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 3 months to 29 June 2017 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 7 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1000 1144 1314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.95% 12.84% 13.93%
As % of the Vendors category 26.14% 26.46% 29.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 568 680 781
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
10th Percentile £153 £160 £163
90th Percentile £526 £541 £488
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 93 124
South East median hourly rate £13.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.12% -  
10th Percentile £9.25 £8.84 £9.33
90th Percentile £42.50 £44.35 £27.54
England median hourly rate £14.75 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -10.60% +3.12%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 3825 4323 4483
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 49.53% 48.52% 47.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3868 4725 4508
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
10th Percentile £263 £250 £238
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
England median daily rate £430 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +6.17% +1.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 407 442
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £19.61 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.40% +3.21%  
10th Percentile £10.00 £10.23 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.50 £49.46 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% -  

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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +2 255 £398 +13.57% 97
Berkshire -1 244 £375 -2.59% 70
Surrey 0 170 £375 -6.25% 83
Buckinghamshire -1 129 £400 +2.56% 41
West Sussex +4 61 £411 +2.81% 14
Oxfordshire -10 53 £375 +7.14% 36
Kent -2 39 £350 -17.64% 19
East Sussex +7 30 £400 +105.12% 4
Middlesex +5 7 £502 +23.82% 2
Thames Valley - 1 £450 -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 643 (32.46%) Windows
2 441 (22.26%) Microsoft Office
3 427 (21.55%) Active Directory
4 403 (20.34%) SQL Server
5 380 (19.18%) Security Cleared
6 367 (18.53%) SQL
7 356 (17.97%) Finance
8 341 (17.21%) Agile Software Development
9 292 (14.74%) SC Cleared
10 286 (14.44%) .NET
10 286 (14.44%) Microsoft Excel
11 267 (13.48%) VMware
12 263 (13.28%) ITIL
13 261 (13.18%) C#
14 248 (12.52%) Windows Server
15 235 (11.86%) Microsoft Azure
16 209 (10.55%) Project Management
17 202 (10.20%) Office 365
18 197 (9.94%) SharePoint
19 185 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
20 176 (8.88%) Oracle
21 175 (8.83%) Migration
22 168 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
23 167 (8.43%) Linux
24 163 (8.23%) Web Services
25 160 (8.08%) VMware Infrastructure
26 150 (7.57%) JavaScript
27 147 (7.42%) Team Foundation Server
28 145 (7.32%) PowerShell
28 145 (7.32%) Telecoms

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
1 197 (9.94%) SharePoint
2 144 (7.27%) MS Exchange
3 89 (4.49%) Skype for Business
4 86 (4.34%) IIS
5 51 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (1.62%) SharePoint 2013
7 27 (1.36%) ArcGIS
8 22 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
8 22 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2007
9 20 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
9 20 (1.01%) JBoss
10 19 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
10 19 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
11 16 (0.81%) Apache
11 16 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 14 (0.71%) CMS
12 14 (0.71%) Drupal
13 12 (0.61%) OpenStack
14 11 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 11 (0.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 441 (22.26%) Microsoft Office
2 286 (14.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 138 (6.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 138 (6.97%) Microsoft Project
4 82 (4.14%) MS Visio
5 20 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.15%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.10%) SPSS
7 2 (0.10%) SPSS Modeler
8 1 (0.050%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.050%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.050%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.050%) CATIA
8 1 (0.050%) Maya
Business Applications
1 110 (5.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (1.06%) Dynamics NAV
2 21 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 11 (0.56%) Primavera
6 8 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
7 6 (0.30%) Dynamics GP
7 6 (0.30%) JDE EnterpriseOne
8 5 (0.25%) Maximo
9 4 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
9 4 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
10 3 (0.15%) Eloqua
10 3 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
10 3 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
11 2 (0.10%) FRx
11 2 (0.10%) SAP ERP
11 2 (0.10%) Scribe Insight
11 2 (0.10%) Unica
11 2 (0.10%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 235 (11.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 202 (10.20%) Office 365
3 79 (3.99%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (3.03%) IaaS
5 53 (2.68%) PaaS
6 38 (1.92%) SaaS
7 26 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (0.66%) OneDrive
10 7 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
12 4 (0.20%) Yammer
13 3 (0.15%) Adobe Analytics
13 3 (0.15%) IBM Blueworks
13 3 (0.15%) Mailgun
14 2 (0.10%) GitHub
14 2 (0.10%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.10%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.10%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 111 (5.60%) Firewall
2 90 (4.54%) WAN
3 88 (4.44%) DNS
4 84 (4.24%) LAN
5 71 (3.58%) SAN
6 55 (2.78%) Internet
7 53 (2.68%) Skype
8 48 (2.42%) DHCP
9 43 (2.17%) TCP/IP
10 42 (2.12%) VPN
11 31 (1.56%) Wireless
12 30 (1.51%) Network Security
13 26 (1.31%) Wi-Fi
14 24 (1.21%) NetScaler
15 21 (1.06%) LDAP
16 19 (0.96%) Cisco ASA
16 19 (0.96%) VoIP
17 18 (0.91%) SMTP
18 17 (0.86%) NAS
19 14 (0.71%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 403 (20.34%) SQL Server
2 102 (5.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 71 (3.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 70 (3.53%) SQL Server 2008
5 55 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
6 54 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
7 53 (2.68%) GIS
8 49 (2.47%) Relational Database
9 42 (2.12%) Oracle Database
10 37 (1.87%) Power BI
11 36 (1.82%) SQL Server 2014
12 32 (1.62%) SQL Server 2016
13 30 (1.51%) SQL Server 2005
14 29 (1.46%) MySQL
15 28 (1.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 22 (1.11%) QGIS
17 20 (1.01%) MS Access
17 20 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
18 17 (0.86%) Big Data
19 16 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 147 (7.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 99 (5.00%) Visual Studio
3 53 (2.68%) Git (software)
4 43 (2.17%) Selenium
5 36 (1.82%) Visual Studio Team System
6 31 (1.56%) JIRA
7 25 (1.26%) SpecFlow
8 17 (0.86%) Jenkins
8 17 (0.86%) NUnit
9 16 (0.81%) Ant
9 16 (0.81%) TeamCity
10 13 (0.66%) MSBuild
11 12 (0.61%) Maven
11 12 (0.61%) MSTest
12 11 (0.56%) Moq
12 11 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
12 11 (0.56%) Subversion
13 10 (0.50%) HP UFT
13 10 (0.50%) SoapUI
14 9 (0.45%) MSI
General
1 356 (17.97%) Finance
2 145 (7.32%) Telecoms
3 50 (2.52%) Advertising
3 50 (2.52%) Marketing
4 47 (2.37%) Banking
5 46 (2.32%) Retail
6 24 (1.21%) Manufacturing
7 23 (1.16%) Legal
8 20 (1.01%) Back Office
9 17 (0.86%) Electronics
10 16 (0.81%) Military
10 16 (0.81%) Publishing
11 15 (0.76%) Mandarin Language
12 10 (0.50%) Billing
13 8 (0.40%) Spanish Language
14 6 (0.30%) French Language
14 6 (0.30%) German Language
15 5 (0.25%) Aerospace
15 5 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.20%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 317 (16.00%) Developer
2 314 (15.85%) Analyst
3 190 (9.59%) Architect
4 130 (6.56%) Project Manager
5 119 (6.01%) .NET Developer
6 103 (5.20%) Consultant
7 97 (4.90%) Support Engineer
8 73 (3.69%) Support Analyst
9 69 (3.48%) Desktop Support
10 68 (3.43%) Service Analyst
11 60 (3.03%) Service Desk Analyst
12 56 (2.83%) C# Developer
13 55 (2.78%) Solutions Architect
14 52 (2.62%) Administrator
14 52 (2.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 50 (2.52%) 2nd Line Support
15 50 (2.52%) Business Analyst
16 49 (2.47%) C# .NET Developer
16 49 (2.47%) Technical Architect
17 48 (2.42%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 286 (14.44%) .NET
2 163 (8.23%) Web Services
3 119 (6.01%) ASP.NET
4 101 (5.10%) HTML
5 99 (5.00%) CSS
6 87 (4.39%) XML
7 82 (4.14%) .NET Framework
8 77 (3.89%) WCF
9 69 (3.48%) ASP.NET Web API
10 63 (3.18%) REST
11 54 (2.73%) ASP.NET MVC
12 48 (2.42%) RESTful
13 46 (2.32%) AngularJS
14 41 (2.07%) SOAP
15 40 (2.02%) jQuery
16 33 (1.67%) Entity Framework
17 32 (1.62%) Ajax
18 27 (1.36%) ASP.NET MVC 5
19 25 (1.26%) Middleware
20 23 (1.16%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 185 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
2 97 (4.90%) Management Information System
3 81 (4.09%) Data Centre
4 41 (2.07%) Mobile App
5 34 (1.72%) Driving Licence
6 33 (1.67%) Clustering
6 33 (1.67%) Replication
7 32 (1.62%) Computer Science
7 32 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
8 31 (1.56%) PMI
9 30 (1.51%) Public Cloud
10 27 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
11 26 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 23 (1.16%) Private Cloud
13 21 (1.06%) Smartphone
14 20 (1.01%) PKI
15 19 (0.96%) Client/Server
16 17 (0.86%) Blackberry
16 17 (0.86%) Fat Client
16 17 (0.86%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 643 (32.46%) Windows
2 248 (12.52%) Windows Server
3 168 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 167 (8.43%) Linux
5 136 (6.87%) Windows Server 2012
6 131 (6.61%) Windows 7
7 108 (5.45%) Windows 10
8 93 (4.69%) Windows Server 2003
9 90 (4.54%) Unix
10 57 (2.88%) Windows XP
11 39 (1.97%) Android
12 35 (1.77%) Apple iOS
13 34 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 32 (1.62%) Windows 8
15 19 (0.96%) Solaris
15 19 (0.96%) Windows Vista
16 15 (0.76%) CentOS
17 7 (0.35%) Debian
17 7 (0.35%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.30%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 341 (17.21%) Agile Software Development
2 263 (13.28%) ITIL
3 209 (10.55%) Project Management
4 175 (8.83%) Migration
5 136 (6.87%) CRM
6 130 (6.56%) Scrum
7 124 (6.26%) PRINCE2
8 123 (6.21%) Business Intelligence
9 116 (5.86%) DevOps
9 116 (5.86%) MVC
10 90 (4.54%) Stakeholder Management
11 77 (3.89%) Change Management
12 76 (3.84%) Test Automation
13 73 (3.69%) Service Management
14 72 (3.63%) SDLC
15 64 (3.23%) ETL
16 58 (2.93%) ITIL V3
16 58 (2.93%) TDD
17 57 (2.88%) Programme Management
18 56 (2.83%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 367 (18.53%) SQL
2 261 (13.18%) C#
3 150 (7.57%) JavaScript
4 145 (7.32%) PowerShell
5 82 (4.14%) T-SQL
6 78 (3.94%) Java
7 48 (2.42%) C
8 44 (2.22%) Python
9 43 (2.17%) VB
10 29 (1.46%) VBA
11 27 (1.36%) TypeScript
12 25 (1.26%) VB.NET
13 21 (1.06%) VBScript
14 20 (1.01%) C++
15 17 (0.86%) R
16 12 (0.61%) F#
17 11 (0.56%) Perl
18 10 (0.50%) ES6
18 10 (0.50%) PHP
18 10 (0.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 380 (19.18%) Security Cleared
2 292 (14.74%) SC Cleared
3 127 (6.41%) Microsoft Certification
4 125 (6.31%) Degree
5 108 (5.45%) DV Cleared
6 66 (3.33%) MCSE
7 40 (2.02%) ISEB
8 39 (1.97%) PMI Certification
9 32 (1.62%) MCSA
10 31 (1.56%) ISTQB
11 28 (1.41%) MCP
12 25 (1.26%) Cisco Certification
12 25 (1.26%) MCITP
13 24 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (1.21%) PMP
14 21 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 17 (0.86%) CCNA
15 17 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
16 15 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 14 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (4.14%) PMO
2 52 (2.62%) SLA
3 45 (2.27%) QA
4 27 (1.36%) Data Quality
5 11 (0.56%) GPG13
5 11 (0.56%) JSP 440
6 10 (0.50%) GDPR
7 9 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.40%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 4 (0.20%) COBIT
11 4 (0.20%) Def Stans
11 4 (0.20%) IEC 61508
11 4 (0.20%) ISO 14001
12 3 (0.15%) Actionable Recommendations
12 3 (0.15%) ISO 22301
12 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 19770
13 2 (0.10%) IFRS
System Software
1 427 (21.55%) Active Directory
2 160 (8.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (3.84%) VMware ESXi
4 74 (3.74%) Hyper-V
5 42 (2.12%) vSphere
6 34 (1.72%) XenDesktop
7 29 (1.46%) XenApp
8 28 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
9 26 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (1.11%) XenServer
11 19 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
12 17 (0.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 13 (0.66%) Docker
13 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 13 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
14 12 (0.61%) BitLocker
15 9 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
16 7 (0.35%) vCloud
17 5 (0.25%) Firmware
17 5 (0.25%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 103 (5.20%) SCCM
2 53 (2.68%) SCOM
3 30 (1.51%) NetBackup
4 26 (1.31%) WSUS
5 25 (1.26%) McAfee ePO
6 23 (1.16%) Ansible
7 19 (0.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 17 (0.86%) Microsoft Intune
9 14 (0.71%) Puppet
10 12 (0.61%) AirWatch
10 12 (0.61%) AppDNA
11 11 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
11 11 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (0.45%) Backup Exec
12 9 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
13 8 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 8 (0.40%) Tivoli
13 8 (0.40%) vCenter Server
13 8 (0.40%) vRealize
Vendors
1 267 (13.48%) VMware
2 176 (8.88%) Oracle
3 139 (7.02%) HP
4 134 (6.76%) Citrix
5 103 (5.20%) Cisco
6 74 (3.74%) Remedy
7 58 (2.93%) SAP
8 51 (2.57%) Red Hat
9 49 (2.47%) IBM
10 41 (2.07%) McAfee
11 37 (1.87%) NetApp
12 34 (1.72%) Symantec
13 29 (1.46%) Veritas
14 23 (1.16%) Google
15 22 (1.11%) Apple
15 22 (1.11%) CheckPoint
15 22 (1.11%) Mapinfo
15 22 (1.11%) ServiceNow
16 19 (0.96%) Adobe
16 19 (0.96%) Juniper
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Hampshire
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Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
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Posted: 21 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £320.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
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Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex
Pro Source IT
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £29.00 - £29.50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
AWD Recruitment
Rate: circa. £40,000 pro rata + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
IT Retail People Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Good rates and Opportunity
Posted: 6 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
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Rate: From £350 to £390 per day
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Surrey
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £16.00 - £16.10 per hour
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Roc Search
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Basingstoke, Hampshire
LA International
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Basingstoke, Hampshire
LA International
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Reigate, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £25000 - £27000 per annum + Pro rata 6 month fixed term
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 400 per day
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Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £375 per day
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Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
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Surrey
Nigel Frank International Ltd
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Woking, Surrey
Venturi
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Epsom, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: 6 days ago
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Reigate, Surrey
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
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Surrey
Pioneer Search
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
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Reigate, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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Richmond, Surrey
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
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