The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Stoke-on-Trent 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 3 months to 29 March 2017 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
Staffordshire / Stoke-on-Trent
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +3 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 11 11 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stoke-on-Trent 20.37% 18.33% 21.88%
As % of the Vendors category 78.57% 47.83% 63.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 6
Median daily rate £313 £425 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.47% +10.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £332 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £525 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Stoke-on-Trent.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Stoke-on-Trent
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 14 23 11
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stoke-on-Trent 25.93% 38.33% 34.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 13 9
Median daily rate £313 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.28% +17.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £283 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £518 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Stoke-on-Trent citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Stoke-on-Trent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Stoke-on-Trent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Stoke-on-Trent

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Stoke-on-Trent region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 13 (35.14%) CRM
2 12 (32.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (24.32%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (18.92%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (18.92%) Retail
4 7 (18.92%) MS Excel
4 7 (18.92%) ITIL
5 6 (16.22%) SQL
6 5 (13.51%) Service Management
7 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
7 4 (10.81%) .NET
7 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
7 4 (10.81%) SLA
7 4 (10.81%) Project Management
7 4 (10.81%) Wiki
8 3 (8.11%) JIRA
8 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (8.11%) C#
8 3 (8.11%) Migration
8 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
9 2 (5.41%) Replication
9 2 (5.41%) Finance
9 2 (5.41%) Oracle
9 2 (5.41%) SharePoint
9 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (5.41%) PRINCE2
9 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET
9 2 (5.41%) Incident Management
9 2 (5.41%) Dynamics AX

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Stoke-on-Trent 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%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.70%) SAS
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (18.92%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.70%) MS Office
2 1 (2.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (32.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.41%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.70%) DHCP
1 1 (2.70%) DNS
1 1 (2.70%) LAN
1 1 (2.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.70%) Power BI
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 3 (8.11%) JIRA
2 2 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (2.70%) Selenium
3 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (18.92%) Retail
2 2 (5.41%) Finance
3 1 (2.70%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (48.65%) Analyst
2 11 (29.73%) Service Analyst
2 11 (29.73%) Service Desk Analyst
3 9 (24.32%) CRM Analyst
4 5 (13.51%) Developer
5 3 (8.11%) Project Manager
5 3 (8.11%) SQL Developer
6 2 (5.41%) .NET Developer
6 2 (5.41%) CRM Manager
6 2 (5.41%) DBA
6 2 (5.41%) SQL DBA
6 2 (5.41%) SQL Server DBA
6 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Project Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Test Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) 1st Line Support
7 1 (2.70%) Applications Support
7 1 (2.70%) Report Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.81%) .NET
2 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.70%) Ajax
3 1 (2.70%) AngularJS
3 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (2.70%) CSS
3 1 (2.70%) HTML
3 1 (2.70%) HTML5
3 1 (2.70%) jQuery
3 1 (2.70%) JSON
3 1 (2.70%) Razor View Engine
3 1 (2.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Wiki
2 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) Replication
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (35.14%) CRM
2 9 (24.32%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (18.92%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (18.92%) ITIL
4 5 (13.51%) Service Management
5 4 (10.81%) Project Management
6 3 (8.11%) Migration
7 2 (5.41%) Data Cleansing
7 2 (5.41%) Incident Management
7 2 (5.41%) Performance Tuning
7 2 (5.41%) PRINCE2
8 1 (2.70%) B2B
8 1 (2.70%) Business Intelligence
8 1 (2.70%) Business Process Modelling
8 1 (2.70%) Defect Management
8 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Architecture
8 1 (2.70%) ERP
8 1 (2.70%) Issue Tracking
8 1 (2.70%) Line Management
8 1 (2.70%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.22%) SQL
2 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
3 3 (8.11%) C#
4 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.70%) VB
4 1 (2.70%) VB6
Qualifications
1 2 (5.41%) Degree
2 1 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (2.70%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) SLA
2 1 (2.70%) PMO
2 1 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (5.41%) Oracle
2 1 (2.70%) CheckPoint
2 1 (2.70%) Citrix
2 1 (2.70%) SAP
2 1 (2.70%) SOASTA, Inc