Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 18 24 3
Rank change year-on-year +6 -21 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 143 93 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 13.31% 12.29% 20.38%
As % of the Vendors category 23.71% 24.35% 32.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 55 95
Essex median daily rate £375 £355 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +9.23% -4.06%
10th Percentile £116 £137 £220
90th Percentile £581 £600 £495
East of England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 12 45
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.54% -1.52% -
10th Percentile £9.93 £10.40 £15.75
90th Percentile £21.85 £17.25 £38.75
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -9.09% +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 603 382 522
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 56.15% 50.46% 61.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 256 295
Essex median daily rate £505 £513 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.46% +46.43% -6.67%
10th Percentile £243 £308 £225
90th Percentile £600 £600 £505
East of England median daily rate £430 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +4.24% +10.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 23 95
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £31.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -44.36% +36.74%
10th Percentile £10.43 £10.77 £15.75
90th Percentile £41.90 £44.75 £42.94
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.72 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.30% +1.32% -21.18%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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
Colchester 0 23 £369 -26.25% 6
Southend-on-Sea +2 20 £500 +426.32% 3
Chelmsford +3 12 £135 -75.18% 11
Harlow -6 9 £419 - 7
Brentwood +13 8 £118 -69.48% 3
Grays - 5 £538 - 2
Basildon +2 3 £165 -45.00% 9
Witham -10 2 £609 +73.93% 2
Epping - 1 £175 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 55 (38.46%) Windows
2 38 (26.57%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (21.68%) Active Directory
4 30 (20.98%) Java
5 28 (19.58%) Configuration Management
6 27 (18.88%) Amazon AWS
7 26 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
8 24 (16.78%) Agile Software Development
9 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
10 22 (15.38%) DevOps
11 21 (14.69%) Linux
11 21 (14.69%) Microsoft Excel
11 21 (14.69%) Office 365
12 19 (13.29%) SC Cleared
12 19 (13.29%) Project Management
12 19 (13.29%) VMware
13 17 (11.89%) SQL
14 16 (11.19%) MS Exchange
14 16 (11.19%) Finance
14 16 (11.19%) Windows 7
15 15 (10.49%) Test Automation
15 15 (10.49%) Management Information System
15 15 (10.49%) Incident Management
15 15 (10.49%) WebSphere
15 15 (10.49%) .NET
16 14 (9.79%) Oracle
16 14 (9.79%) Web Services
16 14 (9.79%) Jenkins
17 13 (9.09%) IIS
17 13 (9.09%) Unix

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 16 (11.19%) MS Exchange
2 15 (10.49%) WebSphere
3 13 (9.09%) IIS
4 12 (8.39%) Apache
4 12 (8.39%) Tomcat
5 11 (7.69%) Jetty
5 11 (7.69%) Mongrel
5 11 (7.69%) nginx
6 9 (6.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 9 (6.29%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (4.90%) Confluence
8 6 (4.20%) WebLogic
9 4 (2.80%) SharePoint
10 3 (2.10%) Skype for Business
11 2 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (1.40%) IBM Notes
11 2 (1.40%) WildFly
12 1 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.70%) JBoss
Applications
1 38 (26.57%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (14.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (8.39%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (3.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (3.50%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.10%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.40%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 27 (18.88%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (14.69%) Office 365
4 11 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (7.69%) Google App Engine
4 11 (7.69%) Google Cloud Platform
5 9 (6.29%) iTunes
6 5 (3.50%) Dynamics 365
7 4 (2.80%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (1.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (1.40%) IaaS
9 1 (0.70%) GitHub
9 1 (0.70%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.70%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 13 (9.09%) HTTP
1 13 (9.09%) TCP/IP
2 12 (8.39%) DHCP
2 12 (8.39%) DNS
3 11 (7.69%) FTP
3 11 (7.69%) IPsec
3 11 (7.69%) SSL
4 10 (6.99%) VPN
5 5 (3.50%) VoIP
6 4 (2.80%) Cisco IPT
6 4 (2.80%) IP Telephony
6 4 (2.80%) Network Security
6 4 (2.80%) SAN
6 4 (2.80%) Skype
7 3 (2.10%) Firewall
8 2 (1.40%) S/MIME
8 2 (1.40%) Wireless
9 1 (0.70%) Internet
9 1 (0.70%) MPLS
9 1 (0.70%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.59%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.50%) Oracle OWB
3 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.70%) Big Data
4 1 (0.70%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.70%) MySQL
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (9.79%) Jenkins
2 9 (6.29%) Travis CI
3 7 (4.90%) JIRA
4 6 (4.20%) GitLab
5 4 (2.80%) Robot Framework
5 4 (2.80%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.40%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.70%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.70%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.70%) JUnit
7 1 (0.70%) MSI
7 1 (0.70%) MSTest
7 1 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.70%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.70%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.70%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.70%) Toad
7 1 (0.70%) WatiN
7 1 (0.70%) WebDriver
General
1 16 (11.19%) Finance
2 12 (8.39%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.90%) Electronics
3 7 (4.90%) Manufacturing
3 7 (4.90%) Marketing
4 5 (3.50%) Legal
5 1 (0.70%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.70%) French Language
5 1 (0.70%) Law
5 1 (0.70%) Local Government
5 1 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 42 (29.37%) Analyst
2 22 (15.38%) Support Analyst
3 13 (9.09%) DevOps Engineer
3 13 (9.09%) Service Analyst
3 13 (9.09%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (6.99%) Developer
5 8 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (5.59%) Service Desk Support
6 7 (4.90%) Active Directory Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Active Directory Support
6 7 (4.90%) Author
6 7 (4.90%) Citrix Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Citrix Support Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Help Desk Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Help Desk Support
6 7 (4.90%) Help Desk Support Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Service Desk Support Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Support Engineer
6 7 (4.90%) Technical Author
6 7 (4.90%) Windows Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.49%) .NET
2 14 (9.79%) Web Services
3 11 (7.69%) Servlets
4 10 (6.99%) J2EE
5 8 (5.59%) XML
6 7 (4.90%) REST
6 7 (4.90%) SOAP
7 5 (3.50%) CSS
7 5 (3.50%) HTML
7 5 (3.50%) jQuery
8 4 (2.80%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.80%) RESTful
8 4 (2.80%) Spring
9 3 (2.10%) Elastic Stack
9 3 (2.10%) Spring Boot
10 2 (1.40%) 802.1X
10 2 (1.40%) LDAP
10 2 (1.40%) Sensu
11 1 (0.70%) EJB
11 1 (0.70%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.49%) Management Information System
2 9 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.29%) Blackberry
2 9 (6.29%) Smartphone
3 6 (4.20%) Public Cloud
4 4 (2.80%) Equities
4 4 (2.80%) Fat Client
4 4 (2.80%) Thin Client
5 3 (2.10%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.10%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (2.10%) PKI
6 2 (1.40%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.40%) NHS
6 2 (1.40%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (0.70%) Clustering
7 1 (0.70%) CMDB
7 1 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.70%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.70%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 55 (38.46%) Windows
2 21 (14.69%) Linux
3 16 (11.19%) Windows 7
4 13 (9.09%) Unix
5 12 (8.39%) Windows 10
6 10 (6.99%) Windows 8
7 6 (4.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (3.50%) Android
9 4 (2.80%) Windows Server
10 3 (2.10%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.70%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.70%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (19.58%) Configuration Management
2 24 (16.78%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (15.38%) DevOps
4 19 (13.29%) Project Management
5 15 (10.49%) Incident Management
5 15 (10.49%) Test Automation
6 11 (7.69%) Migration
6 11 (7.69%) Open Source
6 11 (7.69%) Programme Management
6 11 (7.69%) SDLC
7 10 (6.99%) Business Intelligence
7 10 (6.99%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (6.99%) ITIL
7 10 (6.99%) Risk Management
7 10 (6.99%) Service Delivery
8 8 (5.59%) PRINCE2
9 7 (4.90%) Digital Marketing
9 7 (4.90%) Scrum
10 6 (4.20%) Runbook
10 6 (4.20%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.98%) Java
2 17 (11.89%) SQL
3 9 (6.29%) PowerShell
4 8 (5.59%) C#
5 6 (4.20%) C
5 6 (4.20%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.10%) Python
6 3 (2.10%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.40%) VB
7 2 (1.40%) VBScript
8 1 (0.70%) C++
8 1 (0.70%) Perl
8 1 (0.70%) Ruby
8 1 (0.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
2 19 (13.29%) SC Cleared
3 10 (6.99%) Degree
4 9 (6.29%) ISEB
5 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (4.90%) ISTQB
7 5 (3.50%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (3.50%) MCSE
8 4 (2.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (2.80%) MCSA
8 4 (2.80%) Network+ Certification
9 3 (2.10%) BC Cleared
9 3 (2.10%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.70%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.70%) CCNA
11 1 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.59%) SLA
2 6 (4.20%) QA
3 1 (0.70%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.70%) GDPR
3 1 (0.70%) HL7
3 1 (0.70%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 31 (21.68%) Active Directory
2 12 (8.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (7.69%) Xen
4 4 (2.80%) Docker
5 3 (2.10%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.70%) Firmware
6 1 (0.70%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (8.39%) SCCM
2 11 (7.69%) Puppet
3 7 (4.90%) Ansible
4 6 (4.20%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (3.50%) Terraform
6 3 (2.10%) Docker Swarm
6 3 (2.10%) Kibana
7 2 (1.40%) Backup Exec
7 2 (1.40%) logstash
7 2 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.70%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.70%) MIMEsweeper
8 1 (0.70%) Nexpose
8 1 (0.70%) QRadar
8 1 (0.70%) SCOM
8 1 (0.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 19 (13.29%) VMware
2 14 (9.79%) Oracle
3 12 (8.39%) Apple
4 11 (7.69%) Citrix
4 11 (7.69%) Google
5 10 (6.99%) Cisco
6 9 (6.29%) Clearswift
6 9 (6.29%) Proofpoint
7 8 (5.59%) IBM
7 8 (5.59%) SAP
8 6 (4.20%) CheckPoint
8 6 (4.20%) webMethods
9 3 (2.10%) AppDynamics
9 3 (2.10%) Symantec
10 2 (1.40%) CA
10 2 (1.40%) Lotus
11 1 (0.70%) Cognizant
11 1 (0.70%) Juniper
11 1 (0.70%) Red Hat
11 1 (0.70%) Toshiba