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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 4 19
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 117 132 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 12.45% 17.12% 8.79%
As % of the Vendors category 31.20% 36.36% 17.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 60 23
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£400 £269 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+48.83% -31.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £134 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £475 £469
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 6
Average hourly rate £14.25 £11.00 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.54% -46.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £9.00 £15.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.75 £16.97 £36.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -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
375 363 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 39.89% 47.08% 51.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 160 135
Average daily rate £400 £310 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.03% -17.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £148 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 28 28
Average hourly rate £15.77 £12.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.16% -61.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £9.00 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £31.50 £44.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.14 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+6.70% -12.82%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 0 25 £295 +0.85% 11
Warrington -8 24 £400 - 19
Knutsford -4 11 £400 +54.58%
Crewe -11 6 £400 +200.75% 8
Runcorn +4 5 £465 +116.27% 3
Ellesmere Port +1 2 - -
Winsford - 2 - -
Nantwich - 1 £375 - 2
Sandbach - 1 £300 - 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (39.38%) MS Excel
2 80 (35.40%) Windows
3 54 (23.89%) MS Office
4 46 (20.35%) Active Directory
5 43 (19.03%) .NET
5 43 (19.03%) SQL Server
6 42 (18.58%) Finance
7 36 (15.93%) Migration
7 36 (15.93%) SQL
8 35 (15.49%) Agile Software Development
9 29 (12.83%) Windows 7
9 29 (12.83%) ITIL
9 29 (12.83%) Windows XP
9 29 (12.83%) Business Intelligence
10 28 (12.39%) Project Management
10 28 (12.39%) Analytical Skills
11 25 (11.06%) C#
12 23 (10.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 22 (9.73%) CRM
13 22 (9.73%) HP
14 21 (9.29%) Citrix
14 21 (9.29%) JavaScript
15 19 (8.41%) Dynamics CRM
15 19 (8.41%) .NET Framework
16 18 (7.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 18 (7.96%) Open Source
16 18 (7.96%) VMware
16 18 (7.96%) Data Warehouse
16 18 (7.96%) SLA
17 17 (7.52%) Service Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 16 (7.08%) MS Exchange
2 15 (6.64%) IBM Notes
3 14 (6.19%) SharePoint
4 11 (4.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.21%) IIS
6 4 (1.77%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (1.77%) Node.js
7 3 (1.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (1.33%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.88%) SugarCRM
8 2 (0.88%) CICS
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.44%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.44%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.44%) Lync
9 1 (0.44%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.44%) eRoom
9 1 (0.44%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 89 (39.38%) MS Excel
2 54 (23.89%) MS Office
3 14 (6.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (4.87%) MS Visio
5 10 (4.42%) MS Project
6 5 (2.21%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.88%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 19 (8.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (6.19%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (2.21%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (1.33%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.88%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.44%) Eikon
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.77%) SaaS
3 3 (1.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.19%) WAN
2 12 (5.31%) Wireless
3 11 (4.87%) Firewall
4 10 (4.42%) SAN
5 9 (3.98%) LAN
5 9 (3.98%) TCP/IP
6 8 (3.54%) VPN
6 8 (3.54%) DNS
6 8 (3.54%) DHCP
7 7 (3.10%) NAS
8 6 (2.65%) MPLS
9 5 (2.21%) Broadband
10 3 (1.33%) SSL
10 3 (1.33%) VLAN
10 3 (1.33%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (1.33%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (0.88%) NX-OS
11 2 (0.88%) VoIP
11 2 (0.88%) Internet
12 1 (0.44%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (19.03%) SQL Server
2 23 (10.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 18 (7.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 18 (7.96%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (6.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 9 (3.98%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (3.54%) Relational Database
7 7 (3.10%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.65%) Big Data
8 6 (2.65%) MS Access
9 5 (2.21%) Crystal Reports
10 4 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (1.77%) NoSQL
11 3 (1.33%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database 10g
12 2 (0.88%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.88%) QlikView
12 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (0.88%) DB2
12 2 (0.88%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 13 (5.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (2.65%) Visual Studio
2 6 (2.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (1.77%) SpecFlow
3 4 (1.77%) TestComplete
3 4 (1.77%) TeamCity
3 4 (1.77%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.44%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 1 (0.44%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.44%) MSI
4 1 (0.44%) Lombardi
General
1 42 (18.58%) Finance
2 12 (5.31%) Banking
2 12 (5.31%) Local Government
3 9 (3.98%) Retail
3 9 (3.98%) German Language
4 7 (3.10%) Dutch Language
4 7 (3.10%) French Language
4 7 (3.10%) Russian Language
5 6 (2.65%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.21%) Portuguese Language
7 4 (1.77%) Turkish Language
7 4 (1.77%) Italian Language
8 3 (1.33%) Advertising
8 3 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.33%) General Ledger
8 3 (1.33%) Retail Banking
8 3 (1.33%) Marketing
9 2 (0.88%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.88%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.88%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 56 (24.78%) Analyst
2 39 (17.26%) Developer
3 38 (16.81%) Architect
4 20 (8.85%) Consultant
4 20 (8.85%) Service Analyst
5 19 (8.41%) Service Desk Analyst
6 12 (5.31%) Project Manager
7 11 (4.87%) Team Leader
7 11 (4.87%) .NET Developer
7 11 (4.87%) IT Support
8 10 (4.42%) Software Team Leader
8 10 (4.42%) Software Development Team Leader
8 10 (4.42%) .NET Team Leader
8 10 (4.42%) Development Team Leader
9 9 (3.98%) Business Analyst
9 9 (3.98%) Technical Architect
9 9 (3.98%) Solutions Architect
9 9 (3.98%) Infrastructure Architect
9 9 (3.98%) CRM Developer
9 9 (3.98%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (19.03%) .NET
2 19 (8.41%) .NET Framework
3 16 (7.08%) CSS
4 11 (4.87%) HTML
4 11 (4.87%) Web Services
5 10 (4.42%) CSS3
6 9 (3.98%) ASP.NET
7 8 (3.54%) jQuery
8 7 (3.10%) OAuth
8 7 (3.10%) WCF
8 7 (3.10%) SAML
8 7 (3.10%) Middleware
8 7 (3.10%) XML
9 4 (1.77%) HTML5
9 4 (1.77%) Entity Framework
10 3 (1.33%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.33%) Ajax
10 3 (1.33%) J2EE
10 3 (1.33%) KnockoutJS
10 3 (1.33%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 28 (12.39%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.75%) Data Centre
3 11 (4.87%) N-Tier
4 8 (3.54%) Mobile App
5 7 (3.10%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.65%) Replication
6 6 (2.65%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.65%) Visualisation
7 5 (2.21%) iPad
7 5 (2.21%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.77%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (1.77%) Inversion of Control
8 4 (1.77%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.33%) NHS
9 3 (1.33%) GIS
9 3 (1.33%) FlexPod
9 3 (1.33%) Data Structures
9 3 (1.33%) Handset
10 2 (0.88%) HP StoreVirtual
10 2 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 80 (35.40%) Windows
2 29 (12.83%) Windows XP
2 29 (12.83%) Windows 7
3 14 (6.19%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (4.87%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (3.54%) Apple iOS
5 8 (3.54%) Windows 8
6 7 (3.10%) Android
7 6 (2.65%) Linux
7 6 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (2.21%) UNIX
9 2 (0.88%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.88%) Windows Vista
9 2 (0.88%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (0.44%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.44%) VME
10 1 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.44%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.44%) Windows CE
10 1 (0.44%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (15.93%) Migration
2 35 (15.49%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (12.83%) ITIL
3 29 (12.83%) Business Intelligence
4 28 (12.39%) Project Management
5 22 (9.73%) CRM
6 18 (7.96%) Open Source
7 17 (7.52%) Service Management
8 14 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 14 (6.19%) SDLC
9 13 (5.75%) MVC
9 13 (5.75%) SOA
9 13 (5.75%) Data Migration
10 11 (4.87%) Resource Management
11 10 (4.42%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (4.42%) Data Analysis
11 10 (4.42%) Enterprise Architecture
11 10 (4.42%) ERP
11 10 (4.42%) OOP
11 10 (4.42%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 36 (15.93%) SQL
2 25 (11.06%) C#
3 21 (9.29%) JavaScript
4 13 (5.75%) VB
5 12 (5.31%) T-SQL
6 10 (4.42%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.10%) C
7 7 (3.10%) Ruby
8 6 (2.65%) VBA
9 5 (2.21%) Python
9 5 (2.21%) VBScript
10 4 (1.77%) C++
10 4 (1.77%) Java
11 3 (1.33%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.44%) Perl
12 1 (0.44%) PHP
12 1 (0.44%) Scala
12 1 (0.44%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 15 (6.64%) Microsoft Certification
1 15 (6.64%) Security Cleared
1 15 (6.64%) Degree
2 13 (5.75%) MCP
3 10 (4.42%) SC Cleared
4 8 (3.54%) MCSE
5 6 (2.65%) A+ Certification
5 6 (2.65%) MCITP
6 4 (1.77%) CCNP
6 4 (1.77%) CCNA
6 4 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.33%) CISSP
7 3 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (1.33%) MCDST
7 3 (1.33%) CEH
7 3 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.88%) ACSP
8 2 (0.88%) NCIE
8 2 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (0.88%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.96%) SLA
2 6 (2.65%) QA
3 2 (0.88%) EMIR
3 2 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.88%) MiFID
4 1 (0.44%) GAAP
System Software
1 46 (20.35%) Active Directory
2 14 (6.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.54%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (3.10%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.77%) XenApp
6 3 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.33%) NFS
6 3 (1.33%) vSphere
7 2 (0.88%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.88%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.88%) XenServer
8 1 (0.44%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.44%) Samba
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.44%) iptables
Systems Management
1 15 (6.64%) SCCM
2 14 (6.19%) OpenView
3 8 (3.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.88%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.88%) BladeLogic
4 2 (0.88%) SCVMM
4 2 (0.88%) SCDPM
5 1 (0.44%) Opsview
5 1 (0.44%) Puppet
5 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.44%) SCOM
5 1 (0.44%) Nagios
5 1 (0.44%) MOM
Vendors
1 22 (9.73%) HP
2 21 (9.29%) Citrix
3 18 (7.96%) VMware
4 16 (7.08%) Oracle
5 15 (6.64%) Lotus
6 8 (3.54%) NetApp
6 8 (3.54%) Cisco
7 7 (3.10%) EMC
8 5 (2.21%) Sun
9 4 (1.77%) IBM
9 4 (1.77%) Veritas
9 4 (1.77%) Apple
9 4 (1.77%) LANDesk
9 4 (1.77%) Veeam
9 4 (1.77%) ArcSight
10 3 (1.33%) Symantec
10 3 (1.33%) McAfee
10 3 (1.33%) Juniper
11 2 (0.88%) Avaya
11 2 (0.88%) SAP
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Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 17 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £35 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
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Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Runcorn
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £12.50 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
Warrington
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Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Cheshire
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Posted: 12 days ago
Warrington
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
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Crewe
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Rate: £250 - £315 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 22 days ago
Sandbach
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Rate: £250 - £325 per day + competitive
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Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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