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 November 2014 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 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 9 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 476 317 366
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.20% 14.15% 13.48%
As % of the Vendors category 33.64% 33.94% 29.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 290 186 184
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£350 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £162 £125 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £421 £437
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.42% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 48 46
Average hourly rate £17.00 £14.75 £16.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.25% -9.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.49 £10.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -18.18%
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
1415 934 1246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 42.21% 41.68% 45.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 897 549 661
Average daily rate £375 £330 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -8.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £170 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 86 102
Average hourly rate £22.69 £20.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.45% -24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.21 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £31.02 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 28 November 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 28 November 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 28 November 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -1 135 £370 +5.71% 63
Wiltshire +1 125 £375 +10.70% 48
Somerset +3 66 £350 +30.84% 25
Gloucestershire -6 56 £325 +18.18% 41
Devon -4 41 £250 +42.85% 19
Dorset +2 29 £175 +34.61% 32
Cornwall -2 3 £275 - 5
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 November 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.

1 370 (43.79%) Windows
2 276 (32.66%) MS Excel
3 198 (23.43%) Security Cleared
4 188 (22.25%) Active Directory
5 180 (21.30%) MS Office
6 173 (20.47%) SQL
7 135 (15.98%) Finance
8 134 (15.86%) ITIL
9 131 (15.50%) .NET
10 120 (14.20%) SharePoint
10 120 (14.20%) VMware
10 120 (14.20%) SC Cleared
11 114 (13.49%) Windows 7
12 111 (13.14%) SQL Server
13 103 (12.19%) Windows Server 2008
14 100 (11.83%) C#
15 89 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
16 84 (9.94%) Firewall
17 78 (9.23%) Project Management
17 78 (9.23%) Analytical Skills
18 76 (8.99%) MS Project
18 76 (8.99%) MS Exchange
19 75 (8.88%) Agile Software Development
19 75 (8.88%) VMware Infrastructure
20 70 (8.28%) Windows XP
20 70 (8.28%) SLA
20 70 (8.28%) Cisco
21 66 (7.81%) SCCM
22 62 (7.34%) Migration
23 61 (7.22%) PRINCE2

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 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
1 120 (14.20%) SharePoint
2 76 (8.99%) MS Exchange
3 38 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2007
4 35 (4.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 31 (3.67%) SharePoint 2010
6 27 (3.20%) Lync
7 23 (2.72%) BizTalk Server
7 23 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
7 23 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
8 22 (2.60%) IIS
9 16 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (1.66%) CMS
11 9 (1.07%) SAS
11 9 (1.07%) MS Project Server
12 5 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.47%) Apache
13 4 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.36%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 276 (32.66%) MS Excel
2 180 (21.30%) MS Office
3 76 (8.99%) MS Project
4 25 (2.96%) MS PowerPoint
5 20 (2.37%) MS Visio
6 9 (1.07%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.59%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.36%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.24%) Mathematica
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 31 (3.67%) Dynamics AX
2 22 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.59%) SAP SD
4 5 (0.59%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.36%) Maximo
5 3 (0.36%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.24%) Visualfiles
6 2 (0.24%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.24%) Cerner Millennium
6 2 (0.24%) Summit
6 2 (0.24%) Agresso
7 1 (0.12%) Tridion
7 1 (0.12%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
3 11 (1.30%) Office 365
4 3 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 84 (9.94%) Firewall
2 60 (7.10%) DNS
3 45 (5.33%) DHCP
4 40 (4.73%) LAN
5 38 (4.50%) Internet
6 37 (4.38%) TCP/IP
7 35 (4.14%) WAN
8 27 (3.20%) Cisco PIX
9 18 (2.13%) VPN
10 17 (2.01%) SAN
11 13 (1.54%) Wireless
12 12 (1.42%) VoIP
13 11 (1.30%) LDAP
14 9 (1.07%) Intranet
14 9 (1.07%) MPLS
15 8 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
16 6 (0.71%) SMTP
16 6 (0.71%) BGP
17 5 (0.59%) FTP
17 5 (0.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (13.14%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (3.31%) MS Access
4 26 (3.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (2.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 20 (2.37%) Oracle Database
7 19 (2.25%) SQL Server 2005
8 17 (2.01%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.54%) DB2
9 13 (1.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
10 8 (0.95%) MySQL
11 7 (0.83%) SAP BW
11 7 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.71%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
13 5 (0.59%) SQL Server 2000
13 5 (0.59%) OLAP
14 4 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 49 (5.80%) Visual Studio
2 34 (4.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (1.78%) SpecFlow
4 14 (1.66%) MSI
5 10 (1.18%) Selenium
6 8 (0.95%) Jenkins
7 7 (0.83%) Cucumber
8 6 (0.71%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.59%) JIRA
10 4 (0.47%) Hudson
10 4 (0.47%) Oracle APEX
10 4 (0.47%) Dreamweaver
10 4 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (0.36%) AdminStudio
11 3 (0.36%) Toad
11 3 (0.36%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.24%) FitNesse
12 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Blend
12 2 (0.24%) NUnit
12 2 (0.24%) InstallShield
General
1 135 (15.98%) Finance
2 59 (6.98%) Telecoms
3 34 (4.02%) Banking
4 20 (2.37%) Retail
5 19 (2.25%) Retail Banking
6 17 (2.01%) Military
7 13 (1.54%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.30%) Marketing
9 10 (1.18%) Legal
10 5 (0.59%) Electronics
11 4 (0.47%) Advertising
11 4 (0.47%) Back Office
12 3 (0.36%) Law
13 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.24%) Publishing
14 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.12%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 182 (21.54%) Analyst
2 140 (16.57%) Developer
3 64 (7.57%) Architect
4 62 (7.34%) Consultant
5 46 (5.44%) Support Engineer
6 44 (5.21%) Project Manager
7 41 (4.85%) Administrator
8 36 (4.26%) Service Analyst
8 36 (4.26%) Service Desk Analyst
9 35 (4.14%) Support Analyst
10 33 (3.91%) 2nd Line Support
11 32 (3.79%) .NET Developer
12 24 (2.84%) Desktop Support
12 24 (2.84%) Systems Administrator
12 24 (2.84%) Systems Engineer
13 23 (2.72%) Test Analyst
13 23 (2.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 21 (2.49%) Business Analyst
15 20 (2.37%) PMO Analyst
16 19 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (15.50%) .NET
2 50 (5.92%) ASP.NET
3 47 (5.56%) HTML
4 45 (5.33%) CSS
5 31 (3.67%) jQuery
6 26 (3.08%) .NET Framework
6 26 (3.08%) Web Services
7 22 (2.60%) ASP.NET MVC
7 22 (2.60%) XML
8 19 (2.25%) Application Packaging
9 17 (2.01%) HTML5
10 12 (1.42%) CSS3
10 12 (1.42%) WCF
11 11 (1.30%) Gherkin
12 10 (1.18%) REST
13 9 (1.07%) SOAP
13 9 (1.07%) JSON
14 8 (0.95%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 7 (0.83%) Middleware
15 7 (0.83%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 78 (9.23%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.50%) Management Information System
3 32 (3.79%) Thin Client
3 32 (3.79%) Fat Client
4 31 (3.67%) Clustering
5 20 (2.37%) Open Source
6 15 (1.78%) Blackberry
7 11 (1.30%) Data Integration
8 10 (1.18%) N-Tier
9 9 (1.07%) NHS
9 9 (1.07%) iPhone
9 9 (1.07%) PDA
9 9 (1.07%) User Experience
10 8 (0.95%) iPad
11 7 (0.83%) Reference Data
12 6 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
12 6 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
13 5 (0.59%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.59%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 370 (43.79%) Windows
2 114 (13.49%) Windows 7
3 103 (12.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 89 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
5 70 (8.28%) Windows XP
6 51 (6.04%) Linux
7 37 (4.38%) UNIX
8 31 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 31 (3.67%) Solaris
9 19 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 18 (2.13%) Windows 8
11 14 (1.66%) zOS
12 13 (1.54%) Android
13 12 (1.42%) Apple iOS
14 9 (1.07%) Windows Vista
15 7 (0.83%) Windows 2000 Server
16 6 (0.71%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.59%) Windows NT
18 4 (0.47%) Windows 2000
18 4 (0.47%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (15.86%) ITIL
2 78 (9.23%) Project Management
3 75 (8.88%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (7.34%) Migration
5 61 (7.22%) PRINCE2
6 53 (6.27%) Business Intelligence
7 41 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 40 (4.73%) MVC
9 33 (3.91%) Change Management
10 32 (3.79%) TOGAF
11 29 (3.43%) Scrum
12 27 (3.20%) CRM
12 27 (3.20%) User Acceptance Testing
12 27 (3.20%) Test Scripting
13 26 (3.08%) Time Management
14 23 (2.72%) Disaster Recovery
14 23 (2.72%) Change Control
14 23 (2.72%) Business Analysis
15 22 (2.60%) Data Migration
15 22 (2.60%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 173 (20.47%) SQL
2 100 (11.83%) C#
3 50 (5.92%) JavaScript
4 39 (4.62%) Java
5 24 (2.84%) T-SQL
6 20 (2.37%) VB
7 16 (1.89%) PowerShell
7 16 (1.89%) VB.NET
7 16 (1.89%) VBScript
7 16 (1.89%) PL/SQL
8 12 (1.42%) PHP
8 12 (1.42%) C
9 10 (1.18%) Delphi
9 10 (1.18%) VBA
10 9 (1.07%) ABAP
11 7 (0.83%) VB6
12 5 (0.59%) Perl
13 3 (0.36%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.36%) Ruby
14 2 (0.24%) R
Qualifications
1 198 (23.43%) Security Cleared
2 120 (14.20%) SC Cleared
3 59 (6.98%) DV Cleared
4 47 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
5 31 (3.67%) Degree
6 26 (3.08%) MCSE
6 26 (3.08%) ITIL Certification
7 25 (2.96%) ISEB
8 17 (2.01%) MCP
8 17 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.54%) ISTQB
10 12 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 11 (1.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 10 (1.18%) CCNP
12 10 (1.18%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.95%) MOS
14 7 (0.83%) PMP
14 7 (0.83%) MCSA
14 7 (0.83%) CCNA
14 7 (0.83%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (8.28%) SLA
2 32 (3.79%) QA
3 11 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.18%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.83%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.36%) HL7
7 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.24%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.24%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.12%) Basel II
9 1 (0.12%) ARP4754
9 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.12%) P3O
System Software
1 188 (22.25%) Active Directory
2 75 (8.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (4.62%) Hyper-V
4 24 (2.84%) XenApp
5 19 (2.25%) Microsoft App-V
5 19 (2.25%) vSphere
6 16 (1.89%) VMware ESX
7 15 (1.78%) XenDesktop
8 9 (1.07%) Terminal Services
9 7 (0.83%) MetaFrame
10 5 (0.59%) ISA Server
10 5 (0.59%) XenServer
11 4 (0.47%) UAG
11 4 (0.47%) Novell eDirectory
11 4 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.47%) NFS
12 3 (0.36%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.36%) Squid
12 3 (0.36%) qmail
Systems Management
1 66 (7.81%) SCCM
2 30 (3.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 21 (2.49%) NetBackup
3 21 (2.49%) SCOM
4 19 (2.25%) HP SIM
5 16 (1.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 11 (1.30%) WSUS
7 9 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
7 9 (1.07%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 7 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.59%) Backup Exec
10 3 (0.36%) Nagios
10 3 (0.36%) MIIS
11 2 (0.24%) SCDPM
11 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (0.24%) Puppet
11 2 (0.24%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.24%) MOM
11 2 (0.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 2 (0.24%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 120 (14.20%) VMware
2 70 (8.28%) Cisco
3 60 (7.10%) Citrix
4 56 (6.63%) HP
5 52 (6.15%) SAP
6 51 (6.04%) Oracle
7 39 (4.62%) Symantec
8 35 (4.14%) CheckPoint
9 23 (2.72%) IBM
10 15 (1.78%) Business Objects
11 14 (1.66%) McAfee
11 14 (1.66%) Sun
12 13 (1.54%) 3PAR
13 11 (1.30%) NetApp
13 11 (1.30%) EMC
14 9 (1.07%) Dell
15 8 (0.95%) SonicWALL
15 8 (0.95%) Juniper
15 8 (0.95%) Novell
15 8 (0.95%) Apple
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
LA International
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Wimborne
Interquest - IQ ESM
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £12000.00 - £13000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Michael Page Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day limited company basis
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Advanced Resource Managers
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Devon
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton
DP Connect
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Somerset
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Roc Search
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Boeing
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Roc Search
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
ARM Technology
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago