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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 8 8
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6287 5592 5929
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.23% 11.60% 11.04%
As % of the Vendors category 26.72% 24.93% 23.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3565 3104 3014
Average daily rate
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£363 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 562 505 573
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.04 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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
23525 22433 24925
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.76% 46.54% 46.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 13614 12887 13057
Average daily rate £400 £388 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
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 £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1075 1028 1245
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £19.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.55 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +2.70%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 0 2525 £400 - 816
South East 0 1291 £349 -0.28% 534
North West +2 420 £350 +16.66% 268
East of England +1 418 £350 -6.66% 191
South West -3 416 £330 -2.22% 226
West Midlands +2 354 £325 +8.33% 217
Yorkshire +1 289 £320 -1.53% 204
East Midlands +3 238 £350 +27.27% 125
North East -6 84 £325 +19.26% 53
Midlands +6 32 £450 +20.00%
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 4745 (38.77%) Windows
2 4350 (35.54%) MS Excel
3 2760 (22.55%) MS Office
4 2655 (21.69%) Active Directory
5 2352 (19.22%) SQL
6 2328 (19.02%) SQL Server
7 2200 (17.97%) .NET
8 2104 (17.19%) Finance
9 1668 (13.63%) C#
10 1620 (13.24%) Windows 7
11 1591 (13.00%) ITIL
12 1490 (12.17%) SharePoint
13 1436 (11.73%) VMware
14 1354 (11.06%) Agile Software Development
15 1331 (10.87%) MS Exchange
16 1329 (10.86%) Security Cleared
17 1314 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
18 1190 (9.72%) Microsoft Certification
19 1188 (9.71%) Project Management
20 1147 (9.37%) Citrix
21 1123 (9.17%) CRM
22 1098 (8.97%) Oracle
23 1063 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
24 1028 (8.40%) Windows Server 2003
25 1025 (8.37%) ASP.NET
26 1019 (8.33%) Migration
27 975 (7.97%) SC Cleared
28 925 (7.56%) JavaScript
29 919 (7.51%) Windows XP
30 897 (7.33%) HTML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 1490 (12.17%) SharePoint
2 1331 (10.87%) MS Exchange
3 589 (4.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 549 (4.49%) IIS
5 406 (3.32%) Lync
6 337 (2.75%) SharePoint 2010
7 336 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2007
8 295 (2.41%) BizTalk Server
9 287 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2003
10 240 (1.96%) SharePoint 2013
11 208 (1.70%) IBM Notes
12 201 (1.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 201 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
13 149 (1.22%) CMS
14 127 (1.04%) WebSphere
15 107 (0.87%) Apache
16 103 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
17 92 (0.75%) Tomcat
18 89 (0.73%) SAS
19 70 (0.57%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 4350 (35.54%) MS Excel
2 2760 (22.55%) MS Office
3 744 (6.08%) MS Project
4 688 (5.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 498 (4.07%) MS Visio
6 164 (1.34%) Spreadsheet
7 59 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 45 (0.37%) PowerPivot
8 45 (0.37%) InfoPath
9 32 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
10 29 (0.24%) AutoCAD
11 26 (0.21%) SPSS
12 23 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
13 15 (0.12%) Acrobat
14 14 (0.11%) InDesign
15 11 (0.090%) Fireworks
16 10 (0.082%) OmniGraffle
17 9 (0.074%) Open Workbench
18 7 (0.057%) RoboHelp
19 6 (0.049%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 707 (5.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 319 (2.61%) Dynamics AX
3 119 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
4 60 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
5 51 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
6 40 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
7 22 (0.18%) assyst
7 22 (0.18%) CA Clarity
7 22 (0.18%) WebTrends
8 19 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 17 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
10 15 (0.12%) SAP SD
10 15 (0.12%) SAP CO
10 15 (0.12%) Remedy AR System
10 15 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
11 14 (0.11%) Google Analytics
12 13 (0.11%) SAP HR
12 13 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
13 12 (0.098%) Oracle Financials
14 11 (0.090%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 309 (2.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 258 (2.11%) Office 365
3 79 (0.65%) SaaS
4 73 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
5 72 (0.59%) PaaS
6 48 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
7 39 (0.32%) IaaS
8 27 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
9 15 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
10 11 (0.090%) Google App Engine
11 10 (0.082%) Google Apps
11 10 (0.082%) GitHub
12 7 (0.057%) IBM SmartCloud
13 4 (0.033%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.025%) Heroku
15 2 (0.016%) Amazon ELB
16 1 (0.008%) Gitorious
16 1 (0.008%) Pure360
16 1 (0.008%) CloudFront
16 1 (0.008%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 714 (5.83%) DNS
2 671 (5.48%) Firewall
3 581 (4.75%) SAN
4 573 (4.68%) TCP/IP
5 503 (4.11%) DHCP
6 439 (3.59%) LAN
7 436 (3.56%) WAN
8 354 (2.89%) Internet
9 318 (2.60%) VPN
10 189 (1.54%) Wireless
11 177 (1.45%) Intranet
12 148 (1.21%) VoIP
13 122 (1.00%) HTTP
14 113 (0.92%) NAS
14 113 (0.92%) VLAN
15 109 (0.89%) LDAP
16 102 (0.83%) FTP
17 99 (0.81%) Network Security
18 97 (0.79%) SSL
19 92 (0.75%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2328 (19.02%) SQL Server
2 795 (6.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 716 (5.85%) SQL Server 2008
4 672 (5.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 472 (3.86%) Data Warehouse
6 446 (3.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 323 (2.64%) SQL Server 2005
8 273 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
9 226 (1.85%) Relational Database
10 216 (1.76%) Oracle Database
11 187 (1.53%) MS Access
12 133 (1.09%) MySQL
13 120 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
13 120 (0.98%) OLAP
14 108 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 92 (0.75%) QlikView
16 87 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
17 86 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
18 72 (0.59%) Data Mining
18 72 (0.59%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 640 (5.23%) Visual Studio
2 501 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 121 (0.99%) NUnit
4 118 (0.96%) JIRA
5 112 (0.92%) Subversion
6 108 (0.88%) Git (software)
7 97 (0.79%) TeamCity
8 94 (0.77%) MSI
9 90 (0.74%) QuickTest Pro
10 88 (0.72%) Selenium
11 81 (0.66%) SpecFlow
12 77 (0.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 66 (0.54%) MSBuild
14 61 (0.50%) Jenkins
15 49 (0.40%) MSTest
16 48 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
17 46 (0.38%) Maven
18 42 (0.34%) Toad
18 42 (0.34%) Artifactory
19 39 (0.32%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 2104 (17.19%) Finance
2 758 (6.19%) Banking
3 442 (3.61%) Telecoms
4 323 (2.64%) Retail
5 282 (2.30%) Advertising
6 253 (2.07%) Marketing
7 233 (1.90%) Legal
8 214 (1.75%) Investment Banking
9 165 (1.35%) Manufacturing
10 155 (1.27%) Law
11 152 (1.24%) Back Office
12 122 (1.00%) Front Office
13 116 (0.95%) Financial Institution
14 111 (0.91%) Publishing
15 64 (0.52%) Military
16 61 (0.50%) French Language
17 55 (0.45%) Retail Banking
18 54 (0.44%) Games
19 52 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
20 42 (0.34%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2553 (20.86%) Analyst
2 2191 (17.90%) Developer
3 797 (6.51%) Consultant
4 705 (5.76%) Architect
5 648 (5.29%) Support Engineer
6 614 (5.02%) Project Manager
7 571 (4.67%) Support Analyst
8 548 (4.48%) .NET Developer
9 448 (3.66%) Business Analyst
10 435 (3.55%) Service Analyst
11 413 (3.37%) 2nd Line Support
12 411 (3.36%) Service Desk Analyst
13 406 (3.32%) Administrator
14 370 (3.02%) Desktop Support
15 354 (2.89%) C# Developer
16 318 (2.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 262 (2.14%) Technical Support
18 248 (2.03%) Desktop Engineer
19 238 (1.94%) 1st Line Support
20 229 (1.87%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2200 (17.97%) .NET
2 1025 (8.37%) ASP.NET
3 897 (7.33%) HTML
4 587 (4.80%) CSS
5 578 (4.72%) Web Services
6 557 (4.55%) XML
7 549 (4.49%) .NET Framework
8 520 (4.25%) WCF
9 458 (3.74%) jQuery
10 340 (2.78%) ASP.NET MVC
11 297 (2.43%) HTML5
12 247 (2.02%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 217 (1.77%) Ajax
14 204 (1.67%) Middleware
15 188 (1.54%) JSP
16 180 (1.47%) WPF
17 131 (1.07%) SOAP
18 120 (0.98%) CSS3
19 114 (0.93%) REST
20 110 (0.90%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 1063 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 541 (4.42%) Blackberry
3 394 (3.22%) Management Information System
4 272 (2.22%) Clustering
5 209 (1.71%) NHS
6 174 (1.42%) Computer Science
7 137 (1.12%) Open Source
8 131 (1.07%) Replication
9 125 (1.02%) User Experience
10 122 (1.00%) Thin Client
10 122 (1.00%) Fat Client
11 120 (0.98%) Client/Server
12 119 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
13 95 (0.78%) PKI
13 95 (0.78%) iPad
14 89 (0.73%) E-Learning
15 84 (0.69%) Statistics
15 84 (0.69%) Mobile App
16 82 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
16 82 (0.67%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 4745 (38.77%) Windows
2 1620 (13.24%) Windows 7
3 1314 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 1028 (8.40%) Windows Server 2003
5 919 (7.51%) Windows XP
6 638 (5.21%) Linux
7 548 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 543 (4.44%) UNIX
9 338 (2.76%) Windows 8
10 189 (1.54%) Windows Vista
11 169 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 140 (1.14%) Windows 2000
13 136 (1.11%) Android
14 121 (0.99%) Solaris
14 121 (0.99%) Apple iOS
15 59 (0.48%) Mac OS X
16 55 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
16 55 (0.45%) AIX
17 34 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
18 32 (0.26%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1591 (13.00%) ITIL
2 1354 (11.06%) Agile Software Development
3 1188 (9.71%) Project Management
4 1123 (9.17%) CRM
5 1019 (8.33%) Migration
6 735 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
7 705 (5.76%) PRINCE2
8 642 (5.25%) MVC
9 470 (3.84%) Scrum
10 454 (3.71%) Stakeholder Management
11 443 (3.62%) Change Management
12 431 (3.52%) Workflow
13 422 (3.45%) Service Management
14 399 (3.26%) TDD
15 377 (3.08%) User Acceptance Testing
16 361 (2.95%) Service Delivery
17 338 (2.76%) Configuration Management
17 338 (2.76%) Business Analysis
18 329 (2.69%) OO
19 298 (2.43%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 2352 (19.22%) SQL
2 1668 (13.63%) C#
3 925 (7.56%) JavaScript
4 607 (4.96%) PowerShell
5 539 (4.40%) T-SQL
6 444 (3.63%) Java
7 340 (2.78%) VB
8 258 (2.11%) VBA
9 222 (1.81%) VBScript
10 193 (1.58%) C
11 189 (1.54%) VB.NET
12 165 (1.35%) PL/SQL
13 139 (1.14%) Perl
14 128 (1.05%) Shell Script
15 114 (0.93%) C++
16 104 (0.85%) PHP
17 95 (0.78%) Python
18 65 (0.53%) Ruby
19 46 (0.38%) Bash Shell
20 43 (0.35%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1329 (10.86%) Security Cleared
2 1190 (9.72%) Microsoft Certification
3 975 (7.97%) SC Cleared
4 753 (6.15%) Degree
5 482 (3.94%) MCSE
6 347 (2.83%) DV Cleared
7 315 (2.57%) MCP
8 263 (2.15%) MCITP
9 251 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
10 231 (1.89%) ISTQB
11 174 (1.42%) ISEB
12 155 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
13 152 (1.24%) CCNA
14 145 (1.18%) MCSA
15 143 (1.17%) PMI Certification
16 116 (0.95%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 111 (0.91%) MCTS
18 103 (0.84%) CISSP
19 99 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 99 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 501 (4.09%) SLA
2 422 (3.45%) QA
3 93 (0.76%) ISO 9001
4 75 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 48 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 46 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 43 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 21 (0.17%) P3O
9 9 (0.074%) COBIT
10 8 (0.065%) HL7
10 8 (0.065%) Basel III
11 7 (0.057%) Solvency II
12 6 (0.049%) ISO 14001
12 6 (0.049%) GPG13
13 5 (0.041%) Basel II
14 4 (0.033%) BS15000
14 4 (0.033%) TickIT
14 4 (0.033%) Dodd-Frank
15 3 (0.025%) EMIR
15 3 (0.025%) BS7799
System Software
1 2655 (21.69%) Active Directory
2 850 (6.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 389 (3.18%) XenApp
4 361 (2.95%) Hyper-V
5 276 (2.25%) vSphere
6 216 (1.76%) VMware ESX
7 208 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
8 181 (1.48%) XenDesktop
9 123 (1.00%) XenServer
10 108 (0.88%) Terminal Services
11 91 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
12 61 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 58 (0.47%) ISA Server
14 56 (0.46%) Xen
15 44 (0.36%) UAG
16 43 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 41 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
18 33 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
19 31 (0.25%) NFS
20 30 (0.25%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 768 (6.27%) SCCM
2 299 (2.44%) SCOM
3 153 (1.25%) Backup Exec
4 109 (0.89%) WSUS
5 103 (0.84%) NetBackup
6 98 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 89 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
8 76 (0.62%) Tivoli
9 71 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
10 57 (0.47%) HP SIM
11 55 (0.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 54 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 51 (0.42%) Puppet
14 49 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
15 48 (0.39%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 46 (0.38%) SCOrch
17 42 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 34 (0.28%) BMC PATROL
19 33 (0.27%) ARCserve
19 33 (0.27%) OpenView
Vendors
1 1436 (11.73%) VMware
2 1147 (9.37%) Citrix
3 1098 (8.97%) Oracle
4 854 (6.98%) HP
5 839 (6.85%) Cisco
6 419 (3.42%) SAP
7 370 (3.02%) IBM
8 306 (2.50%) Symantec
9 222 (1.81%) Dell
10 216 (1.76%) Lotus
11 210 (1.72%) Remedy
12 187 (1.53%) EMC
13 185 (1.51%) Red Hat
14 164 (1.34%) NetApp
15 162 (1.32%) CheckPoint
16 156 (1.27%) Apple
17 149 (1.22%) McAfee
18 136 (1.11%) Business Objects
19 121 (0.99%) Adobe
20 114 (0.93%) SolarWinds
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