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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 3 29
Rank change year-on-year
0 +26
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 76 38 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 17.84% 14.02% 5.16%
As % of the Vendors category 33.33% 31.15% 8.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 17 7
Average daily rate
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£358 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.40% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £273 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £468 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 6
Average hourly rate £21.12 £14.25 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.17% -19.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.13 £10.30 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.30 £20.95 £38.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -14.28%
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
228 122 234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 53.52% 45.02% 57.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 47 129
Average daily rate £350 £325 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £251 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £424 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 10 13
Average hourly rate £22.00 £15.00 £26.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.66% -43.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £11.00 £13.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £116.40 £22.43 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +1.33%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 16 September 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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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 32 £523 +70.85% 5
Lytham St Annes - 16 £335 -
Blackpool -3 11 £345 +11.29% 2
Lancaster - 6 £423 - 2
Blackburn 0 1 - - 5
Chorley -3 1 - -
Newton-le-Willows - - - -
Accrington - - - - 1
Burnley - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 85 (56.67%) Windows
2 60 (40.00%) Security Cleared
3 57 (38.00%) MS Office
4 53 (35.33%) SC Cleared
5 50 (33.33%) Citrix
6 39 (26.00%) Windows 7
7 38 (25.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (24.67%) Windows Vista
9 36 (24.00%) Windows XP
10 35 (23.33%) Active Directory
11 33 (22.00%) SCCM
12 32 (21.33%) MS Excel
12 32 (21.33%) Software Deployment
13 31 (20.67%) Blackberry
13 31 (20.67%) VMware
14 29 (19.33%) Microsoft App-V
14 29 (19.33%) AppSense
15 28 (18.67%) VMware Infrastructure
15 28 (18.67%) Analytical Skills
16 27 (18.00%) SQL
17 26 (17.33%) Windows Server 2003
18 25 (16.67%) CA
18 25 (16.67%) DNS
19 24 (16.00%) SLA
20 23 (15.33%) SQL Server
20 23 (15.33%) Lumension
21 22 (14.67%) ITIL
22 21 (14.00%) Dell
22 21 (14.00%) Finance
23 19 (12.67%) XenApp

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 16 (10.67%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.33%) SharePoint
3 11 (7.33%) IIS
4 9 (6.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (4.67%) Lync
5 7 (4.67%) Jetty
5 7 (4.67%) nginx
5 7 (4.67%) Apache
5 7 (4.67%) Tomcat
5 7 (4.67%) WebSphere
6 5 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (2.00%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.33%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.33%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 57 (38.00%) MS Office
2 32 (21.33%) MS Excel
3 15 (10.00%) MS Project
4 11 (7.33%) MS Visio
5 5 (3.33%) AutoCAD
6 4 (2.67%) MS PowerPoint
7 3 (2.00%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (1.33%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (4.67%) ResourceLink
2 3 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.33%) SaaS
2 7 (4.67%) SuccessFactors
3 3 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (2.00%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (2.00%) Google App Engine
4 1 (0.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (16.67%) DNS
2 18 (12.00%) DHCP
3 16 (10.67%) TCP/IP
4 8 (5.33%) LAN
4 8 (5.33%) WAN
5 7 (4.67%) HTTP
6 6 (4.00%) SSL
7 3 (2.00%) IPsec
7 3 (2.00%) FTP
7 3 (2.00%) VoIP
8 2 (1.33%) OpenLDAP
8 2 (1.33%) SAN
9 1 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.67%) Unified Communications
9 1 (0.67%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (15.33%) SQL Server
2 14 (9.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (8.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 11 (7.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (4.67%) RDBMS
6 7 (4.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (4.67%) Relational Database
7 5 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.67%) Data Mart
8 4 (2.67%) OLAP
9 2 (1.33%) Oracle OLAP
10 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (4.67%) Talend Open Studio
2 6 (4.00%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.00%) MSI
4 2 (1.33%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.33%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (14.00%) Finance
2 6 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.33%) Marketing
4 3 (2.00%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.33%) Advertising
6 1 (0.67%) Military
6 1 (0.67%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 27 (18.00%) Support Engineer
2 20 (13.33%) Desktop Support
3 17 (11.33%) Architect
4 16 (10.67%) Desktop Engineer
4 16 (10.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 15 (10.00%) Analyst
6 14 (9.33%) Developer
7 9 (6.00%) Technical Architect
8 8 (5.33%) Consultant
8 8 (5.33%) Project Manager
8 8 (5.33%) Data Analyst
9 6 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (4.00%) Server Engineer
10 5 (3.33%) CAD Technician
10 5 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support
10 5 (3.33%) Solutions Architect
11 4 (2.67%) Solutions Designer
11 4 (2.67%) Technical Support
11 4 (2.67%) Messaging Engineer
11 4 (2.67%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.67%) .NET
2 10 (6.67%) Middleware
3 7 (4.67%) Servlets
3 7 (4.67%) ODBC
4 6 (4.00%) J2EE
5 5 (3.33%) Web Services
6 3 (2.00%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.33%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.33%) Application Packaging
7 2 (1.33%) Software Packaging
7 2 (1.33%) WPF
7 2 (1.33%) LINQ
8 1 (0.67%) jQuery
8 1 (0.67%) SGML
8 1 (0.67%) XML
8 1 (0.67%) Classic ASP
8 1 (0.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (20.67%) Blackberry
2 28 (18.67%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.67%) Reference Data
3 4 (2.67%) Data Integration
3 4 (2.67%) Open Source
4 3 (2.00%) Clustering
5 2 (1.33%) Replication
6 1 (0.67%) Economics
6 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 85 (56.67%) Windows
2 39 (26.00%) Windows 7
3 38 (25.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 37 (24.67%) Windows Vista
5 36 (24.00%) Windows XP
6 26 (17.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (8.67%) UNIX
8 10 (6.67%) MVS
8 10 (6.67%) Linux
9 7 (4.67%) Windows 2000
10 4 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (1.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (21.33%) Software Deployment
2 22 (14.67%) ITIL
3 13 (8.67%) CRM
4 11 (7.33%) Data Modelling
5 10 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (6.67%) Workflow
6 9 (6.00%) Migration
6 9 (6.00%) Data Analysis
6 9 (6.00%) Project Management
6 9 (6.00%) Service Management
6 9 (6.00%) TQM
7 8 (5.33%) Configuration Management
7 8 (5.33%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (4.67%) Data Management
8 7 (4.67%) ETL
8 7 (4.67%) Metadata Management
8 7 (4.67%) Data Migration
9 6 (4.00%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (4.00%) Time Management
9 6 (4.00%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 27 (18.00%) SQL
2 18 (12.00%) Java
3 10 (6.67%) PL/SQL
4 9 (6.00%) VBA
5 8 (5.33%) T-SQL
6 7 (4.67%) Perl
6 7 (4.67%) Python
6 7 (4.67%) Shell Script
6 7 (4.67%) PowerShell
7 6 (4.00%) VB
7 6 (4.00%) C
8 4 (2.67%) C#
9 2 (1.33%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.33%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.33%) XAML
10 1 (0.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 60 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 53 (35.33%) SC Cleared
3 17 (11.33%) Degree
4 16 (10.67%) MCSE
4 16 (10.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.00%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.33%) PMP
7 2 (1.33%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.33%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.67%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (16.00%) SLA
2 3 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 35 (23.33%) Active Directory
2 29 (19.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 28 (18.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (12.67%) XenApp
5 14 (9.33%) XenDesktop
6 13 (8.67%) vSphere
7 11 (7.33%) XenServer
8 3 (2.00%) Xen
8 3 (2.00%) VMware ESX
8 3 (2.00%) Brightmail
9 1 (0.67%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.67%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.67%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 33 (22.00%) SCCM
2 9 (6.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (2.00%) Puppet
3 3 (2.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.33%) HP SIM
4 2 (1.33%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.33%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 50 (33.33%) Citrix
2 31 (20.67%) VMware
3 29 (19.33%) AppSense
4 25 (16.67%) CA
5 23 (15.33%) Lumension
6 21 (14.00%) Dell
7 17 (11.33%) HP
7 17 (11.33%) Oracle
8 13 (8.67%) Compaq
9 8 (5.33%) SAP
9 8 (5.33%) webMethods
10 7 (4.67%) Software AG
10 7 (4.67%) Talend
11 6 (4.00%) IronPort
11 6 (4.00%) Symantec
12 5 (3.33%) F5
13 3 (2.00%) NetApp
13 3 (2.00%) Google
14 2 (1.33%) Remedy
14 2 (1.33%) Infor
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