The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset 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 15 2 5
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 39 55 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 11.14% 25.46% 26.26%
As % of the Vendors category 27.27% 52.88% 54.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 31 20
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £170 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £375 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 3
Average hourly rate £20.00 £12.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -23.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
Microsoft
South West

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

Vendors Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
143 104 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 40.86% 48.15% 48.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 69 52
Average daily rate £325 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £170 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.30 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.62% +22.53%
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 Somerset

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Somerset region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014. 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
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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
Taunton -14 16 £363 +13.72%
Bath +1 10 £390 +57.57% 12
Yeovil - 1 £213 - 3
Bridgwater - - - -
Glastonbury - - - -
Highbridge - - - -
Street - - - -
Microsoft
South West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 77 (50.99%) Security Cleared
2 69 (45.70%) SC Cleared
3 55 (36.42%) User Acceptance Testing
4 48 (31.79%) Windows
5 39 (25.83%) ITIL
6 38 (25.17%) SAP
7 33 (21.85%) Service Delivery
8 30 (19.87%) Windows 7
9 27 (17.88%) ISEB
9 27 (17.88%) Software Testing
10 26 (17.22%) Test Scripting
11 25 (16.56%) SharePoint
11 25 (16.56%) Team Foundation Server
12 24 (15.89%) VMware
13 23 (15.23%) Agile Software Development
13 23 (15.23%) Test Management
13 23 (15.23%) Service Management
13 23 (15.23%) C#
13 23 (15.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 22 (14.57%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (14.57%) MCP
14 22 (14.57%) Project Management
14 22 (14.57%) Asset Management
15 21 (13.91%) MS Excel
15 21 (13.91%) SQL
15 21 (13.91%) Portfolio Management
16 20 (13.25%) MS Office
17 19 (12.58%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (12.58%) Visual Studio
17 19 (12.58%) ISTQB

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 25 (16.56%) SharePoint
2 14 (9.27%) SharePoint 2010
3 7 (4.64%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.64%) SharePoint 2013
4 6 (3.97%) IIS
4 6 (3.97%) SharePoint Server
5 5 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (3.31%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.66%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 21 (13.91%) MS Excel
2 20 (13.25%) MS Office
3 3 (1.99%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.32%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.66%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 4 (2.65%) SAP SD
2 3 (1.99%) assyst
3 2 (1.32%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 15 (9.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.96%) Firewall
2 4 (2.65%) Wireless
3 3 (1.99%) LAN
3 3 (1.99%) TCP/IP
3 3 (1.99%) WAN
4 2 (1.32%) NetScaler
4 2 (1.32%) Ethernet
4 2 (1.32%) VPN
4 2 (1.32%) VoIP
5 1 (0.66%) Nortel Meridian
5 1 (0.66%) VPLS
5 1 (0.66%) iSCSI
5 1 (0.66%) Intranet
5 1 (0.66%) Internet
5 1 (0.66%) MPLS
5 1 (0.66%) OSPF
5 1 (0.66%) BGP
5 1 (0.66%) VRRP
5 1 (0.66%) WLAN
5 1 (0.66%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.93%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (3.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.66%) DTS
7 1 (0.66%) Ingres
7 1 (0.66%) PerformancePoint
7 1 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 25 (16.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (12.58%) Visual Studio
3 11 (7.28%) SpecFlow
4 5 (3.31%) Selenium
5 4 (2.65%) MSI
6 2 (1.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (1.32%) Subversion
General
1 16 (10.60%) Front Office
1 16 (10.60%) Back Office
2 8 (5.30%) Finance
3 1 (0.66%) Legal
3 1 (0.66%) Advertising
3 1 (0.66%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 50 (33.11%) Analyst
2 25 (16.56%) Test Analyst
3 20 (13.25%) Developer
4 17 (11.26%) Business Analyst
5 16 (10.60%) Support Engineer
6 15 (9.93%) Senior Analyst
6 15 (9.93%) Network Support
7 14 (9.27%) Senior Test Analyst
8 12 (7.95%) Administrator
9 11 (7.28%) Network Engineer
10 10 (6.62%) SharePoint Administrator
11 9 (5.96%) Tester
11 9 (5.96%) Project Manager
11 9 (5.96%) Network Support Engineer
12 7 (4.64%) Lead Network Engineer
13 6 (3.97%) Windows Support Engineer
13 6 (3.97%) SAP Analyst
14 5 (3.31%) Senior Tester
14 5 (3.31%) Team Leader
14 5 (3.31%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (11.26%) Web Services
2 15 (9.93%) .NET
3 13 (8.61%) HTML
4 10 (6.62%) XML
5 9 (5.96%) CSS
6 8 (5.30%) Gherkin
7 6 (3.97%) HTML5
8 5 (3.31%) WCF
9 3 (1.99%) jQuery
9 3 (1.99%) XSD
9 3 (1.99%) XSLT
9 3 (1.99%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.99%) XML Schema
9 3 (1.99%) CSS3
10 2 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (1.32%) WF
11 1 (0.66%) Ajax
11 1 (0.66%) WPF
11 1 (0.66%) JSON
11 1 (0.66%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.58%) CMDB
2 18 (11.92%) Management Information System
3 15 (9.93%) Statistics
4 14 (9.27%) GIS
5 9 (5.96%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.32%) User Experience
7 2 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.66%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.66%) Clustering
8 1 (0.66%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.66%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.66%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.66%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 48 (31.79%) Windows
2 30 (19.87%) Windows 7
3 4 (2.65%) Windows XP
4 3 (1.99%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.32%) Linux
5 2 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.66%) Android
6 1 (0.66%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (0.66%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (36.42%) User Acceptance Testing
2 39 (25.83%) ITIL
3 33 (21.85%) Service Delivery
4 27 (17.88%) Software Testing
5 26 (17.22%) Test Scripting
6 23 (15.23%) Agile Software Development
6 23 (15.23%) Test Management
6 23 (15.23%) Service Management
7 22 (14.57%) Project Management
7 22 (14.57%) Asset Management
8 21 (13.91%) Portfolio Management
9 19 (12.58%) Operations Management
9 19 (12.58%) Capacity Management
10 18 (11.92%) Scrum
11 16 (10.60%) Migration
12 15 (9.93%) Workflow
12 15 (9.93%) PRINCE2
12 15 (9.93%) Capacity Planning
13 14 (9.27%) BDD
13 14 (9.27%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 23 (15.23%) C#
2 21 (13.91%) SQL
3 9 (5.96%) JavaScript
4 7 (4.64%) PowerShell
5 4 (2.65%) ABAP
5 4 (2.65%) C
6 2 (1.32%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.32%) PHP
7 1 (0.66%) VB6
7 1 (0.66%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.66%) VB
7 1 (0.66%) VBA
Qualifications
1 77 (50.99%) Security Cleared
2 69 (45.70%) SC Cleared
3 27 (17.88%) ISEB
4 23 (15.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 22 (14.57%) MCP
6 19 (12.58%) Microsoft Certification
6 19 (12.58%) ISTQB
7 18 (11.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (3.97%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 6 (3.97%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (3.97%) Degree
9 3 (1.99%) MCSE
10 2 (1.32%) MCSA
10 2 (1.32%) MOS
11 1 (0.66%) MCITP
11 1 (0.66%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.66%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.66%) MCT
11 1 (0.66%) CCNA
11 1 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.61%) SLA
2 5 (3.31%) QA
System Software
1 22 (14.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (10.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 11 (7.28%) Active Directory
4 5 (3.31%) ISA Server
5 4 (2.65%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.66%) NFS
6 1 (0.66%) XenApp
6 1 (0.66%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (3.31%) SCCM
2 2 (1.32%) SCOM
2 2 (1.32%) WSUS
3 1 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (25.17%) SAP
2 24 (15.89%) VMware
3 18 (11.92%) SolarWinds
4 6 (3.97%) Citrix
5 5 (3.31%) Barracuda Networks
5 5 (3.31%) Cisco
6 4 (2.65%) HP
7 2 (1.32%) Avaya
7 2 (1.32%) Mitel
8 1 (0.66%) Altiris
8 1 (0.66%) Serena
8 1 (0.66%) Brocade
8 1 (0.66%) WatchGuard
8 1 (0.66%) IronPort
8 1 (0.66%) McAfee
8 1 (0.66%) Juniper
8 1 (0.66%) CA
8 1 (0.66%) Siemens
8 1 (0.66%) Nortel
8 1 (0.66%) BT
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