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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 19 February 2017 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.

3 months to
19 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / West Midlands
Rank 4 6 3
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 372 355 362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.64% 13.46% 16.20%
As % of the Vendors category 35.09% 28.09% 31.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 212 192
Median daily rate £374 £380 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.57% +12.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £178 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 22 66
Median hourly rate £13.00 £11.96 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.67% -25.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.43 £10.62 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.59 £19.75 £27.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.79
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +1.45%

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
1060 1264 1135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 44.58% 47.93% 50.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 614 644 578
Median daily rate £400 £401 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.12% +11.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £550 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 34 104
Median hourly rate £15.85 £14.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.21% -24.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.95 £10.61 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.06 £23.00 £30.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.30 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-19.53% +22.85%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 19 February 2017.

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 19 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham 0 124 £350 -6.66% 55
Coventry +4 75 £450 +21.62% 16
Staffordshire +9 36 £338 -8.78% 16
Warwickshire -8 30 £363 -9.37% 15
Shropshire +31 25 £350 - 14
Solihull -1 20 £300 +20.00% 12
Worcestershire +2 10 £125 -25.59% 17
Wolverhampton +7 5 £288 -47.72% 2
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 258 (30.79%) Agile Software Development
2 208 (24.82%) .NET
3 205 (24.46%) MS Excel
4 200 (23.87%) SQL
5 184 (21.96%) CRM
6 178 (21.24%) Microsoft Azure
7 168 (20.05%) Dynamics CRM
8 161 (19.21%) HTML
9 152 (18.14%) SQL Server
10 151 (18.02%) Windows
11 150 (17.90%) C#
12 148 (17.66%) CSS
13 133 (15.87%) JavaScript
14 129 (15.39%) MS Office
15 114 (13.60%) Migration
16 109 (13.01%) Active Directory
17 99 (11.81%) MVC
17 99 (11.81%) SharePoint
18 92 (10.98%) Finance
19 88 (10.50%) Security Cleared
20 87 (10.38%) Business Intelligence
21 85 (10.14%) ASP.NET
22 82 (9.79%) Advertising
23 73 (8.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 73 (8.71%) .NET Framework
24 72 (8.59%) Visual Studio
25 71 (8.47%) Team Foundation Server
26 69 (8.23%) Web Services
26 69 (8.23%) ITIL
27 65 (7.76%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 99 (11.81%) SharePoint
2 29 (3.46%) MS Exchange
3 26 (3.10%) BizTalk Server
4 18 (2.15%) Skype for Business
5 15 (1.79%) NServiceBus
6 12 (1.43%) IIS
7 10 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (0.84%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.60%) CMS
11 5 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.36%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.24%) Moodle
13 2 (0.24%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.24%) SAS
13 2 (0.24%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 205 (24.46%) MS Excel
2 129 (15.39%) MS Office
3 41 (4.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 35 (4.18%) MS Project
5 20 (2.39%) MS Visio
6 9 (1.07%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.24%) SPSS
10 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 168 (20.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 63 (7.52%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.36%) assyst
6 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.24%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.12%) HFM
7 1 (0.12%) Infor LN
7 1 (0.12%) MFGPRO
7 1 (0.12%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 178 (21.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 64 (7.64%) Office 365
3 22 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (2.27%) IaaS
4 19 (2.27%) SaaS
5 16 (1.91%) PaaS
6 7 (0.84%) OneDrive
6 7 (0.84%) Yammer
7 6 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.36%) IBM PureFlex
9 3 (0.36%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
11 1 (0.12%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.12%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 25 (2.98%) DNS
2 19 (2.27%) WAN
3 18 (2.15%) Firewall
4 16 (1.91%) LAN
4 16 (1.91%) Skype
5 14 (1.67%) DHCP
5 14 (1.67%) LDAP
6 13 (1.55%) Kerberos
7 11 (1.31%) Broadband
7 11 (1.31%) SAN
8 10 (1.19%) TCP/IP
8 10 (1.19%) VoIP
9 8 (0.95%) Network Security
9 8 (0.95%) Remote Desktop
9 8 (0.95%) Unified Communications
10 7 (0.84%) Internet
10 7 (0.84%) PBX
11 6 (0.72%) VPN
11 6 (0.72%) Wireless
11 6 (0.72%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (18.14%) SQL Server
2 73 (8.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 65 (7.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 49 (5.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 45 (5.37%) Data Warehouse
6 29 (3.46%) SQL Server 2008
7 26 (3.10%) Power BI
8 20 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
8 20 (2.39%) SQL Server 2014
9 17 (2.03%) MySQL
9 17 (2.03%) Relational Database
9 17 (2.03%) SQL Server 2016
10 14 (1.67%) QlikView
10 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
11 13 (1.55%) NoSQL
12 12 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (1.31%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (1.31%) MongoDB
14 8 (0.95%) BusinessObjects
15 7 (0.84%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 72 (8.59%) Visual Studio
2 71 (8.47%) Team Foundation Server
3 45 (5.37%) Visual Studio Team System
4 11 (1.31%) JIRA
5 10 (1.19%) Cucumber
6 9 (1.07%) Selenium
7 8 (0.95%) SpecFlow
8 7 (0.84%) MSI
9 4 (0.48%) Git (software)
9 4 (0.48%) MSTest
9 4 (0.48%) NUnit
9 4 (0.48%) ReSharper
9 4 (0.48%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.48%) Toad
9 4 (0.48%) WebDriver
10 3 (0.36%) CA Gen
10 3 (0.36%) MSBuild
10 3 (0.36%) NCover
10 3 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.36%) StyleCop
General
1 92 (10.98%) Finance
2 82 (9.79%) Advertising
3 50 (5.97%) Manufacturing
4 33 (3.94%) Marketing
5 29 (3.46%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.39%) Retail
7 8 (0.95%) Automotive
7 8 (0.95%) Local Government
8 7 (0.84%) Electronics
9 6 (0.72%) Publishing
10 5 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.48%) Legal
12 3 (0.36%) Banking
13 2 (0.24%) Law
14 1 (0.12%) Czech Language
14 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.12%) French Language
14 1 (0.12%) Games
14 1 (0.12%) German Language
14 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 262 (31.26%) Developer
2 129 (15.39%) Analyst
3 100 (11.93%) Architect
4 83 (9.90%) CRM Developer
5 72 (8.59%) Microsoft Developer
6 62 (7.40%) .NET Developer
7 59 (7.04%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 44 (5.25%) Consultant
9 41 (4.89%) Project Manager
10 32 (3.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 32 (3.82%) C# Developer
10 32 (3.82%) Service Analyst
11 30 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
12 27 (3.22%) C# .NET Developer
12 27 (3.22%) SQL Developer
13 22 (2.63%) Dynamics AX Developer
13 22 (2.63%) Senior Developer
14 21 (2.51%) CRM Analyst
15 19 (2.27%) Administrator
15 19 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 208 (24.82%) .NET
2 161 (19.21%) HTML
3 148 (17.66%) CSS
4 85 (10.14%) ASP.NET
5 73 (8.71%) .NET Framework
6 69 (8.23%) Web Services
7 62 (7.40%) ASP.NET MVC
8 59 (7.04%) ASP.NET Web API
9 54 (6.44%) WCF
10 52 (6.21%) HTML5
11 40 (4.77%) XML
12 36 (4.30%) AngularJS
12 36 (4.30%) CSS3
12 36 (4.30%) jQuery
13 35 (4.18%) Entity Framework
14 30 (3.58%) SOAP
15 24 (2.86%) REST
16 18 (2.15%) JSON
16 18 (2.15%) KnockoutJS
17 16 (1.91%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 59 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (5.73%) Data Centre
3 24 (2.86%) Data Conversion
4 23 (2.74%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.74%) User Experience
5 22 (2.63%) Public Cloud
6 17 (2.03%) Computer Science
7 13 (1.55%) PKI
8 11 (1.31%) Driving Licence
9 10 (1.19%) Fat Client
9 10 (1.19%) Replication
9 10 (1.19%) Thin Client
10 8 (0.95%) Clustering
10 8 (0.95%) e-Learning
10 8 (0.95%) NHS
11 7 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
12 6 (0.72%) DataPower
12 6 (0.72%) Wiki
13 5 (0.60%) PMI
13 5 (0.60%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 151 (18.02%) Windows
2 56 (6.68%) Windows Server
3 39 (4.65%) Windows 7
4 27 (3.22%) Unix
5 25 (2.98%) Linux
5 25 (2.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (2.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (1.79%) Windows 10
8 13 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (1.43%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.84%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.60%) Android
11 5 (0.60%) Solaris
12 4 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.36%) AIX
13 3 (0.36%) HPUX
14 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.24%) SUSE
14 2 (0.24%) VME
14 2 (0.24%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (30.79%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (21.96%) CRM
3 114 (13.60%) Migration
4 99 (11.81%) MVC
5 87 (10.38%) Business Intelligence
6 69 (8.23%) ITIL
7 62 (7.40%) Data Migration
8 55 (6.56%) Scrum
8 55 (6.56%) TDD
9 54 (6.44%) BDD
10 49 (5.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 48 (5.73%) Project Management
12 41 (4.89%) ETL
13 38 (4.53%) Data Modelling
13 38 (4.53%) Service Management
14 37 (4.42%) Continuous Integration
15 30 (3.58%) PRINCE2
16 29 (3.46%) Change Management
16 29 (3.46%) Web Development
17 27 (3.22%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 200 (23.87%) SQL
2 150 (17.90%) C#
3 133 (15.87%) JavaScript
4 55 (6.56%) T-SQL
5 53 (6.32%) PowerShell
6 25 (2.98%) Java
7 20 (2.39%) C
7 20 (2.39%) X++
8 17 (2.03%) Ruby
9 16 (1.91%) Scala
10 11 (1.31%) VB.NET
11 9 (1.07%) Python
12 8 (0.95%) Shell Script
12 8 (0.95%) VB
13 6 (0.72%) COBOL
14 5 (0.60%) Perl
15 4 (0.48%) VB6
15 4 (0.48%) XAML
16 3 (0.36%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.36%) R
Qualifications
1 88 (10.50%) Security Cleared
2 54 (6.44%) SC Cleared
3 41 (4.89%) Degree
4 32 (3.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.51%) ISEB
6 18 (2.15%) ISTQB
7 16 (1.91%) DV Cleared
8 12 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
9 11 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (1.19%) PMI Certification
11 9 (1.07%) MCSE
12 8 (0.95%) CCNA
12 8 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (0.84%) MCITP
14 6 (0.72%) MCP
14 6 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 5 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 5 (0.60%) PMP
15 5 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 4 (0.48%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (2.98%) SLA
2 17 (2.03%) Disclosure Scotland
3 16 (1.91%) QA
4 11 (1.31%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.48%) GMP
6 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 109 (13.01%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.91%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.19%) XenApp
5 9 (1.07%) VMware ESX
6 7 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (0.60%) Docker
8 3 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.24%) UAG
9 2 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.24%) vSphere
10 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.12%) vCloud
10 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.12%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 18 (2.15%) SCCM
2 9 (1.07%) SCOM
3 7 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (0.72%) Nagios
5 5 (0.60%) WSUS
6 3 (0.36%) HP Data Protector
6 3 (0.36%) Puppet
7 2 (0.24%) Ansible
7 2 (0.24%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.24%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.24%) logstash
7 2 (0.24%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.24%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.12%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.12%) HP Operations Orchestration
8 1 (0.12%) Kibana
8 1 (0.12%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.12%) Netcool
8 1 (0.12%) OpenView
8 1 (0.12%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 47 (5.61%) VMware
2 39 (4.65%) Cisco
3 37 (4.42%) Oracle
4 31 (3.70%) Citrix
5 20 (2.39%) SAP
6 18 (2.15%) IBM
7 17 (2.03%) HP
8 11 (1.31%) Remedy
9 9 (1.07%) BMC
10 8 (0.95%) Dell
11 7 (0.84%) Avaya
11 7 (0.84%) CheckPoint
11 7 (0.84%) Cognos
11 7 (0.84%) SolarWinds
11 7 (0.84%) Tableau
12 6 (0.72%) Adobe
12 6 (0.72%) LANDesk
12 6 (0.72%) Red Hat
12 6 (0.72%) webMethods
13 5 (0.60%) NetApp
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Montash
Rate: £200 - £240 per day + negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Premier IT
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £250 - £350 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Henlow Recruitment Group
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
EMBS Ltd
Rate: £0 - 500 per day + .
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Network ITR
Rate: £9.3 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £450 - £550 per month
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Monarch Recruitment
Rate: £480 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Redditch
Bluetown Online LTD
Rate: £34196 - £37858 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Contingency Team
Posted: 8 days ago