Period
to 21 November 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 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
England > South West
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 819 646 774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 12.97% 11.44% 13.56%
As % of the Vendors category 32.92% 28.90% 32.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 483 390 516
South West median daily rate £389 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.00% - -
10th Percentile £213 £152 £150
90th Percentile £575 £501 £519
England median daily rate £420 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 52 72
South West median hourly rate £20.50 £25.25 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.81% +46.38% -6.76%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.16 £10.01
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £43.18
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +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 West.

All Vendors
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 2,488 2,235 2,410
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 39.40% 39.59% 42.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,515 1,366 1,523
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £255 £200 £200
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 102 158
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £28.75 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.45% +35.29% -15.00%
10th Percentile £11.45 £11.90 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.50 £50.00 £46.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.19 £17.00
% change year-on-year +1.79% +1.13% -2.86%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the South West over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the South West over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 21 November 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
Bristol +2 294 £375 +7.14% 147
Wiltshire -2 195 £475 +29.08% 63
Gloucestershire +6 97 £388 +43.78% 53
Devon +15 65 £316 -8.33% 31
Somerset -9 60 £340 +4.62% 41
Dorset +5 51 £400 -5.88% 70
Cornwall -4 17 £250 -23.08% 11
Avon - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 309 (37.73%) Windows
2 220 (26.86%) Active Directory
3 183 (22.34%) SQL Server
4 174 (21.25%) Security Cleared
5 173 (21.12%) SQL
5 173 (21.12%) Agile Software Development
6 171 (20.88%) Windows Server
7 163 (19.90%) Microsoft Azure
8 144 (17.58%) Analytical Skills
9 139 (16.97%) Finance
10 126 (15.38%) .NET
11 124 (15.14%) C#
12 119 (14.53%) Office 365
13 118 (14.41%) Microsoft Office
14 115 (14.04%) SCCM
15 113 (13.80%) Problem-Solving
16 112 (13.68%) PowerShell
17 102 (12.45%) Windows 10
18 99 (12.09%) ITIL
19 97 (11.84%) VMware
20 96 (11.72%) Migration
21 94 (11.48%) Business Intelligence
22 85 (10.38%) SC Cleared
23 77 (9.40%) DV Cleared
24 75 (9.16%) Windows Server 2012
25 74 (9.04%) Linux
25 74 (9.04%) HTML
26 72 (8.79%) Degree
27 70 (8.55%) SharePoint
28 68 (8.30%) Manufacturing

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 70 (8.55%) SharePoint
2 62 (7.57%) MS Exchange
3 34 (4.15%) IIS
4 28 (3.42%) Skype for Business
5 21 (2.56%) Confluence
6 20 (2.44%) CMS
7 17 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
8 16 (1.95%) Apache
9 12 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (1.10%) Drupal
11 8 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.73%) Umbraco
14 5 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
15 4 (0.49%) Jetty
15 4 (0.49%) nginx
15 4 (0.49%) SAS
15 4 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
15 4 (0.49%) Tomcat
Applications
1 118 (14.41%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (7.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (5.25%) Microsoft Project
4 19 (2.32%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.24%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.24%) InDesign
9 1 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 44 (5.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.22%) Primavera
3 5 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.24%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.12%) Actimize
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.12%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.12%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 1 (0.12%) Maximo
6 1 (0.12%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.12%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.12%) SAP SCM
6 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 163 (19.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 119 (14.53%) Office 365
3 33 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (3.79%) Dynamics 365
5 25 (3.05%) Azure Active Directory
6 23 (2.81%) PaaS
7 21 (2.56%) IaaS
8 14 (1.71%) OneDrive
9 7 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.85%) GitHub
9 7 (0.85%) Slack
10 6 (0.73%) SaaS
11 3 (0.37%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.37%) iPaaS
11 3 (0.37%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.24%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.24%) G Suite
12 2 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.24%) Google Play
13 1 (0.12%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 47 (5.74%) Firewall
2 46 (5.62%) DNS
3 31 (3.79%) Skype
4 26 (3.17%) VPN
5 24 (2.93%) DHCP
6 22 (2.69%) Network Security
7 20 (2.44%) SAN
7 20 (2.44%) WAN
8 18 (2.20%) Internet
9 17 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
9 17 (2.08%) LAN
10 15 (1.83%) TCP/IP
11 13 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
12 12 (1.47%) NetScaler
13 11 (1.34%) NAS
13 11 (1.34%) Software-Defined Networking
14 10 (1.22%) Intranet
15 9 (1.10%) SSL
15 9 (1.10%) Unified Communications
16 8 (0.98%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 183 (22.34%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 29 (3.54%) Power BI
4 24 (2.93%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (2.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
6 20 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 12 (1.47%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.34%) Relational Database
8 11 (1.34%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (1.22%) Big Data
9 10 (1.22%) MySQL
9 10 (1.22%) RDBMS
10 9 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
11 8 (0.98%) MS Access
11 8 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
12 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.73%) Hadoop
13 6 (0.73%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 49 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 34 (4.15%) Git (software)
2 34 (4.15%) Selenium
3 32 (3.91%) JIRA
3 32 (3.91%) Visual Studio
4 19 (2.32%) Cucumber
5 16 (1.95%) Jenkins
5 16 (1.95%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 15 (1.83%) SpecFlow
6 15 (1.83%) Visual Studio Team System
7 13 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 12 (1.47%) JUnit
9 11 (1.34%) NUnit
10 10 (1.22%) SoapUI
10 10 (1.22%) WebDriver
11 8 (0.98%) MSI
11 8 (0.98%) Rational DOORS
12 7 (0.85%) TeamCity
13 6 (0.73%) CruiseControl
13 6 (0.73%) Hudson
General
1 139 (16.97%) Finance
2 68 (8.30%) Manufacturing
3 55 (6.72%) Marketing
3 55 (6.72%) Telecoms
4 51 (6.23%) Electronics
5 18 (2.20%) Banking
6 14 (1.71%) Advertising
7 12 (1.47%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.22%) Back Office
8 10 (1.22%) Military
9 6 (0.73%) Legal
9 6 (0.73%) Publishing
10 5 (0.61%) Retail
11 4 (0.49%) Automotive
11 4 (0.49%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.49%) Law
12 1 (0.12%) Billing
12 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.12%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 122 (14.90%) Analyst
1 122 (14.90%) Developer
2 86 (10.50%) Architect
3 70 (8.55%) Consultant
4 41 (5.01%) .NET Developer
5 39 (4.76%) Support Engineer
6 38 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 36 (4.40%) Solutions Architect
8 33 (4.03%) C# Developer
9 22 (2.69%) Administrator
9 22 (2.69%) Desktop Support
9 22 (2.69%) Test Analyst
10 20 (2.44%) Project Manager
11 19 (2.32%) Business Analyst
12 18 (2.20%) C# .NET Developer
12 18 (2.20%) DBA
12 18 (2.20%) Service Analyst
12 18 (2.20%) Service Desk Analyst
12 18 (2.20%) Software Developer
12 18 (2.20%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (15.38%) .NET
2 74 (9.04%) HTML
3 49 (5.98%) CSS
4 42 (5.13%) REST
5 40 (4.88%) SOAP
6 39 (4.76%) JSON
7 38 (4.64%) ASP.NET
8 36 (4.40%) Web Services
9 34 (4.15%) .NET Framework
9 34 (4.15%) jQuery
10 33 (4.03%) AngularJS
11 31 (3.79%) XML
12 26 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
13 21 (2.56%) HTML5
14 18 (2.20%) React
15 17 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
16 15 (1.83%) JSP
16 15 (1.83%) WCF
17 13 (1.59%) Gherkin
18 12 (1.47%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 144 (17.58%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (6.72%) Data Centre
3 25 (3.05%) Computer Science
4 22 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
5 21 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
6 20 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 16 (1.95%) PKI
8 15 (1.83%) Fat Client
8 15 (1.83%) Thin Client
9 10 (1.22%) Social Media
10 9 (1.10%) Clustering
10 9 (1.10%) Data Structures
10 9 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
10 9 (1.10%) Replication
11 8 (0.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 8 (0.98%) Fintech
12 7 (0.85%) Algorithms
12 7 (0.85%) Driving Licence
13 6 (0.73%) Public Cloud
13 6 (0.73%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 309 (37.73%) Windows
2 171 (20.88%) Windows Server
3 102 (12.45%) Windows 10
4 75 (9.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 74 (9.04%) Linux
6 66 (8.06%) Windows 7
7 48 (5.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (1.95%) Unix
8 16 (1.95%) Windows XP
9 10 (1.22%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.10%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.85%) Android
11 7 (0.85%) CentOS
11 7 (0.85%) Solaris
12 6 (0.73%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.49%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.49%) SUSE
13 4 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (21.12%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (13.80%) Problem-Solving
3 99 (12.09%) ITIL
4 96 (11.72%) Migration
5 94 (11.48%) Business Intelligence
6 67 (8.18%) Test Automation
7 62 (7.57%) Programme Management
8 49 (5.98%) CRM
8 49 (5.98%) Scrum
9 47 (5.74%) Digital Marketing
10 46 (5.62%) DevOps
10 46 (5.62%) MVC
11 45 (5.49%) ITIL V3
12 44 (5.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 44 (5.37%) Project Management
13 42 (5.13%) Software Engineering
14 38 (4.64%) Service Management
15 36 (4.40%) Service Delivery
16 33 (4.03%) PRINCE2
17 30 (3.66%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 173 (21.12%) SQL
2 124 (15.14%) C#
3 112 (13.68%) PowerShell
4 65 (7.94%) JavaScript
5 48 (5.86%) T-SQL
6 42 (5.13%) Python
7 29 (3.54%) C
7 29 (3.54%) Java
8 20 (2.44%) C++
9 13 (1.59%) VBA
10 11 (1.34%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.34%) VBScript
11 9 (1.10%) Perl
11 9 (1.10%) VB.NET
12 7 (0.85%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.85%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.73%) Ruby
14 5 (0.61%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 5 (0.61%) VB
15 3 (0.37%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 174 (21.25%) Security Cleared
2 85 (10.38%) SC Cleared
3 77 (9.40%) DV Cleared
4 72 (8.79%) Degree
5 57 (6.96%) Microsoft Certification
6 40 (4.88%) MCSE
7 34 (4.15%) MCSA
8 29 (3.54%) Cisco Certification
9 28 (3.42%) CCNA
10 23 (2.81%) ISEB
11 20 (2.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 19 (2.32%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (1.95%) Oracle Certification
14 15 (1.83%) OCA
15 11 (1.34%) ISTQB
16 7 (0.85%) DBS Check
16 7 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 7 (0.85%) PMP
17 6 (0.73%) CCA
17 6 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.64%) QA
2 25 (3.05%) SLA
3 17 (2.08%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 17 (2.08%) PMO
4 16 (1.95%) JSP 440
5 15 (1.83%) HMG Infosec
6 9 (1.10%) WCAG
7 7 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.61%) GDPR
8 5 (0.61%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.49%) DO-254
9 4 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.24%) ARP4754
11 2 (0.24%) RMADS
12 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.12%) P3O
System Software
1 220 (26.86%) Active Directory
2 57 (6.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (4.88%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.30%) Virtual Desktop
5 25 (3.05%) XenApp
6 24 (2.93%) Docker
7 20 (2.44%) vSphere
8 19 (2.32%) Microsoft App-V
8 19 (2.32%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.83%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (1.47%) XenDesktop
11 11 (1.34%) VMware Server
12 7 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 7 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.49%) Firmware
14 3 (0.37%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.24%) BitLocker
15 2 (0.24%) NFS
16 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 115 (14.04%) SCCM
2 32 (3.91%) SCOM
3 22 (2.69%) vCenter Server
4 20 (2.44%) Kubernetes
5 19 (2.32%) Ansible
6 14 (1.71%) Microsoft Intune
7 12 (1.47%) PowerCLI
8 11 (1.34%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (1.22%) SCVMM
9 10 (1.22%) WMI
9 10 (1.22%) WSUS
10 9 (1.10%) Puppet
11 7 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
12 5 (0.61%) BMC PATROL
12 5 (0.61%) Nagios
13 4 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
13 4 (0.49%) Terraform
14 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 3 (0.37%) vRealize
Vendors
1 97 (11.84%) VMware
2 65 (7.94%) Cisco
3 61 (7.45%) Oracle
4 55 (6.72%) SAP
5 41 (5.01%) Citrix
6 23 (2.81%) McAfee
7 17 (2.08%) HP
7 17 (2.08%) Red Hat
8 16 (1.95%) Atlassian
9 14 (1.71%) Apple
10 12 (1.47%) Google
10 12 (1.47%) IBM
10 12 (1.47%) NetApp
11 10 (1.22%) CommVault
12 9 (1.10%) Splunk
13 8 (0.98%) Ivanti
14 7 (0.85%) Cadence
14 7 (0.85%) Facebook
14 7 (0.85%) Wyse
15 6 (0.73%) BT