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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 8 13 26
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 18 9 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 15.38% 6.77% 6.09%
As % of the Vendors category 36.00% 12.68% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 2
Average daily rate £250 £286 £155
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.66% +84.67%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 8
Average hourly rate £21.25 £14.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.78% -55.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.28 £14.00 £28.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £14.00 £65.84
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
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
50 71 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 42.74% 53.38% 39.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 41 34
Average daily rate £379 £376 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £300 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £495 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 15
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.84 £34.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.65% -50.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.18 £14.00 £27.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £18.13 £49.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+32.35% +3.03%

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
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 5 February 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
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 5 February 2016.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Chester

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 18 (69.23%) Active Directory
2 17 (65.38%) Local Government
3 16 (61.54%) Windows
4 14 (53.85%) Citrix
5 13 (50.00%) ITIL
6 10 (38.46%) Migration
6 10 (38.46%) Windows 7
7 9 (34.62%) VMware
7 9 (34.62%) MS Exchange
7 9 (34.62%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (34.62%) Office 365
8 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Azure
8 8 (30.77%) SCCM
9 7 (26.92%) Hyper-V
9 7 (26.92%) MCITP
9 7 (26.92%) Configuration Management
9 7 (26.92%) DHCP
9 7 (26.92%) DNS
9 7 (26.92%) MCSA
9 7 (26.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 6 (23.08%) Blackberry
10 6 (23.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (23.08%) VPN
11 5 (19.23%) Juniper
11 5 (19.23%) MS Excel
11 5 (19.23%) Windows XP
11 5 (19.23%) SQL Server
11 5 (19.23%) Lync
12 4 (15.38%) Apple iOS
12 4 (15.38%) Android

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 9 (34.62%) MS Exchange
2 6 (23.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (19.23%) Lync
4 3 (11.54%) IIS
4 3 (11.54%) SharePoint
5 2 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (3.85%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (19.23%) MS Excel
2 4 (15.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (3.85%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 9 (34.62%) Office 365
2 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (26.92%) DHCP
1 7 (26.92%) DNS
2 6 (23.08%) VPN
3 4 (15.38%) SSL
4 2 (7.69%) Firewall
4 2 (7.69%) LAN
4 2 (7.69%) TCP/IP
4 2 (7.69%) WAN
4 2 (7.69%) Wireless
5 1 (3.85%) Network Security
5 1 (3.85%) Reverse Proxy
5 1 (3.85%) SAN
5 1 (3.85%) Skype
5 1 (3.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (19.23%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (3.85%) MS Access
3 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (3.85%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (65.38%) Local Government
2 3 (11.54%) Dutch Language
2 3 (11.54%) French Language
2 3 (11.54%) German Language
2 3 (11.54%) Italian Language
2 3 (11.54%) Portuguese Language
2 3 (11.54%) Russian Language
2 3 (11.54%) Turkish Language
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (19.23%) Migration Engineer
2 4 (15.38%) Analyst
2 4 (15.38%) Cloud Engineer
2 4 (15.38%) Developer
3 3 (11.54%) Service Analyst
3 3 (11.54%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Desktop Support
4 2 (7.69%) ICT Support
4 2 (7.69%) VMware Engineer
4 2 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (3.85%) Applications Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 1 (3.85%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (3.85%) ICT Infrastructure Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Migration Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) Network Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Senior ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Senior C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) .NET
2 1 (3.85%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (3.85%) HTML
2 1 (3.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (23.08%) Blackberry
2 4 (15.38%) Mobile App
3 2 (7.69%) Data Centre
3 2 (7.69%) Handset
3 2 (7.69%) iPad
3 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.85%) N-Tier
4 1 (3.85%) PKI
4 1 (3.85%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 16 (61.54%) Windows
2 10 (38.46%) Windows 7
3 5 (19.23%) Windows XP
4 4 (15.38%) Android
4 4 (15.38%) Apple iOS
4 4 (15.38%) Windows 8
4 4 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (11.54%) Windows Server
6 2 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (7.69%) Windows Vista
7 1 (3.85%) Linux
7 1 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (3.85%) Unix
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (50.00%) ITIL
2 10 (38.46%) Migration
3 7 (26.92%) Configuration Management
4 3 (11.54%) Service Management
5 2 (7.69%) ITIL V3
5 2 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 1 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.85%) Change Control
6 1 (3.85%) Change Management
6 1 (3.85%) CRM
6 1 (3.85%) Load Balancing
6 1 (3.85%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (3.85%) MVC
6 1 (3.85%) Performance Management
6 1 (3.85%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.85%) Software Engineering
6 1 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (3.85%) Unit Testing
6 1 (3.85%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) C
2 1 (3.85%) C#
2 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
2 1 (3.85%) PHP
2 1 (3.85%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (34.62%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (26.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 7 (26.92%) MCITP
2 7 (26.92%) MCSA
3 4 (15.38%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (7.69%) MCDST
5 1 (3.85%) CCNA
5 1 (3.85%) CCNP
5 1 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 18 (69.23%) Active Directory
2 7 (26.92%) Hyper-V
3 2 (7.69%) VMware ESX
3 2 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (3.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.85%) VMware Server
4 1 (3.85%) vSphere
4 1 (3.85%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (30.77%) SCCM
2 1 (3.85%) SCOM
2 1 (3.85%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 14 (53.85%) Citrix
2 9 (34.62%) VMware
3 5 (19.23%) Juniper
4 1 (3.85%) AppSense
4 1 (3.85%) Avaya
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco
4 1 (3.85%) Oracle
4 1 (3.85%) PlateSpin
4 1 (3.85%) Red Hat
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