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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6502 6055 5585
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.23% 12.03% 11.61%
As % of the Vendors category 27.77% 26.37% 25.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3998 3460 3062
Average daily rate
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£375 £363 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £175 £184
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 542 499
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 £10.00 £10.21 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £30.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
23413 22961 22201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 44.06% 45.63% 46.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 14134 13103 12594
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £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 1002 1014 1025
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% -4.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £37.50 £41.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 2495 £400 - 862
South East -1 1379 £350 - 566
North West +2 617 £375 +8.69% 352
Yorkshire 0 466 £350 +15.70% 182
South West +1 445 £335 +0.75% 207
East of England +1 412 £350 - 188
West Midlands -2 307 £354 +9.00% 197
East Midlands -1 200 £325 -7.14% 110
North East +5 175 £325 -2.98% 72
Midlands -7 12 £525 +16.66% 3
South Coast -1 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 4525 (35.83%) Windows
2 4180 (33.10%) MS Excel
3 3044 (24.11%) SQL
4 2920 (23.12%) SQL Server
5 2808 (22.24%) MS Office
6 2652 (21.00%) Active Directory
7 2357 (18.66%) Finance
8 2238 (17.72%) .NET
9 1846 (14.62%) ITIL
10 1726 (13.67%) VMware
11 1674 (13.26%) C#
12 1604 (12.70%) Agile Software Development
13 1375 (10.89%) Windows 7
14 1371 (10.86%) SharePoint
15 1272 (10.07%) Windows Server 2008
16 1215 (9.62%) Security Cleared
17 1169 (9.26%) Migration
18 1162 (9.20%) MS Exchange
19 1159 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
20 1104 (8.74%) Microsoft Certification
20 1104 (8.74%) Project Management
21 1096 (8.68%) Citrix
22 1084 (8.58%) Oracle
23 1081 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 1067 (8.45%) Business Intelligence
25 1044 (8.27%) CRM
26 1030 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
27 1020 (8.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
28 879 (6.96%) Windows Server 2003
29 876 (6.94%) Windows Server 2012

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1371 (10.86%) SharePoint
2 1162 (9.20%) MS Exchange
3 659 (5.22%) IIS
4 480 (3.80%) Lync
5 434 (3.44%) Exchange Server 2010
6 318 (2.52%) BizTalk Server
7 243 (1.92%) SharePoint 2013
8 210 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
9 202 (1.60%) SharePoint 2010
10 201 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
11 164 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 150 (1.19%) WebSphere
13 123 (0.97%) CMS
14 115 (0.91%) SAS
15 114 (0.90%) IBM Notes
16 111 (0.88%) Tomcat
17 101 (0.80%) Apache
17 101 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
18 75 (0.59%) JBoss
19 55 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 4180 (33.10%) MS Excel
2 2808 (22.24%) MS Office
3 716 (5.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 646 (5.12%) MS Project
5 549 (4.35%) MS Visio
6 108 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
7 58 (0.46%) Photoshop
7 58 (0.46%) PowerPivot
8 32 (0.25%) InfoPath
9 30 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
10 22 (0.17%) SPSS
11 18 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
12 17 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 16 (0.13%) Acrobat
14 14 (0.11%) InDesign
14 14 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
15 9 (0.071%) AutoCAD
16 7 (0.055%) Maya
16 7 (0.055%) Vectorworks
17 6 (0.048%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 812 (6.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 318 (2.52%) Dynamics AX
3 73 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
4 42 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 38 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 22 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 21 (0.17%) Maximo
8 20 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
9 14 (0.11%) Primavera
9 14 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
9 14 (0.11%) SAP ERP
10 12 (0.095%) Agresso
10 12 (0.095%) Cognos TM1
10 12 (0.095%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 11 (0.087%) SAP FI
12 10 (0.079%) Tridion
12 10 (0.079%) Teamcenter
13 9 (0.071%) Oracle BPM
14 7 (0.055%) SAP FI/CO
14 7 (0.055%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 591 (4.68%) Office 365
2 467 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 224 (1.77%) Amazon AWS
4 117 (0.93%) SaaS
5 92 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
6 83 (0.66%) IaaS
7 61 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
8 60 (0.48%) PaaS
9 57 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
10 52 (0.41%) Google App Engine
11 37 (0.29%) Google Apps
12 24 (0.19%) Google Analytics
13 21 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
14 17 (0.13%) Yammer
15 16 (0.13%) OneDrive
16 11 (0.087%) Google Drive
17 9 (0.071%) SuccessFactors
18 8 (0.063%) Adobe Analytics
19 6 (0.048%) AWS CloudFormation
19 6 (0.048%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 765 (6.06%) DNS
2 595 (4.71%) SAN
3 585 (4.63%) Firewall
4 563 (4.46%) DHCP
5 526 (4.17%) TCP/IP
6 512 (4.05%) LAN
7 509 (4.03%) WAN
8 334 (2.64%) VPN
9 310 (2.45%) Internet
10 171 (1.35%) VLAN
10 171 (1.35%) NAS
11 158 (1.25%) SSL
12 155 (1.23%) VoIP
13 150 (1.19%) Intranet
13 150 (1.19%) Wireless
14 137 (1.08%) HTTP
15 130 (1.03%) FTP
16 128 (1.01%) Network Security
17 123 (0.97%) LDAP
18 105 (0.83%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2920 (23.12%) SQL Server
2 1081 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1020 (8.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 712 (5.64%) Data Warehouse
5 655 (5.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 635 (5.03%) SQL Server 2008
7 474 (3.75%) SQL Server 2012
8 286 (2.26%) Relational Database
9 248 (1.96%) Oracle Database
10 204 (1.62%) MS Access
11 189 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
12 153 (1.21%) OLAP
13 142 (1.12%) BusinessObjects
14 132 (1.05%) MySQL
15 111 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 110 (0.87%) QlikView
17 104 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
18 103 (0.82%) RDBMS
19 98 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
20 97 (0.77%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 662 (5.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 569 (4.51%) Visual Studio
3 154 (1.22%) Git (software)
4 153 (1.21%) Selenium
5 150 (1.19%) Jenkins
6 149 (1.18%) NUnit
7 127 (1.01%) JIRA
8 103 (0.82%) Subversion
9 92 (0.73%) TeamCity
10 72 (0.57%) SpecFlow
11 68 (0.54%) MSI
12 66 (0.52%) ERwin
13 41 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 40 (0.32%) SoapUI
14 40 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 39 (0.31%) Cucumber
16 38 (0.30%) Toad
17 36 (0.29%) MSTest
18 32 (0.25%) WebDriver
19 31 (0.25%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 2357 (18.66%) Finance
2 681 (5.39%) Banking
3 420 (3.33%) Retail
4 379 (3.00%) Telecoms
5 259 (2.05%) Legal
6 250 (1.98%) Marketing
7 229 (1.81%) Advertising
8 221 (1.75%) Law
9 208 (1.65%) Investment Banking
10 206 (1.63%) Manufacturing
11 129 (1.02%) Front Office
12 113 (0.89%) Financial Institution
13 110 (0.87%) Back Office
14 79 (0.63%) French Language
15 71 (0.56%) Local Government
16 55 (0.44%) Publishing
17 43 (0.34%) German Language
18 40 (0.32%) Billing
18 40 (0.32%) Automotive
19 37 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2800 (22.17%) Analyst
2 2324 (18.40%) Developer
3 963 (7.63%) Architect
4 729 (5.77%) Consultant
5 640 (5.07%) Project Manager
6 602 (4.77%) Support Engineer
7 575 (4.55%) Support Analyst
8 513 (4.06%) Business Analyst
9 477 (3.78%) Service Analyst
10 463 (3.67%) .NET Developer
11 453 (3.59%) Service Desk Analyst
12 429 (3.40%) Administrator
13 416 (3.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 390 (3.09%) 2nd Line Support
15 383 (3.03%) Desktop Support
16 333 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
17 304 (2.41%) SQL Developer
18 302 (2.39%) C# Developer
19 301 (2.38%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 273 (2.16%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2238 (17.72%) .NET
2 811 (6.42%) ASP.NET
3 720 (5.70%) HTML
4 577 (4.57%) Web Services
5 522 (4.13%) XML
6 510 (4.04%) .NET Framework
7 506 (4.01%) CSS
8 361 (2.86%) jQuery
9 358 (2.83%) WCF
10 256 (2.03%) ASP.NET MVC
11 221 (1.75%) Middleware
12 216 (1.71%) HTML5
13 206 (1.63%) SOAP
14 189 (1.50%) WPF
14 189 (1.50%) AngularJS
15 181 (1.43%) Entity Framework
16 166 (1.31%) Ajax
17 160 (1.27%) MDX
18 152 (1.20%) ASP.NET Web API
19 125 (0.99%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1159 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
2 566 (4.48%) Data Centre
3 481 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 346 (2.74%) Blackberry
5 262 (2.07%) Clustering
6 254 (2.01%) NHS
7 188 (1.49%) Computer Science
8 183 (1.45%) Replication
9 148 (1.17%) Client/Server
10 146 (1.16%) User Experience
11 135 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
12 112 (0.89%) Visualisation
13 108 (0.86%) N-Tier
14 106 (0.84%) PKI
15 105 (0.83%) Data Structures
16 99 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
17 97 (0.77%) Fat Client
17 97 (0.77%) Thin Client
18 89 (0.70%) iPhone
19 84 (0.67%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 4525 (35.83%) Windows
2 1375 (10.89%) Windows 7
3 1272 (10.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 879 (6.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 876 (6.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 790 (6.26%) Linux
7 605 (4.79%) Windows XP
8 484 (3.83%) UNIX
9 307 (2.43%) Windows 8
10 236 (1.87%) Android
11 168 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 153 (1.21%) Apple iOS
13 125 (0.99%) Solaris
14 85 (0.67%) Mac OS X
15 84 (0.67%) AIX
16 68 (0.54%) Windows Vista
17 56 (0.44%) Ubuntu
18 53 (0.42%) Windows 2000
19 50 (0.40%) Windows 2000 Server
20 47 (0.37%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1846 (14.62%) ITIL
2 1604 (12.70%) Agile Software Development
3 1169 (9.26%) Migration
4 1104 (8.74%) Project Management
5 1067 (8.45%) Business Intelligence
6 1044 (8.27%) CRM
7 666 (5.27%) PRINCE2
8 534 (4.23%) MVC
9 522 (4.13%) Scrum
10 517 (4.09%) Change Management
11 511 (4.05%) ETL
12 488 (3.86%) Service Management
13 478 (3.79%) Stakeholder Management
14 457 (3.62%) TDD
15 427 (3.38%) SDLC
16 422 (3.34%) Data Modelling
17 360 (2.85%) Configuration Management
18 356 (2.82%) Business Analysis
19 353 (2.80%) Data Analysis
20 345 (2.73%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3044 (24.11%) SQL
2 1674 (13.26%) C#
3 799 (6.33%) JavaScript
4 794 (6.29%) T-SQL
5 778 (6.16%) PowerShell
6 458 (3.63%) Java
7 366 (2.90%) VB
8 262 (2.07%) VBA
9 206 (1.63%) VBScript
10 183 (1.45%) VB.NET
11 180 (1.43%) C++
12 167 (1.32%) PL/SQL
13 158 (1.25%) C
14 143 (1.13%) Python
15 122 (0.97%) Perl
16 89 (0.70%) Shell Script
17 76 (0.60%) Ruby
18 67 (0.53%) VB6
18 67 (0.53%) PHP
19 60 (0.48%) X++
Qualifications
1 1215 (9.62%) Security Cleared
2 1104 (8.74%) Microsoft Certification
3 811 (6.42%) SC Cleared
4 746 (5.91%) Degree
5 539 (4.27%) MCSE
6 272 (2.15%) DV Cleared
7 269 (2.13%) MCITP
8 267 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
9 246 (1.95%) MCP
10 229 (1.81%) MCSA
11 192 (1.52%) CCNA
12 187 (1.48%) ISEB
13 170 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
13 170 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 126 (1.00%) PMI Certification
15 122 (0.97%) ISTQB
16 106 (0.84%) MCTS
17 99 (0.78%) CCNP
18 97 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 88 (0.70%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 463 (3.67%) SLA
2 333 (2.64%) QA
3 90 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 66 (0.52%) Data Quality
5 44 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 38 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 36 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 26 (0.21%) Solvency II
9 19 (0.15%) COBIT
10 16 (0.13%) ISO 9000
11 15 (0.12%) P3O
12 12 (0.095%) TickIT
13 11 (0.087%) HL7
14 10 (0.079%) CRD IV
14 10 (0.079%) COREP
15 9 (0.071%) Dodd-Frank
16 6 (0.048%) PMBOK
16 6 (0.048%) Basel III
17 5 (0.040%) BS25999
17 5 (0.040%) MiFID
System Software
1 2652 (21.00%) Active Directory
2 1030 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 479 (3.79%) Hyper-V
4 402 (3.18%) vSphere
5 327 (2.59%) XenApp
6 230 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
7 218 (1.73%) VMware ESX
8 152 (1.20%) XenDesktop
9 140 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
10 86 (0.68%) Xen
11 79 (0.63%) Terminal Services
12 69 (0.55%) XenServer
13 54 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 51 (0.40%) NFS
15 48 (0.38%) VMware Server
15 48 (0.38%) vCloud
16 39 (0.31%) ISA Server
17 32 (0.25%) BitLocker
18 29 (0.23%) Docker
18 29 (0.23%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 743 (5.88%) SCCM
2 316 (2.50%) SCOM
3 126 (1.00%) WSUS
3 126 (1.00%) Puppet
4 105 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
5 98 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
6 87 (0.69%) NetBackup
7 86 (0.68%) Backup Exec
8 55 (0.44%) SCOrch
9 53 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 53 (0.42%) SCVMM
10 52 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
11 44 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
12 43 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 41 (0.32%) Tivoli
14 40 (0.32%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 38 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 37 (0.29%) SCSM
17 35 (0.28%) vMotion
18 33 (0.26%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1726 (13.67%) VMware
2 1096 (8.68%) Citrix
3 1084 (8.58%) Oracle
4 823 (6.52%) Cisco
5 733 (5.80%) HP
6 363 (2.87%) SAP
7 337 (2.67%) IBM
8 280 (2.22%) Symantec
9 255 (2.02%) NetApp
10 224 (1.77%) Red Hat
11 222 (1.76%) Dell
12 194 (1.54%) EMC
13 186 (1.47%) Remedy
14 174 (1.38%) Apple
15 170 (1.35%) Google
16 156 (1.24%) McAfee
17 140 (1.11%) Adobe
18 130 (1.03%) CheckPoint
19 128 (1.01%) Tableau
20 120 (0.95%) Lotus
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 - £535 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Central London / West End
First Point
Rate: £500.00 - £525.00 per day + extensions
Posted: 13 hours ago
Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Enfield, Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £575 - £650 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Northamptonshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £18.52 per hour
Posted: 14 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Venn Group
Rate: £200 - £250 Per Day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
IT Retail People Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Good Rates, Good Team, Interesting Work
Posted: 15 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Aquent
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: 19 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: 20 hours ago
Wiltshire
Network ITR
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
East Riding
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + Laptop & Phone
Posted: 20 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Coal IT Services
Rate: £410 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
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York, North Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
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ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
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