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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 111 117 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 17.45% 11.68% 13.73%
As % of the Vendors category 39.78% 29.85% 27.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 79 60
Median daily rate £400 £288 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.13% -8.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £162 £205 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 12
Median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £9.23 £9.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.20 £30.25 £38.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.73 £15.00 £14.93
% change year-on-year
-1.80% +0.45%
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
279 392 379
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 43.87% 39.12% 49.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 250 177
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £234 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.97% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 19 24
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +0.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £9.15 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £34.50 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +5.88%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 +5 61 £450 +53.84% 6
Chester +6 14 £300 -22.33% 8
Macclesfield +3 9 £393 +54.67% 5
Runcorn - 3 £400 - 1
Wilmslow +1 1 £376 -28.38% 7
Knutsford -2 1 £325 +18.18%
Crewe -4 1 £180 -23.40% 2
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 66 (31.58%) Windows
2 58 (27.75%) MS Office
3 57 (27.27%) MS Excel
4 55 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
5 43 (20.57%) SQL Server
6 39 (18.66%) CRM
7 38 (18.18%) Dynamics CRM
8 37 (17.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 37 (17.70%) SQL
8 37 (17.70%) Active Directory
9 34 (16.27%) Project Management
10 32 (15.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 30 (14.35%) Finance
12 27 (12.92%) ITIL
12 27 (12.92%) SharePoint
13 26 (12.44%) JavaScript
14 25 (11.96%) MS PowerPoint
15 24 (11.48%) MS Visio
16 23 (11.00%) .NET
17 22 (10.53%) C#
17 22 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
17 22 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
17 22 (10.53%) Windows Server
18 21 (10.05%) Security Cleared
19 19 (9.09%) Citrix
19 19 (9.09%) Linux
19 19 (9.09%) Change Management
20 18 (8.61%) Migration
20 18 (8.61%) ETL
21 17 (8.13%) Office 365

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 27 (12.92%) SharePoint
2 14 (6.70%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.78%) IBM Notes
4 6 (2.87%) Skype for Business
5 5 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.39%) IIS
6 3 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.96%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.96%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 5.5
7 2 (0.96%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.48%) Apache
8 1 (0.48%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.48%) GeoServer
8 1 (0.48%) nginx
8 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 58 (27.75%) MS Office
2 57 (27.27%) MS Excel
3 25 (11.96%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (11.48%) MS Visio
5 7 (3.35%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.96%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 38 (18.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.44%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.96%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 17 (8.13%) Office 365
2 9 (4.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.91%) IaaS
3 4 (1.91%) PaaS
3 4 (1.91%) SaaS
4 3 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.44%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.96%) Amazon EMR
5 2 (0.96%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.96%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.31%) Firewall
2 6 (2.87%) LAN
3 5 (2.39%) DNS
3 5 (2.39%) Internet
3 5 (2.39%) SAN
3 5 (2.39%) Skype
3 5 (2.39%) VPN
3 5 (2.39%) WAN
4 4 (1.91%) SSL
4 4 (1.91%) VoIP
5 3 (1.44%) DHCP
5 3 (1.44%) LDAP
5 3 (1.44%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.44%) VLAN
6 2 (0.96%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (0.96%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.96%) GSM
6 2 (0.96%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.96%) NAS
6 2 (0.96%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (20.57%) SQL Server
2 37 (17.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 32 (15.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (6.70%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (6.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (2.87%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (1.91%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (1.91%) QlikView
8 3 (1.44%) Big Data
8 3 (1.44%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.44%) MongoDB
8 3 (1.44%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.44%) OLAP
8 3 (1.44%) Power BI
8 3 (1.44%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.96%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.96%) HBase
9 2 (0.96%) Oracle OLAP
9 2 (0.96%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 9 (4.31%) JIRA
1 9 (4.31%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.39%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.96%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.96%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.48%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.48%) Gradle
4 1 (0.48%) Log4j
4 1 (0.48%) Maven
4 1 (0.48%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.48%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.48%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.48%) TestComplete
General
1 30 (14.35%) Finance
2 14 (6.70%) Advertising
3 10 (4.78%) Banking
4 7 (3.35%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.87%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (2.39%) Local Government
6 5 (2.39%) Publishing
7 2 (0.96%) Marketing
8 1 (0.48%) Back Office
8 1 (0.48%) German Language
8 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 46 (22.01%) Developer
2 29 (13.88%) Analyst
3 18 (8.61%) CRM Developer
4 16 (7.66%) DBA
4 16 (7.66%) SQL DBA
5 15 (7.18%) Delivery Manager
6 13 (6.22%) Service Desk Analyst
7 12 (5.74%) Consultant
8 11 (5.26%) Architect
8 11 (5.26%) Service Analyst
9 10 (4.78%) .NET Developer
9 10 (4.78%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 10 (4.78%) SQL Developer
10 9 (4.31%) SQL Server DBA
11 8 (3.83%) Microsoft Developer
12 7 (3.35%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
12 7 (3.35%) Project Manager
12 7 (3.35%) Test Leader
13 6 (2.87%) ASP.NET Developer
13 6 (2.87%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (11.00%) .NET
2 15 (7.18%) HTML
3 14 (6.70%) CSS
4 11 (5.26%) ASP.NET
4 11 (5.26%) Web Services
5 10 (4.78%) XML
6 8 (3.83%) Middleware
7 5 (2.39%) Ajax
7 5 (2.39%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (2.39%) jQuery
7 5 (2.39%) SAML
7 5 (2.39%) XSL
8 4 (1.91%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 4 (1.91%) RESTful
8 4 (1.91%) Silverlight
8 4 (1.91%) WCF
8 4 (1.91%) XML Messaging
8 4 (1.91%) XSD
9 3 (1.44%) MDX
9 3 (1.44%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.26%) Blackberry
3 8 (3.83%) Computer Science
3 8 (3.83%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.83%) Data Integration
3 8 (3.83%) Wiki
4 7 (3.35%) NHS
4 7 (3.35%) Replication
5 5 (2.39%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.91%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.91%) User Experience
7 3 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.44%) iPhone
7 3 (1.44%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.44%) PKI
8 2 (0.96%) BYOD
8 2 (0.96%) IBM XIV
8 2 (0.96%) Life Science
8 2 (0.96%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.96%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 66 (31.58%) Windows
2 22 (10.53%) Windows Server
3 19 (9.09%) Linux
4 15 (7.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 12 (5.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (5.26%) Windows 7
7 7 (3.35%) Android
8 6 (2.87%) Windows 8
8 6 (2.87%) Windows XP
9 5 (2.39%) Windows 10
9 5 (2.39%) Windows Phone
10 4 (1.91%) Unix
11 3 (1.44%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.96%) AIX
12 2 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.96%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.48%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (18.66%) CRM
3 34 (16.27%) Project Management
4 27 (12.92%) ITIL
5 22 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
6 19 (9.09%) Change Management
7 18 (8.61%) ETL
7 18 (8.61%) Migration
8 15 (7.18%) Problem Management
8 15 (7.18%) Service Management
9 14 (6.70%) Performance Tuning
10 13 (6.22%) Incident Management
10 13 (6.22%) Programme Management
10 13 (6.22%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (5.74%) Workflow
12 10 (4.78%) Change Control
12 10 (4.78%) Configuration Management
12 10 (4.78%) Database Mirroring
12 10 (4.78%) Waterfall
13 9 (4.31%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 37 (17.70%) SQL
2 26 (12.44%) JavaScript
3 22 (10.53%) C#
4 14 (6.70%) PowerShell
4 14 (6.70%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.87%) Java
6 2 (0.96%) C
6 2 (0.96%) Perl
6 2 (0.96%) Python
6 2 (0.96%) VB
6 2 (0.96%) VB6
6 2 (0.96%) VBA
6 2 (0.96%) VBScript
7 1 (0.48%) C++
7 1 (0.48%) PHP
7 1 (0.48%) Ruby
7 1 (0.48%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 21 (10.05%) Security Cleared
2 9 (4.31%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (4.31%) SC Cleared
3 8 (3.83%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (3.83%) MCP
4 7 (3.35%) MCSE
5 4 (1.91%) CCNA
5 4 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.91%) Degree
5 4 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.96%) ECDL
7 2 (0.96%) MCSA
7 2 (0.96%) MCTS
8 1 (0.48%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.48%) CCEA
8 1 (0.48%) CIPD
8 1 (0.48%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.48%) MCT
8 1 (0.48%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.83%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (1.91%) SLA
3 1 (0.48%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.48%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.48%) P3O
3 1 (0.48%) QA
System Software
1 37 (17.70%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.39%) XenDesktop
3 4 (1.91%) Hyper-V
3 4 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.91%) XenApp
4 2 (0.96%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (0.96%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.96%) VMware GSX
5 1 (0.48%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 17 (8.13%) SCCM
2 11 (5.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 8 (3.83%) WSUS
4 6 (2.87%) AirWatch
5 5 (2.39%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (2.39%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (1.91%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.44%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.96%) MAILsweeper
8 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.96%) MOM
8 2 (0.96%) NetApp OnCommand
8 2 (0.96%) Puppet
8 2 (0.96%) SCOM
8 2 (0.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.48%) SCSM
9 1 (0.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 19 (9.09%) Citrix
2 15 (7.18%) Cisco
3 11 (5.26%) VMware
4 10 (4.78%) Lotus
5 9 (4.31%) Apple
6 6 (2.87%) Intel Security
7 5 (2.39%) HP
7 5 (2.39%) NetApp
7 5 (2.39%) Oracle
7 5 (2.39%) Symantec
8 4 (1.91%) Cognos
8 4 (1.91%) Hyperion
9 3 (1.44%) BMC
9 3 (1.44%) Fujitsu
9 3 (1.44%) IBM
9 3 (1.44%) Remedy
9 3 (1.44%) SAP
9 3 (1.44%) SolarWinds
9 3 (1.44%) Tableau
10 2 (0.96%) ParAccel
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