The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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 22 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
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
Rank 8 9 3
Rank change year-on-year +1 -6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 123 96 156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 16.64% 12.96% 18.29%
As % of the Vendors category 33.42% 30.09% 37.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 61 66
Median daily rate £415 £425 £296
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +43.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £575 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 7
Median hourly rate £9.61 £16.00 £11.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.93% +43.49%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £11.13 £9.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.72 £51.20 £18.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 Milton Keynes.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 368 319 416
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 49.80% 43.05% 48.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 169 175
Median daily rate £425 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £295 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 9
Median hourly rate £10.80 £19.38 £12.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.25% +51.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.27 £9.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £60.00 £18.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £17.11
% change year-on-year -17.50% +16.89%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Milton Keynes

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Milton Keynes over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Milton Keynes

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Milton Keynes

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 22 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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 119 (49.79%) Security Cleared
2 101 (42.26%) SC Cleared
3 72 (30.13%) Windows
4 66 (27.62%) MS Office
5 63 (26.36%) MS Excel
6 58 (24.27%) DV Cleared
7 57 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
8 53 (22.18%) ITIL
9 47 (19.67%) Active Directory
10 46 (19.25%) Finance
11 34 (14.23%) CRM
11 34 (14.23%) Dynamics CRM
12 33 (13.81%) Project Management
13 30 (12.55%) .NET
14 26 (10.88%) Linux
15 24 (10.04%) Oracle
15 24 (10.04%) VMware
16 22 (9.21%) Visual Studio
16 22 (9.21%) Citrix
16 22 (9.21%) .NET Framework
17 21 (8.79%) SQL Server
17 21 (8.79%) JavaScript
17 21 (8.79%) WAN
18 20 (8.37%) HTML
18 20 (8.37%) PRINCE2
18 20 (8.37%) SCCM
18 20 (8.37%) Analytical Skills
19 19 (7.95%) Office 365
19 19 (7.95%) MS Project
20 18 (7.53%) Unix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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 17 (7.11%) MS Exchange
1 17 (7.11%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.93%) Drupal
2 7 (2.93%) SharePoint 2013
2 7 (2.93%) Skype for Business
3 6 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2003
3 6 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2007
3 6 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (2.09%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (1.26%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.84%) Apache
6 2 (0.84%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (0.84%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.84%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.42%) IIS
Applications
1 66 (27.62%) MS Office
2 63 (26.36%) MS Excel
3 19 (7.95%) MS Project
4 17 (7.11%) MS Visio
5 11 (4.60%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.42%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 34 (14.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.51%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 19 (7.95%) Office 365
2 9 (3.77%) IaaS
2 9 (3.77%) SaaS
3 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (8.79%) WAN
2 11 (4.60%) Cisco ASA
3 10 (4.18%) BIG-IP
3 10 (4.18%) Firewall
3 10 (4.18%) LAN
4 9 (3.77%) ATM
4 9 (3.77%) Cisco Nexus
4 9 (3.77%) IPsec
5 8 (3.35%) SAN
6 7 (2.93%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (2.93%) Wireless
7 6 (2.51%) Internet
8 4 (1.67%) ADSL
8 4 (1.67%) MPLS
8 4 (1.67%) SMTP
8 4 (1.67%) TCP/IP
8 4 (1.67%) VoIP
8 4 (1.67%) VPN
9 3 (1.26%) DNS
9 3 (1.26%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (8.79%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.09%) Power BI
3 3 (1.26%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (1.26%) DB2
3 3 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.84%) Oracle Discoverer
4 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.84%) SSDT
5 1 (0.42%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
5 1 (0.42%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.42%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.42%) Data Mart
5 1 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (9.21%) Visual Studio
2 13 (5.44%) Visual Studio Team System
3 7 (2.93%) Introscope
4 6 (2.51%) JIRA
5 4 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.84%) MSTest
6 2 (0.84%) Selenium
6 2 (0.84%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.42%) MSI
7 1 (0.42%) NUnit
General
1 46 (19.25%) Finance
2 16 (6.69%) Retail
3 7 (2.93%) Banking
4 4 (1.67%) Legal
4 4 (1.67%) Marketing
5 3 (1.26%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.42%) Advertising
6 1 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.42%) Law
6 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.42%) Russian Language
6 1 (0.42%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 41 (17.15%) Architect
2 36 (15.06%) Analyst
3 27 (11.30%) Developer
4 16 (6.69%) Project Manager
5 15 (6.28%) Technical Architect
6 14 (5.86%) Consultant
6 14 (5.86%) CRM Developer
6 14 (5.86%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 13 (5.44%) Solutions Architect
8 12 (5.02%) Microsoft Developer
9 9 (3.77%) Administrator
9 9 (3.77%) CRM Architect
9 9 (3.77%) CRM Solutions Architect
9 9 (3.77%) Enterprise Architect
9 9 (3.77%) SC Cleared Project Manager
10 8 (3.35%) Dynamics CRM Architect
10 8 (3.35%) Lead Architect
10 8 (3.35%) Lead Solutions Architect
11 7 (2.93%) Monitoring Specialist
12 6 (2.51%) Security Advisor
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (12.55%) .NET
2 22 (9.21%) .NET Framework
3 20 (8.37%) HTML
4 15 (6.28%) CSS
5 14 (5.86%) ASP.NET
5 14 (5.86%) ASP.NET Web API
6 13 (5.44%) WCF
7 11 (4.60%) SailPoint
8 8 (3.35%) ASP.NET MVC
9 7 (2.93%) SAML
10 6 (2.51%) XML
11 4 (1.67%) AngularJS
11 4 (1.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 4 (1.67%) KnockoutJS
12 2 (0.84%) J2EE
12 2 (0.84%) jQuery
13 1 (0.42%) Hibernate
13 1 (0.42%) WinForms
13 1 (0.42%) XML Messaging
13 1 (0.42%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.37%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (7.53%) Management Information System
3 9 (3.77%) e-Health
3 9 (3.77%) Fat Client
3 9 (3.77%) Thin Client
4 8 (3.35%) Blackberry
4 8 (3.35%) CESG
4 8 (3.35%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.09%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.67%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.26%) Clustering
7 3 (1.26%) CMDB
7 3 (1.26%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.26%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.26%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.26%) Social Media
8 2 (0.84%) Handset
8 2 (0.84%) IVR
9 1 (0.42%) e-Learning
9 1 (0.42%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 72 (30.13%) Windows
2 26 (10.88%) Linux
3 18 (7.53%) Unix
4 15 (6.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (6.28%) Windows Server
5 14 (5.86%) Windows 7
6 11 (4.60%) Windows 10
6 11 (4.60%) Windows Vista
6 11 (4.60%) Windows XP
7 9 (3.77%) Windows 8
8 8 (3.35%) CentOS
9 7 (2.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (2.93%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (2.09%) Android
12 4 (1.67%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.84%) Solaris
13 2 (0.84%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.42%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.42%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (22.18%) ITIL
3 34 (14.23%) CRM
4 33 (13.81%) Project Management
5 20 (8.37%) PRINCE2
6 18 (7.53%) Service Management
7 17 (7.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (6.69%) Incident Management
8 16 (6.69%) Logistics
9 13 (5.44%) DevOps
10 12 (5.02%) Change Management
10 12 (5.02%) Risk Management
11 11 (4.60%) ITIL V3
11 11 (4.60%) Time Management
12 10 (4.18%) ITIL V2
12 10 (4.18%) Migration
12 10 (4.18%) Patch Management
12 10 (4.18%) Root Cause Analysis
12 10 (4.18%) Scrum
13 9 (3.77%) Customer-Centric Approach
Programming Languages
1 21 (8.79%) JavaScript
2 16 (6.69%) C#
3 15 (6.28%) SQL
4 6 (2.51%) PowerShell
4 6 (2.51%) VB
5 5 (2.09%) VBScript
6 3 (1.26%) C
7 1 (0.42%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 119 (49.79%) Security Cleared
2 101 (42.26%) SC Cleared
3 58 (24.27%) DV Cleared
4 10 (4.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 10 (4.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 8 (3.35%) CESG Certified Professional
5 8 (3.35%) CISSP
6 7 (2.93%) APMP
7 5 (2.09%) CEH
7 5 (2.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (2.09%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.67%) CREST Certified
8 4 (1.67%) ISEB
8 4 (1.67%) ISTQB
8 4 (1.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (1.67%) OSCP
9 3 (1.26%) MCP
9 3 (1.26%) MCSE
10 2 (0.84%) CCNA
10 2 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.77%) GPG13
1 9 (3.77%) QA
2 8 (3.35%) PMO
3 7 (2.93%) RMADS
4 6 (2.51%) SLA
5 1 (0.42%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.42%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.42%) ISO19770
5 1 (0.42%) ISO22301
System Software
1 47 (19.67%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.60%) XenApp
3 11 (4.60%) XenDesktop
4 10 (4.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (3.35%) Docker
5 8 (3.35%) vCloud
5 8 (3.35%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (1.26%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.84%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.84%) Sendmail
7 2 (0.84%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.42%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.42%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.42%) vSphere
8 1 (0.42%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 20 (8.37%) SCCM
2 11 (4.60%) SCOM
3 10 (4.18%) AppDNA
4 8 (3.35%) Puppet
4 8 (3.35%) vRealize
5 7 (2.93%) CA Wily
6 5 (2.09%) WSUS
7 4 (1.67%) BladeLogic
7 4 (1.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (1.26%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.84%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.84%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.84%) CA Spectrum
9 2 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.84%) OVSD
10 1 (0.42%) Control-M
10 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.42%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.42%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 24 (10.04%) Oracle
1 24 (10.04%) VMware
2 22 (9.21%) Citrix
3 18 (7.53%) Remedy
4 17 (7.11%) Cisco
5 13 (5.44%) HP
6 12 (5.02%) F5
6 12 (5.02%) Symantec
7 10 (4.18%) AppSense
7 10 (4.18%) Red Hat
8 9 (3.77%) CA
8 9 (3.77%) Palo Alto
9 7 (2.93%) NetQoS
9 7 (2.93%) Nimsoft
10 6 (2.51%) SAP
11 5 (2.09%) Avaya
11 5 (2.09%) CheckPoint
11 5 (2.09%) NCR
12 4 (1.67%) Genesys
12 4 (1.67%) NetApp
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