Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 11 7
Rank change year-on-year +7 -4 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 235 150 273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 19.15% 10.49% 16.43%
As % of the Vendors category 45.99% 27.12% 36.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 111 193
Wales median daily rate £325 £370 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.16% +13.85% -7.14%
10th Percentile £175 £175 £200
90th Percentile £420 £575 £406
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £368
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.04% +3.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 25 20
Wales median hourly rate £14.50 £12.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.00% -32.43% +37.04%
10th Percentile £10.00 £9.62 £10.98
90th Percentile £22.56 £61.25 £33.38
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -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 511 553 743
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 41.65% 38.67% 44.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 377 523
Wales median daily rate £350 £400 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +16.79% -2.14%
10th Percentile £175 £210 £211
90th Percentile £521 £575 £475
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 38 41
Wales median hourly rate £14.50 £12.65 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.67% -20.27% +11.30%
10th Percentile £10.03 £10.35 £10.50
90th Percentile £24.33 £61.25 £30.25
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 +8 197 £325 -7.14% 22
North Wales +2 11 £275 -14.06% 5
West Wales -4 9 £325 -42.22% 2
Mid Wales +3 2 £88 -61.11% 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, 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 96 (40.85%) SQL
2 79 (33.62%) Windows
3 62 (26.38%) .NET
3 62 (26.38%) SQL Server
4 58 (24.68%) Agile Software Development
5 46 (19.57%) C#
6 43 (18.30%) VMware
7 39 (16.60%) ITIL
7 39 (16.60%) Windows Server
8 37 (15.74%) HP
8 37 (15.74%) Citrix
8 37 (15.74%) Security Cleared
9 36 (15.32%) MVC
10 35 (14.89%) Degree
11 34 (14.47%) Active Directory
12 33 (14.04%) OOP
12 33 (14.04%) .NET Framework
12 33 (14.04%) Unit Testing
13 32 (13.62%) Relational Database
14 31 (13.19%) ASP.NET
15 30 (12.77%) Migration
15 30 (12.77%) Entity Framework
16 28 (11.91%) LINQ
17 27 (11.49%) VMware Infrastructure
17 27 (11.49%) Test Automation
17 27 (11.49%) Oracle
17 27 (11.49%) RDBMS
18 26 (11.06%) NHS
18 26 (11.06%) Microsoft Office
18 26 (11.06%) Visual Studio

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 24 (10.21%) MS Exchange
2 16 (6.81%) SharePoint
3 11 (4.68%) IIS
4 7 (2.98%) Skype for Business
5 5 (2.13%) CMS
6 4 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.70%) IBM Notes
6 4 (1.70%) Sitecore CMS
7 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.85%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.85%) Confluence
8 2 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.85%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 26 (11.06%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (9.79%) Microsoft Project
3 18 (7.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (3.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (2.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 19 (8.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (5.53%) Office 365
3 6 (2.55%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.70%) IaaS
5 1 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.43%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.43%) SaaS
5 1 (0.43%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 18 (7.66%) Firewall
2 17 (7.23%) VLAN
3 9 (3.83%) DNS
3 9 (3.83%) Internet
3 9 (3.83%) Remote Desktop
3 9 (3.83%) TCP/IP
3 9 (3.83%) VSAN
4 8 (3.40%) DHCP
5 6 (2.55%) VPN
6 5 (2.13%) LAN
7 4 (1.70%) Skype
7 4 (1.70%) WAN
8 3 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (1.28%) Wireless
9 2 (0.85%) PBX
9 2 (0.85%) VoIP
9 2 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.43%) ADSL
10 1 (0.43%) MPLS
10 1 (0.43%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (26.38%) SQL Server
2 32 (13.62%) Relational Database
3 27 (11.49%) RDBMS
4 25 (10.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (7.66%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (6.38%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (5.11%) Oracle Database
7 12 (5.11%) Oracle Database 11g
8 10 (4.26%) Oracle9i Database
8 10 (4.26%) SQL Server 2008
8 10 (4.26%) SQL Server 2016
9 9 (3.83%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (2.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (1.70%) MS Access
11 4 (1.70%) Power BI
11 4 (1.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (1.28%) PowerPivot
13 2 (0.85%) GIS
13 2 (0.85%) Qlik Sense
13 2 (0.85%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 26 (11.06%) Team Foundation Server
1 26 (11.06%) Visual Studio
2 18 (7.66%) NUnit
3 15 (6.38%) MSTest
4 13 (5.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 10 (4.26%) Oracle Forms
5 10 (4.26%) Subversion
6 6 (2.55%) MSBuild
6 6 (2.55%) Rational Rhapsody
7 5 (2.13%) JIRA
8 4 (1.70%) Selenium
9 3 (1.28%) Jenkins
10 2 (0.85%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.85%) FxCop
10 2 (0.85%) NuGet
10 2 (0.85%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.85%) ReSharper
10 2 (0.85%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.85%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.85%) WebDriver
General
1 20 (8.51%) Finance
2 8 (3.40%) Aerospace
2 8 (3.40%) Automotive
2 8 (3.40%) Romanian Language
3 4 (1.70%) Banking
3 4 (1.70%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.28%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.85%) Advertising
5 2 (0.85%) Back Office
5 2 (0.85%) Legal
6 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.43%) Military
6 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.43%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 69 (29.36%) Developer
2 38 (16.17%) .NET Developer
3 27 (11.49%) Analyst
4 22 (9.36%) Architect
5 19 (8.09%) Support Engineer
6 17 (7.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 17 (7.23%) SQL Developer
7 14 (5.96%) Test Engineer
8 12 (5.11%) 1st Line Support
8 12 (5.11%) Software Engineer
9 11 (4.68%) Technical Architect
9 11 (4.68%) Technical Support
10 10 (4.26%) Data Analyst
10 10 (4.26%) Data Architect
10 10 (4.26%) Network Engineer
10 10 (4.26%) Senior Software Engineer
10 10 (4.26%) Technical Engineer
11 9 (3.83%) Data Warehouse Developer
11 9 (3.83%) Technical Support Engineer
12 8 (3.40%) 1st Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (26.38%) .NET
2 33 (14.04%) .NET Framework
3 31 (13.19%) ASP.NET
4 30 (12.77%) Entity Framework
5 28 (11.91%) LINQ
6 24 (10.21%) XML
7 22 (9.36%) ASP.NET MVC
8 18 (7.66%) Web Services
9 14 (5.96%) jQuery
10 12 (5.11%) HTML
10 12 (5.11%) SOAP
10 12 (5.11%) WCF
11 11 (4.68%) CSS
12 10 (4.26%) AngularJS
12 10 (4.26%) Code First Entity Framework
12 10 (4.26%) RESTful
12 10 (4.26%) WinForms
12 10 (4.26%) XML Schema
12 10 (4.26%) XSD
13 4 (1.70%) React
Miscellaneous
1 26 (11.06%) NHS
2 20 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (6.38%) Management Information System
4 10 (4.26%) N-Tier
5 7 (2.98%) Clustering
6 5 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (1.70%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.28%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.28%) e-Learning
8 3 (1.28%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.85%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.85%) iSeries
9 2 (0.85%) LIMS
10 1 (0.43%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.43%) Fintech
10 1 (0.43%) iPhone
10 1 (0.43%) Learning Management System
10 1 (0.43%) Reference Data
10 1 (0.43%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 79 (33.62%) Windows
2 39 (16.60%) Windows Server
3 25 (10.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (8.94%) Windows 7
5 10 (4.26%) Windows 10
6 8 (3.40%) Linux
7 6 (2.55%) Windows 8
8 5 (2.13%) AIX
8 5 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (2.13%) Windows XP
9 3 (1.28%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.43%) CentOS
11 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.43%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (24.68%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (16.60%) ITIL
3 36 (15.32%) MVC
4 33 (14.04%) OOP
4 33 (14.04%) Unit Testing
5 30 (12.77%) Migration
6 27 (11.49%) Test Automation
7 25 (10.64%) Software Engineering
8 23 (9.79%) PRINCE2
8 23 (9.79%) Project Management
9 22 (9.36%) Configuration Management
9 22 (9.36%) SDLC
10 19 (8.09%) ETL
10 19 (8.09%) High Availability
11 18 (7.66%) Scrum
12 17 (7.23%) Defect Management
12 17 (7.23%) Mentoring
13 16 (6.81%) Coaching
13 16 (6.81%) Disaster Recovery
13 16 (6.81%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 96 (40.85%) SQL
2 46 (19.57%) C#
3 19 (8.09%) T-SQL
4 14 (5.96%) JavaScript
5 10 (4.26%) C++
5 10 (4.26%) PL/SQL
5 10 (4.26%) PowerShell
6 7 (2.98%) C
7 3 (1.28%) Python
7 3 (1.28%) R
7 3 (1.28%) VBA
8 2 (0.85%) Java
8 2 (0.85%) VBScript
9 1 (0.43%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 1 (0.43%) PHP
9 1 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 37 (15.74%) Security Cleared
2 35 (14.89%) Degree
3 26 (11.06%) SC Cleared
4 25 (10.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (5.53%) BPSS Clearance
5 13 (5.53%) CCNA
5 13 (5.53%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (4.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 10 (4.26%) ISEB
8 8 (3.40%) MCSE
9 4 (1.70%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.28%) MCITP
10 3 (1.28%) MCSA
11 2 (0.85%) CIPD
11 2 (0.85%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.85%) HNC
11 2 (0.85%) MCP
11 2 (0.85%) MCTS
11 2 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.26%) Disclosure Scotland
1 10 (4.26%) HL7
1 10 (4.26%) SLA
2 8 (3.40%) Def Stans
2 8 (3.40%) MISRA
2 8 (3.40%) MISRA C
3 7 (2.98%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.70%) QA
5 1 (0.43%) GDPR
5 1 (0.43%) PMO
System Software
1 34 (14.47%) Active Directory
2 27 (11.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (9.36%) Hyper-V
4 14 (5.96%) XenApp
5 11 (4.68%) vSphere
6 9 (3.83%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (1.70%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.85%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.85%) Docker
9 2 (0.85%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.43%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (6.81%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (6.38%) SCCM
2 15 (6.38%) SCOM
3 12 (5.11%) NetBackup
4 10 (4.26%) Tivoli
4 10 (4.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 9 (3.83%) HP Data Protector
6 6 (2.55%) Backup Exec
6 6 (2.55%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (2.13%) WhatsUp Gold
8 4 (1.70%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (1.70%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (1.70%) WSUS
9 3 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.85%) vCenter Server
11 1 (0.43%) Ansible
11 1 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (0.43%) Puppet
Vendors
1 43 (18.30%) VMware
2 37 (15.74%) Citrix
2 37 (15.74%) HP
3 27 (11.49%) Oracle
4 17 (7.23%) Cisco
5 10 (4.26%) RedGate
6 8 (3.40%) Green Hills
6 8 (3.40%) SAP
7 7 (2.98%) Dell
7 7 (2.98%) McAfee
7 7 (2.98%) Symantec
7 7 (2.98%) Veritas
8 6 (2.55%) BMC
9 5 (2.13%) IBM
10 4 (1.70%) Lotus
10 4 (1.70%) Sitecore
11 3 (1.28%) Apple
11 3 (1.28%) arcserve
11 3 (1.28%) Remedy
11 3 (1.28%) Tableau