Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 19 15
Rank change year-on-year +11 -4 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 29 24 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 13.74% 8.03% 9.12%
As % of the Vendors category 29.29% 20.51% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 21 10
Chester median daily rate £290 £300 £342
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -12.34% -14.44%
10th Percentile £226 £206 £259
90th Percentile £457 £356 £426
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £375 £368
% change year-on-year -6.67% +2.04% -8.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 11
Chester median hourly rate £13.00 £17.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.71% +3.92% -38.76%
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £14.00
% change year-on-year -12.52% +6.14% -6.67%

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 99 117 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 46.92% 39.13% 40.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 101 76
Chester median daily rate £350 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.15% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £260 £294 £305
90th Percentile £485 £525 £525
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 1 17
Chester median hourly rate £13.00 £17.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.71% +3.92% -6.52%
10th Percentile £11.10 £17.50 £11.91
90th Percentile £29.40 £17.50 £36.00
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £15.77
% change year-on-year -12.52% -5.77% -1.44%

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 19 November 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 19 November 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 13 (44.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (41.38%) Windows
3 11 (37.93%) Banking
4 9 (31.03%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (31.03%) HP
4 9 (31.03%) Break/Fix
5 8 (27.59%) SLA
6 7 (24.14%) MS Exchange
6 7 (24.14%) Citrix
6 7 (24.14%) Finance
6 7 (24.14%) Migration
6 7 (24.14%) Office 365
7 6 (20.69%) Windows 7
7 6 (20.69%) Windows 10
8 5 (17.24%) Relational Database
8 5 (17.24%) Local Government
8 5 (17.24%) Active Directory
8 5 (17.24%) Dell
8 5 (17.24%) ITIL
9 4 (13.79%) SQL
9 4 (13.79%) SAS
9 4 (13.79%) Firmware
9 4 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (13.79%) ITSM
9 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (13.79%) Credit Risk
9 4 (13.79%) SCCM
9 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (13.79%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (13.79%) COSHH

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 7 (24.14%) MS Exchange
2 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (13.79%) SAS
3 2 (6.90%) PegaRULES
3 2 (6.90%) SharePoint
4 1 (3.45%) IIS
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (3.45%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (44.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (31.03%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (24.14%) Office 365
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) Remote Desktop
2 3 (10.34%) DHCP
2 3 (10.34%) DNS
3 2 (6.90%) Intranet
4 1 (3.45%) DKIM
4 1 (3.45%) DMARC
4 1 (3.45%) Firewall
4 1 (3.45%) LAN
4 1 (3.45%) LDAP
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 5 (17.24%) Relational Database
2 3 (10.34%) Base SAS
2 3 (10.34%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
3 2 (6.90%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 2 (6.90%) SAS Visual Analytics
3 2 (6.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (3.45%) Power BI
4 1 (3.45%) Qlik Sense
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (10.34%) FxCop
1 3 (10.34%) MSBuild
1 3 (10.34%) ReSharper
1 3 (10.34%) SoapUI
1 3 (10.34%) T4 Templates
1 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
2 2 (6.90%) ProC
2 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (37.93%) Banking
2 7 (24.14%) Finance
3 5 (17.24%) Local Government
4 1 (3.45%) Legal
4 1 (3.45%) Marketing
4 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (17.24%) Break Fix Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Developer
2 4 (13.79%) Exchange Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Hardware Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) .NET Developer
3 3 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (6.90%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
4 2 (6.90%) Analyst
4 2 (6.90%) Consultant
4 2 (6.90%) Exchange Migration Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Support
4 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Office 365 Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Printer Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Printer Support
4 2 (6.90%) SAS Analyst
4 2 (6.90%) SAS Consultant
4 2 (6.90%) Support Assistant
5 1 (3.45%) Microsoft BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) .NET
1 3 (10.34%) ADO.NET
1 3 (10.34%) ASP.NET
1 3 (10.34%) WCF
1 3 (10.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.79%) Credit Risk
2 3 (10.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 2 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.90%) DataPower
4 1 (3.45%) CESG
4 1 (3.45%) Clustering
4 1 (3.45%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.45%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 12 (41.38%) Windows
2 6 (20.69%) Windows 10
2 6 (20.69%) Windows 7
3 3 (10.34%) Unix
4 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
4 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (3.45%) AIX
5 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (31.03%) Break/Fix
2 7 (24.14%) Migration
3 5 (17.24%) ITIL
4 4 (13.79%) Hardware Maintenance
4 4 (13.79%) ITSM
4 4 (13.79%) Proactive Monitoring
4 4 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (10.34%) Identity Management
5 3 (10.34%) SOA
6 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (6.90%) Analytics
6 2 (6.90%) Business Analysis
6 2 (6.90%) Data Analysis
6 2 (6.90%) Data Integration
6 2 (6.90%) Data Migration
6 2 (6.90%) Data Modelling
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Management
6 2 (6.90%) Process Improvement
6 2 (6.90%) Swim Lanes
6 2 (6.90%) Visual Analytics
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.79%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) C#
3 2 (6.90%) PROC SQL
3 2 (6.90%) SAS Macro
3 2 (6.90%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (10.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 3 (10.34%) MCITP
1 3 (10.34%) MCSA
1 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.45%) Degree
2 1 (3.45%) ISEB
2 1 (3.45%) SAS Certification
2 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (27.59%) SLA
2 4 (13.79%) COSHH
3 2 (6.90%) Data Quality
4 1 (3.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (17.24%) Active Directory
2 4 (13.79%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) SCCM
2 3 (10.34%) NetBackup
2 3 (10.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (6.90%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (3.45%) SCOM
4 1 (3.45%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) HP
2 7 (24.14%) Citrix
3 5 (17.24%) Dell
4 3 (10.34%) Oracle
4 3 (10.34%) Symantec
4 3 (10.34%) VMware
5 2 (6.90%) CA
6 1 (3.45%) Cisco
6 1 (3.45%) IBM
6 1 (3.45%) Juniper
6 1 (3.45%) McAfee
6 1 (3.45%) Pega
6 1 (3.45%) Salesforce.com