Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 11 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 -4 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 56 72 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 11.50% 12.04% 12.63%
As % of the Vendors category 31.46% 23.38% 24.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 38 51
Merseyside median daily rate £338 £356 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +18.75% -14.29%
10th Percentile £158 £300 £128
90th Percentile £523 £538 £475
North West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 13 5
Merseyside median hourly rate £13.00 £14.34 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.34% -1.10% +23.40%
10th Percentile £11.50 £12.75 £13.40
90th Percentile £14.50 £18.40 £17.65
North West median hourly rate £14.75 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -7.81% - +6.67%

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 Merseyside.

All Vendors
Merseyside
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 178 308 402
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 36.55% 51.51% 51.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 158 174
Merseyside median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £172 £271 £164
90th Percentile £584 £522 £513
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 16 10
Merseyside median hourly rate £13.00 £14.34 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.34% -18.06% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.38 £13.90
90th Percentile £19.75 £19.36 £23.75
North West median hourly rate £16.10 £18.13 £17.42
% change year-on-year -11.20% +4.05% +8.88%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Merseyside.

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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
Liverpool +1 45 £350 -3.45% 7
Southport +5 4 £363 -19.22% 1
Wirral +3 1 £220 -33.33%
St Helens - 1 £300 -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 30 (53.57%) Windows
2 18 (32.14%) Active Directory
3 17 (30.36%) Windows Server
4 14 (25.00%) Android
4 14 (25.00%) Apple iOS
5 10 (17.86%) Finance
5 10 (17.86%) Microsoft Excel
5 10 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (17.86%) SCCM
6 9 (16.07%) Web Services
6 9 (16.07%) VMware
7 8 (14.29%) SQL Server
7 8 (14.29%) DNS
7 8 (14.29%) Security Cleared
7 8 (14.29%) PowerShell
7 8 (14.29%) JSON
7 8 (14.29%) REST
7 8 (14.29%) SC Cleared
8 7 (12.50%) XenApp
8 7 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (12.50%) HTML
8 7 (12.50%) CSS
8 7 (12.50%) Migration
8 7 (12.50%) Web Design
8 7 (12.50%) Windows 10
9 6 (10.71%) Adaptive Web Design
9 6 (10.71%) Microsoft App-V
9 6 (10.71%) JSP
9 6 (10.71%) Servlets

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 6 (10.71%) MS Exchange
2 3 (5.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (3.57%) IIS
4 1 (1.79%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (17.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (10.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (7.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.79%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (1.79%) Infor LN
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.93%) Google Drive
2 4 (7.14%) Office 365
3 1 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.79%) G Suite
3 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (14.29%) DNS
2 5 (8.93%) DHCP
2 5 (8.93%) LAN
3 4 (7.14%) NetScaler
3 4 (7.14%) SAN
3 4 (7.14%) SSL
4 3 (5.36%) Firewall
4 3 (5.36%) WAN
4 3 (5.36%) Wireless
5 2 (3.57%) Internet
5 2 (3.57%) VLAN
5 2 (3.57%) VoIP
5 2 (3.57%) VPN
5 2 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.79%) Intranet
6 1 (1.79%) iSCSI
6 1 (1.79%) NAS
6 1 (1.79%) PABX
6 1 (1.79%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (8.93%) Power BI
3 5 (8.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (7.14%) Relational Database
5 3 (5.36%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (5.36%) MongoDB
5 3 (5.36%) NoSQL
5 3 (5.36%) PowerPivot
5 3 (5.36%) SAP Data Services
6 2 (3.57%) MySQL
6 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.79%) QlikView
7 1 (1.79%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (10.71%) JIRA
2 2 (3.57%) AdminStudio
2 2 (3.57%) Subversion
2 2 (3.57%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (17.86%) Finance
2 4 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 4 (7.14%) Marketing
3 3 (5.36%) Banking
4 2 (3.57%) Law
4 2 (3.57%) Publishing
4 2 (3.57%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.79%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.79%) Legal
5 1 (1.79%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (19.64%) Analyst
2 9 (16.07%) Architect
2 9 (16.07%) Developer
3 8 (14.29%) Digital Architect
3 8 (14.29%) Support Analyst
4 5 (8.93%) Consultant
5 4 (7.14%) .NET Developer
5 4 (7.14%) 1st Line Support
5 4 (7.14%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 4 (7.14%) IT Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) IT Support
5 4 (7.14%) IT Support Analyst
6 3 (5.36%) .NET Software Developer
6 3 (5.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 3 (5.36%) Security Engineer
6 3 (5.36%) Server Engineer
6 3 (5.36%) Software Developer
6 3 (5.36%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.36%) User Experience Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (16.07%) Web Services
2 8 (14.29%) JSON
2 8 (14.29%) REST
3 7 (12.50%) CSS
3 7 (12.50%) HTML
4 6 (10.71%) .NET
4 6 (10.71%) Java EE
4 6 (10.71%) JSF
4 6 (10.71%) JSP
4 6 (10.71%) Servlets
5 4 (7.14%) XML
6 3 (5.36%) SAML
7 2 (3.57%) .NET Framework
7 2 (3.57%) Autofac
7 2 (3.57%) Hibernate
7 2 (3.57%) jQuery
7 2 (3.57%) SOAP
7 2 (3.57%) Spring
7 2 (3.57%) XSD
8 1 (1.79%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.93%) Fat Client
2 5 (8.93%) Smartphone
2 5 (8.93%) Thin Client
2 5 (8.93%) User Experience
3 3 (5.36%) Virtual Team
4 2 (3.57%) Credit Risk
4 2 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (3.57%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.57%) Social Media
5 1 (1.79%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.79%) Life Science
5 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (1.79%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 30 (53.57%) Windows
2 17 (30.36%) Windows Server
3 14 (25.00%) Android
3 14 (25.00%) Apple iOS
4 10 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (12.50%) Windows 10
5 7 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (7.14%) Windows 7
6 4 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (5.36%) Linux
8 2 (3.57%) Unix
9 1 (1.79%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.79%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (12.50%) Migration
1 7 (12.50%) Web Design
2 6 (10.71%) Adaptive Web Design
2 6 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
3 5 (8.93%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (8.93%) Facilities Management
3 5 (8.93%) Incident Management
4 4 (7.14%) Application Packaging
4 4 (7.14%) Application Virtualisation
4 4 (7.14%) Capacity Management
4 4 (7.14%) ITIL
4 4 (7.14%) Scrum
4 4 (7.14%) Service Management
5 3 (5.36%) Analytics
5 3 (5.36%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (5.36%) Data Migration
5 3 (5.36%) Enterprise Architecture
5 3 (5.36%) MVC
5 3 (5.36%) Project Management
6 2 (3.57%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 6 (10.71%) C#
2 6 (10.71%) Java
3 5 (8.93%) SQL
4 2 (3.57%) C
4 2 (3.57%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.57%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.57%) VBScript
5 1 (1.79%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 1 (1.79%) Embedded C
5 1 (1.79%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 8 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 3 (5.36%) CTC Cleared
2 3 (5.36%) Degree
3 2 (3.57%) MCSA
3 2 (3.57%) MCSE
3 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.79%) MCITP
4 1 (1.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.57%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.79%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (32.14%) Active Directory
2 7 (12.50%) XenApp
3 6 (10.71%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (7.14%) XenDesktop
5 3 (5.36%) Hyper-V
6 2 (3.57%) BitLocker
6 2 (3.57%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (17.86%) SCCM
2 4 (7.14%) AppDNA
2 4 (7.14%) WSUS
3 3 (5.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.79%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.79%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.79%) vMotion
Vendors
1 9 (16.07%) VMware
2 6 (10.71%) Apple
2 6 (10.71%) Citrix
2 6 (10.71%) Google
3 5 (8.93%) HP
4 4 (7.14%) AppSense
4 4 (7.14%) Cisco
4 4 (7.14%) Oracle
5 3 (5.36%) SAP
5 3 (5.36%) Veeam
6 2 (3.57%) Altiris
6 2 (3.57%) Meraki
6 2 (3.57%) Wyse
7 1 (1.79%) Dell
7 1 (1.79%) Infor
7 1 (1.79%) Juniper
7 1 (1.79%) NETGEAR
7 1 (1.79%) Sage
7 1 (1.79%) SonicWALL
7 1 (1.79%) Xamarin