Period
to 23 February 2018

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 6 months to 23 February 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
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 16 14 10
Rank change year-on-year -2 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 58 45 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 11.76% 11.42% 12.30%
As % of the Vendors category 28.43% 28.48% 25.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 22 15
Northern Ireland median daily rate £370 £313 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.40% - +117.39%
10th Percentile £219 £141 £294
90th Percentile £588 £448 £375
UK median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 15 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £12.50 £12.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% - -
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.85 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.01% -4.19% +3.33%

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 Northern Ireland.

All Vendors
Northern Ireland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 204 158 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 41.38% 40.10% 48.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 102 30
Northern Ireland median daily rate £420 £326 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.83% +4.32% +15.74%
10th Percentile £265 £215 £259
90th Percentile £506 £455 £391
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £12.50 £12.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% - -
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% -5.56% +7.98%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland.

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 6 months to 23 February 2018.

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 6 months to 23 February 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
County Antrim -3 55 £350 +7.69% 16
County Londonderry - 2 £400 - 1
Microsoft
UK

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

1 20 (34.48%) CRM
2 19 (32.76%) ITIL
2 19 (32.76%) Dynamics CRM
3 18 (31.03%) Windows
4 17 (29.31%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (25.86%) Windows Server
6 14 (24.14%) Service Design
7 13 (22.41%) MS Exchange
8 12 (20.69%) .NET
8 12 (20.69%) Oracle
8 12 (20.69%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (20.69%) Finance
9 11 (18.97%) Microsoft Office
10 10 (17.24%) Active Directory
10 10 (17.24%) Microsoft Azure
11 9 (15.52%) SDLC
12 8 (13.79%) Change Management
12 8 (13.79%) Migration
12 8 (13.79%) Amazon AWS
13 7 (12.07%) Kanban
13 7 (12.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (12.07%) User Acceptance Testing
13 7 (12.07%) SaaS
13 7 (12.07%) Presales
13 7 (12.07%) Customer Requirements
13 7 (12.07%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (12.07%) SQL
13 7 (12.07%) SOA
13 7 (12.07%) Scrum
13 7 (12.07%) Risk Management

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 13 (22.41%) MS Exchange
2 5 (8.62%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (8.62%) Skype for Business
3 4 (6.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (6.90%) Office Communications Server
4 3 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (5.17%) JBoss
5 2 (3.45%) Tomcat
5 2 (3.45%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (18.97%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 19 (32.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (5.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (17.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (13.79%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (12.07%) Dynamics 365
3 7 (12.07%) SaaS
4 5 (8.62%) Mimecast
5 3 (5.17%) Office 365
6 1 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.90%) Firewall
2 3 (5.17%) DNS
2 3 (5.17%) LAN
2 3 (5.17%) WAN
3 2 (3.45%) DHCP
4 1 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.72%) Cisco IPT
4 1 (1.72%) Cisco PIX
4 1 (1.72%) IP Telephony
4 1 (1.72%) SMTP
4 1 (1.72%) SNMP
4 1 (1.72%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.72%) VoIP
4 1 (1.72%) Wireless
4 1 (1.72%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (12.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 7 (12.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 5 (8.62%) SQL Server
3 2 (3.45%) Hadoop
3 2 (3.45%) Hazelcast
3 2 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.45%) MySQL
3 2 (3.45%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (3.45%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (3.45%) Ant
1 2 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 2 (3.45%) Cucumber
1 2 (3.45%) Eclipse
1 2 (3.45%) FitNesse
1 2 (3.45%) Git (software)
1 2 (3.45%) Gradle
1 2 (3.45%) Hudson
1 2 (3.45%) IntelliJ
1 2 (3.45%) JBehave
1 2 (3.45%) Jenkins
1 2 (3.45%) JMeter
1 2 (3.45%) JUnit
1 2 (3.45%) Maven
1 2 (3.45%) Mockito
1 2 (3.45%) NetBeans
1 2 (3.45%) Selenium
1 2 (3.45%) SoapUI
1 2 (3.45%) Subversion
1 2 (3.45%) TeamCity
General
1 12 (20.69%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Banking
3 3 (5.17%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.72%) Law
5 1 (1.72%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (29.31%) Analyst
2 11 (18.97%) Consultant
3 9 (15.52%) Microsoft Consultant
4 8 (13.79%) CRM Consultant
4 8 (13.79%) Developer
4 8 (13.79%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
4 8 (13.79%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
5 7 (12.07%) Administrator
5 7 (12.07%) Server Administrator
5 7 (12.07%) Support Analyst
6 6 (10.34%) Service Analyst
6 6 (10.34%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (8.62%) Support Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Applications Support
8 3 (5.17%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 3 (5.17%) Exchange Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Exchange Support
8 3 (5.17%) Project Manager
8 3 (5.17%) Senior Exchange Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.69%) .NET
2 3 (5.17%) RESTful
3 2 (3.45%) AngularJS
3 2 (3.45%) Backbone.js
3 2 (3.45%) CSS
3 2 (3.45%) EclipseLink
3 2 (3.45%) Hibernate
3 2 (3.45%) HTML
3 2 (3.45%) HTML5
3 2 (3.45%) iBATIS
3 2 (3.45%) Java EE
3 2 (3.45%) JMS
3 2 (3.45%) KnockoutJS
3 2 (3.45%) LESS
3 2 (3.45%) Sass
3 2 (3.45%) SOAP
3 2 (3.45%) Spring
4 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.72%) Classic ASP
4 1 (1.72%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (6.90%) Blackberry
2 3 (5.17%) Equities
3 2 (3.45%) Derivative
3 2 (3.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.72%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.72%) Handset
4 1 (1.72%) iPad
4 1 (1.72%) PDA
4 1 (1.72%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.72%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 18 (31.03%) Windows
2 15 (25.86%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.45%) Unix
3 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.72%) Linux
4 1 (1.72%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.72%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (34.48%) CRM
2 19 (32.76%) ITIL
3 17 (29.31%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (24.14%) Service Design
5 9 (15.52%) SDLC
6 8 (13.79%) Change Management
6 8 (13.79%) Migration
7 7 (12.07%) Customer Requirements
7 7 (12.07%) Kanban
7 7 (12.07%) Presales
7 7 (12.07%) Risk Management
7 7 (12.07%) Scrum
7 7 (12.07%) SOA
7 7 (12.07%) TOGAF
7 7 (12.07%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (6.90%) Email Management
8 4 (6.90%) Problem Management
8 4 (6.90%) Waterfall
9 3 (5.17%) Integration Testing
9 3 (5.17%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.07%) SQL
2 5 (8.62%) JavaScript
3 4 (6.90%) C#
4 3 (5.17%) Bash Shell
4 3 (5.17%) Java
4 3 (5.17%) Perl
5 1 (1.72%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.72%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (20.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (3.45%) Degree
2 2 (3.45%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.72%) CCNA
3 1 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.72%) MCP
3 1 (1.72%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.45%) PMO
2 1 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (17.24%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.45%) vSphere
4 1 (1.72%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.72%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (6.90%) MIMEsweeper
1 4 (6.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (1.72%) SCCM
2 1 (1.72%) SCOM
Vendors
1 12 (20.69%) Oracle
2 5 (8.62%) Cisco
2 5 (8.62%) Citrix
2 5 (8.62%) Symantec
2 5 (8.62%) VMware
3 4 (6.90%) Clearswift
4 3 (5.17%) CommVault
4 3 (5.17%) Forcepoint
4 3 (5.17%) MobileIron
4 3 (5.17%) SolarWinds
5 2 (3.45%) Avaya
6 1 (1.72%) Compuware
6 1 (1.72%) Meridio
6 1 (1.72%) NetApp
6 1 (1.72%) Polycom