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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 606 406 336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.82% 13.09% 11.54%
As % of the Vendors category 32.65% 28.90% 25.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 218 163
Average daily rate
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£375 £345 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% +10.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 46 61
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.94 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.02 £44.75 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
1856 1405 1300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 42.34% 45.29% 44.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1080 733 579
Average daily rate £390 £335 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.41% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 93 105
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% -7.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.58 £10.16 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+1.35% -4.14%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +1 225 £350 +7.69% 206
Cheshire -1 124 £375 -8.53% 65
Lancashire -1 102 £496 +42.81% 30
Merseyside +2 64 £270 -22.85% 36
Cumbria +1 34 £350 -30.00% 9
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 383 (34.50%) Windows
2 324 (29.19%) MS Excel
3 243 (21.89%) MS Office
4 219 (19.73%) SQL
5 217 (19.55%) Active Directory
6 209 (18.83%) Finance
7 190 (17.12%) SQL Server
8 167 (15.05%) VMware
9 157 (14.14%) ITIL
10 147 (13.24%) Windows 7
11 140 (12.61%) Microsoft Certification
12 132 (11.89%) Migration
13 129 (11.62%) .NET
14 127 (11.44%) Citrix
15 114 (10.27%) VMware Infrastructure
16 110 (9.91%) Security Cleared
17 108 (9.73%) CRM
18 93 (8.38%) Oracle
19 92 (8.29%) Windows Server 2008
20 88 (7.93%) Project Management
21 87 (7.84%) Agile Software Development
22 84 (7.57%) MS Exchange
23 80 (7.21%) Windows Server 2003
24 79 (7.12%) SharePoint
24 79 (7.12%) Dynamics CRM
25 78 (7.03%) SC Cleared
25 78 (7.03%) SCCM
25 78 (7.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 76 (6.85%) Windows XP
27 75 (6.76%) Analytical Skills

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 84 (7.57%) MS Exchange
2 79 (7.12%) SharePoint
3 44 (3.96%) IIS
4 40 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (2.16%) IBM Notes
5 24 (2.16%) SharePoint 2010
6 20 (1.80%) Lync
7 19 (1.71%) SAS
8 18 (1.62%) WebSphere
9 17 (1.53%) SharePoint 2013
10 15 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
10 15 (1.35%) Tomcat
11 14 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
12 13 (1.17%) CMS
12 13 (1.17%) nginx
12 13 (1.17%) Jetty
13 9 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
13 9 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 8 (0.72%) Node.js
15 7 (0.63%) Apache
Applications
1 324 (29.19%) MS Excel
2 243 (21.89%) MS Office
3 46 (4.14%) MS Visio
4 35 (3.15%) MS PowerPoint
5 33 (2.97%) MS Project
6 14 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.27%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.090%) SPSS
9 1 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 79 (7.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (4.23%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (1.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
4 5 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.27%) ResourceLink
6 2 (0.18%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.090%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.090%) Oracle TCA
7 1 (0.090%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.090%) Eikon
7 1 (0.090%) Maximo
7 1 (0.090%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.090%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.090%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 42 (3.78%) Office 365
2 26 (2.34%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (1.17%) Google App Engine
4 13 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
4 13 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
4 13 (1.17%) Google Cloud Platform
5 10 (0.90%) SaaS
6 6 (0.54%) Google Apps
6 6 (0.54%) IaaS
6 6 (0.54%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.27%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.27%) SuccessFactors
7 3 (0.27%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.27%) PaaS
8 2 (0.18%) Boomi
8 2 (0.18%) MailChimp
9 1 (0.090%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.090%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.090%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 67 (6.04%) DNS
2 64 (5.77%) DHCP
3 54 (4.86%) WAN
4 47 (4.23%) LAN
5 43 (3.87%) TCP/IP
6 37 (3.33%) Firewall
7 33 (2.97%) SAN
8 23 (2.07%) HTTP
9 21 (1.89%) VPN
10 19 (1.71%) FTP
10 19 (1.71%) Wireless
11 15 (1.35%) SSL
12 13 (1.17%) IPsec
13 12 (1.08%) Intranet
13 12 (1.08%) VoIP
14 11 (0.99%) NAS
15 10 (0.90%) Internet
16 8 (0.72%) MPLS
16 8 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
17 6 (0.54%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (17.12%) SQL Server
2 78 (7.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 63 (5.68%) Data Warehouse
4 61 (5.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 51 (4.59%) SQL Server 2008
6 36 (3.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 31 (2.79%) SQL Server 2012
8 24 (2.16%) Oracle Database
9 17 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
10 15 (1.35%) MS Access
11 14 (1.26%) Base SAS
12 12 (1.08%) OLAP
12 12 (1.08%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 11 (0.99%) Relational Database
14 10 (0.90%) OLAP Cube
14 10 (0.90%) NoSQL
15 7 (0.63%) Data Mining
16 6 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
16 6 (0.54%) MySQL
16 6 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 41 (3.69%) Visual Studio
2 31 (2.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 25 (2.25%) ERwin
4 13 (1.17%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.17%) Jenkins
5 9 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (0.72%) MSI
7 7 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.54%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.54%) TestDirector
9 5 (0.45%) InstallShield
9 5 (0.45%) SpecFlow
10 4 (0.36%) LoadRunner
10 4 (0.36%) TestComplete
10 4 (0.36%) ReSharper
10 4 (0.36%) Selenium
11 3 (0.27%) Oracle APEX
11 3 (0.27%) JIRA
11 3 (0.27%) Axure RP
11 3 (0.27%) Subversion
General
1 209 (18.83%) Finance
2 42 (3.78%) Manufacturing
3 32 (2.88%) Banking
4 26 (2.34%) Retail
5 19 (1.71%) Advertising
5 19 (1.71%) Telecoms
5 19 (1.71%) Local Government
5 19 (1.71%) Marketing
6 18 (1.62%) Legal
7 17 (1.53%) General Ledger
8 15 (1.35%) Law
9 6 (0.54%) German Language
10 5 (0.45%) Portuguese Language
10 5 (0.45%) Russian Language
10 5 (0.45%) French Language
10 5 (0.45%) Retail Banking
10 5 (0.45%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.36%) Front Office
11 4 (0.36%) Back Office
11 4 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 261 (23.51%) Analyst
2 173 (15.59%) Developer
3 122 (10.99%) Architect
4 87 (7.84%) Consultant
5 62 (5.59%) Support Analyst
6 51 (4.59%) Support Engineer
7 49 (4.41%) Business Analyst
8 48 (4.32%) Service Analyst
9 44 (3.96%) Desktop Support
10 41 (3.69%) Service Desk Analyst
11 40 (3.60%) Technical Architect
12 38 (3.42%) Project Manager
12 38 (3.42%) 2nd Line Support
13 36 (3.24%) .NET Developer
14 34 (3.06%) Administrator
15 33 (2.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 32 (2.88%) CRM Developer
17 31 (2.79%) Solutions Architect
18 30 (2.70%) Microsoft Consultant
18 30 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (11.62%) .NET
2 53 (4.77%) HTML
3 50 (4.50%) Middleware
4 47 (4.23%) CSS
5 38 (3.42%) .NET Framework
6 33 (2.97%) ASP.NET
7 32 (2.88%) Web Services
8 26 (2.34%) XML
9 25 (2.25%) jQuery
10 16 (1.44%) Entity Framework
10 16 (1.44%) J2EE
10 16 (1.44%) Velocity
11 14 (1.26%) WCF
12 13 (1.17%) Servlets
13 12 (1.08%) CSS3
13 12 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
14 10 (0.90%) HTML5
14 10 (0.90%) SOAP
14 10 (0.90%) Ajax
15 9 (0.81%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 75 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (3.96%) Data Centre
3 29 (2.61%) NHS
3 29 (2.61%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.07%) Blackberry
5 19 (1.71%) Thin Client
5 19 (1.71%) Clustering
5 19 (1.71%) Fat Client
6 16 (1.44%) Algorithms
7 15 (1.35%) Computer Science
8 13 (1.17%) Replication
9 11 (0.99%) Mainframe
9 11 (0.99%) iPad
10 10 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (0.90%) Data Integration
11 9 (0.81%) Visualisation
12 8 (0.72%) Reference Data
12 8 (0.72%) IBM Mainframe
12 8 (0.72%) N-Tier
13 7 (0.63%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 383 (34.50%) Windows
2 147 (13.24%) Windows 7
3 92 (8.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 80 (7.21%) Windows Server 2003
5 76 (6.85%) Windows XP
6 68 (6.13%) UNIX
7 56 (5.05%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (2.88%) Linux
9 30 (2.70%) Windows 8
10 27 (2.43%) MVS
11 16 (1.44%) Apple iOS
12 14 (1.26%) Android
13 7 (0.63%) Windows Vista
13 7 (0.63%) VME
14 5 (0.45%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.45%) BlackBerry OS
15 4 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.36%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.36%) Solaris
16 3 (0.27%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (14.14%) ITIL
2 132 (11.89%) Migration
3 108 (9.73%) CRM
4 88 (7.93%) Project Management
5 87 (7.84%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (6.13%) Stakeholder Management
6 68 (6.13%) ETL
6 68 (6.13%) Business Intelligence
7 56 (5.05%) PRINCE2
8 55 (4.95%) Data Modelling
9 42 (3.78%) User Acceptance Testing
10 41 (3.69%) Workflow
11 39 (3.51%) Unit Testing
12 37 (3.33%) Service Management
13 35 (3.15%) Continuous Improvement
14 34 (3.06%) Data Migration
14 34 (3.06%) MVC
15 33 (2.97%) Change Management
16 31 (2.79%) Data Analysis
16 31 (2.79%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 219 (19.73%) SQL
2 70 (6.31%) C#
3 66 (5.95%) JavaScript
4 65 (5.86%) T-SQL
5 58 (5.23%) PowerShell
6 33 (2.97%) PL/SQL
7 31 (2.79%) Java
8 30 (2.70%) C++
9 24 (2.16%) VBScript
10 20 (1.80%) VB
11 16 (1.44%) VBA
12 12 (1.08%) C
13 8 (0.72%) PHP
13 8 (0.72%) Python
14 7 (0.63%) Scala
14 7 (0.63%) X++
15 6 (0.54%) Ruby
15 6 (0.54%) REXX
16 4 (0.36%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.27%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 140 (12.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 110 (9.91%) Security Cleared
3 78 (7.03%) SC Cleared
4 51 (4.59%) Degree
5 41 (3.69%) MCP
6 39 (3.51%) MCITP
7 35 (3.15%) MCSA
8 29 (2.61%) ITIL Certification
9 28 (2.52%) MCSE
10 26 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
11 24 (2.16%) CCNA
11 24 (2.16%) MCTS
12 21 (1.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 18 (1.62%) A+ Certification
14 17 (1.53%) ISEB
15 15 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
15 15 (1.35%) ACCA
15 15 (1.35%) CIMA
16 14 (1.26%) CCNP
17 12 (1.08%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.33%) SLA
2 26 (2.34%) QA
3 13 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 12 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.27%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.18%) P3O
6 2 (0.18%) GAAP
7 1 (0.090%) GMP
7 1 (0.090%) Data Quality
System Software
1 217 (19.55%) Active Directory
2 114 (10.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 52 (4.68%) Hyper-V
4 38 (3.42%) Microsoft App-V
5 35 (3.15%) XenApp
6 26 (2.34%) Xen
7 20 (1.80%) XenDesktop
7 20 (1.80%) vSphere
7 20 (1.80%) VMware ESX
8 19 (1.71%) XenServer
9 16 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (1.17%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.72%) Terminal Services
12 7 (0.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
14 1 (0.090%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.090%) NFS
14 1 (0.090%) Firmware
14 1 (0.090%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.090%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 78 (7.03%) SCCM
2 15 (1.35%) SCOM
3 14 (1.26%) Puppet
4 13 (1.17%) Backup Exec
5 12 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (0.99%) OpenView
7 8 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
8 7 (0.63%) WSUS
9 5 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.36%) AirWatch
10 4 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (0.27%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.27%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.27%) EdgeSight
11 3 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (0.27%) SCDPM
12 2 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
12 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
12 2 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 167 (15.05%) VMware
2 127 (11.44%) Citrix
3 93 (8.38%) Oracle
4 50 (4.50%) SAP
4 50 (4.50%) HP
5 46 (4.14%) Symantec
6 36 (3.24%) Cisco
7 25 (2.25%) IBM
7 25 (2.25%) Google
8 24 (2.16%) Lotus
9 23 (2.07%) Informatica
10 22 (1.98%) AppSense
11 20 (1.80%) EMC
12 18 (1.62%) NetApp
13 16 (1.44%) McAfee
14 15 (1.35%) Dell
15 14 (1.26%) Sophos
16 13 (1.17%) Wyse
16 13 (1.17%) Veeam
17 9 (0.81%) Apple
Greater Manchester
Robert Walters
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 200pd
Posted: 4 hours ago
Liverpool
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £150.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Whitehaven, Cumbria
Capita Resourcing
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day c£400-£550 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington
Bluefire Consulting
Rate: £9.00 - £9.50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £250 per annum + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
Venn Group
Rate: £200 - £250 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
Lancashire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £17823.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: 5 days ago
North West England
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £251 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £550.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + (is negotiable)
Posted: 7 days ago