Period
to 18 August 2019

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 August 2019 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 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 11 8 9
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 306 416 327
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 10.84% 12.71% 11.34%
As % of the Vendors category 28.71% 32.58% 26.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 250 188
Manchester median daily rate £394 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £200 £158 £163
90th Percentile £525 £514 £544
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 37 43
Manchester median hourly rate £14.00 £14.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.08% +13.46% -4.04%
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.79 £11.00
90th Percentile £17.63 £34.70 £17.45
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year +14.75% -1.61% +8.09%

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 1,066 1,277 1,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 37.75% 39.00% 43.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 706 759 715
Manchester median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - -
10th Percentile £200 £206 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £588
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 60 61
Manchester median hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.05% +35.71% +2.98%
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.99 £11.00
90th Percentile £23.75 £43.25 £23.00
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +17.14% +12.90% -10.14%

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 August 2019.

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 6 months to 18 August 2019. 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
Bolton +2 13 £450 +136.84% 18
Salford -1 10 £338 +22.73% 11
Rochdale -2 8 £310 +93.75% 7
Stockport +8 7 £338 -10.00% 23
Oldham - 5 £311 - 7
Altrincham - 3 £400 - 7
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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.

1 111 (36.27%) Windows
2 86 (28.10%) Active Directory
3 82 (26.80%) SQL
4 78 (25.49%) Microsoft Azure
5 66 (21.57%) SQL Server
6 58 (18.95%) Office 365
7 51 (16.67%) .NET
8 48 (15.69%) Business Intelligence
9 47 (15.36%) Microsoft Office
9 47 (15.36%) Windows 10
10 44 (14.38%) C#
11 43 (14.05%) Migration
12 40 (13.07%) Finance
13 38 (12.42%) Windows Server
14 35 (11.44%) SCCM
15 34 (11.11%) Power Platform
16 33 (10.78%) Public Sector
17 31 (10.13%) DevOps
18 30 (9.80%) Windows 7
18 30 (9.80%) Citrix
19 29 (9.48%) Power BI
20 28 (9.15%) ITIL
20 28 (9.15%) Data Warehouse
21 27 (8.82%) SharePoint
21 27 (8.82%) Microsoft Excel
21 27 (8.82%) VMware
22 26 (8.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 25 (8.17%) Oracle
23 25 (8.17%) Amazon AWS
23 25 (8.17%) Agile Software Development

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 27 (8.82%) SharePoint
2 21 (6.86%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.23%) IIS
4 13 (4.25%) Skype for Business
5 5 (1.63%) Apache Spark
6 4 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.98%) Apache
7 3 (0.98%) CMS
7 3 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.98%) Jetty
7 3 (0.98%) Mongrel
7 3 (0.98%) nginx
7 3 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (0.98%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.98%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.65%) NServiceBus
8 2 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.33%) Confluence
9 1 (0.33%) Drupal
9 1 (0.33%) Umbraco
Applications
1 47 (15.36%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (8.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (4.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (3.59%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 9 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 78 (25.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 58 (18.95%) Office 365
3 34 (11.11%) Power Platform
4 25 (8.17%) Amazon AWS
5 16 (5.23%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (4.90%) Dynamics 365
7 8 (2.61%) Azure Data Factory
7 8 (2.61%) PaaS
8 6 (1.96%) PowerApps
9 5 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.63%) IaaS
9 5 (1.63%) OneDrive
10 4 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (1.31%) SaaS
10 4 (1.31%) Serverless
11 3 (0.98%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.98%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.98%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.65%) Amazon SQS
12 2 (0.65%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 21 (6.86%) DNS
2 19 (6.21%) DHCP
3 16 (5.23%) Skype
4 15 (4.90%) Firewall
5 14 (4.58%) LAN
6 12 (3.92%) VoIP
7 10 (3.27%) VPN
8 9 (2.94%) WAN
9 8 (2.61%) TCP/IP
10 7 (2.29%) IPsec
11 6 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (1.63%) Internet
12 5 (1.63%) Wireless
13 4 (1.31%) FTP
13 4 (1.31%) Network Security
13 4 (1.31%) SSL
14 3 (0.98%) BGP
14 3 (0.98%) HTTP
14 3 (0.98%) IP Telephony
14 3 (0.98%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (21.57%) SQL Server
2 29 (9.48%) Power BI
3 28 (9.15%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (4.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (4.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (3.27%) Azure SQL Database
7 9 (2.94%) MS Access
7 9 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 8 (2.61%) Big Data
9 6 (1.96%) BusinessObjects
9 6 (1.96%) MySQL
9 6 (1.96%) QlikView
10 5 (1.63%) Data Lake
11 4 (1.31%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.98%) OLAP
12 3 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.98%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.98%) Riak
12 3 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (0.65%) IDOL
Development Applications
1 15 (4.90%) JIRA
2 7 (2.29%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.29%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.31%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.98%) Artifactory
4 3 (0.98%) GitLab
4 3 (0.98%) gulp
4 3 (0.98%) Maven
4 3 (0.98%) SonarQube
4 3 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (0.98%) Travis CI
5 2 (0.65%) Hudson
5 2 (0.65%) InstallShield
5 2 (0.65%) MSI
5 2 (0.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.65%) Zephyr
6 1 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.33%) eggPlant
6 1 (0.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 40 (13.07%) Finance
2 33 (10.78%) Public Sector
3 14 (4.58%) Telecoms
4 12 (3.92%) Legal
5 9 (2.94%) Retail
6 7 (2.29%) Law
7 5 (1.63%) Advertising
7 5 (1.63%) Banking
8 4 (1.31%) Mandarin Language
8 4 (1.31%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.98%) Back Office
9 3 (0.98%) Billing
9 3 (0.98%) Electronics
9 3 (0.98%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.98%) Marketing
10 2 (0.65%) Social Housing
11 1 (0.33%) Games
11 1 (0.33%) Housing Association
11 1 (0.33%) Local Government
11 1 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (22.22%) Developer
2 35 (11.44%) Consultant
3 29 (9.48%) Analyst
4 20 (6.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 19 (6.21%) Architect
6 17 (5.56%) .NET Developer
6 17 (5.56%) Support Engineer
7 14 (4.58%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 14 (4.58%) SQL Developer
8 12 (3.92%) C# Developer
9 11 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
9 11 (3.59%) C# .NET Developer
10 10 (3.27%) Desktop Support
11 9 (2.94%) Desktop Engineer
12 8 (2.61%) Business Analyst
12 8 (2.61%) DBA
12 8 (2.61%) IT Engineer
12 8 (2.61%) Project Manager
12 8 (2.61%) SQL DBA
13 7 (2.29%) Power BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (16.67%) .NET
2 16 (5.23%) Web Services
3 14 (4.58%) MDX
3 14 (4.58%) Node.js
4 13 (4.25%) XML
5 10 (3.27%) JSON
6 9 (2.94%) .NET Framework
6 9 (2.94%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.94%) HTML
7 8 (2.61%) .NET Core
7 8 (2.61%) AngularJS
7 8 (2.61%) CSS
7 8 (2.61%) REST
8 7 (2.29%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (2.29%) React
9 6 (1.96%) RESTful
10 5 (1.63%) Spring
11 4 (1.31%) HTML5
11 4 (1.31%) jQuery
11 4 (1.31%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (4.90%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.27%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (2.94%) Data Centre
4 9 (2.94%) PKI
4 9 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (1.96%) Mobile App
5 6 (1.96%) NHS
6 5 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.31%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.31%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (1.31%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.31%) Replication
7 4 (1.31%) Smartcard
7 4 (1.31%) User Experience
8 3 (0.98%) Clustering
8 3 (0.98%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.65%) BYOD
9 2 (0.65%) iPad
9 2 (0.65%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 111 (36.27%) Windows
2 47 (15.36%) Windows 10
3 38 (12.42%) Windows Server
4 30 (9.80%) Windows 7
5 18 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (4.58%) Android
7 12 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (2.61%) Apple iOS
9 5 (1.63%) Windows Phone
10 3 (0.98%) Linux
10 3 (0.98%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.33%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.33%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.33%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.33%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.33%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (15.69%) Business Intelligence
2 43 (14.05%) Migration
3 31 (10.13%) DevOps
4 28 (9.15%) ITIL
5 26 (8.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 25 (8.17%) Agile Software Development
7 20 (6.54%) CRM
8 19 (6.21%) Visualisation
9 16 (5.23%) MVC
10 14 (4.58%) ETL
10 14 (4.58%) Problem-Solving
10 14 (4.58%) Project Management
10 14 (4.58%) Service Management
11 13 (4.25%) Stakeholder Management
11 13 (4.25%) Workflow
12 12 (3.92%) Identity Access Management
13 11 (3.59%) Analytics
13 11 (3.59%) Time Management
14 9 (2.94%) Dashboard Development
14 9 (2.94%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 82 (26.80%) SQL
2 44 (14.38%) C#
3 20 (6.54%) T-SQL
4 19 (6.21%) Python
5 15 (4.90%) JavaScript
6 14 (4.58%) Java
7 12 (3.92%) PowerShell
8 9 (2.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 9 (2.94%) VB.NET
9 8 (2.61%) VBA
10 4 (1.31%) C++
11 2 (0.65%) Go
11 2 (0.65%) PHP
11 2 (0.65%) Scala
11 2 (0.65%) VB
11 2 (0.65%) VBScript
12 1 (0.33%) C
12 1 (0.33%) R
Qualifications
1 21 (6.86%) Degree
2 18 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 12 (3.92%) SC Cleared
3 12 (3.92%) Security Cleared
4 7 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (1.96%) MCSE
6 5 (1.63%) CCNA
6 5 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.31%) CCNP
7 4 (1.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.98%) CISM
8 3 (0.98%) CISSP
8 3 (0.98%) PMI Certification
8 3 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.65%) CCA
9 2 (0.65%) CCENT
9 2 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (0.65%) HPE ATP
9 2 (0.65%) ISEB
9 2 (0.65%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.56%) SLA
2 3 (0.98%) PMO
3 2 (0.65%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.65%) GDPR
3 2 (0.65%) GxP
3 2 (0.65%) QA
4 1 (0.33%) Actionable Recommendations
4 1 (0.33%) COBIT
4 1 (0.33%) COSO
4 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 86 (28.10%) Active Directory
2 19 (6.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.25%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (1.63%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (1.31%) BitLocker
6 4 (1.31%) vSphere
6 4 (1.31%) XenApp
7 3 (0.98%) Xen
7 3 (0.98%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.65%) Docker
8 2 (0.65%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.33%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (0.33%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 35 (11.44%) SCCM
2 19 (6.21%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (2.61%) AirWatch
3 8 (2.61%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (1.63%) PaperCut
4 5 (1.63%) Puppet
5 3 (0.98%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.98%) CA Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.65%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.65%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.65%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.65%) SCOM
6 2 (0.65%) WSUS
7 1 (0.33%) Nagios
7 1 (0.33%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.33%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 30 (9.80%) Citrix
2 27 (8.82%) VMware
3 25 (8.17%) Oracle
4 22 (7.19%) Cisco
5 12 (3.92%) SAP
6 9 (2.94%) Apple
7 8 (2.61%) CA
8 6 (1.96%) Google
8 6 (1.96%) iManage
8 6 (1.96%) Intapp
9 5 (1.63%) Cognos
9 5 (1.63%) Databricks
9 5 (1.63%) SnapLogic
9 5 (1.63%) Workday
10 4 (1.31%) HP
10 4 (1.31%) NetApp
10 4 (1.31%) Tableau
11 3 (0.98%) Dell
11 3 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.98%) Symantec