Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 13 42 10
Rank change year-on-year +29 -32 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 48 56 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 12.06% 8.45% 11.36%
As % of the Vendors category 25.00% 21.46% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 33 14
Northern Ireland median daily rate £350 £289 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.11% -7.52% -
10th Percentile £263 £252 £212
90th Percentile £575 £407 £518
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.00% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 1
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -30.00% -37.50%
UK median hourly rate £15.60 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.65% -6.06% +6.45%

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 192 261 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 48.24% 39.37% 56.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 190 81
Northern Ireland median daily rate £412 £413 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +30.95% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £123
90th Percentile £513 £488 £475
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 7 7
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -30.00% -37.50%
10th Percentile £10.77 £9.65 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £18.24 £36.90
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 17 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Northern Ireland over the 6 months to 17 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 October 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 +28 44 £350 +21.11% 15
County Londonderry -2 2 £470 +13.94%
County Down - 1 - - 2
County Armagh - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 11 (22.92%) .NET
1 11 (22.92%) CRM
2 10 (20.83%) C#
3 9 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (16.67%) Finance
4 8 (16.67%) Advertising
4 8 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
4 8 (16.67%) Active Directory
4 8 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
5 7 (14.58%) Meraki
5 7 (14.58%) ASP.NET
5 7 (14.58%) SQL
5 7 (14.58%) Microsoft Excel
5 7 (14.58%) Service Delivery
5 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (12.50%) Banking
6 6 (12.50%) WAN
6 6 (12.50%) SQL Server
6 6 (12.50%) SLA
6 6 (12.50%) Cisco
7 5 (10.42%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (10.42%) DNS
7 5 (10.42%) Windows
8 4 (8.33%) VMware
8 4 (8.33%) Investment Banking
8 4 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 4 (8.33%) EPiServer
8 4 (8.33%) ITIL
8 4 (8.33%) DHCP
8 4 (8.33%) Citrix

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 4 (8.33%) EPiServer
2 2 (4.17%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.17%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (2.08%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (2.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (14.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.08%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.42%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.08%) Mimecast
2 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.50%) WAN
2 5 (10.42%) DNS
3 4 (8.33%) 4G
3 4 (8.33%) DHCP
3 4 (8.33%) DSL
4 3 (6.25%) Firewall
5 2 (4.17%) LAN
6 1 (2.08%) SMTP
6 1 (2.08%) VoIP
6 1 (2.08%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.17%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (4.17%) Relational Database
2 2 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.08%) MS Access
3 1 (2.08%) MySQL
3 1 (2.08%) QlikView
3 1 (2.08%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.08%) JIRA
2 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (16.67%) Advertising
1 8 (16.67%) Finance
2 6 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (8.33%) Investment Banking
4 3 (6.25%) Telecoms
5 2 (4.17%) Law
6 1 (2.08%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 16 (33.33%) Developer
2 11 (22.92%) Analyst
3 7 (14.58%) .NET Developer
4 6 (12.50%) CRM Developer
4 6 (12.50%) Microsoft Developer
4 6 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 5 (10.42%) Business Analyst
5 5 (10.42%) Technical Engineer
6 4 (8.33%) .NET Software Developer
6 4 (8.33%) EPiServer Developer
6 4 (8.33%) Software Developer
7 3 (6.25%) Consultant
7 3 (6.25%) Data Business Analyst
7 3 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 3 (6.25%) IT Support
8 2 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
8 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Consultant
8 2 (4.17%) Network Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Service Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (22.92%) .NET
2 7 (14.58%) ASP.NET
3 4 (8.33%) AngularJS
4 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (4.17%) Web Services
5 1 (2.08%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.08%) COM
5 1 (2.08%) Entity Framework
5 1 (2.08%) RESTful
5 1 (2.08%) WCF
5 1 (2.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (8.33%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (4.17%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.08%) Blog
3 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (2.08%) Podcast
3 1 (2.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.42%) Windows
2 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (2.08%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (22.92%) CRM
2 8 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (14.58%) Service Delivery
4 4 (8.33%) ITIL
5 3 (6.25%) Business Analysis
5 3 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (6.25%) Software Delivery
5 3 (6.25%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (4.17%) MVC
6 2 (4.17%) OO
6 2 (4.17%) OOD
6 2 (4.17%) Project Management
6 2 (4.17%) Scrum
6 2 (4.17%) Software Engineering
7 1 (2.08%) Change Management
7 1 (2.08%) ERP
7 1 (2.08%) PRINCE2
7 1 (2.08%) Six Sigma
7 1 (2.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.83%) C#
2 7 (14.58%) SQL
3 3 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.17%) VBA
5 1 (2.08%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 2 (4.17%) Degree
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (2.08%) CCNA
2 1 (2.08%) CCVP
2 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.08%) DBS Check
2 1 (2.08%) HNC
2 1 (2.08%) HND
2 1 (2.08%) MCSE
2 1 (2.08%) PMP
2 1 (2.08%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.50%) SLA
2 1 (2.08%) PMO
2 1 (2.08%) QA
System Software
1 8 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (8.33%) XenApp
3 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (6.25%) XenDesktop
Vendors
1 7 (14.58%) Meraki
2 6 (12.50%) Cisco
3 4 (8.33%) Citrix
3 4 (8.33%) VMware
4 3 (6.25%) CommVault
4 3 (6.25%) SolarWinds
5 1 (2.08%) Cognos
5 1 (2.08%) Forcepoint
5 1 (2.08%) MobileIron
5 1 (2.08%) Oracle
5 1 (2.08%) SAP
5 1 (2.08%) Symantec