Period
to 22 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 7 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 189 136 215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.33% 10.57% 13.73%
As % of the Vendors category 33.69% 24.42% 30.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 93 133
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £150 £264
90th Percentile £516 £525 £575
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 16 14
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -12.52% +6.14%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.88 £10.73
90th Percentile £41.75 £45.50 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £14.50 £15.06
% change year-on-year +20.69% -3.72% -5.19%

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 561 557 699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 42.53% 43.28% 44.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 352 381 467
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £410 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% -0.61% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £271
90th Percentile £538 £625 £550
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 47 18
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -11.44% -6.91%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.25 £11.03
90th Percentile £42.50 £35.00 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £19.18
% change year-on-year +9.38% -16.56% +12.79%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 -2 43 £300 -17.24% 29
Chester -3 29 £375 +31.58% 26
Crewe +2 25 £475 +35.71% 8
Knutsford +5 24 £388 +124.64% 8
Macclesfield +10 17 £375 -2.60% 5
Ellesmere Port - 8 £250 - 1
Alderley Edge - 4 - - 1
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 75 (39.68%) Windows
2 61 (32.28%) Microsoft Office
3 55 (29.10%) Office 365
4 52 (27.51%) Active Directory
5 43 (22.75%) Windows 10
6 38 (20.11%) Microsoft Azure
7 37 (19.58%) SQL
8 33 (17.46%) SQL Server
9 31 (16.40%) SCCM
10 30 (15.87%) .NET
11 29 (15.34%) SharePoint
11 29 (15.34%) Windows 7
12 24 (12.70%) Finance
12 24 (12.70%) Agile Software Development
13 23 (12.17%) ITIL
13 23 (12.17%) Microsoft Excel
13 23 (12.17%) C#
14 21 (11.11%) Migration
15 20 (10.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 19 (10.05%) MS Exchange
16 19 (10.05%) Apple iOS
16 19 (10.05%) DevOps
17 18 (9.52%) Software Deployment
17 18 (9.52%) Mac OS
17 18 (9.52%) Apple
17 18 (9.52%) Asset Management
18 17 (8.99%) JavaScript
18 17 (8.99%) Exchange Server 2010
18 17 (8.99%) OneDrive
18 17 (8.99%) Dynamics 365

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 29 (15.34%) SharePoint
2 19 (10.05%) MS Exchange
3 17 (8.99%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.76%) Skype for Business
5 8 (4.23%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (4.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 7 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.59%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (1.59%) CMS
7 3 (1.59%) Umbraco
8 2 (1.06%) SAS
9 1 (0.53%) Confluence
9 1 (0.53%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.53%) IIS
9 1 (0.53%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 61 (32.28%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (12.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (6.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (4.23%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (5.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.65%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.59%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.53%) Line 50
4 1 (0.53%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.53%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 55 (29.10%) Office 365
2 38 (20.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (8.99%) Dynamics 365
3 17 (8.99%) OneDrive
4 12 (6.35%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (3.17%) SaaS
6 5 (2.65%) Trello
7 3 (1.59%) IaaS
8 2 (1.06%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.53%) G Suite
9 1 (0.53%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.35%) LAN
2 11 (5.82%) Firewall
3 8 (4.23%) Skype
3 8 (4.23%) WAN
4 7 (3.70%) SAN
5 6 (3.17%) Unified Communications
6 5 (2.65%) VPN
7 4 (2.12%) NAS
7 4 (2.12%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (1.59%) DNS
8 3 (1.59%) TCP/IP
9 2 (1.06%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (1.06%) Intranet
9 2 (1.06%) Network Security
9 2 (1.06%) VoIP
9 2 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (1.06%) Wireless
10 1 (0.53%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.53%) VLAN
10 1 (0.53%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (17.46%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (6.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (5.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (3.70%) Power BI
5 7 (3.70%) SQL Server 2016
6 5 (2.65%) QlikView
6 5 (2.65%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (2.12%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.12%) Geospatial Data
8 2 (1.06%) Big Data
8 2 (1.06%) MySQL
8 2 (1.06%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 2 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.53%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.53%) DB2
9 1 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.53%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (4.76%) Visual Studio
2 8 (4.23%) Git (software)
3 6 (3.17%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (2.65%) JIRA
5 4 (2.12%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (1.59%) Bitbucket
6 3 (1.59%) gulp
6 3 (1.59%) Jenkins
6 3 (1.59%) MSI
6 3 (1.59%) Selenium
6 3 (1.59%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.06%) JMeter
7 2 (1.06%) JUnit
8 1 (0.53%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.53%) MSBuild
General
1 24 (12.70%) Finance
2 11 (5.82%) Banking
3 7 (3.70%) Billing
4 6 (3.17%) Marketing
5 5 (2.65%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.12%) Back Office
7 3 (1.59%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.59%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.06%) Law
8 2 (1.06%) Local Government
9 1 (0.53%) Advertising
9 1 (0.53%) Automotive
9 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (19.05%) Developer
2 25 (13.23%) Analyst
3 13 (6.88%) Desktop Support
3 13 (6.88%) Project Manager
4 12 (6.35%) .NET Developer
4 12 (6.35%) Support Engineer
5 11 (5.82%) Architect
6 8 (4.23%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 8 (4.23%) C# Developer
7 7 (3.70%) C# .NET Developer
7 7 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) Security Analyst
7 7 (3.70%) Server Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
8 6 (3.17%) Administrator
8 6 (3.17%) Business Analyst
8 6 (3.17%) Customer Engineer
8 6 (3.17%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (3.17%) Service Analyst
8 6 (3.17%) SSRS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (15.87%) .NET
2 13 (6.88%) ASP.NET
3 9 (4.76%) CSS
4 8 (4.23%) AngularJS
4 8 (4.23%) ASP.NET Web API
4 8 (4.23%) HTML
5 7 (3.70%) .NET Framework
5 7 (3.70%) Node.js
6 6 (3.17%) ASP.NET MVC
6 6 (3.17%) Entity Framework
7 5 (2.65%) hapi
7 5 (2.65%) Web Services
8 4 (2.12%) Middleware
8 4 (2.12%) WCF
9 3 (1.59%) Express
9 3 (1.59%) SOAP
9 3 (1.59%) XML
10 2 (1.06%) Ember.js
10 2 (1.06%) Software Packaging
10 2 (1.06%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.76%) Data Centre
3 6 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (3.17%) Replication
4 4 (2.12%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (2.12%) User Experience
5 3 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.06%) Clustering
6 2 (1.06%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.06%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.06%) NHS
6 2 (1.06%) PKI
6 2 (1.06%) Pricing Data
6 2 (1.06%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.06%) Taxonomies
6 2 (1.06%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.53%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 75 (39.68%) Windows
2 43 (22.75%) Windows 10
3 29 (15.34%) Windows 7
4 19 (10.05%) Apple iOS
5 18 (9.52%) Mac OS
6 14 (7.41%) Windows Server
7 8 (4.23%) Windows XP
8 6 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (2.65%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (1.59%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.06%) Linux
11 2 (1.06%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.53%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (12.70%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (12.17%) ITIL
3 21 (11.11%) Migration
4 19 (10.05%) DevOps
5 18 (9.52%) Asset Management
5 18 (9.52%) Software Deployment
6 13 (6.88%) ITSM
6 13 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
7 12 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
7 12 (6.35%) CRM
7 12 (6.35%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (5.29%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (5.29%) Service Management
8 10 (5.29%) Workflow
9 9 (4.76%) Change Management
9 9 (4.76%) ERP
9 9 (4.76%) ETL
9 9 (4.76%) MVC
9 9 (4.76%) Project Management
9 9 (4.76%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 37 (19.58%) SQL
2 23 (12.17%) C#
3 17 (8.99%) JavaScript
4 14 (7.41%) PowerShell
5 10 (5.29%) T-SQL
6 7 (3.70%) Java
7 5 (2.65%) X++
8 4 (2.12%) VBScript
9 2 (1.06%) C
9 2 (1.06%) SAS Macro
10 1 (0.53%) PHP
10 1 (0.53%) Python
10 1 (0.53%) VB
10 1 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 15 (7.94%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.29%) A+ Certification
2 10 (5.29%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.06%) CCNA
5 2 (1.06%) CCNP
5 2 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.06%) Degree
5 2 (1.06%) SAS Certification
6 1 (0.53%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.53%) ISEB
6 1 (0.53%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.53%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.41%) SLA
2 5 (2.65%) QA
3 3 (1.59%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (1.06%) GDPR
4 2 (1.06%) PMO
5 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
System Software
1 52 (27.51%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.65%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (2.12%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.59%) Docker
5 3 (1.59%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.06%) XenApp
7 1 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.53%) Firmware
7 1 (0.53%) vSphere
7 1 (0.53%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.53%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 31 (16.40%) SCCM
2 20 (10.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (2.65%) SCOM
4 4 (2.12%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (2.12%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (2.12%) OpenView
5 3 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (1.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (1.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (1.06%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.06%) ThinApp
7 1 (0.53%) Ansible
7 1 (0.53%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.53%) PaperCut
7 1 (0.53%) Puppet
7 1 (0.53%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Sentry
7 1 (0.53%) Terraform
Vendors
1 18 (9.52%) Apple
2 16 (8.47%) ServiceNow
3 11 (5.82%) VMware
4 10 (5.29%) HP
5 7 (3.70%) Dell
5 7 (3.70%) McAfee
5 7 (3.70%) Veeam
6 5 (2.65%) Cisco
6 5 (2.65%) Tableau
7 4 (2.12%) Oracle
7 4 (2.12%) Symantec
7 4 (2.12%) Veritas
8 3 (1.59%) Altiris
8 3 (1.59%) Citrix
8 3 (1.59%) Splunk
8 3 (1.59%) Trustwave
8 3 (1.59%) WatchGuard
9 2 (1.06%) Google
9 2 (1.06%) Juniper
10 1 (0.53%) Vertica