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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6151 6141 5072
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.12% 11.99% 11.77%
As % of the Vendors category 26.71% 26.28% 25.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3663 3390 2660
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -0.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £165 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 508 512
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.03 £10.00 £10.41
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £32.08 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.71% -6.66%
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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
23033 23372 19990
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.40% 45.62% 46.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 13388 13404 10969
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £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 993 1044 1105
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.09 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.90
% change year-on-year
- -7.40%

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 21 April 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 21 April 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 21 April 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 +2 2267 £400 - 851
South East +1 1494 £375 +7.14% 622
North West -1 494 £338 +14.40% 330
Yorkshire +2 414 £320 +3.22% 236
East of England +1 403 £370 +8.82% 213
South West -4 387 £350 +7.69% 227
West Midlands 0 357 £350 +7.69% 231
East Midlands 0 221 £325 +14.03% 116
North East +5 110 £288 +18.55% 47
Midlands -1 10 £400 -11.11% 6
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 4197 (35.63%) Windows
2 3948 (33.52%) MS Excel
3 2717 (23.07%) MS Office
4 2672 (22.68%) SQL
5 2610 (22.16%) Active Directory
6 2586 (21.95%) SQL Server
7 2210 (18.76%) .NET
8 2074 (17.61%) Finance
9 1730 (14.69%) ITIL
10 1652 (14.02%) C#
11 1590 (13.50%) VMware
12 1481 (12.57%) Agile Software Development
13 1371 (11.64%) Security Cleared
14 1343 (11.40%) SharePoint
15 1287 (10.93%) Windows 7
16 1245 (10.57%) Windows Server 2008
17 1097 (9.31%) MS Exchange
18 1092 (9.27%) Project Management
19 1078 (9.15%) Citrix
20 1022 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
21 1014 (8.61%) CRM
22 989 (8.40%) Oracle
23 987 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
24 970 (8.23%) Migration
25 958 (8.13%) Microsoft Certification
26 957 (8.12%) JavaScript
27 936 (7.95%) SC Cleared
28 925 (7.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
29 897 (7.62%) ASP.NET
30 880 (7.47%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 1343 (11.40%) SharePoint
2 1097 (9.31%) MS Exchange
3 577 (4.90%) IIS
4 399 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 388 (3.29%) Lync
6 289 (2.45%) BizTalk Server
7 239 (2.03%) SharePoint 2013
8 212 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
9 207 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2007
10 195 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
11 186 (1.58%) IBM Notes
12 152 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2003
13 141 (1.20%) CMS
14 131 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 98 (0.83%) Apache
16 94 (0.80%) WebSphere
17 83 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
18 81 (0.69%) SAS
19 79 (0.67%) Office Communications Server
20 62 (0.53%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3948 (33.52%) MS Excel
2 2717 (23.07%) MS Office
3 699 (5.93%) MS PowerPoint
4 648 (5.50%) MS Project
5 532 (4.52%) MS Visio
6 70 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 59 (0.50%) Photoshop
8 47 (0.40%) InfoPath
8 47 (0.40%) PowerPivot
9 40 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
10 24 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
11 22 (0.19%) Acrobat
12 21 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 19 (0.16%) InDesign
14 18 (0.15%) SPSS
15 15 (0.13%) AutoCAD
16 12 (0.10%) Mingle
17 9 (0.076%) Adobe Captivate
18 3 (0.025%) Revit
18 3 (0.025%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 768 (6.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 246 (2.09%) Dynamics AX
3 101 (0.86%) Oracle EBS
4 66 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
5 60 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
6 29 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 28 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
8 23 (0.20%) Primavera
9 22 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
9 22 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
10 16 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
11 15 (0.13%) Google Analytics
12 14 (0.12%) SAP SRM
13 13 (0.11%) Maximo
13 13 (0.11%) Agresso
14 12 (0.10%) Tridion
14 12 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
14 12 (0.10%) SAP ERP
14 12 (0.10%) SAP BPC
15 9 (0.076%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 405 (3.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 351 (2.98%) Office 365
3 158 (1.34%) Amazon AWS
4 95 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
5 71 (0.60%) SaaS
6 48 (0.41%) PaaS
7 40 (0.34%) IaaS
8 36 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
9 28 (0.24%) Google Apps
10 23 (0.20%) Google App Engine
10 23 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
11 20 (0.17%) Mimecast
12 9 (0.076%) OneDrive
12 9 (0.076%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 6 (0.051%) Yammer
13 6 (0.051%) AWS CloudFormation
14 5 (0.042%) Trello
15 4 (0.034%) Azure Active Directory
15 4 (0.034%) SuccessFactors
15 4 (0.034%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 658 (5.59%) DNS
2 570 (4.84%) Firewall
3 553 (4.69%) SAN
4 489 (4.15%) TCP/IP
5 472 (4.01%) DHCP
6 460 (3.91%) LAN
7 445 (3.78%) WAN
8 351 (2.98%) VPN
9 298 (2.53%) Internet
10 177 (1.50%) NAS
11 172 (1.46%) SSL
12 163 (1.38%) Wireless
13 154 (1.31%) VoIP
14 137 (1.16%) VLAN
15 135 (1.15%) HTTP
16 133 (1.13%) FTP
17 131 (1.11%) Intranet
18 120 (1.02%) LDAP
19 118 (1.00%) Network Security
20 98 (0.83%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2586 (21.95%) SQL Server
2 925 (7.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 876 (7.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 641 (5.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 574 (4.87%) Data Warehouse
6 493 (4.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 390 (3.31%) SQL Server 2012
8 262 (2.22%) Relational Database
9 230 (1.95%) Oracle Database
10 224 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
11 168 (1.43%) MS Access
12 158 (1.34%) MySQL
13 155 (1.32%) OLAP
14 126 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
15 116 (0.98%) QlikView
16 111 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
17 95 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 94 (0.80%) RDBMS
19 77 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
20 72 (0.61%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 564 (4.79%) Visual Studio
2 514 (4.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 136 (1.15%) JIRA
4 129 (1.10%) Git (software)
5 121 (1.03%) Jenkins
6 118 (1.00%) Selenium
7 114 (0.97%) NUnit
8 108 (0.92%) Subversion
9 85 (0.72%) MSI
10 79 (0.67%) SpecFlow
11 65 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 45 (0.38%) TeamCity
13 42 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 41 (0.35%) Maven
15 39 (0.33%) JUnit
16 35 (0.30%) QuickTest Pro
16 35 (0.30%) SoapUI
17 34 (0.29%) Oracle Forms
18 33 (0.28%) ClearCase
18 33 (0.28%) MSTest
General
1 2074 (17.61%) Finance
2 626 (5.31%) Banking
3 458 (3.89%) Telecoms
4 416 (3.53%) Retail
5 231 (1.96%) Legal
5 231 (1.96%) Marketing
6 230 (1.95%) Advertising
7 203 (1.72%) Investment Banking
8 198 (1.68%) Manufacturing
9 133 (1.13%) Law
10 109 (0.93%) Front Office
10 109 (0.93%) Back Office
11 85 (0.72%) Financial Institution
12 84 (0.71%) Publishing
13 63 (0.53%) Local Government
14 43 (0.37%) Retail Banking
15 42 (0.36%) French Language
16 41 (0.35%) German Language
17 38 (0.32%) Billing
18 34 (0.29%) Games
Job Titles
1 2566 (21.78%) Analyst
2 2127 (18.06%) Developer
3 894 (7.59%) Architect
4 684 (5.81%) Consultant
5 603 (5.12%) Project Manager
6 573 (4.86%) Support Engineer
7 541 (4.59%) Support Analyst
8 482 (4.09%) .NET Developer
9 473 (4.02%) Service Analyst
10 449 (3.81%) Service Desk Analyst
11 431 (3.66%) Business Analyst
12 396 (3.36%) Administrator
13 373 (3.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 373 (3.17%) Desktop Support
14 326 (2.77%) 2nd Line Support
15 292 (2.48%) C# Developer
16 282 (2.39%) SQL Developer
17 269 (2.28%) Solutions Architect
18 266 (2.26%) 1st Line Support
19 236 (2.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2210 (18.76%) .NET
2 897 (7.62%) ASP.NET
3 869 (7.38%) HTML
4 636 (5.40%) XML
5 596 (5.06%) CSS
6 590 (5.01%) Web Services
7 558 (4.74%) .NET Framework
8 478 (4.06%) jQuery
9 365 (3.10%) WCF
10 287 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
11 272 (2.31%) HTML5
12 198 (1.68%) Entity Framework
13 182 (1.55%) SOAP
14 173 (1.47%) Ajax
15 168 (1.43%) AngularJS
16 153 (1.30%) ASP.NET Web API
17 149 (1.26%) CSS3
18 144 (1.22%) Middleware
19 139 (1.18%) WPF
20 134 (1.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1022 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 441 (3.74%) Management Information System
3 324 (2.75%) Blackberry
4 316 (2.68%) NHS
5 293 (2.49%) Clustering
6 194 (1.65%) Computer Science
7 188 (1.60%) Open Source
8 180 (1.53%) User Experience
9 162 (1.38%) Replication
10 124 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
11 119 (1.01%) PKI
12 102 (0.87%) Visualisation
13 101 (0.86%) Data Structures
14 99 (0.84%) Client/Server
15 90 (0.76%) N-Tier
16 88 (0.75%) Thin Client
16 88 (0.75%) Mobile App
16 88 (0.75%) Fat Client
16 88 (0.75%) Data Integration
17 77 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4197 (35.63%) Windows
2 1287 (10.93%) Windows 7
3 1245 (10.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 872 (7.40%) Windows Server 2003
5 782 (6.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 688 (5.84%) Linux
7 658 (5.59%) Windows XP
8 443 (3.76%) UNIX
9 270 (2.29%) Windows 8
10 168 (1.43%) Android
11 155 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 140 (1.19%) Apple iOS
13 109 (0.93%) Solaris
14 107 (0.91%) Windows Vista
15 84 (0.71%) Windows 2000
16 76 (0.65%) Mac OS X
17 71 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
18 61 (0.52%) CentOS
18 61 (0.52%) AIX
19 46 (0.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1730 (14.69%) ITIL
2 1481 (12.57%) Agile Software Development
3 1092 (9.27%) Project Management
4 1014 (8.61%) CRM
5 970 (8.23%) Migration
6 880 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
7 661 (5.61%) PRINCE2
8 556 (4.72%) Scrum
9 546 (4.64%) Stakeholder Management
10 531 (4.51%) MVC
11 468 (3.97%) Service Management
12 455 (3.86%) Change Management
13 417 (3.54%) ETL
14 353 (3.00%) TDD
15 350 (2.97%) Configuration Management
16 344 (2.92%) Service Delivery
17 334 (2.84%) Data Modelling
18 318 (2.70%) E-Commerce
19 313 (2.66%) OO
20 312 (2.65%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2672 (22.68%) SQL
2 1652 (14.02%) C#
3 957 (8.12%) JavaScript
4 624 (5.30%) T-SQL
5 596 (5.06%) PowerShell
6 486 (4.13%) Java
7 336 (2.85%) VB
8 319 (2.71%) VBA
9 239 (2.03%) VBScript
10 185 (1.57%) C
11 176 (1.49%) VB.NET
12 151 (1.28%) C++
13 124 (1.05%) Python
14 121 (1.03%) Ruby
15 115 (0.98%) PL/SQL
16 90 (0.76%) Shell Script
17 86 (0.73%) Perl
18 77 (0.65%) PHP
19 62 (0.53%) VB6
20 58 (0.49%) X++
Qualifications
1 1371 (11.64%) Security Cleared
2 958 (8.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 936 (7.95%) SC Cleared
4 713 (6.05%) Degree
5 452 (3.84%) MCSE
6 366 (3.11%) DV Cleared
7 276 (2.34%) MCP
8 274 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
9 251 (2.13%) MCITP
10 205 (1.74%) ISEB
11 177 (1.50%) MCSA
12 176 (1.49%) CCNA
13 163 (1.38%) ISTQB
14 131 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
15 111 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 108 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 107 (0.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 98 (0.83%) CCNP
19 96 (0.82%) PMI Certification
20 85 (0.72%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 404 (3.43%) SLA
2 320 (2.72%) QA
3 58 (0.49%) Data Quality
4 52 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 47 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 42 (0.36%) ISO 9001
7 29 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 29 (0.25%) Solvency II
8 22 (0.19%) ISO 9000
9 20 (0.17%) P3O
10 19 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
10 19 (0.16%) COBIT
11 13 (0.11%) HL7
12 11 (0.093%) EMIR
13 7 (0.059%) JSP 440
14 6 (0.051%) MiFID
15 5 (0.042%) DICOM
16 4 (0.034%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 4 (0.034%) COREP
17 3 (0.025%) CRD IV
System Software
1 2610 (22.16%) Active Directory
2 987 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 504 (4.28%) Hyper-V
4 331 (2.81%) XenApp
5 309 (2.62%) vSphere
6 191 (1.62%) VMware ESX
7 179 (1.52%) XenDesktop
8 176 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 102 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
10 84 (0.71%) Terminal Services
11 74 (0.63%) XenServer
12 61 (0.52%) Xen
13 50 (0.42%) ISA Server
14 46 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 36 (0.31%) VMware Server
16 33 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 32 (0.27%) Forefront TMG
18 31 (0.26%) NFS
19 30 (0.25%) Terminal Server
20 28 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 714 (6.06%) SCCM
2 286 (2.43%) SCOM
3 111 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
4 98 (0.83%) WSUS
5 90 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 90 (0.76%) Puppet
6 75 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 73 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
8 58 (0.49%) Backup Exec
9 53 (0.45%) SCVMM
10 51 (0.43%) NetBackup
10 51 (0.43%) Tivoli
11 49 (0.42%) SCOrch
12 46 (0.39%) SCSM
13 41 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
14 39 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
15 36 (0.31%) HP SIM
16 30 (0.25%) EdgeSight
17 29 (0.25%) Ansible
17 29 (0.25%) WMI
Vendors
1 1590 (13.50%) VMware
2 1078 (9.15%) Citrix
3 989 (8.40%) Oracle
4 822 (6.98%) Cisco
5 793 (6.73%) HP
6 347 (2.95%) SAP
7 283 (2.40%) IBM
8 240 (2.04%) NetApp
9 217 (1.84%) Dell
10 198 (1.68%) Lotus
11 188 (1.60%) Symantec
12 184 (1.56%) Red Hat
13 180 (1.53%) Remedy
14 158 (1.34%) McAfee
15 150 (1.27%) Apple
16 147 (1.25%) EMC
17 132 (1.12%) Adobe
18 127 (1.08%) CheckPoint
19 126 (1.07%) Business Objects
20 118 (1.00%) Tableau
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