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 9 February 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.

Location
3 months to
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 51 35 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 15.60% 11.33% 17.93%
As % of the Vendors category 29.65% 18.92% 34.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 14 9
Average daily rate £425 £200 £130
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+112.50% +53.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £126 £117
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £411 £252
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 4
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.83 £11.00 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.90 £14.75 £20.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
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
172 185 97
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 52.60% 59.87% 52.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 73 51
Average daily rate £400 £310 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.03% -1.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £165 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 4
Average hourly rate £16.50 £12.42 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.85% -24.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.42 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.20 £15.50 £20.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.38 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+27.85% +6.06%

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 9 February 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram 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 9 February 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
Liverpool 0 42 £425 +112.50% 19
Wirral +8 3 £425 +78.94% 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 29 (34.94%) SQL
1 29 (34.94%) SQL Server
2 27 (32.53%) MS Excel
3 21 (25.30%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (24.10%) Windows
5 18 (21.69%) MS Exchange
5 18 (21.69%) Active Directory
6 15 (18.07%) Waterfall
7 14 (16.87%) Finance
8 13 (15.66%) Citrix
8 13 (15.66%) ITIL
9 11 (13.25%) Business Intelligence
9 11 (13.25%) CRM
9 11 (13.25%) SharePoint
9 11 (13.25%) VMware
9 11 (13.25%) Dynamics CRM
10 10 (12.05%) .NET
10 10 (12.05%) Windows Server
11 9 (10.84%) MS Office
11 9 (10.84%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (10.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (10.84%) Data Analysis
11 9 (10.84%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (10.84%) VMware Infrastructure
12 8 (9.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 8 (9.64%) vSphere
12 8 (9.64%) Windows 7
12 8 (9.64%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (8.43%) Office 365
13 7 (8.43%) SQL Server 2012

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 18 (21.69%) MS Exchange
2 11 (13.25%) SharePoint
3 7 (8.43%) IIS
3 7 (8.43%) Skype for Business
4 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.41%) Tomcat
5 2 (2.41%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.20%) Apache
6 1 (1.20%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.20%) CMS
6 1 (1.20%) Confluence
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.20%) Jetty
6 1 (1.20%) nginx
Applications
1 27 (32.53%) MS Excel
2 9 (10.84%) MS Office
3 3 (3.61%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (13.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.20%) Sage 1000
2 1 (1.20%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.43%) Office 365
2 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.61%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.41%) IaaS
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.20%) Google App Engine
5 1 (1.20%) Google Apps
5 1 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.23%) TCP/IP
2 4 (4.82%) DHCP
2 4 (4.82%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (3.61%) DNS
3 3 (3.61%) VPN
3 3 (3.61%) Wireless
4 2 (2.41%) SAN
4 2 (2.41%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.20%) FTP
5 1 (1.20%) HTTP
5 1 (1.20%) Internet
5 1 (1.20%) Intranet
5 1 (1.20%) IPsec
5 1 (1.20%) LAN
5 1 (1.20%) NAS
5 1 (1.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (34.94%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (9.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (8.43%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (8.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (6.02%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (6.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 3 (3.61%) Power BI
8 2 (2.41%) MySQL
8 2 (2.41%) PowerPivot
8 2 (2.41%) Relational Database
9 1 (1.20%) Big Data
9 1 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (1.20%) Hadoop
9 1 (1.20%) MS Access
9 1 (1.20%) NoSQL
9 1 (1.20%) OLAP
9 1 (1.20%) OLTP
9 1 (1.20%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 3 (3.61%) Mercurial
1 3 (3.61%) TeamCity
1 3 (3.61%) YouTrack
2 1 (1.20%) JIRA
2 1 (1.20%) Subversion
2 1 (1.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (16.87%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Advertising
3 4 (4.82%) Banking
3 4 (4.82%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.41%) Back Office
4 2 (2.41%) Local Government
4 2 (2.41%) Marketing
4 2 (2.41%) Retail
5 1 (1.20%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.20%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (28.92%) Analyst
2 23 (27.71%) Developer
3 9 (10.84%) Analyst Developer
4 7 (8.43%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (8.43%) Architect
5 6 (7.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) Consultant
6 5 (6.02%) SQL Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) Service Analyst
7 4 (4.82%) Service Desk Analyst
7 4 (4.82%) Support Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Communications Manager
8 3 (3.61%) Procurement Analyst
8 3 (3.61%) Technical Support
9 2 (2.41%) .NET Developer
9 2 (2.41%) Banking Analyst
9 2 (2.41%) Rollout Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.05%) .NET
2 6 (7.23%) ASP.NET
3 4 (4.82%) HTML
4 3 (3.61%) CSS
4 3 (3.61%) jQuery
5 1 (1.20%) J2EE
5 1 (1.20%) MDX
5 1 (1.20%) Middleware
5 1 (1.20%) ODBC
5 1 (1.20%) REST
5 1 (1.20%) Servlets
5 1 (1.20%) Web Services
5 1 (1.20%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.61%) Blackberry
1 3 (3.61%) iPad
2 2 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (2.41%) Handset
2 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.41%) NHS
3 1 (1.20%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.20%) Data Integration
3 1 (1.20%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.20%) PKI
3 1 (1.20%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.20%) Replication
3 1 (1.20%) User Experience
3 1 (1.20%) Visualisation
3 1 (1.20%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 20 (24.10%) Windows
2 10 (12.05%) Windows Server
3 9 (10.84%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (9.64%) Windows 7
4 8 (9.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (6.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (3.61%) Linux
6 3 (3.61%) Windows XP
7 2 (2.41%) AIX
7 2 (2.41%) HPUX
7 2 (2.41%) Solaris
7 2 (2.41%) Windows 8
7 2 (2.41%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.20%) Android
8 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.20%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.20%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.20%) Windows CE
8 1 (1.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.30%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (18.07%) Waterfall
3 13 (15.66%) ITIL
4 11 (13.25%) Business Intelligence
4 11 (13.25%) CRM
5 9 (10.84%) Data Analysis
6 6 (7.23%) Migration
6 6 (7.23%) Test Scripting
7 4 (4.82%) Change Management
7 4 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (4.82%) Project Management
7 4 (4.82%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (4.82%) Time Management
8 3 (3.61%) Configuration Management
8 3 (3.61%) ETL
8 3 (3.61%) MVC
8 3 (3.61%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (3.61%) PRINCE2
8 3 (3.61%) Procure-to-pay
8 3 (3.61%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (34.94%) SQL
2 7 (8.43%) C#
3 4 (4.82%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.20%) C
4 1 (1.20%) Java
4 1 (1.20%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.20%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (10.84%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (4.82%) MCSE
3 3 (3.61%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.41%) Degree
4 2 (2.41%) MCDBA
4 2 (2.41%) MCDST
4 2 (2.41%) MCITP
4 2 (2.41%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (1.20%) CCEA
5 1 (1.20%) CCEE
5 1 (1.20%) CCNA
5 1 (1.20%) CCNP
5 1 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.20%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (1.20%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (1.20%) MCP
5 1 (1.20%) MCTS
5 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Certified Architect
5 1 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.20%) Data Quality
1 1 (1.20%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (21.69%) Active Directory
2 9 (10.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (9.64%) vSphere
4 7 (8.43%) Hyper-V
5 6 (7.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (2.41%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (2.41%) XenApp
7 1 (1.20%) Xen
7 1 (1.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (7.23%) SCCM
2 4 (4.82%) SCOM
3 1 (1.20%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.20%) EdgeSight
3 1 (1.20%) Nagios
3 1 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.20%) Puppet
3 1 (1.20%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 13 (15.66%) Citrix
2 11 (13.25%) VMware
3 6 (7.23%) Cisco
4 5 (6.02%) HP
5 3 (3.61%) SAP
6 2 (2.41%) Ariba
6 2 (2.41%) BT
6 2 (2.41%) EMC
6 2 (2.41%) Google
6 2 (2.41%) Oracle
6 2 (2.41%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.41%) Tableau
7 1 (1.20%) Apple
7 1 (1.20%) CA
7 1 (1.20%) Mitel
7 1 (1.20%) NetApp
7 1 (1.20%) OpenText
7 1 (1.20%) Sage
7 1 (1.20%) Siemens
7 1 (1.20%) SimCorp
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