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 28 August 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 3 1
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 93 42 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 18.27% 16.15% 30.99%
As % of the Vendors category 43.06% 32.56% 53.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 28 58
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£363 £350 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 9
Average hourly rate £12.50 £19.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.06% -1.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £16.65 £8.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £21.85 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.93%
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
216 129 197
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 42.44% 49.62% 57.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 66 111
Average daily rate £350 £330 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -1.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 13
Average hourly rate £12.50 £22.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.44% -13.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.30 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-6.73% +1.57%

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 28 August 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
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 28 August 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
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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 43 £363 - 12
Bedford +10 29 £355 +1.42% 9
Dunstable -3 1 - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 47 (33.10%) MS Excel
2 44 (30.99%) Windows
3 33 (23.24%) Active Directory
4 30 (21.13%) SQL
5 29 (20.42%) .NET
6 28 (19.72%) E-Commerce
7 23 (16.20%) C#
7 23 (16.20%) ITIL
8 22 (15.49%) SCOM
9 21 (14.79%) SCCM
9 21 (14.79%) SQL Server
9 21 (14.79%) Business Intelligence
10 20 (14.08%) MS Project
11 19 (13.38%) DNS
11 19 (13.38%) MS Office
11 19 (13.38%) Cisco
11 19 (13.38%) CRM
12 18 (12.68%) DHCP
12 18 (12.68%) PRINCE2
12 18 (12.68%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (11.97%) IIS
13 17 (11.97%) MS Visio
14 16 (11.27%) Finance
15 14 (9.86%) Agile Software Development
15 14 (9.86%) ASP.NET
15 14 (9.86%) Microsoft Certification
16 12 (8.45%) XML
16 12 (8.45%) Retail
16 12 (8.45%) VMware
16 12 (8.45%) Dynamics CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 17 (11.97%) IIS
2 10 (7.04%) SharePoint
2 10 (7.04%) BizTalk Server
3 8 (5.63%) WebSphere
3 8 (5.63%) MS Exchange
4 7 (4.93%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
5 4 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.41%) SharePoint Server
7 2 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.70%) Apache
8 1 (0.70%) MQSeries
Applications
1 47 (33.10%) MS Excel
2 20 (14.08%) MS Project
3 19 (13.38%) MS Office
4 17 (11.97%) MS Visio
5 7 (4.93%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (3.52%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (8.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (4.23%) SAP SD
3 2 (1.41%) WebTrends
3 2 (1.41%) CA Clarity
4 1 (0.70%) Workday HCM
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.70%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.52%) SaaS
3 4 (2.82%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.38%) DNS
2 18 (12.68%) DHCP
3 11 (7.75%) FTP
3 11 (7.75%) TCP/IP
4 8 (5.63%) LAN
4 8 (5.63%) WAN
4 8 (5.63%) Network Security
5 7 (4.93%) Firewall
6 4 (2.82%) SAN
7 3 (2.11%) OSPF
7 3 (2.11%) BGP
7 3 (2.11%) iSCSI
7 3 (2.11%) Cisco Nexus
8 2 (1.41%) tcpdump
8 2 (1.41%) Wireshark
8 2 (1.41%) VPN
9 1 (0.70%) DMZ
9 1 (0.70%) Fibre Channel
9 1 (0.70%) NetScaler
9 1 (0.70%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (14.79%) SQL Server
2 11 (7.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (2.11%) MS Access
3 3 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.70%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.70%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (4.23%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (3.52%) TeamCity
2 5 (3.52%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.41%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.41%) MSI
4 1 (0.70%) Subversion
General
1 16 (11.27%) Finance
2 12 (8.45%) Retail
3 5 (3.52%) Legal
4 4 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.41%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.41%) Publishing
6 1 (0.70%) Marketing
6 1 (0.70%) German Language
Job Titles
1 32 (22.54%) Analyst
2 24 (16.90%) Developer
3 22 (15.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 20 (14.08%) Project Manager
5 12 (8.45%) Business Analyst
6 10 (7.04%) Consultant
7 8 (5.63%) Support Engineer
8 7 (4.93%) Support Analyst
9 6 (4.23%) Network Security Engineer
9 6 (4.23%) Network Engineer
9 6 (4.23%) Senior Developer
9 6 (4.23%) Architect
9 6 (4.23%) .NET Developer
9 6 (4.23%) C# Developer
9 6 (4.23%) Security Engineer
9 6 (4.23%) C# .NET Developer
10 5 (3.52%) Web Developer
10 5 (3.52%) 3rd Line Support
11 4 (2.82%) 1st Line Support
11 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (20.42%) .NET
2 14 (9.86%) ASP.NET
3 12 (8.45%) XML
4 9 (6.34%) HTML
4 9 (6.34%) Web Services
5 8 (5.63%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 6 (4.23%) EDI
7 4 (2.82%) Middleware
8 3 (2.11%) WCF
8 3 (2.11%) Silverlight
8 3 (2.11%) CSS
9 2 (1.41%) XSD
9 2 (1.41%) XSLT
9 2 (1.41%) WF
9 2 (1.41%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.70%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 1 (0.70%) LINQ to SQL
10 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET MVC 3
10 1 (0.70%) jQuery
10 1 (0.70%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.11%) Blackberry
1 3 (2.11%) iPhone
2 2 (1.41%) Social Media
2 2 (1.41%) Thin Client
2 2 (1.41%) Fat Client
2 2 (1.41%) FMCG
3 1 (0.70%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.70%) Clustering
3 1 (0.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 44 (30.99%) Windows
2 10 (7.04%) Windows Server 2008
2 10 (7.04%) Windows 7
3 8 (5.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (4.23%) Windows XP
5 4 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.82%) Linux
5 4 (2.82%) Windows 8
6 2 (1.41%) UNIX
7 1 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (19.72%) E-Commerce
2 23 (16.20%) ITIL
3 21 (14.79%) Business Intelligence
4 19 (13.38%) CRM
5 18 (12.68%) PRINCE2
5 18 (12.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (9.86%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (8.45%) Project Planning
8 11 (7.75%) Project Management
9 10 (7.04%) UML
9 10 (7.04%) Incident Management
10 9 (6.34%) Logistics
10 9 (6.34%) Workflow
11 8 (5.63%) Migration
11 8 (5.63%) Scrum
12 6 (4.23%) Service Delivery
12 6 (4.23%) Business Analysis
12 6 (4.23%) Load Balancing
12 6 (4.23%) User Acceptance Testing
12 6 (4.23%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 30 (21.13%) SQL
2 23 (16.20%) C#
3 10 (7.04%) JavaScript
3 10 (7.04%) PowerShell
4 8 (5.63%) Java
5 6 (4.23%) ABAP
6 5 (3.52%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.11%) VBScript
7 3 (2.11%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.41%) VB
8 2 (1.41%) C
9 1 (0.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (9.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (4.93%) MCSE
2 7 (4.93%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (4.93%) MCITP
2 7 (4.93%) Degree
3 6 (4.23%) CCSA
3 6 (4.23%) CCNP
3 6 (4.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 6 (4.23%) MCTS
4 5 (3.52%) CCDP
4 5 (3.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (2.82%) ISEB
5 4 (2.82%) VCP5
5 4 (2.82%) Security Cleared
6 3 (2.11%) MCSA
6 3 (2.11%) CCSE
6 3 (2.11%) MCP
7 2 (1.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.41%) A+ Certification
7 2 (1.41%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.23%) SLA
2 2 (1.41%) QA
System Software
1 33 (23.24%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.23%) vSphere
4 3 (2.11%) Terminal Services
4 3 (2.11%) VMware ESX
4 3 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.41%) VMware Server
5 2 (1.41%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.70%) XenServer
6 1 (0.70%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.70%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.70%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 22 (15.49%) SCOM
2 21 (14.79%) SCCM
3 3 (2.11%) HP SIM
4 2 (1.41%) WSUS
5 1 (0.70%) Veritas Storage Foundation
5 1 (0.70%) Puppet
5 1 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 19 (13.38%) Cisco
2 12 (8.45%) VMware
3 8 (5.63%) IBM
4 7 (4.93%) CheckPoint
4 7 (4.93%) SAP
5 6 (4.23%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (4.23%) Oracle
6 5 (3.52%) Citrix
7 4 (2.82%) HP
7 4 (2.82%) McAfee
7 4 (2.82%) CA
8 3 (2.11%) NetApp
8 3 (2.11%) Dell
8 3 (2.11%) LANDesk
8 3 (2.11%) Akamai
9 2 (1.41%) Planview
9 2 (1.41%) Wyse
9 2 (1.41%) Intel
9 2 (1.41%) Business Objects
9 2 (1.41%) CommVault
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