Period
to 22 August 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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 4 4
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 190 240 186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 13.73% 16.40% 15.49%
As % of the Vendors category 31.15% 32.65% 35.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 177 125
Wales median daily rate £400 £400 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +25.00% -8.57%
10th Percentile £266 £220 £163
90th Percentile £550 £576 £426
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 19 22
Wales median hourly rate £20.68 £11.78 £14.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.57% -17.91% +19.58%
10th Percentile £13.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £38.98 £14.49 £23.08
UK median hourly rate £16.30 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +2.77% +2.32% -3.13%

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 610 735 527
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 44.08% 50.24% 43.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 541 358
Wales median daily rate £441 £408 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.28% +13.19% -4.00%
10th Percentile £291 £275 £175
90th Percentile £625 £563 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 39 41
Wales median hourly rate £18.06 £11.78 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.27% -21.47% +15.38%
10th Percentile £8.97 £10.13 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.75 £42.00 £39.16
UK median hourly rate £19.85 £17.50 £17.38
% change year-on-year +13.41% +0.72% -0.71%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 -3 156 £390 -2.50% 82
West Wales - 19 £480 - 6
North Wales +3 10 £650 +56.63% 9
Mid Wales +7 1 - - 4
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 94 (49.47%) Windows
2 62 (32.63%) Azure
3 54 (28.42%) SQL
4 50 (26.32%) SQL Server
5 49 (25.79%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (23.16%) Microsoft Office
7 43 (22.63%) Active Directory
8 34 (17.89%) VMware
9 32 (16.84%) DevOps
10 30 (15.79%) C#
11 28 (14.74%) Office 365
11 28 (14.74%) Windows Server
12 27 (14.21%) Test Automation
13 26 (13.68%) AWS
14 25 (13.16%) .NET
14 25 (13.16%) ITIL
15 24 (12.63%) XML
16 23 (12.11%) Security Cleared
16 23 (12.11%) Windows 10
17 22 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
17 22 (11.58%) IBM
18 21 (11.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 20 (10.53%) Migration
20 19 (10.00%) Finance
20 19 (10.00%) Python
21 18 (9.47%) Validation
21 18 (9.47%) SC Cleared
21 18 (9.47%) Rational DOORS
21 18 (9.47%) Rational Team Concert
22 17 (8.95%) Team Foundation Server

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 13 (6.84%) SharePoint
2 9 (4.74%) MS Exchange
3 8 (4.21%) IIS
4 7 (3.68%) Skype for Business
5 6 (3.16%) Mule
5 6 (3.16%) Tomcat
6 4 (2.11%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.53%) Apache
7 1 (0.53%) CMS
7 1 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.53%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 44 (23.16%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (4.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (3.16%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.63%) FileZilla
5 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.53%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 62 (32.63%) Azure
2 28 (14.74%) Office 365
3 26 (13.68%) AWS
4 10 (5.26%) Power Platform
5 8 (4.21%) SaaS
6 7 (3.68%) Azure Data Factory
7 6 (3.16%) PaaS
7 6 (3.16%) Yammer
8 5 (2.63%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (1.58%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.58%) GCP
10 2 (1.05%) IaaS
10 2 (1.05%) Serverless
11 1 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.53%) G Suite
11 1 (0.53%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.53%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.79%) DNS
2 9 (4.74%) Firewall
3 8 (4.21%) DHCP
3 8 (4.21%) Skype
4 6 (3.16%) LAN
4 6 (3.16%) NetScaler
4 6 (3.16%) SSH
5 5 (2.63%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (1.58%) Internet
6 3 (1.58%) IPv4
6 3 (1.58%) WAN
7 2 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (1.05%) Cisco Nexus
7 2 (1.05%) Intranet
7 2 (1.05%) SAN
7 2 (1.05%) SNMP
7 2 (1.05%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.05%) VoIP
8 1 (0.53%) Network Security
8 1 (0.53%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 21 (11.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (6.84%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (6.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (4.74%) Power BI
6 7 (3.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.63%) MySQL
7 5 (2.63%) Oracle Database
8 3 (1.58%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 2 (1.05%) MariaDB
9 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (1.05%) MongoDB
9 2 (1.05%) MS Access
9 2 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (1.05%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.05%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (1.05%) SQL Server 7
10 1 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.53%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 18 (9.47%) Rational DOORS
1 18 (9.47%) Rational Team Concert
2 17 (8.95%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (7.89%) Visual Studio
4 14 (7.37%) Rational Quality Manager
4 14 (7.37%) Visual Studio Team System
5 11 (5.79%) Git (software)
6 8 (4.21%) Jenkins
6 8 (4.21%) SoapUI
7 7 (3.68%) ClearQuest
8 6 (3.16%) Artifactory
8 6 (3.16%) ClearCase
8 6 (3.16%) Maven
9 4 (2.11%) Balsamiq
9 4 (2.11%) JIRA
9 4 (2.11%) Selenium
9 4 (2.11%) Spinnaker
9 4 (2.11%) Subversion
10 2 (1.05%) MSI
10 2 (1.05%) TeamCity
General
1 19 (10.00%) Finance
2 10 (5.26%) Public Sector
3 7 (3.68%) Military
4 6 (3.16%) Retail
5 4 (2.11%) Banking
5 4 (2.11%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.11%) Legal
6 1 (0.53%) Advertising
6 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.53%) Law
6 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (13.68%) Developer
2 24 (12.63%) Architect
3 22 (11.58%) Analyst
4 21 (11.05%) Systems Engineer
5 14 (7.37%) Consultant
6 13 (6.84%) Integration Engineer
6 13 (6.84%) Solutions Architect
7 12 (6.32%) Software Engineer
7 12 (6.32%) Systems Integration Engineer
8 9 (4.74%) Support Engineer
9 8 (4.21%) 3rd Line Support
9 8 (4.21%) Azure Architect
9 8 (4.21%) Business Analyst
9 8 (4.21%) Cloud Architect
9 8 (4.21%) Technical Architect
10 7 (3.68%) Data Warehouse Developer
10 7 (3.68%) Database Engineer
10 7 (3.68%) Senior Software Engineer
10 7 (3.68%) Test Analyst
11 6 (3.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.16%) .NET
2 24 (12.63%) XML
3 14 (7.37%) CSS
3 14 (7.37%) HTML
4 12 (6.32%) SOAP
5 10 (5.26%) Web Services
6 9 (4.74%) AngularJS
7 8 (4.21%) ASP.NET
8 6 (3.16%) XSD
9 4 (2.11%) Aurelia
9 4 (2.11%) HTML5
9 4 (2.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 4 (2.11%) WCF
9 4 (2.11%) WPF
10 3 (1.58%) COM
10 3 (1.58%) Flask
10 3 (1.58%) pytest
10 3 (1.58%) SQLAlchemy
11 1 (0.53%) LAMP
11 1 (0.53%) React
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.95%) Data Centre
2 10 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (3.68%) Clustering
4 5 (2.63%) Mainframe
4 5 (2.63%) Robotics
4 5 (2.63%) User Experience
4 5 (2.63%) Virtual Team
5 4 (2.11%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.11%) HACMP
6 3 (1.58%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.58%) PKI
6 3 (1.58%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.05%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.05%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.05%) NHS
7 2 (1.05%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.05%) Social Media
8 1 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 94 (49.47%) Windows
2 28 (14.74%) Windows Server
3 23 (12.11%) Windows 10
4 17 (8.95%) Linux
5 12 (6.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (5.79%) Unix
6 11 (5.79%) Windows 7
6 11 (5.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (3.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (2.63%) Windows Vista
9 4 (2.11%) AIX
10 2 (1.05%) Android
11 1 (0.53%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.53%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (25.79%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (16.84%) DevOps
3 27 (14.21%) Test Automation
4 25 (13.16%) ITIL
5 20 (10.53%) Migration
6 18 (9.47%) Validation
7 17 (8.95%) Software Engineering
8 16 (8.42%) Mentoring
9 15 (7.89%) ETL
10 14 (7.37%) Business Intelligence
10 14 (7.37%) Data Modelling
10 14 (7.37%) Information Security
11 13 (6.84%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (6.32%) Data Protection
13 11 (5.79%) Change Management
13 11 (5.79%) CRM
13 11 (5.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 10 (5.26%) Customer Requirements
14 10 (5.26%) Project Management
14 10 (5.26%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 54 (28.42%) SQL
2 30 (15.79%) C#
3 19 (10.00%) Python
4 14 (7.37%) PowerShell
5 7 (3.68%) Java
6 6 (3.16%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.16%) T-SQL
7 5 (2.63%) C++
7 5 (2.63%) VB.NET
8 4 (2.11%) TypeScript
9 3 (1.58%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.05%) VBA
11 1 (0.53%) Apex Code
11 1 (0.53%) C
11 1 (0.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.53%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.53%) Java 8
11 1 (0.53%) Perl
11 1 (0.53%) Ruby
11 1 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 23 (12.11%) Security Cleared
2 18 (9.47%) SC Cleared
3 11 (5.79%) CISSP
4 7 (3.68%) Degree
5 6 (3.16%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (2.63%) CISM
6 5 (2.63%) TOGAF Certification
7 4 (2.11%) ISEB
7 4 (2.11%) ISTQB
7 4 (2.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (2.11%) PMI Certification
7 4 (2.11%) PMP
7 4 (2.11%) SANS
7 4 (2.11%) SSCP
8 2 (1.05%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.05%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.53%) MCP
9 1 (0.53%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.11%) Cyber Essentials
2 4 (2.11%) GDPR
2 4 (2.11%) HIPAA
2 4 (2.11%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.58%) QA
3 3 (1.58%) SLA
4 2 (1.05%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (1.05%) PMO
4 2 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
System Software
1 43 (22.63%) Active Directory
2 22 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.37%) Docker
4 12 (6.32%) Hyper-V
5 8 (4.21%) vSphere
5 8 (4.21%) XenApp
5 8 (4.21%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.16%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (1.58%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (1.05%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.53%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.53%) vCloud
9 1 (0.53%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 12 (6.32%) SCCM
2 10 (5.26%) Kubernetes
3 6 (3.16%) SCOM
4 4 (2.11%) PTC Integrity
5 3 (1.58%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.05%) HP Data Protector
6 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.05%) Nagios
6 2 (1.05%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.05%) SCOrch
6 2 (1.05%) SCSM
6 2 (1.05%) SCVMM
6 2 (1.05%) SnapVault
6 2 (1.05%) Terraform
6 2 (1.05%) WSUS
7 1 (0.53%) Ansible
7 1 (0.53%) AppDNA
7 1 (0.53%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 34 (17.89%) VMware
2 22 (11.58%) IBM
3 16 (8.42%) Citrix
4 10 (5.26%) Cisco
5 7 (3.68%) HP
6 6 (3.16%) Google
6 6 (3.16%) McAfee
6 6 (3.16%) Oracle
7 5 (2.63%) Automation Anywhere
7 5 (2.63%) ServiceNow
8 4 (2.11%) Blue Prism
8 4 (2.11%) CA
8 4 (2.11%) Dell
8 4 (2.11%) Fortinet
8 4 (2.11%) Kaspersky
8 4 (2.11%) PTC
8 4 (2.11%) Twitter
8 4 (2.11%) UiPath
9 3 (1.58%) CheckPoint
9 3 (1.58%) Veeam