The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 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 Hertfordshire 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 9 11
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 106 77 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 14.04% 12.24% 9.22%
As % of the Vendors category 25.42% 28.84% 23.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 18 33
Average daily rate £250 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £150 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £409 £450 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 11 16
Average hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £14.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +18.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.55 £11.10 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.39 £33.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -
Vendors Category
Hertfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
417 267 383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 55.23% 42.45% 39.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 113 167
Average daily rate £350 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £233 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £463 £484
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 17 34
Average hourly rate £23.86 £17.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.31% +20.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.02 £11.00 £10.79
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £37.50 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -
Microsoft
East of England

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Letchworth +6 18 £190 - 1
St Albans +2 14 - -
Watford -9 13 £432 - 15
Hemel Hempstead -4 6 £105 -62.50% 4
Rickmansworth +8 5 £160 -50.76%
Stevenage -2 4 £225 - 3
Welwyn Garden City -11 4 £285 +97.91% 2
Borehamwood -3 3 - - 1
Potters Bar - 1 £140 - 1
Hoddesdon - - - -
Harpenden - - - - 3
Berkhamsted - - - -
Bishop's Stortford - - - -
Royston - - - -
Microsoft
East of England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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 79 (46.47%) MS Excel
2 71 (41.76%) Windows
3 42 (24.71%) MS Office
3 42 (24.71%) Active Directory
4 37 (21.76%) SQL Server
5 35 (20.59%) SQL
5 35 (20.59%) .NET
6 31 (18.24%) C#
7 23 (13.53%) Citrix
7 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (12.94%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (11.76%) VMware
9 20 (11.76%) Project Management
9 20 (11.76%) MS Exchange
10 19 (11.18%) MCSE
10 19 (11.18%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (11.18%) TCP/IP
11 18 (10.59%) ASP.NET
11 18 (10.59%) XML
12 17 (10.00%) JavaScript
13 16 (9.41%) SharePoint
13 16 (9.41%) Windows 7
14 15 (8.82%) MS PowerPoint
14 15 (8.82%) HP
15 14 (8.24%) DNS
15 14 (8.24%) ITIL
16 13 (7.65%) NetScaler
17 11 (6.47%) SQL Server 2012
17 11 (6.47%) Blackberry
17 11 (6.47%) DHCP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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 20 (11.76%) MS Exchange
2 16 (9.41%) SharePoint
3 9 (5.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.71%) IIS
4 8 (4.71%) IBM Notes
4 8 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2007
5 6 (3.53%) Lync
6 5 (2.94%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.18%) WebLogic Portal
7 2 (1.18%) CMS
7 2 (1.18%) AquaLogic
7 2 (1.18%) Apache
7 2 (1.18%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.18%) SAS
7 2 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.18%) Node.js
8 1 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.59%) WebLogic
Applications
1 79 (46.47%) MS Excel
2 42 (24.71%) MS Office
3 15 (8.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (2.94%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.94%) MS Project
5 2 (1.18%) DOC1
5 2 (1.18%) PrintSoft PReS
5 2 (1.18%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.59%) FastStats
6 1 (0.59%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 5 (2.94%) Dynamics NAV
1 5 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (11.18%) TCP/IP
2 14 (8.24%) DNS
3 13 (7.65%) NetScaler
4 11 (6.47%) DHCP
5 8 (4.71%) VPN
6 7 (4.12%) LAN
6 7 (4.12%) WAN
6 7 (4.12%) Firewall
7 6 (3.53%) Intranet
7 6 (3.53%) Internet
8 4 (2.35%) SAN
9 3 (1.76%) Broadband
10 2 (1.18%) SSL
10 2 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.18%) IPsec
10 2 (1.18%) Wireshark
10 2 (1.18%) iSCSI
11 1 (0.59%) NAS
11 1 (0.59%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.59%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (21.76%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.47%) SQL Server 2012
2 11 (6.47%) MySQL
3 10 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.94%) Relational Database
4 5 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.76%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.18%) MS Access
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.18%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.18%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.59%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.59%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 4 (2.35%) JIRA
2 3 (1.76%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.76%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.76%) Subversion
3 1 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 11 (6.47%) Retail
2 8 (4.71%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.53%) Finance
4 4 (2.35%) Back Office
4 4 (2.35%) Marketing
5 2 (1.18%) Local Government
5 2 (1.18%) Advertising
6 1 (0.59%) Military
6 1 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 30 (17.65%) Developer
2 25 (14.71%) Support Engineer
3 22 (12.94%) Analyst
4 19 (11.18%) Consultant
5 15 (8.82%) .NET Developer
6 14 (8.24%) Server Engineer
7 13 (7.65%) Project Manager
8 11 (6.47%) Help Desk Support
9 10 (5.88%) IT Support
10 9 (5.29%) Help Desk Support Engineer
10 9 (5.29%) Help Desk Engineer
10 9 (5.29%) Support Analyst
11 8 (4.71%) Technical Support
11 8 (4.71%) Architect
11 8 (4.71%) C# Developer
11 8 (4.71%) Citrix Engineer
11 8 (4.71%) Citrix Server Engineer
11 8 (4.71%) C# .NET Developer
12 7 (4.12%) Microsoft Consultant
12 7 (4.12%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (20.59%) .NET
2 18 (10.59%) ASP.NET
2 18 (10.59%) XML
3 11 (6.47%) XSLT
4 10 (5.88%) HTML
5 9 (5.29%) Web Services
5 9 (5.29%) .NET Framework
6 8 (4.71%) CSS
7 6 (3.53%) AngularJS
7 6 (3.53%) jQuery
8 4 (2.35%) XSL
8 4 (2.35%) SOAP
8 4 (2.35%) DHTML
9 3 (1.76%) Classic ASP
9 3 (1.76%) Flash
9 3 (1.76%) KnockoutJS
9 3 (1.76%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 3 (1.76%) RESTful
9 3 (1.76%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (1.18%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.47%) Blackberry
2 7 (4.12%) NHS
3 6 (3.53%) Clustering
4 5 (2.94%) N-Tier
4 5 (2.94%) iPhone
5 4 (2.35%) Informatics
6 3 (1.76%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.76%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.18%) Kindle
7 2 (1.18%) Open Source
7 2 (1.18%) Taxonomies
7 2 (1.18%) PKI
7 2 (1.18%) Data Extraction
7 2 (1.18%) W3C
7 2 (1.18%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.59%) Replication
8 1 (0.59%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.59%) EPoS
8 1 (0.59%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 71 (41.76%) Windows
2 22 (12.94%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (11.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 16 (9.41%) Windows 7
5 10 (5.88%) Linux
6 9 (5.29%) Windows XP
7 8 (4.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (2.35%) Windows 8
9 4 (2.35%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (1.18%) Android
11 1 (0.59%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.59%) zOS
11 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.59%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.59%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (11.76%) Project Management
2 14 (8.24%) ITIL
3 11 (6.47%) PRINCE2
4 10 (5.88%) Change Management
4 10 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
5 9 (5.29%) Migration
6 8 (4.71%) Scrum
6 8 (4.71%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (4.71%) Load Balancing
7 7 (4.12%) CRM
7 7 (4.12%) Configuration Management
7 7 (4.12%) MVC
8 6 (3.53%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (3.53%) SOA
8 6 (3.53%) Incident Management
9 5 (2.94%) Problem Management
9 5 (2.94%) Service Management
9 5 (2.94%) Service Delivery
9 5 (2.94%) E-Commerce
9 5 (2.94%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (20.59%) SQL
2 31 (18.24%) C#
3 17 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 11 (6.47%) T-SQL
5 9 (5.29%) VB
5 9 (5.29%) VB.NET
6 8 (4.71%) VBScript
7 6 (3.53%) Java
8 5 (2.94%) VB6
8 5 (2.94%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.18%) Python
9 2 (1.18%) PHP
10 1 (0.59%) C
10 1 (0.59%) Perl
10 1 (0.59%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 1 (0.59%) VBA
10 1 (0.59%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.59%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (11.18%) MCSE
3 10 (5.88%) A+ Certification
3 10 (5.88%) MCP
4 9 (5.29%) Security Cleared
5 7 (4.12%) SC Cleared
6 5 (2.94%) MCITP
7 4 (2.35%) Degree
8 3 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (1.76%) VCAP
9 2 (1.18%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.18%) CCNA
9 2 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.59%) CCNP
10 1 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.59%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.59%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.59%) NCDA
10 1 (0.59%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.71%) SLA
2 5 (2.94%) QA
3 4 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.18%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.18%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 42 (24.71%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.12%) XenApp
2 7 (4.12%) vSphere
3 6 (3.53%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (2.94%) Terminal Services
5 4 (2.35%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.18%) VMware ESX
6 2 (1.18%) XenServer
7 1 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.59%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.59%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 5 (2.94%) SCOM
1 5 (2.94%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (2.35%) SCCM
3 2 (1.18%) HP NNM
4 1 (0.59%) WSUS
4 1 (0.59%) MIIS
4 1 (0.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (0.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (13.53%) Citrix
2 20 (11.76%) VMware
3 15 (8.82%) HP
4 10 (5.88%) NetApp
5 8 (4.71%) Lotus
5 8 (4.71%) Red Hat
5 8 (4.71%) Oracle
5 8 (4.71%) Cisco
5 8 (4.71%) IBM
5 8 (4.71%) McAfee
6 5 (2.94%) Remedy
7 4 (2.35%) Dell
8 3 (1.76%) EMC
9 2 (1.18%) SAP
9 2 (1.18%) BEA
9 2 (1.18%) Plumtree
9 2 (1.18%) CA
9 2 (1.18%) ServiceNow
9 2 (1.18%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.18%) WatchGuard
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