The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the East of England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 4 8
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 319 434 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 13.39% 16.96% 12.53%
As % of the Vendors category 29.43% 33.77% 27.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 234 149
Average daily rate £375 £335 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% +11.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £135 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 70 50
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £12.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +13.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.68 £24.13 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Microsoft
England

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

Vendors Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1084 1285 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 45.49% 50.21% 44.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 608 710 562
Average daily rate £400 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 129 105
Average hourly rate £22.38 £16.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.84% +3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.74 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.75 £29.75 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the East of England region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the East of England region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the East of England region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Cambridgeshire 0 81 £400 +24.03% 42
Hertfordshire 0 75 £375 +4.89% 48
Essex -4 51 £350 +33.33% 34
Bedfordshire 0 46 £425 +4.61% 36
Suffolk +4 35 £338 -10.00% 8
Norfolk -7 29 £338 +92.85% 8
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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.

1 245 (34.90%) Windows
2 243 (34.62%) MS Excel
3 173 (24.64%) Active Directory
4 154 (21.94%) MS Office
5 140 (19.94%) SQL
6 136 (19.37%) SQL Server
7 121 (17.24%) .NET
8 114 (16.24%) ITIL
9 112 (15.95%) C#
10 105 (14.96%) Finance
11 100 (14.25%) Agile Software Development
11 100 (14.25%) Citrix
12 93 (13.25%) Windows 7
13 66 (9.40%) VMware
14 63 (8.97%) Windows Server 2008
15 58 (8.26%) SOA
15 58 (8.26%) Windows Server
16 57 (8.12%) Microsoft Certification
16 57 (8.12%) SharePoint
17 55 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
18 54 (7.69%) Project Management
19 53 (7.55%) CRM
19 53 (7.55%) Migration
20 51 (7.26%) WCF
21 50 (7.12%) ASP.NET
21 50 (7.12%) DNS
21 50 (7.12%) Business Intelligence
22 49 (6.98%) SOAP
23 48 (6.84%) MS Project
23 48 (6.84%) MS Exchange

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 57 (8.12%) SharePoint
2 48 (6.84%) MS Exchange
3 27 (3.85%) IIS
4 20 (2.85%) Skype for Business
5 17 (2.42%) BizTalk Server
6 16 (2.28%) MS Project Server
7 14 (1.99%) Confluence
7 14 (1.99%) IBM Notes
8 13 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.28%) JBoss
10 8 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
10 8 (1.14%) Mule
11 7 (1.00%) Apache ServiceMix
12 5 (0.71%) CMS
12 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.57%) Apache
13 4 (0.57%) IBM Domino
13 4 (0.57%) WebSphere
14 3 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 243 (34.62%) MS Excel
2 154 (21.94%) MS Office
3 48 (6.84%) MS Project
4 28 (3.99%) MS Visio
5 22 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.43%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.28%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 45 (6.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (2.71%) Dynamics NAV
3 17 (2.42%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.57%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.43%) CA PPM
6 2 (0.28%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.28%) Primavera
6 2 (0.28%) SAP R/3
7 1 (0.14%) assyst
7 1 (0.14%) BigMachines
7 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.70%) Office 365
2 19 (2.71%) SaaS
3 17 (2.42%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (1.57%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.43%) IBM PureFlex
8 3 (0.43%) PaaS
9 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.28%) Google App Engine
9 2 (0.28%) IaaS
10 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.14%) GitHub
10 1 (0.14%) iPaaS
10 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 50 (7.12%) DNS
2 44 (6.27%) Firewall
3 28 (3.99%) LAN
4 27 (3.85%) DHCP
5 22 (3.13%) TCP/IP
6 21 (2.99%) WAN
7 15 (2.14%) SAN
8 12 (1.71%) Internet
8 12 (1.71%) NetScaler
9 10 (1.42%) Wireless
10 9 (1.28%) IP Telephony
10 9 (1.28%) VPN
11 8 (1.14%) VLAN
11 8 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.00%) Network Security
12 7 (1.00%) Radio Access Network
13 6 (0.85%) Intranet
14 5 (0.71%) HTTPS
14 5 (0.71%) MPLS
14 5 (0.71%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (19.37%) SQL Server
2 44 (6.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 41 (5.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 23 (3.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 21 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
6 17 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
8 13 (1.85%) BusinessObjects
9 9 (1.28%) MySQL
10 8 (1.14%) DB2
11 7 (1.00%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.71%) Power BI
14 4 (0.57%) Crystal Reports
14 4 (0.57%) OLAP
14 4 (0.57%) OLAP Cube
14 4 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.57%) QlikView
14 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2000
14 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 38 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (3.85%) JIRA
3 12 (1.71%) Rational DOORS
3 12 (1.71%) Rational Rhapsody
4 11 (1.57%) HP UFT
4 11 (1.57%) VectorCAST
5 10 (1.42%) Git (software)
6 9 (1.28%) MSI
7 8 (1.14%) Visual Studio
8 7 (1.00%) Selenium
9 6 (0.85%) Subversion
10 5 (0.71%) Jenkins
10 5 (0.71%) Vagrant
11 4 (0.57%) Cucumber
12 2 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.28%) Bugzilla
12 2 (0.28%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 2 (0.28%) WebDriver
General
1 105 (14.96%) Finance
2 27 (3.85%) Advertising
2 27 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.13%) Retail
4 17 (2.42%) Banking
5 16 (2.28%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.57%) Marketing
7 10 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.28%) Legal
9 8 (1.14%) Local Government
10 7 (1.00%) Automotive
11 6 (0.85%) Publishing
12 5 (0.71%) Billing
12 5 (0.71%) Electronics
13 4 (0.57%) Back Office
14 3 (0.43%) French Language
15 2 (0.28%) Avionics
15 2 (0.28%) Italian Language
15 2 (0.28%) Military
15 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 142 (20.23%) Analyst
2 90 (12.82%) Developer
3 80 (11.40%) Architect
4 45 (6.41%) Project Manager
4 45 (6.41%) Support Analyst
5 41 (5.84%) Desktop Support
6 40 (5.70%) Support Engineer
7 39 (5.56%) Consultant
8 36 (5.13%) Service Analyst
8 36 (5.13%) Technical Architect
9 35 (4.99%) IT Support
10 33 (4.70%) Service Desk Analyst
11 28 (3.99%) .NET Developer
11 28 (3.99%) Business Analyst
12 27 (3.85%) 1st Line Support
13 26 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
14 25 (3.56%) Desktop Engineer
14 25 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 23 (3.28%) C# Developer
15 23 (3.28%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (17.24%) .NET
2 51 (7.26%) WCF
3 50 (7.12%) ASP.NET
4 49 (6.98%) SOAP
5 37 (5.27%) REST
6 31 (4.42%) Web Services
7 28 (3.99%) .NET Framework
8 27 (3.85%) XML
9 25 (3.56%) RESTful
10 24 (3.42%) MSMQ
11 23 (3.28%) Middleware
12 22 (3.13%) ASP.NET MVC
12 22 (3.13%) HTML
12 22 (3.13%) jQuery
13 11 (1.57%) ASP.NET Web API
13 11 (1.57%) COM
13 11 (1.57%) Entity Framework
14 10 (1.42%) AngularJS
15 9 (1.28%) WPF
16 8 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 55 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.99%) Data Centre
3 22 (3.13%) Hybrid Cloud
4 21 (2.99%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.42%) NHS
6 13 (1.85%) Data Integration
7 10 (1.42%) Blackberry
7 10 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.28%) Client/Server
8 9 (1.28%) Computer Science
9 8 (1.14%) Fat Client
9 8 (1.14%) N-Tier
9 8 (1.14%) Thin Client
10 7 (1.00%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.00%) iPad
10 7 (1.00%) iPhone
10 7 (1.00%) PMI
11 6 (0.85%) User Experience
12 5 (0.71%) PKI
13 4 (0.57%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 245 (34.90%) Windows
2 93 (13.25%) Windows 7
3 63 (8.97%) Windows Server 2008
4 58 (8.26%) Windows Server
5 43 (6.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 36 (5.13%) Windows 8
7 32 (4.56%) Windows XP
8 30 (4.27%) Linux
9 29 (4.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (2.42%) Unix
11 12 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (1.57%) VxWorks
13 7 (1.00%) Apple iOS
14 6 (0.85%) Windows 2000 Server
15 5 (0.71%) Android
16 4 (0.57%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.57%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.43%) CentOS
17 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
18 2 (0.28%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (16.24%) ITIL
2 100 (14.25%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (8.26%) SOA
4 54 (7.69%) Project Management
5 53 (7.55%) CRM
5 53 (7.55%) Migration
6 50 (7.12%) Business Intelligence
7 43 (6.13%) Software Engineering
8 40 (5.70%) Stakeholder Management
8 40 (5.70%) TDD
9 34 (4.84%) PRINCE2
10 33 (4.70%) Change Management
11 28 (3.99%) ETL
12 27 (3.85%) Low Latency
12 27 (3.85%) Microservices
12 27 (3.85%) MVC
12 27 (3.85%) Scrum
13 26 (3.70%) Data Modelling
13 26 (3.70%) Service Delivery
14 24 (3.42%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 140 (19.94%) SQL
2 112 (15.95%) C#
3 33 (4.70%) T-SQL
4 28 (3.99%) PowerShell
5 22 (3.13%) JavaScript
6 21 (2.99%) C++
7 13 (1.85%) Java
8 12 (1.71%) VBScript
9 11 (1.57%) Ada
10 9 (1.28%) C
11 8 (1.14%) VB
12 5 (0.71%) Perl
12 5 (0.71%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.43%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.43%) VBA
14 2 (0.28%) ANSI C
14 2 (0.28%) Python
15 1 (0.14%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.14%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.14%) VB6
Qualifications
1 57 (8.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (6.13%) Security Cleared
3 32 (4.56%) MCSE
4 30 (4.27%) SC Cleared
5 26 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
6 24 (3.42%) ISEB
7 23 (3.28%) Degree
8 16 (2.28%) MCP
9 14 (1.99%) MCITP
10 12 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (1.42%) ISTQB
11 10 (1.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 10 (1.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (1.28%) CCNA
12 9 (1.28%) MCSA
13 8 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 7 (1.00%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.85%) CCNP
16 5 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 4 (0.57%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.42%) SLA
2 20 (2.85%) QA
3 10 (1.42%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.43%) COBIT
6 2 (0.28%) ECSS
6 2 (0.28%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) GLP
7 1 (0.14%) GMP
7 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.14%) ISO27002
7 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 173 (24.64%) Active Directory
2 38 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.56%) XenApp
4 23 (3.28%) Microsoft App-V
5 22 (3.13%) Hyper-V
6 16 (2.28%) vSphere
7 14 (1.99%) XenDesktop
8 12 (1.71%) VMware ESX
9 6 (0.85%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.71%) Terminal Server
10 5 (0.71%) XenServer
11 3 (0.43%) vCloud
12 2 (0.28%) Cygwin
12 2 (0.28%) Docker
12 2 (0.28%) Firmware
12 2 (0.28%) Xen
13 1 (0.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 44 (6.27%) SCCM
2 20 (2.85%) SCOM
3 7 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (0.85%) Puppet
4 6 (0.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 5 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.57%) Nagios
6 4 (0.57%) XenMobile
7 3 (0.43%) Backup Exec
7 3 (0.43%) Bacula
7 3 (0.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (0.43%) Graphite
7 3 (0.43%) logstash
7 3 (0.43%) Riemann
7 3 (0.43%) vRealize
8 2 (0.28%) AppDNA
8 2 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.28%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.28%) WSUS
8 2 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 100 (14.25%) Citrix
2 66 (9.40%) VMware
3 44 (6.27%) Cisco
4 34 (4.84%) Oracle
5 31 (4.42%) HP
6 25 (3.56%) Red Hat
7 21 (2.99%) Symantec
8 17 (2.42%) SAP
9 16 (2.28%) Apple
10 15 (2.14%) Lotus
11 14 (1.99%) IBM
11 14 (1.99%) Remedy
12 12 (1.71%) Adobe
12 12 (1.71%) Atlassian
12 12 (1.71%) CheckPoint
13 11 (1.57%) Avaya
14 10 (1.42%) Intel Security
14 10 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
15 8 (1.14%) Dell
16 7 (1.00%) Nortel
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