Period
to 22 April 2018

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 6 months to 22 April 2018 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
6 months to
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 7 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 269 139 179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 20.18% 13.31% 16.89%
As % of the Vendors category 43.11% 29.26% 39.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 91 124
South Wales median daily rate £375 £288 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.43% -13.53% -5.00%
10th Percentile £207 £150 £131
90th Percentile £508 £435 £450
Wales median daily rate £375 £324 £325
% change year-on-year +15.74% -0.31% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 15 5
South Wales median hourly rate £13.25 £14.50 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.62% +31.82% -26.67%
10th Percentile £10.63 £9.90 £10.35
90th Percentile £20.64 £21.88 £29.00
Wales median hourly rate £13.00 £14.20 £11.25
% change year-on-year -8.45% +26.22% -13.46%

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 South Wales.

All Vendors
South Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 624 475 451
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 46.81% 45.50% 42.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 432 314 287
South Wales median daily rate £375 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% -3.57%
10th Percentile £188 £170 £195
90th Percentile £525 £538 £460
Wales median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 48 17
South Wales median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.90% -23.68% +22.58%
10th Percentile £10.16 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £32.59 £39.41 £25.10
Wales median hourly rate £13.25 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -8.62% -9.38% +17.43%

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 6 months to 22 April 2018.

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 6 months to 22 April 2018. 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
Cardiff +5 186 £375 +15.38% 25
Newport +6 46 £400 +31.69% 22
Caerphilly -1 8 £375 +120.59% 1
Torfaen 0 7 £300 -
Bridgend +2 6 - - 7
Rhondda Cynon Taff - 1 £300 - 2
Microsoft
Wales

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, 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 Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 88 (32.71%) SQL
1 88 (32.71%) Windows
2 85 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (24.54%) Security Cleared
4 58 (21.56%) SQL Server
5 55 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
6 52 (19.33%) Migration
7 51 (18.96%) Active Directory
8 50 (18.59%) SC Cleared
9 49 (18.22%) Microsoft Office
10 47 (17.47%) ITIL
11 44 (16.36%) .NET
12 38 (14.13%) Windows 7
13 36 (13.38%) VMware
14 34 (12.64%) Relational Database
14 34 (12.64%) Windows Server
15 33 (12.27%) Problem-Solving
15 33 (12.27%) Windows Server 2012
15 33 (12.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 31 (11.52%) C#
17 28 (10.41%) MS Exchange
17 28 (10.41%) Coaching
18 27 (10.04%) .NET Framework
18 27 (10.04%) VMware Infrastructure
19 26 (9.67%) PowerShell
19 26 (9.67%) Test Automation
19 26 (9.67%) DevOps
19 26 (9.67%) TCP/IP
20 25 (9.29%) MVC
20 25 (9.29%) Project Management

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 28 (10.41%) MS Exchange
2 20 (7.43%) SharePoint
3 13 (4.83%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (4.83%) Skype for Business
4 8 (2.97%) IIS
5 6 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (2.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.37%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.37%) FileNet
6 1 (0.37%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 49 (18.22%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (6.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (5.58%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (5.20%) MS Visio
5 7 (2.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (3.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 55 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (7.43%) Office 365
3 16 (5.95%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.74%) IaaS
6 2 (0.74%) PaaS
7 1 (0.37%) Serverless
7 1 (0.37%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 26 (9.67%) TCP/IP
2 22 (8.18%) Firewall
3 17 (6.32%) DNS
4 16 (5.95%) DHCP
5 14 (5.20%) LAN
6 12 (4.46%) Skype
7 10 (3.72%) VoIP
8 8 (2.97%) Internet
8 8 (2.97%) SAN
8 8 (2.97%) VPN
8 8 (2.97%) WAN
9 7 (2.60%) IP Telephony
9 7 (2.60%) Telepresence
9 7 (2.60%) Unified Communications
10 6 (2.23%) IPv4
10 6 (2.23%) Kerberos
10 6 (2.23%) VLAN
11 5 (1.86%) VSAN
12 4 (1.49%) Wireless
13 3 (1.12%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (21.56%) SQL Server
2 34 (12.64%) Relational Database
3 33 (12.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 24 (8.92%) RDBMS
5 20 (7.43%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (5.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (2.60%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (1.86%) MySQL
8 5 (1.86%) Power BI
8 5 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (1.49%) Crystal Reports
9 4 (1.49%) MS Access
9 4 (1.49%) PowerPivot
9 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (1.12%) Big Data
10 3 (1.12%) Hadoop
10 3 (1.12%) Oracle Database
10 3 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (8.18%) Git (software)
2 21 (7.81%) MSTest
2 21 (7.81%) NUnit
3 17 (6.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 13 (4.83%) Visual Studio
5 9 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (3.35%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (2.60%) Selenium
7 6 (2.23%) Subversion
8 5 (1.86%) Rational DOORS
8 5 (1.86%) Rational Quality Manager
8 5 (1.86%) Rational Team Concert
9 4 (1.49%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (1.49%) Rational Rhapsody
9 4 (1.49%) TeamCity
10 3 (1.12%) JIRA
10 3 (1.12%) Selenium IDE
10 3 (1.12%) WebDriver
11 2 (0.74%) Axure RP
11 2 (0.74%) MSI
General
1 13 (4.83%) Finance
2 7 (2.60%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.23%) Back Office
4 4 (1.49%) Aerospace
4 4 (1.49%) Automotive
5 2 (0.74%) Banking
5 2 (0.74%) Electronics
5 2 (0.74%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.74%) Marketing
5 2 (0.74%) Military
5 2 (0.74%) Publishing
5 2 (0.74%) Romanian Language
Job Titles
1 46 (17.10%) Developer
2 30 (11.15%) Analyst
3 29 (10.78%) Architect
4 26 (9.67%) .NET Developer
5 20 (7.43%) Support Engineer
6 17 (6.32%) SQL Developer
6 17 (6.32%) Systems Engineer
7 15 (5.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 13 (4.83%) DevOps Engineer
8 13 (4.83%) Integration Engineer
8 13 (4.83%) Systems Integration Engineer
9 12 (4.46%) Software Engineer
10 11 (4.09%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (4.09%) DBA
10 11 (4.09%) SQL DBA
11 10 (3.72%) Infrastructure Architect
11 10 (3.72%) IT Support
11 10 (3.72%) Test Engineer
12 9 (3.35%) Test Analyst
13 8 (2.97%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (16.36%) .NET
2 27 (10.04%) .NET Framework
3 23 (8.55%) ASP.NET
4 22 (8.18%) ASP.NET MVC
4 22 (8.18%) Entity Framework
4 22 (8.18%) LINQ
4 22 (8.18%) XML
5 13 (4.83%) jQuery
6 12 (4.46%) HTML
7 11 (4.09%) XML Schema
7 11 (4.09%) XSD
8 10 (3.72%) CSS
8 10 (3.72%) RESTful
8 10 (3.72%) Web Services
9 5 (1.86%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 4 (1.49%) Apache Axis
10 4 (1.49%) XSLT
11 3 (1.12%) EDI
11 3 (1.12%) EDIFACT
11 3 (1.12%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (5.20%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (4.46%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (4.09%) NHS
4 9 (3.35%) Clustering
5 8 (2.97%) Management Information System
5 8 (2.97%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (2.60%) Video\Live Streaming
7 6 (2.23%) Computer Science
8 5 (1.86%) Fintech
9 4 (1.49%) CESG
9 4 (1.49%) Data Centre
9 4 (1.49%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.49%) PKI
10 3 (1.12%) Data Structures
10 3 (1.12%) e-Learning
10 3 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (0.74%) Replication
11 2 (0.74%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 88 (32.71%) Windows
2 38 (14.13%) Windows 7
3 34 (12.64%) Windows Server
4 33 (12.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (9.29%) Windows 10
6 21 (7.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (7.43%) Linux
8 6 (2.23%) Scientific Linux
9 5 (1.86%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.74%) CentOS
10 2 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.74%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (19.33%) Migration
3 47 (17.47%) ITIL
4 33 (12.27%) Problem-Solving
5 28 (10.41%) Coaching
6 26 (9.67%) DevOps
6 26 (9.67%) Test Automation
7 25 (9.29%) MVC
7 25 (9.29%) Project Management
8 24 (8.92%) ETL
9 23 (8.55%) OOP
9 23 (8.55%) Unit Testing
10 21 (7.81%) Scrum
11 20 (7.43%) Mentoring
12 19 (7.06%) High Availability
12 19 (7.06%) Microservices
12 19 (7.06%) PRINCE2
12 19 (7.06%) UML
13 18 (6.69%) SDLC
13 18 (6.69%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 88 (32.71%) SQL
2 31 (11.52%) C#
3 26 (9.67%) PowerShell
4 15 (5.58%) C
5 14 (5.20%) C++
5 14 (5.20%) JavaScript
6 13 (4.83%) Java
7 11 (4.09%) T-SQL
8 9 (3.35%) Python
9 8 (2.97%) PHP
10 4 (1.49%) VBA
11 3 (1.12%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.12%) Perl
11 3 (1.12%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.12%) R
11 3 (1.12%) Ruby
11 3 (1.12%) VBScript
12 2 (0.74%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 2 (0.74%) XPath
13 1 (0.37%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 66 (24.54%) Security Cleared
2 50 (18.59%) SC Cleared
3 25 (9.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (8.18%) Degree
5 15 (5.58%) BPSS Clearance
6 9 (3.35%) AWS Certification
7 8 (2.97%) MCSE
8 7 (2.60%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (2.60%) MCSA
9 5 (1.86%) CCNA
9 5 (1.86%) ISTQB
10 4 (1.49%) ISEB
10 4 (1.49%) MCITP
11 3 (1.12%) MCTS
12 2 (0.74%) CCNP
12 2 (0.74%) CISSP
12 2 (0.74%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.74%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.74%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.74%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 7 (2.60%) Data Quality
3 6 (2.23%) MISRA
3 6 (2.23%) MISRA C
4 5 (1.86%) PMO
5 4 (1.49%) GDPR
6 2 (0.74%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.74%) HL7
6 2 (0.74%) QA
System Software
1 51 (18.96%) Active Directory
2 27 (10.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.95%) vSphere
4 14 (5.20%) Hyper-V
5 7 (2.60%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (1.86%) Terminal Services
6 5 (1.86%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (1.86%) XenApp
7 4 (1.49%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.12%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.37%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.37%) Docker
10 1 (0.37%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 18 (6.69%) SCCM
2 11 (4.09%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (2.60%) Backup Exec
3 7 (2.60%) Cisco CUCM
3 7 (2.60%) NetBackup
3 7 (2.60%) SCOM
4 5 (1.86%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (1.86%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.49%) HP ALM
6 3 (1.12%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (1.12%) PTC Integrity
6 3 (1.12%) vCenter Server
7 2 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.74%) WhatsUp Gold
7 2 (0.74%) WSUS
8 1 (0.37%) Ansible
8 1 (0.37%) Nagios
8 1 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 36 (13.38%) VMware
2 19 (7.06%) HP
3 18 (6.69%) Cisco
4 17 (6.32%) Oracle
5 15 (5.58%) Citrix
6 12 (4.46%) IBM
7 11 (4.09%) McAfee
8 10 (3.72%) Remedy
9 7 (2.60%) Dell
9 7 (2.60%) Polycom
9 7 (2.60%) Symantec
10 6 (2.23%) Becrypt
10 6 (2.23%) Green Hills
11 5 (1.86%) Aruba
11 5 (1.86%) NETGEAR
11 5 (1.86%) SAP
11 5 (1.86%) Teradata
12 3 (1.12%) Nintex
12 3 (1.12%) PTC
12 3 (1.12%) Samsung