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 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 5 4
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10 18 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford 16.67% 21.43% 14.63%
As % of the Vendors category 34.48% 66.67% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 4
Average daily rate
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£300 £270 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -22.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £171 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £420 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.42% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £11.75 - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -18.18%
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
29 27 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford 48.33% 32.14% 36.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 18 12
Average daily rate £283 £288 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.73% -11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £170 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £430 £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Average hourly rate £12.50 £12.00 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -74.73%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 28 November 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 28 November 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 16 (41.03%) SQL
2 15 (38.46%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (25.64%) .NET
3 10 (25.64%) MS Visio
3 10 (25.64%) Cisco
4 9 (23.08%) SQL Server
4 9 (23.08%) MS Office
5 7 (17.95%) Windows
5 7 (17.95%) UML
5 7 (17.95%) MS Excel
5 7 (17.95%) Incident Management
6 6 (15.38%) WebSphere
6 6 (15.38%) Logistics
6 6 (15.38%) CCSA
6 6 (15.38%) XML
6 6 (15.38%) C#
6 6 (15.38%) Java
6 6 (15.38%) IBM
6 6 (15.38%) CCNP
6 6 (15.38%) LAN
6 6 (15.38%) WAN
6 6 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (15.38%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (15.38%) CheckPoint
6 6 (15.38%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 6 (15.38%) Network Security
7 5 (12.82%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
7 5 (12.82%) Network Management
7 5 (12.82%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (12.82%) CCDP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedford by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 (15.38%) WebSphere
1 6 (15.38%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (12.82%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
3 2 (5.13%) IBM Notes
3 2 (5.13%) Lotus Domino
4 1 (2.56%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (2.56%) MQSeries
Applications
1 10 (25.64%) MS Visio
2 9 (23.08%) MS Office
3 7 (17.95%) MS Excel
4 4 (10.26%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (5.13%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (10.26%) SAP SD
2 1 (2.56%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (15.38%) LAN
1 6 (15.38%) WAN
1 6 (15.38%) Network Security
2 5 (12.82%) Firewall
3 2 (5.13%) tcpdump
3 2 (5.13%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (5.13%) Wireshark
3 2 (5.13%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.13%) BGP
3 2 (5.13%) OSPF
4 1 (2.56%) Intranet
4 1 (2.56%) HTTP
4 1 (2.56%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (7.69%) MS Access
4 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.56%) Subversion
General
1 2 (5.13%) Finance
2 1 (2.56%) German Language
Job Titles
1 15 (38.46%) Analyst
2 7 (17.95%) Developer
3 5 (12.82%) Consultant
3 5 (12.82%) Network Engineer
4 4 (10.26%) Business Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Network Security Engineer
4 4 (10.26%) Security Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) Data Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Architect
5 3 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (7.69%) Middleware Consultant
6 2 (5.13%) Network Support
6 2 (5.13%) Security Consultant
6 2 (5.13%) Service Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Network Consultant
6 2 (5.13%) Support Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (25.64%) .NET
2 6 (15.38%) XML
2 6 (15.38%) WebSphere Message Broker
3 4 (10.26%) EDI
3 4 (10.26%) Middleware
4 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET
5 2 (5.13%) WCF
5 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (5.13%) CSS
5 2 (5.13%) HTML
6 1 (2.56%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (2.56%) ADO.NET
6 1 (2.56%) Web Services
6 1 (2.56%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.56%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (2.56%) LINQ to SQL
6 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 1 (2.56%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (38.46%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (10.26%) Blackberry
3 3 (7.69%) iPhone
4 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (17.95%) Windows
2 3 (7.69%) Windows XP
2 3 (7.69%) Windows 8
2 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
2 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.13%) UNIX
4 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.95%) UML
1 7 (17.95%) Incident Management
2 6 (15.38%) Logistics
3 5 (12.82%) Network Management
3 5 (12.82%) Business Intelligence
3 5 (12.82%) ITIL
3 5 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (12.82%) Business Analysis
4 4 (10.26%) Migration
4 4 (10.26%) TDD
4 4 (10.26%) CRM
5 3 (7.69%) Six Sigma
5 3 (7.69%) Data Modelling
5 3 (7.69%) PRINCE2
5 3 (7.69%) Data Analysis
5 3 (7.69%) Software Engineering
5 3 (7.69%) Project Planning
5 3 (7.69%) Scrum
5 3 (7.69%) Change Control
5 3 (7.69%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 16 (41.03%) SQL
2 6 (15.38%) C#
2 6 (15.38%) Java
3 4 (10.26%) ABAP
4 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 3 (7.69%) PL/SQL
5 2 (5.13%) C
5 2 (5.13%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
6 1 (2.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (15.38%) CCSA
1 6 (15.38%) CCNP
1 6 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (12.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (12.82%) CCDP
3 4 (10.26%) MCTS
3 4 (10.26%) MCITP
3 4 (10.26%) ISEB
4 3 (7.69%) CCSE
4 3 (7.69%) Degree
5 2 (5.13%) Check Point Certification
5 2 (5.13%) PMP
5 2 (5.13%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.56%) A+ Certification
6 1 (2.56%) MCSE
6 1 (2.56%) MCSA
6 1 (2.56%) MCP
6 1 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (2.56%) VCP5
6 1 (2.56%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (5.13%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.56%) vSphere
Vendors
1 10 (25.64%) Cisco
2 6 (15.38%) IBM
2 6 (15.38%) CheckPoint
3 4 (10.26%) VMware
3 4 (10.26%) SAP
3 4 (10.26%) Oracle
3 4 (10.26%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (7.69%) McAfee
4 3 (7.69%) Citrix
4 3 (7.69%) LANDesk
5 2 (5.13%) Lotus