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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 11
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 412 332 308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.19% 11.58% 9.35%
As % of the Vendors category 29.10% 25.60% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 161 119
Average daily rate
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£345 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.40% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £196 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 61 79
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.70 £31.56 £31.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.93%
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
1416 1297 1586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.33% 45.25% 48.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 743 578 723
Average daily rate £338 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £214 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 105 133
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.31% +20.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.04 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.30 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-6.73% +1.57%

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 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
Manchester +2 178 £325 -5.45% 149
Cheshire +3 108 £410 +36.66% 65
Lancashire -1 66 £347 +15.82% 23
Merseyside +4 35 £350 +16.66% 20
Cumbria +2 7 £500 +166.66% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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.

1 352 (41.76%) Windows
2 268 (31.79%) MS Excel
3 213 (25.27%) MS Office
4 174 (20.64%) Active Directory
5 160 (18.98%) SQL Server
6 148 (17.56%) Finance
7 139 (16.49%) SQL
8 137 (16.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 126 (14.95%) Citrix
10 115 (13.64%) .NET
11 114 (13.52%) VMware
12 110 (13.05%) Windows Server 2003
13 107 (12.69%) Windows 7
14 103 (12.22%) ITIL
15 100 (11.86%) Security Cleared
16 97 (11.51%) SharePoint
17 92 (10.91%) Windows XP
17 92 (10.91%) Project Management
18 88 (10.44%) MS Exchange
18 88 (10.44%) SC Cleared
19 81 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
20 79 (9.37%) SCCM
21 76 (9.02%) C#
21 76 (9.02%) Migration
22 74 (8.78%) Oracle
23 69 (8.19%) VMware Infrastructure
24 65 (7.71%) HP
25 61 (7.24%) MS Project
26 59 (7.00%) CRM
26 59 (7.00%) SQL Server 2008

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 97 (11.51%) SharePoint
2 88 (10.44%) MS Exchange
3 51 (6.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 33 (3.91%) IIS
4 33 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2003
5 31 (3.68%) SharePoint 2010
6 30 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2007
7 24 (2.85%) Lync
8 13 (1.54%) IBM Notes
9 10 (1.19%) Umbraco
9 10 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (1.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 8 (0.95%) MS Project Server
12 5 (0.59%) CICS
12 5 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
13 3 (0.36%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
15 1 (0.12%) SAS
15 1 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 268 (31.79%) MS Excel
2 213 (25.27%) MS Office
3 61 (7.24%) MS Project
4 50 (5.93%) MS Visio
5 25 (2.97%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.59%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.36%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.24%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.12%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 41 (4.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (4.74%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (2.49%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (1.42%) Oracle EBS R12
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
6 9 (1.07%) Oracle 11i
7 8 (0.95%) Oracle General Ledger
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Receivables
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Assets
9 6 (0.71%) ResourceLink
10 3 (0.36%) Academy Housing
10 3 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
10 3 (0.36%) SAP BPC
11 2 (0.24%) Agresso
12 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
12 1 (0.12%) Oracle SCM
12 1 (0.12%) SAP HCM
12 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
12 1 (0.12%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (0.83%) Office 365
3 6 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
3 6 (0.71%) SaaS
4 2 (0.24%) Pure360
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.12%) PaaS
5 1 (0.12%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (6.52%) DNS
2 46 (5.46%) DHCP
3 44 (5.22%) Firewall
4 42 (4.98%) SAN
5 38 (4.51%) TCP/IP
6 30 (3.56%) LAN
7 29 (3.44%) WAN
8 26 (3.08%) Wireless
9 24 (2.85%) VPN
10 11 (1.30%) Internet
11 7 (0.83%) VoIP
11 7 (0.83%) IPsec
11 7 (0.83%) Network Security
12 6 (0.71%) NAS
12 6 (0.71%) Intranet
12 6 (0.71%) LDAP
12 6 (0.71%) Ethernet
12 6 (0.71%) SSL
13 4 (0.47%) HSRP
13 4 (0.47%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (18.98%) SQL Server
2 59 (7.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 54 (6.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 50 (5.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 44 (5.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 25 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
7 24 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
8 17 (2.02%) Oracle Database
9 15 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.66%) Relational Database
11 13 (1.54%) MS Access
12 11 (1.30%) QlikView
13 9 (1.07%) OLAP
13 9 (1.07%) Crystal Reports
14 8 (0.95%) RDBMS
15 7 (0.83%) SAP Data Services
16 6 (0.71%) RavenDB
16 6 (0.71%) DB2
17 5 (0.59%) Oracle Database 10g
18 4 (0.47%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 32 (3.80%) Visual Studio
2 10 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (1.19%) Toad
3 7 (0.83%) MSTest
3 7 (0.83%) Talend Open Studio
4 6 (0.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 5 (0.59%) MSI
5 5 (0.59%) Subversion
5 5 (0.59%) MorphX
5 5 (0.59%) ReSharper
5 5 (0.59%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.47%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
7 2 (0.24%) Axure RP
7 2 (0.24%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.24%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.12%) ERwin
8 1 (0.12%) NUnit
8 1 (0.12%) JIRA
General
1 148 (17.56%) Finance
2 29 (3.44%) Banking
3 28 (3.32%) Advertising
4 22 (2.61%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.37%) Retail
6 16 (1.90%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.54%) Marketing
8 9 (1.07%) Legal
9 7 (0.83%) Local Government
9 7 (0.83%) General Ledger
10 5 (0.59%) Billing
11 3 (0.36%) Back Office
11 3 (0.36%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.36%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.12%) Automotive
12 1 (0.12%) Games
12 1 (0.12%) Military
12 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 196 (23.25%) Analyst
2 138 (16.37%) Developer
3 71 (8.42%) Architect
4 63 (7.47%) Consultant
5 61 (7.24%) Business Analyst
6 54 (6.41%) Support Engineer
7 46 (5.46%) Desktop Support
8 37 (4.39%) 2nd Line Support
9 36 (4.27%) .NET Developer
10 34 (4.03%) Service Desk Analyst
10 34 (4.03%) Support Analyst
11 32 (3.80%) Technical Architect
11 32 (3.80%) Service Analyst
12 31 (3.68%) Desktop Engineer
12 31 (3.68%) 1st Line Support
13 28 (3.32%) Project Manager
14 24 (2.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 20 (2.37%) C# Developer
16 19 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
16 19 (2.25%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (13.64%) .NET
2 42 (4.98%) ASP.NET
3 33 (3.91%) Web Services
4 31 (3.68%) HTML
5 27 (3.20%) .NET Framework
6 26 (3.08%) jQuery
7 22 (2.61%) WCF
8 20 (2.37%) WPF
9 19 (2.25%) CSS
9 19 (2.25%) LINQ
10 18 (2.14%) ASP.NET MVC
11 15 (1.78%) Middleware
11 15 (1.78%) XML
12 14 (1.66%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 12 (1.42%) HTML5
14 10 (1.19%) Application Packaging
15 9 (1.07%) WinForms
16 8 (0.95%) JSP
17 7 (0.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 5 (0.59%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.34%) Blackberry
2 38 (4.51%) Management Information System
3 35 (4.15%) NHS
4 25 (2.97%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.61%) Clustering
6 17 (2.02%) Reference Data
7 12 (1.42%) Data Integration
8 11 (1.30%) Data Extraction
9 10 (1.19%) iPad
10 9 (1.07%) PKI
11 8 (0.95%) Replication
12 6 (0.71%) Visualisation
12 6 (0.71%) IBM Mainframe
12 6 (0.71%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
14 4 (0.47%) Computer Science
14 4 (0.47%) Smartphone
14 4 (0.47%) PDA
14 4 (0.47%) N-Tier
15 3 (0.36%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 352 (41.76%) Windows
2 137 (16.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 110 (13.05%) Windows Server 2003
4 107 (12.69%) Windows 7
5 92 (10.91%) Windows XP
6 53 (6.29%) Windows Vista
7 50 (5.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (3.80%) UNIX
9 23 (2.73%) Linux
10 14 (1.66%) Windows 8
10 14 (1.66%) MVS
11 13 (1.54%) Windows 2000
12 7 (0.83%) AIX
13 5 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.47%) Solaris
15 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.24%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.24%) NetWare
16 1 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (12.22%) ITIL
2 92 (10.91%) Project Management
3 76 (9.02%) Migration
4 59 (7.00%) CRM
5 55 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
5 55 (6.52%) Business Analysis
6 45 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
7 43 (5.10%) MVC
8 40 (4.74%) Service Management
9 39 (4.63%) Data Modelling
10 37 (4.39%) Software Deployment
11 36 (4.27%) Data Migration
12 31 (3.68%) Change Management
12 31 (3.68%) Information Security
12 31 (3.68%) PRINCE2
13 27 (3.20%) ETL
14 25 (2.97%) Data Architecture
15 24 (2.85%) Data Analysis
16 22 (2.61%) Web Development
16 22 (2.61%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 139 (16.49%) SQL
2 76 (9.02%) C#
3 31 (3.68%) PL/SQL
4 30 (3.56%) JavaScript
5 29 (3.44%) T-SQL
6 27 (3.20%) Java
7 24 (2.85%) VBA
8 23 (2.73%) PowerShell
9 17 (2.02%) VB
10 16 (1.90%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.19%) X++
12 8 (0.95%) VBScript
13 6 (0.71%) Python
13 6 (0.71%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.71%) Perl
14 5 (0.59%) XAML
15 4 (0.47%) ABAP
15 4 (0.47%) C++
16 3 (0.36%) C
17 2 (0.24%) R
Qualifications
1 100 (11.86%) Security Cleared
2 88 (10.44%) SC Cleared
3 81 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
4 56 (6.64%) Degree
5 48 (5.69%) MCSE
6 32 (3.80%) MCP
7 17 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
7 17 (2.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 17 (2.02%) MCITP
8 14 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 13 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
10 12 (1.42%) MCSA
11 11 (1.30%) CCNA
12 9 (1.07%) VCP5
13 8 (0.95%) MCTS
14 7 (0.83%) PMP
14 7 (0.83%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.71%) CISSP
16 5 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
16 5 (0.59%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (6.64%) SLA
2 16 (1.90%) QA
3 6 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.36%) Basel III
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 174 (20.64%) Active Directory
2 69 (8.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (4.63%) Hyper-V
4 37 (4.39%) XenApp
5 35 (4.15%) Microsoft App-V
6 26 (3.08%) VMware ESX
7 25 (2.97%) vSphere
8 22 (2.61%) XenDesktop
9 21 (2.49%) XenServer
10 6 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
10 6 (0.71%) Forefront TMG
10 6 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.59%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.47%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.36%) Brightmail
14 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.12%) NDS
15 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.12%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 79 (9.37%) SCCM
2 23 (2.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 23 (2.73%) SCOM
3 22 (2.61%) Backup Exec
4 13 (1.54%) OpenView
5 6 (0.71%) SCSM
6 5 (0.59%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 4 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 4 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.47%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.36%) MAILsweeper
8 3 (0.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.24%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.24%) SAP Afaria
9 2 (0.24%) WSUS
9 2 (0.24%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.24%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.24%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 126 (14.95%) Citrix
2 114 (13.52%) VMware
3 74 (8.78%) Oracle
4 65 (7.71%) HP
5 46 (5.46%) Cisco
6 42 (4.98%) CA
7 39 (4.63%) Symantec
8 36 (4.27%) SAP
9 35 (4.15%) Dell
10 34 (4.03%) AppSense
11 24 (2.85%) Lumension
12 20 (2.37%) Compaq
13 18 (2.14%) McAfee
14 17 (2.02%) Juniper
15 16 (1.90%) Cyber-Ark
15 16 (1.90%) Sophos
16 14 (1.66%) Red Hat
17 13 (1.54%) Lotus
17 13 (1.54%) IronPort
17 13 (1.54%) Veeam
North West
Conspicuous
Rate: Up to £1,000 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 16 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £280 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 17 hours ago
Greater Manchester
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £32000.00 - £34614.00 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Slater Gordon
Rate: Competitive salary & benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Lancashire
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spring Technology
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Warrington
Interquest - Korus Group - Brighton
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spring Technology
Rate: £13.00 - £15.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Altrincham
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Lancashire
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Chester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 10 days ago
Runcorn
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Liverpool
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Manchester
Annapurna
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 days ago