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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 6 11
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 131 108 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 11.99% 13.15% 11.00%
As % of the Vendors category 36.39% 29.83% 23.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 50 36
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£383 £410 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.70% +36.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £178 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 13 17
Average hourly rate £14.00 £16.84 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.86% -25.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.29 £8.60 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.20 £45.00 £46.94
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
360 362 392
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 32.94% 44.09% 47.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 163 165
Average daily rate £400 £388 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +7.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £214 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £525 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 28 32
Average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.13% -52.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £8.50 £14.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.20 £45.00 £44.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -7 41 £400 -5.04% 21
Chester -5 19 £310 +10.04% 15
Knutsford +2 13 £400 -5.88%
Crewe +1 6 £160 - 3
Runcorn +6 4 £465 +116.27% 2
Wilmslow 0 2 - - 2
Macclesfield -6 2 - - 5
Northwich -1 1 - - 1
Ellesmere Port - 1 - -
Nantwich - 1 £375 -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 81 (34.76%) Windows
2 75 (32.19%) MS Excel
3 52 (22.32%) Finance
4 49 (21.03%) SQL
5 48 (20.60%) MS Office
6 47 (20.17%) SQL Server
6 47 (20.17%) Active Directory
7 39 (16.74%) Migration
7 39 (16.74%) .NET
8 31 (13.30%) Business Intelligence
9 30 (12.88%) Project Management
9 30 (12.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 29 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (12.02%) CRM
12 27 (11.59%) Dynamics CRM
12 27 (11.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 27 (11.59%) Windows 7
13 24 (10.30%) Dynamics AX
14 23 (9.87%) Windows XP
15 22 (9.44%) Data Warehouse
15 22 (9.44%) ETL
15 22 (9.44%) ITIL
16 21 (9.01%) MS Exchange
17 20 (8.58%) C#
17 20 (8.58%) Analytical Skills
18 19 (8.15%) SQL Server 2012
18 19 (8.15%) T-SQL
18 19 (8.15%) JavaScript
18 19 (8.15%) Citrix
18 19 (8.15%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (9.01%) MS Exchange
2 13 (5.58%) SharePoint
3 11 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (3.43%) IIS
4 8 (3.43%) IBM Notes
5 4 (1.72%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (1.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.29%) Node.js
6 3 (1.29%) Lync
7 2 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.43%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.43%) WebSphere Process Server
8 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.43%) Documentum
Applications
1 75 (32.19%) MS Excel
2 48 (20.60%) MS Office
3 10 (4.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (2.15%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.72%) MS Project
6 2 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.86%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 27 (11.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (10.30%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (3.00%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.86%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.86%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.43%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.43%) Eikon
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.43%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.58%) Office 365
2 5 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.29%) SaaS
4 2 (0.86%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.87%) TCP/IP
2 15 (6.44%) WAN
3 14 (6.01%) Wireless
4 13 (5.58%) Firewall
5 12 (5.15%) DHCP
5 12 (5.15%) VPN
5 12 (5.15%) DNS
6 10 (4.29%) LAN
6 10 (4.29%) SAN
7 7 (3.00%) MPLS
8 5 (2.15%) NAS
9 3 (1.29%) Internet
9 3 (1.29%) VoIP
9 3 (1.29%) SSL
10 2 (0.86%) Broadband
10 2 (0.86%) VLAN
11 1 (0.43%) Cisco IPT
11 1 (0.43%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.43%) Network Security
11 1 (0.43%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (20.17%) SQL Server
2 30 (12.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 27 (11.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (9.44%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (8.15%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (7.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 15 (6.44%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (3.86%) Relational Database
9 6 (2.58%) Big Data
9 6 (2.58%) MS Access
10 5 (2.15%) Crystal Reports
10 5 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (1.72%) RDBMS
12 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 3 (1.29%) OLAP
12 3 (1.29%) OLAP Cube
13 2 (0.86%) Oracle Database
13 2 (0.86%) Oracle Database 11g
13 2 (0.86%) Data Mining
13 2 (0.86%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 13 (5.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (3.00%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.72%) TestComplete
3 4 (1.72%) TeamCity
3 4 (1.72%) SpecFlow
4 3 (1.29%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.86%) MSI
5 2 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.86%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.43%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 1 (0.43%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.43%) Subversion
6 1 (0.43%) Lombardi
6 1 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 52 (22.32%) Finance
2 11 (4.72%) Local Government
3 10 (4.29%) Banking
4 7 (3.00%) Advertising
4 7 (3.00%) General Ledger
5 6 (2.58%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.15%) Retail
6 5 (2.15%) Marketing
6 5 (2.15%) German Language
6 5 (2.15%) Portuguese Language
6 5 (2.15%) Russian Language
7 4 (1.72%) French Language
7 4 (1.72%) Turkish Language
7 4 (1.72%) Italian Language
8 3 (1.29%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.86%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.86%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.86%) Dutch Language
9 2 (0.86%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 55 (23.61%) Analyst
2 41 (17.60%) Developer
3 36 (15.45%) Architect
4 20 (8.58%) Consultant
5 13 (5.58%) Service Analyst
5 13 (5.58%) Service Desk Analyst
6 11 (4.72%) Support Analyst
6 11 (4.72%) Technical Architect
7 10 (4.29%) SQL Developer
7 10 (4.29%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 10 (4.29%) CRM Developer
8 9 (3.86%) Infrastructure Architect
8 9 (3.86%) Team Leader
8 9 (3.86%) Business Analyst
9 8 (3.43%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.43%) Project Manager
9 8 (3.43%) Development Team Leader
9 8 (3.43%) .NET Team Leader
9 8 (3.43%) IT Support
9 8 (3.43%) Software Development Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (16.74%) .NET
2 15 (6.44%) CSS
3 13 (5.58%) HTML
3 13 (5.58%) .NET Framework
4 11 (4.72%) Web Services
4 11 (4.72%) Middleware
5 9 (3.86%) ASP.NET
6 8 (3.43%) XML
7 7 (3.00%) jQuery
7 7 (3.00%) CSS3
8 5 (2.15%) OAuth
8 5 (2.15%) SAML
9 4 (1.72%) WCF
9 4 (1.72%) Entity Framework
10 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.29%) HTML5
10 3 (1.29%) KnockoutJS
10 3 (1.29%) AngularJS
10 3 (1.29%) Ajax
11 2 (0.86%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.58%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.29%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.43%) N-Tier
4 7 (3.00%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.00%) Replication
5 6 (2.58%) EMC VNX
5 6 (2.58%) Visualisation
5 6 (2.58%) iPad
6 5 (2.15%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.15%) NHS
6 5 (2.15%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.72%) GIS
7 4 (1.72%) Handset
7 4 (1.72%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.72%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (1.72%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.29%) Inversion of Control
8 3 (1.29%) Data Integration
8 3 (1.29%) Clustering
8 3 (1.29%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 81 (34.76%) Windows
2 27 (11.59%) Windows 7
3 23 (9.87%) Windows XP
4 19 (8.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (6.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (3.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (3.00%) Windows 8
8 6 (2.58%) UNIX
9 4 (1.72%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.29%) Android
10 3 (1.29%) Linux
10 3 (1.29%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.86%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.86%) MVS
12 1 (0.43%) VME
12 1 (0.43%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (16.74%) Migration
2 31 (13.30%) Business Intelligence
3 30 (12.88%) Project Management
4 29 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
5 28 (12.02%) CRM
6 22 (9.44%) ITIL
6 22 (9.44%) ETL
7 17 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (6.87%) Data Migration
9 14 (6.01%) Open Source
9 14 (6.01%) Service Management
10 13 (5.58%) Enterprise Architecture
11 12 (5.15%) Mentoring
12 11 (4.72%) ERP
13 10 (4.29%) SDLC
14 9 (3.86%) Workflow
14 9 (3.86%) Resource Management
14 9 (3.86%) Continuous Integration
14 9 (3.86%) Time Management
15 8 (3.43%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 49 (21.03%) SQL
2 20 (8.58%) C#
3 19 (8.15%) JavaScript
3 19 (8.15%) T-SQL
4 12 (5.15%) VB
4 12 (5.15%) PowerShell
5 6 (2.58%) C
6 5 (2.15%) VBScript
7 3 (1.29%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.29%) C++
7 3 (1.29%) Python
7 3 (1.29%) Ruby
8 2 (0.86%) Java
8 2 (0.86%) VBA
9 1 (0.43%) PHP
9 1 (0.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (6.01%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (5.15%) Degree
2 12 (5.15%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.43%) SC Cleared
3 8 (3.43%) MCP
4 7 (3.00%) A+ Certification
5 6 (2.58%) MCSE
5 6 (2.58%) CISSP
6 5 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (2.15%) CCNP
6 5 (2.15%) CCNA
6 5 (2.15%) ACCA
6 5 (2.15%) CIMA
6 5 (2.15%) MCITP
7 4 (1.72%) CEH
7 4 (1.72%) MCDST
8 2 (0.86%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.86%) ACSP
9 1 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.87%) SLA
2 4 (1.72%) QA
3 3 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.86%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.43%) GAAP
5 1 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 47 (20.17%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.43%) Hyper-V
4 7 (3.00%) XenApp
5 4 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.72%) XenDesktop
5 4 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.29%) vSphere
7 2 (0.86%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.86%) XenServer
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 17 (7.30%) SCCM
2 9 (3.86%) OpenView
3 2 (0.86%) SCVMM
3 2 (0.86%) SCDPM
3 2 (0.86%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.43%) SCOM
Vendors
1 19 (8.15%) Citrix
2 17 (7.30%) HP
2 17 (7.30%) VMware
3 16 (6.87%) Oracle
4 8 (3.43%) Cisco
4 8 (3.43%) Lotus
5 7 (3.00%) NetApp
6 6 (2.58%) EMC
7 5 (2.15%) Sun
7 5 (2.15%) LANDesk
8 4 (1.72%) Veeam
8 4 (1.72%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.72%) Veritas
8 4 (1.72%) Symantec
8 4 (1.72%) Apple
8 4 (1.72%) Juniper
9 3 (1.29%) Avaya
9 3 (1.29%) SAP
9 3 (1.29%) McAfee
9 3 (1.29%) Websense
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