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 1 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 6 12
Rank change year-on-year
0 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 173 159 157
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.11% 13.14% 10.91%
As % of the Vendors category 30.40% 28.75% 24.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 79 63
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£325 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £196 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £453 £385
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 34 41
Average hourly rate £14.75 £13.67 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.93% -8.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £8.65 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.45 £25.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.93%
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
569 553 641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 43.11% 45.70% 44.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 253 247
Average daily rate £325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £450 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 52 68
Average hourly rate £15.00 £18.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.97 £19.30 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-1.73% +1.57%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 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
Oldham +1 6 £200 +142.42% 2
Bolton +1 5 £405 -4.70% 2
Stockport -2 5 £369 - 9
Wigan +3 3 £405 +24.61% 5
Salford -3 3 £325 -10.95% 2
Altrincham -1 2 - - 6
Cheadle - 2 - -
Bury - 1 £205 - 2
Rochdale - - - - 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 (38.46%) Windows
2 134 (38.18%) MS Excel
3 90 (25.64%) MS Office
4 72 (20.51%) Finance
5 65 (18.52%) SQL
5 65 (18.52%) .NET
5 65 (18.52%) SQL Server
6 54 (15.38%) Active Directory
7 48 (13.68%) C#
8 47 (13.39%) Project Management
9 40 (11.40%) ITIL
10 39 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 38 (10.83%) Business Analysis
12 36 (10.26%) Citrix
12 36 (10.26%) Migration
13 35 (9.97%) Oracle
13 35 (9.97%) Windows 7
14 34 (9.69%) MS Exchange
15 33 (9.40%) VMware
15 33 (9.40%) SQL Server 2008
16 30 (8.55%) Degree
16 30 (8.55%) Microsoft Certification
16 30 (8.55%) Cisco
17 29 (8.26%) SharePoint
17 29 (8.26%) MVC
18 28 (7.98%) MS Project
18 28 (7.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 27 (7.69%) Hyper-V
19 27 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
20 26 (7.41%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 34 (9.69%) MS Exchange
2 29 (8.26%) SharePoint
3 18 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (3.70%) SharePoint 2010
5 8 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (2.28%) IIS
6 6 (1.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 6 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (1.42%) Lync
8 3 (0.85%) MS Project Server
9 2 (0.57%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.28%) IBM HTTP Server
10 1 (0.28%) SAS
10 1 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 134 (38.18%) MS Excel
2 90 (25.64%) MS Office
3 28 (7.98%) MS Project
4 26 (7.41%) MS Visio
5 12 (3.42%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.57%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.28%) Mingle
7 1 (0.28%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 21 (5.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (5.70%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (3.42%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (2.85%) Oracle Payables
4 10 (2.85%) Oracle Applications
4 10 (2.85%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (2.56%) Oracle 11i
6 8 (2.28%) Oracle General Ledger
7 7 (1.99%) Oracle Receivables
7 7 (1.99%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.85%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.57%) Agresso
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle SCM
10 1 (0.28%) GoldMine
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (0.85%) Office 365
2 2 (0.57%) Pure360
2 2 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (7.12%) SAN
2 24 (6.84%) Firewall
3 21 (5.98%) Wireless
4 15 (4.27%) VPN
5 13 (3.70%) LAN
6 12 (3.42%) DHCP
7 11 (3.13%) DNS
8 9 (2.56%) WAN
9 8 (2.28%) TCP/IP
10 7 (1.99%) IPsec
11 6 (1.71%) Intranet
12 5 (1.42%) NAS
13 4 (1.14%) Network Security
13 4 (1.14%) HSRP
13 4 (1.14%) MPLS
13 4 (1.14%) Wireshark
14 3 (0.85%) OSPF
14 3 (0.85%) BGP
14 3 (0.85%) Multicast
14 3 (0.85%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (18.52%) SQL Server
2 33 (9.40%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (7.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (5.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 18 (5.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (3.70%) Oracle Database
5 13 (3.70%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (2.56%) MS Access
7 8 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.71%) RavenDB
9 5 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.14%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (0.85%) EDMS
11 3 (0.85%) QlikView
12 2 (0.57%) Big Data
12 2 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
12 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 1 (0.28%) MSDE
13 1 (0.28%) RDBMS
13 1 (0.28%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 26 (7.41%) Visual Studio
2 10 (2.85%) Toad
2 10 (2.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (1.99%) MSTest
4 6 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 5 (1.42%) Subversion
5 5 (1.42%) ReSharper
5 5 (1.42%) Git (software)
6 4 (1.14%) MorphX
7 2 (0.57%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.57%) MSI
7 2 (0.57%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.57%) Axure RP
8 1 (0.28%) AdminStudio
General
1 72 (20.51%) Finance
2 18 (5.13%) Advertising
3 13 (3.70%) Retail
4 9 (2.56%) Legal
5 8 (2.28%) Banking
5 8 (2.28%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.99%) General Ledger
7 5 (1.42%) Marketing
7 5 (1.42%) Billing
7 5 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.85%) Back Office
9 1 (0.28%) Automotive
9 1 (0.28%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.28%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 100 (28.49%) Analyst
2 86 (24.50%) Developer
3 45 (12.82%) Business Analyst
4 27 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 25 (7.12%) Consultant
6 22 (6.27%) Service Desk Analyst
7 20 (5.70%) Service Analyst
8 19 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support
9 17 (4.84%) Support Analyst
10 14 (3.99%) Programme Manager
10 14 (3.99%) Architect
11 13 (3.70%) C# Developer
12 12 (3.42%) Project Manager
13 11 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
13 11 (3.13%) C# .NET Developer
14 10 (2.85%) Administrator
14 10 (2.85%) Microsoft Developer
15 9 (2.56%) Support Engineer
15 9 (2.56%) Desktop Support
15 9 (2.56%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (18.52%) .NET
2 24 (6.84%) ASP.NET
3 21 (5.98%) Web Services
3 21 (5.98%) HTML
4 19 (5.41%) CSS
4 19 (5.41%) .NET Framework
5 17 (4.84%) jQuery
6 16 (4.56%) WPF
6 16 (4.56%) LINQ
7 15 (4.27%) WCF
8 12 (3.42%) ASP.NET MVC
9 11 (3.13%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 10 (2.85%) XML
11 8 (2.28%) WinForms
12 5 (1.42%) Backbone.js
12 5 (1.42%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (1.42%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 4 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 4 (1.14%) CSS3
13 4 (1.14%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 18 (5.13%) Management Information System
2 14 (3.99%) NHS
3 11 (3.13%) Data Extraction
4 9 (2.56%) Clustering
5 8 (2.28%) Blackberry
6 7 (1.99%) iPad
7 4 (1.14%) N-Tier
7 4 (1.14%) Smartphone
8 3 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.85%) Inversion of Control
9 2 (0.57%) RIA
9 2 (0.57%) Replication
9 2 (0.57%) Statistics
9 2 (0.57%) Animation
9 2 (0.57%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.28%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.28%) Life Science
10 1 (0.28%) iPhone
10 1 (0.28%) Semantic Web
10 1 (0.28%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 135 (38.46%) Windows
2 39 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 35 (9.97%) Windows 7
4 27 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 25 (7.12%) Windows XP
6 14 (3.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.42%) Windows 8
7 5 (1.42%) Windows Vista
8 3 (0.85%) Windows 2000
8 3 (0.85%) AIX
8 3 (0.85%) Solaris
9 2 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
9 2 (0.57%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.57%) UNIX
10 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.28%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.28%) Android
10 1 (0.28%) Linux
10 1 (0.28%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.28%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (13.39%) Project Management
2 40 (11.40%) ITIL
3 38 (10.83%) Business Analysis
4 36 (10.26%) Migration
5 29 (8.26%) MVC
6 24 (6.84%) Stakeholder Management
6 24 (6.84%) CRM
7 18 (5.13%) PRINCE2
8 17 (4.84%) Data Migration
8 17 (4.84%) Product Management
9 15 (4.27%) ERP
9 15 (4.27%) Scrum
10 13 (3.70%) Change Management
10 13 (3.70%) Data Cleansing
11 12 (3.42%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (3.13%) OO
12 11 (3.13%) User Acceptance Testing
13 10 (2.85%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (2.56%) Programme Management
14 9 (2.56%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 65 (18.52%) SQL
2 48 (13.68%) C#
3 20 (5.70%) PL/SQL
4 18 (5.13%) JavaScript
5 12 (3.42%) T-SQL
6 11 (3.13%) VBA
7 8 (2.28%) X++
8 4 (1.14%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.85%) XAML
9 3 (0.85%) VB
9 3 (0.85%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.57%) VBScript
10 2 (0.57%) Java
11 1 (0.28%) C++
11 1 (0.28%) XPath
11 1 (0.28%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 30 (8.55%) Microsoft Certification
1 30 (8.55%) Degree
2 17 (4.84%) MCSE
3 12 (3.42%) MCP
3 12 (3.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 11 (3.13%) MCITP
4 11 (3.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (2.56%) CCNA
5 9 (2.56%) VCP5
6 7 (1.99%) MCSA
6 7 (1.99%) MCTS
6 7 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (1.71%) Security Cleared
8 4 (1.14%) SC Cleared
9 3 (0.85%) CCNP
9 3 (0.85%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (0.57%) CISSP
10 2 (0.57%) CCA
11 1 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.56%) SLA
2 6 (1.71%) QA
3 2 (0.57%) Basel III
3 2 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 54 (15.38%) Active Directory
2 27 (7.69%) Hyper-V
3 18 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (3.42%) VMware ESX
5 6 (1.71%) XenApp
6 5 (1.42%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (0.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.57%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.57%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.28%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.28%) NDS
9 1 (0.28%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 25 (7.12%) SCCM
2 19 (5.41%) Backup Exec
3 13 (3.70%) SCOM
4 6 (1.71%) SCSM
5 3 (0.85%) MAILsweeper
6 2 (0.57%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.57%) ARCserve
6 2 (0.57%) OpenView
6 2 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.57%) WSUS
6 2 (0.57%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (0.57%) SAP Afaria
7 1 (0.28%) ServiceCenter
7 1 (0.28%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 1 (0.28%) Puppet
7 1 (0.28%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.28%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.28%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 36 (10.26%) Citrix
2 35 (9.97%) Oracle
3 33 (9.40%) VMware
4 30 (8.55%) Cisco
5 17 (4.84%) HP
6 16 (4.56%) Juniper
7 15 (4.27%) Symantec
8 9 (2.56%) Avaya
9 8 (2.28%) SAP
9 8 (2.28%) Sage
10 5 (1.42%) IBM
10 5 (1.42%) Dell
10 5 (1.42%) Apple
11 4 (1.14%) SolarWinds
11 4 (1.14%) 3PAR
11 4 (1.14%) EMC
11 4 (1.14%) Nortel
11 4 (1.14%) CheckPoint
11 4 (1.14%) McAfee
12 3 (0.85%) AppSense
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