Period
to 17 June 2019

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 17 June 2019 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
17 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 893 556 628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.86% 11.16% 11.98%
As % of the Vendors category 35.17% 30.50% 29.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 563 317 385
South West median daily rate £425 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% - -
10th Percentile £213 £204 £163
90th Percentile £575 £558 £500
England median daily rate £425 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 53 41
South West median hourly rate £17.38 £15.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.83% -61.54% +97.47%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £12.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £33.75 £50.00
England median hourly rate £15.76 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year -0.63% +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 2,539 1,823 2,137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 42.25% 36.58% 40.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,536 1,052 1,312
South West median daily rate £440 £390 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.82% +2.56% +2.77%
10th Percentile £250 £222 £213
90th Percentile £625 £550 £538
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 155 99 110
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £21.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +86.05% -45.22% +53.92%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.72 £13.00
90th Percentile £50.60 £46.75 £50.25
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.57% - -2.78%

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 17 June 2019.

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 17 June 2019.

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 17 June 2019. 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 +4 303 £423 +12.67% 54
Wiltshire +2 303 £425 +3.34% 11
Gloucestershire -3 89 £450 +28.57% 29
Dorset +7 59 £375 +50.00% 36
Devon +11 58 £383 +27.50% 15
Somerset 0 49 £421 +29.62% 22
Cornwall 0 13 £275 +10.00% 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 June 2019, 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.

1 393 (44.01%) Windows
2 282 (31.58%) Active Directory
3 261 (29.23%) Security Cleared
3 261 (29.23%) Microsoft Azure
4 201 (22.51%) Agile Software Development
5 189 (21.16%) Windows Server
6 168 (18.81%) SQL Server
7 162 (18.14%) Office 365
8 155 (17.36%) PowerShell
9 151 (16.91%) ITIL
10 145 (16.24%) SQL
10 145 (16.24%) SC Cleared
10 145 (16.24%) Windows 10
11 137 (15.34%) SCCM
11 137 (15.34%) Finance
12 132 (14.78%) Microsoft Office
13 122 (13.66%) VMware
14 118 (13.21%) C#
15 116 (12.99%) .NET
16 112 (12.54%) DV Cleared
17 95 (10.64%) CRM
18 89 (9.97%) Migration
19 87 (9.74%) Dynamics CRM
20 86 (9.63%) Windows Server 2012
21 84 (9.41%) SharePoint
21 84 (9.41%) Microsoft Certification
22 83 (9.29%) Linux
23 80 (8.96%) Business Intelligence
24 79 (8.85%) VMware Infrastructure
25 78 (8.73%) Cisco

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 84 (9.41%) SharePoint
2 67 (7.50%) MS Exchange
3 26 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2010
3 26 (2.91%) Skype for Business
4 25 (2.80%) Confluence
4 25 (2.80%) IIS
5 10 (1.12%) JBoss
5 10 (1.12%) OpenStack
5 10 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
6 9 (1.01%) Apache
7 8 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
7 8 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.56%) MS Project Server
9 3 (0.34%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.34%) ColdFusion
9 3 (0.34%) NetWeaver
10 2 (0.22%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.22%) Mule ESB
10 2 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 132 (14.78%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (7.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (5.26%) Microsoft Project
4 31 (3.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 87 (9.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.46%) Elite 3E
3 6 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.45%) Primavera
5 2 (0.22%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 261 (29.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 162 (18.14%) Office 365
3 77 (8.62%) Dynamics 365
4 57 (6.38%) Amazon AWS
5 51 (5.71%) Azure Active Directory
6 37 (4.14%) Power Platform
7 26 (2.91%) Azure Functions
7 26 (2.91%) Serverless
8 24 (2.69%) PaaS
9 21 (2.35%) IaaS
10 18 (2.02%) Azure Stack
11 16 (1.79%) SaaS
12 14 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (1.57%) PowerApps
13 11 (1.23%) Azure Data Factory
13 11 (1.23%) OpenShift
14 9 (1.01%) GitHub
15 7 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
16 4 (0.45%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 58 (6.49%) Firewall
2 55 (6.16%) DNS
3 39 (4.37%) DHCP
4 32 (3.58%) Skype
5 31 (3.47%) WAN
6 30 (3.36%) LAN
7 29 (3.25%) SAN
8 18 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
9 16 (1.79%) Network Security
10 15 (1.68%) Intrusion Detection
11 14 (1.57%) TCP/IP
11 14 (1.57%) VPN
12 12 (1.34%) Wireless
13 11 (1.23%) Unified Communications
14 9 (1.01%) Internet
15 8 (0.90%) Cisco Nexus
16 7 (0.78%) Ethernet
16 7 (0.78%) IPv4
16 7 (0.78%) Reverse Proxy
16 7 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (18.81%) SQL Server
2 45 (5.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 40 (4.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 31 (3.47%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (2.58%) Power BI
6 16 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
7 15 (1.68%) Relational Database
7 15 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.23%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
10 9 (1.01%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 9 (1.01%) MS Access
10 9 (1.01%) SQL Server 2017
11 8 (0.90%) MySQL
12 7 (0.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 7 (0.78%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.67%) DB2
14 5 (0.56%) Data Lake
15 4 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 46 (5.15%) Visual Studio Team System
2 39 (4.37%) Visual Studio
3 35 (3.92%) JIRA
4 30 (3.36%) Git (software)
5 22 (2.46%) Bitbucket
6 19 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
7 12 (1.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 10 (1.12%) MSI
9 7 (0.78%) Eclipse
9 7 (0.78%) HP UFT
9 7 (0.78%) Jenkins
9 7 (0.78%) LoadRunner
9 7 (0.78%) Selenium
9 7 (0.78%) SoapUI
10 6 (0.67%) CF BOSH
10 6 (0.67%) GitLab
10 6 (0.67%) NetBeans
11 5 (0.56%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.45%) JMeter
12 4 (0.45%) WebDriver
General
1 137 (15.34%) Finance
2 47 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 44 (4.93%) Marketing
3 44 (4.93%) Telecoms
4 41 (4.59%) Electronics
5 17 (1.90%) Military
6 15 (1.68%) Legal
7 12 (1.34%) Retail
8 8 (0.90%) Banking
8 8 (0.90%) Billing
9 7 (0.78%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.56%) Law
11 2 (0.22%) Advertising
11 2 (0.22%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.11%) Automotive
12 1 (0.11%) Back Office
12 1 (0.11%) French Language
12 1 (0.11%) Games
12 1 (0.11%) Local Government
12 1 (0.11%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 156 (17.47%) Developer
2 103 (11.53%) Analyst
3 75 (8.40%) Architect
4 64 (7.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 63 (7.05%) Support Engineer
6 56 (6.27%) Consultant
7 37 (4.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 35 (3.92%) C# Developer
9 34 (3.81%) Project Manager
10 33 (3.70%) CRM Developer
10 33 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
11 31 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support
12 30 (3.36%) Administrator
13 29 (3.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 29 (3.25%) Dynamics CRM Developer
14 25 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support
14 25 (2.80%) Designer
14 25 (2.80%) Microsoft Developer
14 25 (2.80%) Test Analyst
15 23 (2.58%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (12.99%) .NET
2 60 (6.72%) HTML
3 56 (6.27%) Web Services
4 49 (5.49%) CSS
4 49 (5.49%) RESTful
5 44 (4.93%) ASP.NET Web API
6 43 (4.82%) REST
7 38 (4.26%) jQuery
8 36 (4.03%) ASP.NET
8 36 (4.03%) SOAP
9 35 (3.92%) XML
10 33 (3.70%) JSON
10 33 (3.70%) WCF
11 28 (3.14%) Node.js
12 23 (2.58%) .NET Core
13 17 (1.90%) Middleware
13 17 (1.90%) Software Packaging
14 15 (1.68%) AngularJS
15 11 (1.23%) .NET Framework
16 10 (1.12%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 64 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (7.05%) Data Centre
3 26 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.35%) PKI
5 20 (2.24%) Hybrid Cloud
6 16 (1.79%) Replication
7 15 (1.68%) Driving Licence
7 15 (1.68%) Fat Client
7 15 (1.68%) Mobile App
7 15 (1.68%) Thin Client
8 14 (1.57%) Blackberry
9 13 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.34%) Private Cloud
10 12 (1.34%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (1.12%) Public Cloud
12 9 (1.01%) User Experience
13 8 (0.90%) Smartphone
14 7 (0.78%) Cyberthreat
14 7 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
15 6 (0.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 393 (44.01%) Windows
2 189 (21.16%) Windows Server
3 145 (16.24%) Windows 10
4 86 (9.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 83 (9.29%) Linux
6 74 (8.29%) Windows 7
7 54 (6.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (2.02%) Unix
9 17 (1.90%) Solaris
10 16 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 16 (1.79%) Windows XP
11 13 (1.46%) Android
12 12 (1.34%) CentOS
13 11 (1.23%) Windows 8
14 10 (1.12%) Apple iOS
15 5 (0.56%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.45%) BlackBerry OS
16 4 (0.45%) VMS
17 3 (0.34%) zOS
18 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (22.51%) Agile Software Development
2 151 (16.91%) ITIL
3 95 (10.64%) CRM
4 89 (9.97%) Migration
5 80 (8.96%) Business Intelligence
6 78 (8.73%) Problem-Solving
7 77 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 73 (8.17%) Scrum
9 67 (7.50%) DevOps
10 65 (7.28%) Service Management
11 52 (5.82%) Project Management
11 52 (5.82%) Software Engineering
12 51 (5.71%) ITIL V3
13 50 (5.60%) Programme Management
14 41 (4.59%) Digital Marketing
15 40 (4.48%) Stakeholder Management
16 38 (4.26%) TDD
17 36 (4.03%) Change Management
18 34 (3.81%) Information Security
18 34 (3.81%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 155 (17.36%) PowerShell
2 145 (16.24%) SQL
3 118 (13.21%) C#
4 78 (8.73%) JavaScript
5 53 (5.94%) Java
6 50 (5.60%) T-SQL
7 43 (4.82%) Python
8 28 (3.14%) C
9 20 (2.24%) C++
10 14 (1.57%) VB
11 11 (1.23%) Bash Shell
12 10 (1.12%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.12%) TypeScript
13 9 (1.01%) Perl
14 7 (0.78%) Ruby
15 6 (0.67%) PHP
15 6 (0.67%) VBScript
16 5 (0.56%) Go
16 5 (0.56%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 261 (29.23%) Security Cleared
2 145 (16.24%) SC Cleared
3 112 (12.54%) DV Cleared
4 84 (9.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 50 (5.60%) MCSA
5 50 (5.60%) MCSE
6 38 (4.26%) Degree
7 35 (3.92%) Cisco Certification
8 31 (3.47%) CCNA
9 22 (2.46%) MCP
9 22 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 16 (1.79%) Oracle Certification
11 11 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 11 (1.23%) ISTQB
12 10 (1.12%) APMP
12 10 (1.12%) CISSP
13 9 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (1.01%) OCA
14 8 (0.90%) CCNP
14 8 (0.90%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.58%) SLA
2 21 (2.35%) QA
3 15 (1.68%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.23%) PMO
5 10 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 9 (1.01%) NCSC
7 7 (0.78%) ISO 9001
8 6 (0.67%) HMG Infosec
8 6 (0.67%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 6 (0.67%) JSP 440
9 5 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.45%) GDPR
10 4 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
11 3 (0.34%) Def Stans
11 3 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.22%) RMADS
13 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 282 (31.58%) Active Directory
2 79 (8.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (6.05%) Hyper-V
4 43 (4.82%) Virtual Desktop
5 37 (4.14%) Microsoft App-V
6 23 (2.58%) VMware ESXi
6 23 (2.58%) XenDesktop
7 21 (2.35%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (1.68%) XenApp
9 14 (1.57%) vSphere
10 13 (1.46%) BitLocker
10 13 (1.46%) Docker
11 9 (1.01%) Firmware
12 7 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (0.67%) NDS
14 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.34%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.34%) VMware NSX
16 2 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
16 2 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 137 (15.34%) SCCM
2 45 (5.04%) SCOM
3 33 (3.70%) Ansible
4 26 (2.91%) SCVMM
5 24 (2.69%) vCenter Server
5 24 (2.69%) WSUS
6 18 (2.02%) PowerCLI
6 18 (2.02%) Puppet
7 15 (1.68%) Kubernetes
8 14 (1.57%) vRealize
9 13 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
10 10 (1.12%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 10 (1.12%) Terraform
11 9 (1.01%) AirWatch
12 8 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
12 8 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
13 7 (0.78%) HP ALM
14 6 (0.67%) SCOrch
14 6 (0.67%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 122 (13.66%) VMware
2 78 (8.73%) Cisco
3 59 (6.61%) Citrix
4 56 (6.27%) Oracle
5 55 (6.16%) SAP
6 26 (2.91%) HP
7 21 (2.35%) Atlassian
8 19 (2.13%) ServiceNow
9 16 (1.79%) Red Hat
10 13 (1.46%) iManage
10 13 (1.46%) LexisNexis
11 12 (1.34%) McAfee
11 12 (1.34%) Micro Focus
12 11 (1.23%) Dell
13 10 (1.12%) IBM
13 10 (1.12%) Ivanti
13 10 (1.12%) Veeam
14 9 (1.01%) Remedy
15 8 (0.90%) CA
15 8 (0.90%) Wyse