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 27 March 2015 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 4 6
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 49 60 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 12.63% 19.29% 15.06%
As % of the Vendors category 26.49% 51.72% 27.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 25 18
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -2.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £206 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £385 £318
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £327 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.03% +0.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 6
Average hourly rate £12.00 £29.50 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-59.32% +29.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £19.20 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.20 £32.89 £29.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
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
185 116 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 47.68% 37.30% 54.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 53 66
Average daily rate £395 £275 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+43.63% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £375 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 13
Average hourly rate £13.00 £29.75 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-56.30% +61.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £18.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.08 £33.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.40
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -4.89%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015. 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 17 £300 +39.53% 4
Blackpool 0 16 £265 +1.92% 3
Chorley - 5 £350 - 2
Accrington - 2 - - 1
Blackburn - - - - 7
Burnley - - - - 2
Fleetwood - - - -
Lytham St Annes - - - -
Newton-le-Willows - - - -
Ormskirk - - - -
Rossendale - - - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 33 (35.11%) MS Excel
2 26 (27.66%) Security Cleared
3 22 (23.40%) SQL
4 21 (22.34%) SQL Server
4 21 (22.34%) Windows
4 21 (22.34%) SC Cleared
5 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
6 13 (13.83%) Citrix
6 13 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
7 12 (12.77%) SharePoint
7 12 (12.77%) MS Office
8 11 (11.70%) ITIL
9 10 (10.64%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (10.64%) Service Management
9 10 (10.64%) VMware
9 10 (10.64%) Master Data Management
9 10 (10.64%) Data Management
9 10 (10.64%) MS PowerPoint
10 9 (9.57%) Degree
10 9 (9.57%) PowerShell
10 9 (9.57%) VMware Infrastructure
10 9 (9.57%) Finance
10 9 (9.57%) Project Management
10 9 (9.57%) MS Visio
10 9 (9.57%) Oracle
11 8 (8.51%) IIS
11 8 (8.51%) MS Exchange
11 8 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
12 7 (7.45%) Telecoms

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 12 (12.77%) SharePoint
2 8 (8.51%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.51%) IIS
3 5 (5.32%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (2.13%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.06%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.06%) Apache
5 1 (1.06%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.06%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.06%) Jetty
5 1 (1.06%) nginx
Applications
1 33 (35.11%) MS Excel
2 12 (12.77%) MS Office
3 10 (10.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (9.57%) MS Visio
5 6 (6.38%) MS Project
5 6 (6.38%) InfoPath
5 6 (6.38%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.06%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (1.06%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 7 (7.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (6.38%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.06%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.13%) Office 365
2 1 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.06%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.38%) DHCP
1 6 (6.38%) DNS
2 5 (5.32%) LAN
3 4 (4.26%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.13%) WAN
4 2 (2.13%) Ethernet
4 2 (2.13%) Wireless
4 2 (2.13%) iSCSI
4 2 (2.13%) NAS
5 1 (1.06%) IPsec
5 1 (1.06%) SSL
5 1 (1.06%) FTP
5 1 (1.06%) HTTP
5 1 (1.06%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (22.34%) SQL Server
2 8 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (6.38%) MS Access
4 3 (3.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 2 (2.13%) Subversion
1 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (1.06%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.06%) Selenium
2 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.06%) Mercurial
2 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
General
1 9 (9.57%) Finance
2 7 (7.45%) Telecoms
3 6 (6.38%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.19%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 16 (17.02%) Analyst
2 14 (14.89%) Developer
3 10 (10.64%) Support Engineer
4 8 (8.51%) Project Manager
5 7 (7.45%) Business Analyst
5 7 (7.45%) Consultant
6 6 (6.38%) Business Process Analyst
6 6 (6.38%) Architect
6 6 (6.38%) Technical Architect
6 6 (6.38%) Process Analyst
7 5 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Desktop Support
8 4 (4.26%) Business Intelligence Consultant
8 4 (4.26%) Administrator
8 4 (4.26%) SharePoint Administrator
9 3 (3.19%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (3.19%) 2nd Line Support
9 3 (3.19%) 3rd Line Support
9 3 (3.19%) Software Engineer
9 3 (3.19%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.32%) .NET
2 1 (1.06%) J2EE
2 1 (1.06%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.06%) CSS
2 1 (1.06%) Servlets
2 1 (1.06%) Web Services
2 1 (1.06%) XML
2 1 (1.06%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.38%) Data Structures
2 6 (6.38%) NHS
3 4 (4.26%) Economics
4 2 (2.13%) Life Science
4 2 (2.13%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.13%) Replication
4 2 (2.13%) Clustering
4 2 (2.13%) Learning Management System
5 1 (1.06%) Open Source
5 1 (1.06%) iPad
5 1 (1.06%) PMI
5 1 (1.06%) E-Learning
5 1 (1.06%) iPhone
5 1 (1.06%) Statistics
5 1 (1.06%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.34%) Windows
2 7 (7.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (6.38%) UNIX
4 4 (4.26%) Windows 7
4 4 (4.26%) Windows XP
5 3 (3.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.19%) Windows Vista
5 3 (3.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.06%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.06%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (11.70%) ITIL
2 10 (10.64%) Service Management
2 10 (10.64%) Data Management
2 10 (10.64%) Master Data Management
3 9 (9.57%) Project Management
4 8 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (7.45%) CRM
5 7 (7.45%) ERP
5 7 (7.45%) Data Transformation
6 6 (6.38%) ETL
6 6 (6.38%) Change Management
6 6 (6.38%) Workflow
6 6 (6.38%) Business Analysis
7 5 (5.32%) Programme Management
7 5 (5.32%) Data Analysis
7 5 (5.32%) Business Process Mapping
8 4 (4.26%) Migration
8 4 (4.26%) Six Sigma
9 3 (3.19%) Configuration Management
9 3 (3.19%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (23.40%) SQL
2 9 (9.57%) PowerShell
3 5 (5.32%) C#
3 5 (5.32%) VB
3 5 (5.32%) VBA
4 4 (4.26%) Java
5 3 (3.19%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.13%) Perl
6 2 (2.13%) Python
7 1 (1.06%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.06%) C++
7 1 (1.06%) C
Qualifications
1 26 (27.66%) Security Cleared
2 21 (22.34%) SC Cleared
3 10 (10.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (9.57%) Degree
5 6 (6.38%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (5.32%) MCSE
6 5 (5.32%) PMI Certification
7 4 (4.26%) MCP
7 4 (4.26%) PMP
8 1 (1.06%) ISEB
8 1 (1.06%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.06%) SLA
1 1 (1.06%) QA
System Software
1 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
2 9 (9.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (5.32%) VMware ESX
4 3 (3.19%) XenApp
4 3 (3.19%) XenServer
4 3 (3.19%) XenDesktop
4 3 (3.19%) vSphere
5 2 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (2.13%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.06%) Xen
Systems Management
1 4 (4.26%) SCDPM
2 3 (3.19%) SCCM
3 2 (2.13%) PureDisk
3 2 (2.13%) NetBackup
3 2 (2.13%) WMI
4 1 (1.06%) Puppet
4 1 (1.06%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 13 (13.83%) Citrix
2 10 (10.64%) VMware
3 9 (9.57%) Oracle
4 6 (6.38%) Nintex
5 3 (3.19%) HP
5 3 (3.19%) Compaq
5 3 (3.19%) Dell
6 2 (2.13%) McAfee
6 2 (2.13%) Stellent
7 1 (1.06%) CA
7 1 (1.06%) Lotus
7 1 (1.06%) Adobe
7 1 (1.06%) AppSense
7 1 (1.06%) Google
7 1 (1.06%) Lumension
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