The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Northern Ireland region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 20 January 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 15 9 8
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 27 11 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 11.69% 12.36% 14.56%
As % of the Vendors category 31.76% 25.00% 31.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 5
Median daily rate £325 £313 £105
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +197.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £136 £310 £102
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £340 £131
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 0 3
Median hourly rate £12.00 - £10.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 - £8.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 - £10.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-15.62% +6.66%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Northern Ireland region.

Vendors Category
Northern Ireland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
85 44 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 36.80% 49.44% 45.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 8 19
Median daily rate £326 £325 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.30% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £309 £70
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £420 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 0 4
Median hourly rate £12.00 - £10.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 - £7.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 - £13.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-17.77% +32.35%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Northern Ireland region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Northern Ireland region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 20 January 2017.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Northern Ireland region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 20 January 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
County Antrim -2 27 £325 +4.00% 11
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 21 (52.50%) MS Excel
2 17 (42.50%) Windows
3 16 (40.00%) MS Office
4 11 (27.50%) Active Directory
5 10 (25.00%) .NET
6 9 (22.50%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (20.00%) MS Exchange
8 7 (17.50%) SQL
8 7 (17.50%) Windows Server
9 6 (15.00%) Migration
9 6 (15.00%) Finance
9 6 (15.00%) Skype for Business
9 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
10 5 (12.50%) Project Management
10 5 (12.50%) C#
10 5 (12.50%) SQL Server
11 4 (10.00%) MS Project
11 4 (10.00%) PMP
11 4 (10.00%) PRINCE2
11 4 (10.00%) Change Management
11 4 (10.00%) Requirements Analysis
11 4 (10.00%) PowerShell
11 4 (10.00%) Office 365
11 4 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (10.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (10.00%) Skype
11 4 (10.00%) Presales
11 4 (10.00%) Budgeting and Forecasting
12 3 (7.50%) Software Delivery

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 8 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 6 (15.00%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.50%) IIS
3 1 (2.50%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 21 (52.50%) MS Excel
2 16 (40.00%) MS Office
3 5 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (10.00%) MS Project
5 1 (2.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.00%) Office 365
2 1 (2.50%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.00%) Skype
2 1 (2.50%) Cisco IPT
2 1 (2.50%) DHCP
2 1 (2.50%) DNS
2 1 (2.50%) LAN
2 1 (2.50%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.50%) MSI
General
1 6 (15.00%) Finance
2 2 (5.00%) Advertising
2 2 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.50%) Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 10 (25.00%) IT Support
2 9 (22.50%) Analyst
2 9 (22.50%) Developer
3 7 (17.50%) .NET Developer
3 7 (17.50%) Support Officer
4 5 (12.50%) Architect
4 5 (12.50%) Business Analyst
5 4 (10.00%) Exchange Architect
6 3 (7.50%) C# Developer
6 3 (7.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (7.50%) IT Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) Messaging Architect
6 3 (7.50%) Support Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) .NET Software Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
7 2 (5.00%) Rollout Engineer
7 2 (5.00%) Senior .NET Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Software Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (25.00%) .NET
2 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET
3 2 (5.00%) CSS
3 2 (5.00%) HTML
3 2 (5.00%) Web Services
3 2 (5.00%) WPF
3 2 (5.00%) XML
4 1 (2.50%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.50%) React
4 1 (2.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 9 (22.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.00%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.50%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.50%) Equities
3 1 (2.50%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 17 (42.50%) Windows
2 7 (17.50%) Windows Server
3 2 (5.00%) Windows 2000
3 2 (5.00%) Windows XP
4 1 (2.50%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (15.00%) Migration
2 5 (12.50%) Project Management
3 4 (10.00%) Budgeting and Forecasting
3 4 (10.00%) Change Management
3 4 (10.00%) Presales
3 4 (10.00%) PRINCE2
3 4 (10.00%) Requirements Analysis
3 4 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
4 3 (7.50%) Software Delivery
5 2 (5.00%) CRM
5 2 (5.00%) Software Testing
6 1 (2.50%) Business Analysis
6 1 (2.50%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (2.50%) Configuration Management
6 1 (2.50%) Data Analysis
6 1 (2.50%) ETL
6 1 (2.50%) Network Management
6 1 (2.50%) Software Engineering
6 1 (2.50%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (17.50%) SQL
2 5 (12.50%) C#
3 4 (10.00%) PowerShell
4 3 (7.50%) VB.NET
5 2 (5.00%) C
5 2 (5.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (10.00%) PMP
2 3 (7.50%) Degree
3 2 (5.00%) HND
4 1 (2.50%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 11 (27.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 4 (10.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (2.50%) MIMEsweeper
2 1 (2.50%) Simpana
2 1 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (2.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.50%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle
2 1 (2.50%) Apple
2 1 (2.50%) CA
2 1 (2.50%) Cisco
2 1 (2.50%) Citrix
2 1 (2.50%) Clearswift
2 1 (2.50%) CommVault
2 1 (2.50%) MobileIron
2 1 (2.50%) Symantec
2 1 (2.50%) VMware
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