The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 3 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 83 70 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 19.86% 16.67% 16.19%
As % of the Vendors category 41.50% 44.59% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 31 12
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £215 £122
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £400 £314
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 19 12
Average hourly rate £12.00 £28.50 £19.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-57.89% +46.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £20.40 £17.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.17 £32.78 £28.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
Microsoft
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Lancashire region.

Vendors Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
200 157 119
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 47.85% 37.38% 56.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 79 51
Average daily rate £332 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.63% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £388 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 25 17
Average hourly rate £13.00 £29.50 £19.04
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.93% +54.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £18.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.07 £33.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 24 April 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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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
Blackpool +8 34 £300 +17.64% 4
Preston +3 18 £363 +68.60% 6
Chorley - 7 £350 - 1
Burnley - 5 £275 -
Carnforth - 3 - -
Accrington - 2 - - 1
Lytham St Annes -3 1 - -
Blackburn - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 39 (32.50%) MS Excel
2 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
3 30 (25.00%) SQL
4 29 (24.17%) Windows
5 27 (22.50%) SQL Server
6 23 (19.17%) Active Directory
6 23 (19.17%) SC Cleared
7 22 (18.33%) VMware
8 21 (17.50%) VMware Infrastructure
9 18 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
10 17 (14.17%) Citrix
10 17 (14.17%) MS Office
11 15 (12.50%) ITIL
11 15 (12.50%) DNS
11 15 (12.50%) CRM
11 15 (12.50%) UNIX
11 15 (12.50%) DHCP
12 14 (11.67%) Finance
13 12 (10.00%) Workflow
13 12 (10.00%) Service Management
13 12 (10.00%) IIS
13 12 (10.00%) Java
13 12 (10.00%) Degree
13 12 (10.00%) PowerShell
13 12 (10.00%) MS PowerPoint
14 11 (9.17%) Open Source
14 11 (9.17%) SharePoint
14 11 (9.17%) MS Visio
15 10 (8.33%) MS Exchange
15 10 (8.33%) .NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 12 (10.00%) IIS
2 11 (9.17%) SharePoint
3 10 (8.33%) MS Exchange
4 6 (5.00%) Apache
4 6 (5.00%) Tomcat
4 6 (5.00%) Jetty
4 6 (5.00%) nginx
4 6 (5.00%) WebSphere
5 4 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.83%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.83%) CMS
7 1 (0.83%) Node.js
Applications
1 39 (32.50%) MS Excel
2 17 (14.17%) MS Office
3 12 (10.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (9.17%) MS Visio
5 8 (6.67%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (5.00%) MS Project
6 6 (5.00%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.83%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.83%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.83%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 8 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (4.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.00%) Google Cloud Platform
1 6 (5.00%) Amazon EC2
1 6 (5.00%) Google App Engine
1 6 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (2.50%) SaaS
3 2 (1.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (12.50%) DNS
1 15 (12.50%) DHCP
2 9 (7.50%) LAN
3 8 (6.67%) TCP/IP
4 6 (5.00%) IPsec
4 6 (5.00%) SSL
4 6 (5.00%) FTP
4 6 (5.00%) HTTP
5 2 (1.67%) Wireless
5 2 (1.67%) Ethernet
5 2 (1.67%) WAN
5 2 (1.67%) iSCSI
5 2 (1.67%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (22.50%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (5.83%) NoSQL
4 4 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.67%) MS Access
6 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.83%) OLAP
7 1 (0.83%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 6 (5.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.67%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (1.67%) Subversion
3 1 (0.83%) Mercurial
3 1 (0.83%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.83%) Selenium
General
1 14 (11.67%) Finance
2 7 (5.83%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.83%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 16 (13.33%) Developer
1 16 (13.33%) Analyst
2 14 (11.67%) Technical Architect
2 14 (11.67%) Architect
3 12 (10.00%) Support Engineer
4 9 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (7.50%) Project Manager
5 8 (6.67%) Consultant
6 7 (5.83%) Desktop Support
7 6 (5.00%) Business Analyst
8 5 (4.17%) Process Analyst
8 5 (4.17%) Business Process Analyst
9 4 (3.33%) Business Intelligence Consultant
9 4 (3.33%) Administrator
9 4 (3.33%) Security Engineer
9 4 (3.33%) SharePoint Administrator
10 3 (2.50%) CRM Developer
10 3 (2.50%) IT Assistant
10 3 (2.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 3 (2.50%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.33%) .NET
2 6 (5.00%) Middleware
2 6 (5.00%) Servlets
2 6 (5.00%) J2EE
3 2 (1.67%) Entity Framework
3 2 (1.67%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.83%) RESTful
4 1 (0.83%) WCF
4 1 (0.83%) Application Packaging
4 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
4 1 (0.83%) Web Services
4 1 (0.83%) XML
4 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.83%) CSS
4 1 (0.83%) HTML
4 1 (0.83%) Play Framework
4 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.17%) Open Source
2 10 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.00%) NHS
4 5 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.33%) Economics
6 3 (2.50%) Clustering
6 3 (2.50%) Replication
6 3 (2.50%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.67%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.67%) Life Science
7 2 (1.67%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.83%) iPhone
8 1 (0.83%) Informatics
8 1 (0.83%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.83%) Data Extraction
8 1 (0.83%) Statistics
8 1 (0.83%) Tandem
8 1 (0.83%) PMI
8 1 (0.83%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.83%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 29 (24.17%) Windows
2 15 (12.50%) UNIX
3 10 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (5.83%) Windows 7
6 6 (5.00%) MVS
6 6 (5.00%) Linux
6 6 (5.00%) VME
7 3 (2.50%) Windows XP
8 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.67%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.83%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (12.50%) ITIL
1 15 (12.50%) CRM
2 12 (10.00%) Workflow
2 12 (10.00%) Service Management
3 9 (7.50%) Master Data Management
3 9 (7.50%) Data Management
3 9 (7.50%) Migration
3 9 (7.50%) Project Management
4 8 (6.67%) Configuration Management
4 8 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
4 8 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (5.83%) Unit Testing
5 7 (5.83%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (5.00%) Change Management
6 6 (5.00%) ETL
6 6 (5.00%) ERP
6 6 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (5.00%) Automated Testing
7 5 (4.17%) Business Analysis
7 5 (4.17%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (25.00%) SQL
2 12 (10.00%) Java
2 12 (10.00%) PowerShell
3 6 (5.00%) Scala
4 5 (4.17%) C#
5 4 (3.33%) JavaScript
5 4 (3.33%) VBA
6 2 (1.67%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.67%) VB
6 2 (1.67%) Perl
6 2 (1.67%) Python
7 1 (0.83%) Ruby
7 1 (0.83%) C++
7 1 (0.83%) C
Qualifications
1 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
2 23 (19.17%) SC Cleared
3 18 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (10.00%) Degree
5 8 (6.67%) MCP
5 8 (6.67%) MCSE
6 6 (5.00%) ISEB
6 6 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (4.17%) PMI Certification
8 4 (3.33%) PMP
9 1 (0.83%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 1 (0.83%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.83%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.67%) QA
System Software
1 23 (19.17%) Active Directory
2 21 (17.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (6.67%) VMware ESX
4 7 (5.83%) XenServer
4 7 (5.83%) vSphere
5 6 (5.00%) Xen
6 4 (3.33%) XenDesktop
6 4 (3.33%) XenApp
7 2 (1.67%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.67%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (4.17%) Puppet
2 4 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (3.33%) SCDPM
3 3 (2.50%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (2.50%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (2.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 3 (2.50%) EdgeSight
4 2 (1.67%) PureDisk
4 2 (1.67%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.67%) WMI
4 2 (1.67%) SCCM
5 1 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.83%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 22 (18.33%) VMware
2 17 (14.17%) Citrix
3 9 (7.50%) HP
4 6 (5.00%) Nintex
4 6 (5.00%) Google
5 5 (4.17%) Compaq
5 5 (4.17%) Dell
5 5 (4.17%) Oracle
5 5 (4.17%) McAfee
6 4 (3.33%) Symantec
7 3 (2.50%) Lumension
8 2 (1.67%) Stellent
9 1 (0.83%) Infor
9 1 (0.83%) Lotus
9 1 (0.83%) IBM
9 1 (0.83%) Adobe
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