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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 11 9
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 116 93 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 13.43% 11.12% 10.22%
As % of the Vendors category 30.05% 23.19% 18.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 38 34
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£410 £300 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £204 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £400 £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 16 19
Average hourly rate £15.00 £25.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.74% +47.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.70 £13.38 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.45 £44.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -8.48%
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
386 401 482
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 44.68% 47.97% 54.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 167 251
Average daily rate £400 £354 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.07% +1.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £520 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 32 31
Average hourly rate £14.35 £31.56 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.53% +97.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £14.42 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.26
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
-10.25% -2.05%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +6 50 £450 +50.00% 21
Chester +6 17 £281 -23.98% 4
Knutsford +7 7 £425 +88.88% 6
Macclesfield -2 4 £275 -38.88% 5
Runcorn - 3 £215 - 7
Northwich +1 2 - -
Sandbach 0 1 - - 1
Wilmslow 0 1 - - 8
Crewe -4 1 - - 5
Nantwich - - - - 2
Alderley Edge - - - - 2
Daresbury - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 93 (39.57%) Windows
2 79 (33.62%) MS Excel
3 65 (27.66%) Active Directory
4 55 (23.40%) SQL Server
5 51 (21.70%) MS Office
6 45 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
7 44 (18.72%) Windows Server 2003
8 40 (17.02%) Finance
9 34 (14.47%) SharePoint
10 33 (14.04%) VMware
11 32 (13.62%) ITIL
11 32 (13.62%) SQL
12 31 (13.19%) MS Exchange
13 30 (12.77%) Citrix
14 26 (11.06%) Windows 7
15 24 (10.21%) Stakeholder Management
15 24 (10.21%) Information Security
16 23 (9.79%) Windows Server 2012
17 22 (9.36%) Security Cleared
17 22 (9.36%) Project Management
18 21 (8.94%) .NET
18 21 (8.94%) IIS
18 21 (8.94%) Service Management
18 21 (8.94%) SC Cleared
19 20 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2003
19 20 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2010
19 20 (8.51%) Migration
20 19 (8.09%) MS Project
20 19 (8.09%) SAP
20 19 (8.09%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 34 (14.47%) SharePoint
2 31 (13.19%) MS Exchange
3 21 (8.94%) IIS
4 20 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2003
4 20 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (8.09%) Exchange Server 2007
6 12 (5.11%) Lync
7 11 (4.68%) SharePoint 2010
7 11 (4.68%) IBM Notes
8 8 (3.40%) MS Project Server
9 5 (2.13%) CICS
10 2 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.85%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.43%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 79 (33.62%) MS Excel
2 51 (21.70%) MS Office
3 19 (8.09%) MS Project
4 7 (2.98%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.43%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (4.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (2.13%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.28%) Academy Housing
3 3 (1.28%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.43%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.55%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (7.23%) TCP/IP
2 13 (5.53%) Firewall
3 12 (5.11%) SAN
4 11 (4.68%) DNS
5 9 (3.83%) DHCP
6 8 (3.40%) WAN
7 7 (2.98%) LAN
8 6 (2.55%) VPN
9 5 (2.13%) Wireless
10 4 (1.70%) LDAP
11 3 (1.28%) Network Security
11 3 (1.28%) Unified Communications
11 3 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.28%) SSL
11 3 (1.28%) Internet
12 1 (0.43%) VLAN
12 1 (0.43%) Reverse Proxy
12 1 (0.43%) NAS
12 1 (0.43%) Intrusion Detection
12 1 (0.43%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (23.40%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (6.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (5.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (4.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 9 (3.83%) Crystal Reports
7 8 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (2.98%) QlikView
8 7 (2.98%) SAP Data Services
8 7 (2.98%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (2.55%) Relational Database
9 6 (2.55%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (2.13%) DB2
11 4 (1.70%) BODI
12 3 (1.28%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 3 (1.28%) SAP HANA
12 3 (1.28%) OLAP
12 3 (1.28%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (1.28%) OLTP
12 3 (1.28%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 6 (2.55%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.43%) Rhino Mocks
2 1 (0.43%) NUnit
2 1 (0.43%) AdminStudio
General
1 40 (17.02%) Finance
2 18 (7.66%) Banking
3 8 (3.40%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.98%) Local Government
4 7 (2.98%) Retail
5 4 (1.70%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.28%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.85%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.85%) Advertising
8 1 (0.43%) French Language
8 1 (0.43%) Russian Language
8 1 (0.43%) Back Office
8 1 (0.43%) Games
8 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 58 (24.68%) Analyst
2 27 (11.49%) Architect
3 21 (8.94%) Developer
4 20 (8.51%) Consultant
5 14 (5.96%) Technical Architect
6 13 (5.53%) Service Desk Analyst
6 13 (5.53%) Service Analyst
7 11 (4.68%) 1st Line Support
7 11 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (3.83%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.40%) Business Analyst
9 8 (3.40%) Help Desk Support
10 7 (2.98%) Support Engineer
10 7 (2.98%) Solutions Architect
10 7 (2.98%) C# Developer
10 7 (2.98%) Project Manager
11 6 (2.55%) Data Analyst
11 6 (2.55%) Support Analyst
11 6 (2.55%) Help Desk Analyst
11 6 (2.55%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (8.94%) .NET
2 10 (4.26%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.40%) JSP
4 5 (2.13%) Application Packaging
4 5 (2.13%) JNDI
4 5 (2.13%) JDBC
4 5 (2.13%) J2EE
4 5 (2.13%) JMS
5 4 (1.70%) XML
5 4 (1.70%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (1.70%) WCF
6 3 (1.28%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.28%) LAMP
6 3 (1.28%) XSLT
7 2 (0.85%) Middleware
7 2 (0.85%) HTML
7 2 (0.85%) Web Services
7 2 (0.85%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 2 (0.85%) Castle Windsor
7 2 (0.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.38%) Management Information System
2 14 (5.96%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (3.40%) NHS
4 7 (2.98%) PKI
4 7 (2.98%) Clustering
5 5 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
5 5 (2.13%) IBM Mainframe
5 5 (2.13%) Visualisation
5 5 (2.13%) Reference Data
5 5 (2.13%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.70%) Data Integration
7 3 (1.28%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.28%) Replication
8 2 (0.85%) Blackberry
8 2 (0.85%) PMI
8 2 (0.85%) CESG
8 2 (0.85%) Handset
8 2 (0.85%) iPad
9 1 (0.43%) CCTV
9 1 (0.43%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 93 (39.57%) Windows
2 45 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 44 (18.72%) Windows Server 2003
4 26 (11.06%) Windows 7
5 23 (9.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (6.81%) Windows XP
7 14 (5.96%) Linux
8 10 (4.26%) UNIX
9 8 (3.40%) Windows Vista
10 4 (1.70%) AIX
10 4 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.28%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.43%) Solaris
12 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.43%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (13.62%) ITIL
2 24 (10.21%) Stakeholder Management
2 24 (10.21%) Information Security
3 22 (9.36%) Project Management
4 21 (8.94%) Service Management
5 20 (8.51%) Migration
6 19 (8.09%) Business Intelligence
7 12 (5.11%) CRM
7 12 (5.11%) Data Modelling
8 11 (4.68%) Data Analysis
9 10 (4.26%) ETL
9 10 (4.26%) Web Development
10 9 (3.83%) Business Analysis
10 9 (3.83%) Waterfall
11 8 (3.40%) Validation
11 8 (3.40%) MVC
11 8 (3.40%) Data Architecture
11 8 (3.40%) Data Migration
12 7 (2.98%) Performance Management
12 7 (2.98%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (13.62%) SQL
2 15 (6.38%) C#
3 10 (4.26%) T-SQL
4 9 (3.83%) Java
5 8 (3.40%) Shell Script
6 7 (2.98%) VB
7 5 (2.13%) PowerShell
7 5 (2.13%) VBA
8 3 (1.28%) ABAP
8 3 (1.28%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.85%) C++
9 2 (0.85%) VBScript
9 2 (0.85%) R
10 1 (0.43%) X++
10 1 (0.43%) C
10 1 (0.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 22 (9.36%) Security Cleared
2 21 (8.94%) SC Cleared
3 18 (7.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (6.38%) MCP
5 5 (2.13%) SAP Certification
6 4 (1.70%) CISSP
6 4 (1.70%) PMP
6 4 (1.70%) PMI Certification
6 4 (1.70%) MCSA
6 4 (1.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (1.70%) Degree
6 4 (1.70%) MCITP
7 3 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.85%) CCIE
8 2 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.85%) MCSE
8 2 (0.85%) CISA
8 2 (0.85%) CISM
8 2 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.85%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.23%) SLA
2 4 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.85%) QA
4 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 65 (27.66%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.98%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.55%) VMware ESX
4 6 (2.55%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.13%) XenApp
6 3 (1.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (1.28%) vSphere
7 2 (0.85%) 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 12 (5.11%) OpenView
1 12 (5.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 9 (3.83%) SCCM
3 5 (2.13%) SCOM
4 4 (1.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 4 (1.70%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (1.28%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.28%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.85%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.43%) ServiceCenter
7 1 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 33 (14.04%) VMware
2 30 (12.77%) Citrix
3 19 (8.09%) SAP
4 18 (7.66%) HP
5 15 (6.38%) Sophos
6 14 (5.96%) Cyber-Ark
7 13 (5.53%) Red Hat
7 13 (5.53%) Symantec
7 13 (5.53%) CA
8 12 (5.11%) McAfee
9 11 (4.68%) Lotus
10 9 (3.83%) Veeam
10 9 (3.83%) Becrypt
10 9 (3.83%) Oracle
10 9 (3.83%) Adobe
11 8 (3.40%) Remedy
12 7 (2.98%) Business Objects
12 7 (2.98%) Cisco
13 6 (2.55%) IBM
13 6 (2.55%) SonicWALL
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