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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / North West
Rank 6 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 306 423 388
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.95% 10.92% 12.31%
As % of the Vendors category 26.63% 26.13% 26.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 260 225
Median daily rate £350 £350 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £188 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £482 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 47 54
Median hourly rate £14.75 £25.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.00% +78.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £10.05 £10.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.63 £47.33 £30.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.64 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-13.66% +4.25%

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
1149 1619 1461
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 44.87% 41.79% 46.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 707 859 765
Median daily rate £398 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% +6.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £373
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 89 110
Median hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.28% +107.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.88 £47.33 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-17.77% +32.35%

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 21 January 2017.

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 21 January 2017.

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 21 January 2017. 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 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 +1 140 £350 - 96
Cheshire +8 70 £350 +16.66% 39
Lancashire 0 36 £330 -2.22% 10
Merseyside -1 34 £350 -17.64% 24
Cumbria +7 6 £225 -54.77% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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.

1 258 (35.73%) Windows
2 231 (31.99%) MS Excel
3 166 (22.99%) SQL Server
4 148 (20.50%) SQL
5 147 (20.36%) MS Office
6 133 (18.42%) Active Directory
7 119 (16.48%) .NET
8 114 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
9 101 (13.99%) C#
10 100 (13.85%) Finance
11 97 (13.43%) CRM
12 96 (13.30%) ITIL
13 95 (13.16%) Windows Server
14 90 (12.47%) Analytical Skills
15 85 (11.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 84 (11.63%) Dynamics CRM
17 77 (10.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 77 (10.66%) Linux
18 73 (10.11%) Microsoft Azure
19 71 (9.83%) VMware
20 69 (9.56%) Project Management
21 66 (9.14%) SharePoint
22 64 (8.86%) JavaScript
22 64 (8.86%) SCCM
23 63 (8.73%) MS PowerPoint
24 61 (8.45%) Cisco
24 61 (8.45%) Business Intelligence
24 61 (8.45%) Citrix
25 59 (8.17%) Migration
26 58 (8.03%) Security Cleared

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 66 (9.14%) SharePoint
2 50 (6.93%) MS Exchange
3 26 (3.60%) IIS
4 22 (3.05%) BizTalk Server
5 18 (2.49%) Skype for Business
5 18 (2.49%) WebSphere
6 15 (2.08%) IBM Notes
7 14 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 8 (1.11%) SAS
8 8 (1.11%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (0.97%) Apache
10 6 (0.83%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.69%) CMS
11 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.55%) nginx
12 4 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
12 4 (0.55%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.42%) Jetty
Applications
1 231 (31.99%) MS Excel
2 147 (20.36%) MS Office
3 63 (8.73%) MS PowerPoint
4 32 (4.43%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.66%) MS Project
6 6 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.69%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 84 (11.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.08%) Dynamics NAV
3 13 (1.80%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.55%) SAP BPC
5 3 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.28%) Magento
6 2 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.14%) Dynamics SL
7 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.14%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 73 (10.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (5.26%) Office 365
3 32 (4.43%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (3.19%) IaaS
4 23 (3.19%) PaaS
5 21 (2.91%) SaaS
6 14 (1.94%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.55%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.42%) Google App Engine
9 3 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.28%) G Suite
11 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.14%) GitHub
11 1 (0.14%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.14%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 54 (7.48%) Firewall
2 42 (5.82%) LAN
3 36 (4.99%) WAN
4 33 (4.57%) DNS
5 30 (4.16%) SAN
6 24 (3.32%) DHCP
7 23 (3.19%) Internet
8 21 (2.91%) VPN
9 18 (2.49%) TCP/IP
10 16 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
11 14 (1.94%) VoIP
12 13 (1.80%) Skype
13 11 (1.52%) NAS
13 11 (1.52%) VLAN
14 10 (1.39%) WebEx
15 9 (1.25%) SSL
16 7 (0.97%) Intranet
17 6 (0.83%) Extranet
17 6 (0.83%) Unified Communications
18 5 (0.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (22.99%) SQL Server
2 85 (11.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 77 (10.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 38 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 34 (4.71%) Data Warehouse
6 33 (4.57%) SQL Server 2008
7 26 (3.60%) SQL Server 2012
8 19 (2.63%) Oracle Database
9 17 (2.35%) MySQL
10 15 (2.08%) Relational Database
11 14 (1.94%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (1.80%) Oracle Database 12c
12 13 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
13 10 (1.39%) MongoDB
14 9 (1.25%) NoSQL
14 9 (1.25%) SQL Server 2000
15 7 (0.97%) Ingres
15 7 (0.97%) MS Access
15 7 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
15 7 (0.97%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 40 (5.54%) Visual Studio
2 21 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (2.22%) JIRA
4 8 (1.11%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.69%) Jenkins
5 5 (0.69%) Selenium
5 5 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.55%) Maven
6 4 (0.55%) NUnit
6 4 (0.55%) Subversion
6 4 (0.55%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 3 (0.42%) Gradle
7 3 (0.42%) Moq
7 3 (0.42%) MSI
7 3 (0.42%) Rational Application Developer
7 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.42%) Talend Open Studio
7 3 (0.42%) Travis CI
7 3 (0.42%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
8 2 (0.28%) HP UFT
General
1 100 (13.85%) Finance
2 54 (7.48%) Advertising
3 34 (4.71%) Banking
4 17 (2.35%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.39%) Retail
6 7 (0.97%) Local Government
6 7 (0.97%) Marketing
7 6 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.69%) Legal
9 4 (0.55%) Back Office
9 4 (0.55%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.42%) Electronics
10 3 (0.42%) Law
10 3 (0.42%) Publishing
11 1 (0.14%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.14%) Avionics
11 1 (0.14%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.14%) German Language
Job Titles
1 179 (24.79%) Developer
2 96 (13.30%) Analyst
3 55 (7.62%) Consultant
4 46 (6.37%) .NET Developer
5 45 (6.23%) CRM Developer
6 42 (5.82%) Architect
7 34 (4.71%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 32 (4.43%) Microsoft Developer
9 30 (4.16%) DBA
10 29 (4.02%) SQL DBA
11 27 (3.74%) Administrator
12 25 (3.46%) Project Manager
12 25 (3.46%) SQL Developer
12 25 (3.46%) Support Engineer
13 23 (3.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 22 (3.05%) Support Analyst
15 20 (2.77%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 20 (2.77%) Service Analyst
15 20 (2.77%) Service Desk Analyst
16 19 (2.63%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (16.48%) .NET
2 47 (6.51%) ASP.NET
3 45 (6.23%) HTML
4 38 (5.26%) CSS
4 38 (5.26%) Web Services
5 32 (4.43%) XML
6 23 (3.19%) jQuery
7 17 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
7 17 (2.35%) Middleware
8 15 (2.08%) AngularJS
9 14 (1.94%) Ajax
9 14 (1.94%) WCF
10 11 (1.52%) .NET Framework
10 11 (1.52%) SOAP
11 9 (1.25%) SAML
11 9 (1.25%) WPF
12 8 (1.11%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 8 (1.11%) LINQ
12 8 (1.11%) REST
13 7 (0.97%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 90 (12.47%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.43%) Data Centre
3 24 (3.32%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.63%) Blackberry
4 19 (2.63%) Computer Science
5 13 (1.80%) Data Integration
5 13 (1.80%) User Experience
6 12 (1.66%) NHS
6 12 (1.66%) PKI
6 12 (1.66%) Tandem
7 11 (1.52%) Replication
8 9 (1.25%) Wiki
9 8 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (0.97%) BYOD
11 6 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 6 (0.83%) iPhone
11 6 (0.83%) Oracle Licensing
11 6 (0.83%) Visualisation
12 5 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.69%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 258 (35.73%) Windows
2 95 (13.16%) Windows Server
3 77 (10.66%) Linux
4 56 (7.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 56 (7.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 51 (7.06%) Windows 7
6 45 (6.23%) Windows XP
7 44 (6.09%) Unix
8 26 (3.60%) Windows 10
9 25 (3.46%) Windows Server 2003
10 22 (3.05%) AIX
11 20 (2.77%) Windows 8
12 13 (1.80%) Solaris
12 13 (1.80%) Windows 2000
13 11 (1.52%) Android
13 11 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.39%) Apple iOS
15 6 (0.83%) HPUX
16 5 (0.69%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.69%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (13.43%) CRM
3 96 (13.30%) ITIL
4 69 (9.56%) Project Management
5 61 (8.45%) Business Intelligence
6 59 (8.17%) Migration
7 53 (7.34%) Service Management
8 47 (6.51%) Stakeholder Management
9 40 (5.54%) Change Management
10 37 (5.12%) MVC
11 33 (4.57%) ETL
12 30 (4.16%) PRINCE2
13 29 (4.02%) Problem Management
14 24 (3.32%) Performance Tuning
15 23 (3.19%) Release Management
15 23 (3.19%) Workflow
16 22 (3.05%) DevOps
16 22 (3.05%) SOA
17 21 (2.91%) Data Management
18 20 (2.77%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 148 (20.50%) SQL
2 101 (13.99%) C#
3 64 (8.86%) JavaScript
4 47 (6.51%) PowerShell
5 28 (3.88%) T-SQL
6 26 (3.60%) Java
7 12 (1.66%) VBScript
8 11 (1.52%) C
8 11 (1.52%) Perl
8 11 (1.52%) VB.NET
9 9 (1.25%) Python
9 9 (1.25%) VBA
10 8 (1.11%) C++
10 8 (1.11%) X++
11 7 (0.97%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.83%) Bourne shell
12 6 (0.83%) Korn
13 5 (0.69%) PHP
14 4 (0.55%) Delphi
14 4 (0.55%) VB
Qualifications
1 58 (8.03%) Security Cleared
2 38 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (5.26%) SC Cleared
3 34 (4.71%) Degree
4 22 (3.05%) MCSE
5 18 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (2.22%) CCNA
7 15 (2.08%) CISSP
8 12 (1.66%) MCP
9 11 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (1.25%) CISMP
10 9 (1.25%) MCSA
11 8 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.69%) ISEB
13 5 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.42%) CCIE
14 3 (0.42%) DV Cleared
14 3 (0.42%) ECDL
14 3 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.32%) SLA
2 20 (2.77%) QA
3 11 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (1.25%) COBIT
5 9 (1.25%) ISO27002
6 7 (0.97%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.83%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.14%) COSHH
8 1 (0.14%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.14%) P3O
System Software
1 133 (18.42%) Active Directory
2 40 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.35%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.22%) XenDesktop
5 13 (1.80%) Virtual Servers
6 11 (1.52%) VMware ESX
6 11 (1.52%) vSphere
7 9 (1.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 9 (1.25%) XenApp
8 5 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.55%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (0.42%) Xen
11 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.28%) VMware GSX
12 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
12 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.14%) NFS
Systems Management
1 64 (8.86%) SCCM
2 25 (3.46%) SCOM
3 22 (3.05%) McAfee ePO
4 17 (2.35%) WSUS
5 12 (1.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (1.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 8 (1.11%) Oracle RMAN
7 7 (0.97%) Backup Exec
7 7 (0.97%) Netcool
7 7 (0.97%) Puppet
7 7 (0.97%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.83%) AirWatch
8 6 (0.83%) HP SiteScope
9 5 (0.69%) Data Guard
9 5 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (0.55%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (0.42%) Ansible
11 3 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.42%) SCSM
Vendors
1 71 (9.83%) VMware
2 61 (8.45%) Cisco
2 61 (8.45%) Citrix
3 44 (6.09%) Oracle
4 29 (4.02%) HP
5 25 (3.46%) Intel Security
6 19 (2.63%) Dell
7 18 (2.49%) Apple
8 15 (2.08%) Lotus
8 15 (2.08%) NetApp
9 14 (1.94%) Google
10 13 (1.80%) IBM
10 13 (1.80%) Red Hat
10 13 (1.80%) SAP
11 12 (1.66%) Symantec
12 9 (1.25%) Sitecore
12 9 (1.25%) Sun
12 9 (1.25%) Tableau
13 7 (0.97%) ServiceNow
14 6 (0.83%) Cyber-Ark
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