Period
to 22 May 2018

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 22 May 2018 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 667 602 851
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.48% 11.11% 11.06%
As % of the Vendors category 27.80% 25.51% 25.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 381 363 496
North West median daily rate £375 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% +11.11%
10th Percentile £158 £181 £185
90th Percentile £563 £525 £500
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 92 100
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -4.99% +14.17%
10th Percentile £11.20 £10.50 £10.30
90th Percentile £37.50 £44.00 £40.00
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.76%

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 2,399 2,360 3,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.28% 43.56% 43.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,434 1,381 1,896
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £243 £225 £248
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 142 174
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -21.95% +17.14%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.75 £11.90
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.20 £47.23
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +2.86%

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 22 May 2018.

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 22 May 2018.

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 22 May 2018. 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 +1 380 £375 +3.09% 172
Cheshire -2 154 £350 - 87
Lancashire -8 50 £425 - 38
Merseyside -5 37 £400 +11.11% 35
Cumbria -10 10 £600 +92.00% 2
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, 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.

1 231 (34.63%) Windows
2 164 (24.59%) SQL
3 146 (21.89%) Active Directory
4 142 (21.29%) SQL Server
5 138 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
6 135 (20.24%) .NET
7 128 (19.19%) Agile Software Development
8 118 (17.69%) C#
9 116 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
10 110 (16.49%) ITIL
11 88 (13.19%) Windows Server
12 84 (12.59%) Migration
13 78 (11.69%) Finance
14 77 (11.54%) Windows 10
15 76 (11.39%) Windows 7
15 76 (11.39%) VMware
16 72 (10.79%) DevOps
17 70 (10.49%) Office 365
18 64 (9.60%) PowerShell
19 63 (9.45%) Cisco
20 61 (9.15%) Citrix
21 60 (9.00%) Microsoft Excel
22 56 (8.40%) PaaS
23 54 (8.10%) Analytical Skills
23 54 (8.10%) JavaScript
24 53 (7.95%) Web Services
25 52 (7.80%) Problem-Solving
26 51 (7.65%) MVC
27 50 (7.50%) ASP.NET
28 49 (7.35%) Visual Studio

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 42 (6.30%) MS Exchange
1 42 (6.30%) SharePoint
2 35 (5.25%) Skype for Business
3 18 (2.70%) IIS
4 17 (2.55%) CMS
5 15 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (1.50%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (1.20%) Confluence
8 8 (1.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.75%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.75%) SAS
11 4 (0.60%) Apache
11 4 (0.60%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.45%) Mongoose
12 3 (0.45%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.30%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 116 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (9.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (2.70%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (1.50%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.20%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 40 (6.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.10%) Dynamics NAV
3 11 (1.65%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.90%) Elite 3E
4 6 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.45%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.30%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.30%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.30%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.15%) Magento
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.15%) Sage X3
7 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 138 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (10.49%) Office 365
3 56 (8.40%) PaaS
4 49 (7.35%) Amazon AWS
5 47 (7.05%) IaaS
6 36 (5.40%) SaaS
7 14 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
8 12 (1.80%) GitHub
8 12 (1.80%) iPaaS
9 11 (1.65%) Dynamics 365
10 9 (1.35%) Google Analytics
11 6 (0.90%) Azure Data Factory
11 6 (0.90%) Boomi
12 4 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.60%) Slack
13 3 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.45%) OneDrive
14 2 (0.30%) FinancialForce
15 1 (0.15%) Sumo Logic
15 1 (0.15%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 39 (5.85%) LAN
2 34 (5.10%) WAN
3 32 (4.80%) DNS
4 29 (4.35%) DHCP
5 28 (4.20%) SAN
6 26 (3.90%) Firewall
7 25 (3.75%) Skype
7 25 (3.75%) TCP/IP
8 21 (3.15%) Internet
9 19 (2.85%) VPN
10 14 (2.10%) Network Security
11 11 (1.65%) IPsec
11 11 (1.65%) NAS
12 9 (1.35%) DMZ
13 8 (1.20%) Ethernet
14 7 (1.05%) VoIP
15 6 (0.90%) Unified Communications
15 6 (0.90%) VLAN
16 5 (0.75%) Reverse Proxy
16 5 (0.75%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (21.29%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 27 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (3.75%) Relational Database
5 19 (2.85%) Azure SQL Database
5 19 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (2.25%) Power BI
7 13 (1.95%) MySQL
8 12 (1.80%) RDBMS
9 11 (1.65%) SQL Server 2012
10 10 (1.50%) BusinessObjects
10 10 (1.50%) MongoDB
10 10 (1.50%) NoSQL
11 8 (1.20%) RavenDB
11 8 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
12 7 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 5 (0.75%) Big Data
13 5 (0.75%) DB2
13 5 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 49 (7.35%) Visual Studio
2 45 (6.75%) Git (software)
3 34 (5.10%) Jenkins
4 23 (3.45%) JIRA
4 23 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (2.85%) Visual Studio Team System
6 9 (1.35%) MSI
6 9 (1.35%) Subversion
7 7 (1.05%) SonarQube
8 6 (0.90%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.75%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.60%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.60%) Jasmine
10 4 (0.60%) LSMW
10 4 (0.60%) Mercurial
10 4 (0.60%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.45%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.45%) JUnit
11 3 (0.45%) Maven
11 3 (0.45%) Selenium
General
1 78 (11.69%) Finance
2 20 (3.00%) Retail
3 17 (2.55%) Law
4 16 (2.40%) Legal
5 13 (1.95%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.80%) Banking
6 12 (1.80%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.80%) Publishing
7 10 (1.50%) Advertising
8 8 (1.20%) Back Office
8 8 (1.20%) Billing
8 8 (1.20%) Local Government
9 6 (0.90%) Automotive
9 6 (0.90%) General Ledger
9 6 (0.90%) Marketing
10 3 (0.45%) Games
10 3 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.30%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.15%) Military
12 1 (0.15%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 138 (20.69%) Developer
2 105 (15.74%) Analyst
3 60 (9.00%) Consultant
4 47 (7.05%) Architect
5 44 (6.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 41 (6.15%) Service Analyst
7 39 (5.85%) Desktop Support
7 39 (5.85%) Service Desk Analyst
8 35 (5.25%) .NET Developer
9 33 (4.95%) C# Developer
10 27 (4.05%) Desktop Engineer
11 26 (3.90%) Project Manager
12 24 (3.60%) Azure Consultant
12 24 (3.60%) Support Engineer
13 19 (2.85%) C# .NET Developer
13 19 (2.85%) Windows Engineer
14 18 (2.70%) DevOps Engineer
14 18 (2.70%) Solutions Architect
15 17 (2.55%) 2nd Line Support
15 17 (2.55%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (20.24%) .NET
2 53 (7.95%) Web Services
3 50 (7.50%) ASP.NET
4 43 (6.45%) HTML
5 41 (6.15%) CSS
6 36 (5.40%) .NET Framework
7 35 (5.25%) SOAP
7 35 (5.25%) XML
8 32 (4.80%) ASP.NET Web API
8 32 (4.80%) JSON
8 32 (4.80%) REST
9 25 (3.75%) AngularJS
10 23 (3.45%) ASP.NET MVC
10 23 (3.45%) Node.js
11 20 (3.00%) RESTful
12 18 (2.70%) HTML5
13 17 (2.55%) jQuery
14 13 (1.95%) CSS3
14 13 (1.95%) Entity Framework
15 11 (1.65%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 54 (8.10%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (7.05%) Management Information System
3 33 (4.95%) Self-Motivation
4 30 (4.50%) Data Centre
5 18 (2.70%) Blackberry
6 15 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.95%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.65%) NHS
9 10 (1.50%) User Experience
10 7 (1.05%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.05%) Private Cloud
11 6 (0.90%) Replication
12 5 (0.75%) BYOD
12 5 (0.75%) Clustering
12 5 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.75%) iPhone
12 5 (0.75%) PKI
13 4 (0.60%) Algorithms
13 4 (0.60%) Client/Server
13 4 (0.60%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 231 (34.63%) Windows
2 88 (13.19%) Windows Server
3 77 (11.54%) Windows 10
4 76 (11.39%) Windows 7
5 49 (7.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 49 (7.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (5.10%) Linux
7 22 (3.30%) Windows XP
8 18 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (2.40%) Windows 8
10 14 (2.10%) Android
11 11 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (1.35%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.60%) CentOS
13 4 (0.60%) SUSE
13 4 (0.60%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.30%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.30%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.30%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (19.19%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (16.49%) ITIL
3 84 (12.59%) Migration
4 72 (10.79%) DevOps
5 52 (7.80%) Problem-Solving
6 51 (7.65%) MVC
7 48 (7.20%) Stakeholder Management
8 44 (6.60%) CRM
9 43 (6.45%) Scrum
10 42 (6.30%) Project Management
11 38 (5.70%) Continuous Integration
11 38 (5.70%) PRINCE2
12 36 (5.40%) Service Management
12 36 (5.40%) TDD
13 35 (5.25%) Data Management
14 32 (4.80%) Configuration Management
14 32 (4.80%) Time Management
15 31 (4.65%) Business Intelligence
16 30 (4.50%) Decision-Making
16 30 (4.50%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 164 (24.59%) SQL
2 118 (17.69%) C#
3 64 (9.60%) PowerShell
4 54 (8.10%) JavaScript
5 29 (4.35%) T-SQL
6 19 (2.85%) Java
6 19 (2.85%) VB
7 15 (2.25%) C
7 15 (2.25%) VB.NET
8 14 (2.10%) Python
9 12 (1.80%) VBScript
10 8 (1.20%) VBA
11 6 (0.90%) C++
12 5 (0.75%) Scala
13 4 (0.60%) PHP
13 4 (0.60%) R
13 4 (0.60%) Ruby
13 4 (0.60%) XPath
14 3 (0.45%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.45%) X++
Qualifications
1 38 (5.70%) Cisco Certification
2 29 (4.35%) CCNP
3 26 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (3.90%) Security Cleared
4 25 (3.75%) Degree
5 22 (3.30%) CISM
5 22 (3.30%) CISSP
5 22 (3.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 21 (3.15%) CCDP
6 21 (3.15%) Chartered Engineer
7 18 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 17 (2.55%) ITIL Certification
9 16 (2.40%) CCNA
10 15 (2.25%) SC Cleared
11 14 (2.10%) MCP
11 14 (2.10%) MCSE
12 13 (1.95%) CCIE
13 8 (1.20%) Citrix Certification
14 6 (0.90%) MCSA
15 5 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.30%) SLA
2 8 (1.20%) GDPR
3 7 (1.05%) QA
4 6 (0.90%) PMO
5 2 (0.30%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.15%) COBIT
6 1 (0.15%) COSO
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.15%) GCP
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 146 (21.89%) Active Directory
2 49 (7.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (5.10%) XenApp
4 26 (3.90%) Hyper-V
5 23 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (2.40%) vSphere
8 15 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (2.10%) XenDesktop
10 5 (0.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.75%) Docker
11 4 (0.60%) Forefront TMG
12 3 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.30%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.30%) XenServer
14 1 (0.15%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 42 (6.30%) SCCM
2 22 (3.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 15 (2.25%) Puppet
4 14 (2.10%) SCOM
5 11 (1.65%) Microsoft Clustering
5 11 (1.65%) Single Sign-On
5 11 (1.65%) Terraform
6 10 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
6 10 (1.50%) WSUS
7 7 (1.05%) vCenter Server
8 6 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.60%) Ansible
10 4 (0.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (0.60%) HP SIM
10 4 (0.60%) MaaS360
10 4 (0.60%) SCVMM
10 4 (0.60%) SmoothWall
11 3 (0.45%) FlexNet
11 3 (0.45%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 76 (11.39%) VMware
2 63 (9.45%) Cisco
3 61 (9.15%) Citrix
4 34 (5.10%) Oracle
5 30 (4.50%) HP
6 19 (2.85%) Ivanti
7 17 (2.55%) SAP
8 16 (2.40%) Capita
9 14 (2.10%) Apple
9 14 (2.10%) Google
9 14 (2.10%) Symantec
10 12 (1.80%) Informatica
10 12 (1.80%) McAfee
11 11 (1.65%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.35%) SnapLogic
13 8 (1.20%) Avaya
13 8 (1.20%) IronPort
13 8 (1.20%) Xamarin
14 7 (1.05%) Sitecore
14 7 (1.05%) Tableau