The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Staffordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 31 August 2015 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 9 6 7
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 22 20 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 13.25% 17.86% 14.91%
As % of the Vendors category 44.00% 45.45% 36.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 9
Average daily rate
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£383 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.09% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £294 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.62% +3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 £9.50 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+57.89% -64.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.52 £9.50 £14.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.40 £13.35 £39.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Microsoft
West Midlands

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

Vendors Category
Staffordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
50 44 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 30.12% 39.29% 40.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 22 25
Average daily rate £375 £313 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 6
Average hourly rate £16.00 £9.50 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.42% -58.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.97 £9.50 £10.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.77 £17.10 £24.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stoke-on-Trent -1 6 £420 +52.72% 2
Tamworth - 2 £253 - 3
Burton-upon-Trent -7 1 - - 1
Cannock - 1 £161 -
Microsoft
West Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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 33 (49.25%) MS Excel
2 23 (34.33%) SQL Server
3 21 (31.34%) .NET
4 18 (26.87%) Windows
5 16 (23.88%) C#
5 16 (23.88%) Active Directory
6 15 (22.39%) SQL
7 12 (17.91%) N-Tier
7 12 (17.91%) Finance
7 12 (17.91%) .NET Framework
7 12 (17.91%) Open Source
8 11 (16.42%) Resource Management
8 11 (16.42%) Project Management
8 11 (16.42%) CRM
8 11 (16.42%) VB
8 11 (16.42%) MS Office
9 10 (14.93%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (13.43%) OOP
10 9 (13.43%) MS Exchange
10 9 (13.43%) Dynamics CRM
11 8 (11.94%) Windows XP
11 8 (11.94%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (11.94%) T-SQL
12 7 (10.45%) VB.NET
12 7 (10.45%) E-Commerce
12 7 (10.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (10.45%) Migration
13 6 (8.96%) WinForms
13 6 (8.96%) Degree
13 6 (8.96%) Computer Science

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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 (13.43%) MS Exchange
2 6 (8.96%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.99%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (2.99%) Lync
3 2 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.99%) IIS
3 2 (2.99%) IBM Notes
3 2 (2.99%) Apache
4 1 (1.49%) JBoss
Applications
1 33 (49.25%) MS Excel
2 11 (16.42%) MS Office
3 5 (7.46%) MS Project
4 3 (4.48%) MS Visio
4 3 (4.48%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.49%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 9 (13.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (5.97%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (2.99%) Exstream
4 1 (1.49%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) SaaS
1 1 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (8.96%) Internet
2 4 (5.97%) Wireless
3 3 (4.48%) Firewall
3 3 (4.48%) LAN
3 3 (4.48%) WAN
3 3 (4.48%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.99%) VLAN
5 1 (1.49%) PABX
5 1 (1.49%) VoIP
5 1 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.49%) Extranet
5 1 (1.49%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (34.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (7.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (7.46%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (5.97%) Relational Database
4 4 (5.97%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (4.48%) RDBMS
5 3 (4.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (2.99%) MS Access
6 2 (2.99%) QlikView
7 1 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.49%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.49%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 2 (2.99%) Visual Studio
1 2 (2.99%) Rational Rhapsody
2 1 (1.49%) Ant
2 1 (1.49%) Eclipse
2 1 (1.49%) Selenium
General
1 12 (17.91%) Finance
2 4 (5.97%) Games
2 4 (5.97%) Local Government
3 2 (2.99%) Retail
4 1 (1.49%) Billing
4 1 (1.49%) Banking
4 1 (1.49%) Legal
4 1 (1.49%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 12 (17.91%) Team Leader
1 12 (17.91%) Development Team Leader
2 11 (16.42%) Software Development Team Leader
2 11 (16.42%) Software Team Leader
3 10 (14.93%) .NET Team Leader
3 10 (14.93%) Developer
3 10 (14.93%) Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) Project Manager
5 4 (5.97%) Support Analyst
5 4 (5.97%) .NET Developer
6 3 (4.48%) SharePoint Consultant
6 3 (4.48%) Architect
6 3 (4.48%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (4.48%) Test Analyst
6 3 (4.48%) Consultant
6 3 (4.48%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (4.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 2 (2.99%) QlikView Developer
7 2 (2.99%) Server Technician
7 2 (2.99%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (31.34%) .NET
2 12 (17.91%) .NET Framework
3 6 (8.96%) WinForms
4 5 (7.46%) XML
5 4 (5.97%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.99%) Web Services
6 2 (2.99%) jQuery
6 2 (2.99%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (1.49%) REST
7 1 (1.49%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.49%) JSON
7 1 (1.49%) Application Packaging
7 1 (1.49%) Middleware
7 1 (1.49%) SOAP
7 1 (1.49%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 12 (17.91%) N-Tier
2 6 (8.96%) Computer Science
3 5 (7.46%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.48%) Online Games
5 2 (2.99%) Wiki
5 2 (2.99%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.99%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.99%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.49%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.49%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.49%) Replication
6 1 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 18 (26.87%) Windows
2 10 (14.93%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (11.94%) Windows XP
3 8 (11.94%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (5.97%) Windows Vista
4 4 (5.97%) Windows 7
4 4 (5.97%) Apple iOS
5 3 (4.48%) Linux
6 2 (2.99%) Windows Phone
6 2 (2.99%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (1.49%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (17.91%) Open Source
2 11 (16.42%) CRM
2 11 (16.42%) Project Management
2 11 (16.42%) Resource Management
3 9 (13.43%) OOP
4 7 (10.45%) E-Commerce
4 7 (10.45%) Migration
5 6 (8.96%) SDLC
6 5 (7.46%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (7.46%) Time Management
6 5 (7.46%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (7.46%) Document Management
7 4 (5.97%) ITIL
7 4 (5.97%) PRINCE2
7 4 (5.97%) Service Management
7 4 (5.97%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (5.97%) Software Distribution
8 3 (4.48%) Unit Testing
8 3 (4.48%) Process Management
8 3 (4.48%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 16 (23.88%) C#
2 15 (22.39%) SQL
3 11 (16.42%) VB
4 8 (11.94%) T-SQL
5 7 (10.45%) VB.NET
6 3 (4.48%) VB6
7 2 (2.99%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.99%) PHP
8 1 (1.49%) Java
8 1 (1.49%) XQuery
8 1 (1.49%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 6 (8.96%) Degree
2 2 (2.99%) ISEB
3 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.49%) MCSE
3 1 (1.49%) MCSA
3 1 (1.49%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.49%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (1.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.48%) QA
2 1 (1.49%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (23.88%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (2.99%) XenServer
3 1 (1.49%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (4.48%) SCCM
2 2 (2.99%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.49%) SCOM
3 1 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (5.97%) Citrix
1 4 (5.97%) Sage
2 3 (4.48%) Cisco
3 2 (2.99%) HP
3 2 (2.99%) SAP
3 2 (2.99%) Lotus
3 2 (2.99%) Symantec
3 2 (2.99%) VMware
3 2 (2.99%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.49%) SOASTA, Inc
4 1 (1.49%) LANDesk
4 1 (1.49%) CheckPoint
4 1 (1.49%) Dell
4 1 (1.49%) i2