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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 13 7
Rank change year-on-year +6 -6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 76 94 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 11.91% 10.25% 12.23%
As % of the Vendors category 26.21% 21.41% 28.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 59 64
Median daily rate £331 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.05% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £283 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £508 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 3 16
Median hourly rate £13.00 £21.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.09% +42.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.07 £12.20 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £21.00 £26.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 290 439 412
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 45.45% 47.87% 42.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 304 220
Median daily rate £388 £425 £427
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% -0.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 4 28
Median hourly rate £13.00 £21.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.09% +33.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.14 £15.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.50 £26.75 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.07
% change year-on-year -14.63% +13.44%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Cheshire over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +7 24 £313 -30.08% 16
Chester +18 19 £280 -18.54% 5
Macclesfield +2 3 £385 +4.40% 2
Crewe 0 3 - - 3
Knutsford -9 2 £280 -34.11% 5
Northwich - 2 - - 1
Wilmslow - 2 £381 - 8
Alderley Edge - 1 £425 -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, 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 45 (32.14%) Active Directory
2 41 (29.29%) Windows
3 37 (26.43%) Microsoft Office
4 29 (20.71%) SQL Server
5 27 (19.29%) Finance
6 25 (17.86%) Microsoft Excel
7 22 (15.71%) .NET
7 22 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
8 21 (15.00%) Citrix
9 20 (14.29%) Migration
9 20 (14.29%) SCCM
9 20 (14.29%) Office 365
10 19 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (12.86%) C#
11 18 (12.86%) ITIL
11 18 (12.86%) SharePoint
11 18 (12.86%) MS Exchange
11 18 (12.86%) PowerShell
11 18 (12.86%) Windows 7
12 17 (12.14%) Security Cleared
13 16 (11.43%) SQL
13 16 (11.43%) Cisco
14 15 (10.71%) SC Cleared
15 14 (10.00%) Local Government
15 14 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 13 (9.29%) ASP.NET
16 13 (9.29%) LAN
16 13 (9.29%) Exchange Server 2013
16 13 (9.29%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (9.29%) Data Centre

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 18 (12.86%) MS Exchange
1 18 (12.86%) SharePoint
2 13 (9.29%) Exchange Server 2013
3 11 (7.86%) IIS
4 9 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2007
4 9 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (4.29%) SAS
5 6 (4.29%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (2.14%) IBM Notes
7 3 (2.14%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (2.14%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (2.14%) Site Server
8 2 (1.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.71%) Apache
9 1 (0.71%) Confluence
9 1 (0.71%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.71%) Tomcat
Applications
1 37 (26.43%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (17.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (5.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (3.57%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (5.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.86%) SAP CO
2 4 (2.86%) SAP FI
2 4 (2.86%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.71%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.71%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 22 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (14.29%) Office 365
3 7 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (2.86%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (2.86%) SaaS
5 3 (2.14%) IaaS
5 3 (2.14%) OneDrive
5 3 (2.14%) PaaS
5 3 (2.14%) Yammer
6 2 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.71%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.71%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.71%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 13 (9.29%) LAN
2 11 (7.86%) WAN
3 10 (7.14%) DNS
4 9 (6.43%) Firewall
5 8 (5.71%) VPN
6 7 (5.00%) SAN
6 7 (5.00%) TCP/IP
7 5 (3.57%) Internet
7 5 (3.57%) Reverse Proxy
7 5 (3.57%) Skype
7 5 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (2.86%) DHCP
8 4 (2.86%) LDAP
9 3 (2.14%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (2.14%) Remote Desktop
9 3 (2.14%) VLAN
10 2 (1.43%) FTP
10 2 (1.43%) Intranet
10 2 (1.43%) NAS
10 2 (1.43%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (20.71%) SQL Server
2 14 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (6.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 9 (6.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (4.29%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (4.29%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (3.57%) MS Access
6 4 (2.86%) Power BI
6 4 (2.86%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (2.14%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.14%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (1.43%) Base SAS
8 2 (1.43%) DB2
8 2 (1.43%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.43%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (1.43%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 2 (1.43%) SAS Visual Analytics
8 2 (1.43%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (5.00%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.86%) MSI
3 3 (2.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.43%) JIRA
4 2 (1.43%) ProC
4 2 (1.43%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.71%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.71%) FxCop
5 1 (0.71%) GitLab
5 1 (0.71%) Grunt
5 1 (0.71%) gulp
5 1 (0.71%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.71%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.71%) ReSharper
5 1 (0.71%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.71%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.71%) T4 Templates
5 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (19.29%) Finance
2 14 (10.00%) Local Government
3 9 (6.43%) Banking
4 6 (4.29%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (3.57%) Retail
6 4 (2.86%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.86%) Telecoms
7 3 (2.14%) Advertising
8 2 (1.43%) Games
8 2 (1.43%) Legal
8 2 (1.43%) Marketing
9 1 (0.71%) Back Office
9 1 (0.71%) Law
9 1 (0.71%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (20.00%) Developer
2 15 (10.71%) Analyst
3 14 (10.00%) Architect
4 10 (7.14%) Consultant
5 9 (6.43%) Administrator
6 8 (5.71%) .NET Developer
7 7 (5.00%) CRM Developer
7 7 (5.00%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.29%) Desktop Support
8 6 (4.29%) Microsoft Developer
8 6 (4.29%) Support Engineer
9 5 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 5 (3.57%) Technical Architect
10 4 (2.86%) 1st Line Support
10 4 (2.86%) Access Developer
10 4 (2.86%) Break Fix Engineer
10 4 (2.86%) IT Support
10 4 (2.86%) Project Administrator
10 4 (2.86%) Security Officer
10 4 (2.86%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.71%) .NET
2 13 (9.29%) ASP.NET
3 10 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 8 (5.71%) HTML
5 7 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (5.00%) CSS
5 7 (5.00%) JSON
5 7 (5.00%) Web Services
6 6 (4.29%) AngularJS
6 6 (4.29%) Software Packaging
7 5 (3.57%) Ajax
7 5 (3.57%) HTML5
7 5 (3.57%) jQuery
7 5 (3.57%) WCF
8 4 (2.86%) IDoc
8 4 (2.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 3 (2.14%) CSS3
9 3 (2.14%) MDX
9 3 (2.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.29%) Analytical Skills
1 13 (9.29%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.71%) PKI
3 7 (5.00%) Clustering
4 5 (3.57%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.86%) Blackberry
5 4 (2.86%) BYOD
6 3 (2.14%) CESG
6 3 (2.14%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.43%) Credit Risk
7 2 (1.43%) EPoS
7 2 (1.43%) iPhone
7 2 (1.43%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.43%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.71%) CMDB
8 1 (0.71%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.71%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.71%) iPad
8 1 (0.71%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 41 (29.29%) Windows
2 18 (12.86%) Windows 7
3 11 (7.86%) Windows Server
3 11 (7.86%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (6.43%) Windows 10
4 9 (6.43%) Windows XP
5 8 (5.71%) Unix
6 7 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.57%) AIX
7 5 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (2.86%) Apple iOS
8 4 (2.86%) Windows 8
9 3 (2.14%) Linux
10 2 (1.43%) Android
11 1 (0.71%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.71%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.71%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.71%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (14.29%) Migration
2 19 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (12.86%) ITIL
4 10 (7.14%) MVC
5 9 (6.43%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (5.71%) CRM
6 8 (5.71%) TDD
7 7 (5.00%) Break/Fix
7 7 (5.00%) High Availability
7 7 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (4.29%) Patch Management
8 6 (4.29%) Problem Management
8 6 (4.29%) Project Management
8 6 (4.29%) Scrum
9 5 (3.57%) Business Analysis
9 5 (3.57%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (3.57%) ETL
9 5 (3.57%) Identity Management
9 5 (3.57%) Information Security
9 5 (3.57%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 18 (12.86%) C#
1 18 (12.86%) PowerShell
2 16 (11.43%) SQL
3 11 (7.86%) JavaScript
4 6 (4.29%) T-SQL
4 6 (4.29%) VBA
5 4 (2.86%) VBScript
6 2 (1.43%) COBOL
6 2 (1.43%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 2 (1.43%) PROC SQL
6 2 (1.43%) R
6 2 (1.43%) SAS Macro
7 1 (0.71%) Assembly Language
7 1 (0.71%) C
7 1 (0.71%) C++
7 1 (0.71%) Java
7 1 (0.71%) JCL
7 1 (0.71%) PHP
7 1 (0.71%) VB
7 1 (0.71%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 17 (12.14%) Security Cleared
2 15 (10.71%) SC Cleared
3 8 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (4.29%) CCNA
4 6 (4.29%) Degree
5 5 (3.57%) ISEB
6 4 (2.86%) CCNP
7 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.43%) HND
8 2 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.71%) CCIE
9 1 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.71%) MCDST
9 1 (0.71%) MCP
9 1 (0.71%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.00%) SLA
2 4 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.14%) COBIT
3 3 (2.14%) COSHH
3 3 (2.14%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.14%) QA
4 2 (1.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.71%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.71%) PMO
System Software
1 45 (32.14%) Active Directory
2 5 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.14%) UAG
5 2 (1.43%) Firmware
5 2 (1.43%) XenApp
6 1 (0.71%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.71%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (14.29%) SCCM
2 7 (5.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 4 (2.86%) SCOM
4 3 (2.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 3 (2.14%) SmoothWall
5 2 (1.43%) ThinApp
6 1 (0.71%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.71%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.71%) DameWare
6 1 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.71%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.71%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.71%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.71%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (15.00%) Citrix
2 16 (11.43%) Cisco
3 10 (7.14%) Symantec
3 10 (7.14%) VMware
4 9 (6.43%) HP
5 7 (5.00%) Juniper
5 7 (5.00%) McAfee
5 7 (5.00%) SAP
6 6 (4.29%) Dell
7 5 (3.57%) Oracle
8 4 (2.86%) Apple
9 3 (2.14%) IBM
9 3 (2.14%) Lotus
9 3 (2.14%) Splunk
9 3 (2.14%) Trustwave
10 2 (1.43%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.43%) DevExpress
10 2 (1.43%) EMC
10 2 (1.43%) Google
10 2 (1.43%) Tableau
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