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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 326 390 384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 12.01% 13.21% 12.33%
As % of the Vendors category 28.88% 30.12% 32.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 236 228
Median daily rate £350 £350 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £163 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 23 61
Median hourly rate £45.00 £23.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +95.65% +31.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.75 £21.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

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 1129 1295 1166
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 41.58% 43.87% 37.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 669 798 701
Median daily rate £375 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 55 103
Median hourly rate £42.50 £22.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.18% +8.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £12.00 £12.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.07
% change year-on-year -14.63% +13.44%  

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 26 June 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 3 months to 26 June 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 26 June 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 92 £375 +10.29% 36
Wiltshire -4 71 £330 -8.96% 18
Somerset -2 54 £400 +2.56% 11
Gloucestershire +7 42 £325 -18.75% 13
Dorset +7 36 £400 +146.15% 25
Devon -10 19 £330 -4.34% 9
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 216 (34.29%) Windows
2 172 (27.30%) SQL Server
3 156 (24.76%) .NET
4 146 (23.17%) SQL
5 142 (22.54%) Security Cleared
6 129 (20.48%) Finance
7 126 (20.00%) Active Directory
8 123 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
9 113 (17.94%) C#
9 113 (17.94%) SC Cleared
10 97 (15.40%) Microsoft Office
11 82 (13.02%) JavaScript
11 82 (13.02%) VMware
11 82 (13.02%) Windows Server
12 75 (11.90%) Windows 7
13 71 (11.27%) Migration
14 70 (11.11%) Oracle
15 67 (10.63%) Linux
15 67 (10.63%) Microsoft Azure
16 64 (10.16%) Microsoft Excel
17 63 (10.00%) ASP.NET
17 63 (10.00%) PowerShell
18 61 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
19 60 (9.52%) SharePoint
20 59 (9.37%) Team Foundation Server
21 57 (9.05%) HTML
22 56 (8.89%) MS Exchange
22 56 (8.89%) Windows Server 2008
23 55 (8.73%) Office 365
24 53 (8.41%) DNS

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 60 (9.52%) SharePoint
2 56 (8.89%) MS Exchange
3 38 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2010
4 36 (5.71%) IIS
5 16 (2.54%) Skype for Business
5 16 (2.54%) WebSphere
6 15 (2.38%) SharePoint Server
7 14 (2.22%) Apache
7 14 (2.22%) nginx
8 13 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
9 10 (1.59%) ArcGIS
9 10 (1.59%) CMS
9 10 (1.59%) GlassFish
9 10 (1.59%) Tomcat
10 9 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (1.43%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (1.11%) Jetty
12 7 (1.11%) Mongrel
12 7 (1.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 97 (15.40%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (10.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (3.81%) Microsoft Project
4 19 (3.02%) MS Visio
5 13 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.16%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.16%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.16%) InDesign
7 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.16%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 51 (8.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (3.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.79%) SAP IS-U
4 4 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.63%) Pegasus Opera
4 4 (0.63%) Primavera
5 3 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.32%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 67 (10.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (8.73%) Office 365
3 35 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (1.90%) IaaS
5 7 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.95%) Google App Engine
6 6 (0.95%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.79%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.48%) GitHub
8 3 (0.48%) PaaS
8 3 (0.48%) SaaS
9 2 (0.32%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.32%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.16%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.16%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
10 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 53 (8.41%) DNS
2 42 (6.67%) Firewall
3 35 (5.56%) DHCP
4 31 (4.92%) Internet
5 27 (4.29%) LAN
6 25 (3.97%) WAN
7 22 (3.49%) VPN
8 21 (3.33%) SAN
9 20 (3.17%) Wireless
10 18 (2.86%) Extranet
10 18 (2.86%) TCP/IP
11 14 (2.22%) SSL
12 12 (1.90%) NetScaler
12 12 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (1.59%) HTTP
14 9 (1.43%) DMZ
14 9 (1.43%) IPsec
14 9 (1.43%) Kerberos
15 8 (1.27%) PuTTY
15 8 (1.27%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (27.30%) SQL Server
2 45 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 41 (6.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 39 (6.19%) SQL Server 2008
4 39 (6.19%) SQL Server 2012
5 36 (5.71%) Oracle Database
6 28 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
7 27 (4.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 18 (2.86%) Oracle Database 11g
8 18 (2.86%) SQL Server 2014
9 16 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
10 13 (2.06%) Oracle Database 10g
10 13 (2.06%) Power BI
11 12 (1.90%) Oracle Reports
11 12 (1.90%) Relational Database
12 10 (1.59%) MySQL
13 8 (1.27%) MS Access
14 7 (1.11%) Apache Hive
14 7 (1.11%) Big Data
14 7 (1.11%) GIS
Development Applications
1 59 (9.37%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (6.19%) Visual Studio
3 28 (4.44%) Jenkins
4 16 (2.54%) Visual Studio Team System
5 15 (2.38%) Ant
5 15 (2.38%) Git (software)
5 15 (2.38%) Oracle APEX
5 15 (2.38%) TeamCity
6 11 (1.75%) Selenium
6 11 (1.75%) SpecFlow
7 10 (1.59%) Maven
8 9 (1.43%) Subversion
9 8 (1.27%) Eclipse
9 8 (1.27%) HP UFT
9 8 (1.27%) SoapUI
9 8 (1.27%) TestNG
9 8 (1.27%) Toad
10 7 (1.11%) Sonatype Nexus
10 7 (1.11%) Travis CI
11 6 (0.95%) JIRA
General
1 129 (20.48%) Finance
2 35 (5.56%) Telecoms
3 30 (4.76%) Marketing
4 29 (4.60%) Manufacturing
5 21 (3.33%) Advertising
6 20 (3.17%) Electronics
6 20 (3.17%) Retail
7 17 (2.70%) Banking
8 7 (1.11%) Back Office
9 6 (0.95%) Aerospace
9 6 (0.95%) Retail Banking
10 5 (0.79%) Billing
11 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.32%) Avionics
12 2 (0.32%) Local Government
12 2 (0.32%) Publishing
13 1 (0.16%) Automotive
13 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 158 (25.08%) Developer
2 96 (15.24%) Analyst
3 60 (9.52%) .NET Developer
4 54 (8.57%) Consultant
5 42 (6.67%) Architect
6 39 (6.19%) C# Developer
7 33 (5.24%) Support Engineer
8 32 (5.08%) CRM Developer
9 27 (4.29%) Desktop Support
10 26 (4.13%) C# .NET Developer
11 24 (3.81%) Dynamics CRM Developer
12 22 (3.49%) Administrator
12 22 (3.49%) Business Analyst
12 22 (3.49%) IT Support
13 21 (3.33%) Microsoft Developer
13 21 (3.33%) Project Manager
14 18 (2.86%) SQL Developer
15 17 (2.70%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 16 (2.54%) SharePoint Engineer
17 15 (2.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (24.76%) .NET
2 63 (10.00%) ASP.NET
3 57 (9.05%) HTML
4 52 (8.25%) CSS
5 48 (7.62%) ASP.NET Web API
6 37 (5.87%) WCF
7 34 (5.40%) AngularJS
8 31 (4.92%) ASP.NET MVC
9 29 (4.60%) .NET Framework
9 29 (4.60%) jQuery
9 29 (4.60%) Web Services
10 18 (2.86%) REST
11 16 (2.54%) SOAP
11 16 (2.54%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 15 (2.38%) XML
13 13 (2.06%) RESTful
13 13 (2.06%) WPF
14 12 (1.90%) Entity Framework
14 12 (1.90%) JSON
15 11 (1.75%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 47 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (3.02%) Data Centre
3 18 (2.86%) Greenfield Project
4 17 (2.70%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.22%) Fat Client
5 14 (2.22%) Thin Client
6 13 (2.06%) User Experience
7 11 (1.75%) PKI
7 11 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.27%) Clustering
8 8 (1.27%) FlexPod
9 7 (1.11%) RIA
10 6 (0.95%) Smartphone
11 5 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (0.63%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.63%) Handset
12 4 (0.63%) NHS
12 4 (0.63%) Public Cloud
12 4 (0.63%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.48%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 216 (34.29%) Windows
2 82 (13.02%) Windows Server
3 75 (11.90%) Windows 7
4 67 (10.63%) Linux
5 56 (8.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 48 (7.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 27 (4.29%) Unix
9 20 (3.17%) Windows 10
9 20 (3.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (2.86%) Windows XP
11 15 (2.38%) CentOS
12 9 (1.43%) Apple iOS
12 9 (1.43%) Windows 8
13 8 (1.27%) AIX
13 8 (1.27%) Android
13 8 (1.27%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.95%) Oracle Linux
15 4 (0.63%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.48%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (11.27%) Migration
3 61 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
4 53 (8.41%) MVC
5 52 (8.25%) CRM
6 50 (7.94%) ITIL
7 45 (7.14%) Project Management
8 43 (6.83%) DevOps
9 41 (6.51%) Scrum
10 39 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 27 (4.29%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (4.13%) Disaster Recovery
13 25 (3.97%) Test Automation
14 24 (3.81%) User Acceptance Testing
15 23 (3.65%) ETL
15 23 (3.65%) Incident Management
15 23 (3.65%) Programme Management
15 23 (3.65%) Service Delivery
15 23 (3.65%) Workflow
16 21 (3.33%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 146 (23.17%) SQL
2 113 (17.94%) C#
3 82 (13.02%) JavaScript
4 63 (10.00%) PowerShell
5 42 (6.67%) T-SQL
6 22 (3.49%) Java
7 19 (3.02%) VBScript
8 12 (1.90%) PHP
9 10 (1.59%) Perl
10 9 (1.43%) VB.NET
10 9 (1.43%) VBA
11 8 (1.27%) F#
12 7 (1.11%) Dart
12 7 (1.11%) VB
13 5 (0.79%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.79%) Python
14 4 (0.63%) C
14 4 (0.63%) Scala
14 4 (0.63%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.48%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 142 (22.54%) Security Cleared
2 113 (17.94%) SC Cleared
3 32 (5.08%) Degree
4 20 (3.17%) DV Cleared
5 17 (2.70%) CISSP
5 17 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.90%) MCSE
7 11 (1.75%) DBS Check
8 9 (1.43%) ISEB
9 8 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.27%) ISTQB
10 7 (1.11%) APMP
10 7 (1.11%) CESG Certified Professional
10 7 (1.11%) CLAS
10 7 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 6 (0.95%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.95%) SANS
12 5 (0.79%) GIAC
12 5 (0.79%) Numerate Degree
13 4 (0.63%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.33%) SLA
2 10 (1.59%) JSP 440
2 10 (1.59%) QA
3 9 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.43%) PMO
4 5 (0.79%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.63%) COBIT
5 4 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.32%) GPG13
6 2 (0.32%) HL7
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.16%) RMADS
System Software
1 126 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 51 (8.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.70%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.54%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (2.54%) XenDesktop
5 13 (2.06%) Docker
6 12 (1.90%) XenApp
7 11 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.43%) vSphere
9 8 (1.27%) BitLocker
9 8 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.27%) Xen
10 6 (0.95%) ISA Server
10 6 (0.95%) vCloud
10 6 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (0.79%) Samba
11 5 (0.79%) Squid
12 4 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 40 (6.35%) SCCM
2 19 (3.02%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (2.38%) vRealize
4 13 (2.06%) SCOM
4 13 (2.06%) SCOrch
4 13 (2.06%) WSUS
5 10 (1.59%) Ansible
6 8 (1.27%) Puppet
7 7 (1.11%) Nagios
8 5 (0.79%) AirWatch
8 5 (0.79%) Backup Exec
8 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (0.79%) SCVMM
8 5 (0.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 5 (0.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 5 (0.79%) Webmin
8 5 (0.79%) Xymon
9 4 (0.63%) SCSM
10 3 (0.48%) Sysprep
10 3 (0.48%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 82 (13.02%) VMware
2 70 (11.11%) Oracle
3 47 (7.46%) Citrix
4 45 (7.14%) Cisco
5 43 (6.83%) Red Hat
6 31 (4.92%) SAP
7 30 (4.76%) HP
8 24 (3.81%) IBM
9 23 (3.65%) McAfee
10 20 (3.17%) Dell
11 18 (2.86%) Apple
12 15 (2.38%) NetApp
13 10 (1.59%) AppSense
13 10 (1.59%) ESRI
13 10 (1.59%) Symantec
13 10 (1.59%) Veeam
13 10 (1.59%) Wyse
14 9 (1.43%) Google
14 9 (1.43%) Juniper
15 7 (1.11%) Sophos
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