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 29 May 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
29 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 13 4
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 160 103 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.87% 10.22% 15.25%
As % of the Vendors category 32.19% 22.49% 35.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 51 61
Median daily rate £425 £400 £268
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +49.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £260 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 19
Median hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.72 £14.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £20.44 £31.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.19 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-2.00% +6.89%
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
497 458 353
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 49.31% 45.44% 43.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 252 157
Median daily rate £425 £488 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.82% +52.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £350 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £700 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £369 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.98% +5.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 26 31
Median hourly rate £13.00 £16.84 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.80% +34.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £37.50 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +4.34%

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 29 May 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
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 29 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 May 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 +17 85 £441 -4.64% 4
Knutsford +2 19 £425 +13.33% 6
Chester -5 18 £375 -16.66% 4
Macclesfield - 8 £388 - 4
Daresbury 0 5 £425 +4.29%
Crewe +4 3 £360 +15.20% 3
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 138 (51.49%) Windows
2 110 (41.04%) MS Excel
3 80 (29.85%) Active Directory
4 66 (24.63%) .NET
5 62 (23.13%) Software Engineering
6 60 (22.39%) Test Automation
6 60 (22.39%) MS Office
6 60 (22.39%) Migration
7 59 (22.01%) Security Cleared
7 59 (22.01%) PowerShell
7 59 (22.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 58 (21.64%) Windows Server
9 56 (20.90%) SCCM
10 53 (19.78%) Agile Software Development
11 48 (17.91%) VMware
12 47 (17.54%) Finance
12 47 (17.54%) SharePoint
12 47 (17.54%) Skype for Business
13 44 (16.42%) SC Cleared
14 43 (16.04%) SQL Server
15 42 (15.67%) ITIL
15 42 (15.67%) MS Exchange
16 41 (15.30%) SCOM
16 41 (15.30%) Skype
17 39 (14.55%) Team Foundation Server
18 35 (13.06%) Citrix
19 33 (12.31%) Project Management
20 31 (11.57%) SQL
20 31 (11.57%) VMware Infrastructure
21 30 (11.19%) Windows 7

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 47 (17.54%) SharePoint
1 47 (17.54%) Skype for Business
2 42 (15.67%) MS Exchange
3 25 (9.33%) SharePoint 2013
4 17 (6.34%) IIS
5 12 (4.48%) Tomcat
6 10 (3.73%) Apache
6 10 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (2.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (2.24%) GeoServer
8 4 (1.49%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.12%) JBoss
10 2 (0.75%) CMS
10 2 (0.75%) Confluence
10 2 (0.75%) eRoom
10 2 (0.75%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.75%) Node.js
10 2 (0.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 110 (41.04%) MS Excel
2 60 (22.39%) MS Office
3 14 (5.22%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (4.10%) MS Project
5 6 (2.24%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (7.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.37%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 25 (9.33%) Office 365
2 16 (5.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.36%) SaaS
4 8 (2.99%) IaaS
5 7 (2.61%) PaaS
6 2 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.37%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 41 (15.30%) Skype
2 14 (5.22%) DNS
3 10 (3.73%) Firewall
3 10 (3.73%) Internet
3 10 (3.73%) SSL
3 10 (3.73%) VPN
4 9 (3.36%) DHCP
5 8 (2.99%) SAN
6 7 (2.61%) WAN
7 5 (1.87%) LAN
7 5 (1.87%) TCP/IP
7 5 (1.87%) Unified Communications
8 4 (1.49%) GSM
8 4 (1.49%) Network Security
8 4 (1.49%) UMTS
8 4 (1.49%) Wireless
9 3 (1.12%) LTE
9 3 (1.12%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (0.75%) 4G
10 2 (0.75%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (16.04%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.48%) SQL Server 2014
3 9 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.24%) GIS
5 6 (2.24%) QGIS
5 6 (2.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.87%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.12%) MySQL
9 2 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.37%) Big Data
10 1 (0.37%) DB2
10 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.37%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (0.37%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.37%) Qlik Sense
10 1 (0.37%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 39 (14.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 23 (8.58%) SpecFlow
3 22 (8.21%) TestComplete
4 7 (2.61%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.61%) TeamCity
5 5 (1.87%) Gradle
6 4 (1.49%) Jenkins
6 4 (1.49%) JIRA
6 4 (1.49%) Visual Studio
7 3 (1.12%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.75%) Selenium
8 2 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.37%) NuGet
9 1 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.37%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 47 (17.54%) Finance
2 24 (8.96%) Local Government
3 12 (4.48%) Advertising
4 11 (4.10%) Banking
5 8 (2.99%) Pharmaceutical
6 7 (2.61%) Retail
6 7 (2.61%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.87%) Retail Banking
8 4 (1.49%) Billing
8 4 (1.49%) Corporate Banking
8 4 (1.49%) Military
9 3 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.37%) French Language
10 1 (0.37%) German Language
10 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.37%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.37%) Marketing
10 1 (0.37%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.37%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 36 (13.43%) Architect
2 32 (11.94%) Consultant
3 27 (10.07%) Developer
4 22 (8.21%) Analyst
5 15 (5.60%) DevOps Consultant
5 15 (5.60%) Project Manager
6 14 (5.22%) Integration Consultant
7 11 (4.10%) Designer
8 10 (3.73%) Service Desk Manager
8 10 (3.73%) Service Manager
9 9 (3.36%) Microsoft Consultant
10 8 (2.99%) IT Manager
10 8 (2.99%) Migration Engineer
10 8 (2.99%) Server Engineer
10 8 (2.99%) Service Analyst
10 8 (2.99%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (2.99%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (2.99%) Technical Leader
10 8 (2.99%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (2.61%) IT Services Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (24.63%) .NET
2 12 (4.48%) ASP.NET
2 12 (4.48%) Middleware
3 11 (4.10%) .NET Framework
4 10 (3.73%) jQuery
5 7 (2.61%) Ajax
5 7 (2.61%) CSS
6 6 (2.24%) HTML
7 4 (1.49%) HTML5
7 4 (1.49%) Web Services
8 3 (1.12%) CSS3
8 3 (1.12%) LAMP
8 3 (1.12%) WAMP
8 3 (1.12%) WCF
8 3 (1.12%) WPF
9 2 (0.75%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.75%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (0.75%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.75%) JSP
9 2 (0.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 13 (4.85%) Data Centre
2 10 (3.73%) Mobile App
3 9 (3.36%) Blackberry
4 8 (2.99%) PMI
5 7 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (2.61%) Fat Client
5 7 (2.61%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.61%) Thin Client
6 5 (1.87%) Clustering
7 4 (1.49%) Digital Media
7 4 (1.49%) PKI
8 3 (1.12%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.75%) iPad
9 2 (0.75%) N-Tier
9 2 (0.75%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.75%) Statistics
9 2 (0.75%) User Experience
10 1 (0.37%) Handset
10 1 (0.37%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 138 (51.49%) Windows
2 59 (22.01%) Windows Server 2012
3 58 (21.64%) Windows Server
4 30 (11.19%) Windows 7
5 26 (9.70%) Linux
6 23 (8.58%) Windows 10
7 13 (4.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (4.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (4.48%) Apple iOS
8 12 (4.48%) Windows 8
9 8 (2.99%) AIX
9 8 (2.99%) Unix
10 6 (2.24%) Android
10 6 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (1.87%) CentOS
11 5 (1.87%) Mac OS
12 4 (1.49%) Windows Vista
12 4 (1.49%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.75%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.37%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (23.13%) Software Engineering
2 60 (22.39%) Migration
2 60 (22.39%) Test Automation
3 53 (19.78%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (15.67%) ITIL
5 33 (12.31%) Project Management
6 28 (10.45%) Code Coverage
6 28 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
6 28 (10.45%) TDD
7 25 (9.33%) CRM
8 22 (8.21%) Data Migration
8 22 (8.21%) DevOps
9 16 (5.97%) Change Management
10 15 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
11 13 (4.85%) PRINCE2
11 13 (4.85%) Service Management
12 10 (3.73%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (3.73%) Identity Management
12 10 (3.73%) Service Desk Management
12 10 (3.73%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 59 (22.01%) PowerShell
2 31 (11.57%) SQL
3 29 (10.82%) Java
4 20 (7.46%) C#
5 19 (7.09%) JavaScript
6 9 (3.36%) PHP
7 8 (2.99%) Python
8 6 (2.24%) VB
9 5 (1.87%) Bash Shell
9 5 (1.87%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.49%) VBScript
11 3 (1.12%) C
12 2 (0.75%) Perl
12 2 (0.75%) Ruby
12 2 (0.75%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.75%) VBA
13 1 (0.37%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 59 (22.01%) Security Cleared
2 44 (16.42%) SC Cleared
3 27 (10.07%) Degree
4 15 (5.60%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (5.22%) PMI Certification
6 10 (3.73%) MCITP
7 9 (3.36%) ISEB
7 9 (3.36%) ISTQB
7 9 (3.36%) MCSA
8 7 (2.61%) CCEA
8 7 (2.61%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (2.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 6 (2.24%) PMP
10 5 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (1.87%) MCP
10 5 (1.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (1.49%) CIPD
11 4 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 4 (1.49%) MBA
12 3 (1.12%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.99%) SLA
2 5 (1.87%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.12%) QA
4 2 (0.75%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.75%) RMADS
5 1 (0.37%) FATCA
5 1 (0.37%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.37%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.37%) ISO22301
5 1 (0.37%) Solvency II
System Software
1 80 (29.85%) Active Directory
2 31 (11.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (5.22%) Hyper-V
3 14 (5.22%) vSphere
4 6 (2.24%) VMware ESX
5 4 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.49%) XenApp
6 3 (1.12%) UAG
7 2 (0.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (0.75%) Postfix
7 2 (0.75%) Sendmail
7 2 (0.75%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.37%) Docker
8 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 56 (20.90%) SCCM
2 41 (15.30%) SCOM
3 9 (3.36%) Puppet
4 7 (2.61%) vRealize
5 5 (1.87%) BladeLogic
5 5 (1.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (1.87%) Windows Intune
6 3 (1.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (1.12%) OpenView
6 3 (1.12%) Red Hat Satellite
7 2 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.75%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.37%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.37%) Amdocs OSS
8 1 (0.37%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.37%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.37%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 48 (17.91%) VMware
2 35 (13.06%) Citrix
3 13 (4.85%) HP
4 12 (4.48%) Cisco
5 7 (2.61%) Apple
5 7 (2.61%) Juniper
6 6 (2.24%) Red Hat
7 5 (1.87%) AppSense
7 5 (1.87%) BMC
8 4 (1.49%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.49%) Polycom
9 3 (1.12%) Brocade
9 3 (1.12%) Ericsson
9 3 (1.12%) IBM
9 3 (1.12%) NetApp
9 3 (1.12%) Oracle
10 2 (0.75%) Avaya
10 2 (0.75%) Lotus
10 2 (0.75%) Nokia
10 2 (0.75%) SAP
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