Period
to 6 December 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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 5 4
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 641 727 682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.06% 14.02% 13.79%
As % of the Vendors category 36.44% 30.52% 31.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 443 431
West Midlands median daily rate £419 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.69% +6.67% +0.81%
10th Percentile £155 £150 £160
90th Percentile £582 £550 £530
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 55 44
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -4.76% +10.92%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.80 £11.00
90th Percentile £21.20 £29.15 £35.00
England median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.33
% change year-on-year +9.68% +1.14% -1.13%

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 1,759 2,382 2,193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 46.82% 45.95% 44.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,105 1,350 1,319
West Midlands median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £210 £231 £205
90th Percentile £588 £575 £565
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 123 93
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £16.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.38% +13.14%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.82 £10.75
90th Percentile £35.20 £29.45 £48.75
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.48
% change year-on-year +8.57% +0.11% +2.82%

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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 0 263 £400 +6.67% 152
Coventry -1 129 £459 +1.94% 39
Shropshire +35 56 £440 +6.67% 23
Warwickshire -3 51 £400 +14.29% 49
Staffordshire +19 35 £375 +3.45% 58
Solihull +3 17 £400 +14.29% 21
Worcestershire -1 13 £425 +1.49% 38
Herefordshire -11 8 £438 +16.67% 22
West Bromwich +2 6 £148 +5.36% 3
Wolverhampton -2 5 £306 -35.53% 14
Sutton Coldfield +4 4 £406 +16.07% 6
Walsall -4 1 £145 -64.85% 3
Dudley - 1 - - 1
Stourbridge - 1 £350 -
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 232 (36.19%) Azure
2 180 (28.08%) Windows
3 165 (25.74%) Active Directory
4 136 (21.22%) SQL
4 136 (21.22%) Agile Software Development
5 105 (16.38%) Office 365
6 104 (16.22%) SQL Server
7 103 (16.07%) Migration
8 95 (14.82%) SharePoint
9 92 (14.35%) Stakeholder Management
10 89 (13.88%) Microsoft Office
11 88 (13.73%) CRM
12 83 (12.95%) Finance
13 81 (12.64%) .NET
13 81 (12.64%) Dynamics CRM
14 78 (12.17%) C#
15 75 (11.70%) Dynamics 365
16 73 (11.39%) DevOps
17 72 (11.23%) PowerShell
18 71 (11.08%) Business Intelligence
18 71 (11.08%) Power Platform
19 69 (10.76%) Public Sector
20 68 (10.61%) ITIL
21 66 (10.30%) Windows 10
22 60 (9.36%) Microsoft Excel
23 58 (9.05%) VMware
24 56 (8.74%) Power BI
25 55 (8.58%) Security Cleared
26 48 (7.49%) JavaScript
27 46 (7.18%) Data Warehouse

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 95 (14.82%) SharePoint
2 28 (4.37%) MS Exchange
3 18 (2.81%) WebLogic
4 12 (1.87%) Apache Spark
4 12 (1.87%) Skype for Business
5 9 (1.40%) IIS
6 8 (1.25%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.94%) Confluence
8 5 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.47%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.31%) Apache
11 2 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.31%) CMS
11 2 (0.31%) Jetty
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 89 (13.88%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (9.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (4.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (4.37%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.47%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.47%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 81 (12.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (3.12%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (1.56%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (1.40%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 6 (0.94%) Unit4 Business World
6 4 (0.62%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.31%) assyst
8 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.31%) Veritas eDiscovery
9 1 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.16%) Maximo
9 1 (0.16%) Primavera
9 1 (0.16%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 232 (36.19%) Azure
2 105 (16.38%) Office 365
3 75 (11.70%) Dynamics 365
4 71 (11.08%) Power Platform
5 40 (6.24%) AWS
6 37 (5.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 25 (3.90%) SaaS
8 24 (3.74%) PaaS
9 23 (3.59%) IaaS
10 18 (2.81%) PowerApps
11 12 (1.87%) Azure Data Factory
11 12 (1.87%) OneDrive
12 10 (1.56%) Mimecast
13 9 (1.40%) G Suite
14 8 (1.25%) Serverless
15 6 (0.94%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 6 (0.94%) Azure Functions
16 4 (0.62%) Azure Stack
16 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Flow
16 4 (0.62%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 42 (6.55%) DNS
2 25 (3.90%) VPN
3 23 (3.59%) Firewall
3 23 (3.59%) TCP/IP
4 21 (3.28%) DHCP
5 18 (2.81%) Internet
5 18 (2.81%) Skype
6 15 (2.34%) WAN
7 13 (2.03%) Kerberos
7 13 (2.03%) LAN
8 12 (1.87%) SSL
8 12 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (1.72%) Unified Communications
10 8 (1.25%) VLAN
11 6 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (0.94%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.94%) Intranet
11 6 (0.94%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (0.62%) Extranet
12 4 (0.62%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (16.22%) SQL Server
2 56 (8.74%) Power BI
3 46 (7.18%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (4.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 27 (4.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 23 (3.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 18 (2.81%) Big Data
8 15 (2.34%) Impala
8 15 (2.34%) SQL Server 2014
9 13 (2.03%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (1.87%) Apache Hive
10 12 (1.87%) Pentaho
11 11 (1.72%) Data Lake
11 11 (1.72%) SQL Server 2017
12 9 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
13 7 (1.09%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 7 (1.09%) MySQL
13 7 (1.09%) Oracle OWB
13 7 (1.09%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.94%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (3.90%) Git (software)
2 17 (2.65%) Visual Studio Team System
3 15 (2.34%) Jenkins
3 15 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (2.03%) JIRA
5 12 (1.87%) Artifactory
5 12 (1.87%) Visual Studio
6 9 (1.40%) Selenium
7 5 (0.78%) GitLab
7 5 (0.78%) Travis CI
8 3 (0.47%) Dreamweaver
8 3 (0.47%) JMeter
9 2 (0.31%) Grunt
9 2 (0.31%) gulp
9 2 (0.31%) MSI
10 1 (0.16%) AdminStudio
10 1 (0.16%) REST Assured
10 1 (0.16%) Subversion
General
1 83 (12.95%) Finance
2 69 (10.76%) Public Sector
3 23 (3.59%) Marketing
4 18 (2.81%) Retail
5 16 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.34%) Legal
7 14 (2.18%) Banking
8 12 (1.87%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.09%) Electronics
10 6 (0.94%) Automotive
10 6 (0.94%) German Language
11 5 (0.78%) Billing
12 4 (0.62%) Military
13 3 (0.47%) Advertising
13 3 (0.47%) Back Office
13 3 (0.47%) Games
13 3 (0.47%) Law
14 2 (0.31%) Housing Association
15 1 (0.16%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.16%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 120 (18.72%) Developer
2 91 (14.20%) Architect
3 86 (13.42%) Analyst
4 34 (5.30%) Consultant
5 29 (4.52%) Support Engineer
6 28 (4.37%) Technical Architect
7 25 (3.90%) 2nd Line Support
8 24 (3.74%) Administrator
8 24 (3.74%) Azure Developer
8 24 (3.74%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 24 (3.74%) Senior Developer
8 24 (3.74%) Support Analyst
9 22 (3.43%) CRM Developer
9 22 (3.43%) Solutions Architect
10 21 (3.28%) Project Manager
11 19 (2.96%) IT Support
12 18 (2.81%) DevOps Engineer
13 17 (2.65%) Azure Architect
13 17 (2.65%) IT Manager
14 16 (2.50%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (12.64%) .NET
2 45 (7.02%) XML
3 36 (5.62%) ASP.NET
4 28 (4.37%) HTML
5 27 (4.21%) SAML
5 27 (4.21%) Web Services
6 25 (3.90%) CSS
6 25 (3.90%) JSON
7 20 (3.12%) OpenID
8 19 (2.96%) ASP.NET MVC
8 19 (2.96%) REST
9 15 (2.34%) LDAP
10 14 (2.18%) Node.js
11 13 (2.03%) jQuery
11 13 (2.03%) SOAP
12 8 (1.25%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (1.25%) RESTful
13 7 (1.09%) .NET Core
13 7 (1.09%) .NET Framework
13 7 (1.09%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (4.52%) Data Centre
3 24 (3.74%) Management Information System
4 17 (2.65%) PKI
5 14 (2.18%) NHS
6 13 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
7 12 (1.87%) SCADA
7 12 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
8 10 (1.56%) User Experience
9 9 (1.40%) Public Cloud
10 8 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (1.25%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (0.94%) Private Cloud
13 5 (0.78%) Clustering
13 5 (0.78%) Shadow IT
14 4 (0.62%) FMCG
15 3 (0.47%) Cloud Native
15 3 (0.47%) Tandem
15 3 (0.47%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 180 (28.08%) Windows
2 66 (10.30%) Windows 10
3 42 (6.55%) Windows Server
4 35 (5.46%) Unix
5 29 (4.52%) Windows 7
6 26 (4.06%) Linux
7 23 (3.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 15 (2.34%) Apple iOS
9 14 (2.18%) Android
10 11 (1.72%) Windows XP
11 8 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.78%) Solaris
12 5 (0.78%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.47%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.16%) CentOS
16 1 (0.16%) Debian
16 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (21.22%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (16.07%) Migration
3 92 (14.35%) Stakeholder Management
4 88 (13.73%) CRM
5 73 (11.39%) DevOps
6 71 (11.08%) Business Intelligence
7 68 (10.61%) ITIL
8 42 (6.55%) Kanban
9 35 (5.46%) Data Migration
9 35 (5.46%) Test Automation
10 33 (5.15%) Service Management
11 32 (4.99%) Problem-Solving
11 32 (4.99%) Project Management
11 32 (4.99%) Scrum
12 30 (4.68%) Change Management
13 28 (4.37%) Mentoring
13 28 (4.37%) Microservices
14 25 (3.90%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (3.90%) ETL
15 24 (3.74%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 136 (21.22%) SQL
2 78 (12.17%) C#
3 72 (11.23%) PowerShell
4 48 (7.49%) JavaScript
5 35 (5.46%) Java
6 17 (2.65%) Bash Shell
6 17 (2.65%) T-SQL
7 15 (2.34%) Python
8 14 (2.18%) C
9 6 (0.94%) VB
9 6 (0.94%) VB6
9 6 (0.94%) VBScript
10 4 (0.62%) VBA
11 3 (0.47%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 2 (0.31%) R
12 2 (0.31%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.31%) X++
13 1 (0.16%) PHP
13 1 (0.16%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 55 (8.58%) Security Cleared
2 32 (4.99%) SC Cleared
3 18 (2.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.65%) DV Cleared
5 15 (2.34%) Degree
6 14 (2.18%) ISEB
7 9 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (1.09%) CISSP
8 7 (1.09%) HND
8 7 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
8 7 (1.09%) MCSE
9 6 (0.94%) CISM
10 5 (0.78%) ISTQB
10 5 (0.78%) MCP
10 5 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
11 4 (0.62%) MCSA
12 3 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.47%) MCSD
13 2 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.31%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.50%) SLA
2 14 (2.18%) GDPR
3 9 (1.40%) COBIT
3 9 (1.40%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 9 (1.40%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.40%) QA
4 7 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 4 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (0.62%) NIST
5 4 (0.62%) PMO
6 2 (0.31%) Good Clinical Practice
6 2 (0.31%) GxP
6 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.31%) WCAG
7 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 165 (25.74%) Active Directory
2 31 (4.84%) Docker
3 23 (3.59%) VMware ESXi
3 23 (3.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (2.50%) vSphere
5 14 (2.18%) Hyper-V
5 14 (2.18%) XenApp
6 9 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (1.40%) XenDesktop
7 7 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.62%) DFS Replication
9 3 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (0.31%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (0.31%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.31%) PowerDNS
10 2 (0.31%) Squid
10 2 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.31%) Xen
Systems Management
1 41 (6.40%) SCCM
2 24 (3.74%) Terraform
3 17 (2.65%) Ansible
4 14 (2.18%) WSUS
5 13 (2.03%) SCOM
6 12 (1.87%) Microsoft Intune
7 11 (1.72%) Hadoop YARN
8 10 (1.56%) AirWatch
9 9 (1.40%) CASB
10 7 (1.09%) Kubernetes
11 5 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.78%) SCSM
12 4 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (0.62%) Grafana
12 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
12 4 (0.62%) Puppet
13 3 (0.47%) FortiGate
13 3 (0.47%) NetBackup
13 3 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (9.05%) VMware
2 43 (6.71%) Oracle
3 30 (4.68%) Citrix
4 21 (3.28%) Apple
5 18 (2.81%) webMethods
6 15 (2.34%) SAP
6 15 (2.34%) Zscaler
7 14 (2.18%) Cisco
7 14 (2.18%) Tableau
8 13 (2.03%) CheckPoint
8 13 (2.03%) Dell
9 12 (1.87%) Cloudera
10 11 (1.72%) IBM
10 11 (1.72%) Juniper
10 11 (1.72%) Veeam
11 10 (1.56%) Google
11 10 (1.56%) HP
12 9 (1.40%) Forcepoint
12 9 (1.40%) ServiceNow
12 9 (1.40%) Sparx