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 26 July 2016 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 9 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 73 107 127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 9.47% 11.67% 16.51%
As % of the Vendors category 22.19% 33.44% 34.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 59 54
Median daily rate £375 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £225 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £531 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 13 17
Median hourly rate £14.86 £14.00 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.14% +27.27%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
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
329 320 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 42.67% 34.90% 47.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 172 160
Median daily rate £413 £400 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +29.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £509 £550 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 25 28
Median hourly rate £14.86 £17.25 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.85% +38.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 26 July 2016.

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 26 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +1 28 £500 +25.00% 6
Knutsford +4 12 £425 +6.25% 3
Chester -16 8 £310 +19.23% 7
Wilmslow - 5 £356 - 10
Macclesfield +5 3 £350 - 2
Crewe +6 1 - - 1
Winsford 0 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 26 July 2016, 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.

1 122 (46.74%) Windows
2 103 (39.46%) MS Excel
3 74 (28.35%) .NET
4 72 (27.59%) Active Directory
5 65 (24.90%) Software Engineering
6 63 (24.14%) Test Automation
7 62 (23.75%) Agile Software Development
8 59 (22.61%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (21.84%) PowerShell
10 56 (21.46%) Windows Server
11 54 (20.69%) Security Cleared
12 53 (20.31%) Migration
13 52 (19.92%) SCCM
14 49 (18.77%) SQL Server
14 49 (18.77%) MS Office
15 44 (16.86%) Finance
16 43 (16.48%) SharePoint
17 42 (16.09%) SC Cleared
17 42 (16.09%) Skype for Business
18 41 (15.71%) VMware
19 40 (15.33%) Team Foundation Server
19 40 (15.33%) SCOM
19 40 (15.33%) Skype
20 39 (14.94%) MS Exchange
21 35 (13.41%) Project Management
21 35 (13.41%) SQL
22 32 (12.26%) CRM
22 32 (12.26%) TDD
23 31 (11.88%) Java
23 31 (11.88%) Code Coverage

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 43 (16.48%) SharePoint
2 42 (16.09%) Skype for Business
3 39 (14.94%) MS Exchange
4 25 (9.58%) SharePoint 2013
5 16 (6.13%) IIS
6 12 (4.60%) Tomcat
7 10 (3.83%) Apache
8 9 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (2.30%) GeoServer
10 5 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (1.53%) OpenStack
12 3 (1.15%) IBM Notes
12 3 (1.15%) JBoss
13 2 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.77%) CMS
13 2 (0.77%) eRoom
13 2 (0.77%) Umbraco
13 2 (0.77%) WebSphere
14 1 (0.38%) Confluence
Applications
1 103 (39.46%) MS Excel
2 49 (18.77%) MS Office
3 15 (5.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (3.83%) MS Project
5 4 (1.53%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (1.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 28 (10.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.38%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 20 (7.66%) Office 365
2 15 (5.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (4.21%) SaaS
4 10 (3.83%) IaaS
5 9 (3.45%) PaaS
6 2 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.38%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 40 (15.33%) Skype
2 11 (4.21%) DNS
2 11 (4.21%) Firewall
3 9 (3.45%) Internet
4 6 (2.30%) DHCP
4 6 (2.30%) SAN
4 6 (2.30%) SSL
4 6 (2.30%) VPN
5 5 (1.92%) GSM
5 5 (1.92%) UMTS
5 5 (1.92%) Unified Communications
6 4 (1.53%) Network Security
6 4 (1.53%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (1.53%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.53%) WAN
7 3 (1.15%) LAN
7 3 (1.15%) Wireless
8 2 (0.77%) 2G
8 2 (0.77%) 3G
8 2 (0.77%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (18.77%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.60%) SQL Server 2014
3 11 (4.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (3.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (3.07%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (2.30%) GIS
7 6 (2.30%) QGIS
7 6 (2.30%) Spatial Data
7 6 (2.30%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (1.92%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (1.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (1.15%) MySQL
11 2 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
12 1 (0.38%) Big Data
12 1 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.38%) PerformancePoint
12 1 (0.38%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 40 (15.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 25 (9.58%) SpecFlow
3 24 (9.20%) TestComplete
4 8 (3.07%) Git (software)
4 8 (3.07%) TeamCity
5 6 (2.30%) Gradle
6 5 (1.92%) Jenkins
7 4 (1.53%) Vagrant
7 4 (1.53%) Visual Studio
8 3 (1.15%) JIRA
9 2 (0.77%) Selenium
9 2 (0.77%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.38%) Axure RP
10 1 (0.38%) NuGet
10 1 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.38%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 44 (16.86%) Finance
2 17 (6.51%) Local Government
3 12 (4.60%) Advertising
4 11 (4.21%) Banking
5 10 (3.83%) Telecoms
6 8 (3.07%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (2.30%) Retail
8 5 (1.92%) Retail Banking
9 4 (1.53%) Billing
9 4 (1.53%) Corporate Banking
9 4 (1.53%) Military
10 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.77%) Publishing
12 1 (0.38%) Back Office
12 1 (0.38%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.38%) Marketing
12 1 (0.38%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 38 (14.56%) Architect
2 33 (12.64%) Developer
3 32 (12.26%) Consultant
4 22 (8.43%) Analyst
5 16 (6.13%) DevOps Consultant
6 15 (5.75%) Integration Consultant
6 15 (5.75%) Project Manager
7 12 (4.60%) Designer
8 10 (3.83%) .NET Developer
8 10 (3.83%) Microsoft Consultant
9 9 (3.45%) Service Analyst
9 9 (3.45%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (3.07%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (3.07%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (2.68%) DevOps Engineer
11 7 (2.68%) Server Engineer
11 7 (2.68%) Support Engineer
11 7 (2.68%) Technical Leader
12 6 (2.30%) CRM Consultant
12 6 (2.30%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (28.35%) .NET
2 16 (6.13%) ASP.NET
3 13 (4.98%) Middleware
4 12 (4.60%) HTML
4 12 (4.60%) jQuery
5 11 (4.21%) .NET Framework
5 11 (4.21%) CSS
6 8 (3.07%) Ajax
7 7 (2.68%) Web Services
8 6 (2.30%) HTML5
9 5 (1.92%) CSS3
10 4 (1.53%) WCF
10 4 (1.53%) WPF
10 4 (1.53%) XML
11 3 (1.15%) AngularJS
11 3 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
11 3 (1.15%) LAMP
11 3 (1.15%) RESTful
11 3 (1.15%) WAMP
12 2 (0.77%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.21%) Data Centre
2 9 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.68%) Blackberry
3 7 (2.68%) Fat Client
3 7 (2.68%) Thin Client
4 6 (2.30%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.30%) PMI
5 5 (1.92%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.92%) User Experience
6 4 (1.53%) Clustering
6 4 (1.53%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.53%) Digital Media
7 3 (1.15%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.15%) iPhone
7 3 (1.15%) N-Tier
7 3 (1.15%) PKI
8 2 (0.77%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.38%) HP StoreVirtual
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 122 (46.74%) Windows
2 59 (22.61%) Windows Server 2012
3 56 (21.46%) Windows Server
4 30 (11.49%) Linux
5 23 (8.81%) Windows 10
6 16 (6.13%) Windows 7
7 13 (4.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (4.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (4.21%) Windows 8
9 10 (3.83%) Apple iOS
10 7 (2.68%) AIX
11 6 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (2.30%) Unix
12 5 (1.92%) CentOS
12 5 (1.92%) Mac OS
12 5 (1.92%) Windows XP
13 4 (1.53%) Android
14 3 (1.15%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.77%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.38%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (24.90%) Software Engineering
2 63 (24.14%) Test Automation
3 62 (23.75%) Agile Software Development
4 53 (20.31%) Migration
5 35 (13.41%) Project Management
6 32 (12.26%) CRM
6 32 (12.26%) TDD
7 31 (11.88%) Code Coverage
7 31 (11.88%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (9.96%) ITIL
9 25 (9.58%) DevOps
10 23 (8.81%) Data Migration
11 19 (7.28%) Change Management
12 17 (6.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 14 (5.36%) Service Management
14 12 (4.60%) System Testing
15 11 (4.21%) MVC
15 11 (4.21%) PRINCE2
15 11 (4.21%) Problem Management
16 10 (3.83%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (21.84%) PowerShell
2 35 (13.41%) SQL
3 31 (11.88%) Java
4 26 (9.96%) JavaScript
5 23 (8.81%) C#
6 9 (3.45%) PHP
7 8 (3.07%) Python
8 7 (2.68%) T-SQL
9 6 (2.30%) VB
10 5 (1.92%) Bash Shell
11 4 (1.53%) VBScript
12 3 (1.15%) C
12 3 (1.15%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.77%) Perl
13 2 (0.77%) Ruby
13 2 (0.77%) VBA
14 1 (0.38%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 54 (20.69%) Security Cleared
2 42 (16.09%) SC Cleared
3 31 (11.88%) Degree
4 13 (4.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (4.60%) PMI Certification
6 9 (3.45%) ISEB
6 9 (3.45%) ISTQB
7 8 (3.07%) CCEA
7 8 (3.07%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (2.68%) MCITP
8 7 (2.68%) MCSA
9 6 (2.30%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (2.30%) PMP
10 5 (1.92%) MCP
10 5 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (1.53%) CIPD
11 4 (1.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 4 (1.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (1.53%) MBA
11 4 (1.53%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.30%) SLA
2 3 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.77%) JSP 440
3 2 (0.77%) QA
3 2 (0.77%) RMADS
4 1 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.38%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.38%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.38%) ISO22301
System Software
1 72 (27.59%) Active Directory
2 27 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.98%) vSphere
4 9 (3.45%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.92%) VMware ESX
6 4 (1.53%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.15%) UAG
7 3 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.15%) XenApp
8 2 (0.77%) Postfix
8 2 (0.77%) Sendmail
9 1 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.38%) Docker
9 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.38%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 52 (19.92%) SCCM
2 40 (15.33%) SCOM
3 10 (3.83%) Puppet
4 7 (2.68%) vRealize
5 6 (2.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (1.92%) BladeLogic
6 5 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.15%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (1.15%) Red Hat Satellite
9 2 (0.77%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.77%) OpenView
9 2 (0.77%) SmoothWall
9 2 (0.77%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.38%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.38%) HP Data Protector
10 1 (0.38%) SCSM
10 1 (0.38%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 41 (15.71%) VMware
2 27 (10.34%) Citrix
3 10 (3.83%) Cisco
3 10 (3.83%) HP
4 9 (3.45%) Apple
5 7 (2.68%) BMC
6 6 (2.30%) Red Hat
7 5 (1.92%) AppSense
8 4 (1.53%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.53%) Juniper
8 4 (1.53%) Oracle
8 4 (1.53%) Polycom
8 4 (1.53%) Remedy
9 3 (1.15%) Brocade
9 3 (1.15%) Lotus
9 3 (1.15%) NetApp
10 2 (0.77%) Ericsson
10 2 (0.77%) Intel Security
10 2 (0.77%) Nokia
10 2 (0.77%) Symantec
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