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 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 488 431 260
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.30% 14.25% 11.04%
As % of the Vendors category 29.03% 32.88% 24.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 197 111
Average daily rate
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£340 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £124 £106
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 77 39
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 £11.50 £10.80 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £32.83 £52.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
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
1681 1311 1062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.80% 43.35% 45.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 839 650 473
Average daily rate £400 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 111 89
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.13 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.04% +5.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.10 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £43.50 £42.50
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 22 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 22 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 22 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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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 -2 179 £320 -1.53% 202
Cheshire -8 105 £400 +50.94% 79
Lancashire +2 90 £301 +7.43% 39
Merseyside +6 70 £238 +128.91% 37
Cumbria +1 18 £375 +3.44% 4
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 320 (36.04%) Windows
2 293 (33.00%) MS Excel
3 185 (20.83%) Active Directory
3 185 (20.83%) MS Office
4 180 (20.27%) SQL Server
5 158 (17.79%) SQL
6 150 (16.89%) Finance
7 129 (14.53%) .NET
8 127 (14.30%) Citrix
9 117 (13.18%) Migration
10 114 (12.84%) VMware
11 112 (12.61%) Windows 7
12 108 (12.16%) ITIL
13 94 (10.59%) Microsoft Certification
13 94 (10.59%) Security Cleared
14 93 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
15 89 (10.02%) Oracle
16 87 (9.80%) VMware Infrastructure
17 84 (9.46%) C#
18 81 (9.12%) Project Management
19 75 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
20 71 (8.00%) MS Exchange
21 70 (7.88%) SharePoint
21 70 (7.88%) Windows XP
22 66 (7.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 65 (7.32%) Windows Server 2008
24 64 (7.21%) Windows Server 2003
25 63 (7.09%) Business Intelligence
25 63 (7.09%) JavaScript
26 60 (6.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 71 (8.00%) MS Exchange
2 70 (7.88%) SharePoint
3 58 (6.53%) IIS
4 40 (4.50%) IBM Notes
5 30 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (2.25%) Apache
7 16 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
9 11 (1.24%) Node.js
9 11 (1.24%) Lync
9 11 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
10 10 (1.13%) MQSeries
11 9 (1.01%) SAS
12 8 (0.90%) WebSphere
12 8 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
13 7 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
13 7 (0.79%) nginx
13 7 (0.79%) Jetty
13 7 (0.79%) Tomcat
13 7 (0.79%) CICS
Applications
1 293 (33.00%) MS Excel
2 185 (20.83%) MS Office
3 53 (5.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 45 (5.07%) MS Visio
5 42 (4.73%) MS Project
6 15 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.68%) InfoPath
7 6 (0.68%) Mingle
8 3 (0.34%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
9 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 34 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (3.15%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.01%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.68%) Oracle Payables
6 5 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
7 4 (0.45%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
8 3 (0.34%) ResourceLink
9 2 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
10 1 (0.11%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 32 (3.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (2.70%) Office 365
3 20 (2.25%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (1.24%) SaaS
5 7 (0.79%) OneDrive
5 7 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.68%) Google App Engine
6 6 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.56%) Google Apps
8 3 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
9 2 (0.23%) Boomi
9 2 (0.23%) IaaS
10 1 (0.11%) SoftLayer
10 1 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
10 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.07%) Firewall
1 45 (5.07%) WAN
2 39 (4.39%) LAN
3 33 (3.72%) DNS
4 32 (3.60%) DHCP
5 29 (3.27%) TCP/IP
6 28 (3.15%) SAN
7 23 (2.59%) SSL
7 23 (2.59%) VPN
8 21 (2.36%) HTTP
9 17 (1.91%) NAS
9 17 (1.91%) Wireless
10 15 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (1.46%) Internet
11 13 (1.46%) MPLS
12 11 (1.24%) Fibre Channel
13 10 (1.13%) FTP
13 10 (1.13%) iSCSI
14 9 (1.01%) VLAN
14 9 (1.01%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 180 (20.27%) SQL Server
2 66 (7.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 60 (6.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (4.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 42 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
6 36 (4.05%) Oracle Database
7 27 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
8 16 (1.80%) RavenDB
9 15 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.58%) NoSQL
11 12 (1.35%) Oracle Reports
11 12 (1.35%) Relational Database
12 11 (1.24%) SQL Server 2005
13 10 (1.13%) OLAP
14 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 8 (0.90%) MS Access
14 8 (0.90%) QlikView
15 7 (0.79%) SAS Data Integration Studio
15 7 (0.79%) Base SAS
15 7 (0.79%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 45 (5.07%) Visual Studio
2 25 (2.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (2.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 18 (2.03%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.90%) ReSharper
6 7 (0.79%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.79%) MSI
7 5 (0.56%) Selenium
8 4 (0.45%) JMeter
8 4 (0.45%) Toad
8 4 (0.45%) MorphX
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (0.34%) ERwin
9 3 (0.34%) Subversion
10 2 (0.23%) QuickTest Pro
10 2 (0.23%) LoadRunner
10 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.23%) Moq
11 1 (0.11%) MSTest
11 1 (0.11%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 150 (16.89%) Finance
2 31 (3.49%) Telecoms
3 28 (3.15%) Manufacturing
4 26 (2.93%) Retail
5 25 (2.82%) Banking
6 20 (2.25%) Local Government
7 17 (1.91%) Legal
8 12 (1.35%) Marketing
9 11 (1.24%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.24%) Law
10 6 (0.68%) Retail Banking
10 6 (0.68%) Dutch Language
10 6 (0.68%) German Language
11 4 (0.45%) Electronics
11 4 (0.45%) Advertising
11 4 (0.45%) Billing
11 4 (0.45%) Russian Language
11 4 (0.45%) French Language
12 3 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 224 (25.23%) Analyst
2 154 (17.34%) Developer
3 112 (12.61%) Architect
4 55 (6.19%) Support Analyst
5 49 (5.52%) Service Analyst
6 46 (5.18%) Service Desk Analyst
7 45 (5.07%) Consultant
8 43 (4.84%) Technical Architect
8 43 (4.84%) .NET Developer
9 39 (4.39%) Project Manager
10 38 (4.28%) Business Analyst
11 37 (4.17%) Desktop Support
12 33 (3.72%) Support Engineer
13 30 (3.38%) Solutions Architect
14 29 (3.27%) Administrator
15 26 (2.93%) SQL Developer
16 23 (2.59%) 2nd Line Support
17 22 (2.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 22 (2.48%) 1st Line Support
18 21 (2.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (14.53%) .NET
2 45 (5.07%) ASP.NET
3 41 (4.62%) CSS
4 40 (4.50%) Web Services
5 38 (4.28%) .NET Framework
6 36 (4.05%) HTML
7 34 (3.83%) jQuery
8 31 (3.49%) XML
9 25 (2.82%) WCF
10 22 (2.48%) ASP.NET MVC
11 20 (2.25%) Middleware
12 17 (1.91%) Entity Framework
12 17 (1.91%) CSS3
13 14 (1.58%) J2EE
13 14 (1.58%) LINQ
14 13 (1.46%) REST
15 10 (1.13%) SAML
15 10 (1.13%) HTML5
16 9 (1.01%) AngularJS
16 9 (1.01%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 75 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.05%) Open Source
3 28 (3.15%) NHS
4 23 (2.59%) Management Information System
5 20 (2.25%) Clustering
6 19 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
6 19 (2.14%) Blackberry
6 19 (2.14%) Replication
7 18 (2.03%) Mainframe
8 17 (1.91%) Fat Client
8 17 (1.91%) Thin Client
9 14 (1.58%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.46%) IBM Mainframe
11 11 (1.24%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.24%) N-Tier
12 9 (1.01%) Mobile App
12 9 (1.01%) Reference Data
13 8 (0.90%) Celerra
14 7 (0.79%) Life Science
14 7 (0.79%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 320 (36.04%) Windows
2 112 (12.61%) Windows 7
3 70 (7.88%) Windows XP
4 65 (7.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 64 (7.21%) Windows Server 2003
6 56 (6.31%) UNIX
7 41 (4.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (3.04%) Linux
9 21 (2.36%) Apple iOS
9 21 (2.36%) Windows 8
10 15 (1.69%) Android
11 14 (1.58%) Solaris
12 11 (1.24%) MVS
13 7 (0.79%) VME
14 6 (0.68%) Windows 2000
14 6 (0.68%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
15 5 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
16 4 (0.45%) VMS
16 4 (0.45%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (13.18%) Migration
2 108 (12.16%) ITIL
3 93 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
4 81 (9.12%) Project Management
5 63 (7.09%) Business Intelligence
6 54 (6.08%) Stakeholder Management
7 50 (5.63%) Service Management
8 47 (5.29%) MVC
8 47 (5.29%) CRM
9 46 (5.18%) PRINCE2
10 37 (4.17%) SOA
11 32 (3.60%) Scrum
11 32 (3.60%) Information Security
11 32 (3.60%) OOP
12 31 (3.49%) Data Migration
13 30 (3.38%) Data Modelling
14 28 (3.15%) Mentoring
15 27 (3.04%) Continuous Integration
15 27 (3.04%) OO
15 27 (3.04%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 158 (17.79%) SQL
2 84 (9.46%) C#
3 63 (7.09%) JavaScript
4 38 (4.28%) PowerShell
5 32 (3.60%) T-SQL
6 25 (2.82%) VBA
7 24 (2.70%) Java
8 18 (2.03%) VB
9 14 (1.58%) Ruby
10 11 (1.24%) XQuery
10 11 (1.24%) VBScript
10 11 (1.24%) C
11 10 (1.13%) XPath
12 9 (1.01%) PL/SQL
12 9 (1.01%) Python
13 7 (0.79%) X++
13 7 (0.79%) Scala
13 7 (0.79%) C++
13 7 (0.79%) REXX
14 5 (0.56%) PHP
Qualifications
1 94 (10.59%) Microsoft Certification
1 94 (10.59%) Security Cleared
2 59 (6.64%) SC Cleared
3 47 (5.29%) Degree
4 43 (4.84%) MCP
5 27 (3.04%) MCSE
6 22 (2.48%) MCITP
7 19 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
8 15 (1.69%) CCNA
8 15 (1.69%) ISEB
8 15 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
9 14 (1.58%) A+ Certification
9 14 (1.58%) MCSA
9 14 (1.58%) MCTS
10 12 (1.35%) MCDST
11 11 (1.24%) Citrix Certification
11 11 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 10 (1.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 8 (0.90%) MOS
13 8 (0.90%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.17%) SLA
2 34 (3.83%) QA
3 12 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.90%) P3O
5 2 (0.23%) MiFID
5 2 (0.23%) EMIR
6 1 (0.11%) GMP
6 1 (0.11%) GAAP
System Software
1 185 (20.83%) Active Directory
2 87 (9.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (4.73%) Hyper-V
4 26 (2.93%) XenApp
5 21 (2.36%) VMware ESX
6 18 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
7 17 (1.91%) VMware ESXi
8 16 (1.80%) Terminal Services
9 14 (1.58%) vSphere
10 13 (1.46%) BitLocker
10 13 (1.46%) Xen
10 13 (1.46%) XenServer
10 13 (1.46%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.90%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
13 4 (0.45%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.34%) NFS
15 1 (0.11%) iptables
15 1 (0.11%) UAG
Systems Management
1 54 (6.08%) SCCM
2 16 (1.80%) OpenView
3 12 (1.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (1.13%) SCOM
5 9 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.01%) Puppet
6 6 (0.68%) AirWatch
6 6 (0.68%) SCDPM
7 5 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (0.56%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
8 4 (0.45%) MIMEsweeper
8 4 (0.45%) HP Data Protector
8 4 (0.45%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (0.34%) EdgeSight
9 3 (0.34%) Ansible
9 3 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.34%) WSUS
9 3 (0.34%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 127 (14.30%) Citrix
2 114 (12.84%) VMware
3 89 (10.02%) Oracle
4 45 (5.07%) HP
5 44 (4.95%) Cisco
6 40 (4.50%) Lotus
7 32 (3.60%) SAP
8 28 (3.15%) IBM
9 25 (2.82%) NetApp
10 24 (2.70%) EMC
11 22 (2.48%) CheckPoint
12 16 (1.80%) Dell
13 15 (1.69%) AppSense
14 14 (1.58%) Wyse
15 13 (1.46%) Google
15 13 (1.46%) Symantec
16 10 (1.13%) McAfee
16 10 (1.13%) Apple
17 9 (1.01%) Cognos
18 8 (0.90%) Nortel
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