Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,232 2,184 2,214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.68% 13.45% 13.06%
As % of the Vendors category 29.51% 27.84% 27.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,318 1,307 1,310
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £154 £158
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 181 192
South East median hourly rate £13.89 £15.07 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.86% +0.47% -6.25%
10th Percentile £9.66 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £22.23 £43.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year +1.61% -4.62% +4.84%

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 7,563 7,845 8,152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 46.36% 48.31% 48.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,387 4,487 4,723
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £238 £225
90th Percentile £588 £572 £550
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 335 334 416
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +8.83% -11.94%
10th Percentile £10.34 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £47.12 £44.78 £47.50
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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +1 961 £400 - 391
Hampshire -1 589 £400 +10.73% 170
Berkshire -2 473 £415 -7.26% 177
Surrey -3 394 £419 +4.69% 118
Buckinghamshire +3 316 £365 -2.70% 105
Oxfordshire +7 172 £400 - 109
West Sussex -2 143 £400 +16.79% 53
Kent +4 58 £375 +7.14% 63
East Sussex -11 39 £350 +1.45% 39
Middlesex +8 11 £375 -17.81% 1
M4 Corridor - 5 £450 -
Sussex +3 4 £500 +25.00%
Home Counties - 4 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 819 (36.69%) Windows
2 631 (28.27%) Active Directory
3 588 (26.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 521 (23.34%) Microsoft Office
5 437 (19.58%) Agile Software Development
6 434 (19.44%) SQL
7 431 (19.31%) SQL Server
8 394 (17.65%) Finance
9 379 (16.98%) Office 365
10 365 (16.35%) .NET
11 341 (15.28%) Windows Server
12 333 (14.92%) VMware
13 332 (14.87%) C#
14 302 (13.53%) Security Cleared
15 299 (13.40%) Microsoft Excel
16 284 (12.72%) ITIL
17 258 (11.56%) PowerShell
18 252 (11.29%) Oracle
19 241 (10.80%) SharePoint
20 231 (10.35%) Migration
21 229 (10.26%) SC Cleared
22 219 (9.81%) Project Management
23 215 (9.63%) VMware Infrastructure
24 211 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
25 205 (9.18%) Windows 10
26 191 (8.56%) SCCM
27 181 (8.11%) Citrix
28 178 (7.97%) JavaScript
29 175 (7.84%) Linux
30 173 (7.75%) Visual Studio

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
1 241 (10.80%) SharePoint
2 164 (7.35%) MS Exchange
3 111 (4.97%) IIS
4 105 (4.70%) Skype for Business
5 51 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2010
6 42 (1.88%) SharePoint 2013
7 41 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (1.34%) Apache
9 28 (1.25%) Confluence
10 26 (1.16%) SharePoint 2010
11 24 (1.08%) CMS
12 23 (1.03%) Apache Spark
12 23 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
13 19 (0.85%) Apache Solr
14 18 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
15 17 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
16 14 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
17 13 (0.58%) JBoss
18 12 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
19 11 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 521 (23.34%) Microsoft Office
2 299 (13.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 160 (7.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 94 (4.21%) MS Visio
5 90 (4.03%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.40%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.18%) NUKE
8 4 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
9 3 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.13%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.090%) CATIA
10 2 (0.090%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 1 (0.045%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.045%) InDesign
11 1 (0.045%) Mingle
11 1 (0.045%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.045%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 78 (3.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.22%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.18%) Eloqua
5 4 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.13%) NetSuite
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.13%) Primavera
6 3 (0.13%) SAP HR
6 3 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
7 2 (0.090%) ENOVIA
7 2 (0.090%) Global One
7 2 (0.090%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.090%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.090%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.090%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 588 (26.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 379 (16.98%) Office 365
3 155 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
4 107 (4.79%) Azure Active Directory
5 98 (4.39%) SaaS
6 69 (3.09%) PaaS
7 65 (2.91%) IaaS
8 55 (2.46%) Cloud Computing
9 49 (2.20%) Dynamics 365
10 37 (1.66%) Azure Data Factory
11 35 (1.57%) Yammer
12 33 (1.48%) OneDrive
13 17 (0.76%) Azure Machine Learning
13 17 (0.76%) Serverless
14 16 (0.72%) GitHub
15 14 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
16 11 (0.49%) Data Lake Analytics
17 10 (0.45%) Azure Functions
18 9 (0.40%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
19 6 (0.27%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 152 (6.81%) DNS
2 147 (6.59%) Firewall
3 112 (5.02%) LAN
3 112 (5.02%) SAN
4 105 (4.70%) WAN
5 99 (4.44%) Skype
6 87 (3.90%) Internet
7 78 (3.49%) DHCP
7 78 (3.49%) TCP/IP
8 60 (2.69%) VPN
9 37 (1.66%) Wireless
10 35 (1.57%) VoIP
11 33 (1.48%) Network Security
12 27 (1.21%) iSCSI
13 26 (1.16%) HTTP
13 26 (1.16%) NAS
13 26 (1.16%) NetScaler
13 26 (1.16%) VLAN
14 23 (1.03%) Remote Desktop
15 22 (0.99%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 431 (19.31%) SQL Server
2 112 (5.02%) Power BI
3 99 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 74 (3.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 73 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
6 68 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
7 64 (2.87%) Oracle Database
8 55 (2.46%) Relational Database
8 55 (2.46%) SQL Server 2012
9 48 (2.15%) Big Data
10 45 (2.02%) NoSQL
11 41 (1.84%) MongoDB
12 40 (1.79%) MySQL
13 38 (1.70%) Data Lake
14 37 (1.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 34 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
16 32 (1.43%) Hadoop
17 29 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
18 23 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
19 22 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 173 (7.75%) Visual Studio
2 123 (5.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 71 (3.18%) JIRA
3 71 (3.18%) Visual Studio Team System
4 63 (2.82%) Git (software)
5 60 (2.69%) Selenium
6 40 (1.79%) Jenkins
7 21 (0.94%) Subversion
8 17 (0.76%) Cucumber
8 17 (0.76%) TeamCity
9 16 (0.72%) NUnit
10 15 (0.67%) SoapUI
11 14 (0.63%) GitLab
11 14 (0.63%) MSI
12 13 (0.58%) SonarQube
12 13 (0.58%) SpecFlow
13 12 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 11 (0.49%) HP UFT
14 11 (0.49%) WebDriver
15 10 (0.45%) Toad
General
1 394 (17.65%) Finance
2 93 (4.17%) Telecoms
3 52 (2.33%) Banking
4 51 (2.28%) Retail
5 41 (1.84%) Marketing
6 24 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 23 (1.03%) Legal
8 21 (0.94%) Financial Institution
9 20 (0.90%) Publishing
10 19 (0.85%) Advertising
10 19 (0.85%) Law
11 17 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
12 14 (0.63%) Automotive
12 14 (0.63%) Electronics
12 14 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
13 13 (0.58%) Back Office
14 12 (0.54%) Billing
15 8 (0.36%) French Language
16 7 (0.31%) Military
17 5 (0.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 386 (17.29%) Developer
2 361 (16.17%) Analyst
3 195 (8.74%) Architect
4 136 (6.09%) Project Manager
5 131 (5.87%) Consultant
6 124 (5.56%) .NET Developer
7 111 (4.97%) Support Engineer
8 91 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 87 (3.90%) Administrator
9 87 (3.90%) C# Developer
10 84 (3.76%) Desktop Support
11 81 (3.63%) Support Analyst
12 73 (3.27%) IT Support
13 71 (3.18%) Service Analyst
14 66 (2.96%) 2nd Line Support
15 65 (2.91%) C# .NET Developer
16 64 (2.87%) Solutions Architect
17 63 (2.82%) Service Desk Analyst
18 52 (2.33%) Business Analyst
19 51 (2.28%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 365 (16.35%) .NET
2 161 (7.21%) ASP.NET
3 159 (7.12%) HTML
4 121 (5.42%) CSS
5 115 (5.15%) Web Services
6 108 (4.84%) .NET Framework
7 104 (4.66%) ASP.NET Web API
8 92 (4.12%) XML
9 90 (4.03%) jQuery
10 76 (3.41%) ASP.NET MVC
11 74 (3.32%) JSON
12 69 (3.09%) AngularJS
13 67 (3.00%) REST
14 56 (2.51%) HTML5
15 48 (2.15%) Entity Framework
16 47 (2.11%) .NET Core
17 43 (1.93%) WCF
18 41 (1.84%) Middleware
18 41 (1.84%) SOAP
19 30 (1.34%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 211 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
2 122 (5.47%) Self-Motivation
3 99 (4.44%) Management Information System
4 97 (4.35%) Data Centre
5 56 (2.51%) PKI
6 54 (2.42%) Computer Science
6 54 (2.42%) Mobile App
7 49 (2.20%) Greenfield Project
8 37 (1.66%) Clustering
9 36 (1.61%) Replication
10 29 (1.30%) Fat Client
10 29 (1.30%) Thin Client
11 27 (1.21%) Driving Licence
11 27 (1.21%) Public Cloud
12 23 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
13 21 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
14 19 (0.85%) Client/Server
14 19 (0.85%) Virtual Team
15 18 (0.81%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 819 (36.69%) Windows
2 341 (15.28%) Windows Server
3 205 (9.18%) Windows 10
4 175 (7.84%) Linux
5 152 (6.81%) Windows 7
6 150 (6.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 127 (5.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 104 (4.66%) Unix
9 52 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 52 (2.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 43 (1.93%) Android
11 39 (1.75%) Windows XP
12 31 (1.39%) Solaris
13 28 (1.25%) Apple iOS
14 27 (1.21%) Windows 8
15 24 (1.08%) AIX
16 20 (0.90%) CentOS
17 10 (0.45%) Ubuntu
18 7 (0.31%) Mac OS
19 5 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (19.58%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (12.72%) ITIL
3 231 (10.35%) Migration
4 219 (9.81%) Project Management
5 172 (7.71%) Problem-Solving
6 158 (7.08%) Business Intelligence
7 155 (6.94%) Scrum
8 144 (6.45%) PRINCE2
9 138 (6.18%) MVC
10 121 (5.42%) DevOps
11 119 (5.33%) CRM
12 108 (4.84%) Change Management
13 107 (4.79%) Analytics
13 107 (4.79%) Stakeholder Management
14 103 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 102 (4.57%) Service Management
16 98 (4.39%) Test Automation
17 76 (3.41%) Workflow
18 66 (2.96%) Mentoring
19 63 (2.82%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 434 (19.44%) SQL
2 332 (14.87%) C#
3 258 (11.56%) PowerShell
4 178 (7.97%) JavaScript
5 90 (4.03%) Java
6 88 (3.94%) T-SQL
7 38 (1.70%) Python
8 35 (1.57%) VB
9 33 (1.48%) Shell Script
10 30 (1.34%) PL/SQL
11 27 (1.21%) C
11 27 (1.21%) VBA
12 26 (1.16%) TypeScript
13 22 (0.99%) C++
14 21 (0.94%) VB.NET
15 19 (0.85%) VBScript
16 16 (0.72%) Perl
17 13 (0.58%) PHP
18 9 (0.40%) Go
18 9 (0.40%) R
Qualifications
1 302 (13.53%) Security Cleared
2 229 (10.26%) SC Cleared
3 149 (6.68%) Degree
4 140 (6.27%) Microsoft Certification
5 109 (4.88%) DV Cleared
6 70 (3.14%) MCSE
7 34 (1.52%) ISEB
8 33 (1.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 29 (1.30%) Cisco Certification
9 29 (1.30%) MCSA
9 29 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 26 (1.16%) ISTQB
11 25 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 23 (1.03%) MCP
13 22 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (0.90%) PMP
15 19 (0.85%) DBS Check
15 19 (0.85%) PMI Certification
16 18 (0.81%) CCNA
17 17 (0.76%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (3.05%) QA
2 63 (2.82%) SLA
3 55 (2.46%) PMO
4 45 (2.02%) GDPR
5 30 (1.34%) Data Quality
6 24 (1.08%) PCI DSS
7 23 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 9 (0.40%) Government Security Classifications
8 9 (0.40%) ISAE 3402
8 9 (0.40%) ISO 22301
8 9 (0.40%) ISO 31000
8 9 (0.40%) ISO 9001
8 9 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 9 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 6 (0.27%) P3O
11 3 (0.13%) COBIT
12 2 (0.090%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 2 (0.090%) PMBOK
13 1 (0.045%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 631 (28.27%) Active Directory
2 215 (9.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 124 (5.56%) Hyper-V
4 86 (3.85%) vSphere
5 59 (2.64%) VMware ESXi
5 59 (2.64%) XenApp
6 52 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
7 51 (2.28%) Docker
8 45 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
9 39 (1.75%) XenDesktop
10 24 (1.08%) XenServer
11 16 (0.72%) NFS
11 16 (0.72%) vCloud
12 14 (0.63%) DFS Replication
12 14 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
13 12 (0.54%) FreeRADIUS
13 12 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
14 9 (0.40%) BitLocker
15 7 (0.31%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 6 (0.27%) KVM
Systems Management
1 191 (8.56%) SCCM
2 65 (2.91%) Microsoft Intune
3 49 (2.20%) Puppet
4 40 (1.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 40 (1.79%) Kubernetes
5 33 (1.48%) SCOM
6 31 (1.39%) WSUS
7 29 (1.30%) McAfee ePO
8 27 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 26 (1.16%) Ansible
10 21 (0.94%) Data Guard
11 19 (0.85%) NetBackup
11 19 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
11 19 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
12 18 (0.81%) AirWatch
13 16 (0.72%) HP ALM
14 15 (0.67%) OVSD
14 15 (0.67%) vRealize
15 14 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
16 11 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 333 (14.92%) VMware
2 252 (11.29%) Oracle
3 181 (8.11%) Citrix
4 159 (7.12%) HP
5 136 (6.09%) Cisco
6 97 (4.35%) SAP
7 67 (3.00%) McAfee
8 62 (2.78%) NetApp
9 59 (2.64%) Red Hat
10 49 (2.20%) Remedy
11 39 (1.75%) IBM
12 38 (1.70%) Apple
13 34 (1.52%) Google
13 34 (1.52%) ServiceNow
14 32 (1.43%) Dell
15 24 (1.08%) webMethods
16 22 (0.99%) Symantec
17 21 (0.94%) 3PAR
18 19 (0.85%) Adobe
18 19 (0.85%) Atlassian