.43%) Microsoft Office
5 128 (22.38%) Security Cleared
6 124 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
7 122 (21.33%) VMware
8 111 (19.41%) Office 365
9 106 (18.53%) ITIL
10 101 (17.66%) VMware Infrastructure
11 90 (15.73%) Windows Server
11 90 (15.73%) SQL
12 87 (15.21%) DevOps
13 84 (14.69%) Microsoft Excel
14 79 (13.81%) Migration
15 77 (13.46%) Project Delivery
16 76 (13.29%) SQL Server
16 76 (13.29%) Windows 10
17 68 (11.89%) SC Cleared
18 66 (11.54%) Project Management
19 65 (11.36%) Telecoms
20 63 (11.01%) SharePoint
20 63 (11.01%) DNS
20 63 (11.01%) Cisco
21 60 (10.49%) PowerShell
22 57 (9.97%) Management Information System
23 56 (9.79%) Firewall
24 52 (9.09%) DHCP
24 52 (9.09%) Linux
24 52 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory

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 63 (11.01%) SharePoint
2 24 (4.20%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.32%) IIS
4 16 (2.80%) Skype for Business
5 8 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.22%) Apache
6 7 (1.22%) Confluence
7 6 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (0.70%) CMS
8 4 (0.70%) Documentum
8 4 (0.70%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.70%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.52%) Apache Qpid
10 2 (0.35%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.35%) Apache Synapse
10 2 (0.35%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.17%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 134 (23.43%) Microsoft Office
2 84 (14.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (7.17%) Microsoft Project
4 34 (5.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 27 (4.72%) MS Visio
6 9 (1.57%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 4 (0.70%) Adobe After Effects
7 4 (0.70%) Adobe Premiere
8 2 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.35%) CINEMA 4D
8 2 (0.35%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (2.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.05%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.52%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.52%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.17%) Primavera
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 162 (28.32%) Azure
2 111 (19.41%) Office 365
3 52 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory
4 42 (7.34%) AWS
5 40 (6.99%) Power Platform
6 23 (4.02%) OneDrive
7 20 (3.50%) IaaS
8 14 (2.45%) SaaS
9 12 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (1.92%) PowerApps
11 10 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
11 10 (1.75%) Serverless
12 9 (1.57%) Logic Apps
13 8 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
13 8 (1.40%) Azure Functions
14 7 (1.22%) GCP
14 7 (1.22%) PaaS
15 6 (1.05%) Amazon GuardDuty
16 5 (0.87%) Yammer
17 4 (0.70%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 63 (11.01%) DNS
2 56 (9.79%) Firewall
3 52 (9.09%) DHCP
4 46 (8.04%) WAN
5 44 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
6 33 (5.77%) 4G
7 32 (5.59%) 3G
8 31 (5.42%) 2G
8 31 (5.42%) LTE
8 31 (5.42%) VoLTE
9 25 (4.37%) TCP/IP
10 24 (4.20%) LAN
10 24 (4.20%) SAN
10 24 (4.20%) VLAN
11 22 (3.85%) Skype
11 22 (3.85%) VSAN
12 19 (3.32%) VPN
13 14 (2.45%) Ethernet
14 13 (2.27%) IPsec
15 11 (1.92%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (13.29%) SQL Server
2 30 (5.24%) Power BI
3 14 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (2.10%) Hadoop
6 10 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (1.57%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (1.40%) HBase
9 6 (1.05%) MySQL
10 5 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.87%) SAP BW
10 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.70%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.70%) Geospatial Data
11 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 4 (0.70%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
12 3 (0.52%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 29 (5.07%) JIRA
2 16 (2.80%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.57%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.22%) SpecFlow
5 6 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.87%) Selenium
7 3 (0.52%) Oracle APEX
7 3 (0.52%) Postman
7 3 (0.52%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.35%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.35%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.35%) NeoLoad
8 2 (0.35%) Subversion
9 1 (0.17%) MSI
9 1 (0.17%) NUnit
9 1 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.17%) ProC
9 1 (0.17%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.17%) Toad
General
1 65 (11.36%) Telecoms
2 49 (8.57%) Finance
3 30 (5.24%) Public Sector
4 21 (3.67%) Retail
5 17 (2.97%) Marketing
6 12 (2.10%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.22%) Electronics
7 7 (1.22%) Mandarin Language
8 6 (1.05%) Law
8 6 (1.05%) Publishing
9 5 (0.87%) Banking
9 5 (0.87%) Local Government
10 4 (0.70%) Automotive
10 4 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.35%) Legal
12 1 (0.17%) Advertising
12 1 (0.17%) Billing
12 1 (0.17%) Front Office
12 1 (0.17%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 70 (12.24%) Analyst
2 64 (11.19%) Architect
3 54 (9.44%) Developer
4 44 (7.69%) Project Manager
5 35 (6.12%) Support Engineer
6 31 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 31 (5.42%) Voice Project Manager
7 27 (4.72%) Consultant
8 26 (4.55%) Infrastructure Architect
9 23 (4.02%) Wintel Engineer
10 22 (3.85%) Service Analyst
11 19 (3.32%) Administrator
12 17 (2.97%) .NET Developer
12 17 (2.97%) Cloud Engineer
13 16 (2.80%) Desktop Support
13 16 (2.80%) Service Desk Analyst
13 16 (2.80%) Telecoms Manager
14 15 (2.62%) 1st Line Support
14 15 (2.62%) 2nd Line Support
14 15 (2.62%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (7.34%) .NET
2 21 (3.67%) CSS
3 15 (2.62%) HTML
4 14 (2.45%) Web Services
5 13 (2.27%) .NET Core
5 13 (2.27%) LDAP
6 10 (1.75%) React
7 9 (1.57%) 802.1X
7 9 (1.57%) ASP.NET
8 8 (1.40%) RESTful
9 7 (1.22%) ASP.NET Web API
10 6 (1.05%) Blazor
10 6 (1.05%) Middleware
11 4 (0.70%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.70%) JSON
11 4 (0.70%) SAML
12 3 (0.52%) HTML5
12 3 (0.52%) jQuery
12 3 (0.52%) REST
12 3 (0.52%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 57 (9.97%) Management Information System
2 37 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (5.77%) Data Centre
4 17 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (2.45%) Hybrid Cloud
6 13 (2.27%) Private Cloud
7 11 (1.92%) Data Structures
7 11 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
7 11 (1.92%) Public Cloud
7 11 (1.92%) Replication
8 10 (1.75%) PKI
9 8 (1.40%) Cloud Native
9 8 (1.40%) Digital Signage
9 8 (1.40%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.22%) Robotics
10 7 (1.22%) User Experience
11 6 (1.05%) Fat Client
11 6 (1.05%) Thin Client
12 5 (0.87%) NHS
12 5 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 219 (38.29%) Windows
2 90 (15.73%) Windows Server
3 76 (13.29%) Windows 10
4 52 (9.09%) Linux
5 24 (4.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (4.02%) Windows 7
7 20 (3.50%) Unix
8 13 (2.27%) Ubuntu
9 12 (2.10%) Windows Server 2016
10 10 (1.75%) Apple iOS
10 10 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (1.40%) Solaris
11 8 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (1.05%) Android
13 5 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (0.87%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2019
15 3 (0.52%) CentOS
16 2 (0.35%) Data ONTAP
16 2 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (18.53%) ITIL
3 87 (15.21%) DevOps
4 79 (13.81%) Migration
5 77 (13.46%) Project Delivery
6 66 (11.54%) Project Management
7 51 (8.92%) Problem-Solving
8 46 (8.04%) Business Intelligence
9 44 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 42 (7.34%) PRINCE2
11 39 (6.82%) ITIL V3
12 33 (5.77%) CRM
12 33 (5.77%) Service Management
13 29 (5.07%) Scrum
13 29 (5.07%) Service Delivery
14 27 (4.72%) Continuous Improvement
14 27 (4.72%) Continuous Integration
15 25 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
16 24 (4.20%) Analytics
16 24 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 90 (15.73%) SQL
2 60 (10.49%) PowerShell
3 39 (6.82%) C#
4 20 (3.50%) JavaScript
5 14 (2.45%) C
5 14 (2.45%) Java
6 12 (2.10%) T-SQL
7 9 (1.57%) Python
8 3 (0.52%) C++
8 3 (0.52%) VB
8 3 (0.52%) VB.NET
8 3 (0.52%) XPath
9 2 (0.35%) Perl
9 2 (0.35%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.35%) Ruby
9 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.35%) TypeScript
9 2 (0.35%) U-SQL
10 1 (0.17%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.17%) R
Qualifications
1 128 (22.38%) Security Cleared
2 68 (11.89%) SC Cleared
3 48 (8.39%) Degree
4 45 (7.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 44 (7.69%) DV Cleared
6 18 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (3.15%) MCSE
7 16 (2.80%) CCNA
7 16 (2.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (2.62%) Computer Science Degree
9 14 (2.45%) CCNP
10 11 (1.92%) ISTQB
10 11 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.57%) MCSA
12 6 (1.05%) CISSP
13 5 (0.87%) CISM
13 5 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 5 (0.87%) MCP
14 4 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (0.70%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (7.34%) SLA
2 10 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (1.75%) QA
3 8 (1.40%) PMO
4 5 (0.87%) NIST
5 4 (0.70%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.70%) GDPR
5 4 (0.70%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.70%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.52%) ISAE 3402
6 3 (0.52%) ISO 22301
6 3 (0.52%) ISO 31000
6 3 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 2 (0.35%) NCSC
8 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.17%) GxP
8 1 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 198 (34.62%) Active Directory
2 101 (17.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (8.22%) vSphere
4 24 (4.20%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (4.02%) Virtual Machines
5 23 (4.02%) VMware NSX
6 18 (3.15%) Hyper-V
7 17 (2.97%) NFS
8 12 (2.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.75%) HDFS
10 9 (1.57%) Firmware
10 9 (1.57%) VMFS
11 7 (1.22%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 7 (1.22%) XenApp
12 6 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (1.05%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.70%) vCloud
14 4 (0.70%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 47 (8.22%) SCCM
2 35 (6.12%) Microsoft Intune
3 26 (4.55%) vCenter Server
4 23 (4.02%) Ansible
5 20 (3.50%) vRealize
6 19 (3.32%) Terraform
7 16 (2.80%) SCOM
7 16 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (1.75%) vMotion
9 7 (1.22%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (1.05%) NetBackup
11 5 (0.87%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 4 (0.70%) AirWatch
12 4 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
12 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
12 4 (0.70%) Nessus
13 3 (0.52%) BladeLogic
13 3 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
13 3 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 3 (0.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 122 (21.33%) VMware
2 63 (11.01%) Cisco
3 47 (8.22%) Citrix
4 38 (6.64%) Remedy
5 32 (5.59%) Dell
6 31 (5.42%) Ericsson
7 24 (4.20%) Oracle
8 21 (3.67%) SAP
9 19 (3.32%) EMC
10 18 (3.15%) McAfee
11 16 (2.80%) HP
12 15 (2.62%) ServiceNow
13 11 (1.92%) Adobe
13 11 (1.92%) CheckPoint
13 11 (1.92%) Palo Alto
13 11 (1.92%) Red Hat
13 11 (1.92%) Splunk
14 10 (1.75%) NetApp
15 9 (1.57%) Veeam
16 8 (1.40%) Google