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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 8 28
Rank change year-on-year
0 +20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 23 21 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 17.04% 15.44% 3.45%
As % of the Vendors category 33.82% 33.33% 10.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 11 3
Average daily rate
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£398 £350 £180
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.57% +94.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £260 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £435 £196
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 2
Average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £10.24
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +46.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £15.00 £10.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £15.00 £10.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.66%
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
68 63 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 50.37% 46.32% 31.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 30 19
Average daily rate £400 £295 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.59% -1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £240 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 7
Average hourly rate £14.00 £24.00 £15.31
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.66% +56.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £24.90 £15.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +5 7 £395 +26.40% 4
Tamworth - 1 £300 - 3
Burton-upon-Trent - 1 - - 2
Stafford - 1 - - 5
Cannock - - - - 2
Lichfield - - - -
Uttoxeter - - - -
Microsoft
West Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 30 (61.22%) MS Excel
2 19 (38.78%) SQL
3 18 (36.73%) SQL Server
4 14 (28.57%) Windows
5 13 (26.53%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (22.45%) Finance
6 11 (22.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (20.41%) .NET
8 9 (18.37%) CSS
8 9 (18.37%) C#
8 9 (18.37%) JavaScript
8 9 (18.37%) Web Services
9 8 (16.33%) XML
9 8 (16.33%) PHP
9 8 (16.33%) HTML
9 8 (16.33%) MS Office
9 8 (16.33%) MySQL
9 8 (16.33%) IIS
9 8 (16.33%) Active Directory
9 8 (16.33%) Ajax
9 8 (16.33%) jQuery
9 8 (16.33%) Time Management
9 8 (16.33%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (14.29%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (14.29%) Social Media
10 7 (14.29%) Web Application Development
10 7 (14.29%) User Experience
10 7 (14.29%) Drupal
10 7 (14.29%) PHP5
10 7 (14.29%) Technical Architecture

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 8 (16.33%) IIS
2 7 (14.29%) Apache
2 7 (14.29%) Drupal
3 5 (10.20%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 30 (61.22%) MS Excel
2 8 (16.33%) MS Office
3 6 (12.24%) MS Project
4 2 (4.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.29%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (2.04%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.04%) IP Telephony
2 1 (2.04%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (36.73%) SQL Server
2 11 (22.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (16.33%) MySQL
4 4 (8.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (6.12%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (6.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (2.04%) MS Access
6 1 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio
1 1 (2.04%) Subversion
1 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio Team System
1 1 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (22.45%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Retail
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (22.45%) Developer
2 8 (16.33%) Analyst
3 6 (12.24%) Architect
3 6 (12.24%) Project Manager
3 6 (12.24%) .NET Developer
4 5 (10.20%) Support Engineer
4 5 (10.20%) Agile Project Manager
5 4 (8.16%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (8.16%) Support Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) DBA
5 4 (8.16%) SQL Developer
5 4 (8.16%) SQL DBA
6 3 (6.12%) SQL Server Developer
6 3 (6.12%) Software Development Team Leader
6 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Developer
6 3 (6.12%) Team Leader
6 3 (6.12%) Development Team Leader
6 3 (6.12%) C# Developer
6 3 (6.12%) SQL Server DBA
6 3 (6.12%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.41%) .NET
2 9 (18.37%) CSS
2 9 (18.37%) Web Services
3 8 (16.33%) XML
3 8 (16.33%) Ajax
3 8 (16.33%) jQuery
3 8 (16.33%) HTML
4 7 (14.29%) LAMP
5 5 (10.20%) .NET Framework
6 3 (6.12%) ASP.NET
7 1 (2.04%) SOAP
7 1 (2.04%) WinForms
7 1 (2.04%) Middleware
7 1 (2.04%) JSON
7 1 (2.04%) WCF
7 1 (2.04%) WPF
7 1 (2.04%) REST
7 1 (2.04%) NancyFx
Miscellaneous
1 13 (26.53%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (14.29%) User Experience
2 7 (14.29%) Social Media
2 7 (14.29%) Taxonomies
2 7 (14.29%) Blog
3 4 (8.16%) Open Source
3 4 (8.16%) N-Tier
4 3 (6.12%) NHS
4 3 (6.12%) Replication
5 1 (2.04%) Online Gambling
5 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.04%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 14 (28.57%) Windows
2 5 (10.20%) Windows XP
3 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (8.16%) Windows 2000
4 3 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 2000 Server
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 7
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.04%) Android
6 1 (2.04%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (2.04%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (16.33%) User Acceptance Testing
1 8 (16.33%) Time Management
2 7 (14.29%) Web Application Development
2 7 (14.29%) Technical Architecture
2 7 (14.29%) PRINCE2
2 7 (14.29%) Project Management
2 7 (14.29%) MVC
2 7 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (12.24%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (12.24%) Project Planning
4 5 (10.20%) Waterfall
5 3 (6.12%) Performance Tuning
5 3 (6.12%) Resource Management
5 3 (6.12%) Scrum
5 3 (6.12%) CRM
6 2 (4.08%) E-Commerce
6 2 (4.08%) Change Management
6 2 (4.08%) OOP
6 2 (4.08%) Risk Management
6 2 (4.08%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 19 (38.78%) SQL
2 9 (18.37%) C#
2 9 (18.37%) JavaScript
3 8 (16.33%) PHP
4 7 (14.29%) PHP5
5 4 (8.16%) T-SQL
6 3 (6.12%) VB
7 2 (4.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (2.04%) Degree
1 1 (2.04%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.04%) Security Cleared
1 1 (2.04%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (16.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.08%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 1 (2.04%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 6 (12.24%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (4.08%) VMware
2 2 (4.08%) Cisco
2 2 (4.08%) Citrix
2 2 (4.08%) Sage
3 1 (2.04%) Avaya
3 1 (2.04%) IBM
3 1 (2.04%) Spiceworks
3 1 (2.04%) Symantec