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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 13 8
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 25 8 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 16.23% 8.70% 12.50%
As % of the Vendors category 27.47% 16.00% 30.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 3
Average daily rate
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£425 £190 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+123.68% -47.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £190 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £290 £373
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 £13.25 £23.86 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.45% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
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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
91 50 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 59.09% 54.35% 41.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 25 12
Average daily rate £375 £300 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -17.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £190 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £13.25 £16.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.47 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.61% -12.82%

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 27 (77.14%) Windows
2 21 (60.00%) Hyper-V
3 20 (57.14%) Active Directory
4 13 (37.14%) Windows Server 2003
4 13 (37.14%) SCCM
4 13 (37.14%) SCOM
5 12 (34.29%) PowerShell
5 12 (34.29%) Citrix
6 11 (31.43%) Terminal Services
6 11 (31.43%) Symantec
6 11 (31.43%) HP
6 11 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (31.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 10 (28.57%) Data Centre
8 9 (25.71%) SQL Server
9 8 (22.86%) SharePoint
9 8 (22.86%) Degree
10 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
10 6 (17.14%) ITIL
10 6 (17.14%) Project Management
10 6 (17.14%) DNS
10 6 (17.14%) Change Control
11 5 (14.29%) Converged Infrastructure
11 5 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (14.29%) PRINCE2
11 5 (14.29%) SQL
11 5 (14.29%) DHCP
11 5 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
11 5 (14.29%) Network Design

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Watford by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 8 (22.86%) SharePoint
2 4 (11.43%) WorkSite
3 3 (8.57%) Lync
4 2 (5.71%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (2.86%) LiveLink
5 1 (2.86%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (2.86%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (2.86%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.71%) MS Visio
2 2 (5.71%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (5.71%) MS Office
3 1 (2.86%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.86%) SAP ERP
2 1 (2.86%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (17.14%) DNS
2 5 (14.29%) DHCP
3 4 (11.43%) VPN
3 4 (11.43%) LAN
3 4 (11.43%) MPLS
3 4 (11.43%) Firewall
3 4 (11.43%) WAN
4 2 (5.71%) VLAN
4 2 (5.71%) PBX
4 2 (5.71%) SAN
5 1 (2.86%) Intranet
5 1 (2.86%) Internet
5 1 (2.86%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (25.71%) SQL Server
2 5 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
2 5 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (11.43%) Big Data
4 3 (8.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 4 (11.43%) Finance
2 3 (8.57%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.57%) Retail
3 2 (5.71%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (31.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Project Manager
3 5 (14.29%) Architect
3 5 (14.29%) Analyst
4 4 (11.43%) Applications Architect
5 3 (8.57%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Technical Manager
5 3 (8.57%) Service Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Technical Project Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Implementation Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Implementation Project Manager
6 2 (5.71%) IT Project Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Portfolio Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Voice Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) IT Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (5.71%) IT Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) COM
1 2 (5.71%) SAP PI
2 1 (2.86%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 4 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (11.43%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.43%) PKI
3 2 (5.71%) iPad
3 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 27 (77.14%) Windows
2 13 (37.14%) Windows Server 2003
3 11 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (5.71%) Android
5 1 (2.86%) Linux
5 1 (2.86%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (2.86%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (17.14%) ITIL
1 6 (17.14%) Project Management
1 6 (17.14%) Change Control
2 5 (14.29%) Converged Infrastructure
2 5 (14.29%) Change Management
2 5 (14.29%) PRINCE2
2 5 (14.29%) Network Design
2 5 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
2 5 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
3 4 (11.43%) CRM
3 4 (11.43%) Configuration Management
3 4 (11.43%) Quality Management
3 4 (11.43%) Process Management
3 4 (11.43%) Service Delivery
3 4 (11.43%) Build Automation
3 4 (11.43%) Data Analytics
3 4 (11.43%) Analytics
3 4 (11.43%) Server Building
3 4 (11.43%) Asset Management
4 3 (8.57%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 12 (34.29%) PowerShell
2 5 (14.29%) SQL
3 3 (8.57%) C#
4 2 (5.71%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (22.86%) Degree
2 4 (11.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (60.00%) Hyper-V
2 20 (57.14%) Active Directory
3 11 (31.43%) Terminal Services
4 4 (11.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (11.43%) XenServer
4 4 (11.43%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (37.14%) SCCM
1 13 (37.14%) SCOM
2 11 (31.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 3 (8.57%) SCOrch
3 3 (8.57%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (34.29%) Citrix
2 11 (31.43%) HP
2 11 (31.43%) Symantec
3 4 (11.43%) VMware
3 4 (11.43%) ServiceNow
4 3 (8.57%) Dell
4 3 (8.57%) Oracle
4 3 (8.57%) SAP
5 2 (5.71%) EMC
5 2 (5.71%) Nintex
5 2 (5.71%) 3PAR
5 2 (5.71%) Metastorm
6 1 (2.86%) Avaya
6 1 (2.86%) Apple
6 1 (2.86%) Cisco
6 1 (2.86%) IBM
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