The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 30 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
England / East of England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 307 344 408
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 14.43% 13.68% 15.34%
As % of the Vendors category 31.62% 29.03% 30.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 190 223
Median daily rate £351 £380 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.56% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £170 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £524 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 40 68
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.45 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.78 £38.95 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -3.33% -  

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 the East of England.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 971 1185 1341
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 45.63% 47.14% 50.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 610 666 736
Median daily rate £391 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 90 120
Median hourly rate £17.77 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.70 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £49.40 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +10.29%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East of England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the East of England

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the East of England region over the 3 months to 30 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
Cambridgeshire +5 90 £313 -21.87% 51
Hertfordshire +1 88 £325 -10.95% 59
Essex -11 50 £413 +17.85% 13
Bedfordshire -3 38 £425 +4.29% 12
Suffolk -1 30 £438 +9.37% 8
Norfolk -5 16 £303 -19.17% 7
East Anglia +5 1 £178 -52.66% 2
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 East of England region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 207 (35.51%) Windows
2 206 (35.33%) MS Excel
3 158 (27.10%) MS Office
4 140 (24.01%) SQL Server
5 135 (23.16%) Active Directory
6 124 (21.27%) SQL
7 84 (14.41%) ITIL
8 80 (13.72%) .NET
9 79 (13.55%) Office 365
10 74 (12.69%) Finance
11 71 (12.18%) Microsoft Azure
12 69 (11.84%) VMware
13 66 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
14 64 (10.98%) Windows Server
15 61 (10.46%) CRM
15 61 (10.46%) SharePoint
15 61 (10.46%) Windows 7
16 60 (10.29%) Project Management
17 59 (10.12%) Oracle
18 57 (9.78%) C#
19 56 (9.61%) Business Intelligence
20 53 (9.09%) Migration
20 53 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
21 52 (8.92%) Java
22 51 (8.75%) JavaScript
22 51 (8.75%) Security Cleared
23 47 (8.06%) Citrix
24 46 (7.89%) Dynamics CRM
25 45 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
25 45 (7.72%) Windows Server 2012

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 61 (10.46%) SharePoint
2 27 (4.63%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.95%) IIS
4 22 (3.77%) Skype for Business
5 18 (3.09%) BizTalk Server
6 13 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (1.37%) IBM Notes
7 8 (1.37%) WebSphere
8 7 (1.20%) Apache
8 7 (1.20%) JBoss
8 7 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (1.20%) Tomcat
9 6 (1.03%) MS Project Server
10 5 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.69%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 4 (0.69%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.51%) CMS
12 3 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 206 (35.33%) MS Excel
2 158 (27.10%) MS Office
3 26 (4.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 22 (3.77%) MS Project
4 22 (3.77%) MS Visio
5 12 (2.06%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.69%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.34%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.34%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.17%) Camtasia
8 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 46 (7.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.57%) Dynamics NAV
3 11 (1.89%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (1.03%) Adobe Campaign
4 6 (1.03%) Payment Gateway
4 6 (1.03%) Unica
5 5 (0.86%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.51%) Dynamics GP
6 3 (0.51%) SAP Business One
6 3 (0.51%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.17%) Changepoint
7 1 (0.17%) JDE EnterpriseOne
7 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.17%) Odoo
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.17%) Primavera
7 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.17%) SystmOne
7 1 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 79 (13.55%) Office 365
2 71 (12.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (2.23%) Yammer
5 10 (1.72%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (1.20%) OneDrive
7 5 (0.86%) Adobe Analytics
7 5 (0.86%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.86%) Mimecast
7 5 (0.86%) PaaS
8 4 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.69%) IaaS
8 4 (0.69%) IBM Blueworks
8 4 (0.69%) SaaS
9 3 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.51%) GitHub
9 3 (0.51%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.17%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 38 (6.52%) DNS
2 30 (5.15%) Firewall
3 29 (4.97%) DHCP
3 29 (4.97%) LAN
4 24 (4.12%) Internet
5 23 (3.95%) TCP/IP
5 23 (3.95%) WAN
6 19 (3.26%) SAN
7 17 (2.92%) VPN
8 12 (2.06%) Ethernet
8 12 (2.06%) NetScaler
9 11 (1.89%) LDAP
10 10 (1.72%) NAS
10 10 (1.72%) VoIP
10 10 (1.72%) Wireless
10 10 (1.72%) WLAN
11 8 (1.37%) HTTP
11 8 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.20%) SSL
13 6 (1.03%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (24.01%) SQL Server
2 40 (6.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 38 (6.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 28 (4.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 26 (4.46%) SQL Server 2008
6 18 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
6 18 (3.09%) SQL Server 2012
7 15 (2.57%) QlikView
8 12 (2.06%) SQL Server 2014
9 11 (1.89%) MySQL
10 8 (1.37%) Relational Database
11 6 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.86%) DTS
12 5 (0.86%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.86%) OLAP
12 5 (0.86%) OLTP
12 5 (0.86%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.86%) Power BI
12 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 37 (6.35%) Visual Studio
2 25 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (2.92%) Cucumber
4 16 (2.74%) Selenium
5 13 (2.23%) JIRA
6 11 (1.89%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.72%) Calabash
7 10 (1.72%) Capybara
7 10 (1.72%) SoapUI
8 9 (1.54%) Subversion
9 7 (1.20%) Git (software)
9 7 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 5 (0.86%) MSBuild
12 4 (0.69%) Eclipse
12 4 (0.69%) NetBeans
12 4 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
13 3 (0.51%) MSI
13 3 (0.51%) MSTest
13 3 (0.51%) NUnit
General
1 74 (12.69%) Finance
2 29 (4.97%) Retail
3 23 (3.95%) Advertising
4 18 (3.09%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.74%) Legal
6 12 (2.06%) Banking
7 11 (1.89%) Telecoms
8 9 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.20%) French Language
10 6 (1.03%) Publishing
11 5 (0.86%) Local Government
11 5 (0.86%) Marketing
11 5 (0.86%) Military
12 4 (0.69%) German Language
13 3 (0.51%) Law
14 2 (0.34%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.34%) Automotive
14 2 (0.34%) Back Office
14 2 (0.34%) Front Office
15 1 (0.17%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 105 (18.01%) Analyst
2 104 (17.84%) Developer
3 52 (8.92%) Consultant
4 38 (6.52%) Support Analyst
5 30 (5.15%) Architect
6 29 (4.97%) Support Engineer
7 28 (4.80%) Project Manager
8 25 (4.29%) Administrator
9 21 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support
9 21 (3.60%) Service Analyst
9 21 (3.60%) Service Desk Analyst
10 18 (3.09%) Help Desk Analyst
10 18 (3.09%) IT Support
11 17 (2.92%) CRM Developer
12 16 (2.74%) IT Analyst
12 16 (2.74%) SQL Developer
13 15 (2.57%) .NET Developer
13 15 (2.57%) Help Desk Support
14 13 (2.23%) Help Desk Support Analyst
14 13 (2.23%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (13.72%) .NET
2 33 (5.66%) HTML
3 28 (4.80%) ASP.NET
4 21 (3.60%) .NET Framework
4 21 (3.60%) CSS
5 15 (2.57%) jQuery
5 15 (2.57%) XML
6 14 (2.40%) COM
6 14 (2.40%) Middleware
6 14 (2.40%) Node.js
7 13 (2.23%) WPF
8 12 (2.06%) AngularJS
8 12 (2.06%) RESTful
8 12 (2.06%) WCF
9 11 (1.89%) Entity Framework
9 11 (1.89%) Web Services
10 10 (1.72%) JSON
10 10 (1.72%) LINQ
11 9 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC
12 8 (1.37%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 36 (6.17%) Data Centre
2 33 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.57%) Clustering
5 14 (2.40%) Computer Science
5 14 (2.40%) Driving Licence
5 14 (2.40%) Mobile App
6 12 (2.06%) Smartphone
7 9 (1.54%) PKI
8 8 (1.37%) NHS
9 7 (1.20%) iPhone
9 7 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (1.03%) EMC VNX
10 6 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (1.03%) User Experience
11 5 (0.86%) e-Learning
11 5 (0.86%) Enterprise Storage
11 5 (0.86%) Life Science
11 5 (0.86%) Video Editing
12 4 (0.69%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 207 (35.51%) Windows
2 64 (10.98%) Windows Server
3 61 (10.46%) Windows 7
4 45 (7.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 43 (7.38%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (5.49%) Linux
7 24 (4.12%) Windows 10
7 24 (4.12%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (3.60%) Windows XP
9 20 (3.43%) Windows 8
10 18 (3.09%) Android
11 16 (2.74%) Apple iOS
12 14 (2.40%) Unix
13 7 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.69%) Solaris
14 4 (0.69%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.51%) AIX
15 3 (0.51%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.34%) Windows 2000 Server
17 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (14.41%) ITIL
2 66 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (10.46%) CRM
4 60 (10.29%) Project Management
5 56 (9.61%) Business Intelligence
6 53 (9.09%) Migration
6 53 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
7 35 (6.00%) PRINCE2
8 27 (4.63%) Change Management
9 25 (4.29%) ERP
10 24 (4.12%) MVC
11 22 (3.77%) Data Management
12 21 (3.60%) Continuous Integration
12 21 (3.60%) ETL
13 20 (3.43%) Service Delivery
13 20 (3.43%) Service Management
14 19 (3.26%) TDD
15 18 (3.09%) Data Analysis
15 18 (3.09%) Risk Management
15 18 (3.09%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 124 (21.27%) SQL
2 57 (9.78%) C#
3 52 (8.92%) Java
4 51 (8.75%) JavaScript
5 44 (7.55%) PowerShell
6 23 (3.95%) T-SQL
7 18 (3.09%) C
7 18 (3.09%) PHP
8 15 (2.57%) Python
9 13 (2.23%) VBScript
10 12 (2.06%) C++
11 11 (1.89%) Ruby
12 9 (1.54%) Delphi
12 9 (1.54%) VB
12 9 (1.54%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.86%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.69%) VBA
15 3 (0.51%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.51%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.51%) Perl
Qualifications
1 51 (8.75%) Security Cleared
2 43 (7.38%) Microsoft Certification
3 42 (7.20%) Degree
4 25 (4.29%) MCSE
5 24 (4.12%) SC Cleared
6 14 (2.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 13 (2.23%) ITIL Certification
7 13 (2.23%) MCSA
8 12 (2.06%) MCP
9 11 (1.89%) CCNA
9 11 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (1.54%) DV Cleared
10 9 (1.54%) MCITP
11 6 (1.03%) A+ Certification
11 6 (1.03%) DBS Check
11 6 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.86%) CCNP
12 5 (0.86%) CISSP
12 5 (0.86%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (0.86%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.32%) SLA
2 16 (2.74%) PMO
3 13 (2.23%) QA
4 6 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.03%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.69%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.34%) GDPR
6 2 (0.34%) IFRS
6 2 (0.34%) IFRS 9
6 2 (0.34%) ISO 9000
6 2 (0.34%) ISO27002
6 2 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.34%) SDET
7 1 (0.17%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.17%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.17%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.17%) MiFID
7 1 (0.17%) P3O
7 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 135 (23.16%) Active Directory
2 45 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (3.95%) Hyper-V
4 15 (2.57%) XenApp
5 12 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
5 12 (2.06%) vSphere
6 7 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (1.20%) VMware ESX
7 5 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.69%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.51%) Firmware
9 3 (0.51%) ISA Server
9 3 (0.51%) Terminal Server
9 3 (0.51%) Xen
10 2 (0.34%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.34%) NFS
10 2 (0.34%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 41 (7.03%) SCCM
2 7 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (1.03%) SCOM
4 5 (0.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (0.86%) Puppet
4 5 (0.86%) WSUS
5 3 (0.51%) AirWatch
5 3 (0.51%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.51%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.34%) Ansible
6 2 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
6 2 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.34%) OpenView
6 2 (0.34%) Salt
6 2 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 69 (11.84%) VMware
2 59 (10.12%) Oracle
3 47 (8.06%) Citrix
4 29 (4.97%) Cisco
5 28 (4.80%) HP
5 28 (4.80%) SAP
6 18 (3.09%) Apple
7 16 (2.74%) IBM
8 15 (2.57%) Dell
9 14 (2.40%) Salesforce.com
10 13 (2.23%) Infor
10 13 (2.23%) Remedy
11 12 (2.06%) Adobe
12 10 (1.72%) EMC
13 9 (1.54%) Borland
13 9 (1.54%) Embarcadero
14 8 (1.37%) Intel Security
14 8 (1.37%) Lotus
15 7 (1.20%) Google
16 6 (1.03%) JD Edwards
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