Period
to 21 November 2017

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the 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 6 months to 21 November 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 > Midlands
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 5 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1068 1400 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 12.99% 14.39% 12.87%
As % of the Vendors category 29.30% 30.53% 29.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 666 869 637
Midlands median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £163 £197 £148
90th Percentile £525 £538 £500
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 99 132
Midlands median hourly rate £14.20 £12.50 £14.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.60% -13.49% +4.73%
10th Percentile £9.75 £8.94 £10.11
90th Percentile £40.85 £19.24 £33.55
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in the Midlands.

All Vendors
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 3645 4586 3654
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 44.33% 47.14% 43.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2214 2588 1875
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £219
90th Percentile £560 £558 £538
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 171 251
Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% -6.67% -5.36%
10th Percentile £10.02 £10.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £33.75 £33.25
England median hourly rate £17.25 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.47% -2.86% +6.06%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the Midlands over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the Midlands over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the 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 Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands 0 667 £383 +2.00% 145
East Midlands 0 395 £328 -9.66% 103
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 341 (31.93%) Windows
2 245 (22.94%) Microsoft Office
3 238 (22.28%) Active Directory
4 216 (20.22%) SQL Server
5 209 (19.57%) SQL
6 186 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
7 171 (16.01%) .NET
8 160 (14.98%) Finance
9 155 (14.51%) Microsoft Azure
10 147 (13.76%) ITIL
11 138 (12.92%) Migration
12 134 (12.55%) Office 365
13 126 (11.80%) VMware
13 126 (11.80%) Windows Server
14 123 (11.52%) C#
15 112 (10.49%) Project Management
16 110 (10.30%) SharePoint
17 102 (9.55%) PowerShell
18 101 (9.46%) CRM
18 101 (9.46%) Microsoft Excel
19 98 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
20 91 (8.52%) SCCM
21 87 (8.15%) Windows 7
22 84 (7.87%) MS Exchange
22 84 (7.87%) JavaScript
23 82 (7.68%) Dynamics CRM
24 81 (7.58%) Cisco
25 76 (7.12%) Microsoft Certification
26 74 (6.93%) MVC
27 71 (6.65%) Degree

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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
1 110 (10.30%) SharePoint
2 84 (7.87%) MS Exchange
3 41 (3.84%) Skype for Business
4 28 (2.62%) IIS
5 23 (2.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 16 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 13 (1.22%) SharePoint 2010
8 12 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (1.03%) CMS
10 10 (0.94%) Confluence
10 10 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (0.66%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.56%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.47%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.37%) SAS
Applications
1 245 (22.94%) Microsoft Office
2 101 (9.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (4.78%) Microsoft Project
4 36 (3.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 17 (1.59%) MS Visio
6 12 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.66%) OmniGraffle
8 6 (0.56%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.37%) Acrobat
9 4 (0.37%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.37%) RoboHelp
9 4 (0.37%) Snagit
10 3 (0.28%) Simulink
11 2 (0.19%) SPSS
12 1 (0.094%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.094%) Camtasia
12 1 (0.094%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 82 (7.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (3.37%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.75%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.28%) Cognos TM1
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.19%) iTrent
5 2 (0.19%) Magento
5 2 (0.19%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.19%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.094%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle iProcurement
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.094%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.094%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 155 (14.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 134 (12.55%) Office 365
3 43 (4.03%) Dynamics 365
4 31 (2.90%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (2.90%) IaaS
5 30 (2.81%) PaaS
6 23 (2.15%) SaaS
7 11 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (0.66%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 6 (0.56%) G Suite
10 4 (0.37%) OneDrive
11 3 (0.28%) Akamai
11 3 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.28%) GitHub
12 2 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.19%) Dropbox
12 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.19%) iPaaS
12 2 (0.19%) Route 53
12 2 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 59 (5.52%) DNS
1 59 (5.52%) TCP/IP
2 37 (3.46%) Firewall
2 37 (3.46%) SAN
3 36 (3.37%) Internet
3 36 (3.37%) LDAP
4 34 (3.18%) LAN
5 32 (3.00%) WAN
6 28 (2.62%) Skype
7 23 (2.15%) IPsec
7 23 (2.15%) Unified Communications
8 20 (1.87%) Kerberos
8 20 (1.87%) Wireless
9 18 (1.69%) DHCP
10 17 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
11 15 (1.40%) Network Security
11 15 (1.40%) VoIP
11 15 (1.40%) VPN
12 13 (1.22%) VLAN
13 12 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 216 (20.22%) SQL Server
2 68 (6.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 54 (5.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 34 (3.18%) Data Warehouse
5 33 (3.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 32 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
7 24 (2.25%) Power BI
8 22 (2.06%) SQL Server 2014
9 21 (1.97%) Relational Database
10 19 (1.78%) SQL Server 2008
11 15 (1.40%) NoSQL
12 14 (1.31%) RDBMS
12 14 (1.31%) SQL Server 2016
13 11 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
14 10 (0.94%) MySQL
14 10 (0.94%) PowerPivot
15 8 (0.75%) Azure SQL Database
15 8 (0.75%) OLAP
16 7 (0.66%) Big Data
16 7 (0.66%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 33 (3.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 32 (3.00%) Git (software)
3 23 (2.15%) MSI
4 22 (2.06%) JIRA
5 16 (1.50%) Visual Studio
6 11 (1.03%) Jenkins
6 11 (1.03%) TeamCity
7 10 (0.94%) Subversion
7 10 (0.94%) Visual Studio Team System
8 9 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.66%) Axure RP
10 6 (0.56%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.47%) NuGet
11 5 (0.47%) Selenium
12 4 (0.37%) AccuRev
12 4 (0.37%) Bitbucket
12 4 (0.37%) ReSharper
12 4 (0.37%) Vagrant
13 3 (0.28%) JMeter
14 2 (0.19%) SpecFlow
General
1 160 (14.98%) Finance
2 43 (4.03%) Automotive
3 37 (3.46%) Manufacturing
4 32 (3.00%) Retail
5 31 (2.90%) Advertising
6 20 (1.87%) Banking
7 13 (1.22%) Legal
8 11 (1.03%) Telecoms
9 10 (0.94%) Marketing
10 7 (0.66%) Aerospace
10 7 (0.66%) Games
10 7 (0.66%) General Ledger
11 6 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.47%) Back Office
13 4 (0.37%) Electronics
13 4 (0.37%) Publishing
14 3 (0.28%) Billing
14 3 (0.28%) Military
15 2 (0.19%) Avionics
16 1 (0.094%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 192 (17.98%) Analyst
2 180 (16.85%) Developer
3 81 (7.58%) Consultant
4 77 (7.21%) Project Manager
5 62 (5.81%) Architect
6 58 (5.43%) Service Analyst
7 57 (5.34%) Support Engineer
8 46 (4.31%) Service Desk Analyst
9 45 (4.21%) .NET Developer
10 42 (3.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 40 (3.75%) Business Analyst
12 38 (3.56%) C# Developer
13 34 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support
14 33 (3.09%) Administrator
15 31 (2.90%) Desktop Support
16 29 (2.72%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 28 (2.62%) IT Support
18 27 (2.53%) Senior Developer
19 26 (2.43%) C# .NET Developer
20 25 (2.34%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (16.01%) .NET
2 63 (5.90%) ASP.NET
3 62 (5.81%) CSS
4 61 (5.71%) HTML
5 38 (3.56%) .NET Framework
5 38 (3.56%) ASP.NET MVC
6 36 (3.37%) Web Services
7 27 (2.53%) jQuery
8 21 (1.97%) AngularJS
8 21 (1.97%) Entity Framework
9 20 (1.87%) ASP.NET Web API
9 20 (1.87%) WSH
10 17 (1.59%) RESTful
11 15 (1.40%) WCF
11 15 (1.40%) XML
12 13 (1.22%) REST
13 12 (1.12%) HTML5
13 12 (1.12%) KnockoutJS
14 9 (0.84%) Node.js
14 9 (0.84%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 98 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (5.99%) Data Centre
3 42 (3.93%) Management Information System
4 28 (2.62%) PKI
5 22 (2.06%) Fat Client
5 22 (2.06%) Thin Client
6 21 (1.97%) Blackberry
6 21 (1.97%) Computer Science
6 21 (1.97%) User Experience
7 14 (1.31%) Driving Licence
8 13 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
8 13 (1.22%) NHS
9 12 (1.12%) Clustering
10 11 (1.03%) Mobile App
11 10 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
13 6 (0.56%) FMCG
13 6 (0.56%) Wiki
14 5 (0.47%) Data Protection Act
14 5 (0.47%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 341 (31.93%) Windows
2 126 (11.80%) Windows Server
3 87 (8.15%) Windows 7
4 71 (6.65%) Windows 10
5 58 (5.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 56 (5.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (3.56%) Linux
8 32 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 27 (2.53%) Unix
10 19 (1.78%) Windows 8
11 17 (1.59%) Windows XP
12 12 (1.12%) Android
13 9 (0.84%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.37%) AIX
14 4 (0.37%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.19%) Solaris
15 2 (0.19%) VMS
16 1 (0.094%) HPUX
16 1 (0.094%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.094%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (17.42%) Agile Software Development
2 147 (13.76%) ITIL
3 138 (12.92%) Migration
4 112 (10.49%) Project Management
5 101 (9.46%) CRM
6 74 (6.93%) MVC
7 70 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
8 64 (5.99%) PRINCE2
9 62 (5.81%) Service Management
9 62 (5.81%) Stakeholder Management
10 54 (5.06%) Scrum
11 46 (4.31%) ERP
12 43 (4.03%) Change Management
12 43 (4.03%) ETL
12 43 (4.03%) Incident Management
13 36 (3.37%) DevOps
13 36 (3.37%) Disaster Recovery
13 36 (3.37%) Release Management
14 34 (3.18%) SDLC
15 33 (3.09%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 209 (19.57%) SQL
2 123 (11.52%) C#
3 102 (9.55%) PowerShell
4 84 (7.87%) JavaScript
5 39 (3.65%) T-SQL
6 26 (2.43%) VBScript
7 21 (1.97%) Python
8 17 (1.59%) VB.NET
9 15 (1.40%) C
9 15 (1.40%) Java
10 14 (1.31%) Ruby
10 14 (1.31%) VBA
11 11 (1.03%) TypeScript
12 9 (0.84%) Perl
13 8 (0.75%) C++
14 6 (0.56%) MATLAB
14 6 (0.56%) PHP
14 6 (0.56%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.56%) R
14 6 (0.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 76 (7.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 71 (6.65%) Degree
3 55 (5.15%) Security Cleared
4 39 (3.65%) SC Cleared
5 38 (3.56%) Cisco Certification
6 37 (3.46%) MCSE
7 24 (2.25%) CCNA
8 19 (1.78%) ITIL Certification
8 19 (1.78%) MCSA
9 16 (1.50%) MCP
9 16 (1.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 15 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 12 (1.12%) CCIE
11 12 (1.12%) ISEB
12 10 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
12 10 (0.94%) MCTS
12 10 (0.94%) PMI Certification
12 10 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 9 (0.84%) CCNP
14 8 (0.75%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.46%) SLA
2 30 (2.81%) QA
3 23 (2.15%) PMO
4 16 (1.50%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.66%) COBIT
6 6 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.37%) HIPAA
9 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (0.28%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
10 2 (0.19%) GDPR
10 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.19%) MIL-STD-1553
11 1 (0.094%) GCP
11 1 (0.094%) IEC 62304
11 1 (0.094%) ISO 13485
11 1 (0.094%) MISRA
11 1 (0.094%) P3O
System Software
1 238 (22.28%) Active Directory
2 68 (6.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (4.49%) Hyper-V
4 43 (4.03%) Microsoft App-V
5 14 (1.31%) Terminal Services
6 13 (1.22%) vSphere
6 13 (1.22%) XenApp
7 11 (1.03%) Docker
8 10 (0.94%) VMware Workstation
9 8 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (0.56%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.47%) VirtualBox
13 4 (0.37%) Firmware
14 3 (0.28%) BitLocker
15 2 (0.19%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.094%) ISA Server
16 1 (0.094%) RACF
Systems Management
1 91 (8.52%) SCCM
2 22 (2.06%) WSUS
3 20 (1.87%) WMI
4 16 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
4 16 (1.50%) SCOM
5 15 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (1.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 11 (1.03%) Ansible
8 10 (0.94%) SafeCom
9 9 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (0.84%) SCOrch
10 8 (0.75%) Backup Exec
11 7 (0.66%) Puppet
12 5 (0.47%) AirWatch
13 4 (0.37%) Cisco Prime
13 4 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
13 4 (0.37%) Kubernetes
13 4 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
14 3 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
14 3 (0.28%) Nagios
Vendors
1 126 (11.80%) VMware
2 81 (7.58%) Cisco
3 60 (5.62%) Oracle
4 59 (5.52%) Citrix
5 46 (4.31%) HP
6 38 (3.56%) SAP
7 32 (3.00%) NetApp
8 28 (2.62%) IBM
9 24 (2.25%) Tableau
10 22 (2.06%) Symantec
11 19 (1.78%) McAfee
12 17 (1.59%) Dell
13 14 (1.31%) Adobe
14 13 (1.22%) Google
15 11 (1.03%) Cognos
16 10 (0.94%) CheckPoint
16 10 (0.94%) Wyse
17 9 (0.84%) Apple
17 9 (0.84%) Avaya
18 8 (0.75%) EMC