Period
to 26 February 2021

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 26 February 2021 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
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 10 5 7
Rank change year-on-year -5 +2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5,187 8,927 12,198
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.90% 13.12% 12.31%
As % of the Vendors category 26.10% 30.99% 29.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,400 5,965 7,993
Median daily rate £429 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.00% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £193 £163 £170
90th Percentile £600 £600 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -2.50% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 334 611 789
Median hourly rate £17.75 £17.50 £15.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.43% +15.21% +1.27%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.00 £34.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.29 £17.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year +1.68% +14.48% +2.41%

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 19,873 28,809 41,549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.77% 42.35% 41.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,550 18,191 26,071
Median daily rate £468 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.94% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £252 £214 £256
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 1,145 1,483
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.99% +6.86% +2.13%
10th Percentile £11.19 £11.86 £10.75
90th Percentile £61.25 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +8.57% +6.06% +4.04%

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 26 February 2021.

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 26 February 2021.

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 26 February 2021. 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 -8 4,077 £425 - 2,840
UK excluding London -1 2,523 £390 -2.50% 2,313
London -3 1,841 £475 +5.56% 728
Work from Home -7 1,383 £450 - 664
South East -2 621 £425 - 535
North of England -4 540 £363 -6.45% 654
Midlands -1 410 £375 -6.25% 478
Scotland +1 403 £413 +10.00% 116
North West 0 323 £363 -3.97% 375
South West -5 248 £380 -7.88% 234
West Midlands -5 247 £375 -12.28% 336
East of England 0 204 £325 -13.33% 205
Yorkshire -5 161 £400 - 177
East Midlands +1 157 £371 +6.07% 138
Wales -1 88 £350 -22.22% 59
North East -1 57 £325 -10.34% 103
Northern Ireland -3 22 £470 +83.41% 36

For the 6 months to 26 February 2021, 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 2,134 (41.14%) Azure
2 1,496 (28.84%) Windows
3 1,265 (24.39%) Active Directory
4 1,217 (23.46%) Microsoft 365
5 1,027 (19.80%) Agile Software Development
6 921 (17.76%) SQL
7 853 (16.44%) Microsoft Office
8 767 (14.79%) SQL Server
9 761 (14.67%) DevOps
10 754 (14.54%) Security Cleared
11 749 (14.44%) Finance
12 663 (12.78%) Power Platform
13 642 (12.38%) Migration
14 620 (11.95%) Business Intelligence
15 609 (11.74%) Public Sector
16 577 (11.12%) VMware
17 572 (11.03%) PowerShell
18 570 (10.99%) Windows 10
19 560 (10.80%) SharePoint
20 556 (10.72%) Windows Server
21 554 (10.68%) SC Cleared
22 526 (10.14%) Microsoft Excel
23 523 (10.08%) .NET
24 487 (9.39%) ITIL
25 467 (9.00%) Power BI
26 457 (8.81%) AWS
27 439 (8.46%) C#
28 415 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
29 405 (7.81%) Problem-Solving
30 393 (7.58%) Analytical Skills

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
1 560 (10.80%) SharePoint
2 191 (3.68%) MS Exchange
3 119 (2.29%) Skype for Business
4 83 (1.60%) Confluence
5 79 (1.52%) IIS
6 58 (1.12%) CMS
6 58 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
7 39 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
8 35 (0.67%) Apache
9 32 (0.62%) Apache Spark
10 27 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
10 27 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
10 27 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 25 (0.48%) Tomcat
12 19 (0.37%) OpenStack
13 17 (0.33%) WebLogic
14 16 (0.31%) JBoss
14 16 (0.31%) NServiceBus
15 15 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
16 14 (0.27%) SAS
Applications
1 853 (16.44%) Microsoft Office
2 526 (10.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 228 (4.40%) Microsoft Project
4 212 (4.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 142 (2.74%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.35%) Photoshop
7 14 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 13 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 9 (0.17%) InfoPath
10 7 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
11 6 (0.12%) Chatbot
11 6 (0.12%) Gephi
12 5 (0.096%) Adobe Premiere
12 5 (0.096%) InDesign
13 4 (0.077%) Adobe After Effects
13 4 (0.077%) CATIA
14 3 (0.058%) Camtasia
14 3 (0.058%) SPSS
15 2 (0.039%) FileZilla
15 2 (0.039%) GNU Octave
Business Applications
1 192 (3.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 32 (0.62%) Dynamics NAV
4 23 (0.44%) NetSuite
5 11 (0.21%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.19%) Sentinel
7 8 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 7 (0.13%) assyst
8 7 (0.13%) Infor M3
8 7 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
9 6 (0.12%) Magento
10 5 (0.096%) Oracle Financials
11 4 (0.077%) Elite 3E
11 4 (0.077%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.077%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.077%) SAP HCM
11 4 (0.077%) SAP S/4HANA
11 4 (0.077%) Shopify
12 3 (0.058%) PeopleSoft HCM
Cloud Services
1 2,134 (41.14%) Azure
2 1,217 (23.46%) Microsoft 365
3 663 (12.78%) Power Platform
4 457 (8.81%) AWS
5 362 (6.98%) Azure Active Directory
6 299 (5.76%) Dynamics 365
7 234 (4.51%) PaaS
8 233 (4.49%) PowerApps
9 213 (4.11%) IaaS
10 161 (3.10%) OneDrive
11 153 (2.95%) SaaS
12 149 (2.87%) Azure Data Factory
13 126 (2.43%) Serverless
14 115 (2.22%) Logic Apps
15 113 (2.18%) Power Automate
16 106 (2.04%) GCP
17 87 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
18 78 (1.50%) Azure Functions
19 68 (1.31%) GitHub
20 47 (0.91%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 344 (6.63%) DNS
2 295 (5.69%) Firewall
3 199 (3.84%) VPN
4 198 (3.82%) WAN
5 196 (3.78%) DHCP
6 163 (3.14%) LAN
7 154 (2.97%) Skype
8 144 (2.78%) TCP/IP
9 100 (1.93%) SAN
10 86 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
11 81 (1.56%) Internet
12 75 (1.45%) VLAN
13 72 (1.39%) Network Security
14 53 (1.02%) Unified Communications
14 53 (1.02%) Wireless
15 52 (1.00%) VoIP
16 47 (0.91%) MPLS
17 45 (0.87%) Intranet
18 43 (0.83%) Kerberos
19 42 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 767 (14.79%) SQL Server
2 467 (9.00%) Power BI
3 237 (4.57%) Data Warehouse
4 206 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 154 (2.97%) Azure SQL Database
6 145 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 144 (2.78%) Data Lake
8 119 (2.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 93 (1.79%) Relational Database
10 67 (1.29%) MySQL
11 65 (1.25%) Big Data
12 64 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
13 62 (1.20%) Cosmos DB
14 56 (1.08%) NoSQL
15 54 (1.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 52 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
17 51 (0.98%) Tableau
18 50 (0.96%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 47 (0.91%) QlikView
20 41 (0.79%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 200 (3.86%) JIRA
2 175 (3.37%) Git (software)
3 156 (3.01%) Jenkins
4 118 (2.27%) Visual Studio
5 65 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 56 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
7 46 (0.89%) GitLab
8 45 (0.87%) Selenium
9 37 (0.71%) SonarQube
10 36 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
11 34 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
12 30 (0.58%) Cucumber
13 28 (0.54%) SpecFlow
14 27 (0.52%) Maven
14 27 (0.52%) TeamCity
15 26 (0.50%) NUnit
16 25 (0.48%) Bitbucket
17 21 (0.40%) Subversion
18 20 (0.39%) MSI
19 19 (0.37%) Eclipse
General
1 749 (14.44%) Finance
2 609 (11.74%) Public Sector
3 180 (3.47%) Telecoms
4 171 (3.30%) Banking
5 131 (2.53%) Marketing
6 119 (2.29%) Manufacturing
7 113 (2.18%) Law
8 95 (1.83%) Retail
9 86 (1.66%) Legal
10 63 (1.21%) Electronics
11 35 (0.67%) Local Government
11 35 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
12 33 (0.64%) Advertising
13 27 (0.52%) Billing
14 26 (0.50%) Back Office
15 24 (0.46%) Front Office
16 23 (0.44%) Financial Institution
17 22 (0.42%) Spanish Language
18 20 (0.39%) Investment Banking
18 20 (0.39%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 692 (13.34%) Developer
2 688 (13.26%) Analyst
3 595 (11.47%) Architect
4 433 (8.35%) Consultant
5 296 (5.71%) Azure Engineer
6 231 (4.45%) Project Manager
7 228 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 172 (3.32%) Support Engineer
9 168 (3.24%) DevOps Engineer
10 160 (3.08%) .NET Developer
11 154 (2.97%) Azure Architect
12 152 (2.93%) Service Analyst
13 146 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
14 126 (2.43%) Administrator
15 122 (2.35%) Service Desk Analyst
16 115 (2.22%) Azure DevOps Engineer
17 110 (2.12%) Data Analyst
18 109 (2.10%) Support Analyst
19 108 (2.08%) Business Analyst
19 108 (2.08%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 523 (10.08%) .NET
2 210 (4.05%) Web Services
3 205 (3.95%) HTML
4 179 (3.45%) ASP.NET
5 164 (3.16%) CSS
6 148 (2.85%) .NET Core
7 136 (2.62%) React
8 134 (2.58%) AngularJS
9 121 (2.33%) REST
10 116 (2.24%) XML
11 110 (2.12%) JSON
12 95 (1.83%) .NET Framework
13 88 (1.70%) Node.js
14 86 (1.66%) HTML5
15 84 (1.62%) ASP.NET Web API
16 72 (1.39%) RESTful
17 66 (1.27%) LDAP
18 58 (1.12%) jQuery
19 49 (0.94%) ASP.NET MVC
19 49 (0.94%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 393 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 234 (4.51%) Management Information System
3 217 (4.18%) Data Centre
4 156 (3.01%) User Experience
5 147 (2.83%) NHS
6 112 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
7 99 (1.91%) Greenfield Project
8 92 (1.77%) Public Cloud
9 91 (1.75%) PKI
10 73 (1.41%) Replication
11 71 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
12 67 (1.29%) Data Structures
13 54 (1.04%) Cloud Native
14 50 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
15 48 (0.93%) Clustering
16 47 (0.91%) Private Cloud
17 46 (0.89%) Mobile App
18 45 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
19 42 (0.81%) Virtual Team
20 36 (0.69%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 1,496 (28.84%) Windows
2 570 (10.99%) Windows 10
3 556 (10.72%) Windows Server
4 374 (7.21%) Linux
5 198 (3.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 182 (3.51%) Windows 7
7 142 (2.74%) Windows Server 2016
8 111 (2.14%) Unix
9 98 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 87 (1.68%) Windows Server 2019
11 82 (1.58%) Android
12 80 (1.54%) Apple iOS
13 56 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 40 (0.77%) Windows 8
15 33 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
16 32 (0.62%) CentOS
16 32 (0.62%) Mac OS
17 24 (0.46%) Ubuntu
18 15 (0.29%) Mac OS X
19 14 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,027 (19.80%) Agile Software Development
2 761 (14.67%) DevOps
3 642 (12.38%) Migration
4 620 (11.95%) Business Intelligence
5 487 (9.39%) ITIL
6 405 (7.81%) Problem-Solving
7 360 (6.94%) Project Management
8 337 (6.50%) Project Delivery
9 300 (5.78%) Scrum
10 293 (5.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 289 (5.57%) Analytics
12 278 (5.36%) Stakeholder Management
13 253 (4.88%) CRM
14 214 (4.13%) Change Management
15 191 (3.68%) ETL
16 189 (3.64%) Continuous Integration
16 189 (3.64%) Data Modelling
16 189 (3.64%) Microservices
17 180 (3.47%) Test Automation
18 179 (3.45%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 921 (17.76%) SQL
2 572 (11.03%) PowerShell
3 439 (8.46%) C#
4 330 (6.36%) JavaScript
5 290 (5.59%) Python
6 203 (3.91%) Java
7 169 (3.26%) T-SQL
8 83 (1.60%) C
9 80 (1.54%) TypeScript
10 73 (1.41%) Bash Shell
11 60 (1.16%) C++
11 60 (1.16%) VB
12 40 (0.77%) VBA
13 35 (0.67%) PL/SQL
13 35 (0.67%) R
14 30 (0.58%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 26 (0.50%) Ruby
16 25 (0.48%) Go
17 24 (0.46%) Shell Script
17 24 (0.46%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 754 (14.54%) Security Cleared
2 554 (10.68%) SC Cleared
3 332 (6.40%) Degree
4 302 (5.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 173 (3.34%) DV Cleared
6 122 (2.35%) MCSE
7 104 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
8 66 (1.27%) CCNA
9 65 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
9 65 (1.25%) ISTQB
10 59 (1.14%) ISEB
11 57 (1.10%) MCSA
12 52 (1.00%) CISSP
13 49 (0.94%) CCNP
14 46 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 44 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
16 42 (0.81%) MCP
17 37 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 34 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
18 34 (0.66%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (3.12%) QA
2 156 (3.01%) SLA
3 84 (1.62%) PMO
4 71 (1.37%) Data Quality
5 66 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 65 (1.25%) GDPR
7 32 (0.62%) NIST
8 23 (0.44%) NCSC
9 19 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
10 17 (0.33%) PCI DSS
11 15 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 13 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 10 (0.19%) COBIT
13 10 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 9 (0.17%) WCAG
15 8 (0.15%) ISO 9001
16 7 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 17025
16 7 (0.13%) P3O
17 6 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
18 5 (0.096%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,265 (24.39%) Active Directory
2 415 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 155 (2.99%) Docker
4 129 (2.49%) Hyper-V
5 115 (2.22%) vSphere
6 109 (2.10%) VMware ESXi
7 64 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 54 (1.04%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 49 (0.94%) VMware NSX
11 44 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
12 38 (0.73%) XenApp
13 23 (0.44%) Terminal Services
13 23 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
14 20 (0.39%) XenDesktop
15 19 (0.37%) NFS
16 18 (0.35%) BitLocker
17 15 (0.29%) HDFS
18 13 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 13 (0.25%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 332 (6.40%) SCCM
2 236 (4.55%) Microsoft Intune
3 221 (4.26%) Terraform
4 196 (3.78%) Kubernetes
5 138 (2.66%) Ansible
6 77 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
7 55 (1.06%) Puppet
8 53 (1.02%) vCenter Server
9 52 (1.00%) SCOM
10 50 (0.96%) WSUS
11 41 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
12 40 (0.77%) vRealize
13 28 (0.54%) AirWatch
14 22 (0.42%) NetBackup
15 20 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
15 20 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
16 19 (0.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 17 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
18 16 (0.31%) QRadar
19 13 (0.25%) Packer
Vendors
1 577 (11.12%) VMware
2 326 (6.28%) Cisco
3 296 (5.71%) Oracle
4 256 (4.94%) Citrix
5 178 (3.43%) SAP
6 144 (2.78%) Google
7 139 (2.68%) Databricks
8 122 (2.35%) HP
9 101 (1.95%) Dell
10 91 (1.75%) Remedy
11 80 (1.54%) IBM
12 73 (1.41%) Apple
13 67 (1.29%) Ivanti
14 65 (1.25%) ServiceNow
15 58 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
16 57 (1.10%) CheckPoint
17 55 (1.06%) Splunk
18 54 (1.04%) EMC
19 51 (0.98%) Palo Alto
19 51 (0.98%) Red Hat