Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 4 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 161 214 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 13.28% 15.26% 13.69%
As % of the Vendors category 26.92% 27.65% 25.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 116 140
Hertfordshire median daily rate £375 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £168 £154 £140
90th Percentile £450 £500 £508
East of England median daily rate £375 £378 £350
% change year-on-year -0.66% +7.86% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 16
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £14.63 £14.93 £16.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.04% -8.59% +16.66%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.80 £11.78
90th Percentile £31.93 £34.63 £88.75
East of England median hourly rate £17.05 £15.93 £14.50
% change year-on-year +7.03% +9.86% -12.12%

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 598 774 801
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 49.34% 55.21% 52.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 451 384
Hertfordshire median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +1.27%
10th Percentile £185 £190 £200
90th Percentile £586 £550 £575
East of England median daily rate £400 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -6.98% +1.18% +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 60 59
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £14.00 £17.13 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.25% -2.14% +20.69%
10th Percentile £11.29 £11.16 £11.25
90th Percentile £56.25 £52.50 £47.30
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% -5.71%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

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

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 6 months to 27 January 2020.

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 6 months to 27 January 2020.

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 6 months to 27 January 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
Hatfield +1 37 £325 -13.33% 16
Watford -8 32 £405 +15.71% 35
Stevenage -6 22 - - 14
Hemel Hempstead -9 17 £320 +16.36% 8
Welwyn Garden City +3 8 £90 -56.00% 1
Royston -1 6 £175 -67.44% 2
Rickmansworth +1 4 £325 +136.36% 1
Hertford +1 4 £400 +14.29% 12
Hitchin +5 1 - -
Borehamwood -4 1 - - 8
St Albans -5 1 £400 +33.33% 25
Letchworth -5 1 £450 - 1
Potters Bar - 1 £110 - 4
Waltham Cross - 1 £190 -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 70 (43.48%) Windows
2 50 (31.06%) Active Directory
3 42 (26.09%) Microsoft Office
4 36 (22.36%) SQL
4 36 (22.36%) VMware
4 36 (22.36%) SCCM
4 36 (22.36%) Security Cleared
5 33 (20.50%) Office 365
6 31 (19.25%) Degree
7 29 (18.01%) Migration
7 29 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
8 27 (16.77%) SC Cleared
9 26 (16.15%) Analytical Skills
9 26 (16.15%) Windows Server
10 23 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
11 22 (13.66%) AWS
12 21 (13.04%) Windows 10
12 21 (13.04%) Power Platform
12 21 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
13 20 (12.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 20 (12.42%) Power BI
14 19 (11.80%) Linux
14 19 (11.80%) Visualisation
15 18 (11.18%) ITIL
15 18 (11.18%) Data Centre
15 18 (11.18%) Data Visualisation
16 17 (10.56%) MS Visio
16 17 (10.56%) Microsoft Excel
17 16 (9.94%) ETL
17 16 (9.94%) TCP/IP

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 16 (9.94%) SharePoint
2 9 (5.59%) IBM Notes
3 8 (4.97%) MS Exchange
4 5 (3.11%) IBM Domino
5 4 (2.48%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (1.24%) Confluence
7 2 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 42 (26.09%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (10.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (10.56%) MS Visio
3 14 (8.70%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (6.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.62%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 33 (20.50%) Office 365
2 22 (13.66%) AWS
3 21 (13.04%) Power Platform
4 12 (7.45%) Azure
5 9 (5.59%) OneDrive
6 4 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (1.86%) IaaS
7 3 (1.86%) Microsoft Flow
7 3 (1.86%) PaaS
8 2 (1.24%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (1.24%) G Suite
9 1 (0.62%) SaaS
9 1 (0.62%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.94%) TCP/IP
2 14 (8.70%) Ethernet
3 13 (8.07%) LAN
4 12 (7.45%) DNS
4 12 (7.45%) WAN
5 11 (6.83%) DHCP
6 9 (5.59%) Firewall
7 6 (3.73%) SAN
8 5 (3.11%) Skype
9 3 (1.86%) Intranet
9 3 (1.86%) VLAN
9 3 (1.86%) VPN
10 2 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.24%) Wireless
11 1 (0.62%) Internet
11 1 (0.62%) NetScaler
11 1 (0.62%) Network Security
11 1 (0.62%) Remote Desktop
11 1 (0.62%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.42%) Power BI
2 13 (8.07%) Amazon Redshift
2 13 (8.07%) OLAP
3 7 (4.35%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.48%) Snowflake Schema
4 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2014
4 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (2.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.24%) MS Access
7 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.62%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (8.70%) Eclipse
1 14 (8.70%) NetBeans
1 14 (8.70%) Visual Studio
2 12 (7.45%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.86%) JIRA
3 3 (1.86%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (1.86%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.62%) AutoIt
General
1 14 (8.70%) Aerospace
1 14 (8.70%) Military
2 8 (4.97%) Pharmaceutical
3 7 (4.35%) Finance
3 7 (4.35%) Retail
4 4 (2.48%) Law
4 4 (2.48%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.86%) Banking
5 3 (1.86%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.62%) Advertising
6 1 (0.62%) Back Office
6 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.62%) Publishing
6 1 (0.62%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (15.53%) Analyst
2 18 (11.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (8.07%) Architect
3 13 (8.07%) Data Engineer
4 11 (6.83%) Developer
5 10 (6.21%) AWS Engineer
5 10 (6.21%) Technical Architect
6 9 (5.59%) Administrator
7 7 (4.35%) Network Engineer
7 7 (4.35%) Project Manager
7 7 (4.35%) Support Engineer
8 6 (3.73%) AWS Developer
8 6 (3.73%) Coordinator
8 6 (3.73%) Data Analyst
8 6 (3.73%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (3.73%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 6 (3.73%) Service Analyst
8 6 (3.73%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (3.73%) VMWare Administrator
9 5 (3.11%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (9.32%) Web Services
2 14 (8.70%) .NET
2 14 (8.70%) Node.js
2 14 (8.70%) Qt
3 12 (7.45%) ActiveX
3 12 (7.45%) DirectX
3 12 (7.45%) MFC
3 12 (7.45%) OpenGL
4 6 (3.73%) LDAP
5 3 (1.86%) Middleware
6 2 (1.24%) HTML
6 2 (1.24%) Microsoft Graph
7 1 (0.62%) CSS
7 1 (0.62%) REST
7 1 (0.62%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (16.15%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (11.18%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.21%) Enterprise Storage
4 8 (4.97%) Data Structures
5 6 (3.73%) CMDB
5 6 (3.73%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (3.11%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.11%) Microsoft Licensing
6 5 (3.11%) User Experience
7 3 (1.86%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.24%) iPhone
8 2 (1.24%) NHS
8 2 (1.24%) PKI
8 2 (1.24%) Tandem
8 2 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.62%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.62%) iPad
9 1 (0.62%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 70 (43.48%) Windows
2 26 (16.15%) Windows Server
3 21 (13.04%) Windows 10
4 19 (11.80%) Linux
5 13 (8.07%) Windows 7
6 8 (4.97%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (3.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (3.11%) Windows XP
9 4 (2.48%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.86%) VMS
11 2 (1.24%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (18.01%) Agile Software Development
1 29 (18.01%) Migration
2 21 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
3 20 (12.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 19 (11.80%) Visualisation
5 18 (11.18%) Data Visualisation
5 18 (11.18%) ITIL
6 16 (9.94%) ETL
7 14 (8.70%) Mathematics
7 14 (8.70%) Software Engineering
8 13 (8.07%) Scrum
9 11 (6.83%) Asset Management
9 11 (6.83%) Project Management
10 10 (6.21%) Disaster Recovery
10 10 (6.21%) High Availability
10 10 (6.21%) Proactive Maintenance
10 10 (6.21%) Proactive Monitoring
10 10 (6.21%) Service Delivery
11 9 (5.59%) ITSM
11 9 (5.59%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 36 (22.36%) SQL
2 15 (9.32%) C#
2 15 (9.32%) Java
2 15 (9.32%) JavaScript
3 14 (8.70%) C++
3 14 (8.70%) Python
4 13 (8.07%) PowerShell
5 12 (7.45%) GLSL
5 12 (7.45%) HLSL
6 3 (1.86%) MATLAB
6 3 (1.86%) VB
Qualifications
1 36 (22.36%) Security Cleared
2 31 (19.25%) Degree
3 27 (16.77%) SC Cleared
4 9 (5.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (4.35%) MCSE
6 6 (3.73%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.24%) AWS Certification
8 2 (1.24%) ECDL
8 2 (1.24%) MCSA
8 2 (1.24%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.24%) PMP
8 2 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.62%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.62%) CCNA
9 1 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.62%) ISEB
9 1 (0.62%) MCDST
9 1 (0.62%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.73%) GDPR
2 5 (3.11%) SLA
3 4 (2.48%) GxP
4 3 (1.86%) QA
5 2 (1.24%) GAMP
6 1 (0.62%) NIST
6 1 (0.62%) PMO
System Software
1 50 (31.06%) Active Directory
2 23 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (9.94%) vSphere
4 14 (8.70%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.62%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.62%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 36 (22.36%) SCCM
2 14 (8.70%) NetBackup
3 8 (4.97%) SCOM
4 6 (3.73%) SCOrch
5 3 (1.86%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (1.86%) Terraform
6 2 (1.24%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.62%) CASB
7 1 (0.62%) Nagios
7 1 (0.62%) PowerCLI
7 1 (0.62%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (22.36%) VMware
2 16 (9.94%) Cognos
2 16 (9.94%) Tableau
3 15 (9.32%) NetApp
4 14 (8.70%) Veritas
5 12 (7.45%) Lotus
6 10 (6.21%) Citrix
6 10 (6.21%) SAP
7 6 (3.73%) Ariba
7 6 (3.73%) ServiceNow
8 4 (2.48%) Cisco
8 4 (2.48%) Google
8 4 (2.48%) Lumension
9 3 (1.86%) Apple
9 3 (1.86%) F5
9 3 (1.86%) HP
10 2 (1.24%) IBM
10 2 (1.24%) Informatica
10 2 (1.24%) Oracle
11 1 (0.62%) Remedy