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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 470 297 436
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.35% 13.56% 14.73%
As % of the Vendors category 33.72% 33.56% 34.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 180 219
Average daily rate
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£350 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £125 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £420 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 46 52
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.02 £15.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.02% -10.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.23 £10.02
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.12 £28.75 £39.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.20 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+5.18% -15.62%
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
1394 885 1256
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 42.55% 40.39% 42.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 912 526 650
Average daily rate £375 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £165 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 86 109
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.30 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.62% +10.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.10 £11.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 £31.90 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%

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 31 October 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 31 October 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 31 October 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
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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 +2 133 £363 +11.53% 35
Bristol +3 128 £373 +6.42% 65
Gloucestershire -6 59 £338 +16.37% 31
Devon +4 58 £328 +33.67% 13
Somerset -7 45 £350 +12.00% 22
Dorset -8 15 £213 +70.00% 37
Cornwall 0 8 £225 - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 October 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.

1 351 (43.17%) Windows
2 276 (33.95%) MS Excel
3 206 (25.34%) Security Cleared
4 174 (21.40%) Active Directory
5 173 (21.28%) MS Office
6 154 (18.94%) SQL
7 143 (17.59%) ITIL
8 130 (15.99%) SC Cleared
9 129 (15.87%) Finance
10 127 (15.62%) SharePoint
11 117 (14.39%) VMware
12 110 (13.53%) .NET
13 99 (12.18%) Windows 7
14 98 (12.05%) C#
15 94 (11.56%) SQL Server
16 89 (10.95%) Windows Server 2008
17 87 (10.70%) Project Management
18 79 (9.72%) Firewall
19 76 (9.35%) Windows Server 2003
20 75 (9.23%) Analytical Skills
21 73 (8.98%) MS Exchange
22 72 (8.86%) MS Project
23 71 (8.73%) SLA
24 70 (8.61%) Agile Software Development
25 69 (8.49%) PRINCE2
26 66 (8.12%) Windows XP
26 66 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
27 63 (7.75%) SCCM
28 62 (7.63%) Cisco
28 62 (7.63%) Migration

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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
1 127 (15.62%) SharePoint
2 73 (8.98%) MS Exchange
3 33 (4.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 32 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2007
5 30 (3.69%) SharePoint 2010
6 27 (3.32%) Lync
7 25 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2013
7 25 (3.08%) IIS
8 22 (2.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 21 (2.58%) BizTalk Server
10 16 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2003
11 15 (1.85%) CMS
12 10 (1.23%) MS Project Server
13 8 (0.98%) SAS
14 6 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.62%) Apache
15 5 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
16 3 (0.37%) Joomla!
16 3 (0.37%) Umbraco
17 2 (0.25%) Drupal
Applications
1 276 (33.95%) MS Excel
2 173 (21.28%) MS Office
3 72 (8.86%) MS Project
4 29 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
5 19 (2.34%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.35%) Photoshop
7 9 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.37%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.25%) Mathematica
9 2 (0.25%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.25%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 31 (3.81%) Dynamics AX
2 22 (2.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.62%) SAP SD
3 5 (0.62%) SAP CO
3 5 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.37%) Summit
4 3 (0.37%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.25%) Cerner Millennium
5 2 (0.25%) Agresso
5 2 (0.25%) assyst
5 2 (0.25%) Visualfiles
5 2 (0.25%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.12%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (1.23%) Office 365
4 4 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 79 (9.72%) Firewall
2 53 (6.52%) DNS
3 38 (4.67%) DHCP
4 37 (4.55%) TCP/IP
5 35 (4.31%) Internet
6 28 (3.44%) LAN
6 28 (3.44%) Cisco PIX
7 26 (3.20%) WAN
8 16 (1.97%) SAN
9 15 (1.85%) Intranet
10 13 (1.60%) VPN
11 12 (1.48%) LDAP
12 11 (1.35%) Wireless
13 8 (0.98%) VoIP
13 8 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (0.86%) MPLS
14 7 (0.86%) BGP
15 5 (0.62%) FTP
16 4 (0.49%) SMTP
16 4 (0.49%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (11.56%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.71%) SQL Server 2008
5 21 (2.58%) Relational Database
6 20 (2.46%) MS Access
7 18 (2.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 16 (1.97%) SQL Server 2005
9 13 (1.60%) DB2
10 12 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 12 (1.48%) Oracle Database
11 7 (0.86%) SAP BW
12 6 (0.74%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.74%) OLAP
12 6 (0.74%) MySQL
12 6 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
13 4 (0.49%) Oracle Database 10g
13 4 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 41 (5.04%) Visual Studio
2 37 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (2.46%) SpecFlow
4 11 (1.35%) Selenium
5 10 (1.23%) MSI
6 8 (0.98%) ClearCase
6 8 (0.98%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.74%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.74%) Cucumber
8 5 (0.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 4 (0.49%) Hudson
10 3 (0.37%) JIRA
10 3 (0.37%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.37%) Toad
10 3 (0.37%) Dreamweaver
11 2 (0.25%) NUnit
11 2 (0.25%) FitNesse
12 1 (0.12%) Talend Open Studio
12 1 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
12 1 (0.12%) SoapUI
General
1 129 (15.87%) Finance
2 58 (7.13%) Telecoms
3 36 (4.43%) Banking
4 21 (2.58%) Retail
5 20 (2.46%) Retail Banking
6 17 (2.09%) Military
7 13 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.48%) Marketing
9 10 (1.23%) Legal
10 5 (0.62%) Electronics
10 5 (0.62%) Publishing
11 4 (0.49%) Advertising
12 3 (0.37%) Law
13 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.12%) Back Office
14 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.12%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 186 (22.88%) Analyst
2 131 (16.11%) Developer
3 61 (7.50%) Architect
4 55 (6.77%) Consultant
5 44 (5.41%) Project Manager
5 44 (5.41%) Support Engineer
6 40 (4.92%) Administrator
7 39 (4.80%) Support Analyst
8 34 (4.18%) 2nd Line Support
9 32 (3.94%) Service Analyst
9 32 (3.94%) Service Desk Analyst
10 29 (3.57%) Test Analyst
11 27 (3.32%) Desktop Support
11 27 (3.32%) Systems Administrator
11 27 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 27 (3.32%) .NET Developer
12 24 (2.95%) Business Analyst
13 21 (2.58%) Systems Engineer
13 21 (2.58%) PMO Analyst
14 18 (2.21%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (13.53%) .NET
2 49 (6.03%) HTML
3 46 (5.66%) ASP.NET
4 45 (5.54%) CSS
5 25 (3.08%) Web Services
5 25 (3.08%) XML
6 23 (2.83%) jQuery
7 20 (2.46%) .NET Framework
8 18 (2.21%) ASP.NET MVC
9 15 (1.85%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.48%) HTML5
10 12 (1.48%) CSS3
10 12 (1.48%) Application Packaging
11 10 (1.23%) REST
12 9 (1.11%) WCF
12 9 (1.11%) SOAP
13 8 (0.98%) JSON
13 8 (0.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 7 (0.86%) Middleware
15 6 (0.74%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 75 (9.23%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.43%) Management Information System
3 33 (4.06%) Thin Client
3 33 (4.06%) Fat Client
4 27 (3.32%) Clustering
5 15 (1.85%) Open Source
6 11 (1.35%) Blackberry
7 9 (1.11%) User Experience
8 8 (0.98%) iPhone
8 8 (0.98%) NHS
9 7 (0.86%) iPad
10 6 (0.74%) N-Tier
10 6 (0.74%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.74%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.74%) PDA
10 6 (0.74%) Data Protection Act
11 5 (0.62%) GIS
11 5 (0.62%) PKI
11 5 (0.62%) FMCG
11 5 (0.62%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 351 (43.17%) Windows
2 99 (12.18%) Windows 7
3 89 (10.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 76 (9.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 66 (8.12%) Windows XP
6 54 (6.64%) Linux
7 36 (4.43%) UNIX
8 32 (3.94%) Solaris
9 28 (3.44%) Windows 8
10 25 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
11 20 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (2.34%) Apple iOS
13 15 (1.85%) Mac OS X
14 13 (1.60%) zOS
15 11 (1.35%) Android
16 7 (0.86%) Windows Vista
17 4 (0.49%) CentOS
18 3 (0.37%) Windows 2000
18 3 (0.37%) AIX
19 2 (0.25%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (17.59%) ITIL
2 87 (10.70%) Project Management
3 70 (8.61%) Agile Software Development
4 69 (8.49%) PRINCE2
5 62 (7.63%) Migration
6 52 (6.40%) Business Intelligence
7 38 (4.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 38 (4.67%) MVC
8 35 (4.31%) Change Management
9 33 (4.06%) User Acceptance Testing
10 31 (3.81%) Scrum
11 30 (3.69%) Test Scripting
12 29 (3.57%) Software Testing
13 28 (3.44%) Business Analysis
13 28 (3.44%) TOGAF
13 28 (3.44%) CRM
14 27 (3.32%) Service Delivery
15 25 (3.08%) Change Control
16 24 (2.95%) Unit Testing
17 23 (2.83%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 154 (18.94%) SQL
2 98 (12.05%) C#
3 55 (6.77%) JavaScript
4 27 (3.32%) Java
5 21 (2.58%) T-SQL
5 21 (2.58%) PowerShell
6 19 (2.34%) VBScript
7 14 (1.72%) VB
8 13 (1.60%) VBA
8 13 (1.60%) C
9 12 (1.48%) PL/SQL
10 11 (1.35%) Delphi
11 10 (1.23%) PHP
11 10 (1.23%) VB.NET
12 9 (1.11%) ABAP
13 5 (0.62%) Perl
14 4 (0.49%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.49%) Ruby
15 2 (0.25%) R
15 2 (0.25%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 206 (25.34%) Security Cleared
2 130 (15.99%) SC Cleared
3 61 (7.50%) DV Cleared
4 35 (4.31%) Degree
5 34 (4.18%) ISEB
6 33 (4.06%) Microsoft Certification
7 27 (3.32%) ITIL Certification
8 20 (2.46%) ISTQB
9 16 (1.97%) MCP
9 16 (1.97%) MCSE
10 14 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 13 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (1.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 11 (1.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 10 (1.23%) PMI Certification
13 10 (1.23%) CCNP
14 8 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 8 (0.98%) MOS
15 7 (0.86%) PMP
16 5 (0.62%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (8.73%) SLA
2 31 (3.81%) QA
3 12 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.23%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.86%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.37%) ISO 14001
7 3 (0.37%) HL7
7 3 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.12%) P3O
8 1 (0.12%) ARP4754
8 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.12%) Basel II
System Software
1 174 (21.40%) Active Directory
2 66 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (4.18%) Hyper-V
4 21 (2.58%) VMware ESX
5 20 (2.46%) XenApp
6 16 (1.97%) vSphere
7 15 (1.85%) XenDesktop
7 15 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (0.86%) Terminal Services
8 7 (0.86%) MetaFrame
9 6 (0.74%) NFS
10 5 (0.62%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (0.49%) Novell eDirectory
11 4 (0.49%) qmail
11 4 (0.49%) Squid
11 4 (0.49%) ISA Server
11 4 (0.49%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.49%) UAG
12 3 (0.37%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 63 (7.75%) SCCM
2 32 (3.94%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 21 (2.58%) NetBackup
4 20 (2.46%) SCOM
4 20 (2.46%) HP SIM
5 16 (1.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 12 (1.48%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (1.35%) WSUS
8 9 (1.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 7 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (0.62%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.37%) MIIS
11 3 (0.37%) Nagios
12 2 (0.25%) ARCserve
12 2 (0.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 2 (0.25%) Tivoli
12 2 (0.25%) MOM
12 2 (0.25%) SCVMM
12 2 (0.25%) Puppet
12 2 (0.25%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 117 (14.39%) VMware
2 62 (7.63%) Cisco
3 58 (7.13%) HP
4 57 (7.01%) SAP
4 57 (7.01%) Citrix
5 45 (5.54%) Symantec
6 41 (5.04%) Oracle
7 36 (4.43%) CheckPoint
8 23 (2.83%) IBM
9 16 (1.97%) McAfee
10 15 (1.85%) Business Objects
11 14 (1.72%) Sun
12 13 (1.60%) 3PAR
13 11 (1.35%) EMC
14 10 (1.23%) Sophos
14 10 (1.23%) Apple
15 9 (1.11%) NetApp
16 8 (0.98%) Red Hat
17 7 (0.86%) Dell
17 7 (0.86%) Open Text
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