Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 30 15 18
Rank change year-on-year -15 +3 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 79 96 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 9.42% 13.31% 12.96%
As % of the Vendors category 18.12% 24.18% 23.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 61 72
Essex median daily rate £350 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.65% -5.56% +28.57%
10th Percentile £116 £135 £149
90th Percentile £508 £515 £587
East of England median daily rate £400 £350 £365
% change year-on-year +14.29% -4.11% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 14
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £14.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +12.24% -10.91%
10th Percentile £15.75 £14.70 £10.58
90th Percentile £17.25 £36.00 £38.70
East of England median hourly rate £15.25 £15.86 £14.84
% change year-on-year -3.85% +6.87% -10.06%

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 436 397 466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 51.97% 55.06% 55.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 277 327
Essex median daily rate £455 £500 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.00% +13.64% +25.71%
10th Percentile £300 £250 £255
90th Percentile £562 £600 £588
East of England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 19 27
Essex median hourly rate £12.50 £31.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.68% +87.88% -
10th Percentile £12.25 £15.60 £11.51
90th Percentile £16.35 £47.30 £43.20
East of England median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year +7.81% -1.51% -1.55%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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
Colchester +4 17 £438 +40.00% 4
Southend-on-Sea -10 14 £413 -8.33% 1
Harlow 0 7 £500 +53.85% 2
Chelmsford -2 7 £163 -59.38% 8
Basildon 0 6 £175 -64.10% 1
Brentwood -1 2 £425 -12.82%
Witham +3 1 £200 -47.64% 4
Stanford-le-Hope - 1 £345 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 15 June 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 36 (45.57%) Windows
2 22 (27.85%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (24.05%) Active Directory
4 17 (21.52%) Windows 10
5 16 (20.25%) Oracle
5 16 (20.25%) SQL
6 15 (18.99%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (17.72%) VMware
8 13 (16.46%) Microsoft Azure
8 13 (16.46%) Office 365
9 12 (15.19%) SC Cleared
9 12 (15.19%) Security Cleared
9 12 (15.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (15.19%) Service Delivery
9 12 (15.19%) MS Exchange
10 11 (13.92%) Microsoft Excel
10 11 (13.92%) Law
10 11 (13.92%) Exchange Server 2010
11 10 (12.66%) Amazon AWS
11 10 (12.66%) Proofpoint
11 10 (12.66%) Finance
11 10 (12.66%) Clearswift
11 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
11 10 (12.66%) Windows 7
12 9 (11.39%) Oracle Database
12 9 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
12 9 (11.39%) Data Centre
13 8 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
13 8 (10.13%) WebLogic
13 8 (10.13%) ITIL

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 12 (15.19%) MS Exchange
2 11 (13.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
4 8 (10.13%) WebLogic
5 4 (5.06%) Skype for Business
6 3 (3.80%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.27%) IIS
7 1 (1.27%) JBoss
7 1 (1.27%) WebSphere
7 1 (1.27%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (1.27%) WildFly
Applications
1 22 (27.85%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (13.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (3.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (1.27%) InfoPath
5 1 (1.27%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 13 (16.46%) Microsoft Azure
1 13 (16.46%) Office 365
2 10 (12.66%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (6.33%) iTunes
4 4 (5.06%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.27%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.27%) IaaS
5 1 (1.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.33%) DNS
1 5 (6.33%) SAN
1 5 (6.33%) Skype
1 5 (6.33%) VPN
2 4 (5.06%) DHCP
2 4 (5.06%) Unified Communications
3 3 (3.80%) NAS
4 2 (2.53%) Fibre Channel
4 2 (2.53%) Firewall
4 2 (2.53%) Network Security
4 2 (2.53%) SSL
4 2 (2.53%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.53%) Wireless
5 1 (1.27%) BGP
5 1 (1.27%) Internet
5 1 (1.27%) iSCSI
5 1 (1.27%) LAN
5 1 (1.27%) OSPF
5 1 (1.27%) VRRP
5 1 (1.27%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.39%) Oracle Database
2 6 (7.59%) RDBMS
2 6 (7.59%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.06%) MySQL
3 4 (5.06%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (5.06%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.53%) Ingres
4 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (2.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (5.06%) Git (software)
1 4 (5.06%) Mercurial
1 4 (5.06%) Subversion
2 2 (2.53%) JIRA
2 2 (2.53%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.27%) MSI
3 1 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.27%) Toad
3 1 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (13.92%) Law
2 10 (12.66%) Finance
3 5 (6.33%) Legal
4 1 (1.27%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.27%) Back Office
4 1 (1.27%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (32.91%) Analyst
2 8 (10.13%) Architect
2 8 (10.13%) Service Analyst
2 8 (10.13%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (8.86%) Data Analyst
4 5 (6.33%) Azure Architect
4 5 (6.33%) Consultant
4 5 (6.33%) Developer
4 5 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (6.33%) Messaging Engineer
4 5 (6.33%) Support Engineer
4 5 (6.33%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (3.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (3.80%) Cloud Architect
5 3 (3.80%) DBA
5 3 (3.80%) Deskside Engineer
5 3 (3.80%) Oracle Architect
5 3 (3.80%) Project Manager
5 3 (3.80%) Support Analyst
5 3 (3.80%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.86%) Middleware
2 5 (6.33%) .NET
3 3 (3.80%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.53%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.53%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (2.53%) Web Services
5 1 (1.27%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.27%) COM
5 1 (1.27%) CSS
5 1 (1.27%) HTML
5 1 (1.27%) jQuery
5 1 (1.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.39%) Data Centre
2 8 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (7.59%) Hybrid Cloud
4 5 (6.33%) Smartphone
5 2 (2.53%) Clustering
5 2 (2.53%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.53%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.53%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.27%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.27%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.27%) NHS
6 1 (1.27%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 36 (45.57%) Windows
2 17 (21.52%) Windows 10
3 12 (15.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (12.66%) Windows 7
5 9 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (10.13%) Solaris
7 7 (8.86%) Windows Server
8 6 (7.59%) AIX
8 6 (7.59%) Windows 8
8 6 (7.59%) Windows XP
9 5 (6.33%) Unix
9 5 (6.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (5.06%) Linux
11 2 (2.53%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 2 (2.53%) Ubuntu
12 1 (1.27%) Android
12 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
12 1 (1.27%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (1.27%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (18.99%) Problem-Solving
2 12 (15.19%) Service Delivery
3 8 (10.13%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (10.13%) ITIL
4 7 (8.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 6 (7.59%) Change Management
5 6 (7.59%) Presales
6 5 (6.33%) CRM
6 5 (6.33%) Performance Monitoring
6 5 (6.33%) Problem Management
7 4 (5.06%) Business Continuity
7 4 (5.06%) Configuration Management
7 4 (5.06%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (5.06%) Planning and Forecasting
7 4 (5.06%) Release Management
7 4 (5.06%) SQL Optimisation
8 3 (3.80%) PRINCE2
8 3 (3.80%) Project Management
8 3 (3.80%) Risk Management
8 3 (3.80%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (20.25%) SQL
2 5 (6.33%) PowerShell
3 2 (2.53%) Bash Shell
3 2 (2.53%) C
3 2 (2.53%) C#
3 2 (2.53%) Java
3 2 (2.53%) Python
3 2 (2.53%) VBScript
4 1 (1.27%) MATLAB
4 1 (1.27%) R
4 1 (1.27%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.27%) VB.NET
4 1 (1.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (15.19%) SC Cleared
1 12 (15.19%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.59%) Degree
3 3 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (2.53%) ISEB
4 2 (2.53%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.27%) A+ Certification
5 1 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.27%) CompTIA Security+
5 1 (1.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.27%) MCSA
5 1 (1.27%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.33%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (24.05%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.80%) Firmware
4 2 (2.53%) NFS
5 1 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (10.13%) SCCM
2 4 (5.06%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (2.53%) Backup Exec
3 2 (2.53%) SCOM
4 1 (1.27%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.27%) NetApp OnCommand
4 1 (1.27%) Nexpose
4 1 (1.27%) QRadar
4 1 (1.27%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 16 (20.25%) Oracle
2 14 (17.72%) VMware
3 10 (12.66%) Clearswift
3 10 (12.66%) Proofpoint
4 7 (8.86%) IBM
5 6 (7.59%) Citrix
6 5 (6.33%) Apple
6 5 (6.33%) Cisco
7 3 (3.80%) HP
7 3 (3.80%) Ivanti
7 3 (3.80%) Lotus
7 3 (3.80%) NetApp
7 3 (3.80%) Remedy
7 3 (3.80%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.53%) BT
8 2 (2.53%) Equitrac
8 2 (2.53%) Fujitsu
8 2 (2.53%) QNAP
8 2 (2.53%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.53%) SolarWinds