Period
to 9 April 2020

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 9 April 2020 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 7 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7,828 11,886 11,215
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 12.28% 11.11%
As % of the Vendors category 30.21% 28.82% 26.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,900 7,783 7,189
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £175
90th Percentile £600 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £402 £375
% change year-on-year -0.50% +7.20% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 636 714 753
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.31 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.59% -1.24% +6.06%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.56 £10.75
90th Percentile £43.75 £37.50 £38.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.10 £14.85 £15.00
% change year-on-year +15.15% -1.00% +3.45%

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 25,911 41,247 41,997
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.78% 42.61% 41.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,508 25,695 26,187
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £213 £263 £243
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,213 1,412 1,430
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.17% +3.01% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.86 £10.92 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £18.21 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.12% +6.25% -3.03%

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 2020. 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 7,026 £425 - 2,510
UK excluding London 0 5,000 £400 -0.50% 2,089
London +2 2,654 £450 -0.88% 624
South East -1 1,424 £425 - 489
North of England +2 1,104 £388 -3.13% 586
Midlands 0 733 £425 +6.25% 361
South West +1 650 £425 +3.03% 237
North West -1 550 £378 -11.18% 312
West Midlands -1 503 £450 +12.15% 231
Scotland +3 483 £375 +2.74% 108
East of England +1 430 £375 - 217
Yorkshire +3 429 £400 - 194
Work from Home +6 279 £450 +0.31% 342
East Midlands +1 221 £350 -6.67% 128
Wales -2 140 £425 +4.94% 74
North East +3 126 £375 -6.25% 80
Northern Ireland +4 37 £275 -15.38% 21
Channel Islands +4 10 £368 - 4

For the 6 months to 9 April 2020, 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 2,862 (36.56%) Windows
2 2,606 (33.29%) Azure
3 2,007 (25.64%) Active Directory
4 1,651 (21.09%) SQL
5 1,649 (21.07%) Office 365
6 1,517 (19.38%) Microsoft Office
7 1,502 (19.19%) Agile Software Development
8 1,315 (16.80%) SQL Server
9 1,128 (14.41%) Finance
10 1,056 (13.49%) Security Cleared
11 1,045 (13.35%) .NET
12 1,036 (13.23%) Migration
13 989 (12.63%) Windows 10
14 962 (12.29%) Windows Server
15 932 (11.91%) Business Intelligence
16 914 (11.68%) C#
17 907 (11.59%) DevOps
18 896 (11.45%) SharePoint
19 882 (11.27%) PowerShell
20 834 (10.65%) VMware
21 792 (10.12%) ITIL
21 792 (10.12%) Power Platform
22 783 (10.00%) SC Cleared
23 763 (9.75%) Microsoft Excel
24 749 (9.57%) Analytical Skills
25 739 (9.44%) Problem-Solving
26 734 (9.38%) SCCM
27 685 (8.75%) Public Sector
28 681 (8.70%) Power BI
29 580 (7.41%) AWS

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
1 896 (11.45%) SharePoint
2 461 (5.89%) MS Exchange
3 323 (4.13%) Skype for Business
4 206 (2.63%) IIS
5 115 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
6 102 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
7 99 (1.26%) Confluence
8 92 (1.18%) Apache
9 81 (1.03%) CMS
10 58 (0.74%) Tomcat
11 48 (0.61%) Apache Spark
12 42 (0.54%) WebSphere
13 39 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
14 38 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
15 36 (0.46%) WebLogic
16 35 (0.45%) nginx
17 32 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 30 (0.38%) IBM Notes
19 28 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
19 28 (0.36%) Jetty
Applications
1 1,517 (19.38%) Microsoft Office
2 763 (9.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 322 (4.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 271 (3.46%) Microsoft Project
5 197 (2.52%) MS Visio
6 33 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 12 (0.15%) Sketch
9 11 (0.14%) InVision
10 10 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 10 (0.13%) InfoPath
11 9 (0.11%) Acrobat
12 6 (0.077%) Camtasia
12 6 (0.077%) Chatbot
13 5 (0.064%) Adobe Premiere
14 4 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
14 4 (0.051%) SPSS
15 3 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
15 3 (0.038%) Adobe XD
15 3 (0.038%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 468 (5.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 111 (1.42%) Dynamics AX
3 37 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
4 28 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 25 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
6 24 (0.31%) assyst
7 22 (0.28%) SAP ERP
8 19 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 16 (0.20%) NetSuite
10 13 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
11 12 (0.15%) Endur
12 11 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
13 10 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
14 9 (0.11%) Elite 3E
15 8 (0.10%) Magento
15 8 (0.10%) Oracle AML
15 8 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
16 7 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
16 7 (0.089%) SAP BPC
16 7 (0.089%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 2,606 (33.29%) Azure
2 1,649 (21.07%) Office 365
3 792 (10.12%) Power Platform
4 580 (7.41%) AWS
5 465 (5.94%) Dynamics 365
6 373 (4.76%) Azure Active Directory
7 356 (4.55%) PaaS
8 322 (4.11%) IaaS
9 241 (3.08%) SaaS
10 221 (2.82%) OneDrive
11 183 (2.34%) GCP
12 173 (2.21%) PowerApps
13 163 (2.08%) Azure Data Factory
14 109 (1.39%) Serverless
15 98 (1.25%) GitHub
16 87 (1.11%) Microsoft Flow
17 74 (0.95%) Azure Functions
18 55 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
18 55 (0.70%) Yammer
19 51 (0.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 491 (6.27%) DNS
2 392 (5.01%) Skype
3 352 (4.50%) Firewall
4 345 (4.41%) DHCP
5 272 (3.47%) LAN
6 256 (3.27%) TCP/IP
7 241 (3.08%) WAN
8 212 (2.71%) VPN
9 198 (2.53%) SAN
10 143 (1.83%) Internet
11 95 (1.21%) VoIP
12 90 (1.15%) Wireless
13 87 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
14 83 (1.06%) Unified Communications
15 81 (1.03%) Remote Desktop
16 80 (1.02%) NetScaler
17 79 (1.01%) Network Security
18 63 (0.80%) HTTP
18 63 (0.80%) SSL
19 59 (0.75%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,315 (16.80%) SQL Server
2 681 (8.70%) Power BI
3 468 (5.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 417 (5.33%) Data Warehouse
5 330 (4.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 247 (3.16%) Data Lake
7 209 (2.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 148 (1.89%) Big Data
9 142 (1.81%) Relational Database
10 140 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
11 111 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
12 104 (1.33%) MySQL
13 99 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
14 98 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
15 85 (1.09%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 71 (0.91%) NoSQL
17 70 (0.89%) Hadoop
17 70 (0.89%) Oracle Database
18 67 (0.86%) HDInsight
19 59 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 373 (4.76%) Git (software)
2 368 (4.70%) Visual Studio
3 244 (3.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 242 (3.09%) JIRA
5 149 (1.90%) Jenkins
6 134 (1.71%) Selenium
7 129 (1.65%) Visual Studio Team System
8 78 (1.00%) TeamCity
9 70 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
10 64 (0.82%) Eclipse
11 57 (0.73%) Subversion
12 46 (0.59%) MSI
13 45 (0.57%) Cucumber
14 41 (0.52%) Artifactory
15 40 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 38 (0.49%) Moq
17 37 (0.47%) SpecFlow
18 35 (0.45%) NetBeans
19 34 (0.43%) WebDriver
20 31 (0.40%) Travis CI
General
1 1,128 (14.41%) Finance
2 685 (8.75%) Public Sector
3 194 (2.48%) Telecoms
4 178 (2.27%) Banking
5 167 (2.13%) Retail
6 150 (1.92%) Marketing
7 137 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 109 (1.39%) Legal
9 100 (1.28%) Law
10 81 (1.03%) Front Office
11 65 (0.83%) Military
12 62 (0.79%) Electronics
13 60 (0.77%) Local Government
14 56 (0.72%) Publishing
15 51 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
16 46 (0.59%) Advertising
16 46 (0.59%) Aerospace
17 45 (0.57%) Back Office
18 42 (0.54%) Investment Banking
19 33 (0.42%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,330 (16.99%) Developer
2 1,103 (14.09%) Analyst
3 736 (9.40%) Architect
4 476 (6.08%) Consultant
5 452 (5.77%) Support Engineer
6 336 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 271 (3.46%) Desktop Support
8 265 (3.39%) Project Manager
9 262 (3.35%) .NET Developer
10 256 (3.27%) 2nd Line Support
11 230 (2.94%) Windows Engineer
12 222 (2.84%) Azure Engineer
13 220 (2.81%) Support Analyst
14 213 (2.72%) Service Analyst
15 205 (2.62%) IT Support
16 202 (2.58%) Business Analyst
17 199 (2.54%) Desktop Engineer
18 196 (2.50%) DevOps Engineer
19 195 (2.49%) C# Developer
20 189 (2.41%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,045 (13.35%) .NET
2 383 (4.89%) HTML
3 278 (3.55%) Web Services
4 261 (3.33%) CSS
5 247 (3.16%) ASP.NET
6 221 (2.82%) XML
7 209 (2.67%) .NET Framework
8 202 (2.58%) AngularJS
9 166 (2.12%) Node.js
10 150 (1.92%) React
11 143 (1.83%) .NET Core
12 129 (1.65%) ASP.NET Web API
12 129 (1.65%) JSON
13 126 (1.61%) jQuery
14 122 (1.56%) REST
15 100 (1.28%) ASP.NET MVC
16 98 (1.25%) Entity Framework
17 92 (1.18%) HTML5
18 89 (1.14%) RESTful
19 83 (1.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 749 (9.57%) Analytical Skills
2 280 (3.58%) Management Information System
3 271 (3.46%) Data Centre
4 213 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
5 176 (2.25%) User Experience
6 148 (1.89%) NHS
7 142 (1.81%) PKI
8 139 (1.78%) Driving Licence
9 101 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
10 96 (1.23%) Clustering
11 87 (1.11%) Public Cloud
12 80 (1.02%) Blackberry
13 79 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
14 78 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
15 76 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
15 76 (0.97%) Replication
16 65 (0.83%) Data Structures
17 64 (0.82%) Smartphone
18 58 (0.74%) Mobile App
19 50 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2,862 (36.56%) Windows
2 989 (12.63%) Windows 10
3 962 (12.29%) Windows Server
4 559 (7.14%) Linux
5 536 (6.85%) Windows 7
6 459 (5.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 327 (4.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 285 (3.64%) Windows Server 2016
9 206 (2.63%) Android
10 187 (2.39%) Apple iOS
11 177 (2.26%) Unix
12 99 (1.26%) Windows XP
13 84 (1.07%) Mac OS
14 75 (0.96%) Windows 8
15 71 (0.91%) Windows Server 2019
16 62 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 55 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
18 43 (0.55%) Mac OS X
19 37 (0.47%) VMS
20 30 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,502 (19.19%) Agile Software Development
2 1,036 (13.23%) Migration
3 932 (11.91%) Business Intelligence
4 907 (11.59%) DevOps
5 792 (10.12%) ITIL
6 739 (9.44%) Problem-Solving
7 555 (7.09%) Analytics
8 519 (6.63%) CRM
9 471 (6.02%) Project Management
10 470 (6.00%) Scrum
11 454 (5.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 420 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
13 370 (4.73%) Test Automation
14 368 (4.70%) Continuous Integration
15 359 (4.59%) Data Modelling
16 339 (4.33%) ETL
17 317 (4.05%) Change Management
18 303 (3.87%) Project Delivery
19 262 (3.35%) Service Management
20 259 (3.31%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 1,651 (21.09%) SQL
2 914 (11.68%) C#
3 882 (11.27%) PowerShell
4 506 (6.46%) JavaScript
5 386 (4.93%) Java
6 353 (4.51%) Python
7 283 (3.62%) T-SQL
8 135 (1.72%) Bash Shell
9 122 (1.56%) C
10 104 (1.33%) C++
11 99 (1.26%) VB
12 89 (1.14%) PHP
13 84 (1.07%) VBA
14 67 (0.86%) PL/SQL
14 67 (0.86%) R
14 67 (0.86%) VBScript
15 52 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 52 (0.66%) TypeScript
16 47 (0.60%) VB.NET
17 46 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,056 (13.49%) Security Cleared
2 783 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 482 (6.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 429 (5.48%) Degree
5 214 (2.73%) MCSE
6 192 (2.45%) DV Cleared
7 123 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
8 110 (1.41%) MCSA
9 91 (1.16%) MCP
10 88 (1.12%) CCNA
11 77 (0.98%) ISEB
12 75 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
13 70 (0.89%) ISTQB
14 66 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
15 65 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
16 53 (0.68%) Citrix Certification
16 53 (0.68%) MCITP
17 52 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 50 (0.64%) A+ Certification
19 42 (0.54%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 236 (3.01%) SLA
2 179 (2.29%) QA
3 123 (1.57%) GDPR
4 102 (1.30%) PMO
5 73 (0.93%) Data Quality
6 51 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 22 (0.28%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
8 21 (0.27%) NCSC
9 18 (0.23%) WCAG
10 15 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
11 13 (0.17%) GxP
11 13 (0.17%) HL7
12 12 (0.15%) ISO 20022
12 12 (0.15%) NIST
12 12 (0.15%) P3O
12 12 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 11 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 10 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 10 (0.13%) TARGET2
System Software
1 2,007 (25.64%) Active Directory
2 518 (6.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 228 (2.91%) Hyper-V
4 225 (2.87%) Docker
5 189 (2.41%) XenApp
6 148 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
7 145 (1.85%) vSphere
8 134 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
9 117 (1.49%) XenDesktop
10 115 (1.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 56 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
12 52 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
13 47 (0.60%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 35 (0.45%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 31 (0.40%) Xen
16 23 (0.29%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 21 (0.27%) Firmware
18 20 (0.26%) BitLocker
19 18 (0.23%) DFS Replication
19 18 (0.23%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 734 (9.38%) SCCM
2 262 (3.35%) Microsoft Intune
3 186 (2.38%) Kubernetes
4 160 (2.04%) Ansible
5 125 (1.60%) Terraform
6 120 (1.53%) SCOM
7 114 (1.46%) Puppet
8 87 (1.11%) WSUS
9 79 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
10 48 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
11 47 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
12 44 (0.56%) AirWatch
13 43 (0.55%) NetBackup
14 38 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
15 37 (0.47%) Jamf Pro
16 34 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
17 31 (0.40%) vCenter Server
18 30 (0.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
19 25 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
20 21 (0.27%) Nagios
Vendors
1 834 (10.65%) VMware
2 528 (6.75%) Citrix
3 488 (6.23%) Oracle
4 396 (5.06%) Cisco
5 284 (3.63%) SAP
6 257 (3.28%) Google
7 241 (3.08%) HP
8 165 (2.11%) Dell
9 162 (2.07%) Apple
10 146 (1.87%) Tableau
11 130 (1.66%) ServiceNow
12 122 (1.56%) IBM
13 104 (1.33%) Databricks
14 100 (1.28%) Remedy
15 91 (1.16%) Adobe
16 89 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
17 87 (1.11%) NetApp
18 84 (1.07%) Symantec
19 77 (0.98%) McAfee
19 77 (0.98%) Splunk