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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 26 July 2016 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.

3 months to
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 9 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
-5 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 56 66 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 13.69% 18.18% 14.63%
As % of the Vendors category 26.05% 43.71% 31.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 35 27
Median daily rate £340 £500 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.00% +44.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £183 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £615 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 9
Median hourly rate £20.50 £21.91 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.43% -0.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £14.70 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.66 £37.76 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+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
215 151 215
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 52.57% 41.60% 46.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 94 121
Median daily rate £393 £400 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.87% +20.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £170 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 12 16
Median hourly rate £20.50 £21.91 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.43% -0.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.30 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £31.40 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Lancashire region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 26 July 2016.

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 26 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 26 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Preston +1 13 £225 -54.01% 4
Blackpool -17 6 £363 -34.09%
Skelmersdale - 3 £140 -
Blackburn -2 2 - - 2
Clitheroe - 2 - -
Lancaster - 2 £344 -
Lytham St Annes -8 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 26 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 39 (37.50%) MS Excel
2 27 (25.96%) MS Office
3 26 (25.00%) Windows
4 25 (24.04%) SQL
5 23 (22.12%) Active Directory
6 20 (19.23%) CRM
6 20 (19.23%) Dynamics CRM
7 16 (15.38%) SQL Server
8 15 (14.42%) .NET
9 14 (13.46%) C#
10 13 (12.50%) ITIL
10 13 (12.50%) Project Management
10 13 (12.50%) VMware
10 13 (12.50%) Windows Server
11 12 (11.54%) MS PowerPoint
11 12 (11.54%) ETL
12 11 (10.58%) MS Exchange
12 11 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
13 10 (9.62%) Skype for Business
13 10 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 10 (9.62%) LAN
13 10 (9.62%) DNS
13 10 (9.62%) Visual Studio
13 10 (9.62%) Java
13 10 (9.62%) JavaScript
13 10 (9.62%) HP
13 10 (9.62%) Cisco
14 9 (8.65%) Oracle
14 9 (8.65%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (10.58%) MS Exchange
2 10 (9.62%) Skype for Business
3 9 (8.65%) SharePoint
4 5 (4.81%) Drupal
5 2 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.92%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.96%) AquaLogic
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.96%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.96%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.96%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 1 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.96%) Tuxedo
6 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.96%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.96%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 39 (37.50%) MS Excel
2 27 (25.96%) MS Office
3 12 (11.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (3.85%) MS Project
5 3 (2.88%) Adobe Captivate
5 3 (2.88%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.96%) Fireworks
6 1 (0.96%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (19.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.88%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (2.88%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.96%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.96%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.96%) Infor LN
3 1 (0.96%) OpenText MBPM
3 1 (0.96%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.73%) Office 365
2 2 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.96%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.62%) DNS
1 10 (9.62%) LAN
2 8 (7.69%) WAN
3 5 (4.81%) DHCP
3 5 (4.81%) Firewall
4 4 (3.85%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.85%) VoIP
5 3 (2.88%) Skype
6 2 (1.92%) Internet
6 2 (1.92%) Kerberos
6 2 (1.92%) LDAP
6 2 (1.92%) SSL
6 2 (1.92%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (1.92%) X.500
7 1 (0.96%) BGP
7 1 (0.96%) IPv4
7 1 (0.96%) MegaStream
7 1 (0.96%) SAN
7 1 (0.96%) VLAN
7 1 (0.96%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 10 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (8.65%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (4.81%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (4.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.85%) Crystal Reports
5 4 (3.85%) SAP BW
6 2 (1.92%) Big Data
6 2 (1.92%) Power BI
6 2 (1.92%) Qlik Sense
6 2 (1.92%) QlikView
6 2 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.96%) Cognos Framework Manager
7 1 (0.96%) MS Access
7 1 (0.96%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.96%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 10 (9.62%) Visual Studio
2 9 (8.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (4.81%) ERwin
4 1 (0.96%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 9 (8.65%) Finance
2 6 (5.77%) Manufacturing
3 4 (3.85%) Retail
4 3 (2.88%) Advertising
4 3 (2.88%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.92%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.92%) Local Government
6 1 (0.96%) Avionics
6 1 (0.96%) Games
6 1 (0.96%) Marketing
6 1 (0.96%) Military
Job Titles
1 31 (29.81%) Developer
2 13 (12.50%) Analyst
3 12 (11.54%) Consultant
4 11 (10.58%) Support Engineer
5 10 (9.62%) Microsoft Developer
6 8 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (7.69%) CRM Developer
6 8 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 5 (4.81%) 1st Line Support
7 5 (4.81%) Administrator
7 5 (4.81%) CRM Consultant
7 5 (4.81%) ETL Developer
7 5 (4.81%) IT Support
7 5 (4.81%) Service Desk Support
7 5 (4.81%) Support Analyst
8 4 (3.85%) Business Intelligence Analyst
8 4 (3.85%) Delivery Manager
8 4 (3.85%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.85%) Service Analyst
8 4 (3.85%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.42%) .NET
2 8 (7.69%) HTML
3 7 (6.73%) ASP.NET
4 5 (4.81%) CSS
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (1.92%) HTML5
5 2 (1.92%) jQuery
5 2 (1.92%) Velocity
5 2 (1.92%) Web Services
5 2 (1.92%) XML
6 1 (0.96%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (0.96%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.96%) Middleware
6 1 (0.96%) SGML
6 1 (0.96%) SOAP
6 1 (0.96%) WCF
6 1 (0.96%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.77%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.81%) Client/Server
3 5 (4.81%) Microsoft Licensing
3 5 (4.81%) Replication
3 5 (4.81%) Smartphone
4 4 (3.85%) PKI
5 3 (2.88%) Algorithms
5 3 (2.88%) Learning Management System
5 3 (2.88%) SCORM
6 2 (1.92%) Clustering
6 2 (1.92%) e-Learning
6 2 (1.92%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.96%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.96%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.96%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.96%) NHS
7 1 (0.96%) PMI
7 1 (0.96%) Statistics
7 1 (0.96%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 26 (25.00%) Windows
2 13 (12.50%) Windows Server
3 11 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (7.69%) Windows 7
5 6 (5.77%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (4.81%) Apple iOS
6 5 (4.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (3.85%) Unix
8 3 (2.88%) Linux
9 2 (1.92%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.96%) AIX
10 1 (0.96%) OS/390
10 1 (0.96%) Solaris
10 1 (0.96%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.96%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.96%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (19.23%) CRM
2 13 (12.50%) ITIL
2 13 (12.50%) Project Management
3 12 (11.54%) ETL
4 9 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
4 9 (8.65%) Risk Management
4 9 (8.65%) Service Management
5 8 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (7.69%) Change Management
5 8 (7.69%) Configuration Management
5 8 (7.69%) Service Delivery
5 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (6.73%) ERP
7 6 (5.77%) Release Management
7 6 (5.77%) SDLC
7 6 (5.77%) Software Licensing
8 5 (4.81%) Data Architecture
8 5 (4.81%) Data Modelling
8 5 (4.81%) Portfolio Management
8 5 (4.81%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (24.04%) SQL
2 14 (13.46%) C#
3 10 (9.62%) Java
3 10 (9.62%) JavaScript
4 8 (7.69%) PL/SQL
5 6 (5.77%) VB
6 5 (4.81%) C++
6 5 (4.81%) PowerShell
7 4 (3.85%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.96%) Ada
8 1 (0.96%) C
8 1 (0.96%) PHP
8 1 (0.96%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (8.65%) Security Cleared
2 8 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (6.73%) MCSE
4 4 (3.85%) CCNA
4 4 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.88%) MCSA
5 3 (2.88%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.92%) MCP
6 2 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.96%) Degree
7 1 (0.96%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.96%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.88%) SLA
2 2 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.96%) QA
System Software
1 23 (22.12%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.85%) XenApp
4 2 (1.92%) Brightmail
4 2 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.92%) vSphere
4 2 (1.92%) XenDesktop
4 2 (1.92%) XenServer
5 1 (0.96%) Firmware
5 1 (0.96%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (5.77%) SCCM
2 5 (4.81%) AirWatch
3 2 (1.92%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.92%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (1.92%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (1.92%) WSUS
4 1 (0.96%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.96%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.96%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 13 (12.50%) VMware
2 10 (9.62%) Cisco
2 10 (9.62%) HP
3 9 (8.65%) Oracle
4 8 (7.69%) Citrix
5 5 (4.81%) Apple
5 5 (4.81%) Samsung
5 5 (4.81%) SAP
5 5 (4.81%) Verint
6 4 (3.85%) Adobe
6 4 (3.85%) Cognos
6 4 (3.85%) Symantec
7 3 (2.88%) CODA
7 3 (2.88%) Concur
7 3 (2.88%) IBM
7 3 (2.88%) Maconomy
7 3 (2.88%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.92%) Infor
8 2 (1.92%) Splunk
8 2 (1.92%) Tableau