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 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -4 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 38 50 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 13.43% 16.08% 18.16%
As % of the Vendors category 33.33% 32.05% 38.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 34 54
Median daily rate £425 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.52% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £133 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 10
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -62.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

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 Bedfordshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 114 156 202
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 40.28% 50.16% 47.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 108 141
Median daily rate £425 £434 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.01% -3.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £170 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 16
Median hourly rate £14.00 £46.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.72% +15.62%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 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 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 3 months to 29 March 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
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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bedford +3 14 £375 +154.23% 3
Luton -8 8 £525 -10.63% 3
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 20 (31.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (28.57%) SQL
3 14 (22.22%) Project Management
3 14 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (20.63%) JavaScript
4 13 (20.63%) MS Excel
5 11 (17.46%) Windows
5 11 (17.46%) .NET
5 11 (17.46%) Java
5 11 (17.46%) JIRA
5 11 (17.46%) Mobile App
6 10 (15.87%) Calabash
6 10 (15.87%) API Testing
6 10 (15.87%) Selenium
6 10 (15.87%) Ruby
6 10 (15.87%) Android
6 10 (15.87%) Cucumber
6 10 (15.87%) Apple iOS
6 10 (15.87%) SoapUI
6 10 (15.87%) Capybara
6 10 (15.87%) MS Office
6 10 (15.87%) Python
6 10 (15.87%) Change Management
6 10 (15.87%) Migration
7 9 (14.29%) MS Visio
7 9 (14.29%) Office 365
8 8 (12.70%) Citrix
8 8 (12.70%) C#
8 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
8 8 (12.70%) ASP.NET

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 7 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.17%) CMS
2 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (3.17%) IBM Notes
2 2 (3.17%) MS Exchange
2 2 (3.17%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.59%) IIS
3 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 13 (20.63%) MS Excel
2 10 (15.87%) MS Office
3 9 (14.29%) MS Visio
4 4 (6.35%) MS Project
5 2 (3.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (4.76%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.59%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 20 (31.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (14.29%) Office 365
3 4 (6.35%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.59%) GitHub
5 1 (1.59%) PaaS
5 1 (1.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.35%) NetScaler
2 3 (4.76%) DNS
3 2 (3.17%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (3.17%) DHCP
3 2 (3.17%) HTTP
3 2 (3.17%) MPLS
3 2 (3.17%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (3.17%) SMTP
3 2 (3.17%) VLAN
3 2 (3.17%) WAN
4 1 (1.59%) BIG-IP
4 1 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.59%) Firewall
4 1 (1.59%) Intranet
4 1 (1.59%) SSL
4 1 (1.59%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (6.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (4.76%) QlikView
4 2 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.59%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 11 (17.46%) JIRA
2 10 (15.87%) Calabash
2 10 (15.87%) Capybara
2 10 (15.87%) Cucumber
2 10 (15.87%) Selenium
2 10 (15.87%) SoapUI
3 7 (11.11%) Visual Studio
4 2 (3.17%) Appium
4 2 (3.17%) Bower
4 2 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
General
1 7 (11.11%) Finance
2 5 (7.94%) Advertising
3 4 (6.35%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.76%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (3.17%) Marketing
6 1 (1.59%) Military
6 1 (1.59%) Publishing
6 1 (1.59%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (15.87%) Developer
1 10 (15.87%) Test Engineer
2 9 (14.29%) Applications Engineer
3 8 (12.70%) Mobile Engineer
4 6 (9.52%) Consultant
5 5 (7.94%) Analyst
5 5 (7.94%) Architect
6 4 (6.35%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (6.35%) IT Manager
6 4 (6.35%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.35%) SharePoint Developer
7 3 (4.76%) Dynamics NAV Consultant
7 3 (4.76%) Supplier Manager
7 3 (4.76%) Technical Architect
7 3 (4.76%) Technical Consultant
8 2 (3.17%) DevOps Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) Governance Manager
8 2 (3.17%) IT Governance Manager
8 2 (3.17%) Messaging Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) .NET
2 8 (12.70%) ASP.NET
3 5 (7.94%) .NET Framework
4 3 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.17%) CSS
5 2 (3.17%) Entity Framework
5 2 (3.17%) HTML
6 1 (1.59%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.59%) JSON
6 1 (1.59%) Middleware
6 1 (1.59%) Node.js
6 1 (1.59%) RESTful
6 1 (1.59%) XML
6 1 (1.59%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 11 (17.46%) Mobile App
2 7 (11.11%) Data Centre
3 4 (6.35%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.35%) User Experience
4 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.17%) PKI
5 1 (1.59%) Clustering
5 1 (1.59%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.59%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.59%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.59%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.59%) PDA
5 1 (1.59%) PMI
5 1 (1.59%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.59%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 11 (17.46%) Windows
2 10 (15.87%) Android
2 10 (15.87%) Apple iOS
3 6 (9.52%) Windows Server
4 3 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.17%) Solaris
5 2 (3.17%) Windows 10
5 2 (3.17%) Windows 2000 Server
5 2 (3.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.59%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (22.22%) Project Management
2 10 (15.87%) API Testing
2 10 (15.87%) Change Management
2 10 (15.87%) Migration
3 7 (11.11%) ITIL
4 6 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (9.52%) Supplier Management
5 5 (7.94%) DevOps
6 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (6.35%) PRINCE2
6 4 (6.35%) Problem Management
7 3 (4.76%) CRM
7 3 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (4.76%) E-Commerce
7 3 (4.76%) Line Management
7 3 (4.76%) MVC
7 3 (4.76%) Open Source
7 3 (4.76%) Software Engineering
7 3 (4.76%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 18 (28.57%) SQL
2 13 (20.63%) JavaScript
3 11 (17.46%) Java
4 10 (15.87%) Python
4 10 (15.87%) Ruby
5 8 (12.70%) C#
6 3 (4.76%) PowerShell
6 3 (4.76%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.59%) C
7 1 (1.59%) R
7 1 (1.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (4.76%) Degree
1 3 (4.76%) ISEB
1 3 (4.76%) ISTQB
1 3 (4.76%) MCP
1 3 (4.76%) MCSE
1 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (4.76%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.17%) CCEA
2 2 (3.17%) CCNA
2 2 (3.17%) CCNP
2 2 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (3.17%) Citrix Certification
2 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
2 2 (3.17%) MCITP
3 1 (1.59%) CCIP
3 1 (1.59%) CIPD
3 1 (1.59%) PMI Certification
3 1 (1.59%) PMP
3 1 (1.59%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) QA
2 2 (3.17%) PCI DSS
2 2 (3.17%) SDET
3 1 (1.59%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.59%) GPG13
3 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (9.52%) Active Directory
2 5 (7.94%) XenApp
3 4 (6.35%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.17%) vSphere
5 1 (1.59%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (4.76%) SCCM
2 2 (3.17%) SCOM
3 1 (1.59%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.59%) AppDNA
3 1 (1.59%) Simpana
Vendors
1 8 (12.70%) Citrix
1 8 (12.70%) VMware
2 4 (6.35%) Cisco
2 4 (6.35%) HP
3 3 (4.76%) AppSense
3 3 (4.76%) Oracle
4 2 (3.17%) 3PAR
4 2 (3.17%) Dell
4 2 (3.17%) Lotus
4 2 (3.17%) Nintex
4 2 (3.17%) Remedy
4 2 (3.17%) SAP
5 1 (1.59%) Ariba
5 1 (1.59%) CommVault
5 1 (1.59%) F5
5 1 (1.59%) IBM
5 1 (1.59%) MicroStrategy
5 1 (1.59%) Palo Alto
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