Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 8 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 569 638 792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.25% 12.15% 13.38%
As % of the Vendors category 30.30% 29.46% 32.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 390 525
South West median daily rate £350 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.45% -1.43% -
10th Percentile £203 £153 £169
90th Percentile £550 £500 £538
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 43 75
South West median hourly rate £15.00 £38.00 £16.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.53% +123.92% +1.31%
10th Percentile £10.97 £12.50 £10.05
90th Percentile £33.75 £50.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £15.71 £15.00 £15.41
% change year-on-year +4.72% -2.66% -3.69%

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 1,878 2,166 2,439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 37.14% 41.27% 41.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,075 1,361 1,542
South West median daily rate £390 £388 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.65% +4.73% -1.33%
10th Percentile £225 £213 £225
90th Percentile £550 £538 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 119 140
South West median hourly rate £18.50 £38.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.95% +54.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £11.24 £12.90 £11.63
90th Percentile £46.60 £50.00 £51.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -4 173 £375 +7.14% 85
Wiltshire +4 125 £411 +17.50% 32
Somerset +1 69 £325 -10.34% 27
Gloucestershire -3 66 £338 +22.73% 39
Dorset -3 43 £250 -31.03% 53
Devon -10 37 £300 -7.69% 22
Cornwall - 15 £250 - 11
Avon 0 1 £500 - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 231 (40.60%) Windows
2 173 (30.40%) Active Directory
3 141 (24.78%) SQL Server
4 122 (21.44%) Windows Server
5 119 (20.91%) SQL
5 119 (20.91%) Agile Software Development
6 116 (20.39%) Microsoft Azure
7 113 (19.86%) Office 365
8 106 (18.63%) Security Cleared
9 103 (18.10%) Microsoft Office
10 92 (16.17%) .NET
10 92 (16.17%) VMware
11 87 (15.29%) Finance
12 76 (13.36%) ITIL
12 76 (13.36%) SC Cleared
12 76 (13.36%) SCCM
13 74 (13.01%) C#
14 67 (11.78%) Windows Server 2008
15 66 (11.60%) SharePoint
15 66 (11.60%) Business Intelligence
16 65 (11.42%) Windows Server 2012
17 64 (11.25%) Migration
18 58 (10.19%) Linux
18 58 (10.19%) PowerShell
18 58 (10.19%) Windows 10
19 55 (9.67%) Windows 7
20 52 (9.14%) JavaScript
21 49 (8.61%) Microsoft Certification
22 48 (8.44%) Project Management
23 45 (7.91%) MS Exchange

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 66 (11.60%) SharePoint
2 45 (7.91%) MS Exchange
3 42 (7.38%) IIS
4 29 (5.10%) Skype for Business
5 12 (2.11%) Confluence
6 10 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (1.41%) nginx
8 7 (1.23%) Umbraco
9 6 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (0.88%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.70%) Apache
11 4 (0.70%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.70%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.70%) GeoServer
11 4 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
13 2 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
13 2 (0.35%) SAS
13 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
14 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 103 (18.10%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (7.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (4.57%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (2.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 28 (4.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.18%) Actimize
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.18%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 116 (20.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 113 (19.86%) Office 365
3 42 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (2.99%) PaaS
5 13 (2.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (2.11%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (1.76%) IaaS
8 9 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.23%) G Suite
9 7 (1.23%) OneDrive
10 6 (1.05%) SaaS
11 5 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.35%) GitHub
12 2 (0.35%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.35%) Slack
12 2 (0.35%) Yammer
13 1 (0.18%) FinancialForce
13 1 (0.18%) Google App Engine
13 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.18%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 41 (7.21%) DNS
1 41 (7.21%) Firewall
2 33 (5.80%) Skype
3 29 (5.10%) SAN
4 23 (4.04%) DHCP
5 19 (3.34%) LAN
5 19 (3.34%) TCP/IP
6 10 (1.76%) VoIP
6 10 (1.76%) WAN
7 9 (1.58%) Internet
7 9 (1.58%) NAS
8 8 (1.41%) Ethernet
8 8 (1.41%) VPN
9 7 (1.23%) Intranet
9 7 (1.23%) SSL
10 6 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (1.05%) DMZ
11 5 (0.88%) IP Telephony
11 5 (0.88%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (0.88%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 141 (24.78%) SQL Server
2 40 (7.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 29 (5.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 23 (4.04%) Data Warehouse
5 21 (3.69%) Power BI
6 16 (2.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 10 (1.76%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (1.05%) Apache Hive
8 6 (1.05%) Big Data
8 6 (1.05%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.88%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
10 4 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.70%) GIS
10 4 (0.70%) MySQL
10 4 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
11 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 24 (4.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (3.51%) Visual Studio
3 18 (3.16%) JIRA
4 12 (2.11%) Jenkins
5 9 (1.58%) Git (software)
5 9 (1.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (1.58%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (1.41%) MSI
7 7 (1.23%) Sonatype Nexus
8 6 (1.05%) Maven
9 5 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
10 4 (0.70%) NUnit
11 3 (0.53%) Selenium
11 3 (0.53%) SpecFlow
12 2 (0.35%) Eclipse
12 2 (0.35%) Oracle APEX
12 2 (0.35%) Subversion
13 1 (0.18%) HP UFT
13 1 (0.18%) LoadRunner
13 1 (0.18%) Toad
General
1 87 (15.29%) Finance
2 28 (4.92%) Manufacturing
2 28 (4.92%) Telecoms
3 20 (3.51%) Marketing
4 19 (3.34%) Electronics
5 15 (2.64%) Military
6 11 (1.93%) Banking
7 10 (1.76%) Advertising
8 6 (1.05%) Law
8 6 (1.05%) Retail
9 5 (0.88%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.88%) Automotive
9 5 (0.88%) Publishing
10 3 (0.53%) Back Office
11 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.35%) Legal
12 1 (0.18%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.18%) Local Government
12 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (16.70%) Analyst
2 93 (16.34%) Developer
3 47 (8.26%) Architect
4 37 (6.50%) Support Engineer
5 36 (6.33%) Project Manager
6 33 (5.80%) Consultant
7 29 (5.10%) .NET Developer
7 29 (5.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 28 (4.92%) Desktop Support
9 24 (4.22%) Support Analyst
10 19 (3.34%) Administrator
10 19 (3.34%) IT Support
10 19 (3.34%) Technical Architect
11 18 (3.16%) Business Analyst
12 17 (2.99%) Desktop Engineer
13 16 (2.81%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (2.81%) C# Developer
13 16 (2.81%) Service Analyst
13 16 (2.81%) Service Desk Analyst
14 14 (2.46%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (16.17%) .NET
2 38 (6.68%) ASP.NET
3 35 (6.15%) HTML
4 32 (5.62%) Web Services
5 30 (5.27%) CSS
6 26 (4.57%) AngularJS
7 25 (4.39%) .NET Framework
7 25 (4.39%) ASP.NET Web API
8 20 (3.51%) jQuery
9 18 (3.16%) REST
9 18 (3.16%) RESTful
10 13 (2.28%) XML
11 12 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC
12 11 (1.93%) Entity Framework
12 11 (1.93%) SOAP
13 10 (1.76%) JSON
14 9 (1.58%) .NET Core
14 9 (1.58%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (1.58%) WCF
15 7 (1.23%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (3.34%) Management Information System
3 16 (2.81%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.46%) PKI
5 10 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (1.58%) Clustering
7 8 (1.41%) iPad
7 8 (1.41%) Self-Motivation
8 7 (1.23%) EMC VNX
8 7 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.23%) User Experience
9 6 (1.05%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.05%) Driving Licence
10 5 (0.88%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.88%) Replication
10 5 (0.88%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.70%) Computer Science
11 4 (0.70%) NHS
11 4 (0.70%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 231 (40.60%) Windows
2 122 (21.44%) Windows Server
3 67 (11.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 65 (11.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 58 (10.19%) Linux
5 58 (10.19%) Windows 10
6 55 (9.67%) Windows 7
7 27 (4.75%) Unix
8 20 (3.51%) Windows XP
9 14 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (1.58%) Windows 8
11 8 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (1.23%) CentOS
13 6 (1.05%) VMS
14 4 (0.70%) AIX
14 4 (0.70%) Android
14 4 (0.70%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.70%) Solaris
15 3 (0.53%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (20.91%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (13.36%) ITIL
3 66 (11.60%) Business Intelligence
4 64 (11.25%) Migration
5 48 (8.44%) Project Management
6 40 (7.03%) MVC
7 38 (6.68%) DevOps
7 38 (6.68%) Scrum
8 37 (6.50%) CRM
9 35 (6.15%) Problem-Solving
10 26 (4.57%) PRINCE2
11 23 (4.04%) Data Modelling
11 23 (4.04%) Programme Management
11 23 (4.04%) Stakeholder Management
12 21 (3.69%) Test Automation
13 20 (3.51%) Time Management
14 19 (3.34%) ITIL V3
15 18 (3.16%) Mentoring
15 18 (3.16%) Risk Management
15 18 (3.16%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 119 (20.91%) SQL
2 74 (13.01%) C#
3 58 (10.19%) PowerShell
4 52 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 28 (4.92%) T-SQL
6 10 (1.76%) Java
7 7 (1.23%) TypeScript
8 6 (1.05%) Dart
9 5 (0.88%) PL/SQL
9 5 (0.88%) Python
10 4 (0.70%) C
10 4 (0.70%) PHP
10 4 (0.70%) VBA
11 3 (0.53%) Perl
11 3 (0.53%) R
11 3 (0.53%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.35%) VB
12 2 (0.35%) VBScript
13 1 (0.18%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 106 (18.63%) Security Cleared
2 76 (13.36%) SC Cleared
3 49 (8.61%) Microsoft Certification
4 25 (4.39%) MCSA
5 19 (3.34%) Degree
6 18 (3.16%) DV Cleared
7 13 (2.28%) MCSE
8 12 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (1.93%) CCNA
10 8 (1.41%) APMP
10 8 (1.41%) MCP
11 7 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (1.05%) CISSP
12 6 (1.05%) ISEB
13 5 (0.88%) ISTQB
13 5 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.88%) MCITP
14 4 (0.70%) CCNP
14 4 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
14 4 (0.70%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.34%) QA
2 17 (2.99%) SLA
3 10 (1.76%) PMO
4 8 (1.41%) RMADS
5 4 (0.70%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.70%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.53%) DO-254
7 2 (0.35%) GDPR
7 2 (0.35%) GxP
7 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.35%) P3O
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 173 (30.40%) Active Directory
2 44 (7.73%) Hyper-V
3 39 (6.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (4.57%) VMware ESXi
5 22 (3.87%) vSphere
6 17 (2.99%) Docker
7 16 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (2.64%) XenApp
9 8 (1.41%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.23%) Xen
11 5 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.70%) XenServer
13 3 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.53%) OpenAM
13 3 (0.53%) Shibboleth
13 3 (0.53%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.35%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.35%) Firmware
14 2 (0.35%) VMware NSX
15 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 76 (13.36%) SCCM
2 21 (3.69%) SCOM
2 21 (3.69%) WSUS
3 13 (2.28%) EMC NetWorker
3 13 (2.28%) Microsoft Intune
4 11 (1.93%) Ansible
5 9 (1.58%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.58%) Puppet
5 9 (1.58%) SCVMM
5 9 (1.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (1.41%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.05%) Backup Exec
8 6 (1.05%) FortiGate
8 6 (1.05%) NetBackup
9 5 (0.88%) SCSM
10 4 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.70%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.53%) SolarWinds Orion
11 3 (0.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 92 (16.17%) VMware
2 41 (7.21%) Cisco
3 32 (5.62%) Citrix
4 31 (5.45%) Oracle
5 22 (3.87%) EMC
6 21 (3.69%) HP
6 21 (3.69%) SAP
7 20 (3.51%) Red Hat
8 16 (2.81%) Apple
8 16 (2.81%) IBM
9 12 (2.11%) NetApp
10 11 (1.93%) Sophos
11 10 (1.76%) Google
12 9 (1.58%) McAfee
12 9 (1.58%) Veeam
13 8 (1.41%) SolarWinds
13 8 (1.41%) Splunk
14 7 (1.23%) Atlassian
14 7 (1.23%) Juniper
14 7 (1.23%) Symantec