The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 9 10
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 194 133 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.95% 11.40% 11.64%
As % of the Vendors category 30.99% 27.65% 25.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 56 61
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £179 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 29 35
Average hourly rate £12.00 £14.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.24% -14.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.99 £10.40 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £25.20 £35.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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 Manchester region.

Vendors Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
626 481 616
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 45.00% 41.22% 45.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 379 209 271
Average daily rate £340 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 49 54
Average hourly rate £14.25 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.97% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.30 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £27.50 £35.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-0.62% -4.67%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 October 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
Oldham +2 12 £200 +142.42% 1
Wigan +3 5 £250 -16.66% 6
Altrincham +4 3 £275 -28.57% 2
Stockport +1 3 - - 11
Salford +2 2 £350 - 4
Bolton - 1 - - 4
Bury - - - - 3
Cheadle - - - - 4
Ashton-under-Lyne - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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.

1 135 (36.89%) MS Excel
2 134 (36.61%) Windows
3 100 (27.32%) MS Office
4 78 (21.31%) SQL Server
5 72 (19.67%) Finance
6 68 (18.58%) .NET
7 65 (17.76%) SQL
8 55 (15.03%) Active Directory
9 46 (12.57%) ITIL
10 44 (12.02%) Analytical Skills
11 42 (11.48%) Migration
12 41 (11.20%) Project Management
12 41 (11.20%) C#
13 40 (10.93%) Business Analysis
14 38 (10.38%) VMware
15 37 (10.11%) Oracle
16 36 (9.84%) Citrix
16 36 (9.84%) SQL Server 2008
16 36 (9.84%) Windows 7
17 35 (9.56%) Microsoft Certification
18 34 (9.29%) Windows Server 2008
18 34 (9.29%) Degree
19 31 (8.47%) SAN
20 30 (8.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 30 (8.20%) Agile Software Development
21 29 (7.92%) Windows Server 2003
22 28 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
23 27 (7.38%) Cisco
23 27 (7.38%) HTML
23 27 (7.38%) Hyper-V

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 22 (6.01%) MS Exchange
2 18 (4.92%) SharePoint
3 10 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (2.46%) IIS
5 7 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (1.91%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (1.37%) Lync
6 5 (1.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.09%) CICS
7 4 (1.09%) IBM Notes
7 4 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (0.82%) MS Project Server
8 3 (0.82%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.82%) Apache
8 3 (0.82%) CMS
8 3 (0.82%) Orchard CMS
8 3 (0.82%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.55%) SAS
10 1 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 135 (36.89%) MS Excel
2 100 (27.32%) MS Office
3 23 (6.28%) MS Visio
4 20 (5.46%) MS Project
5 17 (4.64%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.82%) Mingle
7 2 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.27%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 23 (6.28%) Dynamics AX
2 14 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (3.28%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (2.19%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (1.91%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (1.91%) Oracle 11i
5 7 (1.91%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (1.64%) Oracle General Ledger
7 5 (1.37%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (1.37%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.82%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.82%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.55%) Agresso
10 1 (0.27%) GoldMine
10 1 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.64%) Office 365
2 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (8.47%) SAN
2 26 (7.10%) Firewall
3 18 (4.92%) WAN
4 16 (4.37%) NAS
5 15 (4.10%) LAN
6 12 (3.28%) VPN
6 12 (3.28%) Wireless
7 8 (2.19%) Fibre Channel
7 8 (2.19%) DNS
7 8 (2.19%) Internet
8 7 (1.91%) DHCP
9 6 (1.64%) Intranet
10 5 (1.37%) DMZ
10 5 (1.37%) iSCSI
11 4 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (1.09%) Wireshark
11 4 (1.09%) Network Security
11 4 (1.09%) TCP/IP
11 4 (1.09%) MPLS
12 3 (0.82%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (21.31%) SQL Server
2 36 (9.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (8.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 16 (4.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (4.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (3.55%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (3.01%) Oracle Database
7 10 (2.73%) MS Access
8 7 (1.91%) RavenDB
9 6 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (1.09%) SQL Server 2000
11 4 (1.09%) Easytrieve
12 3 (0.82%) EDMS
12 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (0.55%) OLAP
13 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
13 2 (0.55%) Big Data
14 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
14 1 (0.27%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 24 (6.56%) Visual Studio
2 12 (3.28%) Toad
3 10 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (2.73%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 5 (1.37%) MSTest
4 5 (1.37%) Subversion
4 5 (1.37%) MorphX
5 4 (1.09%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.82%) Selenium
6 3 (0.82%) Axure RP
7 2 (0.55%) MSI
7 2 (0.55%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.27%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.27%) ReSharper
General
1 72 (19.67%) Finance
2 19 (5.19%) Advertising
3 14 (3.83%) Retail
4 10 (2.73%) Banking
5 7 (1.91%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.91%) Marketing
6 6 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.37%) Legal
7 5 (1.37%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.55%) Billing
9 1 (0.27%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.27%) Back Office
9 1 (0.27%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 103 (28.14%) Analyst
2 87 (23.77%) Developer
3 47 (12.84%) Business Analyst
4 27 (7.38%) Consultant
5 23 (6.28%) .NET Developer
5 23 (6.28%) Service Desk Analyst
6 22 (6.01%) Service Analyst
7 15 (4.10%) C# Developer
8 13 (3.55%) Architect
8 13 (3.55%) Project Manager
9 12 (3.28%) Administrator
10 11 (3.01%) Support Analyst
10 11 (3.01%) 1st Line Support
10 11 (3.01%) Desktop Support
10 11 (3.01%) Microsoft Developer
11 10 (2.73%) SQL Developer
11 10 (2.73%) 2nd Line Support
12 9 (2.46%) Infrastructure Consultant
12 9 (2.46%) Dynamics AX Developer
12 9 (2.46%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (18.58%) .NET
2 27 (7.38%) HTML
3 24 (6.56%) ASP.NET
4 22 (6.01%) CSS
5 21 (5.74%) Web Services
6 16 (4.37%) .NET Framework
6 16 (4.37%) jQuery
7 15 (4.10%) ASP.NET MVC
8 14 (3.83%) WPF
9 13 (3.55%) WCF
9 13 (3.55%) LINQ
9 13 (3.55%) XML
10 9 (2.46%) HTML5
10 9 (2.46%) CSS3
11 8 (2.19%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 8 (2.19%) AngularJS
11 8 (2.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 7 (1.91%) XHTML
12 7 (1.91%) Ajax
13 6 (1.64%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 44 (12.02%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (6.83%) Management Information System
3 15 (4.10%) NHS
4 13 (3.55%) Data Extraction
5 10 (2.73%) Life Science
6 9 (2.46%) Blackberry
7 8 (2.19%) Replication
7 8 (2.19%) Clustering
8 6 (1.64%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.37%) Mainframe
9 5 (1.37%) N-Tier
9 5 (1.37%) Open Source
9 5 (1.37%) Celerra
9 5 (1.37%) IBM Mainframe
10 4 (1.09%) iPad
10 4 (1.09%) VSAM
11 3 (0.82%) Statistics
11 3 (0.82%) Mathematics
11 3 (0.82%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 134 (36.61%) Windows
2 36 (9.84%) Windows 7
3 34 (9.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 29 (7.92%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (6.56%) Windows XP
6 11 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (2.46%) UNIX
8 8 (2.19%) Apple iOS
8 8 (2.19%) Solaris
9 7 (1.91%) Android
10 5 (1.37%) Windows 2000
10 5 (1.37%) Windows 8
10 5 (1.37%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.55%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.55%) Windows NT
11 2 (0.55%) NetWare
11 2 (0.55%) Linux
11 2 (0.55%) AIX
12 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (12.57%) ITIL
2 42 (11.48%) Migration
3 41 (11.20%) Project Management
4 40 (10.93%) Business Analysis
5 30 (8.20%) Agile Software Development
6 28 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 26 (7.10%) MVC
8 20 (5.46%) Change Management
9 19 (5.19%) PRINCE2
9 19 (5.19%) Data Migration
10 17 (4.64%) Product Management
10 17 (4.64%) CRM
10 17 (4.64%) ERP
10 17 (4.64%) Scrum
11 16 (4.37%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (4.10%) Mentoring
12 15 (4.10%) Business Intelligence
13 14 (3.83%) Data Cleansing
14 12 (3.28%) OO
14 12 (3.28%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 65 (17.76%) SQL
2 41 (11.20%) C#
3 25 (6.83%) JavaScript
4 20 (5.46%) PL/SQL
5 15 (4.10%) T-SQL
6 9 (2.46%) VBA
7 8 (2.19%) X++
8 6 (1.64%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.64%) VB
9 4 (1.09%) Assembly Language
9 4 (1.09%) REXX
9 4 (1.09%) JCL
9 4 (1.09%) COBOL
10 3 (0.82%) VBScript
10 3 (0.82%) XAML
10 3 (0.82%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.82%) Ruby
10 3 (0.82%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.55%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.55%) XPath
Qualifications
1 35 (9.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (9.29%) Degree
3 17 (4.64%) MCSE
4 16 (4.37%) MCITP
5 12 (3.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 10 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (2.46%) MCP
7 9 (2.46%) CCNA
7 9 (2.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 9 (2.46%) VCP5
8 8 (2.19%) Security Cleared
8 8 (2.19%) MCTS
8 8 (2.19%) MCSA
9 7 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (1.64%) SC Cleared
11 5 (1.37%) CCNP
12 4 (1.09%) CCIP
12 4 (1.09%) CCDP
12 4 (1.09%) IBM Certification
12 4 (1.09%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.91%) QA
2 6 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.55%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.27%) Basel III
5 1 (0.27%) GAMP
System Software
1 55 (15.03%) Active Directory
2 27 (7.38%) Hyper-V
3 25 (6.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (4.64%) VMware ESX
5 6 (1.64%) Terminal Services
6 5 (1.37%) XenApp
6 5 (1.37%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 3 (0.82%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 3 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.55%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.27%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 20 (5.46%) SCCM
2 15 (4.10%) Backup Exec
3 9 (2.46%) SCOM
4 3 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.82%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (0.55%) OpenView
5 2 (0.55%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (0.55%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.55%) SAP Afaria
5 2 (0.55%) SCSM
6 1 (0.27%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 38 (10.38%) VMware
2 37 (10.11%) Oracle
3 36 (9.84%) Citrix
4 27 (7.38%) Cisco
5 19 (5.19%) HP
6 16 (4.37%) Juniper
6 16 (4.37%) Symantec
7 14 (3.83%) EMC
8 13 (3.55%) IBM
9 10 (2.73%) Apple
10 9 (2.46%) SolarWinds
11 7 (1.91%) SAP
12 6 (1.64%) Sage
12 6 (1.64%) CheckPoint
13 5 (1.37%) Dell
13 5 (1.37%) Avaya
13 5 (1.37%) Northgate
14 4 (1.09%) Nortel
14 4 (1.09%) Lotus
15 3 (0.82%) Red Hat
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