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 31 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 21 22 13
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8 11 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 5.03% 6.32% 6.63%
As % of the Vendors category 21.62% 23.91% 22.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 10
Average daily rate
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£356 £363 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.79% +31.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £287 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £450 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.62% +3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £11.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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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
37 46 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 23.27% 26.44% 29.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 34 30
Average daily rate £375 £425 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +23.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £343 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £12.50 - £24.00
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 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 8 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (58.33%) Finance
3 6 (50.00%) Banking
4 5 (41.67%) Retail
4 5 (41.67%) MS Project
5 4 (33.33%) Windows
5 4 (33.33%) Project Management
5 4 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (25.00%) MS Office
6 3 (25.00%) SQL
6 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
6 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
7 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (16.67%) .NET
7 2 (16.67%) ITIL
7 2 (16.67%) MCP
7 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
7 2 (16.67%) Windows XP
7 2 (16.67%) LAN
7 2 (16.67%) WAN
7 2 (16.67%) VMware
7 2 (16.67%) Time Management
7 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (16.67%) vSphere
7 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
8 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 1 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (8.33%) High Availability

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Halifax by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 8 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 5 (41.67%) MS Project
3 3 (25.00%) MS Office
4 1 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (16.67%) LAN
2 2 (16.67%) WAN
3 1 (8.33%) DHCP
3 1 (8.33%) VoIP
3 1 (8.33%) VPN
3 1 (8.33%) DNS
3 1 (8.33%) SAN
3 1 (8.33%) Internet
3 1 (8.33%) Network Security
General
1 7 (58.33%) Finance
2 6 (50.00%) Banking
3 5 (41.67%) Retail
4 1 (8.33%) Retail Banking
4 1 (8.33%) Marketing
4 1 (8.33%) Legal
4 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (8.33%) Electronics
4 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Project Manager
3 2 (16.67%) Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) IT Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Lead Project Manager
3 2 (16.67%) IT Support
4 1 (8.33%) ICT Support Technician
4 1 (8.33%) SQL Data Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) ICT Technician
4 1 (8.33%) Network Support
4 1 (8.33%) Applications Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Network Support Technician
4 1 (8.33%) Banking Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Lead Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Wintel Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Network Technician
4 1 (8.33%) Data Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) DTV
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile Payment
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 2 (16.67%) Windows XP
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (8.33%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
1 4 (33.33%) Project Management
2 2 (16.67%) ITIL
2 2 (16.67%) Time Management
3 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (8.33%) High Availability
3 1 (8.33%) Portfolio Management
3 1 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (8.33%) Procure-to-pay
3 1 (8.33%) Server Building
3 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (8.33%) Mobile Commerce
3 1 (8.33%) Regression Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Programme Management
3 1 (8.33%) Data Management
3 1 (8.33%) Document Management
3 1 (8.33%) Data Analysis
3 1 (8.33%) Software Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (8.33%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) MCP
1 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (8.33%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (16.67%) vSphere
3 1 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (8.33%) vCloud
3 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (8.33%) XenApp
3 1 (8.33%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 1 (8.33%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (8.33%) Backup Exec
1 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) VMware
2 1 (8.33%) ProCurve
2 1 (8.33%) Veeam
2 1 (8.33%) Zerto
2 1 (8.33%) SAP
2 1 (8.33%) Cisco
2 1 (8.33%) HP
2 1 (8.33%) Citrix
2 1 (8.33%) NetApp
2 1 (8.33%) Symantec
2 1 (8.33%) Sophos