The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Oxfordshire 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 11 3 3
Rank change year-on-year
-8 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 62 89 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxfordshire 11.33% 14.19% 15.94%
As % of the Vendors category 34.07% 33.33% 34.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 49 13
Average daily rate £300 £420 £513
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.57% -18.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £216 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £526 £695
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 23
Average hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £13.35
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +19.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.10 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 £26.00 £14.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
Microsoft
South East

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

Vendors Category
Oxfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
182 267 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxfordshire 33.27% 42.58% 46.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 180 84
Average daily rate £325 £410 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.73% +10.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 32
Average hourly rate £19.00 £15.50 £13.35
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.58% +16.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.50 £26.50 £20.00
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 Oxfordshire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Oxfordshire region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Oxfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Oxfordshire region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Oxford -4 42 £170 -63.24% 30
Banbury +3 6 £523 - 1
Kidlington +2 1 - - 1
Burford 0 1 £130 +30.00%
Faringdon - 1 £300 -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Oxfordshire 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 93 (52.25%) Windows
2 69 (38.76%) Active Directory
3 61 (34.27%) SQL Server
4 51 (28.65%) SQL
5 46 (25.84%) Windows 7
6 40 (22.47%) .NET
7 32 (17.98%) MS Excel
8 31 (17.42%) Finance
8 31 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
9 30 (16.85%) VMware
9 30 (16.85%) ITIL
10 29 (16.29%) SharePoint
11 27 (15.17%) C#
12 26 (14.61%) MS Exchange
12 26 (14.61%) Windows Server
13 23 (12.92%) VMware Infrastructure
13 23 (12.92%) MS Office
13 23 (12.92%) TDD
14 22 (12.36%) Security Cleared
14 22 (12.36%) Team Foundation Server
15 21 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
16 20 (11.24%) Windows 8
17 19 (10.67%) PowerShell
18 18 (10.11%) Business Intelligence
18 18 (10.11%) Data Warehouse
18 18 (10.11%) Windows Server 2003
19 17 (9.55%) Microsoft Certification
19 17 (9.55%) CRM
19 17 (9.55%) Windows XP
19 17 (9.55%) Migration

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Oxfordshire 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 29 (16.29%) SharePoint
2 26 (14.61%) MS Exchange
3 13 (7.30%) IBM Notes
4 12 (6.74%) SharePoint 2013
5 11 (6.18%) IIS
6 7 (3.93%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (3.93%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (3.37%) Apache
8 4 (2.25%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.69%) Lync
9 3 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 32 (17.98%) MS Excel
2 23 (12.92%) MS Office
3 11 (6.18%) Acrobat
4 5 (2.81%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.69%) MS Project
6 1 (0.56%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (8.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.25%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.12%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (1.12%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.56%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.81%) Office 365
3 1 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.56%) GitHub
3 1 (0.56%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.43%) DHCP
2 14 (7.87%) Internet
3 11 (6.18%) VPN
4 10 (5.62%) Cisco ASA
5 9 (5.06%) DNS
5 9 (5.06%) Firewall
5 9 (5.06%) TCP/IP
6 7 (3.93%) WAN
7 6 (3.37%) SAN
8 4 (2.25%) LAN
9 3 (1.69%) Intranet
9 3 (1.69%) Remote Desktop
9 3 (1.69%) Skype
9 3 (1.69%) Structured Cabling
9 3 (1.69%) WebEx
9 3 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.12%) Asterisk PBX
10 2 (1.12%) HTTP
10 2 (1.12%) PBX
10 2 (1.12%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (34.27%) SQL Server
2 18 (10.11%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (9.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (7.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (6.18%) Big Data
6 10 (5.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (5.06%) SQL Server 2014
8 8 (4.49%) Relational Database
9 7 (3.93%) OLAP
10 5 (2.81%) OLAP Cube
10 5 (2.81%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (2.25%) Power BI
12 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (1.12%) MS Access
13 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (0.56%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
14 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 1 (0.56%) MySQL
14 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database
14 1 (0.56%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 22 (12.36%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (6.18%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.81%) ReSharper
3 5 (2.81%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.56%) JIRA
General
1 31 (17.42%) Finance
2 6 (3.37%) Banking
2 6 (3.37%) Publishing
3 2 (1.12%) Advertising
3 2 (1.12%) Back Office
3 2 (1.12%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.12%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 40 (22.47%) Analyst
2 36 (20.22%) Developer
3 31 (17.42%) Support Engineer
4 28 (15.73%) Architect
5 20 (11.24%) .NET Developer
6 18 (10.11%) C# Developer
7 17 (9.55%) Desktop Support
8 14 (7.87%) C# .NET Developer
8 14 (7.87%) Desktop Engineer
8 14 (7.87%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 14 (7.87%) Service Analyst
8 14 (7.87%) Service Desk Analyst
9 13 (7.30%) Support Analyst
10 12 (6.74%) Network Engineer
10 12 (6.74%) Network Support
10 12 (6.74%) SQL Developer
11 11 (6.18%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 11 (6.18%) 2nd Line Support
11 11 (6.18%) C++ Developer
11 11 (6.18%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (22.47%) .NET
2 13 (7.30%) ADO.NET
2 13 (7.30%) WinForms
3 10 (5.62%) XML
4 9 (5.06%) ASP.NET
5 8 (4.49%) ASP.NET MVC
5 8 (4.49%) HTML
6 7 (3.93%) Ajax
7 6 (3.37%) CSS
7 6 (3.37%) XSL
8 5 (2.81%) Web Services
9 3 (1.69%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.12%) AngularJS
10 2 (1.12%) MDX
10 2 (1.12%) ODBC
10 2 (1.12%) WPF
10 2 (1.12%) X-Windows
11 1 (0.56%) KnockoutJS
11 1 (0.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 1 (0.56%) Zurb Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.18%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.37%) N-Tier
3 5 (2.81%) Client/Server
3 5 (2.81%) Data Centre
3 5 (2.81%) NHS
3 5 (2.81%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (2.25%) Data Integration
5 3 (1.69%) Credit Risk
5 3 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.69%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.12%) Informatics
6 2 (1.12%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.12%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.56%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.56%) Blog
7 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.56%) EqualLogic
7 1 (0.56%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.56%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 93 (52.25%) Windows
2 46 (25.84%) Windows 7
3 26 (14.61%) Windows Server
4 20 (11.24%) Windows 8
5 18 (10.11%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (9.55%) Windows XP
7 16 (8.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (6.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (1.69%) Mac OS X
9 3 (1.69%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (1.12%) Android
10 2 (1.12%) Linux
10 2 (1.12%) Unix
10 2 (1.12%) Windows 10
10 2 (1.12%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (16.85%) ITIL
3 23 (12.92%) TDD
4 21 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
5 18 (10.11%) Business Intelligence
6 17 (9.55%) CRM
6 17 (9.55%) Migration
7 16 (8.99%) Continuous Delivery
8 13 (7.30%) Release Management
9 12 (6.74%) Data Modelling
10 11 (6.18%) TOGAF
11 10 (5.62%) Change Control
11 10 (5.62%) Incident Management
12 9 (5.06%) Data Migration
12 9 (5.06%) High Availability
12 9 (5.06%) UML
13 8 (4.49%) MVC
13 8 (4.49%) Software Distribution
13 8 (4.49%) Stakeholder Management
14 7 (3.93%) OO
Programming Languages
1 51 (28.65%) SQL
2 27 (15.17%) C#
3 19 (10.67%) PowerShell
4 13 (7.30%) C++
5 11 (6.18%) T-SQL
6 6 (3.37%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.56%) Python
7 1 (0.56%) VB
7 1 (0.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (12.36%) Security Cleared
2 17 (9.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (8.99%) SC Cleared
4 11 (6.18%) Degree
4 11 (6.18%) MCSE
5 9 (5.06%) ITIL Certification
6 6 (3.37%) CCNA
6 6 (3.37%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (2.81%) ISEB
8 4 (2.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.69%) MCP
9 3 (1.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (1.12%) MCDBA
10 2 (1.12%) MCTS
11 1 (0.56%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.56%) ACSA
11 1 (0.56%) LPIC
11 1 (0.56%) MCITP
11 1 (0.56%) MCSA
11 1 (0.56%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.62%) PCI DSS
2 8 (4.49%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.25%) SLA
4 3 (1.69%) Basel II
5 1 (0.56%) P3O
System Software
1 69 (38.76%) Active Directory
2 23 (12.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.74%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.81%) vSphere
5 3 (1.69%) Terminal Services
5 3 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.69%) XenApp
6 2 (1.12%) Samba
7 1 (0.56%) vCloud
7 1 (0.56%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (6.18%) DameWare
2 10 (5.62%) McAfee ePO
2 10 (5.62%) WSUS
3 7 (3.93%) Backup Exec
3 7 (3.93%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (1.69%) SCCM
5 2 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (1.12%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.56%) Puppet
6 1 (0.56%) SCOM
6 1 (0.56%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 30 (16.85%) VMware
2 16 (8.99%) Cisco
3 13 (7.30%) Lotus
3 13 (7.30%) Spiceworks
4 12 (6.74%) Adobe
4 12 (6.74%) CheckPoint
4 12 (6.74%) PeopleSoft
5 10 (5.62%) Acronis
5 10 (5.62%) Citrix
5 10 (5.62%) McAfee
5 10 (5.62%) SolarWinds
5 10 (5.62%) Splunk
6 9 (5.06%) Lumension
7 8 (4.49%) Apple
8 6 (3.37%) IBM
9 5 (2.81%) HP
9 5 (2.81%) Infragistics
9 5 (2.81%) Symantec
10 4 (2.25%) NetApp
10 4 (2.25%) Remedy
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