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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 549 391 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.12% 12.95% 12.55%
As % of the Vendors category 33.03% 30.52% 27.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 191 153
Average daily rate
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£350 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 52 48
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.38 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.78% -19.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.10 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £25.00 £27.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £14.96
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.07%
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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
1662 1281 1161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.77% 42.42% 45.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 860 649 496
Average daily rate £363 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 90 92
Average hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -21.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £34.48 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -12.82%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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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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 +2 215 £314 -3.46% 189
Cheshire -2 114 £400 +49.53% 65
Lancashire +4 73 £500 +56.25% 17
Merseyside +4 56 £275 -32.09% 22
Cumbria 0 40 £350 -26.31% 11
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 July 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.

1 385 (37.20%) Windows
2 322 (31.11%) MS Excel
3 241 (23.29%) MS Office
4 210 (20.29%) Active Directory
5 180 (17.39%) SQL
6 175 (16.91%) SQL Server
7 167 (16.14%) Finance
8 161 (15.56%) Citrix
9 160 (15.46%) VMware
10 157 (15.17%) ITIL
11 147 (14.20%) Migration
12 141 (13.62%) Windows 7
13 133 (12.85%) .NET
14 128 (12.37%) Microsoft Certification
15 120 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
16 115 (11.11%) Security Cleared
17 94 (9.08%) Oracle
18 90 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
19 85 (8.21%) Project Management
20 84 (8.12%) C#
20 84 (8.12%) Analytical Skills
21 83 (8.02%) SharePoint
22 81 (7.83%) SC Cleared
23 80 (7.73%) Windows Server 2008
23 80 (7.73%) SCCM
24 79 (7.63%) Windows XP
25 77 (7.44%) MS Exchange
26 73 (7.05%) CRM
27 72 (6.96%) Windows Server 2003
28 69 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 83 (8.02%) SharePoint
2 77 (7.44%) MS Exchange
3 61 (5.89%) IIS
4 46 (4.44%) IBM Notes
5 36 (3.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (1.93%) SharePoint 2010
7 18 (1.74%) Lync
7 18 (1.74%) Apache
8 16 (1.55%) BizTalk Server
9 14 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
10 13 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
11 12 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
12 10 (0.97%) Node.js
12 10 (0.97%) SAS
12 10 (0.97%) MQSeries
13 9 (0.87%) WebSphere
14 8 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
14 8 (0.77%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.77%) CMS
15 7 (0.68%) nginx
Applications
1 322 (31.11%) MS Excel
2 241 (23.29%) MS Office
3 45 (4.35%) MS Visio
4 43 (4.15%) MS PowerPoint
5 41 (3.96%) MS Project
6 15 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.29%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.19%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.097%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.097%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 59 (5.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (3.38%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.97%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.58%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.39%) Oracle BPM
6 4 (0.39%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.29%) ResourceLink
7 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.19%) BusinessWorks
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
9 1 (0.097%) Eikon
9 1 (0.097%) Oracle TCA
9 1 (0.097%) Remedy ITSM
9 1 (0.097%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 46 (4.44%) Office 365
2 29 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.84%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.97%) SaaS
5 8 (0.77%) OneDrive
6 7 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.58%) Google App Engine
7 6 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.48%) Google Apps
9 4 (0.39%) IaaS
10 3 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
11 2 (0.19%) Boomi
12 1 (0.097%) Google Drive
12 1 (0.097%) Azure Active Directory
12 1 (0.097%) IBM Blueworks
12 1 (0.097%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 59 (5.70%) WAN
2 51 (4.93%) Firewall
3 48 (4.64%) DNS
4 44 (4.25%) DHCP
4 44 (4.25%) LAN
5 37 (3.57%) SAN
6 33 (3.19%) TCP/IP
7 26 (2.51%) SSL
8 25 (2.42%) HTTP
9 22 (2.13%) VPN
10 21 (2.03%) NAS
11 20 (1.93%) Wireless
12 17 (1.64%) Internet
13 15 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
14 14 (1.35%) MPLS
15 13 (1.26%) FTP
16 11 (1.06%) Fibre Channel
16 11 (1.06%) SMTP
17 9 (0.87%) DMZ
17 9 (0.87%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (16.91%) SQL Server
2 69 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 69 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 47 (4.54%) Oracle Database
4 42 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (3.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 38 (3.67%) SQL Server 2008
6 19 (1.84%) Oracle Reports
6 19 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (1.26%) OLAP
7 13 (1.26%) NoSQL
8 11 (1.06%) MS Access
9 10 (0.97%) SQL Server 2005
9 10 (0.97%) Relational Database
10 9 (0.87%) RavenDB
11 8 (0.77%) Base SAS
12 7 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 7 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
12 7 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
12 7 (0.68%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 44 (4.25%) Visual Studio
2 36 (3.48%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (1.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 15 (1.45%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.87%) MSI
6 8 (0.77%) ReSharper
6 8 (0.77%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.48%) Selenium
7 5 (0.48%) InstallShield
8 4 (0.39%) JMeter
8 4 (0.39%) Toad
8 4 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.39%) TestComplete
8 4 (0.39%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.39%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (0.29%) MorphX
10 2 (0.19%) HP UFT
10 2 (0.19%) LoadRunner
10 2 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
General
1 167 (16.14%) Finance
2 42 (4.06%) Manufacturing
3 28 (2.71%) Banking
3 28 (2.71%) Local Government
3 28 (2.71%) Telecoms
4 25 (2.42%) Retail
5 17 (1.64%) Legal
6 15 (1.45%) Marketing
7 13 (1.26%) Law
8 11 (1.06%) Financial Institution
9 10 (0.97%) General Ledger
10 9 (0.87%) German Language
11 8 (0.77%) Advertising
12 7 (0.68%) Dutch Language
12 7 (0.68%) French Language
12 7 (0.68%) Russian Language
13 5 (0.48%) Portuguese Language
13 5 (0.48%) Electronics
14 4 (0.39%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.39%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 241 (23.29%) Analyst
2 158 (15.27%) Developer
3 132 (12.75%) Architect
4 71 (6.86%) Consultant
5 68 (6.57%) Support Analyst
6 50 (4.83%) Service Analyst
7 49 (4.73%) Support Engineer
8 47 (4.54%) .NET Developer
9 46 (4.44%) Project Manager
9 46 (4.44%) Business Analyst
10 44 (4.25%) Desktop Support
11 43 (4.15%) Technical Architect
12 40 (3.86%) Service Desk Analyst
13 39 (3.77%) Solutions Architect
14 34 (3.29%) 2nd Line Support
14 34 (3.29%) Administrator
15 25 (2.42%) SQL Developer
16 24 (2.32%) Microsoft Consultant
17 23 (2.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 23 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (12.85%) .NET
2 46 (4.44%) .NET Framework
3 45 (4.35%) ASP.NET
4 40 (3.86%) CSS
4 40 (3.86%) HTML
5 38 (3.67%) Web Services
6 29 (2.80%) XML
7 27 (2.61%) WCF
8 25 (2.42%) Middleware
8 25 (2.42%) jQuery
9 19 (1.84%) Entity Framework
10 18 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC
11 14 (1.35%) CSS3
12 13 (1.26%) REST
13 12 (1.16%) LINQ
14 11 (1.06%) J2EE
15 9 (0.87%) MSMQ
16 8 (0.77%) SAML
16 8 (0.77%) Ajax
16 8 (0.77%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 84 (8.12%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (5.41%) Data Centre
3 25 (2.42%) NHS
4 24 (2.32%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.22%) Clustering
6 22 (2.13%) Thin Client
6 22 (2.13%) Blackberry
6 22 (2.13%) Fat Client
7 21 (2.03%) Replication
8 14 (1.35%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.26%) Mainframe
9 13 (1.26%) EMC VNX
10 12 (1.16%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.06%) N-Tier
11 11 (1.06%) Life Science
12 9 (0.87%) Mobile App
13 8 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.77%) Visualisation
13 8 (0.77%) iPad
13 8 (0.77%) Celerra
Operating Systems
1 385 (37.20%) Windows
2 141 (13.62%) Windows 7
3 80 (7.73%) Windows Server 2008
4 79 (7.63%) Windows XP
5 72 (6.96%) Windows Server 2003
6 53 (5.12%) UNIX
7 50 (4.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (2.61%) Linux
9 24 (2.32%) Windows 8
9 24 (2.32%) Apple iOS
10 16 (1.55%) Android
10 16 (1.55%) Solaris
11 11 (1.06%) MVS
12 7 (0.68%) VME
13 5 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
13 5 (0.48%) Windows Vista
13 5 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.39%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.39%) AIX
14 4 (0.39%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (15.17%) ITIL
2 147 (14.20%) Migration
3 90 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
4 85 (8.21%) Project Management
5 73 (7.05%) CRM
6 61 (5.89%) Business Intelligence
7 56 (5.41%) PRINCE2
8 53 (5.12%) Stakeholder Management
9 50 (4.83%) Service Management
10 42 (4.06%) MVC
11 37 (3.57%) User Acceptance Testing
12 34 (3.29%) Data Migration
12 34 (3.29%) Open Source
12 34 (3.29%) SDLC
13 33 (3.19%) Change Management
14 31 (3.00%) OOP
14 31 (3.00%) SOA
15 30 (2.90%) Business Analysis
15 30 (2.90%) Incident Management
16 29 (2.80%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 180 (17.39%) SQL
2 84 (8.12%) C#
3 64 (6.18%) JavaScript
4 50 (4.83%) PowerShell
5 31 (3.00%) T-SQL
6 23 (2.22%) VBA
6 23 (2.22%) Java
7 21 (2.03%) VBScript
8 19 (1.84%) VB
9 11 (1.06%) XQuery
9 11 (1.06%) C
10 10 (0.97%) Ruby
10 10 (0.97%) XPath
11 9 (0.87%) PL/SQL
12 8 (0.77%) Python
12 8 (0.77%) X++
13 7 (0.68%) Scala
13 7 (0.68%) REXX
14 5 (0.48%) C++
15 4 (0.39%) PHP
Qualifications
1 128 (12.37%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 81 (7.83%) SC Cleared
4 54 (5.22%) Degree
5 47 (4.54%) MCP
6 36 (3.48%) MCITP
7 33 (3.19%) MCSE
8 31 (3.00%) MCSA
9 27 (2.61%) ITIL Certification
10 26 (2.51%) Cisco Certification
11 24 (2.32%) CCNA
11 24 (2.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 18 (1.74%) MCTS
12 18 (1.74%) Citrix Certification
12 18 (1.74%) A+ Certification
13 15 (1.45%) ISEB
14 12 (1.16%) CCNP
14 12 (1.16%) MCDST
15 10 (0.97%) CISSP
15 10 (0.97%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (4.06%) SLA
2 32 (3.09%) QA
3 13 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.77%) P3O
5 7 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.19%) GAAP
6 2 (0.19%) MiFID
6 2 (0.19%) EMIR
7 1 (0.097%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.097%) GMP
System Software
1 210 (20.29%) Active Directory
2 120 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (6.28%) Hyper-V
4 44 (4.25%) Microsoft App-V
5 40 (3.86%) XenApp
6 31 (3.00%) Xen
7 25 (2.42%) VMware ESX
8 24 (2.32%) VMware ESXi
9 20 (1.93%) Terminal Services
10 17 (1.64%) XenServer
11 15 (1.45%) XenDesktop
11 15 (1.45%) BitLocker
12 14 (1.35%) vSphere
13 8 (0.77%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 7 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
15 5 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.39%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.29%) NFS
18 1 (0.097%) DFS Replication
18 1 (0.097%) Samba
Systems Management
1 80 (7.73%) SCCM
2 15 (1.45%) OpenView
3 14 (1.35%) SCOM
4 11 (1.06%) Backup Exec
5 10 (0.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
6 8 (0.77%) Puppet
7 7 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.58%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.48%) Oracle RMAN
10 4 (0.39%) WSUS
10 4 (0.39%) EMC NetWorker
10 4 (0.39%) HP Data Protector
10 4 (0.39%) MIMEsweeper
10 4 (0.39%) SCDPM
11 3 (0.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.29%) EdgeSight
11 3 (0.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 161 (15.56%) Citrix
2 160 (15.46%) VMware
3 94 (9.08%) Oracle
4 49 (4.73%) SAP
5 48 (4.64%) Cisco
6 47 (4.54%) HP
7 46 (4.44%) Lotus
8 39 (3.77%) Symantec
9 38 (3.67%) EMC
10 27 (2.61%) IBM
11 23 (2.22%) NetApp
12 22 (2.13%) CheckPoint
12 22 (2.13%) AppSense
13 18 (1.74%) McAfee
14 16 (1.55%) Dell
15 14 (1.35%) Apple
15 14 (1.35%) Wyse
16 12 (1.16%) Google
16 12 (1.16%) Veeam
17 11 (1.06%) Sophos
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