Period
to 17 February 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 17 February 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
17 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 7 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,987 11,056 11,642
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.28% 10.99% 12.13%
As % of the Vendors category 29.03% 26.45% 26.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,500 7,008 7,489
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £170 £158 £175
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 809 733 780
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.42% -3.63%
10th Percentile £10.32 £10.50 £9.81
90th Percentile £35.30 £37.50 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.85 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year -1.00% +3.45% -3.33%

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 41,295 41,806 43,237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.29% 41.56% 45.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,502 26,306 26,554
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £231 £238
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,541 1,411 1,631
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% -5.56%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.75 £10.30
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.10% -2.06% -5.71%

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 17 February 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 17 February 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 17 February 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 +2 10,959 £425 +6.25% 5,400
UK excluding London +1 7,379 £400 +6.67% 4,287
London -1 4,316 £460 +2.22% 1,464
South East +3 2,331 £425 +9.68% 1,020
North of England +3 1,682 £400 +10.34% 1,292
Midlands +1 1,083 £388 +3.33% 792
North West +4 919 £400 +6.67% 642
South West +2 902 £405 +12.50% 482
West Midlands 0 706 £400 +6.67% 496
Yorkshire +1 602 £400 +14.29% 528
East of England +1 591 £375 +7.14% 368
Scotland +2 489 £365 -1.35% 210
East Midlands +2 366 £350 +2.94% 296
Wales -1 240 £390 +11.43% 108
North East -5 161 £400 - 123
Northern Ireland +9 56 £350 -2.78% 33
Channel Islands +3 9 £475 +150.00%
Isle of Man -1 4 £506 +26.56%

For the 6 months to 17 February 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 4,116 (34.34%) Windows
2 3,226 (26.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 2,916 (24.33%) Active Directory
4 2,635 (21.98%) Agile Software Development
5 2,505 (20.90%) SQL
6 2,305 (19.23%) SQL Server
7 2,220 (18.52%) Finance
8 2,213 (18.46%) Microsoft Office
9 2,002 (16.70%) .NET
10 1,971 (16.44%) Office 365
11 1,823 (15.21%) C#
12 1,441 (12.02%) Windows Server
13 1,357 (11.32%) VMware
14 1,350 (11.26%) PowerShell
15 1,345 (11.22%) Windows 10
16 1,324 (11.05%) ITIL
17 1,297 (10.82%) Migration
18 1,230 (10.26%) Microsoft Excel
19 1,165 (9.72%) Security Cleared
20 1,107 (9.24%) DevOps
21 1,103 (9.20%) SharePoint
22 1,101 (9.18%) SCCM
23 1,041 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
24 1,038 (8.66%) CRM
25 1,027 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
26 1,009 (8.42%) JavaScript
27 997 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
28 984 (8.21%) Windows 7
29 913 (7.62%) Amazon AWS
30 885 (7.38%) Dynamics CRM

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 1,103 (9.20%) SharePoint
2 737 (6.15%) MS Exchange
3 412 (3.44%) Skype for Business
4 384 (3.20%) IIS
5 213 (1.78%) Confluence
5 213 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2010
6 157 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
7 151 (1.26%) Apache
8 132 (1.10%) Tomcat
9 99 (0.83%) WebSphere
10 97 (0.81%) CMS
11 84 (0.70%) nginx
12 80 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
13 75 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
14 66 (0.55%) WebLogic
15 65 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
15 65 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
16 60 (0.50%) Apache Spark
17 59 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
18 54 (0.45%) Jetty
Applications
1 2,213 (18.46%) Microsoft Office
2 1,230 (10.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 583 (4.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 399 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
5 258 (2.15%) MS Visio
6 83 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 26 (0.22%) Chatbot
8 25 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 21 (0.18%) InfoPath
10 10 (0.083%) Adobe Illustrator
10 10 (0.083%) Camtasia
11 8 (0.067%) Acrobat
11 8 (0.067%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.067%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.067%) Siemens NX
12 7 (0.058%) Adobe Captivate
12 7 (0.058%) XMetaL
13 6 (0.050%) CATIA
13 6 (0.050%) SPSS
14 5 (0.042%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 885 (7.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 216 (1.80%) Dynamics AX
3 150 (1.25%) Dynamics NAV
4 38 (0.32%) NetSuite
5 22 (0.18%) Eikon
6 17 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
7 16 (0.13%) Primavera
7 16 (0.13%) SAP BPC
8 11 (0.092%) MoSes
8 11 (0.092%) SAP ERP
9 10 (0.083%) Endur
9 10 (0.083%) Oracle EBS
9 10 (0.083%) Oracle Financials
9 10 (0.083%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 9 (0.075%) Elite 3E
10 9 (0.075%) Markit EDM
10 9 (0.075%) Oracle ERP
10 9 (0.075%) Sentinel
10 9 (0.075%) thinkFolio
11 7 (0.058%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 3,226 (26.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,971 (16.44%) Office 365
3 913 (7.62%) Amazon AWS
4 698 (5.82%) Dynamics 365
5 512 (4.27%) PaaS
6 464 (3.87%) IaaS
7 443 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
8 405 (3.38%) SaaS
9 182 (1.52%) OneDrive
10 157 (1.31%) GitHub
11 145 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
12 143 (1.19%) Google Cloud Platform
13 137 (1.14%) Azure Data Factory
14 133 (1.11%) Serverless
15 80 (0.67%) Azure Functions
16 72 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
17 68 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
18 65 (0.54%) Yammer
19 55 (0.46%) OpenShift
20 51 (0.43%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 780 (6.51%) DNS
2 659 (5.50%) Firewall
3 474 (3.95%) DHCP
4 438 (3.65%) Skype
5 430 (3.59%) LAN
6 414 (3.45%) TCP/IP
7 389 (3.25%) WAN
8 384 (3.20%) VPN
9 302 (2.52%) Internet
10 288 (2.40%) SAN
11 172 (1.43%) SSL
12 163 (1.36%) VoIP
13 155 (1.29%) HTTP
14 142 (1.18%) Wireless
15 125 (1.04%) Remote Desktop
16 112 (0.93%) Network Security
17 101 (0.84%) Unified Communications
17 101 (0.84%) VLAN
18 88 (0.73%) IPsec
19 86 (0.72%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,305 (19.23%) SQL Server
2 721 (6.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 564 (4.71%) Power BI
4 538 (4.49%) Data Warehouse
5 533 (4.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 325 (2.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 300 (2.50%) Relational Database
8 227 (1.89%) Big Data
9 225 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
10 212 (1.77%) Azure SQL Database
11 188 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
12 187 (1.56%) NoSQL
13 180 (1.50%) Data Lake
13 180 (1.50%) MySQL
14 147 (1.23%) Hadoop
15 144 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
16 132 (1.10%) MongoDB
17 129 (1.08%) Oracle Database
18 114 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
19 113 (0.94%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 631 (5.26%) Visual Studio
2 585 (4.88%) Git (software)
3 575 (4.80%) JIRA
4 440 (3.67%) Visual Studio Team System
5 438 (3.65%) Jenkins
6 415 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
7 240 (2.00%) Selenium
8 166 (1.38%) TeamCity
9 134 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
10 131 (1.09%) Subversion
11 108 (0.90%) MSI
12 101 (0.84%) NUnit
13 93 (0.78%) GitLab
14 86 (0.72%) Cucumber
15 71 (0.59%) SpecFlow
16 67 (0.56%) SoapUI
17 66 (0.55%) SonarQube
18 65 (0.54%) Bitbucket
19 63 (0.53%) JMeter
20 59 (0.49%) JUnit
General
1 2,220 (18.52%) Finance
2 514 (4.29%) Banking
3 317 (2.64%) Telecoms
4 312 (2.60%) Marketing
5 307 (2.56%) Retail
6 201 (1.68%) Manufacturing
7 168 (1.40%) Legal
8 166 (1.38%) Law
9 124 (1.03%) Front Office
10 116 (0.97%) Back Office
11 111 (0.93%) Advertising
12 108 (0.90%) Electronics
13 100 (0.83%) Investment Banking
14 97 (0.81%) Financial Institution
15 81 (0.68%) Military
16 76 (0.63%) Billing
17 72 (0.60%) Publishing
18 61 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
19 49 (0.41%) Aerospace
20 40 (0.33%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2,358 (19.67%) Developer
2 1,929 (16.09%) Analyst
3 1,182 (9.86%) Architect
4 696 (5.81%) Consultant
5 635 (5.30%) .NET Developer
6 542 (4.52%) Support Engineer
7 485 (4.05%) C# Developer
8 439 (3.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 422 (3.52%) Project Manager
10 416 (3.47%) Support Analyst
11 414 (3.45%) Service Analyst
12 376 (3.14%) Service Desk Analyst
13 349 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
14 342 (2.85%) Business Analyst
15 340 (2.84%) Solutions Architect
16 334 (2.79%) Azure Engineer
17 329 (2.74%) 2nd Line Support
18 322 (2.69%) IT Support
19 311 (2.59%) Administrator
20 306 (2.55%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,002 (16.70%) .NET
2 743 (6.20%) HTML
3 688 (5.74%) ASP.NET
4 596 (4.97%) Web Services
5 586 (4.89%) CSS
6 453 (3.78%) .NET Framework
7 450 (3.75%) ASP.NET Web API
8 441 (3.68%) AngularJS
9 386 (3.22%) XML
10 343 (2.86%) jQuery
11 320 (2.67%) JSON
12 313 (2.61%) REST
13 277 (2.31%) Node.js
14 271 (2.26%) SOAP
15 259 (2.16%) ASP.NET MVC
16 240 (2.00%) HTML5
17 226 (1.89%) React
18 223 (1.86%) RESTful
19 198 (1.65%) .NET Core
20 189 (1.58%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1,041 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 449 (3.75%) Data Centre
3 406 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 382 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
5 233 (1.94%) User Experience
6 225 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
7 212 (1.77%) Public Cloud
8 189 (1.58%) PKI
9 186 (1.55%) Mobile App
10 178 (1.48%) Clustering
11 173 (1.44%) NHS
12 137 (1.14%) Blackberry
13 114 (0.95%) iPhone
14 110 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
15 109 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
16 107 (0.89%) Driving Licence
17 103 (0.86%) Replication
18 97 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
19 93 (0.78%) Fintech
19 93 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 4,116 (34.34%) Windows
2 1,441 (12.02%) Windows Server
3 1,345 (11.22%) Windows 10
4 984 (8.21%) Windows 7
5 822 (6.86%) Linux
6 639 (5.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 541 (4.51%) Windows Server 2008
8 321 (2.68%) Unix
9 254 (2.12%) Apple iOS
10 253 (2.11%) Android
11 205 (1.71%) Windows 8
12 195 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
13 193 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 164 (1.37%) Windows XP
15 115 (0.96%) Mac OS
16 85 (0.71%) CentOS
17 74 (0.62%) Mac OS X
18 61 (0.51%) Ubuntu
19 47 (0.39%) Solaris
20 29 (0.24%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,635 (21.98%) Agile Software Development
2 1,324 (11.05%) ITIL
3 1,297 (10.82%) Migration
4 1,107 (9.24%) DevOps
5 1,038 (8.66%) CRM
6 1,027 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
7 997 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
8 839 (7.00%) Project Management
9 819 (6.83%) Scrum
10 684 (5.71%) Analytics
11 649 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
12 636 (5.31%) MVC
13 603 (5.03%) Test Automation
14 592 (4.94%) Continuous Integration
15 523 (4.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 512 (4.27%) Service Management
17 478 (3.99%) TDD
18 452 (3.77%) ETL
19 404 (3.37%) Change Management
20 375 (3.13%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,505 (20.90%) SQL
2 1,823 (15.21%) C#
3 1,350 (11.26%) PowerShell
4 1,009 (8.42%) JavaScript
5 601 (5.01%) Java
6 512 (4.27%) T-SQL
7 453 (3.78%) Python
8 170 (1.42%) C
9 163 (1.36%) Bash Shell
10 150 (1.25%) VB
11 144 (1.20%) VBA
12 127 (1.06%) C++
12 127 (1.06%) TypeScript
13 118 (0.98%) PL/SQL
14 115 (0.96%) R
15 104 (0.87%) VBScript
16 100 (0.83%) Perl
17 96 (0.80%) Ruby
18 94 (0.78%) Shell Script
19 82 (0.68%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,165 (9.72%) Security Cleared
2 802 (6.69%) SC Cleared
3 766 (6.39%) Degree
4 741 (6.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 409 (3.41%) MCSE
6 294 (2.45%) DV Cleared
7 260 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 205 (1.71%) MCSA
9 196 (1.64%) CCNA
10 161 (1.34%) MCP
11 131 (1.09%) ISEB
12 124 (1.03%) ISTQB
13 120 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
14 111 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 110 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
16 105 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
17 101 (0.84%) CISSP
18 83 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 79 (0.66%) PMI Certification
20 78 (0.65%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 357 (2.98%) SLA
2 342 (2.85%) QA
3 239 (1.99%) PMO
4 161 (1.34%) GDPR
5 113 (0.94%) Data Quality
6 82 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 63 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
8 40 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 35 (0.29%) JSP 440
10 32 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 32 (0.27%) ISO 9001
11 29 (0.24%) HMG Infosec
12 28 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 18 (0.15%) IFRS
14 16 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
15 15 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
15 15 (0.13%) HL7
15 15 (0.13%) MiFID
16 14 (0.12%) COBIT
16 14 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 2,916 (24.33%) Active Directory
2 868 (7.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 440 (3.67%) Hyper-V
4 325 (2.71%) Docker
5 264 (2.20%) XenApp
6 253 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
7 222 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
8 219 (1.83%) vSphere
9 188 (1.57%) XenDesktop
10 177 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
11 107 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
12 68 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
13 56 (0.47%) Xen
13 56 (0.47%) XenServer
14 46 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 44 (0.37%) BitLocker
15 44 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
16 34 (0.28%) Terminal Services
17 32 (0.27%) Firmware
18 30 (0.25%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,101 (9.18%) SCCM
2 261 (2.18%) Puppet
3 248 (2.07%) Kubernetes
4 237 (1.98%) Ansible
5 233 (1.94%) Microsoft Intune
6 201 (1.68%) SCOM
7 189 (1.58%) Terraform
8 137 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
9 130 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
10 91 (0.76%) vCenter Server
11 89 (0.74%) Microsoft Clustering
12 84 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 84 (0.70%) WSUS
13 81 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
14 71 (0.59%) AirWatch
15 70 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 50 (0.42%) HP ALM
16 50 (0.42%) Nagios
17 42 (0.35%) Backup Exec
18 41 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 1,357 (11.32%) VMware
2 815 (6.80%) Oracle
3 763 (6.37%) Citrix
4 702 (5.86%) Cisco
5 380 (3.17%) SAP
6 370 (3.09%) HP
7 299 (2.49%) Google
8 294 (2.45%) Apple
9 253 (2.11%) ServiceNow
10 198 (1.65%) IBM
11 197 (1.64%) McAfee
12 188 (1.57%) Dell
13 163 (1.36%) Red Hat
14 138 (1.15%) NetApp
15 130 (1.08%) Tableau
16 125 (1.04%) Symantec
17 124 (1.03%) Ivanti
18 122 (1.02%) Remedy
19 109 (0.91%) Splunk
20 105 (0.88%) Atlassian