Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 5 8
Rank change year-on-year -4 +3 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 141 208 234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 10.58% 14.30% 11.18%
As % of the Vendors category 24.52% 32.15% 31.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 132 144
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £375 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +2.39% -8.44%
10th Percentile £156 £200 £200
90th Percentile £598 £550 £538
North West median daily rate £386 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.00% - +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 27
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% +6.14% -12.50%
10th Percentile £11.40 £10.80 £9.38
90th Percentile £19.95 £21.00 £33.30
North West median hourly rate £14.75 £16.00 £15.89
% change year-on-year -7.81% +0.72% +5.90%

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 575 647 739
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 43.14% 44.47% 35.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 433 455
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £228 £263 £246
90th Percentile £625 £538 £575
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 23 39
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% -5.77% -1.93%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £9.82
90th Percentile £32.70 £22.20 £34.60
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £18.13 £17.17
% change year-on-year -11.72% +5.56% +7.31%

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 20 November 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
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 20 November 2017. 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 57 £369 -18.06% 13
Chester +12 30 £290 -3.33% 7
Crewe -4 9 £325 - 4
Wilmslow 0 5 £275 -26.67% 3
Knutsford -18 4 £173 -58.18% 2
Macclesfield -7 3 £400 +25.00% 5
Northwich - 2 - - 1
Alderley Edge -5 1 - -
Runcorn -6 1 £375 -6.25% 3
Widnes - 1 - -
Lymm - 1 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 47 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (31.91%) Windows
3 39 (27.66%) Active Directory
4 34 (24.11%) Microsoft Excel
5 33 (23.40%) SharePoint
6 30 (21.28%) Office 365
7 29 (20.57%) Finance
8 25 (17.73%) Migration
8 25 (17.73%) SQL
9 24 (17.02%) SQL Server
9 24 (17.02%) ITIL
9 24 (17.02%) Windows 7
10 22 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
10 22 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
11 20 (14.18%) SCCM
11 20 (14.18%) Windows 10
12 19 (13.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 19 (13.48%) MS Exchange
13 18 (12.77%) .NET
13 18 (12.77%) Citrix
14 17 (12.06%) VMware
15 16 (11.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
15 16 (11.35%) Security Cleared
16 15 (10.64%) SC Cleared
17 14 (9.93%) C#
18 13 (9.22%) Business Intelligence
18 13 (9.22%) HP
18 13 (9.22%) Banking
18 13 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2013
19 12 (8.51%) DNS

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 33 (23.40%) SharePoint
2 19 (13.48%) MS Exchange
3 13 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (6.38%) Skype for Business
5 7 (4.96%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (4.96%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (2.84%) IIS
7 4 (2.84%) SAS
8 3 (2.13%) Site Server
9 2 (1.42%) CMS
9 2 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (1.42%) PegaRULES
9 2 (1.42%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.42%) Umbraco
9 2 (1.42%) WordPress
10 1 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.71%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 47 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (24.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (11.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (4.96%) MS Visio
5 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (2.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.42%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.42%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (21.28%) Office 365
2 22 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.55%) SaaS
4 4 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.84%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (2.84%) PaaS
5 3 (2.13%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.13%) Amazon SQS
5 3 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (2.13%) GitHub
5 3 (2.13%) OneDrive
5 3 (2.13%) Slack
5 3 (2.13%) Trello
6 2 (1.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.42%) Yammer
7 1 (0.71%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.51%) DNS
2 11 (7.80%) Skype
3 8 (5.67%) DHCP
4 4 (2.84%) LAN
4 4 (2.84%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (2.84%) SAN
5 3 (2.13%) Firewall
5 3 (2.13%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.42%) Internet
6 2 (1.42%) Intranet
6 2 (1.42%) NAS
6 2 (1.42%) WAN
7 1 (0.71%) FTP
7 1 (0.71%) GSM
7 1 (0.71%) HTTP
7 1 (0.71%) LDAP
7 1 (0.71%) LTE
7 1 (0.71%) Reverse Proxy
7 1 (0.71%) UMTS
7 1 (0.71%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (17.02%) SQL Server
2 19 (13.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (6.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (4.26%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (4.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (3.55%) QlikView
5 5 (3.55%) Relational Database
5 5 (3.55%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (2.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (2.13%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (2.13%) Base SAS
7 3 (2.13%) Big Data
7 3 (2.13%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (2.13%) Data Mining
7 3 (2.13%) Geospatial Data
7 3 (2.13%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.13%) Power BI
7 3 (2.13%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 2 (1.42%) SAS Visual Analytics
Development Applications
1 7 (4.96%) Visual Studio
2 5 (3.55%) Jenkins
2 5 (3.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.84%) Git (software)
4 3 (2.13%) FxCop
4 3 (2.13%) GitLab
4 3 (2.13%) MSBuild
4 3 (2.13%) ReSharper
4 3 (2.13%) SoapUI
4 3 (2.13%) T4 Templates
4 3 (2.13%) TeamCity
5 2 (1.42%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.42%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.42%) gulp
5 2 (1.42%) MSI
5 2 (1.42%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (1.42%) ProC
5 2 (1.42%) Selenium
General
1 29 (20.57%) Finance
2 13 (9.22%) Banking
3 6 (4.26%) Local Government
4 3 (2.13%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (2.13%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.71%) Advertising
5 1 (0.71%) Billing
5 1 (0.71%) Law
5 1 (0.71%) Legal
5 1 (0.71%) Marketing
5 1 (0.71%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (15.60%) Developer
2 17 (12.06%) Analyst
3 11 (7.80%) Architect
4 10 (7.09%) Administrator
5 9 (6.38%) .NET Developer
5 9 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (4.96%) Break Fix Engineer
6 7 (4.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 7 (4.96%) Support Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) Consultant
7 6 (4.26%) IT Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) Project Manager
8 5 (3.55%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (3.55%) Desktop Support
8 5 (3.55%) SCCM Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) CRM Developer
9 4 (2.84%) Data Analyst
9 4 (2.84%) Hardware Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) IT Support
9 4 (2.84%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.77%) .NET
2 11 (7.80%) ASP.NET
2 11 (7.80%) Web Services
3 8 (5.67%) .NET Framework
3 8 (5.67%) AngularJS
3 8 (5.67%) ASP.NET Web API
3 8 (5.67%) WCF
4 7 (4.96%) JSON
5 5 (3.55%) .NET Core
5 5 (3.55%) Entity Framework
5 5 (3.55%) jQuery
5 5 (3.55%) KnockoutJS
5 5 (3.55%) RESTful
5 5 (3.55%) Software Packaging
5 5 (3.55%) XML
6 4 (2.84%) CSS
7 3 (2.13%) ADO.NET
7 3 (2.13%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (2.13%) COM
7 3 (2.13%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.67%) Analytical Skills
1 8 (5.67%) Management Information System
2 7 (4.96%) Data Centre
3 6 (4.26%) Reference Data
4 4 (2.84%) Credit Risk
4 4 (2.84%) e-Learning
4 4 (2.84%) PKI
5 3 (2.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.13%) Replication
5 3 (2.13%) Smartphone
5 3 (2.13%) Social Media
6 2 (1.42%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.42%) Clustering
6 2 (1.42%) DataPower
6 2 (1.42%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.71%) CESG
7 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.71%) EMC VNX
7 1 (0.71%) EMC VNXe
7 1 (0.71%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 45 (31.91%) Windows
2 24 (17.02%) Windows 7
3 20 (14.18%) Windows 10
4 11 (7.80%) Windows Server
5 7 (4.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.84%) Apple iOS
7 4 (2.84%) Linux
7 4 (2.84%) Unix
8 2 (1.42%) Android
8 2 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.42%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.71%) AIX
9 1 (0.71%) Solaris
9 1 (0.71%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.71%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.71%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (17.73%) Migration
2 24 (17.02%) ITIL
3 22 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (9.22%) Business Intelligence
5 11 (7.80%) Break/Fix
5 11 (7.80%) Project Management
6 9 (6.38%) Data Management
7 8 (5.67%) DevOps
7 8 (5.67%) Mobile Device Management
7 8 (5.67%) TDD
8 7 (4.96%) MVC
8 7 (4.96%) PRINCE2
8 7 (4.96%) Quality Management
9 6 (4.26%) CRM
9 6 (4.26%) Dependency Management
9 6 (4.26%) ITSM
9 6 (4.26%) Line Management
9 6 (4.26%) Patch Management
9 6 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (3.55%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 25 (17.73%) SQL
2 14 (9.93%) C#
3 10 (7.09%) PowerShell
4 9 (6.38%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.84%) T-SQL
5 4 (2.84%) VBScript
6 2 (1.42%) Java
6 2 (1.42%) PROC SQL
6 2 (1.42%) SAS Macro
6 2 (1.42%) VBA
7 1 (0.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (0.71%) X++
Qualifications
1 16 (11.35%) Security Cleared
2 15 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (4.26%) Degree
3 6 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (3.55%) MCSA
5 4 (2.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 4 (2.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (2.13%) CCDP
6 3 (2.13%) CCIE
6 3 (2.13%) CCNA
6 3 (2.13%) CCNP
6 3 (2.13%) Chartered Engineer
6 3 (2.13%) CISM
6 3 (2.13%) CISSP
6 3 (2.13%) MCITP
7 2 (1.42%) CIPD
7 2 (1.42%) HND
7 2 (1.42%) MCSE
7 2 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.67%) PMO
1 8 (5.67%) SLA
2 5 (3.55%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.84%) COSHH
4 3 (2.13%) QA
5 2 (1.42%) COBIT
6 1 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.71%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.71%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 39 (27.66%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.84%) Firmware
3 4 (2.84%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.13%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (2.13%) vSphere
5 2 (1.42%) UAG
5 2 (1.42%) XenApp
5 2 (1.42%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.71%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 20 (14.18%) SCCM
2 4 (2.84%) NetBackup
2 4 (2.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (1.42%) Ansible
3 2 (1.42%) CA Service Virtualization
3 2 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.42%) Puppet
3 2 (1.42%) Rundeck
3 2 (1.42%) SCOM
3 2 (1.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (1.42%) ThinApp
4 1 (0.71%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.71%) Amdocs OSS
4 1 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.71%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.71%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.71%) SmoothWall
4 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.71%) WSUS
Vendors
1 18 (12.77%) Citrix
2 17 (12.06%) VMware
3 13 (9.22%) HP
4 8 (5.67%) Cisco
4 8 (5.67%) Oracle
5 7 (4.96%) Dell
6 6 (4.26%) Symantec
7 5 (3.55%) DevExpress
8 4 (2.84%) Apple
8 4 (2.84%) EMC
9 3 (2.13%) IBM
9 3 (2.13%) Veritas
10 2 (1.42%) Altiris
10 2 (1.42%) AppSense
10 2 (1.42%) CA
10 2 (1.42%) EqualLogic
10 2 (1.42%) Google
10 2 (1.42%) McAfee
10 2 (1.42%) SAP
10 2 (1.42%) Veeam