The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 10 14 9
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 13 8 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 8.67% 6.02% 11.29%
As % of the Vendors category 18.31% 9.76% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 8
Average daily rate £449 £248 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+81.31% -47.89%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.72
% change year-on-year
- +9.32%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Midlands region.

Vendors Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
71 82 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 47.33% 61.65% 59.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 25 29
Average daily rate £525 £380 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.15% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £440 £580
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Average hourly rate £25.75 £35.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.42% +32.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+32.35% +3.03%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Midlands region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Midlands region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Midlands region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 14 (43.75%) SAP
2 11 (34.38%) CRM
2 11 (34.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (31.25%) MS Excel
3 10 (31.25%) SAP BW
3 10 (31.25%) NetWeaver
3 10 (31.25%) SAP CRM
4 7 (21.88%) SQL
5 6 (18.75%) C#
5 6 (18.75%) SQL Server
5 6 (18.75%) Windows
5 6 (18.75%) SharePoint
5 6 (18.75%) Project Management
6 4 (12.50%) Data Modelling
6 4 (12.50%) Active Directory
6 4 (12.50%) MS Project
6 4 (12.50%) T-SQL
6 4 (12.50%) .NET
6 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
7 3 (9.38%) NoSQL
7 3 (9.38%) Lync
7 3 (9.38%) Hyper-V
7 3 (9.38%) Data Analysis
7 3 (9.38%) Automotive
7 3 (9.38%) Manufacturing
7 3 (9.38%) NHS
7 3 (9.38%) PRINCE
7 3 (9.38%) Primavera
7 3 (9.38%) Office 365
7 3 (9.38%) Performance Tuning

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (31.25%) NetWeaver
2 6 (18.75%) SharePoint
3 3 (9.38%) Lync
4 2 (6.25%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (6.25%) MS Exchange
5 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 10 (31.25%) MS Excel
2 4 (12.50%) MS Project
3 2 (6.25%) MS Office
4 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (34.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (31.25%) SAP CRM
3 3 (9.38%) Primavera
4 1 (3.13%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (9.38%) Office 365
3 1 (3.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) LAN
1 2 (6.25%) WAN
2 1 (3.13%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (31.25%) SAP BW
2 6 (18.75%) SQL Server
3 3 (9.38%) NoSQL
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (3.13%) Power BI
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (9.38%) Automotive
1 3 (9.38%) Manufacturing
2 1 (3.13%) Aerospace
2 1 (3.13%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Marketing
2 1 (3.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (25.00%) Architect
2 7 (21.88%) Developer
3 6 (18.75%) Designer
4 5 (15.63%) CRM Architect
4 5 (15.63%) CRM Solutions Architect
4 5 (15.63%) Integration Architect
4 5 (15.63%) SAP Architect
4 5 (15.63%) SAP Solutions Architect
4 5 (15.63%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (9.38%) Consultant
5 3 (9.38%) Database Developer
5 3 (9.38%) Project Manager
5 3 (9.38%) SQL Database Developer
5 3 (9.38%) SQL Developer
5 3 (9.38%) SQL Server Developer
6 2 (6.25%) .NET Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) .NET
2 1 (3.13%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET 2.0
2 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET Web Forms
2 1 (3.13%) Classic ASP
2 1 (3.13%) COM
2 1 (3.13%) CSS
2 1 (3.13%) jQuery
2 1 (3.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) Data Centre
1 3 (9.38%) NHS
2 2 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.13%) Clustering
3 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.13%) e-Learning
3 1 (3.13%) Fintech
3 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (18.75%) Windows
2 3 (9.38%) Windows Server
3 1 (3.13%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) CRM
2 6 (18.75%) Project Management
3 4 (12.50%) Data Modelling
4 3 (9.38%) Data Analysis
4 3 (9.38%) Database Optimisation
4 3 (9.38%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (9.38%) PRINCE
5 2 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (6.25%) Business Analysis
5 2 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (6.25%) Case Management
5 2 (6.25%) Data Cleansing
5 2 (6.25%) Logistics
5 2 (6.25%) Migration
5 2 (6.25%) PRINCE2
5 2 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (3.13%) Change Management
6 1 (3.13%) ERP
6 1 (3.13%) Quality Management
6 1 (3.13%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.88%) SQL
2 6 (18.75%) C#
3 4 (12.50%) T-SQL
4 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.13%) Java
5 1 (3.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2 (6.25%) Degree
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.13%) CCNA
2 1 (3.13%) CCNP
2 1 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (3.13%) ISEB
2 1 (3.13%) ISTQB
System Software
1 4 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 3 (9.38%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.13%) VMware ESX
3 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.13%) XenApp
3 1 (3.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (3.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 14 (43.75%) SAP
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle
3 1 (3.13%) Amdocs
3 1 (3.13%) AppSense
3 1 (3.13%) Capita
3 1 (3.13%) Cisco
3 1 (3.13%) Citrix
3 1 (3.13%) Infor
3 1 (3.13%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (3.13%) Tableau
3 1 (3.13%) VMware