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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 12 18 14
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 10 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 6.49% 4.60% 7.47%
As % of the Vendors category 11.36% 7.48% 12.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 2
Average daily rate
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£450 £370 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.62% +20.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £366 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £374 £342
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
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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
88 107 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 57.14% 61.49% 61.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 21 52
Average daily rate £375 £400 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -15.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £346 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 6
Average hourly rate £35.00 £10.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+250.00% -64.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014, 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 16 (37.21%) Visual Studio
2 15 (34.88%) Windows
3 12 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (23.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (20.93%) Migration
5 9 (20.93%) SharePoint
5 9 (20.93%) .NET
6 8 (18.60%) MS Office
6 8 (18.60%) .NET Framework
6 8 (18.60%) WCF
7 7 (16.28%) Dynamics CRM
7 7 (16.28%) MS Excel
7 7 (16.28%) CRM
7 7 (16.28%) JavaScript
7 7 (16.28%) SQL Server
7 7 (16.28%) IIS
7 7 (16.28%) ASP.NET
7 7 (16.28%) TeamCity
7 7 (16.28%) Artifactory
7 7 (16.28%) SharePoint 2013
7 7 (16.28%) Automation Testing
7 7 (16.28%) Git (software)
8 6 (13.95%) Windows 7
8 6 (13.95%) Windows XP
8 6 (13.95%) Active Directory
9 5 (11.63%) CSS
9 5 (11.63%) ITIL
9 5 (11.63%) SQL
9 5 (11.63%) HTML
9 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 9 (20.93%) SharePoint
2 7 (16.28%) IIS
2 7 (16.28%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (6.98%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (4.65%) K2 blackpearl
4 2 (4.65%) CMS
4 2 (4.65%) MS Exchange
5 1 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.33%) Lync
5 1 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 8 (18.60%) MS Office
2 7 (16.28%) MS Excel
3 3 (6.98%) MS Visio
4 2 (4.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (16.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (6.98%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (4.65%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (2.33%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (2.33%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (2.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (2.33%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.33%) DHCP
1 1 (2.33%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.33%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (16.28%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.65%) Relational Database
2 2 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.33%) Star Schema
3 1 (2.33%) Data Mart
3 1 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.33%) Cognos Analysis Studio
3 1 (2.33%) Cognos Report Studio
3 1 (2.33%) Cognos Framework Manager
Development Applications
1 16 (37.21%) Visual Studio
2 10 (23.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (16.28%) TeamCity
3 7 (16.28%) Artifactory
3 7 (16.28%) Git (software)
4 5 (11.63%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (4.65%) MSBuild
6 1 (2.33%) ERwin
6 1 (2.33%) MSI
6 1 (2.33%) NUnit
6 1 (2.33%) Subversion
6 1 (2.33%) ReSharper
6 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (2.33%) NCover
6 1 (2.33%) StyleCop
6 1 (2.33%) MSTest
6 1 (2.33%) NDepend
6 1 (2.33%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.33%) NuGet
General
1 5 (11.63%) Finance
2 2 (4.65%) Local Government
3 1 (2.33%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.33%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (23.26%) Developer
2 7 (16.28%) Deployment Manager
2 7 (16.28%) Release Manager
2 7 (16.28%) Configuration Manager
2 7 (16.28%) Analyst
2 7 (16.28%) Configuration and Release Manager
3 6 (13.95%) CRM Developer
4 5 (11.63%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 4 (9.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (9.30%) Microsoft Developer
6 3 (6.98%) Consultant
6 3 (6.98%) Project Manager
7 2 (4.65%) SharePoint Developer
7 2 (4.65%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 2 (4.65%) Data Analyst
7 2 (4.65%) Team Leader
7 2 (4.65%) Technical Manager
7 2 (4.65%) Architect
7 2 (4.65%) Technical Project Manager
8 1 (2.33%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (20.93%) .NET
2 8 (18.60%) .NET Framework
2 8 (18.60%) WCF
3 7 (16.28%) ASP.NET
4 5 (11.63%) CSS
4 5 (11.63%) HTML
5 3 (6.98%) Web Services
6 1 (2.33%) Software Packaging
6 1 (2.33%) WF
6 1 (2.33%) MDX
6 1 (2.33%) NHibernate
6 1 (2.33%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.65%) Open Source
3 1 (2.33%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.33%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.33%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 15 (34.88%) Windows
2 6 (13.95%) Windows 7
2 6 (13.95%) Windows XP
3 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.33%) UNIX
4 1 (2.33%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (20.93%) Migration
3 7 (16.28%) CRM
3 7 (16.28%) Automation Testing
4 5 (11.63%) ITIL
5 4 (9.30%) Data Migration
5 4 (9.30%) Change Management
6 3 (6.98%) Workflow
6 3 (6.98%) Project Planning
6 3 (6.98%) Waterfall
7 2 (4.65%) BDD
7 2 (4.65%) Test Scripting
7 2 (4.65%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (4.65%) Data Analysis
7 2 (4.65%) TDD
7 2 (4.65%) Project Management
7 2 (4.65%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (4.65%) MVC
7 2 (4.65%) ERP
8 1 (2.33%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 7 (16.28%) JavaScript
2 5 (11.63%) SQL
3 4 (9.30%) PowerShell
3 4 (9.30%) C#
4 3 (6.98%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.33%) VBScript
5 1 (2.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (9.30%) SC Cleared
1 4 (9.30%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (4.65%) MCSE
3 1 (2.33%) CCA
3 1 (2.33%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (2.33%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.65%) QA
System Software
1 6 (13.95%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.65%) XenApp
2 2 (4.65%) vSphere
2 2 (4.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.65%) VMware ESX
3 1 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (2.33%) Xen
3 1 (2.33%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (9.30%) SCCM
2 1 (2.33%) Tivoli
2 1 (2.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.33%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 5 (11.63%) VMware
2 3 (6.98%) Oracle
2 3 (6.98%) HP
2 3 (6.98%) Citrix
3 2 (4.65%) IBM
3 2 (4.65%) SAP
4 1 (2.33%) Cognos
4 1 (2.33%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.33%) Remedy
4 1 (2.33%) Perforce
4 1 (2.33%) ProCurve