The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Luton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 7 1
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 45 11 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Luton 21.33% 12.22% 33.86%
As % of the Vendors category 58.44% 40.74% 68.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 7 24
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£363 £275 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.81% -25.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £225 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 7
Average hourly rate - £19.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -1.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Luton region.

Vendors Category
Luton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
77 27 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Luton 36.49% 30.00% 49.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 17 39
Average daily rate £350 £275 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -31.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 8
Average hourly rate £42.00 £22.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+86.66% +15.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.97 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-0.18% +2.70%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Luton

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Luton

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Luton

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Luton

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Luton

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Luton region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Luton

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Luton

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Luton

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Luton

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Luton 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 32 (50.79%) MS Excel
2 28 (44.44%) E-Commerce
3 27 (42.86%) Windows
3 27 (42.86%) Active Directory
4 26 (41.27%) SCOM
5 22 (34.92%) DNS
5 22 (34.92%) DHCP
5 22 (34.92%) SCCM
6 20 (31.75%) IIS
7 18 (28.57%) ITIL
8 17 (26.98%) MS Project
9 15 (23.81%) FTP
10 12 (19.05%) PRINCE2
10 12 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (17.46%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (17.46%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (14.29%) .NET
12 9 (14.29%) Finance
12 9 (14.29%) PowerShell
13 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
13 8 (12.70%) SQL
13 8 (12.70%) MS Office
13 8 (12.70%) SLA
13 8 (12.70%) Cisco
13 8 (12.70%) Project Management
14 7 (11.11%) ASP.NET
14 7 (11.11%) Web Services
14 7 (11.11%) C#
14 7 (11.11%) TCP/IP
14 7 (11.11%) Project Planning

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Luton by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Luton 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 (31.75%) IIS
2 4 (6.35%) MS Exchange
2 4 (6.35%) SharePoint
3 3 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (3.17%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (3.17%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.59%) Apache
5 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 32 (50.79%) MS Excel
2 17 (26.98%) MS Project
3 8 (12.70%) MS Office
4 5 (7.94%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (4.76%) MS Visio
6 1 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) CA Clarity
2 1 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.59%) Agresso
2 1 (1.59%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.35%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (4.76%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (34.92%) DNS
1 22 (34.92%) DHCP
2 15 (23.81%) FTP
3 7 (11.11%) TCP/IP
4 5 (7.94%) SAN
5 3 (4.76%) VPN
5 3 (4.76%) iSCSI
6 1 (1.59%) DMZ
6 1 (1.59%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.59%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (1.59%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.35%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.59%) MySQL
2 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.59%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Git (software)
1 4 (6.35%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.59%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (14.29%) Finance
2 6 (9.52%) Legal
3 5 (7.94%) Retail
4 4 (6.35%) Publishing
5 2 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.59%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (38.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (25.40%) Project Manager
3 7 (11.11%) Developer
4 6 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 5 (7.94%) Analyst
6 4 (6.35%) Web Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Web Developer
7 3 (4.76%) Support Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 3 (4.76%) SCCM Engineer
7 3 (4.76%) Web Support Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 2 (3.17%) Business Intelligence Manager
8 2 (3.17%) C# .NET Developer
8 2 (3.17%) VMware Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) Business Intelligence Project Manager
8 2 (3.17%) Business Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) Business Project Manager
8 2 (3.17%) .NET Web Developer
8 2 (3.17%) C# Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.29%) .NET
2 7 (11.11%) ASP.NET
2 7 (11.11%) Web Services
3 4 (6.35%) HTML
4 2 (3.17%) WCF
4 2 (3.17%) XML
4 2 (3.17%) XSD
4 2 (3.17%) XSLT
5 1 (1.59%) Software Packaging
5 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.59%) Silverlight
5 1 (1.59%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.76%) Thin Client
2 3 (4.76%) Fat Client
3 1 (1.59%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.59%) Clustering
3 1 (1.59%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 27 (42.86%) Windows
2 5 (7.94%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (7.94%) Windows 7
3 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (6.35%) Linux
4 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (44.44%) E-Commerce
2 18 (28.57%) ITIL
3 12 (19.05%) PRINCE2
3 12 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (17.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (17.46%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (12.70%) Project Management
6 7 (11.11%) Project Planning
7 5 (7.94%) Scrum
7 5 (7.94%) Revenue Management
8 4 (6.35%) Web Development
8 4 (6.35%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (6.35%) Software Architecture
8 4 (6.35%) Database Security
8 4 (6.35%) DevOps
8 4 (6.35%) Configuration Management
8 4 (6.35%) OO
8 4 (6.35%) Software Engineering
8 4 (6.35%) Load Balancing
8 4 (6.35%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 9 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 8 (12.70%) SQL
3 7 (11.11%) C#
4 4 (6.35%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.59%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (6.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 4 (6.35%) Degree
2 3 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (3.17%) MCSE
4 1 (1.59%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (1.59%) MCITP
4 1 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.59%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.70%) SLA
2 1 (1.59%) QA
System Software
1 27 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (6.35%) vSphere
2 4 (6.35%) Terminal Services
3 2 (3.17%) VMware Server
3 2 (3.17%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.59%) VMware ESX
4 1 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.59%) VMFS
4 1 (1.59%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.59%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 26 (41.27%) SCOM
2 22 (34.92%) SCCM
3 3 (4.76%) WSUS
3 3 (4.76%) HP SIM
4 1 (1.59%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 8 (12.70%) Cisco
2 5 (7.94%) VMware
3 4 (6.35%) HP
4 3 (4.76%) Wyse
4 3 (4.76%) CommVault
4 3 (4.76%) NetApp
5 2 (3.17%) Akamai
5 2 (3.17%) CA
5 2 (3.17%) Oracle
5 2 (3.17%) Dell
5 2 (3.17%) Business Objects
5 2 (3.17%) Planview
6 1 (1.59%) Lagan
6 1 (1.59%) KANA
6 1 (1.59%) AppSense
6 1 (1.59%) SAP
6 1 (1.59%) Citrix
6 1 (1.59%) Juniper
6 1 (1.59%) Veritas
6 1 (1.59%) Red Hat