The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
South East / Buckinghamshire
Rank 8 10 3
Rank change year-on-year +2 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 159 124 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 15.45% 11.89% 18.12%
As % of the Vendors category 35.02% 28.38% 38.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 79 95
Median daily rate £415 £425 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +37.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £270 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £618 £575 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 15
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.40 £11.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +29.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £11.18 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £42.80 £31.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 Buckinghamshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 454 437 562
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 44.12% 41.90% 46.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 234 243
Median daily rate £425 £418 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.79% +19.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £290 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 17 18
Median hourly rate £13.75 £16.17 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.96% +11.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.61 £10.07 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £60.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Buckinghamshire over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 24 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
Milton Keynes +1 123 £415 -2.35% 22
Aylesbury -6 13 - - 3
Iver - 4 £450 -
High Wycombe -1 3 - - 2
Beaconsfield - 2 - -
Marlow - 1 - - 4
Newport Pagnell - 1 £525 -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

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

1 128 (42.81%) Security Cleared
2 109 (36.45%) SC Cleared
3 91 (30.43%) Windows
4 85 (28.43%) MS Excel
5 78 (26.09%) MS Office
6 64 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
7 63 (21.07%) Active Directory
8 59 (19.73%) DV Cleared
9 58 (19.40%) ITIL
10 50 (16.72%) Finance
11 39 (13.04%) CRM
12 37 (12.37%) Dynamics CRM
13 36 (12.04%) .NET
13 36 (12.04%) Project Management
14 34 (11.37%) SQL Server
15 32 (10.70%) WAN
15 32 (10.70%) VMware
16 29 (9.70%) Linux
17 28 (9.36%) Oracle
18 27 (9.03%) Office 365
19 26 (8.70%) HTML
19 26 (8.70%) JavaScript
20 25 (8.36%) Visual Studio
20 25 (8.36%) .NET Framework
20 25 (8.36%) Analytical Skills
21 24 (8.03%) SCCM
21 24 (8.03%) HP
22 23 (7.69%) Citrix
22 23 (7.69%) Windows Server
23 22 (7.36%) SharePoint

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 22 (7.36%) MS Exchange
1 22 (7.36%) SharePoint
2 13 (4.35%) Skype for Business
3 10 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2007
3 10 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (2.68%) ArcGIS
5 7 (2.34%) Drupal
5 7 (2.34%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.67%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (1.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.34%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.67%) Apache
8 2 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.67%) IBM Notes
8 2 (0.67%) IIS
8 2 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.67%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.67%) WebLogic
Applications
1 85 (28.43%) MS Excel
2 78 (26.09%) MS Office
3 21 (7.02%) MS Visio
4 19 (6.35%) MS Project
5 13 (4.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.33%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.33%) Revit
Business Applications
1 37 (12.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (2.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.33%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 27 (9.03%) Office 365
2 9 (3.01%) IaaS
2 9 (3.01%) SaaS
3 5 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.34%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 32 (10.70%) WAN
2 16 (5.35%) LAN
3 11 (3.68%) Cisco ASA
3 11 (3.68%) Wireless
4 10 (3.34%) ATM
4 10 (3.34%) BIG-IP
4 10 (3.34%) IPsec
4 10 (3.34%) VPN
5 9 (3.01%) Cisco Nexus
5 9 (3.01%) Firewall
5 9 (3.01%) SAN
5 9 (3.01%) SMTP
6 8 (2.68%) Internet
7 7 (2.34%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (2.01%) DNS
9 5 (1.67%) Cisco IOS
9 5 (1.67%) DHCP
9 5 (1.67%) Skype
10 4 (1.34%) MPLS
10 4 (1.34%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (11.37%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.68%) GIS
2 8 (2.68%) QGIS
3 7 (2.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (1.67%) Power BI
4 5 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (1.34%) DB2
5 4 (1.34%) MS Access
5 4 (1.34%) MySQL
5 4 (1.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.67%) Oracle Discoverer
7 2 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.67%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.67%) SSDT
8 1 (0.33%) Couchbase
8 1 (0.33%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.33%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (8.36%) Visual Studio
2 15 (5.02%) Visual Studio Team System
3 7 (2.34%) Introscope
4 6 (2.01%) JIRA
5 4 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.67%) MSTest
6 2 (0.67%) Selenium
6 2 (0.67%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.33%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.33%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.33%) MSI
7 1 (0.33%) NUnit
General
1 50 (16.72%) Finance
2 17 (5.69%) Retail
3 9 (3.01%) Banking
3 9 (3.01%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.34%) Advertising
4 4 (1.34%) Legal
4 4 (1.34%) Marketing
5 3 (1.00%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.67%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.33%) Automotive
7 1 (0.33%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.33%) Law
7 1 (0.33%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.33%) Russian Language
7 1 (0.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 48 (16.05%) Architect
2 45 (15.05%) Analyst
3 34 (11.37%) Developer
4 21 (7.02%) Technical Architect
5 19 (6.35%) Consultant
6 17 (5.69%) Project Manager
6 17 (5.69%) Solutions Architect
7 16 (5.35%) CRM Developer
7 16 (5.35%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 13 (4.35%) Microsoft Developer
9 12 (4.01%) Administrator
10 10 (3.34%) Support Engineer
11 9 (3.01%) CRM Architect
11 9 (3.01%) CRM Solutions Architect
11 9 (3.01%) Enterprise Architect
11 9 (3.01%) SC Cleared Project Manager
12 8 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM Architect
12 8 (2.68%) IT Support
12 8 (2.68%) Lead Architect
12 8 (2.68%) Lead Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (12.04%) .NET
2 26 (8.70%) HTML
3 25 (8.36%) .NET Framework
4 21 (7.02%) CSS
5 17 (5.69%) ASP.NET
5 17 (5.69%) ASP.NET Web API
6 15 (5.02%) WCF
7 11 (3.68%) SailPoint
8 10 (3.34%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (2.68%) XML
10 7 (2.34%) SAML
11 5 (1.67%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.67%) jQuery
12 4 (1.34%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 4 (1.34%) KnockoutJS
13 3 (1.00%) LINQ
13 3 (1.00%) WPF
14 2 (0.67%) Ajax
14 2 (0.67%) J2EE
14 2 (0.67%) SAP Smart Forms
Miscellaneous
1 25 (8.36%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (6.35%) Management Information System
3 12 (4.01%) Data Centre
4 9 (3.01%) CESG
4 9 (3.01%) e-Health
4 9 (3.01%) Fat Client
4 9 (3.01%) Smartphone
4 9 (3.01%) Thin Client
5 7 (2.34%) Blackberry
6 5 (1.67%) Client/Server
6 5 (1.67%) Public Cloud
6 5 (1.67%) RSA SecurID
7 3 (1.00%) Clustering
7 3 (1.00%) CMDB
7 3 (1.00%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.00%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.00%) Social Media
8 2 (0.67%) Handset
8 2 (0.67%) IVR
8 2 (0.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 91 (30.43%) Windows
2 29 (9.70%) Linux
3 23 (7.69%) Windows Server
4 22 (7.36%) Windows 7
5 21 (7.02%) Unix
6 16 (5.35%) Android
7 15 (5.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (4.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (4.35%) Windows Vista
10 12 (4.01%) Windows Server 2003
11 11 (3.68%) Windows 10
11 11 (3.68%) Windows 8
12 10 (3.34%) Windows XP
13 8 (2.68%) CentOS
14 5 (1.67%) Apple iOS
15 4 (1.34%) Mac OS X
16 3 (1.00%) Solaris
17 2 (0.67%) Windows 2000
17 2 (0.67%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (19.40%) ITIL
3 39 (13.04%) CRM
4 36 (12.04%) Project Management
5 21 (7.02%) PRINCE2
5 21 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (6.69%) Incident Management
7 18 (6.02%) Logistics
7 18 (6.02%) Service Management
8 16 (5.35%) Migration
9 13 (4.35%) Change Management
9 13 (4.35%) DevOps
9 13 (4.35%) Patch Management
10 12 (4.01%) MVC
10 12 (4.01%) Risk Management
10 12 (4.01%) Time Management
11 11 (3.68%) Data Analysis
11 11 (3.68%) ITIL V3
11 11 (3.68%) Scrum
12 10 (3.34%) ITIL V2
Programming Languages
1 26 (8.70%) JavaScript
2 21 (7.02%) SQL
3 20 (6.69%) C#
4 10 (3.34%) PowerShell
4 10 (3.34%) VB
5 6 (2.01%) VBA
6 5 (1.67%) VBScript
7 4 (1.34%) Python
8 3 (1.00%) C
8 3 (1.00%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.67%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.67%) R
9 2 (0.67%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.33%) C++
10 1 (0.33%) C++/CLI
10 1 (0.33%) Java
10 1 (0.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 128 (42.81%) Security Cleared
2 109 (36.45%) SC Cleared
3 59 (19.73%) DV Cleared
4 10 (3.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 10 (3.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (3.01%) CESG Certified Professional
5 9 (3.01%) CISSP
6 7 (2.34%) APMP
7 5 (1.67%) CEH
7 5 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.34%) CREST Certified
8 4 (1.34%) ISEB
8 4 (1.34%) ISTQB
8 4 (1.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (1.34%) OSCP
9 3 (1.00%) MCP
9 3 (1.00%) MCSE
10 2 (0.67%) CCNA
10 2 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.68%) SLA
2 9 (3.01%) GPG13
2 9 (3.01%) PMO
2 9 (3.01%) QA
3 7 (2.34%) RMADS
4 2 (0.67%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.33%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.33%) ISO19770
5 1 (0.33%) ISO22301
System Software
1 63 (21.07%) Active Directory
2 19 (6.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.68%) XenApp
3 11 (3.68%) XenDesktop
4 10 (3.34%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (2.68%) Docker
5 8 (2.68%) vCloud
5 8 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (1.34%) Hyper-V
7 3 (1.00%) Sendmail
7 3 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.67%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.67%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.67%) vSphere
9 1 (0.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.33%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.33%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.33%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 24 (8.03%) SCCM
2 11 (3.68%) SCOM
2 11 (3.68%) WSUS
3 10 (3.34%) AppDNA
4 8 (2.68%) Puppet
4 8 (2.68%) vRealize
5 7 (2.34%) AirWatch
5 7 (2.34%) CA Wily
6 6 (2.01%) BladeLogic
6 6 (2.01%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (1.67%) NetBackup
8 4 (1.34%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (1.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.67%) Backup Exec
10 2 (0.67%) CA Spectrum
10 2 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.67%) OVSD
11 1 (0.33%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.33%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 32 (10.70%) VMware
2 28 (9.36%) Oracle
3 24 (8.03%) HP
4 23 (7.69%) Citrix
5 21 (7.02%) Cisco
6 18 (6.02%) Remedy
7 16 (5.35%) Symantec
8 12 (4.01%) F5
9 10 (3.34%) AppSense
9 10 (3.34%) Red Hat
10 9 (3.01%) CA
10 9 (3.01%) Palo Alto
10 9 (3.01%) SAP
11 8 (2.68%) Mapinfo
12 7 (2.34%) NetQoS
12 7 (2.34%) Nimsoft
13 6 (2.01%) Apple
13 6 (2.01%) Dell
14 5 (1.67%) Avaya
14 5 (1.67%) NetApp
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