The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 46 66 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 13.86% 17.10% 13.19%
As % of the Vendors category 33.33% 37.50% 32.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 52 20
Average daily rate £425 £406 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% +35.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £152 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £573 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 8
Average hourly rate £50.68 £17.50 £14.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+189.60% +18.64%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Microsoft
East of England

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

Vendors Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
138 176 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 41.57% 45.60% 41.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 139 70
Average daily rate £450 £425 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +41.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £210 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 10 14
Average hourly rate £47.50 £17.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+171.42% +12.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.70 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.68 £27.00 £41.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton -3 27 £588 +38.23% 10
Bedford -3 4 £388 +29.16% 11
Dunstable +2 2 - - 2
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire 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 50 (42.02%) MS Excel
2 42 (35.29%) .NET
3 38 (31.93%) Software Engineering
4 34 (28.57%) C#
4 34 (28.57%) SOA
5 32 (26.89%) Windows
6 27 (22.69%) Analytical Skills
7 26 (21.85%) Low Latency
7 26 (21.85%) REST
7 26 (21.85%) SOAP
8 25 (21.01%) ITIL
9 24 (20.17%) WCF
10 22 (18.49%) Reverse Engineering
10 22 (18.49%) Microservices
11 21 (17.65%) SQL Server
12 19 (15.97%) MS Office
12 19 (15.97%) Hybrid Cloud
13 17 (14.29%) MSMQ
14 15 (12.61%) Active Directory
15 14 (11.76%) Citrix
15 14 (11.76%) SQL
15 14 (11.76%) Data Transformation
16 12 (10.08%) OO
16 12 (10.08%) SLA
16 12 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
16 12 (10.08%) VMware
17 11 (9.24%) Atlassian
17 11 (9.24%) Security Cleared
17 11 (9.24%) JIRA
17 11 (9.24%) Data Modelling

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire 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 11 (9.24%) Confluence
2 8 (6.72%) Mule
2 8 (6.72%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.88%) Apache ServiceMix
3 7 (5.88%) JBoss
3 7 (5.88%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.52%) IIS
5 2 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.68%) CMS
5 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (1.68%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.84%) Apache
6 1 (0.84%) IBM Domino
6 1 (0.84%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 50 (42.02%) MS Excel
2 19 (15.97%) MS Office
3 9 (7.56%) MS Project
4 5 (4.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (4.20%) MS Visio
5 3 (2.52%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.84%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.68%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.84%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.84%) Office 365
2 1 (0.84%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.72%) Firewall
2 6 (5.04%) DNS
3 5 (4.20%) LAN
4 4 (3.36%) WAN
5 3 (2.52%) DHCP
5 3 (2.52%) Internet
5 3 (2.52%) Network Security
5 3 (2.52%) SSL
6 2 (1.68%) BGP
6 2 (1.68%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (1.68%) Intranet
6 2 (1.68%) IP Telephony
6 2 (1.68%) OSPF
6 2 (1.68%) SAN
6 2 (1.68%) Spanning Tree
6 2 (1.68%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.68%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.84%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.84%) VLAN
7 1 (0.84%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.65%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.84%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (9.24%) JIRA
1 11 (9.24%) Rational DOORS
1 11 (9.24%) Rational Rhapsody
1 11 (9.24%) VectorCAST
2 9 (7.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.52%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.84%) Selenium
4 1 (0.84%) Subversion
4 1 (0.84%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.84%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (8.40%) Finance
2 7 (5.88%) Pharmaceutical
3 5 (4.20%) Local Government
4 4 (3.36%) Banking
4 4 (3.36%) Legal
4 4 (3.36%) Retail
5 3 (2.52%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.68%) Billing
6 2 (1.68%) Electronics
6 2 (1.68%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.84%) Advertising
7 1 (0.84%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 36 (30.25%) Architect
2 30 (25.21%) Technical Architect
3 20 (16.81%) Analyst
4 11 (9.24%) Developer
5 10 (8.40%) Principal Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Principal Software Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Software Engineer
6 9 (7.56%) Messaging Architect
7 8 (6.72%) Senior Developer
8 7 (5.88%) IT Support
8 7 (5.88%) Service Analyst
8 7 (5.88%) Support Analyst
9 6 (5.04%) Ada Engineer
9 6 (5.04%) Ada Software Engineer
9 6 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (5.04%) Service Desk Analyst
10 5 (4.20%) .NET Architect
10 5 (4.20%) .NET Technical Architect
10 5 (4.20%) Network Engineer
11 4 (3.36%) Customer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (35.29%) .NET
2 26 (21.85%) REST
2 26 (21.85%) SOAP
3 24 (20.17%) WCF
4 17 (14.29%) MSMQ
5 11 (9.24%) Middleware
6 9 (7.56%) ASP.NET
7 7 (5.88%) Apache Camel
8 5 (4.20%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (3.36%) .NET Framework
9 4 (3.36%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (2.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (2.52%) WPF
11 2 (1.68%) ActiveMQ
12 1 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 1 (0.84%) Leaflet
12 1 (0.84%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 27 (22.69%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (15.97%) Hybrid Cloud
3 9 (7.56%) NHS
4 6 (5.04%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.20%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.52%) Data Integration
6 3 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.52%) N-Tier
6 3 (2.52%) User Experience
7 2 (1.68%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.68%) PMI
7 2 (1.68%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.84%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.84%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.84%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 32 (26.89%) Windows
2 11 (9.24%) VxWorks
3 10 (8.40%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (8.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (6.72%) Windows Server
5 6 (5.04%) Windows 2000 Server
5 6 (5.04%) Windows 7
6 3 (2.52%) Windows Phone
7 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.84%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (31.93%) Software Engineering
2 34 (28.57%) SOA
3 26 (21.85%) Low Latency
4 25 (21.01%) ITIL
5 22 (18.49%) Microservices
5 22 (18.49%) Reverse Engineering
6 14 (11.76%) Data Transformation
7 12 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (10.08%) OO
8 11 (9.24%) Data Modelling
8 11 (9.24%) E-Commerce
8 11 (9.24%) UML
8 11 (9.24%) Validation
9 10 (8.40%) Enterprise Architecture
9 10 (8.40%) TDD
10 8 (6.72%) AOP
10 8 (6.72%) Migration
11 7 (5.88%) Open Source
12 6 (5.04%) CRM
12 6 (5.04%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (28.57%) C#
2 14 (11.76%) SQL
3 11 (9.24%) Ada
3 11 (9.24%) C++
4 6 (5.04%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.68%) C
5 2 (1.68%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (9.24%) Security Cleared
2 9 (7.56%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (4.20%) CCNP
4 5 (4.20%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (4.20%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (3.36%) MCSA
5 4 (3.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.52%) Degree
6 3 (2.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (2.52%) MCSE
7 2 (1.68%) CCDP
7 2 (1.68%) CCNA
7 2 (1.68%) CCSA
7 2 (1.68%) CCSE
7 2 (1.68%) ISEB
7 2 (1.68%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.68%) MCITP
7 2 (1.68%) MCP
7 2 (1.68%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.08%) SLA
2 2 (1.68%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.84%) ISO27002
3 1 (0.84%) JSP 440
System Software
1 15 (12.61%) Active Directory
2 10 (8.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.52%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.52%) VMware ESX
3 3 (2.52%) vSphere
3 3 (2.52%) XenApp
4 2 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.84%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 5 (4.20%) SCCM
2 3 (2.52%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.84%) SCOM
Vendors
1 14 (11.76%) Citrix
2 12 (10.08%) VMware
3 11 (9.24%) Atlassian
4 9 (7.56%) Cisco
4 9 (7.56%) Red Hat
5 8 (6.72%) Apple
6 7 (5.88%) WSO2
7 4 (3.36%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.68%) Apigee
8 2 (1.68%) HP
8 2 (1.68%) IBM
8 2 (1.68%) Intel
8 2 (1.68%) Mashery
8 2 (1.68%) Mitel
8 2 (1.68%) SAP
8 2 (1.68%) Symantec
9 1 (0.84%) Avaya
9 1 (0.84%) Dell
9 1 (0.84%) Lotus
9 1 (0.84%) Palo Alto
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