Period
to 21 November 2019

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 November 2019 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 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 4 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,240 2,323 2,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.68% 13.95% 13.40%
As % of the Vendors category 33.36% 30.12% 27.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,366 1,377 1,354
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +1.08%
10th Percentile £191 £163 £150
90th Percentile £588 £572 £538
England median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 173 190
South East median hourly rate £16.62 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.68% -6.67% -
10th Percentile £11.07 £9.64 £9.25
90th Percentile £73.75 £24.73 £39.80
England median hourly rate £16.95 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.87% +5.73% -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 6,715 7,713 8,079
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 50.01% 46.32% 47.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,862 4,487 4,640
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £445
% change year-on-year - +1.12% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 311 340
South East median hourly rate £19.31 £16.50 £16.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.03% -2.74% +6.03%
10th Percentile £11.31 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £71.40 £50.25 £43.75
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year +8.57% +1.45% +1.47%

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 November 2019.

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 November 2019.

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 November 2019. 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 0 932 £425 +3.66% 438
Berkshire +1 629 £431 +1.47% 217
Hampshire +1 614 £434 +5.09% 227
Surrey 0 346 £450 +12.50% 186
Buckinghamshire 0 209 £411 +9.67% 123
West Sussex +6 160 £396 -0.63% 74
Oxfordshire 0 94 £280 -30.00% 98
East Sussex +6 73 £460 +31.43% 38
Kent +8 69 £420 +29.23% 87
Sussex +3 14 £488 -2.50%
Middlesex +9 11 £238 -13.64%
Home Counties 0 2 - -
Isle of Wight - 1 £135 -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2019, 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.

1 874 (39.02%) Windows
2 806 (35.98%) Azure
3 600 (26.79%) Active Directory
4 495 (22.10%) SQL
5 481 (21.47%) Microsoft Office
6 442 (19.73%) Office 365
7 409 (18.26%) SQL Server
8 406 (18.13%) Agile Software Development
9 380 (16.96%) Security Cleared
10 314 (14.02%) Windows Server
11 309 (13.79%) VMware
12 299 (13.35%) Finance
12 299 (13.35%) .NET
13 293 (13.08%) Windows 10
14 291 (12.99%) C#
15 275 (12.28%) ITIL
16 261 (11.65%) Migration
16 261 (11.65%) PowerShell
17 258 (11.52%) DevOps
18 255 (11.38%) SCCM
19 249 (11.12%) Oracle
20 248 (11.07%) Microsoft Excel
21 240 (10.71%) SharePoint
21 240 (10.71%) SC Cleared
22 205 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
23 199 (8.88%) Business Intelligence
24 197 (8.79%) Problem-Solving
25 196 (8.75%) DNS
26 192 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
27 185 (8.26%) Project Management

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
1 240 (10.71%) SharePoint
2 140 (6.25%) MS Exchange
3 104 (4.64%) Skype for Business
4 46 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (1.65%) IIS
6 35 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
7 27 (1.21%) Confluence
8 16 (0.71%) Apache Spark
8 16 (0.71%) CMS
9 14 (0.63%) Apache
9 14 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (0.54%) IBM Notes
11 11 (0.49%) SharePoint Server
12 10 (0.45%) MS Project Server
12 10 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (0.40%) K2 blackpearl
13 9 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
14 8 (0.36%) Documentum
14 8 (0.36%) Tomcat
15 7 (0.31%) SAS
Applications
1 481 (21.47%) Microsoft Office
2 248 (11.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 104 (4.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 79 (3.53%) Microsoft Project
5 52 (2.32%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.27%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.18%) SPSS
9 2 (0.089%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.089%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.089%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.089%) PTC Creo
9 2 (0.089%) Windchill
10 1 (0.045%) Figma
10 1 (0.045%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 88 (3.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.76%) SAP ERP
4 15 (0.67%) assyst
4 15 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
5 13 (0.58%) SAP S/4HANA
6 9 (0.40%) Sonata
7 7 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.27%) NetSuite
9 5 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
9 5 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
9 5 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.22%) SAP BPC
10 4 (0.18%) Eloqua
10 4 (0.18%) SAP HCM
11 3 (0.13%) Oracle HRMS
11 3 (0.13%) SAP Payroll
12 2 (0.089%) Oracle Financials
12 2 (0.089%) Primavera
12 2 (0.089%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 806 (35.98%) Azure
2 442 (19.73%) Office 365
3 178 (7.95%) Power Platform
4 172 (7.68%) PaaS
5 165 (7.37%) IaaS
6 158 (7.05%) SaaS
7 138 (6.16%) AWS
8 125 (5.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 101 (4.51%) Dynamics 365
10 58 (2.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 53 (2.37%) Serverless
12 44 (1.96%) OneDrive
13 30 (1.34%) Data Lake Analytics
14 28 (1.25%) Azure Data Factory
15 26 (1.16%) Azure Functions
15 26 (1.16%) Azure Stack
16 24 (1.07%) GCP
16 24 (1.07%) GitHub
17 22 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
18 18 (0.80%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 196 (8.75%) DNS
2 184 (8.21%) Firewall
3 142 (6.34%) TCP/IP
4 114 (5.09%) Skype
5 106 (4.73%) VPN
6 100 (4.46%) SAN
7 98 (4.38%) Internet
8 83 (3.71%) DHCP
9 80 (3.57%) WAN
10 66 (2.95%) LAN
11 54 (2.41%) Reverse Proxy
12 53 (2.37%) NAS
13 52 (2.32%) VLAN
14 38 (1.70%) VoIP
15 36 (1.61%) Wireless
16 32 (1.43%) Network Security
17 25 (1.12%) NetScaler
18 24 (1.07%) Cisco ASA
19 22 (0.98%) Remote Desktop
19 22 (0.98%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 409 (18.26%) SQL Server
2 170 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 166 (7.41%) Power BI
4 91 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
5 83 (3.71%) Data Lake
6 82 (3.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 72 (3.21%) Azure SQL Database
8 62 (2.77%) Relational Database
9 56 (2.50%) SQL Server 2016
10 55 (2.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 46 (2.05%) MongoDB
12 44 (1.96%) Cosmos DB
13 38 (1.70%) Big Data
13 38 (1.70%) HDInsight
14 36 (1.61%) Oracle Database
14 36 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
14 36 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
15 33 (1.47%) MySQL
16 30 (1.34%) RDBMS
17 28 (1.25%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 130 (5.80%) Visual Studio
2 111 (4.96%) Visual Studio Team System
3 76 (3.39%) Git (software)
4 64 (2.86%) JIRA
5 57 (2.54%) Selenium
6 51 (2.28%) Jenkins
7 37 (1.65%) Cucumber
8 35 (1.56%) WebDriver
9 27 (1.21%) Subversion
10 25 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
11 24 (1.07%) SpecFlow
12 23 (1.03%) TeamCity
13 20 (0.89%) MSI
13 20 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
14 18 (0.80%) Bitbucket
15 15 (0.67%) InstallShield
16 13 (0.58%) MSBuild
17 12 (0.54%) MSTest
17 12 (0.54%) NUnit
18 9 (0.40%) SoapUI
General
1 299 (13.35%) Finance
2 99 (4.42%) Telecoms
3 75 (3.35%) Public Sector
4 50 (2.23%) Retail
5 49 (2.19%) Legal
6 25 (1.12%) Military
7 24 (1.07%) Banking
8 21 (0.94%) Marketing
9 20 (0.89%) Manufacturing
10 17 (0.76%) Law
11 16 (0.71%) Local Government
12 15 (0.67%) Advertising
13 14 (0.63%) Publishing
14 12 (0.54%) Billing
14 12 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
15 9 (0.40%) Automotive
15 9 (0.40%) Back Office
15 9 (0.40%) French Language
16 8 (0.36%) Aerospace
17 7 (0.31%) German Language
Job Titles
1 403 (17.99%) Analyst
2 275 (12.28%) Developer
3 257 (11.47%) Architect
4 143 (6.38%) Support Engineer
5 138 (6.16%) Consultant
6 117 (5.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 108 (4.82%) Service Analyst
8 91 (4.06%) Project Manager
9 90 (4.02%) Solutions Architect
10 88 (3.93%) .NET Developer
11 82 (3.66%) Azure Engineer
11 82 (3.66%) Service Desk Analyst
12 77 (3.44%) Azure Architect
13 75 (3.35%) Desktop Support
14 62 (2.77%) Desktop Engineer
15 59 (2.63%) C# Developer
16 58 (2.59%) Business Analyst
17 56 (2.50%) Support Analyst
18 54 (2.41%) 2nd Line Support
19 53 (2.37%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 299 (13.35%) .NET
2 157 (7.01%) Web Services
3 110 (4.91%) ASP.NET
4 107 (4.78%) .NET Framework
5 80 (3.57%) XML
6 78 (3.48%) CSS
6 78 (3.48%) HTML
7 75 (3.35%) .NET Core
8 61 (2.72%) REST
9 58 (2.59%) ASP.NET Web API
10 57 (2.54%) AngularJS
11 51 (2.28%) JSON
12 49 (2.19%) jQuery
13 45 (2.01%) SOAP
14 43 (1.92%) Entity Framework
15 40 (1.79%) RESTful
16 37 (1.65%) React
17 30 (1.34%) HTML5
18 28 (1.25%) MDX
18 28 (1.25%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 205 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
2 109 (4.87%) Data Centre
3 99 (4.42%) Management Information System
4 84 (3.75%) Self-Motivation
5 61 (2.72%) Enterprise Software
6 60 (2.68%) Replication
7 49 (2.19%) Clustering
8 46 (2.05%) Public Cloud
9 37 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
10 34 (1.52%) Driving Licence
10 34 (1.52%) User Experience
11 29 (1.29%) Fat Client
11 29 (1.29%) Thin Client
12 25 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
13 24 (1.07%) Smartphone
14 23 (1.03%) NHS
14 23 (1.03%) Private Cloud
15 21 (0.94%) PKI
16 20 (0.89%) Data Structures
17 19 (0.85%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 874 (39.02%) Windows
2 314 (14.02%) Windows Server
3 293 (13.08%) Windows 10
4 182 (8.13%) Windows 7
5 122 (5.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 114 (5.09%) Linux
7 113 (5.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 74 (3.30%) Windows 8
9 73 (3.26%) Android
10 55 (2.46%) Unix
11 52 (2.32%) Windows XP
12 46 (2.05%) Apple iOS
13 34 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
14 29 (1.29%) Mac OS
15 23 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 13 (0.58%) VMS
17 12 (0.54%) Windows Vista
18 10 (0.45%) Mac OS X
19 9 (0.40%) CentOS
20 7 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 406 (18.13%) Agile Software Development
2 275 (12.28%) ITIL
3 261 (11.65%) Migration
4 258 (11.52%) DevOps
5 199 (8.88%) Business Intelligence
6 197 (8.79%) Problem-Solving
7 185 (8.26%) Project Management
8 174 (7.77%) Analytics
9 149 (6.65%) Test Automation
10 147 (6.56%) Stakeholder Management
11 134 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 125 (5.58%) Scrum
13 114 (5.09%) CRM
14 109 (4.87%) Information Security
15 105 (4.69%) Change Management
16 104 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
17 102 (4.55%) Computer Science
18 95 (4.24%) Configuration Management
19 91 (4.06%) Service Management
20 89 (3.97%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 495 (22.10%) SQL
2 291 (12.99%) C#
3 261 (11.65%) PowerShell
4 124 (5.54%) JavaScript
5 84 (3.75%) Python
6 76 (3.39%) T-SQL
7 69 (3.08%) Java
8 39 (1.74%) R
9 38 (1.70%) C
10 28 (1.25%) VBA
11 23 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 22 (0.98%) VB
13 21 (0.94%) C++
13 21 (0.94%) PL/SQL
14 20 (0.89%) Bash Shell
14 20 (0.89%) VBScript
15 17 (0.76%) VB.NET
16 14 (0.63%) Shell Script
17 12 (0.54%) PHP
18 11 (0.49%) Perl
Qualifications
1 380 (16.96%) Security Cleared
2 240 (10.71%) SC Cleared
3 181 (8.08%) Degree
4 160 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
5 82 (3.66%) DV Cleared
6 73 (3.26%) Cisco Certification
7 72 (3.21%) MCSE
8 58 (2.59%) CCNA
9 36 (1.61%) ISTQB
10 31 (1.38%) ISEB
10 31 (1.38%) MCSA
11 27 (1.21%) Computer Science Degree
12 26 (1.16%) CISSP
12 26 (1.16%) MCP
13 25 (1.12%) MCITP
14 22 (0.98%) PMI Certification
15 20 (0.89%) Citrix Certification
16 19 (0.85%) CCA
17 18 (0.80%) CISM
17 18 (0.80%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (4.60%) QA
2 98 (4.38%) SLA
3 51 (2.28%) Data Quality
4 40 (1.79%) PMO
5 31 (1.38%) GDPR
5 31 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 17 (0.76%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.36%) NIST
9 7 (0.31%) COBIT
9 7 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 6 (0.27%) NCSC
11 5 (0.22%) P3O
12 4 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
12 4 (0.18%) ISO 9000
12 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.089%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.089%) PMBOK
14 1 (0.045%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 600 (26.79%) Active Directory
2 192 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (5.09%) Hyper-V
4 60 (2.68%) XenApp
5 56 (2.50%) Docker
6 55 (2.46%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (2.10%) XenDesktop
8 46 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
8 46 (2.05%) vSphere
9 26 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
10 20 (0.89%) DFS Replication
11 19 (0.85%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 17 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
13 13 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
15 11 (0.49%) vCloud
16 9 (0.40%) LXC
17 6 (0.27%) Firmware
17 6 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
18 5 (0.22%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 255 (11.38%) SCCM
2 81 (3.62%) Microsoft Intune
3 64 (2.86%) SCOM
4 58 (2.59%) Kubernetes
5 45 (2.01%) Single Sign-On
6 34 (1.52%) Puppet
7 32 (1.43%) Ansible
8 26 (1.16%) WSUS
9 25 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
10 23 (1.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 18 (0.80%) AirWatch
12 16 (0.71%) Terraform
13 15 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
14 13 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
15 12 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
16 10 (0.45%) NetBackup
16 10 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 10 (0.45%) vCenter Server
17 9 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
17 9 (0.40%) Nessus
Vendors
1 309 (13.79%) VMware
2 249 (11.12%) Oracle
3 158 (7.05%) Cisco
4 155 (6.92%) Citrix
5 85 (3.79%) SAP
6 77 (3.44%) HP
7 61 (2.72%) Dell
8 60 (2.68%) IBM
9 49 (2.19%) Workday
10 42 (1.88%) ServiceNow
11 37 (1.65%) Apple
12 33 (1.47%) Remedy
13 32 (1.43%) Databricks
13 32 (1.43%) Google
13 32 (1.43%) McAfee
14 31 (1.38%) NetApp
15 30 (1.34%) Splunk
16 29 (1.29%) Meraki
17 24 (1.07%) Red Hat
18 23 (1.03%) EMC