The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Halifax with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
West Yorkshire / Halifax
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 14 21 24
Rank change year-on-year +7 +3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Halifax 6.94% 4.76% 1.97%
As % of the Vendors category 22.73% 19.44% 7.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 3
Median daily rate £337 £349 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.58% -1.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £195 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £418 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.45 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.42% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Halifax.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Halifax
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 22 36 40
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Halifax 30.56% 24.49% 26.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 30 20
Median daily rate £373 £427 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.69% +13.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £304 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £404 £443 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £8.83 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.92 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.32% +13.05%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Halifax

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Halifax citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Halifax

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Halifax.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Halifax

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Halifax

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Halifax.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Halifax

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Halifax region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 13 (72.22%) Finance
2 10 (55.56%) Banking
3 8 (44.44%) Windows
4 7 (38.89%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (38.89%) SQL
5 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
6 5 (27.78%) IBM
6 5 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (22.22%) PMO
7 4 (22.22%) Retail
7 4 (22.22%) Workflow
7 4 (22.22%) StreamWeaver
7 4 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (16.67%) IBM Sterling
8 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
8 3 (16.67%) Mainframe
8 3 (16.67%) Service Management
8 3 (16.67%) Service Delivery
8 3 (16.67%) Unix
8 3 (16.67%) FTP
8 3 (16.67%) B2B
8 3 (16.67%) zOS
8 3 (16.67%) JCL
8 3 (16.67%) Middleware
8 3 (16.67%) Configuration Management
8 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
8 3 (16.67%) Time Sharing Option
8 3 (16.67%) ISPF
8 3 (16.67%) Retail Banking
8 3 (16.67%) Axway

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Halifax by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (22.22%) StreamWeaver
2 2 (11.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 7 (38.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (11.11%) MS Visio
4 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (5.56%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) IaaS
1 2 (11.11%) PaaS
1 2 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) FTP
2 1 (5.56%) LAN
2 1 (5.56%) VLAN
2 1 (5.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) Big Data
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (11.11%) Hadoop
2 2 (11.11%) MongoDB
2 2 (11.11%) NoSQL
2 2 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (11.11%) QlikView
3 1 (5.56%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 13 (72.22%) Finance
2 10 (55.56%) Banking
3 4 (22.22%) Retail
4 3 (16.67%) Retail Banking
5 1 (5.56%) Financial Institution
5 1 (5.56%) Law
5 1 (5.56%) Legal
5 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
5 1 (5.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Developer
3 3 (16.67%) Banking Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Business Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Data Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Data Architect
4 2 (11.11%) PMO Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Developer
4 2 (11.11%) z/OS Developer
5 1 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (5.56%) Business IT Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Data Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Database Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) IT Business Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Linux Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) SQL Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) ISPF
1 3 (16.67%) Middleware
2 2 (11.11%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) Web Services
3 1 (5.56%) HTML
3 1 (5.56%) SGML
3 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (16.67%) iSeries
2 3 (16.67%) Mainframe
2 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 3 (16.67%) Tandem
3 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Storage
3 2 (11.11%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 8 (44.44%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Unix
2 3 (16.67%) zOS
3 1 (5.56%) Linux
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 10
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (22.22%) Workflow
2 3 (16.67%) B2B
2 3 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 3 (16.67%) Service Delivery
2 3 (16.67%) Service Management
3 2 (11.11%) Analytics
3 2 (11.11%) BPMN
3 2 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (11.11%) Data Management
3 2 (11.11%) Data Modelling
3 2 (11.11%) Data Security
3 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Data Management
3 2 (11.11%) ETL
3 2 (11.11%) Information Security
3 2 (11.11%) Logical Data Model
3 2 (11.11%) SOA
3 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (11.11%) System Testing
3 2 (11.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (38.89%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) JCL
3 2 (11.11%) VB.NET
4 1 (5.56%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (5.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) PMO
2 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (16.67%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) IBM
2 3 (16.67%) Axway
2 3 (16.67%) IBM Sterling
3 2 (11.11%) Oracle
4 1 (5.56%) Splunk