Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 6 14
Rank change year-on-year 0 +8 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 40 40 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 17.39% 17.86% 11.91%
As % of the Vendors category 38.10% 47.06% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 28 20
Chester median daily rate £330 £295 £346
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.86% -14.74% -13.50%
10th Percentile £232 £89 £209
90th Percentile £549 £365 £455
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £350 £422
% change year-on-year - -17.06% +5.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 17
Chester median hourly rate £35.00 £15.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +125.81% -26.19% +50.00%
10th Percentile £16.10 £10.50 £15.30
90th Percentile £37.50 £36.50 £37.50
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -9.38% -5.88% +13.33%

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 105 85 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 45.65% 37.95% 41.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 66 101
Chester median daily rate £375 £331 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.21% -17.19% -
10th Percentile £225 £123 £258
90th Percentile £575 £475 £469
Cheshire median daily rate £380 £388 £425
% change year-on-year -1.94% -8.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 18
Chester median hourly rate £32.50 £15.15 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +114.52% -27.86% +29.23%
10th Percentile £16.35 £10.50 £14.70
90th Percentile £46.00 £31.63 £37.50
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.00 £17.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.04% +1.47% -

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 20 May 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 20 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Chester

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 14 (35.00%) CRM
1 14 (35.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (32.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 11 (27.50%) ITIL
4 10 (25.00%) C#
4 10 (25.00%) .NET
5 8 (20.00%) Migration
5 8 (20.00%) ASP.NET
5 8 (20.00%) SharePoint
5 8 (20.00%) Finance
6 7 (17.50%) ASP.NET MVC
6 7 (17.50%) JavaScript
6 7 (17.50%) Web Services
6 7 (17.50%) MVC
7 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (12.50%) Banking
8 5 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (12.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 5 (12.50%) Scrum
8 5 (12.50%) SQL
8 5 (12.50%) LAN
8 5 (12.50%) WAN
8 5 (12.50%) Active Directory
8 5 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
9 4 (10.00%) SDLC
9 4 (10.00%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (10.00%) Waterfall
9 4 (10.00%) User Stories

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 8 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (5.00%) IIS
2 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.00%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.50%) PegaRULES
3 1 (2.50%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 14 (35.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (7.50%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.00%) Dynamics 365
1 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (10.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.50%) LAN
1 5 (12.50%) WAN
2 4 (10.00%) Internet
3 3 (7.50%) Firewall
4 2 (5.00%) Reverse Proxy
4 2 (5.00%) SAN
5 1 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (2.50%) Intranet
5 1 (2.50%) Network Security
5 1 (2.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) SQL Server
1 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (2.50%) Base SAS
2 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.50%) FxCop
2 1 (2.50%) MSBuild
2 1 (2.50%) ReSharper
2 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.50%) T4 Templates
2 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (20.00%) Finance
2 5 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (10.00%) Local Government
4 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (40.00%) Developer
2 9 (22.50%) Consultant
3 6 (15.00%) Analyst
4 5 (12.50%) Microsoft Developer
5 4 (10.00%) .NET Developer
5 4 (10.00%) C# .NET Developer
5 4 (10.00%) C# Developer
5 4 (10.00%) Integration Developer
5 4 (10.00%) SharePoint Developer
6 3 (7.50%) Architect
6 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET Developer
6 3 (7.50%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 3 (7.50%) Integration Consultant
6 3 (7.50%) Network Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) Project Manager
6 3 (7.50%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (5.00%) Delivery Project Manager
7 2 (5.00%) Desktop Support
7 2 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (5.00%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (25.00%) .NET
2 8 (20.00%) ASP.NET
3 7 (17.50%) ASP.NET MVC
3 7 (17.50%) Web Services
4 4 (10.00%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (10.00%) SOAP
5 2 (5.00%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.50%) ADO.NET
6 1 (2.50%) REST
6 1 (2.50%) WCF
6 1 (2.50%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
1 5 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (10.00%) Client/Server
3 3 (7.50%) Mobile App
4 2 (5.00%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (5.00%) PKI
4 2 (5.00%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.50%) Clustering
5 1 (2.50%) Credit Risk
5 1 (2.50%) DataPower
5 1 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (2.50%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.00%) Windows
2 2 (5.00%) Windows 10
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.00%) CRM
2 13 (32.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 11 (27.50%) ITIL
4 8 (20.00%) Migration
5 7 (17.50%) MVC
6 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (12.50%) Scrum
8 4 (10.00%) SDLC
8 4 (10.00%) Systems Analysis
8 4 (10.00%) TDD
8 4 (10.00%) User Stories
8 4 (10.00%) Waterfall
8 4 (10.00%) Workflow
9 3 (7.50%) Change Management
9 3 (7.50%) Configuration Management
9 3 (7.50%) ITIL V3
9 3 (7.50%) Mobile Application Development
9 3 (7.50%) Risk Management
9 3 (7.50%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.00%) C#
2 7 (17.50%) JavaScript
3 5 (12.50%) SQL
4 3 (7.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (7.50%) CCNA
1 3 (7.50%) CCNP
1 3 (7.50%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.50%) PMO
2 2 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 5 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 3 (7.50%) Hyper-V
2 3 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (5.00%) vSphere
3 2 (5.00%) XenApp
4 1 (2.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (12.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (5.00%) SCOM
2 2 (5.00%) SmoothWall
2 2 (5.00%) WSUS
3 1 (2.50%) CA Service Virtualization
3 1 (2.50%) HP SIM
3 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (2.50%) SCCM
3 1 (2.50%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.50%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 4 (10.00%) Cisco
1 4 (10.00%) Citrix
2 3 (7.50%) Juniper
2 3 (7.50%) VMware
2 3 (7.50%) Xamarin
3 2 (5.00%) Avaya
3 2 (5.00%) McAfee
4 1 (2.50%) Altiris
4 1 (2.50%) CA
4 1 (2.50%) HP