Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,328 10,562 12,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.21% 11.48% 11.58%
As % of the Vendors category 26.84% 25.75% 26.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,153 6,761 7,639
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
10th Percentile £175 £175 £175
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £360
% change year-on-year +7.14% -2.78% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 754 705 832
UK median hourly rate £15.45 £14.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.52% -6.45% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £9.81 £9.50
90th Percentile £38.52 £42.50 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.88 £14.40 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.30% -4.00% -

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 42,212 41,016 46,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.76% 44.58% 43.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,380 25,182 27,927
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £247 £250 £235
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,442 1,475 1,675
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.30 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.16% -8.95% +11.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.38 £10.08
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.29 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.88% -8.33% +9.09%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 10,140 £410 +2.50% 3,976
UK excluding London 0 6,571 £375 +7.14% 3,161
London -1 4,579 £450 +5.88% 1,092
South East 0 2,088 £400 +6.67% 802
North of England -1 1,325 £360 +2.86% 836
Midlands 0 1,007 £388 +10.71% 576
North West 0 671 £375 +7.14% 430
Scotland +2 665 £363 +3.57% 175
West Midlands 0 632 £390 +5.91% 344
South West +1 582 £350 - 323
East of England -1 544 £350 -3.45% 343
Yorkshire -3 458 £350 - 295
East Midlands -2 370 £375 +10.29% 232
Wales +3 296 £375 +15.74% 91
North East +3 204 £325 -10.96% 111
Northern Ireland +7 69 £375 +32.98% 12
Isle of Man 0 8 £400 +19.40% 3
Channel Islands -2 5 £396 -3.94%

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 3,867 (34.14%) Windows
2 2,728 (24.08%) Active Directory
3 2,485 (21.94%) SQL
4 2,383 (21.04%) SQL Server
5 2,300 (20.30%) Finance
6 2,251 (19.87%) Microsoft Office
7 2,199 (19.41%) Agile Software Development
8 2,155 (19.02%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,893 (16.71%) .NET
10 1,685 (14.87%) C#
11 1,606 (14.18%) Office 365
12 1,429 (12.61%) Windows Server
13 1,398 (12.34%) ITIL
14 1,380 (12.18%) VMware
15 1,306 (11.53%) Microsoft Excel
16 1,217 (10.74%) Migration
17 1,209 (10.67%) Security Cleared
18 1,115 (9.84%) PowerShell
19 1,027 (9.07%) Business Intelligence
20 1,019 (9.00%) Problem-Solving
21 1,016 (8.97%) Windows 7
22 1,007 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
23 987 (8.71%) JavaScript
24 975 (8.61%) Windows 10
25 960 (8.47%) Project Management
26 945 (8.34%) SharePoint
27 911 (8.04%) SC Cleared
28 904 (7.98%) Citrix
29 882 (7.79%) SCCM
30 869 (7.67%) CRM

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
1 945 (8.34%) SharePoint
2 743 (6.56%) MS Exchange
3 388 (3.43%) Skype for Business
4 368 (3.25%) IIS
5 218 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
6 145 (1.28%) Confluence
7 136 (1.20%) Apache
8 127 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
9 104 (0.92%) BizTalk Server
10 103 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
11 102 (0.90%) CMS
12 94 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
12 94 (0.83%) WebSphere
13 90 (0.79%) Tomcat
14 85 (0.75%) Apache Spark
15 70 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
16 67 (0.59%) SAS
17 54 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 53 (0.47%) NServiceBus
19 51 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2,251 (19.87%) Microsoft Office
2 1,306 (11.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 563 (4.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 509 (4.49%) Microsoft Project
5 410 (3.62%) MS Visio
6 70 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 37 (0.33%) InfoPath
8 36 (0.32%) Photoshop
9 16 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
10 15 (0.13%) SPSS
11 14 (0.12%) Acrobat
12 13 (0.11%) AutoCAD
13 12 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 7 (0.062%) InDesign
14 7 (0.062%) OmniGraffle
15 5 (0.044%) Revit
16 4 (0.035%) Vectorworks
17 3 (0.026%) Adobe Captivate
17 3 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
17 3 (0.026%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 717 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 334 (2.95%) Dynamics AX
3 80 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 42 (0.37%) NetSuite
5 35 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
6 23 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 21 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 20 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 20 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
9 19 (0.17%) Elite 3E
9 19 (0.17%) Markit EDM
10 18 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 17 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
12 14 (0.12%) Primavera
13 12 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
14 11 (0.097%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
15 9 (0.079%) assyst
15 9 (0.079%) CA PPM
16 8 (0.071%) Magento
16 8 (0.071%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,155 (19.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,606 (14.18%) Office 365
3 790 (6.97%) Amazon AWS
4 496 (4.38%) Dynamics 365
5 341 (3.01%) PaaS
6 319 (2.82%) IaaS
7 231 (2.04%) SaaS
8 190 (1.68%) Azure Active Directory
9 145 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
10 96 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
11 95 (0.84%) OneDrive
12 82 (0.72%) Azure Data Factory
13 53 (0.47%) GitHub
14 52 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
15 40 (0.35%) G Suite
16 39 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
16 39 (0.34%) Serverless
17 36 (0.32%) Yammer
18 33 (0.29%) Mimecast
19 28 (0.25%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 734 (6.48%) DNS
2 540 (4.77%) DHCP
3 524 (4.63%) Firewall
4 385 (3.40%) TCP/IP
5 368 (3.25%) Skype
6 353 (3.12%) LAN
7 347 (3.06%) WAN
8 330 (2.91%) VPN
9 325 (2.87%) SAN
10 245 (2.16%) Internet
11 124 (1.09%) VoIP
12 119 (1.05%) Remote Desktop
13 111 (0.98%) Network Security
14 108 (0.95%) Wireless
15 89 (0.79%) NAS
16 88 (0.78%) HTTP
17 87 (0.77%) NetScaler
18 80 (0.71%) iSCSI
19 79 (0.70%) VLAN
20 74 (0.65%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,383 (21.04%) SQL Server
2 788 (6.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 712 (6.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 527 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
5 523 (4.62%) Power BI
6 373 (3.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 280 (2.47%) Relational Database
8 249 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
9 246 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
10 226 (2.00%) Big Data
11 218 (1.92%) Oracle Database
12 198 (1.75%) NoSQL
13 196 (1.73%) SQL Server 2016
14 195 (1.72%) MySQL
15 154 (1.36%) Hadoop
16 149 (1.32%) MongoDB
17 141 (1.24%) SQL Server 2014
18 133 (1.17%) Data Lake
19 115 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
20 111 (0.98%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 587 (5.18%) Visual Studio
2 463 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 456 (4.03%) Git (software)
4 343 (3.03%) JIRA
5 255 (2.25%) Jenkins
6 189 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 181 (1.60%) TeamCity
8 150 (1.32%) Selenium
9 141 (1.24%) Subversion
10 134 (1.18%) Octopus Deploy
11 129 (1.14%) SpecFlow
12 121 (1.07%) NUnit
13 93 (0.82%) MSI
14 71 (0.63%) MSTest
15 67 (0.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 55 (0.49%) SoapUI
17 54 (0.48%) HP UFT
18 52 (0.46%) MSBuild
19 45 (0.40%) Eclipse
20 44 (0.39%) Ant
General
1 2,300 (20.30%) Finance
2 544 (4.80%) Banking
3 392 (3.46%) Retail
4 272 (2.40%) Legal
5 254 (2.24%) Marketing
6 249 (2.20%) Telecoms
7 220 (1.94%) Advertising
8 184 (1.62%) Law
9 168 (1.48%) Manufacturing
10 110 (0.97%) Investment Banking
11 107 (0.94%) Financial Institution
12 105 (0.93%) Back Office
13 81 (0.72%) Front Office
14 78 (0.69%) Publishing
15 68 (0.60%) Billing
16 58 (0.51%) French Language
17 57 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
18 50 (0.44%) Military
19 47 (0.41%) Games
20 45 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2,180 (19.24%) Developer
2 1,961 (17.31%) Analyst
3 979 (8.64%) Architect
4 808 (7.13%) Consultant
5 612 (5.40%) .NET Developer
6 572 (5.05%) Support Engineer
7 550 (4.86%) Project Manager
8 514 (4.54%) C# Developer
9 471 (4.16%) Desktop Support
10 437 (3.86%) Service Analyst
11 415 (3.66%) Business Analyst
12 408 (3.60%) Service Desk Analyst
13 391 (3.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 366 (3.23%) Support Analyst
15 334 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support
16 304 (2.68%) Solutions Architect
17 287 (2.53%) SQL Developer
18 278 (2.45%) C# .NET Developer
19 271 (2.39%) Administrator
20 260 (2.30%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,893 (16.71%) .NET
2 699 (6.17%) ASP.NET
3 661 (5.84%) HTML
4 635 (5.61%) CSS
5 572 (5.05%) Web Services
6 498 (4.40%) .NET Framework
7 483 (4.26%) AngularJS
8 398 (3.51%) XML
9 364 (3.21%) ASP.NET Web API
10 340 (3.00%) jQuery
11 332 (2.93%) ASP.NET MVC
12 285 (2.52%) REST
13 262 (2.31%) WCF
14 261 (2.30%) JSON
15 254 (2.24%) SOAP
16 245 (2.16%) Entity Framework
17 223 (1.97%) RESTful
18 215 (1.90%) HTML5
19 153 (1.35%) Node.js
20 124 (1.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 1,007 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
2 435 (3.84%) Management Information System
3 406 (3.58%) Self-Motivation
4 385 (3.40%) Data Centre
5 273 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 231 (2.04%) Greenfield Project
7 227 (2.00%) User Experience
8 210 (1.85%) Clustering
9 180 (1.59%) PKI
10 166 (1.47%) Blackberry
11 137 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
12 120 (1.06%) NHS
13 109 (0.96%) Virtual Team
14 105 (0.93%) Replication
15 104 (0.92%) Smartphone
16 103 (0.91%) Mobile App
17 100 (0.88%) Fat Client
17 100 (0.88%) Thin Client
18 96 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
19 85 (0.75%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 3,867 (34.14%) Windows
2 1,429 (12.61%) Windows Server
3 1,016 (8.97%) Windows 7
4 975 (8.61%) Windows 10
5 821 (7.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 783 (6.91%) Linux
7 729 (6.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 299 (2.64%) Windows Server 2003
9 296 (2.61%) Unix
10 217 (1.92%) Windows XP
11 205 (1.81%) Windows 8
12 204 (1.80%) Android
13 199 (1.76%) Apple iOS
14 194 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 78 (0.69%) Mac OS X
16 73 (0.64%) Mac OS
17 70 (0.62%) Solaris
18 66 (0.58%) AIX
19 57 (0.50%) Windows Vista
20 55 (0.49%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,199 (19.41%) Agile Software Development
2 1,398 (12.34%) ITIL
3 1,217 (10.74%) Migration
4 1,027 (9.07%) Business Intelligence
5 1,019 (9.00%) Problem-Solving
6 960 (8.47%) Project Management
7 869 (7.67%) CRM
8 721 (6.36%) DevOps
9 689 (6.08%) Scrum
10 667 (5.89%) MVC
11 613 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
12 560 (4.94%) Change Management
13 531 (4.69%) PRINCE2
14 520 (4.59%) Analytics
15 470 (4.15%) ETL
16 468 (4.13%) Service Management
17 456 (4.03%) Continuous Integration
18 412 (3.64%) Test Automation
19 403 (3.56%) TDD
20 400 (3.53%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 2,485 (21.94%) SQL
2 1,685 (14.87%) C#
3 1,115 (9.84%) PowerShell
4 987 (8.71%) JavaScript
5 509 (4.49%) T-SQL
6 472 (4.17%) Java
7 322 (2.84%) Python
8 194 (1.71%) C
9 189 (1.67%) VBA
10 144 (1.27%) VBScript
11 137 (1.21%) VB
12 123 (1.09%) C++
13 119 (1.05%) VB.NET
14 113 (1.00%) PL/SQL
15 112 (0.99%) TypeScript
16 89 (0.79%) Ruby
17 87 (0.77%) Shell Script
18 86 (0.76%) Bash Shell
19 83 (0.73%) PHP
20 74 (0.65%) R
Qualifications
1 1,209 (10.67%) Security Cleared
2 911 (8.04%) SC Cleared
3 741 (6.54%) Degree
4 729 (6.44%) Microsoft Certification
5 352 (3.11%) MCSE
6 235 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
7 217 (1.92%) MCP
8 195 (1.72%) DV Cleared
9 178 (1.57%) MCSA
10 141 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
10 141 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
11 134 (1.18%) CCNA
12 118 (1.04%) CCNP
13 115 (1.02%) MCITP
14 105 (0.93%) PMI Certification
15 102 (0.90%) CISSP
15 102 (0.90%) ISEB
16 98 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 94 (0.83%) ISTQB
18 90 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 326 (2.88%) SLA
2 295 (2.60%) QA
3 273 (2.41%) PMO
4 160 (1.41%) GDPR
5 139 (1.23%) Data Quality
6 93 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 81 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
8 52 (0.46%) PCI DSS
9 27 (0.24%) GCP
9 27 (0.24%) MiFID
10 26 (0.23%) ISO 9001
11 23 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 21 (0.19%) Def Stans
13 16 (0.14%) COBIT
14 14 (0.12%) HL7
15 10 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 9 (0.079%) Cyber Essentials
16 9 (0.079%) PMBOK
17 8 (0.071%) IFRS
17 8 (0.071%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2,728 (24.08%) Active Directory
2 814 (7.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 423 (3.73%) Hyper-V
4 337 (2.97%) XenApp
5 305 (2.69%) vSphere
6 283 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
7 226 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
8 200 (1.77%) XenDesktop
9 179 (1.58%) Docker
10 107 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
11 82 (0.72%) XenServer
12 79 (0.70%) BitLocker
13 62 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
14 51 (0.45%) NFS
15 45 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
16 41 (0.36%) Terminal Services
17 35 (0.31%) DFS Replication
18 34 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
19 33 (0.29%) Xen
20 31 (0.27%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 882 (7.79%) SCCM
2 209 (1.84%) SCOM
2 209 (1.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 179 (1.58%) Puppet
4 175 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
5 158 (1.39%) Ansible
6 142 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
7 127 (1.12%) WSUS
8 90 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
8 90 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
9 84 (0.74%) AirWatch
10 81 (0.72%) HP ALM
11 76 (0.67%) vCenter Server
12 75 (0.66%) Terraform
13 74 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
14 61 (0.54%) Kubernetes
15 49 (0.43%) NetBackup
16 48 (0.42%) Backup Exec
17 41 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
18 38 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,380 (12.18%) VMware
2 904 (7.98%) Citrix
3 755 (6.66%) Oracle
4 712 (6.29%) Cisco
5 476 (4.20%) HP
6 383 (3.38%) SAP
7 253 (2.23%) Ivanti
8 241 (2.13%) IBM
9 227 (2.00%) Google
10 223 (1.97%) Apple
11 203 (1.79%) NetApp
12 199 (1.76%) Red Hat
13 184 (1.62%) McAfee
14 161 (1.42%) Tableau
15 144 (1.27%) Symantec
16 133 (1.17%) Dell
17 132 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
17 132 (1.17%) SolarWinds
18 122 (1.08%) ServiceNow
19 120 (1.06%) CheckPoint