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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 379 341 340
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.05% 12.48% 12.80%
As % of the Vendors category 25.84% 28.58% 27.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 151 151
Average daily rate
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£309 £280 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.26% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £135 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £385 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 40 52
Average hourly rate £14.25 £15.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.06% -6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.23 £10.00 £10.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £34.40 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.72 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+9.36% -14.28%
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
1467 1193 1228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 46.63% 43.65% 46.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 748 580 577
Average daily rate £351 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £142 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 74 111
Average hourly rate £18.13 £21.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.13 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.38 £45.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.22 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.36% -13.15%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 -1 198 £310 +3.33% 161
Cheshire -1 83 £325 +8.33% 62
Lancashire -2 39 £294 +14.07% 12
Merseyside 0 36 £245 +53.12% 29
Cumbria - 2 - - 4
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 312 (38.19%) Windows
2 288 (35.25%) MS Excel
3 203 (24.85%) MS Office
4 195 (23.87%) SQL Server
5 156 (19.09%) Active Directory
6 147 (17.99%) .NET
7 144 (17.63%) SQL
8 142 (17.38%) Finance
9 106 (12.97%) Citrix
10 103 (12.61%) ITIL
11 101 (12.36%) Windows 7
12 99 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
13 97 (11.87%) VMware
14 89 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
15 88 (10.77%) Migration
16 82 (10.04%) C#
16 82 (10.04%) Project Management
17 80 (9.79%) Oracle
17 80 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
18 73 (8.94%) Security Cleared
19 71 (8.69%) IIS
20 69 (8.45%) VMware Infrastructure
21 68 (8.32%) Windows XP
22 67 (8.20%) JavaScript
22 67 (8.20%) ASP.NET
23 64 (7.83%) Microsoft Certification
24 63 (7.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 62 (7.59%) SharePoint
26 61 (7.47%) MS Exchange
27 60 (7.34%) HP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 71 (8.69%) IIS
2 62 (7.59%) SharePoint
3 61 (7.47%) MS Exchange
4 44 (5.39%) IBM Notes
5 27 (3.30%) Apache
6 23 (2.82%) SharePoint 2010
7 22 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2010
8 13 (1.59%) CICS
9 12 (1.47%) Tomcat
10 11 (1.35%) Lync
10 11 (1.35%) WebSphere
10 11 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (1.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2007
11 10 (1.22%) nginx
11 10 (1.22%) Jetty
11 10 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
12 9 (1.10%) Umbraco
12 9 (1.10%) MQSeries
13 8 (0.98%) CMS
Applications
1 288 (35.25%) MS Excel
2 203 (24.85%) MS Office
3 53 (6.49%) MS Project
4 44 (5.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 40 (4.90%) MS Visio
6 10 (1.22%) InfoPath
7 9 (1.10%) Mingle
7 9 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.61%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.24%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.12%) InDesign
11 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.12%) SPSS
11 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 36 (4.41%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.37%) ResourceLink
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.24%) Tridion
6 2 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.12%) SiteCatalyst
7 1 (0.12%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.35%) Office 365
3 10 (1.22%) SaaS
4 5 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (0.49%) Google App Engine
5 4 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.24%) Amazon AWS
8 1 (0.12%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.51%) WAN
2 44 (5.39%) Firewall
3 42 (5.14%) LAN
4 36 (4.41%) SAN
5 35 (4.28%) TCP/IP
6 34 (4.16%) DNS
7 30 (3.67%) VPN
8 25 (3.06%) SSL
8 25 (3.06%) DHCP
9 24 (2.94%) NAS
10 22 (2.69%) HTTP
11 16 (1.96%) Wireless
12 15 (1.84%) Internet
13 13 (1.59%) Network Security
14 12 (1.47%) Cisco ASA
14 12 (1.47%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (1.22%) DMZ
15 10 (1.22%) iSCSI
16 9 (1.10%) Intranet
17 8 (0.98%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (23.87%) SQL Server
2 63 (7.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 56 (6.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 51 (6.24%) SQL Server 2008
5 46 (5.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 31 (3.79%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (2.57%) SQL Server 2005
8 17 (2.08%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.96%) MS Access
10 15 (1.84%) RavenDB
11 12 (1.47%) Big Data
12 10 (1.22%) DB2
12 10 (1.22%) QlikView
13 8 (0.98%) OLAP
14 7 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
14 7 (0.86%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
16 5 (0.61%) NoSQL
16 5 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 42 (5.14%) Visual Studio
2 18 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 9 (1.10%) Jenkins
4 9 (1.10%) Toad
5 8 (0.98%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.61%) Subversion
7 4 (0.49%) AdminStudio
7 4 (0.49%) MorphX
8 3 (0.37%) Axure RP
8 3 (0.37%) Selenium
8 3 (0.37%) MSI
8 3 (0.37%) ERwin
9 2 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.24%) JIRA
9 2 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (0.12%) MSTest
10 1 (0.12%) Rhino Mocks
10 1 (0.12%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.12%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 142 (17.38%) Finance
2 33 (4.04%) Telecoms
3 27 (3.30%) Banking
4 24 (2.94%) Manufacturing
4 24 (2.94%) Advertising
5 23 (2.82%) Retail
6 21 (2.57%) Legal
7 11 (1.35%) Marketing
8 9 (1.10%) Local Government
9 8 (0.98%) Retail Banking
10 4 (0.49%) Dutch Language
11 3 (0.37%) German Language
11 3 (0.37%) Publishing
11 3 (0.37%) Law
11 3 (0.37%) Back Office
11 3 (0.37%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.37%) Billing
11 3 (0.37%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.37%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 208 (25.46%) Analyst
2 140 (17.14%) Developer
3 68 (8.32%) Architect
4 62 (7.59%) Service Analyst
5 61 (7.47%) Service Desk Analyst
6 51 (6.24%) Business Analyst
7 46 (5.63%) Consultant
8 41 (5.02%) Project Manager
9 31 (3.79%) .NET Developer
10 29 (3.55%) Administrator
11 28 (3.43%) Support Analyst
12 26 (3.18%) Support Engineer
13 24 (2.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 24 (2.94%) SQL Developer
14 22 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
14 22 (2.69%) Designer
15 21 (2.57%) 2nd Line Support
15 21 (2.57%) Desktop Support
16 20 (2.45%) 1st Line Support
17 18 (2.20%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (17.99%) .NET
2 67 (8.20%) ASP.NET
3 55 (6.73%) HTML
4 43 (5.26%) jQuery
5 41 (5.02%) CSS
6 37 (4.53%) Web Services
7 36 (4.41%) XML
8 34 (4.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 29 (3.55%) HTML5
10 24 (2.94%) WCF
10 24 (2.94%) .NET Framework
11 18 (2.20%) J2EE
11 18 (2.20%) CSS3
12 16 (1.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 16 (1.96%) LINQ
13 15 (1.84%) AngularJS
14 13 (1.59%) REST
15 12 (1.47%) Ajax
16 10 (1.22%) XHTML
17 9 (1.10%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 99 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.92%) Management Information System
2 32 (3.92%) NHS
3 27 (3.30%) Enterprise Software
3 27 (3.30%) Clustering
4 22 (2.69%) Blackberry
5 18 (2.20%) Replication
6 15 (1.84%) Computer Science
6 15 (1.84%) Life Science
7 14 (1.71%) Open Source
8 13 (1.59%) IBM Mainframe
8 13 (1.59%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.22%) Reference Data
10 9 (1.10%) iPad
11 8 (0.98%) Visualisation
11 8 (0.98%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.86%) Data Extraction
12 7 (0.86%) Celerra
12 7 (0.86%) Statistics
12 7 (0.86%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 312 (38.19%) Windows
2 101 (12.36%) Windows 7
3 80 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 68 (8.32%) Windows XP
5 59 (7.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 52 (6.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (3.43%) Linux
8 23 (2.82%) UNIX
9 17 (2.08%) Windows 8
10 16 (1.96%) Solaris
10 16 (1.96%) Windows Vista
11 13 (1.59%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.47%) Windows 2000
12 12 (1.47%) Android
13 4 (0.49%) HPUX
14 2 (0.24%) AIX
14 2 (0.24%) NetWare
14 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
14 2 (0.24%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (12.61%) ITIL
2 89 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
3 88 (10.77%) Migration
4 82 (10.04%) Project Management
5 55 (6.73%) Business Intelligence
6 52 (6.36%) Stakeholder Management
7 50 (6.12%) MVC
8 48 (5.88%) Service Management
9 42 (5.14%) PRINCE2
10 36 (4.41%) SOA
11 34 (4.16%) Business Analysis
12 33 (4.04%) Data Modelling
12 33 (4.04%) Information Security
13 32 (3.92%) ERP
13 32 (3.92%) Data Migration
14 30 (3.67%) User Acceptance Testing
15 28 (3.43%) Scrum
15 28 (3.43%) Mentoring
16 27 (3.30%) OO
17 26 (3.18%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 144 (17.63%) SQL
2 82 (10.04%) C#
3 67 (8.20%) JavaScript
4 35 (4.28%) T-SQL
5 32 (3.92%) Java
6 22 (2.69%) VB
7 21 (2.57%) PowerShell
8 15 (1.84%) VBA
8 15 (1.84%) PL/SQL
9 14 (1.71%) VBScript
10 12 (1.47%) XPath
11 11 (1.35%) C
12 10 (1.22%) XQuery
13 8 (0.98%) Ruby
14 7 (0.86%) X++
14 7 (0.86%) Python
15 6 (0.73%) Perl
16 5 (0.61%) XAML
16 5 (0.61%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.49%) JCL
Qualifications
1 73 (8.94%) Security Cleared
2 64 (7.83%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (6.85%) SC Cleared
4 51 (6.24%) Degree
5 38 (4.65%) MCP
6 31 (3.79%) MCSE
7 20 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (2.20%) CCNA
9 13 (1.59%) MCITP
10 11 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (1.22%) MCSA
12 9 (1.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 8 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
13 8 (0.98%) CCNP
13 8 (0.98%) MCTS
14 7 (0.86%) MCDST
14 7 (0.86%) CCDP
14 7 (0.86%) CCA
15 6 (0.73%) CCEA
15 6 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (5.14%) SLA
2 28 (3.43%) QA
3 7 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.73%) P3O
5 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.12%) GAMP
System Software
1 156 (19.09%) Active Directory
2 69 (8.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.43%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.20%) XenApp
5 17 (2.08%) VMware ESX
6 15 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
7 12 (1.47%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.22%) XenServer
9 10 (1.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 9 (1.10%) Terminal Services
11 7 (0.86%) vSphere
11 7 (0.86%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 5 (0.61%) Xen
13 4 (0.49%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.49%) Firmware
13 4 (0.49%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.24%) UAG
16 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 43 (5.26%) SCCM
2 26 (3.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 25 (3.06%) OpenView
4 12 (1.47%) SCOM
5 7 (0.86%) Puppet
6 4 (0.49%) MIMEsweeper
6 4 (0.49%) Backup Exec
6 4 (0.49%) SCVMM
6 4 (0.49%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.49%) SCDPM
7 3 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.37%) Ansible
7 3 (0.37%) EMC NetWorker
7 3 (0.37%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.24%) WMI
8 2 (0.24%) ServiceCenter
8 2 (0.24%) Salt
8 2 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.24%) SAP Afaria
8 2 (0.24%) PureDisk
Vendors
1 106 (12.97%) Citrix
2 97 (11.87%) VMware
3 80 (9.79%) Oracle
4 60 (7.34%) HP
5 52 (6.36%) Cisco
6 44 (5.39%) Lotus
7 29 (3.55%) IBM
8 21 (2.57%) EMC
9 18 (2.20%) CheckPoint
10 16 (1.96%) Dell
11 15 (1.84%) AppSense
12 12 (1.47%) NetApp
12 12 (1.47%) SAP
13 10 (1.22%) Business Objects
13 10 (1.22%) SolarWinds
14 9 (1.10%) Apple
15 8 (0.98%) CA
15 8 (0.98%) Tableau
16 7 (0.86%) Nintex
16 7 (0.86%) Google
Manchester, Lancashire
LA International
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 hours ago
Liverpool
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £10.00 - £16.00 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Quindell Resourcing
Rate: Circa £200pd
Posted: Yesterday
Cumbria
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Nantwich
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
North West England
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 - 350 per day + .
Posted: 5 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
MNM Associates Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Church International
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Heywood
Capita - ITIN
Rate: US$.00 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago