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 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 358 320 285
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.21% 13.54% 15.11%
As % of the Vendors category 26.11% 26.53% 30.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 154 117
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £165 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 33 51
Average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +11.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.32 £32.50 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
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
1371 1206 920
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 50.59% 51.02% 48.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 757 584 397
Average daily rate £350 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £541
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 82 128
Average hourly rate £20.50 £17.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.58% -24.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 April 2015.

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 April 2015.

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 April 2015. 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 -1 110 £313 -4.58% 82
Staffordshire -2 41 £400 +31.68% 27
Coventry -4 39 £315 -21.00% 16
Warwickshire -2 37 £300 +20.00% 22
Shropshire -6 26 £400 +88.99% 8
Dudley - 13 £193 -
Worcestershire +1 9 £350 +7.69% 6
Solihull +6 8 £185 -48.96% 11
Wolverhampton +4 8 £294 -21.66% 1
West Bromwich -1 8 £350 - 2
Herefordshire -3 6 £338 +70.88% 3
Walsall -3 3 £250 -28.57% 2
Halesowen - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 (33.76%) MS Excel
2 211 (30.06%) Windows
3 159 (22.65%) SQL Server
4 156 (22.22%) Active Directory
5 153 (21.79%) MS Office
6 143 (20.37%) SQL
7 117 (16.67%) ITIL
8 108 (15.38%) .NET
9 102 (14.53%) Finance
10 99 (14.10%) SharePoint
11 90 (12.82%) CRM
12 81 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
13 79 (11.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 73 (10.40%) Windows Server 2008
15 71 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
16 69 (9.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 66 (9.40%) VMware
18 64 (9.12%) C#
19 63 (8.97%) Migration
20 60 (8.55%) Oracle
21 55 (7.83%) Windows XP
21 55 (7.83%) Windows 7
22 54 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
23 53 (7.55%) XML
23 53 (7.55%) Security Cleared
24 51 (7.26%) Windows Server 2003
25 49 (6.98%) MS Exchange
25 49 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
26 48 (6.84%) Project Management
27 46 (6.55%) JavaScript

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 99 (14.10%) SharePoint
2 49 (6.98%) MS Exchange
3 30 (4.27%) BizTalk Server
4 13 (1.85%) WebSphere
5 11 (1.57%) SharePoint 2010
5 11 (1.57%) Lync
6 9 (1.28%) IIS
7 7 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (0.85%) Apache
9 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.43%) Drupal
11 3 (0.43%) MS Project Server
11 3 (0.43%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.28%) Documentum
12 2 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.14%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 237 (33.76%) MS Excel
2 153 (21.79%) MS Office
3 41 (5.84%) MS PowerPoint
4 39 (5.56%) MS Project
5 20 (2.85%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.71%) PowerPivot
8 4 (0.57%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.57%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.14%) CATIA
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 81 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (4.13%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.57%) Primavera
5 3 (0.43%) Maximo
5 3 (0.43%) CA PPM
5 3 (0.43%) Eikon
6 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.14%) Magento
7 1 (0.14%) SAP xRPM
7 1 (0.14%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 41 (5.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.28%) Office 365
3 3 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (5.98%) LAN
2 39 (5.56%) WAN
3 31 (4.42%) DNS
4 29 (4.13%) DHCP
5 28 (3.99%) Firewall
6 23 (3.28%) SAN
7 21 (2.99%) Internet
8 20 (2.85%) TCP/IP
9 16 (2.28%) NAS
10 9 (1.28%) SSL
11 7 (1.00%) VPN
11 7 (1.00%) Intranet
11 7 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
12 6 (0.85%) Wireless
12 6 (0.85%) VLAN
13 4 (0.57%) Cisco ICM
13 4 (0.57%) LDAP
13 4 (0.57%) NetScaler
14 3 (0.43%) Network Security
15 2 (0.28%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (22.65%) SQL Server
2 79 (11.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 69 (9.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 41 (5.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 32 (4.56%) SQL Server 2008
6 27 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
7 24 (3.42%) SQL Server 2012
8 21 (2.99%) MySQL
9 14 (1.99%) Relational Database
10 12 (1.71%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (1.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 11 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
11 11 (1.57%) Oracle Database
12 9 (1.28%) SSDT
12 9 (1.28%) MS Access
13 8 (1.14%) MongoDB
14 7 (1.00%) OLAP
15 5 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
15 5 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
16 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 32 (4.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (2.28%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.28%) SoapUI
4 3 (0.43%) MSI
4 3 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (0.43%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.28%) MSBuild
5 2 (0.28%) Subversion
6 1 (0.14%) JIRA
6 1 (0.14%) ReSharper
6 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.14%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.14%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.14%) NUnit
6 1 (0.14%) WiX
6 1 (0.14%) XMLUnit
6 1 (0.14%) MSTest
General
1 102 (14.53%) Finance
2 43 (6.13%) Advertising
3 17 (2.42%) Automotive
4 13 (1.85%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.57%) Banking
5 11 (1.57%) Local Government
6 8 (1.14%) Retail
6 8 (1.14%) Publishing
7 7 (1.00%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.85%) Legal
9 5 (0.71%) Law
9 5 (0.71%) Marketing
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) Electronics
10 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.28%) Military
11 1 (0.14%) Games
11 1 (0.14%) Billing
11 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 156 (22.22%) Analyst
2 118 (16.81%) Developer
3 77 (10.97%) Architect
4 45 (6.41%) Support Analyst
5 42 (5.98%) Service Analyst
6 39 (5.56%) Administrator
7 38 (5.41%) Service Desk Analyst
8 36 (5.13%) Consultant
9 31 (4.42%) DBA
10 30 (4.27%) Support Engineer
11 29 (4.13%) Desktop Support
12 27 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
12 27 (3.85%) .NET Developer
13 26 (3.70%) Project Manager
14 24 (3.42%) Data Analyst
15 23 (3.28%) SQL DBA
16 20 (2.85%) 1st Line Support
17 19 (2.71%) 3rd Line Support
18 18 (2.56%) SQL Developer
19 16 (2.28%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (15.38%) .NET
2 53 (7.55%) XML
3 43 (6.13%) HTML
4 39 (5.56%) ASP.NET
5 38 (5.41%) .NET Framework
6 35 (4.99%) Web Services
7 29 (4.13%) CSS
7 29 (4.13%) jQuery
8 21 (2.99%) Ajax
9 19 (2.71%) SOAP
10 17 (2.42%) Middleware
10 17 (2.42%) REST
11 15 (2.14%) XSLT
12 14 (1.99%) WCF
13 13 (1.85%) Ruby on Rails
14 12 (1.71%) XSD
14 12 (1.71%) WSDL
15 9 (1.28%) WebSphere Message Broker
16 8 (1.14%) CGI
17 7 (1.00%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 49 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.42%) NHS
3 25 (3.56%) Open Source
4 22 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.56%) Blackberry
5 18 (2.56%) Computer Science
6 17 (2.42%) Data Structures
7 16 (2.28%) Enterprise Software
7 16 (2.28%) N-Tier
8 13 (1.85%) User Experience
9 12 (1.71%) Replication
10 11 (1.57%) PDA
11 9 (1.28%) DataPower
12 7 (1.00%) PKI
12 7 (1.00%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (0.85%) Social Media
13 6 (0.85%) Clustering
14 5 (0.71%) E-Learning
14 5 (0.71%) PMI
14 5 (0.71%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 211 (30.06%) Windows
2 73 (10.40%) Windows Server 2008
3 55 (7.83%) Windows 7
3 55 (7.83%) Windows XP
4 51 (7.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 43 (6.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 39 (5.56%) Linux
7 17 (2.42%) UNIX
8 16 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 13 (1.85%) Windows 2000 Server
10 11 (1.57%) Windows 2000
11 10 (1.42%) Solaris
12 8 (1.14%) Android
12 8 (1.14%) Apple iOS
13 7 (1.00%) Windows Vista
13 7 (1.00%) AIX
13 7 (1.00%) SUSE
14 3 (0.43%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (16.67%) ITIL
2 90 (12.82%) CRM
3 71 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
4 63 (8.97%) Migration
5 48 (6.84%) Project Management
6 43 (6.13%) Stakeholder Management
7 42 (5.98%) PRINCE2
8 36 (5.13%) Business Intelligence
9 35 (4.99%) Service Management
9 35 (4.99%) Change Management
10 33 (4.70%) Data Migration
11 30 (4.27%) Scrum
12 27 (3.85%) Workflow
13 21 (2.99%) Programme Management
13 21 (2.99%) MVC
13 21 (2.99%) Risk Management
14 20 (2.85%) Service Delivery
15 19 (2.71%) Web Development
16 18 (2.56%) E-Commerce
17 17 (2.42%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 143 (20.37%) SQL
2 64 (9.12%) C#
3 46 (6.55%) JavaScript
4 37 (5.27%) T-SQL
5 21 (2.99%) VB.NET
6 20 (2.85%) Java
7 19 (2.71%) PowerShell
8 15 (2.14%) VB
9 13 (1.85%) Ruby
10 9 (1.28%) X++
10 9 (1.28%) PHP
11 7 (1.00%) VBScript
12 6 (0.85%) C
12 6 (0.85%) Python
13 5 (0.71%) VBA
14 4 (0.57%) PHP5
15 3 (0.43%) C++
16 2 (0.28%) VC++
16 2 (0.28%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.28%) VB6
Qualifications
1 54 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 53 (7.55%) Security Cleared
3 41 (5.84%) SC Cleared
4 36 (5.13%) Degree
5 18 (2.56%) MCSE
6 16 (2.28%) MCITP
7 13 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
8 9 (1.28%) CCNP
8 9 (1.28%) MCP
8 9 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.14%) CCNA
10 7 (1.00%) ISEB
10 7 (1.00%) A+ Certification
11 6 (0.85%) PMP
12 5 (0.71%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.71%) MCSA
12 5 (0.71%) MCDBA
12 5 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (0.71%) DV Cleared
13 4 (0.57%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.85%) SLA
2 14 (1.99%) QA
3 5 (0.71%) P3O
4 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 156 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 32 (4.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.56%) Hyper-V
4 23 (3.28%) XenApp
5 17 (2.42%) vSphere
6 10 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (1.14%) XenServer
7 8 (1.14%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.71%) VMware Server
9 4 (0.57%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.14%) Xen
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 33 (4.70%) SCCM
2 14 (1.99%) SCOM
3 9 (1.28%) CA LISA
4 7 (1.00%) Tivoli
5 6 (0.85%) Backup Exec
5 6 (0.85%) SCOrch
6 4 (0.57%) SCSM
6 4 (0.57%) Cisco IPCC
6 4 (0.57%) NetBackup
6 4 (0.57%) Cisco UCCE
7 3 (0.43%) WSUS
7 3 (0.43%) EMC NetWorker
7 3 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (0.43%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (0.28%) DameWare
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.14%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 66 (9.40%) VMware
2 60 (8.55%) Oracle
3 39 (5.56%) Cisco
3 39 (5.56%) Citrix
4 21 (2.99%) HP
5 20 (2.85%) IBM
5 20 (2.85%) SAP
6 16 (2.28%) Red Hat
7 14 (1.99%) TIBCO
8 13 (1.85%) Dell
9 10 (1.42%) NetApp
9 10 (1.42%) webMethods
10 9 (1.28%) Green Hat
11 7 (1.00%) Red Gate
11 7 (1.00%) Google
11 7 (1.00%) EMC
11 7 (1.00%) Cognos
12 5 (0.71%) CA
12 5 (0.71%) ServiceNow
13 4 (0.57%) LANDesk
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £340 - £360 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Herefordshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £501 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Gold Group
Rate: £10 - £14 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Rugby, Warwickshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Fusion Experience
Rate: £130 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £310 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Network ITR
Rate: 20 to 30 per hour GBP
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £240 - 270 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified Up to £13 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Connectus
Rate: £20 - £35 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £470 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 5 days ago