The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Stafford 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
Staffordshire / Stafford
Rank 5 3 9
Rank change year-on-year -2 +6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stafford 20.00% 17.65% 4.00%
As % of the Vendors category 33.33% 100.00% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Median daily rate £325 £135 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +140.74% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £15.00 -
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 Stafford.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Stafford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 6 3 14
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stafford 60.00% 17.65% 56.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 3
Median daily rate £370 £135 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +174.07% -68.23%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £357 £135 £373
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £135 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £15.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -31.81%  
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 Stafford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Stafford 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 Stafford

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Stafford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Stafford

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Stafford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Stafford

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Stafford

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 Stafford region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 2 (66.67%) MS Project
2 1 (33.33%) MS Office
2 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (33.33%) ETL
2 1 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (33.33%) Pascal
2 1 (33.33%) VxWorks
2 1 (33.33%) Project Management
2 1 (33.33%) C
2 1 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (33.33%) C++
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) T-SQL
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (33.33%) OLAP
2 1 (33.33%) Risk Management
2 1 (33.33%) Advertising
2 1 (33.33%) Device Driver
2 1 (33.33%) Scrum
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (33.33%) Project Planning
2 1 (33.33%) MDX
2 1 (33.33%) JIRA
2 1 (33.33%) Resource Management
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (33.33%) Time Management
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (33.33%) Customer Engagement

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Stafford 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 1 (33.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (66.67%) MS Project
2 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (33.33%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) OLAP
1 1 (33.33%) OLAP Cube
1 1 (33.33%) Power BI
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2016
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) JIRA
General
1 1 (33.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Embedded Developer
2 1 (33.33%) ETL Developer
2 1 (33.33%) SQL BI Developer
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Developer
2 1 (33.33%) SSAS Developer
2 1 (33.33%) SSIS Developer
2 1 (33.33%) SSRS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Customer Engagement
1 1 (33.33%) Device Driver Development
1 1 (33.33%) Embedded Software Development
1 1 (33.33%) ETL
1 1 (33.33%) Project Management
1 1 (33.33%) Project Planning
1 1 (33.33%) Resource Management
1 1 (33.33%) Risk Management
1 1 (33.33%) Scrum
1 1 (33.33%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) C++
1 1 (33.33%) Pascal
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
1 1 (33.33%) T-SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) PMO