The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 557 424 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.56% 13.88% 12.20%
As % of the Vendors category 33.59% 31.67% 26.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 212 161
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £215 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £335 £330
% change year-on-year
+1.49% +1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 50 47
Average hourly rate £16.42 £14.13 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.24% -19.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.90 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £25.00 £30.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Microsoft
England

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

Vendors Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1658 1339 1226
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 43.34% 43.84% 46.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 875 690 536
Average daily rate £368 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 91 93
Average hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -31.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.28 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.24 £28.75 £40.57
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -10.25%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 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
Manchester +2 215 £318 -2.30% 146
Cheshire 0 115 £400 +23.07% 56
Lancashire +1 67 £500 +44.92% 20
Merseyside 0 62 £215 -30.64% 21
Cumbria -1 42 £350 -28.20% 4
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

1 376 (35.78%) Windows
2 316 (30.07%) MS Excel
3 254 (24.17%) MS Office
4 218 (20.74%) Active Directory
5 183 (17.41%) SQL
6 173 (16.46%) Finance
7 165 (15.70%) VMware
7 165 (15.70%) SQL Server
8 164 (15.60%) ITIL
9 154 (14.65%) Citrix
10 149 (14.18%) Migration
11 147 (13.99%) Windows 7
12 131 (12.46%) Microsoft Certification
13 125 (11.89%) .NET
14 120 (11.42%) VMware Infrastructure
15 117 (11.13%) Security Cleared
16 90 (8.56%) Oracle
16 90 (8.56%) MS Exchange
17 88 (8.37%) Project Management
18 87 (8.28%) Windows Server 2008
19 84 (7.99%) SC Cleared
19 84 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
20 83 (7.90%) CRM
21 82 (7.80%) SharePoint
22 81 (7.71%) SCCM
23 80 (7.61%) Windows Server 2003
24 79 (7.52%) Windows XP
25 77 (7.33%) Agile Software Development
26 72 (6.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 71 (6.76%) Dynamics CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 90 (8.56%) MS Exchange
2 82 (7.80%) SharePoint
3 42 (4.00%) IIS
4 41 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 38 (3.62%) IBM Notes
6 23 (2.19%) Lync
7 21 (2.00%) SharePoint 2010
8 18 (1.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 17 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2007
10 15 (1.43%) SAS
10 15 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
11 12 (1.14%) WebSphere
12 10 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2003
12 10 (0.95%) Node.js
13 9 (0.86%) CMS
13 9 (0.86%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.76%) Jetty
14 8 (0.76%) nginx
15 6 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
15 6 (0.57%) Apache
Applications
1 316 (30.07%) MS Excel
2 254 (24.17%) MS Office
3 42 (4.00%) MS Visio
4 40 (3.81%) MS PowerPoint
5 32 (3.04%) MS Project
6 12 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.29%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.095%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.095%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.095%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 71 (6.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (3.81%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 10 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.38%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 3 (0.29%) ResourceLink
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.095%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.095%) Eikon
8 1 (0.095%) Oracle TCA
8 1 (0.095%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.095%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 49 (4.66%) Office 365
2 29 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (2.00%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.86%) SaaS
5 8 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (0.76%) OneDrive
5 8 (0.76%) Google App Engine
5 8 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (0.67%) Google Apps
7 4 (0.38%) IaaS
8 3 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
9 2 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.19%) Boomi
10 1 (0.095%) Google Drive
10 1 (0.095%) PaaS
10 1 (0.095%) IBM Blueworks
10 1 (0.095%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 61 (5.80%) WAN
2 54 (5.14%) DNS
3 51 (4.85%) DHCP
4 44 (4.19%) LAN
5 39 (3.71%) Firewall
6 37 (3.52%) TCP/IP
7 36 (3.43%) SAN
8 21 (2.00%) Wireless
9 20 (1.90%) NAS
10 17 (1.62%) Internet
11 16 (1.52%) SSL
11 16 (1.52%) MPLS
11 16 (1.52%) HTTP
12 14 (1.33%) FTP
13 12 (1.14%) VPN
14 10 (0.95%) DMZ
14 10 (0.95%) Fibre Channel
15 9 (0.86%) iSCSI
16 8 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
16 8 (0.76%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 165 (15.70%) SQL Server
2 72 (6.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 63 (5.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 47 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
5 45 (4.28%) Oracle Database
6 44 (4.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 42 (4.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 24 (2.28%) SQL Server 2012
9 19 (1.81%) Oracle Reports
10 14 (1.33%) OLAP
11 12 (1.14%) MS Access
11 12 (1.14%) Base SAS
12 11 (1.05%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 10 (0.95%) Relational Database
13 10 (0.95%) NoSQL
14 9 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 9 (0.86%) OLAP Cube
15 8 (0.76%) RavenDB
15 8 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
16 6 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 35 (3.33%) Visual Studio
2 25 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (1.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 15 (1.43%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.86%) Jenkins
5 9 (0.86%) MSI
6 8 (0.76%) ReSharper
7 6 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
8 5 (0.48%) LoadRunner
8 5 (0.48%) Selenium
8 5 (0.48%) InstallShield
9 4 (0.38%) JMeter
9 4 (0.38%) TestComplete
9 4 (0.38%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.38%) SpecFlow
10 3 (0.29%) Axure RP
10 3 (0.29%) MorphX
10 3 (0.29%) Oracle APEX
11 2 (0.19%) Toad
11 2 (0.19%) TestDirector
General
1 173 (16.46%) Finance
2 46 (4.38%) Manufacturing
3 31 (2.95%) Banking
4 27 (2.57%) Local Government
5 25 (2.38%) Retail
5 25 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 19 (1.81%) Marketing
7 16 (1.52%) Legal
8 14 (1.33%) Law
9 13 (1.24%) General Ledger
10 11 (1.05%) Advertising
11 8 (0.76%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.67%) Electronics
12 7 (0.67%) German Language
12 7 (0.67%) Russian Language
13 5 (0.48%) French Language
13 5 (0.48%) Portuguese Language
14 4 (0.38%) Turkish Language
14 4 (0.38%) Dutch Language
14 4 (0.38%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 254 (24.17%) Analyst
2 151 (14.37%) Developer
3 137 (13.04%) Architect
4 74 (7.04%) Support Analyst
5 68 (6.47%) Consultant
6 53 (5.04%) Support Engineer
7 52 (4.95%) Project Manager
8 49 (4.66%) Technical Architect
9 48 (4.57%) Service Analyst
10 47 (4.47%) Business Analyst
11 44 (4.19%) Desktop Support
12 43 (4.09%) .NET Developer
13 39 (3.71%) Service Desk Analyst
13 39 (3.71%) 2nd Line Support
14 38 (3.62%) Solutions Architect
15 30 (2.85%) Administrator
16 29 (2.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 28 (2.66%) SQL Developer
18 27 (2.57%) CRM Developer
19 26 (2.47%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (11.89%) .NET
2 45 (4.28%) HTML
3 43 (4.09%) CSS
3 43 (4.09%) .NET Framework
4 37 (3.52%) ASP.NET
5 33 (3.14%) Middleware
6 28 (2.66%) Web Services
7 22 (2.09%) XML
7 22 (2.09%) jQuery
8 19 (1.81%) Entity Framework
9 17 (1.62%) ASP.NET MVC
10 14 (1.33%) WCF
11 12 (1.14%) LINQ
11 12 (1.14%) CSS3
12 11 (1.05%) J2EE
13 8 (0.76%) Servlets
13 8 (0.76%) OAuth
13 8 (0.76%) SAML
13 8 (0.76%) Ajax
13 8 (0.76%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 84 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (5.04%) Data Centre
3 30 (2.85%) NHS
4 28 (2.66%) Clustering
5 26 (2.47%) Blackberry
6 22 (2.09%) Thin Client
6 22 (2.09%) Management Information System
6 22 (2.09%) Fat Client
7 20 (1.90%) Replication
8 14 (1.33%) Computer Science
8 14 (1.33%) EMC VNX
9 13 (1.24%) Mainframe
10 12 (1.14%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.05%) N-Tier
12 9 (0.86%) Life Science
12 9 (0.86%) iPad
12 9 (0.86%) Mobile App
13 8 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.76%) Visualisation
13 8 (0.76%) Celerra
Operating Systems
1 376 (35.78%) Windows
2 147 (13.99%) Windows 7
3 87 (8.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 80 (7.61%) Windows Server 2003
5 79 (7.52%) Windows XP
6 65 (6.18%) UNIX
7 42 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 30 (2.85%) Windows 8
9 27 (2.57%) Linux
10 26 (2.47%) Apple iOS
11 18 (1.71%) Android
12 16 (1.52%) Solaris
13 12 (1.14%) MVS
14 7 (0.67%) VME
15 6 (0.57%) Windows Vista
15 6 (0.57%) AIX
16 5 (0.48%) Windows 2000
16 5 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
16 5 (0.48%) BlackBerry OS
16 5 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (15.60%) ITIL
2 149 (14.18%) Migration
3 88 (8.37%) Project Management
4 83 (7.90%) CRM
5 77 (7.33%) Agile Software Development
6 70 (6.66%) Business Intelligence
7 60 (5.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 58 (5.52%) PRINCE2
9 49 (4.66%) Service Management
10 38 (3.62%) MVC
11 37 (3.52%) User Acceptance Testing
12 36 (3.43%) Change Management
13 35 (3.33%) ETL
14 34 (3.24%) Data Migration
14 34 (3.24%) Open Source
15 33 (3.14%) Incident Management
16 31 (2.95%) Data Modelling
16 31 (2.95%) SDLC
17 30 (2.85%) Business Analysis
17 30 (2.85%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 183 (17.41%) SQL
2 70 (6.66%) C#
3 62 (5.90%) JavaScript
4 58 (5.52%) PowerShell
5 33 (3.14%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.28%) VBScript
7 23 (2.19%) Java
8 21 (2.00%) VB
9 20 (1.90%) VBA
10 12 (1.14%) C
11 9 (0.86%) PL/SQL
11 9 (0.86%) Ruby
12 8 (0.76%) X++
12 8 (0.76%) REXX
12 8 (0.76%) Python
13 7 (0.67%) Scala
14 5 (0.48%) C++
15 4 (0.38%) PHP
15 4 (0.38%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.29%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 131 (12.46%) Microsoft Certification
2 117 (11.13%) Security Cleared
3 84 (7.99%) SC Cleared
4 57 (5.42%) Degree
5 44 (4.19%) MCP
6 38 (3.62%) MCITP
7 33 (3.14%) MCSA
8 31 (2.95%) MCSE
9 30 (2.85%) ITIL Certification
10 23 (2.19%) Cisco Certification
10 23 (2.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 21 (2.00%) CCNA
12 18 (1.71%) Citrix Certification
12 18 (1.71%) A+ Certification
12 18 (1.71%) MCTS
13 14 (1.33%) ISEB
14 12 (1.14%) MCDST
15 11 (1.05%) ACCA
15 11 (1.05%) CIMA
15 11 (1.05%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (3.71%) SLA
2 27 (2.57%) QA
3 13 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.19%) GAAP
5 2 (0.19%) MiFID
5 2 (0.19%) P3O
5 2 (0.19%) EMIR
6 1 (0.095%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.095%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.095%) GMP
System Software
1 218 (20.74%) Active Directory
2 120 (11.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (6.28%) Hyper-V
4 43 (4.09%) XenApp
4 43 (4.09%) Microsoft App-V
5 30 (2.85%) Xen
6 26 (2.47%) VMware ESX
7 22 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
8 20 (1.90%) Terminal Services
9 18 (1.71%) XenServer
9 18 (1.71%) XenDesktop
10 17 (1.62%) vSphere
11 15 (1.43%) BitLocker
12 8 (0.76%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 7 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.19%) Firmware
15 2 (0.19%) NFS
16 1 (0.095%) DFS Replication
16 1 (0.095%) Samba
Systems Management
1 81 (7.71%) SCCM
2 14 (1.33%) SCOM
3 12 (1.14%) Backup Exec
3 12 (1.14%) OpenView
4 9 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
4 9 (0.86%) Puppet
5 8 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.57%) AirWatch
8 5 (0.48%) WSUS
9 4 (0.38%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.38%) SCVMM
9 4 (0.38%) HP Data Protector
10 3 (0.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 3 (0.29%) MOM
10 3 (0.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.29%) EdgeSight
10 3 (0.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 3 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 165 (15.70%) VMware
2 154 (14.65%) Citrix
3 90 (8.56%) Oracle
4 52 (4.95%) SAP
5 47 (4.47%) HP
6 41 (3.90%) Symantec
7 38 (3.62%) EMC
7 38 (3.62%) Lotus
8 37 (3.52%) Cisco
9 25 (2.38%) IBM
10 21 (2.00%) AppSense
11 20 (1.90%) NetApp
12 18 (1.71%) McAfee
13 17 (1.62%) Google
14 16 (1.52%) Dell
15 15 (1.43%) Apple
16 14 (1.33%) Wyse
17 13 (1.24%) Veeam
18 12 (1.14%) Sophos
19 11 (1.05%) CheckPoint
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day c£400-£550 p/day
Posted: 2 hours ago
North West
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £450 - 600 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £17 - £22 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £12 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Day Rate - Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: Competative
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £14 - £15 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago