Period
to 7 April 2020

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 7 April 2020 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 3 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1,439 2,361 2,086
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 15.09% 14.99% 12.41%
As % of the Vendors category 30.73% 31.98% 26.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 919 1,436 1,200
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £174 £178 £150
90th Percentile £575 £600 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £402
% change year-on-year - +5.85% +0.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 188 168
Median hourly rate £17.00 £14.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -20.00% +23.24%
10th Percentile £11.40 £10.71 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £44.13 £43.75
England median hourly rate £18.00 £15.32 £15.86
% change year-on-year +17.53% -3.44% +5.73%

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 4,683 7,382 7,810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 49.11% 46.86% 46.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,673 4,338 4,428
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
England median daily rate £450 £455 £450
% change year-on-year -1.10% +1.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 271 314 288
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.86% +12.90%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.75 £10.47
90th Percentile £47.00 £50.00 £46.13
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -

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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020. 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 0 654 £425 - 222
Berkshire -1 413 £450 - 100
Hampshire +2 405 £440 +3.53% 109
Surrey 0 184 £403 -6.18% 101
Buckinghamshire -1 161 £400 -4.76% 64
West Sussex +1 100 £475 +18.75% 26
Oxfordshire -1 80 £388 -3.13% 58
Kent +3 45 £450 +5.88% 35
East Sussex -8 32 £475 +11.76% 20
Sussex +4 9 £475 -
Isle of Wight - 2 £450 -
Middlesex +3 1 £130 -71.89% 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, 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.

1 549 (38.15%) Windows
2 476 (33.08%) Azure
3 398 (27.66%) Active Directory
4 331 (23.00%) SQL
5 318 (22.10%) Microsoft Office
6 314 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
7 269 (18.69%) Office 365
8 205 (14.25%) SQL Server
9 194 (13.48%) Security Cleared
10 193 (13.41%) Windows Server
11 188 (13.06%) Analytics
12 181 (12.58%) DevOps
13 180 (12.51%) .NET
13 180 (12.51%) ITIL
14 179 (12.44%) Business Intelligence
15 178 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
16 177 (12.30%) Migration
17 173 (12.02%) Windows 10
18 168 (11.67%) Power Platform
19 163 (11.33%) VMware
20 152 (10.56%) C#
20 152 (10.56%) Power BI
21 146 (10.15%) Problem-Solving
21 146 (10.15%) SCCM
22 145 (10.08%) Finance
23 141 (9.80%) SharePoint
24 132 (9.17%) Microsoft Excel
25 130 (9.03%) PowerShell
26 123 (8.55%) Scrum
26 123 (8.55%) SC Cleared

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
1 141 (9.80%) SharePoint
2 90 (6.25%) MS Exchange
3 70 (4.86%) Skype for Business
4 33 (2.29%) IIS
5 26 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
6 20 (1.39%) CMS
7 17 (1.18%) Confluence
8 12 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
9 10 (0.69%) Apache
9 10 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (0.69%) IBM Notes
9 10 (0.69%) SAS
10 9 (0.63%) EPiServer
11 6 (0.42%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.28%) Apache Airflow
13 3 (0.21%) JBoss
13 3 (0.21%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.21%) WebLogic
14 2 (0.14%) Documentum
Applications
1 318 (22.10%) Microsoft Office
2 132 (9.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (3.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 54 (3.75%) Microsoft Project
5 32 (2.22%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.28%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.28%) SPSS
8 2 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.14%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.14%) InVision
9 1 (0.069%) Figma
Business Applications
1 97 (6.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.39%) SAP S/4HANA
3 19 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (1.18%) Dynamics NAV
5 11 (0.76%) assyst
6 10 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
7 8 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 7 (0.49%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 3 (0.21%) Elite 3E
10 3 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.21%) SAP Payroll
10 3 (0.21%) SAP SCM
11 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
11 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
11 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
11 2 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 2 (0.14%) SAP BPC
11 2 (0.14%) SAP GTS
11 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 476 (33.08%) Azure
2 269 (18.69%) Office 365
3 168 (11.67%) Power Platform
4 86 (5.98%) IaaS
4 86 (5.98%) PaaS
5 85 (5.91%) AWS
6 77 (5.35%) Dynamics 365
7 57 (3.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 42 (2.92%) SaaS
9 24 (1.67%) PowerApps
10 22 (1.53%) Azure Data Factory
11 20 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 16 (1.11%) GCP
13 14 (0.97%) Serverless
14 12 (0.83%) Azure Functions
14 12 (0.83%) OneDrive
15 11 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (0.76%) Data Lake Analytics
15 11 (0.76%) GitHub
15 11 (0.76%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 87 (6.05%) Skype
2 79 (5.49%) DNS
3 70 (4.86%) Firewall
4 57 (3.96%) TCP/IP
5 55 (3.82%) DHCP
6 37 (2.57%) SAN
7 36 (2.50%) VPN
8 28 (1.95%) LAN
9 27 (1.88%) WAN
9 27 (1.88%) Wireless
10 26 (1.81%) Unified Communications
11 24 (1.67%) VoIP
12 22 (1.53%) Internet
13 18 (1.25%) PBX
13 18 (1.25%) VLAN
14 17 (1.18%) NetScaler
14 17 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
15 14 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
16 13 (0.90%) SSL
17 11 (0.76%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 205 (14.25%) SQL Server
2 152 (10.56%) Power BI
3 121 (8.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 106 (7.37%) Data Lake
5 55 (3.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 54 (3.75%) HDInsight
7 42 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
8 32 (2.22%) Big Data
9 28 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
10 24 (1.67%) NoSQL
11 23 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 19 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
13 18 (1.25%) Azure SQL Database
13 18 (1.25%) OLAP
13 18 (1.25%) Oracle Database
13 18 (1.25%) SAP BW
13 18 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
14 16 (1.11%) Apache Cassandra
14 16 (1.11%) Hadoop
15 15 (1.04%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 106 (7.37%) Visual Studio
2 54 (3.75%) Git (software)
3 29 (2.02%) Selenium
4 28 (1.95%) JIRA
5 27 (1.88%) Visual Studio Team System
6 23 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
7 22 (1.53%) Cucumber
8 16 (1.11%) WebDriver
9 15 (1.04%) Jenkins
10 14 (0.97%) Octopus Deploy
11 9 (0.63%) Eclipse
12 7 (0.49%) GitLab
12 7 (0.49%) SpecFlow
13 6 (0.42%) ClearCase
13 6 (0.42%) ClearQuest
13 6 (0.42%) Subversion
14 5 (0.35%) JMeter
14 5 (0.35%) PowerBuilder
14 5 (0.35%) ProC
14 5 (0.35%) TeamCity
General
1 145 (10.08%) Finance
2 65 (4.52%) Telecoms
3 58 (4.03%) Public Sector
4 23 (1.60%) Marketing
5 19 (1.32%) Retail
6 18 (1.25%) Legal
6 18 (1.25%) Publishing
7 14 (0.97%) Local Government
8 13 (0.90%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.63%) Advertising
9 9 (0.63%) Electronics
9 9 (0.63%) Law
9 9 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
10 8 (0.56%) German Language
10 8 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.42%) Italian Language
12 5 (0.35%) Automotive
12 5 (0.35%) Police
13 3 (0.21%) Back Office
13 3 (0.21%) French Language
Job Titles
1 263 (18.28%) Analyst
2 209 (14.52%) Developer
3 129 (8.96%) Architect
4 99 (6.88%) Consultant
5 98 (6.81%) Support Engineer
6 75 (5.21%) DevOps Engineer
7 72 (5.00%) Business Analyst
8 60 (4.17%) Desktop Support
8 60 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 55 (3.82%) Service Analyst
10 52 (3.61%) 2nd Line Support
11 50 (3.47%) Project Manager
12 42 (2.92%) Azure Engineer
12 42 (2.92%) Service Desk Analyst
13 41 (2.85%) .NET Developer
13 41 (2.85%) Desktop Engineer
14 39 (2.71%) Support Analyst
15 38 (2.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 38 (2.64%) IT Engineer
16 37 (2.57%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (12.51%) .NET
2 66 (4.59%) Web Services
3 63 (4.38%) .NET Framework
4 55 (3.82%) HTML
5 53 (3.68%) XML
6 51 (3.54%) ASP.NET
7 39 (2.71%) CSS
8 38 (2.64%) Entity Framework
9 35 (2.43%) jQuery
10 33 (2.29%) ASP.NET Web API
11 26 (1.81%) LINQ
11 26 (1.81%) REST
12 25 (1.74%) AngularJS
13 23 (1.60%) SOAP
14 21 (1.46%) JSON
15 20 (1.39%) React
16 19 (1.32%) .NET Core
17 17 (1.18%) HTML5
18 16 (1.11%) RESTful
19 15 (1.04%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 178 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (4.52%) Data Centre
3 59 (4.10%) Management Information System
4 58 (4.03%) Self-Motivation
5 46 (3.20%) PKI
6 23 (1.60%) Clustering
6 23 (1.60%) Data Structures
7 22 (1.53%) Public Cloud
8 21 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (1.32%) Driving Licence
9 19 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
10 18 (1.25%) NHS
11 16 (1.11%) Fat Client
11 16 (1.11%) Thin Client
12 15 (1.04%) Smartphone
13 14 (0.97%) e-Learning
13 14 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
14 11 (0.76%) Blackberry
14 11 (0.76%) User Experience
15 10 (0.69%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 549 (38.15%) Windows
2 193 (13.41%) Windows Server
3 173 (12.02%) Windows 10
4 94 (6.53%) Linux
5 90 (6.25%) Windows 7
6 78 (5.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 57 (3.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (2.99%) Windows Server 2016
9 37 (2.57%) Android
10 35 (2.43%) Windows 8
11 33 (2.29%) Unix
12 31 (2.15%) Apple iOS
13 26 (1.81%) Mac OS
14 19 (1.32%) Windows XP
15 12 (0.83%) Windows Vista
16 11 (0.76%) VMS
16 11 (0.76%) Windows Server 2003
17 9 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 8 (0.56%) AIX
19 7 (0.49%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 314 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (13.06%) Analytics
3 181 (12.58%) DevOps
4 180 (12.51%) ITIL
5 179 (12.44%) Business Intelligence
6 177 (12.30%) Migration
7 146 (10.15%) Problem-Solving
8 123 (8.55%) Scrum
9 119 (8.27%) Test Automation
10 111 (7.71%) CRM
11 107 (7.44%) Stakeholder Management
12 90 (6.25%) Project Management
13 79 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
14 78 (5.42%) Data Modelling
15 76 (5.28%) Project Delivery
16 69 (4.79%) Data Management
17 68 (4.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 68 (4.73%) Service Management
18 63 (4.38%) Disaster Recovery
18 63 (4.38%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 331 (23.00%) SQL
2 152 (10.56%) C#
3 130 (9.03%) PowerShell
4 93 (6.46%) JavaScript
5 51 (3.54%) Python
6 50 (3.47%) T-SQL
7 37 (2.57%) Java
8 23 (1.60%) VBScript
9 21 (1.46%) VB
10 19 (1.32%) C
11 18 (1.25%) Bash Shell
11 18 (1.25%) R
12 16 (1.11%) C++
13 14 (0.97%) PL/SQL
13 14 (0.97%) Scala
13 14 (0.97%) Shell Script
14 13 (0.90%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 8 (0.56%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.49%) Perl
16 7 (0.49%) XAML
Qualifications
1 194 (13.48%) Security Cleared
2 123 (8.55%) SC Cleared
3 120 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 98 (6.81%) Degree
5 65 (4.52%) DV Cleared
6 60 (4.17%) MCSE
7 29 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (2.02%) ISEB
8 26 (1.81%) MCSA
9 25 (1.74%) CCNA
9 25 (1.74%) ISTQB
10 22 (1.53%) MCP
11 17 (1.18%) A+ Certification
11 17 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
11 17 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (0.97%) MCITP
13 13 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 12 (0.83%) PMP
15 11 (0.76%) PMI Certification
16 8 (0.56%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.27%) QA
2 39 (2.71%) SLA
3 21 (1.46%) GDPR
4 18 (1.25%) Data Quality
5 17 (1.18%) PMO
6 10 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.56%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.35%) GxP
10 3 (0.21%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.14%) HL7
11 2 (0.14%) NIST
12 1 (0.069%) COBIT
12 1 (0.069%) ISAE 3402
12 1 (0.069%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.069%) ISO 31000
12 1 (0.069%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 1 (0.069%) PMBOK
12 1 (0.069%) SNOMED CT
12 1 (0.069%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 398 (27.66%) Active Directory
2 112 (7.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (4.45%) Virtual Machines
4 53 (3.68%) Hyper-V
5 42 (2.92%) XenApp
6 33 (2.29%) vSphere
7 27 (1.88%) Docker
7 27 (1.88%) XenDesktop
8 25 (1.74%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
9 15 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
10 12 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 11 (0.76%) DFS Replication
11 11 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.35%) vCloud
12 5 (0.35%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.21%) NFS
14 2 (0.14%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 146 (10.15%) SCCM
2 47 (3.27%) Microsoft Intune
3 26 (1.81%) Kubernetes
4 24 (1.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 20 (1.39%) Puppet
6 18 (1.25%) SCOM
7 17 (1.18%) WSUS
8 16 (1.11%) Ansible
8 16 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
9 15 (1.04%) AirWatch
9 15 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
9 15 (1.04%) Terraform
10 14 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
10 14 (0.97%) Tivoli
11 11 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
12 9 (0.63%) Jamf Pro
13 8 (0.56%) IBM BigFix
13 8 (0.56%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
13 8 (0.56%) vCenter Server
14 7 (0.49%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 163 (11.33%) VMware
2 106 (7.37%) Citrix
3 85 (5.91%) Oracle
4 77 (5.35%) SAP
5 66 (4.59%) Cisco
6 52 (3.61%) HP
7 42 (2.92%) Dell
8 34 (2.36%) Informatica
8 34 (2.36%) Remedy
9 33 (2.29%) ServiceNow
10 29 (2.02%) Apple
11 27 (1.88%) McAfee
12 24 (1.67%) Tableau
13 21 (1.46%) Google
14 19 (1.32%) IBM
15 18 (1.25%) Xamarin
16 16 (1.11%) Red Hat
17 14 (0.97%) CheckPoint
18 13 (0.90%) NetApp
18 13 (0.90%) Salesforce.com