Period
to 16 November 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 November 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 4 11
Rank change year-on-year -2 +7 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 246 237 151
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 14.73% 19.19% 10.53%
As % of the Vendors category 33.06% 46.38% 27.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 164 112
Wales median daily rate £385 £325 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.46% -12.75% +14.62%
10th Percentile £218 £175 £175
90th Percentile £600 £420 £571
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 16 25
Wales median hourly rate £11.78 £14.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.76% +16.00% -32.43%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £9.62
90th Percentile £27.55 £22.56 £61.25
UK median hourly rate £15.70 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.67% -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 744 511 557
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 44.55% 41.38% 38.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 344 381
Wales median daily rate £425 £352 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.65% -11.94% +16.79%
10th Percentile £285 £175 £210
90th Percentile £600 £525 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £418
% change year-on-year +4.65% +2.87% +4.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 22 38
Wales median hourly rate £12.25 £14.50 £12.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.52% +14.67% -20.27%
10th Percentile £10.13 £10.03 £10.35
90th Percentile £39.90 £24.33 £61.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.46 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.26% +5.79% -5.71%

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 16 November 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 November 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 November 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 -1 228 £400 +23.08% 81
North Wales 0 11 £350 +27.27% 19
West Wales -1 2 £425 +30.77% 10
Mid Wales -9 2 £125 +42.86% 1
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 November 2018, 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 98 (39.84%) Windows
2 72 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (28.46%) SQL
4 60 (24.39%) SQL Server
5 58 (23.58%) Active Directory
6 55 (22.36%) .NET
7 49 (19.92%) Security Cleared
8 46 (18.70%) Windows Server
9 43 (17.48%) SC Cleared
10 40 (16.26%) Microsoft Azure
11 39 (15.85%) C#
12 38 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
13 31 (12.60%) ITIL
13 31 (12.60%) Linux
14 29 (11.79%) .NET Framework
14 29 (11.79%) Analytical Skills
15 28 (11.38%) Firewall
16 27 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
17 26 (10.57%) MVC
17 26 (10.57%) Finance
17 26 (10.57%) ASP.NET
18 25 (10.16%) Windows Server 2012
19 24 (9.76%) Degree
19 24 (9.76%) Migration
20 23 (9.35%) Visual Studio
20 23 (9.35%) Project Management
20 23 (9.35%) Relational Database
20 23 (9.35%) Windows 10
21 22 (8.94%) Team Foundation Server
21 22 (8.94%) Test Automation

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 17 (6.91%) MS Exchange
2 13 (5.28%) SharePoint
3 8 (3.25%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.44%) IIS
5 5 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.81%) Apache
7 2 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.81%) Confluence
8 1 (0.41%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.41%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.41%) CMS
8 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.41%) Umbraco
Applications
1 38 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (7.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (4.07%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (2.03%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.22%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.41%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 40 (16.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (7.32%) Office 365
3 17 (6.91%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.85%) SaaS
5 5 (2.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.63%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (1.22%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.22%) IaaS
8 2 (0.81%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.81%) Serverless
9 1 (0.41%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (11.38%) Firewall
2 14 (5.69%) TCP/IP
3 13 (5.28%) VoIP
4 10 (4.07%) DMZ
5 9 (3.66%) SAN
6 8 (3.25%) Skype
7 7 (2.85%) Network Security
7 7 (2.85%) Unified Communications
8 6 (2.44%) Internet
8 6 (2.44%) Telepresence
9 5 (2.03%) DNS
9 5 (2.03%) VLAN
9 5 (2.03%) VSAN
10 4 (1.63%) DHCP
10 4 (1.63%) IP Telephony
10 4 (1.63%) SNMP
10 4 (1.63%) VPN
11 3 (1.22%) H.323
12 2 (0.81%) LAN
12 2 (0.81%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (24.39%) SQL Server
2 23 (9.35%) Relational Database
3 20 (8.13%) RDBMS
4 14 (5.69%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (5.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (4.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (3.66%) Big Data
6 9 (3.66%) Power BI
6 9 (3.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (3.25%) MySQL
8 6 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (1.63%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.81%) Cosmos DB
11 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.41%) Data Lake
12 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 23 (9.35%) Visual Studio
2 22 (8.94%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (6.10%) MSTest
4 14 (5.69%) NUnit
5 10 (4.07%) Git (software)
6 7 (2.85%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (2.44%) Rational DOORS
7 6 (2.44%) Selenium
7 6 (2.44%) SoapUI
8 5 (2.03%) JIRA
8 5 (2.03%) Rational Quality Manager
8 5 (2.03%) Rational Team Concert
9 4 (1.63%) Eclipse
9 4 (1.63%) GCC
10 3 (1.22%) NCrunch
10 3 (1.22%) ReSharper
11 2 (0.81%) InstallShield
11 2 (0.81%) MSI
11 2 (0.81%) SpecFlow
11 2 (0.81%) WebDriver
General
1 26 (10.57%) Finance
2 8 (3.25%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.44%) Manufacturing
3 6 (2.44%) Marketing
4 5 (2.03%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.63%) Banking
5 4 (1.63%) Investment Banking
5 4 (1.63%) Military
6 3 (1.22%) Electronics
7 2 (0.81%) Back Office
7 2 (0.81%) Legal
8 1 (0.41%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 54 (21.95%) Developer
2 40 (16.26%) Analyst
3 39 (15.85%) Architect
4 31 (12.60%) .NET Developer
5 13 (5.28%) Business Analyst
5 13 (5.28%) C# Developer
6 12 (4.88%) Security Architect
7 11 (4.47%) C# .NET Developer
8 10 (4.07%) Deployment Engineer
9 9 (3.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (3.66%) Integration Engineer
9 9 (3.66%) Software Engineer
9 9 (3.66%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (3.25%) 1st Line Support
10 8 (3.25%) Consultant
10 8 (3.25%) Senior Analyst
10 8 (3.25%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (3.25%) SQL Developer
10 8 (3.25%) Systems Engineer
10 8 (3.25%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (22.36%) .NET
2 29 (11.79%) .NET Framework
3 26 (10.57%) ASP.NET
4 17 (6.91%) Entity Framework
5 14 (5.69%) ASP.NET MVC
5 14 (5.69%) LINQ
6 12 (4.88%) WPF
7 10 (4.07%) XML
8 8 (3.25%) SOAP
9 6 (2.44%) AngularJS
10 4 (1.63%) Apache Axis
10 4 (1.63%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (1.22%) Castle Windsor
11 3 (1.22%) CSS
11 3 (1.22%) EDI
11 3 (1.22%) HTML
11 3 (1.22%) Razor View Engine
11 3 (1.22%) React
11 3 (1.22%) Web Services
12 2 (0.81%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.79%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (6.91%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (6.50%) Management Information System
4 14 (5.69%) PKI
5 12 (4.88%) NHS
6 10 (4.07%) CESG
7 7 (2.85%) N-Tier
8 6 (2.44%) Fintech
8 6 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
8 6 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (2.44%) Video\Live Streaming
9 5 (2.03%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.63%) Computer Science
11 3 (1.22%) Data Centre
11 3 (1.22%) Data Structures
11 3 (1.22%) Driving Licence
12 2 (0.81%) Clustering
12 2 (0.81%) Enterprise Cloud
12 2 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 98 (39.84%) Windows
2 46 (18.70%) Windows Server
3 31 (12.60%) Linux
4 25 (10.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (9.35%) Windows 10
6 15 (6.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (5.69%) Windows 7
8 13 (5.28%) Android
8 13 (5.28%) Apple iOS
8 13 (5.28%) Windows XP
9 10 (4.07%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (2.44%) Unix
11 4 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.81%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.41%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (12.60%) ITIL
3 27 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
4 26 (10.57%) MVC
5 24 (9.76%) Migration
6 23 (9.35%) Project Management
7 22 (8.94%) Test Automation
8 19 (7.72%) ITIL V3
8 19 (7.72%) TOGAF
9 17 (6.91%) Coaching
10 16 (6.50%) Change Management
10 16 (6.50%) OOP
11 15 (6.10%) Security Architecture
11 15 (6.10%) Unit Testing
12 14 (5.69%) Risk Management
12 14 (5.69%) Time Management
13 13 (5.28%) Android Development
13 13 (5.28%) Business Analysis
13 13 (5.28%) Business Intelligence
13 13 (5.28%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 70 (28.46%) SQL
2 39 (15.85%) C#
3 22 (8.94%) PowerShell
4 12 (4.88%) JavaScript
5 11 (4.47%) XAML
6 10 (4.07%) Python
7 8 (3.25%) C
7 8 (3.25%) C++
7 8 (3.25%) PL/SQL
7 8 (3.25%) VB
8 6 (2.44%) Java
8 6 (2.44%) Ruby
8 6 (2.44%) T-SQL
9 5 (2.03%) VB6
10 3 (1.22%) VBA
10 3 (1.22%) VBScript
11 2 (0.81%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.81%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.81%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.41%) R
Qualifications
1 49 (19.92%) Security Cleared
2 43 (17.48%) SC Cleared
3 24 (9.76%) Degree
4 16 (6.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (4.07%) MCSE
6 8 (3.25%) CISSP
7 6 (2.44%) CESG Certified Professional
7 6 (2.44%) HNC
7 6 (2.44%) HND
8 4 (1.63%) TOGAF Certification
9 3 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.22%) CCNA
9 3 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.22%) CISM
9 3 (1.22%) ISTQB
9 3 (1.22%) MCP
10 2 (0.81%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.81%) SSCP
11 1 (0.41%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.25%) Data Quality
2 7 (2.85%) SLA
3 6 (2.44%) GDPR
4 5 (2.03%) QA
5 4 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (1.63%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.81%) PMO
System Software
1 58 (23.58%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.07%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.44%) XenApp
5 5 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (2.03%) VMware Workstation
5 5 (2.03%) vSphere
6 4 (1.63%) Terminal Services
6 4 (1.63%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.22%) Docker
7 3 (1.22%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (1.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.81%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.41%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (6.10%) SCCM
2 10 (4.07%) SCOM
3 7 (2.85%) WSUS
4 6 (2.44%) Cisco CUCM
4 6 (2.44%) Microsoft Clustering
5 5 (2.03%) Backup Exec
5 5 (2.03%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (2.03%) NetBackup
5 5 (2.03%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (2.03%) vCenter Server
6 3 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.81%) CSIRT
7 2 (0.81%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.81%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.81%) Mesos
7 2 (0.81%) SCSM
8 1 (0.41%) Ansible
8 1 (0.41%) Packer
8 1 (0.41%) Terraform
Vendors
1 17 (6.91%) VMware
2 12 (4.88%) Apple
2 12 (4.88%) Xamarin
3 11 (4.47%) IBM
4 10 (4.07%) Citrix
4 10 (4.07%) Oracle
5 8 (3.25%) HP
5 8 (3.25%) Red Hat
6 7 (2.85%) Cisco
6 7 (2.85%) McAfee
7 6 (2.44%) Polycom
7 6 (2.44%) SAP
7 6 (2.44%) Teradata
8 5 (2.03%) Google
8 5 (2.03%) Symantec
9 4 (1.63%) Nintex
9 4 (1.63%) Tableau
10 2 (0.81%) Aruba
10 2 (0.81%) Facebook
10 2 (0.81%) Ivanti