Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 2 3
Rank change year-on-year -5 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 37 59 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 14.02% 19.80% 19.13%
As % of the Vendors category 45.12% 56.19% 54.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 37 36
Staffordshire median daily rate £350 £338 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.50% -16.88%
10th Percentile £210 £185 £135
90th Percentile £425 £443 £481
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +6.90% -3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 4
Staffordshire median hourly rate £14.50 £15.99 £12.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.32% +23.21% -5.62%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.33 £9.48
90th Percentile £19.33 £126.08 £16.40
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £14.35 £12.00
% change year-on-year +8.01% +19.58% -26.07%

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 82 105 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 31.06% 35.23% 34.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 64 68
Staffordshire median daily rate £360 £331 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.68% -12.25% -5.63%
10th Percentile £289 £178 £175
90th Percentile £450 £475 £500
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +8.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 5
Staffordshire median hourly rate £16.51 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.07% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.25 £9.61
90th Percentile £29.04 £29.50 £16.58
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.10
% change year-on-year - -0.68% -11.16%

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 26 May 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
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 26 May 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 -8 17 £375 +7.14% 14
Burton-upon-Trent +3 4 £261 +109.00% 2
Stafford -3 4 £338 +3.85% 1
Tamworth -2 1 £375 +25.00% 6
Lichfield -3 1 £320 -24.71% 1
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 15 (40.54%) Windows
2 12 (32.43%) Finance
3 11 (29.73%) C#
3 11 (29.73%) .NET
3 11 (29.73%) Microsoft Azure
4 10 (27.03%) HTML
4 10 (27.03%) VMware
5 9 (24.32%) SQL Server
5 9 (24.32%) ASP.NET Web API
6 8 (21.62%) Entity Framework
6 8 (21.62%) AngularJS
6 8 (21.62%) IaaS
6 8 (21.62%) JavaScript
6 8 (21.62%) SQL
6 8 (21.62%) CSS
6 8 (21.62%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (21.62%) .NET Framework
7 7 (18.92%) WCF
7 7 (18.92%) Web Services
7 7 (18.92%) Active Directory
7 7 (18.92%) Hyper-V
7 7 (18.92%) Greenfield Project
8 6 (16.22%) vCenter Server
8 6 (16.22%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (16.22%) PaaS
8 6 (16.22%) WiX
8 6 (16.22%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (16.22%) Dapper ORM
8 6 (16.22%) Angular 2
8 6 (16.22%) MSI

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 2 (5.41%) Confluence
1 2 (5.41%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (2.70%) SAS
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) OpenText VIM for SAP
2 1 (2.70%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 11 (29.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (21.62%) IaaS
3 6 (16.22%) PaaS
4 5 (13.51%) Office 365
5 2 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.11%) DHCP
1 3 (8.11%) DNS
2 2 (5.41%) Internet
2 2 (5.41%) Profibus
2 2 (5.41%) Telnet
3 1 (2.70%) Firewall
3 1 (2.70%) Kerberos
3 1 (2.70%) LAN
3 1 (2.70%) MPLS
3 1 (2.70%) NAS
3 1 (2.70%) SAN
3 1 (2.70%) SNMP
3 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.70%) VLAN
3 1 (2.70%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (24.32%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.11%) Relational Database
3 2 (5.41%) MS Access
4 1 (2.70%) Power BI
4 1 (2.70%) Qlik Sense
4 1 (2.70%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (16.22%) MSI
1 6 (16.22%) WiX
2 2 (5.41%) JIRA
General
1 12 (32.43%) Finance
2 2 (5.41%) Retail
3 1 (2.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 11 (29.73%) Developer
2 8 (21.62%) Support Engineer
3 7 (18.92%) Analyst
4 6 (16.22%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 6 (16.22%) UI Developer
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (10.81%) Project Manager
7 3 (8.11%) Consultant
7 3 (8.11%) Software Engineer
8 2 (5.41%) Business Analyst
8 2 (5.41%) Data Analyst
8 2 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
8 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support
8 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 2 (5.41%) Project Engineer
8 2 (5.41%) Service Analyst
8 2 (5.41%) Service Desk Analyst
8 2 (5.41%) Software Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (29.73%) .NET
2 10 (27.03%) HTML
3 9 (24.32%) ASP.NET Web API
4 8 (21.62%) .NET Framework
4 8 (21.62%) AngularJS
4 8 (21.62%) CSS
4 8 (21.62%) Entity Framework
5 7 (18.92%) WCF
5 7 (18.92%) Web Services
6 6 (16.22%) Angular 2
6 6 (16.22%) Dapper ORM
6 6 (16.22%) MFC
6 6 (16.22%) NHibernate
6 6 (16.22%) WPF
7 4 (10.81%) jQuery
8 3 (8.11%) ASP.NET
8 3 (8.11%) HTML5
9 2 (5.41%) Classic ASP
9 2 (5.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 1 (2.70%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 7 (18.92%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (16.22%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (5.41%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.41%) Fat Client
3 2 (5.41%) Thin Client
4 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 15 (40.54%) Windows
2 4 (10.81%) Windows Server
3 3 (8.11%) Windows 10
3 3 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (5.41%) VxWorks
4 2 (5.41%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.70%) Android
5 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (21.62%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (10.81%) Migration
3 3 (8.11%) MVC
3 3 (8.11%) Problem-Solving
3 3 (8.11%) Software Engineering
3 3 (8.11%) Unit Testing
4 2 (5.41%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (5.41%) Data Centre Operations
4 2 (5.41%) Decision-Making
4 2 (5.41%) Patch Management
4 2 (5.41%) Proactive Management
4 2 (5.41%) Problem Management
4 2 (5.41%) Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (5.41%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (5.41%) Scrum
4 2 (5.41%) SDLC
4 2 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (5.41%) Test Automation
4 2 (5.41%) Time Management
4 2 (5.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (29.73%) C#
2 8 (21.62%) JavaScript
2 8 (21.62%) SQL
3 2 (5.41%) C
3 2 (5.41%) C++
3 2 (5.41%) Pascal
3 2 (5.41%) PL/SQL
4 1 (2.70%) Java
4 1 (2.70%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.70%) R
4 1 (2.70%) TypeScript
4 1 (2.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (5.41%) Degree
2 2 (5.41%) SC Cleared
2 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.70%) Master's Degree
3 1 (2.70%) MCITP
3 1 (2.70%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.41%) Data Quality
1 2 (5.41%) IEC 61508
1 2 (5.41%) IEC 62304
1 2 (5.41%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (18.92%) Active Directory
1 7 (18.92%) Hyper-V
2 6 (16.22%) Microsoft App-V
2 6 (16.22%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (5.41%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (16.22%) SCCM
1 6 (16.22%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 10 (27.03%) VMware
2 3 (8.11%) Apple
2 3 (8.11%) Cisco
3 2 (5.41%) Avaya
3 2 (5.41%) Citrix
3 2 (5.41%) HP
3 2 (5.41%) SAP
3 2 (5.41%) Symantec
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle
4 1 (2.70%) RapidMiner