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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5570 5301 4934
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.06% 11.92% 11.97%
As % of the Vendors category 26.26% 26.15% 25.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 3417 2939 2603
Average daily rate
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£355 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £159 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £501 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 489 609
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £30.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.86 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.22% -13.37%
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
21211 20274 19359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.92% 45.58% 46.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 12658 11604 10398
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
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 £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 940 928 1248
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.15 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -14.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £10.99 £10.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 2051 £388 - 915
South East +2 1333 £350 - 550
East of England +3 421 £350 +16.66% 213
South West -3 393 £350 +4.86% 216
North West -1 382 £308 +11.81% 282
West Midlands +4 353 £350 +6.87% 206
Yorkshire +2 334 £325 +15.04% 256
East Midlands -1 178 £325 +113.11% 108
North East -3 105 £350 +42.85% 45
Midlands -5 6 £248 -47.89% 18
South Coast - 2 £385 -
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 4535 (36.57%) Windows
2 4395 (35.44%) MS Excel
3 2865 (23.10%) MS Office
4 2787 (22.47%) Active Directory
5 2583 (20.83%) SQL
6 2465 (19.88%) SQL Server
7 2301 (18.55%) .NET
8 2142 (17.27%) Finance
9 1690 (13.63%) ITIL
10 1638 (13.21%) C#
11 1619 (13.06%) VMware
12 1484 (11.97%) Security Cleared
13 1474 (11.89%) Agile Software Development
14 1418 (11.43%) SharePoint
15 1378 (11.11%) Windows 7
16 1366 (11.02%) Windows Server 2008
17 1265 (10.20%) MS Exchange
18 1232 (9.93%) Microsoft Certification
19 1229 (9.91%) CRM
20 1153 (9.30%) Citrix
21 1121 (9.04%) Project Management
22 1059 (8.54%) JavaScript
23 1046 (8.43%) Migration
23 1046 (8.43%) SC Cleared
24 1042 (8.40%) Oracle
25 1040 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
26 1020 (8.23%) Windows Server 2003
27 1003 (8.09%) HTML
28 993 (8.01%) VMware Infrastructure
29 978 (7.89%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 1418 (11.43%) SharePoint
2 1265 (10.20%) MS Exchange
3 600 (4.84%) IIS
4 528 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2010
5 460 (3.71%) Lync
6 308 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2007
7 289 (2.33%) BizTalk Server
8 286 (2.31%) SharePoint 2010
9 284 (2.29%) SharePoint 2013
10 259 (2.09%) Exchange Server 2013
11 253 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
12 222 (1.79%) IBM Notes
13 199 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 164 (1.32%) CMS
15 122 (0.98%) Apache
16 97 (0.78%) WebSphere
17 92 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
18 85 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
19 80 (0.65%) SAS
20 75 (0.60%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4395 (35.44%) MS Excel
2 2865 (23.10%) MS Office
3 711 (5.73%) MS PowerPoint
4 674 (5.44%) MS Project
5 528 (4.26%) MS Visio
6 153 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
7 57 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 56 (0.45%) InfoPath
9 39 (0.31%) PowerPivot
9 39 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
10 31 (0.25%) SPSS
11 26 (0.21%) Acrobat
12 21 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 20 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
13 20 (0.16%) AutoCAD
14 18 (0.15%) InDesign
15 14 (0.11%) Mingle
16 11 (0.089%) Adobe Captivate
17 4 (0.032%) Open Workbench
17 4 (0.032%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 821 (6.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 295 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
3 136 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
4 65 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
5 61 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
6 23 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
6 23 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
7 21 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 19 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
9 18 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
10 16 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
11 15 (0.12%) Agresso
11 15 (0.12%) CA Clarity
12 14 (0.11%) assyst
13 13 (0.10%) SAP BPC
14 12 (0.097%) SAP SRM
15 11 (0.089%) Remedy AR System
15 11 (0.089%) Markit EDM
16 10 (0.081%) Cognos Business Intelligence
17 9 (0.073%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 393 (3.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 318 (2.56%) Office 365
3 94 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
4 93 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
5 85 (0.69%) PaaS
6 73 (0.59%) SaaS
7 33 (0.27%) IaaS
8 31 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
9 27 (0.22%) Google Apps
10 10 (0.081%) GitHub
11 6 (0.048%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.048%) Google App Engine
12 5 (0.040%) IBM SmartCloud
12 5 (0.040%) Trello
13 4 (0.032%) MailChimp
13 4 (0.032%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.032%) Amazon ELB
13 4 (0.032%) SuccessFactors
14 3 (0.024%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.016%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 718 (5.79%) DNS
2 654 (5.27%) Firewall
3 592 (4.77%) SAN
4 555 (4.48%) TCP/IP
5 535 (4.31%) DHCP
6 479 (3.86%) WAN
7 478 (3.85%) LAN
8 362 (2.92%) VPN
9 329 (2.65%) Internet
10 185 (1.49%) NAS
11 174 (1.40%) Wireless
12 162 (1.31%) VoIP
13 143 (1.15%) Intranet
14 139 (1.12%) FTP
14 139 (1.12%) SSL
14 139 (1.12%) VLAN
15 137 (1.10%) HTTP
16 123 (0.99%) Network Security
17 113 (0.91%) MPLS
18 112 (0.90%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2465 (19.88%) SQL Server
2 790 (6.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 768 (6.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 704 (5.68%) SQL Server 2008
5 437 (3.52%) Data Warehouse
6 422 (3.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 308 (2.48%) SQL Server 2012
8 276 (2.23%) SQL Server 2005
9 234 (1.89%) Relational Database
10 208 (1.68%) MS Access
11 192 (1.55%) Oracle Database
12 168 (1.35%) MySQL
13 138 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
14 132 (1.06%) OLAP
15 96 (0.77%) QlikView
16 94 (0.76%) SQL Server 2000
17 92 (0.74%) RDBMS
18 90 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 70 (0.56%) Big Data
20 64 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 524 (4.23%) Visual Studio
2 443 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 150 (1.21%) NUnit
4 119 (0.96%) JIRA
5 113 (0.91%) Subversion
6 110 (0.89%) Selenium
7 107 (0.86%) Git (software)
8 106 (0.85%) Jenkins
9 102 (0.82%) MSI
10 89 (0.72%) SpecFlow
11 72 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 58 (0.47%) MSTest
13 56 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 50 (0.40%) Rhino Mocks
15 40 (0.32%) TeamCity
16 39 (0.31%) Maven
17 38 (0.31%) QuickTest Pro
17 38 (0.31%) Cucumber
18 35 (0.28%) MSBuild
19 32 (0.26%) ClearCase
General
1 2142 (17.27%) Finance
2 689 (5.56%) Banking
3 494 (3.98%) Telecoms
4 384 (3.10%) Retail
5 305 (2.46%) Advertising
6 239 (1.93%) Legal
7 225 (1.81%) Investment Banking
8 219 (1.77%) Marketing
9 180 (1.45%) Manufacturing
10 130 (1.05%) Law
11 119 (0.96%) Back Office
12 113 (0.91%) Publishing
13 90 (0.73%) Front Office
14 71 (0.57%) Financial Institution
15 51 (0.41%) Retail Banking
16 48 (0.39%) Local Government
17 45 (0.36%) Military
18 42 (0.34%) French Language
19 40 (0.32%) Games
20 36 (0.29%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2544 (20.51%) Analyst
2 2236 (18.03%) Developer
3 900 (7.26%) Architect
4 765 (6.17%) Consultant
5 593 (4.78%) Support Engineer
6 568 (4.58%) Support Analyst
7 562 (4.53%) Project Manager
8 522 (4.21%) .NET Developer
9 503 (4.06%) Service Analyst
10 479 (3.86%) Service Desk Analyst
11 424 (3.42%) Business Analyst
12 409 (3.30%) Administrator
12 409 (3.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 377 (3.04%) 2nd Line Support
13 377 (3.04%) Desktop Support
14 303 (2.44%) C# Developer
15 296 (2.39%) Technical Support
16 263 (2.12%) 1st Line Support
17 255 (2.06%) SQL Developer
18 250 (2.02%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2301 (18.55%) .NET
2 1003 (8.09%) HTML
3 978 (7.89%) ASP.NET
4 663 (5.35%) CSS
5 632 (5.10%) Web Services
6 568 (4.58%) XML
7 522 (4.21%) jQuery
8 521 (4.20%) .NET Framework
9 447 (3.60%) WCF
10 322 (2.60%) HTML5
11 308 (2.48%) ASP.NET MVC
12 225 (1.81%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 204 (1.65%) Ajax
14 165 (1.33%) AngularJS
15 158 (1.27%) SOAP
15 158 (1.27%) Middleware
16 141 (1.14%) REST
17 138 (1.11%) CSS3
17 138 (1.11%) WPF
18 134 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 1040 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
2 484 (3.90%) Blackberry
3 395 (3.19%) Management Information System
4 355 (2.86%) Clustering
5 272 (2.19%) NHS
6 190 (1.53%) Computer Science
7 175 (1.41%) User Experience
8 159 (1.28%) Replication
9 148 (1.19%) Open Source
10 130 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
11 117 (0.94%) Fat Client
11 117 (0.94%) Thin Client
12 112 (0.90%) PKI
13 103 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
13 103 (0.83%) iPad
14 102 (0.82%) Visualisation
15 100 (0.81%) E-Learning
16 95 (0.77%) Client/Server
17 89 (0.72%) Mobile App
18 81 (0.65%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 4535 (36.57%) Windows
2 1378 (11.11%) Windows 7
3 1366 (11.02%) Windows Server 2008
4 1020 (8.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 822 (6.63%) Windows XP
6 707 (5.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 681 (5.49%) Linux
8 518 (4.18%) UNIX
9 277 (2.23%) Windows 8
10 190 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 164 (1.32%) Windows Vista
12 153 (1.23%) Android
13 128 (1.03%) Apple iOS
14 119 (0.96%) Solaris
15 110 (0.89%) Windows 2000
16 75 (0.60%) AIX
17 70 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
18 69 (0.56%) Mac OS X
19 48 (0.39%) CentOS
20 42 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1690 (13.63%) ITIL
2 1474 (11.89%) Agile Software Development
3 1229 (9.91%) CRM
4 1121 (9.04%) Project Management
5 1046 (8.43%) Migration
6 738 (5.95%) Business Intelligence
7 652 (5.26%) PRINCE2
8 616 (4.97%) MVC
9 541 (4.36%) Stakeholder Management
10 535 (4.31%) Scrum
11 495 (3.99%) Change Management
12 456 (3.68%) Service Management
13 418 (3.37%) TDD
14 378 (3.05%) OO
14 378 (3.05%) Service Delivery
15 344 (2.77%) E-Commerce
16 342 (2.76%) Workflow
17 336 (2.71%) Configuration Management
18 335 (2.70%) ETL
19 333 (2.69%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 2583 (20.83%) SQL
2 1638 (13.21%) C#
3 1059 (8.54%) JavaScript
4 626 (5.05%) PowerShell
5 541 (4.36%) T-SQL
6 489 (3.94%) Java
7 324 (2.61%) VBA
8 297 (2.39%) VB
9 266 (2.14%) VBScript
10 216 (1.74%) C
11 178 (1.44%) VB.NET
12 166 (1.34%) C++
13 150 (1.21%) PL/SQL
14 133 (1.07%) Python
15 111 (0.90%) Shell Script
16 104 (0.84%) Ruby
17 97 (0.78%) Perl
18 91 (0.73%) PHP
19 72 (0.58%) Bash Shell
20 38 (0.31%) X++
Qualifications
1 1484 (11.97%) Security Cleared
2 1232 (9.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 1046 (8.43%) SC Cleared
4 665 (5.36%) Degree
5 477 (3.85%) MCSE
6 372 (3.00%) DV Cleared
7 298 (2.40%) MCP
8 255 (2.06%) Cisco Certification
9 254 (2.05%) MCITP
10 198 (1.60%) ISEB
11 174 (1.40%) ISTQB
12 159 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
13 151 (1.22%) CCNA
13 151 (1.22%) MCSA
14 124 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 103 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 100 (0.81%) CCNP
17 96 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 93 (0.75%) MCTS
19 89 (0.72%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 511 (4.12%) SLA
2 312 (2.52%) QA
3 57 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 50 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 45 (0.36%) PCI DSS
6 44 (0.35%) Data Quality
7 38 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 25 (0.20%) P3O
9 19 (0.15%) COBIT
10 15 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
11 14 (0.11%) ISO 9000
12 13 (0.10%) Solvency II
13 11 (0.089%) HL7
14 8 (0.065%) EMIR
15 5 (0.040%) FATCA
15 5 (0.040%) DICOM
16 4 (0.032%) GPG13
17 3 (0.024%) JSP 440
17 3 (0.024%) GAMP
17 3 (0.024%) MiFID
System Software
1 2787 (22.47%) Active Directory
2 993 (8.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 459 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 374 (3.02%) XenApp
5 320 (2.58%) vSphere
6 222 (1.79%) VMware ESX
7 197 (1.59%) XenDesktop
8 165 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
9 120 (0.97%) Terminal Services
10 101 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
11 80 (0.65%) XenServer
12 52 (0.42%) ISA Server
13 50 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 46 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 45 (0.36%) Forefront TMG
16 44 (0.35%) Xen
17 39 (0.31%) UAG
18 29 (0.23%) vCloud
18 29 (0.23%) Firmware
19 28 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 728 (5.87%) SCCM
2 342 (2.76%) SCOM
3 129 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 104 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
5 103 (0.83%) Backup Exec
6 102 (0.82%) NetBackup
7 95 (0.77%) WSUS
8 90 (0.73%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 80 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
10 74 (0.60%) Puppet
11 67 (0.54%) HP SIM
11 67 (0.54%) Tivoli
12 56 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
13 50 (0.40%) SCVMM
14 49 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
15 45 (0.36%) SCOrch
16 43 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 41 (0.33%) OpenView
18 38 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
19 35 (0.28%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1619 (13.06%) VMware
2 1153 (9.30%) Citrix
3 1042 (8.40%) Oracle
4 872 (7.03%) HP
5 816 (6.58%) Cisco
6 347 (2.80%) IBM
7 338 (2.73%) SAP
8 276 (2.23%) Symantec
9 236 (1.90%) Lotus
10 217 (1.75%) Red Hat
11 215 (1.73%) Dell
12 195 (1.57%) NetApp
13 185 (1.49%) Remedy
14 184 (1.48%) McAfee
15 161 (1.30%) EMC
16 159 (1.28%) CheckPoint
17 155 (1.25%) Apple
18 124 (1.00%) CA
19 122 (0.98%) Business Objects
20 118 (0.95%) Adobe
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 58 minutes ago
City, London
Incisive Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 59 minutes ago
Dorset
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £100.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: 59 minutes ago
Leicestershire
LA International
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Brentwood, Essex
Senitor Associates
Rate: £130 - £180 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Cyber Team
Rate: From £370 to £420 per day 4 Month Contract
Posted: 2 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Quindell Resourcing
Rate: Circa £200pd
Posted: 2 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 300 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £150 - £190 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Poole, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glastonbury, Somerset
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
JNC Recruitment
Rate: From £10 to £11.50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Wiltshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Rate: Excellent Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £325 to £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £37k Annually
Posted: 2 days ago