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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 411 455 454
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.63% 10.99% 14.03%
As % of the Vendors category 26.60% 27.41% 30.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 278 242
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 £178 £174 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 40 64
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.24% +23.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £47.33 £31.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.87 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-0.90% +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
1545 1660 1503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 47.47% 40.10% 46.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 950 878 818
Median daily rate £410 £380 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.89% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.97% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 79 99
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.05 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £47.33 £35.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-5.55% +5.88%

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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 -3 181 £365 -2.66% 89
Cheshire +3 115 £400 +39.13% 29
Lancashire -4 52 £335 -9.45% 12
Merseyside +6 35 £373 +4.56% 15
Cumbria +1 4 - - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 275 (34.99%) Windows
2 245 (31.17%) MS Excel
3 192 (24.43%) SQL Server
4 170 (21.63%) SQL
5 164 (20.87%) Active Directory
6 148 (18.83%) MS Office
7 140 (17.81%) .NET
8 134 (17.05%) Agile Software Development
9 116 (14.76%) C#
9 116 (14.76%) Windows Server
10 113 (14.38%) ITIL
11 103 (13.10%) CRM
12 102 (12.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 101 (12.85%) Finance
14 94 (11.96%) VMware
15 90 (11.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 85 (10.81%) Dynamics CRM
17 84 (10.69%) Analytical Skills
18 77 (9.80%) SharePoint
19 76 (9.67%) Linux
19 76 (9.67%) Project Management
20 75 (9.54%) Business Intelligence
21 74 (9.41%) JavaScript
22 73 (9.29%) Microsoft Azure
23 71 (9.03%) Windows Server 2012
23 71 (9.03%) SCCM
24 70 (8.91%) Cisco
25 69 (8.78%) Firewall
26 67 (8.52%) Citrix
27 66 (8.40%) Windows Server 2008

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 77 (9.80%) SharePoint
2 65 (8.27%) MS Exchange
3 30 (3.82%) Skype for Business
4 27 (3.44%) IIS
5 25 (3.18%) BizTalk Server
6 19 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (2.16%) IBM Notes
8 16 (2.04%) WebSphere
9 8 (1.02%) SAS
9 8 (1.02%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.89%) Apache
10 7 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 7 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.76%) Drupal
12 5 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
13 4 (0.51%) Umbraco
14 3 (0.38%) CMS
14 3 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
14 3 (0.38%) nginx
14 3 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 245 (31.17%) MS Excel
2 148 (18.83%) MS Office
3 57 (7.25%) MS PowerPoint
4 33 (4.20%) MS Visio
5 16 (2.04%) MS Project
6 6 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.64%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.13%) Camtasia
8 1 (0.13%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 85 (10.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (2.80%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (2.04%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.51%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.25%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.13%) Dynamics SL
7 1 (0.13%) Magento
7 1 (0.13%) Sage 50
7 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 73 (9.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (4.83%) Office 365
3 29 (3.69%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (3.44%) PaaS
5 24 (3.05%) IaaS
6 23 (2.93%) SaaS
7 17 (2.16%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (0.89%) Google Analytics
9 5 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.25%) Amazon EMR
11 2 (0.25%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.25%) G Suite
11 2 (0.25%) Google App Engine
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.13%) Route 53
12 1 (0.13%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 69 (8.78%) Firewall
2 48 (6.11%) LAN
3 40 (5.09%) WAN
4 35 (4.45%) DNS
4 35 (4.45%) SAN
5 29 (3.69%) DHCP
6 26 (3.31%) Internet
7 21 (2.67%) VPN
8 19 (2.42%) TCP/IP
8 19 (2.42%) VoIP
9 16 (2.04%) Wi-Fi
10 15 (1.91%) Skype
11 14 (1.78%) VLAN
12 10 (1.27%) SSL
13 9 (1.15%) Intranet
13 9 (1.15%) Network Security
13 9 (1.15%) WebEx
14 8 (1.02%) Cisco Nexus
14 8 (1.02%) NAS
14 8 (1.02%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (24.43%) SQL Server
2 102 (12.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 90 (11.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 46 (5.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 42 (5.34%) Data Warehouse
6 33 (4.20%) SQL Server 2008
7 25 (3.18%) SQL Server 2012
8 18 (2.29%) MySQL
9 17 (2.16%) SQL Server 2014
10 15 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
11 12 (1.53%) Oracle Database
11 12 (1.53%) SQL Server 2000
12 11 (1.40%) MongoDB
12 11 (1.40%) Relational Database
13 9 (1.15%) NoSQL
13 9 (1.15%) QlikView
14 8 (1.02%) Power BI
15 7 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
15 7 (0.89%) Ingres
16 6 (0.76%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 46 (5.85%) Visual Studio
2 30 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (2.16%) JIRA
4 7 (0.89%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.89%) Selenium
5 6 (0.76%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.51%) NUnit
6 4 (0.51%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 3 (0.38%) Moq
7 3 (0.38%) MSI
7 3 (0.38%) SpecFlow
7 3 (0.38%) Subversion
7 3 (0.38%) Talend Open Studio
8 2 (0.25%) Axure RP
8 2 (0.25%) HP UFT
8 2 (0.25%) JUnit
8 2 (0.25%) Maven
8 2 (0.25%) MorphX
8 2 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 101 (12.85%) Finance
2 62 (7.89%) Advertising
3 29 (3.69%) Banking
4 16 (2.04%) Telecoms
5 14 (1.78%) Retail
6 13 (1.65%) Marketing
7 7 (0.89%) Local Government
7 7 (0.89%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (0.76%) Legal
9 5 (0.64%) Back Office
9 5 (0.64%) Publishing
10 4 (0.51%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.38%) Law
12 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.13%) German Language
12 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 196 (24.94%) Developer
2 126 (16.03%) Analyst
3 51 (6.49%) Consultant
4 49 (6.23%) .NET Developer
5 40 (5.09%) Architect
5 40 (5.09%) CRM Developer
6 36 (4.58%) Microsoft Developer
7 31 (3.94%) DBA
7 31 (3.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 31 (3.94%) SQL DBA
8 29 (3.69%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 27 (3.44%) Administrator
9 27 (3.44%) Support Analyst
10 26 (3.31%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 26 (3.31%) Service Analyst
10 26 (3.31%) Support Engineer
11 25 (3.18%) Service Desk Analyst
12 24 (3.05%) SQL Developer
13 23 (2.93%) Delivery Manager
13 23 (2.93%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (17.81%) .NET
2 53 (6.74%) ASP.NET
3 52 (6.62%) HTML
4 45 (5.73%) CSS
5 36 (4.58%) Web Services
6 33 (4.20%) XML
7 29 (3.69%) jQuery
8 19 (2.42%) ASP.NET MVC
9 18 (2.29%) WCF
10 17 (2.16%) AngularJS
11 15 (1.91%) Ajax
12 13 (1.65%) HTML5
13 12 (1.53%) Middleware
14 11 (1.40%) WPF
15 9 (1.15%) .NET Framework
15 9 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 9 (1.15%) SAML
15 9 (1.15%) SOAP
16 8 (1.02%) LINQ
16 8 (1.02%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 84 (10.69%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (3.69%) Data Centre
3 22 (2.80%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.29%) NHS
5 17 (2.16%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.16%) Computer Science
6 15 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
6 15 (1.91%) Replication
6 15 (1.91%) User Experience
7 12 (1.53%) Tandem
8 11 (1.40%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.27%) Data Integration
10 9 (1.15%) Wiki
11 7 (0.89%) Clustering
11 7 (0.89%) Fat Client
11 7 (0.89%) PKI
11 7 (0.89%) Smartphone
11 7 (0.89%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.76%) Oracle Licensing
12 6 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 275 (34.99%) Windows
2 116 (14.76%) Windows Server
3 76 (9.67%) Linux
4 71 (9.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 66 (8.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 51 (6.49%) Windows 7
7 46 (5.85%) Windows XP
8 43 (5.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 41 (5.22%) Unix
10 24 (3.05%) Windows 10
11 23 (2.93%) Windows 8
12 22 (2.80%) AIX
13 15 (1.91%) Apple iOS
14 14 (1.78%) Solaris
15 13 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 13 (1.65%) Windows 2000
16 11 (1.40%) Android
17 6 (0.76%) HPUX
18 5 (0.64%) Mac OS
18 5 (0.64%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (17.05%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (14.38%) ITIL
3 103 (13.10%) CRM
4 76 (9.67%) Project Management
5 75 (9.54%) Business Intelligence
6 61 (7.76%) Service Management
7 55 (7.00%) Migration
8 50 (6.36%) Stakeholder Management
9 43 (5.47%) MVC
10 42 (5.34%) ETL
11 40 (5.09%) Change Management
12 30 (3.82%) PRINCE2
12 30 (3.82%) Problem Management
13 29 (3.69%) SOA
14 26 (3.31%) ERP
14 26 (3.31%) Workflow
15 25 (3.18%) Performance Tuning
15 25 (3.18%) Service Delivery
16 24 (3.05%) Programme Management
16 24 (3.05%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 170 (21.63%) SQL
2 116 (14.76%) C#
3 74 (9.41%) JavaScript
4 49 (6.23%) PowerShell
5 38 (4.83%) T-SQL
6 28 (3.56%) Java
7 11 (1.40%) VB.NET
7 11 (1.40%) VBScript
7 11 (1.40%) X++
8 10 (1.27%) Perl
8 10 (1.27%) VBA
9 9 (1.15%) C
9 9 (1.15%) Python
10 7 (0.89%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.76%) Bourne shell
11 6 (0.76%) Korn
11 6 (0.76%) PHP
11 6 (0.76%) VB
12 5 (0.64%) C++
12 5 (0.64%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 57 (7.25%) Security Cleared
2 42 (5.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 32 (4.07%) SC Cleared
4 28 (3.56%) Degree
5 26 (3.31%) MCSE
6 20 (2.54%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (2.42%) CCNA
8 17 (2.16%) CISSP
8 17 (2.16%) MCP
9 16 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
10 11 (1.40%) MCSA
11 8 (1.02%) CISMP
12 7 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.64%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.64%) ISEB
14 4 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.38%) CISA
15 3 (0.38%) Citrix Certification
15 3 (0.38%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.05%) SLA
2 22 (2.80%) QA
3 17 (2.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (1.53%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (1.02%) COBIT
5 8 (1.02%) ISO27002
6 7 (0.89%) Data Quality
6 7 (0.89%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.25%) P3O
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 164 (20.87%) Active Directory
2 48 (6.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.54%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.16%) XenDesktop
5 16 (2.04%) vSphere
6 15 (1.91%) VMware ESX
7 14 (1.78%) XenApp
8 13 (1.65%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.51%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
12 3 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.38%) Xen
13 2 (0.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.25%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.13%) MetaFrame
14 1 (0.13%) NFS
Systems Management
1 71 (9.03%) SCCM
2 31 (3.94%) SCOM
3 26 (3.31%) McAfee ePO
4 23 (2.93%) WSUS
5 13 (1.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 12 (1.53%) AirWatch
7 8 (1.02%) Backup Exec
8 7 (0.89%) Netcool
8 7 (0.89%) Oracle RMAN
8 7 (0.89%) Tivoli
9 6 (0.76%) HP SiteScope
9 6 (0.76%) Puppet
10 5 (0.64%) Data Guard
10 5 (0.64%) Microsoft Intune
10 5 (0.64%) SCSM
11 4 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (0.51%) NetBackup
12 3 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
12 3 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
12 3 (0.38%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 94 (11.96%) VMware
2 70 (8.91%) Cisco
3 67 (8.52%) Citrix
4 49 (6.23%) Oracle
5 37 (4.71%) HP
6 30 (3.82%) Intel Security
7 25 (3.18%) Apple
8 20 (2.54%) Dell
9 17 (2.16%) IBM
9 17 (2.16%) Lotus
10 16 (2.04%) Google
11 14 (1.78%) Red Hat
11 14 (1.78%) SAP
12 13 (1.65%) NetApp
12 13 (1.65%) Symantec
13 10 (1.27%) Sitecore
13 10 (1.27%) Sun
14 9 (1.15%) CheckPoint
15 8 (1.02%) EMC
15 8 (1.02%) Sophos
Lancaster, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Premier IT
Posted: 4 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £500 - £650 DR
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 5 days ago
Stockport
Real Staffing
Rate: £12.00 - £15.00 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
FT Select
Rate: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North West
Gibbs S3
Posted: 18 days ago
Cumbria
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Sainsbury's
Posted: 18 days ago