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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 13 8 7
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 151 188 185
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.34% 11.34% 13.41%
As % of the Vendors category 20.68% 26.67% 30.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 88 76
Average daily rate £375 £325 £346
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £172 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 21 28
Average hourly rate £14.30 £11.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.32% -20.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.43 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.70 £17.50 £18.62
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.89%
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
730 705 601
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 40.31% 42.52% 43.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 386 334 279
Average daily rate £375 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £208 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £501 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 32 38
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £10.01 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £190.00 £20.00 £37.49
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Rochdale - 2 - -
Oldham +6 1 - - 2
Stockport -9 1 £375 +7.14% 8
Ashton-under-Lyne - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 133 (38.78%) Windows
2 123 (35.86%) MS Excel
3 77 (22.45%) MS Office
4 63 (18.37%) Active Directory
5 59 (17.20%) SQL Server
6 58 (16.91%) Agile Software Development
7 54 (15.74%) .NET
8 53 (15.45%) Finance
9 52 (15.16%) SQL
10 43 (12.54%) Windows 7
11 39 (11.37%) Dynamics AX
12 37 (10.79%) Migration
13 36 (10.50%) Project Management
13 36 (10.50%) Oracle
13 36 (10.50%) ITIL
14 35 (10.20%) C#
14 35 (10.20%) Windows Server 2012
15 34 (9.91%) Windows Server
15 34 (9.91%) CRM
16 31 (9.04%) Windows XP
17 30 (8.75%) VMware
18 28 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
19 27 (7.87%) Windows Server 2008
19 27 (7.87%) SharePoint
20 26 (7.58%) MS Exchange
20 26 (7.58%) PRINCE2
20 26 (7.58%) JavaScript
20 26 (7.58%) MVC
20 26 (7.58%) Dynamics CRM
20 26 (7.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 27 (7.87%) SharePoint
2 26 (7.58%) MS Exchange
3 15 (4.37%) CMS
4 12 (3.50%) IIS
5 10 (2.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 8 (2.33%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (2.33%) Confluence
6 8 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (2.33%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (2.04%) SAS
7 7 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.75%) Sitecore CMS
8 6 (1.75%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (1.46%) IBM Notes
9 5 (1.46%) Oracle UPK
9 5 (1.46%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (1.17%) Node.js
11 3 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.87%) nginx
Applications
1 123 (35.86%) MS Excel
2 77 (22.45%) MS Office
3 24 (7.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 17 (4.96%) MS Project
5 15 (4.37%) MS Visio
6 6 (1.75%) Adobe Illustrator
6 6 (1.75%) Photoshop
7 5 (1.46%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (1.17%) Fireworks
9 2 (0.58%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 39 (11.37%) Dynamics AX
2 26 (7.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (1.75%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (1.46%) SystmOne
5 3 (0.87%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.29%) HFM
6 1 (0.29%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.29%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 1 (0.29%) Primavera
6 1 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.12%) Office 365
2 16 (4.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.92%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (2.33%) IaaS
5 6 (1.75%) PaaS
6 5 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.46%) SaaS
7 4 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.58%) Google App Engine
8 2 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.58%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.29%) GitHub
9 1 (0.29%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 19 (5.54%) DNS
2 17 (4.96%) DHCP
3 14 (4.08%) TCP/IP
4 8 (2.33%) Firewall
5 6 (1.75%) Extranet
6 4 (1.17%) LAN
6 4 (1.17%) SAN
6 4 (1.17%) Skype
6 4 (1.17%) VLAN
6 4 (1.17%) VPN
6 4 (1.17%) WAN
6 4 (1.17%) Wireless
7 3 (0.87%) FTP
7 3 (0.87%) Network Security
8 2 (0.58%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (0.58%) HTTP
8 2 (0.58%) Internet
8 2 (0.58%) IPsec
8 2 (0.58%) iSCSI
8 2 (0.58%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (17.20%) SQL Server
2 26 (7.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (4.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (4.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (3.79%) Oracle Database
5 11 (3.21%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (3.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (2.04%) SQL Server 2014
7 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 10g
7 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (1.46%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (1.17%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.87%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.58%) MS Access
11 2 (0.58%) Oracle BI EE
11 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 17 (4.96%) Visual Studio
2 13 (3.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (3.50%) JIRA
4 11 (3.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (2.62%) Selenium
6 8 (2.33%) SpecFlow
7 7 (2.04%) Jenkins
7 7 (2.04%) MSI
8 6 (1.75%) Moq
8 6 (1.75%) Toad
9 4 (1.17%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 4 (1.17%) Mocha
9 4 (1.17%) Subversion
9 4 (1.17%) Xcode
10 3 (0.87%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.87%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.87%) LoadRunner
10 3 (0.87%) ReSharper
11 2 (0.58%) HP UFT
11 2 (0.58%) Travis CI
General
1 53 (15.45%) Finance
2 24 (7.00%) Retail
3 15 (4.37%) Banking
4 10 (2.92%) Manufacturing
4 10 (2.92%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.62%) Advertising
5 9 (2.62%) Billing
5 9 (2.62%) Law
6 8 (2.33%) Marketing
7 7 (2.04%) Legal
8 3 (0.87%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.58%) Local Government
9 2 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.58%) Publishing
10 1 (0.29%) Back Office
10 1 (0.29%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.29%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.29%) French Language
10 1 (0.29%) Games
10 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 76 (22.16%) Analyst
2 48 (13.99%) Developer
3 37 (10.79%) Architect
4 32 (9.33%) Consultant
5 19 (5.54%) Project Manager
5 19 (5.54%) Service Analyst
6 18 (5.25%) .NET Developer
6 18 (5.25%) Service Desk Analyst
7 14 (4.08%) Support Analyst
7 14 (4.08%) Test Analyst
8 13 (3.79%) Solutions Architect
9 12 (3.50%) 1st Line Support
9 12 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (3.21%) Support Engineer
11 10 (2.92%) C# Developer
11 10 (2.92%) DBA
12 9 (2.62%) Desktop Engineer
12 9 (2.62%) Microsoft Consultant
12 9 (2.62%) Server Engineer
12 9 (2.62%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (15.74%) .NET
2 23 (6.71%) HTML
3 20 (5.83%) ASP.NET
4 19 (5.54%) CSS
5 16 (4.66%) Web Services
6 15 (4.37%) .NET Framework
6 15 (4.37%) HTML5
7 14 (4.08%) jQuery
8 11 (3.21%) AngularJS
8 11 (3.21%) ASP.NET MVC
8 11 (3.21%) XML
9 10 (2.92%) CSS3
10 8 (2.33%) Entity Framework
10 8 (2.33%) WCF
11 7 (2.04%) Ajax
12 6 (1.75%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 5 (1.46%) RESTful
14 4 (1.17%) Android SDK
14 4 (1.17%) iOS SDK
14 4 (1.17%) PhoneGap
Miscellaneous
1 28 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (5.25%) NHS
3 13 (3.79%) Blackberry
4 9 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (1.75%) Social Media
6 5 (1.46%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.46%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.17%) Credit Risk
7 4 (1.17%) Data Extraction
7 4 (1.17%) Digital Media
7 4 (1.17%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.87%) Clustering
8 3 (0.87%) Replication
9 2 (0.58%) Animation
9 2 (0.58%) Data Integration
9 2 (0.58%) e-Learning
9 2 (0.58%) Life Science
9 2 (0.58%) Psychology
9 2 (0.58%) Statistics
9 2 (0.58%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 133 (38.78%) Windows
2 43 (12.54%) Windows 7
3 35 (10.20%) Windows Server 2012
4 34 (9.91%) Windows Server
5 31 (9.04%) Windows XP
6 27 (7.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (3.50%) Apple iOS
8 11 (3.21%) Windows 8
9 8 (2.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.75%) Linux
10 6 (1.75%) Windows 10
11 5 (1.46%) Android
12 4 (1.17%) NetWare
13 2 (0.58%) Unix
13 2 (0.58%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.58%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.29%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (16.91%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (10.79%) Migration
3 36 (10.50%) ITIL
3 36 (10.50%) Project Management
4 34 (9.91%) CRM
5 26 (7.58%) MVC
5 26 (7.58%) PRINCE2
6 24 (7.00%) Business Intelligence
7 22 (6.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 21 (6.12%) ERP
9 16 (4.66%) Scrum
10 13 (3.79%) Data Modelling
10 13 (3.79%) ETL
10 13 (3.79%) Risk Management
10 13 (3.79%) SDLC
10 13 (3.79%) User Acceptance Testing
11 12 (3.50%) BDD
11 12 (3.50%) Time Management
11 12 (3.50%) Web Development
12 11 (3.21%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 52 (15.16%) SQL
2 35 (10.20%) C#
3 26 (7.58%) JavaScript
4 19 (5.54%) PowerShell
5 17 (4.96%) T-SQL
6 12 (3.50%) Java
7 8 (2.33%) PHP
8 7 (2.04%) VB.NET
9 6 (1.75%) C
10 4 (1.17%) Objective-C
11 3 (0.87%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.87%) VBA
11 3 (0.87%) VBScript
11 3 (0.87%) X++
12 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.58%) VB
13 1 (0.29%) ANSI SQL
13 1 (0.29%) C++
13 1 (0.29%) Python
13 1 (0.29%) XPath
Qualifications
1 21 (6.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (3.79%) Degree
3 8 (2.33%) MCP
3 8 (2.33%) Security Cleared
4 7 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (1.75%) MCSE
5 6 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 5 (1.46%) CCNA
6 5 (1.46%) ISTQB
6 5 (1.46%) MCSA
7 4 (1.17%) CISSP
7 4 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.17%) MCDST
8 3 (0.87%) SC Cleared
8 3 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.58%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.58%) MOS
9 2 (0.58%) OCP
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle Certification
9 2 (0.58%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.66%) QA
2 10 (2.92%) SLA
3 7 (2.04%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.75%) WCAG
5 5 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.87%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.58%) P3O
8 1 (0.29%) FATCA
8 1 (0.29%) PMBOK
System Software
1 63 (18.37%) Active Directory
2 19 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.33%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.04%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.17%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (0.87%) Docker
6 3 (0.87%) UAG
6 3 (0.87%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.58%) NFS
7 2 (0.58%) vSphere
7 2 (0.58%) Xen
7 2 (0.58%) XenApp
8 1 (0.29%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.29%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (2.62%) SCCM
2 4 (1.17%) Data Guard
2 4 (1.17%) Oracle RMAN
3 3 (0.87%) SCVMM
4 2 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.58%) NetBackup
4 2 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.58%) Puppet
4 2 (0.58%) SCOM
4 2 (0.58%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (0.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.29%) Dollar Universe
5 1 (0.29%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (0.29%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 36 (10.50%) Oracle
2 30 (8.75%) VMware
3 21 (6.12%) Citrix
4 20 (5.83%) SAP
5 18 (5.25%) Cisco
6 13 (3.79%) HP
7 12 (3.50%) Dell
8 11 (3.21%) EPiServer
9 7 (2.04%) PeopleSoft
9 7 (2.04%) Symantec
10 6 (1.75%) Capita
10 6 (1.75%) Sitecore
11 5 (1.46%) Apple
11 5 (1.46%) LANDesk
11 5 (1.46%) Lotus
11 5 (1.46%) NetApp
11 5 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (1.17%) Appcelerator
12 4 (1.17%) Novell
12 4 (1.17%) Remedy
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