The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Cheshire region.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 14 12
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 123 75 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.36% 9.63% 9.05%
As % of the Vendors category 32.37% 19.08% 16.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 30 27
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £178 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £439
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 15
Average hourly rate £11.00 £22.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.11% +20.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £14.05 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.10 £44.90 £37.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.44
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.05%
Vendors Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
380 393 460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 47.44% 50.45% 54.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 150 247
Average daily rate £350 £350 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £157 £225 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 32 26
Average hourly rate £12.50 £35.00 £19.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-64.28% +83.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.15 £44.90 £28.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.56%
Microsoft
North West

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 1 August 2014.

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 1 August 2014.

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 1 August 2014. 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 47 £410 -13.68% 13
Chester +10 17 £275 - 7
Knutsford +6 8 £425 +84.78% 1
Crewe +6 6 £125 -58.41% 2
Northwich +1 5 £425 +41.66% 1
Macclesfield -2 4 - - 7
Runcorn - 3 £215 - 1
Sandbach 0 1 - -
Wilmslow -2 1 - - 9
Daresbury - - - -
Nantwich - - - - 2
Ellesmere Port - - - -
Alderley Edge - - - - 1
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 97 (41.10%) Windows
2 83 (35.17%) MS Excel
3 67 (28.39%) Active Directory
4 55 (23.31%) MS Office
5 48 (20.34%) SQL Server
6 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
6 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 39 (16.53%) Finance
8 36 (15.25%) SQL
9 34 (14.41%) ITIL
10 33 (13.98%) Citrix
10 33 (13.98%) Windows 7
11 32 (13.56%) SharePoint
12 31 (13.14%) VMware
13 30 (12.71%) MS Exchange
14 24 (10.17%) SC Cleared
14 24 (10.17%) Security Cleared
15 23 (9.75%) Project Management
16 22 (9.32%) HP
16 22 (9.32%) Microsoft Certification
16 22 (9.32%) .NET
16 22 (9.32%) Migration
16 22 (9.32%) Service Management
16 22 (9.32%) Windows Server 2012
17 21 (8.90%) Exchange Server 2003
17 21 (8.90%) IIS
18 20 (8.47%) TCP/IP
18 20 (8.47%) Information Security
18 20 (8.47%) Exchange Server 2010
19 19 (8.05%) Banking

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 32 (13.56%) SharePoint
2 30 (12.71%) MS Exchange
3 21 (8.90%) Exchange Server 2003
3 21 (8.90%) IIS
4 20 (8.47%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (7.20%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (6.36%) Lync
7 10 (4.24%) IBM Notes
8 9 (3.81%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (2.12%) CICS
9 5 (2.12%) MS Project Server
10 3 (1.27%) Tomcat
10 3 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.42%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 83 (35.17%) MS Excel
2 55 (23.31%) MS Office
3 18 (7.63%) MS Project
4 7 (2.97%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.69%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (3.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.27%) Academy Housing
3 2 (0.85%) SAP BPC
3 2 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.42%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.54%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (8.47%) TCP/IP
2 16 (6.78%) Firewall
3 13 (5.51%) DNS
4 11 (4.66%) SAN
5 10 (4.24%) DHCP
6 9 (3.81%) WAN
7 8 (3.39%) LAN
7 8 (3.39%) VPN
8 7 (2.97%) Wireless
9 5 (2.12%) Internet
10 3 (1.27%) SSL
10 3 (1.27%) Intranet
10 3 (1.27%) LDAP
10 3 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (1.27%) Network Security
10 3 (1.27%) Unified Communications
11 2 (0.85%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (0.85%) VLAN
11 2 (0.85%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (20.34%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (5.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (4.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (3.81%) Crystal Reports
6 8 (3.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (2.97%) QlikView
7 7 (2.97%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.54%) SAP Data Services
8 6 (2.54%) Relational Database
8 6 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (2.12%) DB2
10 4 (1.69%) BODI
11 3 (1.27%) OLTP
11 3 (1.27%) OLAP
11 3 (1.27%) MySQL
11 3 (1.27%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 2 (0.85%) SAP HANA
12 2 (0.85%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 5 (2.12%) AdminStudio
2 4 (1.69%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.27%) MSI
General
1 39 (16.53%) Finance
2 19 (8.05%) Banking
3 9 (3.81%) Telecoms
4 8 (3.39%) Retail
5 7 (2.97%) Local Government
6 4 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.27%) Back Office
7 3 (1.27%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.85%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.85%) Games
9 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.42%) French Language
9 1 (0.42%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 56 (23.73%) Analyst
2 19 (8.05%) Consultant
3 18 (7.63%) Architect
3 18 (7.63%) Developer
4 15 (6.36%) Service Analyst
4 15 (6.36%) Service Desk Analyst
5 11 (4.66%) 2nd Line Support
5 11 (4.66%) 1st Line Support
6 10 (4.24%) Project Manager
7 9 (3.81%) Technical Architect
7 9 (3.81%) Help Desk Support
8 8 (3.39%) Administrator
8 8 (3.39%) Business Analyst
8 8 (3.39%) Desktop Support
9 7 (2.97%) Support Engineer
10 6 (2.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (2.54%) C# Developer
10 6 (2.54%) Applications Packager
10 6 (2.54%) Help Desk Analyst
11 5 (2.12%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (9.32%) .NET
2 8 (3.39%) Application Packaging
2 8 (3.39%) JSP
3 7 (2.97%) ASP.NET
4 6 (2.54%) XML
5 5 (2.12%) JDBC
5 5 (2.12%) JMS
5 5 (2.12%) HTML
5 5 (2.12%) J2EE
5 5 (2.12%) JNDI
6 4 (1.69%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.69%) WPF
6 4 (1.69%) WinForms
7 3 (1.27%) XSLT
7 3 (1.27%) Web Services
7 3 (1.27%) LAMP
7 3 (1.27%) jQuery
8 2 (0.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 2 (0.85%) OOXML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.51%) Management Information System
2 9 (3.81%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (3.39%) Clustering
3 8 (3.39%) NHS
4 5 (2.12%) Mainframe
4 5 (2.12%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (2.12%) PKI
4 5 (2.12%) Data Protection Act
5 4 (1.69%) Visualisation
5 4 (1.69%) Replication
6 3 (1.27%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.85%) iPad
7 2 (0.85%) Reference Data
7 2 (0.85%) CESG
7 2 (0.85%) Handset
7 2 (0.85%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.42%) PMI
8 1 (0.42%) EPoS
8 1 (0.42%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.42%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 97 (41.10%) Windows
2 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
2 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2008
3 33 (13.98%) Windows 7
4 22 (9.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (6.78%) Windows XP
6 14 (5.93%) Linux
7 10 (4.24%) Windows Vista
7 10 (4.24%) UNIX
8 4 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (1.69%) AIX
9 2 (0.85%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.42%) MVS
10 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (14.41%) ITIL
2 23 (9.75%) Project Management
3 22 (9.32%) Migration
3 22 (9.32%) Service Management
4 20 (8.47%) Information Security
5 16 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (6.36%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (4.66%) CRM
7 11 (4.66%) Data Analysis
7 11 (4.66%) Business Analysis
8 10 (4.24%) Web Development
8 10 (4.24%) ETL
9 8 (3.39%) Waterfall
9 8 (3.39%) Software Engineering
9 8 (3.39%) Validation
9 8 (3.39%) Service Delivery
10 7 (2.97%) Data Modelling
10 7 (2.97%) Problem Management
10 7 (2.97%) Change Control
11 6 (2.54%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 36 (15.25%) SQL
2 17 (7.20%) C#
3 14 (5.93%) VB
4 11 (4.66%) Shell Script
4 11 (4.66%) Java
5 10 (4.24%) PowerShell
5 10 (4.24%) T-SQL
6 9 (3.81%) VBScript
7 5 (2.12%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.69%) VBA
8 4 (1.69%) C
8 4 (1.69%) C++
9 3 (1.27%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.85%) ABAP
11 1 (0.42%) R
Qualifications
1 24 (10.17%) SC Cleared
1 24 (10.17%) Security Cleared
2 22 (9.32%) Microsoft Certification
3 19 (8.05%) MCP
4 5 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.69%) Degree
5 4 (1.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 4 (1.69%) MCITP
5 4 (1.69%) MCSA
5 4 (1.69%) SAP Certification
6 3 (1.27%) CISSP
6 3 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.27%) PMP
6 3 (1.27%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.27%) CCNP
6 3 (1.27%) MCPD
6 3 (1.27%) MCTS
7 2 (0.85%) MCDST
7 2 (0.85%) CISM
7 2 (0.85%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.20%) SLA
2 3 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.85%) QA
4 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 67 (28.39%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.39%) XenApp
4 7 (2.97%) VMware ESX
4 7 (2.97%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.54%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.42%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (6.36%) SCCM
2 13 (5.51%) OpenView
3 11 (4.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (2.12%) NetBackup
5 4 (1.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 4 (1.69%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 4 (1.69%) SCOM
6 3 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.27%) ServiceCenter
7 2 (0.85%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 33 (13.98%) Citrix
2 31 (13.14%) VMware
3 22 (9.32%) HP
4 18 (7.63%) SAP
5 15 (6.36%) Cyber-Ark
6 14 (5.93%) Sophos
7 13 (5.51%) Symantec
7 13 (5.51%) CA
7 13 (5.51%) Red Hat
8 12 (5.08%) McAfee
9 10 (4.24%) Lotus
10 9 (3.81%) Cisco
10 9 (3.81%) Adobe
10 9 (3.81%) Veeam
10 9 (3.81%) Becrypt
11 8 (3.39%) Remedy
12 7 (2.97%) AppSense
13 6 (2.54%) Business Objects
13 6 (2.54%) IBM
14 5 (2.12%) Oracle
Warrington
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Posted: 21 days ago
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Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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