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 23 January 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
23 Jan 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 389 322 343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.26% 13.41% 16.11%
As % of the Vendors category 35.85% 28.88% 33.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 198 187
Median daily rate £375 £386 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% +10.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £234 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 23 64
Median hourly rate £13.50 £12.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -17.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.62 £10.63 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.49 £19.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.33%

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
1085 1115 1024
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 45.34% 46.42% 48.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 605 547 532
Median daily rate £400 £408 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% +16.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £235 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 41 102
Median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £16.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +6.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £10.61 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £23.90 £28.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £23.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-19.56% +35.29%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 +1 137 £345 -8.00% 53
Coventry -2 81 £410 +12.71% 18
Staffordshire +15 34 £406 +4.16% 12
Warwickshire -9 29 £363 -9.37% 17
Shropshire +24 27 £350 - 6
Solihull +3 26 £160 -36.00% 1
Worcestershire +6 12 £293 +73.07% 13
Wolverhampton +5 3 £450 +9.09% 2
West Bromwich -1 3 £400 -
Sutton Coldfield +9 1 - - 1
Herefordshire +1 1 £500 - 6
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 253 (29.15%) Agile Software Development
2 218 (25.12%) SQL
3 212 (24.42%) .NET
4 206 (23.73%) MS Excel
5 178 (20.51%) SQL Server
6 176 (20.28%) Microsoft Azure
7 175 (20.16%) Windows
8 170 (19.59%) CRM
9 162 (18.66%) C#
10 159 (18.32%) Dynamics CRM
11 151 (17.40%) MS Office
12 148 (17.05%) HTML
13 133 (15.32%) CSS
14 128 (14.75%) JavaScript
15 127 (14.63%) Active Directory
16 113 (13.02%) SharePoint
17 110 (12.67%) Migration
18 95 (10.94%) Finance
19 93 (10.71%) Visual Studio
19 93 (10.71%) MVC
20 92 (10.60%) Security Cleared
21 87 (10.02%) .NET Framework
22 84 (9.68%) ASP.NET
22 84 (9.68%) Advertising
23 83 (9.56%) Business Intelligence
24 77 (8.87%) ITIL
25 70 (8.06%) Office 365
25 70 (8.06%) Windows Server
26 69 (7.95%) Dynamics AX
26 69 (7.95%) SQL Server Reporting 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
1 113 (13.02%) SharePoint
2 39 (4.49%) MS Exchange
3 23 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
4 21 (2.42%) Skype for Business
5 15 (1.73%) NServiceBus
6 14 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
6 14 (1.61%) SharePoint 2013
7 13 (1.50%) IIS
8 10 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
10 8 (0.92%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.69%) CMS
13 5 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.35%) Moodle
14 3 (0.35%) WebSphere
15 2 (0.23%) Tuxedo
16 1 (0.12%) Apache
16 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 206 (23.73%) MS Excel
2 151 (17.40%) MS Office
3 42 (4.84%) MS PowerPoint
4 35 (4.03%) MS Project
5 22 (2.53%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.35%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.23%) SPSS
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 159 (18.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 69 (7.95%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.35%) assyst
6 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
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
7 1 (0.12%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 176 (20.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (8.06%) Office 365
3 17 (1.96%) IaaS
4 15 (1.73%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (1.50%) PaaS
5 13 (1.50%) SaaS
6 12 (1.38%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (1.04%) Yammer
8 8 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.92%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.35%) IBM PureFlex
9 3 (0.35%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.12%) Google Drive
10 1 (0.12%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.34%) DNS
2 25 (2.88%) WAN
3 23 (2.65%) Firewall
4 21 (2.42%) LAN
5 20 (2.30%) Skype
6 19 (2.19%) DHCP
7 16 (1.84%) SAN
8 13 (1.50%) Kerberos
8 13 (1.50%) LDAP
9 12 (1.38%) VoIP
10 11 (1.27%) Broadband
10 11 (1.27%) TCP/IP
11 10 (1.15%) Network Security
12 9 (1.04%) Unified Communications
12 9 (1.04%) VLAN
12 9 (1.04%) Wireless
13 8 (0.92%) Internet
13 8 (0.92%) NAS
13 8 (0.92%) Remote Desktop
13 8 (0.92%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 178 (20.51%) SQL Server
2 69 (7.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 61 (7.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 43 (4.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 41 (4.72%) Data Warehouse
6 30 (3.46%) SQL Server 2008
7 26 (3.00%) Power BI
7 26 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
8 24 (2.76%) Relational Database
9 22 (2.53%) SQL Server 2014
10 14 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
11 13 (1.50%) SQL Server 2016
12 9 (1.04%) MySQL
12 9 (1.04%) QlikView
13 8 (0.92%) MS Access
14 7 (0.81%) Big Data
14 7 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.69%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.69%) OLAP
15 6 (0.69%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 93 (10.71%) Visual Studio
2 65 (7.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 46 (5.30%) Visual Studio Team System
4 13 (1.50%) JIRA
5 10 (1.15%) Selenium
5 10 (1.15%) SpecFlow
6 8 (0.92%) Cucumber
7 6 (0.69%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.69%) MSI
7 6 (0.69%) Toad
8 4 (0.46%) MSTest
8 4 (0.46%) NUnit
8 4 (0.46%) ReSharper
9 3 (0.35%) CA Gen
9 3 (0.35%) MSBuild
9 3 (0.35%) NCover
9 3 (0.35%) NDepend
9 3 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.35%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.35%) StyleCop
General
1 95 (10.94%) Finance
2 84 (9.68%) Advertising
3 53 (6.11%) Manufacturing
4 29 (3.34%) Marketing
5 27 (3.11%) Telecoms
6 18 (2.07%) Retail
7 9 (1.04%) Automotive
8 7 (0.81%) Electronics
9 6 (0.69%) Legal
9 6 (0.69%) Local Government
10 5 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.58%) Publishing
11 4 (0.46%) Billing
12 3 (0.35%) Banking
13 2 (0.23%) Law
14 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.12%) Back Office
14 1 (0.12%) Czech Language
14 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 263 (30.30%) Developer
2 135 (15.55%) Analyst
3 93 (10.71%) Architect
4 80 (9.22%) CRM Developer
5 69 (7.95%) .NET Developer
5 69 (7.95%) Microsoft Developer
6 59 (6.80%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 56 (6.45%) Consultant
8 48 (5.53%) Project Manager
9 39 (4.49%) C# Developer
9 39 (4.49%) Service Analyst
10 38 (4.38%) SQL Developer
11 35 (4.03%) C# .NET Developer
12 34 (3.92%) Service Desk Analyst
13 26 (3.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 23 (2.65%) Dynamics AX Developer
15 22 (2.53%) Administrator
16 21 (2.42%) Senior Developer
17 20 (2.30%) CRM Analyst
17 20 (2.30%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 212 (24.42%) .NET
2 148 (17.05%) HTML
3 133 (15.32%) CSS
4 87 (10.02%) .NET Framework
5 84 (9.68%) ASP.NET
6 61 (7.03%) ASP.NET MVC
6 61 (7.03%) Web Services
7 57 (6.57%) WCF
8 53 (6.11%) ASP.NET Web API
9 48 (5.53%) XML
10 40 (4.61%) HTML5
11 35 (4.03%) jQuery
12 33 (3.80%) Entity Framework
12 33 (3.80%) SOAP
13 32 (3.69%) AngularJS
14 25 (2.88%) CSS3
15 19 (2.19%) REST
16 18 (2.07%) KnockoutJS
17 14 (1.61%) LESS
17 14 (1.61%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 55 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (5.65%) Data Centre
3 23 (2.65%) Public Cloud
4 22 (2.53%) Data Conversion
5 21 (2.42%) Computer Science
6 20 (2.30%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.50%) User Experience
8 12 (1.38%) Driving Licence
8 12 (1.38%) Fat Client
8 12 (1.38%) PKI
8 12 (1.38%) Thin Client
9 11 (1.27%) Clustering
9 11 (1.27%) Replication
10 10 (1.15%) e-Learning
11 8 (0.92%) Blackberry
11 8 (0.92%) NHS
11 8 (0.92%) PMI
12 7 (0.81%) Wiki
13 6 (0.69%) DataPower
13 6 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 175 (20.16%) Windows
2 70 (8.06%) Windows Server
3 35 (4.03%) Linux
3 35 (4.03%) Windows 7
4 31 (3.57%) Unix
5 30 (3.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (2.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (2.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (1.38%) Windows 10
8 12 (1.38%) Windows XP
9 9 (1.04%) Solaris
10 6 (0.69%) Android
10 6 (0.69%) SUSE
11 5 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.46%) AIX
12 4 (0.46%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.35%) HPUX
14 2 (0.23%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.23%) VME
14 2 (0.23%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 253 (29.15%) Agile Software Development
2 170 (19.59%) CRM
3 110 (12.67%) Migration
4 93 (10.71%) MVC
5 83 (9.56%) Business Intelligence
6 77 (8.87%) ITIL
7 60 (6.91%) Data Migration
8 55 (6.34%) Scrum
9 48 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
9 48 (5.53%) TDD
10 47 (5.41%) Project Management
11 44 (5.07%) ETL
12 43 (4.95%) BDD
12 43 (4.95%) Service Management
13 39 (4.49%) Continuous Integration
14 37 (4.26%) Data Modelling
15 36 (4.15%) PRINCE2
16 28 (3.23%) Service Delivery
16 28 (3.23%) Web Development
17 27 (3.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 218 (25.12%) SQL
2 162 (18.66%) C#
3 128 (14.75%) JavaScript
4 63 (7.26%) T-SQL
5 57 (6.57%) PowerShell
6 24 (2.76%) Java
7 21 (2.42%) X++
8 17 (1.96%) C
9 11 (1.27%) VB.NET
10 7 (0.81%) COBOL
10 7 (0.81%) VB
10 7 (0.81%) XAML
11 6 (0.69%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.58%) Perl
12 5 (0.58%) Ruby
13 4 (0.46%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.46%) Python
13 4 (0.46%) Scala
13 4 (0.46%) VB6
14 3 (0.35%) R
Qualifications
1 92 (10.60%) Security Cleared
2 61 (7.03%) SC Cleared
3 41 (4.72%) Degree
4 35 (4.03%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (2.65%) ISEB
6 20 (2.30%) ISTQB
7 15 (1.73%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.61%) PMI Certification
9 13 (1.50%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (1.38%) MCSE
11 11 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (1.15%) CCNA
13 8 (0.92%) MCITP
14 7 (0.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 7 (0.81%) MCSA
15 6 (0.69%) CCNP
15 6 (0.69%) PMP
15 6 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 5 (0.58%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.23%) SLA
2 17 (1.96%) QA
3 16 (1.84%) Disclosure Scotland
4 14 (1.61%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.46%) GMP
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 127 (14.63%) Active Directory
2 22 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (1.96%) Hyper-V
4 12 (1.38%) XenApp
5 9 (1.04%) VMware ESX
6 8 (0.92%) Docker
7 5 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.46%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.35%) Terminal Server
9 3 (0.35%) vSphere
10 2 (0.23%) UAG
10 2 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.23%) XenServer
11 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.12%) vCloud
11 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.12%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 15 (1.73%) SCCM
2 9 (1.04%) SCOM
2 9 (1.04%) WSUS
3 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (0.69%) Nagios
5 4 (0.46%) Puppet
6 3 (0.35%) HP Data Protector
7 2 (0.23%) Ansible
7 2 (0.23%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.23%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.23%) logstash
7 2 (0.23%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.12%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.12%) Kibana
8 1 (0.12%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.12%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.12%) Terraform
Vendors
1 56 (6.45%) VMware
2 47 (5.41%) Cisco
3 44 (5.07%) Oracle
4 35 (4.03%) Citrix
5 23 (2.65%) HP
6 21 (2.42%) SAP
7 17 (1.96%) IBM
8 12 (1.38%) Dell
9 11 (1.27%) Avaya
10 10 (1.15%) CheckPoint
10 10 (1.15%) Remedy
11 8 (0.92%) BMC
11 8 (0.92%) Cognos
11 8 (0.92%) webMethods
12 7 (0.81%) LANDesk
12 7 (0.81%) Red Hat
12 7 (0.81%) SolarWinds
12 7 (0.81%) Tableau
13 6 (0.69%) Intel Security
14 5 (0.58%) NetApp
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Posted: 6 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Birmingham
Octopus Computer Associates
Rate: Market
Posted: 18 hours ago
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £150 - £190 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oldbury, West Midlands (County)
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Rate: Up to £10 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Difrent
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
CPS Group UK
Rate: £170 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stoke on Trent
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £200 - £300 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Square One Resources
Posted: 7 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Rate: £500 - £543 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £351 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £550.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Worcestershire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £12.86 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Venn Group
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago