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 3 months to 29 March 2017 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 5 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 91 81 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 15.50% 11.79% 10.89%
As % of the Vendors category 34.47% 24.11% 18.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 37 32
Median daily rate £325 £365 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.95% -8.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £188 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £618 £634
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 7
Median hourly rate £12.60 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.00% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.87 £9.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.24 £34.30 £15.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 264 336 401
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 44.97% 48.91% 58.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 162 205
Median daily rate £350 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £303 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 20
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.60 £14.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.65% -8.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £7.89 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £17.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Hertfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Watford +7 19 £300 +50.00% 12
Hatfield -5 12 £303 -19.33% 15
Hemel Hempstead +3 11 £188 -46.42% 7
St Albans +6 7 £110 -69.86% 4
Welwyn Garden City -2 7 £450 - 2
Stevenage +3 6 £300 +15.38%
Bishop's Stortford - 5 - - 1
Welwyn - 2 £319 - 2
Rickmansworth +5 1 £225 +21.62% 1
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 67 (40.61%) MS Excel
2 58 (35.15%) Windows
2 58 (35.15%) MS Office
3 38 (23.03%) Active Directory
4 32 (19.39%) Security Cleared
5 28 (16.97%) ITIL
6 27 (16.36%) Finance
6 27 (16.36%) Office 365
7 21 (12.73%) Stakeholder Management
7 21 (12.73%) SQL
7 21 (12.73%) SQL Server
8 20 (12.12%) CRM
8 20 (12.12%) SCCM
9 19 (11.52%) PowerShell
10 17 (10.30%) VMware
10 17 (10.30%) Agile Software Development
10 17 (10.30%) Java
10 17 (10.30%) SC Cleared
10 17 (10.30%) Windows Server 2012
11 15 (9.09%) Windows 10
12 14 (8.48%) Windows 7
12 14 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
12 14 (8.48%) Migration
13 13 (7.88%) .NET
13 13 (7.88%) Oracle
13 13 (7.88%) Visual Studio
13 13 (7.88%) PRINCE2
13 13 (7.88%) SLA
13 13 (7.88%) Windows Server 2008
14 12 (7.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

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 11 (6.67%) SharePoint
2 9 (5.45%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.64%) IIS
4 5 (3.03%) IBM Notes
5 4 (2.42%) Apache
5 4 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.42%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.42%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (1.82%) IBM HTTP Server
6 3 (1.82%) JBoss
6 3 (1.82%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 3 (1.82%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.82%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.61%) CMS
8 1 (0.61%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.61%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 67 (40.61%) MS Excel
2 58 (35.15%) MS Office
3 8 (4.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.82%) MS Project
4 3 (1.82%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.21%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.61%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.61%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 12 (7.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.64%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.61%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.61%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (16.36%) Office 365
2 11 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.64%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (3.64%) OneDrive
4 2 (1.21%) IaaS
4 2 (1.21%) PaaS
5 1 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.61%) SaaS
5 1 (0.61%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.27%) DNS
1 12 (7.27%) Internet
2 11 (6.67%) TCP/IP
3 8 (4.85%) Firewall
3 8 (4.85%) NetScaler
4 7 (4.24%) DHCP
5 6 (3.64%) Ethernet
5 6 (3.64%) LAN
6 5 (3.03%) SAN
6 5 (3.03%) WAN
7 4 (2.42%) Unified Communications
8 3 (1.82%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (1.82%) FTP
8 3 (1.82%) HTTP
8 3 (1.82%) iSCSI
8 3 (1.82%) LDAP
8 3 (1.82%) SSL
8 3 (1.82%) Wireless
9 2 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (1.21%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (12.73%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (3.64%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.42%) MySQL
4 4 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.82%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (1.82%) Oracle Database 12c
5 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (1.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.21%) Big Data
6 2 (1.21%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (1.21%) DTS
6 2 (1.21%) GIS
6 2 (1.21%) QlikView
6 2 (1.21%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.61%) FileMaker
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (7.88%) Visual Studio
2 6 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.42%) Eclipse
3 4 (2.42%) NetBeans
4 3 (1.82%) MSI
5 2 (1.21%) Bugzilla
5 2 (1.21%) JIRA
5 2 (1.21%) Redmine
6 1 (0.61%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.61%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.61%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 27 (16.36%) Finance
2 10 (6.06%) Retail
3 7 (4.24%) Legal
4 4 (2.42%) German Language
4 4 (2.42%) Military
5 3 (1.82%) French Language
5 3 (1.82%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.21%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.21%) Back Office
6 2 (1.21%) Banking
6 2 (1.21%) Marketing
7 1 (0.61%) Billing
7 1 (0.61%) Front Office
7 1 (0.61%) Games
7 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (14.55%) Analyst
2 22 (13.33%) Developer
3 18 (10.91%) Consultant
4 12 (7.27%) Administrator
5 11 (6.67%) Project Manager
6 9 (5.45%) .NET Developer
7 8 (4.85%) Architect
7 8 (4.85%) Support Engineer
8 7 (4.24%) Service Analyst
8 7 (4.24%) Service Desk Analyst
8 7 (4.24%) SQL Developer
9 6 (3.64%) CRM Manager
9 6 (3.64%) CRM Project Manager
9 6 (3.64%) Dynamics CRM Project Manager
9 6 (3.64%) Windows Consultant
10 5 (3.03%) Designer
10 5 (3.03%) Desktop Team Leader
10 5 (3.03%) Software Developer
10 5 (3.03%) Support Analyst
10 5 (3.03%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.88%) .NET
2 11 (6.67%) HTML
3 9 (5.45%) Web Services
4 8 (4.85%) CSS
5 7 (4.24%) .NET Framework
5 7 (4.24%) ASP.NET
6 6 (3.64%) Middleware
7 5 (3.03%) Entity Framework
7 5 (3.03%) jQuery
7 5 (3.03%) Node.js
7 5 (3.03%) WCF
8 4 (2.42%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (2.42%) LINQ
8 4 (2.42%) Qt
9 3 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (1.82%) J2EE
9 3 (1.82%) Java SE
9 3 (1.82%) KnockoutJS
9 3 (1.82%) XML
9 3 (1.82%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.24%) Data Centre
2 6 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.03%) e-Learning
3 5 (3.03%) Enterprise Storage
3 5 (3.03%) Video Editing
4 4 (2.42%) Blackberry
4 4 (2.42%) Driving Licence
5 3 (1.82%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (1.82%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.82%) PKI
5 3 (1.82%) Private Cloud
5 3 (1.82%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.21%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.21%) EPoS
6 2 (1.21%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.21%) FMCG
6 2 (1.21%) NHS
6 2 (1.21%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.61%) iPhone
7 1 (0.61%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 58 (35.15%) Windows
2 17 (10.30%) Windows Server 2012
3 15 (9.09%) Windows 10
4 14 (8.48%) Windows 7
5 13 (7.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (6.67%) Linux
6 11 (6.67%) Windows Server
7 10 (6.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (5.45%) Windows 8
8 9 (5.45%) Windows XP
9 6 (3.64%) Android
10 4 (2.42%) Unix
11 3 (1.82%) AIX
11 3 (1.82%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.21%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.61%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.61%) Mac OS X Server
13 1 (0.61%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (16.97%) ITIL
2 21 (12.73%) Stakeholder Management
3 20 (12.12%) CRM
4 17 (10.30%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (8.48%) Migration
6 13 (7.88%) PRINCE2
7 10 (6.06%) E-Commerce
7 10 (6.06%) Project Management
8 9 (5.45%) Service Management
8 9 (5.45%) TDD
9 8 (4.85%) Change Management
10 7 (4.24%) BDD
10 7 (4.24%) Service Delivery
11 6 (3.64%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (3.64%) Data Migration
11 6 (3.64%) ITSM
11 6 (3.64%) Kalman Filter
11 6 (3.64%) Risk Management
11 6 (3.64%) SDLC
11 6 (3.64%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 21 (12.73%) SQL
2 19 (11.52%) PowerShell
3 17 (10.30%) Java
4 11 (6.67%) C#
5 8 (4.85%) C++
6 6 (3.64%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.64%) PHP
7 5 (3.03%) Shell Script
7 5 (3.03%) T-SQL
7 5 (3.03%) VB
7 5 (3.03%) VBScript
8 2 (1.21%) C
8 2 (1.21%) Python
8 2 (1.21%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.61%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.61%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.61%) REXX
9 1 (0.61%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 32 (19.39%) Security Cleared
2 17 (10.30%) SC Cleared
3 12 (7.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 8 (4.85%) Degree
4 8 (4.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (3.64%) MCSE
6 4 (2.42%) MCP
7 2 (1.21%) ACCA
7 2 (1.21%) CIMA
7 2 (1.21%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.21%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.21%) PMP
8 1 (0.61%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.61%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.61%) ISEB
8 1 (0.61%) MCDST
8 1 (0.61%) MCSA
8 1 (0.61%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.61%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.88%) SLA
2 6 (3.64%) QA
3 4 (2.42%) PMO
4 2 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.21%) ISO27002
5 1 (0.61%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.61%) GPG13
5 1 (0.61%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 38 (23.03%) Active Directory
2 14 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.45%) Hyper-V
4 7 (4.24%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (3.64%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (3.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 5 (3.03%) VMware ESX
7 4 (2.42%) vSphere
7 4 (2.42%) XenApp
7 4 (2.42%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.82%) ISA Server
9 2 (1.21%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.21%) NFS
9 2 (1.21%) Sendmail
9 2 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.61%) Firmware
10 1 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (12.12%) SCCM
2 5 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (1.82%) SCOM
3 3 (1.82%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.21%) AirWatch
4 2 (1.21%) BladeLogic
4 2 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.21%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.21%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.61%) AppDNA
5 1 (0.61%) Aspera SmartTrack
5 1 (0.61%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.61%) OpenView
5 1 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.61%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.61%) WSUS
5 1 (0.61%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 17 (10.30%) VMware
2 13 (7.88%) Oracle
3 12 (7.27%) Citrix
4 11 (6.67%) HP
5 9 (5.45%) Cisco
5 9 (5.45%) IBM
6 6 (3.64%) SAP
7 5 (3.03%) Apple
7 5 (3.03%) Intel Security
7 5 (3.03%) Lotus
8 4 (2.42%) AppSense
8 4 (2.42%) Palo Alto
8 4 (2.42%) Symantec
9 3 (1.82%) CA
9 3 (1.82%) Dell
9 3 (1.82%) Juniper
9 3 (1.82%) Remedy
9 3 (1.82%) Trustwave
10 2 (1.21%) BMC
10 2 (1.21%) Sun
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