Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 11 7
Rank change year-on-year -22 -4 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 60 35 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 9.63% 11.71% 15.11%
As % of the Vendors category 23.44% 23.33% 28.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 18 17
Northern Ireland median daily rate £338 £275 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.73% -12.00% -1.57%
10th Percentile £250 £127 £160
90th Percentile £407 £483 £375
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £368
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.04% +3.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £13.89 £13.67 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.59% - -
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +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 256 150 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 41.09% 50.17% 53.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 81 42
Northern Ireland median daily rate £413 £315 £304
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.95% +3.70% +1.25%
10th Percentile £265 £123 £163
90th Percentile £490 £438 £375
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.44% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £13.89 £13.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.83% - -
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%

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 22 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Northern Ireland over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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 52 £315 +14.55% 6
County Londonderry - 3 £400 - 1
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 23 (38.33%) Windows
2 20 (33.33%) SQL
2 20 (33.33%) Finance
3 19 (31.67%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (31.67%) Windows Server
4 14 (23.33%) Active Directory
5 13 (21.67%) SQL Server
6 12 (20.00%) CRM
7 10 (16.67%) MS Exchange
7 10 (16.67%) Citrix
7 10 (16.67%) ITIL
8 9 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 8 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
9 8 (13.33%) Dynamics CRM
9 8 (13.33%) .NET
9 8 (13.33%) C#
9 8 (13.33%) HP
9 8 (13.33%) SharePoint
9 8 (13.33%) VMware
10 7 (11.67%) Banking
10 7 (11.67%) HTML
10 7 (11.67%) JavaScript
10 7 (11.67%) ASP.NET
10 7 (11.67%) Skype for Business
11 6 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
11 6 (10.00%) HTML5
11 6 (10.00%) CSS
11 6 (10.00%) JBoss
11 6 (10.00%) Java
11 6 (10.00%) Oracle

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 10 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 8 (13.33%) SharePoint
3 7 (11.67%) Skype for Business
4 6 (10.00%) JBoss
5 5 (8.33%) IBM Notes
6 2 (3.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (3.33%) Office Communications Server
6 2 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (3.33%) Tomcat
6 2 (3.33%) WebLogic
7 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.67%) IIS
Applications
1 19 (31.67%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (6.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (6.67%) MS Visio
3 3 (5.00%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (3.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (13.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.00%) Office 365
3 2 (3.33%) Mimecast
4 1 (1.67%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.33%) Avaya Modular Messaging
1 5 (8.33%) NAS
1 5 (8.33%) SAN
1 5 (8.33%) TCP/IP
2 4 (6.67%) Firewall
3 2 (3.33%) DHCP
3 2 (3.33%) DNS
3 2 (3.33%) NetScaler
4 1 (1.67%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.67%) Cisco PIX
4 1 (1.67%) IP Telephony
4 1 (1.67%) LAN
4 1 (1.67%) WAN
4 1 (1.67%) Wireless
4 1 (1.67%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (21.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (3.33%) Hadoop
4 2 (3.33%) Hazelcast
4 2 (3.33%) MongoDB
4 2 (3.33%) MySQL
4 2 (3.33%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (3.33%) Redis
4 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2000
4 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (1.67%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.67%) MS Access
5 1 (1.67%) Power BI
5 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.00%) Selenium
1 3 (5.00%) TeamCity
2 2 (3.33%) Ant
2 2 (3.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (3.33%) Cucumber
2 2 (3.33%) Eclipse
2 2 (3.33%) FitNesse
2 2 (3.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.33%) Gradle
2 2 (3.33%) Hudson
2 2 (3.33%) IntelliJ
2 2 (3.33%) JBehave
2 2 (3.33%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.33%) JMeter
2 2 (3.33%) JUnit
2 2 (3.33%) LoadUI
2 2 (3.33%) Mockito
2 2 (3.33%) NetBeans
2 2 (3.33%) SoapUI
2 2 (3.33%) Subversion
General
1 20 (33.33%) Finance
2 7 (11.67%) Banking
3 5 (8.33%) Legal
4 4 (6.67%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (5.00%) Investment Banking
6 2 (3.33%) Advertising
6 2 (3.33%) Law
6 2 (3.33%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.67%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 14 (23.33%) Analyst
2 12 (20.00%) Administrator
2 12 (20.00%) Developer
3 6 (10.00%) Server Administrator
3 6 (10.00%) Server Engineer
4 5 (8.33%) Service Analyst
4 5 (8.33%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (8.33%) Systems Administrator
4 5 (8.33%) Wintel Administrator
4 5 (8.33%) Wintel Systems Administrator
5 4 (6.67%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) UI Developer
6 3 (5.00%) Business Analyst
6 3 (5.00%) Windows Administrator
6 3 (5.00%) Windows Server Administrator
7 2 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (3.33%) Consultant
7 2 (3.33%) Exchange Support
7 2 (3.33%) Service Desk Support
7 2 (3.33%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.33%) .NET
2 7 (11.67%) ASP.NET
2 7 (11.67%) HTML
3 6 (10.00%) CSS
3 6 (10.00%) HTML5
4 5 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (8.33%) WCF
4 5 (8.33%) Web Services
5 4 (6.67%) AngularJS
5 4 (6.67%) jQuery
5 4 (6.67%) JSON
5 4 (6.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 4 (6.67%) XML
6 3 (5.00%) RESTful
7 2 (3.33%) EclipseLink
7 2 (3.33%) Hibernate
7 2 (3.33%) iBATIS
7 2 (3.33%) Java EE
7 2 (3.33%) JMS
7 2 (3.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.33%) PKI
3 4 (6.67%) User Experience
4 3 (5.00%) Reference Data
5 2 (3.33%) Blackberry
5 2 (3.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.67%) Derivative
6 1 (1.67%) Equities
6 1 (1.67%) Fixed Income
6 1 (1.67%) Handset
6 1 (1.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 23 (38.33%) Windows
2 19 (31.67%) Windows Server
3 5 (8.33%) Linux
4 3 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.67%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.67%) Windows Vista
6 1 (1.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (20.00%) CRM
2 10 (16.67%) ITIL
3 6 (10.00%) Migration
3 6 (10.00%) Service Design
4 5 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (6.67%) Change Management
5 4 (6.67%) Incident Management
5 4 (6.67%) Mentoring
5 4 (6.67%) MVC
5 4 (6.67%) Waterfall
6 3 (5.00%) Project Management
6 3 (5.00%) TDD
7 2 (3.33%) Change Control
7 2 (3.33%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (3.33%) Integration Testing
7 2 (3.33%) ITSM
7 2 (3.33%) System Testing
7 2 (3.33%) Test Scripting
7 2 (3.33%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.33%) SQL
2 8 (13.33%) C#
3 7 (11.67%) JavaScript
4 6 (10.00%) Java
5 3 (5.00%) PL/SQL
5 3 (5.00%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.67%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.67%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (5.00%) MCP
3 2 (3.33%) MCSE
3 2 (3.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (3.33%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.67%) CCNA
4 1 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.33%) SLA
2 1 (1.67%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.67%) PMO
2 1 (1.67%) QA
System Software
1 14 (23.33%) Active Directory
2 8 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (8.33%) vSphere
4 4 (6.67%) Hyper-V
4 4 (6.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (3.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) SCOM
2 4 (6.67%) NetBackup
3 2 (3.33%) MIMEsweeper
3 2 (3.33%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (3.33%) SCCM
3 2 (3.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (3.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 10 (16.67%) Citrix
2 8 (13.33%) HP
2 8 (13.33%) VMware
3 6 (10.00%) Avaya
3 6 (10.00%) Oracle
4 5 (8.33%) CyberTech
4 5 (8.33%) Lotus
4 5 (8.33%) NICE Systems
4 5 (8.33%) ServiceNow
5 4 (6.67%) NetApp
5 4 (6.67%) Siebel
5 4 (6.67%) Symantec
6 3 (5.00%) Cisco
6 3 (5.00%) Forcepoint
7 2 (3.33%) Altiris
7 2 (3.33%) Clearswift
7 2 (3.33%) CommVault
7 2 (3.33%) Compuware
7 2 (3.33%) McAfee
7 2 (3.33%) Sophos