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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 422 409 413
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.17% 12.69% 15.91%
As % of the Vendors category 34.96% 31.71% 38.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 248 237
Average daily rate £350 £350 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £187 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £503 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 38 36
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +9.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.22 £38.60 £28.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
1207 1290 1063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 40.52% 40.01% 40.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 791 773 610
Average daily rate £356 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.06% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £215 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £535 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 75 62
Average hourly rate £19.00 £24.38 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.05% +54.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.53 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £45.00 £30.81
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
Bristol +2 121 £350 +7.69% 62
Wiltshire -2 114 £350 -6.66% 42
Somerset -3 54 £400 - 26
Gloucestershire +10 43 £295 -9.23% 26
Devon +8 43 £325 - 12
Dorset -10 14 £256 +6.11% 27
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 309 (35.76%) Windows
2 268 (31.02%) MS Excel
3 232 (26.85%) SQL Server
4 218 (25.23%) Active Directory
5 198 (22.92%) MS Office
6 188 (21.76%) .NET
7 168 (19.44%) SQL
8 162 (18.75%) Security Cleared
9 152 (17.59%) Finance
10 146 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
11 125 (14.47%) C#
12 112 (12.96%) Windows Server
13 111 (12.85%) VMware
14 103 (11.92%) JavaScript
15 100 (11.57%) ITIL
15 100 (11.57%) SC Cleared
16 91 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
17 90 (10.42%) Scrum
18 87 (10.07%) Windows 7
19 85 (9.84%) Windows Server 2008
20 80 (9.26%) Project Management
21 76 (8.80%) VMware Infrastructure
22 75 (8.68%) Windows Server 2012
23 74 (8.56%) MS Exchange
23 74 (8.56%) MVC
24 71 (8.22%) HTML
25 70 (8.10%) SharePoint
26 69 (7.99%) Business Intelligence
27 68 (7.87%) Migration
28 65 (7.52%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 74 (8.56%) MS Exchange
2 70 (8.10%) SharePoint
3 41 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2010
4 39 (4.51%) IIS
5 33 (3.82%) BizTalk Server
6 30 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2007
8 15 (1.74%) CMS
9 13 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2003
10 11 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.16%) Skype for Business
11 10 (1.16%) Tomcat
12 8 (0.93%) IBM Notes
12 8 (0.93%) SharePoint 2013
13 6 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.69%) IBM Domino
13 6 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
14 5 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
15 4 (0.46%) Node.js
15 4 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 268 (31.02%) MS Excel
2 198 (22.92%) MS Office
3 41 (4.75%) MS Project
4 21 (2.43%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (2.43%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.58%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.35%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.23%) CATIA
9 2 (0.23%) RoboHelp
9 2 (0.23%) SPSS
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.12%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 1 (0.12%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 38 (4.40%) Dynamics AX
2 19 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (1.74%) Primavera
3 15 (1.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 14 (1.62%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.58%) Documaker
6 4 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.46%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.23%) BPCS
8 1 (0.12%) BASE24
8 1 (0.12%) BigMachines
8 1 (0.12%) Maximo
8 1 (0.12%) SAP CO
8 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
8 1 (0.12%) SDL Web 8
8 1 (0.12%) Teamcenter
8 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 60 (6.94%) Office 365
2 37 (4.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (1.39%) SaaS
5 4 (0.46%) IaaS
6 3 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.35%) PaaS
7 2 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.23%) Google App Engine
7 2 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
8 1 (0.12%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.60%) DNS
2 49 (5.67%) Firewall
3 46 (5.32%) TCP/IP
4 44 (5.09%) DHCP
5 34 (3.94%) Internet
6 31 (3.59%) LAN
7 24 (2.78%) WAN
8 19 (2.20%) VPN
9 18 (2.08%) SAN
10 12 (1.39%) Wireless
11 10 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
11 10 (1.16%) VoIP
12 9 (1.04%) Ethernet
13 6 (0.69%) HTTP
14 5 (0.58%) MPLS
14 5 (0.58%) NAS
14 5 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
15 4 (0.46%) Cisco Nexus
15 4 (0.46%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 232 (26.85%) SQL Server
2 64 (7.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 59 (6.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 49 (5.67%) Data Warehouse
5 44 (5.09%) SQL Server 2008
6 26 (3.01%) MS Access
7 23 (2.66%) Relational Database
8 22 (2.55%) BusinessObjects
9 20 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
10 18 (2.08%) RDBMS
11 13 (1.50%) QlikView
11 13 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 12 (1.39%) BusinessObjects XI
13 11 (1.27%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
13 11 (1.27%) Ingres
13 11 (1.27%) SAP BI
13 11 (1.27%) SAP Data Services
13 11 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
13 11 (1.27%) Xcelsius
14 6 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 52 (6.02%) Visual Studio
2 49 (5.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (3.24%) Git (software)
4 27 (3.13%) Cucumber
5 25 (2.89%) Capybara
5 25 (2.89%) Jenkins
6 16 (1.85%) Maven
7 11 (1.27%) MorphX
8 8 (0.93%) Selenium
8 8 (0.93%) SpecFlow
9 6 (0.69%) Rational DOORS
10 4 (0.46%) JIRA
10 4 (0.46%) Oracle Forms
11 3 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 2 (0.23%) NUnit
12 2 (0.23%) WATIR
12 2 (0.23%) WebDriver
13 1 (0.12%) Rational Functional Tester
13 1 (0.12%) TestComplete
13 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 152 (17.59%) Finance
2 29 (3.36%) Back Office
2 29 (3.36%) Telecoms
3 28 (3.24%) Manufacturing
4 25 (2.89%) Advertising
5 17 (1.97%) Electronics
6 16 (1.85%) Banking
6 16 (1.85%) Marketing
7 9 (1.04%) Retail
8 8 (0.93%) Legal
9 7 (0.81%) Billing
9 7 (0.81%) Publishing
10 6 (0.69%) Law
11 5 (0.58%) Front Office
11 5 (0.58%) Military
12 4 (0.46%) German Language
13 3 (0.35%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.35%) Local Government
13 3 (0.35%) Polish Language
14 2 (0.23%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 216 (25.00%) Developer
2 160 (18.52%) Analyst
3 63 (7.29%) Consultant
4 61 (7.06%) Support Engineer
5 53 (6.13%) .NET Developer
6 43 (4.98%) Project Manager
7 40 (4.63%) Administrator
8 37 (4.28%) C# Developer
8 37 (4.28%) Test Analyst
9 29 (3.36%) SQL Developer
10 28 (3.24%) Service Analyst
11 27 (3.13%) Desktop Support
12 25 (2.89%) Business Analyst
13 24 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support
13 24 (2.78%) 3rd Line Support
14 23 (2.66%) C# .NET Developer
14 23 (2.66%) DBA
14 23 (2.66%) Desktop Engineer
14 23 (2.66%) Service Desk Analyst
15 22 (2.55%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 188 (21.76%) .NET
2 71 (8.22%) HTML
3 65 (7.52%) ASP.NET
4 63 (7.29%) CSS
5 43 (4.98%) jQuery
6 42 (4.86%) .NET Framework
7 39 (4.51%) WCF
8 38 (4.40%) Web Services
9 37 (4.28%) ASP.NET MVC
10 32 (3.70%) XML
11 29 (3.36%) AngularJS
12 27 (3.13%) HTML5
13 24 (2.78%) Gherkin
14 21 (2.43%) Entity Framework
14 21 (2.43%) REST
15 19 (2.20%) ASP.NET Web API
16 16 (1.85%) MCollective
17 15 (1.74%) CSS3
18 13 (1.50%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 13 (1.50%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 91 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.82%) Data Centre
3 26 (3.01%) User Experience
4 22 (2.55%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.43%) Data Structures
6 16 (1.85%) Blackberry
7 14 (1.62%) Computer Science
7 14 (1.62%) Driving Licence
7 14 (1.62%) NHS
8 13 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
8 13 (1.50%) Fat Client
8 13 (1.50%) Thin Client
9 11 (1.27%) Clustering
9 11 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
10 10 (1.16%) Statistics
11 8 (0.93%) Data Integration
11 8 (0.93%) Replication
12 7 (0.81%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.69%) AS400
13 6 (0.69%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 309 (35.76%) Windows
2 112 (12.96%) Windows Server
3 87 (10.07%) Windows 7
4 85 (9.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 75 (8.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 57 (6.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 51 (5.90%) Linux
8 46 (5.32%) Windows XP
9 29 (3.36%) Windows 8
10 19 (2.20%) Android
11 17 (1.97%) Unix
12 16 (1.85%) Apple iOS
13 15 (1.74%) Windows Vista
14 7 (0.81%) Windows 2000
15 6 (0.69%) Windows 10
16 3 (0.35%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.35%) Solaris
16 3 (0.35%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.35%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (11.57%) ITIL
3 90 (10.42%) Scrum
4 80 (9.26%) Project Management
5 74 (8.56%) MVC
6 69 (7.99%) Business Intelligence
7 68 (7.87%) Migration
8 51 (5.90%) PRINCE2
9 49 (5.67%) ETL
10 38 (4.40%) Software Engineering
11 37 (4.28%) Continuous Integration
12 35 (4.05%) Time Management
13 31 (3.59%) CRM
14 30 (3.47%) OO
15 27 (3.13%) Data Migration
16 26 (3.01%) Change Management
16 26 (3.01%) Service Management
16 26 (3.01%) TDD
17 24 (2.78%) DevOps
18 21 (2.43%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 168 (19.44%) SQL
2 125 (14.47%) C#
3 103 (11.92%) JavaScript
4 52 (6.02%) Ruby
5 48 (5.56%) PowerShell
6 37 (4.28%) Java
6 37 (4.28%) T-SQL
7 29 (3.36%) VB
8 22 (2.55%) C
9 19 (2.20%) C++
10 17 (1.97%) VBA
11 16 (1.85%) Bash Shell
12 12 (1.39%) Python
13 11 (1.27%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.27%) VB.NET
14 9 (1.04%) VBScript
15 8 (0.93%) Perl
15 8 (0.93%) PHP
16 6 (0.69%) RPG
17 5 (0.58%) VB6
Qualifications
1 162 (18.75%) Security Cleared
2 100 (11.57%) SC Cleared
3 44 (5.09%) Microsoft Certification
4 43 (4.98%) DV Cleared
5 37 (4.28%) Degree
6 18 (2.08%) MCSE
7 15 (1.74%) APMP
8 14 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.50%) MCSA
10 12 (1.39%) CCNA
11 10 (1.16%) HND
11 10 (1.16%) ISEB
11 10 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (0.81%) MCITP
12 7 (0.81%) MCP
12 7 (0.81%) PMI Certification
12 7 (0.81%) PMP
13 6 (0.69%) CCNP
13 6 (0.69%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.05%) QA
2 31 (3.59%) SLA
3 13 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.58%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.35%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.23%) COSHH
7 2 (0.23%) WCAG
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 218 (25.23%) Active Directory
2 76 (8.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (2.78%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.08%) vSphere
5 17 (1.97%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (1.85%) VMware ESX
6 16 (1.85%) XenApp
7 10 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (1.04%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.46%) Firmware
9 4 (0.46%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.35%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.23%) Xen
12 1 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.12%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.12%) UAG
12 1 (0.12%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 56 (6.48%) SCCM
2 18 (2.08%) Puppet
3 17 (1.97%) WSUS
4 16 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (0.69%) SCOM
7 5 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 4 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (0.46%) Windows Intune
9 3 (0.35%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.35%) Nessus
9 3 (0.35%) SCDPM
9 3 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 2 (0.23%) Data Guard
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.12%) NetBackup
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 1 (0.12%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 111 (12.85%) VMware
2 47 (5.44%) Citrix
2 47 (5.44%) SAP
3 44 (5.09%) Cisco
4 25 (2.89%) HP
4 25 (2.89%) Oracle
5 23 (2.66%) Apple
6 18 (2.08%) Symantec
7 15 (1.74%) IBM
8 13 (1.50%) NetApp
9 12 (1.39%) Remedy
10 10 (1.16%) Dell
10 10 (1.16%) EPiServer
11 9 (1.04%) Adobe
11 9 (1.04%) Sophos
12 8 (0.93%) Lotus
13 7 (0.81%) CheckPoint
13 7 (0.81%) Forcepoint
13 7 (0.81%) Juniper
14 6 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
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