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 3 months to 27 March 2017 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
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 7 9
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 303 380 377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.77% 13.09% 11.99%
As % of the Vendors category 29.02% 32.79% 30.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 250 230
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £188 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 35 38
Median hourly rate £28.39 £19.75 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.72% +19.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £9.00 £11.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.13 £38.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 1044 1159 1235
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 40.56% 39.94% 39.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 666 751 732
Median daily rate £375 £363 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% -2.02%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £496 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 74 74
Median hourly rate £39.00 £20.00 £20.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +95.00% -0.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £46.34 £44.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.38 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.81% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +2 116 £350 +6.06% 59
Gloucestershire +5 46 £275 -8.33% 12
Wiltshire -11 46 £300 -14.28% 11
Somerset -7 30 £350 - 24
Devon -3 28 £340 +4.61% 12
Dorset -10 5 £325 - 6
Avon - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 219 (32.16%) MS Excel
2 218 (32.01%) Windows
3 200 (29.37%) SQL Server
4 171 (25.11%) .NET
5 151 (22.17%) Security Cleared
6 149 (21.88%) SQL
7 139 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
8 133 (19.53%) MS Office
9 130 (19.09%) C#
10 129 (18.94%) Active Directory
11 122 (17.91%) Finance
12 116 (17.03%) SC Cleared
13 95 (13.95%) Windows Server
14 94 (13.80%) SharePoint
15 91 (13.36%) Oracle
16 88 (12.92%) JavaScript
17 86 (12.63%) Business Intelligence
18 82 (12.04%) VMware
19 81 (11.89%) Windows 7
20 75 (11.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 75 (11.01%) ITIL
21 71 (10.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 68 (9.99%) ASP.NET
23 66 (9.69%) Linux
23 66 (9.69%) CRM
24 63 (9.25%) T-SQL
25 62 (9.10%) Scrum
26 61 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure
27 57 (8.37%) Dynamics CRM
27 57 (8.37%) Team Foundation Server

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 94 (13.80%) SharePoint
2 40 (5.87%) IIS
3 39 (5.73%) MS Exchange
4 17 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
5 16 (2.35%) WebSphere
6 15 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (2.20%) Skype for Business
7 13 (1.91%) Apache
7 13 (1.91%) GlassFish
7 13 (1.91%) SharePoint Server
8 12 (1.76%) BizTalk Server
8 12 (1.76%) CMS
9 9 (1.32%) Tomcat
10 7 (1.03%) MS Project Server
10 7 (1.03%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (1.03%) WebLogic
11 6 (0.88%) JBoss
11 6 (0.88%) Jetty
11 6 (0.88%) nginx
Applications
1 219 (32.16%) MS Excel
2 133 (19.53%) MS Office
3 56 (8.22%) MS Project
4 22 (3.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (2.50%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 57 (8.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (2.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 11 (1.62%) Oracle Applications
3 11 (1.62%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (1.62%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.73%) Primavera
6 4 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.59%) Pegasus Opera
7 3 (0.44%) SAP IS-U
8 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
9 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.15%) SAP SCM
9 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 49 (7.20%) Office 365
2 43 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (3.38%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (1.76%) IaaS
5 5 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (0.73%) Google App Engine
5 5 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.44%) PaaS
8 1 (0.15%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.15%) Boomi
8 1 (0.15%) GitHub
8 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.15%) SaaS
8 1 (0.15%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 53 (7.78%) DNS
2 39 (5.73%) Firewall
3 33 (4.85%) Internet
4 29 (4.26%) DHCP
5 24 (3.52%) WAN
6 22 (3.23%) LAN
6 22 (3.23%) VPN
6 22 (3.23%) Wireless
7 18 (2.64%) TCP/IP
8 16 (2.35%) Wi-Fi
9 15 (2.20%) SAN
10 12 (1.76%) Kerberos
10 12 (1.76%) SSL
11 9 (1.32%) Network Security
12 8 (1.17%) VoIP
13 7 (1.03%) IPsec
13 7 (1.03%) Structured Cabling
14 6 (0.88%) Extranet
14 6 (0.88%) HTTP
14 6 (0.88%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (29.37%) SQL Server
2 75 (11.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 71 (10.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 51 (7.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 45 (6.61%) Oracle Database
6 44 (6.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 43 (6.31%) SQL Server 2008
8 42 (6.17%) Data Warehouse
9 24 (3.52%) SQL Server 2014
10 16 (2.35%) SQL Server 2005
11 15 (2.20%) Relational Database
12 13 (1.91%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (1.62%) Oracle BI EE
14 10 (1.47%) MS Access
14 10 (1.47%) Oracle Database 10g
14 10 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
14 10 (1.47%) PowerPivot
15 9 (1.32%) RDBMS
16 7 (1.03%) DTS
16 7 (1.03%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 57 (8.37%) Team Foundation Server
2 40 (5.87%) Visual Studio
3 16 (2.35%) Jenkins
4 15 (2.20%) Ant
5 14 (2.06%) Git (software)
6 12 (1.76%) Oracle APEX
6 12 (1.76%) SpecFlow
6 12 (1.76%) Subversion
6 12 (1.76%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (1.47%) TeamCity
8 9 (1.32%) Cucumber
9 8 (1.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 6 (0.88%) JIRA
10 6 (0.88%) Selenium
10 6 (0.88%) Travis CI
11 5 (0.73%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.73%) HP UFT
11 5 (0.73%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.73%) TestNG
11 5 (0.73%) Toad
General
1 122 (17.91%) Finance
2 44 (6.46%) Advertising
3 35 (5.14%) Telecoms
4 34 (4.99%) Marketing
5 29 (4.26%) Manufacturing
6 19 (2.79%) Electronics
7 17 (2.50%) Retail
8 14 (2.06%) Banking
9 6 (0.88%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.73%) Billing
11 4 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.44%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.29%) Avionics
13 2 (0.29%) Military
13 2 (0.29%) Publishing
14 1 (0.15%) Legal
14 1 (0.15%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 183 (26.87%) Developer
2 102 (14.98%) Analyst
3 60 (8.81%) .NET Developer
4 45 (6.61%) Consultant
5 37 (5.43%) Support Engineer
6 30 (4.41%) SQL Developer
7 29 (4.26%) Project Manager
8 28 (4.11%) C# Developer
8 28 (4.11%) CRM Developer
9 27 (3.96%) Architect
9 27 (3.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 26 (3.82%) IT Support
11 25 (3.67%) Administrator
12 24 (3.52%) Microsoft Developer
12 24 (3.52%) Service Analyst
13 23 (3.38%) SharePoint Developer
14 22 (3.23%) C# .NET Developer
14 22 (3.23%) Service Desk Analyst
15 21 (3.08%) DBA
15 21 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (25.11%) .NET
2 68 (9.99%) ASP.NET
3 56 (8.22%) HTML
4 52 (7.64%) CSS
5 39 (5.73%) AngularJS
6 38 (5.58%) ASP.NET Web API
7 34 (4.99%) jQuery
7 34 (4.99%) WCF
8 27 (3.96%) ASP.NET MVC
9 26 (3.82%) Web Services
10 22 (3.23%) REST
10 22 (3.23%) XML
11 20 (2.94%) .NET Framework
11 20 (2.94%) SOAP
12 19 (2.79%) JSON
13 18 (2.64%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (1.32%) Ajax
15 8 (1.17%) Gherkin
15 8 (1.17%) HTML5
16 7 (1.03%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 38 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 27 (3.96%) Data Centre
4 21 (3.08%) Fat Client
4 21 (3.08%) Thin Client
5 11 (1.62%) Clustering
6 10 (1.47%) Replication
7 9 (1.32%) Data Structures
7 9 (1.32%) Smartphone
7 9 (1.32%) User Experience
8 8 (1.17%) Driving Licence
8 8 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (1.03%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.88%) PKI
10 6 (0.88%) PMI
11 5 (0.73%) Blackberry
11 5 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.59%) Handset
13 3 (0.44%) IVR
13 3 (0.44%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 218 (32.01%) Windows
2 95 (13.95%) Windows Server
3 81 (11.89%) Windows 7
4 66 (9.69%) Linux
5 53 (7.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 50 (7.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (5.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 21 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
9 17 (2.50%) Windows 10
10 16 (2.35%) Unix
11 13 (1.91%) Apple iOS
11 13 (1.91%) Windows XP
12 11 (1.62%) AIX
13 10 (1.47%) Mac OS X
13 10 (1.47%) Solaris
14 8 (1.17%) Mac OS
15 7 (1.03%) Android
15 7 (1.03%) Windows 8
16 6 (0.88%) Oracle Linux
16 6 (0.88%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (12.63%) Business Intelligence
3 75 (11.01%) ITIL
4 66 (9.69%) CRM
5 62 (9.10%) Scrum
6 53 (7.78%) Project Management
7 47 (6.90%) Migration
8 44 (6.46%) MVC
9 42 (6.17%) PRINCE2
10 40 (5.87%) Stakeholder Management
11 31 (4.55%) Incident Management
12 30 (4.41%) ETL
13 28 (4.11%) DevOps
14 26 (3.82%) ERP
14 26 (3.82%) Programme Management
15 25 (3.67%) Service Delivery
16 23 (3.38%) User Acceptance Testing
17 21 (3.08%) BDD
17 21 (3.08%) Continuous Integration
18 19 (2.79%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 149 (21.88%) SQL
2 130 (19.09%) C#
3 88 (12.92%) JavaScript
4 63 (9.25%) T-SQL
5 47 (6.90%) PowerShell
6 27 (3.96%) Java
7 22 (3.23%) VBScript
8 20 (2.94%) VB.NET
9 18 (2.64%) PL/SQL
10 13 (1.91%) Perl
11 11 (1.62%) C
12 9 (1.32%) PHP
13 7 (1.03%) VB
14 6 (0.88%) Python
14 6 (0.88%) Scala
14 6 (0.88%) VBA
15 5 (0.73%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.73%) C++
15 5 (0.73%) F#
15 5 (0.73%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 151 (22.17%) Security Cleared
2 116 (17.03%) SC Cleared
3 31 (4.55%) DV Cleared
4 26 (3.82%) Degree
5 22 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
6 18 (2.64%) DBS Check
7 15 (2.20%) MCSE
8 14 (2.06%) ISEB
9 11 (1.62%) ISTQB
10 9 (1.32%) APMP
11 8 (1.17%) MCITP
12 7 (1.03%) PMI Certification
13 5 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
13 5 (0.73%) SANS
14 4 (0.59%) CISSP
14 4 (0.59%) ISEB Practitioner
14 4 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.59%) MCSA
14 4 (0.59%) RHCE
14 4 (0.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.85%) SLA
2 26 (3.82%) PMO
3 17 (2.50%) QA
4 8 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.88%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.88%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.59%) GxP
6 4 (0.59%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.29%) COBIT
8 2 (0.29%) GPG13
8 2 (0.29%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.15%) P3O
System Software
1 129 (18.94%) Active Directory
2 61 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (3.08%) XenApp
4 20 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (2.20%) XenDesktop
6 14 (2.06%) VMware ESX
7 13 (1.91%) BitLocker
7 13 (1.91%) Hyper-V
8 12 (1.76%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (1.03%) Docker
10 7 (1.03%) vSphere
11 6 (0.88%) vCloud
12 5 (0.73%) Snort
12 5 (0.73%) Xen
13 4 (0.59%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.59%) LXC
13 4 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
14 3 (0.44%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 35 (5.14%) SCCM
2 12 (1.76%) vRealize
3 10 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 7 (1.03%) Puppet
6 6 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.73%) SCOM
7 5 (0.73%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.44%) Ansible
8 3 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (0.44%) Nagios
8 3 (0.44%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.44%) Sysprep
8 3 (0.44%) Veritas Storage Foundation
8 3 (0.44%) WSUS
9 2 (0.29%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.29%) Netcool
9 2 (0.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.29%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 91 (13.36%) Oracle
2 82 (12.04%) VMware
3 42 (6.17%) Citrix
4 37 (5.43%) Red Hat
5 34 (4.99%) Cisco
6 33 (4.85%) HP
7 31 (4.55%) SAP
8 26 (3.82%) Apple
9 23 (3.38%) IBM
10 17 (2.50%) AppSense
10 17 (2.50%) Dell
11 13 (1.91%) Wyse
12 12 (1.76%) Intel Security
12 12 (1.76%) Symantec
13 11 (1.62%) Hyperion
14 9 (1.32%) CheckPoint
14 9 (1.32%) Sophos
15 7 (1.03%) Juniper
15 7 (1.03%) Xamarin
16 6 (0.88%) Sitecore
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