The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the North West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 11 12
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 426 252 278
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.43% 10.47% 9.08%
As % of the Vendors category 30.67% 22.99% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 102 119
Average daily rate £295 £298 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.84% +3.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £135 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £432 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 42 39
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.53
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +5.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.30 £10.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.75 £29.70 £30.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1389 1096 1501
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 43.78% 45.51% 49.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 659 500 681
Average daily rate £325 £343 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.10% -2.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 90 79
Average hourly rate £24.08 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.74% +8.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.34 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%
Microsoft
England

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +3 198 £335 +14.23% 164
Cheshire +7 110 £265 -24.28% 58
Lancashire -1 69 £275 - 13
Merseyside +10 27 £280 +45.45% 26
Cumbria -2 4 £250 -12.28% 5
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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.

1 327 (43.43%) Windows
2 246 (32.67%) MS Excel
3 190 (25.23%) Active Directory
4 189 (25.10%) MS Office
5 141 (18.73%) SQL
6 137 (18.19%) Citrix
7 130 (17.26%) Finance
8 129 (17.13%) .NET
9 123 (16.33%) SQL Server
10 121 (16.07%) ITIL
10 121 (16.07%) Windows 7
11 105 (13.94%) C#
12 98 (13.01%) MS Exchange
13 96 (12.75%) Windows XP
14 94 (12.48%) Windows Server 2008
15 84 (11.16%) Project Management
16 80 (10.62%) SharePoint
17 78 (10.36%) Security Cleared
18 76 (10.09%) HP
19 75 (9.96%) Microsoft Certification
20 74 (9.83%) Migration
21 73 (9.69%) VMware
22 70 (9.30%) Windows Server 2003
23 64 (8.50%) SCCM
24 62 (8.23%) SC Cleared
25 61 (8.10%) PowerShell
26 57 (7.57%) HTML
27 55 (7.30%) JavaScript
27 55 (7.30%) SLA
27 55 (7.30%) CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 98 (13.01%) MS Exchange
2 80 (10.62%) SharePoint
3 39 (5.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (5.05%) IIS
5 25 (3.32%) IBM Notes
6 22 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2003
7 19 (2.52%) Lync
8 17 (2.26%) SharePoint 2010
9 16 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
10 15 (1.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 15 (1.99%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
12 8 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
13 6 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
14 5 (0.66%) SAS
14 5 (0.66%) CMS
15 3 (0.40%) Apache
15 3 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
15 3 (0.40%) WorkSite
15 3 (0.40%) WebSphere
Applications
1 246 (32.67%) MS Excel
2 189 (25.10%) MS Office
3 38 (5.05%) MS Project
4 24 (3.19%) MS PowerPoint
5 20 (2.66%) MS Visio
6 12 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.40%) Mingle
8 2 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.27%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.13%) FrameMaker
9 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 51 (6.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.66%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (1.73%) Oracle Applications
4 12 (1.59%) Oracle EBS R12
5 8 (1.06%) Exstream
6 7 (0.93%) Oracle EBS
6 7 (0.93%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 6 (0.80%) Oracle General Ledger
7 6 (0.80%) Oracle 11i
8 5 (0.66%) Oracle SCM
9 3 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle iProcurement
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Assets
11 1 (0.13%) SAP PP
11 1 (0.13%) Agresso
11 1 (0.13%) Oracle HRMS
11 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payroll
11 1 (0.13%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.66%) Office 365
3 3 (0.40%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 54 (7.17%) DNS
2 42 (5.58%) DHCP
3 39 (5.18%) Firewall
4 37 (4.91%) SAN
5 33 (4.38%) LAN
6 32 (4.25%) WAN
6 32 (4.25%) VPN
7 26 (3.45%) TCP/IP
8 20 (2.66%) Wireless
9 13 (1.73%) SNMP
10 11 (1.46%) Intranet
11 10 (1.33%) Ethernet
11 10 (1.33%) SMTP
11 10 (1.33%) LDAP
12 9 (1.20%) Internet
13 7 (0.93%) VoIP
13 7 (0.93%) IPsec
13 7 (0.93%) Network Security
14 5 (0.66%) SSL
14 5 (0.66%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (16.33%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (3.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 27 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 17 (2.26%) Relational Database
5 17 (2.26%) SQL Server 2005
6 16 (2.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 14 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.73%) RavenDB
8 13 (1.73%) Oracle Database
9 12 (1.59%) Data Mining
10 10 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (1.20%) MS Access
12 8 (1.06%) MySQL
13 7 (0.93%) Crystal Reports
14 6 (0.80%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.80%) QlikView
14 6 (0.80%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
15 5 (0.66%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 23 (3.05%) Visual Studio
2 15 (1.99%) MSI
3 13 (1.73%) AdminStudio
4 12 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (1.46%) Git (software)
6 9 (1.20%) ReSharper
7 6 (0.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 6 (0.80%) InstallShield
8 5 (0.66%) Selenium
9 4 (0.53%) Wise Package Studio
9 4 (0.53%) Rational Rhapsody
9 4 (0.53%) Toad
10 3 (0.40%) MSBuild
10 3 (0.40%) MSTest
11 2 (0.27%) JIRA
11 2 (0.27%) Axure RP
11 2 (0.27%) Cucumber
11 2 (0.27%) LLBLGen Pro
11 2 (0.27%) SpecFlow
11 2 (0.27%) Subversion
General
1 130 (17.26%) Finance
2 30 (3.98%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.39%) Banking
3 18 (2.39%) Retail
4 17 (2.26%) Local Government
5 12 (1.59%) Legal
6 11 (1.46%) Advertising
7 9 (1.20%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.06%) Back Office
9 6 (0.80%) Marketing
10 5 (0.66%) Billing
11 3 (0.40%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.40%) French Language
11 3 (0.40%) Italian Language
11 3 (0.40%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.27%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.27%) Swedish Language
12 2 (0.27%) Norwegian Language
12 2 (0.27%) Danish Language
12 2 (0.27%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 154 (20.45%) Analyst
2 114 (15.14%) Developer
3 57 (7.57%) Consultant
4 52 (6.91%) Support Engineer
5 41 (5.44%) Service Desk Analyst
6 40 (5.31%) Project Manager
7 38 (5.05%) Service Analyst
8 34 (4.52%) Desktop Support
9 33 (4.38%) 2nd Line Support
9 33 (4.38%) Applications Packager
10 32 (4.25%) 1st Line Support
10 32 (4.25%) .NET Developer
11 28 (3.72%) Architect
11 28 (3.72%) Business Analyst
12 24 (3.19%) Administrator
12 24 (3.19%) Support Analyst
13 17 (2.26%) Tester
14 15 (1.99%) C# Developer
15 14 (1.86%) C# .NET Developer
15 14 (1.86%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (17.13%) .NET
2 57 (7.57%) HTML
3 46 (6.11%) ASP.NET
4 44 (5.84%) jQuery
5 42 (5.58%) CSS
6 40 (5.31%) Web Services
7 35 (4.65%) .NET Framework
8 34 (4.52%) XML
9 25 (3.32%) WinForms
9 25 (3.32%) WPF
10 24 (3.19%) Application Packaging
11 20 (2.66%) WCF
12 19 (2.52%) ASP.NET MVC
13 16 (2.12%) LINQ
13 16 (2.12%) HTML5
13 16 (2.12%) SOAP
14 13 (1.73%) Silverlight
15 12 (1.59%) Ajax
16 11 (1.46%) WSDL
17 10 (1.33%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 47 (6.24%) Blackberry
2 31 (4.12%) NHS
3 28 (3.72%) Clustering
4 23 (3.05%) Management Information System
5 14 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (1.73%) Computer Science
7 10 (1.33%) iPad
7 10 (1.33%) N-Tier
8 8 (1.06%) Open Source
8 8 (1.06%) Data Extraction
9 6 (0.80%) PKI
9 6 (0.80%) Replication
10 4 (0.53%) Smartphone
10 4 (0.53%) Web 2.0
10 4 (0.53%) Wiki
10 4 (0.53%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.40%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.40%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.40%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.40%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 327 (43.43%) Windows
2 121 (16.07%) Windows 7
3 96 (12.75%) Windows XP
4 94 (12.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 70 (9.30%) Windows Server 2003
6 36 (4.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (4.38%) Windows Vista
8 24 (3.19%) Windows 2000
9 18 (2.39%) Linux
10 15 (1.99%) UNIX
10 15 (1.99%) NetWare
11 12 (1.59%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.66%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.53%) AIX
14 3 (0.40%) Android
15 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (16.07%) ITIL
2 84 (11.16%) Project Management
3 74 (9.83%) Migration
4 55 (7.30%) CRM
5 47 (6.24%) MVC
6 45 (5.98%) PRINCE2
7 43 (5.71%) Service Management
8 33 (4.38%) OO
9 32 (4.25%) Agile Software Development
10 30 (3.98%) Business Intelligence
11 26 (3.45%) Unit Testing
11 26 (3.45%) Change Management
12 25 (3.32%) Scrum
12 25 (3.32%) Stakeholder Management
12 25 (3.32%) Test Scripting
13 24 (3.19%) Change Control
14 23 (3.05%) Business Analysis
15 22 (2.92%) TDD
16 21 (2.79%) Service Delivery
17 20 (2.66%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 141 (18.73%) SQL
2 105 (13.94%) C#
3 61 (8.10%) PowerShell
4 55 (7.30%) JavaScript
5 38 (5.05%) VB
6 33 (4.38%) VBScript
7 19 (2.52%) T-SQL
8 16 (2.12%) PL/SQL
9 11 (1.46%) C
9 11 (1.46%) VB.NET
9 11 (1.46%) VBA
10 10 (1.33%) Java
11 8 (1.06%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.06%) C++
12 4 (0.53%) XPath
13 3 (0.40%) LINC
13 3 (0.40%) Ruby
14 2 (0.27%) R
14 2 (0.27%) VB6
14 2 (0.27%) AppleScript
Qualifications
1 78 (10.36%) Security Cleared
2 75 (9.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 62 (8.23%) SC Cleared
4 51 (6.77%) Degree
5 39 (5.18%) MCSE
6 33 (4.38%) MCP
7 16 (2.12%) MCTS
7 16 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (1.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 14 (1.86%) MCITP
8 14 (1.86%) CCNA
8 14 (1.86%) MCSA
9 13 (1.73%) ISEB
10 11 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.20%) CCNP
12 5 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.66%) PMP
12 5 (0.66%) MCPD
13 4 (0.53%) DV Cleared
13 4 (0.53%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (7.30%) SLA
2 10 (1.33%) QA
3 8 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.53%) HL7
5 2 (0.27%) WAI
5 2 (0.27%) Basel III
5 2 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
System Software
1 190 (25.23%) Active Directory
2 49 (6.51%) XenApp
3 48 (6.37%) Microsoft App-V
4 47 (6.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 30 (3.98%) XenDesktop
6 29 (3.85%) Hyper-V
7 21 (2.79%) vSphere
8 14 (1.86%) VMware ESX
9 12 (1.59%) XenServer
9 12 (1.59%) Oracle RAC
10 6 (0.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.66%) Terminal Server
11 5 (0.66%) Forefront TMG
12 4 (0.53%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.40%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
14 2 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.27%) MetaFrame
14 2 (0.27%) NDS
Systems Management
1 64 (8.50%) SCCM
2 31 (4.12%) SCOM
3 19 (2.52%) ServiceCenter
4 17 (2.26%) Backup Exec
5 13 (1.73%) SCSM
6 10 (1.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 8 (1.06%) OpenView
8 6 (0.80%) WMI
8 6 (0.80%) MOM
9 5 (0.66%) NetBackup
9 5 (0.66%) WSUS
10 4 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 3 (0.40%) Novell Identity Manager
11 3 (0.40%) MAILsweeper
11 3 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.40%) AppDNA
11 3 (0.40%) FortiGate
11 3 (0.40%) Data Guard
12 2 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 137 (18.19%) Citrix
2 76 (10.09%) HP
3 73 (9.69%) VMware
4 52 (6.91%) Oracle
5 40 (5.31%) AppSense
6 35 (4.65%) Cisco
7 30 (3.98%) Symantec
7 30 (3.98%) Dell
8 25 (3.32%) Lotus
9 23 (3.05%) SAP
10 22 (2.92%) CA
11 18 (2.39%) Novell
12 14 (1.86%) IronPort
13 13 (1.73%) Avaya
13 13 (1.73%) Apple
13 13 (1.73%) Compaq
13 13 (1.73%) IBM
14 12 (1.59%) Lumension
15 9 (1.20%) Siebel
15 9 (1.20%) NetApp
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