Period
to 29 October 2020

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 29 October 2020 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 6 3
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 287 662 859
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 14.29% 12.33% 14.45%
As % of the Vendors category 32.73% 28.82% 34.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 393 478
Median daily rate £350 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.68% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £127 £189 £163
90th Percentile £550 £538 £529
England median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 59 123
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.71% - +20.69%
10th Percentile £13.66 £11.17 £10.90
90th Percentile £42.15 £52.40 £38.75
England median hourly rate £17.88 £16.50 £15.86
% change year-on-year +8.33% +4.04% +2.32%

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 877 2,297 2,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 43.68% 42.77% 41.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 538 1,440 1,469
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -4.76%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £205
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 106 182
Median hourly rate £18.98 £19.61 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.19% +12.03% +12.90%
10th Percentile £13.66 £12.60 £11.25
90th Percentile £40.95 £53.75 £42.95
Median hourly rate £31.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +65.79% +8.57% +2.94%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020. 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 +1 149 £375 -3.23% 141
Lancashire +15 41 £275 - 34
Merseyside +2 33 £313 -10.71% 27
Cheshire -14 31 £388 -3.13% 42
Cumbria +1 16 £189 -53.33% 5
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, 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.

1 106 (36.93%) Windows
2 105 (36.59%) Azure
3 76 (26.48%) Active Directory
4 69 (24.04%) Microsoft Office
5 61 (21.25%) Windows 10
6 57 (19.86%) SQL
6 57 (19.86%) Business Intelligence
7 50 (17.42%) SQL Server
8 48 (16.72%) Office 365
9 43 (14.98%) Security Cleared
10 42 (14.63%) SCCM
11 37 (12.89%) SC Cleared
12 35 (12.20%) ITIL
13 34 (11.85%) Migration
13 34 (11.85%) Agile Software Development
14 31 (10.80%) .NET
14 31 (10.80%) Azure Active Directory
14 31 (10.80%) Windows Server
15 30 (10.45%) Power Platform
15 30 (10.45%) Public Sector
16 29 (10.10%) Problem-Solving
17 28 (9.76%) Finance
18 27 (9.41%) Microsoft Intune
18 27 (9.41%) Analytics
18 27 (9.41%) Power BI
19 26 (9.06%) PowerShell
19 26 (9.06%) SharePoint
19 26 (9.06%) Project Management
20 25 (8.71%) Microsoft Excel
21 23 (8.01%) C#

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 26 (9.06%) SharePoint
2 16 (5.57%) BizTalk Server
3 10 (3.48%) IIS
4 9 (3.14%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.70%) Apache
6 2 (0.70%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.70%) CMS
6 2 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.70%) JBoss
6 2 (0.70%) nginx
6 2 (0.70%) SAS
6 2 (0.70%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.70%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.70%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.35%) Confluence
7 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.35%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.35%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 69 (24.04%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (8.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.53%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (3.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (1.39%) MS Visio
6 3 (1.05%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (5.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.70%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.35%) ENOVIA
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 105 (36.59%) Azure
2 48 (16.72%) Office 365
3 31 (10.80%) Azure Active Directory
4 30 (10.45%) Power Platform
5 15 (5.23%) PaaS
6 11 (3.83%) AWS
6 11 (3.83%) PowerApps
7 8 (2.79%) Logic Apps
7 8 (2.79%) Power Automate
8 7 (2.44%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (1.74%) Boomi
10 4 (1.39%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (1.39%) OneDrive
10 4 (1.39%) SaaS
11 3 (1.05%) IaaS
12 2 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.70%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.70%) GitHub
13 1 (0.35%) npm
13 1 (0.35%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.57%) Skype
2 13 (4.53%) VoIP
3 9 (3.14%) DNS
4 7 (2.44%) Firewall
5 6 (2.09%) DHCP
5 6 (2.09%) HTTP
5 6 (2.09%) Internet
5 6 (2.09%) LAN
5 6 (2.09%) VPN
5 6 (2.09%) WAN
6 5 (1.74%) IP Telephony
6 5 (1.74%) Remote Desktop
7 4 (1.39%) MPLS
7 4 (1.39%) SAN
7 4 (1.39%) SSL
7 4 (1.39%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (1.05%) Cisco Firepower
8 3 (1.05%) Wireless
9 2 (0.70%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (17.42%) SQL Server
2 27 (9.41%) Power BI
3 12 (4.18%) Data Lake
3 12 (4.18%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (3.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (3.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (3.14%) Big Data
5 9 (3.14%) HDInsight
6 8 (2.79%) Relational Database
7 7 (2.44%) Oracle Database
8 6 (2.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
9 5 (1.74%) Tableau
10 3 (1.05%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.70%) QlikView
11 2 (0.70%) SAP Data Services
11 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (4.18%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (1.39%) Hudson
3 4 (1.39%) MSI
4 3 (1.05%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.35%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.35%) Babel
5 1 (0.35%) ERwin
5 1 (0.35%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.35%) JIRA
5 1 (0.35%) NUnit
5 1 (0.35%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.35%) Subversion
5 1 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.35%) webpack
General
1 30 (10.45%) Public Sector
2 28 (9.76%) Finance
3 9 (3.14%) Legal
3 9 (3.14%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.79%) Manufacturing
5 6 (2.09%) Local Government
6 4 (1.39%) Electronics
6 4 (1.39%) Mandarin Language
6 4 (1.39%) Marketing
6 4 (1.39%) Retail
7 3 (1.05%) Law
8 2 (0.70%) Avionics
8 2 (0.70%) Banking
8 2 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.35%) Advertising
9 1 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (17.42%) Architect
2 34 (11.85%) Developer
3 30 (10.45%) Analyst
4 20 (6.97%) Data Architect
5 18 (6.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 13 (4.53%) Azure Architect
7 12 (4.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 12 (4.18%) Windows Engineer
8 11 (3.83%) Support Engineer
9 10 (3.48%) Enterprise Architect
9 10 (3.48%) Enterprise Data Architect
9 10 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
10 9 (3.14%) Administrator
10 9 (3.14%) IT Engineer
11 8 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
11 8 (2.79%) Azure Engineer
11 8 (2.79%) DBA
11 8 (2.79%) Power BI Developer
11 8 (2.79%) SQL DBA
11 8 (2.79%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (10.80%) .NET
2 14 (4.88%) SAML
3 13 (4.53%) HTML
3 13 (4.53%) Web Services
4 12 (4.18%) ASP.NET
5 11 (3.83%) CSS
6 7 (2.44%) .NET Framework
6 7 (2.44%) REST
6 7 (2.44%) SOAP
7 6 (2.09%) JSON
7 6 (2.09%) SailPoint
8 5 (1.74%) Middleware
9 4 (1.39%) .NET Core
9 4 (1.39%) CGI
10 3 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.05%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (1.05%) Entity Framework
10 3 (1.05%) HTML5
10 3 (1.05%) Node.js
10 3 (1.05%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 21 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (6.62%) NHS
3 10 (3.48%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.48%) Smartcard
4 6 (2.09%) Public Cloud
5 5 (1.74%) Clustering
5 5 (1.74%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.39%) Driving Licence
6 4 (1.39%) PKI
6 4 (1.39%) Replication
6 4 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.05%) Data Structures
7 3 (1.05%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.70%) Blackberry
8 2 (0.70%) EFT
8 2 (0.70%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.70%) Life Science
8 2 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.70%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 106 (36.93%) Windows
2 61 (21.25%) Windows 10
3 31 (10.80%) Windows Server
4 15 (5.23%) Windows 7
5 13 (4.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (3.83%) Apple iOS
7 9 (3.14%) Linux
8 8 (2.79%) Android
9 5 (1.74%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (1.39%) Solaris
10 4 (1.39%) Unix
11 3 (1.05%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.35%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.35%) VMS
13 1 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (19.86%) Business Intelligence
2 35 (12.20%) ITIL
3 34 (11.85%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (11.85%) Migration
4 29 (10.10%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (9.41%) Analytics
6 26 (9.06%) Project Management
7 22 (7.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 20 (6.97%) Identity Access Management
9 19 (6.62%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 18 (6.27%) CRM
11 17 (5.92%) Data Modelling
12 15 (5.23%) Data Management
12 15 (5.23%) Enterprise Architecture
12 15 (5.23%) Strategic Roadmap
13 14 (4.88%) DevOps
13 14 (4.88%) Project Delivery
14 13 (4.53%) TOGAF
15 12 (4.18%) Data Architecture
15 12 (4.18%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 57 (19.86%) SQL
2 26 (9.06%) PowerShell
3 23 (8.01%) C#
4 16 (5.57%) JavaScript
5 11 (3.83%) Java
6 9 (3.14%) VB
7 7 (2.44%) T-SQL
7 7 (2.44%) VB.NET
8 5 (1.74%) C
8 5 (1.74%) VBA
9 4 (1.39%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.39%) Perl
9 4 (1.39%) Python
10 3 (1.05%) C++
10 3 (1.05%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (1.05%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.70%) Ada
11 2 (0.70%) R
11 2 (0.70%) U-SQL
12 1 (0.35%) Lua
Qualifications
1 43 (14.98%) Security Cleared
2 37 (12.89%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (5.57%) Degree
5 11 (3.83%) TOGAF Certification
6 6 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.74%) MCP
7 5 (1.74%) MCSE
7 5 (1.74%) Oracle Certification
8 4 (1.39%) CISM
8 4 (1.39%) CISSP
8 4 (1.39%) MCSA
9 3 (1.05%) HNC
9 3 (1.05%) HND
9 3 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.05%) MCTS
9 3 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.70%) CCSP
10 2 (0.70%) CEH
10 2 (0.70%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.44%) QA
2 4 (1.39%) SLA
3 3 (1.05%) GDPR
4 2 (0.70%) PMO
5 1 (0.35%) Cabinet Office Statement of Practice
5 1 (0.35%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.35%) GMP
5 1 (0.35%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 76 (26.48%) Active Directory
2 17 (5.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (4.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 8 (2.79%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.74%) BitLocker
5 5 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.05%) Docker
7 2 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.70%) XenApp
8 1 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 42 (14.63%) SCCM
2 27 (9.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 15 (5.23%) Single Sign-On
4 6 (2.09%) Terraform
4 6 (2.09%) WSUS
5 5 (1.74%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.74%) SCOM
6 3 (1.05%) SafeCom
7 2 (0.70%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.70%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (0.70%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (0.70%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.70%) WMI
8 1 (0.35%) DameWare
8 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.35%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.35%) SCSM
8 1 (0.35%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.35%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 23 (8.01%) Oracle
2 19 (6.62%) VMware
3 14 (4.88%) Databricks
4 13 (4.53%) Cisco
5 11 (3.83%) Apple
6 9 (3.14%) McAfee
7 7 (2.44%) Citrix
7 7 (2.44%) Dell
7 7 (2.44%) HP
7 7 (2.44%) SAP
8 6 (2.09%) IBM
8 6 (2.09%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (1.74%) Remedy
10 4 (1.39%) Google
11 3 (1.05%) Canon
11 3 (1.05%) Meraki
11 3 (1.05%) Okta
11 3 (1.05%) Palo Alto
11 3 (1.05%) Veeam
12 2 (0.70%) iManage