The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Leeds region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 29 April 2016 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 13 8 12
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 154 179 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 9.88% 13.36% 11.60%
As % of the Vendors category 28.52% 30.39% 26.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 106 78
Average daily rate £380 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £160 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £400 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 9
Average hourly rate £13.00 £12.80 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.58% +6.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £11.57 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £14.45 £15.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.89%
Microsoft
West Yorkshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Leeds region.

Vendors Category
Leeds
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
540 589 514
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 34.64% 43.96% 43.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 395 349
Average daily rate £400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 12 14
Average hourly rate £12.50 £13.60 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.05% -2.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £11.86 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £35.00 £17.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Leeds region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Leeds region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Leeds region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Leeds region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Leeds

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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.

1 107 (36.64%) SQL
2 96 (32.88%) SQL Server
3 92 (31.51%) Windows
4 87 (29.79%) MS Excel
5 58 (19.86%) Agile Software Development
6 57 (19.52%) .NET
7 54 (18.49%) Business Intelligence
8 47 (16.10%) Active Directory
9 44 (15.07%) MS Office
10 40 (13.70%) CRM
10 40 (13.70%) Finance
11 37 (12.67%) T-SQL
11 37 (12.67%) Windows Server
12 35 (11.99%) VMware
12 35 (11.99%) Dynamics CRM
13 34 (11.64%) C#
14 29 (9.93%) Oracle
14 29 (9.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 28 (9.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 27 (9.25%) ITIL
17 25 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 25 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
17 25 (8.56%) Microsoft Azure
18 24 (8.22%) SharePoint
19 23 (7.88%) Project Management
19 23 (7.88%) SQL Server 2008
20 22 (7.53%) Microsoft Certification
21 21 (7.19%) Cisco
21 21 (7.19%) MS Exchange
21 21 (7.19%) Team Foundation Server

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Leeds by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 24 (8.22%) SharePoint
2 21 (7.19%) MS Exchange
3 13 (4.45%) Skype for Business
4 11 (3.77%) Tomcat
5 7 (2.40%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (2.40%) IIS
5 7 (2.40%) Jetty
5 7 (2.40%) nginx
5 7 (2.40%) WebSphere
6 6 (2.05%) Apache
7 5 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (1.37%) CloudStack
8 4 (1.37%) JBoss
8 4 (1.37%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.34%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.34%) Umbraco
Applications
1 87 (29.79%) MS Excel
2 44 (15.07%) MS Office
3 20 (6.85%) MS Project
4 14 (4.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (2.74%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.68%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.34%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.34%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.34%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.34%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.34%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.34%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 35 (11.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.34%) Aligne
2 1 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.34%) Maximo
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 25 (8.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (5.48%) Office 365
3 6 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.71%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.71%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (1.71%) Google App Engine
4 5 (1.71%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.68%) IaaS
5 2 (0.68%) PaaS
6 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (6.85%) Firewall
2 15 (5.14%) DNS
3 12 (4.11%) WAN
4 11 (3.77%) LAN
4 11 (3.77%) SAN
4 11 (3.77%) TCP/IP
5 10 (3.42%) FTP
6 9 (3.08%) DHCP
7 8 (2.74%) VPN
8 7 (2.40%) HTTP
8 7 (2.40%) Network Security
8 7 (2.40%) SSL
9 6 (2.05%) IPsec
10 5 (1.71%) Intranet
11 4 (1.37%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (1.37%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.03%) Extranet
12 3 (1.03%) SSH
13 2 (0.68%) Internet
13 2 (0.68%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (32.88%) SQL Server
2 29 (9.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 28 (9.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (7.88%) SQL Server 2008
6 19 (6.51%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (5.82%) Data Mining
7 17 (5.82%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (4.79%) SQL Server 2005
9 11 (3.77%) SQL Server 2014
10 9 (3.08%) MS Access
10 9 (3.08%) SQL Server 2000
11 7 (2.40%) Azure SQL Database
12 6 (2.05%) Oracle Database
13 5 (1.71%) MySQL
14 4 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
15 3 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
16 2 (0.68%) QlikView
17 1 (0.34%) DTS
17 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 21 (7.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (3.42%) Visual Studio
3 9 (3.08%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.71%) Travis CI
5 4 (1.37%) Git (software)
5 4 (1.37%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (1.37%) Subversion
6 3 (1.03%) JIRA
6 3 (1.03%) Selenium
6 3 (1.03%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.68%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.68%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.68%) FitNesse
7 2 (0.68%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.34%) ERwin
8 1 (0.34%) Hudson
8 1 (0.34%) Log4j
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.34%) VersionOne
General
1 40 (13.70%) Finance
2 13 (4.45%) Banking
3 12 (4.11%) Legal
4 7 (2.40%) Games
4 7 (2.40%) Law
4 7 (2.40%) Retail
5 5 (1.71%) Advertising
5 5 (1.71%) Publishing
5 5 (1.71%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.68%) Back Office
7 1 (0.34%) Local Government
7 1 (0.34%) Marketing
7 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 61 (20.89%) Developer
2 48 (16.44%) Analyst
3 24 (8.22%) Architect
4 20 (6.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 18 (6.16%) SQL Developer
6 17 (5.82%) Support Analyst
7 13 (4.45%) .NET Developer
7 13 (4.45%) Consultant
7 13 (4.45%) Solutions Architect
8 12 (4.11%) SQL Server Developer
9 11 (3.77%) SQL BI Developer
9 11 (3.77%) SSAS Developer
9 11 (3.77%) SSRS Developer
9 11 (3.77%) Support Engineer
10 10 (3.42%) Security Specialist
10 10 (3.42%) Windows Engineer
11 9 (3.08%) Administrator
11 9 (3.08%) ETL Developer
11 9 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 9 (3.08%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (19.52%) .NET
2 14 (4.79%) HTML
3 13 (4.45%) XML
4 12 (4.11%) CSS
4 12 (4.11%) MDX
5 11 (3.77%) ASP.NET
6 10 (3.42%) Servlets
7 9 (3.08%) Velocity
7 9 (3.08%) Web Services
8 7 (2.40%) ASP.NET MVC
9 6 (2.05%) J2EE
10 5 (1.71%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.71%) Classic ASP
10 5 (1.71%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (1.37%) ActiveMQ
11 4 (1.37%) ASP.NET Web API
11 4 (1.37%) jQuery
11 4 (1.37%) Middleware
11 4 (1.37%) SOAP
11 4 (1.37%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 21 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (6.16%) Data Centre
3 14 (4.79%) Algorithms
4 13 (4.45%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.77%) Clustering
6 9 (3.08%) NHS
7 6 (2.05%) User Experience
7 6 (2.05%) Visualisation
8 5 (1.71%) e-Learning
8 5 (1.71%) Mathematics
8 5 (1.71%) Video Editing
9 4 (1.37%) Artificial Intelligence
9 4 (1.37%) Blackberry
9 4 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
9 4 (1.37%) Replication
9 4 (1.37%) Social Media
9 4 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.03%) Learning Management System
10 3 (1.03%) PKI
11 2 (0.68%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 92 (31.51%) Windows
2 37 (12.67%) Windows Server
3 19 (6.51%) Windows 7
4 16 (5.48%) Linux
5 14 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (4.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (2.74%) Unix
8 7 (2.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (1.71%) AIX
9 5 (1.71%) Android
9 5 (1.71%) Apple iOS
9 5 (1.71%) Windows XP
10 4 (1.37%) HPUX
10 4 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.37%) SUSE
11 2 (0.68%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.68%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.34%) Solaris
12 1 (0.34%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (19.86%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (18.49%) Business Intelligence
3 40 (13.70%) CRM
4 27 (9.25%) ITIL
5 23 (7.88%) Project Management
6 20 (6.85%) Data Security
6 20 (6.85%) ETL
6 20 (6.85%) Waterfall
7 18 (6.16%) Change Management
8 15 (5.14%) MVC
9 14 (4.79%) Data Modelling
10 13 (4.45%) Migration
10 13 (4.45%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (4.11%) Service Delivery
11 12 (4.11%) Unit Testing
12 11 (3.77%) Configuration Management
13 10 (3.42%) Ethical Hacking
13 10 (3.42%) Incident Management
13 10 (3.42%) Scrum
13 10 (3.42%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 107 (36.64%) SQL
2 37 (12.67%) T-SQL
3 34 (11.64%) C#
4 15 (5.14%) C++
4 15 (5.14%) Java
4 15 (5.14%) JavaScript
5 12 (4.11%) PL/SQL
6 10 (3.42%) VBA
7 7 (2.40%) VB.NET
8 6 (2.05%) PowerShell
8 6 (2.05%) VB
9 3 (1.03%) Python
10 2 (0.68%) C
10 2 (0.68%) PHP
11 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 22 (7.53%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (4.79%) MCSA
3 13 (4.45%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (3.77%) CISSP
5 10 (3.42%) CEH
6 9 (3.08%) Security Cleared
7 6 (2.05%) Degree
8 5 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.37%) CCA
9 4 (1.37%) SC Cleared
10 3 (1.03%) MCITP
10 3 (1.03%) MCSE
11 2 (0.68%) CCDP
11 2 (0.68%) CCIE
11 2 (0.68%) CCNP
11 2 (0.68%) ISEB
11 2 (0.68%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.34%) CCNA
12 1 (0.34%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.77%) Data Quality
1 11 (3.77%) PCI DSS
2 9 (3.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 9 (3.08%) QA
3 4 (1.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.34%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.34%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 47 (16.10%) Active Directory
2 25 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.42%) Hyper-V
3 10 (3.42%) Xen
4 7 (2.40%) vSphere
5 4 (1.37%) KVM
5 4 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.68%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.34%) Firmware
7 1 (0.34%) NFS
7 1 (0.34%) vCloud
7 1 (0.34%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (3.77%) SCCM
2 4 (1.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 3 (1.03%) Opsview
4 1 (0.34%) BladeLogic
4 1 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.34%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.34%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 1 (0.34%) SCOM
4 1 (0.34%) SCVMM
4 1 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (0.34%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (11.99%) VMware
2 29 (9.93%) Oracle
3 21 (7.19%) Cisco
4 14 (4.79%) HP
5 13 (4.45%) Informatica
6 10 (3.42%) Citrix
7 6 (2.05%) Adobe
7 6 (2.05%) IBM
8 5 (1.71%) Apple
8 5 (1.71%) Google
9 4 (1.37%) Dell
9 4 (1.37%) DevExpress
9 4 (1.37%) F5
9 4 (1.37%) iManage
9 4 (1.37%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.37%) SAP
9 4 (1.37%) Twitter
10 3 (1.03%) Brocade
10 3 (1.03%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.03%) Trillium
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