The first table below looks at the demand 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 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Lancashire region.

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 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 2 28
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +26
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 70 55 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 15.98% 20.07% 4.67%
As % of the Vendors category 32.71% 44.00% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 27 12
Average daily rate
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£347 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.82% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £262 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £350 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 3
Average hourly rate £21.87 £19.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.07% -49.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.44
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.05%
Vendors Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
214 125 215
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 48.86% 45.62% 50.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 50 103
Average daily rate £341 £310 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.08% -22.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £250 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £350 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 18 11
Average hourly rate £21.87 £20.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.65% -41.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £14.40 £17.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £125.00 £32.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.56%
Microsoft
North West

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 2014.

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 2014.

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 2014. 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
Preston -2 29 £530 +76.66% 4
Blackpool -4 19 £349 +12.49% 1
Lancaster - 1 £400 - 1
Newton-le-Willows - - - - 2
Skelmersdale - - - -
Burnley - - - - 1
Chorley - - - - 1
Accrington - - - - 2
Blackburn - - - - 3
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 91 (63.64%) Windows
2 68 (47.55%) Security Cleared
3 62 (43.36%) Citrix
4 61 (42.66%) MS Office
5 59 (41.26%) SC Cleared
6 45 (31.47%) Windows XP
7 44 (30.77%) Windows Server 2008
8 41 (28.67%) Windows 7
8 41 (28.67%) Active Directory
9 40 (27.97%) Blackberry
10 39 (27.27%) Windows Vista
11 36 (25.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 35 (24.48%) SCCM
13 34 (23.78%) Software Deployment
14 33 (23.08%) SLA
15 32 (22.38%) Microsoft App-V
15 32 (22.38%) AppSense
16 31 (21.68%) VMware
17 29 (20.28%) HP
17 29 (20.28%) CA
18 28 (19.58%) ITIL
19 26 (18.18%) MS Exchange
19 26 (18.18%) Lumension
20 25 (17.48%) Dell
21 24 (16.78%) SharePoint
21 24 (16.78%) MS Excel
22 23 (16.08%) XenApp
23 21 (14.69%) VMware Infrastructure
24 20 (13.99%) SQL
24 20 (13.99%) DNS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 26 (18.18%) MS Exchange
2 24 (16.78%) SharePoint
3 13 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (5.59%) IIS
5 7 (4.90%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (4.20%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (3.50%) Lync
7 5 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (2.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.40%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.70%) SAS
10 1 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 61 (42.66%) MS Office
2 24 (16.78%) MS Excel
3 13 (9.09%) MS Project
4 11 (7.69%) MS Visio
5 5 (3.50%) AutoCAD
6 4 (2.80%) MS PowerPoint
7 3 (2.10%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (1.40%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (4.20%) ResourceLink
2 4 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (2.10%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.20%) SaaS
1 6 (4.20%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (13.99%) DNS
2 19 (13.29%) DHCP
3 9 (6.29%) LAN
3 9 (6.29%) SAN
3 9 (6.29%) WAN
4 8 (5.59%) TCP/IP
5 7 (4.90%) Firewall
6 3 (2.10%) VPN
7 2 (1.40%) VoIP
8 1 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.70%) OpenLDAP
8 1 (0.70%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.99%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (4.20%) RDBMS
3 6 (4.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (4.20%) Relational Database
4 4 (2.80%) QlikView
5 2 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.70%) Data Mart
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.70%) Oracle OLAP
6 1 (0.70%) OLAP
6 1 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 6 (4.20%) Talend Open Studio
2 3 (2.10%) MSI
3 2 (1.40%) AdminStudio
3 2 (1.40%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 15 (10.49%) Finance
2 5 (3.50%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.40%) Aerospace
3 2 (1.40%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.40%) Advertising
3 2 (1.40%) Military
4 1 (0.70%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 33 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 23 (16.08%) Desktop Support
3 19 (13.29%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 19 (13.29%) Desktop Engineer
4 16 (11.19%) Analyst
4 16 (11.19%) Architect
5 9 (6.29%) Developer
5 9 (6.29%) Technical Architect
6 8 (5.59%) Server Engineer
7 7 (4.90%) Operations Engineer
7 7 (4.90%) Data Analyst
8 6 (4.20%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.50%) Consultant
9 5 (3.50%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (3.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (3.50%) CAD Technician
10 4 (2.80%) Messaging Engineer
10 4 (2.80%) Windows Server Engineer
10 4 (2.80%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.99%) Middleware
2 7 (4.90%) Web Services
3 5 (3.50%) .NET
4 2 (1.40%) SGML
4 2 (1.40%) Application Packaging
4 2 (1.40%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.70%) Classic ASP
5 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.70%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 40 (27.97%) Blackberry
2 8 (5.59%) Clustering
3 4 (2.80%) Reference Data
3 4 (2.80%) Data Integration
3 4 (2.80%) Wiki
3 4 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.10%) Thin Client
4 3 (2.10%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.10%) iPhone
4 3 (2.10%) iPad
5 1 (0.70%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (0.70%) Economics
5 1 (0.70%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 91 (63.64%) Windows
2 45 (31.47%) Windows XP
3 44 (30.77%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (28.67%) Windows 7
5 39 (27.27%) Windows Vista
6 36 (25.17%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (9.09%) UNIX
8 11 (7.69%) MVS
9 10 (6.99%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (4.90%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.40%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (23.78%) Software Deployment
2 28 (19.58%) ITIL
3 13 (9.09%) CRM
3 13 (9.09%) TQM
4 10 (6.99%) Data Modelling
5 9 (6.29%) Service Management
5 9 (6.29%) Workflow
6 8 (5.59%) Project Management
6 8 (5.59%) Migration
6 8 (5.59%) Release Management
7 7 (4.90%) Change Management
8 6 (4.20%) ETL
8 6 (4.20%) Data Migration
8 6 (4.20%) Data Management
8 6 (4.20%) Metadata Management
8 6 (4.20%) Change Control
9 5 (3.50%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (3.50%) CAD
9 5 (3.50%) Validation
10 4 (2.80%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 20 (13.99%) SQL
2 18 (12.59%) PowerShell
3 8 (5.59%) VBA
4 7 (4.90%) PL/SQL
4 7 (4.90%) Java
5 6 (4.20%) Perl
5 6 (4.20%) Python
5 6 (4.20%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.80%) VB
7 2 (1.40%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.70%) REXX
8 1 (0.70%) JCL
8 1 (0.70%) VB6
8 1 (0.70%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 68 (47.55%) Security Cleared
2 59 (41.26%) SC Cleared
3 17 (11.89%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (11.19%) MCSE
5 13 (9.09%) Degree
6 6 (4.20%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.40%) PMP
7 2 (1.40%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.40%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.70%) ISEB
8 1 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (23.08%) SLA
2 1 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.70%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 41 (28.67%) Active Directory
2 32 (22.38%) Microsoft App-V
3 23 (16.08%) XenApp
4 21 (14.69%) VMware Infrastructure
5 19 (13.29%) XenDesktop
6 18 (12.59%) vSphere
7 16 (11.19%) XenServer
8 8 (5.59%) VMware ESX
9 7 (4.90%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (2.10%) Brightmail
11 1 (0.70%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.70%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.70%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 35 (24.48%) SCCM
2 12 (8.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (2.80%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (2.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.70%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.70%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.70%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.70%) SCOM
Vendors
1 62 (43.36%) Citrix
2 32 (22.38%) AppSense
3 31 (21.68%) VMware
4 29 (20.28%) CA
4 29 (20.28%) HP
5 26 (18.18%) Lumension
6 25 (17.48%) Dell
7 18 (12.59%) Compaq
8 17 (11.89%) IronPort
9 15 (10.49%) Oracle
10 10 (6.99%) Symantec
11 9 (6.29%) F5
12 7 (4.90%) Open Text
12 7 (4.90%) webMethods
12 7 (4.90%) Informatica
12 7 (4.90%) Siebel
13 6 (4.20%) SAP
13 6 (4.20%) Software AG
13 6 (4.20%) Talend
14 4 (2.80%) Business Objects
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