Period
to 18 September 2019

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 18 September 2019 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 17 15 24
Rank change year-on-year -2 +9 -19
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 87 142 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.85% 14.55% 12.56%
As % of the Vendors category 24.30% 25.68% 25.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 84 60
Essex median daily rate £350 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -11.11% +40.63%
10th Percentile £114 £114 £137
90th Percentile £490 £571 £613
East of England median daily rate £375 £374 £363
% change year-on-year +0.29% +3.14% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 18 17
Essex median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.12% +17.86% -15.15%
10th Percentile £12.70 £13.98 £10.40
90th Percentile £16.42 £37.63 £28.35
East of England median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.06% +10.00% -9.09%

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 358 553 419
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 48.77% 56.66% 49.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 356 275
Essex median daily rate £450 £506 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +1.25% +43.88%
10th Percentile £204 £210 £283
90th Percentile £557 £600 £600
East of England median daily rate £425 £425 £422
% change year-on-year - +0.71% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 24 24
Essex median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.12% +3.13% -11.11%
10th Percentile £12.35 £14.88 £10.40
90th Percentile £19.98 £46.38 £39.93
East of England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.03
% change year-on-year -3.03% +2.93% -2.85%

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 18 September 2019.

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 18 September 2019. 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
Chelmsford -1 16 £150 -62.50% 6
Colchester +2 12 £475 +52.00% 15
Harlow +2 9 £413 +26.92%
Basildon -1 8 £150 -68.42% 11
Southend-on-Sea -3 5 £413 -25.00% 3
Witham +10 1 £200 -67.15%
Brentwood +2 1 £350 +197.87%
Stanford-le-Hope - 1 £345 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 18 September 2019, 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 43 (49.43%) Windows
2 31 (35.63%) Active Directory
3 21 (24.14%) Windows 10
4 19 (21.84%) SQL
4 19 (21.84%) Microsoft Office
5 15 (17.24%) Microsoft Excel
6 14 (16.09%) Office 365
7 12 (13.79%) SCCM
7 12 (13.79%) Public Sector
8 11 (12.64%) SharePoint
8 11 (12.64%) Service Delivery
9 10 (11.49%) ITIL
9 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (11.49%) Windows 7
9 10 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
10 9 (10.34%) SQL Server
10 9 (10.34%) .NET
10 9 (10.34%) Firewall
10 9 (10.34%) VMware
11 8 (9.20%) SLA
11 8 (9.20%) Cisco
11 8 (9.20%) Windows XP
11 8 (9.20%) MS Exchange
11 8 (9.20%) Azure
11 8 (9.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 7 (8.05%) Exchange Server 2010
13 6 (6.90%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (6.90%) Smartphone
13 6 (6.90%) NHS

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 11 (12.64%) SharePoint
2 8 (9.20%) MS Exchange
3 7 (8.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.45%) IBM Notes
5 2 (2.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.15%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (21.84%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (17.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (5.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.30%) SystmOne
3 1 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 14 (16.09%) Office 365
2 8 (9.20%) Azure
3 5 (5.75%) iTunes
4 4 (4.60%) AWS
5 1 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.15%) IaaS
5 1 (1.15%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.34%) Firewall
2 5 (5.75%) DNS
3 4 (4.60%) DHCP
3 4 (4.60%) LAN
3 4 (4.60%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.60%) VPN
4 3 (3.45%) Intranet
5 2 (2.30%) Internet
5 2 (2.30%) NAS
5 2 (2.30%) Network Security
5 2 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (2.30%) VLAN
5 2 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (2.30%) Wireless
6 1 (1.15%) SAN
6 1 (1.15%) Skype
6 1 (1.15%) WAN
6 1 (1.15%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (10.34%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (5.75%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (4.60%) MySQL
4 4 (4.60%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.15%) DTS
6 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Git (software)
1 4 (4.60%) Mercurial
1 4 (4.60%) Subversion
2 3 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.30%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.15%) MSI
4 1 (1.15%) Toad
General
1 12 (13.79%) Public Sector
2 6 (6.90%) Law
3 5 (5.75%) Finance
4 3 (3.45%) Legal
5 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (28.74%) Analyst
2 11 (12.64%) Developer
3 9 (10.34%) Service Analyst
4 8 (9.20%) .NET Developer
4 8 (9.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (6.90%) Consultant
5 6 (6.90%) Data Analyst
5 6 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
5 6 (6.90%) Support Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) ASP.NET Developer
6 5 (5.75%) Server Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (4.60%) Systems Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Windows Engineer
8 3 (3.45%) Deskside Engineer
8 3 (3.45%) Hyper-V Engineer
8 3 (3.45%) IT Analyst
8 3 (3.45%) Senior Developer
8 3 (3.45%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.34%) .NET
2 5 (5.75%) AngularJS
2 5 (5.75%) ASP.NET
2 5 (5.75%) Web Services
3 2 (2.30%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (1.15%) COM
4 1 (1.15%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.90%) NHS
1 6 (6.90%) Smartphone
2 5 (5.75%) Reinsurance
3 4 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.60%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.30%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.30%) Clustering
4 2 (2.30%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.30%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.15%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.15%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.15%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 43 (49.43%) Windows
2 21 (24.14%) Windows 10
3 10 (11.49%) Windows 7
3 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (9.20%) Windows XP
5 5 (5.75%) Windows 8
5 5 (5.75%) Windows Server
5 5 (5.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (4.60%) Linux
7 2 (2.30%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
7 2 (2.30%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.30%) Unix
8 1 (1.15%) Android
8 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.15%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (1.15%) Windows NT
8 1 (1.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (12.64%) Service Delivery
2 10 (11.49%) ITIL
2 10 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
3 8 (9.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 6 (6.90%) Migration
5 5 (5.75%) CRM
5 5 (5.75%) MVC
5 5 (5.75%) Performance Monitoring
5 5 (5.75%) PRINCE2
5 5 (5.75%) Project Management
6 4 (4.60%) Configuration Management
6 4 (4.60%) Planning and Forecasting
6 4 (4.60%) Problem Management
6 4 (4.60%) Service Management
6 4 (4.60%) SQL Optimisation
6 4 (4.60%) Trend Analysis
7 3 (3.45%) Refactoring
7 3 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (3.45%) TDD
7 3 (3.45%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 19 (21.84%) SQL
2 5 (5.75%) PowerShell
3 4 (4.60%) T-SQL
4 3 (3.45%) C
4 3 (3.45%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.30%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.30%) Python
5 2 (2.30%) VBScript
6 1 (1.15%) C#
6 1 (1.15%) Java
6 1 (1.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (4.60%) Security Cleared
2 3 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (3.45%) Degree
2 3 (3.45%) ISTQB
2 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (3.45%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.30%) MCP
3 2 (2.30%) MCSE
3 2 (2.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.15%) ISEB
4 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.15%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.20%) SLA
2 2 (2.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 2 (2.30%) ISO 22301
2 2 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 2 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.30%) PMO
System Software
1 31 (35.63%) Active Directory
2 5 (5.75%) Firmware
2 5 (5.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.60%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.15%) Docker
4 1 (1.15%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 12 (13.79%) SCCM
2 4 (4.60%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (2.30%) Backup Exec
3 2 (2.30%) SCOM
4 1 (1.15%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.15%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 9 (10.34%) VMware
2 8 (9.20%) Cisco
3 6 (6.90%) Oracle
4 5 (5.75%) Apple
4 5 (5.75%) Citrix
4 5 (5.75%) Clearswift
4 5 (5.75%) Proofpoint
5 4 (4.60%) Sophos
6 3 (3.45%) Ivanti
6 3 (3.45%) Lotus
6 3 (3.45%) McAfee
6 3 (3.45%) Remedy
6 3 (3.45%) ServiceNow
7 2 (2.30%) BT
7 2 (2.30%) Dell
7 2 (2.30%) HP
7 2 (2.30%) QNAP
7 2 (2.30%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.30%) SAP
7 2 (2.30%) SolarWinds