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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6374 5604 5280
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.64% 11.87% 11.69%
As % of the Vendors category 27.76% 25.69% 24.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3896 3193 2773
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £150 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 523 621
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.08 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.53% -17.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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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
22961 21811 21448
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.52% 46.18% 47.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 13942 12692 11463
Average daily rate £388 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.64% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1036 1320
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.08 £36.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 2342 £388 -0.64% 730
South East +1 1527 £350 - 460
East of England 0 469 £338 +12.97% 184
South West -2 463 £363 +20.83% 194
North West 0 439 £310 +12.72% 203
West Midlands +2 360 £350 +8.52% 198
Yorkshire 0 340 £325 +10.16% 229
East Midlands -1 229 £325 +44.44% 90
North East -2 117 £350 +16.47% 47
Midlands +6 10 £450 +21.62% 13
South Coast - 2 £385 -
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UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 4774 (37.40%) Windows
2 4591 (35.97%) MS Excel
3 2979 (23.34%) MS Office
4 2852 (22.34%) Active Directory
5 2628 (20.59%) SQL
6 2516 (19.71%) SQL Server
7 2328 (18.24%) .NET
8 2237 (17.52%) Finance
9 1678 (13.15%) ITIL
10 1648 (12.91%) C#
11 1644 (12.88%) VMware
12 1464 (11.47%) Windows 7
13 1456 (11.41%) Security Cleared
14 1454 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
15 1420 (11.12%) SharePoint
16 1399 (10.96%) Windows Server 2008
17 1304 (10.22%) MS Exchange
18 1273 (9.97%) Microsoft Certification
19 1222 (9.57%) CRM
20 1187 (9.30%) Citrix
21 1173 (9.19%) Project Management
22 1133 (8.88%) Oracle
23 1108 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
24 1101 (8.63%) Migration
25 1057 (8.28%) JavaScript
26 1049 (8.22%) SC Cleared
27 1036 (8.12%) Windows Server 2003
28 1014 (7.94%) HTML
29 994 (7.79%) ASP.NET
30 988 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 1420 (11.12%) SharePoint
2 1304 (10.22%) MS Exchange
3 610 (4.78%) IIS
4 566 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 487 (3.82%) Lync
6 345 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
7 292 (2.29%) SharePoint 2010
8 286 (2.24%) BizTalk Server
9 274 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2003
10 269 (2.11%) SharePoint 2013
11 254 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
12 213 (1.67%) IBM Notes
13 211 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 169 (1.32%) CMS
15 112 (0.88%) WebSphere
16 108 (0.85%) Apache
17 91 (0.71%) SAS
18 85 (0.67%) Tomcat
19 84 (0.66%) Office Communications Server
20 79 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 4591 (35.97%) MS Excel
2 2979 (23.34%) MS Office
3 726 (5.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 707 (5.54%) MS Project
5 538 (4.21%) MS Visio
6 162 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
7 65 (0.51%) Photoshop
8 53 (0.42%) InfoPath
9 45 (0.35%) PowerPivot
10 44 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
11 34 (0.27%) SPSS
12 27 (0.21%) Acrobat
13 21 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
13 21 (0.16%) AutoCAD
14 19 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 15 (0.12%) InDesign
16 14 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
17 12 (0.094%) Mingle
18 7 (0.055%) Open Workbench
19 4 (0.031%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 810 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 283 (2.22%) Dynamics AX
3 141 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
4 65 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
5 56 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
6 29 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
7 26 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
8 25 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
9 19 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
10 18 (0.14%) assyst
10 18 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 18 (0.14%) CA Clarity
11 17 (0.13%) Agresso
12 16 (0.13%) WebTrends
13 15 (0.12%) SAP BPC
14 14 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
15 13 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
16 11 (0.086%) Google Analytics
16 11 (0.086%) Cognos Business Intelligence
16 11 (0.086%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 390 (3.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 290 (2.27%) Office 365
3 98 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
4 94 (0.74%) PaaS
5 79 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
6 77 (0.60%) SaaS
7 37 (0.29%) IaaS
8 33 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
9 26 (0.20%) Google Apps
10 12 (0.094%) SuccessFactors
11 8 (0.063%) GitHub
12 7 (0.055%) Google Cloud Platform
13 6 (0.047%) Google App Engine
14 5 (0.039%) Trello
14 5 (0.039%) IBM SmartCloud
15 4 (0.031%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.031%) MailChimp
15 4 (0.031%) Amazon ELB
16 3 (0.024%) OpenShift
16 3 (0.024%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 778 (6.09%) DNS
2 689 (5.40%) Firewall
3 615 (4.82%) SAN
4 593 (4.65%) TCP/IP
5 579 (4.54%) DHCP
6 479 (3.75%) WAN
7 472 (3.70%) LAN
8 362 (2.84%) Internet
9 347 (2.72%) VPN
10 188 (1.47%) Wireless
11 176 (1.38%) NAS
12 155 (1.21%) FTP
13 151 (1.18%) VoIP
14 147 (1.15%) VLAN
15 145 (1.14%) Intranet
16 125 (0.98%) HTTP
17 124 (0.97%) Network Security
17 124 (0.97%) SSL
18 117 (0.92%) MPLS
19 111 (0.87%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2516 (19.71%) SQL Server
2 780 (6.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 763 (5.98%) SQL Server 2008
4 728 (5.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 446 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
6 430 (3.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 312 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
8 297 (2.33%) SQL Server 2005
9 234 (1.83%) Relational Database
10 207 (1.62%) Oracle Database
11 205 (1.61%) MS Access
12 168 (1.32%) MySQL
13 157 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
14 136 (1.07%) OLAP
15 104 (0.81%) QlikView
16 97 (0.76%) RDBMS
17 96 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 92 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
19 75 (0.59%) Big Data
20 67 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 587 (4.60%) Visual Studio
2 486 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 139 (1.09%) NUnit
4 130 (1.02%) JIRA
5 120 (0.94%) Subversion
6 111 (0.87%) Git (software)
7 98 (0.77%) Selenium
8 97 (0.76%) Jenkins
8 97 (0.76%) MSI
9 91 (0.71%) SpecFlow
10 73 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 66 (0.52%) MSTest
12 54 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 52 (0.41%) TeamCity
13 52 (0.41%) QuickTest Pro
14 44 (0.34%) Rhino Mocks
15 38 (0.30%) Maven
15 38 (0.30%) MSBuild
16 34 (0.27%) Cucumber
17 32 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2237 (17.52%) Finance
2 747 (5.85%) Banking
3 529 (4.14%) Telecoms
4 370 (2.90%) Retail
5 317 (2.48%) Advertising
6 250 (1.96%) Legal
7 239 (1.87%) Marketing
8 237 (1.86%) Investment Banking
9 168 (1.32%) Manufacturing
10 143 (1.12%) Law
11 125 (0.98%) Back Office
12 117 (0.92%) Publishing
13 95 (0.74%) Front Office
14 92 (0.72%) Financial Institution
15 59 (0.46%) Retail Banking
16 54 (0.42%) Military
17 45 (0.35%) Games
17 45 (0.35%) French Language
18 44 (0.34%) Billing
19 41 (0.32%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2592 (20.31%) Analyst
2 2346 (18.38%) Developer
3 841 (6.59%) Architect
4 783 (6.13%) Consultant
5 623 (4.88%) Support Engineer
6 607 (4.76%) Project Manager
7 588 (4.61%) Support Analyst
8 549 (4.30%) .NET Developer
9 493 (3.86%) Service Analyst
10 464 (3.63%) Service Desk Analyst
11 435 (3.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 433 (3.39%) Business Analyst
13 417 (3.27%) Administrator
14 393 (3.08%) 2nd Line Support
15 384 (3.01%) Desktop Support
16 315 (2.47%) C# Developer
17 302 (2.37%) Technical Support
18 257 (2.01%) 1st Line Support
19 254 (1.99%) SQL Developer
20 251 (1.97%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2328 (18.24%) .NET
2 1014 (7.94%) HTML
3 994 (7.79%) ASP.NET
4 661 (5.18%) CSS
5 634 (4.97%) Web Services
6 570 (4.47%) XML
7 528 (4.14%) jQuery
8 515 (4.03%) .NET Framework
9 482 (3.78%) WCF
10 342 (2.68%) HTML5
11 317 (2.48%) ASP.NET MVC
12 224 (1.75%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 214 (1.68%) Ajax
14 162 (1.27%) SOAP
15 161 (1.26%) Middleware
16 159 (1.25%) WPF
17 147 (1.15%) AngularJS
18 143 (1.12%) CSS3
19 139 (1.09%) JSP
20 128 (1.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1108 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 522 (4.09%) Blackberry
3 410 (3.21%) Management Information System
4 361 (2.83%) Clustering
5 244 (1.91%) NHS
6 182 (1.43%) Computer Science
7 167 (1.31%) User Experience
8 158 (1.24%) Open Source
9 157 (1.23%) Replication
10 138 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
11 128 (1.00%) Thin Client
11 128 (1.00%) Fat Client
12 125 (0.98%) PKI
13 110 (0.86%) iPad
14 107 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
15 105 (0.82%) Client/Server
16 100 (0.78%) Mobile App
16 100 (0.78%) Visualisation
17 95 (0.74%) E-Learning
18 80 (0.63%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 4774 (37.40%) Windows
2 1464 (11.47%) Windows 7
3 1399 (10.96%) Windows Server 2008
4 1036 (8.12%) Windows Server 2003
5 886 (6.94%) Windows XP
6 716 (5.61%) Linux
7 672 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 542 (4.25%) UNIX
9 304 (2.38%) Windows 8
10 203 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 186 (1.46%) Windows Vista
12 161 (1.26%) Android
13 134 (1.05%) Apple iOS
14 118 (0.92%) Solaris
15 116 (0.91%) Windows 2000
16 77 (0.60%) AIX
17 64 (0.50%) Mac OS X
18 61 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
19 48 (0.38%) CentOS
20 37 (0.29%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1678 (13.15%) ITIL
2 1454 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
3 1222 (9.57%) CRM
4 1173 (9.19%) Project Management
5 1101 (8.63%) Migration
6 759 (5.95%) Business Intelligence
7 657 (5.15%) PRINCE2
8 629 (4.93%) MVC
9 556 (4.36%) Scrum
10 533 (4.18%) Stakeholder Management
11 513 (4.02%) Change Management
12 477 (3.74%) Service Management
13 423 (3.31%) TDD
14 375 (2.94%) Service Delivery
14 375 (2.94%) Workflow
15 358 (2.80%) OO
16 340 (2.66%) Configuration Management
17 328 (2.57%) ETL
18 320 (2.51%) E-Commerce
19 316 (2.48%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2628 (20.59%) SQL
2 1648 (12.91%) C#
3 1057 (8.28%) JavaScript
4 653 (5.12%) PowerShell
5 547 (4.29%) T-SQL
6 468 (3.67%) Java
7 312 (2.44%) VBA
8 302 (2.37%) VB
9 264 (2.07%) VBScript
10 217 (1.70%) VB.NET
11 211 (1.65%) C
12 185 (1.45%) PL/SQL
13 155 (1.21%) C++
14 138 (1.08%) Shell Script
15 135 (1.06%) Python
16 109 (0.85%) Perl
17 96 (0.75%) PHP
17 96 (0.75%) Ruby
18 68 (0.53%) Bash Shell
19 37 (0.29%) X++
Qualifications
1 1456 (11.41%) Security Cleared
2 1273 (9.97%) Microsoft Certification
3 1049 (8.22%) SC Cleared
4 691 (5.41%) Degree
5 501 (3.92%) MCSE
6 370 (2.90%) DV Cleared
7 316 (2.48%) MCP
8 257 (2.01%) MCITP
9 250 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
10 197 (1.54%) ISTQB
11 194 (1.52%) ISEB
12 173 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
13 161 (1.26%) MCSA
14 145 (1.14%) CCNA
15 127 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 112 (0.88%) PMI Certification
17 108 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 98 (0.77%) CCNP
19 95 (0.74%) MCTS
20 88 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 518 (4.06%) SLA
2 349 (2.73%) QA
3 67 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 64 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 44 (0.34%) PCI DSS
5 44 (0.34%) Data Quality
6 35 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 20 (0.16%) P3O
8 19 (0.15%) COBIT
9 13 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
10 11 (0.086%) HL7
11 9 (0.071%) Solvency II
12 8 (0.063%) EMIR
13 6 (0.047%) GPG13
14 5 (0.039%) FATCA
14 5 (0.039%) DICOM
15 4 (0.031%) ISO 9000
16 3 (0.024%) Basel III
16 3 (0.024%) BS7799
16 3 (0.024%) GAMP
System Software
1 2852 (22.34%) Active Directory
2 988 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 460 (3.60%) Hyper-V
4 392 (3.07%) XenApp
5 318 (2.49%) vSphere
6 226 (1.77%) VMware ESX
7 198 (1.55%) XenDesktop
8 166 (1.30%) Microsoft App-V
9 123 (0.96%) Terminal Services
10 107 (0.84%) XenServer
11 100 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
12 68 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 47 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 45 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
14 45 (0.35%) Xen
15 43 (0.34%) ISA Server
16 36 (0.28%) UAG
17 34 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
17 34 (0.27%) Oracle RMAN
18 28 (0.22%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 768 (6.02%) SCCM
2 359 (2.81%) SCOM
3 134 (1.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 116 (0.91%) Backup Exec
5 114 (0.89%) NetBackup
6 106 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
7 97 (0.76%) WSUS
8 85 (0.67%) Tivoli
9 81 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
10 79 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 74 (0.58%) Puppet
12 69 (0.54%) HP SIM
13 56 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 55 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
14 55 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
15 50 (0.39%) SCOrch
16 46 (0.36%) SCVMM
17 44 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 41 (0.32%) OpenView
19 36 (0.28%) WMI
Vendors
1 1644 (12.88%) VMware
2 1187 (9.30%) Citrix
3 1133 (8.88%) Oracle
4 917 (7.18%) HP
5 830 (6.50%) Cisco
6 378 (2.96%) IBM
7 358 (2.80%) SAP
8 304 (2.38%) Symantec
9 229 (1.79%) Dell
10 228 (1.79%) Lotus
11 223 (1.75%) Red Hat
12 200 (1.57%) Remedy
13 196 (1.54%) NetApp
14 184 (1.44%) McAfee
15 177 (1.39%) EMC
16 172 (1.35%) Apple
17 162 (1.27%) CheckPoint
18 127 (0.99%) Business Objects
18 127 (0.99%) Adobe
19 123 (0.96%) CA
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Northamptonshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £18.50 - £19.50 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £18.50 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
The Curve Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £160 - £180 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 10 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £15 - £20 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £12 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
South East London
FT Select
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
LA International
Rate: £263.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
North West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 Per Day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
LA International
Rate: £140 - £160 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £375 - £451 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 14 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £15 - £16 per hour
Posted: 14 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Aston Carter
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago