Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 3 5
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 489 2,247 2,269
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 13.48% 16.30% 13.69%
As % of the Vendors category 25.70% 33.45% 29.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 1,422 1,362
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £135 £196 £163
90th Percentile £575 £600 £559
England median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 192 174
Median hourly rate £15.30 £16.56 £13.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.62% +18.48% -6.83%
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.80 £9.64
90th Percentile £57.50 £81.63 £22.18
England median hourly rate £17.88 £16.50 £15.86
% change year-on-year +8.33% +4.04% +2.99%

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 1,903 6,718 7,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 52.45% 48.72% 45.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,136 3,908 4,390
Median daily rate £463 £449 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.01% +5.65% +1.83%
10th Percentile £213 £230 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £586
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 339 334
Median hourly rate £23.00 £19.71 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.69% +19.45% -2.94%
10th Percentile £10.00 £11.13 £10.35
90th Percentile £57.17 £72.75 £47.46
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.03 £17.50
% change year-on-year +57.65% +8.74% +2.94%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 -6 179 £425 - 134
Hampshire 0 174 £425 - 87
Berkshire -1 126 £473 +11.18% 56
Surrey 0 57 £370 -17.78% 50
West Sussex -1 39 £425 +9.68% 28
Buckinghamshire -10 36 £435 +4.77% 42
Oxfordshire +3 20 £440 +60.00% 36
Kent +7 16 £438 +9.38% 20
East Sussex +2 13 £463 +0.54% 18
Middlesex -3 2 £300 +26.32% 1
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 177 (36.20%) Windows
2 155 (31.70%) Active Directory
3 139 (28.43%) Azure
4 117 (23.93%) Microsoft Office
5 106 (21.68%) VMware
5 106 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
6 94 (19.22%) Office 365
7 91 (18.61%) Security Cleared
8 85 (17.38%) ITIL
9 80 (16.36%) VMware Infrastructure
10 78 (15.95%) SQL
11 73 (14.93%) Migration
12 69 (14.11%) PowerShell
12 69 (14.11%) DevOps
13 65 (13.29%) Windows Server
14 64 (13.09%) Finance
14 64 (13.09%) SQL Server
15 63 (12.88%) Microsoft Excel
16 56 (11.45%) SharePoint
17 55 (11.25%) Windows 10
18 54 (11.04%) DNS
19 53 (10.84%) DHCP
19 53 (10.84%) Project Management
20 51 (10.43%) SC Cleared
21 50 (10.22%) .NET
22 47 (9.61%) Telecoms
22 47 (9.61%) SCCM
22 47 (9.61%) Project Delivery
23 46 (9.41%) Business Intelligence
24 44 (9.00%) Microsoft Certification

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 56 (11.45%) SharePoint
2 26 (5.32%) Skype for Business
3 20 (4.09%) MS Exchange
4 19 (3.89%) IIS
5 8 (1.64%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.02%) Confluence
9 4 (0.82%) Apache
9 4 (0.82%) ArcGIS
10 3 (0.61%) nginx
11 2 (0.41%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.41%) Apache Synapse
11 2 (0.41%) CMS
11 2 (0.41%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.20%) GlassFish
12 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 117 (23.93%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (12.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (5.93%) Microsoft Project
4 24 (4.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (4.70%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.41%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.20%) Camtasia
7 1 (0.20%) Sketch
7 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (3.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.02%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.61%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.61%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.41%) Primavera
4 2 (0.41%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.20%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.20%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 139 (28.43%) Azure
2 94 (19.22%) Office 365
3 43 (8.79%) Power Platform
4 33 (6.75%) AWS
5 29 (5.93%) Azure Active Directory
5 29 (5.93%) IaaS
6 16 (3.27%) OneDrive
7 14 (2.86%) Dynamics 365
8 11 (2.25%) PaaS
8 11 (2.25%) PowerApps
8 11 (2.25%) SaaS
9 9 (1.84%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.64%) Logic Apps
11 6 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (1.02%) Azure Functions
12 5 (1.02%) BrowserStack
12 5 (1.02%) Serverless
12 5 (1.02%) Yammer
13 4 (0.82%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 4 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 54 (11.04%) DNS
2 53 (10.84%) DHCP
3 36 (7.36%) Firewall
4 32 (6.54%) Skype
5 26 (5.32%) Wi-Fi
6 24 (4.91%) WAN
7 22 (4.50%) TCP/IP
8 19 (3.89%) LAN
9 16 (3.27%) LTE
10 15 (3.07%) VoLTE
11 14 (2.86%) 3G
11 14 (2.86%) 4G
11 14 (2.86%) SAN
12 13 (2.66%) 2G
13 12 (2.45%) VPN
14 11 (2.25%) VSAN
15 9 (1.84%) DMZ
15 9 (1.84%) VLAN
16 7 (1.43%) IPsec
16 7 (1.43%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (13.09%) SQL Server
2 32 (6.54%) Power BI
3 19 (3.89%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (2.45%) Data Lake
4 12 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (2.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (1.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (1.23%) MySQL
8 6 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (1.02%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 5 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 5 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (1.02%) Tableau
10 4 (0.82%) SQL Server 2016
10 4 (0.82%) SQL Server 2019
11 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.61%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (2.86%) JIRA
2 11 (2.25%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.84%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.84%) SpecFlow
4 7 (1.43%) Selenium
5 6 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.82%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.61%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.61%) Postman
7 3 (0.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.41%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.41%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.20%) Balsamiq
9 1 (0.20%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.20%) Firebug
9 1 (0.20%) MSI
9 1 (0.20%) NUnit
9 1 (0.20%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.20%) Subversion
9 1 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 64 (13.09%) Finance
2 47 (9.61%) Telecoms
3 34 (6.95%) Public Sector
4 14 (2.86%) Marketing
4 14 (2.86%) Retail
5 12 (2.45%) Manufacturing
6 10 (2.04%) Electronics
7 8 (1.64%) Local Government
8 7 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (1.02%) Banking
9 5 (1.02%) Legal
10 3 (0.61%) Law
11 2 (0.41%) Advertising
11 2 (0.41%) Digital Economy
11 2 (0.41%) Mandarin Language
11 2 (0.41%) Publishing
12 1 (0.20%) Billing
12 1 (0.20%) French Language
12 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.20%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 58 (11.86%) Analyst
2 52 (10.63%) Architect
3 48 (9.82%) Developer
4 37 (7.57%) Support Engineer
5 33 (6.75%) Project Manager
6 22 (4.50%) Wintel Engineer
7 21 (4.29%) Administrator
7 21 (4.29%) Consultant
8 19 (3.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 18 (3.68%) Desktop Support
9 18 (3.68%) Infrastructure Architect
10 17 (3.48%) Technical Leader
11 16 (3.27%) 2nd Line Support
12 15 (3.07%) Desktop Engineer
12 15 (3.07%) Voice Project Manager
13 14 (2.86%) 1st Line Support
13 14 (2.86%) Azure Engineer
13 14 (2.86%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 13 (2.66%) VMware Engineer
15 12 (2.45%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (10.22%) .NET
2 19 (3.89%) CSS
3 16 (3.27%) HTML
4 13 (2.66%) Web Services
5 12 (2.45%) React
6 10 (2.04%) .NET Core
7 9 (1.84%) ASP.NET
8 8 (1.64%) .NET Framework
9 7 (1.43%) XML
10 6 (1.23%) RESTful
11 5 (1.02%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.02%) ASP.NET MVC
12 4 (0.82%) 802.1X
12 4 (0.82%) Blazor
12 4 (0.82%) Entity Framework
13 3 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web API
13 3 (0.61%) HTML5
13 3 (0.61%) Middleware
13 3 (0.61%) REST
13 3 (0.61%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 43 (8.79%) Management Information System
2 40 (8.18%) Data Centre
3 32 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (3.48%) PKI
4 17 (3.48%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (2.66%) Public Cloud
6 11 (2.25%) User Experience
7 9 (1.84%) CMDB
7 9 (1.84%) Driving Licence
7 9 (1.84%) Private Cloud
8 8 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (1.64%) NHS
9 7 (1.43%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.43%) Digital Signage
9 7 (1.43%) Fat Client
9 7 (1.43%) Replication
9 7 (1.43%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (1.02%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 177 (36.20%) Windows
2 65 (13.29%) Windows Server
3 55 (11.25%) Windows 10
4 41 (8.38%) Linux
5 25 (5.11%) Windows 7
6 24 (4.91%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (3.89%) Unix
8 16 (3.27%) Windows Server 2016
9 11 (2.25%) Apple iOS
10 10 (2.04%) Windows Server 2019
11 8 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (1.64%) Solaris
12 7 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (1.23%) Windows 8
14 5 (1.02%) Android
14 5 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.82%) AIX
15 4 (0.82%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.61%) CentOS
17 2 (0.41%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (17.38%) ITIL
3 73 (14.93%) Migration
4 69 (14.11%) DevOps
5 53 (10.84%) Project Management
6 47 (9.61%) Project Delivery
7 46 (9.41%) Business Intelligence
8 39 (7.98%) Service Management
9 34 (6.95%) Problem-Solving
10 28 (5.73%) Continuous Integration
11 27 (5.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 27 (5.52%) PRINCE2
12 26 (5.32%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (5.11%) Analytics
13 25 (5.11%) CRM
14 23 (4.70%) Disaster Recovery
14 23 (4.70%) ITIL V3
14 23 (4.70%) Problem Management
14 23 (4.70%) Scrum
15 22 (4.50%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 78 (15.95%) SQL
2 69 (14.11%) PowerShell
3 42 (8.59%) C#
4 21 (4.29%) JavaScript
5 19 (3.89%) T-SQL
6 17 (3.48%) C
7 7 (1.43%) Python
8 6 (1.23%) Java
9 5 (1.02%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.82%) VB
10 4 (0.82%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.41%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.41%) Ruby
11 2 (0.41%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.41%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.41%) U-SQL
11 2 (0.41%) VBScript
12 1 (0.20%) C++
12 1 (0.20%) R
Qualifications
1 91 (18.61%) Security Cleared
2 51 (10.43%) SC Cleared
3 44 (9.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (7.77%) Degree
5 37 (7.57%) DV Cleared
6 14 (2.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (2.66%) MCSE
8 10 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (1.84%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (1.84%) MCSA
10 8 (1.64%) CISSP
11 7 (1.43%) CCNA
11 7 (1.43%) ISTQB
12 6 (1.23%) A+ Certification
12 6 (1.23%) PMI Certification
13 5 (1.02%) CCNP
13 5 (1.02%) CISA
13 5 (1.02%) CISM
13 5 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (6.95%) SLA
2 9 (1.84%) PMO
3 8 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.43%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.43%) GDPR
4 7 (1.43%) QA
5 6 (1.23%) PCI DSS
5 6 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (1.02%) ISO 9001
6 5 (1.02%) NIST
7 4 (0.82%) ISAE 3402
7 4 (0.82%) ISO 22301
7 4 (0.82%) ISO 31000
7 4 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 2 (0.41%) HL7
8 2 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.41%) NCSC
9 1 (0.20%) GxP
9 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 155 (31.70%) Active Directory
2 80 (16.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (7.57%) vSphere
4 20 (4.09%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (3.89%) Virtual Machines
6 14 (2.86%) Hyper-V
7 13 (2.66%) NFS
8 12 (2.45%) VMware NSX
9 10 (2.04%) Firmware
10 9 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (1.23%) VMFS
13 4 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.82%) XenApp
14 3 (0.61%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.61%) vCloud
14 3 (0.61%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.61%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.41%) KVM
16 1 (0.20%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 47 (9.61%) SCCM
2 19 (3.89%) SCOM
3 18 (3.68%) Microsoft Intune
4 17 (3.48%) vRealize
5 14 (2.86%) Single Sign-On
6 12 (2.45%) Terraform
6 12 (2.45%) vCenter Server
7 9 (1.84%) McAfee ePO
8 8 (1.64%) Ansible
8 8 (1.64%) vMotion
9 5 (1.02%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 5 (1.02%) WSUS
10 4 (0.82%) IBM Guardium
10 4 (0.82%) Nessus
10 4 (0.82%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 3 (0.61%) AirWatch
11 3 (0.61%) HAProxy
12 2 (0.41%) Kubernetes
12 2 (0.41%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.41%) SCSM
Vendors
1 106 (21.68%) VMware
2 38 (7.77%) Cisco
3 33 (6.75%) Citrix
4 26 (5.32%) Oracle
5 25 (5.11%) Remedy
6 20 (4.09%) McAfee
6 20 (4.09%) SAP
7 16 (3.27%) ServiceNow
8 14 (2.86%) Ericsson
9 13 (2.66%) Splunk
10 10 (2.04%) Dell
11 9 (1.84%) HP
11 9 (1.84%) Palo Alto
11 9 (1.84%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.64%) Google
12 8 (1.64%) NetApp
13 6 (1.23%) Adobe
13 6 (1.23%) BMC
13 6 (1.23%) IBM
13 6 (1.23%) Juniper