The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 5 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5515 5414 4764
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 11.71% 11.87% 11.92%
As % of the Vendors category 25.76% 26.15% 25.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 3319 2890 2551
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £170 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 455 528
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.36 £10.00 £10.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.20 £31.56 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.25 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+1.75% -2.56%
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UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Vendors Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
21409 20707 18382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.46% 45.41% 45.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 12440 11590 10051
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 880 909 1100
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £39.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.68
% change year-on-year
- -6.31%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the England region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in England

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the England region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in England

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the England region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the England region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +1 1983 £400 +3.11% 933
South East 0 1407 £375 +7.14% 653
East of England +1 394 £338 +1.12% 228
North West -1 390 £325 +5.69% 379
South West -4 358 £350 +2.94% 238
West Midlands +4 346 £338 +3.84% 239
Yorkshire +3 341 £325 +16.07% 247
East Midlands -2 204 £320 +77.77% 168
North East -3 79 £300 +22.44% 68
Midlands -6 12 £288 -39.47% 2
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 4378 (36.20%) Windows
2 4263 (35.25%) MS Excel
3 2835 (23.44%) MS Office
4 2748 (22.72%) Active Directory
5 2626 (21.72%) SQL
6 2481 (20.52%) SQL Server
7 2244 (18.56%) .NET
8 2130 (17.61%) Finance
9 1683 (13.92%) ITIL
10 1656 (13.69%) VMware
11 1591 (13.16%) C#
12 1494 (12.35%) Security Cleared
13 1490 (12.32%) Agile Software Development
14 1379 (11.40%) SharePoint
15 1357 (11.22%) Windows Server 2008
16 1346 (11.13%) Windows 7
17 1191 (9.85%) MS Exchange
18 1162 (9.61%) CRM
19 1156 (9.56%) Citrix
20 1146 (9.48%) Microsoft Certification
21 1091 (9.02%) Project Management
22 1037 (8.58%) SC Cleared
23 1036 (8.57%) Migration
24 1030 (8.52%) JavaScript
25 1027 (8.49%) Analytical Skills
26 1009 (8.34%) VMware Infrastructure
27 997 (8.24%) Oracle
28 963 (7.96%) HTML
29 957 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003
30 938 (7.76%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1379 (11.40%) SharePoint
2 1191 (9.85%) MS Exchange
3 580 (4.80%) IIS
4 475 (3.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 446 (3.69%) Lync
6 284 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
7 281 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2007
8 278 (2.30%) BizTalk Server
9 274 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
10 259 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2013
11 225 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2003
12 221 (1.83%) IBM Notes
13 181 (1.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 162 (1.34%) CMS
15 106 (0.88%) Apache
16 89 (0.74%) WebSphere
17 87 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
18 85 (0.70%) Office Communications Server
19 74 (0.61%) SAS
20 60 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4263 (35.25%) MS Excel
2 2835 (23.44%) MS Office
3 719 (5.95%) MS PowerPoint
4 668 (5.52%) MS Project
5 506 (4.18%) MS Visio
6 118 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
7 56 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 47 (0.39%) InfoPath
9 37 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
9 37 (0.31%) PowerPivot
10 26 (0.22%) Acrobat
11 24 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 22 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
13 19 (0.16%) SPSS
13 19 (0.16%) AutoCAD
14 17 (0.14%) InDesign
15 14 (0.12%) Mingle
16 13 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
17 4 (0.033%) Open Workbench
17 4 (0.033%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 782 (6.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 255 (2.11%) Dynamics AX
3 115 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
4 63 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
4 63 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
5 29 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
6 26 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 21 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
7 21 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
8 16 (0.13%) Agresso
9 15 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
10 13 (0.11%) SAP BPC
11 12 (0.099%) SAP SRM
11 12 (0.099%) Oracle Applications
12 11 (0.091%) Oracle EBS R12
13 10 (0.083%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 10 (0.083%) CA PPM
14 9 (0.074%) Google Analytics
14 9 (0.074%) SAP ERP
15 8 (0.066%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 419 (3.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 347 (2.87%) Office 365
3 105 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
4 79 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
5 74 (0.61%) SaaS
6 73 (0.60%) PaaS
7 38 (0.31%) IaaS
8 32 (0.26%) Google Apps
9 29 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (0.083%) Yammer
11 8 (0.066%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.066%) Google App Engine
12 6 (0.050%) GitHub
13 5 (0.041%) Trello
14 4 (0.033%) Amazon ELB
14 4 (0.033%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.025%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.025%) SuccessFactors
16 2 (0.017%) LucidChart
16 2 (0.017%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 676 (5.59%) DNS
2 593 (4.90%) Firewall
3 565 (4.67%) SAN
4 524 (4.33%) TCP/IP
5 503 (4.16%) DHCP
6 461 (3.81%) WAN
7 453 (3.75%) LAN
8 351 (2.90%) VPN
9 296 (2.45%) Internet
10 189 (1.56%) NAS
11 169 (1.40%) VoIP
12 167 (1.38%) Wireless
13 137 (1.13%) VLAN
14 133 (1.10%) Intranet
15 132 (1.09%) SSL
16 131 (1.08%) HTTP
17 127 (1.05%) FTP
18 117 (0.97%) Network Security
19 106 (0.88%) MPLS
20 101 (0.84%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2481 (20.52%) SQL Server
2 819 (6.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 787 (6.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 683 (5.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 480 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
6 447 (3.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 352 (2.91%) SQL Server 2012
8 256 (2.12%) Relational Database
9 254 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
10 213 (1.76%) Oracle Database
11 189 (1.56%) MS Access
12 166 (1.37%) MySQL
13 129 (1.07%) OLAP
14 128 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
15 112 (0.93%) QlikView
16 95 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
17 94 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 87 (0.72%) RDBMS
19 69 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
20 65 (0.54%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 524 (4.33%) Visual Studio
2 469 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 147 (1.22%) NUnit
4 135 (1.12%) JIRA
5 129 (1.07%) Git (software)
6 113 (0.93%) Selenium
6 113 (0.93%) Jenkins
7 104 (0.86%) MSI
7 104 (0.86%) Subversion
8 95 (0.79%) SpecFlow
9 80 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 53 (0.44%) MSTest
11 50 (0.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 49 (0.41%) TeamCity
13 47 (0.39%) Maven
14 45 (0.37%) Rhino Mocks
15 43 (0.36%) QuickTest Pro
16 41 (0.34%) Cucumber
17 35 (0.29%) JUnit
17 35 (0.29%) ClearCase
General
1 2130 (17.61%) Finance
2 649 (5.37%) Banking
3 501 (4.14%) Telecoms
4 391 (3.23%) Retail
5 254 (2.10%) Advertising
6 225 (1.86%) Legal
7 220 (1.82%) Marketing
8 211 (1.74%) Investment Banking
9 199 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 120 (0.99%) Law
11 118 (0.98%) Back Office
12 107 (0.88%) Publishing
13 97 (0.80%) Front Office
14 68 (0.56%) Financial Institution
15 54 (0.45%) Local Government
16 45 (0.37%) Retail Banking
17 40 (0.33%) Billing
18 39 (0.32%) Games
18 39 (0.32%) French Language
19 36 (0.30%) Military
Job Titles
1 2539 (21.00%) Analyst
2 2141 (17.70%) Developer
3 912 (7.54%) Architect
4 723 (5.98%) Consultant
5 600 (4.96%) Project Manager
6 587 (4.85%) Support Engineer
7 556 (4.60%) Support Analyst
8 515 (4.26%) .NET Developer
9 504 (4.17%) Service Analyst
10 475 (3.93%) Service Desk Analyst
11 403 (3.33%) Business Analyst
12 401 (3.32%) Administrator
13 395 (3.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 368 (3.04%) Desktop Support
15 353 (2.92%) 2nd Line Support
16 284 (2.35%) C# Developer
17 275 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
18 266 (2.20%) SQL Developer
19 260 (2.15%) 1st Line Support
20 237 (1.96%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2244 (18.56%) .NET
2 963 (7.96%) HTML
3 938 (7.76%) ASP.NET
4 651 (5.38%) CSS
5 582 (4.81%) Web Services
6 560 (4.63%) XML
7 527 (4.36%) .NET Framework
8 525 (4.34%) jQuery
9 382 (3.16%) WCF
10 319 (2.64%) ASP.NET MVC
11 313 (2.59%) HTML5
12 212 (1.75%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 191 (1.58%) Ajax
14 174 (1.44%) AngularJS
15 163 (1.35%) SOAP
16 150 (1.24%) ASP.NET Web API
17 146 (1.21%) REST
17 146 (1.21%) CSS3
18 142 (1.17%) Middleware
19 131 (1.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1027 (8.49%) Analytical Skills
2 406 (3.36%) Blackberry
3 393 (3.25%) Management Information System
4 371 (3.07%) Clustering
5 292 (2.41%) NHS
6 195 (1.61%) Computer Science
7 180 (1.49%) User Experience
8 167 (1.38%) Replication
9 143 (1.18%) Open Source
10 130 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
11 109 (0.90%) PKI
12 106 (0.88%) Thin Client
12 106 (0.88%) Fat Client
13 98 (0.81%) Visualisation
14 89 (0.74%) iPad
14 89 (0.74%) Mobile App
15 88 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
16 86 (0.71%) Data Structures
16 86 (0.71%) Client/Server
17 82 (0.68%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 4378 (36.20%) Windows
2 1357 (11.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 1346 (11.13%) Windows 7
4 957 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 769 (6.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 755 (6.24%) Windows XP
7 645 (5.33%) Linux
8 478 (3.95%) UNIX
9 287 (2.37%) Windows 8
10 164 (1.36%) Android
11 163 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 149 (1.23%) Windows Vista
13 144 (1.19%) Apple iOS
14 114 (0.94%) Solaris
15 103 (0.85%) Windows 2000
16 86 (0.71%) Mac OS X
17 75 (0.62%) Windows 2000 Server
18 68 (0.56%) AIX
19 57 (0.47%) CentOS
20 51 (0.42%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1683 (13.92%) ITIL
2 1490 (12.32%) Agile Software Development
3 1162 (9.61%) CRM
4 1091 (9.02%) Project Management
5 1036 (8.57%) Migration
6 775 (6.41%) Business Intelligence
7 644 (5.33%) PRINCE2
8 582 (4.81%) MVC
9 549 (4.54%) Stakeholder Management
10 547 (4.52%) Scrum
11 491 (4.06%) Change Management
12 475 (3.93%) Service Management
13 411 (3.40%) TDD
14 381 (3.15%) ETL
15 376 (3.11%) Service Delivery
16 356 (2.94%) Configuration Management
17 351 (2.90%) OO
18 337 (2.79%) E-Commerce
19 334 (2.76%) Disaster Recovery
20 309 (2.56%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 2626 (21.72%) SQL
2 1591 (13.16%) C#
3 1030 (8.52%) JavaScript
4 607 (5.02%) PowerShell
5 560 (4.63%) T-SQL
6 461 (3.81%) Java
7 347 (2.87%) VBA
8 302 (2.50%) VB
9 262 (2.17%) VBScript
10 201 (1.66%) C
11 162 (1.34%) VB.NET
12 158 (1.31%) C++
13 136 (1.12%) PL/SQL
14 119 (0.98%) Python
15 117 (0.97%) Ruby
16 101 (0.84%) Shell Script
17 78 (0.65%) PHP
18 75 (0.62%) Perl
19 63 (0.52%) Bash Shell
20 39 (0.32%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1494 (12.35%) Security Cleared
2 1146 (9.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 1037 (8.58%) SC Cleared
4 675 (5.58%) Degree
5 475 (3.93%) MCSE
6 398 (3.29%) DV Cleared
7 303 (2.51%) MCP
8 260 (2.15%) VCP4
9 257 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
10 256 (2.12%) MCITP
11 197 (1.63%) ISEB
12 165 (1.36%) ISTQB
13 163 (1.35%) MCSA
14 161 (1.33%) CCNA
15 137 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
16 117 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 110 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 108 (0.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 102 (0.84%) MCTS
20 99 (0.82%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 467 (3.86%) SLA
2 310 (2.56%) QA
3 49 (0.41%) Data Quality
4 48 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 46 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 44 (0.36%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 26 (0.22%) P3O
9 22 (0.18%) COBIT
10 20 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
11 18 (0.15%) Solvency II
12 17 (0.14%) ISO 9000
13 11 (0.091%) EMIR
14 7 (0.058%) HL7
15 6 (0.050%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 5 (0.041%) DICOM
16 5 (0.041%) MiFID
16 5 (0.041%) FATCA
17 4 (0.033%) JSP 440
18 3 (0.025%) GAMP
System Software
1 2748 (22.72%) Active Directory
2 1009 (8.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 534 (4.42%) Hyper-V
4 356 (2.94%) XenApp
5 322 (2.66%) vSphere
6 209 (1.73%) VMware ESX
7 189 (1.56%) XenDesktop
8 182 (1.51%) Microsoft App-V
9 108 (0.89%) Terminal Services
10 96 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
11 78 (0.65%) XenServer
12 50 (0.41%) Xen
13 47 (0.39%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 44 (0.36%) ISA Server
15 41 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 40 (0.33%) Forefront TMG
17 32 (0.26%) UAG
18 29 (0.24%) Firmware
19 26 (0.22%) vCloud
19 26 (0.22%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 747 (6.18%) SCCM
2 308 (2.55%) SCOM
3 116 (0.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 105 (0.87%) WSUS
5 104 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
6 89 (0.74%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 87 (0.72%) NetBackup
8 82 (0.68%) Backup Exec
8 82 (0.68%) Puppet
9 63 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
10 59 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
11 57 (0.47%) HP SIM
12 52 (0.43%) Tivoli
13 50 (0.41%) SCVMM
14 48 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
15 38 (0.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 38 (0.31%) OpenView
16 36 (0.30%) SCSM
17 35 (0.29%) SCOrch
17 35 (0.29%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1656 (13.69%) VMware
2 1156 (9.56%) Citrix
3 997 (8.24%) Oracle
4 832 (6.88%) HP
5 790 (6.53%) Cisco
6 331 (2.74%) SAP
7 311 (2.57%) IBM
8 241 (1.99%) Symantec
9 238 (1.97%) Lotus
10 203 (1.68%) NetApp
11 200 (1.65%) Dell
11 200 (1.65%) Red Hat
12 183 (1.51%) Remedy
13 182 (1.51%) McAfee
14 169 (1.40%) Apple
15 159 (1.31%) EMC
16 138 (1.14%) CheckPoint
17 129 (1.07%) Adobe
18 119 (0.98%) Business Objects
19 117 (0.97%) CA
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