The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 28 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
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 8 12
Rank change year-on-year +5 +4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 93 76 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 17.51% 16.07% 13.54%
As % of the Vendors category 37.80% 35.51% 38.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 61 57
Median daily rate £352 £375 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.06% +20.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £188 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £575 £396
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +4.28% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 4
Median hourly rate £14.50 £12.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.00% +4.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £10.85 £9.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.43 £16.75 £14.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.31 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -13.28% +10.00%  

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 South Wales.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 246 214 202
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 46.33% 45.24% 35.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 239 228
Median daily rate £350 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.44% +11.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £188 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £478 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.66% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 16 17
Median hourly rate £16.28 £13.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% +8.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £11.10 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £21.56 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £18.07
% change year-on-year -16.66% +16.21%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in South Wales.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in South Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in South Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in South Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in South Wales over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in South Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in South Wales.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in South Wales

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 28 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
Cardiff 0 52 £342 -9.40% 11
Newport +6 12 £400 +5.96%
Caerphilly - 7 £180 -
Bridgend +2 4 £350 -37.77%
Rhondda Cynon Taff - 2 £400 - 1
Neath Port Talbot - 1 - -
Monmouthshire - 1 £175 -
Microsoft
Wales

For the 6 months to 28 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 Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 66 (37.93%) Windows
2 45 (25.86%) Active Directory
3 42 (24.14%) ITIL
4 38 (21.84%) Cisco
4 38 (21.84%) CCNA
4 38 (21.84%) Cisco Certification
4 38 (21.84%) VMware
5 33 (18.97%) .NET
5 33 (18.97%) Windows Server
6 30 (17.24%) Firewall
7 29 (16.67%) C#
8 28 (16.09%) HP
9 27 (15.52%) MS Exchange
10 26 (14.94%) SQL
10 26 (14.94%) Visual Studio
10 26 (14.94%) HP Data Protector
11 23 (13.22%) Tivoli
11 23 (13.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 22 (12.64%) UML
12 22 (12.64%) Software Engineering
12 22 (12.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 21 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
13 21 (12.07%) Microsoft Office
13 21 (12.07%) Oracle
14 20 (11.49%) SQL Server
14 20 (11.49%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (11.49%) Telecoms
15 19 (10.92%) Citrix
16 18 (10.34%) Mapinfo
16 18 (10.34%) Internet

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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 27 (15.52%) MS Exchange
2 18 (10.34%) ArcGIS
3 7 (4.02%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.87%) CMS
4 5 (2.87%) IIS
5 4 (2.30%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (1.72%) Apache
6 3 (1.72%) Jetty
6 3 (1.72%) Mongrel
6 3 (1.72%) nginx
6 3 (1.72%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.72%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.15%) MS Project Server
7 2 (1.15%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 21 (12.07%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.32%) Spreadsheet
3 7 (4.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (3.45%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (2.87%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.30%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.30%) Office 365
2 3 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
2 3 (1.72%) Amazon S3
2 3 (1.72%) Google App Engine
2 3 (1.72%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.57%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.57%) Route 53
3 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 30 (17.24%) Firewall
2 18 (10.34%) Internet
3 4 (2.30%) DHCP
3 4 (2.30%) DNS
3 4 (2.30%) LAN
3 4 (2.30%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.72%) DSL
4 3 (1.72%) FTP
4 3 (1.72%) HTTP
4 3 (1.72%) IPsec
4 3 (1.72%) SAN
4 3 (1.72%) SSL
4 3 (1.72%) Wireless
5 2 (1.15%) ADSL
5 2 (1.15%) NAS
5 2 (1.15%) WAN
6 1 (0.57%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (0.57%) Intranet
6 1 (0.57%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.57%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (11.49%) SQL Server
2 18 (10.34%) GIS
2 18 (10.34%) QGIS
3 14 (8.05%) RDBMS
3 14 (8.05%) Relational Database
4 12 (6.90%) Oracle Database
4 12 (6.90%) Oracle Database 11g
4 12 (6.90%) Oracle9i Database
5 5 (2.87%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.30%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.15%) MS Access
7 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.57%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.57%) Power BI
8 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 26 (14.94%) Visual Studio
2 15 (8.62%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (6.90%) Oracle Forms
4 10 (5.75%) Subversion
5 7 (4.02%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (3.45%) MSBuild
7 4 (2.30%) Cucumber
7 4 (2.30%) Selenium
7 4 (2.30%) WebDriver
8 3 (1.72%) Git (software)
8 3 (1.72%) Jenkins
8 3 (1.72%) Travis CI
9 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 20 (11.49%) Telecoms
2 16 (9.20%) Finance
3 5 (2.87%) Retail
4 4 (2.30%) Aerospace
4 4 (2.30%) Automotive
4 4 (2.30%) Back Office
5 3 (1.72%) French Language
6 2 (1.15%) Advertising
6 2 (1.15%) Banking
6 2 (1.15%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.57%) Local Government
7 1 (0.57%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 30 (17.24%) Developer
1 30 (17.24%) Support Engineer
2 21 (12.07%) .NET Developer
3 20 (11.49%) Software Engineer
3 20 (11.49%) Technical Support
4 19 (10.92%) Technical Engineer
5 18 (10.34%) GIS Technician
6 17 (9.77%) Analyst
7 16 (9.20%) Technical Support Engineer
8 10 (5.75%) Service Analyst
8 10 (5.75%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (5.17%) 2nd Line Support
9 9 (5.17%) Senior Software Engineer
10 8 (4.60%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 8 (4.60%) Network Engineer
10 8 (4.60%) Project Manager
10 8 (4.60%) Server Engineer
11 7 (4.02%) Server Support
12 6 (3.45%) Consultant
12 6 (3.45%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (18.97%) .NET
2 17 (9.77%) .NET Framework
2 17 (9.77%) WCF
3 16 (9.20%) Entity Framework
3 16 (9.20%) LINQ
4 15 (8.62%) ASP.NET
5 12 (6.90%) Code First Entity Framework
5 12 (6.90%) WinForms
6 9 (5.17%) AngularJS
7 7 (4.02%) Web Services
8 6 (3.45%) jQuery
9 5 (2.87%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (2.87%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (2.87%) CSS
9 5 (2.87%) HTML
10 4 (2.30%) React
11 3 (1.72%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 3 (1.72%) J2EE
11 3 (1.72%) KnockoutJS
11 3 (1.72%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.05%) Management Information System
2 13 (7.47%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.02%) NHS
4 6 (3.45%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (1.72%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.72%) iPhone
6 2 (1.15%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.57%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.57%) CESG
7 1 (0.57%) Clustering
7 1 (0.57%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (0.57%) Fintech
7 1 (0.57%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 66 (37.93%) Windows
2 33 (18.97%) Windows Server
3 14 (8.05%) Windows 7
4 8 (4.60%) Linux
4 8 (4.60%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.30%) AIX
5 4 (2.30%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.30%) Windows XP
6 3 (1.72%) Android
6 3 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.57%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (24.14%) ITIL
2 22 (12.64%) Software Engineering
2 22 (12.64%) UML
3 21 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (10.34%) Unit Testing
5 14 (8.05%) Configuration Management
5 14 (8.05%) OOP
6 12 (6.90%) Change Control
6 12 (6.90%) Test Automation
7 11 (6.32%) Change Management
8 10 (5.75%) MVC
9 9 (5.17%) Human Factors
9 9 (5.17%) Informatics
9 9 (5.17%) Migration
9 9 (5.17%) Multithreading
9 9 (5.17%) Use Case
10 8 (4.60%) Information Management
10 8 (4.60%) PRINCE2
10 8 (4.60%) Project Management
10 8 (4.60%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 29 (16.67%) C#
2 26 (14.94%) SQL
3 17 (9.77%) C++
4 12 (6.90%) PL/SQL
5 11 (6.32%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.87%) T-SQL
7 4 (2.30%) PowerShell
8 3 (1.72%) Java
9 2 (1.15%) VB
9 2 (1.15%) VB6
9 2 (1.15%) VBA
10 1 (0.57%) C
10 1 (0.57%) Perl
10 1 (0.57%) PHP
10 1 (0.57%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 38 (21.84%) CCNA
1 38 (21.84%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (12.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 20 (11.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (8.62%) Security Cleared
5 13 (7.47%) Degree
6 9 (5.17%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (2.30%) MCITP
7 4 (2.30%) MCSE
8 2 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.15%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.15%) SAP Certification
9 1 (0.57%) CCENT
9 1 (0.57%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.57%) MCSA
9 1 (0.57%) MCTS
9 1 (0.57%) MOS
9 1 (0.57%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (8.05%) SLA
2 7 (4.02%) MISRA
2 7 (4.02%) MISRA C
3 5 (2.87%) Def Stans
4 3 (1.72%) QA
5 2 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.57%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 45 (25.86%) Active Directory
2 14 (8.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.72%) Terminal Services
3 3 (1.72%) Xen
4 2 (1.15%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.57%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.57%) vSphere
5 1 (0.57%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 26 (14.94%) HP Data Protector
2 23 (13.22%) Tivoli
2 23 (13.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 3 (1.72%) Ansible
3 3 (1.72%) Marathon
3 3 (1.72%) Mesos
3 3 (1.72%) Puppet
3 3 (1.72%) Rundeck
3 3 (1.72%) Terraform
4 2 (1.15%) SCCM
5 1 (0.57%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.57%) Fluentd
5 1 (0.57%) Grafana
5 1 (0.57%) Kibana
5 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.57%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.57%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 38 (21.84%) Cisco
1 38 (21.84%) VMware
2 28 (16.09%) HP
3 21 (12.07%) Oracle
4 19 (10.92%) Citrix
5 18 (10.34%) Mapinfo
6 7 (4.02%) Green Hills
7 4 (2.30%) SAP
7 4 (2.30%) Sitecore
8 3 (1.72%) Avaya
8 3 (1.72%) Google
8 3 (1.72%) McAfee
9 2 (1.15%) Apple
9 2 (1.15%) NetApp
9 2 (1.15%) Nintex
9 2 (1.15%) Remedy
9 2 (1.15%) Samsung
9 2 (1.15%) Symantec
9 2 (1.15%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.57%) Sage
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