Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 643 626 767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 12.01% 11.37% 12.68%
As % of the Vendors category 32.07% 27.28% 29.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 373 495
South West median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £209 £175 £172
90th Percentile £550 £500 £574
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 48 64
South West median hourly rate £16.25 £35.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.57% +64.71% +23.19%
10th Percentile £10.57 £12.85 £9.58
90th Percentile £49.70 £50.00 £40.98
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.02%

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 2,005 2,295 2,561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 37.43% 41.68% 42.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,176 1,390 1,601
South West median daily rate £393 £399 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.57% +6.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £223 £214 £225
90th Percentile £548 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £415
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.42% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 113 134
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £39.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.51% +56.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £11.78 £13.00 £11.36
90th Percentile £47.05 £52.50 £47.06
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% -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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -2 216 £375 +7.14% 78
Wiltshire +6 148 £410 +24.24% 31
Gloucestershire +1 75 £338 +3.85% 42
Somerset -2 55 £250 -33.33% 29
Dorset -2 44 £275 -31.25% 45
Devon +5 40 £300 -20.00% 21
Cornwall +9 23 £250 -23.08% 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 279 (43.39%) Windows
2 188 (29.24%) Active Directory
3 149 (23.17%) SQL Server
4 139 (21.62%) SQL
4 139 (21.62%) Windows Server
5 137 (21.31%) Microsoft Azure
5 137 (21.31%) Agile Software Development
6 129 (20.06%) Office 365
7 114 (17.73%) .NET
8 113 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
8 113 (17.57%) Security Cleared
9 110 (17.11%) VMware
10 109 (16.95%) Finance
11 102 (15.86%) SCCM
12 101 (15.71%) C#
13 85 (13.22%) ITIL
14 80 (12.44%) Windows 10
15 77 (11.98%) SC Cleared
16 75 (11.66%) SharePoint
17 69 (10.73%) Migration
18 67 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
19 66 (10.26%) Windows Server 2012
20 65 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
21 64 (9.95%) Windows Server 2008
22 63 (9.80%) Windows 7
22 63 (9.80%) JavaScript
23 61 (9.49%) PowerShell
24 59 (9.18%) Microsoft Certification
25 56 (8.71%) HTML
26 55 (8.55%) Problem-Solving

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 (11.66%) SharePoint
2 49 (7.62%) MS Exchange
3 46 (7.15%) IIS
4 28 (4.35%) Skype for Business
5 14 (2.18%) Confluence
5 14 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (1.87%) CMS
7 11 (1.71%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (1.24%) Drupal
9 7 (1.09%) Umbraco
10 6 (0.93%) Apache
10 6 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.62%) GeoServer
13 3 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.47%) SAS
14 2 (0.31%) IBM Notes
14 2 (0.31%) nginx
14 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 113 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (6.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (5.13%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (1.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.40%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.47%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.31%) InDesign
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 28 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.31%) Actimize
3 2 (0.31%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.16%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 137 (21.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 129 (20.06%) Office 365
3 36 (5.60%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (2.80%) Dynamics 365
5 13 (2.02%) PaaS
6 11 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (1.71%) OneDrive
7 6 (0.93%) SaaS
8 5 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
8 5 (0.78%) G Suite
9 4 (0.62%) IaaS
9 4 (0.62%) Slack
10 3 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.31%) iPaaS
11 2 (0.31%) Yammer
12 1 (0.16%) FinancialForce
12 1 (0.16%) GitHub
12 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.16%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 44 (6.84%) DNS
2 38 (5.91%) Firewall
3 32 (4.98%) Skype
4 31 (4.82%) SAN
5 22 (3.42%) DHCP
5 22 (3.42%) LAN
6 20 (3.11%) TCP/IP
7 14 (2.18%) WAN
8 13 (2.02%) Internet
8 13 (2.02%) NAS
9 11 (1.71%) Ethernet
10 10 (1.56%) VoIP
10 10 (1.56%) VPN
11 9 (1.40%) Intranet
12 8 (1.24%) Network Security
13 7 (1.09%) Remote Desktop
13 7 (1.09%) Software-Defined Networking
13 7 (1.09%) Wireless
14 6 (0.93%) DMZ
14 6 (0.93%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (23.17%) SQL Server
2 31 (4.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 27 (4.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 24 (3.73%) Power BI
5 23 (3.58%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (2.49%) Oracle Database
7 12 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (1.09%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.93%) Azure SQL Database
11 5 (0.78%) MySQL
12 4 (0.62%) MS Access
12 4 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.47%) Big Data
13 3 (0.47%) QlikView
13 3 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
14 2 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
14 2 (0.31%) Hadoop
14 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 26 (4.04%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (3.42%) JIRA
2 22 (3.42%) Visual Studio
3 20 (3.11%) Selenium
4 17 (2.64%) Git (software)
5 12 (1.87%) SpecFlow
6 11 (1.71%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 10 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
8 9 (1.40%) Cucumber
8 9 (1.40%) NUnit
9 8 (1.24%) SoapUI
9 8 (1.24%) WebDriver
10 7 (1.09%) MSI
11 6 (0.93%) JUnit
12 5 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
12 5 (0.78%) TeamCity
13 4 (0.62%) CruiseControl
13 4 (0.62%) Hudson
14 2 (0.31%) Subversion
General
1 109 (16.95%) Finance
2 37 (5.75%) Manufacturing
3 29 (4.51%) Marketing
3 29 (4.51%) Telecoms
4 26 (4.04%) Electronics
5 16 (2.49%) Advertising
6 15 (2.33%) Military
7 10 (1.56%) Back Office
8 9 (1.40%) Banking
9 8 (1.24%) Law
10 7 (1.09%) Automotive
11 6 (0.93%) Aerospace
12 5 (0.78%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.78%) Publishing
13 4 (0.62%) Retail
14 3 (0.47%) Legal
15 2 (0.31%) Investment Banking
16 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
16 1 (0.16%) Local Government
16 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 103 (16.02%) Analyst
2 96 (14.93%) Developer
3 65 (10.11%) Architect
4 48 (7.47%) Support Engineer
5 38 (5.91%) Consultant
6 36 (5.60%) .NET Developer
7 34 (5.29%) Desktop Support
7 34 (5.29%) Project Manager
8 31 (4.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 26 (4.04%) C# Developer
9 26 (4.04%) Technical Architect
10 21 (3.27%) C# .NET Developer
10 21 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
10 21 (3.27%) Test Analyst
11 20 (3.11%) Support Analyst
12 19 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support
12 19 (2.95%) Administrator
13 18 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
14 16 (2.49%) Server Engineer
15 14 (2.18%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (17.73%) .NET
2 56 (8.71%) HTML
3 43 (6.69%) CSS
4 40 (6.22%) ASP.NET
5 34 (5.29%) AngularJS
6 30 (4.67%) ASP.NET Web API
6 30 (4.67%) jQuery
7 29 (4.51%) .NET Framework
8 27 (4.20%) Web Services
9 24 (3.73%) REST
10 17 (2.64%) ASP.NET MVC
10 17 (2.64%) JSON
10 17 (2.64%) RESTful
11 15 (2.33%) SOAP
11 15 (2.33%) XML
12 11 (1.71%) .NET Core
13 10 (1.56%) HTML5
13 10 (1.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (1.40%) React
14 9 (1.40%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 65 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.04%) Data Centre
3 21 (3.27%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.33%) PKI
5 13 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (1.87%) Clustering
7 11 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
9 9 (1.40%) iPad
10 8 (1.24%) Data Structures
10 8 (1.24%) Fat Client
10 8 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (1.24%) Thin Client
10 8 (1.24%) User Experience
11 6 (0.93%) Fintech
11 6 (0.93%) NHS
11 6 (0.93%) Replication
12 5 (0.78%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
13 4 (0.62%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 279 (43.39%) Windows
2 139 (21.62%) Windows Server
3 80 (12.44%) Windows 10
4 66 (10.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 64 (9.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 63 (9.80%) Windows 7
7 49 (7.62%) Linux
8 22 (3.42%) Windows XP
9 20 (3.11%) Unix
10 15 (2.33%) Windows 8
11 11 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.93%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.93%) Solaris
14 5 (0.78%) Android
15 3 (0.47%) AIX
16 2 (0.31%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.31%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.16%) Data ONTAP
17 1 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (21.31%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (13.22%) ITIL
3 69 (10.73%) Migration
4 67 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
5 55 (8.55%) Problem-Solving
6 48 (7.47%) Project Management
6 48 (7.47%) Scrum
7 45 (7.00%) MVC
8 41 (6.38%) Test Automation
9 34 (5.29%) DevOps
10 33 (5.13%) Programme Management
11 31 (4.82%) PRINCE2
12 30 (4.67%) CRM
13 29 (4.51%) ITIL V3
14 25 (3.89%) Service Management
15 24 (3.73%) Data Modelling
16 22 (3.42%) Digital Marketing
16 22 (3.42%) Mentoring
17 21 (3.27%) Microservices
17 21 (3.27%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 139 (21.62%) SQL
2 101 (15.71%) C#
3 63 (9.80%) JavaScript
4 61 (9.49%) PowerShell
5 30 (4.67%) T-SQL
6 10 (1.56%) VBScript
7 8 (1.24%) VB.NET
8 6 (0.93%) Java
8 6 (0.93%) Python
8 6 (0.93%) TypeScript
9 4 (0.62%) C
9 4 (0.62%) Perl
9 4 (0.62%) PHP
9 4 (0.62%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.62%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.62%) VB
9 4 (0.62%) VBA
10 3 (0.47%) R
11 2 (0.31%) C++
12 1 (0.16%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 113 (17.57%) Security Cleared
2 77 (11.98%) SC Cleared
3 59 (9.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (4.67%) MCSA
5 29 (4.51%) Degree
6 20 (3.11%) MCSE
7 18 (2.80%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (2.80%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.49%) CCNA
9 13 (2.02%) ISEB
10 9 (1.40%) MCP
11 8 (1.24%) APMP
11 8 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (0.93%) CCNP
12 6 (0.93%) ISTQB
13 5 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 5 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.78%) PMP
13 5 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 4 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.35%) QA
2 26 (4.04%) SLA
3 12 (1.87%) PMO
4 7 (1.09%) WCAG
5 5 (0.78%) DO-254
6 4 (0.62%) RMADS
7 3 (0.47%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.47%) GDPR
8 2 (0.31%) GxP
8 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.16%) P3O
System Software
1 188 (29.24%) Active Directory
2 51 (7.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (7.78%) Hyper-V
4 29 (4.51%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (2.95%) XenApp
6 18 (2.80%) vSphere
7 16 (2.49%) Docker
7 16 (2.49%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.40%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.09%) Xen
10 6 (0.93%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (0.78%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.62%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.62%) XenServer
13 3 (0.47%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.47%) OpenAM
13 3 (0.47%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 102 (15.86%) SCCM
2 25 (3.89%) SCOM
3 23 (3.58%) WSUS
4 22 (3.42%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (2.02%) Kubernetes
6 10 (1.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 8 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
7 8 (1.24%) SCVMM
7 8 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (1.24%) WMI
8 7 (1.09%) FortiGate
8 7 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
8 7 (1.09%) NetBackup
8 7 (1.09%) vCenter Server
9 6 (0.93%) Ansible
10 5 (0.78%) Backup Exec
10 5 (0.78%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.78%) SCSM
11 4 (0.62%) BMC PATROL
12 3 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 110 (17.11%) VMware
2 52 (8.09%) Cisco
3 48 (7.47%) Oracle
4 43 (6.69%) Citrix
5 31 (4.82%) SAP
6 25 (3.89%) HP
7 17 (2.64%) NetApp
8 16 (2.49%) EMC
9 15 (2.33%) Apple
10 11 (1.71%) IBM
11 10 (1.56%) McAfee
11 10 (1.56%) Sophos
11 10 (1.56%) Splunk
12 9 (1.40%) Atlassian
12 9 (1.40%) Red Hat
13 8 (1.24%) Juniper
13 8 (1.24%) Veeam
14 7 (1.09%) Adobe
14 7 (1.09%) Google
14 7 (1.09%) SolarWinds