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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 6 7
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 362 503 286
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.91% 15.53% 12.89%
As % of the Vendors category 30.39% 36.14% 29.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 282 144
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £175 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 37 27
Average hourly rate £16.75 £14.00 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.64% +3.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.40 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.03 £32.00 £40.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
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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
1191 1392 961
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 39.18% 42.99% 43.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 674 859 549
Average daily rate £360 £353 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.12% -4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 82 60
Average hourly rate £20.19 £16.75 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.50% +24.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.47 £11.35 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £37.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -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 5 May 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 5 May 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 5 May 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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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 +1 102 £375 +19.52% 41
Bristol -1 77 £340 +0.74% 57
Somerset -3 61 £388 +10.71% 18
Dorset +6 39 £313 -21.97% 28
Devon -7 27 £313 +78.57% 14
Gloucestershire -29 21 £434 +32.44% 35
Cornwall +3 13 £105 -8.30% 3
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 May 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.

1 287 (37.32%) Windows
2 217 (28.22%) SQL
3 201 (26.14%) SQL Server
3 201 (26.14%) MS Excel
4 192 (24.97%) Active Directory
5 177 (23.02%) .NET
6 172 (22.37%) MS Office
7 146 (18.99%) C#
8 129 (16.78%) Security Cleared
9 111 (14.43%) Agile Software Development
10 108 (14.04%) Finance
11 103 (13.39%) Windows 7
12 98 (12.74%) VMware
13 94 (12.22%) Visual Studio
14 89 (11.57%) SharePoint
15 88 (11.44%) SC Cleared
16 86 (11.18%) MS Exchange
16 86 (11.18%) ASP.NET
17 84 (10.92%) ITIL
18 73 (9.49%) Windows XP
19 69 (8.97%) Oracle
19 69 (8.97%) SQL Server 2008
20 68 (8.84%) VMware Infrastructure
21 65 (8.45%) Windows Server 2008
21 65 (8.45%) HTML
22 62 (8.06%) Windows Server 2003
23 60 (7.80%) Citrix
24 59 (7.67%) JavaScript
25 58 (7.54%) CSS
25 58 (7.54%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 89 (11.57%) SharePoint
2 86 (11.18%) MS Exchange
3 35 (4.55%) IIS
4 28 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2010
5 26 (3.38%) Lync
6 22 (2.86%) SharePoint 2010
7 21 (2.73%) BizTalk Server
8 19 (2.47%) CMS
9 18 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
9 18 (2.34%) SharePoint 2013
10 17 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2013
11 16 (2.08%) IBM Notes
12 10 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 8 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
14 7 (0.91%) Apache
15 6 (0.78%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
17 4 (0.52%) SAS
18 3 (0.39%) ArcGIS
18 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 201 (26.14%) MS Excel
2 172 (22.37%) MS Office
3 52 (6.76%) MS Project
4 22 (2.86%) MS PowerPoint
4 22 (2.86%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.26%) SPSS
7 1 (0.13%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 19 (2.47%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (1.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.52%) Maximo
5 3 (0.39%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.39%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.39%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.26%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.13%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.13%) Summit
7 1 (0.13%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.13%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.13%) Sage CRM
7 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.64%) Office 365
2 26 (3.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.26%) SaaS
3 2 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.13%) Yammer
4 1 (0.13%) PaaS
4 1 (0.13%) IaaS
4 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 40 (5.20%) Firewall
2 39 (5.07%) WAN
3 33 (4.29%) DNS
4 30 (3.90%) LAN
5 24 (3.12%) VPN
6 18 (2.34%) DHCP
7 15 (1.95%) Internet
8 14 (1.82%) SAN
9 12 (1.56%) VoIP
10 10 (1.30%) TCP/IP
11 8 (1.04%) Network Security
12 6 (0.78%) NAS
12 6 (0.78%) VLAN
12 6 (0.78%) Wireless
12 6 (0.78%) MPLS
13 5 (0.65%) IP Telephony
13 5 (0.65%) IPsec
13 5 (0.65%) Cisco IOS
14 4 (0.52%) WLAN
15 3 (0.39%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (26.14%) SQL Server
2 69 (8.97%) SQL Server 2008
3 46 (5.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (5.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 40 (5.20%) Data Warehouse
6 39 (5.07%) SQL Server 2005
7 31 (4.03%) MS Access
8 30 (3.90%) Oracle Database
9 25 (3.25%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 16 (2.08%) MySQL
12 14 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
12 14 (1.82%) Oracle Reports
13 12 (1.56%) SQL Server 2000
14 8 (1.04%) Relational Database
15 6 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
16 4 (0.52%) Oracle OLAP
16 4 (0.52%) MongoDB
16 4 (0.52%) OLAP Cube
16 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 94 (12.22%) Visual Studio
2 46 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.69%) Oracle Forms
4 11 (1.43%) MSI
5 10 (1.30%) JIRA
6 5 (0.65%) Selenium
7 4 (0.52%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (0.52%) InstallShield
7 4 (0.52%) ERwin
8 3 (0.39%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (0.39%) Subversion
8 3 (0.39%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.39%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Blend
9 2 (0.26%) Talend Open Studio
9 2 (0.26%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.26%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.26%) Ant
9 2 (0.26%) LoadRunner
10 1 (0.13%) WinRunner
General
1 108 (14.04%) Finance
2 53 (6.89%) Retail
3 34 (4.42%) Manufacturing
4 33 (4.29%) Telecoms
5 32 (4.16%) Banking
6 16 (2.08%) Marketing
7 11 (1.43%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.30%) Electronics
8 10 (1.30%) Back Office
9 7 (0.91%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.78%) Advertising
11 4 (0.52%) Local Government
12 3 (0.39%) Law
13 2 (0.26%) Legal
13 2 (0.26%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.26%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.13%) Billing
14 1 (0.13%) Automotive
14 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 181 (23.54%) Developer
2 159 (20.68%) Analyst
3 58 (7.54%) Architect
4 56 (7.28%) .NET Developer
5 51 (6.63%) Support Engineer
6 45 (5.85%) Consultant
7 40 (5.20%) 2nd Line Support
8 39 (5.07%) Solutions Architect
9 33 (4.29%) Project Manager
10 32 (4.16%) Desktop Support
11 29 (3.77%) Administrator
12 28 (3.64%) Service Analyst
12 28 (3.64%) Support Analyst
13 27 (3.51%) Service Desk Analyst
14 25 (3.25%) SQL Developer
15 23 (2.99%) DBA
16 18 (2.34%) C# Developer
17 17 (2.21%) ASP.NET Developer
17 17 (2.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 16 (2.08%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (23.02%) .NET
2 86 (11.18%) ASP.NET
3 65 (8.45%) HTML
4 58 (7.54%) CSS
4 58 (7.54%) .NET Framework
5 49 (6.37%) jQuery
6 44 (5.72%) Web Services
7 35 (4.55%) WCF
8 33 (4.29%) ASP.NET MVC
9 25 (3.25%) HTML5
10 21 (2.73%) Application Packaging
11 19 (2.47%) ASP.NET MVC 3
12 17 (2.21%) XML
13 14 (1.82%) Ajax
14 12 (1.56%) Entity Framework
14 12 (1.56%) CSS3
14 12 (1.56%) MSMQ
15 11 (1.43%) SOAP
15 11 (1.43%) LINQ
16 10 (1.30%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 42 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 19 (2.47%) GIS
4 17 (2.21%) Open Source
5 16 (2.08%) Blackberry
6 15 (1.95%) NHS
6 15 (1.95%) Clustering
7 12 (1.56%) Data Integration
8 10 (1.30%) Fat Client
8 10 (1.30%) DTV
8 10 (1.30%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.17%) User Experience
10 7 (0.91%) PDA
11 6 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (0.78%) N-Tier
12 5 (0.65%) Mobile Banking
12 5 (0.65%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.65%) Graphic Design
12 5 (0.65%) PKI
12 5 (0.65%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 287 (37.32%) Windows
2 103 (13.39%) Windows 7
3 73 (9.49%) Windows XP
4 65 (8.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 62 (8.06%) Windows Server 2003
6 47 (6.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 23 (2.99%) Linux
8 20 (2.60%) Windows 8
8 20 (2.60%) UNIX
9 12 (1.56%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.17%) Windows 2000 Server
11 7 (0.91%) Android
12 5 (0.65%) Windows Vista
12 5 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.52%) SUSE
13 4 (0.52%) Solaris
14 3 (0.39%) Windows NT
14 3 (0.39%) AIX
15 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.26%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (14.43%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (10.92%) ITIL
3 57 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
4 56 (7.28%) Project Management
5 53 (6.89%) PRINCE2
6 49 (6.37%) MVC
7 45 (5.85%) Migration
7 45 (5.85%) CRM
8 36 (4.68%) ETL
9 32 (4.16%) Change Control
9 32 (4.16%) Scrum
10 30 (3.90%) UML
11 28 (3.64%) SOA
12 27 (3.51%) Waterfall
13 26 (3.38%) Asset Management
13 26 (3.38%) E-Commerce
13 26 (3.38%) Test Scripting
14 24 (3.12%) Change Management
15 23 (2.99%) TDD
16 22 (2.86%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 217 (28.22%) SQL
2 146 (18.99%) C#
3 59 (7.67%) JavaScript
4 50 (6.50%) Java
5 47 (6.11%) VB
6 40 (5.20%) T-SQL
7 27 (3.51%) VB.NET
8 25 (3.25%) PowerShell
9 23 (2.99%) PL/SQL
10 19 (2.47%) VBScript
11 15 (1.95%) VB6
12 13 (1.69%) VBA
12 13 (1.69%) X++
13 10 (1.30%) C
13 10 (1.30%) PHP
14 7 (0.91%) C++
14 7 (0.91%) Scala
15 3 (0.39%) XAML
16 2 (0.26%) Ruby
16 2 (0.26%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 129 (16.78%) Security Cleared
2 88 (11.44%) SC Cleared
3 46 (5.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 29 (3.77%) MCSE
5 20 (2.60%) DV Cleared
5 20 (2.60%) ISEB
6 14 (1.82%) Degree
6 14 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (1.56%) MCSA
7 12 (1.56%) CCNA
8 10 (1.30%) MCP
9 8 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (0.91%) MCITP
11 6 (0.78%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (0.78%) CISM
11 6 (0.78%) CISSP
11 6 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.65%) ISSAP
12 5 (0.65%) ISSMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.99%) SLA
2 19 (2.47%) QA
3 17 (2.21%) ISO 9000
3 17 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.39%) P3O
5 3 (0.39%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.26%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.26%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.13%) WCAG
System Software
1 192 (24.97%) Active Directory
2 68 (8.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (2.99%) XenApp
4 19 (2.47%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (2.08%) VMware ESX
7 14 (1.82%) XenDesktop
8 13 (1.69%) vSphere
9 9 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
10 5 (0.65%) Terminal Services
11 4 (0.52%) XenServer
12 3 (0.39%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.26%) Xen
13 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.26%) NFS
13 2 (0.26%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.13%) Firmware
14 1 (0.13%) Samba
Systems Management
1 49 (6.37%) SCCM
2 19 (2.47%) SCOM
3 12 (1.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 7 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (0.91%) WSUS
6 3 (0.39%) NetBackup
6 3 (0.39%) Puppet
6 3 (0.39%) SCVMM
6 3 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.26%) Oracle EDQ
7 2 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.26%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.26%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.26%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.13%) ARCserve
8 1 (0.13%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.13%) MOM
8 1 (0.13%) Netcool
8 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 98 (12.74%) VMware
2 69 (8.97%) Oracle
3 60 (7.80%) Citrix
4 39 (5.07%) SAP
5 32 (4.16%) Cisco
6 23 (2.99%) McAfee
7 20 (2.60%) Symantec
8 19 (2.47%) HP
8 19 (2.47%) Lotus
9 11 (1.43%) IBM
10 10 (1.30%) LANDesk
10 10 (1.30%) Business Objects
11 9 (1.17%) Dell
12 8 (1.04%) AppSense
12 8 (1.04%) NetApp
12 8 (1.04%) Novell
12 8 (1.04%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.91%) Informatica
13 7 (0.91%) CheckPoint
13 7 (0.91%) Remedy
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