Period
to 23 January 2020

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 23 January 2020 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
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 7 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 808 902 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 13.80% 14.03% 11.00%
As % of the Vendors category 33.64% 33.16% 29.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 518 555 340
South West median daily rate £411 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.81% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £130 £213 £152
90th Percentile £581 £575 £531
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 41 54
South West median hourly rate £32.50 £19.65 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +65.44% -6.45% +16.67%
10th Percentile £14.45 £11.18 £11.50
90th Percentile £53.55 £47.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year +14.38% +2.00% -

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 2,402 2,720 1,960
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 41.02% 42.32% 37.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,523 1,668 1,215
South West median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% +8.11%
10th Percentile £195 £263 £210
90th Percentile £624 £588 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 123 101
South West median hourly rate £35.50 £40.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.25% +70.21% +0.97%
10th Percentile £13.30 £11.17 £11.85
90th Percentile £53.38 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.57% - -

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 23 January 2020.

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 23 January 2020.

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 23 January 2020. 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
Wiltshire +2 268 £425 -5.56% 66
Bristol 0 266 £400 - 124
Somerset +3 75 £450 +32.35% 43
Gloucestershire -9 63 £315 -21.25% 49
Dorset +3 61 £220 -45.00% 77
Devon -6 50 £391 +15.70% 50
Cornwall -4 5 £538 +79.17% 15
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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.

1 365 (45.17%) Windows
2 275 (34.03%) Active Directory
3 251 (31.06%) Security Cleared
4 246 (30.45%) Azure
5 198 (24.50%) Microsoft Office
6 195 (24.13%) Office 365
7 194 (24.01%) SC Cleared
8 160 (19.80%) Agile Software Development
9 150 (18.56%) Windows 10
10 139 (17.20%) Windows Server
11 133 (16.46%) ITIL
12 127 (15.72%) Windows 7
13 125 (15.47%) SCCM
14 122 (15.10%) SharePoint
15 116 (14.36%) SQL Server
16 114 (14.11%) PowerShell
17 112 (13.86%) SQL
18 111 (13.74%) Public Sector
19 100 (12.38%) Microsoft Excel
19 100 (12.38%) Migration
20 98 (12.13%) VMware
21 96 (11.88%) .NET
22 95 (11.76%) C#
23 89 (11.01%) DevOps
24 81 (10.02%) Windows Server 2012
25 78 (9.65%) AWS
26 73 (9.03%) MS Exchange
27 72 (8.91%) CRM
28 71 (8.79%) Visual Studio
28 71 (8.79%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 122 (15.10%) SharePoint
2 73 (9.03%) MS Exchange
3 39 (4.83%) Skype for Business
4 35 (4.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (2.35%) Confluence
6 12 (1.49%) IIS
7 9 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (0.99%) JBoss
8 8 (0.99%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.74%) CMS
10 6 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.50%) Apache
11 4 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.50%) MS Project Server
11 4 (0.50%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.50%) WordPress
12 3 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 198 (24.50%) Microsoft Office
2 100 (12.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 67 (8.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 54 (6.68%) MS Visio
5 26 (3.22%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.25%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.25%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.25%) Sketch
7 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 68 (8.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.37%) assyst
4 3 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.25%) Magento
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 246 (30.45%) Azure
2 195 (24.13%) Office 365
3 78 (9.65%) AWS
4 67 (8.29%) Power Platform
5 61 (7.55%) Dynamics 365
6 36 (4.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 28 (3.47%) SaaS
8 27 (3.34%) Microsoft Flow
9 25 (3.09%) Serverless
10 23 (2.85%) Azure Functions
11 22 (2.72%) PowerApps
12 17 (2.10%) IaaS
13 15 (1.86%) PaaS
14 14 (1.73%) GCP
14 14 (1.73%) OneDrive
15 9 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
16 6 (0.74%) Apigee
17 5 (0.62%) Trello
18 4 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
18 4 (0.50%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 65 (8.04%) DNS
2 59 (7.30%) DHCP
3 52 (6.44%) Skype
4 38 (4.70%) TCP/IP
5 31 (3.84%) SAN
6 30 (3.71%) Firewall
7 23 (2.85%) Ethernet
8 20 (2.48%) LAN
8 20 (2.48%) VPN
9 19 (2.35%) WAN
10 15 (1.86%) Wireless
11 10 (1.24%) Network Security
12 9 (1.11%) NetScaler
12 9 (1.11%) SSL
13 8 (0.99%) Internet
13 8 (0.99%) Intranet
13 8 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
14 7 (0.87%) HTTP
14 7 (0.87%) HTTPS
15 6 (0.74%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (14.36%) SQL Server
2 58 (7.18%) Power BI
3 46 (5.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 35 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (4.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (1.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 13 (1.61%) Relational Database
7 12 (1.49%) Big Data
7 12 (1.49%) MySQL
8 11 (1.36%) Event Store
9 9 (1.11%) Data Lake
10 7 (0.87%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.74%) Infinispan
11 6 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
12 5 (0.62%) DB2
12 5 (0.62%) MS Access
12 5 (0.62%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.62%) QlikView
12 5 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
13 4 (0.50%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 71 (8.79%) Visual Studio
2 40 (4.95%) JIRA
3 35 (4.33%) Git (software)
4 28 (3.47%) Team Foundation Server
5 25 (3.09%) Eclipse
6 23 (2.85%) Selenium
7 18 (2.23%) NetBeans
8 16 (1.98%) MSI
9 15 (1.86%) Jenkins
10 13 (1.61%) Bitbucket
11 10 (1.24%) Moq
12 9 (1.11%) NUnit
13 8 (0.99%) AdminStudio
13 8 (0.99%) Artifactory
13 8 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
14 7 (0.87%) Ant
14 7 (0.87%) HP UFT
14 7 (0.87%) JUnit
15 5 (0.62%) JMeter
15 5 (0.62%) Zephyr
General
1 111 (13.74%) Public Sector
2 67 (8.29%) Finance
3 26 (3.22%) Telecoms
4 25 (3.09%) Manufacturing
5 23 (2.85%) Military
6 22 (2.72%) Marketing
7 20 (2.48%) Electronics
8 19 (2.35%) Aerospace
9 12 (1.49%) Banking
10 10 (1.24%) Publishing
11 9 (1.11%) Billing
12 7 (0.87%) Law
13 6 (0.74%) Retail
14 4 (0.50%) Local Government
15 3 (0.37%) Advertising
16 2 (0.25%) Legal
17 1 (0.12%) Avionics
17 1 (0.12%) Back Office
17 1 (0.12%) Front Office
17 1 (0.12%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 120 (14.85%) Developer
2 93 (11.51%) Architect
3 85 (10.52%) Analyst
4 58 (7.18%) Support Engineer
5 56 (6.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 36 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
7 32 (3.96%) .NET Developer
8 29 (3.59%) Desktop Support
8 29 (3.59%) Project Manager
8 29 (3.59%) Windows Engineer
9 28 (3.47%) Solutions Architect
10 27 (3.34%) Consultant
11 25 (3.09%) IT Engineer
11 25 (3.09%) IT Support
11 25 (3.09%) Test Analyst
12 22 (2.72%) Desktop Engineer
12 22 (2.72%) IT Support Engineer
12 22 (2.72%) Systems Engineer
13 21 (2.60%) Administrator
14 20 (2.48%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (11.88%) .NET
2 58 (7.18%) Web Services
3 28 (3.47%) RESTful
4 26 (3.22%) XML
5 20 (2.48%) Node.js
6 18 (2.23%) HTML
6 18 (2.23%) Qt
7 16 (1.98%) .NET Framework
7 16 (1.98%) ActiveX
7 16 (1.98%) DirectX
7 16 (1.98%) MFC
7 16 (1.98%) OpenGL
7 16 (1.98%) Software Packaging
8 14 (1.73%) Middleware
9 13 (1.61%) ASP.NET
10 12 (1.49%) JSON
11 11 (1.36%) CSS
11 11 (1.36%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (1.36%) REST
12 9 (1.11%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 49 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.83%) Self-Motivation
3 35 (4.33%) Smartphone
4 23 (2.85%) Data Centre
4 23 (2.85%) Public Cloud
5 20 (2.48%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.23%) PKI
7 13 (1.61%) Client/Server
7 13 (1.61%) Clustering
7 13 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
7 13 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (1.36%) Mobile App
9 10 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (1.24%) Fat Client
9 10 (1.24%) Private Cloud
9 10 (1.24%) Thin Client
10 9 (1.11%) EPoS
11 8 (0.99%) Data Structures
11 8 (0.99%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.62%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 365 (45.17%) Windows
2 150 (18.56%) Windows 10
3 139 (17.20%) Windows Server
4 127 (15.72%) Windows 7
5 81 (10.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 63 (7.80%) Linux
7 62 (7.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.99%) CentOS
11 7 (0.87%) Android
11 7 (0.87%) Unix
12 5 (0.62%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.50%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.50%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.50%) Solaris
13 4 (0.50%) VMS
14 3 (0.37%) Windows XP
14 3 (0.37%) zOS
15 2 (0.25%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (19.80%) Agile Software Development
2 133 (16.46%) ITIL
3 100 (12.38%) Migration
4 89 (11.01%) DevOps
5 72 (8.91%) CRM
6 66 (8.17%) Business Intelligence
7 64 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 54 (6.68%) Problem-Solving
9 45 (5.57%) Scrum
10 42 (5.20%) Project Management
10 42 (5.20%) Service Management
11 37 (4.58%) ArchiMate
12 36 (4.46%) Test Automation
13 34 (4.21%) Waterfall
14 33 (4.08%) Change Management
14 33 (4.08%) Open Source
14 33 (4.08%) PRINCE2
15 31 (3.84%) Stakeholder Management
16 30 (3.71%) Software Engineering
17 28 (3.47%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 114 (14.11%) PowerShell
2 112 (13.86%) SQL
3 95 (11.76%) C#
4 53 (6.56%) JavaScript
5 51 (6.31%) Java
6 21 (2.60%) C++
7 20 (2.48%) Python
8 16 (1.98%) GLSL
8 16 (1.98%) HLSL
9 15 (1.86%) C
10 10 (1.24%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.87%) T-SQL
11 7 (0.87%) VB
12 6 (0.74%) Ruby
13 5 (0.62%) Perl
13 5 (0.62%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.62%) VBA
14 4 (0.50%) VBScript
15 3 (0.37%) MATLAB
15 3 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 251 (31.06%) Security Cleared
2 194 (24.01%) SC Cleared
3 60 (7.43%) DV Cleared
4 52 (6.44%) Microsoft Certification
5 43 (5.32%) Degree
6 23 (2.85%) MCSE
7 18 (2.23%) BPSS Clearance
7 18 (2.23%) MCSA
8 15 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
9 14 (1.73%) ISEB
10 11 (1.36%) ISTQB
10 11 (1.36%) MCP
11 10 (1.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 8 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.74%) CCENT
13 6 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.62%) CCNA
14 5 (0.62%) CCNP
14 5 (0.62%) CISSP
14 5 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.48%) SLA
2 11 (1.36%) Data Quality
2 11 (1.36%) PMO
2 11 (1.36%) QA
3 8 (0.99%) GDPR
3 8 (0.99%) NCSC
4 5 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.62%) Government Security Classifications
5 3 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 3 (0.37%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) HMG Infosec
7 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 275 (34.03%) Active Directory
2 71 (8.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (4.58%) Hyper-V
4 30 (3.71%) XenApp
5 25 (3.09%) XenDesktop
6 21 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
7 20 (2.48%) vSphere
8 19 (2.35%) Docker
9 17 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
10 14 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
10 14 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
11 13 (1.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 9 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (0.87%) VMware NSX
14 5 (0.62%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.37%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 3 (0.37%) NDS
15 3 (0.37%) NetIQ eDirectory
15 3 (0.37%) Xen
16 2 (0.25%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 125 (15.47%) SCCM
2 20 (2.48%) Kubernetes
3 17 (2.10%) SCOM
4 14 (1.73%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (1.61%) Microsoft Clustering
5 13 (1.61%) vCenter Server
6 9 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
6 9 (1.11%) WSUS
7 8 (0.99%) Ansible
7 8 (0.99%) Kibana
7 8 (0.99%) SCVMM
8 6 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
9 5 (0.62%) Puppet
10 4 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
10 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (0.50%) Nagios
10 4 (0.50%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.37%) AirWatch
11 3 (0.37%) OpenView
Vendors
1 98 (12.13%) VMware
2 55 (6.81%) Citrix
3 44 (5.45%) Oracle
4 32 (3.96%) Cisco
5 28 (3.47%) HP
6 27 (3.34%) Sparx
7 26 (3.22%) SAP
8 15 (1.86%) Google
9 11 (1.36%) McAfee
10 10 (1.24%) Ivanti
10 10 (1.24%) Tableau
11 9 (1.11%) Apple
11 9 (1.11%) ServiceNow
12 8 (0.99%) Dell
12 8 (0.99%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.99%) Remedy
12 8 (0.99%) Veracode
13 7 (0.87%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.87%) BMC
13 7 (0.87%) MobileIron