Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 7 3
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 48 96 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 10.55% 14.79% 17.49%
As % of the Vendors category 25.40% 26.67% 44.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 68 148
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £343 £491
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.79% -30.23% +40.76%
10th Percentile £305 £171 £182
90th Percentile £490 £479 £600
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 14 17
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £39.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.59% +12.86% +60.07%
10th Percentile £20.75 £13.33 £13.10
90th Percentile £65.58 £49.85 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £14.75 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -7.81% - +8.47%

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 189 360 361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 41.54% 55.47% 39.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 228 242
Lancashire median daily rate £415 £400 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% -6.43% +27.14%
10th Percentile £310 £263 £205
90th Percentile £610 £544 £550
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 42 35
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +59.09%
10th Percentile £35.19 £13.28 £12.90
90th Percentile £66.50 £66.01 £47.20
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £18.13 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +6.62% +10.03%

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017. 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 +2 14 £400 +10.34% 2
Preston -12 14 £525 +76.47% 4
Blackburn - 3 £481 - 4
Burnley -1 1 - -
Chorley - 1 £300 - 2
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 17 (35.42%) SQL
2 15 (31.25%) Finance
3 14 (29.17%) Security Cleared
4 13 (27.08%) JavaScript
5 11 (22.92%) Software Engineering
5 11 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (20.83%) Node.js
6 10 (20.83%) Microsoft Office
6 10 (20.83%) Microsoft Excel
6 10 (20.83%) SDLC
7 9 (18.75%) Windows
7 9 (18.75%) Java
7 9 (18.75%) Scrum
7 9 (18.75%) Git (software)
7 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
8 8 (16.67%) Kanban
8 8 (16.67%) Degree
8 8 (16.67%) Microservices
9 7 (14.58%) Dynamics CRM
9 7 (14.58%) Test Automation
9 7 (14.58%) Jenkins
9 7 (14.58%) Migration
9 7 (14.58%) HTML
9 7 (14.58%) CRM
9 7 (14.58%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (12.50%) Linux
10 6 (12.50%) C#
10 6 (12.50%) Oracle
10 6 (12.50%) Oracle Database
10 6 (12.50%) TDD

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 (10.42%) Confluence
2 3 (6.25%) Apache Spark
2 3 (6.25%) SharePoint
3 2 (4.17%) Mongoose
4 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.08%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (20.83%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (20.83%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (10.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (14.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (6.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 3 (6.25%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.08%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (2.08%) NetSuite
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (2.08%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.42%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (10.42%) Slack
2 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.17%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (2.08%) FinancialForce
3 1 (2.08%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.42%) DNS
2 3 (6.25%) DHCP
3 1 (2.08%) Firewall
3 1 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (2.08%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.08%) VLAN
3 1 (2.08%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.50%) Oracle Database
2 5 (10.42%) Apache Cassandra
2 5 (10.42%) MongoDB
2 5 (10.42%) MySQL
2 5 (10.42%) NoSQL
2 5 (10.42%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (10.42%) SQL Server
3 4 (8.33%) RDBMS
3 4 (8.33%) Relational Database
3 4 (8.33%) TKPROF
4 3 (6.25%) Big Data
4 3 (6.25%) Cognos Framework Manager
4 3 (6.25%) Hadoop
5 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (4.17%) PowerPivot
5 2 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Power View
6 1 (2.08%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (2.08%) SAP HANA
6 1 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 9 (18.75%) Git (software)
2 7 (14.58%) Jenkins
3 5 (10.42%) Cucumber
3 5 (10.42%) Jasmine
3 5 (10.42%) JIRA
3 5 (10.42%) JUnit
4 4 (8.33%) Toad
5 3 (6.25%) Visual Studio
6 2 (4.17%) Artifactory
6 2 (4.17%) GitLab
6 2 (4.17%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (4.17%) SonarQube
6 2 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (4.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (2.08%) Maven
7 1 (2.08%) Mercurial
7 1 (2.08%) Subversion
General
1 15 (31.25%) Finance
2 4 (8.33%) Avionics
2 4 (8.33%) Manufacturing
3 2 (4.17%) Advertising
3 2 (4.17%) Marketing
4 1 (2.08%) Aerospace
4 1 (2.08%) Military
4 1 (2.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (25.00%) Developer
2 6 (12.50%) Software Engineer
3 5 (10.42%) Analyst
3 5 (10.42%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 5 (10.42%) Consultant
3 5 (10.42%) Java Engineer
3 5 (10.42%) Java Software Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) DBA
4 4 (8.33%) Oracle DBA
5 3 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 3 (6.25%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (4.17%) Architect
6 2 (4.17%) Cognos Developer
6 2 (4.17%) CRM Manager
6 2 (4.17%) CRM Project Manager
6 2 (4.17%) Dynamics AX Consultant
6 2 (4.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 2 (4.17%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.17%) Requirements Engineer
6 2 (4.17%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.83%) Node.js
2 7 (14.58%) HTML
3 5 (10.42%) HTML5
3 5 (10.42%) KnockoutJS
3 5 (10.42%) REST
4 4 (8.33%) AngularJS
4 4 (8.33%) CSS
4 4 (8.33%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 3 (6.25%) .NET
5 3 (6.25%) ASP.NET
5 3 (6.25%) React
5 3 (6.25%) XML
6 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (4.17%) CSS3
6 2 (4.17%) LESS
6 2 (4.17%) Sass
6 2 (4.17%) SOAP
6 2 (4.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (4.17%) Web Services
6 2 (4.17%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 2 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.08%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.08%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.75%) Windows
2 6 (12.50%) Linux
3 5 (10.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (4.17%) AIX
4 2 (4.17%) HPUX
4 2 (4.17%) Solaris
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.08%) Android
5 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.08%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (22.92%) Software Engineering
2 10 (20.83%) SDLC
3 9 (18.75%) Scrum
4 8 (16.67%) Kanban
4 8 (16.67%) Microservices
5 7 (14.58%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (14.58%) CRM
5 7 (14.58%) Migration
5 7 (14.58%) Test Automation
6 6 (12.50%) TDD
7 5 (10.42%) BDD
7 5 (10.42%) Coaching
7 5 (10.42%) Mentoring
7 5 (10.42%) Open Source
7 5 (10.42%) SFIA
7 5 (10.42%) User Stories
8 4 (8.33%) DevOps
8 4 (8.33%) ITIL
8 4 (8.33%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (35.42%) SQL
2 13 (27.08%) JavaScript
3 9 (18.75%) Java
4 6 (12.50%) C#
4 6 (12.50%) PowerShell
5 5 (10.42%) VB
6 4 (8.33%) Perl
6 4 (8.33%) PL/SQL
6 4 (8.33%) VBA
7 3 (6.25%) Scala
8 1 (2.08%) C++
Qualifications
1 14 (29.17%) Security Cleared
2 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
3 8 (16.67%) Degree
4 3 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (4.17%) HND
6 1 (2.08%) A+ Certification
6 1 (2.08%) CCNA
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.08%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (2.08%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.08%) ECDL
6 1 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.08%) Master's Degree
6 1 (2.08%) MCP
6 1 (2.08%) MCSE
6 1 (2.08%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.17%) MIL-STD-1553
System Software
1 4 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.17%) Hyper-V
2 2 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (2.08%) XenApp
3 1 (2.08%) XenDesktop
3 1 (2.08%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (8.33%) Oracle RMAN
2 1 (2.08%) Backup Exec
2 1 (2.08%) SCCM
2 1 (2.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (12.50%) Oracle
2 5 (10.42%) Red Hat
3 3 (6.25%) Cognos
3 3 (6.25%) IFS
3 3 (6.25%) Tableau
3 3 (6.25%) VMware
4 2 (4.17%) Cisco
5 1 (2.08%) AppSense
5 1 (2.08%) Citrix
5 1 (2.08%) CommVault
5 1 (2.08%) Epicor
5 1 (2.08%) HP
5 1 (2.08%) Infor
5 1 (2.08%) JD Edwards
5 1 (2.08%) Maconomy
5 1 (2.08%) Sage
5 1 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.08%) SAP
5 1 (2.08%) Symantec
5 1 (2.08%) Xero