Period
to 26 November 2020

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 26 November 2020 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
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 12 5 8
Rank change year-on-year -7 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 4,136 10,868 12,451
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 11.28% 13.16% 12.06%
As % of the Vendors category 25.94% 30.66% 28.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,080 7,069 7,851
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £175 £163 £164
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +6.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 743 891
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +9.68% +1.64%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.45 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +2.39%

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 15,943 35,449 43,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.49% 42.92% 41.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,398 22,114 26,719
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +4.05%
10th Percentile £253 £230 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 1,467 1,654
Median hourly rate £35.00 £19.47 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +79.81% +11.23% +0.40%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £57.17 £52.25 £47.06
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £16.91
% change year-on-year +38.89% +6.48% +2.45%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft over the 6 months to 26 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft over the 6 months to 26 November 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 17 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 26 November 2020. 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 -8 3,391 £425 - 1,997
UK excluding London 0 2,200 £400 - 1,702
London -2 1,458 £475 +5.56% 451
Work from Home -3 911 £425 -2.02% 409
South East -2 542 £425 - 395
North of England -1 479 £350 -6.67% 477
Midlands -1 357 £373 -6.88% 342
Scotland +2 318 £450 +25.17% 81
North West +1 301 £338 -10.00% 280
South West -2 279 £425 +3.03% 169
West Midlands -5 195 £375 -10.71% 207
East Midlands +2 157 £350 -6.67% 132
East of England -3 154 £345 -8.00% 165
Yorkshire -7 138 £375 -6.25% 144
Wales -3 69 £370 -10.84% 58
North East -13 41 £400 +10.73% 53
Northern Ireland -7 16 £261 -20.83% 20

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, 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 1,591 (38.47%) Azure
2 1,274 (30.80%) Windows
3 1,078 (26.06%) Active Directory
4 820 (19.83%) Office 365
5 804 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
6 785 (18.98%) SQL
7 710 (17.17%) Security Cleared
8 693 (16.76%) Microsoft Office
9 664 (16.05%) SQL Server
10 603 (14.58%) Finance
11 576 (13.93%) Migration
12 555 (13.42%) DevOps
13 520 (12.57%) SC Cleared
14 516 (12.48%) Power Platform
15 512 (12.38%) Business Intelligence
16 510 (12.33%) Public Sector
17 466 (11.27%) SharePoint
18 460 (11.12%) Windows 10
19 456 (11.03%) Windows Server
20 454 (10.98%) VMware
21 450 (10.88%) PowerShell
22 446 (10.78%) .NET
23 443 (10.71%) C#
24 429 (10.37%) Microsoft Excel
25 388 (9.38%) ITIL
26 366 (8.85%) Power BI
27 350 (8.46%) Problem-Solving
28 343 (8.29%) AWS
29 339 (8.20%) VMware Infrastructure
30 328 (7.93%) Analytical Skills

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
1 466 (11.27%) SharePoint
2 153 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 142 (3.43%) Skype for Business
4 98 (2.37%) IIS
5 78 (1.89%) Confluence
6 52 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
7 44 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
8 36 (0.87%) CMS
9 32 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
10 29 (0.70%) WebLogic
11 22 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
12 19 (0.46%) Apache
13 18 (0.44%) JBoss
14 16 (0.39%) Apache Spark
15 15 (0.36%) ArcGIS
15 15 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
15 15 (0.36%) nginx
15 15 (0.36%) Tomcat
16 14 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
17 13 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 693 (16.76%) Microsoft Office
2 429 (10.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 164 (3.97%) Microsoft Project
4 159 (3.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 106 (2.56%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.31%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.17%) Chatbot
9 6 (0.15%) Gephi
9 6 (0.15%) InfoPath
10 5 (0.12%) Camtasia
11 4 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.097%) CATIA
11 4 (0.097%) SPSS
12 2 (0.048%) Figma
12 2 (0.048%) LaTeX
12 2 (0.048%) LibreOffice
13 1 (0.024%) Autodesk Inventor
13 1 (0.024%) Fusion 360
13 1 (0.024%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 203 (4.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.29%) Sentinel
5 11 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.24%) SAP ERP
7 8 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.17%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
10 5 (0.12%) Infor M3
11 4 (0.097%) Oracle Financials
11 4 (0.097%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.097%) SAP S/4HANA
11 4 (0.097%) Visualfiles
12 3 (0.073%) Oracle EBS
12 3 (0.073%) Payment Gateway
12 3 (0.073%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 3 (0.073%) Primavera
12 3 (0.073%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 3 (0.073%) SmartPlant
Cloud Services
1 1,591 (38.47%) Azure
2 820 (19.83%) Office 365
3 516 (12.48%) Power Platform
4 343 (8.29%) AWS
5 268 (6.48%) Dynamics 365
6 267 (6.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 175 (4.23%) PowerApps
8 173 (4.18%) PaaS
9 170 (4.11%) IaaS
10 130 (3.14%) OneDrive
11 122 (2.95%) Power Automate
12 119 (2.88%) Logic Apps
13 114 (2.76%) SaaS
14 100 (2.42%) Azure Data Factory
15 94 (2.27%) Serverless
16 65 (1.57%) GCP
17 61 (1.47%) GitHub
18 59 (1.43%) Azure Functions
19 49 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
20 48 (1.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 249 (6.02%) DNS
2 214 (5.17%) Firewall
3 209 (5.05%) Skype
4 173 (4.18%) DHCP
5 141 (3.41%) TCP/IP
6 140 (3.38%) WAN
7 131 (3.17%) LAN
7 131 (3.17%) VPN
8 86 (2.08%) SAN
9 75 (1.81%) VoIP
10 64 (1.55%) Internet
11 63 (1.52%) Wi-Fi
12 54 (1.31%) Ethernet
13 51 (1.23%) Unified Communications
14 47 (1.14%) VLAN
15 42 (1.02%) Kerberos
16 40 (0.97%) Network Security
17 39 (0.94%) Wireless
18 32 (0.77%) Remote Desktop
19 29 (0.70%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 664 (16.05%) SQL Server
2 366 (8.85%) Power BI
3 204 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
4 171 (4.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 162 (3.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 130 (3.14%) Data Lake
7 127 (3.07%) Azure SQL Database
8 91 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 84 (2.03%) Relational Database
10 75 (1.81%) Big Data
11 63 (1.52%) MySQL
12 60 (1.45%) Cosmos DB
12 60 (1.45%) Oracle Database
12 60 (1.45%) Tableau
13 56 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
14 48 (1.16%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 43 (1.04%) MongoDB
16 42 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 40 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
18 38 (0.92%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 192 (4.64%) Git (software)
2 153 (3.70%) JIRA
3 141 (3.41%) Jenkins
4 127 (3.07%) Visual Studio
5 78 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
6 68 (1.64%) Selenium
7 57 (1.38%) Visual Studio Team System
8 54 (1.31%) GitLab
9 45 (1.09%) TeamCity
10 44 (1.06%) SonarQube
11 39 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
12 33 (0.80%) Bitbucket
12 33 (0.80%) Subversion
13 31 (0.75%) NUnit
14 29 (0.70%) Cucumber
14 29 (0.70%) SpecFlow
15 28 (0.68%) Maven
16 27 (0.65%) MSI
17 25 (0.60%) Artifactory
18 23 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 603 (14.58%) Finance
2 510 (12.33%) Public Sector
3 154 (3.72%) Banking
4 152 (3.68%) Telecoms
5 121 (2.93%) Marketing
6 107 (2.59%) Retail
7 102 (2.47%) Manufacturing
8 68 (1.64%) Law
9 64 (1.55%) Electronics
10 49 (1.18%) Legal
11 46 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
12 41 (0.99%) Local Government
13 40 (0.97%) Front Office
14 38 (0.92%) Advertising
15 31 (0.75%) Investment Banking
16 29 (0.70%) Military
17 22 (0.53%) Financial Institution
17 22 (0.53%) French Language
17 22 (0.53%) Publishing
18 21 (0.51%) German Language
Job Titles
1 618 (14.94%) Developer
2 503 (12.16%) Analyst
3 467 (11.29%) Architect
4 301 (7.28%) Consultant
5 185 (4.47%) Azure Engineer
6 153 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 152 (3.68%) Project Manager
8 150 (3.63%) Support Engineer
9 129 (3.12%) .NET Developer
10 111 (2.68%) Solutions Architect
11 106 (2.56%) Administrator
11 106 (2.56%) DevOps Engineer
12 103 (2.49%) Azure Architect
13 94 (2.27%) Desktop Support
14 88 (2.13%) Business Analyst
14 88 (2.13%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 88 (2.13%) Service Analyst
15 84 (2.03%) Support Analyst
16 83 (2.01%) C# Developer
17 78 (1.89%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 446 (10.78%) .NET
2 191 (4.62%) HTML
3 154 (3.72%) Web Services
4 148 (3.58%) CSS
5 137 (3.31%) ASP.NET
6 115 (2.78%) XML
7 100 (2.42%) .NET Framework
8 98 (2.37%) .NET Core
9 92 (2.22%) JSON
10 82 (1.98%) React
11 79 (1.91%) HTML5
12 75 (1.81%) AngularJS
13 72 (1.74%) Node.js
14 68 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web API
14 68 (1.64%) LDAP
15 66 (1.60%) REST
16 59 (1.43%) jQuery
17 56 (1.35%) RESTful
18 49 (1.18%) Kafka
19 40 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 328 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
2 192 (4.64%) Management Information System
3 169 (4.09%) Data Centre
4 105 (2.54%) User Experience
5 97 (2.35%) NHS
6 94 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
7 90 (2.18%) PKI
8 83 (2.01%) Public Cloud
9 66 (1.60%) Replication
10 59 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
11 54 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
12 48 (1.16%) Data Structures
13 47 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
14 46 (1.11%) Private Cloud
15 39 (0.94%) Clustering
16 35 (0.85%) Driving Licence
17 34 (0.82%) Cloud Native
18 31 (0.75%) Blackberry
19 29 (0.70%) Virtual Team
20 26 (0.63%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,274 (30.80%) Windows
2 460 (11.12%) Windows 10
3 456 (11.03%) Windows Server
4 261 (6.31%) Linux
5 180 (4.35%) Windows 7
6 174 (4.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 135 (3.26%) Windows Server 2016
8 112 (2.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 102 (2.47%) Unix
10 84 (2.03%) Windows Server 2019
11 80 (1.93%) Apple iOS
12 61 (1.47%) Android
13 53 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 33 (0.80%) CentOS
14 33 (0.80%) Windows 8
15 27 (0.65%) Ubuntu
16 26 (0.63%) Solaris
17 24 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
18 22 (0.53%) Mac OS
19 20 (0.48%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 804 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
2 576 (13.93%) Migration
3 555 (13.42%) DevOps
4 512 (12.38%) Business Intelligence
5 388 (9.38%) ITIL
6 350 (8.46%) Problem-Solving
7 301 (7.28%) Project Management
8 257 (6.21%) Project Delivery
9 241 (5.83%) CRM
10 236 (5.71%) Scrum
11 226 (5.46%) Analytics
12 224 (5.42%) Stakeholder Management
13 200 (4.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 183 (4.42%) Test Automation
15 177 (4.28%) Change Management
15 177 (4.28%) Continuous Integration
16 166 (4.01%) Data Modelling
17 155 (3.75%) Service Delivery
18 154 (3.72%) ETL
19 152 (3.68%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 785 (18.98%) SQL
2 450 (10.88%) PowerShell
3 443 (10.71%) C#
4 304 (7.35%) JavaScript
5 219 (5.29%) Python
6 158 (3.82%) Java
7 136 (3.29%) T-SQL
8 72 (1.74%) C
9 64 (1.55%) Bash Shell
10 61 (1.47%) VB
11 49 (1.18%) C++
12 42 (1.02%) VBA
13 37 (0.89%) PL/SQL
14 36 (0.87%) VBScript
15 33 (0.80%) TypeScript
15 33 (0.80%) VB.NET
16 30 (0.73%) R
17 29 (0.70%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 24 (0.58%) Ruby
19 19 (0.46%) Perl
Qualifications
1 710 (17.17%) Security Cleared
2 520 (12.57%) SC Cleared
3 225 (5.44%) Microsoft Certification
4 214 (5.17%) Degree
5 189 (4.57%) DV Cleared
6 87 (2.10%) MCSE
7 75 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
8 55 (1.33%) ISEB
9 54 (1.31%) CISSP
10 49 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
10 49 (1.18%) ISTQB
11 48 (1.16%) CCNA
12 40 (0.97%) MCSA
13 35 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 33 (0.80%) MCP
15 29 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
16 28 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 28 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
17 27 (0.65%) CISM
17 27 (0.65%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (2.85%) SLA
2 109 (2.64%) QA
3 94 (2.27%) Data Quality
4 61 (1.47%) PMO
5 56 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (0.99%) GDPR
7 31 (0.75%) NIST
8 27 (0.65%) COBIT
8 27 (0.65%) PCI DSS
9 22 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 14 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
11 13 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
12 11 (0.27%) NCSC
13 10 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 10 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 10 (0.24%) NIST 800
14 9 (0.22%) ISO 9001
15 7 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 17025
16 6 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 6 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 1,078 (26.06%) Active Directory
2 339 (8.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 137 (3.31%) Docker
4 93 (2.25%) vSphere
5 87 (2.10%) Hyper-V
6 86 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
7 70 (1.69%) Microsoft App-V
8 63 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
9 49 (1.18%) XenApp
10 44 (1.06%) VMware NSX
11 40 (0.97%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 38 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
13 26 (0.63%) XenDesktop
14 22 (0.53%) NFS
15 18 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
16 15 (0.36%) HDFS
17 13 (0.31%) BitLocker
17 13 (0.31%) VMFS
18 11 (0.27%) Firmware
19 9 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 317 (7.66%) SCCM
2 168 (4.06%) Microsoft Intune
3 152 (3.68%) Terraform
4 135 (3.26%) Kubernetes
5 109 (2.64%) Ansible
6 68 (1.64%) Single Sign-On
7 57 (1.38%) SCOM
8 50 (1.21%) WSUS
9 43 (1.04%) Puppet
10 41 (0.99%) vCenter Server
11 30 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
12 28 (0.68%) vRealize
13 21 (0.51%) AirWatch
14 18 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
14 18 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
15 16 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
15 16 (0.39%) NetBackup
16 14 (0.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 13 (0.31%) vMotion
18 12 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 454 (10.98%) VMware
2 270 (6.53%) Cisco
3 268 (6.48%) Oracle
4 208 (5.03%) Citrix
5 142 (3.43%) SAP
6 140 (3.38%) Databricks
7 105 (2.54%) Google
8 100 (2.42%) HP
9 77 (1.86%) Dell
10 61 (1.47%) Splunk
11 58 (1.40%) Red Hat
11 58 (1.40%) Remedy
12 56 (1.35%) ServiceNow
13 54 (1.31%) Ivanti
14 50 (1.21%) CheckPoint
15 49 (1.18%) Apple
16 46 (1.11%) McAfee
17 41 (0.99%) IBM
18 40 (0.97%) Palo Alto
18 40 (0.97%) Salesforce.com