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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 14
Rank change year-on-year
0 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 49 24 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 21.49% 18.18% 6.82%
As % of the Vendors category 39.84% 54.55% 17.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 17 4
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£400 £315 £130
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.98% +142.30%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 2
Average hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £10.55
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% +32.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £14.00 £10.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £14.00 £11.01
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
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
123 44 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 53.95% 33.33% 39.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 26 18
Average daily rate £400 £300 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £420 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 9
Average hourly rate £20.50 £15.38 £15.31
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +0.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £12.60 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.75 £17.14 £19.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.14 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.65% -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 6 May 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram 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 6 May 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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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 7 £358 +10.00% 6
Tamworth - 7 £286 - 2
Burton-upon-Trent -1 2 - - 1
Cannock 0 1 £130 -48.00%
Microsoft
West Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 37 (53.62%) MS Excel
2 23 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 22 (31.88%) .NET
4 19 (27.54%) Windows
5 17 (24.64%) C#
5 17 (24.64%) Active Directory
6 16 (23.19%) .NET Framework
6 16 (23.19%) Open Source
7 15 (21.74%) N-Tier
8 14 (20.29%) Resource Management
9 13 (18.84%) Finance
9 13 (18.84%) SQL
10 11 (15.94%) VB
10 11 (15.94%) MS Office
11 10 (14.49%) OOP
11 10 (14.49%) CRM
11 10 (14.49%) Dynamics CRM
12 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (13.04%) Project Management
13 8 (11.59%) MS Exchange
13 8 (11.59%) PRINCE2
13 8 (11.59%) Agile Software Development
14 7 (10.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (10.14%) MS Project
14 7 (10.14%) Windows XP
15 6 (8.70%) Sage
15 6 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
15 6 (8.70%) Time Management
15 6 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 (11.59%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (2.90%) Lync
2 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (2.90%) IBM Notes
2 2 (2.90%) Apache
2 2 (2.90%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.45%) IIS
3 1 (1.45%) JBoss
3 1 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 37 (53.62%) MS Excel
2 11 (15.94%) MS Office
3 7 (10.14%) MS Project
4 1 (1.45%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (14.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.45%) Line 500
3 1 (1.45%) Exstream
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.25%) Internet
2 4 (5.80%) Wireless
3 3 (4.35%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.90%) VLAN
4 2 (2.90%) Firewall
5 1 (1.45%) LAN
5 1 (1.45%) WAN
5 1 (1.45%) Structured Cabling
5 1 (1.45%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (4.35%) MS Access
5 3 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.45%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.45%) MarkLogic
6 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.45%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
1 1 (1.45%) Eclipse
1 1 (1.45%) Subversion
1 1 (1.45%) Selenium
1 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
1 1 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (18.84%) Finance
2 3 (4.35%) Retail
2 3 (4.35%) Local Government
3 2 (2.90%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Billing
4 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (21.74%) Development Team Leader
1 15 (21.74%) Team Leader
1 15 (21.74%) Software Development Team Leader
1 15 (21.74%) Software Team Leader
2 13 (18.84%) Developer
3 12 (17.39%) .NET Team Leader
4 10 (14.49%) Analyst
5 8 (11.59%) Project Manager
6 5 (7.25%) .NET Developer
7 4 (5.80%) SQL DBA
7 4 (5.80%) DBA
7 4 (5.80%) SQL Developer
7 4 (5.80%) Microsoft Developer
7 4 (5.80%) Agile Project Manager
8 3 (4.35%) C# .NET Developer
8 3 (4.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 3 (4.35%) Support Analyst
8 3 (4.35%) SQL Server Developer
8 3 (4.35%) C# Developer
8 3 (4.35%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (31.88%) .NET
2 16 (23.19%) .NET Framework
3 4 (5.80%) Web Services
3 4 (5.80%) WinForms
4 3 (4.35%) XML
5 2 (2.90%) Middleware
5 2 (2.90%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.90%) CSS
5 2 (2.90%) SOAP
5 2 (2.90%) JSON
5 2 (2.90%) REST
6 1 (1.45%) NancyFx
6 1 (1.45%) HTML
6 1 (1.45%) WCF
6 1 (1.45%) WPF
6 1 (1.45%) jQuery
6 1 (1.45%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (1.45%) J2EE
6 1 (1.45%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 16 (23.19%) Open Source
2 15 (21.74%) N-Tier
3 5 (7.25%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (7.25%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.35%) Replication
5 2 (2.90%) NHS
5 2 (2.90%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.90%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 19 (27.54%) Windows
2 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
2 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (10.14%) Windows XP
4 5 (7.25%) Windows Vista
5 4 (5.80%) Apple iOS
6 3 (4.35%) Windows 7
6 3 (4.35%) Linux
6 3 (4.35%) Windows 2000
7 2 (2.90%) Windows 2000 Server
7 2 (2.90%) Windows Phone
8 1 (1.45%) Android
8 1 (1.45%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (20.29%) Resource Management
2 10 (14.49%) OOP
2 10 (14.49%) CRM
3 9 (13.04%) Project Management
4 8 (11.59%) PRINCE2
4 8 (11.59%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (8.70%) Time Management
6 5 (7.25%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (7.25%) E-Commerce
7 4 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (5.80%) Project Planning
7 4 (5.80%) Software Distribution
7 4 (5.80%) Software Delivery
8 3 (4.35%) Waterfall
8 3 (4.35%) Business Analysis
8 3 (4.35%) Document Management
8 3 (4.35%) ITIL
8 3 (4.35%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (24.64%) C#
2 13 (18.84%) SQL
3 11 (15.94%) VB
4 4 (5.80%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.90%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.90%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.90%) PHP
6 1 (1.45%) Java
6 1 (1.45%) XQuery
6 1 (1.45%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 5 (7.25%) Degree
2 2 (2.90%) SC Cleared
2 2 (2.90%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.90%) ISEB
3 1 (1.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.90%) QA
2 1 (1.45%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (24.64%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (2.90%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 2 (2.90%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (8.70%) Sage
2 4 (5.80%) Citrix
3 3 (4.35%) Cisco
4 2 (2.90%) Symantec
4 2 (2.90%) VMware
4 2 (2.90%) Lotus
4 2 (2.90%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.45%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (1.45%) SAP
5 1 (1.45%) LANDesk
5 1 (1.45%) IBM
5 1 (1.45%) HP
5 1 (1.45%) Avaya
5 1 (1.45%) i2
Staffordshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Staffordshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Stoke on Trent
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £340 - £375 per day + neg.
Posted: 27 days ago