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 30 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
Hertfordshire / Stevenage
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 10 6
Rank change year-on-year +4 -4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stevenage 10.91% 8.77% 13.89%
As % of the Vendors category 23.08% 15.63% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 2
Median daily rate £300 £260 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -7.55%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £15.99 £37.75 £14.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.65% +154.20%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -3.33% -  

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 26 32 24
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stevenage 47.27% 56.14% 66.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 6
Median daily rate £300 £350 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.28% +12.90%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £260 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 3
Median hourly rate £17.77 £15.00 £14.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.46% +1.01%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +10.29%  

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

For the 6 months to 30 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 Stevenage region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 12 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 11 (55.00%) Windows
3 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
4 6 (30.00%) Java
5 5 (25.00%) C++
5 5 (25.00%) MS Excel
5 5 (25.00%) Active Directory
5 5 (25.00%) SCCM
6 4 (20.00%) Web Services
6 4 (20.00%) VMware
7 3 (15.00%) NetBeans
7 3 (15.00%) Military
7 3 (15.00%) Eclipse
7 3 (15.00%) C#
7 3 (15.00%) SQL
7 3 (15.00%) VB
7 3 (15.00%) MySQL
7 3 (15.00%) Ethernet
7 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
7 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
7 3 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (15.00%) Qt
7 3 (15.00%) Kalman Filter
8 2 (10.00%) Email Management
8 2 (10.00%) DevOps
8 2 (10.00%) Trend Micro
8 2 (10.00%) Sendmail
8 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (10.00%) Redmine
8 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012

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 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (5.00%) Apache
2 1 (5.00%) IIS
2 1 (5.00%) Tomcat
2 1 (5.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (5.00%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (5.00%) IaaS
1 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (5.00%) Office 365
1 1 (5.00%) PaaS
1 1 (5.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) Ethernet
1 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.00%) BIG-IP
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (5.00%) DHCP
2 1 (5.00%) DNS
2 1 (5.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.00%) MySQL
2 2 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Eclipse
1 3 (15.00%) NetBeans
1 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
2 2 (10.00%) Bugzilla
2 2 (10.00%) JIRA
2 2 (10.00%) Redmine
3 1 (5.00%) MSI
General
1 3 (15.00%) Military
2 2 (10.00%) Aerospace
3 1 (5.00%) Finance
3 1 (5.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 4 (20.00%) Architect
2 3 (15.00%) Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (10.00%) SCCM Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
4 1 (5.00%) Citrix Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Database Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Database Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Desktop Support Specialist
4 1 (5.00%) Exchange Administrator
4 1 (5.00%) IT Support
4 1 (5.00%) Java Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Messaging Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) SCCM Specialist
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Database Developer
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) VMware Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (20.00%) Web Services
2 3 (15.00%) Qt
3 1 (5.00%) .NET
3 1 (5.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.00%) Middleware
3 1 (5.00%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.00%) Smartphone
2 1 (5.00%) Fat Client
2 1 (5.00%) iPhone
2 1 (5.00%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (5.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 11 (55.00%) Windows
2 2 (10.00%) Linux
2 2 (10.00%) Windows 10
2 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (5.00%) Android
3 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (5.00%) Unix
3 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (5.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (15.00%) Kalman Filter
2 2 (10.00%) DevOps
2 2 (10.00%) Email Management
2 2 (10.00%) ITIL
2 2 (10.00%) Mathematics
2 2 (10.00%) Performance Monitoring
2 2 (10.00%) Software Engineering
2 2 (10.00%) Statistics
3 1 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.00%) Data Analysis
3 1 (5.00%) Incident Management
3 1 (5.00%) Migration
3 1 (5.00%) PLM
3 1 (5.00%) Problem Management
3 1 (5.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (5.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (5.00%) Time Management
3 1 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (5.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 6 (30.00%) Java
2 5 (25.00%) C++
3 3 (15.00%) C#
3 3 (15.00%) SQL
3 3 (15.00%) VB
4 2 (10.00%) C
5 1 (5.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (10.00%) Degree
3 2 (10.00%) DV Cleared
4 1 (5.00%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) GPG13
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (10.00%) Sendmail
4 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (5.00%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (5.00%) vSphere
4 1 (5.00%) XenApp
4 1 (5.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (25.00%) SCCM
2 2 (10.00%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (10.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (10.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (5.00%) AirWatch
3 1 (5.00%) AppDNA
3 1 (5.00%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) VMware
2 2 (10.00%) Symantec
2 2 (10.00%) Trend Micro
3 1 (5.00%) AppSense
3 1 (5.00%) Becrypt
3 1 (5.00%) Cisco
3 1 (5.00%) Citrix
3 1 (5.00%) F5
3 1 (5.00%) IBM
3 1 (5.00%) Oracle
3 1 (5.00%) Palo Alto
3 1 (5.00%) PTC
3 1 (5.00%) Samsung
3 1 (5.00%) Siemens