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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
North West / Cheshire
Rank 5 11 9
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 71 93 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 14.40% 10.34% 11.39%
As % of the Vendors category 32.13% 25.69% 24.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 65 51
Median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £221 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 16 9
Median hourly rate £16.00 £18.42 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.13% -18.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £9.86 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.71 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-15.62% +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
221 362 341
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 44.83% 40.27% 47.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 202 169
Median daily rate £375 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £563 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 24
Median hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £18.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +37.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £9.98 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.75 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-17.77% +32.35%

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 20 January 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
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 20 January 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 28 £350 +7.69% 11
Chester +5 19 £300 -24.52% 5
Macclesfield 0 4 £410 +76.34% 5
Runcorn - 2 £436 - 2
Wilmslow +5 1 £376 - 3
Ellesmere Port 0 1 - - 2
Crewe -1 1 £180 -18.18% 3
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 72 (33.80%) Windows
2 59 (27.70%) MS Office
3 55 (25.82%) MS Excel
4 51 (23.94%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (21.13%) Active Directory
6 39 (18.31%) CRM
7 38 (17.84%) SQL Server
7 38 (17.84%) Dynamics CRM
8 33 (15.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 32 (15.02%) SQL
9 32 (15.02%) Project Management
10 30 (14.08%) Finance
11 29 (13.62%) SharePoint
12 28 (13.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 27 (12.68%) MS PowerPoint
14 25 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
15 24 (11.27%) SCCM
15 24 (11.27%) MS Visio
15 24 (11.27%) JavaScript
15 24 (11.27%) ITIL
15 24 (11.27%) Windows Server
16 23 (10.80%) Security Cleared
17 22 (10.33%) Citrix
18 21 (9.86%) Business Intelligence
19 20 (9.39%) Office 365
20 19 (8.92%) C#
20 19 (8.92%) Migration
21 18 (8.45%) .NET
22 17 (7.98%) ETL
22 17 (7.98%) Linux

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 29 (13.62%) SharePoint
2 13 (6.10%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.69%) IBM Notes
4 9 (4.23%) Skype for Business
5 5 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.35%) IIS
6 3 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.41%) SAS
7 2 (0.94%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.94%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.94%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.47%) GeoServer
8 1 (0.47%) nginx
8 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.47%) Umbraco
Applications
1 59 (27.70%) MS Office
2 55 (25.82%) MS Excel
3 27 (12.68%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (11.27%) MS Visio
5 6 (2.82%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.47%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 38 (17.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.94%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.47%) Magento
3 1 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 20 (9.39%) Office 365
2 10 (4.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.41%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (1.41%) IaaS
3 3 (1.41%) PaaS
3 3 (1.41%) SaaS
4 2 (0.94%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (0.94%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.94%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.23%) Firewall
2 7 (3.29%) Internet
2 7 (3.29%) LAN
2 7 (3.29%) Skype
2 7 (3.29%) VPN
3 6 (2.82%) WAN
4 5 (2.35%) DNS
4 5 (2.35%) SAN
4 5 (2.35%) SSL
5 4 (1.88%) VLAN
5 4 (1.88%) VoIP
5 4 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (1.41%) DHCP
6 3 (1.41%) LDAP
6 3 (1.41%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.94%) Ethernet
7 2 (0.94%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.94%) MPLS
7 2 (0.94%) SMTP
7 2 (0.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (17.84%) SQL Server
2 33 (15.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 28 (13.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (6.57%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (6.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 9 (4.23%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (2.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.88%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.88%) QlikView
9 3 (1.41%) Big Data
9 3 (1.41%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (1.41%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.41%) NoSQL
9 3 (1.41%) OLAP
9 3 (1.41%) Power BI
10 2 (0.94%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.94%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.94%) HBase
10 2 (0.94%) Oracle OLAP
10 2 (0.94%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 11 (5.16%) Visual Studio
2 9 (4.23%) JIRA
3 4 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.47%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.47%) Log4j
4 1 (0.47%) Maven
4 1 (0.47%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.47%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 30 (14.08%) Finance
2 11 (5.16%) Advertising
3 10 (4.69%) Banking
4 6 (2.82%) Local Government
4 6 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.35%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (1.41%) Publishing
7 2 (0.94%) Marketing
8 1 (0.47%) German Language
8 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 47 (22.07%) Developer
2 27 (12.68%) Analyst
3 21 (9.86%) CRM Developer
4 15 (7.04%) Delivery Manager
5 14 (6.57%) Consultant
5 14 (6.57%) DBA
5 14 (6.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 14 (6.57%) SQL DBA
6 13 (6.10%) Architect
7 11 (5.16%) Service Desk Analyst
8 8 (3.76%) Microsoft Developer
8 8 (3.76%) Service Analyst
8 8 (3.76%) SQL Developer
8 8 (3.76%) Support Engineer
9 7 (3.29%) .NET Developer
9 7 (3.29%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (3.29%) Project Manager
9 7 (3.29%) SQL Server DBA
9 7 (3.29%) Test Leader
10 6 (2.82%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.45%) .NET
2 14 (6.57%) HTML
3 13 (6.10%) CSS
4 11 (5.16%) Middleware
5 9 (4.23%) ASP.NET
5 9 (4.23%) Web Services
6 7 (3.29%) XML
7 5 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (2.35%) SAML
8 4 (1.88%) Ajax
8 4 (1.88%) WCF
9 3 (1.41%) .NET Framework
9 3 (1.41%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 3 (1.41%) jQuery
9 3 (1.41%) MDX
9 3 (1.41%) OAuth2
9 3 (1.41%) OpenID
9 3 (1.41%) XSL
10 2 (0.94%) XML Messaging
10 2 (0.94%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 25 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.63%) Data Centre
3 10 (4.69%) Blackberry
4 8 (3.76%) Data Integration
4 8 (3.76%) Wiki
5 7 (3.29%) Computer Science
5 7 (3.29%) NHS
5 7 (3.29%) Replication
6 5 (2.35%) BYOD
6 5 (2.35%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.88%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.41%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.41%) PKI
9 2 (0.94%) Biometrics
9 2 (0.94%) iPhone
9 2 (0.94%) Life Science
9 2 (0.94%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.94%) N-Tier
9 2 (0.94%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.94%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 72 (33.80%) Windows
2 24 (11.27%) Windows Server
3 17 (7.98%) Linux
4 16 (7.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (6.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (6.10%) Windows 7
7 9 (4.23%) Windows 10
8 8 (3.76%) Android
9 7 (3.29%) Windows XP
10 6 (2.82%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.35%) Windows Phone
12 4 (1.88%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.88%) Unix
13 3 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (0.94%) AIX
14 2 (0.94%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.47%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.47%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (23.94%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (18.31%) CRM
3 32 (15.02%) Project Management
4 24 (11.27%) ITIL
5 21 (9.86%) Business Intelligence
6 19 (8.92%) Migration
7 17 (7.98%) ETL
8 16 (7.51%) Change Management
9 13 (6.10%) Programme Management
10 12 (5.63%) Incident Management
10 12 (5.63%) Performance Tuning
10 12 (5.63%) Problem Management
10 12 (5.63%) Service Management
10 12 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (5.16%) Workflow
12 10 (4.69%) Change Control
12 10 (4.69%) Configuration Management
12 10 (4.69%) Database Mirroring
12 10 (4.69%) Waterfall
13 9 (4.23%) Continuous Deployment
Programming Languages
1 32 (15.02%) SQL
2 24 (11.27%) JavaScript
3 19 (8.92%) C#
4 16 (7.51%) PowerShell
5 12 (5.63%) T-SQL
6 5 (2.35%) Java
7 2 (0.94%) C
7 2 (0.94%) Perl
7 2 (0.94%) PHP
7 2 (0.94%) Python
7 2 (0.94%) VB
7 2 (0.94%) VB6
7 2 (0.94%) VBA
7 2 (0.94%) VBScript
8 1 (0.47%) C++
8 1 (0.47%) COBOL
8 1 (0.47%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (10.80%) Security Cleared
2 11 (5.16%) SC Cleared
3 8 (3.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (3.29%) MCP
5 6 (2.82%) MCSE
6 5 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (1.88%) CCNA
8 3 (1.41%) Degree
9 2 (0.94%) ECDL
9 2 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.47%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.47%) CCIE
10 1 (0.47%) CCNP
10 1 (0.47%) CIPD
10 1 (0.47%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.47%) HND
10 1 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.47%) MCSA
10 1 (0.47%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.76%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (2.35%) SLA
3 2 (0.94%) QA
4 1 (0.47%) COSHH
4 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.47%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.47%) P3O
System Software
1 45 (21.13%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.35%) XenDesktop
3 4 (1.88%) Hyper-V
3 4 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.88%) XenApp
4 2 (0.94%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (0.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (0.94%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.94%) VMware GSX
Systems Management
1 24 (11.27%) SCCM
2 10 (4.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 8 (3.76%) WSUS
4 6 (2.82%) AirWatch
5 5 (2.35%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (2.35%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (1.88%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.41%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.94%) MAILsweeper
8 2 (0.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.94%) MOM
8 2 (0.94%) NetApp OnCommand
8 2 (0.94%) SCOM
8 2 (0.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.47%) Puppet
9 1 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 22 (10.33%) Citrix
2 17 (7.98%) Cisco
3 13 (6.10%) VMware
4 10 (4.69%) Lotus
5 8 (3.76%) Apple
6 7 (3.29%) HP
6 7 (3.29%) Intel Security
7 5 (2.35%) NetApp
7 5 (2.35%) Oracle
7 5 (2.35%) Symantec
8 4 (1.88%) Cognos
8 4 (1.88%) Hyperion
8 4 (1.88%) SAP
9 3 (1.41%) Fujitsu
9 3 (1.41%) SolarWinds
9 3 (1.41%) Tableau
10 2 (0.94%) Aruba
10 2 (0.94%) IronPort
10 2 (0.94%) ParAccel
10 2 (0.94%) Trend Micro
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