The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the West Midlands region.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 6 3
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 384 244 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.67% 12.26% 14.83%
As % of the Vendors category 31.89% 26.61% 30.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 111 138
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 £200 £145 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £448 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 28 38
Average hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £9.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.32 £25.45 £23.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £15.37
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -7.28%
Vendors Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1204 917 1064
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 49.14% 46.06% 47.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 563 402 460
Average daily rate £325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £175 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £484 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 71 81
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £16.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +19.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £11.23 £11.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.32 £28.15 £37.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.56
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.87%
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England

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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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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 +4 122 £325 -2.98% 90
Warwickshire +3 63 £325 +25.00% 17
Coventry +12 58 £375 +130.76% 19
Staffordshire +11 25 £275 -8.33% 21
Worcestershire +6 20 £190 -45.71% 11
Shropshire -3 16 £245 -34.22% 7
Solihull -8 7 £340 +112.50% 4
Herefordshire +7 6 £325 - 1
West Bromwich - 6 £213 - 1
Wolverhampton -1 3 £328 +0.76% 3
Sutton Coldfield - 3 £225 - 2
Walsall -5 1 - -
Dudley -6 1 - -
Halesowen - 1 - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 235 (33.57%) MS Excel
2 190 (27.14%) Windows
3 154 (22.00%) MS Office
4 120 (17.14%) Active Directory
5 111 (15.86%) SQL
5 111 (15.86%) .NET
6 108 (15.43%) SQL Server
7 103 (14.71%) Finance
8 89 (12.71%) C#
9 83 (11.86%) ITIL
10 82 (11.71%) CRM
11 76 (10.86%) SharePoint
12 71 (10.14%) Dynamics CRM
12 71 (10.14%) Windows Server 2008
13 68 (9.71%) Windows 7
14 66 (9.43%) Project Management
15 65 (9.29%) VMware
16 57 (8.14%) JavaScript
16 57 (8.14%) ASP.NET
17 56 (8.00%) Windows XP
18 55 (7.86%) Windows Server 2003
18 55 (7.86%) Security Cleared
19 54 (7.71%) MS Exchange
19 54 (7.71%) Citrix
20 51 (7.29%) MS PowerPoint
21 49 (7.00%) ERP
22 48 (6.86%) SCCM
23 47 (6.71%) Microsoft Certification
23 47 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
23 47 (6.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 76 (10.86%) SharePoint
2 54 (7.71%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.29%) IBM Notes
4 20 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2003
5 9 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (1.14%) Drupal
6 8 (1.14%) Alfresco
6 8 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (1.00%) WebSphere
7 7 (1.00%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (0.57%) IIS
9 3 (0.43%) SAS
9 3 (0.43%) LiveCycle
9 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.29%) Lync
10 2 (0.29%) ColdFusion
10 2 (0.29%) Documentum
11 1 (0.14%) FileNet
11 1 (0.14%) CMS
Applications
1 235 (33.57%) MS Excel
2 154 (22.00%) MS Office
3 51 (7.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 34 (4.86%) MS Project
5 27 (3.86%) MS Visio
6 10 (1.43%) PowerPivot
7 9 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (1.00%) Open Workbench
9 5 (0.71%) Adobe Captivate
10 3 (0.43%) CATIA
11 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 71 (10.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (6.29%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.29%) TRIRIGA
3 9 (1.29%) CA Clarity
4 6 (0.86%) SAP CRM
4 6 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.43%) Maximo
6 2 (0.29%) Teamcenter
6 2 (0.29%) e-Work
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.14%) Sage 300 ERP
7 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.57%) Office 365
2 4 (0.57%) SaaS
3 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 32 (4.57%) SAN
2 29 (4.14%) TCP/IP
3 26 (3.71%) DNS
4 25 (3.57%) DHCP
5 22 (3.14%) WAN
6 18 (2.57%) LAN
7 15 (2.14%) NAS
8 13 (1.86%) VLAN
9 12 (1.71%) 3G
10 10 (1.43%) Wireless
11 8 (1.14%) LTE
11 8 (1.14%) Internet
11 8 (1.14%) ADSL
11 8 (1.14%) 2G
12 7 (1.00%) RNC
13 5 (0.71%) Broadband
13 5 (0.71%) VoIP
13 5 (0.71%) HTTP
13 5 (0.71%) Firewall
13 5 (0.71%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (15.43%) SQL Server
2 47 (6.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 23 (3.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 23 (3.29%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (3.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (2.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (2.71%) Relational Database
6 13 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (1.71%) MS Access
8 10 (1.43%) PerformancePoint
9 8 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (1.00%) MySQL
10 7 (1.00%) OLAP
11 4 (0.57%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.57%) DB2
11 4 (0.57%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.43%) Data Mining
12 3 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.43%) Hadoop
13 2 (0.29%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 43 (6.14%) Visual Studio
2 8 (1.14%) MSI
3 7 (1.00%) Subversion
3 7 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.71%) JIRA
5 4 (0.57%) MSBuild
5 4 (0.57%) NUnit
6 3 (0.43%) AdminStudio
6 3 (0.43%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.43%) Talend Open Studio
7 2 (0.29%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.29%) Wise Package Studio
7 2 (0.29%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.14%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.14%) SoapUI
General
1 103 (14.71%) Finance
2 33 (4.71%) Manufacturing
3 31 (4.43%) Advertising
4 25 (3.57%) Banking
5 23 (3.29%) Automotive
6 16 (2.29%) Telecoms
7 15 (2.14%) Legal
8 10 (1.43%) Retail
8 10 (1.43%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.29%) Back Office
10 8 (1.14%) Publishing
11 5 (0.71%) Marketing
11 5 (0.71%) Military
11 5 (0.71%) Front Office
12 3 (0.43%) Local Government
12 3 (0.43%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.29%) Law
14 1 (0.14%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 145 (20.71%) Analyst
2 130 (18.57%) Developer
3 61 (8.71%) Consultant
4 51 (7.29%) Architect
5 49 (7.00%) .NET Developer
6 43 (6.14%) Support Engineer
7 42 (6.00%) Project Manager
8 34 (4.86%) Support Analyst
9 27 (3.86%) Microsoft Consultant
9 27 (3.86%) 2nd Line Support
10 25 (3.57%) CRM Consultant
10 25 (3.57%) Web Developer
11 22 (3.14%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
12 21 (3.00%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
12 21 (3.00%) Business Analyst
12 21 (3.00%) Desktop Support
12 21 (3.00%) 3rd Line Support
13 19 (2.71%) ASP.NET Developer
14 17 (2.43%) Service Analyst
15 16 (2.29%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (15.86%) .NET
2 57 (8.14%) ASP.NET
3 42 (6.00%) CSS
4 36 (5.14%) jQuery
5 35 (5.00%) HTML
6 32 (4.57%) .NET Framework
7 26 (3.71%) Web Services
8 24 (3.43%) WCF
9 23 (3.29%) Ajax
10 22 (3.14%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 19 (2.71%) XML
12 18 (2.57%) Middleware
13 17 (2.43%) WPF
14 15 (2.14%) SOAP
14 15 (2.14%) LINQ
15 14 (2.00%) MDX
16 11 (1.57%) HTML5
17 9 (1.29%) REST
18 8 (1.14%) Silverlight
19 7 (1.00%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 22 (3.14%) Blackberry
2 21 (3.00%) Management Information System
3 15 (2.14%) PDA
4 12 (1.71%) Open Source
4 12 (1.71%) Client/Server
5 10 (1.43%) Computer Science
5 10 (1.43%) PMI
6 9 (1.29%) Visualisation
6 9 (1.29%) Mathematics
7 8 (1.14%) DataPower
7 8 (1.14%) Social Media
8 7 (1.00%) NHS
8 7 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (0.86%) Statistics
10 5 (0.71%) E-Learning
10 5 (0.71%) N-Tier
10 5 (0.71%) iPad
11 4 (0.57%) Data Extraction
11 4 (0.57%) Enterprise Storage
11 4 (0.57%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 190 (27.14%) Windows
2 71 (10.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 68 (9.71%) Windows 7
4 56 (8.00%) Windows XP
5 55 (7.86%) Windows Server 2003
6 19 (2.71%) Windows 8
7 18 (2.57%) UNIX
8 17 (2.43%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (1.86%) Windows Vista
10 10 (1.43%) Android
10 10 (1.43%) Linux
11 8 (1.14%) Windows CE
12 5 (0.71%) Windows 2000
12 5 (0.71%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.57%) zOS
13 4 (0.57%) Windows NT
13 4 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
14 3 (0.43%) Solaris
14 3 (0.43%) Windows Phone
14 3 (0.43%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (11.86%) ITIL
2 82 (11.71%) CRM
3 66 (9.43%) Project Management
4 49 (7.00%) ERP
5 47 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
6 42 (6.00%) PRINCE2
7 41 (5.86%) Migration
8 40 (5.71%) Service Delivery
9 37 (5.29%) Business Analysis
10 30 (4.29%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (4.00%) Workflow
12 27 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 26 (3.71%) Web Development
13 26 (3.71%) MVC
14 25 (3.57%) Data Analysis
14 25 (3.57%) Logistics
15 23 (3.29%) Time Management
15 23 (3.29%) Change Management
16 20 (2.86%) Data Modelling
16 20 (2.86%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 111 (15.86%) SQL
2 89 (12.71%) C#
3 57 (8.14%) JavaScript
4 22 (3.14%) VBA
5 19 (2.71%) VB.NET
6 18 (2.57%) T-SQL
7 16 (2.29%) VB
8 12 (1.71%) Java
9 8 (1.14%) PowerShell
10 7 (1.00%) XAML
10 7 (1.00%) VBScript
11 6 (0.86%) PHP
12 5 (0.71%) C
13 4 (0.57%) X++
13 4 (0.57%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.43%) Embedded C++
14 3 (0.43%) C++
15 1 (0.14%) XPath
15 1 (0.14%) VB6
15 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 55 (7.86%) Security Cleared
2 47 (6.71%) Microsoft Certification
3 43 (6.14%) SC Cleared
4 42 (6.00%) Degree
5 20 (2.86%) MCSE
6 13 (1.86%) MCP
6 13 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
7 10 (1.43%) PMI Certification
8 9 (1.29%) MCITP
9 8 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 7 (1.00%) PMP
10 7 (1.00%) A+ Certification
11 5 (0.71%) ISEB
11 5 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (0.71%) HNC
12 4 (0.57%) ISTQB
13 3 (0.43%) MCTS
13 3 (0.43%) Chartered Engineer
13 3 (0.43%) DV Cleared
14 2 (0.29%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (5.29%) SLA
2 16 (2.29%) QA
3 8 (1.14%) P3O
4 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 120 (17.14%) Active Directory
2 39 (5.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.14%) XenApp
4 16 (2.29%) XenServer
4 16 (2.29%) XenDesktop
5 13 (1.86%) Hyper-V
6 8 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (0.86%) VMware Server
8 4 (0.57%) vSphere
9 3 (0.43%) Xen
9 3 (0.43%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.43%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.29%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.29%) Nmap
11 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.14%) RHEV
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 48 (6.86%) SCCM
2 10 (1.43%) SCOM
3 9 (1.29%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (0.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.43%) WSUS
6 3 (0.43%) Backup Exec
6 3 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (0.29%) CORE IMPACT
7 2 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.29%) DameWare
7 2 (0.29%) Nessus
8 1 (0.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.14%) CA LISA
8 1 (0.14%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.14%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.14%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.14%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 65 (9.29%) VMware
2 54 (7.71%) Citrix
3 35 (5.00%) HP
4 33 (4.71%) Oracle
5 32 (4.57%) SAP
6 24 (3.43%) IBM
7 23 (3.29%) Lotus
8 20 (2.86%) Dell
9 19 (2.71%) Cisco
10 9 (1.29%) Adobe
11 8 (1.14%) EMC
12 7 (1.00%) Apple
12 7 (1.00%) ServiceNow
12 7 (1.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 6 (0.86%) Business Objects
13 6 (0.86%) PeopleSoft
13 6 (0.86%) NetApp
14 5 (0.71%) Sybase
15 4 (0.57%) Tableau
15 4 (0.57%) Google
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