Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 12 5
Rank change year-on-year +9 -7 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 194 116 226
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 19.00% 10.53% 18.62%
As % of the Vendors category 45.75% 26.01% 41.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 87 161
South Wales median daily rate £350 £288 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.74% -11.54% -7.14%
10th Percentile £157 £143 £163
90th Percentile £438 £438 £406
Wales median daily rate £350 £325 £324
% change year-on-year +7.69% +0.39% -4.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 11
South Wales median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -14.29% +40.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £10.78 £10.38
90th Percentile £21.50 £61.25 £32.50
Wales median hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -35.71% +61.54%

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 424 446 549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 41.53% 40.47% 45.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 311 397
South Wales median daily rate £363 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% +17.65% -2.86%
10th Percentile £163 £180 £210
90th Percentile £490 £550 £475
Wales median daily rate £368 £400 £338
% change year-on-year -8.13% +18.52% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 37 21
South Wales median hourly rate £13.75 £14.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.79% -31.71% +36.67%
10th Percentile £10.16 £11.17 £10.25
90th Percentile £29.19 £61.25 £30.25
Wales median hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.70% -15.63% +11.30%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +6 129 £350 +7.69% 29
Newport +16 29 £356 +21.28% 17
Torfaen - 7 £300 -
Bridgend +4 6 £425 +61.90% 11
Caerphilly -1 4 £375 +150.00% 1
Neath Port Talbot -1 1 £160 -20.00% 2
Blaenau Gwent - 1 - -
Rhondda Cynon Taff - 1 £300 -
Microsoft
Wales

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 93 (47.94%) SQL
2 68 (35.05%) Windows
3 60 (30.93%) SQL Server
4 52 (26.80%) Security Cleared
5 49 (25.26%) Agile Software Development
6 39 (20.10%) SC Cleared
7 37 (19.07%) .NET
8 36 (18.56%) Active Directory
9 34 (17.53%) VMware
10 32 (16.49%) ITIL
10 32 (16.49%) Windows Server
11 31 (15.98%) Migration
11 31 (15.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 30 (15.46%) Microsoft Office
12 30 (15.46%) Degree
13 27 (13.92%) Windows 7
13 27 (13.92%) Microsoft Certification
14 26 (13.40%) XML
14 26 (13.40%) ETL
14 26 (13.40%) MVC
14 26 (13.40%) Windows Server 2012
15 25 (12.89%) VMware Infrastructure
16 24 (12.37%) HP
17 23 (11.86%) Data Warehouse
17 23 (11.86%) Microsoft Azure
18 22 (11.34%) C#
19 21 (10.82%) Relational Database
20 19 (9.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
20 19 (9.79%) High Availability
20 19 (9.79%) Test Automation

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 15 (7.73%) MS Exchange
1 15 (7.73%) SharePoint
2 11 (5.67%) IIS
3 5 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (2.58%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.55%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.03%) Confluence
6 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.03%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.52%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.52%) CMS
7 1 (0.52%) FileNet
7 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.52%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 30 (15.46%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (9.28%) Microsoft Project
3 14 (7.22%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (4.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (2.58%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (4.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.52%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 23 (11.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (8.25%) Office 365
3 6 (3.09%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.06%) IaaS
5 3 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.52%) SaaS
7 1 (0.52%) Serverless
7 1 (0.52%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 17 (8.76%) VLAN
2 16 (8.25%) TCP/IP
3 13 (6.70%) DNS
3 13 (6.70%) Firewall
3 13 (6.70%) LAN
4 11 (5.67%) DHCP
5 10 (5.15%) VSAN
6 8 (4.12%) WAN
7 4 (2.06%) IPv4
7 4 (2.06%) Kerberos
7 4 (2.06%) VPN
8 3 (1.55%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (1.55%) Skype
8 3 (1.55%) Wireless
9 2 (1.03%) ADSL
9 2 (1.03%) Internet
9 2 (1.03%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.03%) PBX
9 2 (1.03%) SAN
9 2 (1.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (30.93%) SQL Server
2 31 (15.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 23 (11.86%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (10.82%) Relational Database
5 15 (7.73%) RDBMS
5 15 (7.73%) SQL Server 2012
6 13 (6.70%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (5.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (4.64%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (3.09%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (2.58%) Power BI
11 4 (2.06%) MS Access
11 4 (2.06%) PowerPivot
11 4 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (1.55%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (1.55%) Big Data
12 3 (1.55%) Hadoop
12 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database
12 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 19 (9.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 16 (8.25%) NUnit
3 15 (7.73%) MSTest
4 12 (6.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (3.61%) Visual Studio
6 4 (2.06%) JIRA
7 3 (1.55%) Subversion
7 3 (1.55%) Vagrant
8 2 (1.03%) Git (software)
8 2 (1.03%) InstallShield
8 2 (1.03%) MSI
8 2 (1.03%) NuGet
8 2 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (1.03%) Selenium
8 2 (1.03%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.52%) Hudson
9 1 (0.52%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.52%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.52%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 16 (8.25%) Finance
2 7 (3.61%) Romanian Language
3 5 (2.58%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.55%) Banking
5 2 (1.03%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.03%) Automotive
5 2 (1.03%) Back Office
5 2 (1.03%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.52%) Legal
6 1 (0.52%) Military
6 1 (0.52%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 41 (21.13%) Developer
2 30 (15.46%) Analyst
3 26 (13.40%) Architect
4 18 (9.28%) .NET Developer
5 13 (6.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 13 (6.70%) SQL Developer
5 13 (6.70%) Support Engineer
5 13 (6.70%) Test Engineer
6 12 (6.19%) Technical Architect
7 11 (5.67%) Data Analyst
8 10 (5.15%) Data Architect
8 10 (5.15%) Data Warehouse Developer
8 10 (5.15%) DBA
9 9 (4.64%) SQL DBA
10 8 (4.12%) Infrastructure Architect
10 8 (4.12%) SSIS Developer
11 7 (3.61%) IT Support
11 7 (3.61%) SQL Server Architect
12 6 (3.09%) Support Technician
12 6 (3.09%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (19.07%) .NET
2 26 (13.40%) XML
3 18 (9.28%) .NET Framework
3 18 (9.28%) ASP.NET
3 18 (9.28%) ASP.NET MVC
4 16 (8.25%) Entity Framework
4 16 (8.25%) LINQ
5 13 (6.70%) XML Schema
5 13 (6.70%) XSD
6 10 (5.15%) Web Services
7 9 (4.64%) jQuery
7 9 (4.64%) RESTful
7 9 (4.64%) SOAP
8 4 (2.06%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (1.03%) CGI
9 2 (1.03%) CSS
9 2 (1.03%) HTML
9 2 (1.03%) XSL
9 2 (1.03%) XSLT
10 1 (0.52%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.22%) NHS
2 11 (5.67%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.67%) Management Information System
3 9 (4.64%) Clustering
3 9 (4.64%) N-Tier
4 4 (2.06%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.06%) Driving Licence
4 4 (2.06%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.03%) e-Learning
6 2 (1.03%) iSeries
6 2 (1.03%) Replication
6 2 (1.03%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.52%) CESG
7 1 (0.52%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.52%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.52%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.52%) EPoS
7 1 (0.52%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 68 (35.05%) Windows
2 32 (16.49%) Windows Server
3 27 (13.92%) Windows 7
4 26 (13.40%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (9.28%) Windows 10
6 13 (6.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (5.15%) Linux
8 5 (2.58%) Windows 8
9 4 (2.06%) Scientific Linux
10 2 (1.03%) CentOS
10 2 (1.03%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (25.26%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (16.49%) ITIL
3 31 (15.98%) Migration
4 26 (13.40%) ETL
4 26 (13.40%) MVC
5 19 (9.79%) High Availability
5 19 (9.79%) PRINCE2
5 19 (9.79%) Test Automation
6 18 (9.28%) OOP
7 17 (8.76%) Configuration Management
7 17 (8.76%) Project Management
7 17 (8.76%) Software Engineering
7 17 (8.76%) Unit Testing
8 16 (8.25%) Data Modelling
8 16 (8.25%) Defect Management
8 16 (8.25%) Test Scripting
9 15 (7.73%) Coaching
9 15 (7.73%) Disaster Recovery
9 15 (7.73%) Mentoring
10 13 (6.70%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 93 (47.94%) SQL
2 22 (11.34%) C#
3 19 (9.79%) T-SQL
4 13 (6.70%) PowerShell
5 10 (5.15%) C
6 6 (3.09%) C++
7 4 (2.06%) VBA
7 4 (2.06%) VBScript
8 3 (1.55%) Java
8 3 (1.55%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.55%) Python
8 3 (1.55%) R
9 2 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (1.03%) XPath
10 1 (0.52%) Groovy
10 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 52 (26.80%) Security Cleared
2 39 (20.10%) SC Cleared
3 30 (15.46%) Degree
4 27 (13.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (6.70%) MCSE
6 11 (5.67%) ISEB
7 9 (4.64%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.58%) MCSA
9 4 (2.06%) HNC
9 4 (2.06%) MCITP
10 3 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.55%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.55%) MCTS
11 2 (1.03%) CCNA
11 2 (1.03%) CISSP
11 2 (1.03%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (1.03%) MCP
11 2 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.52%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.64%) HL7
2 8 (4.12%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (3.09%) Data Quality
4 3 (1.55%) MISRA
4 3 (1.55%) MISRA C
4 3 (1.55%) QA
5 2 (1.03%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.52%) GDPR
System Software
1 36 (18.56%) Active Directory
2 25 (12.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (7.73%) vSphere
4 13 (6.70%) Hyper-V
5 9 (4.64%) VMware Workstation
6 7 (3.61%) XenApp
7 6 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.55%) Docker
8 3 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.55%) Terminal Services
8 3 (1.55%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.03%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.03%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (8.25%) SCCM
2 14 (7.22%) HP Quality Center
3 10 (5.15%) SCOM
4 9 (4.64%) Backup Exec
4 9 (4.64%) NetBackup
5 8 (4.12%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (3.09%) McAfee ePO
6 6 (3.09%) WhatsUp Gold
7 5 (2.58%) vCenter Server
8 4 (2.06%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (2.06%) WSUS
9 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.52%) Ansible
10 1 (0.52%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.52%) Nagios
10 1 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 34 (17.53%) VMware
2 24 (12.37%) HP
3 19 (9.79%) Oracle
4 14 (7.22%) Citrix
5 10 (5.15%) Cisco
5 10 (5.15%) Symantec
6 9 (4.64%) RedGate
7 8 (4.12%) McAfee
8 7 (3.61%) SAP
9 6 (3.09%) BMC
9 6 (3.09%) Remedy
10 5 (2.58%) Dell
10 5 (2.58%) IBM
11 4 (2.06%) arcserve
12 3 (1.55%) Green Hills
12 3 (1.55%) Samsung
13 2 (1.03%) Informatica
13 2 (1.03%) Sophos
13 2 (1.03%) Tableau
13 2 (1.03%) Teradata