Period
to 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 8 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10,853 12,141 10,998
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.78% 11.86% 11.07%
As % of the Vendors category 29.58% 28.15% 25.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,964 7,519 6,892
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £158
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 700 865 738
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.45% - -6.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £34.05 £42.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year +4.58% +2.00% -6.25%

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 36,694 43,137 42,738
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.20% 42.15% 43.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,051 26,698 26,412
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £242
90th Percentile £638 £625 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,429 1,649 1,387
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.88% -0.51% +2.34%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.79 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.85 £45.67 £45.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £16.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year +13.33% -1.99% +2.03%

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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 2019. 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 +4 9,885 £425 +3.03% 4,966
UK excluding London +2 6,752 £400 +6.67% 4,071
London 0 3,879 £450 - 1,256
South East +2 2,236 £425 +6.25% 1,088
North of England +4 1,321 £375 - 1,056
Midlands +2 996 £400 +6.67% 725
South West +2 914 £418 +11.33% 468
West Midlands +2 660 £413 +3.13% 442
North West -3 644 £375 - 601
Yorkshire +4 538 £375 +5.93% 362
Scotland +1 536 £357 -4.80% 215
East of England 0 500 £375 - 385
East Midlands +3 327 £370 +8.82% 280
Wales +1 185 £409 +2.19% 120
North East +10 140 £350 - 93
Northern Ireland +3 49 £300 -14.29% 27
Channel Islands +1 23 £400 -15.79%
Isle of Man +4 4 - -

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, 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 3,933 (36.24%) Windows
2 3,298 (30.39%) Azure
3 2,840 (26.17%) Active Directory
4 2,248 (20.71%) Office 365
5 2,188 (20.16%) SQL
6 2,142 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
7 2,063 (19.01%) Microsoft Office
8 1,994 (18.37%) SQL Server
9 1,869 (17.22%) Finance
10 1,525 (14.05%) Windows 10
11 1,522 (14.02%) .NET
12 1,489 (13.72%) C#
13 1,426 (13.14%) Migration
14 1,282 (11.81%) Windows Server
15 1,253 (11.55%) ITIL
16 1,239 (11.42%) Security Cleared
17 1,228 (11.31%) VMware
18 1,204 (11.09%) SCCM
19 1,201 (11.07%) SharePoint
20 1,162 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
21 1,151 (10.61%) PowerShell
22 1,144 (10.54%) Business Intelligence
23 1,010 (9.31%) DevOps
24 994 (9.16%) Windows 7
25 963 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
26 933 (8.60%) Power Platform
27 924 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
28 872 (8.03%) JavaScript
29 866 (7.98%) SC Cleared
30 842 (7.76%) 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 1,201 (11.07%) SharePoint
2 701 (6.46%) MS Exchange
3 460 (4.24%) Skype for Business
4 255 (2.35%) IIS
5 245 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2010
6 187 (1.72%) Confluence
7 139 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 88 (0.81%) CMS
9 80 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
10 79 (0.73%) Apache Spark
10 79 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
11 58 (0.53%) Apache
12 52 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
13 49 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
14 44 (0.41%) OpenStack
15 41 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
16 38 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
17 37 (0.34%) WebLogic
18 34 (0.31%) Tomcat
19 32 (0.29%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 2,063 (19.01%) Microsoft Office
2 1,162 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 520 (4.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 302 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
5 264 (2.43%) MS Visio
6 74 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.18%) InfoPath
9 14 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 14 (0.13%) AutoCAD
10 13 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.074%) SPSS
12 7 (0.064%) Acrobat
13 6 (0.055%) Camtasia
13 6 (0.055%) XMetaL
14 5 (0.046%) CINEMA 4D
14 5 (0.046%) FileZilla
15 4 (0.037%) Adobe Captivate
15 4 (0.037%) Sketch
16 3 (0.028%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 709 (6.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 145 (1.34%) Dynamics AX
3 103 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
4 36 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 35 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 28 (0.26%) Elite 3E
7 23 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
8 21 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
9 20 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 20 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 17 (0.16%) assyst
10 17 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
11 16 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 16 (0.15%) Sonata
12 13 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
12 13 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
12 13 (0.12%) Primavera
13 12 (0.11%) Eloqua
13 12 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
14 10 (0.092%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 3,298 (30.39%) Azure
2 2,248 (20.71%) Office 365
3 933 (8.60%) Power Platform
4 840 (7.74%) AWS
5 726 (6.69%) Dynamics 365
6 453 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
7 437 (4.03%) PaaS
8 428 (3.94%) IaaS
9 373 (3.44%) SaaS
10 229 (2.11%) Serverless
11 222 (2.05%) OneDrive
12 196 (1.81%) Azure Data Factory
13 162 (1.49%) PowerApps
14 156 (1.44%) GCP
15 153 (1.41%) Azure Functions
16 146 (1.35%) GitHub
17 128 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
18 96 (0.88%) Microsoft Flow
19 71 (0.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 69 (0.64%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 709 (6.53%) DNS
2 578 (5.33%) Firewall
3 520 (4.79%) Skype
4 423 (3.90%) DHCP
5 389 (3.58%) TCP/IP
6 347 (3.20%) VPN
7 338 (3.11%) WAN
8 330 (3.04%) LAN
9 288 (2.65%) SAN
10 269 (2.48%) Internet
11 146 (1.35%) VoIP
12 134 (1.23%) Wireless
13 114 (1.05%) VLAN
14 113 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
15 110 (1.01%) Unified Communications
16 102 (0.94%) Network Security
17 101 (0.93%) NAS
18 95 (0.88%) Remote Desktop
19 94 (0.87%) Intranet
20 85 (0.78%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,994 (18.37%) SQL Server
2 804 (7.41%) Power BI
3 738 (6.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 580 (5.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 567 (5.22%) Data Warehouse
6 345 (3.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 239 (2.20%) Data Lake
8 237 (2.18%) Azure SQL Database
9 216 (1.99%) Relational Database
10 206 (1.90%) Big Data
11 169 (1.56%) SQL Server 2016
12 168 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
13 160 (1.47%) MySQL
14 147 (1.35%) NoSQL
15 126 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
16 119 (1.10%) Oracle Database
17 118 (1.09%) Cosmos DB
18 103 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
19 100 (0.92%) MongoDB
20 99 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 528 (4.87%) Visual Studio
2 487 (4.49%) Git (software)
3 414 (3.81%) JIRA
4 369 (3.40%) Visual Studio Team System
5 287 (2.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 259 (2.39%) Jenkins
7 180 (1.66%) Selenium
8 137 (1.26%) TeamCity
9 108 (1.00%) MSI
10 93 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
11 78 (0.72%) Cucumber
12 74 (0.68%) Subversion
13 67 (0.62%) SpecFlow
14 65 (0.60%) Eclipse
15 59 (0.54%) Bitbucket
15 59 (0.54%) Moq
16 54 (0.50%) WebDriver
17 53 (0.49%) NUnit
18 51 (0.47%) InstallShield
19 47 (0.43%) MSTest
General
1 1,869 (17.22%) Finance
2 789 (7.27%) Public Sector
3 430 (3.96%) Banking
4 329 (3.03%) Retail
5 326 (3.00%) Telecoms
6 266 (2.45%) Marketing
7 209 (1.93%) Legal
8 179 (1.65%) Law
9 160 (1.47%) Manufacturing
10 106 (0.98%) Front Office
11 88 (0.81%) Electronics
12 87 (0.80%) Advertising
13 86 (0.79%) Back Office
14 84 (0.77%) Investment Banking
15 81 (0.75%) Publishing
16 72 (0.66%) Military
17 63 (0.58%) Local Government
18 61 (0.56%) Billing
19 57 (0.53%) Aerospace
20 54 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,909 (17.59%) Developer
2 1,682 (15.50%) Analyst
3 1,045 (9.63%) Architect
4 618 (5.69%) Consultant
5 606 (5.58%) Support Engineer
6 501 (4.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 431 (3.97%) .NET Developer
8 411 (3.79%) Project Manager
9 361 (3.33%) Service Analyst
10 358 (3.30%) Desktop Support
11 347 (3.20%) C# Developer
12 338 (3.11%) Solutions Architect
13 335 (3.09%) Support Analyst
14 320 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support
14 320 (2.95%) Windows Engineer
15 306 (2.82%) Business Analyst
16 297 (2.74%) Azure Engineer
16 297 (2.74%) Service Desk Analyst
17 289 (2.66%) Desktop Engineer
18 264 (2.43%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,522 (14.02%) .NET
2 560 (5.16%) HTML
3 548 (5.05%) Web Services
4 482 (4.44%) ASP.NET
5 464 (4.28%) CSS
6 363 (3.34%) AngularJS
7 359 (3.31%) .NET Framework
8 346 (3.19%) XML
9 262 (2.41%) JSON
10 257 (2.37%) ASP.NET Web API
11 249 (2.29%) REST
12 238 (2.19%) .NET Core
13 218 (2.01%) jQuery
14 216 (1.99%) React
15 211 (1.94%) RESTful
16 188 (1.73%) ASP.NET MVC
17 153 (1.41%) HTML5
18 152 (1.40%) Node.js
19 142 (1.31%) SOAP
20 135 (1.24%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 924 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
2 407 (3.75%) Data Centre
3 392 (3.61%) Management Information System
4 332 (3.06%) Self-Motivation
5 211 (1.94%) Public Cloud
6 193 (1.78%) Clustering
7 191 (1.76%) User Experience
8 172 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
9 163 (1.50%) NHS
10 148 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
11 145 (1.34%) Replication
12 137 (1.26%) PKI
13 128 (1.18%) Driving Licence
14 112 (1.03%) Blackberry
15 111 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
16 99 (0.91%) Hybrid Cloud
17 94 (0.87%) Mobile App
18 92 (0.85%) Smartphone
19 71 (0.65%) Virtual Team
20 68 (0.63%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 3,933 (36.24%) Windows
2 1,525 (14.05%) Windows 10
3 1,282 (11.81%) Windows Server
4 994 (9.16%) Windows 7
5 655 (6.04%) Linux
6 596 (5.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 516 (4.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 254 (2.34%) Android
9 228 (2.10%) Unix
10 204 (1.88%) Apple iOS
11 183 (1.69%) Windows 8
12 166 (1.53%) Windows XP
13 144 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
14 121 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 105 (0.97%) Mac OS
16 77 (0.71%) Mac OS X
17 68 (0.63%) CentOS
18 54 (0.50%) VMS
19 42 (0.39%) Ubuntu
20 38 (0.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,142 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
2 1,426 (13.14%) Migration
3 1,253 (11.55%) ITIL
4 1,144 (10.54%) Business Intelligence
5 1,010 (9.31%) DevOps
6 963 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
7 842 (7.76%) CRM
8 797 (7.34%) Project Management
9 655 (6.04%) Scrum
10 633 (5.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 577 (5.32%) Stakeholder Management
12 544 (5.01%) Analytics
13 483 (4.45%) ETL
14 480 (4.42%) Test Automation
15 455 (4.19%) Continuous Integration
16 434 (4.00%) Change Management
17 418 (3.85%) TDD
18 404 (3.72%) Project Delivery
18 404 (3.72%) Service Management
19 385 (3.55%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,188 (20.16%) SQL
2 1,489 (13.72%) C#
3 1,151 (10.61%) PowerShell
4 872 (8.03%) JavaScript
5 490 (4.51%) Python
6 430 (3.96%) Java
7 412 (3.80%) T-SQL
8 175 (1.61%) C
9 136 (1.25%) C++
10 119 (1.10%) PL/SQL
10 119 (1.10%) VBA
11 115 (1.06%) VB
12 112 (1.03%) Bash Shell
13 102 (0.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 92 (0.85%) VBScript
15 89 (0.82%) TypeScript
16 82 (0.76%) VB.NET
17 81 (0.75%) R
18 70 (0.64%) Perl
19 41 (0.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,239 (11.42%) Security Cleared
2 866 (7.98%) SC Cleared
3 694 (6.39%) Degree
4 639 (5.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 314 (2.89%) MCSE
6 241 (2.22%) DV Cleared
7 217 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
8 171 (1.58%) MCSA
9 152 (1.40%) CCNA
10 141 (1.30%) MCP
11 131 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
12 105 (0.97%) ISTQB
13 102 (0.94%) ISEB
14 94 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
15 90 (0.83%) CISSP
16 86 (0.79%) PMI Certification
17 83 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
18 81 (0.75%) CCNP
19 80 (0.74%) MCITP
20 70 (0.64%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 395 (3.64%) SLA
2 289 (2.66%) QA
3 199 (1.83%) PMO
4 137 (1.26%) Data Quality
5 121 (1.11%) GDPR
6 95 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 73 (0.67%) PCI DSS
8 33 (0.30%) COBIT
9 30 (0.28%) MiFID
10 29 (0.27%) WCAG
11 26 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 25 (0.23%) NCSC
13 24 (0.22%) NIST
14 22 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
14 22 (0.20%) ISO 9001
14 22 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 20 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
16 16 (0.15%) HL7
16 16 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 15 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 2,840 (26.17%) Active Directory
2 749 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 413 (3.81%) Hyper-V
4 285 (2.63%) Docker
5 276 (2.54%) XenApp
6 236 (2.17%) vSphere
7 228 (2.10%) VMware ESXi
8 222 (2.05%) XenDesktop
9 183 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
10 168 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
11 94 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
12 60 (0.55%) BitLocker
13 50 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
14 38 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 34 (0.31%) DFS Replication
16 31 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 28 (0.26%) Firmware
18 27 (0.25%) VMware NSX
19 24 (0.22%) Xen
20 23 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 1,204 (11.09%) SCCM
2 353 (3.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 248 (2.29%) Kubernetes
4 202 (1.86%) SCOM
5 201 (1.85%) Ansible
6 152 (1.40%) Terraform
7 144 (1.33%) Puppet
8 142 (1.31%) Single Sign-On
9 133 (1.23%) WSUS
10 97 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
11 91 (0.84%) AirWatch
12 75 (0.69%) vCenter Server
13 64 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
14 54 (0.50%) Jamf Pro
15 50 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
16 49 (0.45%) NetBackup
17 45 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
18 44 (0.41%) SCVMM
19 38 (0.35%) Nagios
20 34 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1,228 (11.31%) VMware
2 732 (6.74%) Oracle
3 715 (6.59%) Citrix
4 623 (5.74%) Cisco
5 324 (2.99%) HP
6 317 (2.92%) SAP
7 277 (2.55%) Google
8 229 (2.11%) Apple
9 192 (1.77%) Tableau
10 185 (1.70%) ServiceNow
11 178 (1.64%) Dell
11 178 (1.64%) IBM
12 141 (1.30%) Databricks
13 129 (1.19%) NetApp
14 126 (1.16%) McAfee
15 120 (1.11%) Remedy
16 118 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
17 105 (0.97%) Red Hat
18 104 (0.96%) Adobe
19 102 (0.94%) Ivanti