The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Watford 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 24 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 / Watford
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 8 16
Rank change year-on-year +2 +8  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 21 15 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 13.29% 10.95% 10.76%
As % of the Vendors category 26.92% 25.86% 20.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 6
Median daily rate £325 £200 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +62.50% -50.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £110 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £605 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.21% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £13.00 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.88%  
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 Watford.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Watford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 78 58 82
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Watford 49.37% 42.34% 51.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 28 35
Median daily rate £390 £275 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +41.81% -24.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £190 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.53% -1.88%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.47
% change year-on-year -14.63% +11.02%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Watford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Watford 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 Watford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Watford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Watford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Watford over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Watford

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Watford

For the 6 months to 24 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 Watford region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 17 (45.95%) Office 365
2 16 (43.24%) Windows
3 15 (40.54%) Active Directory
3 15 (40.54%) Microsoft Azure
4 14 (37.84%) Stakeholder Management
5 12 (32.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (32.43%) Hyper-V
6 11 (29.73%) MCSE
7 10 (27.03%) ITIL
7 10 (27.03%) Private Cloud
8 9 (24.32%) Microsoft Office
8 9 (24.32%) Visual Studio
8 9 (24.32%) Finance
9 8 (21.62%) SQL Server
9 8 (21.62%) PowerShell
10 7 (18.92%) SCOM
10 7 (18.92%) DevOps
10 7 (18.92%) Performance Monitoring
10 7 (18.92%) Azure Active Directory
10 7 (18.92%) SQL
10 7 (18.92%) Remedy
10 7 (18.92%) Risk Management
10 7 (18.92%) Management Information System
10 7 (18.92%) Service Delivery
11 6 (16.22%) PRINCE2
12 5 (13.51%) Microsoft Excel
12 5 (13.51%) MS Exchange
12 5 (13.51%) Project Management
12 5 (13.51%) Legal
12 5 (13.51%) Degree

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Watford 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 5 (13.51%) Exchange Server 2010
1 5 (13.51%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.41%) Confluence
2 2 (5.41%) OpenStack
3 1 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (2.70%) CMS
3 1 (2.70%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (24.32%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (13.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (8.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (2.70%) Adobe Creative Suite
Cloud Services
1 17 (45.95%) Office 365
2 15 (40.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (18.92%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (13.51%) OneDrive
5 3 (8.11%) IaaS
6 2 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (2.70%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.11%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (5.41%) DHCP
2 2 (5.41%) DNS
2 2 (5.41%) LAN
2 2 (5.41%) WAN
3 1 (2.70%) Internet
3 1 (2.70%) MPLS
3 1 (2.70%) Unified Communications
3 1 (2.70%) VLAN
3 1 (2.70%) VPN
3 1 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (21.62%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (5.41%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.70%) Big Data
4 1 (2.70%) Data Lake
4 1 (2.70%) OLAP
4 1 (2.70%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (2.70%) Power BI
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 9 (24.32%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.70%) JIRA
2 1 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (24.32%) Finance
2 5 (13.51%) Legal
3 3 (8.11%) Law
3 3 (8.11%) Retail
4 1 (2.70%) Games
Job Titles
1 5 (13.51%) Analyst
2 4 (10.81%) Consultant
2 4 (10.81%) Developer
2 4 (10.81%) Exchange Consultant
2 4 (10.81%) Hyper-V Consultant
2 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Consultant
3 3 (8.11%) Azure Engineer
3 3 (8.11%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Infrastructure Consultant
4 2 (5.41%) .NET Developer
4 2 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Administrator
4 2 (5.41%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Operations Manager
4 2 (5.41%) Service Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.11%) .NET
1 3 (8.11%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.41%) Classic ASP
2 2 (5.41%) CSS
2 2 (5.41%) HTML
2 2 (5.41%) SAML
2 2 (5.41%) Web Services
3 1 (2.70%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 10 (27.03%) Private Cloud
2 7 (18.92%) Management Information System
3 5 (13.51%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.70%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.70%) PKI
4 1 (2.70%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 16 (43.24%) Windows
2 3 (8.11%) Windows 10
2 3 (8.11%) Windows 7
3 2 (5.41%) Android
3 2 (5.41%) Windows Server
3 2 (5.41%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.70%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.70%) Mac OS X
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (37.84%) Stakeholder Management
2 10 (27.03%) ITIL
3 7 (18.92%) DevOps
3 7 (18.92%) Performance Monitoring
3 7 (18.92%) Risk Management
3 7 (18.92%) Service Delivery
4 6 (16.22%) PRINCE2
5 5 (13.51%) Mobile Device Management
5 5 (13.51%) Project Management
6 4 (10.81%) Identity Management
7 3 (8.11%) Data Migration
7 3 (8.11%) E-Commerce
7 3 (8.11%) Migration
8 2 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (5.41%) Data Management
8 2 (5.41%) GAP Analysis
8 2 (5.41%) Logistics
8 2 (5.41%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (5.41%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.62%) PowerShell
2 7 (18.92%) SQL
3 3 (8.11%) T-SQL
4 2 (5.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (32.43%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (29.73%) MCSE
3 5 (13.51%) Degree
3 5 (13.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (2.70%) CCNA
4 1 (2.70%) CCNP
4 1 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.70%) MCSA
4 1 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.70%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.70%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.70%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (40.54%) Active Directory
2 12 (32.43%) Hyper-V
3 2 (5.41%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (2.70%) Firmware
4 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.70%) XenApp
4 1 (2.70%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (18.92%) SCOM
2 5 (13.51%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (8.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (18.92%) Remedy
2 3 (8.11%) Citrix
2 3 (8.11%) Forcepoint
2 3 (8.11%) Reuters
3 2 (5.41%) Apple
3 2 (5.41%) Cisco
3 2 (5.41%) HP
3 2 (5.41%) VMware
4 1 (2.70%) Adobe
4 1 (2.70%) Ariba
4 1 (2.70%) Dell
4 1 (2.70%) EMC
4 1 (2.70%) F5
4 1 (2.70%) Google
4 1 (2.70%) iManage
4 1 (2.70%) Meraki
4 1 (2.70%) NetApp
4 1 (2.70%) SAP
4 1 (2.70%) SonicWALL
4 1 (2.70%) Veritas