The first table below looks at the demand for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Chester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 18 April 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 Chester 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 15 18 6
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 28 7 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 10.94% 4.64% 12.50%
As % of the Vendors category 23.14% 8.75% 27.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 3
Average daily rate £186 £350 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-46.78% +75.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 3
Average hourly rate £33.28 £9.00 £11.37
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+269.75% -20.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
Chester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
121 80 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 47.27% 52.98% 44.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 14 10
Average daily rate £350 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £240 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £730 £465 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 11 6
Average hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.44% +221.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%
Microsoft
Cheshire

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Chester region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Chester

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Chester region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Chester

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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 23 (52.27%) Windows
2 19 (43.18%) Citrix
3 18 (40.91%) Active Directory
3 18 (40.91%) VBScript
4 17 (38.64%) VB
5 16 (36.36%) MS Excel
5 16 (36.36%) XenApp
6 14 (31.82%) Local Government
7 13 (29.55%) Windows 7
8 12 (27.27%) PowerShell
8 12 (27.27%) Microsoft App-V
9 11 (25.00%) AppSense
9 11 (25.00%) Migration
9 11 (25.00%) C#
9 11 (25.00%) Compatibility Testing
10 10 (22.73%) .NET
10 10 (22.73%) SQL
10 10 (22.73%) AdminStudio
11 9 (20.45%) HTML
12 8 (18.18%) JavaScript
12 8 (18.18%) IIS
12 8 (18.18%) SAN
13 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (15.91%) Shell Script
13 7 (15.91%) LAN
13 7 (15.91%) WAN
13 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2008
14 6 (13.64%) SCOM
14 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
14 6 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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 8 (18.18%) IIS
2 4 (9.09%) SharePoint
3 3 (6.82%) MS Exchange
4 2 (4.55%) Lync
4 2 (4.55%) CMS
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.27%) Tomcat
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (36.36%) MS Excel
2 6 (13.64%) MS Office
3 2 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (18.18%) SAN
2 7 (15.91%) LAN
2 7 (15.91%) WAN
3 5 (11.36%) DNS
4 4 (9.09%) Reverse Proxy
4 4 (9.09%) Firewall
5 3 (6.82%) SSL
5 3 (6.82%) Internet
6 2 (4.55%) Intranet
6 2 (4.55%) DHCP
6 2 (4.55%) TCP/IP
7 1 (2.27%) VLAN
7 1 (2.27%) LDAP
7 1 (2.27%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.64%) MySQL
2 5 (11.36%) SQL Server
3 2 (4.55%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.27%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (22.73%) AdminStudio
2 3 (6.82%) MSI
General
1 14 (31.82%) Local Government
2 3 (6.82%) Finance
3 2 (4.55%) Banking
4 1 (2.27%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.27%) Retail
4 1 (2.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (27.27%) Applications Packager
2 10 (22.73%) Analyst
3 6 (13.64%) Test Analyst
3 6 (13.64%) Tester
3 6 (13.64%) Software Tester
4 5 (11.36%) Server Engineer
4 5 (11.36%) Developer
5 3 (6.82%) Security Consultant
5 3 (6.82%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.82%) Consultant
6 2 (4.55%) C# .NET Developer
6 2 (4.55%) Junior Software Tester
6 2 (4.55%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 2 (4.55%) Web Content Editor
6 2 (4.55%) Content Editor
6 2 (4.55%) Junior Tester
6 2 (4.55%) ASP.NET Developer
6 2 (4.55%) Web Editor
6 2 (4.55%) C# Developer
6 2 (4.55%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (22.73%) .NET
2 9 (20.45%) HTML
3 6 (13.64%) Web Services
3 6 (13.64%) XML
4 4 (9.09%) Application Packaging
5 3 (6.82%) LAMP
5 3 (6.82%) ASP.NET
5 3 (6.82%) CSS
5 3 (6.82%) JSP
5 3 (6.82%) jQuery
6 2 (4.55%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (2.27%) WinForms
7 1 (2.27%) Ajax
7 1 (2.27%) WPF
7 1 (2.27%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.64%) Clustering
1 6 (13.64%) PKI
2 3 (6.82%) Data Protection Act
2 3 (6.82%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.55%) Digital Media
3 2 (4.55%) CESG
4 1 (2.27%) Replication
4 1 (2.27%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 23 (52.27%) Windows
2 13 (29.55%) Windows 7
3 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (4.55%) UNIX
5 2 (4.55%) AIX
6 1 (2.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.00%) Migration
1 11 (25.00%) Compatibility Testing
2 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
2 6 (13.64%) ITIL
2 6 (13.64%) Business Analysis
3 5 (11.36%) Web Development
3 5 (11.36%) Information Security
3 5 (11.36%) PRINCE2
3 5 (11.36%) Test Scripting
4 3 (6.82%) MVC
4 3 (6.82%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (6.82%) OWASP
4 3 (6.82%) Data Protection
5 2 (4.55%) Project Management
5 2 (4.55%) Data Analysis
5 2 (4.55%) TDD
5 2 (4.55%) Security Management
6 1 (2.27%) Change Management
6 1 (2.27%) Information Security Management
6 1 (2.27%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (40.91%) VBScript
2 17 (38.64%) VB
3 12 (27.27%) PowerShell
4 11 (25.00%) C#
5 10 (22.73%) SQL
6 8 (18.18%) JavaScript
7 7 (15.91%) Shell Script
8 6 (13.64%) C
8 6 (13.64%) VB.NET
8 6 (13.64%) Java
8 6 (13.64%) C++
9 3 (6.82%) LINC
Qualifications
1 1 (2.27%) MCPD
1 1 (2.27%) MCTS
1 1 (2.27%) Degree
1 1 (2.27%) MCP
1 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
1 1 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (2.27%) ISEB
1 1 (2.27%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 18 (40.91%) Active Directory
2 16 (36.36%) XenApp
3 12 (27.27%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (9.09%) vSphere
4 4 (9.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 3 (6.82%) Hyper-V
6 1 (2.27%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 6 (13.64%) SCOM
2 5 (11.36%) SCCM
3 2 (4.55%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 19 (43.18%) Citrix
2 11 (25.00%) AppSense
3 6 (13.64%) Oracle
3 6 (13.64%) VMware
4 3 (6.82%) Akamai
5 2 (4.55%) McAfee
5 2 (4.55%) HP
6 1 (2.27%) NetApp
6 1 (2.27%) Juniper
6 1 (2.27%) Dell
6 1 (2.27%) EMC
6 1 (2.27%) Cisco
6 1 (2.27%) IBM