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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 8 7
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 101 103 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 13.95% 10.49% 10.02%
As % of the Vendors category 27.15% 23.41% 20.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 29 36
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £223 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £339 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 31 7
Average hourly rate £16.84 £21.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.80% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £9.50 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £44.90 £18.81
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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
372 440 422
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 51.38% 44.81% 49.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 194 209
Average daily rate £393 £375 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% +1.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £261 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.42% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 49 23
Average hourly rate £18.50 £31.56 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.37% -9.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.38 £12.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £56.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.15 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.02% -5.40%

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 24 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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 -4 35 £150 -50.00% 19
Chester -2 12 £400 +77.77% 6
Knutsford +6 6 £287 -15.11%
Crewe 0 6 £438 +207.01% 4
Macclesfield 0 5 £180 -40.00% 6
Runcorn - 2 £165 -
Wilmslow -1 1 £375 - 4
Nantwich - 1 £320 - 2
Northwich - - - - 4
Alderley Edge - - - -
Ellesmere Port - - - - 2
Winsford - - - - 1
Daresbury - - - -
Widnes - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 78 (35.94%) Windows
1 78 (35.94%) MS Excel
2 59 (27.19%) MS Office
3 47 (21.66%) SQL Server
4 41 (18.89%) Active Directory
4 41 (18.89%) Analytical Skills
5 37 (17.05%) ITIL
5 37 (17.05%) Finance
6 34 (15.67%) Service Management
6 34 (15.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 32 (14.75%) Windows Server 2003
8 31 (14.29%) VMware
9 28 (12.90%) SQL
10 26 (11.98%) HP
10 26 (11.98%) SLA
11 24 (11.06%) Stakeholder Management
11 24 (11.06%) Project Management
11 24 (11.06%) SharePoint
11 24 (11.06%) Windows 7
12 23 (10.60%) MCP
12 23 (10.60%) Business Intelligence
13 22 (10.14%) Citrix
13 22 (10.14%) MS Project
14 21 (9.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 21 (9.68%) MS Exchange
14 21 (9.68%) Microsoft Certification
14 21 (9.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 21 (9.68%) Security Cleared
15 20 (9.22%) Lotus
15 20 (9.22%) OpenView

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 24 (11.06%) SharePoint
2 21 (9.68%) MS Exchange
3 20 (9.22%) IBM Notes
4 15 (6.91%) IIS
5 14 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2007
6 10 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2003
6 10 (4.61%) Lync
7 9 (4.15%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (3.69%) MS Project Server
9 5 (2.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (1.84%) WebLogic
10 4 (1.84%) Documentum
10 4 (1.84%) CICS
11 2 (0.92%) NServiceBus
12 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.46%) Apache
12 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 78 (35.94%) MS Excel
2 59 (27.19%) MS Office
3 22 (10.14%) MS Project
4 11 (5.07%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (3.69%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.92%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.46%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 10 (4.61%) Dynamics CRM
1 10 (4.61%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (4.15%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.38%) Academy Housing
4 2 (0.92%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.45%) TCP/IP
2 9 (4.15%) Firewall
3 8 (3.69%) SAN
4 7 (3.23%) VPN
4 7 (3.23%) WAN
5 6 (2.76%) LAN
5 6 (2.76%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (1.84%) Wireless
6 4 (1.84%) DHCP
7 3 (1.38%) LDAP
7 3 (1.38%) Network Security
7 3 (1.38%) NAS
7 3 (1.38%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.92%) DNS
8 2 (0.92%) SSL
8 2 (0.92%) Intranet
9 1 (0.46%) Internet
9 1 (0.46%) 3G
9 1 (0.46%) Broadband
9 1 (0.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (21.66%) SQL Server
2 21 (9.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (7.83%) SQL Server 2008
4 16 (7.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (6.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (4.61%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (4.15%) QlikView
8 8 (3.69%) BODI
8 8 (3.69%) Oracle Database
9 6 (2.76%) Big Data
9 6 (2.76%) SAP Data Services
10 5 (2.30%) Relational Database
11 4 (1.84%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (1.84%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (1.84%) DB2
12 3 (1.38%) OLAP
12 3 (1.38%) MS Access
12 3 (1.38%) OLTP
12 3 (1.38%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 5 (2.30%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.38%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.92%) MSI
3 2 (0.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.46%) NUnit
4 1 (0.46%) Subversion
4 1 (0.46%) JIRA
4 1 (0.46%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.46%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 37 (17.05%) Finance
2 18 (8.29%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.07%) Banking
4 9 (4.15%) Advertising
5 8 (3.69%) Retail
6 7 (3.23%) Manufacturing
6 7 (3.23%) Local Government
7 5 (2.30%) Retail Banking
8 4 (1.84%) Legal
9 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 61 (28.11%) Analyst
2 33 (15.21%) Architect
3 25 (11.52%) Developer
4 22 (10.14%) Service Analyst
5 21 (9.68%) Service Desk Analyst
6 15 (6.91%) Technical Architect
6 15 (6.91%) Consultant
7 9 (4.15%) Business Analyst
7 9 (4.15%) Administrator
8 8 (3.69%) .NET Developer
8 8 (3.69%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (3.69%) Support Analyst
8 8 (3.69%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 7 (3.23%) Project Manager
9 7 (3.23%) Coordinator
9 7 (3.23%) Data Architect
9 7 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (2.76%) Project Coordinator
10 6 (2.76%) Help Desk Analyst
10 6 (2.76%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.22%) .NET
2 13 (5.99%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.69%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (2.76%) WCF
5 5 (2.30%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.84%) JNDI
6 4 (1.84%) JMS
6 4 (1.84%) J2EE
6 4 (1.84%) JDBC
6 4 (1.84%) JSP
6 4 (1.84%) LINQ
6 4 (1.84%) jQuery
7 3 (1.38%) REST
7 3 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 3 (1.38%) WPF
7 3 (1.38%) Web Services
7 3 (1.38%) XML
7 3 (1.38%) XSLT
7 3 (1.38%) Middleware
7 3 (1.38%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (18.89%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (8.29%) Enterprise Software
3 14 (6.45%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.23%) Blackberry
4 7 (3.23%) Visualisation
5 4 (1.84%) Mainframe
5 4 (1.84%) NHS
5 4 (1.84%) IBM Mainframe
5 4 (1.84%) Reference Data
6 3 (1.38%) Data Integration
6 3 (1.38%) PKI
6 3 (1.38%) Handset
6 3 (1.38%) Clustering
6 3 (1.38%) iPad
7 2 (0.92%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (0.92%) PMI
8 1 (0.46%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.46%) Tandem
8 1 (0.46%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 78 (35.94%) Windows
2 34 (15.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 32 (14.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 24 (11.06%) Windows 7
5 14 (6.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (5.99%) Windows XP
7 11 (5.07%) Linux
8 10 (4.61%) UNIX
9 7 (3.23%) Solaris
10 6 (2.76%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.84%) Windows Vista
12 4 (1.84%) HPUX
13 2 (0.92%) AIX
13 2 (0.92%) Android
13 2 (0.92%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (17.05%) ITIL
2 34 (15.67%) Service Management
3 24 (11.06%) Project Management
3 24 (11.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 23 (10.60%) Business Intelligence
5 19 (8.76%) Migration
6 18 (8.29%) Information Security
7 16 (7.37%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (6.45%) CRM
9 11 (5.07%) Data Modelling
9 11 (5.07%) Data Architecture
10 10 (4.61%) ERP
11 9 (4.15%) ETL
11 9 (4.15%) MVC
11 9 (4.15%) Data Migration
11 9 (4.15%) Enterprise Architecture
12 8 (3.69%) Data Analysis
12 8 (3.69%) Mentoring
13 6 (2.76%) Coaching
13 6 (2.76%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 28 (12.90%) SQL
2 15 (6.91%) C#
3 8 (3.69%) Java
3 8 (3.69%) VB
4 6 (2.76%) T-SQL
5 5 (2.30%) VBScript
5 5 (2.30%) PowerShell
6 4 (1.84%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.38%) X++
7 3 (1.38%) VBA
7 3 (1.38%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.92%) ABAP
9 1 (0.46%) C
9 1 (0.46%) Python
9 1 (0.46%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.46%) R
9 1 (0.46%) Perl
9 1 (0.46%) C++
9 1 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (10.60%) MCP
2 21 (9.68%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (9.68%) Security Cleared
3 18 (8.29%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.30%) Degree
5 4 (1.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 4 (1.84%) SAP Certification
5 4 (1.84%) CISSP
5 4 (1.84%) MCSA
5 4 (1.84%) MCITP
6 3 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.38%) MCSE
6 3 (1.38%) MCDST
7 2 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.92%) PMP
7 2 (0.92%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.92%) CISA
7 2 (0.92%) CISM
8 1 (0.46%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (11.98%) SLA
2 5 (2.30%) QA
3 2 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 41 (18.89%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.23%) VMware ESX
3 7 (3.23%) XenApp
4 4 (1.84%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (1.84%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.38%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (0.92%) vSphere
7 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.46%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 21 (9.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 20 (9.22%) OpenView
3 8 (3.69%) SCCM
4 4 (1.84%) SCOM
5 1 (0.46%) Legato
5 1 (0.46%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.46%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 31 (14.29%) VMware
2 26 (11.98%) HP
3 22 (10.14%) Citrix
4 20 (9.22%) Lotus
5 14 (6.45%) Oracle
5 14 (6.45%) Cisco
6 12 (5.53%) Business Objects
7 7 (3.23%) SAP
7 7 (3.23%) Cyber-Ark
8 6 (2.76%) IBM
8 6 (2.76%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.84%) TIBCO
9 4 (1.84%) Compuware
9 4 (1.84%) EMC
9 4 (1.84%) Sophos
9 4 (1.84%) F5
9 4 (1.84%) Tableau
9 4 (1.84%) AppSense
9 4 (1.84%) Remedy
10 3 (1.38%) SonicWALL
Warrington, Cheshire
Connectus
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + Expenses
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Conspicuous
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
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Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
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Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
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