Period
to 25 November 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 25 November 2020 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
East of England > Hertfordshire
6 months to
25 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 5 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 57 159 232
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 13.26% 11.87% 14.41%
As % of the Vendors category 28.36% 24.54% 27.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 90 128
Median daily rate £500 £325 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +53.85% -7.80% -2.76%
10th Percentile £259 £132 £150
90th Percentile £534 £489 £497
East of England median daily rate £345 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -8.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 24
Median hourly rate £13.65 £15.86 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.93% -8.06% +15.00%
10th Percentile £11.20 £10.69 £11.57
90th Percentile £39.20 £142.30 £35.00
East of England median hourly rate £14.50 £15.86 £16.50
% change year-on-year -8.58% -3.88% +13.79%

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 Hertfordshire.

All Vendors
Hertfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 201 648 847
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 46.74% 48.36% 52.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 358 493
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.43% -2.97% +3.13%
10th Percentile £239 £198 £175
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
East of England median daily rate £400 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -5.88% - +5.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 46 66
Median hourly rate £45.00 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +221.43% -17.65% +1.16%
10th Percentile £12.77 £10.85 £11.12
90th Percentile £48.08 £54.38 £44.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £16.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year +142.42% -1.49% +1.52%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire over the 6 months to 25 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire over the 6 months to 25 November 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Hertfordshire region over the 6 months to 25 November 2020. 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
Stevenage -1 17 - - 9
Watford +11 9 £500 +25.00% 4
Hemel Hempstead +6 6 £611 +90.78% 1
Ware - 3 £630 - 1
Hertford +2 2 £325 - 3
Welwyn Garden City -2 2 £500 +367.29%
St Albans +5 1 £383 -4.38% 3
Letchworth +3 1 - -
Hatfield -12 1 - - 6
Rickmansworth - 1 - -
Hitchin - 1 £115 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 25 November 2020, 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 20 (35.09%) Windows
2 15 (26.32%) Degree
2 15 (26.32%) Security Cleared
3 13 (22.81%) SC Cleared
4 12 (21.05%) Azure
4 12 (21.05%) Mathematics
4 12 (21.05%) Web Services
4 12 (21.05%) C#
4 12 (21.05%) JavaScript
5 11 (19.30%) Java
5 11 (19.30%) Visual Studio
5 11 (19.30%) TCP/IP
5 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
5 11 (19.30%) Software Engineering
6 10 (17.54%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (17.54%) Qt
6 10 (17.54%) Node.js
6 10 (17.54%) Eclipse
6 10 (17.54%) Ethernet
6 10 (17.54%) C++
6 10 (17.54%) Aerospace
6 10 (17.54%) Military
6 10 (17.54%) NetBeans
7 9 (15.79%) SAP
8 8 (14.04%) SQL
8 8 (14.04%) SQL Server
8 8 (14.04%) Office 365
8 8 (14.04%) Public Sector
9 7 (12.28%) DevOps
9 7 (12.28%) .NET

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 5 (8.77%) IIS
2 1 (1.75%) IBM Notes
2 1 (1.75%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (12.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (7.02%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (3.51%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (1.75%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 12 (21.05%) Azure
2 8 (14.04%) Office 365
3 4 (7.02%) Azure Stack
3 4 (7.02%) SaaS
4 3 (5.26%) Azure Data Factory
4 3 (5.26%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 1 (1.75%) Azure Functions
5 1 (1.75%) PaaS
5 1 (1.75%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (19.30%) TCP/IP
2 10 (17.54%) Ethernet
3 2 (3.51%) DNS
3 2 (3.51%) VPN
4 1 (1.75%) DHCP
4 1 (1.75%) Firewall
4 1 (1.75%) HTTP
4 1 (1.75%) IPsec
4 1 (1.75%) LAN
4 1 (1.75%) Skype
4 1 (1.75%) SMTP
4 1 (1.75%) SNMP
4 1 (1.75%) Software-Defined Networking
4 1 (1.75%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.75%) VLAN
4 1 (1.75%) VSAN
4 1 (1.75%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.04%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.26%) Data Lake
2 3 (5.26%) HDInsight
2 3 (5.26%) Power BI
2 3 (5.26%) Semantic Layer
2 3 (5.26%) Tableau
3 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.75%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (1.75%) MS Access
4 1 (1.75%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (19.30%) Visual Studio
2 10 (17.54%) Eclipse
2 10 (17.54%) NetBeans
3 5 (8.77%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.75%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.75%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.75%) JMeter
4 1 (1.75%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.75%) MSI
4 1 (1.75%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.75%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (1.75%) Subversion
General
1 10 (17.54%) Aerospace
1 10 (17.54%) Military
2 8 (14.04%) Public Sector
3 6 (10.53%) Finance
4 5 (8.77%) Law
4 5 (8.77%) Manufacturing
5 3 (5.26%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.75%) Billing
6 1 (1.75%) French Language
6 1 (1.75%) German Language
6 1 (1.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 9 (15.79%) Analyst
2 6 (10.53%) Architect
3 5 (8.77%) Developer
4 3 (5.26%) Data Analyst
4 3 (5.26%) Data Engineer
4 3 (5.26%) Desktop Support
5 2 (3.51%) Administrator
5 2 (3.51%) Azure Architect
5 2 (3.51%) Azure Engineer
5 2 (3.51%) Consultant
5 2 (3.51%) Desktop Engineer
5 2 (3.51%) Infrastructure Support
5 2 (3.51%) IT Consultant
5 2 (3.51%) Master Data Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (3.51%) Technical Administrator
5 2 (3.51%) Technical Analyst
6 1 (1.75%) Senior Developer
6 1 (1.75%) SQL Data Analyst
6 1 (1.75%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.05%) Web Services
2 10 (17.54%) Node.js
2 10 (17.54%) Qt
3 7 (12.28%) .NET
4 5 (8.77%) ActiveX
4 5 (8.77%) DirectX
4 5 (8.77%) MFC
4 5 (8.77%) OpenGL
5 2 (3.51%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.51%) CSS
5 2 (3.51%) HTML
5 2 (3.51%) HTML5
5 2 (3.51%) jQuery
5 2 (3.51%) RESTful
5 2 (3.51%) Spring
6 1 (1.75%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.75%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.75%) Kendo UI
6 1 (1.75%) LINQ
6 1 (1.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.77%) Management Information System
2 4 (7.02%) Replication
3 3 (5.26%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.75%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.75%) Clustering
4 1 (1.75%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.75%) FMCG
4 1 (1.75%) NHS
4 1 (1.75%) PKI
4 1 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 20 (35.09%) Windows
2 7 (12.28%) Linux
3 5 (8.77%) Windows 10
4 2 (3.51%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.51%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.75%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (21.05%) Mathematics
2 11 (19.30%) Software Engineering
3 10 (17.54%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (12.28%) DevOps
5 5 (8.77%) Data Governance
5 5 (8.77%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (8.77%) Migration
5 5 (8.77%) Scrum
6 4 (7.02%) Data Management
6 4 (7.02%) Data Transformation
6 4 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 4 (7.02%) IT Audit
6 4 (7.02%) ITIL
6 4 (7.02%) Service Management
7 3 (5.26%) API Design
7 3 (5.26%) Data Ingestion
7 3 (5.26%) Data Science
7 3 (5.26%) Data Virtualisation
7 3 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (5.26%) Workload Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (21.05%) C#
1 12 (21.05%) JavaScript
2 11 (19.30%) Java
3 10 (17.54%) C++
4 8 (14.04%) SQL
5 5 (8.77%) GLSL
5 5 (8.77%) HLSL
6 4 (7.02%) PowerShell
7 3 (5.26%) C
8 1 (1.75%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.75%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.75%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.75%) VB
8 1 (1.75%) VBA
8 1 (1.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (26.32%) Degree
1 15 (26.32%) Security Cleared
2 13 (22.81%) SC Cleared
3 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (7.02%) CISA
4 4 (7.02%) DV Cleared
5 2 (3.51%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (3.51%) MCP
5 2 (3.51%) MCSE
6 1 (1.75%) CCA
6 1 (1.75%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.75%) OCP
6 1 (1.75%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (1.75%) SAP Certification
6 1 (1.75%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (1.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.77%) Data Quality
2 4 (7.02%) ITGC
2 4 (7.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (5.26%) SLA
4 1 (1.75%) GDPR
4 1 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.75%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.75%) PMO
System Software
1 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.26%) Docker
3 2 (3.51%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.75%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 1 (1.75%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.75%) VMware NSX
4 1 (1.75%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) SCCM
2 3 (5.26%) Kubernetes
2 3 (5.26%) SCOM
2 3 (5.26%) WSUS
3 2 (3.51%) SCVMM
3 2 (3.51%) vRealize
4 1 (1.75%) Grafana
4 1 (1.75%) HP ALM
4 1 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.75%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.75%) Prometheus
4 1 (1.75%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.75%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 9 (15.79%) SAP
2 4 (7.02%) Oracle
2 4 (7.02%) ServiceNow
3 3 (5.26%) Talend
3 3 (5.26%) VMware
4 2 (3.51%) Apple
4 2 (3.51%) BMC
4 2 (3.51%) Cisco
4 2 (3.51%) Remedy
4 2 (3.51%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.75%) HP
5 1 (1.75%) IBM
5 1 (1.75%) Juniper
5 1 (1.75%) Lotus
5 1 (1.75%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.75%) Telerik
5 1 (1.75%) Veeam
5 1 (1.75%) Veritas