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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 9 10 18
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 15 24 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 11.11% 11.11% 4.79%
As % of the Vendors category 22.73% 18.75% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 3
Average daily rate
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£275 £238 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% -26.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £345 £437
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 1
Average hourly rate £27.50 £31.56 £43.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.85% -27.45%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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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
66 128 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 48.89% 59.26% 38.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 33 22
Average daily rate £400 £325 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 23 4
Average hourly rate £27.50 £31.56 £41.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.85% -23.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £25.71 £37.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £56.91
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

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 23 September 2014.

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 23 September 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Chester

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 14 (38.89%) Windows
2 12 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 9 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 9 (25.00%) SQL Server
4 8 (22.22%) Citrix
4 8 (22.22%) Local Government
5 7 (19.44%) Firewall
5 7 (19.44%) SAN
5 7 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (19.44%) SharePoint
5 7 (19.44%) MS Exchange
5 7 (19.44%) Lync
6 6 (16.67%) Windows 7
6 6 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (16.67%) DNS
6 6 (16.67%) SQL
6 6 (16.67%) IIS
6 6 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (16.67%) VMware
6 6 (16.67%) Information Security
7 5 (13.89%) Data Protection Act
7 5 (13.89%) TCP/IP
7 5 (13.89%) SSL
7 5 (13.89%) Data Protection
7 5 (13.89%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (11.11%) SCOM
8 4 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (11.11%) Blackberry

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 7 (19.44%) SharePoint
1 7 (19.44%) MS Exchange
1 7 (19.44%) Lync
2 6 (16.67%) IIS
3 5 (13.89%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (8.33%) MS Project Server
5 3 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (5.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (11.11%) MS Project
2 4 (11.11%) MS Office
3 2 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Academy Housing
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (19.44%) Firewall
1 7 (19.44%) SAN
2 6 (16.67%) DNS
3 5 (13.89%) SSL
3 5 (13.89%) TCP/IP
4 4 (11.11%) VPN
4 4 (11.11%) LAN
4 4 (11.11%) WAN
5 3 (8.33%) DHCP
5 3 (8.33%) Internet
6 2 (5.56%) Network Security
6 2 (5.56%) Wireless
7 1 (2.78%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (2.78%) Reverse Proxy
7 1 (2.78%) LDAP
7 1 (2.78%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
3 3 (8.33%) OLAP
3 3 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (8.33%) OLTP
3 3 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (8.33%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (8.33%) QlikView
3 3 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (22.22%) Local Government
2 3 (8.33%) Finance
3 2 (5.56%) Banking
4 1 (2.78%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (22.22%) Analyst
2 7 (19.44%) Developer
3 4 (11.11%) Consultant
4 3 (8.33%) Desktop Support
4 3 (8.33%) Security Consultant
4 3 (8.33%) Security Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) C# Developer
4 3 (8.33%) SQL Developer
4 3 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (5.56%) Project Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Java Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Help Desk Support
5 2 (5.56%) Administrator
5 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 2 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 1 (2.78%) Systems Administrator
6 1 (2.78%) Support Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Project Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) JSP
1 3 (8.33%) LAMP
2 2 (5.56%) XML
2 2 (5.56%) XSLT
2 2 (5.56%) OOXML
3 1 (2.78%) WPF
3 1 (2.78%) jQuery
3 1 (2.78%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (2.78%) .NET
3 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.78%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.89%) Data Protection Act
2 4 (11.11%) Blackberry
2 4 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.11%) Clustering
2 4 (11.11%) PKI
3 3 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 3 (8.33%) NHS
4 2 (5.56%) iPad
4 2 (5.56%) Mobile App
4 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.56%) Handset
4 2 (5.56%) Replication
5 1 (2.78%) CCTV
5 1 (2.78%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 14 (38.89%) Windows
2 7 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
3 6 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (16.67%) Windows 7
4 4 (11.11%) Linux
4 4 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (8.33%) UNIX
5 3 (8.33%) AIX
6 2 (5.56%) Windows XP
6 2 (5.56%) Apple iOS
6 2 (5.56%) Windows 8
6 2 (5.56%) Windows Vista
6 2 (5.56%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
1 6 (16.67%) Information Security
2 5 (13.89%) Data Protection
3 4 (11.11%) Web Development
3 4 (11.11%) ITIL
4 3 (8.33%) Data Modelling
4 3 (8.33%) ETL
4 3 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (8.33%) Change Management
4 3 (8.33%) Performance Management
4 3 (8.33%) OWASP
5 2 (5.56%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (5.56%) Network Management
5 2 (5.56%) Service Management
5 2 (5.56%) Data Analysis
5 2 (5.56%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.78%) Problem Management
6 1 (2.78%) Multithreading
6 1 (2.78%) Security Management
6 1 (2.78%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.67%) SQL
2 4 (11.11%) C#
3 2 (5.56%) Java
3 2 (5.56%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.78%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.78%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.78%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (5.56%) CISSP
3 2 (5.56%) CISM
3 2 (5.56%) MCDST
4 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (8.33%) VMware ESX
2 3 (8.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 3 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (8.33%) XenApp
2 3 (8.33%) vSphere
3 1 (2.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (11.11%) SCOM
2 2 (5.56%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.78%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 8 (22.22%) Citrix
2 6 (16.67%) VMware
3 3 (8.33%) Akamai
3 3 (8.33%) Juniper
3 3 (8.33%) HP
4 2 (5.56%) Dell
4 2 (5.56%) McAfee
5 1 (2.78%) EMC
5 1 (2.78%) Cisco
5 1 (2.78%) IBM
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