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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 25 May 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 461 488 431
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.82% 13.28% 14.23%
As % of the Vendors category 25.91% 29.08% 33.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 226 197
Median daily rate £400 £340 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £173 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 69 77
Median hourly rate £13.55 £15.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.68% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.46 £42.50 £32.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.06 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+0.40% +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
1779 1678 1304
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.63% 45.66% 43.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1032 836 646
Median daily rate £400 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £650 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £383 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.37% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 107 111
Median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £45.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.10 £18.00 £17.81
% change year-on-year
+11.68% +1.09%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 2016.

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 25 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -3 174 £375 +17.18% 101
Cheshire +7 163 £425 +6.25% 40
Merseyside -6 49 £425 +78.94% 19
Lancashire -7 47 £375 +24.66% 22
Cumbria -10 4 - - 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 310 (36.05%) Windows
2 308 (35.81%) MS Excel
3 200 (23.26%) Active Directory
4 180 (20.93%) MS Office
5 165 (19.19%) SQL
6 162 (18.84%) SQL Server
7 161 (18.72%) Agile Software Development
8 151 (17.56%) .NET
9 135 (15.70%) Finance
10 115 (13.37%) Windows Server
11 110 (12.79%) Migration
12 105 (12.21%) CRM
12 105 (12.21%) SharePoint
12 105 (12.21%) Project Management
13 103 (11.98%) VMware
14 101 (11.74%) ITIL
14 101 (11.74%) Windows Server 2012
15 94 (10.93%) MS Exchange
16 91 (10.58%) Dynamics CRM
17 87 (10.12%) Security Cleared
18 85 (9.88%) PowerShell
19 82 (9.53%) SCCM
20 80 (9.30%) Windows 7
21 76 (8.84%) Software Engineering
21 76 (8.84%) C#
22 72 (8.37%) Citrix
23 71 (8.26%) Skype for Business
24 69 (8.02%) Test Automation
25 68 (7.91%) Oracle
26 65 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 105 (12.21%) SharePoint
2 94 (10.93%) MS Exchange
3 71 (8.26%) Skype for Business
4 42 (4.88%) SharePoint 2013
5 35 (4.07%) IIS
6 23 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2010
7 20 (2.33%) Tomcat
8 19 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2013
9 17 (1.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 16 (1.86%) CMS
11 15 (1.74%) Apache
11 15 (1.74%) SharePoint 2010
12 12 (1.40%) Confluence
13 11 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
13 11 (1.28%) Node.js
14 7 (0.81%) JBoss
15 6 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
15 6 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
15 6 (0.70%) SAS
15 6 (0.70%) WebSphere
Applications
1 308 (35.81%) MS Excel
2 180 (20.93%) MS Office
3 54 (6.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 39 (4.53%) MS Project
5 24 (2.79%) MS Visio
6 13 (1.51%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (1.05%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.58%) Fireworks
10 3 (0.35%) Acrobat
10 3 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 91 (10.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (4.77%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.70%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.12%) Infor LN
5 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.12%) OpenText MBPM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.12%) Primavera
5 1 (0.12%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.12%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 59 (6.86%) Office 365
2 34 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (1.86%) IaaS
4 14 (1.63%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (1.63%) SaaS
5 12 (1.40%) PaaS
6 5 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.35%) SoftLayer
8 2 (0.23%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.23%) Google App Engine
8 2 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 51 (5.93%) Skype
2 47 (5.47%) DNS
3 32 (3.72%) DHCP
4 25 (2.91%) TCP/IP
5 24 (2.79%) Firewall
6 19 (2.21%) Internet
7 18 (2.09%) SAN
7 18 (2.09%) WAN
8 17 (1.98%) SSL
9 16 (1.86%) LAN
10 15 (1.74%) VPN
11 11 (1.28%) Wireless
12 8 (0.93%) Network Security
12 8 (0.93%) VoIP
13 7 (0.81%) Extranet
14 6 (0.70%) VLAN
15 5 (0.58%) GSM
15 5 (0.58%) Remote Desktop
15 5 (0.58%) UMTS
15 5 (0.58%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (18.84%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 30 (3.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 27 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
5 25 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 20 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
7 19 (2.21%) Relational Database
8 18 (2.09%) SQL Server 2012
9 17 (1.98%) SQL Server 2014
10 14 (1.63%) Oracle Database
11 12 (1.40%) MySQL
12 9 (1.05%) Data Mining
12 9 (1.05%) MongoDB
12 9 (1.05%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.81%) GIS
14 6 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
14 6 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.70%) MS Access
14 6 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.70%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 53 (6.16%) Team Foundation Server
2 31 (3.60%) SpecFlow
3 28 (3.26%) Visual Studio
4 26 (3.02%) JIRA
5 21 (2.44%) TestComplete
6 14 (1.63%) Jenkins
7 13 (1.51%) Selenium
8 12 (1.40%) ERwin
8 12 (1.40%) TeamCity
9 11 (1.28%) Git (software)
10 7 (0.81%) Mocha
11 6 (0.70%) MSI
12 5 (0.58%) Gradle
12 5 (0.58%) Mercurial
12 5 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 4 (0.47%) Moq
14 3 (0.35%) Cucumber
14 3 (0.35%) LoadRunner
14 3 (0.35%) ReSharper
14 3 (0.35%) Toad
General
1 135 (15.70%) Finance
2 32 (3.72%) Banking
3 30 (3.49%) Advertising
3 30 (3.49%) Local Government
3 30 (3.49%) Retail
4 22 (2.56%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.74%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.51%) Billing
7 11 (1.28%) Law
8 10 (1.16%) Marketing
9 9 (1.05%) Legal
9 9 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
10 7 (0.81%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.70%) Back Office
11 6 (0.70%) Military
12 4 (0.47%) Corporate Banking
12 4 (0.47%) French Language
12 4 (0.47%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.35%) Avionics
13 3 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 163 (18.95%) Analyst
2 157 (18.26%) Developer
3 103 (11.98%) Architect
4 82 (9.53%) Consultant
5 43 (5.00%) Project Manager
6 40 (4.65%) Service Analyst
7 39 (4.53%) Service Desk Analyst
8 32 (3.72%) .NET Developer
9 29 (3.37%) Support Engineer
10 28 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
11 26 (3.02%) Microsoft Consultant
12 23 (2.67%) 1st Line Support
12 23 (2.67%) Analyst Developer
12 23 (2.67%) SQL Developer
13 22 (2.56%) Support Analyst
14 21 (2.44%) 2nd Line Support
14 21 (2.44%) CRM Consultant
15 20 (2.33%) Designer
15 20 (2.33%) Test Analyst
16 19 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 151 (17.56%) .NET
2 43 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 41 (4.77%) HTML
4 38 (4.42%) CSS
5 35 (4.07%) .NET Framework
6 32 (3.72%) jQuery
7 25 (2.91%) Middleware
8 23 (2.67%) Web Services
9 19 (2.21%) XML
10 17 (1.98%) ASP.NET MVC
11 16 (1.86%) HTML5
12 15 (1.74%) AngularJS
13 14 (1.63%) Ajax
14 13 (1.51%) CSS3
15 9 (1.05%) RESTful
15 9 (1.05%) WCF
16 7 (0.81%) Express
16 7 (0.81%) LAMP
16 7 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
17 6 (0.70%) ASP.NET MVC 5
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.60%) Data Centre
3 25 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 24 (2.79%) Blackberry
5 21 (2.44%) NHS
6 14 (1.63%) PMI
7 12 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.16%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.05%) Digital Media
9 9 (1.05%) Driving Licence
10 8 (0.93%) Computer Science
10 8 (0.93%) Fat Client
10 8 (0.93%) PKI
10 8 (0.93%) Thin Client
11 7 (0.81%) Algorithms
11 7 (0.81%) Clustering
11 7 (0.81%) iPad
12 6 (0.70%) Replication
12 6 (0.70%) Social Media
12 6 (0.70%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 310 (36.05%) Windows
2 115 (13.37%) Windows Server
3 101 (11.74%) Windows Server 2012
4 80 (9.30%) Windows 7
5 55 (6.40%) Linux
6 49 (5.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 41 (4.77%) Windows Server 2003
8 37 (4.30%) Windows XP
9 32 (3.72%) Windows 10
10 27 (3.14%) Unix
11 24 (2.79%) Windows 8
12 19 (2.21%) Apple iOS
13 14 (1.63%) AIX
14 13 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 13 (1.51%) Solaris
15 8 (0.93%) Android
16 7 (0.81%) CentOS
17 6 (0.70%) Windows Vista
18 5 (0.58%) Mac OS
19 3 (0.35%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (18.72%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (12.79%) Migration
3 105 (12.21%) CRM
3 105 (12.21%) Project Management
4 101 (11.74%) ITIL
5 76 (8.84%) Software Engineering
6 69 (8.02%) Test Automation
7 59 (6.86%) PRINCE2
8 54 (6.28%) Business Intelligence
8 54 (6.28%) Stakeholder Management
9 44 (5.12%) MVC
9 44 (5.12%) Waterfall
10 42 (4.88%) Data Migration
10 42 (4.88%) ERP
10 42 (4.88%) TDD
11 40 (4.65%) Change Management
12 36 (4.19%) ETL
12 36 (4.19%) Scrum
13 35 (4.07%) Continuous Integration
14 31 (3.60%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 165 (19.19%) SQL
2 85 (9.88%) PowerShell
3 76 (8.84%) C#
4 58 (6.74%) JavaScript
5 48 (5.58%) Java
6 37 (4.30%) T-SQL
7 25 (2.91%) PL/SQL
8 22 (2.56%) PHP
9 15 (1.74%) C++
10 13 (1.51%) C
10 13 (1.51%) VB
11 12 (1.40%) VBA
12 8 (0.93%) Bash Shell
12 8 (0.93%) Python
12 8 (0.93%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.81%) VBScript
14 3 (0.35%) Ruby
14 3 (0.35%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.23%) Ada
15 2 (0.23%) Perl
Qualifications
1 87 (10.12%) Security Cleared
2 61 (7.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (7.09%) SC Cleared
3 49 (5.70%) Degree
4 21 (2.44%) MCSE
4 21 (2.44%) PMI Certification
5 20 (2.33%) MCP
6 19 (2.21%) MCSA
7 17 (1.98%) MCITP
8 16 (1.86%) ISTQB
9 15 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
10 12 (1.40%) ISEB
10 12 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (1.28%) CCNA
12 9 (1.05%) MCTS
13 8 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
13 8 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 8 (0.93%) RHCE
14 7 (0.81%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.56%) SLA
2 20 (2.33%) QA
3 12 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.05%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.93%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.70%) WCAG
7 5 (0.58%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.35%) P3O
9 2 (0.23%) FATCA
9 2 (0.23%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.23%) RMADS
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.12%) ISO22301
10 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 200 (23.26%) Active Directory
2 65 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (3.14%) vSphere
4 22 (2.56%) Hyper-V
5 15 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (1.28%) XenApp
7 10 (1.16%) UAG
8 8 (0.93%) Docker
9 6 (0.70%) VMware ESX
10 5 (0.58%) Brightmail
10 5 (0.58%) XenServer
11 4 (0.47%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.35%) NFS
12 3 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.35%) Xen
13 2 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (0.23%) Postfix
13 2 (0.23%) Sendmail
13 2 (0.23%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.12%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 82 (9.53%) SCCM
2 57 (6.63%) SCOM
3 15 (1.74%) Puppet
4 10 (1.16%) vRealize
5 9 (1.05%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 7 (0.81%) Red Hat Satellite
7 5 (0.58%) BladeLogic
7 5 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (0.58%) Windows Intune
8 4 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.47%) WSUS
9 3 (0.35%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.35%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.35%) OpenView
10 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.23%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 103 (11.98%) VMware
2 72 (8.37%) Citrix
3 68 (7.91%) Oracle
4 38 (4.42%) Cisco
5 32 (3.72%) HP
6 28 (3.26%) SAP
7 15 (1.74%) Apple
8 14 (1.63%) Red Hat
9 13 (1.51%) Dell
9 13 (1.51%) IBM
10 12 (1.40%) Symantec
11 10 (1.16%) NetApp
11 10 (1.16%) Remedy
12 9 (1.05%) Adobe
12 9 (1.05%) EMC
12 9 (1.05%) EPiServer
12 9 (1.05%) Informatica
13 8 (0.93%) Brocade
14 7 (0.81%) IronPort
14 7 (0.81%) LANDesk
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Posted: 18 hours ago
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Rullion IT Plus
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Real Staffing
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Posted: Yesterday
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Senitor Associates
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