Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 19 24 4
Rank change year-on-year +5 -20 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 129 116 167
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 13.10% 13.32% 18.60%
As % of the Vendors category 24.48% 24.89% 35.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 69 89
Essex median daily rate £400 £450 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +40.63% -14.67%
10th Percentile £116 £155 £225
90th Percentile £571 £613 £472
East of England median daily rate £370 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +2.07% -3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 41
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £14.20 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.20% -13.94% -
10th Percentile £15.75 £10.40 £15.75
90th Percentile £40.25 £30.30 £32.00
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £14.84 £16.50
% change year-on-year +11.19% -10.06% +4.63%

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 527 466 470
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 53.50% 53.50% 52.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 321 216
Essex median daily rate £513 £475 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +35.71% -3.45%
10th Percentile £217 £265 £198
90th Percentile £600 £600 £475
East of England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 24 111
Essex median hourly rate £26.90 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +68.13% -3.03% -41.07%
10th Percentile £15.75 £10.40 £15.75
90th Percentile £46.60 £37.13 £42.75
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.45% -6.06% -19.51%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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
Chelmsford +4 23 £363 -34.48% 8
Colchester +3 17 £313 -34.21% 5
Southend-on-Sea +8 14 £550 +35.80% 4
Brentwood +13 11 £118 -50.53%
Basildon +6 5 £488 - 3
Harlow -7 4 £344 -42.71% 3
Witham -9 1 £750 +114.29%
Purfleet - 1 £350 -
Westcliff-on-Sea - 1 £225 -
Epping - 1 £175 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 48 (37.21%) Windows
2 35 (27.13%) Active Directory
3 32 (24.81%) Microsoft Office
4 24 (18.60%) Configuration Management
5 21 (16.28%) .NET
5 21 (16.28%) Linux
5 21 (16.28%) Microsoft Azure
6 20 (15.50%) SQL Server
6 20 (15.50%) Service Delivery
7 19 (14.73%) VMware
7 19 (14.73%) Amazon AWS
7 19 (14.73%) Office 365
8 18 (13.95%) Data Centre
8 18 (13.95%) Java
8 18 (13.95%) SQL
8 18 (13.95%) ITIL
8 18 (13.95%) Microsoft Excel
9 16 (12.40%) DNS
9 16 (12.40%) DHCP
9 16 (12.40%) VMware Infrastructure
10 15 (11.63%) Windows 7
10 15 (11.63%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (11.63%) Migration
10 15 (11.63%) Finance
11 14 (10.85%) Project Management
11 14 (10.85%) HTTP
11 14 (10.85%) MS Exchange
11 14 (10.85%) IIS
12 13 (10.08%) Citrix
12 13 (10.08%) Agile Software Development

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 14 (10.85%) IIS
1 14 (10.85%) MS Exchange
2 13 (10.08%) WebSphere
3 12 (9.30%) Apache
3 12 (9.30%) Jetty
3 12 (9.30%) Mongrel
3 12 (9.30%) nginx
3 12 (9.30%) Tomcat
4 7 (5.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 7 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (4.65%) SharePoint
6 4 (3.10%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (3.10%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.78%) CMS
7 1 (0.78%) Confluence
7 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.78%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.78%) OpenStack
Applications
1 32 (24.81%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (13.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (6.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (4.65%) MS Visio
5 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.78%) Magento
1 1 (0.78%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 21 (16.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (14.73%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (14.73%) Office 365
3 12 (9.30%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (9.30%) Google App Engine
3 12 (9.30%) Google Cloud Platform
4 8 (6.20%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (4.65%) iTunes
6 3 (2.33%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.78%) GitHub
7 1 (0.78%) IaaS
7 1 (0.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (12.40%) DHCP
1 16 (12.40%) DNS
2 14 (10.85%) HTTP
3 12 (9.30%) FTP
3 12 (9.30%) IPsec
3 12 (9.30%) SSL
3 12 (9.30%) TCP/IP
4 8 (6.20%) Internet
4 8 (6.20%) VPN
5 5 (3.88%) Network Security
5 5 (3.88%) SAN
6 4 (3.10%) VoIP
6 4 (3.10%) WAN
7 3 (2.33%) Firewall
7 3 (2.33%) LAN
7 3 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (1.55%) NetScaler
8 2 (1.55%) S/MIME
8 2 (1.55%) Wireless
9 1 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (15.50%) SQL Server
2 12 (9.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (6.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (6.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (3.10%) SSDT
5 2 (1.55%) Data Mart
5 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.78%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.78%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.78%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.78%) OLAP
6 1 (0.78%) OLTP
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle OWB
6 1 (0.78%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 10 (7.75%) Jenkins
1 10 (7.75%) Travis CI
2 4 (3.10%) JIRA
2 4 (3.10%) Rational Rhapsody
3 3 (2.33%) Toad
4 2 (1.55%) Selenium
4 2 (1.55%) SoapUI
4 2 (1.55%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.78%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.78%) GitLab
General
1 15 (11.63%) Finance
2 6 (4.65%) Legal
3 3 (2.33%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.55%) Banking
5 1 (0.78%) Advertising
5 1 (0.78%) French Language
5 1 (0.78%) German Language
5 1 (0.78%) Law
5 1 (0.78%) Local Government
5 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.78%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 43 (33.33%) Analyst
2 17 (13.18%) Support Analyst
3 13 (10.08%) Service Analyst
3 13 (10.08%) Service Desk Analyst
4 11 (8.53%) Developer
5 9 (6.98%) DevOps Engineer
6 8 (6.20%) Active Directory Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Active Directory Support
6 8 (6.20%) Active Directory Support Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Business Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Citrix Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Citrix Support
6 8 (6.20%) Citrix Support Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Help Desk Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Help Desk Support
6 8 (6.20%) Help Desk Support Analyst
6 8 (6.20%) Windows Support Analyst
7 7 (5.43%) Service Desk Support
8 6 (4.65%) Linux DevOps Engineer
8 6 (4.65%) Linux/Unix DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (16.28%) .NET
2 12 (9.30%) Servlets
3 11 (8.53%) J2EE
4 9 (6.98%) Web Services
5 8 (6.20%) XML
6 4 (3.10%) XSD
6 4 (3.10%) XSL
7 2 (1.55%) 802.1X
7 2 (1.55%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.55%) CSS
7 2 (1.55%) CSS3
7 2 (1.55%) HTML
7 2 (1.55%) HTML5
7 2 (1.55%) LDAP
7 2 (1.55%) RESTful
8 1 (0.78%) Gherkin
8 1 (0.78%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.95%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.98%) NHS
3 7 (5.43%) Blackberry
4 6 (4.65%) Client/Server
4 6 (4.65%) Smartphone
5 5 (3.88%) Clustering
5 5 (3.88%) Mobile Computing
6 3 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.33%) Fat Client
6 3 (2.33%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (2.33%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.33%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.55%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.55%) Equities
7 2 (1.55%) PKI
7 2 (1.55%) Reinsurance
7 2 (1.55%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.78%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 48 (37.21%) Windows
2 21 (16.28%) Linux
3 15 (11.63%) Windows 7
4 11 (8.53%) Unix
5 10 (7.75%) Windows Server
5 10 (7.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (6.98%) Windows 8
7 6 (4.65%) Android
7 6 (4.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (4.65%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (3.88%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.78%) AIX
9 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.78%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.78%) Solaris
9 1 (0.78%) SUSE
9 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (18.60%) Configuration Management
2 20 (15.50%) Service Delivery
3 18 (13.95%) ITIL
4 15 (11.63%) Migration
5 14 (10.85%) Project Management
6 13 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (10.08%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (10.08%) DevOps
6 13 (10.08%) Incident Management
7 12 (9.30%) Open Source
8 9 (6.98%) Validation
9 7 (5.43%) CRM
9 7 (5.43%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (5.43%) Project Governance
9 7 (5.43%) Test Automation
10 6 (4.65%) ITSM
10 6 (4.65%) PRINCE2
10 6 (4.65%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (4.65%) Supplier Management
11 5 (3.88%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (13.95%) Java
1 18 (13.95%) SQL
2 8 (6.20%) C#
2 8 (6.20%) JavaScript
3 6 (4.65%) C
4 4 (3.10%) PowerShell
5 3 (2.33%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.33%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.55%) Python
6 2 (1.55%) VB
6 2 (1.55%) VBScript
7 1 (0.78%) Perl
7 1 (0.78%) PHP
7 1 (0.78%) Ruby
7 1 (0.78%) VB6
7 1 (0.78%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (11.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (9.30%) MCSA
2 12 (9.30%) MCSE
3 10 (7.75%) Security Cleared
4 8 (6.20%) Degree
5 7 (5.43%) ISEB
5 7 (5.43%) SC Cleared
6 6 (4.65%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (3.10%) DBS Check
7 4 (3.10%) ISTQB
7 4 (3.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (2.33%) BC Cleared
8 3 (2.33%) MCP
8 3 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.55%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.78%) CCNP
10 1 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.78%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.98%) SLA
2 5 (3.88%) HL7
3 3 (2.33%) Def Stans
3 3 (2.33%) ISO 9000
3 3 (2.33%) QA
4 2 (1.55%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.55%) PMO
5 1 (0.78%) GDPR
System Software
1 35 (27.13%) Active Directory
2 16 (12.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.30%) Xen
4 3 (2.33%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.55%) XenApp
6 1 (0.78%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 13 (10.08%) SCCM
2 12 (9.30%) Puppet
3 6 (4.65%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (3.88%) Failover Clustering
4 5 (3.88%) SCOM
5 3 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.78%) Ansible
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.78%) WSUS
Vendors
1 19 (14.73%) VMware
2 13 (10.08%) Citrix
3 12 (9.30%) Google
4 10 (7.75%) Apple
5 7 (5.43%) HP
5 7 (5.43%) Oracle
6 6 (4.65%) Cisco
6 6 (4.65%) Clearswift
6 6 (4.65%) Dell
6 6 (4.65%) Proofpoint
7 5 (3.88%) Red Hat
8 4 (3.10%) InterSystems
8 4 (3.10%) webMethods
9 2 (1.55%) 3PAR
9 2 (1.55%) Aruba
9 2 (1.55%) BT
9 2 (1.55%) CA
9 2 (1.55%) Palo Alto
9 2 (1.55%) SolarWinds
9 2 (1.55%) Sophos