The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedford with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
Bedfordshire / Bedford
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1 3 1
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 17 5 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedford 43.59% 18.52% 30.43%
As % of the Vendors category 56.67% 25.00% 46.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 11
Median daily rate £363 £231 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +56.75% +44.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £156 £71
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £306 £210
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £8.25 £24.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -66.63%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.45 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.42% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Bedford.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Bedford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 30 20 30
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedford 76.92% 74.07% 65.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 11 18
Median daily rate £370 £325 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.84% +62.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £210 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Median hourly rate - £8.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -79.37%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.92 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.32% +13.05%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedford citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Bedford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Bedford.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Bedford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Bedford over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Bedford

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Bedford

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedford region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 13 (41.94%) SQL
2 11 (35.48%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (32.26%) Project Management
4 9 (29.03%) Java
4 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Excel
5 7 (22.58%) MS Visio
5 7 (22.58%) .NET
5 7 (22.58%) ITIL
6 6 (19.35%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (19.35%) IBM
6 6 (19.35%) WebSphere MQ
6 6 (19.35%) XML
6 6 (19.35%) UML
6 6 (19.35%) Oracle
6 6 (19.35%) Migration
6 6 (19.35%) VMware
6 6 (19.35%) WebSphere
6 6 (19.35%) IBM Integration Bus
7 5 (16.13%) Supplier Management
7 5 (16.13%) Unix
7 5 (16.13%) Windows
7 5 (16.13%) Shell Script
7 5 (16.13%) Microsoft Azure
7 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (16.13%) Hardware Maintenance
8 4 (12.90%) Break/Fix
8 4 (12.90%) User Experience
8 4 (12.90%) Citrix
8 4 (12.90%) ITSM
8 4 (12.90%) IBM Transformation Extender

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedford by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (19.35%) BizTalk Server
1 6 (19.35%) WebSphere
2 4 (12.90%) IBM Transformation Extender
3 3 (9.68%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.23%) MS Exchange
4 1 (3.23%) Site Server
Applications
1 11 (35.48%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (22.58%) MS Visio
4 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (9.68%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (3.23%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (6.45%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (6.45%) Office 365
3 1 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) DHCP
1 2 (6.45%) DNS
1 2 (6.45%) Remote Desktop
1 2 (6.45%) VoIP
1 2 (6.45%) VPN
2 1 (3.23%) IMAP
2 1 (3.23%) LAN
2 1 (3.23%) SMTP
2 1 (3.23%) WAN
2 1 (3.23%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) QlikView
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (9.68%) Calabash
1 3 (9.68%) Capybara
1 3 (9.68%) Cucumber
1 3 (9.68%) JIRA
1 3 (9.68%) Selenium
1 3 (9.68%) SoapUI
2 2 (6.45%) Appium
3 1 (3.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (3.23%) Finance
1 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
1 1 (3.23%) Pharmaceutical
1 1 (3.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (22.58%) Analyst
1 7 (22.58%) Developer
2 5 (16.13%) IT Manager
2 5 (16.13%) Supplier Manager
3 4 (12.90%) Integration Developer
3 4 (12.90%) IT Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Applications Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) Service Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Systems Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Test Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Governance Manager
5 2 (6.45%) IT Governance Manager
5 2 (6.45%) IT Support
5 2 (6.45%) IT Support Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Service Management Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Support Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Vendor Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (22.58%) .NET
2 6 (19.35%) IBM Integration Bus
2 6 (19.35%) WebSphere MQ
2 6 (19.35%) XML
3 2 (6.45%) JSON
3 2 (6.45%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (12.90%) User Experience
3 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
4 2 (6.45%) Driving Licence
4 2 (6.45%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (6.45%) PDA
4 2 (6.45%) PKI
4 2 (6.45%) RSA SecurID
5 1 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 1 (3.23%) NHS
5 1 (3.23%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.13%) Unix
1 5 (16.13%) Windows
2 3 (9.68%) Android
2 3 (9.68%) Apple iOS
3 2 (6.45%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.45%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (32.26%) Project Management
2 7 (22.58%) ITIL
3 6 (19.35%) Migration
3 6 (19.35%) UML
4 5 (16.13%) Hardware Maintenance
4 5 (16.13%) Supplier Management
5 4 (12.90%) Break/Fix
5 4 (12.90%) ITSM
6 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (9.68%) API Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Change Management
6 3 (9.68%) Performance Management
6 3 (9.68%) PRINCE2
6 3 (9.68%) SDLC
6 3 (9.68%) Service Delivery
6 3 (9.68%) Service Management
6 3 (9.68%) Test Automation
7 2 (6.45%) Prototyping
7 2 (6.45%) Scorecard
7 2 (6.45%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 13 (41.94%) SQL
2 9 (29.03%) Java
3 5 (16.13%) Shell Script
4 3 (9.68%) JavaScript
4 3 (9.68%) Python
4 3 (9.68%) Ruby
5 1 (3.23%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (12.90%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (3.23%) CCNP
3 1 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) ISEB
3 1 (3.23%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.23%) MCP
3 1 (3.23%) MCSA
3 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.68%) SLA
2 2 (6.45%) QA
3 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.45%) vSphere
2 2 (6.45%) XenApp
3 1 (3.23%) Terminal Services
3 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (9.68%) SCCM
2 2 (6.45%) SCOM
3 1 (3.23%) AirWatch
3 1 (3.23%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (3.23%) DameWare
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) IBM
1 6 (19.35%) Oracle
1 6 (19.35%) VMware
2 4 (12.90%) Citrix
3 3 (9.68%) Remedy
4 2 (6.45%) Google
4 2 (6.45%) McAfee
5 1 (3.23%) Cisco
5 1 (3.23%) Symantec