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 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 12 8 7
Rank change year-on-year -4 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 6 23 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 5.94% 12.17% 12.21%
As % of the Vendors category 12.24% 19.83% 21.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 20 10
Median daily rate £300 £475 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.84% +35.71%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

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 Midlands.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 49 116 96
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 48.51% 61.38% 55.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 67 42
Median daily rate £400 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.78% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £338 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £361
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

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 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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 14 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (44.00%) Internet
3 9 (36.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (36.00%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (32.00%) Waterfall
4 8 (32.00%) Windows
5 7 (28.00%) ISEB
6 6 (24.00%) V-Model
6 6 (24.00%) ISTQB
6 6 (24.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (20.00%) Ruby
7 5 (20.00%) NoSQL
7 5 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
7 5 (20.00%) SQL
7 5 (20.00%) MySQL
7 5 (20.00%) SQL Server
8 4 (16.00%) Web Services
8 4 (16.00%) Migration
9 3 (12.00%) Finance
9 3 (12.00%) Configuration Management
9 3 (12.00%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (12.00%) C#
9 3 (12.00%) HTML
9 3 (12.00%) Java
9 3 (12.00%) Linux
9 3 (12.00%) CSS
9 3 (12.00%) DNS
9 3 (12.00%) Scala
9 3 (12.00%) Open Source
9 3 (12.00%) HTML5

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 3 (12.00%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (4.00%) CICS
2 1 (4.00%) SAS
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) InfoPath
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (4.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (36.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (4.00%) Office 365
3 1 (4.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (44.00%) Internet
2 3 (12.00%) DNS
3 2 (8.00%) HTTP
3 2 (8.00%) SMTP
3 2 (8.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (4.00%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.00%) MySQL
1 5 (20.00%) NoSQL
1 5 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (12.00%) Apache Cassandra
2 3 (12.00%) MongoDB
2 3 (12.00%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (8.00%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (4.00%) DataStage
4 1 (4.00%) DB2
4 1 (4.00%) GIS
4 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (4.00%) Pentaho
4 1 (4.00%) Power BI
4 1 (4.00%) SAS EBI
4 1 (4.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 1 (4.00%) SAS Enterprise Miner
4 1 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) ChangeMan
1 1 (4.00%) SoapUI
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (36.00%) Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Consultant
2 6 (24.00%) Test Analyst
3 5 (20.00%) Developer
4 3 (12.00%) Architect
4 3 (12.00%) BizTalk Consultant
4 3 (12.00%) IT Consultant
4 3 (12.00%) Project Manager
5 2 (8.00%) AWS Developer
5 2 (8.00%) Business Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Business Consultant
5 2 (8.00%) Business IT Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Designer
5 2 (8.00%) Digital Architect
5 2 (8.00%) ERP Consultant
5 2 (8.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) IT Business Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Lead Architect
5 2 (8.00%) Lead Developer
5 2 (8.00%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.00%) Web Services
2 3 (12.00%) Ajax
2 3 (12.00%) CSS
2 3 (12.00%) CSS3
2 3 (12.00%) Django
2 3 (12.00%) HTML
2 3 (12.00%) HTML5
2 3 (12.00%) JSON
2 3 (12.00%) Play Framework
2 3 (12.00%) REST
2 3 (12.00%) Ruby on Rails
3 2 (8.00%) .NET
3 2 (8.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (8.00%) Hybrid Cloud
2 2 (8.00%) Public Cloud
2 2 (8.00%) User Experience
3 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.00%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (4.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (4.00%) PMI
3 1 (4.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 8 (32.00%) Windows
2 3 (12.00%) Linux
3 2 (8.00%) Unix
4 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
4 1 (4.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (36.00%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (32.00%) Waterfall
4 6 (24.00%) V-Model
5 4 (16.00%) Migration
6 3 (12.00%) Configuration Management
6 3 (12.00%) Open Source
7 2 (8.00%) API Design
7 2 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (8.00%) Customer Requirements
7 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (8.00%) ERP
7 2 (8.00%) ETL
7 2 (8.00%) High Availability
7 2 (8.00%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 2 (8.00%) Load Balancing
7 2 (8.00%) Performance Tuning
7 2 (8.00%) Requirements Analysis
7 2 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (4.00%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.00%) Ruby
1 5 (20.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) C#
2 3 (12.00%) Java
2 3 (12.00%) Scala
3 2 (8.00%) Perl
3 2 (8.00%) PHP
3 2 (8.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) COBOL
4 1 (4.00%) R
4 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (28.00%) ISEB
2 6 (24.00%) ISTQB
2 6 (24.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (8.00%) AWS Certification
3 2 (8.00%) MCITP
3 2 (8.00%) MCP
3 2 (8.00%) MCTS
3 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (4.00%) Degree
4 1 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (4.00%) PMI Certification
4 1 (4.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) Ansible
1 2 (8.00%) Kubernetes
1 2 (8.00%) Mesos
1 2 (8.00%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 2 (8.00%) Oracle
1 2 (8.00%) SAP
2 1 (4.00%) Dell
2 1 (4.00%) IBM
2 1 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (4.00%) TIBCO