Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 11 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 9,344 3,705 10,855
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 11.06% 11.69% 12.77%
As % of the Vendors category 27.43% 26.60% 30.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,387 2,451 7,083
10th Percentile £173 £175 £163
25th Percentile £334 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £433 £425
Median % change year-on-year +4.01% +1.80% +4.94%
75th Percentile £575 £526 £525
90th Percentile £650 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 199 673
10th Percentile £11.23 £10.70 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.73 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.83 £16.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year +1.97% - +6.45%
75th Percentile £24.08 £24.50 £23.75
90th Percentile £50.84 £43.80 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.93
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.58% +6.20%

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 34,071 13,927 36,135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.31% 43.95% 42.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,158 8,981 23,062
10th Percentile £275 £260 £238
25th Percentile £400 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £553
90th Percentile £700 £672 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 411 1,352
10th Percentile £11.66 £11.15 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.03
Median % change year-on-year -13.33% +18.23% +11.94%
75th Percentile £43.75 £44.75 £41.84
90th Percentile £63.00 £55.00 £50.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.90
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.73% +8.48%

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 21 October 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 21 October 2021.

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 21 October 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 +2 7,458 £450 +4.39% 4,314
UK excluding London 0 4,386 £400 -3.03% 3,453
London 0 3,232 £515 +8.42% 1,162
Work from Home -5 2,382 £490 +15.29% 885
South East -1 1,126 £429 +0.88% 744
North of England 0 964 £400 +9.59% 1,056
Midlands -1 857 £400 +6.67% 666
West Midlands +1 556 £420 -1.18% 401
North West -1 530 £404 +13.26% 565
Scotland -3 463 £425 -5.56% 180
South West -2 454 £400 -7.55% 347
East of England +4 353 £303 -13.57% 327
Yorkshire +4 350 £375 -6.25% 316
East Midlands 0 295 £375 +11.11% 263
Wales -1 132 £361 -13.65% 105
North East +14 87 £381 +8.93% 175
Northern Ireland +14 50 £263 +52.17% 30
Isle of Man - 2 £500 - 2

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 3,883 (41.56%) Azure
2 2,640 (28.25%) Windows
3 2,554 (27.33%) Social Skills
4 2,272 (24.32%) Microsoft 365
5 2,186 (23.39%) Active Directory
6 2,039 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
7 1,819 (19.47%) SQL
8 1,770 (18.94%) Finance
9 1,551 (16.60%) Microsoft Office
10 1,448 (15.50%) DevOps
11 1,296 (13.87%) SQL Server
12 1,221 (13.07%) Power Platform
13 1,208 (12.93%) Migration
14 1,155 (12.36%) .NET
15 1,143 (12.23%) Business Intelligence
16 1,138 (12.18%) SharePoint
17 1,079 (11.55%) C#
18 1,030 (11.02%) PowerShell
19 1,013 (10.84%) Microsoft Excel
20 1,000 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
21 943 (10.09%) ITIL
22 941 (10.07%) Windows 10
23 926 (9.91%) Security Cleared
24 870 (9.31%) Power BI
25 857 (9.17%) VMware
26 856 (9.16%) Windows Server
27 835 (8.94%) Analytical Skills
28 829 (8.87%) AWS
29 779 (8.34%) Public Sector
30 741 (7.93%) Project Management

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 1,138 (12.18%) SharePoint
2 344 (3.68%) MS Exchange
3 224 (2.40%) Confluence
4 151 (1.62%) IIS
5 118 (1.26%) Skype for Business
6 86 (0.92%) Apache
7 84 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
8 82 (0.88%) Apache Spark
9 81 (0.87%) CMS
10 49 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
11 46 (0.49%) SAS
12 45 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
13 42 (0.45%) Tomcat
14 34 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
15 32 (0.34%) WebLogic
16 29 (0.31%) WebSphere
17 27 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 27 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
18 25 (0.27%) Drupal
19 22 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,551 (16.60%) Microsoft Office
2 1,013 (10.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 396 (4.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 312 (3.34%) Microsoft Project
5 230 (2.46%) MS Visio
6 45 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 21 (0.22%) Photoshop
9 19 (0.20%) Chatbot
10 17 (0.18%) Stata
11 13 (0.14%) Figma
12 9 (0.096%) Siemens NX
13 7 (0.075%) Adobe After Effects
13 7 (0.075%) InfoPath
14 6 (0.064%) Adobe Premiere
14 6 (0.064%) InDesign
14 6 (0.064%) Sketch
14 6 (0.064%) SPSS
15 4 (0.043%) Adobe XD
15 4 (0.043%) InVision
Business Applications
1 456 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 206 (2.20%) Dynamics AX
3 32 (0.34%) NetSuite
4 26 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
5 24 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
6 18 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 18 (0.19%) SAP ERP
7 16 (0.17%) assyst
8 15 (0.16%) SAP FSCM
8 15 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
8 15 (0.16%) Sentinel
9 10 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
9 10 (0.11%) Primavera
9 10 (0.11%) SAP HCM
9 10 (0.11%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.096%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 8 (0.086%) Oracle ERP
12 6 (0.064%) Magento
12 6 (0.064%) Markit EDM
13 5 (0.054%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 3,883 (41.56%) Azure
2 2,272 (24.32%) Microsoft 365
3 1,221 (13.07%) Power Platform
4 829 (8.87%) AWS
5 738 (7.90%) Dynamics 365
6 635 (6.80%) Azure Active Directory
7 481 (5.15%) PaaS
8 438 (4.69%) PowerApps
9 395 (4.23%) IaaS
10 340 (3.64%) SaaS
11 332 (3.55%) Azure Data Factory
12 259 (2.77%) GCP
13 251 (2.69%) Serverless
14 248 (2.65%) Power Automate
15 229 (2.45%) OneDrive
16 225 (2.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 200 (2.14%) Azure Logic Apps
18 180 (1.93%) GitHub
19 173 (1.85%) Azure Functions
20 144 (1.54%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 503 (5.38%) DNS
2 496 (5.31%) Firewall
3 318 (3.40%) DHCP
4 306 (3.27%) VPN
5 278 (2.98%) LAN
6 265 (2.84%) WAN
7 215 (2.30%) TCP/IP
8 191 (2.04%) Skype
9 168 (1.80%) Network Security
10 148 (1.58%) SAN
11 140 (1.50%) Internet
12 116 (1.24%) Wireless
13 112 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
14 107 (1.15%) VoIP
15 77 (0.82%) SSL
16 69 (0.74%) Kerberos
17 67 (0.72%) Unified Communications
18 64 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
19 58 (0.62%) Intranet
20 57 (0.61%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,296 (13.87%) SQL Server
2 870 (9.31%) Power BI
3 505 (5.40%) Data Warehouse
4 363 (3.88%) Data Lake
5 353 (3.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 269 (2.88%) Azure SQL Database
7 240 (2.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 219 (2.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 203 (2.17%) Relational Database
10 168 (1.80%) Tableau
11 164 (1.76%) Big Data
12 151 (1.62%) MySQL
13 126 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
14 114 (1.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 96 (1.03%) NoSQL
16 87 (0.93%) BusinessObjects
17 83 (0.89%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 83 (0.89%) MongoDB
17 83 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
18 81 (0.87%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 428 (4.58%) JIRA
2 343 (3.67%) Git (software)
3 277 (2.96%) Jenkins
4 264 (2.83%) Visual Studio
5 135 (1.44%) TeamCity
6 117 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 113 (1.21%) Selenium
8 95 (1.02%) Maven
9 76 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
10 69 (0.74%) Gradle
11 56 (0.60%) Cucumber
11 56 (0.60%) SpecFlow
12 55 (0.59%) Subversion
13 46 (0.49%) GitLab
14 43 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
15 42 (0.45%) Bitbucket
15 42 (0.45%) NUnit
16 36 (0.39%) Postman
17 35 (0.37%) SonarQube
18 32 (0.34%) MSI
General
1 2,554 (27.33%) Social Skills
2 1,770 (18.94%) Finance
3 835 (8.94%) Analytical Skills
4 779 (8.34%) Public Sector
5 468 (5.01%) Banking
6 321 (3.44%) Marketing
7 299 (3.20%) Presentation Skills
8 260 (2.78%) Organisational Skills
9 217 (2.32%) Telecoms
10 210 (2.25%) Retail
11 191 (2.04%) Documentation Skills
12 165 (1.77%) Legal
13 161 (1.72%) Investment Banking
14 154 (1.65%) Manufacturing
15 136 (1.46%) Influencing Skills
16 106 (1.13%) Front Office
17 84 (0.90%) Law
18 82 (0.88%) Electronics
19 75 (0.80%) Financial Institution
20 71 (0.76%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,355 (14.50%) Analyst
2 1,305 (13.97%) Developer
3 1,170 (12.52%) Architect
4 637 (6.82%) Consultant
5 476 (5.09%) Azure Engineer
6 462 (4.94%) Support Engineer
7 441 (4.72%) Project Manager
8 392 (4.20%) Solutions Architect
9 349 (3.74%) .NET Developer
10 331 (3.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 310 (3.32%) Azure Architect
12 285 (3.05%) Service Analyst
13 264 (2.83%) IT Support
14 259 (2.77%) Service Desk Analyst
15 249 (2.66%) Business Analyst
16 235 (2.51%) DevOps Engineer
17 222 (2.38%) C# Developer
18 214 (2.29%) Support Analyst
19 208 (2.23%) 2nd Line Support
20 207 (2.22%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,155 (12.36%) .NET
2 356 (3.81%) HTML
3 323 (3.46%) Web Services
4 318 (3.40%) CSS
5 289 (3.09%) ASP.NET
6 258 (2.76%) .NET Framework
7 244 (2.61%) .NET Core
8 234 (2.50%) AngularJS
9 212 (2.27%) REST
10 182 (1.95%) ASP.NET Web API
11 162 (1.73%) JSON
12 152 (1.63%) RESTful
13 146 (1.56%) React
14 143 (1.53%) XML
15 137 (1.47%) Node.js
16 134 (1.43%) J2EE
17 129 (1.38%) HTML5
18 121 (1.29%) ARM Templates
19 116 (1.24%) Entity Framework
20 105 (1.12%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 343 (3.67%) Data Centre
2 292 (3.13%) Management Information System
3 250 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
4 201 (2.15%) User Experience
5 194 (2.08%) NHS
6 181 (1.94%) Public Cloud
7 121 (1.29%) Data Protection Act
8 111 (1.19%) Mobile App
9 109 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
10 106 (1.13%) PKI
11 103 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
12 101 (1.08%) Virtual Team
13 93 (1.00%) Cloud Native
14 91 (0.97%) Clustering
14 91 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
15 89 (0.95%) Driving Licence
16 81 (0.87%) Replication
17 77 (0.82%) Legacy Systems
18 69 (0.74%) Private Cloud
19 65 (0.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 2,640 (28.25%) Windows
2 941 (10.07%) Windows 10
3 856 (9.16%) Windows Server
4 546 (5.84%) Linux
5 317 (3.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 314 (3.36%) Windows 7
7 232 (2.48%) Windows Server 2016
8 212 (2.27%) Windows Server 2019
9 206 (2.20%) Apple iOS
10 202 (2.16%) Android
11 196 (2.10%) Unix
12 175 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
13 123 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 106 (1.13%) Mac OS
15 52 (0.56%) Windows 8
16 41 (0.44%) Mac OS X
17 39 (0.42%) CentOS
18 38 (0.41%) AIX
18 38 (0.41%) Windows XP
19 35 (0.37%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,039 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
2 1,448 (15.50%) DevOps
3 1,208 (12.93%) Migration
4 1,143 (12.23%) Business Intelligence
5 1,000 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
6 943 (10.09%) ITIL
7 741 (7.93%) Project Management
8 711 (7.61%) Analytics
9 647 (6.92%) Scrum
10 624 (6.68%) CRM
11 579 (6.20%) Stakeholder Management
12 484 (5.18%) Project Delivery
13 482 (5.16%) Data Modelling
14 436 (4.67%) Test Automation
15 432 (4.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 428 (4.58%) Change Management
17 355 (3.80%) ETL
18 342 (3.66%) Infrastructure as Code
19 334 (3.57%) Microservices
20 311 (3.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1,819 (19.47%) SQL
2 1,079 (11.55%) C#
3 1,030 (11.02%) PowerShell
4 641 (6.86%) JavaScript
5 532 (5.69%) Python
6 507 (5.43%) Java
7 316 (3.38%) T-SQL
8 140 (1.50%) TypeScript
9 130 (1.39%) VBA
10 127 (1.36%) Bash Shell
11 119 (1.27%) C
12 105 (1.12%) R
13 85 (0.91%) C++
14 78 (0.83%) VB
14 78 (0.83%) VB.NET
15 71 (0.76%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 46 (0.49%) Shell Script
17 45 (0.48%) VBScript
18 43 (0.46%) Scala
19 40 (0.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 926 (9.91%) Security Cleared
2 708 (7.58%) SC Cleared
3 581 (6.22%) Degree
4 434 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 164 (1.76%) DV Cleared
6 163 (1.74%) MCSE
7 137 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
8 104 (1.11%) ISTQB
9 87 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
10 83 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
11 82 (0.88%) CCNA
12 81 (0.87%) MCP
13 79 (0.85%) CISSP
14 74 (0.79%) MCSA
15 71 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
16 66 (0.71%) DBS Check
17 52 (0.56%) ISEB
18 49 (0.52%) PMP
19 45 (0.48%) PMI Certification
20 43 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 385 (4.12%) SLA
2 266 (2.85%) QA
3 219 (2.34%) PMO
4 197 (2.11%) GDPR
5 160 (1.71%) Data Quality
6 94 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 59 (0.63%) Accessibility
8 38 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 37 (0.40%) NIST
10 36 (0.39%) PCI DSS
11 29 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
12 26 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
12 26 (0.28%) NCSC
13 20 (0.21%) COBIT
14 13 (0.14%) Basel III
15 12 (0.13%) GRC
15 12 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 12 (0.13%) ISO 22301
16 11 (0.12%) IFRS
17 10 (0.11%) NIST 800
System Software
1 2,186 (23.39%) Active Directory
2 591 (6.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 360 (3.85%) Docker
4 222 (2.38%) Hyper-V
5 145 (1.55%) Virtual Desktop
6 133 (1.42%) vSphere
7 130 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
8 116 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
9 108 (1.16%) XenApp
10 87 (0.93%) XenDesktop
11 70 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
12 48 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
13 45 (0.48%) BitLocker
14 38 (0.41%) VMware NSX
15 32 (0.34%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 29 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 25 (0.27%) NFS
17 25 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
18 20 (0.21%) OpenAM
19 19 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 700 (7.49%) SCCM
2 487 (5.21%) Microsoft Intune
3 439 (4.70%) Kubernetes
4 432 (4.62%) Terraform
5 255 (2.73%) Ansible
6 204 (2.18%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 118 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
8 102 (1.09%) Puppet
9 67 (0.72%) SCOM
10 60 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
11 54 (0.58%) AirWatch
12 53 (0.57%) vCenter Server
13 49 (0.52%) WSUS
14 36 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
14 36 (0.39%) vRealize
15 35 (0.37%) FortiGate
16 30 (0.32%) HP Quality Center
17 29 (0.31%) Nessus
17 29 (0.31%) NetBackup
18 28 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 857 (9.17%) VMware
2 669 (7.16%) Oracle
3 487 (5.21%) Citrix
4 443 (4.74%) Cisco
5 437 (4.68%) SAP
6 371 (3.97%) Databricks
7 274 (2.93%) Google
8 263 (2.81%) ServiceNow
9 177 (1.89%) HP
10 167 (1.79%) Apple
11 147 (1.57%) Salesforce.com
12 145 (1.55%) Dell
13 135 (1.44%) Red Hat
14 111 (1.19%) IBM
15 88 (0.94%) CheckPoint
16 87 (0.93%) EMC
17 82 (0.88%) Ivanti
18 81 (0.87%) Adobe
19 80 (0.86%) Atlassian
20 72 (0.77%) Veeam