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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 9 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 42 54 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 14.33% 15.21% 12.64%
As % of the Vendors category 39.25% 33.13% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 32 7
Average daily rate £170 £463 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-63.24% +32.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £316 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £535 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 6
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +3.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
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
107 163 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 36.52% 45.92% 44.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 108 42
Average daily rate £250 £475 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-47.36% +28.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £300 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £550 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 9
Average hourly rate £19.00 £15.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% +3.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £13.45 £13.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.50 £18.15 £18.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+32.35% +3.03%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016, 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 50 (58.82%) Windows
2 45 (52.94%) Active Directory
3 26 (30.59%) SQL Server
4 23 (27.06%) SQL
5 20 (23.53%) .NET
5 20 (23.53%) Windows 7
6 18 (21.18%) ITIL
6 18 (21.18%) MS Exchange
7 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
8 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
8 15 (17.65%) C#
9 14 (16.47%) SharePoint
9 14 (16.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 13 (15.29%) Release Management
10 13 (15.29%) Windows XP
10 13 (15.29%) MS Excel
11 12 (14.12%) Lotus
11 12 (14.12%) Adobe
11 12 (14.12%) MS Office
11 12 (14.12%) PeopleSoft
11 12 (14.12%) IBM Notes
11 12 (14.12%) TDD
12 11 (12.94%) VPN
12 11 (12.94%) DameWare
12 11 (12.94%) Acrobat
12 11 (12.94%) Internet
13 10 (11.76%) CheckPoint
13 10 (11.76%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (11.76%) Incident Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Oxford by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 18 (21.18%) MS Exchange
2 14 (16.47%) SharePoint
3 12 (14.12%) IBM Notes
4 7 (8.24%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (7.06%) Apache
5 6 (7.06%) IIS
6 5 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (4.71%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (1.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (15.29%) MS Excel
2 12 (14.12%) MS Office
3 11 (12.94%) Acrobat
4 2 (2.35%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 9 (10.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.35%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.18%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.88%) Office 365
2 4 (4.71%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (12.94%) Internet
1 11 (12.94%) VPN
2 9 (10.59%) DHCP
3 8 (9.41%) TCP/IP
4 3 (3.53%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (3.53%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (2.35%) Asterisk PBX
5 2 (2.35%) DNS
5 2 (2.35%) HTTP
5 2 (2.35%) LAN
5 2 (2.35%) PBX
5 2 (2.35%) SAN
5 2 (2.35%) WAN
6 1 (1.18%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (30.59%) SQL Server
2 14 (16.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (10.59%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (9.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (8.24%) OLAP
5 7 (8.24%) Relational Database
5 7 (8.24%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (5.88%) OLAP Cube
6 5 (5.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (3.53%) Power BI
8 2 (2.35%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (1.18%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.18%) MySQL
9 1 (1.18%) Oracle Database
9 1 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (1.18%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 10 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (5.88%) ReSharper
2 5 (5.88%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.18%) JIRA
General
1 7 (8.24%) Finance
2 5 (5.88%) Publishing
3 1 (1.18%) Back Office
3 1 (1.18%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (22.35%) Analyst
2 17 (20.00%) Support Engineer
3 15 (17.65%) Developer
4 13 (15.29%) Desktop Support
5 12 (14.12%) Service Analyst
5 12 (14.12%) Service Desk Analyst
6 11 (12.94%) .NET Developer
6 11 (12.94%) Architect
7 10 (11.76%) Desktop Engineer
7 10 (11.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 8 (9.41%) Network Support
9 7 (8.24%) C# Developer
9 7 (8.24%) Network Engineer
9 7 (8.24%) Network Support Engineer
9 7 (8.24%) Technical Analyst
9 7 (8.24%) Technical Services Analyst
10 6 (7.06%) C# .NET Developer
11 5 (5.88%) Systems Engineer
11 5 (5.88%) Windows Engineer
12 4 (4.71%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (23.53%) .NET
2 8 (9.41%) XML
3 7 (8.24%) Ajax
3 7 (8.24%) ASP.NET
3 7 (8.24%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (7.06%) CSS
4 6 (7.06%) HTML
4 6 (7.06%) XSL
5 3 (3.53%) Web Services
6 2 (2.35%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.35%) ADO.NET
6 2 (2.35%) MDX
6 2 (2.35%) WinForms
6 2 (2.35%) WPF
6 2 (2.35%) X-Windows
7 1 (1.18%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (1.18%) Entity Framework
7 1 (1.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (7.06%) N-Tier
2 5 (5.88%) NHS
3 2 (2.35%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.35%) Informatics
3 2 (2.35%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.35%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.18%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.18%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.18%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 50 (58.82%) Windows
2 20 (23.53%) Windows 7
3 13 (15.29%) Windows XP
4 10 (11.76%) Windows Server
4 10 (11.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.53%) Mac OS X
6 2 (2.35%) Android
6 2 (2.35%) Windows 10
6 2 (2.35%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.18%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.18%) Linux
7 1 (1.18%) Unix
7 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (21.18%) ITIL
2 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (15.29%) Release Management
4 12 (14.12%) TDD
5 10 (11.76%) Change Control
5 10 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
5 10 (11.76%) Incident Management
6 9 (10.59%) CRM
7 8 (9.41%) Software Distribution
8 7 (8.24%) MVC
8 7 (8.24%) OO
9 6 (7.06%) OOP
9 6 (7.06%) Unit Testing
10 5 (5.88%) BDD
10 5 (5.88%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (5.88%) Dependency Injection
10 5 (5.88%) High Availability
10 5 (5.88%) Migration
10 5 (5.88%) Multithreading
10 5 (5.88%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (27.06%) SQL
2 15 (17.65%) C#
3 8 (9.41%) T-SQL
4 6 (7.06%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.35%) C++
5 2 (2.35%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.18%) Python
6 1 (1.18%) VB
6 1 (1.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 10 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 9 (10.59%) ITIL Certification
4 6 (7.06%) Degree
5 5 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (3.53%) ISEB
7 2 (2.35%) MCSE
7 2 (2.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (2.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.18%) CCNA
8 1 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.18%) LPIC
8 1 (1.18%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (3.53%) PCI DSS
2 3 (3.53%) SLA
System Software
1 45 (52.94%) Active Directory
2 8 (9.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (7.06%) Hyper-V
4 3 (3.53%) vSphere
5 2 (2.35%) Samba
5 2 (2.35%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (12.94%) DameWare
2 3 (3.53%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (3.53%) WSUS
3 2 (2.35%) Backup Exec
3 2 (2.35%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (2.35%) HP Data Protector
3 2 (2.35%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (14.12%) Adobe
1 12 (14.12%) Lotus
1 12 (14.12%) PeopleSoft
2 10 (11.76%) CheckPoint
3 9 (10.59%) Acronis
3 9 (10.59%) VMware
4 8 (9.41%) Lumension
5 7 (8.24%) Cisco
6 6 (7.06%) IBM
7 5 (5.88%) Infragistics
8 3 (3.53%) Apple
8 3 (3.53%) Citrix
8 3 (3.53%) McAfee
8 3 (3.53%) Remedy
8 3 (3.53%) SolarWinds
8 3 (3.53%) Spiceworks
8 3 (3.53%) Splunk
9 2 (2.35%) 3PAR
9 2 (2.35%) Tableau
9 2 (2.35%) Veeam