Period
to 22 November 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 November 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 3 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 897 626 793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.08% 10.96% 11.56%
As % of the Vendors category 35.25% 25.65% 25.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 365 502
North West median daily rate £385 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% - -
10th Percentile £172 £150 £201
90th Percentile £538 £558 £538
England median daily rate £420 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.40% +1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 88 66
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.35 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.04% -0.55% -3.56%
10th Percentile £10.91 £11.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.00 £43.83 £42.50
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +5.73% -3.23% -

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 2,545 2,441 3,167
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 42.78% 42.73% 46.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,525 1,464 1,884
North West median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £207 £219 £263
90th Percentile £575 £625 £550
England median daily rate £450 £448 £425
% change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 151 127
North West median hourly rate £17.80 £16.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.25% -11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £11.27 £11.25 £10.73
90th Percentile £43.63 £43.75 £45.30
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.72% +2.21% -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 November 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 November 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 November 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 +6 480 £375 -3.23% 340
Cheshire +3 192 £375 +11.11% 89
Lancashire +6 93 £425 +6.25% 56
Merseyside +3 86 £390 +20.00% 56
Cumbria +7 13 £225 -46.43% 4
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 315 (35.12%) Windows
2 198 (22.07%) .NET
3 187 (20.85%) Microsoft Azure
4 186 (20.74%) Active Directory
5 171 (19.06%) SQL
6 167 (18.62%) Agile Software Development
7 166 (18.51%) Microsoft Office
8 164 (18.28%) C#
9 149 (16.61%) Office 365
10 145 (16.16%) Windows 10
11 126 (14.05%) CRM
12 119 (13.27%) Dynamics CRM
13 115 (12.82%) ITIL
14 114 (12.71%) SQL Server
15 98 (10.93%) Windows 7
16 95 (10.59%) SCCM
17 94 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
18 93 (10.37%) DevOps
19 86 (9.59%) VMware
20 85 (9.48%) Finance
21 82 (9.14%) Migration
22 81 (9.03%) SharePoint
23 79 (8.81%) Dynamics 365
23 79 (8.81%) Windows Server
24 76 (8.47%) MS Exchange
25 74 (8.25%) Continuous Integration
26 70 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
26 70 (7.80%) Microsoft Excel
27 69 (7.69%) JavaScript
27 69 (7.69%) TDD

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 81 (9.03%) SharePoint
2 76 (8.47%) MS Exchange
3 35 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (3.12%) Skype for Business
5 26 (2.90%) CMS
6 24 (2.68%) IIS
7 17 (1.90%) BizTalk Server
8 16 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
9 13 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
10 12 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
11 11 (1.23%) Umbraco
12 10 (1.11%) Drupal
12 10 (1.11%) IBM Notes
13 9 (1.00%) Apache
13 9 (1.00%) Jetty
13 9 (1.00%) Mongrel
13 9 (1.00%) nginx
13 9 (1.00%) Tomcat
13 9 (1.00%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.67%) Confluence
Applications
1 166 (18.51%) Microsoft Office
2 70 (7.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (3.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (3.57%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (1.45%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.56%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) CATIA
7 1 (0.11%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 119 (13.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (1.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.45%) Teamcenter
5 3 (0.33%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.22%) Eikon
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.11%) Line 50
7 1 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.11%) Sage X3
7 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.11%) Scribe Insight
7 1 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 187 (20.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 149 (16.61%) Office 365
3 79 (8.81%) Dynamics 365
4 52 (5.80%) Amazon AWS
5 24 (2.68%) Azure Active Directory
6 23 (2.56%) OneDrive
7 18 (2.01%) Google Cloud Platform
8 15 (1.67%) IaaS
9 14 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (1.56%) PaaS
9 14 (1.56%) SaaS
10 11 (1.23%) GitHub
11 9 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.89%) Google App Engine
13 7 (0.78%) Boomi
14 5 (0.56%) Google Analytics
14 5 (0.56%) Trello
15 3 (0.33%) Serverless
15 3 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
16 2 (0.22%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.35%) DNS
2 35 (3.90%) LAN
3 30 (3.34%) DHCP
4 28 (3.12%) VPN
5 25 (2.79%) Firewall
5 25 (2.79%) Skype
6 23 (2.56%) TCP/IP
7 22 (2.45%) WAN
8 21 (2.34%) SAN
9 14 (1.56%) Internet
10 13 (1.45%) NAS
11 12 (1.34%) SSL
12 11 (1.23%) HTTP
13 10 (1.11%) FTP
13 10 (1.11%) IPsec
13 10 (1.11%) VoIP
14 8 (0.89%) Wireless
15 7 (0.78%) Fibre Channel
16 6 (0.67%) Remote Desktop
16 6 (0.67%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (12.71%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 35 (3.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 34 (3.79%) Power BI
5 23 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
6 19 (2.12%) Relational Database
7 18 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
8 16 (1.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 15 (1.67%) BusinessObjects
10 13 (1.45%) Azure SQL Database
11 11 (1.23%) QlikView
12 10 (1.11%) MySQL
12 10 (1.11%) RavenDB
12 10 (1.11%) SQL Server 2016
13 7 (0.78%) Big Data
14 6 (0.67%) GIS
14 6 (0.67%) MongoDB
14 6 (0.67%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.67%) SQL Server 2014
15 5 (0.56%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 60 (6.69%) Visual Studio
2 33 (3.68%) Octopus Deploy
3 29 (3.23%) JIRA
4 28 (3.12%) Git (software)
4 28 (3.12%) Visual Studio Team System
5 27 (3.01%) Jenkins
6 24 (2.68%) Selenium
7 19 (2.12%) TeamCity
8 15 (1.67%) gulp
9 14 (1.56%) MSI
10 13 (1.45%) Bitbucket
11 12 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
12 9 (1.00%) JMeter
12 9 (1.00%) Travis CI
13 8 (0.89%) JUnit
14 4 (0.45%) AdminStudio
14 4 (0.45%) GitLab
14 4 (0.45%) InstallShield
15 3 (0.33%) eggPlant
15 3 (0.33%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 85 (9.48%) Finance
2 30 (3.34%) Banking
3 20 (2.23%) Retail
4 19 (2.12%) Back Office
5 18 (2.01%) Law
6 15 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 15 (1.67%) Marketing
7 14 (1.56%) Billing
8 11 (1.23%) Telecoms
9 10 (1.11%) Legal
10 9 (1.00%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.67%) Games
11 6 (0.67%) Local Government
12 5 (0.56%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.45%) Electronics
14 3 (0.33%) Automotive
14 3 (0.33%) Front Office
14 3 (0.33%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.22%) Advertising
16 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 217 (24.19%) Developer
2 106 (11.82%) Analyst
3 65 (7.25%) .NET Developer
4 44 (4.91%) CRM Developer
5 43 (4.79%) Consultant
6 42 (4.68%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 42 (4.68%) Microsoft Developer
7 41 (4.57%) Architect
8 40 (4.46%) Project Manager
9 32 (3.57%) Windows Engineer
10 29 (3.23%) Business Analyst
11 28 (3.12%) Service Analyst
11 28 (3.12%) Support Engineer
12 27 (3.01%) C# Developer
12 27 (3.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 25 (2.79%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 25 (2.79%) Rollout Engineer
13 25 (2.79%) Service Desk Analyst
14 24 (2.68%) Administrator
14 24 (2.68%) Windows Rollout Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (22.07%) .NET
2 63 (7.02%) Web Services
3 60 (6.69%) HTML
4 57 (6.35%) CSS
5 53 (5.91%) ASP.NET
6 42 (4.68%) RESTful
7 36 (4.01%) .NET Framework
8 35 (3.90%) SOAP
9 33 (3.68%) AngularJS
9 33 (3.68%) XML
10 29 (3.23%) Node.js
11 25 (2.79%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 24 (2.68%) JSON
13 23 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
13 23 (2.56%) HTML5
14 20 (2.23%) jQuery
15 19 (2.12%) Entity Framework
16 15 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
16 15 (1.67%) REST
17 13 (1.45%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 70 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (5.80%) NHS
3 49 (5.46%) Management Information System
4 39 (4.35%) Data Centre
5 27 (3.01%) User Experience
6 19 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
8 14 (1.56%) Blackberry
9 12 (1.34%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.23%) Mobile App
11 10 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (1.11%) Replication
12 8 (0.89%) Data Structures
12 8 (0.89%) Semantic Web
13 7 (0.78%) Computer Science
13 7 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (0.78%) Online Gambling
14 6 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
14 6 (0.67%) Fat Client
14 6 (0.67%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 315 (35.12%) Windows
2 145 (16.16%) Windows 10
3 98 (10.93%) Windows 7
4 79 (8.81%) Windows Server
5 35 (3.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (3.34%) Linux
7 27 (3.01%) Windows XP
8 25 (2.79%) Mac OS
9 24 (2.68%) Apple iOS
10 22 (2.45%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (2.01%) Unix
12 12 (1.34%) Windows 8
13 11 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
14 8 (0.89%) Android
14 8 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (0.89%) zOS
15 6 (0.67%) Data ONTAP
16 4 (0.45%) VMS
17 3 (0.33%) CentOS
17 3 (0.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (18.62%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (14.05%) CRM
3 115 (12.82%) ITIL
4 94 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
5 93 (10.37%) DevOps
6 82 (9.14%) Migration
7 74 (8.25%) Continuous Integration
8 69 (7.69%) TDD
9 60 (6.69%) Service Management
10 59 (6.58%) Business Intelligence
11 58 (6.47%) Workflow
12 52 (5.80%) Test Automation
13 51 (5.69%) Change Management
14 50 (5.57%) Stakeholder Management
15 46 (5.13%) MVC
16 45 (5.02%) Project Management
17 40 (4.46%) Continuous Improvement
17 40 (4.46%) ETL
18 38 (4.24%) Scrum
19 37 (4.12%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 171 (19.06%) SQL
2 164 (18.28%) C#
3 69 (7.69%) JavaScript
3 69 (7.69%) PowerShell
4 45 (5.02%) T-SQL
5 44 (4.91%) Java
6 17 (1.90%) VB
7 14 (1.56%) VBScript
8 13 (1.45%) Python
9 11 (1.23%) C
10 10 (1.11%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.11%) VB.NET
11 9 (1.00%) Ruby
11 9 (1.00%) Scala
12 8 (0.89%) JCL
13 6 (0.67%) R
13 6 (0.67%) X++
14 4 (0.45%) PHP
14 4 (0.45%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.33%) C++
Qualifications
1 60 (6.69%) Security Cleared
2 57 (6.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 52 (5.80%) Degree
4 39 (4.35%) SC Cleared
5 32 (3.57%) MCSE
6 24 (2.68%) MCSA
7 18 (2.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 14 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.45%) MCP
10 10 (1.11%) A+ Certification
11 9 (1.00%) CCNA
11 9 (1.00%) MBA
12 7 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 6 (0.67%) MCTS
14 5 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.56%) CCNP
14 5 (0.56%) HNC
14 5 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.45%) MCITP
15 4 (0.45%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (5.02%) SLA
2 34 (3.79%) QA
3 10 (1.11%) PMO
4 5 (0.56%) Actionable Recommendations
4 5 (0.56%) GDPR
5 4 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.11%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) COSO
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) NEBOSH
8 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 186 (20.74%) Active Directory
2 51 (5.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.23%) Virtual Desktop
4 18 (2.01%) Hyper-V
5 15 (1.67%) vSphere
6 13 (1.45%) XenApp
7 12 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (1.34%) Xen
8 11 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (0.89%) Docker
10 8 (0.89%) Time Sharing Option
10 8 (0.89%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.56%) NFS
11 5 (0.56%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.45%) XenServer
13 3 (0.33%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.22%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 95 (10.59%) SCCM
2 36 (4.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 15 (1.67%) SCOM
4 14 (1.56%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (1.56%) Puppet
5 10 (1.11%) Terraform
6 7 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (0.67%) Ansible
7 6 (0.67%) OpenView
8 5 (0.56%) NetApp OnCommand
8 5 (0.56%) NetBackup
8 5 (0.56%) vMotion
8 5 (0.56%) vRealize
9 4 (0.45%) Grafana
9 4 (0.45%) Kubernetes
9 4 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.45%) Prometheus
9 4 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (0.45%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 86 (9.59%) VMware
2 55 (6.13%) Citrix
3 39 (4.35%) Oracle
4 33 (3.68%) Apple
5 29 (3.23%) HP
6 28 (3.12%) ServiceNow
7 27 (3.01%) Cisco
7 27 (3.01%) SAP
8 26 (2.90%) Google
9 16 (1.78%) Dell
10 13 (1.45%) Tableau
11 12 (1.34%) Veeam
12 11 (1.23%) BMC
12 11 (1.23%) Remedy
13 10 (1.11%) Lotus
13 10 (1.11%) McAfee
14 8 (0.89%) Altiris
14 8 (0.89%) CA
14 8 (0.89%) Informatica
14 8 (0.89%) NetApp