The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the South West region.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 343 272 417
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.53% 12.65% 13.77%
As % of the Vendors category 27.37% 29.47% 33.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 158 219
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £157 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
- +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 27 45
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -25.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £9.90 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.80 £25.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Vendors Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1253 923 1262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 42.10% 42.91% 41.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 805 544 674
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 65 101
Average hourly rate £20.06 £17.11 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.22% -22.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-10.25% +2.63%
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England

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +2 115 £338 +6.13% 33
Bristol -11 57 £315 -10.95% 47
Gloucestershire -4 53 £381 +22.68% 27
Somerset -11 48 £325 - 29
Devon -4 26 £190 -45.71% 14
Dorset +4 17 £188 -8.53% 28
Cornwall - 5 £110 - 2
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 354 (40.69%) Windows
2 261 (30.00%) MS Excel
3 244 (28.05%) Security Cleared
4 188 (21.61%) SC Cleared
5 177 (20.34%) MS Office
6 167 (19.20%) Active Directory
7 160 (18.39%) SharePoint
8 151 (17.36%) ITIL
9 135 (15.52%) Windows 7
10 133 (15.29%) SQL Server
11 130 (14.94%) VMware
12 126 (14.48%) SQL
13 121 (13.91%) Finance
14 110 (12.64%) .NET
15 103 (11.84%) MS Exchange
16 102 (11.72%) Project Management
16 102 (11.72%) Windows Server 2008
17 94 (10.80%) User Acceptance Testing
18 90 (10.34%) C#
19 88 (10.11%) MS Project
20 85 (9.77%) Windows XP
21 81 (9.31%) Migration
21 81 (9.31%) VMware Infrastructure
22 80 (9.20%) PRINCE2
23 74 (8.51%) Firewall
24 70 (8.05%) SAP
24 70 (8.05%) SLA
25 66 (7.59%) Team Foundation Server
26 65 (7.47%) Microsoft Certification
26 65 (7.47%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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
1 160 (18.39%) SharePoint
2 103 (11.84%) MS Exchange
3 51 (5.86%) SharePoint 2010
4 50 (5.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 48 (5.52%) IIS
6 44 (5.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 31 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2013
8 28 (3.22%) SharePoint Server
9 27 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2007
10 24 (2.76%) Lync
11 17 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2003
12 12 (1.38%) CMS
13 9 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (1.03%) MS Project Server
14 7 (0.80%) Drupal
14 7 (0.80%) Apache
15 3 (0.34%) Node.js
16 2 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
16 2 (0.23%) Railo
16 2 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 261 (30.00%) MS Excel
2 177 (20.34%) MS Office
3 88 (10.11%) MS Project
4 33 (3.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (2.41%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.80%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.46%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 15 (1.72%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.57%) SAP SD
3 5 (0.57%) Summit
4 4 (0.46%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.34%) assyst
5 3 (0.34%) SAP R/3
5 3 (0.34%) Maximo
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.23%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 38 (4.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (3.22%) Office 365
3 3 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.11%) SaaS
4 1 (0.11%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 74 (8.51%) Firewall
2 41 (4.71%) DNS
3 32 (3.68%) DHCP
4 29 (3.33%) SAN
5 28 (3.22%) TCP/IP
6 23 (2.64%) Internet
7 20 (2.30%) LAN
8 19 (2.18%) WAN
8 19 (2.18%) Intranet
9 17 (1.95%) Wireless
9 17 (1.95%) Cisco PIX
10 13 (1.49%) VoIP
11 12 (1.38%) Network Security
12 9 (1.03%) LDAP
12 9 (1.03%) VPN
12 9 (1.03%) NetScaler
13 5 (0.57%) HTTP
13 5 (0.57%) SNMP
13 5 (0.57%) SMTP
14 4 (0.46%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (15.29%) SQL Server
2 52 (5.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 39 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 27 (3.10%) SQL Server 2005
6 22 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (2.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 17 (1.95%) SQL Server 2012
9 15 (1.72%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.49%) SAP BW
11 8 (0.92%) MySQL
11 8 (0.92%) SAP BI
12 7 (0.80%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 6 (0.69%) OLAP
14 5 (0.57%) MS Access
14 5 (0.57%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
15 4 (0.46%) EDRMS
15 4 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 66 (7.59%) Team Foundation Server
2 38 (4.37%) Visual Studio
3 16 (1.84%) SpecFlow
4 9 (1.03%) ClearCase
5 8 (0.92%) MSI
6 7 (0.80%) Selenium
7 5 (0.57%) JIRA
7 5 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.46%) Subversion
9 3 (0.34%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.34%) Talend Open Studio
9 3 (0.34%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.34%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.34%) Hudson
10 2 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
10 2 (0.23%) FitNesse
10 2 (0.23%) PVCS
10 2 (0.23%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.11%) NUnit
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
General
1 121 (13.91%) Finance
2 53 (6.09%) Banking
3 52 (5.98%) Telecoms
4 36 (4.14%) Retail
5 32 (3.68%) Retail Banking
6 20 (2.30%) Back Office
7 19 (2.18%) Front Office
8 18 (2.07%) Publishing
9 16 (1.84%) Manufacturing
10 12 (1.38%) Marketing
11 7 (0.80%) Military
12 5 (0.57%) Advertising
13 4 (0.46%) Electronics
13 4 (0.46%) Legal
14 2 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.23%) Automotive
14 2 (0.23%) Billing
15 1 (0.11%) French Language
15 1 (0.11%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 202 (23.22%) Analyst
2 121 (13.91%) Developer
3 70 (8.05%) Administrator
4 51 (5.86%) Support Engineer
5 49 (5.63%) Support Analyst
6 48 (5.52%) Consultant
7 46 (5.29%) Test Analyst
8 41 (4.71%) Project Manager
9 35 (4.02%) Desktop Support
9 35 (4.02%) 2nd Line Support
10 34 (3.91%) .NET Developer
11 30 (3.45%) Business Analyst
12 28 (3.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 28 (3.22%) SharePoint Administrator
13 26 (2.99%) Architect
14 25 (2.87%) Senior Analyst
15 23 (2.64%) Tester
15 23 (2.64%) Systems Administrator
16 22 (2.53%) Senior Test Analyst
17 20 (2.30%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (12.64%) .NET
2 46 (5.29%) ASP.NET
3 41 (4.71%) HTML
4 35 (4.02%) Web Services
5 28 (3.22%) CSS
6 25 (2.87%) XML
7 20 (2.30%) jQuery
7 20 (2.30%) ASP.NET MVC
8 16 (1.84%) HTML5
9 14 (1.61%) WCF
10 12 (1.38%) .NET Framework
11 10 (1.15%) Ajax
11 10 (1.15%) REST
11 10 (1.15%) Gherkin
12 9 (1.03%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 8 (0.92%) CSS3
13 8 (0.92%) Middleware
13 8 (0.92%) JSON
13 8 (0.92%) MDX
14 7 (0.80%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 35 (4.02%) Management Information System
2 28 (3.22%) Thin Client
2 28 (3.22%) Fat Client
3 27 (3.10%) CMDB
4 21 (2.41%) Statistics
5 16 (1.84%) NHS
6 15 (1.72%) GIS
6 15 (1.72%) Blackberry
7 12 (1.38%) FMCG
8 10 (1.15%) iPhone
8 10 (1.15%) Open Source
9 9 (1.03%) Replication
10 8 (0.92%) Clustering
11 7 (0.80%) iPad
12 6 (0.69%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.69%) PMI
13 5 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
14 4 (0.46%) Mobile App
14 4 (0.46%) DTV
14 4 (0.46%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 354 (40.69%) Windows
2 135 (15.52%) Windows 7
3 102 (11.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 85 (9.77%) Windows XP
5 65 (7.47%) Windows Server 2003
6 44 (5.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 34 (3.91%) Linux
8 27 (3.10%) Windows 8
9 20 (2.30%) Apple iOS
10 18 (2.07%) Solaris
11 16 (1.84%) Mac OS X
11 16 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (0.92%) Android
12 8 (0.92%) UNIX
13 5 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
13 5 (0.57%) CentOS
14 3 (0.34%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.34%) Windows NT
15 1 (0.11%) AIX
15 1 (0.11%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (17.36%) ITIL
2 102 (11.72%) Project Management
3 94 (10.80%) User Acceptance Testing
4 81 (9.31%) Migration
5 80 (9.20%) PRINCE2
6 64 (7.36%) Service Delivery
7 62 (7.13%) Test Scripting
8 60 (6.90%) Change Management
9 54 (6.21%) Test Management
10 47 (5.40%) Business Intelligence
11 45 (5.17%) Service Management
12 40 (4.60%) Software Testing
13 38 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
13 38 (4.37%) Scrum
13 38 (4.37%) MVC
13 38 (4.37%) Change Control
14 34 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
15 33 (3.79%) Asset Management
16 30 (3.45%) Incident Management
17 29 (3.33%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 126 (14.48%) SQL
2 90 (10.34%) C#
3 57 (6.55%) PowerShell
4 50 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 25 (2.87%) T-SQL
6 18 (2.07%) VB
6 18 (2.07%) Java
7 17 (1.95%) VBScript
7 17 (1.95%) ABAP
8 15 (1.72%) VBA
9 14 (1.61%) PHP
10 13 (1.49%) VB.NET
11 12 (1.38%) C
12 9 (1.03%) Perl
13 8 (0.92%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.80%) Ruby
15 5 (0.57%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.46%) C++
17 3 (0.34%) VB6
17 3 (0.34%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
Qualifications
1 244 (28.05%) Security Cleared
2 188 (21.61%) SC Cleared
3 65 (7.47%) Microsoft Certification
4 46 (5.29%) ISEB
4 46 (5.29%) DV Cleared
5 42 (4.83%) MCP
6 32 (3.68%) ITIL Certification
7 31 (3.56%) ISTQB
8 27 (3.10%) Degree
8 27 (3.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 26 (2.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 23 (2.64%) MCSE
11 19 (2.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 15 (1.72%) MCSA
13 13 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
13 13 (1.49%) PMP
13 13 (1.49%) PMI Certification
14 10 (1.15%) CCNA
15 5 (0.57%) CCNP
15 5 (0.57%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (8.05%) SLA
2 21 (2.41%) QA
3 15 (1.72%) ISO 9001
4 14 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.57%) ISO 14001
6 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) Basel II
8 1 (0.11%) FINREP
System Software
1 167 (19.20%) Active Directory
2 81 (9.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (3.56%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.30%) ISA Server
5 19 (2.18%) VMware ESX
5 19 (2.18%) XenApp
5 19 (2.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 17 (1.95%) vSphere
7 13 (1.49%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (0.80%) NFS
10 6 (0.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.57%) vCloud
11 5 (0.57%) Squid
11 5 (0.57%) qmail
12 3 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.34%) UAG
13 2 (0.23%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.23%) MetaFrame
14 1 (0.11%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 52 (5.98%) SCCM
2 26 (2.99%) SCOM
3 19 (2.18%) NetBackup
4 18 (2.07%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 17 (1.95%) WSUS
6 13 (1.49%) HP SIM
7 11 (1.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 9 (1.03%) SCOrch
8 9 (1.03%) SCSM
9 6 (0.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 6 (0.69%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.57%) Backup Exec
10 5 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.46%) SCDPM
11 4 (0.46%) EMC NetWorker
11 4 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.34%) MIIS
12 3 (0.34%) ARCserve
13 2 (0.23%) MOM
13 2 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 130 (14.94%) VMware
2 70 (8.05%) SAP
3 60 (6.90%) Cisco
4 59 (6.78%) Citrix
5 50 (5.75%) HP
6 35 (4.02%) Oracle
7 33 (3.79%) Symantec
8 27 (3.10%) SolarWinds
9 23 (2.64%) McAfee
10 19 (2.18%) CheckPoint
11 17 (1.95%) Avaya
12 13 (1.49%) Barracuda Networks
13 12 (1.38%) Sophos
14 11 (1.26%) Dell
14 11 (1.26%) Red Hat
15 10 (1.15%) NetApp
15 10 (1.15%) 3PAR
16 9 (1.03%) Mitel
16 9 (1.03%) EMC
17 8 (0.92%) Business Objects
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Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour
Posted: 6 hours ago
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
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Bournemouth
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 hours ago
Gloucestershire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Malmesbury
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Roc Search
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South West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £600 - £800 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Montash
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Dorset
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £12.00 - £13.50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £130 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
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Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol
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Rate: £15 - £25 per hour + competitive
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Plymouth, Devon
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Rate: £25000 - £27000 per annum + FIXED TERM CONTRACT
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Swindon, Wiltshire
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Rate: £375 - £451 per day
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Taunton
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Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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South West England
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Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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Bristol, Avon
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