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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 209 172 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 12.93% 13.97% 13.71%
As % of the Vendors category 29.35% 33.66% 29.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 106 79
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £225 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £429 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 15 28
Average hourly rate £13.25 £14.50 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.62% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.40 £8.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.25 £21.90 £25.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
712 511 530
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 44.03% 41.51% 46.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 284 249
Average daily rate £338 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 32 36
Average hourly rate £17.50 £23.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.53% +20.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £29.87 £28.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.16%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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.

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
Stockport +3 6 £378 +2.23% 16
Salford +6 4 £200 -38.46% 6
Bolton -2 4 £331 -18.20% 5
Wigan -1 1 - - 5
Altrincham - 1 £350 - 4
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 165 (40.54%) Windows
2 128 (31.45%) MS Excel
3 103 (25.31%) MS Office
4 86 (21.13%) Active Directory
5 84 (20.64%) VMware
6 83 (20.39%) ITIL
7 78 (19.16%) Windows 7
8 75 (18.43%) Migration
9 68 (16.71%) Finance
10 67 (16.46%) Citrix
11 63 (15.48%) SQL Server
11 63 (15.48%) SQL
12 59 (14.50%) VMware Infrastructure
13 48 (11.79%) Oracle
14 47 (11.55%) Microsoft Certification
14 47 (11.55%) SCCM
15 44 (10.81%) MS Exchange
16 43 (10.57%) .NET
17 41 (10.07%) Hyper-V
18 39 (9.58%) Project Management
19 38 (9.34%) PRINCE2
20 36 (8.85%) Oracle Database
21 34 (8.35%) WAN
22 33 (8.11%) Windows XP
23 31 (7.62%) Data Centre
24 29 (7.13%) C#
25 28 (6.88%) SharePoint
25 28 (6.88%) Office 365
26 27 (6.63%) Windows Server 2008
26 27 (6.63%) SAP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 44 (10.81%) MS Exchange
2 28 (6.88%) SharePoint
3 22 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (5.16%) IBM Notes
5 13 (3.19%) IIS
5 13 (3.19%) SAS
5 13 (3.19%) Lync
6 7 (1.72%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.23%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.98%) Node.js
9 4 (0.98%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.74%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.49%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.49%) Jetty
11 2 (0.49%) TPMS
Applications
1 128 (31.45%) MS Excel
2 103 (25.31%) MS Office
3 13 (3.19%) MS Project
3 13 (3.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (1.72%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (3.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (2.46%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.98%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 4 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.49%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.25%) Oracle TCA
Cloud Services
1 28 (6.88%) Office 365
2 3 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.49%) Google App Engine
3 2 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.25%) Google Drive
4 1 (0.25%) SaaS
4 1 (0.25%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.25%) IaaS
4 1 (0.25%) IBM Blueworks
4 1 (0.25%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 34 (8.35%) WAN
2 20 (4.91%) SAN
3 17 (4.18%) Firewall
4 16 (3.93%) LAN
5 15 (3.69%) TCP/IP
6 12 (2.95%) NAS
7 11 (2.70%) Internet
8 8 (1.97%) iSCSI
8 8 (1.97%) Fibre Channel
8 8 (1.97%) DHCP
9 7 (1.72%) DMZ
9 7 (1.72%) Intranet
9 7 (1.72%) MPLS
9 7 (1.72%) OSPF
9 7 (1.72%) BGP
9 7 (1.72%) EIGRP
9 7 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (1.72%) VPLS
9 7 (1.72%) Wireless
9 7 (1.72%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (15.48%) SQL Server
2 36 (8.85%) Oracle Database
3 22 (5.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 22 (5.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (3.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (3.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (2.95%) Base SAS
6 12 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (2.70%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 8 (1.97%) OLAP
9 7 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (1.72%) RavenDB
10 5 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 4 (0.98%) MS Access
11 4 (0.98%) Oracle Database 10g
11 4 (0.98%) Cognos Framework Manager
11 4 (0.98%) OLAP Cube
12 3 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
13 2 (0.49%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 18 (4.42%) Visual Studio
2 10 (2.46%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (1.97%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 7 (1.72%) ReSharper
5 3 (0.74%) Oracle APEX
5 3 (0.74%) JMeter
5 3 (0.74%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.49%) Moq
6 2 (0.49%) MorphX
6 2 (0.49%) Selenium
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.49%) Toad
6 2 (0.49%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.25%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.25%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.25%) MSI
7 1 (0.25%) JIRA
7 1 (0.25%) Hudson
7 1 (0.25%) SoapUI
General
1 68 (16.71%) Finance
2 16 (3.93%) Legal
2 16 (3.93%) Banking
3 13 (3.19%) Retail
3 13 (3.19%) Telecoms
3 13 (3.19%) Local Government
4 12 (2.95%) Manufacturing
5 11 (2.70%) Law
6 7 (1.72%) Marketing
7 6 (1.47%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.74%) Front Office
8 3 (0.74%) Advertising
8 3 (0.74%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.49%) Back Office
10 1 (0.25%) Electronics
10 1 (0.25%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.25%) Billing
10 1 (0.25%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 96 (23.59%) Analyst
2 65 (15.97%) Developer
3 36 (8.85%) Architect
4 31 (7.62%) Support Analyst
5 25 (6.14%) Support Engineer
6 24 (5.90%) Service Analyst
6 24 (5.90%) 2nd Line Support
7 22 (5.41%) Solutions Architect
7 22 (5.41%) Project Manager
8 21 (5.16%) Consultant
9 19 (4.67%) .NET Developer
10 16 (3.93%) Desktop Support
10 16 (3.93%) Service Desk Analyst
11 15 (3.69%) 1st Line Support
12 14 (3.44%) Administrator
12 14 (3.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 12 (2.95%) Project Coordinator
13 12 (2.95%) 3rd Line Support
13 12 (2.95%) Coordinator
13 12 (2.95%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (10.57%) .NET
2 18 (4.42%) HTML
3 17 (4.18%) CSS
4 15 (3.69%) ASP.NET
5 14 (3.44%) jQuery
6 10 (2.46%) LINQ
6 10 (2.46%) Entity Framework
7 9 (2.21%) ASP.NET MVC
8 8 (1.97%) .NET Framework
8 8 (1.97%) Web Services
9 7 (1.72%) XML
9 7 (1.72%) RabbitMQ
9 7 (1.72%) Backbone.js
10 6 (1.47%) WCF
11 5 (1.23%) Ajax
12 4 (0.98%) XSLT
12 4 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 3 (0.74%) ASP.NET MVC 3
13 3 (0.74%) SOAP
13 3 (0.74%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 31 (7.62%) Data Centre
2 23 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (3.44%) Thin Client
3 14 (3.44%) Fat Client
4 13 (3.19%) Blackberry
5 11 (2.70%) Mainframe
5 11 (2.70%) Clustering
6 9 (2.21%) Replication
6 9 (2.21%) IBM Mainframe
6 9 (2.21%) Life Science
7 7 (1.72%) Data Extraction
7 7 (1.72%) EMC VNX
7 7 (1.72%) NHS
7 7 (1.72%) Celerra
8 6 (1.47%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.47%) Management Information System
8 6 (1.47%) Data Structures
9 5 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.74%) Data Integration
10 3 (0.74%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 165 (40.54%) Windows
2 78 (19.16%) Windows 7
3 33 (8.11%) Windows XP
4 27 (6.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (6.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 21 (5.16%) UNIX
7 19 (4.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (3.44%) Linux
9 9 (2.21%) Apple iOS
10 8 (1.97%) Solaris
11 6 (1.47%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.74%) AIX
12 3 (0.74%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (0.74%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.49%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.49%) Android
13 2 (0.49%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.25%) zOS
14 1 (0.25%) CentOS
14 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (20.39%) ITIL
2 75 (18.43%) Migration
3 39 (9.58%) Project Management
4 38 (9.34%) PRINCE2
5 27 (6.63%) Agile Software Development
6 26 (6.39%) Incident Management
7 21 (5.16%) User Acceptance Testing
8 20 (4.91%) MVC
9 18 (4.42%) Business Intelligence
9 18 (4.42%) Capacity Planning
10 16 (3.93%) Service Management
10 16 (3.93%) Configuration Management
10 16 (3.93%) Change Management
11 15 (3.69%) CRM
11 15 (3.69%) Data Analysis
11 15 (3.69%) System Testing
12 13 (3.19%) Unit Testing
12 13 (3.19%) Document Management
12 13 (3.19%) Problem Management
12 13 (3.19%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 63 (15.48%) SQL
2 29 (7.13%) C#
3 24 (5.90%) JavaScript
4 21 (5.16%) PowerShell
5 11 (2.70%) T-SQL
6 8 (1.97%) REXX
6 8 (1.97%) VBA
7 7 (1.72%) PL/SQL
8 6 (1.47%) X++
9 5 (1.23%) Java
9 5 (1.23%) VBScript
10 4 (0.98%) C
11 3 (0.74%) PHP
11 3 (0.74%) VB
12 2 (0.49%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.49%) JCL
12 2 (0.49%) COBOL
12 2 (0.49%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 1 (0.25%) Python
Qualifications
1 47 (11.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (5.41%) Security Cleared
3 20 (4.91%) MCITP
3 20 (4.91%) MCSA
4 19 (4.67%) Degree
5 13 (3.19%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (2.95%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (2.95%) MCSE
7 11 (2.70%) CCNA
8 10 (2.46%) MCP
8 10 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 9 (2.21%) MCDST
9 9 (2.21%) SC Cleared
10 8 (1.97%) MOS
10 8 (1.97%) A+ Certification
11 7 (1.72%) Citrix Certification
12 6 (1.47%) CCA
13 5 (1.23%) ISEB
13 5 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.98%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.69%) QA
2 11 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (2.46%) SLA
4 3 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.49%) P3O
6 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.25%) GAAP
6 1 (0.25%) GMP
System Software
1 86 (21.13%) Active Directory
2 59 (14.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (10.07%) Hyper-V
4 19 (4.67%) Microsoft App-V
5 17 (4.18%) Xen
6 12 (2.95%) XenApp
7 11 (2.70%) BitLocker
8 9 (2.21%) Terminal Services
9 7 (1.72%) VMware ESX
9 7 (1.72%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.72%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 5 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.74%) vSphere
12 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.25%) NFS
13 1 (0.25%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.25%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 47 (11.55%) SCCM
2 9 (2.21%) SCOM
3 7 (1.72%) Backup Exec
4 4 (0.98%) AirWatch
4 4 (0.98%) HP Data Protector
4 4 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.74%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (0.74%) Puppet
6 2 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.49%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.49%) MOM
7 1 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.25%) OpenView
7 1 (0.25%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.25%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.25%) Hyperic
7 1 (0.25%) Oracle EDQ
7 1 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.25%) WSUS
Vendors
1 84 (20.64%) VMware
2 67 (16.46%) Citrix
3 48 (11.79%) Oracle
4 27 (6.63%) SAP
5 26 (6.39%) Cisco
6 23 (5.65%) EMC
7 21 (5.16%) Lotus
8 19 (4.67%) IBM
9 14 (3.44%) HP
9 14 (3.44%) Wyse
10 13 (3.19%) AppSense
10 13 (3.19%) Symantec
11 12 (2.95%) NetApp
12 9 (2.21%) McAfee
12 9 (2.21%) Sophos
12 9 (2.21%) CheckPoint
12 9 (2.21%) SolarWinds
13 8 (1.97%) Veeam
14 7 (1.72%) Apple
14 7 (1.72%) Nortel
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