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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 22 12 7
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10 19 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 5.81% 12.58% 12.23%
As % of the Vendors category 14.29% 29.23% 22.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 8
Median daily rate £300 £310 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.06% +10.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £297 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £336 £415 £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 4
Median hourly rate - £14.00 £30.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -54.72%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+5.43% -
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
70 65 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 40.70% 43.05% 55.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 38 26
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £310 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 9 12
Median hourly rate - £16.84 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.44%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.52 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+7.99% +5.82%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 11 (39.29%) SQL Server
2 10 (35.71%) Windows
3 8 (28.57%) Linux
3 8 (28.57%) Active Directory
3 8 (28.57%) Citrix
3 8 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (28.57%) SCCM
4 7 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (25.00%) Office 365
4 7 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (25.00%) VMware
4 7 (25.00%) Migration
4 7 (25.00%) MS Excel
4 7 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
4 7 (25.00%) Windows Server
5 6 (21.43%) Data Centre
5 6 (21.43%) SQL
5 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (21.43%) Hyper-V
5 6 (21.43%) SCOM
5 6 (21.43%) Local Government
6 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (17.86%) ITIL
6 5 (17.86%) MS Exchange
6 5 (17.86%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (17.86%) Infrastructure Transformation
7 4 (14.29%) SharePoint
7 4 (14.29%) Finance
7 4 (14.29%) 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 5 (17.86%) MS Exchange
2 4 (14.29%) SharePoint
3 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (10.71%) IIS
3 3 (10.71%) Skype for Business
4 1 (3.57%) Apache
4 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.57%) nginx
4 1 (3.57%) OpenStack
Applications
1 7 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (10.71%) MS Office
3 1 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 7 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 7 (25.00%) Office 365
2 4 (14.29%) IaaS
2 4 (14.29%) PaaS
2 4 (14.29%) SaaS
3 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.57%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.71%) Remote Desktop
1 3 (10.71%) Skype
1 3 (10.71%) Unified Communications
2 2 (7.14%) DHCP
2 2 (7.14%) DNS
2 2 (7.14%) Internet
2 2 (7.14%) SAN
3 1 (3.57%) LAN
3 1 (3.57%) Network Security
3 1 (3.57%) Reverse Proxy
3 1 (3.57%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (39.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (17.86%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (3.57%) Big Data
4 1 (3.57%) MongoDB
4 1 (3.57%) MySQL
4 1 (3.57%) NoSQL
4 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (3.57%) Axure RP
2 1 (3.57%) Jenkins
2 1 (3.57%) Maven
2 1 (3.57%) Vagrant
General
1 6 (21.43%) Local Government
2 4 (14.29%) Finance
3 3 (10.71%) Advertising
4 1 (3.57%) Back Office
4 1 (3.57%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (25.00%) DBA
1 7 (25.00%) SQL DBA
1 7 (25.00%) SQL Server DBA
2 5 (17.86%) Server Engineer
3 4 (14.29%) Architect
3 4 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (10.71%) Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Business Systems Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Cloud Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Cloud Solutions Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Project Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Senior Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 2 (7.14%) SQL Developer
5 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) Migration Manager
6 1 (3.57%) Senior ICT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) .NET
2 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.57%) jQuery
2 1 (3.57%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Data Centre
2 3 (10.71%) Clustering
2 3 (10.71%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.57%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.57%) PKI
3 1 (3.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Windows
2 8 (28.57%) Linux
3 7 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 7 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (10.71%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (25.00%) Migration
2 7 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
3 5 (17.86%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 5 (17.86%) ITIL
4 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (10.71%) Identity Management
4 3 (10.71%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (7.14%) ETL
5 2 (7.14%) Feasibility Study
5 2 (7.14%) TOGAF
6 1 (3.57%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (3.57%) Kanban
6 1 (3.57%) Problem Management
6 1 (3.57%) Project Planning
6 1 (3.57%) System Testing
6 1 (3.57%) Systems Analysis
6 1 (3.57%) Test Scripting
6 1 (3.57%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (21.43%) SQL
2 3 (10.71%) PowerShell
2 3 (10.71%) VB
2 3 (10.71%) VBScript
3 2 (7.14%) Java
3 2 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.57%) C#
4 1 (3.57%) PHP
4 1 (3.57%) Ruby
4 1 (3.57%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.57%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (10.71%) MCSA
1 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (7.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (7.14%) MCITP
3 1 (3.57%) Degree
3 1 (3.57%) ISEB
3 1 (3.57%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.57%) MCSE
System Software
1 8 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 6 (21.43%) Hyper-V
3 4 (14.29%) VMware ESX
4 3 (10.71%) XenApp
5 2 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (3.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (3.57%) VMware Server
6 1 (3.57%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (28.57%) SCCM
2 6 (21.43%) SCOM
3 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (3.57%) BladeLogic
5 1 (3.57%) Puppet
Vendors
1 8 (28.57%) Citrix
2 7 (25.00%) VMware
3 2 (7.14%) Talend
4 1 (3.57%) AppSense
4 1 (3.57%) EMC
4 1 (3.57%) Oracle
4 1 (3.57%) Tableau
4 1 (3.57%) Vertica