The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Hertfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 10 3
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 106 62 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 13.33% 10.16% 17.27%
As % of the Vendors category 25.00% 20.33% 33.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 27 56
Average daily rate
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£363 £250 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.00% -32.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £162 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £396 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 12
Average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+150.00% -42.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £14.96
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.07%
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 Hertfordshire region.

Vendors Category
Hertfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
424 305 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 53.33% 50.00% 51.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 147 159
Average daily rate £360 £333 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.27% -3.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £170 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 31 19
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -13.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £33.50 £34.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -12.82%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 7 July 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 7 July 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 7 July 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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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
Watford +7 27 £425 +82.79% 16
St Albans +6 12 £225 - 4
Welwyn Garden City -5 11 £350 -6.66% 4
Hemel Hempstead +5 9 £300 - 8
Royston - 7 - - 1
Hertford - 6 £500 -
Stevenage -5 3 - - 4
Rickmansworth +4 2 £325 +103.12% 1
Bishop's Stortford +1 1 £325 -
Letchworth 0 1 £338 +77.63% 2
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 86 (47.25%) Windows
2 64 (35.16%) MS Excel
3 62 (34.07%) Active Directory
4 45 (24.73%) MS Office
5 40 (21.98%) SQL
6 35 (19.23%) SCCM
7 34 (18.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (17.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 30 (16.48%) Hyper-V
10 28 (15.38%) HP
10 28 (15.38%) Citrix
10 28 (15.38%) SQL Server
10 28 (15.38%) VMware
11 27 (14.84%) Windows Server 2012
12 24 (13.19%) SCOM
12 24 (13.19%) Degree
12 24 (13.19%) Finance
12 24 (13.19%) Oracle
12 24 (13.19%) Project Management
13 23 (12.64%) DNS
13 23 (12.64%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (12.09%) SAN
15 21 (11.54%) ITIL
15 21 (11.54%) Change Management
16 20 (10.99%) .NET
16 20 (10.99%) DHCP
17 19 (10.44%) Agile Software Development
17 19 (10.44%) Data Centre
18 18 (9.89%) PowerShell
19 17 (9.34%) SharePoint

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 (9.34%) SharePoint
2 10 (5.49%) Lync
3 9 (4.95%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.20%) WorkSite
5 4 (2.20%) CMS
5 4 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (1.65%) IIS
7 2 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.55%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.55%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.55%) LiveLink
Applications
1 64 (35.16%) MS Excel
2 45 (24.73%) MS Office
3 10 (5.49%) MS Visio
4 8 (4.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (3.30%) MS Project
6 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.85%) Oracle Financials
1 7 (3.85%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.55%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.55%) Agresso
3 1 (0.55%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.55%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.49%) Office 365
2 6 (3.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.55%) PaaS
4 1 (0.55%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (12.64%) DNS
2 22 (12.09%) SAN
3 20 (10.99%) DHCP
4 10 (5.49%) WAN
4 10 (5.49%) LAN
5 9 (4.95%) TCP/IP
5 9 (4.95%) Firewall
6 7 (3.85%) Radio Access Network
7 5 (2.75%) 4G
7 5 (2.75%) 2G
7 5 (2.75%) VPN
7 5 (2.75%) 3G
8 4 (2.20%) MPLS
8 4 (2.20%) PABX
8 4 (2.20%) Internet
8 4 (2.20%) Unified Communications
9 3 (1.65%) VLAN
9 3 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (1.65%) LTE
9 3 (1.65%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.59%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (6.04%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (4.40%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (3.85%) QlikView
6 4 (2.20%) Big Data
6 4 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (2.20%) Snowflake Schema
6 4 (2.20%) Star Schema
7 3 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.65%) MySQL
8 2 (1.10%) MS Access
8 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.55%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 9 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.10%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.10%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (1.10%) Subversion
3 1 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.55%) GCC
General
1 24 (13.19%) Finance
2 14 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 9 (4.95%) Retail
4 4 (2.20%) Publishing
5 3 (1.65%) Legal
5 3 (1.65%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.10%) Local Government
6 2 (1.10%) Marketing
7 1 (0.55%) Advertising
7 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.55%) Law
Job Titles
1 28 (15.38%) Analyst
2 23 (12.64%) Project Manager
2 23 (12.64%) Developer
3 17 (9.34%) Architect
3 17 (9.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (6.04%) Support Analyst
5 10 (5.49%) IT Support
6 9 (4.95%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.40%) Administrator
8 7 (3.85%) Solutions Architect
8 7 (3.85%) Consultant
9 6 (3.30%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 6 (3.30%) Senior Manager
9 6 (3.30%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (3.30%) Senior Project Manager
9 6 (3.30%) .NET Developer
9 6 (3.30%) Help Desk Support
9 6 (3.30%) SQL Developer
9 6 (3.30%) Infrastructure Manager
10 5 (2.75%) Implementation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (10.99%) .NET
2 11 (6.04%) ASP.NET
3 9 (4.95%) Web Services
4 7 (3.85%) XML
5 6 (3.30%) .NET Framework
6 5 (2.75%) WinForms
7 4 (2.20%) WF
7 4 (2.20%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (1.65%) jQuery
8 3 (1.65%) WCF
8 3 (1.65%) KnockoutJS
8 3 (1.65%) Application Packaging
9 2 (1.10%) Software Packaging
9 2 (1.10%) COM
9 2 (1.10%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (1.10%) AppFabric
9 2 (1.10%) REST
9 2 (1.10%) SAP PI
10 1 (0.55%) Qt
10 1 (0.55%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.44%) Data Centre
2 13 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (7.14%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.85%) Clustering
3 7 (3.85%) PKI
3 7 (3.85%) Kindle
3 7 (3.85%) Visualisation
4 4 (2.20%) PMI
5 3 (1.65%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.65%) iPhone
6 2 (1.10%) CMDB
6 2 (1.10%) Replication
6 2 (1.10%) iPad
6 2 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.10%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.10%) GIS
6 2 (1.10%) Statistics
6 2 (1.10%) VLE
6 2 (1.10%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 86 (47.25%) Windows
2 34 (18.68%) Windows Server 2003
3 32 (17.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 27 (14.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (7.14%) Android
5 13 (7.14%) Windows XP
6 11 (6.04%) Linux
7 10 (5.49%) Windows 7
8 9 (4.95%) Windows 2000 Server
8 9 (4.95%) UNIX
9 7 (3.85%) Windows 8
10 4 (2.20%) Mac OS
11 3 (1.65%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.55%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.55%) FreeBSD
13 1 (0.55%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (13.19%) Project Management
2 21 (11.54%) ITIL
2 21 (11.54%) Change Management
3 19 (10.44%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (8.79%) Requirements Analysis
4 16 (8.79%) Service Delivery
5 15 (8.24%) Asset Management
6 14 (7.69%) Migration
7 13 (7.14%) PRINCE2
8 12 (6.59%) Configuration Management
8 12 (6.59%) Analytics
9 10 (5.49%) Change Control
9 10 (5.49%) ETL
10 9 (4.95%) E-Commerce
10 9 (4.95%) Information Security
10 9 (4.95%) Coaching
11 8 (4.40%) Time Management
11 8 (4.40%) ERP
11 8 (4.40%) Data Modelling
11 8 (4.40%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (21.98%) SQL
2 18 (9.89%) PowerShell
3 17 (9.34%) C#
4 7 (3.85%) T-SQL
5 6 (3.30%) Perl
5 6 (3.30%) C++
6 5 (2.75%) VB.NET
7 4 (2.20%) VB
7 4 (2.20%) Java
8 3 (1.65%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.10%) VBScript
9 2 (1.10%) VB6
10 1 (0.55%) Python
10 1 (0.55%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.55%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.55%) C
Qualifications
1 24 (13.19%) Degree
2 14 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
3 12 (6.59%) MCSE
4 8 (4.40%) Security Cleared
5 7 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.30%) SC Cleared
7 5 (2.75%) MCITP
7 5 (2.75%) CCNA
7 5 (2.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 4 (2.20%) MCP
8 4 (2.20%) A+ Certification
8 4 (2.20%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (2.20%) PMI Certification
9 3 (1.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.65%) MCTS
9 3 (1.65%) MCSA
10 2 (1.10%) CCNP
11 1 (0.55%) HND
11 1 (0.55%) VCAP
11 1 (0.55%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.04%) SLA
2 9 (4.95%) ISO 9001
3 5 (2.75%) QA
4 2 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.55%) COBIT
5 1 (0.55%) GxP
System Software
1 62 (34.07%) Active Directory
2 30 (16.48%) Hyper-V
3 23 (12.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (7.14%) Terminal Services
5 8 (4.40%) vSphere
6 7 (3.85%) XenApp
7 6 (3.30%) XenServer
8 3 (1.65%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.10%) UAG
10 1 (0.55%) vCloud
10 1 (0.55%) Samba
10 1 (0.55%) MetaFrame
10 1 (0.55%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 35 (19.23%) SCCM
2 24 (13.19%) SCOM
3 13 (7.14%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 8 (4.40%) SCOrch
5 7 (3.85%) Puppet
6 4 (2.20%) SCSM
7 3 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (1.10%) Windows Intune
8 2 (1.10%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.55%) DatAdvantage
Vendors
1 28 (15.38%) HP
1 28 (15.38%) Citrix
1 28 (15.38%) VMware
2 24 (13.19%) Oracle
3 16 (8.79%) SAP
4 15 (8.24%) Symantec
5 12 (6.59%) Dell
6 11 (6.04%) Cisco
7 8 (4.40%) Apple
8 7 (3.85%) Tableau
8 7 (3.85%) ServiceNow
9 5 (2.75%) IBM
9 5 (2.75%) EMC
10 4 (2.20%) NetApp
11 3 (1.65%) CA
11 3 (1.65%) Planview
11 3 (1.65%) 3PAR
12 2 (1.10%) F5
12 2 (1.10%) Greenplum
12 2 (1.10%) Huawei
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