The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Luton 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 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
Bedfordshire / Luton
Rank 10 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -7 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8 29 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Luton 7.77% 17.26% 19.39%
As % of the Vendors category 23.53% 39.19% 42.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 15 25
Median daily rate £525 £588 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.63% +6.81%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 4
Median hourly rate - £32.84 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.08%  
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 Luton.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Luton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 34 74 76
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Luton 33.01% 44.05% 46.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 51 58
Median daily rate £425 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.04% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £315 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £588 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 4
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -62.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.38 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.81% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Luton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Luton 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 Luton

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Luton

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Luton

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Luton

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Luton

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Luton

For the 6 months to 27 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 Luton region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 6 (46.15%) MS Excel
2 5 (38.46%) Project Management
2 5 (38.46%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (30.77%) Change Management
3 4 (30.77%) Supplier Management
3 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
3 4 (30.77%) HP
3 4 (30.77%) MS Visio
3 4 (30.77%) MS Office
3 4 (30.77%) Data Centre
4 3 (23.08%) XenApp
4 3 (23.08%) Citrix
4 3 (23.08%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (23.08%) Finance
4 3 (23.08%) Migration
4 3 (23.08%) VMware
5 2 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (15.38%) Management Information System
5 2 (15.38%) Information Security
5 2 (15.38%) MCITP
5 2 (15.38%) PCI DSS
5 2 (15.38%) DV Cleared
5 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
5 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (15.38%) MPLS
5 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (15.38%) Lotus
5 2 (15.38%) Dell
5 2 (15.38%) SharePoint

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Luton 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 2 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2013
1 2 (15.38%) IBM Notes
1 2 (15.38%) MS Exchange
1 2 (15.38%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (46.15%) MS Excel
2 4 (30.77%) MS Office
2 4 (30.77%) MS Visio
3 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (7.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Office 365
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) Cisco Nexus
1 2 (15.38%) DHCP
1 2 (15.38%) DNS
1 2 (15.38%) MPLS
1 2 (15.38%) NetScaler
1 2 (15.38%) SMTP
1 2 (15.38%) WAN
2 1 (7.69%) BIG-IP
2 1 (7.69%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) MongoDB
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Architect
2 3 (23.08%) IT Manager
2 3 (23.08%) Supplier Manager
2 3 (23.08%) Technical Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Collaboration Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Governance Manager
3 2 (15.38%) IT Governance Manager
3 2 (15.38%) Messaging Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Messaging Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) VMware Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Business Change Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Business Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Change Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Implementation Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Integration Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Data Centre
2 2 (15.38%) Management Information System
3 1 (7.69%) Fat Client
3 1 (7.69%) Smartphone
3 1 (7.69%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Solaris
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
1 2 (15.38%) Windows 2000 Server
1 2 (15.38%) Windows Server
1 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) Project Management
1 5 (38.46%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (30.77%) Change Management
2 4 (30.77%) Supplier Management
3 3 (23.08%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (23.08%) Migration
4 2 (15.38%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (15.38%) Converged Infrastructure
4 2 (15.38%) E-Commerce
4 2 (15.38%) Information Security
4 2 (15.38%) Issue Tracking
5 1 (7.69%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
5 1 (7.69%) CRM
5 1 (7.69%) DevOps
5 1 (7.69%) Knowledge Management
5 1 (7.69%) Matrix Management
5 1 (7.69%) People Management
5 1 (7.69%) Project Governance
5 1 (7.69%) Protective Monitoring
5 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) C#
1 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) R
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) DV Cleared
1 2 (15.38%) MCITP
1 2 (15.38%) MCSE
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) VCAP
2 1 (7.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) PCI DSS
2 1 (7.69%) GPG13
System Software
1 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 3 (23.08%) XenApp
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (15.38%) vSphere
4 1 (7.69%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) AirWatch
1 1 (7.69%) AppDNA
1 1 (7.69%) SCCM
1 1 (7.69%) Simpana
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) HP
2 3 (23.08%) Citrix
2 3 (23.08%) VMware
3 2 (15.38%) 3PAR
3 2 (15.38%) Cisco
3 2 (15.38%) Dell
3 2 (15.38%) Lotus
3 2 (15.38%) Oracle
4 1 (7.69%) AppSense
4 1 (7.69%) CommVault
4 1 (7.69%) F5
4 1 (7.69%) Palo Alto