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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 4 7
Rank change year-on-year -2 +3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 67 168 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 12.23% 16.58% 12.32%
As % of the Vendors category 28.15% 35.15% 25.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 82 55
Median daily rate £350 £422 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.06% +5.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £251 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £473 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 25 15
Median hourly rate £17.84 £16.84 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.93% +20.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £10.80 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £27.32 £21.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -3.33% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 238 478 409
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 43.43% 47.19% 48.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 273 220
Median daily rate £375 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% -5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £275 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 27 22
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.84 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.95% +12.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.14 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +10.29%  

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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
Chester +8 20 £295 -8.09% 8
Warrington 0 13 £275 -33.57% 15
Crewe +4 2 £313 +8.69% 5
Macclesfield -5 2 £400 +3.22% 3
Wilmslow -1 1 £338 - 3
Winsford - 1 - -
Alderley Edge - 1 £425 - 1
Ellesmere Port - 1 £263 - 2
Sandbach - 1 £370 -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 (31.54%) Active Directory
2 45 (30.20%) Windows
3 36 (24.16%) MS Office
4 33 (22.15%) MS Excel
4 33 (22.15%) Finance
5 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
6 22 (14.77%) Citrix
7 21 (14.09%) SCCM
8 20 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
8 20 (13.42%) ITIL
9 19 (12.75%) CRM
9 19 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
9 19 (12.75%) Dynamics CRM
10 17 (11.41%) Office 365
11 16 (10.74%) .NET
12 15 (10.07%) MS Exchange
12 15 (10.07%) Migration
12 15 (10.07%) Windows Server
12 15 (10.07%) Microsoft Azure
13 14 (9.40%) MS PowerPoint
13 14 (9.40%) Cisco
14 13 (8.72%) C#
14 13 (8.72%) Local Government
14 13 (8.72%) Windows Server 2008
14 13 (8.72%) PowerShell
15 12 (8.05%) Windows 7
15 12 (8.05%) Change Management
15 12 (8.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 12 (8.05%) JavaScript
16 11 (7.38%) SQL

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 15 (10.07%) MS Exchange
2 11 (7.38%) Skype for Business
3 9 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (6.04%) SharePoint
4 7 (4.70%) IBM Notes
4 7 (4.70%) SAS
5 5 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (3.36%) IIS
6 4 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (2.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.34%) Exchange Server 5.5
9 1 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.67%) CMS
9 1 (0.67%) Confluence
9 1 (0.67%) Content Management Server
9 1 (0.67%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.67%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.67%) Umbraco
Applications
1 36 (24.16%) MS Office
2 33 (22.15%) MS Excel
3 14 (9.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (3.36%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.34%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.67%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 19 (12.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.68%) SAP CO
2 4 (2.68%) SAP FI
2 4 (2.68%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (1.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.67%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 17 (11.41%) Office 365
2 15 (10.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.67%) IaaS
4 1 (0.67%) PaaS
4 1 (0.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.38%) LAN
1 11 (7.38%) WAN
2 9 (6.04%) Skype
3 8 (5.37%) Internet
4 7 (4.70%) Firewall
4 7 (4.70%) VPN
5 6 (4.03%) SAN
5 6 (4.03%) VLAN
6 5 (3.36%) SSL
6 5 (3.36%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (2.68%) DHCP
7 4 (2.68%) DNS
7 4 (2.68%) LDAP
7 4 (2.68%) Reverse Proxy
7 4 (2.68%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.34%) IPsec
8 2 (1.34%) Kerberos
8 2 (1.34%) MPLS
8 2 (1.34%) SMTP
8 2 (1.34%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 10 (6.71%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (6.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (4.03%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (4.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (3.36%) MS Access
6 5 (3.36%) Power BI
6 5 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.34%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.34%) QlikView
8 1 (0.67%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.67%) DB2
8 1 (0.67%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.67%) OLAP
8 1 (0.67%) OLTP
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (5.37%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.01%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.67%) JIRA
3 1 (0.67%) Log4j
3 1 (0.67%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 33 (22.15%) Finance
2 13 (8.72%) Local Government
3 8 (5.37%) Advertising
3 8 (5.37%) Banking
4 7 (4.70%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.68%) Retail
6 3 (2.01%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.67%) Back Office
7 1 (0.67%) Games
7 1 (0.67%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.67%) Marketing
7 1 (0.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 33 (22.15%) Developer
2 22 (14.77%) Analyst
3 14 (9.40%) CRM Developer
4 13 (8.72%) Consultant
5 12 (8.05%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 10 (6.71%) Microsoft Developer
6 10 (6.71%) Project Manager
7 9 (6.04%) Architect
8 8 (5.37%) Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (4.70%) Administrator
9 7 (4.70%) Service Analyst
10 6 (4.03%) Project Administrator
10 6 (4.03%) SAS Analyst
11 5 (3.36%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
11 5 (3.36%) Active Directory Support
11 5 (3.36%) DBA
11 5 (3.36%) SQL DBA
12 4 (2.68%) Exchange Support
12 4 (2.68%) Office 365 Engineer
12 4 (2.68%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.74%) .NET
2 8 (5.37%) HTML
3 7 (4.70%) CSS
4 6 (4.03%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.36%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (3.36%) Middleware
5 5 (3.36%) SAML
6 3 (2.01%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.01%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (2.01%) MDX
6 3 (2.01%) OAuth2
6 3 (2.01%) OpenID
6 3 (2.01%) Web Services
7 2 (1.34%) Ajax
7 2 (1.34%) Ember.js
7 2 (1.34%) jQuery
7 2 (1.34%) Node.js
7 2 (1.34%) REST
7 2 (1.34%) WCF
7 2 (1.34%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (7.38%) Blackberry
2 11 (7.38%) Data Centre
3 5 (3.36%) BYOD
3 5 (3.36%) Clustering
3 5 (3.36%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.36%) Hybrid Cloud
3 5 (3.36%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.36%) PKI
4 3 (2.01%) NHS
4 3 (2.01%) User Experience
5 2 (1.34%) CESG
5 2 (1.34%) EPoS
5 2 (1.34%) iPhone
5 2 (1.34%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.34%) Smartcard
5 2 (1.34%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.67%) Handset
6 1 (0.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 45 (30.20%) Windows
2 15 (10.07%) Windows Server
3 13 (8.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (8.05%) Windows 7
5 8 (5.37%) Android
5 8 (5.37%) Windows XP
6 7 (4.70%) Windows 10
6 7 (4.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (4.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (3.36%) Unix
7 5 (3.36%) Windows 8
7 5 (3.36%) Windows Phone
8 4 (2.68%) Linux
9 3 (2.01%) AIX
9 3 (2.01%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.34%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.67%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.67%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (13.42%) ITIL
2 19 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (12.75%) CRM
3 15 (10.07%) Migration
4 12 (8.05%) Change Management
5 11 (7.38%) Project Management
6 10 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
6 10 (6.71%) Incident Management
6 10 (6.71%) Problem Management
7 8 (5.37%) Mobile Device Management
7 8 (5.37%) Service Management
8 7 (4.70%) PRINCE2
8 7 (4.70%) Trend Analysis
9 6 (4.03%) ETL
9 6 (4.03%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (3.36%) Data Analysis
10 5 (3.36%) Data Migration
10 5 (3.36%) Identity Management
10 5 (3.36%) MVC
11 4 (2.68%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 13 (8.72%) C#
1 13 (8.72%) PowerShell
2 12 (8.05%) JavaScript
3 11 (7.38%) SQL
4 7 (4.70%) T-SQL
5 4 (2.68%) VBA
6 3 (2.01%) VB
6 3 (2.01%) VBScript
7 2 (1.34%) C++
7 2 (1.34%) COBOL
7 2 (1.34%) VB6
8 1 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.67%) Java
8 1 (0.67%) PHP
8 1 (0.67%) R
Qualifications
1 8 (5.37%) Security Cleared
2 6 (4.03%) Degree
2 6 (4.03%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (3.36%) MCP
3 5 (3.36%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.68%) ISEB
5 3 (2.01%) HND
6 2 (1.34%) CCNA
6 2 (1.34%) CCNP
6 2 (1.34%) ECDL
6 2 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.67%) CCIE
7 1 (0.67%) CIPD
7 1 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.67%) MCDST
7 1 (0.67%) MCSE
7 1 (0.67%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.68%) SLA
2 3 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.01%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.34%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.34%) QA
4 1 (0.67%) COSHH
4 1 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.67%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.67%) PMO
System Software
1 47 (31.54%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.01%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 3 (2.01%) Hyper-V
2 3 (2.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.01%) XenDesktop
3 2 (1.34%) BitLocker
3 2 (1.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 2 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (1.34%) VMware ESX
3 2 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.34%) VMware GSX
4 1 (0.67%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 21 (14.09%) SCCM
2 7 (4.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 6 (4.03%) AirWatch
4 5 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (3.36%) SCOM
4 5 (3.36%) WSUS
5 3 (2.01%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.01%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (2.01%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (2.01%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (1.34%) MAILsweeper
6 2 (1.34%) MOM
6 2 (1.34%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.67%) DameWare
7 1 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.67%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.67%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 22 (14.77%) Citrix
2 14 (9.40%) Cisco
3 10 (6.71%) Intel Security
3 10 (6.71%) VMware
4 8 (5.37%) SAP
5 7 (4.70%) Lotus
6 6 (4.03%) Apple
7 5 (3.36%) HP
7 5 (3.36%) Symantec
8 4 (2.68%) Dell
8 4 (2.68%) Juniper
8 4 (2.68%) Oracle
8 4 (2.68%) Tableau
9 3 (2.01%) NetApp
9 3 (2.01%) SolarWinds
9 3 (2.01%) Splunk
9 3 (2.01%) Trustwave
10 2 (1.34%) AppSense
10 2 (1.34%) Sophos
10 2 (1.34%) Trend Micro
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