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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 8 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 392 548 417
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.71% 14.51% 13.84%
As % of the Vendors category 23.59% 33.09% 31.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 293 209
Median daily rate £356 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.78% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £171 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 61 50
Median hourly rate £14.34 £16.84 £14.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.84% +19.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £12.00 £9.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.40 £42.50 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+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
1662 1656 1323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.42% 43.84% 43.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 957 858 681
Median daily rate £400 £365 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +12.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 97 91
Median hourly rate £20.50 £20.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £42.50 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -4 190 £375 +17.18% 88
Cheshire -3 73 £375 -6.25% 46
Lancashire -5 56 £340 -32.00% 17
Merseyside -5 47 £313 +35.86% 22
Cumbria 0 10 £350 - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 314 (36.30%) Windows
2 289 (33.41%) MS Excel
3 232 (26.82%) Active Directory
4 177 (20.46%) .NET
5 170 (19.65%) SQL Server
6 161 (18.61%) Agile Software Development
7 159 (18.38%) MS Office
8 156 (18.03%) SQL
9 142 (16.42%) Windows Server
10 125 (14.45%) Finance
11 122 (14.10%) VMware
12 119 (13.76%) CRM
12 119 (13.76%) Windows Server 2012
13 105 (12.14%) SharePoint
13 105 (12.14%) Project Management
14 102 (11.79%) Migration
15 101 (11.68%) MS Exchange
16 99 (11.45%) Dynamics CRM
16 99 (11.45%) SCCM
17 96 (11.10%) PowerShell
17 96 (11.10%) ITIL
18 95 (10.98%) C#
19 85 (9.83%) Security Cleared
20 82 (9.48%) Software Engineering
21 73 (8.44%) Test Automation
21 73 (8.44%) JavaScript
22 71 (8.21%) Skype for Business
23 69 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
24 68 (7.86%) Citrix
25 67 (7.75%) Oracle

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
1 105 (12.14%) SharePoint
2 101 (11.68%) MS Exchange
3 71 (8.21%) Skype for Business
4 38 (4.39%) SharePoint 2013
5 33 (3.82%) IIS
6 26 (3.01%) Exchange Server 2010
7 20 (2.31%) Tomcat
8 16 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (1.73%) Apache
10 13 (1.50%) BizTalk Server
11 12 (1.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 12 (1.39%) CMS
11 12 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2007
12 8 (0.92%) WebSphere
13 7 (0.81%) IBM Notes
13 7 (0.81%) JBoss
13 7 (0.81%) SAS
13 7 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
14 6 (0.69%) Drupal
14 6 (0.69%) GeoServer
Applications
1 289 (33.41%) MS Excel
2 159 (18.38%) MS Office
3 40 (4.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 37 (4.28%) MS Project
5 7 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.81%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.58%) Fireworks
8 4 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 99 (11.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (4.05%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.12%) CA PPM
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.12%) Infor LN
6 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.12%) nopCommerce
6 1 (0.12%) OpenText MBPM
6 1 (0.12%) Primavera
6 1 (0.12%) Sage 50
6 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 47 (5.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 46 (5.32%) Office 365
3 20 (2.31%) IaaS
4 18 (2.08%) PaaS
5 17 (1.97%) Amazon AWS
5 17 (1.97%) SaaS
6 6 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.46%) SoftLayer
9 3 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.35%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.23%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.23%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 54 (6.24%) DNS
1 54 (6.24%) Skype
2 50 (5.78%) Firewall
3 38 (4.39%) DHCP
4 29 (3.35%) SAN
5 27 (3.12%) LAN
6 25 (2.89%) TCP/IP
6 25 (2.89%) WAN
7 22 (2.54%) Internet
8 15 (1.73%) SSL
9 13 (1.50%) Network Security
9 13 (1.50%) VLAN
10 12 (1.39%) VPN
11 11 (1.27%) VoIP
12 9 (1.04%) Unified Communications
13 8 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (0.92%) Wireless
14 7 (0.81%) Extranet
14 7 (0.81%) iSCSI
15 6 (0.69%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 170 (19.65%) SQL Server
2 59 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 44 (5.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 28 (3.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 27 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
6 17 (1.97%) Relational Database
6 17 (1.97%) SQL Server 2014
7 15 (1.73%) MySQL
8 14 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (1.50%) Data Mining
10 12 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
11 11 (1.27%) MongoDB
11 11 (1.27%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (1.16%) GIS
13 7 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.81%) QlikView
13 7 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
14 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 61 (7.05%) Team Foundation Server
2 38 (4.39%) Visual Studio
3 30 (3.47%) SpecFlow
4 24 (2.77%) TestComplete
5 17 (1.97%) JIRA
6 16 (1.85%) Jenkins
7 14 (1.62%) Git (software)
8 13 (1.50%) Selenium
9 12 (1.39%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.81%) Mocha
10 7 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 6 (0.69%) ERwin
11 6 (0.69%) Gradle
12 4 (0.46%) Mercurial
12 4 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (0.46%) Vagrant
13 2 (0.23%) Cucumber
13 2 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
13 2 (0.23%) Travis CI
13 2 (0.23%) YouTrack
General
1 125 (14.45%) Finance
2 33 (3.82%) Retail
3 31 (3.58%) Advertising
4 29 (3.35%) Banking
5 22 (2.54%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.31%) Local Government
7 16 (1.85%) Marketing
8 15 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.50%) Billing
9 13 (1.50%) Law
9 13 (1.50%) Legal
10 8 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.58%) Military
11 5 (0.58%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.46%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.35%) French Language
13 3 (0.35%) Publishing
14 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 164 (18.96%) Analyst
2 158 (18.27%) Developer
3 103 (11.91%) Architect
4 71 (8.21%) Consultant
5 38 (4.39%) Project Manager
5 38 (4.39%) Service Analyst
6 35 (4.05%) Service Desk Analyst
7 34 (3.93%) Solutions Architect
8 33 (3.82%) .NET Developer
9 30 (3.47%) Support Engineer
10 28 (3.24%) Microsoft Developer
10 28 (3.24%) Support Analyst
11 27 (3.12%) CRM Developer
12 26 (3.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 23 (2.66%) 2nd Line Support
13 23 (2.66%) Desktop Support
13 23 (2.66%) Microsoft Consultant
14 20 (2.31%) 1st Line Support
14 20 (2.31%) Designer
15 19 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (20.46%) .NET
2 49 (5.66%) ASP.NET
3 44 (5.09%) HTML
4 41 (4.74%) CSS
5 37 (4.28%) jQuery
6 28 (3.24%) Middleware
7 26 (3.01%) .NET Framework
8 23 (2.66%) ASP.NET MVC
9 22 (2.54%) Web Services
10 18 (2.08%) HTML5
11 16 (1.85%) AngularJS
11 16 (1.85%) XML
12 13 (1.50%) Ajax
12 13 (1.50%) WCF
13 12 (1.39%) CSS3
14 10 (1.16%) Node.js
14 10 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
14 10 (1.16%) RESTful
15 8 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
15 8 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 52 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.28%) Data Centre
3 23 (2.66%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.20%) NHS
5 17 (1.97%) Blackberry
6 14 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.50%) Clustering
8 11 (1.27%) Computer Science
8 11 (1.27%) Digital Media
8 11 (1.27%) Driving Licence
8 11 (1.27%) Fat Client
8 11 (1.27%) PMI
8 11 (1.27%) Thin Client
9 10 (1.16%) Mobile App
10 8 (0.92%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.92%) PKI
10 8 (0.92%) Replication
11 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Licensing
11 7 (0.81%) Smartphone
12 6 (0.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 314 (36.30%) Windows
2 142 (16.42%) Windows Server
3 119 (13.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 66 (7.63%) Linux
5 61 (7.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 59 (6.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 57 (6.59%) Windows 7
8 36 (4.16%) Windows 10
9 32 (3.70%) Windows XP
10 28 (3.24%) Unix
11 27 (3.12%) Windows 8
12 24 (2.77%) Apple iOS
13 18 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (1.85%) Solaris
15 13 (1.50%) AIX
16 8 (0.92%) CentOS
17 7 (0.81%) Android
18 5 (0.58%) Mac OS
19 3 (0.35%) Windows Vista
20 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (18.61%) Agile Software Development
2 119 (13.76%) CRM
3 105 (12.14%) Project Management
4 102 (11.79%) Migration
5 96 (11.10%) ITIL
6 82 (9.48%) Software Engineering
7 73 (8.44%) Test Automation
8 58 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
9 55 (6.36%) Stakeholder Management
10 49 (5.66%) MVC
11 48 (5.55%) Data Migration
12 47 (5.43%) ERP
12 47 (5.43%) TDD
13 43 (4.97%) PRINCE2
14 42 (4.86%) Change Management
15 40 (4.62%) ETL
16 36 (4.16%) Continuous Integration
17 34 (3.93%) Risk Management
17 34 (3.93%) Scrum
18 33 (3.82%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 156 (18.03%) SQL
2 96 (11.10%) PowerShell
3 95 (10.98%) C#
4 73 (8.44%) JavaScript
5 58 (6.71%) Java
6 35 (4.05%) T-SQL
7 25 (2.89%) PHP
8 21 (2.43%) PL/SQL
9 15 (1.73%) C
9 15 (1.73%) VB
10 13 (1.50%) VBA
11 10 (1.16%) Python
12 8 (0.92%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.81%) C++
14 6 (0.69%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.58%) X++
16 4 (0.46%) VBScript
17 3 (0.35%) Ruby
17 3 (0.35%) Shell Script
18 2 (0.23%) Perl
Qualifications
1 85 (9.83%) Security Cleared
2 59 (6.82%) SC Cleared
3 58 (6.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 51 (5.90%) Degree
5 25 (2.89%) MCP
6 21 (2.43%) MCSE
7 19 (2.20%) MCSA
8 18 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
8 18 (2.08%) PMI Certification
9 16 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
10 14 (1.62%) ISTQB
11 13 (1.50%) CCNA
11 13 (1.50%) MCITP
12 11 (1.27%) ISEB
13 10 (1.16%) MCTS
14 8 (0.92%) CCEA
14 8 (0.92%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (0.92%) PMP
14 8 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 8 (0.92%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.66%) SLA
2 19 (2.20%) QA
3 17 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.69%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.46%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.46%) P3O
7 2 (0.23%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.23%) RMADS
8 1 (0.12%) FATCA
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO22301
8 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 232 (26.82%) Active Directory
2 69 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (3.35%) vSphere
4 24 (2.77%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.62%) XenApp
6 13 (1.50%) VMware ESX
7 10 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (0.92%) Docker
8 8 (0.92%) UAG
9 7 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.46%) NFS
10 4 (0.46%) Xen
11 3 (0.35%) Firmware
11 3 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.35%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.35%) XenServer
12 2 (0.23%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.23%) Postfix
12 2 (0.23%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 99 (11.45%) SCCM
2 64 (7.40%) SCOM
3 16 (1.85%) Puppet
4 12 (1.39%) WSUS
5 10 (1.16%) vRealize
6 9 (1.04%) AirWatch
7 8 (0.92%) Microsoft Clustering
7 8 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 7 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
8 7 (0.81%) Red Hat Satellite
9 6 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 5 (0.58%) BladeLogic
10 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.46%) EnCase
11 4 (0.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.46%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
12 3 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.35%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 122 (14.10%) VMware
2 68 (7.86%) Citrix
3 67 (7.75%) Oracle
4 55 (6.36%) Cisco
5 39 (4.51%) HP
6 24 (2.77%) SAP
7 21 (2.43%) Apple
8 19 (2.20%) Red Hat
9 15 (1.73%) IBM
10 14 (1.62%) EMC
11 12 (1.39%) NetApp
12 11 (1.27%) Intel Security
12 11 (1.27%) Symantec
13 10 (1.16%) CheckPoint
13 10 (1.16%) Remedy
14 9 (1.04%) ArcSight
14 9 (1.04%) Dell
15 8 (0.92%) Brocade
16 7 (0.81%) Lotus
16 7 (0.81%) Tableau
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