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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 9
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 63 36 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 16.76% 14.81% 10.44%
As % of the Vendors category 31.66% 32.14% 27.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 19 16
Average daily rate
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£300 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £200 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £410 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 3
Average hourly rate £14.50 £11.75 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.40% -9.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.15 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.90 £11.95 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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 Merseyside region.

Vendors Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
199 112 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 52.93% 46.09% 38.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 57 47
Average daily rate £334 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.64% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £505 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 6
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.00 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.83% -42.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £19.64 £21.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.98 £19.30
% change year-on-year
-1.22% -1.64%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Merseyside region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 4 September 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 4 September 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
Liverpool -2 41 £218 -27.50% 29
St Helens 0 4 £240 -40.74%
Bootle - 3 - -
Wirral -1 1 - - 3
Prenton - 1 £150 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 72 (52.94%) Windows
2 46 (33.82%) Active Directory
3 44 (32.35%) MS Office
4 31 (22.79%) MS Excel
4 31 (22.79%) Citrix
5 28 (20.59%) Windows Server 2008
6 27 (19.85%) SQL
7 26 (19.12%) VMware
8 25 (18.38%) ITIL
9 21 (15.44%) Windows 7
10 20 (14.71%) Windows Server 2003
10 20 (14.71%) DNS
11 18 (13.24%) VMware Infrastructure
12 16 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
12 16 (11.76%) MS Exchange
13 15 (11.03%) DHCP
14 14 (10.29%) Finance
15 13 (9.56%) Windows XP
15 13 (9.56%) Windows Server 2012
16 12 (8.82%) ITIL Certification
16 12 (8.82%) MCP
16 12 (8.82%) SQL Server
16 12 (8.82%) IIS
17 11 (8.09%) SharePoint
17 11 (8.09%) Firewall
17 11 (8.09%) Hyper-V
17 11 (8.09%) Migration
17 11 (8.09%) Clustering
17 11 (8.09%) Windows 8
17 11 (8.09%) Office 365

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 16 (11.76%) MS Exchange
2 12 (8.82%) IIS
3 11 (8.09%) SharePoint
4 8 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (3.68%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (2.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (2.21%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.47%) Lync
8 1 (0.74%) K2 blackpearl
8 1 (0.74%) Jetty
8 1 (0.74%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.74%) nginx
8 1 (0.74%) Apache
8 1 (0.74%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.74%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 44 (32.35%) MS Office
2 31 (22.79%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.21%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.21%) MS Project
4 1 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.21%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (2.21%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.09%) Office 365
2 7 (5.15%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (5.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (4.41%) OneDrive
3 6 (4.41%) Google Apps
4 2 (1.47%) IaaS
5 1 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.74%) SaaS
5 1 (0.74%) PaaS
5 1 (0.74%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 20 (14.71%) DNS
2 15 (11.03%) DHCP
3 11 (8.09%) Firewall
4 8 (5.88%) LAN
4 8 (5.88%) WAN
5 7 (5.15%) FTP
5 7 (5.15%) HTTP
6 6 (4.41%) SSL
6 6 (4.41%) SMTP
7 4 (2.94%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (1.47%) Internet
8 2 (1.47%) NAS
8 2 (1.47%) SAN
8 2 (1.47%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.74%) VPN
9 1 (0.74%) DMZ
9 1 (0.74%) Intranet
9 1 (0.74%) Wireless
9 1 (0.74%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 8 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (5.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) OLAP
6 1 (0.74%) MS Access
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.74%) SSDT
6 1 (0.74%) OLAP Cube
6 1 (0.74%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.47%) Subversion
2 1 (0.74%) Oracle APEX
2 1 (0.74%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 1 (0.74%) Axure RP
2 1 (0.74%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.74%) MSI
General
1 14 (10.29%) Finance
2 5 (3.68%) Manufacturing
2 5 (3.68%) Banking
3 4 (2.94%) Retail
4 3 (2.21%) Advertising
4 3 (2.21%) Marketing
5 1 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.74%) Back Office
5 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.74%) Publishing
5 1 (0.74%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.74%) Billing
5 1 (0.74%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (26.47%) Analyst
2 23 (16.91%) Support Analyst
3 16 (11.76%) Desktop Support
4 14 (10.29%) Support Engineer
5 10 (7.35%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 10 (7.35%) Desktop Analyst
6 9 (6.62%) Architect
6 9 (6.62%) Consultant
7 8 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (5.88%) Administrator
8 7 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) Desktop Administrator
9 6 (4.41%) Service Analyst
9 6 (4.41%) Project Manager
9 6 (4.41%) Service Desk Analyst
10 5 (3.68%) Developer
10 5 (3.68%) 1st Line Support
11 4 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support
12 3 (2.21%) Applications Support
12 3 (2.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.41%) .NET
2 4 (2.94%) Web Services
3 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.47%) MDX
3 2 (1.47%) WCF
4 1 (0.74%) WPF
4 1 (0.74%) Entity Framework
4 1 (0.74%) COM
4 1 (0.74%) Servlets
4 1 (0.74%) J2EE
4 1 (0.74%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.09%) Clustering
2 8 (5.88%) Blackberry
3 6 (4.41%) Thin Client
3 6 (4.41%) Fat Client
4 5 (3.68%) NHS
5 2 (1.47%) Informatics
5 2 (1.47%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.47%) User Experience
5 2 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.47%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) iPhone
6 1 (0.74%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.74%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 72 (52.94%) Windows
2 28 (20.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (15.44%) Windows 7
4 20 (14.71%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (9.56%) Windows XP
5 13 (9.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (8.09%) Windows 8
7 9 (6.62%) Android
7 9 (6.62%) Apple iOS
8 5 (3.68%) Mac OS
9 4 (2.94%) BlackBerry OS
10 2 (1.47%) VMS
10 2 (1.47%) OpenVMS
10 2 (1.47%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.47%) Windows CE
10 2 (1.47%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (1.47%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.74%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.38%) ITIL
2 11 (8.09%) Migration
3 10 (7.35%) Infrastructure Management
4 7 (5.15%) Performance Tuning
4 7 (5.15%) Patch Management
4 7 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (5.15%) Project Management
5 6 (4.41%) Change Management
5 6 (4.41%) ETL
5 6 (4.41%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (3.68%) Data Analysis
6 5 (3.68%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (3.68%) PRINCE2
6 5 (3.68%) CRM
6 5 (3.68%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (3.68%) Server Building
7 4 (2.94%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 4 (2.94%) Time Management
7 4 (2.94%) ITSM
7 4 (2.94%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (19.85%) SQL
2 5 (3.68%) C#
3 3 (2.21%) T-SQL
3 3 (2.21%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.47%) VB
4 2 (1.47%) Java
5 1 (0.74%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.74%) VBScript
5 1 (0.74%) VB6
Qualifications
1 16 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (8.82%) ITIL Certification
2 12 (8.82%) MCP
3 7 (5.15%) Citrix Certification
4 6 (4.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (2.21%) MCSE
5 3 (2.21%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (1.47%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.47%) CTC Cleared
6 2 (1.47%) MCSA
7 1 (0.74%) CCNP
7 1 (0.74%) CCNA
7 1 (0.74%) Degree
7 1 (0.74%) CCEA
7 1 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.74%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.41%) SLA
2 2 (1.47%) QA
System Software
1 46 (33.82%) Active Directory
2 18 (13.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (8.09%) Hyper-V
4 10 (7.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (6.62%) XenApp
5 9 (6.62%) VMware ESX
6 8 (5.88%) vSphere
7 7 (5.15%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (4.41%) Xen
8 6 (4.41%) Terminal Services
8 6 (4.41%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (2.94%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.74%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (7.35%) SCCM
2 3 (2.21%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (2.21%) NetBackup
2 3 (2.21%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.74%) SCOM
3 1 (0.74%) SCVMM
3 1 (0.74%) Puppet
3 1 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 31 (22.79%) Citrix
2 26 (19.12%) VMware
3 9 (6.62%) Google
4 8 (5.88%) Symantec
5 4 (2.94%) Apple
5 4 (2.94%) Oracle
6 3 (2.21%) SAP
6 3 (2.21%) Cisco
6 3 (2.21%) Veritas
6 3 (2.21%) Sophos
6 3 (2.21%) Acronis
7 2 (1.47%) WatchGuard
7 2 (1.47%) HP
7 2 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.47%) Ariba
8 1 (0.74%) Remedy
8 1 (0.74%) PlateSpin
8 1 (0.74%) AppSense
8 1 (0.74%) Tableau
8 1 (0.74%) Rackspace
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