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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 13 2
Rank change year-on-year 0 -11  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 36 46 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 10.68% 10.50% 22.51%
As % of the Vendors category 23.23% 21.70% 52.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 26 44
Median daily rate £450 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £188 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £513 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 17
Median hourly rate £39.50 £20.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +92.68% +24.24%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £13.40 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £23.90 £31.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

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 155 212 169
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 45.99% 48.40% 43.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 125 93
Median daily rate £450 £388 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.12% +29.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £275 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £498 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 20
Median hourly rate £42.50 £20.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.31% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £37.90 £31.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.07
% change year-on-year -14.63% +13.44%  

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 -7 25 £450 +51.26% 3
Blackpool +22 2 £438 +20.68% 1
Blackburn -2 2 £481 - 1
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 33 (49.25%) Windows
2 29 (43.28%) Security Cleared
3 25 (37.31%) SC Cleared
4 22 (32.84%) Oracle
5 17 (25.37%) Oracle Database
6 16 (23.88%) Microsoft Office
7 15 (22.39%) SQL
7 15 (22.39%) Migration
8 14 (20.90%) Microsoft Excel
9 12 (17.91%) Linux
9 12 (17.91%) PowerShell
9 12 (17.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 11 (16.42%) TKPROF
10 11 (16.42%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 11 (16.42%) Oracle RMAN
10 11 (16.42%) Toad
10 11 (16.42%) SQL Server
10 11 (16.42%) Perl
10 11 (16.42%) PL/SQL
11 10 (14.93%) Software Engineering
12 9 (13.43%) Finance
13 8 (11.94%) HP
13 8 (11.94%) Performance Monitoring
14 7 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
14 7 (10.45%) Dynamics CRM
14 7 (10.45%) Citrix
14 7 (10.45%) CRM
14 7 (10.45%) Visual Studio
14 7 (10.45%) VMware
15 6 (8.96%) Project Management

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 (5.97%) MS Exchange
1 4 (5.97%) SAS
2 3 (4.48%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.99%) IBM Notes
3 2 (2.99%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.49%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 16 (23.88%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (20.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (17.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.49%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (10.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (4.48%) Maximo
3 1 (1.49%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.48%) Office 365
2 2 (2.99%) Dynamics 365
2 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.49%) Mimecast
3 1 (1.49%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.97%) DNS
1 4 (5.97%) Firewall
2 3 (4.48%) DHCP
2 3 (4.48%) Internet
2 3 (4.48%) SAN
3 2 (2.99%) DSL
3 2 (2.99%) iSCSI
3 2 (2.99%) LAN
3 2 (2.99%) MPLS
3 2 (2.99%) Structured Cabling
3 2 (2.99%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.99%) VPN
3 2 (2.99%) VRRP
3 2 (2.99%) WAN
4 1 (1.49%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (25.37%) Oracle Database
2 11 (16.42%) SQL Server
2 11 (16.42%) TKPROF
3 6 (8.96%) Oracle Database 12c
4 3 (4.48%) DB2
5 2 (2.99%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (2.99%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 2 (2.99%) SAS Enterprise Guide
5 2 (2.99%) SAS Enterprise Miner
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.49%) InterSystems Cache
6 1 (1.49%) MS Access
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (16.42%) Toad
2 7 (10.45%) Visual Studio
3 5 (7.46%) Mercurial
4 2 (2.99%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (2.99%) Rational Statemate
5 1 (1.49%) ClearCase
5 1 (1.49%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (1.49%) Subversion
General
1 9 (13.43%) Finance
2 5 (7.46%) Manufacturing
3 4 (5.97%) Avionics
4 2 (2.99%) Marketing
5 1 (1.49%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.49%) Electronics
5 1 (1.49%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (20.90%) Architect
2 12 (17.91%) DBA
3 11 (16.42%) Oracle DBA
4 10 (14.93%) Software Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) C++ Software Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Developer
7 4 (5.97%) 1st Line Support
7 4 (5.97%) Administrator
7 4 (5.97%) Database Architect
7 4 (5.97%) Oracle Architect
8 3 (4.48%) 1st Line Support Analyst
8 3 (4.48%) Analyst
8 3 (4.48%) Applications Architect
8 3 (4.48%) Consultant
8 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Architect
8 3 (4.48%) Security Architect
8 3 (4.48%) Technical Specialist
9 2 (2.99%) Project Manager
9 2 (2.99%) Support Engineer
9 2 (2.99%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.42%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 6 (8.96%) Qt
3 3 (4.48%) .NET
3 3 (4.48%) ASP.NET
3 3 (4.48%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (4.48%) CSS
3 3 (4.48%) HTML
4 2 (2.99%) .NET Framework
4 2 (2.99%) ADO.NET
4 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET MVC 3
4 2 (2.99%) Classic ASP
4 2 (2.99%) Entity Framework
4 2 (2.99%) LINQ
4 2 (2.99%) LINQ to SQL
4 2 (2.99%) WCF
4 2 (2.99%) Web Services
4 2 (2.99%) XML
5 1 (1.49%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) PKI
3 5 (7.46%) Private Cloud
4 3 (4.48%) AS400
4 3 (4.48%) Data Centre
4 3 (4.48%) iSeries
4 3 (4.48%) Mainframe
4 3 (4.48%) RIA
5 2 (2.99%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Licensing
6 1 (1.49%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.49%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.49%) Learning Management System
6 1 (1.49%) NHS
6 1 (1.49%) Replication
6 1 (1.49%) SCORM
6 1 (1.49%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 33 (49.25%) Windows
2 12 (17.91%) Linux
3 5 (7.46%) AIX
3 5 (7.46%) Unix
3 5 (7.46%) Windows Server
3 5 (7.46%) Windows XP
4 4 (5.97%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (4.48%) zOS
6 2 (2.99%) HPUX
6 2 (2.99%) Solaris
6 2 (2.99%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.49%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (22.39%) Migration
2 10 (14.93%) Software Engineering
3 8 (11.94%) Performance Monitoring
4 7 (10.45%) CRM
5 6 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (8.96%) Project Management
6 5 (7.46%) ITIL
6 5 (7.46%) Programme Management
6 5 (7.46%) UML
7 4 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (4.48%) Change Management
8 3 (4.48%) DevOps
8 3 (4.48%) Integration Testing
8 3 (4.48%) MVC
8 3 (4.48%) PRINCE2
8 3 (4.48%) SDLC
8 3 (4.48%) Service Management
8 3 (4.48%) Supplier Management
9 2 (2.99%) Line Management
9 2 (2.99%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 15 (22.39%) SQL
2 12 (17.91%) PowerShell
3 11 (16.42%) Perl
3 11 (16.42%) PL/SQL
4 6 (8.96%) C++
5 3 (4.48%) C#
6 2 (2.99%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.99%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.99%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.99%) VB
6 2 (2.99%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.49%) Ada
7 1 (1.49%) C
Qualifications
1 29 (43.28%) Security Cleared
2 25 (37.31%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (4.48%) Degree
4 3 (4.48%) HNC
5 2 (2.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (2.99%) NVQ Level 3
6 1 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.49%) HND
6 1 (1.49%) MCP
6 1 (1.49%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (1.49%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.49%) MIL-STD-498
1 1 (1.49%) PMO
1 1 (1.49%) QA
1 1 (1.49%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.46%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.48%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.99%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.49%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 11 (16.42%) Oracle RMAN
2 3 (4.48%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 3 (4.48%) Tivoli
2 3 (4.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (2.99%) vMotion
4 1 (1.49%) SCCM
4 1 (1.49%) SCOM
Vendors
1 22 (32.84%) Oracle
2 8 (11.94%) HP
3 7 (10.45%) Citrix
3 7 (10.45%) VMware
4 4 (5.97%) SAP
5 2 (2.99%) Dell
5 2 (2.99%) IBM
5 2 (2.99%) Lotus
5 2 (2.99%) NETGEAR
5 2 (2.99%) SonicWALL
6 1 (1.49%) Adobe
6 1 (1.49%) Baan
6 1 (1.49%) Canon
6 1 (1.49%) Capita
6 1 (1.49%) Cisco
6 1 (1.49%) Guidewire
6 1 (1.49%) MobileIron
6 1 (1.49%) NetApp
6 1 (1.49%) PlateSpin
6 1 (1.49%) ScanSafe