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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 441 358 387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.57% 12.61% 12.83%
As % of the Vendors category 29.09% 28.46% 27.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 151 168
Average daily rate
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£310 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.72% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 59 56
Average hourly rate £14.00 £16.00 £21.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -24.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.90 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.62 £34.46 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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
1516 1258 1411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 46.63% 44.33% 46.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 809 617 653
Average daily rate £350 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £493 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 98 112
Average hourly rate £15.20 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.44% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £36.07 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 0 227 £325 +13.53% 133
Cheshire +3 106 £325 +18.18% 52
Lancashire +3 46 £300 - 9
Merseyside -2 42 £248 +17.15% 12
Cumbria +3 2 £188 +38.88% 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 December 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.

1 337 (39.00%) Windows
2 286 (33.10%) MS Excel
3 223 (25.81%) MS Office
4 202 (23.38%) SQL Server
5 170 (19.68%) Active Directory
6 167 (19.33%) SQL
7 148 (17.13%) .NET
8 140 (16.20%) Finance
9 118 (13.66%) Analytical Skills
10 116 (13.43%) Windows 7
11 115 (13.31%) Citrix
12 110 (12.73%) ITIL
12 110 (12.73%) VMware
13 96 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
14 91 (10.53%) Project Management
15 89 (10.30%) Oracle
15 89 (10.30%) Windows XP
16 84 (9.72%) Migration
17 78 (9.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 78 (9.03%) Security Cleared
18 75 (8.68%) VMware Infrastructure
19 74 (8.56%) C#
19 74 (8.56%) Microsoft Certification
20 71 (8.22%) SharePoint
21 70 (8.10%) SQL Server 2008
22 69 (7.99%) Windows Server 2003
23 68 (7.87%) MS Exchange
24 67 (7.75%) Agile Software Development
25 66 (7.64%) Business Intelligence
25 66 (7.64%) SC Cleared

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 71 (8.22%) SharePoint
2 68 (7.87%) MS Exchange
3 48 (5.56%) IIS
4 35 (4.05%) IBM Notes
5 26 (3.01%) Exchange Server 2010
6 24 (2.78%) SharePoint 2010
7 19 (2.20%) Lync
8 16 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 14 (1.62%) Apache
9 14 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (1.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 12 (1.39%) Umbraco
11 11 (1.27%) Tomcat
12 10 (1.16%) WebSphere
13 9 (1.04%) Jetty
13 9 (1.04%) nginx
13 9 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
13 9 (1.04%) CICS
14 7 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
14 7 (0.81%) CMS
Applications
1 286 (33.10%) MS Excel
2 223 (25.81%) MS Office
3 53 (6.13%) MS Project
4 41 (4.75%) MS PowerPoint
5 40 (4.63%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.81%) InfoPath
6 7 (0.81%) Mingle
7 6 (0.69%) PowerPivot
8 3 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.23%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.12%) SPSS
10 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.12%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 42 (4.86%) Dynamics AX
2 22 (2.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 20 (2.31%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.93%) ResourceLink
5 6 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.35%) Academy Housing
7 3 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.35%) Agresso
7 3 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.23%) Tridion
8 2 (0.23%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
9 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
9 1 (0.12%) SiteCatalyst
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.50%) Office 365
3 12 (1.39%) SaaS
4 8 (0.93%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (0.46%) Google App Engine
6 2 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Responsys
7 1 (0.12%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (5.09%) TCP/IP
2 42 (4.86%) WAN
3 41 (4.75%) DNS
4 40 (4.63%) LAN
5 37 (4.28%) SAN
6 32 (3.70%) DHCP
7 31 (3.59%) Firewall
8 25 (2.89%) NAS
9 22 (2.55%) VPN
10 19 (2.20%) Wireless
11 15 (1.74%) Internet
12 14 (1.62%) SSL
13 11 (1.27%) Fibre Channel
13 11 (1.27%) Intranet
13 11 (1.27%) HTTP
14 10 (1.16%) DMZ
15 9 (1.04%) iSCSI
15 9 (1.04%) Network Security
16 8 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
17 7 (0.81%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 202 (23.38%) SQL Server
2 78 (9.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 70 (8.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 56 (6.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 56 (6.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 39 (4.51%) Data Warehouse
6 28 (3.24%) SQL Server 2005
7 18 (2.08%) Oracle Database
8 17 (1.97%) MS Access
9 15 (1.74%) QlikView
10 12 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (1.39%) Relational Database
11 11 (1.27%) Big Data
11 11 (1.27%) RavenDB
11 11 (1.27%) OLAP
12 8 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
12 8 (0.93%) BODI
13 7 (0.81%) DB2
13 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.69%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 35 (4.05%) Visual Studio
2 16 (1.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 10 (1.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (0.93%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.81%) Toad
5 7 (0.81%) Subversion
6 6 (0.69%) MorphX
6 6 (0.69%) Git (software)
7 5 (0.58%) MSTest
8 4 (0.46%) AdminStudio
8 4 (0.46%) ERwin
9 3 (0.35%) Talend Open Studio
9 3 (0.35%) Selenium
9 3 (0.35%) Axure RP
9 3 (0.35%) MSI
10 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.23%) Rational DOORS
10 2 (0.23%) JIRA
11 1 (0.12%) Mercurial
11 1 (0.12%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 140 (16.20%) Finance
2 32 (3.70%) Advertising
3 30 (3.47%) Telecoms
4 25 (2.89%) Banking
5 22 (2.55%) Retail
6 21 (2.43%) Manufacturing
7 18 (2.08%) Legal
8 14 (1.62%) Marketing
9 8 (0.93%) Local Government
10 5 (0.58%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.35%) Back Office
11 3 (0.35%) Law
11 3 (0.35%) General Ledger
11 3 (0.35%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.23%) Billing
12 2 (0.23%) Publishing
13 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.12%) Electronics
13 1 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 224 (25.93%) Analyst
2 157 (18.17%) Developer
3 64 (7.41%) Architect
4 61 (7.06%) Service Desk Analyst
5 60 (6.94%) Service Analyst
5 60 (6.94%) Business Analyst
6 50 (5.79%) Consultant
7 48 (5.56%) Project Manager
8 38 (4.40%) Support Engineer
9 33 (3.82%) Desktop Support
9 33 (3.82%) .NET Developer
10 29 (3.36%) Support Analyst
11 28 (3.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 23 (2.66%) SQL Developer
12 23 (2.66%) 2nd Line Support
12 23 (2.66%) Administrator
12 23 (2.66%) 1st Line Support
13 20 (2.31%) Web Developer
14 18 (2.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 18 (2.08%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (17.13%) .NET
2 61 (7.06%) ASP.NET
3 50 (5.79%) HTML
4 38 (4.40%) jQuery
5 36 (4.17%) CSS
6 35 (4.05%) Web Services
7 31 (3.59%) ASP.NET MVC
8 27 (3.13%) .NET Framework
8 27 (3.13%) HTML5
9 22 (2.55%) XML
10 19 (2.20%) WCF
10 19 (2.20%) LINQ
11 16 (1.85%) WPF
12 15 (1.74%) CSS3
13 14 (1.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 13 (1.50%) AngularJS
14 13 (1.50%) J2EE
15 11 (1.27%) Ajax
16 10 (1.16%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
17 9 (1.04%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 118 (13.66%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.28%) Management Information System
3 31 (3.59%) Blackberry
3 31 (3.59%) NHS
4 27 (3.13%) Clustering
5 26 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
6 17 (1.97%) Replication
7 13 (1.50%) Life Science
8 12 (1.39%) Open Source
8 12 (1.39%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.16%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.16%) iPad
9 10 (1.16%) Data Structures
9 10 (1.16%) Reference Data
9 10 (1.16%) IBM Mainframe
10 7 (0.81%) Visualisation
10 7 (0.81%) Data Extraction
10 7 (0.81%) Celerra
11 6 (0.69%) PMI
11 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 337 (39.00%) Windows
2 116 (13.43%) Windows 7
3 96 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 89 (10.30%) Windows XP
5 69 (7.99%) Windows Server 2003
6 45 (5.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 32 (3.70%) Windows Vista
7 32 (3.70%) Linux
8 27 (3.13%) UNIX
9 20 (2.31%) Windows 8
10 19 (2.20%) Windows 2000
11 17 (1.97%) Solaris
12 13 (1.50%) Apple iOS
13 12 (1.39%) Android
14 4 (0.46%) AIX
14 4 (0.46%) HPUX
14 4 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.23%) NetWare
15 2 (0.23%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (12.73%) ITIL
2 91 (10.53%) Project Management
3 84 (9.72%) Migration
4 67 (7.75%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (7.64%) Business Intelligence
6 55 (6.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 54 (6.25%) Service Management
8 49 (5.67%) Business Analysis
9 46 (5.32%) MVC
10 39 (4.51%) Data Modelling
11 38 (4.40%) PRINCE2
12 36 (4.17%) Data Migration
13 35 (4.05%) Change Management
14 34 (3.94%) ERP
15 31 (3.59%) Data Analysis
16 30 (3.47%) CRM
17 28 (3.24%) ETL
17 28 (3.24%) Mentoring
18 27 (3.13%) User Acceptance Testing
18 27 (3.13%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 167 (19.33%) SQL
2 74 (8.56%) C#
3 61 (7.06%) JavaScript
4 38 (4.40%) T-SQL
5 33 (3.82%) Java
6 29 (3.36%) PL/SQL
7 24 (2.78%) VB
8 20 (2.31%) PowerShell
9 18 (2.08%) VBA
10 14 (1.62%) VBScript
11 12 (1.39%) Python
11 12 (1.39%) Shell Script
11 12 (1.39%) X++
12 11 (1.27%) C
12 11 (1.27%) Perl
13 6 (0.69%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.69%) Ruby
14 5 (0.58%) XAML
15 4 (0.46%) C++
15 4 (0.46%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 78 (9.03%) Security Cleared
2 74 (8.56%) Microsoft Certification
3 66 (7.64%) SC Cleared
4 56 (6.48%) Degree
5 40 (4.63%) MCP
6 34 (3.94%) MCSE
7 19 (2.20%) MCITP
7 19 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
8 16 (1.85%) CCNA
9 15 (1.74%) MCSA
10 10 (1.16%) MCTS
11 8 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
11 8 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.93%) MCDST
12 7 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (0.81%) CCDP
12 7 (0.81%) CCA
12 7 (0.81%) CCNP
13 6 (0.69%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (5.44%) SLA
2 26 (3.01%) QA
3 8 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.35%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.12%) GAMP
System Software
1 170 (19.68%) Active Directory
2 75 (8.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (3.82%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.13%) XenApp
5 22 (2.55%) Microsoft App-V
6 19 (2.20%) VMware ESX
7 16 (1.85%) XenDesktop
8 12 (1.39%) XenServer
9 11 (1.27%) vSphere
9 11 (1.27%) Terminal Services
10 10 (1.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 9 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
12 7 (0.81%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 4 (0.46%) Firmware
13 4 (0.46%) Xen
13 4 (0.46%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.23%) UAG
16 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 1 (0.12%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 57 (6.60%) SCCM
2 30 (3.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 23 (2.66%) OpenView
4 18 (2.08%) SCOM
5 6 (0.69%) Backup Exec
5 6 (0.69%) Puppet
6 4 (0.46%) NetBackup
6 4 (0.46%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.46%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.23%) PureDisk
8 2 (0.23%) SAP Afaria
8 2 (0.23%) SCDPM
8 2 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.23%) Salt
8 2 (0.23%) Ansible
8 2 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.23%) WMI
8 2 (0.23%) ServiceCenter
9 1 (0.12%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 115 (13.31%) Citrix
2 110 (12.73%) VMware
3 89 (10.30%) Oracle
4 64 (7.41%) HP
5 44 (5.09%) Cisco
6 35 (4.05%) Lotus
7 24 (2.78%) IBM
7 24 (2.78%) Dell
8 23 (2.66%) EMC
8 23 (2.66%) SAP
9 21 (2.43%) AppSense
10 15 (1.74%) CA
11 13 (1.50%) Business Objects
12 11 (1.27%) SolarWinds
12 11 (1.27%) Tableau
12 11 (1.27%) Apple
12 11 (1.27%) NetApp
13 10 (1.16%) Lumension
14 9 (1.04%) webMethods
15 8 (0.93%) Remedy
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