Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 14 4
Rank change year-on-year +9 -10 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 237 146 273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 18.01% 10.52% 18.76%
As % of the Vendors category 45.75% 27.04% 41.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 106 185
Wales median daily rate £350 £322 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% -0.16% -7.86%
10th Percentile £155 £150 £163
90th Percentile £436 £494 £406
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 29 20
Wales median hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -35.71% +61.54%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.87 £10.94
90th Percentile £26.09 £61.25 £33.38
UK median hourly rate £15.23 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.53% -3.23% +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 advertised in Wales.

All Vendors
Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 518 540 654
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 39.36% 38.90% 44.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 383 462
Wales median daily rate £368 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.13% +17.65% -2.86%
10th Percentile £163 £185 £213
90th Percentile £525 £550 £475
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 34
Wales median hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.41% -12.90% +7.83%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.50 £10.41
90th Percentile £32.59 £60.50 £30.25
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.53% -5.56% +9.09%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 16 January 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 +10 200 £350 +24.44% 62
North Wales -1 7 £330 +3.13% 11
West Wales -4 7 £300 -41.46% 9
Mid Wales - 2 £88 - 6
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 102 (43.04%) SQL
2 86 (36.29%) Windows
3 65 (27.43%) SQL Server
4 55 (23.21%) Agile Software Development
5 54 (22.78%) Security Cleared
6 46 (19.41%) Windows Server
7 44 (18.57%) Active Directory
7 44 (18.57%) .NET
7 44 (18.57%) Migration
8 42 (17.72%) ITIL
9 41 (17.30%) VMware
10 39 (16.46%) SC Cleared
11 36 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
12 35 (14.77%) Microsoft Office
13 34 (14.35%) Degree
14 33 (13.92%) MVC
15 32 (13.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 30 (12.66%) XML
16 30 (12.66%) VMware Infrastructure
16 30 (12.66%) Windows 7
17 29 (12.24%) HP
18 28 (11.81%) Microsoft Certification
18 28 (11.81%) ETL
19 27 (11.39%) C#
20 26 (10.97%) Project Management
21 25 (10.55%) PRINCE2
22 24 (10.13%) ASP.NET
22 24 (10.13%) Citrix
22 24 (10.13%) Hyper-V
22 24 (10.13%) Microsoft Azure

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 20 (8.44%) SharePoint
2 18 (7.59%) MS Exchange
3 16 (6.75%) IIS
4 8 (3.38%) Skype for Business
5 4 (1.69%) CMS
5 4 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.69%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (1.27%) FileNet
6 3 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.27%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.27%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.84%) Confluence
7 2 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.84%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.42%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.42%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 35 (14.77%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (9.70%) Microsoft Project
3 16 (6.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (3.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (2.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 24 (10.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (9.28%) Office 365
3 7 (2.95%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.69%) IaaS
5 3 (1.27%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.42%) SaaS
6 1 (0.42%) Serverless
6 1 (0.42%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.02%) VLAN
2 17 (7.17%) TCP/IP
3 14 (5.91%) Firewall
4 13 (5.49%) LAN
5 12 (5.06%) DNS
5 12 (5.06%) VSAN
6 10 (4.22%) DHCP
7 9 (3.80%) Remote Desktop
8 8 (3.38%) WAN
9 5 (2.11%) Internet
10 4 (1.69%) IPv4
10 4 (1.69%) Kerberos
10 4 (1.69%) Skype
11 3 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (1.27%) VPN
11 3 (1.27%) Wireless
12 2 (0.84%) ADSL
12 2 (0.84%) PBX
12 2 (0.84%) VoIP
12 2 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (27.43%) SQL Server
2 32 (13.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (10.13%) Relational Database
4 23 (9.70%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (7.59%) RDBMS
6 17 (7.17%) SQL Server 2012
7 14 (5.91%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (3.80%) SQL Server 2016
8 9 (3.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (2.53%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (2.11%) Power BI
11 4 (1.69%) MS Access
11 4 (1.69%) PowerPivot
11 4 (1.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (1.27%) Big Data
12 3 (1.27%) Hadoop
12 3 (1.27%) NoSQL
12 3 (1.27%) Oracle Database
12 3 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 21 (8.86%) NUnit
1 21 (8.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 18 (7.59%) MSTest
3 14 (5.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (4.22%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.11%) JIRA
5 5 (2.11%) Subversion
6 3 (1.27%) Jenkins
6 3 (1.27%) MSI
6 3 (1.27%) Rational Rhapsody
6 3 (1.27%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.84%) FxCop
7 2 (0.84%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.84%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.84%) NuGet
7 2 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.84%) ReSharper
7 2 (0.84%) Selenium
7 2 (0.84%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.42%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (8.02%) Finance
2 9 (3.80%) Romanian Language
3 6 (2.53%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.69%) Aerospace
4 4 (1.69%) Automotive
5 3 (1.27%) Banking
5 3 (1.27%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.84%) Advertising
6 2 (0.84%) Back Office
6 2 (0.84%) Legal
7 1 (0.42%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.42%) Military
7 1 (0.42%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 50 (21.10%) Developer
2 31 (13.08%) Analyst
2 31 (13.08%) Architect
3 23 (9.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (9.28%) .NET Developer
5 16 (6.75%) SQL Developer
5 16 (6.75%) Technical Architect
6 15 (6.33%) Test Engineer
7 11 (4.64%) Data Analyst
7 11 (4.64%) Data Architect
7 11 (4.64%) Support Engineer
8 10 (4.22%) Data Warehouse Developer
8 10 (4.22%) DBA
9 9 (3.80%) Infrastructure Architect
9 9 (3.80%) SQL DBA
10 8 (3.38%) 2nd Line Support
10 8 (3.38%) Migration Engineer
10 8 (3.38%) SSIS Developer
11 7 (2.95%) Software Engineer
11 7 (2.95%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (18.57%) .NET
2 30 (12.66%) XML
3 24 (10.13%) ASP.NET
4 23 (9.70%) .NET Framework
4 23 (9.70%) ASP.NET MVC
5 19 (8.02%) Entity Framework
5 19 (8.02%) LINQ
6 15 (6.33%) XML Schema
6 15 (6.33%) XSD
7 12 (5.06%) Web Services
8 11 (4.64%) jQuery
9 10 (4.22%) RESTful
9 10 (4.22%) SOAP
10 7 (2.95%) CSS
10 7 (2.95%) HTML
11 5 (2.11%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 3 (1.27%) AngularJS
13 2 (0.84%) HTML5
13 2 (0.84%) XSL
13 2 (0.84%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.70%) NHS
2 14 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (5.91%) Management Information System
3 10 (4.22%) N-Tier
4 9 (3.80%) Clustering
5 4 (1.69%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.69%) Driving Licence
5 4 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.27%) e-Learning
7 2 (0.84%) Data Structures
7 2 (0.84%) iSeries
7 2 (0.84%) LIMS
7 2 (0.84%) Replication
7 2 (0.84%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.42%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.42%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.42%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.42%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 86 (36.29%) Windows
2 46 (19.41%) Windows Server
3 36 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (12.66%) Windows 7
5 22 (9.28%) Windows 10
6 12 (5.06%) Linux
7 11 (4.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (3.38%) Windows 8
9 4 (1.69%) Scientific Linux
10 2 (0.84%) CentOS
10 2 (0.84%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.84%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (23.21%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (18.57%) Migration
3 42 (17.72%) ITIL
4 33 (13.92%) MVC
5 28 (11.81%) ETL
6 26 (10.97%) Project Management
7 25 (10.55%) PRINCE2
8 23 (9.70%) OOP
9 21 (8.86%) Configuration Management
9 21 (8.86%) Software Engineering
9 21 (8.86%) Unit Testing
10 20 (8.44%) Disaster Recovery
10 20 (8.44%) High Availability
10 20 (8.44%) Test Automation
11 19 (8.02%) Mentoring
12 18 (7.59%) Coaching
12 18 (7.59%) Defect Management
12 18 (7.59%) Test Scripting
13 17 (7.17%) SDLC
14 16 (6.75%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 102 (43.04%) SQL
2 27 (11.39%) C#
3 21 (8.86%) T-SQL
4 14 (5.91%) PowerShell
5 10 (4.22%) C
6 8 (3.38%) C++
7 7 (2.95%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.69%) VBA
8 4 (1.69%) VBScript
9 3 (1.27%) Java
9 3 (1.27%) Python
9 3 (1.27%) R
10 2 (0.84%) XPath
11 1 (0.42%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.42%) Groovy
11 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.42%) VB
Qualifications
1 54 (22.78%) Security Cleared
2 39 (16.46%) SC Cleared
3 34 (14.35%) Degree
4 28 (11.81%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (5.49%) MCSE
6 12 (5.06%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (4.64%) ISEB
8 5 (2.11%) MCSA
9 4 (1.69%) HNC
10 3 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.27%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.27%) MCITP
10 3 (1.27%) MCTS
11 2 (0.84%) CCNA
11 2 (0.84%) CIPD
11 2 (0.84%) CISSP
11 2 (0.84%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.84%) MCP
11 2 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.64%) Disclosure Scotland
2 10 (4.22%) HL7
3 7 (2.95%) Data Quality
4 5 (2.11%) MISRA
4 5 (2.11%) MISRA C
5 4 (1.69%) Def Stans
5 4 (1.69%) QA
6 3 (1.27%) SLA
7 1 (0.42%) GDPR
7 1 (0.42%) PMO
System Software
1 44 (18.57%) Active Directory
2 30 (12.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (10.13%) Hyper-V
4 17 (7.17%) vSphere
5 15 (6.33%) XenApp
6 11 (4.64%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.69%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.27%) Docker
9 3 (1.27%) Terminal Services
9 3 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.84%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.84%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 24 (10.13%) SCCM
2 18 (7.59%) SCOM
3 16 (6.75%) HP Quality Center
4 15 (6.33%) NetBackup
5 9 (3.80%) Backup Exec
6 8 (3.38%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (2.53%) McAfee ePO
7 6 (2.53%) WhatsUp Gold
8 5 (2.11%) vCenter Server
9 4 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (1.69%) WSUS
10 3 (1.27%) Nagios
10 3 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
12 1 (0.42%) Ansible
12 1 (0.42%) FortiGate
12 1 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 41 (17.30%) VMware
2 29 (12.24%) HP
3 24 (10.13%) Citrix
4 20 (8.44%) Oracle
5 10 (4.22%) RedGate
5 10 (4.22%) Symantec
6 9 (3.80%) Cisco
7 8 (3.38%) Dell
7 8 (3.38%) McAfee
8 7 (2.95%) IBM
8 7 (2.95%) SAP
9 6 (2.53%) BMC
9 6 (2.53%) Remedy
9 6 (2.53%) Veritas
10 5 (2.11%) Green Hills
11 4 (1.69%) arcserve
11 4 (1.69%) Sitecore
12 3 (1.27%) Samsung
13 2 (0.84%) Apple
13 2 (0.84%) Informatica