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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 3 6
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 308 388 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 12.31% 15.01% 12.78%
As % of the Vendors category 28.68% 29.96% 28.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 190 125
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £471 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 64 26
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £12.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +44.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.08 £9.83 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.04 £34.80 £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
1074 1295 925
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 42.93% 50.10% 44.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 626 456
Average daily rate £375 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 101 59
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.48
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -10.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.81 £9.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.44 £31.50 £28.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -6.73%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -1 119 £375 +7.14% 67
Coventry -2 45 £350 -5.40% 27
Warwickshire -14 26 £313 +4.16% 14
Worcestershire +4 22 £263 +59.09% 9
Staffordshire -3 22 £383 +39.09% 16
Solihull +3 15 £400 +21.21% 5
Shropshire -12 12 £275 +14.58% 4
Dudley +5 1 £120 -
Walsall +4 1 £300 - 3
West Bromwich +4 1 £363 +70.58% 1
Wolverhampton +1 1 - - 3
Herefordshire -7 1 £380 +16.92% 1
Stourbridge - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 204 (30.36%) MS Excel
2 182 (27.08%) Windows
3 162 (24.11%) SQL Server
4 136 (20.24%) SQL
5 121 (18.01%) Active Directory
6 111 (16.52%) MS Office
7 109 (16.22%) .NET
8 105 (15.63%) Finance
9 90 (13.39%) CRM
10 86 (12.80%) ITIL
11 82 (12.20%) Dynamics CRM
12 74 (11.01%) Agile Software Development
13 72 (10.71%) SharePoint
14 70 (10.42%) C#
15 69 (10.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 66 (9.82%) Migration
16 66 (9.82%) Windows Server 2008
17 63 (9.38%) MS Exchange
18 62 (9.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 61 (9.08%) VMware
19 61 (9.08%) Project Management
20 53 (7.89%) Business Intelligence
20 53 (7.89%) XML
21 51 (7.59%) Windows Server 2003
22 49 (7.29%) Oracle
23 46 (6.85%) Linux
23 46 (6.85%) Windows 7
24 44 (6.55%) MS Project
25 43 (6.40%) Microsoft Certification
26 42 (6.25%) PRINCE2

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 72 (10.71%) SharePoint
2 63 (9.38%) MS Exchange
3 33 (4.91%) BizTalk Server
4 23 (3.42%) Lync
5 18 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2010
6 15 (2.23%) IIS
7 10 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
8 9 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (1.34%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (1.04%) JBoss
9 7 (1.04%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.89%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.60%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.45%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.45%) Apache
12 3 (0.45%) SAS
13 2 (0.30%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 204 (30.36%) MS Excel
2 111 (16.52%) MS Office
3 44 (6.55%) MS Project
4 31 (4.61%) MS PowerPoint
5 22 (3.27%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.89%) PowerPivot
7 4 (0.60%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.30%) Vectorworks
9 2 (0.30%) InDesign
10 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.15%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 82 (12.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (4.76%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.45%) Exstream
4 3 (0.45%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.45%) Eikon
5 2 (0.30%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.30%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.30%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.15%) Line 500
6 1 (0.15%) Magento
6 1 (0.15%) SyteLine
6 1 (0.15%) MFGPRO
Cloud Services
1 23 (3.42%) Office 365
2 18 (2.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.60%) SaaS
4 3 (0.45%) PaaS
4 3 (0.45%) Google Apps
4 3 (0.45%) IaaS
4 3 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.30%) Yammer
5 2 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.30%) Google App Engine
5 2 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.15%) Trello
6 1 (0.15%) IBM Blueworks
6 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.36%) Firewall
2 34 (5.06%) WAN
3 33 (4.91%) LAN
4 30 (4.46%) Internet
5 23 (3.42%) TCP/IP
6 19 (2.83%) SAN
7 15 (2.23%) DNS
8 14 (2.08%) VPN
9 13 (1.93%) DHCP
10 11 (1.64%) Intranet
11 10 (1.49%) Wireless
12 8 (1.19%) SSL
12 8 (1.19%) NAS
13 6 (0.89%) Unified Communications
13 6 (0.89%) Intrusion Detection
14 4 (0.60%) Network Security
14 4 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (0.60%) 3G
14 4 (0.60%) Telnet
15 3 (0.45%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (24.11%) SQL Server
2 69 (10.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 62 (9.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 41 (6.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 33 (4.91%) Data Warehouse
6 32 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 25 (3.72%) SQL Server 2005
8 16 (2.38%) SQL Server 2012
9 12 (1.79%) Oracle Database
9 12 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
10 11 (1.64%) Relational Database
11 10 (1.49%) SQL Server 2000
11 10 (1.49%) MS Access
12 9 (1.34%) MySQL
12 9 (1.34%) QlikView
13 8 (1.19%) MongoDB
14 7 (1.04%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (1.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.89%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.89%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 22 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (2.38%) Visual Studio
3 12 (1.79%) Subversion
3 12 (1.79%) Selenium
4 11 (1.64%) Git (software)
5 7 (1.04%) MSI
6 4 (0.60%) JIRA
7 3 (0.45%) SoapUI
8 2 (0.30%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Blend
8 2 (0.30%) MorphX
8 2 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.15%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.15%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.15%) XMLSpy
9 1 (0.15%) NUnit
9 1 (0.15%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.15%) Ant
General
1 105 (15.63%) Finance
2 26 (3.87%) Advertising
3 25 (3.72%) Retail
4 18 (2.68%) Automotive
5 14 (2.08%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.34%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.04%) Marketing
7 7 (1.04%) Local Government
8 6 (0.89%) Banking
9 5 (0.74%) Law
10 4 (0.60%) Billing
10 4 (0.60%) Games
11 3 (0.45%) Front Office
11 3 (0.45%) Back Office
12 2 (0.30%) Legal
12 2 (0.30%) Military
13 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.15%) Mandarin Language
13 1 (0.15%) Cantonese Language
13 1 (0.15%) Czech Language
Job Titles
1 146 (21.73%) Developer
2 138 (20.54%) Analyst
3 53 (7.89%) Project Manager
4 51 (7.59%) Architect
5 45 (6.70%) Consultant
6 36 (5.36%) Support Analyst
7 25 (3.72%) Administrator
8 24 (3.57%) Service Analyst
8 24 (3.57%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 23 (3.42%) SQL Developer
10 22 (3.27%) Service Desk Analyst
11 20 (2.98%) Data Analyst
11 20 (2.98%) 1st Line Support
12 19 (2.83%) Support Engineer
12 19 (2.83%) .NET Developer
13 18 (2.68%) 2nd Line Support
14 16 (2.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 15 (2.23%) C# Developer
16 14 (2.08%) Applications Support
16 14 (2.08%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (16.22%) .NET
2 53 (7.89%) XML
3 41 (6.10%) ASP.NET
4 29 (4.32%) HTML
5 27 (4.02%) .NET Framework
6 20 (2.98%) jQuery
7 19 (2.83%) Web Services
8 17 (2.53%) Ajax
9 14 (2.08%) CSS
10 13 (1.93%) XSLT
11 11 (1.64%) Django
11 11 (1.64%) RESTful
11 11 (1.64%) Flask
12 8 (1.19%) Ruby on Rails
12 8 (1.19%) CGI
13 7 (1.04%) Middleware
13 7 (1.04%) XML Messaging
13 7 (1.04%) WinForms
13 7 (1.04%) JSON
13 7 (1.04%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.42%) NHS
3 17 (2.53%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.53%) Computer Science
4 15 (2.23%) Data Centre
5 12 (1.79%) Blackberry
6 11 (1.64%) N-Tier
6 11 (1.64%) Data Structures
7 8 (1.19%) User Experience
8 6 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (0.89%) Fat Client
8 6 (0.89%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.74%) Statistics
10 4 (0.60%) Clustering
10 4 (0.60%) E-Learning
10 4 (0.60%) RIA
10 4 (0.60%) PDA
10 4 (0.60%) Wiki
10 4 (0.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 3 (0.45%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 182 (27.08%) Windows
2 66 (9.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 51 (7.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 46 (6.85%) Linux
4 46 (6.85%) Windows 7
5 42 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 39 (5.80%) Windows XP
7 17 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.93%) UNIX
8 13 (1.93%) Solaris
9 12 (1.79%) Windows 8
10 11 (1.64%) Ubuntu
11 10 (1.49%) Debian
12 7 (1.04%) SUSE
13 6 (0.89%) AIX
13 6 (0.89%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.60%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.60%) Android
15 3 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
16 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (13.39%) CRM
2 86 (12.80%) ITIL
3 74 (11.01%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (9.82%) Migration
5 61 (9.08%) Project Management
6 53 (7.89%) Business Intelligence
7 42 (6.25%) PRINCE2
8 33 (4.91%) Data Migration
9 32 (4.76%) Service Management
10 31 (4.61%) Scrum
11 29 (4.32%) Change Management
12 27 (4.02%) MVC
13 26 (3.87%) ERP
14 25 (3.72%) Stakeholder Management
14 25 (3.72%) TOGAF
15 23 (3.42%) Service Delivery
16 22 (3.27%) Change Control
17 20 (2.98%) Open Source
18 19 (2.83%) Continuous Improvement
18 19 (2.83%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 136 (20.24%) SQL
2 70 (10.42%) C#
3 39 (5.80%) T-SQL
4 31 (4.61%) JavaScript
5 26 (3.87%) VB
5 26 (3.87%) VB.NET
6 18 (2.68%) PowerShell
7 17 (2.53%) Java
8 13 (1.93%) VBA
8 13 (1.93%) Python
9 8 (1.19%) VB6
9 8 (1.19%) Ruby
10 7 (1.04%) X++
10 7 (1.04%) VBScript
10 7 (1.04%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.60%) C
11 4 (0.60%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.45%) Google Apps Script
13 2 (0.30%) PHP
14 1 (0.15%) XAML
Qualifications
1 43 (6.40%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (5.80%) Degree
3 28 (4.17%) Security Cleared
4 17 (2.53%) SC Cleared
5 16 (2.38%) MCSE
6 11 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (1.34%) MCITP
8 7 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 7 (1.04%) MCP
8 7 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 7 (1.04%) MCSA
8 7 (1.04%) ISEB
9 6 (0.89%) CCNP
9 6 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.60%) NVQ Level 4
11 3 (0.45%) MCTS
11 3 (0.45%) MOS
11 3 (0.45%) CCNA
11 3 (0.45%) CCIE
11 3 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.13%) SLA
2 20 (2.98%) QA
3 2 (0.30%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.30%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.15%) P3O
4 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 121 (18.01%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (2.08%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.34%) XenApp
6 8 (1.19%) vSphere
7 6 (0.89%) VMware ESX
8 5 (0.74%) XenServer
8 5 (0.74%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.45%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.30%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.30%) IAG
10 2 (0.30%) UAG
11 1 (0.15%) Xen
11 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 35 (5.21%) SCCM
2 12 (1.79%) Vagrant
3 11 (1.64%) SCOM
4 10 (1.49%) NetBackup
5 5 (0.74%) Backup Exec
5 5 (0.74%) SCVMM
6 4 (0.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (0.45%) ARCserve
7 3 (0.45%) CA LISA
8 2 (0.30%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.30%) NSN NetAct
9 1 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.15%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.15%) Puppet
9 1 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.15%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.15%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.15%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.15%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.15%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 61 (9.08%) VMware
2 49 (7.29%) Oracle
3 38 (5.65%) Cisco
4 34 (5.06%) Citrix
5 33 (4.91%) HP
6 25 (3.72%) Red Hat
7 22 (3.27%) SAP
8 19 (2.83%) IBM
9 10 (1.49%) Dell
10 8 (1.19%) Sage
10 8 (1.19%) Symantec
10 8 (1.19%) Google
11 7 (1.04%) LANDesk
11 7 (1.04%) NetApp
12 6 (0.89%) Juniper
12 6 (0.89%) Adobe
12 6 (0.89%) Veeam
13 4 (0.60%) Netezza
13 4 (0.60%) webMethods
14 3 (0.45%) Reuters
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