Period
to 25 October 2020

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 25 October 2020 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
25 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 2 9
Rank change year-on-year -2 +7 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 12 40 34
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Staffordshire 15.00% 21.74% 12.10%
As % of the Vendors category 37.50% 51.95% 31.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 25 21
Median daily rate £363 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% -2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £280 £168 £219
90th Percentile £456 £485 £444
West Midlands median daily rate £409 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -0.91% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 4
Median hourly rate - £17.00 £16.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.68% +17.67%
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.00 £18.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year +4.11% +21.67% -

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 32 77 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 40.00% 41.85% 38.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 48 69
Median daily rate £350 £370 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.41% - +2.07%
10th Percentile £275 £163 £254
90th Percentile £513 £520 £475
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -4.07% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 7
Median hourly rate £26.00 £23.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.64% +11.90% +46.34%
10th Percentile £25.00 £11.17 £14.48
90th Percentile £27.00 £56.63 £56.60
Median hourly rate £35.00 £17.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year +100.00% +10.41% +0.19%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 25 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Staffordshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Staffordshire.

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 25 October 2020. 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 -2 3 £425 +30.77% 11
Burton-upon-Trent -1 1 £425 +0.59% 1
Cannock - 1 - - 2
Leek - 1 - -
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 October 2020, 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 4 (33.33%) Windows
1 4 (33.33%) Azure
2 3 (25.00%) C#
2 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (25.00%) Migration
3 2 (16.67%) VMware
3 2 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (16.67%) ITIL
3 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET
3 2 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) T-SQL
3 2 (16.67%) .NET
3 2 (16.67%) MVVM
3 2 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (16.67%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2019
3 2 (16.67%) MVC
3 2 (16.67%) WCF
3 2 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
3 2 (16.67%) Entity Framework
3 2 (16.67%) DevOps
4 1 (8.33%) IBM XIV
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (8.33%) Data Structures
4 1 (8.33%) Algorithms
4 1 (8.33%) Orchard Housing
4 1 (8.33%) Data Centre

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 (8.33%) IIS
1 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
1 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 4 (33.33%) Azure
2 2 (16.67%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (8.33%) AWS
3 1 (8.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 1 (8.33%) IaaS
3 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) BGP
1 1 (8.33%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (8.33%) DNS
1 1 (8.33%) FTP
1 1 (8.33%) Internet
1 1 (8.33%) MPLS
1 1 (8.33%) SNMP
1 1 (8.33%) VXLAN
1 1 (8.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (8.33%) Housing Association
1 1 (8.33%) Pharmaceutical
1 1 (8.33%) Police
1 1 (8.33%) Public Sector
1 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Developer
2 2 (16.67%) .NET Developer
2 2 (16.67%) WCF Developer
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Azure Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Digital Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Digital Business Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Full Stack Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Network Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Network Design Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Network Technical Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Oracle Applications Developer
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Design Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) .NET
1 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
1 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (16.67%) Entity Framework
1 2 (16.67%) WCF
2 1 (8.33%) CSS
2 1 (8.33%) HTML
2 1 (8.33%) jQuery
2 1 (8.33%) JSON
2 1 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
2 1 (8.33%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Algorithms
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (8.33%) Data Centre
1 1 (8.33%) Data Structures
1 1 (8.33%) IBM XIV
1 1 (8.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2019
3 1 (8.33%) Linux
3 1 (8.33%) Unix
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) Migration
2 2 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (16.67%) DevOps
2 2 (16.67%) ITIL
2 2 (16.67%) MVC
2 2 (16.67%) MVVM
2 2 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (8.33%) Business Analysis
3 1 (8.33%) Customer-Centricity
3 1 (8.33%) Data-Driven Decision Making
3 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 1 (8.33%) Network Management
3 1 (8.33%) Network Monitoring
3 1 (8.33%) Project Delivery
3 1 (8.33%) Requirements Gathering
3 1 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (8.33%) SDLC
3 1 (8.33%) SIEM
3 1 (8.33%) SOLID
3 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) C#
2 2 (16.67%) SQL
2 2 (16.67%) T-SQL
3 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) CCNA
1 1 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (8.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 1 (8.33%) MCSA
1 1 (8.33%) MCSE
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (8.33%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) VMware
2 1 (8.33%) Cisco
2 1 (8.33%) Citrix
2 1 (8.33%) IBM
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle
2 1 (8.33%) Orchard
2 1 (8.33%) Veeam