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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 8 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 83 80 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 13.15% 12.21% 13.42%
As % of the Vendors category 27.48% 25.08% 24.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 43 46
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £157 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £484 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 19
Median hourly rate £13.00 £18.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.76% -27.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £15.00 £9.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.58 £20.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.45 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.42% +10.00%  

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 302 319 481
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 47.86% 48.70% 54.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 164 231
Median daily rate £400 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £247 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 11 37
Median hourly rate £14.50 £17.50 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% +22.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.87 £10.15 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.76 £20.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.92 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.32% +13.05%  

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 +2 22 £350 +75.00% 8
Stevenage +7 12 £325 -9.86% 1
Hatfield +3 12 £363 - 7
Hemel Hempstead +5 8 £425 +13.33% 4
Welwyn Garden City -3 5 £325 -23.52% 2
Welwyn - 5 £550 -
Bishop's Stortford - 2 - -
Hitchin +1 1 £350 -
Rickmansworth +1 1 - - 1
Borehamwood 0 1 - -
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 61 (36.09%) Windows
2 46 (27.22%) Microsoft Office
3 42 (24.85%) Active Directory
4 35 (20.71%) SQL
5 34 (20.12%) Office 365
6 32 (18.93%) SQL Server
7 30 (17.75%) Microsoft Excel
8 27 (15.98%) ITIL
9 26 (15.38%) Security Cleared
10 24 (14.20%) Windows 7
11 23 (13.61%) VMware
12 22 (13.02%) Visual Studio
12 22 (13.02%) PowerShell
13 20 (11.83%) Finance
13 20 (11.83%) Stakeholder Management
14 19 (11.24%) .NET
14 19 (11.24%) HTML
14 19 (11.24%) SCCM
15 18 (10.65%) VMware Infrastructure
15 18 (10.65%) Microsoft Certification
16 17 (10.06%) Migration
17 16 (9.47%) C#
17 16 (9.47%) JavaScript
17 16 (9.47%) MCSE
18 15 (8.88%) PRINCE2
18 15 (8.88%) ASP.NET
18 15 (8.88%) CSS
18 15 (8.88%) Cisco
18 15 (8.88%) Microsoft Azure
18 15 (8.88%) Windows 10

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 13 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 12 (7.10%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.96%) IIS
4 5 (2.96%) Skype for Business
5 4 (2.37%) CMS
5 4 (2.37%) IBM Notes
6 3 (1.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.78%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.18%) Confluence
8 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.59%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.59%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.59%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.59%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 46 (27.22%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (17.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (5.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (4.73%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (2.37%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.37%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.59%) InDesign
6 1 (0.59%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (5.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.18%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.59%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 34 (20.12%) Office 365
2 15 (8.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (5.92%) OneDrive
4 7 (4.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.78%) IaaS
6 2 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 1 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.59%) PaaS
7 1 (0.59%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.92%) Internet
1 10 (5.92%) LAN
2 7 (4.14%) Firewall
2 7 (4.14%) NetScaler
2 7 (4.14%) WAN
3 5 (2.96%) DNS
3 5 (2.96%) Ethernet
3 5 (2.96%) Skype
3 5 (2.96%) SMTP
3 5 (2.96%) Unified Communications
4 4 (2.37%) iSCSI
4 4 (2.37%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (2.37%) SAN
4 4 (2.37%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.78%) Cisco Nexus
5 3 (1.78%) DHCP
5 3 (1.78%) HTTP
5 3 (1.78%) WebEx
5 3 (1.78%) Wireless
6 2 (1.18%) SpaceWire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (18.93%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (5.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (3.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (2.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (2.96%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (2.37%) Big Data
7 4 (2.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (1.78%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.18%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (1.18%) DTS
9 2 (1.18%) GIS
9 2 (1.18%) QlikView
9 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.59%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.59%) DB2
10 1 (0.59%) Informix
10 1 (0.59%) MS Access
10 1 (0.59%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 22 (13.02%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.37%) JIRA
2 4 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.78%) Eclipse
3 3 (1.78%) NetBeans
4 2 (1.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.18%) Bugzilla
4 2 (1.18%) ClearCase
4 2 (1.18%) ClearQuest
4 2 (1.18%) FxCop
4 2 (1.18%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.18%) Moq
4 2 (1.18%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (1.18%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (1.18%) ReSharper
4 2 (1.18%) StyleCop
5 1 (0.59%) JDeveloper
5 1 (0.59%) MSI
5 1 (0.59%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 20 (11.83%) Finance
2 11 (6.51%) Retail
3 9 (5.33%) Legal
4 5 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.37%) German Language
6 3 (1.78%) French Language
6 3 (1.78%) Law
6 3 (1.78%) Marketing
6 3 (1.78%) Military
7 2 (1.18%) Aerospace
7 2 (1.18%) Automotive
7 2 (1.18%) Avionics
7 2 (1.18%) Billing
8 1 (0.59%) Advertising
8 1 (0.59%) Back Office
8 1 (0.59%) Front Office
8 1 (0.59%) Games
8 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (14.20%) Analyst
2 22 (13.02%) Developer
3 17 (10.06%) Consultant
4 13 (7.69%) .NET Developer
4 13 (7.69%) Desktop Support
5 10 (5.92%) Administrator
5 10 (5.92%) Architect
6 9 (5.33%) SQL Developer
6 9 (5.33%) Support Engineer
6 9 (5.33%) Technical Support
7 8 (4.73%) Project Manager
7 8 (4.73%) Support Analyst
8 7 (4.14%) Team Leader
9 6 (3.55%) C# Developer
10 5 (2.96%) CRM Manager
10 5 (2.96%) Desktop Engineer
10 5 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (2.96%) Lead .NET Developer
10 5 (2.96%) Lead Developer
10 5 (2.96%) Project Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (11.24%) .NET
1 19 (11.24%) HTML
2 15 (8.88%) ASP.NET
2 15 (8.88%) CSS
3 13 (7.69%) Web Services
4 11 (6.51%) WCF
4 11 (6.51%) XML
5 10 (5.92%) jQuery
6 8 (4.73%) .NET Framework
6 8 (4.73%) ASP.NET Web API
7 7 (4.14%) Entity Framework
7 7 (4.14%) JSON
8 6 (3.55%) ASP.NET MVC
8 6 (3.55%) KnockoutJS
8 6 (3.55%) LINQ
8 6 (3.55%) RESTful
8 6 (3.55%) XSL
9 4 (2.37%) Ajax
9 4 (2.37%) CAML
9 4 (2.37%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.10%) Management Information System
2 10 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.92%) Private Cloud
3 9 (5.33%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.96%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (2.37%) Blackberry
5 4 (2.37%) CESG
5 4 (2.37%) Driving Licence
5 4 (2.37%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.78%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.78%) Credit Risk
6 3 (1.78%) FMCG
7 2 (1.18%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.18%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (1.18%) EPoS
7 2 (1.18%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.18%) iPhone
7 2 (1.18%) Tandem
7 2 (1.18%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.18%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 61 (36.09%) Windows
2 24 (14.20%) Windows 7
3 15 (8.88%) Windows 10
4 13 (7.69%) Windows Server
5 10 (5.92%) Linux
5 10 (5.92%) Windows 8
6 9 (5.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (4.73%) Windows XP
8 7 (4.14%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (3.55%) Android
10 5 (2.96%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (2.37%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.78%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.78%) Unix
13 2 (1.18%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.59%) CentOS
14 1 (0.59%) Debian
14 1 (0.59%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.59%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (15.98%) ITIL
2 20 (11.83%) Stakeholder Management
3 17 (10.06%) Migration
4 15 (8.88%) PRINCE2
5 13 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (6.51%) Change Management
6 11 (6.51%) CRM
6 11 (6.51%) Project Management
7 9 (5.33%) Service Delivery
8 8 (4.73%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (4.73%) Data Migration
8 8 (4.73%) DevOps
8 8 (4.73%) MVC
8 8 (4.73%) Risk Management
8 8 (4.73%) Service Management
9 7 (4.14%) Mobile Device Management
9 7 (4.14%) Performance Monitoring
10 5 (2.96%) Business Change Management
10 5 (2.96%) Infrastructure Management
10 5 (2.96%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 35 (20.71%) SQL
2 22 (13.02%) PowerShell
3 16 (9.47%) C#
3 16 (9.47%) JavaScript
4 9 (5.33%) VBScript
5 8 (4.73%) Java
5 8 (4.73%) T-SQL
6 6 (3.55%) VB.NET
7 5 (2.96%) C++
8 3 (1.78%) C
8 3 (1.78%) Python
8 3 (1.78%) VB
9 2 (1.18%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.18%) MATLAB
9 2 (1.18%) PHP
9 2 (1.18%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.18%) VBA
10 1 (0.59%) AWK
10 1 (0.59%) REXX
10 1 (0.59%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 26 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 18 (10.65%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (9.47%) MCSE
4 11 (6.51%) Degree
4 11 (6.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 11 (6.51%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.37%) CCNA
5 4 (2.37%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.78%) ACCA
6 3 (1.78%) CIMA
6 3 (1.78%) MCSA
6 3 (1.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.18%) CESG Certified Professional
7 2 (1.18%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (1.18%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.18%) MCITP
7 2 (1.18%) MCP
7 2 (1.18%) MCTS
7 2 (1.18%) PMP
8 1 (0.59%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.33%) SLA
2 7 (4.14%) QA
3 3 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (1.18%) ECSS
4 2 (1.18%) PMO
5 1 (0.59%) GPG13
System Software
1 42 (24.85%) Active Directory
2 18 (10.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (8.28%) Hyper-V
4 11 (6.51%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (4.14%) XenApp
5 7 (4.14%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 6 (3.55%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (2.37%) BitLocker
7 4 (2.37%) ISA Server
7 4 (2.37%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.18%) Cygwin
8 2 (1.18%) NFS
8 2 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.59%) Firmware
9 1 (0.59%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 1 (0.59%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (11.24%) SCCM
2 10 (5.92%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (5.33%) SCOM
4 4 (2.37%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (2.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 2 (1.18%) AirWatch
5 2 (1.18%) SCSM
5 2 (1.18%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.59%) AppDNA
6 1 (0.59%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.59%) MobiControl
6 1 (0.59%) OpenView
6 1 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.59%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.59%) Tivoli Identity Manager
6 1 (0.59%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 23 (13.61%) VMware
2 15 (8.88%) Cisco
3 12 (7.10%) Citrix
4 11 (6.51%) HP
5 8 (4.73%) SAP
6 7 (4.14%) Apple
6 7 (4.14%) Dell
6 7 (4.14%) Remedy
7 6 (3.55%) Oracle
8 5 (2.96%) Palo Alto
9 4 (2.37%) Altiris
9 4 (2.37%) AppSense
9 4 (2.37%) CA
9 4 (2.37%) Juniper
9 4 (2.37%) LANDesk
9 4 (2.37%) Lotus
9 4 (2.37%) Symantec
9 4 (2.37%) Trustwave
10 3 (1.78%) Brocade
10 3 (1.78%) Mitel
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