Period
to 10 July 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 10 July 2020 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
England > North West
6 months to
10 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 7 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 350 626 703
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 13.64% 11.72% 11.41%
As % of the Vendors category 29.29% 29.31% 28.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 415 400
Median daily rate £350 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.66% +10.67% -
10th Percentile £171 £200 £158
90th Percentile £544 £595 £550
England median daily rate £443 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +4.12% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 46 90
Median hourly rate £19.17 £17.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.51% +20.69% -9.38%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £10.75
90th Percentile £41.37 £43.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.13 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +13.28% +0.88% +5.73%

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 the North West.

All Vendors
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,195 2,136 2,500
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 46.57% 39.98% 40.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 707 1,370 1,446
Median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £230 £235
90th Percentile £638 £600 £588
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 90 145
Median hourly rate £20.50 £20.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.23% +15.71% +9.38%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.75 £53.08 £50.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.53% +8.57% +1.04%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 10 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 10 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 10 July 2020. 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
Manchester +7 174 £350 -16.67% 117
Cheshire -5 56 £375 -11.76% 47
Merseyside -1 39 £356 -10.94% 15
Lancashire -5 36 £325 -18.75% 14
Cumbria +3 30 £190 -47.59% 4
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 10 July 2020, 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 North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 136 (38.86%) Windows
2 96 (27.43%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (27.43%) Azure
3 91 (26.00%) Active Directory
4 80 (22.86%) Office 365
5 67 (19.14%) Windows 10
6 66 (18.86%) Security Cleared
7 56 (16.00%) SQL
8 55 (15.71%) Windows Server
9 52 (14.86%) SC Cleared
10 51 (14.57%) Migration
11 50 (14.29%) VMware
11 50 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
12 49 (14.00%) Microsoft Excel
12 49 (14.00%) Agile Software Development
13 48 (13.71%) Problem-Solving
14 47 (13.43%) PowerShell
14 47 (13.43%) ITIL
15 46 (13.14%) Business Intelligence
16 42 (12.00%) SQL Server
17 41 (11.71%) Finance
18 40 (11.43%) Power Platform
19 39 (11.14%) SCCM
20 38 (10.86%) MS Exchange
21 33 (9.43%) .NET
22 31 (8.86%) Project Management
22 31 (8.86%) C#
22 31 (8.86%) VMware Infrastructure
23 30 (8.57%) SharePoint
23 30 (8.57%) DNS

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 38 (10.86%) MS Exchange
2 30 (8.57%) SharePoint
3 14 (4.00%) Skype for Business
4 10 (2.86%) IIS
5 9 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (2.29%) CMS
6 8 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.43%) Apache
8 5 (1.43%) Office Communications Server
9 3 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.86%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.57%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.57%) Jetty
10 2 (0.57%) Mongrel
10 2 (0.57%) nginx
10 2 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.57%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.57%) WordPress
Applications
1 96 (27.43%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (14.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (6.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (4.86%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (2.86%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.29%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.86%) Line 500
3 2 (0.57%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.29%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.29%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 96 (27.43%) Azure
2 80 (22.86%) Office 365
3 40 (11.43%) Power Platform
4 25 (7.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (5.43%) AWS
6 14 (4.00%) PaaS
7 12 (3.43%) Dynamics 365
8 9 (2.57%) OneDrive
9 8 (2.29%) IaaS
10 7 (2.00%) Azure Data Factory
10 7 (2.00%) PowerApps
10 7 (2.00%) SaaS
11 5 (1.43%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.14%) Logic Apps
12 4 (1.14%) Serverless
13 3 (0.86%) Yammer
14 2 (0.57%) Datadog
14 2 (0.57%) GCP
14 2 (0.57%) Mimecast
14 2 (0.57%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 30 (8.57%) DNS
2 28 (8.00%) Skype
3 20 (5.71%) WAN
4 19 (5.43%) DHCP
5 18 (5.14%) Firewall
6 15 (4.29%) LAN
7 13 (3.71%) VoIP
8 12 (3.43%) TCP/IP
9 11 (3.14%) SAN
10 8 (2.29%) Internet
10 8 (2.29%) MPLS
10 8 (2.29%) VPN
11 5 (1.43%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (1.43%) DMZ
11 5 (1.43%) Intranet
11 5 (1.43%) Reverse Proxy
11 5 (1.43%) SMTP
11 5 (1.43%) VLAN
12 4 (1.14%) SSL
12 4 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 23 (6.57%) Data Warehouse
2 23 (6.57%) Power BI
3 12 (3.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (2.86%) Big Data
4 10 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (2.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.43%) QlikView
8 5 (1.43%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (1.14%) Data Lake
9 4 (1.14%) Hadoop
9 4 (1.14%) NoSQL
9 4 (1.14%) Oracle Database
9 4 (1.14%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.00%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.14%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.14%) MSI
3 3 (0.86%) Hudson
3 3 (0.86%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.57%) ERwin
4 2 (0.57%) Subversion
4 2 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.57%) Travis CI
5 1 (0.29%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.29%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.29%) JMeter
5 1 (0.29%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.29%) TeamCity
General
1 41 (11.71%) Finance
2 29 (8.29%) Public Sector
3 13 (3.71%) Manufacturing
4 10 (2.86%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.29%) Marketing
6 7 (2.00%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (1.71%) Law
7 6 (1.71%) Retail
8 5 (1.43%) Electronics
8 5 (1.43%) Local Government
9 3 (0.86%) Banking
10 2 (0.57%) Billing
10 2 (0.57%) Legal
11 1 (0.29%) Back Office
11 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 57 (16.29%) Analyst
2 51 (14.57%) Developer
3 32 (9.14%) Architect
4 18 (5.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 17 (4.86%) Project Manager
6 16 (4.57%) Service Analyst
7 15 (4.29%) Consultant
7 15 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
8 14 (4.00%) Desktop Support
9 13 (3.71%) Business Analyst
10 12 (3.43%) 2nd Line Support
10 12 (3.43%) Service Desk Analyst
11 11 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
11 11 (3.14%) Support Engineer
12 10 (2.86%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 8 (2.29%) 1st Line Support
13 8 (2.29%) Support Analyst
14 7 (2.00%) Desktop Engineer
14 7 (2.00%) Infrastructure Architect
14 7 (2.00%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (9.43%) .NET
2 12 (3.43%) HTML
3 11 (3.14%) ASP.NET
4 8 (2.29%) CSS
5 6 (1.71%) XML
6 5 (1.43%) .NET Framework
6 5 (1.43%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (1.43%) jQuery
6 5 (1.43%) RESTful
6 5 (1.43%) Web Services
7 4 (1.14%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (1.14%) CGI
7 4 (1.14%) HTML5
7 4 (1.14%) LDAP
7 4 (1.14%) React
7 4 (1.14%) SAML
7 4 (1.14%) SOAP
8 3 (0.86%) .NET Core
8 3 (0.86%) ASP.NET Core
8 3 (0.86%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 50 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (4.57%) Management Information System
3 14 (4.00%) Data Centre
3 14 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (3.43%) NHS
5 8 (2.29%) Clustering
6 7 (2.00%) Blackberry
7 5 (1.43%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.43%) Robotics
8 4 (1.14%) Handset
8 4 (1.14%) Mainframe
8 4 (1.14%) User Experience
9 3 (0.86%) Cloud Native
9 3 (0.86%) Enterprise Storage
9 3 (0.86%) iPhone
9 3 (0.86%) Social Media
9 3 (0.86%) TM Forum
10 2 (0.57%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.57%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 136 (38.86%) Windows
2 67 (19.14%) Windows 10
3 55 (15.71%) Windows Server
4 26 (7.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (6.86%) Linux
6 20 (5.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 19 (5.43%) Windows 7
8 15 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (2.57%) Unix
10 8 (2.29%) Windows Server 2019
11 5 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.14%) Android
12 4 (1.14%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.14%) Solaris
12 4 (1.14%) SUSE
13 1 (0.29%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.29%) VME
13 1 (0.29%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.29%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (14.57%) Migration
2 49 (14.00%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (13.71%) Problem-Solving
4 47 (13.43%) ITIL
5 46 (13.14%) Business Intelligence
6 31 (8.86%) Project Management
7 26 (7.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 23 (6.57%) Problem Management
9 22 (6.29%) DevOps
9 22 (6.29%) Service Management
10 20 (5.71%) Analytics
11 19 (5.43%) PRINCE2
12 17 (4.86%) Change Management
13 16 (4.57%) Data Migration
13 16 (4.57%) Workflow
14 15 (4.29%) Risk Management
14 15 (4.29%) Service Delivery
15 14 (4.00%) Information Management
16 13 (3.71%) Continuous Integration
16 13 (3.71%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 56 (16.00%) SQL
2 47 (13.43%) PowerShell
3 31 (8.86%) C#
4 14 (4.00%) JavaScript
5 12 (3.43%) VB
6 10 (2.86%) Java
6 10 (2.86%) Python
6 10 (2.86%) T-SQL
7 8 (2.29%) C
7 8 (2.29%) Ruby
8 7 (2.00%) VBA
9 6 (1.71%) VBScript
10 5 (1.43%) C++
11 3 (0.86%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.86%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 2 (0.57%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.29%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.29%) R
13 1 (0.29%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 66 (18.86%) Security Cleared
2 52 (14.86%) SC Cleared
3 13 (3.71%) Degree
4 12 (3.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 9 (2.57%) MCP
7 8 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (1.43%) DBS Check
8 5 (1.43%) Postgraduate
9 4 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.14%) MCSE
10 3 (0.86%) CISM
10 3 (0.86%) CISSP
10 3 (0.86%) MCITP
10 3 (0.86%) MCSA
10 3 (0.86%) MCTS
10 3 (0.86%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.57%) CEH
11 2 (0.57%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.57%) SLA
2 9 (2.57%) GDPR
3 6 (1.71%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.71%) QA
4 5 (1.43%) PMO
5 3 (0.86%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.57%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.29%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.29%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.29%) NCSC
System Software
1 91 (26.00%) Active Directory
2 31 (8.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (4.29%) Hyper-V
4 12 (3.43%) XenApp
5 6 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (1.71%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (1.71%) vSphere
6 5 (1.43%) Docker
7 4 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.14%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.86%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.86%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (0.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.57%) Xen
10 1 (0.29%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 39 (11.14%) SCCM
2 25 (7.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (4.00%) SCOM
4 6 (1.71%) NetBackup
4 6 (1.71%) WSUS
5 5 (1.43%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
5 5 (1.43%) Puppet
5 5 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.14%) SCOrch
6 4 (1.14%) vCenter Server
7 3 (0.86%) Ansible
7 3 (0.86%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (0.86%) vRealize
8 2 (0.57%) DameWare
8 2 (0.57%) HP SIM
8 2 (0.57%) Jamf Pro
8 2 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.57%) SafeCom
8 2 (0.57%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 50 (14.29%) VMware
2 26 (7.43%) Citrix
3 23 (6.57%) Cisco
4 21 (6.00%) Oracle
5 16 (4.57%) McAfee
6 15 (4.29%) NetApp
7 13 (3.71%) HP
8 11 (3.14%) SAP
9 10 (2.86%) Apple
10 9 (2.57%) Dell
10 9 (2.57%) Google
11 7 (2.00%) EMC
11 7 (2.00%) ServiceNow
12 6 (1.71%) Clearswift
13 5 (1.43%) Automation Anywhere
13 5 (1.43%) Okta
14 4 (1.14%) Canon
14 4 (1.14%) Meraki
14 4 (1.14%) Samsung
14 4 (1.14%) Sonus