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 23 January 2017 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
23 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
North West / Lancashire
Rank 9 12 13
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 37 38 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 14.07% 9.92% 8.60%
As % of the Vendors category 31.90% 24.05% 20.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 22 19
Median daily rate £335 £324 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.47% +7.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £251 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 5
Median hourly rate £41.25 £44.75 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.82% +37.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.45 £16.93 £24.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £47.33 £35.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.33%

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
116 158 182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 44.11% 41.25% 41.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 94 111
Median daily rate £425 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 36 13
Median hourly rate £55.00 £40.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% +23.07%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £23.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-19.56% +35.29%

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 23 January 2017.

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 23 January 2017.

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 23 January 2017. 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 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 -1 17 £325 +15.55% 2
Blackpool +6 12 £335 -25.55%
Burnley - 2 £294 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, 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 38 (51.35%) Windows
2 31 (41.89%) ITIL
3 30 (40.54%) MS Excel
4 26 (35.14%) SQL
5 21 (28.38%) Service Management
6 19 (25.68%) Linux
7 18 (24.32%) AIX
8 17 (22.97%) Windows XP
8 17 (22.97%) MS PowerPoint
9 16 (21.62%) Security Cleared
9 16 (21.62%) .NET
9 16 (21.62%) SQL Server
10 15 (20.27%) Release Management
11 14 (18.92%) Windows Server
12 13 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
12 13 (17.57%) SC Cleared
12 13 (17.57%) Microsoft Certification
13 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (16.22%) Finance
13 12 (16.22%) VMware
13 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2008
13 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
14 11 (14.86%) WebSphere
14 11 (14.86%) SCOM
14 11 (14.86%) ITSM
14 11 (14.86%) C#
14 11 (14.86%) Oracle
14 11 (14.86%) Windows 2000
15 10 (13.51%) Unix
15 10 (13.51%) Active Directory

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 11 (14.86%) WebSphere
2 6 (8.11%) IIS
3 1 (1.35%) Apache
3 1 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 30 (40.54%) MS Excel
2 17 (22.97%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (5.41%) MS Office
3 4 (5.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (6.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.70%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.70%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (13.51%) IaaS
1 10 (13.51%) PaaS
1 10 (13.51%) SaaS
2 3 (4.05%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (12.16%) LAN
2 7 (9.46%) WAN
3 4 (5.41%) SAN
3 4 (5.41%) VPN
4 3 (4.05%) Firewall
5 2 (2.70%) Softphone
5 2 (2.70%) Symposium
5 2 (2.70%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.70%) VoIP
6 1 (1.35%) DHCP
6 1 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (21.62%) SQL Server
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Database
3 8 (10.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (9.46%) Oracle Database 12c
5 4 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (5.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (4.05%) MySQL
6 3 (4.05%) Relational Database
6 3 (4.05%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (2.70%) RDBMS
7 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.35%) InterSystems Cache
8 1 (1.35%) MS Access
8 1 (1.35%) Power BI
8 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (1.35%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 8 (10.81%) Visual Studio
2 2 (2.70%) JUnit
2 2 (2.70%) Selenium
2 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.35%) ClearCase
3 1 (1.35%) ClearQuest
3 1 (1.35%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.35%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.35%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.35%) Maven
3 1 (1.35%) NUnit
3 1 (1.35%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.35%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.35%) Rational Robot
3 1 (1.35%) Subversion
3 1 (1.35%) TestNG
3 1 (1.35%) VectorCAST
3 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 12 (16.22%) Finance
2 9 (12.16%) Advertising
3 7 (9.46%) Telecoms
4 5 (6.76%) Banking
5 1 (1.35%) Avionics
5 1 (1.35%) Electronics
5 1 (1.35%) Local Government
5 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.35%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 11 (14.86%) Analyst
1 11 (14.86%) Developer
2 7 (9.46%) Support Analyst
3 6 (8.11%) Monitoring Engineer
3 6 (8.11%) Operational Support Analyst
3 6 (8.11%) Operations Analyst
3 6 (8.11%) Operations Engineer
3 6 (8.11%) Operations Support Analyst
3 6 (8.11%) Software Engineer
3 6 (8.11%) Support Engineer
4 5 (6.76%) Senior Operations Engineer
4 5 (6.76%) Systems Engineer
4 5 (6.76%) Systems Monitoring Engineer
5 4 (5.41%) .NET Developer
5 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (5.41%) Business Analyst
5 4 (5.41%) DBA
5 4 (5.41%) Delphi Software Engineer
5 4 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (21.62%) .NET
2 7 (9.46%) ASP.NET
3 6 (8.11%) HTML
3 6 (8.11%) Regular Expression
4 5 (6.76%) CSS
4 5 (6.76%) XML
5 4 (5.41%) Web Services
6 3 (4.05%) Ajax
6 3 (4.05%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (4.05%) LINQ
6 3 (4.05%) SOAP
6 3 (4.05%) WCF
7 2 (2.70%) .NET Framework
7 2 (2.70%) jQuery
7 2 (2.70%) KnockoutJS
7 2 (2.70%) RESTful
7 2 (2.70%) WinForms
7 2 (2.70%) WPF
8 1 (1.35%) HTML5
8 1 (1.35%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.81%) Tandem
3 6 (8.11%) Management Information System
3 6 (8.11%) PKI
4 3 (4.05%) User Experience
5 2 (2.70%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.70%) Clustering
6 1 (1.35%) AS400
6 1 (1.35%) Data Conversion
6 1 (1.35%) NHS
6 1 (1.35%) Oracle Licensing
6 1 (1.35%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 38 (51.35%) Windows
2 19 (25.68%) Linux
3 18 (24.32%) AIX
4 17 (22.97%) Windows XP
5 14 (18.92%) Windows Server
6 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (14.86%) Windows 2000
8 10 (13.51%) Unix
9 9 (12.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (9.46%) Solaris
11 6 (8.11%) HPUX
11 6 (8.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (4.05%) Windows 10
13 1 (1.35%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (41.89%) ITIL
2 21 (28.38%) Service Management
3 15 (20.27%) Release Management
4 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (14.86%) ITSM
6 10 (13.51%) Data Management
6 10 (13.51%) Open Source
7 9 (12.16%) Change Management
7 9 (12.16%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (12.16%) DevOps
7 9 (12.16%) PRINCE2
7 9 (12.16%) Software Engineering
8 8 (10.81%) Data Analysis
8 8 (10.81%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 8 (10.81%) Problem Management
9 7 (9.46%) Infrastructure Management
10 5 (6.76%) CRM
10 5 (6.76%) Regression Testing
11 4 (5.41%) MVC
11 4 (5.41%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (35.14%) SQL
2 11 (14.86%) C#
3 8 (10.81%) Java
4 7 (9.46%) Perl
4 7 (9.46%) VBScript
5 6 (8.11%) Bourne shell
5 6 (8.11%) Korn
5 6 (8.11%) PowerShell
6 4 (5.41%) Delphi
6 4 (5.41%) JavaScript
7 3 (4.05%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.70%) C
8 2 (2.70%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.35%) Ada
9 1 (1.35%) PHP
9 1 (1.35%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (21.62%) Security Cleared
2 13 (17.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (17.57%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.11%) CCNA
3 6 (8.11%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (8.11%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (8.11%) MCSE
4 5 (6.76%) Degree
4 5 (6.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.70%) ISEB
6 1 (1.35%) CBAP
6 1 (1.35%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (1.35%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.35%) HND
6 1 (1.35%) IIBA
6 1 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.35%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.11%) SLA
2 4 (5.41%) QA
3 2 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (13.51%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (6.76%) vSphere
4 2 (2.70%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.35%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 11 (14.86%) SCOM
2 7 (9.46%) Netcool
2 7 (9.46%) SCCM
2 7 (9.46%) Tivoli
3 6 (8.11%) HP SiteScope
4 5 (6.76%) Backup Exec
4 5 (6.76%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.70%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 12 (16.22%) VMware
2 11 (14.86%) Oracle
3 8 (10.81%) Cisco
3 8 (10.81%) HP
4 7 (9.46%) IBM
5 6 (8.11%) CA
5 6 (8.11%) Intel Security
5 6 (8.11%) Red Hat
5 6 (8.11%) Symantec
6 4 (5.41%) Canon
6 4 (5.41%) Dell
6 4 (5.41%) Veeam
7 3 (4.05%) EqualLogic
8 2 (2.70%) Citrix
8 2 (2.70%) Sage
9 1 (1.35%) Guidewire
9 1 (1.35%) SAP
9 1 (1.35%) ServiceNow
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