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 19 September 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.

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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 13
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 98 100 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 12.44% 10.96% 9.15%
As % of the Vendors category 28.99% 23.75% 17.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 42 32
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£410 £300 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.66% +1.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £209 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £400 £342
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 21 20
Average hourly rate £16.84 £29.00 £14.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.93% +98.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £12.25 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £43.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
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
338 421 484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 42.89% 46.16% 53.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 191 250
Average daily rate £400 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £231 £207
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £575 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 38 28
Average hourly rate £16.92 £31.56 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.37% +106.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £14.50 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £42.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.97 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-0.18% +2.70%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 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
Warrington +3 39 £475 +58.33% 15
Chester +3 16 £288 +27.77% 7
Knutsford +7 4 £425 +88.88% 9
Macclesfield -2 4 £170 -62.22% 8
Crewe -5 3 - - 3
Wilmslow -1 2 £375 - 8
Northwich -1 2 - - 3
Sandbach 0 1 - -
Runcorn - - - - 1
Winsford - - - - 1
Daresbury - - - -
Nantwich - - - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 95 (40.95%) Windows
2 83 (35.78%) MS Excel
3 66 (28.45%) Active Directory
4 53 (22.84%) SQL Server
5 50 (21.55%) MS Office
6 46 (19.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 45 (19.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 42 (18.10%) Finance
9 36 (15.52%) ITIL
10 34 (14.66%) VMware
11 33 (14.22%) SharePoint
12 32 (13.79%) MS Exchange
12 32 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
13 30 (12.93%) Windows 7
13 30 (12.93%) SQL
14 29 (12.50%) Citrix
15 24 (10.34%) Project Management
15 24 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
15 24 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
16 23 (9.91%) Security Cleared
16 23 (9.91%) Service Management
16 23 (9.91%) Information Security
17 22 (9.48%) IIS
17 22 (9.48%) MS Project
17 22 (9.48%) SC Cleared
18 21 (9.05%) Exchange Server 2003
18 21 (9.05%) Exchange Server 2010
19 20 (8.62%) .NET
19 20 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
20 19 (8.19%) HP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 33 (14.22%) SharePoint
2 32 (13.79%) MS Exchange
3 22 (9.48%) IIS
4 21 (9.05%) Exchange Server 2003
4 21 (9.05%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (8.19%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (5.60%) Lync
6 13 (5.60%) IBM Notes
7 10 (4.31%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (3.45%) MS Project Server
9 4 (1.72%) CICS
9 4 (1.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.86%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.43%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 83 (35.78%) MS Excel
2 50 (21.55%) MS Office
3 22 (9.48%) MS Project
4 6 (2.59%) MS Visio
4 6 (2.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.43%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (4.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.59%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (2.16%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (1.29%) SAP BPC
4 3 (1.29%) Academy Housing
5 1 (0.43%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.16%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (7.33%) TCP/IP
2 15 (6.47%) Firewall
3 10 (4.31%) SAN
3 10 (4.31%) DNS
4 7 (3.02%) VPN
4 7 (3.02%) WAN
4 7 (3.02%) DHCP
5 6 (2.59%) LAN
6 5 (2.16%) Wireless
6 5 (2.16%) SSL
6 5 (2.16%) LDAP
7 4 (1.72%) Internet
7 4 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (1.29%) Unified Communications
8 3 (1.29%) Network Security
9 2 (0.86%) SMTP
10 1 (0.43%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.43%) NAS
10 1 (0.43%) Intrusion Detection
10 1 (0.43%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (22.84%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (6.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (5.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (4.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 8 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (3.02%) SAP Data Services
7 7 (3.02%) QlikView
7 7 (3.02%) Crystal Reports
8 6 (2.59%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.59%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.72%) DB2
9 4 (1.72%) BODI
9 4 (1.72%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (1.72%) Big Data
10 3 (1.29%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
10 3 (1.29%) SAP HANA
10 3 (1.29%) SAP BW
10 3 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (1.29%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 6 (2.59%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.43%) Rhino Mocks
2 1 (0.43%) NUnit
2 1 (0.43%) AdminStudio
General
1 42 (18.10%) Finance
2 18 (7.76%) Banking
3 10 (4.31%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.88%) Local Government
5 5 (2.16%) Retail
6 4 (1.72%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.72%) Advertising
7 3 (1.29%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.29%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.43%) French Language
8 1 (0.43%) Russian Language
8 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.43%) Games
8 1 (0.43%) Legal
8 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 60 (25.86%) Analyst
2 29 (12.50%) Architect
3 21 (9.05%) Consultant
4 20 (8.62%) Developer
5 15 (6.47%) Technical Architect
5 15 (6.47%) Service Desk Analyst
5 15 (6.47%) Service Analyst
6 13 (5.60%) 1st Line Support
7 12 (5.17%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (3.88%) Help Desk Support
8 9 (3.88%) Support Analyst
9 8 (3.45%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.45%) Administrator
10 7 (3.02%) Support Engineer
10 7 (3.02%) Help Desk Analyst
10 7 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
10 7 (3.02%) C# Developer
11 6 (2.59%) Project Manager
11 6 (2.59%) Business Analyst
11 6 (2.59%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.62%) .NET
2 12 (5.17%) ASP.NET
3 7 (3.02%) JSP
4 5 (2.16%) Application Packaging
5 4 (1.72%) J2EE
5 4 (1.72%) JDBC
5 4 (1.72%) JMS
5 4 (1.72%) JNDI
5 4 (1.72%) WCF
5 4 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (1.29%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.29%) LAMP
6 3 (1.29%) XML
6 3 (1.29%) XSLT
7 2 (0.86%) Middleware
7 2 (0.86%) jQuery
7 2 (0.86%) WPF
7 2 (0.86%) OOXML
7 2 (0.86%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 2 (0.86%) Castle Windsor
Miscellaneous
1 32 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (7.33%) Management Information System
3 14 (6.03%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (3.45%) NHS
5 7 (3.02%) PKI
5 7 (3.02%) Visualisation
5 7 (3.02%) Clustering
6 5 (2.16%) Data Protection Act
6 5 (2.16%) Reference Data
7 4 (1.72%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.72%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.72%) Data Integration
7 4 (1.72%) IBM Mainframe
8 3 (1.29%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.29%) Replication
9 2 (0.86%) PMI
9 2 (0.86%) CESG
9 2 (0.86%) Handset
9 2 (0.86%) iPad
9 2 (0.86%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 95 (40.95%) Windows
2 46 (19.83%) Windows Server 2003
3 45 (19.40%) Windows Server 2008
4 30 (12.93%) Windows 7
5 24 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (7.76%) Windows XP
7 15 (6.47%) Linux
8 10 (4.31%) UNIX
9 8 (3.45%) Windows Vista
10 5 (2.16%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.72%) AIX
11 4 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.86%) Android
12 2 (0.86%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.43%) MVS
13 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.43%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (15.52%) ITIL
2 24 (10.34%) Project Management
2 24 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
3 23 (9.91%) Service Management
3 23 (9.91%) Information Security
4 20 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
5 19 (8.19%) Migration
6 14 (6.03%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (5.17%) CRM
7 12 (5.17%) Data Modelling
8 10 (4.31%) Data Analysis
8 10 (4.31%) Data Architecture
8 10 (4.31%) Web Development
9 9 (3.88%) Mentoring
9 9 (3.88%) Data Migration
9 9 (3.88%) ETL
10 8 (3.45%) Problem Management
10 8 (3.45%) Coaching
11 7 (3.02%) Business Analysis
11 7 (3.02%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 30 (12.93%) SQL
2 14 (6.03%) C#
3 10 (4.31%) T-SQL
4 7 (3.02%) Shell Script
4 7 (3.02%) Java
5 6 (2.59%) VB
6 5 (2.16%) PowerShell
6 5 (2.16%) VBA
7 3 (1.29%) X++
7 3 (1.29%) ABAP
7 3 (1.29%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.43%) R
8 1 (0.43%) C++
8 1 (0.43%) VBScript
8 1 (0.43%) C
Qualifications
1 23 (9.91%) Security Cleared
2 22 (9.48%) SC Cleared
3 18 (7.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (6.90%) MCP
5 5 (2.16%) SAP Certification
6 4 (1.72%) MCSA
6 4 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (1.72%) CISSP
6 4 (1.72%) PMP
6 4 (1.72%) PMI Certification
6 4 (1.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (1.72%) Degree
7 3 (1.29%) MCITP
8 2 (0.86%) MCSE
8 2 (0.86%) CCIE
8 2 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.86%) CISA
8 2 (0.86%) CISM
8 2 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.86%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.76%) SLA
2 4 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.86%) QA
4 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 66 (28.45%) Active Directory
2 12 (5.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.02%) VMware ESX
4 6 (2.59%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.16%) XenApp
5 5 (2.16%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (1.29%) vSphere
7 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.43%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.43%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 14 (6.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 13 (5.60%) OpenView
3 10 (4.31%) SCCM
4 6 (2.59%) SCOM
5 4 (1.72%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 4 (1.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.86%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.43%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.43%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 34 (14.66%) VMware
2 29 (12.50%) Citrix
3 19 (8.19%) HP
4 14 (6.03%) SAP
4 14 (6.03%) Cyber-Ark
5 13 (5.60%) Sophos
5 13 (5.60%) Lotus
6 11 (4.74%) Red Hat
6 11 (4.74%) Symantec
6 11 (4.74%) CA
7 10 (4.31%) McAfee
8 8 (3.45%) Oracle
8 8 (3.45%) Cisco
8 8 (3.45%) Remedy
9 7 (3.02%) Becrypt
9 7 (3.02%) Veeam
9 7 (3.02%) Adobe
9 7 (3.02%) Business Objects
10 6 (2.59%) SonicWALL
10 6 (2.59%) Draytek
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