Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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
East of England > Bedfordshire
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 3 2
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 107 85 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 15.53% 13.34% 18.38%
As % of the Vendors category 33.02% 26.40% 38.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 52 114
Bedfordshire median daily rate £300 £375 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +22.45% -15.52%
10th Percentile £125 £134 £106
90th Percentile £537 £438 £606
East of England median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 17
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £11.67 £10.30 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.25% -58.80% +100.00%
10th Percentile £9.19 £9.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £37.89 £32.06 £50.72
East of England median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00% -0.96%

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 324 322 321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 47.02% 50.55% 47.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 198 213
Bedfordshire median daily rate £411 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.81% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £130 £204 £196
90th Percentile £558 £538 £595
East of England median daily rate £408 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +8.67% -6.25% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 32
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £11.84 £13.50 £32.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.30% -57.85% +146.37%
10th Percentile £9.39 £10.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £35.31 £38.00 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -2.94% -17.07% -

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017. 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 +2 41 £400 +3.23% 3
Bedford +3 19 £138 -31.25%
Dunstable -3 1 - - 4
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 54 (50.47%) Windows
2 43 (40.19%) Active Directory
3 34 (31.78%) VMware
4 31 (28.97%) ITIL
5 30 (28.04%) Citrix
6 26 (24.30%) Microsoft Office
7 21 (19.63%) SQL Server
7 21 (19.63%) Microsoft Certification
7 21 (19.63%) XenApp
8 19 (17.76%) MCSA
8 19 (17.76%) Office 365
9 17 (15.89%) VMware Infrastructure
9 17 (15.89%) DHCP
9 17 (15.89%) DNS
10 16 (14.95%) MCSE
10 16 (14.95%) SCCM
11 15 (14.02%) Enterprise Architecture
11 15 (14.02%) Windows Server
12 14 (13.08%) SQL
13 13 (12.15%) HP
13 13 (12.15%) Google
13 13 (12.15%) Migration
14 12 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
14 12 (11.21%) TCP/IP
14 12 (11.21%) E-Commerce
14 12 (11.21%) MS Exchange
14 12 (11.21%) Skype for Business
15 11 (10.28%) Windows Server 2012
15 11 (10.28%) Data Centre
15 11 (10.28%) Cisco

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 12 (11.21%) MS Exchange
1 12 (11.21%) Skype for Business
2 10 (9.35%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.67%) Confluence
4 2 (1.87%) CMS
4 2 (1.87%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.93%) IIS
5 1 (0.93%) Site Server
Applications
1 26 (24.30%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (6.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.87%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.93%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.93%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.93%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.93%) InDesign
6 1 (0.93%) PaintShop Pro
6 1 (0.93%) RoboHelp
6 1 (0.93%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 3 (2.80%) SessionCam
2 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 19 (17.76%) Office 365
2 10 (9.35%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (5.61%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (4.67%) G Suite
5 4 (3.74%) Yammer
6 3 (2.80%) Google Analytics
6 3 (2.80%) OneDrive
6 3 (2.80%) SaaS
7 1 (0.93%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.93%) Amazon Glacier
7 1 (0.93%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.93%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.93%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (15.89%) DHCP
1 17 (15.89%) DNS
2 12 (11.21%) TCP/IP
3 10 (9.35%) SAN
4 8 (7.48%) Skype
5 7 (6.54%) Firewall
5 7 (6.54%) VoIP
5 7 (6.54%) VPN
6 6 (5.61%) Fibre Channel
6 6 (5.61%) iSCSI
6 6 (5.61%) NAS
7 4 (3.74%) NetScaler
8 3 (2.80%) Network Security
8 3 (2.80%) VLAN
9 2 (1.87%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (0.93%) LAN
10 1 (0.93%) WAN
10 1 (0.93%) Wireless
10 1 (0.93%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (19.63%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.93%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.93%) Power BI
3 1 (0.93%) QlikView
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (6.54%) JIRA
2 3 (2.80%) Cucumber
2 3 (2.80%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (2.80%) Rational Rhapsody
2 3 (2.80%) Selenium
2 3 (2.80%) VectorCAST
3 2 (1.87%) Calabash
3 2 (1.87%) Capybara
3 2 (1.87%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.87%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.93%) Appium
4 1 (0.93%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.93%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (4.67%) Finance
1 5 (4.67%) Local Government
2 3 (2.80%) Marketing
3 2 (1.87%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.93%) Advertising
4 1 (0.93%) Back Office
4 1 (0.93%) Banking
4 1 (0.93%) Law
4 1 (0.93%) Retail
4 1 (0.93%) Spanish Language
4 1 (0.93%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (28.97%) Analyst
2 23 (21.50%) Architect
3 20 (18.69%) Service Analyst
4 18 (16.82%) Service Desk Analyst
5 10 (9.35%) Solutions Architect
6 8 (7.48%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 8 (7.48%) Technical Architect
7 7 (6.54%) IT Support
8 6 (5.61%) Applications Specialist
8 6 (5.61%) Infrastructure Architect
8 6 (5.61%) Migration Specialist
8 6 (5.61%) Support Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) Consultant
9 4 (3.74%) IT Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Project Manager
9 4 (3.74%) Sitecore Architect
9 4 (3.74%) Storage Analyst
10 3 (2.80%) Digital Architect
10 3 (2.80%) E-Commerce Architect
10 3 (2.80%) E-Commerce Solution Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.54%) .NET
2 3 (2.80%) .NET Framework
2 3 (2.80%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (1.87%) AngularJS
3 2 (1.87%) Middleware
3 2 (1.87%) RESTful
4 1 (0.93%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.93%) Web Services
4 1 (0.93%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.28%) Data Centre
2 9 (8.41%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.54%) RSA SecurID
4 6 (5.61%) Clustering
4 6 (5.61%) Replication
5 4 (3.74%) Mobile App
6 3 (2.80%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (2.80%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.80%) NHS
6 3 (2.80%) RIA
7 2 (1.87%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.87%) User Experience
8 1 (0.93%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.93%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
8 1 (0.93%) EPoS
8 1 (0.93%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.93%) PDA
8 1 (0.93%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 54 (50.47%) Windows
2 15 (14.02%) Windows Server
3 11 (10.28%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (10.28%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (8.41%) Windows 7
5 5 (4.67%) Unix
6 4 (3.74%) Solaris
6 4 (3.74%) Windows 10
7 3 (2.80%) Android
7 3 (2.80%) Apple iOS
7 3 (2.80%) Linux
7 3 (2.80%) VxWorks
8 2 (1.87%) Windows 2000
8 2 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.87%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.93%) AIX
9 1 (0.93%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.93%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (28.97%) ITIL
2 15 (14.02%) Enterprise Architecture
3 13 (12.15%) Migration
4 12 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (11.21%) E-Commerce
5 9 (8.41%) ITSM
5 9 (8.41%) Service Management
6 8 (7.48%) Change Management
6 8 (7.48%) Programme Governance
7 7 (6.54%) Application Packaging
7 7 (6.54%) Data Integration
7 7 (6.54%) Problem Management
7 7 (6.54%) Remediation Plan
7 7 (6.54%) Service Design
7 7 (6.54%) Software Engineering
8 6 (5.61%) Test Automation
9 4 (3.74%) Analytics
9 4 (3.74%) High Availability
9 4 (3.74%) Low Latency
9 4 (3.74%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 14 (13.08%) SQL
2 7 (6.54%) PowerShell
2 7 (6.54%) VBScript
3 6 (5.61%) C#
4 3 (2.80%) C++
4 3 (2.80%) Java
4 3 (2.80%) Python
5 2 (1.87%) Ada
5 2 (1.87%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.87%) Ruby
6 1 (0.93%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.93%) C
6 1 (0.93%) Perl
Qualifications
1 21 (19.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (17.76%) MCSA
3 16 (14.95%) MCSE
4 10 (9.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (8.41%) Degree
6 8 (7.48%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (6.54%) CCA
7 7 (6.54%) Citrix Certification
8 5 (4.67%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (4.67%) MCP
8 5 (4.67%) VCAP
8 5 (4.67%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (3.74%) CCNA
10 3 (2.80%) CCNP
11 2 (1.87%) DBS Check
11 2 (1.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (1.87%) MCITP
11 2 (1.87%) SC Cleared
11 2 (1.87%) Security Cleared
11 2 (1.87%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.28%) PCI DSS
2 3 (2.80%) QA
3 2 (1.87%) DO-178B
3 2 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.87%) PMO
4 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 43 (40.19%) Active Directory
2 21 (19.63%) XenApp
3 17 (15.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (9.35%) Terminal Services
4 10 (9.35%) vSphere
5 7 (6.54%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (5.61%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.93%) vCloud
8 1 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (14.95%) SCCM
2 6 (5.61%) Backup Exec
2 6 (5.61%) HP Data Protector
2 6 (5.61%) Microsoft Clustering
2 6 (5.61%) NetBackup
2 6 (5.61%) SCOM
3 5 (4.67%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (3.74%) DameWare
5 1 (0.93%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 34 (31.78%) VMware
2 30 (28.04%) Citrix
3 13 (12.15%) Google
3 13 (12.15%) HP
4 11 (10.28%) Cisco
5 9 (8.41%) 3PAR
5 9 (8.41%) Red Hat
6 8 (7.48%) CommVault
6 8 (7.48%) McAfee
6 8 (7.48%) NetApp
7 7 (6.54%) IBM
7 7 (6.54%) Symantec
8 6 (5.61%) Dell
8 6 (5.61%) EqualLogic
8 6 (5.61%) Oracle
8 6 (5.61%) Sitecore
8 6 (5.61%) Veritas
9 5 (4.67%) SolarWinds
10 4 (3.74%) Atlassian
11 3 (2.80%) Ensighten