Period
to 22 June 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 22 June 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
6 months to
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,432 10,243 12,237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.40% 11.22% 11.46%
As % of the Vendors category 27.31% 25.45% 25.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,220 6,398 7,672
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +5.63%
10th Percentile £175 £170 £185
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £360
% change year-on-year +7.07% -2.71% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 730 820
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £14.75 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.78% -7.81% +1.59%
10th Percentile £10.50 £9.81 £9.49
90th Percentile £38.06 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.40 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.17% -10.00% +6.67%

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.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 41,862 40,251 47,347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.76% 44.07% 44.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,987 24,610 28,909
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £244
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,524 1,421 1,632
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.41% +5.71%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.23
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% -8.33% +5.88%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft over the 6 months to 22 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft over the 6 months to 22 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 18 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 22 June 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
England 0 10,166 £410 +2.50% 3,357
UK excluding London 0 6,732 £375 +7.07% 2,586
London 0 4,490 £450 - 1,013
South East +1 2,159 £400 +6.67% 645
North of England -1 1,291 £363 +3.57% 632
Midlands 0 1,042 £388 +10.71% 487
Scotland +3 748 £363 +1.75% 149
West Midlands 0 667 £400 +9.97% 286
North West -2 657 £375 +2.74% 320
East of England -2 602 £350 -3.78% 292
South West -1 578 £350 - 282
Yorkshire -7 448 £350 - 262
East Midlands +1 372 £375 +8.70% 201
Wales +2 274 £400 +16.79% 71
North East -2 192 £300 -14.29% 50
Northern Ireland +15 56 £375 +30.43% 22
Isle of Man - 4 £400 - 4
Channel Islands -4 3 £396 - 2

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 3,904 (34.15%) Windows
2 2,768 (24.21%) Active Directory
3 2,561 (22.40%) SQL
4 2,429 (21.25%) SQL Server
5 2,298 (20.10%) Agile Software Development
5 2,298 (20.10%) Microsoft Azure
6 2,269 (19.85%) Finance
7 2,226 (19.47%) Microsoft Office
8 1,970 (17.23%) .NET
9 1,767 (15.46%) C#
10 1,724 (15.08%) Office 365
11 1,457 (12.74%) Windows Server
12 1,406 (12.30%) VMware
13 1,331 (11.64%) ITIL
14 1,330 (11.63%) Migration
15 1,312 (11.48%) Microsoft Excel
16 1,224 (10.71%) Security Cleared
17 1,148 (10.04%) PowerShell
18 1,093 (9.56%) Windows 10
19 1,032 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
20 998 (8.73%) Business Intelligence
21 978 (8.55%) JavaScript
22 972 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
23 965 (8.44%) Windows 7
24 938 (8.21%) SC Cleared
24 938 (8.21%) Project Management
25 929 (8.13%) SCCM
26 925 (8.09%) SharePoint
27 924 (8.08%) Citrix
28 870 (7.61%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
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
1 925 (8.09%) SharePoint
2 797 (6.97%) MS Exchange
3 449 (3.93%) Skype for Business
4 399 (3.49%) IIS
5 268 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2010
6 141 (1.23%) Apache
7 128 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 115 (1.01%) Confluence
9 99 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
10 95 (0.83%) CMS
11 94 (0.82%) Apache Spark
12 93 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
13 92 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
13 92 (0.80%) Tomcat
14 90 (0.79%) WebSphere
15 78 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
16 72 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
17 63 (0.55%) NServiceBus
18 52 (0.45%) OpenStack
19 50 (0.44%) nginx
Applications
1 2,226 (19.47%) Microsoft Office
2 1,312 (11.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 567 (4.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 465 (4.07%) Microsoft Project
5 385 (3.37%) MS Visio
6 78 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 32 (0.28%) InfoPath
8 22 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.11%) Acrobat
10 11 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 11 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.087%) SPSS
12 9 (0.079%) AutoCAD
13 8 (0.070%) InDesign
14 6 (0.052%) Windchill
15 4 (0.035%) CATIA
15 4 (0.035%) SOLIDWORKS
16 3 (0.026%) Adobe Captivate
16 3 (0.026%) Chatbot
16 3 (0.026%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 639 (5.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 278 (2.43%) Dynamics AX
3 79 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
4 41 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
5 35 (0.31%) NetSuite
6 32 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 22 (0.19%) Markit EDM
8 20 (0.17%) Elite 3E
8 20 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
9 19 (0.17%) SAP ERP
10 18 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
11 16 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
12 13 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
13 12 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 12 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 12 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
14 11 (0.096%) assyst
14 11 (0.096%) Primavera
14 11 (0.096%) SAP S/4HANA
15 10 (0.087%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 2,298 (20.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,724 (15.08%) Office 365
3 810 (7.09%) Amazon AWS
4 496 (4.34%) Dynamics 365
5 367 (3.21%) PaaS
6 333 (2.91%) IaaS
7 283 (2.48%) SaaS
8 221 (1.93%) Azure Active Directory
9 144 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
10 116 (1.01%) OneDrive
11 110 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
12 87 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
13 63 (0.55%) Yammer
14 60 (0.52%) G Suite
15 58 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
15 58 (0.51%) GitHub
16 48 (0.42%) Serverless
17 37 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
18 33 (0.29%) Mimecast
19 26 (0.23%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 778 (6.81%) DNS
2 599 (5.24%) DHCP
3 567 (4.96%) Firewall
4 425 (3.72%) Skype
5 362 (3.17%) LAN
6 361 (3.16%) TCP/IP
7 345 (3.02%) WAN
8 341 (2.98%) SAN
9 329 (2.88%) VPN
10 222 (1.94%) Internet
11 142 (1.24%) VoIP
12 118 (1.03%) Remote Desktop
12 118 (1.03%) Wireless
13 107 (0.94%) HTTP
14 106 (0.93%) Network Security
15 103 (0.90%) NAS
16 95 (0.83%) Unified Communications
17 82 (0.72%) VLAN
18 79 (0.69%) SSL
19 75 (0.66%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,429 (21.25%) SQL Server
2 798 (6.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 714 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 544 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
5 522 (4.57%) Power BI
6 379 (3.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 258 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 236 (2.06%) Big Data
9 229 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
10 228 (1.99%) SQL Server 2008
11 207 (1.81%) MySQL
12 200 (1.75%) Oracle Database
13 181 (1.58%) NoSQL
14 167 (1.46%) Hadoop
15 158 (1.38%) SQL Server 2016
16 155 (1.36%) MongoDB
17 149 (1.30%) Data Lake
18 128 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
18 128 (1.12%) SQL Server 2014
19 116 (1.01%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 609 (5.33%) Visual Studio
2 493 (4.31%) Team Foundation Server
3 471 (4.12%) Git (software)
4 358 (3.13%) JIRA
5 240 (2.10%) Jenkins
6 219 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
7 168 (1.47%) TeamCity
8 158 (1.38%) Selenium
9 125 (1.09%) Subversion
10 121 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
11 118 (1.03%) NUnit
11 118 (1.03%) SpecFlow
12 111 (0.97%) MSI
13 80 (0.70%) HP UFT
14 66 (0.58%) MSTest
15 64 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 56 (0.49%) Eclipse
17 50 (0.44%) Maven
18 49 (0.43%) Bitbucket
19 41 (0.36%) SoapUI
General
1 2,269 (19.85%) Finance
2 590 (5.16%) Banking
3 412 (3.60%) Retail
4 262 (2.29%) Legal
5 246 (2.15%) Marketing
6 231 (2.02%) Telecoms
7 213 (1.86%) Advertising
8 180 (1.57%) Law
9 170 (1.49%) Manufacturing
10 124 (1.08%) Investment Banking
11 107 (0.94%) Back Office
12 101 (0.88%) Financial Institution
13 86 (0.75%) Publishing
14 82 (0.72%) Front Office
15 65 (0.57%) French Language
16 56 (0.49%) Automotive
17 53 (0.46%) Electronics
18 52 (0.45%) Military
19 50 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
20 49 (0.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 2,189 (19.15%) Developer
2 2,010 (17.58%) Analyst
3 1,006 (8.80%) Architect
4 735 (6.43%) Consultant
5 616 (5.39%) .NET Developer
6 549 (4.80%) Support Engineer
7 541 (4.73%) Project Manager
8 533 (4.66%) C# Developer
9 479 (4.19%) Desktop Support
10 436 (3.81%) Service Analyst
11 403 (3.53%) Support Analyst
12 402 (3.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 390 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
14 365 (3.19%) Business Analyst
15 331 (2.90%) 2nd Line Support
16 322 (2.82%) Solutions Architect
17 283 (2.48%) C# .NET Developer
18 280 (2.45%) Administrator
19 272 (2.38%) SQL Developer
20 260 (2.27%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,970 (17.23%) .NET
2 762 (6.67%) ASP.NET
3 653 (5.71%) HTML
4 613 (5.36%) CSS
5 582 (5.09%) Web Services
6 473 (4.14%) AngularJS
7 462 (4.04%) .NET Framework
8 388 (3.39%) ASP.NET MVC
9 372 (3.25%) ASP.NET Web API
10 351 (3.07%) XML
11 308 (2.69%) jQuery
12 293 (2.56%) REST
13 288 (2.52%) WCF
14 245 (2.14%) HTML5
15 234 (2.05%) JSON
16 219 (1.92%) Entity Framework
17 215 (1.88%) RESTful
18 201 (1.76%) SOAP
19 162 (1.42%) Node.js
20 143 (1.25%) React
Miscellaneous
1 972 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 428 (3.74%) Management Information System
3 419 (3.67%) Data Centre
4 389 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
5 311 (2.72%) Computer Science
6 223 (1.95%) Clustering
7 220 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
8 208 (1.82%) User Experience
9 171 (1.50%) PKI
10 162 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
11 149 (1.30%) Blackberry
12 126 (1.10%) Mobile App
13 121 (1.06%) NHS
14 112 (0.98%) Replication
15 106 (0.93%) Fat Client
15 106 (0.93%) Thin Client
16 103 (0.90%) Smartphone
17 99 (0.87%) Public Cloud
17 99 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
17 99 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3,904 (34.15%) Windows
2 1,457 (12.74%) Windows Server
3 1,093 (9.56%) Windows 10
4 965 (8.44%) Windows 7
5 828 (7.24%) Linux
6 799 (6.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 740 (6.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 351 (3.07%) Windows Server 2003
9 300 (2.62%) Unix
10 236 (2.06%) Windows XP
11 235 (2.06%) Android
12 233 (2.04%) Apple iOS
13 222 (1.94%) Windows 8
14 179 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 101 (0.88%) Mac OS
16 100 (0.87%) Mac OS X
17 79 (0.69%) AIX
18 71 (0.62%) Solaris
19 54 (0.47%) CentOS
20 38 (0.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,298 (20.10%) Agile Software Development
2 1,331 (11.64%) ITIL
3 1,330 (11.63%) Migration
4 1,032 (9.03%) Problem-Solving
5 998 (8.73%) Business Intelligence
6 938 (8.21%) Project Management
7 792 (6.93%) CRM
8 740 (6.47%) DevOps
9 682 (5.97%) MVC
10 670 (5.86%) Scrum
11 631 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
12 558 (4.88%) Analytics
13 544 (4.76%) Change Management
14 484 (4.23%) PRINCE2
15 467 (4.09%) Service Management
16 447 (3.91%) ETL
17 422 (3.69%) Test Automation
18 417 (3.65%) Continuous Integration
19 416 (3.64%) TDD
20 364 (3.18%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 2,561 (22.40%) SQL
2 1,767 (15.46%) C#
3 1,148 (10.04%) PowerShell
4 978 (8.55%) JavaScript
5 529 (4.63%) T-SQL
6 459 (4.02%) Java
7 364 (3.18%) Python
8 187 (1.64%) C
9 177 (1.55%) VBA
10 168 (1.47%) VB
11 135 (1.18%) VBScript
12 130 (1.14%) VB.NET
13 128 (1.12%) PL/SQL
14 126 (1.10%) C++
15 102 (0.89%) TypeScript
16 91 (0.80%) Ruby
17 88 (0.77%) Bash Shell
18 77 (0.67%) Perl
19 76 (0.66%) PHP
20 75 (0.66%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,224 (10.71%) Security Cleared
2 938 (8.21%) SC Cleared
3 762 (6.67%) Degree
4 699 (6.11%) Microsoft Certification
5 342 (2.99%) MCSE
6 223 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
7 189 (1.65%) MCP
8 181 (1.58%) MCSA
9 167 (1.46%) DV Cleared
10 166 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
11 143 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
12 122 (1.07%) CCNA
13 121 (1.06%) ISTQB
14 119 (1.04%) CCNP
15 113 (0.99%) CISSP
16 111 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
17 99 (0.87%) PMI Certification
18 97 (0.85%) ISEB
18 97 (0.85%) MCITP
19 83 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (2.97%) SLA
2 300 (2.62%) QA
3 262 (2.29%) PMO
4 193 (1.69%) GDPR
5 151 (1.32%) Data Quality
6 96 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 70 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
8 59 (0.52%) PCI DSS
9 33 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 26 (0.23%) GCP
10 26 (0.23%) ISO 9001
11 21 (0.18%) COBIT
12 17 (0.15%) Def Stans
13 14 (0.12%) ISO 22301
13 14 (0.12%) MiFID
14 13 (0.11%) HL7
15 11 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 19770
16 9 (0.079%) ISAE 3402
16 9 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 9 (0.079%) RMADS
System Software
1 2,768 (24.21%) Active Directory
2 870 (7.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 439 (3.84%) Hyper-V
4 347 (3.04%) XenApp
5 333 (2.91%) VMware ESXi
6 263 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
7 257 (2.25%) vSphere
8 212 (1.85%) Docker
8 212 (1.85%) XenDesktop
9 136 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
10 95 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
11 87 (0.76%) XenServer
12 62 (0.54%) BitLocker
13 43 (0.38%) Terminal Services
14 39 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
15 38 (0.33%) VMware NSX
16 36 (0.31%) NFS
17 34 (0.30%) Xen
18 25 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
19 23 (0.20%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 929 (8.13%) SCCM
2 249 (2.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 222 (1.94%) Microsoft Intune
4 206 (1.80%) SCOM
5 193 (1.69%) Puppet
6 159 (1.39%) Ansible
6 159 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
7 158 (1.38%) WSUS
8 101 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
9 96 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
10 93 (0.81%) AirWatch
11 92 (0.80%) Terraform
12 91 (0.80%) Kubernetes
13 88 (0.77%) HP ALM
14 84 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
15 77 (0.67%) vCenter Server
16 59 (0.52%) NetBackup
17 55 (0.48%) Backup Exec
18 41 (0.36%) XenMobile
19 37 (0.32%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 1,406 (12.30%) VMware
2 924 (8.08%) Citrix
3 791 (6.92%) Oracle
4 701 (6.13%) Cisco
5 469 (4.10%) HP
6 451 (3.95%) SAP
7 270 (2.36%) Apple
7 270 (2.36%) Ivanti
8 255 (2.23%) Google
9 246 (2.15%) IBM
10 215 (1.88%) McAfee
11 212 (1.85%) Red Hat
12 206 (1.80%) NetApp
13 151 (1.32%) Tableau
14 150 (1.31%) ServiceNow
15 141 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
16 139 (1.22%) Symantec
17 130 (1.14%) SolarWinds
18 129 (1.13%) Dell
19 128 (1.12%) CheckPoint