The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / North East
Rank 10 14 4
Rank change year-on-year +4 -10  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 101 78 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 13.74% 8.98% 14.38%
As % of the Vendors category 29.36% 21.02% 32.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 55 47
Median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £231 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 6
Median hourly rate £12.50 £13.50 £11.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.40% +14.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £10.94 £10.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.80 £16.64 £19.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 the North East.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 344 371 279
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 46.80% 42.69% 44.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 253 145
Median daily rate £388 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -2.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £257 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 17
Median hourly rate £14.75 £13.50 £11.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.25% +19.41%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.57 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £18.00 £24.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the North East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North East region over the 3 months to 24 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
Tyne and Wear +2 74 £375 +7.14% 28
Durham -2 13 £333 -24.43% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 24 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 North East region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 189 (55.43%) Windows
2 149 (43.70%) MS Excel
3 105 (30.79%) ITIL
4 102 (29.91%) Active Directory
5 93 (27.27%) Security Cleared
6 79 (23.17%) SQL
7 76 (22.29%) SC Cleared
7 76 (22.29%) Agile Software Development
8 72 (21.11%) .NET
9 68 (19.94%) DNS
10 67 (19.65%) DHCP
11 66 (19.35%) Windows Server
12 65 (19.06%) SQL Server
13 64 (18.77%) C#
14 63 (18.48%) DevOps
15 60 (17.60%) Analytical Skills
16 57 (16.72%) MS PowerPoint
17 50 (14.66%) Linux
17 50 (14.66%) Unix
18 49 (14.37%) Change Management
19 47 (13.78%) Windows 7
20 46 (13.49%) MS Office
21 44 (12.90%) SharePoint
22 43 (12.61%) AIX
23 42 (12.32%) VMware
23 42 (12.32%) PRINCE2
23 42 (12.32%) Open Source
23 42 (12.32%) Data Management
23 42 (12.32%) SCCM
24 41 (12.02%) SaaS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North East 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 44 (12.90%) SharePoint
2 32 (9.38%) MS Exchange
2 32 (9.38%) WebSphere
3 29 (8.50%) Skype for Business
4 24 (7.04%) SharePoint 2010
5 22 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (5.57%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (5.28%) SharePoint 2013
8 15 (4.40%) Office Communications Server
9 10 (2.93%) IIS
10 9 (2.64%) SAS
11 8 (2.35%) CMS
11 8 (2.35%) Sitecore CMS
11 8 (2.35%) WebLogic
12 5 (1.47%) GeoServer
13 4 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (1.17%) Oracle Application Server
13 4 (1.17%) Tuxedo
14 3 (0.88%) Apache
14 3 (0.88%) MQSeries
Applications
1 149 (43.70%) MS Excel
2 57 (16.72%) MS PowerPoint
3 46 (13.49%) MS Office
4 7 (2.05%) MS Visio
5 6 (1.76%) MS Project
6 2 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (2.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.29%) OpenText MBPM
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 41 (12.02%) IaaS
1 41 (12.02%) PaaS
1 41 (12.02%) SaaS
2 32 (9.38%) Office 365
3 13 (3.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (1.17%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.88%) Google App Engine
6 3 (0.88%) Yammer
7 1 (0.29%) GitHub
7 1 (0.29%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 68 (19.94%) DNS
2 67 (19.65%) DHCP
3 31 (9.09%) LAN
4 28 (8.21%) TCP/IP
5 25 (7.33%) WAN
6 24 (7.04%) Skype
7 18 (5.28%) Intranet
8 16 (4.69%) LDAP
9 11 (3.23%) Internet
10 8 (2.35%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (1.76%) 3G
11 6 (1.76%) FTP
11 6 (1.76%) SSL
11 6 (1.76%) VPN
12 5 (1.47%) Firewall
12 5 (1.47%) HTTP
12 5 (1.47%) SAN
13 3 (0.88%) IPsec
13 3 (0.88%) Kerberos
13 3 (0.88%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (19.06%) SQL Server
2 28 (8.21%) Relational Database
3 18 (5.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (4.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (4.11%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (4.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 13 (3.81%) MongoDB
6 13 (3.81%) Oracle Reports
7 11 (3.23%) DB2
7 11 (3.23%) Oracle Database
8 8 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (2.05%) GIS
9 7 (2.05%) OLAP
10 6 (1.76%) Ingres
11 5 (1.47%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (1.47%) OLAP Cube
11 5 (1.47%) QlikView
11 5 (1.47%) SAP BW
11 5 (1.47%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (2.64%) Visual Studio
2 8 (2.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.17%) MSI
4 3 (0.88%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.88%) Travis CI
5 2 (0.59%) NMock
5 2 (0.59%) WiX
6 1 (0.29%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.29%) MSTest
6 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 36 (10.56%) Finance
2 20 (5.87%) Advertising
3 7 (2.05%) Publishing
4 4 (1.17%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.88%) Legal
6 2 (0.59%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.29%) Banking
7 1 (0.29%) Electronics
7 1 (0.29%) Games
7 1 (0.29%) Marketing
7 1 (0.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 84 (24.63%) Developer
2 43 (12.61%) Support Engineer
3 37 (10.85%) .NET Developer
4 31 (9.09%) Analyst
5 29 (8.50%) Sitecore Developer
6 28 (8.21%) Architect
7 27 (7.92%) Administrator
8 21 (6.16%) DBA
8 21 (6.16%) Operations Engineer
9 20 (5.87%) Migration Engineer
9 20 (5.87%) Solutions Architect
10 18 (5.28%) Consultant
10 18 (5.28%) Infrastructure Architect
11 16 (4.69%) Senior Operations Engineer
11 16 (4.69%) Support Analyst
12 14 (4.11%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
12 14 (4.11%) Messaging Support
12 14 (4.11%) Project Manager
13 12 (3.52%) Desktop Support
13 12 (3.52%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (21.11%) .NET
2 36 (10.56%) ASP.NET
3 16 (4.69%) XML
4 14 (4.11%) HTML
5 13 (3.81%) .NET Framework
6 12 (3.52%) CSS
7 10 (2.93%) jQuery
8 7 (2.05%) Entity Framework
8 7 (2.05%) SignalR
9 6 (1.76%) AngularJS
9 6 (1.76%) Java EE
9 6 (1.76%) Web Services
10 5 (1.47%) Ajax
10 5 (1.47%) LINQ
10 5 (1.47%) Middleware
10 5 (1.47%) REST
10 5 (1.47%) SOAP
10 5 (1.47%) WPF
11 4 (1.17%) HTML5
11 4 (1.17%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 60 (17.60%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (9.68%) Data Centre
3 28 (8.21%) Management Information System
4 24 (7.04%) Private Cloud
5 11 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 11 (3.23%) Tandem
6 7 (2.05%) Blackberry
7 6 (1.76%) Fat Client
7 6 (1.76%) Thin Client
8 5 (1.47%) Clustering
9 4 (1.17%) Replication
10 3 (0.88%) PKI
11 2 (0.59%) FlexPod
12 1 (0.29%) AS400
12 1 (0.29%) Driving Licence
12 1 (0.29%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.29%) Freedom of Information
12 1 (0.29%) iSeries
12 1 (0.29%) Video Conferencing
12 1 (0.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 189 (55.43%) Windows
2 66 (19.35%) Windows Server
3 50 (14.66%) Linux
3 50 (14.66%) Unix
4 47 (13.78%) Windows 7
5 43 (12.61%) AIX
6 41 (12.02%) Windows XP
7 28 (8.21%) Windows 2000
8 26 (7.62%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (7.62%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (3.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (3.52%) Windows 8
11 10 (2.93%) Android
12 9 (2.64%) Apple iOS
13 8 (2.35%) Windows 10
14 7 (2.05%) Solaris
15 6 (1.76%) VME
16 3 (0.88%) OS/390
16 3 (0.88%) zOS
17 2 (0.59%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (30.79%) ITIL
2 76 (22.29%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (18.48%) DevOps
4 49 (14.37%) Change Management
5 42 (12.32%) Data Management
5 42 (12.32%) Open Source
5 42 (12.32%) PRINCE2
6 41 (12.02%) Service Management
7 37 (10.85%) Migration
8 36 (10.56%) MVC
8 36 (10.56%) Scrum
9 35 (10.26%) Problem Management
10 33 (9.68%) ITSM
11 30 (8.80%) TDD
12 28 (8.21%) Operational Acceptance Testing
13 24 (7.04%) Network Design
14 23 (6.74%) Continuous Improvement
14 23 (6.74%) Project Management
14 23 (6.74%) Virtual Environments
14 23 (6.74%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 79 (23.17%) SQL
2 64 (18.77%) C#
3 31 (9.09%) PowerShell
4 30 (8.80%) JavaScript
5 15 (4.40%) T-SQL
5 15 (4.40%) VB
6 11 (3.23%) Java
7 10 (2.93%) VB.NET
8 8 (2.35%) C
9 7 (2.05%) COBOL
10 4 (1.17%) VB6
10 4 (1.17%) VBScript
11 2 (0.59%) C++
11 2 (0.59%) Perl
11 2 (0.59%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.29%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.29%) X++
12 1 (0.29%) XPath
Qualifications
1 93 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 76 (22.29%) SC Cleared
3 22 (6.45%) Degree
4 17 (4.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (4.69%) BPSS Clearance
6 11 (3.23%) MCSE
7 4 (1.17%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.17%) ECDL
7 4 (1.17%) MCSA
8 3 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (0.59%) IBM Certification
9 2 (0.59%) MCP
9 2 (0.59%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.29%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.29%) ISEB
10 1 (0.29%) MCDST
10 1 (0.29%) MCTS
10 1 (0.29%) PMP
10 1 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (10.26%) SLA
2 14 (4.11%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (1.76%) PMO
4 2 (0.59%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.29%) QA
System Software
1 102 (29.91%) Active Directory
2 26 (7.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (6.16%) Microsoft App-V
3 21 (6.16%) XenApp
4 16 (4.69%) Hyper-V
5 9 (2.64%) XenDesktop
5 9 (2.64%) XenServer
6 3 (0.88%) Oracle Clusterware
6 3 (0.88%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.88%) Xen
7 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.29%) Firmware
8 1 (0.29%) KVM
8 1 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.29%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.29%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 42 (12.32%) SCCM
2 18 (5.28%) HP SiteScope
3 14 (4.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (1.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (1.47%) Oracle RMAN
6 4 (1.17%) Backup Exec
6 4 (1.17%) Data Guard
6 4 (1.17%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (1.17%) Puppet
6 4 (1.17%) WSUS
7 2 (0.59%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.59%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.59%) SCOM
7 2 (0.59%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.59%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.29%) PureDisk
8 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 42 (12.32%) VMware
2 33 (9.68%) Sitecore
3 28 (8.21%) Oracle
4 26 (7.62%) Citrix
5 19 (5.57%) AppSense
6 12 (3.52%) Cisco
7 9 (2.64%) HP
7 9 (2.64%) SAP
7 9 (2.64%) ThinPrint
8 8 (2.35%) IBM
8 8 (2.35%) Symantec
9 7 (2.05%) Trend Micro
10 4 (1.17%) Google
10 4 (1.17%) Informatica
10 4 (1.17%) Lotus
11 3 (0.88%) CA
11 3 (0.88%) EMC
11 3 (0.88%) NetApp
11 3 (0.88%) ProCurve
11 3 (0.88%) Red Hat
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