Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11462 12660 13356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.11% 12.01% 11.84%
As % of the Vendors category 26.06% 26.48% 27.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7224 8136 8247
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +2.04% +3.52%
10th Percentile £156 £182 £165
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 783 840 1035
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.16 £9.64 £9.25
90th Percentile £40.00 £38.83 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -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 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 43983 47802 48849
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.63% 45.34% 43.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 27338 29209 28805
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.44% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £235 £240 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1473 1700 2082
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.59 £10.23 £10.25
90th Percentile £45.20 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +6.06%

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 22 November 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 22 November 2017.

Contractor 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 22 November 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 10511 £400 +5.40% 1938
UK excluding London 0 6799 £360 +2.86% 1364
London -1 4426 £450 +5.88% 667
South East 0 2251 £375 +0.54% 354
North of England -1 1399 £353 +0.71% 370
Midlands -1 1068 £350 -6.67% 258
West Midlands 0 668 £383 +2.00% 153
East of England -1 663 £350 - 136
South West 0 647 £350 - 136
North West -1 626 £375 - 188
Yorkshire +3 597 £350 - 146
Scotland -4 503 £344 +4.24% 82
East Midlands 0 394 £328 -9.66% 102
Wales +7 226 £325 -7.14% 20
North East -2 181 £375 +13.64% 36
Northern Ireland -22 60 £338 +22.73% 8
Channel Islands -2 2 £190 -53.94% 2

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 3798 (33.14%) Windows
2 2594 (22.63%) Active Directory
3 2457 (21.44%) SQL Server
4 2389 (20.84%) SQL
5 2247 (19.60%) Finance
6 2235 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
7 2014 (17.57%) Agile Software Development
8 2004 (17.48%) .NET
9 1718 (14.99%) C#
10 1711 (14.93%) Microsoft Azure
11 1514 (13.21%) Office 365
12 1375 (12.00%) VMware
13 1362 (11.88%) ITIL
14 1349 (11.77%) Windows Server
15 1345 (11.73%) Microsoft Excel
16 1261 (11.00%) Migration
17 1056 (9.21%) SharePoint
18 1028 (8.97%) Project Management
19 1026 (8.95%) Windows 7
20 1017 (8.87%) JavaScript
21 1014 (8.85%) PowerShell
22 1002 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
23 976 (8.52%) Security Cleared
24 971 (8.47%) Business Intelligence
25 952 (8.31%) CRM
26 891 (7.77%) MS Exchange
27 885 (7.72%) Citrix
28 833 (7.27%) SCCM
28 833 (7.27%) Degree
29 830 (7.24%) 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 1056 (9.21%) SharePoint
2 891 (7.77%) MS Exchange
3 451 (3.93%) Skype for Business
4 382 (3.33%) IIS
5 273 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
6 186 (1.62%) CMS
7 171 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
8 145 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 142 (1.24%) Confluence
10 138 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
11 111 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2007
12 101 (0.88%) SharePoint 2010
13 94 (0.82%) Apache
14 80 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 79 (0.69%) WebSphere
16 78 (0.68%) IBM Notes
17 70 (0.61%) OpenStack
18 67 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
19 59 (0.51%) SAS
20 58 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2235 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1345 (11.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 582 (5.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 503 (4.39%) Microsoft Project
5 424 (3.70%) MS Visio
6 89 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
7 29 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.17%) AutoCAD
9 19 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 18 (0.16%) InfoPath
11 12 (0.10%) Acrobat
11 12 (0.10%) SPSS
12 8 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.061%) OmniGraffle
14 5 (0.044%) RoboHelp
14 5 (0.044%) Snagit
15 4 (0.035%) CINEMA 4D
15 4 (0.035%) SOLIDWORKS
15 4 (0.035%) Vectorworks
16 3 (0.026%) Revit
Business Applications
1 777 (6.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 352 (3.07%) Dynamics AX
3 120 (1.05%) Dynamics NAV
4 28 (0.24%) ION MarketView
5 26 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
6 18 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 15 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
7 15 (0.13%) Primavera
8 14 (0.12%) Eikon
8 14 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
9 13 (0.11%) NetSuite
10 10 (0.087%) Cognos TM1
10 10 (0.087%) iTrent
10 10 (0.087%) Oracle EBS R12
11 9 (0.079%) Maximo
11 9 (0.079%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 8 (0.070%) Endur
12 8 (0.070%) SAP CO
12 8 (0.070%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1711 (14.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 1514 (13.21%) Office 365
3 607 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
4 316 (2.76%) IaaS
5 301 (2.63%) PaaS
6 292 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
7 232 (2.02%) SaaS
8 204 (1.78%) Azure Active Directory
9 91 (0.79%) OneDrive
10 89 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
11 78 (0.68%) GitHub
12 45 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
13 35 (0.31%) Yammer
14 33 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
15 32 (0.28%) Mimecast
16 31 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
17 30 (0.26%) G Suite
18 22 (0.19%) Google Analytics
19 20 (0.17%) iPaaS
19 20 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 672 (5.86%) DNS
2 553 (4.82%) Firewall
3 458 (4.00%) DHCP
4 418 (3.65%) LAN
5 413 (3.60%) TCP/IP
6 395 (3.45%) WAN
7 362 (3.16%) SAN
8 341 (2.98%) Skype
9 305 (2.66%) VPN
10 260 (2.27%) Internet
11 165 (1.44%) VoIP
12 148 (1.29%) Network Security
13 133 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
14 130 (1.13%) Wireless
15 125 (1.09%) LDAP
16 120 (1.05%) NAS
17 119 (1.04%) NetScaler
18 118 (1.03%) Intranet
19 108 (0.94%) Wi-Fi
20 105 (0.92%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2457 (21.44%) SQL Server
2 751 (6.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 673 (5.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 500 (4.36%) Data Warehouse
5 404 (3.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 360 (3.14%) Power BI
7 343 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
8 296 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
9 212 (1.85%) Relational Database
10 201 (1.75%) SQL Server 2016
11 200 (1.74%) NoSQL
12 188 (1.64%) SQL Server 2014
13 151 (1.32%) Oracle Database
14 128 (1.12%) Big Data
15 123 (1.07%) OLAP
16 122 (1.06%) MongoDB
17 118 (1.03%) MySQL
18 93 (0.81%) Hadoop
19 92 (0.80%) PowerPivot
20 90 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 523 (4.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 515 (4.49%) Visual Studio
3 362 (3.16%) Git (software)
4 302 (2.63%) JIRA
5 224 (1.95%) TeamCity
6 194 (1.69%) Jenkins
7 180 (1.57%) Subversion
8 158 (1.38%) Octopus Deploy
9 135 (1.18%) NUnit
10 116 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
11 115 (1.00%) SpecFlow
12 97 (0.85%) Selenium
13 70 (0.61%) MSTest
14 66 (0.58%) MSI
15 61 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 58 (0.51%) Maven
17 51 (0.44%) NuGet
17 51 (0.44%) SoapUI
18 42 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
19 33 (0.29%) Ant
General
1 2247 (19.60%) Finance
2 721 (6.29%) Banking
3 363 (3.17%) Retail
4 326 (2.84%) Telecoms
5 274 (2.39%) Legal
6 261 (2.28%) Advertising
7 240 (2.09%) Marketing
8 186 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 162 (1.41%) Front Office
10 146 (1.27%) Investment Banking
11 135 (1.18%) Law
12 134 (1.17%) Back Office
13 106 (0.92%) Publishing
14 98 (0.85%) Financial Institution
15 89 (0.78%) Automotive
16 52 (0.45%) Billing
16 52 (0.45%) Electronics
17 48 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
18 47 (0.41%) Retail Banking
19 38 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2335 (20.37%) Developer
2 1938 (16.91%) Analyst
3 911 (7.95%) Architect
4 759 (6.62%) Consultant
5 680 (5.93%) .NET Developer
6 573 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 544 (4.75%) Project Manager
8 537 (4.69%) C# Developer
9 418 (3.65%) Desktop Support
10 397 (3.46%) Business Analyst
10 397 (3.46%) Service Analyst
11 392 (3.42%) Support Analyst
12 391 (3.41%) SQL Developer
13 380 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 377 (3.29%) Administrator
15 361 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
16 339 (2.96%) 2nd Line Support
17 330 (2.88%) C# .NET Developer
18 270 (2.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
19 258 (2.25%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2004 (17.48%) .NET
2 801 (6.99%) ASP.NET
3 735 (6.41%) HTML
4 657 (5.73%) Web Services
5 589 (5.14%) CSS
6 527 (4.60%) AngularJS
7 449 (3.92%) ASP.NET MVC
8 447 (3.90%) ASP.NET Web API
9 426 (3.72%) .NET Framework
10 408 (3.56%) XML
11 379 (3.31%) WCF
12 365 (3.18%) jQuery
13 326 (2.84%) REST
14 237 (2.07%) SOAP
15 236 (2.06%) HTML5
16 231 (2.02%) RESTful
17 222 (1.94%) Entity Framework
18 209 (1.82%) JSON
19 154 (1.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 131 (1.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1002 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
2 432 (3.77%) Management Information System
3 423 (3.69%) Data Centre
4 229 (2.00%) Computer Science
5 221 (1.93%) Blackberry
6 183 (1.60%) User Experience
7 178 (1.55%) PKI
8 160 (1.40%) Greenfield Project
9 143 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
10 141 (1.23%) Clustering
11 137 (1.20%) Replication
12 136 (1.19%) NHS
13 129 (1.13%) Virtual Team
14 113 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
15 99 (0.86%) Fixed Income
16 98 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 96 (0.84%) Mobile App
17 96 (0.84%) Public Cloud
18 89 (0.78%) iPhone
18 89 (0.78%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 3798 (33.14%) Windows
2 1349 (11.77%) Windows Server
3 1026 (8.95%) Windows 7
4 729 (6.36%) Windows 10
5 714 (6.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 710 (6.19%) Linux
7 647 (5.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 361 (3.15%) Unix
9 219 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
10 194 (1.69%) Android
11 176 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 174 (1.52%) Windows 8
13 168 (1.47%) Apple iOS
14 157 (1.37%) Windows XP
15 83 (0.72%) Mac OS
16 78 (0.68%) Mac OS X
17 65 (0.57%) Solaris
18 46 (0.40%) Windows Vista
19 35 (0.31%) AIX
20 32 (0.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 2014 (17.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1362 (11.88%) ITIL
3 1261 (11.00%) Migration
4 1028 (8.97%) Project Management
5 971 (8.47%) Business Intelligence
6 952 (8.31%) CRM
7 786 (6.86%) MVC
8 700 (6.11%) Scrum
9 533 (4.65%) Stakeholder Management
10 496 (4.33%) DevOps
11 494 (4.31%) ETL
12 488 (4.26%) SDLC
13 484 (4.22%) PRINCE2
14 483 (4.21%) TDD
15 450 (3.93%) Change Management
16 422 (3.68%) Data Modelling
17 421 (3.67%) Continuous Integration
18 392 (3.42%) Service Management
19 389 (3.39%) Analytics
20 382 (3.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2389 (20.84%) SQL
2 1718 (14.99%) C#
3 1017 (8.87%) JavaScript
4 1014 (8.85%) PowerShell
5 543 (4.74%) T-SQL
6 449 (3.92%) Java
7 340 (2.97%) Python
8 177 (1.54%) VBA
9 172 (1.50%) VBScript
10 145 (1.27%) C
11 120 (1.05%) C++
12 119 (1.04%) VB
13 113 (0.99%) VB.NET
14 108 (0.94%) Perl
14 108 (0.94%) TypeScript
15 94 (0.82%) Ruby
16 89 (0.78%) PL/SQL
17 76 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 71 (0.62%) PHP
19 65 (0.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 976 (8.52%) Security Cleared
2 833 (7.27%) Degree
3 800 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 709 (6.19%) SC Cleared
5 374 (3.26%) MCSE
6 245 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
7 181 (1.58%) DV Cleared
8 163 (1.42%) MCP
9 161 (1.40%) MCSA
10 152 (1.33%) CCNA
11 143 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
12 122 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
13 103 (0.90%) ISEB
13 103 (0.90%) PMI Certification
14 100 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 85 (0.74%) MCITP
16 82 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
16 82 (0.72%) CCNP
16 82 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 80 (0.70%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 357 (3.11%) SLA
2 343 (2.99%) QA
3 261 (2.28%) PMO
4 143 (1.25%) Data Quality
5 103 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 100 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
7 75 (0.65%) GDPR
8 64 (0.56%) PCI DSS
9 41 (0.36%) MiFID
10 27 (0.24%) COBIT
10 27 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 23 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 21 (0.18%) ISO 9001
13 18 (0.16%) Def Stans
14 14 (0.12%) EMIR
14 14 (0.12%) HL7
15 12 (0.10%) P3O
16 11 (0.096%) Cyber Essentials
17 10 (0.087%) MISRA
18 9 (0.079%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2594 (22.63%) Active Directory
2 830 (7.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 431 (3.76%) Hyper-V
4 276 (2.41%) vSphere
5 263 (2.29%) XenApp
6 244 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
7 211 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
8 163 (1.42%) Docker
9 156 (1.36%) XenDesktop
10 130 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
11 88 (0.77%) BitLocker
12 62 (0.54%) XenServer
13 56 (0.49%) Terminal Services
14 53 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
14 53 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
15 48 (0.42%) NFS
15 48 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
16 30 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 28 (0.24%) Xen
18 24 (0.21%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 833 (7.27%) SCCM
2 225 (1.96%) SCOM
3 147 (1.28%) Puppet
4 145 (1.27%) Ansible
5 141 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 126 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
7 123 (1.07%) WSUS
8 116 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
9 108 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
10 99 (0.86%) NetBackup
11 74 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
12 73 (0.64%) Microsoft Clustering
13 67 (0.58%) AirWatch
14 61 (0.53%) vCenter Server
15 55 (0.48%) Backup Exec
16 47 (0.41%) Terraform
17 43 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 40 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
19 34 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
20 27 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1375 (12.00%) VMware
2 885 (7.72%) Citrix
3 727 (6.34%) Cisco
4 705 (6.15%) Oracle
5 508 (4.43%) HP
6 314 (2.74%) SAP
7 244 (2.13%) IBM
8 231 (2.02%) NetApp
9 208 (1.81%) Symantec
10 192 (1.68%) Dell
11 179 (1.56%) Apple
12 178 (1.55%) Google
12 178 (1.55%) Red Hat
13 173 (1.51%) McAfee
14 163 (1.42%) Tableau
15 114 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
16 109 (0.95%) Sitecore
17 106 (0.92%) ServiceNow
18 99 (0.86%) EMC
19 94 (0.82%) Remedy