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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 12 9 6
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 83 101 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 11.56% 11.16% 13.26%
As % of the Vendors category 24.20% 27.37% 28.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 35 47
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£325 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £152 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 19 13
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £9.80 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £36.22 £18.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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
343 369 373
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 47.77% 40.77% 47.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 166 170
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £225 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 36 34
Average hourly rate £18.13 £31.56 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.54% -5.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.60 £44.90 £49.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

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 29 January 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 29 January 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 29 January 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 -5 28 £308 +2.50% 14
Chester +11 9 £286 +84.67% 8
Knutsford +8 8 £386 - 3
Macclesfield +4 3 - - 5
Runcorn - 3 - - 4
Northwich +2 2 - -
Wilmslow -4 2 £170 +54.19% 6
Daresbury - 2 £408 -
Crewe -2 1 £413 - 3
Ellesmere Port - - - -
Nantwich - - - - 1
Alderley Edge - - - - 1
Sandbach - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 81 (41.75%) MS Excel
2 69 (35.57%) Windows
3 55 (28.35%) MS Office
4 46 (23.71%) Finance
5 40 (20.62%) Analytical Skills
6 38 (19.59%) ITIL
7 31 (15.98%) SQL Server
7 31 (15.98%) Service Management
8 30 (15.46%) HP
9 28 (14.43%) SLA
10 27 (13.92%) Active Directory
10 27 (13.92%) .NET
11 26 (13.40%) Project Management
11 26 (13.40%) VMware
12 25 (12.89%) Agile Software Development
12 25 (12.89%) Stakeholder Management
13 24 (12.37%) Lotus
13 24 (12.37%) MCP
13 24 (12.37%) IBM Notes
13 24 (12.37%) Security Cleared
13 24 (12.37%) Windows Server 2008
14 23 (11.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 23 (11.86%) OpenView
15 22 (11.34%) SQL
16 21 (10.82%) Windows Server 2003
17 20 (10.31%) Oracle
17 20 (10.31%) MS Project
18 19 (9.79%) Migration
19 18 (9.28%) Business Intelligence
19 18 (9.28%) SC Cleared

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 24 (12.37%) IBM Notes
2 16 (8.25%) SharePoint
3 13 (6.70%) MS Exchange
4 11 (5.67%) IIS
5 8 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (3.61%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (3.61%) CICS
7 6 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (2.58%) Lync
9 4 (2.06%) Documentum
9 4 (2.06%) WebLogic
9 4 (2.06%) MS Project Server
9 4 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (1.03%) Node.js
12 1 (0.52%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.52%) SugarCRM
12 1 (0.52%) NServiceBus
12 1 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.52%) eRoom
Applications
1 81 (41.75%) MS Excel
2 55 (28.35%) MS Office
3 20 (10.31%) MS Project
4 12 (6.19%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (5.67%) MS Visio
6 4 (2.06%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (1.03%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.52%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.52%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (7.22%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (5.67%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.52%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.52%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.09%) SaaS
2 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.15%) SAN
2 8 (4.12%) TCP/IP
2 8 (4.12%) Firewall
3 7 (3.61%) VPN
4 6 (3.09%) WAN
5 5 (2.58%) LAN
6 4 (2.06%) DHCP
6 4 (2.06%) NAS
7 3 (1.55%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (1.55%) LDAP
7 3 (1.55%) Intranet
7 3 (1.55%) SSL
8 2 (1.03%) DNS
8 2 (1.03%) SNMP
8 2 (1.03%) ATM
8 2 (1.03%) SMTP
8 2 (1.03%) Wireless
8 2 (1.03%) Cisco Nexus
8 2 (1.03%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (1.03%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (15.98%) SQL Server
2 16 (8.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (6.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (6.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (4.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (3.61%) Big Data
6 7 (3.61%) Oracle Database
6 7 (3.61%) DB2
7 5 (2.58%) BODI
7 5 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.06%) NoSQL
9 3 (1.55%) QlikView
9 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (1.55%) MySQL
9 3 (1.55%) MS Access
9 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (1.03%) DTS
10 2 (1.03%) Relational Database
10 2 (1.03%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.58%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.06%) AdminStudio
2 4 (2.06%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 3 (1.55%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.55%) MSI
4 1 (0.52%) JIRA
4 1 (0.52%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.52%) NUnit
4 1 (0.52%) Subversion
General
1 46 (23.71%) Finance
2 14 (7.22%) Telecoms
3 13 (6.70%) Banking
4 10 (5.15%) Retail
5 9 (4.64%) Manufacturing
5 9 (4.64%) Advertising
6 6 (3.09%) Retail Banking
6 6 (3.09%) Local Government
7 5 (2.58%) Legal
8 3 (1.55%) Dutch Language
8 3 (1.55%) German Language
9 2 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.03%) French Language
10 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 64 (32.99%) Analyst
2 28 (14.43%) Service Analyst
3 27 (13.92%) Architect
4 26 (13.40%) Service Desk Analyst
5 23 (11.86%) Developer
6 13 (6.70%) Consultant
6 13 (6.70%) Business Analyst
7 12 (6.19%) .NET Developer
8 10 (5.15%) Project Manager
8 10 (5.15%) Administrator
9 8 (4.12%) Data Architect
9 8 (4.12%) Support Analyst
10 7 (3.61%) Technical Architect
11 6 (3.09%) Solutions Architect
11 6 (3.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (3.09%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 5 (2.58%) Dynamics AX Consultant
12 5 (2.58%) Technical Support
12 5 (2.58%) Applications Packager
12 5 (2.58%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (13.92%) .NET
2 12 (6.19%) ASP.NET
3 8 (4.12%) .NET Framework
3 8 (4.12%) WCF
4 7 (3.61%) ASP.NET MVC
4 7 (3.61%) JNDI
4 7 (3.61%) JDBC
4 7 (3.61%) JSP
4 7 (3.61%) J2EE
4 7 (3.61%) JMS
5 6 (3.09%) jQuery
6 5 (2.58%) Application Packaging
7 4 (2.06%) CSS
7 4 (2.06%) HTML
8 3 (1.55%) LINQ
8 3 (1.55%) ASP.NET MVC 3
8 3 (1.55%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.55%) Web Services
9 2 (1.03%) Middleware
9 2 (1.03%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (20.62%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (8.76%) Enterprise Software
3 10 (5.15%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.61%) IBM Mainframe
4 7 (3.61%) Visualisation
4 7 (3.61%) Mainframe
5 6 (3.09%) Reference Data
6 5 (2.58%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.06%) Data Integration
8 3 (1.55%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.55%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.55%) Clustering
9 2 (1.03%) FlexPod
9 2 (1.03%) Inversion of Control
9 2 (1.03%) PKI
10 1 (0.52%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.52%) Online Banking
10 1 (0.52%) Life Science
10 1 (0.52%) CMDB
10 1 (0.52%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 69 (35.57%) Windows
2 24 (12.37%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (10.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 18 (9.28%) Windows 7
5 11 (5.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (4.64%) Windows XP
7 7 (3.61%) Solaris
7 7 (3.61%) Linux
8 6 (3.09%) UNIX
9 5 (2.58%) Windows 8
10 4 (2.06%) HPUX
11 2 (1.03%) Android
11 2 (1.03%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.03%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.52%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (19.59%) ITIL
2 31 (15.98%) Service Management
3 26 (13.40%) Project Management
4 25 (12.89%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (12.89%) Stakeholder Management
5 19 (9.79%) Migration
6 18 (9.28%) Business Intelligence
7 14 (7.22%) Data Architecture
8 13 (6.70%) Waterfall
8 13 (6.70%) Information Security
8 13 (6.70%) Data Modelling
9 12 (6.19%) ERP
9 12 (6.19%) MVC
10 10 (5.15%) Enterprise Architecture
11 8 (4.12%) SOA
11 8 (4.12%) Data Migration
12 7 (3.61%) Agile Project Management
12 7 (3.61%) Mentoring
12 7 (3.61%) PRINCE
12 7 (3.61%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 22 (11.34%) SQL
2 15 (7.73%) C#
3 7 (3.61%) VB
4 6 (3.09%) VBScript
4 6 (3.09%) Java
4 6 (3.09%) JavaScript
4 6 (3.09%) PowerShell
5 4 (2.06%) Python
5 4 (2.06%) Ruby
6 3 (1.55%) X++
6 3 (1.55%) C
7 2 (1.03%) VBA
7 2 (1.03%) C++
7 2 (1.03%) Perl
7 2 (1.03%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.03%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.52%) R
8 1 (0.52%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.52%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 24 (12.37%) MCP
1 24 (12.37%) Security Cleared
2 18 (9.28%) SC Cleared
3 14 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (4.12%) Degree
5 4 (2.06%) MCSE
6 3 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.03%) CCNP
7 2 (1.03%) CCNA
7 2 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (1.03%) MCITP
8 1 (0.52%) MCDST
8 1 (0.52%) MCTS
8 1 (0.52%) NCIE
8 1 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.52%) CIMA
8 1 (0.52%) CISA
8 1 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.52%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (14.43%) SLA
2 4 (2.06%) QA
3 2 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (13.92%) Active Directory
2 17 (8.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.61%) XenApp
4 5 (2.58%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.58%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.55%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (1.55%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.03%) NFS
7 2 (1.03%) vSphere
7 2 (1.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.52%) Samba
8 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 23 (11.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 23 (11.86%) OpenView
2 9 (4.64%) SCCM
3 6 (3.09%) SCOM
4 1 (0.52%) BladeLogic
4 1 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.52%) Puppet
4 1 (0.52%) Opsview
4 1 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.52%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.52%) Nagios
4 1 (0.52%) MOM
4 1 (0.52%) Legato
Vendors
1 30 (15.46%) HP
2 26 (13.40%) VMware
3 24 (12.37%) Lotus
4 20 (10.31%) Oracle
5 16 (8.25%) Citrix
6 14 (7.22%) Cisco
7 10 (5.15%) IBM
8 8 (4.12%) Business Objects
9 5 (2.58%) AppSense
9 5 (2.58%) EMC
10 4 (2.06%) Compuware
10 4 (2.06%) F5
11 3 (1.55%) SAP
11 3 (1.55%) NetApp
12 2 (1.03%) Avaya
12 2 (1.03%) Juniper
12 2 (1.03%) TIBCO
12 2 (1.03%) Cyber-Ark
13 1 (0.52%) SonicWALL
13 1 (0.52%) Draytek
Chester, Cheshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £22 - £220 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Cheshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Nantwich
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
Runcorn
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £23000.00 - £25000.00 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 15 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cheshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 23 days ago