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 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 6 15
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 123 111 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 12.26% 13.91% 8.26%
As % of the Vendors category 26.34% 31.44% 16.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 54 20
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£400 £259 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+54.58% -36.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £133 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £389 £526
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 6
Average hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £13.30
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +20.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £11.60 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.30 £41.00 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £14.50 £15.10
% change year-on-year
+8.62% -3.97%
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
467 353 382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 46.56% 44.24% 50.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 157 162
Average daily rate £470 £333 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.35% -10.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £185 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £505 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 34 26
Average hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +28.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £12.50 £9.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.25 £45.25 £53.92
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -7.89%

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 4 May 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 4 May 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 4 May 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 -12 28 £450 +50.62% 22
Chester +4 26 £450 +110.52% 14
Knutsford -2 8 £438 +75.00% 4
Runcorn +6 7 £438 +103.48% 4
Crewe -6 6 £313 +128.93% 4
Ellesmere Port 0 5 £288 +0.87%
Winsford - 2 - -
Daresbury - 2 £408 -
Nantwich +1 1 - -
Macclesfield -7 1 - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 (39.51%) MS Excel
2 64 (31.22%) Windows
3 53 (25.85%) MS Office
4 48 (23.41%) Finance
5 41 (20.00%) SQL Server
6 36 (17.56%) .NET
7 32 (15.61%) Active Directory
8 31 (15.12%) ITIL
8 31 (15.12%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (15.12%) Analytical Skills
9 30 (14.63%) SQL
10 28 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
11 27 (13.17%) Project Management
12 25 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
13 24 (11.71%) C#
14 23 (11.22%) HP
14 23 (11.22%) Migration
15 22 (10.73%) Windows XP
15 22 (10.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 21 (10.24%) IBM Notes
16 21 (10.24%) Citrix
16 21 (10.24%) Lotus
16 21 (10.24%) Service Management
17 20 (9.76%) Windows 7
18 19 (9.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 19 (9.27%) Security Cleared
18 19 (9.27%) SLA
19 17 (8.29%) MCP
19 17 (8.29%) Data Warehouse
19 17 (8.29%) Oracle

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 (10.24%) IBM Notes
2 12 (5.85%) MS Exchange
3 11 (5.37%) SharePoint
4 7 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.93%) CICS
6 5 (2.44%) Node.js
7 4 (1.95%) IIS
7 4 (1.95%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.46%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.98%) SugarCRM
9 2 (0.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.49%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.49%) eRoom
10 1 (0.49%) Lync
10 1 (0.49%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 81 (39.51%) MS Excel
2 53 (25.85%) MS Office
3 15 (7.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 14 (6.83%) MS Project
4 14 (6.83%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.44%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.98%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.49%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (5.85%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (3.41%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (3.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (1.46%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (1.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.98%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.39%) WAN
2 8 (3.90%) Wireless
3 7 (3.41%) Firewall
4 6 (2.93%) SAN
4 6 (2.93%) VPN
5 5 (2.44%) DNS
5 5 (2.44%) DHCP
5 5 (2.44%) LAN
5 5 (2.44%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.95%) MPLS
7 3 (1.46%) ATM
7 3 (1.46%) Broadband
7 3 (1.46%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (1.46%) Fibre Channel
7 3 (1.46%) NAS
7 3 (1.46%) VLAN
8 2 (0.98%) NX-OS
8 2 (0.98%) VoIP
8 2 (0.98%) SSL
9 1 (0.49%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 22 (10.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (9.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (8.29%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (7.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 11 (5.37%) SQL Server 2008
7 9 (4.39%) Relational Database
8 6 (2.93%) DB2
9 5 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.95%) QlikView
10 4 (1.95%) Big Data
10 4 (1.95%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.95%) MS Access
11 3 (1.46%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (0.98%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.98%) Oracle Database
12 2 (0.98%) DTS
12 2 (0.98%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.98%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (3.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 8 (3.90%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.44%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.95%) MSI
4 2 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.98%) AdminStudio
General
1 48 (23.41%) Finance
2 13 (6.34%) Banking
3 12 (5.85%) Local Government
4 11 (5.37%) Retail
5 7 (3.41%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.93%) Dutch Language
6 6 (2.93%) German Language
7 5 (2.44%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.44%) Retail Banking
8 4 (1.95%) French Language
9 3 (1.46%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (1.46%) Legal
9 3 (1.46%) Russian Language
9 3 (1.46%) Marketing
10 2 (0.98%) Advertising
10 2 (0.98%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.49%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.49%) Turkish Language
11 1 (0.49%) Portuguese Language
11 1 (0.49%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 61 (29.76%) Analyst
2 36 (17.56%) Developer
3 28 (13.66%) Architect
4 21 (10.24%) Service Analyst
5 20 (9.76%) Service Desk Analyst
6 15 (7.32%) Business Analyst
6 15 (7.32%) Consultant
7 14 (6.83%) Project Manager
8 13 (6.34%) .NET Developer
9 9 (4.39%) Team Leader
9 9 (4.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (3.90%) .NET Team Leader
10 8 (3.90%) Software Development Team Leader
10 8 (3.90%) Business Intelligence Analyst
10 8 (3.90%) Software Team Leader
10 8 (3.90%) SQL Developer
10 8 (3.90%) Development Team Leader
10 8 (3.90%) Support Analyst
10 8 (3.90%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (3.41%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (17.56%) .NET
2 17 (8.29%) CSS
3 16 (7.80%) .NET Framework
4 11 (5.37%) Web Services
5 10 (4.88%) jQuery
5 10 (4.88%) HTML
6 9 (4.39%) ASP.NET
6 9 (4.39%) CSS3
7 7 (3.41%) SAML
7 7 (3.41%) OAuth
7 7 (3.41%) WCF
8 6 (2.93%) JNDI
8 6 (2.93%) JMS
8 6 (2.93%) J2EE
8 6 (2.93%) XML
8 6 (2.93%) JDBC
8 6 (2.93%) JSP
9 4 (1.95%) Application Packaging
9 4 (1.95%) Entity Framework
10 3 (1.46%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.12%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (7.80%) Open Source
3 10 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (4.39%) N-Tier
5 8 (3.90%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.93%) IBM Mainframe
6 6 (2.93%) Mainframe
6 6 (2.93%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.44%) Inversion of Control
7 5 (2.44%) Computer Science
7 5 (2.44%) Reference Data
8 4 (1.95%) Visualisation
9 3 (1.46%) FlexPod
10 2 (0.98%) Data Integration
10 2 (0.98%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.98%) Handset
10 2 (0.98%) Blackberry
10 2 (0.98%) GIS
11 1 (0.49%) NHS
11 1 (0.49%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 64 (31.22%) Windows
2 22 (10.73%) Windows XP
3 20 (9.76%) Windows 7
4 10 (4.88%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (3.41%) UNIX
6 7 (3.41%) Linux
7 6 (2.93%) Windows 8
8 5 (2.44%) Android
9 4 (1.95%) Apple iOS
9 4 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.98%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.49%) MVS
11 1 (0.49%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.49%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.49%) Solaris
11 1 (0.49%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.49%) Windows Phone 7
11 1 (0.49%) VME
11 1 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (15.12%) ITIL
1 31 (15.12%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (13.66%) Business Intelligence
3 27 (13.17%) Project Management
4 25 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (11.22%) Migration
6 21 (10.24%) Service Management
7 13 (6.34%) PRINCE2
7 13 (6.34%) Waterfall
8 12 (5.85%) Data Analysis
8 12 (5.85%) MVC
8 12 (5.85%) Data Modelling
8 12 (5.85%) SOA
8 12 (5.85%) ERP
9 10 (4.88%) Data Migration
9 10 (4.88%) Mentoring
9 10 (4.88%) Information Security
9 10 (4.88%) CRM
10 9 (4.39%) Resource Management
10 9 (4.39%) Data Architecture
Programming Languages
1 30 (14.63%) SQL
2 24 (11.71%) C#
3 15 (7.32%) JavaScript
4 12 (5.85%) VB
5 11 (5.37%) T-SQL
6 8 (3.90%) Ruby
6 8 (3.90%) PowerShell
6 8 (3.90%) VBScript
7 7 (3.41%) C
8 6 (2.93%) Python
8 6 (2.93%) VBA
8 6 (2.93%) Java
9 5 (2.44%) C++
10 3 (1.46%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.49%) Perl
11 1 (0.49%) Scala
11 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 19 (9.27%) Security Cleared
2 17 (8.29%) MCP
3 13 (6.34%) SC Cleared
4 12 (5.85%) Degree
5 9 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (1.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 4 (1.95%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (1.46%) CCNP
7 3 (1.46%) CCNA
7 3 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.46%) A+ Certification
7 3 (1.46%) MCSE
8 2 (0.98%) MCITP
8 2 (0.98%) MCDST
8 2 (0.98%) CEH
8 2 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (0.98%) NCIE
8 2 (0.98%) ISEB
8 2 (0.98%) CISSP
9 1 (0.49%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.27%) SLA
2 8 (3.90%) QA
3 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.98%) MiFID
3 2 (0.98%) EMIR
4 1 (0.49%) GAAP
System Software
1 32 (15.61%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.41%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.93%) XenApp
4 6 (2.93%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.95%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.46%) NFS
6 3 (1.46%) vSphere
7 2 (0.98%) XenServer
7 2 (0.98%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.49%) Samba
8 1 (0.49%) iptables
8 1 (0.49%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 16 (7.80%) OpenView
2 15 (7.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 12 (5.85%) SCCM
4 2 (0.98%) BladeLogic
4 2 (0.98%) SCOM
4 2 (0.98%) SCDPM
4 2 (0.98%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.49%) MOM
5 1 (0.49%) Nagios
5 1 (0.49%) Opsview
5 1 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.49%) Puppet
5 1 (0.49%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 23 (11.22%) HP
2 21 (10.24%) Citrix
2 21 (10.24%) Lotus
3 17 (8.29%) Oracle
4 15 (7.32%) VMware
5 10 (4.88%) Cisco
6 7 (3.41%) IBM
6 7 (3.41%) NetApp
7 5 (2.44%) EMC
8 4 (1.95%) AppSense
8 4 (1.95%) Sun
9 3 (1.46%) SAP
9 3 (1.46%) ArcSight
10 2 (0.98%) Symantec
10 2 (0.98%) NEC
10 2 (0.98%) Business Objects
10 2 (0.98%) Avaya
10 2 (0.98%) Juniper
10 2 (0.98%) TIBCO
10 2 (0.98%) webMethods
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £325 - £390 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Runcorn
Venturi
Rate: £13 - £15 per hour
Posted: 13 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 14 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Warrington
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Cheshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £425.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago