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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 469 342 343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.71% 13.50% 14.51%
As % of the Vendors category 36.84% 29.74% 29.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 203 181
Median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £167 £189 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 27 57
Median hourly rate £15.00 £13.60 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.33% +4.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £10.43 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.90 £28.82 £21.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.87 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-0.90% +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
1273 1150 1146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 45.35% 45.40% 48.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 680 565 579
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.97% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 57 107
Median hourly rate £15.43 £15.85 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.68% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.69 £10.36 £10.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £31.44 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-5.55% +5.88%

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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 0 171 £400 +14.28% 46
Coventry -1 80 £386 +10.28% 11
Staffordshire +5 41 £400 +4.57% 11
Shropshire +13 40 £330 -7.69% 2
Warwickshire 0 31 £363 -16.66% 12
Solihull 0 27 £281 -31.40% 9
Worcestershire +5 14 £360 +114.28% 16
West Bromwich +1 5 £365 -
Wolverhampton +1 3 £450 +10.76% 5
Herefordshire +6 2 £475 +18.75% 3
Sutton Coldfield +9 1 - -
Dudley +1 1 - -
Smethwick - 1 £145 -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 272 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
2 254 (26.71%) SQL
3 223 (23.45%) SQL Server
3 223 (23.45%) MS Excel
4 218 (22.92%) .NET
5 216 (22.71%) Windows
6 170 (17.88%) C#
6 170 (17.88%) CRM
7 165 (17.35%) MS Office
8 162 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
9 156 (16.40%) Dynamics CRM
10 151 (15.88%) Active Directory
11 144 (15.14%) SharePoint
12 141 (14.83%) HTML
13 131 (13.77%) CSS
14 122 (12.83%) JavaScript
15 112 (11.78%) Migration
16 111 (11.67%) Visual Studio
17 105 (11.04%) Finance
18 104 (10.94%) Security Cleared
19 99 (10.41%) Business Intelligence
19 99 (10.41%) Windows Server
20 90 (9.46%) .NET Framework
21 87 (9.15%) MVC
22 82 (8.62%) ASP.NET
23 78 (8.20%) ITIL
23 78 (8.20%) Advertising
24 77 (8.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 76 (7.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 75 (7.89%) T-SQL

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
1 144 (15.14%) SharePoint
2 55 (5.78%) MS Exchange
3 29 (3.05%) Skype for Business
4 25 (2.63%) BizTalk Server
5 24 (2.52%) SharePoint 2013
6 22 (2.31%) IIS
7 15 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2003
7 15 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2007
7 15 (1.58%) NServiceBus
8 14 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
9 12 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2013
10 10 (1.05%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (0.84%) Apache
11 8 (0.84%) Confluence
11 8 (0.84%) WebLogic
12 7 (0.74%) CMS
13 5 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.32%) Moodle
15 2 (0.21%) JBoss
15 2 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 223 (23.45%) MS Excel
2 165 (17.35%) MS Office
3 55 (5.78%) MS PowerPoint
4 40 (4.21%) MS Project
5 27 (2.84%) MS Visio
6 14 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 4 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.42%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.42%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.21%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.21%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.21%) PTC Creo
8 2 (0.21%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 156 (16.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 69 (7.26%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.05%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.21%) assyst
5 2 (0.21%) Maximo
5 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.21%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.11%) HFM
6 1 (0.11%) Infor LN
6 1 (0.11%) MFGPRO
6 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.11%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.11%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 162 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 71 (7.47%) Office 365
3 25 (2.63%) IaaS
4 17 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (1.79%) SaaS
5 16 (1.68%) PaaS
6 13 (1.37%) Azure Active Directory
7 11 (1.16%) Yammer
8 10 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.84%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.32%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.21%) Data Lake Analytics
11 2 (0.21%) IBM PureFlex
12 1 (0.11%) G Suite
12 1 (0.11%) Google Drive
12 1 (0.11%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 37 (3.89%) LAN
2 36 (3.79%) DNS
3 35 (3.68%) WAN
4 32 (3.36%) Firewall
5 28 (2.94%) DHCP
5 28 (2.94%) SAN
6 21 (2.21%) Skype
7 19 (2.00%) VLAN
8 18 (1.89%) VoIP
9 17 (1.79%) VPN
10 15 (1.58%) Network Security
11 14 (1.47%) IPv4
11 14 (1.47%) NAS
11 14 (1.47%) Unified Communications
12 13 (1.37%) Kerberos
12 13 (1.37%) LDAP
12 13 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (1.37%) Wireless
13 12 (1.26%) Internet
13 12 (1.26%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 223 (23.45%) SQL Server
2 77 (8.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 76 (7.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 52 (5.47%) Data Warehouse
4 52 (5.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 40 (4.21%) SQL Server 2008
6 35 (3.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 31 (3.26%) Power BI
8 25 (2.63%) Relational Database
9 20 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
10 16 (1.68%) MySQL
10 16 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
11 14 (1.47%) Big Data
12 12 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
13 9 (0.95%) MS Access
14 8 (0.84%) BusinessObjects
14 8 (0.84%) QlikView
15 7 (0.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 7 (0.74%) NoSQL
16 6 (0.63%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 111 (11.67%) Visual Studio
2 71 (7.47%) Team Foundation Server
3 43 (4.52%) Visual Studio Team System
4 23 (2.42%) JIRA
5 16 (1.68%) Git (software)
6 8 (0.84%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
7 7 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (0.74%) Bitbucket
7 7 (0.74%) FishEye
7 7 (0.74%) GoCD
7 7 (0.74%) Selenium
7 7 (0.74%) Toad
8 6 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.53%) MSI
9 5 (0.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.42%) Axure RP
10 4 (0.42%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.42%) SpecFlow
10 4 (0.42%) StyleCop
General
1 105 (11.04%) Finance
2 78 (8.20%) Advertising
3 55 (5.78%) Manufacturing
4 35 (3.68%) Marketing
5 26 (2.73%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.58%) Retail
7 12 (1.26%) Automotive
8 9 (0.95%) Local Government
9 7 (0.74%) Legal
10 6 (0.63%) Back Office
10 6 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.53%) Billing
11 5 (0.53%) Publishing
12 4 (0.42%) Banking
13 3 (0.32%) Games
14 2 (0.21%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.21%) Electronics
14 2 (0.21%) French Language
14 2 (0.21%) German Language
15 1 (0.11%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 265 (27.87%) Developer
2 143 (15.04%) Analyst
3 122 (12.83%) Architect
4 74 (7.78%) .NET Developer
5 68 (7.15%) CRM Developer
6 67 (7.05%) Microsoft Developer
7 63 (6.62%) Consultant
8 57 (5.99%) Project Manager
9 54 (5.68%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 50 (5.26%) C# Developer
11 46 (4.84%) C# .NET Developer
12 45 (4.73%) SQL Developer
13 37 (3.89%) Service Analyst
14 31 (3.26%) Service Desk Analyst
15 30 (3.15%) Administrator
16 28 (2.94%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 25 (2.63%) Business Analyst
18 22 (2.31%) Solutions Architect
19 21 (2.21%) Software Engineer
19 21 (2.21%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (22.92%) .NET
2 141 (14.83%) HTML
3 131 (13.77%) CSS
4 90 (9.46%) .NET Framework
5 82 (8.62%) ASP.NET
6 59 (6.20%) Web Services
7 56 (5.89%) XML
8 53 (5.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 47 (4.94%) WCF
10 41 (4.31%) HTML5
11 40 (4.21%) ASP.NET Web API
12 37 (3.89%) jQuery
13 35 (3.68%) AngularJS
14 30 (3.15%) SOAP
15 26 (2.73%) CSS3
16 24 (2.52%) Entity Framework
17 19 (2.00%) KnockoutJS
18 18 (1.89%) REST
19 16 (1.68%) MDX
20 14 (1.47%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 61 (6.41%) Data Centre
2 51 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (2.73%) Computer Science
4 23 (2.42%) Public Cloud
5 20 (2.10%) Management Information System
6 17 (1.79%) Replication
7 16 (1.68%) User Experience
8 15 (1.58%) Blackberry
9 14 (1.47%) Data Conversion
10 12 (1.26%) Clustering
10 12 (1.26%) PKI
11 11 (1.16%) Driving Licence
12 10 (1.05%) Fat Client
12 10 (1.05%) Thin Client
12 10 (1.05%) Virtual Team
13 9 (0.95%) e-Learning
13 9 (0.95%) PMI
14 8 (0.84%) PDA
15 7 (0.74%) Private Cloud
16 6 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 216 (22.71%) Windows
2 99 (10.41%) Windows Server
3 50 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 46 (4.84%) Linux
5 42 (4.42%) Windows 7
6 36 (3.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (3.15%) Unix
8 28 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 17 (1.79%) Windows 10
9 17 (1.79%) Windows 8
10 14 (1.47%) Windows XP
11 12 (1.26%) Android
12 9 (0.95%) Solaris
12 9 (0.95%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.63%) SUSE
14 5 (0.53%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.42%) AIX
16 2 (0.21%) HPUX
16 2 (0.21%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 272 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
2 170 (17.88%) CRM
3 112 (11.78%) Migration
4 99 (10.41%) Business Intelligence
5 87 (9.15%) MVC
6 78 (8.20%) ITIL
7 62 (6.52%) Project Management
8 61 (6.41%) Data Migration
9 57 (5.99%) Scrum
10 54 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management
11 53 (5.57%) ETL
12 48 (5.05%) Service Management
12 48 (5.05%) Waterfall
13 45 (4.73%) Data Modelling
14 42 (4.42%) Software Engineering
15 41 (4.31%) PRINCE2
16 37 (3.89%) Continuous Integration
16 37 (3.89%) TDD
17 31 (3.26%) Test Scripting
18 30 (3.15%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 254 (26.71%) SQL
2 170 (17.88%) C#
3 122 (12.83%) JavaScript
4 75 (7.89%) T-SQL
5 57 (5.99%) PowerShell
6 32 (3.36%) Java
7 19 (2.00%) C
7 19 (2.00%) X++
8 14 (1.47%) VB.NET
9 7 (0.74%) COBOL
9 7 (0.74%) Ruby
10 6 (0.63%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.63%) XAML
11 5 (0.53%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.53%) VB
12 4 (0.42%) Scala
13 3 (0.32%) Perl
13 3 (0.32%) R
13 3 (0.32%) VB6
14 2 (0.21%) C++
Qualifications
1 104 (10.94%) Security Cleared
2 73 (7.68%) SC Cleared
3 59 (6.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 49 (5.15%) Degree
5 25 (2.63%) ISEB
6 23 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (2.21%) ISTQB
7 21 (2.21%) MCSE
8 18 (1.89%) CCNP
9 16 (1.68%) MCSA
10 14 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.26%) PMI Certification
13 11 (1.16%) CCNA
14 8 (0.84%) DV Cleared
14 8 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (0.84%) MCITP
15 7 (0.74%) MCTS
15 7 (0.74%) MOS
16 6 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (2.73%) SLA
2 19 (2.00%) Data Quality
3 18 (1.89%) QA
4 17 (1.79%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.42%) GMP
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 151 (15.88%) Active Directory
2 27 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.31%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.10%) XenApp
5 13 (1.37%) vSphere
6 11 (1.16%) XenDesktop
7 9 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.63%) Docker
8 6 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.63%) VMware ESX
8 6 (0.63%) XenServer
9 5 (0.53%) VMware Server
10 4 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.32%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.21%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.21%) UAG
12 2 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.11%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.11%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 27 (2.84%) SCCM
2 16 (1.68%) SCOM
3 8 (0.84%) WSUS
4 7 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
4 7 (0.74%) Nagios
4 7 (0.74%) Puppet
5 6 (0.63%) FortiGate
6 5 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.32%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.21%) HP Data Protector
9 2 (0.21%) MOM
9 2 (0.21%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.11%) Ansible
10 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.11%) SCSM
10 1 (0.11%) Terraform
Vendors
1 67 (7.05%) VMware
2 62 (6.52%) Cisco
3 54 (5.68%) Oracle
4 38 (4.00%) Citrix
5 29 (3.05%) HP
5 29 (3.05%) SAP
6 20 (2.10%) Dell
7 15 (1.58%) Avaya
8 14 (1.47%) Intel Security
9 11 (1.16%) Juniper
10 10 (1.05%) IBM
11 9 (0.95%) LANDesk
11 9 (0.95%) Remedy
12 8 (0.84%) CheckPoint
12 8 (0.84%) EMC
12 8 (0.84%) Fortinet
12 8 (0.84%) SolarWinds
12 8 (0.84%) webMethods
13 7 (0.74%) BMC
13 7 (0.74%) Toshiba
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Square One Resources
Rate: From £220 to £260 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + negotiable
Posted: 6 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 10 hours ago
Birmingham
Octopus Computer Associates
Rate: Market
Posted: 20 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £175 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Telford
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Coventry
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Walsall, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £30000.00 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Worcestershire
Premier IT
Posted: Yesterday
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Walsall, West Midlands (County)
networx
Rate: £30,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Malvern, Worcestershire
Candidate Source
Rate: Up to £20,000 per annum DOE + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Coventry
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £370.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Staffordshire
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 6 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Broster Buchanan
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Wolverhampton
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Malvern, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £150 - £190 per day
Posted: 25 days ago