Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 11 9
Rank change year-on-year +8 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 188 113 206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 19.96% 10.13% 15.93%
As % of the Vendors category 45.19% 25.39% 35.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 84 154
South Wales median daily rate £325 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69% -7.14%
10th Percentile £170 £175 £229
90th Percentile £425 £525 £406
Wales median daily rate £325 £356 £325
% change year-on-year -8.77% +9.62% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 20 11
South Wales median hourly rate £19.25 £13.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.59% -35.71% +40.00%
10th Percentile £12.45 £9.36 £10.75
90th Percentile £23.85 £61.25 £32.50
Wales median hourly rate £14.50 £12.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +16.00% -40.48% +58.49%

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 416 445 573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 44.16% 39.91% 44.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 300 418
South Wales median daily rate £353 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.88% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £175 £206 £213
90th Percentile £500 £550 £475
Wales median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 32 25
South Wales median hourly rate £18.50 £13.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.55% -31.25% +33.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.43
90th Percentile £24.42 £61.25 £31.60
Wales median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £15.43
% change year-on-year +12.00% -18.99% +8.28%

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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +7 131 £322 -14.13% 12
Newport +13 21 £363 +26.09% 3
Caerphilly - 6 £396 -
Torfaen - 4 £250 - 1
Bridgend +7 3 £250 -55.56%
Rhondda Cynon Taff 0 2 £400 - 1
Neath Port Talbot 0 1 £160 -20.00%
Blaenau Gwent - 1 - -
Microsoft
Wales

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 83 (44.15%) SQL
2 59 (31.38%) Windows
3 49 (26.06%) SQL Server
4 44 (23.40%) .NET
4 44 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (20.21%) Security Cleared
6 37 (19.68%) VMware
6 37 (19.68%) Windows Server
7 35 (18.62%) ITIL
8 33 (17.55%) Citrix
9 31 (16.49%) HP
10 28 (14.89%) Active Directory
10 28 (14.89%) C#
10 28 (14.89%) SC Cleared
10 28 (14.89%) Degree
11 27 (14.36%) Migration
11 27 (14.36%) MVC
12 23 (12.23%) Software Engineering
12 23 (12.23%) VMware Infrastructure
12 23 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
12 23 (12.23%) Relational Database
13 22 (11.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 22 (11.70%) Oracle
13 22 (11.70%) XML
13 22 (11.70%) OOP
14 21 (11.17%) ASP.NET
14 21 (11.17%) Configuration Management
14 21 (11.17%) Microsoft Certification
14 21 (11.17%) NHS
14 21 (11.17%) .NET Framework

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 19 (10.11%) MS Exchange
2 12 (6.38%) SharePoint
3 8 (4.26%) IIS
4 4 (2.13%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.06%) CMS
6 2 (1.06%) Confluence
6 2 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.06%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.53%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.53%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 20 (10.64%) Microsoft Project
2 17 (9.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (9.04%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (4.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (4.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.53%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 17 (9.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (4.79%) Office 365
3 5 (2.66%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.13%) IaaS
5 1 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.53%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.53%) SaaS
5 1 (0.53%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 16 (8.51%) Firewall
2 15 (7.98%) VLAN
3 9 (4.79%) Remote Desktop
4 8 (4.26%) Internet
4 8 (4.26%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.72%) DNS
5 7 (3.72%) VSAN
6 6 (3.19%) DHCP
7 4 (2.13%) LAN
8 3 (1.60%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (1.60%) Skype
8 3 (1.60%) VPN
8 3 (1.60%) WAN
9 2 (1.06%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.06%) PBX
9 2 (1.06%) Wireless
10 1 (0.53%) ADSL
10 1 (0.53%) Intranet
10 1 (0.53%) VoIP
10 1 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (26.06%) SQL Server
2 23 (12.23%) Relational Database
3 22 (11.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (9.04%) RDBMS
5 16 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (6.91%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (4.79%) SQL Server 2008
7 9 (4.79%) SQL Server 2016
8 8 (4.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (3.19%) Oracle Database
9 6 (3.19%) Oracle Database 11g
9 6 (3.19%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (2.13%) MS Access
10 4 (2.13%) Power BI
10 4 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (1.60%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (1.60%) Oracle Database 10g
11 3 (1.60%) Oracle9i Database
11 3 (1.60%) PowerPivot
12 2 (1.06%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 16 (8.51%) NUnit
1 16 (8.51%) Visual Studio
2 14 (7.45%) MSTest
2 14 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (5.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 10 (5.32%) Subversion
5 6 (3.19%) Rational Rhapsody
6 4 (2.13%) JIRA
6 4 (2.13%) Selenium
7 3 (1.60%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (1.06%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.06%) Git (software)
8 2 (1.06%) MSBuild
8 2 (1.06%) NuGet
8 2 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (1.06%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.06%) Vagrant
8 2 (1.06%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.53%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.53%) Rational DOORS
General
1 17 (9.04%) Finance
2 8 (4.26%) Aerospace
2 8 (4.26%) Automotive
3 7 (3.72%) Romanian Language
4 4 (2.13%) Banking
5 3 (1.60%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.06%) Back Office
6 2 (1.06%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.06%) Legal
7 1 (0.53%) Military
7 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.53%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 48 (25.53%) Developer
2 27 (14.36%) Analyst
3 23 (12.23%) .NET Developer
4 19 (10.11%) Architect
5 16 (8.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 16 (8.51%) Support Engineer
6 13 (6.91%) Test Engineer
7 11 (5.85%) Software Engineer
7 11 (5.85%) SQL Developer
8 10 (5.32%) Data Analyst
8 10 (5.32%) Network Engineer
8 10 (5.32%) Technical Support
9 9 (4.79%) Data Architect
9 9 (4.79%) Data Warehouse Developer
9 9 (4.79%) DBA
9 9 (4.79%) Senior Software Engineer
9 9 (4.79%) Technical Engineer
9 9 (4.79%) Technical Support Engineer
10 8 (4.26%) SQL DBA
10 8 (4.26%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (23.40%) .NET
2 22 (11.70%) XML
3 21 (11.17%) .NET Framework
3 21 (11.17%) ASP.NET
4 19 (10.11%) Entity Framework
5 18 (9.57%) ASP.NET MVC
5 18 (9.57%) LINQ
6 14 (7.45%) Web Services
7 11 (5.85%) jQuery
8 9 (4.79%) RESTful
8 9 (4.79%) SOAP
9 8 (4.26%) XML Schema
9 8 (4.26%) XSD
10 6 (3.19%) AngularJS
10 6 (3.19%) HTML
11 5 (2.66%) CSS
12 4 (2.13%) WCF
13 3 (1.60%) ASP.NET Web API
13 3 (1.60%) HTML5
13 3 (1.60%) React
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.17%) NHS
2 17 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (7.98%) Management Information System
4 9 (4.79%) N-Tier
5 7 (3.72%) Clustering
6 4 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (2.13%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.60%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.06%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.06%) e-Learning
8 2 (1.06%) iSeries
8 2 (1.06%) LIMS
9 1 (0.53%) CESG
9 1 (0.53%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.53%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.53%) Fintech
9 1 (0.53%) iPhone
9 1 (0.53%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.53%) Replication
9 1 (0.53%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 59 (31.38%) Windows
2 37 (19.68%) Windows Server
3 23 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (6.91%) Windows 7
5 8 (4.26%) Linux
6 7 (3.72%) Windows 10
7 5 (2.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (2.13%) AIX
9 3 (1.60%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.06%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.53%) CentOS
11 1 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (18.62%) ITIL
3 27 (14.36%) Migration
3 27 (14.36%) MVC
4 23 (12.23%) Software Engineering
5 22 (11.70%) OOP
6 21 (11.17%) Configuration Management
6 21 (11.17%) Test Automation
6 21 (11.17%) Unit Testing
7 19 (10.11%) PRINCE2
8 18 (9.57%) ETL
9 17 (9.04%) High Availability
10 15 (7.98%) Defect Management
10 15 (7.98%) Mentoring
10 15 (7.98%) Project Management
10 15 (7.98%) Test Scripting
11 14 (7.45%) Coaching
11 14 (7.45%) SDLC
12 13 (6.91%) Performance Monitoring
12 13 (6.91%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (44.15%) SQL
2 28 (14.89%) C#
3 17 (9.04%) T-SQL
4 10 (5.32%) C++
5 9 (4.79%) PowerShell
6 8 (4.26%) C
7 7 (3.72%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.60%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.60%) Python
8 3 (1.60%) R
8 3 (1.60%) VBA
9 2 (1.06%) Java
9 2 (1.06%) VBScript
10 1 (0.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.53%) PHP
10 1 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 38 (20.21%) Security Cleared
2 28 (14.89%) Degree
2 28 (14.89%) SC Cleared
3 21 (11.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (6.38%) CCNA
4 12 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (5.85%) ISEB
5 11 (5.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 8 (4.26%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (3.72%) MCSE
8 4 (2.13%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.60%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (1.60%) MCSA
10 2 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (1.06%) HNC
10 2 (1.06%) MCITP
10 2 (1.06%) MCP
10 2 (1.06%) MCTS
10 2 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.53%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.79%) HL7
2 8 (4.26%) Def Stans
2 8 (4.26%) MISRA
2 8 (4.26%) MISRA C
3 7 (3.72%) Data Quality
4 6 (3.19%) Disclosure Scotland
4 6 (3.19%) SLA
5 3 (1.60%) QA
6 1 (0.53%) GDPR
System Software
1 28 (14.89%) Active Directory
2 23 (12.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (10.64%) Hyper-V
4 15 (7.98%) XenApp
5 9 (4.79%) vSphere
6 7 (3.72%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (2.66%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.06%) BitLocker
8 2 (1.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (1.06%) Docker
8 2 (1.06%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.06%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 14 (7.45%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (6.91%) SCOM
3 12 (6.38%) NetBackup
4 8 (4.26%) HP Data Protector
4 8 (4.26%) SCCM
4 8 (4.26%) Tivoli
4 8 (4.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 6 (3.19%) Backup Exec
5 6 (3.19%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (3.19%) WhatsUp Gold
6 3 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (1.60%) WSUS
7 2 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (1.06%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 37 (19.68%) VMware
2 33 (17.55%) Citrix
3 31 (16.49%) HP
4 22 (11.70%) Oracle
5 16 (8.51%) Cisco
6 9 (4.79%) RedGate
7 8 (4.26%) Green Hills
7 8 (4.26%) SAP
8 7 (3.72%) Symantec
9 6 (3.19%) BMC
9 6 (3.19%) McAfee
9 6 (3.19%) Veritas
10 4 (2.13%) Dell
10 4 (2.13%) IBM
11 3 (1.60%) arcserve
11 3 (1.60%) Remedy
11 3 (1.60%) Tableau
12 2 (1.06%) Atlassian
12 2 (1.06%) Lumension
12 2 (1.06%) Sophos