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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 8 12
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 420 325 312
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.48% 11.00% 9.19%
As % of the Vendors category 28.97% 24.58% 19.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 152 122
Average daily rate
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£350 £300 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -0.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £179 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £425 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 61 79
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.84 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.92% +12.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.40 £31.56 £30.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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
1450 1322 1602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 46.53% 44.75% 47.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 769 590 745
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £225 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 105 125
Average hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 £16.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.77% +33.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +2.70%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +4 179 £325 - 157
Cheshire +1 96 £410 +36.66% 62
Lancashire 0 77 £358 +14.40% 20
Merseyside +7 40 £350 +39.72% 20
Cumbria -1 8 £163 -13.33% 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 338 (40.29%) Windows
2 270 (32.18%) MS Excel
3 218 (25.98%) MS Office
4 166 (19.79%) SQL Server
5 165 (19.67%) Active Directory
6 147 (17.52%) SQL
7 142 (16.92%) Finance
8 126 (15.02%) Windows Server 2008
9 119 (14.18%) .NET
10 116 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
11 113 (13.47%) Citrix
12 111 (13.23%) Windows 7
13 108 (12.87%) VMware
14 103 (12.28%) ITIL
15 101 (12.04%) Windows Server 2003
16 88 (10.49%) Security Cleared
17 87 (10.37%) Project Management
18 85 (10.13%) SharePoint
18 85 (10.13%) Windows XP
19 81 (9.65%) Microsoft Certification
20 80 (9.54%) SCCM
21 79 (9.42%) MS Exchange
22 78 (9.30%) SC Cleared
23 75 (8.94%) Oracle
24 73 (8.70%) Migration
25 68 (8.10%) C#
26 66 (7.87%) SQL Server 2008
27 65 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
28 61 (7.27%) HP
29 60 (7.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 85 (10.13%) SharePoint
2 79 (9.42%) MS Exchange
3 46 (5.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (5.01%) IIS
5 32 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2003
6 31 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2007
7 24 (2.86%) SharePoint 2010
7 24 (2.86%) Lync
8 16 (1.91%) IBM Notes
9 12 (1.43%) Umbraco
10 11 (1.31%) Tomcat
11 10 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 9 (1.07%) WebSphere
13 8 (0.95%) Apache
13 8 (0.95%) MS Project Server
13 8 (0.95%) Jetty
13 8 (0.95%) nginx
14 5 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
15 4 (0.48%) CICS
15 4 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 270 (32.18%) MS Excel
2 218 (25.98%) MS Office
3 58 (6.91%) MS Project
4 42 (5.01%) MS Visio
5 29 (3.46%) MS PowerPoint
6 5 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.60%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.36%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.12%) Mingle
9 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 44 (5.24%) Dynamics AX
2 40 (4.77%) Dynamics CRM
3 21 (2.50%) Oracle EBS
4 15 (1.79%) Oracle EBS R12
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
5 10 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
6 9 (1.07%) Oracle 11i
7 8 (0.95%) Oracle General Ledger
8 7 (0.83%) ResourceLink
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Receivables
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Assets
9 3 (0.36%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.36%) Academy Housing
9 3 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.24%) Agresso
10 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
11 1 (0.12%) SAP HCM
11 1 (0.12%) GoldMine
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.95%) SaaS
3 7 (0.83%) Office 365
3 7 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
4 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.36%) Google App Engine
4 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.24%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.12%) PaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Pure360
6 1 (0.12%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (5.72%) DNS
2 47 (5.60%) TCP/IP
3 44 (5.24%) Firewall
4 38 (4.53%) SAN
4 38 (4.53%) DHCP
5 34 (4.05%) WAN
6 31 (3.69%) LAN
7 27 (3.22%) VPN
8 25 (2.98%) Wireless
9 14 (1.67%) SSL
9 14 (1.67%) Internet
10 11 (1.31%) Network Security
11 10 (1.19%) HTTP
11 10 (1.19%) IPsec
12 8 (0.95%) VoIP
13 7 (0.83%) NAS
13 7 (0.83%) LDAP
14 6 (0.72%) Ethernet
14 6 (0.72%) Intranet
15 5 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (19.79%) SQL Server
2 66 (7.87%) SQL Server 2008
3 60 (7.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 51 (6.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 48 (5.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 27 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
7 24 (2.86%) SQL Server 2005
8 17 (2.03%) Oracle Database
8 17 (2.03%) SQL Server 2012
9 16 (1.91%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.55%) MS Access
11 10 (1.19%) OLAP
12 9 (1.07%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.95%) QlikView
14 7 (0.83%) SAP Data Services
14 7 (0.83%) Crystal Reports
15 5 (0.60%) Big Data
15 5 (0.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 5 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
15 5 (0.60%) DB2
Development Applications
1 30 (3.58%) Visual Studio
2 13 (1.55%) Toad
3 11 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (0.95%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 7 (0.83%) Talend Open Studio
5 7 (0.83%) Jenkins
6 6 (0.72%) MorphX
7 5 (0.60%) MSTest
7 5 (0.60%) Subversion
8 4 (0.48%) AdminStudio
8 4 (0.48%) MSI
9 3 (0.36%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.36%) ReSharper
10 2 (0.24%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
10 2 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
10 2 (0.24%) Axure RP
11 1 (0.12%) Rhino Mocks
11 1 (0.12%) JIRA
11 1 (0.12%) NUnit
General
1 142 (16.92%) Finance
2 30 (3.58%) Advertising
3 27 (3.22%) Banking
4 23 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 16 (1.91%) Manufacturing
5 16 (1.91%) Retail
6 13 (1.55%) Marketing
7 9 (1.07%) Legal
7 9 (1.07%) General Ledger
8 8 (0.95%) Local Government
9 4 (0.48%) Billing
9 4 (0.48%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.36%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.24%) Back Office
12 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.12%) French Language
12 1 (0.12%) Russian Language
12 1 (0.12%) Military
12 1 (0.12%) Games
12 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 200 (23.84%) Analyst
2 133 (15.85%) Developer
3 73 (8.70%) Architect
4 67 (7.99%) Consultant
5 60 (7.15%) Business Analyst
6 47 (5.60%) Support Engineer
7 42 (5.01%) Desktop Support
8 38 (4.53%) Service Desk Analyst
9 37 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support
10 36 (4.29%) Service Analyst
11 34 (4.05%) Support Analyst
12 32 (3.81%) Technical Architect
12 32 (3.81%) 1st Line Support
13 31 (3.69%) Project Manager
14 30 (3.58%) .NET Developer
15 26 (3.10%) Desktop Engineer
16 20 (2.38%) Data Analyst
17 19 (2.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 19 (2.26%) Solutions Architect
18 18 (2.15%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (14.18%) .NET
2 37 (4.41%) ASP.NET
3 32 (3.81%) HTML
4 27 (3.22%) Web Services
5 26 (3.10%) .NET Framework
6 23 (2.74%) jQuery
7 20 (2.38%) WCF
8 18 (2.15%) WPF
9 17 (2.03%) CSS
10 16 (1.91%) XML
10 16 (1.91%) HTML5
10 16 (1.91%) ASP.NET MVC
11 15 (1.79%) LINQ
11 15 (1.79%) Middleware
12 11 (1.31%) Application Packaging
12 11 (1.31%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 11 (1.31%) J2EE
13 8 (0.95%) Servlets
14 7 (0.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 7 (0.83%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 116 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (5.01%) Management Information System
3 40 (4.77%) Blackberry
4 33 (3.93%) NHS
5 23 (2.74%) Enterprise Software
6 19 (2.26%) Clustering
7 17 (2.03%) Reference Data
8 14 (1.67%) Data Extraction
9 12 (1.43%) Data Integration
10 11 (1.31%) iPad
11 10 (1.19%) Replication
11 10 (1.19%) PKI
12 8 (0.95%) Visualisation
13 6 (0.72%) Open Source
14 5 (0.60%) IBM Mainframe
14 5 (0.60%) Life Science
14 5 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
14 5 (0.60%) Smartphone
14 5 (0.60%) Mainframe
15 4 (0.48%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 338 (40.29%) Windows
2 126 (15.02%) Windows Server 2008
3 111 (13.23%) Windows 7
4 101 (12.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 85 (10.13%) Windows XP
6 52 (6.20%) Windows Vista
7 49 (5.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (3.81%) Linux
9 30 (3.58%) UNIX
10 14 (1.67%) Windows 2000
10 14 (1.67%) MVS
11 13 (1.55%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.83%) AIX
13 6 (0.72%) Android
14 5 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.60%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.48%) Solaris
16 3 (0.36%) NetWare
17 2 (0.24%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (12.28%) ITIL
2 87 (10.37%) Project Management
3 73 (8.70%) Migration
4 58 (6.91%) CRM
5 53 (6.32%) Stakeholder Management
6 51 (6.08%) Business Analysis
7 50 (5.96%) Agile Software Development
8 49 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
9 42 (5.01%) Data Migration
9 42 (5.01%) Data Modelling
10 41 (4.89%) Service Management
11 35 (4.17%) MVC
11 35 (4.17%) Software Deployment
12 32 (3.81%) Information Security
13 30 (3.58%) Data Architecture
14 29 (3.46%) Change Management
14 29 (3.46%) PRINCE2
15 28 (3.34%) ETL
16 26 (3.10%) Data Analysis
17 24 (2.86%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 147 (17.52%) SQL
2 68 (8.10%) C#
3 35 (4.17%) Java
3 35 (4.17%) PL/SQL
4 33 (3.93%) T-SQL
5 30 (3.58%) JavaScript
6 24 (2.86%) VBA
7 16 (1.91%) Shell Script
8 15 (1.79%) PowerShell
8 15 (1.79%) VB
9 12 (1.43%) X++
10 8 (0.95%) VBScript
10 8 (0.95%) C
11 7 (0.83%) Perl
11 7 (0.83%) Python
12 5 (0.60%) XAML
12 5 (0.60%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.48%) ABAP
14 3 (0.36%) C++
15 1 (0.12%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 88 (10.49%) Security Cleared
2 81 (9.65%) Microsoft Certification
3 78 (9.30%) SC Cleared
4 59 (7.03%) Degree
5 45 (5.36%) MCSE
6 34 (4.05%) MCP
7 24 (2.86%) MCITP
8 19 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
9 18 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (2.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (2.03%) MCSA
11 16 (1.91%) CCNA
12 14 (1.67%) MCTS
13 10 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 9 (1.07%) VCP5
15 8 (0.95%) CCNP
16 7 (0.83%) MCDST
16 7 (0.83%) PMP
16 7 (0.83%) PMI Certification
17 6 (0.72%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (6.56%) SLA
2 19 (2.26%) QA
3 11 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.36%) Basel III
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 165 (19.67%) Active Directory
2 65 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (4.41%) Hyper-V
4 34 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
5 27 (3.22%) XenApp
6 24 (2.86%) VMware ESX
7 15 (1.79%) vSphere
8 13 (1.55%) XenDesktop
9 11 (1.31%) XenServer
10 6 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
10 6 (0.72%) Forefront TMG
10 6 (0.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.60%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.48%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.36%) Xen
13 3 (0.36%) Brightmail
14 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.12%) Novell eDirectory
15 1 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
15 1 (0.12%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 80 (9.54%) SCCM
2 25 (2.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 25 (2.98%) SCOM
3 23 (2.74%) Backup Exec
4 15 (1.79%) OpenView
5 6 (0.72%) SCSM
6 5 (0.60%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 5 (0.60%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (0.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 4 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.48%) Puppet
8 3 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (0.36%) MAILsweeper
9 2 (0.24%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.24%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.24%) SAP Afaria
9 2 (0.24%) HP SIM
9 2 (0.24%) WSUS
Vendors
1 113 (13.47%) Citrix
2 108 (12.87%) VMware
3 75 (8.94%) Oracle
4 61 (7.27%) HP
5 53 (6.32%) Cisco
6 38 (4.53%) CA
7 32 (3.81%) SAP
7 32 (3.81%) AppSense
8 31 (3.69%) Symantec
9 27 (3.22%) Dell
10 22 (2.62%) Lumension
11 18 (2.15%) Juniper
12 16 (1.91%) IBM
12 16 (1.91%) Lotus
12 16 (1.91%) Red Hat
12 16 (1.91%) McAfee
12 16 (1.91%) Cyber-Ark
13 14 (1.67%) Sophos
14 13 (1.55%) Avaya
15 12 (1.43%) EMC
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