The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 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 Essex 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 4
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 78 80 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 15.82% 17.13% 19.30%
As % of the Vendors category 29.66% 34.48% 32.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 34 56
Average daily rate
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£375 £295 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.11% +11.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £157 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £491 £400 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 23 3
Average hourly rate £18.25 £25.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.00% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.80 £9.23 £14.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.75 £42.60 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Vendors Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
263 232 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 53.35% 49.68% 58.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 90 145
Average daily rate £388 £381 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.63% +8.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £164 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £413 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 57 23
Average hourly rate £18.50 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.90 £17.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.70 £37.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.04 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-8.08% -4.80%
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East of England

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 11 July 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 11 July 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 11 July 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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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
Colchester +4 20 £225 +18.42% 2
Chelmsford -2 7 £450 +55.17% 3
Southend-on-Sea - 5 £425 -
Harlow +2 4 £400 +201.88%
Basildon -3 3 £218 -33.07%
Braintree - 2 - -
Saffron Walden - 2 - -
Brentwood -12 1 - - 1
Canvey Island - - - -
Billericay - - - -
Chigwell - - - -
Waltham Abbey - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 90 (50.00%) Windows
2 71 (39.44%) MS Excel
3 57 (31.67%) SQL Server
4 49 (27.22%) Windows 7
5 42 (23.33%) MS Office
6 38 (21.11%) SQL
7 33 (18.33%) Active Directory
7 33 (18.33%) Finance
8 31 (17.22%) .NET
9 28 (15.56%) MS Exchange
10 27 (15.00%) VMware
10 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 25 (13.89%) Citrix
12 24 (13.33%) Windows XP
12 24 (13.33%) HTML
13 23 (12.78%) CSS
13 23 (12.78%) ITIL
14 22 (12.22%) VB
15 20 (11.11%) Migration
15 20 (11.11%) Project Management
16 18 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
16 18 (10.00%) JavaScript
16 18 (10.00%) SQL Server 2005
16 18 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 17 (9.44%) VBA
17 17 (9.44%) Microsoft Certification
17 17 (9.44%) VB6
18 16 (8.89%) Cisco
18 16 (8.89%) C#
18 16 (8.89%) XML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 28 (15.56%) MS Exchange
2 16 (8.89%) SharePoint
3 11 (6.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.44%) IIS
5 6 (3.33%) Apache
6 5 (2.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (2.78%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.67%) Lync
8 3 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.67%) GlassFish
8 3 (1.67%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.67%) WebLogic
8 3 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.11%) MS Project Server
10 1 (0.56%) CMS
10 1 (0.56%) ColdFusion
10 1 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.56%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 71 (39.44%) MS Excel
2 42 (23.33%) MS Office
3 7 (3.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (2.78%) MS Project
4 5 (2.78%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.22%) PowerPivot
6 3 (1.67%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.56%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.00%) Office 365
2 5 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (7.22%) Firewall
2 12 (6.67%) DHCP
2 12 (6.67%) TCP/IP
2 12 (6.67%) SAN
2 12 (6.67%) DNS
3 6 (3.33%) Internet
4 4 (2.22%) Intranet
4 4 (2.22%) VPN
5 3 (1.67%) iSCSI
6 2 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (1.11%) NAS
6 2 (1.11%) IP Telephony
6 2 (1.11%) FirePass
6 2 (1.11%) Network Security
6 2 (1.11%) SSL
6 2 (1.11%) IPv4
6 2 (1.11%) IPv6
7 1 (0.56%) LDAP
7 1 (0.56%) Broadband
7 1 (0.56%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (31.67%) SQL Server
2 18 (10.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 18 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 14 (7.78%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (6.67%) Ingres
6 11 (6.11%) DTS
7 10 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (5.00%) MS Access
9 7 (3.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (3.33%) MySQL
11 5 (2.78%) Data Mart
12 3 (1.67%) EDRMS
13 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (1.11%) Data Mining
13 2 (1.11%) BusinessObjects
13 2 (1.11%) WebFOCUS
Development Applications
1 9 (5.00%) Visual Studio
2 6 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.78%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.67%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.67%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.67%) VisualVM
5 2 (1.11%) TestDirector
5 2 (1.11%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (0.56%) MSI
6 1 (0.56%) JIRA
6 1 (0.56%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.56%) WiX
6 1 (0.56%) MSBuild
General
1 33 (18.33%) Finance
2 4 (2.22%) Publishing
2 4 (2.22%) Law
3 3 (1.67%) Banking
4 2 (1.11%) Retail
4 2 (1.11%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.11%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.11%) Legal
5 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.56%) Automotive
5 1 (0.56%) Billing
5 1 (0.56%) French Language
5 1 (0.56%) German Language
Job Titles
1 48 (26.67%) Analyst
2 40 (22.22%) Developer
3 21 (11.67%) Support Engineer
4 14 (7.78%) Service Analyst
4 14 (7.78%) Business Analyst
4 14 (7.78%) Service Desk Analyst
5 11 (6.11%) VB Developer
5 11 (6.11%) 3rd Line Support
6 10 (5.56%) Architect
6 10 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 8 (4.44%) Support Analyst
7 8 (4.44%) .NET Developer
8 7 (3.89%) Desktop Support
9 6 (3.33%) Systems Analyst
9 6 (3.33%) Help Desk Analyst
9 6 (3.33%) Administrator
9 6 (3.33%) Access Developer
10 5 (2.78%) Field Engineer
10 5 (2.78%) C# Developer
10 5 (2.78%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (17.22%) .NET
2 24 (13.33%) HTML
3 23 (12.78%) CSS
4 16 (8.89%) XML
5 12 (6.67%) ASP.NET
6 9 (5.00%) .NET Framework
7 7 (3.89%) WPF
8 6 (3.33%) HTML5
8 6 (3.33%) LINQ
9 5 (2.78%) RabbitMQ
9 5 (2.78%) Ajax
9 5 (2.78%) JSON
10 4 (2.22%) Web Services
10 4 (2.22%) WCF
10 4 (2.22%) jQuery
11 3 (1.67%) JRules
11 3 (1.67%) XHTML
11 3 (1.67%) SOAP
12 2 (1.11%) ADO.NET
12 2 (1.11%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.44%) Blackberry
2 5 (2.78%) Management Information System
2 5 (2.78%) Clustering
2 5 (2.78%) EqualLogic
3 4 (2.22%) Data Protection Act
3 4 (2.22%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.22%) NHS
4 3 (1.67%) AS400
4 3 (1.67%) E-Learning
5 2 (1.11%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.11%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.11%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.11%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.11%) Visualisation
5 2 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.56%) Replication
6 1 (0.56%) GIS
6 1 (0.56%) iSeries
6 1 (0.56%) STB
6 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 90 (50.00%) Windows
2 49 (27.22%) Windows 7
3 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (13.33%) Windows XP
5 11 (6.11%) Windows 8
6 9 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (3.33%) Linux
8 5 (2.78%) UNIX
9 4 (2.22%) Windows Vista
10 3 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.11%) Solaris
12 1 (0.56%) AIX
12 1 (0.56%) Android
12 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (12.78%) ITIL
2 20 (11.11%) Project Management
2 20 (11.11%) Migration
3 18 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
4 15 (8.33%) Systems Analysis
5 12 (6.67%) TDD
6 11 (6.11%) PRINCE2
7 9 (5.00%) SOA
8 8 (4.44%) ERP
9 6 (3.33%) ETL
9 6 (3.33%) Quality Management
9 6 (3.33%) TOGAF
9 6 (3.33%) Business Analysis
9 6 (3.33%) Incident Management
9 6 (3.33%) Unit Testing
9 6 (3.33%) Capacity Planning
9 6 (3.33%) MVVM
10 5 (2.78%) Change Control
10 5 (2.78%) Time Management
10 5 (2.78%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 38 (21.11%) SQL
2 22 (12.22%) VB
3 18 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 17 (9.44%) VBA
4 17 (9.44%) VB6
5 16 (8.89%) C#
6 10 (5.56%) T-SQL
7 7 (3.89%) Java
7 7 (3.89%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.89%) XAML
8 3 (1.67%) ABAP
9 2 (1.11%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.11%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.56%) C
10 1 (0.56%) VBScript
10 1 (0.56%) PHP
10 1 (0.56%) Python
10 1 (0.56%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 17 (9.44%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (7.78%) Security Cleared
3 10 (5.56%) MCSE
4 8 (4.44%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (4.44%) SC Cleared
5 7 (3.89%) CCNA
6 5 (2.78%) Degree
7 3 (1.67%) CCNP
7 3 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (1.11%) MCDST
8 2 (1.11%) MCITP
8 2 (1.11%) MCP
8 2 (1.11%) MCSA
8 2 (1.11%) CCA
8 2 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.56%) CCEA
9 1 (0.56%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.56%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.89%) SLA
2 4 (2.22%) QA
3 2 (1.11%) Data Quality
System Software
1 33 (18.33%) Active Directory
2 16 (8.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.78%) Hyper-V
4 8 (4.44%) XenApp
5 3 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.11%) XenServer
6 2 (1.11%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.11%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 2 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.56%) vSphere
7 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.56%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.56%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 12 (6.67%) SCCM
2 5 (2.78%) Backup Exec
3 3 (1.67%) Foglight
3 3 (1.67%) Tivoli
3 3 (1.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 3 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.67%) Puppet
3 3 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (1.67%) Opsview
4 2 (1.11%) SCOM
5 1 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.56%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 27 (15.00%) VMware
2 25 (13.89%) Citrix
3 16 (8.89%) Cisco
4 13 (7.22%) Oracle
5 11 (6.11%) Dell
6 10 (5.56%) Symantec
7 9 (5.00%) HP
8 7 (3.89%) Altiris
9 6 (3.33%) NetApp
9 6 (3.33%) webMethods
9 6 (3.33%) SAP
9 6 (3.33%) JBoss
10 5 (2.78%) EMC
11 4 (2.22%) IBM
11 4 (2.22%) DevExpress
11 4 (2.22%) Splunk
12 3 (1.67%) Wyse
12 3 (1.67%) Cadence
12 3 (1.67%) Business Objects
12 3 (1.67%) BMC
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