The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
England / East Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 10 7
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 200 154 221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 13.35% 9.44% 13.19%
As % of the Vendors category 27.17% 21.33% 30.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 86 103
Median daily rate £350 £363 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.68% +21.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 32
Median hourly rate £15.75 £12.30 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.04% -5.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £9.96 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £14.70 £19.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 736 722 733
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 49.13% 44.24% 43.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 393 369
Median daily rate £350 £370 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.40% +2.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £217 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 44 45
Median hourly rate £16.28 £13.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.19% -10.34%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.45 £9.63 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.75 £39.75 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East Midlands citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the East Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the East Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the East 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 East Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 March 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
Leicestershire +9 46 £325 +51.16% 23
Northamptonshire -1 43 £310 -17.33% 23
Nottinghamshire +12 40 £350 +21.73% 20
Derbyshire -6 39 £431 +16.55% 16
Lincolnshire +4 14 £351 +4.07% 9
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 153 (36.26%) Windows
2 128 (30.33%) SQL Server
3 117 (27.73%) MS Excel
4 111 (26.30%) SQL
5 108 (25.59%) Active Directory
6 89 (21.09%) .NET
7 76 (18.01%) C#
8 69 (16.35%) MS Office
9 65 (15.40%) Business Intelligence
10 63 (14.93%) Windows Server
11 57 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
12 56 (13.27%) VMware
13 55 (13.03%) ITIL
14 53 (12.56%) Finance
15 48 (11.37%) SCCM
16 43 (10.19%) Security Cleared
17 42 (9.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 41 (9.72%) Migration
18 41 (9.72%) Project Management
19 40 (9.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 39 (9.24%) MS Exchange
21 38 (9.00%) VMware Infrastructure
21 38 (9.00%) SC Cleared
22 37 (8.77%) Microsoft Certification
23 36 (8.53%) Degree
23 36 (8.53%) Windows 7
24 35 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
24 35 (8.29%) Advertising
25 33 (7.82%) SharePoint
25 33 (7.82%) SQL Server 2012

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East 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 39 (9.24%) MS Exchange
2 33 (7.82%) SharePoint
3 17 (4.03%) IIS
4 13 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (2.84%) Apache Spark
6 11 (2.61%) Skype for Business
7 10 (2.37%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.42%) SAS
9 5 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.95%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.95%) CMS
10 4 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.71%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
12 2 (0.47%) K2 blackpearl
12 2 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 117 (27.73%) MS Excel
2 69 (16.35%) MS Office
3 22 (5.21%) MS Project
4 10 (2.37%) MS Visio
4 10 (2.37%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.90%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.47%) SPSS
7 1 (0.24%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.24%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 10 (2.37%) Dynamics AX
1 10 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.66%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (1.18%) WebTrends
4 2 (0.47%) Primavera
4 2 (0.47%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.24%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 31 (7.35%) Office 365
2 30 (7.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (3.55%) PaaS
4 8 (1.90%) Azure Machine Learning
5 7 (1.66%) OneDrive
6 6 (1.42%) IaaS
7 5 (1.18%) Adobe Analytics
7 5 (1.18%) SaaS
8 4 (0.95%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
9 3 (0.71%) Boomi
9 3 (0.71%) IBM Blueworks
10 1 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 24 (5.69%) DNS
2 19 (4.50%) TCP/IP
3 18 (4.27%) DHCP
4 17 (4.03%) LAN
4 17 (4.03%) SAN
5 12 (2.84%) Remote Desktop
6 11 (2.61%) WAN
6 11 (2.61%) Wireless
7 9 (2.13%) Skype
8 7 (1.66%) NAS
8 7 (1.66%) VPN
8 7 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (1.42%) Firewall
10 5 (1.18%) Kerberos
10 5 (1.18%) LDAP
11 4 (0.95%) ADSL
11 4 (0.95%) Internet
11 4 (0.95%) PBX
12 3 (0.71%) 3G
12 3 (0.71%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (30.33%) SQL Server
2 42 (9.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 40 (9.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 33 (7.82%) SQL Server 2012
5 32 (7.58%) Power BI
6 28 (6.64%) Data Warehouse
7 25 (5.92%) SQL Server 2008
8 22 (5.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (2.84%) HDInsight
10 10 (2.37%) Microsoft Power View
11 9 (2.13%) Relational Database
12 8 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
13 7 (1.66%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (1.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (1.66%) Oracle Database
13 7 (1.66%) PowerPivot
13 7 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
14 6 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (1.42%) RDBMS
15 5 (1.18%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 16 (3.79%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (3.08%) Visual Studio
3 7 (1.66%) JIRA
4 6 (1.42%) MSTest
5 4 (0.95%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.95%) Talend Open Studio
6 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Blend
6 3 (0.71%) NUnit
6 3 (0.71%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (0.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.47%) gulp
7 2 (0.47%) Jasmine
7 2 (0.47%) Subversion
8 1 (0.24%) ChangeMan
8 1 (0.24%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.24%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.24%) JUnit
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.24%) ReSharper
8 1 (0.24%) YouTrack
General
1 53 (12.56%) Finance
2 35 (8.29%) Advertising
3 19 (4.50%) Manufacturing
4 16 (3.79%) Retail
5 12 (2.84%) Banking
6 11 (2.61%) Aerospace
6 11 (2.61%) Marketing
7 7 (1.66%) Legal
8 5 (1.18%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.95%) Avionics
9 4 (0.95%) Military
10 2 (0.47%) Publishing
11 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.24%) Games
11 1 (0.24%) Local Government
11 1 (0.24%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 100 (23.70%) Developer
2 66 (15.64%) Analyst
3 30 (7.11%) Architect
4 26 (6.16%) .NET Developer
5 25 (5.92%) Consultant
6 23 (5.45%) C# Developer
7 22 (5.21%) Administrator
7 22 (5.21%) SQL Developer
8 20 (4.74%) Support Engineer
9 19 (4.50%) Project Manager
9 19 (4.50%) Support Analyst
10 17 (4.03%) IT Support
11 14 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 13 (3.08%) Business Analyst
12 13 (3.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 13 (3.08%) Deployment Engineer
13 12 (2.84%) 2nd Line Support
14 11 (2.61%) C# .NET Developer
14 11 (2.61%) Software Developer
14 11 (2.61%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (21.09%) .NET
2 32 (7.58%) ASP.NET
3 25 (5.92%) Web Services
4 18 (4.27%) .NET Framework
5 16 (3.79%) HTML
6 15 (3.55%) jQuery
7 14 (3.32%) CSS
8 13 (3.08%) WCF
8 13 (3.08%) XML
9 12 (2.84%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (2.37%) D3.js
11 9 (2.13%) Entity Framework
11 9 (2.13%) WPF
12 8 (1.90%) AngularJS
13 7 (1.66%) SOAP
14 6 (1.42%) Ajax
14 6 (1.42%) XSLT
15 5 (1.18%) ADSI
15 5 (1.18%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 5 (1.18%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 35 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (3.32%) Data Centre
3 10 (2.37%) EPoS
4 9 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 8 (1.90%) Clustering
5 8 (1.90%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (1.42%) User Experience
7 5 (1.18%) PKI
8 4 (0.95%) Blackberry
8 4 (0.95%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.71%) Credit Risk
9 3 (0.71%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.71%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.47%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.47%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.47%) PMI
11 1 (0.24%) FMCG
11 1 (0.24%) Handset
11 1 (0.24%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 153 (36.26%) Windows
2 63 (14.93%) Windows Server
3 36 (8.53%) Windows 7
4 32 (7.58%) Windows 10
4 32 (7.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 29 (6.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (4.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 17 (4.03%) Linux
7 17 (4.03%) Windows XP
8 16 (3.79%) Unix
9 13 (3.08%) Windows 8
10 9 (2.13%) Android
10 9 (2.13%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.95%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (0.71%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.24%) AIX
13 1 (0.24%) Gentoo
13 1 (0.24%) HPUX
13 1 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.24%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (15.40%) Business Intelligence
2 57 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (13.03%) ITIL
4 41 (9.72%) Migration
4 41 (9.72%) Project Management
5 26 (6.16%) ETL
6 24 (5.69%) Analytics
7 23 (5.45%) MVC
7 23 (5.45%) Scrum
7 23 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
8 22 (5.21%) PRINCE2
9 20 (4.74%) Business Analysis
10 17 (4.03%) CRM
11 16 (3.79%) Coaching
11 16 (3.79%) Continuous Improvement
12 15 (3.55%) Automated Testing
13 14 (3.32%) Configuration Management
14 13 (3.08%) Data Migration
14 13 (3.08%) Logistics
14 13 (3.08%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 111 (26.30%) SQL
2 76 (18.01%) C#
3 32 (7.58%) JavaScript
4 30 (7.11%) PowerShell
5 28 (6.64%) T-SQL
6 18 (4.27%) VBA
7 15 (3.55%) VBScript
8 14 (3.32%) C
9 12 (2.84%) VB
9 12 (2.84%) VB.NET
10 8 (1.90%) Scala
11 7 (1.66%) Java
11 7 (1.66%) R
12 6 (1.42%) Python
13 4 (0.95%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.95%) VB6
14 3 (0.71%) C++
14 3 (0.71%) MATLAB
15 2 (0.47%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.47%) XPath
Qualifications
1 43 (10.19%) Security Cleared
2 38 (9.00%) SC Cleared
3 37 (8.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (8.53%) Degree
5 20 (4.74%) MCSE
6 12 (2.84%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (2.13%) MCITP
8 8 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (1.18%) APMP
10 5 (1.18%) DV Cleared
10 5 (1.18%) HNC
10 5 (1.18%) HND
10 5 (1.18%) MCP
11 4 (0.95%) MCSA
11 4 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.71%) CCNA
12 3 (0.71%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.71%) ISEB
13 2 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.37%) PMO
2 9 (2.13%) QA
3 7 (1.66%) ISO 9001
4 6 (1.42%) SLA
5 2 (0.47%) TickIT
6 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.24%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.24%) ISO27002
System Software
1 108 (25.59%) Active Directory
2 38 (9.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (4.03%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.66%) BitLocker
4 7 (1.66%) XenDesktop
5 6 (1.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (1.18%) vSphere
7 4 (0.95%) XenApp
8 3 (0.71%) Terminal Server
8 3 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.71%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.47%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.47%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.24%) Samba
10 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 48 (11.37%) SCCM
2 10 (2.37%) AirWatch
3 9 (2.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 6 (1.42%) SCOM
5 5 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (0.95%) XenMobile
7 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.24%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.24%) MIIS
8 1 (0.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.24%) ServiceCenter
8 1 (0.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 56 (13.27%) VMware
2 26 (6.16%) Citrix
3 22 (5.21%) Cisco
4 20 (4.74%) HP
5 18 (4.27%) Dell
6 16 (3.79%) Intel Security
6 16 (3.79%) NetApp
7 13 (3.08%) Oracle
8 12 (2.84%) SAP
9 10 (2.37%) Tableau
10 7 (1.66%) Cognos
10 7 (1.66%) Siemens
11 6 (1.42%) EMC
11 6 (1.42%) MicroStrategy
11 6 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (1.42%) Sun
11 6 (1.42%) Symantec
11 6 (1.42%) Webroot
12 5 (1.18%) Coremetrics
12 5 (1.18%) Omniture
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