The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the England region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5879 5470 5791
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 11.91% 11.77% 10.94%
As % of the Vendors category 26.23% 25.13% 23.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3323 2985 2965
Average daily rate
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£355 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.06% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £185 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.51% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 526 482 559
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £36.70 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Vendors Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
22413 21771 24524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.39% 46.85% 46.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 12736 12141 12866
Average daily rate £388 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.33%
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 £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1018 1120 1281
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-10.25% +1.50%
Microsoft
UK

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 2413 £400 - 782
South East 0 1323 £350 - 512
East of England -2 431 £350 +7.69% 193
North West +1 424 £325 +4.00% 234
West Midlands +3 379 £325 +6.12% 216
South West -1 347 £325 - 181
Yorkshire -1 235 £303 -1.62% 197
East Midlands 0 198 £325 +12.06% 124
North East -5 53 £299 +8.63% 69
Midlands +1 20 £180 -52.00% 2
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 4667 (39.44%) Windows
2 4066 (34.36%) MS Excel
3 2706 (22.87%) MS Office
4 2510 (21.21%) Active Directory
5 2359 (19.94%) SQL
6 2347 (19.83%) SQL Server
7 2083 (17.60%) Finance
8 2062 (17.43%) .NET
9 1645 (13.90%) Windows 7
10 1568 (13.25%) C#
11 1529 (12.92%) ITIL
12 1484 (12.54%) SharePoint
13 1375 (11.62%) VMware
14 1348 (11.39%) Security Cleared
15 1306 (11.04%) Windows Server 2008
16 1271 (10.74%) MS Exchange
17 1202 (10.16%) Project Management
18 1166 (9.85%) Citrix
19 997 (8.43%) Oracle
20 993 (8.39%) Microsoft Certification
21 988 (8.35%) Windows Server 2003
22 984 (8.32%) Migration
23 981 (8.29%) SC Cleared
24 966 (8.16%) ASP.NET
25 964 (8.15%) Windows XP
26 905 (7.65%) CRM
27 855 (7.23%) JavaScript
28 827 (6.99%) HTML
29 826 (6.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
30 823 (6.96%) HP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 1484 (12.54%) SharePoint
2 1271 (10.74%) MS Exchange
3 571 (4.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 492 (4.16%) IIS
5 342 (2.89%) Lync
5 342 (2.89%) SharePoint 2010
6 293 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2007
7 279 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2003
8 262 (2.21%) BizTalk Server
9 219 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
10 215 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 214 (1.81%) IBM Notes
12 172 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
13 151 (1.28%) CMS
14 127 (1.07%) SharePoint Server
15 95 (0.80%) Apache
16 88 (0.74%) WebSphere
17 86 (0.73%) MS Project Server
18 69 (0.58%) SAS
19 64 (0.54%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4066 (34.36%) MS Excel
2 2706 (22.87%) MS Office
3 740 (6.25%) MS Project
4 667 (5.64%) MS PowerPoint
5 460 (3.89%) MS Visio
6 122 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
7 74 (0.63%) Photoshop
8 54 (0.46%) PowerPivot
9 45 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
10 35 (0.30%) InfoPath
11 26 (0.22%) AutoCAD
12 24 (0.20%) InDesign
13 23 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
14 19 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
15 17 (0.14%) Acrobat
16 15 (0.13%) SPSS
17 12 (0.10%) Fireworks
17 12 (0.10%) Open Workbench
18 7 (0.059%) Adobe After Effects
18 7 (0.059%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 644 (5.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 270 (2.28%) Dynamics AX
3 99 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
4 60 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
5 52 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
6 33 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
7 28 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
8 24 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
9 19 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 18 (0.15%) WebTrends
11 17 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
11 17 (0.14%) CA Clarity
12 16 (0.14%) SAP SD
13 15 (0.13%) SAP CO
14 14 (0.12%) assyst
15 13 (0.11%) SAP HR
16 11 (0.093%) Markit EDM
16 11 (0.093%) SAP FI
16 11 (0.093%) BusinessWorks
16 11 (0.093%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 243 (2.05%) Office 365
2 242 (2.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 75 (0.63%) SaaS
4 48 (0.41%) Amazon AWS
5 47 (0.40%) PaaS
6 40 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
7 35 (0.30%) IaaS
8 17 (0.14%) SuccessFactors
9 14 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (0.068%) Google App Engine
11 6 (0.051%) GitHub
11 6 (0.051%) Google Apps
12 2 (0.017%) IBM SmartCloud
12 2 (0.017%) Pure360
12 2 (0.017%) Heroku
13 1 (0.008%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.008%) Gitorious
13 1 (0.008%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 637 (5.38%) DNS
2 627 (5.30%) Firewall
3 564 (4.77%) TCP/IP
4 548 (4.63%) SAN
5 440 (3.72%) DHCP
6 423 (3.57%) LAN
7 412 (3.48%) WAN
8 327 (2.76%) Internet
9 312 (2.64%) VPN
10 187 (1.58%) Wireless
11 172 (1.45%) Intranet
12 156 (1.32%) VoIP
13 116 (0.98%) NAS
14 109 (0.92%) LDAP
15 107 (0.90%) HTTP
16 101 (0.85%) NetScaler
17 97 (0.82%) Network Security
18 96 (0.81%) VLAN
19 90 (0.76%) FTP
20 77 (0.65%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2347 (19.83%) SQL Server
2 826 (6.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 723 (6.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 682 (5.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 505 (4.27%) Data Warehouse
6 477 (4.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 352 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
8 275 (2.32%) SQL Server 2012
9 245 (2.07%) Relational Database
10 232 (1.96%) Oracle Database
11 168 (1.42%) MS Access
12 132 (1.12%) MySQL
13 118 (1.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 118 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
14 110 (0.93%) OLAP
15 108 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
16 97 (0.82%) QlikView
17 96 (0.81%) SQL Server 2000
18 91 (0.77%) RDBMS
19 73 (0.62%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 654 (5.53%) Visual Studio
2 506 (4.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 123 (1.04%) Git (software)
4 115 (0.97%) JIRA
5 107 (0.90%) NUnit
6 105 (0.89%) Subversion
7 102 (0.86%) TeamCity
8 99 (0.84%) MSI
9 97 (0.82%) Selenium
10 88 (0.74%) QuickTest Pro
11 79 (0.67%) SpecFlow
12 70 (0.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 62 (0.52%) MSBuild
14 60 (0.51%) Jenkins
15 48 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
16 47 (0.40%) FitNesse
16 47 (0.40%) Maven
17 46 (0.39%) Toad
18 42 (0.35%) Artifactory
19 40 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2083 (17.60%) Finance
2 727 (6.14%) Banking
3 407 (3.44%) Telecoms
4 310 (2.62%) Retail
5 233 (1.97%) Marketing
6 232 (1.96%) Advertising
7 199 (1.68%) Legal
8 169 (1.43%) Investment Banking
9 158 (1.34%) Manufacturing
10 151 (1.28%) Back Office
11 142 (1.20%) Law
12 133 (1.12%) Front Office
13 120 (1.01%) Financial Institution
13 120 (1.01%) Publishing
14 65 (0.55%) Military
14 65 (0.55%) French Language
15 57 (0.48%) Games
16 56 (0.47%) Retail Banking
17 55 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
18 51 (0.43%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2497 (21.10%) Analyst
2 2040 (17.24%) Developer
3 807 (6.82%) Consultant
4 667 (5.64%) Architect
5 657 (5.55%) Support Engineer
6 589 (4.98%) Project Manager
7 549 (4.64%) .NET Developer
8 544 (4.60%) Support Analyst
9 446 (3.77%) Business Analyst
10 411 (3.47%) Administrator
11 410 (3.46%) 2nd Line Support
12 391 (3.30%) Service Analyst
13 381 (3.22%) Desktop Support
14 359 (3.03%) Service Desk Analyst
15 345 (2.92%) C# Developer
16 289 (2.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 252 (2.13%) 1st Line Support
18 245 (2.07%) Desktop Engineer
19 241 (2.04%) Test Analyst
20 238 (2.01%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2062 (17.43%) .NET
2 966 (8.16%) ASP.NET
3 827 (6.99%) HTML
4 586 (4.95%) XML
5 544 (4.60%) CSS
6 530 (4.48%) Web Services
7 492 (4.16%) .NET Framework
8 434 (3.67%) WCF
9 428 (3.62%) jQuery
10 318 (2.69%) ASP.NET MVC
11 236 (1.99%) HTML5
12 229 (1.94%) Ajax
13 207 (1.75%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 179 (1.51%) WPF
15 177 (1.50%) Middleware
16 166 (1.40%) JSP
17 136 (1.15%) SOAP
18 125 (1.06%) XSLT
19 117 (0.99%) Application Packaging
20 113 (0.95%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 522 (4.41%) Blackberry
2 402 (3.40%) Management Information System
3 276 (2.33%) Clustering
4 219 (1.85%) NHS
5 180 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 155 (1.31%) Replication
7 124 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
8 122 (1.03%) Thin Client
8 122 (1.03%) Fat Client
9 121 (1.02%) Client/Server
9 121 (1.02%) Open Source
10 91 (0.77%) Statistics
11 90 (0.76%) PKI
12 89 (0.75%) iPhone
13 75 (0.63%) Fixed Income
13 75 (0.63%) PMI
14 71 (0.60%) CMDB
14 71 (0.60%) Data Integration
14 71 (0.60%) iPad
15 68 (0.57%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4667 (39.44%) Windows
2 1645 (13.90%) Windows 7
3 1306 (11.04%) Windows Server 2008
4 988 (8.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 964 (8.15%) Windows XP
6 585 (4.94%) Linux
7 539 (4.56%) UNIX
8 502 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
9 314 (2.65%) Windows 8
10 193 (1.63%) Windows Vista
11 149 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 130 (1.10%) Windows 2000
13 125 (1.06%) Android
14 111 (0.94%) Solaris
14 111 (0.94%) Apple iOS
15 64 (0.54%) Mac OS X
16 57 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
17 50 (0.42%) AIX
18 29 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
19 28 (0.24%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1529 (12.92%) ITIL
2 1202 (10.16%) Project Management
3 984 (8.32%) Migration
4 905 (7.65%) CRM
5 709 (5.99%) Business Intelligence
6 696 (5.88%) PRINCE2
7 683 (5.77%) Agile Software Development
8 565 (4.77%) MVC
9 472 (3.99%) Service Management
10 445 (3.76%) Scrum
11 439 (3.71%) Change Management
12 417 (3.52%) Stakeholder Management
13 409 (3.46%) Workflow
14 401 (3.39%) TDD
15 390 (3.30%) Service Delivery
16 372 (3.14%) User Acceptance Testing
17 341 (2.88%) Business Analysis
18 340 (2.87%) Configuration Management
19 292 (2.47%) Data Modelling
20 288 (2.43%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 2359 (19.94%) SQL
2 1568 (13.25%) C#
3 855 (7.23%) JavaScript
4 578 (4.88%) PowerShell
5 547 (4.62%) T-SQL
6 401 (3.39%) Java
7 378 (3.19%) VB
8 255 (2.15%) VBA
9 206 (1.74%) VBScript
10 205 (1.73%) VB.NET
11 179 (1.51%) C
12 153 (1.29%) PL/SQL
13 119 (1.01%) Perl
14 116 (0.98%) Shell Script
15 101 (0.85%) C++
16 98 (0.83%) PHP
17 72 (0.61%) Python
18 63 (0.53%) Ruby
19 59 (0.50%) VB6
20 44 (0.37%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1348 (11.39%) Security Cleared
2 993 (8.39%) Microsoft Certification
3 981 (8.29%) SC Cleared
4 784 (6.63%) Degree
5 459 (3.88%) MCSE
6 340 (2.87%) DV Cleared
7 310 (2.62%) MCP
8 250 (2.11%) MCITP
9 233 (1.97%) Cisco Certification
10 227 (1.92%) ISTQB
11 179 (1.51%) ISEB
12 163 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
13 144 (1.22%) CCNA
14 141 (1.19%) PMI Certification
15 128 (1.08%) MCSA
16 118 (1.00%) MCTS
17 107 (0.90%) CISSP
18 105 (0.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 105 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 103 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 464 (3.92%) SLA
2 443 (3.74%) QA
3 111 (0.94%) ISO 9001
4 64 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 46 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 42 (0.35%) PCI DSS
7 37 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 22 (0.19%) P3O
9 11 (0.093%) TickIT
10 10 (0.085%) Basel III
10 10 (0.085%) Solvency II
11 8 (0.068%) COBIT
11 8 (0.068%) EMIR
12 7 (0.059%) Dodd-Frank
12 7 (0.059%) ISO 14001
13 5 (0.042%) HL7
13 5 (0.042%) JSP 440
13 5 (0.042%) Basel II
14 4 (0.034%) BS15000
14 4 (0.034%) GxP
System Software
1 2510 (21.21%) Active Directory
2 807 (6.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 412 (3.48%) XenApp
4 347 (2.93%) Hyper-V
5 262 (2.21%) vSphere
6 256 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
7 186 (1.57%) XenDesktop
8 180 (1.52%) VMware ESX
9 133 (1.12%) XenServer
10 94 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
11 90 (0.76%) Terminal Services
12 55 (0.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 52 (0.44%) ISA Server
14 49 (0.41%) Xen
15 47 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
16 45 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 38 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
18 34 (0.29%) UAG
19 26 (0.22%) NFS
20 25 (0.21%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 760 (6.42%) SCCM
2 258 (2.18%) SCOM
3 126 (1.06%) Backup Exec
4 125 (1.06%) WSUS
5 109 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 98 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
7 80 (0.68%) NetBackup
8 67 (0.57%) Tivoli
9 63 (0.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 56 (0.47%) Puppet
11 50 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
12 48 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 45 (0.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 44 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
15 41 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
16 37 (0.31%) SCOrch
17 35 (0.30%) SCVMM
17 35 (0.30%) HP SIM
18 33 (0.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
19 32 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 1375 (11.62%) VMware
2 1166 (9.85%) Citrix
3 997 (8.43%) Oracle
4 823 (6.96%) HP
5 810 (6.85%) Cisco
6 430 (3.63%) SAP
7 311 (2.63%) IBM
8 270 (2.28%) Symantec
9 223 (1.88%) Lotus
10 204 (1.72%) Dell
11 190 (1.61%) Remedy
12 177 (1.50%) EMC
13 164 (1.39%) Apple
14 152 (1.28%) NetApp
15 151 (1.28%) Red Hat
16 148 (1.25%) McAfee
17 144 (1.22%) Business Objects
18 142 (1.20%) Adobe
18 142 (1.20%) CheckPoint
19 116 (0.98%) AppSense
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