Period
to 21 February 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 6 months to 21 February 2018 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
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 16 9 7
Rank change year-on-year -7 -2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 40 82 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 9.03% 14.07% 12.88%
As % of the Vendors category 25.48% 28.18% 31.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 51 103
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £335 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.40% -16.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £306 £256 £177
90th Percentile £588 £523 £600
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 19 24
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.75 £40.00 £29.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.88% +35.25% +7.55%
10th Percentile £23.63 £12.85 £12.23
90th Percentile £67.03 £44.30 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £15.69 £17.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year -7.71% -1.45% +23.21%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Lancashire.

All Vendors
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 157 291 379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 35.44% 49.91% 41.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 198 226
Lancashire median daily rate £414 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.49% +12.00% +5.63%
10th Percentile £287 £299 £212
90th Percentile £575 £575 £519
North West median daily rate £418 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +4.38% - +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 34 72
Lancashire median hourly rate £43.00 £41.63 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.30% +11.00% +20.97%
10th Percentile £25.30 £13.25 £13.68
90th Percentile £68.39 £50.75 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £18.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year -11.29% -8.75% +25.00%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Lancashire over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Lancashire over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Lancashire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 21 February 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Blackpool -4 18 £400 +14.29% 2
Preston -4 11 £425 +30.77% 16
Chorley - 2 £300 - 2
Burnley -2 1 - - 4
Blackburn - 1 - - 5
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 14 (35.00%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (32.50%) JavaScript
2 13 (32.50%) Node.js
3 12 (30.00%) Java
4 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (27.50%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (27.50%) Microservices
4 11 (27.50%) Git (software)
5 10 (25.00%) Software Engineering
5 10 (25.00%) Jenkins
6 9 (22.50%) SQL
7 8 (20.00%) Scrum
7 8 (20.00%) Finance
7 8 (20.00%) SDLC
7 8 (20.00%) Kanban
8 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
8 7 (17.50%) Test Automation
8 7 (17.50%) Open Source
8 7 (17.50%) DevOps
8 7 (17.50%) HTML
8 7 (17.50%) SFIA
9 6 (15.00%) C#
9 6 (15.00%) Linux
9 6 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (15.00%) Management Information System
9 6 (15.00%) Cucumber
9 6 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 6 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
9 6 (15.00%) Degree
10 5 (12.50%) JIRA

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 5 (12.50%) Confluence
2 3 (7.50%) Apache Spark
2 3 (7.50%) Mongoose
3 2 (5.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (35.00%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (27.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (12.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (2.50%) NetSuite
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.50%) Teamcenter
2 1 (2.50%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 6 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (12.50%) Slack
3 2 (5.00%) IaaS
3 2 (5.00%) PaaS
3 2 (5.00%) SaaS
4 1 (2.50%) FinancialForce
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.00%) DNS
2 2 (5.00%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (5.00%) Skype
2 2 (5.00%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (2.50%) DHCP
3 1 (2.50%) Firewall
3 1 (2.50%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.50%) VLAN
3 1 (2.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.50%) Apache Cassandra
1 5 (12.50%) MongoDB
1 5 (12.50%) MySQL
1 5 (12.50%) NoSQL
1 5 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (10.00%) RDBMS
2 4 (10.00%) Relational Database
3 3 (7.50%) Big Data
3 3 (7.50%) Cognos Framework Manager
3 3 (7.50%) Hadoop
3 3 (7.50%) SQL Server
4 2 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database
4 2 (5.00%) PowerPivot
4 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (2.50%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Power View
5 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (2.50%) SAP HANA
5 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (27.50%) Git (software)
2 10 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 6 (15.00%) Cucumber
4 5 (12.50%) Jasmine
4 5 (12.50%) JIRA
4 5 (12.50%) JUnit
5 3 (7.50%) Artifactory
5 3 (7.50%) GitLab
5 3 (7.50%) SonarQube
5 3 (7.50%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (5.00%) Maven
6 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (5.00%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.50%) gulp
7 1 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (2.50%) Rational Statemate
7 1 (2.50%) Subversion
General
1 8 (20.00%) Finance
2 2 (5.00%) Advertising
2 2 (5.00%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.50%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.50%) Avionics
3 1 (2.50%) Military
Job Titles
1 12 (30.00%) Developer
2 6 (15.00%) Software Engineer
3 5 (12.50%) Java Engineer
3 5 (12.50%) Java Software Engineer
4 4 (10.00%) Analyst
4 4 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 3 (7.50%) C# Developer
5 3 (7.50%) Data Centre Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) .NET Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Applications Architect
6 2 (5.00%) Architect
6 2 (5.00%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Business Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Cognos Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Operations Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (32.50%) Node.js
2 7 (17.50%) HTML
3 5 (12.50%) .NET
3 5 (12.50%) HTML5
3 5 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
3 5 (12.50%) REST
4 4 (10.00%) CSS
4 4 (10.00%) Web Services
4 4 (10.00%) XML
5 3 (7.50%) AngularJS
5 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET
5 3 (7.50%) React
6 2 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (5.00%) Dropwizard
6 2 (5.00%) JAX-RS
6 2 (5.00%) LESS
6 2 (5.00%) Nunjucks
6 2 (5.00%) Sass
6 2 (5.00%) Spring Boot
6 2 (5.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.00%) Management Information System
2 4 (10.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.00%) Linux
2 5 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (10.00%) Windows
4 3 (7.50%) Windows Server
5 2 (5.00%) AIX
5 2 (5.00%) Android
5 2 (5.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (5.00%) HPUX
5 2 (5.00%) Solaris
5 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.50%) Windows 7
6 1 (2.50%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (27.50%) Microservices
2 10 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 8 (20.00%) Kanban
3 8 (20.00%) Scrum
3 8 (20.00%) SDLC
4 7 (17.50%) DevOps
4 7 (17.50%) Open Source
4 7 (17.50%) SFIA
4 7 (17.50%) Test Automation
5 6 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (12.50%) BDD
6 5 (12.50%) Coaching
6 5 (12.50%) ITIL
6 5 (12.50%) Mentoring
6 5 (12.50%) TDD
6 5 (12.50%) User Stories
7 4 (10.00%) Change Management
7 4 (10.00%) Data Management
7 4 (10.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (32.50%) JavaScript
2 12 (30.00%) Java
3 9 (22.50%) SQL
4 6 (15.00%) C#
5 5 (12.50%) VB
6 4 (10.00%) VBA
7 3 (7.50%) Scala
8 2 (5.00%) PHP
8 2 (5.00%) PowerShell
9 1 (2.50%) Ada
9 1 (2.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
2 6 (15.00%) Degree
3 3 (7.50%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (7.50%) SC Cleared
4 2 (5.00%) CCDP
4 2 (5.00%) CCNP
4 2 (5.00%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) CISM
4 2 (5.00%) CISSP
4 2 (5.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.50%) A+ Certification
5 1 (2.50%) CCNA
5 1 (2.50%) ECDL
5 1 (2.50%) HNC
5 1 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (2.50%) MCP
5 1 (2.50%) MCSA
5 1 (2.50%) MCSE
5 1 (2.50%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) SLA
2 1 (2.50%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.50%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (2.50%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 5 (12.50%) Red Hat
2 4 (10.00%) Cisco
3 3 (7.50%) Cognos
3 3 (7.50%) IFS
3 3 (7.50%) VMware
4 2 (5.00%) Oracle
4 2 (5.00%) Tableau
4 2 (5.00%) Xamarin
5 1 (2.50%) CA
5 1 (2.50%) CommVault
5 1 (2.50%) Epicor
5 1 (2.50%) Infor
5 1 (2.50%) JD Edwards
5 1 (2.50%) Sage
5 1 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.50%) SAP
5 1 (2.50%) Symantec
5 1 (2.50%) Xero