The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 24 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
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 11 8
Rank change year-on-year -19 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 16 35 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 4.92% 11.82% 12.46%
As % of the Vendors category 14.16% 28.46% 35.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 25 28
Median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £119 £100 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £425 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.21% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 4
Median hourly rate £15.25 £8.80 £8.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.29% +3.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £8.80 £8.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.65 £8.80 £34.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +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 Oxford.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 113 123 118
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 34.77% 41.55% 35.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 92 87
Median daily rate £450 £350 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -17.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £229 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 8
Median hourly rate £15.50 £8.80 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.13% -49.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £8.80 £8.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £8.80 £72.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.47
% change year-on-year -14.63% +11.02%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford 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 Oxford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Oxford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Oxford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Oxford over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Oxford

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Oxford

For the 6 months to 24 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 Oxford region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 21 (42.00%) Windows
2 17 (34.00%) Active Directory
3 15 (30.00%) Microsoft Office
4 12 (24.00%) SQL
5 10 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 10 (20.00%) Office 365
5 10 (20.00%) Windows Server
6 9 (18.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
6 9 (18.00%) Migration
7 8 (16.00%) Finance
7 8 (16.00%) ITIL
7 8 (16.00%) Degree
7 8 (16.00%) SCCM
8 7 (14.00%) Amazon AWS
8 7 (14.00%) Windows 10
9 6 (12.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (10.00%) PRINCE2
10 5 (10.00%) Windows XP
10 5 (10.00%) Hyper-V
10 5 (10.00%) IaaS
10 5 (10.00%) PMO
11 4 (8.00%) Performance Tuning
11 4 (8.00%) Application Virtualisation
11 4 (8.00%) PowerShell
11 4 (8.00%) PaaS
11 4 (8.00%) Network Security
11 4 (8.00%) Remedy ITSM

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxford 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 4 (8.00%) IIS
1 4 (8.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (6.00%) Apache
3 1 (2.00%) CMS
3 1 (2.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 15 (30.00%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (4.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (8.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (6.00%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (6.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (4.00%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (2.00%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 10 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (20.00%) Office 365
2 7 (14.00%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (10.00%) IaaS
4 4 (8.00%) PaaS
5 3 (6.00%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (2.00%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.00%) Network Security
1 4 (8.00%) VoIP
2 2 (4.00%) WAN
3 1 (2.00%) 3G
3 1 (2.00%) BGP
3 1 (2.00%) DNS
3 1 (2.00%) Ethernet
3 1 (2.00%) Firewall
3 1 (2.00%) Intranet
3 1 (2.00%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (2.00%) LAN
3 1 (2.00%) LDAP
3 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.00%) Unified Communications
3 1 (2.00%) VPN
3 1 (2.00%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (12.00%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (6.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (6.00%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (4.00%) MySQL
5 1 (2.00%) Big Data
5 1 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 1 (2.00%) Bitbucket
1 1 (2.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.00%) MSBuild
1 1 (2.00%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (2.00%) SonarQube
General
1 8 (16.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.00%) Marketing
2 1 (2.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (30.00%) Analyst
1 15 (30.00%) Desktop Support
2 8 (16.00%) Support Analyst
3 6 (12.00%) Desktop Analyst
3 6 (12.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 6 (12.00%) IT Support
4 5 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (8.00%) Administrator
5 4 (8.00%) DBA
5 4 (8.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (8.00%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
5 4 (8.00%) IT Analyst
5 4 (8.00%) Project Manager
5 4 (8.00%) Security Engineer
5 4 (8.00%) SQL DBA
6 3 (6.00%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 3 (6.00%) Active Directory Support
6 3 (6.00%) Azure Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Cloud Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.00%) .NET
2 2 (4.00%) WAP
2 2 (4.00%) Web Services
3 1 (2.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.00%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.00%) PMI
2 3 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.00%) CCTV
2 3 (6.00%) Driving Licence
2 3 (6.00%) PKI
2 3 (6.00%) Replication
3 2 (4.00%) EPoS
3 2 (4.00%) iPhone
3 2 (4.00%) Smartphone
4 1 (2.00%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.00%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 21 (42.00%) Windows
2 10 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 7 (14.00%) Windows 10
4 5 (10.00%) Windows XP
5 3 (6.00%) Linux
5 3 (6.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (4.00%) Android
6 2 (4.00%) Apple iOS
6 2 (4.00%) Windows 7
6 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (2.00%) Debian
7 1 (2.00%) Mac OS X
7 1 (2.00%) OpenBSD
7 1 (2.00%) Unix
7 1 (2.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (18.00%) Continuous Improvement
1 9 (18.00%) Migration
2 8 (16.00%) ITIL
3 5 (10.00%) PRINCE2
4 4 (8.00%) Application Virtualisation
4 4 (8.00%) CRM
4 4 (8.00%) Incident Management
4 4 (8.00%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (8.00%) Project Management
4 4 (8.00%) Service Delivery
5 3 (6.00%) Application Rationalisation
5 3 (6.00%) Break/Fix
5 3 (6.00%) Change Control
5 3 (6.00%) Change Management
5 3 (6.00%) Release Management
5 3 (6.00%) SDLC
5 3 (6.00%) Service Design
5 3 (6.00%) SQL Optimisation
5 3 (6.00%) Task Automation
6 2 (4.00%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 12 (24.00%) SQL
2 4 (8.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (8.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (6.00%) Perl
4 2 (4.00%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.00%) Python
4 2 (4.00%) VBScript
5 1 (2.00%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.00%) C
5 1 (2.00%) C#
5 1 (2.00%) C++
5 1 (2.00%) Java
5 1 (2.00%) PHP
5 1 (2.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (16.00%) Degree
2 6 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (8.00%) PMI Certification
4 4 (8.00%) PMP
5 3 (6.00%) MCP
5 3 (6.00%) Security Cleared
6 2 (4.00%) ISEB
6 2 (4.00%) MCSE
6 2 (4.00%) MCTS
7 1 (2.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (2.00%) CBAP
7 1 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (2.00%) IIBA
7 1 (2.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.00%) PMO
2 2 (4.00%) GDPR
3 1 (2.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.00%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (34.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (10.00%) Hyper-V
3 4 (8.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (2.00%) vSphere
5 1 (2.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (16.00%) SCCM
2 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (6.00%) Tivoli
2 3 (6.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 1 (2.00%) Nagios
3 1 (2.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 4 (8.00%) BMC
1 4 (8.00%) Citrix
1 4 (8.00%) Remedy
2 3 (6.00%) Adobe
2 3 (6.00%) Apple
2 3 (6.00%) Sophos
3 2 (4.00%) HP
3 2 (4.00%) Samsung
3 2 (4.00%) SolarWinds
3 2 (4.00%) VMware
4 1 (2.00%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.00%) Juniper
4 1 (2.00%) Palo Alto
4 1 (2.00%) Red Hat
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