The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 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 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
South East / Oxfordshire
Rank 8 12 4
Rank change year-on-year +4 -8  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 66 51 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 12.09% 10.20% 17.53%
As % of the Vendors category 29.07% 27.27% 43.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 41 71
Median daily rate £375 £275 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.36% -32.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £150 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 21
Median hourly rate £14.20 £14.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.42% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.23 £10.65 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.87 £14.50 £25.00
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 Oxfordshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Oxfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 227 187 271
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 41.58% 37.40% 39.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 150 170
Median daily rate £400 £300 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £479 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 11 37
Median hourly rate £14.20 £14.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.35% -43.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £11.00 £13.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £25.00 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £17.22
% change year-on-year -16.64% +13.21%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Oxfordshire over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Oxfordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Oxfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Oxfordshire region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Oxford +2 33 £363 +45.00% 21
Kidlington 0 7 £145 -30.53% 3
Banbury +5 4 £313 -39.90% 1
Bicester -2 1 - - 1
Abingdon - 1 £150 - 2
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire

For the 6 months to 23 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 Oxfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 65 (49.62%) Windows
2 44 (33.59%) MS Excel
3 31 (23.66%) ITIL
3 31 (23.66%) MS Office
4 30 (22.90%) Active Directory
5 26 (19.85%) Microsoft Azure
6 23 (17.56%) SQL Server
7 21 (16.03%) SQL
7 21 (16.03%) Migration
8 20 (15.27%) Office 365
9 19 (14.50%) SCCM
9 19 (14.50%) Windows 10
9 19 (14.50%) Finance
10 18 (13.74%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (12.98%) Windows Server
12 16 (12.21%) Analytical Skills
12 16 (12.21%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (12.21%) .NET
13 15 (11.45%) Microsoft Certification
13 15 (11.45%) Amazon AWS
13 15 (11.45%) Windows Server 2012
14 14 (10.69%) Windows 7
14 14 (10.69%) VMware
15 13 (9.92%) Degree
16 12 (9.16%) PRINCE2
16 12 (9.16%) C#
16 12 (9.16%) DNS
16 12 (9.16%) MS Exchange
16 12 (9.16%) Hyper-V
16 12 (9.16%) vSphere

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire 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 12 (9.16%) MS Exchange
2 7 (5.34%) SharePoint
3 6 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.05%) IIS
4 4 (3.05%) Skype for Business
5 3 (2.29%) Apache
5 3 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.53%) MS Project Server
6 2 (1.53%) WordPress
7 1 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.76%) Drupal
7 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 44 (33.59%) MS Excel
2 31 (23.66%) MS Office
3 9 (6.87%) MS Project
4 5 (3.82%) MS Visio
5 4 (3.05%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.76%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.82%) Dynamics AX
1 5 (3.82%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.29%) Infor CloudSuite
2 3 (2.29%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
3 2 (1.53%) CA PPM
3 2 (1.53%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (1.53%) Infor CRM
4 1 (0.76%) Cognos Controller
4 1 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 26 (19.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (15.27%) Office 365
3 15 (11.45%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (4.58%) IaaS
5 2 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.53%) PaaS
6 1 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.16%) DNS
2 7 (5.34%) DHCP
3 6 (4.58%) Firewall
4 5 (3.82%) WAN
5 4 (3.05%) Network Security
5 4 (3.05%) Skype
5 4 (3.05%) VoIP
5 4 (3.05%) VPN
6 3 (2.29%) DMARC
6 3 (2.29%) LAN
6 3 (2.29%) SMTP
7 2 (1.53%) Ethernet
7 2 (1.53%) Intranet
7 2 (1.53%) Intrusion Detection
7 2 (1.53%) IP Telephony
7 2 (1.53%) SAN
8 1 (0.76%) 3G
8 1 (0.76%) BGP
8 1 (0.76%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (17.56%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.58%) SQL Server 2005
2 6 (4.58%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (3.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (3.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (3.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (3.05%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (3.05%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.53%) MySQL
7 1 (0.76%) Big Data
7 1 (0.76%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.76%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.76%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.76%) DB2
7 1 (0.76%) DocumentDB
7 1 (0.76%) MS Access
7 1 (0.76%) QlikView
7 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (1.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 2 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (1.53%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.76%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.76%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.76%) LabVIEW
2 1 (0.76%) MSBuild
2 1 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (0.76%) SonarQube
2 1 (0.76%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 19 (14.50%) Finance
2 8 (6.11%) Advertising
3 6 (4.58%) Publishing
4 5 (3.82%) Back Office
5 2 (1.53%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.76%) Automotive
6 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 34 (25.95%) Analyst
2 20 (15.27%) Developer
3 19 (14.50%) Support Analyst
4 14 (10.69%) IT Support
5 11 (8.40%) IT Analyst
6 10 (7.63%) .NET Developer
6 10 (7.63%) Desktop Support
6 10 (7.63%) Project Manager
7 9 (6.87%) IT Support Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) Service Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) Service Desk Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Support Engineer
9 7 (5.34%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (5.34%) 1st Line Support
9 7 (5.34%) 2nd Line Support
9 7 (5.34%) Administrator
9 7 (5.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (5.34%) Service Desk Support
9 7 (5.34%) Service Desk Support Analyst
9 7 (5.34%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (12.21%) .NET
2 8 (6.11%) Web Services
3 6 (4.58%) ASP.NET
4 4 (3.05%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (3.05%) Middleware
5 3 (2.29%) HTML
5 3 (2.29%) WPF
6 2 (1.53%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (1.53%) Silverlight
6 2 (1.53%) WAP
6 2 (1.53%) WinForms
7 1 (0.76%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (0.76%) CSS3
7 1 (0.76%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.76%) Handlebars
7 1 (0.76%) HTML5
7 1 (0.76%) jQuery
7 1 (0.76%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (0.76%) React
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.21%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.34%) Driving Licence
3 6 (4.58%) PMI
4 4 (3.05%) BYOD
4 4 (3.05%) CMDB
4 4 (3.05%) Computer Science
4 4 (3.05%) Handset
4 4 (3.05%) Smartphone
5 3 (2.29%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.29%) PKI
5 3 (2.29%) Replication
5 3 (2.29%) User Experience
6 2 (1.53%) CCTV
6 2 (1.53%) EPoS
6 2 (1.53%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.53%) Photography
6 2 (1.53%) Social Media
7 1 (0.76%) Biotechnology
7 1 (0.76%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.76%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 65 (49.62%) Windows
2 19 (14.50%) Windows 10
3 18 (13.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (12.98%) Windows Server
5 15 (11.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (10.69%) Windows 7
7 10 (7.63%) Linux
7 10 (7.63%) Windows XP
8 5 (3.82%) Apple iOS
9 4 (3.05%) Unix
9 4 (3.05%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (1.53%) Android
10 2 (1.53%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.53%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.76%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (23.66%) ITIL
2 21 (16.03%) Migration
3 16 (12.21%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (9.16%) PRINCE2
5 10 (7.63%) Scrum
6 9 (6.87%) Project Management
7 8 (6.11%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (6.11%) Data Migration
8 7 (5.34%) Application Virtualisation
8 7 (5.34%) Data Protection
8 7 (5.34%) MVC
9 6 (4.58%) Application Rationalisation
9 6 (4.58%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (4.58%) CRM
9 6 (4.58%) Service Design
9 6 (4.58%) Service Management
10 5 (3.82%) ETL
10 5 (3.82%) Incident Management
10 5 (3.82%) Release Management
10 5 (3.82%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 21 (16.03%) SQL
2 12 (9.16%) C#
3 8 (6.11%) PowerShell
4 6 (4.58%) T-SQL
5 5 (3.82%) Perl
6 4 (3.05%) Python
7 3 (2.29%) Apex Code
7 3 (2.29%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.53%) VB
8 2 (1.53%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.53%) VBScript
8 2 (1.53%) XAML
9 1 (0.76%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.76%) C
9 1 (0.76%) C++
9 1 (0.76%) Java
9 1 (0.76%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.76%) PHP
9 1 (0.76%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 15 (11.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (9.92%) Degree
3 7 (5.34%) ITIL Certification
4 6 (4.58%) MCSE
4 6 (4.58%) PMI Certification
4 6 (4.58%) PMP
5 4 (3.05%) MCP
5 4 (3.05%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.53%) ISEB
6 2 (1.53%) MCTS
7 1 (0.76%) CBAP
7 1 (0.76%) IIBA
7 1 (0.76%) MCDST
7 1 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.76%) RHCE
7 1 (0.76%) RHCSA
7 1 (0.76%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.34%) PMO
2 2 (1.53%) GDPR
2 2 (1.53%) QA
2 2 (1.53%) SLA
3 1 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 30 (22.90%) Active Directory
2 12 (9.16%) Hyper-V
2 12 (9.16%) vSphere
3 8 (6.11%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (5.34%) XenApp
5 6 (4.58%) XenDesktop
6 5 (3.82%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (2.29%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.76%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.76%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 19 (14.50%) SCCM
2 7 (5.34%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (5.34%) SCOM
3 5 (3.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 4 (3.05%) AppDNA
4 4 (3.05%) EdgeSight
5 3 (2.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.29%) WebSphere Cast Iron
6 2 (1.53%) Nagios
6 2 (1.53%) Tivoli
6 2 (1.53%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 14 (10.69%) VMware
2 11 (8.40%) Citrix
3 9 (6.87%) Sophos
4 7 (5.34%) HP
5 6 (4.58%) NetApp
6 5 (3.82%) Apple
6 5 (3.82%) BMC
6 5 (3.82%) Remedy
7 3 (2.29%) Avaya
7 3 (2.29%) Clearswift
7 3 (2.29%) Infor
7 3 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (2.29%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.53%) Adobe
8 2 (1.53%) AppSense
8 2 (1.53%) Juniper
8 2 (1.53%) Palo Alto
8 2 (1.53%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.53%) SAP
8 2 (1.53%) Xamarin
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