Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 544 702 862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 10.58% 12.96% 13.91%
As % of the Vendors category 28.36% 31.71% 34.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 440 558
South West median daily rate £355 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.58% -5.71% -
10th Percentile £152 £130 £150
90th Percentile £515 £489 £475
England median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 60 74
South West median hourly rate £21.00 £16.75 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.37% -2.90% +7.81%
10th Percentile £11.60 £11.51 £10.65
90th Percentile £37.18 £42.55 £42.86
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.43
% change year-on-year - -2.77% +2.85%

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 1,918 2,214 2,506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 37.31% 40.87% 40.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,184 1,419 1,613
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +0.54% -0.53%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £216
90th Percentile £575 £538 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 151 135
South West median hourly rate £26.00 £23.78 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.36% -30.07% +54.55%
10th Percentile £12.95 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.75 £49.68
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +8.43%

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 18 February 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 18 February 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 18 February 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 -2 185 £350 +3.17% 104
Wiltshire +4 127 £375 +12.36% 39
Somerset +5 64 £235 -27.69% 40
Gloucestershire 0 59 £305 +10.91% 32
Dorset -5 41 £425 +61.90% 69
Devon -15 31 £368 +15.00% 36
Cornwall -7 7 £300 -7.69% 15
Avon -1 1 £500 - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 207 (38.05%) Windows
2 149 (27.39%) Active Directory
3 131 (24.08%) SQL Server
4 120 (22.06%) Microsoft Office
5 104 (19.12%) SQL
6 102 (18.75%) Office 365
7 92 (16.91%) Security Cleared
8 91 (16.73%) Agile Software Development
9 89 (16.36%) Windows Server
10 85 (15.63%) .NET
11 71 (13.05%) Finance
12 70 (12.87%) SC Cleared
13 69 (12.68%) Microsoft Azure
14 68 (12.50%) ITIL
15 67 (12.32%) C#
15 67 (12.32%) Migration
16 66 (12.13%) Microsoft Excel
17 55 (10.11%) Windows 10
18 53 (9.74%) Windows Server 2008
19 52 (9.56%) PowerShell
19 52 (9.56%) Windows 7
19 52 (9.56%) Windows Server 2012
19 52 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
20 48 (8.82%) SharePoint
21 47 (8.64%) MS Exchange
22 46 (8.46%) Business Intelligence
22 46 (8.46%) JavaScript
23 45 (8.27%) MVC
24 44 (8.09%) VMware
25 43 (7.90%) CRM

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 48 (8.82%) SharePoint
2 47 (8.64%) MS Exchange
3 28 (5.15%) Skype for Business
4 26 (4.78%) IIS
5 22 (4.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.65%) CMS
6 9 (1.65%) nginx
7 7 (1.29%) Confluence
7 7 (1.29%) SAS
7 7 (1.29%) Tomcat
8 6 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (1.10%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (0.92%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.74%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.74%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.55%) Apache
11 3 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.55%) WebSphere
Applications
1 120 (22.06%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (12.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (6.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (5.15%) Microsoft Project
5 22 (4.04%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.92%) SOLIDWORKS
7 3 (0.55%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.37%) SPSS
9 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 30 (5.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.29%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.18%) Maximo
5 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.18%) Primavera
5 1 (0.18%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.18%) SAP IS-U
5 1 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 102 (18.75%) Office 365
2 69 (12.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (6.07%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.94%) Azure Active Directory
5 12 (2.21%) Dynamics 365
5 12 (2.21%) IaaS
6 11 (2.02%) PaaS
7 7 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.74%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.74%) SaaS
9 3 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.55%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 3 (0.55%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 3 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.55%) G Suite
9 3 (0.55%) Google App Engine
9 3 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.55%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.55%) Route 53
9 3 (0.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 40 (7.35%) DNS
2 39 (7.17%) Firewall
3 25 (4.60%) DHCP
3 25 (4.60%) LAN
3 25 (4.60%) WAN
4 23 (4.23%) TCP/IP
5 22 (4.04%) Skype
6 16 (2.94%) SAN
7 15 (2.76%) VPN
8 10 (1.84%) Internet
8 10 (1.84%) Network Security
9 9 (1.65%) IPsec
9 9 (1.65%) SSL
10 8 (1.47%) VoIP
11 7 (1.29%) Intranet
12 6 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (0.92%) Ethernet
13 5 (0.92%) RS-232
13 5 (0.92%) Wireless
14 3 (0.55%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (24.08%) SQL Server
2 39 (7.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 28 (5.15%) Data Warehouse
4 24 (4.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (3.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 14 (2.57%) Power BI
8 12 (2.21%) Oracle Database
9 9 (1.65%) SQL Server 2016
10 8 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (1.29%) Hadoop
11 7 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
12 6 (1.10%) Apache Hive
13 5 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.92%) Relational Database
14 4 (0.74%) Big Data
14 4 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
14 4 (0.74%) GIS
14 4 (0.74%) OLAP
14 4 (0.74%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 31 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 26 (4.78%) Visual Studio
3 14 (2.57%) JIRA
4 12 (2.21%) Jenkins
5 8 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (1.29%) Git (software)
7 6 (1.10%) Maven
7 6 (1.10%) MSI
8 5 (0.92%) NUnit
9 3 (0.55%) NuGet
9 3 (0.55%) Travis CI
9 3 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.37%) Artifactory
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.37%) ReSharper
10 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.37%) Subversion
10 2 (0.37%) TortoiseSVN
10 2 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.18%) Ant
General
1 71 (13.05%) Finance
2 32 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 22 (4.04%) Manufacturing
4 15 (2.76%) Banking
5 14 (2.57%) Electronics
5 14 (2.57%) Marketing
6 10 (1.84%) Advertising
7 9 (1.65%) Retail
8 6 (1.10%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.74%) Billing
9 4 (0.74%) Military
10 3 (0.55%) Law
10 3 (0.55%) Legal
11 1 (0.18%) Back Office
11 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 96 (17.65%) Analyst
1 96 (17.65%) Developer
2 43 (7.90%) Architect
3 35 (6.43%) .NET Developer
4 29 (5.33%) Consultant
4 29 (5.33%) Support Analyst
5 22 (4.04%) Administrator
5 22 (4.04%) Project Manager
5 22 (4.04%) Support Engineer
6 21 (3.86%) Business Analyst
7 20 (3.68%) Desktop Support
8 18 (3.31%) IT Support
9 17 (3.13%) Service Analyst
9 17 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
10 16 (2.94%) 2nd Line Support
10 16 (2.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 15 (2.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 15 (2.76%) Full Stack Developer
12 13 (2.39%) 1st Line Support
13 12 (2.21%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (15.63%) .NET
2 40 (7.35%) HTML
3 36 (6.62%) CSS
4 35 (6.43%) ASP.NET
5 34 (6.25%) Web Services
6 28 (5.15%) AngularJS
7 25 (4.60%) .NET Framework
8 23 (4.23%) ASP.NET Web API
9 21 (3.86%) jQuery
10 18 (3.31%) REST
10 18 (3.31%) SOAP
11 17 (3.13%) ASP.NET MVC
12 16 (2.94%) Entity Framework
13 15 (2.76%) JSON
14 13 (2.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 12 (2.21%) WCF
16 10 (1.84%) HTML5
17 8 (1.47%) KnockoutJS
17 8 (1.47%) RESTful
18 7 (1.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 52 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.76%) Replication
3 11 (2.02%) Driving Licence
4 10 (1.84%) PKI
5 8 (1.47%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.10%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.10%) Data Centre
6 6 (1.10%) Data Structures
6 6 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (1.10%) Social Media
6 6 (1.10%) User Experience
6 6 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (0.92%) EMC VNX
7 5 (0.92%) Public Cloud
8 4 (0.74%) Fat Client
8 4 (0.74%) Mobile App
8 4 (0.74%) Social Network
8 4 (0.74%) Thin Client
9 3 (0.55%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.55%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 207 (38.05%) Windows
2 89 (16.36%) Windows Server
3 55 (10.11%) Windows 10
4 53 (9.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (9.56%) Windows 7
5 52 (9.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (5.51%) Linux
7 15 (2.76%) Unix
8 13 (2.39%) Windows 8
9 11 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (1.65%) Windows XP
11 8 (1.47%) CentOS
11 8 (1.47%) Windows Vista
12 7 (1.29%) Android
13 6 (1.10%) VMS
14 4 (0.74%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.37%) AIX
15 2 (0.37%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.18%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (16.73%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (12.50%) ITIL
3 67 (12.32%) Migration
4 46 (8.46%) Business Intelligence
5 45 (8.27%) MVC
6 43 (7.90%) CRM
7 42 (7.72%) Project Management
8 35 (6.43%) Scrum
9 28 (5.15%) Stakeholder Management
10 24 (4.41%) DevOps
11 21 (3.86%) SDLC
12 19 (3.49%) Data Modelling
13 18 (3.31%) Collaborative Working
13 18 (3.31%) ETL
13 18 (3.31%) PRINCE2
13 18 (3.31%) Service Delivery
13 18 (3.31%) Time Management
14 16 (2.94%) Continuous Integration
14 16 (2.94%) OO
14 16 (2.94%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 104 (19.12%) SQL
2 67 (12.32%) C#
3 52 (9.56%) PowerShell
4 46 (8.46%) JavaScript
5 22 (4.04%) T-SQL
6 12 (2.21%) Java
7 8 (1.47%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.29%) C
8 7 (1.29%) VBA
9 6 (1.10%) Apex Code
9 6 (1.10%) Dart
9 6 (1.10%) SOQL
10 5 (0.92%) Delphi
10 5 (0.92%) Python
10 5 (0.92%) SOSL
11 3 (0.55%) Ruby
11 3 (0.55%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.37%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.37%) C++
12 2 (0.37%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 92 (16.91%) Security Cleared
2 70 (12.87%) SC Cleared
3 30 (5.51%) Degree
4 25 (4.60%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (3.68%) DV Cleared
6 11 (2.02%) MCSA
6 11 (2.02%) MCSE
7 10 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.65%) CISSP
9 7 (1.29%) HNC
10 6 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.92%) CCNP
11 5 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.74%) CESG Certified Professional
12 4 (0.74%) CLAS
12 4 (0.74%) HND
12 4 (0.74%) MCITP
13 3 (0.55%) GIAC
13 3 (0.55%) ISSAP
13 3 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.76%) PMO
2 14 (2.57%) QA
3 9 (1.65%) SLA
4 6 (1.10%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (0.74%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.74%) RMADS
7 3 (0.55%) GDPR
8 2 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.37%) GxP
8 2 (0.37%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.37%) P3O
8 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 149 (27.39%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.60%) Hyper-V
3 19 (3.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (2.94%) vSphere
5 11 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.84%) Docker
7 9 (1.65%) XenApp
8 6 (1.10%) Firmware
9 4 (0.74%) Xen
10 3 (0.55%) Shibboleth
10 3 (0.55%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.37%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.37%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.18%) GlusterFS
12 1 (0.18%) OpenAM
12 1 (0.18%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 41 (7.54%) SCCM
2 17 (3.13%) SCOM
3 10 (1.84%) EMC NetWorker
3 10 (1.84%) Puppet
4 8 (1.47%) AirWatch
5 7 (1.29%) Ansible
5 7 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.29%) SCVMM
5 7 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.92%) Backup Exec
6 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (0.74%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 4 (0.74%) WSUS
8 3 (0.55%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.55%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.37%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.37%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 44 (8.09%) VMware
2 39 (7.17%) Cisco
3 29 (5.33%) Oracle
4 21 (3.86%) Citrix
5 19 (3.49%) EMC
6 18 (3.31%) HP
6 18 (3.31%) SAP
7 16 (2.94%) McAfee
7 16 (2.94%) Red Hat
8 15 (2.76%) IBM
9 12 (2.21%) Remedy
10 8 (1.47%) Apple
10 8 (1.47%) Dell
10 8 (1.47%) Symantec
11 7 (1.29%) Google
11 7 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (1.10%) Capita
12 6 (1.10%) Juniper
12 6 (1.10%) Tableau
13 5 (0.92%) BMC