The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Midlands region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 16 7 18
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 12 18 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 5.77% 9.42% 4.20%
As % of the Vendors category 11.54% 17.14% 8.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 1
Average daily rate £450 £280 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.71% -37.77%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £26.50 £32.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.11
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -0.72%
Vendors Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
104 105 142
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 50.00% 54.97% 49.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 36 28
Average daily rate £425 £475 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.52% +18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £650 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
Average hourly rate £26.50 £32.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% +52.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -
Microsoft
England

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 (55.17%) MS Excel
2 9 (31.03%) Windows
2 9 (31.03%) Service Delivery
3 8 (27.59%) Project Management
3 8 (27.59%) SAP
4 7 (24.14%) SQL
4 7 (24.14%) CRM
4 7 (24.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (20.69%) Social Media
5 6 (20.69%) Billing
5 6 (20.69%) QA
5 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (20.69%) SAP CRM
5 6 (20.69%) Siebel
5 6 (20.69%) NHS
5 6 (20.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (20.69%) T-SQL
5 6 (20.69%) ITIL
6 5 (17.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 5 (17.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (17.24%) MSI
6 5 (17.24%) Software Packaging
6 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (17.24%) SCCM
6 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
7 4 (13.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (10.34%) Degree
8 3 (10.34%) MS Access
8 3 (10.34%) SQL Server

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 2 (6.90%) MS Exchange
1 2 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2000
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (3.45%) Office Communications Server
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 16 (55.17%) MS Excel
2 3 (10.34%) MS Office
3 1 (3.45%) AutoCAD
3 1 (3.45%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (24.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (20.69%) SAP CRM
3 1 (3.45%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) WAN
1 2 (6.90%) LAN
2 1 (3.45%) WiMAX
2 1 (3.45%) VSAT
2 1 (3.45%) Firewall
2 1 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (3.45%) Wireless
2 1 (3.45%) Frame Relay
2 1 (3.45%) IPsec
2 1 (3.45%) H.323
2 1 (3.45%) SDH
2 1 (3.45%) VoIP
2 1 (3.45%) WLAN
2 1 (3.45%) ATM
2 1 (3.45%) DWDM
2 1 (3.45%) MPLS
2 1 (3.45%) OSPF
2 1 (3.45%) BGP
2 1 (3.45%) SMTP
2 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (13.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (10.34%) MS Access
3 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (3.45%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) MSI
General
1 6 (20.69%) Billing
2 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (27.59%) Project Manager
2 7 (24.14%) Analyst
3 6 (20.69%) CRM Manager
3 6 (20.69%) CRM Project Manager
4 5 (17.24%) Applications Packager
5 4 (13.79%) NHS Information Analyst
5 4 (13.79%) Developer
5 4 (13.79%) Information Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) NHS Business Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Dynamics AX Developer
7 1 (3.45%) Oracle Project Manager
7 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Developer
7 1 (3.45%) SharePoint Developer
7 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Network Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Technical Project Manager
7 1 (3.45%) Junior Developer
7 1 (3.45%) Technical Manager
7 1 (3.45%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.24%) Software Packaging
2 1 (3.45%) REST
2 1 (3.45%) Middleware
2 1 (3.45%) .NET
2 1 (3.45%) SOAP
2 1 (3.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.69%) Social Media
1 6 (20.69%) NHS
2 1 (3.45%) PKI
2 1 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (3.45%) iPad
2 1 (3.45%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 9 (31.03%) Windows
2 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (20.69%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
5 2 (6.90%) Windows 8
5 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.45%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (31.03%) Service Delivery
2 8 (27.59%) Project Management
3 7 (24.14%) CRM
4 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (20.69%) ITIL
5 2 (6.90%) Change Management
5 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.45%) Business Analysis
6 1 (3.45%) Network Design
6 1 (3.45%) Service Management
6 1 (3.45%) Data Migration
6 1 (3.45%) Change Control
6 1 (3.45%) Risk Management
6 1 (3.45%) Migration
6 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 7 (24.14%) SQL
2 6 (20.69%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.45%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (10.34%) Degree
2 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (3.45%) CCIE
2 1 (3.45%) CCNP
2 1 (3.45%) CCDP
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.69%) QA
2 1 (3.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (17.24%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (6.90%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.45%) NFS
3 1 (3.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (17.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 5 (17.24%) SCCM
2 1 (3.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 1 (3.45%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 8 (27.59%) SAP
2 6 (20.69%) Siebel
3 2 (6.90%) Business Objects
3 2 (6.90%) VMware
4 1 (3.45%) Riverbed
4 1 (3.45%) OPNET
4 1 (3.45%) Symantec
4 1 (3.45%) Cisco
4 1 (3.45%) HP
4 1 (3.45%) Nortel
4 1 (3.45%) Citrix
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle