Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 184 145 255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.51% 11.67% 13.64%
As % of the Vendors category 32.00% 26.95% 29.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 98 138
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £344 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% -19.12% +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £123 £261
90th Percentile £525 £491 £500
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £388
% change year-on-year - -3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 24
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.86 £14.25 £16.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.30% -13.22% +9.47%
10th Percentile £11.09 £10.93 £10.30
90th Percentile £38.00 £47.50 £26.38
North West median hourly rate £15.13 £15.50 £14.34
% change year-on-year -2.42% +8.09% -4.40%

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 575 538 877
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 42.22% 43.32% 46.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 355 558
Cheshire median daily rate £380 £388 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.94% -8.82% +4.29%
10th Percentile £231 £237 £280
90th Percentile £538 £525 £553
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 51 26
Cheshire median hourly rate £16.43 £15.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.53% -11.35% +0.48%
10th Percentile £11.23 £10.61 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.50 £45.00 £29.38
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% -11.11% +2.86%

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 22 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

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 6 months to 22 July 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
Chester +4 42 £345 +16.95% 10
Warrington -2 35 £275 -12.00% 25
Knutsford +17 30 £380 +117.14% 7
Crewe -7 17 £427 +28.91% 8
Macclesfield +8 10 - - 5
Ellesmere Port 0 3 £338 +28.57% 6
Wilmslow -7 3 £97 -71.41% 5
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 68 (36.96%) Windows
2 53 (28.80%) Microsoft Office
3 40 (21.74%) Active Directory
3 40 (21.74%) Office 365
4 35 (19.02%) SQL
4 35 (19.02%) Migration
5 32 (17.39%) Windows 10
6 30 (16.30%) SQL Server
7 27 (14.67%) C#
7 27 (14.67%) ITIL
7 27 (14.67%) Finance
7 27 (14.67%) Microsoft Azure
8 26 (14.13%) Windows 7
9 25 (13.59%) .NET
10 24 (13.04%) LAN
10 24 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
10 24 (13.04%) SCCM
10 24 (13.04%) Windows Server
11 23 (12.50%) JavaScript
11 23 (12.50%) SharePoint
12 21 (11.41%) CRM
12 21 (11.41%) Dynamics CRM
13 20 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
14 19 (10.33%) Time Management
14 19 (10.33%) Windows Server 2012
14 19 (10.33%) WAN
14 19 (10.33%) Citrix
15 18 (9.78%) PowerShell
16 17 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
16 17 (9.24%) VMware

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 23 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 16 (8.70%) MS Exchange
3 14 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (7.07%) Skype for Business
5 11 (5.98%) IIS
6 10 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (3.26%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (2.72%) CMS
10 3 (1.63%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.54%) Confluence
11 1 (0.54%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.54%) PegaRULES
Applications
1 53 (28.80%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (4.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.09%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 21 (11.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.63%) Teamcenter
4 2 (1.09%) Line 50
4 2 (1.09%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.54%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.54%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 40 (21.74%) Office 365
2 27 (14.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (8.70%) Dynamics 365
4 7 (3.80%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (3.26%) SaaS
6 5 (2.72%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (2.17%) OneDrive
7 4 (2.17%) Trello
8 3 (1.63%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (1.09%) Google Drive
9 2 (1.09%) IaaS
10 1 (0.54%) G Suite
10 1 (0.54%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 24 (13.04%) LAN
2 19 (10.33%) WAN
3 10 (5.43%) Firewall
3 10 (5.43%) SAN
4 9 (4.89%) IPsec
5 8 (4.35%) Skype
5 8 (4.35%) TCP/IP
6 7 (3.80%) Network Security
7 6 (3.26%) DMZ
7 6 (3.26%) Ethernet
7 6 (3.26%) NAS
8 5 (2.72%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (2.72%) Reverse Proxy
8 5 (2.72%) VPN
9 4 (2.17%) Unified Communications
9 4 (2.17%) VoIP
10 3 (1.63%) DNS
10 3 (1.63%) Remote Desktop
10 3 (1.63%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (16.30%) SQL Server
2 15 (8.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 10 (5.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (3.26%) Power BI
5 5 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.63%) Geospatial Data
6 3 (1.63%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.63%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.09%) Big Data
7 2 (1.09%) EDRMS
7 2 (1.09%) QlikView
7 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.54%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.54%) MySQL
8 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (4.89%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.35%) JIRA
2 8 (4.35%) MSI
3 5 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (2.17%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.09%) AdminStudio
5 2 (1.09%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (1.09%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.54%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.54%) FxCop
6 1 (0.54%) gulp
6 1 (0.54%) Jasmine
6 1 (0.54%) MSBuild
6 1 (0.54%) MSTest
6 1 (0.54%) Protractor
6 1 (0.54%) ReSharper
6 1 (0.54%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.54%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.54%) T4 Templates
General
1 27 (14.67%) Finance
2 10 (5.43%) Banking
3 7 (3.80%) Local Government
4 5 (2.72%) Back Office
4 5 (2.72%) Billing
4 5 (2.72%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.63%) Advertising
5 3 (1.63%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.54%) Retail
6 1 (0.54%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 35 (19.02%) Developer
2 29 (15.76%) Analyst
3 20 (10.87%) Desktop Support
4 17 (9.24%) Support Engineer
5 15 (8.15%) Project Manager
6 14 (7.61%) Desktop Engineer
7 11 (5.98%) Consultant
8 9 (4.89%) Architect
9 8 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (4.35%) Network Engineer
10 7 (3.80%) .NET Developer
10 7 (3.80%) Administrator
10 7 (3.80%) Business Analyst
10 7 (3.80%) C# Developer
10 7 (3.80%) Security Analyst
10 7 (3.80%) Service Analyst
11 6 (3.26%) C# .NET Developer
11 6 (3.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Developer
11 6 (3.26%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.59%) .NET
2 16 (8.70%) ASP.NET
3 12 (6.52%) Web Services
4 11 (5.98%) ASP.NET MVC
5 10 (5.43%) ASP.NET Web API
6 9 (4.89%) CSS
6 9 (4.89%) HTML
7 7 (3.80%) AngularJS
7 7 (3.80%) Node.js
8 6 (3.26%) WCF
9 5 (2.72%) Express
9 5 (2.72%) hapi
9 5 (2.72%) SOAP
10 3 (1.63%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.09%) Angular 2
11 2 (1.09%) Ember.js
11 2 (1.09%) React
11 2 (1.09%) REST
11 2 (1.09%) Software Packaging
11 2 (1.09%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.24%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.98%) Data Centre
3 6 (3.26%) PKI
4 5 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.17%) Taxonomies
5 4 (2.17%) User Experience
6 3 (1.63%) Clustering
6 3 (1.63%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.63%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.09%) NHS
7 2 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.54%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.54%) DataPower
8 1 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.54%) iPhone
8 1 (0.54%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.54%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.54%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 68 (36.96%) Windows
2 32 (17.39%) Windows 10
3 26 (14.13%) Windows 7
4 24 (13.04%) Windows Server
5 20 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (10.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (6.52%) Windows XP
8 10 (5.43%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (4.35%) Windows 8
10 7 (3.80%) Apple iOS
11 4 (2.17%) Mac OS
11 4 (2.17%) Windows Vista
12 3 (1.63%) Linux
13 2 (1.09%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (19.02%) Migration
2 27 (14.67%) ITIL
3 24 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (11.41%) CRM
5 19 (10.33%) Time Management
6 15 (8.15%) Configuration Management
6 15 (8.15%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 15 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 14 (7.61%) Software Deployment
8 13 (7.07%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (5.98%) Asset Management
9 11 (5.98%) MVC
9 11 (5.98%) Service Management
10 9 (4.89%) Business Analysis
10 9 (4.89%) Change Management
10 9 (4.89%) Information Security
10 9 (4.89%) Risk Management
10 9 (4.89%) User Stories
11 8 (4.35%) DevOps
11 8 (4.35%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 35 (19.02%) SQL
2 27 (14.67%) C#
3 23 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 18 (9.78%) PowerShell
5 10 (5.43%) T-SQL
6 6 (3.26%) VBScript
7 5 (2.72%) X++
8 4 (2.17%) Java
9 3 (1.63%) C
10 2 (1.09%) Python
10 2 (1.09%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.09%) VB
11 1 (0.54%) PHP
11 1 (0.54%) Ruby
11 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (7.61%) Security Cleared
2 11 (5.98%) CCNA
2 11 (5.98%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (4.35%) CCNP
4 6 (3.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 6 (3.26%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.09%) A+ Certification
6 2 (1.09%) Degree
7 1 (0.54%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.54%) HP ASE
7 1 (0.54%) ISEB
7 1 (0.54%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.54%) MCITP
7 1 (0.54%) MCSE
7 1 (0.54%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.54%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.61%) SLA
2 7 (3.80%) QA
3 4 (2.17%) PMO
4 3 (1.63%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.54%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.54%) GDPR
System Software
1 40 (21.74%) Active Directory
2 15 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (8.15%) XenApp
3 12 (6.52%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (3.80%) Hyper-V
5 7 (3.80%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (2.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 5 (2.72%) vSphere
7 3 (1.63%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (1.09%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.54%) Docker
9 1 (0.54%) Firmware
9 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.54%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.54%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 24 (13.04%) SCCM
2 10 (5.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 9 (4.89%) SCOM
4 7 (3.80%) McAfee ePO
5 6 (3.26%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (3.26%) WSUS
6 4 (2.17%) SmoothWall
7 3 (1.63%) HP SIM
7 3 (1.63%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (1.63%) vCenter Server
7 3 (1.63%) vMotion
8 2 (1.09%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.09%) PaperCut
8 2 (1.09%) Puppet
8 2 (1.09%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.09%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.54%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 19 (10.33%) Citrix
2 17 (9.24%) VMware
3 14 (7.61%) Cisco
4 12 (6.52%) HP
4 12 (6.52%) McAfee
5 11 (5.98%) Symantec
6 7 (3.80%) Apple
6 7 (3.80%) Juniper
7 5 (2.72%) Altiris
7 5 (2.72%) Avaya
7 5 (2.72%) Oracle
8 4 (2.17%) Dell
8 4 (2.17%) Ivanti
9 3 (1.63%) Sage
9 3 (1.63%) Veeam
9 3 (1.63%) WatchGuard
9 3 (1.63%) Xamarin
10 2 (1.09%) CA
10 2 (1.09%) Google
10 2 (1.09%) Siemens