Period
to 14 May 2021

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 14 May 2021 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 6 4
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 81 135 179
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 12.66% 15.13% 13.81%
As % of the Vendors category 23.68% 30.54% 25.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 76 91
10th Percentile £141 £161 £158
25th Percentile £255 £313 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £343 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year -8.67% -6.25% +23.08%
75th Percentile £456 £438 £475
90th Percentile £550 £488 £519
East of England median daily rate £275 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -26.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 11
10th Percentile £10.12 £11.80 £11.00
25th Percentile £11.63 £11.89 £11.11
Median hourly rate £18.64 £12.65 £11.78
Median % change year-on-year +47.33% +7.39% -30.71%
75th Percentile £30.31 £20.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £38.38 £20.90 £17.25
East of England median hourly rate £17.60 £17.10 £14.50
% change year-on-year +2.92% +17.93% -

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 342 442 698
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 53.44% 49.55% 53.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 215 379
10th Percentile £247 £182 £255
25th Percentile £370 £300 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £375 £450
Median % change year-on-year +26.67% -16.67% +12.50%
75th Percentile £550 £450 £538
90th Percentile £614 £588 £582
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 41 36
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.17 £10.54
25th Percentile £11.97 £12.30 £11.15
Median hourly rate £25.75 £14.50 £12.75
Median % change year-on-year +77.59% +13.73% -12.73%
75th Percentile £40.94 £23.75 £27.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £64.50 £66.81
East of England median hourly rate £17.28 £18.25 £16.21
% change year-on-year -5.34% +12.62% +2.60%

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 14 May 2021.

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 14 May 2021.

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 14 May 2021. 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
Watford -2 23 £371 -12.80% 8
Stevenage -11 17 £430 +168.75% 7
Hatfield -4 9 £347 -23.00% 7
Hemel Hempstead +1 8 £275 -50.00% 8
Rickmansworth +8 2 - -
Potters Bar -5 2 £275 +150.00%
St Albans - 2 £256 - 14
Letchworth +4 1 - - 4
Royston +1 1 £240 -23.20%
Hertford -1 1 £325 -18.75%
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, 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 30 (37.04%) Windows
2 28 (34.57%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (33.33%) Social Skills
4 22 (27.16%) Active Directory
5 20 (24.69%) Java
5 20 (24.69%) Azure
6 19 (23.46%) SC Cleared
6 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
6 19 (23.46%) JavaScript
7 18 (22.22%) Node.js
8 17 (20.99%) Oracle
9 16 (19.75%) Microsoft 365
10 15 (18.52%) SQL
10 15 (18.52%) ITIL
10 15 (18.52%) TCP/IP
10 15 (18.52%) Git (software)
11 14 (17.28%) VMware Infrastructure
11 14 (17.28%) VMware
11 14 (17.28%) Degree
11 14 (17.28%) DNS
12 13 (16.05%) Migration
12 13 (16.05%) Software Engineering
13 12 (14.81%) PowerShell
13 12 (14.81%) SCCM
13 12 (14.81%) AWS
13 12 (14.81%) Web Services
13 12 (14.81%) C#
14 11 (13.58%) C++
14 11 (13.58%) Visual Studio
14 11 (13.58%) Linux

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 8 (9.88%) Apache
1 8 (9.88%) SharePoint
1 8 (9.88%) Tomcat
2 7 (8.64%) Apache ServiceMix
2 7 (8.64%) IBM Domino
2 7 (8.64%) WebSphere
2 7 (8.64%) WebSphere Application Server
3 4 (4.94%) Skype for Business
4 3 (3.70%) IBM Notes
4 3 (3.70%) IIS
5 1 (1.23%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 28 (34.57%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (7.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (3.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (8.64%) Magento
1 7 (8.64%) Shopify
2 2 (2.47%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (2.47%) SystmOne
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.23%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 20 (24.69%) Azure
2 16 (19.75%) Microsoft 365
3 12 (14.81%) AWS
4 7 (8.64%) AWS Lambda
4 7 (8.64%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (8.64%) Power Platform
4 7 (8.64%) Serverless
5 6 (7.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (7.41%) GCP
6 5 (6.17%) OneDrive
7 4 (4.94%) Power Automate
7 4 (4.94%) PowerApps
8 2 (2.47%) Google Workspace
9 1 (1.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (18.52%) TCP/IP
2 14 (17.28%) DNS
3 11 (13.58%) Ethernet
4 8 (9.88%) Firewall
5 7 (8.64%) FTP
5 7 (8.64%) HTTP
5 7 (8.64%) SSH
5 7 (8.64%) SSL
6 6 (7.41%) Skype
7 5 (6.17%) VPN
8 3 (3.70%) LAN
9 2 (2.47%) SAN
9 2 (2.47%) WAN
9 2 (2.47%) WebEx
10 1 (1.23%) H.323
10 1 (1.23%) NAS
10 1 (1.23%) PBX
10 1 (1.23%) RTP
10 1 (1.23%) SNMP
10 1 (1.23%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.88%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.64%) MySQL
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (3.70%) Power BI
3 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.47%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (2.47%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.23%) Big Data
5 1 (1.23%) GIS
5 1 (1.23%) MS Access
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (18.52%) Git (software)
2 11 (13.58%) Eclipse
2 11 (13.58%) NetBeans
2 11 (13.58%) Visual Studio
3 7 (8.64%) Jenkins
3 7 (8.64%) JIRA
4 2 (2.47%) eggPlant
4 2 (2.47%) HP UFT
4 2 (2.47%) LoadRunner
4 2 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 27 (33.33%) Social Skills
2 11 (13.58%) Aerospace
2 11 (13.58%) Military
3 9 (11.11%) Presentation Skills
4 5 (6.17%) Finance
5 4 (4.94%) Law
5 4 (4.94%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.70%) Documentation Skills
6 3 (3.70%) Public Sector
6 3 (3.70%) Retail
7 2 (2.47%) Advertising
7 2 (2.47%) Marketing
7 2 (2.47%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (1.23%) Electronics
8 1 (1.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (13.58%) Analyst
2 7 (8.64%) Consultant
3 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Administrator
4 4 (4.94%) IT Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Consultant
4 4 (4.94%) Support Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Business Analyst
5 3 (3.70%) Developer
5 3 (3.70%) Report Writer
5 3 (3.70%) Service Analyst
5 3 (3.70%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (3.70%) Systems Administrator
5 3 (3.70%) Tester
6 2 (2.47%) Desktop Engineer
6 2 (2.47%) IT Support Engineer
6 2 (2.47%) Performance Tester
6 2 (2.47%) Project Support Officer
6 2 (2.47%) Senior Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (22.22%) Node.js
2 12 (14.81%) Web Services
3 11 (13.58%) Qt
4 9 (11.11%) .NET
5 8 (9.88%) ActiveX
5 8 (9.88%) DirectX
5 8 (9.88%) MFC
5 8 (9.88%) OpenGL
6 7 (8.64%) WebSphere MQ
7 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Graph
8 1 (1.23%) ADO
8 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 1 (1.23%) CSS
8 1 (1.23%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.23%) HTML
8 1 (1.23%) Java RMI
8 1 (1.23%) RESTful
8 1 (1.23%) SAML
8 1 (1.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.58%) Management Information System
2 7 (8.64%) Clustering
3 6 (7.41%) PKI
4 3 (3.70%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.47%) Replication
6 1 (1.23%) Analogue Electronics
6 1 (1.23%) CMDB
6 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.23%) iPad
6 1 (1.23%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 30 (37.04%) Windows
2 11 (13.58%) Linux
3 7 (8.64%) Windows 10
4 5 (6.17%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.23%) Android
5 1 (1.23%) CentOS
5 1 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.23%) Unix
5 1 (1.23%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (18.52%) ITIL
2 13 (16.05%) Migration
2 13 (16.05%) Software Engineering
3 11 (13.58%) Mathematics
4 10 (12.35%) Problem Management
5 9 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (9.88%) PRINCE2
6 8 (9.88%) Scrum
6 8 (9.88%) Time Management
7 7 (8.64%) Capacity Planning
7 7 (8.64%) Change Management
7 7 (8.64%) Coaching
7 7 (8.64%) E-Commerce
7 7 (8.64%) Penetration Testing
7 7 (8.64%) Performance Monitoring
8 6 (7.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 5 (6.17%) Project Management
10 4 (4.94%) Disaster Recovery
11 3 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
11 3 (3.70%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 20 (24.69%) Java
2 19 (23.46%) JavaScript
3 15 (18.52%) SQL
4 12 (14.81%) C#
4 12 (14.81%) PowerShell
5 11 (13.58%) C++
6 8 (9.88%) GLSL
6 8 (9.88%) HLSL
7 7 (8.64%) Bash Shell
7 7 (8.64%) Go
7 7 (8.64%) PHP
7 7 (8.64%) Python
7 7 (8.64%) Shell Script
8 6 (7.41%) TypeScript
9 5 (6.17%) VB
10 4 (4.94%) PL/SQL
11 3 (3.70%) VBScript
12 2 (2.47%) C
13 1 (1.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (23.46%) SC Cleared
1 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
2 14 (17.28%) Degree
3 7 (8.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (4.94%) ISTQB
5 3 (3.70%) DBS Check
5 3 (3.70%) ISEB
5 3 (3.70%) MCSE
5 3 (3.70%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (3.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (2.47%) DV Cleared
6 2 (2.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.47%) MCP
6 2 (2.47%) OCP
6 2 (2.47%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (2.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (2.47%) SAP Certification
7 1 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.23%) MAPM
7 1 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.70%) PMO
2 2 (2.47%) SLA
3 1 (1.23%) GDPR
3 1 (1.23%) JTAG
System Software
1 22 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (8.64%) Postfix
3 7 (8.64%) qmail
4 6 (7.41%) Docker
5 4 (4.94%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.47%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 1 (1.23%) Firmware
7 1 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (14.81%) SCCM
2 9 (11.11%) Terraform
3 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Intune
4 7 (8.64%) Kubernetes
5 4 (4.94%) SCOM
6 3 (3.70%) NetBackup
6 3 (3.70%) vRealize
7 2 (2.47%) HP ALM
7 2 (2.47%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (2.47%) WSUS
8 1 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (1.23%) WMI
Vendors
1 17 (20.99%) Oracle
2 14 (17.28%) VMware
3 10 (12.35%) IBM
4 9 (11.11%) SAP
5 7 (8.64%) Dynatrace
5 7 (8.64%) New Relic
5 7 (8.64%) Xerox
6 5 (6.17%) Sonus
7 3 (3.70%) Citrix
7 3 (3.70%) HP
7 3 (3.70%) Lotus
7 3 (3.70%) Veeam
7 3 (3.70%) Veritas
8 2 (2.47%) BMC
8 2 (2.47%) Cisco
8 2 (2.47%) Dell
8 2 (2.47%) Ivanti
8 2 (2.47%) Remedy
9 1 (1.23%) EMC
9 1 (1.23%) Mitel