The table below looks at the statistics 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 22 May 2015 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 2 5 4
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 65 49 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 17.57% 13.50% 16.67%
As % of the Vendors category 35.52% 25.79% 35.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 27 27
Average daily rate
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£325 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 7
Average hourly rate £17.00 £41.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-58.78% +106.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
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Cambridgeshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Cambridge region.

Vendors Category
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
183 190 158
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 49.46% 52.34% 47.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 116 65
Average daily rate £350 £388 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +29.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 20
Average hourly rate £20.50 £42.50 £24.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.76% +70.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £21.50 £15.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £47.50 £42.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

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 22 May 2015.

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 45 (35.16%) Active Directory
2 41 (32.03%) Windows
3 34 (26.56%) MS Excel
4 28 (21.88%) DNS
5 27 (21.09%) MS Office
5 27 (21.09%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (19.53%) DHCP
7 24 (18.75%) SQL Server
7 24 (18.75%) ITIL
8 22 (17.19%) SQL
8 22 (17.19%) .NET
8 22 (17.19%) Project Management
9 21 (16.41%) MS Exchange
10 20 (15.63%) Linux
11 18 (14.06%) C#
12 17 (13.28%) SharePoint
13 15 (11.72%) VMware
14 14 (10.94%) BizTalk Server
14 14 (10.94%) PowerShell
15 13 (10.16%) IIS
16 12 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
17 11 (8.59%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (8.59%) Windows Server 2008
18 10 (7.81%) BDD
18 10 (7.81%) Red Hat
18 10 (7.81%) Citrix
18 10 (7.81%) Microsoft Certification
18 10 (7.81%) Oracle
18 10 (7.81%) XML
18 10 (7.81%) E-Commerce

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 21 (16.41%) MS Exchange
2 17 (13.28%) SharePoint
3 14 (10.94%) BizTalk Server
4 13 (10.16%) IIS
5 9 (7.03%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (6.25%) Lync
7 7 (5.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (3.13%) Documentum
10 3 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (1.56%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (1.56%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.78%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.78%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.78%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.78%) WebLogic Portal
12 1 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.78%) Confluence
Applications
1 34 (26.56%) MS Excel
2 27 (21.09%) MS Office
3 7 (5.47%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.78%) MS Project
5 1 (0.78%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 7 (5.47%) Tridion
2 5 (3.91%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (2.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.47%) Office 365
2 2 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 28 (21.88%) DNS
2 25 (19.53%) DHCP
3 9 (7.03%) LDAP
3 9 (7.03%) SAN
4 5 (3.91%) VLAN
4 5 (3.91%) VoIP
4 5 (3.91%) Network Security
5 4 (3.13%) OpenLDAP
5 4 (3.13%) Intranet
6 3 (2.34%) Firewall
6 3 (2.34%) Unified Communications
6 3 (2.34%) Cisco ASA
6 3 (2.34%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 2 (1.56%) iSCSI
7 2 (1.56%) FCoE
7 2 (1.56%) Fibre Channel
7 2 (1.56%) Ethernet
7 2 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.78%) WAN
8 1 (0.78%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (3.91%) RDBMS
3 5 (3.91%) FileMaker
3 5 (3.91%) Relational Database
4 4 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (3.13%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (3.13%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.78%) OLAP
6 1 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.78%) MS Access
6 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (7.03%) SpecFlow
2 6 (4.69%) Selenium
3 5 (3.91%) WebDriver
4 2 (1.56%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.56%) JIRA
5 1 (0.78%) Ant
5 1 (0.78%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.78%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.78%) MSI
5 1 (0.78%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.78%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 10 (7.81%) Finance
2 2 (1.56%) Retail
2 2 (1.56%) Telecoms
2 2 (1.56%) Advertising
3 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 42 (32.81%) Analyst
2 20 (15.63%) Architect
3 17 (13.28%) Consultant
4 14 (10.94%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (6.25%) Test Analyst
5 8 (6.25%) Microsoft Consultant
6 7 (5.47%) Linux Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Business Solution Architect
7 6 (4.69%) Exchange Consultant
7 6 (4.69%) Business Architect
8 5 (3.91%) Support Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Service Analyst
8 5 (3.91%) Administrator
8 5 (3.91%) Data Analyst
8 5 (3.91%) Service Desk Analyst
8 5 (3.91%) Messaging Consultant
8 5 (3.91%) Developer
9 4 (3.13%) Support Analyst
9 4 (3.13%) Project Manager
10 3 (2.34%) Information Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (17.19%) .NET
2 10 (7.81%) XML
3 9 (7.03%) .NET Framework
3 9 (7.03%) Web Services
4 8 (6.25%) HTML
4 8 (6.25%) J2EE
4 8 (6.25%) CSS
5 7 (5.47%) ASP.NET
5 7 (5.47%) HTML5
5 7 (5.47%) CSS3
6 4 (3.13%) Middleware
6 4 (3.13%) ODBC
7 2 (1.56%) SOAP
8 1 (0.78%) jQuery
8 1 (0.78%) WCF
8 1 (0.78%) WF
8 1 (0.78%) MDX
8 1 (0.78%) XSL
8 1 (0.78%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.78%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.25%) Blackberry
2 7 (5.47%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.69%) Kindle
4 5 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (3.91%) Data Structures
4 5 (3.91%) BYOD
5 3 (2.34%) CLARiiON
5 3 (2.34%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.56%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.56%) Data Extraction
6 2 (1.56%) Clustering
7 1 (0.78%) Handset
7 1 (0.78%) Tandem
7 1 (0.78%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.78%) PMI
7 1 (0.78%) NHS
7 1 (0.78%) Open Source
7 1 (0.78%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 41 (32.03%) Windows
2 20 (15.63%) Linux
3 11 (8.59%) Windows Server 2003
3 11 (8.59%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (7.81%) Debian
5 9 (7.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (7.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (5.47%) UNIX
6 7 (5.47%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.78%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.78%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.78%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.78%) Android
7 1 (0.78%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (21.09%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (18.75%) ITIL
3 22 (17.19%) Project Management
4 12 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (7.81%) BDD
5 10 (7.81%) E-Commerce
5 10 (7.81%) Migration
6 9 (7.03%) PRINCE2
7 7 (5.47%) Business Transformation
8 6 (4.69%) Waterfall
8 6 (4.69%) Incident Management
8 6 (4.69%) Load Balancing
8 6 (4.69%) Change Management
9 5 (3.91%) Data Analysis
9 5 (3.91%) TOGAF
9 5 (3.91%) Reverse Engineering
10 4 (3.13%) UML
10 4 (3.13%) CRM
10 4 (3.13%) SOA
10 4 (3.13%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (17.19%) SQL
2 18 (14.06%) C#
3 14 (10.94%) PowerShell
4 10 (7.81%) Ruby
5 9 (7.03%) Java
6 5 (3.91%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.56%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.56%) VBScript
7 2 (1.56%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.78%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (7.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (3.91%) MCSE
3 4 (3.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 4 (3.13%) CCNA
3 4 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (3.13%) Degree
4 3 (2.34%) MCITP
4 3 (2.34%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.34%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.56%) CCA
5 2 (1.56%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.78%) MCDST
6 1 (0.78%) MCP
6 1 (0.78%) ISEB
6 1 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.78%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.03%) QA
2 7 (5.47%) SLA
3 6 (4.69%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 45 (35.16%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.25%) Terminal Server
3 7 (5.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.13%) Hyper-V
4 4 (3.13%) Dovecot
5 3 (2.34%) vSphere
6 1 (0.78%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 8 (6.25%) SCCM
2 2 (1.56%) SCOM
2 2 (1.56%) WMI
3 1 (0.78%) NetBackup
3 1 (0.78%) WSUS
3 1 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 15 (11.72%) VMware
2 10 (7.81%) Red Hat
2 10 (7.81%) Citrix
2 10 (7.81%) Oracle
3 9 (7.03%) Cisco
4 7 (5.47%) HP
5 6 (4.69%) Infoblox
5 6 (4.69%) Remedy
6 5 (3.91%) SAP
6 5 (3.91%) WorldPay
7 4 (3.13%) 3PAR
8 3 (2.34%) Dell
8 3 (2.34%) EMC
8 3 (2.34%) NetApp
8 3 (2.34%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.34%) Symantec
8 3 (2.34%) F5
9 2 (1.56%) Nintex
9 2 (1.56%) Polycom
9 2 (1.56%) Veeam
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