The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 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 23 June 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
Yorkshire / West Yorkshire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 15 7
Rank change year-on-year +7 -8  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 166 199 302
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 11.58% 9.67% 14.31%
As % of the Vendors category 32.42% 27.07% 34.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 122 193
Median daily rate £328 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.53% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £203 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £524 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 11
Median hourly rate £12.25 £13.75 £13.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.90% +1.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.83 £10.37 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.58 £15.59 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

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 West Yorkshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
West Yorkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 512 735 884
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 35.73% 35.71% 41.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 500 557
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £361
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 15 31
Median hourly rate £12.25 £17.38 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.49% -0.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.93 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.20 £21.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in West Yorkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in West Yorkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in West Yorkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in West Yorkshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in West Yorkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in West Yorkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in West Yorkshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in West Yorkshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in West Yorkshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in West Yorkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the West Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Leeds +4 121 £350 -9.67% 70
Bradford +2 18 £225 -42.30% 27
Wakefield 0 9 £275 -21.42% 4
Halifax +6 5 £337 -3.58%
Castleford +1 1 £350 -
Pudsey -1 1 £125 -37.50% 1
Brighouse - 1 - -
Microsoft
Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 West Yorkshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 117 (36.22%) Windows
2 72 (22.29%) Microsoft Office
3 68 (21.05%) SQL
4 66 (20.43%) Active Directory
5 64 (19.81%) SQL Server
6 58 (17.96%) Finance
7 54 (16.72%) .NET
8 42 (13.00%) Microsoft Excel
9 38 (11.76%) Migration
10 37 (11.46%) Firewall
10 37 (11.46%) ITIL
11 35 (10.84%) Project Management
11 35 (10.84%) Agile Software Development
11 35 (10.84%) Windows 7
12 34 (10.53%) HP
13 33 (10.22%) SharePoint
14 32 (9.91%) Microsoft Azure
14 32 (9.91%) Windows Server
15 31 (9.60%) Data Centre
15 31 (9.60%) MS Visio
15 31 (9.60%) C#
16 30 (9.29%) VMware
17 29 (8.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 29 (8.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 28 (8.67%) HTML
19 27 (8.36%) Office 365
20 25 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
20 25 (7.74%) JavaScript
20 25 (7.74%) Microsoft Project
20 25 (7.74%) Cisco

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in West Yorkshire 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 33 (10.22%) SharePoint
2 23 (7.12%) MS Exchange
3 12 (3.72%) IIS
4 8 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (2.48%) MS Project Server
4 8 (2.48%) SAS
5 7 (2.17%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (1.86%) IBM Notes
6 6 (1.86%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.55%) CMS
7 5 (1.55%) Confluence
7 5 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (1.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.24%) StreamWeaver
9 2 (0.62%) Apache
9 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.62%) Plone
9 2 (0.62%) SilverStripe
9 2 (0.62%) Umbraco
Applications
1 72 (22.29%) Microsoft Office
2 42 (13.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (9.60%) MS Visio
4 25 (7.74%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (4.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (2.79%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.31%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.31%) SPSS
7 1 (0.31%) Stata
Business Applications
1 18 (5.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (2.17%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (1.55%) SystmOne
4 3 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.62%) Eikon
5 2 (0.62%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.31%) Sage 1000
6 1 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 32 (9.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (8.36%) Office 365
3 9 (2.79%) IaaS
4 8 (2.48%) PaaS
4 8 (2.48%) SaaS
5 5 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (1.24%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.62%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 2 (0.62%) Yammer
8 1 (0.31%) AdWords
8 1 (0.31%) Force.com
8 1 (0.31%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 37 (11.46%) Firewall
2 21 (6.50%) LAN
3 20 (6.19%) WAN
4 19 (5.88%) VPN
5 17 (5.26%) DNS
6 15 (4.64%) SAN
7 13 (4.02%) Cisco IOS
8 12 (3.72%) DHCP
8 12 (3.72%) Internet
9 11 (3.41%) BGP
9 11 (3.41%) Cisco ASA
9 11 (3.41%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (3.10%) EIGRP
10 10 (3.10%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 10 (3.10%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 7 (2.17%) DMVPN
11 7 (2.17%) IOS XR
11 7 (2.17%) VLAN
11 7 (2.17%) WLAN
12 5 (1.55%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (19.81%) SQL Server
2 29 (8.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 29 (8.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 20 (6.19%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (6.19%) SQL Server 2014
4 16 (4.95%) Data Warehouse
4 16 (4.95%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (4.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 11 (3.41%) MS Access
7 7 (2.17%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.86%) BusinessObjects
8 6 (1.86%) MongoDB
8 6 (1.86%) MySQL
9 5 (1.55%) Power BI
10 4 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (1.24%) OLAP
11 3 (0.93%) DTS
11 3 (0.93%) QlikView
11 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
11 3 (0.93%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 20 (6.19%) Visual Studio
2 17 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (3.10%) Git (software)
3 10 (3.10%) JIRA
4 6 (1.86%) WebDriver
5 5 (1.55%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (1.55%) Selenium
6 4 (1.24%) Appium
6 4 (1.24%) Subversion
7 3 (0.93%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.93%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.93%) Toad
8 2 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.62%) Gatling
9 1 (0.31%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.31%) Hudson
9 1 (0.31%) Maven
9 1 (0.31%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.31%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.31%) YouTrack
General
1 58 (17.96%) Finance
2 24 (7.43%) Banking
3 19 (5.88%) Retail
4 13 (4.02%) Advertising
5 10 (3.10%) Manufacturing
6 9 (2.79%) Telecoms
7 8 (2.48%) Retail Banking
8 6 (1.86%) Legal
9 4 (1.24%) Automotive
9 4 (1.24%) Marketing
10 3 (0.93%) Billing
10 3 (0.93%) Electronics
10 3 (0.93%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.93%) Law
10 3 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.62%) Back Office
11 2 (0.62%) Publishing
12 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.31%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 86 (26.63%) Analyst
2 60 (18.58%) Developer
3 23 (7.12%) Architect
4 22 (6.81%) .NET Developer
5 17 (5.26%) PMO Analyst
6 15 (4.64%) Administrator
7 14 (4.33%) Business Analyst
8 13 (4.02%) SQL Developer
9 12 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (3.41%) Cisco Engineer
10 11 (3.41%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 11 (3.41%) Service Analyst
10 11 (3.41%) Support Engineer
11 10 (3.10%) C# Developer
11 10 (3.10%) Desktop Support
11 10 (3.10%) ETL Developer
11 10 (3.10%) IT Analyst
12 9 (2.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (2.79%) IT Engineer
12 9 (2.79%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (16.72%) .NET
2 28 (8.67%) HTML
3 18 (5.57%) ASP.NET
4 14 (4.33%) XML
5 12 (3.72%) CSS
6 11 (3.41%) .NET Framework
6 11 (3.41%) ASP.NET MVC
7 9 (2.79%) jQuery
8 8 (2.48%) AngularJS
8 8 (2.48%) Web Services
9 7 (2.17%) SOAP
10 6 (1.86%) Middleware
11 5 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web API
11 5 (1.55%) JSON
11 5 (1.55%) MDX
11 5 (1.55%) REST
12 4 (1.24%) Entity Framework
13 3 (0.93%) ISPF
13 3 (0.93%) WCF
13 3 (0.93%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 31 (9.60%) Data Centre
2 25 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (4.64%) Management Information System
4 14 (4.33%) Blackberry
5 9 (2.79%) Hybrid Cloud
6 8 (2.48%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.17%) DataPower
8 6 (1.86%) BYOD
8 6 (1.86%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.93%) iSeries
9 3 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.93%) PKI
9 3 (0.93%) Tandem
9 3 (0.93%) User Experience
10 2 (0.62%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.62%) Clustering
10 2 (0.62%) NHS
10 2 (0.62%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.62%) Replication
10 2 (0.62%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 117 (36.22%) Windows
2 35 (10.84%) Windows 7
3 32 (9.91%) Windows Server
4 19 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (5.57%) Linux
5 18 (5.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (3.10%) Android
6 10 (3.10%) Windows 10
7 9 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (2.79%) Unix
8 8 (2.48%) Windows XP
9 7 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.86%) SUSE
10 6 (1.86%) Windows Phone
11 4 (1.24%) Mac OS
11 4 (1.24%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.24%) Solaris
12 3 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.93%) CentOS
12 3 (0.93%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (11.76%) Migration
2 37 (11.46%) ITIL
3 35 (10.84%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (10.84%) Project Management
4 24 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
5 19 (5.88%) CRM
5 19 (5.88%) ETL
6 14 (4.33%) MVC
6 14 (4.33%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (4.02%) Change Management
7 13 (4.02%) Service Management
8 12 (3.72%) Information Security
9 11 (3.41%) Asset Management
9 11 (3.41%) Business Analysis
9 11 (3.41%) Coaching
9 11 (3.41%) Project Governance
9 11 (3.41%) Resource Management
9 11 (3.41%) Test Automation
9 11 (3.41%) Web Development
10 10 (3.10%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 68 (21.05%) SQL
2 31 (9.60%) C#
3 25 (7.74%) JavaScript
4 14 (4.33%) T-SQL
5 11 (3.41%) PowerShell
6 9 (2.79%) VB
6 9 (2.79%) VBA
7 6 (1.86%) Java
7 6 (1.86%) PHP
8 5 (1.55%) Delphi
9 4 (1.24%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.93%) C++
10 3 (0.93%) JCL
11 2 (0.62%) Python
11 2 (0.62%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.31%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.31%) Ruby
12 1 (0.31%) VB6
12 1 (0.31%) VBScript
12 1 (0.31%) XAML
Qualifications
1 16 (4.95%) Degree
2 15 (4.64%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
3 12 (3.72%) CCNP
4 11 (3.41%) Security Cleared
5 9 (2.79%) MCSE
6 8 (2.48%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (1.55%) SC Cleared
8 4 (1.24%) CCNA
9 3 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.62%) CISM
10 2 (0.62%) CISSP
10 2 (0.62%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.62%) PMP
11 1 (0.31%) CCDA
11 1 (0.31%) CCDP
11 1 (0.31%) CCIE
11 1 (0.31%) ISEB
11 1 (0.31%) MCP
11 1 (0.31%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (6.81%) PMO
2 13 (4.02%) SLA
3 8 (2.48%) QA
4 3 (0.93%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.93%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.31%) GDPR
5 1 (0.31%) IFRS
5 1 (0.31%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.31%) P3O
System Software
1 66 (20.43%) Active Directory
2 19 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (4.33%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.48%) vSphere
5 5 (1.55%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.93%) KVM
6 3 (0.93%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.93%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.31%) Docker
8 1 (0.31%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.31%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.31%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (4.33%) SCCM
2 10 (3.10%) FortiGate
3 7 (2.17%) Cisco CUCM
3 7 (2.17%) HP UCMDB
3 7 (2.17%) OPNET
4 6 (1.86%) SCOM
5 5 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (1.55%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.24%) AirWatch
7 3 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.93%) WMI
8 2 (0.62%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.62%) Oracle RMAN
8 2 (0.62%) Puppet
8 2 (0.62%) SCDPM
8 2 (0.62%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (10.53%) HP
2 30 (9.29%) VMware
3 25 (7.74%) Cisco
4 20 (6.19%) Citrix
5 15 (4.64%) IBM
5 15 (4.64%) SAP
6 11 (3.41%) Oracle
7 10 (3.10%) Dell
7 10 (3.10%) F5
7 10 (3.10%) Fortinet
8 9 (2.79%) Splunk
9 7 (2.17%) Blue Coat
9 7 (2.17%) BMC
9 7 (2.17%) EMC
9 7 (2.17%) Motorola
9 7 (2.17%) TippingPoint
10 6 (1.86%) Lotus
10 6 (1.86%) Red Hat
10 6 (1.86%) Veeam
11 5 (1.55%) McAfee
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