The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Dorset 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 28 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
South West / Dorset
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 13 2
Rank change year-on-year +3 -11  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 14 22 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Dorset 14.58% 8.27% 23.08%
As % of the Vendors category 45.16% 22.45% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 11 25
Median daily rate £338 £275 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.72% -9.83%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £125 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £400 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 9
Median hourly rate - £9.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -48.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.38
% change year-on-year +3.33% -2.43%  

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 Dorset.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Dorset
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 31 98 108
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Dorset 32.29% 36.84% 51.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 66 56
Median daily rate £325 £393 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.19% +8.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £255 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £524
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 11
Median hourly rate £40.00 £16.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +150.00% -8.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +8.33%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Dorset

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Dorset 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 Dorset

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Dorset

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Dorset

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Dorset

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Dorset over the 3 months to 28 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Dorset

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Dorset

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Dorset

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Dorset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Dorset region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
Bournemouth +10 11 £313 -3.84% 6
Microsoft
South West

For the 6 months to 28 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 Dorset region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 13 (48.15%) Windows
2 11 (40.74%) SQL Server
2 11 (40.74%) Windows Server 2008
2 11 (40.74%) Windows Server
3 10 (37.04%) Patch Management
3 10 (37.04%) PowerShell
3 10 (37.04%) SQL
4 8 (29.63%) MS Exchange
4 8 (29.63%) Disaster Recovery
4 8 (29.63%) VMware
4 8 (29.63%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (25.93%) WSUS
5 7 (25.93%) Advertising
5 7 (25.93%) SAN
5 7 (25.93%) Security Patching
6 6 (22.22%) Oracle
6 6 (22.22%) Intel Security
6 6 (22.22%) Windows 7
6 6 (22.22%) Veeam
7 5 (18.52%) Application Packaging
7 5 (18.52%) Backup Exec
7 5 (18.52%) Finance
7 5 (18.52%) Remote Desktop
7 5 (18.52%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database
8 4 (14.81%) .NET
8 4 (14.81%) CRM
8 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
8 4 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
9 3 (11.11%) T-SQL

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Dorset 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 8 (29.63%) Exchange Server 2010
1 8 (29.63%) MS Exchange
2 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
3 2 (7.41%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (3.70%) CMS
4 1 (3.70%) EPiServer
4 1 (3.70%) Kentico
4 1 (3.70%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (3.70%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.70%) IaaS
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (25.93%) SAN
2 5 (18.52%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (3.70%) DHCP
3 1 (3.70%) DNS
3 1 (3.70%) IPv4
3 1 (3.70%) LAN
3 1 (3.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (40.74%) SQL Server
2 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database
3 3 (11.11%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (7.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (3.70%) Power BI
5 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 7 (25.93%) Advertising
2 5 (18.52%) Finance
3 1 (3.70%) Billing
Job Titles
1 7 (25.93%) Analyst
1 7 (25.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 5 (18.52%) Developer
3 4 (14.81%) Infrastructure Support
4 3 (11.11%) Administrator
4 3 (11.11%) DBA
5 2 (7.41%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (7.41%) Architect
5 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) IT Trainer
5 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (7.41%) Oracle Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Oracle DBA
5 2 (7.41%) Support Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (7.41%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.81%) .NET
2 2 (7.41%) ASP.NET
2 2 (7.41%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (3.70%) Ajax
3 1 (3.70%) CSS
3 1 (3.70%) HTML
3 1 (3.70%) jQuery
3 1 (3.70%) LINQ
3 1 (3.70%) NHibernate
3 1 (3.70%) WPF
3 1 (3.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.41%) Clustering
1 2 (7.41%) iPad
2 1 (3.70%) Client/Server
2 1 (3.70%) CMDB
2 1 (3.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.70%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 13 (48.15%) Windows
2 11 (40.74%) Windows Server
2 11 (40.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (22.22%) Windows 7
4 3 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (7.41%) Unix
6 1 (3.70%) VMS
6 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (37.04%) Patch Management
2 8 (29.63%) Disaster Recovery
3 7 (25.93%) Security Patching
4 5 (18.52%) Application Packaging
5 4 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (14.81%) CRM
6 3 (11.11%) Data Migration
6 3 (11.11%) Migration
7 2 (7.41%) Change Management
7 2 (7.41%) High Availability
7 2 (7.41%) Line Management
7 2 (7.41%) MVC
7 2 (7.41%) Resource Allocation
8 1 (3.70%) Analytics
8 1 (3.70%) Dashboard Development
8 1 (3.70%) IT Asset Management
8 1 (3.70%) IT Strategy
8 1 (3.70%) Mentoring
8 1 (3.70%) SDLC
8 1 (3.70%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (37.04%) PowerShell
1 10 (37.04%) SQL
2 3 (11.11%) C#
2 3 (11.11%) T-SQL
3 2 (7.41%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
1 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.70%) Degree
System Software
1 2 (7.41%) VMware Server
2 1 (3.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.70%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (25.93%) WSUS
2 5 (18.52%) Backup Exec
2 5 (18.52%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (11.11%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 8 (29.63%) VMware
2 6 (22.22%) Intel Security
2 6 (22.22%) Oracle
2 6 (22.22%) Veeam
3 2 (7.41%) Sage
3 2 (7.41%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (3.70%) CheckPoint
4 1 (3.70%) Cisco
4 1 (3.70%) Citrix
4 1 (3.70%) JD Edwards
4 1 (3.70%) Symantec