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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 8 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 380 285 433
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.78% 12.88% 13.74%
As % of the Vendors category 28.55% 31.18% 34.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 176 237
Average daily rate
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£325 £328 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.76% -0.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £165 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £486 £450 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 24 49
Average hourly rate £16.75 £14.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.51% -27.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £8.00 £10.79
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.30 £27.30 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.93%
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
1331 914 1240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 41.25% 41.30% 39.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 845 547 654
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £175 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £494 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 69 97
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.60 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.30 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-6.73% +1.57%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 0 116 £350 +7.69% 29
Bristol -9 70 £325 -5.79% 58
Gloucestershire -3 63 £375 +15.38% 29
Devon +8 51 £200 -38.46% 12
Somerset -13 36 £363 +6.61% 23
Dorset +2 18 £225 +28.57% 26
Cornwall - 7 £225 - 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 340 (42.08%) Windows
2 269 (33.29%) MS Excel
3 228 (28.22%) Security Cleared
4 163 (20.17%) SC Cleared
5 152 (18.81%) MS Office
6 151 (18.69%) ITIL
7 145 (17.95%) Active Directory
8 129 (15.97%) VMware
9 128 (15.84%) SharePoint
10 114 (14.11%) Windows 7
11 113 (13.99%) Finance
12 110 (13.61%) SQL
13 100 (12.38%) .NET
14 99 (12.25%) Project Management
15 98 (12.13%) SQL Server
16 89 (11.01%) C#
17 79 (9.78%) Windows Server 2008
18 78 (9.65%) VMware Infrastructure
18 78 (9.65%) PRINCE2
19 77 (9.53%) MS Exchange
19 77 (9.53%) User Acceptance Testing
20 75 (9.28%) SLA
21 73 (9.03%) MS Project
22 71 (8.79%) SAP
23 68 (8.42%) Firewall
24 65 (8.04%) Cisco
25 64 (7.92%) Windows XP
25 64 (7.92%) Migration
26 62 (7.67%) Windows Server 2003
27 60 (7.43%) Service Delivery

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 128 (15.84%) SharePoint
2 77 (9.53%) MS Exchange
3 39 (4.83%) IIS
4 33 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 28 (3.47%) SharePoint 2010
6 23 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (2.35%) Lync
7 19 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
8 15 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
8 15 (1.86%) SharePoint Server
9 14 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2003
10 13 (1.61%) CMS
11 10 (1.24%) BizTalk Server
12 8 (0.99%) Apache
13 7 (0.87%) MS Project Server
14 5 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.37%) Node.js
15 3 (0.37%) Drupal
16 2 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
16 2 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 269 (33.29%) MS Excel
2 152 (18.81%) MS Office
3 73 (9.03%) MS Project
4 37 (4.58%) MS PowerPoint
5 18 (2.23%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.87%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.37%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 15 (1.86%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.62%) SAP CO
4 5 (0.62%) SAP SD
5 3 (0.37%) Summit
5 3 (0.37%) assyst
5 3 (0.37%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.25%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.12%) Changepoint
7 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.12%) Maximo
7 1 (0.12%) Agresso
7 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 37 (4.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (1.98%) Office 365
3 3 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.12%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 68 (8.42%) Firewall
2 41 (5.07%) DNS
3 39 (4.83%) TCP/IP
4 30 (3.71%) Internet
5 27 (3.34%) LAN
6 25 (3.09%) DHCP
7 24 (2.97%) WAN
8 22 (2.72%) Cisco PIX
9 16 (1.98%) Wireless
10 15 (1.86%) VPN
11 13 (1.61%) Intranet
12 12 (1.49%) SAN
12 12 (1.49%) LDAP
13 8 (0.99%) VoIP
14 7 (0.87%) SNMP
14 7 (0.87%) SMTP
15 6 (0.74%) Network Security
15 6 (0.74%) NetScaler
16 5 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
16 5 (0.62%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (12.13%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 26 (3.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 19 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (2.35%) Relational Database
5 18 (2.23%) SQL Server 2005
6 17 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 13 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.36%) SAP BW
9 9 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
10 8 (0.99%) MySQL
11 7 (0.87%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.74%) OLAP
12 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 5 (0.62%) DB2
13 5 (0.62%) MS Access
14 4 (0.50%) SAP BI
14 4 (0.50%) DTS
14 4 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 54 (6.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (4.83%) Visual Studio
3 18 (2.23%) SpecFlow
4 10 (1.24%) Selenium
4 10 (1.24%) ClearCase
5 6 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 6 (0.74%) MSI
6 4 (0.50%) Subversion
7 3 (0.37%) JIRA
7 3 (0.37%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.25%) NUnit
8 2 (0.25%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.12%) FitNesse
9 1 (0.12%) Git (software)
9 1 (0.12%) MSTest
9 1 (0.12%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.12%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.12%) Hudson
9 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
General
1 113 (13.99%) Finance
2 53 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 48 (5.94%) Banking
4 28 (3.47%) Retail
5 26 (3.22%) Retail Banking
6 19 (2.35%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.98%) Front Office
7 16 (1.98%) Back Office
8 14 (1.73%) Marketing
9 10 (1.24%) Military
10 9 (1.11%) Publishing
11 7 (0.87%) Electronics
11 7 (0.87%) Legal
12 2 (0.25%) Automotive
12 2 (0.25%) Advertising
12 2 (0.25%) Billing
13 1 (0.12%) Local Government
13 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 189 (23.39%) Analyst
2 115 (14.23%) Developer
3 55 (6.81%) Administrator
4 50 (6.19%) Support Engineer
5 45 (5.57%) Test Analyst
5 45 (5.57%) Project Manager
6 42 (5.20%) Support Analyst
7 40 (4.95%) Consultant
8 36 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
9 34 (4.21%) Architect
10 31 (3.84%) .NET Developer
11 28 (3.47%) Desktop Support
12 27 (3.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 26 (3.22%) Senior Analyst
14 25 (3.09%) Business Analyst
15 23 (2.85%) Service Analyst
15 23 (2.85%) Service Desk Analyst
16 22 (2.72%) Senior Test Analyst
16 22 (2.72%) Systems Administrator
17 19 (2.35%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 100 (12.38%) .NET
2 47 (5.82%) ASP.NET
3 43 (5.32%) HTML
4 33 (4.08%) Web Services
5 32 (3.96%) CSS
6 26 (3.22%) XML
7 18 (2.23%) jQuery
8 16 (1.98%) ASP.NET MVC
9 15 (1.86%) HTML5
10 14 (1.73%) .NET Framework
11 11 (1.36%) Gherkin
12 10 (1.24%) CSS3
13 9 (1.11%) REST
13 9 (1.11%) JSON
13 9 (1.11%) Ajax
13 9 (1.11%) WCF
13 9 (1.11%) Middleware
14 8 (0.99%) SOAP
15 7 (0.87%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 7 (0.87%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 40 (4.95%) Management Information System
2 26 (3.22%) CMDB
3 24 (2.97%) Fat Client
3 24 (2.97%) Thin Client
4 16 (1.98%) Statistics
5 14 (1.73%) Blackberry
5 14 (1.73%) GIS
6 13 (1.61%) NHS
6 13 (1.61%) Open Source
7 10 (1.24%) Clustering
8 9 (1.11%) FMCG
8 9 (1.11%) iPhone
9 7 (0.87%) iPad
9 7 (0.87%) PDA
9 7 (0.87%) DTV
10 6 (0.74%) PMI
10 6 (0.74%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.74%) Data Protection Act
10 6 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 340 (42.08%) Windows
2 114 (14.11%) Windows 7
3 79 (9.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (7.92%) Windows XP
5 62 (7.67%) Windows Server 2003
6 43 (5.32%) Linux
7 34 (4.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (2.97%) Windows 8
9 23 (2.85%) Solaris
10 18 (2.23%) Apple iOS
11 16 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 15 (1.86%) Mac OS X
13 13 (1.61%) UNIX
14 8 (0.99%) Android
15 7 (0.87%) CentOS
16 6 (0.74%) zOS
17 4 (0.50%) Windows 2000
18 3 (0.37%) Windows NT
19 1 (0.12%) AIX
19 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (18.69%) ITIL
2 99 (12.25%) Project Management
3 78 (9.65%) PRINCE2
4 77 (9.53%) User Acceptance Testing
5 64 (7.92%) Migration
6 60 (7.43%) Service Delivery
7 52 (6.44%) Test Scripting
8 48 (5.94%) Test Management
9 45 (5.57%) Business Intelligence
10 41 (5.07%) Change Management
11 38 (4.70%) Service Management
11 38 (4.70%) Software Testing
12 32 (3.96%) Stakeholder Management
12 32 (3.96%) Scrum
13 31 (3.84%) Business Analysis
13 31 (3.84%) Change Control
13 31 (3.84%) Capacity Management
14 30 (3.71%) Asset Management
15 29 (3.59%) MVC
16 25 (3.09%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 110 (13.61%) SQL
2 89 (11.01%) C#
3 48 (5.94%) JavaScript
4 35 (4.33%) PowerShell
5 26 (3.22%) Java
6 20 (2.48%) T-SQL
7 17 (2.10%) VBScript
8 14 (1.73%) VB
8 14 (1.73%) ABAP
9 13 (1.61%) VBA
9 13 (1.61%) PHP
10 11 (1.36%) Perl
11 10 (1.24%) PL/SQL
11 10 (1.24%) C
12 9 (1.11%) Ruby
13 8 (0.99%) VB.NET
14 7 (0.87%) Shell Script
15 6 (0.74%) Delphi
16 2 (0.25%) C++
16 2 (0.25%) VB6
Qualifications
1 228 (28.22%) Security Cleared
2 163 (20.17%) SC Cleared
3 55 (6.81%) DV Cleared
4 54 (6.68%) Microsoft Certification
5 43 (5.32%) ISEB
6 40 (4.95%) MCP
7 35 (4.33%) Degree
8 31 (3.84%) ITIL Certification
9 29 (3.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 29 (3.59%) ISTQB
10 25 (3.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 17 (2.10%) MCSE
12 16 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
13 15 (1.86%) PMP
13 15 (1.86%) PMI Certification
14 13 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 11 (1.36%) MCSA
16 10 (1.24%) CCNP
17 8 (0.99%) CCNA
18 6 (0.74%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (9.28%) SLA
2 23 (2.85%) QA
3 11 (1.36%) ISO 9001
3 11 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.50%) HL7
5 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.37%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.37%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.12%) Basel II
6 1 (0.12%) FINREP
System Software
1 145 (17.95%) Active Directory
2 78 (9.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (2.97%) Hyper-V
4 22 (2.72%) VMware ESX
5 18 (2.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 16 (1.98%) XenApp
7 12 (1.49%) XenDesktop
7 12 (1.49%) vSphere
8 11 (1.36%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.24%) ISA Server
10 9 (1.11%) NFS
11 7 (0.87%) MetaFrame
11 7 (0.87%) Squid
11 7 (0.87%) qmail
12 6 (0.74%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.62%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 4 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.50%) UAG
15 3 (0.37%) vCloud
15 3 (0.37%) Novell eDirectory
Systems Management
1 45 (5.57%) SCCM
2 20 (2.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 16 (1.98%) NetBackup
4 15 (1.86%) HP SIM
5 14 (1.73%) SCOM
6 9 (1.11%) WSUS
6 9 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 8 (0.99%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 7 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
9 5 (0.62%) Backup Exec
9 5 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.37%) MIIS
11 3 (0.37%) ARCserve
12 2 (0.25%) MOM
12 2 (0.25%) SCDPM
12 2 (0.25%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
13 1 (0.12%) nmon
13 1 (0.12%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 129 (15.97%) VMware
2 71 (8.79%) SAP
3 65 (8.04%) Cisco
4 53 (6.56%) HP
5 50 (6.19%) Citrix
6 36 (4.46%) Oracle
6 36 (4.46%) Symantec
7 26 (3.22%) CheckPoint
8 22 (2.72%) McAfee
8 22 (2.72%) SolarWinds
9 14 (1.73%) IBM
10 13 (1.61%) Avaya
11 12 (1.49%) Sophos
12 11 (1.36%) Dell
12 11 (1.36%) Business Objects
12 11 (1.36%) NetApp
13 8 (0.99%) Red Hat
13 8 (0.99%) EMC
13 8 (0.99%) 3PAR
14 7 (0.87%) Lumension
Somerset
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £375 - £451 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £170 - £180 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Salisbury
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £360 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Somerset
Netforte Consulting Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Netforte Consulting Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £200 - 360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Montash
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Yoh
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol
Huxley Associates
Rate: £360 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £200 - 340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hot Rec
Rate: £19k - 24k per year
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Viridor
Rate: Competitive Salary
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago