The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Stoke-on-Trent region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 13 19
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 7 4 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 17.07% 9.76% 13.33%
As % of the Vendors category 43.75% 20.00% 30.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 4
Average daily rate
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£294 £300 £314
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.08% -4.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £300 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £397 £300 £336
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Stoke-on-Trent region.

Vendors Category
Stoke-on-Trent
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
16 20 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 39.02% 48.78% 44.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 13 23
Average daily rate £450 £330 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £205 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £366 £333
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.97 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-0.18% +2.70%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Stoke-on-Trent region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Stoke-on-Trent region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Stoke-on-Trent region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Stoke-on-Trent region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Stoke-on-Trent

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Stoke-on-Trent 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 8 (50.00%) .NET
1 8 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 7 (43.75%) SQL Server
3 5 (31.25%) SQL
4 4 (25.00%) C#
4 4 (25.00%) Windows
4 4 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 4 (25.00%) N-Tier
4 4 (25.00%) Project Management
4 4 (25.00%) .NET Framework
4 4 (25.00%) Degree
4 4 (25.00%) Computer Science
4 4 (25.00%) Open Source
5 3 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (18.75%) Active Directory
5 3 (18.75%) Windows 2000
5 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
5 3 (18.75%) VB.NET
6 2 (12.50%) Resource Management
6 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 2 (12.50%) Line Management
6 2 (12.50%) HTML
6 2 (12.50%) VB
6 2 (12.50%) XHTML
6 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
6 2 (12.50%) MS Office
6 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET
6 2 (12.50%) CSS
6 2 (12.50%) XML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Stoke-on-Trent by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Stoke-on-Trent 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.

Applications
1 8 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (12.50%) MS Office
3 1 (6.25%) MS Visio
3 1 (6.25%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (43.75%) SQL Server
2 3 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) JIRA
General
1 2 (12.50%) Back Office
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (25.00%) Developer
1 4 (25.00%) Support Engineer
1 4 (25.00%) Team Leader
1 4 (25.00%) Development Team Leader
1 4 (25.00%) .NET Team Leader
2 3 (18.75%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (18.75%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Web Developer
3 2 (12.50%) .NET Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Software Development Team Leader
4 1 (6.25%) Software Team Leader
4 1 (6.25%) Junior Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Systems Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Procurement Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Business Process Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Process Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Project Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (50.00%) .NET
2 4 (25.00%) .NET Framework
3 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 2 (12.50%) HTML
3 2 (12.50%) XHTML
3 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET
3 2 (12.50%) CSS
3 2 (12.50%) XML
3 2 (12.50%) WinForms
3 2 (12.50%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) N-Tier
1 4 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 4 (25.00%) Open Source
2 1 (6.25%) Online Gambling
2 1 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (6.25%) User Experience
2 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (25.00%) Windows
1 4 (25.00%) Windows XP
2 3 (18.75%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (25.00%) Project Management
2 3 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (12.50%) Resource Management
3 2 (12.50%) Line Management
3 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
3 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
3 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (12.50%) Software Engineering
3 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Web Development
4 1 (6.25%) Unit Testing
4 1 (6.25%) System Testing
4 1 (6.25%) Waterfall
4 1 (6.25%) Programme Management
4 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (6.25%) Scrum
4 1 (6.25%) Requirements Management
4 1 (6.25%) Project Planning
4 1 (6.25%) SOA
4 1 (6.25%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 4 (25.00%) C#
3 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
3 3 (18.75%) VB.NET
4 2 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) Degree
2 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (6.25%) AccuRev