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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 11 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 372 554 380
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.90% 14.90% 12.35%
As % of the Vendors category 22.02% 32.84% 29.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 282 182
Median daily rate £375 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £173 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 69 48
Median hourly rate £14.34 £15.77 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.06% +5.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £9.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.60 £40.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -
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
1689 1687 1276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 44.96% 45.36% 41.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 988 866 646
Median daily rate £400 £365 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +12.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £210 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 107 88
Median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.89% +5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.45 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.80 £42.50 £37.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+13.51% +5.71%

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 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 -4 165 £375 +20.00% 89
Cheshire -7 84 £425 +6.25% 30
Lancashire -8 57 £350 -6.66% 19
Merseyside -5 43 £290 +5.45% 20
Cumbria -4 8 - - 4
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 311 (36.94%) Windows
2 284 (33.73%) MS Excel
3 222 (26.37%) Active Directory
4 170 (20.19%) Agile Software Development
5 165 (19.60%) .NET
6 157 (18.65%) MS Office
7 156 (18.53%) SQL Server
8 149 (17.70%) SQL
9 132 (15.68%) Windows Server
10 115 (13.66%) Finance
11 112 (13.30%) VMware
11 112 (13.30%) CRM
12 110 (13.06%) Windows Server 2012
13 104 (12.35%) SharePoint
14 102 (12.11%) Project Management
15 99 (11.76%) MS Exchange
16 97 (11.52%) Migration
17 96 (11.40%) Dynamics CRM
18 95 (11.28%) SCCM
19 94 (11.16%) ITIL
20 89 (10.57%) PowerShell
21 84 (9.98%) C#
22 82 (9.74%) Security Cleared
23 80 (9.50%) Software Engineering
24 74 (8.79%) Skype for Business
25 73 (8.67%) Test Automation
26 70 (8.31%) Citrix
26 70 (8.31%) VMware Infrastructure
27 64 (7.60%) SCOM
28 63 (7.48%) Windows 7

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
1 104 (12.35%) SharePoint
2 99 (11.76%) MS Exchange
3 74 (8.79%) Skype for Business
4 38 (4.51%) SharePoint 2013
5 32 (3.80%) IIS
6 28 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 20 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (2.38%) Tomcat
8 16 (1.90%) CMS
9 15 (1.78%) Apache
10 13 (1.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 11 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (1.07%) SharePoint 2010
13 8 (0.95%) WebSphere
14 7 (0.83%) JBoss
15 6 (0.71%) Drupal
15 6 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
15 6 (0.71%) GeoServer
15 6 (0.71%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 284 (33.73%) MS Excel
2 157 (18.65%) MS Office
3 45 (5.34%) MS PowerPoint
4 34 (4.04%) MS Project
5 11 (1.31%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.95%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
7 5 (0.59%) Fireworks
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.24%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 96 (11.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (3.80%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.12%) CA PPM
7 1 (0.12%) Infor LN
7 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
7 1 (0.12%) nopCommerce
7 1 (0.12%) OpenText MBPM
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.12%) Primavera
7 1 (0.12%) Sage 50
7 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 52 (6.18%) Office 365
2 35 (4.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (2.14%) IaaS
4 15 (1.78%) SaaS
5 14 (1.66%) Amazon AWS
6 13 (1.54%) PaaS
7 5 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.36%) SoftLayer
10 2 (0.24%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.24%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 52 (6.18%) Skype
2 49 (5.82%) DNS
3 33 (3.92%) DHCP
3 33 (3.92%) Firewall
4 24 (2.85%) TCP/IP
5 23 (2.73%) SAN
6 21 (2.49%) LAN
6 21 (2.49%) WAN
7 19 (2.26%) Internet
8 15 (1.78%) SSL
9 12 (1.43%) VPN
10 11 (1.31%) VoIP
11 10 (1.19%) Network Security
12 8 (0.95%) Wireless
13 7 (0.83%) GSM
13 7 (0.83%) UMTS
14 6 (0.71%) Extranet
14 6 (0.71%) Unified Communications
14 6 (0.71%) VLAN
15 5 (0.59%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 156 (18.53%) SQL Server
2 42 (4.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 29 (3.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (2.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 23 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
6 19 (2.26%) Relational Database
7 16 (1.90%) SQL Server 2014
8 14 (1.66%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (1.54%) MySQL
10 12 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
11 11 (1.31%) MongoDB
11 11 (1.31%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (1.19%) GIS
13 9 (1.07%) Data Mining
14 7 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.71%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
15 6 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
15 6 (0.71%) QGIS
Development Applications
1 60 (7.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 36 (4.28%) Visual Studio
3 33 (3.92%) SpecFlow
4 24 (2.85%) TestComplete
5 19 (2.26%) JIRA
6 15 (1.78%) Jenkins
7 14 (1.66%) Git (software)
8 13 (1.54%) Selenium
8 13 (1.54%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.83%) Mercurial
9 7 (0.83%) Mocha
10 6 (0.71%) ERwin
10 6 (0.71%) Gradle
11 4 (0.48%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.36%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.36%) LoadRunner
12 3 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.36%) Subversion
12 3 (0.36%) YouTrack
General
1 115 (13.66%) Finance
2 30 (3.56%) Retail
3 28 (3.33%) Advertising
3 28 (3.33%) Banking
4 23 (2.73%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.61%) Local Government
6 15 (1.78%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.54%) Billing
7 13 (1.54%) Marketing
8 12 (1.43%) Law
9 11 (1.31%) Legal
10 7 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.59%) Military
11 5 (0.59%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.48%) Back Office
12 4 (0.48%) Corporate Banking
12 4 (0.48%) French Language
12 4 (0.48%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.36%) Publishing
14 2 (0.24%) Games
Job Titles
1 168 (19.95%) Analyst
2 152 (18.05%) Developer
3 105 (12.47%) Architect
4 72 (8.55%) Consultant
5 43 (5.11%) Service Analyst
6 41 (4.87%) Service Desk Analyst
7 39 (4.63%) Project Manager
8 34 (4.04%) Support Engineer
9 33 (3.92%) .NET Developer
9 33 (3.92%) Solutions Architect
10 27 (3.21%) Support Analyst
11 24 (2.85%) Microsoft Developer
12 23 (2.73%) 1st Line Support
12 23 (2.73%) Analyst Developer
13 22 (2.61%) 2nd Line Support
14 21 (2.49%) CRM Developer
14 21 (2.49%) Microsoft Consultant
15 19 (2.26%) Designer
15 19 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM Developer
15 19 (2.26%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (19.60%) .NET
2 49 (5.82%) ASP.NET
3 42 (4.99%) HTML
4 39 (4.63%) CSS
5 35 (4.16%) jQuery
6 31 (3.68%) .NET Framework
7 25 (2.97%) Middleware
8 24 (2.85%) Web Services
9 22 (2.61%) ASP.NET MVC
10 17 (2.02%) HTML5
10 17 (2.02%) XML
11 16 (1.90%) AngularJS
12 13 (1.54%) Ajax
13 12 (1.43%) CSS3
13 12 (1.43%) WCF
14 10 (1.19%) Node.js
15 9 (1.07%) RabbitMQ
15 9 (1.07%) RESTful
16 8 (0.95%) ASP.NET Web API
17 7 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 52 (6.18%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.80%) Data Centre
3 22 (2.61%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.26%) Blackberry
4 19 (2.26%) NHS
5 15 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (1.54%) PMI
7 11 (1.31%) Driving Licence
8 10 (1.19%) Clustering
8 10 (1.19%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.19%) Digital Media
8 10 (1.19%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.07%) PKI
10 8 (0.95%) Fat Client
10 8 (0.95%) Smartphone
10 8 (0.95%) Thin Client
11 7 (0.83%) Replication
12 5 (0.59%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.59%) Life Science
12 5 (0.59%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 311 (36.94%) Windows
2 132 (15.68%) Windows Server
3 110 (13.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 63 (7.48%) Windows 7
5 61 (7.24%) Linux
6 58 (6.89%) Windows Server 2008
7 56 (6.65%) Windows Server 2003
8 34 (4.04%) Windows 10
9 32 (3.80%) Windows XP
10 28 (3.33%) Unix
10 28 (3.33%) Windows 8
11 24 (2.85%) Apple iOS
12 17 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (1.90%) Solaris
14 13 (1.54%) AIX
15 8 (0.95%) Android
16 7 (0.83%) CentOS
17 5 (0.59%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.48%) Windows Vista
19 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (20.19%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (13.30%) CRM
3 102 (12.11%) Project Management
4 97 (11.52%) Migration
5 94 (11.16%) ITIL
6 80 (9.50%) Software Engineering
7 73 (8.67%) Test Automation
8 58 (6.89%) Stakeholder Management
9 49 (5.82%) MVC
10 48 (5.70%) Business Intelligence
10 48 (5.70%) PRINCE2
11 46 (5.46%) TDD
12 41 (4.87%) ERP
13 40 (4.75%) Data Migration
13 40 (4.75%) Waterfall
14 38 (4.51%) Change Management
15 37 (4.39%) Scrum
16 36 (4.28%) Continuous Integration
17 33 (3.92%) Risk Management
18 32 (3.80%) Code Coverage
Programming Languages
1 149 (17.70%) SQL
2 89 (10.57%) PowerShell
3 84 (9.98%) C#
4 61 (7.24%) JavaScript
5 56 (6.65%) Java
6 26 (3.09%) T-SQL
7 24 (2.85%) PHP
8 21 (2.49%) PL/SQL
9 16 (1.90%) VB
10 15 (1.78%) C
11 10 (1.19%) C++
11 10 (1.19%) Python
11 10 (1.19%) VBA
12 8 (0.95%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.59%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.59%) VBScript
14 3 (0.36%) Ruby
14 3 (0.36%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.36%) X++
15 2 (0.24%) Perl
Qualifications
1 82 (9.74%) Security Cleared
2 58 (6.89%) SC Cleared
3 57 (6.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 52 (6.18%) Degree
5 24 (2.85%) MCP
6 21 (2.49%) PMI Certification
7 19 (2.26%) MCSE
8 18 (2.14%) MCSA
9 16 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
10 15 (1.78%) Cisco Certification
11 14 (1.66%) ISTQB
11 14 (1.66%) MCITP
12 11 (1.31%) CCNA
12 11 (1.31%) ISEB
13 10 (1.19%) MCTS
14 8 (0.95%) CCEA
14 8 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (0.95%) PMP
14 8 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 8 (0.95%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.49%) SLA
2 19 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.66%) QA
4 7 (0.83%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.48%) P3O
6 4 (0.48%) WCAG
7 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.24%) FATCA
8 2 (0.24%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.24%) RMADS
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.12%) ISO22301
9 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 222 (26.37%) Active Directory
2 70 (8.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.33%) vSphere
4 25 (2.97%) Hyper-V
5 12 (1.43%) XenApp
6 9 (1.07%) Microsoft App-V
6 9 (1.07%) VMware ESX
7 8 (0.95%) Docker
7 8 (0.95%) UAG
7 8 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (0.59%) Brightmail
8 5 (0.59%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.59%) XenServer
9 4 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.36%) Firmware
10 3 (0.36%) NFS
10 3 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.36%) Xen
11 2 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 95 (11.28%) SCCM
2 64 (7.60%) SCOM
3 16 (1.90%) Puppet
4 11 (1.31%) WSUS
5 10 (1.19%) vRealize
6 9 (1.07%) AirWatch
6 9 (1.07%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (0.83%) Red Hat Satellite
7 7 (0.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 5 (0.59%) BladeLogic
8 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.48%) EnCase
9 4 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (0.48%) SCVMM
10 3 (0.36%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.36%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.36%) OpenView
Vendors
1 112 (13.30%) VMware
2 70 (8.31%) Citrix
3 60 (7.13%) Oracle
4 46 (5.46%) Cisco
5 39 (4.63%) HP
6 25 (2.97%) SAP
7 20 (2.38%) Apple
8 18 (2.14%) Red Hat
9 14 (1.66%) Symantec
10 13 (1.54%) IBM
11 11 (1.31%) NetApp
12 10 (1.19%) EMC
12 10 (1.19%) Remedy
13 9 (1.07%) ArcSight
14 8 (0.95%) Adobe
14 8 (0.95%) Brocade
14 8 (0.95%) IronPort
15 7 (0.83%) Dell
15 7 (0.83%) EPiServer
15 7 (0.83%) Salesforce.com
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