Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 4 2
Rank change year-on-year -13 -2 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 28 53 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 9.52% 20.54% 21.65%
As % of the Vendors category 24.14% 54.64% 59.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 37 57
Staffordshire median daily rate £363 £345 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.07% +6.15% -13.33%
10th Percentile £258 £197 £120
90th Percentile £422 £454 £513
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £383 £375
% change year-on-year +4.58% +2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 0
Staffordshire median hourly rate £35.13 £14.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +142.24% - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -18.18%

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 116 97 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 39.46% 37.60% 36.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 68 90
Staffordshire median daily rate £370 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +7.69% -13.33%
10th Percentile £263 £205 £158
90th Percentile £481 £451 £501
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 10
Staffordshire median hourly rate £45.00 £14.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +210.34% -9.38% +1.59%
10th Percentile £15.13 £12.89 £11.00
90th Percentile £60.63 £37.05 £46.60
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.57 £14.50
% change year-on-year +1.80% +7.38% -8.52%

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 21 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

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 21 November 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 -14 8 £325 -10.34% 28
Tamworth -8 5 £368 +22.50% 12
Burton-upon-Trent -5 2 £315 +26.00%
Lichfield - 2 £438 - 2
Stafford -2 1 - - 1
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 13 (46.43%) Active Directory
2 12 (42.86%) Windows
3 11 (39.29%) SQL
4 10 (35.71%) Windows Server
5 9 (32.14%) .NET
5 9 (32.14%) SQL Server
6 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
7 6 (21.43%) SDLC
8 5 (17.86%) Office 365
8 5 (17.86%) C#
8 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
8 5 (17.86%) DHCP
9 4 (14.29%) T-SQL
9 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
9 4 (14.29%) Web Services
9 4 (14.29%) VMware
9 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
9 4 (14.29%) Web Development
9 4 (14.29%) jQuery
10 3 (10.71%) FMCG
10 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
10 3 (10.71%) Re-Platforming
10 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 3 (10.71%) Retail
10 3 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (10.71%) Firewall
10 3 (10.71%) Project Management
10 3 (10.71%) ASP.NET
10 3 (10.71%) CSS
10 3 (10.71%) VB.NET

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 (3.57%) IIS
1 1 (3.57%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (7.14%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.86%) Office 365
2 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (7.14%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) DHCP
2 3 (10.71%) Firewall
3 2 (7.14%) DNS
3 2 (7.14%) RTP
4 1 (3.57%) LAN
4 1 (3.57%) MPLS
4 1 (3.57%) TCP/IP
4 1 (3.57%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (32.14%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) RDBMS
2 1 (3.57%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
2 2 (7.14%) Git (software)
2 2 (7.14%) Subversion
2 2 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (10.71%) Retail
2 2 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 2 (7.14%) Marketing
3 1 (3.57%) Law
3 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (25.00%) Developer
2 5 (17.86%) Support Engineer
2 5 (17.86%) Wintel Engineer
3 4 (14.29%) Web Developer
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Project Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) VMware Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) .NET Developer
5 2 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (7.14%) Administrator
5 2 (7.14%) Delivery Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Project Administrator
5 2 (7.14%) Server Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) SQL Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Windows Server Administrator
5 2 (7.14%) Wintel Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (32.14%) .NET
2 4 (14.29%) jQuery
2 4 (14.29%) Web Services
3 3 (10.71%) ASP.NET
3 3 (10.71%) CSS
3 3 (10.71%) HTML
4 2 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 2 (7.14%) Drools
4 2 (7.14%) Middleware
4 2 (7.14%) NHibernate
4 2 (7.14%) REST
4 2 (7.14%) SOAP
4 2 (7.14%) WinForms
4 2 (7.14%) XML
5 1 (3.57%) JSON
5 1 (3.57%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) FMCG
2 2 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.57%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.57%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.57%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (42.86%) Windows
2 10 (35.71%) Windows Server
3 2 (7.14%) Linux
3 2 (7.14%) Unix
3 2 (7.14%) Windows 7
3 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (21.43%) SDLC
2 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
2 4 (14.29%) Web Development
3 3 (10.71%) E-Commerce
3 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 3 (10.71%) ITIL
3 3 (10.71%) Project Management
3 3 (10.71%) Re-Platforming
3 3 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (7.14%) Continuous Delivery
4 2 (7.14%) CRM
4 2 (7.14%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (7.14%) DSDM
4 2 (7.14%) MVC
4 2 (7.14%) RAD
4 2 (7.14%) Risk Management
4 2 (7.14%) Scrum
4 2 (7.14%) Software Delivery
4 2 (7.14%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 11 (39.29%) SQL
2 5 (17.86%) C#
2 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
3 4 (14.29%) T-SQL
4 3 (10.71%) VB.NET
5 1 (3.57%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (7.14%) SC Cleared
1 2 (7.14%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.57%) CISM
2 1 (3.57%) CISMP
2 1 (3.57%) CISSP
2 1 (3.57%) ISEB
2 1 (3.57%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (3.57%) MCSE
2 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) Data Quality
1 1 (3.57%) GDPR
1 1 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
1 1 (3.57%) PMO
System Software
1 13 (46.43%) Active Directory
2 2 (7.14%) BitLocker
2 2 (7.14%) Hyper-V
2 2 (7.14%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (7.14%) XenApp
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) VMware
2 2 (7.14%) Citrix
2 2 (7.14%) Oracle
3 1 (3.57%) Altiris
3 1 (3.57%) Avaya
3 1 (3.57%) Cisco
3 1 (3.57%) Dell
3 1 (3.57%) NetApp
3 1 (3.57%) Wyse