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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / North West
Rank 7 9 8
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 300 384 393
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.54% 10.21% 11.78%
As % of the Vendors category 27.05% 24.63% 25.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 227 220
Median daily rate £363 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £188 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 61 54
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.00 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.70 £40.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.79
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +1.45%

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
1109 1559 1548
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 42.65% 41.44% 46.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 665 855 775
Median daily rate £400 £388 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 113 110
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.65 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £47.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.30 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-19.53% +22.85%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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 19 February 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 +5 143 £375 +15.38% 108
Cheshire +6 61 £350 +7.69% 38
Merseyside +2 46 £403 -5.29% 21
Lancashire -3 25 £450 +33.33% 6
Cumbria +7 5 £225 -16.66% 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 246 (34.94%) Windows
2 216 (30.68%) MS Excel
3 158 (22.44%) SQL Server
4 139 (19.74%) MS Office
5 134 (19.03%) SQL
6 126 (17.90%) .NET
7 121 (17.19%) Active Directory
8 106 (15.06%) Finance
9 105 (14.91%) CRM
10 104 (14.77%) Agile Software Development
11 96 (13.64%) C#
12 94 (13.35%) ITIL
12 94 (13.35%) Dynamics CRM
13 88 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
14 76 (10.80%) Windows Server
15 74 (10.51%) Linux
15 74 (10.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 70 (9.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 68 (9.66%) VMware
18 66 (9.38%) Project Management
19 65 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
20 62 (8.81%) MS PowerPoint
21 61 (8.66%) Citrix
22 60 (8.52%) Migration
22 60 (8.52%) SCCM
23 59 (8.38%) Business Intelligence
23 59 (8.38%) JavaScript
24 54 (7.67%) Cisco
25 53 (7.53%) Security Cleared
26 52 (7.39%) Windows Server 2008

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 43 (6.11%) SharePoint
2 40 (5.68%) MS Exchange
3 27 (3.84%) IIS
4 22 (3.13%) WebSphere
5 17 (2.41%) IBM Notes
6 16 (2.27%) BizTalk Server
6 16 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
7 13 (1.85%) Skype for Business
8 10 (1.42%) Apache
8 10 (1.42%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 7 (0.99%) Jetty
10 7 (0.99%) Mongrel
10 7 (0.99%) nginx
10 7 (0.99%) SAS
10 7 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.71%) CMS
11 5 (0.71%) EPiServer
12 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 216 (30.68%) MS Excel
2 139 (19.74%) MS Office
3 62 (8.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 28 (3.98%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.70%) MS Project
6 5 (0.71%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.28%) SPSS
8 1 (0.14%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 94 (13.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.41%) Dynamics NAV
3 15 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.57%) SAP BPC
5 3 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.28%) Magento
6 2 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.14%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 65 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (4.83%) Office 365
3 30 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.27%) IaaS
4 16 (2.27%) PaaS
5 15 (2.13%) SaaS
6 13 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (0.99%) Google App Engine
8 7 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.57%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.28%) G Suite
11 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.14%) GitHub
11 1 (0.14%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 46 (6.53%) Firewall
2 37 (5.26%) LAN
3 34 (4.83%) DNS
4 30 (4.26%) WAN
5 23 (3.27%) Internet
5 23 (3.27%) SAN
6 22 (3.13%) DHCP
6 22 (3.13%) TCP/IP
7 21 (2.98%) VPN
8 14 (1.99%) VoIP
9 13 (1.85%) SSL
10 10 (1.42%) WebEx
11 9 (1.28%) Intranet
11 9 (1.28%) IPsec
11 9 (1.28%) NAS
11 9 (1.28%) Skype
11 9 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (1.14%) VLAN
13 7 (0.99%) Extranet
13 7 (0.99%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (22.44%) SQL Server
2 74 (10.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 70 (9.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 40 (5.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 39 (5.54%) Data Warehouse
6 34 (4.83%) SQL Server 2008
7 25 (3.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 21 (2.98%) Oracle Database
9 15 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
10 13 (1.85%) Oracle Database 12c
11 12 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
12 10 (1.42%) MySQL
12 10 (1.42%) Relational Database
13 8 (1.14%) MS Access
13 8 (1.14%) Power BI
14 7 (0.99%) Ingres
14 7 (0.99%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 40 (5.68%) Visual Studio
2 21 (2.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (2.27%) JIRA
4 8 (1.14%) Git (software)
4 8 (1.14%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (0.99%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.99%) Travis CI
6 4 (0.57%) Toad
6 4 (0.57%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 3 (0.43%) Gradle
7 3 (0.43%) MSI
7 3 (0.43%) Rational Application Developer
7 3 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.43%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
8 2 (0.28%) HP UFT
8 2 (0.28%) Maven
8 2 (0.28%) Mercurial
8 2 (0.28%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.28%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.28%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 106 (15.06%) Finance
2 48 (6.82%) Advertising
3 31 (4.40%) Banking
4 21 (2.98%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.42%) Retail
6 8 (1.14%) Local Government
6 8 (1.14%) Marketing
7 6 (0.85%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.71%) Back Office
8 5 (0.71%) Legal
8 5 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.57%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.57%) Law
10 3 (0.43%) Electronics
11 2 (0.28%) Avionics
11 2 (0.28%) General Ledger
11 2 (0.28%) German Language
12 1 (0.14%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.14%) French Language
12 1 (0.14%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 173 (24.57%) Developer
2 105 (14.91%) Analyst
3 57 (8.10%) Consultant
4 52 (7.39%) CRM Developer
5 42 (5.97%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 40 (5.68%) .NET Developer
7 38 (5.40%) Microsoft Developer
8 36 (5.11%) DBA
9 35 (4.97%) Architect
10 31 (4.40%) SQL DBA
11 30 (4.26%) Project Manager
12 29 (4.12%) Administrator
13 23 (3.27%) Support Analyst
14 22 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support
14 22 (3.13%) Service Analyst
14 22 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
15 21 (2.98%) Business Analyst
15 21 (2.98%) SQL Developer
15 21 (2.98%) Support Engineer
16 19 (2.70%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (17.90%) .NET
2 50 (7.10%) ASP.NET
3 43 (6.11%) HTML
4 36 (5.11%) CSS
5 34 (4.83%) Web Services
6 22 (3.13%) XML
7 19 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC
7 19 (2.70%) jQuery
8 14 (1.99%) AngularJS
8 14 (1.99%) WCF
9 12 (1.70%) Ajax
10 11 (1.56%) .NET Framework
10 11 (1.56%) J2EE
10 11 (1.56%) Middleware
11 9 (1.28%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (1.14%) SOAP
13 7 (0.99%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 7 (0.99%) Regular Expression
13 7 (0.99%) Servlets
13 7 (0.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 88 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.84%) Data Centre
3 26 (3.69%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.70%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 13 (1.85%) PKI
6 13 (1.85%) User Experience
7 12 (1.70%) Replication
8 11 (1.56%) NHS
8 11 (1.56%) Tandem
9 9 (1.28%) Wiki
10 7 (0.99%) Data Integration
10 7 (0.99%) iPhone
10 7 (0.99%) Visualisation
11 6 (0.85%) BYOD
11 6 (0.85%) Life Science
11 6 (0.85%) Oracle Licensing
12 5 (0.71%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.71%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 246 (34.94%) Windows
2 76 (10.80%) Windows Server
3 74 (10.51%) Linux
4 52 (7.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 51 (7.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (6.68%) Windows 7
7 44 (6.25%) Windows XP
8 40 (5.68%) Unix
9 26 (3.69%) Windows 10
10 22 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (2.98%) AIX
12 15 (2.13%) Windows 8
13 13 (1.85%) Windows 2000
14 12 (1.70%) Solaris
15 11 (1.56%) Android
15 11 (1.56%) Apple iOS
16 10 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 6 (0.85%) HPUX
18 5 (0.71%) Windows Phone
19 4 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (14.91%) CRM
2 104 (14.77%) Agile Software Development
3 94 (13.35%) ITIL
4 66 (9.38%) Project Management
5 60 (8.52%) Migration
6 59 (8.38%) Business Intelligence
7 49 (6.96%) Service Management
8 40 (5.68%) Change Management
9 39 (5.54%) Stakeholder Management
10 34 (4.83%) ETL
10 34 (4.83%) MVC
10 34 (4.83%) PRINCE2
11 27 (3.84%) Problem Management
12 25 (3.55%) DevOps
13 23 (3.27%) Performance Tuning
14 22 (3.13%) Open Source
14 22 (3.13%) Release Management
15 20 (2.84%) Configuration Management
15 20 (2.84%) Data Management
15 20 (2.84%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 134 (19.03%) SQL
2 96 (13.64%) C#
3 59 (8.38%) JavaScript
4 46 (6.53%) PowerShell
5 27 (3.84%) Java
6 25 (3.55%) T-SQL
7 15 (2.13%) Perl
8 13 (1.85%) C++
9 12 (1.70%) VBScript
10 11 (1.56%) PL/SQL
11 9 (1.28%) Python
12 8 (1.14%) C
13 7 (0.99%) X++
14 6 (0.85%) Bourne shell
14 6 (0.85%) Korn
14 6 (0.85%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.85%) VBA
15 5 (0.71%) PHP
16 4 (0.57%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 53 (7.53%) Security Cleared
2 36 (5.11%) SC Cleared
3 34 (4.83%) Degree
3 34 (4.83%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.41%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (2.41%) MCSE
5 15 (2.13%) CISSP
6 14 (1.99%) CCNA
7 12 (1.70%) MCP
8 9 (1.28%) CISMP
8 9 (1.28%) ISEB
9 7 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (0.71%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.71%) MCSA
11 5 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.57%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.57%) HND
13 3 (0.43%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.98%) SLA
2 17 (2.41%) QA
3 9 (1.28%) COBIT
3 9 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.28%) ISO27002
4 7 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) COSHH
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 121 (17.19%) Active Directory
2 37 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.27%) XenDesktop
4 13 (1.85%) Hyper-V
5 12 (1.70%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (1.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 9 (1.28%) vSphere
7 6 (0.85%) VMware ESX
7 6 (0.85%) Xen
7 6 (0.85%) XenApp
8 4 (0.57%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.28%) VMware GSX
11 1 (0.14%) Docker
11 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
11 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 60 (8.52%) SCCM
2 23 (3.27%) SCOM
3 17 (2.41%) McAfee ePO
4 15 (2.13%) WSUS
5 12 (1.70%) Oracle RMAN
5 12 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 10 (1.42%) Puppet
7 9 (1.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 7 (0.99%) AirWatch
8 7 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
8 7 (0.99%) Netcool
8 7 (0.99%) Tivoli
9 6 (0.85%) HP SiteScope
10 5 (0.71%) Data Guard
11 4 (0.57%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.57%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (0.57%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (0.43%) Ansible
12 3 (0.43%) QRadar
Vendors
1 68 (9.66%) VMware
2 61 (8.66%) Citrix
3 54 (7.67%) Cisco
4 41 (5.82%) Oracle
5 26 (3.69%) HP
6 20 (2.84%) Apple
6 20 (2.84%) Intel Security
7 18 (2.56%) Google
8 17 (2.41%) Lotus
9 16 (2.27%) IBM
10 14 (1.99%) Dell
10 14 (1.99%) SAP
11 13 (1.85%) NetApp
12 12 (1.70%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.42%) Tableau
14 8 (1.14%) Sitecore
15 7 (0.99%) Symantec
16 6 (0.85%) CA
16 6 (0.85%) Sophos
16 6 (0.85%) Sun
Cumbria
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £200 - £300 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Michael Page Technology
Rate: £100 - £125 per day + free parking and subsidised restaurant
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £18 - £20 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
North West England
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Up to £105 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Foresight Solutions
Rate: £0 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago