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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 1 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 9 12
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 9 13 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 14.75% 11.02% 8.59%
As % of the Vendors category 27.27% 23.21% 17.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 3
Average daily rate
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£269 £325 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.30% +22.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £307 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £418 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £17.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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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
33 56 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 54.10% 47.46% 49.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 31 28
Average daily rate £200 £315 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.50% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £375 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £17.00 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +25.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -6.73%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Northern Ireland region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 1 September 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 1 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
County Antrim +2 8 £269 -16.66% 4
County Armagh - 1 - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 11 (44.00%) ITIL
2 10 (40.00%) Windows
2 10 (40.00%) IIS
3 8 (32.00%) Web Services
3 8 (32.00%) SharePoint
4 6 (24.00%) IBM Notes
4 6 (24.00%) SQL
4 6 (24.00%) Cognos
4 6 (24.00%) Intranet
4 6 (24.00%) Internet
4 6 (24.00%) Extranet
4 6 (24.00%) Lotus
4 6 (24.00%) Replication
5 5 (20.00%) assyst
5 5 (20.00%) Finance
5 5 (20.00%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (20.00%) ISA Server
5 5 (20.00%) .NET
5 5 (20.00%) UNIX
5 5 (20.00%) MS Excel
6 4 (16.00%) MS Access
6 4 (16.00%) Linux
6 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (12.00%) Migration
7 3 (12.00%) Banking
7 3 (12.00%) MCSE
7 3 (12.00%) Shell Script
7 3 (12.00%) Oracle

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 10 (40.00%) IIS
2 8 (32.00%) SharePoint
3 6 (24.00%) IBM Notes
4 5 (20.00%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (4.00%) CMS
5 1 (4.00%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (4.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (4.00%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (12.00%) MS Office
3 1 (4.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (20.00%) assyst
2 1 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (24.00%) Intranet
1 6 (24.00%) Internet
1 6 (24.00%) Extranet
2 2 (8.00%) Firewall
2 2 (8.00%) DNS
2 2 (8.00%) DMZ
3 1 (4.00%) CTI
3 1 (4.00%) SAN
3 1 (4.00%) WAN
3 1 (4.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (4.00%) Cisco ICM
3 1 (4.00%) NetScaler
3 1 (4.00%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) MS Access
2 2 (8.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (8.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (4.00%) Oracle Discoverer
3 1 (4.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (4.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Ant
1 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio
1 1 (4.00%) Oracle Forms
General
1 5 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Banking
3 2 (8.00%) Advertising
4 1 (4.00%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Law
4 1 (4.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (40.00%) Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Developer
2 6 (24.00%) Support Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Web Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Web Support Analyst
3 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Developer
4 2 (8.00%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Office 365 Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Business Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) .NET Developer
4 2 (8.00%) Systems Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Access Developer
5 1 (4.00%) Operations Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) DBA
5 1 (4.00%) C# Developer
5 1 (4.00%) Service Desk Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) IT Manager
5 1 (4.00%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.00%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (32.00%) Web Services
2 5 (20.00%) .NET
3 3 (12.00%) COM
4 2 (8.00%) .NET Framework
5 1 (4.00%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (4.00%) Middleware
5 1 (4.00%) HTML
5 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Replication
2 1 (4.00%) Clustering
2 1 (4.00%) IVR
2 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.00%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.00%) Visualisation
2 1 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.00%) User Experience
2 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 10 (40.00%) Windows
2 5 (20.00%) UNIX
3 4 (16.00%) Linux
3 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (8.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (8.00%) Windows 7
5 2 (8.00%) Solaris
6 1 (4.00%) Windows NT
6 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
6 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (44.00%) ITIL
2 3 (12.00%) Performance Tuning
2 3 (12.00%) Migration
3 2 (8.00%) Data Modelling
3 2 (8.00%) Load Balancing
3 2 (8.00%) Performance Analysis
3 2 (8.00%) Database Security
4 1 (4.00%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (4.00%) CRM
4 1 (4.00%) Server Building
4 1 (4.00%) SDLC
4 1 (4.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (4.00%) Usability Testing
4 1 (4.00%) Database Tuning
4 1 (4.00%) UX Design
4 1 (4.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (4.00%) User Stories
4 1 (4.00%) SOA
4 1 (4.00%) Project Management
4 1 (4.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (24.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) Shell Script
3 2 (8.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (8.00%) VBScript
3 2 (8.00%) VBA
3 2 (8.00%) C#
4 1 (4.00%) Delphi
4 1 (4.00%) Java
4 1 (4.00%) Perl
4 1 (4.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) Jython
Qualifications
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (12.00%) MCSE
3 1 (4.00%) MCSA
3 1 (4.00%) CCA
3 1 (4.00%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (4.00%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (4.00%) Degree
3 1 (4.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (20.00%) ISA Server
2 1 (4.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 1 (4.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 1 (4.00%) Cisco IPCC
1 1 (4.00%) Oracle RMAN
1 1 (4.00%) SCCM
1 1 (4.00%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 6 (24.00%) Cognos
1 6 (24.00%) Lotus
2 3 (12.00%) Oracle
3 2 (8.00%) F5
3 2 (8.00%) Citrix
3 2 (8.00%) Red Hat
3 2 (8.00%) Cisco
4 1 (4.00%) IBM
4 1 (4.00%) Sun
4 1 (4.00%) Remedy
4 1 (4.00%) McAfee
4 1 (4.00%) VMware
4 1 (4.00%) Juniper