Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 3 5
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 665 2,222 2,273
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 13.51% 14.95% 13.45%
As % of the Vendors category 26.46% 31.14% 28.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 433 1,424 1,357
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £141 £190 £173
90th Percentile £575 £589 £541
England median daily rate £440 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +3.53% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 189 178
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% -
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.54 £10.18
90th Percentile £32.79 £60.75 £28.23
England median hourly rate £18.25 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +14.06% - +3.23%

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 2,513 7,135 7,899
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 51.06% 48.01% 46.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,495 4,238 4,525
Median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.22% +5.88% +1.80%
10th Percentile £204 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £601 £577
England median daily rate £475 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 324 347
Median hourly rate £19.75 £19.31 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.28% +13.59% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.69 £10.82 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.38 £60.00 £47.63
Median hourly rate £23.00 £19.03 £18.00
% change year-on-year +20.86% +5.72% +5.88%

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 10 August 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 10 August 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 10 August 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 -2 257 £431 +1.47% 129
Hampshire 0 217 £433 +1.76% 61
Berkshire -1 171 £465 +6.29% 55
Surrey 0 111 £338 -25.00% 58
Buckinghamshire -6 58 £405 -4.71% 43
West Sussex 0 43 £400 - 23
Oxfordshire +1 28 £375 +36.36% 31
Kent +1 18 £438 +7.03% 31
East Sussex 0 12 £350 -17.65% 16
Isle of Wight - 1 £450 -
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 10 August 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.

1 269 (40.45%) Windows
2 223 (33.53%) Azure
3 186 (27.97%) Active Directory
4 154 (23.16%) SQL
5 142 (21.35%) Microsoft Office
6 138 (20.75%) Agile Software Development
7 126 (18.95%) Office 365
8 120 (18.05%) Security Cleared
9 106 (15.94%) SQL Server
10 105 (15.79%) VMware
11 102 (15.34%) Windows Server
12 96 (14.44%) DevOps
13 93 (13.98%) Migration
14 88 (13.23%) ITIL
15 86 (12.93%) SC Cleared
16 84 (12.63%) .NET
17 83 (12.48%) C#
18 78 (11.73%) Power Platform
19 75 (11.28%) SharePoint
19 75 (11.28%) Business Intelligence
20 74 (11.13%) Finance
21 72 (10.83%) VMware Infrastructure
21 72 (10.83%) Analytics
22 69 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
22 69 (10.38%) SCCM
23 68 (10.23%) PowerShell
24 67 (10.08%) Microsoft Certification
24 67 (10.08%) Problem-Solving
25 65 (9.77%) Power BI
26 64 (9.62%) Windows 10

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 75 (11.28%) SharePoint
2 37 (5.56%) Skype for Business
3 36 (5.41%) MS Exchange
4 25 (3.76%) IIS
5 15 (2.26%) CMS
6 11 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
8 7 (1.05%) Confluence
8 7 (1.05%) EPiServer
9 6 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.75%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.60%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.30%) Apache
12 2 (0.30%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.30%) nginx
12 2 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2007
13 1 (0.15%) NServiceBus
13 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
Applications
1 142 (21.35%) Microsoft Office
2 57 (8.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (4.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (3.91%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (2.41%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.60%) Chatbot
6 4 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) Camtasia
7 1 (0.15%) InVision
7 1 (0.15%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 40 (6.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.95%) Remedy ITSM
3 10 (1.50%) SAP S/4HANA
4 6 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.75%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.60%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 4 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 3 (0.45%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.30%) assyst
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.30%) SAP GTS
8 2 (0.30%) SAP SCM
8 2 (0.30%) SmartPlant
9 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.15%) Primavera
9 1 (0.15%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 223 (33.53%) Azure
2 126 (18.95%) Office 365
3 78 (11.73%) Power Platform
4 55 (8.27%) AWS
5 47 (7.07%) IaaS
6 41 (6.17%) PaaS
7 30 (4.51%) Dynamics 365
8 25 (3.76%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (2.41%) PowerApps
9 16 (2.41%) SaaS
10 12 (1.80%) Azure Data Factory
10 12 (1.80%) Logic Apps
11 10 (1.50%) Boomi
12 9 (1.35%) Serverless
12 9 (1.35%) Yammer
13 8 (1.20%) OneDrive
13 8 (1.20%) Power Automate
14 7 (1.05%) Azure Functions
14 7 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
15 5 (0.75%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 54 (8.12%) Skype
2 45 (6.77%) DNS
3 42 (6.32%) Firewall
4 38 (5.71%) DHCP
5 32 (4.81%) TCP/IP
6 23 (3.46%) LAN
6 23 (3.46%) WAN
7 17 (2.56%) SAN
8 16 (2.41%) Internet
9 15 (2.26%) VPN
9 15 (2.26%) Wireless
10 13 (1.95%) PBX
11 12 (1.80%) VoIP
12 9 (1.35%) Network Security
12 9 (1.35%) Unified Communications
13 8 (1.20%) LTE
13 8 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (1.05%) Ethernet
14 7 (1.05%) Radio Access Network
14 7 (1.05%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (15.94%) SQL Server
2 65 (9.77%) Power BI
3 50 (7.52%) Data Lake
4 42 (6.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (4.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 20 (3.01%) HDInsight
7 16 (2.41%) Big Data
8 14 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (2.11%) SAP BW
8 14 (2.11%) SQL Server 2008
9 12 (1.80%) Cosmos DB
9 12 (1.80%) Hadoop
10 10 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (1.20%) Oracle Database
12 8 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
13 7 (1.05%) Apache Cassandra
13 7 (1.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (1.05%) Relational Database
13 7 (1.05%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 43 (6.47%) Visual Studio
2 23 (3.46%) Git (software)
3 22 (3.31%) JIRA
4 13 (1.95%) SpecFlow
4 13 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (1.65%) Selenium
6 6 (0.90%) Eclipse
7 5 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.60%) ClearCase
8 4 (0.60%) ClearQuest
8 4 (0.60%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.60%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.60%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.45%) GitLab
9 3 (0.45%) JMeter
9 3 (0.45%) Subversion
9 3 (0.45%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.30%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.30%) Postman
10 2 (0.30%) SonarQube
General
1 74 (11.13%) Finance
2 42 (6.32%) Telecoms
3 35 (5.26%) Public Sector
4 9 (1.35%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.05%) Legal
6 6 (0.90%) Marketing
6 6 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (0.75%) Retail
8 4 (0.60%) Advertising
8 4 (0.60%) Banking
8 4 (0.60%) Electronics
8 4 (0.60%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.60%) German Language
8 4 (0.60%) Law
8 4 (0.60%) Local Government
8 4 (0.60%) Police
9 3 (0.45%) Automotive
9 3 (0.45%) Italian Language
9 3 (0.45%) Mandarin Language
9 3 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 95 (14.29%) Developer
2 93 (13.98%) Analyst
3 60 (9.02%) Architect
4 54 (8.12%) Support Engineer
5 31 (4.66%) Project Manager
6 30 (4.51%) Consultant
7 29 (4.36%) Desktop Support
7 29 (4.36%) DevOps Engineer
8 27 (4.06%) Azure Engineer
8 27 (4.06%) Support Analyst
9 24 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 23 (3.46%) .NET Developer
10 23 (3.46%) Solutions Architect
11 22 (3.31%) Business Analyst
12 21 (3.16%) IT Engineer
13 20 (3.01%) IT Support
14 19 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support
14 19 (2.86%) Service Analyst
15 18 (2.71%) Administrator
15 18 (2.71%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (12.63%) .NET
2 43 (6.47%) HTML
3 33 (4.96%) .NET Framework
4 32 (4.81%) Web Services
5 29 (4.36%) CSS
6 26 (3.91%) XML
7 25 (3.76%) Entity Framework
8 24 (3.61%) ASP.NET
9 22 (3.31%) jQuery
10 19 (2.86%) LINQ
10 19 (2.86%) SOAP
11 16 (2.41%) AngularJS
11 16 (2.41%) REST
12 14 (2.11%) HTML5
13 13 (1.95%) ASP.NET MVC
13 13 (1.95%) React
14 11 (1.65%) ASP.NET Web API
15 10 (1.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 10 (1.50%) XSLT
16 7 (1.05%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 69 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.32%) Management Information System
3 35 (5.26%) Data Centre
4 33 (4.96%) Self-Motivation
5 31 (4.66%) PKI
6 16 (2.41%) Public Cloud
7 15 (2.26%) CMDB
8 14 (2.11%) User Experience
8 14 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
9 13 (1.95%) Client/Server
10 10 (1.50%) NHS
11 8 (1.20%) Clustering
11 8 (1.20%) Replication
12 7 (1.05%) Data Structures
13 6 (0.90%) Driving Licence
13 6 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.90%) Life Science
14 5 (0.75%) Cloud Native
14 5 (0.75%) Fat Client
14 5 (0.75%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 269 (40.45%) Windows
2 102 (15.34%) Windows Server
3 64 (9.62%) Windows 10
4 61 (9.17%) Linux
5 43 (6.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (6.32%) Windows 7
7 30 (4.51%) Windows Server 2016
8 22 (3.31%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (2.26%) Windows 8
10 13 (1.95%) Unix
11 12 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
12 11 (1.65%) Windows XP
13 10 (1.50%) AIX
13 10 (1.50%) Apple iOS
14 9 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (1.35%) Windows Server 2019
15 7 (1.05%) Android
15 7 (1.05%) Solaris
15 7 (1.05%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.60%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (20.75%) Agile Software Development
2 96 (14.44%) DevOps
3 93 (13.98%) Migration
4 88 (13.23%) ITIL
5 75 (11.28%) Business Intelligence
6 72 (10.83%) Analytics
7 67 (10.08%) Problem-Solving
8 47 (7.07%) Continuous Integration
9 46 (6.92%) Project Management
9 46 (6.92%) Scrum
10 44 (6.62%) CRM
10 44 (6.62%) Test Automation
11 41 (6.17%) Project Delivery
12 36 (5.41%) MVC
13 33 (4.96%) High Availability
13 33 (4.96%) Service Management
14 30 (4.51%) Continuous Delivery
14 30 (4.51%) Data Management
14 30 (4.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 30 (4.51%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 154 (23.16%) SQL
2 83 (12.48%) C#
3 68 (10.23%) PowerShell
4 55 (8.27%) JavaScript
5 32 (4.81%) T-SQL
6 23 (3.46%) Java
7 19 (2.86%) Python
8 13 (1.95%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.80%) VB
10 10 (1.50%) C
10 10 (1.50%) VBScript
11 7 (1.05%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.90%) C++
12 6 (0.90%) Perl
13 5 (0.75%) R
13 5 (0.75%) XAML
14 4 (0.60%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.45%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.30%) PHP
16 2 (0.30%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 120 (18.05%) Security Cleared
2 86 (12.93%) SC Cleared
3 67 (10.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 51 (7.67%) Degree
5 28 (4.21%) DV Cleared
6 22 (3.31%) MCSE
7 19 (2.86%) MCSA
8 13 (1.95%) ISTQB
9 12 (1.80%) MCITP
10 11 (1.65%) MCP
11 10 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (1.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (1.35%) CCNA
13 8 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (1.20%) ISEB
14 6 (0.90%) A+ Certification
14 6 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 6 (0.90%) MCAD
14 6 (0.90%) MCPD
15 5 (0.75%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (4.36%) SLA
2 15 (2.26%) QA
3 9 (1.35%) GDPR
4 8 (1.20%) PMO
5 6 (0.90%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.60%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.60%) HL7
7 4 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.45%) NIST
9 2 (0.30%) GxP
9 2 (0.30%) ISAE 3402
9 2 (0.30%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.30%) ISO 31000
9 2 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 2 (0.30%) NCSC
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 186 (27.97%) Active Directory
2 72 (10.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (4.66%) Hyper-V
4 29 (4.36%) vSphere
5 24 (3.61%) Virtual Machines
6 22 (3.31%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (1.80%) XenApp
8 10 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (1.05%) Docker
9 7 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (0.75%) Terminal Server
10 5 (0.75%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.60%) Firmware
12 3 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 3 (0.45%) NFS
12 3 (0.45%) UAG
12 3 (0.45%) vCloud
12 3 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.45%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.30%) Snort
Systems Management
1 69 (10.38%) SCCM
2 25 (3.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 18 (2.71%) SCOM
4 15 (2.26%) WSUS
5 11 (1.65%) McAfee ePO
6 9 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (1.20%) Kubernetes
8 7 (1.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 7 (1.05%) SCDPM
8 7 (1.05%) vRealize
9 6 (0.90%) Ansible
9 6 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
10 5 (0.75%) BladeLogic
10 5 (0.75%) Jamf Pro
10 5 (0.75%) Puppet
11 4 (0.60%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (0.60%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.60%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 105 (15.79%) VMware
2 52 (7.82%) SAP
3 41 (6.17%) Oracle
4 36 (5.41%) Cisco
4 36 (5.41%) Citrix
5 27 (4.06%) Remedy
6 26 (3.91%) ServiceNow
7 22 (3.31%) HP
8 20 (3.01%) McAfee
9 19 (2.86%) Apple
9 19 (2.86%) Dell
10 17 (2.56%) Informatica
11 14 (2.11%) Xamarin
12 13 (1.95%) IBM
13 12 (1.80%) Red Hat
14 10 (1.50%) Google
14 10 (1.50%) Hortonworks
14 10 (1.50%) Tableau
15 9 (1.35%) CheckPoint
15 9 (1.35%) Sonus