The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Clustering in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Clustering over the 3 months to 17 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Clustering
Rank 66 53 61
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +8
Contract jobs citing Clustering 4 21 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.52% 2.13% 0.68%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.04% 7.45% 2.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 2
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£450 £272 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+65.21% -19.29%
UK excluding London average daily rate £357 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.86% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £31.56 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.45% +57.14%
Clustering
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Miscellaneous Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
196 282 213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 25.26% 28.66% 23.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 130 113
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £226 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 25 11
Average hourly rate £16.84 £21.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.80% +12.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.91 £12.62 £16.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £40.12 £25.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -5.00%

Clustering
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Clustering across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Clustering Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Clustering
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Clustering across the Cheshire region.

Clustering Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Clustering
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Clustering across the Cheshire region.

Clustering Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Clustering
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Clustering within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 17 December 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Macclesfield - 2 £450 -
Chester +5 1 £400 - 1
Knutsford - - - -
Clustering
North West

Clustering
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Clustering also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Clustering.

1 20 (100.00%) Windows
2 16 (80.00%) TCP/IP
3 15 (75.00%) PowerShell
4 14 (70.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (70.00%) Active Directory
4 14 (70.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (65.00%) DNS
6 11 (55.00%) SQL Server
6 11 (55.00%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (55.00%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (50.00%) Load Balancing
7 10 (50.00%) IIS
7 10 (50.00%) SharePoint
7 10 (50.00%) .NET
8 8 (40.00%) Finance
8 8 (40.00%) MCITP
8 8 (40.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (40.00%) MCSE
9 7 (35.00%) SQL
9 7 (35.00%) MCTS
9 7 (35.00%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (30.00%) Hyper-V
10 6 (30.00%) SAN
11 5 (25.00%) VMware
12 4 (20.00%) HP
12 4 (20.00%) SCCM
13 3 (15.00%) SCOM
13 3 (15.00%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (15.00%) High Availability
13 3 (15.00%) Dell

Clustering
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Clustering also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Clustering. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (50.00%) IIS
1 10 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 7 (35.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (10.00%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (80.00%) TCP/IP
2 13 (65.00%) DNS
3 6 (30.00%) SAN
4 3 (15.00%) DHCP
5 2 (10.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (55.00%) SQL Server
1 11 (55.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 11 (55.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (40.00%) Finance
2 3 (15.00%) Banking
3 1 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.00%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.00%) Investment Banking
3 1 (5.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (45.00%) Administrator
2 6 (30.00%) SharePoint Administrator
3 3 (15.00%) Wintel Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Developer
3 3 (15.00%) SharePoint Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Windows Systems Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (10.00%) Architect
4 2 (10.00%) IT Architect
4 2 (10.00%) Windows Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) Support Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Support Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (5.00%) SharePoint Specialist
5 1 (5.00%) Wintel Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Wintel Support Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) DBA
5 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (50.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.00%) FlexPod
2 1 (5.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 20 (100.00%) Windows
2 14 (70.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 14 (70.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (10.00%) UNIX
3 2 (10.00%) AIX
3 2 (10.00%) HPUX
3 2 (10.00%) Solaris
3 2 (10.00%) Linux
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (50.00%) Load Balancing
2 3 (15.00%) High Availability
3 2 (10.00%) Zachman Framework
3 2 (10.00%) TOGAF
3 2 (10.00%) Migration
3 2 (10.00%) Change Management
3 2 (10.00%) ITIL
3 2 (10.00%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (10.00%) Problem Management
4 1 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (5.00%) Capacity Management
4 1 (5.00%) Database Security
4 1 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (5.00%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (75.00%) PowerShell
2 7 (35.00%) SQL
3 1 (5.00%) T-SQL
3 1 (5.00%) VBScript
3 1 (5.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (40.00%) MCITP
1 8 (40.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (40.00%) MCSE
2 7 (35.00%) MCTS
System Software
1 14 (70.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (30.00%) Hyper-V
3 3 (15.00%) VMware ESX
4 2 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (20.00%) SCCM
2 3 (15.00%) SCOM
3 1 (5.00%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (5.00%) SCVMM
3 1 (5.00%) Legato
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) VMware
2 4 (20.00%) HP
3 3 (15.00%) Dell
3 3 (15.00%) EMC
3 3 (15.00%) IBM
3 3 (15.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (10.00%) Sun
4 2 (10.00%) Cisco
4 2 (10.00%) Citrix
5 1 (5.00%) Remedy