The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the South West region.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 343 274 424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.28% 12.79% 13.85%
As % of the Vendors category 27.29% 29.75% 33.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 159 232
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £164 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £454 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 26 44
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.61 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.33% -24.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £10.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.60 £26.25 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.44
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.05%
Vendors Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1257 921 1254
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 41.34% 42.98% 40.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 803 541 675
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £479 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 67 100
Average hourly rate £20.06 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.62% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.88 £11.00 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £41.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.56%
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England

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 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
Wiltshire +2 114 £331 +3.03% 27
Bristol -7 62 £320 -7.24% 55
Gloucestershire -7 53 £380 +22.28% 20
Somerset -11 42 £325 - 25
Devon -4 29 £183 -47.85% 17
Dorset +1 18 £225 +9.75% 29
Cornwall - 4 £110 - 4
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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.

1 347 (40.97%) Windows
2 267 (31.52%) MS Excel
3 229 (27.04%) Security Cleared
4 170 (20.07%) SC Cleared
5 169 (19.95%) MS Office
6 157 (18.54%) Active Directory
7 154 (18.18%) ITIL
8 141 (16.65%) SharePoint
9 134 (15.82%) VMware
10 127 (14.99%) Windows 7
11 121 (14.29%) Finance
12 119 (14.05%) SQL Server
13 118 (13.93%) SQL
14 113 (13.34%) .NET
15 105 (12.40%) Project Management
16 95 (11.22%) MS Project
17 94 (11.10%) C#
18 91 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
19 89 (10.51%) MS Exchange
20 87 (10.27%) User Acceptance Testing
21 84 (9.92%) VMware Infrastructure
21 84 (9.92%) PRINCE2
22 82 (9.68%) Windows XP
23 73 (8.62%) SAP
24 70 (8.26%) Firewall
25 68 (8.03%) SLA
26 67 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003
27 66 (7.79%) Migration
28 64 (7.56%) Service Delivery
28 64 (7.56%) Cisco

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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
1 141 (16.65%) SharePoint
2 89 (10.51%) MS Exchange
3 42 (4.96%) IIS
4 40 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2010
5 36 (4.25%) SharePoint 2013
6 35 (4.13%) SharePoint 2010
7 25 (2.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 23 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
9 21 (2.48%) Lync
10 19 (2.24%) SharePoint Server
11 18 (2.13%) CMS
12 17 (2.01%) Exchange Server 2003
13 10 (1.18%) MS Project Server
14 9 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.94%) Apache
16 6 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
17 4 (0.47%) Drupal
18 3 (0.35%) Node.js
19 2 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
19 2 (0.24%) Railo
Applications
1 267 (31.52%) MS Excel
2 169 (19.95%) MS Office
3 95 (11.22%) MS Project
4 35 (4.13%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (2.95%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.83%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.35%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 15 (1.77%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.59%) SAP SD
3 5 (0.59%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.35%) SAP R/3
4 3 (0.35%) assyst
4 3 (0.35%) Summit
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.24%) Maximo
5 2 (0.24%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.12%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 38 (4.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (2.48%) Office 365
3 3 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.12%) SaaS
4 1 (0.12%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 70 (8.26%) Firewall
2 37 (4.37%) DNS
3 28 (3.31%) TCP/IP
4 27 (3.19%) SAN
5 26 (3.07%) DHCP
6 25 (2.95%) Internet
7 22 (2.60%) LAN
8 21 (2.48%) WAN
9 19 (2.24%) Intranet
10 17 (2.01%) Wireless
10 17 (2.01%) Cisco PIX
11 13 (1.53%) Network Security
12 11 (1.30%) VPN
12 11 (1.30%) LDAP
13 9 (1.06%) VoIP
13 9 (1.06%) NetScaler
14 7 (0.83%) SMTP
14 7 (0.83%) SNMP
15 5 (0.59%) HTTP
16 4 (0.47%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (14.05%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (3.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (2.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
6 20 (2.36%) SQL Server 2005
6 20 (2.36%) Relational Database
7 17 (2.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 14 (1.65%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (1.65%) SAP BW
9 10 (1.18%) RDBMS
9 10 (1.18%) MySQL
10 8 (0.94%) SAP BI
10 8 (0.94%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 6 (0.71%) MS Access
11 6 (0.71%) OLAP
12 5 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.47%) EDRMS
13 4 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 58 (6.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (4.60%) Visual Studio
3 18 (2.13%) SpecFlow
4 10 (1.18%) Selenium
5 9 (1.06%) ClearCase
6 8 (0.94%) MSI
7 5 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.47%) Subversion
8 4 (0.47%) JIRA
9 3 (0.35%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.35%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.35%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.35%) Hudson
10 2 (0.24%) FitNesse
10 2 (0.24%) Talend Open Studio
10 2 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
10 2 (0.24%) PVCS
10 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.24%) NUnit
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
General
1 121 (14.29%) Finance
2 53 (6.26%) Banking
3 48 (5.67%) Telecoms
4 36 (4.25%) Retail
5 32 (3.78%) Retail Banking
6 20 (2.36%) Back Office
7 19 (2.24%) Front Office
7 19 (2.24%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.65%) Marketing
9 13 (1.53%) Publishing
10 9 (1.06%) Military
11 6 (0.71%) Electronics
12 5 (0.59%) Advertising
13 4 (0.47%) Legal
14 2 (0.24%) Billing
14 2 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.24%) Automotive
15 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.12%) French Language
Job Titles
1 202 (23.85%) Analyst
2 117 (13.81%) Developer
3 61 (7.20%) Administrator
4 49 (5.79%) Support Analyst
4 49 (5.79%) Support Engineer
5 47 (5.55%) Test Analyst
5 47 (5.55%) Consultant
6 45 (5.31%) Project Manager
7 35 (4.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 35 (4.13%) .NET Developer
8 31 (3.66%) Desktop Support
9 29 (3.42%) Business Analyst
10 26 (3.07%) Architect
10 26 (3.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 25 (2.95%) Senior Analyst
12 22 (2.60%) Senior Test Analyst
13 21 (2.48%) C# Developer
13 21 (2.48%) Service Analyst
13 21 (2.48%) Systems Administrator
13 21 (2.48%) PMO Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (13.34%) .NET
2 51 (6.02%) ASP.NET
3 47 (5.55%) HTML
4 35 (4.13%) CSS
5 33 (3.90%) Web Services
6 24 (2.83%) XML
7 22 (2.60%) jQuery
7 22 (2.60%) ASP.NET MVC
7 22 (2.60%) HTML5
8 17 (2.01%) .NET Framework
9 14 (1.65%) CSS3
10 11 (1.30%) Gherkin
10 11 (1.30%) REST
10 11 (1.30%) WCF
11 9 (1.06%) JSON
11 9 (1.06%) Ajax
11 9 (1.06%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 8 (0.94%) Middleware
13 7 (0.83%) MDX
13 7 (0.83%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 36 (4.25%) Management Information System
2 25 (2.95%) Thin Client
2 25 (2.95%) CMDB
2 25 (2.95%) Fat Client
3 21 (2.48%) Statistics
4 15 (1.77%) GIS
5 14 (1.65%) NHS
5 14 (1.65%) Blackberry
6 13 (1.53%) FMCG
7 10 (1.18%) iPhone
7 10 (1.18%) Open Source
7 10 (1.18%) Clustering
8 7 (0.83%) iPad
9 6 (0.71%) Replication
9 6 (0.71%) DTV
9 6 (0.71%) Client/Server
9 6 (0.71%) PMI
10 5 (0.59%) Mobile App
10 5 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (0.47%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 347 (40.97%) Windows
2 127 (14.99%) Windows 7
3 91 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 82 (9.68%) Windows XP
5 67 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003
6 40 (4.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (4.49%) Linux
8 27 (3.19%) Windows 8
9 20 (2.36%) Solaris
9 20 (2.36%) Apple iOS
10 19 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (1.89%) Mac OS X
12 8 (0.94%) Android
13 7 (0.83%) CentOS
13 7 (0.83%) UNIX
14 5 (0.59%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.35%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.35%) Windows NT
16 1 (0.12%) AIX
16 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (18.18%) ITIL
2 105 (12.40%) Project Management
3 87 (10.27%) User Acceptance Testing
4 84 (9.92%) PRINCE2
5 66 (7.79%) Migration
6 64 (7.56%) Service Delivery
7 59 (6.97%) Change Management
8 56 (6.61%) Test Scripting
9 48 (5.67%) Test Management
10 44 (5.19%) Service Management
11 43 (5.08%) Business Intelligence
12 39 (4.60%) Software Testing
12 39 (4.60%) Change Control
13 38 (4.49%) Stakeholder Management
13 38 (4.49%) MVC
14 33 (3.90%) Scrum
15 31 (3.66%) Asset Management
16 30 (3.54%) Capacity Management
17 27 (3.19%) Portfolio Management
17 27 (3.19%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 118 (13.93%) SQL
2 94 (11.10%) C#
3 52 (6.14%) JavaScript
4 47 (5.55%) PowerShell
5 25 (2.95%) T-SQL
6 20 (2.36%) VB
7 18 (2.13%) VBScript
7 18 (2.13%) ABAP
8 17 (2.01%) Java
9 14 (1.65%) VBA
10 12 (1.42%) VB.NET
10 12 (1.42%) C
11 11 (1.30%) Perl
11 11 (1.30%) PHP
12 10 (1.18%) PL/SQL
13 9 (1.06%) Ruby
14 7 (0.83%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.47%) C++
16 3 (0.35%) VB6
17 2 (0.24%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
Qualifications
1 229 (27.04%) Security Cleared
2 170 (20.07%) SC Cleared
3 63 (7.44%) Microsoft Certification
4 49 (5.79%) DV Cleared
5 44 (5.19%) ISEB
6 42 (4.96%) MCP
7 32 (3.78%) ITIL Certification
8 29 (3.42%) ISTQB
8 29 (3.42%) Degree
8 29 (3.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 25 (2.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 21 (2.48%) MCSE
11 19 (2.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 14 (1.65%) MCSA
12 14 (1.65%) Cisco Certification
12 14 (1.65%) PMP
12 14 (1.65%) PMI Certification
13 9 (1.06%) CCNA
14 7 (0.83%) CCNP
15 5 (0.59%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (8.03%) SLA
2 22 (2.60%) QA
3 15 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (1.65%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.35%) ISO 14001
5 3 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.35%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) HL7
7 1 (0.12%) Basel II
7 1 (0.12%) FINREP
System Software
1 157 (18.54%) Active Directory
2 84 (9.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.31%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.36%) VMware ESX
5 18 (2.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 17 (2.01%) vSphere
7 16 (1.89%) XenApp
8 14 (1.65%) ISA Server
9 12 (1.42%) XenDesktop
10 11 (1.30%) Microsoft App-V
11 9 (1.06%) NFS
12 7 (0.83%) qmail
12 7 (0.83%) Squid
13 5 (0.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.47%) vCloud
15 3 (0.35%) UAG
16 1 (0.12%) XenServer
16 1 (0.12%) Samba
16 1 (0.12%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 42 (4.96%) SCCM
2 19 (2.24%) SCOM
2 19 (2.24%) NetBackup
3 18 (2.13%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 13 (1.53%) WSUS
4 13 (1.53%) HP SIM
5 10 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (0.71%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (0.71%) SCOrch
7 6 (0.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 6 (0.71%) SCSM
8 5 (0.59%) Backup Exec
8 5 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.35%) MIIS
9 3 (0.35%) ARCserve
10 2 (0.24%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.24%) SCDPM
10 2 (0.24%) MOM
Vendors
1 134 (15.82%) VMware
2 73 (8.62%) SAP
3 64 (7.56%) Cisco
4 52 (6.14%) Citrix
5 51 (6.02%) HP
6 37 (4.37%) Oracle
7 33 (3.90%) Symantec
8 23 (2.72%) McAfee
9 22 (2.60%) SolarWinds
10 19 (2.24%) CheckPoint
11 17 (2.01%) Avaya
12 13 (1.53%) Red Hat
13 12 (1.42%) NetApp
13 12 (1.42%) Sophos
14 11 (1.30%) Dell
15 10 (1.18%) 3PAR
16 9 (1.06%) Mitel
17 8 (0.94%) Lumension
17 8 (0.94%) Business Objects
17 8 (0.94%) Apple
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