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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 10 11 9
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 43 14 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 9.56% 8.43% 9.88%
As % of the Vendors category 23.89% 23.33% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 16
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £265 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £322 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 2 6
Average hourly rate £29.25 £14.88 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+96.63% -33.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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
180 60 153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 40.00% 36.14% 44.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 27 81
Average daily rate £315 £300 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -17.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £493
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 5 12
Average hourly rate £25.12 £15.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.06% -31.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £21.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £15.50 £27.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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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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 +4 16 £235 -24.19%
Blackpool - 7 £300 - 2
Burnley - 2 £178 -
Blackburn +1 1 - -
Chorley - 1 £350 -
Lancaster - - - -
Skelmersdale - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 60 (48.78%) Windows
2 37 (30.08%) Security Cleared
3 35 (28.46%) SC Cleared
4 34 (27.64%) MS Excel
5 33 (26.83%) SQL
6 32 (26.02%) MS Office
7 31 (25.20%) Citrix
8 30 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
9 28 (22.76%) SQL Server
10 24 (19.51%) Windows 7
11 22 (17.89%) Java
11 22 (17.89%) Windows XP
12 21 (17.07%) Active Directory
12 21 (17.07%) Windows Server 2008
12 21 (17.07%) Windows Vista
12 21 (17.07%) Software Deployment
13 20 (16.26%) VMware
14 19 (15.45%) TCP/IP
14 19 (15.45%) Oracle
14 19 (15.45%) .NET
15 18 (14.63%) Degree
16 17 (13.82%) VMware Infrastructure
16 17 (13.82%) DNS
17 15 (12.20%) IIS
17 15 (12.20%) Blackberry
18 14 (11.38%) SCCM
19 13 (10.57%) Microsoft App-V
19 13 (10.57%) AppSense
19 13 (10.57%) Data Analysis
19 13 (10.57%) Data Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 15 (12.20%) IIS
2 11 (8.94%) MS Exchange
3 10 (8.13%) SharePoint
4 8 (6.50%) Apache
4 8 (6.50%) Tomcat
4 8 (6.50%) Jetty
4 8 (6.50%) WebSphere
4 8 (6.50%) nginx
5 4 (3.25%) Lync
6 2 (1.63%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.81%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 34 (27.64%) MS Excel
2 32 (26.02%) MS Office
3 10 (8.13%) MS Project
4 7 (5.69%) MS Visio
5 3 (2.44%) InfoPath
6 2 (1.63%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.81%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.81%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (6.50%) ResourceLink
2 5 (4.07%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.81%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.32%) SaaS
2 8 (6.50%) SuccessFactors
3 4 (3.25%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (3.25%) Google App Engine
3 4 (3.25%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (3.25%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (2.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (15.45%) TCP/IP
2 17 (13.82%) DNS
3 11 (8.94%) DHCP
4 8 (6.50%) WAN
4 8 (6.50%) HTTP
5 7 (5.69%) SSL
5 7 (5.69%) LAN
6 4 (3.25%) FTP
6 4 (3.25%) IPsec
7 3 (2.44%) VoIP
8 2 (1.63%) Ethernet
8 2 (1.63%) Wireless
8 2 (1.63%) iSCSI
8 2 (1.63%) NAS
9 1 (0.81%) Unified Communications
9 1 (0.81%) OpenLDAP
9 1 (0.81%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (22.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (9.76%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (8.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (8.94%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (8.13%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (8.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (6.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (4.88%) MS Access
7 4 (3.25%) RDBMS
7 4 (3.25%) OLAP
7 4 (3.25%) Data Mart
7 4 (3.25%) Relational Database
7 4 (3.25%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (1.63%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 7 (5.69%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.44%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (1.63%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.81%) Mercurial
General
1 12 (9.76%) Finance
2 6 (4.88%) Manufacturing
3 5 (4.07%) Marketing
4 3 (2.44%) Advertising
5 1 (0.81%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (17.89%) Analyst
2 18 (14.63%) Support Engineer
3 17 (13.82%) Developer
4 12 (9.76%) Desktop Support
5 10 (8.13%) Consultant
5 10 (8.13%) Desktop Engineer
5 10 (8.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 9 (7.32%) Project Manager
7 6 (4.88%) Business Analyst
7 6 (4.88%) Data Analyst
8 5 (4.07%) Process Analyst
8 5 (4.07%) Business Process Analyst
8 5 (4.07%) Architect
9 4 (3.25%) Business Intelligence Consultant
9 4 (3.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 3 (2.44%) SQL Developer
10 3 (2.44%) SQL DBA
10 3 (2.44%) .NET Developer
10 3 (2.44%) Design Engineer
10 3 (2.44%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.45%) .NET
2 8 (6.50%) Servlets
3 7 (5.69%) J2EE
4 6 (4.88%) ODBC
5 4 (3.25%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.63%) XML
7 2 (1.63%) WPF
7 2 (1.63%) LINQ
7 2 (1.63%) jQuery
8 1 (0.81%) SOAP
8 1 (0.81%) Web Services
8 1 (0.81%) CSS
8 1 (0.81%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (12.20%) Blackberry
3 7 (5.69%) Data Structures
4 5 (4.07%) Clustering
4 5 (4.07%) Open Source
5 3 (2.44%) NHS
6 2 (1.63%) Life Science
6 2 (1.63%) Economics
7 1 (0.81%) E-Learning
7 1 (0.81%) Replication
7 1 (0.81%) Statistics
7 1 (0.81%) iPhone
7 1 (0.81%) iPad
7 1 (0.81%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 60 (48.78%) Windows
2 24 (19.51%) Windows 7
3 22 (17.89%) Windows XP
4 21 (17.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (17.07%) Windows Vista
5 12 (9.76%) Linux
6 8 (6.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (4.88%) Windows 2000
8 5 (4.07%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.63%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.81%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (17.07%) Software Deployment
2 13 (10.57%) Data Analysis
2 13 (10.57%) Data Management
3 12 (9.76%) Business Intelligence
4 11 (8.94%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (8.94%) ITIL
5 9 (7.32%) Master Data Management
5 9 (7.32%) Business Analysis
5 9 (7.32%) Configuration Management
5 9 (7.32%) Project Management
6 8 (6.50%) ETL
7 7 (5.69%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (4.88%) ERP
8 6 (4.88%) Service Management
8 6 (4.88%) Unit Testing
8 6 (4.88%) Time Management
8 6 (4.88%) Automated Testing
8 6 (4.88%) Migration
8 6 (4.88%) Performance Tuning
9 5 (4.07%) Data Transformation
Programming Languages
1 33 (26.83%) SQL
2 22 (17.89%) Java
3 12 (9.76%) PL/SQL
4 10 (8.13%) Python
4 10 (8.13%) Perl
4 10 (8.13%) VB
5 9 (7.32%) VBA
6 8 (6.50%) T-SQL
6 8 (6.50%) Shell Script
7 7 (5.69%) C
8 6 (4.88%) C#
9 4 (3.25%) JavaScript
10 2 (1.63%) VB.NET
10 2 (1.63%) XAML
10 2 (1.63%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.81%) C++
11 1 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 37 (30.08%) Security Cleared
2 35 (28.46%) SC Cleared
3 18 (14.63%) Degree
4 10 (8.13%) MCSE
4 10 (8.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (4.88%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.44%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.81%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.76%) SLA
2 3 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.81%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (17.07%) Active Directory
2 17 (13.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (10.57%) Microsoft App-V
4 10 (8.13%) XenApp
5 6 (4.88%) XenDesktop
6 4 (3.25%) Xen
7 3 (2.44%) VMware ESX
7 3 (2.44%) vSphere
7 3 (2.44%) XenServer
8 2 (1.63%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 14 (11.38%) SCCM
2 6 (4.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (3.25%) Puppet
4 3 (2.44%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.63%) PureDisk
5 2 (1.63%) WMI
5 2 (1.63%) SCDPM
6 1 (0.81%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.81%) SCOM
6 1 (0.81%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 31 (25.20%) Citrix
2 20 (16.26%) VMware
3 19 (15.45%) Oracle
4 13 (10.57%) AppSense
4 13 (10.57%) Dell
5 10 (8.13%) CA
5 10 (8.13%) Lumension
6 9 (7.32%) webMethods
6 9 (7.32%) SAP
7 8 (6.50%) Software AG
8 5 (4.07%) HP
9 4 (3.25%) Compaq
9 4 (3.25%) Google
10 3 (2.44%) Nintex
10 3 (2.44%) Talend
11 2 (1.63%) NetApp
12 1 (0.81%) MobileIron
12 1 (0.81%) ScanSafe
12 1 (0.81%) Infor
12 1 (0.81%) SolarWinds