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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 8 3 9
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 51 55 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 17.06% 13.72% 10.41%
As % of the Vendors category 32.08% 36.67% 25.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 36 15
Median daily rate £335 £370 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.45% +23.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £160 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.02 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.80% +69.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £16.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.70 £47.33 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.73 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-1.80% +3.44%
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
159 150 180
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 53.18% 37.41% 40.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 81 112
Median daily rate £410 £370 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.81% +13.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £175 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.97% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 26 17
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +29.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.05 £17.65 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.85 £47.33 £82.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-10.81% +8.82%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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
Blackpool -6 23 £375 -1.57%
Preston -1 9 £270 +27.81% 3
Burnley +2 3 £275 - 1
Lytham St Annes -1 1 £420 +11.70% 1
Fleetwood - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 44 (46.81%) Windows
2 37 (39.36%) MS Excel
3 36 (38.30%) ITIL
4 32 (34.04%) SQL
5 26 (27.66%) Service Management
6 24 (25.53%) .NET
7 21 (22.34%) SQL Server
8 19 (20.21%) C#
8 19 (20.21%) Linux
8 19 (20.21%) Active Directory
9 18 (19.15%) AIX
9 18 (19.15%) Agile Software Development
9 18 (19.15%) MS PowerPoint
10 17 (18.09%) Windows XP
10 17 (18.09%) Windows Server
11 16 (17.02%) Analytical Skills
11 16 (17.02%) VMware
12 14 (14.89%) Finance
12 14 (14.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 14 (14.89%) Release Management
12 14 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
12 14 (14.89%) HP
13 13 (13.83%) MS Office
14 12 (12.77%) Visual Studio
14 12 (12.77%) Windows Server 2003
15 11 (11.70%) ITSM
15 11 (11.70%) Java
15 11 (11.70%) Windows 2000
15 11 (11.70%) CRM
15 11 (11.70%) Security Cleared

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 (11.70%) WebSphere
2 6 (6.38%) IIS
3 5 (5.32%) Drupal
3 5 (5.32%) Skype for Business
4 4 (4.26%) MS Exchange
5 3 (3.19%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.06%) Apache
6 1 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 37 (39.36%) MS Excel
2 18 (19.15%) MS PowerPoint
3 13 (13.83%) MS Office
4 4 (4.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (11.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.19%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (3.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.06%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.06%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (1.06%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.64%) IaaS
1 10 (10.64%) PaaS
1 10 (10.64%) SaaS
2 4 (4.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.64%) LAN
2 8 (8.51%) WAN
3 4 (4.26%) SAN
3 4 (4.26%) VoIP
3 4 (4.26%) VPN
4 3 (3.19%) Firewall
5 2 (2.13%) DHCP
5 2 (2.13%) Softphone
5 2 (2.13%) Symposium
5 2 (2.13%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.06%) DNS
6 1 (1.06%) VLAN
6 1 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.06%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (22.34%) SQL Server
2 14 (14.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 8 (8.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (4.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (4.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (4.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (3.19%) MySQL
5 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database
5 3 (3.19%) Power BI
5 3 (3.19%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.19%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (2.13%) Big Data
6 2 (2.13%) Qlik Sense
6 2 (2.13%) QlikView
6 2 (2.13%) RDBMS
6 2 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.06%) Cognos Framework Manager
7 1 (1.06%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (1.06%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 12 (12.77%) Visual Studio
2 7 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.13%) JUnit
3 2 (2.13%) Selenium
3 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (1.06%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.06%) ClearQuest
4 1 (1.06%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.06%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.06%) Maven
4 1 (1.06%) NUnit
4 1 (1.06%) Rational Robot
4 1 (1.06%) TestNG
4 1 (1.06%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (14.89%) Finance
2 11 (11.70%) Advertising
3 7 (7.45%) Telecoms
4 5 (5.32%) Banking
5 4 (4.26%) Retail
6 3 (3.19%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.06%) Local Government
7 1 (1.06%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 22 (23.40%) Developer
2 17 (18.09%) Analyst
3 11 (11.70%) Support Analyst
4 8 (8.51%) Support Engineer
5 7 (7.45%) Consultant
6 6 (6.38%) .NET Developer
6 6 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (6.38%) Microsoft Developer
6 6 (6.38%) Monitoring Engineer
6 6 (6.38%) Operational Support Analyst
6 6 (6.38%) Operations Analyst
6 6 (6.38%) Operations Engineer
6 6 (6.38%) Operations Support Analyst
7 5 (5.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Business Analyst
7 5 (5.32%) Senior Operations Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Systems Monitoring Engineer
8 4 (4.26%) DBA
8 4 (4.26%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (25.53%) .NET
2 10 (10.64%) ASP.NET
3 7 (7.45%) HTML
4 6 (6.38%) Regular Expression
5 5 (5.32%) XML
6 4 (4.26%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (4.26%) CSS
6 4 (4.26%) Web Services
7 3 (3.19%) Ajax
7 3 (3.19%) HTML5
7 3 (3.19%) LINQ
7 3 (3.19%) SOAP
7 3 (3.19%) WCF
8 2 (2.13%) .NET Framework
8 2 (2.13%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 2 (2.13%) KnockoutJS
8 2 (2.13%) RESTful
8 2 (2.13%) WinForms
8 2 (2.13%) WPF
9 1 (1.06%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 16 (17.02%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.51%) Tandem
3 5 (5.32%) Client/Server
3 5 (5.32%) Management Information System
3 5 (5.32%) Smartphone
4 3 (3.19%) Clustering
4 3 (3.19%) User Experience
5 2 (2.13%) Replication
6 1 (1.06%) AS400
6 1 (1.06%) Data Conversion
6 1 (1.06%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.06%) NHS
6 1 (1.06%) Oracle Licensing
6 1 (1.06%) RIA
6 1 (1.06%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 44 (46.81%) Windows
2 19 (20.21%) Linux
3 18 (19.15%) AIX
4 17 (18.09%) Windows Server
4 17 (18.09%) Windows XP
5 14 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (12.77%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (11.70%) Windows 2000
7 11 (11.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (10.64%) Unix
9 7 (7.45%) Solaris
10 6 (6.38%) HPUX
10 6 (6.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (5.32%) Apple iOS
12 4 (4.26%) Windows 10
12 4 (4.26%) Windows 7
13 1 (1.06%) CentOS
13 1 (1.06%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (38.30%) ITIL
2 26 (27.66%) Service Management
3 18 (19.15%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (14.89%) Release Management
5 11 (11.70%) CRM
5 11 (11.70%) Data Management
5 11 (11.70%) ITSM
6 10 (10.64%) Change Management
6 10 (10.64%) Data Analysis
6 10 (10.64%) Open Source
7 9 (9.57%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (9.57%) DevOps
7 9 (9.57%) PRINCE2
8 8 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (8.51%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 8 (8.51%) Problem Management
8 8 (8.51%) Time Management
9 7 (7.45%) ETL
9 7 (7.45%) Service Delivery
9 7 (7.45%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 32 (34.04%) SQL
2 19 (20.21%) C#
3 11 (11.70%) Java
4 7 (7.45%) JavaScript
4 7 (7.45%) PowerShell
4 7 (7.45%) VBScript
5 6 (6.38%) Bourne shell
5 6 (6.38%) Korn
5 6 (6.38%) Perl
6 4 (4.26%) Delphi
7 3 (3.19%) T-SQL
7 3 (3.19%) VB
8 2 (2.13%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.13%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.06%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (11.70%) Security Cleared
2 9 (9.57%) Microsoft Certification
3 8 (8.51%) CCNA
3 8 (8.51%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (7.45%) MCSE
4 7 (7.45%) SC Cleared
5 6 (6.38%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (5.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (4.26%) Degree
8 2 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (2.13%) ISEB
9 1 (1.06%) CBAP
9 1 (1.06%) CESG Certified Professional
9 1 (1.06%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (1.06%) IIBA
9 1 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (1.06%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.57%) SLA
2 3 (3.19%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (3.19%) QA
System Software
1 19 (20.21%) Active Directory
2 8 (8.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (5.32%) vSphere
4 2 (2.13%) VMware ESX
4 2 (2.13%) XenApp
5 1 (1.06%) MetaFrame
5 1 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (11.70%) SCOM
2 10 (10.64%) SCCM
3 7 (7.45%) Netcool
3 7 (7.45%) Tivoli
4 6 (6.38%) HP SiteScope
5 5 (5.32%) AirWatch
5 5 (5.32%) Backup Exec
5 5 (5.32%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (3.19%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.06%) FortiGate
7 1 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (1.06%) HP SIM
7 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (1.06%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (17.02%) VMware
2 14 (14.89%) HP
3 10 (10.64%) Cisco
4 8 (8.51%) IBM
5 7 (7.45%) Citrix
5 7 (7.45%) Intel Security
6 6 (6.38%) CA
6 6 (6.38%) Red Hat
6 6 (6.38%) Symantec
7 5 (5.32%) Apple
7 5 (5.32%) Oracle
7 5 (5.32%) Samsung
7 5 (5.32%) Veeam
7 5 (5.32%) Verint
8 4 (4.26%) Canon
8 4 (4.26%) Dell
9 3 (3.19%) EqualLogic
9 3 (3.19%) Sage
10 2 (2.13%) ServiceNow
10 2 (2.13%) Tableau
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