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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 460 409 259
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.19% 13.93% 10.81%
As % of the Vendors category 26.62% 32.00% 23.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 170 108
Average daily rate
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£325 £323 £296
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +9.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £120 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 63 40
Average hourly rate £14.00 £18.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £10.00 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £34.81 £28.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
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
1728 1278 1098
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.79% 43.51% 45.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 839 583 492
Average daily rate £400 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £168 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 101 94
Average hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +35.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £45.00 £38.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.40
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -4.89%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 +1 195 £325 -7.14% 156
Cheshire +2 110 £400 +31.14% 80
Merseyside 0 68 £244 +87.50% 38
Lancashire -4 53 £300 +9.09% 22
Cumbria +5 16 £500 - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 336 (38.71%) Windows
2 292 (33.64%) MS Excel
3 201 (23.16%) MS Office
4 190 (21.89%) SQL Server
5 188 (21.66%) Active Directory
6 139 (16.01%) SQL
7 136 (15.67%) Finance
8 134 (15.44%) Citrix
9 125 (14.40%) .NET
10 115 (13.25%) Migration
11 109 (12.56%) VMware
11 109 (12.56%) ITIL
12 106 (12.21%) Windows 7
13 93 (10.71%) Oracle
13 93 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
14 90 (10.37%) Analytical Skills
15 85 (9.79%) Security Cleared
15 85 (9.79%) VMware Infrastructure
16 84 (9.68%) Windows XP
17 80 (9.22%) MS Exchange
18 79 (9.10%) C#
19 78 (8.99%) SharePoint
20 75 (8.64%) Project Management
21 71 (8.18%) IIS
21 71 (8.18%) Windows Server 2008
22 69 (7.95%) JavaScript
23 68 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
24 66 (7.60%) Windows Server 2003
25 64 (7.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
26 63 (7.26%) Microsoft Certification

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 80 (9.22%) MS Exchange
2 78 (8.99%) SharePoint
3 71 (8.18%) IIS
4 53 (6.11%) IBM Notes
5 32 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
6 24 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 19 (2.19%) Apache
8 14 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 14 (1.61%) BizTalk Server
9 11 (1.27%) CICS
10 10 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 10 (1.15%) Lync
10 10 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (1.04%) MQSeries
11 9 (1.04%) SAS
11 9 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.92%) CMS
13 7 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.81%) Node.js
14 6 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 292 (33.64%) MS Excel
2 201 (23.16%) MS Office
3 50 (5.76%) MS Project
3 50 (5.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 36 (4.15%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (1.04%) Mingle
6 9 (1.04%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.46%) PowerPivot
8 3 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.23%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.12%) InDesign
10 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.12%) SPSS
10 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 25 (2.88%) Dynamics AX
2 24 (2.76%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (1.38%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 4 (0.46%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.23%) Tridion
6 2 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.12%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.12%) Agresso
7 1 (0.12%) SiteCatalyst
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
1 28 (3.23%) Office 365
2 7 (0.81%) SaaS
3 2 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.12%) SoftLayer
4 1 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
4 1 (0.12%) Responsys
4 1 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.12%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 55 (6.34%) WAN
2 53 (6.11%) Firewall
3 46 (5.30%) LAN
4 40 (4.61%) SAN
5 32 (3.69%) TCP/IP
6 30 (3.46%) NAS
7 28 (3.23%) DNS
8 24 (2.76%) Wireless
9 23 (2.65%) DHCP
10 22 (2.53%) Fibre Channel
11 21 (2.42%) VPN
12 19 (2.19%) iSCSI
12 19 (2.19%) Cisco ASA
13 17 (1.96%) HTTP
13 17 (1.96%) SSL
13 17 (1.96%) DMZ
14 16 (1.84%) Internet
15 15 (1.73%) MPLS
16 12 (1.38%) VPLS
16 12 (1.38%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (21.89%) SQL Server
2 64 (7.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 61 (7.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
5 43 (4.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 38 (4.38%) Oracle Database
7 35 (4.03%) SQL Server 2008
8 19 (2.19%) RavenDB
9 15 (1.73%) MS Access
10 13 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
11 10 (1.15%) QlikView
12 9 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
13 8 (0.92%) Relational Database
13 8 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
14 7 (0.81%) MySQL
14 7 (0.81%) DB2
14 7 (0.81%) OLAP
14 7 (0.81%) SAS Data Integration Studio
14 7 (0.81%) Big Data
14 7 (0.81%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 48 (5.53%) Visual Studio
2 25 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (2.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 16 (1.84%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.69%) Selenium
5 6 (0.69%) MSI
6 5 (0.58%) ReSharper
7 4 (0.46%) Toad
7 4 (0.46%) AdminStudio
7 4 (0.46%) Subversion
7 4 (0.46%) JMeter
8 3 (0.35%) ERwin
9 2 (0.23%) MorphX
9 2 (0.23%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.23%) Axure RP
9 2 (0.23%) MSTest
9 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.23%) QuickTest Pro
9 2 (0.23%) LoadRunner
10 1 (0.12%) InstallShield
General
1 136 (15.67%) Finance
2 39 (4.49%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.34%) Manufacturing
4 28 (3.23%) Banking
5 26 (3.00%) Retail
6 24 (2.76%) Legal
7 19 (2.19%) Local Government
8 15 (1.73%) Marketing
9 13 (1.50%) Advertising
10 10 (1.15%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.69%) Dutch Language
11 6 (0.69%) German Language
11 6 (0.69%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.69%) Law
12 5 (0.58%) Electronics
13 4 (0.46%) French Language
13 4 (0.46%) Billing
13 4 (0.46%) Back Office
14 3 (0.35%) Publishing
14 3 (0.35%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 239 (27.53%) Analyst
2 154 (17.74%) Developer
3 80 (9.22%) Architect
4 58 (6.68%) Service Analyst
5 56 (6.45%) Service Desk Analyst
6 52 (5.99%) Project Manager
7 51 (5.88%) Support Analyst
8 48 (5.53%) Business Analyst
9 40 (4.61%) Consultant
10 37 (4.26%) .NET Developer
11 36 (4.15%) Desktop Support
12 30 (3.46%) Support Engineer
12 30 (3.46%) Administrator
13 27 (3.11%) Technical Architect
13 27 (3.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 24 (2.76%) Solutions Architect
15 23 (2.65%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 22 (2.53%) SQL Developer
17 21 (2.42%) 1st Line Support
18 19 (2.19%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (14.40%) .NET
2 53 (6.11%) ASP.NET
3 48 (5.53%) CSS
4 42 (4.84%) HTML
5 39 (4.49%) jQuery
6 35 (4.03%) Web Services
7 32 (3.69%) XML
8 29 (3.34%) .NET Framework
9 28 (3.23%) ASP.NET MVC
10 23 (2.65%) CSS3
11 20 (2.30%) WCF
12 19 (2.19%) LINQ
13 17 (1.96%) HTML5
14 14 (1.61%) Ajax
14 14 (1.61%) AngularJS
15 13 (1.50%) Entity Framework
15 13 (1.50%) REST
16 12 (1.38%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 12 (1.38%) SAML
17 10 (1.15%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 90 (10.37%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.92%) NHS
3 32 (3.69%) Clustering
4 27 (3.11%) Replication
5 21 (2.42%) Enterprise Software
5 21 (2.42%) Open Source
6 20 (2.30%) Blackberry
7 19 (2.19%) Mainframe
7 19 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 19 (2.19%) Computer Science
8 17 (1.96%) IBM Mainframe
9 15 (1.73%) Celerra
10 14 (1.61%) Data Structures
11 13 (1.50%) Life Science
12 10 (1.15%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.81%) N-Tier
14 6 (0.69%) Data Extraction
14 6 (0.69%) Fat Client
14 6 (0.69%) Statistics
14 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 336 (38.71%) Windows
2 106 (12.21%) Windows 7
3 84 (9.68%) Windows XP
4 71 (8.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 66 (7.60%) Windows Server 2003
6 49 (5.65%) UNIX
7 48 (5.53%) Windows Server 2012
8 25 (2.88%) Solaris
9 24 (2.76%) Windows 8
10 21 (2.42%) Apple iOS
11 19 (2.19%) Linux
12 13 (1.50%) Android
13 11 (1.27%) Windows 2000
14 10 (1.15%) Windows Vista
15 4 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.46%) VMS
15 4 (0.46%) OpenVMS
15 4 (0.46%) HPUX
16 3 (0.35%) AIX
16 3 (0.35%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (13.25%) Migration
2 109 (12.56%) ITIL
3 93 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (8.64%) Project Management
5 68 (7.83%) Business Intelligence
6 53 (6.11%) PRINCE2
6 53 (6.11%) Service Management
7 46 (5.30%) Stakeholder Management
8 45 (5.18%) MVC
9 41 (4.72%) SOA
10 32 (3.69%) Scrum
10 32 (3.69%) Mentoring
11 30 (3.46%) Data Analysis
12 28 (3.23%) Change Management
12 28 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery
12 28 (3.23%) CRM
13 27 (3.11%) OO
13 27 (3.11%) Information Security
13 27 (3.11%) Data Migration
14 26 (3.00%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 139 (16.01%) SQL
2 79 (9.10%) C#
3 69 (7.95%) JavaScript
4 36 (4.15%) PowerShell
5 32 (3.69%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.76%) VBA
7 21 (2.42%) VB
8 14 (1.61%) Ruby
8 14 (1.61%) VBScript
9 12 (1.38%) XPath
9 12 (1.38%) Java
10 11 (1.27%) REXX
10 11 (1.27%) XQuery
11 9 (1.04%) Python
12 8 (0.92%) C
13 6 (0.69%) C++
14 5 (0.58%) JCL
14 5 (0.58%) Assembly Language
14 5 (0.58%) COBOL
14 5 (0.58%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 85 (9.79%) Security Cleared
2 63 (7.26%) Microsoft Certification
3 59 (6.80%) SC Cleared
4 44 (5.07%) MCP
5 41 (4.72%) Degree
6 23 (2.65%) MCSE
7 15 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
8 13 (1.50%) CCNA
9 12 (1.38%) Citrix Certification
10 9 (1.04%) CCEA
10 9 (1.04%) CCA
10 9 (1.04%) ISEB
11 8 (0.92%) MCITP
11 8 (0.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.92%) PMI Certification
12 7 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (0.81%) A+ Certification
12 7 (0.81%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (5.18%) SLA
2 27 (3.11%) QA
3 6 (0.69%) P3O
4 2 (0.23%) MiFID
4 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.23%) EMIR
System Software
1 188 (21.66%) Active Directory
2 85 (9.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (5.41%) Hyper-V
4 28 (3.23%) XenApp
5 26 (3.00%) VMware ESX
6 23 (2.65%) Terminal Services
7 19 (2.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 18 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.73%) XenDesktop
9 15 (1.73%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 12 (1.38%) XenServer
11 9 (1.04%) vSphere
12 8 (0.92%) Xen
13 6 (0.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 5 (0.58%) Firmware
14 5 (0.58%) DFS Replication
15 4 (0.46%) ISA Server
16 3 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.35%) NFS
17 2 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 44 (5.07%) SCCM
2 23 (2.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 22 (2.53%) OpenView
4 6 (0.69%) SCOM
4 6 (0.69%) SCDPM
5 5 (0.58%) Puppet
5 5 (0.58%) SCVMM
6 4 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
6 4 (0.46%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (0.46%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.46%) MIMEsweeper
7 3 (0.35%) Backup Exec
7 3 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
7 3 (0.35%) Ansible
8 2 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.23%) Data Guard
8 2 (0.23%) BladeLogic
8 2 (0.23%) WMI
8 2 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 134 (15.44%) Citrix
2 109 (12.56%) VMware
3 93 (10.71%) Oracle
4 58 (6.68%) HP
5 56 (6.45%) Cisco
6 53 (6.11%) Lotus
7 30 (3.46%) IBM
7 30 (3.46%) EMC
8 24 (2.76%) CheckPoint
9 19 (2.19%) NetApp
10 18 (2.07%) SAP
11 17 (1.96%) Dell
12 12 (1.38%) SolarWinds
12 12 (1.38%) Nortel
13 11 (1.27%) AppSense
13 11 (1.27%) Cognos
14 10 (1.15%) Business Objects
15 9 (1.04%) Adobe
16 8 (0.92%) CA
16 8 (0.92%) Apple
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