The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
Hampshire / Southampton
Rank 3 7 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 41 46 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 15.71% 16.43% 14.95%
As % of the Vendors category 34.75% 29.11% 43.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 32 43
Median daily rate £350 £313 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -20.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £263 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £496
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £12.50 £12.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.75 £17.50 £19.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 Southampton.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Southampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 118 158 148
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 45.21% 56.43% 34.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 111 100
Median daily rate £375 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £425 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 11
Median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £12.50 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.25 £15.25 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Southampton 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 Southampton

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Southampton.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Southampton

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Southampton over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Southampton

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in Southampton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Southampton

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Southampton

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 Southampton region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 24 (31.58%) Windows
2 21 (27.63%) MS Excel
3 19 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 18 (23.68%) MS Office
5 17 (22.37%) SQL
6 15 (19.74%) SQL Server
7 14 (18.42%) C#
7 14 (18.42%) Active Directory
7 14 (18.42%) Agile Software Development
8 13 (17.11%) .NET
9 9 (11.84%) Finance
9 9 (11.84%) VMware
9 9 (11.84%) Office 365
9 9 (11.84%) Windows Server
10 8 (10.53%) TOGAF
10 8 (10.53%) ASP.NET
10 8 (10.53%) ITIL
11 7 (9.21%) MVC
11 7 (9.21%) Security Cleared
11 7 (9.21%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (7.89%) Web Development
12 6 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (7.89%) Cisco
12 6 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (6.58%) Driving Licence
13 5 (6.58%) Citrix
13 5 (6.58%) Service Management
13 5 (6.58%) HP
13 5 (6.58%) Scrum
13 5 (6.58%) PowerShell

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Southampton 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 4 (5.26%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (3.95%) MS Exchange
2 3 (3.95%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.63%) ArcGIS
3 2 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (2.63%) IBM Notes
3 2 (2.63%) IIS
3 2 (2.63%) MS Project Server
4 1 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.32%) Commerce Server
4 1 (1.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (27.63%) MS Excel
2 18 (23.68%) MS Office
3 4 (5.26%) MS Project
4 3 (3.95%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.63%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (1.32%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 19 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (11.84%) Office 365
3 4 (5.26%) IaaS
3 4 (5.26%) PaaS
4 3 (3.95%) SaaS
5 2 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.32%) G Suite
6 1 (1.32%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.32%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.26%) VPN
2 3 (3.95%) DNS
2 3 (3.95%) Internet
2 3 (3.95%) LDAP
2 3 (3.95%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.63%) DHCP
3 2 (2.63%) Firewall
3 2 (2.63%) NetScaler
3 2 (2.63%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.32%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (1.32%) LAN
4 1 (1.32%) NAS
4 1 (1.32%) SAN
4 1 (1.32%) Skype
4 1 (1.32%) VoIP
4 1 (1.32%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (19.74%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (3.95%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (2.63%) GIS
6 1 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (1.32%) MS Access
6 1 (1.32%) MySQL
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.32%) QGIS
6 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Git (software)
1 2 (2.63%) Selenium
1 2 (2.63%) SoapUI
2 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.32%) Mercurial
2 1 (1.32%) Subversion
2 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (11.84%) Finance
2 4 (5.26%) Advertising
2 4 (5.26%) Retail
3 3 (3.95%) Back Office
4 1 (1.32%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.32%) Banking
4 1 (1.32%) French Language
4 1 (1.32%) Legal
4 1 (1.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 15 (19.74%) Developer
2 13 (17.11%) Architect
3 12 (15.79%) Analyst
4 9 (11.84%) Support Engineer
5 8 (10.53%) .NET Developer
6 6 (7.89%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Desktop Support
6 6 (7.89%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) Applications Architect
7 5 (6.58%) Azure Architect
7 5 (6.58%) Service Analyst
7 5 (6.58%) Service Desk Analyst
8 4 (5.26%) Consultant
8 4 (5.26%) DBA
9 3 (3.95%) 3rd Line Support
9 3 (3.95%) Business Analyst
9 3 (3.95%) Field Engineer
9 3 (3.95%) Hardware Engineer
9 3 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (3.95%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (17.11%) .NET
2 8 (10.53%) ASP.NET
3 4 (5.26%) REST
4 3 (3.95%) .NET Framework
4 3 (3.95%) XML
5 2 (2.63%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.63%) COM
5 2 (2.63%) jQuery
5 2 (2.63%) SOAP
5 2 (2.63%) Web Services
6 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 1 (1.32%) CSS
6 1 (1.32%) Ember.js
6 1 (1.32%) HTML
6 1 (1.32%) NancyFx
6 1 (1.32%) PostGIS
6 1 (1.32%) React
6 1 (1.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (1.32%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.58%) Driving Licence
3 3 (3.95%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.63%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.63%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.63%) NHS
4 2 (2.63%) PKI
5 1 (1.32%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.32%) EPoS
5 1 (1.32%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.32%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.32%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.32%) Replication
5 1 (1.32%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.32%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 24 (31.58%) Windows
2 9 (11.84%) Windows Server
3 7 (9.21%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.26%) Windows 7
4 4 (5.26%) Windows 8
5 3 (3.95%) Linux
5 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.63%) Unix
6 2 (2.63%) Windows 10
7 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (18.42%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (10.53%) ITIL
2 8 (10.53%) TOGAF
3 7 (9.21%) MVC
4 6 (7.89%) Web Development
5 5 (6.58%) Scrum
5 5 (6.58%) Service Management
6 4 (5.26%) Project Management
7 3 (3.95%) Data Migration
7 3 (3.95%) ERP
7 3 (3.95%) Migration
8 2 (2.63%) Data Analysis
8 2 (2.63%) Data Extraction
8 2 (2.63%) Data Integration
8 2 (2.63%) Data Protection
8 2 (2.63%) Operations Management
8 2 (2.63%) Programme Management
8 2 (2.63%) Software Testing
8 2 (2.63%) Test Scripting
8 2 (2.63%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 17 (22.37%) SQL
2 14 (18.42%) C#
3 5 (6.58%) PowerShell
4 4 (5.26%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.95%) VBA
6 2 (2.63%) C
6 2 (2.63%) VB
7 1 (1.32%) C++
7 1 (1.32%) Java
7 1 (1.32%) Perl
7 1 (1.32%) PHP
7 1 (1.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (9.21%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.26%) Degree
2 4 (5.26%) MCSE
2 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (3.95%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.63%) CCNA
4 2 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (2.63%) ISEB
5 1 (1.32%) A+ Certification
5 1 (1.32%) CCDP
5 1 (1.32%) CCNP
5 1 (1.32%) MCITP
5 1 (1.32%) MCP
5 1 (1.32%) MCSA
5 1 (1.32%) Network+ Certification
5 1 (1.32%) RHCE
5 1 (1.32%) RHCSA
5 1 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.26%) SLA
2 2 (2.63%) QA
3 1 (1.32%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 14 (18.42%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.58%) Hyper-V
3 3 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.95%) vSphere
3 3 (3.95%) XenDesktop
4 2 (2.63%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (2.63%) XenServer
5 1 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (1.32%) Terminal Services
5 1 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.32%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (5.26%) SCCM
2 2 (2.63%) SCOM
3 1 (1.32%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (1.32%) Puppet
3 1 (1.32%) SCVMM
3 1 (1.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (1.32%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (11.84%) VMware
2 6 (7.89%) Cisco
3 5 (6.58%) Citrix
3 5 (6.58%) HP
4 4 (5.26%) ESRI
4 4 (5.26%) Oracle
5 3 (3.95%) Remedy
6 2 (2.63%) Dell
6 2 (2.63%) Google
6 2 (2.63%) Lotus
6 2 (2.63%) Nortel
6 2 (2.63%) SAP
7 1 (1.32%) Apple
7 1 (1.32%) AppSense
7 1 (1.32%) BMC
7 1 (1.32%) IBM
7 1 (1.32%) JD Edwards
7 1 (1.32%) Mapinfo
7 1 (1.32%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.32%) Symantec