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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 11 19 17
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 10.38% 9.79% 8.93%
As % of the Vendors category 16.18% 17.72% 22.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 1
Average daily rate
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£288 £475 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-39.47% +46.15%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Average hourly rate £11.75 £23.86 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.74% +116.86%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.66%
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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
68 79 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 64.15% 55.24% 39.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 25 14
Average daily rate £450 £325 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.46% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £200 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £445 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 2
Average hourly rate £12.50 £23.86 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.60% +116.86%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 18 (54.55%) Windows
2 13 (39.39%) Hyper-V
3 11 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 11 (33.33%) MS Excel
4 8 (24.24%) DNS
4 8 (24.24%) SCCM
4 8 (24.24%) SCOM
4 8 (24.24%) PowerShell
4 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (21.21%) Configuration Management
5 7 (21.21%) DHCP
5 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
6 6 (18.18%) Symantec
6 6 (18.18%) Citrix
6 6 (18.18%) Terminal Services
6 6 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (18.18%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 5 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (15.15%) Workflow
7 5 (15.15%) VMware
7 5 (15.15%) Project Management
7 5 (15.15%) SQL
7 5 (15.15%) MS Office
7 5 (15.15%) Linux
8 4 (12.12%) SharePoint
8 4 (12.12%) MS Visio
8 4 (12.12%) Oracle
8 4 (12.12%) HP
8 4 (12.12%) Change Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Watford by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 4 (12.12%) SharePoint
2 3 (9.09%) WorkSite
3 1 (3.03%) Lync
3 1 (3.03%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (3.03%) IIS
Applications
1 11 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 5 (15.15%) MS Office
3 4 (12.12%) MS Visio
4 3 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (3.03%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (12.12%) Office 365
2 1 (3.03%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (3.03%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.03%) SaaS
2 1 (3.03%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 8 (24.24%) DNS
2 7 (21.21%) DHCP
3 4 (12.12%) Firewall
4 3 (9.09%) MPLS
4 3 (9.09%) LAN
4 3 (9.09%) WAN
4 3 (9.09%) VPN
5 2 (6.06%) 3GPP
5 2 (6.06%) 3G
5 2 (6.06%) 2G
5 2 (6.06%) SSH
5 2 (6.06%) LTE
5 2 (6.06%) 4G
5 2 (6.06%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (3.03%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (3.03%) BIG-IP
6 1 (3.03%) VLAN
6 1 (3.03%) IPsec
6 1 (3.03%) FTP
6 1 (3.03%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
2 4 (12.12%) Oracle Database
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (9.09%) Big Data
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle8/8i Database
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 3 (9.09%) Telecoms
1 3 (9.09%) Finance
1 3 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (36.36%) Analyst
2 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (12.12%) Service Analyst
3 4 (12.12%) Service Desk Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Administrator
4 3 (9.09%) Consultant
4 3 (9.09%) Project Manager
4 3 (9.09%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Software Developer
5 2 (6.06%) Junior
5 2 (6.06%) Developer
5 2 (6.06%) DBA
5 2 (6.06%) Junior Project Manager
5 2 (6.06%) Junior IT Project Manager
5 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) IT Business Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Dynamics AX Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) IT Project Manager
6 1 (3.03%) SQL DBA
6 1 (3.03%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.06%) .NET
2 1 (3.03%) COM
2 1 (3.03%) Web Services
2 1 (3.03%) WAP
2 1 (3.03%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.06%) Management Information System
1 2 (6.06%) Replication
1 2 (6.06%) Statistics
1 2 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.03%) Informatics
2 1 (3.03%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 18 (54.55%) Windows
2 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
2 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (15.15%) Linux
5 2 (6.06%) FreeBSD
5 2 (6.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (6.06%) UNIX
6 1 (3.03%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.03%) Android
6 1 (3.03%) AIX
6 1 (3.03%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.21%) Configuration Management
2 5 (15.15%) Project Management
2 5 (15.15%) Workflow
3 4 (12.12%) Requirements Analysis
3 4 (12.12%) Change Management
4 3 (9.09%) Quality Management
4 3 (9.09%) Process Management
4 3 (9.09%) Service Delivery
4 3 (9.09%) ITIL
4 3 (9.09%) PRINCE2
4 3 (9.09%) Change Control
4 3 (9.09%) Data Analytics
4 3 (9.09%) Analytics
4 3 (9.09%) BPR
4 3 (9.09%) Business Analysis
5 2 (6.06%) Software Engineering
5 2 (6.06%) Validation
5 2 (6.06%) Migration
5 2 (6.06%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (6.06%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (24.24%) PowerShell
2 5 (15.15%) SQL
3 2 (6.06%) C#
3 2 (6.06%) C++
3 2 (6.06%) Perl
3 2 (6.06%) Bash Shell
3 2 (6.06%) Shell Script
4 1 (3.03%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (12.12%) Degree
2 3 (9.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 2 (6.06%) AAT
3 2 (6.06%) MCDBA
3 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Certification
3 2 (6.06%) ACCA
3 2 (6.06%) CIMA
3 2 (6.06%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.09%) QA
System Software
1 13 (39.39%) Hyper-V
2 11 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 6 (18.18%) Terminal Services
4 5 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (9.09%) XenServer
5 3 (9.09%) vSphere
6 1 (3.03%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 8 (24.24%) SCCM
1 8 (24.24%) SCOM
2 6 (18.18%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (6.06%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (18.18%) Citrix
1 6 (18.18%) Symantec
2 5 (15.15%) VMware
3 4 (12.12%) Oracle
3 4 (12.12%) HP
4 2 (6.06%) Dell
4 2 (6.06%) Nortel
4 2 (6.06%) Huawei
4 2 (6.06%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 2 (6.06%) Ericsson
5 1 (3.03%) F5
5 1 (3.03%) Nintex
5 1 (3.03%) SolarWinds
5 1 (3.03%) Infoblox
5 1 (3.03%) Blue Coat
5 1 (3.03%) Google
5 1 (3.03%) SAP
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco
5 1 (3.03%) Metastorm
5 1 (3.03%) Juniper