The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 22 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 / Merseyside
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 9 2
Rank change year-on-year -8 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 31 41 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 9.34% 12.35% 17.05%
As % of the Vendors category 24.03% 24.12% 31.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 12 24
Median daily rate £350 £301 £256
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.18% +17.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £275 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £443 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £337
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 7
Median hourly rate £16.09 £14.17 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.54% -2.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.02 £12.49 £12.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £14.34 £16.74
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 Merseyside.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 129 170 212
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 38.86% 51.20% 54.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 86 76
Median daily rate £363 £375 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +20.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £275 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 10
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -9.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.18 £14.34 £51.67
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 Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Merseyside.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Merseyside

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Merseyside over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Merseyside

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Merseyside.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Merseyside

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 22 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
Liverpool -4 25 £325 +15.04% 10
Southport -1 2 £381 +12.96% 1
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 22 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 21 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (29.41%) CRM
3 19 (27.94%) Dynamics CRM
4 18 (26.47%) Windows
5 16 (23.53%) .NET
6 14 (20.59%) Active Directory
7 13 (19.12%) Project Management
7 13 (19.12%) C#
8 12 (17.65%) SCCM
9 11 (16.18%) Migration
10 10 (14.71%) JavaScript
10 10 (14.71%) SQL Server
10 10 (14.71%) Security Cleared
11 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared
11 9 (13.24%) Process Improvement
11 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Office
11 9 (13.24%) SQL
11 9 (13.24%) Finance
11 9 (13.24%) Windows Server
12 8 (11.76%) HTML
12 8 (11.76%) Waterfall
13 7 (10.29%) Windows 10
13 7 (10.29%) .NET Framework
13 7 (10.29%) CSS
13 7 (10.29%) MS Exchange
13 7 (10.29%) Internet
13 7 (10.29%) MVC
14 6 (8.82%) Management Information System
14 6 (8.82%) Scrum
14 6 (8.82%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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 7 (10.29%) MS Exchange
2 4 (5.88%) CMS
2 4 (5.88%) SharePoint
2 4 (5.88%) Sitecore CMS
2 4 (5.88%) Umbraco
3 3 (4.41%) IIS
4 2 (2.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.47%) EPiServer
5 1 (1.47%) OpenROAD
5 1 (1.47%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (8.82%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 19 (27.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.47%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 6 (8.82%) Office 365
2 2 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.94%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (2.94%) G Suite
2 2 (2.94%) IaaS
2 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.47%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.29%) Internet
2 4 (5.88%) DNS
3 3 (4.41%) DHCP
3 3 (4.41%) LAN
4 2 (2.94%) Firewall
4 2 (2.94%) Intranet
4 2 (2.94%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.94%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.47%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.47%) DSL
5 1 (1.47%) iSCSI
5 1 (1.47%) MPLS
5 1 (1.47%) NAS
5 1 (1.47%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.47%) SAN
5 1 (1.47%) Structured Cabling
5 1 (1.47%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (4.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (4.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.94%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.94%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.94%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.94%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.47%) EDMS
5 1 (1.47%) EDRMS
5 1 (1.47%) Ingres
5 1 (1.47%) MySQL
5 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (8.82%) Visual Studio
2 3 (4.41%) AdminStudio
2 3 (4.41%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (2.94%) JIRA
4 1 (1.47%) Subversion
General
1 9 (13.24%) Finance
2 3 (4.41%) Banking
3 2 (2.94%) Law
3 2 (2.94%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.94%) Retail
4 1 (1.47%) Advertising
4 1 (1.47%) Legal
4 1 (1.47%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (25.00%) Developer
2 11 (16.18%) Project Manager
3 10 (14.71%) Analyst
4 9 (13.24%) .NET Developer
5 5 (7.35%) Business Analyst
5 5 (7.35%) C# Developer
5 5 (7.35%) Digital Project Manager
5 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Developer
6 4 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (5.88%) C# .NET Developer
6 4 (5.88%) CRM Developer
6 4 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 3 (4.41%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (4.41%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 3 (4.41%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (4.41%) Active Directory Support
7 3 (4.41%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 3 (4.41%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Exchange Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (23.53%) .NET
2 8 (11.76%) HTML
3 7 (10.29%) .NET Framework
3 7 (10.29%) CSS
4 5 (7.35%) ASP.NET
4 5 (7.35%) jQuery
5 4 (5.88%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (4.41%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (4.41%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 3 (4.41%) Entity Framework
6 3 (4.41%) WCF
6 3 (4.41%) Web Services
7 2 (2.94%) LINQ
7 2 (2.94%) LINQ to SQL
7 2 (2.94%) SAML
7 2 (2.94%) XML
8 1 (1.47%) Autofac
8 1 (1.47%) HTML5
8 1 (1.47%) JSON
8 1 (1.47%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (8.82%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.41%) Mobile App
2 3 (4.41%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.94%) Algorithms
3 2 (2.94%) Blackberry
3 2 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.94%) LIMS
4 1 (1.47%) BYOD
4 1 (1.47%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (1.47%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 18 (26.47%) Windows
2 9 (13.24%) Windows Server
3 7 (10.29%) Windows 10
4 5 (7.35%) Windows 7
5 4 (5.88%) Android
5 4 (5.88%) Apple iOS
6 3 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (4.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.94%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.47%) Linux
8 1 (1.47%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.47%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (29.41%) CRM
3 13 (19.12%) Project Management
4 11 (16.18%) Migration
5 9 (13.24%) Process Improvement
6 8 (11.76%) Waterfall
7 7 (10.29%) MVC
8 6 (8.82%) Application Virtualisation
8 6 (8.82%) Scrum
8 6 (8.82%) Task Automation
9 5 (7.35%) Case Management
9 5 (7.35%) ITIL
9 5 (7.35%) PRINCE2
9 5 (7.35%) Service Management
9 5 (7.35%) Supplier Management
9 5 (7.35%) Workflow
10 4 (5.88%) Mobile Device Management
10 4 (5.88%) OO
10 4 (5.88%) Validation
11 3 (4.41%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 13 (19.12%) C#
2 10 (14.71%) JavaScript
3 9 (13.24%) SQL
4 5 (7.35%) PowerShell
5 3 (4.41%) VBScript
6 1 (1.47%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (14.71%) Security Cleared
2 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.41%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.94%) APMP
4 2 (2.94%) ISEB
4 2 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.47%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (1.47%) Degree
5 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.88%) QA
2 2 (2.94%) GMP
3 1 (1.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (20.59%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.82%) XenApp
3 3 (4.41%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.47%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (17.65%) SCCM
2 3 (4.41%) SCOrch
2 3 (4.41%) SCSM
3 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.47%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.47%) vCenter Server
4 1 (1.47%) vMotion
4 1 (1.47%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (5.88%) Sitecore
1 4 (5.88%) VMware
2 3 (4.41%) Altiris
2 3 (4.41%) Citrix
2 3 (4.41%) Google
2 3 (4.41%) Wyse
3 2 (2.94%) Acronis
3 2 (2.94%) Apple
3 2 (2.94%) HP
3 2 (2.94%) Oracle
3 2 (2.94%) Veeam
4 1 (1.47%) Cisco
4 1 (1.47%) Dell
4 1 (1.47%) IBM
4 1 (1.47%) Meraki
4 1 (1.47%) NETGEAR
4 1 (1.47%) SonicWALL
4 1 (1.47%) Xamarin