Period
to 21 January 2019

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 21 January 2019 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 5 13
Rank change year-on-year -1 +8 -8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 243 230 149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 14.42% 18.01% 10.55%
As % of the Vendors category 34.47% 45.82% 27.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 142 107
Wales median daily rate £390 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.43% +7.69% +0.39%
10th Percentile £221 £163 £150
90th Percentile £624 £438 £493
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 20 29
Wales median hourly rate £12.02 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.88% +11.11% -35.71%
10th Percentile £9.49 £10.00 £10.40
90th Percentile £35.00 £23.30 £61.25
UK median hourly rate £15.32 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.10% - -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 705 502 542
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 41.84% 39.31% 38.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 472 317 379
Wales median daily rate £428 £368 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.39% -8.13% +18.52%
10th Percentile £288 £163 £184
90th Percentile £625 £525 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 34 49
Wales median hourly rate £13.00 £14.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +3.70% -15.63%
10th Percentile £10.10 £10.16 £10.90
90th Percentile £35.00 £32.59 £60.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.43 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.40% +2.53% -5.56%

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 -2 216 £390 +11.43% 67
West Wales +3 10 £550 +83.33% 4
North Wales 0 10 £325 -1.52% 7
Mid Wales -7 2 £125 - 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 84 (34.57%) Windows
2 72 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (28.81%) SQL
4 58 (23.87%) Active Directory
5 55 (22.63%) Microsoft Azure
6 53 (21.81%) .NET
7 42 (17.28%) SQL Server
8 35 (14.40%) Microsoft Office
9 34 (13.99%) Migration
10 32 (13.17%) Amazon AWS
10 32 (13.17%) .NET Framework
10 32 (13.17%) Windows Server
11 31 (12.76%) Security Cleared
11 31 (12.76%) ASP.NET
12 30 (12.35%) C#
13 29 (11.93%) ITIL
13 29 (11.93%) Project Management
13 29 (11.93%) MVC
13 29 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
14 28 (11.52%) Security Architecture
15 25 (10.29%) Office 365
15 25 (10.29%) VMware
16 24 (9.88%) Finance
17 22 (9.05%) Entity Framework
17 22 (9.05%) Windows Server 2012
17 22 (9.05%) Relational Database
17 22 (9.05%) Microservices
17 22 (9.05%) SC Cleared
18 20 (8.23%) Unit Testing
18 20 (8.23%) Degree

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 9 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.29%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (1.65%) IIS
3 4 (1.65%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.82%) Apache
4 2 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.82%) Confluence
4 2 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.82%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 35 (14.40%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (6.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (3.29%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.23%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.82%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 55 (22.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (13.17%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (10.29%) Office 365
4 11 (4.53%) SaaS
5 10 (4.12%) Google Cloud Platform
6 6 (2.47%) Serverless
7 5 (2.06%) IaaS
8 4 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.65%) PaaS
9 3 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.82%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.41%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.76%) Firewall
2 8 (3.29%) TCP/IP
3 7 (2.88%) VoIP
4 6 (2.47%) DMZ
4 6 (2.47%) DNS
5 5 (2.06%) Network Security
5 5 (2.06%) SAN
5 5 (2.06%) Skype
5 5 (2.06%) VPN
6 4 (1.65%) DHCP
6 4 (1.65%) LAN
7 3 (1.23%) WAN
8 2 (0.82%) Internet
8 2 (0.82%) VLAN
8 2 (0.82%) VSAN
9 1 (0.41%) AMQP
9 1 (0.41%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.41%) NAS
9 1 (0.41%) NetScaler
9 1 (0.41%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 22 (9.05%) Relational Database
3 20 (8.23%) RDBMS
4 14 (5.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 13 (5.35%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (4.53%) Power BI
6 11 (4.53%) SQL Server 2016
6 11 (4.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (4.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (3.29%) Big Data
8 5 (2.06%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (1.23%) MySQL
9 3 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.82%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.82%) OLAP
11 1 (0.41%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.41%) Data Lake
11 1 (0.41%) MS Access
11 1 (0.41%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 20 (8.23%) MSTest
2 19 (7.82%) NUnit
2 19 (7.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (7.00%) Visual Studio
4 6 (2.47%) Git (software)
5 5 (2.06%) Rational DOORS
5 5 (2.06%) SoapUI
5 5 (2.06%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (1.65%) Rational Quality Manager
6 4 (1.65%) Rational Team Concert
7 3 (1.23%) NCrunch
7 3 (1.23%) ReSharper
7 3 (1.23%) Selenium
8 2 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.82%) JIRA
9 1 (0.41%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.41%) GCC
9 1 (0.41%) Jasmine
9 1 (0.41%) JUnit
9 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 24 (9.88%) Finance
2 12 (4.94%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.29%) Manufacturing
3 8 (3.29%) Marketing
4 4 (1.65%) Financial Institution
4 4 (1.65%) Military
5 3 (1.23%) Banking
5 3 (1.23%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.82%) Back Office
6 2 (0.82%) Legal
7 1 (0.41%) Electronics
7 1 (0.41%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 53 (21.81%) Developer
2 43 (17.70%) Architect
3 34 (13.99%) Analyst
4 33 (13.58%) .NET Developer
5 13 (5.35%) Security Architect
6 11 (4.53%) C# .NET Developer
6 11 (4.53%) C# Developer
6 11 (4.53%) Cloud Architect
6 11 (4.53%) Enterprise Architect
6 11 (4.53%) SQL Developer
7 10 (4.12%) Windows Engineer
8 9 (3.70%) 1st Line Support
8 9 (3.70%) Business Analyst
8 9 (3.70%) Consultant
8 9 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (3.29%) IT Engineer
10 7 (2.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (2.88%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (2.88%) Test Analyst
11 6 (2.47%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (21.81%) .NET
2 32 (13.17%) .NET Framework
3 31 (12.76%) ASP.NET
4 22 (9.05%) Entity Framework
5 19 (7.82%) LINQ
6 18 (7.41%) ASP.NET MVC
7 15 (6.17%) Web Services
8 12 (4.94%) WPF
9 7 (2.88%) XML
10 6 (2.47%) SOAP
11 5 (2.06%) AngularJS
12 4 (1.65%) ASP.NET Web API
12 4 (1.65%) jQuery
13 3 (1.23%) Castle Windsor
13 3 (1.23%) CSS
13 3 (1.23%) Razor View Engine
13 3 (1.23%) React
13 3 (1.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 2 (0.82%) COM
14 2 (0.82%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (6.58%) NHS
3 13 (5.35%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (4.94%) Cloud Native
4 12 (4.94%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.88%) Fintech
5 7 (2.88%) PKI
6 6 (2.47%) CESG
6 6 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (2.06%) Mobile App
7 5 (2.06%) N-Tier
8 4 (1.65%) Clustering
8 4 (1.65%) Digital Media
8 4 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.23%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.82%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (0.82%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.82%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.82%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 84 (34.57%) Windows
2 32 (13.17%) Windows Server
3 22 (9.05%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (8.23%) Linux
4 20 (8.23%) Windows 10
5 16 (6.58%) Windows 7
6 13 (5.35%) Android
6 13 (5.35%) Apple iOS
7 9 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.88%) Windows XP
10 5 (2.06%) Unix
11 2 (0.82%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.41%) VMS
12 1 (0.41%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (13.99%) Migration
3 29 (11.93%) ITIL
3 29 (11.93%) MVC
3 29 (11.93%) Project Management
4 28 (11.52%) Security Architecture
5 22 (9.05%) Microservices
6 20 (8.23%) OOP
6 20 (8.23%) Unit Testing
7 19 (7.82%) Business Intelligence
7 19 (7.82%) DevOps
7 19 (7.82%) Test Automation
8 18 (7.41%) Analytics
9 17 (7.00%) Open Source
9 17 (7.00%) TOGAF
10 16 (6.58%) Change Management
10 16 (6.58%) Coaching
10 16 (6.58%) Scrum
11 15 (6.17%) ITIL V3
11 15 (6.17%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 70 (28.81%) SQL
2 30 (12.35%) C#
3 12 (4.94%) PowerShell
4 11 (4.53%) JavaScript
4 11 (4.53%) XAML
5 8 (3.29%) Java
6 5 (2.06%) Python
6 5 (2.06%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.65%) C
7 4 (1.65%) VBA
8 3 (1.23%) C++
9 2 (0.82%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.82%) Java 8
9 2 (0.82%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.82%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.41%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.41%) Perl
10 1 (0.41%) PHP
10 1 (0.41%) R
10 1 (0.41%) Scala
Qualifications
1 31 (12.76%) Security Cleared
2 22 (9.05%) SC Cleared
3 20 (8.23%) Degree
4 13 (5.35%) CISSP
5 11 (4.53%) AWS Certification
6 10 (4.12%) BPSS Clearance
7 9 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (3.29%) CISM
9 4 (1.65%) CESG Certified Professional
9 4 (1.65%) HND
9 4 (1.65%) MCSE
9 4 (1.65%) TOGAF Certification
10 3 (1.23%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.82%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.82%) CRISC
11 2 (0.82%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.82%) HNC
11 2 (0.82%) MCP
11 2 (0.82%) NVQ Level 3
11 2 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.47%) SLA
2 4 (1.65%) Data Quality
2 4 (1.65%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (1.65%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.41%) GDPR
3 1 (0.41%) PMO
3 1 (0.41%) QA
System Software
1 58 (23.87%) Active Directory
2 13 (5.35%) Hyper-V
3 12 (4.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.47%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (2.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 5 (2.06%) Terminal Services
5 5 (2.06%) XenApp
6 4 (1.65%) Docker
6 4 (1.65%) vSphere
7 3 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.82%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.41%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.41%) vCloud
9 1 (0.41%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (5.35%) SCCM
2 8 (3.29%) SCOM
3 7 (2.88%) Microsoft Clustering
4 4 (1.65%) CSIRT
4 4 (1.65%) WSUS
5 3 (1.23%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.82%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.82%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.82%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.82%) Mesos
6 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.82%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.82%) Terraform
6 2 (0.82%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.41%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.41%) Ansible
7 1 (0.41%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 25 (10.29%) VMware
2 14 (5.76%) Citrix
2 14 (5.76%) HP
3 12 (4.94%) Xamarin
4 11 (4.53%) Google
5 7 (2.88%) Apple
5 7 (2.88%) IBM
6 5 (2.06%) SAP
7 4 (1.65%) Cisco
7 4 (1.65%) McAfee
7 4 (1.65%) Oracle
8 3 (1.23%) Dell
8 3 (1.23%) NetApp
8 3 (1.23%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.23%) Sophos
9 2 (0.82%) Capita
9 2 (0.82%) Facebook
9 2 (0.82%) Intel
9 2 (0.82%) Remedy
9 2 (0.82%) Symantec