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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 9 8 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 383 361 332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.08% 11.47% 12.26%
As % of the Vendors category 24.49% 24.98% 27.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 209 141
Average daily rate £350 £310 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £170 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 44 40
Average hourly rate £17.50 £14.00 £14.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.65 £10.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £36.50 £34.06
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
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
1564 1445 1192
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 41.15% 45.90% 44.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 852 734 567
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 99 75
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £11.03 £11.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £49.50 £42.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+32.35% +3.03%

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 5 February 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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -8 182 £338 +8.87% 223
Cheshire -4 85 £313 -3.84% 80
Merseyside 0 50 £425 +112.50% 34
Lancashire +2 38 £300 - 14
Cumbria -5 5 £425 - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 323 (36.17%) MS Excel
2 306 (34.27%) Windows
3 205 (22.96%) SQL Server
4 198 (22.17%) SQL
5 186 (20.83%) MS Office
6 181 (20.27%) Finance
7 169 (18.92%) Active Directory
8 126 (14.11%) .NET
8 126 (14.11%) ITIL
8 126 (14.11%) Agile Software Development
9 118 (13.21%) Windows 7
10 112 (12.54%) VMware
11 110 (12.32%) Migration
12 101 (11.31%) Windows Server
13 98 (10.97%) C#
14 89 (9.97%) CRM
15 82 (9.18%) SharePoint
16 81 (9.07%) Citrix
17 78 (8.73%) MS Exchange
17 78 (8.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 75 (8.40%) Microsoft Certification
19 73 (8.17%) Stakeholder Management
20 72 (8.06%) Security Cleared
21 69 (7.73%) Windows Server 2012
22 67 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
23 66 (7.39%) Windows Server 2008
23 66 (7.39%) Project Management
23 66 (7.39%) Oracle
24 65 (7.28%) HTML
24 65 (7.28%) T-SQL

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 82 (9.18%) SharePoint
2 78 (8.73%) MS Exchange
3 32 (3.58%) IIS
3 32 (3.58%) Lync
4 21 (2.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 20 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (2.13%) SAS
7 18 (2.02%) CMS
8 17 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
9 16 (1.79%) BizTalk Server
10 14 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 13 (1.46%) SharePoint 2013
12 12 (1.34%) WebSphere
13 11 (1.23%) Confluence
13 11 (1.23%) Node.js
14 10 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2007
14 10 (1.12%) Tomcat
15 9 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2003
16 8 (0.90%) Jetty
16 8 (0.90%) nginx
Applications
1 323 (36.17%) MS Excel
2 186 (20.83%) MS Office
3 56 (6.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 46 (5.15%) MS Visio
5 36 (4.03%) MS Project
6 18 (2.02%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (1.01%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.56%) Adobe Captivate
9 4 (0.45%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.22%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 65 (7.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (6.05%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.56%) SystmOne
5 4 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.22%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.22%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.22%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.11%) HFM
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.11%) Sage 1000
7 1 (0.11%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 53 (5.94%) Office 365
2 39 (4.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.46%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (2.13%) IaaS
5 16 (1.79%) SaaS
6 15 (1.68%) PaaS
7 11 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (0.90%) Google App Engine
8 8 (0.90%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.34%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.22%) Google Apps
10 2 (0.22%) MailChimp
10 2 (0.22%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.22%) Symantec.cloud
11 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
11 1 (0.11%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 52 (5.82%) DNS
2 48 (5.38%) DHCP
3 37 (4.14%) TCP/IP
4 30 (3.36%) Firewall
5 25 (2.80%) WAN
6 21 (2.35%) LAN
7 20 (2.24%) Internet
7 20 (2.24%) VPN
8 18 (2.02%) Wireless
9 16 (1.79%) VoIP
10 15 (1.68%) SAN
11 13 (1.46%) Intranet
12 12 (1.34%) HTTP
13 10 (1.12%) SSL
14 9 (1.01%) FTP
15 8 (0.90%) Ethernet
15 8 (0.90%) IPsec
16 7 (0.78%) Extranet
17 6 (0.67%) ATM
17 6 (0.67%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 205 (22.96%) SQL Server
2 78 (8.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 64 (7.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 48 (5.38%) SQL Server 2008
5 44 (4.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 44 (4.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 36 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
7 18 (2.02%) Oracle Database
8 15 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
9 11 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 11 (1.23%) Relational Database
10 10 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
11 9 (1.01%) MS Access
12 8 (0.90%) Crystal Reports
12 8 (0.90%) MySQL
13 7 (0.78%) Power BI
14 6 (0.67%) Base SAS
14 6 (0.67%) OLAP
15 5 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
15 5 (0.56%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 59 (6.61%) Visual Studio
2 56 (6.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (2.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 19 (2.13%) JIRA
5 16 (1.79%) ERwin
6 12 (1.34%) SpecFlow
6 12 (1.34%) Toad
7 11 (1.23%) Selenium
8 9 (1.01%) Jenkins
9 8 (0.90%) Cucumber
9 8 (0.90%) Mercurial
9 8 (0.90%) MSI
9 8 (0.90%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.78%) Git (software)
11 6 (0.67%) Moq
11 6 (0.67%) Subversion
12 5 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (0.56%) MSTest
13 4 (0.45%) Appcelerator Titanium
13 4 (0.45%) Xcode
General
1 181 (20.27%) Finance
2 46 (5.15%) Banking
3 37 (4.14%) Advertising
4 33 (3.70%) Retail
5 23 (2.58%) Manufacturing
6 21 (2.35%) Local Government
7 20 (2.24%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.68%) Legal
9 14 (1.57%) Retail Banking
10 11 (1.23%) Marketing
11 9 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.90%) Back Office
13 7 (0.78%) Law
14 4 (0.45%) Dutch Language
14 4 (0.45%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.45%) Italian Language
14 4 (0.45%) Publishing
15 3 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
15 3 (0.34%) Russian Language
15 3 (0.34%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 200 (22.40%) Analyst
2 172 (19.26%) Developer
3 80 (8.96%) Consultant
4 75 (8.40%) Architect
5 46 (5.15%) Support Engineer
6 41 (4.59%) Service Analyst
7 37 (4.14%) Service Desk Analyst
8 36 (4.03%) .NET Developer
9 35 (3.92%) Test Analyst
10 31 (3.47%) SQL Developer
11 26 (2.91%) Microsoft Consultant
12 24 (2.69%) 2nd Line Support
12 24 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
13 23 (2.58%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 23 (2.58%) Desktop Engineer
13 23 (2.58%) Project Manager
14 22 (2.46%) C# Developer
15 21 (2.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 20 (2.24%) Business Analyst
16 20 (2.24%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (14.11%) .NET
2 65 (7.28%) HTML
3 44 (4.93%) ASP.NET
4 42 (4.70%) CSS
5 34 (3.81%) .NET Framework
5 34 (3.81%) Web Services
6 31 (3.47%) jQuery
7 28 (3.14%) HTML5
8 27 (3.02%) XML
9 26 (2.91%) Middleware
10 22 (2.46%) AngularJS
11 21 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
12 17 (1.90%) Entity Framework
13 15 (1.68%) CSS3
14 11 (1.23%) SOAP
15 10 (1.12%) Ajax
15 10 (1.12%) WCF
16 9 (1.01%) J2EE
17 8 (0.90%) Servlets
17 8 (0.90%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.70%) NHS
3 24 (2.69%) Blackberry
4 22 (2.46%) Enterprise Software
5 21 (2.35%) Management Information System
6 20 (2.24%) Data Centre
7 12 (1.34%) Replication
8 11 (1.23%) PMI
9 10 (1.12%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.12%) Mobile App
10 9 (1.01%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.01%) Credit Risk
10 9 (1.01%) Data Integration
11 7 (0.78%) Algorithms
11 7 (0.78%) iPad
11 7 (0.78%) Social Media
12 6 (0.67%) Clustering
12 6 (0.67%) Visualisation
13 5 (0.56%) Learning Management System
13 5 (0.56%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 306 (34.27%) Windows
2 118 (13.21%) Windows 7
3 101 (11.31%) Windows Server
4 69 (7.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 66 (7.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 55 (6.16%) Windows XP
7 43 (4.82%) Unix
8 41 (4.59%) Windows Server 2003
9 32 (3.58%) Linux
10 30 (3.36%) Windows 8
11 19 (2.13%) MVS
12 18 (2.02%) Apple iOS
13 14 (1.57%) Android
14 10 (1.12%) Solaris
15 9 (1.01%) HPUX
16 8 (0.90%) AIX
16 8 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 6 (0.67%) Windows Vista
18 4 (0.45%) Windows 10
19 3 (0.34%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (14.11%) Agile Software Development
1 126 (14.11%) ITIL
2 110 (12.32%) Migration
3 89 (9.97%) CRM
4 73 (8.17%) Stakeholder Management
5 66 (7.39%) Project Management
6 64 (7.17%) Business Intelligence
7 53 (5.94%) ETL
8 46 (5.15%) MVC
9 45 (5.04%) Data Modelling
9 45 (5.04%) PRINCE2
10 39 (4.37%) ERP
11 37 (4.14%) Waterfall
12 33 (3.70%) Service Delivery
12 33 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
13 31 (3.47%) Quality Management
14 30 (3.36%) Scrum
15 28 (3.14%) Unit Testing
16 27 (3.02%) Continuous Improvement
16 27 (3.02%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 198 (22.17%) SQL
2 98 (10.97%) C#
3 65 (7.28%) T-SQL
4 60 (6.72%) JavaScript
5 41 (4.59%) PowerShell
6 23 (2.58%) Java
7 20 (2.24%) C++
8 17 (1.90%) PL/SQL
9 14 (1.57%) VB.NET
10 11 (1.23%) VBA
11 10 (1.12%) PHP
12 9 (1.01%) VBScript
13 5 (0.56%) Objective-C
14 4 (0.45%) Python
15 3 (0.34%) C
15 3 (0.34%) VB
15 3 (0.34%) X++
16 2 (0.22%) Ada
16 2 (0.22%) Perl
17 1 (0.11%) REXX
Qualifications
1 75 (8.40%) Microsoft Certification
2 72 (8.06%) Security Cleared
3 51 (5.71%) SC Cleared
4 31 (3.47%) Degree
5 19 (2.13%) MCP
5 19 (2.13%) MCSE
5 19 (2.13%) MCTS
6 17 (1.90%) ISEB
6 17 (1.90%) MCSA
7 16 (1.79%) MCITP
8 13 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (1.34%) CCNA
9 12 (1.34%) ISTQB
10 11 (1.23%) PMI Certification
11 9 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.01%) MCDST
11 9 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (0.90%) CISSP
13 7 (0.78%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.92%) QA
2 25 (2.80%) SLA
3 19 (2.13%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (1.01%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.67%) WCAG
7 5 (0.56%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.34%) SSAE 16
9 1 (0.11%) FATCA
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.11%) ISO22301
9 1 (0.11%) P3O
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 169 (18.92%) Active Directory
2 67 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (3.36%) Hyper-V
4 21 (2.35%) XenApp
5 20 (2.24%) vSphere
6 19 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 17 (1.90%) XenDesktop
8 13 (1.46%) XenServer
9 8 (0.90%) VMware ESX
10 5 (0.56%) Brightmail
11 4 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
12 3 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.34%) Xen
13 2 (0.22%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.22%) Postfix
13 2 (0.22%) Sendmail
13 2 (0.22%) UAG
14 1 (0.11%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 42 (4.70%) SCCM
2 10 (1.12%) OpenView
3 8 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (0.90%) Puppet
4 7 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (0.78%) SCOM
4 7 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 5 (0.56%) Oracle RMAN
6 4 (0.45%) Data Guard
6 4 (0.45%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.34%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.22%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.22%) ServiceCenter
8 2 (0.22%) Windows Intune
8 2 (0.22%) WSUS
8 2 (0.22%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.11%) Nagios
9 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 112 (12.54%) VMware
2 81 (9.07%) Citrix
3 66 (7.39%) Oracle
4 54 (6.05%) HP
5 40 (4.48%) Cisco
6 28 (3.14%) SAP
7 23 (2.58%) Dell
8 20 (2.24%) Symantec
9 16 (1.79%) Apple
10 15 (1.68%) Informatica
11 14 (1.57%) IBM
12 13 (1.46%) Google
13 12 (1.34%) EPiServer
13 12 (1.34%) Red Hat
14 10 (1.12%) Adobe
15 9 (1.01%) Sitecore
15 9 (1.01%) ThinPrint
16 8 (0.90%) Avaya
16 8 (0.90%) EMC
16 8 (0.90%) Tableau
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