Period
to 17 July 2019

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 17 July 2019 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
17 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 8 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 606 718 632
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.39% 11.66% 11.16%
As % of the Vendors category 28.54% 28.55% 25.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 411 366
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £189 £158 £159
90th Percentile £538 £540 £531
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 94 110
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £14.63 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.66% -5.65% +8.09%
10th Percentile £12.65 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.00 £38.75 £44.10
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -

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 2,123 2,515 2,471
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 39.91% 40.85% 43.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,351 1,465 1,434
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £225 £231 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
England median daily rate £463 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +2.78% +3.45% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 150 168
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £17.25 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.84% +7.81% -12.81%
10th Percentile £13.20 £11.48 £10.55
90th Percentile £53.15 £51.25 £45.15
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year +7.04% +4.41% -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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019. 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 -3 305 £410 +9.33% 372
Cheshire +2 110 £388 +10.71% 121
Merseyside +7 85 £400 -1.84% 68
Lancashire +15 80 £400 +3.90% 53
Cumbria +9 16 £393 -4.85% 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 July 2019, 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.

1 177 (29.21%) Windows
2 166 (27.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 153 (25.25%) SQL
4 144 (23.76%) .NET
5 134 (22.11%) C#
6 130 (21.45%) Active Directory
7 123 (20.30%) SQL Server
8 117 (19.31%) Office 365
9 94 (15.51%) Microsoft Office
10 85 (14.03%) Agile Software Development
11 80 (13.20%) CRM
12 75 (12.38%) JavaScript
13 74 (12.21%) SharePoint
14 72 (11.88%) Migration
15 71 (11.72%) Windows 10
16 70 (11.55%) ITIL
17 67 (11.06%) Dynamics CRM
18 66 (10.89%) Amazon AWS
19 65 (10.73%) Finance
20 64 (10.56%) HTML
20 64 (10.56%) Dynamics 365
21 60 (9.90%) Microsoft Excel
21 60 (9.90%) SCCM
22 58 (9.57%) Business Intelligence
23 57 (9.41%) Java
24 56 (9.24%) Workflow
25 55 (9.08%) DevOps
26 54 (8.91%) Node.js
27 53 (8.75%) Windows Server
27 53 (8.75%) CSS

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 74 (12.21%) SharePoint
2 41 (6.77%) MS Exchange
3 22 (3.63%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.15%) IIS
5 9 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (1.49%) IBM Notes
6 7 (1.16%) Apache
6 7 (1.16%) Confluence
7 6 (0.99%) CMS
7 6 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (0.99%) Umbraco
8 5 (0.83%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.50%) NServiceBus
10 3 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.33%) Jetty
11 2 (0.33%) nginx
Applications
1 94 (15.51%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (9.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (6.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (2.15%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.82%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 67 (11.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.98%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.82%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.17%) Primavera
4 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.17%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 166 (27.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 117 (19.31%) Office 365
3 66 (10.89%) Amazon AWS
4 64 (10.56%) Dynamics 365
5 34 (5.61%) Power Platform
6 20 (3.30%) Azure Active Directory
7 14 (2.31%) PaaS
8 12 (1.98%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.65%) Kong
10 8 (1.32%) IaaS
10 8 (1.32%) Serverless
11 6 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
11 6 (0.99%) SaaS
12 5 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (0.83%) Slack
13 4 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.66%) Azure Functions
13 4 (0.66%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.66%) PowerApps
14 3 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 33 (5.45%) DNS
2 25 (4.13%) DHCP
3 21 (3.47%) Skype
4 20 (3.30%) Firewall
5 19 (3.14%) LAN
6 17 (2.81%) VPN
7 15 (2.48%) TCP/IP
7 15 (2.48%) VoIP
7 15 (2.48%) WAN
8 9 (1.49%) Internet
9 8 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
10 7 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (0.99%) Intranet
11 6 (0.99%) IPsec
12 5 (0.83%) Network Security
12 5 (0.83%) SAN
12 5 (0.83%) WebEx
12 5 (0.83%) Wireless
13 4 (0.66%) FTP
13 4 (0.66%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (20.30%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.12%) Power BI
3 30 (4.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (4.79%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (3.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (2.31%) MySQL
6 14 (2.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (2.15%) NoSQL
7 13 (2.15%) QlikView
8 12 (1.98%) Azure SQL Database
9 11 (1.82%) Big Data
9 11 (1.82%) MongoDB
10 10 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
10 10 (1.65%) Relational Database
11 9 (1.49%) MS Access
12 7 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
12 7 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.99%) Data Lake
14 5 (0.83%) Oracle Database
15 4 (0.66%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 46 (7.59%) Jenkins
2 34 (5.61%) Git (software)
3 33 (5.45%) SonarQube
4 30 (4.95%) Visual Studio
5 25 (4.13%) JIRA
6 23 (3.80%) Artifactory
6 23 (3.80%) GitLab
6 23 (3.80%) Maven
6 23 (3.80%) Sonatype Nexus
7 14 (2.31%) gulp
8 13 (2.15%) JMeter
9 12 (1.98%) JUnit
10 11 (1.82%) Cucumber
11 9 (1.49%) Mockito
12 6 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (0.83%) MSI
13 5 (0.83%) Selenium
14 4 (0.66%) AdminStudio
14 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 4 (0.66%) Zephyr
General
1 65 (10.73%) Finance
2 22 (3.63%) Telecoms
3 14 (2.31%) Retail
4 13 (2.15%) Banking
4 13 (2.15%) Law
5 12 (1.98%) Billing
5 12 (1.98%) Legal
6 11 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.99%) Marketing
8 5 (0.83%) Advertising
8 5 (0.83%) Mandarin Language
9 4 (0.66%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.50%) Back Office
10 3 (0.50%) Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) Local Government
11 2 (0.33%) Avionics
11 2 (0.33%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.17%) Automotive
12 1 (0.17%) Games
12 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 184 (30.36%) Developer
2 64 (10.56%) Analyst
3 49 (8.09%) .NET Developer
4 46 (7.59%) Consultant
5 35 (5.78%) Architect
5 35 (5.78%) C# Developer
6 32 (5.28%) C# .NET Developer
7 28 (4.62%) Microsoft Developer
8 23 (3.80%) Java Developer
9 22 (3.63%) CRM Developer
10 19 (3.14%) Business Analyst
10 19 (3.14%) SQL Developer
11 18 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
12 17 (2.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 17 (2.81%) Service Analyst
13 16 (2.64%) Dynamics CRM Developer
13 16 (2.64%) Project Manager
13 16 (2.64%) Service Desk Analyst
14 15 (2.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 15 (2.48%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (23.76%) .NET
2 64 (10.56%) HTML
3 54 (8.91%) Node.js
4 53 (8.75%) CSS
5 51 (8.42%) ASP.NET
6 47 (7.76%) .NET Framework
7 44 (7.26%) Web Services
8 34 (5.61%) Spring
9 33 (5.45%) AngularJS
10 32 (5.28%) Dropwizard
10 32 (5.28%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 27 (4.46%) HTML5
12 26 (4.29%) REST
13 23 (3.80%) Apache CXF
13 23 (3.80%) CSS3
13 23 (3.80%) JAX-RS
13 23 (3.80%) Spring Boot
14 22 (3.63%) Express
14 22 (3.63%) Mongoose
14 22 (3.63%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (5.61%) User Experience
3 28 (4.62%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.14%) Enterprise Software
4 19 (3.14%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (2.48%) Data Centre
6 11 (1.82%) PKI
7 10 (1.65%) Clustering
8 9 (1.49%) Driving Licence
9 8 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (1.16%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.16%) Public Cloud
11 6 (0.99%) NHS
11 6 (0.99%) Replication
12 5 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.83%) PMI
13 4 (0.66%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.66%) Reference Data
13 4 (0.66%) Smartcard
14 3 (0.50%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 177 (29.21%) Windows
2 71 (11.72%) Windows 10
3 53 (8.75%) Windows Server
4 43 (7.10%) Windows 7
5 22 (3.63%) Android
5 22 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (3.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (2.48%) Linux
8 11 (1.82%) Apple iOS
9 10 (1.65%) Windows 8
10 9 (1.49%) Windows XP
11 6 (0.99%) Unix
11 6 (0.99%) Windows Phone
12 5 (0.83%) Solaris
13 4 (0.66%) SUSE
14 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
15 2 (0.33%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.33%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.17%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (14.03%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (13.20%) CRM
3 72 (11.88%) Migration
4 70 (11.55%) ITIL
5 58 (9.57%) Business Intelligence
6 56 (9.24%) Workflow
7 55 (9.08%) DevOps
8 48 (7.92%) MVC
9 44 (7.26%) Service Management
10 40 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
11 38 (6.27%) Software Engineering
12 35 (5.78%) Project Management
13 32 (5.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 31 (5.12%) Change Management
15 27 (4.46%) Continuous Integration
16 26 (4.29%) Analytics
16 26 (4.29%) Case Management
17 24 (3.96%) Data Modelling
17 24 (3.96%) Microservices
18 23 (3.80%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 153 (25.25%) SQL
2 134 (22.11%) C#
3 75 (12.38%) JavaScript
4 57 (9.41%) Java
5 37 (6.11%) PowerShell
5 37 (6.11%) T-SQL
6 24 (3.96%) Python
7 17 (2.81%) VB.NET
8 14 (2.31%) VB
8 14 (2.31%) VBA
9 10 (1.65%) C
9 10 (1.65%) Ruby
10 9 (1.49%) Scala
11 8 (1.32%) PL/SQL
11 8 (1.32%) VBScript
12 7 (1.16%) C++
12 7 (1.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 5 (0.83%) VB6
14 2 (0.33%) Ada
14 2 (0.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 38 (6.27%) Security Cleared
2 34 (5.61%) Degree
3 29 (4.79%) Microsoft Certification
3 29 (4.79%) SC Cleared
4 13 (2.15%) MCP
5 12 (1.98%) MCSE
6 8 (1.32%) DBS Check
7 7 (1.16%) PMI Certification
8 6 (0.99%) CISSP
8 6 (0.99%) MCSA
9 5 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.83%) CISM
10 4 (0.66%) CCNP
10 4 (0.66%) ISEB
10 4 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.50%) CCNA
11 3 (0.50%) ISTQB
11 3 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (5.28%) SLA
2 13 (2.15%) QA
3 9 (1.49%) PMO
4 5 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.66%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.50%) GDPR
6 3 (0.50%) GxP
6 3 (0.50%) IFRS
7 2 (0.33%) COBIT
7 2 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.33%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.33%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.17%) COSO
8 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.17%) HL7
8 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.17%) MIL-STD-498
8 1 (0.17%) RMADS
System Software
1 130 (21.45%) Active Directory
2 29 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (3.47%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.65%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.49%) XenApp
6 7 (1.16%) Docker
6 7 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.99%) vSphere
8 5 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.66%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.66%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.33%) Xen
12 1 (0.17%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 1 (0.17%) HDFS
12 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 60 (9.90%) SCCM
2 19 (3.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (1.82%) Single Sign-On
3 11 (1.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 8 (1.32%) AirWatch
4 8 (1.32%) Puppet
4 8 (1.32%) SCOM
5 6 (0.99%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
5 6 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (0.99%) PaperCut
5 6 (0.99%) WSUS
6 5 (0.83%) Ansible
6 5 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.83%) Prometheus
6 5 (0.83%) Salt
6 5 (0.83%) Terraform
7 4 (0.66%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.50%) CA Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.50%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 45 (7.43%) Oracle
2 43 (7.10%) VMware
3 42 (6.93%) Citrix
4 31 (5.12%) Cisco
5 14 (2.31%) HP
6 12 (1.98%) SAP
7 11 (1.82%) CA
8 9 (1.49%) Lotus
9 8 (1.32%) Apple
10 7 (1.16%) IBM
10 7 (1.16%) iManage
10 7 (1.16%) Ivanti
10 7 (1.16%) NetApp
11 6 (0.99%) Symantec
11 6 (0.99%) Workday
12 5 (0.83%) Dell
12 5 (0.83%) Google
12 5 (0.83%) Intapp
12 5 (0.83%) PagerDuty
12 5 (0.83%) Tableau