Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 329 315 377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 12.03% 10.48% 9.95%
As % of the Vendors category 28.81% 24.31% 26.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 199 219
Manchester median daily rate £375 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.99% +9.53%
10th Percentile £135 £208 £181
90th Percentile £544 £540 £503
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 19 31
Manchester median hourly rate £16.19 £13.60 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.09% -22.31% +40.00%
10th Percentile £11.68 £10.20 £11.00
90th Percentile £30.61 £19.30 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £15.69 £17.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year -7.71% -1.45% +23.21%

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 1,142 1,296 1,444
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 41.76% 43.13% 38.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 714 768 732
Manchester median daily rate £405 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £214 £225 £220
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
North West median daily rate £418 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +4.38% - +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 24 55
Manchester median hourly rate £17.00 £14.63 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.24% -8.59% +23.08%
10th Percentile £11.92 £10.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £38.70 £36.75 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £18.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year -11.29% -8.75% +25.00%

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 21 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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 +17 32 £135 -75.34% 17
Stockport +14 21 £250 -61.54% 23
Rochdale - 14 £140 - 5
Bolton +3 12 £400 +17.04% 14
Altrincham - 6 £338 - 4
Wigan +1 3 £140 -58.52% 8
Cheadle - 2 £313 - 5
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 112 (34.04%) Windows
2 77 (23.40%) SQL Server
3 76 (23.10%) Active Directory
4 73 (22.19%) SQL
4 73 (22.19%) Agile Software Development
5 71 (21.58%) .NET
6 63 (19.15%) C#
7 62 (18.84%) Microsoft Azure
8 51 (15.50%) ITIL
9 47 (14.29%) Finance
10 46 (13.98%) Windows Server
11 42 (12.77%) Microsoft Office
12 37 (11.25%) Management Information System
12 37 (11.25%) Windows 7
13 35 (10.64%) DevOps
14 33 (10.03%) Windows Server 2012
15 32 (9.73%) VMware
15 32 (9.73%) JavaScript
15 32 (9.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 31 (9.42%) Business Intelligence
17 30 (9.12%) Citrix
17 30 (9.12%) Web Services
17 30 (9.12%) Service Management
18 29 (8.81%) Migration
18 29 (8.81%) SharePoint
19 28 (8.51%) PowerShell
20 27 (8.21%) ASP.NET
20 27 (8.21%) Project Management
21 26 (7.90%) MVC
21 26 (7.90%) CSS

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 29 (8.81%) SharePoint
2 13 (3.95%) MS Exchange
3 10 (3.04%) Skype for Business
4 9 (2.74%) CMS
5 6 (1.82%) Apache
6 4 (1.22%) Confluence
7 3 (0.91%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.91%) IIS
7 3 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (0.91%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.61%) Drupal
8 2 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 42 (12.77%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (6.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (3.65%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (1.82%) Photoshop
5 5 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.52%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (5.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (2.43%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (1.82%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (1.22%) Elite 3E
5 2 (0.61%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.61%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.61%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.30%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 62 (18.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (7.60%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (6.69%) Office 365
4 18 (5.47%) PaaS
5 14 (4.26%) IaaS
6 10 (3.04%) SaaS
7 7 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (1.82%) Google Analytics
8 6 (1.82%) iPaaS
9 5 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (1.22%) Boomi
11 2 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.30%) GitHub
12 1 (0.30%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.30%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.56%) DNS
2 13 (3.95%) Internet
3 11 (3.34%) Intranet
4 10 (3.04%) DHCP
4 10 (3.04%) LAN
4 10 (3.04%) WAN
5 9 (2.74%) Skype
6 8 (2.43%) TCP/IP
6 8 (2.43%) VPN
7 5 (1.52%) Firewall
7 5 (1.52%) SAN
7 5 (1.52%) VLAN
8 4 (1.22%) Network Security
9 3 (0.91%) NAS
9 3 (0.91%) VoIP
9 3 (0.91%) Wireshark
10 2 (0.61%) Broadband
10 2 (0.61%) ISDN
10 2 (0.61%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (0.61%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (23.40%) SQL Server
2 32 (9.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 22 (6.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 12 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (3.34%) Azure SQL Database
5 11 (3.34%) MySQL
6 10 (3.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (2.74%) Power BI
7 9 (2.74%) Relational Database
8 8 (2.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (2.43%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (2.13%) Big Data
10 6 (1.82%) NoSQL
11 5 (1.52%) MongoDB
12 4 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (1.22%) Hadoop
12 4 (1.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 4 (1.22%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (1.22%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.91%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 25 (7.60%) Visual Studio
2 10 (3.04%) JIRA
3 9 (2.74%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (1.52%) Subversion
6 4 (1.22%) Bitbucket
6 4 (1.22%) Jenkins
6 4 (1.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.91%) AccuRev
7 3 (0.91%) FishEye
7 3 (0.91%) MSI
7 3 (0.91%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.91%) WinDbg
8 2 (0.61%) LSMW
8 2 (0.61%) MSTest
8 2 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.30%) Grunt
9 1 (0.30%) NSubstitute
9 1 (0.30%) Psake
General
1 47 (14.29%) Finance
2 15 (4.56%) Publishing
3 12 (3.65%) Retail
4 7 (2.13%) Advertising
4 7 (2.13%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.82%) General Ledger
5 6 (1.82%) Legal
6 5 (1.52%) Marketing
7 4 (1.22%) Billing
8 3 (0.91%) Back Office
8 3 (0.91%) Local Government
8 3 (0.91%) Retail Finance
9 2 (0.61%) Banking
9 2 (0.61%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.61%) Law
9 2 (0.61%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.30%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.30%) French Language
10 1 (0.30%) German Language
10 1 (0.30%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 76 (23.10%) Developer
2 45 (13.68%) Analyst
3 34 (10.33%) Architect
4 25 (7.60%) Service Analyst
4 25 (7.60%) Service Desk Analyst
5 23 (6.99%) Consultant
6 17 (5.17%) DevOps Engineer
7 16 (4.86%) C# Developer
8 14 (4.26%) .NET Developer
8 14 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (3.65%) CRM Developer
10 11 (3.34%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 11 (3.34%) Project Manager
11 10 (3.04%) 1st Line Support
11 10 (3.04%) Desktop Support
11 10 (3.04%) IT Analyst
12 9 (2.74%) Administrator
12 9 (2.74%) Data Analyst
13 8 (2.43%) Server Engineer
13 8 (2.43%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (21.58%) .NET
2 30 (9.12%) Web Services
3 27 (8.21%) ASP.NET
4 26 (7.90%) CSS
5 23 (6.99%) HTML
6 19 (5.78%) .NET Framework
7 17 (5.17%) REST
8 16 (4.86%) ASP.NET Web API
8 16 (4.86%) XML
9 14 (4.26%) AngularJS
9 14 (4.26%) jQuery
10 11 (3.34%) SOAP
10 11 (3.34%) WPF
11 9 (2.74%) Node.js
12 8 (2.43%) WinForms
13 7 (2.13%) HTML5
14 6 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
14 6 (1.82%) JSON
14 6 (1.82%) LINQ
14 6 (1.82%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 37 (11.25%) Management Information System
2 24 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (2.74%) Blackberry
4 6 (1.82%) Data Centre
4 6 (1.82%) Virtual Team
5 5 (1.52%) BYOD
5 5 (1.52%) Taxonomies
5 5 (1.52%) User Experience
6 4 (1.22%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.22%) NHS
7 3 (0.91%) Algorithms
7 3 (0.91%) Clustering
7 3 (0.91%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (0.91%) EPoS
7 3 (0.91%) Freedom of Information
7 3 (0.91%) Freedom of Information Act
7 3 (0.91%) iPhone
7 3 (0.91%) PKI
8 2 (0.61%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 112 (34.04%) Windows
2 46 (13.98%) Windows Server
3 37 (11.25%) Windows 7
4 33 (10.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (7.60%) Windows 10
6 24 (7.29%) Linux
7 22 (6.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (2.74%) Windows 8
9 8 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.82%) CentOS
11 5 (1.52%) Apple iOS
11 5 (1.52%) SUSE
12 4 (1.22%) Android
13 3 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.91%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.91%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.30%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.30%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (22.19%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (15.50%) ITIL
3 35 (10.64%) DevOps
4 31 (9.42%) Business Intelligence
5 30 (9.12%) Service Management
6 29 (8.81%) Migration
7 27 (8.21%) Project Management
8 26 (7.90%) MVC
9 22 (6.69%) Scrum
10 21 (6.38%) CRM
11 20 (6.08%) Analytics
12 19 (5.78%) Data Management
12 19 (5.78%) ETL
13 15 (4.56%) PRINCE2
14 14 (4.26%) TDD
15 13 (3.95%) Continuous Improvement
15 13 (3.95%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (3.95%) Data Migration
15 13 (3.95%) SDLC
16 12 (3.65%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 73 (22.19%) SQL
2 63 (19.15%) C#
3 32 (9.73%) JavaScript
4 28 (8.51%) PowerShell
5 14 (4.26%) T-SQL
6 9 (2.74%) C
6 9 (2.74%) Python
7 7 (2.13%) Java
8 6 (1.82%) TypeScript
9 5 (1.52%) VB
9 5 (1.52%) VB.NET
9 5 (1.52%) X++
10 4 (1.22%) VBA
10 4 (1.22%) XPath
11 3 (0.91%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 3 (0.91%) Groovy
11 3 (0.91%) Ruby
11 3 (0.91%) Scala
12 2 (0.61%) VBScript
13 1 (0.30%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 26 (7.90%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (6.69%) Degree
3 20 (6.08%) ITIL Certification
4 19 (5.78%) MCP
5 10 (3.04%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (3.04%) MCSE
6 7 (2.13%) CCNP
7 6 (1.82%) CCDP
7 6 (1.82%) Chartered Engineer
7 6 (1.82%) CISM
7 6 (1.82%) CISSP
7 6 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 6 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (1.52%) CCIE
8 5 (1.52%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.22%) MCITP
10 3 (0.91%) CCNA
10 3 (0.91%) MCTS
10 3 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.17%) SLA
2 8 (2.43%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.82%) GDPR
3 6 (1.82%) PMO
4 3 (0.91%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.61%) QA
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 76 (23.10%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.34%) Microsoft App-V
3 11 (3.34%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (2.74%) XenApp
5 8 (2.43%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.43%) vSphere
6 6 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.82%) XenDesktop
7 4 (1.22%) Docker
8 3 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.30%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 20 (6.08%) SCCM
2 15 (4.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 8 (2.43%) Terraform
4 7 (2.13%) WSUS
5 5 (1.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 5 (1.52%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (1.52%) Packer
5 5 (1.52%) Puppet
6 4 (1.22%) AirWatch
7 3 (0.91%) FlexNet
7 3 (0.91%) Oozie
8 2 (0.61%) SCOM
8 2 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.30%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.30%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.30%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.30%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.30%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.30%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 32 (9.73%) VMware
2 30 (9.12%) Citrix
3 21 (6.38%) Cisco
4 12 (3.65%) HP
4 12 (3.65%) Oracle
5 10 (3.04%) Google
6 9 (2.74%) SAP
7 8 (2.43%) Sitecore
8 7 (2.13%) IronPort
9 6 (1.82%) NetApp
10 5 (1.52%) Capita
10 5 (1.52%) Clearswift
10 5 (1.52%) Intapp
10 5 (1.52%) Ivanti
10 5 (1.52%) Lumension
10 5 (1.52%) McAfee
10 5 (1.52%) Micro Focus
10 5 (1.52%) MobileIron
10 5 (1.52%) MuleSoft
11 4 (1.22%) SnapLogic