Period
to 12 May 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 12 May 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
12 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 12 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -5 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6,062 6,512 11,089
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.77% 12.75% 12.05%
As % of the Vendors category 26.12% 30.09% 28.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,017 4,148 7,266
10th Percentile £190 £170 £173
25th Percentile £338 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £445 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +4.71% - +6.25%
75th Percentile £548 £525 £525
90th Percentile £625 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £405 £405
% change year-on-year -1.23% - +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 286 477 639
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.26 £10.66
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.49 £12.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year - +12.90% +3.33%
75th Percentile £26.60 £22.39 £21.04
90th Percentile £48.88 £40.75 £36.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.43 £17.10 £14.86
% change year-on-year +1.90% +15.07% +2.48%

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 23,208 21,640 38,528
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.24% 42.36% 41.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,855 13,487 24,287
10th Percentile £281 £223 £263
25th Percentile £381 £355 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +2.22%
75th Percentile £575 £562 £563
90th Percentile £675 £650 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 713 891 1,258
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.80 £10.88
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.33 £19.00 £18.06
Median % change year-on-year +17.53% +5.23% +6.21%
75th Percentile £45.00 £33.75 £37.44
90th Percentile £58.47 £52.25 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +7.59%

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 12 May 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 12 May 2021.

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 12 May 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 -4 4,776 £445 +4.71% 3,041
UK excluding London -2 2,816 £400 -1.23% 2,388
London -3 2,181 £475 +5.56% 839
Work from Home -9 1,653 £463 +2.78% 700
South East 0 759 £430 +1.18% 529
North of England -3 574 £386 +3.00% 665
Midlands -4 442 £400 -9.09% 508
Scotland 0 402 £406 +2.20% 132
North West -2 325 £375 +0.67% 373
South West -4 283 £378 -11.18% 274
West Midlands -6 281 £413 -13.16% 310
East of England +1 236 £275 -26.67% 207
Yorkshire -4 187 £400 - 194
East Midlands +3 157 £358 +2.14% 194
Wales -1 92 £350 -17.65% 54
North East +3 62 £350 -8.20% 98
Northern Ireland +2 28 £400 +36.75% 23
Channel Islands 0 3 - - 1
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 May 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 2,689 (44.36%) Azure
2 1,683 (27.76%) Windows
3 1,439 (23.74%) Social Skills
4 1,426 (23.52%) Active Directory
5 1,418 (23.39%) Microsoft 365
6 1,251 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
7 1,133 (18.69%) SQL
8 993 (16.38%) Finance
9 957 (15.79%) DevOps
10 942 (15.54%) Microsoft Office
11 878 (14.48%) SQL Server
12 810 (13.36%) Power Platform
13 774 (12.77%) Security Cleared
14 750 (12.37%) Migration
15 738 (12.17%) Business Intelligence
16 700 (11.55%) PowerShell
17 655 (10.81%) SharePoint
18 649 (10.71%) VMware
19 635 (10.48%) .NET
20 630 (10.39%) Windows Server
21 624 (10.29%) AWS
22 615 (10.15%) Windows 10
23 588 (9.70%) Power BI
24 586 (9.67%) ITIL
25 570 (9.40%) SC Cleared
26 567 (9.35%) Microsoft Excel
27 557 (9.19%) Public Sector
28 555 (9.16%) C#
29 520 (8.58%) Problem-Solving
30 471 (7.77%) 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
1 655 (10.81%) SharePoint
2 237 (3.91%) MS Exchange
3 128 (2.11%) Confluence
4 107 (1.77%) Skype for Business
5 90 (1.48%) IIS
6 82 (1.35%) Apache
7 64 (1.06%) Apache Spark
8 61 (1.01%) CMS
9 59 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
10 41 (0.68%) WebSphere
11 39 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
12 38 (0.63%) Tomcat
13 28 (0.46%) OpenStack
14 27 (0.45%) Apache Airflow
15 25 (0.41%) SAS
16 22 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 20 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
17 20 (0.33%) JBoss
18 19 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
19 16 (0.26%) EPiServer
Applications
1 942 (15.54%) Microsoft Office
2 567 (9.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 248 (4.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 238 (3.93%) Microsoft Project
5 148 (2.44%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.31%) Photoshop
6 19 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.15%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.13%) Camtasia
10 6 (0.099%) InDesign
11 5 (0.082%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.082%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.066%) Adobe After Effects
12 4 (0.066%) Adobe Premiere
12 4 (0.066%) CINEMA 4D
12 4 (0.066%) Figma
13 3 (0.049%) Gephi
14 2 (0.033%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 248 (4.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 72 (1.19%) Dynamics AX
3 37 (0.61%) NetSuite
4 30 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
5 16 (0.26%) Sentinel
6 10 (0.16%) Magento
6 10 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 10 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
7 9 (0.15%) assyst
7 9 (0.15%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.15%) SAP HCM
7 9 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
8 7 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 7 (0.12%) Shopify
8 7 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 6 (0.099%) Oracle Payables
9 6 (0.099%) Primavera
10 5 (0.082%) Cerner Millennium
11 4 (0.066%) Oracle EBS
11 4 (0.066%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,689 (44.36%) Azure
2 1,418 (23.39%) Microsoft 365
3 810 (13.36%) Power Platform
4 624 (10.29%) AWS
5 428 (7.06%) Azure Active Directory
6 353 (5.82%) Dynamics 365
7 315 (5.20%) PaaS
8 284 (4.68%) PowerApps
9 248 (4.09%) IaaS
10 227 (3.74%) SaaS
11 197 (3.25%) Azure Data Factory
12 173 (2.85%) Serverless
13 163 (2.69%) GCP
13 163 (2.69%) OneDrive
14 160 (2.64%) Power Automate
15 132 (2.18%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 123 (2.03%) Azure Logic Apps
17 115 (1.90%) Azure Functions
18 101 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
19 100 (1.65%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 408 (6.73%) DNS
2 349 (5.76%) Firewall
3 227 (3.74%) DHCP
4 217 (3.58%) VPN
5 195 (3.22%) WAN
6 171 (2.82%) LAN
7 163 (2.69%) TCP/IP
8 152 (2.51%) Skype
9 111 (1.83%) Internet
10 99 (1.63%) SAN
11 86 (1.42%) Network Security
12 82 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
13 66 (1.09%) VLAN
14 64 (1.06%) Wireless
15 62 (1.02%) VoIP
16 56 (0.92%) Kerberos
17 53 (0.87%) SSL
18 52 (0.86%) HTTP
19 51 (0.84%) Unified Communications
20 49 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 878 (14.48%) SQL Server
2 588 (9.70%) Power BI
3 318 (5.25%) Data Warehouse
4 243 (4.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 185 (3.05%) Data Lake
6 168 (2.77%) Azure SQL Database
7 157 (2.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 127 (2.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 109 (1.80%) MySQL
10 102 (1.68%) Big Data
11 98 (1.62%) Relational Database
12 73 (1.20%) NoSQL
13 72 (1.19%) Tableau
14 71 (1.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 71 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
15 61 (1.01%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 56 (0.92%) Hadoop
17 47 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
18 41 (0.68%) MS Access
19 39 (0.64%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 264 (4.35%) JIRA
2 197 (3.25%) Git (software)
3 178 (2.94%) Jenkins
4 163 (2.69%) Visual Studio
5 61 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
6 52 (0.86%) TeamCity
7 51 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
8 50 (0.82%) Octopus Deploy
9 44 (0.73%) Selenium
10 41 (0.68%) Bitbucket
11 31 (0.51%) Maven
12 30 (0.49%) GitLab
13 28 (0.46%) Subversion
14 26 (0.43%) MSI
15 25 (0.41%) Cucumber
15 25 (0.41%) SpecFlow
16 23 (0.38%) SonarQube
16 23 (0.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 23 (0.38%) webpack
17 19 (0.31%) JUnit
General
1 1,439 (23.74%) Social Skills
2 993 (16.38%) Finance
3 557 (9.19%) Public Sector
4 452 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
5 233 (3.84%) Banking
6 176 (2.90%) Telecoms
7 170 (2.80%) Presentation Skills
8 163 (2.69%) Marketing
9 138 (2.28%) Manufacturing
10 116 (1.91%) Organisational Skills
11 113 (1.86%) Influencing Skills
12 111 (1.83%) Legal
13 100 (1.65%) Law
14 98 (1.62%) Retail
15 89 (1.47%) Documentation Skills
16 65 (1.07%) Electronics
17 63 (1.04%) Investment Banking
18 54 (0.89%) Front Office
19 51 (0.84%) Billing
20 40 (0.66%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 851 (14.04%) Developer
2 822 (13.56%) Architect
3 775 (12.78%) Analyst
4 494 (8.15%) Consultant
5 326 (5.38%) Azure Engineer
6 301 (4.97%) Project Manager
7 241 (3.98%) Azure Architect
8 231 (3.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 216 (3.56%) Solutions Architect
10 193 (3.18%) Support Engineer
11 192 (3.17%) .NET Developer
12 179 (2.95%) Service Analyst
13 162 (2.67%) DevOps Engineer
14 160 (2.64%) Service Desk Analyst
15 153 (2.52%) Data Engineer
16 132 (2.18%) Business Analyst
17 128 (2.11%) Administrator
18 116 (1.91%) Cloud Architect
19 115 (1.90%) Cloud Engineer
20 113 (1.86%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 635 (10.48%) .NET
2 249 (4.11%) Web Services
3 231 (3.81%) HTML
4 208 (3.43%) ASP.NET
5 186 (3.07%) CSS
6 171 (2.82%) AngularJS
7 159 (2.62%) REST
8 158 (2.61%) .NET Core
9 140 (2.31%) React
10 115 (1.90%) .NET Framework
10 115 (1.90%) XML
11 114 (1.88%) JSON
12 99 (1.63%) RESTful
13 97 (1.60%) Node.js
14 87 (1.44%) ASP.NET Web API
15 86 (1.42%) HTML5
16 73 (1.20%) Middleware
17 72 (1.19%) jQuery
18 63 (1.04%) Kafka
18 63 (1.04%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 245 (4.04%) Management Information System
2 235 (3.88%) Data Centre
3 166 (2.74%) User Experience
4 143 (2.36%) NHS
5 141 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
6 127 (2.10%) Public Cloud
7 115 (1.90%) Greenfield Project
8 99 (1.63%) PKI
9 82 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
10 71 (1.17%) Cloud Native
10 71 (1.17%) Replication
11 69 (1.14%) Clustering
12 65 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
13 64 (1.06%) Mobile App
14 61 (1.01%) Virtual Team
15 55 (0.91%) Data Structures
16 39 (0.64%) Private Cloud
16 39 (0.64%) Social Media
17 38 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
18 31 (0.51%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 1,683 (27.76%) Windows
2 630 (10.39%) Windows Server
3 615 (10.15%) Windows 10
4 438 (7.23%) Linux
5 215 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 194 (3.20%) Windows 7
7 165 (2.72%) Windows Server 2016
8 129 (2.13%) Unix
8 129 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 107 (1.77%) Windows Server 2019
10 96 (1.58%) Android
11 87 (1.44%) Apple iOS
12 69 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 45 (0.74%) Windows 8
14 30 (0.49%) CentOS
14 30 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (0.45%) Mac OS
16 23 (0.38%) Mac OS X
17 19 (0.31%) Ubuntu
18 17 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,251 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
2 957 (15.79%) DevOps
3 750 (12.37%) Migration
4 738 (12.17%) Business Intelligence
5 586 (9.67%) ITIL
6 520 (8.58%) Problem-Solving
7 445 (7.34%) Project Management
8 419 (6.91%) Analytics
9 405 (6.68%) Stakeholder Management
10 396 (6.53%) Scrum
11 358 (5.91%) Project Delivery
12 331 (5.46%) CRM
13 308 (5.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 271 (4.47%) Data Modelling
15 257 (4.24%) Change Management
16 243 (4.01%) Continuous Integration
17 220 (3.63%) TDD
18 215 (3.55%) ETL
19 214 (3.53%) Microservices
20 210 (3.46%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1,133 (18.69%) SQL
2 700 (11.55%) PowerShell
3 555 (9.16%) C#
4 398 (6.57%) JavaScript
5 375 (6.19%) Python
6 290 (4.78%) Java
7 190 (3.13%) T-SQL
8 111 (1.83%) TypeScript
9 88 (1.45%) Bash Shell
10 77 (1.27%) C
11 69 (1.14%) C++
12 67 (1.11%) VB
13 47 (0.78%) VBA
14 44 (0.73%) R
15 43 (0.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 40 (0.66%) Shell Script
17 36 (0.59%) Ruby
18 35 (0.58%) PHP
19 33 (0.54%) PL/SQL
20 30 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 774 (12.77%) Security Cleared
2 570 (9.40%) SC Cleared
3 416 (6.86%) Degree
4 330 (5.44%) Microsoft Certification
5 148 (2.44%) DV Cleared
6 122 (2.01%) MCSE
7 103 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
8 87 (1.44%) Computer Science Degree
9 75 (1.24%) ISTQB
10 73 (1.20%) CISSP
11 69 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
12 62 (1.02%) CCNA
13 58 (0.96%) MCSA
14 55 (0.91%) ISEB
15 51 (0.84%) MCP
16 49 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
17 47 (0.78%) CCNP
18 46 (0.76%) PMP
19 42 (0.69%) CISM
20 39 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (3.37%) QA
2 193 (3.18%) SLA
3 117 (1.93%) PMO
4 84 (1.39%) GDPR
5 83 (1.37%) Data Quality
6 73 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 38 (0.63%) NIST
8 28 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
9 25 (0.41%) NCSC
10 22 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
11 21 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 19 (0.31%) PCI DSS
13 15 (0.25%) COBIT
14 11 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 10 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 6 (0.099%) GRC
16 6 (0.099%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.099%) P3O
17 5 (0.082%) JTAG
17 5 (0.082%) WCAG
System Software
1 1,426 (23.52%) Active Directory
2 471 (7.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 195 (3.22%) Hyper-V
4 192 (3.17%) Docker
5 112 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
6 99 (1.63%) vSphere
7 81 (1.34%) Microsoft App-V
8 78 (1.29%) XenApp
9 69 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
10 55 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
11 48 (0.79%) XenDesktop
12 38 (0.63%) VMware NSX
13 37 (0.61%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 33 (0.54%) Terminal Services
15 22 (0.36%) BitLocker
16 18 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
17 14 (0.23%) NFS
18 13 (0.21%) Firmware
18 13 (0.21%) HDFS
18 13 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 387 (6.38%) SCCM
2 285 (4.70%) Terraform
3 278 (4.59%) Microsoft Intune
4 231 (3.81%) Kubernetes
5 159 (2.62%) Ansible
6 86 (1.42%) Puppet
7 82 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
8 62 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
9 58 (0.96%) SCOM
10 45 (0.74%) WSUS
11 40 (0.66%) vRealize
12 37 (0.61%) AirWatch
12 37 (0.61%) vCenter Server
13 32 (0.53%) Nessus
14 24 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 21 (0.35%) NetBackup
16 20 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
17 18 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
18 17 (0.28%) QRadar
19 16 (0.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 649 (10.71%) VMware
2 415 (6.85%) Oracle
3 331 (5.46%) Cisco
3 331 (5.46%) Citrix
4 249 (4.11%) SAP
5 199 (3.28%) Google
6 191 (3.15%) Databricks
7 115 (1.90%) HP
8 106 (1.75%) IBM
8 106 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
9 103 (1.70%) ServiceNow
10 101 (1.67%) Dell
11 84 (1.39%) Red Hat
12 77 (1.27%) Apple
13 76 (1.25%) CheckPoint
14 73 (1.20%) NetApp
15 71 (1.17%) Remedy
16 68 (1.12%) EMC
17 56 (0.92%) Splunk
18 53 (0.87%) Veeam