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 26 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
26 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5830 5626 4893
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 11.92% 11.77% 11.86%
As % of the Vendors category 26.23% 25.88% 25.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3467 3006 2618
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £353
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -0.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £166 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £326 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.36% +0.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 501 499
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.71 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.88
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -5.91%
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
22230 21737 19047
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.44% 45.49% 46.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 12892 12225 10467
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £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 952 1005 1085
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 £11.35 £11.23 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £42.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.46
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -5.20%

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 26 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 26 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 26 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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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 +3 2084 £400 - 862
South East 0 1463 £375 +7.14% 578
North West 0 437 £325 +0.77% 322
East of England +1 399 £350 +7.69% 186
Yorkshire +2 389 £325 +10.16% 224
South West -4 373 £350 - 171
West Midlands +1 359 £350 +7.69% 259
East Midlands -2 221 £300 +26.31% 140
North East 0 95 £300 +25.00% 50
Midlands -6 12 £300 -35.13% 3
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 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 4353 (36.29%) Windows
2 4042 (33.69%) MS Excel
3 2790 (23.26%) MS Office
4 2717 (22.65%) Active Directory
5 2667 (22.23%) SQL
6 2574 (21.46%) SQL Server
7 2237 (18.65%) .NET
8 2109 (17.58%) Finance
9 1707 (14.23%) ITIL
10 1650 (13.75%) VMware
11 1638 (13.65%) C#
12 1471 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
13 1463 (12.20%) Security Cleared
14 1370 (11.42%) SharePoint
15 1327 (11.06%) Windows 7
16 1311 (10.93%) Windows Server 2008
17 1154 (9.62%) MS Exchange
18 1136 (9.47%) Citrix
19 1092 (9.10%) Project Management
20 1054 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
21 1021 (8.51%) Migration
22 1019 (8.49%) CRM
23 1017 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
24 1004 (8.37%) SC Cleared
25 1001 (8.34%) Oracle
25 1001 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
26 985 (8.21%) JavaScript
27 921 (7.68%) ASP.NET
28 905 (7.54%) HTML
29 898 (7.49%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 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 1370 (11.42%) SharePoint
2 1154 (9.62%) MS Exchange
3 572 (4.77%) IIS
4 438 (3.65%) Exchange Server 2010
5 425 (3.54%) Lync
6 286 (2.38%) BizTalk Server
7 271 (2.26%) SharePoint 2013
8 254 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
9 249 (2.08%) SharePoint 2010
10 236 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
11 209 (1.74%) IBM Notes
12 197 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
13 163 (1.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 161 (1.34%) CMS
15 91 (0.76%) Apache
16 88 (0.73%) Office Communications Server
17 85 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
18 77 (0.64%) WebSphere
19 69 (0.58%) SAS
20 53 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4042 (33.69%) MS Excel
2 2790 (23.26%) MS Office
3 685 (5.71%) MS PowerPoint
4 640 (5.34%) MS Project
5 531 (4.43%) MS Visio
6 79 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
7 54 (0.45%) Photoshop
8 48 (0.40%) InfoPath
9 41 (0.34%) PowerPivot
10 38 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
11 25 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
12 23 (0.19%) Acrobat
13 22 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 17 (0.14%) InDesign
15 16 (0.13%) SPSS
15 16 (0.13%) AutoCAD
16 14 (0.12%) Mingle
17 11 (0.092%) Adobe Captivate
18 4 (0.033%) Fireworks
18 4 (0.033%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 777 (6.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 255 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
3 108 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
4 62 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
4 62 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
5 30 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 26 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 23 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
8 22 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
9 19 (0.16%) Agresso
10 17 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
11 15 (0.13%) SAP SRM
11 15 (0.13%) SAP BPC
12 13 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
13 12 (0.10%) SAP ERP
14 11 (0.092%) Tridion
15 10 (0.083%) Maximo
16 9 (0.075%) CA PPM
16 9 (0.075%) Google Analytics
17 8 (0.067%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 401 (3.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 351 (2.93%) Office 365
3 88 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
4 68 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
5 67 (0.56%) SaaS
6 56 (0.47%) PaaS
7 35 (0.29%) IaaS
8 28 (0.23%) Google Apps
9 25 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (0.083%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 7 (0.058%) Google App Engine
11 7 (0.058%) Yammer
11 7 (0.058%) Google Cloud Platform
12 6 (0.050%) GitHub
13 5 (0.042%) Trello
14 4 (0.033%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.033%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.025%) Taleo
15 3 (0.025%) Force.com
15 3 (0.025%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 673 (5.61%) DNS
2 597 (4.98%) Firewall
3 565 (4.71%) SAN
4 518 (4.32%) TCP/IP
5 491 (4.09%) DHCP
6 474 (3.95%) LAN
7 472 (3.93%) WAN
8 334 (2.78%) VPN
9 327 (2.73%) Internet
10 200 (1.67%) NAS
11 175 (1.46%) Wireless
12 171 (1.43%) VoIP
13 141 (1.18%) SSL
14 132 (1.10%) Intranet
15 130 (1.08%) VLAN
16 123 (1.03%) HTTP
17 117 (0.98%) FTP
18 115 (0.96%) Network Security
19 107 (0.89%) LDAP
20 104 (0.87%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2574 (21.46%) SQL Server
2 874 (7.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 828 (6.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 667 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 523 (4.36%) Data Warehouse
6 474 (3.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 378 (3.15%) SQL Server 2012
8 262 (2.18%) Relational Database
9 245 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
10 220 (1.83%) Oracle Database
11 177 (1.48%) MySQL
12 175 (1.46%) MS Access
13 134 (1.12%) OLAP
14 132 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
15 115 (0.96%) QlikView
16 103 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
17 97 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 90 (0.75%) RDBMS
19 75 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
20 65 (0.54%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 548 (4.57%) Visual Studio
2 495 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 136 (1.13%) JIRA
4 135 (1.13%) NUnit
5 126 (1.05%) Git (software)
6 123 (1.03%) Selenium
7 104 (0.87%) MSI
8 103 (0.86%) Subversion
9 101 (0.84%) Jenkins
10 91 (0.76%) SpecFlow
11 71 (0.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 50 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 48 (0.40%) TeamCity
14 47 (0.39%) Maven
15 43 (0.36%) MSTest
16 40 (0.33%) Rhino Mocks
16 40 (0.33%) QuickTest Pro
17 39 (0.33%) JUnit
18 36 (0.30%) Cucumber
18 36 (0.30%) SoapUI
General
1 2109 (17.58%) Finance
2 619 (5.16%) Banking
3 486 (4.05%) Telecoms
4 419 (3.49%) Retail
5 245 (2.04%) Advertising
6 216 (1.80%) Legal
7 214 (1.78%) Marketing
8 198 (1.65%) Investment Banking
9 196 (1.63%) Manufacturing
10 117 (0.98%) Back Office
11 115 (0.96%) Law
12 99 (0.83%) Front Office
13 92 (0.77%) Publishing
14 79 (0.66%) Financial Institution
15 61 (0.51%) Local Government
16 46 (0.38%) Retail Banking
17 43 (0.36%) French Language
18 40 (0.33%) German Language
19 38 (0.32%) Billing
20 33 (0.28%) Games
Job Titles
1 2578 (21.49%) Analyst
2 2140 (17.84%) Developer
3 936 (7.80%) Architect
4 724 (6.04%) Consultant
5 602 (5.02%) Support Engineer
6 600 (5.00%) Project Manager
7 565 (4.71%) Support Analyst
8 502 (4.18%) .NET Developer
9 490 (4.08%) Service Analyst
10 463 (3.86%) Service Desk Analyst
11 403 (3.36%) Business Analyst
12 400 (3.33%) Administrator
13 391 (3.26%) Desktop Support
14 387 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 353 (2.94%) 2nd Line Support
16 289 (2.41%) C# Developer
17 287 (2.39%) Solutions Architect
18 283 (2.36%) SQL Developer
19 276 (2.30%) 1st Line Support
20 233 (1.94%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2237 (18.65%) .NET
2 921 (7.68%) ASP.NET
3 905 (7.54%) HTML
4 611 (5.09%) CSS
5 604 (5.04%) XML
6 585 (4.88%) Web Services
7 530 (4.42%) .NET Framework
8 509 (4.24%) jQuery
9 358 (2.98%) WCF
10 308 (2.57%) ASP.NET MVC
11 284 (2.37%) HTML5
12 198 (1.65%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 183 (1.53%) Ajax
14 176 (1.47%) SOAP
15 165 (1.38%) AngularJS
16 155 (1.29%) ASP.NET Web API
17 146 (1.22%) WPF
18 143 (1.19%) REST
18 143 (1.19%) CSS3
19 126 (1.05%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1054 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
2 419 (3.49%) Management Information System
3 368 (3.07%) Blackberry
4 345 (2.88%) Clustering
5 326 (2.72%) NHS
6 193 (1.61%) Computer Science
7 184 (1.53%) User Experience
8 175 (1.46%) Replication
9 165 (1.38%) Open Source
10 129 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
11 117 (0.98%) PKI
12 100 (0.83%) Data Structures
13 98 (0.82%) Visualisation
14 96 (0.80%) Thin Client
14 96 (0.80%) Fat Client
15 86 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
16 83 (0.69%) Client/Server
16 83 (0.69%) Data Integration
17 80 (0.67%) iPad
18 78 (0.65%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4353 (36.29%) Windows
2 1327 (11.06%) Windows 7
3 1311 (10.93%) Windows Server 2008
4 898 (7.49%) Windows Server 2003
5 786 (6.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 726 (6.05%) Windows XP
7 673 (5.61%) Linux
8 475 (3.96%) UNIX
9 276 (2.30%) Windows 8
10 165 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 153 (1.28%) Android
12 138 (1.15%) Apple iOS
13 135 (1.13%) Windows Vista
14 123 (1.03%) Solaris
15 91 (0.76%) Windows 2000
16 82 (0.68%) Mac OS X
17 73 (0.61%) Windows 2000 Server
18 68 (0.57%) AIX
19 64 (0.53%) CentOS
20 55 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1707 (14.23%) ITIL
2 1471 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
3 1092 (9.10%) Project Management
4 1021 (8.51%) Migration
5 1019 (8.49%) CRM
6 819 (6.83%) Business Intelligence
7 651 (5.43%) PRINCE2
8 562 (4.68%) Stakeholder Management
9 561 (4.68%) MVC
10 552 (4.60%) Scrum
11 487 (4.06%) Change Management
12 472 (3.93%) Service Management
13 406 (3.38%) ETL
14 401 (3.34%) TDD
15 377 (3.14%) Service Delivery
16 342 (2.85%) Configuration Management
17 335 (2.79%) OO
18 334 (2.78%) E-Commerce
19 320 (2.67%) Data Modelling
20 306 (2.55%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 2667 (22.23%) SQL
2 1638 (13.65%) C#
3 985 (8.21%) JavaScript
4 607 (5.06%) PowerShell
5 580 (4.83%) T-SQL
6 463 (3.86%) Java
7 340 (2.83%) VBA
8 310 (2.58%) VB
9 262 (2.18%) VBScript
10 183 (1.53%) C
11 174 (1.45%) VB.NET
12 157 (1.31%) C++
13 132 (1.10%) Ruby
14 127 (1.06%) Python
15 115 (0.96%) PL/SQL
16 99 (0.83%) Shell Script
17 77 (0.64%) Perl
17 77 (0.64%) PHP
18 60 (0.50%) Bash Shell
19 50 (0.42%) X++
Qualifications
1 1463 (12.20%) Security Cleared
2 1004 (8.37%) SC Cleared
3 1001 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 696 (5.80%) Degree
5 468 (3.90%) MCSE
6 382 (3.18%) DV Cleared
7 316 (2.63%) MCP
8 273 (2.28%) Cisco Certification
9 254 (2.12%) MCITP
10 195 (1.63%) ISEB
11 179 (1.49%) CCNA
12 174 (1.45%) MCSA
13 160 (1.33%) ISTQB
14 137 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
15 112 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 112 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 108 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 99 (0.83%) CCNP
18 94 (0.78%) PMI Certification
19 88 (0.73%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 456 (3.80%) SLA
2 312 (2.60%) QA
3 50 (0.42%) Data Quality
4 49 (0.41%) ISO 9001
5 43 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 30 (0.25%) Solvency II
8 28 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 22 (0.18%) ISO 9000
10 20 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
10 20 (0.17%) COBIT
11 17 (0.14%) P3O
12 11 (0.092%) EMIR
13 8 (0.067%) HL7
14 6 (0.050%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 5 (0.042%) MiFID
15 5 (0.042%) DICOM
15 5 (0.042%) FATCA
16 4 (0.033%) CRD IV
16 4 (0.033%) COREP
System Software
1 2717 (22.65%) Active Directory
2 1017 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 534 (4.45%) Hyper-V
4 355 (2.96%) XenApp
5 313 (2.61%) vSphere
6 198 (1.65%) VMware ESX
7 193 (1.61%) XenDesktop
8 187 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
9 106 (0.88%) Terminal Services
10 104 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
11 69 (0.58%) XenServer
12 47 (0.39%) Xen
13 45 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 44 (0.37%) ISA Server
15 41 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 36 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
17 28 (0.23%) UAG
17 28 (0.23%) VMware Server
17 28 (0.23%) Terminal Server
18 26 (0.22%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 745 (6.21%) SCCM
2 281 (2.34%) SCOM
3 109 (0.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 108 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
5 95 (0.79%) WSUS
6 85 (0.71%) Puppet
7 77 (0.64%) Backup Exec
8 76 (0.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 71 (0.59%) NetBackup
10 66 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
11 55 (0.46%) SCVMM
12 53 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
13 52 (0.43%) Tivoli
14 47 (0.39%) HP SIM
14 47 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
15 45 (0.38%) SCOrch
16 41 (0.34%) SCSM
17 35 (0.29%) OpenView
17 35 (0.29%) Ansible
18 34 (0.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1650 (13.75%) VMware
2 1136 (9.47%) Citrix
3 1001 (8.34%) Oracle
4 812 (6.77%) Cisco
5 789 (6.58%) HP
6 347 (2.89%) SAP
7 297 (2.48%) IBM
8 224 (1.87%) Lotus
9 208 (1.73%) Symantec
10 206 (1.72%) Dell
11 203 (1.69%) NetApp
12 194 (1.62%) Red Hat
13 181 (1.51%) Remedy
14 178 (1.48%) McAfee
15 172 (1.43%) Apple
16 150 (1.25%) EMC
17 130 (1.08%) CheckPoint
18 127 (1.06%) Business Objects
18 127 (1.06%) Adobe
19 113 (0.94%) CA
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £25000 per annum + pension scheme, healthcare.
Posted: 7 hours ago
Northamptonshire
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
Roc Search
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On Application
Posted: 8 hours ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 8 hours ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £230 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 per day + .
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £375 - £413 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Posted: 9 hours ago
Lincolnshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £400 - 450 per day + .
Posted: 9 hours ago
Lincolnshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
West London
Royal College of Midwives
Rate: From £27,598 to £35,052 per annum plus £4,712 London Weighting
Posted: 10 hours ago
Berkshire
Rubicon Consulting
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Centric Resource
Rate: From £180 to £225 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
OSM Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £500 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cheshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £325-£340
Posted: 12 hours ago
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Aquent
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day depending on experience
Posted: 12 hours ago