The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Staffordshire region.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 13 7
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 24 13 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 17.65% 11.30% 15.09%
As % of the Vendors category 47.06% 25.49% 29.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 7 19
Average daily rate
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£275 £270 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% -16.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £127 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £343 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 7
Average hourly rate £15.00 £26.75 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.92% +94.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.90 £14.15 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £39.35 £19.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Vendors Category
Staffordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
51 51 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 37.50% 44.35% 50.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 28 46
Average daily rate £300 £238 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -20.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £115 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £380 £372
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 14
Average hourly rate £13.50 £23.00 £16.86
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.30% +36.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £12.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £23.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.04 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-8.08% -4.80%
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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 11 July 2014.

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 11 July 2014.

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 11 July 2014. 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
Burton-upon-Trent - 6 £300 - 4
Stoke-on-Trent - 5 £370 - 6
Cannock -1 1 £275 - 1
Lichfield -3 1 - - 2
Stafford - - - -
Tamworth - - - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 20 (40.82%) SQL Server
2 19 (38.78%) Windows
3 17 (34.69%) .NET
4 15 (30.61%) MS Excel
5 14 (28.57%) C#
6 13 (26.53%) SQL
7 10 (20.41%) Active Directory
8 9 (18.37%) MS Office
9 7 (14.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (14.29%) HTML
9 7 (14.29%) ASP.NET
10 6 (12.24%) XML
10 6 (12.24%) T-SQL
10 6 (12.24%) VB
10 6 (12.24%) Windows XP
10 6 (12.24%) Ajax
11 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (10.20%) Software Engineering
11 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (10.20%) VMware
11 5 (10.20%) SOA
11 5 (10.20%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (10.20%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (10.20%) Project Management
11 5 (10.20%) JavaScript
11 5 (10.20%) Degree
11 5 (10.20%) WCF
11 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (8.16%) Windows 7
12 4 (8.16%) Open Source

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 4 (8.16%) SharePoint
2 3 (6.12%) IBM Notes
3 2 (4.08%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.04%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 15 (30.61%) MS Excel
2 9 (18.37%) MS Office
3 2 (4.08%) MS Visio
3 2 (4.08%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (4.08%) Adobe Captivate
3 2 (4.08%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 4 (8.16%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (4.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.04%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.12%) SAN
2 2 (4.08%) 3G
2 2 (4.08%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (40.82%) SQL Server
2 7 (14.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (8.16%) OLAP
5 3 (6.12%) RDBMS
5 3 (6.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (6.12%) Relational Database
6 2 (4.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (2.04%) MS Access
7 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Visual Studio
2 2 (4.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (8.16%) Back Office
2 2 (4.08%) Advertising
2 2 (4.08%) Local Government
3 1 (2.04%) Marketing
3 1 (2.04%) Finance
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (38.78%) Developer
2 8 (16.33%) Analyst
3 7 (14.29%) Support Engineer
4 5 (10.20%) Web Developer
4 5 (10.20%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (10.20%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (8.16%) .NET Team Leader
5 4 (8.16%) Team Leader
5 4 (8.16%) Development Team Leader
6 3 (6.12%) Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Lead Developer
6 3 (6.12%) Programmer
6 3 (6.12%) Training Manager
6 3 (6.12%) IT Support
7 2 (4.08%) CRM Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) C# .NET Developer
7 2 (4.08%) CRM Business Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Dynamics AX Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Applications Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (34.69%) .NET
2 7 (14.29%) ASP.NET
2 7 (14.29%) HTML
3 6 (12.24%) Ajax
3 6 (12.24%) XML
4 5 (10.20%) WCF
5 4 (8.16%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 4 (8.16%) XHTML
5 4 (8.16%) WinForms
5 4 (8.16%) CSS
6 2 (4.08%) ADO.NET
6 2 (4.08%) XSD
6 2 (4.08%) .NET Framework
6 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 2 (4.08%) WF
6 2 (4.08%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 2 (4.08%) REST
7 1 (2.04%) Task Parallel Library
7 1 (2.04%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.16%) N-Tier
1 4 (8.16%) Computer Science
1 4 (8.16%) Open Source
2 2 (4.08%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 19 (38.78%) Windows
2 6 (12.24%) Windows XP
3 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (8.16%) Windows 7
3 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (6.12%) Windows 2000
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.04%) Linux
6 1 (2.04%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (10.20%) SOA
1 5 (10.20%) Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.20%) Project Management
1 5 (10.20%) Software Engineering
1 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (8.16%) Web Development
2 4 (8.16%) Programme Management
2 4 (8.16%) PRINCE2
3 3 (6.12%) Data Modelling
3 3 (6.12%) OO
3 3 (6.12%) ITIL
3 3 (6.12%) MVC
3 3 (6.12%) Resource Management
4 2 (4.08%) TOGAF
4 2 (4.08%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (4.08%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (4.08%) Business Analysis
4 2 (4.08%) Incident Management
4 2 (4.08%) Workflow
4 2 (4.08%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (28.57%) C#
2 13 (26.53%) SQL
3 6 (12.24%) T-SQL
3 6 (12.24%) VB
4 5 (10.20%) JavaScript
5 3 (6.12%) VB.NET
5 3 (6.12%) VBA
5 3 (6.12%) VBScript
6 2 (4.08%) LotusScript
6 2 (4.08%) Java
7 1 (2.04%) PHP
7 1 (2.04%) X++
Qualifications
1 5 (10.20%) Microsoft Certification
1 5 (10.20%) Degree
2 2 (4.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 2 (4.08%) MCSE
3 1 (2.04%) ISEB
3 1 (2.04%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (20.41%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.08%) vSphere
4 1 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 2 (4.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (10.20%) VMware
2 3 (6.12%) 3PAR
2 3 (6.12%) Cisco
2 3 (6.12%) Adobe
2 3 (6.12%) HP
2 3 (6.12%) Lotus
3 2 (4.08%) DevExpress
4 1 (2.04%) JD Edwards
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle
4 1 (2.04%) SAP
4 1 (2.04%) Siebel
4 1 (2.04%) Citrix