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 17 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 11 1 2
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 20 18 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 13.42% 34.62% 46.67%
As % of the Vendors category 33.33% 64.29% 73.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 6 9
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£424 £319 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.01% +2.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £212 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £355 £365
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.30 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.27% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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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
60 28 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Taunton 40.27% 53.85% 63.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 13 15
Average daily rate £400 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £125 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £372 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.30 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.27% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +2.70%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 58 (63.04%) Security Cleared
2 51 (55.43%) SC Cleared
3 43 (46.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 28 (30.43%) SAP
4 28 (30.43%) ITIL
5 27 (29.35%) Service Delivery
6 25 (27.17%) Test Scripting
7 21 (22.83%) Service Management
7 21 (22.83%) Software Testing
7 21 (22.83%) Windows
7 21 (22.83%) ISEB
8 19 (20.65%) Team Foundation Server
8 19 (20.65%) Windows 7
9 18 (19.57%) Test Management
9 18 (19.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 18 (19.57%) Project Management
10 17 (18.48%) ISTQB
10 17 (18.48%) Portfolio Management
11 16 (17.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 16 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (16.30%) SharePoint
13 14 (15.22%) MS Excel
13 14 (15.22%) MS Office
13 14 (15.22%) Asset Management
13 14 (15.22%) Scrum
13 14 (15.22%) Capacity Management
13 14 (15.22%) Operations Management
13 14 (15.22%) CMDB
14 13 (14.13%) VMware Infrastructure
14 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Taunton by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 15 (16.30%) SharePoint
2 9 (9.78%) SharePoint 2010
3 7 (7.61%) SharePoint 2013
4 6 (6.52%) SharePoint Server
4 6 (6.52%) IIS
5 2 (2.17%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 14 (15.22%) MS Excel
1 14 (15.22%) MS Office
2 2 (2.17%) InfoPath
3 1 (1.09%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (4.35%) SAP SD
2 3 (3.26%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.52%) Firewall
2 1 (1.09%) Nortel Meridian
2 1 (1.09%) Internet
2 1 (1.09%) MPLS
2 1 (1.09%) OSPF
2 1 (1.09%) BGP
2 1 (1.09%) VRRP
2 1 (1.09%) ADSL
2 1 (1.09%) LAN
2 1 (1.09%) VoIP
2 1 (1.09%) WAN
2 1 (1.09%) DHCP
2 1 (1.09%) Ethernet
2 1 (1.09%) RIP
2 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.09%) VPN
2 1 (1.09%) DNS
2 1 (1.09%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.09%) VPLS
2 1 (1.09%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.52%) SQL Server
1 6 (6.52%) SQL Server 2005
2 5 (5.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.09%) DTS
4 1 (1.09%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 19 (20.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (13.04%) Visual Studio
3 10 (10.87%) SpecFlow
4 5 (5.43%) Selenium
5 4 (4.35%) MSI
General
1 10 (10.87%) Front Office
1 10 (10.87%) Back Office
2 5 (5.43%) Finance
3 1 (1.09%) Legal
3 1 (1.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 34 (36.96%) Analyst
2 18 (19.57%) Test Analyst
3 13 (14.13%) Business Analyst
4 12 (13.04%) Support Engineer
5 11 (11.96%) Senior Analyst
5 11 (11.96%) Administrator
5 11 (11.96%) Senior Test Analyst
6 10 (10.87%) Developer
6 10 (10.87%) SharePoint Administrator
7 9 (9.78%) Network Support
8 8 (8.70%) Network Support Engineer
8 8 (8.70%) Network Engineer
9 7 (7.61%) Lead Network Engineer
10 6 (6.52%) Tester
11 5 (5.43%) Team Leader
11 5 (5.43%) Test Team Leader
12 4 (4.35%) Test Leader
12 4 (4.35%) Windows Support Engineer
12 4 (4.35%) Graduate
12 4 (4.35%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.87%) Web Services
2 7 (7.61%) Gherkin
3 5 (5.43%) XML
3 5 (5.43%) CSS
3 5 (5.43%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.22%) CMDB
2 13 (14.13%) GIS
2 13 (14.13%) Management Information System
3 10 (10.87%) Statistics
4 7 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.26%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.09%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.83%) Windows
2 19 (20.65%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.17%) Windows XP
4 1 (1.09%) Linux
4 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.09%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (46.74%) User Acceptance Testing
2 28 (30.43%) ITIL
3 27 (29.35%) Service Delivery
4 25 (27.17%) Test Scripting
5 21 (22.83%) Service Management
5 21 (22.83%) Software Testing
6 18 (19.57%) Test Management
6 18 (19.57%) Project Management
7 17 (18.48%) Portfolio Management
8 16 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (15.22%) Asset Management
9 14 (15.22%) Scrum
9 14 (15.22%) Capacity Management
9 14 (15.22%) Operations Management
10 12 (13.04%) PRINCE2
10 12 (13.04%) ITSM
10 12 (13.04%) BDD
11 11 (11.96%) Test Strategy
11 11 (11.96%) Workflow
11 11 (11.96%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.13%) C#
1 13 (14.13%) SQL
2 6 (6.52%) PowerShell
3 5 (5.43%) JavaScript
4 4 (4.35%) ABAP
5 3 (3.26%) C
6 2 (2.17%) PHP
7 1 (1.09%) VB6
7 1 (1.09%) VBA
7 1 (1.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 58 (63.04%) Security Cleared
2 51 (55.43%) SC Cleared
3 21 (22.83%) ISEB
4 18 (19.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 17 (18.48%) ISTQB
6 16 (17.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (13.04%) MCP
9 5 (5.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (4.35%) Degree
11 2 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (2.17%) MOS
12 1 (1.09%) MCSE
12 1 (1.09%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.87%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (14.13%) VMware Infrastructure
1 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 5 (5.43%) ISA Server
3 4 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 4 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.09%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (3.26%) SCCM
2 1 (1.09%) WSUS
Vendors
1 28 (30.43%) SAP
2 13 (14.13%) SolarWinds
2 13 (14.13%) VMware
3 5 (5.43%) Barracuda Networks
4 2 (2.17%) Citrix
5 1 (1.09%) Brocade
5 1 (1.09%) Altiris
5 1 (1.09%) Juniper
5 1 (1.09%) Siemens
5 1 (1.09%) Nortel
5 1 (1.09%) Cisco
5 1 (1.09%) IBM
5 1 (1.09%) McAfee
5 1 (1.09%) IronPort
5 1 (1.09%) WatchGuard
5 1 (1.09%) Trustwave