Period
to 20 May 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 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 6 months to 20 May 2018 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
East of England > Bedfordshire
6 months to
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 8 5
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 90 75 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 14.68% 12.69% 14.82%
As % of the Vendors category 30.20% 28.85% 30.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 59 61
Bedfordshire median daily rate £300 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -5.88% +7.59%
10th Percentile £123 £295 £140
90th Percentile £475 £525 £606
East of England median daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 16
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £16.17 £18.00 £49.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.19% -63.33% +23.89%
10th Percentile £10.16 £18.00 £7.88
90th Percentile £24.50 £18.00 £50.73
East of England median hourly rate £15.13 £15.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.97% -4.55% +3.13%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Bedfordshire.

All Vendors
Bedfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 298 260 310
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 48.61% 43.99% 48.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 177 210
Bedfordshire median daily rate £425 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £130 £294 £285
90th Percentile £575 £544 £606
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 6 27
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £16.17 £16.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.03% -64.44% +37.40%
10th Percentile £10.16 £12.50 £7.88
90th Percentile £35.00 £28.50 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £16.00 £18.48 £16.50
% change year-on-year -13.42% +12.00% -19.51%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Bedfordshire over the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Bedfordshire over the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Bedfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Bedfordshire region over the 6 months to 20 May 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton +1 30 £360 -10.00% 7
Bedford 0 27 £130 -65.33% 4
Dunstable -2 1 - -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 41 (45.56%) Active Directory
2 39 (43.33%) Windows
3 29 (32.22%) ITIL
3 29 (32.22%) SQL Server
4 24 (26.67%) Microsoft Excel
5 23 (25.56%) Microsoft Office
5 23 (25.56%) Office 365
6 22 (24.44%) SQL
7 19 (21.11%) VMware
8 16 (17.78%) Migration
8 16 (17.78%) SharePoint
8 16 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
9 15 (16.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 15 (16.67%) Citrix
10 14 (15.56%) HP
10 14 (15.56%) Project Management
10 14 (15.56%) VMware Infrastructure
11 13 (14.44%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
12 12 (13.33%) PowerShell
13 11 (12.22%) SCCM
13 11 (12.22%) Service Management
13 11 (12.22%) Microsoft Certification
13 11 (12.22%) Terminal Services
13 11 (12.22%) DNS
13 11 (12.22%) Data Warehouse
13 11 (12.22%) Windows Server
14 10 (11.11%) TCP/IP
14 10 (11.11%) SAN
14 10 (11.11%) Replication

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 16 (17.78%) SharePoint
2 9 (10.00%) MS Exchange
3 8 (8.89%) Skype for Business
4 4 (4.44%) Apache
4 4 (4.44%) CMS
4 4 (4.44%) IIS
4 4 (4.44%) Tomcat
5 3 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.11%) EPiServer
6 1 (1.11%) Oracle 10gAS
6 1 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 24 (26.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (25.56%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (16.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (5.56%) MS Visio
5 4 (4.44%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 23 (25.56%) Office 365
2 16 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (7.78%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (2.22%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 1 (1.11%) Akamai
6 1 (1.11%) IaaS
6 1 (1.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (12.22%) DNS
2 10 (11.11%) SAN
2 10 (11.11%) TCP/IP
3 9 (10.00%) DHCP
4 8 (8.89%) Fibre Channel
4 8 (8.89%) iSCSI
4 8 (8.89%) NAS
5 6 (6.67%) VLAN
6 5 (5.56%) Firewall
7 3 (3.33%) VPN
8 1 (1.11%) BIG-IP
8 1 (1.11%) LAN
8 1 (1.11%) Network Security
8 1 (1.11%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (32.22%) SQL Server
2 11 (12.22%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (6.67%) Power BI
4 5 (5.56%) Oracle Database
4 5 (5.56%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (4.44%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 4 (4.44%) MySQL
6 3 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (1.11%) Big Data
8 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.22%) AdminStudio
3 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (3.33%) Automotive
2 2 (2.22%) Finance
2 2 (2.22%) Retail
2 2 (2.22%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.11%) Law
3 1 (1.11%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 36 (40.00%) Analyst
2 16 (17.78%) Service Analyst
2 16 (17.78%) Service Desk Analyst
3 12 (13.33%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 8 (8.89%) Storage Analyst
6 7 (7.78%) Coordinator
6 7 (7.78%) Developer
6 7 (7.78%) Project Coordinator
7 5 (5.56%) Administrator
7 5 (5.56%) Data Migration Specialist
7 5 (5.56%) Migration Specialist
7 5 (5.56%) Project Manager
8 4 (4.44%) Consultant
8 4 (4.44%) Desktop Support
8 4 (4.44%) SharePoint Developer
9 3 (3.33%) 1st Line Support
9 3 (3.33%) Architect
9 3 (3.33%) DBA
9 3 (3.33%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.89%) .NET
2 7 (7.78%) CSS
2 7 (7.78%) HTML
3 3 (3.33%) jQuery
4 1 (1.11%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.11%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (11.11%) Clustering
2 10 (11.11%) Replication
3 5 (5.56%) Infotainment
4 4 (4.44%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.44%) Private Cloud
4 4 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.33%) Mobile App
5 3 (3.33%) NHS
6 2 (2.22%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.22%) CMDB
7 1 (1.11%) CCTV
7 1 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.11%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.11%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.11%) PKI
7 1 (1.11%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.11%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 39 (43.33%) Windows
2 11 (12.22%) Windows Server
3 8 (8.89%) Windows 7
4 6 (6.67%) Linux
5 4 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.22%) Android
6 2 (2.22%) Mac OS
6 2 (2.22%) Windows 10
7 1 (1.11%) AIX
7 1 (1.11%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.11%) Solaris
7 1 (1.11%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.11%) Windows Phone
7 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (32.22%) ITIL
2 16 (17.78%) Migration
3 14 (15.56%) Project Management
4 13 (14.44%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (12.22%) Service Management
6 10 (11.11%) Problem Management
7 9 (10.00%) ITSM
8 7 (7.78%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (5.56%) Data Encryption
9 5 (5.56%) Data Migration
9 5 (5.56%) PRINCE2
9 5 (5.56%) Telematics
10 4 (4.44%) Analytics
10 4 (4.44%) Data Management
10 4 (4.44%) E-Commerce
10 4 (4.44%) Load Balancing
10 4 (4.44%) Project Governance
10 4 (4.44%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 3 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 22 (24.44%) SQL
2 12 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 8 (8.89%) C#
3 8 (8.89%) VBScript
4 6 (6.67%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.33%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.33%) Perl
5 3 (3.33%) Python
5 3 (3.33%) Ruby
6 2 (2.22%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.11%) VBA
Qualifications
1 11 (12.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (8.89%) MCSA
2 8 (8.89%) MCSE
3 6 (6.67%) Degree
3 6 (6.67%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
3 6 (6.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (3.33%) PMI Certification
4 3 (3.33%) PMP
5 2 (2.22%) A+ Certification
5 2 (2.22%) HNC
5 2 (2.22%) MCP
6 1 (1.11%) ACCA
6 1 (1.11%) CIMA
6 1 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.22%) Data Quality
1 2 (2.22%) GDPR
1 2 (2.22%) PMO
1 2 (2.22%) SLA
2 1 (1.11%) QA
System Software
1 41 (45.56%) Active Directory
2 14 (15.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (12.22%) Terminal Services
4 8 (8.89%) Hyper-V
4 8 (8.89%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (12.22%) SCCM
2 8 (8.89%) Backup Exec
2 8 (8.89%) HP Data Protector
2 8 (8.89%) Microsoft Clustering
2 8 (8.89%) NetBackup
2 8 (8.89%) SCOM
3 7 (7.78%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (3.33%) DameWare
4 3 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (2.22%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (2.22%) WSUS
6 1 (1.11%) Ansible
6 1 (1.11%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.11%) Terraform
Vendors
1 19 (21.11%) VMware
2 15 (16.67%) Citrix
3 14 (15.56%) HP
4 9 (10.00%) 3PAR
4 9 (10.00%) CommVault
4 9 (10.00%) Dell
4 9 (10.00%) IBM
4 9 (10.00%) NetApp
4 9 (10.00%) Oracle
4 9 (10.00%) Symantec
5 8 (8.89%) EqualLogic
5 8 (8.89%) SolarWinds
5 8 (8.89%) Veritas
6 4 (4.44%) Altiris
6 4 (4.44%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.33%) Apple
7 3 (3.33%) SAP
8 2 (2.22%) Adobe
9 1 (1.11%) Cognos
9 1 (1.11%) EMC