Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 4 8
Rank change year-on-year -22 +4 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 93 180 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.76% 20.48% 11.79%
As % of the Vendors category 23.37% 33.52% 26.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 101 69
Essex median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% -
10th Percentile £131 £220 £127
90th Percentile £575 £488 £444
East of England median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 46 25
Essex median hourly rate £13.88 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.91% - +1.04%
10th Percentile £10.40 £15.75 £12.93
90th Percentile £17.25 £38.75 £30.17
East of England median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00% -0.96%

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 398 537 542
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 50.32% 61.09% 44.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 298 275
Essex median daily rate £513 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +46.43% -6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £224 £226
90th Percentile £600 £502 £525
East of England median daily rate £408 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +8.67% -6.25% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 101 80
Essex median hourly rate £16.47 £29.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.19% +55.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.40 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £43.53 £42.84 £40.88
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -2.94% -17.07% -

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 24 November 2017.

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
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 24 November 2017. 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 13 £350 -12.50% 1
Colchester +5 12 £488 +62.50% 2
Basildon -4 7 £275 -12.00% 1
Chelmsford +1 5 £432 +66.15% 2
Brentwood -16 3 £238 -62.00%
Harlow 0 2 - -
Saffron Walden 0 2 - -
Thurrock - 2 £138 -
Southend-on-Sea -31 1 £95 -70.77% 1
Microsoft
East of England

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

1 46 (49.46%) Active Directory
2 42 (45.16%) Windows
3 34 (36.56%) Microsoft Office
4 23 (24.73%) ITIL
5 21 (22.58%) Windows Server
6 19 (20.43%) VMware
7 18 (19.35%) Cisco
8 17 (18.28%) Data Centre
9 16 (17.20%) Windows 7
9 16 (17.20%) SQL Server
9 16 (17.20%) Finance
9 16 (17.20%) SCCM
10 13 (13.98%) MS Exchange
10 13 (13.98%) DNS
11 12 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
12 11 (11.83%) Service Management
12 11 (11.83%) Terminal Services
12 11 (11.83%) DHCP
12 11 (11.83%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (10.75%) Citrix
13 10 (10.75%) SQL
13 10 (10.75%) DameWare
13 10 (10.75%) WebEx
14 9 (9.68%) Windows Server 2008
14 9 (9.68%) vSphere
14 9 (9.68%) ITSM
14 9 (9.68%) .NET
14 9 (9.68%) Microsoft Excel
14 9 (9.68%) HP
14 9 (9.68%) Security Cleared

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 13 (13.98%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.60%) Exchange Server 2013
3 6 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (5.38%) Skype for Business
5 4 (4.30%) IIS
6 3 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.15%) SharePoint
8 1 (1.08%) Apache
8 1 (1.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (1.08%) Confluence
8 1 (1.08%) IBM Domino
8 1 (1.08%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.08%) Jetty
8 1 (1.08%) Mongrel
8 1 (1.08%) nginx
8 1 (1.08%) Tomcat
8 1 (1.08%) WebSphere
Applications
1 34 (36.56%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (9.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (8.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (8.60%) MS Visio
4 4 (4.30%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (8.60%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.08%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.08%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.08%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.60%) Dynamics 365
2 6 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (6.45%) Office 365
3 4 (4.30%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.30%) OneDrive
4 2 (2.15%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (2.15%) IaaS
4 2 (2.15%) PaaS
5 1 (1.08%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.08%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (1.08%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (1.08%) GitHub
5 1 (1.08%) Google App Engine
5 1 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.08%) Route 53
5 1 (1.08%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (13.98%) DNS
2 11 (11.83%) DHCP
3 10 (10.75%) WebEx
4 8 (8.60%) Fibre Channel
4 8 (8.60%) Firewall
5 6 (6.45%) Internet
5 6 (6.45%) IPsec
5 6 (6.45%) SSL
5 6 (6.45%) VPN
6 5 (5.38%) BGP
6 5 (5.38%) HSRP
6 5 (5.38%) iSCSI
6 5 (5.38%) Junos
6 5 (5.38%) NX-OS
6 5 (5.38%) OSPF
6 5 (5.38%) SAN
6 5 (5.38%) Skype
6 5 (5.38%) SNMP
6 5 (5.38%) VRRP
6 5 (5.38%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (17.20%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.38%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (3.23%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.15%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.08%) MySQL
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (8.60%) Visual Studio
2 7 (7.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (3.23%) Jenkins
3 3 (3.23%) JIRA
4 1 (1.08%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (1.08%) MorphX
4 1 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (1.08%) Travis CI
General
1 16 (17.20%) Finance
2 4 (4.30%) Back Office
3 3 (3.23%) Local Government
3 3 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.15%) Publishing
5 1 (1.08%) Advertising
5 1 (1.08%) German Language
5 1 (1.08%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.08%) Marketing
5 1 (1.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (30.11%) Analyst
2 13 (13.98%) Support Analyst
3 12 (12.90%) Developer
4 8 (8.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Developer
5 7 (7.53%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 7 (7.53%) Lead Developer
6 6 (6.45%) 1st Line Support
6 6 (6.45%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 6 (6.45%) Active Directory Analyst
6 6 (6.45%) Business Analyst
6 6 (6.45%) Citrix Support
7 5 (5.38%) Active Directory Support
7 5 (5.38%) Active Directory Support Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Citrix Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Citrix Support Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Help Desk Support Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Infrastructure Manager
7 5 (5.38%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.68%) .NET
2 4 (4.30%) 802.1X
3 2 (2.15%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.15%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.15%) Web Services
4 1 (1.08%) Ajax
4 1 (1.08%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.08%) CSS
4 1 (1.08%) Entity Framework
4 1 (1.08%) Flash
4 1 (1.08%) HTML
4 1 (1.08%) J2EE
4 1 (1.08%) jQuery
4 1 (1.08%) JSON
4 1 (1.08%) Mustache
4 1 (1.08%) Node.js
4 1 (1.08%) REST
4 1 (1.08%) Servlets
4 1 (1.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 17 (18.28%) Data Centre
2 8 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.45%) NHS
4 4 (4.30%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.23%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.15%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (2.15%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.15%) Replication
6 2 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.08%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.08%) Clustering
7 1 (1.08%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.08%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.08%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.08%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (1.08%) IPTV
7 1 (1.08%) PDA
7 1 (1.08%) PKI
7 1 (1.08%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.08%) STB
Operating Systems
1 42 (45.16%) Windows
2 21 (22.58%) Windows Server
3 16 (17.20%) Windows 7
4 9 (9.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (8.60%) Linux
6 7 (7.53%) Windows 8
6 7 (7.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (5.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (5.38%) Windows XP
8 3 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.15%) Mac OS X
9 2 (2.15%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.08%) Windows 2000
10 1 (1.08%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (24.73%) ITIL
2 11 (11.83%) Service Management
3 9 (9.68%) ITSM
4 8 (8.60%) Change Management
4 8 (8.60%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (8.60%) Time Management
5 7 (7.53%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (6.45%) Coaching
6 6 (6.45%) Continuous Delivery
6 6 (6.45%) Migration
6 6 (6.45%) Release Management
6 6 (6.45%) User Stories
7 5 (5.38%) Active Listening
7 5 (5.38%) Incident Management
7 5 (5.38%) Project Management
7 5 (5.38%) Wealth Management
8 4 (4.30%) Mentoring
8 4 (4.30%) Problem Management
8 4 (4.30%) Server Building
8 4 (4.30%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.75%) SQL
2 5 (5.38%) X++
3 4 (4.30%) PowerShell
4 3 (3.23%) C
4 3 (3.23%) C#
5 1 (1.08%) Java
5 1 (1.08%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.08%) Python
5 1 (1.08%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.08%) VB
5 1 (1.08%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.08%) VB6
Qualifications
1 11 (11.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (9.68%) Degree
2 9 (9.68%) Security Cleared
3 8 (8.60%) SC Cleared
4 7 (7.53%) MCSE
5 6 (6.45%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (5.38%) CCNA
7 4 (4.30%) MCP
8 3 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (3.23%) CCA
8 3 (3.23%) CCNP
8 3 (3.23%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (3.23%) MCSA
9 2 (2.15%) A+ Certification
9 2 (2.15%) AWS Certification
9 2 (2.15%) CISSP
9 2 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.60%) SLA
2 4 (4.30%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.08%) Def Stans
3 1 (1.08%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 46 (49.46%) Active Directory
2 12 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (11.83%) Terminal Services
4 9 (9.68%) vSphere
5 5 (5.38%) DFS Replication
5 5 (5.38%) NFS
6 3 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.08%) Hyper-V
7 1 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.08%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.08%) Xen
7 1 (1.08%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.08%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 16 (17.20%) SCCM
2 10 (10.75%) DameWare
3 5 (5.38%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (5.38%) vCenter Server
4 1 (1.08%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.08%) PowerCLI
4 1 (1.08%) Puppet
4 1 (1.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.08%) WSUS
4 1 (1.08%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 19 (20.43%) VMware
2 18 (19.35%) Cisco
3 10 (10.75%) Citrix
4 9 (9.68%) HP
5 6 (6.45%) McAfee
6 5 (5.38%) Clearswift
6 5 (5.38%) Huawei
6 5 (5.38%) Juniper
6 5 (5.38%) NetApp
6 5 (5.38%) Red Hat
7 4 (4.30%) IBM
8 3 (3.23%) Brocade
8 3 (3.23%) CommVault
8 3 (3.23%) Sitecore
9 2 (2.15%) Apple
9 2 (2.15%) Avaya
9 2 (2.15%) Kaspersky
9 2 (2.15%) ServiceNow
10 1 (1.08%) Sophos
10 1 (1.08%) Symantec