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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 9 8
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 445 369 285
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.30% 11.67% 12.88%
As % of the Vendors category 32.08% 28.81% 31.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 234 176
Average daily rate
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£335 £333 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.75% +1.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £125 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 37 24
Average hourly rate £19.03 £17.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% +17.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £24.40 £27.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
1387 1281 891
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 41.46% 40.51% 40.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 804 528
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £202 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 67 67
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.03 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.84% +8.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.00 £42.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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
Bristol +6 114 £305 -6.15% 63
Wiltshire -2 108 £363 +3.57% 47
Somerset +12 63 £369 +1.65% 18
Gloucestershire -3 50 £315 -18.70% 29
Dorset +11 42 £288 +27.77% 32
Devon -8 36 £315 +57.50% 13
Cornwall -1 5 £265 +17.77% 2
Avon - 1 £310 -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 323 (39.01%) Windows
2 253 (30.56%) MS Excel
3 206 (24.88%) SQL Server
4 205 (24.76%) Active Directory
5 189 (22.83%) MS Office
6 182 (21.98%) SQL
7 157 (18.96%) .NET
8 144 (17.39%) C#
9 119 (14.37%) Security Cleared
10 114 (13.77%) Windows 7
11 104 (12.56%) VMware
12 103 (12.44%) Finance
13 94 (11.35%) ITIL
14 87 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
15 85 (10.27%) SC Cleared
15 85 (10.27%) SharePoint
16 80 (9.66%) Windows XP
16 80 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
17 79 (9.54%) MS Exchange
18 76 (9.18%) Migration
19 69 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
20 67 (8.09%) Project Management
20 67 (8.09%) Visual Studio
21 66 (7.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 65 (7.85%) ASP.NET
23 55 (6.64%) Citrix
23 55 (6.64%) Windows Server 2012
24 54 (6.52%) .NET Framework
25 49 (5.92%) VMware Infrastructure
25 49 (5.92%) HTML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 85 (10.27%) SharePoint
2 79 (9.54%) MS Exchange
3 36 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 35 (4.23%) Lync
5 33 (3.99%) BizTalk Server
6 27 (3.26%) IIS
7 26 (3.14%) SharePoint 2013
8 25 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2013
9 17 (2.05%) CMS
10 14 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
11 11 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2003
12 7 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.60%) ArcGIS
13 5 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.60%) SAS
14 4 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.48%) Apache
15 3 (0.36%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.36%) IBM Notes
15 3 (0.36%) Node.js
Applications
1 253 (30.56%) MS Excel
2 189 (22.83%) MS Office
3 48 (5.80%) MS Project
4 33 (3.99%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (2.54%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.48%) SPSS
8 3 (0.36%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.24%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 27 (3.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (2.54%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.97%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.60%) SAP FI
4 5 (0.60%) Documaker
5 4 (0.48%) SAP CO
5 4 (0.48%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.36%) Maximo
6 3 (0.36%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.24%) BPCS
8 1 (0.12%) Tridion
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.12%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 45 (5.43%) Office 365
2 25 (3.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.36%) SaaS
4 3 (0.36%) IaaS
4 3 (0.36%) Symantec.cloud
4 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 2 (0.24%) PaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.12%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.95%) DNS
2 39 (4.71%) Firewall
3 25 (3.02%) SAN
4 19 (2.29%) TCP/IP
4 19 (2.29%) VPN
4 19 (2.29%) WAN
5 17 (2.05%) LAN
6 16 (1.93%) DHCP
7 14 (1.69%) Internet
8 10 (1.21%) NAS
9 9 (1.09%) VoIP
10 8 (0.97%) Wireless
11 7 (0.85%) Skype
12 6 (0.72%) Network Security
12 6 (0.72%) Ethernet
12 6 (0.72%) HTTP
13 5 (0.60%) Intranet
14 4 (0.48%) Cisco ASA
14 4 (0.48%) Fibre Channel
15 3 (0.36%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (24.88%) SQL Server
2 66 (7.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 46 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 44 (5.31%) Data Warehouse
5 31 (3.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 26 (3.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 23 (2.78%) Oracle Database
8 20 (2.42%) MS Access
9 13 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 12 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
11 11 (1.33%) Oracle Database 11g
11 11 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (1.21%) Oracle Reports
13 9 (1.09%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.72%) MySQL
15 6 (0.72%) MongoDB
15 6 (0.72%) NoSQL
16 5 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
17 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 67 (8.09%) Visual Studio
2 45 (5.43%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (1.33%) Oracle Forms
4 9 (1.09%) Git (software)
4 9 (1.09%) SpecFlow
5 4 (0.48%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (0.48%) Ant
5 4 (0.48%) JIRA
5 4 (0.48%) Selenium
6 3 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.36%) MSI
6 3 (0.36%) FinalBuilder
7 2 (0.24%) Rational Rhapsody
7 2 (0.24%) Firebug
7 2 (0.24%) TestComplete
7 2 (0.24%) ERwin
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Blend
8 1 (0.12%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.12%) AdminStudio
General
1 103 (12.44%) Finance
2 42 (5.07%) Retail
3 29 (3.50%) Telecoms
4 28 (3.38%) Manufacturing
5 25 (3.02%) Banking
6 10 (1.21%) Marketing
7 9 (1.09%) Retail Banking
7 9 (1.09%) Back Office
8 7 (0.85%) Electronics
9 6 (0.72%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.60%) Local Government
10 5 (0.60%) Advertising
10 5 (0.60%) German Language
11 4 (0.48%) Polish Language
11 4 (0.48%) Legal
12 3 (0.36%) Law
12 3 (0.36%) Publishing
13 2 (0.24%) Military
13 2 (0.24%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 179 (21.62%) Developer
2 176 (21.26%) Analyst
3 69 (8.33%) Support Engineer
4 66 (7.97%) Architect
5 45 (5.43%) .NET Developer
6 43 (5.19%) Solutions Architect
7 42 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
8 41 (4.95%) Service Desk Analyst
9 40 (4.83%) Service Analyst
10 37 (4.47%) Consultant
10 37 (4.47%) Desktop Support
11 34 (4.11%) Project Manager
12 27 (3.26%) Support Analyst
13 25 (3.02%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 23 (2.78%) Desktop Engineer
15 22 (2.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 22 (2.66%) 3rd Line Support
16 21 (2.54%) Administrator
17 20 (2.42%) Test Analyst
18 18 (2.17%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (18.96%) .NET
2 65 (7.85%) ASP.NET
3 54 (6.52%) .NET Framework
4 49 (5.92%) HTML
5 47 (5.68%) WCF
6 44 (5.31%) Web Services
7 35 (4.23%) CSS
8 27 (3.26%) WPF
9 21 (2.54%) ASP.NET MVC
10 20 (2.42%) jQuery
11 17 (2.05%) AngularJS
12 16 (1.93%) ASP.NET Web API
13 14 (1.69%) Entity Framework
14 13 (1.57%) XML
15 12 (1.45%) Ruby on Rails
15 12 (1.45%) HTML5
15 12 (1.45%) OAuth
15 12 (1.45%) REST
16 11 (1.33%) SOAP
17 8 (0.97%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.74%) Data Centre
3 27 (3.26%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.54%) GIS
5 15 (1.81%) Clustering
6 12 (1.45%) Client/Server
7 11 (1.33%) NHS
7 11 (1.33%) Thin Client
7 11 (1.33%) Fat Client
8 10 (1.21%) Data Structures
9 9 (1.09%) Computer Science
10 8 (0.97%) Data Integration
10 8 (0.97%) Blackberry
11 7 (0.85%) Replication
11 7 (0.85%) User Experience
12 6 (0.72%) DTV
12 6 (0.72%) AS400
12 6 (0.72%) Device Driver
12 6 (0.72%) iSeries
13 5 (0.60%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 323 (39.01%) Windows
2 114 (13.77%) Windows 7
3 87 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 80 (9.66%) Windows XP
5 55 (6.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 48 (5.80%) Windows Server 2003
7 35 (4.23%) Linux
8 20 (2.42%) Windows 8
9 19 (2.29%) UNIX
10 10 (1.21%) SUSE
10 10 (1.21%) Windows Vista
11 7 (0.85%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.85%) NetWare
12 5 (0.60%) Solaris
12 5 (0.60%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.48%) Android
13 4 (0.48%) Windows CE
14 3 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
15 2 (0.24%) Data ONTAP
15 2 (0.24%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (11.35%) ITIL
2 80 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (9.18%) Migration
4 69 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
5 67 (8.09%) Project Management
6 49 (5.92%) MVC
7 46 (5.56%) PRINCE2
7 46 (5.56%) CRM
8 29 (3.50%) UML
9 28 (3.38%) Change Control
10 27 (3.26%) ETL
11 26 (3.14%) Scrum
12 25 (3.02%) ERP
13 24 (2.90%) Stakeholder Management
13 24 (2.90%) Web Development
14 23 (2.78%) Information Security
15 22 (2.66%) Content Management
15 22 (2.66%) SOA
15 22 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
15 22 (2.66%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 182 (21.98%) SQL
2 144 (17.39%) C#
3 43 (5.19%) VB
4 41 (4.95%) JavaScript
5 32 (3.86%) T-SQL
6 19 (2.29%) VB.NET
6 19 (2.29%) Java
7 18 (2.17%) C++
8 16 (1.93%) VBScript
8 16 (1.93%) PowerShell
9 13 (1.57%) Ruby
9 13 (1.57%) X++
10 12 (1.45%) VB6
10 12 (1.45%) VBA
10 12 (1.45%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.72%) RPG
11 6 (0.72%) C
12 4 (0.48%) PHP
13 3 (0.36%) VC++
13 3 (0.36%) Python
Qualifications
1 119 (14.37%) Security Cleared
2 85 (10.27%) SC Cleared
3 42 (5.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 32 (3.86%) Degree
5 31 (3.74%) ISEB
6 24 (2.90%) DV Cleared
7 22 (2.66%) MCSE
8 20 (2.42%) MCSA
9 13 (1.57%) ISTQB
10 12 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 9 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 8 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 7 (0.85%) MCITP
13 7 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.72%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.60%) PMP
15 5 (0.60%) MCP
15 5 (0.60%) CCNP
15 5 (0.60%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.74%) SLA
2 19 (2.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (2.05%) QA
4 12 (1.45%) ISO 9000
5 4 (0.48%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.24%) WCAG
7 2 (0.24%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.24%) P3O
8 1 (0.12%) HL7
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 205 (24.76%) Active Directory
2 49 (5.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (3.62%) Hyper-V
4 14 (1.69%) vSphere
4 14 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
5 12 (1.45%) XenDesktop
5 12 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (1.33%) XenApp
6 11 (1.33%) VMware ESX
7 8 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (0.85%) Firmware
9 4 (0.48%) NFS
9 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.36%) ISA Server
10 3 (0.36%) DFS Replication
10 3 (0.36%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.24%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.24%) Xen
11 2 (0.24%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.12%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 44 (5.31%) SCCM
2 24 (2.90%) SCOM
3 13 (1.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (1.21%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 7 (0.85%) WSUS
5 7 (0.85%) ZENworks
6 6 (0.72%) SCOrch
7 5 (0.60%) SCVMM
8 4 (0.48%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.48%) SCSM
8 4 (0.48%) SCDPM
9 3 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.24%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.24%) Windows Intune
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle EDQ
10 2 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.12%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.12%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 104 (12.56%) VMware
2 55 (6.64%) Citrix
3 44 (5.31%) Oracle
4 38 (4.59%) SAP
4 38 (4.59%) Cisco
5 27 (3.26%) HP
6 17 (2.05%) McAfee
6 17 (2.05%) Symantec
7 16 (1.93%) Tableau
8 10 (1.21%) ESRI
8 10 (1.21%) IBM
9 8 (0.97%) Dell
9 8 (0.97%) Novell
9 8 (0.97%) Remedy
9 8 (0.97%) OpenText
10 7 (0.85%) Veeam
11 6 (0.72%) Infor
11 6 (0.72%) Teradata
11 6 (0.72%) Apple
11 6 (0.72%) CheckPoint
Wiltshire
Network ITR
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 23 minutes ago
Bristol, Avon
LA International
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 16 hours ago
Plymouth
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £20000.00 - £22000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £320 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £220 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 - 420 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Quanta Consultancy Services
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £350.00 - £387.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Coal IT Services
Rate: £125 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £330 - £430 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Gloucestershire
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Bristol
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Taunton
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £350.00 - £387.00 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Bristol
Orgtel
Rate: £300 - £342 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Wiltshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago