Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10500 12703 13695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.89% 11.71% 12.15%
As % of the Vendors category 24.98% 26.06% 27.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6540 8071 8364
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £163 £190 £178
90th Percentile £575 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +1.43% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 812 1158
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £15.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +0.85% +5.77%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.25 £9.52
90th Percentile £44.05 £38.23 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.84 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.26% +3.33% -

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 42035 48754 50166
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 43.60% 44.94% 44.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 25695 29915 29191
UK median daily rate £430 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.24% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £612 £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 1394 1642 2220
UK median hourly rate £17.13 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.14% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.43
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.38 £17.00
% change year-on-year -5.04% +2.21% +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 19 August 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 19 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 16 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 19 August 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 9666 £400 +6.67% 1842
UK excluding London +1 6255 £355 +1.43% 1349
London -1 4012 £450 +7.14% 577
South East 0 2024 £380 +1.33% 365
North of England -1 1316 £350 - 401
Midlands +1 974 £350 -6.67% 196
East of England +1 660 £363 -3.33% 130
South West 0 641 £350 - 158
North West -1 625 £375 - 203
West Midlands +1 568 £375 - 127
Yorkshire -1 509 £340 -6.21% 170
Scotland -2 436 £350 +1.60% 75
East Midlands +3 393 £339 -3.21% 69
Wales +7 188 £325 -7.14% 23
North East -3 178 £338 +18.85% 28
Northern Ireland -34 52 £289 -17.43% 2

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 3316 (31.58%) Windows
2 2289 (21.80%) SQL
3 2270 (21.62%) SQL Server
4 2169 (20.66%) Active Directory
5 2075 (19.76%) Finance
6 2024 (19.28%) Microsoft Office
7 1987 (18.92%) .NET
8 1880 (17.90%) Agile Software Development
9 1654 (15.75%) C#
10 1470 (14.00%) Microsoft Azure
11 1300 (12.38%) Microsoft Excel
12 1222 (11.64%) Office 365
13 1202 (11.45%) ITIL
14 1167 (11.11%) Windows Server
15 1158 (11.03%) VMware
16 1115 (10.62%) Migration
17 1020 (9.71%) Security Cleared
18 987 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
19 969 (9.23%) Project Management
20 959 (9.13%) SharePoint
21 929 (8.85%) Business Intelligence
22 926 (8.82%) JavaScript
23 923 (8.79%) CRM
24 895 (8.52%) PowerShell
25 858 (8.17%) Windows 7
26 803 (7.65%) Citrix
27 766 (7.30%) Dynamics CRM
28 751 (7.15%) Degree
29 745 (7.10%) MS Exchange
30 741 (7.06%) SC Cleared

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
1 959 (9.13%) SharePoint
2 745 (7.10%) MS Exchange
3 418 (3.98%) IIS
4 415 (3.95%) Skype for Business
5 286 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
6 215 (2.05%) CMS
7 161 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
8 154 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 146 (1.39%) BizTalk Server
10 97 (0.92%) Confluence
10 97 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
11 96 (0.91%) Apache
12 91 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 91 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
13 85 (0.81%) WebSphere
14 84 (0.80%) IBM Notes
15 73 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
16 60 (0.57%) Umbraco
17 59 (0.56%) SAS
17 59 (0.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2024 (19.28%) Microsoft Office
2 1300 (12.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 508 (4.84%) Microsoft Project
4 503 (4.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 469 (4.47%) MS Visio
6 120 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
7 32 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 15 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
9 14 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 13 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 10 (0.095%) InDesign
12 9 (0.086%) SPSS
13 8 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 5 (0.048%) Acrobat
15 4 (0.038%) Adobe After Effects
15 4 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
15 4 (0.038%) Chatbot
16 3 (0.029%) Adobe Premiere
16 3 (0.029%) Mozilla Thunderbird
16 3 (0.029%) Stata
Business Applications
1 766 (7.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 266 (2.53%) Dynamics AX
3 127 (1.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 31 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 24 (0.23%) Primavera
6 22 (0.21%) ION MarketView
7 21 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
8 15 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
9 14 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
10 13 (0.12%) Eikon
10 13 (0.12%) Maximo
11 12 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
12 11 (0.10%) Endur
12 11 (0.10%) RMDS
12 11 (0.10%) SAP ERP
12 11 (0.10%) Teamcenter
13 10 (0.095%) Markit EDM
13 10 (0.095%) Payment Gateway
13 10 (0.095%) SAP FI
13 10 (0.095%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1470 (14.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1222 (11.64%) Office 365
3 468 (4.46%) Amazon AWS
4 267 (2.54%) IaaS
5 243 (2.31%) PaaS
6 197 (1.88%) Dynamics 365
7 173 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 172 (1.64%) SaaS
9 80 (0.76%) OneDrive
10 73 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
11 60 (0.57%) GitHub
12 51 (0.49%) Yammer
13 35 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
14 33 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
15 23 (0.22%) Google Analytics
15 23 (0.22%) Mimecast
16 22 (0.21%) Azure Data Factory
17 21 (0.20%) G Suite
18 17 (0.16%) Oracle Service Cloud
19 16 (0.15%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 573 (5.46%) DNS
2 533 (5.08%) Firewall
3 399 (3.80%) DHCP
4 384 (3.66%) LAN
5 350 (3.33%) WAN
6 328 (3.12%) TCP/IP
7 323 (3.08%) SAN
8 284 (2.70%) Skype
9 273 (2.60%) Internet
9 273 (2.60%) VPN
10 134 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
11 132 (1.26%) Wireless
12 130 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
13 123 (1.17%) VoIP
14 108 (1.03%) NetScaler
15 105 (1.00%) LDAP
16 102 (0.97%) HTTP
17 98 (0.93%) NAS
18 93 (0.89%) Network Security
19 89 (0.85%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2270 (21.62%) SQL Server
2 719 (6.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 666 (6.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 481 (4.58%) Data Warehouse
5 396 (3.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 341 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
7 325 (3.10%) SQL Server 2012
8 307 (2.92%) Power BI
9 249 (2.37%) Relational Database
10 162 (1.54%) NoSQL
10 162 (1.54%) SQL Server 2014
11 158 (1.50%) SQL Server 2016
12 140 (1.33%) Oracle Database
13 132 (1.26%) Big Data
14 118 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
15 107 (1.02%) MongoDB
16 106 (1.01%) MySQL
17 94 (0.90%) OLAP
18 92 (0.88%) RDBMS
19 89 (0.85%) GIS
Development Applications
1 622 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
2 534 (5.09%) Visual Studio
3 302 (2.88%) Git (software)
4 272 (2.59%) JIRA
5 195 (1.86%) TeamCity
6 183 (1.74%) Jenkins
7 146 (1.39%) Subversion
8 140 (1.33%) NUnit
9 131 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
10 115 (1.10%) SpecFlow
11 103 (0.98%) Selenium
11 103 (0.98%) Visual Studio Team System
12 61 (0.58%) Maven
13 58 (0.55%) MSTest
14 55 (0.52%) MSI
15 45 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 44 (0.42%) SoapUI
17 32 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 31 (0.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 31 (0.30%) MSBuild
General
1 2075 (19.76%) Finance
2 694 (6.61%) Banking
3 372 (3.54%) Retail
4 353 (3.36%) Telecoms
5 273 (2.60%) Marketing
6 271 (2.58%) Advertising
7 222 (2.11%) Manufacturing
8 220 (2.10%) Legal
9 165 (1.57%) Front Office
10 145 (1.38%) Investment Banking
11 135 (1.29%) Back Office
12 108 (1.03%) Law
13 88 (0.84%) Financial Institution
14 79 (0.75%) Publishing
15 78 (0.74%) Automotive
16 72 (0.69%) Electronics
17 63 (0.60%) Local Government
18 43 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
19 41 (0.39%) Retail Banking
20 39 (0.37%) Military
Job Titles
1 2187 (20.83%) Developer
2 1726 (16.44%) Analyst
3 853 (8.12%) Architect
4 694 (6.61%) Consultant
5 671 (6.39%) .NET Developer
6 531 (5.06%) Project Manager
7 492 (4.69%) Support Engineer
8 460 (4.38%) C# Developer
9 364 (3.47%) Support Analyst
10 363 (3.46%) Desktop Support
11 354 (3.37%) Business Analyst
12 321 (3.06%) Administrator
13 302 (2.88%) SQL Developer
14 294 (2.80%) C# .NET Developer
15 293 (2.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 287 (2.73%) Service Analyst
17 280 (2.67%) 2nd Line Support
18 268 (2.55%) Microsoft Developer
19 248 (2.36%) Service Desk Analyst
20 246 (2.34%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1987 (18.92%) .NET
2 726 (6.91%) ASP.NET
3 669 (6.37%) HTML
4 574 (5.47%) Web Services
5 543 (5.17%) CSS
6 456 (4.34%) .NET Framework
7 438 (4.17%) AngularJS
8 387 (3.69%) ASP.NET Web API
9 378 (3.60%) WCF
10 365 (3.48%) XML
11 345 (3.29%) ASP.NET MVC
12 319 (3.04%) jQuery
13 275 (2.62%) REST
14 229 (2.18%) HTML5
15 227 (2.16%) Entity Framework
16 181 (1.72%) RESTful
17 171 (1.63%) SOAP
18 164 (1.56%) JSON
19 162 (1.54%) WPF
20 138 (1.31%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 987 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
2 448 (4.27%) Data Centre
3 403 (3.84%) Management Information System
4 218 (2.08%) Blackberry
5 207 (1.97%) Computer Science
6 180 (1.71%) User Experience
7 152 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
8 145 (1.38%) Clustering
9 125 (1.19%) Private Cloud
10 121 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
11 120 (1.14%) Mobile App
12 116 (1.10%) Replication
13 113 (1.08%) PKI
14 112 (1.07%) Virtual Team
15 103 (0.98%) Fixed Income
16 99 (0.94%) NHS
17 92 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
18 90 (0.86%) Driving Licence
19 85 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 83 (0.79%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3316 (31.58%) Windows
2 1167 (11.11%) Windows Server
3 858 (8.17%) Windows 7
4 644 (6.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 630 (6.00%) Linux
6 608 (5.79%) Windows 10
7 588 (5.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 375 (3.57%) Unix
9 255 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 188 (1.79%) Android
11 187 (1.78%) Windows XP
12 175 (1.67%) Windows 8
13 142 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 139 (1.32%) Apple iOS
15 80 (0.76%) Mac OS
16 64 (0.61%) Mac OS X
17 60 (0.57%) CentOS
18 59 (0.56%) Solaris
19 34 (0.32%) AIX
20 32 (0.30%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1880 (17.90%) Agile Software Development
2 1202 (11.45%) ITIL
3 1115 (10.62%) Migration
4 969 (9.23%) Project Management
5 929 (8.85%) Business Intelligence
6 923 (8.79%) CRM
7 679 (6.47%) MVC
8 638 (6.08%) Scrum
9 498 (4.74%) DevOps
10 496 (4.72%) Stakeholder Management
11 452 (4.30%) SDLC
12 440 (4.19%) TDD
13 412 (3.92%) ETL
14 410 (3.90%) PRINCE2
15 370 (3.52%) Analytics
16 369 (3.51%) Data Modelling
17 368 (3.50%) Change Management
18 367 (3.50%) Continuous Integration
19 361 (3.44%) Service Management
20 359 (3.42%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2289 (21.80%) SQL
2 1654 (15.75%) C#
3 926 (8.82%) JavaScript
4 895 (8.52%) PowerShell
5 516 (4.91%) T-SQL
6 414 (3.94%) Java
7 299 (2.85%) Python
8 192 (1.83%) VBA
9 167 (1.59%) VB
10 149 (1.42%) C
11 141 (1.34%) C++
11 141 (1.34%) VBScript
12 131 (1.25%) VB.NET
13 109 (1.04%) Perl
14 96 (0.91%) TypeScript
15 75 (0.71%) PL/SQL
16 67 (0.64%) PHP
17 66 (0.63%) Ruby
18 65 (0.62%) Shell Script
19 63 (0.60%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1020 (9.71%) Security Cleared
2 751 (7.15%) Degree
3 741 (7.06%) SC Cleared
4 694 (6.61%) Microsoft Certification
5 298 (2.84%) MCSE
6 233 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
7 178 (1.70%) DV Cleared
8 148 (1.41%) MCP
9 131 (1.25%) CCNA
10 124 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
10 124 (1.18%) MCSA
11 119 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
12 104 (0.99%) PMI Certification
13 103 (0.98%) ISEB
14 91 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 88 (0.84%) MCITP
16 87 (0.83%) CCNP
17 78 (0.74%) ISTQB
18 77 (0.73%) PMP
19 67 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 310 (2.95%) SLA
2 286 (2.72%) QA
3 239 (2.28%) PMO
4 114 (1.09%) Data Quality
5 74 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 73 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
7 68 (0.65%) PCI DSS
8 46 (0.44%) GDPR
9 27 (0.26%) COBIT
10 25 (0.24%) MiFID
11 23 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 20 (0.19%) JSP 440
13 19 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 14 (0.13%) Def Stans
14 14 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
15 12 (0.11%) EMIR
15 12 (0.11%) GPG13
15 12 (0.11%) MIL-STD-1553
16 11 (0.10%) ISO 9001
16 11 (0.10%) MISRA
System Software
1 2169 (20.66%) Active Directory
2 669 (6.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 388 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 216 (2.06%) XenApp
5 204 (1.94%) vSphere
6 189 (1.80%) Microsoft App-V
7 179 (1.70%) VMware ESXi
8 154 (1.47%) XenDesktop
9 146 (1.39%) Docker
10 129 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
11 79 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 68 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
13 53 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 52 (0.50%) BitLocker
15 50 (0.48%) XenServer
16 31 (0.30%) Terminal Services
17 25 (0.24%) NFS
18 23 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
18 23 (0.22%) Xen
19 19 (0.18%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 690 (6.57%) SCCM
2 242 (2.30%) SCOM
3 142 (1.35%) Ansible
4 141 (1.34%) Puppet
5 124 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
6 105 (1.00%) WSUS
7 98 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
8 81 (0.77%) NetBackup
9 70 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 66 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
11 64 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
12 63 (0.60%) vCenter Server
13 59 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
14 55 (0.52%) AirWatch
14 55 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 48 (0.46%) SCOrch
16 42 (0.40%) Tivoli
17 37 (0.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 35 (0.33%) Terraform
19 34 (0.32%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1158 (11.03%) VMware
2 803 (7.65%) Citrix
3 674 (6.42%) Oracle
4 660 (6.29%) Cisco
5 539 (5.13%) HP
6 330 (3.14%) SAP
7 207 (1.97%) IBM
8 183 (1.74%) Red Hat
9 177 (1.69%) Dell
10 173 (1.65%) NetApp
11 171 (1.63%) Symantec
12 157 (1.50%) Apple
13 149 (1.42%) Google
14 133 (1.27%) McAfee
15 121 (1.15%) Tableau
16 116 (1.10%) ServiceNow
17 106 (1.01%) Remedy
18 103 (0.98%) CheckPoint
19 95 (0.90%) Sitecore
20 93 (0.89%) Salesforce.com