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 24 June 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.

Microsoft
UK / Northern Ireland
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 4 9
Rank change year-on-year -26 +5  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 41 17 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 11.58% 17.00% 15.73%
As % of the Vendors category 27.15% 27.87% 26.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 7 5
Median daily rate £288 £385 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.32% +113.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £190 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £530 £265
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.21% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Median hourly rate £14.56 - £32.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

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 151 61 52
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 42.66% 61.00% 58.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 30 25
Median daily rate £366 £450 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.66% +125.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £575 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Median hourly rate £14.56 £23.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.04% -26.56%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.47
% change year-on-year -14.63% +11.02%  

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 24 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 24 June 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 -24 37 £288 -25.32% 3
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 27 (45.76%) SQL
2 21 (35.59%) .NET
2 21 (35.59%) Finance
3 20 (33.90%) C#
4 19 (32.20%) ASP.NET
5 18 (30.51%) HTML
5 18 (30.51%) JavaScript
5 18 (30.51%) Web Services
6 17 (28.81%) CRM
7 16 (27.12%) Windows
7 16 (27.12%) CSS
7 16 (27.12%) jQuery
8 15 (25.42%) WCF
8 15 (25.42%) JSON
8 15 (25.42%) MVC
8 15 (25.42%) XML
8 15 (25.42%) Siebel
8 15 (25.42%) Microsoft Office
8 15 (25.42%) HTML5
8 15 (25.42%) ASP.NET Web API
8 15 (25.42%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 15 (25.42%) User Experience
9 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
10 12 (20.34%) PL/SQL
11 11 (18.64%) Windows Server
12 10 (16.95%) AngularJS
12 10 (16.95%) Oracle
12 10 (16.95%) Active Directory
13 9 (15.25%) Banking
14 8 (13.56%) PowerShell

Microsoft
Co-occurring 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 8 (13.56%) SharePoint
2 6 (10.17%) MS Exchange
3 5 (8.47%) Skype for Business
4 4 (6.78%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (6.78%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (5.08%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (5.08%) IBM Notes
6 2 (3.39%) IIS
7 1 (1.69%) JBoss
Applications
1 15 (25.42%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (6.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (5.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (5.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.47%) Office 365
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.78%) SAN
2 3 (5.08%) Avaya Modular Messaging
2 3 (5.08%) Firewall
2 3 (5.08%) NAS
2 3 (5.08%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.39%) DHCP
3 2 (3.39%) DNS
3 2 (3.39%) NetScaler
3 2 (3.39%) Skype
4 1 (1.69%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.47%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (6.78%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (3.39%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.69%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.69%) Power BI
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (1.69%) Selenium
1 1 (1.69%) SpecFlow
1 1 (1.69%) TeamCity
1 1 (1.69%) WebDriver
General
1 21 (35.59%) Finance
2 9 (15.25%) Banking
3 4 (6.78%) Advertising
4 3 (5.08%) Legal
5 2 (3.39%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.69%) Law
6 1 (1.69%) Multimedia
6 1 (1.69%) Prime Brokerage
6 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (37.29%) Developer
2 15 (25.42%) UI Developer
3 10 (16.95%) Analyst
4 9 (15.25%) Angular Developer
5 7 (11.86%) .NET Developer
6 6 (10.17%) IT Support
7 5 (8.47%) Administrator
7 5 (8.47%) DBA
7 5 (8.47%) SharePoint Developer
7 5 (8.47%) SQL DBA
8 4 (6.78%) Business Analyst
8 4 (6.78%) Support Analyst
8 4 (6.78%) Support Officer
9 3 (5.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 3 (5.08%) Infrastructure Consultant
9 3 (5.08%) SQL Analyst
9 3 (5.08%) SQL Support Analyst
9 3 (5.08%) Support Engineer
9 3 (5.08%) Wintel Administrator
9 3 (5.08%) Wintel Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (35.59%) .NET
2 19 (32.20%) ASP.NET
3 18 (30.51%) HTML
3 18 (30.51%) Web Services
4 16 (27.12%) CSS
4 16 (27.12%) jQuery
5 15 (25.42%) ASP.NET Web API
5 15 (25.42%) HTML5
5 15 (25.42%) JSON
5 15 (25.42%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 15 (25.42%) WCF
5 15 (25.42%) XML
6 10 (16.95%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 15 (25.42%) User Experience
2 7 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (6.78%) Replication
4 3 (5.08%) Data Centre
4 3 (5.08%) PKI
5 1 (1.69%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.69%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.69%) Equities
5 1 (1.69%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 16 (27.12%) Windows
2 11 (18.64%) Windows Server
3 4 (6.78%) Linux
4 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.69%) Unix
6 1 (1.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (28.81%) CRM
2 15 (25.42%) MVC
3 4 (6.78%) Migration
3 4 (6.78%) Service Management
4 3 (5.08%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (5.08%) Budgeting and Forecasting
4 3 (5.08%) ITIL
4 3 (5.08%) ITSM
4 3 (5.08%) PRINCE2
4 3 (5.08%) Project Management
4 3 (5.08%) Requirements Analysis
5 2 (3.39%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (3.39%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (3.39%) High Availability
5 2 (3.39%) Identity Management
5 2 (3.39%) Mentoring
5 2 (3.39%) Open Source
5 2 (3.39%) Performance Analysis
5 2 (3.39%) Software Delivery
5 2 (3.39%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 27 (45.76%) SQL
2 20 (33.90%) C#
3 18 (30.51%) JavaScript
4 12 (20.34%) PL/SQL
5 8 (13.56%) PowerShell
6 3 (5.08%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.69%) Java
7 1 (1.69%) VB
7 1 (1.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (11.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (10.17%) MCP
3 4 (6.78%) MCDBA
4 3 (5.08%) PMP
5 2 (3.39%) MCSE
5 2 (3.39%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.39%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.08%) PMO
2 1 (1.69%) QA
System Software
1 10 (16.95%) Active Directory
2 5 (8.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (6.78%) Hyper-V
4 3 (5.08%) vSphere
5 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (3.39%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.39%) XenApp
6 1 (1.69%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 7 (11.86%) SCOM
2 2 (3.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (3.39%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (3.39%) NetBackup
2 2 (3.39%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (25.42%) Siebel
2 10 (16.95%) Oracle
3 7 (11.86%) HP
4 6 (10.17%) Citrix
5 5 (8.47%) VMware
6 3 (5.08%) Avaya
6 3 (5.08%) CyberTech
6 3 (5.08%) Lotus
6 3 (5.08%) NICE Systems
6 3 (5.08%) Red Hat
6 3 (5.08%) ServiceNow
7 2 (3.39%) Dell
7 2 (3.39%) Forcepoint
7 2 (3.39%) McAfee
7 2 (3.39%) Sophos
8 1 (1.69%) NetApp