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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 11 5
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 131 113 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 16.46% 9.82% 13.14%
As % of the Vendors category 37.32% 28.75% 29.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 65 54
Median daily rate £375 £375 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -8.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £170 £129
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 12 15
Median hourly rate £14.86 £13.25 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.15% -21.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £9.33 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £24.25 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
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
351 393 363
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 44.10% 34.14% 44.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 256 164
Median daily rate £410 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.90% +3.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £279 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 18 34
Median hourly rate £13.25 £17.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.05% +0.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.23 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.75 £25.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £18.00

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 1 October 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
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 1 October 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 +6 52 £450 +35.84% 13
Chester +9 14 £300 -20.00% 6
Macclesfield +5 12 £300 +0.84%
Wilmslow 0 11 £375 - 3
Runcorn +1 5 - -
Winsford - 2 - -
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 78 (36.28%) MS Excel
2 77 (35.81%) Windows
3 67 (31.16%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (25.12%) MS Office
5 44 (20.47%) CRM
6 42 (19.53%) SQL Server
6 42 (19.53%) Dynamics CRM
7 40 (18.60%) .NET
7 40 (18.60%) Project Management
8 36 (16.74%) Active Directory
9 34 (15.81%) SQL
9 34 (15.81%) Finance
10 29 (13.49%) SharePoint
11 28 (13.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 27 (12.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 26 (12.09%) MS PowerPoint
14 25 (11.63%) Security Cleared
14 25 (11.63%) JavaScript
15 24 (11.16%) Java
16 23 (10.70%) ITIL
16 23 (10.70%) Linux
16 23 (10.70%) Migration
17 22 (10.23%) TDD
17 22 (10.23%) Team Foundation Server
17 22 (10.23%) Windows Server
17 22 (10.23%) Continuous Deployment
18 21 (9.77%) MS Visio
19 20 (9.30%) Test Automation
19 20 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
19 20 (9.30%) Software Engineering

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 29 (13.49%) SharePoint
2 13 (6.05%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.65%) IIS
4 7 (3.26%) IBM Notes
5 5 (2.33%) Apache
6 4 (1.86%) Skype for Business
6 4 (1.86%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.93%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.93%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.93%) JBoss
8 2 (0.93%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.47%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.47%) GeoServer
9 1 (0.47%) nginx
9 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 78 (36.28%) MS Excel
2 54 (25.12%) MS Office
3 26 (12.09%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (9.77%) MS Visio
5 6 (2.79%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (2.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 42 (19.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.86%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.47%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.98%) Office 365
2 8 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.33%) IaaS
3 5 (2.33%) PaaS
3 5 (2.33%) SaaS
4 3 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.93%) Amazon EMR
5 2 (0.93%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.93%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.72%) Firewall
2 7 (3.26%) DNS
3 5 (2.33%) GSM
3 5 (2.33%) Internet
3 5 (2.33%) UMTS
4 4 (1.86%) SAN
4 4 (1.86%) Skype
5 3 (1.40%) 2G
5 3 (1.40%) 3G
5 3 (1.40%) 4G
5 3 (1.40%) DHCP
5 3 (1.40%) LAN
5 3 (1.40%) LTE
5 3 (1.40%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (1.40%) SSL
6 2 (0.93%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.93%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.93%) VoIP
6 2 (0.93%) VPN
6 2 (0.93%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (19.53%) SQL Server
2 28 (13.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 27 (12.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (5.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (3.72%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (3.72%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (1.86%) Big Data
7 3 (1.40%) Crystal Reports
7 3 (1.40%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.40%) MySQL
7 3 (1.40%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.93%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.93%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.93%) DataStage
8 2 (0.93%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.93%) HBase
8 2 (0.93%) OLAP
8 2 (0.93%) Pentaho
8 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 22 (10.23%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (6.98%) SpecFlow
2 15 (6.98%) TestComplete
3 11 (5.12%) JIRA
4 6 (2.79%) Gradle
4 6 (2.79%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.79%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.33%) Git (software)
6 4 (1.86%) Vagrant
7 3 (1.40%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.93%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.47%) Axure RP
9 1 (0.47%) Maven
9 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 34 (15.81%) Finance
2 10 (4.65%) Advertising
3 9 (4.19%) Pharmaceutical
4 7 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.79%) Banking
5 6 (2.79%) Local Government
6 5 (2.33%) Publishing
7 1 (0.47%) Back Office
7 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.47%) German Language
7 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.47%) Marketing
7 1 (0.47%) Retail
7 1 (0.47%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 38 (17.67%) Developer
2 25 (11.63%) Analyst
3 23 (10.70%) Consultant
4 16 (7.44%) Architect
5 14 (6.51%) Delivery Manager
6 13 (6.05%) DBA
6 13 (6.05%) SQL DBA
7 12 (5.58%) .NET Developer
7 12 (5.58%) CRM Developer
8 11 (5.12%) DevOps Consultant
9 10 (4.65%) Integration Consultant
9 10 (4.65%) Service Desk Analyst
9 10 (4.65%) SQL Developer
10 9 (4.19%) Service Analyst
10 9 (4.19%) SQL Server DBA
10 9 (4.19%) Technical Leader
11 7 (3.26%) DevOps Engineer
11 7 (3.26%) Test Leader
12 6 (2.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 6 (2.79%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (18.60%) .NET
2 17 (7.91%) Middleware
3 14 (6.51%) HTML
4 13 (6.05%) CSS
5 11 (5.12%) ASP.NET
6 8 (3.72%) Web Services
6 8 (3.72%) XML
7 6 (2.79%) .NET Framework
7 6 (2.79%) jQuery
8 5 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (2.33%) RESTful
9 4 (1.86%) Ajax
9 4 (1.86%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 4 (1.86%) Silverlight
9 4 (1.86%) WCF
9 4 (1.86%) XML Messaging
9 4 (1.86%) XSD
9 4 (1.86%) XSL
10 3 (1.40%) HTML5
11 2 (0.93%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.91%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.19%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.72%) Wiki
4 7 (3.26%) Data Integration
5 6 (2.79%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.79%) Replication
6 5 (2.33%) Client/Server
7 4 (1.86%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.86%) iPhone
7 4 (1.86%) NHS
7 4 (1.86%) PMI
8 3 (1.40%) Clustering
8 3 (1.40%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.40%) PKI
8 3 (1.40%) User Experience
8 3 (1.40%) Visualisation
9 2 (0.93%) IBM XIV
9 2 (0.93%) Life Science
9 2 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 2 (0.93%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 77 (35.81%) Windows
2 23 (10.70%) Linux
3 22 (10.23%) Windows Server
4 19 (8.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (6.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (6.05%) Windows 7
7 8 (3.72%) Windows 8
7 8 (3.72%) Windows XP
8 6 (2.79%) Windows 10
9 5 (2.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (1.86%) AIX
11 3 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.40%) Unix
12 2 (0.93%) Android
12 2 (0.93%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.47%) CentOS
13 1 (0.47%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.47%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (31.16%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (20.47%) CRM
3 40 (18.60%) Project Management
4 23 (10.70%) ITIL
4 23 (10.70%) Migration
5 22 (10.23%) Continuous Deployment
5 22 (10.23%) TDD
6 20 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (9.30%) Software Engineering
6 20 (9.30%) Test Automation
7 18 (8.37%) Business Intelligence
7 18 (8.37%) Code Coverage
7 18 (8.37%) DevOps
8 16 (7.44%) ETL
9 15 (6.98%) Stakeholder Management
10 14 (6.51%) Programme Management
11 13 (6.05%) Change Management
11 13 (6.05%) Performance Tuning
12 11 (5.12%) Configuration Management
12 11 (5.12%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 34 (15.81%) SQL
2 25 (11.63%) JavaScript
3 24 (11.16%) Java
4 18 (8.37%) C#
5 15 (6.98%) PowerShell
6 10 (4.65%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.86%) C
7 4 (1.86%) PHP
8 2 (0.93%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.93%) Perl
8 2 (0.93%) Python
8 2 (0.93%) VB
8 2 (0.93%) VBA
8 2 (0.93%) VBScript
9 1 (0.47%) Ruby
9 1 (0.47%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 25 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 17 (7.91%) Degree
3 13 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 12 (5.58%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (3.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (2.79%) MCSE
6 6 (2.79%) PMI Certification
7 5 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (2.33%) MCP
8 4 (1.86%) CCNA
8 4 (1.86%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (1.86%) MCITP
8 4 (1.86%) MCSA
8 4 (1.86%) MCTS
9 3 (1.40%) CCEA
9 3 (1.40%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.93%) PMP
10 2 (0.93%) RHCE
11 1 (0.47%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.26%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (1.86%) SLA
3 2 (0.93%) QA
4 1 (0.47%) P3O
System Software
1 36 (16.74%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.26%) XenApp
3 5 (2.33%) Hyper-V
3 5 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.40%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.93%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.93%) UAG
5 2 (0.93%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.93%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.47%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (8.37%) SCCM
2 7 (3.26%) Puppet
3 6 (2.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (2.33%) SCOM
5 4 (1.86%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.40%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.40%) WSUS
7 2 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.93%) NetApp OnCommand
7 2 (0.93%) Red Hat Satellite
7 2 (0.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (0.93%) vRealize
8 1 (0.47%) SCSM
8 1 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 18 (8.37%) Citrix
2 15 (6.98%) VMware
3 9 (4.19%) Cisco
4 7 (3.26%) Lotus
5 5 (2.33%) Apple
5 5 (2.33%) Oracle
6 4 (1.86%) BMC
6 4 (1.86%) Brocade
6 4 (1.86%) HP
6 4 (1.86%) Remedy
6 4 (1.86%) SAP
6 4 (1.86%) Symantec
7 3 (1.40%) AppSense
7 3 (1.40%) Ericsson
7 3 (1.40%) Fujitsu
7 3 (1.40%) Huawei
7 3 (1.40%) Hyperion
7 3 (1.40%) NetApp
7 3 (1.40%) Nokia
7 3 (1.40%) Nokia Networks
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