Period
to 26 June 2019

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 June 2019 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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,969 11,499 10,268
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.04% 11.41% 11.19%
As % of the Vendors category 28.47% 27.53% 25.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,063 7,245 6,423
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £175 £170
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £353
% change year-on-year +6.67% +6.38% -2.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 674 775 733
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% +7.53% -7.81%
10th Percentile £10.85 £10.53 £9.81
90th Percentile £42.85 £37.79 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.34 £15.00 £14.40
% change year-on-year +2.23% +4.17% -8.03%

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 38,526 41,776 40,444
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.27% 41.47% 44.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,929 25,819 24,751
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £258 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,356 1,535 1,427
UK median hourly rate £19.03 £17.50 £17.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.74% +1.16% -6.49%
10th Percentile £11.08 £10.77 £10.40
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.43
% change year-on-year +9.38% -2.62% -8.72%

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 26 June 2019.

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 26 June 2019.

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 26 June 2019. 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 +1 10,048 £425 +3.03% 2,305
UK excluding London +1 6,599 £400 +6.67% 1,838
London -2 4,132 £456 +1.28% 607
South East +2 2,129 £425 +6.25% 439
North of England +4 1,324 £400 +10.34% 545
Midlands +2 1,022 £400 +2.56% 351
South West +3 892 £425 +21.43% 198
West Midlands +1 679 £413 +3.13% 231
North West +2 613 £425 +13.33% 272
Yorkshire +9 554 £375 +7.14% 213
East of England -1 504 £400 +12.68% 177
Scotland -3 502 £363 - 107
East Midlands +1 340 £363 -3.33% 120
Wales -2 183 £400 - 24
North East +2 157 £350 +16.67% 60
Northern Ireland +2 47 £325 -13.33% 8
Channel Islands -1 10 £450 +13.56% 3
Isle of Man +2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 June 2019, 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 3,713 (33.85%) Windows
2 3,401 (31.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 2,806 (25.58%) Active Directory
4 2,233 (20.36%) Agile Software Development
5 2,219 (20.23%) SQL
6 2,084 (19.00%) Office 365
7 2,022 (18.43%) SQL Server
8 1,937 (17.66%) Microsoft Office
9 1,901 (17.33%) Finance
10 1,670 (15.22%) .NET
11 1,613 (14.71%) C#
12 1,357 (12.37%) Migration
13 1,323 (12.06%) Windows Server
14 1,309 (11.93%) Windows 10
15 1,303 (11.88%) VMware
15 1,303 (11.88%) PowerShell
16 1,199 (10.93%) ITIL
17 1,172 (10.68%) SCCM
18 1,150 (10.48%) SharePoint
19 1,088 (9.92%) Microsoft Excel
20 1,078 (9.83%) DevOps
21 1,037 (9.45%) Security Cleared
22 1,017 (9.27%) Business Intelligence
23 985 (8.98%) Amazon AWS
24 954 (8.70%) JavaScript
25 943 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
26 915 (8.34%) Analytical Skills
27 901 (8.21%) CRM
28 838 (7.64%) Windows 7
29 793 (7.23%) 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 1,150 (10.48%) SharePoint
2 701 (6.39%) MS Exchange
3 490 (4.47%) Skype for Business
4 381 (3.47%) IIS
5 233 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2010
6 176 (1.60%) Confluence
7 129 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
8 115 (1.05%) Apache
9 112 (1.02%) SharePoint 2013
10 108 (0.98%) CMS
11 81 (0.74%) Tomcat
12 79 (0.72%) Apache Spark
13 77 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
14 69 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
15 67 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
16 60 (0.55%) WebSphere
17 58 (0.53%) WebLogic
18 54 (0.49%) OpenStack
19 52 (0.47%) nginx
20 44 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1,937 (17.66%) Microsoft Office
2 1,088 (9.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 509 (4.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 325 (2.96%) Microsoft Project
5 217 (1.98%) MS Visio
6 69 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.19%) InfoPath
8 18 (0.16%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 12 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 11 (0.10%) Camtasia
11 11 (0.10%) XMetaL
12 10 (0.091%) Acrobat
13 8 (0.073%) Chatbot
14 7 (0.064%) SPSS
15 6 (0.055%) InDesign
15 6 (0.055%) Siemens NX
16 5 (0.046%) AutoCAD
16 5 (0.046%) Sketch
16 5 (0.046%) Stata
Business Applications
1 758 (6.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 165 (1.50%) Dynamics AX
3 97 (0.88%) Dynamics NAV
4 32 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 27 (0.25%) NetSuite
6 26 (0.24%) Elite 3E
7 24 (0.22%) Primavera
8 18 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 16 (0.15%) MoSes
10 12 (0.11%) SAP BPC
10 12 (0.11%) SAP ERP
11 11 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 10 (0.091%) Oracle Applications
12 10 (0.091%) Oracle ERP
13 9 (0.082%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 9 (0.082%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 8 (0.073%) Carpe Diem
14 8 (0.073%) SAP MM
15 6 (0.055%) SAP S/4HANA
16 5 (0.046%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3,401 (31.01%) Microsoft Azure
2 2,084 (19.00%) Office 365
3 985 (8.98%) Amazon AWS
4 712 (6.49%) Power Platform
5 703 (6.41%) Dynamics 365
6 546 (4.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 504 (4.59%) PaaS
8 440 (4.01%) IaaS
9 298 (2.72%) SaaS
10 196 (1.79%) Serverless
11 159 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
12 157 (1.43%) Azure Data Factory
13 153 (1.39%) OneDrive
14 147 (1.34%) GitHub
15 134 (1.22%) Azure Functions
16 129 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
17 99 (0.90%) PowerApps
18 63 (0.57%) Yammer
19 60 (0.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 55 (0.50%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 740 (6.75%) DNS
2 638 (5.82%) Firewall
3 511 (4.66%) Skype
4 477 (4.35%) DHCP
5 368 (3.35%) WAN
6 362 (3.30%) LAN
7 344 (3.14%) TCP/IP
8 310 (2.83%) VPN
9 288 (2.63%) SAN
10 257 (2.34%) Internet
11 152 (1.39%) Wireless
12 135 (1.23%) VoIP
13 125 (1.14%) Unified Communications
14 122 (1.11%) SSL
15 116 (1.06%) Network Security
16 105 (0.96%) VLAN
17 100 (0.91%) Remote Desktop
18 92 (0.84%) NetScaler
19 88 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
20 79 (0.72%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,022 (18.43%) SQL Server
2 661 (6.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 619 (5.64%) Power BI
4 574 (5.23%) Data Warehouse
5 491 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 278 (2.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 245 (2.23%) Relational Database
8 228 (2.08%) Big Data
9 222 (2.02%) Azure SQL Database
10 212 (1.93%) Data Lake
11 205 (1.87%) MySQL
12 190 (1.73%) SQL Server 2012
13 188 (1.71%) NoSQL
14 154 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
15 131 (1.19%) Oracle Database
16 125 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
17 121 (1.10%) MongoDB
18 114 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
19 112 (1.02%) Cosmos DB
20 100 (0.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 586 (5.34%) Visual Studio
2 570 (5.20%) Git (software)
3 441 (4.02%) JIRA
4 397 (3.62%) Visual Studio Team System
5 360 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
6 328 (2.99%) Jenkins
7 157 (1.43%) Selenium
8 136 (1.24%) MSI
9 100 (0.91%) TeamCity
10 87 (0.79%) SpecFlow
11 82 (0.75%) Subversion
12 78 (0.71%) Cucumber
13 75 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
14 72 (0.66%) Maven
15 71 (0.65%) Bitbucket
16 65 (0.59%) GitLab
17 60 (0.55%) Artifactory
18 59 (0.54%) NUnit
19 56 (0.51%) SonarQube
20 54 (0.49%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,901 (17.33%) Finance
2 447 (4.08%) Banking
3 352 (3.21%) Retail
4 295 (2.69%) Telecoms
5 257 (2.34%) Marketing
6 195 (1.78%) Legal
7 151 (1.38%) Law
8 132 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 114 (1.04%) Front Office
10 106 (0.97%) Investment Banking
11 104 (0.95%) Advertising
12 103 (0.94%) Back Office
13 92 (0.84%) Financial Institution
14 87 (0.79%) Military
15 76 (0.69%) Electronics
16 71 (0.65%) Billing
17 66 (0.60%) German Language
18 58 (0.53%) Publishing
19 56 (0.51%) French Language
20 50 (0.46%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 2,018 (18.40%) Developer
2 1,607 (14.65%) Analyst
3 1,162 (10.59%) Architect
4 680 (6.20%) Consultant
5 573 (5.22%) Support Engineer
6 488 (4.45%) .NET Developer
6 488 (4.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 427 (3.89%) Project Manager
8 368 (3.35%) C# Developer
9 362 (3.30%) Solutions Architect
10 316 (2.88%) Business Analyst
11 312 (2.84%) 2nd Line Support
12 305 (2.78%) Support Analyst
13 303 (2.76%) Azure Engineer
14 296 (2.70%) Service Analyst
15 289 (2.63%) IT Support
16 284 (2.59%) Windows Engineer
17 272 (2.48%) Desktop Support
18 264 (2.41%) DevOps Engineer
19 247 (2.25%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,670 (15.22%) .NET
2 646 (5.89%) HTML
3 568 (5.18%) Web Services
4 551 (5.02%) CSS
5 499 (4.55%) ASP.NET
6 350 (3.19%) .NET Framework
7 340 (3.10%) AngularJS
7 340 (3.10%) XML
8 337 (3.07%) ASP.NET Web API
9 301 (2.74%) REST
10 288 (2.63%) JSON
11 274 (2.50%) jQuery
12 251 (2.29%) RESTful
13 249 (2.27%) Node.js
14 204 (1.86%) ASP.NET MVC
15 196 (1.79%) .NET Core
15 196 (1.79%) WCF
16 169 (1.54%) SOAP
17 164 (1.50%) HTML5
18 160 (1.46%) React
Miscellaneous
1 915 (8.34%) Analytical Skills
2 466 (4.25%) Data Centre
3 354 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 339 (3.09%) Self-Motivation
5 232 (2.12%) User Experience
6 199 (1.81%) Public Cloud
7 190 (1.73%) Clustering
8 155 (1.41%) Greenfield Project
9 137 (1.25%) PKI
10 136 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
11 131 (1.19%) Blackberry
12 126 (1.15%) Replication
13 125 (1.14%) Mobile App
14 123 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
14 123 (1.12%) NHS
15 120 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
16 103 (0.94%) Driving Licence
17 92 (0.84%) Virtual Team
18 72 (0.66%) iPhone
19 69 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3,713 (33.85%) Windows
2 1,323 (12.06%) Windows Server
3 1,309 (11.93%) Windows 10
4 838 (7.64%) Windows 7
5 738 (6.73%) Linux
6 591 (5.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 481 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 245 (2.23%) Unix
9 230 (2.10%) Android
10 202 (1.84%) Apple iOS
11 153 (1.39%) Windows 8
12 149 (1.36%) Windows Server 2003
13 136 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 134 (1.22%) Windows XP
15 96 (0.88%) Mac OS
16 81 (0.74%) Solaris
17 64 (0.58%) Mac OS X
18 49 (0.45%) CentOS
19 48 (0.44%) AIX
20 42 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,233 (20.36%) Agile Software Development
2 1,357 (12.37%) Migration
3 1,199 (10.93%) ITIL
4 1,078 (9.83%) DevOps
5 1,017 (9.27%) Business Intelligence
6 943 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
7 901 (8.21%) CRM
8 722 (6.58%) Project Management
9 718 (6.55%) Scrum
10 604 (5.51%) Analytics
11 592 (5.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 570 (5.20%) Stakeholder Management
13 493 (4.49%) Test Automation
14 467 (4.26%) Continuous Integration
15 453 (4.13%) MVC
16 414 (3.77%) ETL
17 409 (3.73%) Change Management
18 404 (3.68%) Service Management
18 404 (3.68%) TDD
19 402 (3.66%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,219 (20.23%) SQL
2 1,613 (14.71%) C#
3 1,303 (11.88%) PowerShell
4 954 (8.70%) JavaScript
5 541 (4.93%) Java
6 473 (4.31%) T-SQL
7 451 (4.11%) Python
8 164 (1.50%) VB
9 162 (1.48%) C++
10 151 (1.38%) PL/SQL
11 148 (1.35%) C
12 141 (1.29%) Bash Shell
13 131 (1.19%) VBA
14 111 (1.01%) VB.NET
15 110 (1.00%) TypeScript
16 99 (0.90%) Perl
17 90 (0.82%) VBScript
18 73 (0.67%) Ruby
19 72 (0.66%) R
20 62 (0.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,037 (9.45%) Security Cleared
2 690 (6.29%) SC Cleared
3 656 (5.98%) Degree
4 637 (5.81%) Microsoft Certification
5 359 (3.27%) MCSE
6 251 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
7 243 (2.22%) DV Cleared
8 192 (1.75%) CCNA
9 188 (1.71%) MCSA
10 120 (1.09%) MCP
11 118 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
12 108 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
13 105 (0.96%) ISTQB
14 97 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
15 96 (0.88%) CISSP
16 92 (0.84%) CCNP
16 92 (0.84%) ISEB
17 89 (0.81%) PMI Certification
17 89 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 68 (0.62%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 310 (2.83%) SLA
2 302 (2.75%) QA
3 199 (1.81%) PMO
4 142 (1.29%) GDPR
5 135 (1.23%) Data Quality
6 115 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 67 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 36 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
9 28 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 26 (0.24%) NIST
11 24 (0.22%) ISO 9001
12 22 (0.20%) NCSC
13 21 (0.19%) COBIT
13 21 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 16 (0.15%) HL7
15 13 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 11 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 11 (0.10%) JSP 440
17 10 (0.091%) Government Security Classifications
18 9 (0.082%) MiFID
System Software
1 2,806 (25.58%) Active Directory
2 793 (7.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 486 (4.43%) Hyper-V
4 308 (2.81%) Docker
5 260 (2.37%) XenApp
6 249 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
7 211 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
8 209 (1.91%) vSphere
9 198 (1.81%) Virtual Machines
10 188 (1.71%) XenDesktop
11 95 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
12 65 (0.59%) BitLocker
13 49 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
14 43 (0.39%) Xen
15 41 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
16 38 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 33 (0.30%) Firmware
18 31 (0.28%) KVM
18 31 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
18 31 (0.28%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1,172 (10.68%) SCCM
2 300 (2.73%) Microsoft Intune
3 252 (2.30%) Kubernetes
4 235 (2.14%) Ansible
5 229 (2.09%) SCOM
6 197 (1.80%) Puppet
7 181 (1.65%) Terraform
8 133 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
9 130 (1.19%) WSUS
10 125 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
11 92 (0.84%) AirWatch
12 91 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
13 70 (0.64%) SCVMM
14 65 (0.59%) vCenter Server
15 56 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
16 44 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
17 43 (0.39%) NetBackup
18 42 (0.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 42 (0.38%) HP ALM
19 40 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 1,303 (11.88%) VMware
2 711 (6.48%) Oracle
3 700 (6.38%) Cisco
3 700 (6.38%) Citrix
4 352 (3.21%) HP
5 323 (2.94%) Google
6 294 (2.68%) SAP
7 223 (2.03%) IBM
8 210 (1.91%) Dell
9 184 (1.68%) ServiceNow
10 163 (1.49%) Apple
11 157 (1.43%) Red Hat
12 141 (1.29%) NetApp
13 127 (1.16%) Remedy
14 123 (1.12%) Tableau
15 111 (1.01%) Symantec
16 110 (1.00%) McAfee
17 105 (0.96%) EMC
18 103 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
19 95 (0.87%) Ivanti