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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 17 May 2022 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
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 8 12 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -4 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,932 6,149 6,354
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.50% 10.78% 12.73%
As % of the Vendors category 31.19% 26.06% 30.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,660 4,071 4,042
10th Percentile £185 £190 £175
25th Percentile £363 £338 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £600 £549 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £410
% change year-on-year +6.25% -2.44% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 438 294 460
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.81 £11.25
25th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £13.20
Median hourly rate £18.55 £17.43 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +6.46% -0.43% +12.90%
75th Percentile £40.10 £26.19 £22.39
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.38 £40.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.43 £17.10
% change year-on-year -5.31% +1.90% +14.00%

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 35,050 23,596 21,176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.07% 41.38% 42.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,331 15,102 13,208
10th Percentile £300 £281 £225
25th Percentile £413 £381 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -2.17%
75th Percentile £635 £575 £563
90th Percentile £725 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £430 £431
% change year-on-year +8.27% -0.35% +1.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 881 721 866
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.32 £11.84
25th Percentile £15.25 £14.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate £21.50 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.27% +15.79% +5.23%
75th Percentile £47.96 £45.00 £33.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £56.50 £52.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% +5.88%

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +4 8,939 £500 +11.11% 3,419
Work from Home +4 4,900 £500 +11.11% 1,304
UK excluding London +4 4,610 £425 +6.25% 2,697
London +3 4,241 £535 +12.63% 935
South East +2 1,266 £445 +3.49% 634
North of England +3 1,031 £400 +0.39% 736
Midlands +2 820 £425 +6.25% 513
West Midlands +3 553 £425 - 297
North West +1 553 £413 +6.45% 360
South West +2 506 £425 +8.36% 291
East of England 0 419 £375 +38.12% 292
Scotland -1 413 £410 +0.92% 145
Yorkshire +2 372 £390 -2.50% 233
East Midlands 0 260 £400 +6.67% 215
Wales +1 146 £427 +13.87% 72
North East +4 112 £450 +28.57% 145
Northern Ireland -3 27 £358 -10.63% 22
Isle of Man -4 2 £350 - 1
Channel Islands -5 1 £175 -

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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 4,478 (40.96%) Azure
2 3,044 (27.84%) Social Skills
3 2,953 (27.01%) Windows
4 2,644 (24.19%) Agile
5 2,427 (22.20%) Microsoft 365
6 2,357 (21.56%) Active Directory
7 2,081 (19.04%) Finance
8 2,027 (18.54%) SQL
9 1,786 (16.34%) DevOps
10 1,681 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
11 1,460 (13.36%) SQL Server
12 1,377 (12.60%) Power Platform
13 1,282 (11.73%) Migration
14 1,249 (11.43%) PowerShell
15 1,246 (11.40%) Security Cleared
16 1,232 (11.27%) .NET
17 1,214 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
18 1,169 (10.69%) C#
19 1,155 (10.57%) Business Intelligence
19 1,155 (10.57%) VMware
20 1,145 (10.47%) Microsoft Excel
21 1,120 (10.25%) AWS
22 1,118 (10.23%) ITIL
23 1,083 (9.91%) Public Sector
24 1,051 (9.61%) SharePoint
25 1,034 (9.46%) SC Cleared
26 1,033 (9.45%) Project Management
27 1,032 (9.44%) Windows Server
28 1,030 (9.42%) Windows 10
29 963 (8.81%) CI/CD

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 1,051 (9.61%) SharePoint
2 375 (3.43%) MS Exchange
3 268 (2.45%) Confluence
4 148 (1.35%) IIS
5 125 (1.14%) Skype for Business
6 93 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
7 87 (0.80%) Apache
7 87 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 86 (0.79%) CMS
9 83 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2010
10 82 (0.75%) Apache Spark
11 77 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
12 36 (0.33%) WebSphere
13 31 (0.28%) SAS
14 29 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
15 26 (0.24%) Tomcat
16 25 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
16 25 (0.23%) OpenStack
17 22 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
17 22 (0.20%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1,681 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1,145 (10.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 516 (4.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 481 (4.40%) Microsoft Project
5 233 (2.13%) MS Visio
6 89 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
7 33 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.18%) Camtasia
9 18 (0.16%) InDesign
10 17 (0.16%) Stata
11 15 (0.14%) Snagit
12 14 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
12 14 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
12 14 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 14 (0.13%) AutoCAD
13 13 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
14 11 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
15 10 (0.091%) Chatbot
16 8 (0.073%) CATIA
17 7 (0.064%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 372 (3.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 119 (1.09%) Dynamics AX
3 44 (0.40%) Sentinel
4 39 (0.36%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
6 22 (0.20%) SAP ERP
6 22 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
7 17 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
8 16 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
9 15 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
9 15 (0.14%) SAP FI
10 13 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 12 (0.11%) assyst
11 12 (0.11%) SAP CO
11 12 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 11 (0.10%) Misys Midas
12 11 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
13 10 (0.091%) Oracle SCM
13 10 (0.091%) Primavera
14 9 (0.082%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 4,478 (40.96%) Azure
2 2,427 (22.20%) Microsoft 365
3 1,377 (12.60%) Power Platform
4 1,120 (10.25%) AWS
5 707 (6.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 676 (6.18%) Dynamics 365
7 567 (5.19%) PaaS
8 492 (4.50%) IaaS
9 472 (4.32%) PowerApps
10 420 (3.84%) SaaS
11 328 (3.00%) GCP
12 326 (2.98%) Azure Data Factory
13 276 (2.52%) Power Automate
14 259 (2.37%) Serverless
15 238 (2.18%) GitHub
16 237 (2.17%) OneDrive
17 229 (2.09%) Azure Logic Apps
18 188 (1.72%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 171 (1.56%) Azure Monitor
20 136 (1.24%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 655 (5.99%) Firewall
2 650 (5.95%) DNS
3 401 (3.67%) DHCP
4 304 (2.78%) VPN
5 303 (2.77%) WAN
6 281 (2.57%) TCP/IP
7 252 (2.31%) LAN
8 182 (1.66%) Network Security
9 180 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
10 151 (1.38%) Internet
11 148 (1.35%) Skype
12 147 (1.34%) SAN
13 130 (1.19%) VoIP
14 117 (1.07%) Wireless
15 93 (0.85%) SSL
16 91 (0.83%) Remote Desktop
17 62 (0.57%) VLAN
18 61 (0.56%) Ethernet
18 61 (0.56%) NetScaler
19 59 (0.54%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,460 (13.36%) SQL Server
2 926 (8.47%) Power BI
3 374 (3.42%) Data Warehouse
4 274 (2.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 261 (2.39%) Relational Database
6 251 (2.30%) Data Lake
7 239 (2.19%) Azure SQL Database
8 221 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 191 (1.75%) Big Data
10 167 (1.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 159 (1.45%) MySQL
12 141 (1.29%) Tableau
13 121 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
14 117 (1.07%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 105 (0.96%) NoSQL
16 96 (0.88%) Oracle Database
17 92 (0.84%) MongoDB
18 75 (0.69%) Metadata
19 71 (0.65%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
20 62 (0.57%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 667 (6.10%) JIRA
2 579 (5.30%) Git (software)
3 412 (3.77%) Jenkins
4 261 (2.39%) Visual Studio
5 191 (1.75%) TeamCity
6 150 (1.37%) GitLab
7 137 (1.25%) Maven
8 129 (1.18%) Selenium
9 116 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
10 106 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
11 95 (0.87%) Gradle
12 83 (0.76%) SonarQube
13 76 (0.70%) Bitbucket
14 74 (0.68%) Subversion
15 72 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
16 71 (0.65%) Artifactory
17 70 (0.64%) Cucumber
18 69 (0.63%) Postman
19 67 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
20 66 (0.60%) SpecFlow
General
1 3,044 (27.84%) Social Skills
2 2,081 (19.04%) Finance
3 1,083 (9.91%) Public Sector
4 867 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
5 552 (5.05%) Banking
6 399 (3.65%) Presentation Skills
7 315 (2.88%) Telecoms
8 254 (2.32%) Organisational Skills
9 250 (2.29%) Marketing
10 249 (2.28%) Retail
11 195 (1.78%) Legal
12 186 (1.70%) Investment Banking
13 183 (1.67%) Influencing Skills
14 174 (1.59%) Manufacturing
15 158 (1.45%) Law
16 150 (1.37%) Documentation Skills
17 149 (1.36%) Front Office
18 119 (1.09%) Local Government
19 106 (0.97%) Publishing
20 96 (0.88%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,449 (13.25%) Analyst
2 1,429 (13.07%) Developer
3 1,198 (10.96%) Architect
4 715 (6.54%) Project Manager
5 612 (5.60%) Consultant
6 578 (5.29%) Support Engineer
7 518 (4.74%) Azure Engineer
8 472 (4.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 467 (4.27%) Solutions Architect
10 359 (3.28%) Business Analyst
11 313 (2.86%) DevOps Engineer
12 294 (2.69%) 2nd Line Support
13 292 (2.67%) .NET Developer
14 276 (2.52%) IT Support
15 272 (2.49%) Service Analyst
16 247 (2.26%) Service Desk Analyst
17 245 (2.24%) Data Engineer
17 245 (2.24%) Support Analyst
18 244 (2.23%) Azure Architect
19 234 (2.14%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,232 (11.27%) .NET
2 437 (4.00%) HTML
3 378 (3.46%) CSS
4 305 (2.79%) .NET Framework
5 286 (2.62%) ASP.NET
6 277 (2.53%) .NET Core
7 248 (2.27%) REST
8 245 (2.24%) Web Services
9 244 (2.23%) React
10 229 (2.09%) AngularJS
11 214 (1.96%) XML
12 209 (1.91%) JSON
13 183 (1.67%) Node.js
14 149 (1.36%) HTML5
15 148 (1.35%) RESTful
16 142 (1.30%) ASP.NET MVC
17 141 (1.29%) ASP.NET Web API
18 120 (1.10%) jQuery
19 118 (1.08%) ARM Templates
20 114 (1.04%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 420 (3.84%) Data Centre
2 362 (3.31%) Public Cloud
3 354 (3.24%) Management Information System
4 316 (2.89%) User Experience
5 302 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
6 211 (1.93%) NHS
7 209 (1.91%) PKI
8 197 (1.80%) Cloud Native
9 184 (1.68%) Replication
10 130 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
11 129 (1.18%) Virtual Team
12 128 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
13 124 (1.13%) Clustering
14 120 (1.10%) Mobile App
15 113 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
16 96 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
17 89 (0.81%) Driving Licence
18 87 (0.80%) Smartphone
19 84 (0.77%) Legacy Systems
20 83 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2,953 (27.01%) Windows
2 1,032 (9.44%) Windows Server
3 1,030 (9.42%) Windows 10
4 806 (7.37%) Linux
5 310 (2.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 302 (2.76%) Windows 7
7 272 (2.49%) Unix
8 261 (2.39%) Windows Server 2016
9 204 (1.87%) Apple iOS
10 184 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 184 (1.68%) Windows Server 2019
11 168 (1.54%) Android
12 137 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 104 (0.95%) Mac OS
14 67 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
15 60 (0.55%) Windows 8
16 54 (0.49%) Ubuntu
17 43 (0.39%) VMS
18 38 (0.35%) CentOS
19 37 (0.34%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,644 (24.19%) Agile
2 1,786 (16.34%) DevOps
3 1,282 (11.73%) Migration
4 1,214 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
5 1,155 (10.57%) Business Intelligence
6 1,118 (10.23%) ITIL
7 1,033 (9.45%) Project Management
8 963 (8.81%) CI/CD
9 914 (8.36%) Scrum
10 786 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 753 (6.89%) Analytics
12 706 (6.46%) Project Delivery
13 578 (5.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 543 (4.97%) CRM
15 528 (4.83%) Change Management
16 476 (4.35%) Test Automation
17 464 (4.24%) Microservices
18 454 (4.15%) PRINCE2
19 448 (4.10%) Data Modelling
20 415 (3.80%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2,027 (18.54%) SQL
2 1,249 (11.43%) PowerShell
3 1,169 (10.69%) C#
4 777 (7.11%) Python
5 694 (6.35%) JavaScript
6 577 (5.28%) Java
7 246 (2.25%) T-SQL
8 214 (1.96%) Bash
9 172 (1.57%) C++
10 147 (1.34%) TypeScript
11 144 (1.32%) C
12 128 (1.17%) VBA
13 90 (0.82%) R
14 78 (0.71%) Shell Script
15 66 (0.60%) VBScript
16 65 (0.59%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 65 (0.59%) PL/SQL
17 58 (0.53%) VB.NET
18 53 (0.48%) Scala
19 46 (0.42%) VB
Qualifications
1 1,246 (11.40%) Security Cleared
2 1,034 (9.46%) SC Cleared
3 710 (6.49%) Degree
4 473 (4.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 193 (1.77%) MCSE
6 161 (1.47%) PMP
7 148 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
8 135 (1.23%) DV Cleared
9 121 (1.11%) PMI Certification
10 115 (1.05%) MCP
11 112 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
12 109 (1.00%) MCSA
13 101 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
14 98 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
15 94 (0.86%) CCNA
16 86 (0.79%) CISSP
17 82 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 73 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 70 (0.64%) APMP
20 69 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 514 (4.70%) SLA
2 379 (3.47%) QA
3 290 (2.65%) PMO
4 157 (1.44%) Data Quality
5 132 (1.21%) GDPR
5 132 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 86 (0.79%) Accessibility
7 61 (0.56%) NIST
8 42 (0.38%) NCSC
9 37 (0.34%) PCI DSS
10 28 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 26 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
12 25 (0.23%) GRC
13 21 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 17 (0.16%) WCAG
15 16 (0.15%) COBIT
15 16 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 11 (0.10%) JSP 440
17 10 (0.091%) GxP
18 8 (0.073%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 2,357 (21.56%) Active Directory
2 788 (7.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 462 (4.23%) Docker
4 321 (2.94%) Hyper-V
5 219 (2.00%) vSphere
6 185 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
7 162 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
8 126 (1.15%) XenApp
9 125 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
10 98 (0.90%) XenDesktop
11 96 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
12 68 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
13 60 (0.55%) BitLocker
14 46 (0.42%) VMware NSX
15 40 (0.37%) Firmware
16 38 (0.35%) NFS
17 30 (0.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 29 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
19 25 (0.23%) Terminal Services
19 25 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 734 (6.71%) SCCM
2 700 (6.40%) Terraform
3 525 (4.80%) Kubernetes
4 505 (4.62%) Microsoft Intune
5 371 (3.39%) Ansible
6 158 (1.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 100 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
8 96 (0.88%) Puppet
9 87 (0.80%) SCOM
10 77 (0.70%) WSUS
11 69 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
12 68 (0.62%) AirWatch
13 66 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
14 61 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
14 61 (0.56%) vCenter Server
15 54 (0.49%) NetBackup
16 50 (0.46%) vRealize
17 47 (0.43%) Prometheus
18 42 (0.38%) Grafana
18 42 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,155 (10.57%) VMware
2 681 (6.23%) Oracle
3 571 (5.22%) Citrix
4 537 (4.91%) Cisco
5 501 (4.58%) SAP
6 370 (3.38%) Databricks
7 350 (3.20%) Google
8 272 (2.49%) ServiceNow
9 207 (1.89%) IBM
10 200 (1.83%) Apple
11 197 (1.80%) HP
12 152 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
13 149 (1.36%) Red Hat
14 133 (1.22%) Dell
15 122 (1.12%) Splunk
16 121 (1.11%) Adobe
17 111 (1.02%) McAfee
18 104 (0.95%) NetApp
19 97 (0.89%) Remedy
19 97 (0.89%) Veeam