Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 680 651 615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.82% 13.30% 14.20%
As % of the Vendors category 33.46% 30.15% 32.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 405 378
West Midlands median daily rate £405 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.52% +6.90% -3.33%
10th Percentile £156 £210 £170
90th Percentile £561 £546 £525
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 40 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.06 £15.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.06% +6.90% +18.37%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.13 £10.18
90th Percentile £44.05 £23.90 £23.58
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.71 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.97% +4.72% -2.66%

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 2,032 2,159 1,873
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 44.30% 44.11% 43.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,176 1,279 1,090
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £250 £246 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 111 90
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £15.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -2.09% +0.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.31 £10.96
90th Percentile £41.25 £29.50 £40.15
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.57% - -2.78%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 +2 222 £384 -0.97% 81
Coventry -3 119 £450 +3.75% 14
Shropshire +1 75 £403 +60.20% 6
Warwickshire +7 72 £450 +20.00% 18
Solihull +4 39 £313 -7.26% 10
Worcestershire -4 31 £525 +100.00% 9
Staffordshire +4 27 £400 +14.29% 20
Dudley - 11 £200 -
Herefordshire +8 10 £375 - 2
Wolverhampton 0 10 £400 +6.67% 7
West Bromwich 0 3 £110 - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - - 1
Tipton - 1 £140 -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 189 (27.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 175 (25.74%) Windows
3 129 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (18.97%) Office 365
4 124 (18.24%) Active Directory
5 110 (16.18%) SQL
6 106 (15.59%) Microsoft Office
7 97 (14.26%) SQL Server
8 95 (13.97%) .NET
8 95 (13.97%) CRM
9 92 (13.53%) VMware
10 90 (13.24%) Migration
11 88 (12.94%) Dynamics CRM
12 81 (11.91%) SharePoint
13 72 (10.59%) C#
14 70 (10.29%) Microsoft Excel
14 70 (10.29%) Dynamics 365
15 69 (10.15%) ITIL
15 69 (10.15%) Finance
16 68 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
17 66 (9.71%) JavaScript
18 63 (9.26%) Security Cleared
19 56 (8.24%) VMware Infrastructure
19 56 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
20 54 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
20 54 (7.94%) DevOps
21 53 (7.79%) Windows Server
21 53 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
22 52 (7.65%) HTML
23 49 (7.21%) Oracle

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 81 (11.91%) SharePoint
2 34 (5.00%) MS Exchange
3 21 (3.09%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.21%) WebLogic
5 14 (2.06%) IIS
6 12 (1.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (1.62%) Apache Spark
7 11 (1.62%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (1.47%) Apache
8 10 (1.47%) Jetty
8 10 (1.47%) Mongrel
8 10 (1.47%) nginx
8 10 (1.47%) Tomcat
8 10 (1.47%) WebSphere
9 6 (0.88%) CMS
10 5 (0.74%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
12 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 106 (15.59%) Microsoft Office
2 70 (10.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (4.26%) Microsoft Project
4 24 (3.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (2.79%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.15%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 88 (12.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.47%) Dynamics NAV
3 9 (1.32%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (1.18%) SAP MM
5 7 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.59%) SAP PS
7 3 (0.44%) SAP PP
8 2 (0.29%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.29%) SAP FI-CA
8 2 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
8 2 (0.29%) Scribe Insight
8 2 (0.29%) Veritas eDiscovery
8 2 (0.29%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
9 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.15%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 189 (27.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 129 (18.97%) Office 365
3 70 (10.29%) Dynamics 365
4 68 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
5 42 (6.18%) Power Platform
6 21 (3.09%) PaaS
7 17 (2.50%) IaaS
7 17 (2.50%) PowerApps
8 16 (2.35%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (1.91%) OneDrive
9 13 (1.91%) SaaS
10 11 (1.62%) G Suite
10 11 (1.62%) Google Cloud Platform
11 10 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (1.47%) Google App Engine
12 8 (1.18%) GitHub
13 7 (1.03%) Serverless
14 5 (0.74%) Google Drive
15 4 (0.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 3 (0.44%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 47 (6.91%) DNS
2 31 (4.56%) Firewall
3 27 (3.97%) DHCP
4 23 (3.38%) SSL
5 21 (3.09%) Skype
6 20 (2.94%) TCP/IP
7 15 (2.21%) Unified Communications
7 15 (2.21%) WAN
8 13 (1.91%) LAN
9 12 (1.76%) Kerberos
10 10 (1.47%) FTP
10 10 (1.47%) HTTP
10 10 (1.47%) IPsec
10 10 (1.47%) SAN
11 9 (1.32%) VPN
12 8 (1.18%) Internet
13 7 (1.03%) Intranet
14 6 (0.88%) ISDN
14 6 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (0.88%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (14.26%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.71%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (4.26%) Power BI
3 29 (4.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 26 (3.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (2.94%) Azure SQL Database
6 17 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 12 (1.76%) Big Data
7 12 (1.76%) Impala
8 11 (1.62%) Apache Hive
8 11 (1.62%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.62%) Pentaho
8 11 (1.62%) Relational Database
9 7 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
9 7 (1.03%) MS Access
9 7 (1.03%) RDBMS
10 6 (0.88%) GIS
10 6 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 6 (0.88%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 34 (5.00%) Visual Studio
2 33 (4.85%) Jenkins
3 27 (3.97%) Git (software)
4 25 (3.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 21 (3.09%) Visual Studio Team System
6 13 (1.91%) JIRA
7 11 (1.62%) Artifactory
8 10 (1.47%) Travis CI
9 8 (1.18%) Selenium
9 8 (1.18%) Subversion
10 6 (0.88%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.74%) Cucumber
11 5 (0.74%) Rational Rhapsody
11 5 (0.74%) Toad
12 4 (0.59%) MSI
13 3 (0.44%) JUnit
13 3 (0.44%) Moq
13 3 (0.44%) NUnit
13 3 (0.44%) Octopus Deploy
14 2 (0.29%) Grunt
General
1 69 (10.15%) Finance
2 33 (4.85%) Retail
3 16 (2.35%) Military
4 11 (1.62%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.47%) Back Office
6 7 (1.03%) Billing
7 5 (0.74%) Banking
7 5 (0.74%) Marketing
8 4 (0.59%) Advertising
8 4 (0.59%) Automotive
8 4 (0.59%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.44%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.44%) Legal
10 1 (0.15%) Electronics
10 1 (0.15%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.15%) Law
10 1 (0.15%) Local Government
10 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.15%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 126 (18.53%) Developer
2 108 (15.88%) Analyst
3 76 (11.18%) Architect
4 54 (7.94%) Consultant
5 39 (5.74%) Project Manager
6 29 (4.26%) Solutions Architect
7 28 (4.12%) Microsoft Developer
8 25 (3.68%) CRM Developer
8 25 (3.68%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 24 (3.53%) Service Analyst
10 22 (3.24%) Service Desk Analyst
11 21 (3.09%) Azure Architect
11 21 (3.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 19 (2.79%) Server Engineer
12 19 (2.79%) SharePoint Developer
13 18 (2.65%) DevOps Engineer
14 17 (2.50%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 16 (2.35%) Azure Engineer
15 16 (2.35%) IT Support
15 16 (2.35%) Senior Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (13.97%) .NET
2 52 (7.65%) HTML
3 39 (5.74%) CSS
4 24 (3.53%) ASP.NET
5 21 (3.09%) Web Services
6 17 (2.50%) .NET Framework
7 16 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
8 15 (2.21%) jQuery
9 14 (2.06%) JSON
9 14 (2.06%) XML
10 12 (1.76%) REST
11 11 (1.62%) .NET Core
12 10 (1.47%) Servlets
13 9 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web API
13 9 (1.32%) J2EE
14 8 (1.18%) AngularJS
14 8 (1.18%) MDX
15 7 (1.03%) RESTful
15 7 (1.03%) WCF
16 6 (0.88%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.24%) Management Information System
3 20 (2.94%) Data Centre
4 16 (2.35%) User Experience
4 16 (2.35%) Virtual Team
5 13 (1.91%) Public Cloud
6 11 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
7 9 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (1.03%) PKI
10 6 (0.88%) Replication
11 5 (0.74%) SCADA
12 4 (0.59%) Cloud Native
12 4 (0.59%) Driving Licence
13 3 (0.44%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.44%) Fintech
13 3 (0.44%) NHS
14 2 (0.29%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 175 (25.74%) Windows
2 53 (7.79%) Windows Server
3 43 (6.32%) Linux
4 39 (5.74%) Windows 10
5 37 (5.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (3.68%) Windows 7
7 16 (2.35%) Unix
8 15 (2.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (2.21%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (2.06%) Solaris
10 7 (1.03%) AIX
10 7 (1.03%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.74%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.74%) MVS
12 4 (0.59%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.29%) HPUX
13 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.15%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (13.97%) CRM
3 90 (13.24%) Migration
4 69 (10.15%) ITIL
5 56 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 54 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
6 54 (7.94%) DevOps
7 53 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
8 45 (6.62%) Project Management
9 44 (6.47%) Configuration Management
10 31 (4.56%) Service Delivery
11 29 (4.26%) MVC
12 28 (4.12%) Change Management
13 27 (3.97%) SDLC
14 26 (3.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 26 (3.82%) Mentoring
14 26 (3.82%) Service Management
15 25 (3.68%) Data Modelling
15 25 (3.68%) Scrum
15 25 (3.68%) Systems Engineering
Programming Languages
1 110 (16.18%) SQL
2 72 (10.59%) C#
3 66 (9.71%) JavaScript
4 49 (7.21%) PowerShell
5 31 (4.56%) Java
6 20 (2.94%) T-SQL
7 12 (1.76%) Python
8 10 (1.47%) VBA
9 9 (1.32%) Ruby
10 6 (0.88%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.88%) R
11 5 (0.74%) C++
12 4 (0.59%) C
13 3 (0.44%) ABAP
13 3 (0.44%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.44%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 3 (0.44%) Java 8
13 3 (0.44%) PHP
13 3 (0.44%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 63 (9.26%) Security Cleared
2 45 (6.62%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (5.44%) MCSE
4 35 (5.15%) SC Cleared
5 29 (4.26%) Degree
6 20 (2.94%) DV Cleared
7 19 (2.79%) CCNA
7 19 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (2.79%) MCSA
8 18 (2.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 16 (2.35%) ISTQB
10 14 (2.06%) ISEB
10 14 (2.06%) VCP6
11 10 (1.47%) PMI Certification
12 9 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (1.32%) PMP
13 6 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 6 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.74%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (1.76%) SLA
3 11 (1.62%) QA
4 10 (1.47%) PMO
5 7 (1.03%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.88%) GDPR
7 5 (0.74%) MISRA
7 5 (0.74%) MISRA C
8 4 (0.59%) COBIT
8 4 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.44%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.29%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.29%) WCAG
11 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 124 (18.24%) Active Directory
2 56 (8.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.59%) VMware ESXi
4 25 (3.68%) XenApp
5 23 (3.38%) Hyper-V
6 18 (2.65%) Docker
7 14 (2.06%) vSphere
8 11 (1.62%) XenDesktop
9 10 (1.47%) Xen
10 8 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (0.59%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.29%) Firmware
13 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 1 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 1 (0.15%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 39 (5.74%) SCCM
2 21 (3.09%) Terraform
3 17 (2.50%) Ansible
4 14 (2.06%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (2.06%) Puppet
5 11 (1.62%) SCOM
6 10 (1.47%) Hadoop YARN
7 9 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 6 (0.88%) NetBackup
10 5 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (0.74%) WSUS
11 4 (0.59%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.59%) CASB
11 4 (0.59%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.44%) Kubernetes
13 2 (0.29%) Opsview
13 2 (0.29%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.29%) SCSM
13 2 (0.29%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 92 (13.53%) VMware
2 49 (7.21%) Oracle
3 35 (5.15%) Citrix
4 34 (5.00%) Cisco
5 26 (3.82%) Google
6 22 (3.24%) SAP
7 15 (2.21%) NetApp
8 14 (2.06%) IBM
8 14 (2.06%) Red Hat
9 13 (1.91%) HP
10 12 (1.76%) CheckPoint
11 11 (1.62%) Cloudera
12 10 (1.47%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.32%) Remedy
14 8 (1.18%) Apple
14 8 (1.18%) Fujitsu
15 7 (1.03%) OpenText
15 7 (1.03%) webMethods
16 6 (0.88%) Kofax
16 6 (0.88%) Verint