The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Halifax region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 14 16 13
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 14 10 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 9.27% 6.76% 10.61%
As % of the Vendors category 46.67% 25.00% 35.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 10
Average daily rate
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£396 £300 £376
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% -20.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £134 £346
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £383 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £12.50 - £8.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Halifax region.

Vendors Category
Halifax
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
30 40 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 19.87% 27.03% 30.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 25 26
Average daily rate £396 £413 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +17.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £199 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £12.50 - £8.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Halifax

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Halifax region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Halifax

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Halifax region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Halifax

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Halifax region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Halifax

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Halifax

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Halifax region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Halifax

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Halifax

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Halifax 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 15 (65.22%) Finance
2 14 (60.87%) MS Excel
3 9 (39.13%) Project Management
4 8 (34.78%) Banking
5 7 (30.43%) Retail
5 7 (30.43%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (30.43%) SQL Server
6 5 (21.74%) Oracle
6 5 (21.74%) SQL
6 5 (21.74%) MS Office
7 4 (17.39%) SAS
7 4 (17.39%) VMware
7 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (13.04%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 3 (13.04%) Line Management
8 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (13.04%) Oracle General Ledger
8 3 (13.04%) Waterfall
8 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (13.04%) General Ledger
8 3 (13.04%) VPN
8 3 (13.04%) Active Directory
8 3 (13.04%) SAN
8 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (13.04%) SAP
8 3 (13.04%) Windows
8 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Halifax by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Halifax 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 4 (17.39%) SAS
2 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2003
2 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.35%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 14 (60.87%) MS Excel
2 7 (30.43%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (21.74%) MS Office
4 2 (8.70%) MS Project
5 1 (4.35%) DOC1
5 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle General Ledger
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) VPN
1 3 (13.04%) SAN
2 1 (4.35%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (30.43%) SQL Server
2 3 (13.04%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 2 (8.70%) Essbase
3 2 (8.70%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
4 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
General
1 15 (65.22%) Finance
2 8 (34.78%) Banking
3 7 (30.43%) Retail
4 3 (13.04%) General Ledger
5 2 (8.70%) Legal
6 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Project Manager
1 7 (30.43%) Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) Support Engineer
2 4 (17.39%) SAS Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) 3rd Line Support
3 3 (13.04%) Administrator
4 2 (8.70%) Project Administrator
4 2 (8.70%) Lead Project Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Software Licensing Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) Business Data Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Assistant Project Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Data Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Support Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) PMO Manager
5 1 (4.35%) PMO Administrator
5 1 (4.35%) MI Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
1 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
1 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
1 3 (13.04%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (39.13%) Project Management
2 3 (13.04%) Line Management
2 3 (13.04%) Waterfall
2 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.70%) Workflow
3 2 (8.70%) Change Management
3 2 (8.70%) Security Management
3 2 (8.70%) Incident Management
3 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (4.35%) Software Asset Management
4 1 (4.35%) Software License Management
4 1 (4.35%) Software Licensing
4 1 (4.35%) Analytics
4 1 (4.35%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.35%) Financial Modelling
4 1 (4.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (4.35%) Time Management
4 1 (4.35%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (4.35%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) SQL
2 2 (8.70%) VBA
3 1 (4.35%) R
3 1 (4.35%) Perl
3 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
3 1 (4.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) HND
1 2 (8.70%) APMP
System Software
1 3 (13.04%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.70%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle
2 4 (17.39%) VMware
3 3 (13.04%) SAP
4 1 (4.35%) Tableau
4 1 (4.35%) Veeam
4 1 (4.35%) Ab Initio
4 1 (4.35%) Lotus
4 1 (4.35%) Cisco
4 1 (4.35%) IBM