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 30 October 2014 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 14 15 10
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 14 6 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 9.86% 5.56% 8.94%
As % of the Vendors category 21.88% 13.04% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 4
Average daily rate
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£315 £135 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+133.33% -40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £137 £127 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £340 £279
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £11.00 - £16.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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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
64 46 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 45.07% 42.59% 43.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 17 26
Average daily rate £275 £290 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.17% +16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £125 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £400 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
Average hourly rate £11.00 £13.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.51% -12.90%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%

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 30 October 2014.

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 30 October 2014. 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 14 £315 +142.30% 11
County Londonderry - - - -
County Down - - - - 1
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UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 10 (38.46%) Windows
2 8 (30.77%) Banking
3 6 (23.08%) Investment Banking
3 6 (23.08%) Finance
3 6 (23.08%) Linux
3 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
3 6 (23.08%) MS Excel
4 5 (19.23%) Active Directory
4 5 (19.23%) SQL
5 4 (15.38%) .NET
5 4 (15.38%) WebLogic
5 4 (15.38%) MS Office
5 4 (15.38%) TIBCO
5 4 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (15.38%) Subversion
5 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (15.38%) TIBCO EMS
5 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (15.38%) CollabNet
5 4 (15.38%) Git (software)
5 4 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (15.38%) Hudson
5 4 (15.38%) Jenkins
5 4 (15.38%) Relational Database
6 3 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (11.54%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (11.54%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (11.54%) Knowledge Management
6 3 (11.54%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (11.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 4 (15.38%) WebLogic
1 4 (15.38%) TIBCO EMS
2 3 (11.54%) MS Exchange
3 2 (7.69%) IBM HTTP Server
3 2 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (7.69%) WebSphere
4 1 (3.85%) Lync
4 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.85%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 6 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 4 (15.38%) MS Office
3 3 (11.54%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (11.54%) MS Visio
3 3 (11.54%) MS Project
4 1 (3.85%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (7.69%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) DMZ
1 1 (3.85%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 4 (15.38%) Relational Database
3 3 (11.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (11.54%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (7.69%) QlikView
4 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Power View
4 2 (7.69%) Oracle Database
5 1 (3.85%) ZAP BI
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (3.85%) MS Access
5 1 (3.85%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Subversion
1 4 (15.38%) Git (software)
1 4 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (15.38%) Hudson
1 4 (15.38%) Jenkins
2 2 (7.69%) TeamCity
3 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (30.77%) Banking
2 6 (23.08%) Investment Banking
2 6 (23.08%) Finance
3 2 (7.69%) Advertising
4 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Developer
2 5 (19.23%) Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Business Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Consultant
3 4 (15.38%) Administrator
4 3 (11.54%) Microsoft Consultant
4 3 (11.54%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (7.69%) Business Intelligence Consultant
5 2 (7.69%) Architect
5 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Banking Business Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) CRM Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Microsoft BI Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) IT Technician
6 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) Dynamics AX Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) .NET
2 2 (7.69%) HTML
2 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET
2 2 (7.69%) CSS
2 2 (7.69%) jQuery
2 2 (7.69%) WCF
2 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Clustering
2 2 (7.69%) Credit Risk
2 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.85%) Visualisation
3 1 (3.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (38.46%) Windows
2 6 (23.08%) Linux
3 2 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.85%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (3.85%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (11.54%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (11.54%) Capacity Planning
2 3 (11.54%) Knowledge Management
2 3 (11.54%) Data Modelling
2 3 (11.54%) Project Management
3 2 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (7.69%) Migration
3 2 (7.69%) Change Management
3 2 (7.69%) MVC
3 2 (7.69%) CRM
3 2 (7.69%) ETL
3 2 (7.69%) Requirements Management
3 2 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (3.85%) Use Case
4 1 (3.85%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) SQL
2 3 (11.54%) C#
3 1 (3.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.85%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) Basel III
1 1 (3.85%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (19.23%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 1 (3.85%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 4 (15.38%) TIBCO
1 4 (15.38%) CollabNet
2 3 (11.54%) Citrix
2 3 (11.54%) VMware
3 2 (7.69%) Ab Initio
3 2 (7.69%) Oracle
3 2 (7.69%) Red Hat
3 2 (7.69%) Actimize
3 2 (7.69%) Tableau
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco
4 1 (3.85%) Business Objects
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