The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Bedford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not 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.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 2 4
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 12 17 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford 21.05% 23.29% 12.50%
As % of the Vendors category 42.86% 62.96% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 2
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£275 £270 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £171 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £420 £355
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
Microsoft
Bedfordshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedford region.

Vendors Category
Bedford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
28 27 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford 49.12% 36.99% 28.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 18 5
Average daily rate £275 £275 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +22.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £170 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £435 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.00 £30.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.83% -60.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Bedford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedford region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedford

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedford region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Bedford

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedford region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Bedford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedford

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedford region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 12 (34.29%) SQL
2 11 (31.43%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (28.57%) MS Office
3 10 (28.57%) Windows
4 9 (25.71%) .NET
4 9 (25.71%) MS Excel
4 9 (25.71%) Cisco
5 8 (22.86%) MS Visio
6 7 (20.00%) Citrix
6 7 (20.00%) UML
6 7 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (17.14%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 6 (17.14%) Network Security
7 6 (17.14%) WebSphere
7 6 (17.14%) IBM Notes
7 6 (17.14%) Lotus Domino
7 6 (17.14%) XML
7 6 (17.14%) Java
7 6 (17.14%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (17.14%) IBM
7 6 (17.14%) CCNP
7 6 (17.14%) Lotus
7 6 (17.14%) LAN
7 6 (17.14%) WAN
7 6 (17.14%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (17.14%) CheckPoint
7 6 (17.14%) VMware
7 6 (17.14%) CCSA
7 6 (17.14%) Logistics
8 5 (14.29%) Agile Software Development

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedford by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedford region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (17.14%) WebSphere
1 6 (17.14%) IBM Notes
1 6 (17.14%) Lotus Domino
1 6 (17.14%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (14.29%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
3 1 (2.86%) MQSeries
3 1 (2.86%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (28.57%) MS Office
2 9 (25.71%) MS Excel
3 8 (22.86%) MS Visio
4 4 (11.43%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (5.71%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Oracle HRMS
1 1 (2.86%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (17.14%) Network Security
1 6 (17.14%) LAN
1 6 (17.14%) WAN
2 5 (14.29%) Firewall
3 2 (5.71%) Wireshark
3 2 (5.71%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (5.71%) tcpdump
3 2 (5.71%) DHCP
3 2 (5.71%) VoIP
3 2 (5.71%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.71%) VPN
3 2 (5.71%) DNS
3 2 (5.71%) BGP
3 2 (5.71%) OSPF
3 2 (5.71%) Wireless
4 1 (2.86%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.86%) Intranet
4 1 (2.86%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.57%) MS Access
3 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (5.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.86%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.86%) Subversion
2 1 (2.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (5.71%) Finance
2 1 (2.86%) German Language
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Analyst
2 6 (17.14%) Developer
2 6 (17.14%) Support Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Consultant
3 5 (14.29%) Network Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Network Security Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Senior Support Analyst
4 4 (11.43%) Security Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Data Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Architect
5 3 (8.57%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (8.57%) Middleware Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) IT Support
6 2 (5.71%) Security Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Developer
6 2 (5.71%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Network Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.71%) .NET
2 6 (17.14%) WebSphere Message Broker
2 6 (17.14%) XML
3 4 (11.43%) Middleware
4 2 (5.71%) WCF
4 2 (5.71%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (5.71%) HTML
4 2 (5.71%) ASP.NET
4 2 (5.71%) CSS
5 1 (2.86%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (2.86%) EDI
5 1 (2.86%) Web Services
5 1 (2.86%) ADO.NET
5 1 (2.86%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 1 (2.86%) LINQ to SQL
5 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 1 (2.86%) LINQ
5 1 (2.86%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (31.43%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (14.29%) Blackberry
3 2 (5.71%) SecurID
3 2 (5.71%) iPhone
4 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.86%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
2 7 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (8.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (5.71%) Windows 8
5 2 (5.71%) UNIX
5 2 (5.71%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (20.00%) UML
2 6 (17.14%) Logistics
3 5 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (14.29%) Network Management
4 4 (11.43%) ITIL
4 4 (11.43%) Migration
4 4 (11.43%) TDD
4 4 (11.43%) Network Design
5 3 (8.57%) Software Engineering
5 3 (8.57%) Data Analysis
5 3 (8.57%) Scrum
5 3 (8.57%) Data Modelling
5 3 (8.57%) Change Control
5 3 (8.57%) Data Transformation
5 3 (8.57%) Mentoring
5 3 (8.57%) Data Migration
5 3 (8.57%) Project Planning
5 3 (8.57%) Business Analysis
5 3 (8.57%) Incident Management
6 2 (5.71%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 12 (34.29%) SQL
2 6 (17.14%) Java
3 5 (14.29%) C#
4 3 (8.57%) PL/SQL
5 2 (5.71%) C
5 2 (5.71%) JavaScript
5 2 (5.71%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
6 1 (2.86%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.86%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) Cisco Certification
1 6 (17.14%) CCNP
1 6 (17.14%) CCSA
2 5 (14.29%) CCDP
3 3 (8.57%) CCSE
4 2 (5.71%) ISEB
4 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (5.71%) Check Point Certification
4 2 (5.71%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (2.86%) MCTS
5 1 (2.86%) MCITP
5 1 (2.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (2.86%) MCSE
5 1 (2.86%) MCSA
5 1 (2.86%) MCP
5 1 (2.86%) CBAP
5 1 (2.86%) VCP5
5 1 (2.86%) BC Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.43%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (5.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
1 2 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.86%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 9 (25.71%) Cisco
2 7 (20.00%) Citrix
3 6 (17.14%) IBM
3 6 (17.14%) Lotus
3 6 (17.14%) CheckPoint
3 6 (17.14%) VMware
4 4 (11.43%) McAfee
5 3 (8.57%) Oracle
6 2 (5.71%) LANDesk
6 2 (5.71%) Symantec
7 1 (2.86%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (2.86%) SAP