Period
to 9 July 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 9 July 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
9 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5,012 11,330 11,945
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 12.15% 12.07% 11.48%
As % of the Vendors category 28.16% 28.41% 27.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,165 7,501 7,680
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £180 £175 £175
90th Percentile £606 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 716 805
Median hourly rate £18.50 £16.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.63% +0.88% +5.73%
10th Percentile £11.19 £10.97 £10.61
90th Percentile £36.10 £43.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.49 £15.00
% change year-on-year +12.98% +3.27% +3.45%

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 17,797 39,886 43,330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.13% 42.48% 41.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,609 24,835 26,751
Median daily rate £463 £454 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.87% +0.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £256 £250
90th Percentile £668 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 751 1,418 1,594
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.16% +8.57% -
10th Percentile £12.42 £11.12 £10.80
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% +6.06% -

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 9 July 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 9 July 2020.

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 9 July 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 -1 4,464 £438 +2.94% 1,538
UK excluding London 0 3,073 £413 +3.13% 1,303
London -1 1,734 £458 +0.94% 372
South East -2 837 £425 - 309
North of England +3 663 £360 -7.81% 320
Midlands +1 488 £450 +12.50% 255
South West 0 434 £425 - 166
West Midlands +1 370 £475 +15.15% 155
North West +2 353 £350 -14.63% 190
Work from Home +5 346 £425 -3.41% 228
Scotland +4 295 £388 +9.15% 68
East of England +3 262 £400 +3.23% 117
Yorkshire +3 251 £400 +6.67% 102
East Midlands -1 109 £323 -12.84% 100
Wales -4 78 £450 +12.50% 54
North East -5 59 £350 +7.69% 28
Northern Ireland +2 22 £293 -10.00% 22
Channel Islands +2 2 - -

For the 6 months to 9 July 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 1,790 (35.71%) Azure
2 1,764 (35.20%) Windows
3 1,307 (26.08%) Active Directory
4 1,060 (21.15%) Office 365
5 1,027 (20.49%) SQL
6 979 (19.53%) Agile Software Development
7 937 (18.70%) Microsoft Office
8 838 (16.72%) SQL Server
9 799 (15.94%) Security Cleared
10 784 (15.64%) Finance
11 693 (13.83%) .NET
12 689 (13.75%) Migration
13 669 (13.35%) C#
14 661 (13.19%) DevOps
15 615 (12.27%) Windows 10
16 611 (12.19%) Windows Server
17 607 (12.11%) PowerShell
18 599 (11.95%) SC Cleared
19 585 (11.67%) SharePoint
20 559 (11.15%) Business Intelligence
20 559 (11.15%) VMware
21 540 (10.77%) Microsoft Excel
22 537 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
23 534 (10.65%) Analytical Skills
24 523 (10.43%) ITIL
25 493 (9.84%) Power Platform
26 462 (9.22%) Public Sector
27 459 (9.16%) SCCM
28 401 (8.00%) Linux
29 384 (7.66%) Power BI

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
1 585 (11.67%) SharePoint
2 287 (5.73%) MS Exchange
3 204 (4.07%) Skype for Business
4 124 (2.47%) IIS
5 90 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2010
6 77 (1.54%) Confluence
7 68 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 62 (1.24%) CMS
9 50 (1.00%) Apache
10 30 (0.60%) IBM Notes
11 29 (0.58%) Tomcat
12 27 (0.54%) WebLogic
13 26 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 21 (0.42%) ArcGIS
14 21 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
14 21 (0.42%) IBM Domino
15 20 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
16 19 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
16 19 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
17 18 (0.36%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 937 (18.70%) Microsoft Office
2 540 (10.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 212 (4.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 199 (3.97%) Microsoft Project
5 110 (2.19%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.50%) Photoshop
7 22 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.22%) Camtasia
9 8 (0.16%) Chatbot
10 7 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 7 (0.14%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.12%) InVision
12 5 (0.100%) Sketch
13 4 (0.080%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.080%) Figma
13 4 (0.080%) LibreOffice
14 3 (0.060%) Acrobat
15 2 (0.040%) Adobe After Effects
15 2 (0.040%) Adobe Premiere
15 2 (0.040%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 257 (5.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 69 (1.38%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 19 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
5 17 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
6 13 (0.26%) Sentinel
7 11 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 10 (0.20%) assyst
8 10 (0.20%) NetSuite
9 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
10 8 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 7 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
11 7 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 6 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
13 5 (0.100%) ION MarketView
13 5 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
13 5 (0.100%) Oracle Financials
13 5 (0.100%) SAP FI-CA
13 5 (0.100%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,790 (35.71%) Azure
2 1,060 (21.15%) Office 365
3 493 (9.84%) Power Platform
4 354 (7.06%) AWS
5 287 (5.73%) Dynamics 365
6 252 (5.03%) Azure Active Directory
7 229 (4.57%) PaaS
8 210 (4.19%) IaaS
9 160 (3.19%) OneDrive
10 143 (2.85%) SaaS
11 125 (2.49%) PowerApps
12 107 (2.13%) GCP
13 96 (1.92%) Azure Data Factory
14 76 (1.52%) Power Automate
15 66 (1.32%) Logic Apps
16 62 (1.24%) Serverless
17 58 (1.16%) GitHub
18 43 (0.86%) Yammer
19 31 (0.62%) OpenShift
20 28 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 275 (5.49%) Skype
2 273 (5.45%) DNS
3 262 (5.23%) Firewall
4 169 (3.37%) DHCP
5 163 (3.25%) LAN
6 153 (3.05%) WAN
7 141 (2.81%) TCP/IP
8 130 (2.59%) VPN
9 115 (2.29%) SAN
10 104 (2.08%) VoIP
11 87 (1.74%) Internet
12 69 (1.38%) Unified Communications
13 65 (1.30%) Wireless
14 58 (1.16%) Network Security
15 57 (1.14%) NetScaler
16 51 (1.02%) Remote Desktop
17 45 (0.90%) PBX
18 43 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
19 37 (0.74%) VLAN
20 35 (0.70%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 838 (16.72%) SQL Server
2 384 (7.66%) Power BI
3 254 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 245 (4.89%) Data Warehouse
5 217 (4.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 157 (3.13%) Data Lake
7 117 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 112 (2.23%) Big Data
9 97 (1.94%) Azure SQL Database
10 91 (1.82%) Relational Database
11 76 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
12 68 (1.36%) MySQL
13 65 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
14 59 (1.18%) SQL Server 2016
15 53 (1.06%) Cosmos DB
16 52 (1.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 51 (1.02%) NoSQL
18 50 (1.00%) Hadoop
19 49 (0.98%) Oracle Database
20 47 (0.94%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 280 (5.59%) Git (software)
2 235 (4.69%) Visual Studio
3 207 (4.13%) JIRA
4 155 (3.09%) Team Foundation Server
5 108 (2.15%) Selenium
6 103 (2.06%) Jenkins
7 61 (1.22%) TeamCity
8 55 (1.10%) Visual Studio Team System
9 47 (0.94%) SpecFlow
10 43 (0.86%) Subversion
11 35 (0.70%) MSI
12 33 (0.66%) Eclipse
12 33 (0.66%) GitLab
12 33 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
13 32 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
13 32 (0.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 28 (0.56%) Bitbucket
15 25 (0.50%) JMeter
16 23 (0.46%) SoapUI
17 22 (0.44%) Cucumber
General
1 784 (15.64%) Finance
2 462 (9.22%) Public Sector
3 168 (3.35%) Telecoms
4 167 (3.33%) Banking
5 123 (2.45%) Marketing
6 118 (2.35%) Manufacturing
7 112 (2.23%) Retail
8 91 (1.82%) Law
9 71 (1.42%) Front Office
10 67 (1.34%) Legal
11 54 (1.08%) Electronics
11 54 (1.08%) Investment Banking
12 45 (0.90%) Publishing
13 44 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
14 42 (0.84%) Military
15 38 (0.76%) Local Government
16 28 (0.56%) Aerospace
16 28 (0.56%) German Language
17 27 (0.54%) Advertising
18 23 (0.46%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 812 (16.20%) Developer
2 705 (14.07%) Analyst
3 437 (8.72%) Architect
4 299 (5.97%) Consultant
5 252 (5.03%) Support Engineer
6 196 (3.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 180 (3.59%) .NET Developer
8 171 (3.41%) Azure Engineer
9 168 (3.35%) Project Manager
10 146 (2.91%) Desktop Support
11 144 (2.87%) 2nd Line Support
12 138 (2.75%) Windows Engineer
13 136 (2.71%) C# Developer
14 134 (2.67%) Support Analyst
15 130 (2.59%) DevOps Engineer
16 128 (2.55%) Service Analyst
17 127 (2.53%) Business Analyst
18 120 (2.39%) Administrator
19 116 (2.31%) IT Support
20 105 (2.09%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 693 (13.83%) .NET
2 248 (4.95%) HTML
3 207 (4.13%) Web Services
4 190 (3.79%) ASP.NET
5 173 (3.45%) .NET Framework
6 167 (3.33%) CSS
7 160 (3.19%) XML
8 140 (2.79%) AngularJS
9 119 (2.37%) .NET Core
10 109 (2.17%) Node.js
11 107 (2.13%) jQuery
12 96 (1.92%) React
13 94 (1.88%) JSON
14 93 (1.86%) Entity Framework
15 90 (1.80%) REST
16 81 (1.62%) SOAP
17 80 (1.60%) ASP.NET Web API
18 79 (1.58%) HTML5
19 76 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC
20 72 (1.44%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 534 (10.65%) Analytical Skills
2 221 (4.41%) Management Information System
3 157 (3.13%) Data Centre
4 154 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
5 120 (2.39%) User Experience
6 111 (2.21%) NHS
7 86 (1.72%) PKI
8 73 (1.46%) Public Cloud
9 62 (1.24%) Clustering
10 60 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
11 50 (1.00%) Replication
12 49 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
13 46 (0.92%) Blackberry
13 46 (0.92%) Driving Licence
14 45 (0.90%) Fixed Income
15 39 (0.78%) Cloud Native
15 39 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
15 39 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
16 38 (0.76%) Virtual Team
17 36 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 1,764 (35.20%) Windows
2 615 (12.27%) Windows 10
3 611 (12.19%) Windows Server
4 401 (8.00%) Linux
5 324 (6.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 323 (6.44%) Windows 7
7 254 (5.07%) Windows Server 2016
8 224 (4.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 114 (2.27%) Unix
10 97 (1.94%) Apple iOS
11 93 (1.86%) Android
12 67 (1.34%) Windows Server 2019
13 50 (1.00%) Windows XP
14 48 (0.96%) Windows 8
15 45 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 41 (0.82%) Mac OS
17 39 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
18 26 (0.52%) VMS
19 24 (0.48%) Ubuntu
20 23 (0.46%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 979 (19.53%) Agile Software Development
2 689 (13.75%) Migration
3 661 (13.19%) DevOps
4 559 (11.15%) Business Intelligence
5 537 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
6 523 (10.43%) ITIL
7 348 (6.94%) Project Management
8 343 (6.84%) Analytics
9 303 (6.05%) Scrum
10 300 (5.99%) CRM
11 259 (5.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 258 (5.15%) Stakeholder Management
13 251 (5.01%) Continuous Integration
14 249 (4.97%) Test Automation
15 243 (4.85%) Change Management
16 223 (4.45%) Project Delivery
17 206 (4.11%) Data Modelling
18 183 (3.65%) PRINCE2
19 179 (3.57%) ETL
20 173 (3.45%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 1,027 (20.49%) SQL
2 669 (13.35%) C#
3 607 (12.11%) PowerShell
4 370 (7.38%) JavaScript
5 254 (5.07%) Python
6 251 (5.01%) Java
7 196 (3.91%) T-SQL
8 101 (2.02%) Bash Shell
9 90 (1.80%) C
10 82 (1.64%) VB
11 80 (1.60%) VBA
12 66 (1.32%) C++
13 56 (1.12%) VBScript
14 52 (1.04%) R
14 52 (1.04%) TypeScript
15 43 (0.86%) PHP
16 41 (0.82%) Shell Script
17 38 (0.76%) Perl
18 36 (0.72%) PL/SQL
19 34 (0.68%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 799 (15.94%) Security Cleared
2 599 (11.95%) SC Cleared
3 343 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 306 (6.11%) Degree
5 189 (3.77%) DV Cleared
6 129 (2.57%) Cisco Certification
7 121 (2.41%) MCSE
8 87 (1.74%) MCSA
9 79 (1.58%) CCNA
10 73 (1.46%) ISEB
11 68 (1.36%) CISSP
12 55 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
13 54 (1.08%) ISTQB
14 52 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
14 52 (1.04%) MCP
15 49 (0.98%) CCNP
16 47 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
17 38 (0.76%) PMI Certification
18 36 (0.72%) MCITP
19 35 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (2.89%) SLA
2 128 (2.55%) QA
3 87 (1.74%) GDPR
4 71 (1.42%) PMO
5 48 (0.96%) Data Quality
6 43 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 25 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 20 (0.40%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
9 16 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
10 15 (0.30%) WCAG
11 13 (0.26%) COBIT
12 12 (0.24%) NIST
12 12 (0.24%) P3O
13 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 8 (0.16%) GxP
13 8 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 7 (0.14%) HIPAA
14 7 (0.14%) ISO 9001
14 7 (0.14%) NCSC
System Software
1 1,307 (26.08%) Active Directory
2 354 (7.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 162 (3.23%) Docker
4 155 (3.09%) Hyper-V
5 139 (2.77%) XenApp
6 105 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
7 95 (1.90%) vSphere
8 90 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
9 88 (1.76%) Microsoft App-V
10 77 (1.54%) XenDesktop
11 51 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
12 28 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
13 26 (0.52%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 19 (0.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 19 (0.38%) VMware NSX
15 18 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 11 (0.22%) Terminal Services
17 10 (0.20%) NFS
18 9 (0.18%) BitLocker
18 9 (0.18%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 459 (9.16%) SCCM
2 214 (4.27%) Microsoft Intune
3 152 (3.03%) Kubernetes
4 130 (2.59%) Ansible
5 95 (1.90%) SCOM
6 93 (1.86%) Terraform
7 63 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
7 63 (1.26%) WSUS
8 56 (1.12%) Puppet
9 34 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
10 33 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
10 33 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
11 24 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 21 (0.42%) vCenter Server
13 19 (0.38%) AirWatch
13 19 (0.38%) Tivoli
14 18 (0.36%) Nagios
15 17 (0.34%) Jamf Pro
15 17 (0.34%) vRealize
16 16 (0.32%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 559 (11.15%) VMware
2 324 (6.46%) Oracle
3 318 (6.34%) Cisco
4 309 (6.17%) Citrix
5 198 (3.95%) SAP
6 152 (3.03%) Google
7 127 (2.53%) HP
8 113 (2.25%) Dell
9 92 (1.84%) IBM
10 90 (1.80%) Tableau
11 88 (1.76%) Databricks
12 83 (1.66%) Apple
13 77 (1.54%) ServiceNow
14 76 (1.52%) McAfee
15 71 (1.42%) Splunk
16 63 (1.26%) NetApp
17 62 (1.24%) Remedy
18 55 (1.10%) Red Hat
19 50 (1.00%) CheckPoint
20 49 (0.98%) EMC