Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 19 40 4
Rank change year-on-year +21 -36 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 41 52 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 10.62% 8.61% 17.01%
As % of the Vendors category 21.93% 21.85% 28.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 35 19
Northern Ireland median daily rate £359 £289 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.13% -17.43% +75.00%
10th Percentile £63 £258 £104
90th Percentile £581 £407 £515
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £13.50 £14.56 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.28% -15.59% -46.09%
10th Percentile £11.20 £13.62 £15.05
90th Percentile £19.30 £21.91 £19.45
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.04 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.49% -6.03% -

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 187 238 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 48.45% 39.40% 58.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 184 68
Northern Ireland median daily rate £431 £400 £311
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.75% +28.51% +31.05%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £104
90th Percentile £538 £469 £483
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 6
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £35.00 £18.09 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.53% +4.84% -46.09%
10th Percentile £11.68 £13.74 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £23.11 £26.88
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 +23 40 £359 +24.46% 14
County Londonderry -3 1 - - 5
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 13 (31.71%) Oracle
1 13 (31.71%) ITIL
2 12 (29.27%) .NET
3 11 (26.83%) DNS
3 11 (26.83%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (24.39%) Finance
5 9 (21.95%) SQL Server
5 9 (21.95%) Microsoft Office
6 8 (19.51%) Active Directory
6 8 (19.51%) SQL
6 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Excel
6 8 (19.51%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (19.51%) Degree
7 7 (17.07%) Dynamics CRM
7 7 (17.07%) CRM
7 7 (17.07%) DHCP
8 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
8 6 (14.63%) VBA
8 6 (14.63%) Windows
8 6 (14.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (14.63%) Scrum
9 5 (12.20%) Risk Management
9 5 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (12.20%) Change Management
9 5 (12.20%) Service Design
9 5 (12.20%) SDLC
9 5 (12.20%) Amazon AWS
10 4 (9.76%) Mobile Device Management
10 4 (9.76%) MobileIron

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 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
2 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (9.76%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.88%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (21.95%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (4.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (17.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.44%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.20%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (9.76%) Mimecast
3 2 (4.88%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (2.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (26.83%) DNS
2 7 (17.07%) DHCP
3 4 (9.76%) SMTP
4 1 (2.44%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (21.95%) SQL Server
2 6 (14.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (9.76%) Oracle Database
5 3 (7.32%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (4.88%) Relational Database
7 1 (2.44%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (2.44%) MS Access
7 1 (2.44%) MySQL
7 1 (2.44%) QlikView
7 1 (2.44%) RDBMS
7 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (24.39%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Banking
2 4 (9.76%) Marketing
3 3 (7.32%) Investment Banking
3 3 (7.32%) Legal
4 2 (4.88%) Advertising
4 2 (4.88%) Law
5 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (41.46%) Analyst
2 9 (21.95%) Developer
3 6 (14.63%) .NET Developer
4 5 (12.20%) Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) CRM Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) Service Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Business Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) DBA
5 4 (9.76%) Functional Consultant
5 4 (9.76%) Messaging Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Oracle DBA
5 4 (9.76%) SQL DBA
5 4 (9.76%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Data Business Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Support Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Banking Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (29.27%) .NET
2 3 (7.32%) Classic ASP
3 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET
3 2 (4.88%) Web Services
4 1 (2.44%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (2.44%) Entity Framework
4 1 (2.44%) RESTful
4 1 (2.44%) WCF
4 1 (2.44%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (26.83%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (9.76%) Derivative
3 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.88%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.44%) Blog
5 1 (2.44%) Podcast
5 1 (2.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.63%) Windows
2 4 (9.76%) Windows Server
3 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (31.71%) ITIL
2 8 (19.51%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (17.07%) CRM
4 6 (14.63%) Scrum
5 5 (12.20%) Change Management
5 5 (12.20%) Risk Management
5 5 (12.20%) SDLC
5 5 (12.20%) Service Design
5 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (9.76%) Customer Requirements
6 4 (9.76%) Decision-Making
6 4 (9.76%) ITIL V3
6 4 (9.76%) Kanban
6 4 (9.76%) Mobile Device Management
6 4 (9.76%) Presales
6 4 (9.76%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (9.76%) SOA
6 4 (9.76%) Unit Testing
7 3 (7.32%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (7.32%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.51%) SQL
2 6 (14.63%) VBA
3 4 (9.76%) C#
4 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.44%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (19.51%) Degree
2 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (4.88%) HND
4 1 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (2.44%) MCP
4 1 (2.44%) MCSA
4 1 (2.44%) MCSE
System Software
1 8 (19.51%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) XenApp
3 1 (2.44%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (31.71%) Oracle
2 4 (9.76%) Forcepoint
2 4 (9.76%) MobileIron
2 4 (9.76%) Symantec
3 2 (4.88%) Citrix
4 1 (2.44%) Adobe
4 1 (2.44%) Cognos
4 1 (2.44%) Dell
4 1 (2.44%) HP
4 1 (2.44%) McAfee
4 1 (2.44%) Sophos