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 22 October 2014 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 16
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 68 23 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 16.46% 11.62% 8.20%
As % of the Vendors category 32.69% 25.56% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 13 13
Average daily rate
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£365 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.74% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £510 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 8
Average hourly rate £21.12 £14.25 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.17% -33.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.30 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.36 £20.95 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.87 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+10.11% -15.62%
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
208 90 201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 50.36% 45.45% 54.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 39 115
Average daily rate £325 £310 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -17.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £244 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 9
Average hourly rate £22.00 £11.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -51.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.03 £18.75
% change year-on-year
-0.16% -3.84%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +3 27 £523 +68.79% 8
Lytham St Annes -2 12 £325 +6.55%
Lancaster - 5 £425 - 1
Blackpool - 5 £350 -
Blackburn +2 2 - - 4
Chorley -1 2 £350 +27.27% 1
Burnley -6 1 £115 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 70 (51.85%) Windows
2 46 (34.07%) Security Cleared
3 43 (31.85%) MS Office
4 41 (30.37%) SC Cleared
5 40 (29.63%) Citrix
6 31 (22.96%) SQL
7 29 (21.48%) MS Excel
7 29 (21.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 29 (21.48%) Windows 7
7 29 (21.48%) Analytical Skills
8 28 (20.74%) Active Directory
9 26 (19.26%) Windows XP
9 26 (19.26%) Windows Vista
9 26 (19.26%) VMware
9 26 (19.26%) Software Deployment
10 23 (17.04%) SQL Server
11 22 (16.30%) Java
11 22 (16.30%) VMware Infrastructure
12 21 (15.56%) Oracle
12 21 (15.56%) Finance
13 20 (14.81%) Blackberry
13 20 (14.81%) DNS
13 20 (14.81%) SCCM
14 19 (14.07%) Microsoft App-V
14 19 (14.07%) AppSense
15 18 (13.33%) Degree
15 18 (13.33%) TCP/IP
15 18 (13.33%) SLA
15 18 (13.33%) .NET
15 18 (13.33%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 13 (9.63%) SharePoint
1 13 (9.63%) MS Exchange
2 12 (8.89%) IIS
3 7 (5.19%) Apache
3 7 (5.19%) Tomcat
3 7 (5.19%) Lync
3 7 (5.19%) nginx
3 7 (5.19%) Jetty
3 7 (5.19%) WebSphere
4 5 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.48%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.48%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 43 (31.85%) MS Office
2 29 (21.48%) MS Excel
3 11 (8.15%) MS Project
4 9 (6.67%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.96%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.74%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.74%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (5.93%) ResourceLink
2 2 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.74%) Agresso
3 1 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.67%) SaaS
2 8 (5.93%) SuccessFactors
3 3 (2.22%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (2.22%) Google App Engine
3 3 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (14.81%) DNS
2 18 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 13 (9.63%) DHCP
4 7 (5.19%) WAN
4 7 (5.19%) HTTP
4 7 (5.19%) LAN
5 6 (4.44%) SSL
6 5 (3.70%) VoIP
7 3 (2.22%) FTP
7 3 (2.22%) IPsec
8 2 (1.48%) OpenLDAP
8 2 (1.48%) SAN
9 1 (0.74%) LDAP
9 1 (0.74%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (17.04%) SQL Server
2 14 (10.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (9.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 11 (8.15%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (7.41%) SQL Server 2005
6 8 (5.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (5.19%) Relational Database
7 7 (5.19%) RDBMS
8 6 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (2.96%) Data Mart
9 4 (2.96%) MS Access
9 4 (2.96%) OLAP
10 2 (1.48%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 6 (4.44%) Talend Open Studio
1 6 (4.44%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (15.56%) Finance
2 5 (3.70%) Telecoms
2 5 (3.70%) Marketing
3 2 (1.48%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.48%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 21 (15.56%) Analyst
1 21 (15.56%) Support Engineer
2 15 (11.11%) Architect
2 15 (11.11%) Desktop Support
2 15 (11.11%) Developer
3 13 (9.63%) Desktop Engineer
3 13 (9.63%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 10 (7.41%) Data Analyst
5 9 (6.67%) Technical Architect
6 7 (5.19%) Project Manager
6 7 (5.19%) Consultant
7 6 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (2.96%) Designer
8 4 (2.96%) CAD Technician
8 4 (2.96%) Solutions Designer
9 3 (2.22%) Integration Architect
9 3 (2.22%) 2nd Line Support
9 3 (2.22%) Support Specialist
9 3 (2.22%) Systems Engineer
9 3 (2.22%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (13.33%) .NET
2 10 (7.41%) Middleware
3 7 (5.19%) ODBC
3 7 (5.19%) Servlets
4 6 (4.44%) J2EE
5 4 (2.96%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.22%) Web Services
6 3 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.48%) jQuery
7 2 (1.48%) WPF
7 2 (1.48%) LINQ
8 1 (0.74%) XML
8 1 (0.74%) SOAP
8 1 (0.74%) CSS
8 1 (0.74%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (21.48%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (14.81%) Blackberry
3 8 (5.93%) Data Structures
4 4 (2.96%) Reference Data
4 4 (2.96%) Data Integration
4 4 (2.96%) Open Source
5 3 (2.22%) Clustering
6 2 (1.48%) Replication
7 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.74%) NHS
7 1 (0.74%) Statistics
7 1 (0.74%) Economics
7 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 70 (51.85%) Windows
2 29 (21.48%) Windows Server 2008
2 29 (21.48%) Windows 7
3 26 (19.26%) Windows XP
3 26 (19.26%) Windows Vista
4 18 (13.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (8.15%) UNIX
5 11 (8.15%) Linux
6 10 (7.41%) MVS
7 7 (5.19%) Windows 2000
8 4 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.74%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (19.26%) Software Deployment
2 16 (11.85%) ITIL
3 12 (8.89%) CRM
4 11 (8.15%) Data Modelling
4 11 (8.15%) Data Analysis
5 10 (7.41%) Workflow
6 9 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (5.93%) Data Management
7 8 (5.93%) Migration
7 8 (5.93%) Configuration Management
7 8 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (5.19%) Metadata Management
8 7 (5.19%) ETL
8 7 (5.19%) Project Management
8 7 (5.19%) TQM
8 7 (5.19%) Data Migration
9 6 (4.44%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (4.44%) Service Management
9 6 (4.44%) Performance Tuning
10 5 (3.70%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 31 (22.96%) SQL
2 22 (16.30%) Java
3 12 (8.89%) PL/SQL
4 10 (7.41%) VBA
5 8 (5.93%) Shell Script
5 8 (5.93%) Python
5 8 (5.93%) VB
5 8 (5.93%) Perl
5 8 (5.93%) T-SQL
6 6 (4.44%) C
6 6 (4.44%) C#
7 4 (2.96%) PowerShell
7 4 (2.96%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.48%) XAML
8 2 (1.48%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 46 (34.07%) Security Cleared
2 41 (30.37%) SC Cleared
3 18 (13.33%) Degree
4 11 (8.15%) MCSE
4 11 (8.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (5.19%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.22%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.48%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.74%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (13.33%) SLA
2 3 (2.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 28 (20.74%) Active Directory
2 22 (16.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (14.07%) Microsoft App-V
4 14 (10.37%) XenApp
5 9 (6.67%) XenDesktop
6 7 (5.19%) vSphere
7 6 (4.44%) XenServer
8 3 (2.22%) Brightmail
8 3 (2.22%) VMware ESX
8 3 (2.22%) Xen
9 1 (0.74%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.74%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 20 (14.81%) SCCM
2 7 (5.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (2.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 3 (2.22%) Puppet
4 2 (1.48%) HP SIM
4 2 (1.48%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.48%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.74%) SCOM
Vendors
1 40 (29.63%) Citrix
2 26 (19.26%) VMware
3 21 (15.56%) Oracle
4 19 (14.07%) AppSense
5 16 (11.85%) CA
5 16 (11.85%) Dell
5 16 (11.85%) Lumension
6 10 (7.41%) HP
7 9 (6.67%) SAP
7 9 (6.67%) webMethods
8 8 (5.93%) Software AG
9 7 (5.19%) Compaq
10 6 (4.44%) Talend
11 3 (2.22%) Symantec
11 3 (2.22%) Google
11 3 (2.22%) IronPort
12 2 (1.48%) Infor
12 2 (1.48%) SolarWinds
12 2 (1.48%) 3PAR
12 2 (1.48%) Remedy
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