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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 13 3 2
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 14 17 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 17.28% 32.08% 38.30%
As % of the Vendors category 53.85% 54.84% 52.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 11 10
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£350 £268 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.84% -15.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £168 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £375 £379
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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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
26 31 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 32.10% 58.49% 72.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 21 20
Average daily rate £350 £313 £337
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -7.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £175 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £400 £362
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.30 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.27% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 19 (57.58%) Security Cleared
2 14 (42.42%) User Acceptance Testing
2 14 (42.42%) MS Office
3 13 (39.39%) SC Cleared
4 12 (36.36%) Test Scripting
5 11 (33.33%) SAP
6 10 (30.30%) ISEB
7 8 (24.24%) Windows
7 8 (24.24%) Integration Testing
7 8 (24.24%) ISTQB
7 8 (24.24%) BDD
7 8 (24.24%) SpecFlow
8 7 (21.21%) Gherkin
8 7 (21.21%) Team Foundation Server
8 7 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (21.21%) Automated Testing
8 7 (21.21%) Business Analysis
8 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
8 7 (21.21%) ITIL
8 7 (21.21%) SQL
8 7 (21.21%) Scrum
8 7 (21.21%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (18.18%) C#
9 6 (18.18%) Test Management
10 5 (15.15%) Manual Testing
10 5 (15.15%) Selenium
10 5 (15.15%) Test Strategy
10 5 (15.15%) Test Automation
10 5 (15.15%) User Stories
10 5 (15.15%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Taunton by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 (12.12%) SharePoint
1 4 (12.12%) MS Exchange
2 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (6.06%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 14 (42.42%) MS Office
2 3 (9.09%) MS Excel
3 2 (6.06%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 4 (12.12%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.06%) Office 365
Development Applications
1 8 (24.24%) SpecFlow
2 7 (21.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (15.15%) Selenium
3 5 (15.15%) Visual Studio
4 3 (9.09%) Cucumber
5 1 (3.03%) SoapUI
5 1 (3.03%) MSI
General
1 3 (9.09%) Finance
2 1 (3.03%) Legal
Job Titles
1 19 (57.58%) Analyst
2 11 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 7 (21.21%) Senior Analyst
3 7 (21.21%) Senior Test Analyst
4 4 (12.12%) Business Analyst
4 4 (12.12%) Developer
4 4 (12.12%) ABAP Developer
5 3 (9.09%) SAP Business Analyst
5 3 (9.09%) SAP Analyst
5 3 (9.09%) Support Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Technical Support
6 2 (6.06%) SAP Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Configuration Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Support Engineer
6 2 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) SAP SD Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) Windows Support Engineer
7 1 (3.03%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (21.21%) Gherkin
2 1 (3.03%) .NET
2 1 (3.03%) SOAP
2 1 (3.03%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (3.03%) Clustering
2 1 (3.03%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 8 (24.24%) Windows
2 4 (12.12%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.06%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (6.06%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.03%) Windows 8
4 1 (3.03%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (3.03%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (42.42%) User Acceptance Testing
2 12 (36.36%) Test Scripting
3 8 (24.24%) Integration Testing
3 8 (24.24%) BDD
4 7 (21.21%) Automated Testing
4 7 (21.21%) Business Analysis
4 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
4 7 (21.21%) ITIL
4 7 (21.21%) Scrum
4 7 (21.21%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (18.18%) Test Management
6 5 (15.15%) Manual Testing
6 5 (15.15%) Test Strategy
6 5 (15.15%) Test Automation
6 5 (15.15%) User Stories
6 5 (15.15%) PRINCE2
7 4 (12.12%) Regression Testing
8 3 (9.09%) Security Testing
8 3 (9.09%) TDD
9 2 (6.06%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.21%) SQL
2 6 (18.18%) C#
3 4 (12.12%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 19 (57.58%) Security Cleared
2 13 (39.39%) SC Cleared
3 10 (30.30%) ISEB
4 8 (24.24%) ISTQB
5 3 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (6.06%) MCSE
6 2 (6.06%) MOS
7 1 (3.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (3.03%) MCITP
7 1 (3.03%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (3.03%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) QA
2 1 (3.03%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (12.12%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) SCCM
2 1 (3.03%) WSUS
2 1 (3.03%) SCOM
Vendors
1 11 (33.33%) SAP
2 1 (3.03%) Cisco
2 1 (3.03%) Citrix
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