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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6107 5787 5030
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.41% 12.06% 11.85%
As % of the Vendors category 27.47% 26.80% 25.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 3588 3283 2639
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -2.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £165 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 545 499 488
Average hourly rate £15.75 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.11 £10.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £28.10 £33.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Microsoft
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
22232 21594 19770
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.19% 45.01% 46.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 13100 12532 10879
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £223 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1027 1010 1142
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.86 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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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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 2381 £400 - 982
South East 0 1341 £350 - 611
North West 0 488 £340 +13.33% 371
Yorkshire +2 424 £311 +3.75% 193
East of England +1 397 £350 +1.44% 204
South West -1 372 £350 +7.69% 201
West Midlands 0 356 £350 +11.11% 227
East Midlands +2 208 £350 +22.91% 102
North East +4 120 £288 +22.34% 69
Midlands +7 13 £400 -8.57% 8
South Coast -2 1 £600 +26.31%
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UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 4232 (35.91%) Windows
2 3920 (33.26%) MS Excel
3 2679 (22.73%) SQL
4 2656 (22.54%) MS Office
5 2640 (22.40%) SQL Server
6 2625 (22.27%) Active Directory
7 2173 (18.44%) .NET
8 2119 (17.98%) Finance
9 1725 (14.64%) ITIL
10 1638 (13.90%) VMware
11 1613 (13.69%) C#
12 1511 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
13 1354 (11.49%) Security Cleared
14 1320 (11.20%) SharePoint
15 1303 (11.06%) Windows 7
16 1232 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
17 1100 (9.33%) MS Exchange
18 1076 (9.13%) Project Management
19 1050 (8.91%) Citrix
20 1033 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
21 1008 (8.55%) Migration
22 992 (8.42%) Microsoft Certification
23 989 (8.39%) Oracle
24 987 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
25 986 (8.37%) CRM
26 946 (8.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 922 (7.82%) Business Intelligence
28 919 (7.80%) SC Cleared
29 894 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
30 878 (7.45%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 1320 (11.20%) SharePoint
2 1100 (9.33%) MS Exchange
3 573 (4.86%) IIS
4 403 (3.42%) Lync
5 392 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 300 (2.55%) BizTalk Server
7 229 (1.94%) SharePoint 2013
8 202 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2007
8 202 (1.71%) SharePoint 2010
9 185 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
10 175 (1.48%) IBM Notes
11 139 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
12 131 (1.11%) CMS
13 114 (0.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 98 (0.83%) WebSphere
15 95 (0.81%) Apache
16 90 (0.76%) SAS
17 84 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
18 72 (0.61%) Tomcat
19 69 (0.59%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3920 (33.26%) MS Excel
2 2656 (22.54%) MS Office
3 696 (5.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 651 (5.52%) MS Project
5 539 (4.57%) MS Visio
6 74 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 63 (0.53%) Photoshop
8 50 (0.42%) PowerPivot
9 43 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
10 40 (0.34%) InfoPath
11 22 (0.19%) Acrobat
12 20 (0.17%) SPSS
12 20 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 20 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
13 19 (0.16%) InDesign
14 15 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
15 11 (0.093%) Mingle
16 10 (0.085%) AutoCAD
17 5 (0.042%) Vectorworks
18 4 (0.034%) Maya
Business Applications
1 742 (6.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 263 (2.23%) Dynamics AX
3 79 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
4 67 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
5 66 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
6 27 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 24 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
8 22 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
9 21 (0.18%) Primavera
10 20 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
11 18 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
12 15 (0.13%) SAP SRM
13 14 (0.12%) Maximo
14 12 (0.10%) ResourceLink
15 10 (0.085%) Tridion
15 10 (0.085%) Agresso
15 10 (0.085%) SAP ERP
16 9 (0.076%) Oracle Applications
17 8 (0.068%) SAP FI
18 7 (0.059%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 406 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 402 (3.41%) Office 365
3 151 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
4 94 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
5 83 (0.70%) SaaS
6 52 (0.44%) IaaS
7 49 (0.42%) PaaS
8 34 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
9 28 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
9 28 (0.24%) Google Apps
10 26 (0.22%) Google App Engine
11 19 (0.16%) Google Analytics
12 16 (0.14%) Mimecast
13 14 (0.12%) OneDrive
14 9 (0.076%) SuccessFactors
14 9 (0.076%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 9 (0.076%) Yammer
15 5 (0.042%) Adobe Analytics
15 5 (0.042%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.042%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 663 (5.63%) DNS
2 563 (4.78%) Firewall
2 563 (4.78%) SAN
3 491 (4.17%) LAN
4 483 (4.10%) TCP/IP
5 468 (3.97%) WAN
6 467 (3.96%) DHCP
7 353 (3.00%) VPN
8 300 (2.55%) Internet
9 182 (1.54%) NAS
10 169 (1.43%) SSL
11 159 (1.35%) VoIP
12 157 (1.33%) Wireless
13 143 (1.21%) HTTP
14 141 (1.20%) VLAN
15 130 (1.10%) Intranet
16 121 (1.03%) Network Security
17 117 (0.99%) LDAP
18 112 (0.95%) MPLS
19 104 (0.88%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2640 (22.40%) SQL Server
2 946 (8.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 894 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 624 (5.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 587 (4.98%) Data Warehouse
6 541 (4.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 394 (3.34%) SQL Server 2012
8 294 (2.49%) Relational Database
9 234 (1.99%) Oracle Database
10 200 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
11 194 (1.65%) MS Access
12 154 (1.31%) MySQL
13 147 (1.25%) OLAP
14 114 (0.97%) QlikView
15 111 (0.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 109 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
16 109 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
17 106 (0.90%) RDBMS
18 76 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
18 76 (0.64%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 536 (4.55%) Visual Studio
2 529 (4.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 132 (1.12%) JIRA
4 130 (1.10%) Git (software)
5 128 (1.09%) Selenium
6 122 (1.04%) Jenkins
7 114 (0.97%) Subversion
8 105 (0.89%) NUnit
9 82 (0.70%) MSI
10 70 (0.59%) SpecFlow
11 58 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 57 (0.48%) TeamCity
13 42 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 41 (0.35%) SoapUI
15 34 (0.29%) WebDriver
15 34 (0.29%) MSTest
16 32 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
16 32 (0.27%) Maven
16 32 (0.27%) Cucumber
17 30 (0.25%) JUnit
General
1 2119 (17.98%) Finance
2 602 (5.11%) Banking
3 429 (3.64%) Telecoms
4 422 (3.58%) Retail
5 231 (1.96%) Marketing
6 222 (1.88%) Legal
7 204 (1.73%) Advertising
8 196 (1.66%) Manufacturing
9 188 (1.60%) Investment Banking
10 144 (1.22%) Law
11 119 (1.01%) Front Office
12 103 (0.87%) Financial Institution
13 100 (0.85%) Back Office
14 69 (0.59%) Publishing
15 61 (0.52%) Local Government
16 53 (0.45%) French Language
17 43 (0.36%) Billing
18 38 (0.32%) Automotive
19 36 (0.31%) German Language
19 36 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2591 (21.99%) Analyst
2 2108 (17.89%) Developer
3 949 (8.05%) Architect
4 677 (5.74%) Consultant
5 609 (5.17%) Project Manager
6 560 (4.75%) Support Engineer
7 531 (4.51%) Support Analyst
8 480 (4.07%) Service Analyst
9 478 (4.06%) .NET Developer
10 455 (3.86%) Service Desk Analyst
11 431 (3.66%) Business Analyst
12 406 (3.45%) Administrator
13 369 (3.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 355 (3.01%) Desktop Support
15 323 (2.74%) 2nd Line Support
16 319 (2.71%) Solutions Architect
17 299 (2.54%) SQL Developer
18 274 (2.32%) C# Developer
19 253 (2.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 250 (2.12%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2173 (18.44%) .NET
2 854 (7.25%) ASP.NET
3 779 (6.61%) HTML
4 604 (5.13%) XML
5 593 (5.03%) Web Services
6 558 (4.73%) .NET Framework
7 524 (4.45%) CSS
8 402 (3.41%) jQuery
9 371 (3.15%) WCF
10 278 (2.36%) ASP.NET MVC
11 244 (2.07%) HTML5
12 198 (1.68%) Entity Framework
13 181 (1.54%) SOAP
14 175 (1.48%) AngularJS
15 164 (1.39%) Ajax
15 164 (1.39%) Middleware
16 154 (1.31%) ASP.NET Web API
17 142 (1.20%) WPF
18 140 (1.19%) CSS3
19 132 (1.12%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 1033 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
2 455 (3.86%) Management Information System
3 315 (2.67%) NHS
4 299 (2.54%) Blackberry
5 288 (2.44%) Clustering
6 200 (1.70%) Computer Science
7 187 (1.59%) Open Source
8 167 (1.42%) User Experience
9 165 (1.40%) Replication
10 124 (1.05%) Client/Server
11 122 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
12 119 (1.01%) PKI
13 110 (0.93%) Visualisation
14 93 (0.79%) Data Structures
15 90 (0.76%) Mobile App
16 89 (0.76%) Data Integration
17 86 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
18 85 (0.72%) Fat Client
18 85 (0.72%) Thin Client
19 82 (0.70%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4232 (35.91%) Windows
2 1303 (11.06%) Windows 7
3 1232 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 865 (7.34%) Windows Server 2003
5 774 (6.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 726 (6.16%) Linux
7 633 (5.37%) Windows XP
8 455 (3.86%) UNIX
9 276 (2.34%) Windows 8
10 183 (1.55%) Android
11 145 (1.23%) Apple iOS
12 139 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 112 (0.95%) Solaris
14 84 (0.71%) Windows Vista
15 79 (0.67%) Mac OS X
16 74 (0.63%) Windows 2000
17 71 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
18 61 (0.52%) AIX
19 44 (0.37%) Ubuntu
20 42 (0.36%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1725 (14.64%) ITIL
2 1511 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
3 1076 (9.13%) Project Management
4 1008 (8.55%) Migration
5 986 (8.37%) CRM
6 922 (7.82%) Business Intelligence
7 623 (5.29%) PRINCE2
8 564 (4.79%) Scrum
9 538 (4.57%) Stakeholder Management
10 518 (4.40%) MVC
11 464 (3.94%) Change Management
12 463 (3.93%) Service Management
13 433 (3.67%) ETL
14 363 (3.08%) Data Modelling
15 349 (2.96%) TDD
16 330 (2.80%) Business Analysis
17 328 (2.78%) Service Delivery
18 327 (2.77%) Configuration Management
19 321 (2.72%) Data Analysis
20 309 (2.62%) OO
Programming Languages
1 2679 (22.73%) SQL
2 1613 (13.69%) C#
3 878 (7.45%) JavaScript
4 641 (5.44%) T-SQL
5 636 (5.40%) PowerShell
6 470 (3.99%) Java
7 345 (2.93%) VB
8 295 (2.50%) VBA
9 238 (2.02%) VBScript
10 166 (1.41%) C
11 165 (1.40%) VB.NET
12 138 (1.17%) Python
13 128 (1.09%) C++
14 115 (0.98%) PL/SQL
15 109 (0.92%) Ruby
16 95 (0.81%) Shell Script
17 93 (0.79%) Perl
18 74 (0.63%) PHP
19 62 (0.53%) X++
20 59 (0.50%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1354 (11.49%) Security Cleared
2 992 (8.42%) Microsoft Certification
3 919 (7.80%) SC Cleared
4 726 (6.16%) Degree
5 463 (3.93%) MCSE
6 346 (2.94%) DV Cleared
7 283 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
8 277 (2.35%) MCITP
9 262 (2.22%) MCP
10 197 (1.67%) CCNA
11 189 (1.60%) ISEB
12 174 (1.48%) MCSA
13 133 (1.13%) ISTQB
14 122 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
15 118 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 102 (0.87%) MCTS
17 98 (0.83%) PMI Certification
18 94 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 90 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 89 (0.76%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 397 (3.37%) SLA
2 325 (2.76%) QA
3 75 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 64 (0.54%) Data Quality
5 44 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 37 (0.31%) ISO 9001
7 30 (0.25%) Solvency II
8 28 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 23 (0.20%) COBIT
10 21 (0.18%) ISO 9000
11 20 (0.17%) P3O
12 14 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
13 10 (0.085%) HL7
14 6 (0.051%) MiFID
14 6 (0.051%) JSP 440
14 6 (0.051%) PMBOK
14 6 (0.051%) EMIR
15 5 (0.042%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 4 (0.034%) GAAP
16 4 (0.034%) COSO
System Software
1 2625 (22.27%) Active Directory
2 987 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 507 (4.30%) Hyper-V
4 346 (2.94%) vSphere
5 315 (2.67%) XenApp
6 194 (1.65%) VMware ESX
7 187 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
8 165 (1.40%) XenDesktop
9 93 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
10 68 (0.58%) Terminal Services
11 66 (0.56%) XenServer
12 59 (0.50%) Xen
13 47 (0.40%) ISA Server
14 43 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 42 (0.36%) NFS
16 39 (0.33%) VMware Server
17 34 (0.29%) Terminal Server
18 33 (0.28%) Forefront TMG
19 31 (0.26%) UAG
20 29 (0.25%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 716 (6.08%) SCCM
2 279 (2.37%) SCOM
3 113 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
4 106 (0.90%) WSUS
5 97 (0.82%) Puppet
6 82 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
7 81 (0.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 73 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 62 (0.53%) Backup Exec
10 57 (0.48%) SCOrch
11 53 (0.45%) NetBackup
12 50 (0.42%) Tivoli
12 50 (0.42%) SCVMM
13 43 (0.36%) SCSM
14 40 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
14 40 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
15 36 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 33 (0.28%) HP SIM
16 33 (0.28%) WMI
17 31 (0.26%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 1638 (13.90%) VMware
2 1050 (8.91%) Citrix
3 989 (8.39%) Oracle
4 820 (6.96%) Cisco
5 763 (6.47%) HP
6 366 (3.11%) SAP
7 299 (2.54%) IBM
8 259 (2.20%) NetApp
9 221 (1.88%) Dell
10 190 (1.61%) Symantec
11 187 (1.59%) Red Hat
11 187 (1.59%) Remedy
12 185 (1.57%) Lotus
13 160 (1.36%) Apple
14 159 (1.35%) McAfee
15 144 (1.22%) EMC
16 140 (1.19%) Adobe
17 129 (1.09%) Business Objects
18 118 (1.00%) CheckPoint
19 111 (0.94%) Google
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