The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Bedfordshire region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 1 8
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 56 42 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 12.73% 21.99% 10.00%
As % of the Vendors category 28.28% 46.15% 26.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 24 10
Average daily rate £400 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £201 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £486 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 1
Average hourly rate £13.00 £19.75 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.17% -50.62%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
198 91 125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 45.00% 47.64% 37.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 56 50
Average daily rate £400 £325 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -12.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £168 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 14
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -46.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £17.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £19.30 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%
Microsoft
East of England

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Luton -6 23 £413 +23.13% 19
Bedford 0 7 - - 14
Dunstable -5 4 £443 -6.84% 2
Leighton Buzzard - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 34 (34.00%) Windows
1 34 (34.00%) MS Excel
2 28 (28.00%) MS Office
3 22 (22.00%) SQL Server
3 22 (22.00%) Active Directory
4 20 (20.00%) CRM
5 19 (19.00%) .NET
6 17 (17.00%) ITIL
6 17 (17.00%) Dynamics CRM
7 16 (16.00%) Finance
8 15 (15.00%) C#
9 14 (14.00%) ASP.NET
10 13 (13.00%) SQL
10 13 (13.00%) PRINCE2
11 11 (11.00%) SharePoint
11 11 (11.00%) Windows XP
11 11 (11.00%) DNS
12 10 (10.00%) Workflow
12 10 (10.00%) Contact Management
12 10 (10.00%) Windows 7
13 9 (9.00%) Team Foundation Server
13 9 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (9.00%) MS Exchange
13 9 (9.00%) Cisco
14 8 (8.00%) VPN
14 8 (8.00%) SLA
14 8 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (8.00%) MS Project
14 8 (8.00%) DHCP
14 8 (8.00%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 (11.00%) SharePoint
2 9 (9.00%) MS Exchange
3 7 (7.00%) IIS
4 5 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (4.00%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (3.00%) IBM Notes
6 3 (3.00%) Lotus Domino
7 2 (2.00%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (2.00%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (1.00%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 34 (34.00%) MS Excel
2 28 (28.00%) MS Office
3 8 (8.00%) MS Project
3 8 (8.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (7.00%) MS Visio
5 4 (4.00%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.00%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (1.00%) InDesign
6 1 (1.00%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 17 (17.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.00%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.00%) SaaS
2 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (11.00%) DNS
2 8 (8.00%) VPN
2 8 (8.00%) DHCP
3 5 (5.00%) SAN
3 5 (5.00%) LAN
3 5 (5.00%) WAN
4 4 (4.00%) FTP
5 3 (3.00%) Firewall
5 3 (3.00%) VoIP
6 1 (1.00%) Network Security
6 1 (1.00%) VLAN
6 1 (1.00%) MPLS
6 1 (1.00%) Internet
6 1 (1.00%) VRRP
6 1 (1.00%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.00%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.00%) OpenVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (22.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (4.00%) SQL Server 2000
4 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.00%) DTS
5 2 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 9 (9.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (8.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.00%) SpecFlow
3 2 (2.00%) JUnit
3 2 (2.00%) NUnit
3 2 (2.00%) Selenium
3 2 (2.00%) FitNesse
3 2 (2.00%) MSTest
3 2 (2.00%) RSpec
4 1 (1.00%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.00%) TestComplete
General
1 16 (16.00%) Finance
2 3 (3.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.00%) Automotive
3 2 (2.00%) Military
3 2 (2.00%) Retail
4 1 (1.00%) Spanish Language
4 1 (1.00%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.00%) Publishing
4 1 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 30 (30.00%) Analyst
2 15 (15.00%) Developer
3 11 (11.00%) Project Manager
4 10 (10.00%) Business Analyst
5 7 (7.00%) .NET Developer
5 7 (7.00%) Desktop Support
5 7 (7.00%) Consultant
5 7 (7.00%) Support Analyst
5 7 (7.00%) Service Analyst
6 6 (6.00%) Administrator
6 6 (6.00%) Service Desk Analyst
6 6 (6.00%) IT Support
7 5 (5.00%) Windows Server Engineer
7 5 (5.00%) Server Engineer
7 5 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 5 (5.00%) Test Analyst
8 4 (4.00%) C# .NET Developer
8 4 (4.00%) Architect
8 4 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (4.00%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (19.00%) .NET
2 14 (14.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (4.00%) Web Services
4 3 (3.00%) WCF
4 3 (3.00%) XML
4 3 (3.00%) ADO.NET
5 2 (2.00%) HTML
5 2 (2.00%) COM
5 2 (2.00%) XSD
5 2 (2.00%) XSLT
5 2 (2.00%) OLE
5 2 (2.00%) WF
5 2 (2.00%) Silverlight
6 1 (1.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.00%) jQuery
6 1 (1.00%) SOAP
6 1 (1.00%) Classic ASP
6 1 (1.00%) Reactive Extensions
6 1 (1.00%) Managed Extensibility Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.00%) Blackberry
2 4 (4.00%) iPhone
3 3 (3.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.00%) Blog
4 1 (1.00%) Graphic Design
4 1 (1.00%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 34 (34.00%) Windows
2 11 (11.00%) Windows XP
3 10 (10.00%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (5.00%) Windows 8
5 4 (4.00%) UNIX
6 2 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.00%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (20.00%) CRM
2 17 (17.00%) ITIL
3 13 (13.00%) PRINCE2
4 10 (10.00%) Workflow
4 10 (10.00%) Contact Management
5 9 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (7.00%) Incident Management
6 7 (7.00%) Migration
6 7 (7.00%) Project Management
7 6 (6.00%) Change Management
8 5 (5.00%) Time Management
8 5 (5.00%) Automated Testing
8 5 (5.00%) Resource Management
9 4 (4.00%) E-Commerce
9 4 (4.00%) Service Delivery
9 4 (4.00%) Project Planning
10 3 (3.00%) Test Automation
10 3 (3.00%) Capacity Planning
10 3 (3.00%) Problem Management
10 3 (3.00%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.00%) C#
2 13 (13.00%) SQL
3 3 (3.00%) VB.NET
4 2 (2.00%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 8 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (6.00%) MCSE
2 6 (6.00%) Security Cleared
3 5 (5.00%) A+ Certification
4 4 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (4.00%) MCP
4 4 (4.00%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.00%) PMP
5 2 (2.00%) PMI Certification
5 2 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.00%) Degree
6 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.00%) MCDST
6 1 (1.00%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (1.00%) CCSP
6 1 (1.00%) CCNP
6 1 (1.00%) CCIP
6 1 (1.00%) CCNA
6 1 (1.00%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.00%) SLA
2 5 (5.00%) QA
3 2 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 22 (22.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (2.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.00%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (6.00%) SCCM
2 5 (5.00%) SCOM
3 3 (3.00%) Backup Exec
3 3 (3.00%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.00%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.00%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 9 (9.00%) Cisco
2 8 (8.00%) McAfee
3 7 (7.00%) Citrix
4 5 (5.00%) Altiris
4 5 (5.00%) VMware
5 4 (4.00%) Dell
5 4 (4.00%) LANDesk
6 3 (3.00%) Lotus
6 3 (3.00%) Symantec
6 3 (3.00%) Remedy
7 2 (2.00%) CheckPoint
7 2 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.00%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.00%) Panasonic
8 1 (1.00%) Polycom
8 1 (1.00%) AppSense
8 1 (1.00%) Mitel
8 1 (1.00%) Sophos
8 1 (1.00%) Niku
8 1 (1.00%) SAP