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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 14 16
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 5 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 14.71% 9.09% 14.29%
As % of the Vendors category 35.71% 20.00% 34.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 6
Average daily rate
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£275 £300 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -4.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -8.48%
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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
14 15 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 41.18% 45.45% 41.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 19
Average daily rate £450 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £190 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £330 £333
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £24.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
-10.25% -2.05%

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
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 22 August 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 9 (60.00%) .NET
1 9 (60.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (40.00%) C#
3 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 5 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (26.67%) XHTML
4 4 (26.67%) Web Development
4 4 (26.67%) Degree
4 4 (26.67%) Computer Science
4 4 (26.67%) Ajax
4 4 (26.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 4 (26.67%) VB
4 4 (26.67%) HTML
4 4 (26.67%) JavaScript
4 4 (26.67%) ASP.NET
4 4 (26.67%) CSS
4 4 (26.67%) XML
5 3 (20.00%) Windows
5 3 (20.00%) Windows 2000
5 3 (20.00%) VB.NET
5 3 (20.00%) Windows XP
5 3 (20.00%) N-Tier
5 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
5 3 (20.00%) Project Management
5 3 (20.00%) Open Source
5 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (20.00%) .NET Framework
6 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
6 2 (13.33%) Incident Management

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 5 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.67%) MS Office
2 1 (6.67%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (60.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) JIRA
General
1 2 (13.33%) Back Office
2 1 (6.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) Developer
2 4 (26.67%) .NET Team Leader
2 4 (26.67%) Team Leader
2 4 (26.67%) Development Team Leader
2 4 (26.67%) Web Developer
3 3 (20.00%) Support Engineer
3 3 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Business Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Business Process Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Procurement Manager
4 1 (6.67%) .NET Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Systems Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Process Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Software Development Team Leader
4 1 (6.67%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Software Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (60.00%) .NET
2 4 (26.67%) XHTML
2 4 (26.67%) Ajax
2 4 (26.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
2 4 (26.67%) HTML
2 4 (26.67%) ASP.NET
2 4 (26.67%) CSS
2 4 (26.67%) XML
3 3 (20.00%) .NET Framework
4 2 (13.33%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Computer Science
2 3 (20.00%) N-Tier
2 3 (20.00%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Windows
1 3 (20.00%) Windows 2000
1 3 (20.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Web Development
2 3 (20.00%) Project Management
2 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
3 2 (13.33%) Incident Management
3 2 (13.33%) Resource Management
3 2 (13.33%) E-Commerce
4 1 (6.67%) SOA
4 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
4 1 (6.67%) Scrum
4 1 (6.67%) System Testing
4 1 (6.67%) Requirements Management
4 1 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (6.67%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) C#
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 4 (26.67%) VB
3 4 (26.67%) JavaScript
4 3 (20.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) Degree
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) AccuRev