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 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 8 12
Rank change year-on-year +4 +4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 98 89 116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 15.91% 16.15% 13.44%
As % of the Vendors category 35.64% 35.04% 35.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 63 80
Median daily rate £355 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.46% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £555 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 6
Median hourly rate £13.75 £11.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.56% -11.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.70 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.63 £14.00 £18.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Wales.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 275 254 328
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 44.64% 46.10% 38.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 155 208
Median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 14 15
Median hourly rate £16.07 £13.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.03% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.40 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £20.25 £18.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South Wales +5 91 £352 -6.06% 22
North Wales +1 4 - - 2
West Wales -6 3 £475 +11.43% 5
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 74 (37.95%) Windows
2 51 (26.15%) Active Directory
3 42 (21.54%) ITIL
4 40 (20.51%) Cisco
4 40 (20.51%) VMware
5 39 (20.00%) CCNA
5 39 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (17.95%) Microsoft Office
7 34 (17.44%) .NET
7 34 (17.44%) Windows Server
8 31 (15.90%) Firewall
9 30 (15.38%) C#
10 28 (14.36%) HP
11 27 (13.85%) SQL
11 27 (13.85%) MS Exchange
12 26 (13.33%) Visual Studio
12 26 (13.33%) HP Data Protector
13 24 (12.31%) Tivoli
13 24 (12.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 23 (11.79%) SQL Server
15 22 (11.28%) Oracle
15 22 (11.28%) UML
15 22 (11.28%) Citrix
15 22 (11.28%) Software Engineering
15 22 (11.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 21 (10.77%) Agile Software Development
16 21 (10.77%) Finance
16 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Certification
17 20 (10.26%) Telecoms
18 19 (9.74%) .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 27 (13.85%) MS Exchange
2 18 (9.23%) ArcGIS
3 8 (4.10%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.56%) CMS
4 5 (2.56%) IIS
5 4 (2.05%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (1.54%) Apache
6 3 (1.54%) IBM Notes
6 3 (1.54%) Jetty
6 3 (1.54%) Mongrel
6 3 (1.54%) nginx
6 3 (1.54%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.54%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.03%) MS Project Server
7 2 (1.03%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (1.03%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.03%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 35 (17.95%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.64%) Spreadsheet
3 9 (4.62%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (3.59%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (3.08%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.56%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.56%) Office 365
3 4 (2.05%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (1.54%) Amazon S3
4 3 (1.54%) Google App Engine
4 3 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.51%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (0.51%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.51%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.51%) Route 53
6 1 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 31 (15.90%) Firewall
2 18 (9.23%) Internet
3 5 (2.56%) DHCP
3 5 (2.56%) DNS
3 5 (2.56%) LAN
3 5 (2.56%) TCP/IP
4 4 (2.05%) VPN
5 3 (1.54%) DSL
5 3 (1.54%) FTP
5 3 (1.54%) HTTP
5 3 (1.54%) IPsec
5 3 (1.54%) SAN
5 3 (1.54%) SSL
5 3 (1.54%) WAN
5 3 (1.54%) Wireless
6 2 (1.03%) ADSL
6 2 (1.03%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (1.03%) NAS
7 1 (0.51%) Intranet
7 1 (0.51%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (11.79%) SQL Server
2 18 (9.23%) GIS
2 18 (9.23%) QGIS
3 14 (7.18%) RDBMS
3 14 (7.18%) Relational Database
4 12 (6.15%) Oracle Database
4 12 (6.15%) Oracle Database 11g
4 12 (6.15%) Oracle9i Database
5 6 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (2.56%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (1.03%) MS Access
9 2 (1.03%) Power BI
9 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 26 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 15 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (6.15%) Oracle Forms
4 10 (5.13%) Subversion
5 7 (3.59%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (3.08%) MSBuild
7 4 (2.05%) Cucumber
7 4 (2.05%) Jenkins
7 4 (2.05%) Selenium
7 4 (2.05%) WebDriver
8 3 (1.54%) Git (software)
8 3 (1.54%) Travis CI
9 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.51%) TestDirector
General
1 21 (10.77%) Finance
2 20 (10.26%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.56%) Back Office
3 5 (2.56%) Retail
4 4 (2.05%) Aerospace
4 4 (2.05%) Automotive
5 3 (1.54%) Advertising
5 3 (1.54%) French Language
5 3 (1.54%) Local Government
6 2 (1.03%) Banking
6 2 (1.03%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.51%) Front Office
7 1 (0.51%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 32 (16.41%) Support Engineer
2 31 (15.90%) Developer
3 22 (11.28%) .NET Developer
4 20 (10.26%) Software Engineer
4 20 (10.26%) Technical Engineer
4 20 (10.26%) Technical Support
5 18 (9.23%) Analyst
5 18 (9.23%) GIS Technician
6 16 (8.21%) Technical Support Engineer
7 11 (5.64%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (5.13%) Project Manager
8 10 (5.13%) Service Analyst
8 10 (5.13%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (4.62%) Network Engineer
9 9 (4.62%) Senior Software Engineer
10 8 (4.10%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 8 (4.10%) Server Engineer
10 8 (4.10%) UAT Manager
11 7 (3.59%) 1st Line Engineer
11 7 (3.59%) 1st Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.44%) .NET
2 19 (9.74%) .NET Framework
3 18 (9.23%) Entity Framework
4 17 (8.72%) ASP.NET
4 17 (8.72%) LINQ
4 17 (8.72%) WCF
5 12 (6.15%) Code First Entity Framework
5 12 (6.15%) WinForms
6 9 (4.62%) AngularJS
7 7 (3.59%) Web Services
8 6 (3.08%) ASP.NET MVC
8 6 (3.08%) jQuery
9 5 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (2.56%) CSS
9 5 (2.56%) HTML
10 4 (2.05%) React
11 3 (1.54%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 3 (1.54%) J2EE
11 3 (1.54%) KnockoutJS
11 3 (1.54%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.59%) NHS
4 6 (3.08%) Freedom of Information
5 4 (2.05%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.54%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.54%) iPhone
7 2 (1.03%) Clustering
7 2 (1.03%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.51%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.51%) CESG
8 1 (0.51%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.51%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.51%) Fintech
8 1 (0.51%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 74 (37.95%) Windows
2 34 (17.44%) Windows Server
3 18 (9.23%) Windows 7
4 10 (5.13%) Linux
5 8 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (3.59%) Windows XP
7 6 (3.08%) Windows 10
8 5 (2.56%) AIX
9 4 (2.05%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.54%) Android
11 1 (0.51%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.51%) Solaris
11 1 (0.51%) Unix
11 1 (0.51%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (21.54%) ITIL
2 22 (11.28%) Software Engineering
2 22 (11.28%) UML
3 21 (10.77%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (8.72%) Unit Testing
5 14 (7.18%) Configuration Management
5 14 (7.18%) OOP
6 12 (6.15%) Change Control
6 12 (6.15%) Test Automation
7 11 (5.64%) Change Management
7 11 (5.64%) Migration
7 11 (5.64%) MVC
8 10 (5.13%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (4.62%) Human Factors
9 9 (4.62%) Informatics
9 9 (4.62%) Multithreading
9 9 (4.62%) Use Case
10 8 (4.10%) PRINCE2
10 8 (4.10%) Project Management
10 8 (4.10%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.38%) C#
2 27 (13.85%) SQL
3 17 (8.72%) C++
4 12 (6.15%) PL/SQL
5 11 (5.64%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.56%) T-SQL
7 4 (2.05%) PowerShell
8 3 (1.54%) Java
9 2 (1.03%) VB
9 2 (1.03%) VB6
9 2 (1.03%) VBA
10 1 (0.51%) C
10 1 (0.51%) Perl
10 1 (0.51%) PHP
10 1 (0.51%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 39 (20.00%) CCNA
1 39 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (11.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (9.23%) Security Cleared
5 13 (6.67%) Degree
6 9 (4.62%) ISEB
6 9 (4.62%) ISTQB
6 9 (4.62%) SC Cleared
7 7 (3.59%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.56%) MCITP
8 5 (2.56%) MCSE
9 2 (1.03%) CCNP
9 2 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.03%) SAP Certification
10 1 (0.51%) HNC
10 1 (0.51%) MCSA
10 1 (0.51%) MCTS
10 1 (0.51%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.18%) SLA
2 7 (3.59%) MISRA
2 7 (3.59%) MISRA C
3 5 (2.56%) Def Stans
3 5 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.54%) QA
5 1 (0.51%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 51 (26.15%) Active Directory
2 16 (8.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.54%) Hyper-V
3 3 (1.54%) Terminal Services
3 3 (1.54%) Xen
4 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.51%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.51%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.51%) VMware Server
5 1 (0.51%) vSphere
5 1 (0.51%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 26 (13.33%) HP Data Protector
2 24 (12.31%) Tivoli
2 24 (12.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 4 (2.05%) Ansible
3 4 (2.05%) Puppet
4 3 (1.54%) Marathon
4 3 (1.54%) Mesos
4 3 (1.54%) Rundeck
4 3 (1.54%) SCCM
4 3 (1.54%) Terraform
5 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (1.03%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.03%) WSUS
6 1 (0.51%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.51%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.51%) Fluentd
6 1 (0.51%) Grafana
6 1 (0.51%) Kibana
6 1 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.51%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 40 (20.51%) Cisco
1 40 (20.51%) VMware
2 28 (14.36%) HP
3 22 (11.28%) Citrix
3 22 (11.28%) Oracle
4 18 (9.23%) Mapinfo
5 13 (6.67%) SAP
6 7 (3.59%) Green Hills
7 5 (2.56%) McAfee
8 4 (2.05%) Sitecore
9 3 (1.54%) Apple
9 3 (1.54%) Avaya
9 3 (1.54%) Google
9 3 (1.54%) Lotus
10 2 (1.03%) Blue Coat
10 2 (1.03%) NetApp
10 2 (1.03%) Remedy
10 2 (1.03%) Riverbed
10 2 (1.03%) Symantec
10 2 (1.03%) Veritas
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