Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 7 2
Rank change year-on-year +2 -5 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 100 61 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 15.80% 11.01% 19.51%
As % of the Vendors category 32.15% 26.87% 40.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 38 77
Bedfordshire median daily rate £203 £388 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -47.74% -0.64% +4.00%
10th Percentile £125 £263 £168
90th Percentile £475 £529 £613
East of England median daily rate £350 £350 £368
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +8.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 22
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £11.33 £10.30 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.95% -75.03% +142.65%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.30 £14.00
90th Percentile £40.47 £10.30 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £14.75 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -10.61% - +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 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 311 227 294
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 49.13% 40.97% 48.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 142 195
Bedfordshire median daily rate £380 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.88% -8.33% +12.50%
10th Percentile £130 £232 £226
90th Percentile £581 £538 £606
East of England median daily rate £425 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +8.97% -2.50% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 38
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -63.87% +121.43%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.86 £14.00
90th Percentile £35.31 £16.15 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -5.71% -7.89% +8.57%

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 21 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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
Bedford +6 27 £130 -58.06% 16
Luton +3 27 £325 -21.21% 12
Dunstable +3 1 - - 1
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 59 (59.00%) Windows
2 48 (48.00%) Active Directory
3 41 (41.00%) ITIL
4 28 (28.00%) SQL Server
4 28 (28.00%) Office 365
5 27 (27.00%) VMware
6 25 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
7 21 (21.00%) SQL
8 19 (19.00%) Citrix
9 18 (18.00%) SharePoint
10 16 (16.00%) HP
10 16 (16.00%) DHCP
10 16 (16.00%) TCP/IP
10 16 (16.00%) DNS
10 16 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
11 15 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (14.00%) Terminal Services
12 14 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 13 (13.00%) PowerShell
13 13 (13.00%) Skype for Business
13 13 (13.00%) NetApp
13 13 (13.00%) SAN
13 13 (13.00%) Clustering
13 13 (13.00%) Replication
13 13 (13.00%) Windows Server
14 12 (12.00%) CommVault
14 12 (12.00%) IBM
14 12 (12.00%) MS Exchange
14 12 (12.00%) MCSE
14 12 (12.00%) MCSA

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 18 (18.00%) SharePoint
2 13 (13.00%) Skype for Business
3 12 (12.00%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.00%) CMS
5 1 (1.00%) EPiServer
5 1 (1.00%) Oracle 10gAS
5 1 (1.00%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 25 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (11.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (8.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (4.00%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (1.00%) Acrobat
5 1 (1.00%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (1.00%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (1.00%) InDesign
5 1 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.00%) PaintShop Pro
5 1 (1.00%) RoboHelp
5 1 (1.00%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 2 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 28 (28.00%) Office 365
2 7 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (5.00%) G Suite
4 3 (3.00%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (2.00%) Yammer
6 1 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (1.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (16.00%) DHCP
1 16 (16.00%) DNS
1 16 (16.00%) TCP/IP
2 13 (13.00%) SAN
3 11 (11.00%) Fibre Channel
3 11 (11.00%) iSCSI
3 11 (11.00%) NAS
4 5 (5.00%) VoIP
4 5 (5.00%) VPN
5 4 (4.00%) Firewall
5 4 (4.00%) Skype
6 3 (3.00%) Network Security
6 3 (3.00%) VLAN
7 1 (1.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (28.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (3.00%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 3 (3.00%) Oracle Database 10g
4 3 (3.00%) Power BI
4 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.00%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.00%) QlikView
6 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.00%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.00%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.00%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.00%) VectorCAST
3 1 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (3.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.00%) Automotive
2 2 (2.00%) Law
3 1 (1.00%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.00%) Retail
3 1 (1.00%) Spanish Language
3 1 (1.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 46 (46.00%) Analyst
2 32 (32.00%) Service Analyst
3 30 (30.00%) Service Desk Analyst
4 19 (19.00%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 9 (9.00%) Storage Analyst
6 7 (7.00%) Architect
6 7 (7.00%) Support Engineer
7 6 (6.00%) Support Analyst
8 5 (5.00%) Developer
8 5 (5.00%) Project Manager
8 5 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (4.00%) Administrator
9 4 (4.00%) IT Support
10 3 (3.00%) .NET Developer
10 3 (3.00%) 1st Line Support
10 3 (3.00%) 1st Line Support Analyst
10 3 (3.00%) Coordinator
10 3 (3.00%) Data Migration Specialist
10 3 (3.00%) Support Technician
10 3 (3.00%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.00%) .NET
2 3 (3.00%) CSS
2 3 (3.00%) HTML
3 1 (1.00%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 16 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (13.00%) Clustering
2 13 (13.00%) Replication
3 6 (6.00%) Data Centre
4 5 (5.00%) RSA SecurID
5 4 (4.00%) Infotainment
5 4 (4.00%) NHS
6 2 (2.00%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.00%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.00%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (1.00%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.00%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.00%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 59 (59.00%) Windows
2 13 (13.00%) Windows Server
3 8 (8.00%) Windows 7
3 8 (8.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (7.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (4.00%) Windows 10
6 2 (2.00%) Android
6 2 (2.00%) Linux
6 2 (2.00%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.00%) AIX
7 1 (1.00%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.00%) Solaris
7 1 (1.00%) VxWorks
7 1 (1.00%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.00%) Windows Vista
7 1 (1.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (41.00%) ITIL
2 12 (12.00%) Problem Management
3 10 (10.00%) ITSM
4 9 (9.00%) Project Management
4 9 (9.00%) Service Management
5 8 (8.00%) Migration
6 6 (6.00%) Statistics
7 5 (5.00%) PRINCE2
8 4 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (4.00%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (4.00%) Change Management
8 4 (4.00%) Telematics
9 3 (3.00%) Data Management
9 3 (3.00%) Data Migration
9 3 (3.00%) E-Commerce
9 3 (3.00%) Enterprise Architecture
9 3 (3.00%) Mobile Device Management
9 3 (3.00%) Performance Tuning
9 3 (3.00%) Software Engineering
9 3 (3.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (21.00%) SQL
2 13 (13.00%) PowerShell
3 11 (11.00%) VBScript
4 6 (6.00%) C#
5 4 (4.00%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.00%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.00%) Perl
6 2 (2.00%) Python
6 2 (2.00%) Ruby
7 1 (1.00%) C
7 1 (1.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 15 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (12.00%) Degree
2 12 (12.00%) MCSA
2 12 (12.00%) MCSE
3 10 (10.00%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
3 10 (10.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 5 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (3.00%) MCP
6 2 (2.00%) CCNA
6 2 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.00%) DBS Check
6 2 (2.00%) PMI Certification
6 2 (2.00%) PMP
6 2 (2.00%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.00%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.00%) CCA
7 1 (1.00%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.00%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.00%) HNC
7 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.00%) PMO
2 1 (1.00%) DO-178B
2 1 (1.00%) GDPR
2 1 (1.00%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) SLA
System Software
1 48 (48.00%) Active Directory
2 14 (14.00%) Terminal Services
2 14 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (11.00%) Hyper-V
3 11 (11.00%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (8.00%) XenApp
5 7 (7.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (12.00%) SCCM
2 11 (11.00%) Backup Exec
2 11 (11.00%) HP Data Protector
2 11 (11.00%) Microsoft Clustering
2 11 (11.00%) NetBackup
2 11 (11.00%) SCOM
3 10 (10.00%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (3.00%) DameWare
5 1 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 27 (27.00%) VMware
2 19 (19.00%) Citrix
3 16 (16.00%) HP
4 13 (13.00%) NetApp
5 12 (12.00%) 3PAR
5 12 (12.00%) CommVault
5 12 (12.00%) IBM
6 11 (11.00%) Dell
6 11 (11.00%) EqualLogic
6 11 (11.00%) Symantec
6 11 (11.00%) Veritas
7 10 (10.00%) SolarWinds
8 7 (7.00%) Google
9 6 (6.00%) McAfee
10 4 (4.00%) Oracle
11 3 (3.00%) Apple
11 3 (3.00%) Cisco
12 2 (2.00%) GFI Software
12 2 (2.00%) Tableau
12 2 (2.00%) WatchGuard