The first table below looks at the demand for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Cambridge region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 1 August 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 Cambridge 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 3 11
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 64 60 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 13.09% 16.22% 11.63%
As % of the Vendors category 28.83% 33.52% 30.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 16 22
Average daily rate
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£313 £243 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.86% -7.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £169 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £439 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 11 11
Average hourly rate £87.50 £20.00 £14.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+337.50% +35.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £12.50 £9.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £37.00 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.44
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.05%
Vendors Category
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
222 179 173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 45.40% 48.38% 38.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 73 95
Average daily rate £350 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £200 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £470 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 22 26
Average hourly rate £27.50 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.02% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £10.60 £11.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.90 £48.50 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.56%
Microsoft
Cambridgeshire

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Cambridge region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cambridge

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Cambridge region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Cambridge

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 37 (32.17%) .NET
2 36 (31.30%) Active Directory
3 32 (27.83%) Windows
4 30 (26.09%) C#
5 29 (25.22%) Oracle
6 28 (24.35%) SQL
7 26 (22.61%) HTML
7 26 (22.61%) SQL Server
8 23 (20.00%) CSS
9 18 (15.65%) MS Office
9 18 (15.65%) Visual Studio
9 18 (15.65%) MS Exchange
10 17 (14.78%) MVC
11 16 (13.91%) MS Excel
11 16 (13.91%) DNS
11 16 (13.91%) ASP.NET
12 15 (13.04%) ITIL
12 15 (13.04%) jQuery
13 14 (12.17%) Perl
13 14 (12.17%) Citrix
13 14 (12.17%) Migration
13 14 (12.17%) Scrum
14 13 (11.30%) VMware
14 13 (11.30%) Advertising
14 13 (11.30%) .NET Framework
14 13 (11.30%) PHP
15 12 (10.43%) Linux
15 12 (10.43%) OOP
15 12 (10.43%) DHCP
16 11 (9.57%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 18 (15.65%) MS Exchange
2 10 (8.70%) SharePoint
3 7 (6.09%) Apache
3 7 (6.09%) BizTalk Server
3 7 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (3.48%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (2.61%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (2.61%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.74%) Lync
7 2 (1.74%) IIS
8 1 (0.87%) SAS
8 1 (0.87%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.87%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.87%) Content Management Server
8 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 18 (15.65%) MS Office
2 16 (13.91%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.74%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (7.83%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (6.09%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (2.61%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.87%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.87%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (13.91%) DNS
2 12 (10.43%) DHCP
3 10 (8.70%) WAN
3 10 (8.70%) SMTP
4 8 (6.96%) LAN
5 7 (6.09%) SAN
6 5 (4.35%) TCP/IP
6 5 (4.35%) Firewall
7 4 (3.48%) MPLS
7 4 (3.48%) Internet
8 3 (2.61%) VPN
8 3 (2.61%) VoIP
8 3 (2.61%) ADSL
8 3 (2.61%) VLAN
9 2 (1.74%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (1.74%) HTTP
9 2 (1.74%) IPv6
10 1 (0.87%) LDAP
10 1 (0.87%) Broadband
10 1 (0.87%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (22.61%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 8 (6.96%) Oracle Database
4 6 (5.22%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (3.48%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (3.48%) MySQL
6 2 (1.74%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.74%) SSDT
6 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.87%) Oracle Discoverer
7 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 18 (15.65%) Visual Studio
2 8 (6.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (5.22%) JIRA
4 5 (4.35%) MSBuild
5 3 (2.61%) WiX
6 2 (1.74%) TeamCity
6 2 (1.74%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.74%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (1.74%) NuGet
6 2 (1.74%) Gradle
6 2 (1.74%) Artifactory
6 2 (1.74%) Maven
6 2 (1.74%) MSI
7 1 (0.87%) Toad
7 1 (0.87%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.87%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.87%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.87%) MorphX
7 1 (0.87%) Subversion
General
1 13 (11.30%) Advertising
2 9 (7.83%) Finance
3 7 (6.09%) Telecoms
4 6 (5.22%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.61%) Banking
6 2 (1.74%) General Ledger
6 2 (1.74%) Marketing
7 1 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.87%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 45 (39.13%) Developer
2 18 (15.65%) .NET Developer
3 10 (8.70%) Analyst
4 9 (7.83%) Consultant
4 9 (7.83%) Administrator
5 7 (6.09%) Architect
5 7 (6.09%) Support Engineer
6 6 (5.22%) Service Analyst
6 6 (5.22%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (4.35%) C# Developer
8 4 (3.48%) Build Engineer
8 4 (3.48%) Wintel Consultant
8 4 (3.48%) C# .NET Developer
8 4 (3.48%) CRM Developer
8 4 (3.48%) Wintel Support
8 4 (3.48%) Web Developer
8 4 (3.48%) Systems Administrator
8 4 (3.48%) Senior Developer
9 3 (2.61%) Software Engineer
9 3 (2.61%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (32.17%) .NET
2 26 (22.61%) HTML
3 23 (20.00%) CSS
4 16 (13.91%) ASP.NET
5 15 (13.04%) jQuery
6 13 (11.30%) .NET Framework
7 11 (9.57%) CSS3
8 10 (8.70%) HTML5
8 10 (8.70%) OAuth
8 10 (8.70%) OpenID
8 10 (8.70%) Web Services
9 7 (6.09%) ADO.NET
9 7 (6.09%) Ajax
9 7 (6.09%) ASP.NET MVC
10 6 (5.22%) AngularJS
11 5 (4.35%) XML
12 3 (2.61%) J2EE
12 3 (2.61%) XSLT
12 3 (2.61%) Middleware
12 3 (2.61%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.57%) Blackberry
2 10 (8.70%) Open Source
3 7 (6.09%) PKI
4 6 (5.22%) Kindle
5 5 (4.35%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.61%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.74%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.74%) Cryptography
7 2 (1.74%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.87%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.87%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.87%) Clustering
8 1 (0.87%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 32 (27.83%) Windows
2 12 (10.43%) Linux
3 9 (7.83%) Windows 7
4 8 (6.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (6.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (5.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (4.35%) Windows 8
8 4 (3.48%) Windows XP
9 3 (2.61%) UNIX
9 3 (2.61%) CentOS
10 1 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (14.78%) MVC
2 15 (13.04%) ITIL
3 14 (12.17%) Migration
3 14 (12.17%) Scrum
4 12 (10.43%) OOP
5 8 (6.96%) ERP
6 7 (6.09%) OO
6 7 (6.09%) CRM
6 7 (6.09%) TDD
7 6 (5.22%) Data Migration
8 5 (4.35%) Information Management
9 4 (3.48%) Software Engineering
9 4 (3.48%) Incident Management
9 4 (3.48%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (2.61%) SOA
10 3 (2.61%) Configuration Management
10 3 (2.61%) Enterprise Architecture
10 3 (2.61%) Data Analysis
10 3 (2.61%) Performance Tuning
10 3 (2.61%) Data Mapping
Programming Languages
1 30 (26.09%) C#
2 28 (24.35%) SQL
3 14 (12.17%) Perl
4 13 (11.30%) PHP
5 11 (9.57%) JavaScript
6 10 (8.70%) Tcl
7 8 (6.96%) PowerShell
8 4 (3.48%) Java
8 4 (3.48%) T-SQL
9 3 (2.61%) Shell Script
9 3 (2.61%) XAML
9 3 (2.61%) PHP5
10 2 (1.74%) VBScript
10 2 (1.74%) C
11 1 (0.87%) VB
11 1 (0.87%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.87%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.87%) X++
Qualifications
1 11 (9.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (6.09%) Degree
3 5 (4.35%) MCSE
4 4 (3.48%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.61%) MCP
5 3 (2.61%) OCP
5 3 (2.61%) Oracle Certification
5 3 (2.61%) RHCE
5 3 (2.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (2.61%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.74%) MOS
6 2 (1.74%) MCITP
6 2 (1.74%) A+ Certification
6 2 (1.74%) MCSA
7 1 (0.87%) MCDBA
7 1 (0.87%) CCNP
7 1 (0.87%) CCNA
7 1 (0.87%) CISSP
7 1 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.87%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.22%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.87%) QA
System Software
1 36 (31.30%) Active Directory
2 5 (4.35%) XenApp
2 5 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 4 (3.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 3 (2.61%) Oracle RMAN
4 3 (2.61%) VMware ESX
4 3 (2.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (2.61%) vSphere
5 2 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.87%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.87%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (8.70%) OpenSSO
2 9 (7.83%) SCOM
3 8 (6.96%) SCCM
4 6 (5.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 4 (3.48%) WSUS
5 4 (3.48%) Backup Exec
6 3 (2.61%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (2.61%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (1.74%) SCVMM
7 2 (1.74%) SCOrch
7 2 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.87%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 29 (25.22%) Oracle
2 14 (12.17%) Citrix
3 13 (11.30%) VMware
4 8 (6.96%) SAP
5 7 (6.09%) Red Hat
6 6 (5.22%) Cisco
6 6 (5.22%) Symantec
6 6 (5.22%) Remedy
7 5 (4.35%) EMC
8 4 (3.48%) HP
9 3 (2.61%) Nortel
9 3 (2.61%) Juniper
9 3 (2.61%) webMethods
9 3 (2.61%) Apple
9 3 (2.61%) Red Gate
10 2 (1.74%) Veeam
10 2 (1.74%) WatchGuard
10 2 (1.74%) Nokia
10 2 (1.74%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.74%) Adobe
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