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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 227 183 177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 16.16% 15.84% 14.50%
As % of the Vendors category 35.75% 35.06% 28.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 90 82
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£325 £284 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.53% -5.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £135 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £402 £386
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 20 29
Average hourly rate £13.00 £16.00 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% -31.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.98 £10.72 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.65 £31.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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
635 522 611
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 45.20% 45.19% 50.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 272 295
Average daily rate £350 £301 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.47% -7.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £135 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 33 39
Average hourly rate £14.25 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £10.72 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £30.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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.

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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
Stockport +1 5 - - 6
Oldham +3 4 £250 - 3
Wigan +1 4 £250 - 3
Bolton - 2 £100 - 3
Altrincham +3 1 - - 2
Salford -1 1 £375 - 3
Ashton-under-Lyne - - - -
Bury - - - -
Cheadle - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 160 (38.83%) Windows
2 133 (32.28%) MS Excel
3 123 (29.85%) MS Office
4 103 (25.00%) SQL Server
5 85 (20.63%) Active Directory
6 81 (19.66%) SQL
6 81 (19.66%) .NET
7 67 (16.26%) Finance
8 54 (13.11%) Citrix
9 52 (12.62%) ITIL
10 50 (12.14%) Windows 7
11 47 (11.41%) VMware
12 45 (10.92%) C#
13 44 (10.68%) Migration
14 42 (10.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 41 (9.95%) JavaScript
16 40 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
17 39 (9.47%) Windows XP
18 37 (8.98%) HTML
18 37 (8.98%) MS Exchange
18 37 (8.98%) Project Management
19 36 (8.74%) Microsoft Certification
19 36 (8.74%) ASP.NET
20 35 (8.50%) Oracle
21 33 (8.01%) SQL Server 2008
22 32 (7.77%) Agile Software Development
22 32 (7.77%) MVC
23 30 (7.28%) CSS
23 30 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
24 29 (7.04%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 37 (8.98%) MS Exchange
2 19 (4.61%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.64%) IIS
3 15 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (2.43%) IBM Notes
5 9 (2.18%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (1.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (1.70%) CMS
8 5 (1.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.97%) CICS
9 4 (0.97%) Apache
9 4 (0.97%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.97%) Orchard CMS
9 4 (0.97%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.73%) Lync
11 2 (0.49%) SAS
11 2 (0.49%) Drupal
Applications
1 133 (32.28%) MS Excel
2 123 (29.85%) MS Office
3 19 (4.61%) MS PowerPoint
4 17 (4.13%) MS Project
5 16 (3.88%) MS Visio
6 7 (1.70%) Mingle
7 3 (0.73%) PowerPivot
7 3 (0.73%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.73%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.24%) InDesign
8 1 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.24%) SPSS
8 1 (0.24%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 20 (4.85%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (2.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (1.46%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.97%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.73%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.73%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.49%) Agresso
6 2 (0.49%) Tridion
6 2 (0.49%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.24%) SiteCatalyst
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.24%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.24%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.94%) Office 365
2 4 (0.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.24%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 28 (6.80%) SAN
2 24 (5.83%) WAN
3 22 (5.34%) LAN
4 21 (5.10%) Firewall
5 20 (4.85%) NAS
6 13 (3.16%) Wireless
7 12 (2.91%) VPN
8 11 (2.67%) Fibre Channel
9 10 (2.43%) DNS
10 9 (2.18%) Intranet
11 8 (1.94%) Internet
12 7 (1.70%) iSCSI
12 7 (1.70%) DHCP
13 6 (1.46%) DMZ
13 6 (1.46%) Network Security
14 5 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (1.21%) VLAN
14 5 (1.21%) TCP/IP
14 5 (1.21%) MPLS
15 4 (0.97%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 42 (10.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 33 (8.01%) SQL Server 2008
4 23 (5.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 22 (5.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (3.64%) SQL Server 2005
7 11 (2.67%) RavenDB
8 9 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.94%) Oracle Database
10 6 (1.46%) MS Access
10 6 (1.46%) QlikView
11 5 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.97%) Easytrieve
12 4 (0.97%) Big Data
13 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
13 3 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (0.73%) EDMS
14 2 (0.49%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.49%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 29 (7.04%) Visual Studio
2 12 (2.91%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 9 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (1.46%) Toad
4 6 (1.46%) MorphX
5 5 (1.21%) MSTest
5 5 (1.21%) Subversion
6 4 (0.97%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.73%) Axure RP
7 3 (0.73%) Selenium
8 2 (0.49%) ERwin
General
1 67 (16.26%) Finance
2 18 (4.37%) Advertising
3 15 (3.64%) Retail
4 14 (3.40%) Legal
5 10 (2.43%) Banking
6 9 (2.18%) Marketing
6 9 (2.18%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.46%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.73%) Back Office
9 2 (0.49%) Publishing
9 2 (0.49%) Law
10 1 (0.24%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.24%) Billing
10 1 (0.24%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.24%) Automotive
10 1 (0.24%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 109 (26.46%) Analyst
2 96 (23.30%) Developer
3 35 (8.50%) Business Analyst
4 34 (8.25%) Service Desk Analyst
5 32 (7.77%) Service Analyst
6 26 (6.31%) Architect
7 20 (4.85%) Project Manager
8 18 (4.37%) Consultant
8 18 (4.37%) .NET Developer
9 17 (4.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (3.16%) C# Developer
10 13 (3.16%) SQL Developer
10 13 (3.16%) Server Engineer
10 13 (3.16%) 1st Line Support
11 12 (2.91%) Support Engineer
11 12 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support
11 12 (2.91%) Designer
12 11 (2.67%) Microsoft Developer
12 11 (2.67%) Dynamics AX Developer
12 11 (2.67%) UI Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (19.66%) .NET
2 37 (8.98%) HTML
3 36 (8.74%) ASP.NET
4 30 (7.28%) CSS
5 28 (6.80%) Web Services
6 24 (5.83%) jQuery
7 20 (4.85%) XML
7 20 (4.85%) ASP.NET MVC
8 17 (4.13%) HTML5
9 16 (3.88%) .NET Framework
10 15 (3.64%) CSS3
10 15 (3.64%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 13 (3.16%) LINQ
12 12 (2.91%) WPF
13 11 (2.67%) AngularJS
13 11 (2.67%) Ajax
14 10 (2.43%) WCF
15 9 (2.18%) XHTML
16 8 (1.94%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 8 (1.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 40 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (5.58%) Management Information System
3 18 (4.37%) NHS
4 14 (3.40%) Replication
4 14 (3.40%) Clustering
5 11 (2.67%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.43%) Life Science
7 9 (2.18%) Blackberry
8 7 (1.70%) Celerra
9 6 (1.46%) Informatics
9 6 (1.46%) Enterprise Storage
9 6 (1.46%) Data Extraction
9 6 (1.46%) Open Source
10 5 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.21%) IBM Mainframe
10 5 (1.21%) Mainframe
11 4 (0.97%) Statistics
11 4 (0.97%) VSAM
11 4 (0.97%) User Experience
11 4 (0.97%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 160 (38.83%) Windows
2 50 (12.14%) Windows 7
3 39 (9.47%) Windows XP
4 24 (5.83%) Windows Server 2003
5 22 (5.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (4.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (3.40%) UNIX
8 11 (2.67%) Apple iOS
9 10 (2.43%) Windows 8
10 9 (2.18%) Android
10 9 (2.18%) Solaris
11 7 (1.70%) Linux
12 6 (1.46%) Windows 2000
12 6 (1.46%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.49%) NetWare
13 2 (0.49%) AIX
13 2 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.49%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.24%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (12.62%) ITIL
2 44 (10.68%) Migration
3 37 (8.98%) Project Management
4 32 (7.77%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (7.77%) MVC
5 28 (6.80%) Business Analysis
6 26 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
7 24 (5.83%) Stakeholder Management
8 21 (5.10%) Change Management
9 19 (4.61%) PRINCE2
10 17 (4.13%) User Acceptance Testing
10 17 (4.13%) OO
10 17 (4.13%) Mentoring
11 16 (3.88%) SOA
11 16 (3.88%) Scrum
12 15 (3.64%) TDD
12 15 (3.64%) ERP
12 15 (3.64%) Data Migration
13 13 (3.16%) Disaster Recovery
14 12 (2.91%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 81 (19.66%) SQL
2 45 (10.92%) C#
3 41 (9.95%) JavaScript
4 24 (5.83%) T-SQL
5 14 (3.40%) PL/SQL
6 9 (2.18%) X++
7 8 (1.94%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.46%) VBA
8 6 (1.46%) VB
9 5 (1.21%) Ruby
10 4 (0.97%) JCL
10 4 (0.97%) Assembly Language
10 4 (0.97%) REXX
10 4 (0.97%) VBScript
10 4 (0.97%) COBOL
11 3 (0.73%) Objective-C
11 3 (0.73%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.73%) XAML
12 2 (0.49%) PHP
12 2 (0.49%) XPath
Qualifications
1 36 (8.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (5.83%) Degree
3 15 (3.64%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (3.40%) MCSE
4 14 (3.40%) CCNA
5 12 (2.91%) MCITP
6 9 (2.18%) Security Cleared
6 9 (2.18%) MCSA
6 9 (2.18%) MCP
7 8 (1.94%) CCA
7 8 (1.94%) Citrix Certification
7 8 (1.94%) MCTS
8 7 (1.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (1.70%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.46%) CCDP
9 6 (1.46%) CCEA
9 6 (1.46%) CCIA
9 6 (1.46%) SC Cleared
10 5 (1.21%) CCNP
11 4 (0.97%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.70%) QA
2 6 (1.46%) SLA
3 5 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.49%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.24%) GAMP
System Software
1 85 (20.63%) Active Directory
2 30 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (5.10%) Hyper-V
4 10 (2.43%) XenDesktop
5 9 (2.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 9 (2.18%) Terminal Services
6 8 (1.94%) VMware ESX
7 7 (1.70%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 7 (1.70%) XenApp
8 6 (1.46%) XenServer
9 4 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.73%) vSphere
11 2 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.49%) UAG
12 1 (0.24%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 15 (3.64%) SCCM
2 5 (1.21%) SCOM
3 4 (0.97%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (0.73%) Backup Exec
4 3 (0.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.49%) OpenView
5 2 (0.49%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (0.49%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.49%) Ansible
5 2 (0.49%) Salt
5 2 (0.49%) SAP Afaria
5 2 (0.49%) Puppet
6 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.24%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 54 (13.11%) Citrix
2 47 (11.41%) VMware
3 35 (8.50%) Oracle
4 22 (5.34%) HP
5 21 (5.10%) Cisco
6 16 (3.88%) EMC
7 14 (3.40%) IBM
8 10 (2.43%) Apple
8 10 (2.43%) Lotus
8 10 (2.43%) SolarWinds
9 7 (1.70%) Northgate
9 7 (1.70%) SAP
9 7 (1.70%) CheckPoint
10 6 (1.46%) NetApp
11 5 (1.21%) Nortel
11 5 (1.21%) Dell
11 5 (1.21%) Avaya
12 4 (0.97%) Symantec
12 4 (0.97%) Adobe
12 4 (0.97%) Juniper
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