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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 4 7
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 179 179 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 11.81% 14.45% 12.21%
As % of the Vendors category 26.56% 32.90% 29.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 81 42
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% +6.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £120 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 27 18
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £17.46
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -14.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.30 £9.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £20.80 £88.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
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
674 544 385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 44.46% 43.91% 40.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 268 162
Average daily rate £338 £338 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £172 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £465 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 36 30
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £40.00 £27.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 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.

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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 +3 8 £350 - 14
Bolton - 6 £325 - 3
Cheadle - 4 £510 - 4
Salford -1 3 £271 - 6
Altrincham - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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.

1 148 (39.89%) Windows
2 114 (30.73%) MS Excel
3 90 (24.26%) SQL Server
4 89 (23.99%) Active Directory
5 74 (19.95%) MS Office
6 64 (17.25%) SQL
7 62 (16.71%) Windows 7
8 61 (16.44%) Citrix
9 59 (15.90%) .NET
10 58 (15.63%) Migration
11 55 (14.82%) Finance
12 52 (14.02%) VMware
12 52 (14.02%) ITIL
13 46 (12.40%) Oracle
14 42 (11.32%) MS Exchange
15 41 (11.05%) JavaScript
15 41 (11.05%) Agile Software Development
16 40 (10.78%) VMware Infrastructure
17 39 (10.51%) C#
18 37 (9.97%) Microsoft Certification
19 34 (9.16%) Project Management
20 33 (8.89%) Firewall
21 31 (8.36%) MVC
21 31 (8.36%) Cisco
22 28 (7.55%) IIS
22 28 (7.55%) Windows XP
22 28 (7.55%) PRINCE2
22 28 (7.55%) Oracle Database
23 27 (7.28%) HTML
23 27 (7.28%) WAN

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 42 (11.32%) MS Exchange
2 28 (7.55%) IIS
3 23 (6.20%) SharePoint
4 17 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (4.58%) IBM Notes
5 14 (3.77%) Apache
6 8 (2.16%) SAS
7 6 (1.62%) Lync
8 5 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (1.08%) Node.js
9 4 (1.08%) CMS
10 3 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.54%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.54%) Orchard CMS
11 2 (0.54%) TPMS
11 2 (0.54%) LiveCycle
11 2 (0.54%) Drupal
Applications
1 114 (30.73%) MS Excel
2 74 (19.95%) MS Office
3 18 (4.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 15 (4.04%) MS Project
5 6 (1.62%) Mingle
5 6 (1.62%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.54%) PowerPivot
6 2 (0.54%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (2.96%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.08%) Cognos TM1
3 4 (1.08%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.81%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (3.50%) Office 365
2 9 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.27%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.27%) IaaS
4 1 (0.27%) SaaS
4 1 (0.27%) SoftLayer
4 1 (0.27%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 33 (8.89%) Firewall
2 27 (7.28%) WAN
3 20 (5.39%) LAN
4 17 (4.58%) SAN
5 14 (3.77%) Cisco ASA
5 14 (3.77%) TCP/IP
5 14 (3.77%) VPN
6 12 (3.23%) NAS
7 11 (2.96%) SSL
8 10 (2.70%) Internet
9 9 (2.43%) Network Security
10 8 (2.16%) iSCSI
11 7 (1.89%) DMZ
11 7 (1.89%) BGP
11 7 (1.89%) EIGRP
11 7 (1.89%) MPLS
11 7 (1.89%) OSPF
11 7 (1.89%) Wireless
11 7 (1.89%) VPLS
11 7 (1.89%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (24.26%) SQL Server
2 28 (7.55%) Oracle Database
3 27 (7.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 24 (6.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (5.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 16 (4.31%) SQL Server 2008
6 16 (4.31%) RavenDB
7 13 (3.50%) Data Warehouse
8 8 (2.16%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (1.89%) OLAP
9 7 (1.89%) Base SAS
9 7 (1.89%) SAS Data Integration Studio
10 6 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 5 (1.35%) Oracle Database 10g
11 5 (1.35%) QlikView
11 5 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (1.08%) Cognos Framework Manager
12 4 (1.08%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.81%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 26 (7.01%) Visual Studio
2 12 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (2.96%) Git (software)
3 11 (2.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 8 (2.16%) ReSharper
5 4 (1.08%) JMeter
5 4 (1.08%) Toad
6 3 (0.81%) MorphX
6 3 (0.81%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.54%) Moq
7 2 (0.54%) Selenium
7 2 (0.54%) ERwin
8 1 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.27%) TestDirector
8 1 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (0.27%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.27%) MSI
8 1 (0.27%) JIRA
8 1 (0.27%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.27%) MSTest
General
1 55 (14.82%) Finance
2 16 (4.31%) Legal
3 15 (4.04%) Telecoms
4 11 (2.96%) Retail
5 10 (2.70%) Banking
6 9 (2.43%) Law
6 9 (2.43%) Financial Institution
7 8 (2.16%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.62%) Local Government
9 4 (1.08%) Marketing
9 4 (1.08%) Advertising
10 3 (0.81%) Billing
11 2 (0.54%) Back Office
11 2 (0.54%) Publishing
12 1 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.27%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 91 (24.53%) Analyst
2 80 (21.56%) Developer
3 32 (8.63%) Architect
4 24 (6.47%) Support Analyst
5 21 (5.66%) .NET Developer
6 19 (5.12%) Service Analyst
7 17 (4.58%) 2nd Line Support
7 17 (4.58%) Service Desk Analyst
8 14 (3.77%) Project Manager
9 13 (3.50%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (3.50%) 1st Line Support
10 12 (3.23%) SQL Developer
10 12 (3.23%) Administrator
10 12 (3.23%) Desktop Support
11 11 (2.96%) Consultant
11 11 (2.96%) Support Engineer
12 10 (2.70%) C# Developer
12 10 (2.70%) Project Coordinator
12 10 (2.70%) Coordinator
12 10 (2.70%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (15.90%) .NET
2 27 (7.28%) HTML
3 26 (7.01%) jQuery
4 25 (6.74%) CSS
5 24 (6.47%) ASP.NET
6 17 (4.58%) ASP.NET MVC
7 14 (3.77%) Web Services
8 13 (3.50%) XML
8 13 (3.50%) LINQ
9 10 (2.70%) Entity Framework
9 10 (2.70%) .NET Framework
10 8 (2.16%) HTML5
10 8 (2.16%) CSS3
10 8 (2.16%) Backbone.js
10 8 (2.16%) RabbitMQ
11 7 (1.89%) Ajax
12 6 (1.62%) AngularJS
12 6 (1.62%) MDX
13 5 (1.35%) XSLT
13 5 (1.35%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (3.50%) NHS
3 12 (3.23%) Fat Client
3 12 (3.23%) Clustering
3 12 (3.23%) Thin Client
4 11 (2.96%) Blackberry
5 10 (2.70%) Replication
6 9 (2.43%) Mainframe
6 9 (2.43%) Computer Science
7 8 (2.16%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.89%) Life Science
8 7 (1.89%) Celerra
8 7 (1.89%) IBM Mainframe
8 7 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (1.62%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.62%) Open Source
9 6 (1.62%) Data Extraction
10 4 (1.08%) Handset
11 3 (0.81%) Informatics
11 3 (0.81%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 148 (39.89%) Windows
2 62 (16.71%) Windows 7
3 28 (7.55%) Windows XP
4 26 (7.01%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (6.20%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (4.85%) UNIX
6 18 (4.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (3.23%) Linux
8 10 (2.70%) Apple iOS
9 7 (1.89%) Solaris
10 5 (1.35%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.08%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (0.81%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.81%) Android
12 3 (0.81%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.54%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.27%) CentOS
14 1 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (15.63%) Migration
2 52 (14.02%) ITIL
3 41 (11.05%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (9.16%) Project Management
5 31 (8.36%) MVC
6 28 (7.55%) PRINCE2
7 23 (6.20%) Business Intelligence
8 22 (5.93%) Scrum
9 18 (4.85%) Incident Management
10 17 (4.58%) Mentoring
11 16 (4.31%) Information Security
12 15 (4.04%) Continuous Integration
12 15 (4.04%) TDD
13 14 (3.77%) Configuration Management
13 14 (3.77%) OOP
13 14 (3.77%) CRM
14 13 (3.50%) SOA
14 13 (3.50%) Service Management
14 13 (3.50%) Change Management
14 13 (3.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 64 (17.25%) SQL
2 41 (11.05%) JavaScript
3 39 (10.51%) C#
4 14 (3.77%) T-SQL
5 13 (3.50%) PowerShell
6 12 (3.23%) VBA
7 7 (1.89%) PL/SQL
7 7 (1.89%) REXX
8 6 (1.62%) X++
9 5 (1.35%) PHP
9 5 (1.35%) VBScript
9 5 (1.35%) VB
10 4 (1.08%) Ruby
11 3 (0.81%) Java
12 2 (0.54%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.54%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.27%) Python
13 1 (0.27%) C++
13 1 (0.27%) COBOL
13 1 (0.27%) C
Qualifications
1 37 (9.97%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (5.12%) Security Cleared
2 19 (5.12%) Degree
3 16 (4.31%) MCITP
4 10 (2.70%) MCP
4 10 (2.70%) MCSE
4 10 (2.70%) MCSA
5 9 (2.43%) MCDST
6 8 (2.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 8 (2.16%) MOS
6 8 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (2.16%) A+ Certification
6 8 (2.16%) CCNA
7 7 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (1.62%) ISEB
9 4 (1.08%) SC Cleared
9 4 (1.08%) Oracle Certification
10 3 (0.81%) CISSP
10 3 (0.81%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.85%) QA
2 10 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.43%) SLA
4 8 (2.16%) P3O
5 1 (0.27%) GMP
System Software
1 89 (23.99%) Active Directory
2 40 (10.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (6.20%) Hyper-V
4 12 (3.23%) XenApp
5 11 (2.96%) BitLocker
6 9 (2.43%) Terminal Services
7 7 (1.89%) VMware ESX
7 7 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (1.89%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 6 (1.62%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (1.62%) XenDesktop
9 5 (1.35%) Xen
10 4 (1.08%) vSphere
10 4 (1.08%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.54%) XenServer
12 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.27%) UAG
Systems Management
1 25 (6.74%) SCCM
2 4 (1.08%) AirWatch
2 4 (1.08%) HP Data Protector
2 4 (1.08%) MIMEsweeper
3 3 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
3 3 (0.81%) SCOM
3 3 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.81%) Puppet
3 3 (0.81%) Ansible
4 2 (0.54%) Salt
4 2 (0.54%) Data Guard
4 2 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.54%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
4 2 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.54%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.54%) MOM
5 1 (0.27%) OpenView
5 1 (0.27%) WSUS
5 1 (0.27%) Hyperic
Vendors
1 61 (16.44%) Citrix
2 52 (14.02%) VMware
3 46 (12.40%) Oracle
4 31 (8.36%) Cisco
5 20 (5.39%) CheckPoint
6 17 (4.58%) Lotus
7 16 (4.31%) NetApp
8 15 (4.04%) IBM
9 14 (3.77%) Wyse
10 12 (3.23%) AppSense
11 11 (2.96%) EMC
11 11 (2.96%) HP
11 11 (2.96%) SAP
12 8 (2.16%) Cognos
13 7 (1.89%) Nortel
13 7 (1.89%) Apple
13 7 (1.89%) Clearswift
13 7 (1.89%) SolarWinds
14 5 (1.35%) Avaya
14 5 (1.35%) Dell
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