The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 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 26 April 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
Gloucestershire / Cheltenham
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 12 26
Rank change year-on-year +3 +14  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheltenham 12.70% 7.61% 3.33%
As % of the Vendors category 24.24% 15.56% 10.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 1
Median daily rate £120 £140 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.28% -65.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £368 £350
% change year-on-year -4.89% +5.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £13.00 £12.00 £43.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -72.25%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.22%  

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 Cheltenham.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Cheltenham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 33 45 46
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 52.38% 48.91% 30.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 18 22
Median daily rate £350 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -18.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £113 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £524 £462
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 6
Median hourly rate £42.50 £12.13 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +250.51% -71.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £42.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £13.23 £43.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -13.15% +8.57%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheltenham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheltenham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Cheltenham

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheltenham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Cheltenham over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Cheltenham

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheltenham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Cheltenham

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 Cheltenham region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 9 (90.00%) Windows
2 8 (80.00%) Windows 7
3 7 (70.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (70.00%) Security Cleared
3 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
3 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
4 6 (60.00%) PowerShell
4 6 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (10.00%) LINQ to SQL
6 1 (10.00%) Office 365
6 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (10.00%) Finance
6 1 (10.00%) Advertising
6 1 (10.00%) Migration
6 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
6 1 (10.00%) WCF
6 1 (10.00%) LINQ
6 1 (10.00%) jQuery
6 1 (10.00%) SCCM
6 1 (10.00%) Time Management
6 1 (10.00%) Data Migration
6 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
6 1 (10.00%) CSS
6 1 (10.00%) XML
6 1 (10.00%) HTML
6 1 (10.00%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheltenham 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 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (10.00%) Advertising
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Build Engineer
1 6 (60.00%) Systems Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) .NET Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Analyst
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Financial Analyst
2 1 (10.00%) IT Support
2 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared Desktop Support
2 1 (10.00%) Senior IT Support
2 1 (10.00%) Service Analyst
2 1 (10.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) .NET
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
1 1 (10.00%) CSS
1 1 (10.00%) HTML
1 1 (10.00%) jQuery
1 1 (10.00%) LINQ
1 1 (10.00%) LINQ to SQL
1 1 (10.00%) WCF
1 1 (10.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (10.00%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 9 (90.00%) Windows
2 8 (80.00%) Windows 7
3 6 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (10.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (10.00%) Data Migration
1 1 (10.00%) Migration
1 1 (10.00%) OOP
1 1 (10.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (10.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (70.00%) SC Cleared
1 7 (70.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (10.00%) ISEB
2 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
System Software
1 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) Citrix