Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 11 10
Rank change year-on-year -6 -1 -8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 62 62 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 9.34% 11.01% 12.02%
As % of the Vendors category 23.57% 23.94% 24.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 23 57
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.00% -19.79%
10th Percentile £163 £300 £130
90th Percentile £638 £538 £538
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 24 14
Lancashire median hourly rate £22.00 £38.75 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.23% +89.02% +26.15%
10th Percentile £11.60 £10.62 £11.48
90th Percentile £46.93 £44.00 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £15.25 £15.50 £14.34
% change year-on-year -1.61% +8.09% -4.40%

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 263 259 379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 39.61% 46.00% 50.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 138 221
Lancashire median daily rate £475 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +9.68% -11.93%
10th Percentile £320 £324 £238
90th Percentile £600 £560 £500
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 29 44
Lancashire median hourly rate £22.58 £41.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.94% +9.33% +134.38%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.71 £13.50
90th Percentile £46.30 £44.00 £64.52
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +12.90% -8.82% +3.03%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 August 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 +6 17 £375 -16.67% 16
Blackpool -21 12 £535 +38.06% 4
Chorley -18 8 £336 -32.75% 2
Blackburn +4 5 £450 -6.49% 3
Ormskirk - 3 - - 1
Skelmersdale - 1 - - 2
Lancaster - 1 £425 - 1
Newton-le-Willows - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 18 (29.03%) SQL
1 18 (29.03%) Microsoft Office
1 18 (29.03%) Windows
2 15 (24.19%) Project Management
3 14 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (17.74%) Microsoft Excel
5 10 (16.13%) Oracle
5 10 (16.13%) LAN
5 10 (16.13%) Degree
6 9 (14.52%) PRINCE2
6 9 (14.52%) Problem-Solving
7 8 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (12.90%) SQL Server
7 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
8 7 (11.29%) Windows 7
8 7 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
8 7 (11.29%) Microsoft Project
8 7 (11.29%) JavaScript
8 7 (11.29%) SFIA
9 6 (9.68%) Microservices
9 6 (9.68%) Java
9 6 (9.68%) ITIL
9 6 (9.68%) WAN
9 6 (9.68%) Active Directory
9 6 (9.68%) Management Information System
9 6 (9.68%) Finance
9 6 (9.68%) VMware
9 6 (9.68%) Git (software)
9 6 (9.68%) SaaS
9 6 (9.68%) Node.js

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 (6.45%) MS Exchange
2 2 (3.23%) Confluence
2 2 (3.23%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.61%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 18 (29.03%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (17.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (11.29%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (4.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (3.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (3.23%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (3.23%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (1.61%) NetSuite
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.61%) Teamcenter
3 1 (1.61%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 7 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (9.68%) SaaS
3 4 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (6.45%) Office 365
4 3 (4.84%) PaaS
5 2 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (3.23%) Slack
6 1 (1.61%) FinancialForce
6 1 (1.61%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.13%) LAN
2 6 (9.68%) WAN
3 4 (6.45%) Firewall
4 3 (4.84%) BGP
4 3 (4.84%) DHCP
4 3 (4.84%) DNS
4 3 (4.84%) IP Telephony
4 3 (4.84%) Network Security
4 3 (4.84%) OSPF
4 3 (4.84%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.84%) Unified Communications
4 3 (4.84%) VPN
5 1 (1.61%) VLAN
5 1 (1.61%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.90%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (4.84%) MySQL
3 3 (4.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.23%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (3.23%) MongoDB
4 2 (3.23%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.61%) GIS
5 1 (1.61%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.61%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.61%) Power BI
5 1 (1.61%) Redis
5 1 (1.61%) SAP HANA
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (9.68%) Git (software)
1 6 (9.68%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.23%) Artifactory
2 2 (3.23%) Cucumber
2 2 (3.23%) GitLab
2 2 (3.23%) gulp
2 2 (3.23%) Jasmine
2 2 (3.23%) JIRA
2 2 (3.23%) JUnit
2 2 (3.23%) Maven
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle APEX
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (3.23%) SonarQube
2 2 (3.23%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (1.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.61%) Subversion
3 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (9.68%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Local Government
3 3 (4.84%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.23%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.61%) Advertising
5 1 (1.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (29.03%) Analyst
2 10 (16.13%) Project Manager
3 8 (12.90%) Business Analyst
3 8 (12.90%) Developer
4 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Manager
4 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 6 (9.68%) Service Analyst
4 6 (9.68%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) Architect
6 4 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Azure Architect
7 3 (4.84%) SSIS Developer
8 2 (3.23%) Applications Architect
8 2 (3.23%) Applications Support
8 2 (3.23%) DBA
8 2 (3.23%) Desktop Support
8 2 (3.23%) Junior
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) SQL DBA
8 2 (3.23%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.68%) Node.js
2 4 (6.45%) .NET
3 3 (4.84%) jQuery
4 2 (3.23%) Apache CXF
4 2 (3.23%) CSS
4 2 (3.23%) Dropwizard
4 2 (3.23%) Entity Framework
4 2 (3.23%) Express
4 2 (3.23%) Hibernate
4 2 (3.23%) HTML
4 2 (3.23%) JAX-RS
4 2 (3.23%) Kafka
4 2 (3.23%) Mongoose
4 2 (3.23%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (3.23%) REST
4 2 (3.23%) Sequelize
4 2 (3.23%) Spring
4 2 (3.23%) Spring Boot
4 2 (3.23%) Web Services
5 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.68%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.45%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.23%) Client/Server
4 2 (3.23%) Life Science
4 2 (3.23%) LLPG
4 2 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 18 (29.03%) Windows
2 7 (11.29%) Windows 7
3 5 (8.06%) Windows XP
4 4 (6.45%) Windows 10
5 3 (4.84%) Windows 8
6 2 (3.23%) Android
6 2 (3.23%) Apple iOS
6 2 (3.23%) Linux
6 2 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (3.23%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (3.23%) Windows Server
6 2 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (24.19%) Project Management
2 14 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (14.52%) PRINCE2
3 9 (14.52%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (11.29%) SFIA
5 6 (9.68%) Business Analysis
5 6 (9.68%) ITIL
5 6 (9.68%) Microservices
6 5 (8.06%) Decision-Making
6 5 (8.06%) Open Source
7 4 (6.45%) Analytical Thinking
7 4 (6.45%) Availability Management
7 4 (6.45%) Coaching
7 4 (6.45%) Data Management
7 4 (6.45%) DevOps
7 4 (6.45%) Information Management
7 4 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 4 (6.45%) IT Strategy
7 4 (6.45%) Network Design
7 4 (6.45%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (29.03%) SQL
2 7 (11.29%) JavaScript
3 6 (9.68%) Java
4 4 (6.45%) PowerShell
5 3 (4.84%) C#
5 3 (4.84%) PHP
5 3 (4.84%) T-SQL
6 2 (3.23%) PL/SQL
6 2 (3.23%) VB
6 2 (3.23%) VBA
7 1 (1.61%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (16.13%) Degree
2 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
3 4 (6.45%) CCDP
3 4 (6.45%) CCNP
3 4 (6.45%) Chartered Engineer
3 4 (6.45%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (6.45%) CISM
3 4 (6.45%) CISSP
3 4 (6.45%) MBA
3 4 (6.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 4 (6.45%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.84%) CCIE
4 3 (4.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.61%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.23%) SLA
2 1 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.61%) GDPR
System Software
1 6 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.23%) XenApp
3 1 (1.61%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Intune
1 3 (4.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (3.23%) SCCM
3 1 (1.61%) FortiGate
3 1 (1.61%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (1.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 10 (16.13%) Oracle
2 6 (9.68%) VMware
3 5 (8.06%) Cisco
4 2 (3.23%) Red Hat
4 2 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (3.23%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.61%) arcserve
5 1 (1.61%) Capita
5 1 (1.61%) Citrix
5 1 (1.61%) Epicor
5 1 (1.61%) HP
5 1 (1.61%) IBM
5 1 (1.61%) Infor
5 1 (1.61%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.61%) Juniper
5 1 (1.61%) Remedy
5 1 (1.61%) Sage
5 1 (1.61%) SAP
5 1 (1.61%) Symantec
5 1 (1.61%) WatchGuard