Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 5 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 680 704 588
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.54% 13.86% 13.10%
As % of the Vendors category 36.29% 29.70% 29.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 424 351
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +1.90%
10th Percentile £159 £147 £161
90th Percentile £575 £543 £500
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 52 59
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.63 £15.50 £15.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.16% -0.90% +20.31%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.78 £11.20
90th Percentile £46.94 £30.93 £34.60
England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.04% +2.32% -6.06%

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 1,874 2,370 2,003
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 45.59% 46.65% 44.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,183 1,341 1,183
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £213 £233 £213
90th Percentile £589 £575 £569
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +3.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 143 98
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £16.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.13% -4.34% +15.73%
10th Percentile £11.85 £10.85 £11.00
90th Percentile £44.56 £26.95 £48.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 0 260 £395 +3.95% 157
Coventry -1 131 £473 +5.00% 32
Shropshire +16 81 £450 +25.00% 13
Warwickshire +3 53 £413 +6.45% 36
Staffordshire +10 42 £350 -2.78% 43
Solihull -1 19 £400 +14.29% 21
Worcestershire -8 14 £438 +118.75% 49
Dudley - 11 £200 - 4
West Bromwich 0 6 £128 -8.93% 1
Herefordshire -1 6 £450 +20.00% 11
Sutton Coldfield +6 4 £413 +17.86% 6
Wolverhampton -3 4 £400 -15.79% 10
Walsall -3 1 £145 -69.47% 5
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 236 (34.71%) Azure
2 172 (25.29%) Windows
3 140 (20.59%) Active Directory
4 131 (19.26%) Agile Software Development
5 129 (18.97%) SQL
6 119 (17.50%) Office 365
7 104 (15.29%) SharePoint
8 102 (15.00%) SQL Server
9 100 (14.71%) Migration
10 89 (13.09%) C#
11 87 (12.79%) Finance
12 85 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
13 83 (12.21%) Stakeholder Management
14 82 (12.06%) ITIL
14 82 (12.06%) .NET
15 79 (11.62%) VMware
16 78 (11.47%) CRM
17 74 (10.88%) Microsoft Excel
18 73 (10.74%) Dynamics CRM
19 71 (10.44%) Business Intelligence
20 69 (10.15%) Public Sector
21 64 (9.41%) PowerShell
22 62 (9.12%) DevOps
23 60 (8.82%) Power Platform
23 60 (8.82%) Dynamics 365
24 59 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
25 57 (8.38%) Security Cleared
26 53 (7.79%) Windows 10
27 52 (7.65%) JavaScript
28 51 (7.50%) Analytical Skills

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
1 104 (15.29%) SharePoint
2 35 (5.15%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.38%) WebLogic
4 20 (2.94%) Skype for Business
5 18 (2.65%) Apache Spark
6 14 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (1.47%) SharePoint 2010
8 9 (1.32%) IIS
9 7 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.88%) Confluence
11 5 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
12 4 (0.59%) ArcGIS
12 4 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.59%) CMS
12 4 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.59%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.44%) WebSphere
Applications
1 85 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (10.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (5.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (4.41%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (2.35%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.44%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.44%) SPSS
7 2 (0.29%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.15%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 73 (10.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.76%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.62%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (1.47%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 8 (1.18%) SAP MM
6 5 (0.74%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.59%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.59%) SAP PS
7 4 (0.59%) Veritas eDiscovery
8 3 (0.44%) Cerner Millennium
8 3 (0.44%) SAP PP
9 2 (0.29%) assyst
9 2 (0.29%) WebTrends
10 1 (0.15%) Maximo
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
10 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.15%) SAP GRC
10 1 (0.15%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 236 (34.71%) Azure
2 119 (17.50%) Office 365
3 60 (8.82%) Dynamics 365
3 60 (8.82%) Power Platform
4 45 (6.62%) AWS
5 29 (4.26%) Azure Active Directory
6 25 (3.68%) PaaS
7 24 (3.53%) IaaS
8 17 (2.50%) OneDrive
9 16 (2.35%) PowerApps
9 16 (2.35%) SaaS
10 12 (1.76%) Azure Data Factory
10 12 (1.76%) Serverless
11 11 (1.62%) G Suite
12 9 (1.32%) Azure Functions
13 7 (1.03%) GitHub
13 7 (1.03%) Mimecast
14 6 (0.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 6 (0.88%) Google Drive
15 4 (0.59%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 47 (6.91%) DNS
2 35 (5.15%) Firewall
3 24 (3.53%) TCP/IP
4 19 (2.79%) DHCP
4 19 (2.79%) Kerberos
4 19 (2.79%) VPN
5 18 (2.65%) Skype
5 18 (2.65%) SSL
5 18 (2.65%) Unified Communications
5 18 (2.65%) WAN
6 17 (2.50%) LAN
7 14 (2.06%) Internet
7 14 (2.06%) Wi-Fi
8 9 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
9 8 (1.18%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (1.18%) Intranet
10 7 (1.03%) SAN
11 6 (0.88%) Wireless
12 5 (0.74%) BGP
13 4 (0.59%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 49 (7.21%) Power BI
3 44 (6.47%) Data Warehouse
4 30 (4.41%) Big Data
5 27 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 24 (3.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 24 (3.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 22 (3.24%) Impala
8 20 (2.94%) SQL Server 2014
9 18 (2.65%) Apache Hive
9 18 (2.65%) Pentaho
9 18 (2.65%) SQL Server 2017
10 13 (1.91%) Data Lake
11 12 (1.76%) Oracle OWB
12 11 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 10 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
14 9 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
15 6 (0.88%) Relational Database
16 5 (0.74%) Cosmos DB
16 5 (0.74%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 34 (5.00%) Git (software)
2 31 (4.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (4.12%) Visual Studio Team System
4 27 (3.97%) Visual Studio
5 25 (3.68%) Jenkins
6 18 (2.65%) Artifactory
6 18 (2.65%) JIRA
7 8 (1.18%) Selenium
8 6 (0.88%) Subversion
9 5 (0.74%) GitLab
9 5 (0.74%) Rational Rhapsody
10 3 (0.44%) Dreamweaver
10 3 (0.44%) Grunt
10 3 (0.44%) gulp
10 3 (0.44%) Travis CI
11 2 (0.29%) JMeter
12 1 (0.15%) Fiddler
12 1 (0.15%) LoadUI
12 1 (0.15%) NeoLoad
12 1 (0.15%) SoapUI
General
1 87 (12.79%) Finance
2 69 (10.15%) Public Sector
3 22 (3.24%) Retail
4 21 (3.09%) Marketing
5 19 (2.79%) Telecoms
6 11 (1.62%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.47%) Banking
8 9 (1.32%) Automotive
9 8 (1.18%) Legal
10 7 (1.03%) Billing
11 6 (0.88%) Electronics
12 5 (0.74%) Advertising
12 5 (0.74%) Back Office
12 5 (0.74%) German Language
12 5 (0.74%) Military
13 4 (0.59%) Aerospace
14 3 (0.44%) Games
15 1 (0.15%) General Ledger
15 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.15%) Law
Job Titles
1 117 (17.21%) Analyst
2 108 (15.88%) Developer
3 80 (11.76%) Architect
4 46 (6.76%) Consultant
5 30 (4.41%) DevOps Engineer
6 26 (3.82%) Project Manager
7 24 (3.53%) Technical Architect
8 23 (3.38%) Azure Engineer
8 23 (3.38%) Support Engineer
9 22 (3.24%) Solutions Architect
10 20 (2.94%) Administrator
11 19 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
11 19 (2.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 18 (2.65%) Azure DevOps
12 18 (2.65%) Big Data Engineer
12 18 (2.65%) Data Engineer
13 17 (2.50%) .NET Developer
13 17 (2.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 17 (2.50%) Support Analyst
14 16 (2.35%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (12.06%) .NET
2 38 (5.59%) HTML
3 36 (5.29%) ASP.NET
4 35 (5.15%) XML
5 32 (4.71%) CSS
6 26 (3.82%) Web Services
7 24 (3.53%) ASP.NET MVC
8 21 (3.09%) jQuery
9 15 (2.21%) JSON
10 12 (1.76%) REST
11 11 (1.62%) .NET Framework
12 9 (1.32%) .NET Core
12 9 (1.32%) RESTful
13 8 (1.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 7 (1.03%) ASP.NET Web API
15 6 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 5 (0.74%) EDI
16 5 (0.74%) OpenGL
17 4 (0.59%) Ajax
17 4 (0.59%) BAPI
Miscellaneous
1 51 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.71%) Data Centre
3 29 (4.26%) Management Information System
4 13 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (1.76%) User Experience
6 11 (1.62%) Public Cloud
6 11 (1.62%) Virtual Team
7 10 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
7 10 (1.47%) NHS
8 9 (1.32%) PKI
8 9 (1.32%) SCADA
9 7 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (0.88%) Mobile App
11 5 (0.74%) Driving Licence
11 5 (0.74%) Shadow IT
12 4 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.59%) Private Cloud
12 4 (0.59%) Replication
13 3 (0.44%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 172 (25.29%) Windows
2 53 (7.79%) Windows 10
3 48 (7.06%) Windows Server
4 39 (5.74%) Linux
5 26 (3.82%) Unix
6 24 (3.53%) Windows 7
7 23 (3.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (1.62%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (1.32%) Windows XP
12 7 (1.03%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.88%) Solaris
13 6 (0.88%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.74%) Android
15 4 (0.59%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.15%) OpenVMS
16 1 (0.15%) VMS
16 1 (0.15%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (19.26%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (14.71%) Migration
3 83 (12.21%) Stakeholder Management
4 82 (12.06%) ITIL
5 78 (11.47%) CRM
6 71 (10.44%) Business Intelligence
7 62 (9.12%) DevOps
8 59 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
9 42 (6.18%) Scrum
10 35 (5.15%) Test Automation
11 33 (4.85%) MVC
11 33 (4.85%) Project Management
11 33 (4.85%) SDLC
12 32 (4.71%) Service Management
13 31 (4.56%) Change Management
14 29 (4.26%) Service Delivery
14 29 (4.26%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 27 (3.97%) Data Migration
15 27 (3.97%) Kanban
15 27 (3.97%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 129 (18.97%) SQL
2 89 (13.09%) C#
3 64 (9.41%) PowerShell
4 52 (7.65%) JavaScript
5 29 (4.26%) Java
6 19 (2.79%) T-SQL
7 15 (2.21%) Python
8 10 (1.47%) C
9 8 (1.18%) VBA
10 6 (0.88%) VB
10 6 (0.88%) VB6
11 5 (0.74%) C++
12 3 (0.44%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 3 (0.44%) Ruby
13 2 (0.29%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.29%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.29%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.29%) VBScript
13 2 (0.29%) X++
14 1 (0.15%) PHP
Qualifications
1 57 (8.38%) Security Cleared
2 38 (5.59%) SC Cleared
3 33 (4.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (4.56%) Degree
5 22 (3.24%) MCSE
6 19 (2.79%) ISEB
7 18 (2.65%) CCNA
7 18 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (2.21%) MCSA
9 13 (1.91%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.91%) ISTQB
10 12 (1.76%) ISEB Practitioner
11 9 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (1.32%) HND
12 8 (1.18%) CISSP
13 6 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (0.88%) MCP
13 6 (0.88%) PMI Certification
14 5 (0.74%) CISM
14 5 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.38%) SLA
2 16 (2.35%) GDPR
3 12 (1.76%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (1.76%) PCI DSS
4 11 (1.62%) QA
5 10 (1.47%) PMO
6 9 (1.32%) COBIT
6 9 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 7 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 5 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (0.74%) MISRA
8 5 (0.74%) MISRA C
9 4 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.59%) NIST
10 3 (0.44%) WCAG
11 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.15%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 140 (20.59%) Active Directory
2 37 (5.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
4 28 (4.12%) XenApp
5 24 (3.53%) Docker
5 24 (3.53%) vSphere
6 19 (2.79%) Hyper-V
7 15 (2.21%) XenDesktop
8 9 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.44%) Xen
11 2 (0.29%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.29%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.29%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.29%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.29%) PowerDNS
11 2 (0.29%) Squid
11 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 42 (6.18%) SCCM
2 30 (4.41%) Terraform
3 26 (3.82%) Ansible
4 19 (2.79%) Microsoft Intune
5 16 (2.35%) Hadoop YARN
6 14 (2.06%) SCOM
7 12 (1.76%) AirWatch
8 9 (1.32%) CASB
8 9 (1.32%) WSUS
9 8 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.88%) Kubernetes
10 6 (0.88%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.88%) Puppet
11 5 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (0.59%) Backup Exec
12 4 (0.59%) SCSM
12 4 (0.59%) SmoothWall
13 3 (0.44%) FortiGate
13 3 (0.44%) HP Data Protector
13 3 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 79 (11.62%) VMware
2 48 (7.06%) Oracle
3 45 (6.62%) Citrix
4 33 (4.85%) Cisco
5 23 (3.38%) SAP
5 23 (3.38%) webMethods
6 20 (2.94%) CheckPoint
7 19 (2.79%) Google
7 19 (2.79%) Tableau
8 18 (2.65%) Cloudera
9 17 (2.50%) IBM
10 15 (2.21%) NetApp
11 14 (2.06%) Red Hat
12 13 (1.91%) Apple
12 13 (1.91%) Databricks
12 13 (1.91%) HP
13 10 (1.47%) Sparx
14 9 (1.32%) Adobe
14 9 (1.32%) Forcepoint
14 9 (1.32%) Veeam