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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6266 5774 5233
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.59% 12.06% 11.73%
As % of the Vendors category 27.97% 26.68% 25.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 3774 3286 2796
Average daily rate
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£358 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.14% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 508 506 498
Average hourly rate £15.87 £15.00 £16.91
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.76% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £10.13 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £25.00 £32.62
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
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
22405 21642 20882
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.02% 45.20% 46.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 13442 12404 11460
Average daily rate £400 £388 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -1.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1012 974 1158
Average hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -12.82%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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 6 July 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 2553 £400 +2.56% 918
South East -1 1267 £350 - 592
North West +2 558 £350 +12.90% 298
Yorkshire +5 421 £329 +9.58% 205
East of England 0 404 £350 - 203
South West +1 392 £350 +7.69% 184
West Midlands -1 343 £350 +7.69% 260
East Midlands +3 178 £320 +6.66% 104
North East +6 136 £300 +19.76% 67
Midlands +3 19 £300 +69.01% 4
South Coast -1 1 - -
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UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 4514 (36.02%) Windows
2 4191 (33.44%) MS Excel
3 2905 (23.18%) SQL
4 2867 (22.88%) MS Office
5 2810 (22.42%) SQL Server
6 2759 (22.01%) Active Directory
7 2259 (18.02%) Finance
8 2254 (17.98%) .NET
9 1883 (15.02%) ITIL
10 1751 (13.97%) VMware
11 1677 (13.38%) C#
12 1587 (12.66%) Agile Software Development
13 1418 (11.31%) SharePoint
14 1412 (11.27%) Windows 7
15 1321 (10.54%) Security Cleared
16 1296 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
17 1183 (9.44%) MS Exchange
18 1162 (9.27%) Citrix
19 1150 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
20 1134 (9.05%) Microsoft Certification
21 1121 (8.94%) Migration
22 1118 (8.92%) Project Management
23 1060 (8.46%) VMware Infrastructure
24 1040 (8.30%) CRM
25 1037 (8.27%) Oracle
26 1024 (8.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 993 (7.92%) Business Intelligence
28 987 (7.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
29 900 (7.18%) Windows Server 2003
30 877 (7.00%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 1418 (11.31%) SharePoint
2 1183 (9.44%) MS Exchange
3 600 (4.79%) IIS
4 458 (3.65%) Lync
5 435 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 311 (2.48%) BizTalk Server
7 234 (1.87%) SharePoint 2013
8 218 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2013
9 216 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
10 206 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
11 162 (1.29%) IBM Notes
12 139 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 132 (1.05%) CMS
14 125 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
15 117 (0.93%) WebSphere
16 95 (0.76%) Apache
17 88 (0.70%) SAS
18 86 (0.69%) Tomcat
19 73 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
20 66 (0.53%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 4191 (33.44%) MS Excel
2 2867 (22.88%) MS Office
3 717 (5.72%) MS PowerPoint
4 701 (5.59%) MS Project
5 596 (4.76%) MS Visio
6 93 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
7 59 (0.47%) PowerPivot
8 52 (0.41%) Photoshop
9 38 (0.30%) InfoPath
10 31 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
11 22 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 20 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
13 17 (0.14%) SPSS
14 16 (0.13%) InDesign
14 16 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
15 13 (0.10%) AutoCAD
15 13 (0.10%) Acrobat
16 6 (0.048%) Vectorworks
17 5 (0.040%) Maya
18 4 (0.032%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 797 (6.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 301 (2.40%) Dynamics AX
3 69 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
4 53 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
5 51 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
6 28 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 22 (0.18%) Maximo
7 22 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
8 21 (0.17%) Primavera
9 16 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
10 15 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
11 13 (0.10%) Agresso
11 13 (0.10%) SAP ERP
12 12 (0.096%) SAP SRM
12 12 (0.096%) Oracle BPM
13 10 (0.080%) Tridion
13 10 (0.080%) SAP FI
13 10 (0.080%) Oracle Applications
14 9 (0.072%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
15 8 (0.064%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 522 (4.17%) Office 365
2 436 (3.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 159 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
4 99 (0.79%) SaaS
5 85 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
6 71 (0.57%) IaaS
7 53 (0.42%) PaaS
8 33 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
9 30 (0.24%) Google Apps
9 30 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
10 27 (0.22%) Google App Engine
11 22 (0.18%) Google Analytics
12 15 (0.12%) Yammer
12 15 (0.12%) OneDrive
13 10 (0.080%) SuccessFactors
13 10 (0.080%) Azure Active Directory
14 9 (0.072%) Mimecast
14 9 (0.072%) Google Drive
15 7 (0.056%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 6 (0.048%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 685 (5.47%) DNS
2 616 (4.92%) SAN
3 578 (4.61%) Firewall
4 506 (4.04%) LAN
5 500 (3.99%) DHCP
6 497 (3.97%) WAN
7 495 (3.95%) TCP/IP
8 348 (2.78%) VPN
9 298 (2.38%) Internet
10 194 (1.55%) NAS
11 163 (1.30%) VLAN
12 153 (1.22%) VoIP
13 148 (1.18%) SSL
14 146 (1.16%) Intranet
15 142 (1.13%) Wireless
16 133 (1.06%) LDAP
16 133 (1.06%) HTTP
17 116 (0.93%) MPLS
18 113 (0.90%) Network Security
19 97 (0.77%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2810 (22.42%) SQL Server
2 1024 (8.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 987 (7.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 653 (5.21%) Data Warehouse
5 619 (4.94%) SQL Server 2008
6 603 (4.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 455 (3.63%) SQL Server 2012
8 293 (2.34%) Relational Database
9 253 (2.02%) Oracle Database
10 196 (1.56%) MS Access
11 191 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
12 166 (1.32%) MySQL
13 145 (1.16%) OLAP
14 113 (0.90%) QlikView
15 108 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 106 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
17 100 (0.80%) RDBMS
18 94 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
19 88 (0.70%) Big Data
20 83 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 568 (4.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 538 (4.29%) Visual Studio
3 150 (1.20%) Selenium
4 141 (1.13%) NUnit
5 131 (1.05%) JIRA
5 131 (1.05%) Git (software)
6 128 (1.02%) Jenkins
7 120 (0.96%) Subversion
8 82 (0.65%) TeamCity
9 78 (0.62%) SpecFlow
10 71 (0.57%) MSI
11 51 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 48 (0.38%) SoapUI
13 43 (0.34%) Cucumber
14 39 (0.31%) MSTest
15 37 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 37 (0.30%) WebDriver
16 35 (0.28%) Rhino Mocks
17 34 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
18 32 (0.26%) Toad
General
1 2259 (18.02%) Finance
2 640 (5.11%) Banking
3 450 (3.59%) Retail
4 409 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 275 (2.19%) Marketing
6 239 (1.91%) Legal
7 214 (1.71%) Manufacturing
8 207 (1.65%) Investment Banking
9 197 (1.57%) Advertising
10 176 (1.40%) Law
11 128 (1.02%) Front Office
12 121 (0.97%) Back Office
13 112 (0.89%) Financial Institution
14 76 (0.61%) Local Government
15 73 (0.58%) French Language
16 70 (0.56%) Publishing
17 50 (0.40%) German Language
18 41 (0.33%) Automotive
19 38 (0.30%) Games
20 37 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2738 (21.85%) Analyst
2 2227 (17.77%) Developer
3 1043 (8.32%) Architect
4 731 (5.83%) Consultant
5 664 (5.30%) Project Manager
6 618 (4.93%) Support Engineer
7 578 (4.61%) Support Analyst
8 511 (4.08%) .NET Developer
9 495 (3.95%) Business Analyst
10 485 (3.87%) Service Analyst
11 454 (3.62%) Service Desk Analyst
12 451 (3.60%) Administrator
13 386 (3.08%) Desktop Support
14 379 (3.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 372 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
16 369 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
17 311 (2.48%) SQL Developer
18 296 (2.36%) C# Developer
19 261 (2.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 245 (1.95%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2254 (17.98%) .NET
2 877 (7.00%) ASP.NET
3 770 (6.14%) HTML
4 572 (4.56%) .NET Framework
5 568 (4.53%) Web Services
6 559 (4.46%) XML
7 520 (4.15%) CSS
8 408 (3.26%) jQuery
9 350 (2.79%) WCF
10 291 (2.32%) ASP.NET MVC
11 241 (1.92%) HTML5
12 226 (1.80%) Entity Framework
13 190 (1.52%) SOAP
14 182 (1.45%) AngularJS
15 178 (1.42%) Middleware
16 177 (1.41%) ASP.NET Web API
17 167 (1.33%) Ajax
18 161 (1.28%) WPF
19 134 (1.07%) CSS3
20 132 (1.05%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1150 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
2 569 (4.54%) Data Centre
3 469 (3.74%) Management Information System
4 323 (2.58%) Blackberry
5 308 (2.46%) NHS
6 283 (2.26%) Clustering
7 204 (1.63%) Computer Science
8 170 (1.36%) Replication
9 152 (1.21%) User Experience
10 130 (1.04%) Client/Server
11 120 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
12 119 (0.95%) PKI
13 110 (0.88%) Data Structures
14 109 (0.87%) Visualisation
15 100 (0.80%) Fat Client
15 100 (0.80%) Thin Client
16 91 (0.73%) Mobile App
17 90 (0.72%) N-Tier
18 89 (0.71%) iPhone
19 84 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4514 (36.02%) Windows
2 1412 (11.27%) Windows 7
3 1296 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
4 900 (7.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 866 (6.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 744 (5.94%) Linux
7 636 (5.07%) Windows XP
8 482 (3.85%) UNIX
9 303 (2.42%) Windows 8
10 215 (1.72%) Android
11 165 (1.32%) Apple iOS
12 126 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 126 (1.01%) Solaris
13 98 (0.78%) Mac OS X
14 67 (0.53%) Windows 2000 Server
15 62 (0.49%) Windows Vista
15 62 (0.49%) AIX
15 62 (0.49%) Windows 2000
16 48 (0.38%) Ubuntu
17 46 (0.37%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1883 (15.02%) ITIL
2 1587 (12.66%) Agile Software Development
3 1121 (8.94%) Migration
4 1118 (8.92%) Project Management
5 1040 (8.30%) CRM
6 993 (7.92%) Business Intelligence
7 698 (5.57%) PRINCE2
8 569 (4.54%) Scrum
9 565 (4.51%) MVC
10 532 (4.24%) Stakeholder Management
11 525 (4.19%) Change Management
12 486 (3.88%) Service Management
13 458 (3.65%) ETL
14 423 (3.38%) SDLC
15 417 (3.33%) TDD
16 414 (3.30%) Data Modelling
17 357 (2.85%) Data Analysis
18 347 (2.77%) Business Analysis
19 338 (2.70%) Configuration Management
20 315 (2.51%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2905 (23.18%) SQL
2 1677 (13.38%) C#
3 874 (6.97%) JavaScript
4 714 (5.70%) T-SQL
5 676 (5.39%) PowerShell
6 474 (3.78%) Java
7 350 (2.79%) VB
8 277 (2.21%) VBA
9 212 (1.69%) VBScript
10 166 (1.32%) C
11 165 (1.32%) VB.NET
12 144 (1.15%) Python
13 132 (1.05%) C++
14 127 (1.01%) PL/SQL
15 112 (0.89%) Perl
16 92 (0.73%) Shell Script
17 82 (0.65%) Ruby
18 67 (0.53%) PHP
19 63 (0.50%) X++
20 58 (0.46%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1321 (10.54%) Security Cleared
2 1134 (9.05%) Microsoft Certification
3 873 (6.97%) SC Cleared
4 780 (6.22%) Degree
5 546 (4.36%) MCSE
6 324 (2.59%) DV Cleared
7 293 (2.34%) MCITP
8 291 (2.32%) MCP
9 271 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
10 209 (1.67%) MCSA
11 196 (1.56%) CCNA
12 184 (1.47%) ISEB
13 158 (1.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 138 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
15 120 (0.96%) ISTQB
16 118 (0.94%) PMI Certification
17 109 (0.87%) MCTS
18 100 (0.80%) PMP
19 92 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 88 (0.70%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 452 (3.61%) SLA
2 349 (2.78%) QA
3 87 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 72 (0.57%) Data Quality
5 37 (0.30%) PCI DSS
6 31 (0.25%) Solvency II
6 31 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (0.21%) ISO 9001
8 25 (0.20%) ISO 9000
9 22 (0.18%) P3O
10 15 (0.12%) COBIT
11 11 (0.088%) HL7
11 11 (0.088%) Dodd-Frank
12 8 (0.064%) COREP
13 7 (0.056%) CRD IV
14 6 (0.048%) PMBOK
14 6 (0.048%) MiFID
15 5 (0.040%) JSP 440
15 5 (0.040%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 5 (0.040%) GAAP
System Software
1 2759 (22.01%) Active Directory
2 1060 (8.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 537 (4.28%) Hyper-V
4 373 (2.98%) vSphere
5 337 (2.69%) XenApp
6 229 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
7 199 (1.59%) VMware ESX
8 158 (1.26%) XenDesktop
9 123 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
10 78 (0.62%) Terminal Services
11 75 (0.60%) Xen
12 66 (0.53%) XenServer
13 49 (0.39%) NFS
14 48 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 44 (0.35%) VMware Server
15 44 (0.35%) ISA Server
16 37 (0.30%) Terminal Server
17 35 (0.28%) vCloud
18 29 (0.23%) Forefront TMG
18 29 (0.23%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 763 (6.09%) SCCM
2 286 (2.28%) SCOM
3 121 (0.97%) WSUS
4 117 (0.93%) Puppet
5 92 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
6 86 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
7 72 (0.57%) NetBackup
8 71 (0.57%) Backup Exec
9 62 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 57 (0.45%) SCOrch
11 50 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 49 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
13 48 (0.38%) SCVMM
14 47 (0.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 44 (0.35%) SCSM
16 43 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
17 36 (0.29%) Tivoli
17 36 (0.29%) Vagrant
18 33 (0.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
19 32 (0.26%) OVSD
Vendors
1 1751 (13.97%) VMware
2 1162 (9.27%) Citrix
3 1037 (8.27%) Oracle
4 843 (6.73%) Cisco
5 752 (6.00%) HP
6 409 (3.26%) SAP
7 311 (2.48%) IBM
8 263 (2.10%) NetApp
9 247 (1.97%) Symantec
10 226 (1.80%) Dell
11 189 (1.51%) Remedy
12 182 (1.45%) EMC
13 174 (1.39%) Red Hat
14 172 (1.37%) Lotus
15 167 (1.33%) Apple
16 166 (1.32%) McAfee
17 150 (1.20%) Adobe
18 142 (1.13%) Business Objects
19 130 (1.04%) Google
20 124 (0.99%) CheckPoint
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