Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 678 685 874
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.86% 14.53% 15.96%
As % of the Vendors category 30.82% 33.30% 34.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 438 540
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% -2.03%
10th Percentile £150 £161 £162
90th Percentile £545 £538 £538
England median daily rate £425 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 37 44
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.63% +1.43%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.15 £10.60
90th Percentile £21.25 £32.25 £25.70
England median hourly rate £15.40 £15.12 £15.36
% change year-on-year +1.87% -1.56% -

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 2,200 2,057 2,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 44.98% 43.63% 46.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,230 1,238 1,364
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - -
10th Percentile £225 £208 £213
90th Percentile £575 £563 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 88 90
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.25 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.93% +5.17% -3.33%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.56 £10.60
90th Percentile £29.30 £48.75 £26.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.49 £17.19
% change year-on-year +0.06% +1.77% -1.80%

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 +2 225 £375 - 149
Coventry +8 130 £425 +18.88% 29
Warwickshire -1 73 £406 +8.33% 33
Shropshire -30 67 £425 +246.94% 9
Herefordshire -1 36 £375 +150.00% 8
Staffordshire -12 29 £365 +12.31% 28
Worcestershire +3 23 £450 +46.34% 57
Solihull -2 18 £319 -12.07% 22
Wolverhampton +1 11 £419 -6.94% 10
Walsall - 5 £388 - 3
West Bromwich -4 3 £110 -6.38% 5
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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.

1 219 (32.30%) Windows
2 188 (27.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 171 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
4 169 (24.93%) Active Directory
5 150 (22.12%) Microsoft Office
6 144 (21.24%) SQL
7 114 (16.81%) .NET
7 114 (16.81%) Office 365
8 104 (15.34%) ITIL
9 100 (14.75%) Migration
10 93 (13.72%) SQL Server
11 87 (12.83%) CRM
12 82 (12.09%) C#
13 79 (11.65%) Finance
14 77 (11.36%) Windows Server
15 76 (11.21%) Dynamics CRM
16 72 (10.62%) Stakeholder Management
17 67 (9.88%) VMware
18 66 (9.73%) JavaScript
18 66 (9.73%) Microsoft Excel
19 61 (9.00%) Dynamics 365
20 60 (8.85%) Windows 10
21 58 (8.55%) Security Cleared
22 57 (8.41%) HTML
23 54 (7.96%) Oracle
24 53 (7.82%) SCCM
25 52 (7.67%) Continuous Integration
26 51 (7.52%) Project Management
27 50 (7.37%) Windows 7
28 48 (7.08%) CSS

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 40 (5.90%) SharePoint
2 30 (4.42%) MS Exchange
3 17 (2.51%) WebLogic
4 15 (2.21%) Skype for Business
5 10 (1.47%) IIS
6 8 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (1.03%) Confluence
7 7 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (1.03%) IBM Notes
8 6 (0.88%) CMS
9 5 (0.74%) JBoss
9 5 (0.74%) SAS
9 5 (0.74%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.74%) WildFly
10 3 (0.44%) Documentum
10 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (0.44%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 150 (22.12%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (9.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (4.13%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (3.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (2.80%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 76 (11.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.92%) Dynamics NAV
3 10 (1.47%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.29%) Eikon
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.29%) SAP FI-CA
5 2 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.29%) Scribe Insight
6 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.15%) Primavera
6 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 188 (27.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 114 (16.81%) Office 365
3 61 (9.00%) Dynamics 365
4 37 (5.46%) Amazon AWS
5 26 (3.83%) SaaS
6 18 (2.65%) IaaS
6 18 (2.65%) PaaS
7 16 (2.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 11 (1.62%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.47%) Azure Data Factory
10 9 (1.33%) GitHub
11 6 (0.88%) G Suite
12 5 (0.74%) Azure Functions
12 5 (0.74%) Serverless
13 4 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
15 2 (0.29%) BlazeMeter
15 2 (0.29%) Scribe Online
16 1 (0.15%) Boomi
16 1 (0.15%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.39%) DNS
2 18 (2.65%) Firewall
3 14 (2.06%) DHCP
3 14 (2.06%) LAN
3 14 (2.06%) Skype
4 13 (1.92%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.92%) WAN
5 10 (1.47%) Internet
5 10 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (1.33%) VPN
7 6 (0.88%) SAN
7 6 (0.88%) SSL
7 6 (0.88%) Unified Communications
7 6 (0.88%) VLAN
8 4 (0.59%) ADSL
8 4 (0.59%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.59%) Network Security
8 4 (0.59%) WLAN
9 3 (0.44%) IP Telephony
9 3 (0.44%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (13.72%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.10%) Relational Database
2 21 (3.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 18 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
3 18 (2.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 17 (2.51%) Power BI
5 16 (2.36%) RDBMS
6 15 (2.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 14 (2.06%) NoSQL
8 11 (1.62%) MongoDB
9 10 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (1.47%) Oracle Database
10 9 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
10 9 (1.33%) Cosmos DB
10 9 (1.33%) MySQL
10 9 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (1.03%) Big Data
11 7 (1.03%) Hadoop
11 7 (1.03%) SQLite
12 6 (0.88%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 37 (5.46%) Visual Studio Team System
2 32 (4.72%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (4.57%) Visual Studio
4 29 (4.28%) JIRA
5 25 (3.69%) Git (software)
6 23 (3.39%) Selenium
7 20 (2.95%) Jenkins
8 11 (1.62%) Moq
8 11 (1.62%) NUnit
9 9 (1.33%) Xcode
10 7 (1.03%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.74%) HP UFT
11 5 (0.74%) Subversion
12 4 (0.59%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.59%) Grunt
12 4 (0.59%) NDepend
12 4 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (0.59%) SoapUI
12 4 (0.59%) TeamCity
12 4 (0.59%) Toad
General
1 79 (11.65%) Finance
2 23 (3.39%) Military
3 21 (3.10%) Retail
4 14 (2.06%) Marketing
5 13 (1.92%) Banking
6 12 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.47%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.18%) Legal
9 7 (1.03%) Automotive
10 6 (0.88%) Electronics
11 4 (0.59%) Cantonese Language
11 4 (0.59%) Mandarin Language
12 3 (0.44%) Law
12 3 (0.44%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.44%) Retail Finance
13 2 (0.29%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.29%) Billing
13 2 (0.29%) Front Office
13 2 (0.29%) Publishing
14 1 (0.15%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 120 (17.70%) Developer
2 111 (16.37%) Analyst
3 54 (7.96%) Architect
4 48 (7.08%) Project Manager
5 39 (5.75%) Consultant
6 31 (4.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 27 (3.98%) .NET Developer
7 27 (3.98%) Service Analyst
8 25 (3.69%) Business Analyst
8 25 (3.69%) IT Support
9 24 (3.54%) Service Desk Analyst
10 21 (3.10%) Azure Developer
11 20 (2.95%) Support Engineer
12 19 (2.80%) Desktop Support
13 18 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support
13 18 (2.65%) Azure Engineer
13 18 (2.65%) Support Analyst
14 17 (2.51%) CRM Developer
14 17 (2.51%) Dynamics CRM Developer
14 17 (2.51%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (16.81%) .NET
2 57 (8.41%) HTML
3 48 (7.08%) CSS
4 35 (5.16%) ASP.NET
4 35 (5.16%) Web Services
5 26 (3.83%) XML
6 24 (3.54%) JSON
7 19 (2.80%) ASP.NET MVC
7 19 (2.80%) HTML5
7 19 (2.80%) jQuery
8 18 (2.65%) ASP.NET Web API
9 13 (1.92%) .NET Framework
9 13 (1.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 12 (1.77%) SOAP
11 11 (1.62%) CSS3
11 11 (1.62%) Swagger
12 10 (1.47%) KnockoutJS
13 9 (1.33%) AngularJS
13 9 (1.33%) REST
13 9 (1.33%) Zurb Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 45 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.57%) Data Centre
3 30 (4.42%) Management Information System
4 27 (3.98%) Public Cloud
5 23 (3.39%) User Experience
6 16 (2.36%) Mobile App
7 12 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
8 10 (1.47%) Blackberry
8 10 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.47%) iPhone
9 8 (1.18%) Fat Client
9 8 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
9 8 (1.18%) Thin Client
10 7 (1.03%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (1.03%) Virtual Team
11 6 (0.88%) Fintech
11 6 (0.88%) NHS
12 5 (0.74%) EPoS
12 5 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 219 (32.30%) Windows
2 77 (11.36%) Windows Server
3 60 (8.85%) Windows 10
4 50 (7.37%) Windows 7
5 39 (5.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (3.24%) Unix
7 20 (2.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (2.36%) Android
9 14 (2.06%) Linux
10 13 (1.92%) Apple iOS
11 12 (1.77%) Windows XP
12 9 (1.33%) Windows 8
13 7 (1.03%) AIX
14 6 (0.88%) Solaris
15 3 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.29%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
17 1 (0.15%) CentOS
17 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (15.34%) ITIL
3 100 (14.75%) Migration
4 87 (12.83%) CRM
5 72 (10.62%) Stakeholder Management
6 52 (7.67%) Continuous Integration
7 51 (7.52%) Project Management
8 45 (6.64%) Service Delivery
9 44 (6.49%) Waterfall
10 43 (6.34%) MVC
11 41 (6.05%) DevOps
12 40 (5.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 39 (5.75%) SDLC
14 38 (5.60%) Test Automation
15 37 (5.46%) Business Intelligence
16 36 (5.31%) Problem-Solving
17 32 (4.72%) Service Management
17 32 (4.72%) TDD
18 30 (4.42%) Data Modelling
18 30 (4.42%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 144 (21.24%) SQL
2 82 (12.09%) C#
3 66 (9.73%) JavaScript
4 41 (6.05%) PowerShell
5 24 (3.54%) Java
6 21 (3.10%) T-SQL
7 14 (2.06%) Python
8 9 (1.33%) Apple Swift
8 9 (1.33%) C
8 9 (1.33%) Objective-C
9 8 (1.18%) VB.NET
10 6 (0.88%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.88%) VBScript
11 5 (0.74%) PHP
11 5 (0.74%) VB
12 3 (0.44%) Java 8
12 3 (0.44%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.44%) Ruby
13 2 (0.29%) ANSI SQL
13 2 (0.29%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 58 (8.55%) Security Cleared
2 35 (5.16%) Microsoft Certification
3 29 (4.28%) MCSE
4 28 (4.13%) Degree
5 25 (3.69%) SC Cleared
6 24 (3.54%) DV Cleared
7 16 (2.36%) MCP
8 13 (1.92%) ISEB
9 12 (1.77%) ISTQB
9 12 (1.77%) MCITP
10 10 (1.47%) CISSP
10 10 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 7 (1.03%) CISMP
12 7 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
12 7 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 6 (0.88%) APMP
14 5 (0.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 5 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.74%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (1.33%) GDPR
2 9 (1.33%) PMO
3 8 (1.18%) SLA
4 6 (0.88%) JSP 440
4 6 (0.88%) QA
5 4 (0.59%) WCAG
6 3 (0.44%) COBIT
6 3 (0.44%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.29%) Def Stans
7 2 (0.29%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 169 (24.93%) Active Directory
2 40 (5.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.69%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.51%) XenApp
5 16 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (2.21%) Docker
7 14 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (1.47%) Terminal Services
9 8 (1.18%) VMware Workstation
9 8 (1.18%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (0.88%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.74%) Firmware
13 4 (0.59%) vSphere
14 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.15%) Snort
15 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 53 (7.82%) SCCM
2 16 (2.36%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (1.62%) WSUS
4 10 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
5 9 (1.33%) HockeyApp
6 8 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.88%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.88%) SCOM
8 5 (0.74%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.59%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (0.59%) SafeCom
10 3 (0.44%) FortiGate
10 3 (0.44%) Kibana
10 3 (0.44%) Terraform
11 2 (0.29%) CASB
11 2 (0.29%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.29%) Norton AntiVirus
11 2 (0.29%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 67 (9.88%) VMware
2 54 (7.96%) Oracle
3 27 (3.98%) Cisco
4 24 (3.54%) Citrix
5 18 (2.65%) Apple
6 16 (2.36%) SAP
7 13 (1.92%) IBM
8 12 (1.77%) Google
8 12 (1.77%) HP
8 12 (1.77%) webMethods
9 11 (1.62%) Atlassian
10 10 (1.47%) Twitter
11 9 (1.33%) Remedy
11 9 (1.33%) Xamarin
12 8 (1.18%) CheckPoint
12 8 (1.18%) Dell
12 8 (1.18%) NetApp
12 8 (1.18%) ServiceNow
13 7 (1.03%) Lotus
13 7 (1.03%) McAfee