Period
to 16 August 2018

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 16 August 2018 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,962 10,412 12,761
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.69% 10.88% 11.71%
As % of the Vendors category 27.80% 24.88% 26.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,564 6,492 8,121
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £170 £165 £190
90th Percentile £588 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year +5.49% +1.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 809 734 811
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.04 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.49% -6.03% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £35.05 £43.75 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.03
% change year-on-year +6.90% -3.53% +0.20%

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 43,027 41,841 49,029
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.06% 43.73% 44.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,747 25,590 30,084
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £610 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,566 1,384 1,642
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.45
% change year-on-year - -5.44% +1.34%

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 16 August 2018.

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 16 August 2018.

Contractor 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 16 August 2018. 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 10,633 £410 +2.50% 3,366
UK excluding London +1 7,159 £375 +5.49% 2,535
London 0 4,527 £450 - 1,024
South East 0 2,235 £400 +5.26% 589
North of England -1 1,416 £350 - 669
Midlands -2 1,049 £375 +7.14% 460
Scotland +4 809 £363 +3.57% 117
North West 0 766 £375 - 337
South West +1 695 £350 - 315
East of England -1 687 £370 +2.07% 294
West Midlands 0 671 £388 +3.33% 274
Yorkshire -1 487 £350 +2.94% 265
East Midlands -1 370 £350 +3.70% 186
Wales 0 241 £400 +23.08% 70
North East 0 170 £293 -13.97% 67
Northern Ireland +21 41 £359 +24.13% 19
Channel Islands - 6 £396 - 1
Isle of Man - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 16 August 2018, 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 4,156 (34.74%) Windows
2 2,956 (24.71%) Active Directory
3 2,701 (22.58%) SQL
4 2,621 (21.91%) Microsoft Azure
5 2,526 (21.12%) SQL Server
6 2,446 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
7 2,332 (19.50%) Finance
8 2,268 (18.96%) Microsoft Office
9 2,156 (18.02%) .NET
10 1,944 (16.25%) C#
11 1,926 (16.10%) Office 365
12 1,567 (13.10%) Windows Server
13 1,493 (12.48%) VMware
14 1,428 (11.94%) ITIL
15 1,374 (11.49%) Migration
16 1,322 (11.05%) Microsoft Excel
17 1,278 (10.68%) PowerShell
18 1,236 (10.33%) Windows 10
19 1,205 (10.07%) Security Cleared
20 1,103 (9.22%) Windows 7
21 1,102 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
22 1,099 (9.19%) SCCM
23 1,065 (8.90%) JavaScript
24 1,036 (8.66%) SharePoint
25 1,031 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
26 1,017 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
27 996 (8.33%) Citrix
28 952 (7.96%) VMware Infrastructure
29 923 (7.72%) Project Management
30 907 (7.58%) MS Exchange

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 1,036 (8.66%) SharePoint
2 907 (7.58%) MS Exchange
3 496 (4.15%) Skype for Business
4 458 (3.83%) IIS
5 330 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 162 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 159 (1.33%) Apache
8 153 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
9 123 (1.03%) Confluence
10 115 (0.96%) CMS
11 106 (0.89%) Tomcat
12 101 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
13 93 (0.78%) WebSphere
14 90 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
15 89 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
16 83 (0.69%) Apache Spark
16 83 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
17 68 (0.57%) NServiceBus
18 63 (0.53%) nginx
19 55 (0.46%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2,268 (18.96%) Microsoft Office
2 1,322 (11.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 592 (4.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 452 (3.78%) Microsoft Project
5 392 (3.28%) MS Visio
6 91 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 49 (0.41%) InfoPath
8 22 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 12 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
10 11 (0.092%) AutoCAD
11 9 (0.075%) Acrobat
12 8 (0.067%) InDesign
13 6 (0.050%) Adobe After Effects
13 6 (0.050%) Adobe Captivate
13 6 (0.050%) InVision
13 6 (0.050%) Windchill
14 5 (0.042%) Adobe Premiere
14 5 (0.042%) SPSS
15 4 (0.033%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 607 (5.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 245 (2.05%) Dynamics AX
3 88 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
4 37 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 37 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 30 (0.25%) NetSuite
6 19 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
6 19 (0.16%) SAP ERP
7 18 (0.15%) Markit EDM
8 14 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 13 (0.11%) Elite 3E
9 13 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
9 13 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
10 12 (0.10%) Primavera
11 11 (0.092%) Oracle BPM
11 11 (0.092%) SAP S/4HANA
12 10 (0.084%) assyst
12 10 (0.084%) Endur
12 10 (0.084%) Oracle ERP
12 10 (0.084%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2,621 (21.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,926 (16.10%) Office 365
3 869 (7.26%) Amazon AWS
4 451 (3.77%) Dynamics 365
5 386 (3.23%) PaaS
6 354 (2.96%) IaaS
7 324 (2.71%) SaaS
8 292 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
9 158 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
10 155 (1.30%) OneDrive
11 133 (1.11%) Google Cloud Platform
12 111 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
13 94 (0.79%) GitHub
14 84 (0.70%) Yammer
15 64 (0.54%) Serverless
16 57 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
17 56 (0.47%) G Suite
18 52 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
19 40 (0.33%) OpenShift
20 39 (0.33%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 856 (7.16%) DNS
2 644 (5.38%) DHCP
3 621 (5.19%) Firewall
4 463 (3.87%) Skype
5 430 (3.59%) TCP/IP
6 388 (3.24%) LAN
7 353 (2.95%) WAN
8 346 (2.89%) VPN
9 343 (2.87%) SAN
10 265 (2.22%) Internet
11 159 (1.33%) VoIP
12 145 (1.21%) Wireless
13 136 (1.14%) Network Security
13 136 (1.14%) Remote Desktop
14 135 (1.13%) HTTP
15 119 (0.99%) NAS
16 111 (0.93%) SSL
17 96 (0.80%) Unified Communications
18 90 (0.75%) NetScaler
19 88 (0.74%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,526 (21.12%) SQL Server
2 834 (6.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 736 (6.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 571 (4.77%) Data Warehouse
5 553 (4.62%) Power BI
6 391 (3.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 282 (2.36%) Relational Database
8 251 (2.10%) SQL Server 2008
9 234 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
10 219 (1.83%) Big Data
11 186 (1.55%) Oracle Database
12 170 (1.42%) Data Lake
13 167 (1.40%) MySQL
14 163 (1.36%) Azure SQL Database
14 163 (1.36%) Hadoop
15 161 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
16 156 (1.30%) NoSQL
17 134 (1.12%) MongoDB
18 128 (1.07%) SQL Server 2014
19 93 (0.78%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 626 (5.23%) Visual Studio
2 551 (4.61%) Team Foundation Server
3 518 (4.33%) Git (software)
4 401 (3.35%) JIRA
5 292 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
6 258 (2.16%) Jenkins
7 227 (1.90%) Selenium
8 169 (1.41%) TeamCity
9 128 (1.07%) SpecFlow
10 118 (0.99%) NUnit
11 111 (0.93%) MSI
11 111 (0.93%) Octopus Deploy
12 106 (0.89%) Subversion
13 96 (0.80%) HP UFT
14 75 (0.63%) Eclipse
15 67 (0.56%) Cucumber
16 66 (0.55%) Maven
17 62 (0.52%) SoapUI
18 55 (0.46%) Bitbucket
19 54 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2,332 (19.50%) Finance
2 690 (5.77%) Banking
3 409 (3.42%) Retail
4 286 (2.39%) Marketing
5 278 (2.32%) Telecoms
6 247 (2.06%) Legal
7 194 (1.62%) Manufacturing
8 186 (1.55%) Advertising
9 170 (1.42%) Law
10 127 (1.06%) Back Office
11 122 (1.02%) Investment Banking
12 113 (0.94%) Front Office
13 111 (0.93%) Financial Institution
14 92 (0.77%) Publishing
15 83 (0.69%) Electronics
16 66 (0.55%) Military
17 65 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
18 59 (0.49%) Automotive
19 50 (0.42%) French Language
20 43 (0.36%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2,375 (19.85%) Developer
2 2,064 (17.25%) Analyst
3 1,017 (8.50%) Architect
4 703 (5.88%) .NET Developer
5 696 (5.82%) Consultant
6 621 (5.19%) C# Developer
7 604 (5.05%) Support Engineer
8 589 (4.92%) Project Manager
9 546 (4.56%) Desktop Support
10 444 (3.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 439 (3.67%) Service Analyst
12 423 (3.54%) Support Analyst
13 389 (3.25%) Service Desk Analyst
14 349 (2.92%) 2nd Line Support
15 343 (2.87%) C# .NET Developer
16 333 (2.78%) Business Analyst
17 328 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
18 322 (2.69%) SQL Developer
19 296 (2.47%) Administrator
19 296 (2.47%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,156 (18.02%) .NET
2 872 (7.29%) ASP.NET
3 696 (5.82%) HTML
4 625 (5.22%) CSS
5 609 (5.09%) Web Services
6 504 (4.21%) AngularJS
7 491 (4.10%) .NET Framework
8 464 (3.88%) ASP.NET MVC
9 453 (3.79%) ASP.NET Web API
10 407 (3.40%) XML
11 350 (2.93%) WCF
12 349 (2.92%) jQuery
13 332 (2.78%) REST
14 270 (2.26%) JSON
15 263 (2.20%) HTML5
16 215 (1.80%) Entity Framework
17 208 (1.74%) RESTful
18 180 (1.50%) Node.js
19 176 (1.47%) SOAP
20 173 (1.45%) React
Miscellaneous
1 1,017 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 428 (3.58%) Management Information System
3 422 (3.53%) Data Centre
4 420 (3.51%) Self-Motivation
5 337 (2.82%) Computer Science
6 237 (1.98%) Clustering
7 234 (1.96%) User Experience
8 218 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
9 191 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
10 190 (1.59%) PKI
11 144 (1.20%) Blackberry
12 135 (1.13%) Mobile App
13 132 (1.10%) Public Cloud
14 126 (1.05%) Fat Client
14 126 (1.05%) Thin Client
15 117 (0.98%) Replication
15 117 (0.98%) Virtual Team
16 116 (0.97%) NHS
17 108 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
18 94 (0.79%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4,156 (34.74%) Windows
2 1,567 (13.10%) Windows Server
3 1,236 (10.33%) Windows 10
4 1,103 (9.22%) Windows 7
5 859 (7.18%) Linux
6 740 (6.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 716 (5.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 321 (2.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 294 (2.46%) Unix
10 261 (2.18%) Windows XP
11 248 (2.07%) Apple iOS
12 246 (2.06%) Windows 8
13 240 (2.01%) Android
14 200 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 119 (0.99%) Mac OS X
16 108 (0.90%) Mac OS
17 93 (0.78%) AIX
18 86 (0.72%) Solaris
19 43 (0.36%) CentOS
20 42 (0.35%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,446 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
2 1,428 (11.94%) ITIL
3 1,374 (11.49%) Migration
4 1,102 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
5 1,031 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
6 923 (7.72%) Project Management
7 780 (6.52%) DevOps
8 773 (6.46%) CRM
9 766 (6.40%) MVC
10 728 (6.09%) Scrum
11 605 (5.06%) Analytics
12 582 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
13 555 (4.64%) Change Management
14 532 (4.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 504 (4.21%) Test Automation
16 499 (4.17%) TDD
17 487 (4.07%) PRINCE2
18 443 (3.70%) Continuous Integration
19 438 (3.66%) ETL
19 438 (3.66%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2,701 (22.58%) SQL
2 1,944 (16.25%) C#
3 1,278 (10.68%) PowerShell
4 1,065 (8.90%) JavaScript
5 614 (5.13%) T-SQL
6 503 (4.20%) Java
7 362 (3.03%) Python
8 198 (1.66%) VB
9 173 (1.45%) VBA
10 160 (1.34%) C
11 158 (1.32%) VBScript
12 131 (1.10%) C++
13 118 (0.99%) VB.NET
14 116 (0.97%) PL/SQL
15 108 (0.90%) Bash Shell
16 101 (0.84%) TypeScript
17 83 (0.69%) Perl
17 83 (0.69%) Ruby
18 76 (0.64%) R
19 68 (0.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,205 (10.07%) Security Cleared
2 907 (7.58%) SC Cleared
3 815 (6.81%) Degree
4 753 (6.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 364 (3.04%) MCSE
6 224 (1.87%) Cisco Certification
7 190 (1.59%) MCSA
8 186 (1.55%) DV Cleared
9 183 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
10 170 (1.42%) MCP
11 136 (1.14%) CCNA
12 124 (1.04%) ISTQB
13 121 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
14 112 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
15 111 (0.93%) ISEB
16 110 (0.92%) CCNP
17 108 (0.90%) PMI Certification
18 105 (0.88%) CISSP
19 95 (0.79%) PMP
20 85 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 373 (3.12%) SLA
2 327 (2.73%) QA
3 269 (2.25%) PMO
4 207 (1.73%) GDPR
5 168 (1.40%) Data Quality
6 93 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 69 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
8 57 (0.48%) PCI DSS
9 35 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 29 (0.24%) ISO 9001
11 25 (0.21%) GCP
12 21 (0.18%) WCAG
13 17 (0.14%) HL7
14 15 (0.13%) Def Stans
15 14 (0.12%) COBIT
16 13 (0.11%) ISO 22301
17 12 (0.10%) MiFID
18 11 (0.092%) ISAE 3402
18 11 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 19770
19 10 (0.084%) FINRA
System Software
1 2,956 (24.71%) Active Directory
2 952 (7.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 473 (3.95%) Hyper-V
4 362 (3.03%) XenApp
5 332 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
6 323 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
7 262 (2.19%) vSphere
8 231 (1.93%) Docker
8 231 (1.93%) XenDesktop
9 123 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
10 116 (0.97%) Virtual Desktop
11 103 (0.86%) XenServer
12 74 (0.62%) BitLocker
13 57 (0.48%) Xen
14 47 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
15 39 (0.33%) Terminal Services
15 39 (0.33%) VMware NSX
16 32 (0.27%) NFS
17 29 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
18 27 (0.23%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 1,099 (9.19%) SCCM
2 271 (2.27%) Microsoft Intune
3 268 (2.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 232 (1.94%) SCOM
5 222 (1.86%) Puppet
6 185 (1.55%) Ansible
7 179 (1.50%) WSUS
8 157 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
9 129 (1.08%) Kubernetes
10 127 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
11 124 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
12 108 (0.90%) Terraform
13 99 (0.83%) AirWatch
14 96 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
15 89 (0.74%) HP ALM
16 77 (0.64%) vCenter Server
17 66 (0.55%) NetBackup
18 57 (0.48%) XenMobile
19 56 (0.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
20 54 (0.45%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1,493 (12.48%) VMware
2 996 (8.33%) Citrix
3 847 (7.08%) Oracle
4 710 (5.94%) Cisco
5 499 (4.17%) HP
6 469 (3.92%) SAP
7 324 (2.71%) Apple
8 277 (2.32%) Ivanti
9 272 (2.27%) McAfee
10 256 (2.14%) Google
11 222 (1.86%) IBM
12 220 (1.84%) NetApp
13 212 (1.77%) Red Hat
14 203 (1.70%) ServiceNow
15 157 (1.31%) Tableau
16 144 (1.20%) Dell
17 136 (1.14%) Symantec
18 121 (1.01%) CheckPoint
19 118 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
20 116 (0.97%) Veritas