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 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 / Staffordshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 5 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 21 28 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 15.00% 18.92% 16.38%
As % of the Vendors category 47.73% 51.85% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 13
Median daily rate £325 £370 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.16% -7.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 8
Median hourly rate £17.78 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.53% -  
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 Staffordshire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 44 54 87
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 31.43% 36.49% 49.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 33 45
Median daily rate £370 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £180 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 12
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -17.07%  
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 Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire 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 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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

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 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
Stoke-on-Trent +3 11 £313 -26.47% 11
Lichfield +2 2 £450 -
Stafford -1 2 £325 +140.74% 1
Burton-upon-Trent -1 1 £125 -62.96% 2
Cannock -1 1 £425 - 1
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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 18 (27.69%) CRM
2 16 (24.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (20.00%) SQL
3 13 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (18.46%) SQL Server
5 11 (16.92%) MS Office
5 11 (16.92%) MS Excel
5 11 (16.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (13.85%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (13.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (13.85%) T-SQL
7 8 (12.31%) .NET
7 8 (12.31%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (10.77%) ITIL
8 7 (10.77%) Retail
9 6 (9.23%) SharePoint
9 6 (9.23%) Project Management
10 5 (7.69%) Windows
10 5 (7.69%) ASP.NET
10 5 (7.69%) Service Management
10 5 (7.69%) Advertising
10 5 (7.69%) Publishing
10 5 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (6.15%) Windows 7
11 4 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
11 4 (6.15%) Wiki
11 4 (6.15%) Information Exploitation
11 4 (6.15%) Migration
11 4 (6.15%) Information Management
11 4 (6.15%) SharePoint Server

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 6 (9.23%) SharePoint
2 4 (6.15%) SharePoint Server
3 3 (4.62%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.54%) Confluence
4 1 (1.54%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.54%) MS Project Server
4 1 (1.54%) SAS
4 1 (1.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (16.92%) MS Excel
1 11 (16.92%) MS Office
2 3 (4.62%) MS Project
3 1 (1.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (24.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.08%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.62%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.08%) LAN
1 2 (3.08%) WAN
2 1 (1.54%) DHCP
2 1 (1.54%) DNS
2 1 (1.54%) SAN
2 1 (1.54%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (18.46%) SQL Server
2 11 (16.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (13.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (4.62%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (4.62%) Power BI
5 3 (4.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (3.08%) OLAP
6 2 (3.08%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (3.08%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (3.08%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (3.08%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (1.54%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.54%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (1.54%) QlikView
7 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (1.54%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 4 (6.15%) JIRA
2 3 (4.62%) Octopus Deploy
2 3 (4.62%) Selenium
2 3 (4.62%) WebDriver
3 2 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.54%) Jenkins
General
1 7 (10.77%) Retail
2 5 (7.69%) Advertising
2 5 (7.69%) Publishing
3 3 (4.62%) Finance
4 1 (1.54%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 19 (29.23%) Analyst
2 14 (21.54%) Developer
3 11 (16.92%) Service Analyst
3 11 (16.92%) Service Desk Analyst
4 9 (13.85%) CRM Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) SQL Developer
6 5 (7.69%) Administrator
6 5 (7.69%) Project Manager
7 4 (6.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (6.15%) DBA
7 4 (6.15%) SharePoint Administrator
7 4 (6.15%) SQL DBA
8 3 (4.62%) CRM Developer
8 3 (4.62%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 3 (4.62%) Microsoft Developer
8 3 (4.62%) QA Engineer
8 3 (4.62%) Senior QA Engineer
8 3 (4.62%) Technical Manager
8 3 (4.62%) Technical Project Manager
9 2 (3.08%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.31%) .NET
2 5 (7.69%) ASP.NET
3 3 (4.62%) CSS
3 3 (4.62%) HTML
4 2 (3.08%) jQuery
5 1 (1.54%) Ajax
5 1 (1.54%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (1.54%) HTML5
5 1 (1.54%) JSON
5 1 (1.54%) MDX
5 1 (1.54%) Razor View Engine
5 1 (1.54%) Web Services
5 1 (1.54%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.15%) Wiki
2 3 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.08%) Replication
4 1 (1.54%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.54%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.54%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.69%) Windows
2 4 (6.15%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.54%) VxWorks
3 1 (1.54%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.54%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.54%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (27.69%) CRM
2 13 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (13.85%) Stakeholder Management
4 8 (12.31%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (10.77%) ITIL
6 6 (9.23%) Project Management
7 5 (7.69%) Service Management
8 4 (6.15%) Information Exploitation
8 4 (6.15%) Information Management
8 4 (6.15%) Migration
8 4 (6.15%) PRINCE2
9 3 (4.62%) Data Cleansing
9 3 (4.62%) Functional Testing
9 3 (4.62%) Performance Testing
10 2 (3.08%) ERP
10 2 (3.08%) ETL
10 2 (3.08%) Incident Management
10 2 (3.08%) Matrix Organization
10 2 (3.08%) Performance Tuning
10 2 (3.08%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 13 (20.00%) SQL
2 9 (13.85%) T-SQL
3 4 (6.15%) C#
3 4 (6.15%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.62%) C
5 1 (1.54%) C++
5 1 (1.54%) Pascal
5 1 (1.54%) VB
5 1 (1.54%) VB6
Qualifications
1 2 (3.08%) Degree
2 1 (1.54%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (1.54%) PMP
2 1 (1.54%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.54%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.15%) SLA
2 3 (4.62%) PMO
2 3 (4.62%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.62%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (1.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (4.62%) SOASTA, Inc
2 2 (3.08%) Cisco
2 2 (3.08%) Citrix
2 2 (3.08%) Oracle
3 1 (1.54%) CheckPoint
3 1 (1.54%) SAP
3 1 (1.54%) Tableau
3 1 (1.54%) VMware