The table below looks at the statistics 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 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 8 3 2
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 54 37 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 15.08% 16.97% 17.73%
As % of the Vendors category 38.57% 37.37% 36.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 14 12
Average daily rate
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£380 £304 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.10% -5.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £261 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £443 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 4
Average hourly rate £12.00 £14.00 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.90 £8.25 £10.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.20 £17.55 £13.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Microsoft
Oxfordshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Oxford region.

Vendors Category
Oxford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
140 99 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 39.11% 45.41% 48.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 59 53
Average daily rate £375 £334 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.35% -16.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 8
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +41.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £25.00 £16.50
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 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 28 August 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Oxford

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Oxford region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Oxford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Oxford

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 46 (46.94%) Windows
2 34 (34.69%) MS Excel
3 33 (33.67%) Active Directory
4 22 (22.45%) .NET
4 22 (22.45%) Windows 7
5 21 (21.43%) C#
6 20 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (17.35%) SQL
7 17 (17.35%) MS Exchange
8 16 (16.33%) MS Office
9 15 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (14.29%) TDD
10 14 (14.29%) SharePoint
11 13 (13.27%) SQL Server
11 13 (13.27%) Degree
12 12 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
12 12 (12.24%) VMware
13 11 (11.22%) Visual Studio
13 11 (11.22%) OOP
13 11 (11.22%) Business Intelligence
13 11 (11.22%) Multithreading
13 11 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
14 10 (10.20%) Scrum
14 10 (10.20%) Finance
14 10 (10.20%) Migration
14 10 (10.20%) Windows 8
15 9 (9.18%) Windows Server 2012
15 9 (9.18%) DHCP
15 9 (9.18%) ITIL
16 8 (8.16%) Cisco

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Oxford by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 17 (17.35%) MS Exchange
2 14 (14.29%) SharePoint
3 7 (7.14%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (3.06%) WordPress
5 3 (3.06%) Lync
6 2 (2.04%) IIS
7 1 (1.02%) NetWeaver
7 1 (1.02%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (1.02%) CMS
7 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 34 (34.69%) MS Excel
2 16 (16.33%) MS Office
3 5 (5.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (3.06%) MS Project
5 2 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (1.02%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.02%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 11 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (6.12%) Office 365
3 3 (3.06%) Yammer
4 1 (1.02%) Boomi
4 1 (1.02%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.02%) SaaS
4 1 (1.02%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.18%) DHCP
2 6 (6.12%) DNS
3 5 (5.10%) WAN
4 4 (4.08%) LAN
4 4 (4.08%) Wireless
5 3 (3.06%) Network Security
5 3 (3.06%) SAN
6 2 (2.04%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.02%) Internet
7 1 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (1.02%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (13.27%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (6.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (6.12%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (5.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (4.08%) OLAP
6 3 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (3.06%) OLAP Cube
7 2 (2.04%) Relational Database
8 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database
8 1 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.02%) Data Mining
8 1 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 15 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (11.22%) Visual Studio
3 7 (7.14%) ReSharper
4 1 (1.02%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.02%) JIRA
4 1 (1.02%) Mercurial
4 1 (1.02%) Axure RP
General
1 10 (10.20%) Finance
2 6 (6.12%) Publishing
3 4 (4.08%) Multimedia
4 2 (2.04%) Retail
5 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.02%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (19.39%) Developer
2 17 (17.35%) Analyst
3 15 (15.31%) Support Engineer
4 13 (13.27%) Architect
5 10 (10.20%) Desktop Support
6 9 (9.18%) C# Developer
7 7 (7.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 7 (7.14%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (7.14%) .NET Developer
8 6 (6.12%) Support Analyst
8 6 (6.12%) Network Support
8 6 (6.12%) C# .NET Developer
9 5 (5.10%) Server Engineer
9 5 (5.10%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (5.10%) Data Analyst
10 4 (4.08%) 3rd Line Support
10 4 (4.08%) Web Developer
10 4 (4.08%) Network Engineer
10 4 (4.08%) Software Engineer
10 4 (4.08%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (22.45%) .NET
2 8 (8.16%) WPF
3 7 (7.14%) HTML
4 6 (6.12%) ASP.NET
4 6 (6.12%) Web Services
4 6 (6.12%) XML
5 5 (5.10%) WinForms
5 5 (5.10%) MDX
5 5 (5.10%) jQuery
6 2 (2.04%) WCF
6 2 (2.04%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.04%) CSS
6 2 (2.04%) SOAP
6 2 (2.04%) REST
7 1 (1.02%) CSS3
7 1 (1.02%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.02%) ADO.NET
7 1 (1.02%) Ajax
7 1 (1.02%) Flash
7 1 (1.02%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.12%) NHS
1 6 (6.12%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.08%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.06%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.06%) EqualLogic
4 2 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.04%) User Experience
4 2 (2.04%) Statistics
5 1 (1.02%) EMC VNXe
5 1 (1.02%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.02%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (1.02%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.02%) Social Media
5 1 (1.02%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.02%) Life Science
5 1 (1.02%) Data Extraction
5 1 (1.02%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 46 (46.94%) Windows
2 22 (22.45%) Windows 7
3 10 (10.20%) Windows 8
4 9 (9.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (5.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (3.06%) CentOS
7 3 (3.06%) Linux
7 3 (3.06%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.02%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (14.29%) TDD
3 12 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (11.22%) Multithreading
4 11 (11.22%) OOP
4 11 (11.22%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (10.20%) Migration
5 10 (10.20%) Scrum
6 9 (9.18%) ITIL
7 6 (6.12%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (6.12%) Software Engineering
8 5 (5.10%) Service Delivery
8 5 (5.10%) Data Modelling
8 5 (5.10%) CRM
8 5 (5.10%) E-Commerce
8 5 (5.10%) Web Development
8 5 (5.10%) Refactoring
9 4 (4.08%) Problem Management
9 4 (4.08%) Compatibility Testing
9 4 (4.08%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 21 (21.43%) C#
2 17 (17.35%) SQL
3 8 (8.16%) PowerShell
4 7 (7.14%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.10%) T-SQL
6 3 (3.06%) VBA
6 3 (3.06%) C++
6 3 (3.06%) Java
7 2 (2.04%) C++/CLI
Qualifications
1 13 (13.27%) Degree
2 7 (7.14%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.08%) CCNA
3 4 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (3.06%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.04%) MCSE
6 1 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.02%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.02%) SLA
1 1 (1.02%) P3O
System Software
1 33 (33.67%) Active Directory
2 7 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (6.12%) vSphere
4 3 (3.06%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.04%) XenApp
5 2 (2.04%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.02%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.02%) VMware Server
6 1 (1.02%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (3.06%) SCOM
1 3 (3.06%) Backup Exec
2 2 (2.04%) SCCM
2 2 (2.04%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (1.02%) Puppet
3 1 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.02%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 12 (12.24%) VMware
2 8 (8.16%) Cisco
3 7 (7.14%) HP
3 7 (7.14%) Infragistics
4 6 (6.12%) Adobe
4 6 (6.12%) Acronis
4 6 (6.12%) Lumension
4 6 (6.12%) CheckPoint
5 5 (5.10%) Dell
6 3 (3.06%) Altiris
6 3 (3.06%) Oracle
6 3 (3.06%) Citrix
6 3 (3.06%) Dell KACE
6 3 (3.06%) Ruckus Wireless
7 2 (2.04%) Veeam
7 2 (2.04%) 3PAR
7 2 (2.04%) SAP
7 2 (2.04%) EMC
7 2 (2.04%) Perforce
8 1 (1.02%) Google
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