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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 3 3 2
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 57 69 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 17.22% 15.86% 20.07%
As % of the Vendors category 39.04% 32.86% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 25 28
Average daily rate
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£400 £347 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.11% +15.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £268 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £550 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 8
Average hourly rate £21.91 £21.87 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.20% +15.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £14.03 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.12 £25.00 £24.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
146 210 126
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 44.11% 48.28% 45.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 118 52
Average daily rate £400 £341 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.21% +10.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £238 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £525 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 19 18
Average hourly rate £21.91 £21.87 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.20% +6.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £18.00 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.40 £125.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.16%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 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
Blackpool +2 19 £375 +7.52% 3
Preston -3 11 £470 -11.38% 9
Lytham St Annes +4 4 £451 +44.76% 1
Blackburn - 4 £265 - 4
Chorley - 3 £289 - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 44 (28.76%) Windows
2 37 (24.18%) Security Cleared
3 36 (23.53%) Active Directory
4 35 (22.88%) SQL
4 35 (22.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 34 (22.22%) MS Excel
6 30 (19.61%) VMware
7 29 (18.95%) ITIL
7 29 (18.95%) UNIX
8 25 (16.34%) VMware Infrastructure
9 24 (15.69%) SC Cleared
9 24 (15.69%) MS Office
10 23 (15.03%) SQL Server
11 22 (14.38%) Citrix
12 21 (13.73%) Middleware
13 20 (13.07%) CRM
13 20 (13.07%) PowerShell
14 18 (11.76%) Finance
15 17 (11.11%) DHCP
15 17 (11.11%) DNS
15 17 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
16 16 (10.46%) Degree
17 15 (9.80%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (9.80%) SharePoint
17 15 (9.80%) Windows 7
18 14 (9.15%) HP
18 14 (9.15%) Symantec
18 14 (9.15%) Migration
19 13 (8.50%) Change Management
19 13 (8.50%) Dynamics CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 15 (9.80%) SharePoint
2 10 (6.54%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.92%) CMS
4 5 (3.27%) IIS
4 5 (3.27%) Apache
4 5 (3.27%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.27%) nginx
4 5 (3.27%) WebSphere
4 5 (3.27%) Jetty
5 3 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.31%) Node.js
6 2 (1.31%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.65%) TPMS
7 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.65%) SAS
7 1 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 34 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 24 (15.69%) MS Office
3 10 (6.54%) MS Project
4 9 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (5.23%) MS Visio
6 7 (4.58%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.65%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.65%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.65%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (8.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.96%) ResourceLink
3 2 (1.31%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.65%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.65%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.27%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (3.27%) Amazon EC2
1 5 (3.27%) Google App Engine
1 5 (3.27%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (3.27%) SaaS
1 5 (3.27%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (1.96%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (1.31%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 17 (11.11%) DHCP
1 17 (11.11%) DNS
2 9 (5.88%) LAN
3 6 (3.92%) TCP/IP
4 5 (3.27%) IPsec
4 5 (3.27%) FTP
4 5 (3.27%) HTTP
4 5 (3.27%) SSL
4 5 (3.27%) SAN
5 1 (0.65%) MPLS
5 1 (0.65%) DSL
5 1 (0.65%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (15.03%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.23%) NoSQL
3 7 (4.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.31%) DTS
6 2 (1.31%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.65%) QlikView
7 1 (0.65%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.65%) OLAP
7 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.65%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 5 (3.27%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.31%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.31%) LoadRunner
2 2 (1.31%) Selenium
3 1 (0.65%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (0.65%) MSI
3 1 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.65%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (11.76%) Finance
2 4 (2.61%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.31%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.65%) Billing
4 1 (0.65%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 28 (18.30%) Architect
2 23 (15.03%) Analyst
2 23 (15.03%) Technical Architect
3 17 (11.11%) Developer
4 10 (6.54%) Project Manager
5 9 (5.88%) Support Engineer
6 8 (5.23%) Consultant
6 8 (5.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (3.92%) Change Analyst
7 6 (3.92%) Desktop Support
8 5 (3.27%) SQL Developer
9 4 (2.61%) Security Engineer
9 4 (2.61%) Test Analyst
9 4 (2.61%) IT Assistant
9 4 (2.61%) CRM Developer
10 3 (1.96%) Wintel Engineer
10 3 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 3 (1.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 3 (1.96%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (1.96%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.73%) Middleware
2 10 (6.54%) .NET
3 6 (3.92%) HTML
4 5 (3.27%) J2EE
4 5 (3.27%) Servlets
4 5 (3.27%) XML
5 3 (1.96%) .NET Framework
5 3 (1.96%) Entity Framework
6 2 (1.31%) WCF
6 2 (1.31%) RESTful
6 2 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (1.31%) ODBC
6 2 (1.31%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.31%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.65%) CSS
7 1 (0.65%) Web Services
7 1 (0.65%) Play Framework
7 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
7 1 (0.65%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.65%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.54%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.61%) NHS
3 4 (2.61%) Reference Data
3 4 (2.61%) Data Centre
4 3 (1.96%) Data Structures
4 3 (1.96%) Data Integration
4 3 (1.96%) Economics
4 3 (1.96%) PMI
4 3 (1.96%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.96%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.96%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.31%) Clustering
5 2 (1.31%) Tandem
5 2 (1.31%) iPhone
5 2 (1.31%) iPad
6 1 (0.65%) Learning Management System
6 1 (0.65%) Data Extraction
6 1 (0.65%) Statistics
6 1 (0.65%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 44 (28.76%) Windows
2 29 (18.95%) UNIX
3 17 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (9.80%) Windows 7
4 15 (9.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (7.19%) MVS
6 6 (3.92%) VME
7 5 (3.27%) Linux
7 5 (3.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.31%) Windows XP
8 2 (1.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (18.95%) ITIL
2 20 (13.07%) CRM
3 14 (9.15%) Migration
4 13 (8.50%) Project Management
4 13 (8.50%) Change Management
5 11 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 10 (6.54%) Service Management
6 10 (6.54%) Open Source
7 8 (5.23%) Server Building
7 8 (5.23%) SDLC
8 7 (4.58%) Data Migration
8 7 (4.58%) Data Modelling
8 7 (4.58%) Workflow
8 7 (4.58%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (3.92%) Validation
9 6 (3.92%) Programme Management
9 6 (3.92%) Configuration Management
10 5 (3.27%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (3.27%) Six Sigma
10 5 (3.27%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 35 (22.88%) SQL
2 20 (13.07%) PowerShell
3 13 (8.50%) VBScript
3 13 (8.50%) Java
4 7 (4.58%) VBA
5 6 (3.92%) Scala
6 5 (3.27%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.61%) C#
8 3 (1.96%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.96%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.31%) VB
9 2 (1.31%) Perl
9 2 (1.31%) Python
9 2 (1.31%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.31%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 37 (24.18%) Security Cleared
2 35 (22.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 24 (15.69%) SC Cleared
4 16 (10.46%) Degree
5 11 (7.19%) MCITP
5 11 (7.19%) MCSA
6 10 (6.54%) MCP
7 7 (4.58%) MCSE
7 7 (4.58%) ISEB
7 7 (4.58%) PMI Certification
8 5 (3.27%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (2.61%) PMP
9 4 (2.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (2.61%) CCNA
9 4 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.96%) CCNP
10 3 (1.96%) VCP4
10 3 (1.96%) VCP5
11 2 (1.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (1.31%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.96%) QA
2 2 (1.31%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (23.53%) Active Directory
2 25 (16.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (7.84%) XenServer
4 8 (5.23%) XenApp
4 8 (5.23%) VMware ESX
5 7 (4.58%) vSphere
6 5 (3.27%) Xen
7 4 (2.61%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.31%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.65%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.65%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 4 (2.61%) Puppet
1 4 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (1.96%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 3 (1.96%) EdgeSight
2 3 (1.96%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (1.96%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.31%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.31%) WSUS
3 2 (1.31%) SCCM
3 2 (1.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.65%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.65%) SCOM
4 1 (0.65%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 30 (19.61%) VMware
2 22 (14.38%) Citrix
3 14 (9.15%) HP
3 14 (9.15%) Symantec
4 7 (4.58%) Dell
4 7 (4.58%) AppSense
5 6 (3.92%) Oracle
5 6 (3.92%) McAfee
6 5 (3.27%) Google
6 5 (3.27%) SAP
6 5 (3.27%) Compaq
6 5 (3.27%) Altiris
7 3 (1.96%) Lumension
8 2 (1.31%) 3PAR
8 2 (1.31%) Stellent
8 2 (1.31%) webMethods
8 2 (1.31%) Software AG
8 2 (1.31%) IBM
9 1 (0.65%) Adobe
9 1 (0.65%) Cisco
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
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Care Quality Commission
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Preston
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per day
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