The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Microsoft Office skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Office over the 3 months to 27 April 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.

Microsoft Office
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 44 43
Rank change year-on-year +12 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 24 49 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.26% 4.43% 3.51%
As % of the Applications category 51.06% 57.65% 33.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 21 10
Median daily rate £300 £375 £268
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +40.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £122 £190 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £435 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £288 £290
% change year-on-year - -0.86%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 11
Median hourly rate £14.00 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.40 £13.00 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.14
% change year-on-year - +14.15%  

Microsoft Office is in the software application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for software application skills.

Contract Software Application Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for software application skills 47 85 103
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 8.35% 7.69% 10.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 46 47
Median daily rate £355 £316 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.34% +5.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £168 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +3.07% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 4 16
Median hourly rate £37.48 £13.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +188.26% -52.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £12.30 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.77 £13.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £16.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year +1.12% +10.34%  

Microsoft Office
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Microsoft Office as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Office in Cheshire

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Office in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Office in Cheshire

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office in Cheshire over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Office in Cheshire

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Office in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Office in Cheshire

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office in Cheshire over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in Cheshire

Microsoft Office
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 Office within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 27 April 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
Warrington +27 6 £140 -38.46% 3
Chester +8 5 £365 +18.31% 1
Macclesfield +3 1 £350 +108.95% 3
Crewe +1 1 - - 1
Ellesmere Port - 1 £263 -
Runcorn - 1 - - 1
Winsford - 1 - -
Microsoft Office
North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Office 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 Office.

1 29 (64.44%) Microsoft
2 17 (37.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (33.33%) Finance
4 14 (31.11%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (28.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (26.67%) Windows
7 9 (20.00%) IBM Notes
7 9 (20.00%) Lotus
8 8 (17.78%) Active Directory
9 7 (15.56%) SLA
9 7 (15.56%) SAP
9 7 (15.56%) SAS
10 6 (13.33%) ITIL
10 6 (13.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (13.33%) Service Management
10 6 (13.33%) Change Management
10 6 (13.33%) Workflow
10 6 (13.33%) Incident Management
10 6 (13.33%) Problem Management
11 5 (11.11%) Banking
11 5 (11.11%) JIRA
11 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (11.11%) Windows 7
11 5 (11.11%) Project Management
11 5 (11.11%) Risk Management
11 5 (11.11%) Citrix
12 4 (8.89%) VPN
12 4 (8.89%) SharePoint
12 4 (8.89%) Windows XP
12 4 (8.89%) Telecoms

Microsoft Office
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 9 (20.00%) IBM Notes
2 7 (15.56%) SAS
3 4 (8.89%) SharePoint
4 3 (6.67%) MS Exchange
5 1 (2.22%) Confluence
5 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 17 (37.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (28.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.22%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.44%) Office 365
2 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.89%) VPN
2 3 (6.67%) DHCP
2 3 (6.67%) DNS
2 3 (6.67%) LAN
2 3 (6.67%) TCP/IP
2 3 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.67%) MS Access
2 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (2.22%) Selenium
General
1 15 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (11.11%) Banking
3 4 (8.89%) Telecoms
4 3 (6.67%) Corporate Banking
4 3 (6.67%) Financial Institution
4 3 (6.67%) Retail
5 2 (4.44%) Games
6 1 (2.22%) Legal
6 1 (2.22%) Manufacturing
6 1 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (2.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (40.00%) Analyst
2 6 (13.33%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
2 6 (13.33%) SAS Analyst
2 6 (13.33%) Service Analyst
2 6 (13.33%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (11.11%) Support Engineer
4 4 (8.89%) 1st Line Support
4 4 (8.89%) Administrator
4 4 (8.89%) IT Support
4 4 (8.89%) Project Administrator
4 4 (8.89%) Support Technician
5 3 (6.67%) 1st Line Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) IT Support Technician
5 3 (6.67%) IT Technician
5 3 (6.67%) Operations Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Programmer
5 3 (6.67%) Project Manager
5 3 (6.67%) SAS Programmer
5 3 (6.67%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) .NET
1 1 (2.22%) CryEngine
Miscellaneous
1 14 (31.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.44%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.44%) EPoS
3 1 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.22%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.22%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (26.67%) Windows
2 5 (11.11%) Windows 7
2 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (8.89%) Windows XP
4 3 (6.67%) Windows Server
5 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.22%) Mac OS
6 1 (2.22%) Windows 10
6 1 (2.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (13.33%) Change Management
1 6 (13.33%) Incident Management
1 6 (13.33%) ITIL
1 6 (13.33%) Problem Management
1 6 (13.33%) Service Management
1 6 (13.33%) Workflow
2 5 (11.11%) Project Management
2 5 (11.11%) Risk Management
3 4 (8.89%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (8.89%) Coaching
3 4 (8.89%) Data Analysis
3 4 (8.89%) Infrastructure Management
3 4 (8.89%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (6.67%) Cybersecurity
4 3 (6.67%) Data Entry
4 3 (6.67%) Defect Tracking
4 3 (6.67%) Project Governance
4 3 (6.67%) Resource Management
4 3 (6.67%) Test Scripting
4 3 (6.67%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.22%) ANSI SQL
1 1 (2.22%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (6.67%) Degree
1 3 (6.67%) HND
2 2 (4.44%) MCP
2 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (4.44%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.22%) ECDL
3 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.22%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.56%) SLA
2 4 (8.89%) QA
3 2 (4.44%) PCI DSS
4 1 (2.22%) COSHH
4 1 (2.22%) Data Quality
4 1 (2.22%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (17.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (13.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (4.44%) SCCM
3 1 (2.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 29 (64.44%) Microsoft
2 9 (20.00%) Lotus
3 7 (15.56%) SAP
4 5 (11.11%) Citrix
5 3 (6.67%) Oracle
5 3 (6.67%) Remedy
6 2 (4.44%) VMware
7 1 (2.22%) Cisco
7 1 (2.22%) HP
7 1 (2.22%) Symantec