Period
to 23 October 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 23 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
Cheshire > Chester
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 7 24
Rank change year-on-year -2 +17 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 29 33 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 13.74% 14.10% 7.14%
As % of the Vendors category 32.95% 31.43% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 20 20
Chester median daily rate £375 £285 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.58% -5.00% -
10th Percentile £290 £123 £210
90th Percentile £425 £402 £357
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £338 £400
% change year-on-year +11.11% -15.63% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 1
Chester median hourly rate £13.45 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.46% -25.71% +25.00%
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.86
% change year-on-year +34.62% -12.52% +6.14%

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 Chester.

All Vendors
Chester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 88 105 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 41.71% 44.87% 40.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 78 114
Chester median daily rate £388 £340 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.97% -17.58% +6.45%
10th Percentile £280 £218 £300
90th Percentile £469 £483 £525
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £409 £413
% change year-on-year -2.14% -0.91% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 1
Chester median hourly rate £13.45 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.46% -25.71% +3.92%
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.68
% change year-on-year +34.62% -11.44% -6.91%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Chester.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Chester

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Chester

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Chester over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Chester

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Chester

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Chester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Chester over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Chester

For the 6 months to 23 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 Chester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 15 (51.72%) SQL
2 12 (41.38%) Windows
3 10 (34.48%) SQL Server
4 9 (31.03%) .NET
5 8 (27.59%) Microsoft Excel
6 7 (24.14%) C#
6 7 (24.14%) Unit Testing
6 7 (24.14%) Windows 10
7 6 (20.69%) TDD
7 6 (20.69%) MVC
7 6 (20.69%) ASP.NET
8 5 (17.24%) HP
8 5 (17.24%) Pair Programming
8 5 (17.24%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (17.24%) BDD
8 5 (17.24%) Office 365
8 5 (17.24%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (17.24%) Break/Fix
9 4 (13.79%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (13.79%) Entity Framework
9 4 (13.79%) Domain-Driven Design
9 4 (13.79%) .NET Framework
9 4 (13.79%) Banking
9 4 (13.79%) Software Engineering
9 4 (13.79%) Dell
9 4 (13.79%) Migration
9 4 (13.79%) Active Directory
10 3 (10.34%) JavaScript
10 3 (10.34%) Finance
10 3 (10.34%) VMware

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 2 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (6.90%) MS Exchange
1 2 (6.90%) SAS
1 2 (6.90%) SharePoint
1 2 (6.90%) Skype for Business
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (3.45%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (27.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.45%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (3.45%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.24%) Office 365
2 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) Remote Desktop
2 3 (10.34%) Unified Communications
3 2 (6.90%) Firewall
4 1 (3.45%) LAN
4 1 (3.45%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (3.45%) SAN
4 1 (3.45%) Skype
4 1 (3.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (34.48%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.90%) SAS Enterprise Guide
3 1 (3.45%) Big Data
3 1 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
General
1 4 (13.79%) Banking
2 3 (10.34%) Finance
3 1 (3.45%) Automotive
3 1 (3.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 11 (37.93%) Developer
2 7 (24.14%) .NET Developer
3 5 (17.24%) ASP.NET Developer
3 5 (17.24%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 5 (17.24%) C# .NET Developer
3 5 (17.24%) C# ASP.NET Developer
3 5 (17.24%) C# Developer
4 4 (13.79%) Hardware Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) 1st Line Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) Break Fix Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Azure Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Cloud Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Migration Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Project Manager
6 2 (6.90%) SAS Developer
6 2 (6.90%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (31.03%) .NET
2 6 (20.69%) ASP.NET
3 5 (17.24%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (13.79%) .NET Framework
4 4 (13.79%) Entity Framework
5 2 (6.90%) AngularJS
5 2 (6.90%) CSS
6 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (3.45%) Ember.js
6 1 (3.45%) HTML
6 1 (3.45%) Node.js
6 1 (3.45%) React
6 1 (3.45%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.90%) Data Structures
2 2 (6.90%) Driving Licence
2 2 (6.90%) Pricing Data
2 2 (6.90%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (6.90%) User Experience
3 1 (3.45%) Clustering
3 1 (3.45%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.45%) Learning Management System
3 1 (3.45%) NHS
3 1 (3.45%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 12 (41.38%) Windows
2 7 (24.14%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.45%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (3.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (24.14%) Unit Testing
2 6 (20.69%) MVC
2 6 (20.69%) TDD
3 5 (17.24%) BDD
3 5 (17.24%) Break/Fix
3 5 (17.24%) Pair Programming
4 4 (13.79%) Domain-Driven Design
4 4 (13.79%) Migration
4 4 (13.79%) Software Engineering
5 3 (10.34%) Change Management
5 3 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 3 (10.34%) Risk Analysis
5 3 (10.34%) User Stories
6 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (6.90%) Data Governance
6 2 (6.90%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 2 (6.90%) Server Management
6 2 (6.90%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (6.90%) Translating Business Requirements
6 2 (6.90%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (51.72%) SQL
2 7 (24.14%) C#
3 3 (10.34%) JavaScript
4 2 (6.90%) SAS Macro
4 2 (6.90%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.45%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2 (6.90%) SAS Certification
2 1 (3.45%) ISEB
2 1 (3.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (13.79%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (3.45%) Firmware
3 1 (3.45%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.45%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (3.45%) vSphere
3 1 (3.45%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (3.45%) HP SIM
2 1 (3.45%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (3.45%) SCCM
2 1 (3.45%) SCOM
2 1 (3.45%) SmoothWall
2 1 (3.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) HP
2 4 (13.79%) Dell
3 3 (10.34%) VMware
4 2 (6.90%) Citrix
5 1 (3.45%) Ab Initio
5 1 (3.45%) Altiris
5 1 (3.45%) Avaya
5 1 (3.45%) Cisco
5 1 (3.45%) McAfee
5 1 (3.45%) Oracle
5 1 (3.45%) Remedy
5 1 (3.45%) Saba
5 1 (3.45%) Talend
5 1 (3.45%) Vertica