Period
to 24 May 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 24 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 654 615 689
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.35% 14.28% 12.77%
As % of the Vendors category 30.01% 32.99% 26.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 379 419
West Midlands median daily rate £386 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.55% -3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £206 £172 £175
90th Percentile £545 £525 £513
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 41 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £14.20 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.15% +18.33% -25.13%
10th Percentile £11.13 £10.08 £9.48
90th Percentile £23.90 £23.00 £19.08
England median hourly rate £15.53 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.50% - -4.82%

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 2,179 1,864 2,603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 44.48% 43.28% 48.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,296 1,080 1,363
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +8.84%
10th Percentile £241 £213 £218
90th Percentile £575 £540 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 88 79
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.31 £10.88 £10.18
90th Percentile £29.50 £40.45 £26.05
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 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
Birmingham -2 196 £388 +8.70% 74
Coventry -2 111 £434 -3.61% 22
Warwickshire +1 73 £375 - 34
Solihull +2 44 £338 -1.82% 11
Shropshire -8 42 £251 -28.21% 20
Staffordshire -6 37 £350 +1.82% 24
Worcestershire -4 19 £263 +50.00% 44
Wolverhampton +1 11 £375 +11.11% 10
Herefordshire +9 8 £375 +13.21% 4
Walsall +3 6 £325 +8.33% 3
West Bromwich +1 2 - - 2
Halesowen -1 1 - - 3
Kingswinford - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 196 (29.97%) Windows
2 163 (24.92%) SQL Server
3 161 (24.62%) SQL
4 154 (23.55%) Microsoft Azure
5 150 (22.94%) Agile Software Development
6 136 (20.80%) Active Directory
7 118 (18.04%) .NET
8 109 (16.67%) C#
9 105 (16.06%) Microsoft Office
10 86 (13.15%) Windows Server
11 85 (13.00%) Finance
12 84 (12.84%) Office 365
13 76 (11.62%) VMware
14 75 (11.47%) Microsoft Excel
15 74 (11.31%) Migration
16 72 (11.01%) PowerShell
17 66 (10.09%) ITIL
18 63 (9.63%) HTML
18 63 (9.63%) CRM
18 63 (9.63%) MS Exchange
19 61 (9.33%) JavaScript
20 60 (9.17%) CSS
21 58 (8.87%) Visual Studio
21 58 (8.87%) DevOps
22 57 (8.72%) Dynamics CRM
23 54 (8.26%) Project Management
23 54 (8.26%) Business Intelligence
24 50 (7.65%) SCCM
25 49 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
26 48 (7.34%) Service Management

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 63 (9.63%) MS Exchange
2 35 (5.35%) SharePoint
3 17 (2.60%) BizTalk Server
3 17 (2.60%) IIS
4 14 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (1.83%) Tomcat
6 11 (1.68%) Confluence
6 11 (1.68%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.38%) Skype for Business
8 8 (1.22%) NServiceBus
9 7 (1.07%) Documentum
10 5 (0.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (0.76%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.61%) Apache
11 4 (0.61%) JBoss
12 3 (0.46%) CMS
12 3 (0.46%) nginx
12 3 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.31%) Jetty
Applications
1 105 (16.06%) Microsoft Office
2 75 (11.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (4.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (4.28%) Microsoft Project
5 21 (3.21%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.46%) SPSS
8 2 (0.31%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.15%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 57 (8.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (3.67%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.92%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.61%) Oracle CRM
5 4 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle General Ledger
6 3 (0.46%) Siebel CRM
7 2 (0.31%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.31%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 2 (0.31%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.31%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 154 (23.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 84 (12.84%) Office 365
3 40 (6.12%) IaaS
4 33 (5.05%) Dynamics 365
5 32 (4.89%) Amazon AWS
5 32 (4.89%) PaaS
6 27 (4.13%) SaaS
7 16 (2.45%) Google Cloud Platform
8 8 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (1.22%) G Suite
9 5 (0.76%) OneDrive
9 5 (0.76%) Slack
10 4 (0.61%) Yammer
11 2 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.31%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.31%) FinancialForce
11 2 (0.31%) Serverless
12 1 (0.15%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
12 1 (0.15%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.06%) DNS
2 17 (2.60%) TCP/IP
3 16 (2.45%) Firewall
4 15 (2.29%) SAN
5 12 (1.83%) VPN
6 11 (1.68%) Internet
7 10 (1.53%) DHCP
8 9 (1.38%) Skype
9 8 (1.22%) WAN
10 7 (1.07%) LAN
10 7 (1.07%) NetScaler
10 7 (1.07%) VLAN
11 6 (0.92%) HTTP
11 6 (0.92%) NAS
12 5 (0.76%) DDNS
12 5 (0.76%) Intrusion Detection
12 5 (0.76%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (0.76%) Unified Communications
13 4 (0.61%) Intranet
13 4 (0.61%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (24.92%) SQL Server
2 41 (6.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 38 (5.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 34 (5.20%) Data Warehouse
5 28 (4.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 25 (3.82%) Power BI
7 24 (3.67%) SQL Server 2008
8 17 (2.60%) Relational Database
9 15 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
9 15 (2.29%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (1.83%) MySQL
11 10 (1.53%) Oracle Database
12 9 (1.38%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.92%) Big Data
14 6 (0.92%) MongoDB
14 6 (0.92%) Oracle OWB
14 6 (0.92%) SAP Data Services
14 6 (0.92%) SQL Server 2014
15 5 (0.76%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 58 (8.87%) Visual Studio
2 47 (7.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (4.89%) Visual Studio Team System
4 29 (4.43%) JIRA
5 25 (3.82%) Git (software)
6 14 (2.14%) Selenium
7 8 (1.22%) Jenkins
7 8 (1.22%) SpecFlow
8 7 (1.07%) MSI
9 6 (0.92%) WiX
10 5 (0.76%) TestRail
10 5 (0.76%) WebDriver
11 4 (0.61%) Subversion
12 3 (0.46%) CA Gen
12 3 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
13 2 (0.31%) LSMW
13 2 (0.31%) SonarQube
13 2 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
13 2 (0.31%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.31%) Travis CI
General
1 85 (13.00%) Finance
2 29 (4.43%) Retail
3 24 (3.67%) Manufacturing
4 19 (2.91%) Advertising
5 11 (1.68%) Automotive
6 7 (1.07%) Legal
7 6 (0.92%) Banking
7 6 (0.92%) Law
8 5 (0.76%) Back Office
8 5 (0.76%) General Ledger
9 4 (0.61%) Billing
9 4 (0.61%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.46%) Marketing
11 2 (0.31%) French Language
11 2 (0.31%) Games
11 2 (0.31%) Local Government
11 2 (0.31%) Publishing
12 1 (0.15%) Electronics
12 1 (0.15%) German Language
12 1 (0.15%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 139 (21.25%) Developer
2 90 (13.76%) Analyst
3 58 (8.87%) Consultant
4 50 (7.65%) Architect
5 40 (6.12%) Project Manager
6 39 (5.96%) Support Engineer
7 29 (4.43%) .NET Developer
7 29 (4.43%) Microsoft Developer
8 25 (3.82%) DevOps Engineer
9 23 (3.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 22 (3.36%) Desktop Support
11 21 (3.21%) Desktop Engineer
12 20 (3.06%) C# Developer
13 19 (2.91%) Administrator
14 18 (2.75%) Azure Architect
14 18 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
15 17 (2.60%) 2nd Line Support
15 17 (2.60%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 16 (2.45%) C# .NET Developer
17 15 (2.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (18.04%) .NET
2 63 (9.63%) HTML
3 60 (9.17%) CSS
4 44 (6.73%) XML
5 35 (5.35%) ASP.NET
6 34 (5.20%) AngularJS
7 32 (4.89%) Web Services
8 31 (4.74%) ASP.NET Web API
9 26 (3.98%) SOAP
9 26 (3.98%) WCF
10 23 (3.52%) .NET Framework
11 21 (3.21%) JSON
12 20 (3.06%) jQuery
13 16 (2.45%) ASP.NET MVC
14 15 (2.29%) HTML5
14 15 (2.29%) KnockoutJS
15 14 (2.14%) Dapper ORM
15 14 (2.14%) Entity Framework
15 14 (2.14%) StructureMap
16 13 (1.99%) Angular 2
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.74%) Self-Motivation
3 25 (3.82%) Data Centre
3 25 (3.82%) User Experience
4 24 (3.67%) Public Cloud
5 15 (2.29%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (1.83%) Fat Client
6 12 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
6 12 (1.83%) Thin Client
7 11 (1.68%) Clustering
7 11 (1.68%) Data Structures
8 10 (1.53%) Computer Science
9 7 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (0.92%) Driving Licence
10 6 (0.92%) PKI
11 5 (0.76%) Microsoft Licensing
11 5 (0.76%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.61%) AS400
12 4 (0.61%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 196 (29.97%) Windows
2 86 (13.15%) Windows Server
3 47 (7.19%) Windows Server 2012
4 43 (6.57%) Linux
5 40 (6.12%) Windows 10
6 33 (5.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (4.28%) Windows 7
8 27 (4.13%) Unix
9 17 (2.60%) Windows XP
10 12 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.22%) Android
13 7 (1.07%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.31%) CentOS
15 2 (0.31%) VxWorks
15 2 (0.31%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (22.94%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (11.31%) Migration
3 66 (10.09%) ITIL
4 63 (9.63%) CRM
5 58 (8.87%) DevOps
6 54 (8.26%) Business Intelligence
6 54 (8.26%) Project Management
7 48 (7.34%) Service Management
8 43 (6.57%) Stakeholder Management
9 42 (6.42%) Scrum
10 38 (5.81%) Problem-Solving
10 38 (5.81%) Test Automation
11 35 (5.35%) MVC
12 34 (5.20%) SDLC
13 32 (4.89%) Continuous Integration
14 29 (4.43%) BDD
14 29 (4.43%) Service Delivery
15 28 (4.28%) ERP
16 27 (4.13%) Waterfall
17 25 (3.82%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 161 (24.62%) SQL
2 109 (16.67%) C#
3 72 (11.01%) PowerShell
4 61 (9.33%) JavaScript
5 29 (4.43%) T-SQL
6 26 (3.98%) Java
7 12 (1.83%) VBA
8 11 (1.68%) PL/SQL
9 10 (1.53%) TypeScript
9 10 (1.53%) VB
10 7 (1.07%) C
10 7 (1.07%) Perl
11 6 (0.92%) Bash Shell
11 6 (0.92%) C++
11 6 (0.92%) Python
12 3 (0.46%) PHP
12 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.46%) VB6
12 3 (0.46%) XAML
13 2 (0.31%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 44 (6.73%) Security Cleared
2 32 (4.89%) SC Cleared
3 29 (4.43%) Degree
4 22 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (2.14%) ISEB
6 10 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (1.22%) DBS Check
7 8 (1.22%) Oracle Certification
8 7 (1.07%) MCSE
9 6 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (0.92%) ISTQB
9 6 (0.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (0.76%) CCNA
10 5 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.76%) PMI Certification
10 5 (0.76%) PMP
10 5 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 4 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (0.61%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.75%) GDPR
2 15 (2.29%) QA
2 15 (2.29%) SLA
3 12 (1.83%) Data Quality
4 8 (1.22%) PMO
5 4 (0.61%) ISO 14001
5 4 (0.61%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.46%) IEC 62304
7 2 (0.31%) IEC 61508
7 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 1 (0.15%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 26262
8 1 (0.15%) MISRA
8 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 136 (20.80%) Active Directory
2 40 (6.12%) Hyper-V
3 32 (4.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (3.67%) XenApp
5 18 (2.75%) Microsoft App-V
6 17 (2.60%) VMware ESXi
7 13 (1.99%) XenDesktop
8 9 (1.38%) Docker
8 9 (1.38%) vSphere
9 7 (1.07%) XenServer
10 6 (0.92%) Terminal Services
11 5 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.31%) KVM
12 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.15%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
13 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 50 (7.65%) SCCM
2 23 (3.52%) Opscode Chef
3 19 (2.91%) WSUS
4 15 (2.29%) Puppet
5 13 (1.99%) Ansible
5 13 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
6 12 (1.83%) SCOM
7 9 (1.38%) vCenter Server
8 7 (1.07%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (0.92%) SCVMM
9 6 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 4 (0.61%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.61%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.61%) SCOrch
10 4 (0.61%) Terraform
11 3 (0.46%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
11 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.46%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 76 (11.62%) VMware
2 46 (7.03%) Oracle
3 44 (6.73%) Citrix
4 27 (4.13%) Google
5 24 (3.67%) Cisco
6 22 (3.36%) HP
7 21 (3.21%) SAP
8 18 (2.75%) IBM
9 14 (2.14%) NetApp
10 12 (1.83%) Apple
11 10 (1.53%) Capita
11 10 (1.53%) Pega
11 10 (1.53%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.38%) Symantec
12 9 (1.38%) webMethods
13 8 (1.22%) Tableau
14 7 (1.07%) CheckPoint
14 7 (1.07%) McAfee
14 7 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
14 7 (1.07%) SolarWinds