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 3 months to 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / Midlands
Rank 6 15 14
Rank change year-on-year +9 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 19 16 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 16.38% 7.66% 7.89%
As % of the Vendors category 26.76% 15.84% 12.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 9
Median daily rate £350 £374 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.35% +24.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £250 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £490 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 Midlands.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 71 101 100
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 61.21% 48.33% 65.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 37 37
Median daily rate £400 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £650 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -12.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the 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 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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the Midlands

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 16 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (28.13%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (25.00%) MongoDB
4 8 (25.00%) Apache Cassandra
4 8 (25.00%) NoSQL
4 8 (25.00%) C#
4 8 (25.00%) Web Services
4 8 (25.00%) Windows
4 8 (25.00%) JSON
5 7 (21.88%) Ruby
5 7 (21.88%) Ajax
5 7 (21.88%) Ruby on Rails
5 7 (21.88%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (21.88%) CSS
5 7 (21.88%) HTML
5 7 (21.88%) MySQL
5 7 (21.88%) Internet
5 7 (21.88%) HTML5
5 7 (21.88%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (21.88%) Scala
5 7 (21.88%) Django
5 7 (21.88%) Play Framework
5 7 (21.88%) REST
5 7 (21.88%) CSS3
6 6 (18.75%) Waterfall
6 6 (18.75%) SQL Server
6 6 (18.75%) MS Excel
6 6 (18.75%) Finance
7 5 (15.63%) ETL

Microsoft
Top Related 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 5 (15.63%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (6.25%) MQSeries
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (6.25%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.13%) Apache Spark
3 1 (3.13%) CICS
3 1 (3.13%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (18.75%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.13%) MS Office
2 1 (3.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (9.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (21.88%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (6.25%) PaaS
4 1 (3.13%) IaaS
4 1 (3.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.88%) Internet
2 2 (6.25%) Cisco ASA
2 2 (6.25%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 2 (6.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 2 (6.25%) Firewall
2 2 (6.25%) VPN
2 2 (6.25%) WLAN
3 1 (3.13%) DHCP
3 1 (3.13%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (25.00%) Apache Cassandra
1 8 (25.00%) MongoDB
1 8 (25.00%) NoSQL
2 7 (21.88%) MySQL
2 7 (21.88%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (18.75%) SQL Server
4 4 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (9.38%) DB2
5 3 (9.38%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (9.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (3.13%) DataStage
7 1 (3.13%) GIS
7 1 (3.13%) Hadoop
7 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (3.13%) Pentaho
7 1 (3.13%) SAS Enterprise Guide
7 1 (3.13%) SAS Enterprise Miner
7 1 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MSBuild
1 2 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.13%) ChangeMan
2 1 (3.13%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 6 (18.75%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (28.13%) Analyst
1 9 (28.13%) Architect
2 6 (18.75%) Consultant
2 6 (18.75%) Developer
3 4 (12.50%) C# Architect
3 4 (12.50%) Lead Architect
3 4 (12.50%) Lead Developer
3 4 (12.50%) Test Analyst
4 3 (9.38%) .NET Architect
4 3 (9.38%) BizTalk Consultant
4 3 (9.38%) C# Developer
4 3 (9.38%) IT Consultant
4 3 (9.38%) Lead C# Developer
5 2 (6.25%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Business IT Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) ERP Consultant
5 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Project Manager
5 2 (6.25%) Security Architect
5 2 (6.25%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.00%) JSON
1 8 (25.00%) Web Services
2 7 (21.88%) Ajax
2 7 (21.88%) CSS
2 7 (21.88%) CSS3
2 7 (21.88%) Django
2 7 (21.88%) HTML
2 7 (21.88%) HTML5
2 7 (21.88%) Play Framework
2 7 (21.88%) REST
2 7 (21.88%) Ruby on Rails
3 5 (15.63%) .NET
4 2 (6.25%) MSMQ
4 2 (6.25%) SAML
4 2 (6.25%) WCF
5 1 (3.13%) COM
5 1 (3.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.25%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.25%) PKI
2 2 (6.25%) Security Operations Centre
2 2 (6.25%) User Experience
2 2 (6.25%) Virtual Team
3 1 (3.13%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (3.13%) Mainframe
3 1 (3.13%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.00%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (28.13%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (18.75%) Waterfall
4 5 (15.63%) Configuration Management
4 5 (15.63%) ETL
4 5 (15.63%) Open Source
5 4 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
5 4 (12.50%) SIEM
5 4 (12.50%) V-Model
6 3 (9.38%) Analytics
6 3 (9.38%) CRM
6 3 (9.38%) Project Management
7 2 (6.25%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (6.25%) ERP
7 2 (6.25%) Incident Management
7 2 (6.25%) Information Security
7 2 (6.25%) Migration
7 2 (6.25%) Requirements Analysis
7 2 (6.25%) SOA
7 2 (6.25%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 8 (25.00%) C#
2 7 (21.88%) Ruby
2 7 (21.88%) Scala
3 3 (9.38%) SQL
4 2 (6.25%) R
5 1 (3.13%) C
5 1 (3.13%) COBOL
5 1 (3.13%) Java
5 1 (3.13%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.13%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) ISEB
1 4 (12.50%) ISTQB
1 4 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (6.25%) CISSP
2 2 (6.25%) MCITP
2 2 (6.25%) MCP
2 2 (6.25%) MCTS
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (6.25%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.13%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.25%) Hyper-V
1 2 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 2 (6.25%) Nessus
1 2 (6.25%) Norton AntiVirus
1 2 (6.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 2 (6.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (15.63%) Oracle
1 5 (15.63%) SAP
2 4 (12.50%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (12.50%) Splunk
3 2 (6.25%) CheckPoint
3 2 (6.25%) Cisco
3 2 (6.25%) F5
3 2 (6.25%) PeopleSoft
3 2 (6.25%) ScanSafe
3 2 (6.25%) Sourcefire
3 2 (6.25%) Symantec
3 2 (6.25%) VMware
4 1 (3.13%) Dell
4 1 (3.13%) IBM
4 1 (3.13%) Infor
4 1 (3.13%) MuleSoft
4 1 (3.13%) Tableau
4 1 (3.13%) Talend
4 1 (3.13%) TIBCO