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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 401 339 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.66% 12.28% 12.90%
As % of the Vendors category 25.30% 28.18% 28.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 135 137
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -0.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £132 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £404 £479
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 43 46
Average hourly rate £14.00 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £9.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £34.06 £29.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+1.75% -5.00%
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
1585 1203 1091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 46.10% 43.59% 45.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 771 556 495
Average daily rate £375 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £168 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 82 102
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £18.59
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +34.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.63 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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 +1 186 £320 - 199
Cheshire -2 98 £378 +30.17% 81
Lancashire -4 43 £300 +9.09% 26
Merseyside +1 41 £238 +5.55% 37
Cumbria - 12 - - 7
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 323 (37.78%) Windows
2 299 (34.97%) MS Excel
3 212 (24.80%) MS Office
4 204 (23.86%) SQL Server
5 178 (20.82%) Active Directory
6 149 (17.43%) SQL
7 147 (17.19%) Finance
8 137 (16.02%) .NET
9 131 (15.32%) Citrix
10 114 (13.33%) ITIL
11 113 (13.22%) VMware
12 108 (12.63%) Migration
13 106 (12.40%) Windows 7
14 97 (11.35%) Analytical Skills
15 91 (10.64%) Agile Software Development
16 89 (10.41%) Oracle
17 86 (10.06%) VMware Infrastructure
18 82 (9.59%) Security Cleared
19 80 (9.36%) IIS
20 77 (9.01%) Project Management
20 77 (9.01%) C#
20 77 (9.01%) MS Exchange
21 76 (8.89%) Windows XP
22 71 (8.30%) Windows Server 2008
23 70 (8.19%) SharePoint
24 68 (7.95%) Business Intelligence
25 67 (7.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 65 (7.60%) JavaScript
26 65 (7.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
27 63 (7.37%) HP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 80 (9.36%) IIS
2 77 (9.01%) MS Exchange
3 70 (8.19%) SharePoint
4 57 (6.67%) IBM Notes
5 27 (3.16%) Apache
6 26 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2010
7 21 (2.46%) SharePoint 2010
8 13 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
9 12 (1.40%) Lync
9 12 (1.40%) CICS
9 12 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (1.29%) Tomcat
10 11 (1.29%) WebSphere
11 10 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2007
11 10 (1.17%) Jetty
11 10 (1.17%) nginx
11 10 (1.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 9 (1.05%) MQSeries
12 9 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
13 8 (0.94%) CMS
Applications
1 299 (34.97%) MS Excel
2 212 (24.80%) MS Office
3 52 (6.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 50 (5.85%) MS Project
5 32 (3.74%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (1.05%) Mingle
7 9 (1.05%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.58%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.23%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.12%) SPSS
11 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.12%) InDesign
11 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 31 (3.63%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (1.29%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.47%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 3 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.23%) Tridion
7 2 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.23%) ResourceLink
8 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.12%) Agresso
8 1 (0.12%) WebTrends
8 1 (0.12%) SiteCatalyst
Cloud Services
1 23 (2.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (2.34%) Office 365
3 9 (1.05%) SaaS
4 5 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (0.47%) Google App Engine
5 4 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
7 1 (0.12%) Responsys
7 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 54 (6.32%) WAN
2 52 (6.08%) Firewall
3 42 (4.91%) SAN
4 40 (4.68%) TCP/IP
5 38 (4.44%) LAN
6 30 (3.51%) NAS
7 27 (3.16%) DNS
8 26 (3.04%) VPN
9 24 (2.81%) SSL
10 23 (2.69%) HTTP
11 22 (2.57%) DHCP
11 22 (2.57%) Fibre Channel
12 21 (2.46%) Wireless
13 20 (2.34%) Internet
14 19 (2.22%) DMZ
14 19 (2.22%) iSCSI
14 19 (2.22%) Cisco ASA
15 12 (1.40%) VLAN
15 12 (1.40%) VPLS
15 12 (1.40%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (23.86%) SQL Server
2 67 (7.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 65 (7.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 53 (6.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 45 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 41 (4.80%) Data Warehouse
7 38 (4.44%) Oracle Database
8 19 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
9 18 (2.11%) RavenDB
10 14 (1.64%) MS Access
11 11 (1.29%) Big Data
12 10 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (1.17%) QlikView
13 9 (1.05%) DB2
13 9 (1.05%) OLAP
14 8 (0.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.70%) Oracle Database 10g
16 5 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
16 5 (0.58%) NoSQL
16 5 (0.58%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 48 (5.61%) Visual Studio
2 28 (3.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 24 (2.81%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (1.40%) Git (software)
5 10 (1.17%) Toad
6 9 (1.05%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.47%) MSI
7 4 (0.47%) AdminStudio
7 4 (0.47%) JMeter
7 4 (0.47%) Subversion
7 4 (0.47%) Selenium
7 4 (0.47%) ReSharper
8 3 (0.35%) ERwin
8 3 (0.35%) MorphX
8 3 (0.35%) Axure RP
9 2 (0.23%) MSTest
9 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
10 1 (0.12%) Mercurial
General
1 147 (17.19%) Finance
2 41 (4.80%) Telecoms
3 30 (3.51%) Manufacturing
4 29 (3.39%) Banking
5 24 (2.81%) Retail
6 22 (2.57%) Legal
7 19 (2.22%) Advertising
8 15 (1.75%) Local Government
9 14 (1.64%) Marketing
10 7 (0.82%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.70%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.58%) Electronics
12 5 (0.58%) Dutch Language
12 5 (0.58%) German Language
13 4 (0.47%) Law
13 4 (0.47%) Billing
14 3 (0.35%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.35%) Publishing
14 3 (0.35%) Back Office
14 3 (0.35%) French Language
Job Titles
1 227 (26.55%) Analyst
2 147 (17.19%) Developer
3 80 (9.36%) Architect
4 69 (8.07%) Service Analyst
5 66 (7.72%) Service Desk Analyst
6 55 (6.43%) Project Manager
7 49 (5.73%) Business Analyst
8 42 (4.91%) Consultant
9 38 (4.44%) Support Analyst
10 32 (3.74%) Administrator
11 31 (3.63%) Support Engineer
11 31 (3.63%) .NET Developer
12 28 (3.27%) Solutions Architect
13 27 (3.16%) SQL Developer
14 26 (3.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 26 (3.04%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 24 (2.81%) 1st Line Support
16 23 (2.69%) 2nd Line Support
17 22 (2.57%) Technical Architect
17 22 (2.57%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (16.02%) .NET
2 56 (6.55%) ASP.NET
3 50 (5.85%) HTML
4 45 (5.26%) CSS
5 40 (4.68%) jQuery
6 37 (4.33%) XML
7 34 (3.98%) Web Services
8 29 (3.39%) ASP.NET MVC
9 25 (2.92%) .NET Framework
10 23 (2.69%) HTML5
11 21 (2.46%) CSS3
12 18 (2.11%) WCF
13 17 (1.99%) J2EE
14 16 (1.87%) AngularJS
14 16 (1.87%) LINQ
14 16 (1.87%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 13 (1.52%) REST
16 12 (1.40%) Ajax
17 10 (1.17%) XHTML
18 9 (1.05%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 97 (11.35%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.86%) Clustering
3 31 (3.63%) NHS
4 29 (3.39%) Replication
5 22 (2.57%) Blackberry
6 19 (2.22%) Management Information System
7 18 (2.11%) Computer Science
7 18 (2.11%) Enterprise Software
7 18 (2.11%) Open Source
8 17 (1.99%) Mainframe
9 16 (1.87%) Life Science
10 15 (1.75%) Celerra
10 15 (1.75%) IBM Mainframe
10 15 (1.75%) Data Structures
11 9 (1.05%) Mobile App
11 9 (1.05%) Data Extraction
12 7 (0.82%) Informatics
12 7 (0.82%) Visualisation
13 6 (0.70%) User Experience
13 6 (0.70%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 323 (37.78%) Windows
2 106 (12.40%) Windows 7
3 76 (8.89%) Windows XP
4 71 (8.30%) Windows Server 2008
5 60 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 52 (6.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (4.68%) UNIX
8 26 (3.04%) Linux
9 25 (2.92%) Solaris
10 24 (2.81%) Apple iOS
11 21 (2.46%) Windows 8
12 16 (1.87%) Android
13 12 (1.40%) Windows Vista
13 12 (1.40%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.47%) Windows Mobile
14 4 (0.47%) HPUX
15 3 (0.35%) AIX
15 3 (0.35%) Windows 2000 Server
16 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
16 2 (0.23%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (13.33%) ITIL
2 108 (12.63%) Migration
3 91 (10.64%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (9.01%) Project Management
5 68 (7.95%) Business Intelligence
6 56 (6.55%) Service Management
7 48 (5.61%) PRINCE2
8 42 (4.91%) MVC
9 40 (4.68%) Stakeholder Management
9 40 (4.68%) SOA
10 33 (3.86%) Configuration Management
11 32 (3.74%) Disaster Recovery
12 31 (3.63%) Data Modelling
12 31 (3.63%) Data Migration
13 29 (3.39%) ERP
13 29 (3.39%) Data Analysis
13 29 (3.39%) Business Analysis
14 28 (3.27%) OO
15 27 (3.16%) Scrum
16 26 (3.04%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 149 (17.43%) SQL
2 77 (9.01%) C#
3 65 (7.60%) JavaScript
4 34 (3.98%) PowerShell
5 33 (3.86%) T-SQL
6 25 (2.92%) Java
7 22 (2.57%) VB
7 22 (2.57%) VBA
8 13 (1.52%) VBScript
8 13 (1.52%) PL/SQL
9 12 (1.40%) XPath
10 11 (1.29%) Ruby
11 10 (1.17%) C
11 10 (1.17%) XQuery
12 8 (0.94%) Python
13 7 (0.82%) REXX
14 6 (0.70%) Perl
15 5 (0.58%) X++
16 4 (0.47%) JCL
16 4 (0.47%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 82 (9.59%) Security Cleared
2 63 (7.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 60 (7.02%) SC Cleared
4 47 (5.50%) Degree
5 38 (4.44%) MCP
6 29 (3.39%) MCSE
7 25 (2.92%) VCP4
8 20 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (2.11%) CCNA
10 13 (1.52%) MCITP
11 10 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 10 (1.17%) Citrix Certification
12 9 (1.05%) CCEA
12 9 (1.05%) CCA
12 9 (1.05%) MCSA
13 8 (0.94%) CCNP
13 8 (0.94%) MCTS
13 8 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (0.94%) PMI Certification
14 7 (0.82%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (5.50%) SLA
2 25 (2.92%) QA
3 6 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.70%) P3O
4 2 (0.23%) EMIR
4 2 (0.23%) MiFID
4 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.12%) GAMP
System Software
1 178 (20.82%) Active Directory
2 86 (10.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 26 (3.04%) VMware ESX
5 23 (2.69%) XenApp
6 20 (2.34%) Terminal Services
7 18 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
8 16 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.75%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 14 (1.64%) XenDesktop
11 11 (1.29%) Xen
12 10 (1.17%) XenServer
13 6 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 6 (0.70%) vSphere
14 5 (0.58%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.58%) Firmware
15 4 (0.47%) ISA Server
16 3 (0.35%) NFS
16 3 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
17 2 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 43 (5.03%) SCCM
2 27 (3.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 26 (3.04%) OpenView
4 9 (1.05%) SCOM
5 8 (0.94%) Puppet
6 5 (0.58%) SCVMM
6 5 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (0.47%) MIMEsweeper
7 4 (0.47%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.47%) SCDPM
7 4 (0.47%) Cisco Prime
8 3 (0.35%) Ansible
8 3 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.35%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.23%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.23%) WMI
9 2 (0.23%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.23%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.23%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 131 (15.32%) Citrix
2 113 (13.22%) VMware
3 89 (10.41%) Oracle
4 63 (7.37%) HP
5 61 (7.13%) Cisco
6 57 (6.67%) Lotus
7 37 (4.33%) EMC
8 31 (3.63%) IBM
9 24 (2.81%) CheckPoint
10 18 (2.11%) SAP
11 17 (1.99%) NetApp
12 16 (1.87%) Dell
12 16 (1.87%) SolarWinds
13 14 (1.64%) Apple
14 13 (1.52%) Nortel
15 12 (1.40%) AppSense
16 10 (1.17%) Business Objects
16 10 (1.17%) Avaya
17 8 (0.94%) Cognos
17 8 (0.94%) Northgate
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