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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 3 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 343 361 236
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.56% 15.41% 13.31%
As % of the Vendors category 31.79% 30.46% 27.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 187 97
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £217 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £467 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 55 30
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £12.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.68 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.30 £31.00 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -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
1079 1185 866
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 45.80% 50.58% 48.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 624 542 364
Average daily rate £350 £340 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 95 83
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.90 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.59% -15.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.95 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £35.45 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.14 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+6.70% -12.82%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -3 111 £350 +10.23% 109
Coventry -5 48 £350 -6.66% 30
Staffordshire +2 34 £400 +33.33% 34
Warwickshire -10 28 £311 -4.23% 20
Shropshire +1 27 £368 +13.95% 8
Worcestershire +5 15 £250 +6.38% 12
Solihull 0 5 £338 -0.73% 12
Dudley +3 4 £125 - 1
Wolverhampton 0 4 £225 -31.29% 8
West Bromwich -10 2 £130 - 3
Herefordshire - 2 £388 -
Walsall +4 1 £300 - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 242 (33.89%) MS Excel
2 204 (28.57%) Windows
3 183 (25.63%) SQL Server
4 156 (21.85%) SQL
5 141 (19.75%) MS Office
6 132 (18.49%) Active Directory
7 124 (17.37%) .NET
8 103 (14.43%) ITIL
9 96 (13.45%) Finance
10 94 (13.17%) SharePoint
11 90 (12.61%) CRM
12 89 (12.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 84 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
14 82 (11.48%) Dynamics CRM
15 77 (10.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 73 (10.22%) Windows Server 2008
17 71 (9.94%) C#
18 68 (9.52%) Migration
19 60 (8.40%) Oracle
20 58 (8.12%) MS Project
21 56 (7.84%) Windows Server 2003
22 55 (7.70%) Project Management
23 53 (7.42%) VMware
24 52 (7.28%) MS Exchange
24 52 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
25 51 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
26 49 (6.86%) PRINCE2
26 49 (6.86%) Linux
27 48 (6.72%) Windows XP
27 48 (6.72%) Analytical Skills

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 94 (13.17%) SharePoint
2 52 (7.28%) MS Exchange
3 29 (4.06%) BizTalk Server
4 14 (1.96%) Lync
5 12 (1.68%) WebSphere
6 11 (1.54%) IIS
7 9 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.84%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.56%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (0.56%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.56%) Apache
12 3 (0.42%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.42%) SAS
13 2 (0.28%) NetWeaver
13 2 (0.28%) JBoss
Applications
1 242 (33.89%) MS Excel
2 141 (19.75%) MS Office
3 58 (8.12%) MS Project
4 37 (5.18%) MS PowerPoint
5 26 (3.64%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.98%) PowerPivot
8 3 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.42%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.28%) Vectorworks
9 2 (0.28%) InDesign
10 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.14%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 82 (11.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (5.32%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.42%) Exstream
4 3 (0.42%) Primavera
4 3 (0.42%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.42%) Eikon
5 2 (0.28%) Magento
5 2 (0.28%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.28%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.28%) Maximo
5 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.14%) Line 500
6 1 (0.14%) SyteLine
6 1 (0.14%) SAP xRPM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 31 (4.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.82%) Office 365
3 4 (0.56%) SaaS
4 3 (0.42%) PaaS
4 3 (0.42%) Google Apps
4 3 (0.42%) IaaS
4 3 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.28%) Google App Engine
5 2 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.14%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.04%) LAN
2 33 (4.62%) Firewall
3 32 (4.48%) WAN
4 24 (3.36%) TCP/IP
5 22 (3.08%) Internet
6 20 (2.80%) SAN
7 19 (2.66%) DNS
8 18 (2.52%) DHCP
9 11 (1.54%) Wireless
10 10 (1.40%) NAS
11 9 (1.26%) VPN
12 8 (1.12%) SSL
13 6 (0.84%) Intranet
14 5 (0.70%) Intrusion Detection
15 4 (0.56%) VoIP
15 4 (0.56%) Unified Communications
16 3 (0.42%) SMTP
16 3 (0.42%) LDAP
16 3 (0.42%) VLAN
16 3 (0.42%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 183 (25.63%) SQL Server
2 89 (12.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 77 (10.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 46 (6.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 39 (5.46%) Data Warehouse
6 31 (4.34%) SQL Server 2008
7 20 (2.80%) SQL Server 2005
8 19 (2.66%) SQL Server 2012
9 17 (2.38%) MySQL
10 13 (1.82%) SQL Server 2000
11 12 (1.68%) PostgreSQL
11 12 (1.68%) MS Access
12 9 (1.26%) SSDT
12 9 (1.26%) Oracle Database
12 9 (1.26%) Relational Database
13 8 (1.12%) MongoDB
14 7 (0.98%) QlikView
14 7 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.84%) Crystal Reports
15 6 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 32 (4.48%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (2.38%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.96%) Subversion
3 14 (1.96%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.68%) Selenium
5 11 (1.54%) SoapUI
6 6 (0.84%) MSI
7 3 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.42%) JIRA
8 2 (0.28%) NUnit
8 2 (0.28%) MorphX
9 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
9 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.14%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.14%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.14%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.14%) XMLUnit
9 1 (0.14%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 1 (0.14%) Axure RP
General
1 96 (13.45%) Finance
2 29 (4.06%) Advertising
3 24 (3.36%) Automotive
4 21 (2.94%) Retail
5 13 (1.82%) Telecoms
5 13 (1.82%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.40%) Marketing
7 9 (1.26%) Local Government
8 5 (0.70%) Banking
8 5 (0.70%) Law
9 3 (0.42%) Front Office
9 3 (0.42%) Billing
10 2 (0.28%) Military
10 2 (0.28%) Electronics
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) German Language
11 1 (0.14%) Japanese Language
11 1 (0.14%) Korean Language
11 1 (0.14%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 151 (21.15%) Analyst
2 135 (18.91%) Developer
3 70 (9.80%) Architect
4 42 (5.88%) Project Manager
5 41 (5.74%) Support Analyst
6 39 (5.46%) Administrator
6 39 (5.46%) Consultant
7 33 (4.62%) Service Analyst
8 31 (4.34%) Service Desk Analyst
9 28 (3.92%) DBA
10 25 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
11 22 (3.08%) SQL Developer
11 22 (3.08%) SQL DBA
12 21 (2.94%) Data Analyst
12 21 (2.94%) 1st Line Support
13 20 (2.80%) Desktop Support
13 20 (2.80%) .NET Developer
14 19 (2.66%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 18 (2.52%) Microsoft Developer
16 16 (2.24%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (17.37%) .NET
2 47 (6.58%) XML
3 40 (5.60%) ASP.NET
4 35 (4.90%) .NET Framework
5 28 (3.92%) HTML
6 21 (2.94%) Web Services
7 20 (2.80%) SOAP
8 19 (2.66%) Middleware
9 18 (2.52%) CSS
9 18 (2.52%) jQuery
9 18 (2.52%) REST
10 13 (1.82%) XSD
10 13 (1.82%) Ajax
11 12 (1.68%) WSDL
12 11 (1.54%) RESTful
12 11 (1.54%) Django
12 11 (1.54%) WebSphere Message Broker
12 11 (1.54%) Flask
13 9 (1.26%) XSLT
14 8 (1.12%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 48 (6.72%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.32%) NHS
3 22 (3.08%) Data Centre
4 20 (2.80%) Data Structures
5 19 (2.66%) Management Information System
6 16 (2.24%) N-Tier
7 14 (1.96%) Blackberry
7 14 (1.96%) Computer Science
8 11 (1.54%) DataPower
9 10 (1.40%) Replication
10 8 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.12%) User Experience
11 7 (0.98%) Clustering
12 6 (0.84%) PKI
12 6 (0.84%) PDA
13 5 (0.70%) E-Learning
13 5 (0.70%) Thin Client
13 5 (0.70%) Fat Client
13 5 (0.70%) Data Integration
13 5 (0.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 204 (28.57%) Windows
2 73 (10.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 56 (7.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 49 (6.86%) Linux
5 48 (6.72%) Windows XP
6 47 (6.58%) Windows 7
7 42 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (2.24%) UNIX
9 14 (1.96%) Solaris
10 10 (1.40%) Debian
10 10 (1.40%) Ubuntu
10 10 (1.40%) Windows 2000 Server
10 10 (1.40%) Windows 8
11 8 (1.12%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.98%) Windows Vista
12 7 (0.98%) SUSE
13 6 (0.84%) Android
13 6 (0.84%) Windows 2000
14 5 (0.70%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (14.43%) ITIL
2 90 (12.61%) CRM
3 84 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
4 68 (9.52%) Migration
5 55 (7.70%) Project Management
6 51 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
7 49 (6.86%) PRINCE2
8 38 (5.32%) Change Management
8 38 (5.32%) Data Migration
9 35 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
10 33 (4.62%) Service Management
11 31 (4.34%) Scrum
11 31 (4.34%) TOGAF
12 26 (3.64%) MVC
12 26 (3.64%) ERP
12 26 (3.64%) Open Source
13 25 (3.50%) SOA
14 24 (3.36%) Change Control
15 22 (3.08%) Service Delivery
16 21 (2.94%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 156 (21.85%) SQL
2 71 (9.94%) C#
3 34 (4.76%) T-SQL
4 32 (4.48%) JavaScript
5 26 (3.64%) VB
6 20 (2.80%) VB.NET
7 19 (2.66%) PowerShell
8 16 (2.24%) Java
9 13 (1.82%) Python
10 11 (1.54%) VBA
11 8 (1.12%) Ruby
11 8 (1.12%) X++
12 7 (0.98%) VBScript
13 6 (0.84%) C
13 6 (0.84%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.70%) PHP
14 5 (0.70%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.56%) VB6
16 3 (0.42%) Google Apps Script
17 1 (0.14%) XAML
Qualifications
1 52 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (6.30%) Degree
3 25 (3.50%) Security Cleared
4 17 (2.38%) SC Cleared
4 17 (2.38%) ITIL Certification
4 17 (2.38%) MCSE
5 16 (2.24%) MCITP
6 10 (1.40%) MCP
7 8 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 7 (0.98%) ISEB
9 6 (0.84%) A+ Certification
10 5 (0.70%) MCDBA
10 5 (0.70%) CCNP
10 5 (0.70%) CCNA
10 5 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.70%) PMP
11 4 (0.56%) NVQ Level 4
11 4 (0.56%) MOS
12 3 (0.42%) APMP
12 3 (0.42%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (4.06%) SLA
2 21 (2.94%) QA
3 4 (0.56%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.42%) P3O
4 3 (0.42%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 132 (18.49%) Active Directory
2 21 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.38%) Hyper-V
4 12 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (1.54%) vSphere
5 11 (1.54%) XenApp
6 5 (0.70%) XenServer
6 5 (0.70%) Terminal Server
7 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.42%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.28%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 35 (4.90%) SCCM
2 12 (1.68%) Vagrant
3 11 (1.54%) CA LISA
3 11 (1.54%) SCOM
4 8 (1.12%) NetBackup
5 6 (0.84%) Backup Exec
6 5 (0.70%) SCOrch
7 4 (0.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.28%) ARCserve
8 2 (0.28%) WSUS
8 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.28%) DameWare
8 2 (0.28%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.14%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.14%) SCSM
9 1 (0.14%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.14%) NSN NetAct
9 1 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.14%) Puppet
9 1 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 60 (8.40%) Oracle
2 53 (7.42%) VMware
3 35 (4.90%) Citrix
4 31 (4.34%) Cisco
5 28 (3.92%) IBM
6 27 (3.78%) HP
7 18 (2.52%) Red Hat
8 16 (2.24%) TIBCO
9 15 (2.10%) SAP
10 13 (1.82%) webMethods
11 11 (1.54%) Green Hat
11 11 (1.54%) Solace
12 10 (1.40%) Dell
13 8 (1.12%) NetApp
14 7 (0.98%) Symantec
14 7 (0.98%) Red Gate
14 7 (0.98%) Google
15 6 (0.84%) Sage
16 5 (0.70%) Cognos
16 5 (0.70%) Business Objects
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