The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Taunton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 2 10
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 35 16 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 33.02% 30.77% 21.88%
As % of the Vendors category 70.00% 55.17% 28.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 12 3
Average daily rate
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£375 £284 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.15% -5.41%
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £314 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.28% -3.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.60 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.29% -17.57%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Taunton region.

Vendors Category
Taunton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
50 29 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 47.17% 55.77% 78.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 20 14
Average daily rate £375 £330 £337
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £174 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.30 £10.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.27% +93.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Taunton

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Taunton

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Taunton

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Taunton

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Taunton

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Taunton region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Taunton

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Taunton

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Taunton

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Taunton

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Taunton 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 23 (47.92%) SQL Server
2 20 (41.67%) SQL
3 18 (37.50%) Visual Studio
4 16 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 16 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 15 (31.25%) .NET
6 14 (29.17%) C#
7 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
8 9 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
9 8 (16.67%) T-SQL
9 8 (16.67%) MS Office
9 8 (16.67%) Web Services
9 8 (16.67%) Windows
9 8 (16.67%) ISEB
9 8 (16.67%) Integration Testing
10 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (14.58%) Data Integration
11 6 (12.50%) CRM
11 6 (12.50%) Automated Testing
11 6 (12.50%) ISTQB
11 6 (12.50%) .NET Framework
11 6 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (12.50%) BDD
11 6 (12.50%) SpecFlow
12 5 (10.42%) SAP
12 5 (10.42%) Scrum
12 5 (10.42%) Software Testing
12 5 (10.42%) Test Management
12 5 (10.42%) Manual Testing

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Taunton by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Taunton 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 4 (8.33%) SharePoint
1 4 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 8 (16.67%) MS Office
2 3 (6.25%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.17%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (47.92%) SQL Server
2 16 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (37.50%) Visual Studio
2 6 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (12.50%) SpecFlow
3 4 (8.33%) Selenium
4 3 (6.25%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.08%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.08%) MSI
General
1 4 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (2.08%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 15 (31.25%) Developer
2 14 (29.17%) Analyst
3 9 (18.75%) Test Analyst
4 8 (16.67%) DBA
5 7 (14.58%) Administrator
5 7 (14.58%) Database Developer
5 7 (14.58%) SQL DBA
6 6 (12.50%) Senior Test Analyst
6 6 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (10.42%) .NET Developer
8 3 (6.25%) Support Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) Technical Support
9 2 (4.17%) Support Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) SQL Server DBA
9 2 (4.17%) Server Administrator
9 2 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
10 1 (2.08%) UAT Test Analyst
10 1 (2.08%) Windows Support Engineer
10 1 (2.08%) SQL Database Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (31.25%) .NET
2 8 (16.67%) Web Services
3 6 (12.50%) .NET Framework
4 5 (10.42%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.58%) Data Integration
2 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.08%) Replication
2 1 (2.08%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 8 (16.67%) Windows
2 4 (8.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (2.08%) Linux
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 9 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (12.50%) Automated Testing
5 6 (12.50%) CRM
5 6 (12.50%) BDD
6 5 (10.42%) Scrum
6 5 (10.42%) Test Management
6 5 (10.42%) Web Accessibility
6 5 (10.42%) Test Automation
6 5 (10.42%) Manual Testing
6 5 (10.42%) Software Testing
6 5 (10.42%) Test Strategy
6 5 (10.42%) User Stories
7 4 (8.33%) ITIL
7 4 (8.33%) Regression Testing
8 3 (6.25%) TDD
8 3 (6.25%) Security Testing
9 2 (4.17%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 20 (41.67%) SQL
2 14 (29.17%) C#
3 8 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 3 (6.25%) Java
4 3 (6.25%) Scala
5 2 (4.17%) VB
5 2 (4.17%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.08%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
3 8 (16.67%) ISEB
4 6 (12.50%) ISTQB
5 2 (4.17%) MCSE
5 2 (4.17%) MOS
5 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.08%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (2.08%) MCITP
6 1 (2.08%) BC Cleared
6 1 (2.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.17%) QA
2 1 (2.08%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) SCCM
2 1 (2.08%) SCOM
2 1 (2.08%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (10.42%) SAP
2 1 (2.08%) Cisco
2 1 (2.08%) Citrix
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle
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