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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 2 7 2
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 83 57 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 21.61% 11.54% 20.08%
As % of the Vendors category 50.00% 30.16% 44.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 22 22
Average daily rate
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£375 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.18% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £603 £550 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 14
Average hourly rate £17.69 £25.00 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.24% +23.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £21.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.40 £25.00 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
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
166 189 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 43.23% 38.26% 45.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 104 37
Average daily rate £307 £295 £317
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -7.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £235 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £485 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £361 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 22
Average hourly rate £20.75 £22.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.68% +7.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.55 £18.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.39 £32.47 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -12.82%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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 +12 37 £458 +14.37% 1
Preston 0 13 £489 - 2
Burnley - 5 £275 - 2
Lytham St Annes +4 4 £401 +47.06%
Chorley - 4 £289 - 1
Blackburn - 3 £265 - 4
Carnforth - 3 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 37 (27.21%) Windows
2 36 (26.47%) MS Excel
3 35 (25.74%) Security Cleared
4 33 (24.26%) SQL
5 30 (22.06%) Active Directory
6 29 (21.32%) VMware
7 28 (20.59%) Microsoft Certification
8 25 (18.38%) UNIX
8 25 (18.38%) ITIL
8 25 (18.38%) VMware Infrastructure
8 25 (18.38%) SC Cleared
9 21 (15.44%) MS Office
9 21 (15.44%) SQL Server
9 21 (15.44%) Citrix
10 18 (13.24%) PowerShell
11 17 (12.50%) Finance
11 17 (12.50%) DNS
11 17 (12.50%) DHCP
11 17 (12.50%) CRM
12 16 (11.76%) Middleware
13 15 (11.03%) SharePoint
13 15 (11.03%) Windows Server 2008
14 14 (10.29%) Degree
14 14 (10.29%) Windows Server 2003
15 13 (9.56%) Java
16 12 (8.82%) HP
16 12 (8.82%) Symantec
16 12 (8.82%) Migration
16 12 (8.82%) XenServer
16 12 (8.82%) Windows 7

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 (11.03%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.62%) MS Exchange
3 7 (5.15%) IIS
4 5 (3.68%) Apache
4 5 (3.68%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.68%) WebSphere
4 5 (3.68%) Jetty
4 5 (3.68%) nginx
5 4 (2.94%) CMS
6 3 (2.21%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.47%) Node.js
7 2 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.74%) TPMS
Applications
1 36 (26.47%) MS Excel
2 21 (15.44%) MS Office
3 11 (8.09%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (7.35%) MS Visio
5 9 (6.62%) MS Project
6 8 (5.88%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (1.47%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.74%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.74%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 10 (7.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.21%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.74%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.68%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (3.68%) Amazon EC2
1 5 (3.68%) Google App Engine
1 5 (3.68%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (3.68%) SaaS
1 5 (3.68%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (2.21%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (1.47%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 17 (12.50%) DHCP
1 17 (12.50%) DNS
2 8 (5.88%) LAN
3 5 (3.68%) IPsec
3 5 (3.68%) SSL
3 5 (3.68%) FTP
3 5 (3.68%) HTTP
3 5 (3.68%) TCP/IP
4 3 (2.21%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (15.44%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.88%) NoSQL
3 6 (4.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.47%) DTS
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.74%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.74%) OLAP Cube
6 1 (0.74%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.74%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 5 (3.68%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.47%) Selenium
2 2 (1.47%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.74%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (0.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (12.50%) Finance
2 6 (4.41%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.74%) Billing
Job Titles
1 25 (18.38%) Architect
2 22 (16.18%) Technical Architect
3 18 (13.24%) Analyst
4 16 (11.76%) Developer
5 9 (6.62%) Project Manager
5 9 (6.62%) Support Engineer
6 8 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (5.15%) Consultant
8 6 (4.41%) Desktop Support
8 6 (4.41%) Change Analyst
9 5 (3.68%) SQL Developer
10 4 (2.94%) Security Engineer
10 4 (2.94%) IT Assistant
11 3 (2.21%) CRM Developer
11 3 (2.21%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 3 (2.21%) Wintel Engineer
11 3 (2.21%) Test Engineer
11 3 (2.21%) Business Analyst
11 3 (2.21%) 3rd Line Support
12 2 (1.47%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (11.76%) Middleware
2 8 (5.88%) .NET
3 5 (3.68%) J2EE
3 5 (3.68%) Servlets
4 4 (2.94%) HTML
5 3 (2.21%) XML
5 3 (2.21%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.21%) Entity Framework
6 2 (1.47%) WCF
6 2 (1.47%) RESTful
6 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.74%) CSS
7 1 (0.74%) Web Services
7 1 (0.74%) Play Framework
7 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
7 1 (0.74%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.09%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.62%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.41%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.94%) Reference Data
4 4 (2.94%) NHS
5 3 (2.21%) Mainframe
5 3 (2.21%) Replication
5 3 (2.21%) Economics
5 3 (2.21%) PMI
5 3 (2.21%) Data Integration
5 3 (2.21%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.47%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.47%) Clustering
6 2 (1.47%) Tandem
7 1 (0.74%) AS400
7 1 (0.74%) GIS
7 1 (0.74%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.74%) Statistics
7 1 (0.74%) Informatics
7 1 (0.74%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 37 (27.21%) Windows
2 25 (18.38%) UNIX
3 15 (11.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (10.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (8.82%) Windows 7
6 10 (7.35%) MVS
7 6 (4.41%) VME
8 5 (3.68%) Linux
8 5 (3.68%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.74%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.38%) ITIL
2 17 (12.50%) CRM
3 12 (8.82%) Migration
4 11 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (8.09%) Change Management
4 11 (8.09%) Project Management
4 11 (8.09%) Service Management
5 10 (7.35%) Open Source
6 8 (5.88%) Workflow
6 8 (5.88%) Server Building
6 8 (5.88%) SDLC
7 7 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (4.41%) Programme Management
8 6 (4.41%) Validation
8 6 (4.41%) Data Modelling
9 5 (3.68%) Configuration Management
9 5 (3.68%) Document Management
9 5 (3.68%) Data Migration
9 5 (3.68%) Automated Testing
9 5 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 33 (24.26%) SQL
2 18 (13.24%) PowerShell
3 13 (9.56%) Java
4 9 (6.62%) VBScript
5 6 (4.41%) Scala
5 6 (4.41%) VBA
6 5 (3.68%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.94%) C#
8 2 (1.47%) Python
8 2 (1.47%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.47%) Ruby
8 2 (1.47%) Perl
8 2 (1.47%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.47%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.74%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (25.74%) Security Cleared
2 28 (20.59%) Microsoft Certification
3 25 (18.38%) SC Cleared
4 14 (10.29%) Degree
5 9 (6.62%) MCITP
5 9 (6.62%) MCP
5 9 (6.62%) MCSA
6 7 (5.15%) MCSE
6 7 (5.15%) ISEB
6 7 (5.15%) PMI Certification
7 5 (3.68%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (2.94%) PMP
8 4 (2.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (2.94%) CCNA
8 4 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (2.21%) CCNP
9 3 (2.21%) VCP4
9 3 (2.21%) VCP5
10 1 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.21%) QA
2 2 (1.47%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (22.06%) Active Directory
2 25 (18.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (8.82%) XenServer
4 8 (5.88%) XenApp
4 8 (5.88%) VMware ESX
5 7 (5.15%) vSphere
6 5 (3.68%) Xen
7 4 (2.94%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.47%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.74%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.74%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 4 (2.94%) Puppet
1 4 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (2.21%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 3 (2.21%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (2.21%) SCCM
2 3 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (2.21%) EdgeSight
3 2 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.47%) SCDPM
4 1 (0.74%) SCOrch
4 1 (0.74%) SCOM
4 1 (0.74%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.74%) WSUS
4 1 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 29 (21.32%) VMware
2 21 (15.44%) Citrix
3 12 (8.82%) HP
3 12 (8.82%) Symantec
4 7 (5.15%) Dell
5 6 (4.41%) McAfee
5 6 (4.41%) AppSense
6 5 (3.68%) Google
6 5 (3.68%) Compaq
7 4 (2.94%) Oracle
7 4 (2.94%) SAP
7 4 (2.94%) Altiris
8 3 (2.21%) Lumension
9 2 (1.47%) 3PAR
9 2 (1.47%) Nintex
9 2 (1.47%) Stellent
9 2 (1.47%) IBM
9 2 (1.47%) Software AG
9 2 (1.47%) webMethods
10 1 (0.74%) Adobe
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