Period
to 21 July 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 July 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 5 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 698 571 772
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.42% 12.87% 12.89%
As % of the Vendors category 29.60% 29.77% 26.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 345 455
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £200 £188
90th Percentile £550 £525 £513
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 47 45
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +16.00% -24.24%
10th Percentile £10.98 £10.33 £9.45
90th Percentile £29.88 £32.90 £18.41
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.25%

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 the West Midlands.

All Vendors
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 2,358 1,918 2,876
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 45.34% 43.22% 48.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,371 1,147 1,559
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £233 £231 £225
90th Percentile £575 £553 £525
England median daily rate £450 £438 £415
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.42% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 81 85
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.99 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.77% +25.85% -18.18%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.50 £9.59
90th Percentile £29.65 £45.00 £25.07
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% -

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 July 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
Birmingham +1 211 £388 +1.97% 93
Coventry +2 136 £451 +2.97% 24
Warwickshire -5 64 £375 -3.23% 35
Shropshire -1 60 £314 -14.04% 12
Solihull -3 37 £338 -2.17% 12
Staffordshire -9 32 £360 +10.77% 36
Wolverhampton +2 20 £400 +60.00% 8
Worcestershire -2 19 £190 -24.00% 29
Herefordshire +14 10 £375 +13.21% 7
Walsall +5 8 £375 +25.00%
West Bromwich 0 3 £140 -60.00% 1
Halesowen -1 1 - - 6
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 240 (34.38%) Windows
2 189 (27.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 164 (23.50%) Agile Software Development
4 152 (21.78%) Active Directory
5 150 (21.49%) .NET
6 148 (21.20%) SQL
7 140 (20.06%) SQL Server
8 132 (18.91%) C#
9 124 (17.77%) Microsoft Office
10 105 (15.04%) Office 365
11 101 (14.47%) Windows Server
12 98 (14.04%) Migration
13 90 (12.89%) JavaScript
14 85 (12.18%) Finance
15 82 (11.75%) DevOps
16 77 (11.03%) PowerShell
17 76 (10.89%) MS Exchange
18 75 (10.74%) VMware
19 73 (10.46%) ITIL
20 71 (10.17%) HTML
21 70 (10.03%) CSS
22 64 (9.17%) Visual Studio
23 63 (9.03%) Project Management
24 62 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
25 59 (8.45%) CRM
26 55 (7.88%) Security Cleared
27 54 (7.74%) Windows Server 2012
28 53 (7.59%) Team Foundation Server
28 53 (7.59%) ASP.NET
29 52 (7.45%) Scrum

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 76 (10.89%) MS Exchange
2 42 (6.02%) SharePoint
3 22 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (2.58%) BizTalk Server
5 17 (2.44%) IIS
6 14 (2.01%) Confluence
7 13 (1.86%) WebLogic
8 11 (1.58%) Tomcat
9 8 (1.15%) Documentum
9 8 (1.15%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (0.86%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.72%) Apache
11 5 (0.72%) CMS
11 5 (0.72%) JBoss
12 3 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.43%) NServiceBus
12 3 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.29%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 124 (17.77%) Microsoft Office
2 62 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (3.87%) Microsoft Project
4 24 (3.44%) MS Visio
5 23 (3.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.43%) SPSS
8 2 (0.29%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.29%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.14%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 48 (6.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (2.58%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.57%) Oracle CRM
3 4 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (0.57%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (0.43%) Siebel CRM
5 2 (0.29%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.14%) Actimize
6 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.14%) Q-Pulse
6 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 189 (27.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 105 (15.04%) Office 365
3 48 (6.88%) IaaS
4 45 (6.45%) Dynamics 365
4 45 (6.45%) PaaS
5 32 (4.58%) SaaS
6 26 (3.72%) Amazon AWS
7 16 (2.29%) G Suite
7 16 (2.29%) Google Cloud Platform
8 15 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.00%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (1.00%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.72%) Slack
10 5 (0.72%) Yammer
11 4 (0.57%) Serverless
12 3 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.29%) GitHub
13 2 (0.29%) Google Drive
13 2 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
13 2 (0.29%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.44%) DNS
2 15 (2.15%) Firewall
2 15 (2.15%) SAN
2 15 (2.15%) TCP/IP
3 12 (1.72%) VPN
4 11 (1.58%) DHCP
4 11 (1.58%) Skype
5 9 (1.29%) LAN
5 9 (1.29%) WAN
6 8 (1.15%) VLAN
7 7 (1.00%) Internet
8 6 (0.86%) HTTP
8 6 (0.86%) NAS
9 5 (0.72%) DDNS
9 5 (0.72%) Intranet
9 5 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
9 5 (0.72%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (0.57%) Ethernet
10 4 (0.57%) SNMP
10 4 (0.57%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (20.06%) SQL Server
2 43 (6.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 39 (5.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 29 (4.15%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (3.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 21 (3.01%) SQL Server 2008
7 18 (2.58%) Power BI
8 12 (1.72%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
10 9 (1.29%) MySQL
10 9 (1.29%) Relational Database
11 8 (1.15%) MS Access
12 6 (0.86%) Azure SQL Database
12 6 (0.86%) Big Data
12 6 (0.86%) MongoDB
12 6 (0.86%) Oracle OWB
12 6 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
13 5 (0.72%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.72%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.72%) Redis
Development Applications
1 64 (9.17%) Visual Studio
2 53 (7.59%) Team Foundation Server
3 45 (6.45%) Visual Studio Team System
4 41 (5.87%) Git (software)
5 29 (4.15%) JIRA
6 18 (2.58%) Selenium
7 13 (1.86%) Jenkins
8 11 (1.58%) Grunt
8 11 (1.58%) gulp
9 8 (1.15%) SpecFlow
10 7 (1.00%) Bitbucket
10 7 (1.00%) MSI
10 7 (1.00%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.86%) GitLab
11 6 (0.86%) HP UFT
11 6 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
12 5 (0.72%) TestRail
12 5 (0.72%) WebDriver
12 5 (0.72%) WiX
13 3 (0.43%) NUnit
General
1 85 (12.18%) Finance
2 25 (3.58%) Retail
3 21 (3.01%) Manufacturing
4 17 (2.44%) Advertising
5 16 (2.29%) Marketing
6 14 (2.01%) Automotive
7 12 (1.72%) Back Office
7 12 (1.72%) Local Government
8 10 (1.43%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.15%) Banking
10 6 (0.86%) Law
11 5 (0.72%) Legal
12 3 (0.43%) Billing
12 3 (0.43%) Electronics
12 3 (0.43%) French Language
12 3 (0.43%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.29%) Military
13 2 (0.29%) Publishing
14 1 (0.14%) Games
Job Titles
1 134 (19.20%) Developer
2 99 (14.18%) Analyst
3 52 (7.45%) Consultant
4 46 (6.59%) Architect
5 41 (5.87%) Project Manager
5 41 (5.87%) Support Engineer
6 39 (5.59%) DevOps Engineer
7 30 (4.30%) .NET Developer
8 28 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 23 (3.30%) Azure Engineer
9 23 (3.30%) Microsoft Developer
10 22 (3.15%) Service Analyst
10 22 (3.15%) Solutions Architect
11 21 (3.01%) Administrator
12 19 (2.72%) Azure Developer
12 19 (2.72%) Desktop Support
13 18 (2.58%) 2nd Line Support
13 18 (2.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 18 (2.58%) Business Analyst
13 18 (2.58%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (21.49%) .NET
2 71 (10.17%) HTML
3 70 (10.03%) CSS
4 53 (7.59%) ASP.NET
5 44 (6.30%) XML
6 42 (6.02%) ASP.NET Web API
7 39 (5.59%) Web Services
8 36 (5.16%) WCF
9 32 (4.58%) AngularJS
10 23 (3.30%) JSON
11 22 (3.15%) .NET Framework
11 22 (3.15%) ASP.NET MVC
11 22 (3.15%) SOAP
12 21 (3.01%) jQuery
13 20 (2.87%) HTML5
14 17 (2.44%) Dapper ORM
15 13 (1.86%) Sass
15 13 (1.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 12 (1.72%) Angular 2
16 12 (1.72%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 43 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.44%) Data Centre
2 31 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
3 30 (4.30%) Public Cloud
4 29 (4.15%) User Experience
5 22 (3.15%) Management Information System
6 20 (2.87%) Enterprise Software
7 11 (1.58%) Clustering
7 11 (1.58%) Fat Client
7 11 (1.58%) Thin Client
8 10 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
8 10 (1.43%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.29%) Driving Licence
10 6 (0.86%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (0.72%) Microsoft Licensing
11 5 (0.72%) NHS
11 5 (0.72%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.57%) iPad
13 3 (0.43%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 240 (34.38%) Windows
2 101 (14.47%) Windows Server
3 54 (7.74%) Windows Server 2012
4 49 (7.02%) Windows 10
5 36 (5.16%) Linux
6 31 (4.44%) Windows 7
7 29 (4.15%) Unix
7 29 (4.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (2.29%) Windows XP
9 13 (1.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.86%) Android
10 6 (0.86%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (0.43%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.14%) SUSE
13 1 (0.14%) VMS
13 1 (0.14%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (23.50%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (14.04%) Migration
3 82 (11.75%) DevOps
4 73 (10.46%) ITIL
5 63 (9.03%) Project Management
6 59 (8.45%) CRM
7 52 (7.45%) Scrum
8 47 (6.73%) MVC
9 45 (6.45%) Business Intelligence
10 42 (6.02%) Continuous Integration
11 40 (5.73%) Test Automation
12 38 (5.44%) Stakeholder Management
13 37 (5.30%) Service Management
14 36 (5.16%) BDD
14 36 (5.16%) Problem-Solving
15 33 (4.73%) ERP
16 32 (4.58%) SDLC
17 29 (4.15%) Service Delivery
17 29 (4.15%) Workflow
18 27 (3.87%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 148 (21.20%) SQL
2 132 (18.91%) C#
3 90 (12.89%) JavaScript
4 77 (11.03%) PowerShell
5 33 (4.73%) T-SQL
6 26 (3.72%) Java
7 12 (1.72%) Python
8 11 (1.58%) TypeScript
9 9 (1.29%) C
10 8 (1.15%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.15%) PL/SQL
10 8 (1.15%) VBScript
11 7 (1.00%) VBA
12 4 (0.57%) C++
12 4 (0.57%) Perl
12 4 (0.57%) PureScript
13 3 (0.43%) PHP
13 3 (0.43%) VB
13 3 (0.43%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.29%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 55 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 37 (5.30%) SC Cleared
3 32 (4.58%) Degree
3 32 (4.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.44%) ISEB
5 14 (2.01%) MCSE
6 10 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
6 10 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (1.29%) ISTQB
7 9 (1.29%) Oracle Certification
7 9 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 8 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (1.00%) HNC
9 7 (1.00%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.00%) MCP
10 6 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.86%) DBS Check
10 6 (0.86%) HND
10 6 (0.86%) MCSA
11 5 (0.72%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.44%) SLA
2 15 (2.15%) GDPR
3 14 (2.01%) QA
4 10 (1.43%) ISO 14001
4 10 (1.43%) ISO 9001
5 9 (1.29%) Data Quality
6 7 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 6 (0.86%) PMO
7 6 (0.86%) WCAG
8 1 (0.14%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.14%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.14%) IEC 62304
8 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 152 (21.78%) Active Directory
2 39 (5.59%) Hyper-V
3 31 (4.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (3.44%) XenApp
5 20 (2.87%) Microsoft App-V
6 17 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (2.29%) vSphere
8 10 (1.43%) Docker
9 9 (1.29%) Terminal Services
9 9 (1.29%) VMware Workstation
9 9 (1.29%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.43%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.43%) XenServer
12 2 (0.29%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 45 (6.45%) SCCM
2 29 (4.15%) WSUS
3 17 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (2.29%) Ansible
5 15 (2.15%) Microsoft Intune
6 14 (2.01%) Puppet
6 14 (2.01%) SCOM
7 11 (1.58%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 7 (1.00%) Terraform
10 5 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.57%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.57%) HP Data Protector
11 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.57%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.57%) SafeCom
11 4 (0.57%) SCOrch
11 4 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 75 (10.74%) VMware
2 49 (7.02%) Oracle
3 40 (5.73%) Citrix
4 30 (4.30%) Google
5 22 (3.15%) HP
6 21 (3.01%) Cisco
7 19 (2.72%) NetApp
7 19 (2.72%) SAP
8 16 (2.29%) IBM
9 13 (1.86%) Apple
10 11 (1.58%) webMethods
11 10 (1.43%) McAfee
11 10 (1.43%) Postini
12 9 (1.29%) Capita
12 9 (1.29%) Pega
12 9 (1.29%) Tableau
13 7 (1.00%) CheckPoint
13 7 (1.00%) EMC
13 7 (1.00%) Symantec
14 6 (0.86%) Red Hat