Period
to 18 December 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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +6 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 505 339 360
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 15.69% 11.59% 10.68%
As % of the Vendors category 37.24% 27.49% 24.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 195 220
Manchester median daily rate £375 £388 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +4.03% +6.43%
10th Percentile £156 £135 £185
90th Percentile £538 £581 £538
North West median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.67% +3.45% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 50 17
Manchester median hourly rate £20.00 £14.25 £13.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.35% +4.82% +0.70%
10th Percentile £11.34 £11.00 £10.40
90th Percentile £31.69 £21.10 £20.73
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.78 £16.00
% change year-on-year +10.94% -1.41% -

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 1,356 1,233 1,478
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 42.14% 42.15% 43.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 818 765 869
Manchester median daily rate £400 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £184 £213 £250
90th Percentile £553 £597 £556
North West median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 73 31
Manchester median hourly rate £20.00 £16.19 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.53% +11.66% +7.41%
10th Percentile £11.76 £11.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.75 £40.85 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.19 £19.64
% change year-on-year +17.36% -17.58% +15.54%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 +2 48 £304 +81.34% 5
Bolton +5 23 £315 -21.25% 14
Rochdale 0 13 £160 +14.29% 6
Oldham - 7 - - 5
Stockport -4 6 £268 +18.89% 18
Sale - 5 £405 -
Altrincham -8 2 £415 +10.67% 9
Cheadle -4 1 £140 -55.20% 6
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 18 December 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.

1 195 (38.61%) Windows
2 123 (24.36%) Active Directory
3 120 (23.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 106 (20.99%) .NET
5 93 (18.42%) Windows 10
6 88 (17.43%) SQL
7 83 (16.44%) C#
8 78 (15.45%) Agile Software Development
9 76 (15.05%) VMware
10 74 (14.65%) ITIL
11 69 (13.66%) Office 365
12 68 (13.47%) Microsoft Office
13 62 (12.28%) Problem-Solving
14 57 (11.29%) SCCM
15 56 (11.09%) DevOps
16 53 (10.50%) Windows 7
17 51 (10.10%) PowerShell
17 51 (10.10%) Citrix
18 50 (9.90%) SQL Server
18 50 (9.90%) NHS
18 50 (9.90%) Windows Server
19 47 (9.31%) MS Exchange
20 45 (8.91%) DNS
20 45 (8.91%) VMware Infrastructure
21 44 (8.71%) Microsoft Certification
22 43 (8.51%) Finance
23 38 (7.52%) CRM
23 38 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
24 37 (7.33%) Amazon AWS
25 36 (7.13%) Migration

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 47 (9.31%) MS Exchange
2 29 (5.74%) SharePoint
3 27 (5.35%) IIS
4 14 (2.77%) Skype for Business
5 11 (2.18%) Apache
5 11 (2.18%) Jetty
5 11 (2.18%) Mongrel
5 11 (2.18%) nginx
5 11 (2.18%) Tomcat
5 11 (2.18%) WebSphere
6 10 (1.98%) CMS
6 10 (1.98%) Drupal
7 9 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.58%) IBM Notes
9 4 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.59%) Confluence
10 3 (0.59%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.59%) SAS
Applications
1 68 (13.47%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (5.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.99%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.79%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.20%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.20%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 33 (6.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.58%) Dynamics AX
2 8 (1.58%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.79%) Eikon
4 2 (0.40%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.20%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.20%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 120 (23.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 69 (13.66%) Office 365
3 37 (7.33%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (5.15%) Dynamics 365
5 20 (3.96%) Google Cloud Platform
6 15 (2.97%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (2.57%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (1.98%) Amazon EC2
8 10 (1.98%) GitHub
8 10 (1.98%) Google App Engine
9 9 (1.78%) PaaS
10 7 (1.39%) Boomi
11 6 (1.19%) IaaS
12 5 (0.99%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.99%) SaaS
13 4 (0.79%) OneDrive
14 3 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
15 2 (0.40%) Mimecast
16 1 (0.20%) Azure Data Factory
16 1 (0.20%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 45 (8.91%) DNS
2 26 (5.15%) DHCP
3 24 (4.75%) VPN
4 21 (4.16%) LAN
5 20 (3.96%) TCP/IP
6 14 (2.77%) Firewall
6 14 (2.77%) WAN
7 13 (2.57%) SSL
8 12 (2.38%) FTP
8 12 (2.38%) HTTP
8 12 (2.38%) IPsec
8 12 (2.38%) Skype
9 11 (2.18%) Internet
10 9 (1.78%) SAN
11 6 (1.19%) VoIP
11 6 (1.19%) Wireless
12 4 (0.79%) iSCSI
12 4 (0.79%) NAS
13 3 (0.59%) VLAN
14 2 (0.40%) Cisco PIX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (9.90%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (2.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (2.57%) Power BI
5 10 (1.98%) RavenDB
6 7 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (1.19%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.79%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (0.59%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.59%) Riak
11 2 (0.40%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.40%) EDRMS
11 2 (0.40%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.40%) MS Access
11 2 (0.40%) MySQL
11 2 (0.40%) QlikView
12 1 (0.20%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 27 (5.35%) Visual Studio
2 25 (4.95%) Visual Studio Team System
3 19 (3.76%) Jenkins
4 18 (3.56%) JIRA
5 16 (3.17%) MSI
6 13 (2.57%) Octopus Deploy
7 11 (2.18%) Travis CI
8 10 (1.98%) Selenium
9 9 (1.78%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (1.58%) AdminStudio
10 8 (1.58%) Wise Package Studio
11 6 (1.19%) Git (software)
12 5 (0.99%) InstallShield
12 5 (0.99%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.40%) Eclipse
13 2 (0.40%) eggPlant
13 2 (0.40%) GitLab
14 1 (0.20%) Bower
14 1 (0.20%) Oracle APEX
14 1 (0.20%) Subversion
General
1 43 (8.51%) Finance
2 18 (3.56%) Banking
2 18 (3.56%) Retail
3 11 (2.18%) Billing
3 11 (2.18%) Law
4 9 (1.78%) Legal
5 7 (1.39%) Games
6 5 (0.99%) Financial Institution
6 5 (0.99%) Investment Banking
6 5 (0.99%) Marketing
7 4 (0.79%) Front Office
7 4 (0.79%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.59%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.40%) Automotive
9 2 (0.40%) Back Office
10 1 (0.20%) Mandarin Language
10 1 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 99 (19.60%) Developer
2 62 (12.28%) Analyst
3 43 (8.51%) .NET Developer
4 29 (5.74%) Windows Engineer
5 28 (5.54%) Architect
6 25 (4.95%) Consultant
7 22 (4.36%) Rollout Engineer
7 22 (4.36%) Windows Rollout Engineer
8 20 (3.96%) Service Analyst
9 18 (3.56%) Azure Engineer
9 18 (3.56%) Service Desk Analyst
10 16 (3.17%) DevOps Engineer
10 16 (3.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 16 (3.17%) IT Support
10 16 (3.17%) Project Manager
11 15 (2.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 15 (2.97%) Applications Packager
11 15 (2.97%) Support Engineer
12 14 (2.77%) Administrator
12 14 (2.77%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (20.99%) .NET
2 30 (5.94%) Web Services
3 29 (5.74%) CSS
3 29 (5.74%) HTML
4 27 (5.35%) XML
5 26 (5.15%) ASP.NET
6 23 (4.55%) RESTful
7 21 (4.16%) JSON
8 20 (3.96%) SOAP
9 16 (3.17%) jQuery
10 15 (2.97%) HTML5
11 14 (2.77%) .NET Framework
11 14 (2.77%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 12 (2.38%) CSS3
12 12 (2.38%) J2EE
13 11 (2.18%) AngularJS
13 11 (2.18%) Entity Framework
13 11 (2.18%) Servlets
14 10 (1.98%) ASP.NET Core
15 9 (1.78%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 50 (9.90%) NHS
2 38 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (6.14%) Management Information System
4 23 (4.55%) Data Centre
5 15 (2.97%) Blackberry
6 14 (2.77%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (2.38%) Greenfield Project
8 10 (1.98%) Driving Licence
9 8 (1.58%) Semantic Web
10 7 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.39%) Online Gambling
10 7 (1.39%) Online Games
10 7 (1.39%) Replication
11 6 (1.19%) Data Protection Act
11 6 (1.19%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.19%) User Experience
12 5 (0.99%) Fat Client
12 5 (0.99%) Thin Client
13 4 (0.79%) Fixed Income
13 4 (0.79%) YubiKey
Operating Systems
1 195 (38.61%) Windows
2 93 (18.42%) Windows 10
3 53 (10.50%) Windows 7
4 50 (9.90%) Windows Server
5 26 (5.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (4.16%) Linux
7 20 (3.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (3.56%) Windows XP
9 13 (2.57%) Unix
10 10 (1.98%) Windows 8
11 9 (1.78%) zOS
12 8 (1.58%) Android
13 6 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.79%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.79%) VMS
15 2 (0.40%) CentOS
16 1 (0.20%) AIX
16 1 (0.20%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (15.45%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (14.65%) ITIL
3 62 (12.28%) Problem-Solving
4 56 (11.09%) DevOps
5 38 (7.52%) CRM
6 36 (7.13%) Continuous Integration
6 36 (7.13%) Migration
7 34 (6.73%) Service Management
8 32 (6.34%) MVC
9 31 (6.14%) Change Management
10 27 (5.35%) TDD
11 25 (4.95%) Test Automation
12 24 (4.75%) Stakeholder Management
13 22 (4.36%) Business Intelligence
14 21 (4.16%) Configuration Management
14 21 (4.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 19 (3.76%) Change Control
16 18 (3.56%) Analytics
16 18 (3.56%) Service Delivery
17 15 (2.97%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 88 (17.43%) SQL
2 83 (16.44%) C#
3 51 (10.10%) PowerShell
4 30 (5.94%) T-SQL
5 20 (3.96%) JavaScript
6 19 (3.76%) VB
7 17 (3.37%) Java
8 14 (2.77%) VBScript
9 10 (1.98%) Shell Script
10 9 (1.78%) JCL
10 9 (1.78%) VB.NET
11 6 (1.19%) C
11 6 (1.19%) R
12 4 (0.79%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.59%) VBA
14 2 (0.40%) ABAP
14 2 (0.40%) C++
14 2 (0.40%) VB6
14 2 (0.40%) VC++
14 2 (0.40%) X++
Qualifications
1 44 (8.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (5.54%) MCSE
3 22 (4.36%) Degree
4 21 (4.16%) Security Cleared
5 18 (3.56%) MCSA
6 12 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 11 (2.18%) SC Cleared
8 10 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (1.78%) MCP
10 8 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (1.19%) CCNA
11 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.99%) MCTS
13 3 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.59%) CCNP
14 2 (0.40%) DBS Check
14 2 (0.40%) HP APS
14 2 (0.40%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 1 (0.20%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (6.14%) SLA
2 23 (4.55%) QA
3 4 (0.79%) PMO
4 3 (0.59%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.59%) GDPR
5 1 (0.20%) COBIT
5 1 (0.20%) COSO
5 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 123 (24.36%) Active Directory
2 45 (8.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.96%) Virtual Desktop
4 19 (3.76%) vSphere
5 14 (2.77%) Xen
6 13 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
6 13 (2.57%) XenApp
7 11 (2.18%) Hyper-V
7 11 (2.18%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.78%) Time Sharing Option
9 6 (1.19%) Docker
10 5 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.99%) VMware NSX
10 5 (0.99%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.79%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.40%) XenServer
13 1 (0.20%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 57 (11.29%) SCCM
2 15 (2.97%) Puppet
3 10 (1.98%) Terraform
4 8 (1.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.39%) SCOM
6 6 (1.19%) Prometheus
7 5 (0.99%) Ansible
7 5 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (0.99%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.99%) vMotion
7 5 (0.99%) vRealize
8 4 (0.79%) BladeLogic
8 4 (0.79%) Grafana
8 4 (0.79%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.79%) ZABBIX
9 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.40%) Salt
10 2 (0.40%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 76 (15.05%) VMware
2 51 (10.10%) Citrix
3 26 (5.15%) Google
4 23 (4.55%) Oracle
5 21 (4.16%) Cisco
6 19 (3.76%) HP
7 12 (2.38%) Xerox
8 11 (2.18%) Ivanti
8 11 (2.18%) SAP
9 10 (1.98%) Remedy
9 10 (1.98%) Veeam
10 9 (1.78%) CA
10 9 (1.78%) Dell
11 8 (1.58%) Apple
11 8 (1.58%) Avaya
11 8 (1.58%) BMC
11 8 (1.58%) Lotus
12 7 (1.39%) Informatica
12 7 (1.39%) MuleSoft
13 6 (1.19%) Reuters