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 3 months to 28 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.

Microsoft
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 11 9
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 32 54 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 15.69% 12.59% 12.12%
As % of the Vendors category 35.56% 25.59% 25.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 27 23
Median daily rate £480 £338 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.22% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £173 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £510 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 5
Median hourly rate £39.50 £15.97 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +147.41% +33.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £12.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £44.92 £33.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

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 Lancashire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 90 211 192
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 44.12% 49.18% 48.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 125 107
Median daily rate £423 £375 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.66% -3.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £544 £508 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 46 16
Median hourly rate £42.00 £39.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.32% +203.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £13.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.33 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 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 3 months to 28 March 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 3 months to 28 March 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Preston -4 16 £485 +17.57% 2
Blackburn -4 2 - -
Lancaster - 2 - - 2
Chorley +10 1 £500 +95.12% 1
Blackpool +3 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 28 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 41 (56.16%) Windows
2 36 (49.32%) MS Excel
3 24 (32.88%) Linux
3 24 (32.88%) ITIL
4 23 (31.51%) Security Cleared
5 22 (30.14%) SQL
6 20 (27.40%) Windows XP
6 20 (27.40%) MS PowerPoint
7 18 (24.66%) SC Cleared
7 18 (24.66%) AIX
7 18 (24.66%) Service Management
8 15 (20.55%) Release Management
8 15 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
9 14 (19.18%) MS Office
9 14 (19.18%) .NET
10 13 (17.81%) SQL Server
10 13 (17.81%) Finance
10 13 (17.81%) Agile Software Development
11 12 (16.44%) Software Engineering
11 12 (16.44%) Oracle
11 12 (16.44%) Windows 2000
12 11 (15.07%) Perl
12 11 (15.07%) ITSM
12 11 (15.07%) WebSphere
12 11 (15.07%) Oracle Database
13 10 (13.70%) IaaS
13 10 (13.70%) Data Management
13 10 (13.70%) PowerShell
13 10 (13.70%) Open Source
13 10 (13.70%) SaaS

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 11 (15.07%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.74%) IBM Notes
2 2 (2.74%) IIS
3 1 (1.37%) Apache
3 1 (1.37%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.37%) SAS
3 1 (1.37%) SharePoint
Applications
1 36 (49.32%) MS Excel
2 20 (27.40%) MS PowerPoint
3 14 (19.18%) MS Office
4 2 (2.74%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.37%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 5 (6.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.37%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (13.70%) IaaS
1 10 (13.70%) PaaS
1 10 (13.70%) SaaS
2 2 (2.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.11%) Firewall
1 3 (4.11%) VPN
2 2 (2.74%) DHCP
2 2 (2.74%) LAN
2 2 (2.74%) WAN
3 1 (1.37%) DNS
3 1 (1.37%) DSL
3 1 (1.37%) Internet
3 1 (1.37%) iSCSI
3 1 (1.37%) MPLS
3 1 (1.37%) SAN
3 1 (1.37%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (1.37%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.37%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (17.81%) SQL Server
2 11 (15.07%) Oracle Database
3 7 (9.59%) Oracle Database 12c
4 6 (8.22%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (5.48%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (5.48%) TKPROF
6 3 (4.11%) MySQL
6 3 (4.11%) Relational Database
6 3 (4.11%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (4.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (2.74%) RDBMS
7 2 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (1.37%) InterSystems Cache
8 1 (1.37%) MS Access
8 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (1.37%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 10 (13.70%) Visual Studio
2 4 (5.48%) Mercurial
2 4 (5.48%) Toad
3 3 (4.11%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (2.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.37%) ClearCase
5 1 (1.37%) ClearQuest
5 1 (1.37%) Eclipse
5 1 (1.37%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (1.37%) Rational Robot
5 1 (1.37%) Subversion
5 1 (1.37%) VectorCAST
General
1 13 (17.81%) Finance
2 7 (9.59%) Telecoms
3 5 (6.85%) Banking
4 4 (5.48%) Advertising
4 4 (5.48%) Avionics
5 3 (4.11%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.74%) Marketing
7 1 (1.37%) Aerospace
7 1 (1.37%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 12 (16.44%) Analyst
2 11 (15.07%) Developer
3 9 (12.33%) Software Engineer
4 7 (9.59%) Support Analyst
5 6 (8.22%) .NET Developer
5 6 (8.22%) DBA
5 6 (8.22%) Monitoring Engineer
5 6 (8.22%) Operational Support Analyst
5 6 (8.22%) Operations Analyst
5 6 (8.22%) Operations Support Analyst
6 5 (6.85%) C++ Software Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Operations Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Oracle DBA
6 5 (6.85%) Senior Operations Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Support Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Systems Engineer
6 5 (6.85%) Systems Monitoring Engineer
7 4 (5.48%) Architect
8 3 (4.11%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (4.11%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.18%) .NET
2 9 (12.33%) ASP.NET
3 7 (9.59%) CSS
3 7 (9.59%) HTML
4 6 (8.22%) Regular Expression
4 6 (8.22%) Web Services
4 6 (8.22%) XML
5 5 (6.85%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (6.85%) LINQ
5 5 (6.85%) Qt
5 5 (6.85%) WCF
6 4 (5.48%) .NET Framework
6 4 (5.48%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 3 (4.11%) ADO.NET
7 3 (4.11%) Ajax
7 3 (4.11%) Classic ASP
7 3 (4.11%) LINQ to SQL
7 3 (4.11%) SOAP
8 2 (2.74%) ASP.NET MVC 3
8 2 (2.74%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 15 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.96%) Tandem
3 6 (8.22%) PKI
4 5 (6.85%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.11%) RIA
6 2 (2.74%) NHS
7 1 (1.37%) AS400
7 1 (1.37%) e-Learning
7 1 (1.37%) Learning Management System
7 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Licensing
7 1 (1.37%) Oracle Licensing
7 1 (1.37%) SCORM
7 1 (1.37%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 41 (56.16%) Windows
2 24 (32.88%) Linux
3 20 (27.40%) Windows XP
4 18 (24.66%) AIX
5 12 (16.44%) Windows 2000
6 10 (13.70%) Unix
7 8 (10.96%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (9.59%) Solaris
8 7 (9.59%) Windows Server
8 7 (9.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (8.22%) HPUX
9 6 (8.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (2.74%) Windows 7
12 1 (1.37%) CentOS
12 1 (1.37%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (32.88%) ITIL
2 18 (24.66%) Service Management
3 15 (20.55%) Release Management
4 13 (17.81%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (16.44%) Software Engineering
6 11 (15.07%) ITSM
7 10 (13.70%) Change Management
7 10 (13.70%) Data Management
7 10 (13.70%) Open Source
7 10 (13.70%) PRINCE2
8 9 (12.33%) DevOps
9 8 (10.96%) Data Analysis
9 8 (10.96%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 8 (10.96%) Problem Management
10 7 (9.59%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (8.22%) MVC
12 5 (6.85%) CRM
12 5 (6.85%) Migration
12 5 (6.85%) Unit Testing
13 4 (5.48%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (30.14%) SQL
2 11 (15.07%) Perl
3 10 (13.70%) C#
3 10 (13.70%) PowerShell
4 7 (9.59%) Java
4 7 (9.59%) VBScript
5 6 (8.22%) Bourne shell
5 6 (8.22%) JavaScript
5 6 (8.22%) Korn
6 5 (6.85%) C++
6 5 (6.85%) PL/SQL
6 5 (6.85%) T-SQL
7 4 (5.48%) VB.NET
8 2 (2.74%) C
8 2 (2.74%) VB
9 1 (1.37%) Ada
9 1 (1.37%) PHP
Qualifications
1 23 (31.51%) Security Cleared
2 18 (24.66%) SC Cleared
3 10 (13.70%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (8.22%) Degree
4 6 (8.22%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (4.11%) MCSE
6 2 (2.74%) HNC
6 2 (2.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (2.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.37%) CCNA
7 1 (1.37%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.37%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.37%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.37%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.37%) HND
7 1 (1.37%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.22%) SLA
2 2 (2.74%) QA
3 1 (1.37%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (6.85%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.11%) vSphere
3 2 (2.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.37%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.37%) MetaFrame
4 1 (1.37%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (10.96%) SCOM
2 7 (9.59%) Netcool
2 7 (9.59%) Tivoli
3 6 (8.22%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (5.48%) Oracle RMAN
5 2 (2.74%) SCCM
6 1 (1.37%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.37%) vMotion
Vendors
1 12 (16.44%) Oracle
2 7 (9.59%) HP
2 7 (9.59%) IBM
2 7 (9.59%) VMware
3 6 (8.22%) CA
3 6 (8.22%) Red Hat
4 4 (5.48%) Citrix
5 2 (2.74%) Dell
5 2 (2.74%) Lotus
6 1 (1.37%) Adobe
6 1 (1.37%) Baan
6 1 (1.37%) Cisco
6 1 (1.37%) EqualLogic
6 1 (1.37%) Guidewire
6 1 (1.37%) Intel Security
6 1 (1.37%) NETGEAR
6 1 (1.37%) SAP
6 1 (1.37%) SonicWALL
6 1 (1.37%) Symantec
6 1 (1.37%) Veeam
Lancashire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
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Rate: £40.00 - £48.00 per hour
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