Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 14 8
Rank change year-on-year +8 -6 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 91 44 97
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 13.38% 9.80% 14.74%
As % of the Vendors category 30.74% 23.91% 26.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 26 69
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £400 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +19.40% -31.76%
10th Percentile £262 £304 £173
90th Percentile £543 £491 £478
North West median daily rate £385 £386 £375
% change year-on-year -0.32% +3.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 14
Lancashire median hourly rate £22.00 £42.75 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.54% +8.23% +12.86%
10th Percentile £11.15 £35.56 £13.33
90th Percentile £44.30 £65.89 £49.85
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £14.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year +18.64% -7.81% +0.72%

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 296 184 363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 43.53% 40.98% 55.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 113 230
Lancashire median daily rate £468 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.65% +3.75% -6.43%
10th Percentile £299 £309 £263
90th Percentile £625 £613 £544
North West median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 21 42
Lancashire median hourly rate £22.18 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.81% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.28 £36.88 £13.28
90th Percentile £43.90 £66.80 £66.01
North West median hourly rate £17.55 £16.00 £18.13
% change year-on-year +9.69% -11.72% +5.56%

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 20 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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
Preston +11 27 £385 -26.67% 22
Blackpool -3 24 £463 +15.63% 9
Chorley -5 10 £375 +25.00% 3
Blackburn +1 7 £450 -6.49% 3
Ormskirk - 3 - -
Lancaster - 2 £425 - 3
Lytham St Annes - 1 - -
Skelmersdale - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 34 (37.36%) CRM
2 32 (35.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 30 (32.97%) C#
4 29 (31.87%) .NET
5 28 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (24.18%) TDD
7 20 (21.98%) Microsoft Office
7 20 (21.98%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (20.88%) Project Management
8 19 (20.88%) Continuous Deployment
9 17 (18.68%) Microsoft Excel
9 17 (18.68%) Windows
9 17 (18.68%) SQL
10 14 (15.38%) Degree
11 13 (14.29%) Dynamics 365
12 12 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
12 12 (13.19%) Business Analysis
12 12 (13.19%) Back Office
12 12 (13.19%) Stakeholder Management
13 11 (12.09%) Oracle
13 11 (12.09%) Security Cleared
13 11 (12.09%) Requirements Analysis
14 10 (10.99%) SQL Server
15 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Project
15 9 (9.89%) MBA
15 9 (9.89%) Time Management
15 9 (9.89%) Coaching
15 9 (9.89%) Analytical Thinking
16 8 (8.79%) Data Protection
16 8 (8.79%) User Acceptance Testing

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 3 (3.30%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.10%) Confluence
2 1 (1.10%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 20 (21.98%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (18.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (7.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (3.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 32 (35.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (1.10%) Primavera
3 1 (1.10%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 13 (14.29%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (5.49%) Office 365
3 3 (3.30%) SaaS
4 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.10%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.69%) LAN
2 1 (1.10%) Firewall
2 1 (1.10%) HTTPS
2 1 (1.10%) Internet
2 1 (1.10%) SSH
2 1 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.99%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.20%) MySQL
2 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.10%) Firebird
3 1 (1.10%) GIS
3 1 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.10%) Redis
3 1 (1.10%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 2 (2.20%) JIRA
1 2 (2.20%) Oracle APEX
1 2 (2.20%) Oracle Forms
1 2 (2.20%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.10%) Artifactory
2 1 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.10%) GitLab
2 1 (1.10%) gulp
2 1 (1.10%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.10%) Maven
2 1 (1.10%) MSI
2 1 (1.10%) Selenium
2 1 (1.10%) SonarQube
2 1 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (1.10%) Subversion
General
1 12 (13.19%) Back Office
2 7 (7.69%) Finance
3 4 (4.40%) Local Government
4 3 (3.30%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.20%) Banking
5 2 (2.20%) Billing
6 1 (1.10%) Electronics
6 1 (1.10%) Legal
6 1 (1.10%) Marketing
6 1 (1.10%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (34.07%) Developer
2 16 (17.58%) Microsoft Developer
3 15 (16.48%) Analyst
4 14 (15.38%) CRM Developer
5 12 (13.19%) Business Analyst
5 12 (13.19%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 11 (12.09%) Project Manager
7 7 (7.69%) Consultant
8 6 (6.59%) .NET Developer
9 5 (5.49%) C# Developer
9 5 (5.49%) Functional Consultant
10 4 (4.40%) Architect
10 4 (4.40%) Azure Architect
10 4 (4.40%) C# .NET Developer
10 4 (4.40%) CRM Consultant
10 4 (4.40%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
10 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Manager
10 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 4 (4.40%) Junior
11 3 (3.30%) Junior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (31.87%) .NET
2 7 (7.69%) CSS
3 6 (6.59%) HTML
4 5 (5.49%) ASP.NET
5 4 (4.40%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (4.40%) XHTML
5 4 (4.40%) XML
6 3 (3.30%) jQuery
7 2 (2.20%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.10%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.10%) AutoMapper
8 1 (1.10%) Express
8 1 (1.10%) JAX-RS
8 1 (1.10%) Kafka
8 1 (1.10%) Node.js
8 1 (1.10%) Sequelize
8 1 (1.10%) SignalR
8 1 (1.10%) Spring Boot
8 1 (1.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.20%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.20%) Life Science
3 2 (2.20%) LLPG
3 2 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.20%) User Experience
4 1 (1.10%) BYOD
4 1 (1.10%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.10%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 17 (18.68%) Windows
2 6 (6.59%) Windows 7
3 5 (5.49%) Windows Server
4 4 (4.40%) Linux
5 3 (3.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (3.30%) Windows 10
6 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.20%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.10%) Android
7 1 (1.10%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.10%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (37.36%) CRM
2 28 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (24.18%) TDD
4 20 (21.98%) Continuous Integration
5 19 (20.88%) Continuous Deployment
5 19 (20.88%) Project Management
6 12 (13.19%) Business Analysis
6 12 (13.19%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (12.09%) Requirements Analysis
8 9 (9.89%) Analytical Thinking
8 9 (9.89%) Coaching
8 9 (9.89%) Time Management
9 8 (8.79%) Data Protection
9 8 (8.79%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (7.69%) MVC
10 7 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (7.69%) User Stories
11 6 (6.59%) Asset Management
12 5 (5.49%) PRINCE2
12 5 (5.49%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 30 (32.97%) C#
2 17 (18.68%) SQL
3 5 (5.49%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.30%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.20%) C
5 2 (2.20%) Java
5 2 (2.20%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.20%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.20%) VB
5 2 (2.20%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.20%) VB6
6 1 (1.10%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.10%) C++
6 1 (1.10%) PHP
6 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (15.38%) Degree
2 11 (12.09%) Security Cleared
3 9 (9.89%) MBA
4 7 (7.69%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.30%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (2.20%) HNC
7 1 (1.10%) APMP
7 1 (1.10%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.30%) QA
2 2 (2.20%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.10%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (1.10%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (4.40%) Microsoft Intune
1 4 (4.40%) SCCM
2 2 (2.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.10%) Ansible
3 1 (1.10%) Puppet
3 1 (1.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (12.09%) Oracle
2 3 (3.30%) SAP
3 2 (2.20%) Adobe
3 2 (2.20%) IBM
3 2 (2.20%) Red Hat
3 2 (2.20%) ServiceNow
3 2 (2.20%) Snow
4 1 (1.10%) Apple
4 1 (1.10%) EnterpriseDB
4 1 (1.10%) ESRI
4 1 (1.10%) Pega
4 1 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.10%) VMware