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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 1
Rank change year-on-year
0 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 94 42 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 19.58% 15.05% 30.11%
As % of the Vendors category 46.08% 33.60% 51.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 27 61
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£363 £330 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £426 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 9
Average hourly rate £12.50 £19.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.06% -1.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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
204 125 205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 42.50% 44.80% 58.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 66 126
Average daily rate £350 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £380 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 13
Average hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% -7.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £8.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.20 £22.50 £160.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +2.70%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +1 45 £363 +31.81% 7
Bedford +9 23 £368 +5.00% 16
Dunstable - - - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 52 (34.67%) Windows
2 51 (34.00%) MS Excel
3 44 (29.33%) Active Directory
4 36 (24.00%) E-Commerce
5 32 (21.33%) .NET
5 32 (21.33%) SCOM
6 31 (20.67%) SQL
7 29 (19.33%) SCCM
8 28 (18.67%) ITIL
9 27 (18.00%) DNS
10 26 (17.33%) DHCP
10 26 (17.33%) IIS
11 23 (15.33%) C#
12 22 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
13 21 (14.00%) MS Project
13 21 (14.00%) MS Office
13 21 (14.00%) Business Intelligence
14 19 (12.67%) SQL Server
15 18 (12.00%) PRINCE2
15 18 (12.00%) Cisco
15 18 (12.00%) MS Visio
15 18 (12.00%) CRM
15 18 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
16 17 (11.33%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (11.33%) FTP
17 16 (10.67%) Finance
18 15 (10.00%) PowerShell
19 14 (9.33%) Microsoft Azure
20 13 (8.67%) Retail
20 13 (8.67%) Web Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 26 (17.33%) IIS
2 10 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
3 9 (6.00%) MS Exchange
4 8 (5.33%) SharePoint
4 8 (5.33%) WebSphere
5 7 (4.67%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 5 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.33%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.33%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.67%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.67%) CMS
10 1 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.67%) Apache
10 1 (0.67%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 51 (34.00%) MS Excel
2 21 (14.00%) MS Project
2 21 (14.00%) MS Office
3 18 (12.00%) MS Visio
4 7 (4.67%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (3.33%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (7.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (4.00%) SAP SD
3 2 (1.33%) WebTrends
3 2 (1.33%) CA Clarity
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.67%) Agresso
4 1 (0.67%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 14 (9.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (5.33%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.33%) SaaS
4 1 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 27 (18.00%) DNS
2 26 (17.33%) DHCP
3 17 (11.33%) FTP
4 12 (8.00%) TCP/IP
5 7 (4.67%) Network Security
5 7 (4.67%) LAN
5 7 (4.67%) WAN
6 6 (4.00%) Firewall
7 5 (3.33%) SAN
8 3 (2.00%) VPN
8 3 (2.00%) OSPF
8 3 (2.00%) BGP
8 3 (2.00%) iSCSI
8 3 (2.00%) Cisco Nexus
9 2 (1.33%) tcpdump
9 2 (1.33%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.67%) DMZ
10 1 (0.67%) Fibre Channel
10 1 (0.67%) NAS
10 1 (0.67%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (12.67%) SQL Server
2 11 (7.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.67%) MS Access
4 2 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.67%) MySQL
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.67%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (3.33%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.33%) TeamCity
1 5 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.33%) MSI
2 2 (1.33%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.67%) Subversion
General
1 16 (10.67%) Finance
2 13 (8.67%) Retail
3 7 (4.67%) Legal
4 5 (3.33%) Publishing
5 4 (2.67%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.33%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.67%) German Language
7 1 (0.67%) Marketing
7 1 (0.67%) Games
Job Titles
1 33 (22.00%) Analyst
2 29 (19.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 24 (16.00%) Developer
4 20 (13.33%) Project Manager
5 11 (7.33%) Business Analyst
6 10 (6.67%) Consultant
7 9 (6.00%) Support Engineer
8 7 (4.67%) .NET Developer
8 7 (4.67%) Support Analyst
9 6 (4.00%) C# .NET Developer
9 6 (4.00%) Senior Developer
9 6 (4.00%) Architect
9 6 (4.00%) C# Developer
10 5 (3.33%) Service Desk Analyst
10 5 (3.33%) Security Engineer
10 5 (3.33%) Web Developer
10 5 (3.33%) Network Engineer
10 5 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (3.33%) Network Security Engineer
10 5 (3.33%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (21.33%) .NET
2 13 (8.67%) Web Services
3 12 (8.00%) XML
3 12 (8.00%) ASP.NET
4 10 (6.67%) HTML
5 8 (5.33%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 6 (4.00%) EDI
7 4 (2.67%) Middleware
7 4 (2.67%) CSS
7 4 (2.67%) WCF
8 3 (2.00%) Silverlight
9 2 (1.33%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.33%) XSD
9 2 (1.33%) XSLT
9 2 (1.33%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.33%) WF
10 1 (0.67%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.67%) LINQ
10 1 (0.67%) jQuery
10 1 (0.67%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 22 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.67%) Blackberry
3 3 (2.00%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.00%) Thin Client
3 3 (2.00%) iPhone
4 2 (1.33%) FMCG
4 2 (1.33%) Social Media
5 1 (0.67%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.67%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.67%) Clustering
5 1 (0.67%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.67%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 52 (34.67%) Windows
2 11 (7.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 11 (7.33%) Windows 7
3 9 (6.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (3.33%) Windows XP
5 4 (2.67%) Windows 8
5 4 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.67%) Linux
6 2 (1.33%) UNIX
7 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (24.00%) E-Commerce
2 28 (18.67%) ITIL
3 21 (14.00%) Business Intelligence
4 18 (12.00%) PRINCE2
4 18 (12.00%) CRM
4 18 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (11.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (8.00%) Project Planning
7 11 (7.33%) Project Management
8 10 (6.67%) UML
8 10 (6.67%) Incident Management
9 9 (6.00%) Logistics
9 9 (6.00%) Migration
10 8 (5.33%) Scrum
11 7 (4.67%) Load Balancing
11 7 (4.67%) Workflow
12 6 (4.00%) Waterfall
12 6 (4.00%) Network Management
12 6 (4.00%) Configuration Management
12 6 (4.00%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 31 (20.67%) SQL
2 23 (15.33%) C#
3 15 (10.00%) PowerShell
4 11 (7.33%) JavaScript
5 8 (5.33%) Java
6 6 (4.00%) ABAP
7 5 (3.33%) T-SQL
8 4 (2.67%) VBScript
8 4 (2.67%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.33%) VB
9 2 (1.33%) C
10 1 (0.67%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (8.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (4.67%) Degree
2 7 (4.67%) MCITP
2 7 (4.67%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (4.00%) CCNP
3 6 (4.00%) MCSE
3 6 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 6 (4.00%) CCSA
3 6 (4.00%) MCTS
4 5 (3.33%) CCDP
4 5 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (2.67%) VCP5
5 4 (2.67%) ISEB
6 3 (2.00%) CCSE
6 3 (2.00%) MCP
6 3 (2.00%) MCSA
6 3 (2.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.33%) A+ Certification
7 2 (1.33%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.00%) SLA
2 2 (1.33%) QA
System Software
1 44 (29.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.67%) vSphere
2 7 (4.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.67%) Terminal Services
4 3 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.00%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.33%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.33%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.67%) VMFS
6 1 (0.67%) XenServer
6 1 (0.67%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.67%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 32 (21.33%) SCOM
2 29 (19.33%) SCCM
3 3 (2.00%) WSUS
3 3 (2.00%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.67%) Veritas Storage Foundation
4 1 (0.67%) Puppet
4 1 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 18 (12.00%) Cisco
2 12 (8.00%) VMware
3 8 (5.33%) IBM
4 7 (4.67%) Oracle
4 7 (4.67%) SAP
4 7 (4.67%) CheckPoint
5 6 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (3.33%) Citrix
6 5 (3.33%) Akamai
7 4 (2.67%) CA
7 4 (2.67%) HP
8 3 (2.00%) LANDesk
8 3 (2.00%) Wyse
8 3 (2.00%) McAfee
8 3 (2.00%) CommVault
8 3 (2.00%) NetApp
9 2 (1.33%) Dell
9 2 (1.33%) Intel
9 2 (1.33%) Business Objects
9 2 (1.33%) Planview
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