The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 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 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 25 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -22 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 18 21 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 7.93% 17.21% 18.10%
As % of the Vendors category 18.56% 38.18% 36.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 11
Median daily rate £275 £350 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.42% +141.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £108 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £400 £250
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 2
Median hourly rate £12.00 £14.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.24% +16.00%  
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 Northern Ireland.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 97 55 57
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 42.73% 45.08% 49.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 15 25
Median daily rate £326 £325 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.30% +36.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £109 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £415 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 3
Median hourly rate £12.00 £14.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.24% +16.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £17.22
% change year-on-year -16.64% +13.21%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Northern Ireland over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in Northern Ireland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Northern Ireland

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 23 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
County Antrim -21 16 £275 -21.42% 10
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 23 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 28 (62.22%) MS Excel
2 19 (42.22%) Windows
3 18 (40.00%) MS Office
4 14 (31.11%) Active Directory
5 10 (22.22%) PowerShell
5 10 (22.22%) Windows Server
6 9 (20.00%) MS Exchange
7 8 (17.78%) .NET
7 8 (17.78%) Skype for Business
8 7 (15.56%) Office 365
8 7 (15.56%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (15.56%) SQL Server
8 7 (15.56%) SQL
8 7 (15.56%) Finance
9 6 (13.33%) Migration
9 6 (13.33%) C#
9 6 (13.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 6 (13.33%) Skype
9 6 (13.33%) Customer Requirements
10 5 (11.11%) Budgeting and Forecasting
10 5 (11.11%) PMO
10 5 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
10 5 (11.11%) Requirements Analysis
10 5 (11.11%) MS Project
10 5 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (11.11%) PRINCE2
10 5 (11.11%) Project Management
10 5 (11.11%) PMP
11 4 (8.89%) Service Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 9 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 8 (17.78%) Skype for Business
3 3 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.22%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 28 (62.22%) MS Excel
2 18 (40.00%) MS Office
3 5 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (11.11%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (15.56%) Office 365
2 1 (2.22%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 6 (13.33%) Skype
2 1 (2.22%) ADSL
2 1 (2.22%) Cisco IPT
2 1 (2.22%) LAN
2 1 (2.22%) SAN
2 1 (2.22%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.22%) MSI
General
1 7 (15.56%) Finance
2 2 (4.44%) Multimedia
3 1 (2.22%) Advertising
3 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (28.89%) Analyst
2 12 (26.67%) IT Support
3 8 (17.78%) Support Officer
4 7 (15.56%) Architect
4 7 (15.56%) Developer
4 7 (15.56%) Support Analyst
5 6 (13.33%) Exchange Architect
6 5 (11.11%) .NET Developer
6 5 (11.11%) Business Analyst
7 4 (8.89%) DBA
7 4 (8.89%) Office 365 Architect
7 4 (8.89%) SQL DBA
8 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (6.67%) IT Engineer
8 3 (6.67%) Messaging Architect
8 3 (6.67%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (6.67%) SQL Support Analyst
9 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Support
9 2 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (4.44%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.78%) .NET
2 3 (6.67%) ASP.NET
2 3 (6.67%) CSS
2 3 (6.67%) HTML
2 3 (6.67%) Web Services
3 1 (2.22%) AngularJS
3 1 (2.22%) jQuery
3 1 (2.22%) React
3 1 (2.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.44%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.22%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.22%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.22%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 19 (42.22%) Windows
2 10 (22.22%) Windows Server
3 2 (4.44%) Windows 2000
3 2 (4.44%) Windows XP
4 1 (2.22%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (15.56%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (13.33%) Customer Requirements
2 6 (13.33%) Migration
3 5 (11.11%) Budgeting and Forecasting
3 5 (11.11%) PRINCE2
3 5 (11.11%) Project Management
3 5 (11.11%) Requirements Analysis
4 4 (8.89%) Presales
4 4 (8.89%) Root Cause Analysis
4 4 (8.89%) Service Management
5 3 (6.67%) Change Management
5 3 (6.67%) ITIL
5 3 (6.67%) Software Delivery
6 2 (4.44%) CRM
6 2 (4.44%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.22%) Configuration Management
7 1 (2.22%) Data Analysis
7 1 (2.22%) Front End Development
7 1 (2.22%) Office Automation
7 1 (2.22%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 10 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 7 (15.56%) SQL
3 6 (13.33%) C#
4 4 (8.89%) JavaScript
5 3 (6.67%) T-SQL
6 2 (4.44%) C
7 1 (2.22%) VB
7 1 (2.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
1 5 (11.11%) PMP
2 4 (8.89%) MCDBA
2 4 (8.89%) MCP
3 3 (6.67%) Degree
4 2 (4.44%) HND
5 1 (2.22%) A+ Certification
5 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.22%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.11%) PMO
2 2 (4.44%) QA
System Software
1 14 (31.11%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.22%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 6 (13.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 4 (8.89%) SCOM
3 1 (2.22%) MIMEsweeper
3 1 (2.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (2.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (2.22%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 1 (2.22%) Apple
1 1 (2.22%) CA
1 1 (2.22%) Cisco
1 1 (2.22%) Clearswift
1 1 (2.22%) MobileIron
1 1 (2.22%) Symantec
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