Period
to 23 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 6 14
Rank change year-on-year -2 +8 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 30 34 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 15.46% 15.60% 11.07%
As % of the Vendors category 34.48% 42.50% 28.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 23 8
Chester median daily rate £280 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +9.09% -31.25%
10th Percentile £190 £88 £225
90th Percentile £389 £365 £403
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £375 £323
% change year-on-year -13.33% +16.28% -0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 19
Chester median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% -22.22% +60.71%
10th Percentile £12.70 £12.60 £14.00
90th Percentile £25.95 £41.00 £37.50
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -9.38% -5.88% +5.72%

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 87 80 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 44.85% 36.70% 38.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 60 63
Chester median daily rate £325 £365 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.96% -8.75% -
10th Percentile £190 £128 £263
90th Percentile £400 £475 £525
Cheshire median daily rate £409 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +2.19% -3.03% +6.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 22
Chester median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -15.66% +23.24%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.10 £14.00
90th Percentile £36.50 £38.00 £37.50
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £17.25 £17.34
% change year-on-year -24.64% -0.52% +3.00%

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 February 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 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Chester

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 11 (36.67%) ITIL
2 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (30.00%) Banking
4 8 (26.67%) Active Directory
5 7 (23.33%) Windows
5 7 (23.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (20.00%) Local Government
6 6 (20.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (20.00%) HP
6 6 (20.00%) SharePoint
7 5 (16.67%) Citrix
7 5 (16.67%) SCCM
7 5 (16.67%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (16.67%) Break/Fix
8 4 (13.33%) Office 365
8 4 (13.33%) VMware
8 4 (13.33%) Internet
8 4 (13.33%) Workflow
8 4 (13.33%) Finance
8 4 (13.33%) Migration
8 4 (13.33%) Client/Server
8 4 (13.33%) MS Exchange
8 4 (13.33%) SLA
9 3 (10.00%) Cisco
9 3 (10.00%) Dell
9 3 (10.00%) LAN
9 3 (10.00%) WAN
9 3 (10.00%) DHCP
9 3 (10.00%) MCSA

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 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (13.33%) MS Exchange
3 2 (6.67%) IIS
3 2 (6.67%) SAS
4 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.33%) PegaRULES
4 1 (3.33%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (20.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (13.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.33%) Internet
2 3 (10.00%) DHCP
2 3 (10.00%) DNS
2 3 (10.00%) LAN
2 3 (10.00%) WAN
3 2 (6.67%) Firewall
3 2 (6.67%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (6.67%) Reverse Proxy
3 2 (6.67%) SAN
4 1 (3.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.67%) Base SAS
2 2 (6.67%) SAS Enterprise Guide
3 1 (3.33%) Power BI
3 1 (3.33%) Qlik Sense
3 1 (3.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (3.33%) FxCop
1 1 (3.33%) MSBuild
1 1 (3.33%) ReSharper
1 1 (3.33%) SoapUI
1 1 (3.33%) T4 Templates
1 1 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (30.00%) Banking
2 6 (20.00%) Local Government
3 4 (13.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Developer
2 5 (16.67%) Analyst
3 4 (13.33%) SharePoint Developer
4 3 (10.00%) .NET Developer
4 3 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
4 3 (10.00%) Break Fix Engineer
4 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
5 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET Developer
5 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 2 (6.67%) C# .NET Developer
5 2 (6.67%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 2 (6.67%) C# Developer
5 2 (6.67%) Hardware Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Support
5 2 (6.67%) Printer Support
5 2 (6.67%) SAS Analyst
5 2 (6.67%) Server Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) Support Assistant
5 2 (6.67%) Training Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) .NET
1 3 (10.00%) ASP.NET
2 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (3.33%) ADO.NET
3 1 (3.33%) LDAP
3 1 (3.33%) WCF
3 1 (3.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (13.33%) Client/Server
3 3 (10.00%) Data Centre
4 2 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (6.67%) Clustering
4 2 (6.67%) Mobile App
4 2 (6.67%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (6.67%) PKI
4 2 (6.67%) Smartphone
5 1 (3.33%) CESG
5 1 (3.33%) Credit Risk
5 1 (3.33%) DataPower
5 1 (3.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (3.33%) Management Information System
5 1 (3.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (23.33%) Windows
2 3 (10.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.67%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.33%) AIX
4 1 (3.33%) Unix
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (36.67%) ITIL
2 7 (23.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (16.67%) Break/Fix
4 4 (13.33%) Migration
4 4 (13.33%) Workflow
5 2 (6.67%) Business Analysis
5 2 (6.67%) Data Analysis
5 2 (6.67%) Data Migration
5 2 (6.67%) Data Modelling
5 2 (6.67%) Hardware Maintenance
5 2 (6.67%) Incident Management
5 2 (6.67%) ITSM
5 2 (6.67%) Line Management
5 2 (6.67%) Mobile Application Development
5 2 (6.67%) MVC
5 2 (6.67%) MVVM
5 2 (6.67%) Proactive Monitoring
5 2 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (3.33%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (3.33%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.00%) C#
2 2 (6.67%) PowerShell
2 2 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (10.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 3 (10.00%) MCITP
1 3 (10.00%) MCSA
1 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.33%) CCNA
2 1 (3.33%) CCNP
2 1 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (3.33%) ISEB
2 1 (3.33%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.33%) SLA
2 2 (6.67%) COSHH
2 2 (6.67%) Data Quality
3 1 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (26.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.67%) Firmware
2 2 (6.67%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.33%) vSphere
3 1 (3.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (16.67%) SCCM
2 3 (10.00%) NetBackup
3 2 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (6.67%) SCOM
3 2 (6.67%) SmoothWall
4 1 (3.33%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (3.33%) HP SIM
4 1 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (3.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (20.00%) HP
2 5 (16.67%) Citrix
3 4 (13.33%) VMware
4 3 (10.00%) Cisco
4 3 (10.00%) Dell
5 2 (6.67%) Juniper
5 2 (6.67%) McAfee
5 2 (6.67%) Xamarin
6 1 (3.33%) Altiris
6 1 (3.33%) Avaya
6 1 (3.33%) CA
6 1 (3.33%) IBM
6 1 (3.33%) Salesforce.com