The first table below looks at the demand for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Oxford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 23 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 Oxford 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 2 5
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 36 43 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 15.32% 17.06% 12.12%
As % of the Vendors category 47.37% 35.83% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 24 5
Average daily rate £210 £300 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £113 £271 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £360 £361
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 14
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.63 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.85% +17.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.23 £10.37 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.70 £14.85 £16.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.11
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -0.72%
Vendors Category
Oxford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
76 120 202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 32.34% 47.62% 61.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 74 93
Average daily rate £330 £325 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £459 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 31
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -31.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £10.43 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.25 £16.00 £23.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -
Microsoft
Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Oxford

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Oxford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Oxford

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Oxford region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Oxford

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Oxford

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Oxford 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 36 (66.67%) Windows
2 25 (46.30%) MS Office
2 25 (46.30%) Windows 7
3 22 (40.74%) Active Directory
4 19 (35.19%) MS Excel
5 16 (29.63%) Windows 8
6 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
7 11 (20.37%) DNS
8 10 (18.52%) DHCP
9 7 (12.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
11 5 (9.26%) MS Project
11 5 (9.26%) SharePoint
11 5 (9.26%) SQL
11 5 (9.26%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (7.41%) Project Management
12 4 (7.41%) C#
12 4 (7.41%) .NET
12 4 (7.41%) Oracle
12 4 (7.41%) Degree
12 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (5.56%) Migration
13 3 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
13 3 (5.56%) VB
13 3 (5.56%) Web Services
13 3 (5.56%) SLA
13 3 (5.56%) Cisco
13 3 (5.56%) Dell
14 2 (3.70%) Apple

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Oxford by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Oxford 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 5 (9.26%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.85%) Lync
4 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.85%) MS Project Server
4 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2000
4 1 (1.85%) SugarCRM
4 1 (1.85%) WebLogic
Applications
1 25 (46.30%) MS Office
2 19 (35.19%) MS Excel
3 5 (9.26%) MS Project
4 3 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.85%) SalesLogix
2 1 (1.85%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) Office 365
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (20.37%) DNS
2 10 (18.52%) DHCP
3 2 (3.70%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.85%) Wireless
4 1 (1.85%) VoIP
4 1 (1.85%) SAN
4 1 (1.85%) IPv4
4 1 (1.85%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.70%) MySQL
2 2 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.85%) MS Access
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle9i Database
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.85%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.85%) OLTP
General
1 2 (3.70%) Retail
2 1 (1.85%) Finance
2 1 (1.85%) Automotive
2 1 (1.85%) Publishing
2 1 (1.85%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 18 (33.33%) Support Engineer
2 10 (18.52%) Desktop Support
3 9 (16.67%) Analyst
4 7 (12.96%) Developer
5 6 (11.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 6 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (9.26%) Project Manager
7 4 (7.41%) Support Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (5.56%) IT Support
8 3 (5.56%) DBA
8 3 (5.56%) IT Support Analyst
8 3 (5.56%) SQL Developer
8 3 (5.56%) SQL DBA
9 2 (3.70%) Architect
9 2 (3.70%) SharePoint Developer
9 2 (3.70%) Systems Developer
9 2 (3.70%) Applications Architect
9 2 (3.70%) Help Desk Support
9 2 (3.70%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.41%) .NET
2 3 (5.56%) Web Services
3 2 (3.70%) Ajax
4 1 (1.85%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.85%) SOAP
4 1 (1.85%) XML
4 1 (1.85%) XSLT
4 1 (1.85%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.70%) Blackberry
1 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
1 2 (3.70%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (1.85%) CMDB
2 1 (1.85%) Streaming Video
2 1 (1.85%) Replication
2 1 (1.85%) Clustering
2 1 (1.85%) Smartphone
2 1 (1.85%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 36 (66.67%) Windows
2 25 (46.30%) Windows 7
3 16 (29.63%) Windows 8
4 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
5 7 (12.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (9.26%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (3.70%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.85%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.85%) Linux
9 1 (1.85%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.85%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (7.41%) Project Management
2 3 (5.56%) Migration
3 2 (3.70%) CRM
3 2 (3.70%) Asset Management
3 2 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (3.70%) Performance Management
3 2 (3.70%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (1.85%) Business Process Mapping
4 1 (1.85%) Business Transformation
4 1 (1.85%) Waterfall
4 1 (1.85%) Portfolio Management
4 1 (1.85%) Change Control
4 1 (1.85%) Capacity Management
4 1 (1.85%) Data Migration
4 1 (1.85%) Problem Management
4 1 (1.85%) Database Tuning
4 1 (1.85%) Time Management
4 1 (1.85%) Financial Analysis
4 1 (1.85%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (1.85%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 5 (9.26%) SQL
2 4 (7.41%) C#
3 3 (5.56%) VB
4 2 (3.70%) Java
4 2 (3.70%) PHP
5 1 (1.85%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.85%) Ruby
5 1 (1.85%) Python
5 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (7.41%) Degree
2 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.85%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.85%) MCSE
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (1.85%) OCA
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Certification
2 1 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (1.85%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (40.74%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 1 (1.85%) SCCM
1 1 (1.85%) MIIS
1 1 (1.85%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 4 (7.41%) Oracle
2 3 (5.56%) Cisco
2 3 (5.56%) Dell
3 2 (3.70%) Apple
3 2 (3.70%) HP
3 2 (3.70%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (1.85%) Tableau
4 1 (1.85%) SolarWinds
4 1 (1.85%) Hummingbird
4 1 (1.85%) VMware
4 1 (1.85%) Business Objects
4 1 (1.85%) SAP
4 1 (1.85%) Mercator
4 1 (1.85%) Remedy
4 1 (1.85%) Sage
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