The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 6 May 2016 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.

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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 181 124 113
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 16.59% 12.38% 13.99%
As % of the Vendors category 33.46% 26.50% 31.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 62 57
Median daily rate £425 £400 £255
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +56.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £300 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £488 £389
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 18 14
Median hourly rate £13.25 £14.25 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.01% -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.70 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.03 £24.85 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.89%
Microsoft
North West

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

Vendors Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
541 468 355
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 49.59% 46.71% 43.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 255 161
Median daily rate £425 £475 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.52% +46.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £571 £700 £502
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 25 33
Median hourly rate £14.75 £15.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.66% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £13.70 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.54 £21.25 £45.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 6 May 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 6 May 2016.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 6 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Warrington +13 86 £425 -5.55% 3
Chester -6 20 £388 -13.88% 6
Knutsford -1 17 £425 -2.85% 2
Macclesfield +7 13 £369 - 6
Daresbury 0 5 £425 +4.29%
Crewe +1 3 £360 +15.20% 2
Congleton - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 6 May 2016, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 137 (51.70%) Windows
2 106 (40.00%) MS Excel
3 78 (29.43%) Active Directory
4 65 (24.53%) Migration
5 64 (24.15%) MS Office
6 62 (23.40%) .NET
7 60 (22.64%) Security Cleared
8 58 (21.89%) PowerShell
9 57 (21.51%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (21.51%) Software Engineering
10 56 (21.13%) Windows Server
11 55 (20.75%) SCCM
11 55 (20.75%) Test Automation
12 50 (18.87%) Agile Software Development
13 48 (18.11%) Finance
13 48 (18.11%) SharePoint
14 47 (17.74%) Skype for Business
15 46 (17.36%) VMware
16 43 (16.23%) SQL Server
16 43 (16.23%) SC Cleared
17 42 (15.85%) MS Exchange
18 41 (15.47%) Skype
19 40 (15.09%) ITIL
19 40 (15.09%) SCOM
20 34 (12.83%) Windows 7
20 34 (12.83%) Team Foundation Server
21 33 (12.45%) SQL
22 31 (11.70%) Project Management
23 30 (11.32%) Citrix
24 29 (10.94%) VMware Infrastructure

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 48 (18.11%) SharePoint
2 47 (17.74%) Skype for Business
3 42 (15.85%) MS Exchange
4 26 (9.81%) SharePoint 2013
5 16 (6.04%) IIS
6 12 (4.53%) Tomcat
7 10 (3.77%) Apache
8 9 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (2.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (2.26%) GeoServer
10 5 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (1.51%) OpenStack
12 3 (1.13%) Confluence
12 3 (1.13%) JBoss
13 2 (0.75%) CMS
13 2 (0.75%) eRoom
13 2 (0.75%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 106 (40.00%) MS Excel
2 64 (24.15%) MS Office
3 15 (5.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (3.77%) MS Project
5 7 (2.64%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (5.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.51%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.38%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 25 (9.43%) Office 365
2 16 (6.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (3.77%) SaaS
4 9 (3.40%) IaaS
5 8 (3.02%) PaaS
6 2 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.38%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 41 (15.47%) Skype
2 15 (5.66%) Internet
3 14 (5.28%) DNS
4 12 (4.53%) Firewall
5 10 (3.77%) SSL
5 10 (3.77%) VPN
6 9 (3.40%) DHCP
7 8 (3.02%) SAN
8 7 (2.64%) WAN
9 5 (1.89%) LAN
9 5 (1.89%) Network Security
9 5 (1.89%) TCP/IP
9 5 (1.89%) Unified Communications
10 4 (1.51%) Wireless
11 3 (1.13%) Remote Desktop
12 2 (0.75%) GSM
12 2 (0.75%) LTE
12 2 (0.75%) SMTP
12 2 (0.75%) UMTS
13 1 (0.38%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (16.23%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.53%) SQL Server 2014
3 9 (3.40%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.26%) GIS
5 6 (2.26%) QGIS
5 6 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.89%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.51%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.13%) MySQL
9 2 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.38%) Big Data
10 1 (0.38%) DB2
10 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.38%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (0.38%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.38%) Qlik Sense
10 1 (0.38%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 34 (12.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (6.79%) SpecFlow
3 17 (6.42%) TestComplete
4 6 (2.26%) Git (software)
4 6 (2.26%) TeamCity
5 5 (1.89%) JIRA
5 5 (1.89%) Visual Studio
6 4 (1.51%) Gradle
7 3 (1.13%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.75%) Selenium
8 2 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.75%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.38%) NuGet
9 1 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.38%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 48 (18.11%) Finance
2 23 (8.68%) Local Government
3 16 (6.04%) Banking
4 11 (4.15%) Advertising
5 8 (3.02%) Pharmaceutical
6 6 (2.26%) Retail
6 6 (2.26%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.89%) Retail Banking
8 4 (1.51%) Billing
8 4 (1.51%) Corporate Banking
8 4 (1.51%) Military
9 3 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.75%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.75%) French Language
10 2 (0.75%) German Language
10 2 (0.75%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.75%) Portuguese Language
10 2 (0.75%) Russian Language
10 2 (0.75%) Turkish Language
11 1 (0.38%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 36 (13.58%) Architect
2 28 (10.57%) Developer
3 26 (9.81%) Consultant
4 24 (9.06%) Analyst
5 15 (5.66%) Project Manager
6 12 (4.53%) Designer
7 11 (4.15%) DevOps Consultant
8 10 (3.77%) Integration Consultant
8 10 (3.77%) Service Analyst
8 10 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
8 10 (3.77%) Service Desk Manager
8 10 (3.77%) Service Manager
9 8 (3.02%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.02%) IT Manager
9 8 (3.02%) Migration Engineer
9 8 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (3.02%) Support Engineer
9 8 (3.02%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (2.64%) Desktop Engineer
10 7 (2.64%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (23.40%) .NET
2 12 (4.53%) .NET Framework
2 12 (4.53%) ASP.NET
3 10 (3.77%) jQuery
4 9 (3.40%) Middleware
5 7 (2.64%) Ajax
5 7 (2.64%) CSS
6 6 (2.26%) HTML
7 4 (1.51%) HTML5
7 4 (1.51%) Web Services
8 3 (1.13%) CSS3
8 3 (1.13%) LAMP
8 3 (1.13%) WAMP
8 3 (1.13%) WCF
8 3 (1.13%) WPF
9 2 (0.75%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.75%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (0.75%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (0.75%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.53%) Data Centre
2 10 (3.77%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.02%) Blackberry
4 7 (2.64%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (2.64%) Fat Client
4 7 (2.64%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.64%) PMI
4 7 (2.64%) Thin Client
5 5 (1.89%) Clustering
6 4 (1.51%) Digital Media
7 3 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.13%) PKI
8 2 (0.75%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.75%) iPad
8 2 (0.75%) NHS
8 2 (0.75%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.75%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.75%) Statistics
8 2 (0.75%) User Experience
8 2 (0.75%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 137 (51.70%) Windows
2 57 (21.51%) Windows Server 2012
3 56 (21.13%) Windows Server
4 34 (12.83%) Windows 7
5 26 (9.81%) Linux
6 23 (8.68%) Windows 10
7 13 (4.91%) Windows 8
8 12 (4.53%) Apple iOS
9 11 (4.15%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (4.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (3.02%) AIX
10 8 (3.02%) Unix
11 7 (2.64%) Android
11 7 (2.64%) Windows XP
12 6 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (1.89%) CentOS
13 5 (1.89%) Mac OS
14 4 (1.51%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.75%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.38%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (24.53%) Migration
2 57 (21.51%) Software Engineering
3 55 (20.75%) Test Automation
4 50 (18.87%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (15.09%) ITIL
6 31 (11.70%) Project Management
7 23 (8.68%) Code Coverage
7 23 (8.68%) Continuous Integration
7 23 (8.68%) Data Migration
7 23 (8.68%) TDD
8 19 (7.17%) CRM
9 18 (6.79%) DevOps
10 15 (5.66%) Change Management
11 14 (5.28%) Service Management
11 14 (5.28%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (4.53%) PRINCE2
13 10 (3.77%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (3.77%) Identity Management
13 10 (3.77%) Service Desk Management
13 10 (3.77%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 58 (21.89%) PowerShell
2 33 (12.45%) SQL
3 25 (9.43%) Java
4 21 (7.92%) C#
5 19 (7.17%) JavaScript
6 9 (3.40%) PHP
7 8 (3.02%) Python
8 7 (2.64%) T-SQL
9 6 (2.26%) VB
10 5 (1.89%) Bash Shell
11 4 (1.51%) VBScript
12 3 (1.13%) C
13 2 (0.75%) Perl
13 2 (0.75%) Ruby
13 2 (0.75%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.75%) VBA
14 1 (0.38%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 60 (22.64%) Security Cleared
2 43 (16.23%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.92%) Degree
4 13 (4.91%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (4.91%) PMI Certification
5 9 (3.40%) ISEB
5 9 (3.40%) ISTQB
5 9 (3.40%) MCITP
6 8 (3.02%) MCSA
7 6 (2.26%) CCEA
7 6 (2.26%) Citrix Certification
7 6 (2.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 6 (2.26%) PMP
8 5 (1.89%) MCP
8 5 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (1.51%) CIPD
9 4 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.51%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.64%) SLA
2 6 (2.26%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.51%) QA
4 3 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.75%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.75%) RMADS
6 1 (0.38%) FATCA
6 1 (0.38%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.38%) ISO22301
6 1 (0.38%) Solvency II
System Software
1 78 (29.43%) Active Directory
2 29 (10.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (5.28%) Hyper-V
4 13 (4.91%) vSphere
5 5 (1.89%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.13%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.13%) UAG
6 3 (1.13%) XenApp
7 2 (0.75%) Postfix
7 2 (0.75%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.38%) Docker
8 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.38%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.38%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 55 (20.75%) SCCM
2 40 (15.09%) SCOM
3 8 (3.02%) Puppet
4 7 (2.64%) vRealize
5 5 (1.89%) BladeLogic
5 5 (1.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (1.89%) Windows Intune
6 3 (1.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (1.13%) OpenView
6 3 (1.13%) Red Hat Satellite
7 2 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.75%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.38%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.38%) Amdocs OSS
8 1 (0.38%) CFEngine
8 1 (0.38%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.38%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 46 (17.36%) VMware
2 30 (11.32%) Citrix
3 13 (4.91%) Cisco
3 13 (4.91%) HP
4 8 (3.02%) Juniper
5 7 (2.64%) Apple
6 6 (2.26%) Red Hat
7 4 (1.51%) ArcSight
7 4 (1.51%) BMC
7 4 (1.51%) IBM
7 4 (1.51%) Polycom
8 3 (1.13%) AppSense
8 3 (1.13%) Brocade
8 3 (1.13%) NetApp
8 3 (1.13%) Oracle
9 2 (0.75%) MobileIron
9 2 (0.75%) PlateSpin
9 2 (0.75%) Tableau
9 2 (0.75%) Trustwave
9 2 (0.75%) WSO2
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