Period
to 25 March 2019

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 25 March 2019 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
25 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 9 5
Rank change year-on-year +4 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 172 144 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.11% 10.55% 14.52%
As % of the Vendors category 34.54% 25.76% 32.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 81 110
Cheshire median daily rate £402 £330 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.82% -9.28% +3.93%
10th Percentile £160 £213 £120
90th Percentile £705 £563 £500
North West median daily rate £425 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +13.33% +3.45% -2.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 17 21
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £14.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.69% -14.71% +0.95%
10th Percentile £16.60 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £17.51 £17.70 £27.50
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% -6.25% -5.69%

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 498 559 483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 43.76% 40.95% 44.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 306 355 309
Cheshire median daily rate £413 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% -5.45%
10th Percentile £261 £231 £180
90th Percentile £600 £625 £526
North West median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 37 36
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -25.71% +3.43%
10th Percentile £16.11 £11.22 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.32 £41.50 £31.88
North West median hourly rate £21.13 £15.86 £16.75
% change year-on-year +33.23% -5.31% -22.09%

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 25 March 2019.

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 25 March 2019. 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
Crewe +22 52 £500 +53.85% 3
Warrington +1 40 £350 -26.32% 17
Chester 0 24 £320 -1.54% 19
Macclesfield +2 9 £173 - 4
Alderley Edge +10 7 - -
Knutsford -13 7 £180 -34.55% 3
Wilmslow -2 2 - -
Microsoft
North West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2019, 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 62 (36.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 59 (34.30%) Windows
3 48 (27.91%) DevOps
4 42 (24.42%) Agile Software Development
5 41 (23.84%) Office 365
6 39 (22.67%) SQL
7 38 (22.09%) SQL Server
8 35 (20.35%) Microsoft Office
8 35 (20.35%) .NET
8 35 (20.35%) SharePoint
9 34 (19.77%) Windows 10
10 33 (19.19%) Active Directory
10 33 (19.19%) C#
11 28 (16.28%) Migration
11 28 (16.28%) Jenkins
12 27 (15.70%) CRM
13 26 (15.12%) Dynamics CRM
14 24 (13.95%) Java
14 24 (13.95%) ITIL
14 24 (13.95%) Node.js
15 23 (13.37%) ASP.NET
16 21 (12.21%) JMeter
16 21 (12.21%) REST
16 21 (12.21%) Static Code Analysis
16 21 (12.21%) Windows 7
17 20 (11.63%) hapi
17 20 (11.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 20 (11.63%) JUnit
18 19 (11.05%) Security Cleared
19 18 (10.47%) HTML

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 35 (20.35%) SharePoint
2 15 (8.72%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.07%) IBM Notes
3 7 (4.07%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (1.16%) CMS
5 2 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.58%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.58%) Confluence
6 1 (0.58%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.58%) Umbraco
Applications
1 35 (20.35%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.58%) CATIA
5 1 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 26 (15.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.74%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.58%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.58%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 62 (36.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 41 (23.84%) Office 365
3 14 (8.14%) Boomi
3 14 (8.14%) OneDrive
4 5 (2.91%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (2.33%) IaaS
5 4 (2.33%) PaaS
5 4 (2.33%) SaaS
5 4 (2.33%) Slack
6 3 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.16%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.58%) G Suite
8 1 (0.58%) GitHub
8 1 (0.58%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 1 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.65%) Skype
2 4 (2.33%) Firewall
2 4 (2.33%) VPN
3 3 (1.74%) Intranet
3 3 (1.74%) LAN
3 3 (1.74%) VoIP
3 3 (1.74%) WAN
3 3 (1.74%) WebEx
4 2 (1.16%) DNS
4 2 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.58%) Cisco IPT
5 1 (0.58%) DHCP
5 1 (0.58%) MPLS
5 1 (0.58%) NAS
5 1 (0.58%) SAN
5 1 (0.58%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.58%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (22.09%) SQL Server
2 14 (8.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (7.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (5.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (4.07%) Azure SQL Database
5 7 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (3.49%) SQL CLR
7 5 (2.91%) NoSQL
8 4 (2.33%) Power BI
9 3 (1.74%) MySQL
10 2 (1.16%) Data Mining
10 2 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.16%) QlikView
11 1 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.58%) Big Data
11 1 (0.58%) DataStax
11 1 (0.58%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 28 (16.28%) Jenkins
2 21 (12.21%) JMeter
3 20 (11.63%) JUnit
4 15 (8.72%) SonarQube
5 9 (5.23%) Cucumber
5 9 (5.23%) Mockito
6 8 (4.65%) Git (software)
6 8 (4.65%) Selenium
6 8 (4.65%) Visual Studio
7 6 (3.49%) JIRA
8 2 (1.16%) AdminStudio
8 2 (1.16%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.16%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.58%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.58%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.58%) gulp
9 1 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.58%) Selenium IDE
9 1 (0.58%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (6.40%) Finance
2 4 (2.33%) Law
2 4 (2.33%) Marketing
3 2 (1.16%) Advertising
3 2 (1.16%) Games
3 2 (1.16%) Local Government
3 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.58%) Automotive
4 1 (0.58%) Banking
4 1 (0.58%) Retail
Job Titles
1 56 (32.56%) Developer
2 25 (14.53%) Architect
3 22 (12.79%) Analyst
4 20 (11.63%) Java Developer
5 17 (9.88%) Technical Architect
6 15 (8.72%) Lead Architect
6 15 (8.72%) Technical Leader
7 13 (7.56%) Microsoft Developer
8 11 (6.40%) Service Analyst
8 11 (6.40%) Service Desk Analyst
9 10 (5.81%) .NET Developer
10 9 (5.23%) CRM Developer
10 9 (5.23%) Customer Engineer
10 9 (5.23%) DBA
10 9 (5.23%) SQL DBA
11 8 (4.65%) Senior Customer Engineer
12 6 (3.49%) Consultant
12 6 (3.49%) Full Stack Developer
12 6 (3.49%) Project Manager
13 5 (2.91%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (20.35%) .NET
2 24 (13.95%) Node.js
3 23 (13.37%) ASP.NET
4 21 (12.21%) REST
5 20 (11.63%) hapi
6 18 (10.47%) AngularJS
6 18 (10.47%) HTML
7 17 (9.88%) SOAP
7 17 (9.88%) Web Services
8 15 (8.72%) .NET Framework
9 14 (8.14%) React
10 12 (6.98%) ADO.NET
11 9 (5.23%) Apache Camel
11 9 (5.23%) Dropwizard
11 9 (5.23%) Spring
11 9 (5.23%) WireMock
12 8 (4.65%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (4.65%) CSS
13 7 (4.07%) ASP.NET MVC
14 5 (2.91%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (1.74%) Driving Licence
3 2 (1.16%) Blackberry
3 2 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (1.16%) iPhone
3 2 (1.16%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.16%) Tandem
3 2 (1.16%) User Experience
3 2 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (0.58%) BYOD
4 1 (0.58%) CESG
4 1 (0.58%) Data Centre
4 1 (0.58%) Data Structures
4 1 (0.58%) e-Learning
4 1 (0.58%) NHS
4 1 (0.58%) Public Cloud
4 1 (0.58%) Reference Data
4 1 (0.58%) Replication
4 1 (0.58%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 59 (34.30%) Windows
2 34 (19.77%) Windows 10
3 21 (12.21%) Windows 7
4 15 (8.72%) Apple iOS
5 14 (8.14%) Mac OS
6 6 (3.49%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.74%) Android
8 2 (1.16%) Mac OS X
8 2 (1.16%) Unix
8 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.58%) HPUX
9 1 (0.58%) Linux
9 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (27.91%) DevOps
2 42 (24.42%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (16.28%) Migration
4 27 (15.70%) CRM
5 24 (13.95%) ITIL
6 21 (12.21%) Static Code Analysis
7 16 (9.30%) Workflow
8 15 (8.72%) B2C
9 14 (8.14%) Software Deployment
10 12 (6.98%) Data Migration
10 12 (6.98%) MVC
10 12 (6.98%) Service Management
11 10 (5.81%) Project Management
11 10 (5.81%) Scrum
11 10 (5.81%) Test Automation
11 10 (5.81%) User Stories
12 9 (5.23%) Analytics
12 9 (5.23%) Asset Management
12 9 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 39 (22.67%) SQL
2 33 (19.19%) C#
3 24 (13.95%) Java
4 16 (9.30%) T-SQL
5 13 (7.56%) PowerShell
6 12 (6.98%) JavaScript
7 8 (4.65%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.74%) Python
9 2 (1.16%) PHP
9 2 (1.16%) R
9 2 (1.16%) VB
9 2 (1.16%) VBScript
10 1 (0.58%) Apex Code
10 1 (0.58%) C
10 1 (0.58%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 19 (11.05%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.81%) BPSS Clearance
2 10 (5.81%) SC Cleared
3 8 (4.65%) MCP
4 4 (2.33%) A+ Certification
5 2 (1.16%) BC Cleared
5 2 (1.16%) Degree
5 2 (1.16%) MCITP
5 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.58%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (0.58%) CISA
6 1 (0.58%) CISM
6 1 (0.58%) CISMP
6 1 (0.58%) CISSP
6 1 (0.58%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.58%) MCSA
6 1 (0.58%) MCSE
6 1 (0.58%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.23%) SLA
2 3 (1.74%) QA
3 1 (0.58%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.58%) GDPR
3 1 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.58%) PMO
3 1 (0.58%) RMADS
System Software
1 33 (19.19%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.74%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.16%) XenApp
4 1 (0.58%) Docker
4 1 (0.58%) HDFS
4 1 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (11.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 17 (9.88%) SCCM
3 4 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.16%) WSUS
5 1 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.58%) MIIS
Vendors
1 15 (8.72%) Apple
1 15 (8.72%) Dell
2 12 (6.98%) ServiceNow
3 11 (6.40%) Oracle
4 7 (4.07%) Lotus
5 5 (2.91%) Cisco
6 3 (1.74%) HP
6 3 (1.74%) VMware
7 2 (1.16%) Adobe
7 2 (1.16%) Citrix
7 2 (1.16%) Ivanti
7 2 (1.16%) Meraki
7 2 (1.16%) SAP
7 2 (1.16%) Splunk
8 1 (0.58%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.58%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.58%) IronPort
8 1 (0.58%) NetApp
8 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.58%) Tableau