Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 11 12
Rank change year-on-year -10 +1 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 49 64 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 8.89% 11.43% 10.65%
As % of the Vendors category 23.79% 24.90% 22.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 27 54
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £450 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +26.32% +18.75%
10th Percentile £221 £225 £172
90th Percentile £638 £538 £530
North West median daily rate £375 £360 £380
% change year-on-year +4.17% -5.33% +17.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 25 22
Lancashire median hourly rate £26.00 £39.00 £17.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +118.92% +7.97%
10th Percentile £21.39 £10.60 £12.00
90th Percentile £103.35 £44.90 £47.22
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.84
% change year-on-year -6.25% -4.99% +12.27%

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 206 257 405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 37.39% 45.89% 46.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 143 240
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £450 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +18.42% -5.00%
10th Percentile £286 £325 £252
90th Percentile £588 £573 £500
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 31 65
Lancashire median hourly rate £30.50 £41.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.06% +10.00% +98.62%
10th Percentile £21.41 £10.75 £13.05
90th Percentile £93.08 £47.33 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £16.64 £16.00 £20.39
% change year-on-year +3.98% -21.53% +16.51%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -8 17 £535 +22.29% 4
Preston -1 11 £375 -16.67% 10
Chorley -9 7 £340 -32.00% 3
Blackburn +9 1 - - 3
Newton-le-Willows - 1 - - 2
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 17 (34.69%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (26.53%) SQL
3 12 (24.49%) Windows
3 12 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (22.45%) Project Management
5 9 (18.37%) Management Information System
5 9 (18.37%) ITIL
5 9 (18.37%) Git (software)
5 9 (18.37%) SFIA
6 8 (16.33%) DevOps
6 8 (16.33%) Microservices
6 8 (16.33%) Node.js
6 8 (16.33%) Jenkins
6 8 (16.33%) Data Management
6 8 (16.33%) Microsoft Excel
6 8 (16.33%) Java
6 8 (16.33%) Oracle
6 8 (16.33%) LAN
7 7 (14.29%) VMware
7 7 (14.29%) Cisco
7 7 (14.29%) PRINCE2
7 7 (14.29%) Open Source
7 7 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
7 7 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
7 7 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (12.24%) Network Design
8 6 (12.24%) Problem Management
8 6 (12.24%) Chartered Engineer
8 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (12.24%) CISSP

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 4 (8.16%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.08%) Confluence
2 2 (4.08%) Mongoose
2 2 (4.08%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 17 (34.69%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (16.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (6.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (2.04%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (4.08%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (4.08%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (2.04%) NetSuite
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (2.04%) Teamcenter
3 1 (2.04%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (10.20%) PaaS
2 5 (10.20%) SaaS
3 3 (6.12%) IaaS
4 2 (4.08%) Slack
5 1 (2.04%) FinancialForce
5 1 (2.04%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (16.33%) LAN
2 6 (12.24%) WAN
3 4 (8.16%) DNS
3 4 (8.16%) Firewall
4 3 (6.12%) BGP
4 3 (6.12%) DHCP
4 3 (6.12%) IP Telephony
4 3 (6.12%) Network Security
4 3 (6.12%) OSPF
4 3 (6.12%) TCP/IP
4 3 (6.12%) Unified Communications
4 3 (6.12%) VPN
5 2 (4.08%) Skype
5 2 (4.08%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (2.04%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (2.04%) VLAN
6 1 (2.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.16%) SQL Server
1 4 (8.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (6.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (4.08%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.08%) MongoDB
3 2 (4.08%) MySQL
3 2 (4.08%) NoSQL
3 2 (4.08%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (4.08%) PowerPivot
3 2 (4.08%) RDBMS
3 2 (4.08%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Power View
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (2.04%) Power BI
4 1 (2.04%) SAP HANA
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (18.37%) Git (software)
2 8 (16.33%) Jenkins
3 3 (6.12%) Cucumber
4 2 (4.08%) Artifactory
4 2 (4.08%) GitLab
4 2 (4.08%) gulp
4 2 (4.08%) Jasmine
4 2 (4.08%) JIRA
4 2 (4.08%) JUnit
4 2 (4.08%) Maven
4 2 (4.08%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (4.08%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (4.08%) SonarQube
4 2 (4.08%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (2.04%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (2.04%) Rational Statemate
5 1 (2.04%) Subversion
5 1 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (12.24%) Finance
2 3 (6.12%) Manufacturing
3 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.04%) Advertising
4 1 (2.04%) Aerospace
4 1 (2.04%) Local Government
4 1 (2.04%) Military
4 1 (2.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (26.53%) Analyst
2 8 (16.33%) Developer
3 6 (12.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (12.24%) Project Manager
3 6 (12.24%) Service Analyst
3 6 (12.24%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (10.20%) Infrastructure Manager
4 5 (10.20%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 4 (8.16%) Applications Architect
5 4 (8.16%) Architect
6 3 (6.12%) Business Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Software Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) SSIS Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Applications Support
7 2 (4.08%) Backend Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Data Centre Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Desktop Support
7 2 (4.08%) Lync Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (16.33%) Node.js
2 5 (10.20%) .NET
3 4 (8.16%) Web Services
4 2 (4.08%) Apache CXF
4 2 (4.08%) Dropwizard
4 2 (4.08%) Express
4 2 (4.08%) Hibernate
4 2 (4.08%) JAX-RS
4 2 (4.08%) Kafka
4 2 (4.08%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (4.08%) REST
4 2 (4.08%) Sequelize
4 2 (4.08%) Spring
4 2 (4.08%) Spring Boot
5 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.04%) SGML
5 1 (2.04%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.37%) Management Information System
2 5 (10.20%) Data Centre
3 3 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.08%) Life Science
5 1 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 12 (24.49%) Windows
2 5 (10.20%) Windows XP
3 4 (8.16%) Android
3 4 (8.16%) Apple iOS
3 4 (8.16%) Windows 10
3 4 (8.16%) Windows 7
4 3 (6.12%) Linux
4 3 (6.12%) Windows 8
5 2 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 2000 Server
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (22.45%) Project Management
3 9 (18.37%) ITIL
3 9 (18.37%) SFIA
4 8 (16.33%) Data Management
4 8 (16.33%) DevOps
4 8 (16.33%) Microservices
5 7 (14.29%) Open Source
5 7 (14.29%) PRINCE2
5 7 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (12.24%) Network Design
6 6 (12.24%) Problem Management
7 5 (10.20%) ETL
7 5 (10.20%) Resource Management
8 4 (8.16%) Co-Creation
8 4 (8.16%) Data Modelling
8 4 (8.16%) Information Management
8 4 (8.16%) IT Strategy
8 4 (8.16%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (26.53%) SQL
2 8 (16.33%) Java
3 4 (8.16%) JavaScript
3 4 (8.16%) PHP
3 4 (8.16%) PowerShell
4 2 (4.08%) PL/SQL
4 2 (4.08%) VB
4 2 (4.08%) VBA
5 1 (2.04%) Ada
5 1 (2.04%) C
5 1 (2.04%) C#
5 1 (2.04%) Python
Qualifications
1 6 (12.24%) CCDP
1 6 (12.24%) CCNP
1 6 (12.24%) Chartered Engineer
1 6 (12.24%) Cisco Certification
1 6 (12.24%) CISM
1 6 (12.24%) CISSP
2 5 (10.20%) Degree
2 5 (10.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 4 (8.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 3 (6.12%) CCIE
4 3 (6.12%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.04%) HNC
5 1 (2.04%) HND
5 1 (2.04%) MCSA
5 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.16%) SLA
2 1 (2.04%) GDPR
System Software
1 6 (12.24%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.08%) XenApp
4 1 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.04%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (4.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.04%) FortiGate
2 1 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (2.04%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 8 (16.33%) Oracle
2 7 (14.29%) Cisco
2 7 (14.29%) VMware
3 4 (8.16%) Xamarin
4 2 (4.08%) Red Hat
4 2 (4.08%) Tableau
5 1 (2.04%) arcserve
5 1 (2.04%) CA
5 1 (2.04%) Citrix
5 1 (2.04%) Epicor
5 1 (2.04%) HP
5 1 (2.04%) IBM
5 1 (2.04%) JD Edwards
5 1 (2.04%) Juniper
5 1 (2.04%) Remedy
5 1 (2.04%) Sage
5 1 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.04%) SAP
5 1 (2.04%) Sophos
5 1 (2.04%) Symantec