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 3 months to 23 June 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.

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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 27 7
Rank change year-on-year +19 -20  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 20 14 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 13.99% 6.48% 13.39%
As % of the Vendors category 39.22% 14.58% 26.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 9
Median daily rate £280 £344 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.54% +14.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £202 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £435 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 11
Median hourly rate £13.00 £21.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.09% +50.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Chester.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 51 96 115
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 35.66% 44.44% 51.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 88 59
Median daily rate £360 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.72% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £279 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £361
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 17
Median hourly rate £13.00 £21.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.09% +40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £21.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.94 £21.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

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

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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Chester region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 16 (41.03%) Windows
2 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (30.77%) Citrix
4 10 (25.64%) Active Directory
5 9 (23.08%) Local Government
5 9 (23.08%) Windows 7
6 8 (20.51%) Migration
7 7 (17.95%) Finance
7 7 (17.95%) HP
8 6 (15.38%) Cisco
8 6 (15.38%) SAS
8 6 (15.38%) LAN
8 6 (15.38%) WAN
8 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
8 6 (15.38%) ITIL
8 6 (15.38%) Unix
9 5 (12.82%) VPN
9 5 (12.82%) SLA
9 5 (12.82%) Juniper
9 5 (12.82%) Firewall
9 5 (12.82%) Management Information System
9 5 (12.82%) Banking
9 5 (12.82%) Break/Fix
10 4 (10.26%) Windows Server
10 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
10 4 (10.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
10 4 (10.26%) Data Centre
10 4 (10.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint

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 6 (15.38%) SAS
2 4 (10.26%) MS Exchange
3 3 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (7.69%) IBM Notes
3 3 (7.69%) IIS
3 3 (7.69%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (2.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (10.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (7.69%) Office 365
3 1 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (15.38%) LAN
1 6 (15.38%) WAN
2 5 (12.82%) Firewall
2 5 (12.82%) VPN
3 3 (7.69%) LDAP
3 3 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (7.69%) Reverse Proxy
3 3 (7.69%) SAN
3 3 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (5.13%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (5.13%) DKIM
4 2 (5.13%) DMARC
4 2 (5.13%) Network Security
5 1 (2.56%) Internet
5 1 (2.56%) Intranet
5 1 (2.56%) MPLS
5 1 (2.56%) SSL
5 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.56%) VLAN
5 1 (2.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.69%) Relational Database
3 2 (5.13%) Base SAS
3 2 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (5.13%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 2 (5.13%) SAS Enterprise Guide
3 2 (5.13%) SAS Visual Analytics
4 1 (2.56%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) ProC
1 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.56%) FxCop
2 1 (2.56%) Grunt
2 1 (2.56%) gulp
2 1 (2.56%) MSBuild
2 1 (2.56%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (2.56%) ReSharper
2 1 (2.56%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.56%) T4 Templates
2 1 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (23.08%) Local Government
2 7 (17.95%) Finance
3 5 (12.82%) Banking
4 3 (7.69%) Manufacturing
5 2 (5.13%) Legal
5 2 (5.13%) Marketing
6 1 (2.56%) Back Office
6 1 (2.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (12.82%) Developer
2 4 (10.26%) Support Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) 1st Line Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) 1st Line Support
3 3 (7.69%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Analyst
3 3 (7.69%) Coordinator
3 3 (7.69%) Desktop Support
3 3 (7.69%) Exchange Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Printer Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) SAS Analyst
3 3 (7.69%) Security Officer
4 2 (5.13%) Break Fix Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (5.13%) Consultant
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Migration Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Network Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Office 365 Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) SAS Business Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) Senior Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) .NET
1 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET
1 3 (7.69%) EDI
2 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (2.56%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.56%) ADO.NET
3 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (2.56%) CSS
3 1 (2.56%) HTML
3 1 (2.56%) HTML5
3 1 (2.56%) MDX
3 1 (2.56%) Sass
3 1 (2.56%) WCF
3 1 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) Management Information System
2 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (10.26%) Data Centre
3 3 (7.69%) CESG
3 3 (7.69%) Clustering
3 3 (7.69%) PKI
4 2 (5.13%) Credit Risk
5 1 (2.56%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.56%) BYOD
5 1 (2.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (2.56%) Handset
5 1 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (2.56%) iPad
5 1 (2.56%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (41.03%) Windows
2 9 (23.08%) Windows 7
3 6 (15.38%) Unix
4 4 (10.26%) AIX
4 4 (10.26%) Windows Server
4 4 (10.26%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (10.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (10.26%) Windows XP
5 3 (7.69%) Windows 10
6 1 (2.56%) Android
6 1 (2.56%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.56%) Windows 2000
6 1 (2.56%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (20.51%) Migration
2 6 (15.38%) ITIL
3 5 (12.82%) Break/Fix
4 4 (10.26%) Data Analysis
5 3 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (7.69%) ERP
5 3 (7.69%) ETL
5 3 (7.69%) Hardware Maintenance
5 3 (7.69%) Identity Management
5 3 (7.69%) Information Security
5 3 (7.69%) Information Security Management
5 3 (7.69%) Security Management
5 3 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (5.13%) Analytics
6 2 (5.13%) Infrastructure Management
6 2 (5.13%) Proactive Monitoring
6 2 (5.13%) Process Improvement
6 2 (5.13%) SDLC
6 2 (5.13%) Swim Lanes
6 2 (5.13%) Visual Analytics
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.69%) C#
1 3 (7.69%) SQL
2 2 (5.13%) JavaScript
2 2 (5.13%) PROC SQL
2 2 (5.13%) SAS Macro
2 2 (5.13%) VBA
3 1 (2.56%) COBOL
3 1 (2.56%) R
3 1 (2.56%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (7.69%) ISEB
2 2 (5.13%) CCNA
2 2 (5.13%) CCNP
2 2 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (5.13%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (2.56%) Degree
3 1 (2.56%) MCDST
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.56%) SAS Certification
3 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) SLA
2 3 (7.69%) COSHH
2 3 (7.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (5.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (2.56%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (25.64%) Active Directory
2 3 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.13%) Firmware
4 1 (2.56%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 3 (7.69%) SCCM
1 3 (7.69%) SCOM
1 3 (7.69%) SmoothWall
1 3 (7.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (2.56%) DameWare
Vendors
1 12 (30.77%) Citrix
2 7 (17.95%) HP
3 6 (15.38%) Cisco
4 5 (12.82%) Juniper
5 4 (10.26%) McAfee
5 4 (10.26%) VMware
6 3 (7.69%) Lotus
6 3 (7.69%) Oracle
6 3 (7.69%) Symantec
7 2 (5.13%) Dell
8 1 (2.56%) Ab Initio
8 1 (2.56%) AppSense
8 1 (2.56%) Tableau