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 28 June 2016 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 6 4 3
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 374 347 358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 12.45% 14.91% 15.50%
As % of the Vendors category 25.67% 31.86% 30.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 209 191
Median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £130 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 44 51
Median hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £10.40 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.28 £27.10 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +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
1457 1089 1158
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 48.49% 46.80% 50.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 799 632 534
Median daily rate £380 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £173 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 72 91
Median hourly rate £13.00 £17.00 £16.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.52% +3.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £11.00 £10.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £30.00 £36.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.83 £18.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+12.59% +8.82%

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 28 June 2016.

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 28 June 2016.

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 28 June 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +3 140 £375 +7.14% 44
Coventry +5 70 £383 +9.28% 12
Staffordshire 0 36 £305 -23.75% 27
Worcestershire -2 25 £390 +56.00% 6
Shropshire -27 25 £488 +21.87% 2
Warwickshire -8 24 £330 +8.19% 12
Dudley 0 7 £95 -24.00% 1
Herefordshire -1 4 £475 +22.50% 3
West Bromwich +9 3 £160 +23.07%
Wolverhampton 0 3 £428 +90.22% 7
Solihull -23 2 £305 -9.62% 5
Smethwick - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 June 2016, 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.

1 249 (34.06%) MS Excel
2 224 (30.64%) Windows
3 182 (24.90%) SQL Server
4 170 (23.26%) SQL
5 160 (21.89%) .NET
6 159 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
7 131 (17.92%) MS Office
8 125 (17.10%) Active Directory
9 120 (16.42%) C#
10 99 (13.54%) Windows Server
11 98 (13.41%) CRM
12 96 (13.13%) Business Intelligence
13 95 (13.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 93 (12.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 89 (12.18%) Migration
16 88 (12.04%) Dynamics CRM
17 80 (10.94%) Finance
18 79 (10.81%) Security Cleared
19 75 (10.26%) JavaScript
20 72 (9.85%) Project Management
20 72 (9.85%) SharePoint
21 70 (9.58%) ITIL
22 69 (9.44%) HTML
23 66 (9.03%) Visual Studio
23 66 (9.03%) Windows 7
24 64 (8.76%) Microsoft Azure
25 61 (8.34%) Team Foundation Server
25 61 (8.34%) CSS
26 59 (8.07%) Microsoft Certification
27 56 (7.66%) ASP.NET

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 72 (9.85%) SharePoint
2 45 (6.16%) MS Exchange
3 26 (3.56%) Skype for Business
4 20 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (2.05%) IIS
6 14 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (1.64%) IBM Notes
8 10 (1.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 10 (1.37%) SharePoint 2013
9 9 (1.23%) CMS
9 9 (1.23%) IBM Domino
10 8 (1.09%) NServiceBus
11 7 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
11 7 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (0.96%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.82%) PowerExchange
13 5 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
13 5 (0.68%) Umbraco
14 4 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.41%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 249 (34.06%) MS Excel
2 131 (17.92%) MS Office
3 51 (6.98%) MS Visio
4 50 (6.84%) MS PowerPoint
5 43 (5.88%) MS Project
6 5 (0.68%) InfoPath
6 5 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.41%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.27%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.27%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.27%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.27%) SPSS
9 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.14%) Final Cut Pro
9 1 (0.14%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.14%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 88 (12.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (3.42%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.68%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.14%) HFM
6 1 (0.14%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle iProcurement
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 64 (8.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 56 (7.66%) Office 365
3 20 (2.74%) IaaS
4 14 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (0.96%) PaaS
5 7 (0.96%) SaaS
6 4 (0.55%) Google Apps
7 3 (0.41%) Yammer
8 2 (0.27%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.14%) Heroku
9 1 (0.14%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.83%) LAN
2 23 (3.15%) Firewall
3 22 (3.01%) DNS
3 22 (3.01%) Remote Desktop
4 21 (2.87%) WAN
5 16 (2.19%) VPN
6 15 (2.05%) DHCP
7 13 (1.78%) Network Security
7 13 (1.78%) Skype
8 12 (1.64%) Wireless
9 9 (1.23%) Internet
9 9 (1.23%) TCP/IP
10 8 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
10 8 (1.09%) Intranet
11 7 (0.96%) IPv4
11 7 (0.96%) SAN
11 7 (0.96%) Unified Communications
12 6 (0.82%) OSPF
12 6 (0.82%) SSL
12 6 (0.82%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 182 (24.90%) SQL Server
2 95 (13.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 93 (12.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 52 (7.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 34 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
5 34 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
6 28 (3.83%) Relational Database
7 26 (3.56%) SQL Server 2012
8 20 (2.74%) SQL Server 2005
9 19 (2.60%) Power BI
10 15 (2.05%) SQL Server 2014
11 13 (1.78%) Big Data
12 12 (1.64%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 12 (1.64%) Oracle Database
12 12 (1.64%) QlikView
13 11 (1.50%) RDBMS
14 9 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
15 6 (0.82%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.82%) PowerCenter
16 5 (0.68%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 66 (9.03%) Visual Studio
2 61 (8.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (2.05%) Git (software)
3 15 (2.05%) Octopus Deploy
4 13 (1.78%) Visual Studio Team System
5 12 (1.64%) Selenium
6 10 (1.37%) TeamCity
7 8 (1.09%) FxCop
7 8 (1.09%) JIRA
7 8 (1.09%) StyleCop
8 6 (0.82%) SpecFlow
8 6 (0.82%) Subversion
9 3 (0.41%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.41%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.41%) JIRA Agile
9 3 (0.41%) MSI
9 3 (0.41%) NUnit
9 3 (0.41%) VersionOne
9 3 (0.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.27%) Jasmine
General
1 80 (10.94%) Finance
2 29 (3.97%) Advertising
2 29 (3.97%) Marketing
3 15 (2.05%) Manufacturing
3 15 (2.05%) Retail
4 13 (1.78%) Back Office
4 13 (1.78%) Banking
4 13 (1.78%) Legal
5 12 (1.64%) Automotive
6 9 (1.23%) German Language
6 9 (1.23%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.09%) Games
8 4 (0.55%) Billing
9 2 (0.27%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.27%) Publishing
9 2 (0.27%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.14%) Electronics
10 1 (0.14%) French Language
10 1 (0.14%) Front Office
10 1 (0.14%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 197 (26.95%) Developer
2 99 (13.54%) Analyst
3 73 (9.99%) Architect
4 57 (7.80%) .NET Developer
5 56 (7.66%) Consultant
6 45 (6.16%) Project Manager
7 38 (5.20%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 35 (4.79%) C# Developer
9 32 (4.38%) Support Engineer
10 30 (4.10%) C# .NET Developer
10 30 (4.10%) CRM Developer
10 30 (4.10%) Microsoft Developer
11 28 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM Developer
12 27 (3.69%) SQL Developer
13 23 (3.15%) 2nd Line Support
13 23 (3.15%) Solutions Architect
14 20 (2.74%) Administrator
14 20 (2.74%) CRM Architect
14 20 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM Architect
14 20 (2.74%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (21.89%) .NET
2 69 (9.44%) HTML
3 61 (8.34%) CSS
4 56 (7.66%) ASP.NET
5 50 (6.84%) .NET Framework
6 49 (6.70%) Web Services
7 32 (4.38%) XML
8 29 (3.97%) jQuery
9 27 (3.69%) REST
10 26 (3.56%) WCF
11 24 (3.28%) ASP.NET MVC
12 22 (3.01%) SOAP
13 21 (2.87%) RESTful
14 20 (2.74%) ASP.NET Web API
15 17 (2.33%) MDX
16 16 (2.19%) HTML5
16 16 (2.19%) Middleware
17 15 (2.05%) Entity Framework
18 14 (1.92%) AngularJS
19 13 (1.78%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (3.97%) Data Centre
3 19 (2.60%) Computer Science
3 19 (2.60%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.19%) DataPower
5 13 (1.78%) Driving Licence
6 10 (1.37%) Blackberry
7 9 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.23%) Statistics
8 8 (1.09%) Client/Server
8 8 (1.09%) NHS
9 7 (0.96%) Clustering
9 7 (0.96%) Informatics
9 7 (0.96%) Mathematics
9 7 (0.96%) Mobile App
9 7 (0.96%) Virtual Team
10 6 (0.82%) Replication
10 6 (0.82%) User Experience
10 6 (0.82%) Visualisation
11 5 (0.68%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 224 (30.64%) Windows
2 99 (13.54%) Windows Server
3 66 (9.03%) Windows 7
4 49 (6.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 35 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (4.65%) Windows XP
7 31 (4.24%) Linux
8 28 (3.83%) Unix
9 23 (3.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 20 (2.74%) Windows 10
10 20 (2.74%) Windows 8
11 13 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (1.23%) Android
13 8 (1.09%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.96%) CentOS
15 6 (0.82%) AIX
15 6 (0.82%) Solaris
16 5 (0.68%) SUSE
17 4 (0.55%) Windows Vista
18 3 (0.41%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (13.41%) CRM
3 96 (13.13%) Business Intelligence
4 89 (12.18%) Migration
5 72 (9.85%) Project Management
6 70 (9.58%) ITIL
7 46 (6.29%) ETL
8 45 (6.16%) Scrum
9 42 (5.75%) MVC
10 41 (5.61%) Stakeholder Management
11 34 (4.65%) Service Management
12 31 (4.24%) Waterfall
13 28 (3.83%) Data Migration
13 28 (3.83%) Data Modelling
14 27 (3.69%) Configuration Management
15 26 (3.56%) PRINCE2
16 25 (3.42%) Data Management
17 23 (3.15%) TDD
18 21 (2.87%) Continuous Integration
19 20 (2.74%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 170 (23.26%) SQL
2 120 (16.42%) C#
3 75 (10.26%) JavaScript
4 50 (6.84%) T-SQL
5 44 (6.02%) PowerShell
6 18 (2.46%) Java
7 11 (1.50%) VB.NET
8 8 (1.09%) X++
9 7 (0.96%) VB
9 7 (0.96%) VBA
10 6 (0.82%) VBScript
11 5 (0.68%) C
12 4 (0.55%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.55%) XAML
13 3 (0.41%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.41%) VB6
14 2 (0.27%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.27%) Python
14 2 (0.27%) Ruby
15 1 (0.14%) PHP
Qualifications
1 79 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 59 (8.07%) Microsoft Certification
3 53 (7.25%) SC Cleared
4 45 (6.16%) Degree
5 18 (2.46%) MCSE
6 15 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (2.05%) ISEB
7 11 (1.50%) MCP
8 10 (1.37%) CCNP
9 9 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (0.96%) DV Cleared
11 7 (0.96%) MCITP
12 6 (0.82%) CCNA
12 6 (0.82%) ISTQB
12 6 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.68%) MCSA
13 5 (0.68%) MCSD
13 5 (0.68%) MCTS
14 4 (0.55%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.15%) Data Quality
2 17 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (2.33%) QA
3 13 (1.78%) SLA
4 4 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.27%) ISAE 3402
6 2 (0.27%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.27%) ISO27005
6 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.14%) NEBOSH
7 1 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 125 (17.10%) Active Directory
2 24 (3.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.92%) Hyper-V
4 11 (1.50%) vSphere
5 9 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.23%) XenApp
6 7 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.55%) Firmware
8 4 (0.55%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.27%) iptables
9 2 (0.27%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 35 (4.79%) SCCM
2 26 (3.56%) SCOM
3 12 (1.64%) Puppet
4 9 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.96%) Backup Exec
5 7 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (0.96%) NetBackup
6 6 (0.82%) Nagios
7 4 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.55%) WSUS
8 3 (0.41%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.41%) SmoothWall
9 2 (0.27%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (0.27%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.27%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.14%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 48 (6.57%) VMware
2 45 (6.16%) Oracle
3 38 (5.20%) IBM
4 37 (5.06%) Citrix
5 32 (4.38%) Cisco
6 22 (3.01%) HP
7 18 (2.46%) Tableau
8 17 (2.33%) Dell
9 16 (2.19%) Red Hat
10 13 (1.78%) Avaya
10 13 (1.78%) Lotus
11 11 (1.50%) Sophos
12 10 (1.37%) SAP
13 9 (1.23%) EMC
14 8 (1.09%) Intel Security
14 8 (1.09%) SaltStack
15 7 (0.96%) Juniper
15 7 (0.96%) Sitecore
16 6 (0.82%) Informatica
16 6 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Venturi
Rate: £180 - £230 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Stafford, Staffordshire
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Solihull, West Midlands (County)
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Stafford-Sharp Associates
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Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Hereford, Herefordshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £10 - £14 per hour
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Herefordshire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Staffordshire
Venn Group
Rate: £25000 - £27000 Per Annum 6 month fixed term contract pro rate
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Coventry
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Warwickshire
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