Period
to 3 August 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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 76 172 216
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 14.45% 11.57% 13.73%
As % of the Vendors category 29.80% 22.51% 27.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 87 110
Median daily rate £435 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.00% +25.00% -7.69%
10th Percentile £195 £125 £130
90th Percentile £575 £525 £476
East of England median daily rate £400 £400 £360
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 33
Median hourly rate £16.25 £11.78 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.95% -32.69% +23.24%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.67 £13.00
90th Percentile £21.55 £44.20 £46.25
East of England median hourly rate £17.73 £15.25 £16.00
% change year-on-year +16.26% -4.69% +6.67%

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 255 764 791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 48.48% 51.41% 50.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 406 417
Median daily rate £400 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50% -0.62%
10th Percentile £189 £246 £173
90th Percentile £575 £600 £550
East of England median daily rate £425 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 40 75
Median hourly rate £21.25 £13.13 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +61.90% -17.97% +8.47%
10th Percentile £11.89 £10.49 £11.31
90th Percentile £65.85 £49.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +21.21% - +8.20%

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 3 August 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
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 3 August 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 -2 19 £160 -29.82% 7
Watford +9 16 £450 +20.00% 6
Hemel Hempstead 0 9 £550 +109.52% 3
Hatfield 0 6 £515 +47.14% 5
Welwyn Garden City +1 4 £394 +36.01%
Ware - 4 £538 -
Rickmansworth +6 2 £325 +147.15% 1
Hitchin - 2 £120 - 1
Borehamwood +1 1 £130 -56.67% 5
Hoddesdon - 1 £550 - 1
Letchworth - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
East of England

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 31 (40.79%) Windows
2 21 (27.63%) C#
2 21 (27.63%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (27.63%) Azure
3 18 (23.68%) Degree
3 18 (23.68%) SC Cleared
3 18 (23.68%) Security Cleared
3 18 (23.68%) .NET
3 18 (23.68%) Active Directory
4 16 (21.05%) Scrum
5 15 (19.74%) JavaScript
5 15 (19.74%) Web Services
5 15 (19.74%) Mathematics
6 14 (18.42%) Software Engineering
7 13 (17.11%) Java
8 12 (15.79%) C++
8 12 (15.79%) Visual Studio
8 12 (15.79%) Eclipse
8 12 (15.79%) Ethernet
8 12 (15.79%) TCP/IP
8 12 (15.79%) NetBeans
8 12 (15.79%) Military
8 12 (15.79%) Aerospace
8 12 (15.79%) Qt
8 12 (15.79%) Node.js
9 11 (14.47%) SQL
10 10 (13.16%) C
10 10 (13.16%) MFC
10 10 (13.16%) Linux
10 10 (13.16%) ActiveX

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 (6.58%) IIS
2 4 (5.26%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.32%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.32%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (10.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (7.89%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (2.63%) Camtasia
3 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.32%) CA PPM
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 21 (27.63%) Azure
2 8 (10.53%) Office 365
3 5 (6.58%) Azure Data Factory
4 4 (5.26%) AWS
4 4 (5.26%) Power Platform
5 3 (3.95%) Azure Stack
5 3 (3.95%) Serverless
6 2 (2.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 2 (2.63%) Azure Functions
6 2 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (2.63%) PaaS
6 2 (2.63%) SaaS
7 1 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.32%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 12 (15.79%) Ethernet
1 12 (15.79%) TCP/IP
2 5 (6.58%) LAN
2 5 (6.58%) WAN
3 4 (5.26%) VPN
4 3 (3.95%) Firewall
4 3 (3.95%) Intranet
4 3 (3.95%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.32%) 3G
5 1 (1.32%) 4G
5 1 (1.32%) DHCP
5 1 (1.32%) GPRS
5 1 (1.32%) NetScaler
5 1 (1.32%) Network Security
5 1 (1.32%) PSTN
5 1 (1.32%) Skype
5 1 (1.32%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.32%) VLAN
5 1 (1.32%) WebEx
5 1 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.84%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.26%) Power BI
3 3 (3.95%) Data Lake
3 3 (3.95%) HDInsight
3 3 (3.95%) Semantic Layer
4 2 (2.63%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (2.63%) Cosmos DB
4 2 (2.63%) MySQL
4 2 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.32%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.32%) MS Access
5 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (15.79%) Eclipse
1 12 (15.79%) NetBeans
1 12 (15.79%) Visual Studio
2 10 (13.16%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.32%) AutoIt
3 1 (1.32%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.32%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.32%) Jasmine
3 1 (1.32%) JMeter
3 1 (1.32%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (1.32%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.32%) MSI
3 1 (1.32%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.32%) Protractor
3 1 (1.32%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.32%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.32%) Selenium
3 1 (1.32%) TeamCity
General
1 12 (15.79%) Aerospace
1 12 (15.79%) Military
2 8 (10.53%) Public Sector
3 4 (5.26%) Finance
3 4 (5.26%) Law
4 3 (3.95%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.63%) Retail
6 1 (1.32%) Advertising
6 1 (1.32%) French Language
6 1 (1.32%) German Language
6 1 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (11.84%) Developer
2 6 (7.89%) Desktop Support
3 5 (6.58%) Architect
4 4 (5.26%) C# Developer
5 3 (3.95%) .NET Developer
5 3 (3.95%) Analyst
5 3 (3.95%) Azure Architect
5 3 (3.95%) Azure Engineer
5 3 (3.95%) Data Engineer
5 3 (3.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (3.95%) Infrastructure Support
5 3 (3.95%) Support Engineer
5 3 (3.95%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (2.63%) Administrator
6 2 (2.63%) Consultant
6 2 (2.63%) Deployment Engineer
6 2 (2.63%) Desktop Engineer
6 2 (2.63%) Project Planner
6 2 (2.63%) Support Specialist
6 2 (2.63%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (23.68%) .NET
2 15 (19.74%) Web Services
3 12 (15.79%) Node.js
3 12 (15.79%) Qt
4 10 (13.16%) ActiveX
4 10 (13.16%) DirectX
4 10 (13.16%) MFC
4 10 (13.16%) OpenGL
5 6 (7.89%) .NET Core
5 6 (7.89%) .NET Framework
6 4 (5.26%) AngularJS
6 4 (5.26%) Entity Framework
7 3 (3.95%) ASP.NET
7 3 (3.95%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (3.95%) HTML
8 2 (2.63%) Ajax
8 2 (2.63%) HTML5
8 2 (2.63%) jQuery
8 2 (2.63%) Middleware
8 2 (2.63%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.58%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (6.58%) Management Information System
2 4 (5.26%) Replication
3 3 (3.95%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.63%) FMCG
4 2 (2.63%) iPad
4 2 (2.63%) iPhone
4 2 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 31 (40.79%) Windows
2 10 (13.16%) Linux
3 7 (9.21%) Windows 10
4 5 (6.58%) Windows Server
5 3 (3.95%) Apple iOS
5 3 (3.95%) Mac OS X
6 2 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.32%) VMS
7 1 (1.32%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (27.63%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (21.05%) Scrum
3 15 (19.74%) Mathematics
4 14 (18.42%) Software Engineering
5 9 (11.84%) ITIL
5 9 (11.84%) Migration
6 7 (9.21%) Microservices
6 7 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (7.89%) DevOps
7 6 (7.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 6 (7.89%) Service Management
8 5 (6.58%) Data Transformation
8 5 (6.58%) Domain-Driven Design
8 5 (6.58%) Project Management
9 4 (5.26%) API Design
9 4 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (5.26%) Data Modelling
10 3 (3.95%) Data Security
10 3 (3.95%) ETL
10 3 (3.95%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 21 (27.63%) C#
2 15 (19.74%) JavaScript
3 13 (17.11%) Java
4 12 (15.79%) C++
5 11 (14.47%) SQL
6 10 (13.16%) C
6 10 (13.16%) GLSL
6 10 (13.16%) HLSL
7 8 (10.53%) PowerShell
8 3 (3.95%) TypeScript
9 2 (2.63%) VB
10 1 (1.32%) MATLAB
10 1 (1.32%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (23.68%) Degree
1 18 (23.68%) SC Cleared
1 18 (23.68%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.53%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (5.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (3.95%) DBS Check
4 3 (3.95%) DV Cleared
4 3 (3.95%) MCP
5 2 (2.63%) CISA
5 2 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (2.63%) MCSE
6 1 (1.32%) CISM
6 1 (1.32%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.32%) OCP
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (1.32%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.32%) PMP
6 1 (1.32%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.95%) Data Quality
1 3 (3.95%) PMO
1 3 (3.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (2.63%) ITGC
2 2 (2.63%) QA
3 1 (1.32%) GxP
3 1 (1.32%) HIPAA
System Software
1 18 (23.68%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.95%) Docker
2 3 (3.95%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.63%) vSphere
4 1 (1.32%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.32%) Terminal Server
4 1 (1.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 9 (11.84%) SCCM
2 3 (3.95%) Kubernetes
2 3 (3.95%) SCOM
2 3 (3.95%) WSUS
3 2 (2.63%) SCOrch
3 2 (2.63%) SCVMM
4 1 (1.32%) HP ALM
4 1 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.32%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 6 (7.89%) SAP
2 4 (5.26%) VMware
3 3 (3.95%) Apple
3 3 (3.95%) Cisco
3 3 (3.95%) Tableau
3 3 (3.95%) Talend
4 2 (2.63%) CyberArk
4 2 (2.63%) HP
4 2 (2.63%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.32%) Ariba
5 1 (1.32%) Brocade
5 1 (1.32%) Citrix
5 1 (1.32%) F5
5 1 (1.32%) Google
5 1 (1.32%) jetNEXUS
5 1 (1.32%) McAfee
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle