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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 9 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 394 404 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 12.76% 13.73% 12.38%
As % of the Vendors category 33.59% 31.84% 29.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 257 126
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £162 £148 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £450 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 31 23
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.75 £25.00 £22.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
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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
1173 1269 859
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 38.00% 43.13% 42.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 707 833 488
Average daily rate £365 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.68% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 64 54
Average hourly rate £20.19 £20.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.92% +29.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.10 £10.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.26 £37.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.47 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+8.61% -12.82%

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 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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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 -3 91 £350 +7.69% 28
Somerset +1 86 £375 +15.38% 17
Bristol +3 79 £305 -4.68% 64
Devon +2 37 £225 +28.57% 16
Dorset +10 35 £363 +61.11% 15
Gloucestershire -16 29 £400 +14.28% 22
Cornwall +7 12 £225 +104.54% 4
Avon - 1 £310 -
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 300 (38.12%) Windows
2 217 (27.57%) MS Excel
3 207 (26.30%) Active Directory
4 196 (24.90%) SQL
4 196 (24.90%) SQL Server
5 174 (22.11%) MS Office
6 166 (21.09%) .NET
7 149 (18.93%) C#
8 117 (14.87%) VMware
9 114 (14.49%) Security Cleared
10 112 (14.23%) ITIL
11 102 (12.96%) Finance
12 101 (12.83%) Windows 7
13 100 (12.71%) Agile Software Development
14 99 (12.58%) SharePoint
15 92 (11.69%) MS Exchange
16 90 (11.44%) ASP.NET
17 86 (10.93%) SC Cleared
18 82 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
19 75 (9.53%) Visual Studio
20 72 (9.15%) Business Intelligence
21 69 (8.77%) Windows XP
22 66 (8.39%) Citrix
22 66 (8.39%) VMware Infrastructure
23 64 (8.13%) HTML
24 63 (8.01%) Retail
25 62 (7.88%) PRINCE2
25 62 (7.88%) Project Management
26 61 (7.75%) Windows Server 2003
27 59 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 99 (12.58%) SharePoint
2 92 (11.69%) MS Exchange
3 33 (4.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 32 (4.07%) IIS
4 32 (4.07%) Lync
5 26 (3.30%) SharePoint 2013
5 26 (3.30%) BizTalk Server
6 25 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (2.41%) CMS
7 19 (2.41%) SharePoint 2010
8 18 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2007
9 14 (1.78%) IBM Notes
10 10 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
11 9 (1.14%) Apache
12 7 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.38%) ArcGIS
14 3 (0.38%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.38%) SAS
14 3 (0.38%) Umbraco
Applications
1 217 (27.57%) MS Excel
2 174 (22.11%) MS Office
3 46 (5.84%) MS Project
4 24 (3.05%) MS Visio
5 21 (2.67%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.38%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.25%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.25%) SPSS
8 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 18 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (2.03%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (1.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.51%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.38%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.38%) Maximo
5 3 (0.38%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.38%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.25%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.13%) Sage CRM
7 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.13%) Summit
7 1 (0.13%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.13%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 38 (4.83%) Office 365
2 25 (3.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.25%) SaaS
3 2 (0.25%) PaaS
3 2 (0.25%) IaaS
3 2 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.45%) DNS
2 33 (4.19%) Firewall
3 25 (3.18%) WAN
4 23 (2.92%) SAN
5 21 (2.67%) LAN
6 19 (2.41%) VPN
7 18 (2.29%) DHCP
8 13 (1.65%) Internet
9 12 (1.52%) TCP/IP
10 10 (1.27%) VoIP
11 9 (1.14%) NAS
12 7 (0.89%) Network Security
13 5 (0.64%) VLAN
13 5 (0.64%) IPsec
14 4 (0.51%) HTTP
14 4 (0.51%) Intranet
15 3 (0.38%) WLAN
15 3 (0.38%) Wireless
15 3 (0.38%) MPLS
16 2 (0.25%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 196 (24.90%) SQL Server
2 59 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 47 (5.97%) Data Warehouse
4 43 (5.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 36 (4.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 27 (3.43%) SQL Server 2005
7 26 (3.30%) Oracle Database
8 23 (2.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 21 (2.67%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (2.41%) MS Access
11 14 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
12 12 (1.52%) MySQL
13 11 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
13 11 (1.40%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.89%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.76%) MongoDB
16 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 4 (0.51%) DB2
16 4 (0.51%) OLAP
16 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 75 (9.53%) Visual Studio
2 38 (4.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (1.78%) Oracle Forms
4 6 (0.76%) JIRA
5 5 (0.64%) MSI
6 4 (0.51%) Selenium
6 4 (0.51%) Ant
6 4 (0.51%) ERwin
6 4 (0.51%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.38%) FinalBuilder
7 3 (0.38%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.38%) Subversion
7 3 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.25%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.25%) Talend Open Studio
8 2 (0.25%) Hudson
8 2 (0.25%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.13%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.13%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.13%) MSBuild
General
1 102 (12.96%) Finance
2 63 (8.01%) Retail
3 36 (4.57%) Telecoms
4 35 (4.45%) Manufacturing
5 29 (3.68%) Banking
6 16 (2.03%) Marketing
7 10 (1.27%) Retail Banking
7 10 (1.27%) Electronics
8 6 (0.76%) Back Office
8 6 (0.76%) Advertising
9 5 (0.64%) Local Government
10 4 (0.51%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.51%) Law
11 3 (0.38%) Legal
11 3 (0.38%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.25%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.13%) Publishing
13 1 (0.13%) Automotive
13 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 180 (22.87%) Developer
2 161 (20.46%) Analyst
3 72 (9.15%) Architect
4 67 (8.51%) Support Engineer
5 58 (7.37%) .NET Developer
6 44 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
7 43 (5.46%) Solutions Architect
8 42 (5.34%) Consultant
9 32 (4.07%) Desktop Support
10 30 (3.81%) Project Manager
10 30 (3.81%) Service Analyst
11 29 (3.68%) Service Desk Analyst
12 28 (3.56%) Administrator
13 24 (3.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 24 (3.05%) Support Analyst
14 23 (2.92%) 3rd Line Support
15 21 (2.67%) ASP.NET Developer
16 20 (2.54%) SQL Developer
17 18 (2.29%) Desktop Engineer
17 18 (2.29%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (21.09%) .NET
2 90 (11.44%) ASP.NET
3 64 (8.13%) HTML
4 59 (7.50%) .NET Framework
5 53 (6.73%) CSS
6 47 (5.97%) Web Services
7 39 (4.96%) WCF
7 39 (4.96%) jQuery
8 30 (3.81%) ASP.NET MVC
9 22 (2.80%) HTML5
10 17 (2.16%) Ajax
10 17 (2.16%) XML
11 14 (1.78%) Entity Framework
11 14 (1.78%) ASP.NET Web API
12 12 (1.52%) CSS3
12 12 (1.52%) WPF
12 12 (1.52%) Application Packaging
13 11 (1.40%) SOAP
13 11 (1.40%) ASP.NET MVC 3
14 10 (1.27%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.45%) Management Information System
3 29 (3.68%) Data Centre
4 26 (3.30%) GIS
5 18 (2.29%) Clustering
6 13 (1.65%) NHS
7 12 (1.52%) Client/Server
7 12 (1.52%) Blackberry
8 11 (1.40%) Thin Client
8 11 (1.40%) Fat Client
9 10 (1.27%) DTV
10 8 (1.02%) User Experience
11 6 (0.76%) Device Driver
12 5 (0.64%) Replication
12 5 (0.64%) PKI
12 5 (0.64%) Data Integration
12 5 (0.64%) FMCG
12 5 (0.64%) Mobile Banking
13 4 (0.51%) Learning Management System
13 4 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 300 (38.12%) Windows
2 101 (12.83%) Windows 7
3 82 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 69 (8.77%) Windows XP
5 61 (7.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 56 (7.12%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (3.81%) Linux
8 21 (2.67%) UNIX
9 20 (2.54%) Windows 8
10 10 (1.27%) SUSE
11 7 (0.89%) NetWare
11 7 (0.89%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.89%) Apple iOS
12 5 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.64%) Android
12 5 (0.64%) Solaris
13 3 (0.38%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.38%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (14.23%) ITIL
2 100 (12.71%) Agile Software Development
3 72 (9.15%) Business Intelligence
4 62 (7.88%) PRINCE2
4 62 (7.88%) Project Management
5 59 (7.50%) MVC
6 57 (7.24%) Migration
7 45 (5.72%) CRM
8 36 (4.57%) UML
9 34 (4.32%) Change Control
10 32 (4.07%) ETL
10 32 (4.07%) Information Security
11 30 (3.81%) SOA
12 29 (3.68%) E-Commerce
13 28 (3.56%) Programme Management
14 26 (3.30%) Scrum
15 25 (3.18%) Content Management
16 24 (3.05%) Disaster Recovery
17 23 (2.92%) Data Modelling
17 23 (2.92%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 196 (24.90%) SQL
2 149 (18.93%) C#
3 55 (6.99%) JavaScript
4 42 (5.34%) VB
5 37 (4.70%) T-SQL
6 31 (3.94%) Java
7 21 (2.67%) VB.NET
8 17 (2.16%) PowerShell
9 16 (2.03%) VBScript
9 16 (2.03%) PL/SQL
10 13 (1.65%) X++
11 12 (1.52%) C++
12 11 (1.40%) VBA
13 8 (1.02%) VB6
14 7 (0.89%) C
15 3 (0.38%) VC++
16 2 (0.25%) Python
16 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.25%) PHP
16 2 (0.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 114 (14.49%) Security Cleared
2 86 (10.93%) SC Cleared
3 42 (5.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 25 (3.18%) ISEB
5 24 (3.05%) MCSE
6 22 (2.80%) Degree
7 20 (2.54%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.03%) MCSA
9 15 (1.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 11 (1.40%) MCP
10 11 (1.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 9 (1.14%) MCITP
12 7 (0.89%) ISTQB
13 6 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.64%) CCNA
14 5 (0.64%) MCTS
15 4 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 4 (0.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 3 (0.38%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.94%) SLA
2 25 (3.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (2.67%) ISO 9000
4 13 (1.65%) QA
5 4 (0.51%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.51%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.25%) P3O
7 2 (0.25%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.13%) HL7
8 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 207 (26.30%) Active Directory
2 66 (8.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.05%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.16%) vSphere
5 16 (2.03%) XenApp
5 16 (2.03%) VMware ESX
6 14 (1.78%) XenDesktop
7 12 (1.52%) VMware Workstation
7 12 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (1.40%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.76%) Firmware
10 4 (0.51%) ISA Server
10 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.38%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.38%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.38%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.25%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.25%) NFS
12 2 (0.25%) Xen
13 1 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 47 (5.97%) SCCM
2 23 (2.92%) SCOM
3 12 (1.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (1.14%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 7 (0.89%) ZENworks
6 6 (0.76%) SCVMM
6 6 (0.76%) WSUS
7 4 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.38%) Backup Exec
8 3 (0.38%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.38%) SCSM
9 2 (0.25%) SCDPM
9 2 (0.25%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.25%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle EDQ
9 2 (0.25%) Puppet
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Intune
10 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 117 (14.87%) VMware
2 66 (8.39%) Citrix
3 57 (7.24%) Oracle
4 46 (5.84%) SAP
5 28 (3.56%) Cisco
6 23 (2.92%) HP
7 17 (2.16%) Lotus
7 17 (2.16%) McAfee
8 15 (1.91%) Symantec
9 12 (1.52%) Tableau
10 11 (1.40%) Business Objects
11 10 (1.27%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.02%) Novell
12 8 (1.02%) IBM
13 7 (0.89%) Dell
13 7 (0.89%) Remedy
13 7 (0.89%) Wyse
13 7 (0.89%) AppSense
14 6 (0.76%) Veeam
14 6 (0.76%) CheckPoint
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