Period
to 20 May 2019

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 20 May 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 5 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6,724 6,568 6,231
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.84% 12.40% 12.72%
As % of the Vendors category 31.83% 29.16% 28.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,139 3,919 3,725
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.33% +7.14% -3.45%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £163
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 592 603
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.50 £9.80
90th Percentile £38.85 £34.52 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £14.93
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.18% -3.71%

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 UK excluding London.

All Vendors
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 21,128 22,527 22,101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 43.48% 42.53% 45.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,639 13,339 12,935
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £240 £225 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 997 1,089 1,152
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.86 £16.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -6.46% -5.81%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.21
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.25 £46.45
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -6.67%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the UK excluding London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the UK excluding London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 May 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK excluding London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the UK excluding London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 May 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK excluding London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 May 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
South East +3 2,185 £425 +6.25% 424
North of England +2 1,410 £400 +10.34% 536
Midlands +2 1,018 £400 +3.90% 284
South West +2 899 £425 +21.43% 184
West Midlands +1 679 £405 +5.19% 174
North West +1 676 £425 +13.33% 257
Yorkshire +9 578 £375 +7.14% 230
East of England +1 496 £389 +11.07% 196
Scotland -4 492 £370 -1.33% 102
East Midlands +3 333 £370 -1.33% 110
Wales -1 198 £400 - 35
North East 0 156 £375 +25.00% 49
Northern Ireland -1 36 £313 -21.88% 7
Channel Islands -4 6 £444 +11.99% 2
Isle of Man -2 1 £538 +34.38% 2
South Coast - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 2,348 (34.92%) Windows
2 1,948 (28.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,691 (25.15%) Active Directory
4 1,354 (20.14%) Agile Software Development
5 1,324 (19.69%) SQL
6 1,210 (18.00%) Microsoft Office
7 1,183 (17.59%) Office 365
8 1,180 (17.55%) SQL Server
9 1,032 (15.35%) .NET
10 957 (14.23%) C#
11 863 (12.83%) Security Cleared
12 861 (12.80%) Windows Server
13 841 (12.51%) Finance
14 823 (12.24%) VMware
15 800 (11.90%) ITIL
16 790 (11.75%) Windows 10
17 782 (11.63%) Migration
18 749 (11.14%) PowerShell
19 711 (10.57%) SharePoint
20 681 (10.13%) SCCM
21 639 (9.50%) DevOps
22 599 (8.91%) JavaScript
23 593 (8.82%) SC Cleared
24 585 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
25 570 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
26 554 (8.24%) Amazon AWS
27 552 (8.21%) CRM
28 513 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
29 505 (7.51%) Business Intelligence
30 484 (7.20%) Oracle

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 711 (10.57%) SharePoint
2 427 (6.35%) MS Exchange
3 281 (4.18%) Skype for Business
4 235 (3.49%) IIS
5 143 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
6 107 (1.59%) Confluence
7 75 (1.12%) CMS
7 75 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
8 71 (1.06%) Apache
9 64 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
10 63 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
11 57 (0.85%) WebLogic
12 56 (0.83%) Tomcat
13 45 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
14 44 (0.65%) WebSphere
15 40 (0.59%) Apache Spark
16 37 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
17 36 (0.54%) nginx
18 35 (0.52%) OpenStack
19 24 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1,210 (18.00%) Microsoft Office
2 585 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 279 (4.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 220 (3.27%) Microsoft Project
5 135 (2.01%) MS Visio
6 35 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.27%) InfoPath
8 11 (0.16%) Camtasia
8 11 (0.16%) XMetaL
9 9 (0.13%) Siemens NX
10 5 (0.074%) CATIA
10 5 (0.074%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.030%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.030%) InDesign
11 2 (0.030%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.015%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.015%) Maya
12 1 (0.015%) Open Workbench
12 1 (0.015%) SOLIDWORKS
12 1 (0.015%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 470 (6.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 64 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
4 19 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 13 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 13 (0.19%) Primavera
6 10 (0.15%) Elite 3E
7 9 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
7 9 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
8 8 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 8 (0.12%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.10%) SAP MM
10 5 (0.074%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.074%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 5 (0.074%) SAP BPC
10 5 (0.074%) SAP S/4HANA
11 4 (0.059%) Eikon
11 4 (0.059%) Oracle EBS R12
11 4 (0.059%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.059%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1,948 (28.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,183 (17.59%) Office 365
3 554 (8.24%) Amazon AWS
4 393 (5.84%) Dynamics 365
5 333 (4.95%) Power Platform
6 303 (4.51%) Azure Active Directory
7 293 (4.36%) PaaS
8 266 (3.96%) IaaS
9 206 (3.06%) SaaS
10 89 (1.32%) GitHub
11 73 (1.09%) Serverless
12 72 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
13 64 (0.95%) OneDrive
14 62 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
15 60 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
16 54 (0.80%) PowerApps
17 53 (0.79%) Azure Functions
18 45 (0.67%) Yammer
19 43 (0.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 39 (0.58%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 461 (6.86%) DNS
2 366 (5.44%) Firewall
3 316 (4.70%) Skype
4 280 (4.16%) DHCP
5 216 (3.21%) LAN
6 215 (3.20%) TCP/IP
7 212 (3.15%) WAN
8 184 (2.74%) VPN
9 174 (2.59%) SAN
10 166 (2.47%) Internet
11 91 (1.35%) Unified Communications
12 85 (1.26%) VoIP
13 78 (1.16%) Wireless
14 76 (1.13%) Remote Desktop
14 76 (1.13%) SSL
15 72 (1.07%) Network Security
16 70 (1.04%) NetScaler
17 64 (0.95%) VLAN
18 56 (0.83%) HTTP
19 48 (0.71%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,180 (17.55%) SQL Server
2 372 (5.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 284 (4.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 280 (4.16%) Power BI
5 234 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
6 151 (2.25%) Relational Database
7 141 (2.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 111 (1.65%) Azure SQL Database
9 103 (1.53%) Data Lake
10 102 (1.52%) MySQL
11 101 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
12 98 (1.46%) Oracle Database
13 96 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
14 84 (1.25%) NoSQL
15 82 (1.22%) Big Data
16 75 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
17 63 (0.94%) MongoDB
18 61 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
19 60 (0.89%) RDBMS
20 44 (0.65%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 370 (5.50%) Visual Studio
2 319 (4.74%) Git (software)
3 280 (4.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 243 (3.61%) JIRA
5 210 (3.12%) Jenkins
6 188 (2.80%) Visual Studio Team System
7 109 (1.62%) Selenium
8 67 (1.00%) GitLab
8 67 (1.00%) SonarQube
9 62 (0.92%) Cucumber
10 59 (0.88%) Artifactory
11 56 (0.83%) Maven
12 53 (0.79%) Subversion
13 49 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
14 42 (0.62%) TeamCity
15 39 (0.58%) Eclipse
15 39 (0.58%) MSI
16 38 (0.57%) JUnit
17 37 (0.55%) Bitbucket
17 37 (0.55%) WebDriver
General
1 841 (12.51%) Finance
2 214 (3.18%) Telecoms
3 178 (2.65%) Retail
4 145 (2.16%) Banking
5 118 (1.75%) Manufacturing
6 113 (1.68%) Marketing
7 78 (1.16%) Military
8 77 (1.15%) Legal
9 73 (1.09%) Electronics
10 60 (0.89%) Back Office
11 57 (0.85%) Billing
12 46 (0.68%) Aerospace
13 44 (0.65%) Law
14 38 (0.57%) Advertising
15 30 (0.45%) French Language
15 30 (0.45%) Investment Banking
16 29 (0.43%) Publishing
17 27 (0.40%) Automotive
17 27 (0.40%) Financial Institution
18 25 (0.37%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,220 (18.14%) Developer
2 981 (14.59%) Analyst
3 645 (9.59%) Architect
4 404 (6.01%) Consultant
5 346 (5.15%) Support Engineer
6 309 (4.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 308 (4.58%) .NET Developer
8 229 (3.41%) Project Manager
9 206 (3.06%) 2nd Line Support
9 206 (3.06%) C# Developer
10 197 (2.93%) IT Support
11 183 (2.72%) Service Analyst
11 183 (2.72%) Solutions Architect
12 174 (2.59%) Windows Engineer
13 167 (2.48%) Business Analyst
13 167 (2.48%) Service Desk Analyst
14 165 (2.45%) Azure Engineer
15 161 (2.39%) Administrator
16 151 (2.25%) Technical Architect
17 150 (2.23%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,032 (15.35%) .NET
2 470 (6.99%) HTML
3 398 (5.92%) CSS
4 377 (5.61%) Web Services
5 325 (4.83%) ASP.NET
6 233 (3.47%) .NET Framework
7 228 (3.39%) XML
8 214 (3.18%) AngularJS
9 207 (3.08%) ASP.NET Web API
9 207 (3.08%) jQuery
10 179 (2.66%) Node.js
11 173 (2.57%) REST
12 151 (2.25%) JSON
13 149 (2.22%) SOAP
14 145 (2.16%) RESTful
15 140 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
16 129 (1.92%) .NET Core
17 111 (1.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 110 (1.64%) HTML5
19 109 (1.62%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 513 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
2 278 (4.13%) Data Centre
3 227 (3.38%) Management Information System
4 201 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
5 133 (1.98%) Public Cloud
6 113 (1.68%) PKI
7 109 (1.62%) User Experience
8 98 (1.46%) Clustering
9 93 (1.38%) Driving Licence
10 92 (1.37%) NHS
11 80 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
12 74 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
12 74 (1.10%) Mobile App
13 72 (1.07%) Replication
14 70 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
15 67 (1.00%) Blackberry
16 57 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
16 57 (0.85%) Virtual Team
17 53 (0.79%) Fat Client
17 53 (0.79%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 2,348 (34.92%) Windows
2 861 (12.80%) Windows Server
3 790 (11.75%) Windows 10
4 463 (6.89%) Linux
5 458 (6.81%) Windows 7
6 372 (5.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 311 (4.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 190 (2.83%) Unix
9 125 (1.86%) Android
9 125 (1.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 115 (1.71%) Windows XP
11 113 (1.68%) Apple iOS
12 106 (1.58%) Windows 8
13 84 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 59 (0.88%) Solaris
15 49 (0.73%) Mac OS
16 40 (0.59%) AIX
17 32 (0.48%) CentOS
18 24 (0.36%) Ubuntu
19 21 (0.31%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,354 (20.14%) Agile Software Development
2 800 (11.90%) ITIL
3 782 (11.63%) Migration
4 639 (9.50%) DevOps
5 570 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
6 552 (8.21%) CRM
7 505 (7.51%) Business Intelligence
8 403 (5.99%) Project Management
9 371 (5.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 354 (5.26%) Scrum
11 349 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
12 333 (4.95%) MVC
13 297 (4.42%) Service Management
14 293 (4.36%) Test Automation
15 287 (4.27%) Analytics
16 270 (4.02%) Continuous Integration
17 263 (3.91%) Change Management
18 221 (3.29%) PRINCE2
19 219 (3.26%) Service Delivery
19 219 (3.26%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1,324 (19.69%) SQL
2 957 (14.23%) C#
3 749 (11.14%) PowerShell
4 599 (8.91%) JavaScript
5 361 (5.37%) Java
6 267 (3.97%) T-SQL
7 220 (3.27%) Python
8 97 (1.44%) C
9 93 (1.38%) C++
10 92 (1.37%) PL/SQL
11 80 (1.19%) VB
12 77 (1.15%) Bash Shell
13 61 (0.91%) TypeScript
13 61 (0.91%) VBA
14 60 (0.89%) VBScript
15 59 (0.88%) VB.NET
16 54 (0.80%) Ruby
17 49 (0.73%) Perl
18 33 (0.49%) R
19 24 (0.36%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 863 (12.83%) Security Cleared
2 593 (8.82%) SC Cleared
3 419 (6.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 378 (5.62%) Degree
5 255 (3.79%) MCSE
6 250 (3.72%) DV Cleared
7 197 (2.93%) Cisco Certification
8 158 (2.35%) CCNA
9 134 (1.99%) MCSA
10 90 (1.34%) ISTQB
11 87 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
12 85 (1.26%) MCP
13 79 (1.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 69 (1.03%) ISEB
15 65 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
16 63 (0.94%) CCNP
17 57 (0.85%) CISSP
18 55 (0.82%) PMI Certification
19 49 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
20 41 (0.61%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (3.45%) SLA
2 187 (2.78%) QA
3 117 (1.74%) PMO
4 83 (1.23%) GDPR
5 80 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 74 (1.10%) Data Quality
7 32 (0.48%) PCI DSS
8 31 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
9 22 (0.33%) ISO 9001
10 18 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
10 18 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 18 (0.27%) JSP 440
11 15 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 14 (0.21%) HMG Infosec
13 12 (0.18%) COBIT
13 12 (0.18%) HL7
14 9 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
14 9 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 8 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 8 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,691 (25.15%) Active Directory
2 479 (7.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 306 (4.55%) Hyper-V
4 166 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
5 162 (2.41%) Docker
6 150 (2.23%) XenApp
7 149 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 138 (2.05%) vSphere
9 118 (1.75%) XenDesktop
10 115 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
11 61 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
12 43 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
13 37 (0.55%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 32 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 29 (0.43%) Firmware
16 27 (0.40%) Xen
17 21 (0.31%) Terminal Services
18 19 (0.28%) BitLocker
19 14 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
20 13 (0.19%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 681 (10.13%) SCCM
2 171 (2.54%) Microsoft Intune
3 147 (2.19%) SCOM
4 129 (1.92%) Ansible
5 117 (1.74%) Kubernetes
6 108 (1.61%) Puppet
7 106 (1.58%) Terraform
8 78 (1.16%) WSUS
9 64 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
10 61 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
11 50 (0.74%) Microsoft Clustering
11 50 (0.74%) SCVMM
12 48 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
13 47 (0.70%) vCenter Server
14 39 (0.58%) AirWatch
15 33 (0.49%) NetBackup
16 32 (0.48%) HP ALM
17 30 (0.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 24 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
19 22 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 823 (12.24%) VMware
2 484 (7.20%) Oracle
3 458 (6.81%) Citrix
4 424 (6.31%) Cisco
5 221 (3.29%) SAP
6 219 (3.26%) HP
7 148 (2.20%) IBM
8 147 (2.19%) Google
9 108 (1.61%) Dell
10 103 (1.53%) Red Hat
10 103 (1.53%) ServiceNow
11 98 (1.46%) McAfee
12 89 (1.32%) Apple
13 87 (1.29%) Remedy
14 67 (1.00%) NetApp
15 53 (0.79%) CA
15 53 (0.79%) Symantec
16 50 (0.74%) Veeam
17 48 (0.71%) Atlassian
18 46 (0.68%) Ivanti