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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 9 8
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 193 132 161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.58% 11.45% 12.31%
As % of the Vendors category 30.20% 28.33% 26.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 58 65
Average daily rate
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£325 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £186 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £433 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 25 34
Average hourly rate £12.00 £13.67 £18.14
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.18% -24.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.99 £10.32 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £25.60 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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
639 466 612
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 44.97% 40.42% 46.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 213 268
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 45 51
Average hourly rate £14.13 £18.00 £18.14
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.52% -0.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.55 £27.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +3 12 £200 - 1
Wigan +2 5 £250 -16.66% 6
Stockport +2 4 - - 12
Altrincham +4 3 £275 -28.57%
Salford +2 2 £350 - 1
Bolton - 1 - - 4
Bury - - - - 3
Cheadle - - - - 2
Ashton-under-Lyne - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 138 (37.81%) Windows
2 129 (35.34%) MS Excel
3 102 (27.95%) MS Office
4 78 (21.37%) SQL Server
5 72 (19.73%) .NET
6 69 (18.90%) Finance
7 68 (18.63%) SQL
8 54 (14.79%) Active Directory
9 45 (12.33%) Analytical Skills
10 43 (11.78%) C#
11 41 (11.23%) VMware
12 40 (10.96%) ITIL
12 40 (10.96%) Business Analysis
13 38 (10.41%) Citrix
13 38 (10.41%) Microsoft Certification
14 37 (10.14%) Migration
14 37 (10.14%) Windows 7
15 36 (9.86%) SQL Server 2008
16 35 (9.59%) Project Management
16 35 (9.59%) Oracle
17 34 (9.32%) Windows Server 2008
17 34 (9.32%) Degree
18 33 (9.04%) SAN
19 32 (8.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 30 (8.22%) Agile Software Development
20 30 (8.22%) HTML
20 30 (8.22%) Windows Server 2003
21 29 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
22 28 (7.67%) MVC
22 28 (7.67%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 23 (6.30%) MS Exchange
2 20 (5.48%) SharePoint
3 12 (3.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (2.47%) SharePoint 2010
4 9 (2.47%) IIS
5 7 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (1.37%) Lync
6 5 (1.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.10%) CMS
7 4 (1.10%) IBM Notes
7 4 (1.10%) CICS
7 4 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.82%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.82%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.82%) Orchard CMS
8 3 (0.82%) MS Project Server
8 3 (0.82%) Apache
8 3 (0.82%) SAS
Applications
1 129 (35.34%) MS Excel
2 102 (27.95%) MS Office
3 19 (5.21%) MS Visio
4 18 (4.93%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (4.11%) MS Project
6 3 (0.82%) Mingle
7 2 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.27%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.27%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 23 (6.30%) Dynamics AX
2 12 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (3.29%) Oracle EBS R12
3 8 (2.19%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (1.92%) Oracle 11i
4 7 (1.92%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (1.64%) Oracle General Ledger
5 6 (1.64%) Oracle Payables
6 5 (1.37%) Oracle Receivables
6 5 (1.37%) Oracle Assets
7 3 (0.82%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.82%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.55%) Agresso
9 1 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
9 1 (0.27%) GoldMine
9 1 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.92%) Office 365
2 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 33 (9.04%) SAN
2 27 (7.40%) Firewall
3 19 (5.21%) WAN
4 17 (4.66%) NAS
5 16 (4.38%) LAN
6 12 (3.29%) Wireless
6 12 (3.29%) VPN
7 8 (2.19%) DNS
7 8 (2.19%) Fibre Channel
8 7 (1.92%) DHCP
8 7 (1.92%) Internet
9 6 (1.64%) Intranet
10 5 (1.37%) iSCSI
10 5 (1.37%) DMZ
11 4 (1.10%) MPLS
11 4 (1.10%) TCP/IP
11 4 (1.10%) Network Security
11 4 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (1.10%) Wireshark
12 3 (0.82%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (21.37%) SQL Server
2 36 (9.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (8.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 17 (4.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 16 (4.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (3.56%) SQL Server 2005
7 11 (3.01%) Oracle Database
7 11 (3.01%) MS Access
8 7 (1.92%) RavenDB
9 5 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (1.10%) SQL Server 2000
10 4 (1.10%) Easytrieve
11 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (0.82%) EDMS
12 2 (0.55%) OLAP
12 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
12 2 (0.55%) Big Data
13 1 (0.27%) Couchbase
13 1 (0.27%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 25 (6.85%) Visual Studio
2 12 (3.29%) Toad
3 11 (3.01%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 10 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (1.37%) MSTest
5 5 (1.37%) MorphX
5 5 (1.37%) Subversion
6 4 (1.10%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.82%) Axure RP
7 3 (0.82%) Selenium
8 2 (0.55%) MSI
8 2 (0.55%) InstallShield
9 1 (0.27%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.27%) AdminStudio
General
1 69 (18.90%) Finance
2 17 (4.66%) Advertising
3 14 (3.84%) Retail
4 10 (2.74%) Banking
5 8 (2.19%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.19%) Legal
5 8 (2.19%) Marketing
6 7 (1.92%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.37%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.55%) Billing
9 1 (0.27%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.27%) Publishing
9 1 (0.27%) Automotive
9 1 (0.27%) Law
9 1 (0.27%) Back Office
9 1 (0.27%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 103 (28.22%) Analyst
2 91 (24.93%) Developer
3 47 (12.88%) Business Analyst
4 26 (7.12%) Consultant
5 24 (6.58%) .NET Developer
6 23 (6.30%) Service Desk Analyst
7 22 (6.03%) Service Analyst
8 15 (4.11%) C# Developer
8 15 (4.11%) Architect
9 13 (3.56%) Project Manager
10 12 (3.29%) Administrator
11 11 (3.01%) Microsoft Developer
11 11 (3.01%) SQL Developer
11 11 (3.01%) 2nd Line Support
11 11 (3.01%) Support Analyst
11 11 (3.01%) 1st Line Support
11 11 (3.01%) Desktop Support
12 10 (2.74%) Infrastructure Consultant
12 10 (2.74%) Dynamics AX Developer
13 9 (2.47%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (19.73%) .NET
2 30 (8.22%) HTML
3 28 (7.67%) ASP.NET
4 24 (6.58%) CSS
5 21 (5.75%) Web Services
6 19 (5.21%) jQuery
7 18 (4.93%) .NET Framework
8 17 (4.66%) ASP.NET MVC
9 14 (3.84%) WPF
9 14 (3.84%) LINQ
10 13 (3.56%) WCF
10 13 (3.56%) XML
11 12 (3.29%) HTML5
12 10 (2.74%) CSS3
13 9 (2.47%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 9 (2.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 9 (2.47%) Ajax
14 8 (2.19%) XHTML
14 8 (2.19%) AngularJS
15 6 (1.64%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 45 (12.33%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (6.85%) Management Information System
3 15 (4.11%) NHS
4 13 (3.56%) Data Extraction
5 10 (2.74%) Life Science
6 9 (2.47%) Replication
6 9 (2.47%) Blackberry
7 8 (2.19%) Clustering
8 6 (1.64%) N-Tier
8 6 (1.64%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.37%) Open Source
9 5 (1.37%) Celerra
9 5 (1.37%) IBM Mainframe
9 5 (1.37%) Mainframe
10 4 (1.10%) VSAM
10 4 (1.10%) iPad
11 3 (0.82%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.82%) Enterprise Storage
11 3 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 138 (37.81%) Windows
2 37 (10.14%) Windows 7
3 34 (9.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 30 (8.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (6.58%) Windows XP
6 12 (3.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (2.47%) UNIX
8 8 (2.19%) Solaris
8 8 (2.19%) Apple iOS
9 7 (1.92%) Android
10 6 (1.64%) Windows 8
11 5 (1.37%) Windows Vista
11 5 (1.37%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.82%) Linux
13 2 (0.55%) NetWare
13 2 (0.55%) Windows NT
13 2 (0.55%) AIX
13 2 (0.55%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (10.96%) ITIL
1 40 (10.96%) Business Analysis
2 37 (10.14%) Migration
3 35 (9.59%) Project Management
4 30 (8.22%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
6 28 (7.67%) MVC
7 20 (5.48%) Change Management
8 19 (5.21%) Data Migration
9 17 (4.66%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (4.66%) Scrum
9 17 (4.66%) Product Management
10 16 (4.38%) ERP
10 16 (4.38%) CRM
10 16 (4.38%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (3.84%) PRINCE2
12 13 (3.56%) Data Cleansing
12 13 (3.56%) TDD
12 13 (3.56%) OO
13 10 (2.74%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (18.63%) SQL
2 43 (11.78%) C#
3 27 (7.40%) JavaScript
4 19 (5.21%) PL/SQL
5 17 (4.66%) T-SQL
6 9 (2.47%) VBA
7 8 (2.19%) X++
8 7 (1.92%) PowerShell
9 6 (1.64%) VB
10 4 (1.10%) JCL
10 4 (1.10%) COBOL
10 4 (1.10%) REXX
10 4 (1.10%) Assembly Language
11 3 (0.82%) Ruby
11 3 (0.82%) VBScript
11 3 (0.82%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.82%) Objective-C
11 3 (0.82%) XAML
12 2 (0.55%) XPath
12 2 (0.55%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 38 (10.41%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (9.32%) Degree
3 19 (5.21%) MCSE
4 16 (4.38%) MCITP
5 12 (3.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 11 (3.01%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (2.74%) MCP
7 10 (2.74%) CCNA
8 9 (2.47%) VCP5
9 8 (2.19%) MCSA
9 8 (2.19%) MCTS
9 8 (2.19%) Security Cleared
10 6 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (1.64%) SC Cleared
11 5 (1.37%) CCDP
11 5 (1.37%) CCNP
12 4 (1.10%) CCIP
12 4 (1.10%) CCA
12 4 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (1.10%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.92%) QA
2 6 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.55%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.27%) Basel III
5 1 (0.27%) GAMP
System Software
1 54 (14.79%) Active Directory
2 28 (7.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (7.40%) Hyper-V
4 17 (4.66%) VMware ESX
5 6 (1.64%) Terminal Services
5 6 (1.64%) XenApp
6 5 (1.37%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 5 (1.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (1.10%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.55%) XenServer
10 1 (0.27%) UAG
10 1 (0.27%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 21 (5.75%) SCCM
2 15 (4.11%) Backup Exec
3 9 (2.47%) SCOM
4 3 (0.82%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.55%) OpenView
5 2 (0.55%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.55%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (0.55%) SAP Afaria
5 2 (0.55%) SCSM
6 1 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.27%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 41 (11.23%) VMware
2 38 (10.41%) Citrix
3 35 (9.59%) Oracle
4 28 (7.67%) Cisco
5 21 (5.75%) HP
6 16 (4.38%) Symantec
6 16 (4.38%) Juniper
7 14 (3.84%) EMC
8 13 (3.56%) IBM
9 10 (2.74%) Apple
10 9 (2.47%) SolarWinds
11 8 (2.19%) SAP
12 6 (1.64%) Sage
12 6 (1.64%) CheckPoint
13 5 (1.37%) Northgate
13 5 (1.37%) Avaya
13 5 (1.37%) Dell
14 4 (1.10%) Nortel
14 4 (1.10%) Lotus
14 4 (1.10%) Veeam
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