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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 10 9 13
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 17.14% 13.51% 9.68%
As % of the Vendors category 54.55% 38.46% 27.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 2
Average daily rate
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£420 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+52.72% -8.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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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
11 13 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Stoke-on-Trent 31.43% 35.14% 35.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 7
Average daily rate £295 £463 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.21% +71.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £600 £312
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £15.18 £15.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.16% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

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 28 August 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 (41.67%) SQL Server
1 5 (41.67%) Project Management
2 4 (33.33%) E-Commerce
2 4 (33.33%) .NET
3 3 (25.00%) VB.NET
3 3 (25.00%) C#
3 3 (25.00%) SQL
3 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (25.00%) MS Office
3 3 (25.00%) Windows
3 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
3 3 (25.00%) WinForms
3 3 (25.00%) Games
3 3 (25.00%) Degree
3 3 (25.00%) Computer Science
3 3 (25.00%) QA
3 3 (25.00%) Time Management
4 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (16.67%) Online Games
4 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
4 2 (16.67%) VMware
4 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
4 2 (16.67%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (16.67%) Finance
4 2 (16.67%) MS Excel
4 2 (16.67%) Migration
4 2 (16.67%) VB6
4 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 2 (16.67%) Service Delivery

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (25.00%) MS Office
2 2 (16.67%) MS Excel
3 1 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (8.33%) MS Project
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (41.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (16.67%) RDBMS
2 2 (16.67%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Ant
1 1 (8.33%) Selenium
General
1 3 (25.00%) Games
2 2 (16.67%) Finance
3 1 (8.33%) Legal
3 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) Project Manager
2 2 (16.67%) Server Technician
2 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Project Manager
2 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Manager
3 1 (8.33%) QA Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) .NET Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Software Development Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) Web Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) Software Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Designer
3 1 (8.33%) Desktop Technician
3 1 (8.33%) DBA
3 1 (8.33%) Support Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Support
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (8.33%) Administrator
3 1 (8.33%) Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) Development Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) .NET
2 3 (25.00%) WinForms
3 1 (8.33%) .NET Framework
3 1 (8.33%) JSON
3 1 (8.33%) Application Packaging
3 1 (8.33%) REST
3 1 (8.33%) SOAP
3 1 (8.33%) Web Services
3 1 (8.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (16.67%) Online Games
2 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (8.33%) N-Tier
3 1 (8.33%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (25.00%) Windows
2 2 (16.67%) Windows XP
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (8.33%) Linux
3 1 (8.33%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Project Management
2 4 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 3 (25.00%) Time Management
4 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
4 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 2 (16.67%) Service Delivery
4 2 (16.67%) Migration
5 1 (8.33%) Information Security
5 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (8.33%) Automated Testing
5 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering
5 1 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (8.33%) Resource Management
5 1 (8.33%) Release Management
5 1 (8.33%) Unit Testing
5 1 (8.33%) Test Scripting
5 1 (8.33%) Open Source
5 1 (8.33%) Network Architecture
5 1 (8.33%) Change Control
5 1 (8.33%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) C#
1 3 (25.00%) SQL
1 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
1 3 (25.00%) VB.NET
2 2 (16.67%) VB6
2 2 (16.67%) VB
3 1 (8.33%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 3 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 1 (8.33%) MCSE
2 1 (8.33%) MCSA
2 1 (8.33%) ISEB
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (8.33%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) SCCM
1 1 (8.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) VMware
2 1 (8.33%) SOASTA, Inc
2 1 (8.33%) CheckPoint