Period
to 21 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 779 647 764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 13.27% 11.76% 13.01%
As % of the Vendors category 34.50% 28.43% 30.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 392 505
South West median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £213 £158 £155
90th Percentile £557 £510 £570
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 43 64
South West median hourly rate £16.50 £32.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.44% +48.84% +14.24%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.60 £10.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £46.00
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%

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 2,258 2,276 2,508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 38.47% 41.38% 42.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,374 1,361 1,564
South West median daily rate £413 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% -
10th Percentile £235 £213 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 100 149
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +52.17% +13.95%
10th Percentile £11.18 £12.95 £11.63
90th Percentile £48.75 £53.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +3 263 £375 +7.14% 110
Wiltshire +1 172 £500 +42.86% 65
Gloucestershire +5 89 £350 +16.67% 67
Somerset -2 70 £325 -7.14% 47
Devon +14 58 £296 -15.36% 31
Dorset 0 52 £325 -22.85% 65
Cornwall +5 29 £250 -23.08% 9
Avon - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 318 (40.82%) Windows
2 221 (28.37%) Active Directory
3 182 (23.36%) SQL Server
4 180 (23.11%) Windows Server
5 179 (22.98%) Microsoft Azure
6 174 (22.34%) Agile Software Development
7 162 (20.80%) SQL
8 149 (19.13%) Security Cleared
9 136 (17.46%) Finance
10 132 (16.94%) SCCM
11 128 (16.43%) Office 365
12 118 (15.15%) Microsoft Office
13 116 (14.89%) Analytical Skills
14 114 (14.63%) .NET
14 114 (14.63%) VMware
15 112 (14.38%) ITIL
16 109 (13.99%) C#
17 101 (12.97%) Migration
18 100 (12.84%) Windows 10
19 99 (12.71%) PowerShell
20 96 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
21 83 (10.65%) Windows 7
22 79 (10.14%) SC Cleared
22 79 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
23 78 (10.01%) Linux
24 77 (9.88%) Windows Server 2012
25 75 (9.63%) SharePoint
26 71 (9.11%) MS Exchange
27 65 (8.34%) Cisco
27 65 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification

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 75 (9.63%) SharePoint
2 71 (9.11%) MS Exchange
3 39 (5.01%) IIS
4 37 (4.75%) Skype for Business
5 22 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (2.31%) Confluence
7 17 (2.18%) CMS
8 12 (1.54%) Apache
9 10 (1.28%) BizTalk Server
9 10 (1.28%) Drupal
9 10 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (1.16%) Umbraco
11 7 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.51%) GeoServer
13 4 (0.51%) Jetty
13 4 (0.51%) SAS
13 4 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.51%) Tomcat
Applications
1 118 (15.15%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (6.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (5.78%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (1.80%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.39%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.26%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.26%) InDesign
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 29 (3.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.16%) Primavera
3 4 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.26%) Actimize
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.13%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 179 (22.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 128 (16.43%) Office 365
3 38 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (2.95%) PaaS
5 19 (2.44%) Dynamics 365
6 16 (2.05%) IaaS
7 15 (1.93%) OneDrive
8 13 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (1.03%) SaaS
10 7 (0.90%) Slack
11 6 (0.77%) Azure Data Factory
11 6 (0.77%) GitHub
12 5 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.51%) G Suite
14 3 (0.39%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.39%) iPaaS
14 3 (0.39%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.26%) Google Play
15 2 (0.26%) Yammer
16 1 (0.13%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 47 (6.03%) DNS
1 47 (6.03%) Firewall
2 39 (5.01%) Skype
3 26 (3.34%) DHCP
3 26 (3.34%) SAN
4 19 (2.44%) Network Security
5 18 (2.31%) Internet
5 18 (2.31%) NAS
6 16 (2.05%) WAN
7 14 (1.80%) LAN
8 13 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
8 13 (1.67%) NetScaler
8 13 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
9 12 (1.54%) Software-Defined Networking
9 12 (1.54%) VPN
10 11 (1.41%) TCP/IP
11 9 (1.16%) Ethernet
12 8 (1.03%) Unified Communications
12 8 (1.03%) VLAN
13 7 (0.90%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 182 (23.36%) SQL Server
2 41 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 31 (3.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (3.21%) Power BI
4 25 (3.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (3.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 22 (2.82%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (1.80%) Oracle Database
8 12 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.28%) Relational Database
10 9 (1.16%) MS Access
10 9 (1.16%) MySQL
11 8 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
11 8 (1.03%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
12 6 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (0.64%) Hadoop
13 5 (0.64%) Qlik Sense
13 5 (0.64%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 47 (6.03%) Team Foundation Server
2 32 (4.11%) Git (software)
3 30 (3.85%) Selenium
4 26 (3.34%) JIRA
4 26 (3.34%) Visual Studio
5 16 (2.05%) Cucumber
5 16 (2.05%) Jenkins
5 16 (2.05%) SpecFlow
6 13 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 12 (1.54%) NUnit
7 12 (1.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 11 (1.41%) Rational DOORS
9 10 (1.28%) JUnit
9 10 (1.28%) SoapUI
9 10 (1.28%) WebDriver
10 9 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 7 (0.90%) MSI
11 7 (0.90%) TeamCity
12 6 (0.77%) CruiseControl
12 6 (0.77%) Hudson
General
1 136 (17.46%) Finance
2 55 (7.06%) Manufacturing
3 43 (5.52%) Telecoms
4 42 (5.39%) Marketing
5 40 (5.13%) Electronics
6 15 (1.93%) Banking
7 13 (1.67%) Back Office
8 12 (1.54%) Advertising
8 12 (1.54%) Military
9 10 (1.28%) Aerospace
10 9 (1.16%) Automotive
11 8 (1.03%) Law
12 5 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.64%) Retail
13 4 (0.51%) Legal
14 3 (0.39%) Publishing
15 2 (0.26%) Investment Banking
15 2 (0.26%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.13%) Avionics
16 1 (0.13%) Brand Awareness
Job Titles
1 124 (15.92%) Analyst
2 113 (14.51%) Developer
3 88 (11.30%) Architect
4 51 (6.55%) Consultant
5 45 (5.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 38 (4.88%) .NET Developer
7 35 (4.49%) Support Engineer
8 33 (4.24%) Project Manager
9 31 (3.98%) Desktop Support
9 31 (3.98%) Solutions Architect
10 26 (3.34%) C# Developer
11 24 (3.08%) Test Analyst
12 23 (2.95%) Technical Architect
13 21 (2.70%) Administrator
13 21 (2.70%) Service Analyst
13 21 (2.70%) Service Desk Analyst
14 18 (2.31%) DBA
14 18 (2.31%) Support Analyst
14 18 (2.31%) Windows Engineer
15 17 (2.18%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (14.63%) .NET
2 65 (8.34%) HTML
3 46 (5.91%) CSS
4 36 (4.62%) .NET Framework
5 34 (4.36%) AngularJS
5 34 (4.36%) ASP.NET
6 31 (3.98%) REST
7 30 (3.85%) SOAP
7 30 (3.85%) Web Services
8 29 (3.72%) jQuery
9 26 (3.34%) JSON
10 24 (3.08%) XML
11 23 (2.95%) ASP.NET Web API
12 15 (1.93%) ASP.NET MVC
12 15 (1.93%) RESTful
13 13 (1.67%) Gherkin
13 13 (1.67%) HTML5
13 13 (1.67%) React
14 11 (1.41%) Angular 2
15 10 (1.28%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 116 (14.89%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (6.55%) Data Centre
3 27 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.05%) Fat Client
4 16 (2.05%) Thin Client
5 15 (1.93%) Clustering
5 15 (1.93%) Hybrid Cloud
5 15 (1.93%) PKI
5 15 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (1.67%) Computer Science
7 11 (1.41%) Data Structures
8 10 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
8 10 (1.28%) Replication
9 7 (0.90%) Fintech
9 7 (0.90%) iPhone
9 7 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (0.77%) Public Cloud
11 5 (0.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 5 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.64%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 318 (40.82%) Windows
2 180 (23.11%) Windows Server
3 100 (12.84%) Windows 10
4 83 (10.65%) Windows 7
5 78 (10.01%) Linux
6 77 (9.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 62 (7.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (3.21%) Windows XP
9 21 (2.70%) Unix
10 12 (1.54%) Windows 8
11 10 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (1.16%) Solaris
13 7 (0.90%) Android
13 7 (0.90%) CentOS
13 7 (0.90%) Mac OS
14 6 (0.77%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.39%) AIX
15 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (22.34%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (14.38%) ITIL
3 101 (12.97%) Migration
4 96 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
5 79 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
6 59 (7.57%) Test Automation
7 52 (6.68%) Scrum
8 51 (6.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 51 (6.55%) Programme Management
9 49 (6.29%) DevOps
9 49 (6.29%) ITIL V3
9 49 (6.29%) Project Management
10 42 (5.39%) PRINCE2
11 41 (5.26%) MVC
12 38 (4.88%) Service Management
13 34 (4.36%) CRM
13 34 (4.36%) Digital Marketing
14 27 (3.47%) Coaching
14 27 (3.47%) Software Engineering
14 27 (3.47%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 162 (20.80%) SQL
2 109 (13.99%) C#
3 99 (12.71%) PowerShell
4 61 (7.83%) JavaScript
5 43 (5.52%) T-SQL
6 25 (3.21%) Python
7 20 (2.57%) C
8 17 (2.18%) Java
9 12 (1.54%) C++
10 10 (1.28%) VBA
10 10 (1.28%) VBScript
11 9 (1.16%) Shell Script
12 8 (1.03%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.90%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.77%) Perl
15 5 (0.64%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.64%) Ruby
16 4 (0.51%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 4 (0.51%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 149 (19.13%) Security Cleared
2 79 (10.14%) SC Cleared
3 65 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 59 (7.57%) Degree
5 58 (7.45%) DV Cleared
6 37 (4.75%) MCSA
6 37 (4.75%) MCSE
7 28 (3.59%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (3.34%) CCNA
9 17 (2.18%) ISEB
10 16 (2.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (1.67%) Oracle Certification
12 12 (1.54%) OCA
13 11 (1.41%) PMP
14 10 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
15 9 (1.16%) MCP
16 8 (1.03%) ISTQB
16 8 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 8 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 7 (0.90%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.26%) QA
2 33 (4.24%) SLA
3 11 (1.41%) PMO
4 9 (1.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 9 (1.16%) JSP 440
4 9 (1.16%) WCAG
5 8 (1.03%) HMG Infosec
6 7 (0.90%) DO-254
6 7 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 6 (0.77%) RMADS
8 5 (0.64%) GDPR
8 5 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.39%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.13%) ARP4754
11 1 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 221 (28.37%) Active Directory
2 64 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (5.13%) Hyper-V
4 31 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (3.85%) XenApp
6 24 (3.08%) Docker
7 20 (2.57%) vSphere
8 17 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 17 (2.18%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (1.93%) XenDesktop
10 12 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
11 11 (1.41%) VMware Server
12 6 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.51%) Firmware
13 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.39%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.39%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.39%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
14 3 (0.39%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 132 (16.94%) SCCM
2 33 (4.24%) SCOM
3 22 (2.82%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (2.70%) Kubernetes
5 19 (2.44%) vCenter Server
6 18 (2.31%) Ansible
6 18 (2.31%) WSUS
7 13 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (1.28%) WMI
9 9 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
9 9 (1.16%) PowerCLI
10 8 (1.03%) Puppet
10 8 (1.03%) SCVMM
11 7 (0.90%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
13 5 (0.64%) BMC PATROL
13 5 (0.64%) SCSM
13 5 (0.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 4 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
15 3 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 114 (14.63%) VMware
2 65 (8.34%) Cisco
3 59 (7.57%) Oracle
4 52 (6.68%) Citrix
5 45 (5.78%) SAP
6 18 (2.31%) HP
6 18 (2.31%) McAfee
6 18 (2.31%) NetApp
6 18 (2.31%) Red Hat
7 14 (1.80%) Apple
8 13 (1.67%) Atlassian
9 12 (1.54%) IBM
10 11 (1.41%) CommVault
10 11 (1.41%) EMC
11 10 (1.28%) Splunk
11 10 (1.28%) Symantec
12 9 (1.16%) Ivanti
13 8 (1.03%) Wyse
14 7 (0.90%) Meridio
14 7 (0.90%) Sophos