Period
to 20 September 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 September 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 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 10 5 8
Rank change year-on-year -5 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3,514 11,098 12,208
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.05% 12.50% 11.86%
As % of the Vendors category 26.84% 29.13% 28.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,473 7,342 7,815
Median daily rate £435 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £185 £170 £168
90th Percentile £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 696 889
Median hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.12% +4.04% +2.32%
10th Percentile £10.70 £10.80 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.80 £50.71 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.30
% change year-on-year +9.38% +4.58% +2.00%

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 13,090 38,092 43,267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.89% 42.92% 42.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,910 23,843 26,800
Median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +4.65%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £675 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +2.94% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 497 1,436 1,672
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.00% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £12.27 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.16 £52.27 £46.75
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.60 £16.50
% change year-on-year +23.66% +12.73% -1.99%

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 20 September 2020.

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 20 September 2020.

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 September 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 -6 3,000 £438 +2.94% 1,910
UK excluding London -1 1,943 £425 +6.25% 1,620
London -2 1,282 £475 +5.56% 440
Work from Home +4 584 £425 - 271
South East -2 486 £425 - 361
North of England +1 418 £375 - 470
Midlands +1 314 £400 - 298
North West +5 259 £368 -2.00% 265
South West -2 258 £433 +3.63% 171
Scotland +6 250 £450 +24.14% 82
West Midlands 0 210 £435 +5.45% 168
East of England -2 150 £379 -0.98% 166
Yorkshire -3 132 £388 +3.33% 169
East Midlands +1 104 £323 -12.84% 129
Wales -1 59 £416 +9.18% 50
North East -11 28 £375 +7.23% 36
Northern Ireland -3 14 £173 -46.92% 26

For the 6 months to 20 September 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 1,344 (38.25%) Azure
2 1,083 (30.82%) Windows
3 890 (25.33%) Active Directory
4 750 (21.34%) Agile Software Development
5 724 (20.60%) Office 365
6 682 (19.41%) SQL
7 648 (18.44%) Security Cleared
8 578 (16.45%) Microsoft Office
9 548 (15.59%) SQL Server
10 545 (15.51%) Finance
11 527 (15.00%) Migration
12 490 (13.94%) SC Cleared
13 481 (13.69%) DevOps
14 467 (13.29%) C#
15 446 (12.69%) SharePoint
16 430 (12.24%) .NET
17 425 (12.09%) Public Sector
18 423 (12.04%) Business Intelligence
19 415 (11.81%) Power Platform
20 391 (11.13%) Microsoft Excel
21 390 (11.10%) Windows 10
22 386 (10.98%) PowerShell
23 385 (10.96%) Windows Server
24 360 (10.24%) VMware
25 355 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
26 347 (9.87%) Problem-Solving
27 340 (9.68%) ITIL
28 294 (8.37%) Power BI
29 291 (8.28%) SCCM
30 275 (7.83%) JavaScript

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
1 446 (12.69%) SharePoint
2 169 (4.81%) Skype for Business
3 167 (4.75%) MS Exchange
4 89 (2.53%) IIS
5 67 (1.91%) Confluence
6 57 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2010
7 40 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
8 37 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
8 37 (1.05%) CMS
9 26 (0.74%) ArcGIS
10 22 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
11 21 (0.60%) IBM Notes
12 18 (0.51%) Apache
12 18 (0.51%) IBM Domino
13 17 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
13 17 (0.48%) WebLogic
14 16 (0.46%) Apache Spark
14 16 (0.46%) NServiceBus
15 15 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
15 15 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 578 (16.45%) Microsoft Office
2 391 (11.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 138 (3.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 127 (3.61%) Microsoft Project
5 70 (1.99%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.68%) Photoshop
7 20 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.23%) Camtasia
9 7 (0.20%) Chatbot
9 7 (0.20%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.11%) Figma
10 4 (0.11%) LibreOffice
11 2 (0.057%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.057%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.057%) InDesign
11 2 (0.057%) LaTeX
12 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.028%) SPSS
12 1 (0.028%) Stata
Business Applications
1 193 (5.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 17 (0.48%) Sentinel
5 8 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.23%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
6 6 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 5 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 4 (0.11%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
8 4 (0.11%) Visualfiles
8 4 (0.11%) Workfront
9 3 (0.085%) Oracle General Ledger
9 3 (0.085%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.085%) SmartPlant
9 3 (0.085%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 1,344 (38.25%) Azure
2 724 (20.60%) Office 365
3 415 (11.81%) Power Platform
4 264 (7.51%) AWS
5 211 (6.00%) Dynamics 365
6 204 (5.81%) Azure Active Directory
7 175 (4.98%) PaaS
8 149 (4.24%) IaaS
9 143 (4.07%) PowerApps
10 115 (3.27%) OneDrive
11 110 (3.13%) SaaS
12 102 (2.90%) Power Automate
13 90 (2.56%) Logic Apps
14 82 (2.33%) Azure Data Factory
15 81 (2.31%) Serverless
16 54 (1.54%) GCP
17 46 (1.31%) Azure Functions
18 41 (1.17%) GitHub
19 34 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
20 33 (0.94%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 231 (6.57%) Skype
2 205 (5.83%) DNS
3 178 (5.07%) Firewall
4 121 (3.44%) DHCP
5 117 (3.33%) LAN
6 112 (3.19%) TCP/IP
7 107 (3.04%) WAN
8 94 (2.68%) VPN
9 84 (2.39%) VoIP
10 63 (1.79%) Internet
11 60 (1.71%) SAN
12 44 (1.25%) Ethernet
13 43 (1.22%) Unified Communications
14 40 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
15 39 (1.11%) Wireless
16 33 (0.94%) Network Security
17 31 (0.88%) PBX
18 30 (0.85%) Remote Desktop
19 27 (0.77%) Kerberos
20 26 (0.74%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 548 (15.59%) SQL Server
2 294 (8.37%) Power BI
3 181 (5.15%) Data Warehouse
4 142 (4.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 132 (3.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 131 (3.73%) Data Lake
7 88 (2.50%) Azure SQL Database
7 88 (2.50%) Big Data
8 81 (2.31%) Relational Database
9 73 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 59 (1.68%) Cosmos DB
11 55 (1.57%) Oracle Database
12 49 (1.39%) MongoDB
13 47 (1.34%) MySQL
14 43 (1.22%) Hadoop
15 37 (1.05%) PostgreSQL
16 36 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 36 (1.02%) NoSQL
16 36 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
17 35 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 209 (5.95%) Git (software)
2 139 (3.96%) JIRA
3 136 (3.87%) Visual Studio
4 121 (3.44%) Jenkins
5 90 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
6 86 (2.45%) Selenium
7 55 (1.57%) TeamCity
8 53 (1.51%) Visual Studio Team System
9 46 (1.31%) GitLab
10 42 (1.20%) SpecFlow
11 34 (0.97%) Subversion
12 32 (0.91%) SonarQube
13 31 (0.88%) Bitbucket
14 30 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
15 23 (0.65%) Maven
16 21 (0.60%) Artifactory
16 21 (0.60%) NUnit
16 21 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
17 19 (0.54%) MSI
17 19 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 545 (15.51%) Finance
2 425 (12.09%) Public Sector
3 143 (4.07%) Telecoms
4 128 (3.64%) Banking
5 120 (3.41%) Marketing
6 92 (2.62%) Manufacturing
7 70 (1.99%) Retail
8 64 (1.82%) Law
9 63 (1.79%) Electronics
10 47 (1.34%) Legal
11 45 (1.28%) Front Office
12 44 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
13 34 (0.97%) Investment Banking
14 33 (0.94%) Local Government
15 31 (0.88%) Publishing
16 28 (0.80%) Military
17 27 (0.77%) Advertising
18 26 (0.74%) French Language
19 23 (0.65%) German Language
20 21 (0.60%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 563 (16.02%) Developer
2 412 (11.72%) Analyst
3 383 (10.90%) Architect
4 212 (6.03%) Consultant
5 164 (4.67%) Support Engineer
6 132 (3.76%) Azure Engineer
7 119 (3.39%) .NET Developer
8 116 (3.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 108 (3.07%) Project Manager
10 100 (2.85%) Desktop Support
11 95 (2.70%) Solutions Architect
12 87 (2.48%) DevOps Engineer
13 85 (2.42%) Administrator
13 85 (2.42%) Business Analyst
14 83 (2.36%) C# Developer
15 80 (2.28%) Azure Architect
16 78 (2.22%) 2nd Line Support
17 75 (2.13%) Azure Developer
18 73 (2.08%) Desktop Engineer
19 72 (2.05%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 430 (12.24%) .NET
2 172 (4.89%) HTML
3 145 (4.13%) Web Services
4 125 (3.56%) ASP.NET
5 118 (3.36%) CSS
6 105 (2.99%) XML
7 103 (2.93%) .NET Framework
8 82 (2.33%) AngularJS
9 76 (2.16%) JSON
10 74 (2.11%) React
10 74 (2.11%) REST
11 72 (2.05%) .NET Core
11 72 (2.05%) Node.js
12 68 (1.94%) HTML5
13 55 (1.57%) jQuery
14 53 (1.51%) SOAP
15 52 (1.48%) LDAP
16 51 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
16 51 (1.45%) Entity Framework
17 48 (1.37%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 355 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
2 167 (4.75%) Management Information System
3 123 (3.50%) Data Centre
4 88 (2.50%) NHS
5 85 (2.42%) Self-Motivation
6 76 (2.16%) User Experience
7 73 (2.08%) Public Cloud
8 67 (1.91%) PKI
9 42 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
10 40 (1.14%) Replication
11 39 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
12 38 (1.08%) Clustering
13 35 (1.00%) Private Cloud
14 34 (0.97%) Greenfield Project
15 31 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
16 29 (0.83%) Fixed Income
17 28 (0.80%) Blackberry
18 26 (0.74%) Mobile App
19 25 (0.71%) Client/Server
19 25 (0.71%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,083 (30.82%) Windows
2 390 (11.10%) Windows 10
3 385 (10.96%) Windows Server
4 234 (6.66%) Linux
5 194 (5.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 182 (5.18%) Windows 7
7 170 (4.84%) Windows Server 2016
8 144 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 94 (2.68%) Unix
10 93 (2.65%) Windows Server 2019
11 76 (2.16%) Apple iOS
12 54 (1.54%) Android
13 43 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 28 (0.80%) Solaris
15 27 (0.77%) Windows 8
15 27 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
16 24 (0.68%) Windows XP
17 20 (0.57%) Mac OS
17 20 (0.57%) VMS
18 14 (0.40%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 750 (21.34%) Agile Software Development
2 527 (15.00%) Migration
3 481 (13.69%) DevOps
4 423 (12.04%) Business Intelligence
5 347 (9.87%) Problem-Solving
6 340 (9.68%) ITIL
7 253 (7.20%) Analytics
7 253 (7.20%) Project Management
8 230 (6.55%) CRM
9 225 (6.40%) Scrum
10 201 (5.72%) Project Delivery
11 190 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
12 188 (5.35%) Stakeholder Management
13 171 (4.87%) Test Automation
14 165 (4.70%) Change Management
15 158 (4.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 149 (4.24%) Risk Management
17 147 (4.18%) Data Modelling
18 145 (4.13%) Data Migration
19 138 (3.93%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 682 (19.41%) SQL
2 467 (13.29%) C#
3 386 (10.98%) PowerShell
4 275 (7.83%) JavaScript
5 194 (5.52%) Python
6 170 (4.84%) Java
7 110 (3.13%) T-SQL
8 75 (2.13%) C
9 60 (1.71%) VB
10 51 (1.45%) VBA
11 48 (1.37%) Bash Shell
12 43 (1.22%) VBScript
13 42 (1.20%) C++
14 39 (1.11%) R
15 37 (1.05%) VB.NET
16 34 (0.97%) TypeScript
17 32 (0.91%) PL/SQL
17 32 (0.91%) Shell Script
18 25 (0.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 21 (0.60%) Perl
Qualifications
1 648 (18.44%) Security Cleared
2 490 (13.94%) SC Cleared
3 223 (6.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 190 (5.41%) Degree
5 162 (4.61%) DV Cleared
6 85 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
7 73 (2.08%) CISSP
8 70 (1.99%) MCSE
9 51 (1.45%) ISEB
10 50 (1.42%) MCSA
11 49 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
12 43 (1.22%) ISTQB
13 41 (1.17%) CCNA
14 29 (0.83%) CCNP
14 29 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
15 26 (0.74%) CISM
15 26 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 26 (0.74%) Master's Degree
15 26 (0.74%) MCP
15 26 (0.74%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (2.73%) QA
2 88 (2.50%) SLA
3 71 (2.02%) Data Quality
4 50 (1.42%) PMO
5 48 (1.37%) GDPR
5 48 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 25 (0.71%) COBIT
7 24 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 21 (0.60%) NIST
9 19 (0.54%) PCI DSS
10 16 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
11 13 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
12 10 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 10 (0.28%) ISO 9001
13 9 (0.26%) NIST 800
14 7 (0.20%) HIPAA
14 7 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 6 (0.17%) NCSC
16 4 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
16 4 (0.11%) ITGC
System Software
1 890 (25.33%) Active Directory
2 256 (7.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 139 (3.96%) Docker
4 89 (2.53%) Hyper-V
5 59 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
5 59 (1.68%) XenApp
6 57 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
7 55 (1.57%) vSphere
8 46 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
9 45 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
10 33 (0.94%) VMware NSX
11 28 (0.80%) XenDesktop
12 13 (0.37%) Firmware
13 12 (0.34%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 11 (0.31%) NFS
15 10 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.26%) BitLocker
16 9 (0.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 7 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 291 (8.28%) SCCM
2 156 (4.44%) Microsoft Intune
3 102 (2.90%) Kubernetes
4 93 (2.65%) Ansible
5 88 (2.50%) Terraform
6 64 (1.82%) SCOM
7 52 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
8 45 (1.28%) WSUS
9 32 (0.91%) Puppet
10 24 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
11 21 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
12 16 (0.46%) AirWatch
13 15 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
14 14 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
14 14 (0.40%) SCVMM
14 14 (0.40%) vCenter Server
14 14 (0.40%) vRealize
15 12 (0.34%) Nagios
16 11 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 11 (0.31%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 360 (10.24%) VMware
2 247 (7.03%) Oracle
3 234 (6.66%) Cisco
4 175 (4.98%) Citrix
5 145 (4.13%) SAP
6 130 (3.70%) Databricks
7 88 (2.50%) HP
8 80 (2.28%) Google
9 66 (1.88%) Tableau
10 59 (1.68%) Splunk
11 51 (1.45%) Red Hat
12 49 (1.39%) ServiceNow
13 47 (1.34%) Dell
14 46 (1.31%) Apple
15 42 (1.20%) McAfee
16 41 (1.17%) CheckPoint
17 39 (1.11%) IBM
18 33 (0.94%) Remedy
19 32 (0.91%) NetApp
20 30 (0.85%) Meraki