Period
to 21 February 2018

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 21 February 2018 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 673 847 676
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.03% 15.99% 13.35%
As % of the Vendors category 32.59% 35.17% 28.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 409 528 404
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £176 £184 £200
90th Percentile £538 £538 £502
England median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 43 50
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.75 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.36% +7.69% -10.34%
10th Percentile £11.23 £10.32 £10.37
90th Percentile £29.33 £25.80 £33.60
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £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 2,065 2,408 2,342
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 43.06% 45.47% 46.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,238 1,308 1,174
West Midlands median daily rate £404 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.94% - +10.34%
10th Percentile £208 £213 £228
90th Percentile £575 £550 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.99% +0.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 95 96
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £16.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.67% -8.68% +5.59%
10th Percentile £10.24 £10.61 £10.09
90th Percentile £48.75 £29.15 £32.88
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +8.34%

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 21 February 2018.

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 21 February 2018.

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 21 February 2018. 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 -2 233 £395 +5.33% 107
Coventry -6 89 £378 -5.63% 41
Warwickshire +6 76 £375 +3.45% 32
Staffordshire -5 43 £348 -1.42% 52
Shropshire -13 43 £291 -14.34% 10
Solihull +7 39 £350 +16.67% 27
Worcestershire -1 14 £308 -5.38% 36
Wolverhampton +1 12 £450 +38.46% 19
Herefordshire +11 4 £150 -68.42% 5
West Bromwich -1 2 £118 -70.63% 5
Wednesbury - 2 - -
Dudley -8 1 £275 - 2
Kingswinford - 1 - - 3
Walsall - 1 - - 4
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, 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.

1 168 (24.96%) SQL
2 165 (24.52%) Agile Software Development
3 163 (24.22%) SQL Server
4 162 (24.07%) Windows
5 129 (19.17%) Microsoft Office
6 121 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
7 113 (16.79%) .NET
7 113 (16.79%) Active Directory
8 100 (14.86%) CRM
9 88 (13.08%) Dynamics CRM
10 86 (12.78%) Finance
11 85 (12.63%) C#
12 83 (12.33%) Migration
13 79 (11.74%) Microsoft Excel
14 78 (11.59%) VMware
15 67 (9.96%) Office 365
16 65 (9.66%) PowerShell
17 64 (9.51%) Business Intelligence
18 63 (9.36%) SharePoint
18 63 (9.36%) Project Management
19 62 (9.21%) ITIL
20 61 (9.06%) Windows Server
21 59 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
21 59 (8.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 56 (8.32%) HTML
23 55 (8.17%) JavaScript
24 54 (8.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 54 (8.02%) Dynamics 365
25 53 (7.88%) CSS
26 52 (7.73%) MS Exchange

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 63 (9.36%) SharePoint
2 52 (7.73%) MS Exchange
3 18 (2.67%) Skype for Business
4 14 (2.08%) Confluence
5 13 (1.93%) BizTalk Server
6 11 (1.63%) IIS
7 10 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
8 9 (1.34%) Tomcat
9 8 (1.19%) NServiceBus
10 7 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (1.04%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (1.04%) WebLogic
11 6 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.89%) CMS
12 5 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.59%) nginx
14 3 (0.45%) Apache
14 3 (0.45%) Jetty
14 3 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 129 (19.17%) Microsoft Office
2 79 (11.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (5.65%) Microsoft Project
4 26 (3.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.63%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.59%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.59%) RoboHelp
7 4 (0.59%) Snagit
8 2 (0.30%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 88 (13.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (4.16%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
5 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.30%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.30%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.15%) Q-Pulse
6 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
6 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 121 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (9.96%) Office 365
3 54 (8.02%) Dynamics 365
4 23 (3.42%) IaaS
5 21 (3.12%) Amazon AWS
5 21 (3.12%) PaaS
6 14 (2.08%) SaaS
7 9 (1.34%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (0.74%) G Suite
9 3 (0.45%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.45%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.45%) Slack
10 2 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.30%) Data Lake Analytics
10 2 (0.30%) GitHub
10 2 (0.30%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.30%) Scribe Online
11 1 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.53%) DNS
2 15 (2.23%) Firewall
2 15 (2.23%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.63%) SAN
3 11 (1.63%) VPN
4 9 (1.34%) DHCP
4 9 (1.34%) Internet
5 8 (1.19%) LAN
5 8 (1.19%) WAN
6 6 (0.89%) Skype
7 5 (0.74%) NetScaler
7 5 (0.74%) Telnet
8 4 (0.59%) HTTP
8 4 (0.59%) SSL
8 4 (0.59%) VoIP
9 3 (0.45%) Intranet
9 3 (0.45%) Network Security
9 3 (0.45%) Profibus
9 3 (0.45%) Unified Communications
9 3 (0.45%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (24.22%) SQL Server
2 59 (8.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 54 (8.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 33 (4.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 26 (3.86%) Data Warehouse
5 26 (3.86%) Power BI
6 23 (3.42%) SQL Server 2008
7 19 (2.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 16 (2.38%) Relational Database
8 16 (2.38%) SQL Server 2014
9 15 (2.23%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (1.78%) MySQL
11 10 (1.49%) NoSQL
12 9 (1.34%) BusinessObjects
12 9 (1.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (1.04%) OLAP
14 6 (0.89%) SAP Data Services
15 5 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
15 5 (0.74%) Oracle Database
15 5 (0.74%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 38 (5.65%) Team Foundation Server
1 38 (5.65%) Visual Studio
2 27 (4.01%) JIRA
3 20 (2.97%) Git (software)
3 20 (2.97%) Visual Studio Team System
4 17 (2.53%) MSI
5 10 (1.49%) Jenkins
5 10 (1.49%) Selenium
6 8 (1.19%) Subversion
7 7 (1.04%) SpecFlow
8 4 (0.59%) AccuRev
8 4 (0.59%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.45%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.45%) CA Gen
9 3 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.45%) TestRail
9 3 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.45%) WebDriver
10 2 (0.30%) Gatling
10 2 (0.30%) Travis CI
General
1 86 (12.78%) Finance
2 28 (4.16%) Manufacturing
3 23 (3.42%) Advertising
4 19 (2.82%) Retail
5 9 (1.34%) Automotive
5 9 (1.34%) Legal
6 7 (1.04%) General Ledger
7 5 (0.74%) Billing
7 5 (0.74%) Law
8 4 (0.59%) Back Office
8 4 (0.59%) Marketing
9 3 (0.45%) Banking
9 3 (0.45%) Games
10 2 (0.30%) Electronics
10 2 (0.30%) Local Government
10 2 (0.30%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) Military
11 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 149 (22.14%) Developer
2 116 (17.24%) Analyst
3 65 (9.66%) Consultant
4 49 (7.28%) Project Manager
5 42 (6.24%) Architect
6 34 (5.05%) Microsoft Developer
7 33 (4.90%) Support Engineer
8 31 (4.61%) Business Analyst
9 28 (4.16%) CRM Developer
10 24 (3.57%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 23 (3.42%) .NET Developer
11 23 (3.42%) Dynamics CRM Developer
12 22 (3.27%) Administrator
12 22 (3.27%) Desktop Support
13 20 (2.97%) C# Developer
13 20 (2.97%) Senior Developer
13 20 (2.97%) Service Analyst
14 19 (2.82%) 2nd Line Support
14 19 (2.82%) Microsoft Consultant
15 18 (2.67%) CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (16.79%) .NET
2 56 (8.32%) HTML
3 53 (7.88%) CSS
4 33 (4.90%) ASP.NET
5 27 (4.01%) AngularJS
5 27 (4.01%) Web Services
5 27 (4.01%) XML
6 26 (3.86%) .NET Framework
7 25 (3.71%) WCF
8 23 (3.42%) ASP.NET Web API
9 22 (3.27%) SOAP
10 21 (3.12%) jQuery
11 16 (2.38%) JSON
12 15 (2.23%) HTML5
13 14 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (1.93%) StructureMap
14 13 (1.93%) WSH
15 11 (1.63%) Entity Framework
16 9 (1.34%) Middleware
17 8 (1.19%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 37 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.27%) User Experience
3 17 (2.53%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.08%) Public Cloud
5 12 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (1.78%) Management Information System
6 10 (1.49%) Data Structures
6 10 (1.49%) Fat Client
6 10 (1.49%) Thin Client
7 9 (1.34%) Computer Science
8 8 (1.19%) PKI
9 7 (1.04%) AS400
10 5 (0.74%) Clustering
10 5 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (0.74%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.59%) FMCG
11 4 (0.59%) NHS
12 3 (0.45%) Blackberry
12 3 (0.45%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 162 (24.07%) Windows
2 61 (9.06%) Windows Server
3 37 (5.50%) Windows 7
4 36 (5.35%) Linux
4 36 (5.35%) Windows 10
5 26 (3.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (2.82%) Unix
8 13 (1.93%) Windows XP
9 11 (1.63%) Android
10 9 (1.34%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.45%) CentOS
12 3 (0.45%) VxWorks
12 3 (0.45%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.30%) Debian
13 2 (0.30%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.30%) zOS
14 1 (0.15%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (24.52%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (14.86%) CRM
3 83 (12.33%) Migration
4 64 (9.51%) Business Intelligence
5 63 (9.36%) Project Management
6 62 (9.21%) ITIL
7 59 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
8 44 (6.54%) Service Management
9 43 (6.39%) DevOps
10 42 (6.24%) Scrum
11 36 (5.35%) MVC
11 36 (5.35%) PRINCE2
12 35 (5.20%) Change Management
13 34 (5.05%) ETL
14 32 (4.75%) Test Automation
15 29 (4.31%) ERP
15 29 (4.31%) SDLC
16 28 (4.16%) Business Analysis
17 26 (3.86%) Data Migration
17 26 (3.86%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 168 (24.96%) SQL
2 85 (12.63%) C#
3 65 (9.66%) PowerShell
4 55 (8.17%) JavaScript
5 31 (4.61%) T-SQL
6 15 (2.23%) Java
6 15 (2.23%) VBA
7 13 (1.93%) VBScript
8 12 (1.78%) C
9 10 (1.49%) VB
10 9 (1.34%) C++
10 9 (1.34%) Python
10 9 (1.34%) Ruby
10 9 (1.34%) TypeScript
11 7 (1.04%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.89%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.89%) Go
13 5 (0.74%) Perl
14 4 (0.59%) PHP
15 3 (0.45%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 34 (5.05%) Degree
2 28 (4.16%) Security Cleared
3 27 (4.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (3.12%) SC Cleared
5 14 (2.08%) ISEB
6 9 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 8 (1.19%) DBS Check
7 8 (1.19%) MCSE
8 7 (1.04%) ISTQB
9 6 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 6 (0.89%) MCTS
9 6 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.74%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.74%) MCSA
10 5 (0.74%) PMI Certification
10 5 (0.74%) PMP
11 4 (0.59%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.97%) QA
1 20 (2.97%) SLA
2 17 (2.53%) Data Quality
3 14 (2.08%) PMO
4 10 (1.49%) GDPR
5 4 (0.59%) IEC 62304
6 3 (0.45%) COBIT
6 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.45%) IEC 61508
6 3 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 2 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.15%) GCP
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 26262
8 1 (0.15%) MISRA
System Software
1 113 (16.79%) Active Directory
2 44 (6.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.86%) Microsoft App-V
4 20 (2.97%) XenApp
5 19 (2.82%) Hyper-V
6 12 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (1.63%) XenDesktop
8 7 (1.04%) Docker
9 6 (0.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.74%) Terminal Services
10 5 (0.74%) VirtualBox
11 4 (0.59%) vSphere
11 4 (0.59%) XenServer
12 3 (0.45%) KVM
12 3 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.30%) RACF
13 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.30%) Xen
14 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 46 (6.84%) SCCM
2 21 (3.12%) WSUS
3 14 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (1.93%) WMI
5 8 (1.19%) Norton AntiVirus
6 7 (1.04%) Ansible
7 6 (0.89%) Backup Exec
7 6 (0.89%) Puppet
7 6 (0.89%) SCOM
7 6 (0.89%) SCVMM
8 5 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (0.74%) Terraform
9 4 (0.59%) Kubernetes
9 4 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.45%) SafeCom
10 3 (0.45%) Salt
Vendors
1 78 (11.59%) VMware
2 39 (5.79%) Citrix
3 36 (5.35%) Oracle
4 28 (4.16%) SAP
5 22 (3.27%) Cisco
6 18 (2.67%) Google
7 17 (2.53%) HP
8 16 (2.38%) IBM
9 13 (1.93%) NetApp
9 13 (1.93%) Symantec
10 11 (1.63%) Tableau
11 9 (1.34%) McAfee
12 8 (1.19%) Capita
12 8 (1.19%) EMC
13 7 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (1.04%) webMethods
14 6 (0.89%) Adobe
14 6 (0.89%) Apple
14 6 (0.89%) Informatica
14 6 (0.89%) Red Hat