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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 10 8
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 33 15 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 17.19% 8.43% 12.76%
As % of the Vendors category 28.70% 14.56% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 9 14
Average daily rate
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£450 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £370 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £400 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £175.00 £17.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+900.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
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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
115 103 178
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 59.90% 57.87% 61.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 52 43
Average daily rate £360 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £350 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £538 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £175.00 £17.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+900.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 14 (36.84%) Visual Studio
2 12 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (23.68%) MS Excel
4 8 (21.05%) SharePoint
4 8 (21.05%) Windows
4 8 (21.05%) .NET
4 8 (21.05%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (18.42%) TeamCity
5 7 (18.42%) Git (software)
5 7 (18.42%) Dynamics CRM
5 7 (18.42%) SQL
5 7 (18.42%) SQL Server
5 7 (18.42%) CRM
5 7 (18.42%) Artifactory
5 7 (18.42%) Automation Testing
6 6 (15.79%) Finance
6 6 (15.79%) IIS
6 6 (15.79%) MS Office
6 6 (15.79%) T-SQL
6 6 (15.79%) .NET Framework
6 6 (15.79%) WCF
7 5 (13.16%) Windows 7
7 5 (13.16%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (13.16%) HTML
7 5 (13.16%) JavaScript
7 5 (13.16%) ASP.NET
7 5 (13.16%) CSS
7 5 (13.16%) Windows XP
7 5 (13.16%) Migration
7 5 (13.16%) SharePoint 2013

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 8 (21.05%) SharePoint
2 6 (15.79%) IIS
3 5 (13.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (23.68%) MS Excel
2 6 (15.79%) MS Office
3 4 (10.53%) MS Visio
4 3 (7.89%) MS Project
5 2 (5.26%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 7 (18.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (7.89%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (5.26%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (2.63%) TRIRIGA
4 1 (2.63%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.63%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.42%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.63%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.63%) Data Mart
3 1 (2.63%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 14 (36.84%) Visual Studio
2 8 (21.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (18.42%) TeamCity
3 7 (18.42%) Git (software)
3 7 (18.42%) Artifactory
4 5 (13.16%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (5.26%) MSBuild
6 1 (2.63%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.63%) NuGet
6 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (2.63%) NCover
6 1 (2.63%) StyleCop
6 1 (2.63%) MSTest
6 1 (2.63%) NDepend
6 1 (2.63%) ERwin
6 1 (2.63%) MSI
6 1 (2.63%) NUnit
6 1 (2.63%) Subversion
6 1 (2.63%) ReSharper
General
1 6 (15.79%) Finance
2 4 (10.53%) Local Government
3 1 (2.63%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.63%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (23.68%) Analyst
2 8 (21.05%) Developer
3 7 (18.42%) Configuration Manager
3 7 (18.42%) Release Manager
3 7 (18.42%) Deployment Manager
3 7 (18.42%) Configuration and Release Manager
4 6 (15.79%) CRM Developer
5 5 (13.16%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 5 (13.16%) Microsoft Developer
6 4 (10.53%) Data Analyst
7 3 (7.89%) Project Manager
8 2 (5.26%) Architect
8 2 (5.26%) Consultant
8 2 (5.26%) Technical Project Manager
8 2 (5.26%) Technical Manager
9 1 (2.63%) Oracle Consultant
9 1 (2.63%) Desktop Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) Security Engineer
9 1 (2.63%) Oracle Applications Consultant
9 1 (2.63%) Business Intelligence Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (21.05%) .NET
2 6 (15.79%) .NET Framework
2 6 (15.79%) WCF
3 5 (13.16%) ASP.NET
3 5 (13.16%) CSS
3 5 (13.16%) HTML
4 1 (2.63%) Web Services
4 1 (2.63%) NHibernate
4 1 (2.63%) WF
4 1 (2.63%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 1 (2.63%) MDX
4 1 (2.63%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.53%) Open Source
1 4 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.26%) User Experience
3 1 (2.63%) Inversion of Control
3 1 (2.63%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.63%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.63%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 8 (21.05%) Windows
2 5 (13.16%) Windows XP
2 5 (13.16%) Windows 7
3 4 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (7.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.26%) UNIX
6 1 (2.63%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (18.42%) Automation Testing
2 7 (18.42%) CRM
3 5 (13.16%) Migration
4 4 (10.53%) Change Management
4 4 (10.53%) ERP
4 4 (10.53%) ITIL
4 4 (10.53%) Data Migration
5 3 (7.89%) Project Management
5 3 (7.89%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (7.89%) Data Modelling
5 3 (7.89%) Project Planning
6 2 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (5.26%) TDD
6 2 (5.26%) Test Scripting
6 2 (5.26%) BDD
6 2 (5.26%) Data Analysis
7 1 (2.63%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.63%) Incident Management
7 1 (2.63%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (18.42%) SQL
2 6 (15.79%) T-SQL
3 5 (13.16%) JavaScript
4 4 (10.53%) PowerShell
5 2 (5.26%) VB
5 2 (5.26%) C#
6 1 (2.63%) VBScript
6 1 (2.63%) VBA
6 1 (2.63%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (10.53%) SC Cleared
1 4 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.63%) MCSE
2 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (2.63%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.26%) Active Directory
1 2 (5.26%) VMware ESX
2 1 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (5.26%) SCCM
2 1 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.63%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
2 1 (2.63%) Tivoli
2 1 (2.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 4 (10.53%) Oracle
2 3 (7.89%) VMware
3 2 (5.26%) IBM
3 2 (5.26%) HP
4 1 (2.63%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.63%) Remedy
4 1 (2.63%) Perforce
4 1 (2.63%) SAP