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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
North West / Merseyside
Rank 5 4 3
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 38 62 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 11.91% 18.34% 16.71%
As % of the Vendors category 26.95% 34.07% 30.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 44 33
Median daily rate £435 £438 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.57% +84.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £308 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £412
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 3
Median hourly rate £16.18 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.46% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

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 141 182 197
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 44.20% 53.85% 53.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 128 83
Median daily rate £393 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.87% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £250 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 8
Median hourly rate £16.18 £15.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.09% +17.30%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.38 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.81% +11.76%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 0 33 £430 -4.44% 15
Wirral +1 1 £300 - 1
Bootle - 1 £465 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 25 (35.71%) MS Excel
2 24 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (28.57%) Project Management
3 20 (28.57%) .NET
4 19 (27.14%) Windows
5 16 (22.86%) CRM
5 16 (22.86%) Dynamics CRM
6 14 (20.00%) C#
7 13 (18.57%) MS Office
8 12 (17.14%) Visual Studio
8 12 (17.14%) SQL Server
9 11 (15.71%) Finance
9 11 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
10 10 (14.29%) ASP.NET
10 10 (14.29%) SQL
10 10 (14.29%) Active Directory
10 10 (14.29%) Internet
11 9 (12.86%) JavaScript
11 9 (12.86%) SharePoint
11 9 (12.86%) MS Exchange
11 9 (12.86%) Process Improvement
12 8 (11.43%) Waterfall
12 8 (11.43%) MVC
13 7 (10.00%) Management Information System
13 7 (10.00%) ITIL
13 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
13 7 (10.00%) HTML
13 7 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
13 7 (10.00%) SCCM
13 7 (10.00%) Google

Microsoft
Top Related 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 9 (12.86%) MS Exchange
1 9 (12.86%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.29%) CMS
2 3 (4.29%) Sitecore CMS
2 3 (4.29%) Umbraco
2 3 (4.29%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (2.86%) EPiServer
3 2 (2.86%) IIS
4 1 (1.43%) DNN
4 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.43%) Immediacy CMS
4 1 (1.43%) Kentico
4 1 (1.43%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 25 (35.71%) MS Excel
2 13 (18.57%) MS Office
3 6 (8.57%) MS Project
4 5 (7.14%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (4.29%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 16 (22.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.86%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 7 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (7.14%) Office 365
3 3 (4.29%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.43%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 10 (14.29%) Internet
2 6 (8.57%) LAN
3 5 (7.14%) Firewall
3 5 (7.14%) SAN
3 5 (7.14%) WAN
4 4 (5.71%) DNS
4 4 (5.71%) Intranet
5 3 (4.29%) DHCP
5 3 (4.29%) Extranet
5 3 (4.29%) NAS
6 2 (2.86%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.43%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (1.43%) VLAN
7 1 (1.43%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (17.14%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.86%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.43%) EDMS
4 1 (1.43%) EDRMS
4 1 (1.43%) OLAP
4 1 (1.43%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (1.43%) OLTP
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 12 (17.14%) Visual Studio
2 3 (4.29%) Rational Application Developer
2 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
2 3 (4.29%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
3 1 (1.43%) AdminStudio
3 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (15.71%) Finance
2 2 (2.86%) Banking
3 1 (1.43%) Advertising
3 1 (1.43%) Law
3 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.43%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (28.57%) Developer
2 14 (20.00%) Project Manager
3 10 (14.29%) .NET Developer
4 8 (11.43%) Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) Architect
5 5 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) C# .NET Developer
5 5 (7.14%) C# Developer
5 5 (7.14%) Digital Project Manager
5 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Developer
6 4 (5.71%) SharePoint Developer
7 3 (4.29%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (4.29%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
7 3 (4.29%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (4.29%) Cloud Architect
7 3 (4.29%) CRM Developer
7 3 (4.29%) Desktop Support
7 3 (4.29%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 3 (4.29%) SQL Developer
7 3 (4.29%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (28.57%) .NET
2 10 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 7 (10.00%) HTML
4 5 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 5 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC
4 5 (7.14%) jQuery
5 4 (5.71%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (5.71%) CSS
6 3 (4.29%) AngularJS
6 3 (4.29%) J2EE
6 3 (4.29%) Middleware
6 3 (4.29%) WCF
6 3 (4.29%) WF
6 3 (4.29%) XML
7 2 (2.86%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 2 (2.86%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 1 (1.43%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (1.43%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (1.43%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 7 (10.00%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.29%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.29%) User Experience
4 2 (2.86%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.86%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.43%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.43%) BYOD
5 1 (1.43%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.43%) LIMS
5 1 (1.43%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.43%) Tandem
5 1 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 19 (27.14%) Windows
2 6 (8.57%) Windows 7
2 6 (8.57%) Windows Server
2 6 (8.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (7.14%) Linux
3 5 (7.14%) Windows 10
4 4 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (5.71%) Solaris
4 4 (5.71%) Unix
5 3 (4.29%) Data ONTAP
6 2 (2.86%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.43%) Android
7 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (28.57%) Project Management
3 16 (22.86%) CRM
4 9 (12.86%) Process Improvement
5 8 (11.43%) MVC
5 8 (11.43%) Waterfall
6 7 (10.00%) Case Management
6 7 (10.00%) ITIL
6 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
7 6 (8.57%) SOA
7 6 (8.57%) Supplier Management
7 6 (8.57%) Workflow
8 5 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (7.14%) Migration
8 5 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (5.71%) Data Centre Operations
9 4 (5.71%) Enterprise Architecture
9 4 (5.71%) Mobile Device Management
9 4 (5.71%) Scrum
9 4 (5.71%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 14 (20.00%) C#
2 10 (14.29%) SQL
3 9 (12.86%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.86%) PowerShell
4 2 (2.86%) T-SQL
4 2 (2.86%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.43%) C
5 1 (1.43%) Java
5 1 (1.43%) VBA
5 1 (1.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (5.71%) Degree
2 3 (4.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (4.29%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.86%) APMP
3 2 (2.86%) ISEB
3 2 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 2 (2.86%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.71%) QA
2 3 (4.29%) PMO
3 1 (1.43%) GMP
System Software
1 10 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.71%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (1.43%) ISA Server
3 1 (1.43%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (10.00%) SCCM
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.43%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (1.43%) Nagios
3 1 (1.43%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.43%) SCSM
Vendors
1 7 (10.00%) Google
2 5 (7.14%) Cisco
3 4 (5.71%) Dell
3 4 (5.71%) F5
3 4 (5.71%) NetApp
3 4 (5.71%) Red Hat
4 3 (4.29%) Citrix
4 3 (4.29%) EMC
4 3 (4.29%) Nintex
4 3 (4.29%) Sitecore
5 2 (2.86%) Oracle
5 2 (2.86%) VMware
6 1 (1.43%) Acronis
6 1 (1.43%) Alterian
6 1 (1.43%) EqualLogic
6 1 (1.43%) HP
6 1 (1.43%) IBM
6 1 (1.43%) Remedy
6 1 (1.43%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.43%) Wyse
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