Period
to 20 August 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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 6 months to 20 August 2018 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 > Staffordshire
6 months to
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 2 1
Rank change year-on-year -8 -1 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 32 48 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 11.51% 20.96% 22.72%
As % of the Vendors category 32.32% 55.17% 62.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 31 51
Staffordshire median daily rate £365 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.31% - -18.75%
10th Percentile £259 £185 £120
90th Percentile £406 £475 £488
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
Staffordshire median hourly rate £15.15 £14.20 £10.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.69% +29.62% -25.48%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.00 £9.35
90th Percentile £19.33 £16.39 £14.30
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £12.75
% change year-on-year +10.34% +13.73% -22.73%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Staffordshire.

All Vendors
Staffordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 99 87 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 35.61% 37.99% 36.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 61 78
Staffordshire median daily rate £373 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.43% +2.87% -10.17%
10th Percentile £217 £200 £168
90th Percentile £476 £463 £504
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 9
Staffordshire median hourly rate £18.52 £14.35 £15.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.06% -5.62% -7.85%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.00 £10.15
90th Percentile £21.50 £21.45 £46.70
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £13.68
% change year-on-year - +13.30% -17.09%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 20 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Staffordshire region over the 6 months to 20 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stoke-on-Trent -10 12 £318 -2.31% 7
Tamworth - 4 £370 - 2
Burton-upon-Trent -3 3 £315 - 2
Stafford -8 1 - - 4
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Staffordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 16 (50.00%) Windows
2 9 (28.13%) Active Directory
2 9 (28.13%) Finance
2 9 (28.13%) VMware
3 8 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 6 (18.75%) Hyper-V
4 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (18.75%) DHCP
4 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (15.63%) SQL Server
5 5 (15.63%) C#
5 5 (15.63%) .NET
5 5 (15.63%) Retail
5 5 (15.63%) Office 365
5 5 (15.63%) IaaS
5 5 (15.63%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (12.50%) vCenter Server
6 4 (12.50%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (12.50%) Angular 2
6 4 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (12.50%) AngularJS
6 4 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (12.50%) Dapper ORM
6 4 (12.50%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (12.50%) Entity Framework
6 4 (12.50%) WiX
6 4 (12.50%) WCF
6 4 (12.50%) WPF
6 4 (12.50%) PaaS
6 4 (12.50%) NHibernate

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 (3.13%) Confluence
1 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (3.13%) MS Exchange
1 1 (3.13%) SAS
1 1 (3.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (6.25%) OpenText VIM for SAP
Cloud Services
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (15.63%) IaaS
2 5 (15.63%) Office 365
3 4 (12.50%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (18.75%) DHCP
2 4 (12.50%) Firewall
3 3 (9.38%) DNS
4 2 (6.25%) LAN
4 2 (6.25%) MPLS
5 1 (3.13%) Kerberos
5 1 (3.13%) NAS
5 1 (3.13%) Profibus
5 1 (3.13%) SAN
5 1 (3.13%) SNMP
5 1 (3.13%) TCP/IP
5 1 (3.13%) VLAN
5 1 (3.13%) WAN
5 1 (3.13%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (15.63%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.38%) Relational Database
3 2 (6.25%) MS Access
4 1 (3.13%) Power BI
4 1 (3.13%) Qlik Sense
4 1 (3.13%) RDBMS
4 1 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (12.50%) MSI
1 4 (12.50%) WiX
2 1 (3.13%) JIRA
General
1 9 (28.13%) Finance
2 5 (15.63%) Retail
3 2 (6.25%) Law
4 1 (3.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (25.00%) Analyst
1 8 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 5 (15.63%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 5 (15.63%) Developer
2 5 (15.63%) Windows Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
3 4 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 4 (12.50%) Project Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) UI Developer
3 4 (12.50%) Wintel Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Support
4 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Support Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Business Analyst
4 3 (9.38%) VMware Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Windows Support Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior VMware Architect
5 2 (6.25%) Senior VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) .NET
2 4 (12.50%) .NET Framework
2 4 (12.50%) Angular 2
2 4 (12.50%) AngularJS
2 4 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
2 4 (12.50%) CSS
2 4 (12.50%) Dapper ORM
2 4 (12.50%) Entity Framework
2 4 (12.50%) HTML
2 4 (12.50%) MFC
2 4 (12.50%) NHibernate
2 4 (12.50%) WCF
2 4 (12.50%) Web Services
2 4 (12.50%) WPF
3 1 (3.13%) COM
3 1 (3.13%) JSON
3 1 (3.13%) LDAP
3 1 (3.13%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (12.50%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (9.38%) FMCG
4 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.13%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.13%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 16 (50.00%) Windows
2 8 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 4 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (6.25%) Windows 10
4 2 (6.25%) Windows XP
5 1 (3.13%) VxWorks
5 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (9.38%) ITIL
1 3 (9.38%) Migration
1 3 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
1 3 (9.38%) Project Management
1 3 (9.38%) Re-Platforming
1 3 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (6.25%) Customer Requirements
2 2 (6.25%) Decision-Making
2 2 (6.25%) ERP
2 2 (6.25%) Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (6.25%) Risk Management
2 2 (6.25%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (6.25%) SDLC
2 2 (6.25%) Software Delivery
2 2 (6.25%) Software Engineering
2 2 (6.25%) Time Management
2 2 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (3.13%) Dashboard Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.63%) C#
2 4 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 4 (12.50%) SQL
3 1 (3.13%) C
3 1 (3.13%) C++
3 1 (3.13%) Java
3 1 (3.13%) Pascal
3 1 (3.13%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.13%) R
3 1 (3.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.13%) CISM
2 1 (3.13%) CISMP
2 1 (3.13%) CISSP
2 1 (3.13%) Degree
2 1 (3.13%) ISEB
2 1 (3.13%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (3.13%) MCITP
2 1 (3.13%) MCSE
2 1 (3.13%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.13%) GDPR
2 1 (3.13%) IEC 61508
2 1 (3.13%) IEC 62304
2 1 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 9 (28.13%) Active Directory
2 6 (18.75%) Hyper-V
3 4 (12.50%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (12.50%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (6.25%) BitLocker
5 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (12.50%) SCCM
1 4 (12.50%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 9 (28.13%) VMware
2 2 (6.25%) Apple
2 2 (6.25%) Avaya
2 2 (6.25%) HP
2 2 (6.25%) SAP
3 1 (3.13%) Cisco
3 1 (3.13%) NetApp
3 1 (3.13%) Oracle
3 1 (3.13%) RapidMiner