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 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 89 58 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 21.55% 21.32% 14.70%
As % of the Vendors category 52.05% 47.54% 35.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 37 26
Average daily rate
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£394 £293 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £152 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £404 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 5
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.75 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.86% -60.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £14.50 £15.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £36.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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
171 122 117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 41.40% 44.85% 41.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 79 81
Average daily rate £335 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £450 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 6
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.00 £42.50 £47.50
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 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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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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 53 £400 +33.33% 4
Bedford -1 12 £275 +1.85% 7
Biggleswade - - - -
Dunstable - - - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - - 2
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 82 (44.57%) Active Directory
2 80 (43.48%) E-Commerce
3 79 (42.93%) Windows
4 68 (36.96%) MS Excel
5 62 (33.70%) IIS
6 60 (32.61%) .NET
6 60 (32.61%) SCOM
7 55 (29.89%) DNS
8 53 (28.80%) SCCM
9 50 (27.17%) DHCP
10 43 (23.37%) Microsoft Azure
11 39 (21.20%) FTP
11 39 (21.20%) ITIL
12 33 (17.93%) Web Services
13 30 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
14 29 (15.76%) Amazon AWS
15 24 (13.04%) Akamai
16 22 (11.96%) Retail
17 21 (11.41%) C#
18 20 (10.87%) SQL
18 20 (10.87%) SLA
19 19 (10.33%) MS Office
19 19 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
20 17 (9.24%) MS Project
20 17 (9.24%) MS Visio
20 17 (9.24%) Windows Server 2008
20 17 (9.24%) PowerShell
21 16 (8.70%) DevOps
21 16 (8.70%) Cisco
21 16 (8.70%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 62 (33.70%) IIS
2 10 (5.43%) IBM Notes
2 10 (5.43%) CMS
3 9 (4.89%) Lotus Domino
4 8 (4.35%) WebSphere
4 8 (4.35%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (3.80%) Sitecore CMS
5 7 (3.80%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 4 (2.17%) MS Exchange
6 4 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.09%) Lync
8 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.54%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.54%) Umbraco
Applications
1 68 (36.96%) MS Excel
2 19 (10.33%) MS Office
3 17 (9.24%) MS Project
3 17 (9.24%) MS Visio
4 6 (3.26%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.63%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.09%) WebTrends
2 2 (1.09%) CA Clarity
2 2 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle HRMS
3 1 (0.54%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.54%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 43 (23.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (15.76%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.54%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 55 (29.89%) DNS
2 50 (27.17%) DHCP
3 39 (21.20%) FTP
4 11 (5.98%) WAN
4 11 (5.98%) LAN
5 9 (4.89%) Firewall
6 8 (4.35%) Network Security
6 8 (4.35%) VPN
7 7 (3.80%) TCP/IP
8 5 (2.72%) Wireless
8 5 (2.72%) Internet
9 4 (2.17%) VoIP
9 4 (2.17%) OSPF
9 4 (2.17%) BGP
10 3 (1.63%) SAN
10 3 (1.63%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (1.09%) tcpdump
11 2 (1.09%) Wireshark
12 1 (0.54%) Frame Relay
12 1 (0.54%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.17%) MS Access
3 3 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.63%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.54%) Data Mart
5 1 (0.54%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (2.17%) TeamCity
2 3 (1.63%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.09%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.54%) ReSharper
4 1 (0.54%) Subversion
4 1 (0.54%) NUnit
4 1 (0.54%) NSubstitute
General
1 22 (11.96%) Retail
2 10 (5.43%) Finance
3 8 (4.35%) Legal
4 6 (3.26%) Publishing
4 6 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.72%) Marketing
6 2 (1.09%) Electronics
6 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.09%) Games
7 1 (0.54%) German Language
Job Titles
1 63 (34.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 29 (15.76%) Web Engineer
3 27 (14.67%) Analyst
4 21 (11.41%) Web Infrastructure Engineer
5 18 (9.78%) Architect
6 14 (7.61%) Project Manager
6 14 (7.61%) Developer
7 13 (7.07%) Solutions Architect
8 12 (6.52%) Support Engineer
9 10 (5.43%) Support Analyst
10 8 (4.35%) Network Engineer
11 7 (3.80%) Web Architect
12 6 (3.26%) Business Analyst
12 6 (3.26%) Security Engineer
12 6 (3.26%) Senior Analyst
12 6 (3.26%) Senior Developer
12 6 (3.26%) Network Security Engineer
13 5 (2.72%) 2nd Line Support
13 5 (2.72%) Senior Support Analyst
13 5 (2.72%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (32.61%) .NET
2 33 (17.93%) Web Services
3 9 (4.89%) XML
4 8 (4.35%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 7 (3.80%) HTML
5 7 (3.80%) ASP.NET
6 5 (2.72%) CSS
7 4 (2.17%) Middleware
8 3 (1.63%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.63%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.09%) WCF
10 1 (0.54%) WinForms
10 1 (0.54%) WPF
10 1 (0.54%) JSON
10 1 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
10 1 (0.54%) MSMQ
10 1 (0.54%) ADO.NET
10 1 (0.54%) EDI
10 1 (0.54%) Autofac
10 1 (0.54%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.35%) Blackberry
3 4 (2.17%) SecurID
4 3 (1.63%) Thin Client
4 3 (1.63%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.09%) iPhone
5 2 (1.09%) FMCG
5 2 (1.09%) Social Media
5 2 (1.09%) DTV
5 2 (1.09%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.09%) Handset
6 1 (0.54%) E-Learning
6 1 (0.54%) PDA
6 1 (0.54%) Copywriting
6 1 (0.54%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.54%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.54%) User Experience
6 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.54%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.54%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 79 (42.93%) Windows
2 17 (9.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (4.89%) Windows Server 2003
3 9 (4.89%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (3.80%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.17%) Windows XP
6 2 (1.09%) Windows 8
6 2 (1.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (43.48%) E-Commerce
2 39 (21.20%) ITIL
3 30 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (8.70%) DevOps
4 16 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
4 16 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (7.07%) Project Management
6 12 (6.52%) PRINCE2
7 11 (5.98%) Scrum
8 10 (5.43%) UML
8 10 (5.43%) Project Planning
9 9 (4.89%) CRM
10 7 (3.80%) Service Delivery
10 7 (3.80%) Technical Architecture
10 7 (3.80%) Load Balancing
10 7 (3.80%) Logistics
10 7 (3.80%) SOA
10 7 (3.80%) Configuration Management
10 7 (3.80%) Database Security
11 6 (3.26%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 21 (11.41%) C#
2 20 (10.87%) SQL
3 17 (9.24%) PowerShell
4 8 (4.35%) Java
5 7 (3.80%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.17%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.63%) VBScript
8 2 (1.09%) C
8 2 (1.09%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.54%) Ruby
9 1 (0.54%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.54%) PHP
9 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.54%) ABAP
9 1 (0.54%) Python
9 1 (0.54%) Golang
Qualifications
1 7 (3.80%) CCSA
1 7 (3.80%) CCNP
1 7 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (2.72%) CCDP
3 4 (2.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 4 (2.17%) CCSE
4 3 (1.63%) Degree
4 3 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (1.09%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (1.09%) Check Point Certification
5 2 (1.09%) ISEB
6 1 (0.54%) MCTS
6 1 (0.54%) MCITP
6 1 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.54%) MCP
6 1 (0.54%) MCSE
6 1 (0.54%) MCSA
6 1 (0.54%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.87%) SLA
2 2 (1.09%) QA
System Software
1 82 (44.57%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.72%) vSphere
3 4 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.17%) Terminal Services
4 3 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (1.63%) XenApp
4 3 (1.63%) XenServer
4 3 (1.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.54%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 60 (32.61%) SCOM
2 53 (28.80%) SCCM
3 3 (1.63%) WSUS
3 3 (1.63%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.54%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.54%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.54%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (13.04%) Akamai
2 16 (8.70%) Cisco
3 15 (8.15%) Citrix
4 14 (7.61%) VMware
5 11 (5.98%) Lotus
6 9 (4.89%) CheckPoint
7 8 (4.35%) IBM
8 7 (3.80%) Sitecore
9 5 (2.72%) McAfee
9 5 (2.72%) Symantec
10 4 (2.17%) Oracle
10 4 (2.17%) CommVault
11 3 (1.63%) Wyse
11 3 (1.63%) Altiris
11 3 (1.63%) Avaya
11 3 (1.63%) SAP
12 2 (1.09%) LANDesk
12 2 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (1.09%) CA
12 2 (1.09%) HP
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