Period
to 14 August 2020

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 14 August 2020 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
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 7 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 346 917 688
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South West 14.32% 14.41% 12.62%
As % of the Vendors category 32.92% 34.85% 33.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 572 416
Median daily rate £435 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.37% +21.43% -
10th Percentile £219 £213 £213
90th Percentile £577 £575 £550
England median daily rate £445 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +4.71% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 43 60
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.75 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.67% +13.64% -51.11%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £41.75 £47.05 £50.25
England median hourly rate £18.13 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +13.28% - +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 1,051 2,631 2,039
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 43.48% 41.34% 37.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 681 1,590 1,222
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% +1.27%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £225
90th Percentile £645 £625 £548
England median daily rate £475 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 150 119
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +50.00% -25.33%
10th Percentile £15.25 £11.85 £11.18
90th Percentile £52.63 £52.50 £47.10
Median hourly rate £24.30 £19.31 £17.50
% change year-on-year +25.84% +10.34% +2.94%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the South West.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the South West over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the South West.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the South West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the South West over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

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 14 August 2020. 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 -3 107 £425 +1.80% 35
Wiltshire -1 98 £475 +8.57% 36
Devon +6 58 £428 +7.06% 20
Somerset -1 36 £388 +10.71% 24
Gloucestershire -10 17 £320 -32.63% 22
Dorset -7 14 £250 -28.83% 20
Cornwall +6 6 £550 +100.00% 19
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, 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.

1 152 (43.93%) Security Cleared
2 128 (36.99%) Azure
3 122 (35.26%) SC Cleared
4 112 (32.37%) Windows
5 94 (27.17%) Agile Software Development
6 89 (25.72%) Office 365
7 83 (23.99%) Active Directory
8 72 (20.81%) Microsoft Office
9 65 (18.79%) SQL
10 59 (17.05%) SQL Server
11 57 (16.47%) Windows Server
12 54 (15.61%) SharePoint
13 53 (15.32%) DevOps
14 52 (15.03%) Public Sector
15 49 (14.16%) C#
16 48 (13.87%) .NET
17 46 (13.29%) Project Management
18 43 (12.43%) PRINCE2
18 43 (12.43%) PowerShell
18 43 (12.43%) Windows 10
19 41 (11.85%) Finance
20 40 (11.56%) Migration
21 37 (10.69%) SCCM
22 32 (9.25%) Windows Server 2016
23 31 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
23 31 (8.96%) Windows Server 2012
23 31 (8.96%) VMware
24 30 (8.67%) ITIL
24 30 (8.67%) DV Cleared
25 29 (8.38%) 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 54 (15.61%) SharePoint
2 22 (6.36%) MS Exchange
3 14 (4.05%) Skype for Business
4 13 (3.76%) IIS
5 12 (3.47%) NServiceBus
6 10 (2.89%) Confluence
7 7 (2.02%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.87%) CMS
9 3 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.58%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.58%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 72 (20.81%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (8.09%) Microsoft Project
3 25 (7.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (6.07%) Microsoft Excel
5 11 (3.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.58%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.58%) Siebel CRM
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.29%) Magento
3 1 (0.29%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.29%) Q-Pulse
3 1 (0.29%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.29%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 128 (36.99%) Azure
2 89 (25.72%) Office 365
3 23 (6.65%) AWS
4 12 (3.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (3.18%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (2.31%) Logic Apps
6 8 (2.31%) PaaS
6 8 (2.31%) Power Platform
6 8 (2.31%) SaaS
7 7 (2.02%) Power Automate
8 6 (1.73%) IaaS
8 6 (1.73%) OneDrive
9 4 (1.16%) Azure Stack
9 4 (1.16%) PowerApps
9 4 (1.16%) Yammer
10 2 (0.58%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.58%) Datadog
10 2 (0.58%) GCP
10 2 (0.58%) GitHub
10 2 (0.58%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 18 (5.20%) Skype
2 15 (4.34%) VoIP
3 14 (4.05%) DNS
4 12 (3.47%) WAN
5 11 (3.18%) LAN
6 9 (2.60%) DHCP
6 9 (2.60%) Firewall
7 8 (2.31%) TCP/IP
7 8 (2.31%) Wireshark
8 6 (1.73%) Ethernet
9 5 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (1.16%) SAN
11 3 (0.87%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.87%) Software-Defined Networking
11 3 (0.87%) VLAN
11 3 (0.87%) VPN
11 3 (0.87%) Wireless
12 2 (0.58%) Network Security
12 2 (0.58%) SMTP
12 2 (0.58%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (17.05%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (3.18%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (3.18%) Oracle Database
5 10 (2.89%) Relational Database
6 9 (2.60%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (2.31%) Power BI
8 6 (1.73%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (1.45%) MS Access
9 5 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
10 4 (1.16%) InterSystems Cache
10 4 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (1.16%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (0.87%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.87%) SQL Server 2017
11 3 (0.87%) SQL Server 2019
12 2 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 29 (8.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 25 (7.23%) JIRA
3 21 (6.07%) Git (software)
4 20 (5.78%) Selenium
5 17 (4.91%) SpecFlow
6 12 (3.47%) JMeter
7 10 (2.89%) Visual Studio
8 9 (2.60%) Bitbucket
8 9 (2.60%) Oracle Forms
9 7 (2.02%) Jenkins
9 7 (2.02%) Visual Studio Team System
10 6 (1.73%) SoapUI
10 6 (1.73%) WebDriver
11 5 (1.45%) Visual Studio Coded UI
12 4 (1.16%) Oracle APEX
12 4 (1.16%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.87%) MSI
14 2 (0.58%) AdminStudio
14 2 (0.58%) Ant
14 2 (0.58%) NeoLoad
General
1 52 (15.03%) Public Sector
2 41 (11.85%) Finance
3 22 (6.36%) Telecoms
4 19 (5.49%) Law
5 14 (4.05%) Military
6 11 (3.18%) Marketing
7 10 (2.89%) Electronics
7 10 (2.89%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.73%) General Ledger
9 4 (1.16%) Retail
10 2 (0.58%) Back Office
11 1 (0.29%) Advertising
11 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.29%) Banking
11 1 (0.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 49 (14.16%) Developer
2 38 (10.98%) Analyst
3 26 (7.51%) Architect
4 24 (6.94%) .NET Developer
5 22 (6.36%) Project Manager
6 21 (6.07%) Consultant
7 17 (4.91%) Support Engineer
8 16 (4.62%) Test Analyst
9 15 (4.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 15 (4.34%) Solutions Architect
10 14 (4.05%) Administrator
11 13 (3.76%) Delivery Manager
11 13 (3.76%) Senior Analyst
12 12 (3.47%) Programme Manager
12 12 (3.47%) Systems Engineer
12 12 (3.47%) Test Engineer
13 11 (3.18%) C# Developer
13 11 (3.18%) Senior Test Analyst
13 11 (3.18%) SQL Developer
13 11 (3.18%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (13.87%) .NET
2 24 (6.94%) SOAP
2 24 (6.94%) Web Services
3 23 (6.65%) .NET Framework
3 23 (6.65%) ASP.NET
4 18 (5.20%) REST
5 15 (4.34%) Entity Framework
5 15 (4.34%) HTML
6 14 (4.05%) SAML
6 14 (4.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 13 (3.76%) AngularJS
7 13 (3.76%) CSS
7 13 (3.76%) JSON
8 12 (3.47%) RESTful
9 10 (2.89%) jQuery
9 10 (2.89%) React
10 9 (2.60%) Node.js
10 9 (2.60%) OAuth
11 8 (2.31%) OpenID
11 8 (2.31%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (2.60%) User Experience
3 6 (1.73%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (1.73%) PMI
4 5 (1.45%) Clustering
4 5 (1.45%) NHS
4 5 (1.45%) PKI
5 4 (1.16%) Fat Client
5 4 (1.16%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.16%) Thin Client
5 4 (1.16%) Virtual Team
6 3 (0.87%) Client/Server
6 3 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.58%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.58%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.58%) Replication
7 2 (0.58%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.29%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 112 (32.37%) Windows
2 57 (16.47%) Windows Server
3 43 (12.43%) Windows 10
4 32 (9.25%) Windows Server 2016
5 31 (8.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (6.65%) Linux
7 20 (5.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (5.49%) Windows 7
9 12 (3.47%) Windows Server 2019
10 9 (2.60%) Windows XP
11 4 (1.16%) Unix
11 4 (1.16%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.87%) CentOS
12 3 (0.87%) VMS
13 2 (0.58%) Android
13 2 (0.58%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.29%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.29%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.29%) pSOS
14 1 (0.29%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (27.17%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (15.32%) DevOps
3 46 (13.29%) Project Management
4 43 (12.43%) PRINCE2
5 40 (11.56%) Migration
6 30 (8.67%) ITIL
7 26 (7.51%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (7.23%) Cybersecurity
9 23 (6.65%) Project Delivery
9 23 (6.65%) Scrum
10 22 (6.36%) Unit Testing
11 21 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
12 20 (5.78%) Test Scripting
13 18 (5.20%) Risk Management
14 17 (4.91%) Business Intelligence
14 17 (4.91%) Change Management
14 17 (4.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 17 (4.91%) Programme Management
14 17 (4.91%) Service Management
15 16 (4.62%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 65 (18.79%) SQL
2 49 (14.16%) C#
3 43 (12.43%) PowerShell
4 27 (7.80%) JavaScript
5 14 (4.05%) Java
6 12 (3.47%) T-SQL
7 11 (3.18%) Python
8 9 (2.60%) PL/SQL
9 7 (2.02%) Bash Shell
10 6 (1.73%) VB.NET
11 5 (1.45%) C
12 3 (0.87%) C++
12 3 (0.87%) Perl
12 3 (0.87%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.58%) AWK
13 2 (0.58%) Jython
13 2 (0.58%) sed
13 2 (0.58%) VBA
13 2 (0.58%) VBScript
13 2 (0.58%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 152 (43.93%) Security Cleared
2 122 (35.26%) SC Cleared
3 30 (8.67%) DV Cleared
4 21 (6.07%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (4.62%) MCSE
6 13 (3.76%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (3.76%) ISEB
6 13 (3.76%) MCSA
7 12 (3.47%) CCNA
8 10 (2.89%) ISTQB
9 8 (2.31%) CCNP
10 6 (1.73%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (1.73%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (1.16%) CISSP
11 4 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.87%) Degree
12 3 (0.87%) TOGAF Certification
13 2 (0.58%) APMP
13 2 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.73%) PMO
1 6 (1.73%) SLA
2 5 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 3 (0.87%) QA
4 2 (0.58%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.58%) P3O
5 1 (0.29%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.29%) RMADS
System Software
1 83 (23.99%) Active Directory
2 23 (6.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.47%) XenApp
4 10 (2.89%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (2.31%) Docker
5 8 (2.31%) Hyper-V
6 7 (2.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 7 (2.02%) Virtual Servers
7 6 (1.73%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (1.45%) OpenAM
8 5 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (1.45%) vSphere
9 4 (1.16%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.58%) NFS
11 1 (0.29%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.29%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.29%) NDS
11 1 (0.29%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 1 (0.29%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.29%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 37 (10.69%) SCCM
2 13 (3.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (1.73%) Ansible
3 6 (1.73%) Puppet
3 6 (1.73%) Single Sign-On
3 6 (1.73%) Terraform
4 5 (1.45%) FreeIPA
5 4 (1.16%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.87%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (0.87%) SCOM
6 3 (0.87%) vRealize
6 3 (0.87%) WSUS
7 2 (0.58%) Cacti
7 2 (0.58%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.58%) Ganglia
7 2 (0.58%) Graphite
7 2 (0.58%) Nagios
7 2 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.58%) Oracle ZFS
7 2 (0.58%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 31 (8.96%) VMware
2 26 (7.51%) Cisco
3 23 (6.65%) Citrix
4 18 (5.20%) Oracle
5 10 (2.89%) Dell
5 10 (2.89%) SAP
6 7 (2.02%) Telerik
7 5 (1.45%) Apple
7 5 (1.45%) Atlassian
7 5 (1.45%) HP
8 4 (1.16%) Google
8 4 (1.16%) IFS
8 4 (1.16%) Red Hat
8 4 (1.16%) Splunk
8 4 (1.16%) Symantec
8 4 (1.16%) Veeam
9 3 (0.87%) Embarcadero
9 3 (0.87%) Ivanti
9 3 (0.87%) Pegasus
9 3 (0.87%) Wyse