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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 6 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 108 109 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 13.85% 11.08% 12.88%
As % of the Vendors category 26.87% 26.39% 27.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 30 48
Average daily rate
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£325 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £150 £131
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £325 £491
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 32 10
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.59
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.62% +5.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.70 £9.05 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £44.02 £19.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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
402 413 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 51.54% 41.97% 46.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 182 197
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £492 £511
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 48 34
Average hourly rate £18.00 £31.56 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.95% -5.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £44.90 £55.63
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 -2 44 £300 - 13
Chester 0 11 £355 +75.30% 7
Knutsford +8 8 £310 -
Runcorn - 5 £165 - 1
Crewe -3 4 £425 +198.24%
Macclesfield +1 3 £233 -19.13% 4
Wilmslow -4 2 £170 +53.84% 9
Northwich - 2 - - 2
Nantwich - 1 £320 -
Ellesmere Port - - - -
Alderley Edge - - - -
Sandbach - - - -
Winsford - - - -
Daresbury - - - -
Widnes - - - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 78 (37.86%) MS Excel
2 73 (35.44%) Windows
3 57 (27.67%) MS Office
4 43 (20.87%) Finance
5 40 (19.42%) ITIL
6 38 (18.45%) SQL Server
7 37 (17.96%) Analytical Skills
8 36 (17.48%) Service Management
9 33 (16.02%) Active Directory
10 29 (14.08%) VMware
10 29 (14.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (13.59%) Stakeholder Management
11 28 (13.59%) SLA
12 27 (13.11%) HP
12 27 (13.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 25 (12.14%) Project Management
13 25 (12.14%) SQL
13 25 (12.14%) MCP
14 24 (11.65%) Security Cleared
15 23 (11.17%) IBM Notes
15 23 (11.17%) Lotus
15 23 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
16 22 (10.68%) OpenView
16 22 (10.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 21 (10.19%) MS Project
17 21 (10.19%) Windows 7
18 20 (9.71%) Oracle
18 20 (9.71%) .NET
18 20 (9.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 19 (9.22%) Agile Software Development

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 23 (11.17%) IBM Notes
2 19 (9.22%) SharePoint
3 16 (7.77%) MS Exchange
4 12 (5.83%) IIS
5 10 (4.85%) Lync
6 9 (4.37%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (3.88%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (3.40%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (2.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (2.43%) MS Project Server
10 4 (1.94%) CICS
10 4 (1.94%) Documentum
10 4 (1.94%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.97%) NServiceBus
12 1 (0.49%) Apache
12 1 (0.49%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.49%) Node.js
12 1 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 78 (37.86%) MS Excel
2 57 (27.67%) MS Office
3 21 (10.19%) MS Project
4 11 (5.34%) MS PowerPoint
5 10 (4.85%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.97%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.49%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.49%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 14 (6.80%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (5.34%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.46%) Academy Housing
3 3 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.97%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (1.46%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.34%) TCP/IP
2 8 (3.88%) Firewall
2 8 (3.88%) SAN
2 8 (3.88%) VPN
3 6 (2.91%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (2.43%) LAN
4 5 (2.43%) WAN
5 4 (1.94%) Wireless
6 3 (1.46%) DHCP
6 3 (1.46%) NAS
6 3 (1.46%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.97%) Network Security
7 2 (0.97%) Intranet
7 2 (0.97%) SSL
7 2 (0.97%) ATM
7 2 (0.97%) LDAP
8 1 (0.49%) Broadband
8 1 (0.49%) VoIP
8 1 (0.49%) SNMP
8 1 (0.49%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (18.45%) SQL Server
2 20 (9.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (7.77%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (7.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (7.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 10 (4.85%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (4.37%) QlikView
7 8 (3.88%) Oracle Database
7 8 (3.88%) BODI
8 6 (2.91%) SAP Data Services
8 6 (2.91%) Big Data
9 5 (2.43%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.94%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (1.94%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (1.94%) DB2
11 3 (1.46%) OLAP
11 3 (1.46%) MS Access
11 3 (1.46%) Oracle Database 10g
11 3 (1.46%) OLTP
11 3 (1.46%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 4 (1.94%) AdminStudio
1 4 (1.94%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.46%) MSI
3 2 (0.97%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.49%) NUnit
4 1 (0.49%) Subversion
4 1 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.49%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (0.49%) JIRA
General
1 43 (20.87%) Finance
2 18 (8.74%) Telecoms
3 10 (4.85%) Banking
4 9 (4.37%) Advertising
5 8 (3.88%) Local Government
5 8 (3.88%) Manufacturing
6 7 (3.40%) Retail
7 5 (2.43%) Legal
7 5 (2.43%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (33.01%) Analyst
2 25 (12.14%) Architect
3 24 (11.65%) Service Analyst
4 23 (11.17%) Service Desk Analyst
5 22 (10.68%) Developer
6 15 (7.28%) Consultant
7 14 (6.80%) Business Analyst
8 10 (4.85%) Support Analyst
9 9 (4.37%) Project Manager
9 9 (4.37%) Administrator
9 9 (4.37%) .NET Developer
10 8 (3.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (3.88%) Technical Architect
11 7 (3.40%) Coordinator
11 7 (3.40%) Data Architect
12 6 (2.91%) Project Coordinator
12 6 (2.91%) Help Desk Support
12 6 (2.91%) Solutions Architect
12 6 (2.91%) Help Desk Analyst
12 6 (2.91%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.71%) .NET
2 13 (6.31%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.88%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (2.91%) WCF
5 5 (2.43%) .NET Framework
5 5 (2.43%) jQuery
5 5 (2.43%) Application Packaging
6 4 (1.94%) LINQ
6 4 (1.94%) JNDI
6 4 (1.94%) JMS
6 4 (1.94%) HTML
6 4 (1.94%) J2EE
6 4 (1.94%) JDBC
6 4 (1.94%) JSP
7 3 (1.46%) CSS
7 3 (1.46%) Web Services
7 3 (1.46%) Middleware
7 3 (1.46%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.46%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 3 (1.46%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 37 (17.96%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (8.74%) Enterprise Software
3 14 (6.80%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.40%) Blackberry
5 6 (2.91%) Visualisation
5 6 (2.91%) Reference Data
6 4 (1.94%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (1.94%) Data Integration
6 4 (1.94%) Mainframe
7 3 (1.46%) NHS
7 3 (1.46%) Clustering
7 3 (1.46%) Handset
7 3 (1.46%) iPad
8 2 (0.97%) PKI
8 2 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.97%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.97%) PMI
9 1 (0.49%) E-Learning
9 1 (0.49%) Tandem
9 1 (0.49%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 73 (35.44%) Windows
2 29 (14.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (13.11%) Windows Server 2003
4 21 (10.19%) Windows 7
5 12 (5.83%) Windows XP
6 11 (5.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (4.37%) Linux
7 9 (4.37%) UNIX
8 7 (3.40%) Solaris
9 5 (2.43%) Windows 8
10 4 (1.94%) Windows Vista
10 4 (1.94%) HPUX
11 3 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.97%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.97%) Android
12 2 (0.97%) AIX
13 1 (0.49%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (19.42%) ITIL
2 36 (17.48%) Service Management
3 28 (13.59%) Stakeholder Management
4 25 (12.14%) Project Management
5 23 (11.17%) Business Intelligence
6 19 (9.22%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (8.74%) Migration
8 17 (8.25%) Information Security
9 14 (6.80%) Data Modelling
10 13 (6.31%) Data Architecture
11 12 (5.83%) ERP
12 9 (4.37%) ETL
12 9 (4.37%) MVC
12 9 (4.37%) Data Migration
12 9 (4.37%) Enterprise Architecture
12 9 (4.37%) Mentoring
13 8 (3.88%) Waterfall
13 8 (3.88%) Data Analysis
13 8 (3.88%) PRINCE2
14 7 (3.40%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 25 (12.14%) SQL
2 11 (5.34%) C#
3 8 (3.88%) VB
4 6 (2.91%) PowerShell
4 6 (2.91%) VBScript
5 5 (2.43%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.46%) Java
6 3 (1.46%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.46%) X++
7 2 (0.97%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.97%) Python
7 2 (0.97%) ABAP
7 2 (0.97%) VBA
7 2 (0.97%) C
8 1 (0.49%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.49%) Perl
8 1 (0.49%) C++
8 1 (0.49%) Ruby
8 1 (0.49%) R
8 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 25 (12.14%) MCP
2 24 (11.65%) Security Cleared
3 19 (9.22%) Microsoft Certification
3 19 (9.22%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.40%) Degree
5 4 (1.94%) MCITP
5 4 (1.94%) SAP Certification
5 4 (1.94%) CISSP
5 4 (1.94%) MCSA
6 3 (1.46%) MCSE
6 3 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (1.46%) MCDST
7 2 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.97%) CISA
7 2 (0.97%) CISM
7 2 (0.97%) PMP
7 2 (0.97%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (13.59%) SLA
2 4 (1.94%) QA
3 2 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 33 (16.02%) Active Directory
2 16 (7.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.40%) XenApp
4 5 (2.43%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (2.43%) VMware ESX
5 4 (1.94%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.46%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.46%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (0.97%) vSphere
8 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 22 (10.68%) OpenView
1 22 (10.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 8 (3.88%) SCCM
3 5 (2.43%) SCOM
4 1 (0.49%) Legato
4 1 (0.49%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.49%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 29 (14.08%) VMware
2 27 (13.11%) HP
3 23 (11.17%) Lotus
4 20 (9.71%) Oracle
5 19 (9.22%) Citrix
6 14 (6.80%) Cisco
7 12 (5.83%) Business Objects
8 6 (2.91%) IBM
8 6 (2.91%) SAP
9 5 (2.43%) AppSense
10 4 (1.94%) F5
10 4 (1.94%) Tableau
10 4 (1.94%) Cyber-Ark
10 4 (1.94%) TIBCO
10 4 (1.94%) EMC
10 4 (1.94%) Compuware
11 3 (1.46%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.46%) Remedy
12 2 (0.97%) SonicWALL
12 2 (0.97%) Draytek
Cheshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago