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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 9
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 192 205 120
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 11.78% 14.46% 12.00%
As % of the Vendors category 27.55% 31.78% 29.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 77 47
Average daily rate
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£325 £330 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +11.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £118 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 30 21
Average hourly rate £11.00 £14.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.13% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £20.55 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -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
697 645 402
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 42.76% 45.49% 40.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 294 171
Average daily rate £350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £168 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 38 37
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.44% -4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £10.56 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £32.49 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 17 April 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
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 17 April 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
(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
Bolton - 7 £275 - 8
Stockport -4 5 £350 - 6
Altrincham - 4 - - 3
Salford -1 3 £325 -13.33% 5
Oldham -6 2 £200 +122.22% 2
Cheadle - 2 - - 2
Rochdale - - - - 4
Wigan - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 161 (40.25%) Windows
2 121 (30.25%) MS Excel
3 93 (23.25%) MS Office
4 91 (22.75%) SQL Server
5 90 (22.50%) Active Directory
6 66 (16.50%) Citrix
7 64 (16.00%) Windows 7
8 63 (15.75%) SQL
8 63 (15.75%) .NET
8 63 (15.75%) Finance
8 63 (15.75%) Migration
9 52 (13.00%) VMware
9 52 (13.00%) MS Exchange
10 48 (12.00%) Oracle
10 48 (12.00%) ITIL
11 45 (11.25%) JavaScript
12 41 (10.25%) VMware Infrastructure
13 40 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
14 38 (9.50%) C#
14 38 (9.50%) Windows XP
15 37 (9.25%) Firewall
16 36 (9.00%) Project Management
17 34 (8.50%) HTML
18 32 (8.00%) WAN
19 31 (7.75%) Cisco
19 31 (7.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 30 (7.50%) CSS
20 30 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
21 29 (7.25%) MVC
21 29 (7.25%) IIS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 52 (13.00%) MS Exchange
2 29 (7.25%) IIS
3 21 (5.25%) IBM Notes
3 21 (5.25%) SharePoint
4 19 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.75%) Apache
6 8 (2.00%) SAS
6 8 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (1.50%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (1.50%) CMS
8 5 (1.25%) Lync
8 5 (1.25%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.75%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.75%) Apache Solr
9 3 (0.75%) Orchard CMS
9 3 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.50%) Drupal
10 2 (0.50%) Node.js
Applications
1 121 (30.25%) MS Excel
2 93 (23.25%) MS Office
3 20 (5.00%) MS Project
4 18 (4.50%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (1.75%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.75%) Mingle
6 3 (0.75%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.75%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.50%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.25%) SPSS
8 1 (0.25%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.25%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.25%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 12 (3.00%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (3.00%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (1.00%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 4 (1.00%) Cognos TM1
3 3 (0.75%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.50%) Tridion
5 1 (0.25%) WebTrends
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.25%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.25%) SiteCatalyst
Cloud Services
1 16 (4.00%) Office 365
2 9 (2.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.25%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.25%) IBM Blueworks
4 1 (0.25%) Responsys
4 1 (0.25%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 37 (9.25%) Firewall
2 32 (8.00%) WAN
3 23 (5.75%) LAN
4 20 (5.00%) SAN
5 15 (3.75%) Cisco ASA
6 14 (3.50%) NAS
6 14 (3.50%) TCP/IP
6 14 (3.50%) VPN
7 11 (2.75%) SSL
8 10 (2.50%) Fibre Channel
8 10 (2.50%) iSCSI
9 9 (2.25%) Internet
10 8 (2.00%) Wireless
10 8 (2.00%) VPLS
10 8 (2.00%) Network Security
10 8 (2.00%) DMZ
10 8 (2.00%) MPLS
10 8 (2.00%) OSPF
10 8 (2.00%) BGP
10 8 (2.00%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (22.75%) SQL Server
2 31 (7.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 27 (6.75%) Oracle Database
4 25 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (5.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 16 (4.00%) RavenDB
6 16 (4.00%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
8 8 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (1.75%) Base SAS
9 7 (1.75%) SAS Data Integration Studio
10 6 (1.50%) QlikView
11 5 (1.25%) OLAP
12 4 (1.00%) Oracle Database 10g
12 4 (1.00%) Cognos Framework Manager
12 4 (1.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
13 3 (0.75%) Relational Database
13 3 (0.75%) Big Data
13 3 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 28 (7.00%) Visual Studio
2 14 (3.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 12 (3.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (2.25%) Git (software)
5 6 (1.50%) ReSharper
6 4 (1.00%) JMeter
6 4 (1.00%) Toad
7 2 (0.50%) ERwin
7 2 (0.50%) MorphX
7 2 (0.50%) Selenium
7 2 (0.50%) MSTest
7 2 (0.50%) Axure RP
8 1 (0.25%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.25%) Moq
8 1 (0.25%) JIRA
8 1 (0.25%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.25%) MSI
8 1 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.25%) TestDirector
8 1 (0.25%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 63 (15.75%) Finance
2 21 (5.25%) Legal
3 14 (3.50%) Telecoms
4 13 (3.25%) Retail
5 12 (3.00%) Banking
6 9 (2.25%) Financial Institution
7 8 (2.00%) Law
7 8 (2.00%) Marketing
8 6 (1.50%) Local Government
8 6 (1.50%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.50%) Advertising
9 4 (1.00%) Back Office
10 3 (0.75%) Publishing
10 3 (0.75%) Billing
11 1 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.25%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.25%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 99 (24.75%) Analyst
2 85 (21.25%) Developer
3 32 (8.00%) Architect
4 23 (5.75%) Service Analyst
4 23 (5.75%) Service Desk Analyst
5 22 (5.50%) Support Analyst
6 20 (5.00%) Project Manager
7 17 (4.25%) .NET Developer
8 16 (4.00%) Business Analyst
9 14 (3.50%) Consultant
9 14 (3.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 14 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
10 13 (3.25%) Desktop Support
10 13 (3.25%) Designer
11 12 (3.00%) SQL Developer
12 11 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
12 11 (2.75%) Administrator
13 10 (2.50%) 1st Line Support
13 10 (2.50%) Project Coordinator
13 10 (2.50%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (15.75%) .NET
2 34 (8.50%) HTML
3 30 (7.50%) CSS
4 29 (7.25%) jQuery
5 27 (6.75%) ASP.NET
6 19 (4.75%) ASP.NET MVC
7 17 (4.25%) Web Services
8 16 (4.00%) XML
9 15 (3.75%) HTML5
10 14 (3.50%) LINQ
10 14 (3.50%) CSS3
11 13 (3.25%) .NET Framework
12 11 (2.75%) Entity Framework
13 10 (2.50%) Ajax
13 10 (2.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (2.25%) AngularJS
15 7 (1.75%) XHTML
16 6 (1.50%) XSLT
16 6 (1.50%) RabbitMQ
16 6 (1.50%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 28 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.75%) NHS
2 15 (3.75%) Clustering
3 14 (3.50%) Replication
4 12 (3.00%) Computer Science
5 10 (2.50%) Blackberry
6 9 (2.25%) Mainframe
6 9 (2.25%) Celerra
7 8 (2.00%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.75%) Thin Client
8 7 (1.75%) IBM Mainframe
8 7 (1.75%) Fat Client
8 7 (1.75%) Open Source
9 6 (1.50%) Data Extraction
9 6 (1.50%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.50%) Life Science
10 5 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.25%) Enterprise Storage
11 4 (1.00%) User Experience
11 4 (1.00%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 161 (40.25%) Windows
2 64 (16.00%) Windows 7
3 38 (9.50%) Windows XP
4 30 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 22 (5.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (5.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (5.00%) UNIX
7 14 (3.50%) Apple iOS
8 11 (2.75%) Linux
9 9 (2.25%) Solaris
9 9 (2.25%) Windows 8
10 5 (1.25%) Android
11 3 (0.75%) Windows 2000 Server
11 3 (0.75%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.75%) Windows Mobile
12 2 (0.50%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.25%) CentOS
13 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (15.75%) Migration
2 48 (12.00%) ITIL
3 40 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (9.00%) Project Management
5 29 (7.25%) MVC
5 29 (7.25%) PRINCE2
6 27 (6.75%) Business Intelligence
7 21 (5.25%) Scrum
8 17 (4.25%) SOA
9 16 (4.00%) Disaster Recovery
9 16 (4.00%) TDD
9 16 (4.00%) Information Security
9 16 (4.00%) Mentoring
10 15 (3.75%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (3.50%) Data Migration
11 14 (3.50%) Configuration Management
11 14 (3.50%) CRM
12 13 (3.25%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (3.00%) Data Analysis
13 12 (3.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 63 (15.75%) SQL
2 45 (11.25%) JavaScript
3 38 (9.50%) C#
4 17 (4.25%) T-SQL
5 15 (3.75%) PowerShell
6 11 (2.75%) VBA
7 7 (1.75%) REXX
8 6 (1.50%) VBScript
9 5 (1.25%) VB
9 5 (1.25%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.00%) X++
10 4 (1.00%) PHP
10 4 (1.00%) Ruby
11 2 (0.50%) XPath
11 2 (0.50%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.50%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.25%) SPARQL
12 1 (0.25%) JCL
12 1 (0.25%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 29 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (5.00%) Degree
3 17 (4.25%) Security Cleared
4 10 (2.50%) MCP
5 9 (2.25%) MCSE
5 9 (2.25%) CCNA
5 9 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (2.00%) MCITP
6 8 (2.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 6 (1.50%) CCIA
7 6 (1.50%) MCDST
7 6 (1.50%) A+ Certification
7 6 (1.50%) CCA
7 6 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
7 6 (1.50%) CCEA
8 5 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.25%) MOS
8 5 (1.25%) ISEB
8 5 (1.25%) SC Cleared
9 4 (1.00%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.50%) QA
2 7 (1.75%) SLA
3 6 (1.50%) P3O
4 5 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 90 (22.50%) Active Directory
2 41 (10.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (5.50%) Hyper-V
4 13 (3.25%) XenApp
5 12 (3.00%) Terminal Services
6 10 (2.50%) XenDesktop
6 10 (2.50%) VMware ESX
7 9 (2.25%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 8 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (1.50%) XenServer
9 6 (1.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (1.25%) Xen
10 5 (1.25%) BitLocker
11 4 (1.00%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.75%) vSphere
13 2 (0.50%) UAG
14 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 18 (4.50%) SCCM
2 4 (1.00%) MIMEsweeper
2 4 (1.00%) HP Data Protector
3 3 (0.75%) Puppet
3 3 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.75%) Ansible
3 3 (0.75%) EMC NetWorker
3 3 (0.75%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.50%) Salt
4 2 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.50%) Data Guard
4 2 (0.50%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.50%) MOM
4 2 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.50%) SCOM
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.25%) WSUS
5 1 (0.25%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.25%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 66 (16.50%) Citrix
2 52 (13.00%) VMware
3 48 (12.00%) Oracle
4 31 (7.75%) Cisco
5 21 (5.25%) Lotus
5 21 (5.25%) CheckPoint
6 15 (3.75%) IBM
6 15 (3.75%) HP
7 13 (3.25%) EMC
8 12 (3.00%) NetApp
8 12 (3.00%) SAP
9 10 (2.50%) Cognos
10 8 (2.00%) Nortel
10 8 (2.00%) SolarWinds
11 7 (1.75%) Apple
11 7 (1.75%) AppSense
11 7 (1.75%) Clearswift
11 7 (1.75%) Wyse
12 6 (1.50%) Dell
12 6 (1.50%) Adobe
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