The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Slough 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 29 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.

Microsoft
Berkshire / Slough
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 14 11
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10 13 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Slough 6.94% 6.02% 9.49%
As % of the Vendors category 11.63% 10.83% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 11
Median daily rate £375 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £244 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £420 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
Median hourly rate £14.20 £14.00 £13.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.42% +1.01%  
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 Slough.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Slough
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 86 120 157
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Slough 59.72% 55.56% 53.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 72 86
Median daily rate £418 £365 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.38% -8.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 4
Median hourly rate £14.20 £18.00 £13.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.11% +29.87%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Slough

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Slough 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 Slough

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Slough

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Slough

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Slough

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Slough over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Slough

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Slough

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Slough

For the 6 months to 29 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 Slough region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 16 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 11 (45.83%) Windows
3 9 (37.50%) SQL
4 7 (29.17%) MS Office
4 7 (29.17%) Telecoms
5 6 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (25.00%) SLA
6 5 (20.83%) Finance
6 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
6 5 (20.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (16.67%) Legal
7 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
7 4 (16.67%) Active Directory
7 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
8 3 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (12.50%) Driving Licence
8 3 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
8 3 (12.50%) TCP/IP
8 3 (12.50%) Nortel
8 3 (12.50%) Ericsson
8 3 (12.50%) XML
8 3 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (12.50%) Windows XP
8 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
8 3 (12.50%) VMware
8 3 (12.50%) Management Information System
8 3 (12.50%) VLAN
8 3 (12.50%) Huawei
8 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Slough 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 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 16 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (29.17%) MS Office
3 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
5 2 (8.33%) MS Project
6 1 (4.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Oracle CRM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) TCP/IP
1 3 (12.50%) VLAN
2 2 (8.33%) DNS
2 2 (8.33%) FTP
2 2 (8.33%) HTTP
2 2 (8.33%) ICMP
2 2 (8.33%) IGMP
2 2 (8.33%) SNMP
2 2 (8.33%) VPN
3 1 (4.17%) 2G
3 1 (4.17%) 3G
3 1 (4.17%) DWDM
3 1 (4.17%) Firewall
3 1 (4.17%) Frame Relay
3 1 (4.17%) Internet
3 1 (4.17%) IPv4
3 1 (4.17%) IPv6
3 1 (4.17%) MPLS
3 1 (4.17%) RSVP
3 1 (4.17%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
3 3 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (8.33%) MS Access
4 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (4.17%) PowerPivot
General
1 7 (29.17%) Telecoms
2 5 (20.83%) Finance
3 4 (16.67%) Legal
4 2 (8.33%) Billing
4 2 (8.33%) Electronics
4 2 (8.33%) Marketing
5 1 (4.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 4 (16.67%) Analyst
2 3 (12.50%) Business Manager
2 3 (12.50%) Business Project Manager
2 3 (12.50%) Developer
2 3 (12.50%) Project Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Architect
3 2 (8.33%) Business Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Field Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Project Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Service Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Service Desk Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Service Desk Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) SQL Developer
3 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Business Developer
4 1 (4.17%) DBA
4 1 (4.17%) Programmer
4 1 (4.17%) Support Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) XML
2 2 (8.33%) .NET
2 2 (8.33%) HTML
2 2 (8.33%) Middleware
3 1 (4.17%) COM
3 1 (4.17%) Mason
3 1 (4.17%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Driving Licence
1 3 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 2 (8.33%) IPTV
2 2 (8.33%) Over-the-Top Content
2 2 (8.33%) Video on Demand
3 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.17%) STB
Operating Systems
1 11 (45.83%) Windows
2 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
3 3 (12.50%) Windows XP
4 2 (8.33%) Android
4 2 (8.33%) Linux
4 2 (8.33%) Unix
4 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (4.17%) Windows 10
5 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
3 2 (8.33%) CRM
3 2 (8.33%) ETL
3 2 (8.33%) Incident Management
3 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Monitoring
3 2 (8.33%) Kimball Methodology
3 2 (8.33%) Network Architecture
3 2 (8.33%) Presales
3 2 (8.33%) PRINCE2
3 2 (8.33%) Project Management
3 2 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (8.33%) Systems Analysis
3 2 (8.33%) UML
3 2 (8.33%) Use Case
4 1 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (4.17%) Analytics
4 1 (4.17%) Dashboard Development
4 1 (4.17%) Migration
4 1 (4.17%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) SQL
2 2 (8.33%) C
2 2 (8.33%) Java
2 2 (8.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) Degree
1 2 (8.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (4.17%) CCIP
2 1 (4.17%) CCNA
2 1 (4.17%) CCNP
2 1 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (4.17%) DBS Check
2 1 (4.17%) JNCIA
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (4.17%) OCP
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) Amdocs OSS
1 2 (8.33%) Nagios
2 1 (4.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) Ericsson
1 3 (12.50%) Huawei
1 3 (12.50%) Nortel
1 3 (12.50%) VMware
2 2 (8.33%) Cisco
2 2 (8.33%) Citrix
2 2 (8.33%) Cramer
2 2 (8.33%) HP
2 2 (8.33%) Nokia Networks
2 2 (8.33%) Oracle
2 2 (8.33%) Remedy
2 2 (8.33%) Tellabs
3 1 (4.17%) Juniper
3 1 (4.17%) NetApp
3 1 (4.17%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (4.17%) Siebel
3 1 (4.17%) Virgin Media