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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
North West / Cheshire
Rank 6 13 10
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 59 104 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 11.68% 11.02% 12.39%
As % of the Vendors category 27.06% 25.68% 26.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 59 57
Median daily rate £350 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £243 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £453 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 24 13
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £10.90 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.75 £34.25 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -

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
218 405 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 43.17% 42.90% 47.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 227 184
Median daily rate £350 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £250 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £588 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 27 25
Median hourly rate £15.50 £17.75 £18.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.67% -1.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.25 £35.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +20.00%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 24 February 2017. 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 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 +14 22 £350 +9.37% 8
Chester +4 20 £263 +5.00% 8
Crewe +4 2 £246 +49.24% 1
Macclesfield -3 1 £350 +49.73% 2
Sandbach - 1 £370 -
Ellesmere Port - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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 68 (36.96%) Windows
2 54 (29.35%) MS Office
3 51 (27.72%) MS Excel
4 43 (23.37%) Active Directory
5 35 (19.02%) SQL Server
6 34 (18.48%) Agile Software Development
7 32 (17.39%) Finance
8 27 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
9 26 (14.13%) MS PowerPoint
10 24 (13.04%) Citrix
11 23 (12.50%) Project Management
11 23 (12.50%) Windows Server
12 22 (11.96%) SQL
12 22 (11.96%) ITIL
13 21 (11.41%) CRM
13 21 (11.41%) SCCM
14 20 (10.87%) Dynamics CRM
14 20 (10.87%) MS Visio
14 20 (10.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 18 (9.78%) Business Intelligence
16 17 (9.24%) Cisco
16 17 (9.24%) .NET
16 17 (9.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 16 (8.70%) PowerShell
17 16 (8.70%) Office 365
18 15 (8.15%) ETL
18 15 (8.15%) SharePoint
18 15 (8.15%) Data Warehouse
18 15 (8.15%) Change Management
19 14 (7.61%) C#

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 15 (8.15%) SharePoint
2 11 (5.98%) MS Exchange
3 10 (5.43%) IBM Notes
4 9 (4.89%) Skype for Business
5 6 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.17%) IIS
6 4 (2.17%) SAS
7 2 (1.09%) Apache Pig
7 2 (1.09%) Apache Spark
7 2 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.09%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 1 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.54%) CMS
8 1 (0.54%) Confluence
8 1 (0.54%) Content Management Server
8 1 (0.54%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.54%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.54%) Umbraco
Applications
1 54 (29.35%) MS Office
2 51 (27.72%) MS Excel
3 26 (14.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 20 (10.87%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.54%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 20 (10.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.09%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.54%) Magento
3 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (8.70%) Office 365
2 10 (5.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.09%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (1.09%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.54%) IaaS
5 1 (0.54%) PaaS
5 1 (0.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.35%) Firewall
1 8 (4.35%) Internet
2 7 (3.80%) LAN
2 7 (3.80%) Skype
2 7 (3.80%) VPN
3 6 (3.26%) WAN
4 5 (2.72%) SSL
4 5 (2.72%) VLAN
5 4 (2.17%) DNS
5 4 (2.17%) SAN
5 4 (2.17%) VoIP
5 4 (2.17%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (1.63%) LDAP
6 3 (1.63%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.09%) DHCP
7 2 (1.09%) Ethernet
7 2 (1.09%) IPsec
7 2 (1.09%) Kerberos
7 2 (1.09%) SMTP
7 2 (1.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (19.02%) SQL Server
2 20 (10.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (9.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (8.15%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (6.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (5.43%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (3.26%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (2.17%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (2.17%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.17%) Power BI
8 4 (2.17%) QlikView
9 3 (1.63%) OLAP
10 2 (1.09%) Apache Hive
10 2 (1.09%) Big Data
10 2 (1.09%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (1.09%) Hadoop
10 2 (1.09%) HBase
10 2 (1.09%) MongoDB
10 2 (1.09%) NoSQL
10 2 (1.09%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 10 (5.43%) JIRA
2 8 (4.35%) Visual Studio
3 6 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.54%) Log4j
4 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 32 (17.39%) Finance
2 10 (5.43%) Banking
3 9 (4.89%) Advertising
4 8 (4.35%) Local Government
4 8 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.63%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.54%) Back Office
6 1 (0.54%) German Language
6 1 (0.54%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 36 (19.57%) Developer
2 30 (16.30%) Analyst
3 15 (8.15%) Consultant
3 15 (8.15%) Delivery Manager
4 13 (7.07%) CRM Developer
5 12 (6.52%) DBA
5 12 (6.52%) Service Desk Analyst
5 12 (6.52%) SQL DBA
6 11 (5.98%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 9 (4.89%) Architect
7 9 (4.89%) Service Analyst
8 7 (3.80%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
8 7 (3.80%) Administrator
8 7 (3.80%) Project Manager
8 7 (3.80%) Support Engineer
9 6 (3.26%) .NET Developer
9 6 (3.26%) Project Administrator
10 5 (2.72%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (2.72%) SQL Developer
10 5 (2.72%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.24%) .NET
2 8 (4.35%) ASP.NET
2 8 (4.35%) CSS
2 8 (4.35%) HTML
3 7 (3.80%) ASP.NET MVC
3 7 (3.80%) Middleware
4 6 (3.26%) Web Services
5 5 (2.72%) SAML
6 4 (2.17%) Ajax
6 4 (2.17%) XML
7 3 (1.63%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.63%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (1.63%) MDX
7 3 (1.63%) OAuth2
7 3 (1.63%) OpenID
7 3 (1.63%) WCF
8 2 (1.09%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 2 (1.09%) Ember.js
8 2 (1.09%) Node.js
8 2 (1.09%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 27 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.98%) Blackberry
2 11 (5.98%) Data Centre
3 8 (4.35%) Wiki
4 7 (3.80%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.80%) Replication
5 6 (3.26%) NHS
6 5 (2.72%) BYOD
6 5 (2.72%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.17%) PKI
8 3 (1.63%) iPhone
9 2 (1.09%) IBM XIV
9 2 (1.09%) Life Science
9 2 (1.09%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.09%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.09%) Smartcard
9 2 (1.09%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.09%) User Experience
10 1 (0.54%) Clustering
10 1 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 68 (36.96%) Windows
2 23 (12.50%) Windows Server
3 14 (7.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (7.07%) Linux
4 13 (7.07%) Windows 7
5 12 (6.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (4.89%) Windows XP
7 8 (4.35%) Android
7 8 (4.35%) Windows 10
8 6 (3.26%) Windows 8
9 5 (2.72%) Windows Phone
10 4 (2.17%) Apple iOS
10 4 (2.17%) Unix
11 3 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (1.09%) AIX
12 2 (1.09%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (18.48%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (12.50%) Project Management
3 22 (11.96%) ITIL
4 21 (11.41%) CRM
5 18 (9.78%) Business Intelligence
6 15 (8.15%) Change Management
6 15 (8.15%) ETL
7 13 (7.07%) Incident Management
8 12 (6.52%) Migration
8 12 (6.52%) Problem Management
8 12 (6.52%) Service Management
9 11 (5.98%) Performance Tuning
9 11 (5.98%) Programme Management
10 10 (5.43%) Database Mirroring
11 9 (4.89%) High Availability
11 9 (4.89%) Trend Analysis
12 8 (4.35%) Change Control
12 8 (4.35%) Configuration Management
12 8 (4.35%) Mobile Device Management
12 8 (4.35%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 22 (11.96%) SQL
2 16 (8.70%) PowerShell
3 14 (7.61%) C#
4 13 (7.07%) JavaScript
5 11 (5.98%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.63%) Java
7 2 (1.09%) C
7 2 (1.09%) COBOL
7 2 (1.09%) Perl
7 2 (1.09%) PHP
7 2 (1.09%) Python
7 2 (1.09%) VB
7 2 (1.09%) VB6
7 2 (1.09%) VBScript
8 1 (0.54%) C++
Qualifications
1 12 (6.52%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.80%) MCP
2 7 (3.80%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (3.26%) Degree
3 6 (3.26%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.17%) CCNA
5 4 (2.17%) MCSE
6 3 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.63%) HND
7 2 (1.09%) ECDL
7 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.54%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.54%) CCIE
8 1 (0.54%) CCNP
8 1 (0.54%) CIPD
8 1 (0.54%) ISEB
8 1 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.54%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.17%) SLA
2 3 (1.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.09%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.09%) QA
4 1 (0.54%) COSHH
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 43 (23.37%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.72%) XenDesktop
3 4 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.09%) BitLocker
4 2 (1.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (1.09%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.09%) VMware ESX
4 2 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.09%) VMware GSX
Systems Management
1 21 (11.41%) SCCM
2 10 (5.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (3.80%) WSUS
4 6 (3.26%) AirWatch
5 5 (2.72%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (2.72%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.17%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.09%) MAILsweeper
7 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (1.09%) MOM
7 2 (1.09%) NetApp OnCommand
7 2 (1.09%) SCOM
8 1 (0.54%) DameWare
Vendors
1 24 (13.04%) Citrix
2 17 (9.24%) Cisco
3 13 (7.07%) VMware
4 10 (5.43%) Lotus
5 8 (4.35%) Apple
6 7 (3.80%) HP
6 7 (3.80%) Intel Security
6 7 (3.80%) Oracle
7 5 (2.72%) NetApp
7 5 (2.72%) SAP
8 4 (2.17%) Cognos
8 4 (2.17%) Hyperion
9 3 (1.63%) Tableau
10 2 (1.09%) Actian
10 2 (1.09%) Brocade
10 2 (1.09%) Fujitsu
10 2 (1.09%) IronPort
10 2 (1.09%) Palo Alto
10 2 (1.09%) ParAccel
10 2 (1.09%) SolarWinds
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