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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 2 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
+4 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 33 45 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 22.30% 20.64% 18.80%
As % of the Vendors category 62.26% 38.46% 54.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 21 17
Average daily rate £333 £400 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.87% +26.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £400 £392
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 1
Average hourly rate £10.96 £14.75 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.72% +5.35%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.89%
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
53 117 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 35.81% 53.67% 34.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 64 25
Average daily rate £375 £400 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +39.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £423
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 6
Average hourly rate £10.96 £20.50 £17.03
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.56% +20.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.56 £10.80 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.21 £33.25 £24.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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
Stoke-on-Trent +3 15 £438 +16.27% 2
Stafford - 7 £140 - 1
Cannock - 2 - -
Lichfield - 2 - - 1
Burton-upon-Trent +4 1 £275 -
Tamworth -3 1 £333 +15.65% 9
Microsoft
West Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 16 (32.65%) Windows
2 15 (30.61%) SQL Server
3 12 (24.49%) C#
3 12 (24.49%) .NET
3 12 (24.49%) Business Intelligence
4 11 (22.45%) SQL
4 11 (22.45%) MS Office
5 10 (20.41%) Finance
6 9 (18.37%) Active Directory
7 8 (16.33%) MS Excel
7 8 (16.33%) Windows Server
8 7 (14.29%) PowerShell
8 7 (14.29%) ITIL
9 6 (12.24%) CRM
9 6 (12.24%) T-SQL
9 6 (12.24%) Cisco
9 6 (12.24%) SOA
9 6 (12.24%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (12.24%) TDD
9 6 (12.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (12.24%) Degree
9 6 (12.24%) Dynamics CRM
9 6 (12.24%) Release Management
9 6 (12.24%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (10.20%) TeamCity
10 5 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (10.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (10.20%) Waterfall
10 5 (10.20%) Relational Database
10 5 (10.20%) Octopus Deploy

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 2 (4.08%) IIS
2 1 (2.04%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (22.45%) MS Office
2 8 (16.33%) MS Excel
3 4 (8.16%) MS Project
4 1 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.04%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (12.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (6.12%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.04%) OpenText VIM for SAP
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Office 365
2 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (2.04%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) Ethernet
1 2 (4.08%) IPv4
1 2 (4.08%) SSL
1 2 (4.08%) Unified Communications
1 2 (4.08%) Wireless
2 1 (2.04%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (30.61%) SQL Server
2 6 (12.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (10.20%) Relational Database
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (8.16%) NoSQL
4 4 (8.16%) RDBMS
4 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.04%) MS Access
5 1 (2.04%) QlikView
5 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (12.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (10.20%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (10.20%) TeamCity
3 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (20.41%) Finance
2 4 (8.16%) Games
3 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.04%) Advertising
4 1 (2.04%) Electronics
4 1 (2.04%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (16.33%) Analyst
2 6 (12.24%) Support Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) Developer
3 5 (10.20%) Project Manager
4 4 (8.16%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (6.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 3 (6.12%) Environment Manager
5 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Developer
5 3 (6.12%) Windows Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Windows Support Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) 1st Line Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) CRM Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) Microsoft BI Developer
6 2 (4.08%) SSIS Developer
6 2 (4.08%) T-SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (24.49%) .NET
2 5 (10.20%) WinForms
3 2 (4.08%) Web Services
4 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.04%) CSS
4 1 (2.04%) CSS3
4 1 (2.04%) HTML
4 1 (2.04%) HTML5
4 1 (2.04%) LINQ
4 1 (2.04%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.20%) Client/Server
1 5 (10.20%) Computer Science
2 4 (8.16%) Driving Licence
2 4 (8.16%) Online Games
3 3 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.08%) NHS
4 2 (4.08%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.04%) Data Extraction
5 1 (2.04%) Data Integration
5 1 (2.04%) e-Learning
5 1 (2.04%) Fat Client
5 1 (2.04%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (2.04%) Freedom of Information Act
5 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.04%) N-Tier
5 1 (2.04%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 16 (32.65%) Windows
2 8 (16.33%) Windows Server
3 4 (8.16%) Windows 7
4 3 (6.12%) Windows XP
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (24.49%) Business Intelligence
2 7 (14.29%) ITIL
3 6 (12.24%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (12.24%) CRM
3 6 (12.24%) Release Management
3 6 (12.24%) SOA
3 6 (12.24%) TDD
4 5 (10.20%) Configuration Management
4 5 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (10.20%) Project Management
4 5 (10.20%) Scrum
4 5 (10.20%) SDLC
4 5 (10.20%) Waterfall
5 4 (8.16%) Customer Engagement
5 4 (8.16%) E-Commerce
5 4 (8.16%) Resource Management
6 3 (6.12%) Data Migration
6 3 (6.12%) Migration
6 3 (6.12%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (4.08%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 12 (24.49%) C#
2 11 (22.45%) SQL
3 7 (14.29%) PowerShell
4 6 (12.24%) T-SQL
5 5 (10.20%) Java
5 5 (10.20%) VB.NET
6 4 (8.16%) VB
6 4 (8.16%) VB6
7 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.04%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (12.24%) Degree
2 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.04%) CCAA
3 1 (2.04%) CCENT
3 1 (2.04%) CISM
3 1 (2.04%) CISMP
3 1 (2.04%) CISSP
3 1 (2.04%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (2.04%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) Data Quality
1 1 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 9 (18.37%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.08%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (2.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (12.24%) Cisco
2 5 (10.20%) Citrix
3 2 (4.08%) SAP
3 2 (4.08%) VMware
4 1 (2.04%) Capita
4 1 (2.04%) HP
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle
4 1 (2.04%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.04%) Symantec