The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Watford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 14 16
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 29 12 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 20.57% 9.02% 8.43%
As % of the Vendors category 38.16% 18.46% 13.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 3
Average daily rate
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£425 £241 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+76.16% -43.23%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £12.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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Hertfordshire

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

Vendors Category
Watford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
76 65 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 53.90% 48.87% 63.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 34 14
Average daily rate £425 £335 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.86% -2.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £185 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 4
Average hourly rate - £15.25 £50.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -69.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Watford

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Watford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Watford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Watford

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Watford region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Watford

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Watford

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Watford 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 35 (72.92%) Windows
2 30 (62.50%) Active Directory
3 29 (60.42%) Hyper-V
4 22 (45.83%) Data Centre
5 21 (43.75%) SCCM
5 21 (43.75%) SCOM
5 21 (43.75%) PowerShell
5 21 (43.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 20 (41.67%) Citrix
7 19 (39.58%) Symantec
7 19 (39.58%) Terminal Services
7 19 (39.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (39.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (39.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 11 (22.92%) HP
8 11 (22.92%) SQL Server
9 10 (20.83%) SharePoint
9 10 (20.83%) Project Management
10 9 (18.75%) Degree
11 8 (16.67%) SQL
12 7 (14.58%) ITIL
12 7 (14.58%) MS Excel
12 7 (14.58%) Finance
12 7 (14.58%) Change Control
13 6 (12.50%) Change Management
13 6 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
13 6 (12.50%) PKI
13 6 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
13 6 (12.50%) DNS
14 5 (10.42%) DHCP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Watford by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Watford 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 10 (20.83%) SharePoint
2 4 (8.33%) WorkSite
2 4 (8.33%) Lync
3 2 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (4.17%) LiveLink
4 1 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 7 (14.58%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.25%) MS Office
3 2 (4.17%) MS Visio
3 2 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.08%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.17%) Agresso
3 1 (2.08%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.50%) DNS
2 5 (10.42%) DHCP
3 4 (8.33%) VPN
3 4 (8.33%) LAN
3 4 (8.33%) SAN
3 4 (8.33%) MPLS
3 4 (8.33%) Firewall
3 4 (8.33%) WAN
4 3 (6.25%) VLAN
5 2 (4.17%) Intranet
5 2 (4.17%) Internet
5 2 (4.17%) PBX
6 1 (2.08%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (22.92%) SQL Server
2 5 (10.42%) SQL Server 2008
2 5 (10.42%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (8.33%) Big Data
3 4 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (4.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 7 (14.58%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Legal
2 3 (6.25%) Retail
2 3 (6.25%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.08%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 19 (39.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (16.67%) Project Manager
3 7 (14.58%) Architect
4 4 (8.33%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 4 (8.33%) Analyst
4 4 (8.33%) IT Project Manager
4 4 (8.33%) Infrastructure Manager
4 4 (8.33%) Implementation Manager
4 4 (8.33%) Implementation Project Manager
4 4 (8.33%) Applications Architect
4 4 (8.33%) IT Infrastructure Manager
4 4 (8.33%) IT Infrastructure Project Manager
5 3 (6.25%) Technical Manager
5 3 (6.25%) Technical Project Manager
6 2 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (4.17%) Support Engineer
6 2 (4.17%) Applications Support
6 2 (4.17%) Consultant
6 2 (4.17%) Applications Support Engineer
6 2 (4.17%) Enterprise Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) .NET
2 2 (4.17%) COM
2 2 (4.17%) SAP PI
3 1 (2.08%) RESTful
3 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (2.08%) Web Services
3 1 (2.08%) XML
3 1 (2.08%) XSLT
3 1 (2.08%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.08%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 22 (45.83%) Data Centre
2 6 (12.50%) PKI
3 5 (10.42%) Management Information System
4 4 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (4.17%) iPad
6 1 (2.08%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 35 (72.92%) Windows
2 21 (43.75%) Windows Server 2003
3 19 (39.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (39.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.17%) Android
4 2 (4.17%) Linux
5 1 (2.08%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (2.08%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (20.83%) Project Management
2 7 (14.58%) ITIL
2 7 (14.58%) Change Control
3 6 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
3 6 (12.50%) Change Management
3 6 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (10.42%) Asset Management
4 5 (10.42%) Network Design
4 5 (10.42%) PRINCE2
4 5 (10.42%) CRM
4 5 (10.42%) Enterprise Architecture
4 5 (10.42%) Server Building
4 5 (10.42%) Converged Infrastructure
4 5 (10.42%) Build Automation
5 4 (8.33%) Data Analytics
5 4 (8.33%) Analytics
5 4 (8.33%) Configuration Management
5 4 (8.33%) Quality Management
5 4 (8.33%) Process Management
5 4 (8.33%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 21 (43.75%) PowerShell
2 8 (16.67%) SQL
3 5 (10.42%) C#
4 3 (6.25%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (18.75%) Degree
2 4 (8.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (2.08%) SSCP
4 1 (2.08%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.17%) SLA
2 1 (2.08%) QA
System Software
1 30 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 29 (60.42%) Hyper-V
3 19 (39.58%) Terminal Services
4 5 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (8.33%) XenServer
5 4 (8.33%) vSphere
6 1 (2.08%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 21 (43.75%) SCCM
1 21 (43.75%) SCOM
2 19 (39.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 4 (8.33%) SCOrch
3 4 (8.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 20 (41.67%) Citrix
2 19 (39.58%) Symantec
3 11 (22.92%) HP
4 5 (10.42%) Oracle
4 5 (10.42%) VMware
4 5 (10.42%) ServiceNow
5 4 (8.33%) Dell
6 3 (6.25%) EMC
6 3 (6.25%) SAP
6 3 (6.25%) 3PAR
7 2 (4.17%) Metastorm
7 2 (4.17%) Nintex
8 1 (2.08%) Cisco
8 1 (2.08%) IBM
8 1 (2.08%) Avaya
8 1 (2.08%) Apple