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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 390 467 298
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 12.30% 16.36% 11.81%
As % of the Vendors category 30.59% 38.69% 26.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 254 171
Average daily rate
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£356 £338 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% +5.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £434 £432
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 35 28
Average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.89% -30.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.46 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.28 £29.00 £39.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.66%
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
1275 1207 1144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 40.21% 42.28% 45.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 767 681 647
Average daily rate £375 £360 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 63 73
Average hourly rate £21.00 £15.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.48% -22.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.54 £11.55 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.45 £30.60 £40.00
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 2 March 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 March 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 March 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
Wiltshire -1 103 £375 +14.67% 45
Bristol +3 102 £344 -6.77% 60
Somerset -3 65 £425 +13.33% 17
Dorset +5 41 £258 -23.70% 43
Devon -13 24 £475 +137.50% 24
Gloucestershire -28 24 £260 -16.80% 31
Cornwall -6 1 - - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 March 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.

1 297 (35.11%) Windows
2 235 (27.78%) SQL
3 233 (27.54%) MS Excel
4 193 (22.81%) MS Office
5 187 (22.10%) .NET
5 187 (22.10%) Active Directory
6 176 (20.80%) Security Cleared
7 172 (20.33%) SQL Server
8 138 (16.31%) C#
9 132 (15.60%) Finance
10 120 (14.18%) Agile Software Development
10 120 (14.18%) SC Cleared
11 116 (13.71%) SharePoint
12 112 (13.24%) ITIL
13 105 (12.41%) Windows 7
14 96 (11.35%) VMware
15 80 (9.46%) ASP.NET
16 78 (9.22%) JavaScript
16 78 (9.22%) MS Exchange
17 76 (8.98%) HTML
17 76 (8.98%) Visual Studio
18 73 (8.63%) VMware Infrastructure
19 72 (8.51%) Windows Server 2008
19 72 (8.51%) MS Project
19 72 (8.51%) CSS
20 68 (8.04%) Oracle
20 68 (8.04%) Windows XP
21 67 (7.92%) Project Management
22 66 (7.80%) PRINCE2
22 66 (7.80%) SQL Server 2008

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 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
1 116 (13.71%) SharePoint
2 78 (9.22%) MS Exchange
3 36 (4.26%) SharePoint 2010
4 29 (3.43%) SharePoint 2013
5 26 (3.07%) BizTalk Server
6 24 (2.84%) IIS
6 24 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
6 24 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2007
7 23 (2.72%) Lync
8 19 (2.25%) CMS
9 16 (1.89%) IBM Notes
10 10 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.83%) SAS
11 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.71%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.71%) Apache
13 5 (0.59%) Umbraco
13 5 (0.59%) MS Project Server
14 3 (0.35%) Joomla!
Applications
1 233 (27.54%) MS Excel
2 193 (22.81%) MS Office
3 72 (8.51%) MS Project
4 19 (2.25%) MS Visio
5 15 (1.77%) MS PowerPoint
6 5 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.47%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.35%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.24%) Mathematica
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 27 (3.19%) Dynamics CRM
1 27 (3.19%) Dynamics AX
2 11 (1.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.35%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.35%) Maximo
3 3 (0.35%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Business One
4 2 (0.24%) Visualfiles
4 2 (0.24%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.12%) Towers Watson Igloo
5 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.12%) Summit
5 1 (0.12%) SAP MDM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.12%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (2.36%) Office 365
3 13 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.24%) SaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 60 (7.09%) Firewall
2 43 (5.08%) WAN
3 39 (4.61%) DNS
4 35 (4.14%) LAN
5 31 (3.66%) DHCP
6 25 (2.96%) Internet
7 18 (2.13%) VPN
8 15 (1.77%) SAN
9 14 (1.65%) TCP/IP
9 14 (1.65%) VoIP
10 13 (1.54%) Cisco PIX
11 9 (1.06%) Wireless
12 8 (0.95%) Network Security
12 8 (0.95%) MPLS
12 8 (0.95%) Intranet
13 6 (0.71%) VLAN
14 5 (0.59%) IPsec
14 5 (0.59%) IP Telephony
14 5 (0.59%) FTP
14 5 (0.59%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (20.33%) SQL Server
2 66 (7.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 46 (5.44%) Data Warehouse
4 45 (5.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 44 (5.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 40 (4.73%) MS Access
7 36 (4.26%) SQL Server 2005
8 25 (2.96%) Oracle Database
9 24 (2.84%) SQL Server 2012
10 21 (2.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 15 (1.77%) MySQL
12 12 (1.42%) DB2
13 10 (1.18%) Relational Database
14 9 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
15 8 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
15 8 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
16 7 (0.83%) OLAP
17 6 (0.71%) SQL Server 2000
17 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 6 (0.71%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 76 (8.98%) Visual Studio
2 46 (5.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (2.01%) MSI
4 10 (1.18%) JIRA
4 10 (1.18%) Jenkins
5 9 (1.06%) Git (software)
6 8 (0.95%) Selenium
7 7 (0.83%) Cucumber
7 7 (0.83%) SpecFlow
8 5 (0.59%) Hudson
9 4 (0.47%) Oracle APEX
9 4 (0.47%) Oracle Forms
9 4 (0.47%) Dreamweaver
9 4 (0.47%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.35%) Subversion
10 3 (0.35%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.35%) Talend Open Studio
11 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Blend
11 2 (0.24%) Bitbucket
General
1 132 (15.60%) Finance
2 44 (5.20%) Retail
3 38 (4.49%) Telecoms
4 32 (3.78%) Banking
5 29 (3.43%) Manufacturing
6 15 (1.77%) Marketing
7 13 (1.54%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.18%) Back Office
9 9 (1.06%) Electronics
10 7 (0.83%) Advertising
10 7 (0.83%) Military
11 6 (0.71%) Legal
11 6 (0.71%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.47%) Law
13 3 (0.35%) Local Government
14 1 (0.12%) Billing
14 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.12%) Publishing
14 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 179 (21.16%) Developer
2 172 (20.33%) Analyst
3 75 (8.87%) Architect
4 57 (6.74%) Consultant
5 52 (6.15%) .NET Developer
6 47 (5.56%) Support Engineer
7 45 (5.32%) Project Manager
8 34 (4.02%) Service Analyst
9 33 (3.90%) Administrator
9 33 (3.90%) Service Desk Analyst
10 32 (3.78%) 2nd Line Support
11 30 (3.55%) Solutions Architect
12 24 (2.84%) Support Analyst
12 24 (2.84%) SQL Developer
13 23 (2.72%) DBA
13 23 (2.72%) Business Analyst
14 22 (2.60%) Desktop Support
14 22 (2.60%) Database Developer
15 21 (2.48%) C# Developer
16 20 (2.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 187 (22.10%) .NET
2 80 (9.46%) ASP.NET
3 76 (8.98%) HTML
4 72 (8.51%) CSS
5 56 (6.62%) jQuery
6 53 (6.26%) .NET Framework
7 41 (4.85%) Web Services
8 33 (3.90%) ASP.NET MVC
9 25 (2.96%) HTML5
10 24 (2.84%) XML
10 24 (2.84%) Application Packaging
10 24 (2.84%) WCF
11 19 (2.25%) ASP.NET MVC 3
12 12 (1.42%) CSS3
12 12 (1.42%) Ajax
13 11 (1.30%) SOAP
13 11 (1.30%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 10 (1.18%) LINQ
15 8 (0.95%) JSON
15 8 (0.95%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 61 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (5.56%) Management Information System
3 31 (3.66%) Clustering
4 18 (2.13%) NHS
4 18 (2.13%) Thin Client
4 18 (2.13%) Fat Client
5 17 (2.01%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.01%) Open Source
6 14 (1.65%) Data Integration
7 13 (1.54%) GIS
8 12 (1.42%) N-Tier
9 10 (1.18%) User Experience
10 9 (1.06%) DTV
11 6 (0.71%) Reference Data
11 6 (0.71%) Graphic Design
12 5 (0.59%) PDA
12 5 (0.59%) FMCG
12 5 (0.59%) Social Media
12 5 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.59%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 297 (35.11%) Windows
2 105 (12.41%) Windows 7
3 72 (8.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 68 (8.04%) Windows XP
5 63 (7.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 34 (4.02%) UNIX
7 32 (3.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 31 (3.66%) Linux
9 17 (2.01%) Solaris
9 17 (2.01%) Windows 8
10 12 (1.42%) Apple iOS
11 11 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (1.06%) Android
12 9 (1.06%) Windows 2000 Server
12 9 (1.06%) Windows Vista
13 8 (0.95%) zOS
14 4 (0.47%) AIX
14 4 (0.47%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.35%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.35%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (14.18%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (13.24%) ITIL
3 67 (7.92%) Project Management
4 66 (7.80%) PRINCE2
5 64 (7.57%) Business Intelligence
6 63 (7.45%) Migration
7 57 (6.74%) MVC
8 49 (5.79%) CRM
9 42 (4.96%) ETL
10 40 (4.73%) Scrum
11 37 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
12 34 (4.02%) Change Management
13 32 (3.78%) Test Scripting
14 28 (3.31%) Data Migration
14 28 (3.31%) Change Control
15 27 (3.19%) Data Management
16 26 (3.07%) Data Analysis
16 26 (3.07%) Disaster Recovery
17 24 (2.84%) E-Commerce
17 24 (2.84%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 235 (27.78%) SQL
2 138 (16.31%) C#
3 78 (9.22%) JavaScript
4 51 (6.03%) Java
5 38 (4.49%) T-SQL
6 36 (4.26%) VB
7 25 (2.96%) VB.NET
8 24 (2.84%) PowerShell
9 19 (2.25%) PL/SQL
9 19 (2.25%) VBScript
10 16 (1.89%) C
11 14 (1.65%) VBA
12 12 (1.42%) PHP
13 10 (1.18%) VB6
14 7 (0.83%) Scala
15 6 (0.71%) Delphi
16 5 (0.59%) C++
17 3 (0.35%) COBOL
17 3 (0.35%) Perl
17 3 (0.35%) Python
Qualifications
1 176 (20.80%) Security Cleared
2 120 (14.18%) SC Cleared
3 44 (5.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (3.55%) DV Cleared
5 29 (3.43%) ISEB
6 27 (3.19%) MCSE
7 18 (2.13%) Degree
8 17 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.54%) CCNA
9 13 (1.54%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (1.42%) MCP
10 12 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 11 (1.30%) VCP4
12 10 (1.18%) MCITP
13 8 (0.95%) ISTQB
13 8 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (0.83%) MOS
15 6 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 6 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 6 (0.71%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (4.73%) SLA
2 32 (3.78%) QA
3 15 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.54%) ISO 9000
5 6 (0.71%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.59%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.59%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.35%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.24%) P3O
9 1 (0.12%) ARP4754
9 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.12%) WCAG
9 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 187 (22.10%) Active Directory
2 73 (8.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (3.78%) Hyper-V
4 29 (3.43%) XenApp
5 21 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (2.13%) vSphere
7 15 (1.77%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.30%) VMware ESX
9 6 (0.71%) Terminal Services
10 5 (0.59%) XenServer
11 4 (0.47%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.24%) Firmware
13 2 (0.24%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 2 (0.24%) Kerio MailServer
13 2 (0.24%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
14 1 (0.12%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.12%) MetaFrame
14 1 (0.12%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 49 (5.79%) SCCM
2 13 (1.54%) SCOM
2 13 (1.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 12 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
3 12 (1.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 9 (1.06%) WSUS
5 8 (0.95%) NetBackup
6 6 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.59%) HP SIM
8 4 (0.47%) Puppet
9 3 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.35%) Nagios
9 3 (0.35%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 2 (0.24%) Backup Exec
11 1 (0.12%) WMI
11 1 (0.12%) Netcool
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 1 (0.12%) Tivoli
11 1 (0.12%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 96 (11.35%) VMware
2 68 (8.04%) Oracle
3 62 (7.33%) Citrix
4 45 (5.32%) SAP
5 42 (4.96%) Cisco
6 26 (3.07%) HP
7 22 (2.60%) Symantec
8 19 (2.25%) CheckPoint
9 18 (2.13%) Lotus
9 18 (2.13%) IBM
9 18 (2.13%) McAfee
10 9 (1.06%) Business Objects
10 9 (1.06%) NetApp
11 8 (0.95%) Informatica
11 8 (0.95%) Red Hat
11 8 (0.95%) Sun
11 8 (0.95%) LANDesk
11 8 (0.95%) SonicWALL
12 7 (0.83%) Open Text
12 7 (0.83%) Adobe
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £375 - £451 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Tank Recruitment
Posted: 7 hours ago
Swindon
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Devon
Tank Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £14 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Harris Global
Posted: 4 days ago
Bath, Avon
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Connectus
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon
Universe Technology Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Dorset
Mason Frank
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Taunton
Universe Technology Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £160 - £180 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Somerset
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £180 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Cornwall
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago