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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 17 7 20
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 6.38% 12.96% 8.13%
As % of the Vendors category 13.33% 20.00% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 4
Average daily rate £413 £288 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+43.47% -29.87%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £14.50 £11.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.40% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Microsoft
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
45 70 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 47.87% 64.81% 48.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 23 21
Average daily rate £413 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £249 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 0
Average hourly rate £33.75 £12.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+170.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 12 February 2016.

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 12 February 2016, 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 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 9 (37.50%) Active Directory
3 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
4 6 (25.00%) Symantec
4 6 (25.00%) Project Management
4 6 (25.00%) SCOM
4 6 (25.00%) Data Centre
5 5 (20.83%) Capacity Management
5 5 (20.83%) Investment Management
5 5 (20.83%) QMS
5 5 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (20.83%) Banking
5 5 (20.83%) SLA
6 4 (16.67%) HP
6 4 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (16.67%) Degree
6 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
7 3 (12.50%) Windows 7
7 3 (12.50%) SCCM
7 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (12.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (12.50%) PowerShell
7 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (12.50%) Technical Architecture
7 3 (12.50%) Citrix
7 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (12.50%) Terminal Services
7 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (12.50%) LAN

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Watford by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 1 (4.17%) SharePoint
1 1 (4.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
2 4 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (12.50%) MS Office
4 2 (8.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) LAN
2 2 (8.33%) VPN
3 1 (4.17%) DHCP
3 1 (4.17%) DNS
3 1 (4.17%) Firewall
3 1 (4.17%) MPLS
3 1 (4.17%) Skype
3 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.17%) Big Data
General
1 5 (20.83%) Banking
2 2 (8.33%) Back Office
2 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) Desktop Support
3 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
3 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (12.50%) Architect
3 3 (12.50%) Hyper-V Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
3 3 (12.50%) Support Technician
4 2 (8.33%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
4 2 (8.33%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (8.33%) CRM Trainer
4 2 (8.33%) Data Centre Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Desktop Technician
4 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM Trainer
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
4 2 (8.33%) IT Technician
4 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) .NET
1 2 (8.33%) .NET Framework
1 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
1 2 (8.33%) JSON
1 2 (8.33%) RESTful
1 2 (8.33%) Web Services
1 2 (8.33%) XML
1 2 (8.33%) XSLT
2 1 (4.17%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 6 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 2 (8.33%) Data Integration
3 2 (8.33%) Learning Management System
4 1 (4.17%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
3 2 (8.33%) Windows 8
4 1 (4.17%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (4.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (25.00%) Project Management
2 5 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (20.83%) Capacity Management
2 5 (20.83%) Investment Management
2 5 (20.83%) QMS
3 3 (12.50%) Technical Architecture
4 2 (8.33%) CRM
4 2 (8.33%) Document Management
4 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
4 2 (8.33%) ITIL
4 2 (8.33%) ITSM
4 2 (8.33%) MVC
4 2 (8.33%) PRINCE2
4 2 (8.33%) Programme Management
4 2 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (8.33%) Scrum
4 2 (8.33%) SDLC
4 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
4 2 (8.33%) Time Management
4 2 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (12.50%) PowerShell
2 2 (8.33%) C#
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Degree
2 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.17%) DBS Check
3 1 (4.17%) MCDST
3 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.83%) SLA
2 2 (8.33%) QA
3 1 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (4.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
3 3 (12.50%) Terminal Services
4 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (4.17%) vSphere
4 1 (4.17%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (25.00%) SCOM
2 3 (12.50%) SCCM
2 3 (12.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Symantec
2 4 (16.67%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) Citrix
3 3 (12.50%) iManage
4 2 (8.33%) Amdocs
5 1 (4.17%) Adobe
5 1 (4.17%) Apple
5 1 (4.17%) Avaya
5 1 (4.17%) VMware