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 6 March 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 10 7 4
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 96 102 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 12.57% 13.28% 14.07%
As % of the Vendors category 26.89% 31.38% 28.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 40 33
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£380 £303 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.61% -6.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £122 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £421 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 13
Average hourly rate £14.00 £20.60 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.03% +87.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £10.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.75 £41.00 £19.74
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £14.94
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.29%
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
357 325 334
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 46.73% 42.32% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 146 145
Average daily rate £400 £365 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 37 29
Average hourly rate £18.13 £35.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.20% +75.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £14.30 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £52.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.50 £18.90
% change year-on-year
-0.57% -7.40%

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 6 March 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 6 March 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 6 March 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
Warrington -2 30 £325 -2.98% 29
Chester +8 17 £400 +185.71% 11
Knutsford +1 8 £481 - 5
Runcorn - 6 £375 - 2
Macclesfield -5 5 £380 +61.70% 7
Northwich -1 2 - - 1
Nantwich 0 1 - -
Crewe -3 1 - - 6
Wilmslow -8 1 £170 +54.19% 8
Widnes - - - -
Alderley Edge - - - -
Sandbach - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 89 (44.28%) MS Excel
2 72 (35.82%) Windows
3 64 (31.84%) MS Office
4 44 (21.89%) ITIL
5 43 (21.39%) Finance
6 36 (17.91%) Analytical Skills
7 34 (16.92%) Service Management
7 34 (16.92%) HP
8 33 (16.42%) Active Directory
9 32 (15.92%) SQL Server
10 31 (15.42%) SLA
11 28 (13.93%) Lotus
11 28 (13.93%) IBM Notes
12 27 (13.43%) MCP
13 26 (12.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 26 (12.94%) OpenView
14 25 (12.44%) Agile Software Development
14 25 (12.44%) .NET
14 25 (12.44%) Security Cleared
15 24 (11.94%) VMware
16 21 (10.45%) SQL
16 21 (10.45%) Citrix
16 21 (10.45%) Project Management
17 20 (9.95%) Business Intelligence
17 20 (9.95%) Windows Server 2008
17 20 (9.95%) Windows 7
18 19 (9.45%) SC Cleared
18 19 (9.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 18 (8.96%) Migration
20 17 (8.46%) Stakeholder Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 28 (13.93%) IBM Notes
2 13 (6.47%) SharePoint
2 13 (6.47%) MS Exchange
3 9 (4.48%) IIS
4 8 (3.98%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (3.48%) CICS
6 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (1.99%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (1.99%) Documentum
7 4 (1.99%) WebLogic
8 3 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.49%) Lync
9 2 (1.00%) Node.js
9 2 (1.00%) SugarCRM
10 1 (0.50%) MS Project Server
10 1 (0.50%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.50%) NServiceBus
10 1 (0.50%) eRoom
10 1 (0.50%) Apache
Applications
1 89 (44.28%) MS Excel
2 64 (31.84%) MS Office
3 17 (8.46%) MS PowerPoint
3 17 (8.46%) MS Project
4 12 (5.97%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.49%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (1.00%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.50%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (4.98%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (3.98%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.49%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (1.00%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.99%) SaaS
2 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.98%) TCP/IP
1 8 (3.98%) SAN
1 8 (3.98%) Firewall
2 7 (3.48%) VPN
3 6 (2.99%) WAN
4 5 (2.49%) LAN
4 5 (2.49%) Wireless
5 4 (1.99%) NAS
5 4 (1.99%) Broadband
6 3 (1.49%) SSL
6 3 (1.49%) DHCP
6 3 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (1.49%) VLAN
6 3 (1.49%) Intranet
7 2 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (1.00%) DNS
7 2 (1.00%) ATM
8 1 (0.50%) LDAP
8 1 (0.50%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (15.92%) SQL Server
2 19 (9.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (8.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 15 (7.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (3.98%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.48%) DB2
6 7 (3.48%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (2.99%) Oracle Database
8 5 (2.49%) Big Data
9 4 (1.99%) BODI
9 4 (1.99%) NoSQL
10 3 (1.49%) QlikView
10 3 (1.49%) MS Access
11 2 (1.00%) MySQL
11 2 (1.00%) DTS
11 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (1.00%) MongoDB
12 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 8 (3.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 4 (1.99%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.99%) MSI
2 4 (1.99%) AdminStudio
3 3 (1.49%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.50%) Subversion
4 1 (0.50%) JIRA
General
1 43 (21.39%) Finance
2 14 (6.97%) Banking
3 13 (6.47%) Telecoms
4 11 (5.47%) Retail
5 9 (4.48%) Local Government
6 8 (3.98%) Manufacturing
7 7 (3.48%) Advertising
8 6 (2.99%) Retail Banking
9 5 (2.49%) Dutch Language
9 5 (2.49%) German Language
9 5 (2.49%) Legal
10 3 (1.49%) French Language
11 2 (1.00%) Russian Language
12 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 67 (33.33%) Analyst
2 32 (15.92%) Service Analyst
3 30 (14.93%) Service Desk Analyst
4 26 (12.94%) Developer
5 20 (9.95%) Architect
6 14 (6.97%) Project Manager
7 12 (5.97%) Business Analyst
8 10 (4.98%) Consultant
8 10 (4.98%) Administrator
8 10 (4.98%) .NET Developer
9 9 (4.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 7 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.48%) 1st Line Support
10 7 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
10 7 (3.48%) Support Analyst
11 6 (2.99%) Applications Packager
11 6 (2.99%) SQL Developer
11 6 (2.99%) Business Intelligence Analyst
11 6 (2.99%) IT Support
12 5 (2.49%) Project Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.44%) .NET
2 8 (3.98%) ASP.NET
2 8 (3.98%) .NET Framework
3 7 (3.48%) JNDI
3 7 (3.48%) JMS
3 7 (3.48%) J2EE
3 7 (3.48%) JDBC
3 7 (3.48%) JSP
4 6 (2.99%) CSS
4 6 (2.99%) WCF
4 6 (2.99%) jQuery
5 5 (2.49%) Application Packaging
6 4 (1.99%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (1.99%) HTML
6 4 (1.99%) CSS3
7 3 (1.49%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.49%) REST
7 3 (1.49%) LINQ
7 3 (1.49%) SOAP
7 3 (1.49%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 36 (17.91%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.97%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (3.48%) Mainframe
3 7 (3.48%) IBM Mainframe
4 6 (2.99%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.49%) Blackberry
5 5 (2.49%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.49%) Visualisation
6 4 (1.99%) Open Source
6 4 (1.99%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.49%) Reference Data
7 3 (1.49%) N-Tier
7 3 (1.49%) Clustering
7 3 (1.49%) FlexPod
8 2 (1.00%) Inversion of Control
9 1 (0.50%) iPad
9 1 (0.50%) User Experience
9 1 (0.50%) E-Learning
9 1 (0.50%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.50%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 72 (35.82%) Windows
2 20 (9.95%) Windows Server 2008
2 20 (9.95%) Windows 7
3 16 (7.96%) Windows Server 2003
4 14 (6.97%) Windows XP
5 9 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (3.48%) Windows 8
7 6 (2.99%) Solaris
7 6 (2.99%) Android
7 6 (2.99%) Apple iOS
7 6 (2.99%) UNIX
8 5 (2.49%) Linux
9 4 (1.99%) HPUX
10 2 (1.00%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone 7
11 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.50%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (21.89%) ITIL
2 34 (16.92%) Service Management
3 25 (12.44%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (10.45%) Project Management
5 20 (9.95%) Business Intelligence
6 18 (8.96%) Migration
7 17 (8.46%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (5.97%) Data Modelling
8 12 (5.97%) Waterfall
9 11 (5.47%) SOA
9 11 (5.47%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.98%) ERP
10 10 (4.98%) MVC
11 8 (3.98%) Data Architecture
11 8 (3.98%) Data Analysis
12 7 (3.48%) Agile Project Management
12 7 (3.48%) Information Security
12 7 (3.48%) TOGAF
13 6 (2.99%) Disaster Recovery
13 6 (2.99%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (10.45%) SQL
2 15 (7.46%) C#
3 9 (4.48%) VB
4 8 (3.98%) PowerShell
4 8 (3.98%) VBScript
5 7 (3.48%) Java
6 6 (2.99%) JavaScript
7 5 (2.49%) Ruby
8 4 (1.99%) VBA
8 4 (1.99%) Python
9 3 (1.49%) C
10 2 (1.00%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.00%) Perl
10 2 (1.00%) C++
10 2 (1.00%) X++
10 2 (1.00%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.50%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 27 (13.43%) MCP
2 25 (12.44%) Security Cleared
3 19 (9.45%) SC Cleared
4 15 (7.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (4.98%) Degree
6 5 (2.49%) MCSE
7 4 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 4 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (1.49%) MCITP
8 3 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.49%) VCP4
9 2 (1.00%) NCIE
9 2 (1.00%) MCTS
9 2 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.00%) CCNP
9 2 (1.00%) CCNA
9 2 (1.00%) ISEB
10 1 (0.50%) MCSA
10 1 (0.50%) ACCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (15.42%) SLA
2 6 (2.99%) QA
3 2 (1.00%) EMIR
3 2 (1.00%) MiFID
4 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 33 (16.42%) Active Directory
2 14 (6.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.98%) Microsoft App-V
3 8 (3.98%) XenApp
4 5 (2.49%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (1.99%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.49%) NFS
6 3 (1.49%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.00%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.00%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (1.00%) XenServer
8 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.50%) vSphere
8 1 (0.50%) Samba
Systems Management
1 26 (12.94%) OpenView
1 26 (12.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 12 (5.97%) SCCM
3 4 (1.99%) SCOM
4 2 (1.00%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.50%) Puppet
5 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.50%) Opsview
5 1 (0.50%) Nagios
5 1 (0.50%) Legato
5 1 (0.50%) MOM
Vendors
1 34 (16.92%) HP
2 28 (13.93%) Lotus
3 24 (11.94%) VMware
4 21 (10.45%) Citrix
5 17 (8.46%) Oracle
5 17 (8.46%) Cisco
6 10 (4.98%) IBM
7 6 (2.99%) Business Objects
7 6 (2.99%) EMC
8 5 (2.49%) AppSense
9 4 (1.99%) F5
9 4 (1.99%) NetApp
9 4 (1.99%) Compuware
10 2 (1.00%) Avaya
10 2 (1.00%) Juniper
10 2 (1.00%) SAP
10 2 (1.00%) NEC
10 2 (1.00%) TIBCO
10 2 (1.00%) Cyber-Ark
11 1 (0.50%) McAfee
Warrington
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Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Cheshire
Robert Walters
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Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Ellesmere Port, Merseyside
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Cheshire
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Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Chester
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
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Runcorn
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Posted: 21 days ago
Warrington
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Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Chester
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Rate: £10.00 - £11.50 per hour
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Warrington
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Rate: £300 - £350 per hour
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