The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Stevenage 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 28 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
Hertfordshire / Stevenage
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1 7 9
Rank change year-on-year +6 +2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 12 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stevenage 35.29% 8.57% 10.20%
As % of the Vendors category 50.00% 17.65% 31.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £325 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.86% +10.76%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 3
Median hourly rate £14.50 - £25.00
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 Stevenage.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Stevenage
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 24 17 16
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stevenage 70.59% 48.57% 32.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 3
Median daily rate £325 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.46% +15.38%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 4
Median hourly rate £15.00 £8.25 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.81% -59.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £8.25 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.20 £33.56 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.66% +13.51%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Stevenage

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Stevenage 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 Stevenage

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Stevenage

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Stevenage

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Stevenage

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Stevenage

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Stevenage

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Stevenage over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Stevenage

For the 6 months to 28 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 Stevenage region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 11 (61.11%) Windows
2 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
3 6 (33.33%) VMware
4 5 (27.78%) Java
4 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (22.22%) Software Engineering
5 4 (22.22%) Degree
5 4 (22.22%) SC Cleared
5 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (22.22%) Cisco
6 3 (16.67%) Active Directory
6 3 (16.67%) HP
6 3 (16.67%) Dell
6 3 (16.67%) SMTP
6 3 (16.67%) Ethernet
6 3 (16.67%) HTTP
6 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
6 3 (16.67%) SLA
6 3 (16.67%) SQL
6 3 (16.67%) Configuration Management
6 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
6 3 (16.67%) Web Services
6 3 (16.67%) C#
6 3 (16.67%) C++
6 3 (16.67%) Linux
6 3 (16.67%) MS Exchange
6 3 (16.67%) Eclipse
6 3 (16.67%) LAN
6 3 (16.67%) NetBeans
6 3 (16.67%) Military

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Stevenage 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 3 (16.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (5.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) Ethernet
1 3 (16.67%) HTTP
1 3 (16.67%) LAN
1 3 (16.67%) SMTP
1 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
2 2 (11.11%) Internet
2 2 (11.11%) SpaceWire
3 1 (5.56%) BIG-IP
3 1 (5.56%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (5.56%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (5.56%) Firewall
3 1 (5.56%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Eclipse
1 3 (16.67%) NetBeans
1 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
2 2 (11.11%) Bugzilla
2 2 (11.11%) ClearCase
2 2 (11.11%) ClearQuest
3 1 (5.56%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (5.56%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 3 (16.67%) Military
1 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.11%) Aerospace
2 2 (11.11%) Automotive
2 2 (11.11%) Avionics
3 1 (5.56%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) Technical Support
2 2 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Support
2 2 (11.11%) Architect
2 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architect
2 2 (11.11%) Exchange Support
2 2 (11.11%) Server Support
2 2 (11.11%) Software Validation Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Support Assistant
2 2 (11.11%) Support Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Technical Assistant
2 2 (11.11%) Technical Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Technical Support Assistant
2 2 (11.11%) Technical Support Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Validation Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Technical Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) IT Support
3 1 (5.56%) Synthetic Environment Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) VMware Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) Qt
1 3 (16.67%) Web Services
2 2 (11.11%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 2 (11.11%) Algorithms
2 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.11%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (11.11%) Smartphone
3 1 (5.56%) Fat Client
3 1 (5.56%) iPhone
3 1 (5.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 11 (61.11%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Linux
2 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (11.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (11.11%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.56%) Android
4 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
4 1 (5.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (22.22%) Software Engineering
2 3 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 3 (16.67%) Server Virtualisation
2 3 (16.67%) Validation
3 2 (11.11%) Asset Management
3 2 (11.11%) Incident Management
3 2 (11.11%) ITIL
3 2 (11.11%) Mathematics
3 2 (11.11%) Software Testing
3 2 (11.11%) Test Strategy
3 2 (11.11%) UML
4 1 (5.56%) Business Continuity
4 1 (5.56%) DevOps
4 1 (5.56%) Document Management
4 1 (5.56%) Information Security
4 1 (5.56%) Migration
4 1 (5.56%) Physics
4 1 (5.56%) Protective Monitoring
4 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (5.56%) SysML
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) Java
2 3 (16.67%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) C++
2 3 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (11.11%) C
3 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 2 (11.11%) PowerShell
4 1 (5.56%) ANSI C
4 1 (5.56%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 4 (22.22%) Degree
2 4 (22.22%) SC Cleared
3 2 (11.11%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (16.67%) SLA
2 2 (11.11%) ECSS
3 1 (5.56%) GPG13
3 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (11.11%) Cygwin
3 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 2 (11.11%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (5.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (5.56%) XenApp
4 1 (5.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (5.56%) AirWatch
2 1 (5.56%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) VMware
2 4 (22.22%) Cisco
3 3 (16.67%) Dell
3 3 (16.67%) HP
4 2 (11.11%) Becrypt
4 2 (11.11%) Red Hat
5 1 (5.56%) AppSense
5 1 (5.56%) Citrix
5 1 (5.56%) F5
5 1 (5.56%) Mitel
5 1 (5.56%) Palo Alto
5 1 (5.56%) Samsung
5 1 (5.56%) Veeam