The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in St Albans 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 April 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
Hertfordshire / St Albans
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1 10 1
Rank change year-on-year +9 -9  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7 2 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in St Albans 30.43% 6.25% 59.09%
As % of the Vendors category 53.85% 9.52% 81.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
Median daily rate £110 £383 £1,000
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -71.24% -61.75%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £364 £350
% change year-on-year -3.84% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £11.00 - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +3.33% -3.22%  

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 St Albans.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
St Albans
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 13 21 16
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in St Albans 56.52% 65.63% 72.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 4
Median daily rate £205 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -48.75% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £400 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £450 £1,000
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £11.00 - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -17.50% +11.11%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in St Albans

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in St Albans 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 St Albans

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in St Albans

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in St Albans

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in St Albans

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in St Albans

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 St Albans region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (71.43%) Active Directory
3 4 (57.14%) Driving Licence
4 2 (28.57%) NetScaler
4 2 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
4 2 (28.57%) Enterprise Storage
4 2 (28.57%) FCoE
4 2 (28.57%) Fibre Channel
4 2 (28.57%) Migration
4 2 (28.57%) VMware
4 2 (28.57%) Brocade
4 2 (28.57%) iSCSI
4 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 2 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (28.57%) Ethernet
4 2 (28.57%) NFS
4 2 (28.57%) Cisco
5 1 (14.29%) Windows
5 1 (14.29%) CheckPoint
5 1 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (14.29%) Firewall
5 1 (14.29%) Office 365

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in St Albans 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:

Applications
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
1 2 (28.57%) Ethernet
1 2 (28.57%) FCoE
1 2 (28.57%) Fibre Channel
1 2 (28.57%) iSCSI
1 2 (28.57%) NetScaler
2 1 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (14.29%) Firewall
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) Help Desk Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) IT Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Designer
3 2 (28.57%) Network Designer
4 1 (14.29%) Service Analyst
4 1 (14.29%) Service Desk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Driving Licence
2 2 (28.57%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) Migration
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 5 (71.43%) Active Directory
2 2 (28.57%) NFS
2 2 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Brocade
1 2 (28.57%) Cisco
1 2 (28.57%) VMware
2 1 (14.29%) CheckPoint