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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6270 5880 5496
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.17% 11.91% 11.80%
As % of the Vendors category 27.69% 26.52% 25.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3859 3338 2994
Average daily rate
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£363 £355 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.11% -2.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 494 517 489
Average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.13% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £25.95 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
22641 22172 21543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 43.94% 44.92% 46.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 13646 12517 11993
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 990 998 1118
Average hourly rate £18.71 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.94% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.48 £37.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.16%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 2515 £400 +1.26% 709
South East -1 1299 £350 - 481
North West 0 546 £350 +5.90% 279
East of England -1 415 £350 - 150
Yorkshire +3 408 £335 +11.66% 177
South West +1 403 £340 +4.61% 182
West Midlands -2 330 £350 +7.69% 145
East Midlands -2 190 £325 - 95
North East +6 134 £300 +7.14% 41
Midlands -1 20 £400 -5.88% 4
South Coast -1 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 4491 (35.77%) Windows
2 4204 (33.48%) MS Excel
3 2921 (23.26%) SQL
4 2872 (22.87%) MS Office
5 2816 (22.43%) SQL Server
6 2708 (21.57%) Active Directory
7 2296 (18.29%) Finance
8 2226 (17.73%) .NET
9 1865 (14.85%) ITIL
10 1743 (13.88%) VMware
11 1645 (13.10%) C#
12 1570 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
13 1399 (11.14%) Windows 7
14 1361 (10.84%) SharePoint
15 1301 (10.36%) Windows Server 2008
16 1249 (9.95%) Security Cleared
17 1180 (9.40%) MS Exchange
17 1180 (9.40%) Migration
18 1177 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
19 1148 (9.14%) Microsoft Certification
20 1139 (9.07%) Citrix
21 1119 (8.91%) Project Management
22 1051 (8.37%) VMware Infrastructure
23 1046 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 1044 (8.31%) Oracle
25 1039 (8.27%) Business Intelligence
26 1028 (8.19%) CRM
27 1002 (7.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
28 887 (7.06%) Windows Server 2012
29 880 (7.01%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 1361 (10.84%) SharePoint
2 1180 (9.40%) MS Exchange
3 590 (4.70%) IIS
4 483 (3.85%) Lync
5 426 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 308 (2.45%) BizTalk Server
7 227 (1.81%) SharePoint 2013
8 213 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
9 212 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
10 199 (1.58%) SharePoint 2010
11 146 (1.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 132 (1.05%) IBM Notes
13 128 (1.02%) WebSphere
14 123 (0.98%) CMS
15 113 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
16 110 (0.88%) SAS
17 86 (0.68%) Tomcat
18 78 (0.62%) Apache
19 67 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
20 66 (0.53%) JBoss
Applications
1 4204 (33.48%) MS Excel
2 2872 (22.87%) MS Office
3 719 (5.73%) MS PowerPoint
4 686 (5.46%) MS Project
5 576 (4.59%) MS Visio
6 101 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
7 62 (0.49%) PowerPivot
8 52 (0.41%) Photoshop
9 30 (0.24%) InfoPath
10 29 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
11 21 (0.17%) SPSS
12 20 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
13 19 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 14 (0.11%) Acrobat
14 14 (0.11%) InDesign
14 14 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
15 11 (0.088%) AutoCAD
16 7 (0.056%) Maya
17 6 (0.048%) Vectorworks
18 4 (0.032%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 794 (6.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 309 (2.46%) Dynamics AX
3 64 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 47 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 41 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
6 27 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 22 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
8 21 (0.17%) Primavera
9 20 (0.16%) Maximo
10 16 (0.13%) SAP ERP
11 14 (0.11%) Agresso
12 13 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
12 13 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
13 12 (0.096%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 12 (0.096%) SAP FI
13 12 (0.096%) Cognos TM1
14 10 (0.080%) Tridion
14 10 (0.080%) Oracle BPM
15 9 (0.072%) ResourceLink
15 9 (0.072%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 552 (4.40%) Office 365
2 453 (3.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 180 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
4 108 (0.86%) SaaS
5 76 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
6 73 (0.58%) IaaS
7 53 (0.42%) PaaS
8 36 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
9 35 (0.28%) Google Apps
10 31 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
11 27 (0.22%) Google App Engine
12 24 (0.19%) Google Analytics
13 18 (0.14%) Yammer
13 18 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
14 16 (0.13%) OneDrive
15 10 (0.080%) Google Drive
15 10 (0.080%) SuccessFactors
16 7 (0.056%) Mimecast
17 6 (0.048%) Adobe Analytics
18 5 (0.040%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 693 (5.52%) DNS
2 625 (4.98%) SAN
3 552 (4.40%) Firewall
4 511 (4.07%) DHCP
5 501 (3.99%) LAN
6 499 (3.97%) WAN
7 485 (3.86%) TCP/IP
8 320 (2.55%) VPN
9 306 (2.44%) Internet
10 193 (1.54%) NAS
11 169 (1.35%) VLAN
12 148 (1.18%) Intranet
13 147 (1.17%) VoIP
14 140 (1.12%) Wireless
15 130 (1.04%) SSL
16 122 (0.97%) LDAP
17 119 (0.95%) MPLS
18 118 (0.94%) Network Security
19 106 (0.84%) HTTP
20 95 (0.76%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2816 (22.43%) SQL Server
2 1046 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1002 (7.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 670 (5.34%) Data Warehouse
5 644 (5.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 618 (4.92%) SQL Server 2008
7 486 (3.87%) SQL Server 2012
8 285 (2.27%) Relational Database
9 256 (2.04%) Oracle Database
10 205 (1.63%) MS Access
11 188 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
12 153 (1.22%) MySQL
13 152 (1.21%) OLAP
14 142 (1.13%) BusinessObjects
15 113 (0.90%) QlikView
16 111 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 104 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
18 100 (0.80%) RDBMS
19 98 (0.78%) Big Data
20 92 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 586 (4.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 540 (4.30%) Visual Studio
3 149 (1.19%) Selenium
4 141 (1.12%) NUnit
5 132 (1.05%) Git (software)
6 126 (1.00%) JIRA
7 112 (0.89%) Jenkins
8 110 (0.88%) Subversion
9 83 (0.66%) TeamCity
10 76 (0.61%) SpecFlow
11 71 (0.57%) MSI
12 52 (0.41%) SoapUI
13 50 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 40 (0.32%) Cucumber
15 39 (0.31%) Toad
16 37 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 37 (0.29%) MSTest
17 33 (0.26%) MSBuild
17 33 (0.26%) WebDriver
18 32 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
General
1 2296 (18.29%) Finance
2 657 (5.23%) Banking
3 450 (3.58%) Retail
4 403 (3.21%) Telecoms
5 275 (2.19%) Marketing
6 242 (1.93%) Legal
7 218 (1.74%) Manufacturing
8 207 (1.65%) Advertising
9 205 (1.63%) Investment Banking
10 193 (1.54%) Law
11 127 (1.01%) Front Office
12 116 (0.92%) Financial Institution
13 114 (0.91%) Back Office
14 76 (0.61%) French Language
15 73 (0.58%) Local Government
16 61 (0.49%) Publishing
17 48 (0.38%) German Language
18 43 (0.34%) Automotive
19 39 (0.31%) Billing
20 38 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2758 (21.97%) Analyst
2 2245 (17.88%) Developer
3 1006 (8.01%) Architect
4 719 (5.73%) Consultant
5 679 (5.41%) Project Manager
6 603 (4.80%) Support Engineer
7 575 (4.58%) Support Analyst
8 499 (3.97%) Business Analyst
9 491 (3.91%) .NET Developer
10 472 (3.76%) Service Analyst
11 445 (3.54%) Service Desk Analyst
12 435 (3.46%) Administrator
13 403 (3.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 381 (3.03%) Desktop Support
15 370 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support
16 359 (2.86%) Solutions Architect
17 307 (2.45%) SQL Developer
18 294 (2.34%) C# Developer
19 281 (2.24%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 254 (2.02%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2226 (17.73%) .NET
2 837 (6.67%) ASP.NET
3 749 (5.97%) HTML
4 565 (4.50%) Web Services
5 549 (4.37%) XML
6 540 (4.30%) .NET Framework
7 518 (4.13%) CSS
8 385 (3.07%) jQuery
9 348 (2.77%) WCF
10 283 (2.25%) ASP.NET MVC
11 240 (1.91%) HTML5
12 210 (1.67%) SOAP
13 202 (1.61%) Entity Framework
14 200 (1.59%) Middleware
15 182 (1.45%) AngularJS
16 169 (1.35%) WPF
17 167 (1.33%) Ajax
18 154 (1.23%) ASP.NET Web API
19 137 (1.09%) MDX
19 137 (1.09%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1177 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
2 557 (4.44%) Data Centre
3 478 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 328 (2.61%) Blackberry
5 292 (2.33%) Clustering
6 278 (2.21%) NHS
7 192 (1.53%) Computer Science
8 169 (1.35%) Replication
9 149 (1.19%) User Experience
10 137 (1.09%) Client/Server
11 123 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
12 115 (0.92%) PKI
13 112 (0.89%) Visualisation
14 107 (0.85%) Data Structures
15 106 (0.84%) Fat Client
15 106 (0.84%) Thin Client
16 95 (0.76%) Mobile App
17 92 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
18 91 (0.72%) N-Tier
19 88 (0.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 4491 (35.77%) Windows
2 1399 (11.14%) Windows 7
3 1301 (10.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 887 (7.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 880 (7.01%) Windows Server 2003
6 738 (5.88%) Linux
7 633 (5.04%) Windows XP
8 474 (3.78%) UNIX
9 314 (2.50%) Windows 8
10 231 (1.84%) Android
11 170 (1.35%) Apple iOS
12 123 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 115 (0.92%) Solaris
14 98 (0.78%) Mac OS X
15 61 (0.49%) AIX
16 60 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
17 57 (0.45%) Windows Vista
18 55 (0.44%) Windows 2000
19 54 (0.43%) Ubuntu
20 43 (0.34%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1865 (14.85%) ITIL
2 1570 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 1180 (9.40%) Migration
4 1119 (8.91%) Project Management
5 1039 (8.27%) Business Intelligence
6 1028 (8.19%) CRM
7 699 (5.57%) PRINCE2
8 564 (4.49%) Scrum
9 544 (4.33%) MVC
10 520 (4.14%) Stakeholder Management
11 519 (4.13%) Change Management
12 477 (3.80%) Service Management
13 476 (3.79%) ETL
14 430 (3.42%) SDLC
15 419 (3.34%) TDD
16 404 (3.22%) Data Modelling
17 361 (2.88%) Data Analysis
18 351 (2.80%) Business Analysis
19 332 (2.64%) Configuration Management
20 321 (2.56%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2921 (23.26%) SQL
2 1645 (13.10%) C#
3 817 (6.51%) JavaScript
4 746 (5.94%) PowerShell
5 713 (5.68%) T-SQL
6 445 (3.54%) Java
7 348 (2.77%) VB
8 266 (2.12%) VBA
9 215 (1.71%) VBScript
10 170 (1.35%) VB.NET
11 148 (1.18%) C
12 133 (1.06%) PL/SQL
13 131 (1.04%) Python
14 122 (0.97%) C++
15 105 (0.84%) Perl
16 89 (0.71%) Shell Script
17 69 (0.55%) Ruby
18 61 (0.49%) X++
18 61 (0.49%) VB6
18 61 (0.49%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1249 (9.95%) Security Cleared
2 1148 (9.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 821 (6.54%) SC Cleared
4 772 (6.15%) Degree
5 564 (4.49%) MCSE
6 309 (2.46%) DV Cleared
7 286 (2.28%) MCITP
8 274 (2.18%) Cisco Certification
9 273 (2.17%) MCP
10 234 (1.86%) MCSA
11 192 (1.53%) CCNA
12 184 (1.47%) ISEB
13 165 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 154 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
15 139 (1.11%) PMI Certification
16 113 (0.90%) ISTQB
17 109 (0.87%) MCTS
17 109 (0.87%) PMP
18 98 (0.78%) CCNP
19 96 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 448 (3.57%) SLA
2 344 (2.74%) QA
3 92 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 63 (0.50%) Data Quality
5 46 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 35 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (0.21%) Solvency II
8 23 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 19 (0.15%) COBIT
9 19 (0.15%) ISO 9000
10 18 (0.14%) P3O
11 13 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
12 12 (0.096%) HL7
13 9 (0.072%) COREP
14 8 (0.064%) CRD IV
15 7 (0.056%) PMBOK
16 5 (0.040%) EMIR
16 5 (0.040%) BS25999
16 5 (0.040%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 5 (0.040%) GAAP
System Software
1 2708 (21.57%) Active Directory
2 1051 (8.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 539 (4.29%) Hyper-V
4 386 (3.07%) vSphere
5 335 (2.67%) XenApp
6 230 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
7 201 (1.60%) VMware ESX
8 153 (1.22%) XenDesktop
9 131 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
10 82 (0.65%) Terminal Services
11 73 (0.58%) Xen
11 73 (0.58%) XenServer
12 49 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 48 (0.38%) NFS
14 45 (0.36%) VMware Server
15 42 (0.33%) vCloud
16 37 (0.29%) Terminal Server
17 32 (0.25%) ISA Server
18 31 (0.25%) BitLocker
18 31 (0.25%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 772 (6.15%) SCCM
2 299 (2.38%) SCOM
3 125 (1.00%) WSUS
4 112 (0.89%) Puppet
5 87 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
6 84 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
7 81 (0.65%) NetBackup
8 77 (0.61%) Backup Exec
9 62 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 58 (0.46%) SCOrch
11 56 (0.45%) SCVMM
12 50 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 47 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
14 46 (0.37%) Norton AntiVirus
15 44 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 42 (0.33%) SCSM
17 39 (0.31%) Tivoli
18 38 (0.30%) Vagrant
19 35 (0.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
20 34 (0.27%) OVSD
Vendors
1 1743 (13.88%) VMware
2 1139 (9.07%) Citrix
3 1044 (8.31%) Oracle
4 847 (6.75%) Cisco
5 744 (5.93%) HP
6 383 (3.05%) SAP
7 321 (2.56%) IBM
8 261 (2.08%) NetApp
9 255 (2.03%) Symantec
10 226 (1.80%) Dell
11 187 (1.49%) EMC
12 186 (1.48%) Remedy
13 181 (1.44%) Red Hat
14 168 (1.34%) Apple
15 160 (1.27%) McAfee
16 143 (1.14%) Google
16 143 (1.14%) Adobe
17 141 (1.12%) Lotus
18 123 (0.98%) CheckPoint
19 116 (0.92%) Tableau
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