Period
to 22 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 811 616 794
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.76% 10.58% 10.78%
As % of the Vendors category 32.81% 23.98% 23.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 465 337 475
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £160 £153 £205
90th Percentile £538 £553 £550
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 97 69
North West median hourly rate £17.41 £14.00 £15.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.36% -7.04% +0.40%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.58 £10.20
90th Percentile £38.75 £44.00 £39.50
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%

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 2,472 2,569 3,343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.95% 44.11% 45.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,472 1,470 1,978
North West median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £208 £227 £272
90th Percentile £575 £600 £545
England median daily rate £450 £438 £423
% change year-on-year +2.86% +3.55% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 169 157 136
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £18.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% -14.48% +9.85%
10th Percentile £11.08 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.00 £45.38
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +2 442 £375 -6.25% 230
Cheshire +4 194 £375 +7.14% 95
Merseyside +9 69 £363 +3.57% 58
Lancashire +5 67 £400 -11.11% 38
Cumbria -3 16 £413 +10.74% 8
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 286 (35.27%) Windows
2 167 (20.59%) SQL
3 166 (20.47%) Active Directory
4 165 (20.35%) Microsoft Office
5 152 (18.74%) Microsoft Azure
6 144 (17.76%) .NET
7 132 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
7 132 (16.28%) Office 365
8 125 (15.41%) Windows 10
9 122 (15.04%) C#
10 121 (14.92%) SQL Server
11 109 (13.44%) Problem-Solving
12 107 (13.19%) ITIL
13 96 (11.84%) Windows 7
14 84 (10.36%) Windows Server
15 80 (9.86%) SCCM
16 77 (9.49%) Migration
17 74 (9.12%) Finance
18 72 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
18 72 (8.88%) MS Exchange
19 69 (8.51%) DevOps
20 66 (8.14%) VMware
21 65 (8.01%) Analytical Skills
22 64 (7.89%) SharePoint
23 63 (7.77%) CRM
24 59 (7.27%) Citrix
25 58 (7.15%) PowerShell
26 57 (7.03%) Dynamics CRM
27 56 (6.91%) Security Cleared
28 54 (6.66%) JavaScript

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 72 (8.88%) MS Exchange
2 64 (7.89%) SharePoint
3 41 (5.06%) Skype for Business
4 38 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 18 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (2.10%) SharePoint 2013
7 16 (1.97%) BizTalk Server
7 16 (1.97%) CMS
8 14 (1.73%) IIS
9 10 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (0.99%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.74%) Drupal
11 6 (0.74%) SAS
11 6 (0.74%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.62%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.49%) Confluence
13 4 (0.49%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.25%) OpenEdge
14 2 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 165 (20.35%) Microsoft Office
2 72 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (4.56%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (4.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (1.48%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.62%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 57 (7.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (2.34%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (1.73%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.49%) Teamcenter
6 2 (0.25%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.25%) Line 50
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.25%) Sage X3
6 2 (0.25%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.12%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.12%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 152 (18.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 132 (16.28%) Office 365
3 43 (5.30%) Dynamics 365
4 32 (3.95%) Amazon AWS
5 24 (2.96%) SaaS
6 21 (2.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (2.10%) IaaS
7 17 (2.10%) PaaS
8 14 (1.73%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.99%) GitHub
10 6 (0.74%) Google Analytics
11 5 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (0.62%) Trello
12 4 (0.49%) iPaaS
13 3 (0.37%) Boomi
13 3 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
14 2 (0.25%) G Suite
14 2 (0.25%) Google Drive
14 2 (0.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 48 (5.92%) LAN
2 44 (5.43%) DNS
3 35 (4.32%) Skype
4 33 (4.07%) DHCP
4 33 (4.07%) WAN
5 24 (2.96%) Firewall
6 22 (2.71%) VPN
7 20 (2.47%) TCP/IP
8 19 (2.34%) SAN
9 16 (1.97%) Internet
10 12 (1.48%) VoIP
11 11 (1.36%) NAS
12 10 (1.23%) Network Security
13 9 (1.11%) Unified Communications
14 8 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
15 7 (0.86%) Wireless
16 6 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
17 4 (0.49%) IPsec
17 4 (0.49%) VLAN
17 4 (0.49%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (14.92%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 31 (3.82%) Power BI
4 28 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
5 21 (2.59%) Relational Database
6 20 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (1.60%) SQL Server 2016
8 12 (1.48%) BusinessObjects
9 11 (1.36%) MySQL
9 11 (1.36%) RDBMS
9 11 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 10 (1.23%) MongoDB
10 10 (1.23%) QlikView
11 9 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
11 9 (1.11%) Big Data
12 8 (0.99%) RavenDB
13 6 (0.74%) GIS
13 6 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
14 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 36 (4.44%) Visual Studio
2 31 (3.82%) JIRA
3 29 (3.58%) Git (software)
4 25 (3.08%) Octopus Deploy
4 25 (3.08%) Visual Studio Team System
5 18 (2.22%) Selenium
6 16 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (1.36%) Jenkins
8 10 (1.23%) gulp
8 10 (1.23%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.86%) Bitbucket
9 7 (0.86%) MSI
10 3 (0.37%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.37%) Eclipse
10 3 (0.37%) LSMW
10 3 (0.37%) Maven
10 3 (0.37%) Mercurial
10 3 (0.37%) MSBuild
10 3 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
10 3 (0.37%) Subversion
General
1 74 (9.12%) Finance
2 26 (3.21%) Retail
3 24 (2.96%) Banking
3 24 (2.96%) Law
4 17 (2.10%) Manufacturing
5 16 (1.97%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.48%) Legal
7 11 (1.36%) Back Office
8 10 (1.23%) Billing
9 8 (0.99%) Automotive
9 8 (0.99%) Games
10 7 (0.86%) Local Government
11 6 (0.74%) Marketing
12 4 (0.49%) Advertising
13 3 (0.37%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.37%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.25%) Electronics
14 2 (0.25%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.12%) Publishing
15 1 (0.12%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 156 (19.24%) Developer
2 121 (14.92%) Analyst
3 51 (6.29%) Project Manager
4 48 (5.92%) .NET Developer
5 47 (5.80%) Architect
6 43 (5.30%) Consultant
6 43 (5.30%) Desktop Support
7 38 (4.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 35 (4.32%) Service Analyst
8 35 (4.32%) Support Engineer
9 32 (3.95%) Service Desk Analyst
10 28 (3.45%) C# Developer
11 27 (3.33%) Windows Engineer
12 26 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support
12 26 (3.21%) Desktop Engineer
13 25 (3.08%) Business Analyst
14 24 (2.96%) Support Analyst
15 23 (2.84%) Rollout Engineer
16 21 (2.59%) Administrator
17 20 (2.47%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (17.76%) .NET
2 43 (5.30%) HTML
3 42 (5.18%) Web Services
4 41 (5.06%) ASP.NET
4 41 (5.06%) CSS
5 29 (3.58%) AngularJS
6 27 (3.33%) JSON
7 26 (3.21%) RESTful
8 23 (2.84%) SOAP
9 21 (2.59%) HTML5
10 20 (2.47%) .NET Framework
10 20 (2.47%) XML
11 19 (2.34%) ASP.NET Web API
12 17 (2.10%) Entity Framework
12 17 (2.10%) jQuery
13 16 (1.97%) Node.js
13 16 (1.97%) REST
14 13 (1.60%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (1.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 11 (1.36%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 65 (8.01%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.32%) Data Centre
2 35 (4.32%) NHS
3 31 (3.82%) Management Information System
4 25 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.71%) Blackberry
6 20 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (2.10%) User Experience
8 12 (1.48%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.11%) Data Structures
9 9 (1.11%) Driving Licence
10 8 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
11 7 (0.86%) Fat Client
11 7 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (0.86%) Online Gambling
11 7 (0.86%) Replication
11 7 (0.86%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.74%) Computer Science
12 6 (0.74%) Online Games
12 6 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 286 (35.27%) Windows
2 125 (15.41%) Windows 10
3 96 (11.84%) Windows 7
4 84 (10.36%) Windows Server
5 31 (3.82%) Windows XP
6 24 (2.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (2.59%) Linux
7 21 (2.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 15 (1.85%) Apple iOS
9 14 (1.73%) Windows 8
10 12 (1.48%) Mac OS
10 12 (1.48%) Unix
11 11 (1.36%) Android
12 7 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.86%) zOS
13 4 (0.49%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.37%) SUSE
14 3 (0.37%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (13.44%) Problem-Solving
3 107 (13.19%) ITIL
4 77 (9.49%) Migration
5 69 (8.51%) DevOps
6 63 (7.77%) CRM
7 50 (6.17%) Business Intelligence
8 48 (5.92%) Stakeholder Management
9 47 (5.80%) Project Management
10 45 (5.55%) Service Management
11 44 (5.43%) TDD
12 43 (5.30%) MVC
13 42 (5.18%) Change Management
13 42 (5.18%) Continuous Integration
14 41 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 39 (4.81%) Scrum
16 34 (4.19%) Analytics
16 34 (4.19%) ETL
17 32 (3.95%) Workflow
18 30 (3.70%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 167 (20.59%) SQL
2 122 (15.04%) C#
3 58 (7.15%) PowerShell
4 54 (6.66%) JavaScript
5 41 (5.06%) T-SQL
6 22 (2.71%) VB
7 19 (2.34%) Java
8 16 (1.97%) VB.NET
9 15 (1.85%) C
10 13 (1.60%) VBScript
11 7 (0.86%) JCL
11 7 (0.86%) Python
11 7 (0.86%) Shell Script
11 7 (0.86%) X++
12 5 (0.62%) C++
12 5 (0.62%) PHP
13 3 (0.37%) ABAP
13 3 (0.37%) Erlang
13 3 (0.37%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 56 (6.91%) Security Cleared
2 40 (4.93%) Degree
2 40 (4.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 36 (4.44%) SC Cleared
4 29 (3.58%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (2.71%) MCSE
6 18 (2.22%) CCNA
7 16 (1.97%) CCNP
8 14 (1.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 11 (1.36%) MCSA
10 10 (1.23%) CISM
10 10 (1.23%) CISSP
11 8 (0.99%) CCDP
11 8 (0.99%) Chartered Engineer
11 8 (0.99%) MCP
11 8 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (0.86%) A+ Certification
12 7 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (0.86%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.81%) SLA
2 29 (3.58%) QA
3 10 (1.23%) GDPR
4 9 (1.11%) PMO
5 4 (0.49%) Actionable Recommendations
5 4 (0.49%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.25%) COBIT
7 2 (0.25%) COSO
7 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 166 (20.47%) Active Directory
2 45 (5.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.71%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.10%) XenApp
5 13 (1.60%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (1.60%) vSphere
5 13 (1.60%) XenDesktop
6 11 (1.36%) Virtual Desktop
7 9 (1.11%) Docker
7 9 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (0.86%) Time Sharing Option
9 6 (0.74%) Forefront TMG
9 6 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.62%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.37%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.37%) XenServer
12 2 (0.25%) Xen
13 1 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.12%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 80 (9.86%) SCCM
2 27 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 17 (2.10%) SCOM
4 14 (1.73%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
6 11 (1.36%) Terraform
7 7 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (0.86%) Puppet
8 6 (0.74%) Ansible
8 6 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 6 (0.74%) OpenView
8 6 (0.74%) WSUS
9 5 (0.62%) NetBackup
9 5 (0.62%) vMotion
9 5 (0.62%) vRealize
10 4 (0.49%) Failover Clustering
10 4 (0.49%) Grafana
10 4 (0.49%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.49%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 66 (8.14%) VMware
2 59 (7.27%) Citrix
3 47 (5.80%) Cisco
4 41 (5.06%) Oracle
5 33 (4.07%) HP
6 24 (2.96%) SAP
7 20 (2.47%) Apple
8 18 (2.22%) ServiceNow
9 15 (1.85%) Tableau
10 14 (1.73%) McAfee
11 13 (1.60%) Dell
11 13 (1.60%) Ivanti
12 12 (1.48%) Veeam
13 11 (1.36%) BMC
13 11 (1.36%) Symantec
14 9 (1.11%) Google
14 9 (1.11%) Remedy
15 8 (0.99%) Altiris
15 8 (0.99%) CA
15 8 (0.99%) Lotus