The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Solihull 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 30 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 / Solihull
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 12 9
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11 12 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Solihull 9.82% 9.84% 9.59%
As % of the Vendors category 21.57% 19.67% 25.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 3
Median daily rate £344 £325 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% +75.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £240 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £405 £197
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -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 vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Solihull.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Solihull
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 51 61 27
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Solihull 45.54% 50.00% 36.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 24 7
Median daily rate £300 £400 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +53.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £130 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £520 £363
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £13.87 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -53.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +10.29%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Solihull

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Solihull 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 Solihull

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Solihull

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Solihull

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Solihull

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Solihull

For the 6 months to 30 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 Solihull region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 22 (52.38%) .NET
2 18 (42.86%) C#
2 18 (42.86%) Visual Studio
2 18 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (38.10%) MVC
3 16 (38.10%) KnockoutJS
4 15 (35.71%) jQuery
4 15 (35.71%) PowerShell
4 15 (35.71%) Telecoms
4 15 (35.71%) CSS
4 15 (35.71%) HTML
4 15 (35.71%) SQL
5 14 (33.33%) XML
6 13 (30.95%) SOAP
6 13 (30.95%) SQL Server
6 13 (30.95%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (30.95%) Team Foundation Server
7 12 (28.57%) WCF
8 11 (26.19%) NServiceBus
8 11 (26.19%) StructureMap
8 11 (26.19%) MS Excel
8 11 (26.19%) Broadband
8 11 (26.19%) Software Engineering
9 10 (23.81%) MS Office
9 10 (23.81%) Security Cleared
10 8 (19.05%) SharePoint
11 7 (16.67%) Finance
12 6 (14.29%) Active Directory
12 6 (14.29%) Windows
13 5 (11.90%) SLA

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Solihull 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 11 (26.19%) NServiceBus
2 8 (19.05%) SharePoint
3 2 (4.76%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.38%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 11 (26.19%) MS Excel
2 10 (23.81%) MS Office
3 3 (7.14%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (7.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.38%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (26.19%) Broadband
2 1 (2.38%) DHCP
2 1 (2.38%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (30.95%) SQL Server
1 13 (30.95%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (42.86%) Visual Studio
2 13 (30.95%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 15 (35.71%) Telecoms
2 7 (16.67%) Finance
3 3 (7.14%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 10 (23.81%) C# Software Engineer
1 10 (23.81%) Software Engineer
2 8 (19.05%) Developer
3 7 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 7 (16.67%) .NET Software Engineer
4 5 (11.90%) Analyst
4 5 (11.90%) C# Developer
4 5 (11.90%) Project Manager
5 4 (9.52%) C# .NET Developer
5 4 (9.52%) Software Developer
6 3 (7.14%) .NET Software Developer
6 3 (7.14%) Administrator
6 3 (7.14%) Architect
6 3 (7.14%) C# Software Developer
6 3 (7.14%) Coordinator
6 3 (7.14%) Project Administrator
6 3 (7.14%) Project Coordinator
6 3 (7.14%) Project Support Administrator
6 3 (7.14%) Project Support Coordinator
6 3 (7.14%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (52.38%) .NET
2 16 (38.10%) KnockoutJS
3 15 (35.71%) CSS
3 15 (35.71%) HTML
3 15 (35.71%) jQuery
4 14 (33.33%) XML
5 13 (30.95%) SOAP
6 12 (28.57%) WCF
7 11 (26.19%) StructureMap
8 3 (7.14%) Silverlight
8 3 (7.14%) WPF
9 1 (2.38%) .NET Framework
9 1 (2.38%) AngularJS
9 1 (2.38%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (2.38%) Breeze.js
9 1 (2.38%) Durandal
9 1 (2.38%) Entity Framework
9 1 (2.38%) NHibernate
9 1 (2.38%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.29%) Windows
2 4 (9.52%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.38%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.38%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (38.10%) MVC
3 11 (26.19%) Software Engineering
4 3 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (7.14%) Dependency Injection
4 3 (7.14%) Domain-Driven Design
4 3 (7.14%) ETL
4 3 (7.14%) Migration
4 3 (7.14%) MVVM
4 3 (7.14%) OOP
4 3 (7.14%) Project Management
4 3 (7.14%) SOA
4 3 (7.14%) SOLID
4 3 (7.14%) TDD
5 2 (4.76%) Analytics
5 2 (4.76%) Customer Segmentation
5 2 (4.76%) E-Commerce
5 2 (4.76%) Network Management
5 2 (4.76%) Performance Monitoring
5 2 (4.76%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 18 (42.86%) C#
2 15 (35.71%) PowerShell
2 15 (35.71%) SQL
3 3 (7.14%) VB.NET
3 3 (7.14%) XAML
4 1 (2.38%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.38%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (23.81%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.76%) Degree
2 2 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.90%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (9.52%) Capita
2 2 (4.76%) Tealium
3 1 (2.38%) Dell
3 1 (2.38%) SAP
3 1 (2.38%) VMware