The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Chester region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 26 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 17 13 15
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 18 23 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 9.05% 9.54% 10.28%
As % of the Vendors category 21.18% 21.10% 21.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 7
Median daily rate £375 £450 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +100.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £219 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £450 £310
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 5
Median hourly rate £21.00 £15.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -52.38%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.03 £15.13 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-0.62% +4.31%
Microsoft
Cheshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Chester region.

Vendors Category
Chester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
85 109 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 42.71% 45.23% 48.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 63 34
Median daily rate £413 £401 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.99% +23.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £350 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £730
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £368 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.40% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 14
Median hourly rate £21.00 £16.84 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.70% -55.09%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Chester region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Chester region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Chester

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Chester region over the 3 months to 26 May 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Chester region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 Chester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 23 (58.97%) Windows
2 21 (53.85%) Active Directory
3 20 (51.28%) Citrix
3 20 (51.28%) Local Government
4 16 (41.03%) ITIL
5 15 (38.46%) VMware
5 15 (38.46%) Migration
5 15 (38.46%) SCCM
6 13 (33.33%) Hyper-V
6 13 (33.33%) Office 365
6 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
7 12 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (30.77%) MS Excel
8 11 (28.21%) MS Exchange
8 11 (28.21%) Windows Server
9 10 (25.64%) SQL Server
10 9 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
10 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (20.51%) SQL
11 8 (20.51%) MCSA
11 8 (20.51%) Skype for Business
11 8 (20.51%) SCOM
12 7 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (17.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (17.95%) Data Centre
12 7 (17.95%) DHCP
12 7 (17.95%) IIS
12 7 (17.95%) DNS
12 7 (17.95%) MCITP
13 6 (15.38%) VMware ESX

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Chester 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 11 (28.21%) MS Exchange
2 8 (20.51%) Skype for Business
3 7 (17.95%) IIS
4 6 (15.38%) SharePoint
5 5 (12.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (10.26%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (5.13%) GeoServer
7 2 (5.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (30.77%) MS Excel
2 5 (12.82%) MS Office
3 2 (5.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 13 (33.33%) Office 365
2 3 (7.69%) IaaS
2 3 (7.69%) PaaS
2 3 (7.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.95%) DHCP
1 7 (17.95%) DNS
2 5 (12.82%) VPN
3 4 (10.26%) Skype
3 4 (10.26%) SSL
4 3 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (7.69%) SAN
4 3 (7.69%) Unified Communications
5 2 (5.13%) Internet
5 2 (5.13%) LAN
5 2 (5.13%) Reverse Proxy
5 2 (5.13%) WAN
5 2 (5.13%) Wireless
6 1 (2.56%) Firewall
6 1 (2.56%) Network Security
6 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (25.64%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.82%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (10.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (5.13%) GIS
5 2 (5.13%) QGIS
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (2.56%) MS Access
6 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (2.56%) Talend Open Studio
1 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 20 (51.28%) Local Government
2 5 (12.82%) Finance
3 3 (7.69%) Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Advertising
4 1 (2.56%) Dutch Language
4 1 (2.56%) French Language
4 1 (2.56%) German Language
4 1 (2.56%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Italian Language
4 1 (2.56%) Portuguese Language
4 1 (2.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Russian Language
4 1 (2.56%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 6 (15.38%) Migration Engineer
1 6 (15.38%) Server Engineer
2 4 (10.26%) Analyst
2 4 (10.26%) Architect
2 4 (10.26%) Solutions Architect
3 3 (7.69%) Applications Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Cloud Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Developer
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Cloud Architect
4 2 (5.13%) Cloud Solutions Architect
4 2 (5.13%) GIS Developer
4 2 (5.13%) ICT Support
4 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
4 2 (5.13%) Senior Architect
4 2 (5.13%) Senior Solutions Architect
4 2 (5.13%) VMware Engineer
5 1 (2.56%) Migration Project Manager
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server Engineer
5 1 (2.56%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.82%) .NET
2 2 (5.13%) Ajax
2 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.13%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.95%) Data Centre
2 6 (15.38%) Mobile App
3 5 (12.82%) Blackberry
4 3 (7.69%) Clustering
4 3 (7.69%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (7.69%) Management Information System
5 2 (5.13%) PKI
6 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.56%) Digital Media
6 1 (2.56%) Handset
6 1 (2.56%) HP StoreVirtual
6 1 (2.56%) iPad
6 1 (2.56%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 23 (58.97%) Windows
2 12 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
3 11 (28.21%) Windows Server
4 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (15.38%) Windows 7
7 4 (10.26%) Android
7 4 (10.26%) Apple iOS
7 4 (10.26%) Windows 8
8 3 (7.69%) Windows 10
9 2 (5.13%) Linux
9 2 (5.13%) Windows XP
10 1 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (2.56%) Unix
10 1 (2.56%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (41.03%) ITIL
2 15 (38.46%) Migration
3 5 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (12.82%) Infrastructure Transformation
4 4 (10.26%) Multi-Factor Authentication
4 4 (10.26%) Two-Factor Authentication
5 3 (7.69%) Change Management
5 3 (7.69%) Identity Management
5 3 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.13%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (5.13%) Open Source
6 2 (5.13%) Project Management
6 2 (5.13%) Scrum
6 2 (5.13%) Server Virtualisation
6 2 (5.13%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (5.13%) System Testing
6 2 (5.13%) TOGAF
7 1 (2.56%) ITIL V3
7 1 (2.56%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.51%) SQL
2 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
2 3 (7.69%) PHP
2 3 (7.69%) PowerShell
2 3 (7.69%) VB
2 3 (7.69%) VBScript
3 2 (5.13%) C#
3 2 (5.13%) Python
4 1 (2.56%) Java
4 1 (2.56%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (20.51%) MCSA
3 7 (17.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 7 (17.95%) MCITP
4 4 (10.26%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (2.56%) ISEB
5 1 (2.56%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.56%) MCDST
5 1 (2.56%) MCSE
5 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 21 (53.85%) Active Directory
2 13 (33.33%) Hyper-V
3 6 (15.38%) VMware ESX
4 4 (10.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (10.26%) XenApp
5 2 (5.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (5.13%) VMware Server
5 2 (5.13%) vSphere
6 1 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (38.46%) SCCM
2 8 (20.51%) SCOM
3 5 (12.82%) Windows Intune
4 1 (2.56%) BladeLogic
4 1 (2.56%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (2.56%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 20 (51.28%) Citrix
2 15 (38.46%) VMware
3 4 (10.26%) Juniper
4 3 (7.69%) AppSense
4 3 (7.69%) Oracle
5 1 (2.56%) Avaya
5 1 (2.56%) EMC
5 1 (2.56%) HP
5 1 (2.56%) PlateSpin
5 1 (2.56%) ProCurve
5 1 (2.56%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.56%) Tableau
5 1 (2.56%) Talend
5 1 (2.56%) Vertica