Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 10 4
Rank change year-on-year +3 -6 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 181 136 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.55% 10.17% 15.09%
As % of the Vendors category 34.41% 23.99% 34.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 85 136
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £200 £171 £180
90th Percentile £525 £650 £550
North West median daily rate £385 £379 £363
% change year-on-year +1.65% +4.48% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 12 16
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -12.93% +6.64%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.28 £10.88
90th Percentile £22.36 £20.83 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.78 £16.00
% change year-on-year +10.94% -1.41% +4.00%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 526 567 608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 42.28% 42.41% 44.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 385 404
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £263 £225 £240
90th Percentile £541 £625 £550
North West median daily rate £400 £415 £400
% change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 34 28
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -18.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.08 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £24.50 £25.25
North West median hourly rate £18.50 £16.19 £19.63
% change year-on-year +14.27% -17.50% +15.44%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -4 44 £320 -23.58% 24
Chester +4 31 £381 +29.24% 30
Crewe +10 30 £475 +46.15% 5
Macclesfield +7 17 £375 - 6
Knutsford +3 11 £300 +73.91% 6
Ellesmere Port - 8 £250 - 4
Alderley Edge +7 7 - - 1
Wilmslow -9 1 - - 8
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 76 (41.99%) Windows
2 59 (32.60%) Office 365
3 55 (30.39%) Active Directory
4 48 (26.52%) Microsoft Azure
5 47 (25.97%) Microsoft Office
6 45 (24.86%) Windows 10
7 42 (23.20%) SQL
8 39 (21.55%) SQL Server
9 36 (19.89%) SharePoint
10 34 (18.78%) .NET
11 33 (18.23%) SCCM
12 30 (16.57%) Windows 7
13 27 (14.92%) C#
14 26 (14.36%) Migration
15 25 (13.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 25 (13.81%) DevOps
16 22 (12.15%) Mac OS
16 22 (12.15%) Software Deployment
16 22 (12.15%) Apple iOS
16 22 (12.15%) ITIL
16 22 (12.15%) MS Exchange
16 22 (12.15%) Agile Software Development
17 21 (11.60%) Microsoft Excel
17 21 (11.60%) Apple
18 20 (11.05%) Asset Management
18 20 (11.05%) OneDrive
19 19 (10.50%) ServiceNow
19 19 (10.50%) PowerShell
19 19 (10.50%) CRM
20 18 (9.94%) Dynamics CRM

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 36 (19.89%) SharePoint
2 22 (12.15%) MS Exchange
3 18 (9.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.97%) Exchange Server 2007
4 9 (4.97%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (4.97%) Skype for Business
5 7 (3.87%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (2.21%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (2.21%) CMS
7 3 (1.66%) IBM Notes
7 3 (1.66%) Umbraco
8 2 (1.10%) SAS
9 1 (0.55%) IIS
9 1 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.55%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 47 (25.97%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (11.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (6.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (4.97%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.55%) CATIA
5 1 (0.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (9.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.66%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.55%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 59 (32.60%) Office 365
2 48 (26.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (11.05%) OneDrive
4 13 (7.18%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (6.08%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (3.87%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (2.21%) Trello
8 3 (1.66%) IaaS
9 2 (1.10%) Google Drive
9 2 (1.10%) SaaS
10 1 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.55%) G Suite
10 1 (0.55%) PaaS
10 1 (0.55%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.97%) Firewall
2 8 (4.42%) LAN
2 8 (4.42%) Skype
3 7 (3.87%) SAN
4 6 (3.31%) WAN
5 4 (2.21%) DNS
5 4 (2.21%) NAS
5 4 (2.21%) Remote Desktop
5 4 (2.21%) Unified Communications
6 2 (1.10%) Intranet
6 2 (1.10%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.10%) VPN
7 1 (0.55%) DHCP
7 1 (0.55%) MPLS
7 1 (0.55%) Reverse Proxy
7 1 (0.55%) VoIP
7 1 (0.55%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (21.55%) SQL Server
2 16 (8.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (8.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (7.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (4.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (2.21%) Azure SQL Database
6 4 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.21%) Geospatial Data
6 4 (2.21%) Power BI
6 4 (2.21%) SQL CLR
6 4 (2.21%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (1.66%) QlikView
7 3 (1.66%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (1.10%) Big Data
8 2 (1.10%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 1 (0.55%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.55%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (6.08%) Jenkins
1 11 (6.08%) JMeter
2 10 (5.52%) JUnit
3 8 (4.42%) Visual Studio
4 7 (3.87%) Octopus Deploy
5 6 (3.31%) Git (software)
6 5 (2.76%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.21%) Bitbucket
7 4 (2.21%) gulp
7 4 (2.21%) JIRA
7 4 (2.21%) Selenium
7 4 (2.21%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.55%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.55%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.55%) MSI
8 1 (0.55%) Subversion
General
1 14 (7.73%) Finance
2 6 (3.31%) Billing
2 6 (3.31%) Marketing
3 5 (2.76%) Banking
4 4 (2.21%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.66%) Back Office
5 3 (1.66%) Local Government
6 2 (1.10%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.10%) Law
6 2 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.55%) Advertising
7 1 (0.55%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 41 (22.65%) Developer
2 16 (8.84%) Analyst
3 14 (7.73%) .NET Developer
4 13 (7.18%) Architect
5 10 (5.52%) Desktop Support
5 10 (5.52%) Java Developer
5 10 (5.52%) Support Engineer
6 9 (4.97%) Consultant
6 9 (4.97%) Customer Engineer
6 9 (4.97%) Project Manager
7 8 (4.42%) C# Developer
7 8 (4.42%) DBA
7 8 (4.42%) Senior Customer Engineer
7 8 (4.42%) SQL DBA
8 7 (3.87%) C# .NET Developer
8 7 (3.87%) CRM Developer
8 7 (3.87%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 7 (3.87%) Server Engineer
8 7 (3.87%) Service Analyst
8 7 (3.87%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (18.78%) .NET
2 17 (9.39%) ASP.NET
3 13 (7.18%) Node.js
4 11 (6.08%) hapi
5 10 (5.52%) ASP.NET Web API
6 9 (4.97%) .NET Framework
7 8 (4.42%) Web Services
8 7 (3.87%) AngularJS
8 7 (3.87%) CSS
8 7 (3.87%) HTML
8 7 (3.87%) SOAP
9 6 (3.31%) ASP.NET MVC
9 6 (3.31%) Entity Framework
10 5 (2.76%) WCF
11 4 (2.21%) Middleware
11 4 (2.21%) REST
12 3 (1.66%) ADO.NET
12 3 (1.66%) XML
13 2 (1.10%) React
13 2 (1.10%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.87%) Data Centre
3 6 (3.31%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (3.31%) Replication
4 5 (2.76%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (2.21%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (2.21%) User Experience
6 3 (1.66%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.10%) Clustering
7 2 (1.10%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.10%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.10%) PKI
7 2 (1.10%) Pricing Data
7 2 (1.10%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.55%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.55%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.55%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.55%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 76 (41.99%) Windows
2 45 (24.86%) Windows 10
3 30 (16.57%) Windows 7
4 22 (12.15%) Apple iOS
4 22 (12.15%) Mac OS
5 14 (7.73%) Windows Server
6 7 (3.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.21%) Windows XP
8 3 (1.66%) Windows 8
8 3 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (1.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (1.66%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (14.36%) Migration
2 25 (13.81%) DevOps
3 22 (12.15%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (12.15%) ITIL
3 22 (12.15%) Software Deployment
4 20 (11.05%) Asset Management
5 19 (10.50%) CRM
6 15 (8.29%) ITSM
7 13 (7.18%) Business Intelligence
7 13 (7.18%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (7.18%) Workflow
8 12 (6.63%) Static Code Analysis
9 11 (6.08%) MVC
9 11 (6.08%) TDD
10 10 (5.52%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (5.52%) Problem Management
11 9 (4.97%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (4.97%) ETL
11 9 (4.97%) Scrum
11 9 (4.97%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (23.20%) SQL
2 27 (14.92%) C#
3 19 (10.50%) PowerShell
4 16 (8.84%) JavaScript
5 15 (8.29%) Java
6 13 (7.18%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.66%) VBScript
8 2 (1.10%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.10%) SAS Macro
9 1 (0.55%) Python
9 1 (0.55%) VB
9 1 (0.55%) X++
Qualifications
1 14 (7.73%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.52%) A+ Certification
2 10 (5.52%) SC Cleared
3 6 (3.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 4 (2.21%) MCP
4 4 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.10%) Degree
5 2 (1.10%) MCITP
5 2 (1.10%) SAS Certification
6 1 (0.55%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.55%) ISEB
6 1 (0.55%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.55%) MCSA
6 1 (0.55%) MCSE
6 1 (0.55%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.52%) SLA
2 2 (1.10%) GDPR
2 2 (1.10%) QA
3 1 (0.55%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.55%) PMO
System Software
1 55 (30.39%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (2.21%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.66%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.66%) XenApp
6 2 (1.10%) Docker
6 2 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.55%) Firmware
7 1 (0.55%) vSphere
7 1 (0.55%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.55%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 33 (18.23%) SCCM
2 25 (13.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (2.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (2.76%) SCOM
4 4 (2.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (2.21%) OpenView
5 3 (1.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (1.66%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (1.10%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.55%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.55%) MIIS
7 1 (0.55%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.55%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.55%) SQL Sentry
7 1 (0.55%) ThinApp
7 1 (0.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (11.60%) Apple
2 19 (10.50%) ServiceNow
3 10 (5.52%) HP
3 10 (5.52%) VMware
4 7 (3.87%) Dell
4 7 (3.87%) McAfee
4 7 (3.87%) Oracle
4 7 (3.87%) Veeam
5 4 (2.21%) Citrix
5 4 (2.21%) Symantec
5 4 (2.21%) Veritas
6 3 (1.66%) Lotus
6 3 (1.66%) Splunk
6 3 (1.66%) Tableau
6 3 (1.66%) Trustwave
6 3 (1.66%) WatchGuard
7 2 (1.10%) Adobe
7 2 (1.10%) Altiris
7 2 (1.10%) Cisco
7 2 (1.10%) Google