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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 3
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 439 343 371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.87% 14.39% 15.63%
As % of the Vendors category 29.15% 32.27% 31.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 207 190
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 £205 £130 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 40 54
Median hourly rate £13.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.21% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.35 £26.50 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
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
1506 1063 1175
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 47.60% 44.61% 49.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 841 570 541
Median daily rate £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £175 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 76 86
Median hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.93 £9.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £29.85 £34.01
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 +1 140 £400 +14.28% 43
Coventry +4 93 £363 +3.57% 18
Staffordshire +2 53 £305 -22.04% 19
Shropshire -16 33 £460 +60.00% 4
Warwickshire -4 29 £420 +35.48% 10
Worcestershire +2 21 £240 -16.52% 10
Solihull -11 7 £305 -18.66% 2
Dudley -1 5 £80 -36.00% 3
Herefordshire -1 5 £450 +18.42% 1
Wolverhampton +4 4 £433 +29.10% 4
West Bromwich 0 2 - - 2
Sutton Coldfield - 2 £325 - 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 251 (31.69%) MS Excel
2 243 (30.68%) Windows
3 204 (25.76%) SQL Server
4 189 (23.86%) Agile Software Development
5 187 (23.61%) SQL
6 171 (21.59%) .NET
7 141 (17.80%) MS Office
8 139 (17.55%) Active Directory
9 123 (15.53%) C#
10 121 (15.28%) Windows Server
11 110 (13.89%) CRM
12 98 (12.37%) Migration
12 98 (12.37%) Dynamics CRM
13 95 (11.99%) Business Intelligence
14 93 (11.74%) Security Cleared
15 87 (10.98%) Finance
16 85 (10.73%) Visual Studio
17 84 (10.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 81 (10.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 77 (9.72%) ITIL
20 76 (9.60%) JavaScript
21 75 (9.47%) Project Management
22 74 (9.34%) HTML
23 72 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
24 71 (8.96%) SharePoint
25 69 (8.71%) Microsoft Certification
25 69 (8.71%) SC Cleared
26 68 (8.59%) Windows 7
26 68 (8.59%) CSS
27 67 (8.46%) 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 71 (8.96%) SharePoint
2 44 (5.56%) MS Exchange
3 25 (3.16%) IIS
4 22 (2.78%) Skype for Business
5 14 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
6 13 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.26%) CMS
9 9 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (1.01%) NServiceBus
11 7 (0.88%) Apache
11 7 (0.88%) Confluence
12 6 (0.76%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.63%) Umbraco
14 4 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
14 4 (0.51%) WebSphere
Applications
1 251 (31.69%) MS Excel
2 141 (17.80%) MS Office
3 54 (6.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 52 (6.57%) MS Visio
5 47 (5.93%) MS Project
6 9 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.63%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.38%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.38%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.25%) Open Workbench
9 2 (0.25%) PTC Creo
9 2 (0.25%) Siemens NX
9 2 (0.25%) SPSS
10 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 98 (12.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (3.03%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.63%) Oracle CRM
4 2 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.25%) Maximo
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.25%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.13%) HFM
5 1 (0.13%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.13%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.13%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 72 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 49 (6.19%) Office 365
3 24 (3.03%) IaaS
4 15 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (1.26%) SaaS
6 9 (1.14%) PaaS
7 5 (0.63%) Google Apps
8 3 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.25%) Data Lake Analytics
9 2 (0.25%) SuccessFactors
9 2 (0.25%) Yammer
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.13%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 37 (4.67%) LAN
2 33 (4.17%) Firewall
3 29 (3.66%) DNS
3 29 (3.66%) WAN
4 23 (2.90%) DHCP
4 23 (2.90%) Remote Desktop
5 21 (2.65%) VPN
6 19 (2.40%) SAN
7 17 (2.15%) Network Security
7 17 (2.15%) Wireless
8 16 (2.02%) Cisco ASA
8 16 (2.02%) IPv4
9 15 (1.89%) VLAN
10 13 (1.64%) SSL
10 13 (1.64%) VoIP
11 12 (1.52%) Internet
11 12 (1.52%) Unified Communications
12 10 (1.26%) Cisco IOS
13 9 (1.14%) Intranet
13 9 (1.14%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (25.76%) SQL Server
2 84 (10.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 81 (10.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 52 (6.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 39 (4.92%) Data Warehouse
6 36 (4.55%) SQL Server 2008
7 30 (3.79%) SQL Server 2012
8 21 (2.65%) Relational Database
9 20 (2.53%) SQL Server 2005
10 17 (2.15%) Power BI
11 14 (1.77%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (1.64%) MySQL
13 12 (1.52%) Big Data
13 12 (1.52%) Oracle Database
13 12 (1.52%) QlikView
14 11 (1.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 9 (1.14%) RDBMS
16 8 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
17 6 (0.76%) MS Access
18 5 (0.63%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 85 (10.73%) Visual Studio
2 59 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (2.90%) Git (software)
4 19 (2.40%) Visual Studio Team System
5 18 (2.27%) JIRA
6 15 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
7 13 (1.64%) Selenium
8 11 (1.39%) Jenkins
9 10 (1.26%) TeamCity
10 8 (1.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 8 (1.01%) FxCop
10 8 (1.01%) Sonatype Nexus
10 8 (1.01%) StyleCop
11 7 (0.88%) Bitbucket
11 7 (0.88%) FishEye
11 7 (0.88%) GoCD
12 6 (0.76%) SpecFlow
12 6 (0.76%) Subversion
13 4 (0.51%) MSI
13 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 87 (10.98%) Finance
2 37 (4.67%) Advertising
3 33 (4.17%) Marketing
4 17 (2.15%) Manufacturing
5 14 (1.77%) Legal
5 14 (1.77%) Retail
6 13 (1.64%) Automotive
7 12 (1.52%) Banking
8 11 (1.39%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.14%) German Language
10 7 (0.88%) Games
11 6 (0.76%) Back Office
12 4 (0.51%) Billing
13 3 (0.38%) Local Government
14 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.25%) Spanish Language
15 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.13%) Electronics
15 1 (0.13%) General Ledger
15 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 191 (24.12%) Developer
2 114 (14.39%) Analyst
3 83 (10.48%) Architect
4 60 (7.58%) .NET Developer
5 54 (6.82%) Project Manager
6 46 (5.81%) Consultant
7 36 (4.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 36 (4.55%) Microsoft Developer
8 35 (4.42%) C# Developer
9 34 (4.29%) CRM Developer
9 34 (4.29%) Support Engineer
10 32 (4.04%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 31 (3.91%) C# .NET Developer
12 27 (3.41%) SQL Developer
13 25 (3.16%) 2nd Line Support
13 25 (3.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 24 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
14 24 (3.03%) Team Leader
15 23 (2.90%) Business Analyst
15 23 (2.90%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (21.59%) .NET
2 74 (9.34%) HTML
3 68 (8.59%) CSS
4 67 (8.46%) ASP.NET
5 58 (7.32%) .NET Framework
6 50 (6.31%) Web Services
7 33 (4.17%) XML
8 28 (3.54%) jQuery
9 27 (3.41%) WCF
10 26 (3.28%) ASP.NET MVC
11 22 (2.78%) ASP.NET Web API
12 20 (2.53%) REST
13 17 (2.15%) HTML5
14 16 (2.02%) Entity Framework
15 15 (1.89%) MDX
16 14 (1.77%) AngularJS
16 14 (1.77%) LINQ
17 13 (1.64%) SOAP
18 12 (1.52%) RESTful
19 11 (1.39%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 47 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.80%) Data Centre
3 30 (3.79%) Computer Science
4 22 (2.78%) Management Information System
5 15 (1.89%) Driving Licence
6 12 (1.52%) Replication
6 12 (1.52%) Virtual Team
7 11 (1.39%) Blackberry
7 11 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.26%) Clustering
9 8 (1.01%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.88%) DataPower
10 7 (0.88%) Mobile App
10 7 (0.88%) Statistics
10 7 (0.88%) User Experience
10 7 (0.88%) Visualisation
11 6 (0.76%) Mathematics
12 5 (0.63%) NHS
12 5 (0.63%) PKI
13 4 (0.51%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 243 (30.68%) Windows
2 121 (15.28%) Windows Server
3 68 (8.59%) Windows 7
4 64 (8.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 46 (5.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 40 (5.05%) Linux
7 34 (4.29%) Windows XP
8 31 (3.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (3.54%) Windows 8
10 26 (3.28%) Unix
11 23 (2.90%) Windows 10
12 13 (1.64%) Android
13 10 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (1.26%) Ubuntu
14 8 (1.01%) Apple iOS
15 7 (0.88%) CentOS
16 6 (0.76%) AIX
16 6 (0.76%) Solaris
17 5 (0.63%) SUSE
18 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (23.86%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (13.89%) CRM
3 98 (12.37%) Migration
4 95 (11.99%) Business Intelligence
5 77 (9.72%) ITIL
6 75 (9.47%) Project Management
7 53 (6.69%) ETL
8 50 (6.31%) Scrum
8 50 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
9 48 (6.06%) Waterfall
10 45 (5.68%) Service Management
11 44 (5.56%) MVC
12 38 (4.80%) Data Migration
13 32 (4.04%) Configuration Management
13 32 (4.04%) Data Modelling
14 29 (3.66%) PRINCE2
15 28 (3.54%) Software Engineering
16 26 (3.28%) Continuous Integration
17 24 (3.03%) TDD
18 23 (2.90%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 187 (23.61%) SQL
2 123 (15.53%) C#
3 76 (9.60%) JavaScript
4 62 (7.83%) T-SQL
5 47 (5.93%) PowerShell
6 26 (3.28%) Java
7 9 (1.14%) VB.NET
8 6 (0.76%) C
8 6 (0.76%) VBScript
9 5 (0.63%) VB
10 4 (0.51%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.51%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.51%) XAML
11 3 (0.38%) TypeScript
11 3 (0.38%) X++
12 2 (0.25%) Python
12 2 (0.25%) Ruby
12 2 (0.25%) VB6
12 2 (0.25%) VBA
13 1 (0.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 93 (11.74%) Security Cleared
2 69 (8.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 69 (8.71%) SC Cleared
3 53 (6.69%) Degree
4 26 (3.28%) MCSE
5 23 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (2.27%) CCNP
6 18 (2.27%) ISEB
7 13 (1.64%) MCSA
8 11 (1.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 10 (1.26%) MCP
10 9 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (1.14%) ISTQB
10 9 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (1.01%) DV Cleared
12 7 (0.88%) CCNA
12 7 (0.88%) MCITP
13 6 (0.76%) MCTS
14 5 (0.63%) MCSD
14 5 (0.63%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.53%) Data Quality
2 18 (2.27%) QA
3 16 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (1.89%) SLA
5 6 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.25%) ISAE 3402
7 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.25%) ISO27005
7 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.13%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 139 (17.55%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.53%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.27%) vSphere
5 15 (1.89%) XenApp
6 11 (1.39%) XenDesktop
7 10 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.51%) Firmware
9 4 (0.51%) VMware Server
9 4 (0.51%) XenServer
10 2 (0.25%) iptables
10 2 (0.25%) Postfix
10 2 (0.25%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.13%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 38 (4.80%) SCCM
2 28 (3.54%) SCOM
3 13 (1.64%) Puppet
4 10 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (0.88%) NetBackup
6 6 (0.76%) Backup Exec
6 6 (0.76%) FortiGate
6 6 (0.76%) Nagios
7 5 (0.63%) WSUS
8 4 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.38%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.38%) SmoothWall
10 2 (0.25%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.25%) MOM
10 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Spacewalk
10 2 (0.25%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 54 (6.82%) Cisco
1 54 (6.82%) VMware
2 49 (6.19%) Oracle
3 41 (5.18%) Citrix
4 29 (3.66%) HP
5 26 (3.28%) Dell
6 23 (2.90%) IBM
7 18 (2.27%) SAP
8 16 (2.02%) Avaya
8 16 (2.02%) Red Hat
9 13 (1.64%) Juniper
10 12 (1.52%) Intel Security
11 10 (1.26%) EMC
11 10 (1.26%) Sophos
12 8 (1.01%) SaltStack
13 7 (0.88%) Fortinet
13 7 (0.88%) LANDesk
13 7 (0.88%) Sitecore
14 6 (0.76%) Google
14 6 (0.76%) SolarWinds
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