Period
to 20 October 2017

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 20 October 2017 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11003 12627 13585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.08% 11.88% 11.90%
As % of the Vendors category 25.82% 26.36% 27.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6896 8064 8368
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £158 £183 £170
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 738 863 1094
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45% +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.25 £9.50
90th Percentile £42.51 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -

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 42619 47906 49670
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.90% 45.08% 43.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 26341 29293 29250
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £243 £240 £225
90th Percentile £620 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1386 1712 2171
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.10 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -2.29% +4.67%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £45.22 £44.98 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.84 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.03% -2.94% +3.03%

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 20 October 2017.

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 20 October 2017.

Contractor 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 20 October 2017. 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 10121 £400 +6.67% 1273
UK excluding London +1 6550 £360 +2.86% 944
London 0 4198 £445 +5.95% 391
South East 0 2185 £375 +0.27% 262
North of England -1 1356 £350 +2.94% 257
Midlands +1 1029 £350 -6.67% 168
East of England +1 669 £363 +3.57% 103
West Midlands 0 632 £375 +3.45% 97
South West -1 624 £350 - 90
North West 0 606 £375 - 140
Yorkshire +1 563 £350 - 94
Scotland -5 460 £350 +7.69% 40
East Midlands +1 393 £338 -10.00% 70
Wales +6 195 £325 -13.33% 21
North East -2 186 £340 +6.25% 23
Northern Ireland -25 57 £295 +7.09% 4
Channel Islands -5 2 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 3581 (32.55%) Windows
2 2395 (21.77%) Active Directory
3 2381 (21.64%) SQL Server
4 2294 (20.85%) SQL
5 2157 (19.60%) Finance
6 2155 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
7 1975 (17.95%) .NET
8 1942 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
9 1675 (15.22%) C#
10 1620 (14.72%) Microsoft Azure
11 1400 (12.72%) Office 365
12 1311 (11.91%) Microsoft Excel
13 1280 (11.63%) VMware
14 1262 (11.47%) ITIL
15 1242 (11.29%) Windows Server
16 1209 (10.99%) Migration
17 1014 (9.22%) SharePoint
18 1004 (9.12%) Project Management
19 991 (9.01%) Analytical Skills
20 973 (8.84%) Security Cleared
21 967 (8.79%) JavaScript
22 954 (8.67%) PowerShell
23 931 (8.46%) Business Intelligence
24 926 (8.42%) CRM
25 911 (8.28%) Windows 7
26 851 (7.73%) MS Exchange
27 844 (7.67%) Citrix
28 794 (7.22%) Degree
29 788 (7.16%) ASP.NET
30 776 (7.05%) 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 1014 (9.22%) SharePoint
2 851 (7.73%) MS Exchange
3 450 (4.09%) Skype for Business
4 390 (3.54%) IIS
5 278 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 202 (1.84%) CMS
7 161 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
8 160 (1.45%) SharePoint 2013
9 129 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
10 111 (1.01%) SharePoint 2010
11 109 (0.99%) Confluence
12 108 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2007
13 89 (0.81%) Apache
13 89 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 84 (0.76%) IBM Notes
15 74 (0.67%) WebSphere
16 71 (0.65%) OpenStack
17 64 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
18 61 (0.55%) SAS
18 61 (0.55%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2155 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
2 1311 (11.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 544 (4.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 492 (4.47%) Microsoft Project
5 426 (3.87%) MS Visio
6 104 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 18 (0.16%) AutoCAD
9 17 (0.15%) InfoPath
10 15 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.091%) SPSS
12 8 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.064%) Acrobat
14 4 (0.036%) InDesign
15 3 (0.027%) Adobe After Effects
15 3 (0.027%) Adobe Premiere
15 3 (0.027%) RoboHelp
15 3 (0.027%) Simulink
15 3 (0.027%) SOLIDWORKS
15 3 (0.027%) Stata
Business Applications
1 760 (6.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 314 (2.85%) Dynamics AX
3 123 (1.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 29 (0.26%) ION MarketView
4 29 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
5 20 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
6 17 (0.15%) Markit EDM
6 17 (0.15%) Primavera
7 16 (0.15%) Eikon
8 15 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
9 12 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
10 11 (0.100%) Payment Gateway
10 11 (0.100%) SAP ERP
11 10 (0.091%) Maximo
12 9 (0.082%) iTrent
13 8 (0.073%) Cognos TM1
13 8 (0.073%) Endur
13 8 (0.073%) SAP CO
13 8 (0.073%) SAP FI/CO
13 8 (0.073%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1620 (14.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 1400 (12.72%) Office 365
3 583 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
4 323 (2.94%) IaaS
5 302 (2.74%) PaaS
6 262 (2.38%) Dynamics 365
7 217 (1.97%) SaaS
8 211 (1.92%) Azure Active Directory
9 90 (0.82%) OneDrive
10 77 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
11 68 (0.62%) GitHub
12 38 (0.35%) Yammer
13 35 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
14 33 (0.30%) G Suite
15 27 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
15 27 (0.25%) Azure Data Factory
15 27 (0.25%) Google Analytics
15 27 (0.25%) Mimecast
16 18 (0.16%) Oracle Service Cloud
17 17 (0.15%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 628 (5.71%) DNS
2 546 (4.96%) Firewall
3 446 (4.05%) DHCP
4 407 (3.70%) LAN
5 384 (3.49%) TCP/IP
6 371 (3.37%) WAN
7 339 (3.08%) SAN
8 323 (2.94%) Skype
9 277 (2.52%) VPN
10 255 (2.32%) Internet
11 153 (1.39%) VoIP
12 135 (1.23%) Remote Desktop
13 134 (1.22%) Network Security
14 129 (1.17%) LDAP
15 126 (1.15%) Wireless
16 121 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
17 118 (1.07%) NetScaler
18 117 (1.06%) Intranet
19 113 (1.03%) NAS
20 94 (0.85%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2381 (21.64%) SQL Server
2 704 (6.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 637 (5.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 494 (4.49%) Data Warehouse
5 386 (3.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 330 (3.00%) Power BI
7 325 (2.95%) SQL Server 2008
8 294 (2.67%) SQL Server 2012
9 219 (1.99%) Relational Database
10 180 (1.64%) SQL Server 2014
11 177 (1.61%) NoSQL
12 173 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
13 138 (1.25%) Oracle Database
14 124 (1.13%) Big Data
15 122 (1.11%) MongoDB
16 107 (0.97%) OLAP
17 102 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
18 100 (0.91%) MySQL
19 93 (0.85%) Hadoop
19 93 (0.85%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 551 (5.01%) Team Foundation Server
2 525 (4.77%) Visual Studio
3 324 (2.94%) Git (software)
4 269 (2.44%) JIRA
5 220 (2.00%) TeamCity
6 180 (1.64%) Subversion
7 174 (1.58%) Jenkins
8 145 (1.32%) NUnit
8 145 (1.32%) Octopus Deploy
9 111 (1.01%) SpecFlow
10 102 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
11 90 (0.82%) Selenium
12 65 (0.59%) MSI
12 65 (0.59%) MSTest
13 63 (0.57%) Maven
14 61 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 47 (0.43%) NuGet
16 39 (0.35%) SoapUI
17 35 (0.32%) MSBuild
18 33 (0.30%) Moq
General
1 2157 (19.60%) Finance
2 722 (6.56%) Banking
3 341 (3.10%) Retail
4 331 (3.01%) Telecoms
5 272 (2.47%) Advertising
6 263 (2.39%) Marketing
7 256 (2.33%) Legal
8 211 (1.92%) Manufacturing
9 170 (1.55%) Front Office
10 150 (1.36%) Investment Banking
11 140 (1.27%) Back Office
12 118 (1.07%) Law
13 94 (0.85%) Automotive
14 91 (0.83%) Publishing
15 82 (0.75%) Financial Institution
16 71 (0.65%) Electronics
17 56 (0.51%) Local Government
18 53 (0.48%) Retail Banking
19 44 (0.40%) Billing
19 44 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2251 (20.46%) Developer
2 1849 (16.80%) Analyst
3 886 (8.05%) Architect
4 720 (6.54%) Consultant
5 657 (5.97%) .NET Developer
6 529 (4.81%) Support Engineer
7 526 (4.78%) Project Manager
8 508 (4.62%) C# Developer
9 392 (3.56%) Desktop Support
10 389 (3.54%) Business Analyst
10 389 (3.54%) Support Analyst
11 356 (3.24%) SQL Developer
12 343 (3.12%) Service Analyst
13 340 (3.09%) Administrator
13 340 (3.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 311 (2.83%) C# .NET Developer
15 303 (2.75%) Service Desk Analyst
16 301 (2.74%) 2nd Line Support
17 244 (2.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 239 (2.17%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1975 (17.95%) .NET
2 788 (7.16%) ASP.NET
3 693 (6.30%) HTML
4 657 (5.97%) Web Services
5 550 (5.00%) CSS
6 486 (4.42%) AngularJS
7 433 (3.94%) .NET Framework
8 432 (3.93%) ASP.NET MVC
9 427 (3.88%) ASP.NET Web API
10 387 (3.52%) XML
11 376 (3.42%) WCF
12 353 (3.21%) jQuery
13 304 (2.76%) REST
14 238 (2.16%) HTML5
15 225 (2.04%) RESTful
16 208 (1.89%) Entity Framework
16 208 (1.89%) SOAP
17 177 (1.61%) JSON
18 142 (1.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 139 (1.26%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 991 (9.01%) Analytical Skills
2 439 (3.99%) Data Centre
3 412 (3.74%) Management Information System
4 231 (2.10%) Blackberry
5 212 (1.93%) Computer Science
6 166 (1.51%) User Experience
7 152 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
8 148 (1.35%) PKI
9 138 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
10 134 (1.22%) Clustering
11 128 (1.16%) Replication
12 116 (1.05%) NHS
12 116 (1.05%) Virtual Team
13 109 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
14 107 (0.97%) Fixed Income
14 107 (0.97%) Private Cloud
15 99 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 95 (0.86%) Public Cloud
17 94 (0.85%) Derivative
18 93 (0.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3581 (32.55%) Windows
2 1242 (11.29%) Windows Server
3 911 (8.28%) Windows 7
4 679 (6.17%) Windows 10
5 649 (5.90%) Linux
6 645 (5.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 606 (5.51%) Windows Server 2008
8 361 (3.28%) Unix
9 236 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 198 (1.80%) Android
11 164 (1.49%) Apple iOS
12 163 (1.48%) Windows XP
13 159 (1.45%) Windows 8
14 146 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 94 (0.85%) Mac OS
16 76 (0.69%) Mac OS X
17 65 (0.59%) Solaris
18 41 (0.37%) Windows Vista
19 30 (0.27%) CentOS
20 26 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1942 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
2 1262 (11.47%) ITIL
3 1209 (10.99%) Migration
4 1004 (9.12%) Project Management
5 931 (8.46%) Business Intelligence
6 926 (8.42%) CRM
7 745 (6.77%) MVC
8 683 (6.21%) Scrum
9 501 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
10 495 (4.50%) SDLC
11 476 (4.33%) DevOps
12 475 (4.32%) TDD
13 447 (4.06%) PRINCE2
14 444 (4.04%) ETL
15 421 (3.83%) Data Modelling
16 407 (3.70%) Change Management
17 381 (3.46%) Analytics
18 376 (3.42%) Continuous Integration
19 369 (3.35%) Service Management
20 368 (3.34%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2294 (20.85%) SQL
2 1675 (15.22%) C#
3 967 (8.79%) JavaScript
4 954 (8.67%) PowerShell
5 537 (4.88%) T-SQL
6 424 (3.85%) Java
7 323 (2.94%) Python
8 189 (1.72%) VBA
9 161 (1.46%) VBScript
10 130 (1.18%) C
10 130 (1.18%) C++
11 123 (1.12%) VB.NET
12 121 (1.10%) VB
13 112 (1.02%) Perl
14 95 (0.86%) TypeScript
15 84 (0.76%) PL/SQL
16 80 (0.73%) Ruby
17 71 (0.65%) PHP
18 64 (0.58%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 60 (0.55%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 973 (8.84%) Security Cleared
2 794 (7.22%) Degree
3 746 (6.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 706 (6.42%) SC Cleared
5 345 (3.14%) MCSE
6 231 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
7 175 (1.59%) DV Cleared
8 146 (1.33%) MCP
8 146 (1.33%) MCSA
9 142 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
10 137 (1.25%) CCNA
11 116 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
12 113 (1.03%) PMI Certification
13 101 (0.92%) ISEB
14 86 (0.78%) CCNP
14 86 (0.78%) PMP
15 85 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 83 (0.75%) CISSP
17 82 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 79 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (3.04%) SLA
2 308 (2.80%) QA
3 256 (2.33%) PMO
4 133 (1.21%) Data Quality
5 94 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
6 93 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 66 (0.60%) GDPR
8 59 (0.54%) PCI DSS
9 34 (0.31%) MiFID
10 29 (0.26%) COBIT
11 27 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 23 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 19 (0.17%) ISO 9001
14 15 (0.14%) Def Stans
15 14 (0.13%) EMIR
15 14 (0.13%) WCAG
16 12 (0.11%) JSP 440
16 12 (0.11%) MISRA
17 11 (0.100%) MISRA C
17 11 (0.100%) P3O
System Software
1 2395 (21.77%) Active Directory
2 776 (7.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 394 (3.58%) Hyper-V
4 238 (2.16%) XenApp
5 234 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
6 227 (2.06%) vSphere
7 206 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 157 (1.43%) Docker
9 151 (1.37%) XenDesktop
10 134 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
11 68 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
12 64 (0.58%) XenServer
13 61 (0.55%) BitLocker
13 61 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
14 52 (0.47%) Terminal Services
15 43 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 35 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
17 34 (0.31%) NFS
18 25 (0.23%) Xen
19 24 (0.22%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 762 (6.93%) SCCM
2 223 (2.03%) SCOM
3 137 (1.25%) Ansible
4 136 (1.24%) Puppet
5 132 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
6 114 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 113 (1.03%) WSUS
8 111 (1.01%) Norton AntiVirus
9 110 (1.00%) Microsoft Intune
10 99 (0.90%) NetBackup
11 75 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
12 65 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
13 60 (0.55%) AirWatch
14 59 (0.54%) vCenter Server
15 47 (0.43%) Backup Exec
16 42 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 42 (0.38%) Terraform
17 40 (0.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 37 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
19 35 (0.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1280 (11.63%) VMware
2 844 (7.67%) Citrix
3 673 (6.12%) Oracle
4 666 (6.05%) Cisco
5 478 (4.34%) HP
6 339 (3.08%) SAP
7 228 (2.07%) Symantec
8 227 (2.06%) IBM
9 214 (1.94%) NetApp
10 177 (1.61%) Apple
11 175 (1.59%) Dell
12 171 (1.55%) Red Hat
13 167 (1.52%) Google
14 162 (1.47%) McAfee
15 141 (1.28%) Tableau
16 107 (0.97%) Sitecore
17 100 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
18 97 (0.88%) EMC
18 97 (0.88%) Remedy
19 96 (0.87%) ServiceNow