Period
to 19 September 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales 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 19 September 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 > Wales
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 4 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 251 182 145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 16.26% 15.64% 12.69%
As % of the Vendors category 33.56% 37.53% 32.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 122 103
Wales median daily rate £400 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £236 £163 £188
90th Percentile £576 £434 £548
UK median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +0.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 22
Wales median hourly rate £11.78 £14.50 £12.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.76% +19.59% -19.17%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.00 £9.43
90th Percentile £14.46 £23.03 £17.40
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%

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 advertised in Wales.

All Vendors
Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 748 485 450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 48.45% 41.67% 39.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 543 325 276
Wales median daily rate £405 £360 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -4.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £285 £175 £200
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 34 34
Wales median hourly rate £11.78 £14.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.14% +18.00% -13.79%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £23.50 £25.00 £20.67
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Wales over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Wales

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Wales.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Wales

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Wales region over the 6 months to 19 September 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
South Wales -1 237 £400 +23.08% 75
North Wales 0 5 £415 +124.32% 13
Mid Wales -9 2 £125 +42.86% 1
West Wales +8 1 - - 5
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 81 (32.27%) Windows
2 80 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
3 72 (28.69%) Security Cleared
4 63 (25.10%) SQL Server
5 61 (24.30%) SC Cleared
5 61 (24.30%) Microsoft Azure
6 57 (22.71%) Active Directory
7 56 (22.31%) SQL
8 45 (17.93%) Migration
9 41 (16.33%) Problem-Solving
10 40 (15.94%) Windows Server
10 40 (15.94%) Microsoft Office
11 35 (13.94%) Firewall
12 34 (13.55%) C#
12 34 (13.55%) MS Exchange
13 32 (12.75%) PowerShell
13 32 (12.75%) Git (software)
14 30 (11.95%) .NET
15 29 (11.55%) ITIL
16 28 (11.16%) Linux
17 27 (10.76%) DevOps
18 26 (10.36%) Test Automation
18 26 (10.36%) Amazon AWS
19 24 (9.56%) Windows 10
20 22 (8.76%) SDLC
20 22 (8.76%) Microsoft Excel
21 21 (8.37%) VoIP
21 21 (8.37%) TCP/IP
21 21 (8.37%) Project Management
21 21 (8.37%) Microservices

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 34 (13.55%) MS Exchange
2 17 (6.77%) SharePoint
3 16 (6.37%) Skype for Business
4 8 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (2.39%) IIS
5 6 (2.39%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.40%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.40%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.40%) CMS
7 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.40%) Umbraco
Applications
1 40 (15.94%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (8.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (4.78%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (3.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (2.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.80%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.40%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 61 (24.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (10.36%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (4.78%) Office 365
4 5 (1.99%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.20%) IaaS
7 1 (0.40%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (13.94%) Firewall
2 21 (8.37%) TCP/IP
2 21 (8.37%) VoIP
3 17 (6.77%) Skype
4 16 (6.37%) Unified Communications
5 14 (5.58%) Telepresence
6 13 (5.18%) SAN
7 12 (4.78%) IP Telephony
8 9 (3.59%) DHCP
8 9 (3.59%) DNS
8 9 (3.59%) Internet
9 7 (2.79%) DMZ
10 6 (2.39%) H.323
11 5 (1.99%) SNMP
12 4 (1.59%) LAN
12 4 (1.59%) Network Security
12 4 (1.59%) VPN
12 4 (1.59%) Wireless
13 3 (1.20%) VLAN
13 3 (1.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (25.10%) SQL Server
2 15 (5.98%) Relational Database
3 14 (5.58%) RDBMS
4 13 (5.18%) MySQL
5 12 (4.78%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (3.59%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (2.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (1.99%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (1.20%) Big Data
9 3 (1.20%) Power BI
10 2 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.80%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.80%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
11 1 (0.40%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.40%) EDMS
11 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 32 (12.75%) Git (software)
2 19 (7.57%) Visual Studio
3 15 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (3.19%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (2.79%) Rational DOORS
5 7 (2.79%) Rational Quality Manager
5 7 (2.79%) Rational Team Concert
5 7 (2.79%) Selenium
6 5 (1.99%) Eclipse
6 5 (1.99%) GCC
7 4 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (1.59%) Rational Rhapsody
7 4 (1.59%) SoapUI
7 4 (1.59%) SpecFlow
7 4 (1.59%) WebDriver
8 3 (1.20%) JIRA
8 3 (1.20%) NCrunch
8 3 (1.20%) ReSharper
8 3 (1.20%) Subversion
8 3 (1.20%) TeamCity
General
1 20 (7.97%) Finance
2 7 (2.79%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.39%) Electronics
4 5 (1.99%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.59%) Military
6 3 (1.20%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.20%) Automotive
6 3 (1.20%) Marketing
7 2 (0.80%) Back Office
7 2 (0.80%) Banking
7 2 (0.80%) Publishing
8 1 (0.40%) Advertising
8 1 (0.40%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 35 (13.94%) Architect
2 30 (11.95%) Developer
3 29 (11.55%) Analyst
4 19 (7.57%) Systems Engineer
5 18 (7.17%) Integration Engineer
6 17 (6.77%) DevOps Engineer
7 16 (6.37%) Systems Integration Engineer
8 14 (5.58%) Test Engineer
9 13 (5.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 12 (4.78%) .NET Developer
10 12 (4.78%) Desktop Support
10 12 (4.78%) Software Engineer
11 10 (3.98%) Database Architect
11 10 (3.98%) IP Engineer
11 10 (3.98%) IP Telephony Engineer
11 10 (3.98%) Support Engineer
11 10 (3.98%) Telephony Engineer
11 10 (3.98%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 8 (3.19%) C# Developer
12 8 (3.19%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (11.95%) .NET
2 17 (6.77%) .NET Framework
3 13 (5.18%) HTML
4 12 (4.78%) RESTful
5 11 (4.38%) ASP.NET
6 10 (3.98%) CSS
7 8 (3.19%) Web Services
7 8 (3.19%) XML
8 7 (2.79%) SOAP
9 5 (1.99%) AngularJS
9 5 (1.99%) Apache Axis
9 5 (1.99%) Entity Framework
10 4 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (1.59%) JSON
11 3 (1.20%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (1.20%) Castle Windsor
11 3 (1.20%) EDI
11 3 (1.20%) HTML5
11 3 (1.20%) jQuery
11 3 (1.20%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.37%) Self-Motivation
2 20 (7.97%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (6.37%) PKI
4 15 (5.98%) Video Conferencing
5 14 (5.58%) Video\Live Streaming
6 12 (4.78%) Management Information System
7 9 (3.59%) CESG
8 8 (3.19%) Data Centre
9 7 (2.79%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.59%) Computer Science
10 4 (1.59%) N-Tier
11 3 (1.20%) Driving Licence
11 3 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.80%) User Experience
12 2 (0.80%) Virtual Team
13 1 (0.40%) Enterprise Cloud
13 1 (0.40%) Hybrid Cloud
13 1 (0.40%) NHS
13 1 (0.40%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 81 (32.27%) Windows
2 40 (15.94%) Windows Server
3 28 (11.16%) Linux
4 24 (9.56%) Windows 10
5 17 (6.77%) Windows 7
6 14 (5.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (5.58%) Windows XP
7 10 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (3.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.99%) Windows 8
9 4 (1.59%) Unix
9 4 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.40%) Android
10 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (17.93%) Migration
3 41 (16.33%) Problem-Solving
4 29 (11.55%) ITIL
5 27 (10.76%) DevOps
6 26 (10.36%) Test Automation
7 22 (8.76%) SDLC
8 21 (8.37%) Microservices
8 21 (8.37%) Project Management
9 20 (7.97%) Continuous Delivery
10 18 (7.17%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (6.77%) High Availability
12 16 (6.37%) Time Management
13 15 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 15 (5.98%) Requirements Management
13 15 (5.98%) Scrum
14 14 (5.58%) Data Migration
14 14 (5.58%) Deployment Automation
14 14 (5.58%) Disaster Recovery
14 14 (5.58%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 56 (22.31%) SQL
2 34 (13.55%) C#
3 32 (12.75%) PowerShell
4 17 (6.77%) JavaScript
4 17 (6.77%) Python
5 16 (6.37%) C++
6 14 (5.58%) PL/SQL
7 13 (5.18%) Java
8 12 (4.78%) C
8 12 (4.78%) Ruby
9 11 (4.38%) VB
10 9 (3.59%) PHP
11 6 (2.39%) VBScript
12 5 (1.99%) VB6
13 3 (1.20%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.20%) Perl
14 2 (0.80%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.80%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.40%) R
15 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 72 (28.69%) Security Cleared
2 61 (24.30%) SC Cleared
3 17 (6.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (4.78%) Degree
5 11 (4.38%) AWS Certification
6 7 (2.79%) ISTQB
6 7 (2.79%) MCSE
7 6 (2.39%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (1.99%) CCNA
8 5 (1.99%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.99%) HNC
9 4 (1.59%) CESG Certified Professional
9 4 (1.59%) HND
10 3 (1.20%) MCSA
11 2 (0.80%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.40%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.40%) ISEB
12 1 (0.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.40%) MCP
12 1 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.37%) Data Quality
2 12 (4.78%) GDPR
3 6 (2.39%) SLA
4 5 (1.99%) QA
5 3 (1.20%) MISRA
5 3 (1.20%) MISRA C
5 3 (1.20%) PMO
System Software
1 57 (22.71%) Active Directory
2 13 (5.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.59%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.19%) vSphere
5 6 (2.39%) Forefront TMG
6 5 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.59%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (1.59%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (1.20%) Terminal Services
8 3 (1.20%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.20%) XenApp
9 1 (0.40%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.40%) Docker
9 1 (0.40%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 14 (5.58%) Cisco CUCM
1 14 (5.58%) SCCM
2 9 (3.59%) SCOM
3 8 (3.19%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (2.39%) Backup Exec
4 6 (2.39%) NetBackup
4 6 (2.39%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
5 5 (1.99%) WSUS
6 4 (1.59%) PTC Integrity
7 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.20%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.80%) Ansible
8 2 (0.80%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.80%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.80%) SCSM
9 1 (0.40%) Packer
9 1 (0.40%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 18 (7.17%) Cisco
2 17 (6.77%) IBM
3 16 (6.37%) Oracle
4 15 (5.98%) VMware
5 14 (5.58%) Polycom
6 12 (4.78%) Apple
6 12 (4.78%) Teradata
7 10 (3.98%) McAfee
8 8 (3.19%) Citrix
9 7 (2.79%) HP
9 7 (2.79%) Symantec
10 6 (2.39%) Nintex
10 6 (2.39%) Red Hat
10 6 (2.39%) SAP
11 4 (1.59%) PTC
11 4 (1.59%) Remedy
12 3 (1.20%) Green Hills
12 3 (1.20%) Tableau
13 2 (0.80%) Aruba
13 2 (0.80%) Becrypt