The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Liverpool 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 27 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
Merseyside / Liverpool
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 14 9 2
Rank change year-on-year -5 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 24 31 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Liverpool 8.76% 11.97% 16.48%
As % of the Vendors category 25.00% 22.79% 30.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 9 19
Median daily rate £325 £290 £230
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.06% +26.08%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £275 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £460 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 5
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.17 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.91% +1.21%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.45 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.42% +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 Liverpool.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Liverpool
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 96 136 141
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Liverpool 35.04% 52.51% 54.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 73 65
Median daily rate £325 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.75% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £167 £290 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 7
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £19.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -27.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £11.00 £13.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.34 £51.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.92 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.32% +13.05%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Liverpool

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Liverpool 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 Liverpool

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Liverpool

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Liverpool.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Liverpool

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Liverpool

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Liverpool over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Liverpool

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Liverpool

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Liverpool.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Liverpool

For the 6 months to 27 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 Liverpool region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 19 (33.33%) CRM
2 18 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (31.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (22.81%) Project Management
3 13 (22.81%) .NET
4 11 (19.30%) Windows
4 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
5 10 (17.54%) Migration
5 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
5 10 (17.54%) C#
6 9 (15.79%) JavaScript
6 9 (15.79%) SCCM
6 9 (15.79%) Process Improvement
7 8 (14.04%) Waterfall
7 8 (14.04%) Finance
8 7 (12.28%) SQL
8 7 (12.28%) HTML
8 7 (12.28%) CSS
9 6 (10.53%) Microsoft Project
9 6 (10.53%) MS Exchange
9 6 (10.53%) Management Information System
9 6 (10.53%) Office 365
9 6 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (10.53%) SC Cleared
9 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
9 6 (10.53%) Task Automation
10 5 (8.77%) Case Management
10 5 (8.77%) .NET Framework
10 5 (8.77%) Service Management
10 5 (8.77%) Workflow

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Liverpool 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 6 (10.53%) MS Exchange
2 4 (7.02%) CMS
2 4 (7.02%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.02%) Sitecore CMS
2 4 (7.02%) Umbraco
3 2 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.75%) EPiServer
4 1 (1.75%) IIS
4 1 (1.75%) OpenROAD
4 1 (1.75%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (10.53%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (31.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.53%) Office 365
2 2 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (3.51%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (3.51%) G Suite
2 2 (3.51%) IaaS
2 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.75%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.02%) DNS
1 4 (7.02%) Internet
2 3 (5.26%) DHCP
2 3 (5.26%) LAN
3 2 (3.51%) Firewall
3 2 (3.51%) Intranet
3 2 (3.51%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.51%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.75%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.75%) DSL
4 1 (1.75%) iSCSI
4 1 (1.75%) MPLS
4 1 (1.75%) NAS
4 1 (1.75%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.75%) SAN
4 1 (1.75%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (1.75%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (3.51%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.75%) EDMS
5 1 (1.75%) EDRMS
5 1 (1.75%) Ingres
5 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Visual Studio
2 3 (5.26%) AdminStudio
2 3 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (1.75%) JIRA
General
1 8 (14.04%) Finance
2 3 (5.26%) Banking
3 2 (3.51%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.51%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.75%) Law
4 1 (1.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Marketing
4 1 (1.75%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (24.56%) Developer
2 11 (19.30%) Project Manager
3 9 (15.79%) Analyst
4 7 (12.28%) .NET Developer
5 5 (8.77%) Business Analyst
5 5 (8.77%) Digital Project Manager
5 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Developer
6 4 (7.02%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (7.02%) CRM Developer
6 4 (7.02%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 3 (5.26%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (5.26%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 3 (5.26%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (5.26%) Active Directory Support
7 3 (5.26%) C# .NET Developer
7 3 (5.26%) C# Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Desktop Support
7 3 (5.26%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Exchange Support
7 3 (5.26%) Sitecore Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (22.81%) .NET
2 7 (12.28%) CSS
2 7 (12.28%) HTML
3 5 (8.77%) .NET Framework
3 5 (8.77%) ASP.NET
4 4 (7.02%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (5.26%) ASP.NET Web API
5 3 (5.26%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 3 (5.26%) jQuery
5 3 (5.26%) WCF
6 2 (3.51%) Entity Framework
6 2 (3.51%) LINQ
6 2 (3.51%) LINQ to SQL
6 2 (3.51%) Web Services
7 1 (1.75%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (10.53%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.26%) N-Tier
3 2 (3.51%) Algorithms
3 2 (3.51%) LIMS
3 2 (3.51%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.75%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.75%) BYOD
4 1 (1.75%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (1.75%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (19.30%) Windows
2 4 (7.02%) Windows 10
2 4 (7.02%) Windows Server
3 3 (5.26%) Android
3 3 (5.26%) Apple iOS
3 3 (5.26%) Windows 7
4 2 (3.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.75%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (33.33%) CRM
2 18 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (22.81%) Project Management
4 10 (17.54%) Migration
5 9 (15.79%) Process Improvement
6 8 (14.04%) Waterfall
7 6 (10.53%) Task Automation
8 5 (8.77%) Case Management
8 5 (8.77%) ITIL
8 5 (8.77%) PRINCE2
8 5 (8.77%) Service Management
8 5 (8.77%) Supplier Management
8 5 (8.77%) Workflow
9 4 (7.02%) MVC
9 4 (7.02%) OO
9 4 (7.02%) Validation
10 3 (5.26%) Business Analysis
10 3 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (5.26%) ETL
10 3 (5.26%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 10 (17.54%) C#
2 9 (15.79%) JavaScript
3 7 (12.28%) SQL
4 4 (7.02%) PowerShell
5 3 (5.26%) VBScript
6 1 (1.75%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (10.53%) SC Cleared
1 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 3 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (3.51%) APMP
3 2 (3.51%) ISEB
3 2 (3.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.75%) CTC Cleared
4 1 (1.75%) Degree
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.02%) QA
2 2 (3.51%) GMP
System Software
1 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.26%) XenApp
3 1 (1.75%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.75%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (15.79%) SCCM
2 3 (5.26%) SCOrch
2 3 (5.26%) SCSM
3 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.75%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.75%) vCenter Server
4 1 (1.75%) vMotion
4 1 (1.75%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (7.02%) Sitecore
1 4 (7.02%) VMware
2 3 (5.26%) Altiris
2 3 (5.26%) Citrix
2 3 (5.26%) Google
2 3 (5.26%) Wyse
3 2 (3.51%) Acronis
3 2 (3.51%) Apple
3 2 (3.51%) HP
3 2 (3.51%) Veeam
4 1 (1.75%) Cisco
4 1 (1.75%) Dell
4 1 (1.75%) IBM
4 1 (1.75%) Meraki
4 1 (1.75%) NETGEAR
4 1 (1.75%) SonicWALL