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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 6 3 6
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 334 355 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.09% 16.07% 12.46%
As % of the Vendors category 27.79% 32.30% 25.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 188 132
Average daily rate £389 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.18% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £185 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £496 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 69 27
Average hourly rate £11.93 £15.61 £12.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.60% +27.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.61 £11.00 £9.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £27.20 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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
1202 1099 1052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 47.10% 49.75% 49.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 604 555 504
Average daily rate £400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 111 61
Average hourly rate £15.80 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.22% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.61 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.40 £30.00 £111.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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 +1 115 £375 +25.00% 85
Coventry -3 45 £375 +18.11% 28
Warwickshire -4 38 £400 +31.14% 19
Staffordshire -7 15 £370 +18.40% 27
Solihull -5 13 £250 -14.52% 1
Shropshire -19 13 £155 -44.06% 10
Worcestershire 0 6 £168 -56.64% 14
Herefordshire -1 3 £425 +120.77%
Walsall -1 2 - -
Wolverhampton -6 2 £550 +100.00% 5
Dudley -1 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 210 (31.07%) MS Excel
2 179 (26.48%) Windows
3 165 (24.41%) SQL
4 158 (23.37%) SQL Server
5 109 (16.12%) Agile Software Development
6 104 (15.38%) .NET
7 101 (14.94%) MS Office
8 97 (14.35%) Finance
9 91 (13.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 91 (13.46%) ITIL
10 90 (13.31%) C#
10 90 (13.31%) Business Intelligence
10 90 (13.31%) Active Directory
11 86 (12.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 79 (11.69%) SharePoint
13 77 (11.39%) Migration
14 67 (9.91%) CRM
15 64 (9.47%) Project Management
16 62 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
17 61 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
18 58 (8.58%) Dynamics CRM
19 53 (7.84%) PRINCE2
19 53 (7.84%) Security Cleared
19 53 (7.84%) Windows Server
20 49 (7.25%) Office 365
20 49 (7.25%) T-SQL
21 48 (7.10%) MS Exchange
22 46 (6.80%) JavaScript
22 46 (6.80%) Oracle
22 46 (6.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 79 (11.69%) SharePoint
2 48 (7.10%) MS Exchange
3 39 (5.77%) Skype for Business
4 22 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (2.37%) BizTalk Server
7 13 (1.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 13 (1.92%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (1.48%) IBM Notes
9 9 (1.33%) IBM Domino
9 9 (1.33%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (1.18%) IIS
11 7 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (1.04%) WebSphere
12 5 (0.74%) PowerExchange
13 3 (0.44%) CMS
13 3 (0.44%) Node.js
13 3 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.44%) Umbraco
Applications
1 210 (31.07%) MS Excel
2 101 (14.94%) MS Office
3 38 (5.62%) MS PowerPoint
3 38 (5.62%) MS Project
4 22 (3.25%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.30%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.30%) Adobe Premiere
6 2 (0.30%) Final Cut Pro
6 2 (0.30%) PTC Creo
6 2 (0.30%) Windchill
7 1 (0.15%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) InDesign
7 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 58 (8.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.96%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.18%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.59%) Primavera
5 3 (0.44%) Maximo
5 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.44%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.30%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.30%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.15%) HFM
7 1 (0.15%) Infor LN
7 1 (0.15%) MFGPRO
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 49 (7.25%) Office 365
2 31 (4.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (2.51%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.37%) IaaS
5 11 (1.63%) PaaS
6 9 (1.33%) SaaS
7 3 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.30%) Yammer
9 1 (0.15%) Bluemix
9 1 (0.15%) IBM Blueworks
9 1 (0.15%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 32 (4.73%) LAN
2 25 (3.70%) WAN
3 16 (2.37%) Skype
4 15 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
5 13 (1.92%) TCP/IP
6 12 (1.78%) VoIP
7 11 (1.63%) Firewall
8 10 (1.48%) SAN
9 9 (1.33%) Intranet
9 9 (1.33%) Wireless
10 8 (1.18%) Unified Communications
10 8 (1.18%) VPN
11 6 (0.89%) DNS
11 6 (0.89%) Network Security
12 5 (0.74%) 3G
12 5 (0.74%) 4G
12 5 (0.74%) Extranet
12 5 (0.74%) Internet
13 4 (0.59%) 2G
13 4 (0.59%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (23.37%) SQL Server
2 91 (13.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 86 (12.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 46 (6.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 41 (6.07%) SQL Server 2008
6 31 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
7 30 (4.44%) SQL Server 2012
8 27 (3.99%) Relational Database
9 25 (3.70%) SQL Server 2005
10 15 (2.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 15 (2.22%) Power BI
11 10 (1.48%) RDBMS
12 9 (1.33%) OLAP
13 8 (1.18%) SQL Server 2000
14 7 (1.04%) MS Access
14 7 (1.04%) NoSQL
14 7 (1.04%) QlikView
15 6 (0.89%) Big Data
15 6 (0.89%) SQL Server 2014
16 5 (0.74%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 33 (4.88%) Visual Studio
2 32 (4.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (1.63%) Cucumber
4 8 (1.18%) Selenium
5 6 (0.89%) SpecFlow
6 5 (0.74%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.30%) FxCop
7 2 (0.30%) Mercurial
7 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Blend
7 2 (0.30%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.30%) StyleCop
8 1 (0.15%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.15%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.15%) Mocha
8 1 (0.15%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.15%) MSI
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.15%) Protractor
8 1 (0.15%) Talend Open Studio
8 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 97 (14.35%) Finance
2 42 (6.21%) Advertising
3 22 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.66%) Retail
5 13 (1.92%) Back Office
6 12 (1.78%) Banking
7 11 (1.63%) Games
7 11 (1.63%) Legal
8 9 (1.33%) Marketing
9 7 (1.04%) Billing
9 7 (1.04%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.89%) Automotive
11 5 (0.74%) German Language
12 3 (0.44%) Local Government
13 2 (0.30%) Publishing
14 1 (0.15%) Front Office
14 1 (0.15%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.15%) Law
14 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 145 (21.45%) Developer
2 103 (15.24%) Analyst
3 78 (11.54%) Architect
3 78 (11.54%) Consultant
4 47 (6.95%) Project Manager
5 35 (5.18%) SQL Developer
6 34 (5.03%) Support Engineer
7 33 (4.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 29 (4.29%) .NET Developer
9 22 (3.25%) Administrator
9 22 (3.25%) C# Developer
10 21 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
10 21 (3.11%) Technical Architect
11 20 (2.96%) Business Analyst
11 20 (2.96%) Data Analyst
11 20 (2.96%) Middleware Consultant
11 20 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
12 19 (2.81%) C# .NET Developer
12 19 (2.81%) Infrastructure Architect
13 16 (2.37%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (15.38%) .NET
2 42 (6.21%) Web Services
3 36 (5.33%) ASP.NET
3 36 (5.33%) HTML
4 27 (3.99%) CSS
5 26 (3.85%) XML
6 24 (3.55%) .NET Framework
6 24 (3.55%) SOAP
7 21 (3.11%) jQuery
7 21 (3.11%) REST
8 20 (2.96%) Middleware
8 20 (2.96%) RESTful
9 17 (2.51%) WCF
10 15 (2.22%) MDX
11 14 (2.07%) Ajax
12 12 (1.78%) ASP.NET MVC
13 11 (1.63%) AngularJS
13 11 (1.63%) HTML5
14 10 (1.48%) WinForms
15 9 (1.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 62 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.25%) DataPower
3 19 (2.81%) Management Information System
4 17 (2.51%) Blackberry
4 17 (2.51%) Data Centre
5 14 (2.07%) User Experience
6 12 (1.78%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.78%) NHS
7 9 (1.33%) Driving Licence
7 9 (1.33%) Social Media
8 8 (1.18%) Data Structures
9 7 (1.04%) Statistics
10 6 (0.89%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.89%) Online Games
11 5 (0.74%) e-Learning
12 4 (0.59%) Blog
12 4 (0.59%) Mathematics
12 4 (0.59%) Psychology
12 4 (0.59%) Replication
12 4 (0.59%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 179 (26.48%) Windows
2 53 (7.84%) Windows Server
3 39 (5.77%) Windows 7
4 29 (4.29%) Unix
5 27 (3.99%) Windows XP
6 26 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 24 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (2.22%) Linux
10 14 (2.07%) Solaris
11 13 (1.92%) AIX
12 12 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (1.33%) Windows 10
14 7 (1.04%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.59%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.44%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.44%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.30%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (16.12%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (13.46%) ITIL
3 90 (13.31%) Business Intelligence
4 77 (11.39%) Migration
5 67 (9.91%) CRM
6 64 (9.47%) Project Management
7 53 (7.84%) PRINCE2
8 40 (5.92%) Service Management
9 35 (5.18%) ETL
10 29 (4.29%) MVC
10 29 (4.29%) Service Delivery
11 28 (4.14%) Scrum
11 28 (4.14%) Workflow
12 23 (3.40%) Stakeholder Management
13 22 (3.25%) Data Migration
14 21 (3.11%) Change Management
15 20 (2.96%) SOA
16 19 (2.81%) TOGAF
17 18 (2.66%) ERP
17 18 (2.66%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 165 (24.41%) SQL
2 90 (13.31%) C#
3 49 (7.25%) T-SQL
4 46 (6.80%) JavaScript
5 24 (3.55%) VB.NET
6 20 (2.96%) PowerShell
7 10 (1.48%) VBA
8 8 (1.18%) VB
9 7 (1.04%) X++
10 6 (0.89%) C
10 6 (0.89%) VB6
11 4 (0.59%) Java
12 3 (0.44%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.44%) XPath
13 2 (0.30%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.30%) VBScript
13 2 (0.30%) XQuery
14 1 (0.15%) C++
14 1 (0.15%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 1 (0.15%) VC++
Qualifications
1 61 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
2 53 (7.84%) Security Cleared
3 42 (6.21%) Degree
4 38 (5.62%) SC Cleared
5 18 (2.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 16 (2.37%) ISEB
6 16 (2.37%) ISTQB
7 14 (2.07%) MCP
7 14 (2.07%) MCSE
8 10 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.48%) MCITP
9 8 (1.18%) APMP
10 7 (1.04%) CISSP
10 7 (1.04%) DV Cleared
10 7 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 6 (0.89%) MCSA
12 4 (0.59%) CCNA
12 4 (0.59%) CISMP
12 4 (0.59%) ECDL
13 3 (0.44%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.81%) Data Quality
2 13 (1.92%) SLA
3 12 (1.78%) QA
4 5 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.59%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.59%) WCAG
6 2 (0.30%) P3O
7 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 90 (13.31%) Active Directory
2 21 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.48%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.33%) vSphere
4 9 (1.33%) XenApp
5 8 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.74%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.44%) vCloud
8 2 (0.30%) IAG
8 2 (0.30%) UAG
8 2 (0.30%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.15%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 32 (4.73%) SCCM
2 8 (1.18%) SCOM
3 6 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (0.74%) Windows Intune
5 4 (0.59%) NetBackup
5 4 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 4 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.59%) Puppet
5 4 (0.59%) WSUS
6 3 (0.44%) SCOrch
6 3 (0.44%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.44%) vRealize
7 2 (0.30%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.30%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.30%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.30%) SCSM
7 2 (0.30%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.15%) SCDPM
8 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.15%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 46 (6.80%) Oracle
2 45 (6.66%) VMware
3 39 (5.77%) Citrix
4 35 (5.18%) IBM
5 28 (4.14%) Cisco
6 26 (3.85%) SAP
7 16 (2.37%) Red Hat
7 16 (2.37%) Tableau
8 13 (1.92%) Dell
9 12 (1.78%) Sophos
10 11 (1.63%) Lotus
11 10 (1.48%) HP
12 7 (1.04%) Informatica
13 6 (0.89%) Adobe
13 6 (0.89%) Nintex
14 5 (0.74%) Mitel
14 5 (0.74%) NetApp
14 5 (0.74%) Symantec
15 4 (0.59%) Huawei
15 4 (0.59%) LANDesk
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