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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 3 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 358 263 246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.63% 11.85% 13.44%
As % of the Vendors category 30.60% 24.20% 28.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 190 117 90
Average daily rate
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£350 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £171 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 30 53
Average hourly rate £16.03 £12.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.56% -22.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £32.50 £33.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+1.75% -5.00%
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
1170 1087 851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 51.09% 48.99% 46.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 590 509 344
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 62 112
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.48 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.75% -27.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £10.00 £11.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £71.25 £37.72
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 3 March 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 March 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 March 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 -1 109 £300 -15.78% 78
Warwickshire +7 58 £305 -8.95% 17
Coventry +10 45 £318 -15.33% 21
Staffordshire 0 23 £398 +13.57% 17
Wolverhampton +9 18 £275 -26.66% 14
Worcestershire +2 16 £431 +32.69% 13
Shropshire -4 14 £277 +58.35% 4
West Bromwich +4 8 £413 - 2
Dudley +5 6 £260 -
Solihull +6 5 £185 -63.00% 4
Herefordshire -1 5 £300 +51.89% 3
Walsall +4 4 £250 -23.07% 5
Halesowen -1 1 - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 239 (33.85%) MS Excel
2 210 (29.75%) Windows
3 162 (22.95%) MS Office
4 159 (22.52%) SQL Server
5 153 (21.67%) SQL
6 143 (20.25%) Active Directory
7 139 (19.69%) .NET
8 110 (15.58%) ITIL
9 105 (14.87%) Finance
10 103 (14.59%) SharePoint
11 102 (14.45%) CRM
12 95 (13.46%) Dynamics CRM
13 94 (13.31%) Agile Software Development
14 79 (11.19%) C#
15 78 (11.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 70 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
17 69 (9.77%) VMware
18 67 (9.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 65 (9.21%) JavaScript
20 62 (8.78%) Windows XP
21 59 (8.36%) Microsoft Azure
22 55 (7.79%) .NET Framework
23 53 (7.51%) Migration
23 53 (7.51%) Security Cleared
24 52 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
25 51 (7.22%) HTML
26 50 (7.08%) Project Management
26 50 (7.08%) Windows 7
27 49 (6.94%) Oracle
27 49 (6.94%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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
1 103 (14.59%) SharePoint
2 43 (6.09%) MS Exchange
3 34 (4.82%) BizTalk Server
4 17 (2.41%) IIS
5 14 (1.98%) SharePoint 2010
6 13 (1.84%) WebSphere
7 10 (1.42%) Apache
7 10 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
8 9 (1.27%) Lync
9 8 (1.13%) IBM Notes
9 8 (1.13%) Drupal
10 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
12 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.42%) Documentum
13 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
14 2 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
14 2 (0.28%) MS Project Server
15 1 (0.14%) Node.js
Applications
1 239 (33.85%) MS Excel
2 162 (22.95%) MS Office
3 45 (6.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 39 (5.52%) MS Project
5 21 (2.97%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.13%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.85%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.71%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.71%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.14%) CATIA
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 95 (13.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (4.25%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.57%) CA PPM
4 3 (0.42%) Maximo
5 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
5 2 (0.28%) BPCS
5 2 (0.28%) Eikon
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.14%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.14%) Magento
6 1 (0.14%) SAP xRPM
Cloud Services
1 59 (8.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
2 8 (1.13%) Office 365
3 1 (0.14%) GitHub
3 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (4.82%) LAN
2 32 (4.53%) DNS
3 29 (4.11%) WAN
3 29 (4.11%) DHCP
4 24 (3.40%) TCP/IP
5 21 (2.97%) SAN
6 17 (2.41%) Firewall
7 13 (1.84%) NAS
8 7 (0.99%) Intranet
8 7 (0.99%) Internet
9 6 (0.85%) VoIP
10 5 (0.71%) Intrusion Detection
11 4 (0.57%) VLAN
11 4 (0.57%) VPN
11 4 (0.57%) NetScaler
12 3 (0.42%) LDAP
12 3 (0.42%) Cisco ICM
12 3 (0.42%) Network Security
12 3 (0.42%) Wireless
13 2 (0.28%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (22.52%) SQL Server
2 78 (11.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 67 (9.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 47 (6.66%) SQL Server 2008
5 38 (5.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 24 (3.40%) SQL Server 2012
7 21 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
8 19 (2.69%) MySQL
9 17 (2.41%) SQL Server 2005
10 14 (1.98%) Relational Database
11 10 (1.42%) SQL Server 2000
12 8 (1.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (0.99%) MS Access
13 7 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
14 6 (0.85%) SSDT
14 6 (0.85%) Oracle Database
15 5 (0.71%) OLAP
16 4 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
16 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Power View
16 4 (0.57%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 44 (6.23%) Team Foundation Server
2 29 (4.11%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.98%) MSBuild
4 12 (1.70%) SpecFlow
4 12 (1.70%) NUnit
4 12 (1.70%) MSTest
5 11 (1.56%) NDepend
5 11 (1.56%) NCover
5 11 (1.56%) StyleCop
5 11 (1.56%) ReSharper
6 9 (1.27%) SoapUI
7 5 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.71%) NuGet
8 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 3 (0.42%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.42%) Subversion
9 2 (0.28%) JIRA
10 1 (0.14%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
General
1 105 (14.87%) Finance
2 39 (5.52%) Advertising
3 18 (2.55%) Automotive
4 12 (1.70%) Telecoms
4 12 (1.70%) Banking
5 10 (1.42%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.27%) Publishing
7 8 (1.13%) Retail
8 7 (0.99%) Local Government
8 7 (0.99%) Legal
8 7 (0.99%) Marketing
9 3 (0.42%) Electronics
10 2 (0.28%) Games
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.28%) Billing
11 1 (0.14%) German Language
11 1 (0.14%) Japanese Language
11 1 (0.14%) Korean Language
11 1 (0.14%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 154 (21.81%) Analyst
2 128 (18.13%) Developer
3 76 (10.76%) Architect
4 46 (6.52%) Support Analyst
5 41 (5.81%) Administrator
6 37 (5.24%) Support Engineer
7 35 (4.96%) 2nd Line Support
8 34 (4.82%) .NET Developer
9 33 (4.67%) Service Analyst
9 33 (4.67%) Consultant
10 28 (3.97%) Desktop Support
11 27 (3.82%) Service Desk Analyst
12 26 (3.68%) Data Analyst
12 26 (3.68%) CRM Developer
13 25 (3.54%) Project Manager
14 24 (3.40%) DBA
15 23 (3.26%) Microsoft Developer
16 22 (3.12%) 1st Line Support
16 22 (3.12%) SQL DBA
17 18 (2.55%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (19.69%) .NET
2 55 (7.79%) .NET Framework
3 51 (7.22%) HTML
4 49 (6.94%) ASP.NET
4 49 (6.94%) Web Services
5 43 (6.09%) CSS
6 42 (5.95%) XML
7 36 (5.10%) jQuery
8 34 (4.82%) WCF
9 20 (2.83%) REST
10 19 (2.69%) Ajax
10 19 (2.69%) SOAP
11 17 (2.41%) Middleware
12 13 (1.84%) XSLT
12 13 (1.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 12 (1.70%) WSDL
13 12 (1.70%) XSD
14 11 (1.56%) Ruby on Rails
14 11 (1.56%) WPF
15 9 (1.27%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 52 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.68%) NHS
3 21 (2.97%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
5 17 (2.41%) Open Source
5 17 (2.41%) User Experience
6 14 (1.98%) Computer Science
7 12 (1.70%) Replication
7 12 (1.70%) Blackberry
7 12 (1.70%) Data Structures
8 11 (1.56%) Inversion of Control
8 11 (1.56%) Social Media
9 10 (1.42%) iPad
10 9 (1.27%) PDA
10 9 (1.27%) N-Tier
10 9 (1.27%) DataPower
11 8 (1.13%) Blog
11 8 (1.13%) Taxonomies
11 8 (1.13%) Enterprise Storage
12 7 (0.99%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 210 (29.75%) Windows
2 70 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 62 (8.78%) Windows XP
4 50 (7.08%) Windows 7
5 47 (6.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (5.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 34 (4.82%) Linux
8 23 (3.26%) UNIX
9 18 (2.55%) Windows 2000
10 12 (1.70%) Solaris
10 12 (1.70%) Windows 2000 Server
11 9 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.13%) Windows Vista
13 7 (0.99%) AIX
13 7 (0.99%) Windows 8
14 6 (0.85%) Android
15 4 (0.57%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
17 1 (0.14%) CentOS
17 1 (0.14%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (15.58%) ITIL
2 102 (14.45%) CRM
3 94 (13.31%) Agile Software Development
4 53 (7.51%) Migration
5 50 (7.08%) Project Management
6 46 (6.52%) PRINCE2
7 45 (6.37%) Stakeholder Management
8 34 (4.82%) Scrum
9 33 (4.67%) Workflow
10 32 (4.53%) Business Intelligence
11 31 (4.39%) Service Management
11 31 (4.39%) Change Management
12 25 (3.54%) MVC
13 24 (3.40%) Web Development
13 24 (3.40%) Data Migration
14 22 (3.12%) ERP
15 21 (2.97%) Service Delivery
15 21 (2.97%) Technical Architecture
16 20 (2.83%) Programme Management
17 19 (2.69%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 153 (21.67%) SQL
2 79 (11.19%) C#
3 65 (9.21%) JavaScript
4 35 (4.96%) T-SQL
5 28 (3.97%) PowerShell
6 18 (2.55%) Java
6 18 (2.55%) VB.NET
7 13 (1.84%) PHP
8 12 (1.70%) VBA
8 12 (1.70%) Python
9 11 (1.56%) Ruby
9 11 (1.56%) VB
10 9 (1.27%) X++
10 9 (1.27%) PHP5
11 6 (0.85%) C
12 5 (0.71%) VBScript
13 4 (0.57%) C++
14 3 (0.42%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.28%) VC++
15 2 (0.28%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 53 (7.51%) Security Cleared
2 49 (6.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 40 (5.67%) SC Cleared
4 31 (4.39%) Degree
5 19 (2.69%) MCSE
6 17 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
7 16 (2.27%) MCITP
8 11 (1.56%) MCP
9 10 (1.42%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (1.27%) CCNP
10 9 (1.27%) CCNA
11 8 (1.13%) DV Cleared
11 8 (1.13%) VCP4
12 7 (0.99%) A+ Certification
12 7 (0.99%) PMP
13 6 (0.85%) PMI Certification
14 5 (0.71%) MCDBA
14 5 (0.71%) CCDP
14 5 (0.71%) ISEB
14 5 (0.71%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.69%) SLA
2 9 (1.27%) QA
3 5 (0.71%) P3O
4 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 143 (20.25%) Active Directory
2 33 (4.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.54%) Hyper-V
4 22 (3.12%) XenApp
5 16 (2.27%) vSphere
6 8 (1.13%) XenDesktop
7 6 (0.85%) XenServer
7 6 (0.85%) VMware Server
8 5 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.42%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.28%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.14%) Xen
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.14%) Postfix
11 1 (0.14%) KVM
Systems Management
1 29 (4.11%) SCCM
2 14 (1.98%) SCOM
3 9 (1.27%) CA LISA
4 8 (1.13%) Tivoli
5 7 (0.99%) NetBackup
6 5 (0.71%) Backup Exec
6 5 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.71%) SCOrch
7 4 (0.57%) WSUS
7 4 (0.57%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (0.57%) SCSM
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.28%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.28%) DameWare
9 2 (0.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 69 (9.77%) VMware
2 49 (6.94%) Oracle
3 44 (6.23%) Citrix
4 39 (5.52%) Cisco
5 23 (3.26%) IBM
6 20 (2.83%) SAP
7 15 (2.12%) HP
8 14 (1.98%) TIBCO
9 11 (1.56%) Red Hat
10 10 (1.42%) webMethods
10 10 (1.42%) Dell
11 9 (1.27%) Lotus
11 9 (1.27%) Green Hat
12 8 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (1.13%) EMC
12 8 (1.13%) NetApp
13 7 (0.99%) Cognos
13 7 (0.99%) Red Gate
14 6 (0.85%) ServiceNow
14 6 (0.85%) Symantec
Shropshire
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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Rate: £300 - £500 per day
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Coventry, West Midlands (County)
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Herefordshire
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Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
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Rate: £250 - £400 per day
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West Midlands
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Coventry
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Gambling Commission
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West Midlands
Real Staffing
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West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £410 per day
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Birmingham
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
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Rate: £180 - 260 per day
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Coventry, West Midlands (County)
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West Midlands
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Birmingham
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West Midlands
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