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 20 August 2014 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6053 5649 5957
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.09% 11.64% 11.04%
As % of the Vendors category 26.27% 24.88% 23.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3453 3116 2982
Average daily rate
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£363 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 554 488 579
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.15 £10.00 £10.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.37%
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
23042 22701 24966
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 46.02% 46.76% 46.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 13170 12893 13092
Average daily rate £388 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1012 1038 1277
Average hourly rate £18.48 £19.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.23% -2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.15 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £41.50 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-10.25% -2.50%

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 20 August 2014.

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 20 August 2014.

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 20 August 2014. 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 2509 £400 - 852
South East 0 1322 £350 +0.71% 547
East of England +1 425 £350 -2.77% 191
North West 0 420 £338 +8.00% 285
West Midlands +4 387 £325 +8.33% 184
South West 0 362 £325 - 178
Yorkshire 0 269 £300 -4.76% 201
East Midlands 0 213 £350 +16.66% 137
North East -3 69 £325 +19.81% 55
Midlands +9 27 £328 -12.66% 1
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 4701 (39.06%) Windows
2 4160 (34.57%) MS Excel
3 2739 (22.76%) MS Office
4 2554 (21.22%) Active Directory
5 2372 (19.71%) SQL Server
6 2357 (19.59%) SQL
7 2140 (17.78%) .NET
8 2099 (17.44%) Finance
9 1629 (13.54%) Windows 7
10 1620 (13.46%) C#
11 1550 (12.88%) ITIL
12 1493 (12.41%) SharePoint
13 1402 (11.65%) VMware
14 1327 (11.03%) Security Cleared
15 1318 (10.95%) MS Exchange
16 1310 (10.89%) Windows Server 2008
17 1194 (9.92%) Project Management
18 1147 (9.53%) Citrix
19 1036 (8.61%) Oracle
20 1016 (8.44%) Migration
21 1013 (8.42%) ASP.NET
22 1004 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
23 999 (8.30%) Windows Server 2003
24 980 (8.14%) SC Cleared
25 956 (7.94%) Windows XP
26 943 (7.84%) CRM
27 906 (7.53%) JavaScript
28 872 (7.25%) HTML
29 855 (7.10%) HP
30 846 (7.03%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 1493 (12.41%) SharePoint
2 1318 (10.95%) MS Exchange
3 576 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 503 (4.18%) IIS
5 382 (3.17%) Lync
6 332 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 308 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 270 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2003
8 270 (2.24%) BizTalk Server
9 225 (1.87%) SharePoint 2013
10 216 (1.79%) IBM Notes
11 208 (1.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 172 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
13 155 (1.29%) CMS
14 106 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
15 102 (0.85%) WebSphere
16 96 (0.80%) Apache
17 74 (0.61%) SAS
18 72 (0.60%) MS Project Server
19 70 (0.58%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4160 (34.57%) MS Excel
2 2739 (22.76%) MS Office
3 741 (6.16%) MS Project
4 648 (5.38%) MS PowerPoint
5 496 (4.12%) MS Visio
6 125 (1.04%) Spreadsheet
7 65 (0.54%) Photoshop
8 47 (0.39%) PowerPivot
9 40 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
9 40 (0.33%) InfoPath
10 27 (0.22%) AutoCAD
11 23 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
12 21 (0.17%) SPSS
13 18 (0.15%) Acrobat
14 15 (0.12%) InDesign
15 14 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
16 11 (0.091%) Fireworks
17 8 (0.066%) Open Workbench
18 7 (0.058%) Adobe After Effects
18 7 (0.058%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 676 (5.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 291 (2.42%) Dynamics AX
3 111 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
4 61 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
5 56 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
6 37 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
7 22 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 21 (0.17%) CA Clarity
9 20 (0.17%) WebTrends
10 19 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
11 18 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
11 18 (0.15%) assyst
12 17 (0.14%) SAP SD
13 16 (0.13%) SAP CO
14 15 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
15 14 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
15 14 (0.12%) SAP HR
16 11 (0.091%) Agresso
16 11 (0.091%) BusinessWorks
16 11 (0.091%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 268 (2.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 259 (2.15%) Office 365
3 76 (0.63%) SaaS
4 61 (0.51%) PaaS
5 60 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
6 38 (0.32%) IaaS
7 31 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
9 17 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (0.066%) Google App Engine
10 8 (0.066%) GitHub
11 6 (0.050%) Google Apps
12 4 (0.033%) IBM SmartCloud
13 3 (0.025%) MailChimp
13 3 (0.025%) Heroku
14 2 (0.017%) Pure360
15 1 (0.008%) Gitorious
15 1 (0.008%) CloudFront
15 1 (0.008%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 671 (5.58%) DNS
2 651 (5.41%) Firewall
3 565 (4.70%) SAN
4 560 (4.65%) TCP/IP
5 457 (3.80%) DHCP
6 431 (3.58%) LAN
7 418 (3.47%) WAN
8 352 (2.93%) Internet
9 322 (2.68%) VPN
10 199 (1.65%) Wireless
11 173 (1.44%) Intranet
12 145 (1.20%) VoIP
13 110 (0.91%) HTTP
14 109 (0.91%) VLAN
15 107 (0.89%) NAS
16 101 (0.84%) Network Security
17 100 (0.83%) LDAP
18 99 (0.82%) NetScaler
19 90 (0.75%) FTP
20 88 (0.73%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2372 (19.71%) SQL Server
2 815 (6.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 719 (5.97%) SQL Server 2008
4 682 (5.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 484 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
6 464 (3.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 342 (2.84%) SQL Server 2005
8 271 (2.25%) SQL Server 2012
9 235 (1.95%) Relational Database
10 231 (1.92%) Oracle Database
11 164 (1.36%) MS Access
12 136 (1.13%) MySQL
13 120 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
14 118 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 109 (0.91%) OLAP
16 98 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
17 96 (0.80%) QlikView
18 88 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
19 83 (0.69%) RDBMS
20 76 (0.63%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 666 (5.53%) Visual Studio
2 516 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 120 (1.00%) JIRA
4 119 (0.99%) Subversion
5 118 (0.98%) Git (software)
6 114 (0.95%) NUnit
7 97 (0.81%) Selenium
8 96 (0.80%) TeamCity
9 93 (0.77%) MSI
10 92 (0.76%) QuickTest Pro
11 79 (0.66%) SpecFlow
12 70 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 63 (0.52%) MSBuild
14 52 (0.43%) Jenkins
15 48 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
16 47 (0.39%) Maven
17 42 (0.35%) Artifactory
18 41 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
18 41 (0.34%) MSTest
19 40 (0.33%) FitNesse
General
1 2099 (17.44%) Finance
2 762 (6.33%) Banking
3 430 (3.57%) Telecoms
4 329 (2.73%) Retail
5 264 (2.19%) Advertising
6 235 (1.95%) Marketing
7 216 (1.79%) Legal
8 185 (1.54%) Investment Banking
9 156 (1.30%) Manufacturing
10 151 (1.25%) Back Office
11 139 (1.16%) Law
12 130 (1.08%) Front Office
13 117 (0.97%) Financial Institution
14 110 (0.91%) Publishing
15 64 (0.53%) Military
16 60 (0.50%) French Language
17 58 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
18 57 (0.47%) Retail Banking
19 49 (0.41%) Games
20 45 (0.37%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2520 (20.94%) Analyst
2 2157 (17.92%) Developer
3 805 (6.69%) Consultant
4 695 (5.78%) Architect
5 650 (5.40%) Support Engineer
6 606 (5.04%) Project Manager
7 557 (4.63%) .NET Developer
8 551 (4.58%) Support Analyst
9 467 (3.88%) Business Analyst
10 424 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support
11 416 (3.46%) Administrator
12 399 (3.32%) Service Analyst
13 390 (3.24%) Desktop Support
14 374 (3.11%) Service Desk Analyst
15 349 (2.90%) C# Developer
16 289 (2.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 255 (2.12%) 1st Line Support
18 254 (2.11%) Desktop Engineer
19 237 (1.97%) Test Analyst
20 232 (1.93%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2140 (17.78%) .NET
2 1013 (8.42%) ASP.NET
3 872 (7.25%) HTML
4 583 (4.84%) XML
5 575 (4.78%) Web Services
6 563 (4.68%) CSS
7 530 (4.40%) .NET Framework
8 481 (4.00%) WCF
9 451 (3.75%) jQuery
10 332 (2.76%) ASP.NET MVC
11 268 (2.23%) HTML5
12 238 (1.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 217 (1.80%) Ajax
14 195 (1.62%) Middleware
15 187 (1.55%) JSP
16 182 (1.51%) WPF
17 137 (1.14%) SOAP
18 116 (0.96%) XSLT
19 112 (0.93%) REST
19 112 (0.93%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 560 (4.65%) Blackberry
2 398 (3.31%) Management Information System
3 256 (2.13%) Clustering
4 226 (1.88%) NHS
5 177 (1.47%) Computer Science
6 141 (1.17%) Replication
7 131 (1.09%) Open Source
8 123 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
9 117 (0.97%) Client/Server
10 113 (0.94%) Fat Client
10 113 (0.94%) Thin Client
11 99 (0.82%) Statistics
12 92 (0.76%) iPhone
12 92 (0.76%) PKI
13 85 (0.71%) iPad
14 82 (0.68%) PMI
15 81 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
16 75 (0.62%) N-Tier
17 74 (0.61%) Fixed Income
18 73 (0.61%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 4701 (39.06%) Windows
2 1629 (13.54%) Windows 7
3 1310 (10.89%) Windows Server 2008
4 999 (8.30%) Windows Server 2003
5 956 (7.94%) Windows XP
6 589 (4.89%) Linux
7 529 (4.40%) UNIX
8 520 (4.32%) Windows Server 2012
9 322 (2.68%) Windows 8
10 192 (1.60%) Windows Vista
11 155 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 133 (1.11%) Windows 2000
13 121 (1.01%) Android
14 117 (0.97%) Solaris
15 110 (0.91%) Apple iOS
16 61 (0.51%) Mac OS X
17 57 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
18 56 (0.47%) AIX
19 34 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
20 30 (0.25%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1550 (12.88%) ITIL
2 1194 (9.92%) Project Management
3 1016 (8.44%) Migration
4 943 (7.84%) CRM
5 731 (6.07%) Business Intelligence
6 722 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
7 712 (5.92%) PRINCE2
8 618 (5.14%) MVC
9 457 (3.80%) Scrum
10 435 (3.61%) Change Management
11 432 (3.59%) Stakeholder Management
12 428 (3.56%) Service Management
13 406 (3.37%) Workflow
14 404 (3.36%) TDD
15 380 (3.16%) User Acceptance Testing
16 375 (3.12%) Service Delivery
17 346 (2.88%) Business Analysis
18 325 (2.70%) Configuration Management
19 299 (2.48%) ERP
20 297 (2.47%) OO
Programming Languages
1 2357 (19.59%) SQL
2 1620 (13.46%) C#
3 906 (7.53%) JavaScript
4 584 (4.85%) PowerShell
5 559 (4.65%) T-SQL
6 433 (3.60%) Java
7 365 (3.03%) VB
8 258 (2.14%) VBA
9 212 (1.76%) VBScript
10 195 (1.62%) VB.NET
11 180 (1.50%) C
12 149 (1.24%) PL/SQL
13 141 (1.17%) Perl
14 130 (1.08%) Shell Script
15 107 (0.89%) C++
16 106 (0.88%) PHP
17 88 (0.73%) Python
18 65 (0.54%) Ruby
19 57 (0.47%) VB6
20 46 (0.38%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1327 (11.03%) Security Cleared
2 1004 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 980 (8.14%) SC Cleared
4 753 (6.26%) Degree
5 462 (3.84%) MCSE
6 329 (2.73%) DV Cleared
7 318 (2.64%) MCP
8 259 (2.15%) MCITP
9 238 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
10 237 (1.97%) ISTQB
11 181 (1.50%) ISEB
12 153 (1.27%) PMI Certification
13 149 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
14 135 (1.12%) CCNA
15 134 (1.11%) MCSA
16 116 (0.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 108 (0.90%) CISSP
18 107 (0.89%) MCTS
19 106 (0.88%) PMP
20 101 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 484 (4.02%) SLA
2 447 (3.71%) QA
3 102 (0.85%) ISO 9001
4 66 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 46 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 46 (0.38%) Data Quality
6 41 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 23 (0.19%) P3O
8 11 (0.091%) Basel III
9 10 (0.083%) Solvency II
10 8 (0.066%) HL7
11 7 (0.058%) COBIT
11 7 (0.058%) ISO 14001
12 6 (0.050%) GPG13
12 6 (0.050%) EMIR
13 5 (0.042%) Basel II
13 5 (0.042%) TickIT
13 5 (0.042%) Dodd-Frank
14 4 (0.033%) BS15000
14 4 (0.033%) GxP
System Software
1 2554 (21.22%) Active Directory
2 846 (7.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 405 (3.37%) XenApp
4 362 (3.01%) Hyper-V
5 271 (2.25%) vSphere
6 227 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
7 197 (1.64%) VMware ESX
8 183 (1.52%) XenDesktop
9 132 (1.10%) XenServer
10 105 (0.87%) Terminal Services
11 99 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
12 59 (0.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 56 (0.47%) ISA Server
14 53 (0.44%) Xen
15 42 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 41 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
17 37 (0.31%) UAG
18 35 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
19 28 (0.23%) NFS
20 27 (0.22%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 753 (6.26%) SCCM
2 291 (2.42%) SCOM
3 138 (1.15%) Backup Exec
4 109 (0.91%) WSUS
5 101 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 96 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
7 85 (0.71%) NetBackup
8 73 (0.61%) Tivoli
9 63 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
10 54 (0.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 54 (0.45%) Puppet
11 47 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 46 (0.38%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 45 (0.37%) SCOrch
13 45 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
14 43 (0.36%) HP SIM
15 40 (0.33%) SCVMM
16 37 (0.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 32 (0.27%) OpenView
17 32 (0.27%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 1402 (11.65%) VMware
2 1147 (9.53%) Citrix
3 1036 (8.61%) Oracle
4 855 (7.10%) HP
5 834 (6.93%) Cisco
6 425 (3.53%) SAP
7 343 (2.85%) IBM
8 284 (2.36%) Symantec
9 230 (1.91%) Dell
10 224 (1.86%) Lotus
11 195 (1.62%) Remedy
12 177 (1.47%) EMC
13 172 (1.43%) Apple
14 165 (1.37%) NetApp
15 158 (1.31%) CheckPoint
15 158 (1.31%) McAfee
16 157 (1.30%) Red Hat
17 133 (1.11%) Business Objects
18 132 (1.10%) Adobe
19 116 (0.96%) CA
Wiltshire
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Rate: £150 - 180 per day
Posted: 21 minutes ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 34 minutes ago
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Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 39 minutes ago
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Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
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Rate: £300 - £330 per day
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
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Rate: £400 per day
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Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £250 - 375 per day
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Basingstoke, Hampshire
Gibbs S3
Rate: From £300 to £340 per day
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Egham, Surrey
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £350 to £400 per day
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Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £350 to £400 per day
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London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £350 to £375 per annum
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London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £190 - £215 per day
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Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £350 to £400 per day
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Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Experis Ltd
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