Period
to 5 July 2020

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 5 July 2020 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
5 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 2 3 4
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 373 702 706
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.35% 15.03% 13.77%
As % of the Vendors category 41.49% 33.78% 30.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 440 428
Median daily rate £475 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.15% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £285 £181 £184
90th Percentile £619 £570 £550
England median daily rate £438 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 33 50
Median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £15.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.99% +9.86%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.98
90th Percentile £35.00 £46.08 £29.88
England median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +12.50% +0.88% +5.73%

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 899 2,078 2,280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 49.05% 44.49% 44.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 1,235 1,316
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £230 £235
90th Percentile £593 £600 £575
England median daily rate £474 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.43% +2.78% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 73 127
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.25 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.11% +17.74% -10.14%
10th Percentile £12.15 £12.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.38 £44.35 £29.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.53% +8.57% +1.45%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 5 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 5 July 2020.

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 5 July 2020. 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 +2 127 £475 +18.75% 46
Coventry +6 65 £525 +16.67% 15
Warwickshire -3 33 £500 +17.65% 19
Shropshire +3 29 £432 +6.67% 8
Herefordshire +4 26 £485 +10.86% 9
Solihull +2 22 £475 +26.67% 6
Staffordshire 0 16 £375 -6.25% 19
Worcestershire +12 12 £460 -12.38% 6
Wolverhampton -6 3 - - 8
Halesowen - 1 £175 - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 5 July 2020, 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.

1 139 (37.27%) Azure
2 98 (26.27%) Windows
3 94 (25.20%) Agile Software Development
4 91 (24.40%) Active Directory
5 78 (20.91%) SQL
6 74 (19.84%) Security Cleared
7 64 (17.16%) Oracle
8 59 (15.82%) C#
8 59 (15.82%) Office 365
9 58 (15.55%) DevOps
10 57 (15.28%) .NET
10 57 (15.28%) DV Cleared
11 51 (13.67%) Cisco
12 48 (12.87%) SharePoint
13 47 (12.60%) SQL Server
13 47 (12.60%) Microsoft Office
14 44 (11.80%) Migration
14 44 (11.80%) Power Platform
15 42 (11.26%) Power BI
15 42 (11.26%) VMware
15 42 (11.26%) CRM
16 41 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
17 39 (10.46%) Microsoft Excel
17 39 (10.46%) JavaScript
17 39 (10.46%) Business Intelligence
17 39 (10.46%) Public Sector
18 37 (9.92%) Problem-Solving
18 37 (9.92%) Dynamics 365
18 37 (9.92%) Windows 10
19 36 (9.65%) 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 48 (12.87%) SharePoint
2 25 (6.70%) Skype for Business
3 20 (5.36%) WebLogic
4 8 (2.14%) MS Exchange
5 7 (1.88%) Confluence
6 5 (1.34%) IIS
6 5 (1.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (1.07%) Mule
8 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.27%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.27%) Sonic ESB
Applications
1 47 (12.60%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (10.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (7.24%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (2.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.80%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.27%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.27%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 36 (9.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (2.41%) Sentinel
3 5 (1.34%) SAP FI-CA
4 3 (0.80%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.54%) assyst
5 2 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 139 (37.27%) Azure
2 59 (15.82%) Office 365
3 44 (11.80%) Power Platform
4 37 (9.92%) Dynamics 365
5 20 (5.36%) PaaS
6 14 (3.75%) IaaS
7 13 (3.49%) AWS
7 13 (3.49%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (2.68%) SaaS
9 9 (2.41%) PowerApps
10 8 (2.14%) OneDrive
11 5 (1.34%) GCP
11 5 (1.34%) Logic Apps
12 4 (1.07%) Azure Data Factory
12 4 (1.07%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.07%) Yammer
13 3 (0.80%) Serverless
14 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
14 2 (0.54%) Trello
14 2 (0.54%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 31 (8.31%) Skype
2 29 (7.77%) Firewall
2 29 (7.77%) Unified Communications
2 29 (7.77%) VoIP
3 21 (5.63%) VPN
4 19 (5.09%) LAN
5 18 (4.83%) WAN
6 17 (4.56%) Wireless
7 12 (3.22%) Cisco ISE
8 11 (2.95%) Cisco IOS
8 11 (2.95%) Internet
9 10 (2.68%) BGP
9 10 (2.68%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (2.68%) DMVPN
9 10 (2.68%) EIGRP
9 10 (2.68%) OSPF
10 6 (1.61%) DNS
11 5 (1.34%) DHCP
11 5 (1.34%) PBX
11 5 (1.34%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (12.60%) SQL Server
2 42 (11.26%) Power BI
3 26 (6.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (4.83%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (4.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (4.02%) Oracle OWB
7 12 (3.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (2.68%) Oracle Database
9 8 (2.14%) Azure SQL Database
10 7 (1.88%) Hadoop
11 6 (1.61%) MongoDB
11 6 (1.61%) QlikView
12 5 (1.34%) Apache Hive
12 5 (1.34%) Big Data
12 5 (1.34%) Data Lake
12 5 (1.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (1.34%) Qlik Sense
13 4 (1.07%) SQL Server 2014
14 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
14 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 16 (4.29%) JIRA
2 13 (3.49%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.68%) Visual Studio
4 9 (2.41%) Selenium
5 7 (1.88%) Cucumber
5 7 (1.88%) Toad
6 6 (1.61%) SoapUI
7 5 (1.34%) Jenkins
7 5 (1.34%) MSI
7 5 (1.34%) Postman
7 5 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.80%) JMeter
8 3 (0.80%) webpack
9 2 (0.54%) RStudio
9 2 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.27%) InstallShield
General
1 39 (10.46%) Public Sector
2 28 (7.51%) Finance
3 17 (4.56%) Manufacturing
3 17 (4.56%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.68%) Legal
5 8 (2.14%) Military
5 8 (2.14%) Retail
6 7 (1.88%) Marketing
7 6 (1.61%) Banking
8 5 (1.34%) Electronics
9 4 (1.07%) German Language
9 4 (1.07%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.07%) Law
9 4 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (1.07%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.80%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.54%) Automotive
11 2 (0.54%) Police
12 1 (0.27%) Housing Association
12 1 (0.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 70 (18.77%) Developer
2 56 (15.01%) Architect
3 36 (9.65%) Analyst
4 20 (5.36%) Support Engineer
5 19 (5.09%) Consultant
5 19 (5.09%) Technical Architect
6 16 (4.29%) Azure Architect
6 16 (4.29%) Desktop Engineer
7 15 (4.02%) CRM Developer
8 14 (3.75%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (3.49%) Author
9 13 (3.49%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 13 (3.49%) Technical Author
10 12 (3.22%) .NET Developer
10 12 (3.22%) Test Manager
11 11 (2.95%) Azure Developer
11 11 (2.95%) Azure Engineer
11 11 (2.95%) Desktop Support
11 11 (2.95%) DevOps Engineer
11 11 (2.95%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (15.28%) .NET
2 31 (8.31%) XML
3 27 (7.24%) SAML
4 24 (6.43%) HTML
5 22 (5.90%) CSS
6 21 (5.63%) OAuth
6 21 (5.63%) OpenID
7 15 (4.02%) jQuery
7 15 (4.02%) JSON
8 12 (3.22%) .NET Framework
8 12 (3.22%) ASP.NET
8 12 (3.22%) Node.js
9 11 (2.95%) Web Services
10 10 (2.68%) ASP.NET MVC
11 9 (2.41%) REST
11 9 (2.41%) SOAP
11 9 (2.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 8 (2.14%) LDAP
13 7 (1.88%) Entity Framework
13 7 (1.88%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 24 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (5.09%) User Experience
3 18 (4.83%) Management Information System
4 10 (2.68%) Cyberthreat
4 10 (2.68%) NHS
5 8 (2.14%) CCTV
5 8 (2.14%) PKI
5 8 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.34%) Clustering
7 5 (1.34%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.07%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.07%) Learning Management System
9 3 (0.80%) Social Media
10 2 (0.54%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.54%) IVR
10 2 (0.54%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.54%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.54%) SCADA
10 2 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 98 (26.27%) Windows
2 37 (9.92%) Windows 10
3 29 (7.77%) Linux
4 28 (7.51%) Unix
5 21 (5.63%) Windows Server
6 16 (4.29%) Windows 7
6 16 (4.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (3.22%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.88%) Apple iOS
10 6 (1.61%) Android
10 6 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (1.07%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.80%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.80%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (0.80%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.54%) VMS
14 1 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (25.20%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (15.55%) DevOps
3 44 (11.80%) Migration
4 42 (11.26%) CRM
5 41 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
6 39 (10.46%) Business Intelligence
7 37 (9.92%) Problem-Solving
8 34 (9.12%) Test Automation
9 32 (8.58%) ITIL
10 29 (7.77%) TOGAF
11 28 (7.51%) Project Management
12 26 (6.97%) Requirements Gathering
13 24 (6.43%) Data Migration
14 23 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
15 20 (5.36%) Enterprise Architecture
16 19 (5.09%) SDLC
17 18 (4.83%) SOA
18 17 (4.56%) Disaster Recovery
18 17 (4.56%) Mentoring
18 17 (4.56%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 78 (20.91%) SQL
2 59 (15.82%) C#
3 39 (10.46%) JavaScript
4 31 (8.31%) Java
5 28 (7.51%) PowerShell
6 22 (5.90%) Python
7 16 (4.29%) T-SQL
8 15 (4.02%) Bash Shell
9 14 (3.75%) C
10 5 (1.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 3 (0.80%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.80%) R
11 3 (0.80%) VBScript
12 2 (0.54%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.54%) VB
12 2 (0.54%) VB6
13 1 (0.27%) ABAP
13 1 (0.27%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.27%) Ruby
13 1 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 74 (19.84%) Security Cleared
2 57 (15.28%) DV Cleared
3 35 (9.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (7.51%) Cisco Certification
4 28 (7.51%) CISSP
5 23 (6.17%) Degree
6 20 (5.36%) ISEB
7 19 (5.09%) SC Cleared
8 18 (4.83%) CCNP
9 17 (4.56%) CCIE
10 14 (3.75%) MCSE
11 13 (3.49%) ISEB Practitioner
12 12 (3.22%) CCDP
12 12 (3.22%) CCIE Collaboration
13 11 (2.95%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (2.41%) GIAC
14 9 (2.41%) MCSA
15 8 (2.14%) CCNA
16 7 (1.88%) ISTQB
16 7 (1.88%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.09%) QA
2 17 (4.56%) SLA
3 15 (4.02%) PMO
4 6 (1.61%) P3O
5 5 (1.34%) Data Quality
5 5 (1.34%) GDPR
6 3 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.27%) COBIT
7 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.27%) WCAG
System Software
1 91 (24.40%) Active Directory
2 32 (8.58%) Hyper-V
3 21 (5.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (2.95%) Docker
5 9 (2.41%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (2.14%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (1.88%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (1.34%) HDFS
8 5 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.07%) XenApp
9 4 (1.07%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.80%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.54%) vSphere
12 1 (0.27%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.27%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.27%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 21 (5.63%) Microsoft Intune
2 20 (5.36%) SCCM
3 10 (2.68%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.34%) Terraform
5 4 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (1.07%) SCOM
5 4 (1.07%) WSUS
6 3 (0.80%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (0.80%) SCDPM
6 3 (0.80%) SCSM
6 3 (0.80%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.54%) Rancher
8 1 (0.27%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.27%) Nessus
8 1 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.27%) TeMIP
8 1 (0.27%) WMI
8 1 (0.27%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 64 (17.16%) Oracle
2 51 (13.67%) Cisco
3 42 (11.26%) VMware
4 31 (8.31%) Dell
5 24 (6.43%) CheckPoint
6 15 (4.02%) SAP
6 15 (4.02%) webMethods
7 14 (3.75%) IBM
8 13 (3.49%) Juniper
9 12 (3.22%) SolarWinds
10 11 (2.95%) Splunk
11 10 (2.68%) Citrix
11 10 (2.68%) Red Hat
12 9 (2.41%) Google
12 9 (2.41%) Meraki
13 6 (1.61%) Qualys
13 6 (1.61%) Tableau
14 5 (1.34%) Apple
15 4 (1.07%) Remedy
16 3 (0.80%) Avaya