The first table below looks at the demand 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 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 Knutsford 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 7 15 17
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 9 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Knutsford 15.25% 5.00% 4.11%
As % of the Vendors category 37.50% 9.52% 7.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 1
Average daily rate £250 £160 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+56.25% +28.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
Knutsford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
24 42 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Knutsford 40.68% 52.50% 56.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 26 19
Average daily rate £269 £288 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.52% -12.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £246 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £366 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
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 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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014, 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 10 (76.92%) Windows
2 9 (69.23%) Finance
3 7 (53.85%) MS Excel
3 7 (53.85%) Active Directory
4 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (30.77%) Cyber-Ark
6 4 (30.77%) SharePoint
6 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
6 4 (30.77%) IIS
6 4 (30.77%) MS Office
7 3 (23.08%) Windows XP
7 3 (23.08%) MS Exchange
7 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (23.08%) Banking
7 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (15.38%) ITIL
9 1 (7.69%) VB
9 1 (7.69%) MCSE
9 1 (7.69%) SAP
9 1 (7.69%) TCP/IP
9 1 (7.69%) VPN
9 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (7.69%) PMP
9 1 (7.69%) PMI Certification
9 1 (7.69%) CA
9 1 (7.69%) PRINCE

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Knutsford by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 4 (30.77%) SharePoint
1 4 (30.77%) IIS
2 3 (23.08%) MS Exchange
2 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2003
2 3 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (7.69%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (53.85%) MS Excel
2 4 (30.77%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) TCP/IP
1 1 (7.69%) VPN
1 1 (7.69%) Firewall
1 1 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
General
1 9 (69.23%) Finance
2 3 (23.08%) Banking
3 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
3 1 (7.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Service Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (23.08%) Service Desk Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Financial Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Help Desk Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Technical Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Service Desk Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) Support Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Technical Support
4 1 (7.69%) Administrator
4 1 (7.69%) Build Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Specialist
4 1 (7.69%) Portfolio Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Windows Administrator
4 1 (7.69%) PMO Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) SharePoint Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) OLE
1 1 (7.69%) Application Packaging
Operating Systems
1 10 (76.92%) Windows
2 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (23.08%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
1 2 (15.38%) ITIL
2 1 (7.69%) PRINCE
2 1 (7.69%) Service Delivery
2 1 (7.69%) Practice Management
2 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
2 1 (7.69%) Migration
2 1 (7.69%) Web Development
2 1 (7.69%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) VB
1 1 (7.69%) R
1 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) MCSE
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (7.69%) PMP
1 1 (7.69%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 7 (53.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (7.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 1 (7.69%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (7.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) Cyber-Ark
2 1 (7.69%) SAP
2 1 (7.69%) CA
2 1 (7.69%) Symantec