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 31 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 363 290 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.90% 13.06% 14.38%
As % of the Vendors category 27.35% 26.56% 30.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 137 102
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 £187 £165 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £445 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £329 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.54% +1.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 30 53
Average hourly rate £18.00 £12.45 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.57% -4.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.81 £32.50 £33.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
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
1327 1092 880
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 50.82% 49.19% 47.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 708 518 359
Average daily rate £375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £213 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 74 128
Average hourly rate £22.00 £15.85 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.80% -40.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -2.77%

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 31 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 31 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 31 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 0 113 £300 -14.28% 79
Warwickshire +1 47 £318 +15.45% 16
Coventry 0 42 £315 -3.07% 26
Staffordshire 0 31 £400 +37.33% 32
Shropshire -12 20 £400 +105.30% 11
Wolverhampton +6 15 £275 -26.66% 8
West Bromwich 0 11 £375 - 1
Dudley - 10 £260 - 1
Worcestershire 0 8 £538 +65.38% 6
Solihull +6 7 £185 -48.96% 8
Herefordshire -2 6 £300 +51.89%
Walsall -2 4 £250 -28.57%
Halesowen - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 242 (34.08%) MS Excel
2 209 (29.44%) Windows
3 169 (23.80%) SQL Server
4 163 (22.96%) MS Office
5 153 (21.55%) Active Directory
6 151 (21.27%) SQL
7 115 (16.20%) .NET
8 109 (15.35%) ITIL
8 109 (15.35%) Finance
9 104 (14.65%) SharePoint
10 94 (13.24%) CRM
11 85 (11.97%) Dynamics CRM
12 83 (11.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 80 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
14 74 (10.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 69 (9.72%) VMware
15 69 (9.72%) Windows Server 2008
16 65 (9.15%) C#
17 64 (9.01%) Migration
18 58 (8.17%) Oracle
18 58 (8.17%) Windows XP
19 55 (7.75%) JavaScript
20 54 (7.61%) Microsoft Certification
20 54 (7.61%) Project Management
20 54 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
21 52 (7.32%) XML
22 51 (7.18%) Security Cleared
22 51 (7.18%) Microsoft Azure
23 50 (7.04%) Windows 7
23 50 (7.04%) HTML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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
1 104 (14.65%) SharePoint
2 48 (6.76%) MS Exchange
3 33 (4.65%) BizTalk Server
4 15 (2.11%) IIS
5 14 (1.97%) WebSphere
5 14 (1.97%) SharePoint 2010
6 11 (1.55%) Lync
7 10 (1.41%) Apache
8 9 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (1.13%) Drupal
10 7 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
12 5 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
12 5 (0.70%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (0.42%) MS Project Server
14 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
15 2 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
15 2 (0.28%) Documentum
16 1 (0.14%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 242 (34.08%) MS Excel
2 163 (22.96%) MS Office
3 42 (5.92%) MS Project
3 42 (5.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (2.96%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.70%) PowerPivot
6 5 (0.70%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.56%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.14%) CATIA
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 85 (11.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (4.37%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.13%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.42%) Maximo
4 3 (0.42%) CA PPM
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 CRM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.14%) Magento
6 1 (0.14%) SAP xRPM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 51 (7.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
3 7 (0.99%) Office 365
4 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (5.63%) LAN
2 35 (4.93%) WAN
3 33 (4.65%) DNS
4 30 (4.23%) DHCP
5 26 (3.66%) TCP/IP
5 26 (3.66%) Firewall
6 24 (3.38%) SAN
7 19 (2.68%) Internet
8 17 (2.39%) NAS
9 9 (1.27%) Intranet
9 9 (1.27%) SSL
10 7 (0.99%) Intrusion Detection
11 5 (0.70%) Wireless
11 5 (0.70%) VPN
12 4 (0.56%) Cisco ICM
12 4 (0.56%) VLAN
12 4 (0.56%) NetScaler
13 3 (0.42%) Network Security
13 3 (0.42%) VoIP
13 3 (0.42%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (23.80%) SQL Server
2 83 (11.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 74 (10.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 43 (6.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 35 (4.93%) SQL Server 2008
6 27 (3.80%) MySQL
6 27 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
7 22 (3.10%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (1.97%) Relational Database
9 12 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
10 11 (1.55%) SQL Server 2005
11 10 (1.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 9 (1.27%) SSDT
13 8 (1.13%) Oracle Database
13 8 (1.13%) MongoDB
14 7 (0.99%) MS Access
14 7 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
15 6 (0.85%) OLAP
16 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Power View
16 4 (0.56%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 35 (4.93%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (2.96%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.27%) SoapUI
4 7 (0.99%) MSBuild
5 6 (0.85%) SpecFlow
5 6 (0.85%) NUnit
5 6 (0.85%) MSTest
6 5 (0.70%) NDepend
6 5 (0.70%) NCover
6 5 (0.70%) StyleCop
6 5 (0.70%) ReSharper
6 5 (0.70%) NuGet
7 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.42%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.28%) Subversion
8 2 (0.28%) JIRA
9 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.14%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
General
1 109 (15.35%) Finance
2 42 (5.92%) Advertising
3 20 (2.82%) Automotive
4 14 (1.97%) Telecoms
5 12 (1.69%) Banking
6 9 (1.27%) Retail
6 9 (1.27%) Local Government
6 9 (1.27%) Publishing
7 8 (1.13%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.99%) Legal
8 7 (0.99%) Marketing
9 4 (0.56%) Law
10 2 (0.28%) Electronics
10 2 (0.28%) Games
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.14%) Billing
11 1 (0.14%) German Language
11 1 (0.14%) Japanese Language
11 1 (0.14%) Korean Language
Job Titles
1 150 (21.13%) Analyst
2 122 (17.18%) Developer
3 83 (11.69%) Architect
4 47 (6.62%) Support Analyst
5 46 (6.48%) Administrator
6 35 (4.93%) Service Analyst
7 34 (4.79%) Support Engineer
8 33 (4.65%) Consultant
9 32 (4.51%) Service Desk Analyst
10 31 (4.37%) DBA
11 29 (4.08%) Desktop Support
11 29 (4.08%) 2nd Line Support
12 26 (3.66%) .NET Developer
13 25 (3.52%) Project Manager
14 23 (3.24%) Data Analyst
14 23 (3.24%) SQL DBA
15 20 (2.82%) 3rd Line Support
15 20 (2.82%) 1st Line Support
16 17 (2.39%) SQL Developer
16 17 (2.39%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (16.20%) .NET
2 52 (7.32%) XML
3 50 (7.04%) HTML
4 42 (5.92%) Web Services
5 40 (5.63%) ASP.NET
6 37 (5.21%) CSS
6 37 (5.21%) .NET Framework
7 33 (4.65%) jQuery
8 23 (3.24%) Ajax
9 21 (2.96%) WCF
10 19 (2.68%) REST
11 17 (2.39%) SOAP
11 17 (2.39%) Middleware
12 15 (2.11%) XSLT
12 15 (2.11%) Ruby on Rails
13 12 (1.69%) WSDL
13 12 (1.69%) XSD
14 9 (1.27%) WebSphere Message Broker
15 8 (1.13%) Entity Framework
15 8 (1.13%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 54 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.51%) NHS
3 28 (3.94%) Open Source
4 23 (3.24%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.39%) User Experience
6 16 (2.25%) Data Structures
6 16 (2.25%) Computer Science
7 15 (2.11%) Blackberry
8 14 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (1.69%) N-Tier
9 12 (1.69%) Replication
10 11 (1.55%) PDA
10 11 (1.55%) Social Media
11 9 (1.27%) DataPower
12 8 (1.13%) Enterprise Storage
12 8 (1.13%) Taxonomies
12 8 (1.13%) Blog
12 8 (1.13%) PKI
13 7 (0.99%) Clustering
14 6 (0.85%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 209 (29.44%) Windows
2 69 (9.72%) Windows Server 2008
3 58 (8.17%) Windows XP
4 50 (7.04%) Windows 7
5 46 (6.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (6.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (5.49%) Linux
7 20 (2.82%) UNIX
8 16 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (1.97%) Windows 2000 Server
9 14 (1.97%) Windows 2000
10 10 (1.41%) Solaris
11 9 (1.27%) Windows Vista
12 8 (1.13%) Android
13 7 (0.99%) SUSE
13 7 (0.99%) AIX
13 7 (0.99%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.42%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.14%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (15.35%) ITIL
2 94 (13.24%) CRM
3 80 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (9.01%) Migration
5 54 (7.61%) Project Management
6 45 (6.34%) PRINCE2
7 42 (5.92%) Stakeholder Management
8 35 (4.93%) Scrum
9 33 (4.65%) Data Migration
10 32 (4.51%) Change Management
10 32 (4.51%) Business Intelligence
11 30 (4.23%) Service Management
11 30 (4.23%) Workflow
12 23 (3.24%) MVC
13 21 (2.96%) Programme Management
14 20 (2.82%) Risk Management
14 20 (2.82%) Service Delivery
15 19 (2.68%) ERP
15 19 (2.68%) Web Development
16 18 (2.54%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 151 (21.27%) SQL
2 65 (9.15%) C#
3 55 (7.75%) JavaScript
4 36 (5.07%) T-SQL
5 25 (3.52%) PowerShell
6 22 (3.10%) Java
7 19 (2.68%) VB.NET
8 15 (2.11%) Ruby
9 13 (1.83%) PHP
10 12 (1.69%) VB
11 10 (1.41%) X++
12 9 (1.27%) PHP5
13 8 (1.13%) Python
13 8 (1.13%) C
14 7 (0.99%) VBScript
14 7 (0.99%) VBA
15 4 (0.56%) C++
16 2 (0.28%) VC++
16 2 (0.28%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.28%) VB6
Qualifications
1 54 (7.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (7.18%) Security Cleared
3 40 (5.63%) SC Cleared
4 34 (4.79%) Degree
5 18 (2.54%) MCSE
6 16 (2.25%) MCITP
7 13 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
8 10 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.41%) MCP
8 10 (1.41%) CCNP
9 9 (1.27%) CCNA
10 7 (0.99%) A+ Certification
11 6 (0.85%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.85%) PMP
12 5 (0.70%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.70%) MCDBA
12 5 (0.70%) CCDP
13 4 (0.56%) ISEB
13 4 (0.56%) MCSA
13 4 (0.56%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.66%) SLA
2 12 (1.69%) QA
3 5 (0.70%) P3O
4 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 153 (21.55%) Active Directory
2 34 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.38%) Hyper-V
4 23 (3.24%) XenApp
5 17 (2.39%) vSphere
6 8 (1.13%) XenDesktop
6 8 (1.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (0.85%) XenServer
8 5 (0.70%) VMware Server
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
Systems Management
1 32 (4.51%) SCCM
2 15 (2.11%) SCOM
3 9 (1.27%) CA LISA
4 8 (1.13%) Tivoli
5 7 (0.99%) Backup Exec
6 5 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.70%) SCOrch
7 4 (0.56%) SCSM
7 4 (0.56%) Cisco IPCC
7 4 (0.56%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.56%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (0.56%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.42%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.42%) WSUS
9 2 (0.28%) DameWare
9 2 (0.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.14%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.14%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 69 (9.72%) VMware
2 58 (8.17%) Oracle
3 42 (5.92%) Cisco
4 39 (5.49%) Citrix
5 22 (3.10%) IBM
6 21 (2.96%) SAP
7 17 (2.39%) HP
8 16 (2.25%) Red Hat
9 14 (1.97%) TIBCO
10 11 (1.55%) Dell
11 10 (1.41%) NetApp
11 10 (1.41%) webMethods
12 9 (1.27%) Green Hat
13 8 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (1.13%) EMC
13 8 (1.13%) Cognos
14 7 (0.99%) Red Gate
14 7 (0.99%) Google
15 6 (0.85%) Lotus
16 5 (0.70%) Symantec
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £16000 Per Annum
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Fusion Experience
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Solihull
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £9.54 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £25000 per annum + pension scheme, healthcare.
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £410 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 7 days ago
Coventry
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 8 days ago
Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 8 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £355 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 8 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 days ago