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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 499 314 352
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.40% 12.59% 13.77%
As % of the Vendors category 33.00% 28.81% 27.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 297 180 165
Median daily rate £368 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.51% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £236 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £482 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 34 53
Median hourly rate £13.68 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.52% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.48 £11.18 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.20 £33.55 £27.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -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
1512 1090 1267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 46.65% 43.70% 49.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 817 523 604
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £234 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £593 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 79 91
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £11.00 £9.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £31.76 £29.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.89 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+0.64% -0.63%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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 27 September 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 +2 167 £400 +6.66% 54
Coventry +5 87 £370 +7.63% 22
Shropshire +6 57 £340 +20.88% 14
Staffordshire +6 54 £325 -16.12% 17
Worcestershire +1 21 £240 -15.78% 8
Warwickshire -8 20 £450 +23.71% 16
Solihull -10 10 £281 -29.68% 12
Wolverhampton +6 7 £375 - 1
Herefordshire +2 6 £438 +15.13% 3
Dudley +1 6 £80 -33.33%
Sutton Coldfield +1 2 £325 -34.83%
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 September 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.

1 269 (30.92%) MS Excel
2 239 (27.47%) Windows
3 219 (25.17%) SQL
3 219 (25.17%) SQL Server
3 219 (25.17%) Agile Software Development
4 203 (23.33%) .NET
5 161 (18.51%) MS Office
5 161 (18.51%) Active Directory
6 157 (18.05%) C#
7 126 (14.48%) CRM
8 121 (13.91%) Windows Server
9 117 (13.45%) Microsoft Azure
10 115 (13.22%) SharePoint
11 111 (12.76%) Dynamics CRM
12 110 (12.64%) Visual Studio
13 99 (11.38%) Migration
14 94 (10.80%) JavaScript
15 93 (10.69%) Finance
15 93 (10.69%) Security Cleared
16 92 (10.57%) HTML
17 89 (10.23%) ITIL
18 88 (10.11%) Business Intelligence
19 83 (9.54%) ASP.NET
20 82 (9.43%) .NET Framework
21 81 (9.31%) CSS
22 77 (8.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 72 (8.28%) T-SQL
24 71 (8.16%) Project Management
25 70 (8.05%) SC Cleared
26 69 (7.93%) Cisco

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
1 115 (13.22%) SharePoint
2 59 (6.78%) MS Exchange
3 24 (2.76%) Skype for Business
4 23 (2.64%) IIS
5 22 (2.53%) SharePoint 2013
6 15 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
6 15 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
8 11 (1.26%) CMS
9 9 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
9 9 (1.03%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (0.92%) Confluence
11 7 (0.80%) Apache
11 7 (0.80%) NServiceBus
12 6 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.57%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.57%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.34%) Kentico
15 3 (0.34%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 269 (30.92%) MS Excel
2 161 (18.51%) MS Office
3 61 (7.01%) MS PowerPoint
4 51 (5.86%) MS Project
5 49 (5.63%) MS Visio
6 10 (1.15%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.46%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.34%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.34%) Open Workbench
9 2 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.23%) PTC Creo
9 2 (0.23%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 111 (12.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (5.06%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.23%) Maximo
3 2 (0.23%) Oracle CRM
3 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.23%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.11%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.11%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 117 (13.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 56 (6.44%) Office 365
3 28 (3.22%) IaaS
4 17 (1.95%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (1.49%) PaaS
5 13 (1.49%) SaaS
6 12 (1.38%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.57%) Yammer
8 4 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.46%) Google Apps
9 3 (0.34%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.23%) Data Lake Analytics
11 1 (0.11%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.11%) Heroku
11 1 (0.11%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.71%) LAN
2 39 (4.48%) Firewall
2 39 (4.48%) WAN
3 33 (3.79%) DNS
4 27 (3.10%) DHCP
5 25 (2.87%) SAN
6 23 (2.64%) VPN
7 22 (2.53%) VLAN
8 20 (2.30%) Network Security
9 17 (1.95%) Cisco ASA
9 17 (1.95%) Wireless
10 16 (1.84%) IPv4
11 15 (1.72%) VoIP
12 14 (1.61%) Internet
12 14 (1.61%) NAS
12 14 (1.61%) Remote Desktop
13 13 (1.49%) Cisco IOS
13 13 (1.49%) Skype
14 12 (1.38%) Intranet
14 12 (1.38%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 219 (25.17%) SQL Server
2 77 (8.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 69 (7.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (5.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 43 (4.94%) Data Warehouse
6 37 (4.25%) SQL Server 2012
7 33 (3.79%) SQL Server 2008
8 32 (3.68%) Relational Database
9 24 (2.76%) SQL Server 2014
10 21 (2.41%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (2.07%) Power BI
12 13 (1.49%) Big Data
13 12 (1.38%) MySQL
13 12 (1.38%) QlikView
14 10 (1.15%) Oracle Database
15 8 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
15 8 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
15 8 (0.92%) RDBMS
16 7 (0.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 7 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 110 (12.64%) Visual Studio
2 55 (6.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (3.22%) Visual Studio Team System
4 21 (2.41%) Git (software)
4 21 (2.41%) JIRA
5 10 (1.15%) Jenkins
5 10 (1.15%) Selenium
6 9 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
6 9 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (0.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 7 (0.80%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.80%) FishEye
8 7 (0.80%) FxCop
8 7 (0.80%) GoCD
8 7 (0.80%) StyleCop
9 6 (0.69%) SpecFlow
9 6 (0.69%) Subversion
10 5 (0.57%) TeamCity
10 5 (0.57%) Toad
10 5 (0.57%) VersionOne
General
1 93 (10.69%) Finance
2 46 (5.29%) Advertising
3 34 (3.91%) Manufacturing
4 29 (3.33%) Marketing
5 13 (1.49%) Automotive
6 12 (1.38%) Retail
7 11 (1.26%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.15%) Banking
9 7 (0.80%) Legal
9 7 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
10 6 (0.69%) Back Office
10 6 (0.69%) Local Government
11 5 (0.57%) Billing
11 5 (0.57%) German Language
12 3 (0.34%) Games
13 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.23%) Spanish Language
14 1 (0.11%) Electronics
14 1 (0.11%) French Language
14 1 (0.11%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 225 (25.86%) Developer
2 124 (14.25%) Analyst
3 98 (11.26%) Architect
4 80 (9.20%) .NET Developer
5 57 (6.55%) Consultant
5 57 (6.55%) Project Manager
6 51 (5.86%) C# Developer
7 49 (5.63%) SQL Developer
8 46 (5.29%) C# .NET Developer
9 43 (4.94%) CRM Developer
10 39 (4.48%) Microsoft Developer
11 37 (4.25%) Dynamics CRM Developer
12 33 (3.79%) Service Analyst
13 29 (3.33%) Support Engineer
14 28 (3.22%) Business Analyst
14 28 (3.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 25 (2.87%) Administrator
15 25 (2.87%) Team Leader
16 23 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
16 23 (2.64%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (23.33%) .NET
2 92 (10.57%) HTML
3 83 (9.54%) ASP.NET
4 82 (9.43%) .NET Framework
5 81 (9.31%) CSS
6 48 (5.52%) Web Services
7 47 (5.40%) XML
8 40 (4.60%) ASP.NET MVC
9 29 (3.33%) WCF
10 24 (2.76%) jQuery
11 22 (2.53%) ASP.NET Web API
11 22 (2.53%) HTML5
12 20 (2.30%) AngularJS
12 20 (2.30%) REST
13 18 (2.07%) Entity Framework
14 17 (1.95%) MDX
15 15 (1.72%) SOAP
15 15 (1.72%) XSLT
16 13 (1.49%) XSD
17 12 (1.38%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.86%) Data Centre
2 50 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (3.79%) Computer Science
4 23 (2.64%) Management Information System
5 16 (1.84%) Blackberry
6 15 (1.72%) Replication
7 13 (1.49%) Virtual Team
8 12 (1.38%) Clustering
8 12 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
8 12 (1.38%) User Experience
9 10 (1.15%) Driving Licence
9 10 (1.15%) PMI
10 9 (1.03%) Public Cloud
11 8 (0.92%) PDA
12 7 (0.80%) Data Conversion
12 7 (0.80%) e-Learning
12 7 (0.80%) Fat Client
12 7 (0.80%) Thin Client
13 6 (0.69%) Credit Risk
14 5 (0.57%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 239 (27.47%) Windows
2 121 (13.91%) Windows Server
3 67 (7.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 54 (6.21%) Windows 7
5 51 (5.86%) Linux
6 39 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (3.79%) Windows Server 2003
8 31 (3.56%) Unix
9 28 (3.22%) Windows XP
10 22 (2.53%) Windows 8
11 21 (2.41%) Windows 10
12 11 (1.26%) Android
12 11 (1.26%) Solaris
13 9 (1.03%) Ubuntu
14 8 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (0.92%) SUSE
15 7 (0.80%) CentOS
16 6 (0.69%) AIX
17 3 (0.34%) Apple iOS
18 2 (0.23%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (25.17%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (14.48%) CRM
3 99 (11.38%) Migration
4 89 (10.23%) ITIL
5 88 (10.11%) Business Intelligence
6 71 (8.16%) Project Management
7 62 (7.13%) ETL
8 60 (6.90%) MVC
9 55 (6.32%) Data Migration
10 53 (6.09%) Service Management
11 52 (5.98%) Scrum
12 49 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
13 47 (5.40%) Waterfall
14 46 (5.29%) Data Modelling
15 36 (4.14%) Software Engineering
16 35 (4.02%) PRINCE2
17 32 (3.68%) Configuration Management
17 32 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
17 32 (3.68%) Service Delivery
18 27 (3.10%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 219 (25.17%) SQL
2 157 (18.05%) C#
3 94 (10.80%) JavaScript
4 72 (8.28%) T-SQL
5 41 (4.71%) PowerShell
6 30 (3.45%) Java
7 11 (1.26%) C
8 8 (0.92%) Shell Script
8 8 (0.92%) X++
8 8 (0.92%) XAML
9 7 (0.80%) VB
9 7 (0.80%) VB.NET
10 6 (0.69%) COBOL
10 6 (0.69%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.34%) Python
11 3 (0.34%) VB6
12 2 (0.23%) C++
12 2 (0.23%) Perl
12 2 (0.23%) Ruby
12 2 (0.23%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 93 (10.69%) Security Cleared
2 70 (8.05%) SC Cleared
3 67 (7.70%) Microsoft Certification
4 52 (5.98%) Degree
5 28 (3.22%) MCSE
6 25 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (2.76%) ISEB
8 20 (2.30%) CCNP
9 16 (1.84%) ISTQB
9 16 (1.84%) MCSA
10 14 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (1.49%) PMI Certification
12 11 (1.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (1.03%) CCNA
13 9 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (0.80%) DV Cleared
14 7 (0.80%) MCP
14 7 (0.80%) MCTS
14 7 (0.80%) MOS
15 6 (0.69%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.64%) SLA
2 16 (1.84%) Data Quality
2 16 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (1.84%) QA
3 13 (1.49%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.46%) GMP
5 2 (0.23%) ISAE 3402
5 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.23%) ISO27005
5 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.11%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 161 (18.51%) Active Directory
2 29 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (2.64%) Hyper-V
4 18 (2.07%) vSphere
5 15 (1.72%) XenApp
6 10 (1.15%) XenDesktop
7 9 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.57%) VMware Server
10 5 (0.57%) XenServer
11 4 (0.46%) Docker
11 4 (0.46%) Firmware
12 3 (0.34%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.23%) iptables
13 2 (0.23%) Postfix
13 2 (0.23%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.23%) UAG
14 1 (0.11%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.11%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 32 (3.68%) SCCM
2 25 (2.87%) SCOM
3 12 (1.38%) Puppet
4 8 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.80%) FortiGate
5 7 (0.80%) NetBackup
6 6 (0.69%) Nagios
6 6 (0.69%) WSUS
7 4 (0.46%) Backup Exec
7 4 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.34%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.23%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.23%) MOM
9 2 (0.23%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (0.23%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 69 (7.93%) Cisco
2 63 (7.24%) VMware
3 62 (7.13%) Oracle
4 43 (4.94%) Citrix
5 34 (3.91%) HP
6 30 (3.45%) Dell
7 23 (2.64%) SAP
8 18 (2.07%) Avaya
9 16 (1.84%) Intel Security
9 16 (1.84%) Red Hat
10 14 (1.61%) Juniper
11 13 (1.49%) IBM
12 11 (1.26%) EMC
13 10 (1.15%) LANDesk
14 8 (0.92%) Fortinet
14 8 (0.92%) Sophos
15 7 (0.80%) Google
15 7 (0.80%) SaltStack
15 7 (0.80%) Toshiba
15 7 (0.80%) Xamarin
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