Period
to 1 August 2021

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 1 August 2021 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 9 8
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,752 4,462 11,089
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.79% 12.28% 12.13%
As % of the Vendors category 26.05% 28.24% 28.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,218 2,863 7,237
10th Percentile £200 £175 £165
25th Percentile £350 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
75th Percentile £565 £526 £525
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 292 680
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.17 £10.79
25th Percentile £12.81 £13.00 £12.26
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.57% +9.38% +0.88%
75th Percentile £22.68 £22.06 £22.40
90th Percentile £44.50 £34.50 £43.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £15.76
% change year-on-year -5.88% +7.87% +3.18%

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 29,753 15,801 38,461
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.41% 43.50% 42.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,143 10,081 24,244
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £400 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £454
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.63% +0.89%
75th Percentile £594 £575 £560
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 836 559 1,371
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.86 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.34 £14.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.00% +8.11% +5.71%
75th Percentile £42.00 £37.48 £38.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.35 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.73 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -6.71% +8.57% +6.06%

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 1 August 2021.

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 1 August 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 19 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 1 August 2021. 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 6,136 £450 +1.12% 4,124
UK excluding London -3 3,608 £400 -5.88% 3,271
London -1 2,709 £500 +5.82% 1,108
Work from Home -8 2,040 £475 +11.76% 788
South East +1 1,004 £438 +3.06% 771
North of England -2 729 £399 +6.33% 878
Midlands -2 635 £405 -10.00% 660
West Midlands -3 421 £425 -10.53% 408
Scotland -2 418 £418 -1.76% 158
North West 0 411 £400 +14.29% 484
South West -3 374 £413 -2.94% 356
East of England +1 301 £261 -37.05% 331
Yorkshire -3 246 £375 -11.76% 285
East Midlands +2 209 £333 +2.70% 247
Wales +3 109 £381 -14.33% 85
North East +4 72 £394 +5.00% 109
Northern Ireland +11 46 £400 +70.21% 34
Channel Islands -2 3 - -
Isle of Man - 2 £500 -

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, 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 3,380 (43.60%) Azure
2 2,150 (27.73%) Windows
3 2,060 (26.57%) Social Skills
4 1,854 (23.92%) Microsoft 365
5 1,840 (23.74%) Active Directory
6 1,559 (20.11%) Agile Software Development
7 1,525 (19.67%) SQL
8 1,346 (17.36%) Finance
9 1,258 (16.23%) DevOps
10 1,252 (16.15%) Microsoft Office
11 1,089 (14.05%) SQL Server
12 1,029 (13.27%) Power Platform
13 996 (12.85%) Migration
14 977 (12.60%) SharePoint
15 929 (11.98%) PowerShell
16 910 (11.74%) .NET
17 902 (11.64%) Business Intelligence
18 843 (10.87%) Security Cleared
19 808 (10.42%) C#
20 803 (10.36%) VMware
21 787 (10.15%) ITIL
22 778 (10.04%) Microsoft Excel
23 776 (10.01%) AWS
24 759 (9.79%) Problem-Solving
25 753 (9.71%) Windows 10
26 750 (9.67%) Power BI
27 737 (9.51%) Windows Server
28 650 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
29 623 (8.04%) Project Management
30 618 (7.97%) SC Cleared

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
1 977 (12.60%) SharePoint
2 309 (3.99%) MS Exchange
3 185 (2.39%) Confluence
4 125 (1.61%) Skype for Business
5 112 (1.44%) IIS
6 96 (1.24%) Apache
7 78 (1.01%) Apache Spark
8 75 (0.97%) CMS
9 56 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
10 53 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
11 47 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
12 46 (0.59%) Tomcat
13 39 (0.50%) SAS
14 38 (0.49%) WebSphere
15 32 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 31 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
17 30 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
18 26 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
18 26 (0.34%) WebLogic
19 21 (0.27%) JBoss
Applications
1 1,252 (16.15%) Microsoft Office
2 778 (10.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 327 (4.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 284 (3.66%) Microsoft Project
5 222 (2.86%) MS Visio
6 30 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 11 (0.14%) Chatbot
9 9 (0.12%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.10%) InfoPath
11 7 (0.090%) Camtasia
11 7 (0.090%) Figma
12 6 (0.077%) Siemens NX
12 6 (0.077%) Stata
13 5 (0.064%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.064%) CINEMA 4D
13 5 (0.064%) Sketch
14 4 (0.052%) Acrobat
14 4 (0.052%) InVision
14 4 (0.052%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 352 (4.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 143 (1.84%) Dynamics AX
3 43 (0.55%) NetSuite
4 24 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
5 23 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
6 16 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
7 13 (0.17%) Magento
7 13 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 13 (0.17%) Primavera
8 12 (0.15%) Sentinel
9 10 (0.13%) SAP ERP
9 10 (0.13%) SAP HCM
10 8 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 7 (0.090%) assyst
11 7 (0.090%) Teamcenter
11 7 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
11 7 (0.090%) Workday HCM
12 6 (0.077%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
13 5 (0.064%) Shopify
13 5 (0.064%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 3,380 (43.60%) Azure
2 1,854 (23.92%) Microsoft 365
3 1,029 (13.27%) Power Platform
4 776 (10.01%) AWS
5 563 (7.26%) Dynamics 365
6 561 (7.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 414 (5.34%) PaaS
8 357 (4.61%) PowerApps
9 338 (4.36%) IaaS
10 297 (3.83%) SaaS
11 286 (3.69%) Azure Data Factory
12 249 (3.21%) GCP
13 234 (3.02%) Serverless
14 217 (2.80%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 212 (2.73%) OneDrive
16 204 (2.63%) Power Automate
17 161 (2.08%) Azure Functions
18 153 (1.97%) Azure Logic Apps
19 147 (1.90%) GitHub
20 101 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 463 (5.97%) DNS
2 413 (5.33%) Firewall
3 287 (3.70%) DHCP
4 239 (3.08%) VPN
5 210 (2.71%) WAN
6 209 (2.70%) LAN
7 191 (2.46%) TCP/IP
8 181 (2.33%) Skype
9 138 (1.78%) Internet
10 118 (1.52%) SAN
11 116 (1.50%) Network Security
12 96 (1.24%) VoIP
13 86 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
14 85 (1.10%) Wireless
15 71 (0.92%) Kerberos
16 66 (0.85%) SSL
16 66 (0.85%) Unified Communications
17 60 (0.77%) Remote Desktop
18 58 (0.75%) VLAN
19 53 (0.68%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,089 (14.05%) SQL Server
2 750 (9.67%) Power BI
3 405 (5.22%) Data Warehouse
4 313 (4.04%) Data Lake
5 307 (3.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 236 (3.04%) Azure SQL Database
7 217 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 178 (2.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 144 (1.86%) MySQL
10 136 (1.75%) Big Data
11 129 (1.66%) Relational Database
11 129 (1.66%) Tableau
12 109 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
13 102 (1.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 81 (1.04%) NoSQL
15 74 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
16 67 (0.86%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 66 (0.85%) Hadoop
18 62 (0.80%) MongoDB
19 60 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 372 (4.80%) JIRA
2 265 (3.42%) Git (software)
3 241 (3.11%) Jenkins
4 226 (2.92%) Visual Studio
5 104 (1.34%) TeamCity
6 76 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
7 70 (0.90%) Selenium
8 62 (0.80%) Visual Studio Team System
9 56 (0.72%) Maven
10 47 (0.61%) Subversion
11 46 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
12 44 (0.57%) Bitbucket
13 39 (0.50%) GitLab
14 38 (0.49%) Gradle
15 37 (0.48%) Cucumber
16 35 (0.45%) MSI
17 30 (0.39%) JUnit
17 30 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
17 30 (0.39%) SpecFlow
18 26 (0.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2,060 (26.57%) Social Skills
2 1,346 (17.36%) Finance
3 650 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
4 564 (7.28%) Public Sector
5 375 (4.84%) Banking
6 239 (3.08%) Presentation Skills
7 217 (2.80%) Marketing
8 182 (2.35%) Organisational Skills
9 177 (2.28%) Retail
10 161 (2.08%) Telecoms
11 150 (1.93%) Documentation Skills
12 149 (1.92%) Legal
13 129 (1.66%) Influencing Skills
14 123 (1.59%) Investment Banking
14 123 (1.59%) Manufacturing
15 96 (1.24%) Front Office
16 75 (0.97%) Law
17 57 (0.74%) Back Office
18 52 (0.67%) Billing
19 50 (0.64%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,094 (14.11%) Developer
2 1,072 (13.83%) Analyst
3 1,059 (13.66%) Architect
4 559 (7.21%) Consultant
5 401 (5.17%) Azure Engineer
6 378 (4.88%) Project Manager
7 307 (3.96%) Azure Architect
8 303 (3.91%) Solutions Architect
9 302 (3.90%) Support Engineer
10 282 (3.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 278 (3.59%) .NET Developer
12 230 (2.97%) Service Analyst
13 210 (2.71%) Service Desk Analyst
14 197 (2.54%) Data Engineer
15 192 (2.48%) DevOps Engineer
16 190 (2.45%) Business Analyst
17 174 (2.24%) Cloud Architect
17 174 (2.24%) IT Support
18 154 (1.99%) Support Analyst
19 150 (1.93%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 910 (11.74%) .NET
2 283 (3.65%) HTML
3 269 (3.47%) Web Services
4 253 (3.26%) ASP.NET
5 248 (3.20%) CSS
6 216 (2.79%) AngularJS
7 195 (2.52%) .NET Framework
8 187 (2.41%) .NET Core
9 185 (2.39%) REST
10 143 (1.84%) React
11 134 (1.73%) RESTful
12 127 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web API
13 126 (1.63%) XML
14 124 (1.60%) JSON
15 118 (1.52%) Node.js
16 104 (1.34%) SAML
17 98 (1.26%) HTML5
18 97 (1.25%) Kafka
19 94 (1.21%) J2EE
20 93 (1.20%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 277 (3.57%) Data Centre
2 272 (3.51%) Management Information System
3 197 (2.54%) Self-Motivation
4 174 (2.24%) User Experience
5 169 (2.18%) Public Cloud
6 166 (2.14%) NHS
7 125 (1.61%) PKI
8 114 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
9 89 (1.15%) Clustering
10 88 (1.14%) Mobile App
11 80 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
12 79 (1.02%) Cloud Native
12 79 (1.02%) Virtual Team
13 78 (1.01%) Legacy Systems
14 73 (0.94%) Replication
15 72 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
16 67 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
17 64 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
18 63 (0.81%) Driving Licence
19 52 (0.67%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2,150 (27.73%) Windows
2 753 (9.71%) Windows 10
3 737 (9.51%) Windows Server
4 486 (6.27%) Linux
5 261 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 260 (3.35%) Windows 7
7 191 (2.46%) Windows Server 2016
8 171 (2.21%) Windows Server 2019
9 161 (2.08%) Unix
10 159 (2.05%) Apple iOS
11 152 (1.96%) Android
12 140 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
13 81 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 52 (0.67%) Windows 8
15 45 (0.58%) Mac OS
16 35 (0.45%) Mac OS X
17 34 (0.44%) CentOS
18 32 (0.41%) Solaris
19 30 (0.39%) AIX
19 30 (0.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,559 (20.11%) Agile Software Development
2 1,258 (16.23%) DevOps
3 996 (12.85%) Migration
4 902 (11.64%) Business Intelligence
5 787 (10.15%) ITIL
6 759 (9.79%) Problem-Solving
7 623 (8.04%) Project Management
8 561 (7.24%) Analytics
9 550 (7.09%) Scrum
10 516 (6.66%) Stakeholder Management
11 500 (6.45%) CRM
12 414 (5.34%) Data Modelling
13 398 (5.13%) Project Delivery
14 360 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 332 (4.28%) Change Management
16 312 (4.02%) Test Automation
17 303 (3.91%) Continuous Integration
18 282 (3.64%) ETL
19 267 (3.44%) Continuous Improvement
20 260 (3.35%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 1,525 (19.67%) SQL
2 929 (11.98%) PowerShell
3 808 (10.42%) C#
4 537 (6.93%) JavaScript
5 499 (6.44%) Python
6 433 (5.59%) Java
7 252 (3.25%) T-SQL
8 131 (1.69%) TypeScript
9 122 (1.57%) Bash Shell
10 108 (1.39%) C
11 93 (1.20%) VBA
12 76 (0.98%) C++
13 74 (0.95%) R
14 69 (0.89%) VB
15 57 (0.74%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 51 (0.66%) Shell Script
16 51 (0.66%) VB.NET
17 41 (0.53%) PHP
18 40 (0.52%) Scala
19 37 (0.48%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 843 (10.87%) Security Cleared
2 618 (7.97%) SC Cleared
3 509 (6.57%) Degree
4 375 (4.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 154 (1.99%) MCSE
6 143 (1.84%) DV Cleared
7 121 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
8 87 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
9 82 (1.06%) CISSP
10 81 (1.04%) ISTQB
11 80 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
12 78 (1.01%) CCNA
13 65 (0.84%) MCP
14 63 (0.81%) DBS Check
14 63 (0.81%) MCSA
15 62 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
16 60 (0.77%) PMP
17 49 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 48 (0.62%) PMI Certification
19 47 (0.61%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 285 (3.68%) SLA
2 263 (3.39%) QA
3 178 (2.30%) PMO
4 147 (1.90%) GDPR
5 109 (1.41%) Data Quality
6 87 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 42 (0.54%) NIST
8 33 (0.43%) PCI DSS
9 32 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
10 31 (0.40%) Accessibility
11 30 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 24 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
13 21 (0.27%) NCSC
14 18 (0.23%) COBIT
15 12 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 10 (0.13%) NIST 800
17 9 (0.12%) Basel III
17 9 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 9 (0.12%) IFRS
18 8 (0.10%) JTAG
System Software
1 1,840 (23.74%) Active Directory
2 566 (7.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 253 (3.26%) Docker
4 246 (3.17%) Hyper-V
5 120 (1.55%) VMware ESXi
6 113 (1.46%) vSphere
6 113 (1.46%) XenApp
7 109 (1.41%) Virtual Desktop
8 96 (1.24%) Microsoft App-V
9 91 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
10 81 (1.04%) XenDesktop
11 32 (0.41%) VMware NSX
12 29 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
13 27 (0.35%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 27 (0.35%) BitLocker
14 23 (0.30%) NFS
15 22 (0.28%) Terminal Services
16 21 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
17 15 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 14 (0.18%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 530 (6.84%) SCCM
2 388 (5.01%) Microsoft Intune
3 345 (4.45%) Terraform
4 323 (4.17%) Kubernetes
5 212 (2.73%) Ansible
6 190 (2.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 109 (1.41%) Single Sign-On
8 101 (1.30%) Puppet
9 70 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
10 65 (0.84%) SCOM
11 49 (0.63%) WSUS
12 48 (0.62%) vRealize
13 42 (0.54%) vCenter Server
14 37 (0.48%) AirWatch
15 34 (0.44%) FortiGate
16 30 (0.39%) Nessus
17 26 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
17 26 (0.34%) SCVMM
18 24 (0.31%) NetBackup
19 22 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 803 (10.36%) VMware
2 570 (7.35%) Oracle
3 421 (5.43%) Citrix
4 391 (5.04%) Cisco
5 342 (4.41%) SAP
6 308 (3.97%) Databricks
7 272 (3.51%) Google
8 170 (2.19%) ServiceNow
9 140 (1.81%) HP
10 133 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
11 115 (1.48%) IBM
12 114 (1.47%) Dell
13 111 (1.43%) Apple
14 83 (1.07%) Red Hat
15 81 (1.04%) EMC
16 76 (0.98%) Atlassian
17 75 (0.97%) CheckPoint
18 72 (0.93%) NetApp
19 68 (0.88%) Veeam
20 65 (0.84%) Ivanti