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 29 May 2015 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 8 -
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6 10 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 20.69% 20.83% -
As % of the Vendors category 54.55% 66.67% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 6 0
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.85%
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Staffordshire

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
11 15 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 37.93% 31.25% 15.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 3
Average daily rate £325 £325 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £260 £353
10% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £525 £377
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

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 29 May 2015, 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 5 (38.46%) MS Excel
1 5 (38.46%) PRINCE2
1 5 (38.46%) Project Management
2 4 (30.77%) .NET
2 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (30.77%) MS Project
2 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 4 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (23.08%) Software Delivery
3 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Project Planning
3 3 (23.08%) C#
3 3 (23.08%) E-Commerce
3 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (15.38%) Windows
4 2 (15.38%) Windows XP
4 2 (15.38%) Web Services
4 2 (15.38%) MS Office
4 2 (15.38%) QA
4 2 (15.38%) Time Management
4 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
5 1 (7.69%) REST
5 1 (7.69%) Change Control
5 1 (7.69%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (7.69%) Open Source
5 1 (7.69%) Network Architecture
5 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
5 1 (7.69%) SDLC

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

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (38.46%) MS Excel
2 4 (30.77%) MS Project
3 2 (15.38%) MS Office
4 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Selenium
General
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Project Manager
2 3 (23.08%) Agile Project Manager
3 2 (15.38%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) .NET Developer
3 2 (15.38%) C# Developer
3 2 (15.38%) C# .NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Server Technician
4 1 (7.69%) .NET Software Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Coach
4 1 (7.69%) Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Project Support Coordinator
4 1 (7.69%) Desktop Technician
4 1 (7.69%) Project Coordinator
4 1 (7.69%) Team Leader
4 1 (7.69%) Project Support Officer
4 1 (7.69%) Development Team Leader
4 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (7.69%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Project Officer
4 1 (7.69%) .NET Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) .NET
2 2 (15.38%) Web Services
3 1 (7.69%) REST
3 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
3 1 (7.69%) JSON
3 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
3 1 (7.69%) SOAP
3 1 (7.69%) XML
3 1 (7.69%) Middleware
3 1 (7.69%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
2 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 1 (7.69%) N-Tier
2 1 (7.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
1 2 (15.38%) Windows XP
2 1 (7.69%) Android
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (7.69%) Linux
2 1 (7.69%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) PRINCE2
1 5 (38.46%) Project Management
2 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (23.08%) Software Delivery
3 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Project Planning
3 3 (23.08%) E-Commerce
3 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (15.38%) Time Management
4 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
5 1 (7.69%) Change Control
5 1 (7.69%) Open Source
5 1 (7.69%) Network Architecture
5 1 (7.69%) SDLC
5 1 (7.69%) Automated Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
5 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
5 1 (7.69%) Unit Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Test Scripting
5 1 (7.69%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) C#
2 1 (7.69%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
2 1 (7.69%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
1 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
1 1 (7.69%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (7.69%) SOASTA, Inc
1 1 (7.69%) IBM
1 1 (7.69%) VMware
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