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 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 5 8
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 523 413 265
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.40% 13.24% 10.67%
As % of the Vendors category 29.28% 30.68% 23.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 179 105
Average daily rate
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£350 £284 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.34% -5.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £120 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £425 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 69 44
Average hourly rate £15.00 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.90 £9.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £34.24 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+8.62% -3.33%
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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
1786 1346 1118
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.76% 43.14% 45.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 861 647 494
Average daily rate £400 £325 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -2.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £195 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £464 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 108 89
Average hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £44.40 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

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 1 May 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 1 May 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 1 May 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 -1 194 £325 -7.14% 187
Cheshire -2 122 £400 +56.86% 90
Lancashire +3 97 £311 +15.66% 24
Merseyside +4 69 £250 +39.86% 37
Cumbria 0 19 £400 +60.00% 9
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 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.

1 325 (36.27%) Windows
2 283 (31.58%) MS Excel
3 200 (22.32%) MS Office
4 191 (21.32%) Active Directory
5 184 (20.54%) SQL Server
6 152 (16.96%) SQL
7 146 (16.29%) Finance
8 127 (14.17%) Citrix
9 126 (14.06%) .NET
10 116 (12.95%) Migration
11 113 (12.61%) Windows 7
12 112 (12.50%) ITIL
13 108 (12.05%) VMware
14 93 (10.38%) Agile Software Development
15 88 (9.82%) Oracle
15 88 (9.82%) Security Cleared
16 87 (9.71%) Project Management
17 83 (9.26%) VMware Infrastructure
17 83 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
18 82 (9.15%) C#
19 80 (8.93%) Windows XP
20 79 (8.82%) MS Exchange
21 76 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
22 67 (7.48%) SharePoint
23 66 (7.37%) Business Intelligence
23 66 (7.37%) Windows Server 2008
23 66 (7.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 65 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
25 63 (7.03%) JavaScript
26 61 (6.81%) IIS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 79 (8.82%) MS Exchange
2 67 (7.48%) SharePoint
3 61 (6.81%) IIS
4 47 (5.25%) IBM Notes
5 30 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 21 (2.34%) Apache
7 15 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
7 15 (1.67%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (1.12%) Node.js
8 10 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.00%) MQSeries
10 8 (0.89%) SAS
10 8 (0.89%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (0.89%) Lync
10 8 (0.89%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.89%) nginx
10 8 (0.89%) Jetty
11 7 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 283 (31.58%) MS Excel
2 200 (22.32%) MS Office
3 51 (5.69%) MS Project
4 50 (5.58%) MS PowerPoint
5 42 (4.69%) MS Visio
6 14 (1.56%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.89%) InfoPath
8 6 (0.67%) Mingle
9 5 (0.56%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.11%) SPSS
11 1 (0.11%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.11%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 30 (3.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 30 (3.35%) Dynamics AX
2 8 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.67%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
5 4 (0.45%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.22%) Tridion
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.11%) ResourceLink
8 1 (0.11%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 36 (4.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (2.68%) Office 365
3 21 (2.34%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.12%) SaaS
5 8 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (0.78%) Google App Engine
6 7 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.56%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
8 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.11%) IaaS
8 1 (0.11%) SoftLayer
8 1 (0.11%) Responsys
8 1 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
8 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.11%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 48 (5.36%) Firewall
1 48 (5.36%) WAN
2 43 (4.80%) LAN
3 38 (4.24%) DNS
4 36 (4.02%) DHCP
5 34 (3.79%) TCP/IP
6 26 (2.90%) SAN
7 23 (2.57%) SSL
8 22 (2.46%) VPN
8 22 (2.46%) HTTP
9 18 (2.01%) Wireless
9 18 (2.01%) NAS
10 16 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
11 14 (1.56%) DMZ
11 14 (1.56%) Fibre Channel
12 13 (1.45%) iSCSI
12 13 (1.45%) MPLS
13 12 (1.34%) Internet
14 11 (1.23%) FTP
15 10 (1.12%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (20.54%) SQL Server
2 66 (7.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 61 (6.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (5.02%) Data Warehouse
5 44 (4.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 35 (3.91%) Oracle Database
7 31 (3.46%) SQL Server 2008
8 16 (1.79%) RavenDB
9 15 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.56%) NoSQL
11 12 (1.34%) Relational Database
12 11 (1.23%) QlikView
12 11 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
13 10 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
14 9 (1.00%) OLAP
14 9 (1.00%) MS Access
15 7 (0.78%) Base SAS
15 7 (0.78%) SAS Data Integration Studio
15 7 (0.78%) DB2
15 7 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 46 (5.13%) Visual Studio
2 25 (2.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (2.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 18 (2.01%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.89%) Jenkins
5 8 (0.89%) ReSharper
6 7 (0.78%) MSI
7 5 (0.56%) Selenium
8 4 (0.45%) JMeter
8 4 (0.45%) Toad
8 4 (0.45%) MorphX
9 3 (0.33%) ERwin
9 3 (0.33%) Subversion
10 2 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.22%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.22%) QuickTest Pro
10 2 (0.22%) LoadRunner
10 2 (0.22%) MSTest
10 2 (0.22%) Axure RP
11 1 (0.11%) Mercurial
General
1 146 (16.29%) Finance
2 34 (3.79%) Telecoms
3 27 (3.01%) Retail
4 26 (2.90%) Manufacturing
5 25 (2.79%) Banking
6 23 (2.57%) Legal
7 19 (2.12%) Local Government
8 13 (1.45%) Marketing
9 11 (1.23%) Financial Institution
10 9 (1.00%) Law
11 8 (0.89%) Advertising
12 6 (0.67%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.67%) Dutch Language
12 6 (0.67%) German Language
13 4 (0.45%) Billing
13 4 (0.45%) Back Office
13 4 (0.45%) Electronics
13 4 (0.45%) French Language
14 3 (0.33%) Russian Language
14 3 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 229 (25.56%) Analyst
2 157 (17.52%) Developer
3 107 (11.94%) Architect
4 53 (5.92%) Support Analyst
5 51 (5.69%) Project Manager
6 49 (5.47%) Service Analyst
7 48 (5.36%) Service Desk Analyst
8 44 (4.91%) Business Analyst
9 42 (4.69%) Technical Architect
9 42 (4.69%) Consultant
10 40 (4.46%) .NET Developer
11 39 (4.35%) Desktop Support
12 33 (3.68%) Support Engineer
13 28 (3.13%) Administrator
14 27 (3.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 25 (2.79%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 25 (2.79%) Solutions Architect
16 24 (2.68%) SQL Developer
17 20 (2.23%) 1st Line Support
17 20 (2.23%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (14.06%) .NET
2 45 (5.02%) CSS
3 44 (4.91%) ASP.NET
4 43 (4.80%) Web Services
5 41 (4.58%) HTML
6 36 (4.02%) jQuery
6 36 (4.02%) .NET Framework
7 32 (3.57%) XML
8 24 (2.68%) WCF
9 22 (2.46%) ASP.NET MVC
10 20 (2.23%) CSS3
11 19 (2.12%) Middleware
12 17 (1.90%) Entity Framework
12 17 (1.90%) LINQ
13 15 (1.67%) J2EE
14 13 (1.45%) HTML5
15 12 (1.34%) REST
16 10 (1.12%) SAML
16 10 (1.12%) AngularJS
17 9 (1.00%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.79%) Open Source
3 29 (3.24%) NHS
4 27 (3.01%) Clustering
5 20 (2.23%) Management Information System
5 20 (2.23%) Replication
6 18 (2.01%) Mainframe
7 17 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
7 17 (1.90%) Blackberry
8 16 (1.79%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.45%) IBM Mainframe
10 12 (1.34%) Thin Client
10 12 (1.34%) Fat Client
11 11 (1.23%) Data Structures
12 10 (1.12%) N-Tier
12 10 (1.12%) Celerra
13 9 (1.00%) Reference Data
13 9 (1.00%) Mobile App
14 7 (0.78%) Data Extraction
14 7 (0.78%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 325 (36.27%) Windows
2 113 (12.61%) Windows 7
3 80 (8.93%) Windows XP
4 66 (7.37%) Windows Server 2008
5 65 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 60 (6.70%) UNIX
7 47 (5.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (3.01%) Linux
9 25 (2.79%) Windows 8
10 19 (2.12%) Apple iOS
11 16 (1.79%) Solaris
12 12 (1.34%) Android
13 11 (1.23%) MVS
14 10 (1.12%) Windows 2000
15 7 (0.78%) VME
16 6 (0.67%) Windows Vista
17 5 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
18 4 (0.45%) VMS
18 4 (0.45%) OpenVMS
18 4 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (12.95%) Migration
2 112 (12.50%) ITIL
3 93 (10.38%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (9.71%) Project Management
5 66 (7.37%) Business Intelligence
6 56 (6.25%) PRINCE2
6 56 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 47 (5.25%) Service Management
8 46 (5.13%) MVC
9 42 (4.69%) CRM
10 38 (4.24%) SOA
11 31 (3.46%) Scrum
11 31 (3.46%) Information Security
11 31 (3.46%) Data Migration
12 30 (3.35%) Data Modelling
12 30 (3.35%) Configuration Management
13 29 (3.24%) ERP
13 29 (3.24%) Continuous Integration
14 28 (3.13%) OOP
14 28 (3.13%) OO
Programming Languages
1 152 (16.96%) SQL
2 82 (9.15%) C#
3 63 (7.03%) JavaScript
4 40 (4.46%) PowerShell
5 35 (3.91%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.68%) VBA
7 22 (2.46%) Java
8 20 (2.23%) VB
9 14 (1.56%) VBScript
9 14 (1.56%) Ruby
10 11 (1.23%) XPath
10 11 (1.23%) XQuery
11 10 (1.12%) Python
12 9 (1.00%) C
13 7 (0.78%) Scala
13 7 (0.78%) REXX
13 7 (0.78%) C++
14 6 (0.67%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.67%) X++
15 4 (0.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 88 (9.82%) Security Cleared
2 76 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 47 (5.25%) Degree
5 41 (4.58%) MCP
6 24 (2.68%) MCSE
7 19 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
8 15 (1.67%) ISEB
9 14 (1.56%) CCNA
9 14 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
9 14 (1.56%) A+ Certification
9 14 (1.56%) MCITP
10 11 (1.23%) Citrix Certification
11 10 (1.12%) MCDST
12 9 (1.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 9 (1.00%) PMI Certification
12 9 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 8 (0.89%) CISSP
14 7 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 7 (0.78%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.13%) SLA
2 34 (3.79%) QA
3 7 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.67%) P3O
5 2 (0.22%) EMIR
5 2 (0.22%) MiFID
6 1 (0.11%) GAAP
6 1 (0.11%) GMP
System Software
1 191 (21.32%) Active Directory
2 83 (9.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (4.91%) Hyper-V
4 25 (2.79%) XenApp
5 23 (2.57%) VMware ESX
6 19 (2.12%) Terminal Services
7 18 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (1.56%) Xen
9 13 (1.45%) XenServer
9 13 (1.45%) XenDesktop
9 13 (1.45%) vSphere
9 13 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
10 10 (1.12%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 7 (0.78%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.56%) DFS Replication
12 5 (0.56%) Firmware
13 4 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
13 4 (0.45%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 47 (5.25%) SCCM
2 17 (1.90%) OpenView
3 16 (1.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (1.12%) Puppet
5 9 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.89%) SCOM
7 6 (0.67%) SCDPM
7 6 (0.67%) SCVMM
8 5 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.45%) MIMEsweeper
9 4 (0.45%) HP Data Protector
9 4 (0.45%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 3 (0.33%) Ansible
10 3 (0.33%) EdgeSight
10 3 (0.33%) AirWatch
10 3 (0.33%) MOM
10 3 (0.33%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 127 (14.17%) Citrix
2 108 (12.05%) VMware
3 88 (9.82%) Oracle
4 50 (5.58%) HP
5 47 (5.25%) Cisco
5 47 (5.25%) Lotus
6 27 (3.01%) IBM
7 26 (2.90%) EMC
8 23 (2.57%) SAP
8 23 (2.57%) CheckPoint
9 21 (2.34%) NetApp
10 19 (2.12%) Dell
11 13 (1.45%) AppSense
12 11 (1.23%) Google
13 10 (1.12%) Cognos
13 10 (1.12%) Symantec
14 9 (1.00%) SolarWinds
14 9 (1.00%) Nortel
14 9 (1.00%) Apple
14 9 (1.00%) CA
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