The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Salford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 4 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 3 13 9
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 4 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Salford 19.05% 6.67% 9.09%
As % of the Vendors category 44.44% 33.33% 30.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 1
Average daily rate
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£238 £325 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.92% -10.95%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £13.67
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 Salford region.

Vendors Category
Salford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
9 9 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Salford 42.86% 20.00% 29.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 9
Average daily rate £275 £325 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.38% -5.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £313 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £334 £367
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 4
Average hourly rate £16.40 - £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.98 £19.30
% change year-on-year
-1.22% -1.64%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Salford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Salford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Salford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Salford

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Salford

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Salford

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Salford

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Salford

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Salford 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 5 (71.43%) MS Excel
2 3 (42.86%) SQL
3 2 (28.57%) VMware
3 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) System Testing
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) Windows
3 2 (28.57%) HP
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 2 (28.57%) Project Management
3 2 (28.57%) Data Entry
3 2 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (28.57%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy
3 2 (28.57%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
3 2 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Office Automation
4 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (14.29%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database
4 1 (14.29%) Open Source
4 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
4 1 (14.29%) SAP Data Services
4 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (14.29%) DSDM
4 1 (14.29%) Adobe
4 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (14.29%) .NET
4 1 (14.29%) Oracle

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Salford by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Salford 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 1 (14.29%) LiveCycle
Applications
1 5 (71.43%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database 10g
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (14.29%) SAP Data Services
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle APEX
1 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Administrator
2 2 (28.57%) Project Coordinator
2 2 (28.57%) Coordinator
3 1 (14.29%) Project Administrator
3 1 (14.29%) SAP Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) HTML
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET
1 1 (14.29%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (14.29%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) Project Management
1 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
1 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
1 2 (28.57%) System Testing
1 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
1 2 (28.57%) Data Entry
1 2 (28.57%) Continuous Improvement
1 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy
1 2 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Office Automation
2 1 (14.29%) Open Source
2 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
2 1 (14.29%) DSDM
2 1 (14.29%) V-Model
2 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 1 (14.29%) Service Management
2 1 (14.29%) Scrum
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (14.29%) TDD
2 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) C#
2 1 (14.29%) Java
2 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) HP
1 2 (28.57%) VMware
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle
2 1 (14.29%) SAP
2 1 (14.29%) Adobe