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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 August 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.

3 months to
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 377 607 410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.96% 14.25% 12.99%
As % of the Vendors category 24.01% 33.12% 29.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 377 220
Median daily rate £350 £375 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +9.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £535 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 58 48
Median hourly rate £14.86 £15.39 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.41% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.47 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.10 £42.16 £44.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+5.43% -
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
1570 1833 1414
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.63% 43.04% 44.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 909 1043 740
Median daily rate £388 £388 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +16.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 97 98
Median hourly rate £20.73 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.30% +8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.15 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -4 189 £375 +15.38% 129
Cheshire -2 84 £340 -11.11% 47
Lancashire -3 42 £325 -35.00% 12
Merseyside -3 39 £350 +32.07% 20
Cumbria +3 10 £400 +14.28% 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 298 (35.52%) Windows
2 286 (34.09%) MS Excel
3 228 (27.18%) Active Directory
4 170 (20.26%) Agile Software Development
5 165 (19.67%) .NET
6 161 (19.19%) SQL Server
7 159 (18.95%) SQL
8 154 (18.36%) MS Office
9 144 (17.16%) Windows Server
10 131 (15.61%) CRM
11 116 (13.83%) SharePoint
12 115 (13.71%) VMware
13 109 (12.99%) Dynamics CRM
14 107 (12.75%) Windows Server 2012
15 106 (12.63%) Finance
16 105 (12.51%) Project Management
17 102 (12.16%) MS Exchange
18 99 (11.80%) C#
19 97 (11.56%) SCCM
20 94 (11.20%) Migration
21 88 (10.49%) Security Cleared
21 88 (10.49%) PowerShell
22 83 (9.89%) ITIL
23 77 (9.18%) JavaScript
24 74 (8.82%) Software Engineering
25 69 (8.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 68 (8.10%) Test Automation
27 67 (7.99%) Linux
28 66 (7.87%) VMware Infrastructure
29 63 (7.51%) Skype for Business

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 116 (13.83%) SharePoint
2 102 (12.16%) MS Exchange
3 63 (7.51%) Skype for Business
4 40 (4.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 34 (4.05%) IIS
6 24 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
7 19 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2010
8 17 (2.03%) Tomcat
9 16 (1.91%) Apache
10 10 (1.19%) SAS
11 9 (1.07%) CMS
11 9 (1.07%) IBM Notes
12 8 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
13 7 (0.83%) JBoss
13 7 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
14 6 (0.72%) Drupal
14 6 (0.72%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.60%) OpenStack
Applications
1 286 (34.09%) MS Excel
2 154 (18.36%) MS Office
3 41 (4.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 33 (3.93%) MS Project
5 11 (1.31%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.83%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.60%) Fireworks
9 4 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.36%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 109 (12.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (3.81%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.12%) CA PPM
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics SL
6 1 (0.12%) Infor LN
6 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.12%) nopCommerce
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.12%) Primavera
6 1 (0.12%) Sage 50
6 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 52 (6.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (5.01%) Office 365
3 23 (2.74%) IaaS
4 22 (2.62%) PaaS
5 20 (2.38%) SaaS
6 17 (2.03%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.36%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.24%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.24%) Google App Engine
11 2 (0.24%) Google Apps
11 2 (0.24%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (0.24%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.79%) Firewall
2 49 (5.84%) Skype
3 47 (5.60%) DNS
4 34 (4.05%) DHCP
5 33 (3.93%) LAN
6 31 (3.69%) WAN
7 30 (3.58%) SAN
8 25 (2.98%) Internet
9 22 (2.62%) TCP/IP
10 15 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
11 14 (1.67%) Network Security
12 13 (1.55%) SSL
12 13 (1.55%) Unified Communications
12 13 (1.55%) VoIP
12 13 (1.55%) VPN
13 10 (1.19%) VLAN
14 7 (0.83%) Wireless
15 6 (0.72%) GSM
15 6 (0.72%) NAS
15 6 (0.72%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (19.19%) SQL Server
2 69 (8.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 59 (7.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 32 (3.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 26 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
6 23 (2.74%) Relational Database
7 21 (2.50%) MySQL
8 15 (1.79%) MongoDB
8 15 (1.79%) SQL Server 2014
9 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (1.55%) Data Mining
11 11 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
12 9 (1.07%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.95%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
14 6 (0.72%) GIS
14 6 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
15 5 (0.60%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 51 (6.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (4.65%) Visual Studio
3 25 (2.98%) SpecFlow
4 21 (2.50%) TestComplete
5 20 (2.38%) JIRA
6 18 (2.15%) Jenkins
7 15 (1.79%) Selenium
8 13 (1.55%) Git (software)
9 10 (1.19%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.83%) Mocha
11 6 (0.72%) Gradle
12 5 (0.60%) Subversion
12 5 (0.60%) Vagrant
13 4 (0.48%) Mercurial
13 4 (0.48%) Octopus Deploy
13 4 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 3 (0.36%) Moq
14 3 (0.36%) NUnit
14 3 (0.36%) Talend Open Studio
15 2 (0.24%) Axure RP
General
1 106 (12.63%) Finance
2 31 (3.69%) Advertising
3 29 (3.46%) Retail
4 18 (2.15%) Banking
5 16 (1.91%) Marketing
6 15 (1.79%) Telecoms
7 13 (1.55%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.43%) Local Government
9 11 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
10 10 (1.19%) Billing
11 9 (1.07%) Legal
12 8 (0.95%) Law
13 6 (0.72%) Publishing
14 4 (0.48%) Military
15 3 (0.36%) Back Office
16 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.24%) French Language
16 2 (0.24%) Games
16 2 (0.24%) Italian Language
16 2 (0.24%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 164 (19.55%) Developer
2 150 (17.88%) Analyst
3 101 (12.04%) Architect
4 64 (7.63%) Consultant
5 43 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
6 39 (4.65%) .NET Developer
7 34 (4.05%) CRM Developer
8 33 (3.93%) Project Manager
9 31 (3.69%) Microsoft Developer
9 31 (3.69%) Service Analyst
10 29 (3.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 29 (3.46%) Service Desk Analyst
11 28 (3.34%) Support Analyst
12 23 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM Developer
13 22 (2.62%) Designer
13 22 (2.62%) Support Engineer
14 20 (2.38%) Administrator
15 19 (2.26%) Technical Architect
16 18 (2.15%) 1st Line Support
16 18 (2.15%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (19.67%) .NET
2 48 (5.72%) ASP.NET
2 48 (5.72%) HTML
3 45 (5.36%) CSS
4 38 (4.53%) jQuery
5 28 (3.34%) Middleware
6 27 (3.22%) XML
7 26 (3.10%) Web Services
8 22 (2.62%) .NET Framework
8 22 (2.62%) ASP.NET MVC
9 17 (2.03%) WCF
10 15 (1.79%) HTML5
11 13 (1.55%) Ajax
12 12 (1.43%) AngularJS
12 12 (1.43%) RESTful
13 10 (1.19%) RabbitMQ
13 10 (1.19%) WPF
14 9 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web Forms
14 9 (1.07%) CSS3
14 9 (1.07%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 61 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.53%) Data Centre
3 24 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.38%) NHS
5 15 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
6 14 (1.67%) Computer Science
7 11 (1.31%) Blackberry
7 11 (1.31%) Digital Media
7 11 (1.31%) Driving Licence
7 11 (1.31%) Fat Client
7 11 (1.31%) Thin Client
8 10 (1.19%) Clustering
9 9 (1.07%) PMI
10 8 (0.95%) Data Integration
10 8 (0.95%) PKI
11 7 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Licensing
11 7 (0.83%) Replication
11 7 (0.83%) Smartphone
12 6 (0.72%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 298 (35.52%) Windows
2 144 (17.16%) Windows Server
3 107 (12.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 67 (7.99%) Linux
5 53 (6.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 51 (6.08%) Windows 7
7 49 (5.84%) Windows Server 2003
8 40 (4.77%) Windows 10
9 34 (4.05%) Windows XP
10 28 (3.34%) Unix
11 26 (3.10%) Windows 8
12 17 (2.03%) Apple iOS
13 16 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 13 (1.55%) Solaris
15 11 (1.31%) AIX
16 8 (0.95%) CentOS
17 7 (0.83%) Android
18 4 (0.48%) Mac OS
19 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
19 2 (0.24%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (20.26%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (15.61%) CRM
3 105 (12.51%) Project Management
4 94 (11.20%) Migration
5 83 (9.89%) ITIL
6 74 (8.82%) Software Engineering
7 68 (8.10%) Test Automation
8 61 (7.27%) Business Intelligence
9 57 (6.79%) Stakeholder Management
10 53 (6.32%) MVC
11 48 (5.72%) ERP
12 44 (5.24%) Data Migration
12 44 (5.24%) TDD
13 41 (4.89%) PRINCE2
14 39 (4.65%) Change Management
15 34 (4.05%) SOA
16 33 (3.93%) Continuous Integration
16 33 (3.93%) Scrum
17 32 (3.81%) Continuous Deployment
18 31 (3.69%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 159 (18.95%) SQL
2 99 (11.80%) C#
3 88 (10.49%) PowerShell
4 77 (9.18%) JavaScript
5 59 (7.03%) Java
6 27 (3.22%) T-SQL
7 23 (2.74%) PHP
8 16 (1.91%) VBA
9 15 (1.79%) PL/SQL
10 13 (1.55%) C
10 13 (1.55%) VB
11 9 (1.07%) VB.NET
12 8 (0.95%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.83%) X++
14 6 (0.72%) Python
15 4 (0.48%) Ruby
16 3 (0.36%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.36%) VBScript
17 1 (0.12%) Assembly Language
17 1 (0.12%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 88 (10.49%) Security Cleared
2 60 (7.15%) SC Cleared
3 53 (6.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 49 (5.84%) Degree
5 21 (2.50%) MCSE
6 20 (2.38%) MCP
7 16 (1.91%) PMI Certification
8 15 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
8 15 (1.79%) MCSA
9 12 (1.43%) CCNA
9 12 (1.43%) MCITP
9 12 (1.43%) MCTS
10 11 (1.31%) ISTQB
11 10 (1.19%) ISEB
12 8 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (0.95%) PMP
12 8 (0.95%) RHCE
13 7 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 7 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.62%) QA
2 21 (2.50%) SLA
3 16 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (1.07%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.72%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.48%) P3O
7 2 (0.24%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.24%) RMADS
8 1 (0.12%) FATCA
System Software
1 228 (27.18%) Active Directory
2 66 (7.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.10%) vSphere
4 19 (2.26%) Hyper-V
5 18 (2.15%) VMware ESX
6 15 (1.79%) XenApp
7 8 (0.95%) Docker
7 8 (0.95%) UAG
8 6 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.36%) Firmware
11 2 (0.24%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.24%) NFS
11 2 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.24%) Xen
12 1 (0.12%) Time Sharing Option
12 1 (0.12%) vCloud
12 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.12%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 97 (11.56%) SCCM
2 61 (7.27%) SCOM
3 17 (2.03%) Puppet
4 13 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (1.55%) WSUS
5 9 (1.07%) AirWatch
5 9 (1.07%) vRealize
6 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (0.83%) Red Hat Satellite
7 6 (0.72%) Backup Exec
7 6 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 5 (0.60%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.48%) BladeLogic
9 4 (0.48%) EnCase
9 4 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.36%) SCVMM
10 3 (0.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 115 (13.71%) VMware
2 57 (6.79%) Oracle
3 55 (6.56%) Citrix
4 54 (6.44%) Cisco
5 33 (3.93%) HP
6 19 (2.26%) SAP
7 18 (2.15%) Apple
8 17 (2.03%) Red Hat
9 15 (1.79%) EMC
9 15 (1.79%) Intel Security
10 13 (1.55%) CheckPoint
10 13 (1.55%) IBM
11 12 (1.43%) Symantec
12 11 (1.31%) Dell
13 10 (1.19%) Clearswift
14 9 (1.07%) ArcSight
14 9 (1.07%) Lotus
14 9 (1.07%) NetApp
14 9 (1.07%) Remedy
15 8 (0.95%) Google
Runcorn, Cheshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 4 days ago
Greater Manchester
Adria Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
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Rate: £55000 per annum
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Rullion IT Plus
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Rate: £250 - £350 per day
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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