Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 894 574 722
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 13.96% 10.98% 13.66%
As % of the Vendors category 33.00% 29.53% 33.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 553 336 463
South West median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +7.69% -7.14%
10th Percentile £220 £152 £136
90th Percentile £575 £534 £488
England median daily rate £425 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 54 74
South West median hourly rate £19.65 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.45% +16.67% +9.09%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £38.75 £43.00
England median hourly rate £15.30 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.00% - -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 2,709 1,944 2,177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 42.29% 37.18% 41.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,661 1,209 1,385
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% -1.33%
10th Percentile £263 £210 £178
90th Percentile £594 £575 £535
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 100 162
South West median hourly rate £39.50 £23.75 £23.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.32% +2.65% -15.86%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.82 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £46.68
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.11% -0.11% -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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 +2 311 £400 +14.29% 159
Wiltshire -1 266 £450 +12.50% 63
Gloucestershire -1 86 £400 +33.33% 46
Devon +18 67 £338 +2.97% 30
Somerset -5 63 £345 +15.00% 36
Dorset +5 46 £400 -5.88% 72
Cornwall +1 19 £300 - 6
Avon 0 2 £250 -50.00% 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 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.

1 310 (34.68%) Windows
2 233 (26.06%) Active Directory
3 230 (25.73%) Security Cleared
4 207 (23.15%) SQL Server
5 197 (22.04%) SQL
6 194 (21.70%) Agile Software Development
7 190 (21.25%) Microsoft Azure
8 172 (19.24%) Windows Server
9 171 (19.13%) Finance
10 154 (17.23%) .NET
11 145 (16.22%) Analytical Skills
12 136 (15.21%) PowerShell
13 135 (15.10%) C#
14 132 (14.77%) SC Cleared
14 132 (14.77%) Office 365
15 120 (13.42%) Microsoft Office
16 115 (12.86%) Business Intelligence
17 114 (12.75%) SCCM
18 106 (11.86%) Windows 10
19 105 (11.74%) Problem-Solving
20 104 (11.63%) ITIL
20 104 (11.63%) VMware
21 97 (10.85%) DV Cleared
22 90 (10.07%) Migration
23 88 (9.84%) Linux
24 86 (9.62%) SharePoint
25 80 (8.95%) Windows Server 2012
26 78 (8.72%) Manufacturing
27 71 (7.94%) Programme Management
28 70 (7.83%) Windows 7

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 86 (9.62%) SharePoint
2 64 (7.16%) MS Exchange
3 38 (4.25%) IIS
4 26 (2.91%) Skype for Business
5 25 (2.80%) Confluence
6 19 (2.13%) Apache
7 11 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (1.12%) CMS
9 7 (0.78%) nginx
9 7 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
10 6 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.56%) Umbraco
12 4 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.45%) Jetty
12 4 (0.45%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.34%) ColdFusion
13 3 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.34%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 120 (13.42%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (5.26%) Microsoft Project
4 22 (2.46%) MS Visio
5 14 (1.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 59 (6.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.12%) Primavera
3 5 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.22%) Visualfiles
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.11%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.11%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 1 (0.11%) Maximo
5 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.11%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 190 (21.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 132 (14.77%) Office 365
3 49 (5.48%) Dynamics 365
4 31 (3.47%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (3.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 28 (3.13%) IaaS
5 28 (3.13%) PaaS
6 14 (1.57%) SaaS
7 13 (1.45%) Azure Functions
7 13 (1.45%) Serverless
8 10 (1.12%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.89%) GitHub
10 7 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
10 7 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.45%) Slack
12 3 (0.34%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.34%) Datadog
12 3 (0.34%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 48 (5.37%) Firewall
2 46 (5.15%) DNS
3 38 (4.25%) Skype
4 30 (3.36%) VPN
5 24 (2.68%) DHCP
5 24 (2.68%) SAN
6 20 (2.24%) Remote Desktop
7 18 (2.01%) Network Security
8 17 (1.90%) LAN
9 16 (1.79%) Internet
10 15 (1.68%) Intrusion Detection
10 15 (1.68%) NetScaler
10 15 (1.68%) WAN
11 12 (1.34%) SSL
12 11 (1.23%) TCP/IP
13 8 (0.89%) Intranet
13 8 (0.89%) Reverse Proxy
14 7 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
14 7 (0.78%) NAS
14 7 (0.78%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 207 (23.15%) SQL Server
2 46 (5.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 34 (3.80%) Power BI
3 34 (3.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 28 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
4 28 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 22 (2.46%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (1.45%) Azure SQL Database
7 12 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (1.34%) Relational Database
7 12 (1.34%) SQL Server 2016
8 10 (1.12%) RDBMS
8 10 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (1.01%) Big Data
9 9 (1.01%) MySQL
9 9 (1.01%) SQL Server 2014
10 8 (0.89%) QlikView
11 7 (0.78%) Oracle Database
11 7 (0.78%) Qlik Sense
12 6 (0.67%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 48 (5.37%) Team Foundation Server
2 34 (3.80%) JIRA
3 33 (3.69%) Visual Studio Team System
4 32 (3.58%) Visual Studio
5 29 (3.24%) Git (software)
6 21 (2.35%) Selenium
7 12 (1.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 12 (1.34%) Jenkins
7 12 (1.34%) MSI
8 11 (1.23%) Cucumber
9 9 (1.01%) Bitbucket
9 9 (1.01%) Visual Studio Coded UI
10 8 (0.89%) SpecFlow
11 7 (0.78%) JUnit
11 7 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
11 7 (0.78%) SoapUI
12 6 (0.67%) JMeter
12 6 (0.67%) NUnit
12 6 (0.67%) TeamCity
13 5 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 171 (19.13%) Finance
2 78 (8.72%) Manufacturing
3 66 (7.38%) Marketing
4 63 (7.05%) Telecoms
5 62 (6.94%) Electronics
6 23 (2.57%) Banking
7 14 (1.57%) Military
8 10 (1.12%) Aerospace
9 8 (0.89%) Advertising
10 6 (0.67%) Legal
10 6 (0.67%) Publishing
10 6 (0.67%) Retail
11 3 (0.34%) Back Office
11 3 (0.34%) Billing
12 2 (0.22%) Automotive
12 2 (0.22%) Law
13 1 (0.11%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 167 (18.68%) Developer
2 113 (12.64%) Analyst
3 93 (10.40%) Architect
4 73 (8.17%) Consultant
5 54 (6.04%) .NET Developer
6 50 (5.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 48 (5.37%) Solutions Architect
8 40 (4.47%) C# Developer
9 34 (3.80%) Support Engineer
10 27 (3.02%) Windows Engineer
11 26 (2.91%) Administrator
11 26 (2.91%) Software Developer
12 24 (2.68%) C# .NET Developer
13 22 (2.46%) Business Analyst
13 22 (2.46%) Service Analyst
14 21 (2.35%) Service Desk Analyst
15 20 (2.24%) Project Manager
15 20 (2.24%) SQL Developer
16 19 (2.13%) C# Software Developer
16 19 (2.13%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 154 (17.23%) .NET
2 68 (7.61%) HTML
3 60 (6.71%) SOAP
4 58 (6.49%) JSON
5 53 (5.93%) ASP.NET
6 49 (5.48%) CSS
7 48 (5.37%) REST
7 48 (5.37%) Web Services
7 48 (5.37%) XML
8 41 (4.59%) ASP.NET Web API
9 36 (4.03%) jQuery
10 31 (3.47%) .NET Framework
11 30 (3.36%) WCF
12 29 (3.24%) AngularJS
13 28 (3.13%) JSP
14 20 (2.24%) HTML5
15 18 (2.01%) React
16 16 (1.79%) .NET Core
16 16 (1.79%) ASP.NET MVC
16 16 (1.79%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 145 (16.22%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.04%) Data Centre
3 29 (3.24%) Management Information System
4 25 (2.80%) PKI
5 19 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (1.57%) Fat Client
6 14 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
6 14 (1.57%) Thin Client
7 11 (1.23%) Driving Licence
8 10 (1.12%) Replication
9 9 (1.01%) Social Media
10 8 (0.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 8 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (0.89%) Public Cloud
11 7 (0.78%) Algorithms
11 7 (0.78%) PMI
11 7 (0.78%) User Experience
11 7 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (0.67%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.67%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 310 (34.68%) Windows
2 172 (19.24%) Windows Server
3 106 (11.86%) Windows 10
4 88 (9.84%) Linux
5 80 (8.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 70 (7.83%) Windows 7
7 46 (5.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (2.13%) Windows XP
9 13 (1.45%) Unix
10 10 (1.12%) Apple iOS
11 9 (1.01%) Android
11 9 (1.01%) Windows 8
12 8 (0.89%) CentOS
13 7 (0.78%) SUSE
14 6 (0.67%) Solaris
15 4 (0.45%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.22%) AIX
16 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (21.70%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (12.86%) Business Intelligence
3 105 (11.74%) Problem-Solving
4 104 (11.63%) ITIL
5 90 (10.07%) Migration
6 71 (7.94%) Programme Management
7 67 (7.49%) CRM
8 62 (6.94%) Test Automation
9 60 (6.71%) Digital Marketing
10 56 (6.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 55 (6.15%) Scrum
12 54 (6.04%) Software Engineering
13 51 (5.70%) DevOps
13 51 (5.70%) MVC
14 49 (5.48%) Project Management
15 43 (4.81%) ITIL V3
16 42 (4.70%) Information Security
17 41 (4.59%) Service Delivery
18 39 (4.36%) Service Management
19 37 (4.14%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 197 (22.04%) SQL
2 136 (15.21%) PowerShell
3 135 (15.10%) C#
4 67 (7.49%) JavaScript
5 55 (6.15%) Python
6 52 (5.82%) T-SQL
7 48 (5.37%) Java
8 41 (4.59%) C
9 33 (3.69%) C++
10 11 (1.23%) VBA
11 10 (1.12%) Ruby
12 9 (1.01%) Bash Shell
13 8 (0.89%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.89%) TypeScript
14 7 (0.78%) VB
15 5 (0.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 5 (0.56%) Perl
16 4 (0.45%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.45%) VBScript
17 3 (0.34%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 230 (25.73%) Security Cleared
2 132 (14.77%) SC Cleared
3 97 (10.85%) DV Cleared
4 64 (7.16%) Degree
5 61 (6.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (4.59%) MCSE
7 35 (3.91%) MCSA
8 30 (3.36%) CCNA
8 30 (3.36%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
10 18 (2.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (1.90%) ISEB
12 13 (1.45%) Oracle Certification
13 12 (1.34%) ISTQB
13 12 (1.34%) OCA
14 9 (1.01%) CCA
14 9 (1.01%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (0.89%) DBS Check
16 7 (0.78%) CISSP
16 7 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.58%) QA
2 30 (3.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 29 (3.24%) JSP 440
4 28 (3.13%) HMG Infosec
5 20 (2.24%) SLA
6 17 (1.90%) PMO
7 12 (1.34%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 5 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (0.45%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.45%) GDPR
11 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.22%) ARP4754
12 2 (0.22%) Def Stans
12 2 (0.22%) DO-254
12 2 (0.22%) P3O
12 2 (0.22%) RMADS
12 2 (0.22%) WCAG
13 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 233 (26.06%) Active Directory
2 63 (7.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (4.70%) Hyper-V
4 38 (4.25%) Microsoft App-V
5 29 (3.24%) XenApp
6 26 (2.91%) Virtual Desktop
7 24 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
8 20 (2.24%) Docker
9 19 (2.13%) vSphere
10 18 (2.01%) Virtual Machines
11 15 (1.68%) XenDesktop
12 11 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.01%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.67%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.45%) Firmware
15 4 (0.45%) ISA Server
16 2 (0.22%) Forefront TMG
16 2 (0.22%) NDS
16 2 (0.22%) UAG
16 2 (0.22%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 114 (12.75%) SCCM
2 29 (3.24%) SCOM
3 21 (2.35%) vCenter Server
4 18 (2.01%) Ansible
4 18 (2.01%) Kubernetes
5 13 (1.45%) SCVMM
6 12 (1.34%) PowerCLI
7 10 (1.12%) Nagios
7 10 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (1.12%) Terraform
8 8 (0.89%) Puppet
9 7 (0.78%) Microsoft Intune
10 6 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.67%) WSUS
11 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
11 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 4 (0.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 3 (0.34%) Icinga
13 3 (0.34%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 104 (11.63%) VMware
2 65 (7.27%) SAP
3 61 (6.82%) Cisco
3 61 (6.82%) Oracle
4 48 (5.37%) Citrix
5 22 (2.46%) Atlassian
5 22 (2.46%) McAfee
6 19 (2.13%) Red Hat
7 17 (1.90%) Apple
7 17 (1.90%) IBM
8 13 (1.45%) Google
9 12 (1.34%) HP
9 12 (1.34%) Ivanti
10 11 (1.23%) CA
11 9 (1.01%) Wyse
12 8 (0.89%) Facebook
13 7 (0.78%) Fortinet
13 7 (0.78%) SolarWinds
13 7 (0.78%) Symantec
13 7 (0.78%) Veritas