Period
to 20 January 2021

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 January 2021 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 3 2 18
Rank change year-on-year -1 +16 -14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 19 37 27
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Staffordshire 19.59% 26.43% 10.89%
As % of the Vendors category 47.50% 55.22% 27.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 21 15
Median daily rate £350 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +2.74% +12.31%
10th Percentile £210 £238 £175
90th Percentile £409 £463 £428
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 11 5
Median hourly rate - £16.20 £17.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.47% +22.07%
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £15.00
% change year-on-year -7.41% +8.00% -

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all 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 40 67 97
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 41.24% 47.86% 39.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 38 56
Median daily rate £363 £344 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% -7.09% -1.33%
10th Percentile £261 £162 £231
90th Percentile £513 £463 £494
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £440 £415
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 12
Median hourly rate £28.00 £16.20 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.84% -64.00% +210.34%
10th Percentile £25.40 £11.17 £15.25
90th Percentile £45.80 £39.25 £60.36
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.85 £15.85
% change year-on-year +13.56% - +5.67%

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 20 January 2021.

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 20 January 2021. 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 -3 9 £375 - 6
Tamworth +3 1 - - 16
Stafford 0 1 - - 3
Cannock - 1 - - 4
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, 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 7 (36.84%) Azure
2 6 (31.58%) SQL
3 5 (26.32%) Windows
4 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
4 4 (21.05%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (21.05%) Active Directory
5 3 (15.79%) Power BI
5 3 (15.79%) Celery
5 3 (15.79%) API Design
5 3 (15.79%) Redis
5 3 (15.79%) Docker
5 3 (15.79%) Flask
5 3 (15.79%) .NET
5 3 (15.79%) Migration
5 3 (15.79%) Python
5 3 (15.79%) C#
5 3 (15.79%) Power Platform
5 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2019
6 2 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2016
6 2 (10.53%) T-SQL
6 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (10.53%) ASP.NET
6 2 (10.53%) ITIL
6 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Excel
6 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (10.53%) VMware
6 2 (10.53%) MVC
6 2 (10.53%) NHS
6 2 (10.53%) Office 365

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 (5.26%) IIS
1 1 (5.26%) MS Exchange
1 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (5.26%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 7 (36.84%) Azure
2 3 (15.79%) Power Platform
3 2 (10.53%) Office 365
4 1 (5.26%) AWS
4 1 (5.26%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 1 (5.26%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (5.26%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.26%) BGP
1 1 (5.26%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (5.26%) DNS
1 1 (5.26%) FTP
1 1 (5.26%) Internet
1 1 (5.26%) MPLS
1 1 (5.26%) SNMP
1 1 (5.26%) VXLAN
1 1 (5.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (15.79%) Power BI
2 3 (15.79%) Redis
3 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (10.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (10.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (5.26%) Housing Association
1 1 (5.26%) Local Government
1 1 (5.26%) Public Sector
1 1 (5.26%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (52.63%) Developer
2 4 (21.05%) Azure Developer
3 3 (15.79%) Backend Developer
4 2 (10.53%) .NET Developer
4 2 (10.53%) Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 2 (10.53%) Python Developer
4 2 (10.53%) SQL Developer
4 2 (10.53%) Support Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) WCF Developer
5 1 (5.26%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Database Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Dynamics NAV Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Database Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Support
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) .NET
1 3 (15.79%) Celery
1 3 (15.79%) Flask
2 2 (10.53%) .NET Framework
2 2 (10.53%) ASP.NET
2 2 (10.53%) Entity Framework
2 2 (10.53%) WCF
3 1 (5.26%) CSS
3 1 (5.26%) HTML
3 1 (5.26%) jQuery
3 1 (5.26%) JSON
3 1 (5.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (5.26%) Web Services
3 1 (5.26%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) NHS
2 1 (5.26%) Algorithms
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
2 1 (5.26%) IBM XIV
2 1 (5.26%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (26.32%) Windows
2 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2019
3 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2016
4 1 (5.26%) Linux
4 1 (5.26%) Unix
4 1 (5.26%) Windows 10
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (21.05%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (15.79%) API Design
2 3 (15.79%) Migration
3 2 (10.53%) ITIL
3 2 (10.53%) MVC
3 2 (10.53%) MVVM
3 2 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (5.26%) DevOps
4 1 (5.26%) DNA
4 1 (5.26%) ERP
4 1 (5.26%) Network Management
4 1 (5.26%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (5.26%) SIEM
4 1 (5.26%) Strategic Planning
4 1 (5.26%) Unit Testing
4 1 (5.26%) Waterfall
4 1 (5.26%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) SQL
2 3 (15.79%) C#
2 3 (15.79%) Python
3 2 (10.53%) PowerShell
3 2 (10.53%) T-SQL
4 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) CCNA
1 1 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (5.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 1 (5.26%) MCSA
1 1 (5.26%) MCSE
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (21.05%) Active Directory
2 3 (15.79%) Docker
3 2 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.26%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) PaperCut
1 1 (5.26%) SCCM
1 1 (5.26%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) VMware
2 1 (5.26%) Cisco
2 1 (5.26%) Citrix
2 1 (5.26%) Google
2 1 (5.26%) IBM
2 1 (5.26%) Orchard
2 1 (5.26%) Veeam