The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Stockport 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 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
Manchester / Stockport
Rank 14 10 7
Rank change year-on-year -4 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stockport 2.94% 15.22% 5.56%
As % of the Vendors category 50.00% 36.84% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 7 0
Median daily rate - £370 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £13.50 - £9.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 Stockport.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Stockport
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 2 19 3
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stockport 5.88% 41.30% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 15 0
Median daily rate - £370 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £13.50 - £9.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £17.11
% change year-on-year -17.50% +16.89%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Stockport

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Stockport 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 Stockport

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Stockport

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Stockport.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Stockport

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Stockport

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in Stockport.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Stockport

Microsoft
Top 19 Related IT Skills in Stockport

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 Stockport region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 4 (100.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (75.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (50.00%) Electronics
3 2 (50.00%) MS Office
3 2 (50.00%) Time Management
4 1 (25.00%) Validation
4 1 (25.00%) Firewall
4 1 (25.00%) Citrix
4 1 (25.00%) CCA
4 1 (25.00%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (25.00%) LAN
4 1 (25.00%) WAN
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Stockport 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:

Applications
1 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (50.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) Firewall
1 1 (25.00%) LAN
1 1 (25.00%) WAN
General
1 2 (50.00%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Desktop Support
1 3 (75.00%) IT Support
2 2 (50.00%) 1st Line Support
2 2 (50.00%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
2 2 (50.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
2 2 (50.00%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
2 2 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (25.00%) Architect
3 1 (25.00%) Infrastructure Architect
Miscellaneous
1 3 (75.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Time Management
2 1 (25.00%) Validation
Qualifications
1 1 (25.00%) CCA
1 1 (25.00%) Citrix Certification
1 1 (25.00%) MCSE
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Citrix