Period
to 20 February 2020

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 20 February 2020 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
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 3 8
Rank change year-on-year -2 +5 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 318 469 331
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 13.21% 16.02% 12.08%
As % of the Vendors category 33.37% 39.02% 28.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 291 179
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £185 £200 £135
90th Percentile £575 £588 £545
North West median daily rate £395 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -1.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 47 55
Manchester median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £16.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +23.53% +19.09%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.86 £11.26
90th Percentile £25.29 £31.69 £30.61
North West median hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £15.35
% change year-on-year -7.50% +30.34% -9.74%

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 953 1,202 1,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 39.59% 41.05% 41.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 566 754 711
Manchester median daily rate £411 £400 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.69% -2.44% +2.50%
10th Percentile £193 £213 £213
90th Percentile £594 £575 £588
North West median daily rate £425 £420 £420
% change year-on-year +1.19% - +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 74 74
Manchester median hourly rate £21.50 £19.59 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +15.22% +16.24%
10th Percentile £13.27 £12.83 £11.68
90th Percentile £45.70 £31.69 £37.93
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £16.19
% change year-on-year +25.00% +23.53% -11.29%

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 2020. 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 0 18 £348 +73.75% 9
Stockport +8 8 £400 +117.69% 17
Oldham 0 8 £425 - 8
Bolton -2 8 £248 -38.13% 13
Altrincham +2 4 £323 -22.29% 11
Ashton-under-Lyne - 2 - - 1
Cheadle +1 1 £475 +239.29% 6
Sale 0 1 - - 1
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, 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.

1 112 (35.22%) Windows
2 104 (32.70%) Azure
3 83 (26.10%) Active Directory
4 81 (25.47%) Office 365
5 59 (18.55%) Migration
6 57 (17.92%) SQL
7 56 (17.61%) Windows Server
8 50 (15.72%) Microsoft Office
9 47 (14.78%) Agile Software Development
9 47 (14.78%) Power Platform
10 46 (14.47%) Windows 10
10 46 (14.47%) Business Intelligence
11 39 (12.26%) Finance
11 39 (12.26%) SharePoint
12 38 (11.95%) Microsoft Excel
13 35 (11.01%) AWS
14 33 (10.38%) PowerShell
15 32 (10.06%) MS Exchange
15 32 (10.06%) .NET
15 32 (10.06%) VMware
15 32 (10.06%) Power BI
16 31 (9.75%) SQL Server
16 31 (9.75%) DNS
17 27 (8.49%) Citrix
17 27 (8.49%) ITIL
18 26 (8.18%) Windows 7
19 24 (7.55%) PaaS
19 24 (7.55%) Oracle
19 24 (7.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 23 (7.23%) Dynamics 365

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 39 (12.26%) SharePoint
2 32 (10.06%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.03%) IIS
4 10 (3.14%) Apache
5 9 (2.83%) Skype for Business
6 8 (2.52%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (2.20%) Jetty
7 7 (2.20%) Mongrel
7 7 (2.20%) nginx
7 7 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
7 7 (2.20%) Tomcat
7 7 (2.20%) WebSphere
8 6 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
9 5 (1.57%) CMS
10 4 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (1.26%) Umbraco
10 4 (1.26%) WordPress
11 2 (0.63%) Confluence
11 2 (0.63%) Drupal
11 2 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 50 (15.72%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (11.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (3.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (2.20%) MS Visio
5 6 (1.89%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.63%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.63%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.31%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 17 (5.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.63%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.31%) assyst
3 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.31%) Dynamics SL
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 104 (32.70%) Azure
2 81 (25.47%) Office 365
3 47 (14.78%) Power Platform
4 35 (11.01%) AWS
5 24 (7.55%) PaaS
6 23 (7.23%) Dynamics 365
7 19 (5.97%) IaaS
8 18 (5.66%) SaaS
9 15 (4.72%) Azure Active Directory
10 8 (2.52%) Azure Data Factory
10 8 (2.52%) GCP
11 7 (2.20%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (2.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 7 (2.20%) Google App Engine
11 7 (2.20%) OneDrive
12 6 (1.89%) Yammer
13 4 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (1.26%) Microsoft Flow
13 4 (1.26%) PowerApps
13 4 (1.26%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 31 (9.75%) DNS
2 22 (6.92%) VPN
3 21 (6.60%) DHCP
4 17 (5.35%) Firewall
5 13 (4.09%) TCP/IP
6 12 (3.77%) WAN
7 11 (3.46%) MPLS
8 10 (3.14%) Skype
9 9 (2.83%) Internet
9 9 (2.83%) LAN
9 9 (2.83%) SSL
10 8 (2.52%) VoIP
11 7 (2.20%) FTP
11 7 (2.20%) HTTP
11 7 (2.20%) IPsec
12 4 (1.26%) BGP
12 4 (1.26%) Intranet
12 4 (1.26%) OSPF
12 4 (1.26%) SAN
12 4 (1.26%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.06%) Power BI
2 31 (9.75%) SQL Server
3 16 (5.03%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (4.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (4.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (2.52%) Azure SQL Database
7 6 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.26%) Big Data
8 4 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (1.26%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.26%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (1.26%) SQL Server 2017
9 3 (0.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (0.94%) MySQL
9 3 (0.94%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.63%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.63%) QlikView
10 2 (0.63%) Riak
Development Applications
1 8 (2.52%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.20%) JIRA
2 7 (2.20%) Travis CI
3 6 (1.89%) Visual Studio Team System
4 5 (1.57%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.94%) Axure RP
5 3 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.94%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.94%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.63%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.63%) ClearCase
6 2 (0.63%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.63%) IBM UrbanCode
6 2 (0.63%) JMeter
6 2 (0.63%) Selenium
6 2 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.63%) Zephyr
General
1 39 (12.26%) Finance
2 20 (6.29%) Public Sector
3 8 (2.52%) Legal
4 7 (2.20%) Retail
5 6 (1.89%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.89%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.26%) Advertising
7 3 (0.94%) Marketing
8 2 (0.63%) Local Government
8 2 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.31%) Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Billing
9 1 (0.31%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.31%) Electronics
9 1 (0.31%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 52 (16.35%) Analyst
2 40 (12.58%) Developer
3 31 (9.75%) Consultant
4 27 (8.49%) Architect
5 21 (6.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 16 (5.03%) Project Manager
7 15 (4.72%) Business Analyst
8 14 (4.40%) Azure Engineer
9 12 (3.77%) Microsoft Engineer
10 11 (3.46%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 10 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support
11 10 (3.14%) Azure Consultant
11 10 (3.14%) Power BI Developer
12 9 (2.83%) .NET Developer
12 9 (2.83%) Desktop Support
12 9 (2.83%) Support Analyst
13 8 (2.52%) Desktop Engineer
13 8 (2.52%) Service Analyst
13 8 (2.52%) Service Desk Analyst
13 8 (2.52%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (10.06%) .NET
2 10 (3.14%) Web Services
3 9 (2.83%) HTML
4 7 (2.20%) J2EE
4 7 (2.20%) Servlets
5 6 (1.89%) ASP.NET
6 5 (1.57%) SAML
7 4 (1.26%) .NET Framework
7 4 (1.26%) CSS
7 4 (1.26%) JSON
7 4 (1.26%) LDAP
7 4 (1.26%) Middleware
7 4 (1.26%) RESTful
8 3 (0.94%) .NET Core
8 3 (0.94%) React
8 3 (0.94%) Vue.js
9 2 (0.63%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.63%) MDX
9 2 (0.63%) Symfony
9 2 (0.63%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (3.77%) Data Centre
3 11 (3.46%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (3.14%) Enterprise Software
4 10 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.83%) NHS
5 9 (2.83%) SWIFT
6 8 (2.52%) Blackberry
7 6 (1.89%) Clustering
8 5 (1.57%) Smart Meter
9 4 (1.26%) User Experience
9 4 (1.26%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (0.94%) Replication
11 2 (0.63%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.63%) Graphic Design
11 2 (0.63%) PKI
11 2 (0.63%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.63%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 112 (35.22%) Windows
2 56 (17.61%) Windows Server
3 46 (14.47%) Windows 10
4 26 (8.18%) Windows 7
5 17 (5.35%) Linux
6 13 (4.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (2.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (2.52%) Android
9 5 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.26%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.94%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.94%) Unix
12 2 (0.63%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.63%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.31%) CentOS
13 1 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.31%) VMS
13 1 (0.31%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (18.55%) Migration
2 47 (14.78%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (14.47%) Business Intelligence
4 27 (8.49%) ITIL
5 24 (7.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 23 (7.23%) DevOps
7 22 (6.92%) Project Management
8 20 (6.29%) Continuous Integration
9 19 (5.97%) Architectural Design
9 19 (5.97%) CRM
10 18 (5.66%) Open Source
10 18 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
11 16 (5.03%) Service Management
11 16 (5.03%) SOA
12 15 (4.72%) SDLC
13 14 (4.40%) Stakeholder Management
14 13 (4.09%) Analytics
14 13 (4.09%) Problem Management
15 12 (3.77%) Configuration Management
16 11 (3.46%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 57 (17.92%) SQL
2 33 (10.38%) PowerShell
3 12 (3.77%) C#
4 11 (3.46%) Java
4 11 (3.46%) T-SQL
5 6 (1.89%) Bash Shell
5 6 (1.89%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.26%) VB
7 3 (0.94%) Python
7 3 (0.94%) VBA
8 2 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 2 (0.63%) PHP
8 2 (0.63%) VBScript
9 1 (0.31%) C
9 1 (0.31%) Ruby
9 1 (0.31%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.31%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (6.29%) Security Cleared
2 13 (4.09%) SC Cleared
3 8 (2.52%) Degree
4 7 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (1.57%) A+ Certification
5 5 (1.57%) MCP
6 4 (1.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (1.26%) DBS Check
6 4 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (0.94%) MCSE
7 3 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (0.63%) BC Cleared
8 2 (0.63%) CCIE
8 2 (0.63%) CCSE
8 2 (0.63%) ISEB
8 2 (0.63%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.31%) CIPD
9 1 (0.31%) IIBA
9 1 (0.31%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.77%) SLA
2 9 (2.83%) ISO 20022
2 9 (2.83%) TARGET2
3 6 (1.89%) Data Quality
4 5 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.57%) QA
5 4 (1.26%) BS7799
5 4 (1.26%) GDPR
6 2 (0.63%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.63%) PMO
7 1 (0.31%) NCSC
7 1 (0.31%) NIST
System Software
1 83 (26.10%) Active Directory
2 20 (6.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.77%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.20%) Xen
5 6 (1.89%) XenDesktop
6 5 (1.57%) XenApp
7 4 (1.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 4 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.26%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.94%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.94%) Docker
8 3 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.63%) vSphere
10 1 (0.31%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 23 (7.23%) SCCM
2 15 (4.72%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (3.46%) Puppet
4 8 (2.52%) Ansible
5 6 (1.89%) SCOM
5 6 (1.89%) Terraform
5 6 (1.89%) WSUS
6 5 (1.57%) AirWatch
7 4 (1.26%) Jamf Pro
7 4 (1.26%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.94%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.63%) Nagios
9 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.31%) Icinga
10 1 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.31%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.31%) vMotion
10 1 (0.31%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 32 (10.06%) VMware
2 27 (8.49%) Citrix
3 24 (7.55%) Oracle
4 19 (5.97%) Cisco
5 13 (4.09%) Google
6 12 (3.77%) ServiceNow
7 10 (3.14%) Apple
8 6 (1.89%) Dell
8 6 (1.89%) SAP
9 5 (1.57%) HP
9 5 (1.57%) MobileIron
9 5 (1.57%) NetApp
10 4 (1.26%) IBM
10 4 (1.26%) Nintex
10 4 (1.26%) Symantec
11 3 (0.94%) Adobe
11 3 (0.94%) EMC
11 3 (0.94%) Okta
11 3 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.94%) Zscaler