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 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / North West
Rank 8 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 308 469 426
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.84% 12.22% 12.03%
As % of the Vendors category 28.05% 28.20% 26.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 258 223
Median daily rate £365 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £194 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 65 47
Median hourly rate £17.25 £16.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.54% +17.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £12.00 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.65 £40.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 1098 1663 1632
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 42.21% 43.33% 46.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 680 914 791
Median daily rate £391 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.18% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 108 86
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £19.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +4.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £13.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.33 £47.33 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +4 152 £350 -3.44% 103
Cheshire -2 65 £350 -16.36% 52
Merseyside -2 38 £435 -3.33% 24
Lancashire 0 31 £480 +28.00% 11
Cumbria +2 5 - - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 209 (31.62%) Windows
2 196 (29.65%) MS Excel
3 140 (21.18%) SQL Server
4 126 (19.06%) SQL
5 125 (18.91%) .NET
6 120 (18.15%) MS Office
7 119 (18.00%) Active Directory
8 104 (15.73%) CRM
8 104 (15.73%) Finance
9 99 (14.98%) Dynamics CRM
10 96 (14.52%) C#
11 93 (14.07%) ITIL
12 89 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
13 86 (13.01%) Analytical Skills
14 66 (9.98%) VMware
14 66 (9.98%) Windows Server
15 64 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
16 63 (9.53%) Linux
16 63 (9.53%) Citrix
17 62 (9.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 59 (8.93%) Project Management
19 58 (8.77%) JavaScript
19 58 (8.77%) Migration
19 58 (8.77%) Windows Server 2008
19 58 (8.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 55 (8.32%) MS Exchange
21 53 (8.02%) Business Intelligence
22 50 (7.56%) Security Cleared
23 48 (7.26%) SCCM
23 48 (7.26%) MS PowerPoint

Microsoft
Top Related 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 55 (8.32%) MS Exchange
2 35 (5.30%) SharePoint
3 26 (3.93%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (3.33%) IIS
5 21 (3.18%) Skype for Business
6 20 (3.03%) WebSphere
7 14 (2.12%) BizTalk Server
7 14 (2.12%) IBM Notes
8 12 (1.82%) SAS
9 9 (1.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 9 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.21%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
12 6 (0.91%) Apache
12 6 (0.91%) CMS
13 5 (0.76%) EPiServer
13 5 (0.76%) Jetty
13 5 (0.76%) Mongrel
13 5 (0.76%) Sitecore CMS
13 5 (0.76%) Umbraco
Applications
1 196 (29.65%) MS Excel
2 120 (18.15%) MS Office
3 48 (7.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 17 (2.57%) MS Project
5 8 (1.21%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.76%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.30%) SPSS
8 1 (0.15%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 99 (14.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.27%) Dynamics NAV
3 11 (1.66%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.45%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.45%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.45%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.15%) Magento
6 1 (0.15%) Primavera
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.15%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 64 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (5.45%) Office 365
3 29 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.27%) IaaS
5 14 (2.12%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (2.12%) PaaS
5 14 (2.12%) SaaS
6 7 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.76%) Google App Engine
7 5 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.61%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.15%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.15%) G Suite
9 1 (0.15%) Route 53
9 1 (0.15%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 43 (6.51%) Firewall
2 36 (5.45%) DNS
2 36 (5.45%) LAN
3 29 (4.39%) WAN
4 28 (4.24%) Internet
5 24 (3.63%) SAN
6 23 (3.48%) DHCP
7 21 (3.18%) TCP/IP
8 15 (2.27%) VPN
9 12 (1.82%) NAS
9 12 (1.82%) Skype
10 10 (1.51%) VLAN
10 10 (1.51%) WebEx
11 9 (1.36%) SSL
11 9 (1.36%) VoIP
12 8 (1.21%) Intranet
13 7 (1.06%) Extranet
13 7 (1.06%) IPsec
13 7 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (0.91%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (21.18%) SQL Server
2 62 (9.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 58 (8.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 33 (4.99%) Data Warehouse
4 33 (4.99%) SQL Server 2008
4 33 (4.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 23 (3.48%) SQL Server 2012
6 17 (2.57%) Oracle Database
7 13 (1.97%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.82%) Oracle Database 12c
8 12 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
9 11 (1.66%) SQL Server 2014
10 10 (1.51%) MS Access
10 10 (1.51%) Power BI
11 9 (1.36%) MySQL
12 6 (0.91%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2016
13 5 (0.76%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.76%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 40 (6.05%) Visual Studio
2 18 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.51%) JIRA
4 7 (1.06%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.06%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (0.76%) Jenkins
5 5 (0.76%) Travis CI
6 4 (0.61%) Mercurial
6 4 (0.61%) Toad
6 4 (0.61%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 3 (0.45%) AccuRev
7 3 (0.45%) Gradle
7 3 (0.45%) MSI
7 3 (0.45%) Rational Application Developer
7 3 (0.45%) Rational Rhapsody
7 3 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.45%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
8 2 (0.30%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.30%) Maven
8 2 (0.30%) Rational DOORS
General
1 104 (15.73%) Finance
2 37 (5.60%) Advertising
3 27 (4.08%) Banking
4 22 (3.33%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.12%) Local Government
6 12 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.36%) Marketing
8 7 (1.06%) Retail
9 5 (0.76%) Law
9 5 (0.76%) Legal
10 4 (0.61%) Automotive
10 4 (0.61%) Avionics
10 4 (0.61%) Games
11 3 (0.45%) Back Office
11 3 (0.45%) Electronics
11 3 (0.45%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.30%) French Language
12 2 (0.30%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.30%) German Language
Job Titles
1 163 (24.66%) Developer
2 103 (15.58%) Analyst
3 59 (8.93%) Consultant
4 51 (7.72%) CRM Developer
5 40 (6.05%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 38 (5.75%) Microsoft Developer
7 37 (5.60%) Project Manager
8 35 (5.30%) .NET Developer
9 31 (4.69%) DBA
10 30 (4.54%) Architect
11 28 (4.24%) Administrator
12 27 (4.08%) Support Analyst
13 26 (3.93%) SQL DBA
14 24 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support
15 22 (3.33%) Business Analyst
16 20 (3.03%) Service Analyst
17 19 (2.87%) Service Desk Analyst
17 19 (2.87%) Support Engineer
18 18 (2.72%) Desktop Support
19 16 (2.42%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (18.91%) .NET
2 48 (7.26%) ASP.NET
3 43 (6.51%) HTML
4 35 (5.30%) CSS
5 34 (5.14%) Web Services
6 22 (3.33%) XML
7 19 (2.87%) jQuery
8 17 (2.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 15 (2.27%) .NET Framework
10 14 (2.12%) WCF
11 10 (1.51%) Ajax
12 9 (1.36%) AngularJS
12 9 (1.36%) J2EE
13 8 (1.21%) ASP.NET Web API
13 8 (1.21%) Middleware
14 7 (1.06%) Regular Expression
14 7 (1.06%) SOAP
15 6 (0.91%) MDX
15 6 (0.91%) Node.js
15 6 (0.91%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 86 (13.01%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (4.54%) Data Centre
3 28 (4.24%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.72%) Blackberry
5 16 (2.42%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.82%) PKI
7 11 (1.66%) Tandem
7 11 (1.66%) User Experience
8 10 (1.51%) NHS
9 8 (1.21%) Replication
9 8 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (1.06%) Life Science
11 6 (0.91%) BYOD
11 6 (0.91%) iPhone
12 5 (0.76%) Clustering
12 5 (0.76%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (0.76%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.76%) Oracle Licensing
13 4 (0.61%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 209 (31.62%) Windows
2 66 (9.98%) Windows Server
3 63 (9.53%) Linux
4 58 (8.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (6.66%) Windows 7
6 40 (6.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (5.90%) Windows XP
8 36 (5.45%) Unix
9 24 (3.63%) Windows 10
10 22 (3.33%) AIX
11 21 (3.18%) Windows Server 2003
12 13 (1.97%) Windows 2000
13 12 (1.82%) Solaris
14 11 (1.66%) Windows 8
15 10 (1.51%) Android
15 10 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (1.06%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.91%) HPUX
18 5 (0.76%) Windows Phone
19 3 (0.45%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (15.73%) CRM
2 93 (14.07%) ITIL
3 89 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
4 59 (8.93%) Project Management
5 58 (8.77%) Migration
6 53 (8.02%) Business Intelligence
7 44 (6.66%) Service Management
8 40 (6.05%) Change Management
9 33 (4.99%) Stakeholder Management
10 31 (4.69%) PRINCE2
11 29 (4.39%) ETL
11 29 (4.39%) MVC
12 25 (3.78%) DevOps
12 25 (3.78%) Problem Management
13 20 (3.03%) Data Management
13 20 (3.03%) Open Source
14 19 (2.87%) Data Analysis
14 19 (2.87%) Performance Tuning
14 19 (2.87%) Release Management
15 18 (2.72%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 126 (19.06%) SQL
2 96 (14.52%) C#
3 58 (8.77%) JavaScript
4 47 (7.11%) PowerShell
5 24 (3.63%) Java
6 23 (3.48%) T-SQL
7 16 (2.42%) C++
8 13 (1.97%) Perl
8 13 (1.97%) VBScript
9 10 (1.51%) PL/SQL
10 9 (1.36%) VBA
11 8 (1.21%) VB.NET
12 7 (1.06%) Python
12 7 (1.06%) VB
13 6 (0.91%) Bourne shell
13 6 (0.91%) C
13 6 (0.91%) Korn
13 6 (0.91%) PHP
14 4 (0.61%) R
14 4 (0.61%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 50 (7.56%) Security Cleared
2 39 (5.90%) Degree
3 34 (5.14%) SC Cleared
4 32 (4.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (2.27%) MCSE
6 14 (2.12%) CISSP
7 12 (1.82%) MCP
8 10 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.51%) ISEB
8 10 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (1.36%) CISMP
10 6 (0.91%) CCNA
10 6 (0.91%) MCSA
11 5 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.61%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.61%) HND
12 4 (0.61%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.45%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.03%) SLA
2 15 (2.27%) QA
3 13 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.36%) COBIT
4 9 (1.36%) ISO27002
5 7 (1.06%) PMO
6 5 (0.76%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.15%) COSHH
9 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.15%) GMP
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 119 (18.00%) Active Directory
2 36 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (2.12%) XenDesktop
4 12 (1.82%) Hyper-V
5 10 (1.51%) vSphere
5 10 (1.51%) XenApp
6 9 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 6 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (0.61%) VMware ESX
9 4 (0.61%) Xen
10 3 (0.45%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.30%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.30%) VMware GSX
12 1 (0.15%) Docker
12 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.15%) MetaFrame
12 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 48 (7.26%) SCCM
2 21 (3.18%) SCOM
3 12 (1.82%) WSUS
4 11 (1.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 11 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (1.51%) Oracle RMAN
6 9 (1.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 8 (1.21%) Puppet
8 7 (1.06%) AirWatch
8 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
8 7 (1.06%) Netcool
8 7 (1.06%) Tivoli
9 6 (0.91%) HP SiteScope
10 5 (0.76%) SCOrch
10 5 (0.76%) SCSM
11 4 (0.61%) Data Guard
11 4 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (0.45%) BladeLogic
12 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 66 (9.98%) VMware
2 63 (9.53%) Citrix
3 47 (7.11%) Cisco
4 34 (5.14%) Oracle
5 26 (3.93%) HP
6 18 (2.72%) Intel Security
7 16 (2.42%) Google
8 15 (2.27%) Apple
8 15 (2.27%) IBM
8 15 (2.27%) SAP
9 14 (2.12%) Lotus
9 14 (2.12%) NetApp
10 12 (1.82%) Dell
10 12 (1.82%) Red Hat
11 11 (1.66%) Tableau
12 8 (1.21%) Sitecore
13 7 (1.06%) IronPort
13 7 (1.06%) Polycom
13 7 (1.06%) ServiceNow
14 6 (0.91%) Splunk
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