The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Knutsford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 11 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 10 9 18
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 12 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Knutsford 11.88% 12.68% 2.11%
As % of the Vendors category 34.29% 29.03% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 0
Average daily rate £375 £386 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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 Knutsford region.

Vendors Category
Knutsford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
35 31 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Knutsford 34.65% 43.66% 27.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 11 10
Average daily rate £413 £406 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +10.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £294 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £463 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £48.75 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Knutsford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Knutsford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Knutsford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Knutsford

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Knutsford

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Knutsford

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Knutsford region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Knutsford

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Knutsford

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Knutsford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Knutsford

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Knutsford 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 15 (68.18%) Finance
2 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 14 (63.64%) MS Excel
3 13 (59.09%) Banking
4 8 (36.36%) Migration
4 8 (36.36%) Internet
5 7 (31.82%) Windows 7
6 6 (27.27%) Citrix
6 6 (27.27%) Degree
7 5 (22.73%) Apple
8 4 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
8 4 (18.18%) Windows 8
8 4 (18.18%) Code Coverage
8 4 (18.18%) Unix
8 4 (18.18%) Windows XP
8 4 (18.18%) .NET
8 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (18.18%) TDD
8 4 (18.18%) Software Engineering
8 4 (18.18%) VMware
9 3 (13.64%) Clustering
9 3 (13.64%) MBA
9 3 (13.64%) Risk Management
9 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (13.64%) Retail
9 3 (13.64%) CIPD
9 3 (13.64%) Retail Banking
9 3 (13.64%) Corporate Banking

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Knutsford by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Knutsford 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 3 (13.64%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.55%) Apache
2 1 (4.55%) JBoss
2 1 (4.55%) MQSeries
2 1 (4.55%) WebSphere
2 1 (4.55%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 14 (63.64%) MS Excel
2 3 (13.64%) MS Office
2 3 (13.64%) MS Visio
3 1 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 8 (36.36%) Internet
2 3 (13.64%) SSL
3 1 (4.55%) FTP
3 1 (4.55%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) DB2
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (13.64%) SpecFlow
2 3 (13.64%) TestComplete
3 2 (9.09%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (68.18%) Finance
2 13 (59.09%) Banking
3 3 (13.64%) Corporate Banking
3 3 (13.64%) Retail
3 3 (13.64%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) Desktop Engineer
2 5 (22.73%) 3rd Line Support
2 5 (22.73%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 5 (22.73%) Support Engineer
3 4 (18.18%) Architect
3 4 (18.18%) Desktop Support
3 4 (18.18%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (13.64%) Middleware Specialist
5 2 (9.09%) Integration Architect
5 2 (9.09%) Messaging Specialist
5 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Windows Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Consultant
6 1 (4.55%) Developer
6 1 (4.55%) Mainframe Specialist
6 1 (4.55%) Messaging Consultant
6 1 (4.55%) Report Developer
6 1 (4.55%) SQL Developer
6 1 (4.55%) WebSphere MQ Specialist
6 1 (4.55%) WebSphere Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) .NET
2 3 (13.64%) Middleware
2 3 (13.64%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (4.55%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Client/Server
1 3 (13.64%) Clustering
1 3 (13.64%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 7 (31.82%) Windows 7
3 4 (18.18%) Unix
3 4 (18.18%) Windows 8
3 4 (18.18%) Windows XP
4 3 (13.64%) Linux
5 1 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (36.36%) Migration
2 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (18.18%) Code Coverage
2 4 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (18.18%) Software Engineering
2 4 (18.18%) TDD
2 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
3 3 (13.64%) Coaching
3 3 (13.64%) Investment Management
3 3 (13.64%) Risk Management
3 3 (13.64%) SOA
3 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (9.09%) ITIL
5 1 (4.55%) Change Management
5 1 (4.55%) DevOps
5 1 (4.55%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.64%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) Jython
Qualifications
1 6 (27.27%) Degree
2 3 (13.64%) CCEA
2 3 (13.64%) CIPD
2 3 (13.64%) Citrix Certification
2 3 (13.64%) MBA
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (27.27%) Citrix
2 5 (22.73%) Apple
3 4 (18.18%) VMware
4 1 (4.55%) PlateSpin
4 1 (4.55%) Red Hat
4 1 (4.55%) Tableau
4 1 (4.55%) Teradata