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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 13 7 4
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 94 119 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 10.25% 12.23% 16.77%
As % of the Vendors category 21.51% 29.46% 36.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 64 62
Median daily rate £425 £400 £269
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +48.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £297 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £472 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 16 17
Median hourly rate £21.00 £14.75 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.37% +34.09%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +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
437 404 372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 47.66% 41.52% 46.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 215 168
Median daily rate £425 £426 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.23% +37.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £650 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 28 28
Median hourly rate £21.00 £15.77 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.16% +26.16%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £18.22 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+12.49% +7.19%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 0 40 £447 +11.75% 7
Knutsford -2 15 £425 +6.25% 2
Chester -19 14 £344 +15.54% 5
Macclesfield - 4 £369 - 7
Daresbury - 2 £425 -
Crewe +10 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 125 (50.00%) Windows
2 100 (40.00%) MS Excel
3 77 (30.80%) Active Directory
4 68 (27.20%) .NET
5 65 (26.00%) Software Engineering
6 63 (25.20%) Test Automation
7 60 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 58 (23.20%) PowerShell
8 58 (23.20%) Windows Server
9 56 (22.40%) Migration
10 55 (22.00%) SCCM
11 54 (21.60%) Security Cleared
11 54 (21.60%) Agile Software Development
12 48 (19.20%) MS Office
13 46 (18.40%) VMware
14 45 (18.00%) Skype for Business
15 44 (17.60%) Finance
16 43 (17.20%) SQL Server
17 42 (16.80%) SC Cleared
18 41 (16.40%) SCOM
18 41 (16.40%) Team Foundation Server
18 41 (16.40%) SharePoint
18 41 (16.40%) MS Exchange
19 40 (16.00%) Skype
20 34 (13.60%) Project Management
21 32 (12.80%) Citrix
22 31 (12.40%) Code Coverage
22 31 (12.40%) Java
22 31 (12.40%) SQL
22 31 (12.40%) TDD

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 45 (18.00%) Skype for Business
2 41 (16.40%) MS Exchange
2 41 (16.40%) SharePoint
3 25 (10.00%) SharePoint 2013
4 17 (6.80%) IIS
5 12 (4.80%) Tomcat
6 10 (4.00%) Apache
6 10 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (2.40%) GeoServer
8 4 (1.60%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.20%) JBoss
10 2 (0.80%) CMS
10 2 (0.80%) eRoom
10 2 (0.80%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.80%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.40%) Confluence
11 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 100 (40.00%) MS Excel
2 48 (19.20%) MS Office
3 14 (5.60%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (3.60%) MS Project
5 3 (1.20%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.40%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 23 (9.20%) Office 365
2 16 (6.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.60%) SaaS
4 8 (3.20%) IaaS
5 7 (2.80%) PaaS
6 2 (0.80%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.40%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 40 (16.00%) Skype
2 13 (5.20%) DNS
3 11 (4.40%) Firewall
4 9 (3.60%) Internet
5 8 (3.20%) DHCP
5 8 (3.20%) SAN
6 7 (2.80%) SSL
6 7 (2.80%) VPN
7 6 (2.40%) GSM
7 6 (2.40%) UMTS
7 6 (2.40%) WAN
8 5 (2.00%) Unified Communications
9 4 (1.60%) LAN
9 4 (1.60%) Network Security
9 4 (1.60%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (1.60%) TCP/IP
10 3 (1.20%) LTE
10 3 (1.20%) Wireless
11 2 (0.80%) 2G
11 2 (0.80%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (17.20%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.80%) SQL Server 2014
3 8 (3.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (3.20%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.40%) GIS
4 6 (2.40%) QGIS
4 6 (2.40%) Spatial Data
5 5 (2.00%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (1.20%) MySQL
8 2 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.40%) Big Data
9 1 (0.40%) PerformancePoint
9 1 (0.40%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 41 (16.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 25 (10.00%) SpecFlow
3 24 (9.60%) TestComplete
4 8 (3.20%) Git (software)
4 8 (3.20%) TeamCity
5 6 (2.40%) Gradle
6 5 (2.00%) Jenkins
7 4 (1.60%) Vagrant
8 3 (1.20%) JIRA
8 3 (1.20%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.80%) Selenium
9 2 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.40%) NuGet
10 1 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.40%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 44 (17.60%) Finance
2 20 (8.00%) Local Government
3 11 (4.40%) Advertising
3 11 (4.40%) Banking
4 9 (3.60%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.80%) Pharmaceutical
6 6 (2.40%) Retail
7 5 (2.00%) Retail Banking
8 4 (1.60%) Billing
8 4 (1.60%) Corporate Banking
8 4 (1.60%) Military
9 3 (1.20%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.40%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.40%) French Language
10 1 (0.40%) German Language
10 1 (0.40%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.40%) Legal
10 1 (0.40%) Marketing
10 1 (0.40%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.40%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 37 (14.80%) Architect
2 30 (12.00%) Consultant
3 23 (9.20%) Developer
4 20 (8.00%) Analyst
5 16 (6.40%) DevOps Consultant
6 15 (6.00%) Integration Consultant
6 15 (6.00%) Project Manager
7 10 (4.00%) Designer
8 9 (3.60%) Server Engineer
8 9 (3.60%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (3.20%) Microsoft Consultant
9 8 (3.20%) Service Analyst
9 8 (3.20%) Service Desk Analyst
9 8 (3.20%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (2.80%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (2.80%) Support Engineer
10 7 (2.80%) Technical Leader
11 6 (2.40%) Desktop Engineer
11 6 (2.40%) GIS Developer
11 6 (2.40%) Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (27.20%) .NET
2 12 (4.80%) ASP.NET
3 11 (4.40%) .NET Framework
3 11 (4.40%) Middleware
4 10 (4.00%) jQuery
5 7 (2.80%) Ajax
5 7 (2.80%) CSS
6 6 (2.40%) HTML
7 4 (1.60%) HTML5
7 4 (1.60%) Web Services
8 3 (1.20%) CSS3
8 3 (1.20%) LAMP
8 3 (1.20%) WAMP
8 3 (1.20%) WCF
8 3 (1.20%) WPF
9 2 (0.80%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.80%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.80%) JSP
9 2 (0.80%) Node.js
9 2 (0.80%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.40%) Data Centre
2 8 (3.20%) Mobile App
2 8 (3.20%) PMI
3 7 (2.80%) Blackberry
3 7 (2.80%) Fat Client
3 7 (2.80%) Thin Client
4 6 (2.40%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.40%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.60%) Clustering
5 4 (1.60%) Digital Media
5 4 (1.60%) PKI
6 3 (1.20%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (0.80%) iPhone
7 2 (0.80%) N-Tier
7 2 (0.80%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.80%) Statistics
7 2 (0.80%) User Experience
8 1 (0.40%) NHS
8 1 (0.40%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 125 (50.00%) Windows
2 60 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 58 (23.20%) Windows Server
4 27 (10.80%) Linux
5 23 (9.20%) Windows 10
6 17 (6.80%) Windows 7
7 14 (5.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (5.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (4.40%) Apple iOS
8 11 (4.40%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.80%) AIX
10 6 (2.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.40%) Unix
11 5 (2.00%) Android
11 5 (2.00%) CentOS
11 5 (2.00%) Mac OS
11 5 (2.00%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.20%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.80%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (26.00%) Software Engineering
2 63 (25.20%) Test Automation
3 56 (22.40%) Migration
4 54 (21.60%) Agile Software Development
5 34 (13.60%) Project Management
6 31 (12.40%) Code Coverage
6 31 (12.40%) Continuous Integration
6 31 (12.40%) TDD
7 29 (11.60%) ITIL
8 25 (10.00%) DevOps
9 24 (9.60%) CRM
10 22 (8.80%) Data Migration
11 18 (7.20%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (6.40%) Change Management
13 12 (4.80%) PRINCE2
13 12 (4.80%) Service Management
14 10 (4.00%) Identity Management
14 10 (4.00%) System Testing
15 9 (3.60%) Problem Management
15 9 (3.60%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 58 (23.20%) PowerShell
2 31 (12.40%) Java
2 31 (12.40%) SQL
3 19 (7.60%) C#
4 18 (7.20%) JavaScript
5 9 (3.60%) PHP
6 8 (3.20%) Python
7 6 (2.40%) T-SQL
7 6 (2.40%) VB
8 5 (2.00%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.60%) VBScript
10 3 (1.20%) C
11 2 (0.80%) Perl
11 2 (0.80%) Ruby
11 2 (0.80%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.40%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 54 (21.60%) Security Cleared
2 42 (16.80%) SC Cleared
3 30 (12.00%) Degree
4 14 (5.60%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (5.60%) PMI Certification
5 9 (3.60%) ISEB
5 9 (3.60%) ISTQB
5 9 (3.60%) MCITP
6 8 (3.20%) CCEA
6 8 (3.20%) Citrix Certification
6 8 (3.20%) MCSA
7 6 (2.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 6 (2.40%) PMP
8 5 (2.00%) MCP
8 5 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (1.60%) CIPD
9 4 (1.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.60%) MBA
10 3 (1.20%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.80%) SLA
2 3 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.80%) JSP 440
3 2 (0.80%) QA
3 2 (0.80%) RMADS
4 1 (0.40%) FATCA
4 1 (0.40%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.40%) ISO22301
4 1 (0.40%) Solvency II
System Software
1 77 (30.80%) Active Directory
2 30 (12.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (5.60%) vSphere
4 13 (5.20%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.40%) VMware ESX
6 4 (1.60%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (1.60%) XenApp
7 3 (1.20%) UAG
7 3 (1.20%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.80%) Postfix
8 2 (0.80%) Sendmail
8 2 (0.80%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.40%) Docker
9 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 55 (22.00%) SCCM
2 41 (16.40%) SCOM
3 10 (4.00%) Puppet
4 7 (2.80%) vRealize
5 5 (2.00%) BladeLogic
5 5 (2.00%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (2.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (1.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (1.20%) OpenView
7 3 (1.20%) Red Hat Satellite
8 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.80%) SmoothWall
8 2 (0.80%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.40%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.40%) Amdocs OSS
9 1 (0.40%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.40%) NSN NetAct
9 1 (0.40%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 46 (18.40%) VMware
2 32 (12.80%) Citrix
3 12 (4.80%) Cisco
3 12 (4.80%) HP
4 8 (3.20%) Apple
5 6 (2.40%) BMC
5 6 (2.40%) Red Hat
6 5 (2.00%) AppSense
6 5 (2.00%) Juniper
7 4 (1.60%) ArcSight
7 4 (1.60%) Oracle
7 4 (1.60%) Polycom
8 3 (1.20%) Brocade
8 3 (1.20%) Ericsson
8 3 (1.20%) NetApp
8 3 (1.20%) Remedy
9 2 (0.80%) MobileIron
9 2 (0.80%) PlateSpin
9 2 (0.80%) Trustwave
9 2 (0.80%) WSO2
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