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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 6 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 423 550 436
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.94% 12.44% 13.77%
As % of the Vendors category 26.16% 30.76% 29.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 349 239
Median daily rate £375 £390 £346
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +12.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 50 56
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.21 £9.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £36.00
UK excluding London median 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
1617 1788 1485
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.64% 40.43% 46.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 954 1027 796
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 88 103
Median hourly rate £20.73 £16.84 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.09% -6.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.10 £42.02 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.89 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+0.64% -0.63%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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 27 September 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 -3 197 £375 - 123
Cheshire +7 126 £375 - 36
Merseyside -2 38 £350 +29.62% 16
Lancashire -9 38 £325 -35.00% 10
Cumbria -2 8 £400 +28.00% 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 September 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.

1 278 (34.92%) Windows
2 269 (33.79%) MS Excel
3 208 (26.13%) Active Directory
4 164 (20.60%) SQL Server
5 158 (19.85%) SQL
6 157 (19.72%) MS Office
7 153 (19.22%) Agile Software Development
8 149 (18.72%) .NET
9 122 (15.33%) Windows Server
10 113 (14.20%) CRM
11 108 (13.57%) Finance
12 101 (12.69%) VMware
12 101 (12.69%) C#
13 99 (12.44%) Project Management
14 96 (12.06%) SharePoint
15 93 (11.68%) Dynamics CRM
16 92 (11.56%) ITIL
17 85 (10.68%) Windows Server 2012
18 80 (10.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 74 (9.30%) SCCM
20 72 (9.05%) JavaScript
21 70 (8.79%) MS Exchange
22 69 (8.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 65 (8.17%) Migration
24 64 (8.04%) Business Intelligence
24 64 (8.04%) Linux
24 64 (8.04%) Analytical Skills
25 61 (7.66%) Firewall
26 59 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
27 56 (7.04%) Microsoft Certification

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 96 (12.06%) SharePoint
2 70 (8.79%) MS Exchange
3 38 (4.77%) IIS
4 31 (3.89%) Skype for Business
5 24 (3.02%) BizTalk Server
6 21 (2.64%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (2.26%) Apache
8 16 (2.01%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (1.88%) IBM Notes
10 14 (1.76%) Tomcat
11 10 (1.26%) SAS
12 8 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.88%) JBoss
14 6 (0.75%) CMS
14 6 (0.75%) Drupal
14 6 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
14 6 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
14 6 (0.75%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 269 (33.79%) MS Excel
2 157 (19.72%) MS Office
3 50 (6.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 30 (3.77%) MS Project
4 30 (3.77%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.38%) Fireworks
6 3 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 93 (11.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (3.89%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.01%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.38%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.13%) CA PPM
6 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.13%) Dynamics SL
6 1 (0.13%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.13%) Magento
6 1 (0.13%) nopCommerce
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.13%) Primavera
6 1 (0.13%) Sage 50
6 1 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 52 (6.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 44 (5.53%) Office 365
3 20 (2.51%) IaaS
3 20 (2.51%) PaaS
4 19 (2.39%) Amazon AWS
5 17 (2.14%) SaaS
6 8 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.50%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.25%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.25%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.25%) Google Apps
10 2 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
10 2 (0.25%) SoftLayer
11 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 61 (7.66%) Firewall
2 47 (5.90%) DNS
3 40 (5.03%) LAN
4 32 (4.02%) WAN
5 29 (3.64%) DHCP
5 29 (3.64%) SAN
6 25 (3.14%) Internet
7 21 (2.64%) TCP/IP
8 19 (2.39%) VPN
9 18 (2.26%) VoIP
10 17 (2.14%) Skype
10 17 (2.14%) SSL
11 13 (1.63%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (1.51%) Network Security
13 11 (1.38%) VLAN
14 10 (1.26%) Unified Communications
15 8 (1.01%) Wireless
16 7 (0.88%) IP Telephony
17 6 (0.75%) GSM
17 6 (0.75%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (20.60%) SQL Server
2 80 (10.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 69 (8.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 36 (4.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 32 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (2.64%) MySQL
6 21 (2.64%) Relational Database
7 18 (2.26%) MongoDB
8 16 (2.01%) SQL Server 2012
8 16 (2.01%) SQL Server 2014
9 13 (1.63%) Data Mining
10 12 (1.51%) Oracle Database
10 12 (1.51%) SQL Server 2008
11 11 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
12 9 (1.13%) NoSQL
13 8 (1.01%) BusinessObjects
13 8 (1.01%) SQL Server 2000
13 8 (1.01%) SQL Server 2005
14 7 (0.88%) QlikView
15 6 (0.75%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 43 (5.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (4.90%) Visual Studio
3 28 (3.52%) JIRA
4 19 (2.39%) SpecFlow
5 18 (2.26%) Jenkins
6 16 (2.01%) TestComplete
7 15 (1.88%) Selenium
8 12 (1.51%) Git (software)
9 7 (0.88%) Mocha
10 6 (0.75%) Gradle
11 5 (0.63%) TeamCity
12 4 (0.50%) NUnit
12 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.50%) Subversion
12 4 (0.50%) Talend Open Studio
12 4 (0.50%) Vagrant
13 3 (0.38%) HP UFT
13 3 (0.38%) Moq
13 3 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
13 3 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 108 (13.57%) Finance
2 37 (4.65%) Advertising
3 27 (3.39%) Retail
4 21 (2.64%) Banking
5 16 (2.01%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.88%) Marketing
7 11 (1.38%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.01%) Legal
8 8 (1.01%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.88%) Local Government
10 6 (0.75%) Publishing
11 5 (0.63%) Back Office
11 5 (0.63%) Billing
11 5 (0.63%) Law
12 2 (0.25%) French Language
12 2 (0.25%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.25%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.13%) German Language
13 1 (0.13%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.13%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 157 (19.72%) Developer
2 140 (17.59%) Analyst
3 73 (9.17%) Architect
4 58 (7.29%) Consultant
5 43 (5.40%) .NET Developer
6 34 (4.27%) Solutions Architect
7 32 (4.02%) CRM Developer
8 31 (3.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (3.64%) Service Analyst
10 28 (3.52%) Microsoft Developer
10 28 (3.52%) Project Manager
10 28 (3.52%) Service Desk Analyst
11 25 (3.14%) Support Engineer
12 24 (3.02%) Support Analyst
13 23 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM Developer
14 21 (2.64%) Administrator
14 21 (2.64%) DBA
14 21 (2.64%) SQL Developer
15 20 (2.51%) Delivery Manager
15 20 (2.51%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (18.72%) .NET
2 47 (5.90%) ASP.NET
3 43 (5.40%) HTML
4 39 (4.90%) CSS
5 30 (3.77%) jQuery
5 30 (3.77%) Middleware
6 26 (3.27%) XML
7 25 (3.14%) ASP.NET MVC
7 25 (3.14%) Web Services
8 19 (2.39%) .NET Framework
9 17 (2.14%) WCF
10 13 (1.63%) AngularJS
10 13 (1.63%) HTML5
10 13 (1.63%) RESTful
11 11 (1.38%) Ajax
11 11 (1.38%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 10 (1.26%) RabbitMQ
12 10 (1.26%) WPF
13 8 (1.01%) JSON
13 8 (1.01%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 64 (8.04%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.65%) Data Centre
3 23 (2.89%) NHS
4 18 (2.26%) Management Information System
5 16 (2.01%) Computer Science
5 16 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (1.63%) Blackberry
7 12 (1.51%) Clustering
7 12 (1.51%) Driving Licence
7 12 (1.51%) Replication
8 11 (1.38%) PKI
9 10 (1.26%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.13%) Data Integration
10 9 (1.13%) Wiki
11 8 (1.01%) PMI
12 7 (0.88%) Digital Media
12 7 (0.88%) Smartphone
13 6 (0.75%) Life Science
13 6 (0.75%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.75%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 278 (34.92%) Windows
2 122 (15.33%) Windows Server
3 85 (10.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 64 (8.04%) Linux
5 59 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 49 (6.16%) Windows 7
6 49 (6.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 40 (5.03%) Windows XP
8 33 (4.15%) Unix
9 26 (3.27%) Windows 8
10 24 (3.02%) Windows 10
11 17 (2.14%) Apple iOS
12 16 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 13 (1.63%) Solaris
14 10 (1.26%) AIX
15 6 (0.75%) Android
15 6 (0.75%) CentOS
16 3 (0.38%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
17 1 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (19.22%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (14.20%) CRM
3 99 (12.44%) Project Management
4 92 (11.56%) ITIL
5 65 (8.17%) Migration
6 64 (8.04%) Business Intelligence
7 54 (6.78%) MVC
8 53 (6.66%) Stakeholder Management
9 40 (5.03%) ERP
9 40 (5.03%) TDD
10 38 (4.77%) ETL
10 38 (4.77%) PRINCE2
11 35 (4.40%) Software Engineering
12 33 (4.15%) SOA
13 30 (3.77%) Scrum
13 30 (3.77%) Service Management
14 29 (3.64%) Test Automation
15 28 (3.52%) Change Management
15 28 (3.52%) Configuration Management
16 25 (3.14%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 158 (19.85%) SQL
2 101 (12.69%) C#
3 72 (9.05%) JavaScript
4 50 (6.28%) PowerShell
5 48 (6.03%) Java
6 30 (3.77%) T-SQL
7 18 (2.26%) PHP
8 16 (2.01%) C
9 15 (1.88%) VBA
10 14 (1.76%) PL/SQL
11 11 (1.38%) VB
11 11 (1.38%) X++
12 10 (1.26%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.63%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.63%) Python
14 4 (0.50%) Delphi
14 4 (0.50%) VBScript
15 2 (0.25%) Perl
15 2 (0.25%) Ruby
15 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 56 (7.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 53 (6.66%) Security Cleared
3 41 (5.15%) Degree
4 29 (3.64%) SC Cleared
5 22 (2.76%) MCP
5 22 (2.76%) MCSE
6 21 (2.64%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (2.39%) CCNA
8 15 (1.88%) ITIL Certification
9 13 (1.63%) MCSA
10 11 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 11 (1.38%) MCITP
10 11 (1.38%) MCTS
10 11 (1.38%) PMI Certification
11 7 (0.88%) RHCE
12 6 (0.75%) CISSP
12 6 (0.75%) ISEB
12 6 (0.75%) ISTQB
12 6 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.63%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.27%) QA
2 21 (2.64%) SLA
3 13 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (1.01%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.50%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.50%) P3O
7 1 (0.13%) FATCA
System Software
1 208 (26.13%) Active Directory
2 46 (5.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.51%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.26%) VMware ESX
5 16 (2.01%) vSphere
6 15 (1.88%) XenApp
7 8 (1.01%) UAG
8 7 (0.88%) Docker
9 6 (0.75%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.50%) Xen
11 3 (0.38%) Firmware
11 3 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.25%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.25%) NFS
12 2 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.13%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 74 (9.30%) SCCM
2 30 (3.77%) SCOM
3 18 (2.26%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (2.01%) WSUS
5 15 (1.88%) Puppet
6 8 (1.01%) Backup Exec
6 8 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 7 (0.88%) Red Hat Satellite
8 6 (0.75%) AirWatch
8 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
8 6 (0.75%) NetBackup
9 5 (0.63%) vRealize
10 4 (0.50%) EnCase
10 4 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (0.50%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
11 3 (0.38%) SCSM
Vendors
1 101 (12.69%) VMware
2 56 (7.04%) Citrix
3 55 (6.91%) Cisco
3 55 (6.91%) Oracle
4 36 (4.52%) HP
5 21 (2.64%) Intel Security
6 18 (2.26%) SAP
7 16 (2.01%) Red Hat
8 15 (1.88%) Apple
8 15 (1.88%) Dell
8 15 (1.88%) IBM
8 15 (1.88%) Lotus
9 13 (1.63%) CheckPoint
9 13 (1.63%) EMC
10 12 (1.51%) Symantec
11 10 (1.26%) Clearswift
11 10 (1.26%) Sun
12 9 (1.13%) Brocade
12 9 (1.13%) NetApp
12 9 (1.13%) Remedy
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