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 3 months to 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
England / West Midlands
Rank 4 5 3
Rank change year-on-year +1 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 325 350 344
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.24% 13.14% 14.00%
As % of the Vendors category 34.03% 27.17% 27.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 203 186
Median daily rate £375 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £226 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 55
Median hourly rate £12.86 £12.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.16% -41.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.14 £10.73 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.42 £17.50 £28.32
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 the West Midlands.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 955 1288 1242
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 41.85% 48.35% 50.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 563 643 642
Median daily rate £400 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.43% +9.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £261 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 38 102
Median hourly rate £18.00 £14.50 £22.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.13% -36.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.15 £9.58 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.88 £22.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £17.22
% change year-on-year -16.64% +13.21%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +1 109 £351 +7.84% 55
Coventry +4 49 £450 +5.88% 16
Warwickshire -5 30 £350 -12.50% 16
Staffordshire +1 28 £369 -0.33% 20
Shropshire +20 18 £350 +7.69% 9
Solihull +3 13 £338 +3.84% 4
West Bromwich +1 9 £340 -38.18%
Worcestershire -2 5 £195 +41.81% 13
Wolverhampton +5 4 £250 -54.54% 1
Herefordshire -12 3 £338 -20.58% 3
Walsall 0 1 £300 -
Halesowen - 1 £415 - 1
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 234 (31.24%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (25.37%) MS Excel
3 177 (23.63%) .NET
4 176 (23.50%) SQL
5 165 (22.03%) CRM
6 151 (20.16%) Dynamics CRM
7 147 (19.63%) Microsoft Azure
8 141 (18.83%) HTML
9 138 (18.42%) Windows
10 133 (17.76%) CSS
11 128 (17.09%) SQL Server
12 118 (15.75%) C#
13 112 (14.95%) JavaScript
14 111 (14.82%) MS Office
15 94 (12.55%) Active Directory
16 93 (12.42%) Migration
17 84 (11.21%) SharePoint
18 79 (10.55%) Business Intelligence
18 79 (10.55%) Security Cleared
19 77 (10.28%) MVC
20 76 (10.15%) Advertising
21 73 (9.75%) Finance
22 69 (9.21%) ASP.NET
22 69 (9.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 69 (9.21%) Analytical Skills
23 67 (8.95%) Team Foundation Server
24 62 (8.28%) Visual Studio
24 62 (8.28%) ITIL
25 61 (8.14%) Web Services
26 58 (7.74%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related 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 84 (11.21%) SharePoint
2 21 (2.80%) BizTalk Server
3 19 (2.54%) MS Exchange
4 15 (2.00%) NServiceBus
5 12 (1.60%) Skype for Business
6 10 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (1.34%) IIS
6 10 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
7 9 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.40%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.40%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.27%) CMS
11 2 (0.27%) SAS
12 1 (0.13%) Apache
12 1 (0.13%) Oracle HTTP Server
12 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 190 (25.37%) MS Excel
2 111 (14.82%) MS Office
3 35 (4.67%) MS Project
4 33 (4.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 22 (2.94%) MS Visio
6 17 (2.27%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.53%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.40%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.27%) SPSS
10 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.13%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 151 (20.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (5.61%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.40%) assyst
6 2 (0.27%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.13%) HFM
7 1 (0.13%) Infor LN
7 1 (0.13%) MFGPRO
7 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 147 (19.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 54 (7.21%) Office 365
3 20 (2.67%) SaaS
4 19 (2.54%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (1.74%) IaaS
5 13 (1.74%) PaaS
6 7 (0.93%) OneDrive
7 6 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (0.80%) Yammer
8 3 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.40%) IBM PureFlex
9 2 (0.27%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.13%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.80%) DNS
2 15 (2.00%) Firewall
3 14 (1.87%) DHCP
3 14 (1.87%) LAN
3 14 (1.87%) WAN
4 12 (1.60%) Skype
4 12 (1.60%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.47%) Broadband
6 10 (1.34%) LDAP
6 10 (1.34%) SAN
6 10 (1.34%) VoIP
7 9 (1.20%) Kerberos
8 7 (0.93%) Internet
8 7 (0.93%) Network Security
8 7 (0.93%) Unified Communications
8 7 (0.93%) VPN
8 7 (0.93%) Wireless
9 6 (0.80%) PBX
9 6 (0.80%) Remote Desktop
9 6 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (17.09%) SQL Server
2 69 (9.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 58 (7.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 48 (6.41%) Data Warehouse
5 44 (5.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 29 (3.87%) SQL Server 2008
7 22 (2.94%) Power BI
7 22 (2.94%) SQL Server 2016
8 21 (2.80%) SQL Server 2014
9 19 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
10 18 (2.40%) MySQL
11 13 (1.74%) NoSQL
11 13 (1.74%) QlikView
12 12 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (1.47%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (1.47%) MongoDB
13 11 (1.47%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.93%) MS Access
14 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
15 6 (0.80%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 67 (8.95%) Team Foundation Server
2 62 (8.28%) Visual Studio
3 37 (4.94%) Visual Studio Team System
4 13 (1.74%) JIRA
5 10 (1.34%) Cucumber
5 10 (1.34%) Selenium
6 9 (1.20%) MSI
7 8 (1.07%) SpecFlow
8 5 (0.67%) InstallShield
8 5 (0.67%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.53%) JMeter
9 4 (0.53%) MSTest
9 4 (0.53%) NUnit
9 4 (0.53%) ReSharper
9 4 (0.53%) WebDriver
10 3 (0.40%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.40%) MSBuild
10 3 (0.40%) NCover
10 3 (0.40%) NDepend
10 3 (0.40%) StyleCop
General
1 76 (10.15%) Advertising
2 73 (9.75%) Finance
3 35 (4.67%) Manufacturing
4 32 (4.27%) Marketing
5 29 (3.87%) Telecoms
6 23 (3.07%) Retail
7 9 (1.20%) Automotive
8 7 (0.93%) Publishing
9 6 (0.80%) Electronics
10 5 (0.67%) Legal
10 5 (0.67%) Local Government
11 3 (0.40%) Banking
12 2 (0.27%) French Language
12 2 (0.27%) Games
12 2 (0.27%) Law
13 1 (0.13%) Czech Language
13 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.13%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.13%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 222 (29.64%) Developer
2 124 (16.56%) Analyst
3 86 (11.48%) Architect
4 75 (10.01%) CRM Developer
5 63 (8.41%) Microsoft Developer
6 55 (7.34%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 48 (6.41%) .NET Developer
8 40 (5.34%) Project Manager
9 36 (4.81%) Consultant
10 31 (4.14%) Service Analyst
10 31 (4.14%) Service Desk Analyst
11 28 (3.74%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 23 (3.07%) Solutions Architect
13 21 (2.80%) C# Developer
13 21 (2.80%) Senior Developer
14 20 (2.67%) Administrator
15 18 (2.40%) C# .NET Developer
15 18 (2.40%) CRM Analyst
15 18 (2.40%) SQL Developer
16 16 (2.14%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (23.63%) .NET
2 141 (18.83%) HTML
3 133 (17.76%) CSS
4 69 (9.21%) ASP.NET
5 61 (8.14%) Web Services
6 57 (7.61%) .NET Framework
7 55 (7.34%) ASP.NET Web API
8 52 (6.94%) WCF
9 48 (6.41%) ASP.NET MVC
10 44 (5.87%) HTML5
11 31 (4.14%) CSS3
12 30 (4.01%) jQuery
13 29 (3.87%) Entity Framework
14 27 (3.60%) SOAP
15 26 (3.47%) AngularJS
15 26 (3.47%) XML
16 19 (2.54%) KnockoutJS
16 19 (2.54%) REST
17 16 (2.14%) Ajax
17 16 (2.14%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 69 (9.21%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (5.21%) Data Centre
3 31 (4.14%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.40%) Computer Science
5 17 (2.27%) User Experience
6 16 (2.14%) Public Cloud
7 14 (1.87%) NHS
8 11 (1.47%) Driving Licence
9 10 (1.34%) Fat Client
9 10 (1.34%) Thin Client
10 9 (1.20%) PKI
11 8 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (0.93%) Clustering
13 6 (0.80%) CMDB
13 6 (0.80%) DataPower
14 5 (0.67%) Replication
15 4 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
15 4 (0.53%) Video Conferencing
15 4 (0.53%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.53%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 138 (18.42%) Windows
2 52 (6.94%) Windows Server
3 36 (4.81%) Windows 7
4 23 (3.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 23 (3.07%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (2.67%) Linux
6 19 (2.54%) Unix
7 12 (1.60%) Windows 10
8 11 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (1.20%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.93%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.67%) Android
12 4 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.40%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.40%) HPUX
14 2 (0.27%) CentOS
14 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.13%) Solaris
15 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 234 (31.24%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (22.03%) CRM
3 93 (12.42%) Migration
4 79 (10.55%) Business Intelligence
5 77 (10.28%) MVC
6 62 (8.28%) ITIL
7 54 (7.21%) Scrum
8 49 (6.54%) Project Management
8 49 (6.54%) TDD
9 46 (6.14%) BDD
10 45 (6.01%) Data Migration
11 40 (5.34%) ETL
11 40 (5.34%) Stakeholder Management
12 37 (4.94%) Service Management
13 30 (4.01%) Change Management
14 29 (3.87%) PRINCE2
15 26 (3.47%) Continuous Integration
15 26 (3.47%) Web Development
16 23 (3.07%) Data Conversion
17 22 (2.94%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 176 (23.50%) SQL
2 118 (15.75%) C#
3 112 (14.95%) JavaScript
4 47 (6.28%) PowerShell
4 47 (6.28%) T-SQL
5 21 (2.80%) C
5 21 (2.80%) Java
6 17 (2.27%) Ruby
7 16 (2.14%) Scala
8 14 (1.87%) X++
9 10 (1.34%) VB.NET
10 8 (1.07%) Python
11 6 (0.80%) VB
12 5 (0.67%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.40%) Perl
13 3 (0.40%) VB6
13 3 (0.40%) XAML
14 2 (0.27%) C++
14 2 (0.27%) R
14 2 (0.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 79 (10.55%) Security Cleared
2 47 (6.28%) SC Cleared
3 43 (5.74%) Degree
4 32 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (2.14%) DV Cleared
6 14 (1.87%) ISTQB
7 13 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
8 12 (1.60%) ISEB
9 10 (1.34%) MCSE
10 9 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
11 8 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (0.93%) CCNA
12 7 (0.93%) MCITP
12 7 (0.93%) PMI Certification
13 6 (0.80%) PMP
13 6 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.67%) MCP
15 4 (0.53%) CCNP
15 4 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.94%) SLA
2 21 (2.80%) QA
3 19 (2.54%) PMO
4 12 (1.60%) Disclosure Scotland
5 9 (1.20%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.13%) IFRS
7 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 94 (12.55%) Active Directory
2 19 (2.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.60%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (1.20%) VMware ESX
4 9 (1.20%) XenApp
5 5 (0.67%) Docker
6 4 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.13%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.13%) Firmware
9 1 (0.13%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.13%) vSphere
9 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 18 (2.40%) SCCM
2 9 (1.20%) SCOM
3 6 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (0.80%) Nagios
4 5 (0.67%) WSUS
5 3 (0.40%) Ansible
5 3 (0.40%) HP Data Protector
5 3 (0.40%) Puppet
6 2 (0.27%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.27%) logstash
6 2 (0.27%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.27%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.13%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.13%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.13%) Kibana
7 1 (0.13%) Salt
7 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.13%) Terraform
Vendors
1 40 (5.34%) VMware
2 31 (4.14%) Cisco
3 23 (3.07%) Oracle
4 22 (2.94%) Citrix
5 18 (2.40%) IBM
6 15 (2.00%) HP
7 14 (1.87%) SAP
8 11 (1.47%) Remedy
9 8 (1.07%) BMC
9 8 (1.07%) SolarWinds
9 8 (1.07%) Tableau
10 6 (0.80%) Adobe
10 6 (0.80%) CheckPoint
10 6 (0.80%) Dell
10 6 (0.80%) Red Hat
11 5 (0.67%) Capita
11 5 (0.67%) Casewise
11 5 (0.67%) Cognos
11 5 (0.67%) NetApp
11 5 (0.67%) Veritas
Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £22 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leamington Spa
Nigel Frank International
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Shropshire
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hereford
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £250 - £350 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Montash
Rate: £300 - £375 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Montash
Rate: £175 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago