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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 9 6
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 98 114 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 13.98% 16.59% 20.74%
As % of the Vendors category 28.49% 38.26% 45.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 77 80
Median daily rate £329 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.15% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £137 £137 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £460 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 2 10
Median hourly rate £13.23 £13.50 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.03% +1.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £10.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.18 £15.50 £16.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

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 344 298 336
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 49.07% 43.38% 45.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 177 181
Median daily rate £388 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.23% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £138 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £473 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 8 17
Median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £14.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.15% +32.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.02 £13.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £20.00 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 28 March 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 0 81 £185 -47.14% 24
West Wales -4 11 £450 +350.00% 6
North Wales +8 3 £269 +19.44% 2
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 67 (38.07%) Windows
2 60 (34.09%) MS Excel
3 49 (27.84%) Active Directory
4 39 (22.16%) MS Office
5 37 (21.02%) SQL Server
5 37 (21.02%) Cisco
6 34 (19.32%) VMware
7 32 (18.18%) SQL
8 30 (17.05%) Windows Server
9 28 (15.91%) ITIL
10 27 (15.34%) CCNA
10 27 (15.34%) Cisco Certification
11 25 (14.20%) MS Exchange
12 24 (13.64%) Microsoft Certification
12 24 (13.64%) Finance
13 23 (13.07%) Firewall
13 23 (13.07%) Windows Server 2008
14 22 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
14 22 (12.50%) Oracle
15 21 (11.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 21 (11.93%) Tivoli
15 21 (11.93%) Security Cleared
16 20 (11.36%) Windows 7
16 20 (11.36%) .NET
17 19 (10.80%) HP
17 19 (10.80%) Agile Software Development
18 17 (9.66%) Management Information System
19 15 (8.52%) ASP.NET
19 15 (8.52%) HP Data Protector
20 14 (7.95%) SQL Server Integration Services

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 25 (14.20%) MS Exchange
2 10 (5.68%) Apache
3 9 (5.11%) ArcGIS
4 8 (4.55%) WebLogic
5 7 (3.98%) Confluence
6 6 (3.41%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.70%) IBM Notes
7 3 (1.70%) IIS
7 3 (1.70%) Jetty
7 3 (1.70%) Mongrel
7 3 (1.70%) nginx
7 3 (1.70%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.70%) WebSphere
8 2 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (1.14%) MS Project Server
8 2 (1.14%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (1.14%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.57%) CMS
9 1 (0.57%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 60 (34.09%) MS Excel
2 39 (22.16%) MS Office
3 11 (6.25%) MS Project
4 10 (5.68%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (2.84%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.27%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.57%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.41%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (1.70%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.70%) Amazon EC2
2 3 (1.70%) Amazon S3
2 3 (1.70%) Google App Engine
2 3 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (1.70%) Office 365
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.57%) Route 53
3 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 23 (13.07%) Firewall
2 11 (6.25%) Internet
3 6 (3.41%) Cisco ASA
3 6 (3.41%) LAN
3 6 (3.41%) TCP/IP
4 5 (2.84%) DHCP
4 5 (2.84%) DNS
4 5 (2.84%) SAN
4 5 (2.84%) VPN
5 4 (2.27%) WAN
6 3 (1.70%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (1.70%) DSL
6 3 (1.70%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 3 (1.70%) FTP
6 3 (1.70%) HTTP
6 3 (1.70%) IPsec
6 3 (1.70%) iSCSI
6 3 (1.70%) SSL
6 3 (1.70%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (1.70%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (21.02%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (5.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (5.11%) GIS
4 9 (5.11%) QGIS
5 8 (4.55%) MongoDB
5 8 (4.55%) MySQL
5 8 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 8 (4.55%) SQL Server 2000
5 8 (4.55%) SQL Server 2014
6 7 (3.98%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (3.98%) RDBMS
7 6 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (2.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (2.27%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
12 1 (0.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 1 (0.57%) Big Data
12 1 (0.57%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 10 (5.68%) Jenkins
2 8 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (3.98%) JIRA
3 7 (3.98%) MSBuild
3 7 (3.98%) MSTest
3 7 (3.98%) NUnit
3 7 (3.98%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (3.41%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (1.70%) Git (software)
6 3 (1.70%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.57%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.57%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.57%) Selenium
7 1 (0.57%) Subversion
7 1 (0.57%) WebDriver
General
1 24 (13.64%) Finance
2 13 (7.39%) Telecoms
3 11 (6.25%) Advertising
4 6 (3.41%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.84%) Retail
6 4 (2.27%) Local Government
7 3 (1.70%) Back Office
7 3 (1.70%) French Language
8 2 (1.14%) Electronics
8 2 (1.14%) Marketing
9 1 (0.57%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.57%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 24 (13.64%) Developer
2 23 (13.07%) Support Engineer
3 18 (10.23%) Analyst
4 13 (7.39%) 2nd Line Support
4 13 (7.39%) Technical Engineer
5 12 (6.82%) Technical Support
6 10 (5.68%) Project Manager
6 10 (5.68%) Software Engineer
7 9 (5.11%) .NET Developer
7 9 (5.11%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 9 (5.11%) Architect
7 9 (5.11%) GIS Technician
7 9 (5.11%) Technical Support Engineer
8 8 (4.55%) DBA
8 8 (4.55%) Service Analyst
8 8 (4.55%) Service Desk Analyst
8 8 (4.55%) UAT Manager
9 6 (3.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 6 (3.41%) IT Support
9 6 (3.41%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (11.36%) .NET
2 15 (8.52%) ASP.NET
3 11 (6.25%) .NET Framework
4 9 (5.11%) ASP.NET MVC
4 9 (5.11%) Entity Framework
5 7 (3.98%) MCollective
5 7 (3.98%) Unity DI Container
6 6 (3.41%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (3.41%) jQuery
7 5 (2.84%) XML
8 4 (2.27%) WCF
8 4 (2.27%) XML Schema
8 4 (2.27%) XSD
9 3 (1.70%) J2EE
9 3 (1.70%) LINQ
9 3 (1.70%) Servlets
10 2 (1.14%) AngularJS
10 2 (1.14%) COM
10 2 (1.14%) KnockoutJS
11 1 (0.57%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.66%) Management Information System
2 9 (5.11%) NHS
2 9 (5.11%) PKI
3 8 (4.55%) Clustering
4 6 (3.41%) iPhone
5 5 (2.84%) Freedom of Information
6 4 (2.27%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.70%) iPad
8 2 (1.14%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.14%) CESG
8 2 (1.14%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.57%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.57%) iSeries
9 1 (0.57%) LIMS
9 1 (0.57%) Mobile Computing
9 1 (0.57%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 67 (38.07%) Windows
2 30 (17.05%) Windows Server
3 23 (13.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (11.36%) Windows 7
6 10 (5.68%) Linux
7 7 (3.98%) AIX
7 7 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (3.98%) Unix
8 4 (2.27%) Windows 10
8 4 (2.27%) Windows 8
8 4 (2.27%) Windows XP
9 3 (1.70%) Android
10 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (15.91%) ITIL
2 19 (10.80%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (6.82%) Business Intelligence
3 12 (6.82%) MVC
3 12 (6.82%) PRINCE2
4 11 (6.25%) Project Management
4 11 (6.25%) Software Engineering
5 10 (5.68%) Change Management
5 10 (5.68%) Coaching
5 10 (5.68%) Mentoring
5 10 (5.68%) Programme Management
5 10 (5.68%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (5.11%) Business Analysis
6 9 (5.11%) ETL
6 9 (5.11%) High Availability
6 9 (5.11%) Migration
6 9 (5.11%) Scrum
7 8 (4.55%) Configuration Management
7 8 (4.55%) Information Management
7 8 (4.55%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 32 (18.18%) SQL
2 10 (5.68%) C#
3 9 (5.11%) C++
4 7 (3.98%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.41%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.27%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.70%) Java
8 2 (1.14%) VBA
9 1 (0.57%) C
9 1 (0.57%) COBOL
9 1 (0.57%) Perl
9 1 (0.57%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (15.34%) CCNA
1 27 (15.34%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (13.64%) Microsoft Certification
3 21 (11.93%) Security Cleared
4 13 (7.39%) SC Cleared
5 12 (6.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 12 (6.82%) MCITP
6 9 (5.11%) ISEB
6 9 (5.11%) ISTQB
7 8 (4.55%) MCDBA
8 5 (2.84%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.84%) Degree
8 5 (2.84%) MCSE
9 3 (1.70%) CCNP
10 2 (1.14%) HNC
10 2 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.57%) CISSP
11 1 (0.57%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.57%) MCP
11 1 (0.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.84%) Disclosure Scotland
1 5 (2.84%) SLA
2 3 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.57%) MISRA
3 1 (0.57%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.57%) QA
System Software
1 49 (27.84%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.68%) Hyper-V
2 10 (5.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.98%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (3.98%) PowerHA
4 3 (1.70%) Terminal Services
4 3 (1.70%) Xen
5 2 (1.14%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.57%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 21 (11.93%) Tivoli
1 21 (11.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 15 (8.52%) HP Data Protector
3 10 (5.68%) Ansible
3 10 (5.68%) Nessus
3 10 (5.68%) Puppet
3 10 (5.68%) Rundeck
4 9 (5.11%) SCCM
5 7 (3.98%) Packer
5 7 (3.98%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 7 (3.98%) Zenoss
6 4 (2.27%) Backup Exec
7 3 (1.70%) Marathon
7 3 (1.70%) Mesos
7 3 (1.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (1.70%) Terraform
8 2 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.57%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.57%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 37 (21.02%) Cisco
2 34 (19.32%) VMware
3 22 (12.50%) Oracle
4 19 (10.80%) HP
5 11 (6.25%) SAP
5 11 (6.25%) Symantec
6 9 (5.11%) Mapinfo
7 8 (4.55%) Citrix
7 8 (4.55%) IBM
7 8 (4.55%) Red Hat
7 8 (4.55%) RedGate
8 7 (3.98%) Sonatype
9 6 (3.41%) Avaya
10 5 (2.84%) Intel Security
11 4 (2.27%) CheckPoint
12 3 (1.70%) Blue Coat
12 3 (1.70%) Google
12 3 (1.70%) Lotus
12 3 (1.70%) ScanSafe
12 3 (1.70%) Sourcefire
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Bridgend
South Wales Police
Rate: £27,519 rising to £31,938
Posted: 4 days ago
Wales
Venn Group
Rate: £8 - £9 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
LA International
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £13.00 - £16.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Newport, Gwent
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 6 days ago