The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 372 441 270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 12.47% 14.72% 13.08%
As % of the Vendors category 33.13% 34.35% 30.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 267 134
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £166 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 32 29
Average hourly rate £17.50 £13.63 £13.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.44% -2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.65 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.80 £24.40 £27.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Microsoft
England

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

Vendors Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1123 1284 894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 37.65% 42.86% 43.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 835 521
Average daily rate £365 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £480 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 81 56
Average hourly rate £20.19 £17.25 £13.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.01% +23.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £11.35 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.30 £37.50 £40.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.89%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 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
Wiltshire +2 97 £363 +11.53% 34
Somerset 0 79 £400 +23.07% 28
Bristol -3 62 £290 -17.14% 63
Dorset +6 35 £415 +32.80% 25
Devon +1 33 £263 +50.00% 16
Gloucestershire -18 27 £400 +18.08% 28
Cornwall +6 16 £105 -4.54%
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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.

1 286 (37.05%) Windows
2 217 (28.11%) SQL
3 210 (27.20%) SQL Server
4 194 (25.13%) Active Directory
5 193 (25.00%) MS Excel
6 175 (22.67%) .NET
7 163 (21.11%) MS Office
8 147 (19.04%) C#
9 126 (16.32%) Security Cleared
10 109 (14.12%) Agile Software Development
11 105 (13.60%) VMware
12 100 (12.95%) Finance
13 99 (12.82%) Visual Studio
13 99 (12.82%) Windows 7
14 91 (11.79%) SharePoint
15 88 (11.40%) ASP.NET
16 87 (11.27%) MS Exchange
17 85 (11.01%) SC Cleared
18 84 (10.88%) ITIL
19 70 (9.07%) VMware Infrastructure
20 69 (8.94%) Windows Server 2008
20 69 (8.94%) SQL Server 2008
21 65 (8.42%) Oracle
21 65 (8.42%) HTML
22 64 (8.29%) Windows XP
23 60 (7.77%) Citrix
24 59 (7.64%) CSS
24 59 (7.64%) .NET Framework
25 58 (7.51%) JavaScript
25 58 (7.51%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 91 (11.79%) SharePoint
2 87 (11.27%) MS Exchange
3 33 (4.27%) IIS
4 31 (4.02%) Exchange Server 2010
5 27 (3.50%) Lync
6 22 (2.85%) BizTalk Server
6 22 (2.85%) SharePoint 2010
7 21 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
8 20 (2.59%) SharePoint 2013
9 17 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2007
9 17 (2.20%) CMS
10 15 (1.94%) IBM Notes
11 10 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2003
12 7 (0.91%) Apache
13 5 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.52%) WebSphere
15 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2000
15 3 (0.39%) Umbraco
15 3 (0.39%) LiveCycle
Applications
1 193 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 163 (21.11%) MS Office
3 44 (5.70%) MS Project
4 20 (2.59%) MS Visio
5 19 (2.46%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.26%) SPSS
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.26%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 21 (2.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.20%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.52%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.39%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.39%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.39%) Maximo
5 3 (0.39%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.26%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.13%) Sage CRM
7 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.13%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.13%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.13%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.27%) Office 365
2 25 (3.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.26%) SaaS
3 2 (0.26%) PaaS
3 2 (0.26%) IaaS
3 2 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.13%) Yammer
4 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 42 (5.44%) Firewall
2 36 (4.66%) DNS
3 32 (4.15%) WAN
4 22 (2.85%) VPN
4 22 (2.85%) LAN
5 20 (2.59%) DHCP
6 17 (2.20%) SAN
7 14 (1.81%) Internet
8 12 (1.55%) TCP/IP
9 11 (1.42%) VoIP
10 8 (1.04%) NAS
10 8 (1.04%) Network Security
11 6 (0.78%) Wireless
11 6 (0.78%) MPLS
11 6 (0.78%) VLAN
12 5 (0.65%) IPsec
12 5 (0.65%) IP Telephony
13 4 (0.52%) WLAN
14 3 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
14 3 (0.39%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 210 (27.20%) SQL Server
2 69 (8.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 50 (6.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (5.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 40 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
6 38 (4.92%) SQL Server 2005
7 33 (4.27%) MS Access
8 26 (3.37%) SQL Server 2012
8 26 (3.37%) Oracle Database
9 20 (2.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 14 (1.81%) Oracle Reports
10 14 (1.81%) MySQL
11 13 (1.68%) Oracle Database 11g
12 12 (1.55%) SQL Server 2000
13 9 (1.17%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.78%) MongoDB
15 5 (0.65%) OLAP
16 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 4 (0.52%) DB2
Development Applications
1 99 (12.82%) Visual Studio
2 44 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.68%) Oracle Forms
4 9 (1.17%) JIRA
4 9 (1.17%) MSI
5 4 (0.52%) ERwin
5 4 (0.52%) Selenium
5 4 (0.52%) Oracle APEX
6 3 (0.39%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.39%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.39%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (0.39%) InstallShield
6 3 (0.39%) Ant
6 3 (0.39%) Subversion
7 2 (0.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.26%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.26%) Talend Open Studio
7 2 (0.26%) FinalBuilder
7 2 (0.26%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.13%) Yeoman
General
1 100 (12.95%) Finance
2 54 (6.99%) Retail
3 34 (4.40%) Manufacturing
4 33 (4.27%) Telecoms
5 25 (3.24%) Banking
6 16 (2.07%) Marketing
7 10 (1.30%) Electronics
8 9 (1.17%) Retail Banking
8 9 (1.17%) Back Office
9 7 (0.91%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.78%) Advertising
11 5 (0.65%) Local Government
12 3 (0.39%) Law
13 2 (0.26%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.26%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.26%) Legal
14 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.13%) Automotive
14 1 (0.13%) Billing
Job Titles
1 191 (24.74%) Developer
2 151 (19.56%) Analyst
3 66 (8.55%) Architect
4 63 (8.16%) .NET Developer
5 53 (6.87%) Support Engineer
6 40 (5.18%) Consultant
6 40 (5.18%) 2nd Line Support
7 39 (5.05%) Solutions Architect
8 34 (4.40%) Project Manager
9 33 (4.27%) Administrator
10 31 (4.02%) Desktop Support
11 27 (3.50%) SQL Developer
12 26 (3.37%) Service Analyst
13 25 (3.24%) Service Desk Analyst
14 22 (2.85%) DBA
14 22 (2.85%) Support Analyst
15 21 (2.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 20 (2.59%) ASP.NET Developer
17 17 (2.20%) Business Analyst
17 17 (2.20%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (22.67%) .NET
2 88 (11.40%) ASP.NET
3 65 (8.42%) HTML
4 59 (7.64%) CSS
4 59 (7.64%) .NET Framework
5 47 (6.09%) Web Services
6 44 (5.70%) jQuery
7 38 (4.92%) WCF
8 34 (4.40%) ASP.NET MVC
9 23 (2.98%) HTML5
10 19 (2.46%) ASP.NET MVC 3
11 18 (2.33%) Application Packaging
12 14 (1.81%) Ajax
12 14 (1.81%) XML
13 12 (1.55%) SOAP
13 12 (1.55%) MSMQ
13 12 (1.55%) CSS3
14 11 (1.42%) Entity Framework
14 11 (1.42%) LINQ
15 10 (1.30%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (4.27%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.33%) Clustering
3 18 (2.33%) GIS
4 16 (2.07%) Blackberry
5 15 (1.94%) NHS
6 14 (1.81%) Open Source
7 11 (1.42%) Data Integration
7 11 (1.42%) Fat Client
7 11 (1.42%) Thin Client
8 10 (1.30%) Client/Server
8 10 (1.30%) DTV
9 8 (1.04%) User Experience
10 7 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (0.78%) Device Driver
12 5 (0.65%) Mobile Banking
12 5 (0.65%) PDA
12 5 (0.65%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.65%) FMCG
12 5 (0.65%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 286 (37.05%) Windows
2 99 (12.82%) Windows 7
3 69 (8.94%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (8.29%) Windows XP
5 56 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 49 (6.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (3.63%) Linux
8 20 (2.59%) Windows 8
9 19 (2.46%) UNIX
10 10 (1.30%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.78%) SUSE
12 5 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.65%) Windows 2000 Server
12 5 (0.65%) Android
13 4 (0.52%) NetWare
13 4 (0.52%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.39%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.39%) AIX
14 3 (0.39%) Solaris
15 2 (0.26%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (14.12%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (10.88%) ITIL
3 58 (7.51%) Business Intelligence
4 57 (7.38%) Project Management
5 51 (6.61%) PRINCE2
5 51 (6.61%) MVC
6 50 (6.48%) CRM
7 47 (6.09%) Migration
8 35 (4.53%) ETL
9 34 (4.40%) UML
10 31 (4.02%) Scrum
11 30 (3.89%) Change Control
11 30 (3.89%) Programme Management
12 29 (3.76%) Information Security
13 28 (3.63%) SOA
13 28 (3.63%) Waterfall
14 26 (3.37%) E-Commerce
14 26 (3.37%) Test Scripting
15 25 (3.24%) Asset Management
16 23 (2.98%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 217 (28.11%) SQL
2 147 (19.04%) C#
3 58 (7.51%) JavaScript
4 49 (6.35%) VB
5 44 (5.70%) Java
6 42 (5.44%) T-SQL
7 28 (3.63%) VB.NET
8 26 (3.37%) PowerShell
9 22 (2.85%) PL/SQL
10 18 (2.33%) VBScript
11 17 (2.20%) VB6
12 14 (1.81%) VBA
13 13 (1.68%) X++
14 9 (1.17%) C++
14 9 (1.17%) C
15 7 (0.91%) Scala
16 5 (0.65%) PHP
17 2 (0.26%) Ruby
17 2 (0.26%) COBOL
17 2 (0.26%) Python
Qualifications
1 126 (16.32%) Security Cleared
2 85 (11.01%) SC Cleared
3 46 (5.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (3.37%) MCSE
5 21 (2.72%) DV Cleared
6 19 (2.46%) ISEB
7 14 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.68%) Degree
9 12 (1.55%) MCP
9 12 (1.55%) CCNA
10 11 (1.42%) MCSA
11 10 (1.30%) MCITP
12 9 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 6 (0.78%) CISM
13 6 (0.78%) CISSP
13 6 (0.78%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (0.65%) ISTQB
14 5 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.65%) MCTS
14 5 (0.65%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (2.72%) SLA
3 17 (2.20%) ISO 9000
4 16 (2.07%) QA
5 4 (0.52%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.39%) P3O
6 3 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.26%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.26%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.26%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.26%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.13%) WCAG
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 194 (25.13%) Active Directory
2 70 (9.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.11%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.59%) XenApp
5 17 (2.20%) VMware ESX
6 14 (1.81%) Microsoft App-V
7 13 (1.68%) vSphere
7 13 (1.68%) XenDesktop
8 9 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
9 6 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.52%) Firmware
11 3 (0.39%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.39%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.26%) NFS
12 2 (0.26%) ISA Server
12 2 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.26%) XenServer
12 2 (0.26%) Xen
12 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.13%) iptables
Systems Management
1 48 (6.22%) SCCM
2 18 (2.33%) SCOM
3 12 (1.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 7 (0.91%) WSUS
5 7 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (0.52%) ZENworks
7 3 (0.39%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.39%) Puppet
7 3 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.39%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.39%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.26%) Oracle EDQ
8 2 (0.26%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.13%) SCSM
9 1 (0.13%) Windows Intune
9 1 (0.13%) WMI
9 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 105 (13.60%) VMware
2 65 (8.42%) Oracle
3 60 (7.77%) Citrix
4 41 (5.31%) SAP
5 32 (4.15%) Cisco
6 23 (2.98%) HP
6 23 (2.98%) McAfee
7 19 (2.46%) Symantec
8 18 (2.33%) Lotus
9 10 (1.30%) Business Objects
9 10 (1.30%) IBM
9 10 (1.30%) LANDesk
10 8 (1.04%) Red Hat
10 8 (1.04%) Novell
11 7 (0.91%) Remedy
11 7 (0.91%) Dell
11 7 (0.91%) AppSense
11 7 (0.91%) Wyse
12 6 (0.78%) Avaya
12 6 (0.78%) NetApp
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £340 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Yeovil
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
South West
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £30k - £35k plus package
Posted: 6 hours ago
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Blue Personnel
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Dorset
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £17500.00 - £18300.00 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Poole, Dorset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Devon
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £350 - 375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £325 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Information Technology Services
Rate: £18 - 21 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Barnstaple, Devon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £20 - £21 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Quanta Consultancy Services
Rate: competitive rates
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market rates paid weekly
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £80 - 100 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol Area
Venn Group
Rate: £100 - £200 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago