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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 11 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 15 20 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 10.71% 21.74% 18.71%
As % of the Vendors category 38.46% 51.28% 40.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 15
Average daily rate £370 £313 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.40% -14.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £239 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £405 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 1
Average hourly rate £13.81 £14.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.39% -6.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
39 39 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 27.86% 42.39% 46.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 22 32
Average daily rate £390 £348 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.23% +13.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £202 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £448 £432
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 10
Average hourly rate £17.00 £14.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -41.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Stafford +1 3 £135 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent -8 3 £385 +18.46% 9
Cannock -2 2 - -
Burton-upon-Trent -3 2 £363 - 1
Tamworth -2 1 £120 -60.00% 3
Microsoft
West Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 18 (52.94%) SQL
2 17 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 16 (47.06%) T-SQL
4 14 (41.18%) C#
4 14 (41.18%) .NET
5 10 (29.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (26.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (26.47%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (26.47%) VB.NET
7 8 (23.53%) Finance
7 8 (23.53%) MS Excel
7 8 (23.53%) E-Commerce
7 8 (23.53%) Degree
7 8 (23.53%) WinForms
8 7 (20.59%) Games
8 7 (20.59%) Computer Science
9 6 (17.65%) Online Games
9 6 (17.65%) VB6
9 6 (17.65%) RDBMS
9 6 (17.65%) Windows
9 6 (17.65%) VB
9 6 (17.65%) Project Management
9 6 (17.65%) NoSQL
9 6 (17.65%) Relational Database
10 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (14.71%) MS Office
10 5 (14.71%) ITIL
11 4 (11.76%) ASP.NET
11 4 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
11 4 (11.76%) Active Directory

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 1 (2.94%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (23.53%) MS Excel
2 5 (14.71%) MS Office
3 2 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (5.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (29.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (26.47%) SQL Server 2005
3 9 (26.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (17.65%) NoSQL
4 6 (17.65%) RDBMS
4 6 (17.65%) Relational Database
5 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (8.82%) SQL Server 2000
6 3 (8.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (5.88%) MS Access
8 1 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (2.94%) QlikView
8 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (23.53%) Finance
2 7 (20.59%) Games
3 1 (2.94%) Advertising
3 1 (2.94%) Legal
3 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (26.47%) Developer
2 6 (17.65%) SQL Developer
3 5 (14.71%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (14.71%) DBA
3 5 (14.71%) SQL DBA
3 5 (14.71%) Support Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Developer
4 4 (11.76%) SQL Server Developer
5 3 (8.82%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) SQL Server DBA
6 2 (5.88%) .NET Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Administrator
6 2 (5.88%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Business Manager
6 2 (5.88%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.88%) Technical Leader
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (41.18%) .NET
2 8 (23.53%) WinForms
3 4 (11.76%) ASP.NET
4 2 (5.88%) .NET Framework
4 2 (5.88%) CSS
4 2 (5.88%) HTML
5 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (2.94%) CSS3
5 1 (2.94%) HTML5
5 1 (2.94%) LINQ
5 1 (2.94%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Computer Science
2 6 (17.65%) Online Games
3 3 (8.82%) Driving Licence
3 3 (8.82%) N-Tier
3 3 (8.82%) Replication
4 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.88%) NHS
4 2 (5.88%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.94%) Data Integration
5 1 (2.94%) e-Learning
5 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
5 1 (2.94%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (2.94%) Freedom of Information Act
5 1 (2.94%) Streaming Video
5 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 6 (17.65%) Windows
2 3 (8.82%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.94%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (23.53%) E-Commerce
2 6 (17.65%) Project Management
3 5 (14.71%) ITIL
4 4 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
5 3 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (8.82%) CRM
5 3 (8.82%) High Availability
6 2 (5.88%) BPMN
6 2 (5.88%) Business Continuity
6 2 (5.88%) Business Performance Management
6 2 (5.88%) Lean Six Sigma
6 2 (5.88%) MVC
6 2 (5.88%) OOP
6 2 (5.88%) Performance Management
6 2 (5.88%) Process Management
6 2 (5.88%) Six Sigma
6 2 (5.88%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (5.88%) TDD
6 2 (5.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 18 (52.94%) SQL
2 16 (47.06%) T-SQL
3 14 (41.18%) C#
4 9 (26.47%) VB.NET
5 6 (17.65%) VB
5 6 (17.65%) VB6
6 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
6 2 (5.88%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (23.53%) Degree
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.94%) CCAA
3 1 (2.94%) CCENT
3 1 (2.94%) CISM
3 1 (2.94%) CISMP
3 1 (2.94%) CISSP
3 1 (2.94%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (2.94%) MCSA
3 1 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (11.76%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) Citrix
2 3 (8.82%) Cisco
3 2 (5.88%) VMware
4 1 (2.94%) Capita
4 1 (2.94%) HP
4 1 (2.94%) Oracle
4 1 (2.94%) SAP
4 1 (2.94%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.94%) Symantec