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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 8 2 3
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 41 107 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 13.14% 19.24% 18.69%
As % of the Vendors category 22.16% 50.00% 33.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 92 33
Median daily rate £325 £500 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.00% +39.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £134 £231 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £600 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 11
Median hourly rate £40.00 £21.91 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+82.56% +6.87%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.33%
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
185 214 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 59.29% 38.49% 55.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 160 142
Median daily rate £375 £450 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +30.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £593 £489
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 13 15
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +68.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.35 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.79 £40.00 £107.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.93 £17.77 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+6.49% -1.27%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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
Preston +6 9 £325 -27.77% 4
Blackpool -18 3 £519 +2.72% 1
Skelmersdale - 3 £140 -
Burnley - 2 £225 - 1
Lancaster -2 1 £375 +17.18%
Fleetwood - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 33 (37.93%) MS Excel
2 25 (28.74%) Windows
2 25 (28.74%) SQL
3 21 (24.14%) Active Directory
4 20 (22.99%) MS Office
5 18 (20.69%) CRM
5 18 (20.69%) Dynamics CRM
5 18 (20.69%) Windows Server
6 17 (19.54%) .NET
7 16 (18.39%) C#
8 15 (17.24%) VMware
9 14 (16.09%) SQL Server
9 14 (16.09%) ITIL
9 14 (16.09%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (14.94%) LAN
10 13 (14.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 12 (13.79%) Cisco
11 12 (13.79%) Visual Studio
12 11 (12.64%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (12.64%) MS PowerPoint
13 10 (11.49%) Finance
13 10 (11.49%) ETL
13 10 (11.49%) JavaScript
14 9 (10.34%) WAN
14 9 (10.34%) HP
14 9 (10.34%) SCCM
14 9 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
14 9 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
14 9 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
15 8 (9.20%) Windows Server 2008

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 7 (8.05%) SharePoint
1 7 (8.05%) Skype for Business
2 5 (5.75%) Drupal
2 5 (5.75%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.60%) IIS
4 2 (2.30%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 33 (37.93%) MS Excel
2 20 (22.99%) MS Office
3 11 (12.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (4.60%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.15%) Fireworks
5 1 (1.15%) MS Project
5 1 (1.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 18 (20.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.30%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.15%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (1.15%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.05%) Office 365
2 2 (2.30%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.15%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 13 (14.94%) LAN
2 9 (10.34%) WAN
3 7 (8.05%) DNS
4 5 (5.75%) Firewall
4 5 (5.75%) TCP/IP
5 4 (4.60%) VoIP
5 4 (4.60%) VPN
6 3 (3.45%) DHCP
6 3 (3.45%) SAN
7 2 (2.30%) Kerberos
7 2 (2.30%) LDAP
7 2 (2.30%) Skype
7 2 (2.30%) Softphone
7 2 (2.30%) SSL
7 2 (2.30%) Symposium
7 2 (2.30%) X.500
8 1 (1.15%) LTE
8 1 (1.15%) MegaStream
8 1 (1.15%) Radio Access Network
8 1 (1.15%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.09%) SQL Server
2 13 (14.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (8.05%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (6.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (5.75%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (4.60%) Crystal Reports
6 4 (4.60%) SAP BW
6 4 (4.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (3.45%) Power BI
7 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (2.30%) Big Data
8 2 (2.30%) Oracle Database
8 2 (2.30%) Qlik Sense
8 2 (2.30%) QlikView
9 1 (1.15%) Cognos Framework Manager
Development Applications
1 12 (13.79%) Visual Studio
2 9 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.30%) JUnit
3 2 (2.30%) Selenium
4 1 (1.15%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (1.15%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.15%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.15%) Maven
4 1 (1.15%) NUnit
4 1 (1.15%) TestNG
4 1 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (11.49%) Finance
2 7 (8.05%) Advertising
3 4 (4.60%) Retail
4 3 (3.45%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.45%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.15%) Local Government
5 1 (1.15%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (26.44%) Developer
2 13 (14.94%) Consultant
3 12 (13.79%) Analyst
4 9 (10.34%) CRM Developer
4 9 (10.34%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 9 (10.34%) Microsoft Developer
5 6 (6.90%) Support Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) Administrator
6 5 (5.75%) CRM Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (4.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (4.60%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 4 (4.60%) Delivery Manager
7 4 (4.60%) Delphi Software Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) IT Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Service Desk Support
7 4 (4.60%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (19.54%) .NET
2 7 (8.05%) ASP.NET
3 6 (6.90%) HTML
4 3 (3.45%) CSS
5 2 (2.30%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.30%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (2.30%) HTML5
5 2 (2.30%) jQuery
5 2 (2.30%) Web Services
6 1 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.15%) SOAP
6 1 (1.15%) WCF
6 1 (1.15%) XHTML
6 1 (1.15%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.75%) Client/Server
2 5 (5.75%) Smartphone
3 4 (4.60%) PKI
3 4 (4.60%) Replication
4 3 (3.45%) Clustering
5 2 (2.30%) Private Cloud
5 2 (2.30%) User Experience
6 1 (1.15%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.15%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.15%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.15%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.15%) Statistics
6 1 (1.15%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 25 (28.74%) Windows
2 18 (20.69%) Windows Server
3 14 (16.09%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (9.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (5.75%) Apple iOS
7 4 (4.60%) Windows 7
8 3 (3.45%) Windows 10
9 2 (2.30%) Linux
9 2 (2.30%) Unix
10 1 (1.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (20.69%) CRM
2 14 (16.09%) ITIL
3 11 (12.64%) Business Intelligence
4 10 (11.49%) ETL
5 8 (9.20%) Project Management
5 8 (9.20%) Service Management
6 7 (8.05%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (8.05%) Configuration Management
6 7 (8.05%) Service Delivery
6 7 (8.05%) Time Management
7 6 (6.90%) Migration
8 5 (5.75%) Infrastructure Management
8 5 (5.75%) Technical Analysis
9 4 (4.60%) Dimensional Modelling
9 4 (4.60%) Incident Management
9 4 (4.60%) Regression Testing
9 4 (4.60%) Software Engineering
10 3 (3.45%) Data Analysis
10 3 (3.45%) Knowledge Management
10 3 (3.45%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 25 (28.74%) SQL
2 16 (18.39%) C#
3 10 (11.49%) JavaScript
4 8 (9.20%) Java
5 6 (6.90%) VB
6 4 (4.60%) Delphi
6 4 (4.60%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.30%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.15%) C
8 1 (1.15%) PHP
8 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 7 (8.05%) CCNA
1 7 (8.05%) Cisco Certification
1 7 (8.05%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (6.90%) MCSE
3 5 (5.75%) Security Cleared
4 3 (3.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.30%) ISEB
6 1 (1.15%) CBAP
6 1 (1.15%) IIBA
6 1 (1.15%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.15%) MCSA
6 1 (1.15%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.45%) QA
1 3 (3.45%) SLA
2 2 (2.30%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 21 (24.14%) Active Directory
2 9 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.30%) vSphere
3 2 (2.30%) XenApp
4 1 (1.15%) Firmware
4 1 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.15%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 9 (10.34%) SCCM
2 6 (6.90%) Backup Exec
3 5 (5.75%) AirWatch
4 4 (4.60%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (3.45%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (3.45%) SCOM
6 2 (2.30%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (2.30%) WSUS
7 1 (1.15%) FortiGate
7 1 (1.15%) HP SIM
7 1 (1.15%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 15 (17.24%) VMware
2 12 (13.79%) Cisco
3 9 (10.34%) HP
4 7 (8.05%) Symantec
5 6 (6.90%) Intel Security
6 5 (5.75%) Apple
6 5 (5.75%) Citrix
6 5 (5.75%) Samsung
6 5 (5.75%) SAP
6 5 (5.75%) Verint
7 4 (4.60%) Cognos
7 4 (4.60%) ServiceNow
7 4 (4.60%) Veeam
8 3 (3.45%) Canon
8 3 (3.45%) CODA
8 3 (3.45%) Concur
8 3 (3.45%) Dell
8 3 (3.45%) Maconomy
8 3 (3.45%) Oracle
8 3 (3.45%) Sage