The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 7 7
Rank change year-on-year
+3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 356 248 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.61% 11.48% 12.38%
As % of the Vendors category 32.22% 24.01% 24.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 127 95
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £160 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 27 51
Average hourly rate £13.00 £12.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -24.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.05 £9.85 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £24.40 £29.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.65 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.89% -17.27%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Vendors Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1105 1033 993
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 48.46% 47.80% 49.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 583 505 431
Average daily rate £350 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 77 97
Average hourly rate £15.85 £17.48 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.29% -22.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.22 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £30.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 December 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Birmingham -2 93 £325 -7.14% 74
Coventry +12 50 £350 -19.54% 16
Warwickshire +6 50 £195 -39.06% 18
Staffordshire +5 24 £338 +12.50% 16
Shropshire +11 22 £267 -9.57% 4
Worcestershire +4 20 £350 +12.00% 6
Herefordshire +3 17 £370 +37.03% 2
Solihull -2 6 £413 +59.26% 8
Wolverhampton +3 5 £200 -33.33% 5
West Bromwich +2 4 £300 -
Sutton Coldfield - 3 £375 -
Walsall - 3 - - 1
Dudley -1 1 £200 -23.07%
Halesowen - - - -
Kingswinford - - - -
Stourbridge - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
Wednesbury - - - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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.

1 237 (33.47%) MS Excel
2 214 (30.23%) Windows
3 163 (23.02%) MS Office
4 148 (20.90%) .NET
5 146 (20.62%) SQL Server
6 133 (18.79%) SQL
7 129 (18.22%) Active Directory
8 109 (15.40%) Finance
9 103 (14.55%) ITIL
10 101 (14.27%) C#
10 101 (14.27%) Agile Software Development
11 89 (12.57%) CRM
12 88 (12.43%) SharePoint
13 85 (12.01%) VMware
14 84 (11.86%) Dynamics CRM
15 82 (11.58%) JavaScript
16 77 (10.88%) Windows Server 2008
17 69 (9.75%) HTML
18 68 (9.60%) Windows XP
19 65 (9.18%) ASP.NET
20 63 (8.90%) Security Cleared
21 60 (8.47%) CSS
22 59 (8.33%) Windows 7
23 58 (8.19%) Analytical Skills
24 57 (8.05%) MS Exchange
24 57 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
25 55 (7.77%) Migration
26 53 (7.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 52 (7.34%) Web Services
28 51 (7.20%) Citrix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 88 (12.43%) SharePoint
2 57 (8.05%) MS Exchange
3 30 (4.24%) BizTalk Server
4 20 (2.82%) IIS
5 16 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2003
6 13 (1.84%) IBM Notes
6 13 (1.84%) SharePoint 2010
7 12 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (1.41%) Lync
8 10 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2010
9 9 (1.27%) Apache
10 8 (1.13%) WebSphere
10 8 (1.13%) Drupal
11 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.28%) Documentum
12 2 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2013
12 2 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.14%) WebLogic
13 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 237 (33.47%) MS Excel
2 163 (23.02%) MS Office
3 44 (6.21%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (3.53%) MS Project
5 22 (3.11%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.99%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.71%) PowerPivot
8 4 (0.56%) Adobe Captivate
8 4 (0.56%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.28%) CATIA
10 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.14%) SPSS
10 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 84 (11.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (3.67%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.85%) CA Clarity
4 5 (0.71%) TRIRIGA
5 3 (0.42%) Maximo
5 3 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.28%) BPCS
6 2 (0.28%) Eikon
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.14%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 41 (5.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (1.41%) Office 365
3 8 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (0.56%) SaaS
5 2 (0.28%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.94%) TCP/IP
2 34 (4.80%) SAN
3 32 (4.52%) DNS
4 30 (4.24%) DHCP
5 21 (2.97%) WAN
6 20 (2.82%) LAN
7 18 (2.54%) Firewall
7 18 (2.54%) NAS
8 11 (1.55%) VLAN
9 9 (1.27%) Internet
10 7 (0.99%) VoIP
11 5 (0.71%) Intranet
11 5 (0.71%) 3G
12 4 (0.56%) VPN
12 4 (0.56%) HTTP
12 4 (0.56%) Intrusion Detection
13 3 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
13 3 (0.42%) 2G
13 3 (0.42%) Network Security
13 3 (0.42%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 146 (20.62%) SQL Server
2 53 (7.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 44 (6.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (5.23%) SQL Server 2008
5 25 (3.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (2.40%) MySQL
8 14 (1.98%) SQL Server 2005
9 12 (1.69%) MS Access
10 11 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (1.55%) Relational Database
11 7 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
12 5 (0.71%) SQL Server 2000
12 5 (0.71%) OLAP
12 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.71%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.56%) OLAP Cube
13 4 (0.56%) DB2
13 4 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
14 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 47 (6.64%) Visual Studio
2 38 (5.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (2.12%) MSBuild
4 14 (1.98%) Subversion
5 12 (1.69%) SpecFlow
5 12 (1.69%) MSTest
6 11 (1.55%) NDepend
6 11 (1.55%) ReSharper
6 11 (1.55%) NCover
6 11 (1.55%) StyleCop
6 11 (1.55%) NUnit
7 10 (1.41%) JIRA
8 7 (0.99%) Visual Studio Team System
9 5 (0.71%) NuGet
10 4 (0.56%) Git (software)
11 2 (0.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.28%) SoapUI
12 1 (0.14%) WiX
12 1 (0.14%) Oracle APEX
12 1 (0.14%) MSI
General
1 109 (15.40%) Finance
2 37 (5.23%) Advertising
3 18 (2.54%) Banking
4 17 (2.40%) Automotive
5 11 (1.55%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.41%) Publishing
7 9 (1.27%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.13%) Retail
9 7 (0.99%) Legal
10 5 (0.71%) Local Government
10 5 (0.71%) Marketing
11 4 (0.56%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.42%) Back Office
13 2 (0.28%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.28%) Billing
13 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Games
14 1 (0.14%) Military
14 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 162 (22.88%) Analyst
2 153 (21.61%) Developer
3 52 (7.34%) Architect
4 47 (6.64%) Support Engineer
5 45 (6.36%) Support Analyst
6 43 (6.07%) .NET Developer
7 40 (5.65%) Consultant
8 32 (4.52%) 2nd Line Support
9 30 (4.24%) Service Analyst
10 29 (4.10%) CRM Developer
11 28 (3.95%) Data Analyst
12 27 (3.81%) Administrator
13 26 (3.67%) Microsoft Developer
14 23 (3.25%) 3rd Line Support
14 23 (3.25%) Project Manager
14 23 (3.25%) Desktop Support
15 21 (2.97%) 1st Line Support
15 21 (2.97%) Dynamics CRM Developer
16 20 (2.82%) Business Analyst
17 19 (2.68%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (20.90%) .NET
2 69 (9.75%) HTML
3 65 (9.18%) ASP.NET
4 60 (8.47%) CSS
5 52 (7.34%) Web Services
6 51 (7.20%) .NET Framework
7 46 (6.50%) jQuery
8 45 (6.36%) WCF
9 34 (4.80%) XML
10 24 (3.39%) Ajax
11 14 (1.98%) WPF
12 13 (1.84%) XSLT
12 13 (1.84%) HTML5
12 13 (1.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 12 (1.69%) Silverlight
14 11 (1.55%) Ruby on Rails
14 11 (1.55%) Middleware
15 10 (1.41%) SOAP
16 9 (1.27%) REST
17 8 (1.13%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 58 (8.19%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (2.97%) Management Information System
3 20 (2.82%) Blackberry
4 18 (2.54%) Client/Server
4 18 (2.54%) Enterprise Software
5 15 (2.12%) Enterprise Storage
6 14 (1.98%) User Experience
7 13 (1.84%) NHS
7 13 (1.84%) PDA
7 13 (1.84%) Open Source
8 12 (1.69%) iPad
9 11 (1.55%) Inversion of Control
10 10 (1.41%) Social Media
10 10 (1.41%) N-Tier
11 9 (1.27%) E-Learning
11 9 (1.27%) Computer Science
12 8 (1.13%) Blog
12 8 (1.13%) Taxonomies
12 8 (1.13%) Mathematics
12 8 (1.13%) Pocket PC
Operating Systems
1 214 (30.23%) Windows
2 77 (10.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 68 (9.60%) Windows XP
4 59 (8.33%) Windows 7
5 57 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 31 (4.38%) Linux
7 30 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (3.67%) UNIX
9 21 (2.97%) Windows 8
10 13 (1.84%) Solaris
10 13 (1.84%) Windows 2000
11 9 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
11 9 (1.27%) Windows CE
12 8 (1.13%) Windows Vista
12 8 (1.13%) Windows Phone 8
12 8 (1.13%) Windows Phone
13 6 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.85%) Windows 2000 Server
14 5 (0.71%) AIX
15 3 (0.42%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (14.55%) ITIL
2 101 (14.27%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (12.57%) CRM
4 55 (7.77%) Migration
5 48 (6.78%) Workflow
6 47 (6.64%) Project Management
7 44 (6.21%) Scrum
8 36 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (5.08%) ERP
9 35 (4.94%) PRINCE2
10 30 (4.24%) Change Management
11 29 (4.10%) Web Development
12 26 (3.67%) Business Intelligence
13 24 (3.39%) Service Management
13 24 (3.39%) Programme Management
14 23 (3.25%) MVC
14 23 (3.25%) Risk Management
15 22 (3.11%) Service Delivery
16 20 (2.82%) SOA
16 20 (2.82%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 133 (18.79%) SQL
2 101 (14.27%) C#
3 82 (11.58%) JavaScript
4 28 (3.95%) PowerShell
5 26 (3.67%) T-SQL
5 26 (3.67%) VB.NET
6 19 (2.68%) VBA
7 18 (2.54%) Java
8 13 (1.84%) VB
9 12 (1.69%) Python
10 11 (1.55%) Ruby
10 11 (1.55%) C++
11 10 (1.41%) PHP
11 10 (1.41%) X++
12 9 (1.27%) PHP5
13 8 (1.13%) Embedded C++
14 5 (0.71%) C
15 4 (0.56%) VBScript
15 4 (0.56%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.56%) VB6
Qualifications
1 63 (8.90%) Security Cleared
2 46 (6.50%) SC Cleared
3 45 (6.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 29 (4.10%) Degree
5 17 (2.40%) MCSE
6 13 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
7 12 (1.69%) MCP
7 12 (1.69%) ISEB
8 10 (1.41%) MCITP
9 9 (1.27%) ISTQB
9 9 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (1.13%) CCNA
10 8 (1.13%) DV Cleared
11 7 (0.99%) PMI Certification
12 6 (0.85%) CCNP
13 5 (0.71%) MCSA
14 4 (0.56%) CCDP
14 4 (0.56%) PMP
15 3 (0.42%) A+ Certification
15 3 (0.42%) EMC Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.12%) SLA
2 10 (1.41%) QA
3 4 (0.56%) P3O
4 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 129 (18.22%) Active Directory
2 42 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.95%) XenApp
4 20 (2.82%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.98%) XenServer
5 14 (1.98%) XenDesktop
6 10 (1.41%) VMware Server
7 7 (0.99%) vSphere
8 4 (0.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (0.56%) Terminal Services
8 4 (0.56%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.28%) Firmware
11 1 (0.14%) Xen
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.14%) KVM
11 1 (0.14%) RHEV
11 1 (0.14%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 30 (4.24%) SCCM
2 21 (2.97%) Tivoli
3 11 (1.55%) SCOM
4 9 (1.27%) NetBackup
5 7 (0.99%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 6 (0.85%) Backup Exec
7 4 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (0.56%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (0.42%) SCSM
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.28%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.28%) CA LISA
9 2 (0.28%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.28%) WSUS
9 2 (0.28%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.14%) MAILsweeper
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 85 (12.01%) VMware
2 51 (7.20%) Citrix
3 38 (5.37%) Cisco
4 37 (5.23%) Oracle
5 24 (3.39%) SAP
6 21 (2.97%) IBM
7 20 (2.82%) HP
8 16 (2.26%) Dell
9 13 (1.84%) Lotus
10 12 (1.69%) Red Hat
11 9 (1.27%) EMC
12 8 (1.13%) Symantec
12 8 (1.13%) ServiceNow
13 7 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (0.99%) NetApp
14 6 (0.85%) Sophos
15 5 (0.71%) Remedy
15 5 (0.71%) Adobe
15 5 (0.71%) Cognos
16 4 (0.56%) Avaya
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Conspicuous
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Jumar Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
The Curve Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Highbury College
Rate: £30,000 - £50,000 per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 5 days ago
Rugby, Warwickshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 6 days ago
Hereford, Herefordshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Consultia Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £480 - £551 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Coventry
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £280 - £350 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
Shropshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Rugby
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
West Midlands
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £600 - £610 per day
Posted: 16 days ago