Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 11 23
Rank change year-on-year +7 +12 -12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 40 32 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 16.74% 12.75% 8.04%
As % of the Vendors category 35.40% 33.33% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 21 27
Chester median daily rate £345 £295 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.95% -9.23% -18.75%
10th Percentile £256 £123 £248
90th Percentile £570 £375 £453
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £350 £415
% change year-on-year - -15.66% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 4
Chester median hourly rate £16.24 £13.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.92% -38.10% +40.00%
10th Percentile £13.45 £10.50 £17.15
90th Percentile £42.50 £14.70 £31.68
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.86 £13.00 £14.18
% change year-on-year +22.00% -8.32% -5.47%

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 113 96 162
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 47.28% 38.25% 43.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 76 143
Chester median daily rate £388 £350 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -15.15% +3.13%
10th Percentile £278 £245 £295
90th Percentile £552 £488 £525
Cheshire median daily rate £380 £400 £425
% change year-on-year -5.00% -5.88% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 4
Chester median hourly rate £16.24 £13.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.92% -38.10% +24.70%
10th Percentile £13.45 £10.51 £17.15
90th Percentile £42.50 £18.33 £31.68
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.00 £13.00 £14.18
% change year-on-year +30.77% -8.32% -10.08%

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 16 August 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 16 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Chester

For the 6 months to 16 August 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%) Windows
4 9 (22.50%) C#
4 9 (22.50%) JavaScript
4 9 (22.50%) .NET
4 9 (22.50%) Windows 10
5 8 (20.00%) SQL
5 8 (20.00%) Finance
5 8 (20.00%) Migration
6 7 (17.50%) Web Services
6 7 (17.50%) ASP.NET
6 7 (17.50%) Office 365
6 7 (17.50%) User Stories
7 6 (15.00%) ASP.NET MVC
7 6 (15.00%) ITIL
7 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
7 6 (15.00%) SharePoint
7 6 (15.00%) Microsoft Excel
7 6 (15.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (15.00%) Change Management
7 6 (15.00%) MVC
7 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (15.00%) Banking
8 5 (12.50%) TDD
8 5 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (12.50%) Break/Fix
9 4 (10.00%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (10.00%) Remote Desktop

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 (15.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.00%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.50%) IIS
3 1 (2.50%) PegaRULES
Applications
1 6 (15.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (2.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 14 (35.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (7.50%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (17.50%) Office 365
2 4 (10.00%) Dynamics 365
2 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.00%) Remote Desktop
2 3 (7.50%) LAN
2 3 (7.50%) Unified Communications
2 3 (7.50%) WAN
3 2 (5.00%) Firewall
4 1 (2.50%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (2.50%) Intranet
4 1 (2.50%) Network Security
4 1 (2.50%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (2.50%) SAN
4 1 (2.50%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.50%) Big Data
4 1 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis 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 6 (15.00%) Banking
3 2 (5.00%) Local Government
4 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (32.50%) Developer
2 10 (25.00%) Consultant
3 5 (12.50%) Project Manager
4 4 (10.00%) Hardware Engineer
4 4 (10.00%) Integration Developer
5 3 (7.50%) .NET Developer
5 3 (7.50%) 1st Line Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Architect
5 3 (7.50%) Break Fix Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) C# .NET Developer
5 3 (7.50%) C# Developer
5 3 (7.50%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Desktop Support
5 3 (7.50%) Integration Consultant
5 3 (7.50%) Microsoft Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Delivery Project Manager
6 2 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Network Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (22.50%) .NET
2 7 (17.50%) ASP.NET
2 7 (17.50%) Web Services
3 6 (15.00%) ASP.NET MVC
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%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.50%) CSS
6 1 (2.50%) Ember.js
6 1 (2.50%) HTML
6 1 (2.50%) Node.js
6 1 (2.50%) React
6 1 (2.50%) REST
6 1 (2.50%) Vue.js
6 1 (2.50%) WCF
6 1 (2.50%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.00%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.50%) Credit Risk
3 1 (2.50%) DataPower
3 1 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (2.50%) Learning Management System
3 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.50%) NHS
3 1 (2.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 11 (27.50%) Windows
2 9 (22.50%) Windows 10
3 2 (5.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.50%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.00%) CRM
2 13 (32.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 8 (20.00%) Migration
4 7 (17.50%) User Stories
5 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (15.00%) Change Management
5 6 (15.00%) ITIL
5 6 (15.00%) MVC
6 5 (12.50%) Break/Fix
6 5 (12.50%) TDD
7 4 (10.00%) Release Management
7 4 (10.00%) Risk Management
7 4 (10.00%) Scrum
7 4 (10.00%) SDLC
7 4 (10.00%) Systems Analysis
7 4 (10.00%) Waterfall
8 3 (7.50%) Configuration Management
8 3 (7.50%) Project Planning
8 3 (7.50%) Validation
9 2 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (22.50%) C#
1 9 (22.50%) JavaScript
2 8 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (5.00%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (5.00%) CCNA
1 2 (5.00%) CCNP
1 2 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.50%) ISEB
2 1 (2.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.50%) PMO
2 2 (5.00%) QA
3 1 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (2.50%) Firmware
3 1 (2.50%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (2.50%) vSphere
3 1 (2.50%) XenApp
3 1 (2.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (15.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.50%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (2.50%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (2.50%) SCOM
2 1 (2.50%) SmoothWall
2 1 (2.50%) Tivoli
2 1 (2.50%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
2 1 (2.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (10.00%) Dell
1 4 (10.00%) HP
2 3 (7.50%) Citrix
2 3 (7.50%) VMware
3 2 (5.00%) Cisco
3 2 (5.00%) Juniper
4 1 (2.50%) Ab Initio
4 1 (2.50%) Avaya
4 1 (2.50%) CA
4 1 (2.50%) McAfee
4 1 (2.50%) Oracle
4 1 (2.50%) Remedy
4 1 (2.50%) Saba
4 1 (2.50%) Talend
4 1 (2.50%) Vertica
4 1 (2.50%) Xamarin