Period
to 23 June 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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 5 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 274 195 200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 18.59% 14.77% 16.03%
As % of the Vendors category 36.68% 31.30% 36.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 128 142
Wales median daily rate £400 £349 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.70% -0.36% +4.48%
10th Percentile £239 £150 £131
90th Percentile £550 £466 £515
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +5.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 24 10
Wales median hourly rate £12.00 £13.25 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.43% +15.22% -11.54%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.00 £10.45
90th Percentile £20.64 £20.70 £16.63
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £14.66 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.47% -8.41% +3.23%

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 747 623 550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 50.68% 47.20% 44.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 518 418 331
Wales median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £229 £175 £175
90th Percentile £553 £538 £513
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 52 22
Wales median hourly rate £12.00 £14.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.24% +7.41% -1.46%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £37.39 £32.88 £22.66
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £18.50
% change year-on-year +0.32% -5.70% +5.71%

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 23 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Wales

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Wales over the 6 months to 23 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 June 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 0 261 £400 +16.96% 58
North Wales -1 4 £415 +54.42% 6
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 102 (37.23%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (29.20%) Windows
3 68 (24.82%) SQL
3 68 (24.82%) Microsoft Azure
4 66 (24.09%) SQL Server
5 64 (23.36%) Migration
5 64 (23.36%) Security Cleared
6 52 (18.98%) Active Directory
7 49 (17.88%) SC Cleared
8 42 (15.33%) Microsoft Office
8 42 (15.33%) .NET
9 37 (13.50%) Problem-Solving
10 34 (12.41%) MS Exchange
10 34 (12.41%) PowerShell
11 33 (12.04%) C#
12 32 (11.68%) Relational Database
12 32 (11.68%) Windows Server
13 31 (11.31%) DevOps
13 31 (11.31%) Windows 7
13 31 (11.31%) Git (software)
13 31 (11.31%) Firewall
14 29 (10.58%) ITIL
15 28 (10.22%) TCP/IP
15 28 (10.22%) Test Automation
16 27 (9.85%) RDBMS
16 27 (9.85%) Windows 10
17 26 (9.49%) Project Management
18 25 (9.12%) Linux
18 25 (9.12%) Amazon AWS
19 24 (8.76%) .NET Framework

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 (12.41%) MS Exchange
2 18 (6.57%) Skype for Business
3 15 (5.47%) SharePoint
4 12 (4.38%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.19%) IIS
6 5 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.09%) FileNet
7 3 (1.09%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.09%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.09%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.73%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.36%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 42 (15.33%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (5.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.74%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (4.38%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (4.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 68 (24.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (9.12%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (6.20%) Office 365
4 7 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (1.09%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.73%) IaaS
6 2 (0.73%) PaaS
7 1 (0.36%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 31 (11.31%) Firewall
2 28 (10.22%) TCP/IP
3 21 (7.66%) VoIP
4 18 (6.57%) Skype
5 16 (5.84%) Unified Communications
6 15 (5.47%) Telepresence
7 14 (5.11%) DNS
7 14 (5.11%) IP Telephony
8 13 (4.74%) DHCP
8 13 (4.74%) Internet
9 12 (4.38%) SAN
10 8 (2.92%) LAN
10 8 (2.92%) VPN
11 6 (2.19%) H.323
11 6 (2.19%) Kerberos
11 6 (2.19%) WAN
12 5 (1.82%) Wireless
13 4 (1.46%) SNMP
14 2 (0.73%) IPv4
14 2 (0.73%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (24.09%) SQL Server
2 32 (11.68%) Relational Database
3 27 (9.85%) RDBMS
4 19 (6.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (4.38%) MySQL
5 12 (4.38%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (4.38%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (4.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (3.28%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (2.19%) Big Data
9 4 (1.46%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (1.46%) Crystal Reports
9 4 (1.46%) Hadoop
10 3 (1.09%) Power BI
10 3 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 31 (11.31%) Git (software)
2 17 (6.20%) MSTest
2 17 (6.20%) NUnit
3 15 (5.47%) Visual Studio
4 14 (5.11%) Visual Studio Team System
5 10 (3.65%) Selenium
6 8 (2.92%) Rational DOORS
6 8 (2.92%) Rational Quality Manager
6 8 (2.92%) Rational Team Concert
6 8 (2.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 7 (2.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (1.82%) JIRA
8 5 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (1.82%) Rational Rhapsody
8 5 (1.82%) Subversion
8 5 (1.82%) WebDriver
9 4 (1.46%) Eclipse
9 4 (1.46%) GCC
9 4 (1.46%) TeamCity
10 3 (1.09%) SpecFlow
General
1 12 (4.38%) Finance
2 5 (1.82%) Back Office
3 4 (1.46%) Aerospace
3 4 (1.46%) Automotive
3 4 (1.46%) Electronics
3 4 (1.46%) Military
3 4 (1.46%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.09%) Marketing
5 2 (0.73%) Banking
5 2 (0.73%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.73%) Publishing
6 1 (0.36%) Advertising
6 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 42 (15.33%) Developer
2 34 (12.41%) Architect
3 27 (9.85%) Analyst
4 23 (8.39%) Systems Engineer
5 19 (6.93%) .NET Developer
5 19 (6.93%) Integration Engineer
5 19 (6.93%) Systems Integration Engineer
6 17 (6.20%) DevOps Engineer
6 17 (6.20%) Software Engineer
6 17 (6.20%) Support Engineer
7 13 (4.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 12 (4.38%) Desktop Support
8 12 (4.38%) SQL Developer
8 12 (4.38%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 10 (3.65%) Database Architect
9 10 (3.65%) IP Engineer
9 10 (3.65%) IP Telephony Engineer
9 10 (3.65%) Telephony Engineer
10 9 (3.28%) Test Analyst
11 8 (2.92%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (15.33%) .NET
2 24 (8.76%) .NET Framework
3 18 (6.57%) ASP.NET
4 17 (6.20%) ASP.NET MVC
4 17 (6.20%) Entity Framework
4 17 (6.20%) LINQ
5 14 (5.11%) HTML
5 14 (5.11%) XML
6 11 (4.01%) CSS
6 11 (4.01%) RESTful
7 8 (2.92%) jQuery
7 8 (2.92%) Web Services
8 6 (2.19%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 6 (2.19%) XML Schema
8 6 (2.19%) XSD
9 5 (1.82%) AngularJS
10 4 (1.46%) HTML5
10 4 (1.46%) XSLT
11 3 (1.09%) EDI
11 3 (1.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.03%) Self-Motivation
2 16 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (5.84%) Video Conferencing
3 15 (5.47%) Video\Live Streaming
4 9 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 8 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 8 (2.92%) PKI
6 6 (2.19%) Data Centre
6 6 (2.19%) Fintech
7 5 (1.82%) Data Structures
7 5 (1.82%) NHS
8 3 (1.09%) CESG
8 3 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.09%) User Experience
9 2 (0.73%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.73%) Clustering
10 1 (0.36%) AS400
10 1 (0.36%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.36%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 80 (29.20%) Windows
2 32 (11.68%) Windows Server
3 31 (11.31%) Windows 7
4 27 (9.85%) Windows 10
5 25 (9.12%) Linux
6 23 (8.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (6.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (4.01%) Windows XP
9 6 (2.19%) Scientific Linux
10 5 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (1.09%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (37.23%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (23.36%) Migration
3 37 (13.50%) Problem-Solving
4 31 (11.31%) DevOps
5 29 (10.58%) ITIL
6 28 (10.22%) Test Automation
7 26 (9.49%) Project Management
8 24 (8.76%) Coaching
8 24 (8.76%) Microservices
9 21 (7.66%) MVC
9 21 (7.66%) Scrum
10 20 (7.30%) Data Migration
10 20 (7.30%) Unit Testing
11 19 (6.93%) Continuous Delivery
11 19 (6.93%) SDLC
12 18 (6.57%) High Availability
12 18 (6.57%) Software Engineering
13 17 (6.20%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (6.20%) Disaster Recovery
13 17 (6.20%) UML
Programming Languages
1 68 (24.82%) SQL
2 34 (12.41%) PowerShell
3 33 (12.04%) C#
4 20 (7.30%) C++
5 17 (6.20%) JavaScript
6 16 (5.84%) Python
7 15 (5.47%) C
8 13 (4.74%) Java
8 13 (4.74%) PL/SQL
9 12 (4.38%) Ruby
10 9 (3.28%) PHP
10 9 (3.28%) VB
11 5 (1.82%) VB6
11 5 (1.82%) VBScript
12 4 (1.46%) T-SQL
13 3 (1.09%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.09%) Perl
14 2 (0.73%) XPath
15 1 (0.36%) Groovy
15 1 (0.36%) R
Qualifications
1 64 (23.36%) Security Cleared
2 49 (17.88%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (5.47%) Degree
5 11 (4.01%) AWS Certification
5 11 (4.01%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (2.19%) CCNA
7 6 (2.19%) ISTQB
7 6 (2.19%) MCSE
8 5 (1.82%) MCSA
9 3 (1.09%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (1.09%) MCITP
10 2 (0.73%) CISSP
10 2 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.73%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.73%) HNC
11 1 (0.36%) CCNP
11 1 (0.36%) ECDL
11 1 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.47%) Data Quality
2 12 (4.38%) GDPR
3 7 (2.55%) PMO
4 5 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (1.82%) MISRA
4 5 (1.82%) MISRA C
4 5 (1.82%) QA
5 1 (0.36%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.36%) SLA
System Software
1 52 (18.98%) Active Directory
2 18 (6.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (4.38%) vSphere
4 8 (2.92%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.19%) Terminal Services
5 6 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (1.46%) Forefront TMG
6 4 (1.46%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.09%) XenApp
8 2 (0.73%) Docker
9 1 (0.36%) Sendmail
9 1 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (5.84%) SCCM
2 15 (5.47%) Cisco CUCM
3 9 (3.28%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (1.82%) PTC Integrity
5 4 (1.46%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.46%) NetBackup
5 4 (1.46%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.46%) SCOM
6 3 (1.09%) Ansible
6 3 (1.09%) Nagios
6 3 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.73%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.73%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.36%) Packer
8 1 (0.36%) Puppet
8 1 (0.36%) SCSM
Vendors
1 23 (8.39%) Cisco
2 21 (7.66%) IBM
2 21 (7.66%) VMware
3 15 (5.47%) Oracle
3 15 (5.47%) Polycom
4 12 (4.38%) Teradata
5 11 (4.01%) HP
6 9 (3.28%) McAfee
7 8 (2.92%) Apple
7 8 (2.92%) Citrix
8 7 (2.55%) Remedy
8 7 (2.55%) SAP
9 6 (2.19%) Aruba
9 6 (2.19%) NETGEAR
10 5 (1.82%) Becrypt
10 5 (1.82%) Green Hills
10 5 (1.82%) PTC
10 5 (1.82%) Symantec
11 3 (1.09%) Dell
11 3 (1.09%) Nintex