Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 587 709 876
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.92% 11.95% 10.62%
As % of the Vendors category 26.11% 26.61% 26.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 458 558
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.09% +13.36%
10th Percentile £150 £179 £181
90th Percentile £573 £525 £538
England median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.14% +5.47% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 68 101
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.71% -2.86% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £38.50 £42.50 £46.25
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 2,248 2,664 3,367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.81% 44.89% 40.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,401 1,621 1,833
North West median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £225 £238 £220
90th Percentile £625 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 112 193
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £18.63 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.07% -6.88% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.00 £47.33
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +7.66%

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 23 February 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 23 February 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 23 February 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 +2 329 £375 - 260
Cheshire -6 127 £325 -13.33% 105
Merseyside -2 46 £325 -13.33% 50
Lancashire -10 41 £400 +19.40% 46
Cumbria -7 3 - - 6
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 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.

1 201 (34.24%) Windows
2 149 (25.38%) Active Directory
3 113 (19.25%) SQL
4 112 (19.08%) Microsoft Azure
5 111 (18.91%) SQL Server
6 105 (17.89%) Microsoft Office
7 103 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
8 99 (16.87%) .NET
9 95 (16.18%) Finance
10 88 (14.99%) ITIL
11 87 (14.82%) C#
12 78 (13.29%) Windows Server
13 69 (11.75%) VMware
14 68 (11.58%) Windows 7
15 67 (11.41%) Migration
16 64 (10.90%) Microsoft Excel
17 60 (10.22%) SharePoint
18 59 (10.05%) Office 365
19 58 (9.88%) DevOps
20 56 (9.54%) JavaScript
21 53 (9.03%) Windows 10
22 52 (8.86%) Management Information System
22 52 (8.86%) Business Intelligence
23 49 (8.35%) PowerShell
24 48 (8.18%) SCCM
25 47 (8.01%) Web Services
26 46 (7.84%) Visual Studio
26 46 (7.84%) Citrix
26 46 (7.84%) Windows Server 2012
27 44 (7.50%) HTML

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 60 (10.22%) SharePoint
2 35 (5.96%) MS Exchange
3 24 (4.09%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.21%) CMS
5 12 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.53%) Confluence
6 9 (1.53%) IIS
7 8 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (1.02%) Apache
8 6 (1.02%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.51%) Mongoose
11 3 (0.51%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.51%) Umbraco
12 2 (0.34%) Drupal
12 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
12 2 (0.34%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 105 (17.89%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (10.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (5.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (2.73%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (2.39%) MS Visio
6 6 (1.02%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 25 (4.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (2.73%) Dynamics NAV
3 12 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.68%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.51%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.34%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.34%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.17%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 112 (19.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 59 (10.05%) Office 365
3 42 (7.16%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (6.13%) PaaS
5 32 (5.45%) IaaS
6 13 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (2.21%) SaaS
7 9 (1.53%) Slack
8 7 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (1.02%) Google Analytics
9 6 (1.02%) iPaaS
10 5 (0.85%) GitHub
10 5 (0.85%) Google Drive
11 4 (0.68%) Boomi
11 4 (0.68%) Trello
12 3 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.17%) FinancialForce
14 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
14 1 (0.17%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 33 (5.62%) DNS
2 24 (4.09%) DHCP
3 21 (3.58%) SAN
4 20 (3.41%) Internet
4 20 (3.41%) Skype
5 18 (3.07%) LAN
6 16 (2.73%) Firewall
6 16 (2.73%) WAN
7 13 (2.21%) TCP/IP
8 12 (2.04%) VPN
9 11 (1.87%) Intranet
10 9 (1.53%) VLAN
11 7 (1.19%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (0.85%) Network Security
12 5 (0.85%) VoIP
13 4 (0.68%) NAS
13 4 (0.68%) Reverse Proxy
14 3 (0.51%) NetScaler
14 3 (0.51%) Wireless
14 3 (0.51%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (18.91%) SQL Server
2 37 (6.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 35 (5.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (3.07%) MySQL
5 17 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (2.73%) Relational Database
7 14 (2.39%) Big Data
7 14 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (2.04%) Azure SQL Database
8 12 (2.04%) MongoDB
8 12 (2.04%) Power BI
8 12 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 11 (1.87%) NoSQL
9 11 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (1.53%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.36%) BusinessObjects
11 8 (1.36%) QlikView
12 7 (1.19%) Hadoop
12 7 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
13 6 (1.02%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 46 (7.84%) Visual Studio
2 30 (5.11%) Git (software)
2 30 (5.11%) Jenkins
3 22 (3.75%) JIRA
4 20 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (1.87%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (1.36%) Cucumber
7 7 (1.19%) SonarQube
8 6 (1.02%) Subversion
9 5 (0.85%) Jasmine
9 5 (0.85%) JUnit
9 5 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (0.68%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.68%) GitLab
11 3 (0.51%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.51%) FishEye
11 3 (0.51%) MSI
11 3 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.51%) WinDbg
General
1 95 (16.18%) Finance
2 18 (3.07%) Retail
3 16 (2.73%) Publishing
4 13 (2.21%) Banking
5 11 (1.87%) Advertising
5 11 (1.87%) Local Government
5 11 (1.87%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.53%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.19%) Legal
7 7 (1.19%) Marketing
8 6 (1.02%) General Ledger
9 4 (0.68%) Back Office
9 4 (0.68%) Billing
9 4 (0.68%) Law
10 3 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.51%) Retail Finance
11 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.17%) Automotive
12 1 (0.17%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 119 (20.27%) Developer
2 89 (15.16%) Analyst
3 53 (9.03%) Architect
3 53 (9.03%) Consultant
4 31 (5.28%) Service Analyst
5 30 (5.11%) Service Desk Analyst
6 26 (4.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 24 (4.09%) .NET Developer
7 24 (4.09%) DevOps Engineer
8 22 (3.75%) C# Developer
9 20 (3.41%) Support Analyst
10 19 (3.24%) Desktop Support
11 18 (3.07%) Azure Consultant
12 17 (2.90%) 1st Line Support
13 16 (2.73%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 16 (2.73%) CRM Developer
13 16 (2.73%) IT Analyst
13 16 (2.73%) Server Engineer
14 15 (2.56%) Azure DevOps
14 15 (2.56%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (16.87%) .NET
2 47 (8.01%) Web Services
3 44 (7.50%) HTML
4 39 (6.64%) CSS
5 38 (6.47%) ASP.NET
6 30 (5.11%) XML
7 29 (4.94%) REST
8 28 (4.77%) .NET Framework
9 25 (4.26%) JSON
10 22 (3.75%) Node.js
11 19 (3.24%) AngularJS
12 18 (3.07%) SOAP
13 17 (2.90%) ASP.NET Web API
14 14 (2.39%) jQuery
15 13 (2.21%) ASP.NET MVC
15 13 (2.21%) HTML5
16 12 (2.04%) RESTful
16 12 (2.04%) WPF
17 11 (1.87%) WinForms
18 9 (1.53%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 52 (8.86%) Management Information System
2 42 (7.16%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.07%) Data Centre
4 15 (2.56%) User Experience
5 14 (2.39%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.53%) Blackberry
7 8 (1.36%) PKI
7 8 (1.36%) Smartphone
8 7 (1.19%) Clustering
8 7 (1.19%) NHS
9 6 (1.02%) BYOD
9 6 (1.02%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.02%) e-Learning
9 6 (1.02%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.02%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.85%) Private Cloud
10 5 (0.85%) Reference Data
10 5 (0.85%) Taxonomies
11 4 (0.68%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.68%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 201 (34.24%) Windows
2 78 (13.29%) Windows Server
3 68 (11.58%) Windows 7
4 53 (9.03%) Windows 10
5 46 (7.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (7.16%) Linux
7 38 (6.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 23 (3.92%) Android
9 22 (3.75%) Apple iOS
10 16 (2.73%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (2.04%) Windows 8
13 11 (1.87%) Windows XP
14 6 (1.02%) CentOS
15 5 (0.85%) SUSE
16 4 (0.68%) Solaris
16 4 (0.68%) Unix
17 3 (0.51%) AIX
17 3 (0.51%) Windows Vista
18 2 (0.34%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (14.99%) ITIL
3 67 (11.41%) Migration
4 58 (9.88%) DevOps
5 52 (8.86%) Business Intelligence
6 43 (7.33%) Project Management
7 41 (6.98%) Scrum
8 37 (6.30%) MVC
8 37 (6.30%) Service Management
9 31 (5.28%) CRM
9 31 (5.28%) Data Management
10 28 (4.77%) Analytics
10 28 (4.77%) ETL
11 27 (4.60%) Stakeholder Management
12 26 (4.43%) PRINCE2
13 24 (4.09%) Kanban
14 23 (3.92%) SDLC
15 20 (3.41%) Data Migration
15 20 (3.41%) Data Modelling
16 19 (3.24%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 113 (19.25%) SQL
2 87 (14.82%) C#
3 56 (9.54%) JavaScript
4 49 (8.35%) PowerShell
5 27 (4.60%) Java
6 17 (2.90%) T-SQL
7 12 (2.04%) C
7 12 (2.04%) VB
8 10 (1.70%) Python
9 9 (1.53%) VBA
10 7 (1.19%) VB.NET
11 6 (1.02%) Scala
11 6 (1.02%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.85%) VBScript
12 5 (0.85%) X++
13 4 (0.68%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 4 (0.68%) XPath
14 3 (0.51%) Groovy
14 3 (0.51%) Ruby
15 2 (0.34%) C++
Qualifications
1 38 (6.47%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (5.62%) Degree
3 23 (3.92%) Security Cleared
4 21 (3.58%) ITIL Certification
4 21 (3.58%) MCP
5 18 (3.07%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (2.73%) MCSE
6 16 (2.73%) SC Cleared
7 13 (2.21%) CCNP
8 11 (1.87%) CCDP
8 11 (1.87%) Chartered Engineer
8 11 (1.87%) CISM
8 11 (1.87%) CISSP
8 11 (1.87%) MCSA
9 9 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 8 (1.36%) CCIE
11 7 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.19%) MCITP
12 6 (1.02%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.26%) SLA
2 14 (2.39%) Data Quality
2 14 (2.39%) PMO
3 8 (1.36%) GDPR
4 6 (1.02%) QA
5 3 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.34%) COSHH
7 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 149 (25.38%) Active Directory
2 34 (5.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.90%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (2.73%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.73%) XenApp
5 14 (2.39%) Microsoft App-V
5 14 (2.39%) vSphere
6 12 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (1.36%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.85%) Docker
9 3 (0.51%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.34%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.34%) Firmware
10 2 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.34%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.17%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 48 (8.18%) SCCM
2 20 (3.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 15 (2.56%) Puppet
4 14 (2.39%) WSUS
5 12 (2.04%) Terraform
6 9 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (1.19%) McAfee ePO
7 7 (1.19%) SCOM
7 7 (1.19%) vCenter Server
8 5 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 5 (0.85%) Packer
9 4 (0.68%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.68%) NetBackup
9 4 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.51%) Ansible
10 3 (0.51%) FlexNet
10 3 (0.51%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.51%) HP SIM
10 3 (0.51%) Oozie
10 3 (0.51%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 69 (11.75%) VMware
2 46 (7.84%) Citrix
3 36 (6.13%) Cisco
4 27 (4.60%) HP
5 22 (3.75%) Oracle
6 17 (2.90%) Google
7 16 (2.73%) Apple
8 13 (2.21%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.70%) Capita
9 10 (1.70%) SAP
10 9 (1.53%) Ivanti
11 8 (1.36%) McAfee
11 8 (1.36%) Sitecore
12 7 (1.19%) IronPort
12 7 (1.19%) NetApp
13 6 (1.02%) Tableau
13 6 (1.02%) Veeam
13 6 (1.02%) Xamarin
14 5 (0.85%) Lumension
14 5 (0.85%) MobileIron