Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 7 9
Rank change year-on-year +3 +2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 458 339 370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 14.61% 12.02% 10.13%
As % of the Vendors category 35.78% 27.25% 23.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 183 238
Manchester median daily rate £368 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £155 £141 £189
90th Percentile £525 £583 £556
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 50 16
Manchester median hourly rate £16.50 £13.60 £13.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.37% +4.20% -3.35%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.07 £9.13
90th Percentile £31.69 £20.33 £20.73
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -12.50% -

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 1,280 1,244 1,594
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 40.83% 44.10% 43.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 736 730 901
Manchester median daily rate £390 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.52% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £176 £213 £248
90th Percentile £553 £600 £550
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 73 38
Manchester median hourly rate £18.25 £15.00 £14.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.67% +6.78% +4.06%
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.02 £10.03
90th Percentile £37.63 £38.70 £38.70
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.60 £19.85
% change year-on-year +12.22% -21.44% +14.48%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 44 £250 -12.97% 6
Bolton +7 16 £300 -35.14% 13
Rochdale 0 10 £160 - 6
Stockport -1 6 £268 +18.89% 20
Sale - 5 £405 - 2
Oldham 0 3 - - 8
Wigan -4 1 - - 10
Altrincham -8 1 £415 +7.10% 8
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 171 (37.34%) Windows
2 102 (22.27%) Active Directory
3 91 (19.87%) .NET
3 91 (19.87%) Microsoft Azure
4 84 (18.34%) SQL
5 80 (17.47%) Windows 10
6 74 (16.16%) Agile Software Development
7 73 (15.94%) C#
8 69 (15.07%) ITIL
9 68 (14.85%) Microsoft Office
10 64 (13.97%) Office 365
11 62 (13.54%) Problem-Solving
12 54 (11.79%) VMware
13 50 (10.92%) Windows Server
14 49 (10.70%) SQL Server
15 46 (10.04%) Citrix
15 46 (10.04%) SCCM
15 46 (10.04%) PowerShell
16 45 (9.83%) MS Exchange
16 45 (9.83%) DevOps
17 44 (9.61%) NHS
18 43 (9.39%) Windows 7
19 41 (8.95%) Migration
20 36 (7.86%) Service Management
20 36 (7.86%) Microsoft Certification
21 34 (7.42%) DNS
22 32 (6.99%) VMware Infrastructure
23 31 (6.77%) Cisco
23 31 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
24 30 (6.55%) Data Centre

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 45 (9.83%) MS Exchange
2 22 (4.80%) Skype for Business
3 21 (4.59%) SharePoint
4 13 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (2.40%) IIS
6 9 (1.97%) Drupal
7 8 (1.75%) BizTalk Server
7 8 (1.75%) IBM Notes
8 7 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (1.31%) CMS
10 4 (0.87%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.44%) CloudStack
12 2 (0.44%) Confluence
12 2 (0.44%) OpenEdge
12 2 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.44%) SAS
12 2 (0.44%) WordPress
13 1 (0.22%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 68 (14.85%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (5.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (2.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.66%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 27 (5.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (2.18%) Dynamics NAV
3 9 (1.97%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.44%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.44%) Visualfiles
5 1 (0.22%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.22%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 91 (19.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 64 (13.97%) Office 365
3 14 (3.06%) Dynamics 365
4 11 (2.40%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (2.40%) IaaS
4 11 (2.40%) PaaS
5 9 (1.97%) SaaS
6 8 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (1.31%) Boomi
7 6 (1.31%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (1.09%) Google Analytics
9 4 (0.87%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (0.87%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.66%) iPaaS
10 3 (0.66%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.22%) G Suite
11 1 (0.22%) GitHub
11 1 (0.22%) Google Tag Manager
11 1 (0.22%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 34 (7.42%) DNS
2 24 (5.24%) DHCP
3 21 (4.59%) VPN
4 17 (3.71%) Skype
5 15 (3.28%) LAN
6 14 (3.06%) Internet
6 14 (3.06%) WAN
7 12 (2.62%) Firewall
8 11 (2.40%) SAN
9 10 (2.18%) TCP/IP
10 9 (1.97%) VoIP
11 6 (1.31%) Wireless
12 4 (0.87%) NAS
13 3 (0.66%) iSCSI
13 3 (0.66%) ISDN
13 3 (0.66%) SSL
13 3 (0.66%) VLAN
14 2 (0.44%) GPRS
14 2 (0.44%) HTTPS
14 2 (0.44%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (10.70%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (2.40%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.18%) Power BI
4 10 (2.18%) RDBMS
5 9 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (1.53%) MongoDB
8 6 (1.31%) MySQL
9 5 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 4 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.66%) MS Access
11 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
12 2 (0.44%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.44%) DB2
12 2 (0.44%) OLTP
12 2 (0.44%) Riak
12 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 26 (5.68%) Visual Studio Team System
2 22 (4.80%) JIRA
3 17 (3.71%) Visual Studio
4 15 (3.28%) Octopus Deploy
5 14 (3.06%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (2.62%) Git (software)
7 11 (2.40%) Selenium
8 6 (1.31%) MSI
9 5 (1.09%) Jenkins
10 4 (0.87%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.66%) Eclipse
11 3 (0.66%) eggPlant
11 3 (0.66%) LSMW
12 2 (0.44%) gulp
12 2 (0.44%) Mercurial
13 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 1 (0.22%) CruiseControl
13 1 (0.22%) Maven
13 1 (0.22%) Oracle APEX
13 1 (0.22%) Subversion
General
1 25 (5.46%) Finance
2 21 (4.59%) Retail
3 13 (2.84%) Law
4 11 (2.40%) Banking
5 10 (2.18%) Legal
6 7 (1.53%) Automotive
6 7 (1.53%) Games
7 5 (1.09%) Back Office
8 3 (0.66%) Advertising
8 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.66%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.44%) Billing
9 2 (0.44%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.22%) Marketing
10 1 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 90 (19.65%) Developer
2 64 (13.97%) Analyst
3 38 (8.30%) .NET Developer
4 29 (6.33%) Windows Engineer
5 27 (5.90%) Rollout Engineer
5 27 (5.90%) Windows Rollout Engineer
6 26 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 25 (5.46%) Architect
7 25 (5.46%) Consultant
8 19 (4.15%) Desktop Support
8 19 (4.15%) Service Analyst
9 18 (3.93%) Azure Engineer
9 18 (3.93%) Support Analyst
10 17 (3.71%) Service Desk Analyst
11 16 (3.49%) 2nd Line Support
11 16 (3.49%) IT Support
12 14 (3.06%) Applications Support
12 14 (3.06%) C# Developer
12 14 (3.06%) Microsoft Developer
13 13 (2.84%) Applications Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (19.87%) .NET
2 27 (5.90%) JSON
3 23 (5.02%) Web Services
4 20 (4.37%) CSS
4 20 (4.37%) HTML
5 18 (3.93%) RESTful
6 16 (3.49%) AngularJS
7 15 (3.28%) XML
8 14 (3.06%) ASP.NET
9 13 (2.84%) .NET Framework
10 11 (2.40%) Entity Framework
10 11 (2.40%) REST
11 10 (2.18%) SOAP
12 9 (1.97%) WinForms
13 8 (1.75%) HTML5
14 7 (1.53%) ISPF
14 7 (1.53%) Node.js
15 6 (1.31%) COM
15 6 (1.31%) Spring
15 6 (1.31%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 44 (9.61%) NHS
2 31 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (6.55%) Data Centre
4 26 (5.68%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.93%) Blackberry
6 10 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.75%) User Experience
8 7 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.53%) Online Gambling
9 6 (1.31%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.31%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.31%) Online Games
10 5 (1.09%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.09%) Fat Client
10 5 (1.09%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.87%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.87%) YubiKey
12 3 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 171 (37.34%) Windows
2 80 (17.47%) Windows 10
3 50 (10.92%) Windows Server
4 43 (9.39%) Windows 7
5 18 (3.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (3.06%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (2.62%) Unix
8 11 (2.40%) Windows XP
9 9 (1.97%) Linux
10 7 (1.53%) zOS
11 5 (1.09%) Android
11 5 (1.09%) Windows 8
11 5 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.87%) VMS
13 3 (0.66%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.44%) CentOS
14 2 (0.44%) SUSE
14 2 (0.44%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.22%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (16.16%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (15.07%) ITIL
3 62 (13.54%) Problem-Solving
4 45 (9.83%) DevOps
5 41 (8.95%) Migration
6 36 (7.86%) Service Management
7 29 (6.33%) CRM
8 28 (6.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 27 (5.90%) MVC
10 26 (5.68%) Change Management
11 22 (4.80%) Scrum
12 19 (4.15%) Analytics
12 19 (4.15%) Stakeholder Management
13 18 (3.93%) TDD
14 16 (3.49%) Deployment Automation
15 15 (3.28%) Continuous Improvement
15 15 (3.28%) Test Automation
16 14 (3.06%) Business Intelligence
16 14 (3.06%) Continuous Integration
16 14 (3.06%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 84 (18.34%) SQL
2 73 (15.94%) C#
3 46 (10.04%) PowerShell
4 24 (5.24%) T-SQL
5 20 (4.37%) JavaScript
6 19 (4.15%) VB
7 13 (2.84%) VB.NET
8 11 (2.40%) Java
9 9 (1.97%) C
9 9 (1.97%) VBScript
10 8 (1.75%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.53%) JCL
12 3 (0.66%) C++
12 3 (0.66%) Erlang
12 3 (0.66%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.66%) VBA
13 2 (0.44%) ABAP
13 2 (0.44%) Go
13 2 (0.44%) Python
13 2 (0.44%) VC++
Qualifications
1 36 (7.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (5.24%) Degree
3 21 (4.59%) MCSE
4 17 (3.71%) Security Cleared
5 14 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (2.62%) MCSA
7 8 (1.75%) MCP
7 8 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 7 (1.53%) CCNA
9 6 (1.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (1.09%) CCNP
10 5 (1.09%) CISM
10 5 (1.09%) CISSP
10 5 (1.09%) MCTS
11 4 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.87%) SC Cleared
12 3 (0.66%) CCDP
12 3 (0.66%) Chartered Engineer
12 3 (0.66%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.02%) SLA
2 18 (3.93%) QA
3 6 (1.31%) GDPR
4 3 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.44%) COBIT
5 2 (0.44%) COSO
5 2 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.44%) PMO
System Software
1 102 (22.27%) Active Directory
2 32 (6.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.28%) Hyper-V
4 14 (3.06%) vSphere
5 12 (2.62%) Virtual Desktop
6 8 (1.75%) XenApp
7 7 (1.53%) Time Sharing Option
7 7 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (1.53%) XenDesktop
8 5 (1.09%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (1.09%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.87%) Xen
9 4 (0.87%) XenServer
10 3 (0.66%) Docker
10 3 (0.66%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 46 (10.04%) SCCM
2 9 (1.97%) Single Sign-On
3 8 (1.75%) SCOM
4 7 (1.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 7 (1.53%) Terraform
5 5 (1.09%) NetBackup
5 5 (1.09%) vMotion
5 5 (1.09%) vRealize
6 4 (0.87%) BladeLogic
6 4 (0.87%) Grafana
6 4 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (0.87%) Prometheus
6 4 (0.87%) ZABBIX
7 3 (0.66%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.66%) WSUS
8 2 (0.44%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.44%) OpenView
8 2 (0.44%) Puppet
8 2 (0.44%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 54 (11.79%) VMware
2 46 (10.04%) Citrix
3 31 (6.77%) Cisco
4 19 (4.15%) HP
4 19 (4.15%) Oracle
5 13 (2.84%) Google
6 10 (2.18%) SAP
7 8 (1.75%) BMC
7 8 (1.75%) Informatica
7 8 (1.75%) Lotus
8 7 (1.53%) CA
8 7 (1.53%) Dell
8 7 (1.53%) Remedy
9 6 (1.31%) Ivanti
9 6 (1.31%) MuleSoft
10 5 (1.09%) Altiris
10 5 (1.09%) IronPort
10 5 (1.09%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.09%) Veeam
10 5 (1.09%) Xerox