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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 4 14
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 69 31 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 16.43% 14.83% 6.77%
As % of the Vendors category 43.40% 26.50% 13.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 12 12
Average daily rate £275 £275 £269
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £122 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £314 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 2
Average hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £79.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.00% -74.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.10 £16.00 £39.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.80 £28.50 £119.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
159 117 158
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 37.86% 55.98% 48.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 54 68
Average daily rate £275 £304 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.46% -18.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £384 £450 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 17 5
Average hourly rate £29.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £17.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £27.50 £79.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%
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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Preston -1 22 £215 -21.81% 4
Blackpool -4 20 £255 - 2
Lancaster -3 2 £190 -55.29%
Nelson - - - - 1
Newton-le-Willows - - - -
Burnley - - - -
Chorley - - - -
Blackburn - - - - 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 59 (67.82%) Windows
2 38 (43.68%) Citrix
2 38 (43.68%) Security Cleared
3 33 (37.93%) Windows Server 2008
4 32 (36.78%) SC Cleared
5 31 (35.63%) Active Directory
6 29 (33.33%) Windows XP
6 29 (33.33%) MS Office
7 27 (31.03%) Windows 7
8 25 (28.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (28.74%) Blackberry
9 22 (25.29%) VMware
9 22 (25.29%) MS Exchange
10 21 (24.14%) HP
11 20 (22.99%) ITIL
12 19 (21.84%) SLA
12 19 (21.84%) SCCM
13 18 (20.69%) Windows Vista
13 18 (20.69%) Microsoft App-V
13 18 (20.69%) AppSense
14 16 (18.39%) PowerShell
14 16 (18.39%) SharePoint
15 15 (17.24%) CA
15 15 (17.24%) VMware Infrastructure
16 14 (16.09%) XenApp
16 14 (16.09%) IronPort
16 14 (16.09%) .NET
16 14 (16.09%) SQL Server
17 13 (14.94%) Compaq
17 13 (14.94%) Dell

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 22 (25.29%) MS Exchange
2 16 (18.39%) SharePoint
3 11 (12.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (8.05%) IIS
5 5 (5.75%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (5.75%) SharePoint 2010
6 4 (4.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.30%) SAS
8 1 (1.15%) WebLogic
8 1 (1.15%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (1.15%) WebSphere
8 1 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 29 (33.33%) MS Office
2 12 (13.79%) MS Excel
3 4 (4.60%) MS Project
4 3 (3.45%) MS Visio
4 3 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (3.45%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (3.45%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 13 (14.94%) DNS
2 12 (13.79%) DHCP
3 9 (10.34%) LAN
3 9 (10.34%) WAN
4 8 (9.20%) Firewall
5 7 (8.05%) SAN
6 3 (3.45%) VPN
7 1 (1.15%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (1.15%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.09%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.60%) QlikView
3 3 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.45%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.30%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.30%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (1.15%) MySQL
5 1 (1.15%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.15%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (3.45%) MSI
2 2 (2.30%) Wise Package Studio
2 2 (2.30%) AdminStudio
3 1 (1.15%) JIRA
3 1 (1.15%) NUnit
3 1 (1.15%) Subversion
3 1 (1.15%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (1.15%) LLBLGen Pro
General
1 4 (4.60%) Finance
2 2 (2.30%) Military
2 2 (2.30%) Telecoms
2 2 (2.30%) Aerospace
2 2 (2.30%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.30%) Advertising
3 1 (1.15%) Retail
3 1 (1.15%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 19 (21.84%) Support Engineer
2 14 (16.09%) Desktop Support
2 14 (16.09%) Developer
3 9 (10.34%) Analyst
4 8 (9.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 8 (9.20%) Desktop Engineer
5 7 (8.05%) Server Engineer
6 6 (6.90%) Operations Engineer
6 6 (6.90%) .NET Developer
7 5 (5.75%) Web Developer
8 4 (4.60%) Senior Web Developer
8 4 (4.60%) Architect
8 4 (4.60%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (4.60%) Senior Developer
8 4 (4.60%) Applications Support
8 4 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
9 3 (3.45%) Applications Packager
9 3 (3.45%) Business Analyst
9 3 (3.45%) Systems Developer
9 3 (3.45%) Senior Systems Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.09%) .NET
2 10 (11.49%) ASP.NET
3 6 (6.90%) ASP.NET MVC
3 6 (6.90%) jQuery
3 6 (6.90%) Web Services
4 5 (5.75%) XML
5 3 (3.45%) HTML
5 3 (3.45%) CSS
6 2 (2.30%) Software Packaging
6 2 (2.30%) Application Packaging
6 2 (2.30%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.30%) SGML
7 1 (1.15%) XSD
7 1 (1.15%) Classic ASP
7 1 (1.15%) SAML
7 1 (1.15%) Silverlight
7 1 (1.15%) JSON
7 1 (1.15%) REST
7 1 (1.15%) Autofac
Miscellaneous
1 25 (28.74%) Blackberry
2 7 (8.05%) Clustering
3 4 (4.60%) Wiki
4 3 (3.45%) Thin Client
4 3 (3.45%) Fat Client
4 3 (3.45%) iPhone
4 3 (3.45%) iPad
4 3 (3.45%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.15%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.15%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.15%) W3C
6 1 (1.15%) Data Conversion
6 1 (1.15%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 59 (67.82%) Windows
2 33 (37.93%) Windows Server 2008
3 29 (33.33%) Windows XP
4 27 (31.03%) Windows 7
5 25 (28.74%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (20.69%) Windows Vista
7 9 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (4.60%) UNIX
9 1 (1.15%) Linux
9 1 (1.15%) MVS
9 1 (1.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (22.99%) ITIL
2 13 (14.94%) Software Deployment
3 7 (8.05%) MVC
3 7 (8.05%) TQM
3 7 (8.05%) Release Management
4 6 (6.90%) Change Control
4 6 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (6.90%) Change Management
4 6 (6.90%) Service Management
5 5 (5.75%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (4.60%) Project Management
7 3 (3.45%) CRM
7 3 (3.45%) Workflow
7 3 (3.45%) Service Delivery
7 3 (3.45%) Data Analysis
7 3 (3.45%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (2.30%) Software Distribution
8 2 (2.30%) Metadata Management
8 2 (2.30%) Migration
8 2 (2.30%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.39%) PowerShell
2 12 (13.79%) SQL
2 12 (13.79%) VB
3 10 (11.49%) C#
4 8 (9.20%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.15%) PHP
5 1 (1.15%) VBA
5 1 (1.15%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.15%) REXX
5 1 (1.15%) JCL
5 1 (1.15%) VB6
5 1 (1.15%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 38 (43.68%) Security Cleared
2 32 (36.78%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (12.64%) MCSE
5 8 (9.20%) Degree
6 2 (2.30%) PMP
6 2 (2.30%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (21.84%) SLA
2 1 (1.15%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 31 (35.63%) Active Directory
2 18 (20.69%) Microsoft App-V
3 15 (17.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (16.09%) XenApp
5 13 (14.94%) vSphere
6 12 (13.79%) XenServer
7 11 (12.64%) XenDesktop
8 7 (8.05%) VMware ESX
8 7 (8.05%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (1.15%) Hyper-V
9 1 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 19 (21.84%) SCCM
2 5 (5.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (4.60%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 38 (43.68%) Citrix
2 22 (25.29%) VMware
3 21 (24.14%) HP
4 18 (20.69%) AppSense
5 15 (17.24%) CA
6 14 (16.09%) IronPort
7 13 (14.94%) Compaq
7 13 (14.94%) Dell
8 12 (13.79%) Lumension
9 9 (10.34%) Oracle
10 7 (8.05%) Siebel
10 7 (8.05%) Informatica
10 7 (8.05%) Open Text
10 7 (8.05%) Symantec
10 7 (8.05%) F5
11 6 (6.90%) Business Objects
12 3 (3.45%) Apple
13 1 (1.15%) JBoss
13 1 (1.15%) NetApp
13 1 (1.15%) Talend
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