Period
to 21 October 2018

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 21 October 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 5 5
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,253 6,545 7,990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.31% 12.55% 13.49%
As % of the Vendors category 30.66% 28.50% 29.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,189 3,833 4,835
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +2.86% -
10th Percentile £158 £151 £175
90th Percentile £538 £526 £521
UK median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 709 622 742
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.30 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.00% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.48 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £33.85 £43.75 £40.30
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -6.06% +6.45%

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 23,654 22,963 27,465
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 43.41% 44.04% 46.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,830 13,405 16,115
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £225 £220 £224
90th Percentile £575 £572 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,301 1,110 1,395
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.84 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.99% +2.03% -2.94%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £17.10
% change year-on-year -0.43% +2.34% -2.29%

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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 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
South East 0 2,232 £400 +6.67% 852
North of England -3 1,469 £375 +7.14% 1,068
Midlands 0 1,109 £375 +7.14% 762
North West +4 842 £375 - 536
South West +1 777 £375 +7.14% 433
East of England 0 767 £375 +3.45% 393
West Midlands -1 720 £400 +6.67% 468
Scotland +4 622 £375 +7.14% 139
Yorkshire -3 502 £354 +1.14% 409
East Midlands -1 379 £340 +0.74% 293
Wales -2 226 £400 +23.08% 96
North East -6 129 £350 +2.94% 123
Northern Ireland +25 46 £350 +18.85% 27
Channel Islands +4 9 £475 +150.00% 6
South Coast +4 6 - -
Isle of Man - 3 £475 - 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 2,688 (37.06%) Windows
2 1,919 (26.46%) Active Directory
3 1,556 (21.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,502 (20.71%) Microsoft Office
5 1,487 (20.50%) SQL
6 1,459 (20.12%) Agile Software Development
7 1,408 (19.41%) SQL Server
8 1,229 (16.94%) .NET
9 1,161 (16.01%) Office 365
10 1,121 (15.46%) C#
11 1,053 (14.52%) Windows Server
12 1,033 (14.24%) Finance
13 928 (12.79%) VMware
14 870 (12.00%) ITIL
15 848 (11.69%) Migration
16 823 (11.35%) Security Cleared
17 791 (10.91%) Microsoft Excel
18 766 (10.56%) PowerShell
19 746 (10.29%) Windows 10
20 682 (9.40%) SCCM
21 673 (9.28%) Windows 7
22 654 (9.02%) SharePoint
23 646 (8.91%) JavaScript
24 629 (8.67%) Analytical Skills
25 608 (8.38%) Problem-Solving
26 589 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
27 575 (7.93%) SC Cleared
28 572 (7.89%) MS Exchange
29 567 (7.82%) Project Management
30 543 (7.49%) 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
1 654 (9.02%) SharePoint
2 572 (7.89%) MS Exchange
3 261 (3.60%) Skype for Business
4 255 (3.52%) IIS
5 200 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 118 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 107 (1.48%) Confluence
8 98 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
9 84 (1.16%) Apache
10 83 (1.14%) CMS
11 61 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
12 55 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
12 55 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
13 53 (0.73%) WebSphere
14 52 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
15 50 (0.69%) Tomcat
16 44 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
17 39 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
18 33 (0.45%) OpenStack
19 32 (0.44%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1,502 (20.71%) Microsoft Office
2 791 (10.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 359 (4.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 275 (3.79%) Microsoft Project
5 237 (3.27%) MS Visio
6 46 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 26 (0.36%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.097%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.069%) Windchill
11 4 (0.055%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.055%) NUKE
11 4 (0.055%) SOLIDWORKS
12 3 (0.041%) Acrobat
12 3 (0.041%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.041%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.041%) CATIA
12 3 (0.041%) Chatbot
12 3 (0.041%) InDesign
13 2 (0.028%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 400 (5.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 84 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
3 60 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 17 (0.23%) Primavera
6 10 (0.14%) NetSuite
7 9 (0.12%) Infor M3
8 8 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 7 (0.097%) Oracle Payables
9 7 (0.097%) SAP ERP
10 6 (0.083%) Remedy ITSM
10 6 (0.083%) Teamcenter
11 5 (0.069%) Oracle Assets
11 5 (0.069%) Oracle CRM
11 5 (0.069%) Oracle ERP
11 5 (0.069%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.069%) Oracle Receivables
11 5 (0.069%) SAP HR
11 5 (0.069%) SAP S/4HANA
11 5 (0.069%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 1,556 (21.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,161 (16.01%) Office 365
3 425 (5.86%) Amazon AWS
4 308 (4.25%) Dynamics 365
5 223 (3.07%) SaaS
6 205 (2.83%) Azure Active Directory
7 194 (2.67%) IaaS
8 193 (2.66%) PaaS
9 103 (1.42%) OneDrive
10 95 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
11 67 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
12 57 (0.79%) Azure Data Factory
13 52 (0.72%) GitHub
14 41 (0.57%) Yammer
15 40 (0.55%) Serverless
16 38 (0.52%) G Suite
17 29 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
18 27 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
19 25 (0.34%) OpenShift
20 20 (0.28%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 472 (6.51%) DNS
2 416 (5.74%) Firewall
3 314 (4.33%) DHCP
4 272 (3.75%) TCP/IP
5 254 (3.50%) Skype
6 251 (3.46%) LAN
7 246 (3.39%) SAN
8 228 (3.14%) WAN
9 202 (2.79%) VPN
10 180 (2.48%) Internet
11 98 (1.35%) VoIP
12 89 (1.23%) Wireless
13 88 (1.21%) Network Security
14 86 (1.19%) NAS
15 73 (1.01%) HTTP
16 72 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
17 64 (0.88%) SSL
17 64 (0.88%) VLAN
18 59 (0.81%) Unified Communications
19 49 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,408 (19.41%) SQL Server
2 389 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 325 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 263 (3.63%) Data Warehouse
5 257 (3.54%) Power BI
6 201 (2.77%) Relational Database
7 180 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
8 159 (2.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 117 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
10 109 (1.50%) Big Data
11 106 (1.46%) Oracle Database
12 100 (1.38%) MySQL
13 93 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
14 90 (1.24%) Hadoop
15 84 (1.16%) NoSQL
16 81 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
17 75 (1.03%) MongoDB
18 71 (0.98%) RDBMS
19 63 (0.87%) MS Access
20 59 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 418 (5.76%) Visual Studio
2 353 (4.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 277 (3.82%) JIRA
4 268 (3.70%) Git (software)
5 196 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
6 176 (2.43%) Selenium
7 169 (2.33%) Jenkins
8 82 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
9 73 (1.01%) TeamCity
10 72 (0.99%) NUnit
11 61 (0.84%) Eclipse
11 61 (0.84%) HP UFT
12 59 (0.81%) Cucumber
13 57 (0.79%) Subversion
14 55 (0.76%) GitLab
15 54 (0.74%) MSI
16 51 (0.70%) SoapUI
17 42 (0.58%) Bitbucket
18 37 (0.51%) SpecFlow
19 36 (0.50%) MSTest
General
1 1,033 (14.24%) Finance
2 220 (3.03%) Telecoms
3 192 (2.65%) Banking
4 181 (2.50%) Marketing
5 177 (2.44%) Retail
6 171 (2.36%) Manufacturing
7 92 (1.27%) Legal
8 86 (1.19%) Electronics
9 70 (0.97%) Advertising
10 64 (0.88%) Military
11 62 (0.85%) Back Office
12 59 (0.81%) Law
13 52 (0.72%) Automotive
14 42 (0.58%) Financial Institution
15 40 (0.55%) Publishing
16 36 (0.50%) Billing
17 33 (0.45%) Aerospace
17 33 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
18 21 (0.29%) Local Government
19 20 (0.28%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 1,319 (18.19%) Developer
2 1,249 (17.22%) Analyst
3 526 (7.25%) Architect
4 390 (5.38%) .NET Developer
4 390 (5.38%) Consultant
5 350 (4.83%) Project Manager
6 341 (4.70%) Support Engineer
7 294 (4.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 275 (3.79%) Desktop Support
9 273 (3.76%) Service Analyst
10 252 (3.47%) Service Desk Analyst
11 250 (3.45%) C# Developer
12 242 (3.34%) Support Analyst
13 227 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support
14 219 (3.02%) Administrator
15 201 (2.77%) IT Support
16 197 (2.72%) Business Analyst
17 164 (2.26%) C# .NET Developer
18 162 (2.23%) SQL Developer
19 161 (2.22%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,229 (16.94%) .NET
2 517 (7.13%) ASP.NET
3 453 (6.25%) HTML
4 395 (5.45%) CSS
5 361 (4.98%) Web Services
6 306 (4.22%) .NET Framework
7 265 (3.65%) ASP.NET Web API
8 258 (3.56%) XML
9 241 (3.32%) ASP.NET MVC
10 233 (3.21%) AngularJS
10 233 (3.21%) jQuery
11 186 (2.56%) JSON
12 177 (2.44%) REST
13 152 (2.10%) HTML5
14 144 (1.99%) SOAP
15 142 (1.96%) Entity Framework
16 114 (1.57%) WCF
17 102 (1.41%) Node.js
18 97 (1.34%) Middleware
19 91 (1.25%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 629 (8.67%) Analytical Skills
2 322 (4.44%) Data Centre
3 273 (3.76%) Management Information System
4 259 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
5 159 (2.19%) Computer Science
6 148 (2.04%) Clustering
7 130 (1.79%) NHS
8 128 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
9 113 (1.56%) Public Cloud
10 111 (1.53%) PKI
11 109 (1.50%) Mobile App
12 104 (1.43%) User Experience
13 98 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
14 84 (1.16%) Fat Client
14 84 (1.16%) Thin Client
15 74 (1.02%) Driving Licence
16 66 (0.91%) Replication
17 64 (0.88%) Blackberry
18 60 (0.83%) iPhone
19 59 (0.81%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2,688 (37.06%) Windows
2 1,053 (14.52%) Windows Server
3 746 (10.29%) Windows 10
4 673 (9.28%) Windows 7
5 531 (7.32%) Linux
6 440 (6.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 417 (5.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 224 (3.09%) Unix
9 208 (2.87%) Windows Server 2003
10 185 (2.55%) Windows XP
11 141 (1.94%) Apple iOS
12 132 (1.82%) Android
12 132 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 121 (1.67%) Windows 8
14 66 (0.91%) Mac OS
15 58 (0.80%) AIX
16 49 (0.68%) Solaris
17 34 (0.47%) CentOS
18 21 (0.29%) Ubuntu
19 20 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,459 (20.12%) Agile Software Development
2 870 (12.00%) ITIL
3 848 (11.69%) Migration
4 608 (8.38%) Problem-Solving
5 567 (7.82%) Project Management
6 512 (7.06%) Business Intelligence
7 503 (6.94%) CRM
8 456 (6.29%) DevOps
9 455 (6.27%) MVC
10 432 (5.96%) Scrum
11 373 (5.14%) Test Automation
12 363 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 354 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 322 (4.44%) PRINCE2
15 304 (4.19%) Service Management
16 294 (4.05%) Change Management
17 281 (3.87%) Continuous Integration
18 275 (3.79%) Analytics
19 251 (3.46%) TDD
20 226 (3.12%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,487 (20.50%) SQL
2 1,121 (15.46%) C#
3 766 (10.56%) PowerShell
4 646 (8.91%) JavaScript
5 339 (4.67%) T-SQL
6 267 (3.68%) Java
7 165 (2.27%) Python
8 126 (1.74%) VB
9 109 (1.50%) C
10 84 (1.16%) VBScript
11 83 (1.14%) C++
12 80 (1.10%) VBA
13 75 (1.03%) VB.NET
14 73 (1.01%) Shell Script
15 67 (0.92%) PL/SQL
16 65 (0.90%) Bash Shell
17 61 (0.84%) TypeScript
18 54 (0.74%) Perl
19 43 (0.59%) Ruby
20 31 (0.43%) PHP
Qualifications
1 823 (11.35%) Security Cleared
2 575 (7.93%) SC Cleared
3 482 (6.65%) Degree
4 481 (6.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 262 (3.61%) MCSE
6 204 (2.81%) DV Cleared
7 142 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
8 133 (1.83%) MCSA
9 108 (1.49%) MCP
10 103 (1.42%) CCNA
11 95 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
12 82 (1.13%) ISTQB
13 74 (1.02%) ISEB
14 71 (0.98%) CISSP
15 70 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
15 70 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 51 (0.70%) PMP
17 49 (0.68%) CCNP
17 49 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 47 (0.65%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 229 (3.16%) SLA
2 228 (3.14%) QA
3 148 (2.04%) PMO
4 130 (1.79%) GDPR
5 94 (1.30%) Data Quality
6 49 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 33 (0.45%) PCI DSS
8 29 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.36%) ISO 9001
10 19 (0.26%) WCAG
11 18 (0.25%) JSP 440
12 16 (0.22%) FINRA
12 16 (0.22%) HL7
13 12 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 12 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 10 (0.14%) HMG Infosec
14 10 (0.14%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 19770
15 9 (0.12%) ISAE 3402
15 9 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,919 (26.46%) Active Directory
2 589 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 327 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 198 (2.73%) VMware ESXi
5 187 (2.58%) XenApp
6 179 (2.47%) vSphere
7 152 (2.10%) Docker
8 137 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
9 108 (1.49%) XenDesktop
10 90 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
11 78 (1.08%) Virtual Desktop
12 47 (0.65%) XenServer
13 39 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
14 36 (0.50%) BitLocker
15 29 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 29 (0.40%) Xen
16 26 (0.36%) Terminal Services
17 24 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
18 21 (0.29%) DFS Replication
19 20 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 682 (9.40%) SCCM
2 151 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
3 146 (2.01%) SCOM
4 144 (1.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 142 (1.96%) Puppet
6 107 (1.48%) Ansible
7 104 (1.43%) WSUS
8 100 (1.38%) Kubernetes
9 84 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
10 76 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
11 75 (1.03%) Terraform
12 73 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
13 56 (0.77%) vCenter Server
14 55 (0.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 48 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
16 46 (0.63%) HP ALM
17 39 (0.54%) NetBackup
18 35 (0.48%) Backup Exec
19 33 (0.45%) AirWatch
20 27 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 928 (12.79%) VMware
2 543 (7.49%) Oracle
3 521 (7.18%) Citrix
4 437 (6.03%) Cisco
5 348 (4.80%) HP
6 269 (3.71%) SAP
7 183 (2.52%) Apple
8 181 (2.50%) McAfee
9 149 (2.05%) NetApp
9 149 (2.05%) Red Hat
10 138 (1.90%) Google
11 119 (1.64%) IBM
12 114 (1.57%) Dell
13 106 (1.46%) ServiceNow
14 88 (1.21%) Remedy
15 82 (1.13%) Ivanti
16 80 (1.10%) Symantec
17 75 (1.03%) Tableau
18 68 (0.94%) Veritas
19 52 (0.72%) Atlassian