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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 1 June 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
1 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 11 4 21
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 103 124 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 10.60% 15.84% 6.80%
As % of the Vendors category 22.64% 35.94% 13.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 59 18
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£400 £268 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+49.53% -23.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £134 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £475 £509
UK excluding London average daily rate £337 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -34.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £9.00 £11.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.44 £31.70 £39.72
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £14.56
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.42%
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
455 345 364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 46.81% 44.06% 49.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 150 142
Average daily rate £500 £320 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+56.25% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £185 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 31 28
Average hourly rate £16.92 £12.50 £38.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.36% -67.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £9.00 £14.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £43.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 1 June 2015.

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 1 June 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 1 June 2015. 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
Chester +2 20 £450 +100.00% 19
Warrington -16 18 £463 +15.62% 13
Runcorn +4 6 £500 +132.55% 8
Knutsford -4 6 £500 +100.00% 3
Crewe -7 6 £313 +133.20% 2
Ellesmere Port -1 4 £288 +0.87%
Winsford - 2 - - 1
Daresbury - 2 £408 -
Sandbach - 1 £300 - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft.

1 82 (40.59%) MS Excel
2 71 (35.15%) Windows
3 50 (24.75%) MS Office
4 44 (21.78%) Finance
5 40 (19.80%) SQL Server
6 35 (17.33%) .NET
6 35 (17.33%) Active Directory
7 31 (15.35%) SQL
8 30 (14.85%) Analytical Skills
9 28 (13.86%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (13.86%) ITIL
10 27 (13.37%) Business Intelligence
10 27 (13.37%) Migration
10 27 (13.37%) Project Management
11 26 (12.87%) Windows XP
12 24 (11.88%) C#
13 23 (11.39%) HP
13 23 (11.39%) Windows 7
14 22 (10.89%) Citrix
15 21 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
15 21 (10.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 20 (9.90%) Oracle
17 18 (8.91%) VMware
17 18 (8.91%) Service Management
17 18 (8.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 18 (8.91%) .NET Framework
17 18 (8.91%) Security Cleared
17 18 (8.91%) Open Source
18 17 (8.42%) SDLC
18 17 (8.42%) IBM Notes

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 17 (8.42%) IBM Notes
2 14 (6.93%) MS Exchange
3 12 (5.94%) SharePoint
4 9 (4.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.97%) CICS
6 5 (2.48%) IIS
7 4 (1.98%) Node.js
7 4 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.49%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.99%) SugarCRM
9 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.50%) eRoom
10 1 (0.50%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.50%) Documentum
10 1 (0.50%) Lync
10 1 (0.50%) WebSphere Process Server
10 1 (0.50%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.50%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 82 (40.59%) MS Excel
2 50 (24.75%) MS Office
3 15 (7.43%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (5.94%) MS Visio
5 11 (5.45%) MS Project
6 5 (2.48%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.50%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (5.45%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (4.95%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (3.47%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (1.98%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (1.49%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.99%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.99%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.98%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.95%) WAN
1 10 (4.95%) Wireless
2 8 (3.96%) VPN
2 8 (3.96%) SAN
2 8 (3.96%) Firewall
3 6 (2.97%) DNS
3 6 (2.97%) TCP/IP
3 6 (2.97%) DHCP
4 5 (2.48%) MPLS
4 5 (2.48%) LAN
4 5 (2.48%) NAS
5 4 (1.98%) Broadband
6 3 (1.49%) SSL
6 3 (1.49%) ATM
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
6 3 (1.49%) VLAN
7 2 (0.99%) NX-OS
7 2 (0.99%) VoIP
8 1 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (19.80%) SQL Server
2 21 (10.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 18 (8.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (7.43%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (6.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 8 (3.96%) Relational Database
7 7 (3.47%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (2.97%) DB2
9 5 (2.48%) MS Access
9 5 (2.48%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.98%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.98%) Big Data
11 3 (1.49%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (0.99%) QlikView
12 2 (0.99%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database
12 2 (0.99%) MySQL
12 2 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
12 2 (0.99%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 8 (3.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 6 (2.97%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.98%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.99%) MSI
5 1 (0.50%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.50%) Lombardi
General
1 44 (21.78%) Finance
2 13 (6.44%) Local Government
3 12 (5.94%) Banking
4 10 (4.95%) Retail
5 6 (2.97%) Dutch Language
5 6 (2.97%) German Language
6 5 (2.48%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.98%) French Language
7 4 (1.98%) Russian Language
7 4 (1.98%) Retail Banking
8 3 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.49%) Marketing
9 2 (0.99%) Portuguese Language
9 2 (0.99%) Turkish Language
9 2 (0.99%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.99%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.99%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.50%) Legal
10 1 (0.50%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.50%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 62 (30.69%) Analyst
2 31 (15.35%) Developer
3 29 (14.36%) Architect
4 20 (9.90%) Service Analyst
5 19 (9.41%) Service Desk Analyst
6 18 (8.91%) Consultant
7 14 (6.93%) Business Analyst
8 12 (5.94%) Project Manager
9 11 (5.45%) Team Leader
10 10 (4.95%) .NET Team Leader
10 10 (4.95%) Software Development Team Leader
10 10 (4.95%) Software Team Leader
10 10 (4.95%) Development Team Leader
10 10 (4.95%) .NET Developer
11 9 (4.46%) Solutions Architect
11 9 (4.46%) IT Support
11 9 (4.46%) Business Intelligence Analyst
12 8 (3.96%) Support Analyst
12 8 (3.96%) Technical Architect
12 8 (3.96%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (17.33%) .NET
2 18 (8.91%) .NET Framework
3 15 (7.43%) CSS
4 10 (4.95%) Web Services
5 9 (4.46%) HTML
5 9 (4.46%) CSS3
6 8 (3.96%) jQuery
7 7 (3.47%) SAML
7 7 (3.47%) J2EE
7 7 (3.47%) XML
7 7 (3.47%) ASP.NET
7 7 (3.47%) OAuth
7 7 (3.47%) WCF
8 6 (2.97%) JNDI
8 6 (2.97%) JDBC
8 6 (2.97%) JSP
8 6 (2.97%) JMS
9 5 (2.48%) Middleware
10 4 (1.98%) Entity Framework
11 3 (1.49%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.85%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.94%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.45%) N-Tier
4 10 (4.95%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (3.96%) Mobile App
6 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.97%) IBM Mainframe
7 6 (2.97%) Mainframe
8 5 (2.48%) Reference Data
9 4 (1.98%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.98%) Visualisation
9 4 (1.98%) Inversion of Control
10 3 (1.49%) Handset
10 3 (1.49%) Replication
10 3 (1.49%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.49%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.99%) Data Integration
11 2 (0.99%) Enterprise Storage
11 2 (0.99%) iPad
11 2 (0.99%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 71 (35.15%) Windows
2 26 (12.87%) Windows XP
3 23 (11.39%) Windows 7
4 12 (5.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (3.47%) Windows 8
7 6 (2.97%) Android
7 6 (2.97%) Linux
8 5 (2.48%) UNIX
8 5 (2.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (2.48%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.49%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.50%) Windows CE
10 1 (0.50%) MVS
10 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.50%) Solaris
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.50%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (13.86%) Agile Software Development
1 28 (13.86%) ITIL
2 27 (13.37%) Business Intelligence
2 27 (13.37%) Migration
2 27 (13.37%) Project Management
3 21 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
4 18 (8.91%) Service Management
4 18 (8.91%) Open Source
5 17 (8.42%) SDLC
6 13 (6.44%) CRM
6 13 (6.44%) SOA
7 12 (5.94%) Data Analysis
7 12 (5.94%) Data Modelling
8 11 (5.45%) MVC
8 11 (5.45%) Waterfall
8 11 (5.45%) Resource Management
9 10 (4.95%) Data Migration
9 10 (4.95%) Mentoring
9 10 (4.95%) PRINCE2
9 10 (4.95%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 31 (15.35%) SQL
2 24 (11.88%) C#
3 15 (7.43%) JavaScript
4 13 (6.44%) VB
5 9 (4.46%) T-SQL
5 9 (4.46%) PowerShell
6 7 (3.47%) Ruby
7 6 (2.97%) C
7 6 (2.97%) VBA
7 6 (2.97%) Java
7 6 (2.97%) VBScript
8 5 (2.48%) Python
9 4 (1.98%) C++
10 3 (1.49%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.50%) Perl
11 1 (0.50%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.50%) Scala
Qualifications
1 18 (8.91%) Security Cleared
2 15 (7.43%) MCP
3 12 (5.94%) Degree
3 12 (5.94%) SC Cleared
4 11 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.98%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (1.98%) MCSE
5 4 (1.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 3 (1.49%) A+ Certification
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.49%) CCNP
6 3 (1.49%) CCNA
6 3 (1.49%) MCDST
6 3 (1.49%) MCITP
7 2 (0.99%) CEH
7 2 (0.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.99%) NCIE
7 2 (0.99%) ISEB
7 2 (0.99%) CISSP
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (7.92%) SLA
2 6 (2.97%) QA
3 2 (0.99%) MiFID
3 2 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.99%) EMIR
4 1 (0.50%) GAAP
System Software
1 35 (17.33%) Active Directory
2 11 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.96%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.97%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.48%) XenApp
6 4 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.49%) NFS
7 3 (1.49%) vSphere
8 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.99%) XenServer
8 2 (0.99%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.50%) Samba
9 1 (0.50%) iptables
9 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 15 (7.43%) OpenView
2 13 (6.44%) SCCM
3 11 (5.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.99%) SCOM
4 2 (0.99%) SCVMM
4 2 (0.99%) BladeLogic
4 2 (0.99%) SCDPM
4 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.50%) Nagios
5 1 (0.50%) MOM
5 1 (0.50%) Opsview
5 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.50%) Puppet
Vendors
1 23 (11.39%) HP
2 22 (10.89%) Citrix
3 20 (9.90%) Oracle
4 18 (8.91%) VMware
5 17 (8.42%) Lotus
6 8 (3.96%) Cisco
6 8 (3.96%) IBM
6 8 (3.96%) NetApp
7 6 (2.97%) EMC
8 4 (1.98%) Sun
9 3 (1.49%) Juniper
9 3 (1.49%) ArcSight
10 2 (0.99%) Veeam
10 2 (0.99%) SAP
10 2 (0.99%) Avaya
10 2 (0.99%) Veritas
10 2 (0.99%) Dell
10 2 (0.99%) NEC
10 2 (0.99%) Symantec
10 2 (0.99%) Websense
Chester, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 13 hours ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15.77 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Knutsford
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Runcorn
Computer Futures
Rate: £190 - £250 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Sandbach
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Cheshire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 20 days ago
Chester
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £140 - £190 per day + Neg. Good chance of Extension
Posted: 21 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Cheshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 26 days ago