Period
to 25 November 2017

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 25 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
England > North West
6 months to
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 622 793 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.00% 11.71% 12.59%
As % of the Vendors category 25.72% 25.30% 30.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 492 684
North West median daily rate £383 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.00% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £150 £200 £184
90th Percentile £565 £525 £550
England median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 65 99
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £11.45 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.80 £42.50 £47.07
England median hourly rate £15.24 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -1.68% - +3.33%

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 2418 3134 3544
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 42.77% 46.28% 41.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1456 1863 1957
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £219 £263 £213
90th Percentile £625 £550 £550
England median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 126 175
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £18.13 £17.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.72% +4.53% +8.38%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.69 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £45.38 £46.68
England median hourly rate £17.43 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.53% -2.86% +6.06%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor 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 25 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
Manchester 0 341 £388 +3.33% 107
Cheshire -4 137 £350 -6.67% 42
Merseyside +4 56 £325 -8.77% 16
Lancashire -8 47 £400 +19.40% 11
Cumbria -9 8 £420 +5.00% 5
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 186 (29.90%) Windows
2 143 (22.99%) Active Directory
3 138 (22.19%) SQL
4 127 (20.42%) SQL Server
5 119 (19.13%) Microsoft Office
6 116 (18.65%) .NET
7 107 (17.20%) Finance
8 102 (16.40%) Agile Software Development
9 94 (15.11%) ITIL
10 84 (13.50%) C#
11 82 (13.18%) Office 365
12 81 (13.02%) Migration
13 79 (12.70%) Business Intelligence
14 78 (12.54%) Microsoft Excel
14 78 (12.54%) Microsoft Azure
15 77 (12.38%) SharePoint
16 73 (11.74%) Windows Server
17 72 (11.58%) Windows 7
18 65 (10.45%) VMware
19 61 (9.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 61 (9.81%) SCCM
20 60 (9.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 60 (9.65%) CRM
20 60 (9.65%) Citrix
21 57 (9.16%) JavaScript
22 54 (8.68%) Dynamics CRM
23 53 (8.52%) MS Exchange
24 52 (8.36%) DNS
25 50 (8.04%) Management Information System
25 50 (8.04%) Windows 10

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 77 (12.38%) SharePoint
2 53 (8.52%) MS Exchange
3 24 (3.86%) Skype for Business
4 23 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (1.93%) IIS
7 11 (1.77%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (1.77%) CMS
8 7 (1.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 7 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (0.96%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.96%) Confluence
9 6 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.80%) SAS
11 4 (0.64%) Apache
12 3 (0.48%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.48%) Umbraco
13 2 (0.32%) Drupal
13 2 (0.32%) WordPress
Applications
1 119 (19.13%) Microsoft Office
2 78 (12.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (5.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (2.25%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.45%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.32%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.32%) Revit
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 54 (8.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (4.50%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (2.09%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.80%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.48%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.48%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.16%) Dynamics SL
7 1 (0.16%) Infor LN
7 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.16%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 82 (13.18%) Office 365
2 78 (12.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (3.22%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.41%) Dynamics 365
5 12 (1.93%) PaaS
6 10 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (1.45%) OneDrive
7 9 (1.45%) Slack
8 8 (1.29%) SaaS
9 5 (0.80%) Google Drive
9 5 (0.80%) IaaS
10 4 (0.64%) GitHub
10 4 (0.64%) Trello
11 3 (0.48%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.48%) Amazon SQS
11 3 (0.48%) Yammer
12 2 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.16%) Amazon Kinesis
13 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 52 (8.36%) DNS
2 38 (6.11%) DHCP
3 27 (4.34%) Skype
4 21 (3.38%) WAN
5 20 (3.22%) LAN
6 19 (3.05%) Intranet
7 18 (2.89%) Internet
8 13 (2.09%) Remote Desktop
9 12 (1.93%) Firewall
9 12 (1.93%) SAN
10 11 (1.77%) VoIP
10 11 (1.77%) VPN
11 8 (1.29%) TCP/IP
12 7 (1.13%) VLAN
12 7 (1.13%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (0.96%) NAS
14 5 (0.80%) NetScaler
14 5 (0.80%) Network Security
15 4 (0.64%) SSL
15 4 (0.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (20.42%) SQL Server
2 61 (9.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 60 (9.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
4 25 (4.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 20 (3.22%) Power BI
6 17 (2.73%) MongoDB
6 17 (2.73%) SQL Server 2008
6 17 (2.73%) SQL Server 2012
7 15 (2.41%) Big Data
7 15 (2.41%) NoSQL
7 15 (2.41%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.93%) MySQL
8 12 (1.93%) SQL Server 2014
9 10 (1.61%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.61%) QlikView
10 8 (1.29%) SQL Server 2016
11 7 (1.13%) Hadoop
11 7 (1.13%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (5.47%) Visual Studio
2 19 (3.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (2.89%) JIRA
4 16 (2.57%) Git (software)
5 14 (2.25%) Jenkins
6 8 (1.29%) TeamCity
7 7 (1.13%) Cucumber
8 5 (0.80%) GitLab
8 5 (0.80%) gulp
8 5 (0.80%) Jasmine
8 5 (0.80%) JUnit
9 4 (0.64%) AccuRev
9 4 (0.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (0.64%) Subversion
9 4 (0.64%) Toad
9 4 (0.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.48%) Bitbucket
10 3 (0.48%) FxCop
10 3 (0.48%) Mercurial
10 3 (0.48%) ReSharper
General
1 107 (17.20%) Finance
2 33 (5.31%) Retail
3 19 (3.05%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.89%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.57%) Banking
6 15 (2.41%) Legal
7 13 (2.09%) Advertising
8 9 (1.45%) Automotive
8 9 (1.45%) Marketing
8 9 (1.45%) Publishing
9 7 (1.13%) Local Government
10 5 (0.80%) Law
10 5 (0.80%) Retail Finance
11 4 (0.64%) Avionics
11 4 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.48%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.32%) French Language
13 2 (0.32%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 129 (20.74%) Developer
2 105 (16.88%) Analyst
3 57 (9.16%) Architect
4 38 (6.11%) Consultant
5 34 (5.47%) Support Analyst
6 32 (5.14%) .NET Developer
7 29 (4.66%) Desktop Support
8 26 (4.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 25 (4.02%) Administrator
10 21 (3.38%) CRM Developer
10 21 (3.38%) Service Analyst
11 20 (3.22%) Service Desk Analyst
12 19 (3.05%) Project Manager
13 18 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support
13 18 (2.89%) Data Analyst
14 17 (2.73%) 2nd Line Support
14 17 (2.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 17 (2.73%) IT Support
14 17 (2.73%) Microsoft Developer
14 17 (2.73%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (18.65%) .NET
2 45 (7.23%) ASP.NET
3 43 (6.91%) Web Services
4 41 (6.59%) HTML
5 39 (6.27%) CSS
6 31 (4.98%) AngularJS
7 22 (3.54%) .NET Framework
8 20 (3.22%) HTML5
8 20 (3.22%) jQuery
9 18 (2.89%) REST
10 17 (2.73%) JSON
11 16 (2.57%) WCF
12 15 (2.41%) ASP.NET Web API
12 15 (2.41%) CSS3
12 15 (2.41%) Node.js
13 13 (2.09%) XML
14 12 (1.93%) RESTful
15 11 (1.77%) KnockoutJS
15 11 (1.77%) SOAP
16 10 (1.61%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 50 (8.04%) Management Information System
2 48 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (3.38%) Data Centre
4 20 (3.22%) Blackberry
5 11 (1.77%) User Experience
6 9 (1.45%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.45%) Data Structures
6 9 (1.45%) Smartphone
6 9 (1.45%) Virtual Team
7 8 (1.29%) Taxonomies
8 7 (1.13%) iPhone
8 7 (1.13%) NHS
8 7 (1.13%) PKI
8 7 (1.13%) Reference Data
9 6 (0.96%) Credit Risk
9 6 (0.96%) Fat Client
9 6 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (0.96%) Replication
9 6 (0.96%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 186 (29.90%) Windows
2 73 (11.74%) Windows Server
3 72 (11.58%) Windows 7
4 50 (8.04%) Windows 10
5 38 (6.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (5.31%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (4.02%) Apple iOS
8 23 (3.70%) Android
8 23 (3.70%) Linux
9 12 (1.93%) Windows 8
10 11 (1.77%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.13%) Unix
12 6 (0.96%) Windows XP
13 5 (0.80%) SUSE
14 4 (0.64%) Solaris
15 3 (0.48%) AIX
15 3 (0.48%) CentOS
16 2 (0.32%) HPUX
16 2 (0.32%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (16.40%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (15.11%) ITIL
3 81 (13.02%) Migration
4 79 (12.70%) Business Intelligence
5 60 (9.65%) CRM
6 44 (7.07%) ETL
7 42 (6.75%) Project Management
8 37 (5.95%) Data Management
8 37 (5.95%) MVC
9 36 (5.79%) Data Migration
10 31 (4.98%) Data Modelling
10 31 (4.98%) DevOps
11 30 (4.82%) Scrum
12 28 (4.50%) Service Management
13 26 (4.18%) Workflow
14 25 (4.02%) Incident Management
14 25 (4.02%) TDD
15 21 (3.38%) Analytics
16 20 (3.22%) Data Architecture
16 20 (3.22%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 138 (22.19%) SQL
2 84 (13.50%) C#
3 57 (9.16%) JavaScript
4 41 (6.59%) PowerShell
5 31 (4.98%) T-SQL
6 25 (4.02%) Java
7 14 (2.25%) TypeScript
8 11 (1.77%) X++
9 9 (1.45%) VB
10 8 (1.29%) C
11 7 (1.13%) VBA
12 6 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.80%) VBScript
14 4 (0.64%) C++
14 4 (0.64%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 4 (0.64%) Perl
14 4 (0.64%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.48%) Python
15 3 (0.48%) Scala
16 2 (0.32%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 49 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 41 (6.59%) Degree
3 40 (6.43%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (5.95%) SC Cleared
5 15 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
5 15 (2.41%) MCSE
6 14 (2.25%) MCP
7 10 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (1.61%) MCSA
8 7 (1.13%) CISSP
8 7 (1.13%) MCITP
9 6 (0.96%) CCNP
9 6 (0.96%) CISM
9 6 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 6 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (0.80%) CCDP
10 5 (0.80%) CCNA
10 5 (0.80%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.54%) SLA
2 21 (3.38%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.93%) PMO
4 10 (1.61%) QA
5 6 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.96%) GDPR
5 6 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.80%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.64%) COSHH
8 3 (0.48%) COBIT
9 2 (0.32%) MIL-STD-1553
10 1 (0.16%) COSO
10 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 143 (22.99%) Active Directory
2 30 (4.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
3 16 (2.57%) XenApp
4 14 (2.25%) Hyper-V
5 13 (2.09%) XenDesktop
6 10 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.29%) vSphere
8 6 (0.96%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.64%) Docker
10 3 (0.48%) Firmware
11 2 (0.32%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.32%) UAG
11 2 (0.32%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.32%) XenServer
12 1 (0.16%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.16%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.16%) Xen
Systems Management
1 61 (9.81%) SCCM
2 15 (2.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 14 (2.25%) WSUS
4 8 (1.29%) Puppet
5 7 (1.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 5 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.64%) AppDNA
7 4 (0.64%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.64%) Oracle RMAN
7 4 (0.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 4 (0.64%) Terraform
8 3 (0.48%) Ansible
8 3 (0.48%) Oozie
8 3 (0.48%) Packer
8 3 (0.48%) SCOM
9 2 (0.32%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.32%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.32%) CA Service Virtualization
9 2 (0.32%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 65 (10.45%) VMware
2 60 (9.65%) Citrix
3 42 (6.75%) Oracle
4 27 (4.34%) Cisco
5 26 (4.18%) HP
6 17 (2.73%) Apple
7 12 (1.93%) Google
8 11 (1.77%) SAP
9 10 (1.61%) AppSense
9 10 (1.61%) Tableau
9 10 (1.61%) Veeam
10 9 (1.45%) Dell
10 9 (1.45%) Sitecore
11 7 (1.13%) Adobe
11 7 (1.13%) McAfee
11 7 (1.13%) NetApp
11 7 (1.13%) Symantec
12 6 (0.96%) Interwoven
12 6 (0.96%) IronPort
12 6 (0.96%) Salesforce.com