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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 330 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.29% 14.29% 14.63%
As % of the Vendors category 29.67% 28.70% 28.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 175 100
Average daily rate
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£350 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £179 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £475 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 31 33
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.50 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% +11.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.85 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.07 £21.50 £24.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -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
1230 1150 838
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 48.14% 49.78% 51.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 720 535 352
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 82 94
Average hourly rate £21.00 £15.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £37.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 +1 116 £350 +16.66% 78
Staffordshire +2 45 £400 +25.00% 20
Coventry -8 39 £350 -14.37% 15
Shropshire +2 36 £400 +51.65% 10
Warwickshire -7 27 £310 +3.33% 21
Worcestershire +10 13 £269 +14.36% 14
Dudley - 11 £125 - 1
Solihull +6 10 £250 -28.57% 7
West Bromwich -6 6 £338 - 2
Herefordshire 0 4 £388 - 1
Wolverhampton -2 3 £225 -35.71% 2
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (32.92%) MS Excel
2 214 (29.48%) Windows
3 182 (25.07%) SQL Server
4 155 (21.35%) Active Directory
5 150 (20.66%) SQL
6 148 (20.39%) MS Office
7 121 (16.67%) .NET
8 117 (16.12%) ITIL
9 102 (14.05%) Finance
10 94 (12.95%) SharePoint
11 90 (12.40%) CRM
12 89 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
13 87 (11.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 83 (11.43%) Dynamics CRM
15 73 (10.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 72 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
17 70 (9.64%) Migration
18 68 (9.37%) VMware
19 66 (9.09%) C#
20 60 (8.26%) Oracle
21 58 (7.99%) Windows XP
22 56 (7.71%) MS Project
22 56 (7.71%) Windows Server 2003
23 55 (7.58%) Windows 7
24 52 (7.16%) Project Management
24 52 (7.16%) Microsoft Certification
25 50 (6.89%) Business Intelligence
25 50 (6.89%) MS Exchange
25 50 (6.89%) XML
25 50 (6.89%) Linux

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (12.95%) SharePoint
2 50 (6.89%) MS Exchange
3 27 (3.72%) BizTalk Server
4 15 (2.07%) Lync
5 11 (1.52%) WebSphere
6 10 (1.38%) IIS
7 9 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.69%) IBM Notes
10 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
11 4 (0.55%) Apache
11 4 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (0.41%) SAS
12 3 (0.41%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.28%) NetWeaver
13 2 (0.28%) Documentum
Applications
1 239 (32.92%) MS Excel
2 148 (20.39%) MS Office
3 56 (7.71%) MS Project
4 36 (4.96%) MS PowerPoint
5 27 (3.72%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.83%) PowerPivot
8 5 (0.69%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.14%) CATIA
9 1 (0.14%) Vectorworks
9 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 83 (11.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (5.51%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.24%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.41%) Exstream
4 3 (0.41%) Primavera
4 3 (0.41%) Maximo
4 3 (0.41%) Eikon
5 2 (0.28%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.14%) SyteLine
6 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.14%) Line 500
6 1 (0.14%) Magento
6 1 (0.14%) SAP xRPM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 36 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.65%) Office 365
3 4 (0.55%) SaaS
4 3 (0.41%) PaaS
4 3 (0.41%) Google Apps
4 3 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.28%) IaaS
5 2 (0.28%) Google App Engine
6 1 (0.14%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.14%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 42 (5.79%) LAN
2 36 (4.96%) WAN
3 32 (4.41%) Firewall
4 29 (3.99%) DNS
5 27 (3.72%) DHCP
6 24 (3.31%) TCP/IP
6 24 (3.31%) Internet
7 21 (2.89%) SAN
8 12 (1.65%) NAS
9 11 (1.52%) Wireless
10 9 (1.24%) VPN
11 8 (1.10%) SSL
12 6 (0.83%) Intranet
13 5 (0.69%) Intrusion Detection
13 5 (0.69%) VLAN
14 4 (0.55%) Cisco ICM
14 4 (0.55%) Unified Communications
14 4 (0.55%) NetScaler
15 3 (0.41%) Structured Cabling
15 3 (0.41%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 182 (25.07%) SQL Server
2 87 (11.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 73 (10.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 45 (6.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 37 (5.10%) Data Warehouse
6 35 (4.82%) SQL Server 2008
7 22 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
8 17 (2.34%) MySQL
9 15 (2.07%) MS Access
10 14 (1.93%) Oracle Database
10 14 (1.93%) SQL Server 2005
11 13 (1.79%) SQL Server 2000
12 12 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (1.52%) Relational Database
14 9 (1.24%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 9 (1.24%) SSDT
15 8 (1.10%) MongoDB
16 7 (0.96%) QlikView
17 4 (0.55%) Crystal Reports
18 3 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 34 (4.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (2.48%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.93%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.79%) Subversion
5 12 (1.65%) Selenium
6 10 (1.38%) SoapUI
7 6 (0.83%) MSI
8 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (0.28%) NUnit
9 2 (0.28%) MorphX
9 2 (0.28%) JIRA
10 1 (0.14%) ReSharper
10 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.14%) ClearQuest
10 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.14%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.14%) XMLUnit
10 1 (0.14%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 102 (14.05%) Finance
2 31 (4.27%) Advertising
3 23 (3.17%) Automotive
4 18 (2.48%) Retail
5 14 (1.93%) Telecoms
6 13 (1.79%) Local Government
7 10 (1.38%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.96%) Marketing
9 6 (0.83%) Banking
10 5 (0.69%) Law
11 3 (0.41%) Front Office
12 2 (0.28%) Electronics
12 2 (0.28%) Legal
12 2 (0.28%) Military
12 2 (0.28%) French Language
13 1 (0.14%) German Language
13 1 (0.14%) Japanese Language
13 1 (0.14%) Korean Language
13 1 (0.14%) Polish Language
13 1 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 160 (22.04%) Analyst
2 128 (17.63%) Developer
3 72 (9.92%) Architect
4 48 (6.61%) Support Analyst
5 41 (5.65%) Service Analyst
6 40 (5.51%) Administrator
7 37 (5.10%) Consultant
7 37 (5.10%) Service Desk Analyst
8 32 (4.41%) Project Manager
9 30 (4.13%) DBA
10 27 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
11 24 (3.31%) Desktop Support
12 23 (3.17%) 1st Line Support
12 23 (3.17%) Data Analyst
12 23 (3.17%) .NET Developer
13 22 (3.03%) SQL DBA
13 22 (3.03%) Support Engineer
14 20 (2.75%) SQL Developer
15 17 (2.34%) Team Leader
15 17 (2.34%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (16.67%) .NET
2 50 (6.89%) XML
3 38 (5.23%) ASP.NET
3 38 (5.23%) .NET Framework
4 33 (4.55%) HTML
5 28 (3.86%) Web Services
6 23 (3.17%) jQuery
7 20 (2.75%) Ajax
8 19 (2.62%) Middleware
8 19 (2.62%) CSS
9 18 (2.48%) SOAP
10 17 (2.34%) XSLT
10 17 (2.34%) REST
11 13 (1.79%) WSDL
12 12 (1.65%) XSD
13 11 (1.52%) Flask
13 11 (1.52%) Django
13 11 (1.52%) RESTful
14 10 (1.38%) WebSphere Message Broker
15 8 (1.10%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 46 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (5.10%) NHS
3 23 (3.17%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.89%) Data Structures
5 18 (2.48%) Data Centre
5 18 (2.48%) Blackberry
5 18 (2.48%) N-Tier
5 18 (2.48%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.65%) Replication
6 12 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (1.38%) DataPower
8 9 (1.24%) PDA
8 9 (1.24%) User Experience
9 7 (0.96%) PKI
9 7 (0.96%) Clustering
10 5 (0.69%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.69%) Data Integration
10 5 (0.69%) Enterprise Storage
10 5 (0.69%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.69%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 214 (29.48%) Windows
2 72 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 58 (7.99%) Windows XP
4 56 (7.71%) Windows Server 2003
5 55 (7.58%) Windows 7
6 50 (6.89%) Linux
7 42 (5.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (2.20%) UNIX
9 12 (1.65%) Solaris
10 11 (1.52%) Windows 2000 Server
11 10 (1.38%) Debian
11 10 (1.38%) Ubuntu
12 9 (1.24%) Android
12 9 (1.24%) Apple iOS
13 8 (1.10%) Windows 8
13 8 (1.10%) Windows Vista
14 7 (0.96%) SUSE
14 7 (0.96%) Windows 2000
15 5 (0.69%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (16.12%) ITIL
2 90 (12.40%) CRM
3 89 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
4 70 (9.64%) Migration
5 52 (7.16%) Project Management
6 50 (6.89%) Business Intelligence
7 43 (5.92%) PRINCE2
8 41 (5.65%) Data Migration
9 40 (5.51%) Scrum
10 39 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
10 39 (5.37%) Change Management
11 30 (4.13%) MVC
11 30 (4.13%) Service Management
12 29 (3.99%) TOGAF
13 28 (3.86%) Open Source
14 25 (3.44%) Service Delivery
15 24 (3.31%) SOA
16 21 (2.89%) ERP
16 21 (2.89%) Continuous Improvement
17 20 (2.75%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 150 (20.66%) SQL
2 66 (9.09%) C#
3 35 (4.82%) JavaScript
4 33 (4.55%) T-SQL
5 22 (3.03%) VB
6 21 (2.89%) VB.NET
7 18 (2.48%) PowerShell
8 15 (2.07%) Java
9 13 (1.79%) Python
10 10 (1.38%) VBA
10 10 (1.38%) X++
11 8 (1.10%) Ruby
11 8 (1.10%) VBScript
12 5 (0.69%) PHP
12 5 (0.69%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.55%) C
14 3 (0.41%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.41%) Google Apps Script
15 2 (0.28%) VB6
16 1 (0.14%) C++
Qualifications
1 52 (7.16%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (5.65%) Degree
3 37 (5.10%) Security Cleared
4 27 (3.72%) SC Cleared
5 17 (2.34%) MCITP
5 17 (2.34%) MCSE
5 17 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.38%) MCP
7 7 (0.96%) A+ Certification
8 5 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (0.69%) ISEB
8 5 (0.69%) MCDBA
8 5 (0.69%) CCNP
8 5 (0.69%) CCNA
9 4 (0.55%) PMP
9 4 (0.55%) MOS
10 3 (0.41%) MCDST
10 3 (0.41%) APMP
10 3 (0.41%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (4.13%) SLA
2 20 (2.75%) QA
3 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.41%) P3O
4 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 155 (21.35%) Active Directory
2 34 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (3.17%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.48%) XenApp
5 16 (2.20%) vSphere
6 14 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (1.10%) XenServer
7 8 (1.10%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.69%) Terminal Server
9 4 (0.55%) VMware Server
10 3 (0.41%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.28%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.14%) Xen
12 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 37 (5.10%) SCCM
2 13 (1.79%) SCOM
3 12 (1.65%) Vagrant
4 10 (1.38%) CA LISA
5 7 (0.96%) NetBackup
6 6 (0.83%) Backup Exec
6 6 (0.83%) SCOrch
7 4 (0.55%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.55%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.28%) DameWare
9 2 (0.28%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.28%) WSUS
9 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.14%) SCSM
10 1 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.14%) Puppet
10 1 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.14%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 68 (9.37%) VMware
2 60 (8.26%) Oracle
3 40 (5.51%) Citrix
4 39 (5.37%) Cisco
5 28 (3.86%) HP
6 27 (3.72%) IBM
7 17 (2.34%) Red Hat
8 15 (2.07%) TIBCO
9 14 (1.93%) SAP
10 13 (1.79%) Dell
10 13 (1.79%) NetApp
11 12 (1.65%) webMethods
12 10 (1.38%) Google
12 10 (1.38%) Green Hat
12 10 (1.38%) Solace
13 7 (0.96%) Red Gate
13 7 (0.96%) Symantec
14 6 (0.83%) Lotus
15 5 (0.69%) ServiceNow
15 5 (0.69%) Sage
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Staffordshire
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £325 - £400 per month
Posted: 10 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Gold Group
Rate: £10 - £14 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Rate: £26,000
Posted: 2 days ago
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £500 - £510 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Worcestershire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £275 - £350 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Staffordshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £13.00 - £17.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Worcestershire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £405 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Evesham
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
West Midlands
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + expenses
Posted: 8 days ago
Telford
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £14.00 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 9 days ago
Coventry
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 9 days ago