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 5 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 10 8 6
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 43 32 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 11.29% 12.40% 15.42%
As % of the Vendors category 24.16% 39.51% 29.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 14 17
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £218 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £350 £319
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 6
Average hourly rate £42.17 £21.00 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.78% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.03 £16.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.30 £24.40 £29.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.25 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+1.75% -2.56%
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
178 81 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 46.72% 31.40% 52.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 33 61
Average daily rate £325 £300 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -0.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £398 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 17
Average hourly rate £25.12 £18.00 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.55% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.98 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.46 £24.28 £28.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.68
% change year-on-year
- -6.31%

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 5 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
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 5 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
Blackpool +3 14 £300 +33.33% 3
Preston +4 11 £300 -14.28% 8
Blackburn - - - - 4
Burnley - - - - 1
Lytham St Annes - - - -
Newton-le-Willows - - - - 1
Ormskirk - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 5 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 35 (35.71%) MS Excel
2 27 (27.55%) Windows
2 27 (27.55%) Security Cleared
3 24 (24.49%) SQL
4 22 (22.45%) SQL Server
4 22 (22.45%) SC Cleared
5 18 (18.37%) Active Directory
6 17 (17.35%) Citrix
7 15 (15.31%) IIS
7 15 (15.31%) MS Office
7 15 (15.31%) Analytical Skills
8 14 (14.29%) VMware
9 13 (13.27%) Java
10 12 (12.24%) .NET
10 12 (12.24%) TCP/IP
10 12 (12.24%) SharePoint
10 12 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
11 11 (11.22%) Data Management
11 11 (11.22%) Configuration Management
12 10 (10.20%) DNS
12 10 (10.20%) Master Data Management
13 9 (9.18%) Degree
13 9 (9.18%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (9.18%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (9.18%) MS Exchange
13 9 (9.18%) Oracle
13 9 (9.18%) Linux
13 9 (9.18%) Project Management
13 9 (9.18%) Service Management
13 9 (9.18%) Finance

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 15 (15.31%) IIS
2 12 (12.24%) SharePoint
3 9 (9.18%) MS Exchange
4 8 (8.16%) Apache
4 8 (8.16%) Tomcat
4 8 (8.16%) WebSphere
4 8 (8.16%) Jetty
4 8 (8.16%) nginx
5 5 (5.10%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.02%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 35 (35.71%) MS Excel
2 15 (15.31%) MS Office
3 6 (6.12%) InfoPath
3 6 (6.12%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (5.10%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (5.10%) MS Visio
4 5 (5.10%) MS Project
5 1 (1.02%) Doxygen
5 1 (1.02%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (1.02%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 6 (6.12%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (4.08%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (2.04%) ResourceLink
4 1 (1.02%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.08%) Cloud Computing
1 4 (4.08%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (4.08%) Google App Engine
1 4 (4.08%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (3.06%) SaaS
3 2 (2.04%) Office 365
3 2 (2.04%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.24%) TCP/IP
2 10 (10.20%) DNS
3 8 (8.16%) DHCP
3 8 (8.16%) HTTP
4 7 (7.14%) SSL
5 4 (4.08%) IPsec
5 4 (4.08%) WAN
5 4 (4.08%) FTP
6 3 (3.06%) LAN
6 3 (3.06%) VoIP
7 2 (2.04%) Wireless
7 2 (2.04%) Ethernet
7 2 (2.04%) iSCSI
7 2 (2.04%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (22.45%) SQL Server
2 9 (9.18%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (6.12%) MS Access
4 4 (4.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (3.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.02%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.02%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 7 (7.14%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.04%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (2.04%) Subversion
2 2 (2.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.02%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.02%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (9.18%) Finance
2 7 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 7 (7.14%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.06%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 19 (19.39%) Analyst
2 12 (12.24%) Support Engineer
3 11 (11.22%) Developer
4 10 (10.20%) Project Manager
5 7 (7.14%) Architect
5 7 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 7 (7.14%) Consultant
6 6 (6.12%) Business Process Analyst
6 6 (6.12%) Process Analyst
7 5 (5.10%) Technical Architect
8 4 (4.08%) Business Intelligence Consultant
8 4 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (4.08%) Administrator
8 4 (4.08%) SharePoint Administrator
9 3 (3.06%) Data Analyst
9 3 (3.06%) Senior Project Manager
9 3 (3.06%) Service Desk Analyst
9 3 (3.06%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (3.06%) SharePoint Developer
9 3 (3.06%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (12.24%) .NET
2 8 (8.16%) Servlets
3 7 (7.14%) J2EE
4 2 (2.04%) ODBC
5 1 (1.02%) jQuery
5 1 (1.02%) Application Packaging
5 1 (1.02%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.02%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.02%) CSS
5 1 (1.02%) Web Services
5 1 (1.02%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (15.31%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.14%) Data Structures
3 5 (5.10%) Open Source
4 4 (4.08%) NHS
4 4 (4.08%) Blackberry
4 4 (4.08%) Economics
5 2 (2.04%) Replication
5 2 (2.04%) Clustering
5 2 (2.04%) Learning Management System
5 2 (2.04%) Life Science
6 1 (1.02%) Informatics
6 1 (1.02%) Statistics
6 1 (1.02%) iPad
6 1 (1.02%) iPhone
6 1 (1.02%) PMI
6 1 (1.02%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 27 (27.55%) Windows
2 9 (9.18%) Linux
3 8 (8.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (8.16%) Windows 7
4 6 (6.12%) Windows XP
5 5 (5.10%) Windows Vista
5 5 (5.10%) UNIX
6 3 (3.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.02%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (11.22%) Data Management
1 11 (11.22%) Configuration Management
2 10 (10.20%) Master Data Management
3 9 (9.18%) Business Intelligence
3 9 (9.18%) Project Management
3 9 (9.18%) Service Management
4 8 (8.16%) ERP
4 8 (8.16%) Unit Testing
5 7 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (7.14%) Data Transformation
5 7 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (7.14%) ETL
5 7 (7.14%) ITIL
6 6 (6.12%) Workflow
6 6 (6.12%) Change Management
6 6 (6.12%) Automated Testing
6 6 (6.12%) Business Analysis
7 5 (5.10%) Data Analysis
7 5 (5.10%) Programme Management
7 5 (5.10%) Business Process Mapping
Programming Languages
1 24 (24.49%) SQL
2 13 (13.27%) Java
3 8 (8.16%) PowerShell
4 6 (6.12%) VB
5 5 (5.10%) C#
6 4 (4.08%) Python
6 4 (4.08%) VBA
6 4 (4.08%) Perl
7 3 (3.06%) PL/SQL
7 3 (3.06%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.04%) Shell Script
8 2 (2.04%) C
9 1 (1.02%) C++
Qualifications
1 27 (27.55%) Security Cleared
2 22 (22.45%) SC Cleared
3 9 (9.18%) Degree
4 5 (5.10%) PMI Certification
5 4 (4.08%) PMP
5 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (4.08%) MCSE
6 3 (3.06%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.02%) VCP4
7 1 (1.02%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.06%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (18.37%) Active Directory
2 12 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.08%) VMware ESX
3 4 (4.08%) Xen
4 3 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (3.06%) XenApp
5 2 (2.04%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.04%) XenServer
5 2 (2.04%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.04%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (5.10%) SCCM
2 4 (4.08%) Puppet
2 4 (4.08%) SCDPM
3 2 (2.04%) PureDisk
3 2 (2.04%) WMI
3 2 (2.04%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.02%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 17 (17.35%) Citrix
2 14 (14.29%) VMware
3 9 (9.18%) Oracle
4 6 (6.12%) Nintex
5 4 (4.08%) Dell
5 4 (4.08%) Google
6 2 (2.04%) McAfee
6 2 (2.04%) webMethods
6 2 (2.04%) Stellent
6 2 (2.04%) SAP
6 2 (2.04%) HP
6 2 (2.04%) Compaq
6 2 (2.04%) Software AG
6 2 (2.04%) AppSense
7 1 (1.02%) Lumension
7 1 (1.02%) CA
7 1 (1.02%) Lotus
7 1 (1.02%) Adobe
Preston
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + depending on experience
Posted: 11 hours ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £220 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Preston
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago