Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 8 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 647 774 867
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.41% 13.49% 13.40%
As % of the Vendors category 28.82% 32.18% 32.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 517 554
South West median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £152 £150 £136
90th Percentile £500 £519 £475
England median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.40% +1.20% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 72 83
South West median hourly rate £25.25 £17.25 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.38% -6.76% +10.45%
10th Percentile £11.16 £10.01 £10.03
90th Percentile £48.75 £43.18 £42.45
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%

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 2245 2405 2637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 39.59% 41.91% 40.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1374 1518 1648
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £208
90th Percentile £550 £538 £511
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 158 154
South West median hourly rate £28.75 £21.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.29% -15.00% +24.63%
10th Percentile £11.90 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.00 £49.76
England median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.21% -2.86% +6.06%

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 22 November 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 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 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 +2 227 £350 +6.06% 44
Wiltshire +1 157 £373 +6.56% 16
Somerset -1 76 £315 -14.29% 13
Gloucestershire -3 63 £285 -10.31% 18
Dorset 0 45 £425 +58.14% 33
Devon -16 36 £355 +18.33% 7
Cornwall -4 18 £325 -7.14% 2
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 213 (32.92%) Windows
2 152 (23.49%) SQL Server
3 146 (22.57%) Active Directory
4 142 (21.95%) SQL
5 134 (20.71%) Security Cleared
6 126 (19.47%) .NET
7 121 (18.70%) Agile Software Development
8 117 (18.08%) Microsoft Office
9 105 (16.23%) C#
10 103 (15.92%) Finance
11 101 (15.61%) SC Cleared
12 92 (14.22%) Office 365
13 89 (13.76%) Migration
14 77 (11.90%) Windows Server
15 74 (11.44%) JavaScript
15 74 (11.44%) Microsoft Excel
16 72 (11.13%) HTML
17 71 (10.97%) MVC
17 71 (10.97%) Scrum
18 69 (10.66%) Business Intelligence
19 68 (10.51%) ASP.NET
20 67 (10.36%) ITIL
20 67 (10.36%) Microsoft Azure
21 66 (10.20%) Windows 7
21 66 (10.20%) CSS
22 61 (9.43%) AngularJS
23 60 (9.27%) Analytical Skills
24 57 (8.81%) VMware
25 56 (8.66%) PowerShell
26 53 (8.19%) Windows 10

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 52 (8.04%) MS Exchange
2 51 (7.88%) SharePoint
3 33 (5.10%) Skype for Business
4 29 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (3.09%) IIS
6 11 (1.70%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (1.55%) nginx
7 10 (1.55%) SharePoint 2013
8 9 (1.39%) Apache
8 9 (1.39%) Jetty
8 9 (1.39%) Mongrel
8 9 (1.39%) Tomcat
8 9 (1.39%) WebSphere
9 8 (1.24%) CMS
9 8 (1.24%) SAS
10 7 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
11 6 (0.93%) Confluence
12 3 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.46%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 117 (18.08%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (11.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (5.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 35 (5.41%) Microsoft Project
4 27 (4.17%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.62%) SOLIDWORKS
6 3 (0.46%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.31%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.31%) SPSS
8 1 (0.15%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 19 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.77%) SAP IS-U
4 3 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.15%) Maximo
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.15%) Primavera
5 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 92 (14.22%) Office 365
2 67 (10.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (4.95%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (1.39%) Google App Engine
4 9 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.93%) IaaS
7 5 (0.77%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (0.77%) SaaS
8 4 (0.62%) PaaS
9 3 (0.46%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 3 (0.46%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.46%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 3 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.46%) Route 53
9 3 (0.46%) Serverless
9 3 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.31%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 50 (7.73%) DNS
2 40 (6.18%) DHCP
3 34 (5.26%) LAN
4 31 (4.79%) WAN
5 30 (4.64%) Firewall
5 30 (4.64%) TCP/IP
6 18 (2.78%) Skype
6 18 (2.78%) VPN
7 16 (2.47%) Internet
7 16 (2.47%) IPsec
8 13 (2.01%) SAN
9 12 (1.85%) SSL
10 11 (1.70%) Intranet
11 10 (1.55%) HTTP
11 10 (1.55%) NetScaler
11 10 (1.55%) Network Security
12 9 (1.39%) FTP
12 9 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
12 9 (1.39%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (1.08%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (23.49%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 33 (5.10%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (4.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 29 (4.48%) Oracle Database
6 23 (3.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 19 (2.94%) Power BI
8 17 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (2.16%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (2.01%) SQL Server 2016
11 12 (1.85%) Hadoop
12 11 (1.70%) Relational Database
13 10 (1.55%) NoSQL
14 8 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
14 8 (1.24%) MongoDB
15 7 (1.08%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 7 (1.08%) MySQL
15 7 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
16 5 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
16 5 (0.77%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 45 (6.96%) Team Foundation Server
2 40 (6.18%) Visual Studio
3 28 (4.33%) Jenkins
4 17 (2.63%) JIRA
5 15 (2.32%) Git (software)
6 12 (1.85%) Subversion
7 11 (1.70%) NUnit
8 9 (1.39%) ReSharper
8 9 (1.39%) Travis CI
9 7 (1.08%) FxCop
10 5 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.77%) Bitbucket
10 5 (0.77%) ScriptRunner
10 5 (0.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 4 (0.62%) Maven
11 4 (0.62%) MSI
11 4 (0.62%) SpecFlow
12 3 (0.46%) NuGet
12 3 (0.46%) SoapUI
12 3 (0.46%) TestRail
General
1 103 (15.92%) Finance
2 49 (7.57%) Telecoms
3 36 (5.56%) Manufacturing
4 31 (4.79%) Marketing
5 27 (4.17%) Electronics
6 20 (3.09%) Banking
7 19 (2.94%) Retail
8 10 (1.55%) Advertising
9 8 (1.24%) Aerospace
9 8 (1.24%) Billing
10 6 (0.93%) Back Office
10 6 (0.93%) Legal
11 5 (0.77%) Law
12 3 (0.46%) Local Government
12 3 (0.46%) Military
13 2 (0.31%) Publishing
14 1 (0.15%) Automotive
14 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 134 (20.71%) Developer
2 110 (17.00%) Analyst
3 62 (9.58%) .NET Developer
4 50 (7.73%) Architect
5 39 (6.03%) Consultant
6 33 (5.10%) Support Engineer
7 32 (4.95%) C# Developer
8 27 (4.17%) Full Stack Developer
9 26 (4.02%) Desktop Support
10 24 (3.71%) ASP.NET Developer
10 24 (3.71%) C# .NET Developer
11 22 (3.40%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 22 (3.40%) Software Developer
12 21 (3.25%) 1st Line Support
12 21 (3.25%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 20 (3.09%) Support Analyst
14 17 (2.63%) 2nd Line Support
14 17 (2.63%) Business Analyst
14 17 (2.63%) Service Analyst
14 17 (2.63%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (19.47%) .NET
2 72 (11.13%) HTML
3 68 (10.51%) ASP.NET
4 66 (10.20%) CSS
5 61 (9.43%) AngularJS
6 51 (7.88%) ASP.NET MVC
7 48 (7.42%) ASP.NET Web API
8 43 (6.65%) jQuery
9 41 (6.34%) REST
10 35 (5.41%) SOAP
11 32 (4.95%) JSON
11 32 (4.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 31 (4.79%) .NET Framework
13 24 (3.71%) Web Services
14 22 (3.40%) Entity Framework
15 17 (2.63%) WCF
16 16 (2.47%) XML
17 13 (2.01%) HTML5
18 10 (1.55%) J2EE
18 10 (1.55%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 60 (9.27%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.32%) User Experience
3 14 (2.16%) Replication
4 12 (1.85%) Data Centre
5 11 (1.70%) PKI
6 10 (1.55%) Data Structures
6 10 (1.55%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.39%) Fat Client
7 9 (1.39%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.39%) Thin Client
8 8 (1.24%) Cyber Defence
9 7 (1.08%) Clustering
9 7 (1.08%) Computer Science
9 7 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (0.93%) Driving Licence
10 6 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.77%) FlexPod
11 5 (0.77%) RIA
11 5 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (0.62%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 213 (32.92%) Windows
2 77 (11.90%) Windows Server
3 66 (10.20%) Windows 7
4 53 (8.19%) Windows 10
5 46 (7.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 44 (6.80%) Windows Server 2008
7 38 (5.87%) Linux
8 20 (3.09%) Unix
9 19 (2.94%) Windows 8
10 14 (2.16%) Windows XP
11 7 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.93%) Android
12 6 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.93%) CentOS
12 6 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.77%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.46%) Solaris
14 3 (0.46%) VMS
15 2 (0.31%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (18.70%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (13.76%) Migration
3 71 (10.97%) MVC
3 71 (10.97%) Scrum
4 69 (10.66%) Business Intelligence
5 67 (10.36%) ITIL
6 50 (7.73%) Project Management
7 40 (6.18%) OO
8 34 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
9 32 (4.95%) OOD
10 29 (4.48%) Programme Management
11 28 (4.33%) CRM
12 26 (4.02%) Digital Marketing
13 25 (3.86%) Continuous Improvement
13 25 (3.86%) Service Delivery
13 25 (3.86%) Test Automation
14 24 (3.71%) DevOps
14 24 (3.71%) ETL
15 23 (3.55%) Web Development
16 22 (3.40%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 142 (21.95%) SQL
2 105 (16.23%) C#
3 74 (11.44%) JavaScript
4 56 (8.66%) PowerShell
5 19 (2.94%) Java
6 15 (2.32%) Python
7 14 (2.16%) T-SQL
7 14 (2.16%) VBA
8 11 (1.70%) C
9 10 (1.55%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.93%) Apex Code
10 6 (0.93%) SOQL
11 5 (0.77%) C++
11 5 (0.77%) Delphi
11 5 (0.77%) Groovy
11 5 (0.77%) PHP
11 5 (0.77%) SOSL
12 4 (0.62%) VBScript
13 3 (0.46%) VB
13 3 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 134 (20.71%) Security Cleared
2 101 (15.61%) SC Cleared
3 44 (6.80%) Degree
4 21 (3.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (2.63%) DV Cleared
6 13 (2.01%) MCSE
7 10 (1.55%) CISSP
7 10 (1.55%) ISTQB
8 9 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.08%) ISEB
10 6 (0.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (0.77%) CCNA
11 5 (0.77%) CCNP
11 5 (0.77%) GIAC
11 5 (0.77%) ISSAP
11 5 (0.77%) MCSA
11 5 (0.77%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.77%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.94%) PMO
2 17 (2.63%) QA
3 10 (1.55%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.08%) SLA
5 5 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 3 (0.46%) GDPR
8 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.31%) HL7
8 2 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 146 (22.57%) Active Directory
2 31 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (4.02%) Hyper-V
4 15 (2.32%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (1.85%) Xen
6 8 (1.24%) XenApp
7 7 (1.08%) Docker
8 6 (0.93%) Firmware
9 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 5 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (0.77%) vSphere
9 5 (0.77%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.46%) ISA Server
11 3 (0.46%) LXC
11 3 (0.46%) Samba
11 3 (0.46%) Squid
12 2 (0.31%) Shibboleth
12 2 (0.31%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 39 (6.03%) SCCM
2 16 (2.47%) SCOM
3 14 (2.16%) AirWatch
4 11 (1.70%) Puppet
4 11 (1.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 8 (1.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (0.77%) SCVMM
7 4 (0.62%) Backup Exec
7 4 (0.62%) Nagios
7 4 (0.62%) WSUS
8 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.46%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.46%) Webmin
8 3 (0.46%) Xymon
9 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.31%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 57 (8.81%) VMware
2 49 (7.57%) Cisco
3 48 (7.42%) Oracle
4 42 (6.49%) Citrix
5 34 (5.26%) SAP
6 15 (2.32%) McAfee
6 15 (2.32%) Symantec
7 13 (2.01%) Google
7 13 (2.01%) HP
8 12 (1.85%) Red Hat
9 11 (1.70%) IBM
10 10 (1.55%) MobileIron
11 9 (1.39%) EMC
12 8 (1.24%) Hortonworks
12 8 (1.24%) Remedy
13 7 (1.08%) Atlassian
13 7 (1.08%) Juniper
13 7 (1.08%) Tableau
14 6 (0.93%) CA
14 6 (0.93%) Dell