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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 10 8
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 74 58 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 11.47% 12.13% 13.05%
As % of the Vendors category 26.81% 25.89% 29.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 29 15
Average daily rate
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£375 £360 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +10.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £172 £200 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £468 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 19
Average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £14.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -9.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £13.50 £8.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.30 £36.13 £37.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
276 224 198
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 42.79% 46.86% 43.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 105 59
Average daily rate £375 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £238 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £494 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 38 45
Average hourly rate £26.00 £28.50 £22.66
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.77% +25.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.80 £9.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.37 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

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 28 August 2015.

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
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 28 August 2015. 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
Chelmsford -8 11 £350 +4.86% 4
Brentwood 0 7 £160 - 1
Colchester +2 5 £400 +6.66% 4
Harlow -3 3 £400 +40.35%
Basildon -9 2 - - 4
Billericay - 1 £250 - 1
Halstead - 1 £250 -
Rayleigh - 1 £550 -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 62 (43.97%) Windows
2 48 (34.04%) Finance
3 44 (31.21%) SQL
4 39 (27.66%) MS Excel
4 39 (27.66%) Active Directory
5 34 (24.11%) MS Office
6 33 (23.40%) SQL Server
7 30 (21.28%) Citrix
7 30 (21.28%) Windows 7
8 26 (18.44%) ITIL
9 20 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 20 (14.18%) SCCM
10 17 (12.06%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (12.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 17 (12.06%) Windows 8
10 17 (12.06%) Cisco
10 17 (12.06%) .NET
10 17 (12.06%) SharePoint
10 17 (12.06%) MS Exchange
10 17 (12.06%) Microsoft App-V
11 16 (11.35%) Firewall
12 15 (10.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 14 (9.93%) Project Management
13 14 (9.93%) MCSE
13 14 (9.93%) T-SQL
14 13 (9.22%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (9.22%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (9.22%) SQL Server 2008
14 13 (9.22%) Windows Server 2012
15 12 (8.51%) Data Centre

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 17 (12.06%) SharePoint
1 17 (12.06%) MS Exchange
2 9 (6.38%) IIS
3 5 (3.55%) Lync
4 4 (2.84%) WebLogic
4 4 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (2.13%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (1.42%) GlassFish
6 2 (1.42%) WebLogic Portal
6 2 (1.42%) JBoss
6 2 (1.42%) Apache
6 2 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.71%) Oracle UPK
7 1 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.71%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 39 (27.66%) MS Excel
2 34 (24.11%) MS Office
3 7 (4.96%) MS Project
4 3 (2.13%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (1.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Payroll
1 1 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (0.71%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.42%) Office 365
2 1 (0.71%) Taleo
2 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.71%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 16 (11.35%) Firewall
2 12 (8.51%) DNS
3 10 (7.09%) SAN
3 10 (7.09%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (6.38%) TCP/IP
5 6 (4.26%) DHCP
5 6 (4.26%) Network Security
6 5 (3.55%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (3.55%) VLAN
6 5 (3.55%) Internet
7 4 (2.84%) OSPF
8 3 (2.13%) HTTPS
8 3 (2.13%) SMTP
8 3 (2.13%) Unified Communications
9 2 (1.42%) PABX
9 2 (1.42%) RFID
9 2 (1.42%) Intranet
9 2 (1.42%) LDAP
9 2 (1.42%) PBX
10 1 (0.71%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (23.40%) SQL Server
2 17 (12.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (10.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 13 (9.22%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (8.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (7.09%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (4.26%) DTS
8 4 (2.84%) ProClarity
8 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (2.13%) MySQL
9 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.71%) OLAP Cube
10 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.71%) WebFOCUS
10 1 (0.71%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.71%) OLAP
10 1 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (4.26%) MSI
2 4 (2.84%) PowerBuilder
3 3 (2.13%) LoadRunner
3 3 (2.13%) AdminStudio
3 3 (2.13%) Wise Package Studio
4 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.71%) AccuRev
General
1 48 (34.04%) Finance
2 8 (5.67%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.42%) Banking
3 2 (1.42%) Law
4 1 (0.71%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.71%) Advertising
4 1 (0.71%) Publishing
4 1 (0.71%) Military
4 1 (0.71%) Automotive
4 1 (0.71%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.71%) Electronics
4 1 (0.71%) Retail
4 1 (0.71%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (26.95%) Analyst
2 16 (11.35%) Support Analyst
3 15 (10.64%) Developer
4 12 (8.51%) Desktop Support
5 9 (6.38%) Service Analyst
6 8 (5.67%) Support Engineer
6 8 (5.67%) Project Manager
6 8 (5.67%) Service Desk Analyst
7 7 (4.96%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (4.96%) Systems Analyst
8 6 (4.26%) Consultant
8 6 (4.26%) Applications Packager
8 6 (4.26%) Help Desk Analyst
8 6 (4.26%) DBA
8 6 (4.26%) Business Intelligence Analyst
9 5 (3.55%) IT Support
9 5 (3.55%) Infrastructure Technician
9 5 (3.55%) SQL DBA
9 5 (3.55%) Project Engineer
10 4 (2.84%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (12.06%) .NET
2 5 (3.55%) SOAP
2 5 (3.55%) XML
3 4 (2.84%) Web Services
3 4 (2.84%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.13%) J2EE
4 3 (2.13%) Application Packaging
4 3 (2.13%) HTML
4 3 (2.13%) KnockoutJS
4 3 (2.13%) AngularJS
4 3 (2.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 3 (2.13%) LINQ
4 3 (2.13%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (1.42%) EclipseLink
5 2 (1.42%) JPA
5 2 (1.42%) REST
5 2 (1.42%) Software Packaging
5 2 (1.42%) Hibernate
5 2 (1.42%) TopLink
5 2 (1.42%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.51%) Data Centre
2 10 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.67%) Blackberry
4 5 (3.55%) Mobile Computing
5 4 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.84%) N-Tier
6 3 (2.13%) Data Structures
6 3 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (2.13%) EqualLogic
6 3 (2.13%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.42%) PMI
7 2 (1.42%) Clustering
7 2 (1.42%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.42%) CCTV
7 2 (1.42%) Life Science
8 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.71%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.71%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.71%) VHDL
8 1 (0.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 62 (43.97%) Windows
2 30 (21.28%) Windows 7
3 17 (12.06%) Windows 8
3 17 (12.06%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (9.22%) Windows Server 2003
4 13 (9.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (7.09%) Windows XP
6 5 (3.55%) Android
7 3 (2.13%) Solaris
8 2 (1.42%) Linux
8 2 (1.42%) UNIX
8 2 (1.42%) Windows Vista
8 2 (1.42%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (18.44%) ITIL
2 14 (9.93%) Project Management
3 13 (9.22%) Business Intelligence
4 11 (7.80%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (7.09%) Migration
5 10 (7.09%) Incident Management
6 9 (6.38%) Change Management
7 7 (4.96%) PRINCE2
8 6 (4.26%) Information Security
9 5 (3.55%) Time Management
9 5 (3.55%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (3.55%) Performance Tuning
9 5 (3.55%) Mentoring
9 5 (3.55%) Asset Management
9 5 (3.55%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (2.84%) Scrum
10 4 (2.84%) ITSM
10 4 (2.84%) TDD
10 4 (2.84%) Configuration Management
10 4 (2.84%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 44 (31.21%) SQL
2 14 (9.93%) T-SQL
3 12 (8.51%) C#
4 7 (4.96%) PowerShell
5 5 (3.55%) VBA
6 3 (2.13%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.13%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.13%) Java
6 3 (2.13%) VB
7 2 (1.42%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.42%) PHP
8 1 (0.71%) COBOL
8 1 (0.71%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.71%) VBScript
8 1 (0.71%) XMLA
8 1 (0.71%) X++
8 1 (0.71%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 20 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (9.93%) MCSE
3 8 (5.67%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.84%) MCDST
4 4 (2.84%) Degree
5 3 (2.13%) MCITP
5 3 (2.13%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 3 (2.13%) Citrix Certification
5 3 (2.13%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.42%) CISSP
6 2 (1.42%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.42%) ISACA
7 1 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.71%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.71%) MOS
7 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.71%) MCSA
7 1 (0.71%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.96%) SLA
2 1 (0.71%) QA
2 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.71%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 39 (27.66%) Active Directory
2 17 (12.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 11 (7.80%) XenApp
4 6 (4.26%) Hyper-V
5 5 (3.55%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (2.84%) Terminal Server
7 3 (2.13%) VMware ESX
7 3 (2.13%) XenDesktop
7 3 (2.13%) vSphere
8 2 (1.42%) XenServer
9 1 (0.71%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.71%) Firmware
9 1 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 20 (14.18%) SCCM
2 9 (6.38%) SCOM
3 1 (0.71%) ZENworks
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 30 (21.28%) Citrix
2 17 (12.06%) Cisco
3 12 (8.51%) Dell
4 10 (7.09%) HP
4 10 (7.09%) Oracle
4 10 (7.09%) VMware
5 5 (3.55%) Apple
5 5 (3.55%) McAfee
6 4 (2.84%) Sophos
6 4 (2.84%) Clearswift
6 4 (2.84%) MicroStrategy
6 4 (2.84%) IBM
6 4 (2.84%) Altiris
6 4 (2.84%) Panasonic
6 4 (2.84%) ServiceNow
6 4 (2.84%) Aerohive Networks
7 3 (2.13%) Symantec
7 3 (2.13%) Twitter
7 3 (2.13%) LANDesk
8 2 (1.42%) Wyse