Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 7 8
Rank change year-on-year +3 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 9,752 11,954 11,049
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.50% 12.19% 11.11%
As % of the Vendors category 31.04% 28.81% 26.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,145 7,428 7,011
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £163 £165 £156
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £363
% change year-on-year - +10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 687 806 711
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £15.32 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.27% +2.10% -
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.25 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.25 £35.00 £36.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% - +2.99%

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 31,418 41,498 41,816
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.48% 42.33% 42.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,523 25,697 26,366
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £225 £258 £231
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,351 1,514 1,368
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +0.40% +2.53%
10th Percentile £11.85 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.25 £48.40 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% - -

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 +3 8,844 £425 - 4,386
UK excluding London +1 6,214 £400 - 3,582
London +2 3,363 £450 - 1,097
South East 0 1,924 £425 +2.41% 945
North of England +1 1,330 £395 -1.25% 960
Midlands +2 893 £400 +6.67% 636
South West +1 794 £410 +2.50% 389
North West -1 665 £400 - 527
West Midlands 0 586 £425 +6.25% 397
Scotland +3 542 £375 - 165
Yorkshire +4 505 £400 +6.67% 322
East of England 0 501 £375 - 369
East Midlands +1 298 £363 +3.57% 238
Wales +1 181 £425 +8.97% 105
North East +7 162 £388 -3.13% 111
Northern Ireland +2 44 £150 -57.14% 25
Channel Islands -1 16 £350 -26.32%

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 3,498 (35.87%) Windows
2 3,153 (32.33%) Azure
3 2,543 (26.08%) Active Directory
4 2,037 (20.89%) SQL
5 2,030 (20.82%) Agile Software Development
6 2,004 (20.55%) Office 365
7 1,884 (19.32%) Microsoft Office
8 1,689 (17.32%) SQL Server
9 1,537 (15.76%) Finance
10 1,378 (14.13%) .NET
11 1,332 (13.66%) Windows 10
12 1,296 (13.29%) Migration
13 1,248 (12.80%) C#
14 1,233 (12.64%) Security Cleared
15 1,135 (11.64%) Windows Server
16 1,108 (11.36%) SharePoint
17 1,095 (11.23%) Business Intelligence
18 1,061 (10.88%) PowerShell
19 1,052 (10.79%) ITIL
20 1,045 (10.72%) VMware
21 1,028 (10.54%) DevOps
22 986 (10.11%) SCCM
23 983 (10.08%) Power Platform
24 973 (9.98%) Microsoft Excel
25 911 (9.34%) SC Cleared
26 874 (8.96%) Power BI
27 871 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
28 840 (8.61%) Problem-Solving
29 808 (8.29%) Windows 7
30 791 (8.11%) Public Sector

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 1,108 (11.36%) SharePoint
2 585 (6.00%) MS Exchange
3 388 (3.98%) Skype for Business
4 221 (2.27%) IIS
5 171 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
6 146 (1.50%) Confluence
7 140 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
8 93 (0.95%) Apache
9 86 (0.88%) CMS
10 72 (0.74%) Apache Spark
11 62 (0.64%) Tomcat
12 58 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
13 53 (0.54%) nginx
14 52 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
15 47 (0.48%) WebSphere
16 45 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
17 40 (0.41%) WebLogic
18 38 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
19 37 (0.38%) Jetty
20 36 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1,884 (19.32%) Microsoft Office
2 973 (9.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 408 (4.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 314 (3.22%) Microsoft Project
5 245 (2.51%) MS Visio
6 42 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 13 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 12 (0.12%) Sketch
10 11 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.082%) Acrobat
11 8 (0.082%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.072%) InVision
13 6 (0.062%) Camtasia
14 5 (0.051%) Chatbot
14 5 (0.051%) SPSS
15 4 (0.041%) Adobe Premiere
15 4 (0.041%) CINEMA 4D
15 4 (0.041%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 628 (6.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 123 (1.26%) Dynamics AX
3 73 (0.75%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
4 26 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 25 (0.26%) SAP ERP
6 24 (0.25%) assyst
7 22 (0.23%) NetSuite
8 20 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
8 20 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
9 19 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 17 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 14 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
12 12 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
13 11 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
14 10 (0.10%) Endur
15 9 (0.092%) SAP BPC
16 8 (0.082%) Eloqua
16 8 (0.082%) Magento
16 8 (0.082%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 3,153 (32.33%) Azure
2 2,004 (20.55%) Office 365
3 983 (10.08%) Power Platform
4 783 (8.03%) AWS
5 636 (6.52%) Dynamics 365
6 439 (4.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 418 (4.29%) PaaS
8 397 (4.07%) IaaS
9 347 (3.56%) SaaS
10 224 (2.30%) OneDrive
11 207 (2.12%) Serverless
12 199 (2.04%) GCP
13 193 (1.98%) PowerApps
14 192 (1.97%) Azure Data Factory
15 150 (1.54%) Azure Functions
16 137 (1.40%) GitHub
17 122 (1.25%) Microsoft Flow
18 93 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
19 88 (0.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 75 (0.77%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 681 (6.98%) DNS
2 473 (4.85%) Firewall
3 450 (4.61%) Skype
4 439 (4.50%) DHCP
5 357 (3.66%) TCP/IP
6 299 (3.07%) VPN
7 296 (3.04%) LAN
8 283 (2.90%) WAN
9 270 (2.77%) SAN
10 210 (2.15%) Internet
11 117 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
12 109 (1.12%) VoIP
13 104 (1.07%) Wireless
14 95 (0.97%) HTTP
15 93 (0.95%) NAS
16 91 (0.93%) Network Security
17 86 (0.88%) Unified Communications
18 84 (0.86%) SSL
19 80 (0.82%) Remote Desktop
20 79 (0.81%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,689 (17.32%) SQL Server
2 874 (8.96%) Power BI
3 674 (6.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 478 (4.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 471 (4.83%) Data Warehouse
6 295 (3.03%) Data Lake
7 284 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 223 (2.29%) Azure SQL Database
9 194 (1.99%) Relational Database
10 185 (1.90%) Big Data
11 150 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
12 138 (1.42%) MySQL
13 137 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
14 113 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
15 106 (1.09%) NoSQL
16 98 (1.00%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 92 (0.94%) Oracle Database
18 87 (0.89%) Cosmos DB
19 82 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
20 80 (0.82%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 459 (4.71%) Visual Studio
2 439 (4.50%) Git (software)
3 341 (3.50%) JIRA
4 300 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
5 270 (2.77%) Visual Studio Team System
6 228 (2.34%) Jenkins
7 176 (1.80%) Selenium
8 123 (1.26%) TeamCity
9 108 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 78 (0.80%) Moq
11 70 (0.72%) Cucumber
12 65 (0.67%) Eclipse
13 61 (0.63%) Subversion
14 57 (0.58%) MSI
14 57 (0.58%) NUnit
15 48 (0.49%) Travis CI
16 46 (0.47%) SpecFlow
16 46 (0.47%) WebDriver
17 45 (0.46%) MSTest
18 43 (0.44%) Artifactory
General
1 1,537 (15.76%) Finance
2 791 (8.11%) Public Sector
3 297 (3.05%) Banking
4 265 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 228 (2.34%) Retail
6 213 (2.18%) Marketing
7 156 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 151 (1.55%) Law
9 144 (1.48%) Legal
10 97 (0.99%) Front Office
11 78 (0.80%) Electronics
12 72 (0.74%) Advertising
13 70 (0.72%) Back Office
13 70 (0.72%) Publishing
14 56 (0.57%) Military
15 55 (0.56%) Local Government
15 55 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
16 52 (0.53%) Investment Banking
17 42 (0.43%) Billing
18 39 (0.40%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,764 (18.09%) Developer
2 1,439 (14.76%) Analyst
3 963 (9.87%) Architect
4 547 (5.61%) Support Engineer
5 526 (5.39%) Consultant
6 442 (4.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 380 (3.90%) .NET Developer
8 356 (3.65%) Project Manager
9 349 (3.58%) Desktop Support
10 323 (3.31%) Service Analyst
11 292 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support
12 290 (2.97%) C# Developer
13 288 (2.95%) Support Analyst
14 285 (2.92%) Solutions Architect
15 280 (2.87%) Windows Engineer
16 275 (2.82%) Desktop Engineer
17 265 (2.72%) Business Analyst
18 262 (2.69%) Service Desk Analyst
19 252 (2.58%) Azure Engineer
20 243 (2.49%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,378 (14.13%) .NET
2 501 (5.14%) HTML
3 410 (4.20%) Web Services
4 388 (3.98%) ASP.NET
5 387 (3.97%) CSS
6 319 (3.27%) AngularJS
7 305 (3.13%) .NET Framework
8 277 (2.84%) XML
9 216 (2.21%) React
10 207 (2.12%) ASP.NET Web API
11 195 (2.00%) .NET Core
12 178 (1.83%) REST
13 172 (1.76%) JSON
14 163 (1.67%) jQuery
15 154 (1.58%) ASP.NET MVC
15 154 (1.58%) RESTful
16 152 (1.56%) Node.js
17 126 (1.29%) Entity Framework
18 115 (1.18%) HTML5
19 99 (1.02%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 871 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
2 365 (3.74%) Data Centre
3 319 (3.27%) Management Information System
4 260 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
5 175 (1.79%) User Experience
6 173 (1.77%) NHS
7 163 (1.67%) Driving Licence
8 161 (1.65%) Public Cloud
9 160 (1.64%) PKI
10 148 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
11 130 (1.33%) Clustering
12 126 (1.29%) Replication
13 119 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
14 109 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
15 105 (1.08%) Blackberry
16 101 (1.04%) Smartphone
17 98 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
18 88 (0.90%) Data Structures
19 82 (0.84%) Mobile App
20 67 (0.69%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,498 (35.87%) Windows
2 1,332 (13.66%) Windows 10
3 1,135 (11.64%) Windows Server
4 808 (8.29%) Windows 7
5 582 (5.97%) Linux
6 528 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 448 (4.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 266 (2.73%) Android
9 212 (2.17%) Unix
10 207 (2.12%) Apple iOS
11 157 (1.61%) Windows XP
12 134 (1.37%) Windows 8
13 114 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
14 97 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 91 (0.93%) Mac OS
16 56 (0.57%) Mac OS X
17 48 (0.49%) VMS
18 43 (0.44%) CentOS
19 31 (0.32%) Ubuntu
20 23 (0.24%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,030 (20.82%) Agile Software Development
2 1,296 (13.29%) Migration
3 1,095 (11.23%) Business Intelligence
4 1,052 (10.79%) ITIL
5 1,028 (10.54%) DevOps
6 840 (8.61%) Problem-Solving
7 723 (7.41%) CRM
8 644 (6.60%) Project Management
9 639 (6.55%) Analytics
10 613 (6.29%) Scrum
11 580 (5.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 565 (5.79%) Stakeholder Management
13 457 (4.69%) Continuous Integration
14 432 (4.43%) ETL
15 423 (4.34%) Test Automation
16 384 (3.94%) Change Management
17 377 (3.87%) TDD
18 367 (3.76%) Data Modelling
19 360 (3.69%) Project Delivery
20 340 (3.49%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2,037 (20.89%) SQL
2 1,248 (12.80%) C#
3 1,061 (10.88%) PowerShell
4 749 (7.68%) JavaScript
5 423 (4.34%) Java
6 416 (4.27%) Python
7 330 (3.38%) T-SQL
8 145 (1.49%) C
9 121 (1.24%) Bash Shell
10 104 (1.07%) VB
11 96 (0.98%) C++
12 95 (0.97%) PL/SQL
13 89 (0.91%) R
14 79 (0.81%) VBA
15 76 (0.78%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 75 (0.77%) VBScript
17 72 (0.74%) PHP
18 61 (0.63%) TypeScript
19 57 (0.58%) VB.NET
20 51 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,233 (12.64%) Security Cleared
2 911 (9.34%) SC Cleared
3 579 (5.94%) Degree
4 575 (5.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 266 (2.73%) MCSE
6 199 (2.04%) DV Cleared
7 148 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
8 141 (1.45%) MCSA
9 118 (1.21%) MCP
10 107 (1.10%) CCNA
11 106 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
12 104 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
13 98 (1.00%) ISTQB
14 91 (0.93%) ISEB
15 82 (0.84%) MCITP
16 65 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
17 63 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
18 62 (0.64%) PMI Certification
19 58 (0.59%) CISSP
20 57 (0.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 300 (3.08%) SLA
2 241 (2.47%) QA
3 146 (1.50%) PMO
4 120 (1.23%) GDPR
5 110 (1.13%) Data Quality
6 80 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 49 (0.50%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.31%) NCSC
9 28 (0.29%) MiFID
10 26 (0.27%) WCAG
11 23 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
12 21 (0.22%) COBIT
12 21 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 19 (0.19%) HL7
14 17 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 16 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
16 15 (0.15%) NIST
17 14 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 12 (0.12%) ISO 9001
19 10 (0.10%) TARGET2
System Software
1 2,543 (26.08%) Active Directory
2 652 (6.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 304 (3.12%) Hyper-V
4 269 (2.76%) Docker
5 210 (2.15%) XenApp
6 184 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
7 177 (1.82%) vSphere
8 166 (1.70%) XenDesktop
9 135 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
10 126 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 70 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
12 56 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
13 44 (0.45%) Xen
14 43 (0.44%) DFS Replication
15 41 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 40 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 35 (0.36%) BitLocker
18 32 (0.33%) Firmware
19 23 (0.24%) VMware NSX
20 20 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 986 (10.11%) SCCM
2 307 (3.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 205 (2.10%) Kubernetes
4 168 (1.72%) Ansible
5 152 (1.56%) SCOM
6 139 (1.43%) Puppet
7 137 (1.40%) Terraform
8 130 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
9 108 (1.11%) WSUS
10 72 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
11 62 (0.64%) AirWatch
12 54 (0.55%) NetBackup
13 53 (0.54%) Jamf Pro
14 50 (0.51%) vCenter Server
15 49 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
16 48 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
17 45 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
18 40 (0.41%) Nagios
19 34 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
20 31 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 1,045 (10.72%) VMware
2 651 (6.68%) Citrix
3 639 (6.55%) Oracle
4 466 (4.78%) Cisco
5 308 (3.16%) SAP
6 296 (3.04%) HP
7 292 (2.99%) Google
8 202 (2.07%) Apple
9 181 (1.86%) ServiceNow
9 181 (1.86%) Tableau
10 159 (1.63%) Dell
11 139 (1.43%) IBM
12 128 (1.31%) Databricks
12 128 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
13 120 (1.23%) Remedy
14 109 (1.12%) McAfee
15 105 (1.08%) Adobe
16 104 (1.07%) NetApp
17 84 (0.86%) Symantec
18 82 (0.84%) Splunk