The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
North West / Merseyside
Rank 3 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 46 56 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 14.89% 17.55% 11.11%
As % of the Vendors category 29.87% 33.94% 19.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 33 15
Median daily rate £403 £425 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.29% +88.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £159 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 4
Median hourly rate - £15.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +25.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.57
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +2.95%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Merseyside region.

Vendors Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
154 165 190
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 49.84% 51.72% 57.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 104 75
Median daily rate £350 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £219 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.94% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 10
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £12.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +32.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.45 £12.42 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £42.20 £15.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.30 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-19.53% +22.85%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Merseyside region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Merseyside region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Merseyside region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool +2 40 £369 -13.23% 17
Wirral -3 2 - -
Bootle - 1 £465 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Merseyside region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 26 (33.77%) Windows
2 25 (32.47%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (31.17%) MS Excel
4 22 (28.57%) .NET
5 19 (24.68%) CRM
5 19 (24.68%) Project Management
6 18 (23.38%) SQL Server
7 17 (22.08%) SQL
8 16 (20.78%) MS Office
8 16 (20.78%) Finance
9 15 (19.48%) Dynamics CRM
10 13 (16.88%) C#
11 12 (15.58%) ITIL
12 11 (14.29%) ASP.NET
13 10 (12.99%) Google
13 10 (12.99%) SharePoint
13 10 (12.99%) Visual Studio
13 10 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
14 9 (11.69%) Process Improvement
14 9 (11.69%) Windows Server
14 9 (11.69%) JavaScript
14 9 (11.69%) Active Directory
14 9 (11.69%) Internet
14 9 (11.69%) MVC
15 8 (10.39%) Management Information System
15 8 (10.39%) Linux
15 8 (10.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 8 (10.39%) Waterfall
16 7 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
16 7 (9.09%) Windows 7

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (12.99%) SharePoint
2 7 (9.09%) MS Exchange
3 5 (6.49%) Apache
3 5 (6.49%) IIS
3 5 (6.49%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.60%) CMS
4 2 (2.60%) EPiServer
4 2 (2.60%) Jetty
4 2 (2.60%) Mongrel
4 2 (2.60%) nginx
4 2 (2.60%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (2.60%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.60%) Umbraco
5 1 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.30%) DNN
5 1 (1.30%) Immediacy CMS
5 1 (1.30%) Kentico
5 1 (1.30%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 24 (31.17%) MS Excel
2 16 (20.78%) MS Office
3 5 (6.49%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (6.49%) MS Project
4 3 (3.90%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 15 (19.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.90%) SAP BPC
3 2 (2.60%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (1.30%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (6.49%) Office 365
3 3 (3.90%) Google Analytics
4 2 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.60%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (2.60%) G Suite
4 2 (2.60%) Google App Engine
4 2 (2.60%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.30%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.69%) Internet
2 6 (7.79%) Firewall
2 6 (7.79%) LAN
2 6 (7.79%) WAN
3 5 (6.49%) DHCP
3 5 (6.49%) DNS
3 5 (6.49%) SAN
4 4 (5.19%) Intranet
4 4 (5.19%) TCP/IP
5 3 (3.90%) Extranet
5 3 (3.90%) NAS
6 2 (2.60%) FTP
6 2 (2.60%) HTTP
6 2 (2.60%) IPsec
6 2 (2.60%) SSL
6 2 (2.60%) VPN
7 1 (1.30%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (1.30%) VLAN
7 1 (1.30%) VoIP
7 1 (1.30%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (23.38%) SQL Server
2 8 (10.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (6.49%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (6.49%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (3.90%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.60%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.30%) EDMS
7 1 (1.30%) EDRMS
7 1 (1.30%) OLAP
7 1 (1.30%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (1.30%) OLTP
7 1 (1.30%) Pentaho
7 1 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (1.30%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 10 (12.99%) Visual Studio
2 3 (3.90%) Rational Application Developer
2 3 (3.90%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (3.90%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
2 3 (3.90%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
3 2 (2.60%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.60%) Travis CI
4 1 (1.30%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (1.30%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 16 (20.78%) Finance
2 2 (2.60%) Banking
3 1 (1.30%) Advertising
3 1 (1.30%) Back Office
3 1 (1.30%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (29.87%) Developer
2 13 (16.88%) Project Manager
3 11 (14.29%) .NET Developer
4 9 (11.69%) Analyst
5 6 (7.79%) Microsoft Developer
6 5 (6.49%) Business Analyst
6 5 (6.49%) Digital Project Manager
7 4 (5.19%) Applications Support
7 4 (5.19%) Architect
7 4 (5.19%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (5.19%) C# Developer
7 4 (5.19%) SharePoint Developer
7 4 (5.19%) SQL Developer
7 4 (5.19%) Sun Support
8 3 (3.90%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
8 3 (3.90%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 3 (3.90%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
8 3 (3.90%) C# VB.NET Developer
8 3 (3.90%) Digital Analyst
8 3 (3.90%) Digital Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (28.57%) .NET
2 11 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 7 (9.09%) HTML
4 6 (7.79%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (6.49%) J2EE
6 4 (5.19%) AngularJS
6 4 (5.19%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (5.19%) CSS
6 4 (5.19%) jQuery
7 3 (3.90%) .NET Framework
7 3 (3.90%) Middleware
7 3 (3.90%) ODBC
7 3 (3.90%) WCF
7 3 (3.90%) WF
7 3 (3.90%) XML
8 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 2 (2.60%) Servlets
9 1 (1.30%) KnockoutJS
9 1 (1.30%) Regular Expression
9 1 (1.30%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.39%) Management Information System
3 7 (9.09%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.90%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.90%) User Experience
5 2 (2.60%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.30%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.30%) BYOD
6 1 (1.30%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.30%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.30%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.30%) Tandem
6 1 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 26 (33.77%) Windows
2 9 (11.69%) Windows Server
3 8 (10.39%) Linux
4 7 (9.09%) Windows 7
5 6 (7.79%) Unix
6 5 (6.49%) Windows 10
6 5 (6.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (5.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (5.19%) Solaris
7 4 (5.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (3.90%) Data ONTAP
8 3 (3.90%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.60%) Android
9 2 (2.60%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.30%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (32.47%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (24.68%) CRM
2 19 (24.68%) Project Management
3 12 (15.58%) ITIL
4 9 (11.69%) MVC
4 9 (11.69%) Process Improvement
5 8 (10.39%) Waterfall
6 7 (9.09%) Case Management
6 7 (9.09%) PRINCE2
7 6 (7.79%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (7.79%) ITIL V3
7 6 (7.79%) SOA
7 6 (7.79%) Supplier Management
7 6 (7.79%) Workflow
8 5 (6.49%) Migration
8 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (5.19%) Enterprise Architecture
9 4 (5.19%) Practice Management
9 4 (5.19%) Release Management
9 4 (5.19%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 17 (22.08%) SQL
2 13 (16.88%) C#
3 9 (11.69%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.90%) Java
4 3 (3.90%) T-SQL
4 3 (3.90%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.30%) C
5 1 (1.30%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.30%) VBA
5 1 (1.30%) X++
Qualifications
1 4 (5.19%) Degree
2 3 (3.90%) SC Cleared
2 3 (3.90%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.60%) APMP
3 2 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.60%) ISEB
3 2 (2.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.30%) CISSP
4 1 (1.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (1.30%) SANS
4 1 (1.30%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.19%) QA
2 1 (1.30%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (11.69%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.49%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.60%) Xen
4 1 (1.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (1.30%) ISA Server
4 1 (1.30%) vSphere
4 1 (1.30%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (7.79%) SCCM
2 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (2.60%) Puppet
3 1 (1.30%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (1.30%) Nagios
3 1 (1.30%) QRadar
Vendors
1 10 (12.99%) Google
2 5 (6.49%) Cisco
2 5 (6.49%) VMware
3 4 (5.19%) Citrix
3 4 (5.19%) Dell
3 4 (5.19%) F5
3 4 (5.19%) NetApp
3 4 (5.19%) Red Hat
3 4 (5.19%) Sun
4 3 (3.90%) EMC
4 3 (3.90%) Nintex
4 3 (3.90%) SAP
5 2 (2.60%) Apple
5 2 (2.60%) IBM
5 2 (2.60%) Oracle
5 2 (2.60%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.30%) Alterian
6 1 (1.30%) HP
6 1 (1.30%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.30%) Sourcefire