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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 7 3
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 387 271 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.52% 12.63% 14.11%
As % of the Vendors category 30.98% 28.02% 29.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 129 133
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 £175 £150 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £440 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 25 32
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.50 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.65 £10.00 £9.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.59 £21.34 £23.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.37%
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
1249 967 1109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 50.10% 45.08% 48.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 611 470 519
Average daily rate £328 £330 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.75% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £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 87 63 88
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.25% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £28.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-10.25% -2.50%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +3 137 £350 +9.37% 51
Warwickshire +2 69 £300 +11.11% 15
Coventry +14 50 £375 +97.36% 12
Staffordshire +3 23 £275 -8.33% 11
Worcestershire +7 20 £165 -47.61% 8
Shropshire -2 16 £245 -35.52% 5
Herefordshire +6 8 £325 - 1
Solihull -6 7 £330 +164.00% 8
West Bromwich - 6 £213 -
Wolverhampton -4 4 £293 +4.46% 3
Sutton Coldfield +6 3 £225 -48.86% 1
Walsall -1 1 - -
Dudley -4 1 - -
Halesowen - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 241 (33.71%) MS Excel
2 196 (27.41%) Windows
3 149 (20.84%) MS Office
4 125 (17.48%) .NET
5 122 (17.06%) SQL
6 119 (16.64%) SQL Server
6 119 (16.64%) Active Directory
7 104 (14.55%) Finance
8 102 (14.27%) C#
9 87 (12.17%) SharePoint
10 85 (11.89%) CRM
10 85 (11.89%) ITIL
11 75 (10.49%) Dynamics CRM
12 74 (10.35%) VMware
13 70 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
14 65 (9.09%) Windows 7
15 63 (8.81%) ASP.NET
16 60 (8.39%) JavaScript
16 60 (8.39%) Windows XP
17 59 (8.25%) Windows Server 2003
18 57 (7.97%) Project Management
18 57 (7.97%) ERP
18 57 (7.97%) MS Exchange
18 57 (7.97%) Security Cleared
19 54 (7.55%) Visual Studio
20 52 (7.27%) Citrix
21 51 (7.13%) CSS
22 49 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
22 49 (6.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 49 (6.85%) SCCM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 87 (12.17%) SharePoint
2 57 (7.97%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.22%) IBM Notes
4 22 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2003
5 10 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
6 9 (1.26%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.12%) Drupal
7 8 (1.12%) Alfresco
7 8 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (0.98%) IIS
9 5 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.56%) Lync
11 3 (0.42%) Documentum
11 3 (0.42%) SAS
11 3 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.28%) ColdFusion
12 2 (0.28%) WebLogic
13 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 241 (33.71%) MS Excel
2 149 (20.84%) MS Office
3 48 (6.71%) MS PowerPoint
4 31 (4.34%) MS Visio
5 27 (3.78%) MS Project
6 10 (1.40%) PowerPivot
7 6 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.70%) Adobe Captivate
9 4 (0.56%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 75 (10.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (5.45%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.54%) CA Clarity
4 9 (1.26%) TRIRIGA
5 7 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.70%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.42%) Maximo
8 2 (0.28%) e-Work
8 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
9 1 (0.14%) Sage 300 ERP
9 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.54%) Office 365
2 6 (0.84%) SaaS
3 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.14%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 38 (5.31%) SAN
2 31 (4.34%) TCP/IP
3 28 (3.92%) DNS
4 27 (3.78%) DHCP
5 19 (2.66%) WAN
6 17 (2.38%) NAS
7 15 (2.10%) LAN
7 15 (2.10%) VLAN
8 13 (1.82%) 3G
9 10 (1.40%) Wireless
10 9 (1.26%) Internet
11 8 (1.12%) LTE
11 8 (1.12%) ADSL
11 8 (1.12%) 2G
12 7 (0.98%) RNC
13 6 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (0.84%) Firewall
13 6 (0.84%) HTTP
14 5 (0.70%) VPN
14 5 (0.70%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (16.64%) SQL Server
2 49 (6.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (3.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 23 (3.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
7 19 (2.66%) Relational Database
8 13 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
9 12 (1.68%) MS Access
10 10 (1.40%) PerformancePoint
10 10 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
11 8 (1.12%) MySQL
12 7 (0.98%) OLAP
13 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.56%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.56%) DB2
13 4 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
14 3 (0.42%) RDBMS
14 3 (0.42%) Hadoop
15 2 (0.28%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 54 (7.55%) Visual Studio
2 14 (1.96%) Subversion
3 11 (1.54%) JIRA
4 9 (1.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (1.12%) MSI
6 5 (0.70%) MSBuild
7 4 (0.56%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.56%) NUnit
8 3 (0.42%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.42%) Talend Open Studio
9 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (0.28%) Wise Package Studio
9 2 (0.28%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.28%) InstallShield
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
General
1 104 (14.55%) Finance
2 34 (4.76%) Advertising
3 30 (4.20%) Manufacturing
4 27 (3.78%) Banking
5 16 (2.24%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.24%) Automotive
6 13 (1.82%) Legal
7 11 (1.54%) Retail
7 11 (1.54%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.98%) Back Office
9 6 (0.84%) Publishing
10 5 (0.70%) Military
10 5 (0.70%) Front Office
11 4 (0.56%) Marketing
12 3 (0.42%) Local Government
12 3 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.28%) Law
14 1 (0.14%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Electronics
14 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 155 (21.68%) Analyst
2 145 (20.28%) Developer
3 64 (8.95%) Consultant
4 54 (7.55%) Architect
4 54 (7.55%) .NET Developer
5 43 (6.01%) Support Engineer
6 38 (5.31%) Project Manager
7 34 (4.76%) Support Analyst
8 28 (3.92%) 2nd Line Support
9 26 (3.64%) Web Developer
9 26 (3.64%) Business Analyst
10 25 (3.50%) Microsoft Consultant
11 22 (3.08%) CRM Consultant
11 22 (3.08%) 3rd Line Support
12 21 (2.94%) Data Analyst
13 20 (2.80%) ASP.NET Developer
14 19 (2.66%) Desktop Support
14 19 (2.66%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
15 18 (2.52%) CRM Developer
15 18 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (17.48%) .NET
2 63 (8.81%) ASP.NET
3 51 (7.13%) CSS
4 40 (5.59%) HTML
5 35 (4.90%) .NET Framework
5 35 (4.90%) jQuery
6 32 (4.48%) Web Services
7 31 (4.34%) WCF
8 22 (3.08%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 21 (2.94%) Ajax
10 20 (2.80%) Middleware
11 18 (2.52%) WPF
12 17 (2.38%) XML
13 14 (1.96%) LINQ
14 13 (1.82%) MDX
15 12 (1.68%) SOAP
16 11 (1.54%) HTML5
17 8 (1.12%) Silverlight
18 7 (0.98%) REST
19 6 (0.84%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 24 (3.36%) Blackberry
2 19 (2.66%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.52%) Client/Server
4 16 (2.24%) PDA
5 13 (1.82%) Open Source
6 11 (1.54%) PMI
7 10 (1.40%) Computer Science
8 9 (1.26%) Mathematics
8 9 (1.26%) DataPower
9 8 (1.12%) Social Media
9 8 (1.12%) Mobile App
9 8 (1.12%) Pocket PC
10 7 (0.98%) Statistics
10 7 (0.98%) N-Tier
10 7 (0.98%) NHS
10 7 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.84%) iPad
11 6 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
11 6 (0.84%) E-Learning
12 5 (0.70%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 196 (27.41%) Windows
2 70 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 65 (9.09%) Windows 7
4 60 (8.39%) Windows XP
5 59 (8.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 24 (3.36%) Windows 8
7 21 (2.94%) UNIX
8 18 (2.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (1.82%) Windows Vista
10 12 (1.68%) Linux
11 9 (1.26%) Windows Mobile
11 9 (1.26%) Windows CE
12 8 (1.12%) Windows Phone
12 8 (1.12%) Windows Phone 8
13 6 (0.84%) Android
13 6 (0.84%) Windows 2000
13 6 (0.84%) Solaris
14 4 (0.56%) zOS
14 4 (0.56%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.28%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (11.89%) CRM
1 85 (11.89%) ITIL
2 57 (7.97%) Project Management
2 57 (7.97%) ERP
3 49 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
4 44 (6.15%) Agile Software Development
5 41 (5.73%) Migration
6 39 (5.45%) Service Delivery
6 39 (5.45%) Business Analysis
7 38 (5.31%) PRINCE2
8 32 (4.48%) Workflow
9 28 (3.92%) Scrum
9 28 (3.92%) Web Development
10 27 (3.78%) MVC
11 26 (3.64%) Stakeholder Management
11 26 (3.64%) Change Management
12 25 (3.50%) Logistics
13 24 (3.36%) Data Analysis
13 24 (3.36%) Time Management
14 23 (3.22%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 122 (17.06%) SQL
2 102 (14.27%) C#
3 60 (8.39%) JavaScript
4 23 (3.22%) VB.NET
5 22 (3.08%) VBA
6 20 (2.80%) T-SQL
7 16 (2.24%) VB
8 12 (1.68%) Java
9 9 (1.26%) PowerShell
10 8 (1.12%) Embedded C++
10 8 (1.12%) C++
11 7 (0.98%) XAML
11 7 (0.98%) VBScript
12 5 (0.70%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.56%) C
13 4 (0.56%) X++
14 2 (0.28%) PHP
14 2 (0.28%) VB6
15 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.14%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 57 (7.97%) Security Cleared
2 44 (6.15%) SC Cleared
3 42 (5.87%) Microsoft Certification
4 39 (5.45%) Degree
5 17 (2.38%) MCSE
6 13 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (1.54%) MCP
7 11 (1.54%) PMI Certification
8 10 (1.40%) ISEB
9 8 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (1.12%) PMP
9 8 (1.12%) MCITP
10 6 (0.84%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.70%) A+ Certification
12 4 (0.56%) HNC
13 3 (0.42%) MCTS
13 3 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.42%) Chartered Engineer
13 3 (0.42%) DV Cleared
14 2 (0.28%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.03%) SLA
2 18 (2.52%) QA
3 9 (1.26%) P3O
4 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 119 (16.64%) Active Directory
2 44 (6.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.92%) XenApp
4 18 (2.52%) XenServer
4 18 (2.52%) XenDesktop
5 14 (1.96%) Hyper-V
6 8 (1.12%) VMware Server
6 8 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.56%) vSphere
8 3 (0.42%) Xen
8 3 (0.42%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.28%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.28%) Nmap
10 1 (0.14%) RHEV
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 49 (6.85%) SCCM
2 12 (1.68%) Tivoli
3 10 (1.40%) SCOM
4 7 (0.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 6 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 4 (0.56%) Backup Exec
7 3 (0.42%) WSUS
7 3 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.28%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.28%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.28%) CA LISA
8 2 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.28%) DameWare
8 2 (0.28%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.28%) Nessus
9 1 (0.14%) MAILsweeper
9 1 (0.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.14%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.14%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 74 (10.35%) VMware
2 52 (7.27%) Citrix
3 36 (5.03%) HP
4 34 (4.76%) Oracle
5 32 (4.48%) SAP
6 26 (3.64%) IBM
7 23 (3.22%) Lotus
8 22 (3.08%) Cisco
8 22 (3.08%) Dell
9 7 (0.98%) Apple
9 7 (0.98%) NetApp
9 7 (0.98%) ServiceNow
9 7 (0.98%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 6 (0.84%) Adobe
10 6 (0.84%) EMC
11 5 (0.70%) Sybase
11 5 (0.70%) McAfee
12 4 (0.56%) Tableau
12 4 (0.56%) webMethods
12 4 (0.56%) PeopleSoft
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