Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 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.

Microsoft
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 669 953 646
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.82% 15.41% 13.08%
As % of the Vendors category 31.09% 32.79% 29.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 420 573 402
West Midlands median daily rate £386 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.00% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £160 £200 £145
90th Percentile £538 £525 £498
England median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% +1.27% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 49 71
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.57 £13.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.33% -18.18% +10.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £22.80 £33.55
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%

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 2152 2906 2168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 44.44% 46.98% 43.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1286 1580 1083
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £207 £250 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 92 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.82 £14.50 £15.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.10% -8.37% -0.16%
10th Percentile £10.83 £10.29 £10.72
90th Percentile £48.38 £24.98 £33.28
England median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.21% -2.86% +6.06%

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 November 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 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 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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 -2 232 £395 -1.25% 42
Warwickshire +12 92 £375 +5.26% 14
Coventry -7 81 £360 -5.26% 28
Staffordshire -2 53 £345 +6.15% 20
Shropshire -3 48 £395 +16.18% 7
Solihull +5 28 £320 +13.78% 13
Wolverhampton +1 12 £185 -49.38% 7
Worcestershire -9 9 £329 +9.58% 4
West Bromwich +3 6 £475 +18.76%
Herefordshire 0 6 £150 -66.67% 1
Wednesbury - 2 - -
Dudley -9 1 £275 +243.75%
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 175 (26.16%) Windows
2 159 (23.77%) Microsoft Office
3 126 (18.83%) Active Directory
4 125 (18.68%) SQL
5 120 (17.94%) Agile Software Development
6 116 (17.34%) SQL Server
7 108 (16.14%) Microsoft Azure
8 97 (14.50%) .NET
9 95 (14.20%) CRM
10 94 (14.05%) Finance
11 91 (13.60%) Migration
11 91 (13.60%) Office 365
12 87 (13.00%) SharePoint
13 81 (12.11%) Microsoft Excel
13 81 (12.11%) VMware
14 80 (11.96%) ITIL
15 79 (11.81%) Dynamics CRM
16 74 (11.06%) Project Management
17 61 (9.12%) C#
17 61 (9.12%) PowerShell
18 60 (8.97%) SCCM
19 59 (8.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 56 (8.37%) Windows Server
21 55 (8.22%) MS Exchange
22 54 (8.07%) Windows 7
23 52 (7.77%) Stakeholder Management
23 52 (7.77%) Windows 10
24 50 (7.47%) Analytical Skills
24 50 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
25 49 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure

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 87 (13.00%) SharePoint
2 55 (8.22%) MS Exchange
3 31 (4.63%) Skype for Business
4 19 (2.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 12 (1.79%) IIS
5 12 (1.79%) SharePoint 2010
6 10 (1.49%) Confluence
7 9 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.75%) CMS
9 5 (0.75%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.75%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.45%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.45%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.30%) K2 blackpearl
12 2 (0.30%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 159 (23.77%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (12.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (5.23%) Microsoft Project
4 29 (4.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.64%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.64%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.90%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.60%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.60%) RoboHelp
7 4 (0.60%) Snagit
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.15%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 79 (11.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (3.59%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
5 2 (0.30%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.15%) Magento
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.15%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 108 (16.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 91 (13.60%) Office 365
3 41 (6.13%) Dynamics 365
4 23 (3.44%) IaaS
4 23 (3.44%) PaaS
5 17 (2.54%) Amazon AWS
6 11 (1.64%) SaaS
7 5 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.75%) G Suite
8 4 (0.60%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.45%) Akamai
9 3 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.30%) GitHub
10 2 (0.30%) Route 53
11 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.15%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.15%) Rackspace Cloud
11 1 (0.15%) Scribe Online
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.74%) Firewall
2 17 (2.54%) SAN
3 16 (2.39%) DNS
3 16 (2.39%) TCP/IP
4 15 (2.24%) Skype
5 12 (1.79%) Network Security
5 12 (1.79%) VPN
6 10 (1.49%) Internet
6 10 (1.49%) Remote Desktop
6 10 (1.49%) WAN
7 9 (1.35%) LAN
7 9 (1.35%) LDAP
8 8 (1.20%) Intranet
8 8 (1.20%) VoIP
9 7 (1.05%) DHCP
9 7 (1.05%) Intrusion Detection
10 6 (0.90%) SSL
11 5 (0.75%) CTI
11 5 (0.75%) H.323
11 5 (0.75%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (17.34%) SQL Server
2 59 (8.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 42 (6.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 27 (4.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 26 (3.89%) Data Warehouse
6 19 (2.84%) Power BI
7 17 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (2.54%) SQL Server 2014
8 14 (2.09%) Relational Database
8 14 (2.09%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (1.94%) RDBMS
10 10 (1.49%) NoSQL
11 8 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
11 8 (1.20%) OLAP
11 8 (1.20%) PowerPivot
11 8 (1.20%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (0.90%) SQL Server 2016
13 5 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (0.75%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 23 (3.44%) MSI
2 21 (3.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (2.84%) Git (software)
3 19 (2.84%) JIRA
4 9 (1.35%) Jenkins
4 9 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (1.05%) Subversion
6 6 (0.90%) SoapUI
7 5 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.75%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.75%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.60%) AccuRev
8 4 (0.60%) Selenium
8 4 (0.60%) Vagrant
9 3 (0.45%) JMeter
9 3 (0.45%) NuGet
10 2 (0.30%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.30%) MorphX
10 2 (0.30%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 94 (14.05%) Finance
2 28 (4.19%) Manufacturing
3 22 (3.29%) Automotive
3 22 (3.29%) Retail
4 21 (3.14%) Advertising
5 13 (1.94%) Banking
6 8 (1.20%) Legal
7 7 (1.05%) General Ledger
8 6 (0.90%) Marketing
9 5 (0.75%) Back Office
9 5 (0.75%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.45%) Billing
11 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.30%) Publishing
12 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.15%) Electronics
12 1 (0.15%) Front Office
12 1 (0.15%) Games
12 1 (0.15%) Law
12 1 (0.15%) Military
Job Titles
1 129 (19.28%) Analyst
2 112 (16.74%) Developer
3 58 (8.67%) Project Manager
4 53 (7.92%) Consultant
5 41 (6.13%) Architect
6 38 (5.68%) Business Analyst
7 33 (4.93%) Service Analyst
8 32 (4.78%) Support Engineer
9 26 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support
10 23 (3.44%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 23 (3.44%) Service Desk Analyst
11 22 (3.29%) Desktop Support
12 21 (3.14%) Administrator
13 20 (2.99%) .NET Developer
13 20 (2.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 18 (2.69%) Senior Developer
15 17 (2.54%) CRM Analyst
15 17 (2.54%) CRM Developer
15 17 (2.54%) Microsoft Developer
16 15 (2.24%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (14.50%) .NET
2 38 (5.68%) CSS
2 38 (5.68%) HTML
3 36 (5.38%) ASP.NET
4 20 (2.99%) Web Services
4 20 (2.99%) WSH
5 18 (2.69%) .NET Framework
6 15 (2.24%) ASP.NET MVC
7 13 (1.94%) ASP.NET Web API
7 13 (1.94%) jQuery
8 11 (1.64%) AngularJS
9 10 (1.49%) XML
10 9 (1.35%) Entity Framework
10 9 (1.35%) HTML5
11 8 (1.20%) WCF
12 7 (1.05%) JSON
13 6 (0.90%) Ajax
13 6 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 6 (0.90%) MDX
13 6 (0.90%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.47%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (4.33%) Management Information System
3 27 (4.04%) Data Centre
4 19 (2.84%) Blackberry
5 14 (2.09%) Fat Client
5 14 (2.09%) Thin Client
6 11 (1.64%) User Experience
7 9 (1.35%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (1.35%) NHS
8 6 (0.90%) FMCG
8 6 (0.90%) Wiki
9 5 (0.75%) Driving Licence
9 5 (0.75%) IVR
9 5 (0.75%) PKI
10 4 (0.60%) AS400
10 4 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
11 3 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 175 (26.16%) Windows
2 56 (8.37%) Windows Server
3 54 (8.07%) Windows 7
4 52 (7.77%) Windows 10
5 25 (3.74%) Linux
6 21 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (2.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (2.39%) Unix
9 9 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (1.05%) Android
10 7 (1.05%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.75%) Windows 8
12 4 (0.60%) Apple iOS
12 4 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.30%) AIX
14 1 (0.15%) HPUX
14 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.15%) Solaris
14 1 (0.15%) VMS
14 1 (0.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (17.94%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (14.20%) CRM
3 91 (13.60%) Migration
4 80 (11.96%) ITIL
5 74 (11.06%) Project Management
6 52 (7.77%) Stakeholder Management
7 50 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
8 37 (5.53%) PRINCE2
8 37 (5.53%) Service Management
9 36 (5.38%) MVC
9 36 (5.38%) Scrum
10 32 (4.78%) ETL
11 28 (4.19%) Change Management
12 27 (4.04%) Release Management
13 26 (3.89%) DevOps
14 25 (3.74%) Business Analysis
14 25 (3.74%) Data Migration
14 25 (3.74%) Service Delivery
15 23 (3.44%) Waterfall
16 22 (3.29%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 125 (18.68%) SQL
2 61 (9.12%) C#
2 61 (9.12%) PowerShell
3 46 (6.88%) JavaScript
4 32 (4.78%) T-SQL
5 20 (2.99%) VBScript
6 11 (1.64%) Python
6 11 (1.64%) Ruby
7 10 (1.49%) Java
7 10 (1.49%) VBA
8 9 (1.35%) C
9 8 (1.20%) VB.NET
10 6 (0.90%) Go
10 6 (0.90%) TypeScript
11 5 (0.75%) Bash Shell
11 5 (0.75%) C++
11 5 (0.75%) Perl
12 4 (0.60%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.45%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 3 (0.45%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 39 (5.83%) Degree
2 32 (4.78%) Microsoft Certification
3 30 (4.48%) Security Cleared
4 23 (3.44%) SC Cleared
5 11 (1.64%) ISEB
6 10 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (1.49%) MCSA
6 10 (1.49%) MCSE
6 10 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 9 (1.35%) MCTS
8 7 (1.05%) ISTQB
8 7 (1.05%) PMI Certification
8 7 (1.05%) PMP
8 7 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 6 (0.90%) MCP
10 5 (0.75%) APMP
10 5 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.75%) CCIE
10 5 (0.75%) CCNP
10 5 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (4.04%) QA
2 21 (3.14%) SLA
3 15 (2.24%) Data Quality
3 15 (2.24%) PMO
4 7 (1.05%) COBIT
5 6 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.45%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.30%) GDPR
7 2 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.15%) GCP
8 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.15%) IEC 62304
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.15%) MiFID
8 1 (0.15%) P3O
8 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.15%) Solvency II
System Software
1 126 (18.83%) Active Directory
2 49 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (6.43%) Microsoft App-V
4 26 (3.89%) Hyper-V
5 11 (1.64%) Terminal Services
6 10 (1.49%) VMware Workstation
7 9 (1.35%) XenApp
8 7 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (1.05%) vSphere
9 6 (0.90%) Docker
10 5 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.75%) VirtualBox
11 3 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.45%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.30%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.30%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.15%) KVM
13 1 (0.15%) RACF
Systems Management
1 60 (8.97%) SCCM
2 23 (3.44%) WSUS
3 20 (2.99%) WMI
4 16 (2.39%) Norton AntiVirus
5 11 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (1.49%) SafeCom
6 10 (1.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 9 (1.35%) Ansible
7 9 (1.35%) SCOM
8 8 (1.20%) Backup Exec
9 7 (1.05%) Puppet
10 5 (0.75%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.45%) Nagios
12 3 (0.45%) Terraform
13 2 (0.30%) Cisco LMS
13 2 (0.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 1 (0.15%) logstash
14 1 (0.15%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 81 (12.11%) VMware
2 37 (5.53%) Cisco
3 36 (5.38%) Citrix
4 31 (4.63%) Oracle
5 23 (3.44%) IBM
6 22 (3.29%) SAP
7 21 (3.14%) HP
7 21 (3.14%) Tableau
8 20 (2.99%) Symantec
9 17 (2.54%) McAfee
9 17 (2.54%) NetApp
10 10 (1.49%) Wyse
11 9 (1.35%) Google
12 8 (1.20%) Avaya
12 8 (1.20%) Veeam
13 6 (0.90%) CheckPoint
13 6 (0.90%) Cognos
14 5 (0.75%) Adobe
14 5 (0.75%) Dell
14 5 (0.75%) EMC