Period
to 16 January 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 16 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 4 12
Rank change year-on-year -5 +8 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 132 208 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 10.53% 16.02% 10.16%
As % of the Vendors category 24.26% 35.99% 26.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 142 134
Cheshire median daily rate £338 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +15.38% -5.80%
10th Percentile £171 £182 £200
90th Percentile £656 £548 £509
North West median daily rate £375 £365 £375
% change year-on-year +2.74% -2.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 29
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £14.93 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.88% -11.34% -25.16%
10th Percentile £12.40 £10.50 £9.39
90th Percentile £20.30 £21.00 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £15.78 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% -5.88% +13.33%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Cheshire.

All Vendors
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 544 578 772
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 43.42% 44.53% 37.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 383 381 467
Cheshire median daily rate £420 £400 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -1.41% +2.07%
10th Percentile £225 £225 £248
90th Percentile £625 £550 £575
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 34 36
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £17.25 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.64% +2.43% -5.13%
10th Percentile £11.65 £11.25 £9.49
90th Percentile £31.43 £23.75 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.79% +8.57% +4.67%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Cheshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Cheshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Cheshire over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Cheshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Cheshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 16 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington 0 56 £425 -5.56% 31
Chester +4 26 £280 -6.67% 20
Crewe -8 11 £325 +80.56% 13
Macclesfield -5 4 - - 7
Knutsford -11 4 £173 -46.92% 4
Wilmslow +1 3 £243 -35.33% 15
Northwich - 3 £350 - 1
Runcorn -1 1 £375 -6.25% 6
Alderley Edge -5 1 - - 3
Widnes - 1 - - 3
Lymm - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 41 (31.06%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (29.55%) Windows
3 34 (25.76%) Active Directory
4 32 (24.24%) SharePoint
5 30 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
6 25 (18.94%) Office 365
6 25 (18.94%) Microsoft Excel
6 25 (18.94%) ITIL
6 25 (18.94%) SQL Server
7 23 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
8 22 (16.67%) Finance
8 22 (16.67%) SQL
9 19 (14.39%) .NET
9 19 (14.39%) Migration
9 19 (14.39%) Windows 7
10 18 (13.64%) DevOps
11 17 (12.88%) VMware
11 17 (12.88%) SCCM
12 16 (12.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 16 (12.12%) PowerShell
13 15 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
14 14 (10.61%) Visual Studio
14 14 (10.61%) Citrix
14 14 (10.61%) Windows 10
15 13 (9.85%) PaaS
15 13 (9.85%) Jenkins
15 13 (9.85%) C#
16 11 (8.33%) DNS
16 11 (8.33%) Scrum
16 11 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 32 (24.24%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.82%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.06%) Skype for Business
4 5 (3.79%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (3.79%) CMS
5 3 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.27%) IIS
5 3 (2.27%) SAS
5 3 (2.27%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.52%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.76%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.76%) PegaRULES
7 1 (0.76%) WordPress
Applications
1 41 (31.06%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (18.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (12.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (6.06%) MS Visio
5 3 (2.27%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.03%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.76%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (18.94%) Office 365
3 13 (9.85%) PaaS
4 11 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (7.58%) IaaS
6 4 (3.03%) Slack
6 4 (3.03%) Trello
7 3 (2.27%) GitHub
7 3 (2.27%) SaaS
8 2 (1.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.76%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.76%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.33%) DNS
2 10 (7.58%) DHCP
2 10 (7.58%) Skype
3 5 (3.79%) Internet
4 3 (2.27%) Firewall
4 3 (2.27%) SAN
4 3 (2.27%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.52%) LAN
5 2 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (1.52%) WAN
6 1 (0.76%) FTP
6 1 (0.76%) GSM
6 1 (0.76%) HTTP
6 1 (0.76%) IPsec
6 1 (0.76%) LDAP
6 1 (0.76%) LTE
6 1 (0.76%) NAS
6 1 (0.76%) UMTS
6 1 (0.76%) VPN
6 1 (0.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (18.94%) SQL Server
2 11 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (3.79%) QlikView
3 5 (3.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (3.03%) Big Data
4 4 (3.03%) BusinessObjects
4 4 (3.03%) Data Mining
4 4 (3.03%) Geospatial Data
4 4 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (2.27%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.52%) Base SAS
6 2 (1.52%) EDRMS
6 2 (1.52%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.52%) MySQL
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (1.52%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 2 (1.52%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (10.61%) Visual Studio
2 13 (9.85%) Jenkins
3 10 (7.58%) Git (software)
4 9 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (5.30%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (2.27%) Selenium
7 2 (1.52%) Bitbucket
7 2 (1.52%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.52%) gulp
7 2 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (1.52%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.76%) FxCop
8 1 (0.76%) GitLab
8 1 (0.76%) JIRA
8 1 (0.76%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.76%) ReSharper
8 1 (0.76%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.76%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.76%) T4 Templates
General
1 22 (16.67%) Finance
2 8 (6.06%) Banking
3 4 (3.03%) Local Government
4 2 (1.52%) Advertising
5 1 (0.76%) Back Office
5 1 (0.76%) Billing
5 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.76%) Publishing
5 1 (0.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (18.18%) Developer
2 21 (15.91%) Analyst
3 11 (8.33%) Azure DevOps
3 11 (8.33%) Consultant
4 10 (7.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (6.06%) Architect
5 8 (6.06%) Azure Consultant
5 8 (6.06%) DevOps Consultant
6 7 (5.30%) .NET Developer
6 7 (5.30%) IT Engineer
7 6 (4.55%) AWS DevOps
7 6 (4.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 6 (4.55%) SharePoint Developer
8 5 (3.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (3.79%) Business Analyst
8 5 (3.79%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Desktop Support
8 5 (3.79%) Integration Consultant
8 5 (3.79%) Support Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (14.39%) .NET
2 11 (8.33%) JSON
3 9 (6.82%) .NET Framework
4 8 (6.06%) ASP.NET
5 6 (4.55%) AngularJS
5 6 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web API
6 5 (3.79%) WCF
6 5 (3.79%) Web Services
7 4 (3.03%) .NET Core
7 4 (3.03%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (3.03%) COM
7 4 (3.03%) Entity Framework
7 4 (3.03%) jQuery
7 4 (3.03%) KnockoutJS
7 4 (3.03%) RESTful
7 4 (3.03%) XML
8 3 (2.27%) CSS
8 3 (2.27%) SOAP
9 2 (1.52%) ASP.NET Core
9 2 (1.52%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.82%) Management Information System
2 8 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (3.79%) e-Learning
4 5 (3.79%) Reference Data
5 4 (3.03%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.03%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.27%) Replication
6 3 (2.27%) Smartphone
6 3 (2.27%) User Experience
7 2 (1.52%) Clustering
7 2 (1.52%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.52%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.52%) PKI
7 2 (1.52%) Social Media
8 1 (0.76%) DataPower
8 1 (0.76%) iPhone
8 1 (0.76%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.76%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.76%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 39 (29.55%) Windows
2 19 (14.39%) Windows 7
3 14 (10.61%) Windows 10
4 10 (7.58%) Linux
4 10 (7.58%) Windows Server
5 6 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (3.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.27%) Android
7 3 (2.27%) Unix
7 3 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.52%) Solaris
8 2 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.52%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.76%) AIX
9 1 (0.76%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.76%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.76%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.94%) ITIL
2 23 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (14.39%) Migration
4 18 (13.64%) DevOps
5 15 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (8.33%) Scrum
7 10 (7.58%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (6.82%) Quality Management
8 9 (6.82%) Workflow
9 8 (6.06%) Data Management
9 8 (6.06%) MVC
10 7 (5.30%) CRM
10 7 (5.30%) Data Analysis
10 7 (5.30%) Kanban
10 7 (5.30%) Project Management
11 6 (4.55%) Break/Fix
11 6 (4.55%) Data Modelling
11 6 (4.55%) Dependency Management
11 6 (4.55%) TDD
11 6 (4.55%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 22 (16.67%) SQL
2 16 (12.12%) PowerShell
3 13 (9.85%) C#
4 9 (6.82%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.27%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.52%) Java
6 2 (1.52%) VBScript
7 1 (0.76%) C
Qualifications
1 7 (5.30%) SC Cleared
1 7 (5.30%) Security Cleared
2 6 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (3.79%) MCSA
4 4 (3.03%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (3.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 4 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 3 (2.27%) CCDP
5 3 (2.27%) CCIE
5 3 (2.27%) CCNP
5 3 (2.27%) Chartered Engineer
5 3 (2.27%) CIPD
5 3 (2.27%) CISM
5 3 (2.27%) CISSP
5 3 (2.27%) MCITP
6 2 (1.52%) Degree
6 2 (1.52%) MCSE
7 1 (0.76%) CCNA
7 1 (0.76%) ISEB
7 1 (0.76%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.30%) PMO
2 6 (4.55%) Data Quality
3 5 (3.79%) SLA
4 2 (1.52%) COSHH
4 2 (1.52%) GDPR
4 2 (1.52%) QA
5 1 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 34 (25.76%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.03%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.52%) Firmware
5 2 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.52%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (1.52%) vSphere
5 2 (1.52%) XenApp
5 2 (1.52%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.76%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (12.88%) SCCM
2 9 (6.82%) Puppet
3 4 (3.03%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.27%) Terraform
5 2 (1.52%) Ansible
5 2 (1.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (1.52%) Rundeck
5 2 (1.52%) SCOM
5 2 (1.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.76%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (0.76%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.76%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.76%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.76%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (12.88%) VMware
2 14 (10.61%) Citrix
3 9 (6.82%) HP
4 7 (5.30%) Cisco
5 6 (4.55%) Red Hat
6 5 (3.79%) Dell
6 5 (3.79%) Oracle
7 4 (3.03%) DevExpress
7 4 (3.03%) EMC
8 3 (2.27%) Apple
8 3 (2.27%) Ivanti
8 3 (2.27%) Veeam
9 2 (1.52%) EqualLogic
9 2 (1.52%) IBM
9 2 (1.52%) McAfee
9 2 (1.52%) Remedy
9 2 (1.52%) Veritas
10 1 (0.76%) Lumension
10 1 (0.76%) Meraki
10 1 (0.76%) Xamarin