Period
to 15 August 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 15 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 > Manchester
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 413 328 356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 12.64% 11.45% 9.65%
As % of the Vendors category 31.94% 26.52% 22.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 190 223
Manchester median daily rate £375 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +16.28%
10th Percentile £158 £163 £161
90th Percentile £500 £538 £560
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 43 20
Manchester median hourly rate £14.75 £12.50 £13.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.00% -7.73% +0.35%
10th Percentile £11.79 £11.00 £9.16
90th Percentile £34.70 £17.15 £20.91
North West median hourly rate £15.13 £15.25 £14.34
% change year-on-year -0.82% +6.35% -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 Manchester.

All Vendors
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,293 1,237 1,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 39.57% 43.19% 42.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 772 712 888
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £204 £205 £220
90th Percentile £575 £587 £542
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 61 40
Manchester median hourly rate £19.00 £13.60 £13.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.76% +0.35% -
10th Percentile £11.99 £10.75 £9.47
90th Percentile £43.25 £23.00 £24.40
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £18.60
% change year-on-year +12.90% -16.67% +14.46%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 15 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
Salford +6 22 £275 -29.03% 8
Stockport +12 10 £375 +92.31% 15
Rochdale +1 7 £160 - 4
Bolton -4 4 £180 -48.57% 9
Wigan -7 1 - - 4
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 15 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 131 (31.72%) Windows
2 101 (24.46%) SQL
3 99 (23.97%) .NET
4 86 (20.82%) C#
5 84 (20.34%) Microsoft Azure
6 80 (19.37%) Agile Software Development
7 78 (18.89%) Active Directory
8 75 (18.16%) SQL Server
9 69 (16.71%) ITIL
10 63 (15.25%) Problem-Solving
11 50 (12.11%) Windows 10
12 49 (11.86%) Windows Server
13 46 (11.14%) Microsoft Office
14 45 (10.90%) Citrix
15 43 (10.41%) Office 365
16 40 (9.69%) DevOps
16 40 (9.69%) Windows 7
17 37 (8.96%) VMware
18 36 (8.72%) Cisco
18 36 (8.72%) MS Exchange
19 34 (8.23%) Web Services
19 34 (8.23%) MVC
19 34 (8.23%) Migration
20 33 (7.99%) Microsoft Excel
20 33 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
21 32 (7.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 32 (7.75%) SCCM
22 31 (7.51%) PowerShell
23 30 (7.26%) CSS
24 29 (7.02%) ASP.NET

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 36 (8.72%) MS Exchange
2 18 (4.36%) Skype for Business
3 11 (2.66%) IIS
3 11 (2.66%) SharePoint
4 10 (2.42%) BizTalk Server
4 10 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (1.69%) IBM Notes
6 6 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.45%) OpenStack
7 5 (1.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (1.21%) SAS
8 4 (0.97%) CMS
9 3 (0.73%) OpenEdge
10 2 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.48%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 46 (11.14%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (7.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.97%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.73%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 22 (5.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (2.66%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.73%) Elite 3E
4 3 (0.73%) Visualfiles
5 2 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.24%) Magento
6 1 (0.24%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.24%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 84 (20.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 43 (10.41%) Office 365
3 27 (6.54%) PaaS
4 24 (5.81%) SaaS
5 22 (5.33%) IaaS
6 19 (4.60%) Amazon AWS
7 9 (2.18%) GitHub
8 8 (1.94%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (1.45%) Azure Data Factory
9 6 (1.45%) iPaaS
10 5 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (1.21%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.97%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.73%) Boomi
12 3 (0.73%) SuccessFactors
13 2 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.24%) Azure Machine Learning
14 1 (0.24%) G Suite
14 1 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.24%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 27 (6.54%) DNS
2 25 (6.05%) DHCP
3 17 (4.12%) LAN
4 16 (3.87%) WAN
5 14 (3.39%) Internet
6 13 (3.15%) Skype
7 12 (2.91%) VPN
8 11 (2.66%) TCP/IP
9 9 (2.18%) SAN
10 8 (1.94%) Firewall
11 6 (1.45%) VoIP
12 4 (0.97%) NAS
12 4 (0.97%) Wireless
13 3 (0.73%) iSCSI
13 3 (0.73%) SSL
13 3 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
14 2 (0.48%) DMZ
14 2 (0.48%) Ethernet
14 2 (0.48%) IPsec
14 2 (0.48%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (18.16%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (3.63%) Relational Database
4 13 (3.15%) RDBMS
5 12 (2.91%) Azure SQL Database
6 11 (2.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (2.42%) MongoDB
8 9 (2.18%) Power BI
9 8 (1.94%) RavenDB
10 6 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.45%) DB2
10 6 (1.45%) MySQL
11 5 (1.21%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
12 4 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 3 (0.73%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.73%) MS Access
13 3 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 25 (6.05%) Visual Studio
2 20 (4.84%) Git (software)
2 20 (4.84%) JIRA
3 16 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (3.39%) Visual Studio Team System
5 12 (2.91%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (2.42%) Selenium
7 7 (1.69%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.97%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.97%) Subversion
9 3 (0.73%) LSMW
9 3 (0.73%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.48%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.48%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.48%) WiX
11 1 (0.24%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.24%) Hudson
11 1 (0.24%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.24%) Psake
General
1 27 (6.54%) Finance
2 21 (5.08%) Retail
3 18 (4.36%) Law
4 17 (4.12%) Legal
5 8 (1.94%) Automotive
6 7 (1.69%) Back Office
7 6 (1.45%) Games
8 5 (1.21%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.97%) Banking
9 4 (0.97%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.73%) Advertising
10 3 (0.73%) Marketing
11 2 (0.48%) Billing
11 2 (0.48%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 92 (22.28%) Developer
2 62 (15.01%) Analyst
3 34 (8.23%) .NET Developer
4 31 (7.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 27 (6.54%) Architect
5 27 (6.54%) C# Developer
6 22 (5.33%) Consultant
7 18 (4.36%) Service Analyst
8 17 (4.12%) Desktop Support
9 16 (3.87%) 2nd Line Support
9 16 (3.87%) Windows Engineer
10 15 (3.63%) Rollout Engineer
10 15 (3.63%) Service Desk Analyst
10 15 (3.63%) Solutions Architect
11 14 (3.39%) Support Analyst
12 13 (3.15%) C# .NET Developer
12 13 (3.15%) IT Support
12 13 (3.15%) Windows Rollout Engineer
13 12 (2.91%) SQL Developer
13 12 (2.91%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (23.97%) .NET
2 34 (8.23%) Web Services
3 30 (7.26%) CSS
4 29 (7.02%) ASP.NET
4 29 (7.02%) HTML
4 29 (7.02%) JSON
5 25 (6.05%) RESTful
6 24 (5.81%) AngularJS
7 20 (4.84%) XML
8 19 (4.60%) HTML5
8 19 (4.60%) SOAP
9 17 (4.12%) .NET Framework
10 16 (3.87%) ASP.NET Web API
11 15 (3.63%) jQuery
11 15 (3.63%) REST
12 12 (2.91%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 11 (2.66%) CSS3
14 10 (2.42%) Entity Framework
15 9 (2.18%) ASP.NET MVC
16 8 (1.94%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 33 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (4.60%) Blackberry
2 19 (4.60%) NHS
3 17 (4.12%) Data Centre
4 14 (3.39%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.45%) Algorithms
7 6 (1.45%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.45%) User Experience
8 5 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.21%) Online Gambling
9 4 (0.97%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.97%) Fat Client
9 4 (0.97%) Online Games
9 4 (0.97%) Thin Client
10 3 (0.73%) Semantic Web
10 3 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.48%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 131 (31.72%) Windows
2 50 (12.11%) Windows 10
3 49 (11.86%) Windows Server
4 40 (9.69%) Windows 7
5 17 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (3.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (3.15%) Windows XP
8 9 (2.18%) Linux
9 6 (1.45%) Android
9 6 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.97%) Unix
11 4 (0.97%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.73%) CentOS
12 3 (0.73%) SUSE
12 3 (0.73%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.24%) AIX
13 1 (0.24%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.24%) Solaris
13 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (19.37%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (16.71%) ITIL
3 63 (15.25%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (9.69%) DevOps
5 34 (8.23%) Migration
5 34 (8.23%) MVC
6 32 (7.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 29 (7.02%) Change Management
7 29 (7.02%) TDD
8 25 (6.05%) CRM
9 24 (5.81%) Continuous Integration
10 23 (5.57%) Problem Management
10 23 (5.57%) Service Management
11 22 (5.33%) Scrum
12 21 (5.08%) Data Management
12 21 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
13 20 (4.84%) Analytics
14 18 (4.36%) Business Intelligence
14 18 (4.36%) PRINCE2
15 17 (4.12%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 101 (24.46%) SQL
2 86 (20.82%) C#
3 31 (7.51%) PowerShell
4 28 (6.78%) JavaScript
5 22 (5.33%) T-SQL
6 21 (5.08%) VB
7 15 (3.63%) VB.NET
8 12 (2.91%) Java
9 10 (2.42%) C
9 10 (2.42%) VBScript
10 7 (1.69%) C++
11 4 (0.97%) Python
11 4 (0.97%) R
11 4 (0.97%) VC++
12 2 (0.48%) Erlang
12 2 (0.48%) Go
12 2 (0.48%) Scala
12 2 (0.48%) VBA
13 1 (0.24%) F#
13 1 (0.24%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 23 (5.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (4.36%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (4.12%) Degree
3 17 (4.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 17 (4.12%) Security Cleared
4 13 (3.15%) CISM
4 13 (3.15%) CISSP
4 13 (3.15%) MCSE
5 12 (2.91%) CCDP
5 12 (2.91%) CCNP
5 12 (2.91%) Chartered Engineer
6 8 (1.94%) MCP
7 7 (1.69%) MCTS
8 6 (1.45%) MCSA
9 5 (1.21%) CCIE
9 5 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (1.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (1.21%) SC Cleared
10 4 (0.97%) CCNA
10 4 (0.97%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.15%) SLA
2 12 (2.91%) QA
3 6 (1.45%) GDPR
4 3 (0.73%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.24%) COBIT
5 1 (0.24%) COSO
5 1 (0.24%) GCP
5 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 78 (18.89%) Active Directory
2 27 (6.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (4.84%) Hyper-V
4 13 (3.15%) XenApp
5 12 (2.91%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (2.66%) XenDesktop
7 10 (2.42%) vSphere
8 5 (1.21%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.97%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.97%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.97%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.73%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.48%) Docker
11 2 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.48%) Xen
11 2 (0.48%) XenServer
12 1 (0.24%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 32 (7.75%) SCCM
2 11 (2.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 9 (2.18%) Single Sign-On
4 8 (1.94%) SCOM
5 6 (1.45%) Terraform
6 5 (1.21%) SCVMM
7 4 (0.97%) Failover Clustering
7 4 (0.97%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.97%) vMotion
7 4 (0.97%) vRealize
8 3 (0.73%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.73%) MaaS360
8 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.73%) WSUS
9 2 (0.48%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.48%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.48%) Grafana
9 2 (0.48%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.48%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 45 (10.90%) Citrix
2 37 (8.96%) VMware
3 36 (8.72%) Cisco
4 19 (4.60%) Oracle
5 13 (3.15%) Ivanti
6 12 (2.91%) HP
7 10 (2.42%) Informatica
7 10 (2.42%) SAP
8 8 (1.94%) Capita
9 7 (1.69%) Google
9 7 (1.69%) IronPort
9 7 (1.69%) Lotus
9 7 (1.69%) webMethods
10 6 (1.45%) Sitecore
11 5 (1.21%) Altiris
11 5 (1.21%) McAfee
11 5 (1.21%) NetApp
11 5 (1.21%) PeopleSoft
11 5 (1.21%) SnapLogic
11 5 (1.21%) Tableau