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 29 April 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 11 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 49 81 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 10.91% 19.38% 16.82%
As % of the Vendors category 22.27% 41.97% 42.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 37 33
Average daily rate £375 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £568 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 19
Average hourly rate £14.25 £12.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -57.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £20.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.10 £20.15 £32.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.89%
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
220 193 170
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 49.00% 46.17% 39.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 101 88
Average daily rate £375 £321 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.86% +16.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £590 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 26 25
Average hourly rate £39.25 £13.00 £29.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+201.92% -55.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.33 £46.09 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Preston +4 21 £375 +25.00% 8
Blackpool -19 11 £450 +50.00% 2
Skelmersdale - 3 - - 1
Blackburn 0 2 - - 2
Chorley -8 2 £175 -50.00% 1
Colne - 1 £275 -
Ormskirk - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 29 (35.80%) MS Excel
2 23 (28.40%) SQL
2 23 (28.40%) Windows
3 22 (27.16%) MS Office
4 19 (23.46%) SQL Server
5 16 (19.75%) Active Directory
6 15 (18.52%) Oracle
7 14 (17.28%) Data Modelling
8 13 (16.05%) C++
9 12 (14.81%) ITIL
9 12 (14.81%) MS Exchange
9 12 (14.81%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (13.58%) Finance
10 11 (13.58%) ETL
10 11 (13.58%) ERwin
10 11 (13.58%) Project Management
10 11 (13.58%) Security Cleared
11 10 (12.35%) Windows Server 2012
11 10 (12.35%) DNS
11 10 (12.35%) HTML
11 10 (12.35%) VMware
11 10 (12.35%) MS PowerPoint
12 9 (11.11%) Risk Management
12 9 (11.11%) T-SQL
12 9 (11.11%) PL/SQL
12 9 (11.11%) ERP
12 9 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
12 9 (11.11%) Windows Server
13 8 (9.88%) MCSE
13 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 (14.81%) MS Exchange
2 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2003
2 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2013
2 6 (7.41%) Skype for Business
3 4 (4.94%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.23%) AquaLogic
5 1 (1.23%) CMS
5 1 (1.23%) MQSeries
5 1 (1.23%) Node.js
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle Application Server
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 1 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (1.23%) Tuxedo
5 1 (1.23%) WebLogic
5 1 (1.23%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.23%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 29 (35.80%) MS Excel
2 22 (27.16%) MS Office
3 10 (12.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (7.41%) Adobe Captivate
4 6 (7.41%) Photoshop
5 3 (3.70%) MS Project
5 3 (3.70%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (2.47%) MS Visio
7 1 (1.23%) Doxygen
7 1 (1.23%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 6 (7.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.47%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.47%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.23%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.23%) Infor LN
3 1 (1.23%) OpenText MBPM
3 1 (1.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.41%) Office 365
2 2 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.23%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (12.35%) DNS
2 7 (8.64%) LAN
2 7 (8.64%) WAN
3 5 (6.17%) DHCP
3 5 (6.17%) Firewall
3 5 (6.17%) VoIP
4 2 (2.47%) Internet
4 2 (2.47%) Kerberos
4 2 (2.47%) LDAP
4 2 (2.47%) SSL
4 2 (2.47%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (2.47%) X.500
5 1 (1.23%) ATM
5 1 (1.23%) BGP
5 1 (1.23%) GSM
5 1 (1.23%) MPLS
5 1 (1.23%) SDH
5 1 (1.23%) UMTS
5 1 (1.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (23.46%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.64%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (6.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (3.70%) QlikView
4 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.23%) Cognos Framework Manager
5 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.23%) MS Access
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.23%) PowerPivot
5 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.23%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 11 (13.58%) ERwin
2 4 (4.94%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.23%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 1 (1.23%) Bower
3 1 (1.23%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.23%) gulp
3 1 (1.23%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.23%) JIRA
3 1 (1.23%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.23%) NuGet
3 1 (1.23%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (13.58%) Finance
2 5 (6.17%) Manufacturing
3 4 (4.94%) Aerospace
4 3 (3.70%) Avionics
5 2 (2.47%) Local Government
5 2 (2.47%) Military
5 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.23%) Advertising
6 1 (1.23%) Back Office
6 1 (1.23%) Games
6 1 (1.23%) Marketing
6 1 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (34.57%) Developer
2 11 (13.58%) Support Engineer
3 10 (12.35%) ETL Developer
4 6 (7.41%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (7.41%) Architect
5 5 (6.17%) Analyst
6 4 (4.94%) Active Directory Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) Exchange Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) SQL Developer
7 3 (3.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Designer
7 3 (3.70%) Exchange Support
7 3 (3.70%) IT Support
7 3 (3.70%) Messaging Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Messaging Support
7 3 (3.70%) Messaging Support Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) QlikView Developer
7 3 (3.70%) Server Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.35%) HTML
2 6 (7.41%) CSS
2 6 (7.41%) Velocity
3 4 (4.94%) XML
4 3 (3.70%) .NET
4 3 (3.70%) jQuery
4 3 (3.70%) SGML
5 2 (2.47%) Web Services
6 1 (1.23%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.23%) HTML5
6 1 (1.23%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (1.23%) LINQ
6 1 (1.23%) MDX
6 1 (1.23%) Middleware
6 1 (1.23%) SOAP
6 1 (1.23%) WCF
6 1 (1.23%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.64%) Algorithms
3 6 (7.41%) Learning Management System
3 6 (7.41%) Management Information System
3 6 (7.41%) SCORM
4 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Licensing
5 4 (4.94%) PKI
5 4 (4.94%) Replication
6 3 (3.70%) e-Learning
7 2 (2.47%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.47%) Clustering
7 2 (2.47%) NHS
7 2 (2.47%) Private Cloud
8 1 (1.23%) Animation
8 1 (1.23%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.23%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.23%) Graphic Design
8 1 (1.23%) iPad
8 1 (1.23%) iPhone
8 1 (1.23%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 23 (28.40%) Windows
2 10 (12.35%) Windows Server 2012
3 9 (11.11%) Windows Server
4 7 (8.64%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (7.41%) Windows 7
5 6 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (4.94%) Unix
7 3 (3.70%) Linux
8 2 (2.47%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.23%) AIX
9 1 (1.23%) OS/390
9 1 (1.23%) Solaris
9 1 (1.23%) VMS
9 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (17.28%) Data Modelling
2 12 (14.81%) ITIL
2 12 (14.81%) Stakeholder Management
3 11 (13.58%) ETL
3 11 (13.58%) Project Management
4 9 (11.11%) ERP
4 9 (11.11%) Risk Management
5 8 (9.88%) Change Management
5 8 (9.88%) Unit Testing
6 7 (8.64%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (7.41%) CRM
7 6 (7.41%) Data Security
7 6 (7.41%) Release Management
7 6 (7.41%) SDLC
7 6 (7.41%) Service Management
8 5 (6.17%) Data Architecture
8 5 (6.17%) Information Security
8 5 (6.17%) Kalman Filter
8 5 (6.17%) Portfolio Management
8 5 (6.17%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.40%) SQL
2 13 (16.05%) C++
3 9 (11.11%) PL/SQL
3 9 (11.11%) T-SQL
4 6 (7.41%) PowerShell
5 5 (6.17%) Java
6 3 (3.70%) VBA
6 3 (3.70%) VBScript
7 2 (2.47%) Ada
7 2 (2.47%) C#
7 2 (2.47%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.23%) R
Qualifications
1 11 (13.58%) Security Cleared
2 8 (9.88%) MCSE
2 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (7.41%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.94%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (3.70%) MCSA
6 2 (2.47%) CCNA
6 2 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.47%) Degree
6 2 (2.47%) MCP
6 2 (2.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.23%) HND
7 1 (1.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 16 (19.75%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (6.17%) Brightmail
3 5 (6.17%) vSphere
4 4 (4.94%) XenApp
4 4 (4.94%) XenDesktop
4 4 (4.94%) XenServer
5 1 (1.23%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.23%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 5 (6.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (2.47%) SCCM
3 1 (1.23%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 15 (18.52%) Oracle
2 10 (12.35%) VMware
3 7 (8.64%) Adobe
3 7 (8.64%) Informatica
4 6 (7.41%) Cisco
4 6 (7.41%) Citrix
5 5 (6.17%) HP
5 5 (6.17%) IronPort
5 5 (6.17%) Symantec
6 4 (4.94%) Compaq
6 4 (4.94%) Dell
6 4 (4.94%) Infor
6 4 (4.94%) ThinPrint
7 2 (2.47%) CheckPoint
7 2 (2.47%) Cognos
7 2 (2.47%) Palo Alto
7 2 (2.47%) SAP
7 2 (2.47%) Splunk
8 1 (1.23%) Remedy
8 1 (1.23%) Sun
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