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 17 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 8
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 354 263 293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.01% 12.48% 12.64%
As % of the Vendors category 27.96% 28.84% 27.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 131 127
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £146 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £425 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 28 28
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.25 £13.21
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -7.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.60 £21.05 £22.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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
1266 912 1083
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 50.10% 43.26% 46.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 603 469 519
Average daily rate £330 £335 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.49% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 52 94
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £30.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +2.70%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +3 133 £338 +12.50% 71
Warwickshire +4 69 £300 +9.09% 23
Coventry +11 42 £350 +105.88% 13
Staffordshire +1 20 £275 -8.33% 29
Shropshire -7 13 £104 -72.45% 5
Worcestershire 0 12 £165 -45.00% 7
Herefordshire +4 9 £325 - 4
Solihull -3 6 £315 +125.00% 14
Wolverhampton -7 4 £255 -8.92% 9
Sutton Coldfield +3 3 - - 1
West Bromwich -9 3 £213 - 3
Walsall -1 2 - -
Dudley - - - - 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 233 (32.72%) MS Excel
2 200 (28.09%) Windows
3 151 (21.21%) MS Office
4 149 (20.93%) .NET
5 134 (18.82%) SQL
6 127 (17.84%) SQL Server
7 119 (16.71%) Active Directory
8 116 (16.29%) C#
9 97 (13.62%) Finance
10 96 (13.48%) Agile Software Development
11 91 (12.78%) CRM
12 85 (11.94%) SharePoint
13 84 (11.80%) Dynamics CRM
14 79 (11.10%) ITIL
15 78 (10.96%) ASP.NET
16 75 (10.53%) VMware
17 73 (10.25%) JavaScript
18 65 (9.13%) Windows Server 2008
19 64 (8.99%) Visual Studio
20 61 (8.57%) Windows XP
21 59 (8.29%) CSS
21 59 (8.29%) Windows 7
22 58 (8.15%) MS Exchange
23 57 (8.01%) Citrix
24 56 (7.87%) ERP
25 54 (7.58%) .NET Framework
26 53 (7.44%) Project Management
26 53 (7.44%) Windows Server 2003
27 52 (7.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 51 (7.16%) Business Intelligence

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 85 (11.94%) SharePoint
2 58 (8.15%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.23%) IBM Notes
4 22 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2003
5 15 (2.11%) BizTalk Server
6 11 (1.54%) IIS
7 10 (1.40%) WebSphere
8 9 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
9 8 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (0.84%) Drupal
10 6 (0.84%) Alfresco
11 5 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.70%) Lync
12 4 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.42%) SAS
13 3 (0.42%) Documentum
14 2 (0.28%) WebLogic
14 2 (0.28%) ColdFusion
15 1 (0.14%) CMS
Applications
1 233 (32.72%) MS Excel
2 151 (21.21%) MS Office
3 45 (6.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 23 (3.23%) MS Project
4 23 (3.23%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.40%) PowerPivot
6 5 (0.70%) Adobe Captivate
6 5 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.56%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.28%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.14%) CATIA
9 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.14%) SPSS
9 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 84 (11.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (5.20%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (1.69%) CA Clarity
4 9 (1.26%) TRIRIGA
5 6 (0.84%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.70%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.42%) Teamcenter
7 3 (0.42%) Maximo
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
8 1 (0.14%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.69%) Office 365
2 11 (1.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.84%) SaaS
4 2 (0.28%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.06%) TCP/IP
2 34 (4.78%) SAN
3 29 (4.07%) DHCP
4 28 (3.93%) DNS
5 19 (2.67%) WAN
6 17 (2.39%) NAS
7 16 (2.25%) VLAN
8 11 (1.54%) LAN
9 9 (1.26%) Firewall
9 9 (1.26%) Internet
9 9 (1.26%) 3G
10 8 (1.12%) HTTP
11 7 (0.98%) ADSL
12 6 (0.84%) VoIP
12 6 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (0.70%) Wireless
13 5 (0.70%) Broadband
13 5 (0.70%) FTP
13 5 (0.70%) VPN
14 4 (0.56%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (17.84%) SQL Server
2 52 (7.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 29 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 25 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 24 (3.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 21 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
7 17 (2.39%) Relational Database
8 16 (2.25%) SQL Server 2012
9 15 (2.11%) SQL Server 2005
10 12 (1.69%) MS Access
11 9 (1.26%) PerformancePoint
12 8 (1.12%) OLAP
12 8 (1.12%) MySQL
13 5 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.56%) DB2
14 4 (0.56%) Data Mining
15 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 3 (0.42%) RDBMS
15 3 (0.42%) Hadoop
16 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 64 (8.99%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (2.11%) Subversion
4 11 (1.54%) JIRA
5 7 (0.98%) Visual Studio Team System
6 6 (0.84%) MSBuild
7 4 (0.56%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.56%) MSI
7 4 (0.56%) NUnit
8 3 (0.42%) Talend Open Studio
9 2 (0.28%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.28%) InstallShield
9 2 (0.28%) AdminStudio
9 2 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.14%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 97 (13.62%) Finance
2 35 (4.92%) Advertising
3 27 (3.79%) Manufacturing
4 21 (2.95%) Banking
5 20 (2.81%) Automotive
6 11 (1.54%) Retail
6 11 (1.54%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.40%) Telecoms
8 7 (0.98%) Back Office
9 6 (0.84%) Publishing
9 6 (0.84%) Legal
10 5 (0.70%) Military
10 5 (0.70%) Marketing
11 3 (0.42%) Local Government
11 3 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
11 3 (0.42%) Front Office
12 2 (0.28%) Electronics
12 2 (0.28%) Law
13 1 (0.14%) Billing
13 1 (0.14%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 166 (23.31%) Developer
2 161 (22.61%) Analyst
3 67 (9.41%) .NET Developer
4 62 (8.71%) Consultant
5 45 (6.32%) Architect
6 43 (6.04%) Support Engineer
7 40 (5.62%) Support Analyst
8 36 (5.06%) Project Manager
9 31 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
10 29 (4.07%) Web Developer
11 28 (3.93%) Microsoft Consultant
12 27 (3.79%) ASP.NET Developer
13 26 (3.65%) Business Analyst
13 26 (3.65%) CRM Consultant
14 25 (3.51%) CRM Developer
14 25 (3.51%) 3rd Line Support
15 24 (3.37%) Data Analyst
16 23 (3.23%) Microsoft Developer
17 22 (3.09%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
17 22 (3.09%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (20.93%) .NET
2 78 (10.96%) ASP.NET
3 59 (8.29%) CSS
4 54 (7.58%) .NET Framework
5 46 (6.46%) WCF
6 45 (6.32%) HTML
7 43 (6.04%) jQuery
8 33 (4.63%) Web Services
9 26 (3.65%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 23 (3.23%) WPF
11 19 (2.67%) Ajax
11 19 (2.67%) Middleware
11 19 (2.67%) LINQ
12 18 (2.53%) XML
13 14 (1.97%) Silverlight
14 13 (1.83%) HTML5
15 12 (1.69%) SOAP
16 11 (1.54%) MDX
17 7 (0.98%) WebSphere Message Broker
18 6 (0.84%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 48 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (3.37%) Blackberry
3 20 (2.81%) Client/Server
4 18 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 16 (2.25%) PDA
6 12 (1.69%) PMI
7 11 (1.54%) iPad
7 11 (1.54%) Open Source
8 10 (1.40%) DataPower
9 9 (1.26%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.26%) N-Tier
9 9 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (1.26%) User Experience
10 8 (1.12%) Social Media
10 8 (1.12%) Mobile App
10 8 (1.12%) Mathematics
10 8 (1.12%) Statistics
10 8 (1.12%) Pocket PC
11 7 (0.98%) NHS
11 7 (0.98%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 200 (28.09%) Windows
2 65 (9.13%) Windows Server 2008
3 61 (8.57%) Windows XP
4 59 (8.29%) Windows 7
5 53 (7.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 25 (3.51%) Windows 8
6 25 (3.51%) UNIX
7 19 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.25%) Linux
9 11 (1.54%) Windows Vista
10 9 (1.26%) Windows Mobile
10 9 (1.26%) Windows CE
10 9 (1.26%) Windows 2000
11 8 (1.12%) Windows Phone
11 8 (1.12%) Windows Phone 8
12 7 (0.98%) Solaris
13 5 (0.70%) zOS
14 4 (0.56%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.28%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (13.48%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (12.78%) CRM
3 79 (11.10%) ITIL
4 56 (7.87%) ERP
5 53 (7.44%) Project Management
6 51 (7.16%) Business Intelligence
7 45 (6.32%) Migration
8 37 (5.20%) PRINCE2
8 37 (5.20%) Business Analysis
9 36 (5.06%) Workflow
10 35 (4.92%) Service Delivery
11 34 (4.78%) MVC
12 32 (4.49%) Web Development
13 31 (4.35%) Scrum
14 27 (3.79%) Stakeholder Management
14 27 (3.79%) Change Management
15 26 (3.65%) Data Analysis
16 25 (3.51%) Logistics
16 25 (3.51%) SOA
17 23 (3.23%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 134 (18.82%) SQL
2 116 (16.29%) C#
3 73 (10.25%) JavaScript
4 24 (3.37%) VB.NET
5 23 (3.23%) VBA
6 22 (3.09%) T-SQL
7 18 (2.53%) VB
8 13 (1.83%) Java
8 13 (1.83%) PowerShell
9 8 (1.12%) C++
9 8 (1.12%) Embedded C++
10 6 (0.84%) Shell Script
10 6 (0.84%) XAML
11 5 (0.70%) X++
11 5 (0.70%) VBScript
12 4 (0.56%) Python
12 4 (0.56%) Ruby
13 3 (0.42%) VB6
13 3 (0.42%) C
14 1 (0.14%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 51 (7.16%) Security Cleared
2 41 (5.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (5.20%) SC Cleared
4 36 (5.06%) Degree
5 15 (2.11%) MCSE
6 12 (1.69%) PMI Certification
7 11 (1.54%) ISEB
7 11 (1.54%) MCP
8 10 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (1.12%) PMP
10 7 (0.98%) ISTQB
10 7 (0.98%) MCITP
11 6 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.56%) CCNA
12 4 (0.56%) A+ Certification
13 3 (0.42%) MCTS
13 3 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.42%) Chartered Engineer
13 3 (0.42%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.93%) SLA
2 9 (1.26%) QA
2 9 (1.26%) P3O
3 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
System Software
1 119 (16.71%) Active Directory
2 41 (5.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.07%) XenApp
4 19 (2.67%) XenServer
4 19 (2.67%) XenDesktop
5 15 (2.11%) Hyper-V
6 9 (1.26%) VMware Server
7 4 (0.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (0.56%) Terminal Services
7 4 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.56%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.42%) Xen
8 3 (0.42%) vSphere
8 3 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.28%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.28%) Nmap
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.14%) RHEV
10 1 (0.14%) KVM
Systems Management
1 45 (6.32%) SCCM
2 13 (1.83%) Tivoli
3 10 (1.40%) SCOM
4 7 (0.98%) NetBackup
5 5 (0.70%) Backup Exec
5 5 (0.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 4 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (0.56%) WSUS
7 3 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.28%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.28%) CA LISA
8 2 (0.28%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.28%) Nessus
9 1 (0.14%) DameWare
9 1 (0.14%) MAILsweeper
9 1 (0.14%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.14%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 75 (10.53%) VMware
2 57 (8.01%) Citrix
3 36 (5.06%) Oracle
4 34 (4.78%) SAP
5 28 (3.93%) HP
6 26 (3.65%) IBM
7 25 (3.51%) Dell
8 23 (3.23%) Lotus
9 22 (3.09%) Cisco
10 7 (0.98%) Symantec
10 7 (0.98%) NetApp
10 7 (0.98%) ServiceNow
11 6 (0.84%) Adobe
11 6 (0.84%) EMC
11 6 (0.84%) Red Hat
12 5 (0.70%) McAfee
12 5 (0.70%) Sybase
13 4 (0.56%) Tableau
13 4 (0.56%) Trillium
13 4 (0.56%) webMethods
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