The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the West Midlands region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 326 271 289
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.71% 14.79% 12.82%
As % of the Vendors category 26.77% 30.25% 26.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 110 121
Average daily rate £325 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.55% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £137 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 43 36
Average hourly rate £14.25 £12.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.00% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.80 £9.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £30.90 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Vendors Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1218 896 1075
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 51.22% 48.91% 47.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 585 389 446
Average daily rate £350 £339 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.32% +4.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £168 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 114 97
Average hourly rate £16.75 £19.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.10% +11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £37.80 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -5.50%
Microsoft
England

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +1 105 £325 - 67
Warwickshire +1 45 £250 -24.24% 12
Coventry +9 44 £399 +209.70% 12
Staffordshire +11 27 £308 +89.23% 23
Shropshire +4 27 £195 -35.05% 3
Wolverhampton -2 13 £375 +114.28% 4
Worcestershire -3 8 £325 +1.96% 10
Solihull -13 8 £363 +31.57% 4
Walsall +1 5 £350 - 1
Herefordshire -1 3 £198 -22.54% 1
West Bromwich 0 2 - -
Sutton Coldfield 0 2 £450 +45.16% 2
Tipton - - - -
Stourbridge - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Halesowen - - - -
Kingswinford - - - -
Smethwick - - - -
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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.

1 205 (36.48%) MS Excel
2 162 (28.83%) Windows
3 127 (22.60%) MS Office
4 111 (19.75%) SQL Server
5 107 (19.04%) .NET
6 103 (18.33%) Finance
7 91 (16.19%) SQL
8 88 (15.66%) Active Directory
9 73 (12.99%) C#
10 70 (12.46%) SharePoint
11 69 (12.28%) Windows 7
12 59 (10.50%) Windows Server 2008
12 59 (10.50%) ASP.NET
13 55 (9.79%) ITIL
14 54 (9.61%) CRM
15 51 (9.07%) Project Management
16 49 (8.72%) Windows XP
17 47 (8.36%) Dynamics CRM
18 46 (8.19%) Windows Server 2003
19 45 (8.01%) MS PowerPoint
19 45 (8.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 44 (7.83%) JavaScript
21 43 (7.65%) Dynamics AX
22 42 (7.47%) T-SQL
23 40 (7.12%) Microsoft Certification
23 40 (7.12%) Security Cleared
24 38 (6.76%) SQL Server 2008
25 37 (6.58%) HTML
26 36 (6.41%) Degree
27 35 (6.23%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 70 (12.46%) SharePoint
2 23 (4.09%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.38%) IBM Notes
4 16 (2.85%) SharePoint 2010
5 13 (2.31%) SharePoint Server
6 12 (2.14%) IIS
7 11 (1.96%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.71%) MS Project Server
9 4 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (0.71%) Drupal
9 4 (0.71%) Alfresco
9 4 (0.71%) LiveCycle
10 2 (0.36%) Apache
10 2 (0.36%) Documentum
10 2 (0.36%) SAS
10 2 (0.36%) Lync
11 1 (0.18%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.18%) FileNet
11 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 205 (36.48%) MS Excel
2 127 (22.60%) MS Office
3 45 (8.01%) MS PowerPoint
4 34 (6.05%) MS Project
5 28 (4.98%) MS Visio
6 7 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (1.25%) Open Workbench
7 6 (1.07%) CATIA
8 2 (0.36%) Solid Edge
9 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 47 (8.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (7.65%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (1.25%) CA Clarity
4 3 (0.53%) TRIRIGA
4 3 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.36%) e-Work
6 1 (0.18%) Sage 300 ERP
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.18%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.18%) Maximo
6 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.89%) Office 365
2 1 (0.18%) SaaS
2 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.18%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.09%) LAN
2 17 (3.02%) WAN
3 13 (2.31%) Internet
3 13 (2.31%) TCP/IP
4 12 (2.14%) SAN
4 12 (2.14%) Intranet
5 10 (1.78%) DNS
5 10 (1.78%) Wireless
6 9 (1.60%) LDAP
7 8 (1.42%) RNC
8 7 (1.25%) DDNS
8 7 (1.25%) 3G
9 6 (1.07%) 2G
9 6 (1.07%) LTE
10 4 (0.71%) DHCP
11 3 (0.53%) Firewall
11 3 (0.53%) HTTP
11 3 (0.53%) Kerberos
11 3 (0.53%) ADSL
11 3 (0.53%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (19.75%) SQL Server
2 45 (8.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 38 (6.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 22 (3.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 21 (3.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (3.74%) Data Warehouse
6 20 (3.56%) MS Access
7 15 (2.67%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (1.60%) Relational Database
10 6 (1.07%) Oracle Database
11 5 (0.89%) OLAP
12 4 (0.71%) QlikView
12 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 4 (0.71%) PerformancePoint
13 3 (0.53%) OLTP
13 3 (0.53%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.53%) DB2
14 2 (0.36%) Data Mart
14 2 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 35 (6.23%) Visual Studio
2 11 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.07%) MSI
4 3 (0.53%) Cucumber
4 3 (0.53%) SpecFlow
4 3 (0.53%) QUnit
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle Forms
5 2 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.36%) AdminStudio
5 2 (0.36%) Wise Package Studio
6 1 (0.18%) WinDbg
6 1 (0.18%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.18%) FishEye
6 1 (0.18%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.18%) Toad
6 1 (0.18%) JIRA
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
General
1 103 (18.33%) Finance
2 26 (4.63%) Legal
3 24 (4.27%) Banking
4 21 (3.74%) Manufacturing
5 20 (3.56%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.49%) Automotive
7 10 (1.78%) Advertising
8 8 (1.42%) Publishing
9 7 (1.25%) Back Office
10 5 (0.89%) Front Office
11 4 (0.71%) Retail
12 3 (0.53%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.36%) Local Government
13 2 (0.36%) Marketing
13 2 (0.36%) Billing
13 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.36%) Law
14 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.18%) Military
14 1 (0.18%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 111 (19.75%) Developer
2 110 (19.57%) Analyst
3 36 (6.41%) Architect
4 34 (6.05%) Consultant
5 31 (5.52%) Support Engineer
6 29 (5.16%) Project Manager
7 26 (4.63%) Business Analyst
8 23 (4.09%) .NET Developer
9 19 (3.38%) SharePoint Developer
10 18 (3.20%) Data Analyst
10 18 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
11 16 (2.85%) Desktop Support
12 15 (2.67%) Support Technician
13 14 (2.49%) Web Developer
14 13 (2.31%) Support Analyst
14 13 (2.31%) Solutions Architect
15 12 (2.14%) Microsoft Consultant
15 12 (2.14%) 1st Line Support
15 12 (2.14%) Coordinator
16 11 (1.96%) CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (19.04%) .NET
2 59 (10.50%) ASP.NET
3 37 (6.58%) HTML
4 32 (5.69%) CSS
5 26 (4.63%) jQuery
6 23 (4.09%) WCF
7 22 (3.91%) .NET Framework
8 20 (3.56%) XML
9 18 (3.20%) SOAP
10 16 (2.85%) Ajax
11 14 (2.49%) ASP.NET MVC
12 12 (2.14%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 11 (1.96%) REST
13 11 (1.96%) WinForms
14 10 (1.78%) JMS
15 9 (1.60%) Web Services
15 9 (1.60%) Software Packaging
15 9 (1.60%) MDX
15 9 (1.60%) NHibernate
16 8 (1.42%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (4.09%) Management Information System
2 19 (3.38%) NHS
3 9 (1.60%) Client/Server
4 8 (1.42%) Clustering
4 8 (1.42%) N-Tier
4 8 (1.42%) Visualisation
5 6 (1.07%) PMI
6 4 (0.71%) Mathematics
6 4 (0.71%) Computer Science
6 4 (0.71%) Blackberry
6 4 (0.71%) Open Source
7 3 (0.53%) Data Extraction
7 3 (0.53%) W3C
7 3 (0.53%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.53%) PDA
8 2 (0.36%) Credit Risk
8 2 (0.36%) Informatics
8 2 (0.36%) Statistics
8 2 (0.36%) E-Learning
8 2 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 162 (28.83%) Windows
2 69 (12.28%) Windows 7
3 59 (10.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 49 (8.72%) Windows XP
5 46 (8.19%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (2.85%) Android
7 12 (2.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.96%) Windows 8
8 11 (1.96%) Windows Vista
9 9 (1.60%) UNIX
9 9 (1.60%) Linux
10 5 (0.89%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.89%) Windows CE
10 5 (0.89%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.53%) Windows NT
11 3 (0.53%) AIX
11 3 (0.53%) Solaris
12 1 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (9.79%) ITIL
2 54 (9.61%) CRM
3 51 (9.07%) Project Management
4 33 (5.87%) PRINCE2
5 32 (5.69%) Service Delivery
6 30 (5.34%) Migration
6 30 (5.34%) ERP
6 30 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
7 29 (5.16%) Workflow
8 26 (4.63%) MVC
9 25 (4.45%) SOA
10 22 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
11 21 (3.74%) Change Management
12 19 (3.38%) Data Analysis
13 18 (3.20%) Programme Management
13 18 (3.20%) Data Migration
14 17 (3.02%) Stakeholder Management
14 17 (3.02%) Risk Management
14 17 (3.02%) Software Engineering
15 16 (2.85%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 91 (16.19%) SQL
2 73 (12.99%) C#
3 44 (7.83%) JavaScript
4 42 (7.47%) T-SQL
5 21 (3.74%) VB
6 20 (3.56%) Java
7 14 (2.49%) VBA
7 14 (2.49%) PowerShell
8 13 (2.31%) VB.NET
9 10 (1.78%) X++
10 9 (1.60%) VBScript
11 7 (1.25%) C
11 7 (1.25%) PHP
12 2 (0.36%) LotusScript
13 1 (0.18%) XAML
13 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.18%) VB6
13 1 (0.18%) XPath
Qualifications
1 40 (7.12%) Microsoft Certification
1 40 (7.12%) Security Cleared
2 36 (6.41%) Degree
3 31 (5.52%) SC Cleared
4 14 (2.49%) MCSE
5 9 (1.60%) A+ Certification
6 8 (1.42%) MCP
6 8 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (1.42%) PMP
6 8 (1.42%) PMI Certification
7 6 (1.07%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 5 (0.89%) ISEB
8 5 (0.89%) MCSA
8 5 (0.89%) HNC
8 5 (0.89%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.71%) MCITP
10 2 (0.36%) CHFI
10 2 (0.36%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (4.80%) SLA
2 17 (3.02%) QA
3 7 (1.25%) P3O
4 3 (0.53%) WCAG
5 2 (0.36%) COBIT
5 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.18%) HL7
System Software
1 88 (15.66%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.96%) XenApp
3 11 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.71%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.53%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.53%) vSphere
6 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 2 (0.36%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.36%) Nmap
6 2 (0.36%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.18%) XenServer
7 1 (0.18%) IAG
7 1 (0.18%) UAG
7 1 (0.18%) Squid
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.18%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 26 (4.63%) SCCM
2 21 (3.74%) Tivoli
3 17 (3.02%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 8 (1.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (1.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.89%) SCOM
7 3 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (0.53%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.36%) Nessus
8 2 (0.36%) DameWare
8 2 (0.36%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.36%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.18%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.18%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.18%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.18%) MIIS
9 1 (0.18%) MOM
9 1 (0.18%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 33 (5.87%) HP
2 26 (4.63%) VMware
3 23 (4.09%) Citrix
4 19 (3.38%) Lotus
5 18 (3.20%) IBM
5 18 (3.20%) Oracle
6 15 (2.67%) Business Objects
7 11 (1.96%) SAP
8 10 (1.78%) Apple
8 10 (1.78%) Cisco
9 8 (1.42%) PeopleSoft
9 8 (1.42%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 6 (1.07%) Progress
11 5 (0.89%) Symantec
11 5 (0.89%) Remedy
11 5 (0.89%) Dell
11 5 (0.89%) Adobe
12 4 (0.71%) Capita
12 4 (0.71%) Avaya
13 3 (0.53%) 3PAR
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