Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 5 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 700 586 869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.90% 13.16% 13.86%
As % of the Vendors category 29.90% 29.42% 29.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 422 350 542
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +1.63% +5.43%
10th Percentile £146 £161 £191
90th Percentile £544 £500 £525
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 59 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £15.64 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.90% +20.31% -14.75%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.20 £10.05
90th Percentile £31.07 £34.60 £20.95
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.32% -6.06% +6.45%

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 2,341 1,992 2,984
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 46.48% 44.73% 47.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,328 1,178 1,632
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £230 £213 £225
90th Percentile £575 £570 £537
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +3.00% +6.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 97 86
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.41 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.52% +17.18% -9.68%
10th Percentile £10.81 £11.00 £10.13
90th Percentile £27.13 £48.50 £25.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +2 206 £375 - 165
Coventry +8 151 £450 +28.48% 30
Shropshire -10 75 £360 -1.03% 13
Warwickshire -4 64 £388 -0.32% 39
Staffordshire -9 31 £360 +10.77% 41
Solihull -3 27 £350 +1.45% 13
Herefordshire +8 20 £375 +15.38% 5
Worcestershire +1 19 £190 -24.00% 38
Wolverhampton +3 18 £475 +156.76% 10
Walsall - 8 £475 - 3
West Bromwich -1 2 £140 -72.00%
Halesowen -1 1 - - 7
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 7
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 246 (35.14%) Windows
2 201 (28.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 165 (23.57%) Active Directory
3 165 (23.57%) Agile Software Development
4 148 (21.14%) .NET
5 139 (19.86%) Microsoft Office
6 135 (19.29%) Office 365
7 124 (17.71%) SQL
8 115 (16.43%) Migration
9 113 (16.14%) SQL Server
10 112 (16.00%) C#
11 107 (15.29%) Windows Server
12 98 (14.00%) ITIL
13 87 (12.43%) JavaScript
14 74 (10.57%) Finance
15 72 (10.29%) VMware
16 67 (9.57%) CRM
16 67 (9.57%) DevOps
17 66 (9.43%) PowerShell
18 65 (9.29%) MS Exchange
19 64 (9.14%) ASP.NET
20 62 (8.86%) HTML
20 62 (8.86%) Microsoft Excel
21 60 (8.57%) Project Management
21 60 (8.57%) Continuous Integration
22 59 (8.43%) Windows 10
22 59 (8.43%) MVC
23 58 (8.29%) CSS
24 55 (7.86%) Security Cleared
25 54 (7.71%) Dynamics CRM

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 65 (9.29%) MS Exchange
2 49 (7.00%) SharePoint
3 19 (2.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (2.57%) IIS
5 13 (1.86%) Skype for Business
6 12 (1.71%) Confluence
7 11 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (1.43%) Documentum
9 9 (1.29%) WebSphere
10 8 (1.14%) JBoss
11 7 (1.00%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.00%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.86%) CMS
12 6 (0.86%) WildFly
13 5 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.57%) IBM Notes
15 3 (0.43%) Appian
15 3 (0.43%) MS Project Server
15 3 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 139 (19.86%) Microsoft Office
2 62 (8.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 25 (3.57%) MS Visio
4 24 (3.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (3.43%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.29%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.14%) Notepad++
7 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 54 (7.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.86%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.57%) Oracle CRM
4 4 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.57%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
5 3 (0.43%) Siebel CRM
6 2 (0.29%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 201 (28.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 135 (19.29%) Office 365
3 49 (7.00%) Dynamics 365
4 43 (6.14%) IaaS
5 40 (5.71%) PaaS
6 35 (5.00%) SaaS
7 34 (4.86%) Amazon AWS
8 22 (3.14%) G Suite
9 17 (2.43%) Google Cloud Platform
10 14 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (1.57%) OneDrive
12 8 (1.14%) Azure Active Directory
12 8 (1.14%) Serverless
13 6 (0.86%) Azure Functions
14 5 (0.71%) GitHub
14 5 (0.71%) Yammer
15 4 (0.57%) Azure Data Factory
16 3 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
17 2 (0.29%) Google Drive
17 2 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.00%) Firewall
2 16 (2.29%) DNS
3 14 (2.00%) DHCP
4 13 (1.86%) WAN
5 12 (1.71%) LAN
6 11 (1.57%) Skype
6 11 (1.57%) VPN
7 10 (1.43%) TCP/IP
8 9 (1.29%) SAN
8 9 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
9 7 (1.00%) VLAN
10 6 (0.86%) NAS
11 5 (0.71%) Intranet
11 5 (0.71%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.57%) Internet
12 4 (0.57%) iSCSI
12 4 (0.57%) MPLS
12 4 (0.57%) Network Security
12 4 (0.57%) SNMP
12 4 (0.57%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (16.14%) SQL Server
2 28 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 27 (3.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (1.71%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.29%) MySQL
7 9 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
8 8 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (1.14%) MS Access
8 8 (1.14%) Power BI
9 6 (0.86%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (0.86%) SQLite
10 5 (0.71%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.71%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2000
12 3 (0.43%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 49 (7.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 44 (6.29%) Visual Studio Team System
3 43 (6.14%) Git (software)
4 40 (5.71%) Visual Studio
5 39 (5.57%) JIRA
6 24 (3.43%) Selenium
7 21 (3.00%) Jenkins
8 12 (1.71%) Grunt
8 12 (1.71%) gulp
9 11 (1.57%) HP UFT
9 11 (1.57%) NUnit
9 11 (1.57%) TeamCity
10 10 (1.43%) GitLab
10 10 (1.43%) Moq
10 10 (1.43%) Octopus Deploy
11 8 (1.14%) Xcode
12 7 (1.00%) Eclipse
13 6 (0.86%) Bitbucket
14 5 (0.71%) NDepend
14 5 (0.71%) SonarQube
General
1 74 (10.57%) Finance
2 22 (3.14%) Marketing
3 20 (2.86%) Retail
4 16 (2.29%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.14%) Manufacturing
6 14 (2.00%) Automotive
6 14 (2.00%) Military
7 12 (1.71%) Back Office
8 11 (1.57%) Advertising
9 10 (1.43%) Local Government
10 5 (0.71%) Electronics
10 5 (0.71%) Law
11 4 (0.57%) Banking
12 3 (0.43%) Billing
12 3 (0.43%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.43%) Legal
13 2 (0.29%) Cantonese Language
13 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.29%) French Language
13 2 (0.29%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 117 (16.71%) Developer
2 112 (16.00%) Analyst
3 56 (8.00%) Architect
4 48 (6.86%) Project Manager
5 44 (6.29%) Consultant
6 36 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
7 32 (4.57%) Business Analyst
7 32 (4.57%) Support Engineer
8 28 (4.00%) .NET Developer
8 28 (4.00%) Service Analyst
9 27 (3.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 25 (3.57%) Azure Developer
11 24 (3.43%) Service Desk Analyst
12 19 (2.71%) Technical Architect
13 18 (2.57%) Desktop Support
13 18 (2.57%) Microsoft Developer
13 18 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
14 17 (2.43%) 2nd Line Support
15 16 (2.29%) Azure Engineer
16 15 (2.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (21.14%) .NET
2 64 (9.14%) ASP.NET
3 62 (8.86%) HTML
4 58 (8.29%) CSS
5 37 (5.29%) Web Services
6 35 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
7 29 (4.14%) XML
8 28 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC
8 28 (4.00%) jQuery
9 25 (3.57%) JSON
10 23 (3.29%) HTML5
11 22 (3.14%) .NET Framework
11 22 (3.14%) WCF
12 21 (3.00%) AngularJS
13 18 (2.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 15 (2.14%) KnockoutJS
14 15 (2.14%) SOAP
15 14 (2.00%) Dapper ORM
16 12 (1.71%) REST
17 11 (1.57%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 38 (5.43%) Data Centre
2 35 (5.00%) Public Cloud
2 35 (5.00%) User Experience
3 34 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (3.57%) Management Information System
5 21 (3.00%) Mobile App
5 21 (3.00%) Self-Motivation
6 20 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.86%) Fat Client
7 13 (1.86%) Thin Client
8 11 (1.57%) Clustering
9 9 (1.29%) Driving Licence
10 8 (1.14%) Computer Science
10 8 (1.14%) iPhone
11 7 (1.00%) Blackberry
11 7 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (1.00%) Virtual Team
12 6 (0.86%) NHS
12 6 (0.86%) PKI
13 4 (0.57%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 246 (35.14%) Windows
2 107 (15.29%) Windows Server
3 59 (8.43%) Windows 10
4 51 (7.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (6.57%) Windows 7
6 31 (4.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 23 (3.29%) Linux
8 15 (2.14%) Unix
8 15 (2.14%) Windows XP
9 11 (1.57%) Android
9 11 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (1.43%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.86%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.14%) CentOS
15 1 (0.14%) VMS
15 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (23.57%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (16.43%) Migration
3 98 (14.00%) ITIL
4 67 (9.57%) CRM
4 67 (9.57%) DevOps
5 60 (8.57%) Continuous Integration
5 60 (8.57%) Project Management
6 59 (8.43%) MVC
7 53 (7.57%) Scrum
8 43 (6.14%) Service Delivery
9 42 (6.00%) TDD
10 41 (5.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 40 (5.71%) Service Management
12 38 (5.43%) Problem-Solving
12 38 (5.43%) Test Automation
13 36 (5.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 32 (4.57%) Waterfall
15 31 (4.43%) ERP
16 29 (4.14%) Change Management
16 29 (4.14%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 124 (17.71%) SQL
2 112 (16.00%) C#
3 87 (12.43%) JavaScript
4 66 (9.43%) PowerShell
5 29 (4.14%) T-SQL
6 15 (2.14%) Java
7 11 (1.57%) VBScript
8 10 (1.43%) Python
9 9 (1.29%) PL/SQL
10 7 (1.00%) Apple Swift
10 7 (1.00%) C
10 7 (1.00%) Objective-C
10 7 (1.00%) TypeScript
11 6 (0.86%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.57%) PureScript
13 2 (0.29%) PHP
13 2 (0.29%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.29%) VBA
14 1 (0.14%) C++
14 1 (0.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 55 (7.86%) Security Cleared
2 41 (5.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 36 (5.14%) SC Cleared
4 23 (3.29%) MCSE
5 21 (3.00%) Degree
6 13 (1.86%) MCITP
6 13 (1.86%) MCP
7 12 (1.71%) ISEB
8 11 (1.57%) Oracle Certification
9 9 (1.29%) CISSP
9 9 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 8 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.00%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (1.00%) CISMP
11 7 (1.00%) HNC
11 7 (1.00%) ISTQB
12 6 (0.86%) HND
12 6 (0.86%) MCSA
12 6 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.14%) SLA
2 13 (1.86%) GDPR
3 10 (1.43%) QA
4 9 (1.29%) ISO 14001
4 9 (1.29%) ISO 9001
4 9 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (1.00%) PMO
5 7 (1.00%) WCAG
6 6 (0.86%) JSP 440
7 5 (0.71%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.14%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 165 (23.57%) Active Directory
2 38 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (4.57%) Hyper-V
4 22 (3.14%) XenApp
5 18 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (2.29%) Docker
7 15 (2.14%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (2.14%) vSphere
8 13 (1.86%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (1.29%) XenDesktop
10 8 (1.14%) BitLocker
10 8 (1.14%) Terminal Services
10 8 (1.14%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.57%) Firmware
11 4 (0.57%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.29%) XenServer
13 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 51 (7.29%) SCCM
2 30 (4.29%) WSUS
3 20 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
4 16 (2.29%) SCOM
5 13 (1.86%) Ansible
6 11 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (1.43%) Puppet
8 9 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 8 (1.14%) vCenter Server
10 7 (1.00%) HockeyApp
11 6 (0.86%) Microsoft Clustering
11 6 (0.86%) Terraform
12 5 (0.71%) Backup Exec
12 5 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.71%) SafeCom
13 4 (0.57%) AirWatch
13 4 (0.57%) HP Data Protector
14 3 (0.43%) BladeLogic
14 3 (0.43%) Kubernetes
14 3 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 72 (10.29%) VMware
2 44 (6.29%) Oracle
3 34 (4.86%) Citrix
4 32 (4.57%) Google
5 25 (3.57%) Cisco
5 25 (3.57%) HP
6 17 (2.43%) Apple
6 17 (2.43%) NetApp
7 16 (2.29%) SAP
8 14 (2.00%) Postini
9 13 (1.86%) IBM
10 11 (1.57%) Atlassian
11 10 (1.43%) Pega
12 9 (1.29%) Meraki
12 9 (1.29%) Xamarin
13 7 (1.00%) McAfee
13 7 (1.00%) Niku
13 7 (1.00%) Twitter
13 7 (1.00%) webMethods
13 7 (1.00%) Wyse