Period
to 20 February 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 20 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
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 9 9
Rank change year-on-year -12 0 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 80 121 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 12.52% 15.03% 10.93%
As % of the Vendors category 23.39% 24.64% 25.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 68 56
Essex median daily rate £369 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.46% +1.56% +16.36%
10th Percentile £135 £191 £138
90th Percentile £575 £505 £422
East of England median daily rate £350 £350 £365
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 30 22
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.50
10th Percentile £15.19 £15.75 £12.34
90th Percentile £24.48 £38.75 £32.12
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 Essex.

All Vendors
Essex
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 342 491 443
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 53.52% 60.99% 42.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 304 208
Essex median daily rate £505 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.29% -6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £308 £225 £211
90th Percentile £600 £538 £529
East of England median daily rate £425 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +9.68% -3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 67 63
Essex median hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +71.05% +15.15%
10th Percentile £15.75 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £45.70 £42.32 £44.90
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 Essex

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Essex.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Essex

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Essex

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Essex over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Essex

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Essex

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Essex

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Essex over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Essex

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Essex region over the 6 months to 20 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
Witham +2 20 £361 -9.69% 3
Basildon +12 9 £300 -7.69% 4
Colchester 0 9 £519 +88.64% 7
Brentwood +1 6 £475 - 2
Chelmsford -6 2 £350 +61.85% 10
Harlow -3 1 - - 7
Southend-on-Sea -11 1 £95 -52.50% 2
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 20 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 Essex region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 37 (46.25%) Windows
2 36 (45.00%) Active Directory
3 35 (43.75%) Microsoft Office
4 22 (27.50%) VMware
4 22 (27.50%) Windows Server
5 18 (22.50%) Finance
5 18 (22.50%) SQL Server
6 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
6 17 (21.25%) Cisco
7 16 (20.00%) SCCM
8 15 (18.75%) DNS
9 14 (17.50%) DHCP
9 14 (17.50%) Windows 7
9 14 (17.50%) vSphere
10 13 (16.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 13 (16.25%) Microsoft Excel
11 12 (15.00%) Fibre Channel
11 12 (15.00%) Security Cleared
11 12 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
12 11 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (13.75%) Firewall
12 11 (13.75%) HP
12 11 (13.75%) Citrix
12 11 (13.75%) Exchange Server 2013
13 10 (12.50%) Data Centre
13 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (12.50%) VPN
14 9 (11.25%) Clearswift
14 9 (11.25%) Juniper

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
2 11 (13.75%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (10.00%) Skype for Business
4 4 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.50%) Apache Spark
5 2 (2.50%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (2.50%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.25%) Apache
6 1 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.25%) Confluence
6 1 (1.25%) GeoServer
6 1 (1.25%) IBM Domino
6 1 (1.25%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.25%) IIS
Applications
1 35 (43.75%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (16.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (16.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (10.00%) MS Visio
4 5 (6.25%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (5.00%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.25%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.00%) Office 365
2 7 (8.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.50%) IaaS
3 2 (2.50%) PaaS
4 1 (1.25%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.25%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (1.25%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (18.75%) DNS
2 14 (17.50%) DHCP
3 12 (15.00%) Fibre Channel
4 11 (13.75%) Firewall
5 10 (12.50%) VPN
6 9 (11.25%) SAN
7 8 (10.00%) BGP
7 8 (10.00%) HSRP
7 8 (10.00%) Internet
7 8 (10.00%) IPsec
7 8 (10.00%) iSCSI
7 8 (10.00%) Junos
7 8 (10.00%) NX-OS
7 8 (10.00%) OSPF
7 8 (10.00%) Skype
7 8 (10.00%) SNMP
7 8 (10.00%) SSL
7 8 (10.00%) VoIP
7 8 (10.00%) VRRP
7 8 (10.00%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (22.50%) SQL Server
2 8 (10.00%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (7.50%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (5.00%) NoSQL
4 4 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.75%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.75%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (3.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (3.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (2.50%) Big Data
6 2 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.50%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.50%) Hadoop
6 2 (2.50%) OLAP
6 2 (2.50%) OLTP
7 1 (1.25%) HBase
7 1 (1.25%) HDInsight
7 1 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (1.25%) JIRA
1 1 (1.25%) JIRA Agile
1 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (22.50%) Finance
2 3 (3.75%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.50%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.25%) French Language
4 1 (1.25%) German Language
4 1 (1.25%) Publishing
4 1 (1.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (38.75%) Analyst
2 12 (15.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 10 (12.50%) Active Directory Analyst
3 10 (12.50%) Support Analyst
4 9 (11.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (10.00%) Project Manager
6 7 (8.75%) Business Analyst
6 7 (8.75%) Citrix Support
6 7 (8.75%) Developer
6 7 (8.75%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
6 7 (8.75%) Systems Analyst
6 7 (8.75%) Wintel Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) 1st Line Support
7 6 (7.50%) Active Directory Support
7 6 (7.50%) Active Directory Support Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) Citrix Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) Help Desk Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) Help Desk Support
7 6 (7.50%) Help Desk Support Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) Windows Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.75%) 802.1X
2 3 (3.75%) .NET
3 2 (2.50%) AngularJS
3 2 (2.50%) J2EE
3 2 (2.50%) Kafka
3 2 (2.50%) OAuth
3 2 (2.50%) OAuth2
3 2 (2.50%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (2.50%) RESTful
3 2 (2.50%) Spring
3 2 (2.50%) Spring Boot
3 2 (2.50%) Spring Cloud
3 2 (2.50%) Web Services
4 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.25%) GeoTools
4 1 (1.25%) JTS
4 1 (1.25%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 7 (8.75%) NHS
3 4 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.75%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.75%) Smartphone
5 2 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (2.50%) PKI
5 2 (2.50%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.25%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.25%) Clustering
6 1 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.25%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.25%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (1.25%) Replication
6 1 (1.25%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 37 (46.25%) Windows
2 22 (27.50%) Windows Server
3 14 (17.50%) Windows 7
4 11 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (10.00%) Windows 8
6 5 (6.25%) Windows 10
6 5 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (6.25%) Windows XP
7 4 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.25%) Linux
8 1 (1.25%) Windows 2000
8 1 (1.25%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (10.00%) Change Management
1 8 (10.00%) ITIL
2 7 (8.75%) Migration
2 7 (8.75%) Project Management
2 7 (8.75%) Wealth Management
3 6 (7.50%) Incident Management
3 6 (7.50%) Performance Monitoring
4 5 (6.25%) Programme Management
4 5 (6.25%) Project Planning
4 5 (6.25%) Root Cause Analysis
4 5 (6.25%) Server Building
5 4 (5.00%) ANOVA
5 4 (5.00%) Budget Control
5 4 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (5.00%) Data Analysis
5 4 (5.00%) Earned Value Management
5 4 (5.00%) Risk Analysis
5 4 (5.00%) Risk Management
5 4 (5.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (5.00%) Work Breakdown Structure
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.75%) SQL
2 5 (6.25%) PowerShell
3 4 (5.00%) C
4 3 (3.75%) C#
4 3 (3.75%) Java
5 2 (2.50%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.50%) Python
5 2 (2.50%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.50%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.50%) VBScript
6 1 (1.25%) R
6 1 (1.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 12 (15.00%) Security Cleared
2 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
3 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (11.25%) Degree
5 8 (10.00%) MCSE
6 5 (6.25%) CCNA
6 5 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (5.00%) CCA
7 4 (5.00%) Citrix Certification
7 4 (5.00%) MCP
8 3 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.50%) AWS Certification
9 2 (2.50%) CISSP
9 2 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.25%) A+ Certification
10 1 (1.25%) CCNP
10 1 (1.25%) MCITP
10 1 (1.25%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.25%) Def Stans
2 1 (1.25%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.25%) PMO
System Software
1 36 (45.00%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.50%) vSphere
3 12 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (11.25%) DFS Replication
5 8 (10.00%) NFS
6 3 (3.75%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.25%) Docker
7 1 (1.25%) Hyper-V
7 1 (1.25%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 16 (20.00%) SCCM
2 9 (11.25%) vCenter Server
3 8 (10.00%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (2.50%) PowerCLI
5 1 (1.25%) DameWare
5 1 (1.25%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (1.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.25%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (27.50%) VMware
2 17 (21.25%) Cisco
3 11 (13.75%) Citrix
3 11 (13.75%) HP
4 9 (11.25%) Clearswift
4 9 (11.25%) Huawei
4 9 (11.25%) Juniper
5 8 (10.00%) McAfee
5 8 (10.00%) NetApp
6 5 (6.25%) Avaya
7 4 (5.00%) IBM
8 3 (3.75%) Brocade
8 3 (3.75%) CommVault
8 3 (3.75%) Kaspersky
9 2 (2.50%) F5
9 2 (2.50%) Oracle
9 2 (2.50%) Sage
10 1 (1.25%) Hortonworks
10 1 (1.25%) Lotus
10 1 (1.25%) ServiceNow