Period
to 18 January 2019

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 6 months to 18 January 2019 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
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 18 20
Rank change year-on-year +14 +2 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 52 35 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 15.43% 8.86% 7.72%
As % of the Vendors category 26.13% 18.13% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 38 5
Watford median daily rate £360 £363 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.69% +45.00% -41.18%
10th Percentile £150 £309 £195
90th Percentile £435 £394 £498
Hertfordshire median daily rate £350 £363 £388
% change year-on-year -3.45% -6.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 2
Watford median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +22.03% +3.51%
10th Percentile £14.10 £13.55 £13.63
90th Percentile £25.18 £104.90 £16.08
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £15.93 £16.81 £12.90
% change year-on-year -5.21% +30.32% -14.03%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Watford.

All Vendors
Watford
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 199 193 143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 59.05% 48.86% 52.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 77 59
Watford median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +10.71% -17.65%
10th Percentile £180 £163 £185
90th Percentile £550 £580 £504
Hertfordshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 5
Watford median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +25.00% -53.33%
10th Percentile £14.10 £13.93 £12.41
90th Percentile £25.18 £110.75 £15.85
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £17.13 £17.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -2.14% +20.69% -30.95%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Watford

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Watford.

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 6 months to 18 January 2019.

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

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Watford

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Watford over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Watford

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Watford region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 29 (55.77%) Windows
2 16 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (28.85%) Migration
4 14 (26.92%) Active Directory
5 13 (25.00%) Microsoft Excel
6 11 (21.15%) Project Management
6 11 (21.15%) VMware
6 11 (21.15%) Windows Server
7 9 (17.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (17.31%) Windows 10
7 9 (17.31%) Firewall
8 8 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (15.38%) DNS
8 8 (15.38%) Office 365
9 7 (13.46%) ITIL
9 7 (13.46%) PRINCE2
9 7 (13.46%) SQL
10 6 (11.54%) Microsoft Project
10 6 (11.54%) Web Services
10 6 (11.54%) SharePoint
10 6 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 6 (11.54%) Marketing
10 6 (11.54%) Microsoft Azure
11 5 (9.62%) Test Strategy
11 5 (9.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 5 (9.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 5 (9.62%) PowerShell
11 5 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (9.62%) Skype
11 5 (9.62%) Client/Server

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 6 (11.54%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.85%) CMS
2 2 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 2 (3.85%) OpenStack
2 2 (3.85%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.92%) GroupWise
Applications
1 16 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (25.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (11.54%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (9.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (9.62%) MS Visio
5 4 (7.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (15.38%) Office 365
2 6 (11.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.77%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.85%) G Suite
4 2 (3.85%) IaaS
4 2 (3.85%) PaaS
4 2 (3.85%) SaaS
5 1 (1.92%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.31%) Firewall
2 8 (15.38%) DNS
3 5 (9.62%) Skype
4 4 (7.69%) DHCP
4 4 (7.69%) FTP
4 4 (7.69%) HTTP
4 4 (7.69%) HTTPS
4 4 (7.69%) WAN
5 3 (5.77%) LAN
6 2 (3.85%) 2.5G
6 2 (3.85%) 2G
6 2 (3.85%) 3G
6 2 (3.85%) 4G
6 2 (3.85%) 5G
6 2 (3.85%) Wireless
7 1 (1.92%) MPLS
7 1 (1.92%) Unified Communications
7 1 (1.92%) VoIP
7 1 (1.92%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.77%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.92%) Big Data
3 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.92%) MySQL
3 1 (1.92%) Power BI
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (3.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (11.54%) Marketing
2 2 (3.85%) Back Office
2 2 (3.85%) Finance
2 2 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.92%) Legal
3 1 (1.92%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.92%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (15.38%) Consultant
1 8 (15.38%) Project Manager
1 8 (15.38%) Support Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) 2nd Line Support
2 6 (11.54%) IT Support
3 5 (9.62%) Active Directory Consultant
3 5 (9.62%) Developer
4 4 (7.69%) .NET Developer
4 4 (7.69%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 4 (7.69%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Field Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Field Service Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Field Support Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) IT Consultant
4 4 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.54%) Web Services
2 5 (9.62%) HTML
3 4 (7.69%) .NET
3 4 (7.69%) ASP.NET
3 4 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (7.69%) LDAP
4 3 (5.77%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (5.77%) CSS
5 2 (3.85%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.85%) Ajax
5 2 (3.85%) jQuery
5 2 (3.85%) LINQ
5 2 (3.85%) RequireJS
5 2 (3.85%) XML
6 1 (1.92%) .NET Core
6 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.62%) Client/Server
2 4 (7.69%) Data Centre
2 4 (7.69%) NHS
2 4 (7.69%) PKI
3 2 (3.85%) Digital Media
3 2 (3.85%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (3.85%) PMI
4 1 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.92%) Handset
4 1 (1.92%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 29 (55.77%) Windows
2 11 (21.15%) Windows Server
3 9 (17.31%) Windows 10
3 9 (17.31%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (7.69%) Linux
6 3 (5.77%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.92%) Android
7 1 (1.92%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.92%) Ubuntu
7 1 (1.92%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (28.85%) Migration
2 11 (21.15%) Project Management
3 8 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (13.46%) ITIL
4 7 (13.46%) PRINCE2
5 6 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (9.62%) Test Strategy
7 4 (7.69%) Defect Management
7 4 (7.69%) MVC
7 4 (7.69%) Project Governance
7 4 (7.69%) Service Management
8 3 (5.77%) Virtual Environments
9 2 (3.85%) API Development
9 2 (3.85%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (3.85%) Digital Media Management
9 2 (3.85%) Performance Metrics
9 2 (3.85%) Presales
9 2 (3.85%) Problem-Solving
9 2 (3.85%) SDLC
9 2 (3.85%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.46%) SQL
2 5 (9.62%) PowerShell
3 4 (7.69%) C#
3 4 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.85%) VBA
5 1 (1.92%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (3.85%) CCNA
1 2 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (3.85%) Degree
1 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (3.85%) PMI Certification
2 1 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (1.92%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.85%) SLA
3 1 (1.92%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.92%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (1.92%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 14 (26.92%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.69%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.85%) Hyper-V
3 2 (3.85%) XenApp
4 1 (1.92%) Firmware
4 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (1.92%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) SCCM
2 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 11 (21.15%) VMware
2 5 (9.62%) Cisco
3 4 (7.69%) CA
4 3 (5.77%) Citrix
5 2 (3.85%) Fortinet
5 2 (3.85%) HP
5 2 (3.85%) IBM
6 1 (1.92%) Apple
6 1 (1.92%) Google
6 1 (1.92%) JDA
6 1 (1.92%) Juniper
6 1 (1.92%) Mitel
6 1 (1.92%) SAP
6 1 (1.92%) ServiceNow