Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 724 623 860
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.69% 11.02% 11.19%
As % of the Vendors category 28.36% 25.30% 24.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 362 478
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £158 £163 £189
90th Percentile £538 £537 £525
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 108 97
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +8.09% -4.40%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.18
90th Percentile £38.75 £44.30 £36.75
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.02%

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 2,553 2,462 3,446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.24% 43.56% 44.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,493 1,424 1,967
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £228 £225 £256
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £415
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.42% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 165 170
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -11.11% +2.86%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.53 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.63 £44.60 £47.33
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% -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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -1 393 £375 -3.23% 180
Cheshire 0 184 £350 +3.70% 89
Lancashire -7 60 £385 -14.44% 30
Merseyside +4 47 £400 +4.92% 49
Cumbria -6 11 £413 +10.74% 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 234 (32.32%) Windows
2 164 (22.65%) SQL
3 143 (19.75%) Microsoft Office
4 135 (18.65%) Active Directory
5 131 (18.09%) .NET
6 130 (17.96%) SQL Server
7 127 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
8 126 (17.40%) Agile Software Development
9 125 (17.27%) C#
10 109 (15.06%) ITIL
11 98 (13.54%) Office 365
12 84 (11.60%) Windows 10
13 83 (11.46%) Migration
14 82 (11.33%) Problem-Solving
15 79 (10.91%) Windows Server
15 79 (10.91%) Finance
16 78 (10.77%) Windows 7
17 66 (9.12%) Microsoft Excel
17 66 (9.12%) Citrix
18 65 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
19 63 (8.70%) JavaScript
20 62 (8.56%) VMware
20 62 (8.56%) DevOps
21 61 (8.43%) Cisco
22 56 (7.73%) CRM
23 55 (7.60%) SCCM
24 53 (7.32%) PowerShell
24 53 (7.32%) MS Exchange
25 51 (7.04%) ASP.NET
26 50 (6.91%) Dynamics CRM

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 53 (7.32%) MS Exchange
2 42 (5.80%) SharePoint
3 38 (5.25%) Skype for Business
4 27 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (2.76%) IIS
6 16 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (1.38%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (1.38%) CMS
7 10 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (0.97%) Confluence
10 6 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (0.83%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.69%) SAS
12 4 (0.55%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.55%) Mongoose
13 3 (0.41%) Apache
13 3 (0.41%) OpenEdge
13 3 (0.41%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.41%) Umbraco
Applications
1 143 (19.75%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (9.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (3.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (3.59%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.24%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.83%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 50 (6.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (2.21%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (1.80%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.69%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.41%) Elite 3E
6 3 (0.41%) Visualfiles
7 2 (0.28%) Line 50
7 2 (0.28%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle 11i
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Assets
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.28%) Sage X3
8 1 (0.14%) CA PPM
8 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.14%) Scribe Insight
8 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 127 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 98 (13.54%) Office 365
3 41 (5.66%) Amazon AWS
4 37 (5.11%) SaaS
5 36 (4.97%) PaaS
6 29 (4.01%) IaaS
7 23 (3.18%) Dynamics 365
8 16 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (1.38%) GitHub
10 6 (0.83%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (0.83%) Google Analytics
10 6 (0.83%) iPaaS
10 6 (0.83%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.55%) Trello
12 3 (0.41%) Slack
12 3 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
13 2 (0.28%) Boomi
13 2 (0.28%) G Suite
13 2 (0.28%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 48 (6.63%) LAN
2 39 (5.39%) WAN
3 35 (4.83%) DNS
4 29 (4.01%) DHCP
5 28 (3.87%) Skype
6 27 (3.73%) Firewall
7 23 (3.18%) VPN
8 22 (3.04%) TCP/IP
9 21 (2.90%) SAN
10 15 (2.07%) Internet
11 14 (1.93%) Network Security
12 11 (1.52%) IPsec
13 10 (1.38%) Unified Communications
13 10 (1.38%) VoIP
14 9 (1.24%) NAS
15 8 (1.10%) DMZ
15 8 (1.10%) Ethernet
16 6 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
17 5 (0.69%) IP Telephony
17 5 (0.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (17.96%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 33 (4.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 23 (3.18%) Relational Database
5 21 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
5 21 (2.90%) Power BI
6 15 (2.07%) RDBMS
7 13 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (1.66%) MongoDB
8 12 (1.66%) MySQL
9 10 (1.38%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (1.38%) BusinessObjects
9 10 (1.38%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (1.10%) RavenDB
11 7 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.83%) Big Data
12 6 (0.83%) DB2
12 6 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.83%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 44 (6.08%) Git (software)
2 29 (4.01%) Visual Studio
3 26 (3.59%) JIRA
4 23 (3.18%) Jenkins
5 21 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (1.66%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
7 11 (1.52%) Subversion
8 10 (1.38%) MSI
9 7 (0.97%) SonarQube
10 6 (0.83%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.69%) Bitbucket
11 5 (0.69%) gulp
12 4 (0.55%) Artifactory
12 4 (0.55%) Eclipse
12 4 (0.55%) GitLab
12 4 (0.55%) Maven
12 4 (0.55%) Mercurial
12 4 (0.55%) Selenium
12 4 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 79 (10.91%) Finance
2 24 (3.31%) Retail
3 19 (2.62%) Law
3 19 (2.62%) Legal
4 17 (2.35%) Banking
4 17 (2.35%) Manufacturing
5 13 (1.80%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.66%) Back Office
7 10 (1.38%) Local Government
8 8 (1.10%) Advertising
8 8 (1.10%) Automotive
8 8 (1.10%) Billing
9 5 (0.69%) Games
10 4 (0.55%) Publishing
11 3 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.41%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.28%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.28%) Marketing
13 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 142 (19.61%) Developer
2 121 (16.71%) Analyst
3 46 (6.35%) Architect
4 44 (6.08%) Desktop Support
4 44 (6.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 42 (5.80%) Consultant
6 38 (5.25%) Project Manager
7 36 (4.97%) .NET Developer
7 36 (4.97%) C# Developer
7 36 (4.97%) Service Analyst
8 34 (4.70%) Support Engineer
9 31 (4.28%) Service Desk Analyst
10 29 (4.01%) Desktop Engineer
11 23 (3.18%) Business Analyst
12 21 (2.90%) Microsoft Developer
13 19 (2.62%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (2.62%) C# .NET Developer
13 19 (2.62%) Support Analyst
14 18 (2.49%) Administrator
14 18 (2.49%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (18.09%) .NET
2 51 (7.04%) ASP.NET
3 45 (6.22%) CSS
3 45 (6.22%) HTML
3 45 (6.22%) Web Services
4 33 (4.56%) AngularJS
5 29 (4.01%) ASP.NET Web API
6 27 (3.73%) JSON
7 25 (3.45%) SOAP
8 24 (3.31%) Node.js
9 23 (3.18%) .NET Framework
9 23 (3.18%) ASP.NET MVC
10 22 (3.04%) HTML5
10 22 (3.04%) REST
10 22 (3.04%) XML
11 19 (2.62%) jQuery
11 19 (2.62%) RESTful
12 15 (2.07%) Entity Framework
13 14 (1.93%) Express
14 13 (1.80%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 65 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.97%) Management Information System
3 33 (4.56%) Data Centre
4 20 (2.76%) Blackberry
5 19 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
6 17 (2.35%) NHS
7 16 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (1.24%) User Experience
9 8 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
10 7 (0.97%) Computer Science
10 7 (0.97%) Mobile App
11 6 (0.83%) Algorithms
11 6 (0.83%) PKI
12 5 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.69%) iPhone
12 5 (0.69%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.55%) Fat Client
13 4 (0.55%) Online Gambling
13 4 (0.55%) Replication
13 4 (0.55%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 234 (32.32%) Windows
2 84 (11.60%) Windows 10
3 79 (10.91%) Windows Server
4 78 (10.77%) Windows 7
5 39 (5.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 34 (4.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (4.70%) Windows XP
7 25 (3.45%) Linux
8 17 (2.35%) Windows 8
8 17 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (1.80%) Android
9 13 (1.80%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.83%) CentOS
12 5 (0.69%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.55%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.41%) SUSE
14 3 (0.41%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.28%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (17.40%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (15.06%) ITIL
3 83 (11.46%) Migration
4 82 (11.33%) Problem-Solving
5 62 (8.56%) DevOps
6 56 (7.73%) CRM
7 46 (6.35%) MVC
8 44 (6.08%) Project Management
9 43 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
10 40 (5.52%) Business Intelligence
11 39 (5.39%) Time Management
12 38 (5.25%) Change Management
12 38 (5.25%) Service Management
13 37 (5.11%) Continuous Integration
13 37 (5.11%) PRINCE2
13 37 (5.11%) Problem Management
14 35 (4.83%) Scrum
15 34 (4.70%) Configuration Management
15 34 (4.70%) TDD
16 33 (4.56%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 164 (22.65%) SQL
2 125 (17.27%) C#
3 63 (8.70%) JavaScript
4 53 (7.32%) PowerShell
5 37 (5.11%) T-SQL
6 25 (3.45%) Java
6 25 (3.45%) VB
7 17 (2.35%) VBScript
8 15 (2.07%) C
8 15 (2.07%) VB.NET
9 10 (1.38%) Python
10 7 (0.97%) C++
10 7 (0.97%) PHP
10 7 (0.97%) VBA
11 6 (0.83%) X++
12 4 (0.55%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.55%) R
12 4 (0.55%) VC++
13 3 (0.41%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.28%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 49 (6.77%) Security Cleared
2 39 (5.39%) Cisco Certification
3 36 (4.97%) Degree
4 29 (4.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 27 (3.73%) CCNP
6 26 (3.59%) SC Cleared
7 22 (3.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 19 (2.62%) CISM
8 19 (2.62%) CISSP
9 18 (2.49%) CCDP
9 18 (2.49%) CCNA
9 18 (2.49%) Chartered Engineer
10 16 (2.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 15 (2.07%) MCSE
12 11 (1.52%) CCIE
13 10 (1.38%) MCP
14 9 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 7 (0.97%) MCTS
16 6 (0.83%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.56%) SLA
2 14 (1.93%) QA
3 9 (1.24%) GDPR
3 9 (1.24%) PMO
4 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.41%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.14%) COBIT
5 1 (0.14%) COSO
5 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.14%) GCP
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 135 (18.65%) Active Directory
2 44 (6.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (4.56%) XenApp
4 30 (4.14%) Hyper-V
5 20 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
7 15 (2.07%) XenDesktop
8 14 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
9 13 (1.80%) vSphere
10 7 (0.97%) Docker
11 5 (0.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.69%) Forefront TMG
12 3 (0.41%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.41%) XenServer
13 2 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.28%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.14%) Firmware
14 1 (0.14%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 55 (7.60%) SCCM
2 28 (3.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 17 (2.35%) SCOM
4 10 (1.38%) Norton AntiVirus
4 10 (1.38%) Terraform
5 9 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
5 9 (1.24%) WSUS
6 8 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
6 8 (1.10%) Puppet
7 6 (0.83%) Ansible
7 6 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 5 (0.69%) vMotion
9 4 (0.55%) Failover Clustering
9 4 (0.55%) MaaS360
9 4 (0.55%) SCVMM
9 4 (0.55%) SmoothWall
10 3 (0.41%) FlexNet
Vendors
1 66 (9.12%) Citrix
2 62 (8.56%) VMware
3 61 (8.43%) Cisco
4 35 (4.83%) Oracle
5 25 (3.45%) HP
6 18 (2.49%) Ivanti
7 17 (2.35%) McAfee
8 16 (2.21%) SAP
8 16 (2.21%) Symantec
9 15 (2.07%) Apple
10 12 (1.66%) Capita
11 10 (1.38%) Altiris
11 10 (1.38%) Google
12 9 (1.24%) Informatica
12 9 (1.24%) Tableau
13 8 (1.10%) Dell
13 8 (1.10%) Juniper
13 8 (1.10%) ServiceNow
14 7 (0.97%) Avaya
14 7 (0.97%) Xamarin