Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,636 6,620 7,712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.66% 12.44% 13.75%
As % of the Vendors category 31.37% 28.68% 29.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,480 3,937 4,723
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.90% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £159 £148 £173
90th Percentile £550 £538 £514
UK median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 717 613 710
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.65 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.39% -2.33% -
10th Percentile £10.00 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £34.70 £39.35 £39.58
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.40 £15.46
% change year-on-year +0.65% -0.40% +2.67%

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 24,345 23,081 26,003
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 43.56% 43.39% 46.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,312 13,680 15,324
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £230 £213 £220
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £420
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,280 1,089 1,367
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.58 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.48% - -2.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.38 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.78 £45.00 £44.20
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -5.71%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 10 December 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 +2 2,419 £406 +8.33% 822
North of England 0 1,619 £375 +3.95% 1,229
Midlands +1 1,137 £375 +7.14% 748
North West +5 903 £385 +1.65% 642
South West +1 857 £400 +14.29% 432
West Midlands -1 727 £400 +6.67% 472
East of England +1 719 £375 +7.14% 439
Yorkshire -1 579 £371 +5.93% 462
Scotland +1 562 £372 +6.14% 196
East Midlands +1 397 £339 +3.44% 275
Wales -1 262 £375 +15.38% 95
North East -5 138 £375 +1.35% 125
Northern Ireland +17 49 £350 -4.37% 21
Channel Islands +3 11 £475 +16.56% 7
South Coast +3 6 - -
Isle of Man +1 6 £506 +15.71%
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 2,820 (36.93%) Windows
2 1,980 (25.93%) Active Directory
3 1,704 (22.32%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,570 (20.56%) SQL
5 1,566 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
6 1,525 (19.97%) Microsoft Office
7 1,416 (18.54%) SQL Server
8 1,296 (16.97%) .NET
9 1,187 (15.54%) Office 365
10 1,155 (15.13%) C#
11 1,101 (14.42%) Finance
12 1,044 (13.67%) Windows Server
13 910 (11.92%) VMware
14 897 (11.75%) ITIL
15 891 (11.67%) Security Cleared
16 845 (11.07%) Migration
17 807 (10.57%) Microsoft Excel
18 802 (10.50%) PowerShell
18 802 (10.50%) Windows 10
19 747 (9.78%) SCCM
20 727 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
21 683 (8.94%) SharePoint
22 673 (8.81%) JavaScript
23 658 (8.62%) Windows 7
24 649 (8.50%) Problem-Solving
25 599 (7.84%) SC Cleared
26 598 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
27 586 (7.67%) CRM
28 562 (7.36%) Oracle
29 560 (7.33%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 683 (8.94%) SharePoint
2 554 (7.26%) MS Exchange
3 234 (3.06%) IIS
4 228 (2.99%) Skype for Business
5 180 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 137 (1.79%) Confluence
7 110 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
8 91 (1.19%) Apache
9 85 (1.11%) CMS
10 77 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
11 66 (0.86%) WebSphere
12 61 (0.80%) Tomcat
13 56 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
14 53 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
15 44 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
16 43 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
16 43 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
17 40 (0.52%) nginx
18 39 (0.51%) WebLogic
19 31 (0.41%) Jetty
Applications
1 1,525 (19.97%) Microsoft Office
2 807 (10.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 375 (4.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 298 (3.90%) Microsoft Project
5 220 (2.88%) MS Visio
6 54 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.29%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.10%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.079%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.052%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.039%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.039%) CATIA
12 3 (0.039%) InDesign
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.026%) NUKE
13 2 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
14 1 (0.013%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.013%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 486 (6.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 84 (1.10%) Dynamics AX
3 73 (0.96%) Dynamics NAV
4 15 (0.20%) Primavera
5 14 (0.18%) NetSuite
6 12 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
7 9 (0.12%) Infor M3
8 8 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 8 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
9 6 (0.079%) Eikon
9 6 (0.079%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.079%) Teamcenter
10 5 (0.065%) Dynamics GP
10 5 (0.065%) Eloqua
10 5 (0.065%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.065%) SAP S/4HANA
10 5 (0.065%) thinkFolio
11 4 (0.052%) Oracle Receivables
11 4 (0.052%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.052%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 1,704 (22.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,187 (15.54%) Office 365
3 470 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
4 357 (4.68%) Dynamics 365
5 242 (3.17%) IaaS
6 234 (3.06%) Azure Active Directory
7 230 (3.01%) SaaS
8 224 (2.93%) PaaS
9 112 (1.47%) OneDrive
10 109 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
11 80 (1.05%) GitHub
12 73 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
13 63 (0.83%) Azure Data Factory
14 46 (0.60%) Serverless
15 41 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
16 39 (0.51%) Yammer
17 36 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
18 26 (0.34%) Google App Engine
19 25 (0.33%) G Suite
19 25 (0.33%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 490 (6.42%) DNS
2 418 (5.47%) Firewall
3 302 (3.95%) TCP/IP
4 287 (3.76%) DHCP
5 274 (3.59%) LAN
6 241 (3.16%) WAN
7 240 (3.14%) Skype
8 228 (2.99%) VPN
9 221 (2.89%) SAN
10 183 (2.40%) Internet
11 99 (1.30%) HTTP
12 96 (1.26%) VoIP
13 92 (1.20%) SSL
14 91 (1.19%) Network Security
15 85 (1.11%) Wireless
16 84 (1.10%) NAS
17 79 (1.03%) Remote Desktop
18 69 (0.90%) Unified Communications
19 64 (0.84%) VLAN
20 53 (0.69%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,416 (18.54%) SQL Server
2 420 (5.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 342 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 302 (3.95%) Power BI
5 259 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
6 199 (2.61%) Relational Database
7 187 (2.45%) SQL Server 2008
8 171 (2.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 109 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
10 104 (1.36%) Big Data
11 99 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
12 98 (1.28%) Oracle Database
13 96 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
14 82 (1.07%) NoSQL
15 80 (1.05%) MongoDB
15 80 (1.05%) MySQL
16 79 (1.03%) Hadoop
17 74 (0.97%) Data Lake
18 66 (0.86%) RDBMS
19 62 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 441 (5.78%) Visual Studio
2 328 (4.30%) Team Foundation Server
3 321 (4.20%) JIRA
4 280 (3.67%) Git (software)
5 233 (3.05%) Visual Studio Team System
6 225 (2.95%) Jenkins
7 203 (2.66%) Selenium
8 80 (1.05%) Octopus Deploy
9 74 (0.97%) TeamCity
10 71 (0.93%) NUnit
11 67 (0.88%) Cucumber
12 62 (0.81%) GitLab
13 58 (0.76%) SoapUI
13 58 (0.76%) Subversion
14 55 (0.72%) Eclipse
14 55 (0.72%) MSI
15 50 (0.65%) JMeter
15 50 (0.65%) JUnit
16 40 (0.52%) gulp
17 39 (0.51%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,101 (14.42%) Finance
2 251 (3.29%) Telecoms
3 207 (2.71%) Marketing
4 201 (2.63%) Banking
5 172 (2.25%) Manufacturing
6 159 (2.08%) Retail
7 98 (1.28%) Electronics
8 82 (1.07%) Back Office
9 79 (1.03%) Legal
9 79 (1.03%) Military
10 59 (0.77%) Law
11 55 (0.72%) Advertising
12 49 (0.64%) Financial Institution
13 43 (0.56%) Billing
14 40 (0.52%) Aerospace
15 39 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
15 39 (0.51%) Publishing
16 35 (0.46%) Automotive
17 25 (0.33%) Investment Banking
18 22 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,418 (18.57%) Developer
2 1,284 (16.82%) Analyst
3 555 (7.27%) Architect
4 451 (5.91%) .NET Developer
5 435 (5.70%) Consultant
6 363 (4.75%) Support Engineer
7 332 (4.35%) Project Manager
8 277 (3.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 268 (3.51%) C# Developer
9 268 (3.51%) Service Analyst
10 258 (3.38%) Support Analyst
11 253 (3.31%) Service Desk Analyst
12 235 (3.08%) Administrator
13 230 (3.01%) 2nd Line Support
14 211 (2.76%) IT Support
15 189 (2.48%) Business Analyst
16 187 (2.45%) DevOps Engineer
17 180 (2.36%) Desktop Support
18 179 (2.34%) SQL Developer
19 177 (2.32%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,296 (16.97%) .NET
2 531 (6.95%) ASP.NET
3 488 (6.39%) HTML
4 414 (5.42%) CSS
5 409 (5.36%) Web Services
6 342 (4.48%) .NET Framework
7 281 (3.68%) XML
8 271 (3.55%) jQuery
9 269 (3.52%) ASP.NET Web API
10 238 (3.12%) ASP.NET MVC
11 234 (3.06%) AngularJS
12 204 (2.67%) JSON
13 197 (2.58%) REST
14 192 (2.51%) SOAP
15 166 (2.17%) HTML5
16 148 (1.94%) Entity Framework
17 134 (1.75%) RESTful
18 133 (1.74%) Node.js
19 104 (1.36%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 103 (1.35%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 727 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 332 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 284 (3.72%) Management Information System
4 277 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
5 141 (1.85%) NHS
6 137 (1.79%) Public Cloud
7 120 (1.57%) PKI
8 118 (1.55%) Mobile App
9 117 (1.53%) Clustering
10 108 (1.41%) Greenfield Project
11 107 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
12 103 (1.35%) User Experience
13 89 (1.17%) Driving Licence
14 75 (0.98%) Blackberry
15 73 (0.96%) Fat Client
15 73 (0.96%) Thin Client
16 65 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
16 65 (0.85%) iPhone
16 65 (0.85%) Replication
17 54 (0.71%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2,820 (36.93%) Windows
2 1,044 (13.67%) Windows Server
3 802 (10.50%) Windows 10
4 658 (8.62%) Windows 7
5 543 (7.11%) Linux
6 441 (5.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 362 (4.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 227 (2.97%) Unix
9 187 (2.45%) Windows XP
10 155 (2.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 141 (1.85%) Apple iOS
12 137 (1.79%) Android
13 123 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 115 (1.51%) Windows 8
15 61 (0.80%) Mac OS
16 51 (0.67%) CentOS
17 43 (0.56%) AIX
18 40 (0.52%) Solaris
19 26 (0.34%) Ubuntu
20 24 (0.31%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,566 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
2 897 (11.75%) ITIL
3 845 (11.07%) Migration
4 649 (8.50%) Problem-Solving
5 598 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
6 586 (7.67%) CRM
7 559 (7.32%) Project Management
8 557 (7.29%) DevOps
9 486 (6.36%) MVC
10 441 (5.78%) Scrum
11 440 (5.76%) Test Automation
12 377 (4.94%) Stakeholder Management
13 348 (4.56%) Continuous Integration
14 346 (4.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 329 (4.31%) PRINCE2
16 324 (4.24%) Service Management
17 316 (4.14%) Analytics
18 286 (3.75%) TDD
19 278 (3.64%) Change Management
20 249 (3.26%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 1,570 (20.56%) SQL
2 1,155 (15.13%) C#
3 802 (10.50%) PowerShell
4 673 (8.81%) JavaScript
5 345 (4.52%) Java
5 345 (4.52%) T-SQL
6 204 (2.67%) Python
7 113 (1.48%) VB
8 111 (1.45%) C
9 92 (1.20%) Bash Shell
9 92 (1.20%) Shell Script
10 80 (1.05%) C++
11 73 (0.96%) VBA
11 73 (0.96%) VBScript
12 68 (0.89%) Ruby
13 61 (0.80%) TypeScript
14 60 (0.79%) VB.NET
15 57 (0.75%) Perl
16 56 (0.73%) PL/SQL
17 32 (0.42%) PHP
Qualifications
1 891 (11.67%) Security Cleared
2 599 (7.84%) SC Cleared
3 498 (6.52%) Microsoft Certification
4 474 (6.21%) Degree
5 286 (3.75%) MCSE
6 252 (3.30%) DV Cleared
7 147 (1.93%) MCSA
8 140 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
9 116 (1.52%) MCP
10 104 (1.36%) CCNA
11 89 (1.17%) ISTQB
12 83 (1.09%) ISEB
13 77 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
14 75 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 74 (0.97%) CISSP
16 62 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
17 55 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 52 (0.68%) DBS Check
18 52 (0.68%) PMI Certification
19 50 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 252 (3.30%) SLA
2 239 (3.13%) QA
3 164 (2.15%) PMO
4 116 (1.52%) GDPR
5 90 (1.18%) Data Quality
6 50 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 32 (0.42%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.39%) JSP 440
9 28 (0.37%) ISO 9001
10 24 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 23 (0.30%) WCAG
12 22 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
12 22 (0.29%) HMG Infosec
13 19 (0.25%) FINRA
14 16 (0.21%) HL7
15 11 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
15 11 (0.14%) ISO 22301
15 11 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 10 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 10 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 1,980 (25.93%) Active Directory
2 560 (7.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 309 (4.05%) Hyper-V
4 189 (2.48%) XenApp
5 182 (2.38%) vSphere
6 180 (2.36%) Docker
7 158 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
8 145 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
9 102 (1.34%) XenDesktop
10 99 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
11 66 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
12 39 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
12 39 (0.51%) XenServer
13 38 (0.50%) Xen
14 31 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 31 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
15 23 (0.30%) Firmware
16 22 (0.29%) BitLocker
16 22 (0.29%) Terminal Services
17 20 (0.26%) NFS
Systems Management
1 747 (9.78%) SCCM
2 160 (2.10%) Puppet
3 154 (2.02%) SCOM
4 149 (1.95%) Microsoft Intune
5 126 (1.65%) Kubernetes
6 119 (1.56%) Ansible
7 99 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 88 (1.15%) Terraform
9 77 (1.01%) WSUS
10 72 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
11 68 (0.89%) Microsoft Clustering
12 65 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
13 60 (0.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 53 (0.69%) vCenter Server
15 45 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
16 38 (0.50%) AirWatch
17 30 (0.39%) HP ALM
18 26 (0.34%) SCVMM
19 25 (0.33%) Nagios
19 25 (0.33%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 910 (11.92%) VMware
2 562 (7.36%) Oracle
3 509 (6.67%) Citrix
4 416 (5.45%) Cisco
5 307 (4.02%) HP
6 281 (3.68%) SAP
7 202 (2.65%) Apple
8 178 (2.33%) McAfee
9 149 (1.95%) Google
10 133 (1.74%) ServiceNow
11 130 (1.70%) NetApp
12 122 (1.60%) Red Hat
13 120 (1.57%) IBM
14 115 (1.51%) Dell
15 94 (1.23%) Remedy
16 86 (1.13%) Symantec
17 73 (0.96%) Tableau
18 70 (0.92%) Atlassian
19 61 (0.80%) Ivanti
20 45 (0.59%) Veeam