Period
to 15 December 2019

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 15 December 2019 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
15 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 2 20 3
Rank change year-on-year +18 -17 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 33 28 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 22.92% 9.62% 19.19%
As % of the Vendors category 53.23% 23.93% 48.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 18 37
Staffordshire median daily rate £375 £363 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +5.07% -1.43%
10th Percentile £163 £188 £205
90th Percentile £488 £422 £440
West Midlands median daily rate £419 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +4.69% +6.67% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 5
Staffordshire median hourly rate £12.39 £35.13 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.73% +142.24% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.99 £13.30
90th Percentile £39.00 £61.00 £36.10
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +13.33% -3.23% +11.99%

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 62 117 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 43.06% 40.21% 39.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 71 77
Staffordshire median daily rate £370 £370 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.37% +12.31%
10th Percentile £162 £200 £240
90th Percentile £493 £500 £450
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 11 8
Staffordshire median hourly rate £16.00 £45.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.44% +210.34% -9.38%
10th Percentile £11.17 £15.13 £12.89
90th Percentile £46.25 £60.63 £37.05
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £16.41
% change year-on-year - -3.38% +13.14%

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 15 December 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 15 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 15 December 2019. 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 +19 20 £388 +19.23% 14
Lichfield +8 3 £175 -60.00% 2
Burton-upon-Trent +1 3 £245 -22.22% 1
Stafford +3 2 £225 - 4
Tamworth +14 1 £375 +2.04% 20
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 15 December 2019, 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 10 (30.30%) Windows
2 8 (24.24%) Active Directory
2 8 (24.24%) VMware
3 7 (21.21%) Migration
3 7 (21.21%) Retail
3 7 (21.21%) MS Exchange
4 6 (18.18%) Windows XP
4 6 (18.18%) SCOM
4 6 (18.18%) Dynamics 365
4 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 5 (15.15%) Azure
5 5 (15.15%) Windows 10
5 5 (15.15%) C#
6 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
6 4 (12.12%) .NET
6 4 (12.12%) Apple
6 4 (12.12%) Time Management
6 4 (12.12%) Customer-Centricity
7 3 (9.09%) Power Platform
7 3 (9.09%) Architectural Design
7 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
7 3 (9.09%) FMCG
7 3 (9.09%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (9.09%) .NET Framework
7 3 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (9.09%) Windows 7
7 3 (9.09%) ITIL
7 3 (9.09%) Java
8 2 (6.06%) JavaScript

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 7 (21.21%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.03%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (6.06%) NetSuite
3 1 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (18.18%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (15.15%) Azure
3 3 (9.09%) Power Platform
4 2 (6.06%) Azure Functions
4 2 (6.06%) Office 365
4 2 (6.06%) Serverless
5 1 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.06%) Internet
2 1 (3.03%) DHCP
2 1 (3.03%) DNS
2 1 (3.03%) Firewall
2 1 (3.03%) LAN
2 1 (3.03%) Skype
2 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (3.03%) Power BI
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
1 2 (6.06%) GitLab
1 2 (6.06%) JIRA
1 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (21.21%) Retail
2 1 (3.03%) Back Office
2 1 (3.03%) Finance
2 1 (3.03%) Law
2 1 (3.03%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 8 (24.24%) Developer
2 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (12.12%) Analyst
3 4 (12.12%) Deployment Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
4 3 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
4 3 (9.09%) IT Support
5 2 (6.06%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 2 (6.06%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) 3rd Line Technical Support
5 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (6.06%) Programmer
5 2 (6.06%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (6.06%) Support Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Support Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Technical Support
5 2 (6.06%) Test Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) VBA Programmer
5 2 (6.06%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.12%) .NET
2 3 (9.09%) .NET Framework
3 2 (6.06%) ASP.NET
3 2 (6.06%) EDI
3 2 (6.06%) RESTful
3 2 (6.06%) Web Services
3 2 (6.06%) WinForms
4 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (3.03%) CSS
4 1 (3.03%) Entity Framework
4 1 (3.03%) WCF
4 1 (3.03%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) FMCG
2 2 (6.06%) AS400
2 2 (6.06%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 10 (30.30%) Windows
2 6 (18.18%) Windows XP
3 5 (15.15%) Windows 10
4 3 (9.09%) Windows 7
5 1 (3.03%) Linux
5 1 (3.03%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.21%) Migration
2 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 4 (12.12%) Customer-Centricity
3 4 (12.12%) Time Management
4 3 (9.09%) Architectural Design
4 3 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (9.09%) ITIL
5 2 (6.06%) Collaborative Working
5 2 (6.06%) Data Migration
5 2 (6.06%) ERP
5 2 (6.06%) PRINCE2
5 2 (6.06%) Refactoring
5 2 (6.06%) Software Delivery
5 2 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (6.06%) TOGAF
6 1 (3.03%) Business Analysis
6 1 (3.03%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (3.03%) Kalman Filter
6 1 (3.03%) Kanban
6 1 (3.03%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.15%) C#
2 3 (9.09%) Java
3 2 (6.06%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.06%) SQL
3 2 (6.06%) T-SQL
3 2 (6.06%) VBA
3 2 (6.06%) X++
4 1 (3.03%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.06%) Degree
2 2 (6.06%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 8 (24.24%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (3.03%) XenApp
2 1 (3.03%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (18.18%) SCOM
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 8 (24.24%) VMware
2 4 (12.12%) Apple
3 2 (6.06%) IBM
3 2 (6.06%) JD Edwards
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle
4 1 (3.03%) Citrix
4 1 (3.03%) Dell
4 1 (3.03%) Ivanti
4 1 (3.03%) Okta