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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
West Yorkshire / Halifax
Rank 8 19 17
Rank change year-on-year +11 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 13 2 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Halifax 17.33% 2.13% 5.56%
As % of the Vendors category 56.52% 7.69% 21.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 6
Median daily rate £423 - £256
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 - £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 - £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £11.25 £9.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -28.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 23 26 41
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Halifax 30.67% 27.66% 25.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 24
Median daily rate £423 £380 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.18% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £322 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £480 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £11.25 £9.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -28.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Halifax

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Halifax over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Halifax

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Halifax

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Halifax

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Halifax

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 10 (62.50%) SQL
2 9 (56.25%) Finance
3 8 (50.00%) Windows
4 6 (37.50%) Banking
5 5 (31.25%) IBM
5 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
6 4 (25.00%) MS Office
6 4 (25.00%) Configuration Management
6 4 (25.00%) ETL
6 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (25.00%) Management Information System
6 4 (25.00%) Workflow
6 4 (25.00%) StreamWeaver
6 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (25.00%) Big Data
7 3 (18.75%) IaaS
7 3 (18.75%) BPMN
7 3 (18.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (18.75%) SaaS
7 3 (18.75%) PaaS
7 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Storage
7 3 (18.75%) MongoDB
7 3 (18.75%) NoSQL
7 3 (18.75%) IBM Sterling
7 3 (18.75%) ISPF
7 3 (18.75%) Axway
7 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Data Management
7 3 (18.75%) QlikView
7 3 (18.75%) Tandem
7 3 (18.75%) iSeries

Microsoft
Top Related 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 (25.00%) StreamWeaver
2 3 (18.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (25.00%) MS Office
2 3 (18.75%) MS Excel
2 3 (18.75%) MS Visio
3 1 (6.25%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) IaaS
1 3 (18.75%) PaaS
1 3 (18.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) FTP
2 1 (6.25%) LAN
2 1 (6.25%) VLAN
2 1 (6.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
2 4 (25.00%) Big Data
3 3 (18.75%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (18.75%) Hadoop
3 3 (18.75%) MongoDB
3 3 (18.75%) NoSQL
3 3 (18.75%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (18.75%) QlikView
4 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (6.25%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (6.25%) Power BI
5 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
General
1 9 (56.25%) Finance
2 6 (37.50%) Banking
3 1 (6.25%) Financial Institution
3 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
3 1 (6.25%) Retail
3 1 (6.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Architect
2 3 (18.75%) Data Architect
2 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Architect
2 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Data Architect
3 2 (12.50%) Business Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) SQL Developer
3 2 (12.50%) Technical Developer
3 2 (12.50%) z/OS Developer
4 1 (6.25%) .NET Developer
4 1 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
4 1 (6.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Database Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) ETL Developer
4 1 (6.25%) IT Business Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Linux Specialist
4 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Developer
4 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) .NET
1 3 (18.75%) ISPF
1 3 (18.75%) Middleware
1 3 (18.75%) Web Services
2 1 (6.25%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Storage
2 3 (18.75%) Hybrid Cloud
2 3 (18.75%) iSeries
2 3 (18.75%) Mainframe
2 3 (18.75%) Tandem
3 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (18.75%) Unix
2 3 (18.75%) zOS
3 1 (6.25%) Linux
3 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
3 1 (6.25%) Windows 7
3 1 (6.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) Configuration Management
1 4 (25.00%) ETL
1 4 (25.00%) Workflow
2 3 (18.75%) Analytics
2 3 (18.75%) B2B
2 3 (18.75%) BPMN
2 3 (18.75%) Data Management
2 3 (18.75%) Data Modelling
2 3 (18.75%) Data Security
2 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Data Management
2 3 (18.75%) Information Security
2 3 (18.75%) Logical Data Model
2 3 (18.75%) Physical Data Model
2 3 (18.75%) SDLC
2 3 (18.75%) Service Delivery
2 3 (18.75%) Service Management
2 3 (18.75%) SOA
3 2 (12.50%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (62.50%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) JCL
3 2 (12.50%) VB.NET
4 1 (6.25%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) Java
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) PMO
1 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (6.25%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (31.25%) IBM
2 3 (18.75%) Axway
2 3 (18.75%) IBM Sterling
2 3 (18.75%) Oracle
3 1 (6.25%) Splunk