The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 15 8 7
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 55 66 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 11.32% 13.55% 17.53%
As % of the Vendors category 24.34% 29.60% 33.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 18 44
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£350 £271 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.03% -9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £136 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 24 7
Average hourly rate £17.25 £14.00 £22.53
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.21% -37.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £9.00 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.37 £17.05 £30.40
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 Essex region.

Vendors Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
226 223 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 46.50% 45.79% 51.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 69 118
Average daily rate £400 £388 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £155 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 59 34
Average hourly rate £25.00 £16.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+56.25% -39.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £9.37 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £28.90 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Essex

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Essex region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Essex region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Essex

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Essex region over the 3 months to 23 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
Colchester -3 11 £135 - 6
Brentwood +5 9 £283 - 2
Southend-on-Sea -11 4 - - 1
Harlow +6 2 £220 -
Chelmsford 0 2 £180 +24.13% 1
Basildon -6 2 - - 1
Billericay - - - -
Chigwell - - - -
Harwich - - - -
Loughton - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
Waltham Abbey - - - -
Epping - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 83 (53.21%) Windows
2 54 (34.62%) MS Excel
3 49 (31.41%) Windows 7
4 45 (28.85%) SQL Server
5 43 (27.56%) Active Directory
6 41 (26.28%) MS Office
7 37 (23.72%) SQL
8 33 (21.15%) Finance
9 32 (20.51%) MS Exchange
10 28 (17.95%) ITIL
11 25 (16.03%) .NET
11 25 (16.03%) Windows XP
12 21 (13.46%) Citrix
13 20 (12.82%) Windows Server 2008
14 19 (12.18%) Windows 8
14 19 (12.18%) Business Intelligence
14 19 (12.18%) Project Management
14 19 (12.18%) SharePoint
15 18 (11.54%) TCP/IP
16 17 (10.90%) Firewall
17 15 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 15 (9.62%) Migration
17 15 (9.62%) DHCP
17 15 (9.62%) DNS
17 15 (9.62%) Cisco
17 15 (9.62%) Oracle
17 15 (9.62%) C#
17 15 (9.62%) HTML
17 15 (9.62%) Security Cleared
17 15 (9.62%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 32 (20.51%) MS Exchange
2 19 (12.18%) SharePoint
3 11 (7.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (4.49%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (1.92%) GlassFish
6 3 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (1.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.92%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.92%) IIS
6 3 (1.92%) Apache
6 3 (1.92%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.64%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.64%) CMS
7 1 (0.64%) ColdFusion
7 1 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.64%) Lync
Applications
1 54 (34.62%) MS Excel
2 41 (26.28%) MS Office
3 7 (4.49%) MS Project
4 6 (3.85%) MS Visio
5 5 (3.21%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.92%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (1.92%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.64%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.64%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.64%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.41%) Office 365
2 4 (2.56%) SaaS
3 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (11.54%) TCP/IP
2 17 (10.90%) Firewall
3 15 (9.62%) DNS
3 15 (9.62%) DHCP
4 7 (4.49%) Broadband
5 6 (3.85%) SAN
5 6 (3.85%) Internet
6 5 (3.21%) Intranet
7 4 (2.56%) LAN
7 4 (2.56%) WAN
7 4 (2.56%) Wireless
8 3 (1.92%) VPN
9 2 (1.28%) iSCSI
10 1 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.64%) IP Telephony
10 1 (0.64%) FirePass
10 1 (0.64%) Network Security
10 1 (0.64%) HTTP
10 1 (0.64%) LDAP
10 1 (0.64%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (28.85%) SQL Server
2 15 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 15 (9.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (7.05%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (5.77%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (5.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (5.13%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (4.49%) Data Mart
6 7 (4.49%) DTS
7 6 (3.85%) Ingres
8 4 (2.56%) DB2
8 4 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (1.92%) MS Access
10 2 (1.28%) MySQL
10 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (1.28%) WebFOCUS
11 1 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 3 (1.92%) Visual Studio
1 3 (1.92%) VisualVM
2 2 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.28%) MSI
3 1 (0.64%) Subversion
3 1 (0.64%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.64%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.64%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.64%) WiX
3 1 (0.64%) MSBuild
General
1 33 (21.15%) Finance
2 7 (4.49%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.56%) Law
4 3 (1.92%) Advertising
4 3 (1.92%) German Language
5 2 (1.28%) Local Government
6 1 (0.64%) French Language
6 1 (0.64%) Publishing
6 1 (0.64%) Banking
6 1 (0.64%) Billing
6 1 (0.64%) Legal
6 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.64%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.64%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 42 (26.92%) Analyst
2 31 (19.87%) Developer
3 16 (10.26%) Support Engineer
3 16 (10.26%) Service Analyst
3 16 (10.26%) Service Desk Analyst
4 12 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
4 12 (7.69%) Support Analyst
5 10 (6.41%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 9 (5.77%) Architect
7 8 (5.13%) Business Analyst
8 7 (4.49%) Desktop Support
8 7 (4.49%) Help Desk Analyst
8 7 (4.49%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 6 (3.85%) Systems Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) .NET Developer
10 5 (3.21%) VB Developer
10 5 (3.21%) Project Manager
10 5 (3.21%) Consultant
10 5 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support
10 5 (3.21%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (16.03%) .NET
2 15 (9.62%) HTML
3 14 (8.97%) CSS
4 9 (5.77%) ASP.NET
5 8 (5.13%) XML
6 7 (4.49%) WCF
6 7 (4.49%) jQuery
7 5 (3.21%) .NET Framework
8 4 (2.56%) Web Services
8 4 (2.56%) LINQ
9 3 (1.92%) Ajax
10 2 (1.28%) Middleware
10 2 (1.28%) SOAP
10 2 (1.28%) ADO.NET
10 2 (1.28%) KnockoutJS
10 2 (1.28%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 2 (1.28%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 2 (1.28%) WPF
10 2 (1.28%) HTML5
11 1 (0.64%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.05%) Blackberry
2 7 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.85%) Clustering
3 6 (3.85%) NHS
4 4 (2.56%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.56%) EqualLogic
5 3 (1.92%) E-Learning
5 3 (1.92%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.92%) PMI
5 3 (1.92%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.92%) iPhone
6 2 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.28%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.28%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.28%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.64%) GIS
7 1 (0.64%) AS400
7 1 (0.64%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 83 (53.21%) Windows
2 49 (31.41%) Windows 7
3 25 (16.03%) Windows XP
4 20 (12.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (12.18%) Windows 8
6 8 (5.13%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (3.85%) Linux
8 5 (3.21%) Windows Vista
8 5 (3.21%) Solaris
9 4 (2.56%) AIX
9 4 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.92%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.92%) UNIX
11 1 (0.64%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (17.95%) ITIL
2 19 (12.18%) Business Intelligence
2 19 (12.18%) Project Management
3 15 (9.62%) Migration
4 14 (8.97%) PRINCE2
5 10 (6.41%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (6.41%) TDD
6 7 (4.49%) ERP
6 7 (4.49%) Configuration Management
6 7 (4.49%) Incident Management
6 7 (4.49%) Time Management
7 6 (3.85%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (3.85%) Unit Testing
7 6 (3.85%) Change Control
7 6 (3.85%) Quality Management
7 6 (3.85%) CRM
7 6 (3.85%) Systems Analysis
8 5 (3.21%) MVC
8 5 (3.21%) Service Delivery
8 5 (3.21%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (23.72%) SQL
2 15 (9.62%) C#
3 13 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 13 (8.33%) VB
3 13 (8.33%) VBA
4 11 (7.05%) T-SQL
5 9 (5.77%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.49%) VB6
7 6 (3.85%) PL/SQL
8 4 (2.56%) Java
9 3 (1.92%) PHP
9 3 (1.92%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.92%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.92%) ABAP
10 2 (1.28%) XAML
10 2 (1.28%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.64%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.64%) VC++
11 1 (0.64%) Python
11 1 (0.64%) C++
Qualifications
1 15 (9.62%) Security Cleared
2 13 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (6.41%) MCSE
4 9 (5.77%) Degree
4 9 (5.77%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.56%) MCDST
6 3 (1.92%) MCITP
6 3 (1.92%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (1.92%) CCNA
6 3 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.28%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.28%) APMP
8 1 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.64%) CISM
8 1 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.64%) CISSP
8 1 (0.64%) MCSA
8 1 (0.64%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.21%) SLA
2 1 (0.64%) QA
System Software
1 43 (27.56%) Active Directory
2 12 (7.69%) Hyper-V
3 10 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (2.56%) XenApp
6 3 (1.92%) MetaFrame
7 2 (1.28%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.64%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 1 (0.64%) vSphere
8 1 (0.64%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (5.77%) SCCM
1 9 (5.77%) Backup Exec
2 3 (1.92%) WSUS
2 3 (1.92%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (1.92%) Opsview
2 3 (1.92%) SCOM
3 1 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.64%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 21 (13.46%) Citrix
2 15 (9.62%) Oracle
2 15 (9.62%) Cisco
3 14 (8.97%) VMware
4 11 (7.05%) Dell
5 10 (6.41%) HP
6 9 (5.77%) Symantec
7 7 (4.49%) McAfee
7 7 (4.49%) EMC
8 6 (3.85%) IBM
8 6 (3.85%) Sophos
9 4 (2.56%) Business Objects
9 4 (2.56%) SAP
9 4 (2.56%) Panasonic
10 3 (1.92%) webMethods
10 3 (1.92%) JBoss
10 3 (1.92%) Cognos
10 3 (1.92%) Avaya
10 3 (1.92%) Splunk
11 2 (1.28%) Actuate
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