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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 6 14
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 117 127 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 11.98% 15.93% 9.22%
As % of the Vendors category 36.22% 34.05% 18.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 52 26
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £136 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 8
Average hourly rate £14.00 £11.75 £19.67
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.14% -40.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £9.00 £13.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.80 £17.04 £44.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
323 373 382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 33.06% 46.80% 49.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 160 141
Average daily rate £400 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £160 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £490 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 31 31
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -64.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £9.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £22.30 £44.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.16%

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 31 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 31 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 31 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
Warrington -8 29 £400 -2.43% 19
Chester -5 21 £298 +5.77% 8
Knutsford -2 10 £400 -5.88% 4
Crewe -6 6 £160 +28.25%
Runcorn +4 5 £465 +116.27% 8
Sandbach -1 1 £300 -
Wilmslow -1 1 - - 2
Macclesfield -8 1 - - 1
Nantwich - 1 £375 -
Winsford - 1 - -
Ellesmere Port - 1 - - 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 31 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 83 (34.73%) Windows
1 83 (34.73%) MS Excel
2 56 (23.43%) MS Office
3 49 (20.50%) Active Directory
4 48 (20.08%) SQL Server
5 44 (18.41%) Finance
6 42 (17.57%) SQL
7 39 (16.32%) .NET
8 38 (15.90%) Migration
9 36 (15.06%) Business Intelligence
10 31 (12.97%) Agile Software Development
10 31 (12.97%) Windows 7
11 30 (12.55%) Windows XP
12 29 (12.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 27 (11.30%) CRM
13 27 (11.30%) Project Management
14 26 (10.88%) ITIL
15 25 (10.46%) Data Warehouse
15 25 (10.46%) Dynamics CRM
15 25 (10.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 25 (10.46%) Analytical Skills
16 23 (9.62%) Citrix
17 21 (8.79%) MS Exchange
17 21 (8.79%) C#
17 21 (8.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 20 (8.37%) Dynamics AX
19 19 (7.95%) JavaScript
20 18 (7.53%) Open Source
21 17 (7.11%) VMware
21 17 (7.11%) CSS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 21 (8.79%) MS Exchange
2 13 (5.44%) IBM Notes
3 11 (4.60%) SharePoint
3 11 (4.60%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.09%) IIS
5 4 (1.67%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.26%) Node.js
7 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.42%) Lync
8 1 (0.42%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.42%) WebSphere Process Server
8 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.42%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.42%) SugarCRM
8 1 (0.42%) Documentum
Applications
1 83 (34.73%) MS Excel
2 56 (23.43%) MS Office
3 14 (5.86%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (2.93%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.09%) MS Project
6 2 (0.84%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 25 (10.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (8.37%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (2.09%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (1.67%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.84%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.42%) Eikon
6 1 (0.42%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 7 (2.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.67%) Office 365
3 2 (0.84%) SaaS
4 1 (0.42%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.86%) WAN
2 13 (5.44%) Wireless
3 12 (5.02%) TCP/IP
4 11 (4.60%) Firewall
5 10 (4.18%) DHCP
6 9 (3.77%) LAN
7 8 (3.35%) SAN
7 8 (3.35%) VPN
7 8 (3.35%) DNS
8 7 (2.93%) MPLS
9 6 (2.51%) NAS
10 5 (2.09%) Broadband
11 3 (1.26%) SSL
12 2 (0.84%) Internet
12 2 (0.84%) VoIP
13 1 (0.42%) ATM
13 1 (0.42%) GPRS
13 1 (0.42%) UMTS
13 1 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
13 1 (0.42%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (20.08%) SQL Server
2 29 (12.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 25 (10.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 25 (10.46%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (8.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 14 (5.86%) SQL Server 2012
6 12 (5.02%) SQL Server 2008
7 8 (3.35%) Relational Database
8 6 (2.51%) Big Data
8 6 (2.51%) MS Access
8 6 (2.51%) Crystal Reports
9 5 (2.09%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (1.26%) OLAP
10 3 (1.26%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.26%) OLAP Cube
11 2 (0.84%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.84%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (0.84%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.84%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 13 (5.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (2.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (2.09%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.67%) TestComplete
4 4 (1.67%) TeamCity
4 4 (1.67%) SpecFlow
5 3 (1.26%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.84%) MSI
6 2 (0.84%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.42%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.42%) Lombardi
7 1 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.42%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 44 (18.41%) Finance
2 13 (5.44%) Local Government
3 9 (3.77%) Banking
4 7 (2.93%) Retail
4 7 (2.93%) German Language
4 7 (2.93%) Russian Language
5 6 (2.51%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.09%) Advertising
6 5 (2.09%) Marketing
6 5 (2.09%) General Ledger
6 5 (2.09%) French Language
6 5 (2.09%) Portuguese Language
7 4 (1.67%) Turkish Language
7 4 (1.67%) Dutch Language
7 4 (1.67%) Italian Language
8 2 (0.84%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.84%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.42%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.42%) Billing
Job Titles
1 59 (24.69%) Analyst
2 43 (17.99%) Developer
3 38 (15.90%) Architect
4 18 (7.53%) Consultant
5 14 (5.86%) Service Analyst
5 14 (5.86%) Service Desk Analyst
6 12 (5.02%) IT Support
7 11 (4.60%) Team Leader
7 11 (4.60%) SQL Developer
7 11 (4.60%) Project Manager
7 11 (4.60%) Technical Architect
8 10 (4.18%) Support Analyst
8 10 (4.18%) Development Team Leader
8 10 (4.18%) Software Team Leader
8 10 (4.18%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 10 (4.18%) Software Development Team Leader
8 10 (4.18%) .NET Team Leader
8 10 (4.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 10 (4.18%) CRM Developer
9 9 (3.77%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (16.32%) .NET
2 17 (7.11%) CSS
3 15 (6.28%) .NET Framework
4 12 (5.02%) HTML
5 11 (4.60%) Web Services
6 9 (3.77%) Middleware
6 9 (3.77%) ASP.NET
6 9 (3.77%) CSS3
7 8 (3.35%) XML
8 7 (2.93%) SAML
8 7 (2.93%) jQuery
8 7 (2.93%) OAuth
9 4 (1.67%) WCF
9 4 (1.67%) Entity Framework
10 3 (1.26%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.26%) HTML5
10 3 (1.26%) KnockoutJS
10 3 (1.26%) AngularJS
10 3 (1.26%) Ajax
10 3 (1.26%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 25 (10.46%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (4.60%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.60%) N-Tier
3 7 (2.93%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.51%) Visualisation
4 6 (2.51%) EMC VNX
4 6 (2.51%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.51%) Replication
5 5 (2.09%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.09%) NHS
5 5 (2.09%) iPad
6 4 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (1.67%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.67%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.67%) GIS
7 3 (1.26%) Handset
7 3 (1.26%) Data Integration
7 3 (1.26%) Clustering
7 3 (1.26%) Inversion of Control
8 2 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 83 (34.73%) Windows
2 31 (12.97%) Windows 7
3 30 (12.55%) Windows XP
4 17 (7.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (6.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (4.18%) Windows 8
7 8 (3.35%) Apple iOS
8 7 (2.93%) Android
9 6 (2.51%) UNIX
9 6 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.26%) Linux
11 2 (0.84%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.84%) MVS
11 2 (0.84%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.42%) VME
12 1 (0.42%) Windows Phone 7
12 1 (0.42%) Windows CE
12 1 (0.42%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.42%) Solaris
12 1 (0.42%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (15.90%) Migration
2 36 (15.06%) Business Intelligence
3 31 (12.97%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (11.30%) Project Management
4 27 (11.30%) CRM
5 26 (10.88%) ITIL
6 18 (7.53%) Open Source
7 17 (7.11%) ETL
8 15 (6.28%) Data Migration
9 14 (5.86%) Service Management
10 13 (5.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (5.02%) Data Analysis
11 12 (5.02%) Enterprise Architecture
12 11 (4.60%) Resource Management
12 11 (4.60%) PRINCE2
12 11 (4.60%) ERP
13 10 (4.18%) OOP
13 10 (4.18%) SDLC
14 9 (3.77%) Mentoring
14 9 (3.77%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (17.57%) SQL
2 21 (8.79%) C#
3 19 (7.95%) JavaScript
4 16 (6.69%) T-SQL
5 14 (5.86%) VB
6 13 (5.44%) PowerShell
7 6 (2.51%) C
7 6 (2.51%) VBScript
8 5 (2.09%) VBA
9 4 (1.67%) Ruby
10 3 (1.26%) Python
10 3 (1.26%) VB.NET
10 3 (1.26%) C++
11 2 (0.84%) Java
12 1 (0.42%) PHP
12 1 (0.42%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (6.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (5.86%) Security Cleared
2 14 (5.86%) Degree
3 10 (4.18%) SC Cleared
3 10 (4.18%) MCP
4 7 (2.93%) MCSE
4 7 (2.93%) A+ Certification
5 6 (2.51%) MCITP
6 5 (2.09%) CISSP
7 4 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (1.67%) CCNP
7 4 (1.67%) CCNA
7 4 (1.67%) CEH
7 4 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (1.26%) ACCA
8 3 (1.26%) CIMA
8 3 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (1.26%) MCDST
9 2 (0.84%) ACSP
10 1 (0.42%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.28%) SLA
2 5 (2.09%) QA
3 2 (0.84%) MiFID
3 2 (0.84%) EMIR
3 2 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.42%) GAAP
4 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.42%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 49 (20.50%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.93%) Hyper-V
3 7 (2.93%) XenApp
4 6 (2.51%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.09%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (1.67%) vSphere
7 3 (1.26%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.84%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.84%) XenServer
9 1 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.42%) NFS
Systems Management
1 15 (6.28%) SCCM
2 11 (4.60%) OpenView
3 5 (2.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.84%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.84%) SCVMM
4 2 (0.84%) SCDPM
5 1 (0.42%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 23 (9.62%) Citrix
2 17 (7.11%) Oracle
2 17 (7.11%) HP
2 17 (7.11%) VMware
3 13 (5.44%) Lotus
4 8 (3.35%) NetApp
5 7 (2.93%) EMC
6 6 (2.51%) Cisco
7 5 (2.09%) Sun
7 5 (2.09%) LANDesk
8 4 (1.67%) Veeam
8 4 (1.67%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.67%) Symantec
8 4 (1.67%) Veritas
8 4 (1.67%) Apple
8 4 (1.67%) Juniper
9 3 (1.26%) McAfee
9 3 (1.26%) Websense
10 2 (0.84%) NEC
10 2 (0.84%) AppSense
Cheshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Cheshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago