The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Shropshire 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 29 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
West Midlands / Shropshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 14 41 15
Rank change year-on-year +27 -26  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 19 25 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Shropshire 10.50% 5.76% 10.05%
As % of the Vendors category 21.84% 8.17% 18.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 14
Median daily rate £350 £293 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.65% -33.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £148 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £500 £534
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 £14.40 £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 Shropshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Shropshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 87 306 105
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Shropshire 48.07% 70.51% 55.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 99 50
Median daily rate £475 £415 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.45% -7.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £370 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £34.38 - £13.06
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 Shropshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Shropshire 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 Shropshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Shropshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Shropshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Shropshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Shropshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Shropshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Shropshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Shropshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Shropshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Shropshire region over the 3 months to 29 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
Telford +29 15 £400 +36.75% 7
Shrewsbury -1 2 £275 -15.38% 3
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 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 Shropshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 21 (42.86%) Windows
2 17 (34.69%) MS Excel
3 12 (24.49%) Security Cleared
4 11 (22.45%) Active Directory
4 11 (22.45%) Migration
5 10 (20.41%) ITIL
5 10 (20.41%) MS Office
5 10 (20.41%) SC Cleared
6 9 (18.37%) PowerShell
7 7 (14.29%) Project Management
7 7 (14.29%) Service Management
7 7 (14.29%) Oracle
7 7 (14.29%) SQL
8 6 (12.24%) .NET
8 6 (12.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (12.24%) Degree
8 6 (12.24%) Windows Server
9 5 (10.20%) Windows 7
9 5 (10.20%) SCCM
9 5 (10.20%) Change Management
9 5 (10.20%) C
9 5 (10.20%) C#
9 5 (10.20%) XML
9 5 (10.20%) Cisco
9 5 (10.20%) DNS
10 4 (8.16%) Business Intelligence
10 4 (8.16%) ETL
10 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (8.16%) ISEB
10 4 (8.16%) MS Project

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Shropshire 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 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2013
1 2 (4.08%) MS Exchange
1 2 (4.08%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (34.69%) MS Excel
2 10 (20.41%) MS Office
3 4 (8.16%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (8.16%) MS Project
3 4 (8.16%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (2.04%) AutoCAD
4 1 (2.04%) MS Visio
4 1 (2.04%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 3 (6.12%) assyst
2 1 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.04%) Infor LN
2 1 (2.04%) MFGPRO
2 1 (2.04%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Office 365
2 2 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.20%) DNS
2 3 (6.12%) OSPF
2 3 (6.12%) SNMP
3 2 (4.08%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (4.08%) Kerberos
3 2 (4.08%) LDAP
3 2 (4.08%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.08%) Wireless
3 2 (4.08%) X.500
4 1 (2.04%) DHCP
4 1 (2.04%) Firewall
4 1 (2.04%) LAN
4 1 (2.04%) NAS
4 1 (2.04%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.16%) MySQL
2 3 (6.12%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (6.12%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (6.12%) SQL Server
3 2 (4.08%) MS Access
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (2.04%) Power BI
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) MSI
2 2 (4.08%) Toad
3 1 (2.04%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.04%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.04%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.04%) Maven
3 1 (2.04%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (2.04%) Subversion
3 1 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (6.12%) Advertising
2 1 (2.04%) Czech Language
2 1 (2.04%) Dutch Language
2 1 (2.04%) Finance
2 1 (2.04%) French Language
2 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (16.33%) Developer
2 6 (12.24%) Analyst
3 5 (10.20%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (8.16%) Server Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.12%) Administrator
5 3 (6.12%) Network Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Project Administrator
6 2 (4.08%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) Analyst Developer
6 2 (4.08%) Architect
6 2 (4.08%) Build Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) Data Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Data Migration Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Data Migration Developer
6 2 (4.08%) Field Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) IT Administrator
6 2 (4.08%) Migration Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) NOC Engineer
6 2 (4.08%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.24%) .NET
2 5 (10.20%) XML
3 3 (6.12%) SOAP
4 2 (4.08%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.04%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (2.04%) CSS
5 1 (2.04%) Entity Framework
5 1 (2.04%) jQuery
5 1 (2.04%) Leaflet
5 1 (2.04%) LINQ
5 1 (2.04%) Middleware
5 1 (2.04%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (2.04%) WAP
5 1 (2.04%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.12%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.12%) Driving Licence
2 3 (6.12%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.08%) PKI
3 2 (4.08%) Replication
3 2 (4.08%) Virtual Team
4 1 (2.04%) Clustering
4 1 (2.04%) CMDB
4 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.04%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 21 (42.86%) Windows
2 6 (12.24%) Windows Server
2 6 (12.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (10.20%) Windows 7
4 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (6.12%) Linux
5 3 (6.12%) Unix
6 2 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (4.08%) Windows 10
6 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
6 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.04%) AIX
7 1 (2.04%) Apple iOS
7 1 (2.04%) CentOS
7 1 (2.04%) Solaris
7 1 (2.04%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (22.45%) Migration
2 10 (20.41%) ITIL
3 7 (14.29%) Project Management
3 7 (14.29%) Service Management
4 5 (10.20%) Change Management
5 4 (8.16%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (8.16%) Customer Requirements
5 4 (8.16%) ETL
5 4 (8.16%) Project Planning
6 3 (6.12%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (6.12%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (6.12%) Service Delivery
6 3 (6.12%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (6.12%) Test Scripting
6 3 (6.12%) Time Management
7 2 (4.08%) Data Management
7 2 (4.08%) Data Migration
7 2 (4.08%) High Availability
7 2 (4.08%) MVC
7 2 (4.08%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.37%) PowerShell
2 7 (14.29%) SQL
3 5 (10.20%) C
3 5 (10.20%) C#
4 3 (6.12%) Java
5 2 (4.08%) Perl
5 2 (4.08%) Shell Script
5 2 (4.08%) VB
6 1 (2.04%) COBOL
6 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.04%) Prolog
6 1 (2.04%) Python
6 1 (2.04%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.04%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.04%) VB6
6 1 (2.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (24.49%) Security Cleared
2 10 (20.41%) SC Cleared
3 6 (12.24%) Degree
4 4 (8.16%) ISEB
4 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (6.12%) ISTQB
5 3 (6.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (4.08%) CCNA
6 2 (4.08%) CCNP
6 2 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (4.08%) MCITP
6 2 (4.08%) MCSA
6 2 (4.08%) MCTS
7 1 (2.04%) BICSI Certification
7 1 (2.04%) BICSI RCDD
7 1 (2.04%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (2.04%) MCP
7 1 (2.04%) MCSE
7 1 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.12%) PMO
1 3 (6.12%) SLA
2 2 (4.08%) Data Quality
3 1 (2.04%) JSP 440
3 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 11 (22.45%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.12%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.08%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (2.04%) BitLocker
4 1 (2.04%) Docker
4 1 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.04%) UAG
4 1 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (10.20%) SCCM
2 3 (6.12%) SCOM
3 1 (2.04%) BladeLogic
3 1 (2.04%) logstash
3 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (2.04%) Puppet
3 1 (2.04%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.04%) WSUS
Vendors
1 7 (14.29%) Oracle
2 5 (10.20%) Cisco
3 4 (8.16%) CheckPoint
4 3 (6.12%) Aruba
4 3 (6.12%) Fortinet
4 3 (6.12%) Remedy
4 3 (6.12%) Riverbed
4 3 (6.12%) VMware
5 2 (4.08%) Cognos
5 2 (4.08%) Red Hat
5 2 (4.08%) webMethods
6 1 (2.04%) BMC
6 1 (2.04%) CA
6 1 (2.04%) HP
6 1 (2.04%) IBM
6 1 (2.04%) Intel Security
6 1 (2.04%) JD Edwards
6 1 (2.04%) MobileIron
6 1 (2.04%) Niku
6 1 (2.04%) SAP