Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11,028 11,607 12,479
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.96% 12.10% 11.55%
As % of the Vendors category 26.23% 26.90% 26.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,982 7,481 7,695
UK median daily rate £400 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +5.63%
10th Percentile £158 £175 £170
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +5.71% - +0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 776 921
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.87 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.87% -4.06% +3.33%
10th Percentile £10.40 £9.81 £9.39
90th Percentile £37.50 £41.50 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.65 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.03% -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 42,045 43,145 46,316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.77% 44.99% 42.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,490 26,523 27,519
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £231 £240 £230
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,408 1,622 1,832
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -5.56% +7.78%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.35 £10.09
90th Percentile £47.25 £46.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -3.03% -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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 -2 10,041 £400 +1.14% 4,278
UK excluding London -1 6,423 £370 +5.71% 3,388
London -2 4,417 £450 +5.88% 1,198
South East -1 2,155 £388 +3.33% 787
North of England -4 1,238 £350 -3.11% 919
Midlands 0 1,052 £375 +3.45% 655
West Midlands 0 663 £375 - 391
North West -2 586 £375 - 469
East of England +1 581 £350 - 368
South West 0 560 £350 +4.48% 343
Scotland -5 514 £350 +3.70% 211
Yorkshire -1 467 £350 - 336
East Midlands 0 385 £350 - 263
Wales +7 264 £355 +9.23% 83
North East 0 195 £370 +5.71% 114
Northern Ireland -2 58 £370 +18.40% 18
Isle of Man -2 8 £400 +5.26% 4
Channel Islands -4 5 £190 -53.94% 1

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 3,727 (33.80%) Windows
2 2,644 (23.98%) Active Directory
3 2,308 (20.93%) SQL
4 2,275 (20.63%) SQL Server
5 2,207 (20.01%) Microsoft Office
6 2,161 (19.60%) Finance
7 2,004 (18.17%) Agile Software Development
8 1,923 (17.44%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,820 (16.50%) .NET
10 1,622 (14.71%) C#
11 1,538 (13.95%) Office 365
12 1,387 (12.58%) ITIL
13 1,344 (12.19%) VMware
14 1,330 (12.06%) Windows Server
15 1,272 (11.53%) Microsoft Excel
16 1,195 (10.84%) Migration
17 1,041 (9.44%) Security Cleared
18 1,020 (9.25%) PowerShell
19 992 (9.00%) SharePoint
20 984 (8.92%) Project Management
21 980 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
22 964 (8.74%) Windows 7
23 954 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
24 917 (8.32%) JavaScript
25 859 (7.79%) CRM
26 813 (7.37%) Windows 10
27 805 (7.30%) SCCM
28 788 (7.15%) Citrix
29 785 (7.12%) VMware Infrastructure
29 785 (7.12%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 992 (9.00%) SharePoint
2 780 (7.07%) MS Exchange
3 380 (3.45%) Skype for Business
4 327 (2.97%) IIS
5 214 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 151 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 136 (1.23%) Confluence
8 133 (1.21%) CMS
9 110 (1.00%) Apache
10 109 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
11 100 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
12 81 (0.73%) Apache Spark
12 81 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
13 77 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
13 77 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
14 74 (0.67%) WebSphere
15 68 (0.62%) Tomcat
16 61 (0.55%) SAS
17 59 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 51 (0.46%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 2,207 (20.01%) Microsoft Office
2 1,272 (11.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 578 (5.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 517 (4.69%) Microsoft Project
5 397 (3.60%) MS Visio
6 62 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
7 38 (0.34%) Photoshop
8 25 (0.23%) InfoPath
9 22 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
10 16 (0.15%) Acrobat
11 13 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 13 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 13 (0.12%) SPSS
12 7 (0.063%) OmniGraffle
13 6 (0.054%) SOLIDWORKS
14 5 (0.045%) RoboHelp
14 5 (0.045%) Snagit
14 5 (0.045%) Vectorworks
15 4 (0.036%) InDesign
15 4 (0.036%) Revit
Business Applications
1 700 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 332 (3.01%) Dynamics AX
3 78 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 34 (0.31%) NetSuite
5 29 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 23 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
7 22 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
8 20 (0.18%) Markit EDM
8 20 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
9 17 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 15 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
11 14 (0.13%) Elite 3E
12 12 (0.11%) Primavera
13 9 (0.082%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 9 (0.082%) SAP CO
13 9 (0.082%) SAP FI
13 9 (0.082%) SAP FI/CO
14 8 (0.073%) Oracle Payables
14 8 (0.073%) Payment Gateway
14 8 (0.073%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1,923 (17.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,538 (13.95%) Office 365
3 689 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
4 431 (3.91%) Dynamics 365
5 323 (2.93%) IaaS
6 322 (2.92%) PaaS
7 242 (2.19%) SaaS
8 193 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
9 135 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
10 80 (0.73%) OneDrive
11 66 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
12 55 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
13 54 (0.49%) GitHub
14 45 (0.41%) G Suite
15 34 (0.31%) Serverless
16 29 (0.26%) Mimecast
17 25 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
17 25 (0.23%) iPaaS
17 25 (0.23%) Slack
18 22 (0.20%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 662 (6.00%) DNS
2 509 (4.62%) Firewall
3 450 (4.08%) DHCP
4 389 (3.53%) TCP/IP
5 359 (3.26%) LAN
6 358 (3.25%) WAN
7 325 (2.95%) Skype
8 317 (2.87%) VPN
9 316 (2.87%) SAN
10 252 (2.29%) Internet
11 135 (1.22%) VoIP
12 132 (1.20%) Network Security
13 112 (1.02%) Wireless
14 97 (0.88%) Remote Desktop
15 95 (0.86%) NAS
16 94 (0.85%) VLAN
17 83 (0.75%) NetScaler
18 81 (0.73%) iSCSI
19 75 (0.68%) Intranet
20 65 (0.59%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,275 (20.63%) SQL Server
2 767 (6.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 640 (5.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 468 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
5 427 (3.87%) Power BI
6 352 (3.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 285 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
8 277 (2.51%) Relational Database
9 252 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
10 208 (1.89%) NoSQL
11 187 (1.70%) Big Data
12 184 (1.67%) Oracle Database
13 182 (1.65%) SQL Server 2016
14 170 (1.54%) MySQL
15 167 (1.51%) SQL Server 2014
16 139 (1.26%) MongoDB
17 131 (1.19%) Hadoop
18 117 (1.06%) RDBMS
19 92 (0.83%) Data Lake
20 87 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 511 (4.63%) Visual Studio
2 433 (3.93%) Team Foundation Server
3 381 (3.45%) Git (software)
4 305 (2.77%) JIRA
5 216 (1.96%) Jenkins
6 187 (1.70%) TeamCity
7 156 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
8 155 (1.41%) Subversion
9 147 (1.33%) Octopus Deploy
10 123 (1.12%) NUnit
11 119 (1.08%) Selenium
12 107 (0.97%) SpecFlow
13 74 (0.67%) MSI
14 70 (0.63%) MSTest
15 54 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 46 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 45 (0.41%) SoapUI
18 44 (0.40%) MSBuild
19 42 (0.38%) Bitbucket
20 35 (0.32%) NuGet
General
1 2,161 (19.60%) Finance
2 532 (4.82%) Banking
3 359 (3.26%) Retail
4 254 (2.30%) Legal
5 251 (2.28%) Telecoms
6 235 (2.13%) Advertising
7 225 (2.04%) Marketing
8 165 (1.50%) Law
9 158 (1.43%) Manufacturing
10 116 (1.05%) Investment Banking
11 106 (0.96%) Back Office
12 94 (0.85%) Financial Institution
13 83 (0.75%) Front Office
14 82 (0.74%) Publishing
15 75 (0.68%) Billing
16 50 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
17 49 (0.44%) French Language
18 46 (0.42%) Automotive
19 43 (0.39%) Local Government
20 33 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2,086 (18.92%) Developer
2 1,907 (17.29%) Analyst
3 946 (8.58%) Architect
4 787 (7.14%) Consultant
5 625 (5.67%) .NET Developer
6 516 (4.68%) Project Manager
7 513 (4.65%) Support Engineer
8 503 (4.56%) C# Developer
9 430 (3.90%) Service Analyst
10 428 (3.88%) Business Analyst
11 397 (3.60%) Service Desk Analyst
12 379 (3.44%) Desktop Support
13 366 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 351 (3.18%) Support Analyst
15 323 (2.93%) SQL Developer
16 320 (2.90%) 2nd Line Support
17 303 (2.75%) Administrator
18 295 (2.68%) C# .NET Developer
19 261 (2.37%) Solutions Architect
20 259 (2.35%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,820 (16.50%) .NET
2 736 (6.67%) ASP.NET
3 654 (5.93%) HTML
4 603 (5.47%) Web Services
5 580 (5.26%) CSS
6 459 (4.16%) AngularJS
7 453 (4.11%) .NET Framework
8 382 (3.46%) ASP.NET MVC
8 382 (3.46%) XML
9 375 (3.40%) ASP.NET Web API
10 325 (2.95%) jQuery
11 321 (2.91%) WCF
12 247 (2.24%) SOAP
13 241 (2.19%) REST
14 238 (2.16%) JSON
15 221 (2.00%) Entity Framework
16 201 (1.82%) RESTful
17 192 (1.74%) HTML5
18 140 (1.27%) Node.js
19 120 (1.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 980 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
2 423 (3.84%) Management Information System
3 376 (3.41%) Data Centre
4 236 (2.14%) Computer Science
5 201 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
6 199 (1.80%) User Experience
7 176 (1.60%) Blackberry
8 170 (1.54%) Clustering
8 170 (1.54%) PKI
9 127 (1.15%) NHS
10 120 (1.09%) Replication
11 119 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
12 115 (1.04%) Virtual Team
13 102 (0.92%) Smartphone
14 100 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
15 99 (0.90%) Public Cloud
16 89 (0.81%) Data Structures
17 86 (0.78%) N-Tier
18 81 (0.73%) iPad
19 77 (0.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3,727 (33.80%) Windows
2 1,330 (12.06%) Windows Server
3 964 (8.74%) Windows 7
4 813 (7.37%) Windows 10
5 785 (7.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 723 (6.56%) Linux
7 672 (6.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 285 (2.58%) Unix
9 242 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 187 (1.70%) Android
11 182 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 177 (1.61%) Apple iOS
13 175 (1.59%) Windows 8
14 161 (1.46%) Windows XP
15 77 (0.70%) Mac OS X
16 69 (0.63%) Mac OS
17 67 (0.61%) Windows Vista
18 51 (0.46%) Solaris
19 44 (0.40%) CentOS
20 39 (0.35%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,004 (18.17%) Agile Software Development
2 1,387 (12.58%) ITIL
3 1,195 (10.84%) Migration
4 984 (8.92%) Project Management
5 954 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
6 859 (7.79%) CRM
7 715 (6.48%) MVC
8 655 (5.94%) Scrum
9 605 (5.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 569 (5.16%) DevOps
11 550 (4.99%) PRINCE2
12 533 (4.83%) Change Management
13 467 (4.23%) ETL
14 457 (4.14%) Analytics
15 431 (3.91%) Service Management
16 417 (3.78%) Continuous Integration
17 416 (3.77%) SDLC
18 399 (3.62%) TDD
19 374 (3.39%) Test Automation
20 348 (3.16%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,308 (20.93%) SQL
2 1,622 (14.71%) C#
3 1,020 (9.25%) PowerShell
4 917 (8.32%) JavaScript
5 451 (4.09%) T-SQL
6 415 (3.76%) Java
7 303 (2.75%) Python
8 192 (1.74%) C
9 157 (1.42%) VBScript
10 156 (1.41%) VBA
11 119 (1.08%) VB.NET
12 105 (0.95%) C++
12 105 (0.95%) PL/SQL
13 102 (0.92%) VB
14 98 (0.89%) TypeScript
15 93 (0.84%) Ruby
16 85 (0.77%) Shell Script
17 75 (0.68%) PHP
18 71 (0.64%) R
19 61 (0.55%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 1,041 (9.44%) Security Cleared
2 776 (7.04%) Microsoft Certification
3 761 (6.90%) SC Cleared
4 725 (6.57%) Degree
5 388 (3.52%) MCSE
6 231 (2.09%) DV Cleared
7 210 (1.90%) MCP
8 207 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
9 178 (1.61%) MCSA
10 128 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
11 119 (1.08%) CCNA
11 119 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
11 119 (1.08%) MCITP
12 107 (0.97%) ISEB
13 104 (0.94%) CISSP
13 104 (0.94%) PMI Certification
14 98 (0.89%) CCNP
15 97 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 87 (0.79%) PMP
16 87 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (3.08%) SLA
2 325 (2.95%) QA
3 258 (2.34%) PMO
4 128 (1.16%) Data Quality
5 117 (1.06%) GDPR
6 109 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 75 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
8 46 (0.42%) PCI DSS
9 35 (0.32%) MiFID
10 24 (0.22%) ISO 9001
11 21 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 18 (0.16%) Def Stans
12 18 (0.16%) GCP
13 17 (0.15%) HL7
14 15 (0.14%) COBIT
15 13 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 10 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials
16 10 (0.091%) PMBOK
17 9 (0.082%) P3O
18 8 (0.073%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2,644 (23.98%) Active Directory
2 785 (7.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 411 (3.73%) Hyper-V
4 302 (2.74%) vSphere
5 276 (2.50%) XenApp
6 251 (2.28%) VMware ESXi
7 170 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
8 150 (1.36%) XenDesktop
9 148 (1.34%) Docker
10 140 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
11 85 (0.77%) BitLocker
12 55 (0.50%) NFS
13 51 (0.46%) XenServer
14 47 (0.43%) Terminal Services
15 40 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
16 39 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
17 29 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
18 27 (0.24%) DFS Replication
19 26 (0.24%) Firmware
20 23 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 805 (7.30%) SCCM
2 222 (2.01%) SCOM
3 171 (1.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 141 (1.28%) Puppet
5 130 (1.18%) Ansible
5 130 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
6 123 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
7 119 (1.08%) WSUS
8 78 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
9 75 (0.68%) AirWatch
10 74 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
11 66 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
12 65 (0.59%) Terraform
13 64 (0.58%) NetBackup
14 63 (0.57%) HP ALM
15 62 (0.56%) Backup Exec
15 62 (0.56%) vCenter Server
16 58 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
17 42 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
18 38 (0.34%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1,344 (12.19%) VMware
2 788 (7.15%) Citrix
3 690 (6.26%) Oracle
4 659 (5.98%) Cisco
5 457 (4.14%) HP
6 334 (3.03%) SAP
7 248 (2.25%) IBM
8 230 (2.09%) NetApp
9 211 (1.91%) Google
10 195 (1.77%) Apple
11 182 (1.65%) Ivanti
12 170 (1.54%) Red Hat
12 170 (1.54%) Tableau
13 167 (1.51%) McAfee
14 159 (1.44%) Symantec
15 143 (1.30%) Dell
16 132 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
17 129 (1.17%) SolarWinds
18 108 (0.98%) Remedy
19 104 (0.94%) CheckPoint