Period
to 23 May 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 23 May 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 > Manchester
6 months to
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 377 293 333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 12.37% 10.95% 9.20%
As % of the Vendors category 30.40% 26.66% 22.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 179 210
Manchester median daily rate £375 £375 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.93% +10.63%
10th Percentile £158 £213 £152
90th Percentile £525 £538 £626
North West median daily rate £375 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 32 26
Manchester median hourly rate £15.13 £13.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.15% -24.29% +34.62%
10th Percentile £12.18 £10.55 £10.09
90th Percentile £38.75 £18.98 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.84
% change year-on-year -6.25% -4.99% +14.17%

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 Manchester.

All Vendors
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,240 1,099 1,473
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 40.68% 41.08% 40.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 762 637 786
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £243 £216 £211
90th Percentile £588 £575 £554
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 37 39
Manchester median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% -20.59% +21.43%
10th Percentile £12.32 £10.46 £11.80
90th Percentile £38.75 £22.97 £40.30
North West median hourly rate £17.43 £16.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year +8.94% -21.95% +17.14%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Manchester

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Manchester

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Manchester over the 6 months to 23 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Manchester

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Manchester

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Manchester over the 6 months to 23 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Manchester

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Manchester region over the 6 months to 23 May 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
Salford +10 27 £169 -62.50% 6
Stockport +10 15 £375 -42.31% 10
Rochdale - 12 £140 - 3
Bolton -1 6 £145 -57.97% 4
Altrincham - 1 - - 9
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 128 (33.95%) Windows
2 111 (29.44%) SQL
3 102 (27.06%) SQL Server
4 96 (25.46%) .NET
5 89 (23.61%) C#
6 83 (22.02%) Agile Software Development
7 78 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
8 74 (19.63%) Active Directory
9 67 (17.77%) ITIL
10 49 (13.00%) Microsoft Office
11 46 (12.20%) Windows Server
12 44 (11.67%) DevOps
13 39 (10.34%) Windows 7
13 39 (10.34%) Finance
14 36 (9.55%) Cisco
15 35 (9.28%) Web Services
15 35 (9.28%) PaaS
16 34 (9.02%) Visual Studio
16 34 (9.02%) MVC
17 33 (8.75%) CSS
17 33 (8.75%) Windows 10
18 32 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
18 32 (8.49%) Citrix
18 32 (8.49%) Migration
19 31 (8.22%) VMware
19 31 (8.22%) ASP.NET
19 31 (8.22%) PowerShell
20 30 (7.96%) HTML
20 30 (7.96%) Microsoft Excel
21 29 (7.69%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 24 (6.37%) MS Exchange
2 18 (4.77%) SharePoint
3 17 (4.51%) Skype for Business
4 10 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
5 9 (2.39%) CMS
6 6 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (1.33%) IIS
7 5 (1.33%) OpenStack
8 4 (1.06%) Apache
8 4 (1.06%) Confluence
8 4 (1.06%) SAS
9 3 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.80%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.53%) OpenEdge
10 2 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.53%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 49 (13.00%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (7.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (2.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.12%) Photoshop
5 7 (1.86%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (1.59%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 16 (4.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.86%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (1.59%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.53%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.53%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.53%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.53%) Visualfiles
5 1 (0.27%) Magento
5 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 78 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (9.28%) PaaS
3 29 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (7.43%) IaaS
4 28 (7.43%) SaaS
5 26 (6.90%) Office 365
6 12 (3.18%) iPaaS
7 9 (2.39%) Google Analytics
8 8 (2.12%) GitHub
9 6 (1.59%) Azure Data Factory
9 6 (1.59%) Boomi
10 4 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.80%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.27%) Azure Machine Learning
12 1 (0.27%) G Suite
12 1 (0.27%) NuGet
12 1 (0.27%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.27%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 18 (4.77%) DNS
2 16 (4.24%) DHCP
3 15 (3.98%) Internet
4 12 (3.18%) Skype
4 12 (3.18%) VPN
5 11 (2.92%) TCP/IP
6 10 (2.65%) LAN
6 10 (2.65%) WAN
7 9 (2.39%) Firewall
8 8 (2.12%) SAN
9 4 (1.06%) NAS
10 3 (0.80%) Intranet
10 3 (0.80%) Network Security
10 3 (0.80%) VLAN
10 3 (0.80%) VoIP
10 3 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.80%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.53%) BGP
11 2 (0.53%) IPsec
11 2 (0.53%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (27.06%) SQL Server
2 25 (6.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 18 (4.77%) Relational Database
4 17 (4.51%) Azure SQL Database
5 15 (3.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 13 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (2.65%) RDBMS
8 9 (2.39%) MySQL
9 8 (2.12%) Power BI
9 8 (2.12%) RavenDB
9 8 (2.12%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (1.86%) MongoDB
11 6 (1.59%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (1.59%) NoSQL
11 6 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 5 (1.33%) DB2
12 5 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
13 4 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
13 4 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 34 (9.02%) Visual Studio
2 19 (5.04%) Git (software)
3 13 (3.45%) JIRA
4 11 (2.92%) Visual Studio Team System
5 9 (2.39%) Jenkins
5 9 (2.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (1.86%) Subversion
7 5 (1.33%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (1.06%) LSMW
8 4 (1.06%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.80%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.80%) FishEye
9 3 (0.80%) Mercurial
9 3 (0.80%) MSI
9 3 (0.80%) WinDbg
10 2 (0.53%) AccuRev
10 2 (0.53%) MSTest
10 2 (0.53%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.53%) WiX
General
1 39 (10.34%) Finance
2 16 (4.24%) Law
3 15 (3.98%) Legal
3 15 (3.98%) Retail
4 11 (2.92%) Publishing
5 6 (1.59%) Automotive
5 6 (1.59%) Back Office
5 6 (1.59%) Billing
5 6 (1.59%) General Ledger
5 6 (1.59%) Marketing
6 5 (1.33%) Banking
6 5 (1.33%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.06%) Advertising
8 3 (0.80%) Games
8 3 (0.80%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.27%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.27%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 86 (22.81%) Developer
2 57 (15.12%) Analyst
3 31 (8.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 29 (7.69%) Architect
5 27 (7.16%) Service Analyst
6 26 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
7 25 (6.63%) C# Developer
8 24 (6.37%) Consultant
9 23 (6.10%) .NET Developer
10 15 (3.98%) Solutions Architect
11 14 (3.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 13 (3.45%) Desktop Support
12 13 (3.45%) Windows Engineer
13 12 (3.18%) DevOps Engineer
14 11 (2.92%) C# .NET Developer
14 11 (2.92%) Support Analyst
15 10 (2.65%) Data Analyst
16 9 (2.39%) 2nd Line Support
16 9 (2.39%) Integration Engineer
16 9 (2.39%) Rollout Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (25.46%) .NET
2 35 (9.28%) Web Services
3 33 (8.75%) CSS
4 31 (8.22%) ASP.NET
5 30 (7.96%) HTML
6 29 (7.69%) XML
7 27 (7.16%) .NET Framework
7 27 (7.16%) REST
7 27 (7.16%) SOAP
8 25 (6.63%) ASP.NET Web API
9 22 (5.84%) AngularJS
10 18 (4.77%) JSON
11 16 (4.24%) HTML5
12 15 (3.98%) jQuery
13 14 (3.71%) RESTful
14 12 (3.18%) CSS3
14 12 (3.18%) Entity Framework
15 11 (2.92%) ASP.NET MVC
15 11 (2.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 11 (2.92%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 29 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (7.43%) Management Information System
3 21 (5.57%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (4.51%) Blackberry
5 15 (3.98%) Data Centre
6 10 (2.65%) Enterprise Software
6 10 (2.65%) NHS
7 5 (1.33%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.33%) User Experience
8 4 (1.06%) Algorithms
8 4 (1.06%) BYOD
8 4 (1.06%) iPhone
8 4 (1.06%) Replication
9 3 (0.80%) Computer Science
9 3 (0.80%) Semantic Web
9 3 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.53%) Clustering
10 2 (0.53%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.53%) EPoS
10 2 (0.53%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 128 (33.95%) Windows
2 46 (12.20%) Windows Server
3 39 (10.34%) Windows 7
4 33 (8.75%) Windows 10
5 28 (7.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (6.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (5.04%) Linux
8 8 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (1.86%) Windows 8
10 5 (1.33%) Android
10 5 (1.33%) Windows XP
11 4 (1.06%) CentOS
11 4 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.80%) SUSE
12 3 (0.80%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.53%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.53%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.53%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.27%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.27%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (22.02%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (17.77%) ITIL
3 44 (11.67%) DevOps
4 34 (9.02%) MVC
5 32 (8.49%) Migration
5 32 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
6 29 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
7 28 (7.43%) Service Management
8 26 (6.90%) Scrum
8 26 (6.90%) TDD
9 25 (6.63%) Data Management
10 22 (5.84%) Project Management
10 22 (5.84%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (5.57%) IT Strategy
12 20 (5.31%) Problem Management
13 19 (5.04%) Analytics
13 19 (5.04%) PRINCE2
14 18 (4.77%) Business Intelligence
14 18 (4.77%) CRM
15 17 (4.51%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 111 (29.44%) SQL
2 89 (23.61%) C#
3 31 (8.22%) PowerShell
4 29 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 23 (6.10%) T-SQL
6 15 (3.98%) VB.NET
7 14 (3.71%) VB
8 11 (2.92%) C
9 10 (2.65%) Java
10 9 (2.39%) Python
11 8 (2.12%) VBScript
12 6 (1.59%) C++
13 5 (1.33%) Scala
14 4 (1.06%) R
14 4 (1.06%) VBA
14 4 (1.06%) XPath
15 3 (0.80%) Groovy
15 3 (0.80%) Ruby
15 3 (0.80%) VC++
16 1 (0.27%) F#
Qualifications
1 19 (5.04%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (4.77%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (4.51%) Degree
4 16 (4.24%) CCNP
4 16 (4.24%) CISM
4 16 (4.24%) CISSP
5 15 (3.98%) CCDP
5 15 (3.98%) Chartered Engineer
5 15 (3.98%) ITIL Certification
5 15 (3.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 13 (3.45%) MCP
7 10 (2.65%) CCIE
8 9 (2.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (2.12%) Citrix Certification
9 8 (2.12%) MCSE
10 6 (1.59%) Security Cleared
11 4 (1.06%) MCTS
12 3 (0.80%) MCITP
12 3 (0.80%) MCSA
12 3 (0.80%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.39%) SLA
2 4 (1.06%) GDPR
3 3 (0.80%) PMO
3 3 (0.80%) QA
4 1 (0.27%) COBIT
4 1 (0.27%) COSO
4 1 (0.27%) GCP
4 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 74 (19.63%) Active Directory
2 23 (6.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (4.24%) Hyper-V
3 16 (4.24%) XenApp
4 13 (3.45%) Microsoft App-V
5 12 (3.18%) XenDesktop
6 9 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (2.39%) vSphere
7 8 (2.12%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.06%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.53%) XenServer
11 1 (0.27%) Docker
11 1 (0.27%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.27%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 16 (4.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 14 (3.71%) SCCM
3 11 (2.92%) Single Sign-On
4 6 (1.59%) SCOM
5 4 (1.06%) SCVMM
5 4 (1.06%) Terraform
6 3 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (0.80%) FlexNet
6 3 (0.80%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (0.80%) HP ALM
6 3 (0.80%) MaaS360
6 3 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.80%) Puppet
6 3 (0.80%) WSUS
7 2 (0.53%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.53%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.53%) Packer
8 1 (0.27%) Ansible
8 1 (0.27%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 36 (9.55%) Cisco
2 32 (8.49%) Citrix
3 31 (8.22%) VMware
4 15 (3.98%) Oracle
5 14 (3.71%) Ivanti
6 13 (3.45%) Google
6 13 (3.45%) HP
7 12 (3.18%) Informatica
8 10 (2.65%) SAP
9 9 (2.39%) Capita
9 9 (2.39%) SnapLogic
10 7 (1.86%) IronPort
10 7 (1.86%) webMethods
11 6 (1.59%) Intapp
11 6 (1.59%) MuleSoft
11 6 (1.59%) Okta
11 6 (1.59%) Sitecore
12 5 (1.33%) NetApp
12 5 (1.33%) PeopleSoft
13 4 (1.06%) Symantec