The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Specialist was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Microsoft Specialist
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 603 634 628
Rank change year-on-year +31 -6  
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 5 5 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.011% 0.009% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.012% 0.010% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 7
Median daily rate £450 £475 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +15.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £455 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £495 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £374
% change year-on-year -5.26% +27.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Microsoft Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Microsoft Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Specialist in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Specialist in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Specialist over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Specialist in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Specialist in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +29 3 £413 -13.15% 1
South West - 2 £375 -
Yorkshire - 1 £450 -
Fife - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -
Street - 1 £375 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £450 -
Somerset - 1 £375 -

Microsoft Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, Microsoft Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Microsoft Specialist in the job title.

1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 11 (73.33%) Active Directory
3 8 (53.33%) SharePoint
3 8 (53.33%) MS Office
3 8 (53.33%) Office 365
4 7 (46.67%) Windows
4 7 (46.67%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (40.00%) Migration
5 6 (40.00%) MS Excel
6 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
6 5 (33.33%) Identity Management
6 5 (33.33%) Skype for Business
6 5 (33.33%) Unified Communications
6 5 (33.33%) Yammer
6 5 (33.33%) Skype
6 5 (33.33%) OneDrive
7 4 (26.67%) Presales
8 3 (20.00%) VMware
8 3 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
8 3 (20.00%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (20.00%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (20.00%) SCOM
8 3 (20.00%) DHCP
8 3 (20.00%) DNS
8 3 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (20.00%) CRM
8 3 (20.00%) Power BI
8 3 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory

Microsoft Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 8 (53.33%) SharePoint
2 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 5 (33.33%) Skype for Business
3 3 (20.00%) Office Communications Server
3 3 (20.00%) SharePoint Server
4 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (6.67%) IIS
5 1 (6.67%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 8 (53.33%) MS Office
2 6 (40.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (6.67%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (6.67%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 8 (53.33%) Office 365
2 7 (46.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (33.33%) OneDrive
3 5 (33.33%) Yammer
4 3 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (20.00%) IaaS
5 2 (13.33%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (33.33%) Skype
1 5 (33.33%) Unified Communications
2 3 (20.00%) DHCP
2 3 (20.00%) DNS
3 2 (13.33%) Internet
3 2 (13.33%) Kerberos
3 2 (13.33%) LDAP
3 2 (13.33%) PBX
3 2 (13.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) Power BI
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (6.67%) Advertising
1 1 (6.67%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) HTML
1 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) PKI
2 1 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Clustering
2 1 (6.67%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Migration
2 5 (33.33%) Identity Management
3 4 (26.67%) Presales
4 3 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (20.00%) CRM
5 2 (13.33%) Email Filtering
5 2 (13.33%) Kalman Filter
5 2 (13.33%) Patch Management
6 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (6.67%) Coaching
6 1 (6.67%) Customer Engagement
6 1 (6.67%) Data Analysis
6 1 (6.67%) Data Migration
6 1 (6.67%) Data Protection
6 1 (6.67%) Fault Analysis
6 1 (6.67%) ITIL
6 1 (6.67%) Scrum
6 1 (6.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (6.67%) C#
2 1 (6.67%) C++
2 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (13.33%) MCITP
3 1 (6.67%) CCA
3 1 (6.67%) Degree
3 1 (6.67%) MCP
3 1 (6.67%) MCSE
3 1 (6.67%) MOS
3 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (73.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (6.67%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 3 (20.00%) SCOM
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (13.33%) Nagios
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (6.67%) SCCM
3 1 (6.67%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (20.00%) VMware
3 2 (13.33%) SolarWinds
4 1 (6.67%) Adobe
4 1 (6.67%) Citrix