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 3 months to 25 June 2017 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 11 4
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 162 156 207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 11.86% 8.83% 13.73%
As % of the Vendors category 25.88% 21.14% 30.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 96 104
Median daily rate £388 £375 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +22.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £132 £180 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 8 22
Median hourly rate £12.50 £11.00 £13.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -18.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.18 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £16.78 £22.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 626 738 689
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 45.83% 41.77% 45.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 409 369
Median daily rate £413 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £211 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 17 35
Median hourly rate £13.30 £13.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% -24.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £148.45 £45.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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
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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bolton +2 4 - - 2
Salford +7 3 £388 - 1
Wigan +1 3 - -
Oldham 0 3 £175 - 3
Stockport +4 2 - - 15
Altrincham - 1 £388 - 2
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 93 (29.62%) Windows
2 77 (24.52%) SQL
3 69 (21.97%) SQL Server
4 62 (19.75%) Active Directory
5 55 (17.52%) Microsoft Office
6 53 (16.88%) .NET
7 48 (15.29%) VMware
7 48 (15.29%) ITIL
8 46 (14.65%) MS Exchange
9 43 (13.69%) CRM
9 43 (13.69%) Office 365
10 41 (13.06%) C#
11 40 (12.74%) Dynamics CRM
12 36 (11.46%) Windows Server
13 35 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
13 35 (11.15%) Finance
14 34 (10.83%) DNS
15 32 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
16 30 (9.55%) Microsoft Azure
16 30 (9.55%) Business Intelligence
17 28 (8.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 26 (8.28%) Windows 7
18 26 (8.28%) Microsoft Excel
19 25 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
19 25 (7.96%) VMware Infrastructure
19 25 (7.96%) Windows Server 2012
20 24 (7.64%) Citrix
21 23 (7.32%) DHCP
22 22 (7.01%) Migration
22 22 (7.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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 46 (14.65%) MS Exchange
2 32 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (4.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 14 (4.46%) SharePoint
4 13 (4.14%) Skype for Business
5 8 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (2.55%) IIS
6 7 (2.23%) Tomcat
7 6 (1.91%) Apache
7 6 (1.91%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.91%) IBM Notes
8 5 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.27%) Confluence
9 4 (1.27%) Jetty
9 4 (1.27%) Mongrel
9 4 (1.27%) nginx
9 4 (1.27%) SAS
9 4 (1.27%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.96%) CMS
11 2 (0.64%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 55 (17.52%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (8.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (3.18%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (2.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.59%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.64%) SPSS
7 1 (0.32%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 40 (12.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (3.50%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 43 (13.69%) Office 365
2 30 (9.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (4.46%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (2.55%) IaaS
5 5 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (1.27%) Google App Engine
6 4 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (1.27%) PaaS
6 4 (1.27%) Yammer
7 3 (0.96%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.32%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.32%) Azure Machine Learning
9 1 (0.32%) SaaS
9 1 (0.32%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 34 (10.83%) DNS
2 23 (7.32%) DHCP
3 17 (5.41%) Internet
4 14 (4.46%) LAN
5 12 (3.82%) WAN
6 11 (3.50%) VoIP
7 8 (2.55%) Firewall
7 8 (2.55%) Remote Desktop
7 8 (2.55%) SAN
7 8 (2.55%) Skype
7 8 (2.55%) TCP/IP
8 7 (2.23%) Unified Communications
9 6 (1.91%) VPN
10 5 (1.59%) FTP
10 5 (1.59%) SSL
11 4 (1.27%) HTTP
11 4 (1.27%) IPsec
11 4 (1.27%) NAS
11 4 (1.27%) VLAN
12 3 (0.96%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (21.97%) SQL Server
2 28 (8.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 22 (7.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (5.73%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (5.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (4.14%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (3.50%) Relational Database
7 10 (3.18%) SQL Server 2014
8 9 (2.87%) SQL Server 2008
9 8 (2.55%) NoSQL
10 6 (1.91%) Power BI
10 6 (1.91%) RDBMS
10 6 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
10 6 (1.91%) SQL Server 2016
11 4 (1.27%) IDOL
12 3 (0.96%) Data Mining
12 3 (0.96%) MongoDB
12 3 (0.96%) MySQL
12 3 (0.96%) QlikView
13 2 (0.64%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 11 (3.50%) JIRA
2 6 (1.91%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.59%) AccuRev
3 5 (1.59%) Jenkins
4 4 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (1.27%) Travis CI
5 3 (0.96%) Gradle
5 3 (0.96%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.64%) Ant
6 2 (0.64%) Maven
7 1 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.32%) Hudson
7 1 (0.32%) Mocha
7 1 (0.32%) ProC
7 1 (0.32%) Selenium
7 1 (0.32%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.32%) TestRail
General
1 35 (11.15%) Finance
2 15 (4.78%) Telecoms
3 12 (3.82%) Retail
4 10 (3.18%) Automotive
5 9 (2.87%) Games
5 9 (2.87%) Legal
6 7 (2.23%) Marketing
7 6 (1.91%) Banking
7 6 (1.91%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.59%) Advertising
9 4 (1.27%) Law
10 2 (0.64%) French Language
10 2 (0.64%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.64%) German Language
10 2 (0.64%) Swedish Language
11 1 (0.32%) Back Office
11 1 (0.32%) Electronics
11 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 59 (18.79%) Developer
2 50 (15.92%) Analyst
3 29 (9.24%) Consultant
4 23 (7.32%) Support Analyst
5 19 (6.05%) Architect
6 18 (5.73%) 2nd Line Support
6 18 (5.73%) CRM Developer
7 16 (5.10%) DBA
7 16 (5.10%) Desktop Support
8 15 (4.78%) SQL DBA
9 14 (4.46%) Administrator
9 14 (4.46%) Project Manager
9 14 (4.46%) Technical Support
10 13 (4.14%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 13 (4.14%) Microsoft Developer
10 13 (4.14%) Technical Analyst
10 13 (4.14%) Technical Support Analyst
11 11 (3.50%) SQL Analyst
12 10 (3.18%) SQL Server DBA
12 10 (3.18%) SQL Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (16.88%) .NET
2 18 (5.73%) HTML
3 14 (4.46%) ASP.NET
4 11 (3.50%) CSS
5 9 (2.87%) Web Services
6 6 (1.91%) HTML5
6 6 (1.91%) XML
7 5 (1.59%) AngularJS
7 5 (1.59%) jQuery
7 5 (1.59%) WCF
8 4 (1.27%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.27%) J2EE
8 4 (1.27%) Servlets
8 4 (1.27%) WinForms
8 4 (1.27%) WPF
9 3 (0.96%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (0.96%) Marmalade SDK
9 3 (0.96%) MDX
9 3 (0.96%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 2 (0.64%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.69%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (6.05%) Blackberry
3 14 (4.46%) Data Centre
4 8 (2.55%) Computer Science
5 7 (2.23%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.23%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.91%) Replication
7 5 (1.59%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (0.96%) Clustering
8 3 (0.96%) Fintech
8 3 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (0.96%) iPhone
8 3 (0.96%) Life Science
8 3 (0.96%) Mobile Games
8 3 (0.96%) RSA SecurID
9 2 (0.64%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.64%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.64%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.64%) Security Operations Centre
9 2 (0.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 93 (29.62%) Windows
2 36 (11.46%) Windows Server
3 26 (8.28%) Windows 7
4 25 (7.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (6.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (6.05%) Windows 10
7 15 (4.78%) Linux
8 14 (4.46%) Windows XP
9 10 (3.18%) Unix
10 8 (2.55%) Apple iOS
11 7 (2.23%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.96%) Android
12 3 (0.96%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.32%) Mesosphere
14 1 (0.32%) NetWare
14 1 (0.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (15.29%) ITIL
2 43 (13.69%) CRM
3 35 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (9.55%) Business Intelligence
5 22 (7.01%) Migration
6 21 (6.69%) Project Management
7 12 (3.82%) Identity Access Management
7 12 (3.82%) Problem Management
7 12 (3.82%) Service Management
8 11 (3.50%) Cybersecurity
8 11 (3.50%) High Availability
8 11 (3.50%) Incident Management
9 10 (3.18%) Change Management
9 10 (3.18%) DevOps
9 10 (3.18%) ETL
9 10 (3.18%) SDLC
10 9 (2.87%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (2.87%) Document Management
10 9 (2.87%) Performance Optimisation
10 9 (2.87%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 77 (24.52%) SQL
2 41 (13.06%) C#
3 21 (6.69%) PowerShell
4 17 (5.41%) Java
5 15 (4.78%) JavaScript
6 12 (3.82%) T-SQL
7 7 (2.23%) C++
8 3 (0.96%) PHP
9 2 (0.64%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.64%) Groovy
9 2 (0.64%) Python
9 2 (0.64%) R
9 2 (0.64%) Ruby
9 2 (0.64%) Scala
9 2 (0.64%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.64%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.64%) VBA
9 2 (0.64%) X++
10 1 (0.32%) PROC SQL
10 1 (0.32%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 25 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (6.37%) Degree
3 19 (6.05%) Security Cleared
4 16 (5.10%) SC Cleared
5 11 (3.50%) MCP
6 6 (1.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (1.27%) CCNA
7 4 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.27%) MCSA
7 4 (1.27%) MCSE
8 3 (0.96%) ACSP
8 3 (0.96%) HP AIS
8 3 (0.96%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.64%) CISSP
9 2 (0.64%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.64%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.64%) MCPD
9 2 (0.64%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.23%) SLA
2 2 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.32%) PMO
3 1 (0.32%) QA
System Software
1 62 (19.75%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.87%) vSphere
4 7 (2.23%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.91%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (1.91%) XenApp
6 4 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (1.27%) Xen
7 3 (0.96%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.32%) Docker
Systems Management
1 16 (5.10%) SCCM
2 5 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 5 (1.59%) Puppet
3 4 (1.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (0.64%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.64%) QRadar
5 2 (0.64%) SCOM
6 1 (0.32%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.32%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 1 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.32%) Wonderware InTouch
6 1 (0.32%) WSUS
Vendors
1 48 (15.29%) VMware
2 24 (7.64%) Citrix
3 9 (2.87%) Apple
3 9 (2.87%) HP
4 8 (2.55%) IBM
4 8 (2.55%) ServiceNow
5 7 (2.23%) Google
6 6 (1.91%) Adobe
6 6 (1.91%) Cisco
6 6 (1.91%) Lotus
6 6 (1.91%) Oracle
6 6 (1.91%) SAP
7 5 (1.59%) Atlassian
7 5 (1.59%) Intel
7 5 (1.59%) IronPort
7 5 (1.59%) NetApp
7 5 (1.59%) RightFax
7 5 (1.59%) Tableau
8 4 (1.27%) AppDynamics
8 4 (1.27%) CyberArk
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